Falling for the Teacher by Dorothy Clark
- Title: Falling for the Teacher
- Author: Dorothy Clark
- Series: Pinewood Weddings
- Genre(s): Inspirational, Historical (1841 Upstate New York)
- Publisher: Harlequin, September 2013
- Category: Love Inspired Historical
- Source: NetGalley
- Length: 288 pages
- Trope(s): Tragic Past, Small Town, Extreme Self-Doubt
- Quick blurb: Schoolteacher returns home to care for her ailing grandparents and finds the brother of her rapist managing the family business.
- Quick review: Really annoyed with the heroine in the beginning, but chemistry and character development turned this into an unexpectedly emotional read.
- Grade: B
He rose and looked down into her eyes. “Sadie….”
Her name was a gruff plea from his constricted throat – her answer a barely heard whisper. Time was lost in his need to comfort her, to protect her, to love her forever. He sucked in a breath, fighting his heart with every bit of strength he possessed and hating himself for winning the battle. “I’ll see you safe to the house.”
I struggled with Sadie’s overwrought, baseless accusations in the first third of the book, but as Cole slowly wins her over, we get the backstory details we need to root for their HEA.