Contractor Wes Mathews is nearly finished hiking the Appalachian Trail in honor of his recently deceased best friend when he falls terribly ill. He stumbles into the nearest town and soon finds himself indebted to the beautiful young doctor who owns the clinic. In lieu of payment, he proposes a trade that will keep him in town—and away from obligations to his best friend’s sister—for several weeks.
But as Avery and Wes spend time together, their friendship begins moving into unexpected territory. Soon they both begin to question their plans for the future. But will Wes be able to let go of the debt he owes his best friend? And will Avery find the courage to risk everything for love?
I've been looking forward to this book ever since I finished the first book! I love the small town setting nestled along the Appalachian Trail. Avery's clinic and home is in the most picturesque place with a river running behind it. It just sounds so lovely.
Avery and Wes have a relationship that grows so naturally and fluidly. They were so comfortable with each other and I really felt that come through as a reader. Both Avery and Wes are battling some big challenges that require courage and heart. All I can say is thank goodness for good people in their lives, helping them to get to the right decisions to find happiness and peace. It was so easy to like both Avery and Wes. They are the kind of people I would like to be friends with.
This is a sweet, gentle story with strong, well defined characters.
And now I will not so patiently wait for book three because Avery's brother deserves such a happily ever after. I'm desperate for him to get it.
Content: kissing. Mild Christian elements.
- I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.