I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
Small moments can seem insignificant until they change the course of a life forever. The sound of a bulldozer. A chance meeting at a gas station. A gust of wind through a chime. Benign events become something more when viewed through the lens of fate.
Emma Santori is a prisoner of tragic memories. Locked in a spiral of depression, she leads a desolate and empty life, trapped in her decrepit home. Rooted in routine, she’s numb and vacant. As a lonely Catholic school teacher, her only joy comes from her young students. One Saturday morning, her isolation is infiltrated by a mysterious architect building a home beside hers.
That man is Eric Wilder and he’s keeping a secret that’s destroying his life. Filled with guilt and self-loathing, he’s forced to move often. He chooses the small northeastern town of Pine Lake as his latest refuge, and hopes to make a successful attempt at starting his life over. As always, he’s unable to make that happen.
That all changes when he meets Emma.
She finds herself drawn to Eric when she accidentally bumps into him, but Eric’s unfazed by their first meeting. When a gust of wind brings these two people together once again, Emma discovers Eric’s secret. She’s forced to battle between her Catholic faith and her desire for this stranger.
Their attraction is intense and they soon discover they’re each lonely and longing for what the other has to offer. As their friendship blossoms, Emma realizes her passion and lust for Eric are the remedy to her depression. Eric discovers his feelings for Emma are the only antidote to his secret burden.
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When I read the synopsis for this book I knew I wanted to read it. And I am glad I did!!!!
Emma is a Catholic school teacher living along and lonely when she lays eyes on her sexy neighbour (not knowing at the time that he was her neighbour).
Eric has moved into a small town. He’s an architect building a home. Little does he know that his construction project is disturbing his only neighbour.
As Eric struggles with a dark “secret”, Emma secretly follows him and figures out his secret. Her reaction to this surprises her.
As they become friends, their attraction to each other is difficult to deny. Emma is conflicted by her desire for Eric and her religious beliefs. Eric tries to suppress his addiction because he wants to be better for Emma.
Their journey wasn’t without some bumps along the way but I loved how their friendship grew into so much more. I gave The Righteous and The Wicked four sweet and delicious cups of cafe.
Introducing April Emerson:
April Emerson grew up in rural upstate New York, and moved to New York City after graduating from college with a degree in Literature. As a nature lover, living in the city was a culture shock, but she soon began to enjoy being surrounded by so much energy. Submerged in perpetual crowds, April developed a fondness for people-watching, which inspired her to start writing. Drawn to both the light and dark of humanity, she strives to tell sexy and romantic stories with exquisitely complex characters. When she isn’t writing, she loves listening to music or reading a good book, with a glass of wine.
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