Book Review: ALONG CAME TROUBLE by Erin Kern

Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing imprint of Hachette Book Group)

Published: November 19, 2013

Format: ebook (432 pages) 

Series: Trouble

Origin: Publisher through NetGalley, (eGalley)

***Though the publisher provides the free ebook, I offer the opinion.***

My Look:

Brody McDermott has a son, is divorced, and runs a family restaurant that is failing.  He is well aware that his father is near to kicking him to the curb.  What else can go wrong?

Unfortunately, for Brody, more is going to happen.

His ex-wife’s mother is elderly and ill, and his ex and her husband may have to move three states away with Brody’s son.  Now, this man already carries the burden of the failed marriage, the enormous amount of time he was buried at work and didn’t spend with his son, Tyler, and now the possibility of really losing him.   His decision to move, if need be, to be with his son comes easy, but everything else gets harder, once he meets Elisa.

Elisa Cardoso is a photographer who is waiting for her big break.  A former teacher keeps in touch and promises to call, if he can ever use her for his work at National Geographic, but she needs income, now.  Living in Trouble Wyoming provides beautiful panoramic views but nothing much in the way of a career.  However, she does manage to make some money doing food photography.  It doesn’t take her long to figure out this dying eatery would and could change her life.  Brody seems to wake something inside of her.  Yeah, she did the hard breakup thing and swore she’d never give her heart.  However, her hormones are refusing to listen to the heartbreak song.  Will she be sorry?

My Take:

Erin Kern’s ALONG CAME TROUBLE  is a heart-wrenching romance where all the pieces refuse to fit into place.  Can they have it all or will having it all cause them pain?

It was different to meet Brody McDermott first and have his story told in detail, but then add Elisa to the mix and you’ll find yourself hoping these two have more than sparks.  However, getting to the ever after seems to not be happening.

At times, I found myself wanting Brody to get out of his own way, but during other times, I found myself wanting Elisa not to risk it in Trouble.  In so many ways, I figured heartbreak was sure to come.  Brody is a man who is sensitive but hides it, while Elisa wants to be strong but really doesn’t have the armor she tries to wear.  Be warned, these two definitely will get hurt.

However, sometimes what isn’t right isn’t always wrong.

I liked Brody, and I found his family endearing.  Elisa took awhile to really get to know, but I liked her early on.  She’s selfless, loving, and just not sure about her future.  Maybe we all can relate to not knowing where we are meant to be and when we are meant to be there.  Short on family, she easily makes friends, but when her heart is exposed, she’s scared of more scars.

ALONG CAME TROUBLE by Erin Kern is a romance that is different from most but is lovable just the same!

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