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Reviewed by Brenda Casto for Readers' Favorite
Life in Lemon Creek by Kathryn Welch shares the story of Lucy Rye and the many characters of Lemon Creek. Lucy fell in love with a married man and dated him for years, holding onto the promise that someday he would leave his wife. When she winds up pregnant, she decides that it's time to leave her job and just disappear. She finds herself in the tiny town of Lemon Creek, a place where everyone knows everyone else's business and strangers don't remain strangers for long. Lucy finds herself embraced by the people of the town, making new friends and even a new love interest, James Lee Colton, who just happens to be several years younger than she is. Her new-found happiness is short lived, though, when the baby’s father shows up wanting to be a part of the child's life. Will Lucy be able to hold on to her new found happiness?
The small town feel of this story drew me in immediately. Kathryn Welch's descriptions of Lemon Creek and its residents allowed me to feel as if I had stepped right into the town, meeting the people she met, making the friends she made. Lucy was a well fleshed character, very realistic and so easy to relate to. Becoming pregnant was the catalyst she needed to make a change and, honestly, Lemon Creek was the perfect place to land! James Lee was a dreamboat of a lead man, and the romance that develops between he and Lucy was so sweet; truthfully, she was the only one struggling with the age issue. Several secondary characters and a couple of additional romances woven into the story kept the plot moving at a brisk pace. I found the historical information about the town to be quite interesting and the letters that were discovered in New York left me wishing that the author might explore Claudia's story further in another book. Life in Lemon Creek is a story of relationships and romance, a true gem of a story that provides a wonderful small town setting with characters that became near and dear to my heart. I only hope that Life in Lemon Creek is the first in a series because I would love to reconnect with the characters and the town!