Review: Wildflower Road by Janine Rosche

This novel packed a huge emotional punch! I loved the emotional ups and downs of this story, even as it was hard to watch Ryann and Shane go through so much. A warning to those who are sensitive to the topics of suicide, depression, and sexual assault is included in the beginning of this book. The subject matter is handled well and is not overly descriptive, however, these events could be a trigger to some.

Shane and Ryann were both burdened with huge levels of guilt for tragic events in their pasts that they were not solely responsible for. It was interesting to see how both of them had some level of responsibility for what unfolded in their lives, however, others were also to blame.

The love that grew between Shane and Ryann was really beautiful, yet it was not an easy road at all. This story also contained a man who used is power and influence to bully the entire town, as well as, Ryann. His intimidation and threats were a huge part of Ryann’s distress. I had trouble imagining how things could work out, yet the author pulled it all together very nicely and in a believable manner.

This story highlighted second chances and the forgiveness and grace that God will give a truly repentant heart. Wildflower Road is the second book in the Madison River Romance series, but could also be enjoyed even if you haven’t read book one, This Wandering Heart.

(4.5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

A young widow is tempted to love again after her heartbreaking loss in this new Madison River Romance.

After her husband’s tragic death, Ryann Marie Ashcroft’s only remaining dream is to save her family’s struggling mountain resort. And the last person she wants to rely on is a brooding stranger with secrets of his own.

Nicknamed America’s rock-and-roll pastor, Shane Olson arrives in Montana after a viral video destroys his marriage, his ministry, and his reputation. Working side by side on the banks of the Madison River, he and Ryann get a second chance at love. But not everyone wants to see their happily ever after.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Prone to wander, Janine Rosche finds as much comfort on the open road as she does at home. This longing to chase adventure, behold splendor, and experience redemption is woven into her Madison River Romance series. When she isn’t writing or traveling, she teaches family life education courses to college students, takes too many pictures of her sleeping dogs, and embarrasses her four children and husband with boy band serenades.

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Review & Giveaway: Still the One by Rachel D. Russell presented by Susan May Warren

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Still the One

Title: Still the One
Series: Deep Haven Collection #1
Author: Rachel D. Russell
presented by Susan May Warren
Publisher: Sunrise Publishing
Release Date: January 12, 2021
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

It’s never too late to finish a love story…

Cole Barrett, former Army Ranger, has a new mission objective. Sell his grandfather’s house and put Deep Haven, a place that holds too many hurts, in his rearview mirror as fast as possible. Recently divorced, single, and unattached, Cole just wants a new life as a US Marshal. One where he can forget the past and start new.

Unfortunately, there’s a tenant in the garage apartment who’s refusing to move. Even worse? It’s his childhood crush, Megan Carter, and her son. Wedding planner and single mom Megan Carter loves Deep Haven. To her, it’s the place where she makes dreams come true—at least, everyone else’s. Her big dream is to purchase the Black Spruce Bed & Breakfast to turn it into a premier event venue and, if she can stay booked for enough weddings over winter, she’ll have the needed funds to buy the inn, move out of Grandpa Barrett’s garage apartment, and finally give her nine-year-old son, Josh, the life he deserves. She just needs four thousand dollars in the next thirty days.

Still, she’s oh, so close…until Cole Barrett returns to Deep Haven. Even if he’s not back to fulfill a silly childhood promise to marry her, but she never expected him to evict her! The last thing she needs is more expenses. Or for another man to walk into her heart…and break it.

When a blizzard strikes Deep Haven, and Megan is overrun with wedding catastrophes, it takes a former Ranger to step in and help. Besides, the more he comes to her rescue, the sooner she’ll be able to move out…and he can move on. And that’s what they both want, right?

Return to Deep Haven with this magical tale about the one who got away…and came back.

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MY REVIEW

Still the One is an excellent addition to the Deep Haven books. This is the first full-length novel in the new Deep Haven Collection series and comes after the free prequel, Only You by Susan May Warren.

The author, Rachel D. Russell, did a great job of capturing the well loved Deep Haven community of characters and crafted a tale that kept me turning the pages to find out what would happen next.

Both of the main characters had emotional scars from their past. Cole grappled to understand how a loving God would allow his parents to die, causing him to end up being abused by the grandfather who was supposed to take care of him.

Megan battled continuing feelings of desertion. Everyone she ever cared for left her, from her childhood friend, Cole, to her parents, to her boyfriend who left her after she got pregnant.

Both of these characters had big trust issues, yet were very drawn to each other. I loved the romantic chemistry between the two and that they had wonderful shared memories together from years earlier. They had a rocky road to their happily-ever-after, but it made for a great novel.

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

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Susan May Warren presents Rachel D. Russell

Susan May Warren is the USA Today best-selling novelist of 80 books. With more than 1.5 million books in print, she is beloved by reviewers and readers around the world. Visit Susan at www.susanmaywarren.com.

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Rachel D. Russell is a member of Oregon Christian Writers and My Book Therapy’s Novel Academy and is a regular contributor to the Learn How to Write a Novel blog. The mother of two teenagers, she often interrogates her husband on his own military and law enforcement experience to craft believable heroes in uniform. The rest of her time is spent cantering her horse down the Oregon trails. Visit Rachel at www.racheldrussell.com.

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Audio Book Review: The Fruitcake Challenge by Carrie Fancett Pagels

I read this story years ago and was so happy to have the chance to listen to it now as an audio book! The narrator had a very pleasant voice and did a great job with this novella. She changed her tone of voice for various characters, yet it was not overdone. This was a fun story to listen to.

Jo certainly had the tendency to jump to conclusions in this story. She caused herself so much worry and angst due to the things she assumed. Tom and Jo teased back and forth and there was some great banter between the two. A few open conversations between these characters would have meant that they could have realized how much they cared for each other earlier, yet there would have been much less of the spirited teasing that made the novella a lighthearted and fun choice for a Christmas story to enjoy.

(4.5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this audio book. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

When new lumberjack, Tom Jeffries, tells the camp cook, Jo Christy, that he’ll marry her if she can make a fruitcake, “as good as the one my mother makes,” she rises to the occasion. After all, he’s the handsomest, smartest, and strongest axman her camp-boss father has ever had in his camp—and the cockiest. And she intends to bring this lumberjack down a notch or three by refusing his proposal. The fruitcake wars are on!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D., is an ECPA bestselling and award-winning author, tagline “Hearts Overcoming Through Time.” Possessed with an overactive imagination, that wasn’t “cured” by twenty-five years as a psychologist, she loves bringing characters to life. Carrie and her family reside in Virginia’s Historic Triangle, which is perfect for her fascination with history. Carrie enjoys reading, traveling, baking, and beading-but not all at the same time!

Carrie’s romance novella, The Steeplechase, was a finalist in the prestigious Holt Medallion Awards in 2017. My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude’s Mooring (Barbour, July 2017) was a Romantic Times Book Reviews Top Pick. Her short story, The Quilting Contest, was Historical Fiction Winner of Family Fiction’s “The Story” national contest. Her novella, The Substitute Bride was a 2016 Maggie Award (published) finalist for Romance Novellas. All three of her Christy Lumber Camp books were long list finalists for Family Fiction’s Book of the Year and The Fruitcake Challenge was a Selah Award finalist.

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Review & Giveaway: The Christmas Promise by Janice Carter

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The Christmas Promise
By Janice Carter
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 216Pages
January 1, 2021 by Harlequin Heartwarming

The Christmas season…

Is perfect for new beginnings

After a tragedy seventeen years ago, author Ella Jacobs never wanted to come back to Lighthouse Cove. Not to the whispered rumors, the judgment or even to Ben Winters, the boy she loved. Now she’s returned in time for Christmas—and some much-needed closure. But old flames burn bright. Can Ella find her way back to Ben…or will the secrets of their past extinguish their love for good?

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My Review

The main character in this story, Ella, had a very difficult path to walk in returning to Lighthouse Cove. My heart hurt for her as she thought back to a night, seventeen years earlier, that ended in the death of one the community’s teenagers. Ella was blamed for the events leading up to his death, even though she was simply one more victim in this prank gone wrong.

I thought Ella handled everything very well. She carried a lot of anger over being falsely accused and felt as if everyone had deserted her. I liked seeing her heart open up and change as she received some apologies and also as she was finally able to share what had happened to her all of those years earlier.

I liked Ben and even though it seemed to take him awhile to realize how some of the townspeople were treating Ella as she visited there, his eyes were eventually opened to what she had been putting up with. I thought that Ben and Ella were a sweet couple and I really enjoyed reading their story.

(4.5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

Writing has been a passion for Janice Carter since elementary school but her second career after teaching began with the publication of a Harlequin Intrigue, many years ago. Since then, she’s been very lucky to be able to do what she enjoys most – writing about the connections between people, their families and the places where they live. And of course, love is always at the heart of those connections.

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Review: Only You by Susan May Warren

Well, I loved this wonderful novella that kicks off the Deep Haven Collection series. It is a return to the author’s beloved, fictional town of Deep Haven and the start of a series that is written by new authors in collaboration with Susan May Warren.

These two main characters are side characters from some earlier novels and I absolutely adored them and seeing their story come to life.

Ree has loved Seth for years, but he was always in love with and got his heart broken by her best friend. Seth returned to Deep Haven but did not plan to stay any longer than necessary. I loved the way he began to fall for Ree and also the way his heart began to open to his family and Deep Haven once again.

The romantic chemistry between these two was fantastic and made for such a beautiful love story. I am hoping to see Seth and Ree as side characters in some in the future books so that I can see how things are going for them. I also know that this is a novella that I will definitely be reading again and again.

(5 stars)

This prequel novella is available for free on the Sunrise Publishing website. You can sign up for the newsletter to receive your own ebook copy here.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

He ran from his broken heart…

Seth Turnquist never thought his heart would mend after being shattered by his former love, Amelia Christiansen. But three years away from Deep Haven fighting fires as a smokejumper have burned her away, leaving fresh soil for a new love. Still, he’s ready to put Deep Haven in his rearview mirror for good, which means selling the custom log home he built for Amelia and walking away from the family business. But what he doesn’t realize is that the seeds for a second chance have already been planted…

She loved him from the sidelines…

Ree Zimmerman couldn’t let herself love Seth—not when he was her best friend’s boyfriend. And after Amelia broke his heart, there simply wasn’t anything left in him for Ree except friendship. But that never stopped Ree from dreaming of a happily ever after with the lumberjack from Deep Haven. When he returns home for his grandfather’s birthday, she’s not about to let him walk away, again…

Return to Deep Haven in this charming homecoming story about the second chances that await us when we let the past go.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Susan May Warren

Susan May Warren is the USA Today bestselling, Christy and RITA award-winning novelist of over sixty-five novels. An eight-time Christy award finalist, a three-time RITA Finalist, she’s also a multi-winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice award, and the ACFW Carol Award.

A seasoned women’s events speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at conferences around the nation and the author of the beginning writer’s workbook: The Story Equation.

She is also the founder of MyBookTherapy.com, and Novel.Academy, a school for aspiring novelists.

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Review: His Accidental Bride by Carolyn Twede Frank

This novel fell flat for me. I liked the set up for the story. There was excitement in Dorothy’s escape from her abusive and controlling brother and there was some tension in the fact that Dorothy allowed herself to be caught up in lies to the man who believed her to be his mail order bride.

It was hard for me to see Dorothy allow lie upon lie to continue to build, however, I did understand her fear and hope for a fresh start. I just couldn’t really connect with these two characters. Although I felt for Ronald wanting to marry and start a family, he was just such a bland and awkward character. I know this was intentional and important to who he was in the story, but it really put me off from caring about him. I didn’t connect with Dorothy either, so I was unable to care about their storyline in general.

(3 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Dorothy Bednar is living a life she despises. Forced to work as a double-dealing saloon girl, Dorothy has finally had enough. The next train out of town is her ticket to freedom, and Dorothy jumps aboard without a thought for where she’s going—until she meets a kind woman aboard the train. Her fellow passenger was originally traveling to Colorado to marry a man she’d never met, but her cold feet offer Dorothy the perfect opportunity to set up roots somewhere new. Dorothy soon finds herself posing as the mail-order bride—after all, marrying a stranger can’t be worse than what she left behind.

Young Colorado lawyer Ronald Smith is astonished when he spies the lovely woman who comes to greet him—the woman who is to be his wife. Dorothy is beyond Ronald’s wildest dreams, a kindhearted partner eager to be a homemaker and mother. To Dorothy, Ronald is the most gentlemanly man she’s ever met—a man who makes her feel safe and cherished. What begins as a deception soon deepens into true love, but too soon, Dorothy’s secret past threatens the beautiful life she’s built—a life that feels truer than anything she’s ever known.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Carolyn lives out west in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains with her husband and her plants, her five children having fled the nest. When she’s not writing, she loves to read, garden, sew, renovate houses, and play with her grandkids.
In 1994, she incorporated her basement sewing business, eventually moving it into a warehouse, hiring more people, and developing her unique line of puppets and educational curriculum into a full-fledged, international business. She sold the main arm of her business in 2009, retaining a small portion to bring in income while she pursued her writing career. In 2018 she sold the remainder of her business and now writes full-time. She has been writing seriously since 2006.

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Review: Tidewater Bride by Laura Frantz

Tidewater Bride was a beautiful novel! I felt fully immersed in the time period and completely enthralled in the difficulties and triumphs of these characters.

Selah and Xander had such wonderful interactions as their relationship began to grow from friendship and admiration to a deep devotion. I loved their scenes together.

This story explored the fragile relationship between the Powhatan nation and the Virginia Colony communities, the reality of slavery, the importance of family, the difference between worship for show rather than a true heart for God and his people, and the devastation that greed can bring into a person’s life.

I loved reading this fascinating book and know that I will be thinking about these characters for a long time to come.

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Selah Hopewell, Virginia Colony’s most eligible woman, is busy matchmaking for a ship of brides, though she has no wish to wed.

Xander Renick is perhaps the most eligible tobacco lord in the settlement, but he is already wedded to his business and still grieves the loss of his wife, daughter of the Powhatan chief.

Can two fiercely independent people find happiness and fulfillment on their own? Or will they discover that what they’ve been missing in life has been right in front of them all along?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Award-winning, bestselling author Laura Frantz is passionate about all things historical, particularly the 18th-century, and writes her manuscripts in longhand first. Her stories often incorporate Scottish themes that reflect her family heritage. She is a direct descendant of George Hume, Wedderburn Castle, Berwickshire, Scotland, who was exiled to the American colonies for his role in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715, settled in Virginia, and is credited with teaching George Washington surveying in the years 1748-1750. Frantz lives and writes in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky.

According to Publishers Weekly, “Frantz has done her historical homework.” With her signature attention to historical detail and emotional depth, she is represented by Janet Kobobel Grant, Literary Agent & Founder, Books & Such Literary Agency of Santa Rosa, California.

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Review: Everything Behind Us by Jennifer Rodewald

This was such a powerful story! It is part of the Murphy Brothers series, of which I have LOVED each book. I definitely recommend reading the whole series because it is so good, however, you can also just jump in and read this emotionally rich tale and enjoy Connor and Sadie’s story.

The title, Everything Behind Us, illustrated to me the vast hurt that these characters experienced in their past. They had things that they both regretted and felt guilty about and they had to learn to leave that guilt in the past and realize that they have been forgiven.

From there, this beautiful modern marriage of convenience story explored what it means to make a commitment to love someone sacrificially. Connor knew that God wanted him to be a husband to Sadie and a father to Reid. I loved how devoted he was to them and how God grew his devotion into an all encompassing love.

The author did such a good job of showing all of the emotions that Sadie was battling. She dealt with sadness and fear over the cancer she was trying to beat, yet she kept her eyes focused on knowing that God loved her. She tried to notice all she had to be grateful for, yet her heart yearned to actually be loved by Connor and not to be just a responsibility. There were so many emotions running through these characters and they felt so very real to me.

I absolutely loved this novel and I have loved the other two books that come in the series before this one. I highly recommend the Murphy Brothers novels, which are part of The Potter’s House books.

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book, however, I also purchased my own copy. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Neither wants to relive the past, but they need each other to face the future.

Connor Murphy lives by a code of honor and service. Dignified, duty-bound, and responsible, he’s spent the past eight years as a single enlisted airman, determined never to mess up another person’s life the way he did Sadie’s. As long as he follows orders, does his job well, and avoids romantic entanglements, he’ll do just fine. Of course, that last part was easier before Sadie rolled back into town.

Sadie Allen never intended to return to Sugar Pine—her hometown hosts too much regret—but she can’t face her health crisis alone. Not with a four-year-old depending on her. Even so, Connor Murphy’s proposal of a marriage of convenience wasn’t exactly what she had in mind. She can’t fault his reasoning—her prognosis is grim and her son could use a father—but her heart aches at the thought of a marriage without romance. Especially to the one man she’s never gotten over.

The day-to-day challenges of Sadie’s illness are enough to strain the strongest relationships, let alone one hastily conceived in the shadow of past mistakes. Will the pressure be too much for their marriage to withstand, or will they allow God to forge something beautiful through their pain?

Everything Behind Us, Book 21 in The Potter’s House Books Series (Two), is an uplifting and inspiring story of hope, redemption and second chances. It is also book three in Jennifer Rodewald’s Murphy Brother Stories (book One is Always You). Grab your copy and be encouraged today.

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Murphy Brothers Stories:

Always You
In Spite of Ourselves
Everything Behind Us
This Life (Coming in March 2021)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jennifer Rodewald

Jennifer Rodewald is a Christian author of fiction who is passionate about the Word of God and the power of story. Four kids and her own personal superman make her home in southwestern Nebraska delightfully chaotic.

Born in Colorado, she experienced both the seclusion of rugged mountain living and the busy streets of a Denver suburb during her growing up years. Somewhere in the middle of college, she married a Husker and found her way back to the quiet lifestyle of a rural area, which suits just fine.

Blessed with a robust curiosity, Jen loves to research. Whether she’s investigating the history of a given area, the biography of a Christian icon, or how nature declares the glory of God, her daily goal is to learn something new. Aiming to live with boundless enthusiasm, her creed is vision, pursuit, and excellence, and she incorporates that pursuit as a Christian writer.

Jen lives and writes in a lovely speck of a town where she watches with amazement while her children grow up way too fast, gardens, and marvels at God’s mighty hand in everyday life.

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Review: What Dreams are Made of by Debra Clopton

I enjoyed this second book of the Star Gazer Inn series. I do think that readers could hop in and enjoy this book even if they haven’t read book one. The author does a good job of filling in enough information to give the reader a background into the characters from the first story. However, these books are definitely fun to read as a series!

I enjoyed seeing what would happen next in the lives of Alice and Seth, along with the main characters Nina and Jackson from the first novel. However, the focus love story in this book is on Dallas and Lorna. Oh what a sweet couple they make.

What Dreams are Made of is a really enjoyable book that has characters of many ages and situations, working through their happy times and their troubles in a beautiful setting. Very nice!

(4 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

New beginnings take determination…

Welcome back to Star Gazer Inn. Alice McIntyre’s fresh start after buying the Star Gazer Inn is filling her days, and she’s now ready to open with the help of her best friend Lisa’s culinary skills and uplifting attitude. And her soon-to-be daughter-in-law Nina by her side, too.

And the magic of her new friend and contractor Seth Roark’s tireless attention to detail.

Seth and Alice have both suffered loss, both are starting over, and both are treating this new friendship and attraction they feel toward each other with caution.

Alice’s son Dallas is realizing he may not have what it takes to continue riding in the pro rodeo bull riding circuit. He’s home at the South Texas McIntyre Ranch after injuring his shoulder and checking out what’s going on at his mother’s new inn. When he meets a beautiful woman on the beach under unusual circumstances, he has no idea how his life is about to change…

Meanwhile:
Riley McIntyre is full speed ahead on getting the new “glamping” venue on the ranch’s coastal beachfront property up and going for the ladies who like a little glamor and luxury to their camping experience.

Jackson and Nina are planning their wedding.

Lisa’s past is causing problems and with the opening of the inn, Alice needs her to be focused and her culinary skills to be at their best. Can she handle the pressure?

Three women find friendship and courage on the shores of Corpus Christi Bay. Come visit the Star Gazer Inn, with a side trip to the McIntyre Ranch, as Alice finds her way between two worlds.

This new series follows Alice, her sons, and her friends—and new loves—on the South Texas coast with its sparkling topaz water.

You’ll want to dip your toes in and stay awhile.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Debra Clopton

International Bestselling author Debra Clopton has sold over 3 million books. She writes wholesome, sweet contemporary and western romances set in Texas and on the beaches of Florida. Her series are clean and wholesome reads and she has also written many inspirational romances. Her many awards include The Book Sellers Best, Romantic Times Magazine’s Book of the Year the Readers Choice Award, and many more. She’s also a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Finalist and a triple finalist in the American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award.

A sixth-generation Texan, Debra lives on a ranch in Texas with her husband Chuck. She loves to travel and spend time with her family. She has written for Harlequin and Harper Collins Christian and now with DCP Publishing LLC. Since opening DCP Publishing LLC her books are selling worldwide and are regulars on the Top 100 list and Bestseller list in USA and around the world.

She loves helping people smile with her wholesome stories.

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Review & Giveaway: Then Again, Maybe by Susan L. Tuttle

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Then Again, Maybe

Title: Then Again, Maybe

Series: Along Came Love

Author: Susan L. Tuttle

Publisher: BLING! Romance

Release Date: November 17, 2020

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Former beauty queen Belle Thornton knows what it is to think she has it all, only to discover she never valued what was truly important. Raising her daughter and building a thriving thrift shop that helps single mothers like herself has taught Belle what the word beautiful really means. Unfortunately, thanks to her shady landlord, Belle must toss those hard-earned dollars into the money-pit of a rental that houses both her tiny apartment and her business or risk the city closing her doors. When funds dwindle as quickly as her to-do list grows, she is forced to rely on the absolute last rescuer she’d choose: Micah Shaw.

Leaving Belle at the altar, pregnant, was the worst choice Micah ever made. He returns home, hoping to reconcile with Belle and their toddler. While balancing his medical residency with caring for his ailing mother, he strives to win Belle’s heart again and ensure her business remains open. Helping with that is the easy part. Chiseling through the rock encompassing Belle’s heart is more of a challenge, but one he’s determined to conquer.

If only he could get her to realize that a new lease on love may be their best collaboration of all.

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MY REVIEW

Wow! What an amazing story! This book continually ripped my emotions apart and rebuilt them…over and over again. It is the second book in a series, however, I had not read book one and had no trouble following and loving the storyline.

The emotions that Belle and Micah experienced felt so real. Belle was so overwhelmed with the current financial situation she found herself in. She was also terrified of allowing Micah in and having her heart broken again if he didn’t stick around.

I loved the way that Micah worked to show Belle that he loved her and Anna. His actions spoke volumes and led to some amazingly moving moments in this story. After all Micah did for Belle and Anna, would there ever be a time that Belle would stop expecting him to fail them? It was heart wrenching to watch Micah wonder how much was enough to prove himself to Belle. I loved this book! It was a truly beautiful story.

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Susan L. Tuttle

Susan L. Tuttle lives in the Mitten State where she’s a mom of three and happily married to her best friend. Between still homeschooling her youngest and leading the women’s ministry at church, she finds time to write. An ACFW Carol Award finalist, she firmly convinced that letters were meant for words, not math, and loves stringing them together into stories that inspire and encourage. Connect with Susan at www.susanltuttle.com.

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(1) winner will receive a $20 Visa Gift Card & 1 mini candle from Wick & Sarcasm created for Then Again, Maybe!

Then Again Maybe JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight January 11, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on January 18, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

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