We are on a roll this 2023 with some great books coming from Boldwood. Today I’m reviewing Because You Loved Me by Beth Moran; in August I reviewed Beth’s Let It Snow (see my review). Plot-wise the books are about as similar as night and day but both share Beth Moran’s quirky style and humor.
Blurb: Marion Miller needs a fresh start.
Her childhood in Northern Ireland wasn’t easy, with a father who passed away when she was young and a mother who got lost in grief. Now grown-up and with family relations as tense as ever, Marion heads to England, to find out the truth about her father’s mysterious past – and hopefully an extended family who will love her as much as he did.
Scarlett Obermann runs a holiday park in Sherwood Forest with her daughter Grace, but what’s she’s best at is making people feel like they belong. With her merry band of waifs and strays, Scarlett welcomes Marion with open arms, and it isn’t long before Marion finally understands what it means to find a home.
As she tries to uncover her father’s story, Marion slowly blossoms, even daring to indulge in her crush on Reuben, the son of the Lord of the Manor, but she hasn’t quite out-run her past. And as Scarlett faces her own tragedy, it’s Marion’s turn to take care of everyone.
Because you can’t choose your family, but you can make your friends the family you choose.
Marion Miller was just looking for directions to the visitor center when she stopped in at Pigs and Peace, but suddenly she’s roped into manning the reception desk and checking in the campground’s customers and then just as suddenly she has a job and a spot to settle for a while. She’s run away, in a manner of speaking, from her home in Northern Ireland and is looking for information about her beloved father. What she encounters are deranged chickens, a bubbly young woman who speaks a mile a minute, a beautiful Southern belle who runs the campground and treats her almost like her own daughter, and a man with exquisite eyes in Beth Moran’s Because You Loved Me.
This book has everything. Huge laughs. Tears. Mystery. Family relationships. Love. Cooking. Robin Hood and Maid Marion. What more could you want?
But seriously I was glued to this book. Marion is an unusual character. In flashbacks, we see her as a daughter who loved her father to bits, loses him too soon, and, due to her mother’s accusations and negligence, becomes selectively mute. We see her grow at Pigs and Peace into her own woman, one who can face challenges head-on. We see her change and open up and blossom.
Besides Marion, Because You Loved Me is filled with wonderfully quirky and unforgettable characters that make each page a delight to read.
Because You Loved Me is a well-told, layered story that definitely leaves the reader in a feel-good mood despite some of the heavier plot turns. If you’ve read my reviews in the past, you know that I am not a fan of angst. While there was some angst here, I ate it up. Really, I didn’t want to put this book down.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.