Love on the Beach

Author: Kerry Evelyn
Publisher: Swan Press
Genre: Christian Fiction
Source: Kasey

 

Goodreads:  After quitting her job at a high-profile magazine in Boston, idealistic journalist Shelby Porter retreats to her hometown of Crane’s Cove, Maine, to regroup and refocus. As the pastor’s daughter, she’s welcomed back with open arms and opportunities to serve. However, the solace and support from the townspeople isn’t enough to soften painful memories or bring her closer to her goals. Shelby’s plans run up against another obstacle when the new guy in town walks into her life. Despite their connection, she resolves to not let love get in the way of fulfilling her purpose.

Tragedy drives Detective Damon Saunders from his job in Atlanta to the tiny resort town. Wanting to escape the ugliness of the big city, he now patrols the peaceful streets of the seaside community. The hardest part of his new role is earning the trust of the locals—especially Shelby. He’s drawn to her quiet strength and desire to help people, but she has plans that’ll take her far away from the place where he’s trying to plant new roots. Maybe falling for her will complicate his life, but he’s willing to take that chance.

Shelby denies her growing feelings for Damon, but when her four-year-old nephew is in danger, he’s the only one who can help. Can Damon overcome the shadows of his past to save a child and win her—and the town’s—heart?

Ope’s Opinion: If you belong to a church that has a library – this book series belongs in there. This is the third book in the series, but the first I have read. I did not feel lost.   It is such a good clean, God centered book.  It is obvious that Damon and Shelby want to know God’s will. 

It was great to read a book where two people are attracted to each other – not just physically, but they really do want to know each other.  It was fun to watch them struggle with their feelings and knowing what is right.

Although the ending did not close everything up, it satisfied me.  There is another book to come, so you know the story lines will eventually be completed.

 

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Goodreads:  From the bestselling author of The Convenient Groom (now a beloved Hallmark Original movie) comes a heartfelt story of family secrets, forgiveness, and unexpected romance.

Following a painful betrayal, Maddy Monroe’s love life is a wreck, and her restaurant career is in shambles. When her grandmother goes missing, she and her estranged sisters converge at the family beach house in Sea Haven, North Carolina. Being with uptight Nora and free-spirited Emma at the place where their family broke apart is a struggle, and undercurrents of jealousy and resentment threaten to pull the sisters under. In the midst of the storm, sparks begin to fly between Maddy and Gram’s maddening neighbor, Connor Murphy.

As the sisters pack up the family belongings, memories of idyllic, slow-paced summers are resurrected. But long-buried secrets also come to light as Maddy discovers that all was not as it appeared that last summer in Sea Haven–nor today in the seemingly perfect lives of her sisters.

As family tensions rise and Connor causes tumult in Maddy’s heart, the sisters must find a way to accept each other for the women they’ve become before the bitterness of the past destroys their hope for a future.

Sweet Caroline

Author: Rachel Hauck
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: Christian Fiction
Source:  Purchased

 

Goodreads:  Caroline serves others with little time to enjoy the sweeter parts of life. Until her old boyfriend returns to town–and she’s given a second chance at first love.

Life hasn’t always been so sweet for Caroline Sweeny.

She’s sacrifice her desires for others–unlike her mother who abandoned their family years ago. But when a friend challenges her to accept an exciting job adventure in Spain, Caroline says “yes” to a new destiny.

But before she can pack her bags, Caroline suddenly finds herself the new owner of the run-down Frogmore Café–and forced to choose between her friends and her future.

Then her first love, Mitch O’Neal, returns home and encourages her to seek God’s desires for her future. With his help, she may just discover the true sweet life.

Ope’s Opinion:  I went to my bookshelf and looked for a book that had been put there a long time ago.  This was one of them.  It is a very sweet, christian fiction.  It is the first of a series.   If you like the first one, you will like the whole series.

The characters have flaws, which makes it easy to relate to them.  Caroline was wishy washy.  She had trouble making decisions.  She wanted to please everyone.  A few times I did feel like it was a bit preachy.

The ending was left open because there are two more books to follow.

Coming Soon……

…. On a Bookshelf near you!

In May hope to read….

Summer by the Tides

Publication Date: May 21, 2019
Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Goodreads: From the bestselling author of The Convenient Groom (now a beloved Hallmark Original movie) comes a heartfelt story of family secrets, forgiveness, and unexpected romance.

Following a painful betrayal, Maddy Monroe’s love life is a wreck, and her restaurant career is in shambles. When her grandmother goes missing, she and her estranged sisters converge at the family beach house in Sea Haven, North Carolina. Being with uptight Nora and free-spirited Emma at the place where their family broke apart is a struggle, and undercurrents of jealousy and resentment threaten to pull the sisters under. In the midst of the storm, sparks begin to fly between Maddy and Gram’s maddening neighbor, Connor Murphy.

As the sisters pack up the family belongings, memories of idyllic, slow-paced summers are resurrected. But long-buried secrets also come to light as Maddy discovers that all was not as it appeared that last summer in Sea Haven–nor today in the seemingly perfect lives of her sisters.

As family tensions rise and Connor causes tumult in Maddy’s heart, the sisters must find a way to accept each other for the women they’ve become before the bitterness of the past destroys their hope for a future.

What is coming soon …. to a bookshelf near you?

Let me know – I am always looking for a good read!

Brunch at Bittersweet Cafe

Author: Carla Laureano
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Genre: Christian Fiction
Source: Kristin of Kritters Ramblings

Goodreads:  From the RITA Award-winning author of Five Days in Skye comes a sweet, romantic treat that will leave you hungry for more.

Baker and pastry chef Melody Johansson has always believed in finding the positive in every situation, but seven years after she moved to Denver, she can’t deny that she’s stuck in a rut. One relationship after another has ended in disaster, and her classical French training is being wasted on her night job in a mediocre chain bakery. Then the charming and handsome private pilot Justin Keller lands on the doorstep of her workplace in a snowstorm, and Melody feels like it’s a sign that her luck is finally turning around.

Justin is intrigued by the lively bohemian baker, but the last thing he’s looking for is a relationship. His own romantic failures have proven that the demands of his job are incompatible with meaningful connections, and he’s already pledged his life savings to a new business venture across the country–an island air charter in Florida with his sister and brother-in-law.

Against their better judgment, Melody and Justin find themselves drawn together by their unconventional career choices and shared love of adventure. But when an unexpected windfall provides Melody with the chance to open her dream bakery-cafe in Denver with her best friend, chef Rachel Bishop, she’s faced with an impossible choice: stay and put down roots with the people and place she’s come to call home . . . or give it all up for the man she loves.

Ope’s Opinion: What a wonderfully sweet story.  Yes, there is a love story, but there is also a story of a woman trying to figure out what her dreams are and how to achieve them.  The guy is important, but so are her dreams, her friends and herself.

Carla Laureano can really write the most amazing stories that just flow.  I start reading her story and it just sweeps me away to a place I don’t want to leave.  Her characters feel real and I want to be their friend.

God is definitely a part of their lives – it feels genuine – not preachy or judgemental.  This is the best Christian Fiction!

There is another Supper Club book coming out Spring of 2020.
It will be hard to wait until then!

 

 

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Goodreads:  From the RITA Award-winning author of Five Days in Skye comes a sweet, romantic treat that will leave you hungry for more.

Baker and pastry chef Melody Johansson has always believed in finding the positive in every situation, but seven years after she moved to Denver, she can’t deny that she’s stuck in a rut. One relationship after another has ended in disaster, and her classical French training is being wasted on her night job in a mediocre chain bakery. Then the charming and handsome private pilot Justin Keller lands on the doorstep of her workplace in a snowstorm, and Melody feels like it’s a sign that her luck is finally turning around.

Justin is intrigued by the lively bohemian baker, but the last thing he’s looking for is a relationship. His own romantic failures have proven that the demands of his job are incompatible with meaningful connections, and he’s already pledged his life savings to a new business venture across the country–an island air charter in Florida with his sister and brother-in-law.

Against their better judgment, Melody and Justin find themselves drawn together by their unconventional career choices and shared love of adventure. But when an unexpected windfall provides Melody with the chance to open her dream bakery-cafe in Denver with her best friend, chef Rachel Bishop, she’s faced with an impossible choice: stay and put down roots with the people and place she’s come to call home . . . or give it all up for the man she loves.

Thank you Kristin of Kritters Ramblings for sharing this book with me.

The Saturday Night Supper Club

Author: Carla Laureano
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Genre: Christian Fiction
Source: Kristi ( Christmas gift )

Goodreads:  Denver chef Rachel Bishop has accomplished everything she’s dreamed and some things she never dared hope, like winning a James Beard award and heading up her own fine-dining restaurant. But when a targeted smear campaign causes her to be pushed out of the business by her partners, she vows to do whatever it takes to get her life back … even if that means joining forces with the man who inadvertently set the disaster in motion.

Essayist Alex Kanin never imagined his pointed editorial would go viral. Ironically, his attempt to highlight the pitfalls of online criticism has the opposite effect: it revives his own flagging career by destroying that of a perfect stranger. Plagued by guilt-fueled writer’s block, Alex vows to do whatever he can to repair the damage. He just doesn’t expect his interest in the beautiful chef to turn personal.

Alex agrees to help rebuild Rachel’s tarnished image by offering his connections and his home to host an exclusive pop-up dinner party targeted to Denver’s most influential citizens: the Saturday Night Supper Club. As they work together to make the project a success, Rachel begins to realize Alex is not the unfeeling opportunist she once thought he was, and that perhaps there’s life–and love–outside the pressure-cooker of her chosen career. But can she give up her lifelong goals without losing her identity as well?

Ope’s Opinion: Oh, this was wonderful!  I just finished it and I don’t know where to start to tell you all the things I really liked about it.

The characters were ones I want to be friends with – they have flaws, believe in God, and want what is best for each other.  The story was perfectly paced – kept moving, but the relationships weren’t rushed.  I really liked how independent the women were, but they weren’t bashing men.

Warning – there is a lot of food happening in this book, so you might get hungry!

This is the first of a series.  I plan on reading the second one next.  Carla Laureano’s writing flows – it is descriptive, but not so detailed you loose where the story is going.