About the book:
The last thing Search and Rescue helicopter pilot Kacey Fairing needs upon returning home to Mercy Falls, Montana, is to run into her mistakes. After a devastating crash during her recent military tour in Afghanistan, she is emotionally broken but ready to start putting her life back together. She just wants to reconnect with her teenage daughter and spend the summer working as the new lead pilot of PEAK Rescue in Glacier National Park.
But her mistakes aren't so easily forgotten. Because Ben King is also back in town.
Country music star Ben King abandoned his past when he moved to Nashville thirteen years ago to start his career. He hoped to heal his broken heart, caused by losing the woman he loved. But when his father is injured, Ben is called home to help manage PEAK Rescue during his recovery. He doesn't realize his father has ulterior motives until his old flame, Kacey, walks into his house and back into his heart.
Now, with Mercy Falls in a state of emergency due to flash floods, Kacey and Ben will have to work together to save lives. But when secrets are uncovered and old hurts rise to the surface, will they walk away again? Or can they find a different ending to their country love song?
This was a beautifully written story about second chances at love and faith. Susan May Warren is one of my favorite authors and this book shows the wonderful way she has with both plot and characters. She has a way of really making her characters walk off the page and feel like living, breathing people. I loved Kacey and her toughness, but also her vulnerability where Ben and her daughter were concerned. She also struggled with some PTSD from her stints in the military. She was crushed by Ben in the past and didn't want to risk her heart again and he also had been hurt by her. It was wonderful to see their relationship unfold, but with a lot of baggage to deal with, not to mention a daughter's heart to risk getting hurt besides their own. They also both struggled with their faith in God, with Ben especially feeling like everything's gone wrong in his life, from Kasey to his career to his mom dying to his dad's accident. I liked Ben, too, and loved that he wrote and sang songs for Kacey. I really enjoyed the music angle to the story. I loved the secondary plot about Kasey's best friend Sierra and her boss, Ian. There's a romance brewing there, but also interesting was a search for Ian's niece Esme as they don't know what happened to her after she disappeared a few years ago. There were some wonderful romantic moments; Warren sure knows how to write them! I can't wait for book two! I highly recommend this book!
I received this book free from Revell.