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Honeysuckle Dreams

(Blue Ridge #2)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  1,449 ratings  ·  317 reviews

After Brady Collins’ ex-wife dies, he receives devastating news—his nine-month-old son Sam isn’t his son at all. And Sam’s wealthy maternal grandparents want custody of the child. Brady knows he’s in for the fight of his life. But regardless of what any blood test says, Sam is his son, and Brady will go to any lengths to keep him.

Brady’s attorney tips him off that one majo

Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published May 1st 2018 by Thomas Nelson
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Deanne Patterson
I really loved this book and reading Brady and Hope's story. Two broken souls who are afraid to love enter into a marriage of convenience after a long friendship. They both have something to gain from this marriage but neither is looking for love. What do you do when you fall in love but you're afraid to let your heart soar ? Will their hearts stay locked up like a bird in a cage with it's wings clipped or will it take flight and trust before it flies? This is Denise Hunter at her possible best ...more
I was asked the other day when I planned to review this book. I wanted to. I kept planning to... but I just didn't know what to write! So today, I am finally making myself sit down for a few minutes and sort out a couple thoughts on this book! ;P

I feel like this is pretty typical of a Denise Hunter novel so if you enjoy her writing, chances are high that you're going to like this book. I don't often read series out of order, but I haven't read the previous book in this series and I barely even n
Sherri Thacker
May 05, 2018 rated it liked it
A feel good story by Dennis Hunter called Honeysuckle Dreams. It was a good story and grabbed from me page 1. I liked it. I did not read the first book in this series but it was fine as a stand-alone book. It’s a quick read.
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-read
Honeysuckle Dreams was just what I expect from a Denise Hunter novel. The story was engaging, the characters likeable, and the romance was amazing. I loved the contemporary marriage of convenience storyline; it was unique to have it in a contemporary setting and I think the way it was done was great.

After being introduced to both Brady and Hope in Blue Ridge Sunrise, I was eager to read their story and see how everything played out. Brady just lost his ex-wife and Hope has her own heartache. The
Definitely have to say this is the Denise Hunter I am used to reading and enjoying. Book 1, Blue Ridge Sunrise, was a disappointment. It was rather edgy and the spiritual content was very light; not what I normally see in her Christian fiction books. Honeysuckle Dreams is better written, has wonderful spiritual content, and very good character and plot development.

I loved Hope and Brady's story. In one sense, it reminded me of a mail-order bride book in that they married without a previous cour
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I read the first Blue Ridge book, I wanted to know more about Hope and Brady and I really enjoyed this book. I had some issues with the first book, and I am so glad my faith was restored with this second book in the series. I loved the mental health aspect of this book, and it was done with a very respectful tact that connected me even more to Hope's character.
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
I love Denise Hunter's books. I'm always on the lookout for the next book coming from her and I feel like a lucky girl to be able to read and review them. I got a glimpse of Brady and Hope in the previous book in this series so I knew that this was a story I wanted to read.

Brady and Hope have been great friends for quite awhile. When circumstances lead them to a marriage of convenience, they decide to do it because they they do love each other in a friendly, respectful sort of way, and they bo
Cara Putman
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a sweet story of friends in a marriage of convenience or is it? There are some deep issues. A great cast of characters. All in all an engaging romance with tension and surprises. I was pulled back to the pages again and again by the wonderful characters and their story.
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When friends fall in love and have a happily ever after. I had a great time revisiting Copper Creek. Can't wait for the next visit coming this fall.
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Honeysuckle Dreams is the second novel in the Blue Ridge Romance series (third if you consider the loosely related companion novel, Sweetbriar Cottage). Honeysuckle Dreams shares with these sister books a sweetly romantic story of second chances, facing fears and finding happily ever after.

Hope Daniels would do just about anything for her friend Brady Collins. So when Brady’s life is turned upside down and he faces losing the custody rights of his young son, Hope shocks herself by agreeing to a
Rachel McMillan
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved reading an inspy Marriage of Convenience story (hello! Marriage of Convenience is my favourite trope) that pushed the boundaries of most conventional Christian romance in terms of its very candid exploration of physical attraction.

I also loved the stalwart nature of a hero who wants what is best for a little boy and a heroine who is willing to re-assess her dreams to balance ambition with a close-knit domestic heart. Brady and Hope are equals in every sense of the word and I loved seein
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
You are going to love Brady and Hopes story, Oh I can't forget about Sam too.
You will never see this ending coming. Hunter as always has outdone it again. Her best book to date, wait don't I say that about every book? Well I think that you will feel the same way after you read Honeysuckle Dreams.
This is a 5 star two times book. I HIGHLY recommend it!
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. The slow build of of them falling in love was delicious. I love how this author tells love stories and I’m looking forward to reading more.
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marriage of Convenience in a contemporary romance? Exactly how is that going to work? Well, beautifully, if it's written by Denise Hunter! Plus, this is a friends-to-lovers romance -- one of my favourite tropes because it brings the depth of shared history into the romance. Phew! Haul out your fans and have a bucket of ice ready because things really heat up for Brady and Hope as they learn to navigate their unique marriage. Especially when Brady decides to 'court' his wife! Hunter knows how to ...more
Suzie Waltner
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Denise Hunter has once again created a community you want to visit and characters you want to be friends with. In the second Blue Ridge Romance, Hunter combines a friends-to-more story with a marriage of convenience story and it’s one I could not put down.

Brady and Hope respect each other, help each other out, and share their joys and struggles with each other. So, when an assumption is made that could help Brady keep his son, Hope willingly agrees to marry Brady. After all, he was a good-lookin
C.E. Hart
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Every book I’ve read by Denise Hunter has been fabulous. She creates believable characters, charming hometowns, page-turning suspense, and heart-tingling romance. She’s truly a gifted storyteller!

I’m so blessed to receive an advanced copy of Honeysuckle Dreams. It is the second of the Blue Ridge Romance novels, and serves nicely as a stand-alone, but Blue Ridge Sunrise will familiarize you with some of the characters of this book and their backgrounds—plus, it’s a great second-chance romance sto
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Denise Hunter produces a great story again! This story is part of the Blue Ridge series. This book focuses on Brady and Hope who are two secondary characters in the first book in the series. You do not have to read the previous book in the series to read this one, but the first one will give you some insight into this book. This book examines how we can let fear limit us instead of letting God lead and direct our paths. I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it! If you have read the pre ...more
Susan Snodgrass
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"He was so tired of trying to convince other people he was worthy of their love. Tired of being forced on people who didn't even want him."

I have been a fan of Denise Hunter's a very long time and I've read all her books. She never disappoints. This second in her Blue Ridge Romance series is sure to please all her loyal readers and earn her new ones.

Brady Collins is a full time dad to his baby son Sam since his ex wife died suddenly. He is also running a full time booming specialty car auto repa
Feb 18, 2018 rated it liked it
I feel...maybe dispassionate is the word. Not a bad story, definitely better than the first couple books in this series, but I wasn't anxious to turn every page and see what happened next. Hope and Brady are a sweet couple, but I confess I was hoping for more than a custody battle and a little romance. Aside from Hope's emotional struggles, I saw the plot coming a mile away in the last installment of this series. If you're a Denise Hunter junkie, though, you'll enjoy this one.
Maureen Timerman
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
The author has given us a story of two longtime friends, broken from past relationships and yet trying to be there for one sweet baby, a catalyst to bringing them together, or not.
Can these two forge a convincing union to make a home for a precocious infant, who desperately needs them. Will they be able to let go of the past, and move on with a picture-perfect marriage, at least in the eyes of others, or will their worlds come tumbling down?
Answers are here and you will be quickly page turning a
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed Denise Hunter's novel, Honeysuckle Dreams and would recommend it to anyone who looking for a good love story. I related to the theme of overcoming fears from past relationships that can hurt current relationships. Sometimes learning to trust and give our fears to the Lord is hard to do, but this novel is able to show healing without being preachy. I look forward to reading future books by in this series.
J.M. Powers
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it

This is the second novel I've read by Denise Hunter, and I'm officially hooked. Honeysuckle Dreams is a fantastic read. I love the Copper Creek characters, Hope and Brady. The growing romance is believable, not sappy. The feel of the little hometown of Copper Creek is charming and makes me miss the Blue Ridge mountains.

Even if I wasn't lucky enough to read this advanced copy of Honeysuckle Dreams, I would add it to my bookshelf. I love this writer's style of good, clean romance.

This is the seco
Honeysuckle Dreams by Denise Hunter
Genre: Christian romance
Format: Kindle
Timeframe: Current day
Location: Copper Creek, GA
Main Characters:
Brady Collins: Twenty eight year old mechanic with a baby
Hope Daniels: Twenty four year old Radio host, friend of Brady’s

After a very emotional book I’d just finished I needed a light read. This fit the bill.

Brady Collins’ wife divorced him, then died leaving him to care for their 5-month old baby boy whom he loved with all his heart. Hope Daniels (a radio tal
Kay Defreese
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love the romance stories where the main characters start out as best friends and Hope and Brady are. She is between jobs and helps Brady out by taking care of his son. Brady's ex wife has recently died in a tragic accident. The deceased ex-wife parents want to claim custody of Brady's child. They claim he is not the biological daddy and has no rights to the baby. Hope would do anything to help her friend. I loved the chemistry of Brady and Hope and how they grew in love. There were more than o ...more
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fear. If there was ever a thing that robs your emotional & spiritual freedom, this is it. When we are so consumed by fear - there is no room to breathe. Both Hope & Brady have plenty to fear. Much of this story focuses on Brady's battle for his son. It is well written and clearly researched. I appreciate when an author puts in the time to cover all the details accurately. In the beginning you believe that Brady is the one shouldering the majority of the conflict. Hope is a convenient aide, a bes ...more
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
Swoony, fun and meaningful, this second book in the Blue Ridge Romance series should come with a ‘grab your fan’ warning! Best friends to more, a modern-day marriage of convenience, and Denise Hunter? Yes please! Hunter’s skill at writing sizzling romance combines with two reader-favorite tropes to deliver a story that is both toecurling and heartwarming. Brady Collins exudes swoon-appeal just by standing there, and his friendship-to-more with Hope Daniels is all kinds of fun to read. (To Brady’ ...more
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4 1/2 stars.

After Blue Ridge Sunrise, I was really looking forward to reading Brady's story. It did not disappoint.

This is a sweet story of friends to more. Hope is a really good friend to Brady. She's already watching Brady's baby son (the baby's mom. and Brady's ex-wife, died recently), and she loves doing it. Due to some other circumstances, Brady and Hope get engaged and later married.

I loved seeing how their relationship developed, even with everything against them. Highly recommend!

I re
Shelley Lawrence
4.5 stars
Honeysuckle Dreams was the perfect palate cleanser for some heavier, grittier, darker books I’ve read lately. It was the quintessential feel-good, hopeful story of friendship, love, overcoming heartache and second chances. It was sweet, with upstanding, imperfect characters who inspired me to be a better spouse and friend, to pray simply when things feel hopeless, and to keep moving forward and expect and look for the best. It was also a testimony to the power of friendship and the impo
Denise Hershberger
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm always drawn to this type of story and I really loved Brady and Hope. I especially loved the timeline of the book and how deep inside both their relationship and also their own personal lives we got to see. Hunter is a master of backstory for her characters. The more you learn about their individual pasts the more you realize why they are the way they are and it is very enlightening. I love seeing their personalities develop through their experiences past and present. I also really enjoy see ...more
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After Brady’s ex-wife dies he’s left raising his baby son alone. When his in-laws seek custody he’ll do anything within his power to keep his young son. Hurt and neglected as a child, he wants to be sure that he doesn’t abandon his son. He admires Hope and loves the way she cares for his son. As they spend time together they find that they may be able to help each other out. But, is Hope the best candidate to help her friend? Hope feels like her life is a mess and she doesn’t want her emotional ...more
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Denise Hunter is the award-winning author of more than 35 novels, three of which have been adapted into Hallmark movies.

Denise writes heartwarming, small-town romances, peopled with layered characters who have real-life issues. Her readers enjoy the vicarious thrill of falling in love and the promise of a happily-ever-after sigh as they savor the final pages of her books.

In 1996, Denise began her

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