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What Remains True by Nancy Naigle – Release Day Review

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What Remains True by Nancy Naigle – Release Day ReviewWhat Remains True by Nancy Naigle
Published by WaterBrook on May 3, 2022
Genres: Christian, Clean Romance, Women's Fiction
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley, the author
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five-stars

An uplifting novel about new beginnings disguised as failed plans and the joy of falling in love all over again, from USA Today bestselling author Nancy Naigle.

Merry Anna Foster just moved to Antler Creek, North Carolina. It's not a forever move, just a little sabbatical following an ugly divorce that destroyed her self-confidence. A three-month bet with her freeloading ex-husband, intended to prove she can live on less, has Merry Anna shedding her high-expense, demanding lifestyle to live simply. Now she has just two goals: win the wager and say yes to new opportunities. Soon she finds herself renting a small place in town, working in a gift shop on Main Street, and loving every minute of her low-key, no-major-responsibility life.

Adam Locklear is the most eligible bachelor in town, but that doesn't mean he's available. The rodeo-loving owner of the Antler Creek Feed Mill is laser-focused on his goals, and they don't include settling down...yet. He is curious about the quiet woman who just arrived in town, though. There's an immediate spark between them, almost as if they'd known each other before.

But not long into their new friendship, Adam is unexpectedly thrust into solo parenting his young daughter he's never met, leaving Merry Anna questioning his motives--while struggling with her own growing attraction toward him. To complicate things further, Merry's ex-husband shows up and desperately tries to reconcile their relationship. Merry Anna must trust her restored confidence and follow her heart to make a choice. And she may end up surprising everyone--including herself.

My Thoughts

Merry Anna needs a fresh start and finds it – and herself – in Antler Creek, North Carolina. After her divorce, she takes a leave of absence from the family business and decides to stay in this little town she comes across when getting gas. She quickly falls in love with the town. The slower pace of life, appreciating the smaller things and making genuine friends, as well as attending church again all have Merry Anna feeling happier than she has ever felt.

Adam Locklear is a professional bull rider on the path to the championship this year. He has a big goal and hopes that by winning this year, he can retire to the back end of the sport with the livestock. He was the previous owner of the bunkhouse Merry Anna is living in and is her neighbor.

They’re both going through so much and trying to find themselves and what matters most but also trying to avoid a relationship. However, these two are absolutely meant to be and can’t seem to stop what God has planned. I loved the theme of following your heart, trying new things, and believing in the possibility of more.

I absolutely loved this book! The characters were the perfect small-town blend and the setting could not have been better. I fell in love with Antler Creek as much as I did Merry Anna and Adam. This would be an incredible start to a series. I for one would love to keep visiting Antler Creek. It would make a wonderful movie! The story had healing, love, and faith – all the elements that make your heart smile.

About Nancy Naigle

USA Today bestselling author Nancy Naigle whips up small-town love stories with a dash of suspense and a whole lot of heart. She began her contemporary romance series, Adams Grove, while juggling a successful career as an SVP for Bank of America and life on a seventy-six-acre goat farm.

Now enjoying an early retirement from the financial industry, she devotes her time to writing, antiquing, cooking, trail riding on her Palomino, and the occasional spa day with friends. A native of Virginia Beach, she now calls the Blue Ridge Mountains home.

Nancy’s 2021 release of The Shell Collector debuted in the top #20 on the ECPA Bestseller list.

Several of Nancy’s books have inspired made-for-television movies. Watch Christmas Joy, Sand Dollar Cove and The Secret Ingredient on the Hallmark Channel and Hope at Christmas on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. Nancy wrote the novelization for the first three Hallmark Original Movies in the popular Christmas in Evergreen series too.

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Nancy also enjoys collaborating with other authors on projects like her humorous women’s fiction, Seasoned Southern Sleuths Cozy Mysteries previously known as The Granny Series co-written with Kelsey Browning.

Honey, these are not your momma’s grannies.

Stay in touch with Nancy through social media and her newsletter.

Rating Report
Plot
five-stars
Characters
five-stars
Writing
five-stars
Pacing
five-stars
Cover
five-stars
Overall: five-stars

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