Monday, May 1, 2017

Searching for Sarah by Juliann Dove {Blog Tour Review + Giveaway}

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Searching for Sarah
(The Sarah Series #1)
Julieann Dove
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 333 pages
April 27th 2017

The first in a three book series called Searching for Sarah. Come meet Sarah and begin her journey....

Sarah Keller is convinced that her Mr. Right is stuck in traffic…in another country…on another planet. ‘Thirty-one and still single’ isn’t how she wants to be introduced by her dad. That’s why she’s on five dating websites, posing as anything from an avid gardener to a crazed thrill seeker.

Sam Turner is a single dad, workaholic, who owns his own company. Long-term relationships have never worked out for him. That’s why he needs a nanny.

When a mutual friend suggests Sarah take the job temporarily, everything changes for them both. Sarah begins falling for the man who meets almost none of her online criteria. And when strange things start happening—things that jeopardize the safety of Sarah, Sam is the last person she would imagine is hiding something.

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My Review: 4 Stars

I felt like the book just jumped right into things and it took me a minute to get into the groove. I felt like I missed reading the first chapter or two, but once I got going, I got caught up in things and enjoyed it. Sarah is over thirty and hasn't been lucky in love yet. With her determined, yet cheerful, attitude about her situation, she is a very likable character. Sarah is also an old soul. With a fractured background, she's got a lot of experience to draw on, yet she still seems to hold back her true self. I love the bits of humor infused throughout, as Sarah emerges into the woman she's meant to be.

Sarah finds herself in dire straits and ends up moving in with a much older man to basically nanny his young daughter. I love the bond that forms between these two little ladies almost immediately. I also love a good romance. An undeniable attraction begins to smolder between Sarah and Sam and she has to come to terms with sacrificing some life-long romance dreams or choosing another potential suitor.

The characters feel refreshingly unique and the strands of emotion floating through the pages snagged different pieces of my heart. My mommy heart twitched more than once, as did my friend heart. For all of Sarah's efforts, she appears to be lonely and lacking in friends. She also seems to give relationship her all, which leads to a trampled heart.

About 3/4 of the way through, the plot picks up in a way that caught me off guard. Events happen very quickly and a thread that I hadn't caught onto surfaced and left me reeling. I was stunned when it just ended...on a cliffhanger, no less. That ending--gah!! Things almost moved too quickly, but I'm hoping it will all be resolved in the later books. I thought I knew exactly how things were going to end and now I'm completely stumped. I definitely want to continue on with the series to find out what happens.

Content: mild language; mild+ romance (kissing, innuendo, talk of cheating/affairs).

*I received a copy through the tour host which didn't affect my opinion. A favorable review was not required and all thoughts are my own.*

About the Author

Julieann Dove lives in Virginia, yet longs to live everywhere else. It doesn’t come as a surprise that along with her gypsy soul, comes an active imagination. That’s why she loves to write and invent worlds and people, so that she can formulate their happily ever after. Hobbies include cooking new recipes, sewing, and spending time with her cute boyfriend/husband and five fabulous children. Vacations happen in Nantucket or the Carolina beaches—anywhere there is inspiration for her next book. One day she hopes to travel to Italy, drive one of those little cars around the countryside, and speak the language fluently!

Other Books by the Author

The Secret He KeepsA Reason to Stay
Waking Amy (Amy, #1)Leaving Amy (Amy, #2)Finding Amy (Amy, #3) 

Tour Schedule

April 29th: Launch
April 30th:
Zerina Blossom's Books

Tour Giveaway

- 1 winner will receive a signed copy of Waking Amy (US only)
- 1 winner will receive an ebook of Waking Amy (open internationally)
- Ends May 9th


  1. Hehe...yes that ending took me by to surprise too Katie. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Glad to hear I'm not the only one--I sure didn't expect it. :) Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Sounds so good would love to read a print copy and review on a few sites! peggy c

    1. Sounds great to me!! Thanks for the support. :)

  3. Searching for Sarah sounds like a good read. Thank you

    1. Thank you for commenting, Linda! I'd love if you could read it. :)

  4. Katie, I love your review! Sorry about jumping into the story--I'm glad you stayed until the ending...which I realize was a bit of a dangler. Alas, the second book will certainly satisfy the curiosity, and so much more!!! "...snagged different pieces of my heart." I love it! What a wonderful compliment for a writer. Thank you! And thank you for hosting me. It's a pleasure to find good company. :)

    1. Thanks so much, Julieann! I'm definitely waiting for more. I'm still thinking about this one. :)