WHY I READ IT
I enjoyed the first book in this new series.
WHAT I RATED IT
WHAT IT’S ABOUT
She took a dare and fell in love. Truth would have been the smarter choice.
After years of living under her father’s thumb, Emmeline is ready to break free. She’s abandoned her life as a New York socialite to follow her dream of becoming a kindergarten teacher in a small, wholesome town. Seeing the man that nearly broke her was absolutely not what she had hoped to find in Prescott, Montana.
Nick hasn’t seen his Emmy in nine years, but that doesn’t mean he’s forgotten a thing about the woman he loves. After just one blissful night as man and wife, he gave her up, sacrificing his own happiness to keep her safe—far away from him. But the moment she walks back into his lonely life is the moment he decides never to let her go again. He won’t waste his second chance. All he has to do is win back Emmeline’s heart, keep her safe from the shadows in his past and prove to her that taking a wager on him is a sure bet.
This is Perry’s second novel in the Jamison Valley series and with it, we find out more about Nick, Jesse’s firefighter friend. Little do all of Nick’s friends know, nine years ago, Nick met and married Emmeline in one magical night in Vegas. That was nine years ago. They haven’t seen each other since.
“Nick?” Gigi asked, but I didn’t speak or take my eyes off Emmy. She was frozen just like I was. Finally, Emmy broke away.
“Sorry. I have to go,” she mumbled before racing to the door.
“What was that? Do you know her?” Jess asked.
Yeah. I knew her. “She’s my wife.”
Emmeline cannot believe she moved to the town where her husband lives. While Nick sees this as an opportunity, Emmeline just wants out…or does she? There is a LOT of baggage with these two. Sometimes, that baggage got in the way of the story. Nick has a background that is not so savory. His father is the leader of a motorcycle gang, and not a nice one. He never stopped loving Emmy, but could not allow his father’s criminal activity to hurt her. So, he left. For nine years, Emmy went on with her life, with a hole in her heart. But she never filed for divorce, which didn’t sit well with me. I never could fully understand why Emmy, who was in love with her NYC boyfriend, didn’t move on from one night, nine years in the past. Emmy was incredibly insecure, and never seemed to come into her own. Even while blossoming under Nick’s love, Emmy never let the demons in her head go. It was frustrating at times to watch her at war with her feelings and her actions. Emmy’s head was a tricky place to be. I wanted to shake her until she came to her senses. I understand Emmy needing some time to reconcile all that’s gone down in the past, and she was not without her reasons, but it dragged the story along. It was difficult to move the story forward because we were so mired in the past.
The Clover Chapel had many bright spots. Nick was a terrific character with a heartbreaking past. He loved his job, his friends, and never stopped loving Emmy. While I’m enjoying the Jamison Valley series, this book didn’t feel like it pushed forward as quickly as the first book, allowing us to discover a new couple. I wasn’t fond of the heroines whiny nature, but I enjoyed their relationship overall and am excited to see what the next book brings. That being said, Perry has crafted this incredible world that I’ve fallen in love with. There are so many characters that I want to get to know better (MAISY!) She writes exceptional dialogue, bringing you closer to the characters, and keeps wanting you to dig further into their lives. I look forward to what Perry will bring us in the future.