The end of the Shaughnessy Brothers series is here as the youngest sibling falls in love! Of course, as is the case with any beloved series, the finale brings up an abundance of emotions: joy that the entire family has settled down and sadness that the stories are now complete. It has been heartwarming to see the family absorb the wisdom and joy that their late mother instilled in them as young boys and men, and keep that love alive into the next generation.
Darcy Shaughnessy is finally ready to find her career niche and strike out on her own. When her sister-in-law, Savannah, asks her to assist wood artisan Ben Tanner in organizing his upcoming book, she jumps in with enthusiasm. Ben has worked with Savannah before and considers her not only a talented writer but also a friend. He is comfortable in his Washington State home, and Darcy brings a level of change to his environment that challenges his well-organized world. After the two are stranded in his home by a snowstorm, they develop a working relationship that grows into love. Ben’s parents were lost over the holidays, so he basically shuts down from everyone during that time of year. Darcy, on the other hand, never had a connection to her mother because she was a baby when she passed away. Ben and Darcy both need a considerable amount of healing to move forward with their lives. (SOURCEBOOKS, Oct., 352 pp., $7.99)