My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Willowleaf Lane once more reinforces that RaeAnne Thayne truly understands the complex emotions of the human heart. This story revolves around Charlotte, who was formerly quite overweight, and is now building her life around her new body, when an old flame and his troubled daughter move back to town.
The way this book unfolds is a joy. The author allows you to get to know her characters and their families before she dives into the various situations in their lives.
The romance is sweet and yet exciting and gives the reader a chance to identify with the emotions of the people she describes. There is nothing shallow about this book. The way the troubled pre-teen was written particularly stood out for me. She was a very believable character and had many dimensions to her personality.
Much of the story revolves around Charlotte’s brother who is struggling after becoming disfigured in the military. This is an emotional aspect for anyone who has known someone that experienced something similar and I thought the author did a really great job of making this part of the book truly reflect the emotional pain of such a thing.
I enjoyed the direction she took the characters and found that there were some unexpected twists along the way that I wasn’t expecting, which always makes a book worth reading in my opinion.
Mostly this book is about hope and healing and an unlikely romance that you can’t help but root for. I liked that the hero was not overly fond of himself and the heroine continued to learn about herself as the story progressed. These are the type of characters you want to share with others.
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good romance with characters you don’t want to stop reading about. RaeAnne Thayne is quickly becoming one of my very favourite authors.