Book 1, Laurel Falls - A Laurel Falls Novel
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If you love Susan Mallery, Kristan Higgins, or Rachel Gibson, don’t miss the start of this captivating small-town romance series! Laurel Falls, Montana, features spectacular mountain scenery—but it takes a rugged cowboy to convince one woman to slow down and enjoy the view.
Rafferty Hamilton doesn’t plan on putting down roots anytime soon. With her divorce final, the hotel heiress has left Manhattan behind to scout new locations for her family’s chain of resorts. Which is why it’s so frustrating to be stranded in Laurel Falls while a good-looking, slow-talking, Stetson-wearing mechanic takes his sweet time with her overheated coupe.
A decorated vet who paid his dues in Afghanistan, Trace Black can fix anything with an engine and get it revving—even Rafferty’s ridiculous sports car. He’s couldn’t say the same for the knockout driver, who looks like she’s never gripped a gear shaft in her life. Women like Rafferty don’t usually stick around in Laurel Falls, but Trace finds himself showing her everything his hometown has to offer before she cruises on down the road.
As the days pass, Rafferty finds herself charmed by the pace of life and the openhearted warmth of the residents. She’s even tempted to trust again—and it’s all thanks to Trace. He’s not the kind of guy she’s used to falling for, but he just might be the man she needs.
Praise for Leaving Yesterday
“I loved how Zoe Dawson’s wounded-soul hero and strong heroine both came alive in the pages of the story! Leaving Yesterday touched my heart and made me want to spend more time visiting this small-town world.”—USA Today bestselling author Alexis Morgan
“Rich with heartwarming romance and well-drawn secondary characters, Leaving Yesterday is a wonderful start to Zoe Dawson’s new Laurel Falls series.”—Elisabeth Barrett, author of The Best of Me
“With swoon-worthy men, family heartbreak, and the healing power of love, Leaving Yesterday is a perfect romance for your keeper shelf. You won’t want it to end.”—Vonnie Davis, author of the Highlander’s Beloved series
“A lovely story . . . I loved the descriptive writing of the locations, people, and landscape.”—Alpha Book Club
“A small-town story that will capture your heartfelt attention.”—Hines and Bigham’s Literary Tryst
“Leaving Yesterday gave me a great sense of small-town life. Filled with romance, a powerful sense of family, and charming characters, Zoe is off to a great start with this new series. I can’t wait to visit again.”—Itsy Bitsy Book Bits
“A sweet romance . . . I’m really interested to see how the characters grow throughout the series.”—Evermore Books
“Leaving Yesterday has enchanting moments plus a lively cast of characters.”—Always Reviewing
Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
I really enjoyed this small town novel about a country boy and a city girl. The town was very small, Laurel Falls, Montana population 800.
Rafferty Hamilton was on a road trip...she was getting over a divorce, trying to figure out if she was the person her cheating, lying ex claimed she was. Sean (her ex) said she was "always distant, never really there." The weather was great, the scenery breathtaking, and all was looking up in her world. That is until just beside a sign on the road reading Laurel Falls, her car died. She found a local garage, and was told they would pick her and her car up. This was going to reek havoc on the plans to check out some properties for her Dad. She was VIP of development for the family business. Rafferty was considered the "closer, hit man" of the property development company. When the tow truck showed up, she watched this big, gorgeous, cowboy hat wearing hunk step out of the truck. "The sight of him sucked the breath right out of her." This could be interesting....after all she was just passing through.
Trace Black, former Marine, caretaker of his families garage and siblings was all work. His older brother Reece was a firefighter, his youngest Harley had just returned from Afghanistan with devastating injuries, and severe PTSD. But Cadie
(Cadence) was going to be the death of him. High School cheerleader and an awesome chef. Just today he was involved in the "mango bra incident." He needed brain bleach.
He worked at the garage, handled the family dynamics, and spent most nights taking care of his wounded brother. He had wanted to make the Marines his career, but after their dad passed away he was needed at home. Seeing Rafferty in her little foreign car, made him rethink his no commitment rule. A little flirtation with a customer just passing through couldn't be bad?
The characters in this romance are captivating, each with a little twist. The description of the scenery is so real you feel like you're there. Everyone is working to save this charming, deteriorating town they love. I highly recommend this novel, and have a feeling I will be doing a re-read of this sweet romantic story.
I received this ARC from the publisher and NetGalley for an honest review.
This is my first book of Zoe Dawson's and I really enjoyed it. It did lag in the middle but I fell in love with all the quirky characters. Trace and Rafferty had instant chemistry/lust but did not act on it right away. With so many road blocks and family issues between them. Trace had major trust issues and Rafferty was torn between two worlds. It was nice to watch their romance unfold and see Rafferty fall in love with Trace's family and the town of Laurel Falls, Montana.
I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the Laurel Falls series.
Quirky town meets hotel heiress looking to make a name for herself by acquiring property for her family’s hotel chain.
Rafferty, recent divorcee, wants to make her family proud by making the perfect acquisition for their hotel chain when her car breaks down stranded her in Laurel Falls. Rafferty is immediately taken by the opportunity and possibility she sees in this town in need desperate need of a big pick me up. One of those possibilities being the hot mechanic fixing her car, Trace Black. But she quickly finds friends, a curious town pet and people that welcome her and want to make her feel at home.
Trace knows Rafferty’s type, they never stick to a town like Laurel Falls. Trace is a decorate vet, who came home take care of his siblings, a spunky teen sister and a brother suffering with PTSD. But something about Rafferty just clicks and he can't resist.
Dawson pulls you into this town with a writing style that made me feel like this could be my home town with neighbors and friends that you can’t wait to get back and check in on. The slow building romance, with social aspects coming into play, just gives the meat to a story with wonderful personalities as the dessert. I really enjoyed spending time getting to know these characters and look forward to further installments in the Laurel Fall series.
A strong story with heart and soul, dont' miss Leaving Yesterday.
I received this ARC copy of Leaving Yesterday from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept for a honest review.