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Find Your Way Home | Jackie Ashenden | Book Review

Find Your Way Home is a new small town romance set in New Zealand. It is the first in the Small Town Dreams series. The first book follows Isabella Montgomery after she jumps on an airplane to Brightwater, New Zealand as part of the towns revitalization project. The project is led by ex paratrooper Chase Kelly and from the moment the two characters meet there is unexpected sparks.

Isabella was recently fired from her job as an oil executive and the same day, her fiancé dumped her. Heartbroken and alone, she hears about the plan to revitalize Brightwater and before she knows it she is haphazardly packing a suitcase and boarding a plane. She is joined by fellow passengers Bethany Grant and Indigo Jameson. Together, they are the first people to come into town and attempt to open a new business.

It is Chase’s idea to partner with sister city Deep River, Alaska hoping that it will bring people to Brightwater. His family were one of the towns first settlers and he is determined to preserve the legacy of the town. Isabella is the last kind of person he expects to join in on the revitalization. She reminds him of his ex wife who hated living in Brightwater and one day just up and left him and their daughter. He predicts that Isabella will do the same; and she set out to prove him wrong.

Isabella immediately falls in love with the small town and small town loving. Yes, there is limited cell phone and internet service. And the closest town is over the mountain (literally). She feels such a strong connection to the people. Setting up the gift shop with Bethany and Indigo has been exciting for her and as much as she hates to admit it Chase has a way of making her heart flutter.

I enjoyed watching Isabella and Chase’s relationship evolve. Both are scared of getting hurt but both feel the connection between then. Isabella also develops a connection with his daughter Gus, which is honestly so sweet. The small town Brightwater is also very sweet and although there are a few bumps in the road, it grows to accept Isabella as one of them. I really did enjoy the evolution of these characters and their relationships.

Find Your Way Home has all the elements of a small town romance. The characters are engaging and their romance is so easy to root for. It is about new beginnings and acceptance, and it is beautifully written. I look forward to coming back to Brightwater and watching the next romance unfold – especially since the characters involved have already bumped heads!

Rating: 4 Stars

**I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

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