A warm good-bye to Hope’s Crossing
By RaeAnne Thayne, author of Wild Iris Ridge
Hope’s Crossing, Colorado, has been my fictional home for the past three years and I have loved every minute of my time spent in this beautiful resort town nestled in the Rocky Mountains. Since the release of the first book, BLACKBERRY SUMMER, in June 2011, I have savored the chance to portray a small town very like my own, a place which has seen challenges and pain—like every community—but which is also filled with people who face those difficulties together with strength and courage.
My new release, WILD IRIS RIDGE, is the last planned Hope’s Crossing book, though I’m not discounting the idea of returning there some day in the future.
If anyone has faced tragedy in Hope’s Crossing, it is widower Brendan Caine. I adored him as soon as I introduced him in a previous book in the series and couldn’t wait for the chance to tell his journey about finding peace and joy again—this time with Lucy Drake, his late wife’s cousin and best friend. It’s always difficult to make my characters suffer tough things, which makes it even sweeter when I finally have the chance to give them a happy ending.
While I’m sorry to say goodbye (for now!) to Hope’s Crossing and the characters who have become friends to me over seven books, I’m very excited about the challenge of creating something new. My new series, Haven Point, set on a mountain lake in a small Idaho town, is really a spin-off from Hope’s Crossing. The hero of the first book—SNOW ANGEL COVE (Nov 14)—is Aidan Caine, brother to Brendan Caine and other characters in the original series.
I loved writing this book and can’t wait to introduce readers to an all-new community with challenges—and triumphs—of its own.
Who is your favorite resident of Hope’s Crossing? Let us know in the comments!
About Wild Iris Ridge:
And it’s likely to tear them apart. Because it was Brendan’s late wife, Jessie—and Lucy’s best friend—who’d brought them together in the first place. And since Jesse’s passing, Brendan’s been distracted by his two little ones…and the memory of an explosive kiss with Lucy years before his marriage. Still, he’ll steer clear of her. She’s always been trouble with a capital T.
Lucy couldn’t wait to shed her small-town roots for the big city. But now that she’s back in Hope’s Crossing to take care of the Queen Anne home her late aunt has left her, she figures seeing Brendan Caine again is no big deal. After all, she’d managed to resist the handsome fire chief once before, but clearly the embers of their attraction are still smoldering…