Sunday, June 28, 2015

Review: Spark by Ein Noelle

I'm failing. 
My younger brother is getting worse, and my job - my duty - is to help him at all costs. We've tried everything modern medicine has to offer and nothing works. 
Deciding to turn to unconventional treatments, we end up at Fire-on-the-Mountain, a holistic resort deep in the Rockies. 
In our search for medical marijuana, I find beautiful, free-spirited Hudson Shavell - a girl who may not only hold the key to heal my brother, but to fix me as well. Even though I can't afford distractions right now, she's all I can think about. All that I want. 
It's funny how everything can change with one little SPARK. 
***Though Spark is the first book in the Fire on the Mountain Series, it is a stand alone novel*** 
***Intended for mature audiences only***
This is a story I decided to go into without reading the blurb first.  I love Erin's writing so I knew I would enjoy this without finding out what it was all about beforehand.  My decision paid off big time. I love how this book had such a unique vibe to it.  It was like nothing I had ever read before and delves into untouched subjects.
There are two families in this story, whose lives become intertwined in such a way that will have lasting memories for both of them.  Mary and her two sons, Crew and Caleb, move to Colorado in a last ditch attempt to find something that will help Caleb deal with a health condition.  They want to try and see if the medicinal marijuana that is developed by the Shavell family can really make a difference in Caleb, to help him have a 'normal' teenage life.
Caleb is 13 years old and thinks he has arrived in heaven when he finds out the Shavell family has five daughters.  He loves pulling out his wit and pick up lines in an effort to impress the girls.  One in particular catches the eye of his older brother Crew.  Hudson is like no other girl Crew has met before.  She is free spirited, open, honest, not caked in make-up and doesn't realize just how beautiful she is.
Hudson's family grow and produce marijuana, with a particular interest in developing different strains to help people with health issues.  I guess you could say they are modern day hippies, the kind of family that people gravitate towards because they just make you feel so welcome.  Just the sort of people Crew & his family need right now.
Crew is the most dedicated older brother to Caleb, he has made so many sacrifices and given up a lot in an effort to help his mother with Caleb.  He doesn't begrudge it one bit, it is so obvious how much he loves them.  That in itself made me a Crew groupie.
This family may have moved to start a new life but they probably never envisaged how fast their lives would change over a few short months. 
There are moments of happiness, love, grief, anger and forgiveness in this story.  At different times I was left, holding my breath, covering my mouth in shock, shouting out loud and smiling in relief.  That is just a glimpse of what I felt reading this!  Needless to say I loved reading this and I'm looking forward to the next in this series.
I give this four stars.
Erin Noelle is a Texas native, where she lives with her husband and two young daughters. While earning her degree in History at the University of Houston, she rediscovered her love for reading that was first instilled by her grandmother when she was a young child.
A lover of happily-ever-afters, both historical and current, Erin is an avid reader of all romance novels. Her titles published include the Book Boyfriend Series, the Dusk ‘Til Dawn Series, Translucent, Conspire — co-authored with SE Hall, Surviving Us, MILF: Wrong Kind of Love and Spark.
Her books have been a part of the USA Today Bestselling list and the Amazon and Barnes & Noble overall Top 100.


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