LEAVING YESTERDAY by Zoe Dawson: Review

Posted March 8, 2016 in Reviews / 0 Comments

LEAVING YESTERDAY by Zoe Dawson: ReviewLeaving Yesterday by Zoe Dawson
Series: Laurel Falls #1
Published by Loveswept
Publication Date: February 9th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 289
Source: Publisher
Format: eARC
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.

If you love Susan Mallery, Kristan Higgins, or Rachel Gibson, don’t miss the start of this captivating small-town romance series! Laurel Falls, Montana, features spectacular mountain scenery—but it takes a rugged cowboy to convince one woman to slow down and enjoy the view.


Rafferty Hamilton doesn’t plan on putting down roots anytime soon. With her divorce final, the hotel heiress has left Manhattan behind to scout new locations for her family’s chain of resorts. Which is why it’s so frustrating to be stranded in Laurel Falls while a good-looking, slow-talking, Stetson-wearing mechanic takes his sweet time with her overheated coupe.

 A decorated vet who paid his dues in Afghanistan, Trace Black can fix anything with an engine and get it revving—even Rafferty’s ridiculous sports car. He’s couldn’t say the same for the knockout driver, who looks like she’s never gripped a gear shaft in her life. Women like Rafferty don’t usually stick around in Laurel Falls, but Trace finds himself showing her everything his hometown has to offer before she cruises on down the road.

As the days pass, Rafferty finds herself charmed by the pace of life and the openhearted warmth of the residents. She’s even tempted to trust again—and it’s all thanks to Trace. He’s not the kind of guy she’s used to falling for, but he just might be the man she needs.



LEAVING YESTERDAY is a really great start to the Laurel Falls series and showcases the best of small towns – the community, friendship and sense of belonging.

There is so much to love about this story. The woman on a quest to find herself, the man whose devotion to his family is absolute and the almost dead town and its people who still have hope in spite of the challenges they face. 

Rafferty Hamilton is a woman on a quest to find herself even if she doesn’t know that. With her divorce finally behind her, she buries herself in work and decides on a road trip to scout locations for her family’s hotel chain, but car trouble strand her in Laurel Falls and she finds herself falling in love with an almost dead town and it’s people who still have hope in spite of the challenges they face, especially a certain mechanic whose devotion to his family is absolute.

Trace Black is the glue that holds his family together and they need him now more than ever, especially his younger brother who was injured in action and suffers from PTSD. He certainly has no time for a relationship, especially with a high maintenance city girl but he can only resist for so long.

Rafferty and Trace may have very different backgrounds, but they both have big and generous hearts, always thinking of others first, always giving. With their lack of faith in relationships, will they be open to the possibility that the connection between them could be more than a temporary thing?

Besides the development of Rafferty and Trace’s relationship, the author takes the time to lay the foundation for the following stories and to be honest, the details were a lot to take in with so many secondary characters but it was very enjoyable to meet all of them.

This is such a sweet and cute story that will bring a smile to a reader’s face and have you rooting for both the love connections to flourish and for the town to be brought back to life.



About Zoe Dawson

Zoe Dawson had always dreamed of becoming a full-time romance writer, and with determination, persistence, and a little luck that wish came true. Her other passions include traveling the world, owning a beach house (she believes she was a mermaid in another life), and seeing her books in movies. When she’s not writing, she’s painting or killing virtual MMORPG monsters in World of Warcraft. She lives in North Carolina with her two grown children and one small, furry gray cat.

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