Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Book Review: ALWAYS WITH ME : A Whisper Lake Book 1 by Barbara Freethy


From #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Barbara Freethy comes the first book in the WHISPER LAKE series! Set in the majestic Colorado mountains, the books feature sexy romance, heartwarming emotion, family drama, compelling mystery, and a town full of fascinating characters. Once you come to visit, you'll never want to leave! 

After her third broken engagement, Gianna Campbell comes home to help with the family business and to heal her heart, only to realize that she has become the town joke—dubbed the runaway fiancĂ©e. If that wasn't bad enough, who should show up in town but her former crush Zach Barrington, a man who has other reasons to hate her. 

Zach returns to Whisper Lake not only for a job opportunity but also for a chance at personal redemption. The last person he wants to see is Gianna, who once got him kicked out of the only place that made him feel whole. But when an accident sends her into the lake, their first face-to-face meeting in years leaves them both breathless. 

And suddenly the past feels a lot closer… 

Zach and Gianna back away as fast as they come together, both wary of more danger to their damaged hearts. But their search for a truth leads them to surprising secrets, life-changing revelations, heartbreaking emotion, and the chance for a love more powerful than they ever imagined. Can they trust each other the second time around?


Zach and Gianni were close as teenagers at a camp. That changed and both left Whisper Lake. Now, they’ve both returned to figure out what to do with their lives. When they meet up as Zach saves Gianni at the lake, it’s awkward. Neither can forget the issues that tore them apart so many years ago. As they work through the tragedy at the camp, the confused teen, and a missing locket, their search spins off in multiple directions. At the same time, Zach has his own issues. 

A second chance romance, Always With Me, is a romance with heartfelt passages and stories for the characters; the mystery is secondary. The unanswered questions from long ago and Zach’s story tie into the mystery and the happily ever after. Always With Me will be enjoyed by those who enjoy second chance romance and the promise of happily-ever-after. This is the first in a contemporary romance series with different characters in each book.