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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

SMP Holiday Blitz - featuring Donna Alward, Emma Douglas and Kieran Kramer



'Tis the season for holiday romance novels!

I am thrilled to be part of the SMP Holiday Blitz!

I chose three books to read and loved each one! My reviews will post at the end of the week!

Take a look at the gorgeous covers and book blurbs. The holidays are right around the corner!

Susan

With shades of It’s a Wonderful Life, one man must face his past to find his future this Christmas. 

In the last year, George's life has drastically changed. The formerly homeless veteran now has a job he likes, a family in the residents of Darling, VT, and for the first time in years, a home. But while his present is good, he's still haunted by the past, a past that appears shortly before Christmas when the older sister of his brother-in-arms hunts him down and finds him in Darling, working at the Ladybug Garden Center.

Amy’s looking for closure for her family after her brother's death in the Middle East, but the serious man she finds working in Vermont doesn’t resemble the soldier she remembers from years before. This man is hardened and yet somehow fragile, too, and in her desire to find out what really happened to her brother, she learns more about George than she ever expected.

With a little Christmas magic and the whole town supporting them, can these two bruised hearts make a future together?
Author Bio:
A busy wife and mother of three (two daughters plus the family dog), Donna Alward believes hers is the best job in the world: a combination of stay-at-home mom and romance novelist. Donna loves being back on the East Coast of Canada after nearly twelve years in Alberta where her romance career began, writing about cowboys and the west. She is the author of Somebody Like You, Somebody's Baby, and Someone to Love.


It’s Christmastime in the quaint island town of Cloud Bay, where love is always in season... Will has believed in love at first sight since the day he first laid eyes on Mina Harper five years ago. There was only one problem: She was happily married. Then, when Mina’s husband was killed by a drunk driver, Will figured she’d want nothing to do with a guy who owns a whiskey distillery. So he’s kept his feelings locked away, knowing that not even a Christmas miracle would be enough to melt Mina’s heart. . .

Mina believes her days of true love are behind her. Since losing her husband she’s kept to herself, content to do her own painting and stay out of the limelight that comes with her famous family. But when, after a freak accident, Will comes to her rescue, Mina can’t quite get him out of her mind. As curiosity turns into a fling during Cloud Bay’s first Christmas Festival, she finds it harder to convince herself that her feelings for Will are just mistletoe-inspired. Could Mina be ready to lay the past to rest and finally admit that what she really wants for Christmas—and forever—is Will?
Author Bio:
Emma Douglas would love to live in a world where professional napping was a thing. But until then, she thinks writing books is a pretty awesome alternative. When not writing about imaginary people, she can be found reading, doing something crafty, binge-watching TV, playing her latest song crush on repeat, or singing badly in her car. She lives in Melbourne, Australia in a tiny house stuffed full of books, too many craft supplies and two cats who take up more space than you would expect. Find out more about Emma at www.emmadouglasbooks.com.

The best gift of all is the one you share with someone else. . .




From the moment he strode through the iron gate and into the offices of Two Love Lane on a crisp December day, it was obvious that Deacon Banks was something different. He wasn’t a Charleston native, not with that adorable Yankee accent. And unlike the usual client at the elegant matchmaking agency, he had no interest in finding a woman to marry—just a few no-strings dates while he was in town.

Macy Frost takes her professional services very seriously—how could she not, when she’s rumored to be a direct descendant of Cupid? Tech entrepreneur Deacon says he’s just trying to make his social-climbing aunt happy by being seen out and about with a few prominent beauties, but Macy insists she can make her client fall in love…for real. And Deacon can’t help but think she might be right. As charming as the palmetto trees and magnificent harbor may be, it’s the beautiful, breath-of-fresh-air Macy who’s become Deacon’s favorite part of the scenery. But can the hopelessly romantic Southern belle stop trying to fix him up and just let Cupid do his work on her own heart?
Author Bio:
Kieran Kramer, author of the Impossible Bachelors series, was born in Washington, D.C. to an Air Force pilot father and actress/singer mother. She grew up mainly on Johns Island, a rural sea island near Charleston, South Carolina, where she helped build her family’s log home. Having worked for the CIA and as journalist for The Charlotte Observer, Kieran is now a stay-at-home mom. She once won $34,000 on Wheel of Fortune, and also won on Family Feud. She’s been married to her naval officer husband, Chuck, for twenty-one years, and they have three children.



Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Summer That Made Us by Robyn Carr - Audible version

The Summer That Made Us
by Robyn Carr
Audible Version
☆☆☆☆☆
 
The story starts with two sisters, Louise and Jo, that marry two brothers.
Each sister has three daughters. There is the family summer house.
Each season, the six daughters and Louise and Jo live in pure happiness
at the beach.Or so it seems. Anyone outside the family would think
its all magical. Everything is perfect for everyone.
Until that one summer.
 
The Summer That Made Us has a number of events that change
everything. Every life attached in any way is changed.
And the summer house is never opened up again. The closeness
is gone for everyone. Even Louise and Jo have lost their relationship.
 
 
As life goes on, one of the daughters decides she wants to see the
summer house opened back up. Wants to bring it back to life.
 
The Summer That Made Us is full of emotion. The roller coaster
of every different human feeling is displayed. I could not put
the book down. I needed to see whats going to happen next.
Robyn Carr brings deep, interesting and funny characters to life.
 
And Therese Plummer is excellent as always. Her narration brings
Robyn Carrs stories into my heart. I have loved them all.
Anyone that listens to audible stories knows that the voice
can make or break any story. Therese is wonderful.
 
I hope you will also enjoy The Summer That Made Us.
 

 
I bought my copy of The Summer That
Made Us from Audible.com
Review by Lisa Hutson