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Reviewed by Manik Chaturmutha for Readers' Favorite
Distant Spring by E.N. Beck tells the story of Charlotte, aka Lottie, Stephens, a fourth-grade teacher who believes she is ready to embark on the next chapter of her life with her husband David. However, she is heartbroken when he informs her that not only will he be leaving for his next job in Hawaii without her but he will be with his new girlfriend, Veronica. Meanwhile, Grant Ryan, a fireman from Tulsa, has come to town to work as a long-term substitute teacher in the school where Lottie works. He only takes marriage seriously once he meets Lottie. When Lottie appears to be considering going out with Grant, David reappears, and Grant's grandmother pressures him to date another girl. It doesn't take long for Lottie to understand David is playing with her. Grant and Lottie must decide whether to listen to others or their hearts, or they risk missing out on the love of their lives.
This is a love story between two people whose past relationships have caused hurt and how they overcome that hurt and start with someone new. It is a romance but offers many more themes regarding familial relationships, friendships, coping with loss, letting the bad past go, and moving on. The story is funny, lighthearted, deep, and rich in emotions, feelings, and thoughts. The friendship between Beth and Lottie and the relationship between Grant and his grandma are heartwarming. Showing us a wide range of characters and their different personalities, the writing is simple, and the dialogues are written how people speak in everyday life. Our main characters are good people but flawed in a way, as all humans are. They don't make the wisest decisions which leads to regret and dissatisfaction, but they learn from it. I recommend Distant Spring by E.N. Beck to those who love romance and heartfelt stories.