Rayne Shelby has spent her entire life trying to earn the approval of her high-powered family, with the hope of one day managing her late grandfather’s prestigious Idaho lodge. But when she makes a mistake that puts her future in jeopardy, she faces an impossible choice: defy her family or deny her dream. The only way to fix the mess she’s created is to enlist the help of her neighbor, Levi, the apprentice of her family’s greatest enemy. And if Rayne gets caught crossing the divided property lines, the consequences will be irreparable.
Levi Harding has never forgotten the August night he shared with Rayne when they were teens—or the way she later rejected him. Despite his warring instincts, he can’t ignore her plea for help or the spark that’s ignited between them. But now, as wildfires bear down on their town and family secrets are revealed, their newfound alliance might just go up in smoke.
The Promise of Rayne is one of those where you might want to clear your schedule! I mean, the last few chapters are just so gripping, and totally wonderfully unpredictable…. and best wishes to you if you think you can start reading it and put it down, and you know, finish it later! Hahaha! Don’t say I didn’t warn you…
But seriously, this book…it took me a day or two to recover enough to write my review. Rayne is sweet and has such a heart of gold, but she is caught up in a web of lies and has to break through the tangled web of lies and deceit to free herself enough to see the truth and when that truth comes, it is poweful! Levi is a-ma-zing too but aside from the romance in the book, Nicole Deese has woven this story in such a way that you will find yourself thinking about these characters long after the book has been read and returned to the shelf. I was deeply touched by the theme of this book and without giving anything away, my admiration for a certain character, who becomes the true hero of this book, is strong and true. Kind of reminds me of how God sees us, and reminds me of how much we are loved.
Another thing, the cover! Yes the cover is beautiful, and even better: it is only once you have read the book that you truly appreciate the imagery on the cover.
I got a copy of this book on NetGalley. My opinion is my own.