When the world gets crazy, I find myself gravitating toward simple, clean romance stories. Like Her Hidden Hope by Jill Lynn, published by Love Inspired. In this fourth story of Jill Lynn’s Colorado Grooms series, we follow Evan Hawke and Addie Ricci as they navigate the choppy waters of reconnecting years after the last summer they spent together as teenagers.
Addie and her toddler son Sawyer move back to Westbend, Colorado to reopen a beloved bed and breakfast. The building is in great need of repair, taxing the Addie’s finances and her sanity. But she’s determined to have everything done in time for her first guest’s reservation.
Evan is home to sell his mother’s house. But when he runs into Addie, his plans quickly derail. They haven’t seen each other since one summer when they were teenagers. The summer Evan lost his leg in an accident. They’d taken their relationship too far and when Addie’s parents found out, she was forbidden from contacting Evan ever again.
Ten years later, Evan has worked through the emotions caused by his accident, but Addie hasn’t. Yet, when he recognizes her need for help and volunteers his time, Addie can’t say no. She loves working beside Evan despite the guilt that is eating her alive.
Her Hidden Hope is the type of story that could be incredibly unbelievable, however, Jill Lynn does an amazing job of making it so plausible that every time I wanted to question a character’s action, she provided a motivation that made so much sense. My favorite scene is toward the end, so I won’t share much about it, but it made Evan one of my favorite characters.
A light, quick read, Her Hidden Hope still touches on heartstrings as the characters wrestle with a difficult truth. The dialogue has touches of humor that make the story delightful and the hope that things will work out between Evan and Addie keeps the pages turning.
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