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About Long Journey Home

long journey homeFrom Sarah M. Eden, the USA Today Bestselling author of the Longing for Home series, LONG JOURNEY HOME is a new romance novel set in the beloved world of Hope Springs.

Widowed by war, Maura O’Connor has raised her son alone under the weight of poverty in the unforgiving slums of New York City. That harsh and difficult life has taken a toll on them both. Desperate to save her son from the misery around them, she moves them both to the tiny western town of Hope Springs, where her late husband’s family lives, hoping that the decade of silence between them does not mean she and Aidan will be rejected outright. Her son needs family, and she would endure anything to see him happy.

Ryan Callaghan has worked the land belonging to the late Granny Claire for years, dreaming of one day claiming it as his own. Living in his brother’s home affords him no freedom, no stability, no joy. The arrangement is even harder on his mother, whose health is quickly deteriorating. A risky investment in the land has finally begun to pay off, and he is at last in a position to secure a better future for them both. When use of the home is, without warning, offered to a newly arrived widow and her son, that future is entirely uncertain.

Both Maura and Ryan desperately need the Claire farm, for their own futures as well as those of the loved ones who depend on them. Neither can remain in Hope Springs without the house and land, but only one can claim it in the end.

My review

The Longing for Home series by Sarah M Eden is one of my all time favorites. I just love the way she’s written her characters. They are some that I think of often, almost as dear friends. And the setting of the little town of Hope Springs, Wyoming is just as great as her characters. This series is a must read in my book, but you must start at the beginning with Longing for Home. You could read these out of order, but there are so many details, I think you’d be confused.

Long Journey Home is the newest book in the Longing for Home series. This one features Maura, she’s the widow of one of the older O’Connor boys. I loved her character. She’s a single mom in 1800’s New York City. She has to work so hard to support herself and her son Aidan. But even in the face of her poverty, Maura is always looking out for someone else before herself. Many of other widows in the tenement building she lives in owe her a great debt of gratitude. Maura is sick though, she’s got brown lung from working in the factory like many of the Irish in the 1800’s did. She doesn’t want Aidan to know. And she can’t leave him alone when she dies, so they head to be with the rest of the family in Hope Springs.

That’s where things get so fun! We get to see the O’Connor family again. All of them. I just love this family so much. They are the epitome of kindness and caring. They’re always watching out for themselves and for anyone else in the community that needs something. We don’t see any of the story from their perspective, but having them in the story makes it that much better in my opinion.

In Hope Springs is also Ryan Callaghan. Ryan is a great character as well. He’s been living with his brother and his brother’s wife as well as Ryan’s own mother. Homes then were not big and this situation isn’t ideal for any of them. Ryan is hoping to buy the home on the property that he works that belongs to Tavish O’Connor and his wife. When that home is given to Maura and Aidan, Ryan isn’t sure what to do. 

At first Maura and Ryan kind of see each other as enemies. But as they get to know each other, they know that they like the other too much to treat them as an enemy. I loved that about both of these characters, they’re both so unselfish. Things were bound to be hard, but they make everything work. 

I loved everything about this book. The pictures each and every word painted in my head as I read it made this seem more like a movie than a book. I can’t wait to read more about this family and the town of Hope Springs! 

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About Love Unscripted

love unscriptedEvie Jennings doesn’t believe in happily ever after—it’s been a year since moving home to Los Angeles to gather the pieces of her broken heart after her divorce, but she is only going through the motions. That is, until a chance encounter on her college campus brings about an unexpected turn of events: Evie finds herself face-to-face with the heartthrob whose poster decorated the wall of her teenage bedroom. And he’s desperate for her help.

Hollywood sensation Ridge Dashly is facing a career crisis—a bad review threatens his A-list status. Desperate to win back the favor of the media and his fans, Ridge reluctantly agrees to enroll in college, never dreaming he’ll meet someone who can see past his fame to his true self.

As their paths continue to cross, Evie’s seeming disinterest intrigues Ridge, and the pair form a tentative friendship that slowly grows into something more. But when confronted with the unrelenting paparazzi and the nagging shadows of their pasts, will they follow everyone else’s script or fight for their own happy ending?

My review

When I read Love on Pointe last year, I knew that I wanted to read Evie’s story soon. I’m so glad that Tiffany Odekirk didn’t make me wait too long!

Love Unscripted opens with Evie in one of her classes at UCAL. It’s a film class and the guest that her professor is interviewing happens to be the one and only Ridge Dashly. He a movie star, one that Evie and her twin Emmy had a poster of growing up. But Evie’s not looking for love. She’s not sure about anything in her life. Evie’s character made me think. She’s had a hard last couple of years with an accident, a divorce, moving back to LA from Provo. And she’s dealing with some anxiety as well as her family wanting her to be the person she used to be. A person long gone. 

Then she meets Ridge. I love the way they met. Him hiding in the bathroom she was using on her way to her next class. He wants to stay in the bathroom, but Evie needs to get going. So she gets resourceful and is able to escape. Ridge is not what I would have expected him to be. He’s a star, but he’s really down to earth and kind. I loved the way he was always going out of his way to make life better for Evie. Even if it met staying away from her.

In the book Ridge starts off as Ridge, but as the story went along, for me he became Bridger. And as Evie says, they’re two different people. I loved the way his persona kind of melts away as the reader reads more of the story and gets to know him better and he becomes just him.

The plot was great. Evie needed a lot of closure in this one and she got it. There were so many things at the beginning that she was conflicted about, and those things all resolved themselves by the end of the story.

If you love great romance books with great characters, this one’s for you! And bonus, it’s clean and sweet, just the way I like them to be.

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About Illegal Procedure

illegal procedureWhen Shay Campbell flees her abusive boyfriend and ends up in the middle of nowhere, she stumbles upon an unoccupied cabin. At least she thinks it’s unoccupied. That is, until NFL Quarterback Josh Wisner shows up. Too bad he thinks she’s a groupie who’s broken into his house.

After kicking her out, Josh has second thoughts, but with her ex hunting her, Shay will have to decide if she’s safer with Josh or out on her own.

Illegal Procedure is a sweet, standalone sports romance.
My review
I love it when I get free books! This was one of those that I was able to download for free. And it was a good story, a quick read and it was clean. That’s something I’m always looking for in a book.
Shay is a strong woman. She leaves her abusive boyfriend before he can hurt her again. She knows that if he ever catches her, she’s going to be in huge trouble. She’s trying to get as far away from him as she can. But she doesn’t have a car or very much money. She ends up dropped off in the mountains in the middle of nowhere with nothing but the clothes on her back. As she’s walking down the road in her flip flops, she finds a cabin in the woods. All she wants is a drink, but she ends up breaking in. And the owner comes and finds her. That’s Josh. 
Josh is a superstar football player. He is used to women throwing themselves at him because of that. He quickly realizes that Shay is not one of those. But he’s not quite sure what to think of her. I liked the way Josh decides to give Shay a chance and not kick her out of his cabin. But at the same time, he isn’t sure he trusts her. That’s part of why he doesn’t tell her who he is.
I liked the plot of this one. It’s one where you know there is danger coming but you can’t warn the main characters to get out of the way in time. I can’t wait to read more by this author!
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About Love and Luck

love and luckAddie is visiting Ireland for her aunt’s over-the-top destination wedding, and hoping she can stop thinking about the one horrible thing she did that left her miserable and heartbroken—and threatens her future. But her brother, Ian, isn’t about to let her forget, and his constant needling leads to arguments and even a fistfight between the two once inseparable siblings. Miserable, Addie can’t wait to visit her friend in Italy and leave her brother—and her problems—behind.

So when Addie discovers an unusual guidebook, Ireland for the Heartbroken, hidden in the dusty shelves of the hotel library, she’s able to finally escape her anxious mind and Ian’s criticism.

And then their travel plans change. Suddenly Addie finds herself on a whirlwind tour of the Emerald Isle, trapped in the world’s smallest vehicle with Ian and his admittedly cute, Irish-accented friend Rowan. As the trio journeys over breathtaking green hills, past countless castles, and through a number of fairy-tale forests, Addie hopes her guidebook will heal not only her broken heart, but also her shattered relationship with her brother.

That is if they don’t get completely lost along the way.

My review

I liked Jenna Evans Welch’s first book Love and Gelato when I read it last year. So I was really excited to see a second book by her this year. I’m so glad that I was able to borrow a copy from my local library to read it so soon.

This book is as good as this author’s first! I loved the characters, the plot, the setting (who doesn’t want to go to Ireland???). And the guidebook that Addie reads from is so great! There were so many parts that made me laugh out loud. But at the same time, the book deals with something that really is a serious thing. And it’s a big thing that affects teenager right now. The author did a great job hiding the situation from the reader until the perfect time to reveal what had really happened. I know this sounds vague, but I really don’t want to spoil anything for you.

Addie is the main character in this one. She’s the character that explains everything. The reader sees everything that happens through her eyes. And Addie has a problem. Her problem causes huge fights between her and her brother Ian, leaving them at the bottom of the Cliffs of Moher after a huge fight. My favorite part of this situation is that the whole fight was during their Aunt Mel’s wedding and it’s caught on camera for her TV show.  So funny! 

Addie and Ian’s family are hilarious! I loved the way their mom is constantly trying to “swear,” but she doesn’t do a good job of it. Their brothers are each quirky as well. Ian…well, his quirks are really the whole reason for the story. He has a whole secret life that messes up Addie’s whole vacation. But by the end of things, they’ve fixed their differences and overcome the things they need to. I loved that part. I loved that this shows the young adults that this one is intended for that they can overcome things that need to be. 

This book is so great! I can’t wait for this author’s next book!

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About Kill the Beast

kill the beastRo remembers the castle before. Before the gates closed. Before silence overtook the kingdom. Before the castle disappeared. Now it shimmers to life one night a year, seen by her alone.

Once a lady, now a huntress, Ro does what it takes to survive—just like the rest of the kingdom plunged into despair never before known. But a beast has overtaken the castle. A beast that killed the prince and holds the castle and kingdom captive in his cruel power. A beast Ro has been hired to kill. Thankful the mystery of the prince’s disappearance has been solved, furious the magical creature has killed her hero, Ro eagerly accepts the job to end him. But things are not as they seem.

Trapped in the castle, a prisoner alongside the beast, Ro wonders what she should fear most: the beast, the magic that holds them both captive, or the one who hired her to kill the beast.

A Beauty and the Beast retelling

My review

I love a good fairy tale retelling. And this is a good one! 

Let’s start with the characters. I LOVED Ro! She’s a young woman who is doing her very best to care for her family, especially her younger sister in a France where people are starving. Ro – her full name is Rosette – is a huntress. And she’s the only one who can see the palace appear one day every year. Crazy! As soon as she sees it appear, she makes her way inside. It’s like the palace is just waiting for her. She has no problem entering. But as soon as she enters, the problems start. 

One thing I really loved about this one was the way you saw most of the story through Ro’s eyes. There were a few times you could see things through the beast’s eyes. And the flashback scene was so cool. The reader sees things through several perspectives giving a very full picture of what had happened in the past. 

I also really loved that this one was not predictable. At. All. I had no idea how it was going to end, it ended so differently from what I thought. The palace and everything in it take so many twists and turns, it was a little crazy to try to keep up with. 

This one is a perfect book to hand to your teenager. She’ll love it and so will you! I loved every minute of reading this one and I can’t wait for the sequel! 

I was sent a copy of Kill the Beast as a gift from the author. All opinions are my own.

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Michele Israel Harper spends her days as a work-at-home mom and her nights typing away furiously on her laptop. Sleep? Sometimes… She has her Bachelor of Arts in history, is slightly obsessed with all things French—including Jeanne d’Arc and La Belle et la Bête—and loves curling up with a good book more than just about anything else. Author of Wisdom & Folly: Sisters, Zombie Takeover, Beast Hunter, and Kill the Beast, Michele prays her involvement in writing, editing, and publishing will touch many lives in the years to come.

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About Ring on Her Finger

ring on her fingerWhat happened in Vegas should stay there, not follow Amanda home wedded to the man who broke her heart.

After celebrating college graduation with her friends in Las Vegas, Amanda St. Claire wakes up with a terrible hangover and a ring on her finger. Her day gets worse when she finds out she’s married to rich playboy Blake Worthington – the guy she has loathed the past four years. Amanda convinces Blake to legally terminate the marriage and they both return home like nothing ever happened. That is, until Blake shows up on her doorstep and Amanda has to come clean with her family.

Together for better or worse while the legalities are cleared, Amanda reluctantly plays along, but then the unthinkable happens – she finds herself falling in love with Blake. Can they overcome the past? Or will it end their future before it even starts?

My review

I really loved the way Ring on Her Finger opens. Amanda finds herself in a hotel room in Las Vegas that wasn’t hers. She had very obviously gotten married. The problem being Amanda has no memory of it. And she’s married the man she’s spent the last four years believing was the worst man alive. Worst. Day. EVER!

I liked Amanda’s character. She’s got plans and she’s going to make them happen. And she won’t let anything, not even a new marriage stand in her way. One thing about her though is that she doesn’t forgive easily. She tends to hold on to hurts for a really long time. That’s what happened with her and Blake. Blake did something that hurt her freshman year and she hasn’t forgiven him. So when she wakes up married to him, that’s about the worst thing she could have imagined. I loved Amanda’s family. Even when they found out what she had done in Vegas (that’s one of my favorite scenes in this book, by the way) they love and accept her. And they’re able to love and accept Blake as well.

Blake’s family is another story. His family is wealthy. But they seem cold and unkind for much of the book. Especially to Blake. But when they meet Amanda, wow! They were horrible! 

Blake is a great guy. I liked the way he was trying to make up for everything that Amanda had thought he had done to her. He even works in an animal shelter, in some pretty gross conditions, without complaint. All to try to make enough to get divorced. And divorce was the very last thing he wanted. 

I loved that the plot of this book is through both Amanda and Blake’s eyes. The reader knows things about both characters that they don’t know themselves. And I have to say, the ending of this one is fantastic! I loved everything about this one! Go check it out for yourself!

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About The Last of the Firedrakes

the last of the firedrakes16-year-old Aurora Darlington is an orphan. Mistreated by her adopted family and bullied at school, she dreams of running away and being free. But when she is kidnapped and dragged through a portal into a magical world, suddenly her old life doesn’t seem so bad.

Avalonia is a dangerous land ruled by powerful mages and a cruel, selfish queen who will do anything to control all seven kingdoms—including killing anyone who stands in her way.

Thrust headlong into this new, magical world, Aurora’s arrival sets plans in motion that threaten to destroy all she holds dear.

With the help of a young fae, a magical pegasus, and a handsome mage, Aurora journeys across Avalonia to learn the truth about her past and unleash the power within herself. Kingdoms collide as a complicated web of political intrigue and ancient magic lead Aurora to unravel a shocking secret that will change her life forever.

My review

The whole premise of The Last of the Firedrakes intrigued me. Who doesn’t want to find out that they’re a princess and go on a magical adventure in a new and strange land? I know that I would! 

And while there were many things I like about this one. One thing I need to mention is language. I normally read “clean” books. This one, while being written for young adults, is one I considered not finishing due to language. I don’t want to be a prude, and I pretty much overlook farmer words. There were a few of those in this one. One thing I don’t like is when a woman is referred to as the b-word. And that’s what happened in this book. And I really felt that where that was located in the story, it didn’t fit any way. In a different land that seems old and proper, you’re not going to hear anyone called our swear words. They may have their own however.

Anyway…I liked Aurora as a character. She’s a 16 year-old. She’s lost two sets of parents. Her “aunt and uncle” aren’t overly kind to her. And one evening, she finds herself sold by her uncle to a scary monster from another world. This is where things get interesting! She’s taken to another world, a world of magic and mythical creatures. A world where she stands out like a sore thumb. But a world where she actually does belong. I loved that she discovers that she’s truly a princess, every little girl’s dream. And that she most likely possesses magic that she’s going to need to control.

Her time at school reminded me a little bit of Harry Potter. School was where she was going to learn to control her magic. All while being disguised so no one knows she’s a princess. Aurora or Rory as she’s known at school is constantly getting herself into trouble though. She doesn’t know enough about who to avoid and she’s a bit naive about what people’s motives are. I liked that she has a dear friend, Vivienne. There’s also Rafe, the Black Wolf, who has saved Aurora more times than she can count. And Kalen the fay.

This one has an interesting plot and cast of characters. If you can overlook a few words, it’s really a great story!

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About The Corporate Groom

the corporate groomA contemporary mail-order bride book with a billionaire twist. 

Kensington Donegal is in trouble. Her father is dying and her sisters are plotting against her to sell off the family ice cream business—a business that has made them all billionaires. The position of CEO will be decided by a vote and her sisters’ two votes will cancel out her one—unless she gets married. In desperation she turns to her aunt, Pamela Jones, who is an experienced match maker for the wealthy. Kensington counts on Aunt Pamela to find the type of husband that will get her the vote and secure her position as CEO. What she wasn’t counting on was Nash Westport’s immovable moral compass. He won’t vote for her unless she can prove she’s the best woman for the job. 

Nash isn’t about to give away his chance at redemption—not for a big paycheck and certainly not for a pretty face. Kensington certainly is beautiful and her ability to command a room is unquestionable. What Nash has to worry about, is her ability to take command of his heart. He needs to be a stand-up guy and shake off the dust of his misdeeds so he can regain his family’s trust and earn a new reputation. 

When the vote for CEO is cast, and Nash is once again portrayed as the bad guy, he finds that he doesn’t care as much about his reputation with the business world as he does for his relationship with Kensington. The problem is, he may have already lost her. 

Kensington doesn’t know what to think of the man she married. For a mail-order groom, he turned out to be surprisingly tender, big-hearted, handsome, and a pain in the backside. Kensington is forced to choose between her family’s legacy and her temporary husband. She’ll have to gamble one of them or lose them both—and her dreams—forever.

My review

I got a cheap subscription to Kindle Unlimited on Amazon Prime Day and it’s been so much fun! With Kindle Unlimited you can borrow up to two titles from the library at a time for free! I love reading books for free! 

The Corporate Groom was at the top of my borrowing list. It’s been such a long time since I’ve read a Billionaire Marriage Brokers book and this was a great one!

I love the whole idea of Pamela and the way she is a matchmaker extraordinaire! I don’t know how she knows that the people she puts together will end up falling in love, but they pretty much always do. It was so much fun that Pamela is Kensington’s aunt in this book. I loved the family connection.

Kensington and Nash are no different. Kensington aka Kenzie (I love her nickname) is a young billionaire. She works for her family’s business, Hazel’s Dairy Delights, best job ever! But her father, the current CEO, is dying and Kenzie knows that her sisters are going to sell off the family business if she doesn’t do something quickly. Enter her cousin Harrison. Harrison is a lawyer working for Billionaire Marriage Brokers. But he also knows her father’s will backwards and forwards. And he knows that if Kenzie gets married her husband can vote too.

Nash is looking for a job. He’s just been released from prison for doing something that he normally would never have done. But he was tricked into it. His family disowned him, so sad. He’s sent to Billionaire Marriage Brokers after another interview he has. And he ends up matched to Kenzie. But she has no idea he’s been to prison. 

I loved the whole plot of this one. There’s always something going on. From Kenzie’s own problems. To her family, her dad who is dying, her backstabbing sisters, her crazy and demanding grandma. And the staff at Hazel’s Dairy Delights are so great as well! All of the little details were amazing! I loved the whole book! And I especially loved the ending!

If you’re a fan of well-written contemporary romance, this book is for you!

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About The Neverland Inn

the neverland innDaniel Cavanaugh has it all—a lucrative career as a lawyer, a gorgeous fiancee, and his future mapped out for him. So why is he feeling increasingly dissatisfied with his life? When the assignment to handle his lat grandmother’s estate takes him to the California coast, Daniel welcomes the escape. Staying at the nearby bed-and-breakfast isn’t really his style, but he soon realizes the inn may hold the key to the answers he’s been seeking.

Spindrift Cove has few opportunities for a young unmarried woman like Sarah Michaels. Even so, she enjoys her solitude as owner and chef at the Neverland Inn. She thrives on catering to the needs of her guests and treating them to her fantastic cooking. But when Daniel walks through her door, he immediately tests her patience. Though he is handsome and well-bred, she finds him insufferable. Soon, however, the tranquility of the inn works its magic, and Daniel and Sarah forge a sweet and unexpected connection—until the life he left behind in the city demands his return and it seems that a happily ever after may not be on the menu after all.

My review

I loved the idea of The Neverland Inn. I’m always looking for new recipes to try. So having this book have them incorporated with the story sounded fantastic! I definitely want to try some of the recipes in this one. But I think the idea was better than the finished product for me.

This book’s main characters are Daniel and Sarah. Daniel is a lawyer who basically hates his life. His parents are frustrating and not loving. And his girlfriend, while beautiful is terrible. Daniel spends the whole first part of the book almost in a fog. His grandma has just died and because of his job, he ends up being the one to have to take care of her estate. Maybe it was the way he was in a fog, but the whole first part of the book seemed a bit sleepy to me. 

I liked Sarah. She is the owner of the bed and breakfast, The Neverland Inn. She works hard to care for any customers she has. I loved the way she had all kinds of fun recipes. Her life revolves around her inn, her dog and the kids she helps at the local school. Sarah’s parts of the story were better for me than Daniel’s. 

I did like the plot as it got nearer to the end of the book. It didn’t seem as sleepy and there was a bit of a mystery that needed solved. I also liked the recipe box and the way it kind of tied everything together. The ending made up for the sleepy beginning to me. 

I was sent a copy of this book as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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K.C. Grant was born in rural Idaho but has made Utah her home for most of her life. She lives in northern Utah with family. After serving a full-time, Spanish-speaking mission, she returned to Weber State University, where she received her bachelor of arts with a double major in English and Spanish. She has traveled extensively throughout Mexico and studied briefly at a local college in the state of Michoacan. Over the years, she has been a frequent contributor to several family/home-oriented magazines, such as LDSLiving, Natural Life, The Washington Family, and BackHome and has also written for the Deseret News and KSL. She is an active member of both the League of Utah Writers (where she was a chapter president for three years), LDStorymakers, and the Association for Mormon Letters. To learn more about the author, visit her website at

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About Promises and Primroses

Promises and PrimrosesLord Elliott Mayfield has done his best to take care of his family, first his siblings and now his nieces and nephews. Unfortunately, he sees this new generation moving in the same direction of bad matches and scandalous relationships as the last. In hopes to change their course, he establishes a “marriage campaign” to motivate them to improve themselves through making respectable matches. With his heart in the right place, what could possibly go wrong?

Peter, Elliott’s eldest nephew, thinks the entire idea is ridiculous. A widower with two young daughters, he simply needs a governess, not a wife. Julia Hollingsworth certainly has the credentials and the experience, but is altogether too young and pretty for such a job. So why can’t he stop thinking about her?

Julia loves working as a governess, despite the objections of her mother, Amelia. And as it turns out, Amelia has a lot to say about the Mayfield men—none of it good. But Julia dismisses the rumors of ruined reputations and instead concentrates on helping Peter with his children and his fledgling business in canine husbandry. His kindness and gentleness is endearing—and increasingly attractive.

But Amelia, whose heart was broken thirty years ago by none other than Elliott Mayfield, is determined to prevent any relationship from blooming either between Peter and Julia—or between herself and Elliott.

Hearts and history collide as both couples must face their pasts and decide if risking it all is worth the promise of new love and a new future.

My review

Promises and Primroses is the start of the new Mayfield Family Series by Josi Kilpack. I love when you find a new book that you love and you know there are going to be more because it’s a series! 

Something I found really fun about this one is the way there are kind of two parallel love stories going on throughout the novel. There are four main characters that the reader grows to know and the way their stories intersect was so amazing to me! I loved it! It’s so fun to see the story through the eyes of these four characters. 

First up we meet Elliot. He’s an older man. He’s made some mistakes in his life, but he’s really given his whole life to his family. He had to give up some things as a young man to make everything better for them. Now in his old age, he’s trying to help his nieces and nephews become the type of people they should have if their parents had done a better job with them. I loved the concern he shows for his relatives when he could just ignore their behavior. 

Next is Peter. Peter is one of Elliot’s nephews, his heir, in fact. Peter is a great man. He’s doing his best as a parent to his to daughter’s on his own, as his wife died before the story begins. Peter wants nothing to do with getting married again. He’s still in love with his life and his focus is his dogs and his daughters. I loved the way Peter is humble enough to listen when Julia tells him things that need to change with his daughters. 

Then there’s Julia. Julia is a young woman, she works as a governess. She’s applied to be Peter’s governess, but that’s up to him after the interview process. I love the way Julia cares for both children and dogs. She’s one of those people who give their whole heart to things they love or believe in. It was fun to watch her character throughout this book. There were things that were a bit confusing to her, that the reader understands from being able to see the whole story through everyone else’s point of view. That was really funny in one part where all of the main characters are together.

Last, but not least is Amelia. Amelia is Julia’s mom. She isn’t thrilled with Julia wanting to be a governess. She thinks that Julia should be working on finding a husband, or caring for her niece’s and nephews instead of working for some one else. The thing I really liked about Amelia is that she was the character in this one who changed the very most. She sees Julia as a child at the beginning of the book. She tries to control everything Julia does. But Julia is an adult and needs to choose her own path. 

I loved the way these characters paths intersect in this book. It was fun to see the way they interacted. And the plot was cute. I loved the love story. At the beginning of the book, the reader isn’t sure if the characters would ever get to where they’d fall in love at all. I loved the way the story ends. Can’t wait to read more of these Mayfield Family books!

I was sent a copy of this book as a gift from the author. All opinions are my own.

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About the author

Josi S. Kilpack is the author of twenty-five novels—including the twelve-book Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery series—one cookbook, and has been part of several coauthored projects and anthologies. She and her husband, Lee, are the parents of four children.

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