Denise Hunter. Honeysuckle Dreams. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2018.
Spring has finally arrived! After spending most of the weekend bundled up against the cold, warm weather, green leaves, and flowers have returned. Fortunately, the weather arrives just in time for the late spring/early summer book rush.
Ms. Hunter continues the Blue Ridge Romance series in Honeysuckle Dreams. Brady Collins is left reeling after his ex-wife dies in an accident, leaving him as the sole guardian of his infant son. However, a custody case initiated by his ex-wife’s parents reveals that Brady is not the father. With the future of his son at stake, Brady is willing to do anything to ensure that baby Sam stays with him. When Brady’s attorney mistakes his friend, Hope Daniels, as his fiancé, they find themselves with an unexpected advantage in the custody battle. Hope had other plans for her life, before the local radio station changed formats and left her without a job. As the temporary caretaker of Sam and one of Brady’s best friends, she doesn’t mind stepping in as a temporary fiancé, but soon finds herself with a more permanent arrangement being offered. In order to ensure Sam’s future, Brady and Hope must both sacrifice their original plans, opening themselves up to possibilities that they never imagined.
Building on the cast of characters first introduced in Blue Ridge Sunrise and Sweetbriar Cottage, Honeysuckle Dreams presents a compelling storyline that will draw in readers. Ms. Hunter presents yet another example of innovative storylines that feel fresh, yet familiar.
Overall, I quite enjoyed reading Honeysuckle Dreams. While the past several stories released by Ms. Hunter have not been my favorites, this one seems somewhat stronger and the plot feels much tighter. Personally, I am not a fan of storylines that place children (or their place within families) in jeopardy. However, I liked that Ms. Hunter placed the focus on the role of Hope and Brady’s relationship, rather than on Sam’s situation. While some readers might have wished for a more drawn out court battle, I was happy to see how Ms. Hunter resolved that situation rather quickly and focused on other aspects of the storyline for the majority of the book. I am really interested to see how Ms. Hunter wraps up the series, as the remaining characters may be some of the more potentially fascinating ones introduced in the earlier books.
Fans of Ms. Hunter will be thrilled with Honeysuckle Dreams, as the newest addition to the Blue Ridge Romance series! Likewise, readers who appreciate contemporary stories released by Christian publishers will also want to find a copy of this novel.
Ms. Hunter will be releasing On Magnolia Lane, the final book in the Blue Ridge Romance series, in November 2018!
Special thanks to Thomas Nelson and BookLook Bloggers for the complimentary copy of Honeysuckle Dreams! Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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