Book Review: Sophie's Path

Sophie's Path (Shores of Indian Lake #6)
Published By: Harlequin 
Publication Date: July 1, 2016
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Source: Kindly Provided by Publisher
Audience: Adult - Contemporary Romance

I have not read a pure romance novel in awhile so it was great to have an opportunity to read Sophie's Path by Catherine Lanigan. I loved the book and had a hard time putting it down a few times! 

Sophie had been a flirt in her past but she was trying to make some improvements in her life. She was eating healthier, exercising, and working hard to be a better person. Sophie had a great education and was a talented nurse, but she also had a passion that pushed her to do something more with her time. Jack Carter is in an auto accident where one of his employees is critically injured and dies while in Sophie's care. Jack sees the tenderness in Sophie but partially blames her for his employee's death. 

 After their initial meeting, Sophie and Jack meet a few times in varying circumstances. However, their conflicting interests sometimes put them at odds with each other. There is a growing attraction between them, but the attraction is tempered due to the guilt each of them is feeling due to Aleah's death. 

 The author discusses the serious topics of drug addiction & abuse in this book. I found both Sophie & Jack's differing reactions quite interesting. I liked the way the community of Indian Lake tried to work together to help come up with a solution to work towards combatting the drug problem. Drugs will be a continuous battle, but having a plan in place will go a long way towards prevention. 

 I liked the way Sophie and Jack's relationship evolved. Of course, it wasn't drama free, but it seemed to be less petty than many of the other problems that come up in other romance novels. I also enjoyed seeing Sophie grow in her self-confidence and feeling like the changes she had made in her life were making a difference in her relationships the rest of the people in Indian Lake. Having friends and feeling connected can make a world of difference to a person! 

 There were several other things in this book that touched me on a personal level and I'd like to go back and read the other books in the Shores of Indian Lake series. 

 All in all, Sophie's Path was a quick, enjoyable romance! An excellent choice for your next "beach read". 

 Content: Clean

Her choice. His consequences.

Nurse Sophie Mattuchi has seen a lot of angry patients in the ER, but no one's ever rattled her like Jack Carter. He has no right to blame her for his friend's death. Sophie did everything she could. Didn't she? Yet his accusations sting, and that sets off all kinds of internal alarms. She's never cared this much about any man's opinion of her. But Jack is different. He stirs up feelings. Strong feelings. Guilt. Anger. Attraction. Curiosity. Sympathy. Sophie's definitely not interested in Jack, but even if she was, he'd never forgive her for the decision she made that night in the hospital. Would he?