Montana Cherries by Kim Law
Publisher & Release Date: Montlake Romance, July 28, 2015
Time and setting: Present Day, Montana, NYC, New York
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Chick-Lit
Length: 370 pages
Heat Level: 1 Scorching Hot Flames
Rating: 5 Gold Crowns
After her mother’s tragic death, Dani Wilde had no choice but to abandon her dreams. She left Columbia University and returned to her family’s Montana cherry farm, intent on being a maternal figure to her brothers. Now the kids are grown, and it’s finally her time to fly. Her sights are on New York City, and nothing will stop her—not even an old flame with gorgeous green eyes.
Celebrity photographer Ben Denton hasn’t seen Montana in years—and hasn’t spoken to Dani since “that night” so long ago. When he discovers he’s a dad to a four-year-old—and the child’s mother refuses to care for her—Montana and the Wilde farm spring to mind. The orchard is the only place that’s ever felt like home, but will the warmth of the Wilde family be enough to help Ben figure out how to be a father?
As the Wilde family gathers for the yearly cherry harvest and Dani struggles to figure out what she really wants in life, she discovers the shocking truth about her own mother—and learns that following her heart may lead her to her dreams after all.
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I have recently become a huge fan of Kim Law. I actually met Kim at a Reader/Writer Conference two years ago, but at that time I had never read any of her work. I received a copy of Ex on the Beach, but since I only read on my Kindle now, I set it to the side. Several month ago, I downloaded the audio for Ex on the Beach and took advantage of the Kindle Unlimited program and read/listened to the book and fell in love with her writing. Since then, I have read all of her books, so I jumped at the chance to read and review Montana Cherries. This is one of the most amazing reads I’ve come across in quite some time.
Finally, Dani Wilde is ready to follow her dreams and move to New York City. In a matter of weeks, she will leave Montana for good. When Ben shows up at her home with his newly acquired four-year-old daughter, he tugs at her heartstrings. After all, she gave the man her virginity ten years ago. A woman does not forget her first romantic encounter, and the physical pull is still there for both of them.
When family secrets are revealed, they threaten all Dani’s childhood memories of her mother. Will she learn to accept the reality of her nurturing years, or will she run as fast as she can to avoid it and leave the man who has fallen in love with her behind forever?
Montana Cherries resonated with me in a huge way. Ms. Law has penned a very thought provoking book. There is so much more to this story than just the romance. While I enjoyed Dani and Ben’s love story a great deal, the family dynamics of the Wilde clan pulled me in. I truly hope Kim will write Dani’s brother’s stories. I think each of the five brothers would have a fascinating story to tell.
Dani’s character was quite complex, and I felt as if she were a kindred spirit from the start. As the story unfolded that only grew stronger. While Dani is a successful individual, she has a great many insecurities and has a tortured soul. I loved her struggle to move beyond the hurt caused by her mother. I could also identify with the rose-colored glasses she wore in regards to her memories of her mother. I always love tortured souls, but they are usually men, not women.
Ben’s character is somewhat less complicated, but he also had his own demons. However, he had learned to cope with most of his issues for this story. His conflict was due to finding out he had a four-year-old daughter when she was dumped on his doorstep three weeks earlier. Ben sees Dani as his salvation when it comes to dealing with Haley, but he very quickly realizes she means more to him than that. I loved the tenderness and care he shows Dani. He’s a great hero, and I fell in love with him right away.
Mental illness is not a comfortable topic and is rarely discussed, especially in a romance novel, but Ms. Law paints a vivid picture of Narcissistic Personality Disorder. I had never heard of it before. However, after reading this book I plan to delve into it deeper for personal reasons.
If you are looking for a tale that will touch your heart and stir your emotions, then Montana Cherries is a book you will not want to miss. I am sure you will find it as fascinating as I did. Happy reading!