Wednesday, May 20, 2015

[Pat's Review]: "The Bridge to a Better Life"

The Bridge to a Better Life by Ava Miles
Publisher: Ava Miles (May 8, 2015)
Series: Dare Valley, 8
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Sports hero and newly retired NFL quarterback Blake Cunningham wants a second chance at love…with his ex-wife. He's bought the house next door to her in Dare Valley and has built a bridge connecting their properties. It's his bridge to a better life, the one he lost when Natalie Hale left him after a family tragedy destroyed their marriage.

Natalie has just started a new job as the head caterer at the small town's historic hotel. When she discovers Blake has become the boy next door-literally-she secretly has to admit he still fires up all her engines and tugs at her heart. But the ghosts from their past seem too monumental to conquer.   

Blake vows to help Natalie remember the power of their love and friendship. With the intense sparks of attraction flying between them, Natalie begins to put her heart out there again. How can she resist Blake when he makes her laugh and swoon by even acting out her secret Outlander fantasy? As they both give love a second chance, they are forced to face their most disturbing memories, not only the tragedy that ripped their lives apart, but also the secret parts they were afraid to share...



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Reviews of Miles's Previous Books:

The Chocolate Garden (#2) -- Pat
Fireflies and Magnolia (#3) -- Pat

The Perfect Ingredients (#7) -- Pat


Pat's Review:

This is the newest novel by Ms. Miles set in Dare Valley, Colorado and loved by her readers. I'm no exception.


Blake Cunningham lost the love of his life, Natalie Hale, when her best friend and sister-in-law, Kim passed away from cancer. Nat suffered an emotional shutdown. She needed to be numb, away from people who would try to smother or fix her. She had to get away from Blake. So, she moved back to Dare Valley, surrounded by family and works as the head caterer for the Grand Mountain Hotel. She is working on her grief, but it's always there.


Blake Cunningham, NFL quarterback, has not stopped hoping for a second chance. He will do anything. Making up his mind, he retires from the NFL, moves to Dare Valley and makes winning back Nat his highest priority. Blake's brother, Aaron, who had Downs Syndrome and was Blake's inspiration in all he did, recently passed away from heart failure. Now that he's retired it's time to think about the future. He's planning a football camp at a local university for intellectually disabled children, staffed by all his buddies from his playing days and honoring Aaron. Natalie doesn't even know he has moved until a bridge appears between her property and next door. The first thing she sees is Touchdown her beagle she stills adores. Next, Blake appears. He makes no secret of his plans. He wants to share Touchdown and prove to her they still love each other. She feels a spark at his words, maybe it's time.


This novel is a very romantic love story. Blake is sweet, gorgeous and totally in love with Nat, which he tries to prove in every way he can. Nat is afraid, stubborn and still very attracted to Blake, but still pushes him away. I did want to shake her on occasion for not seeing the love right in front of her!  A very enjoyable read, and I'm looking forward to the next visit to Dare Valley.


5 STARS! 


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Pat received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for her honest opinion.

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1 comment :

  1. I'm really glad you enjoyed this one, Pat. However, this one is not for me. I get people go through emotional shutdowns over grief, but I've read a few with that scenario and it broke my heart to see them shove out their loved ones and people who were hurting right along beside them.

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