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Title: His Reason to Stay
Series: The Ellis Family Saga #1
Author: Jennifer Hoopes
Published: December 9th, 2019
Talk about a family drama, this sure is one!
It is the deaths of members of his family that brings wildlife photographer Elijah Ellis home. He’s never stayed long since setting out on his career, spending few days at home with his family but when he does, he always likes to spend time with Tabby. However, last time they spent time together they were more than friends and now she seems to want to keep him at a distance. She’s obviously upset at the deaths as well but he’s sure there’s more she’s keeping quiet about. He’s right. She has a big secret that will impact on them all but she’s also determined not to rely on the support of her best friend, Eli, despite how in love with him she is. She doesn’t trust him to stay no matter how much she wishes he would and she’s determined not to do or say anything to trap him where he doesn’t want to be. Will revealing her secret bring them closer together? Does he really want to leave again?
This is a story of reconnecting with your family and friends, re-evaluating relationships and dreams and considering your own actions impact on others. It is about reactions to grief, trust, working together and moving forward after dreadful losses as well as finding new goals and love. It is a heartwarming story and a delightful read, a lovely family romance to escape into.
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book via NetGalley and this is my honest review after choosing to read it and enjoying doing so.
Award-winning wildlife photographer, Elijah Ellis, has come back home due to the tragic accident that killed members of both his and his best friend Tabitha Brodie’s family. Despite their grief, Eli hopes that he and Tabby can pick up their familiar friendship. He’s never forgotten the way Tabby makes him feel—full of hope and a sense of home—but she seems determined to keep him at arm’s length. Tabby has always loved Eli. He’s everything she wants in a man. But he left Gatlinburg to make a name for himself outside of his famous family. Even though there’s no one better to help her through this time, she refuses to be an anchor to a life he never wanted. Not to mention Tabby’s hiding a secret that will change all of their lives. As Eli and Tabby spend more time together, he’s determined to show her they could be perfect together. Too bad she’s spent years building her walls against him…