Review & Giveaway: The Secret of Emerald Cottage by Julie Lessman

Wow! These characters had some great chemistry and the author was able to weave a tantalizing mystery within the pages, as well. It was fun to see that this story is connected to characters from the author’s Isle of Hope series, yet can be enjoyed even if you haven’t read those novels.

I couldn’t help but immediately like Molly and Brec, both of whom had been wounded in their pasts. Molly’s was a fairly recent betrayal and she was not quick to trust Brec with her heart. But I just loved the way she slowly got Brec to open up about the recent scandal he was involved in, and eventually to face the painful events of the past which so influenced his life.

I really enjoyed the mystery aspect of the story, and was intrigued by how all of the pieces were connected, but I was especially happy that there was plenty of romance, too. Brec had quite the spiritual journey and it was refreshing to see the renewal that brought to his life. What a great story!

(4.5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK

She’s sweet & cozy mysteries. He’s fun & cozy flings.
Till a deadly secret reveals not-so-cozy things.

Twenty-six-year-old Molly Stewart—ex-Navy nurse and former evidence technician for the Charleston Police Department—has been burned by love. So when her friend, Pastor Chase Griffin, begs her to move to scenic Lake Loon to be a nurse and companion for Miss Lilly, his elderly landlady, she jumps at the chance. The secluded and cozy cottage on a clear mountain lake seems the perfect place to heal from her fiancé’s betrayal as well as indulge in one of her greatest passions—cozy romance. First with reading them by the bookcase and then hopefully, if dreams come true, solving them one day as a licensed detective. But when Miss Lilly’s estranged great nephew shows up, it’s no mystery as to why he and Molly butt heads. Because it only takes one stolen kiss—while she’s sleeping, no less—to discover he’s an even bigger player than the ex-fiancé who broke her heart.

When international playboy and Irish soccer star Brec McGill learns his long-lost great aunt is in a coma from a drowning accident, he rushes to her side. Not only is he anxious to reconnect with his only living relative he spent summers with as a boy, but her cottage on Lake Loon, Georgia is the perfect respite to heal from game injuries and escape a tabloid scandal. At thirty-three he’s disillusioned with the game, his fiancée, and life in general, craving nothing but a little peace and solitude to get his head on straight. But when he discovers his aunt’s cottage is not only inhabited by a crusty Aunt Lilly he hasn’t seen in ten years, but a pretty prude of a nurse as well, his plans take a nose-dive in the lake. Because suddenly it appears not only was Aunt Lilly’s accident no accident … but somebody out there wants to see them all dead.

Purchase your own copy here.

Also available on Kindle Unlimited.

GIVEAWAY

Want to win a $50 Amazon gift card, a signed paperback of The Secret of Emerald Cottage (or choice of Julie Lessman’s books), a character named for you or a loved one (great birthday/Christmas gift!) in her next book, A Hope and a Prayer, which releases early next spring and a signed paperback of that book? Just head on over to JULIE LESSMAN’S BLOG for all the details and GOOD LUCK!

BOOK TRAILER

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Julie Lessman is an award-winning author whose tagline of “Passion With a Purpose” underscores her intense passion for both God and romance. A lover of all things Irish, she enjoys writing close-knit Irish family sagas that evolve into 3-D love stories: the hero, the heroine, and the God that brings them together.

Author of The Daughters of Boston, Winds of Change, Heart of San Francisco, Isle of Hope, and Silver Lining Ranch series, Julie was American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Author of the Year and has garnered over 21 Romance Writers of America and other awards.

Voted #1 Romance Author in Family Fiction magazine’s 2012 and 2011 Readers Choice Awards, Julie’s novels also made Family Fiction magazine’s Best of 2015, Best of 2014, and “Essential Christian Romance Authors” 2017, as well as Booklist’s 2010 Top 10 Inspirational Fiction and Borders Best Fiction. Her independent novel A Light in the Window was an International Digital Awards winner, a 2013 Readers’ Crown Award winner, and a 2013 Book Buyers Best Award winner, and her independent novel, Isle of Hope: Unfailing Love was listed on Family Fiction magazine’s “Top 15 Novels of 2015.”

Julie has also written a self-help workbook for writers entitled Romance-ology 101: Writing Romantic Tension for the Sweet and Inspirational Markets. Contact Julie through her website and read excerpts from each of her books at www.julielessman.com.

​​​GOODREADS | FACEBOOK | TWITTER
PINTEREST | INSTAGRAM | AMAZON | WEBSITE
​NEWSLETTER | THE SEEKERS | JOURNAL JOTS

About Brittany

As a homeschooling mom and avid reader, I get great joy through reading and reviewing books. I focus my reading and my reviews on Christian fiction, primarily Christian romantic fiction. I also review sweet, clean fiction. I hope you will find my reviews helpful in your decisions on what books to read.
This entry was posted in book, book review, Christian Fiction, contest, giveaway, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

7 Responses to Review & Giveaway: The Secret of Emerald Cottage by Julie Lessman

  1. Rita Wray says:

    Sounds like a great read.

  2. julielessman says:

    Hey, Brit, thank you SO much for such a great review, my friend, and for being part of my blog tour! Soooo appreciate it and YOU!
    HUGS,
    Julie

  3. patyhgomez says:

    Love Julie’s books, and this one sounds awesome! Love that it has mystery and intrigue! Can’t wait to read it!

  4. Lelia “ Lucy” Reynolds says:

    Can’t wait to read as I love Julie’s books. Blessings

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.