Saturday, March 5, 2016

Spring in Snow Valley: A Snow Valley Anthology {Blog Tour Review and Givewaway}

Spring in Snow Valley  
Spring in Snow Valley: A Snow Valley Anthology

Operation—Kiss the Girl, Cindy Roland Anderson Ivy Baker is doomed to marry a man she only pretends to be in love with to save the family ranch. Since she isn’t marrying for love, Ivy secretly creates a kissing wish list composed of scenes from the romance books she loves to read. She hopes to experience at least one kiss from her list before she becomes officially engaged and seals her fate. When she travels to Snow Valley to help her aunt recover from knee surgery, Ivy finds herself falling for Kellen Thomas, an irresistible cowboy she should avoid. By chance Kellen finds Ivy’s list, and decides to make it his mission to help her fulfill her bucket list, turning her world upside down and making Ivy want to choose her heart over duty.    

Love Coming Late, Jeanette Lewis Cynthia Eddington never thought she'd return to Snow Valley after a string of bad luck forced the sale of her beloved farm there. But here she is, about to start a new life with her children, Jackson and Anoria. Cynthia plans to focus on her career and her family; she's not looking for romance and she's definitely not looking for sexy cowboy, Colby Schroder.    

Running from the Cowboy, Cami Checketts Missy Horman escaped an abusive marriage and returns to Snow Valley to help her father deal with her emotionally disturbed mother. Volunteering to teach a youth Sunday school class seems like a good way to get out of her comfort zone—until she ends up kissing Porter Wilson in front of a bunch of teenagers. Embarrassed, and secretly thrilled, by the kiss, she writes Porter off as a playboy. But, Missy wasn't the only one affected and Porter's new mission in life is to prove that there's more to him than flirting and world-tilting kisses. He wants to show her that a true cowboy knows how to treat a lady and, if Missy can't keep her wits about her, she might just let him.    

The Bet, Taylor Hart When Destiny Morningstar gets blackmailed into spending her spring break in Snow Valley, the last thing she’s looking for is a date, especially not with Adam and Chase Moon—two attractive and athletic brothers. But soon she finds herself tangled up in a dating spree that includes a flag football game, swinging around the barn dance, and hiking to Snow Valley's romantic hot springs with the town's most eligible bachelors. At every turn she's within kissing distance of one of the delectable Moon men. When she discovers she’s been part of some bet fueled by sibling rivalry and overactive egos she has to make a decision—forgive them both or miss out on the best thing that’s ever happened to her.    

Sealed with a Kiss, Kimberley Montpetit Jessica Mason and Pastor James are struggling to make their long-distance relationship work between Snow Valley and New Orleans where Jessica dances with the local ballet company. When April Murphy, a war widow with a child, shows up in Snow Valley, James reluctantly begins to wonder if he and Jessica are really meant to be. April would make the perfect pastor’s wife and he’d have an instant family and the stability he craves. But he can’t get the spitfire Jessica out of his mind and when she returns to Snow Valley to accept an inheritance, her male ballet partner in tow, the love triangle takes on a new edge. Can Jessica and James figure out how to create a family while living in two different states—or do they allow their hearts to move on and forget the passion they once shared?  

Romancing a Husband, Lucy McConnell Natalie Lawson is at a crossroads. Her husband is down on his luck and some days he’s just plain down while Natalie is moving forward, gaining promotions and starting new adventures. In some ways, they’ve grown apart and Natalie can’t help but wonder if her path through life will always include Eli. When tragedy throws them together, Natalie learns a profound lesson that may save her marriage and provide the key to romancing a husband.


My Review: 5 Stars

I love how each Snow Valley anthology starts out with a bang and this one is no exception! What really struck me as different with this Spring set is that there are a few different situations that arise. It seems that the others tell the stories of young couples, those mainly in their 20s, but this one has a few stories with characters who are divorced or widowed and a little older, in some cases. One story is even about a couple trying to reclaim their marriage and rediscover their love for one another. I was even taken by surprise by how one story ended up and I can't decide how I feel about that. I'm a reader who doesn't mind a love triangle, but there is one story that had me a little uncomfortable for a few minutes (Love Coming Late). The romance was melting off the pages like a hot chocolate chip cookie, especially in the first story.

I can always count on these stories to take me completely away to a simpler place that I've come to love (I wish it was a real place!), with characters who make appearances in other stories. I love reading about them, as they've come to feel like friends and neighbors, and to check in on how they're doing. There's something about cowboys--their loyalty, hard working nature, and kindness, with a few rough edges, that really engages me. Not all of the stories are about cowboys, but these townsfolk have similar attributes. As always, I loved every minutes, minus the few uncomfortable ones, in this charming town with these fantastic characters. I'm crossing my fingers for more!

Content: mild romance (kissing, some of it very, very swoony); mild violence (a few injuries, fights, talk of abuse, etc); mild religious elements, except for Sealed With a Kiss, as it's about the town's pastor--that story was moderate; Clean!

*I received a copy through I Am a Reader in exchange for an honest review*


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