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Jane of Austin by Hillary Manton Lodge – Sisters and Sweet Tea, Novel Re-Tells ‘Sense and Sensibility’

A B O U T THE B O O K
Author: Hillary Manton Lodge
Publisher: Waterbrook Press
Source: Publisher provided
Publication Date: 2017
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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary, Family
Rating: ★★★★½

“Smart, sassy and sensational, Jane of Austin is a classic in its own right; a book worthy of placing next to its Austen inspired tome.”

REVIEW | Change is threatening to sweep the Woodward sister’s into its vicious cycle. In the wake of their father’s scandal, the sisters reinvent their life by opening a tea shop. Now, their landlord has died and his family no longer believe they’re good tenants. Forced to leave behind their home and business, the three sisters pack up and make the move from California to Texas, where distant relatives await. Continue reading “Jane of Austin by Hillary Manton Lodge – Sisters and Sweet Tea, Novel Re-Tells ‘Sense and Sensibility’”

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Write Me Home by Crystal Walton – Emotionally Complex Contemporary Romance

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Author: Crystal Walton

Publisher: Impact Editions (Indie)

Source: Amazon Purchase

Publication Date: 2016

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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Fiction

Series: Home in You, Book 1

Rating: ★★★★

REVIEW | Ten years ago, the world became a darker place for Ethan DeLuca. Since that day, he’s been punishing himself and pursuing every opportunity to “rescue” everyone but himself. With his grandmother’s health in decline, he returns to his small hometown where he meets Cassidy McAdams. Beautiful and everything Ethan shouldn’t be wishing for, Cass too is hiding scars. (Something she hides by trying to reopen her grandfather’s camp.) Her past is covered in them, and yet despite her walls, Ethan walks into her life as the person she didn’t know she needed.

Broken hearts, souls and lives collide in their otherwise safe worlds. But what happens when danger lurks around the corner?  Continue reading “Write Me Home by Crystal Walton – Emotionally Complex Contemporary Romance”

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Change of Heart by Courtney Walsh – a Complex Contemporary Novel with Depth

About the Book:Change of Heart
Author: Courtney Walsh
Publisher: Tyndale House
Source: Author Provided
Publication Date: 2016
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Series: Paper Hearts, 2
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance
Rating: 5 out of 5

REVIEW | As a reader who (for reasons unknown) best loves the contemporary genre, reading Courtney Walsh’s novels was high on my priority list. But despite best intentions I’d not opened the pages to discover her brand of Story. Until now. Inside these pages, a story of joy, disappointment, betrayal and the healing power of forgiveness unfold, all of which rises to the surface as each of these layers is beautifully peeled away.  Continue reading “Change of Heart by Courtney Walsh – a Complex Contemporary Novel with Depth”

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Wrapped in Red by Meghan M. Gorecki – A Cozy Christmas Story with an Emphasis on Family

A B O U T THE B O O KWrapped in Red
Author: Meghan M. Gorecki
Publisher: Northern Belle (Indie Author)
Source: Author Provided, thank you, Meghan!
Publication Date: 2016
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Genre: Fiction; Novella, Contemporary Romance
Series: A Three Rivers Romance
Rating: ★★★★

REVIEW | Merry Grainger is at her wit’s end. It’s Christmas, but nothing is going according to “The Most Wonderful Time of Year” adage. The latest disaster finds her stranded along side the road. Her cute albeit smug rescuer isn’t helping anything.

As Merry starts the holiday season with her family, she discovers her mother has her eye on the latest eligible bachelor, and much to Merry’s dismay she knows him. Sam is the cute guy who rescued her. Only trouble is, she isn’t interested in being the center of a match-making scheme. If only Sam weren’t quite so appealing… Continue reading “Wrapped in Red by Meghan M. Gorecki – A Cozy Christmas Story with an Emphasis on Family”

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The Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson – A Cozy Contemporary Novel

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Author:
Liz Johnson
Publisher: Revell

Publication Date: 2016
Source: Publisher Provided ARC
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Series: Prince Edward Island Dreams #1
Genre:
Fiction; Romance, Inspirational  

Rating: 5 out of 5 

The vibrant setting, lovable characters and sense of community support a gentle and memorable story in Liz Johnson’s The Red Door Inn.

REVIEW | There are some books that stick with you from the very first time you hear about them. This was one of those novels. From the moment I saw the cover for The Red Door Inn, coupled with its series title, I knew it’d be a story well suited to my reading sensibilities.

The story is about Marie Carrington, a woman on the run from a past she cannot forget. As she nears Prince Edward Island, she is befriended by a fellow traveler, Jack Sloane, a kindly older gentleman looking to make his deceased wife’s dream of a B&B realized. With some reluctance, Marie agrees to work for Jack as his interior decorator, and in exchange she finds herself a safe place to stay while she plans her future. While working with Jack, Marie also meets his nephew, Seth. A man embittered by heartbreak, Seth immediately recognizes something familiar in Marie. But he is distrustful of pretty faces—they always leave him—and Marie is on a hesitant journey of healing and second chances. Continue reading “The Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson – A Cozy Contemporary Novel”

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The Goodbye Bride by Denise Hunter – A Contemporary Romance about Finding Home and Forgiveness

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Author: Denise Hunter
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Source: Purchased
Publication Date: 2016
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Series: Summer Harbor, book 2
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance
Rating: 5 out of 5

REVIEW | On what should be the happiest day of her life, Lucy Lovett cannot remember a thing. She wakes in a strange place on the floor of a Portland restaurant confused about how she got there – in a wedding gown, no less! Her solution is to call Zac Callahan, the one man she does remember most vividly. But their wedding day isn’t for another several months, which means something she can’t remember has happened. Angry, Zac wants nothing to do with Lucy. But the mystery becomes, why? As Lucy tries to return home – to Summer Harbor, Maine, she finds no one is eager to welcome her back.

A woman who can’t forget the man she loves. A man who wishes he could forget.   Continue reading “The Goodbye Bride by Denise Hunter – A Contemporary Romance about Finding Home and Forgiveness”

Just a Kiss Denise Hunter
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Just a Kiss by Denise Hunter – A Marine, a Best Friend and A Kiss

A B O U T THE B O O KJust a Kiss Denise Hunter

Author: Denise Hunter

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Source: Publisher Provided

Publication Date: 2016

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Series: Summer Harbor, book 3

Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance

Rating: 5 out of 5

REVIEW | He should have never run away. Yet that’s exactly what Riley Callahan did. Driven by the pain of unrequited love, Riley enlisted in the Marine Corp to escape the happiness of his brother Beau and Riley’s best friend, Paige. Now, Riley returns home to Summer Harbor, Maine, only this time, he’s not the man he once was. He’s returning missing part of himself physically and emotionally. Beau is now engaged to another and Paige is still as beautiful as ever – and she’s made it her mission to help Riley.  Continue reading “Just a Kiss by Denise Hunter – A Marine, a Best Friend and A Kiss”

Her One and only Becky Wade
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Her One and Only by Becky Wade – Fall Head Over Heels for This Romance

About the BookHer One and only Becky Wade

Author: Becky Wade

Publisher: Bethany House

Source: Publisher Provided

Publication Date: 2016

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Series: The Porter Family, Book 4

Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance, Mystery

Rating: 5 out of 5

REVIEW | Sometimes a wrapping can be deceiving, either for the good or bad. Other times it matches perfectly with the story we are about to step inside. Becky Wade’s novels fall into this ideal with class, grace and romcom bliss. Becky reemerged in the fiction game some five or six years back with the debut My Stubborn Heart, a story about a broken hockey player and the woman who helps him change. Then came the Porter’s, a family comprised of three elder brothers and their young, wild child of a sister Dru. Finally, we are honored to return to small-town Holley, Texas and meet the woman Dru grew up to be.   Continue reading “Her One and Only by Becky Wade – Fall Head Over Heels for This Romance”

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One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank – An Armchair Parisian Journey

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Author: Denise Grover Swank

Publisher: Blink

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Publication Date: 2016

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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance, Young Adult

Rating: 4 out of 5

REVIEW | Sophie Brooks is annoyed. Her summer has been hijacked by the agreement between her mother and father. Now that they’re divorced and living on separate continents, Sophie and her brother Eric are shipped off to Paris for the summer. The purpose of this trip is to inspire bonding with their father (who walked out on them the year before) and to see him marry his fiancée. As a part of the package deal, Sophie must deal with an evil new stepsister determined to undermine her as well as the heartbreak of a first love.   Continue reading “One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank – An Armchair Parisian Journey”

A Portrait of Emily Price Katherine Reay
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A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay – A Classy Masterpiece

A B O U T THE B O O KA Portrait of Emily Price Katherine Reay

Author: Katherine Reay

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Source: Author Provided, Launch Team

Publication Date: 2016

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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary

Rating: 5 out of 5

REVIEW | Fixing things, whether broken or not, is Emily Price’s van Gogh. As an art restorer she’s passionate about righting anything that is “wrong” and anyone that hurts. From swooping in save her sister from her flighty behavior patterns therefore saving her from herself, to perfecting her work as a restorer, she likes projects. Her latest job takes her to Atlanta where two things happen. First, her life changes for the better… and coinciding with this euphoria is when everything falls apart. It’s Atlanta where she meets, Ben, an Italian chef who sweeps Emily off her feet. Their whirlwind romance leads them to Italy where Emily discovers long buried secrets in Ben’s family that changes everything. Continue reading “A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay – A Classy Masterpiece”