by Kim Law
To Be Published: July 28, 2015
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Length: 355 pages
Genre: Contemporary Country Romance, Chick Lit
...following her heart may lead her to her dreams after all...
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.
Montana is just about my favorite place on Earth and I simply adore cherries so when I saw a book with both in the title and the setting for a romance, I couldn't get my hands on it fast enough.
Montana Cherries addresses the lives of the Wilde family - especially Dani - and Ben Denton and his family. Dani's brother Gabe met Ben at school and brought him home with him one Summer. Ben became a kind of extended member of the family. Our story picks up as the youngest of Dani's brothers is finishing his Undergrad degree and she is finally preparing to follow her long postponed dreams of moving to NYC. As we get to know Dani, she seems extremely capable of doing anything she puts her mind to and the type of person I would like to know.
Ben shows up with - surprise! - a 4 yr old daughter no one knew he had including himself. The Mom just bailed, leaving Ben at a complete loss so he did the first thing that came to mind and brought her to Montana, hoping Dani might help him know what to do. So over the last few weeks before leaving, Dani helped Haley to come out of her shell, Ben and Haley to bond, Gabe's daughter Jenna and Haley to become fast friends and Dani and Ben drew closer.
Such well drawn characters, even Michelle. She's just a bitch but she's good at it. ;) I can picture all of the characters, just like a mini movie. And when the drama comes - and it does come - it evoked true, physical feeling from me. Which is an amazing thing when I stop and think that this is basically all just pretend... There is some sex, not a lot but what there is is well written and serves to move the plot forward. There is an other sort of intimacy between Ben and Dani that I loved, one that had existed for years that really resonated with me.
If you are looking for a light, fluffy Romance, this is not it. Montana Cherries plot line deals with some heavy stuff. I'd say 18 and over but as much for being above their maturity level. I would go beyond qualifying this as a 'good' book. I put it not only into my EXCELLENT category but FAVORITES as well. Thank you Kim for sharing your gift of storytelling.
Rating: *****5 STARS*****
Heat: **2 FLAMES**
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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