Today, I have the second novella in the from the Ripple Effect Romance Novella Series. It is a series of 6 clean novellas by 6 different authors.
“Like a pebble tossed into calm water, a simple act can ripple outward and have a far-reaching effect on those we meet, perhaps setting a life on a different course—one filled with excitement, adventure, and sometimes even love.”
Author: Kaylee Baldwin
Date of publication: March 2014
Drew Westfall wants nothing more than to forget what he had to do in the name of "smart" business. Cutting off all ties with his parents—including handing over the entire contents of his trust fund to a charity—he takes off for Bridger, Colorado where his best friend has an extra room for him. It doesn't take long for him to realize that his business degree won’t do him much good in a town as small as Bridger, but he's broke and has nowhere else to go.
Eden Torresi has every reason to wallow. Not only did she have to sell her house to pay for her mother’s medical expenses, but she also had to drop out of school and is in a relationship with a guy unwilling to commit. But Eden isn't the wallowing type. Instead, she chooses to spend most of her time taking care of the seniors at Silver Linings Assisted Living. When she learns that her boyfriend's new roommate is down on his luck, her caring nature makes her want to reach out to him and offer what help she can. But the more time they spend together, the more complicated things get, especially when the seniors of Silver Linings decide to play matchmaker.
Silver Linings is the second in this clean romance novella series. Drew showed up briefly at the end of Home Matters (my review). Disillusioned by his parents wealth and power, he has donated his entire trust fund which numbers in the millions to Olivia and Pete's charity. He has left everything behind and traveled to crash with his friend Jace. An accident causes him to stumble into a nursing home where he meets Eden and a whole cast of fun characters who live at Silver Linings. I really felt like the meddling matchmakers at the nursing home were the highlight of the story.
I thought this one was such a sweet romance. I liked it because it was fun to watch Eden and Drew fall in love. Even though they both know it is wrong. The problem is that Eden has a boyfriend. Normally, I wouldn't be into a story where one person in the pair already has a boy/girlfriend but honestly, Jace and Eden really had no relationship. Other than an emotional connection, I was happy to see that Drew and Eden did not cross a line that shouldn't be crossed.
This story has a lot packed into it. I think I ran the gamut of emotions while reading it. Both Eden and Drew are searching for peace and home. I loved the bond that Eden had with her mother. I also really felt for Eden in her struggle to take care of her dying mother. It was sad, yet very touching. The sacrifices that Drew makes because of his love for Eden were amazing. I highly recommend this one! I can't wait to read Jace's story in Righting a Wrong!
About the author:
When Kaylee Baldwin isn’t writing, she’s usually chasing after her four children, checking her email, trying toget motivated to train for that race she shouldn’t have signed up for, hanging out with her pretty awesome husband, and reading whatever good book she can find. She graduated from Arizona State with degree in English Lit. Her published books are Meg’s Melody, Six Days of Christmas (part of the All I Want collection) and Silver Linings.
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