Could’ve Said Yes by Tracy March is her best Thistle Bend story yet! While I am sad to see the Thistle Bend series come to an end, it is going out on a winner! Could’ve Said Yes has it all – interesting plot, endearing characters, and the best descriptions of each and every setting. I always feel like I am in one of March’s stories when she begins to describe what is around us in terms of colors, smells, tastes, etc.
The story features Collin, who is visiting Thistle Bend as an assignment for the EPA and Ellie is a local girl who is just back to town and making a name for herself as an artist. Both characters are coming off a broken engagement and are little relationship shy. March writes such multilayered characters that you can’t help but root for them to succeed. Both Collin and Ellie are fabulous on their own, but together they are amazing. I adore the easy going relationship that Ellie and Collin have and the way they just got to know each other in simple situations. March is able to keep the story moving without a lot of fanfare. When it comes to intimate scenes, March gives just enough show to pull the reader into the scene allowing them to feel the same emotions as the characters. She also uses them appropriately and they flow easily into the story.
I have enjoyed learning a lot about different job functions that March writes about in her Thistle Bend stories. Reading about Ellie’s hand tinting artwork intrigued me enough to do some of my own research about it. I also found it exciting to read about how hazardous things can be with a mining breach of harmful contaminants into a river used for drinking water and recreation, which Collin had to deal with.
If you are looking for an extraordinary romance with a unique plot, captivating characters and a small town romance that will have your toes curling, give Could’ve Said Yes a read.
This book was received from the publisher via NetGalley.