Monday, February 26, 2018

Pat's Review: Crossing Promises

Crossing Promises by Kimberly Kincaid
Publisher: Kimberly Kincaid Romance (March 5, 2018)
Series: Cross Creek, 3
Genre: Contemporary Romance

For Owen Cross, the only thing that matters more than family is farming. As the oldest Cross brother, the land is his legacy, and he’ll do whatever it takes to make Cross Creek a success—including hiring local widow Cate McAllister to manage the bookkeeping tasks that are growing in his office like weeds. Cate’s as pragmatic as she is pretty, and she rattles his hard-fought composure at every turn.

Cate had known a lot of things about her husband before he died three years ago in a car accident, but how much debt he’d gotten them into wasn’t one of them. She needs her job at Cross Creek, even if her boss is both gruff and gorgeous. But Owen’s a family man, through and through, and the last thing Cate is interested in is anything—or anyone—with strings attached.

As Owen and Cate join forces to right the farm, they discover there’s more to the other than the surfaces shows, and that passion can be found in unexpected places. Can Cate heal from the loss of one family to gain the love of her life? Or will the past prove too much for the promise of the future? 

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Pat's Review:

This is the third book in the Cross Creek series and I think I’ve found my favorite brother, Owen Cross. He’s the eldest, devoted to both his family and the farm, and the hardest to crack emotionally.

Owen works from dawn to dark and as exhausted as he is, he loves it. His brother Eli left the farm to pursue his career as a journalist with his photographer girlfriend. Hunter lives and works on the farm and is engaged to be married to Emerson, the love of his life. Emerson was diagnosed with MS and as devoted as Hunter is to the farm, his first priority is Emerson. There’s big plans coming up for the farm, with an addition of a storefront to sell produce along with their weekly farmers' market sales. The only bad thing about running the farm is Owen's time spent doing the dreaded paperwork. Neither Hunter or Owen want to deal with it, but it’s vital.

Cate McAllister is a young widow who lost her husband and child in a car accident. If that wasn’t enough to tear her apart, her husband left her deeply in debt. She works two jobs trying to pay bills, and is about to lose her home. She hates that the whole town treats her as fragile glass. She’s tired of it. The only thing keeping her going is her love of baking. It keeps her sane. When Owen mentions looking for a full time bookkeeper, she jumps at the chance. Until she sees the mess that their financial records are in. Cate feels like she stepped into chaos. But she isn’t giving up; Cate is going to prove she’s a woman who can take care of herself.

When Cate not only tackles the chaos, but adds more efficient ways to handle it, Owen realizes there is a whole lot more to Cate than he thought. He starts looking at her like the talented, beautiful woman she is-- and he wants more. There are a lot of bumps in the road for them, Owen’s stubbornness and Cate’s secrets make things difficult, but the building romance is beautiful.

This can be read as a stand alone, but the first two in the series are equally enjoyable.


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Pat received an e-ARC of this book from the author.

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Thanks for the review, Pat! This one sounds great. I am a bit of a sucker for the heroine hired to organize the hero's business/house/finances and the like, so this one is kinda calling my name!

Have you read Kimberly Kincaid? Do you have a favorite  from her?


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