In Teardrop Lane (Eternity Springs #9), Emily March takes us back to small town Eternity Springs with Rose and Cicero's story. Rose is a physician who has moved to Eternity Springs where her sister is. She has had a lot of tragedy and heart ache, and believes what she desires most is lost to her.
Cicero is a glass artist who also finds himself in Eternity Springs, having partnered to open a gallery there. A man who has never wanted a family of his own, he suddenly finds himself guardian to his sister of the heart's four young children. He takes his responsibilities seriously and there is a lot going on under the surface of Cicero. Not believing he is the best person to raise these small children, he is suddenly all they have. His own difficult past seems to drive him and has made him into a strong person though, and he will do whatever it takes for the children.
Rose and Cicero find themselves getting to know one another due to various circumstances, and though unexpected, they both like what they find. With challenges, doubts, secrets and pasts that continue to haunt them both, the magic of Eternity Springs continues to thrive...but is it enough? Can they work through their issues and be together?
I loved this visit back to Eternity Springs. I love the small town feel and all the different characters. We saw some characters from previous Eternity Springs books, and they flow through the plot seamlessly adding their own piece to the plot. I could easily picture Eternity Springs and would love to be in a place like that.
I really liked both Rose and Cicero. Their characters grew so much in Teardrop Lane, and Emily managed to make me really care about them. The issues they have are believable, and the way they handle them both individually and as part of their relationship makes them seem very real. It is not at all easy and smooth sailing for Rose and Cicero, there are lots of ups and downs, but the connection between them is always there and it is palpable. I love the descriptions Emily uses and the dual POV.
There are a few sub plots flowing through Teardrop Lane, and the children provide a strong one. I really loved the kids in this story, they added so much dimension. There is a lot of depth in Teardrop Lane, a lot of feeling and Emily writes a story that will pull at your heart strings.
I believe Teardrop Lane can be read as a stand alone, but if you want more detail about some of the secondary characters I'd recommend reading this whole series. Actually I'd recommend the whole series anyway to any romance reader.