Darek Christiansen is almost a dream bachelor—oldest son in the large Christiansen clan, heir to their historic Evergreen Lake Resort, and doting father. But he’s also wounded and angry since the tragic death of his wife, Felicity. No woman in Deep Haven dares come near.
New assistant county attorney Ivy Madison simply doesn’t know any better when she bids on Darek at the charity auction. Nor does she know that when she crafted a plea bargain three years ago to keep Jensen Atwood out of jail and in Deep Haven fulfilling community service, she was releasing the man responsible for Felicity’s death. All Ivy knows is that the Christiansens feel like the family she’s always longed for. And once she gets past Darek’s tough exterior, she finds a man she could spend the rest of her life with. Which scares her almost as much as Darek learning of her involvement in his wife’s case.
Caught between new love and old grudges, Darek must decide if he can set aside the past for a future with Ivy—a future more and more at risk as an approaching wildfire threatens to wipe out the Christiansen resort and Deep Haven itself.
I enjoyed reading this latest Deep Haven book. The plot and characters were interesting and well developed. I loved how Ivy and Darek interact together and how the relationship develops over the course of the book. Ivy was a foster child and longs for a place to call home. She falls in love with the tiny town of Deep Haven. She meets Darek when she goes to a town gathering that had a bachelor auction. She feels sorry for him because nobody bids on him. She did not know that she bought the town crusty old widower or his wife was killed by the man she got a plea bargain for. There are some great minor characters too and town favorites make a reappearance. This book can be read alone without being confused. This author always does a great job of making you feel like you are really there. The characters come off the page. The plot holds your attention. I felt the emotions and angst of the characters. The author creates a picture with words especially with the setting. The plot was detailed with some surprises. It is a contemporary Christian romance book but not cheesy. The conclusion was satisfying. I look forward to reading the next book in the series. Recommended.