Taylor Danae Colbert is an author that surprises me every time she releases a new book. I never know what to expect, because she can write so many things, we’ve had a book filled with girl power, a rock star romance and even best friends to lovers (Bumps Along the way, Off the Record, It Goes Without Saying). Rowan Revived, her newest book, is out today and I’ve had the honor to read her next amazing book!
A big thanks to the author for providing me with an ARC to read and review. Also, this book does deal with some heavy subjects that may be hard for some to read.
Miss Fix-It—that’s me. And when my sister and nephew are in danger, it’s my natural instinct to step in and get them out of Boston. The girl with the plan, always.
We land at the Rowan Inn—a charming bed-and-breakfast on the shores of the Chesapeake. A sweet little haven we’re hoping will bring us the peace we so desperately need.
Instead, it brings us Jesse Rowan, the gruff and grumpy son of the original owners. The same guy who is single-handedly sinking the Inn faster than an anchor in the bay. But we need a place to crash until I can figure out our next move, so I convince him to let us stay in exchange for help around the place.
At first, he’s rude, sarcastic, and standoffish. But after a few months of working around the Inn together, I realize he’s not as callous as he’d like us to think. And I realize that maybe the Inn isn’t the only project I want to take on. He needs some fixing, too.
But the Inn has to be just a pitstop for us. And as long as we’re on the run, Jesse Rowan can’t be my final destination.
“Five miles away. Five miles from a little bit of freedom. Five miles from a comfy bed, some beautiful bay views, and a happy little nephew. Five miles from a rested, healing sister. Five little miles.”
Taylor Danae Colbert has quickly become an author on the top of my favorite authors. Each time she writes a book she gives us something new and I honestly don’t think there is anything she can’t do. She’s made us laugh out loud with her romances, swoon over a rock star, feel girl power and now we see how important family is and that starting over can be a big healing process.
Lena has always been the strong one growing up and later in life she’s still her sister’s protector. Including the moment she picked up her whole life in Boston and ran with her sister and nephew. She doesn’t think of herself. As long as her loved ones are safe. She’s so strong and no one can break through her walls. Seeing what love has done to the people close to her, she doesn’t think it can get that bad if she doesn’t let a man in her life.
“For the first time in a long time, it feels like someone has a a little bit of faith in me.”
Jesse had a great childhood with very loving parents. His parents’ Inn was a success and he had every intention of taking it all when his parents wanted to retire. Until a car accident turned his world upside down. All he wants is to sell the Inn and get far away. Jesse has closed himself off of feeling anything and seems rude, sarcastic and not interested at all.
Both of these characters caught my attention from the start and I just wanted them all to be happy. Even Millie and Caleb (don’t get me started about this little boy, I think he was my favorite, haha). Jesse’s sister was an interesting one as well! All of these characters have been through a lot and just need a minute to breathe. Jesse made me irritated at first, haha. As I kept on reading, it was so clear why he acted the way he did.
“She’s the fixer of everyone else’s problems. She’s never had anyone there to share the burden. But as she walks away, carrying my heart with her, I know I want to be the person who changes that, forever.”
Once these two start working together to get this Inn back to what it was, their true colors start coming through. I loved seeing them relax, have fun and maybe even start seeing a future where they could all be happy. I laughed, got frustrated, anxious and this book even had me in tears a couple of times. That’s not a bad thing though, because a book that makes me feel is an amazing book in my eyes.
Rowan Revived is so much more than just a romance. It’s about family, healing, second chances, love and hope. Things can turn around and you can be happy even when you don’t expect it to happen. The way this author described the setting makes me want to move to that town now. I can imagine myself in a rocking chair looking out to the water. I really came to love these characters and was sad when the story was over.
If you’re looking for a book you can’t put down and hits you in all the feels, definitely pick up Rowan Revived! I really can’t wait to see what this author does next!