The Abbott bothers storyline continues in WHEN THE STARS
COME OUT book five of Laura Trentham's Cottonbloom
series. The compelling storyline and the unique characters
appealed to me and set this book apart from the others in
Jackson Abbott is the quiet, dependable Abbott brother who
oversees the repair and restoration work in the family-owned
business. A casual conversation with his twin brother Wyatt
about Willa shifts Jackson's attention away from the
family's finances towards the shy, mysterious woman whom
he'd come to count on. Loved his resolve to win Willa's
trust and his desire to protect her. The author's decision
to have Jackson step out of his comfort zone and take a leap
of faith to pursue a relationship with Willa drew me into
the story immediately.
Jackson is attracted to Willa even though he knows she has
secrets. Willa's story unravels bit by bit during the
course of the novel. She accepts Jackson's offer to bring
the stray dog she's been caring for to the vets. This act
of kindness and Jackson's racetrack crash bring the couple
I enjoyed how the characters changed during the story.
Jackson's leadership role in the family business changed as
he became more emotionally involved with Willa. The Abbotts
wanted to find their brother Ford and needed to reach out to
their estranged mother to find him. Jackson stepped up and
went to meet with their Mom. I admired how much Willa
trusted Jackson when she chose to come clean about her past
before they made love. Both characters had to believe in
themselves and trust each other completely in order to find
happiness. Loved that their romance took time to
develop—their chemistry and desire for each other sizzled.
The resolution of Willa's story is fabulous and is revealed
in true Abbott brother's style! The last few chapters of
the book are well paced, and there are several plot twists
in this emotional story which is full of heartbreak,
compassion and most of all forgiveness. WHEN THE STARS COME
OUT has it all—relatable characters, a small town setting,
and a compelling love story!
Willa Brown never planned to stay in Cottonbloom. She was on
the way to somewhere else when she landed there and found
work at the Abbot brothers’ garage. . .and a sense of
comfort and safety that she had never known. The same holds
true for Jackson Abbott himself. With one glance in her
direction, he can make Willa’s heart melt. But what begins
as an unrequited crush turns into something far more
powerful than Willa could have ever imagined. . .
Jackson’s most meaningful relationship has always been with
his car―and he’s not afraid to admit it. Still, he can’t
help but become emotionally entangled with his new star
mechanic Willa, who is definitely hiding some dark secrets
of her own beneath the hood. Jackson desperately wants Willa
to trust him, and to seek protection in his arms. But even
as the two slowly surrender to their shared attraction, the
danger lurking in Willa’s past remains a stubborn obstacle.
Can she open up enough to give them both a chance at having
real and lasting love?