Narrator: Kate Udall ..Show More » Length: 11 hours, 54 minutes
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 26, 2015
Publisher: Audible Studios
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
* I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
This is the fifth book in the "Caribou Crossing" romance series but despite that fact, this book also works as a stand-alone novel. In fact, this is the first book from that series that I have read and I enjoyed it immensely and I did not feel that I was missing part of the story.
Dave Cousins is thirty and divorced. He was born and raised in the small town of Caribou Crossing in Northern British Columbia. He had been married to his best friend from high school, but they weren't in love. When Dave met Anita he knew he had found his soulmate.
Dave and Jessie got an amicable divorce and agreed to share custody of their daughter, Robin. Then Dave and Anita got engaged and began planning their future together. Tragedy struck when Anita was diagnosed with a fatal illness and died soon after.
Three years have passed since then and Jessie has gotten remarried. This time to her soulmate, Evan who had left Caribou Crossing thirteen years earlier.
Dave is heart-broken and knows that he has lost the only woman he will ever really love. He focuses on his work. He owns the Wild Rose Inn and between the inn and his daughter, he feels that his life is as full as it will ever be and has resigned himself to that fact.
Cassidy Esperanza is 27 years old and lives the life of a gypsy. She travels from place to place and lives life to the fullest. She arrives in Caribou Crossing and meets Dave. She is attracted to him but is not interested in a serious relationship.
Dave isn't interested in any type of relationship, casual or otherwise. But Cassidy's bright personality and joie de vive makes her appealing to have as a friend.
Cassidy seems like a happy-go-lucky person without a care in the world, but her upbringing and childhood had been far from perfect. In fact, she is emotionally damaged.
Can two wounded souls find love? Can they help each other to heal? Or will they just cause more emotional damage and bring old wounds to the surface?
This book is, at it's core, a romance, but it is much more than that. It is a compelling drama as well.
Susan Fox has created a huge cast of characters that readers will fall in love with. Readers/listeners will wish they lived in the town of Caribou Crossing. Personally I would love to go visit the Wild Rose Inn since it sounds idyllic.
This book also deals with some serious topics such as divorce, cancer, death, multiple sclerosis, emotional trauma and more.
The narrator, Kate Udall, is very talented. I enjoyed her story-telling abilities.