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Wildflower Season by Michelle Major {Book Review}

**I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley for consideration. All thoughts are my own. 

She always followed the path of least resistance…until it leads her to a small town where she can follow her dreams.

When Emma Cantrell’s marriage imploded, she learned a fast and painful lesson about trusting her heart. Then, on a visit to Magnolia, North Carolina, to see her brother, an elegant, if dilapidated, mansion for sale presents the opportunity to start over. Risking everything on her dream of opening the Wildflower Inn, Emma buys the house…just as the storm of the century hits, severely damaging the structure. But a chance meeting with Holly, a bride-to-be in desperate need of a new venue, gives her hope…and the name of a contractor who’ll work fast and cheap, allowing Emma to repair the inn in time to host the wedding and save her investment.

A furniture builder who hasn’t picked up a tool in the five years since his wife died, Cameron Mitchell has no intention of agreeing to help this beautiful—and, he’d guess, entitled—woman insisting that he fix her inn. Until he learns that Emma was sent by Holly, the little sister of his late wife. Grudgingly, Cameron agrees to do the work, with one condition: that he be left completely alone. But the more time they spend together, the more Emma touches a part of his heart he was sure died long ago, forcing him to try making peace with his past.

Michelle Major
 grew up in Ohio but dreamed of living in the mountains. More than twenty years ago, she pointed her car west and settled in Colorado. Today her home includes her husband, their two children, several furry pets, and a couple of well-behaved reptiles. Shes grateful to have found her passion for writing stories with happy endings.

Because I typically read and review either Christian fiction or otherwise clean reads, it is important to note right off the bat that Wildflower Season is neither of these things. The steamiest romances I tend to read are that of Nicholas Sparks, so to put it into perspective based on that... this one had a few love scenes that I would say were perhaps just a bit steamier than that. They still weren't overly graphic compared to others on the market, but enough to make my modest self blush anyway! There was also a bit of language, but not a ton. Again, with my preference for clean reads the language and the love scenes are certainly things that I personally could have gone without... but I cannot hold them against the story too much as this doesn't claim itself to be anything but a contemporary romance! Still, certainly worth noting if you are a more conservative reader. 

Taking those out of the equation, I actually really enjoyed the story itself. With a run down inn, a wedding on the verge of disaster and a widow with the weight of the world on his shoulders, this book truly is a book all about second chances... and I truly enjoyed getting to know each of the unique characters. To me, it felt very much like it could be the next great Hallmark movie... and I love a good Hallmark movie! It was a sweet story that really drew me in and had me rooting not just for the main characters but for the side characters introduced too. While it may not be the style of story that I typically prefer, I would certainly give the next books in the series a read too! If you love a good romance and don't mind a little language and a love scene or three, this is certainly one to check out. 


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