A vision-impaired potter is stranded on a geocaching hunt with an injured widower reluctant to love a second time around.
Widower Dale Kennedy is pushed to join the Pot of Gold Treasure Hunt against his better judgment. He doesn’t do ‘church events,’ but hiking the western Montana mountains seeking geocaches does sound fun. If only his group didn’t include an old man with a limp, a woman who won’t stop flirting, and Trinity Grant, a pretty potter who shouldn’t be turned loose without a white cane.
When Dale is injured in a rockslide and stranded with Trinity, he’s forced to reassess his assumptions about her abilities and his bitterness toward God. But how can he embrace the one thing he least expected and least wanted: love a second time around?
RUBY RADIANCE is the second story in the Pot of Gold Geocaching Romance series, set in same story-world as the Cavanagh Cowboys Romances. It was previously found in Love’s Treasure multi-author box set in the summer of 2021.
I enjoyed reading Ruby Radiance, the second book in Valerie Comer’s Pot of Gold Geocaching Romance series. Dale is Kirk’s brother who we first met in Topaz Treasure (Book 1). Dale is a widower who owns the gadget store in Jewel Lake that’s one of the sponsors of the Pot of Gold geocaching eight week summer church event. Kirk and Lyssa are in Jewel Lake, Montana, for the summer, and Kirk helps out with the store while Dale enters the geocaching competition.
Trinity grew up in Jewel Lake. When she was in high school, she moved to Seattle with her mother after her parents divorced. Trinity is a potter who was recently diagnosed with Best Disease, which means she has impaired vision. Her ex-boyfriend dumped her when her eyesight started failing, and she has returned to Jewel Lake to reconnect with her brother, Caleb, and alcoholic father. Trinity refuses to let her disability stop her from participating in activities, and when she joins the geocaching competition she is placed in Dale’s team.
Stranded together is one of my favorite romance tropes, and a rock landslide during a geocaching hike strands Dale and Trinity together in the Montana wilderness. Close proximity in a survival situation reveals a person’s true character, and a delightful romance unfolds with Dale and Trinity forced to work together and help each other in a dire situation.
Dale had resisted believing in his late wife’s faith, angry with God for allowing the cancer to steal her away. Trinity’s gentle and steady faith challenges Dale to review his preconceived ideas about Christianity. I recommend Ruby Radiance to contemporary romance readers who like fun second chances outdoor adventure romance novellas with a strong faith element.