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Finding Hope: A Nugget Romance #2

Stacy Finz

ISBN 9781601833402
Publish Date 1/5/2015
Format ePub
Categories Romance Contemporary, Lyrical Shine
List Price: $4.99

The small mountain town of Nugget, California, is way off the beaten path. But somehow it helps the lost and lonely find a new beginning in life—and in love…

One solitary day at a time is the only way cookbook writer Emily Mathews can restart her life—and cope with consuming loss. Still, the former city girl is finding all kinds of odd inspiration and advice from Nugget's proudly eccentric residents on everything from new recipes to opening her heart again. Especially when it comes to her rugged rancher landlord …

His no-drama new tenant is the first break Clay McCreedy has had in a long time. He's got his hands full enough dealing with his wife's scandalous death and his sons' unresolved grief. Clay can't help but be drawn to Emily's quiet understanding and strength. When their fragile trust turns into passionate healing, he longs for much more. And when both their pasts come calling, he’s determined not to walk away…

“Finz is a unique new voice. Nugget, California is a charming small town filled with inventive characters and sweet romance." --Jill Shalvis, New York Times bestselling author of the Lucky Harbor Series

"Tender and touching, Stacy Finz writes romance with heart." --Marina Adair, #1 National bestselling author of Summer in Napa

About Stacy Finz:

New York Times bestselling author Stacy Finz is an award-winning former reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle. After twenty years-plus covering notorious serial killers, naked-tractor-driving farmers, fanatical foodies, aging rock stars and weird Western towns, she figured she had enough material to write fiction. She is the 2013 winner of the Daphne du Maurier Award. Readers can visit her website at stacyfinz.com

Photo Credit: Laura Finz.

Q&A for GOING HOME

Q: Is there an actual Nugget, California? If not, what town or place is Nugget based on?

A: If there is a Nugget, California, I’m not aware of it. Nugget is loosely based on a number of towns in the Sierra Nevada, but particularly towns in Plumas County. My aunt lives there and we go a couple of times a year to visit. The views are stunning and we’ve spent many amazing days just inner tubing down the Feather River. Because it’s so rural where she lives, the community is close-knit, which served as good model for Nugget. I like the idea that everyone knows everyone else in town and everyone is up in everyone else’s business. I grew up in a small town; we even shared a telephone party line. My sister and I used to listen in on other peoples’ conversations (terrible, right?), but it soon became apparent we weren’t the only ones doing it.

Q: In Going Home, the heroine, Maddy Breyer, is obsessed with the Donner Party. What inspired you to put such a macabre piece of California history into a romance novel?

A: I think a lot of Californians are intrigued with the tragedy. When you think of California, you think sunny, warm, beaches and palm trees. You don’t think of pioneers getting trapped in the snow and having to eat each other to stay alive. Now ski resorts surround the area where the Donner Party got stranded in the 1800s. Every time I’m up in those parts I wonder where it happened. Is this where pioneers feasted on their fellow travelers? Maybe I’m a little warped, but I think it’s human nature to be curious about really bad things, and Maddy is a little quirky to begin with.

Q: Going Home’s hero, Rhys Shepard, is a complicated guy. Tortured, yet bound by an innate sense of duty to take care of everyone around him. Is there a story behind his character?

A: I liked playing on the theme: can you go home again? Nugget has miserable associations for Rhys. His dad was the town’s odd ball and people wrongly assume the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. But Rhys’ sense of duty brings him home and forces him to stay at least long enough to do the right thing. I’ve known people like him, people who couldn’t wait to get out of Dodge and reinvent themselves, and despite finding new surroundings and new people, still don’t feel like they belong.

Q: What’s next for the town of Nugget?

A: Rhys’ best friend (and Nugget heartthrob) Clay McCreedy is about to meet his match.

Q: Will Rhys, Maddy and other characters from Going Home make appearances in Clay’s book?

A: They are all making cameos, but I’m also introducing some intriguing new people.


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Customer Review

Feasted On: Finding Hope by Stacy Finz (Friday, January 9, 2015)
Reviewer: From Me to You ... Book Reviews

4 out of 5 stars! A woman who is trying to overcome a tragic loss falls into another family's life who are dealing with their own issues; together they help heal past hurts in hope of moving onto a better future.

This novel reminded me a bit of Ms. Mallery's Fool's Gold Series because of its clicky-type town, the supportive people that live there, and how the novel has meaningful main and sub plots while really bringing in past characters too to update the readers on their lives. However, I was surprised by how deep Emily's personal story truly is, as it wasn't the type of topic I'd expect written about in a romance novel, yet I really liked how Ms. Finz got to the root of Emily's fears and showed you how she worked through them. It was very touching. In addition, while I really liked Emily & Clay's sweet friendship turning into a spicy romantic relationship I also enjoyed reading about Lina & Griffin's budding "too young for right now" romance. Both relationships growth over throughout this novel are well written and highly captivating! I especially liked how the way this novel is pretty open-ended so we might be able to read more about each relationship at a later date within the series (here's hoping).

It will be interesting if Justin's "premonition" about Hope will come true and if we (and Emily) will ever find out what really happened. I am very curious to see where this series will go and where "Second Chances" will lead us next!

I recommend this novel to those who enjoy contemporary romances that are based around tragic circumstances.

Review By: From Me to You ... Book Reviews
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