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Half Moon Hill
by Toni Blake
(Avon, $5.99, PG-13) 978-0-062024-626
Half Moon Hill is the sixth book in the Destiny series and the first one that I've read. The story starts off with Anna Romo continuing to rehab a house she inherited the year before. Not much back-story is given and I can only assume the details are in previous Destiny novels. Even though that bit of character development is lacking for a new reader to the series, it does not completely take away from the story as a whole.

When Anna is out in the woods next to her house picking berries to try a new recipe in preparation for the bed and breakfast she plans to open, she happens upon a man living in an old abandoned cabin that most people would consider uninhabitable. The man is Duke Dawson who left town, or so everyone thought, after a motorcycle accident killed his friend. He blames himself and can't yet face the people of the small town.

In exchange for Duke's help with refurbishing the outside of the house, Anna agrees to allow him to stay at the cabin and keep his living arrangements a secret. As they work side by side, Anna can see the hurt that Duke is feeling and hopes that she can help him through it and encourage him to come out of hiding. What she didn't bargain on is the feelings she starts developing for him.

Half Moon Hill is the final book in Toni Blake's Destiny series. Anna is a fish out of water in the town and is trying to change her life to fit in better. Even without her backstory, the journey she takes in this story is uplifting. And as she takes Duke with her, it's rewarding to see her growth also affect a person who is deeply scarred.

My only complaint is with the narratives in the story. Both main characters drag on in their thoughts. More dialog and banter between the characters would assist the flow of the story to be smoother.

Half Moon Hill earns three hearts and is recommended for those invested in the series.

--Nichole Howell

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