The First Kiss of Spring (Eternity Springs #14)
Spring has come to Eternity Springs in the newest installment in this New York Times bestselling series by Emily March.When Josh Tarkington gets stuck on a gondola with the lovely Caitlin Timberlake, he thinks his consistently bad luck might have changed.After their blossoming romance is interrupted, Caitlin realizes that her encounter with Josh was a sign that she needed to make a major life change. So she packs up her things and moves to Eternity Springs, opens a day care, and sets her cap for the town’s mechanic—Josh.But Josh is hiding a well of secrets that would ruin him, and his relationship with everyone in Eternity Springs—especially Caitlin. When tragedy strikes, Josh and Caitlin find themselves, and their relationship, tested beyond imagining. Will they be able to find their way back to each other?

The First Kiss of Spring (Eternity Springs #14) Details

TitleThe First Kiss of Spring (Eternity Springs #14)
Author
ReleaseFeb 27th, 2018
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
ISBN-139781250131706
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary

The First Kiss of Spring (Eternity Springs #14) Review

  • Dianne
    January 1, 1970
    His past is one of the best kept secrets in Eternity Springs and Josh Tarkington wants to keep it that way. His greatest fear? His past has cost him dearly and he has vowed never to taint anyone with his affections or to risk having his heart shredded again. Josh didn’t count on a chance encounter with the lovely Caitlin Timberlake who has come home to find that everything she left behind just may be exactly what she needs in her small town.Caitlin is an idealist, perhaps sometimes a little too His past is one of the best kept secrets in Eternity Springs and Josh Tarkington wants to keep it that way. His greatest fear? His past has cost him dearly and he has vowed never to taint anyone with his affections or to risk having his heart shredded again. Josh didn’t count on a chance encounter with the lovely Caitlin Timberlake who has come home to find that everything she left behind just may be exactly what she needs in her small town.Caitlin is an idealist, perhaps sometimes a little too much and Josh is the guy who finds a gray cloud in front of any silver lining he might dream of. Talk about opposites attracting each other, like moths to a flame, a flame that threatens to burn with both passion and pain!Looking for a sweet romance that has a tsunami of turmoil to overcome? THE FIRST KISS OF SPRING by Emily March satisfies that need for romance, pure and simple. It also satisfies a need to watch two people earn that romance, sometimes the hard way, sometimes by finally being open and honest, taking a chance on love, just one more time and daring to give it their all! Will they find that what they have a chance to live is worth the risks or not?This definitely is a light-hearted romance, but it does have its dark streaks, and there are intense moments of heart wrenching soul searching and love blind, head-in-the-clouds dreaminess. Like I said, two opposites drawn to each other, exploring not only their own feelings but if they have what it takes to take a chance on love together! Expect some very high drama along with that sugar.I received a complimentary ARC edition from St. Martin's Paperbacks. This is my voluntary review!Series: Eternity Springs - Book 14Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (February 27, 2018)Publication Date: February 27, 2018Genre: Contemporary RomanceNumber of Pages: 320Available from: Amazon | Barnes & NobleFor Reviews & More: http://tometender.blogspot.com
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  • ♥ WishfulMiss ♥
    January 1, 1970
    Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, is it not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. ~ 1 Corinthians 13;4-7 Where to start with this one … First off, I love this quote and reading it reminds me why I prefer to read romance over any other gen Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, is it not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. ~ 1 Corinthians 13;4-7 Where to start with this one … First off, I love this quote and reading it reminds me why I prefer to read romance over any other genre. I love a book that can deliver a believable love story. Whether it’s dramatic, OTT, sweet, cheesy, dark, hopeful or lighthearted. If it has a HEA and characters that I can connect with, I wanna read it. The First Kiss of Spring delivered on all the above. It has a lot of funny moments and a few tear jerker scenes but it balanced out nicely. It’s a love story with hard knocks but a happy ending :) Quick Summary: Caitlin is away from home for the weekend, to attend her best friend’s wedding. While out sightseeing, she bumps into Josh and his adorable wheelchair bound dachshund, Penny. They instantly hit it off and knowing that they both are playing tourist for the weekend and that a fling is all there could be between them, Cait and Josh let down their guard, deciding to enjoy each other’s company while it can last. Before things can get hot and heavy between them, Josh finds out it really can be a small world and that Caitlin’s from Eternity Springs, where Josh has recently settled and that her family still resides there. Putting the breaks on things quick, Josh backpedals before anything serious can happen, fearing that what little he can offer Caitlin (a short temporary affair) wasn’t worth the awkwardness of his new neighbors, especially since Eternity Springs is the first place in a long while to feel like home. Caitlin regrets how things ended with Josh before they even began but when life throws her a curve ball, she decides to take the plunge and takes steps to follow her dream. Which means quitting her job and moving back home to open her own daycare center. Josh new Caitlin was too good to be true and she was. No way does he want to mess up a good thing in Eternity Springs. He wasn’t a settled down and forever type and Caitlin was the marrying kind. But out of sight, out of mind right? Not. Because she’s back home and seems to pop up everywhere he goes. Temptation is harder to resist when she’s only a few doors down. What I liked: I loved the romantic town of Eternity Springs and their resident love guru, Celeste. She was such a sweet and adorable character, she definitely brought some humor to the story. I also liked Caitlin, she wasn’t a shy or fragile heroine, she makes up her mind about something (or in Josh’s case) someone and she goes after it full throttle. I liked that she was confident in her feelings and in her own skin to put herself out there so fearlessly. Then there’s Josh. The glimpses of his past, his childhood and his family tore at my heart. I was not expecting that turn of events and with each snippet we got, I felt for him, more and more. Life certainly did not pull it’s punches when it came to Josh and I really wanted him to finally catch a break and be happy. With all the KOs he’s lived through, it’s no wonder he was running scared of the big bad l-o-v-e. The story starts off fun and flirty and just hints at the more serious undercurrents of the characters. The pace picks up when Caitlin and Josh begin to see each other in a more permanent setting. Day to day interactions that start to reveal more and strengthens feelings too potent to deny for long.Because I wasn’t expecting this to go down the route it took (the cover paints such a happy picture!) the intense emotional issues tackled between the MCs gave me more push/pull than I was looking for. Caitlin and Josh have a lot of obstacles to overcome and it isn’t always pretty. I loved these characters and was happy things worked out and I loved the hopefulness the MCs give off. There was no easy fix for the problems they faced but their positive outlook and love for each other nailed it. Would I recommend?Yes, if you like damaged heroes and strong heroines who don’t give up so easily, The First Kiss of Spring might be right up your alley. * * * ARC provided for an honest review * * *I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. Allthoughts and opinions are my own. SAFETY INFO: (view spoiler)[Ages: Caitlin is 29 and Josh’s age isn’t mentioned but he’s in his early to mid-thirties. Neither are virgin.Cheating: None.OM/OW drama: None. The H was engaged at one time to OW, but he wasn’t in love with her. He fell in love with her kid (from a previous relationship), he liked the idea of being a family. Of having someone look up to him and rely on him. He ends up loosing them to a hurricane and he’s emotionally scarred because of it.Separation: Two mini separations that last a a couple of weeks. During both, they remain celibate.Push/Pull Josh has a really messed up and neglected childhood, dysfunctional to the extreme that colors his perception of marriage and love. He has some long acquainted demons that make him push Caitlin away. Main Pursuer of relationship: In this instance, Caitlin is the main pursuer. From the get go she pursues the H. She came off a bit pushy and I admit it took a minute to warm up to her. I prefer the guys to the chasing but eventually Caitlin's singlemindedness grew on me.Triggers: Quiet a few …Death of a parent (off page, H), Death of a fiancé (off page, H), Death of a child (off page, H’s fiance’s child), Suicide (off page, H’s older brother), drug and alcohol addiction (on and off page, H), Infidelity (off page, H’s narcissist parents) and H with a martyr complex. HEA/HFN: Ends on a HEA and a cute wedding epilogue one year later. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Tammy
    January 1, 1970
    I loved Caitlin and Josh together.Caitlin knew from the moment that she met Josh that he was the one for her. Needless to say, Josh doesn’t feel the same way. Josh has had some ruff times during his life, nothing but bad luck, so he tells Caitlin that they can never be more than friends. That he has nothing to offer her.We see both of them face obstacles in their life and family in their book, The Fisrt KISS of Spring. I love that we get to visit with past characters in this book, with one of th I loved Caitlin and Josh together.Caitlin knew from the moment that she met Josh that he was the one for her. Needless to say, Josh doesn’t feel the same way. Josh has had some ruff times during his life, nothing but bad luck, so he tells Caitlin that they can never be more than friends. That he has nothing to offer her.We see both of them face obstacles in their life and family in their book, The Fisrt KISS of Spring. I love that we get to visit with past characters in this book, with one of them facing something major. You must read The First KISS of Spring to see what happens. Emily March always delivers us such wonderful stories from Eternity Springs.ARC provided by NetGalley for an honest review.
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  • Bambi Unbridled
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not gonna lie - I was totally sucked in by this cover. I just love the look of the colorful house in a small town Colorado setting... the whole thing is just appealing. I have not read any of Eternity Springs books, and I have not previously read Emily March. So I was trying something new here. And I'm glad I did! I want to move to Eternity Springs now... and I definitely need Celeste working her matchmaking magic to set me up.Side note - while I didn't feel lost without having read the earl I'm not gonna lie - I was totally sucked in by this cover. I just love the look of the colorful house in a small town Colorado setting... the whole thing is just appealing. I have not read any of Eternity Springs books, and I have not previously read Emily March. So I was trying something new here. And I'm glad I did! I want to move to Eternity Springs now... and I definitely need Celeste working her matchmaking magic to set me up.Side note - while I didn't feel lost without having read the earlier books in the series, there is a ton of character crossover and maybe some spoilers for previous books. There was probably also some world building having to do with the town as the series has progressed. So you may want to start at the beginning instead of jumping in at Book 14 like me.Caitlin Timberlake is a member of one of the founding families of Eternity Springs, and the youngest child of the Timberlake clan. Caitlin's mother has pushed her toward a big career designing textiles in New York City, and she is good at her job. But lately Caitlin has felt the itch to come home and be closer to family and maybe settle down in the process. All of these things definitely resonated with me. Caitlin was a likable heroine and her determination was admirable. I especially liked that she decided on our hero and was going after him gung-ho. I hate wishy washy heroines, and Caitlin was definitely not that. Josh Tarkington is hiding out in Eternity Springs - hiding from his past, his demons, and from the possibility of love. There are journal entries from Josh interspersed throughout the chapters and I was a bit surprised by them... the tragic nature didn't seem to fit with the idyllic cover and setting of the story. But they will quickly sink their hooks into you and have you sympathizing with Josh and wanting to heal him with a hug. I applauded that he was able to escape his past and make a life for himself in Eternity Springs, and I was definitely sympathetic when those old demons started haunting him. And how can you not love a guy who has a doggie in a wheelchair?So there is a definite meet cute moment between our couple in a gondola in Telluride... and it definitely made my sweet tooth ache. I thought that it was setting the tone for a sweet and sappy romance, but that is not really what you got. Instead we had a flawed hero and determined heroine set in a town where everyone has their issues, but seemingly maintains a positive outlook. Celeste seems to be the fairy godmother of Eternity Springs, a town matriarch if you will, and everyone goes to her for advice and comfort. All of the characters are church-going favorable individuals that left an overall content feeling to the reader. There was a little bit of steam but it did not overpower the story. I would maybe classify this one along the lines of a feel-good or sentimental or maybe even inspirational romance. It's a series that I will be more likely to pick up in the future.I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received from the publisher, St. Martin's Press.
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  • Hannah
    January 1, 1970
    ARC REVIEW Eternity Springs #14, Eternity Springs is where the heart goes to heal, and we've seen that in the previous thirteen book from near death experiences to falling in love again. Emily March has covered a wide range of issues and and trauma for these people and it never gets old, I love this series more now then when I first found it. It's the perfect place to fantasize about living there, about soaking in the hot springs and just letting the place heal whatever maybe wrong with your he ARC REVIEW Eternity Springs #14, Eternity Springs is where the heart goes to heal, and we've seen that in the previous thirteen book from near death experiences to falling in love again. Emily March has covered a wide range of issues and and trauma for these people and it never gets old, I love this series more now then when I first found it. It's the perfect place to fantasize about living there, about soaking in the hot springs and just letting the place heal whatever maybe wrong with your heart, to talk with Celeste, the town's personal angel, and getting some of her sage advice. Reading these books almost makes me homesick for a place that's never existed.Josh Tarkington thinks he has the worst luck ever, an F5 tornado took the life of his fiancee and her daughter and then twice more a tornado destroyed his home, business, and once again the life of someone he cared about; moving out of Tornado Alley seemed the wisest thing to do. When Brock his foster brother invited him to Eternity Spring Josh thought it sounded like the best place to start over. Caitlin Timberlake didn't like Eternity Springs when her parents decided to leave Denver for the quaint little Mountain town but it grew on her and now no other place feels more like home, except she lives in NYC. Caitlin has some major life changes planned while she enjoys her work in NYC and everything she's experienced living there it's time she does something she actually loves; that means moving to Eternity Springs and starting a much needed daycare. Josh and Caitlin have chance meeting on a gondola ride (no not the flat bottom boat you find in Italy the electric ones that go up and down mountains). When it gets stuck Josh and Caitlin have plenty of time to talk and get to know each other and not to mention the adorable wheelchair bound Dachshund, Penny. It's not until later when Caitlin's parents suddenly appear does Josh realize Caitlin is one of those Timberlakes. Josh not waiting to upset his new life in Eternity Springs decides it best not to pursue Caitlin. Caitlin has other plans and when she moves to Eternity Spring's she is almost certain she is already in love with Josh and is determined nothing is going to stop her from dating him. Starting first with a "Friend Affair" it isn't long before Josh and Caitlin decide to make a real thing of it and come out publicly as a couple. It isn't long after that then things start to go wrong. Josh has been pretty open about his past except for what came before his time in the foster system and when Josh is hit by a car everything about his childhood and the troubles that come with it are forced to come out. Is Caitlin's love strong enough to understand why Josh lied about it or is this finally going to push Josh over the deep end to the point of no return?Overall, it is another outstanding novel from Emily March. I love the Journal entries in between the chapters it gives you a real good feel for the character and why that part was kept a secret. The side story with Mac and Ali was just as heartbreaking as the main story. Once again Eternity Springs works it's magic.
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  • Michele A.
    January 1, 1970
    Josh Tarkington is a man on a mission to not feel anything remotely like love for a woman or a child again. He has reinvented himself from a tragic past and has no intentions of falling for a woman again. He is compassionate, successful and hiding some secrets. His journal entries were disturbing. His personal battles were not for the faint of heart. I did feel like he suffered quite a bit in this book. While I applauded his struggle, some of it was skirted over. Caitlin is in town for a friend' Josh Tarkington is a man on a mission to not feel anything remotely like love for a woman or a child again. He has reinvented himself from a tragic past and has no intentions of falling for a woman again. He is compassionate, successful and hiding some secrets. His journal entries were disturbing. His personal battles were not for the faint of heart. I did feel like he suffered quite a bit in this book. While I applauded his struggle, some of it was skirted over. Caitlin is in town for a friend's wedding and bumps into Josh and his disabled dog, Penny and finds herself captivated. She has decided to make some changes in her life and knows that returning to Eternity Springs is now a certainty. She is a 29-year-old woman who still stomps around like a teenager while in the presence of her parents. Their dynamic was a bit choppy and I didn't feel much warmth from any of them. All of them told lies and kept secrets from each other, some worse than others. Caitlin decides to pursue Josh, even though he is quite clear that he has no interest in anything permanent. She bulldozes her way into his life and then acts surprised when things don't pan out the way she wanted them to right away. Her character was difficult for me to relate to. She would make decisions that had no basis in reality, just what she wanted. She would get mad and then had a tantrum that reminded me of a toddler. Stomping her feet and carrying on didn't not endear her to me. Her constant whining and inability to act like an adult had me ready to stop reading this a time or two. For someone who was supposed to be trying to run a new business, she sure wasn't at work all that much. I applauded her in trying to take care of Josh, but instead of leaving him for a bit when he was grumpy, she would whine to someone about it. Her real fear of him not wanting her back if she left was extreme. Her inability to see that his present to her was real was kind of unbelievable. Josh and Caitlin are very much aware that her father, Mac, does not approve of Josh. His character was hard to like and I found him overbearing at best. Her mother was all over the place. I guess since I haven't read any other books in this series that maybe that detracted from this book for me. I will say this book deals with drug abuse, sexual abuse and alcohol abuse. It is done in an in your face way and the treatment was glossed over. There were some things that were never really dealt with and I had a hard time figuring out why they weren't. I had no issue with Josh trying to bury his past and Caitlin didn't seem to get that. She decided that he was there for nefarious reasons and came to her own conclusions just like her dad did.Overall it was an okay read. I was hoping for more romance and less outside issues taking precedence. I received an ARC from NetGalley for my honest review.
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  • Elaine
    January 1, 1970
    This is a sweet, contemporary, small town romance and works well as a standalone, even though it is the fourteenth in the series - I haven’t read any of the earlier books in the series and still enjoyed this one. It is different to many other stories as alternating chapters share information about the past and, for much of the story, you aren’t quite certain who has these memories, adding a layer of mystery and intrigue to the overall story. Tragedy, thoughts of suicide and child abuse play impo This is a sweet, contemporary, small town romance and works well as a standalone, even though it is the fourteenth in the series - I haven’t read any of the earlier books in the series and still enjoyed this one. It is different to many other stories as alternating chapters share information about the past and, for much of the story, you aren’t quite certain who has these memories, adding a layer of mystery and intrigue to the overall story. Tragedy, thoughts of suicide and child abuse play important roles in the story so if any of these are triggers for you, I’d suggest avoiding this book. However, they are dealt with comparatively sensitively and really are key to some of the actions and interactions which occur.The first time Caitlin and Josh meet is sharing, getting stuck in and rescued from a gondola ride. He has his cute wheelchair using dog with him and the two have plenty of time to connect as they await rescue. Their romance is well portrayed, with plenty of reticence, angst and turmoil occurring during their fraught journey towards their HEA together. Their journey is anything but smooth - there are plenty of potholes along the way to trip them up and drive them apart! Reviewing your personal life choices, starting in a new way, moving home and so much more all happen in this story which I have no hesitation in recommending to anyone who enjoys contemporary romance with plenty of drama! I’ll definitely be looking out for more by this author in future.I requested and received a copy of this novel. This is my honest review after choosing to read it.
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  • Tracy- OMGReads
    January 1, 1970
    I jumped into this series late- The First Kiss of Spring is book 14 of the series, and my first Eternity Springs novel. I can say it can be read as a standalone. There were couples and past events mentioned that I assume are from prior books, however it did not detract from the story at all.I really liked the heroine and hero, Caitlin and Josh. Caitlin is a determined woman. She knows Josh is the one for her. She just can’t understand him, and he doesn’t want to be understood. His past is where I jumped into this series late- The First Kiss of Spring is book 14 of the series, and my first Eternity Springs novel. I can say it can be read as a standalone. There were couples and past events mentioned that I assume are from prior books, however it did not detract from the story at all.I really liked the heroine and hero, Caitlin and Josh. Caitlin is a determined woman. She knows Josh is the one for her. She just can’t understand him, and he doesn’t want to be understood. His past is where he left it and he has no desire for anyone to revisit it. He has so many secrets, and resists Caitlin for so long. The First Kiss of Spring is heartbreaking and hopeful. Some things, not related to it being part of a series, were confusing at first. It’s quickly revealed what’s between the chapters and it makes the story that much more intoxicating. The book was paced well, and the characters were easy to fall in love with. I would recommend this to the reader looking for an emotional tale.
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  • Deanne Patterson
    January 1, 1970
    I have to admit the cover for this book really drew me in. Who wouldn't want to live in a small town with houses,friends and family like this? This is my first book I've read in the series but I as able to enjoy it as a stand alone, which is a big bonus! The book kept me entertained and reading it quickly. Loved reading how Caitlin and Josh met. Fun, realistic book. I need to make time to read more books in this series.Pub Date 27 Feb 2018Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for a revie I have to admit the cover for this book really drew me in. Who wouldn't want to live in a small town with houses,friends and family like this? This is my first book I've read in the series but I as able to enjoy it as a stand alone, which is a big bonus! The book kept me entertained and reading it quickly. Loved reading how Caitlin and Josh met. Fun, realistic book. I need to make time to read more books in this series.Pub Date 27 Feb 2018Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for a review copy. I was not required to write a positive review.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    I'm always willing to try out a new author or publisher. This one sounded good, thought I'd give it a try. It's not for me. First of all, way too explicit. It has a really odd feel to it. You have some really devout church going characters, even quotes scripture and then follows a very trashy, lustful relationship. In other parts it borders on classy. It doesn't gel. Second despite the appeal of this ideal mountain small town near Telluride, CO - everyone is leading these unrealistic lives. Ever I'm always willing to try out a new author or publisher. This one sounded good, thought I'd give it a try. It's not for me. First of all, way too explicit. It has a really odd feel to it. You have some really devout church going characters, even quotes scripture and then follows a very trashy, lustful relationship. In other parts it borders on classy. It doesn't gel. Second despite the appeal of this ideal mountain small town near Telluride, CO - everyone is leading these unrealistic lives. Everyone's uber successful. Despite some dialogue between Caitlin's father, Mac & Josh later in the book there is no explanation for his massive initial dislike. He's a product of the foster system too? That automatically qualifies someone as screwed up. I don't like the implication. Second it goes way too far in descriptiveness of the drug and alcohol abuse, and let's just say other things Josh experienced as a child. Last year I read a fabulous book, that though a little heavier than I like addressed drug abuse in a careful manner and raises awareness, while being realistic and remaining true to the struggle it is. Ensured empathy, concern and a reason for hope. The journal entries were just plain disturbing - and I wondered just what genre this book falls under! Some things can be understood without full on in your face. I won't pick up another by this author or the publisher.I received this eARC from Netgalley and this is my honest review.
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  • Nadwa
    January 1, 1970
    [I received a free advance review copy by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review]God bless good small-town romance contemporaries. This book had me on a roller coaster of emotions from the very first chapter. It's my first Emily March read, and for heaven's sake, I'd read anything she'd write if it's half as good as The First Kiss of Spring. The chemistry between Caitlin and Josh was obvious from their first encounter. The fact that Josh owns a crippled dog called Penny for [I received a free advance review copy by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review]God bless good small-town romance contemporaries. This book had me on a roller coaster of emotions from the very first chapter. It's my first Emily March read, and for heaven's sake, I'd read anything she'd write if it's half as good as The First Kiss of Spring. The chemistry between Caitlin and Josh was obvious from their first encounter. The fact that Josh owns a crippled dog called Penny for whom he's made a friggin wheelchair did crazy things to my heart. Caitlin somehow knew, after that weekend they spent together, that Josh was the one for her. And although that sounded crazy, it totally wasn't. The chemistry that Mrs March portrayed in the book was clear as day, I couldn't help but ship those two from the moment they met.So Caitlin basically decides to turn her whole like upside down in order to build a life for herself that allows her to pursue the guy she has set her sights on. As crazy and creepy as that might sound, I found that totally influencing and honestly? it was unconventional in a very feminist-friendly way. I high-five you Caitlin Timberlake. You rock, girl.So Caitlin moves back into Eternity Springs, leaving her mother's dream job of textile designing behind in NYC. She tries to build her relationship with Josh, but he's pretty closed off and what they eventually agree on is a, and I quote, "a friend affair". Of course, being in a small town requires hiding said affair and sneaking around, which I admit was fun and sexy as hell. But eventually, a series of events puts Josh and Caitlin's relationship through hell. I loved the town's fairy Godmother, aka Celeste, Harriet, Brick and Lili, Chase and Lori, Mac and Ali. The familial vibe Eternity Springs gives off reminds me why I love small town contemporaries so much.
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  • Madison Warner Fairbanks
    January 1, 1970
    The First Kiss of Spring by Emily MarchContemporary small town romance. 14th in the series. Can be read on its own. These stories are always heart fulfilling. Emily March is a master storyteller. I worried in the beginning. Here was the intro to the hero.“The hot blonde went gooey. They always did. It was one of the perks of owning a dog with a broken back.”Ok, instant turn off.But Caitlin recognized his line of BS quickly and the conversation turned genuine. Later:I felt so bad for him, trying The First Kiss of Spring by Emily MarchContemporary small town romance. 14th in the series. Can be read on its own. These stories are always heart fulfilling. Emily March is a master storyteller. I worried in the beginning. Here was the intro to the hero.“The hot blonde went gooey. They always did. It was one of the perks of owning a dog with a broken back.”Ok, instant turn off.But Caitlin recognized his line of BS quickly and the conversation turned genuine. Later:I felt so bad for him, trying to avoid the pain pills on his own. Would sharing have helped? Caitlin wouldn’t have left the pills in the medicine cabinet if she knew. I know he doesn’t trust doctors, but aren’t there better options every year?The supporting hand came from a surprising person. It was touching. Canned dog food Saturday. Hahaha. My sister does that with her dog too. An adorable phrase:“A flower bomb had gone off in her hallway.”Loved it. Will always prioritize Emily March and a new release. Feel good romance. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. I also purchased a paperback copy.
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  • Sissy's Romance Book Review
    January 1, 1970
    The First Kiss of Spring by Emily March is book fourteen in the "Eternity Springs" series. This is the story of Josh Tarkington and Caitlin Timberlake. This can easily be a standalone book. Caitlin decided to take a chance and move to Eternity Springs and pursue the connection she felt with Josh. But Josh is keeping something back that might hurt his new relationship. This was overall a sweet romance that I enjoyed reading.
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  • Robin
    January 1, 1970
    *received from NetGalley for review*I'm usually pretty anal about reading series books in order, but when I received an email from NetGalley that this book was available for forty-eight hours I immediately downloaded it. I've not previously read anything by this author, but I've heard good things about her, and one friend compared her to Robyn Carr, so I was excited to give her a try. Each chapter is prefaced with a short “Journal Entry”. We don't know at first which character is journaling, but *received from NetGalley for review*I'm usually pretty anal about reading series books in order, but when I received an email from NetGalley that this book was available for forty-eight hours I immediately downloaded it. I've not previously read anything by this author, but I've heard good things about her, and one friend compared her to Robyn Carr, so I was excited to give her a try. Each chapter is prefaced with a short “Journal Entry”. We don't know at first which character is journaling, but they threw me a little off kilter at first with hints of past child abuse. Once I got past that though, I enjoyed the story. And not having read the previous books in the series wasn't an issue at all. I suspect some of the supporting characters might have been the heroes/heroines of previous books, but this one can definitely stand on it's own. Caitlin meets Josh, and his dog Penny, who is in a little doggy wheelchair, while in Telluride for a wedding, when they are trapped together in a gondola. Like Caitlin, that first meeting with Josh had me hooked on him immediately. He's good looking, he's funny, and who wouldn't fall for a man who loves a little dog like Penny? In a lot of romance novels the hero is the dogged pursuer. He meets a woman and knows right away that she's the one, and he sets out to convince her of that, while she resists because she's been burned before. Here, it's Caitlin who decides early on that Josh is the one. The last thing he wants is a relationship, and he's not a happy camper when he learns that Caitlin has moved to Eternity Springs to be near her parents and brother. Of course you know how it will all end, because it is a romance, after all. But the journey to that ending was very enjoyable. The writing is a bit breezy, and I especially enjoyed Caitlin's interactions with her brother. The subject matter does get a little deep, as Josh has a lot of baggage, but it was never sensationalized and was thoughtfully handled. I'm going to have to look for the first book in the series and then go on from there! Review first posted on my blog.
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  • Hannah (Sakurahan or ForeverBooks18)
    January 1, 1970
    Hi Readers, How are you all today? I Hope you’re well 🙂. I’ve just finished another great book! “The First Kiss Of Spring” is the 14th book of a contemporary series, called “Eternity Springs” by Emily March. Thanks to NetGalley for allowing me access to read it. I haven’t read any others of the books in the “Eternity Springs” series so I don’t know if the characters crop up in more than one novel.I read this for the book that I borrowed or that was given to me as a gift promt on The Popsugar Rea Hi Readers, How are you all today? I Hope you’re well 🙂. I’ve just finished another great book! “The First Kiss Of Spring” is the 14th book of a contemporary series, called “Eternity Springs” by Emily March. Thanks to NetGalley for allowing me access to read it. I haven’t read any others of the books in the “Eternity Springs” series so I don’t know if the characters crop up in more than one novel.I read this for the book that I borrowed or that was given to me as a gift promt on The Popsugar Reading Challenge because I was technically borrowing it from NetGalley. 3.5 Stars (4 on Goodreads)!We follow the lives of Caitlin and her family, as well as Josh in “The First Kiss Of Spring”. Caitlin Timberlake and Josh Tarkington are the main characters. The story is told from 3rd person, omniscient point of view. I would have liked to have seen the story from Caitlin’s perspective because I enjoy reading thoughts and feelings first hand, but the 3rd person perspective wasn’t a terrible choice. We do get a few parts from a 1st person POV at the start of each chapter. I won’t spoil who they’re from here...look in the spoiler section if you want to know...Caitlin and Josh meet on a trip that they’ve both taken individually. Caitlin has gone to a friend’s wedding to be a bridesmaid and josh is there to be a tourist. They meet on a gondola (a train, not a boat). Caitlin is from New York. She was brought up in Eternity Springs but moved to New York to work in the fashion business. Josh is a mechanic. Caitlin moves back to Eternity Springs because of Josh. She feels an attraction, when she meets him...Addiction plays a part in “The First Kiss Of Spring”, as well as the disease ALS so if you’re at all wary of those then this might not be the book for you. It’s also an adult romance, too. Spoilers Below...The first words Josh says to Caitlin, before he even sees her are, “This is one of the pet friendly cabins. I hope you don’t mind sharing with my dog”. Caitlin doesn’t mind. The dog, Copper Penny, or just Penny is a disabled dog who has a doggy wheelchair. Josh made it. He’s a mechanic so he’s good at making things. Josh comes across as a very caring character when we first meet him. Later on we see him change slightly into someone not so caring. He’s an ex drug user. The reason Josh has Penny is that her owner had to go into a home so he went to the vets looking for a “manly dog” but walked out with her instead. Caitlin and Josh get to know each other better on this gondola. Caitlin invites Josh to her friend’s wedding. He says yes and things go from there. Both of these characters have many hurdles to overcome...do they and at what cost? You’ll have to read to find out...I really enjoyed reading “The First Kiss Of Spring”. It had almost everything I was looking for. I won’t write what it didn’t have because that would lead to a major spoiler but it was cute, funny and a good book about hope. “Hope was the tender sprout of a crocus bulb pushing through a blanket of snow”is one of my favourite lines of “The First Kiss Of Spring” because it’s so true. We all have to hope to succeed...What did I like about “The First Kiss Of Spring”?* I liked how the story focused on the building relationship between Caitlin and Josh. Yes, we got some other stories, too, but the building romance was the main one.* I loved the moments between Caitlin and Josh. Their relationship was very realistically written about. * The overall pace of the story seemed well written. In contemporaries, sometimes we don’t get enough of each individual story that goes into the book. This didn’t happen here. For example, the author wrote the romance, the ALS, the drugs, Caitlin’s change of job. Nothing outshone anything else. It was all equal. What didn’t I like about “The First Kiss Of Spring”?* I didn’t like how I felt a chunk of the story was missing. What I mean by this is Caitlin says she wants children to Josh at least three times in this book. She doesn’t get pregnant, though. I don’t think it was necessary to say that she wanted them if she wasn’t going to ever get pregnant, if that makes sense. I don’t know if she’ll crop up in a future book pregnant but still...* I thought the story could have done without the drugs storyline. It just seemed shoved in at the end. * I would have preferred to have had the story told from Caitlin’s perspective as it would have added an extra layer to the story.Overall, I enjoyed “The First Kiss Of Spring”. I’m giving it 3.5 Stars (4 on Goodreads)I might read the others in the series...Thanks for reading and check back to see my next review soon...
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  • Claire Mc Partlin
    January 1, 1970
    Another trip back to the beautiful Eternity Springs. I love this town, it sounds so lovely and I enjoy coming back to it with each book in this series.This story is about Caitlin and Josh. Caitlin is a textile designer and currently lives in New York, but has had enough of big city living and is planning on moving back to Eternity Springs soon, where her family now live, and changing her career. The story starts off in a nearby town where she has flown into to be a bridesmaid for one of her good Another trip back to the beautiful Eternity Springs. I love this town, it sounds so lovely and I enjoy coming back to it with each book in this series.This story is about Caitlin and Josh. Caitlin is a textile designer and currently lives in New York, but has had enough of big city living and is planning on moving back to Eternity Springs soon, where her family now live, and changing her career. The story starts off in a nearby town where she has flown into to be a bridesmaid for one of her good friends. The first day there she gets stuck in a cable car gondola with an attractive guy, Josh, and his wheelchair-bound dachshund, Penny. Sparks fly and she ends up inviting him to the wedding the next day, which he accepts.Her parents turn up at the same resort, unbeknownst to any of them, and it turns out that Josh actually lives and works in Eternity Springs, owning his own garage. Caitlin then moves back to Eternity Springs and starts pursuing Josh, who she is sure is her soul mate. He resists initially, but then agrees to a relationship on his terms (no marriage/babies/commitment) which she agrees too, planning on changing his mind. Josh isn't quite who he seems to be though and has a LOT of baggage, some of it very sad.Caitlin's Dad really got on my nerves. He decided he didn't like Josh and his daughter as a couple immediately, without really knowing him, and was very, very judgemental, to the point of getting him investigated! Admittedly he had his own issues going on, but I found him very irritating.Josh did go through an awful lot, in his previous life and life in Eternity Springs, but it was lovely that Caitlin stuck by him even when he was acting completely out of character when he was ill. His past slowly revealed itself though and was resolved, with the background presence of the spiritual Celeste Blessing always there, as she is in all the books, gently advising and guiding everyone to where they need to be.Another very enjoyable book in this series.
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  • Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    I found The First kiss of Spring was filled with complex characters and interesting characters. I can handle complex stories and characters but there were several times I was confused and felt that the story seemed forced. Josh is the spawn of Hollywood royalty. Including himself, his grandfather, father, mother , brother and sister's were famous or in the spotlight. Because of his family, he's been in and out of rehab, suffered mental and sexual abuse as well as becoming a drug addict. He moves I found The First kiss of Spring was filled with complex characters and interesting characters. I can handle complex stories and characters but there were several times I was confused and felt that the story seemed forced. Josh is the spawn of Hollywood royalty. Including himself, his grandfather, father, mother , brother and sister's were famous or in the spotlight. Because of his family, he's been in and out of rehab, suffered mental and sexual abuse as well as becoming a drug addict. He moves away from his family to concentrate on his mental health but tragedy continues to follow. Over the past several years he's loved and lost and vows never to love again. He also has a knack of being a hero which I found ironic due to his past tragedies. While I could overlook a few sad circumstances, his story left me sad and depressed. I also thought it odd that no one recognizes his looks of name in Eternity Springs. Caitlin is immediately smitten with Josh. She befriends Josh and forces herself in his life. She leaves her job in NYC as a textile designer to open a day care in Eternity Springs. This career change I found odd and didn't make sense. Because of this I found her to be flighty and wishy washy. The pair kept their relationship secret but another tragedy forces them to bring it to light. Despite them dating, I had a hard time finding a love connection between the two. They survive family discord and to get their HEA but it was a struggle to get there.
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  • Maida
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars rounded low. This was my first visit to Eternity Springs and I have mixed feelings about it. I liked certain parts, strongly disliked others. I liked the fact that it can stand alone despite being part of a long series. I liked that the recap of secondary characters' stories was brief and interesting enough for a newbie to want to go back and read them. I appreciate the small town quirks featured in the book, the traditions and special events that only happen in a place like Eternity S 3.5 stars rounded low. This was my first visit to Eternity Springs and I have mixed feelings about it. I liked certain parts, strongly disliked others. I liked the fact that it can stand alone despite being part of a long series. I liked that the recap of secondary characters' stories was brief and interesting enough for a newbie to want to go back and read them. I appreciate the small town quirks featured in the book, the traditions and special events that only happen in a place like Eternity Springs. I liked that even though there were a lot of characters, they were all distinct and nobody overshadowed the hero and heroine. I liked the beginning of Josh and Caitlin's romance. Their meet-cute was light and fun. The rest of it was problematic for me. Somehow they lost the chemistry and it all became Caitlin taking care of Josh, of her loving him, and him pushing her away because he's not worthy.. Keeping a secret almost the entire length of the book annoys me, although in First Kiss, the hero had legitimate reasons for it. What didn't work for me were the journal entries after each chapter. At one point, I was not looking forward to reading them. I also find it uncomfortable as a reader to know so much more than the heroine. It made the long explanation at the end redundant for the reader even though it was only the first time Caitlin heard it. The book could also have benefited from brevity. Around 15-20% of the novel should have been cut. The piling on of Josh's misfortunes was a bit much. Perhaps one tornado was enough. It could also have been more balanced. There was too much more about Josh than about Caitlin, especially when the parts with Caitlin also dealt with her parents. Overall, the writing was solid. I just had certain biases against some storytelling devices used. Thanks to NetGalley and SMP for providing me an advanced copy to review.
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  • B.
    January 1, 1970
    This is the `4th in Emily March’s series about the lovely, little Colorado town of Eternity Springs. All the books have basically the same plot: two people who have experienced pain in their past come together in the friendly community and, with the help of the other townspeople and the mystical Celeste, overcome their personal tragedies to find love. In this book the couple is Josh Tarkington, a man with a somewhat mysterious past full of tragedy, who has come to Eternity Springs to get away fr This is the `4th in Emily March’s series about the lovely, little Colorado town of Eternity Springs. All the books have basically the same plot: two people who have experienced pain in their past come together in the friendly community and, with the help of the other townspeople and the mystical Celeste, overcome their personal tragedies to find love. In this book the couple is Josh Tarkington, a man with a somewhat mysterious past full of tragedy, who has come to Eternity Springs to get away from the tragic bad luck that has followed him all his life. He meets Caitlin Timberlake in Telluride. They’re really attracted to each other, but then he’s horrified to find out that she’s from Eternity Springs and is going to be moving back there. He fears the temptation he’ll have to fall for her. But she falls for him right away and the struggle is on to see if her love can overcome his fears. We all know how it will end, but it still is interesting getting there.I’ve read all the prior books, but I still have trouble remembering all the details and connections among people. March doesn’t provide much background to explain everything so I imagine that it would be difficult to come to this book for your first experience with this series. I know that writers have to find a balance from too much repetitive descriptions of the back stories of the characters and communities in series, but there should be a little more so that someone doesn’t feel like they’ve parachuted into a foreign land without much of a map. But that was my only complaint. Otherwise, this was another enjoyable visit to Eternity Springs.I was given a free ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    This might be viewed as spoilerish, but it needs to be said: this book contains talk and thoughts of suicide by more than one character, and that could be highly triggering to some readers. There's also talk of child molestation (in the past) and a very insensitive, crass comment about pneumonia and elderly people that could also be triggering. If you are sensitive to any of these topics, PLEASE consider your own emotional self-care before reading this one. This book starts out as a really cute, This might be viewed as spoilerish, but it needs to be said: this book contains talk and thoughts of suicide by more than one character, and that could be highly triggering to some readers. There's also talk of child molestation (in the past) and a very insensitive, crass comment about pneumonia and elderly people that could also be triggering. If you are sensitive to any of these topics, PLEASE consider your own emotional self-care before reading this one. This book starts out as a really cute, fun story which made me think this was going to be a light-hearted read, but when the story shifts to Eternity Springs, the tone definitely changes to more dramatic and angst-filled than I expected from the blurb. A lot of things happened in this story, it felt like a non-stop whirlwind at times, but it was a really good story despite the non-stop drama. Caitlin was really likable, if a bit naive about how things work in the real world. Josh was a mess, but he was really likable despite his many flaws. I found myself rooting for both of them, no matter how blindly idealistic Caitlin was or how gloom-and-doom Josh was. Despite all of the dark topics addressed in this book, the story was interesting, and the way that Josh dealt with his demons was surprising but really well-written. Celeste was also fabulous. Not being familiar with the larger series didn't take away from how much I liked her as a character. If you enjoy a women's fiction style book that deals with some darker life issues, you would probably enjoy this book. Again, please just keep your own self-care in mind. I requested and was very generously granted an ARC of this book via NetGalley and the publisher. I very much appreciate the opportunity to read this book.
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  • Reeca Elliott
    January 1, 1970
    Caitlin is moving back to Eternity Springs, CO. She is leaving her high stressed job to start a daycare. Her parents are not real enthused about the idea nor are they real pleased with her new choice of a boyfriend, Josh. But, when Josh saves a child from an oncoming car, many people change their tune. However, Caitlin’s father doesn’t. He even hires a private detective to find out more about Josh.I fell in love with Josh from the get go! He is moody, good-looking, has a handicapped dog, and has Caitlin is moving back to Eternity Springs, CO. She is leaving her high stressed job to start a daycare. Her parents are not real enthused about the idea nor are they real pleased with her new choice of a boyfriend, Josh. But, when Josh saves a child from an oncoming car, many people change their tune. However, Caitlin’s father doesn’t. He even hires a private detective to find out more about Josh.I fell in love with Josh from the get go! He is moody, good-looking, has a handicapped dog, and has a past which he doesn’t want anyone to know about. Now, how can this go wrong? When Caitlin enters his life, he is determined to keep her at arms length. You know…friends with benefits. Luckily, it doesn’t turn out the way he plans.I enjoyed this tale, probably more than I should. It is simple, quick, and very charming. Sometimes you just need an entertaining romance to kick start your week. I have never read Emily March. But, when I saw the cover and the title I just had to give this a whirl! I am really looking forward to her other books. This story hit the spot.I received this novel from Netgalley for a honest review.
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  • Terri
    January 1, 1970
    I love Emily March and I loved this book! I think the way that Ms. March put journal entries in before each chapter really helped give the reader a better glimpse into what drove the character without having to wait for the reveal in the plot. I really liked that.This is the story of Caitlin and Josh. They meet in a very cute way. They (Caitlin, Josh and his dog that uses a doggie wheel chair) share a ride in a gondola , which gets stuck. Instead of just meeting in passing, they have plenty of t I love Emily March and I loved this book! I think the way that Ms. March put journal entries in before each chapter really helped give the reader a better glimpse into what drove the character without having to wait for the reveal in the plot. I really liked that.This is the story of Caitlin and Josh. They meet in a very cute way. They (Caitlin, Josh and his dog that uses a doggie wheel chair) share a ride in a gondola , which gets stuck. Instead of just meeting in passing, they have plenty of time to flirt with each other. Josh feels safe in doing so because Caitlin doesn't live around there. Whoops, things change! They soon have to deal with their attraction to each other on a daily basis. Josh is a kind of dark character. He had a lot going on in his youth which leads him to believe he cannot have a relationship. When things get tough, the result may be one of the darkest places he's ever been. Caitlin's life is in an upheaval and the last thing she needs to deal with is a man that his withholding his past and his problems. Will any of that keep them from falling in love? Of course not, after all this is a romance novel! However, the path they take is a hard one and one worth reading. I really enjoyed this book.
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  • Deb Fernow
    January 1, 1970
    I know I have read this author in the past but not recently. This was a welcome return to a small town romance for me, something I know about having grown up in a Midwest small town. In this story, the characters are attracted to each other but at one point or another, they don’t want to be. A little different twist on a perfectly wonderful love story – Caitlin has what she wanted in life and then realizes that it isn’t making her happy so she’s changing directions. The same could be said for Jo I know I have read this author in the past but not recently. This was a welcome return to a small town romance for me, something I know about having grown up in a Midwest small town. In this story, the characters are attracted to each other but at one point or another, they don’t want to be. A little different twist on a perfectly wonderful love story – Caitlin has what she wanted in life and then realizes that it isn’t making her happy so she’s changing directions. The same could be said for Josh but what he wanted was ripped away from him more than once. He’s not ever going to give his heart again but Caitlin is determined to change his mind and she’s ready to wait for him.I enjoyed this story at a time when my life gets stressful – it was just what I needed to relax! I received an ARC from the publisher/NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. No compensation was promised or received for this review.
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  • Patricia Romero
    January 1, 1970
    The latest in the series centered around Eternity Springs.The minute Caitlin kissed Josh she knew she was going to marry that man!With fair warning to Josh that he should be prepared to surrender, she set out to make him her own. But Josh has made up his mind to never fall in love or get married.Josh has been fighting demons for a long time. And it sure seems as if bad luck is on his heels. Coming from Oklahoma's Tornado Alley, he has had his heart destroyed as well as his business and home. Not The latest in the series centered around Eternity Springs.The minute Caitlin kissed Josh she knew she was going to marry that man!With fair warning to Josh that he should be prepared to surrender, she set out to make him her own. But Josh has made up his mind to never fall in love or get married.Josh has been fighting demons for a long time. And it sure seems as if bad luck is on his heels. Coming from Oklahoma's Tornado Alley, he has had his heart destroyed as well as his business and home. Not once, but several times. Just when he seems to be making a home and a good name for himself and his business, little Miss Caitlin drops in his lap, and he has some serious thinking to do!Caitlin is busy setting up her new daycare business, plotting to make Josh her own, and wondering what the heck is up with her parents who are acting awfully strange.When everything hits the fan, will family and love win? You'll have to read the book. And I loved every bit of it!Netgalley/St.Martin's   February 27, 2018
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    This latest entry in the Eternity Springs series revisited lots of familiar faces while also giving Caitlin Timberlake a chance at romance. Once again, Emily March has created a heartwarming story that immediately pulled me into the romance of Josh and Caitlin. This one actually featured occasional journal entries from Josh that hinted at his troubled upbringing which inevitably caused problems with Caitlin and his life in general. There are some difficult issues mentioned in the book, however, This latest entry in the Eternity Springs series revisited lots of familiar faces while also giving Caitlin Timberlake a chance at romance. Once again, Emily March has created a heartwarming story that immediately pulled me into the romance of Josh and Caitlin. This one actually featured occasional journal entries from Josh that hinted at his troubled upbringing which inevitably caused problems with Caitlin and his life in general. There are some difficult issues mentioned in the book, however, I believe the author handled them well. Sadly, the issues are straight from reality but that didn't detract at all from the story, if anything it made the story more realistic which isn't always the case in a romance novel.
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  • Shari
    January 1, 1970
    I love visiting Eternity Springs and this is no exception. Caitlin has decided to return to Eternity Springs and leaving the corporate world behind her and follow her dreams of opening a daycare and hopefully starting a family of her own. She meets newcomer mechanic, Josh. Josh has a past with lots of secrets but they can't deny the chemistry that they share so they have a "friends affair". Caitlin still hopes for so much more. Love this town with quirky residents that come together to open th I love visiting Eternity Springs and this is no exception. Caitlin has decided to return to Eternity Springs and leaving the corporate world behind her and follow her dreams of opening a daycare and hopefully starting a family of her own. She meets newcomer mechanic, Josh. Josh has a past with lots of secrets but they can't deny the chemistry that they share so they have a "friends affair". Caitlin still hopes for so much more. Love this town with quirky residents that come together to open their hearts for people in need. A great romance that I could not put down. This book is part of series but can be read as a stand alone.
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  • Judy
    January 1, 1970
    Do you write in a journal? I remember writing in a diary when I was growing up. Do you think writing is therapeutic? I think our character survived by writing down those thoughts. This story shows that love can help see us through all kinds of problems. I think it also shows that it’s easier to handle our problems when we share with the ones we love. I loved the character’s in this story. I think we all wish for a little Caitlin to be in us. She knew what she wanted and went after it. Who wouldn Do you write in a journal? I remember writing in a diary when I was growing up. Do you think writing is therapeutic? I think our character survived by writing down those thoughts. This story shows that love can help see us through all kinds of problems. I think it also shows that it’s easier to handle our problems when we share with the ones we love. I loved the character’s in this story. I think we all wish for a little Caitlin to be in us. She knew what she wanted and went after it. Who wouldn’t want to be loved and respected like Celeste was. I love small towns and this story just deepens that love.I got this book through NetGalley and am so thankful I did. My opinion is my own.
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  • Liza
    January 1, 1970
    Netgalley copy reviewA very sweet story that brings the beautiful feeling of spring. Josh had a very hard life. He left his old life only to face to tragic and another tragic. He felt that he was a hopeless case. With the specifics of his situation, I’m really gutted for him.Caitlin had an easy life. Left New York to pursue her dreams. But with her nagging parents, she wanted to try to be crazy even once. Her story and her family’s is so relatable but I hoped there was closure at some point in t Netgalley copy reviewA very sweet story that brings the beautiful feeling of spring. Josh had a very hard life. He left his old life only to face to tragic and another tragic. He felt that he was a hopeless case. With the specifics of his situation, I’m really gutted for him.Caitlin had an easy life. Left New York to pursue her dreams. But with her nagging parents, she wanted to try to be crazy even once. Her story and her family’s is so relatable but I hoped there was closure at some point in the end regarding her father’s “situation.”Sweet and hopeful. The First Kiss of Spring will make you excited to see the beauty of love after the hard, cold winter.
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  • Dottie Legatos
    January 1, 1970
    The First Kiss of Spring brings us back to the magical small Colorado town of Eternity Springs, where broken hearts and lives can heal. I love this town! In this installment Caitlin Timberlake moves back from a great job in NYC that just didn’t fulfill her. Josh Tarkington is the town’s ace mechanic who is very troubled by his past, which he keeps to himself. They meet by chance and become “friends with benefits” because he can’t commit. Ready for the wedding, house and family, Caitlin jumps in The First Kiss of Spring brings us back to the magical small Colorado town of Eternity Springs, where broken hearts and lives can heal. I love this town! In this installment Caitlin Timberlake moves back from a great job in NYC that just didn’t fulfill her. Josh Tarkington is the town’s ace mechanic who is very troubled by his past, which he keeps to himself. They meet by chance and become “friends with benefits” because he can’t commit. Ready for the wedding, house and family, Caitlin jumps in hoping to change his mind. Their journey to love and trust is at times very heart wrenching, but beautiful. Emily March has done it again, a wonderful story with all of the familiar characters from previous books. Thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for an advanced copy in return for an honest review.
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  • Nicole Laverdure
    January 1, 1970
    Heartwarming!I really loved The First Kiss of Spring, written by Emily March. This sweet love story is set in a small town, named Eternity Springs. Can two people from different backgrounds fall in love? However, twists and turns and a secret may compromise their new relationship! As Daniel and Shannon's worlds collide and are intertwined into a suspense, their lives will forever change!I was given an eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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