ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: The Forever Farmhouse
Series: Hometown Brothers #1
Author: Lee Tobin McClain
Publisher: HQN Books
Release Date: September 6, 2022
Genre: Sweet Contemporary Romance
A Chesapeake island homecoming—and a life-changing discovery
When Ryan Hastings first came to Teaberry Island, he was a troubled teen on his last chance. He’s returning as a renowned scientist, checking in on his widowed foster mother. But one thing hasn’t changed—Ryan’s feelings for the girl next door whom he loved…and left. Mellie Anderson has a son now, and a good life that Ryan believes he’s still too damaged to share. But he knows he can help young Alfie, who’s getting picked on at his new school.
Mellie is grateful her gifted son is getting extra support, and torn about where it’s coming from. Ryan has no idea he’s Alfie’s father. No matter how valid her reasons were, could Ryan ever understand why she didn’t tell him? But in this close-knit community, friendship and forgiveness are always near at hand, and forever love might be waiting just next door.
In My Opinion
The Forever Farmhouse begins a new series by Lee Tobin McClain with the return of Ryan Hastings—a once troubled youth who found nurturing and love in his foster parents and is now making a name for himself in the environmental science community. Also on the island is the girl he may have loved in his youth but ran from when the fear of his past came knocking.
McClain gives readers two characters who are easy to like (Ryan because of the trauma he endured and overcame) and Mellie because of her heart for people and her desire to do the hard things in order to give her son the best life possible.
An Alfie-sized secret sits between them as they reconnect, each determined not to repeat the past yet drawn to the other like a moth to the flame. As Ryan takes time to connect with Mellie’s son, readers get a glimpse of the father he could become. But will finding out the truth push him away or draw him closer.
I look forward to spending some more time on Teaberry Island and learning more about Ryan’s brothers through this series.
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