Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Keeper of Her Heart by Stacy Henrie {Blog Tour Review + Giveaway}

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

The Keeper of her Heart
by Stacy Henrie
Inspirational Historical Romance
ebook, 271 pages
September 26th 2017 by Beyond the Page Publishing

If you like the novels of Deanne Gist and Lauraine Snelling, you’ll love USA Today bestselling author Stacy Henrie’s inspirational romance set against the backdrop of World War One!

Even at a young age, Ada Thorne knew that she would marry only for love, never money. So when she finds herself irrevocably drawn to Ned Henley, the lowly gamekeeper on a neighboring estate, she defies her parents and society by eloping with him to London to build a new life.

Without her family’s support, life in the city is far more difficult than the one of ease and privilege Ada has always known. She’ll find herself relentlessly tested in ways she never imagined—especially when Ned, answering the call of duty, enlists to serve his country in World War One.

Alone and near poverty with a child to raise, Ada’s resolve will be strained at every turn. And as she struggles to remain true to her convictions and live life on her own terms, Ada will embark on a journey of courage, faith, and love that will surpass even her own humble dreams . . .

Advanced Praise for the Book

“Stacy Henrie possesses superior storytelling skills, her historical accuracy and attention to detail are unsurpassed, and she knows how to create characters we can identify with and whom we really care for.” —Fresh Fiction


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My Review: 4 Stars

Stacy Henrie is a master at historical fiction, especially during the World Wars. In this offering, we are treated to the story of Ada, a young woman of class, in the early 1900s in England. Ada wants to marry for love and is determined to do just that, even if it means losing her relationship with her family. The story slowly builds as Ada forges a new life for herself and her new husband. Although it's not full of action at first, the plot isn't overly wordy and key points for Ada's story are shown, which play important roles as the book progresses.

The way things unfold allow the reader to emotionally invest in Ada's life, whether it be joyous times, hard times, or even surprises. I felt like I grew right along with her and especially enjoyed the tremendous growth that she did develop in many aspects of her life. Her strength is to be admired and she's a women whom I would love to be friends with.

A few things that I took away from this book: It's so easy to dream about how you hope your future will be and a completely different story to actually live it--it never works out how you think it will. You don't always realize what you have until it's gone and my heart broke for Ada a few different times, especially regarding the relationship with her parents. And finally, life isn't perfect; it requires a lot of hard work, but the joys can help balance the disappointments. Attitude is key.

This is a time period that I love learning more about, because I don't think it's written about very often--or maybe it's just that I don't read it often--but I found it fascinating and loved watching Stacy Henrie bring this time in history to life in a way that I never could have imagined.

Content: mild romance; mild violence; mild religious elements

*I received a copy, which didn't affect or influence my opinion in any way.*

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About the Author


USA Today bestselling author Stacy Henrie is the author of western romances and the Of Love and War series, which includes Hope at Dawn, a 2015 RITA Award finalist for excellence in romance. She was born and raised in the West, where she currently resides with her family. She enjoys reading, road trips, interior decorating, chocolate, and most of all, laughing with her husband and kids.

Tour Giveaway

- 1 winner will receive a $40 Amazon e-gift card and an e-book copy of any of Stacy's books (winner's choice)
- Open internationally
- Ends October 25th

Monster Mash Countdown Blitz Day 2: Teapots & Treachery by Donna K. Weaver






Award-winning author, wife, mother, grandmother, Harry Potter geek, Army veteran, karate black belt, and online gamer girl.


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A Savage Ghost
Lia Savage reluctantly puts her dream of opening a dessert boutique on hold to help her dad remodel a castle he’s inherited in Washington State. Soon, a specter targets her younger sister.

Lia enlists the help of strapping Coop Montgomery, the head gardener and her former crush. As they search together for a way to rid the castle of its ghost, the romance she used to dream about with Coop kindles.

But Lia’s gentle giant means to stay in Washington while she’s determined to return to California. She must find the courage to face both the ghost and her future.

With Coop. Or without him.

Waves of Deceit
Twenty-six-year-old Shelby Nash wants to break free of her controlling, billionaire father. With the completion of one more project for his company, she can branch out on her own. However, her ex-boyfriend’s been appointed as the new lead architect. She has to find a way to protect her heart from him while avoiding whoever’s making anonymous threats.

Wade Masters did a poor job handling the news about the identity of his girlfriend’s father. Shelby walked out of his life without another word. Finally, four years later, Wade has a chance to win her back. As long as whoever’s targeted her doesn’t get her first.



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Snippet From A Savage Ghost:

She tried to ignore Wade beside her. He wore her favorite cologne, the one she had first introduced him to. During the meeting, she’d managed to ignore it, but now ... It brought back so many memories. She’d liked the fragrance well enough at the mall, but when he’d put it on, he’d brought his own something to the smell.

Her pulse quickened at the memory. Irritated, she tried to analyze her reaction to the smell, thinking of the science behind it, of the molecules of the fragrance responding to a person’s skin and hormones, the complex mixture of all those chemicals—water, fat, acids, sugars, salts, proteins ...

What she really wanted was to snuggle against his neck and breathe him in.

Shelby leaned away from him, as far as she could, and rested her cheek in her palm. Didn’t she hate him? Hadn’t she told herself that over and over again for years? He’d rejected her because of who her father was. Like she had any control over that. It was absolutely ridiculous to still respond to him in this way. It made her feel weak, a simpleton who let hormones control her. She wouldn’t do it.

From the side, she sensed movement from him, and a whiff of his cologne hit her again. Was he doing that on purpose? She straightened, prepared to say something. He sat with his laptop open, earbuds already in his ears. He glanced at her and pulled out a bud.

“Sorry, is that blowing on you?” Wade reached up, shifted the air vent a little, and returned the earbud. He leaned over his computer, like he’d already forgotten her.

Shelby pulled the dagger from her heart. All these years she’d grieved the death of their love, vilified him, and agonized over what they might have had. Apparently, he hadn’t even given her a second thought.




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Monday, October 16, 2017

Monster Mash Countdown Blitz Day 1: Riptide: Betrayal of Blood by Claudette Melanson






Claudette Melanson writes & edits in Kitchener, Ontario, with her husband Ron and four bun babies: Tegan, Pepper, Butters & Beckett. She graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a BA in English and an MA in Literature. She's wished to be a Vampire since age five. She hopes to one day work full time as an author, since there are many, many books living inside her head.

In her spare time she enjoys watching Japanese Anime and reading vampire stories....along with other great fiction. She is also very interested in good health and is an advocate of Ketogenic eating, using whole and natural foods. Her favorite foods are bulletproof coffee, cashew flour crust pizza and treats made with xylitol and almond, coconut or cashew flours.

Future dreams include writing many more books and spending more time with her son Jacob. Her biggest dream is to make Universal Halloween Horror Nights a yearly event with hubby and son. A Rabbit Rescue fanatic, she also hopes to help rescues all over the world save many innocent lives.



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The 3rd book in the 1st of several trilogies featuring Maura & her family! 

Maura has never felt so alone in her life…nor has her existence ever been so overshadowed by peril… 

Not only do both her parents—her distant but loving mother and recently- returned father—remain absent from her life, but due to the hideous error in judgement executed in collusion with her best friend, Valdamir, and adoptive sister, Susie, Maura has been cut off from the pair’s friendship and support, forbidden by both her father and the fallout from the dire outcome to see either of them. The heartbreak she suffers, brought on by the weight of these estrangements, is only intensified by the continued mysterious absence of her supernaturally-destined mate, Ron…whose disappearance delivers grave consequences Maura would have never dreamed possible…

Despised by her vampire cousin, Aldiva, for reasons Maura cannot yet comprehend, the young changeling will be forced to guard her back with every step, as she comes to realize this member of her vampire family would love nothing more than to bring about her demise. Aldiva’s wrath calls forth other members from both Vancouver covens, forcing them to rush to Maura’s aid—even though her father, their king, has expressly forbidden the other vampires to initiate contact with his daughter. Will her extended family on Vancouver Island obey, abandoning Maura to her doom, or will they instead rebel against Maxwell’s wishes in order to save her life? 

In addition to the menace personified in her unsolicited enemy, the unlikely vampire princess will find herself drowning as she is pulled down into the depths of a far more devastating crisis…one which may condemn her to a fate she considers much more undesirable than death. But in order to tear herself free from the deadly pull which is drawing her under, Maura must enlist the help of her preternatural family, exposing her newfound friends to a danger none of them have ever had the misfortune to face before. Can she be saved or will the riptide drag Maura under…along with those she loves the most… 

In this third and final book of The Maura DeLuca Trilogy,the first of several trilogies to come, the reader will delve even deeper into the secrets guarded by Maura’s father, the mystery of Ron’s role in her life and the identities of the mysterious Vancouver Island Coven members who have, up until now, remained hidden in the shadows. This trilogy rounds out the segment of Maura’s life during which she discovers she is a member of The Born—a human destined to complete her transformation into a vampire! This series of young adult fantasy novels has been enjoyed by readers of nearly every age and are found by them to be dramatically different from any other vampire books they have read in the past. Discover a magical world filled with fae, angels, elves, pixies and other enchanting creatures in addition to two families made up of some of the most likeable vampires—for the most part—to ever exist.







Snippet:

Millicent rested an elbow on the kitchen counter and watched me pour water and sprinkle grounds with an intense concentration she found comical. “Are you going to have some?” I asked, peering out of the corner of my eye at her as I pushed the brew button.

“Unlike your father, I am not in the habit of sipping at long-lost beverages. If I took anything to drink while visiting, My Dear, it would be you.”

I gasped before I could squash my alarm. She loved to come out with statements rife with shock-value just so she could laugh at my reactions. Although she did this often, I still hadn’t learned to quell my startled expressions, placing myself again and again at the mercy of her dark humor—a fitting element of her unique personality.

I tried to beat her at her own game. “Absolutely.” I affixed a warm smile in place and lifted my wrist to her. “Just a sip, okay?”

She called my bluff. “Oh! I was hoping you would grant me permission someday! You do smell delightful.” Millicent did take a sip of me, albeit a tiny one, but it earned her another deer-in-headlights-of-a-very-large-truck expression from me.

“Mmmmmm…” She licked her lips before throwing back her head and filling the kitchen with her dusky laughter. “Seriously, though, you taste very nearly like him.”

I took that as a compliment.




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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Author's Corner #10

Welcome to Author's Corner hosted by Bookworm NationKatie's Clean Book Collection and KJ's Book Nook! Once a month we will feature either a favorite author or new to us author. We will share the author's bio, one of our favorite books of theirs and a review. Each of us will be featuring a different author each month so there will also be links to each of our posts.
For this month's Author's Corner I am going to choose...

Annette Lyon

Annette Lyon

Annette Lyon is a USA Today bestselling author, a 4-time recipient of Utah’s Best in State medal for fiction (twice for novel-length works and twice for short fiction), and a Whitney Award winner for BAND OF SISTERS. She's the author of over a dozen novels, at least that many novellas, a cookbook, a popular grammar guide, and over a hundred magazine articles.

She’s a founder and regular contributor of the Timeless Romance Anthologies line of sweet romance stories, which she served as editor for its first three years. She's also one of the four co-authors of The Newport Ladies Book Club series. She graduated cum laude from BYU with a degree in English.

Annette is represented by Heather Karpas at ICM Partners.

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I love Annette Lyon's books and I don't know that I can choose a favorite,
but if you want to get a taste for her writing, 



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Be sure to check out
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and
Bookworm Nation
to see some of their favorite authors!

Which authors do you enjoy reading?

Friday, October 13, 2017

Supreme Power by Ted Steward {Spotlight}



Supreme Power: 7 Pivotal Supreme Court Decisions that Had a Major Impact on America by Ted Stewart
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 26th 2017 by Shadow Mountain




Bestselling author Ted Stewart explains how the Supreme Court and its nine appointed members now stand at a crucial point in their power to hand down momentous and far-ranging decisions. Today’s Court affects every major area of American life, from health care to civil rights, from abortion to marriage.

This fascinating book reveals the complex history of the Court as told through seven pivotal decisions. These cases originally seemed narrow in scope, but they vastly expanded the interpretation of law. Such is the power of judicial review to make sweeping, often unforeseen, changes in American society by revising the meaning of our Constitution.

Each chapter presents an easy-to-read brief on the case and explains what the decisions mean and how the Court ruling, often a 5-4 split, had long-term impact. For example, in Lochner v. New York, a widely accepted turn-of-the-twentieth--century New York State law limited excessive overtime for bakery workers. That law was overturned by the Court based on the due process clause of the Constitution. The very same precedents, Stewart points out, were used by the Court seventy years later and expanded to a new right to privacy in Roe v. Wade, making abortion legal in the nation.

Filled with insight, commentary, and compelling stories of ordinary citizens coming to the judiciary for remedy for the problems of their day, Supreme Power illustrates the magnitude of the Court’s power to interpret the Constitution and decide the law of the land.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Safe House by Traci Hunter Abramson {Blog Tour Review + Giveaway}



Safe House (A Guardian Novel) by Traci Hunter Abramson
Paperback, 293 pages
Publication: October 1st 2018 by Covenant Communications


The guardians, the shadowy heroes of the top-secret program designed to protect members of the most elite government organizations, are being hunted down one by one. There is a single explanation: a traitor must be embedded somewhere in their midst. But if they themselves are the target, who will protect them?

CIA operative Renee Niezen has heard tales of the guardians, though she's never really believed in their existence—until she is approached by Charlotte, an old friend who desperately needs her help to stop the systematic destruction of the guardian program. Renee accepts the plea for assistance, but not everyone is thrilled to have her on the team. Kade—one of the last guardians standing—is unimpressed with Renee's qualifications and turns instead to the legendary Saint Squad for help. But when Renee is caught in the crosshairs, Kade must set aside his antagonism for the woman in order to protect her. Their grudging alliance soon develops into much more—but before the pair can examine their feelings, their investigation takes a dramatic twist. With lives on the line, Renee and Kade must use their spy training at every turn as they draw dangerously close to the shocking truth.

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My Review: 5 Stars

I know I can always count on Abramson to write a gripping romantic suspense and that's exactly what she delivered once again. I love revisiting favorite characters, learning more about them and meeting some new ones. I feel like the books build throughout the story, as well as throughout the series, block by block, and that completely draws me in. Although this is a new series, the Saint Squad is incorporated into this storyline and it's great to have them a part of it.

The danger and threats are almost tangible and had me on edge. There is NO WAY that I could be in this type of career because I'd wilt away from the stress and anxiety. The twists and turns had me reeling at times and I loved every minute of it. I can handle it if I'm on this side of the adventure--reading about it secondhand.

Renee has no idea how close to death she'll come when she agrees to help an old friend. It made me reflect on a question--how far would I go to help someone, especially if it meant saving many people's lives? I'm a chicken, so I don't know, but I'm glad there are some brave people out there. And Kade? Or Ghost Two, I guess I should say. He's a fabulous character and although he doesn't like people, he's very good with them, whether it be evading, assisting, or working with them. I especially love the way he interacts with Renee.

This is one series that leaves me anxiously awaiting more and it can't come fast enough.

Content: mild violence; mild romance.

*I received a copy, which had no influence on my thoughts and opinions, which are solely my own.*

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Mending Fences (A Destined For Love: Mansions) by Lorin Grace {Review}

Mending Fences (A Destined For Love: Mansions) by Lorin Grace
Kindle Edition, 158 pages
Published October 10th 2017 by Currant Creek Press

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36224428-mending-fences
    

The fence that once brought them together now keeps them apart.

All Mandy wanted was a couple of photos. Instead, she has a broken foot, a bodyguard, and a crush on one of the most eligible businessmen in the country. Memories of a summer long past complicate her resolve to forget about her handsome childhood friend Danny.

Daniel Crawford isn’t sure what to do with his grandfather’s Indiana estate and is tired of high-pressure tactics from potential buyers. When he discovers a woman scaling the fence camera in hand, he determines to keep her off his land. He is suppressed to discover trespasser is the little girl who climbed the fence two decades ago to be his friend.

Struggling find common ground, neither one can deny growing attraction. But with the paparazzi following every move and bloggers anxiously spreading rumors, can Daniel and Mandy mend the fences that have come between them?


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My Review: 4 Stars

I love that Mandy and Daniel knew each other as children, at a time when they each really needed a friend. The first meet as adults was kind of hilarious--and scary, funny, and crazy. This couple doesn't have an easy road. As they've grown, their paths have vastly differed and the one thing that brings them together is Daniel's grandfathers old, run-down mansion. 

Lack of communication is prevalent in this story and it's almost like a tennis match, waffling back and forth between who is willing to talk and who isn't. Each are likable characters, for the most part, although their hesitance to trust and talk sometimes makes the reader feel otherwise for a minute. At least, that's how it was for me, and it happens over and over and over again.

Through all of the thick and heavy drama, there are some very sweet redeeming moments and those come when the walls drop, or in this case, the fences fall. I love the vulnerable situations and they really drew me into the story. Of course, the supporting cast is hilariously fun, fierce, and loyal! I'd love to see a few spin-offs result from this book (Candace for one). This is a fun addition to the Mansion set and is full of scandalous entertainment.

Content: mild romance (some light innuendo).

*I received a copy, which didn't influence my opinion in any way.*

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

From Light to Darkness by Isabella Murphy {Review}

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From Dark to Light
ISBN: 978-0998516226
Author Website: isabellamurphyauthor.com
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Publisher Website: pinkumbrellabooks.com
About the book:
Pumpker, a little boy pumpkin, desires nothing more than to be adopted by a family to make them happy. Planted as a slim white seed along with his sisters, Plumpalicious and Plumpilina, he finds his wish come true as he grows into a pumpkin.
My Review: 4 Stars
This is such a fun story about the adventures of a pumpkin seed and his sisters. I enjoyed the human feelings and qualities that were given to these seed siblings, as it makes it easier for kids to relate to. I love the excitement that is felt through the pages, as Pumpker longs to belong to a family. Told in first person, the story comes to life as this little seed grows.
I adored the vivid and engaging illustrations and thought they really captured the message of the words. However, there are a lot of words and I wouldn't recommend it for really young readers because their attention spans aren't long enough. 
*I received a copy, which didn't influence my opinion in any way*
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About the Author:
Isabella Murphy lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family and two dogs. In addition to writing, Isabella loves sports, music, singing and dancing. She looks forward to writing more books that bring joy to her readers.
About the Illustrator:
Natalia PĂ©rez lives in Caracas, Venezuela. She graduated in Arts at Universidad Central of Venezuela, and today she teaches art at a French high school. She enjoys illustrating children’s books.
From Dark to Light Blog Tour Schedule:
October 10: Katie’s Clean Book Collection
October 11: Alohamora Open a Book
October 12:  Beach Bound Books
October 13 The Readers Salon
October 14: The Book Corner
October 15: The Little Reading Corner
October 16: The Stories We Read
October 17: Over 40 and a Mum to One
October 18: San Francisco Moms
October 19: Texas Girl Reads
October 20: Book Room Reviews

Monday, October 9, 2017

Second Chance Kisses (An Echo Ridge Anthology) {Review}


Second Chance Kisses (An Echo Ridge Anthology)
Kindle Edition, 513 pages
Published September 15th 2017



Can you remember your first love? Have you ever wondered what would happen if you had a second chance to follow your heart? In this collection of novellas written by award-winning and bestselling authors, come home to Echo Ridge as summer winds down and hearts once broken and lost are given one more chance, a second chance to love.

A Brand New Second Chance by Lucy McConnell
With a broken heart and an unsure future, Abigail Martin moves home to Echo Ridge to capture the parts of her teenage years she missed out on because she’d had a steady boyfriend. Kissing a random guy, flirting with strangers, hanging out at Fay’s after a football game—all of it. Carter Montgomery offers his help, because he’s a helpful kind of guy, and she quickly falls for his quiet humor, kindness, and heated kisses. Fearing that she hasn’t lived enough of life to settle down, Abigail must decide if she’s going to break Carter’s heart or give love a brand new second chance.

A Perfect Fit by Janette Rallison
Jojo Halifax believes that winning Echo Ridge's float competition is just what her fledgling art career needs. And if that means giving her ex-boyfriend, Anthony, a second chance so she can be a designer on his team, well, she's willing to make the sacrifice. But when a lost bet leads to a blind date with her brother's friend, Wyatt, she begins to have second thoughts about second chances. Wyatt is handsome and charming and just might have been paid to make her forget about Anthony. Is falling for his charm worth the risk or should she take Anthony back again?

Almost Home by Heather Tullis
Damon lived in ten towns while growing up, but Echo Ridge is one of the few that started to feel like home before his parents relocated their family again. Now a widower, moving back to the small ski resort town is irresistible for him—but somewhat less so for his daughter, Maggie. Learning that Haley, the girl who had gotten away, is back in town is an unexpected bonus.

When Haley left a high-powered job in New York City to take care of her grandmother, she never expected to run into the boy she’d been crushing on sixteen years earlier. When they end up working together on the homecoming float, she finds the attraction between them just as compelling as before. But when given a choice, will she give him her heart, or leave love behind to return to her job in the city?

Change of Plans by Cami Checketts
Kaitlyn Johanson comes home to Echo Ridge planning to bring the sparks back with her high school boyfriend, Mason, work at Kenworth's, and enjoy family and the beautiful valley. She never expected her heartthrob, national-acclaimed lacrosse player, Axel Olsen, would visit her hometown. When Axel steals her attention and possibly her heart from the man she was supposed to marry, she has to choose if she'll take a risk on new love or give old love a second chance.

Coming Home to Love by Rachelle J. Christensen
When Laney Richins left Echo Ridge, New York eight years ago, she vowed she’d never return, but life had other plans. Those plans included her cute little boy and a divorce, so Laney moved back home and started over. Working in the flower shop seems like the perfect plan until Billy Redford, the man she should have married shows up.
Billy Redford’s heart was broken when his high school sweetheart turned her back on him and fled Echo Ridge for the big city lights. Running into Laney in Echo Ridge now brings up past feelings he thought were long gone. She’s prettier than ever, still seems to read his mind, and despite his protests ends up on the building and decorating committee with him for the Homecoming dance.

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My Review: 

A BRAND NEW SECOND CHANCE -- 5 Stars
Sometimes high school sweethearts last and sometimes they don't. Abigail was so wrapped up in her boyfriend from high school and on, that she missed out of a lot and couldn't shine. Coming home single allows her to find her true destiny and I loved that she's not afraid to jump back in and take chances. I enjoyed watching her live her teenage years the way that she should have and loved the swoony kisses that resulted from her adventures. I love the idea of enjoying that time of life and getting to experiencing those things, even though it is during another phase of life.

Coming home to Echo Ridge is like going back home to my small hometown and brings a lot of nostalgic feelings. The traditions and familiar characters really bring a lovely feeling to the story.

A PERFECT FIT -- 5 Star
This collection is all about Homecoming and the parade with business-built floats is the cap of the week. Jojo is a talented artist but doesn't believe in herself. Her brother's ploy to get her away from her loser boyfriend is for his college friend to seduce her. With humor and fun, this romantic comedy won my heart, especially with the tender moments that came stemmed from love. Jojo and Wyatt are both charming and sweet and this story captured my heart.

ALMOST HOME -- 4 Stars
Stories of sacrifice always warm my soul. Haley leaves a great job in the city to care for her aging grandmother and that move proves to be smart for her romantic life. Damon moves back home, hoping a change of pace will help his teenage daughter deal with life after her mom's death. Each character puts others before their own needs, but that doesn't stop love from seeping into their busy lives. I loved Damon's daughter, Maggie, because she really brings them together through her infectious personality and bond with the grandma. The importance of family really shines through.

CHANGE OF PLANS -- 5 Stars
This story didn't overlap with the town's Homecoming celebrations as much as the others, but I swooned like you wouldn't believe. Kaitlyn has a long-time steady boyfriend, but the sparks are gone and she can't help but to come alive around lacrosse superstar, Axel. Their instant connection is full of magnetic chemistry and although I didn't completely agree with how it all played out, I was a definite fan of the risks and outcome. Sometimes you just have to trust and follow your heart.

COMING HOME TO LOVE -- 4 Stars
A second chance with a high school sweetheart is very endearing, especially when the timing is finally right. Sometimes life's experiences need to shape and mold a person to who become who she is meant to be and that's just what happens with Laney. Billy had his heart broken before but now is the time to hold on to what he's always wanted. This is a sweet cap to the collection and I enjoyed it. The whole book left me feeling like I was in Echo Ridge to visit old friends and to make new ones and I hope I get to visit again soon.

Content: mild romance in all; very mild religious elements in a few of them.

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