This is book ten in Emily March’s Eternity Springs series and boy do they just keep getting better. Admittedly this is one of the darker ones, like with Dreamweaver Trail; but like all the others it’s about finding hope after all seems lost. Eternity Springs is a place for lost souls go to heal, to find their way again, to find a new purpose and to just maybe find love again. Heartsong Cottage is a heart wrenching story with a hopeful message. Emily March is very good at pulling people through hell and back and then still making them work for their HEA, and it is a tear jerking journey and an absolute pleasure to read.
The two stars in this book Daniel Garrett has given up hope for himself but still reaches out to help others; Shannon O’Toole is fairly new to Eternity Springs and has a mysterious past she has no problems making friends but she really doesn’t want any long lasting attachments. Daniel first came to Eternity Springs because of Hope. When Hope’s daughter was kidnapped Daniel was the private investigator who never stopped looking for Holly. Daniel occasionally stops in to town to visit and because there is a peacefulness about the small mountain town that calms his hectic life. After Daniel lost his wife and son he closed off never thinking to hope he could have a family again, never thinking he would want one again.
Shannon O’Toole is hiding, no one in town knows her secret and she plans to keep it that way. Always busy between yoga class twice a day, renovating an old Victorian house and running the bar at night she never stops. Gabi and Flynn get married (so happy) at the wedding Shannon and Daniel both in need of comfort and the intimacy of another person spend one steamy night together. The next morning Daniel knows that if he lets himself he could quickly fall for Shannon and it scares him so he quickly leaves. Shannon doesn’t know what to think about Daniel leaving so quickly, she a little hurt but she thinks its best she won’t risk her heart again.
A couple weeks later Shannon is working on a commission at some houses on the outskirts of town when a woman and her small son wonder over asking for medicine, he husband is sick and she can’t go into town; turns out the husband is Daniel. Shannon hurts and feels used especially since she just found out she was pregnant. Daniel straightened everything out and Shannon tells him she is pregnant. Shannon wasn’t quite expecting the reaction she got. I know something Daniel didn’t know even after a vasectomy you can still produce sperm especially after ten years. After flat out calling her a liar Daniel storms out. Soon after that Daniel realizes just how wrong he was and convincing Shannon isn’t easy. Shannon finally trusting Daniel tells him the truth about her past and now Daniel is on a mission to fix it for her so she can stop looking over her shoulder.
There is so much that happens, lots of internal struggle for both Daniel and Shannon. Overall, I love the series, Celeste as always has profound words of wisdom and people get their well deserved HEA.
**ARC provided by Publisher**