I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Reunion Pass (Eternity Springs, #11) by Emily March
Also by this author: Heartsong Cottage (Eternity Springs, #10)
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on April 5th 2016
IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO HAVE A CHANGE OF HEART.
Six years ago, Chase Timberlake bought an engagement ring for his high school sweetheart Lori Reese. Then ... life happened. Chase's adventure photography career took off, Lori's dream of getting into veterinary school came true, and their happily ever after never came to pass.
When Chase's jet-setting life takes a tragic turn, he returns to Eternity Springs a damaged man. Who better to help mend his spirit than the woman who has dedicated her life to healing broken wings? Long summer days spent together rekindles the love that never died and Chase dares to dream of a future he'd thought lost. But Lori can't help but wonder whether this high-flying man really wants a small-town girl with roots sunk deep into the Colorado Rockies. Can she and Chase turn back the hands of time and pick up where they left off -- and give forever a chance?
Reunion Pass by Emily March is a story of reconnection for two high school sweethearts. It is a tale of rediscovery and second chances which apparently is the overall theme to all books set in the fictional town of Eternity Springs. My first experience (Heartsong Cottage)with the little town didn’t go very well as I couldn’t connect with the characters or the storyline. This time went a little bit better but I still felt myself wishing that there was more.
The two high school sweethearts in this story are Chase Timberlake and Lori Reese. The two are different as night and day with their aspirations and goals in life. Chase desires adventure and wings while Lori desires for a home and roots. The difference in these objectives eventually drives them apart until they once again cross paths six years later when Chase returns to Eternity Springs with his fiancé. From the first time they cross paths again, it is obvious that there is still a spark between them, and that neither one of them Is over the other but, it takes a little bit of time and unfortunately a tragic event to bring them closer together again.
The pacing of Reunion Pass was a good balance of reflecting on the past and attempting to move on into the future. The flashbacks in the story provided the background that was needed for Chase and Lori’s story. You learned what had brought them together and what had ultimately driven them apart. You also learn that they never officially broke it off but instead just went their separate ways over time. Without an official breakup, there are obviously going to be lingering feelings between the two of them. Lori is a bit more contained when it comes to these feelings as is true to her nature while Chase is angry and holds some resentment that things didn’t work out the way that he hoped that they word. Even though he has a fiancé and is planning his wedding, it is very apparent that he still holds a candle for Lori.
While I liked the parts of the story where either Lori or Chase were reflecting on their relationship (past or present), I didn’t necessarily care for when other characters would suddenly be doing their own reflecting. There were times when parents or friends would provide their own input on the situation which kind of broke me out of the story. I didn’t always think that this was necessary and felt like it was more filler than anything else. I would have much rather learned more from Lori and Chase than the side characters. Not to say that the side characters were not important but I felt like it wasn’t their story to tell so speak.
Overall, I did like the story of Reunion Pass by Emily March. There were some things that I wish had been fleshed out a little bit more but it still was a sweet story of reconnection. I enjoyed reading about Lori and Chase finding their way back together. I also loved that there was a puppy in this story, although I feared that something terrible was going to happen to it, especially after the tragic event in the beginning of the story. Luckily, nothing happened to the puppy except that he helped bring the two lovers back together again! Phew, thank goodness for happy endings.