The graduating class of Cherry Lake High School is celebrating their freedom with the traditional camp-out in the Jackson Cherry Orchard on the banks of Flathead Lake, Montana. Among the revelers are four cousins, the grandchildren of town founder and patriarch Nate Jackson, a man who knows first-hand how a life can change on grad night and the personal sacrifices that may be necessary months later.
Joining him on his annual vigil as twilight descends is Pansy Oppenheimer, a free spirit, who left Cherry Lake after graduation to wander the world. She mysteriously returns years later when Nate needs her friendship the most. As they keep watch at the edge of the orchard, they reminisce about their lives and choices; none of them easy, but all of them necessary. Nate and Pansy feel that they are guardians of the town, its children and keepers of their secrets.
Little does anyone know that they harbor a secret of their own…
Secrets of Cherry Lake series
Prequel: Small Town Secrets by Roxanne Snopek
Book 1: The Secret Son by Joan Kilby
Book 2: Her Secret Love by Paula Altenburg
Book 3: Her Secret Protector by Roxanne Snopek
Book 4: The Secret Bride by Jeannie Watt
In a short story, we go through so much family history, relationships, romance, heartache, and joy.
As a book one in the new series, Secrets of Cherry Lake, it gives us a sweet, yet touching story, about how life sometimes doesn't go as we plan, how the best intentions sometimes are not the best for us, and how life can make a full circle, things happen, life happen, and in the end, we only can say, what matters most is love.
I adore this short read, Pansy, Nate and Mary did the best they could with the cards they were dealt with, and the responsibilities they were given. The dissensions were not easy, and some of them were costly, but through all the heartache, love wins at the end.
The story is beautifully written, just flowing off the pages, and I can't wait to read the rest of the series, and hear about the other destinies at Cherry Lake.
~ Four Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
MY GRADING SCALE:
5 Spoons - Amazing, memorable story that I loved and want to read again. The best of the best and not given lightly
4 Spoons - Fantastic, entertaining story that I enjoyed and connected with and will gladly recommend to readers
3 Spoons - A good story, not much that stood out but I was engaged enough to spend the time to read it through
2 Spoons - A story with some issues, that were a problem to me
1 Spoon - Not for me