Welcome to my stop on the DREAMER Harlequin Series Summer Blog Tour for A Brambleberry Summer by Rae Anne Thayne. I will be reviewing another one later this month. Scroll down to read about this book, my review and an excerpt.
A Brambleberry Summer ( The Women of Brambleberry House #5) by Rae Anne Thayne, Stacy Gonzalez (Narrator)
Published June 29th 2021 by Harlequin Special Edition, Harlequin Audio
About the Book: A new season leads to a new beginning in New York Times bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne’s latest heartwarming romance!
Will the secrets of her past…
Prevent her from having the future she’s always wanted?
Rosa Galvez’s attraction to Officer Wyatt Townsend is as powerful as the moon’s pull on the tides. But with her past, Rosa knows better than to act on her feelings. When Wyatt and his adorable son become Brambleberry House’s newest tenants, Rosa finds her resolve slipping. Her solo life slowly becomes a sun-filled family adventure—until dark secrets threaten to break like a summer storm.
4 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This is the fifth book in The Women of Brambleberry House series, but it can be read as a standalone. Having said that, I will go back and read the previous books as I want to know about all these characters. Rosa Galvez owns Brambleberry House. She lives on the top floor, her friend and her daughter live in the middle and she rents the ground floor apartment to a friend’s widowed brother and his young son while they are waiting for their home to be repaired after a fire. Both women have secrets and do not want Officer Wyatt Townsend to find out what they are hiding. Neither Rosa or Wyatt are interesting in a relationship, but sometimes attraction has a mind of its own.
I loved all the characters in this story. I didn’t know what the secrets were, but I certainly had a couple of ideas. Rosa is strong character, who has a past she’s ashamed of, but with her caring nature, she doesn’t hesitate to help others. Both women had been through some things that have caused them to be wary of men and not trusting easily, but Officer Wyatt is one of the good guys. I love his interactions with his son, Logan. Then there are the dogs, a beagle named Hank and an Irish Setter named Fiona, which always adds a little extra to these stories. This story has some mystery, danger, a past to be shared, baggage to discard, secrets to be revealed and dreams. This was a sweet story, well-written, entertaining and enjoyable. If you enjoy contemporary romance, then I recommend you pick up this book. It is a relatively quick story that you could read in a day at the beach or by the pool. The audiobook, narrated by Stacy Gonzalez was a great way to engage with this story. She has a great voice to listen to and adds expression and emotion to the story. This is the first time I have listened to a book she narrated and I would not hesitate to listen to others. The publisher generously provide a copy of this book upon request. The rating and opinions shared are my own.
Now that the deed was done, Rosa was having second, third and fourth thoughts about Wyatt Townsend moving in downstairs.
Why had she ever thought this would work?
That evening as she pulled weeds in the backyard after leaving the store, she had to fight all her instincts that were urging her to call up Carrie right now and tell her she had made a mistake. The apartment was no longer available.
“There is no law against changing your mind, is there?” she asked out loud to Fiona, who was lying in the grass nearby, watching butterflies dance amid the climbing roses.
The dog gave her a curious look then turned back to her business, leaving Rosa to sigh. She yanked harder at a stubborn weed that had driven deep roots into the ground.
She would do nothing. She had given her word and could not back out now. Integrity, keeping her word, was important. She had learned that first from her own mother and then from her adopted parents.
Lauren and Daniel Galvez were two of the most honorable people she knew. They would never think of reneging on a promise and she couldn’t, either.
Yes, Wyatt made her extremely nervous. She did not want him moving in downstairs. But she had given her word to his sister. End of story.
Because of that, she would be gracious and welcoming to him and to his sweet son.
Thinking about Logan left her feeling a little bit better about the decision. He was a very adorable boy, with good manners and a ready smile.
It was not the boy’s fault that Wyatt made her so nervous.
She had almost talked herself into at least accepting the new status quo, when an SUV pulled up to the house a half hour later.
Fiona lifted her head to sniff the air, then rose and hurried over to the vehicle to greet the newcomers.
Rosa climbed to her feet a little more slowly, pulled off her gloves and swiped at her hair before she headed for the vehicle. She might be accepting of her new tenants, but summoning the same kind of enthusiasm her dog showed so readily would be a stretch.
When Rosa reached the vehicle, Logan was opening the back door and jumping to the ground, his little dog close behind.
Fiona barked a greeting, then leaned in to sniff the newcomer, tail wagging. The Townsends’ dog sniffed back, and a moment later, the two were circling each other with joy.
At least Fiona was happy to have them here.
“Hello, Logan,” Rosa said.
“Hi.” The boy beamed at her, showing off a gap in his teeth that she found adorable.
“Guess what?” he said. “We’re moving into your house! Dad says we can stay here until our house is done and I’ll have my own bedroom and won’t have to sleep in Aunt Carrie’s sewing room anymore.”
“This is so wonderful, no?” She smiled down at him, trying not to pay any attention to his father walking around the vehicle, looking big and serious and intimidating.
“What is the name of your dog?”
“This is Hank. Don’t worry. He’s nice.”
“I never doubted it for a minute,” she assured him. “Hello, Hank.”
She reached down to pet the dog, who responded by rolling over to have his belly scratched. Rosa loved him immediately.
“This is Fiona. She is also very nice.”
Logan grinned and petted Fiona’s long red coat.
Wouldn’t it be lovely if she only had to deal with the boy and the dog? Unfortunately, the boy had a father. She had to say something to Wyatt, at least. Bracing herself, she lifted her attention from the two dogs and the boy, and faced the man who always looked as if he could see through her skin and bones into her heart, and was not convinced he liked what he saw.
About the Author: New York Times bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne finds inspiration in the beautiful northern Utah mountains where she lives with her family. Her books have won numerous honors, including six RITA Award nominations from Romance Writers of America and Career Achievement and Romance Pioneer awards from RT Book Reviews. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website.
I am a retired teacher/librarian. I love to read, especially to my grandchildren. I read most genres, but lately have gravitated to cozy mysteries, romance (not erotic) and Christian Fiction. I do enjoy a good thriller every now and then, as well as some fantasy and the odd sci-fi. I have ventured into Blog tours, but I do not do well reading under pressure. I travel to Florida for 2 to 3 months in the winter (Canadian Snowbirder) but otherwise live in Windsor, Ontario Canada. Feel free to follow and comment on my blog. I try to respond to all comments.