Devastated by her experiences in Africa, pediatric surgeon Sage Anderson has given up the practice of medicine and moved to Eternity Springs, Colorado. For the first time in a long time she feels like she’s found home. Starting over as an artist, she finds success with her paintings but is unable to find peace due to the nightmares that plague her at night. Can Colt Rafferty change that?
Eternity Springs has become a refuge for Colt when the stress of his job becomes too much, a place to recharge and feel at peace. He’s come here for rest and relaxation but finds himself attracted to a mysterious redhead with secrets begging to be unraveled. A woman running from her past in need of a strong man who can help her find the true path to peace by giving her the gift of love.
Hummingbird Lake by Emily March is a light and heartwarming romance set in a magical little town in the mountains of Colorado. Eternity Springs is the kind of town that has personality; the kind of town that everyone wants to have grown up in or be able to come home to, it’s a secondary character all on its own. The characters in this story are genuine, funny and sincere, the kind of people that you would expect to find in small town life.
Sage Anderson, the heroine of this story, is young, beautiful and smart. She’s also emotionally damaged by her experiences as a pediatric surgeon who worked with Doctors without Borders in war-torn southern Africa. Sage no longer feels she can practice as a doctor anymore and has instead turned to painting, her first love, which has provided her with both income and some emotional peace. She’s become friends with several women in Eternity Springs, who have replaced the family she is no longer close to, but she’s kept them in the dark about her past, her pain and being a pediatric surgeon by trade. Sage hasn’t been in a relationship with a man for a long time either, she’s barely dated since she returned from Africa.
Colt Rafferty is a fantastic hero; he’s good looking, self-assured and intelligent. Colt is also tired and stressed from dealing with the bureaucracy in his job, working for the CSB, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, where he investigates industrial explosions. He loves his job but is frustrated with what he and his team have to go through to get things changed so that accidents that should be are avoided in the future. Vacationing in Eternal Springs gives him a chance to relax, go fishing and connect with the townspeople, whom he genuinely likes and respects. Colt is also beginning to think about his future, wondering if he wants to continue in his present career and wondering about settling down and finding someone to love. He’s not looking for romance in Eternity Springs but when he spots Sage, he can’t help but be attracted to her.
The scenes between Sage and Colt are very well done; they’re smart, somewhat competitive and lonely. Colt is genuinely a nice person and senses Sage needs to connect emotionally with someone; he’s determined it’s going to be him. At first he’s willing to settle for friendship but he really wants more, he senses a kindred spirit buried inside the woman she’s become. Sage is afraid of becoming too involved in anyone’s life; she doesn’t feel as if she is a good person and knows she will let people down. She‘s made friends in town, but she’s put limits on the depth of their relationships and when Colt insists on becoming friends, she fights it tooth and nail but his persistence eventually wins her over. She’s adamant about only remaining friends though.
The secondary characters in this story are fantastic, from Nic and Gabe Sullivan (the hero and heroine of the first book in the series, Angel Falls) to Sarah Reese, owner of the town grocery store and part time baker, Ali Timberlake, another part time resident married to a federal Judge, and Celeste Blessing, the woman responsible for the resurgence in Eternity Springs, who is viewed by most as a sort of “angel”, and seems to know just what everyone needs in their lives. She makes a huge impact on her friends and the town in a quiet way.
The story has some twists and turns that are unexpected, mostly stemming from Sage’s past and the fact that she is suffering from an untreated case of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (P.T.S.D.). Sage also gets a shock when a family member, who had been lost to her due to anger and shame, turns up in Eternity Springs and they work towards restore their relationship. The ending is one full of hope for both Sage and Colt, and the residents of Eternal Springs. I look forward to reading the next book in this series, Heartache Falls, which will be released in April 2011.
Shattered after her experiences in war-torn Africa, pediatric surgeon Sage Anderson gives up medicine and moves to Eternity Springs. There she finds a place to call home, but even her newfound success as a gifted artist isn't enough to keep her nightmares at bay. Colt Rafferty is about to change all that.
Eternity Springs is a refusge for Colt, a place to ground himself when the stress of investigating tragedies takes its toll. He has come here for a little R&R, but instead of relaxing, he finds himself fascinated by the mysterious redhead whose secrets beg to be discovered--a beauty running from her past, a heartsick woman in desperate need of the sweet sanctuary of a devoted man's embrace. And he is just the man to show her the true path to peace--by offering her the healing pwer of love.