Sugar Pine Trail – book review

Sugar Pine Trail
by RaeAnne Thayne
Release Date: September 26, 2017
Publisher:  HQN Books
Book #7 in the Haven Point series
Number of pages:  352
Kindle Edition
Source: MCL
Contemporary Romance M/F
Rating: PG-13
Read 1/23/18 to 1/24/18

There were a lot of tears shed during the reading of this story, I’m not going to lie.  This one really tugged at my heartstrings.  If it wasn’t my devastation at the situation Clint and Davey found themselves in, it was my recognition of Julia’s feelings of not being enough.  Good enough, pretty enough, interesting enough…whatever.  What a sweet lady, but oh so clueless in many ways.

If you’re a fan of RaeAnne Thayne, you’ve known the character of Jamie for quite a while.  He harkens back all the way to the Hope’s Crossing series, before Aiden Caine moved to Haven Point and a new series was started.  His HEA has been a long time coming.  And Jamie is just as awesome as the rest of the Caine family.  He has some issues he has to deal with, but he’s such a great guy he doesn’t even let his family know he even has issues.  Jamie is a typical hero…he thinks he’s to blame for all that goes wrong but likes to share the wealth of kudos when things go right.  Unfortunately, that has gotten him into a situation where he is holding onto way too much guilt.

Julia is, in many ways, the opposite of Jamie.  Where he grew up in a huge, loving, demonstrative, and loud family, she grew up an only child to older (although still very loving), more reserved parents.  Because their attention was always on her, she felt the pressure to always do the right thing.  Julia has held herself back for so long, now that both of her parents have passed she doesn’t even know how to let loose a little.  Of course, this makes Julia and Jamie perfect for each other!

Throw in two confused, scared, and rascally little boys and this is the perfect holiday feel-good story.  With lots of tears, as I’ve mentioned, along the way.  Since Jamie is already a known entity for those that have read all of this author’s books, it’s no surprise he jumps in to help with the kids when he sees Julia is a bit out of her element.  He’s got so many nieces and nephews and I wouldn’t imagine anyone is even allowed to be shy with children in his family.  He’s so natural with Clinton and Davey and it makes him that much more attractive.

Although this is definitely an HEA book, there is a ton of heartache throughout.  Even, in a happy/sad way, at the end.  Things end as they should, but it doesn’t make it any easier.

Oh, I also have a warning.  This story is overflowing with warm-fuzzies!  My stomach was in a constant state of butterflies throughout the whole book.

4.5 stars

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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