Her Hopes and Dreams by Terri Osburn
Publisher & Release: Montlake Romance, November 15, 2016
Time and setting: Present Day, Ardent Springs
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 274 pages
Heat Level: 2 Flames
Rating: 4.5 Gold Crowns
As a newly single mother, Carrie Farmer isn’t quite ready to jump back into the dating pool in Ardent Springs—especially since her last marriage was such a disaster. But if anyone could entice her to wade in a bit, it would be her hunky neighbor, Noah Winchester. He’s the perfect man: strong, protective, and smoking hot. But her eyes have deceived her before, and she’s no longer willing to hand over her heart so easily.
After completing several tours in the Middle East, Noah returns to his hometown a very different man. The former soldier’s plan to rest and relax is soon waylaid by the intriguing woman next door and her heart-stealing little girl. Something—or someone—put shadows in Carrie’s lovely eyes, and he’s determined to clear them away. But when hidden demons can no longer be ignored, the couple gets a reminder from an unexpected source that love truly can conquer all.
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I have thoroughly enjoyed The Ardent Springs series, so when I received an invitation from the publisher via Net-Galley in exchange for an honest review, I enthusiastically accepted. I was not disappointed. In fact, this is the best one of the series so far.
One thing I particularly enjoyed about Her Hopes and Dreams is that the characters are average people. They’re not millionaires or move in elite circles. It’s so nice to read about ordinary people. Ms. Osburn does an excellent making her characters so real, they could be the person who lives next door.
I truly fell in love with Carrie Farmer from the first page and only grew to love her more as the story unfolds. She is a single mom doing her best to be a good mother and put her past mistakes behind her. She has flaws and recognizes them and doesn’t let them define her future. She shows real remorse for the harm she did to Spencer, and it was great to see they could actually put the past behind them and be friends.
Noah Winchester is my kind of hero, a tortured soul. He’s concerned over possibly hurting Carrie if he were to have a flashback during one of his PTSD episodes and puts her welfare above his own wants and desires. That’s what makes him a true hero in my eyes. His willingness to seek help for his issues is admirable.
If you enjoy a great romance between two emotionally scarred individuals who beat the odds, then you will love Her Hopes and Dreams. Oh, and I want to mention Carrie’s adorable daughter. She stole my heart. I highly recommend this book and the entire series. Happy reading!