Title: Crossing Promises
Author: Kimberly Kincaid
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Where I got it: ARC from Netgalley
For Owen Cross, the only thing that matters more than family is farming. As the oldest Cross brother, the land is his legacy, and he’ll do whatever it takes to make Cross Creek a success—including hiring local widow Cate McAllister to manage the bookkeeping tasks that are growing in his office like weeds. Cate’s as pragmatic as she is pretty, and she rattles his hard-fought composure at every turn.
Cate had known a lot of things about her husband before he died three years ago in a car accident, but how much debt he’d gotten them into wasn’t one of them. She needs her job at Cross Creek, even if her boss is both gruff and gorgeous. But Owen’s a family man, through and through, and the last thing Cate is interested in is anything—or anyone—with strings attached.
As Owen and Cate join forces to right the farm, they discover there’s more to the other than the surfaces shows, and that passion can be found in unexpected places. Can Cate heal from the loss of one family to gain the love of her life? Or will the past prove too much for the promise of the future?
I received an ARC of this book for an honest review.
*Steps on Soapbox* ANOTHER BOOK WITHOUT AN EPILOGUE!!!!! OMG, I MAY LOSE MY MIND!!! *Steps down from Soapbox*.
That’s two books IN A ROW I have read with no epilogue. This book needed one for sure. Anyway…
Owen Cross is a farmer at his family’s farm. His brother Eli has left to travel the world as a photographer, leaving him, his brother Hunter and their father. While he’s great at the manual labor, the office work is really struggling. Enter Cate McCallister.
Cate is a young widow. She’s also a baker – when she’s stressed or nervous, and she makes amazing treats. Cate offers herself to Owen as his bookkeeper and Owen immediately takes her up on her offer. She whips the office into shape in no time.
I really liked Cate, up until about 95%, when she made a revelation I did not understand and could not relate to. I won’t spoil what happened, but I didn’t like what happened at the end, or how quickly/easily the issue resolved itself.
Owen was a grouchy, lonely guy until he met Cate. He was caring and kind to Cate, and really made her come out of her shell. Cate had the same effect on Marley, the Cross sister they found out about in book 2 (I’m assuming; didn’t read book 2). Marley was pretty rude to her family, but Cate made her look at things differently.
As always, I would have liked the story much better if it had been told in first person, alternating POV’s, but the story was good. I liked that Owen pushed Cate outside her comfort zone. And I liked that Cate softened Owen.
Overall, a good story, and if there is a book about Marley, I will read it.