Title: In the Event of Love
Series: Fern Falls: Book One
Author: Courtney Kae
Publisher: Amazon/Kindle Unlimited
Length: 322 Pages
Category: Contemporary Romance, Holiday Romance, Bisexual Romance
Rating: 4.5 Stars
At a Glance: Courtney Kae delivers a holiday romance that, frankly, needs to be in next year’s Hallmark Christmas lineup. If you’re looking for a story of renewal and the mending of fences, of healing families and the love of a lifetime, In the Event of Love is a great pick to snuggle up with.
Reviewed By: Lisa
Blurb: With her career as a Los Angeles event planner imploding after a tabloid blowup, Morgan Ross isn’t headed home for the holidays so much as in strategic retreat. Breathtaking mountain vistas, quirky townsfolk, and charming small businesses aside, her hometown of Fern Falls is built of one heartbreak on top of another . . .
Take her one-time best friend turned crush, Rachel Reed. The memory of their perfect, doomed first kiss is still fresh as new-fallen snow. Way fresher than the freezing mud Morgan ends up sprawled in on her very first day back, only to be hauled out via Rachel’s sexy new lumberjane muscles acquired from running her family tree farm.
When Morgan discovers that the Reeds’ struggling tree farm is the only thing standing between Fern Falls and corporate greed destroying the whole town’s livelihood, she decides she can put heartbreak aside to save the farm by planning her best fundraiser yet. She has all the inspiration for a spectacular event: delicious vanilla lattes, acoustic guitars under majestic pines, a cozy barn surrounded by brilliant stars. But she and Rachel will ABSOLUTELY NOT have a heartwarming holiday happy ending. That would be as unprofessional as it is unlikely. Right?
Review: Straight from the blueprint of a Hallmark holiday movie (P.S.: it should be one), Courtney Kae delivers the story of a smalltown girl who moves to the Big City to exhaustively pursue a career in which she hopes to find validation. Something she’s been waiting for since she left Fern Falls for Los Angeles, hurt and heartbroken, seven years ago. She left with too much said, far too much left unsaid, and now she’s back home, under the most inauspicious of circumstances, to try and recoup her reputation and bag the huge promotion she’s been working so hard for.
Moving forward and achieving all her dreams means stepping back for Morgan Ross . . . and her first love, Rachel Reed, is standing directly in her way.
It’s easier to walk around a little bit broken and still have hope, than to know you don’t stand a chance at all.
The old adage “you can never go home again” is proven false in a most definitive and delightful way in In the Event of Love, a frequently angsty but ultimately joyful and warm holiday romance full of necessary confessions, no few awkward moments, old hurts that need healing, and a second chance at love helped along by family and friends, both old and new. It’s the old friends, in fact, who make a huge difference and pave the way to the sweetest of happily ever afters.
Mending her reputation proves challenging for Morgan in the time of social media and the immediate dissemination of a blunder of epic proportions. That blame heaped solely upon Morgan made my blood boil which, oddly enough, was a good thing because I immediately felt sympathetic towards her and the subsequent challenges it presents when she sets out to save Fern Falls from a corporate takeover that would turn it from a quaint, charming little burg into a soulless, tacky, prefab resort town. Fern Falls itself is a character in this story, and Kae does a superior job of portraying everything about the town that could make a reader root for its preservation. The author’s writing is perfectly picturesque, and when it counts the most, the townspeople exude love and pride in the community they’ve built.
If you’re looking for a story of renewal and the mending of fences, of healing families and the love of a lifetime, not to mention getting a good tease for the next book in this series, In the Case of Heartbreak, Courtney Kae delivers it all with a heaping dose of charm as well as characters I enjoyed snuggling up and spending some time with. I can’t wait for Ben Parrish and Adam Reed’s romance.
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