When I met my husband, I had a real problem with seeing my own worth. It was the love of my husband that helped me see my own value. Having someone see past the walls we built to protect our hearts, really opened me up. I could empathize with Jake in LE Wagensveld's new release- BREAKING PAST. Jake is someone who sees only his mistakes. He isn't able to see how much he's got to give and the value he brings to any situation. Luckily, River is willing to help him, just like I had my husband.
BREAKING PAST is a wonderfully emotional read that has moments of pure hilarity. With crazy chickens and a three legged dog, Jake has his hands full. River is feisty and funny. She won't let him hide from the truth that he's important. The journey of Jake and River gave me all the feels.
BREAKING PAST is the third book in the Stevenson Family series but can be read as a standalone. But why would you want to?? The rest of the characters from the other books show up and it's like coming home. If you love small town romances with humor, you will love BREAKING PAST, now available in ebook and print!
River James tried to leave Cascade Creek more than once. Now she’s resigned herself to a life in the town where she grew up, and she’s happy, even if, sometimes, it feels as though something is missing.
When she meets Jake Maclean, it’s clear the man has his burdens, yet she can’t stop thinking about him. His shyness, talent, and kind heart endure Jake to River faster than she would have liked. She’s open to a future with Cascade Creek’s handsome interloper, but Jake is much more resistant. The question is, can she make him see, that he, and his future, are worth fighting for? Or will Jake successfully drown their chances of love in his past pain?
Jake Maclean loves his family. So, he knows they’re better off without him. When Jake moves to Cascade Creek to escape his past and the pain he’s caused, he isn’t looking for a new beginning. Living in the tiny town is supposed to be his penance, not a second chance.
It takes a feisty woman with eyes who look into his soul, a three-legged dog, and the unflagging support of his sister Carmen to help Jake shed the pain of his past. Will he be able to embrace his new life, and a chance at love? Or will the struggles of his past get the better of him, again?
There’s no better healer than love!
Breaking Past, the third book in the Stevenson Family stories, steals the reader’s heart with a sweet story about love and redemption. Jake holds his guilt close to his heart like a shield and River is the one woman who can rip that protection away. It can be read as a standalone but by reading all the books, you’ll find a deeper connection with the characters. Fans of Book Lovers by Emily Henry and Part of Your World by Abby Jimenez will enjoy the heartwarming tale of Breaking Past.
Jake laughed out loud this time, and the sound brought a grin to River’s face. He had a rich belly laugh, unabashed and catching.
“What?” she asked.
“You sound like an advertisement. Like you should be on the radio plugin’ their wares.”
River flapped her free hand in a dismissive gesture. “I tried the radio thing once, but it wasn’t for me. I’m much more of a hands-on people person. I enjoy going out and meeting people.”
“I can see that,” Jake said. “You’re not shy at all. Whereas I would just as soon hide rather than approach someone and talk to them.”
“It’s not so bad. You just open your mouth and let the words come out.”
“But then the wrong ones come out, and I say something stupid and obsess about it for the next six years.”
“You do that?” She glanced up at him, chuckling. His face was flushed slightly with embarrassment, and it was ridiculously endearing.
The corner of his mouth turned up. “You don’t?” River shook her head.
He stared at her, incredulous. “You’ve never said ‘You too’ when a server says ‘Enjoy your meal,’ or gotten the words mixed up when you went to say something and it comes out ‘Food cat,’ and then been haunted by it for years? Like your brain thinks it’s funny never to let you forget it?”
River shrugged. “Well of course I’ve said stupid things, but I guess I never thought much of it after the fact. Can’t take it back, can you?”
Jake shook his head at her, green eyes wide. “What’s it like in your world?”
“Pretty good,” she grinned up at him. “Join me on the dark side, Jake. We’ve got cookies. Oh! We’re here.”