Tales of the Whispering Pines
by J. T. Carruthers

"'I need to tell you something, Destiny. You make me feel like I’m on top of the world.'"

Tree farmer and volunteer firefighter Chris has been living with his daughter Sapphire deep within the whispering pines of Alaska. The years have been tough for the small family. Chris lost the love of his life—Sapphire’s mother, Samantha—to cancer, and things just haven’t been the same since. Chris continues for Sapphire’s sake, knowing his beloved wife would want him to give their daughter every bit of joy as possible in her childhood. During one dispatch call, however, Chris’s life gets turned upside down. Destiny and her daughter Holly have had a terrible fire at their home and need a place to stay. Chris decides to offer a place at his parent’s bed and breakfast. The bond that the two single parents form is not like anything Chris has felt in a long time or even knew was possible. What will happen with Chris and Destiny? Will they run away from another chance at love, or will they reflect Destiny’s name and find their own destinies together?

Romance comes knocking in this sweet novel. It gives readers just the right amount of cheesiness that romance lovers will want without sacrificing plot. The relationships that all of the characters develop throughout the course of the story will be sure to tug on heartstrings. There are certainly elements that are a little rosier than what would typically happen in real life, but such is the course of a cute romance such as that between Chris and Destiny. Also, the relationships the two have with their children, Holly and Sapphire, only make for a stronger development within the narrative. The novel may not be groundbreaking in the romance genre, but it definitely makes for a fun read that will be sure to please romance lovers.

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