An Unlikely Pair

About the Book:

An Unlikely Pair: (Dream’s Edge, #1) by [Traci Hunter Abramson]

Title: An Unlikely Pair
Series: Dream’s Edge #1
Author: Traci Hunter Abramson
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Release Date: June 7, 2021
Genre: Clean Inspirational Romance

After a family tragedy, aspiring ballerina Amaliya Marcell is adrift. When she is forced to leave behind everything she knows, the lost young woman struggles to build a new life in an unfamiliar city. But when she meets a handsome world-class figure skater, she finds a glimmer of hope.

After his sister’s unexpected retirement from figure skating, Tyler Linden is devastated to give up his shot at the US national championships. His only hope is to find a new partner, a task that proves nearly impossible—until he observes a beautiful young woman at the local ice rink. Struck by her grace and poise, Tyler takes an unthinkable risk and asks Amaliya to become his new partner. To both of their surprise, she agrees. The path to the championship won’t be easy, but Amaliya and Tyler quickly establish a solid partnership and a profound connection—both on and off the ice. However, competition at the championships is fierce, and when the time comes, they will be forced to put everything on the line if they hope to achieve their dreams.

Book Excerpt:

Washington, DC
January 1982
Frigid air, skates scraping against the ice, the scent of stale popcorn. Amaliya Marcell sat in one of the twenty thousand seats of the Cap Centre and laced up her figure skates before she tugged her leg warmers into place and watched while twenty hockey players worked through their last drill.

As soon as they finished, they joined her father at center ice.

The great Robert Marcell. Amaliya still missed watching her father compete, but his transition from player to assistant coach to head coach had allowed her to enjoy her routine of spending time with her dad at work. She could hardly remember a Saturday when the Washington Capitals were home and she hadn’t been here with him.

Travis, the goalkeeper, stepped off the ice and gave her a disapproving shake of his head. “You’re wearing the wrong skates again.”

“You sound like my dad.”

“Coach knows what he’s talking about,” Travis said.

“Maybe for you, but I don’t think I’m going to be joining a hockey team anytime soon.” Amaliya stepped past him. “Figure skates are more my style these days.”

“Too bad. With a bit more practice, maybe you could score on me.”Amaliya’s eyebrows lifted. “I scored a goal on you last week.”

“That was a lucky shot.”

“That’s what he always says,” her dad said as he joined them. Amaliya grinned. “Yeah, I know.”

“Travis, get some rest. It’s the kid’s turn to play.”

“Kid?” Amaliya stepped onto the ice and twirled to face her dad. “I hate to break it to you, but I’ll be an adult next week.”

“Don’t remind me,” Robert groaned.“Good luck, Coach.” Travis started toward the locker room.

“Thanks. I’m going to need it.” Robert turned his attention to Amaliya and spoke in French, his preferred language, thanks to his upbringing in Quebec. “Are you going to play a little one-on-one with your old man?”“Don’t you have to check on your players?”

“I can spare a few minutes.” He tapped his stick against the ice. “Show me what you’ve got.”

“Okay.” Amaliya combined her years of ballet training with growing up on the ice and executed a spin that resembled a pirouette.

“When you skate like that, you look like a ballerina on the ice.”Amaliya laughed. “I am a ballerina on the ice.”

“Honey, I hate to break it to you, but most ballerinas can’t do that once they put on ice skates.”

“If you say so.” She skated backward so she could still see her dad. “You’re going to let me skate while you’re in your meetings, right?”

Robert grabbed an extra hockey stick and held it out. “Play a little hockey with me first, and I might be persuaded.” Amaliya made a quick stop and returned to her father. She took the offering and grinned. “Deal.”

Book Review:

This book was just what I needed, I was in a bit of a reading slump, but it pulled me right out of it. An Unlikely Pair is the first book that I have read written by Traci Hunter Abramson, but I was really excited to read it! I had heard so many good things about Abramson books, and I have to say this one lived up to the hype. An Unlikely Pair is the first book in Traci Hunter Abramson’s new series, Dream’s Edge.

Amailya’s whole life had been turned upside down after her parent’s accident. She was such a strong character. I liked her from the beginning. She did feel a bit mature for her age, but I loved that about her. She is someone that I would have wanted as a friend and a person I would have tried to befriend.  I liked reading about her growing more comfortable and learning to live again after her parent’s accident. 

Tyler was a sweet guy. I liked how he was nice to Amailya from the beginning. He was struggling because he wanted to go to the Olympics, but it looked like his dreams were slipping through his fingertips. He befriended Amailya never knowing how much she would change his life. I liked reading about him interacting with his sister too, I thought they were cute together. Tyler had to learn what it meant to chase after his dreams and what it meant to love Amailya.

Okay, so this was just an amazing book! I loved the skating party and the relationships between all of the characters. I loved some of them and loved to hate others. Tyler and Amailya were super cute together and I liked the progression of their relationship, and that they were friends first. I also liked how well they seemed to get along, although they did have some disagreements. I loved Mike and Linda, Amailya’s aunt and uncle, and I really enjoyed reading about them! It was lovely to read about Tyler and Amailya chasing after their dreams of making the Olympics, and it was super fun to read about them practicing, and cheering them on as they worked towards qualifying. 

I loved An Unlikely Pair! I would totally recommend it! I think that teens 13 and up would enjoy it. It was super cool to me that it was set in 1982, I liked the little easter eggs like the Walkmans. An Unlikely Pair is a clean book!

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher through Netgalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, a positive review was not required.

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I Hated You First

About the Book:

I Hated You First: Sworn To Loathe You by [Rachel John]

Title: I Hated You First
Series: Sworn to Loath You #1
Author: Rachel John
Release Date: June 21, 2021
Genre: Rom-Com

Sometimes love is war.

Clay… My best friend has held a grudge against his half-sister, Lauren, forever. It’s unjustified and ridiculous, but I have to take his side. Also ridiculous? How bad I have it for her.

My Lauren radar goes off the second she steps in the building. Did I mention we work together and her dad’s the boss? Yeah, she’s so off-limits I might as well start running now and never come back.

Except, her family is like family to me. So, I’ll do whatever it takes to stick around, even if she hates my guts.

Lauren… I date guys nothing like Clay on purpose. I will not let my old crush on him get the best of me. It’s going on the list of things I’ve outgrown and will deny ever having, like the Justin Bieber poster I used to keep on the back of my door.

It doesn’t matter that I’ve caught Clay looking at me like he’s a jewel thief and I’m a precious gem encased in glass. He’d never choose me over my brother, or his job, or his enjoyment in teasing me.

Avoiding Clay is easy, until the day I realize my dad’s asked for Clay’s help in checking up on my dates.

No stinking way.

Book Review:

I haven’t read a ton of rom com books in awhile, so this was a nice jump back into the genre! I Hated You First was also my first Rachel John book, but I have been wanting to try out her books for a long time. And it was such a fun book. I knew from the second chapter who the next book was going to be about, and I’m so happy I was right:)

Clay’s life is a little bit more complicated than most. His longtime crush is also his best friend’s half-sister and his boss’ daughter. So no matter how much he wants to try things with Lauren, he can’t take the chance. Lauren dates guys nothing like Clay on purpose. She had a silly high-school crush on him, which she’s completely over. It doesn’t make a difference that he sometimes looks at her like he’s a jewel thief and she’s a precious gem encased in glass. But when Lauren finds out her dad wants Clay’s help to break her up with her boyfriend, she’s mad enough to do something she might regret later.

I love rom coms, and I loved watching Clay and Lauren try their hardest not to like each other. Clay was in an impossible spot. He had been raised by his grandparents, and their relationship was formal and stiff. So he’d been at Lauren and Parker’s more than his own house, but he’s painfully aware of the fact that he’s not family. Clay was super sweet, but he was terrified to rock the boat. He didn’t want to lose his family, but he had to decide whether he was willing to choose Lauren over everything else.

Lauren had a lot more fire than Clay, but she had to find out what she wanted too. She was used to doing everything impulsively and her way, and she had to learn what it meant to listen to someone else’s wants. I think their banter felt a little forced at times, but I loved how Clay and Lauren fit together. They helped each other put down their masks, but they had to figure a lot out including Lauren’s crazy family. There were times when it felt more like Lauren and Clay were attracted to each other and not in love, but this was still a super sweet and clean rom com. And I can’t wait for the next one which is going to be about Jenny and Noah!

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.

A Love Unexpected

About the Book:

A Love Unexpected : This is a sweet, closed-door romance and can be read as a stand-alone. (Under Kansas Skies Book 1) by [Leah Brunner]

Title: A Love Unexpected
Series: Under Kansas Skies #1
Author: Leah Brunner
Release Date: 
April 18, 2021
Genre: Romantic Comedy

My one and only goal has always been to make it to congress. I’ve got it all: the looks, the brains, the connections…

Except I missed one glaring requirement: a wife. 

The conservative voters of Kansas don’t trust an unmarried man. Which means I need a bride. Immediately.

The lovely Odette Hastings seems to fit the bill. She’s a wholesome small-town girl, and most importantly, in need of cash. I’ll give her the money to take care of her elderly parents, and she’ll be the political arm candy I need. 

The only problem is Odette is a little too beautiful, a little too intelligent, and much too distracting. I have to keep my eye on the prize. Even when I’m starting to think there might be something I’d rather have more…

Book Review:

Madden has everything he needs to achieve his goal, making it to Congress. However, he is missing a crucial requirement, a wife. Apparently, the conserfative voters of Kansas don’t trust an unmarried man.. So he needs a wife…and Odette Hastings seems perfect. She is a wholesome small-town  girl, who is in need of cash. Her elderly parents need help and Madden can provide the money. In return, she will be his wife.. Unfortunately, Odette seems perfect for Madden…. beautiful, intelligent, and much too distracting. As their relationship begins to shift, will Madden be able to keep his eye on the prize? 

This was really cute! It is Ms. Brunner’s first book and such a fun rom-com! Madden and Odette were really lovely characters. They were really relatable and I enjoyed seeing both of their perspectives. Odette was so sweet. She was trying so hard to take care of her parents. They had a really great relationship and were so supportive of her. Odette was such a fun narrator. She felt very real.. I felt so sorry for her as she struggled to help her parents and deal with her new life, “married” to Madden. She was struggling with how to have a relationship with him. Madden was also such a sweetheart. He was so passionate about getting to Congress. It was his dream! Even though he and Odette got married for political reasons, he really liked her. They were really good together. I did sometimes sigh a little at how clueless he could be! He would get lost in his work and had to figure out the balance for his life.

I really enjoyed reading Madden and Oddete’s story. It was sweet to watch their love story. All of the side characters also made the story so fun. I liked getting to see Madden’s siblings and the guys on his campaign team. I especially liked Kate and Sophie, it was great to see their friendship with Odette. I am excited to read more of Ms. Brunner’s books!

This is a closed-door romance, with a marriage of convenience. I would suggest it for those who enjoy rom-coms! 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.

Harriet’s Proposal

About the Book:

Harriet's Proposal: A Regency Romance (The Harcourts Book 5) by [Penny Fairbanks]

Title: Harriet’s Proposal
Series: Harcourts #5
Author: Penny Fairbanks
Release Date: June 18, 2021
Genre: Regency Romance

She’s full of life but struggles to find love.

His painful childhood memories have closed his heart forever.

Can she help him realize that life is worth the risk?

Miss Harriet Harcourt is bold, energetic, and spirited. She has a family who loves and accepts her for who she is. Unfortunately, the gentlemen in London find her lively personality to be too much. Harriet wants love, but it’s proving more difficult to catch than she thought.

To her delight, she finally meets a charming gentleman who seems enamored with her right away—until he goes silent and never seeks her out again. Harriet returns home after the Season, disheartened, only to unexpectedly run into that very same man.

Jonas Drake, Viscount Kentwood, lost his mother during childbirth and his father when he was just a boy. He vowed long ago that he would never put himself in a position to suffer that kind of pain again. That means no wife and children. Instead, he fills his time with revelry and temporary flirtations to distract himself from his pain.

After receiving an urgent letter from his beloved aunt, his only remaining relative, Jonas rushes to her home in the country. She convinces him to stay for a few months, hoping that he’ll change his mind about settling down. He wants to do nothing of the sort, until he accepts an unusual proposal from a bright young lady he though he would never see again.

Will Harriet be able to help heal this roguish viscount?

Will Jonas rediscover the joys of life and love?

Book Review:

This was a fun book! Harriet’s Proposal is the 5th and final book in Penny Fairbanks Harcourts series. I was really excited to see how the series would conclude and I loved it! 

Harriet is so full of life and fun to read about! She was exuberant and she loved openly. I loved her character and how much she enjoyed spending time with her family. She knew that she had been blessed with much, her family and friends, and her goal was to enjoy what she was given. However she also struggled with being herself, she didn’t fit in with society. She was too loud, and too much. Harriet had to learn that it was okay to be different and that those who truly love her will love her for herself. 

Jonas was the opposite of Harriet, he was more jaded but he was also kind. His parents had died when he was fairly young and it has left him running from his past. He showed people a sliver of himself, never letting them get too close. But Harriet disrupted his plans and showed him a world full of joy and life. I liked reading about Jonas and reading from his perspective. He didn’t understand Harriet, but he found her intriguing and amazing. Jonas had to learn to see past his hurt and learn to live life to its fullest. 

Harriet and Jonas were such a fun couple. He didn’t begrudge her for her personality and she saw past his walls. Their relationship was sweet and I liked seeing old characters. The Harcourts siblings are always a lot of fun and it was nice to see them make appearances. Jonas’ Aunt was also lovely, and I adored her relationship with Joans.

Harriet’s Proposal was a great book! I read it relatively quickly and I would definitely recommend it! Harriet’s Proposal is a clean, regency romance.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.

Resisting Rose

About the Book:

Resisting Rose: A Christian Friends-to-More Romance (Bloom Sisters Book 6) by [Tara Grace Ericson]

Title: Resisting Rose
Series: Bloom Sisters #5
Author: Tara Grace Ericson
Publisher: Silver Fountain Press
Release Date: June 7, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance

Working with your best friend is great.
Falling in love with her is definitely not.

Rose Bloom has never wanted anything more than to take over the family farm and care for the animals she loves. The goats make better company than men in her experience, anyway. She’s determined prove to her father that despite being the youngest, she’s the best person for the job.

Tate Russell left Montana desperate to buck his own family’s expectations. Landing on Bloom’s Farm four years ago was a stroke of pure luck. He knows more about animals than farming, but he’s learned to love it. Plus, Rose lets him exercise the horses whenever he needed time to think. If only so much of his thinking wasn’t about her.

They want totally different things out of life, but their friendship grows stronger every day. As friendship slowly evolves into something more, they both struggle to maintain the status quo. When Tate’s past comes calling and Rose’s ambitions are on the line, will their relationship survive?

Book Review:

I have been loving the Bloom Sisters series and this was a great addition! Resisting Rose is the fifth book in Tara Grace Ericson’s Bloom Sisters series and it features Rose. The Bloom Sisters is a fun series about 6 sisters who are learning to grow up and find love. 

Rose Bloom is the youngest and all she ever wanted to do was care for animals and take over her family’s farm. Although she is the youngest, she is determined to prove to her father that she is the best person for the job. Tate Russel left Montana to find himself and get away from his family’s expectations. Finding Bloom’s Farm four years ago was a stroke of luck. Animals are his strong suit, but he’s willing to learn how to farm. As he spends more and more time with Rose on the farm, he finds their friendship growing stronger. And slowly their friender becomes something more, but when Tate’s past comes to haunt him and Rose’s ambitions and plans for life are on the line, will their relationship last?

Rose was stubborn, but she was also kind. She cared for the animals under her care and for her family. She wanted to prove herself to her family and show them that she could do great things too. It was sweet to read about her caring for the animals and interacting with her siblings. They reminded me of my own siblings. However, she also had to learn to let go of her pride and trust God. She needed to see that her family valued her and she didn’t need to earn their love. 

Tate was also stubborn, but he was a harder worker. He loved working with the Bloom family and wished that his family was more like theirs. His childhood hadn’t been easy and he was slowly learning what a good family relationship could look like. He really cared for Rose, but he was trying to figure out what it meant to love her. And how to deal with his family issues. I liked how it showed the growth in his faith, he had to learn what it meant to have a relationship with God. Would Tate be able to work out his demon or will he stay stuck in the past?

Rose and Tate were fun to read about, they liked being around each other. Their friendship was super sweet and it was lovely to read about it growing to more. I loved seeing the Bloom family pop in, their camoes always help make the book! 

Resisting Rose was a great book and I would recommend it! I am super excited for Dancing with Dandelion, enemies to lovers are always so interesting! Resisting Rose is a clean Christian romance. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.

The Roommate Situation

About the Book:

The Roommate Situation: A Romantic Comedy (Only in Atlanta Book 1) by [Katie Bailey]

Title: The Roommate Situation
Series: Only in Atlanta #1
Author: Katie Bailey
Publisher: Eleventh Avenue Publishing
Release Date: June 15, 2021
Genre: Closed Door Rom-Com

Conor Brady is the hottest man I have ever laid eyes on. Ever. He’s also my new roommate.

In the past few days, I became jobless, homeless, and boyfriendless.

So, I did what any 28-year-old woman with her life together would do: I ran. Far, far away from my life in New York and straight to my big brother’s house in Atlanta.

Only, it turns out that my brother is away on a business trip. And, he failed to tell me that a full-on, godlike hottie—who happens to be a premier house flipper—has taken up residence in the spare bedroom while his enormous new house is being renovated.

There’s a million reasons why I shouldn’t fall for Conor.

But our chemistry is undeniable.

Which means I have a teeny, tiny situation on my hands…

Book Review:

A swoony and fun rom-com, The Roommate Situation is a closed-door read perfect for the summer! After breaking up with her boyfriend and becoming jobless and homeless, Jess is running from her New York life. She goes to her big brother’s house in Atlanta, to discover that he is away on a business trip. But her brother has let the hottest man she has ever seen stay in his spare bedroom, while he renovates his new house. That’s fine, she can be friendly and keep her distance. There are so many reasons why Jess shouldn’t fall for Conor… except the chemistry is undeniable. So now there is a bit of a situation on her hands.

This was my first book by Katie Bailey and it was so enjoyable! Rom-com main characters have the best narration! Jess was incredibly funny. I really liked her, she was so positive, especially about other people. It was sweet to see her find her place after a period of difficulty. Jess had to figure out what she wanted to do with her life again. She felt like she was floundering a bit in the beginning, but it was great to watch her find her place. And of course, watching her romance with Conor unfold! So cute! She and Conor were totally able to help each other and be partners. I loved watching them flip houses. They were able to see the other’s strengths, which was incredibly adorable! I thought that they were so sweet together. 

Conor was working hard, both to establish his business and do right by his friend’s little sister. Having absolutely no house-flipping skills, I was so impressed with Conor’s skills! He was honestly very sweet and such a good roommate! He can cook and clean? That is so swoony! I really enjoyed reading the story of both Jess and Conor refinding their place and passions in life. I thought that it was a super fun read. I also loved Courntey and am sooo excited for her and Aiden’s book. I love the development in this book for the next. 

I would definitely recommend this book! It is closed-door, I would say PG-13 more, so just gauge for yourself. But this is a great rom-com, perfect for a pick-me-up! 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.

Once Upon a Royal Summer

About the Book:

Once Upon a Royal Summer: A delightful royal romance from Hallmark Publishing by [Teri Wilson]

Title: Once Upon a Royal Summer
Author: Teri Wilson
Publisher: Hallmark Publishing
Release Date: June 15, 2021
Genre: Clean Royalty Romance

Lacey found her dream job: playing a princess character at a popular fairytale theme park in sunny southern Florida. Her diamond tiara might not be real, but the smiles of the children she meets every day certainly are. It’s just too bad that her ex-boyfriend was never impressed with her career choice.

Henry, the crown prince of Bella-Moritz, is trying to fulfill his young daughter’s birthday wish: to be a normal girl with a normal life. That’s why they’re pretending to be ordinary tourists at an American amusement park. Henry lost his wife four years ago, and he’s been going through the motions ever since. But could a meeting with a make-believe princess lead to real love?

Book Review:

This book was exactly what I wanted to read. Once Upon a Royal Summer is a Hallmark book written by Teri Wilson, and it was just like a Hallmark movie. It was super sweet and cute, and I loved the romance. 

Lacey was such a sweet character. She loved her job and the people she interacted with. I loved Lacey from the beginning. She was kind, and she was funny. I liked how she was grounded and how she cared for people. It was so fun to see her interacting with Rose and Henry. She did have her faults and she never felt like she would really be enough for Henry. 

Ohh I felt so bad for Henry, he was lonely and he didn’t know how to raise his daughter. He wanted Rose to have a good life, but he was struggling to figure out how to let her be a kid while still preparing her for the life ahead of her. He was more shy but he really cared for Rose and it was super sweet to read about him falling for Lacey.

Henry and Lacey had such a fun and cute romance. I liked reading about them falling in love and getting to know each other. They met at the theme park and as they spent more time together, they began wishing for more. Henry’s daughter was super sweet and she loved Lacey from the beginning. Books with children are often so much fun! However will Lacey be able to endure the life of a royal or is she meant to stay at the theme park for life?

Once Upon a Royal Summer was a clean contemporary read! It was just what I expected and I loved it! I would recommend this is you are looking for a light clean read. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher through Netgalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, a positive review was not required.

Two Kinds of Us

About the Book:

Two Kinds of Us: A YA Contemporary Romance (Love in Fenton County) by [Sarah Sutton]

Title: Two Kinds of Us
Series: Love in Fenton County
Author: Sarah Sutton
Publisher: Golden Crown Publishing, LLC 
Release Date: June 9, 2021
Genre: YA

In a life of diamond bracelets and country clubs, I’m the perfect daughter. I get all the right grades, volunteer at all the right organizations, apply to all the right colleges.

And I hate every second of it. At the rate my life is playing out, under the strict rule of my parents, politicians and housewives will be my future.

Until I meet Harry.

Harry’s a singer in a rock band with a voice so beautiful that I actually feel hypnotized. Doesn’t hurt that he’s hot either, and with the kind, flirty personality to match, it’s the perfect trifecta. And even better, he sees the me I want to be. He sees me as the girl who can break free of the life she’s trapped in, who can control her own future.

The only problem? He knows me as Stella, my fun, carefree alter ego—so drastically different from Destelle, the girl who is trapped in the life her parents rule.

But as we get closer, I realize Harry’s keeping a secret of his own, something related to the dark past that he’s trying to move on from, and when I find out, everything we’ve built could come crashing down.

Rebuilding Joy

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About the Book:

Rebuilding Joy (RenoVations Series Book 2) by [Regina Rudd Merrick, The Mosaic Collection]

Title: Rebuilding Joy
Series: RenoVations #2
Author: Regina Rudd Merrick
Publisher: Bellville Street Books
Release Date: June 2, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance

A waitress, a contractor, and an FBI agent walk into a café …

Single mom Darcy Emerson Sloan has enough to do raising twins and running a restaurant. She’s doing fine on her own and doesn’t need the complications of a man in her life. But when her café turns into a crime scene, putting her and her children are in danger, she begins to take interest in the handsome young FBI agent that comes on the scene.

Contractor Del Reno is as even-keeled as they come, but even he has his limits. And Darcy Sloan has pushed him too far. Every time he tries to help, it backfires. But now that Darcy and her kids are in trouble, he has no choice but to come to her aid and to protect her. She’s just going to have to deal with it.

Secret tunnels, organized crime, adorable children, and a wedding.

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Author Interview:

  1. What first made you start writing?

    Would you believe writing fan-fiction? I found a site with readers and writers of like mind, writing about the early 2000s television show, “Sue Thomas: FBEye.” In about two years time, I wrote the equivalent of three novels over two dozen short stories, novellas, poems, and scenes, using the characters and putting them in new settings and adventures. I was hooked! When I received positive feedback for those stories, it dawned on me that if I could write that much in that length of time, maybe I could write a whole book.
  2. What was the hardest part about writing this book?

    The hardest thing about Rebuilding Joy was the suspense element. It was my first foray (except for fan-fiction) into romantic suspense, and I had to make sure the mystery made sense, no loose ends were dangling out there, and it had to be SOLVED!
  3. How did you come up with the story?

    Later on, you’ll see the connection with the book one in the RenoVations series, Heart Restoration, but the evolved with my plan to show how people in a rural community, in this\ case, a family by the name of “Reno,” have the same trials and tribulations as those in the big city. Del struggles with the idea that he has settled for the comfortable existence he’s always had, and Darcy gave up her dreams to move home to raise her kids as she juggles running a café. All it takes, from that point, is a few “what ifs” and you have the beginnings of a story.
  4. Which was your favorite character? Is it the one you most related to?

    I really, really love Darcy Emerson Sloan in Rebuilding Joy. She appears in book one, but this is her story, along with Del’s. She’s been through a lot in her young life, but she is tough, feisty, and determined to make a good life for herself and her twins—with or without a man. I can’t imagine going through some of the things she’s experienced, and can totally understand the bitterness that can come with overwhelming loss. I’m so glad God loves us through it!
  5. Have you worked in a restaurant?

    I’ve never worked in a restaurant, but when I was a teen my parents ran a church camp, and I helped serve, refill drinks, field questions, and a little cooking, as well, for groups that used the facility. I hope I didn’t get it all wrong, and for those of you in the food service industry, I apologize ahead of time!
  6. Did you have this story in mind from the first book?

    Most definitely. The beginnings of the story came with book 1 in the RenoVations series, Heart Restoration. I planned, then, for the next book to be Del Reno’s story, but I wasn’t sure who his love-interest would be. In book one I introduced all the characters and set the stage for the mystery with a system of tunnels running from the Ohio River to the fictional town of Clementville. Bringing in the café was simply a happy plot-point, and I felt that I had to redeem Sheriff Clay Lacy! I gave him a bit of a raw deal in Heart Restoration, but he was one of the stars of my Christmas novella, “The Twelve Days of Mandy Reno!”
  7. Do you think that the cover matches the story and what was your favorite part of the cover?

    I love the cover. Roseanna White designed it, and she comes highly recommended. My goal in working with her was to have the cover of Rebuilding Joy coordinate with Heart Restoration as much as possible, and I think we succeeded. I love the little strip of buildings, including the café, and I think it’s a good representation of a tiny little country town in Kentucky. Honestly, the fonts had me from day one—how’s that for extreme nerdiness!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Regina Rudd Merrick

Regina Rudd Merrick is a multi-published writer, church musician, wife, mother, former librarian, lover of all things beachy and chocolate, and grateful follower of Jesus Christ. Married to her husband of 35-plus years, she is the mother of two grown daughters, and the keeper of a 100-year-old house where she lives in the small town of Marion, KY. Connect with Regina on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or on her website at https://www.reginaruddmerrick.com

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To Find Her Place

To Find Her Place (Redemption's Light)

About the Book:

Title: To Find Her Place
Series: Redemption’s Light #2
Author: Susan Anne Mason
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Release Date: June 8, 2021
Genre: Historical Christian Romance

In the midst of WWII, Jane Linder pours all her energy and dreams for a family into her career at the Toronto Children’s Aid Society. As acting directress, Jane hopes for a permanent appointment so she can continue making a difference in the lives of troubled children. But if anyone were to find out she is divorced, everything would change.

Garrett Wilder has been hired to overhaul operations at the Children’s Aid Society. He hopes to impress the board members with his findings and earn the vacant director’s position. A war injury ended his dream of taking over his parents’ farm, but with the security of the director’s job, he’d be able to contribute financially and help save the family business.

Despite their competing interests, feelings begin to blossom between them. But then Jane’s ex-husband returns from overseas with an unexpected proposition that could fulfill her deepest desires. Suddenly at a crossroads, can Jane discern the path to true happiness?

Book Review:

This was such a touching story about loss and learning how to live again. To Find Her Place is the second book in Susan Anne Mason’s Redemption’s Light series. This was a great book and although I didn’t read the first book, I still enjoyed it! This series is set in World War 2, with relatable characters who you grow to love. 

Jane Linder is just trying her best, she loves working with children and she wants them to find homes. Jane was a lovely character, she wanted so badly to do well. She didn’t necessarily love her job, but she enjoyed helping children. But when someone is sent to inspect the Children’s Aid Society, she fears for her position and that someone would find out that she was divorced. She was acting in place of a director and she was stretched thin. I liked Jane, she was hard working. However she was also kind, and it was sweet to see her care for the children. She longed for children of her own to fill a home, but that does not seem to be God’s plan for her. But there are children whom she holds dear, and they have a way of softening her. It was fun to read about her learning to trust God and trust Garret although they started off as “enemies”.

I liked Garret from the start. He was a kind man, who was put in an unfortunate situation. He wanted to help his parents on their farm, but because of injuries during the war he was unable. He does his best to help his parents, and a position as director would really help him send money to his family. I liked how he cared for the children. He didn’t always listen to what Jane had to tell him but he learned from his mistakes. 

Jane and Garret were perfect together, obviously. But I liked how they complimented each other, they helped each other relax and enjoy life. It was sweet to read about them falling in love and bonding over the children under their care. But when Jane’s ex husband comes back, will their relationship be able to grow or are they doomed to fail?

To Find Her Place was a lovely book, the characters were wonderful. I really enjoyed Garret’s family, they were a lot of fun. And Martin, one of the children in the Children’s Aid Society, really added to the story. I would definitely recommend this book and I am super excited to see what is coming next in this series. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher through Netgalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, a positive review was not required.