Review

Mulberry Moon. Catherine Anderson.

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Published: Berkley Publishing – Jove.
Date: 3rd January 2017
Format: e-ARC
Pages: 448
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Rating:
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Sissy Sue Bentley has worked hard to make it on her own, and she doesn’t need another man in her life. From her alcoholic father to the men she’s dated, who were after only one thing, they are nothing but trouble. Except Ben keeps showing up whenever she really needs help. Sissy struggles to deny her growing feelings for him—but soon Ben’s tender concern has her hoping for a happier future.

Then her past comes barreling back into her life, and it will take more than the love in Ben’s heart to hold them together.

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Mulberry Moon was another very enjoyable read from Catherine Anderson. Her small town story, filled with family and supportive towns people, animals and drama, all add up to a very good read. I love the cover of this book and the Indian saying that goes with the mulberry moon.

Ben Sterling is the hero of the story and like all other Catherine Anderson heroes, a fine man with values and respect for himself and others. And with a mother that always expects the best of her sons! He turns his hand to helping Sissy who has overloaded herself with chickens and really doesn’t have too much idea about how to care for them. The chicken part of the story is a lot of fun and well actually… very informative. As well Ben has a very trusty puppy named Finnegan who is downright adorable.

On the other hand Sissy is without family and setting up a business single handedly in Mystic Creek. She has guts and determination and is beginning to make a success of her small cafe. The people in town like her and are beginning to watch out for her.  Her family background is the opposite of Ben’s one.  She had the bad luck of an abusive father and a battered, abused mother. Escaping there clutches was the best thing Sissy ever did.

It doesn’t take long for Ben to become smitten with Sissy, however although she likes him her background means she is not going to trust easily. But Ben has a plan – wait her out and don’t crowd her.

There is plenty of action in the story, it is well paced, peppered with extremely delightful animals and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Review

I’ll Stand By You. Sharon Sala

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I’ll Stand by You
Sharon Sala
Published: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Date: June 1st 2015
Format: e-ARC
Pages: 384
Genre: Contemporary romance
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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No one is alone… Dori Grant is no stranger to hardship. As a young single mother in the gossip-fueled town of Blessings, Georgia, she’s weathered the storm of small-town disapproval most of her life. But when Dori loses everything within the span of an evening, she realizes she has no choice but to turn to her neighbors.

Everyone says the Pine boys are no good, but Johnny Pine has been proving the gossips wrong ever since his mother died and he took over raising his brothers. His heart goes out to the young mother and child abandoned by the good people of Blessings. Maybe he can be the one to change all that…

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I’ll Stand by You by Sharon Sala is a warm, feel good contemporary romance. Sharon Sala has written many books, but it just happens that this is the first I have read, it won me over and I sat engrossed in it, completing it within a day.

The small town of Blessings in Georgia is the setting, and it’s a mixture of people, some good hearted and some gossip centred.  Dori is only just turning eighteen, young but mature, she has had to cope with a lot in life, and there is still more to face.  She loves her young son, and when the local neighbors leave her to cope on her own after a crisis, there is one person who steps up to help her out.

Johnny is only twenty, but he has the care of his two much younger brothers and he does a fabulous job, ready to go in to bat for them where needed. Also determined to help them grow up well.  They are a delight.  When he sees how others have turned away from Dori he opens his heart and his home up to her.  Little does he know what is to come next.

When things get tough for Dori and Johnny there are people in the town ready to stand up for them and cheer them on.  This is a book where the good win and the bad…. get what they richly deserve.  It has a fairytale feel to it, it hooked me in and I suspended judgement and just indulged in a real feel good story.

4.5 stars
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One Wish. Robyn Carr. Review and Giveaway.

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One Wish
Robyn Carr
Published: Harlequin MIRA
Date: 24th February 2015
Format: eARC
Pages: 384
Genre: Contemporary romance
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Grace Dillon was a champion figure skater until she moved to Thunder Point to escape the ruthless world of fame and competition. And though she’s proud of the quiet, self-sufficient life she’s created running a successful flower shop, she knows something is missing. Her life could use a little excitement.

In a community where there are few eligible singles, high school teacher Troy Headly appoints himself Grace’s fun coach. When he suggests a little companionship with no strings attached, Grace is eager to take him up on his offer, and the two enjoy…getting to know each other.

But things get complicated when Grace’s past catches up with her, and she knows that’s not what Troy signed up for. Faced with losing her, Troy realizes Grace is more than just a friend with benefits. He’s determined to help her fight for the life she always wished for but never believed she could have—and maybe they can find real love along the way.

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One Wish by Robyn Carr is #7 in her Thunder Point series, and hopefully there will be a good number more.  Robyn Carr is a highly skilled writer, and One Wish is a perfect example of how she spins a tale, with characters that I love and care about, issues that are real, and a plot that twists and turns and ultimately works out in the end.
One Wish is mainly about Grace and Troy.  In the previous book Troy lost out in love, but now it is his turn to find the woman that is perfect for him, so long as he can work out what his self worth is and what he has to give to Grace that has real value.  At first take it looks like they are perfectly suited.  Troy is all about fun – his aim is to bring fun into Grace’s life and enjoy the outdoor pursuits with her that he loves to engage in.  However Troy does not know everything about Grace and when he learns all there is to know will it make a difference?
Grace might now be the owner of a successful business in Thunder Point but she has rearranged her name a little and likes to live out of the limelight.  She has experienced the tough life of being a top competitor in a sport she loves but left.  Although when the going is tough for her – then instead of falling in a heap – Grace shows her steely strength.  Her father has died, and her mother – well that’s an interesting point.  Grace’s mother pushed her and lived her life through Grace’s success.  Now Grace wants little to do with her.
What I love about these books is that we are given little insights into the ongoing lives of others in the town of Thunder Point who are like old friends.   There is a little cameo of Rawley – loved that! Ray Ann the town realtor has a slightly larger and more satisfying role and we also have introduced her ‘niece’ Ginger who is dealing with a very heartbreaking issue – but there is nobody more suited to the task than Ray Ann to help her a little.  We even receive a visit from a couple down from Virgin River – no not Jack!  To top it all off there is a wedding thrown in and the population of Thunder Point looks ready to explode!
While I’d recommend the complete series, each book could be read on its own.
One Wish is a romance plus, it is more than a simple contemporary romance, it has depth to it, real issues that real people could face.  There is a side serving of women’s fiction thrown in.  For me, my favorite kind of read.
4.5 stars
Thunder Point
The Wanderer      #1

The Newcomer    #2

The Hero              #3
The Chance          #4       
The Promise         #5
      
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