All Roads Lead to You

Sourcebooks Casablanca. (Small Town Dreams, Bk. 2). Nov. 2022. 384p. ISBN 9781728247342. pap. $8.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Grumpy widower Finn Kelly is not prepared to have his quiet life shaken by the arrival of American Bethany Grant to his rural hometown in New Zealand. Bethany and her friends are trying to embrace the Kiwi way of life and have left behind their homes in rural Alaska to launch a new tourism business venture. Taking tourists on wilderness hikes and running a horse farm are soon not all Finn is interested in when he begins to see beneath the bubbly veneer that Bethany shares with the world. Struggling with her own losses and complicated family history, Bethany seeks a new life in New Zealand but gets more than she bargained for after one night in Finn’s arms. They must each decide if opening themselves up to love and loss in the hope of a brighter future together is worth the threat of pain and heartbreak.
VERDICT Ashenden’s second visit to Brightwater in her “Small Town Dreams” series (after Find Your Way Home) is filled with chemistry, steam, and a heart-warming sense of community while delicately tackling the heavy subjects of grief, loss, and learning to love again.
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