by Emily March
Synopsis: Lili Howe took a leap of faith when she decided to join the Tornado Alleycats, her elderly landlady’s all-female glamour-camping club. Lili’s always given everything to her career, putting herself on track to become her CPA firm’s youngest partner. But now that Lili’s carefully planned future is shattered, she’s willing to let summer work its magic on her―at all costs.
There’s never a dull moment at Stardance Ranch, the Colorado resort Brick Callahan built from the ground up. Still, a late night skinny-dipping session involving a bunch of “glamping” grannies. . .with his best friend’s kid sister Lili among them? He couldn’t have made up such story if he tried. The undeniable mutual attraction between Brick and gorgeous, spirited Lili is a reminder that life is full of surprises. But when Brick’s ex-girlfriend suddenly shows up, he’s faced with a desperate choice: Do right by a woman he once loved or take a chance on Lili. . .and do everything he can to win her heart?
My Review: This is the 13th book in the Eternity Springs Series, but I have not read any of the others and had no problem following and enjoying this story. Having said that, I will go back and read some of the others as the characters I met have some storylines that I would like to learn more about.
Liliana (Lili) Howe who flees to Eternity Springs because she is upset and hurting from circustances at home. She joins the Tornado Alleycats, an older, all female camping group, run by her landlady, Patsy. This group wants to have a good time and Lili is the one that they want to be successful in her endeavours. Shortly after arriving at the camp, Lili catches a glimpse of someone she thinks is familiar. It turns out to be Brick Callahan whom she has known as the boy next door when she was growing up. At that time he was called Mark and was her brother’s best friend. He was also the one that she loved from the time she was nine years old, but lost to someone his own age. As it turned out, she dumped him and married someone else. A hurt he has never gotten over.
As we meet the characters in this book, I wanted to be there with them. The Tornado Alleycats were a hoot. From skinny dipping to all their fun activities (pole dancing anyone?) they were going to have a good time. Lili started out a scared rabbit who decided to let go in Colorado and could have gotten herself into a lot of trouble, but with all her guardian angels, nothing bad happened to her. Brick aka Mark, is a troubled character who tries to fight the feelings he has for Lili, of course he is really not sure what they mean. The rest of the family flit in and out of the story but are there enough to make you want to learn more about the Callahans and Eternity Springs. The story moved along at a good pace and left me with a great feeling when I finished. I read this one in a 24 hour period but I am still thinking about these characters. This is a romance but more than that. It is a story about finding your strengths and doing what you want out of life, not what others expect of you (i.e jobs, where to live, who to love). It is a story of family, loyalty and personal strength. I recommend this book to anyone who likes a good story with romance thrown in. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.