Series & Title: Wind Chime, Book 2: Wind Chime Wedding
Author: Sophie Moss
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Publisher: Sea Rose Publishing
Release Date: June 30, 2015
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
ARC Received From: IndieSage PR
Second-grade teacher, Becca Haddaway, is weeks away from walking down the aisle when she learns that the Heron Island Elementary School is about to be shut down. In the midst of a whirlwind of wedding planning, she launches into a last-ditch effort to save it. But the one man who can help her is determined to make her question every decision she has ever made—including the man she’s about to marry.
Former Navy SEAL and son of the current Maryland governor, Colin Foley, is finally starting to feel whole again after losing his leg on a career-ending deployment in Afghanistan. After struggling for months to figure out what to do with his post-military life, he’s found a new mission—opening a rehab center for wounded veterans on the peaceful Chesapeake Bay island. All he needs now is a woman to share his new life with…and he knows exactly who he wants.
With a little help from the island’s magical wind chimes, can Colin convince Becca to change her mind before it’s too late?
Wow. This story resonated with absolute sweetness and beauty. It isn't just a romance or a starting over story. It's about finding where you belong and learning to listen, really listen, to your heart.
Becca and Colin found what their hearts needed in each other. For Becca, Colin was the lifeline she needed to keep the school she loved open. At first, it seemed like his connections are all she needed from him. In part, they were. But she discovered her need for him went deeper than saving her school. He made her feel more, hope for, and dream for more than her fiance did or does. He sent her heart into overdrive and had her questioning her reason for marrying her sweetheart, something she'd never done because... Why?
For Colin, Becca was a chance at living a fulfilling post-military life. Her muted beauty, compassionate heart, and giving spirit called to him like no other woman had before. In her, he found a kindred soul, someone willing to go above and beyond to help others. In her, he saw a future he'd only dreamed of but had no idea how it'd come about. His goal was to build a place of healing and refuge for wounded soldiers like himself. That goal was never lost as the story progressed. The view only widened to include Becca.
They faced a lot of challenges from "Hi, my name is..." to "I love you" and dealt with the aftermath of the decisions they made in the face of those challenges. But through it all, even when the noise and chaos around them reached a fever pitch, their hearts spoke the loudest, reassuring them that what they shared was right. It was the whisper that kept them firmly grounded and focused even when outside forces tried to derail them.
Ms. Moss is a new-to-me author. I'm impressed by her style of writing and by the incredible depth she gave her characters. Their emotions aren't just words on a page; they swelled and rose from each page, captured this reader in its grip, invited me to experience the story from the characters' shoes instead of from a distance. I love a story that pulls me in, keeps me enraptured until the end, and has me wishing for more. Ms. Moss did just that with this beautiful story of discovering where you belong, and with whom, by listening to your heart.
Sophie Moss is a USA Today bestselling author of five full-length romance novels. She is known for her captivating Irish fantasy romances and heartwarming contemporary romances with realistic characters and unique island settings. As a former journalist, Sophie has been writing professionally for over ten years. She lives on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, where she's working on her next novel. When she's not writing, she's testing out a new dessert recipe, exploring the Chesapeake Bay, or fiddling in her garden. Sophie loves to hear from readers. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website sophiemossauthor.com to sign up for her newsletter.