Working at a little shop on Main Street in a small town is exactly the break that executive Merry Anna Foster needs following her divorce. She’s made a bet with her ex-husband that she can live on the amount of money she’s giving him in alimony. If she can do it, then Kevin will have to stop complaining and leave her alone. But after three months of this new life, will she even want to leave Antler Creek?
Adam Locklear, bull rider and owner of the local feedstore, is having the best year of his rodeo career. He’s also a bit distracted by the pretty new neighbor living in his old bunkhouse. But Adam has no time for matters of the heart. He’s got his future all mapped out, and that future doesn’t involve a woman just yet. It doesn’t involve parenting a little girl either. However, Carly Fowler still suddenly leaves five-year-old Zan—the daughter Adam didn’t know he had—in his care.
Is it possible that the future holds a life even better than what Merry Anna and Adam had each dreamed of? One that includes both tenderness and even love—not just for each other but for Zan too.
I enjoyed reading What Remains True, set in a small mountain town in North Carolina. Merry Anna has left behind her corporate career in the family business and her ex-husband in Washington D.C. to start over. She wasn’t planning to stay in Antler Creek, but a fun retail assistant job in a linen store, and accomodation in an old bunkhouse, is affordable within the alimony budget she’d set for her cheating and money hungry ex-husband. Merry Anna is determined to prove to her ex that if she can live on a modest income, so can he, and he therefore doesn’t need a larger alimony settlement.
Adam is a rodeo star and Merry Anna’s neighbor. He’s determined to reach the finals and tries not to think about the inherent risks of his chosen profession. A lovely friends-to-more romance develops between Merry Anna and Adam, and their relationship is put to the test when past secrets are revealed.
I liked learning about barn quilts in the story. I recommend What Remains True to contemporary romance readers who like small town cowboy rodeo romances with a light faith element in the story.
Many thanks to Waterbrook & Multnomah, and NetGalley for the Advanced Reader Copy.