When I first started Walland by Andrea Thome, I was immediately invested. An almost celeb-like couple, in the public eye, but then India decides at last minute she can’t go through with her high-profile wedding, to a man she’s come to wonder if she truly loves. I was ready to dive in. When India decides to hide out in the tranquil Smoky Mountains of Tennessee at a resort and take a photography course, she meets Wyatt almost immediately while at the airport. After they met, I started to get the vibe that maybe this novel would turn a little too predictable-romance for me … but I’m happy to say that wasn’t the case. Sure, there were moments that were a little over the top, but I thought it was a sweet romance and the story had me hooked the entire time. I even was brought to tears from Wyatt’s story (at the nail salon, no less!) and I thought the supporting cast of characters brought just as much to the table as our main characters.
The only part that threw me off with the story was the constant change of POV, without warning. I’m used to more traditional chapters with character switches, but from paragraph to paragraph the characters inner thoughts would change, and sometimes I had to re-read a page to make sure I understood who was saying what. But other than that, a really wonderful story with a setting that made me fall in love with the beautiful resort in Tennessee. This is book 1 in the Hesse Creek series from Andrea Thome, and I eagerly look forward to reading the second.