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
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
I LOVE the covers this author uses for her books. They are such a nice change of pace to the usual half-naked man or woman scenario. This one is very pretty. A great representation of the book. Great use of graphics. Fantastic composition.
I don't really have much to say about this one. It was OK, but I didn't enjoy it as much as book one. It dragged a lot for me in places. I also wasn't a huge fan of the setup. I thought Nick's reasons for leaving Emmy were lame. The fact that he didn't bother to look for her at all in nine years but still claimed to be SO in love with her was lame. The fact that he slept with OW even saying the spot where his wedding ring should have been would burn when he did sleep with OW, and he felt like he was betraying his wife, yet continued having sex with other women was lame. Thankfully the heroine wasn't pining for him and moved on to sleep with OM and even have a live-in relationship. Kudos to the author for THAT at least.
All that aside the writing was still good. I enjoy this author's writing style it reminds me of KA without being a straight up copy. The mystery part kept my attention and the sex scenes were fairly hot. It was nice to see the couple from book one as well. So like I said, it was OK overall.
Such a sweet and sexy story! Highly recommend this one for fans of KA - this book is all about a strong heroine; a stand-up, Alpha hero; and some fast-moving danger. Loved the descriptions of the breathtaking Montana scenery.
I'm a HUGE fan of second-chance romance and this one fit the bill perfectly. This is the second book in the Jamison Valley series and centers around Nick, Jesse's friend. (This book can be read as a standalone but I HIGHLY recommend the first book because it is fantastic!) It's no spoiler that Nick and Emmeline (Emmy) were married in Las Vegas many years earlier and surprise! They meet up again very unexpectedly after many years apart, when she moves to his small town.
“Nick?” Gigi asked, but I didn’t speak or take my eyes off Emmy. She was frozen just like I was. Finally, Emmy broke away.
“Sorry. I have to go,” she mumbled before racing to the door.
“What was that? Do you know her?” Jess asked.
Yeah. I knew her. “She’s my wife.”
There is a delicious slow-burn aspect to this story even though Nick and Emmy are still legally married. Emmy now has a boyfriend, and had given up ever finding Nick after years of searching turned up nothing (there's a good reason for that which is revealed later in the book!). Nick broke her heart when he left her after their impulsive wedding in Vegas. Emmy and Nick were from two very different worlds, but now their paths have crossed again when she takes a teaching job in Prescott, Montana.
Nick is a sexy and sweet Alpha but Emmy resists him despite his incredibly tender and romantic gestures. Even though they are husband and wife, they really didn't know each other at all. If you are a fan of small-town romance, you will love this book. There is plenty of action and just the right amount of heat. Although story did not have the "wow" factor that 'The Coppersmith Farmhouse' had, I still raced through this book and absolutely fell in love with the characters.
I am obsessed with this series and cannot wait for more stories about the other characters. Ms. Perry obviously has a great deal of love for her setting and it shows in her writing. 'The Clover Chapel' is a heart-warming, funny, sexy and very adult romance that enthralled me and entertained me to the very last word. I am thrilled that the third book in the series, 'The Lucky Heart' is coming in August! I can't wait to return to Jamison Valley.
(ARC provided by the author in return for an honest review.)
4" I dare you" stars
Second chance romance!
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