Today I’m sharing my book recommendation for Skye, the first book in Inspy Romance author Heather Gray’s Rainbow Fall series. The second Rainbow Falls book, Olive, released last month. We will be interviewing Heather and talking about Olive in an upcoming StoryChats @ InspyRomance podcast/YouTube episode.
Rainbow Falls…where life is lived in full color.
Skye Blue is tired. She’s worn out from days spent doing what’s expected of her while her heart longs for something else. It doesn’t help that the past has colored her every decision with guilt and fear. When Skye reaches her limit, she packs a bag and runs away from it all…and headlong into Sam.
Sam Madison is a battle-hardened former Marine who can face an enemy combatant without blinking. He is also a man dedicated to serving God by working with those military vets that society often rejects. Samaritan’s Reach, a place that houses and retrains homeless veterans, is the start of Sam’s dream — but an overreaching City Council threatens everything.
How can love develop between a woman who hides from her problems and a man who has never considered backing down?
I enjoyed reading Skye, the first book in Heather Gray’s Rainbow Falls series. Skye Blue is the CEO of a manufacturing company she inherited from her grandparents in Boise, Idaho. She has completed a MBA, but running the company isn’t her life dream. Skye spent ten years living in Rainbow Falls, Montana, with her late mother before moving away for college, and she decides to return for a short vacation.
On her flight to Rainbow Falls, Skye is seated beside a man, Sam, who she finds scary. Sam is a military veteran who runs a homeless shelter in Rainbow Falls for men who are veterans and need a helping hand in getting back on their feet. Sam is intrigued by Skye, and being a counsellor he recognises that Skye has a story.
Sam invites Skye to visit Samaritan’s Reach and tour the old run down motel they’ve converted into a homeless shelter. He appreciates Skye’s input regarding some of the challenges they’re facing to avoid being closed down by the unsupportive Rainbow Falls City Council.
Skye reconnects with the Rainbow Girls who she was friends with during her school years. The Rainbow Girls and their siblings are named after colors due to something that happened in Rainbow Falls before they were born. Skye ends up staying in town longer than expected, and volunteering at Samaritan’s Reach with Sam.
A fun and fascinating romance develops as Sam and Skye work together and connect on a deeper level. Sam’s faith is strong, and Skye has avoided thinking about God and faith for a long time. Skye’s complex family background means she’s slow to trust, and I loved seeing her having the courage to overcome some of her fears during the story. I recommend Skye to contemporary romance readers who like friends-to-more small town romances with quirky characters and a satisfying story with redemption themes.