Finding Love at the Oregon Coast - Reviewed

Monday, July 10, 2017

About the book:

When a wedding is cancelled, three bridesmaids and a runaway bride contemplate the true meaning of love in four related romance novellas. 
Finding Love in Lincoln City: Liz feels stuck at her little beach magazine until a handsome rival sparks more than just friendly competition. 
Finding Love in Oceanside: Anabeth is looking to get out of her rut when a fender bender and a bizarre date with a former marine leads her to a life of love she could never have imagined. 
Finding Love in Cannon Beach: Kadence feels the pressure to write a perfect love song, but an unexpected meeting with a musician will have her living one instead. 
Finding Love in Seaside: Christina plans to spend her honeymoon alone, but when the bed and breakfast owner offers her a position as cook, she starts to feel at home in his kitchen…and in his arms. 

About Angela:

Angela sold her first story to a national magazine while still in high school and went on to study journalism at the University of Oregon. Her debut novel LOVE FINDS YOU IN SUN VALLEY, IDAHO released in 2010 to a four-star review from Romantic Times. Angela loves connecting with fans and mentoring aspiring authors, which led her to start IDAhope Writers. She currently lives in Boise with her husband and three kids. 

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed three of the four stories in this collection. Each of the stories build off of the first story about a cancelled wedding. Bridesmaids, and groomsmen show up in the subsequent stories. I enjoyed the first, second and fourth story. The third story I found dry and I wasn't able to connect with the two main characters. 
In Finding Love in Lincoln City, Finding Love in Oceanside, Finding Love in Seaside I was drawn right into the story. I liked how the authors tied the stories together, taking a horrible event and bringing each character their own happily ever after that wasn't just about a romantic love, but a forever love with our Savior.

I have met Angela in person and she is as adorable and sweet as her picture shows. 

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. I was not paid for it.

The Writing Desk by Rachel Hauck - Reviewed

About the book:

Tenley Roth’s first book was a literary and commercial success. Now that her second book is due, she’s locked in fear. Can she repeat her earlier success or is she a fraud who merely found a bit of luck?
With pressure mounting from her publisher, Tenley is weighted with writer’s block. But when her estranged mother calls asking Tenley to help her through chemotherapy, she packs up for Florida where she meets handsome furniture designer Jonas Sullivan and discovers the story her heart’s been missing.
Born during the Gilded Age, Birdie Shehorn is the daughter of the old money Knickerbockers. Yet her life is not her own. Under the strict control of her mother, her every move is decided ahead of time, even whom she’ll marry. But Birdie has dreams of her own. She wants to tell stories, write novels, make an impact on the world. When she discovers her mother has literally destroyed her dreams, she must choose between submission and security or forging a brand new way all on her own.
Tenley and Birdie are from two very different worlds. Yet when Tenley discovers Birdie’s manuscript, their lives intersect. Birdie’s words help Tenley find a way home. Tenley brings Birdie’s writing to the world.
Can two women separated by time help fulfill each other’s destiny?

About Rachel:

Rachel Hauck is an award winning, New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author.
Her book The Wedding Dress was named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times. She is a double RITA finalist, a Christy and Carol Award Winner.
Rachel sits on the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers, and is the comical sidekick to Susan May Warren at the amazing My Book Therapy. She is a worship leader and speaker.
A graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Journalism, Rachel is a devoted Ohio State football fan. She lives in sunny central Florida with her husband and ornery cat.

My Thoughts:

I finished this book yesterday and Tenley and Birdie's stories are still swimming in my brain. I actually dreamed last night that I was in Cocoa Beach helping Tenley with her novel, which would be a dream job. In her latest book, Ms. Hauk writes from both present day and the Gilded Age with ease, both Tenley and Birdie's stories flow. The reader feels as if they are in both time periods simultaneously. 
The book pulled me into it's pages from the beginning and hasn't let go. I hate to say that this is my favorite book of Ms. Hauck's but I honestly believe it is. I loved each and every character, even Birdie's ridiculous mother. They were all REAL, both likable and at times I wanted to smack them with the book. Both Tenley and Birdie although from different era's are witty, lovable, kind and someone you would want to spend time with. Jonas is the perfect hero, someone you'd want to come alongside your daughter to help her see truth or be your son's best friend.
I so hope Ms. Hauck is working on a sequel to this book, because I'm not reading to let go of these characters, and I want to know more.
Highly recommended!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

If you click the link and order a copy please let me know. Ms. Hauck will send both of us a signed book plate.

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