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Series: The Wildes of Birch Bay #3
Title: Montana Mornings by Kim Law
Author: Kim Law
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Published: February 28th, 2017
This is a second chance romance featuring Gabe Wilde who has returned to Birch Bay with his young daughter, Jenna, who is struggling to come to terms with their new situation whilst he struggles with how to help her now that her parents are in the process of divorcing because of their destructive relationship. When Jenna starts school he discovers that her temporary teacher is Erica Bird, someone he went out with for two years whilst at college. She’s also been married but has been divorced from her cheating husband for two years though she’s also struggling with the change. With Jenna struggling to cope with the changes in her young life, can these two help support the child despite their different responses to her behaviour and will love be rekindled for them, too?
The back story of both main characters is slowly revealed through the story, helping to explain their attitudes and reactions to events and each other. This is apparently the third novel in the series but I had previously only read the first one, Montana Cherries – I’ve missed Montana Rescue but hope to rectify that soon! I don’t think it is essential to read the earlier books to enjoy this one, but you may, like me, be tempted to do so after enjoying this one. There are so many threads running through this story with teaching, coaching, families, divorces, life and romance amongst them. The story runs through a whole roller coaster of emotions with so many ups, downs, twists and turns as both main characters and Jenna have to face up to the realities of life before they can move on towards a HEA.
I requested and received a copy of this story via NetGalley and this is my honest review after reading it.
Gabe Wilde has never been more ready for a change. Thirty-three and in the midst of a divorce, he’s packed up his second-grade daughter and come home to Birch Bay, Montana. New house, new career, new life. Only, with changes come stress. His daughter is struggling with the transition to their new norm—and Gabe is out of ideas as to how to help.
Erica Bird is mired in her own worries. After impulsively leaving the teaching job she loved, she may finally be free from her cheating ex, but separated from her family and everything she’s ever known, second guesses linger. Substitute teaching in Birch Bay is fine for the time being, but what will her future hold?
When Gabe’s daughter winds up in Erica’s class, the two meet—or rather, reunite. Neither has forgotten their college romance or the tender feelings they once shared, but will their complicated pasts destroy their second chance? Or will old desire lead to a new love when each needs it most?