Sometimes it takes a new beginning 
Caroline Carruthers thinks she buried her dreams along with the love of her life…until a stranger named Celeste dares her to chase a dream all on her own. Moving to Redemption, Texas, is chapter one in Caroline’s new life story. Opening a bookstore is the next. Finding love is the last thing on her mind as she settles into this new place called home. But when she meets a handsome, soulful man who’s also starting over, all bets are off.

to reach a happily-ever-after 
Jackson McBride came to Redemption looking only to find himself, not someone to love. Ever since his marriage ended, he’s been bitter. Sure, he used to believe in love–he even has the old song lyrics to prove it–but the Jackson of today is all business. That is until a beautiful young widow who’s moved to town inspires a change of heart. Could it be that the myth of Redemption’s healing magic is true…and Jackson and Caroline can find a second chance at a happy ending after all?

Titles in the Eternity Springs: The McBrides of Texas series include – Jackson – Tucker –

This trilogy is connected to the Eternity Springs series.  Those titles include (from the author’s website) – Angel’s Rest – Hummingbird Lake – Heartache Falls – Mistletoe Mine – Lover’s Leap – Nightingale Way – Redemption Point – Miracle Road – Dreamweaver Trail – Teardrop Lane – Heartsong Cottage – Reunion Pass – Christmas in Eternity Springs – A Stardance Summer – The First Kiss of Spring – The Christmas Wishing Tree – Jackson – Tucker –

Title:  Jackson
Series:  Eternity Springs: The McBrides of Texas trilogy #1
Author:  Emily March
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  June 25, 2019
Publisher:  St. Martin’s Press
My Rating:  4.5 stars

The McBrides of Texas trilogy is, in a way, a part of the overall Eternity Springs series – yet, you could pick up this first book as if starting a new series because any mention of the other residents that make up the Eternity Springs stories is clearly identified in dialogue or narrative in a way that makes perfect sense.  In any event, most of the stories in that original series could stand on their own so it’s easy to get caught up in each individual story.   I’ve previously read some of the Eternity Springs series (not all) and I had no difficulty keeping everyone straight.  I will say though that JACKSON is a story you will have to give a bit of time to before the true romance of this story shows itself.  Not giving away more than that, but give it time and see how things progress – that’s the best hint I can give without spoilers.

Both Jackson and Caroline have experienced harsh tragedies in their lives, and those events have left a mark on them in different ways.  They’ve come to Redemption to start life over again never thinking of finding love simply living their lives as best they can.  But never, ever underestimate the healing that Redemption, Texas can have on any person or situation.

I enjoyed JACKSON very much, although I do think it borders the line between Women’s Fiction and Contemporary Romance.  We’ll run into old friends from the Eternity Springs series, the beginning of a new chapter for Jackson and his brothers, some quirky and adorable secondary characters, a slow burn romance that may turn into a happy forever kind of love, and an overall great introduction to this trilogy within the series.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story.  It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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