Finding Love in Sun Valley, Idaho (Resort to Love Book 1) by Angela Ruth Strong


About the Book

Actress Emily Van Arsdale has returned to her Idaho hometown – with an entire film crew in tow! With its stunning scenery and reputation for hosting celebrities, Sun Valley is the perfect setting for Emily’s newest romantic comedy. Tracen Lake is happy to work as a stunt consultant for the movie but not as thrilled to deal with a bunch of high-maintenance Hollywood types. But Tracen is surprised to discover in Emily a down-to-earth Idaho girl who does all her own stunts and loves the outdoors. As filming wraps up and Emily heads off to her next gig, will she be able to leave Sun Valley – and Tracen – behind?

My Review

Emily Van Arsdale isn’t your typical actress – she’s more down to earth. She is a believable example of “you can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl.” Or, in this case, you can take the girl to Hollywood, but you can’t take Idaho out of the girl.

Tracen Lake is a diehard outdoorsman and is anything but happy to be helping the film crew for Emily’s upcoming new movie.

I found Finding Love in Sun Valley to be an entertaining story, but it also dealt with real life situations. For instance, El-Jor, a young child in the story, was a victim of bullying. I appreciated Emily’s kindness and how she handled the situation.

Unlike most romances, there are multiple threads running through the story. A cute kid with a penchant for unicycles, a down to earth pastor and a sneeze-prone outdoorsman will make it almost impossible for you not to love the book.

Angela Ruth Strong writes an entertaining and different kind of story featuring Hollywood glitz in the great outdoors of Sun Valley, Idaho, interjecting many comedic, serious and sometimes heart-stopping moments throughout the book.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


2 thoughts on “Finding Love in Sun Valley, Idaho (Resort to Love Book 1) by Angela Ruth Strong

  1. Robby, I am an Idaho native and have been to Sun Valley (Ketchum), Idaho many times and had a celebrity cousin ( who lived there half the year and half of each year in New York City until he died of cancer.
    Sun Valley/Ketchum has been taken over by millionaires from out of state and the common work-a-day people can no longer afford to live there, much less buy a house there, so the common people (those who work with their hands) live about 20 miles south in places like Bellevue, Idaho, and are bused-in so they can do the menial labor as servants, gardeners, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, waiters, cooks, etc for the rich.
    Anyway, I have not read the book so I don’t know if this comes through in the story line, but it does sound interesting, being an Idaho native myself, that the lead person has maintain contact with her true self and not been seduced by fame and fortune as so many have.
    Thanks for sharing this,

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    • Michael, I am so sorry to hear about your cousin, but wow, he played phenomenally! I enjoyed listening to his music. Thanks for sharing it with me.
      Your commentary on Idaho is interesting and a sad commentary on our culture. My husband read a true story recently about a similar community suffering the same fate in Montana. We, as a country, have much to answer for.
      The book (and please understand I mean no disrespect to the authors by saying this, I’m even writing a similar story!), is a more formulaic Christian Happily Ever After (HEA) story. By that I mean, boy meets girl, they fall in love, have a misunderstanding and are estranged for a period of time, realize it was all a misunderstanding then live HEA. As such it doesn’t go into as much detail about the culture of the area as it does the character of the primary individuals.
      I liked that the author kept the lead person true to herself and to God, especially in light of her profession.
      You are welcome. I have always been an avid reader and in recent years have started reviewing, too. I enjoy it!

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