Author, Kristin Hannah, was recommended to me by my sister. She warned me that once I started reading Night Road, I wouldn’t be able to put it down. She was right.Jude Farraday has it all figured out. A committed wife and mother two twin teenagers, she lives for her family and the comfortable life she and husband, Miles, have built for themselves. When Lexi, a young girl from the other side of the tracks, befriends Mia Farraday, Jude welcomes her as another addition to their happy home. But much as she likes Lexi, Jude has a hard time accepting the growing love between Lexi and her son, Zach.
As her teenagers begin to spread their wings, Jude has a difficult time letting go, and when tragedy strikes, the effects are devastating. Somehow, Jude must find a way to let go and forgive, or risk losing the very people she loves the most.
Weaving a story that pulls hard on the heart strings, Kristin Hannah surpasses expectations and leads the reader on a journey of hope, failure, consequences, and redemption. I would highly recommend this book to any who love a well-crafted, contemporary story filled with characters who touch the heart.
Winter Garden will reach deep into your soul. Author Kristin Hannah has done it again. Winter Garden is not just a story, but a journey that pairs today and a yesterday most of us could never envision.
This inspiring story of love, unimaginable loss and hardship, and forgiveness resonates with the reader long after the book is put aside. Meredith and Nina grew up under the cold eye of their Russian born mother, Anya. Only the love and warmth of their father sustained them and held the family together. On his death, Meredith and Nina must find a way to bridge the gaps in their own lives, while finally learning the truth of their mother’s past.
Filled with gut-wrenching emotion and characters that are relatable on a number of levels, Kristin Hannah reminds us that sometimes the past needs to be brought into the light for true healing and understanding to begin. Again, another fabulous read I’d highly recommend.
Karen Vance Hammond’s spooky tale of a family who buys a haunted house, and live to regret it, is told in a page-turning fashion that never fails to engage and hold the reader.
Following the story of Maggie Horton’s ghost and the family who have moved into her house, Shoe Marks takes a unique look at both sides of the ghost story. Based on a true story, Karen has woven a tale of murder, intrigue and horror reminiscent of The Amityville Horror, where ghostly happenings shake the very foundation of a young family’s beliefs on what is possible, and what is reality. As an author who has battled dyslexia her entire life, Karen has done an outstanding job of weaving fact and fiction. Congratulations Karen.
I really enjoyed Stephanie Rowe’s, Darkness Awakened, it’s character profiles and story line. Lead protagonists, Grace and Quinn, were fun to follow as their story unfolded. I liked the world-building and was able to connect with each of the secondary characters throughout the story, at different times finding myself wondering what their story will be in future reads. Stephanie’s ability to weave in the important life lessons of learning to trust, and believing in yourself are appropriate to the story and add a dimension of reality to this well-written paranormal romance. Can’t wait to read Lily’s story in Darkness Seduced next. Thanks Stephanie.
Antoinette Stockenberg’s Emily’s Ghost proved to be a really good story. I hadn’t gone into it with any expectations, but found I didn’t want to put it down once I got started. I chose the book because, as a paranormal romance writer who’s about to release a book about the love between a ghost and a woman, I wanted to see how this author handled the subject. I was pleased at her depiction of the ghost, Fergus, and how the protagonist, Emily, would deal with her developing feelings for him.
I also quite enjoyed the developing love story between Emily and her human suitor, Lee. I thought she played the scenes well and made the characters believable and easy to relate to. It was a unique love triangle and I enjoyed every minute of it. I’d certainly recommend it to any romance reader who is looking for something a little different, but fun.
Great job Antoinette.
Tracey Garvis-Graves’ On The Island is a surprising mixture of contemporary, romantic fiction and honesty that I really enjoyed.
Set against the backdrop of a deserted island, a couple discover who they are and who they were meant to be, without the stifling input of other people.
Despite a significant age difference, T.J. and Anna’s relationship evolves at a normal, believable pace, allowing each of the characters to come into their own during the years they are stranded on a deserted island. Without the influence of society and peers, these two people learn what it is to love, trust, and believe in themselves. Once off the island and back with their families, each must learn how to deal with the outside world and it’s pressures. Making life decisions is never easy, but when you have to deal with society’s expectations, even the most basic things can get confusing.
Kudos to Tracey for her inspiring and well-written read.
Angeline Fortin’s, Nothing But Time, is a time travel romance set in London,England. Besides having crafted a good romantic read, it became clear early on that this author has done her homework. Whether describing old fishing reels, facts relating to historical names and places, or the mechanics behind her time travel theory, Angeline keeps the reader interested throughout the story.
Although the love story between Kate and Brand follows the typical romantic path, Angeline’s characters and plot lines are well rounded, the dialogue between characters believable, and the addition of historical facts throughout the story makes it a fun read.
I would definitely recommend this book and it’s author to any romance reader who enjoys a time travel twist. Congratulations Angeline.
A Laird For All Time, is another time travel romance by author, Angeline Fortin.
Once again, I enjoyed the love story between Emmy and Connor, and appreciated her attention to historical data sprinkled throughout the story. Overall, I found it a good, light read. I felt the setting in a Scottish castle was ideal, and her weaving of historical fact and fiction was well done.
Angeline has written five books, has a degree in US History from UNLV, and has worked at Colonial Williamsburg. As a wife and mother to two children, she spreads her time between writing, maintaining a busy home life and planning her next book.
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