The Clover Chapel (Jamison Valley, #2)by Published 30 May 2017
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She took a dare and fell in love. Truth would have been the smarter choice.
After years of living under her father’s thumb, Emmeline is ready to break free. She’s abandoned her life as a New York socialite to follow her dream of becoming a kindergarten teacher in a small, wholesome town. Seeing the man that nearly broke her was absolutely not what she had hoped to find in Prescott, Montana.
Nick hasn’t seen his Emmy in nine years, but that doesn’t mean he’s forgotten a thing about the woman he loves. After just one blissful night as man and wife, he gave her up, sacrificing his own happiness to keep her safe—far away from him. But the moment she walks back into his lonely life is the moment he decides never to let her go again. He won’t waste his second chance. All he has to do is win back Emmeline’s heart, keep her safe from the shadows in his past and prove to her that taking a wager on him is a sure bet.
The Clover Chapel (Jamison Valley, #2) Reviews
This is book #2 in the Jamison Valley series, and if you haven't given this series a try yet....I highly recommend it! I love this series so far! It is a feel good book, there is a little angst; but nothing huge where it lasts the whole book. These books are about a small town, and the people who live in it. I love books like that. Of course, each book is about a main couple and their developing romance! We are treated to love, sex, friendship, and some drama. In this particular book, there was a bit of suspence thrown into the mix as well!
This book starts with Emmy and Nick meeting and getting married in Las Vegas. Yes, you read that right. They meet, and right away they decide to get married. The bad part though, is that the next day Emmy wakes up to an empty bed, and a note with one word on it, "SORRY!" Not very encouraging is it?!!!
Nine years later....things begin to pick up again...Nick and Emmy have moved somewhat on with their lives...and fate has plans for them to meet again. Will Emmy be able to forgive Nick?? Or will her anger ruin any potential they might have for a future?
I sure enjoyed these two together! Nick is an absolute sweetheart!! He truly is! I absorbed everything about him in this story...he has been added to my favorite hero list!!! I look forward to getting glimpses of these two in future books. This is the part I enjoy the most about small town series....we get to see our beloved characters in their HEA's!!!
There were a few secondary characters added to the roster in this story, and I'm really hoping that they will get books down the road! One thing is for sure....I will be looking forward to the next read until it comes out. This is a for sure read for me. I love this authors style, and am so excited to find a series that I'm in love with again!
Thank you Steph for Buddy reading this one with me! I love being able to gossip about these characters!!!
Za nijansu bolja priča od prvog dela serijala. Jedva čekam da pročitam ostale delove, sviđa mi se kako Devney piše.
Devney Perry's books are becoming my newest favorite addiction. I fell in love with her when I read The Coppersmith Farmhouse and that has most definitely carried over with The Clover Chapel. This series is refreshing and sexy, addictive and heart stopping, and once you start reading you'll be hooked. Romantic suspense that captivates you from the first to the very last page, I have to say, I more than recommend it.
The Jamison Valley Series consists of two novels so far: The Coppersmith Farmhouse and The Clover Chapel. Both books are standalone novels that follow two different couples. That said, I recommend that you read these books in order. So many of the characters you meet in the first novel show up in the second, and the Coppersmith storyline is talked about in The Clover Chapel. The thing that makes this series so great is that we get to see the previous couples in the new books. It builds, getting better and better over time.
The Clover Chapel focuses on Nick and Emmy. These two have an intense chemistry that you feel right from the start. They fell in love one night in Vegas and got married in a dizzying, fairy tale romance come true. But the next day Emmy wakes up and her groom, Nick, has left. Fast forward 9 years, and they've had no contact at all. There's been no closure. Emmy has no idea what happened to Nick. She has so many questions she's sure she'll never find answers to. But life goes on, and so has Emmy. After living the high life in Manhattan, she's exhausted from her father's demands and the social requirements of city life. She decides to escape and spend a year teaching Kindergarten in Prescott. But what she thinks will be a time to relax, turns into way more than she could have ever expected.
Nick's regretted walking away from Emmy for the last nine years. A day never goes by where he doesn't think of his wife, but his only wish for her is that she's out there living the happy life he knew he could never give her. Living in Prescott, Nick works as the local Fire Chief. Life for him is good, but it's about to get better when the second chance he never imagined he would get is put right within his reach. Nick and Emmy sizzle on the pages with a sweet dynamic that takes instant control of your heart. I loved reading their love story and simply put, I couldn't get enough.
I really adore how layered this series is. Not only do we have a romance aspect that's slow-burning and delicious, but we have the suspense element woven into the background that leaves you on the edge of your seat. Devney's a fantastic writer who works to develop her characters, giving them depth and life one word at a time.
Overall, I loved The Clover Chapel. I can't wait to see where this series goes as a whole and to read as all the stories! Addicting and fun, sexy and heartwarming, this is definitely a favorite of mine. One I would absolutely recommend you adding to your reading list.
3,75 to 4 stars
An ARC has been kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest opinion.
Let’s set something straight first: I fell in love with “The Coppersmith Farmhouse” and I’m now a fan of Devney Perry. I’m convinced she can write beautiful stories with gorgeous characters.
As much as I adored The Coppersmith Farmhouse and think this book is “The Bomb”, I’ve truly enjoyed “The Clover Chapel” but I was not amazed by it. It’s been a really pleasurable read that Devney can be proud of too but just not my personal kryptonite.
What is this book about?
Similar to The Coppersmith Farmhouse it’s a “fresh start” story.
I love fresh start stories because who has never dreamt of beginning again? Choosing a new career, living in another country, etc. all that seems really exciting to me.
In The Coppersmith Farmhouse Gigi was starting a new life in Prescott with her daughter Rowen. Now in this story Emmy is beginning her brand new career as a teacher far from New York and her toxic rich father (he really was a prick!).
It’s also a “second chance” romance. When choosing to settle in Prescott Emmy never imagined meeting her estranged husband Nick. Nick and Emmy got married at “The Clover Chapel” mere hours after having met in Las Vegas. If they got married fast Nick ran away just as fast without leaving a trace. I confess I found Nick a coward for leaving her without any explanation!
We’re now nine years later and Emmy is utterly shocked to meet Nick again. In the meantime she’s got a boyfriend for several years now so the situation is quite complicated.
What should she do? Divorce of course!
She never knew why Nick left her and he owes her that explanation. She needs it to have her closure. At least that’s what she keeps telling herself…
The only problem is Nick. He does not seem ready to let her be free.
As I said I’ve had some issues with the story leading to this rating. In no particular order:
-the whirlwind romance in Vegas I can believe in (I know some of my friends hate insta love and I totally get them but I’m a true romantic and it does not bother me most of the time). What I could not understand was Nick’s reaction. If he left her for a reason we’ll learn soon enough why this change of mind?
And say that I buy his change of mind (and I did after some persuasion) why was he not more “overbearing”? It frustrated me that I had to wait so long to see some big alpha move coming from Nick.
I think it was one of the reasons why I did not give it more stars. I love alpha men. Nick is not a sissy far from it but sorry to say that he does not hold a candle to Jess. That’s unfortunate for this book but Jess Cleary really set the bar high!
-surprisingly I was not truly invested in Emmy and Nick’s relationship. I love being immersed in the love stories, drinking them in big gulps with stars in my eyes. That’s not what happened here. I think the main reason is due to my “sponge” tendencies. I’m usually soaking up all the character’s emotions so if Emmy was guarded I was guarded as well… Maybe Emmy’s doubts rubbed on me? She never dared to believe Nick would not leave her. She thought she needed something more (not saying what) to truly have the fresh start and true chance she wanted. So even if they dated I was not 100% invested.
-some actions or explanations did not seem really believable either but I won’t give details here as I don’t want to spoil your fun and they were small things in the grand scheme of life.
What I did really like:
-Emmy! She is such a sweetie. She cares for her students and did not let her family’s wealth spoil her and turn her in a rich brat. I loved that Emmy had the guts to go against her father’s expectations and embrace her dream of being a teacher. I adored “Teacher Emmy” as she really cared for her students, investing so much that she put herself at risk to help one of them. I could feel she really was a good person.
-the challenges and dares. Nick challenged Emmy, pushing her out of her comfort zone. I only wish I could have had more of it!
- reading more about Jess and Gigi!I love when I can keep reading about characters I enjoyed in past books! I could see how their life together progressed and how Rowen was still an incredibly sweet little girl;
-the small town “feel” with a tight knit and gossiping community set in the rural Montana (gorgeous setting). I always get high reading about supportive community as opposed to all the indifference we’re witnessing in everyday life or the bad news showing up on our screens. This is like a dose of happiness bringing a big smile on my face;
-I loved the ending as it really surprised me. Another similarity with the first book is the mystery. Emmy’s house had been broken several times and we’re always looking for the person behind these breaking and entering. Here again Jess did not find who was the villain easily. And when we learned who the master mind was I confess I did not expect it at all! So congrats Devney, you did a great job
My reread is actually a "listen" as I had the audiobook.
Audible: Narrators – Ava Erickson and Joe Arden
OMG!!! I absolutely loved these narrators! They brought so much depth and emotion to the characters. It was easy on the ear and smooth while also bringing to life the character’s personalities. I was disappointed when the audio ended and I wanted to rewind and start all over again!
It’s official. I’m a diehard fan of this author and The Clover Chapel solidified the deal.
I absolutely love the way Ms. Perry writes. Her stories never get bogged down and there’s always something new right around the corner for her characters. And talking about characters, she gives them so much life. They each have their awesome qualities as well as their quirks that make them human. They come to life on the page and despite making some a-hole decisions, they’re always redeemable.
Loved meeting Nick and Emmy and revisiting with Jess and Gigi. There were some new friends and family introduced as well and I’m curious to see where this series is going to go.
If you haven’t tried this one yet, I dare you. No, I double dare you.
Some OW/OM drama - [spoilers removed]
Triggers - [spoilers removed]