Friday, September 24, 2021

The Secret of Emerald Cottage by Julie Lessman Review and Giveaway


About the book

Title: The Secret of Emerald Cottage

Author: Julie Lessman

She’s sweet & cozy mysteries. He’s fun & cozy flings.
Till a deadly secret reveals not-so-cozy things.

Twenty-six-year-old Molly Stewart—ex-Navy nurse and former evidence technician for the Charleston Police Department—has been burned by love. So when her friend, Pastor Chase Griffin, begs her to move to scenic Lake Loon to be a nurse and companion for Miss Lilly, his elderly landlady, she jumps at the chance. The secluded and cozy cottage on a clear mountain lake seems the perfect place to heal from her fiancé’s betrayal as well as indulge in one of her greatest passions—cozy romance. First with reading them by the bookcase and then hopefully, if dreams come true, solving them one day as a licensed detective. But when Miss Lilly’s estranged great-nephew shows up, it’s no mystery as to why he and Molly butt heads. Because it only takes one stolen kiss—while she’s sleeping, no less—to discover he’s an even bigger player than the ex-fiancé who broke her heart.

When international playboy and Irish soccer star Brec McGill learns his long-lost great aunt is in a coma from a drowning accident, he rushes to her side. Not only is he anxious to reconnect with his only living relative he spent summers with as a boy, but her cottage on Lake Loon, Georgia is the perfect respite to heal from game injuries and escape a tabloid scandal. At thirty-three, he’s disillusioned with the game, his fiancée, and life in general, craving nothing but a little peace and solitude to get his head on straight. But when he discovers his aunt’s cottage is not only inhabited by a crusty Aunt Lilly he hasn’t seen in ten years, but a pretty prude of a nurse as well, his plans take a nose-dive in the lake. Because suddenly it appears not only was Aunt Lilly’s accident no accident … but somebody out there wants to see them all dead.

Purchase a copy HERE!

About Julie Lessman

Julie Lessman is an award-winning author whose tagline of “Passion With a Purpose” underscores her intense passion for both God and romance. A lover of all things Irish, she enjoys writing close-knit Irish family sagas that evolve into 3-D love stories: the hero, the heroine, and the God that brings them together.

Author of The Daughters of Boston, Winds of Change, Heart of San Francisco, Isle of Hope, and Silver Lining Ranch series, Julie was American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Author of the Year and has garnered over 21 Romance Writers of America and other awards.

Voted #1 Romance Author in Family Fiction magazine’s 2012 and 2011 Readers Choice Awards, Julie’s novels also made Family Fiction magazine’s Best of 2015, Best of 2014, and “Essential Christian Romance Authors” 2017, as well as Booklist’s 2010 Top 10 Inspirational Fiction and Borders Best Fiction. Her independent novel A Light in the Window was an International Digital Awards winner, a 2013 Readers’ Crown Award winner, and a 2013 Book Buyers Best Award winner, and her independent novel, Isle of Hope: Unfailing Love was listed on Family Fiction magazine’s “Top 15 Novels of 2015.”

Julie has also written a self-help workbook for writers entitled Romance-ology 101: Writing Romantic Tension for the Sweet and Inspirational Markets. Contact Julie through her website and read excerpts from each of her books at

You can also follow Julie on these platforms. Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

My Thoughts~

It's a good thing I am constantly cold even in late summer or I'd need an ice cube bath while reading a Julie Lessman romance. 

Ms. Lessman uses her fictional town from her Isle of Hope series as a springboard for this cozy romantic mystery. 

This cozy mystery had suspense and red herrings to throw you off the trail. I thought I had it figured out but I was wrong. It had romance and kisses that ratcheted up your temperature. I felt like the mystery and romance complemented each other.

Julie Lessman pens a suspenseful, romantic story with a beautiful theme of redemption. 

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book via the publisher. I was not required to write a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Want to win a $50 Amazon gift card, a signed paperback of The Secret of Emerald Cottage (or choice of Julie Lessman's books), a character named for you or a loved one (great birthday/Christmas gift!) in her next book, A Hope and a Prayer, which releases early next spring and a signed paperback of that book? Just head on over to JULIE LESSMAN’S BLOG for all the details and GOOD LUCK!


Faithful Acres Books ~ Linda Marie Finn said...

Julie's stories are always a little steamy!
Thanks for sharing and the great review!
Linda Marie Finn
Faithful Acres Books & Author Services

Julie Lessman said...

ANDI!!! Sooooo glad you liked it, my friend! I have to admit, this one made me a wee bit nervous as far as reviews because being my first mystery, I just wasn't sure I could do it effectively. But ... your review has blessed the socks off of me, so THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

I so appreciate you being part of my blog tour, my friend.


Andi said...

JULIE!!!! It was great!! I know you were nervous about it. It had the perfect balance of romance and mystery.
I think you hit it out of the park my friend!!

Hugs and more hugs!!!

Rita Wray said...

I liked the review.

Linda Kish said...

This sounds so good. Count me in. I haven't read any of her books before but I think it's time for that to change.

Julie Lessman said...

Hey, Linda, I think it's time for that to change, too, so if you don't win in this contest, contact me through my website, and I will be happy to send you a free e-copy of my award-winning novel, Isle of Hope, which was listed on Family Fiction magazine's "Top 15 Novels of 2015," okay?


Heather F. said...

I love Julie’s books! I just finished the Isle of Hope, and now I’m the second book! I can’t wait to read the new mystery one!

Julie Lessman said...

Hey, Heather, thanks for reading IOH, my friend -- MUCH appreciated! Be sure to let me know via FB private message or my website if you post a review on Amazon, so I can personally thank you, okay?


Top Ten Tuesday Bookish Pet Peeves

  Hi! Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday . This week's topic is favorite book settings and I just couldn't get into that so I'm doing la...