Sunday, 26 May 2019

Review: On A Summer Tide by Suzanne Woods Fisher (includes giveaway)

Series: Three Sisters Island #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Revell
Released: April 30, 2019
308 pages

About the Book:

Sometimes love hurts—and sometimes it can heal in the most unexpected way.

Camden Grayson loves her challenging career, but the rest of her life could use some improvement. “Moving on” is Cam’s mantra. But there’s a difference, her two sisters insist, between one who moves on . . . and one who keeps moving.

Cam’s full-throttle life skids to a stop when her father buys a remote island off the coast of Maine. Paul Grayson has a dream to breathe new life into the island—a dream that includes reuniting his estranged daughters. Certain Dad has lost his mind, the three sisters rush to the island. To Cam’s surprise, the slow pace of island life appeals to her, along with the locals—and one in particular. Seth Walker, the scruffy island schoolteacher harbors more than a few surprises.

With On a Summer Tide, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher begins a brand-new contemporary romance series that is sure to delight her fans and draw new ones.

My Rating & Thoughts:    🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟    (4 stars)
This book was my first experience with this author, and I truly enjoyed her style and storytelling ability. As I finished this book I not only look forward to the next in this series, but to also read more books by her. She captured my attention right from the beginning and I felt like I had been transported to Maine right alongside the Grayson family. The story is told through multiple points of view from the various family members, however this flowed well and it was easy to follow.

Each character felt unique, the sisters may have their own lives going on and have issues to work through but they are forced to work together to help their father restore his new property. While they were reluctant to come to the island at first they discover more than they could imagine. In the end they are able to come together and achieve the common goal.

One of my favourite parts was the fight between the sisters that turned into an honest and heartfelt discussion. This moment helped them understand one another and made their relationship stronger in the end.
The romance was subtle but I enjoyed watching it build and found myself cheering for them. I look forward to reconnecting with these characters in future books.

(I received a complimentary copy of this book from CelebrateLit; opinions expressed in this review
are my honest opinion and completely my own.)


More from Suzanne:

Oh-So-Maine Blueberry Buckle

Summer in Maine means plump, tart blueberries are everywhere. Here’s a family recipe that is nearly fool-proof….and so delicious! Especially with a scoop or two with vanilla ice cream.

Ever wonder how it got the name Blueberry Buckle?

While the batter rises as it bakes, but the blueberries and crumb topping weigh it down. This causes the surface of the cake to buckle…hence the name.

¾ cup sugar
¼ cup soft butter
1 egg
½ cup milk
2 cups sifted flour
½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 cups drained blueberries

Crumb Topping:

½ cup sugar
½ cup flour
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ cup softened butter

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Mix sugar and butter with egg. Stir in milk Sift together and stir in flour, baking powder and salt. Carefully blend in blueberries. Put on topping before baking. Pour in a greased and floured 9” square pan.

Bake 45-50 minutes.

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Sunday, 28 April 2019

Jane Reviews: Weddings, Willows, and Revised Expectations by V. Joy Palmer

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: WhiteFire Publishing
Released: February 14, 2019
294 pages
About the Book:
Seventeen years after being orphaned, Apryl Burns and her twin sister Courtney have their own expectations for life. While Courtney continues to shine at everything, Apryl holds fast to the mantra that as long as her potato chip stash remains intact, then she'll be fine.

But when their beloved grandmother ends up injured and unable to manage her struggling antique store, Courtney makes it their mission to revamp the business and save what's left of their family's legacy. Despite rampant doubts in her abilities, Apryl finds herself trapped under the weight of family loyalty as they transition to a wedding venue decorating service. Soon shes forced to ask (translation: blackmail) their grandmother's renter/handyman, Chance McFarland, for help, an arrangement that is made even worse by the fact that Chance is her former (ahem, and current) crush.

My Rating & Thoughts:    🌟 🌟 🌟    (3 stars)

I am normally a sucker for stories where two people who have known each other forever end up falling in love. However I felt that this one was hard to follow at times because of the continuous jumping between points of view and so many characters. There were times that the sarcasm entertained me, but there were times I felt like it was a little too much.

At times Apryl annoyed me, she is constantly rude to Chance even when he is helping her. Chance tirelessly tries to teach Apryl about God’s love and show that he cares for her. I am not sure what attracted Chance to Apryl, but if felt unbalanced at times and I kind of found myself wanting Chance to move on.

However there are many romantic moments within this story. How could it not with all the time spent at different weddings? I enjoyed experiencing the weddings with them and seeing how they set up for different themes, but my favourite moment has to be the scene in the willow grove between the Chance and Apryl.

I did enjoy the various settings and then ending left me satisfied with Apryl not only learning to accept God’s love but also opening up herself to human love.

(I received a complimentary copy of this book through JustRead Tours;
opinions expressed in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)

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