Review: Finding Hope by Stacy Finz

Finding Hope Book Cover Finding Hope
Stacy Finz
Lyrical Trade
January 5, 2014

The small mountain town of Nugget, California, is way off the beaten path. But somehow it helps the lost and lonely find a new beginning in life-and in love... One solitary day at a time is the only way cookbook writer Emily Mathews can restart her life-and cope with consuming loss. Still, the former city girl is finding all kinds of odd inspiration and advice from Nugget's proudly eccentric residents on everything from new recipes to opening her heart again. Especially when it comes to her rugged rancher landlord ... His no-drama new tenant is the first break Clay McCreedy has had in a long time. He's got his hands full enough dealing with his wife's scandalous death and his sons' unresolved grief. Clay can't help but be drawn to Emily's quiet understanding and strength. When their fragile trust turns into passionate healing, he longs for much more. And when both their pasts come calling, he's determined not to walk away...


Stacy Finz totally gets the small town vibe and how small towns work!  Living in a small town is not easy since everyone seems to know everyone’s business.  She also did an amazing job creating two characters each with their own terrible pasts.  Creating a story where these two unlikely people would not only meet but become friends and then more than friends, poses a difficult challenge.  Finz was able to do this flawlessly.  Not only do they have a story together but they each have their own rich story line and background.  There are times that these cross and intermingle but they also stand on their own throughout the course of the story.  This was a contemporary story that I really enjoyed.  There were twists and turn and background history that I never saw coming.