The Clover Chapel by Devney Perry
Book 2 in the Jamison Valley Series
Published May 30,2017 by Devney Perry
She took a dare and fell in love. Truth would have been the smarter choice.
After years of living under her father’s thumb, Emmeline is ready to break free. She’s abandoned her life as a New York socialite to follow her dream of becoming a kindergarten teacher in a small, wholesome town. Seeing the man that nearly broke her was absolutely not what she had hoped to find in Prescott, Montana.
Nick hasn’t seen his Emmy in nine years, but that doesn’t mean he’s forgotten a thing about the woman he loves. After just one blissful night as man and wife, he gave her up, sacrificing his own happiness to keep her safe—far away from him. But the moment she walks back into his lonely life is the moment he decides never to let her go again. He won’t waste his second chance. All he has to do is win back Emmeline’s heart, keep her safe from the shadows in his past and prove to her that taking a wager on him is a sure bet.
In true me fashion, I saw this series, loved the covers and all the summaries sounded great, so i hauled the entire series with one click on Amazon. I jumped immediately into The Clover Chapel by Devney Perry right after finishing book one, The Coppersmith Farmhouse. I loved the small town setting, the sense of community and wow, did Devney Perry hit me with the surprises in book one, I couldn’t wait to see whose romance would be in book two.
I liked the idea of this book. Emmy and Nick met and married one night in Las Vegas. The next morning, Emmy wakes alone. She doesn’t hear from or see the man she has been married to for nine years. Emmy finds herself tired of New York City life, her dad who is a complete jerk and she wants to teach, so she takes a job in Prescott, Montana. Once she begins teaching, she meets the parents of Rowen, Gigi and Jess from the first book and they invite her to a get together. Who does she run into not long after arriving? Her husband!
Nick has his reasons for leaving Emmy that night after they married, which you learn a few chapters into the book. They were good reasons. Emmy was a smart girl and he could’ve just told her upfront, but then we wouldn’t have a story, right? A lot like book one, Nick is persistent with Emmy. She is adamant about divorcing him. She has had a boyfriend for five years now and wants to move on, but Nick convinces her to give him a week’s time, a date every night and if she feels the same after, they’ll move forward with the divorce.
I liked the thought Nick put into his time, his dates with Emmy. You got the sense that he truly paid attention and listened to her. There was something sexy about Nick. I loved that here he was this firefighter who comes from a family of motorcycle club members who do some pretty dangerous stuff. It always felt that he was straddling the line between good guy and bad guy, and I found the blurry line so hot.
I liked Emmy. I love reading from the perspective of teachers. She was so great with her students and one in particular, I loved seeing her do the right thing and even step on some toes to take care. I enjoyed seeing the friendship between Emmy, GiGi and Maisey (from book one) bloom. Understandably, Emmy was new in town and wasn’t sure how long she’d stay once she realized Nick lived there but Gigi and Maisey immediately took to her and it’s always a joy to read strong female friendships.
My only gripe with this novel was that towards the end I got a little bored. The plot twist came and I really didn’t even care for it. Not sure if I just wasn’t in the mood for it or what. I basically skimmed through it to get to the end and find out how Emmy and Nick panned out.
I do recommend reading this though. It is starting out as a really solid series. Devney Perry hits you with these beautiful covers and stories that seem like sweet small town romances then bam! She totally sexes it up and throws unexpected twists and turns in there.