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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”

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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”

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Falling Like Snowflakes by Denise Hunter

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Author: Denise Hunter
Publisher: Zondervan (HarperCollins)
Source: Publisher Provided
Publication Date: 2015
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Series: Summer Harbor, 1
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance, Inspirational
Rating: 4 out of 5

Each time I crack open the pages of a new contemporary rom-com from inspirational author, Denise Hunter, I allow my expectations to soar. If there is one thing the author excels at (and there are more than one) it’d be her narrative that ensures the reader a delightful time. That is exactly what one will find within the pages of the award-winning author’s brand new book, which also acts as a new series launcher. Not only that is attributed to it, but this makes an excellent Christmas read and an attractive find for anyone looking for that perfect gift to give the book lover in your family. Though we were given a tease of this story in Married ‘til Monday, until you read this, you aren’t likely to really understand the characters well enough to judge them. Continue reading “Falling Like Snowflakes by Denise Hunter”

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Married ’til Monday, by Denise Hunter

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Author: Denise Hunter
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Source: Publisher Provided
Publication Date: 2015
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Series: Chapel Springs, 4
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance, Inspirational
Rating: 5 out of 5

Review: When ranking Denise Hunter’s novels, like any reader, I certainly have my favorites. But each time I learn of a new novel from this seasoned author, excitement is more than a little off the charts and I am guaranteed a lovely read at the very least. As her latest four-book series draws to a close with this release, I saw my review copy patiently awaiting its turn to be read and after reading it, am left wondering how I delayed cracking open its pages this long. Those who’ve read all three of these familial novels will know that book four is about Ryan McKinley, the eldest sibling in the quartet of siblings. Ryan is one hero with a darkened past because of the marriage and divorce he proceeded through, now gone three years. When he learns that his ex-wife, Abby has never confessed their divorce to her parents, Ryan invites himself to tag along on her return home for her parents anniversary party. Feeling led by God to pursue a fresh, mature and healthy relationship with Abby, Ryan sees this as his one opportunity to win back the trust of his ex, whereas Abby isn’t receptive to the same feelings as Ryan. Continue reading “Married ’til Monday, by Denise Hunter”

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The Wishing Season by Denise Hunter

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Author: Denise Hunter
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Source: Publisher ARC via NetGalley
Publication Date: 2014
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Series: Chapel Springs, book 3
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance, Christian
Rating: 5 out of 5

Review: Reading the first book in this series, Barefoot Summer was a kind of magic even this addict of contemporary fiction hadn’t experienced in quite some time. It wasn’t *just* the delights of the setting or the character quirks, it was a deeper, more meaningful chord it struck in me. That moment ensured this series climbed quickly to the top of my favorites list, which is why despite some minor disappointment in the following novel, I was anxious to have the chance to read any ensuing books in the series. Before the first chapter was gone, I already knew this book was a rare keeper. The story is about PJ McKinley and newcomer Cole Evans. Both of them have dreams that involve the Wishing House, which they place separate bids on and since the owner of the house cannot decide between PJ’s well thought-out plan to open a restaurant (her dream) or Cole’s plan to use the house as a home for foster kids transitioning between high school and whatever’s next, the pair of them are asked to share the space for a matter of months while the owner makes a decision. As two very different people are forced to share the house, they come to realize that there is more to the other person than first impressions would suggest. Continue reading “The Wishing Season by Denise Hunter”

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Dancing with Fireflies by Denise Hunter

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Author: Denise Hunter
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Source: Publisher ARC
Publication Date: 2014
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Series: Chapel Springs – book 2
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary, Romance, Christian
Rating: 4 out of 5

In an effort to thoroughly discuss this novel, I will be revealing a plot twist that isn’t discussed in the plot summary though this plot is revealed in the first chapter.

Review: Controversial or sensitive subjects are hard to get right in any forum – particularly so in written form since most often no matter how hard a writer strives, it’s always a challenge to get across the meaning of a topic without benefit of tonal or face-to-face expression. Denise Hunter has tackled what is likely to be a tough subject and not contrasting to what fans have come to expect of her, she’s handled it with grace. This novel tells the story of McKinley sister, Jade whose free-spirit led her to leave behind her cozy home of Chapel Springs Indiana and head to Chicago where she hoped her music career would be jump-started. Instead, she returns home broken with secrets, no money and a baby on the way. Afraid of what her family will think, Jade’s subconscious leads her to first see her friend Daniel Dawson who was more “adopted” brother than mere friend to the McKinley family and the man who strangely has always been the kind of constant in Jade’s life she doesn’t fully understand. When their pasts collide, both Jade and Daniel will have to confront the secrets they aren’t sharing before either of them can find their future. Continue reading “Dancing with Fireflies by Denise Hunter”

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Barefoot Summer by Denise Hunter

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Author: Denise Hunter
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2013
Series: Chapel Springs Romance → Book one
Genre: Fiction; Romance, Series
Rating: 5 out of 5

Sometimes after reading one book by an author whose words have once impressed, there is trepidation subsequent novels may not take the same cues or have the same effect. Being on the other side of storytelling (that of a reader), we fear that it won’t possibly be able to surpass or match that adoration of the first book from a favorite author. Fortunately even after the sense of elation any contemporary fan will have experienced in The Trouble with Cowboys, reading Hunter’s latest novel was a piece of candied joy; it goes beyond the “duty” of its peers. Set in a small-town community with a beautiful, compelling nostalgia background, the familial ties and genuine (human) characters endears this book is better than the “average” romance plus takes ahold of the commonalties within the genre and searches out the real heart of the story – the kind that effects readers in only the best sense. Continue reading “Barefoot Summer by Denise Hunter”

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The Trouble with Cowboys by Denise Hunter

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Author: Denise Hunter
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2012
Series: “Big Sky Romance” (book 3 of 3)
Genre: Christian Fiction, Romance
Rating: 4 ½ out of 5My Thoughts: Annie Wilkerson has never been in love. She knows that and it has made her desperate. Desperate enough to ask ladies man, Dylan Taylor to help her write her lovelorn column for a western magazine that recently pulled her prior column. Annie’s small business training horses is successful but in the small town of Moose Creek supporting her job-challenged sister and Sierra’s young son, Ryder, means Annie needs all the work she can get – and she desperately needs the money this column could bring into the household. The trouble with Annie is, she doesn’t like cowboys – they always leave in the end, which is why she is so reluctant to give in to the feelings she has developed for the roguish Dylan. What’s a girl to do? Continue reading “The Trouble with Cowboys by Denise Hunter”