Thursday, June 16, 2011

Book Club: Angel's Rest by Emily March

By: Alyson Hackett
Gabriel Callahan has lost everything that mattered. All he wants is solitude on an isolated mountain estate. Instead, he gets a neighbor. Vibrant, no-nonsense Nic Sullivan is Eternity Springs’ veterinarian, and she has an uncanny plan to lure this talented architect back to the world of the living. First with a dog, next with a renovation project, and, finally, with a night of passion that ends with a surprise.

Now a man still raw from tragedy must face the biggest struggle of his heart. Can he forgive himself and believe in the power of second chances? Dare he trust in the promise of a future and a brand-new family here in Eternity Springs?

Love me some tortured hero! And Emily March’s Angel’s Rest certainly delivers on that!

Gabe Callahan has suffered a tragedy in his life that would knock anyone to their knees—the loss of a spouse and child. He has secluded himself at an estate up in the mountains and has decided that life just isn’t worth living anymore.

OK let me just tell you that the first few pages of this book knocked me to my knees! You felt Gabe’s pain and wanted to just make things better for him. His suffering and agony just came alive and right off the page!

Gabe’s savior comes in the very odd form of a goofy looking boxer. This boxer—Archibald, Tiger or Clarence depending on who you ask—eventually leads Gabe to the person and community that will bring him back to life.

The addition of the boxer is really great! He adds some heartwarming scenes but also makes you laugh because of his attachment to Gabe despite Gabe’s obvious reluctance to even acknowledge that the dog exists.

Nic Sullivan has her own demons that haunt her due to a failed marriage. She doesn’t have much faith in men and their ability to be monogamous. From the moment that Gabe brings the boxer in for care, Nic is intrigued with Gabe but also determined to make Gabe and the boxer a match no matter how reluctant Gabe is.

Nic cracked me up! She is so blunt and plain spoken that it is very refreshing. She doesn’t hold much back and I think that honesty is certainly part of what intrigues Gabe.

Adding to this is Celeste Blessing and her idea of opening a spa/retreat in order to boost the economy and essentially save the town of Eternity Springs! There is something special about Celeste that is never really identified but her character definitely has some woo-woo going on! LOL!

Angel’s Rest is a fantastic contemporary romance! It breaks your heart and makes you ache but it also makes you laugh and fall in love right along with the characters. Those that enjoy Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series, will find themselves enjoying Angel’s Rest as well. Eternity Springs is a welcoming little town with fantastic characters and a little bit of mystery that will keep you guessing.

Since the Bristlecone Café has famous brownies, I thought I would include a brownie recipe for everyone to try!

4 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate or ¾ cup cocoa and 3 Tbls oil

3/4 cup butter

2 cups white sugar

3 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup chopped walnuts


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Microwave chocolate and butter in large bowl at HIGH for 2 minutes or until butter is melted.

Stir until chocolate is melted.

Stir in sugar.

Mix in eggs and vanilla.

Stir in flour and nuts.

Spread in greased 13 x 9 inch pan.

Bake for 25-35 minutes (depending on your pan)


Teresa said...

That's a yummy review. I'll order the book.
Thanks you,

Aly said...

I really did love this book! It had so much in it that makes me enjoy a book - a fabulous cast of characters, a HOT, tortured hero, a great setting, a HOT, tortured hero, some wonderful storylines and a HOT, tortured hero! Oh sorry! Did I already mention the tortured hero thing? LOL!

Alison said...

Good Morning All!

Great review Aly! I haven't read this book yet, but I'm moving it up my TBR list. I love a HOT, tortured hero! Can't wait to read this book :)

Ronlyn said...

Good morning!
This was the first book in a long time where I actually ached for a character. Gabe was amazing and his pain seemed to radiate off the page. He was living my worst nightmare.
Nic and her friends were wonderful. I could easily see myself in their midst. And then later when dealing with Nic and Gabe together (well, Gabe stumbling through and Nic trying to be patient and understanding, but at the same time wanting to smack him upside the head) I found myself groaning or shaking my head at the various disasters in the making.
I very much enjoyed this book!

Emily March said...

Hello! Just wanted to stop by and say thanks for choosing ANGEL'S REST for your book club. And thanks, Aly, for the lovely review!

Marie Force said...

Hi everyone,
Crazy day at work so I am just popping in for a minute to say I am really enjoying this book even if it's taking me forever to read it! Nic and Gabe are super fun characters and I love the people in the town, too.

Welcome! Nice to have you here!

Tara said...

Great review, Aly! Sounds like a great read that I'll be adding to my tbr pile, or caving and downloading to my kindle to read on my flight home today.

I have discovered so many new authors great reads from this book club, love it!

Off to my meetings, have a great weekend everyone! Thanks Aly and Marie.

Kara C said...

This book is wonderful! Anyone who hasn't read it needs to move it to the top of your list!
Great write up, Aly. That dog was so fun to read about! I agree that Nic is a great heroine. And I think somewhere in the midst of the woo woo, small town charm, humor, and mystery, there may have been a HOT tortured hero.

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Karen said...

I had been putting off buying Angels Rest because my TBR is HUGE, but I just keep hearing such wonderful things about it, I think I'll just have to get it. Nice review!

Aly said...

Really! I insist that you all drop what you are doing and read this book now!! :)

If the idea of a HOT tortured hero doesn't work for you, the dog is definitely a bright, fun spot in the book!

Alison said...

I'd love to leave work early to go home and read! Any suggestions for a good excuse to leave?

Ronlyn said...

*cough* I'm sure you *sniff* are coming *sneeze* down with something Alison. ;-)

krisgils33 said...

This is a great book and a great series. I love the tortured hero and Emily's writing makes his pain so vivid that it hurts!! If you haven't read this series yet, you must!! Right. Now. :-)

Mary G said...

I loved this series. I agree, it did remind be of the Virgin River series but only the feelings that it evoked. The dog was the icing on the cake of a very wonderful emotional read. You will love the other 2 books too.

Ronlyn said...

One of my favorite moments was when Sage was photographing the wildlife and collapsed. How Gabe recognized her own soul searing pain, the whole like seeks like moment. The silent acceptance just warmed my heart.

Another is when Gabe & Nic got trapped in the basement. The fact that they dug out a bed pan had me howling.

Marie Force said...

Checking back in to say I'm really loving this book and this town! Back to reading before I start writing!

Anonymous said...

This entire series was great. Highly recommend these.