18660365Reviewed by Amanda Schafer

Melanie Wolfe is back in Snowberry Creek dealing with the after-effects of her father passing away and the mess he left the business in when she sees someone from her high school days. Spencer Lang. But, Spence died overseas serving his country…or did he? The whole town had mourned for him. Yet, there he was…standing in the cemetery at his own grave. After getting over the shock of seeing him, she invites him to the wedding of their dear friends, Nick and Callie.

Spence can’t believe that Nick and Callie are getting married! It’s like he never existed or meant anything to either of them! Running away to deal with his own emotions, Melanie follows him and finds him at a bar. Knowing that he needs help to process everything he’s been through, she gives him the space he needs but also offers her renewed friendship to help him. Before long, Melanie and Spence are more than friends and yet have also determined to just “have fun” and not set any limitations on each other regarding their future. When they both realize there is more to their relationship than being friends, Spence gets spooked because he still has so much emotional baggage to deal with regarding his imprisonment overseas.

The second in the Snowberry Creek series, A Reason to Love is a good continuation of the story started by Alexis Morgan. The story picks up and continues almost where the first one left off so the reader feels like they miss nothing, yet you really don’t have to have read the first one to fully understand and appreciate the second. The only thing that really bothered me about the story was that Spence seemed to move on to Melanie awfully fast. The first few pages are him making quite the ruckus over Callie and Nick getting married and how she must have forgotten him and yet it doesn’t take long for him to hop in bed with Mel. Seems like there could have been a bit more time spent with him dealing with that or not having such a horrible reaction to the wedding in the first place.

A Reason to Love is a good, quick novel for someone who enjoys romance novels set in small towns with well-loved characters.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Amanda lives in Missouri with her engineering husband, two sons, and one daughter. In between homeschooling and keeping up with church activities she loves to read Christian Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and any Chick-Lit. She never goes anywhere without a book to read!

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Penguin Group. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.