A Reason to Love by Alexis Morgan – Review & Giveaway
After a devastating tour in Afghanistan, all Spencer Lang wants is for life to return to normal. But when he rides into his hometown on his Harley, he learns that his friends and family have tried to move past their heartbreak since he was reported killed-in-action—and the woman he loved is about to marry his best friend. Now, all he can do is pick up the pieces of his life.
Years ago Melanie Wolfe left town, with no intention of ever coming back. But when her father dies, she reluctantly returns home to salvage the family business. Reuniting with Spencer, her high school crush, complicates the already thorny situation, especially when she begins losing her heart to him all over again.
As Spencer and Melanie work to restore order to her family’s company, two damaged hearts face an unexpected new future that is filled with possibilities…and love.
A Reason to Love by Alexis Morgan is the 3rd book in her Snowberry Creek series. This is my first book in this series, and it read very well as a standalone. I have read other books by Morgan, and I wasn’t surprised me how much I enjoyed this book, as she is a wonderful writer.
Our heroine is Melanie Wolfe, who came back home after her father’s death, to try to save the family business. Melanie is alone in this, as her mother refuses to believe that the company was in dire straits, and doesn’t believe Melanie when she tells her. So Melanie works alone to try to resurrect the company. On the day she is attending a wedding, she goes to the cemetery to quietly lament to her dead father why he let everything go bad. It is there that Melanie sees a soldier looking over another grave. She sees he is agitated, and goes to offer her support. To her disbelief, the soldier is Spence Lang, a friend from her high school days, who was thought to be dead, from explosion in Afghanistan.
Once they reach the wedding, Spence loses his temper, as he sees his best friend marrying one of his soldier friends. The others of course are shocked, but Spence feels betrayed, not really looking at reality. He storms away. Melanie decides to follow him to make sure he doesn’t do anything foolish, and she ends up not going to the reception.
This is a wonderful story of a soldier who comes home emotionally a wreck, and unable to control his temper. While he ignored all his family and friends, who love him, it is Melanie who will be there for Spence. In a situation that is unlikely for a romance, it was a beautiful story how they bonded to help each other. I also loved Mooch, the dog who Spence had saved in Afghanistan, who was adopted by his friends when they thought he was dead. Morgan has created some wonderful secondary characters, such as Callie, Sarge, and Leif.
Alexis Morgan pulls a lot of emotions from us, as we watch Spence and Melanie fall in love. We watch how a confused & tormented Spence must come to terms with his life, and if he wants to remain in town with all his old memories, not to mention friends. Will Spence give up on a chance of a new life with Melanie? Will Melanie find a way to save her family business? Will Spence open his heart to his close friends again? If you love a story of small town, friends, family, a dog, and a beautiful romance that started as friends; as well as an emotional roller coaster of a ride throughout; then A Reason to Love is perfect for you.
Reviewed by Barb
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