After her marriage falls apart, Sophie McPhee returns to her hometown of Lonesome Way, Montana, planning to steer clear of men and focus on her new bakery, A Bun in the Oven. Who she doesn’t expect to see is Rafe Tanner, her first crush who now runs his family’s ranch-and who spent most of their childhood ignoring her. But is Rafe a changed man?
While Rafe is stunned to discover that Sophie’s grown into an irresistibly beautiful woman, he’s been hurt too. They both have their guards up, but melt in each other’s company. Can they admit that home is truly where the heart is?
Sage Creek by Jill Gregory
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Sage Creek is the first of four books in the Lonesome Way series by author Jill Gregory. Sage Creek was my first reading experience with this author. I was not disappointed. Additionally, it doesn’t hurt that I am a big fan of the small town romance series. This story centers around Sophie McPhee and Rafe Tanner. Sophie returns home to Lonesome Way to recover from her divorce. All she wants to do is heal her broken heart and find a way to rebuild her life. Rafe is running the family ranch and raising his eleven year old daughter alone since his wife ran off five years prior. Needless to say, Rafe isn’t looking to bring a woman into their lives that could bring more hurt. However, Rafe and Sophie have a past. Sophie was Rafe’s sister’s best friend who had a secret crush on him. Because Rafe was five years older, nothing came of it. But Sophie never forgot. Their relationship is a slow, cautious build and they had little interaction together during the first chapters of the book. I did not mind that. Written in different POV’s I enjoyed the character build up. Rafe’s daughter Ivy was another treat to the story. Father and daughter relationship was sweet. In addition to the loving relationship that Sophie and Rafe build, there is some suspense in a vandal out for revenge. I will definitely read on with this series. There were other characters introduced in which I have become invested in their HEA’s as well.