Bear Creek Road by L.C. Morgan
November 25, 2014
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (Adult)
Sometimes losing yourself leads right to the place you were looking for ...
Secluded and quiet is exactly what Laney Walker is looking for when she decides to pack up and move across the country. It's what she wants, what she thinks she needs—until she meets Joe Boone.
Contracted to replace the plumbing along the property, Joe is first to arrive and last to leave. And to Laney's surprising disappointment, he never has much to say.
But the more Joe comes around, the more she learns about him and soon finds the man is as flawed as the house he's fixing.
A fact that only seems to draw her closer to him.
This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.
When a terribly betrayal and failed engagement send Laney running, she finds herself the new owner of a dilapidated old house deep in the woods and as far as possible from the life she once knew. Faced with peeling wallpaper, rusted out pipes, and no electricity thanks to a tree taking out the power line, her days become filled with restoration efforts, workmen traipsing over her property and through her house, and gossipy neighbors intent on setting her up with some bland guy who couldn’t be further from her type. Her type is more the quiet, gruff, clearly not interested in her Mr. Fix-it that everyone’s telling her to stay away from…
I think I’m probably one of the few who saw this story in its original incarnation and didn’t read it, though I’m pretty sure I’ve got a copy of that version somewhere on this computer. Seriously, I download everything. But I must have been caught up in some other story or series or real life boredom at the time, so when I saw it pop up on Amazon, I figured I’d give the published version a shot. Best decision ever.
I loved Laney right off the bat, in large part because she wanted her solitude more than she wanted to play nice with the way-too-neighborly people who invaded her new start in life. It wasn’t about who she needed to impress or what anyone thought of her; it was about whatever simple ways she could begin to reclaim her own life, starting with the falling apart house she’d bought. The repair crew was typical, including one particular man who kept pushing for a date despite Laney’s obvious disinterest, but then there was Joe. Joe’s not your typical romance novel hero. He’s quiet and gruff to the extreme, and he brushes off nearly every attempt Laney makes at conversation. But he stays long after everyone else leaves every day, working on things that aren’t part of the job, and it’s those simple, clear gestures that speak more than he does.
Laney and Joe are both pretty broken people, though their story focuses more on simple human interaction than heavy angst. Their courtship, if you will, is atypical as well, a series of awkward silences and growing comfort that culminate in a deep relationship that relies more heavily on emotion and small actions than words. Not much is offered in the way of the characters’ backgrounds, aside from the simple facts that both led them to where they meet, but even that doesn’t feel like an oversight, instead keeping everything about the here and now, the intersection that begins their real story. Laney and Joe both seem to be drifting in a sort of numbness until they come together, and still they have internal walls to overcome before they’re all in.
The writing style, while not your standard literary prose, evokes the same depth of feeling, and where most romances depend on over-the-top declarations and grand gestures, Bear Creek Road tells a beautiful love story in subtleties and moving expressions.