Monday, May 20, 2013

Book Review: Haven Creek by Rochelle Alers

Haven Creek 
By Rochelle Alers
Release Date: May 28, 2013
Source: Publisher
Summary: Home is where the heart is. 

Architect Morgan Dane has always lived according to a plan, crossing off her achievements one by one. But when she's offered her dream job-the restoration of historic Angels Landing Plantation on beautiful Cavanaugh Island-Morgan's life takes an unexpected turn.

Carpenter Nathaniel Shaw once took a big chance on commitment-and lost. Needing the healing comforts of home, he returns to Haven Creek to join the family business. Nothing in the small town has changed-except for Morgan Dane. The wallflower he knew in high school has grown into a beautiful woman . . . and stirs feelings Nate isn't sure he's ready for.

Together Nate and Morgan find a happiness neither could have predicted. But when secrets from the past come to light, their budding relationship is threatened. Will they play it safe, or risk their hearts to build a life together?

Review: Rochelle Alers' books are so sweet, so I was super happy to have the chance to take a break from the more serious books I've been reading and relax with the inhabitants of Haven Creek. 

Morgan is an architect whose number one priority is her job. When she's offered the chance to restore Angels Landing Plantation, she immediately jumps on the chance. But for the restoration she needs a skilled, reliable carpenter, so she goes to Nate for help. Nate, the guy who was four years older than her and who she was madly in love with all throughout high school. Now that those days are long gone and Morgan isn't the same awkward teenager as she was then, Nate feels things for Morgan he never thought he could feel again after his nasty divorce from his model wife. Nate and Morgan grow closer, but can they really learn to let someone into their heart after the devastating heartbreaks they've felt in the past? 

Like I said, Rochelle's books are incredibly sweet and this one is no exception. You can't help but fall in love with the small town these characters live in and their southern charm is so adorable. I loved the flirty banter Nate and Morgan had, because it helped things stay light and cute in their relationship. Things didn't develop too fast, but at just the right pace, so their relationship was believable and fun to follow along. 

Not only was the relationship aspect of the novel great, but it actually had a good storyline with great secondary characters that had stories of their own to add to the novel. So even though Nate and Morgan are spending time getting to trust each other, the lives of all the other people in the town are still going on and we're able to get a glimpse of what's going on with them as well. 

So overall, I loved this book. It was a quick, cute read that I just couldn't get enough of. If you're in the mood for something light and romantic, I'd definitely recommend picking up a Rochelle Alers book! You won't be disappointed!

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