Wednesday, June 20, 2018

REVIEW - One Hundred Reasons - Kelly Collins

TITLE - One Hundred Reasons
AUTHOR - Kelly Collins


Fresh starts, hope, and happily ever afters…

Nurse Sage Nichols life changed when she lost her favorite patient and inherited a bed and breakfast in a town she didn’t know existed. She traveled to Aspen Cove intent to sell so she could hurry back to her life in Denver. Little did she know, she was about to find everything she ever needed in the tiny mountain town with a big heart. Sage found herself in a place where caring for your neighbor was a way of life. In her case, that happened to be surly Cannon Bishop, the man of her dreams.

Cannon Bishop was a man who learned long ago that hope was a dangerous thing. Closed off from the world after a family tragedy, Cannon lived a lonely life as the owner of Aspen Cove’s only bar and son to the town drunk. When Sage Nichols breezed into town, she offered the possibility of more if he’d only open his heart. Cannon's protective walls tumble and suddenly a brighter future of healing, hope, and peace was possible…if only Sage would stay.

Erin's Review:

“Change would come to Aspen Cove.” This lovely book set in a small town in Colorado is about love, life, and possibilities. This delightful read gives us a look at the slow, small town life where residents are charmingly in each others business, in the best way possible. I spent a lovely afternoon reading this adorable book, falling in love with the citizens and wishing I could go to my happy place of Colorado.

“There were three things Sage Nichols knew with absolute certainty: Death couldn't be escaped. Mr. Right Now was never Mr. Right. Hell wasn't fire and brimstone; it was a cold April day in Denver.” The plot of this story begins with a Denver geriatric nurse, Sage, who looses a patient and ends up with a life changing meeting and letter. Sage is a kind hearted, hard working nurse who needs a life change when one is handed to her. She has to roll with the changes and work with the options given her. Which she does with an amazing strength of character and inspiring attitude. Due to a pretty pink letter from a patient, she gets to travel to Aspen Cove, where residents take care of their own. “We don't ignore need, turn away from danger, or neglect our citizens.”

Characters Sage doles out her “Sage Advice” to those she meets. Part common sense, part positive thinking, with an overwhelming need to help those around her, Sage struggles with the change from Denver to Aspen Cove. But she runs into local Cannon Bishop who has more than his share of woes and troubles to deal with, let alone an outsider. Sage's helpful drive both frustrates and endears her to Cannon, while she wriggles her way into his life. I found both characters quite believable, with undeniably real and detailed back story that provides proper motivation for their actions. 

The heat and chemistry in this book starts as opposites attracting. I liked how Sage and Cannon fought and interacted and came to work together before seeing if they would work together. Despite some hiccups, the bumps they encounter quickly turn from friendly to friendlier. :) Their relationship has ups, downs, problems, trust, and lots of spice. 

Ms. Collins gave us a book that was a fun, and easy to follow read. Her wording and writing style are entertaining and thoughtful. You are easily and quickly drawn into the community of Aspen Cove. With seemingly no effort, you are drawn into the lives of not only Sage and Cannon, but the other charming residents of Aspen Cove. 

I'm so glad I was able to read this book. Aspen Cove sounds like my kind of place (Colorado makes my soul happy). The world needs more people like the residents of Aspen Cove. Helpful, in your business, ready to stand up for those they care for, and able to live in one of the world's best location! I'm excited to read the rest of the series! 

Star Ratings:
Plot = 5/5
Characters = 4/5 
Heat = 4/5 
Writing Style = 5/5 
Overall Rating = 5/5

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