Can one man’s crowded, messy life fill another man’s empty heart?
Raising a family was always Adam Mills’ dream, although solo parenting and moving back to tiny Garnet Run certainly were not. After a messy breakup, Adam is doing his best to give his young daughter the life she deserves—including accepting help from their new, reclusive neighbor to fulfill her Christmas wish.
Though the little house may not have “the most lights ever,” the Mills home begins to brighten as handsome Wes Mobray spends more time there and slowly sheds his protective layers. But when the eye-catching house ends up in the news, Wes has to make a choice: hide from the darkness of his unusual past or embrace the light of a future—and a family—with Adam.
From Harlequin Special Edition: Believe in love. Overcome obstacles. Find happiness.
Book 1: Better Than People
Book 2: Best Laid Plans
Roan Parrish takes readers on a third trip to the quirky and eclectic town of Garnet Run. You can read this book as a stand-alone, but I would encourage you to read the rest of the series. Characters from the previous books pop up in each installment and that’s a lot of fun.
Adam is rebuilding a life for himself and his daughter, Gus (August). It turned out that Adam’s partner couldn’t deal with the impromptu parenting situation. Adam had always wanted children, so he adores Gus – she’s his life. She’s his daughter through and through.
Adam promises Gus the most lights ever on their new home because he just wants her to be happy and have something to look forward to. Realizing this could cost him a small fortune, Adam puts out a plea for assistance to his handful of social media followers.
Gus’ passion for science and insatiable curiosity results in her, basically, breaking into the home of the neighbor across the stress.
Wes lives a very solitary life, and the introduction of Gus and Adam isn’t all that welcome at first. The problem with some people is that they just wiggle their way into your life, one tarantula at a time.
This is a lovely story about two people who fit into each other’s lives almost immediately. There is a solid friendship at the beginning of the book… but there are things in Wes’ past that come back to haunt him when the light project gets a lot of attention.
Gus is a wonderful character and was a pleasure to read. I really enjoyed her relationship with her father and the way that he encouraged all of her interests even if they were completely different to his own. There are a few funny scenes with a rather large and friendly tarantula.
Wes was also an interesting character. I really liked the way the author developed his character. He was really molded by his past, and I connected with him immediately.
Roan Parrish is a great author, and you won’t be disappointed with this series! This is a great holiday story!
Things You May Want To Know: Please be aware, I’m by no means an expert on what may or may not have the potential to disturb people. I simply list things that I think a reader might want to be aware of. In this book: (SPOILERS) snakes and spider and lizards, paparazzi, parent abandoned a child, homophobia, emotional abuse in the past by a parent,
I received an ARC of The Lights on Knockbridge Lane (Garnet Run #3) by Roan Parrish from Harlequin via Netgalley in exchange for an unbiased review.