Series: Fate Harbor, 5
Genre and Pairing:Contemporary and M/F, M/F/M
Reviewer Name: Luna
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Brianna has chosen to live the last eight years of her life alone, hoping to prevent the inevitable. When she finally realizes how little time she has left to live a full and productive life, she stops off to visit her foster family before permanently moving to California. Spending one last month with the people she loves and values in Fate Harbor Washington, she meets Sheriff Charlie Meade and the town vet, Zac Carmichael. Both men are loving, caring, and think the world of her. Brianna is horrified to realize she has deceived them. She knows the truth, she's unworthy of their love. Brianna decides to quickly leave town. Despite the adamant entreaties of her family, she’s determined to go before things unravel even more and she becomes a burden. Can Zac, Charlie, and her family make one last ditch effort to make Brianna realize how much they want to cherish her no matter what the future might hold?
Cherishing Brianna by Caitlyn O’Leary is the latest installment in the Fate Harbor series. I can honestly say that this was my favorite story in the series. Ms. O’Leary gave us a story that was gut wrenchingly brutal and honest. Brianna’s has always feared her genetic history. And in order to spare her foster family she has put more than miles between them and her. I loved that her family refused to let Brianna put herself out to pasture. They refused to allow Brianna to close herself off from life. They refused to allow Brianna to let fear make her life choices. Her family understood Brianna and her fears even though she has sought to hide them not only from herself but from them. I loved the devotion and love that Brianna’s family showed. They were willing to make the hard choices in order to be a part of Brianna’s future whatever it may be. Ms. O’Leary did a wonderful job of showing the reader what Brianna was afraid of and why she was more than happy to hide her head in the sand. She handled the issue of mental illness with a deft touch. She showed us the fears and choices that families touched by this disease deal with daily. But Ms. O’Leary also showed the loving support as well. She did this even as she allowed Brianna to find men who were willing to be a part of her life with its risks. I loved that Charlie and Zac were able to work together to give Brianna the support she didn’t know she needed. They found themselves loving the same woman when neither had an intention to share. Both men managed to accept that Brianna needed them both, even if she thought her lot in life was to walk a path alone.
Ms. O’Leary gave us a tale that was more than a romance. It was a tale of life, love, and choices. It was well written and full of emotional depth. I thoroughly enjoyed the journey Ms. O’Leary took me on even if it was painful at times.
Five Shooting Stars and Star Dust Award