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Series: The Wildes of Birch Bay
Title: Montana Cherries
Author: Kim Law
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Published: July 28th, 2015
This is so much more than a sweet romance! It explores familial relationships and dynamics in a moving manner, with the focus on Dani Wilde and those around her. Dani was at Columbia University when her mother dies. She gave up her studies to return to the family Cherry farm in Montana to bring up her younger brothers who are now grown up. She plans to return to live her own life, starting a new job in a month’s time.
That’s when her first lover, Ben, returns to Montana, bringing with him his four year old daughter who he is only just starting to know after her mother refuses to look after her. Thrust into the role of father, he seeks the only place he felt was home, the Wilde Cherry Farm and his first love, Dani.
There are lies and secrets to be revealed as Ben learns to be a father and Dani questions just what she really wants in life. Some of the secrets are devastating for Dani, who tries to emotionally shut herself away to protect herself, but Ben is always there to support her. In a similar way, Dani is always there to help Ben learn to be a father to his delightful daughter and there are some really sweet interactions between the three of them. The romance between them does develop but it is the whole gamut of characters that make the story. I really hope this will be followed by other novels concerning Dani’s brothers!
Many thanks to the publishers and NetGalley for gifting me an ARC of this novel with no obligation. This is my honest review.
After her mother’s tragic death, Dani Wilde had no choice but to abandon her dreams. She left Columbia University and returned to her family’s Montana cherry farm, intent on being a maternal figure to her brothers. Now the kids are grown, and it’s finally her time to fly. Her sights are on New York City, and nothing will stop her—not even an old flame with gorgeous green eyes.
Celebrity photographer Ben Denton hasn’t seen Montana in years—and hasn’t spoken to Dani since “that night” so long ago. When he discovers he’s a dad to a four-year-old—and the child’s mother refuses to care for her—Montana and the Wilde farm spring to mind. The orchard is the only place that’s ever felt like home, but will the warmth of the Wilde family be enough to help Ben figure out how to be a father?
As the Wilde family gathers for the yearly cherry harvest and Dani struggles to figure out what she really wants in life, she discovers the shocking truth about her own mother—and learns that following her heart may lead her to her dreams after all.