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Love Is a Battlefield (A Walk In The Park #1)

3.77  ·  Rating Details  ·  203 Ratings  ·  47 Reviews
Take a walk in Shiloh National Military Park in this fun, fast-paced romance by Annalisa Daughety, a new voice in women’s contemporary fiction. Recent history has taught Kristy O’Neal not to believe in love or risk her heart. Ace Kennedy came to Shiloh to research his family history—but it’s Park Ranger Kristy he’s studying. Using his own ancestors as an example, can he pr ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Barbour Books
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Apr 27, 2016 Christina rated it liked it
I decided to read this book because it seemed like a lighthearted romance. Having never heard of a military park before (living in Canada) I thought it might also be interesting, but sadly, this book is not one I'd read again.

The back of the hard copy I read says that Ace has a secret, which is that he is only working at the park to do research into his family history. It also says that, upon learning Kristy doesn't believe in love, he tries to convince her otherwise using examples from his fami
My first impression of this novel upon beginning it was "average". From the characters to the story line, nothing really stood out to me--- it sounded like something we've heard countless times, both in books and real life.

Kristy, our heroine for Love Is a Battlefield, has your average life. She's been in her dream job for most of her life, and loves it. She falls for the 'perfect' man, only to later find out he's the wrong guy for her-- after being left at the alter and broken up with through
Oct 07, 2013 Mary rated it it was amazing
Wow this book is fantastic! Takes you on many different emotions! Kristy is a dedicated park ranger at her beloved Shiloh park! She was engaged to be married at one of the monuments in her park, unfortunately she was left standing on the alter! She went on her planned honeymoon by herself to deal with the disaster that she has just been through! She comes home from vacation and plans on starting back to work again but she is informed her position has already been filled as she was suppose to mov ...more
Oct 12, 2009 Amanda rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, set-series
This is my third book I have received from the First Reads Giveaway, I try to go for things that are outside my norm and in a a lot of ways this one was. I read romance and even really fluffy ones. This was a romance and its was very cute but it was more than that too. These two main characters were very likable and sweet and if not understandably cynical at points, but the real kicker for me was the faith they had in God. I wasn't expecting that. At first I thought oh it just a reference to a f ...more
May 07, 2013 Stacey rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary, romance
I have been trying and trying to figure out a way to review this book without using the word "boring" but I just can't do it. Nothing else fits quite right. There aren't any glaring flaws in the plot and the writing is technically very good, if uninspired, but there just wasn't much to it. When reading a book that I intend to review I always hope for a strong reaction to it. Whether it's really positive or negative doesn't matter, I just want to get some emotion behind my reaction. It makes writ ...more
Sassy Lou
Oct 13, 2009 Sassy Lou rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anybody who loves romance!
Shelves: all-time-favs
I loved this book. I got it about noon yesterday, and finished it at one-thirty in the morning. It was so good. I simply couldn't put it down. Kristy was going through a really rough time, with her ex-husband-to-be just leaving her at the altar, and then someone new took her job. It was really trying for her, and she had to learn to trust her heart again, and to put herself out on the dating market once more, hoping that her heart wouldn't be broken again. It was amazing. A really good love stor ...more
Jun 21, 2016 Jeanette rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
A light romance story which focuses on forgiveness, faith and following God's plan. Kristy's whole world has been flipped upside down after her ex-fiancé leaves her at the altar. Due to her wedding she had quit her job and planned to move, but since the wedding didn't happen those things didn't happen either, her only saving grace is she still has a job (just different position) and housing, however she only has these until the end of summer. When someone starts vandalising the park Kristy is fo ...more
Donna Feibusch
Jun 19, 2016 Donna Feibusch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An Awesome Read!

I loved reading Love is a Battlefield (A Walk in the Park Book 1), all about Kristy O'Neal a 28 year old Park Ranger at the Shiloh National Military Park in Tennessee. She's worked at the park since she was a young girl, and has worked her way all the way to a full time ranger, until recently when she handed in her resignation because she was getting married and moving to Jackson. However things changed when the groom didn't show up the day of the wedding, and Kristy had to send
Britney Wolfe
Aug 11, 2014 Britney Wolfe rated it liked it
This book was a bit of a different read for me. At first the beginning chapters didn't grab my interest, but I kept reading to see if the writing would smooth out eventually. Overall, while the story itself was interesting, the writing style was distracting making hard to stay motivated to keep reading. However, the book does have potential, and certainly had it's shining moments. Here are five aspects I liked about the book, as well as five areas that, in my opinion, could have been improved.

Paula  Phillips
Nov 16, 2012 Paula Phillips rated it it was amazing
Have you ever brought a book series because you have been attracted by the covers and for the fact that they sound like they can be an awesome read ? I have lots of times and the Walk in the Park series is no different. Being a Cover Crusher, when I saw this cover there was just something about it that drew me in and so of course I ended up buying the complete trilogy and as I read through the first book - I loved it and really enjoyed it .
Love is a Battlefield takes us into the life of Kristy.
Nov 21, 2009 Laura rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009, early-reviewer
3 1/2 - 4 stars
I received this book from LibraryThing's First Reads program.
Kristy O'Neal loves being a park ranger. She especially loves being a park ranger at Shiloh National Park in Tennessee. She's been there for years and when she quit two weeks ago because she was getting married, she was sad, but looking forward to getting married. Now, two weeks later, she's still single and jobless and her position has been filled, so she doesn't even have hope of getting her job back.
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Oct 26, 2009 Lia rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I found myself being a little surprised at how much I was enjoying this book. Just from reading the summary on the back of the book, I was already interested in the main characters being park rangers. It's a different premise than those usually found in romance novels and I was interested to see how it played out in the storyline. I thought the characters were likeable, and the Christian aspects of the story were tastefully woven into the book. I was expecting to get the typical light romance wh ...more
Dec 02, 2009 Becky rated it really liked it
I won this book from the giveaways section - and it took me awhile to get to it because, I'll be honest, the cover is hokey. It just looks like an amateur book. However, I was plesantly surprised to find just the opposite.

This book is Christian-lite fiction. This is my own term for Christian fiction books which don't go completely overboard on pushing the Christian lifestyle. I'm not really into Christian fiction, but I enjoyed this book. The author has a very nice writing style, smooth and conf
Jun 20, 2011 Darcy rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011, romance
I love that this book is set in a national park as a background. It makes me want to visit the park this summer.

I liked Kristy from the start, we see her at her worst. She has just been left at the alter of her wedding that had been planned in her beloved Shiloh park. She then goes on her honeymoon by herself to deal with this disaster. Then when she comes back she realizes that she no longer has a job or a home as she quit it to move after she was married. Luckily there is still an opening, bu
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
After being left, publicly, at the altar, Kristy returns to work as a park ranger, only to find her job already filled by a handsome stranger. She reluctantly accepts a seasonal position, and hopes that somehow, something permanent will show up before the end of the summer. Ace Kennedy is working as a park ranger in Kristy's job, but is really at the park to do research about his ancestors for a book he's writing. As he grows to care for Kristy, she learns to open her heart and trust again.

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Jul 26, 2010 Heidi rated it liked it
Kristy O'Neal has been a park ranger at the Shiloh National Park in Tennessee for years and has worked her way up the ladder. After her world turns upside by her fiance, Mark, who fails to show up for the wedding, Kristy goes on her honeymoon alone. However, when she returns, she finds that her job has already been filled by someone else - Ace Kennedy.

When someone starts vandalizing the monuments at the park, Ace and Kristy are forced to work together...and find themselves drawn to each other.
Clockstein Lockstein
Oct 19, 2009 Clockstein Lockstein rated it really liked it
Love is a Battlefield by Annalisa Daughety is the first book in the A Walk in the Park series. Kristy O'Neal is returning to her beloved job at Shiloh National Military Park after being stood up at the altar only to discover that her position has been given to someone else: hunky and sweet Ace Kennedy. Stuck with a seasonal job that only lasts until Labor Day and dealing with a vandal who keeps damaging the monuments at the park, she has more than enough to keep her busy! Kristy is the all-Ameri ...more
Janie  R. Freeman
Sep 22, 2013 Janie R. Freeman rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
This story starts with one of the main characters-Kristy-she was a ranger at a national park. The history of the park was very interesting. Anyway, you may wonder why a title for "Love Is a Battlefield?" Well, this is they way I see it. As the story begins,Kristy is recently going thru,'getting left at the alter', and is devastated. She now has issues about trust, loyalty,and "real love". She loves her job, but is soon devastated by a circumstance that happens at her workplace, which could chang ...more
Jul 06, 2013 Trea rated it really liked it
Shelves: challenges-2013
I read this right after reading the disappointing and unenjoyable Somewhere to Call Home, and I must say I really enjoyed it! I loved the fact that it used the Shiloh National Park as a backdrop for the story, and that we got to see glimpses of the day to day life in the park. The story was also a relevant one, talking about letting go of the past and of things that were emotionally toxic to a person, all going hand in hand with the Christian fiction ideals of forgiveness and God's love for His ...more
Tamara Tilley
Jan 23, 2016 Tamara Tilley rated it liked it
Shelves: own
LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD is a quirky read, enjoyable, but not too deep. After being jilted at the altar Kristy O'Neal can't wait to get back to her job at the Shiloh National Military Park, only to find out her job has been given to Ace Kennedy. Immediately, there's something between Kristy and Ace. Of course, Kristy refuses to acknowledge it. She's done with love. Ace on the other hand, finds Kristy refreshing and wants to get to know her better.

I enjoyed LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD but probably wouldn
Patricia Luther
Nov 09, 2009 Patricia Luther rated it liked it
Kristy was left at the altar by her fiance. She returns to her job as a park ranger to find out she has been replaced by Ace Kennedy. She takes a seasonal position. They get off on the wrong foot, and Kristy does not approve of the way he is doing the job. Ace has a secret which is revealed at the end of the book. He is also appalled that Kristy does not believe in True Love. Their relationship gradually improves as Kristy finds out his secrets. This book is very predictable from start to finish ...more
Pat Christie
Jun 21, 2016 Pat Christie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Lovely story, a story with heartache, sadness, joy, discovery and a path to love. God plays a role in the woman's life and gets her to her love.
Marcia D. Rooksberry

I thought this was a very good book! The history of the park was very interesting!!!I didn't know so many battles were fought in this area.
Oct 18, 2009 Alyson rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I got this book in the mail and finished it by the end of the day, or I should say, early the next morning (1 am). I thought this was a enjoyable Christian romance story. I've never read a story about a park ranger before. The setting was fun (makes me want to visit Shiloh National Military Park). I liked that Kristy, the heroine, grows as a person in the story. My one complaint was the manner in which she learned a lesson about trust. I don't want to give anything away to anyone who might wish ...more
Aug 31, 2014 Mel rated it it was amazing
Awesome story! I really liked how it drew in more than one "focus". I would highly recommend this book to friends and family!
Sandy Duke
Feb 24, 2014 Sandy Duke rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this easy read. It got a little sappy in places, but still held my interest.
Rashae Davis
Jan 18, 2016 Rashae Davis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love her love stories!

I love that she tells her love stories based on friendships and falling in love! Her Christian references are great.
Michele Minor
Mar 09, 2011 Michele Minor rated it it was amazing
Kristy O’Neal is skeptical that true love exists after being left at the altar. Ace Kennedy is working at the same National Park as Kristy doing research on his ancestors, he tries to get her to believe in true love by telling her the story of his ancestors. While he is there he does not tell anyone at the park that he is there doing research for a book, even his superiors though he does get Kristy to think about at least one real modern day couple who really and truly love each other. This is a ...more
Lauralee Bliss
Oct 05, 2009 Lauralee Bliss rated it really liked it
This is a cute, easy to read, standard romance but with some interesting elements. I loved the concept of a Civil War battlefield setting. Shiloh is a fascinating place to visit anyway - my only wish is that the author had brought out a bit more about the battle and what went on there (but that is coming from one who loves history!). The story flowed well, the characters were nicely developed, and the story telling did leave me surprised at times which is great. I am looking forward to reading m ...more
Jul 07, 2016 Janice rated it it was amazing
I read this in honor of the park service 100th year anniversary. I found the setting (Shiloh National Military Park), history and characters interesting, but especially liked the insights gained by Kristie, the park ranger.
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Annalisa Daughety won first place in the Contemporary Romance category at the 2008 ACFW Genesis Awards. After graduating from Freed-Hardeman University, she spent time working as a park ranger for the National Park Service. Originally from McCrory, Arkansas, Annalisa now resides in Memphis, Tennessee. Read more at
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