Saturday, August 15, 2015

Review: Saving Laurel Springs (A Smoky Mountain Novel) by Lin Stepp

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (Sept. 29 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00RRT322A

Book Description

 "A charming portrait of the Smokies, their people, and a wonderful way of life." --Deborah Smith, New York Times bestselling author

In a heartwarming novel set amid the lush splendor of the Great Smoky Mountains, Lin Stepp reunites two kindred spirits in a charming story of first love and surprising second chances. . .

See ya later--and love you forever, Rhea Dean. Those are the words Rhea's childhood sweetheart, Carter Layman, used to say whenever they parted. Not that she places much stock in words anymore. After all, Carter drove off to college in California, promising to make a fortune to help save their families' vacation resort. Instead he stayed there and married someone else. It fell to Rhea to keep Laurel Springs going and she's done just that, working long hours on the camp grounds, buoyed by the beauty of her Smokies home.

Now a widower with a young son, Carter has achieved huge success as a games developer. But he always planned to return to the spring-fed lake and the soaring mountains, to the covered bridge where he and Rhea made wishes and traded kisses. He's coming home to turn Laurel Springs into the place they planned to build together. And as he reveals the truth about his past, Rhea must decide whether to trust in the man--and the dreams--she's never forgotten.

About the Author

 Dr. Lin Stepp is a native Tennessean, a businesswoman, and an educator. She is on adjunct faculty at Tusculum College where she teaches research and has taught a wide variety of psychology and counseling courses for over 16 years. Her business background includes over 25 years in marketing, sales, production art, and regional publishing. She has editorial and writing experience in regional magazines and in the academic field. Stepp has nine published novels each set in different locations around the Smoky Mountains. Her novels published by Kensington Publishing include Down by the River (June 2014), Makin’ Miracles (January 2015), Saving Laurel Springs (October 2015) and Welcome Back (March 2016) as well as a short novella A Smoky Mountain Gift included in the 2014 Christmas anthology, featuring Fern Michaels, and titled When the Snow Falls. Previous titles include: Second Hand Rose, Delia’s Place, For Six Good Reasons, Tell Me About Orchard Hollow, and The Foster Girls. Stepp and her husband have published a Smokies hiking guide titled The Afternoon Hiker (2014). 

My Review

 Saving Laurel Springs is the third book in the Smoky Mountain Novel series by Lin Stepp that I have read. Saving Laurel Springs is a stand-alone novel but I would recommend reading the other books in the series as they are all so charming.

As with the earlier books, I was quickly drawn into the story of Rhea and Carter whose families have long owned the Laurel Springs resort in the Smoky Mountains. Life-long friends, Rhea and Carter had planned to attend college in California together. But Rhea always found excuses not to go and Carter found a new life in California and married someone else. When he returns to Laurel Springs Rhea is challenged and torn with conflicting feelings for both Carter and his young son Taylor.

This heartwarming tale spun by master storyteller Lin Stepp is a story of friendship, love, and misunderstandings.  Do we really hear what others are trying to tell us or do we just hear what we want to. Sometimes one persons dreams are not anothers. This is tale of second chances.

The beautiful Smoky Mountains are brought to life with beautiful descriptions by author Stepp. I was attracted to the first Smoky Mountain novel by the setting and have kept reading because of the excellent writing style and the heartwarming tales. I've learned a lot about the people of the region through these novels.

Highly recommend Saving Laurel Springs.

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