Sometimes you find a story that touches your heart in a way you didn't know it could. Sometimes you find a heroine that is so completely like you, andSometimes you find a story that touches your heart in a way you didn't know it could. Sometimes you find a heroine that is so completely like you, and yet so different, that you feel an instant connection. Sometimes you learn something unexpected about hope, love, loss, courage, resilience and acceptance in the most unique of places.
This is one of those times.
Willa is a gentle hero who has so much life and vibrancy. We first met her and her amazing daughter, Savannah, in A Cliche Christmas. But those brief visits on her didn't do her justice. She definitely needed her own book. I loved watching her discover a strength she didn't know she had. Her heart is equal parts tender and fierce.
Patrick is complicated and thoughtful and brave. And let's face it, he's totally swoon-worthy. This is one of those times where two characters compliment each other perfectly because they are so different, and yet so perfect together.
A Season to Love is a beautiful contemporary romance that touches deep inside a reader due to the fact that we've all lost something or someone. We've all had our mountains to face and the summits to climb. It's the second book in the series, so it's best read as a companion to A Cliche Christmas. However, if you haven't read book 1, you can still read A Season To Love and be absolutely touched by it.
While I was given a free copy of A Season to Love in exchange for this review, it in no way affected my opinions....more
Amazing read. Aislynn, our heroine, is so likable. She's a regular teenage girl with quirks and rebellion and the innate need to be lovedGreat heroine
Amazing read. Aislynn, our heroine, is so likable. She's a regular teenage girl with quirks and rebellion and the innate need to be loved and understood. Her journey takes her on a path where she must find out who she really is, rather than blindly accept what people tell her. She really grows and develops. Sometimes when a character has more than one person interested in them, I don't see that character's appeal. With Aislynn, it was easy to understand why she was such a catch. I loved the history and story telling. This is a clean read with a just a few things that night make a squeamish reader shift uncomfortably. Don't worry, Aislynn doesn't like it either....more
A Midwinter Ball is comprised of three short stories. In each story, the characters attend a ball during the winter. I enjoyed every story and loved hA Midwinter Ball is comprised of three short stories. In each story, the characters attend a ball during the winter. I enjoyed every story and loved how each was resolved. None of the characters were perfect. Everyone had obstacles to over come. And, of course, there were happily ever afters. Some of the villains weren't very believable, and some of the heroes fell in love a little too quickly. But these things are easily forgiven since the quality and feel of each of the short-stories was fantastic.
For anyone wanting a light-hearted clean read, this is the book for you. Highly recommended. I received a copy of Midwinter Ball in exchange for an honest review, but all opinions are my own....more
A true classic. Little Women teaches so much about life, love, faith, pain, endurance, selfishness, generosity, and human nature. A recommended read fA true classic. Little Women teaches so much about life, love, faith, pain, endurance, selfishness, generosity, and human nature. A recommended read for all....more
Pride and Prejudice retellings have been around for quite sometime. While the concept is not new, this rendition is a breath of fresh air. It's a gendPride and Prejudice retellings have been around for quite sometime. While the concept is not new, this rendition is a breath of fresh air. It's a gender reversal, with Elizabeth being a teenager named Elliot. And the elusive Mr. Darcy is a brooding and snotty teenaged girl named Darcy.
You might think, "Well that'll never work." But it totally does. It's not cliche in the sense that one might expect. The teenagers are true to form. They don't feel like the workings of an author, they feel like real people. Their conversations are witty and spunky. I love that they have a good time and enjoy being alive. They're not punks or vandals or potty mouths. They're just...real.
I know the P&P story pretty well, so it was a lot of fun to match up the new character to their inspirations. I even guessed a few of the names right before the character showed up in the book.
I could make a list of all the characters and why I loved them, but I think that would get confusing. Just know that I enjoyed the characters and appreciated them being true to form. It was a little confusing trying to keep Liam and Lucas straight. There were a few very minor expletives. A few reverences to intimacy (the guys mentioning still having their v-card, etc.), but there's nothing more than a kiss or two.
Funny, thoughtful, creative, refreshing. I stayed up late to read to the end.
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review....more
Mariposa Hotel is an excellent compilation of three short stories. The Hotel somehow brings people together in all the stories. Every story is differeMariposa Hotel is an excellent compilation of three short stories. The Hotel somehow brings people together in all the stories. Every story is different, the characters are interesting and relatable. The Hotel is the main location in all three stories, and a few characters have cameo appearances in the other stories.
This is a fast, clean, romantic read with plenty to keep a reader interested. I can't really pick a favorite, they're all great! But if I had to pick, I'd say the Ghost of 913 is my favorite with Butterfly Kisses as a close second.
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review....more
I deeply enjoyed this book. There was so much action, adventure and a deep religious undertone. It was completely obFantastic, yet sometimes difficult
I deeply enjoyed this book. There was so much action, adventure and a deep religious undertone. It was completely obvious how brilliant the author is, which sometimes translated to difficult verbiage and intrigue. A lot of things I had to guess at and hope I understood. All that aside, I really enjoyed this action, science fiction, clean romance....more
A spunky princess, handsome princes, forbidden love, action, romance, quick whit, dragons, fairies and villains. What more could you possibly wPerfect
A spunky princess, handsome princes, forbidden love, action, romance, quick whit, dragons, fairies and villains. What more could you possibly want from a book? This was a great clean read that was hard to put down. Highly recommended to all readers....more
I'm a fan of MLM, and I enjoy all her books. This one wasn't stellar for me. Part of the way through I realized that Mason was borderline abusive. AndI'm a fan of MLM, and I enjoy all her books. This one wasn't stellar for me. Part of the way through I realized that Mason was borderline abusive. And Yes, I understand the brooding I'm-keeping-myself-away-from-you-because-you're-a-temptation, but he showed almost no good qualities. It confused me why she'd fall in love with him when he treated her that way. And as for Cassidy, she was a bit of a brat, so I didn't see much of a reason for Mason to fall in love with her besides the fact that she was gorgeous.
There was a lot of mystery and intrigue, which was great. ...more
Sweet love story. I liked Cherry. There were times I thought she seemed a bit immature, but she even recognized it. I thought Lobo was the perfect herSweet love story. I liked Cherry. There were times I thought she seemed a bit immature, but she even recognized it. I thought Lobo was the perfect hero....more
Sweet Christian love story between two people connected by the heart and mind. I loved Jacob, fierce, determined, capable, and just a bit tenderSweet
Sweet Christian love story between two people connected by the heart and mind. I loved Jacob, fierce, determined, capable, and just a bit tender hearted. Mollie was a perfect match to him - sassy and vibrant and caring.
Short story, but even though there were parts that could have been fleshed out, it didn't necessarily need it in this case. It didn't feel lacking. Highly recommended....more
A Friend Indeed - Poor Caroline has always known she’d be “auctioned off” to the highest bidder to save their family. But when it’s her dear friend GeA Friend Indeed - Poor Caroline has always known she’d be “auctioned off” to the highest bidder to save their family. But when it’s her dear friend George that offers for her hand, she’s heartbroken. A marriage would only ruin their friendship. And besides, he can’t really love her. Not the way she wants to be loved. Can he? (Loved this! Absolutely loved it.)
A Happy Beginning - Sophia is an Englishwoman transplanted in Scotland. She’s fallen in love with the land, but her job as a governess to two horrible children (who’s menacing father makes her fearful) taints the landscape. Her one solace is the unlikely friendship blooming between her and the stable master, Dermot. Dermot is kind and strong, but he also has a callus when it comes to the English. When Sophia’s safety is threatened, she finds protection in the arms of the stable master. But will she also find her heart? (Couldn’t love this more. The romance was subtle at first, but strong and sure by the end.)
Road to Cavan Town- Isaac is a fool. But Alice loves him all the same. If only Isaac would see that and give up his courtship to the “lovely” Miss Kilchrest. When Alice’s heart can’t take any more, she withdraws, Isaac is confused by the emotions that accompany her departure. It may take him a few months and an almost disastrous Christmas party, but he finally opens his eyes to what’s most important. (Oh Isaac. You silly man. I’m glad you came around.)
A Christmas Promise - Sean needs this job. He must get these horses to Castle Kilkenny. So when his useless map turns him in circles and he gets stuck in a muddy field, he’s ready to walk all the way back home. But fate intervenes and sends him Maeve. And her three giant hounds. Sean needs this job, which has now made it impossible for him to keep his Christmas promise to Maeve. What’s a man in love to do? (This was probably one of the funniest stories. And I LOVED the storytelling in it. SO clever!)
Dream of a Glorious Season - Elizabeth has been in love with Julian for ten long years. And all those years she’s watched her sister, Mary, lay claim to him. When Julian gets fed up with Mary’s treatment of Beth, he steps in to save her, and realizes she’s always been not only his dearest friend, but also very dear to him. (Sweet and tender.)
A Lesson in Love - Reed and Lucy had an amazing Season last year. Now that their married, this Season will be perfect! Reed can’t wait to spend his time at home with his lovely wife. Lucy can’t wait to attend all the social functions with her husband. It’s going to be perfect! Lucy mistakes Reed’s feelings, thinking he finds her a chore now that they’re married. And Reed can’t understand why he’s not enough, why Lucy insists on spending time out with friends rather than him. They both need a little lesson in love. (A little uncomfortable to read because so many feelings are hurt. But the end makes it worth it!)
I’ve always enjoyed Sarah Eden’s writing. But something about these short stories just really speaks to my heart. In every story I was entertained with wit, laughter and love. Every story is absolutely crystal clean. I love that in all cases, the love was deep rooted between two people who connect emotionally and intellectually, rather than just based on looks. The storytelling is amazing. Sarah has a gift. I received a copy of A Timeless Romance Anthology: Sarah M. Eden British Isles Collection in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are absolutely my own. ...more