March 26, 2013
Finally, a book about food! Now this one I can really relate to, but before I go there, I just want to say how much I love returning to Hope's Crossing. Like some other series that I read, it just feels like coming home. The author, RaeAnne Thayne does a remarkable job of bringing in elements of the surrounding into the story. From the summer blackberries to the sweeping views of Woodrose Mountain, and Laurel Falls to the Current Creek running through town, Ms. Thayne paints a picture so vivid it's hard to not imagine yourself there.
Alexandra is about to open her dream come true restaurant. With the help of family and friends this is going to be the best thing that has ever happened to the town. Sam Delgado is coming to town to finish building the details, namely the kitchen, so that Hope's Crossing's newest restaurant, Brazen, will open on time.
Of all the stories in this series that I have read thus far, this is the only one that you could probably read as a stand alone and not get confused by the ancillary characters.
Prepare yourself for a switch though in terms of the stereo-typical personality-types. This time, it's Alex who is the love 'em and leave 'em gal as she is only out to have a good time and not interested in having a serious relationship, at least not any time soon. Sam Delgado is a safe bet since he's only in town for a few weeks to finish the renovations on the restaurant. Little does she know!All of Ms. Thayne's novels are sweet and just really pleasant to read. Unlike some of the other books out there that I have been reading, these are really just a breath of fresh air. There will also be a little bit of angst, but nothing that the two main characters can't get past. In this case, Alex and Sam are right there on this point like all the other characters from Hope's Crossing. It's just fun to see how they get through it all.
So, I highly suggest reading Current Creek Valley. Pull up a chair and put your feet up. It's going to be a great read that you won't want to put down!