Published: February 3, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: Ebook - Netgalley
Obtained via: Publisher
Reviewed by name and email address: Gina Gina@loveromancesandmorereviews.com
The Traveler family motto has always been “If you’re not competing, why bother?” Danielle “Danny” lived that motto to the fullest until one day her world came crashing down—figuratively and literally. Trapped in a chimney—a small space between two rocks with only a glimpse of sky visible, she waited hours upon hours for rescue. She wasn’t completely alone, but there in that dark place she could only fight to breathe and wonder if each breath would be her last.
Her injuries put her in months of rehab, but no amount of therapy could stop the nightmares. Nothing could take her out of that dark, airless place in her mind. Needing a change, something to hold on to, she comes to Mustang Ridge, Wyoming. There she meets the Skye family and is quickly taken under their wings. They give her what is essentially her own space—Jenny and Krista’s parents’ Rambling Rose RV, to stay in. But Danny can barely stay in what is really a comfortable space. To her it is too small and too airless.
But the someone comes into her life, someone who turns her life upside down and suddenly everything is righted.
Sam Babock has made a nice life for himself. At a relatively young age he found quite the gem mine and is able to buy himself pretty much anything he wants. At the time he came into his fortune he bought a motorcycle, a big ole Harley. And within hours of getting it his father decided to take a ride…a ride he did not return from. The guilt of his father’s death has haunted him. If Sam were to assess his life and tell you his life, he would tell you how every person he loved died. He simply cannot take another chance on loving another person.
But that doesn’t stop him for seeking out Danny and being there to support her, to show her that she really can make it back and be her own person. But is he strong enough to let Danny do the same for him?
From the very first Mustang Ridge book, SUMMER AT MUSTANG RIDGE, I have a Jesse Hayworth fan. Each story brings to life the struggles and ultimate renewal of the main characters. FIRELIGHT AT MUSTANG RIDGE is no different, but I do think it is the best one yet. There is a sense from the very first words that in this story Ms. Hayworth drilled down into her own dark place and found her own light. Either that or she has such a strong sense of what people can struggle through and how the lucky ones can make it out of their own personal caves.
When Ms. Hayworth describes the darkness in the cave Danny ventures into she doesn’t just paint a picture of a woman trying to get out into the fresh air. You know what it feels like to struggling for the next breath and how your lungs fill when you are once again out in the sun. You feel Danny’s courage when a little girl reaches out to her and she puts her own fears aside to be there for little Sonja.
Sam’s story is no less poignant. His battle parallels Danny’s and while her demons came from nature and his come from his own losses, the two are such incredible mirrors to each other.
Hayworth’s characters are amazing. They are true to life. They could be people you meet and you would want to know. Her stories are true to life and can be read for the simple enjoyment of a good story or to sit back and look at the ins and outs of your own life.
Each book is a standalone and the series does not need to be read in order. That said, you don’t want to miss a one.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.