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Author Spotlight | Melissa Tagg

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

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Meet Melissa Tagg | Contemporary romance sparkling with wit is Melissa’s signature style. In fact, her name is synonymous with romcom bliss. Or I think it should be. A self-professed fan of classic cinema, Melissa’s novels are often influenced by this golden era of filmmaking despite their modern settings. Formerly, Melissa was a reporter who eventually transitioned her writing skills to romcom fiction and a day job as a grant writer. If you ever wonder why Melissa writes the romcom genre, it’s “because I love the idea of making people laugh, making them swoon…and maybe, hopefully, inspiring or encouraging or challenging them in the process.”

Fun Facts about Melissa:

+ She lives in the Midwest
+ One of her favorite beverages is Diet Coke with Lime
+ Melissa is close to her family, including her adorable nephew and nieces.
+ Melissa is a serious fangirl of Gilmore Girls, and more specifically Team Jess.  
+ Keep Holding On is Melissa’s first self-published novel (her prior novels were published with Bethany House).
+ Needtobreathe is Melissa’s favorite band.
+ Melissa's newest novel, Keep Holding On officially released September 27th! Wish her congrats and send her a tweet, @Melissa_Tagg.

BOOK SPOTLIGHT, Keep Holding On 

Best friends reunite in Tagg's latest novel of second chances and enduring love. 
 
Beckett Walker hasn't stepped foot in Maple Valley in years. There's no getting past the painful memories, and there's every chance he'll be arrested as soon as he shows his face. Which is exactly what happens when he finally returns. Suddenly his dream of adventure as a military lawyer comes skidding to a halt.

Horticulturist Kit Danby has spent too much time missing home and her childhood best friend--Beckett Walker. Now she might have a shot at reclaiming both. After years of living abroad, she returns to run her family's apple orchard. She has one season to turn a profit and impress the father she barely knows. But she can't do it alone.

It should be simple: Beckett needs community service hours. Kit needs a helping hand. But there's more at stake than either of them planned. With a tangled past and futures that look nothing alike, they'll have to find a way to weather the storms of the present . . . or risk losing everything.
 - Goodreads

Step inside the world of Keep Holding On. Inside these pages lies, quite possibly, Melissa Tagg’s greatest novel yet. It’s smart and witty, yes, but also wrestles with challenges, important questions on what you want your life to say about you and who you want to be." CONTINUE READING

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More Novels by Melissa
https://www.amazon.com/Start-Walker-Family-Book-ebook/dp/B00MBTYH7U/ref=pd_sim_351_6?ie=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=SJY71ZV4WBAXH2P99DV8   https://www.amazon.com/Like-Never-Before-Walker-Family-ebook/dp/B012H0ZYGU/ref=pd_sim_351_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=SJY71ZV4WBAXH2P99DV8

Three Little Words, Walker Family Novella (Free on Kindle!)
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Keep Holding On by Melissa Tagg - Wit, Wisdom and Winsome Charm

Tuesday, September 27, 2016


About the Book:
Author: Melissa Tagg
Publisher: Larkspur Press (Indie)
Source: Author Provided
Publication Date: 2016
Find the Review elsewhere:
Amazon ǀ Blogger ǀ Goodreads | Wordpress
Find the Book Elsewhere:            
Amazon ǀ Barnes & Noble ǀ Goodreads
Series: Walker Family, Book 3
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance
Rating: 5 out of 5

Beckett Walker has spent his life, in some form or another, running away. During his mother’s illness, he struggled to face facts and deal with the severity of his tilted world head on. He left his small town of Maple Valley in pursuit of corporate law, leaving under the most complicated of circumstances. One of those complications is Kit Danby, the best-friend-turned-love-of-his-life. When feelings changed, Beckett left Kit behind for Boston as she left to pursue a life in London. But know both are unexpectedly back in Maple Valley with a second chance in front of them. But what will they make of it?

For anyone who has been searching for the kind of romantic comedy novel that challenges and delights, look no further than Melissa Tagg’s brand of happy. Inside her novels lies a place that’s as cozy as your favorite oversized sweater. The characters will envelop you in the comfort of a warm hug as will the setting and emotions that stem from that center. The third in Tagg’s popular Walker family saga follows Beckett Walker, and it does not disappoint.


Beckett’s story is an enigma (of the pleasant variety) after another. From the opening sentence to the subtle hints that follow, it’s clear this story is holding more than one surprise. As the story evolves and slowly reveals them, the reader continues to find delights galore as we are welcomed into the lives of the boisterous and warm-hearted Walker family. Beckett’s story is, perhaps, the most compelling male characterization from Tagg to date. There are layers to his personality, and each one that is peeled back is like another glimpse into his mindset and heart. Then there’s Kit. Though she’s more “settled” than Beckett, she too struggles with honesty (with herself) and finding “home.”

I loved so many explainable and inexplicable (fangirl moment!) elements of this novel. I loved its adventurous soul (roundtrips – yay for some armchair travel!); the heart and soul of this story which emphasize family; and of course, last but NOT least, the dreamy-eyed, swoony romance (I mean look at that cover, people) between the leads. Readers will delight in catching up with characters from One Enchanted Christmas, and one of my favorite aspects was all of the secondary characters. Why? Because the curious reader nature in me wonders: will they someday see their own story?

Step inside the world of Keep Holding On. Inside these pages lies, quite possibly, Melissa Tagg’s greatest novel yet. It’s smart and witty, yes, but also wrestles with challenges, important questions on what you want your life to say about you and who you want to be. The messages we take away from this story as a result as beautiful. So settle into your favorite reading nook, fix a cup of mocha and grab a copy of Keep Holding On. It’s predisposed to sweep you into its swirl of autumn leaves and charismatic characters.



Synopsis: Best friends reunite in Tagg's latest novel of second chances and enduring love. 

Beckett Walker hasn't stepped foot in Maple Valley in years. There's no getting past the painful memories, and there's every chance he'll be arrested as soon as he shows his face. Which is exactly what happens when he finally returns. Suddenly his dream of adventure as a military lawyer comes skidding to a halt.

Horticulturist Kit Danby has spent too much time missing home and her childhood best friend--Beckett Walker. Now she might have a shot at reclaiming both. After years of living abroad, she returns to run her family's apple orchard. She has one season to turn a profit and impress the father she barely knows. But she can't do it alone.

It should be simple: Beckett needs community service hours. Kit needs a helping hand. But there's more at stake than either of them planned. With a tangled past and futures that look nothing alike, they'll have to find a way to weather the storms of the present . . . or risk losing everything. - Goodreads


Coming Next from Melissa Tagg: Unknown, but at this point I'll read anything from this author.

Sincere thanks to the author for providing a complimentary e-copy of this book for reviewing purposes.

Review text is © Copyright 2011-2016 Rissi JC and first appeared on Finding Wonderland (Dreaming Under the Same Moon), RissiWrites.com 

Book Giveaway | Melissa Tagg's Keep Holding On


Hello, hello, friends and readers. Who's ready to celebrate another giveaway? (PS; yes, I have two more later this week because I almost forgot about them and didn't want to forget a second time!) Today, it's "all about Melissa Tagg" day  on Finding Wonderland. Why? Because, today marks the official release day of Melissa's novel (and also, despite this being her fifth full-length novel, a first for her), Keep Holding On


Keep Holding On is Melissa's debut as an Indie author. Her earlier novels were published with Bethany House, and today she ventures into something new. 
 
Let's look at the official synopsis of Keep Holding On.
 
SynopsisBest friends reunite in Tagg's latest novel of second chances and enduring love. 
 
Beckett Walker hasn't stepped foot in Maple Valley in years. There's no getting past the painful memories, and there's every chance he'll be arrested as soon as he shows his face. Which is exactly what happens when he finally returns. Suddenly his dream of adventure as a military lawyer comes skidding to a halt.

Horticulturist Kit Danby has spent too much time missing home and her childhood best friend--Beckett Walker. Now she might have a shot at reclaiming both. After years of living abroad, she returns to run her family's apple orchard. She has one season to turn a profit and impress the father she barely knows. But she can't do it alone.

It should be simple: Beckett needs community service hours. Kit needs a helping hand. But there's more at stake than either of them planned. With a tangled past and futures that look nothing alike, they'll have to find a way to weather the storms of the present . . . or risk losing everything.
 - Goodreads
Amazon | Goodreads
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Now let's get the rule details out of the way. (If you're a pro in giveaway's around here, just skip to the good bit: the widget!)

The giveaway(s) is open to all readersThe prize will be a Kindle copy, unless otherwise noted (US readers might have a paperback option when applicable). I do ask that anyone who leaves a comment under "anonymous," please leave the same name you enter into the widget in your comment - it's not easy to try and match comments when there is no name and in fairness to everyone else, I want to be able to be sure everyone who used the Rafflecopter correctly has a fair chance at winning against those who abuse it - there have been a few people I could not verify. So please, I don't mean to overwhelm, but just keep this in mind when entering future giveaways. I'd sure appreciate it! Winner(s) will have 48 hours to respond to the email notification (you'll be contacted at the email address in the Rafflecopter form) before another winner is randomly chosen.

To be entered in the giveaway, just enter as much or as little as you like into the Rafflecopter widget, which you'll find down below. The Giveaway ends October 6th. Happy Rafflecopter-ing!

SHARABLES: 

Enter the #FindingWonderland #giveaway for a chance to win a copy of @Melissa_Tagg's latest http://bit.ly/2dAZyYi via @RissiJC 🍁🍂🍃

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Top Ten Tuesday | Fall TBR (aka The Fall TBR Books I’d Read in the Ideal World + #Booktube Video)

Monday, September 26, 2016


Ah, the many splendors of autumn. A new season is upon us and with it, the arrival of our fall TBRs. The only real challenge with this is choosing which novels to read and add to our (already) leaning TBR tower.

Broke and Bookish September 27th

Fall TBR

Today I am listing a mash up of the novels that a. I must read because they fall under the publisher review copy or an author influencer copy rules or b. they’re books I’ve been considering and/or wishing to read for a lengthy period of time. Every reader will tell you that, no matter our good intentions, our monthly or seasonal TBRs, change. This is simply fact.

In fact as I’m looking over this list I’m already realizing that this is going to change drastically. Why is this? Well, there are at least two books coming my way that I don’t physically own – yet, and will be required reading for this upcoming month since they’re from authors.

Whether they get read or not, below are the books I’m excited, enthused and enquiring about. Let’s have a look.



1. The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout | I've never read a novel by Jennifer, but hear this one is amazing. I'm curious. Amazon | Goodreads


2. Close to You by Kara Isaac | Been meaning to read this one since before it released (NetGalley). Shame on me for not making time for it. Amazon | Goodreads



3. The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade | This one looks SUPER cute. Why wouldn't I go for a dose of that? Amazon | Goodreads 


4. Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry | Yes I know. I’ve been saying I’m going to read this one for eons. The plan remains intact. Amazon | Goodreads




5. The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee | This is a currently reading situation for me, and only 40 pages in, I'm intrigued. Have you read this one? Amazon | Goodreads


6. A Lesson in Love and Murder by Rachel McMillan | Returning to Jem and Merinda’s world is a must. Cannot wait to discover what mystery Rachel has crafted for these amateur detectives. Amazon | Goodreads



7. The Lost Girl of Astor Street by Stephanie Morrill | Pitched as a must for fans of Downton Abbey, this one sounds like my cup of tea. It releases in the wild January 2017. Amazon | Goodreads


8. Defiance by C.J. Redwine | I know: shame on me. I’ve had this one on my list before and still have not discovered its magic. But it seems like a seasonal appropriate title, so I’m reaching for the stars. Amazon | Goodreads





9. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Steadman | This one piqued my curiosity because of the film adaptation. Amazon | Goodreads


10. Keep Holding On by Melissa Tagg | I actually only just finished this one. It’s as delightful as its cover suggests and – psst – it officially releases today so go forth and hit that shiny “buy” button. Provided I get things in order, tomorrow will (unofficially) officially be "MTagg" day here at Finding Wonderland - review, giveaway, spotlight plus MORE! Amazon | Goodreads

BONUS! Books (with exception to Jojo's) I knew were releasing this month and, apparently, forgot I was about to have the pleasure to review.



1. Unblemished by Sara Ella | A fairytale re-telling, this has been one of my most anticipated releases of 2016. Looking forward to holding it in my impatient hands (my bookshelf too is ready to hold its beauty). Amazon | Goodreads

2. Tangled Webs by Irene Hannon | This one came in my mailbox only yesterday (thanks, Revell!). Amazon | Goodreads

3. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes | Must. Read. This. One. *excuses be gone* Amazon | Goodreads

4. Wild Montana Skies by Susan May Warren | Susie’s novels are always must reads. Cannot wait to see what she has next crafted for us. Amazon | Goodreads
 

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CLOSING THOUGHTS: There's a giveaway going on for another day. Plus, check out the details of Finding Wonderland and my friend, Tressa's, first-ever #Bookstagram challenge! We'd love to see you join in, whether on Twitter or Instagram. Check out the details

Which books are on your fall TBR stacks? I’d love to read about them or chat all things bookish with you.  Comment down below with your thoughts, opinions or fangirl moments. All is welcome here.

Happy Top Ten Tuesday.

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Bookstagram | #WishfulWonder October Bookstagram Challenge

Thursday, September 22, 2016


You are cordially invited to join the #WishfulWonder October Bookstagram challenge. 

In the past two-three months I’ve developed something of a problem. I’ve become a tiny bit addicted to joining bookstagram challenges. Though I’ve missed days here and there, the creativity of the challenges sends my mind into  creative overdrive which is why I’m constantly having “photoshoots.” With my books as subjects.  

(Yep, I’m strange. This I know, but am afraid there’s no cure for it.) 

Because of all this fun, I decided it’d be entertaining to put together a bookstagram challenge of my own. After asking you on Twitter for input and the types of challenges you liked best, one of my blogging buddies, Tressa of Wishful Endings (go check out my awesome bookstagram partner’s website) offered to partner with me for this challenge. Naturally I was thrilled to have her assistance so a few days, Tweets and emails later we were all set to get this party started. Good news is, we’ve already set plans in motion for challenges as far out as January – because we’re crazy (bloggers) like that, so make sure to keep us in mind when you chose new challenges.  

For those of you who don’t know what a bookstagram challenge is, it’s super simple – and fun.
 
Bookstagram is a hashtag term reserved for Instagram (books + Instagram = #Bookstagram). It’s a fun community full of creative, enthusiastic people and best of all, fellow book nerds. If you aren’t on Instagram but use Twitter, we’d be delighted to have you join. There are very few rules, but those will be listed down below. With all that said, here is our October bookstagram challenge.


Here is a rundown of the challenges that aren’t self-explanatory:

+October 5th: Watercolor | The novel The Problem with Forever inspired this prompt, so think anything colorful and perfectly imperfect.
+ October 6th: Mad Hatter Day | Did you know there was such a day? I didn’t. Here, use your imagination. I’ll probably feature an Alice in Wonderland re-telling, but if you’d rather, go for a book that’s “mad.”
+ October 15th: Sweetest Day | Feature the sweetest romance on your shelf or the sweetest couple.
+ October 17th: National Boss’ Day | This one might be a little strange for a challenge, but when I was seeking ideas, some of October’s holidays came up, along with this one. When I saw it, I immediately thought of characters like Andi and Miranda (The Devil Wears Prada) or Kara and Cat (Supergirl), so if you need inspiration, start there.
+ October 18th: Book + Costume | Show us your favorite cosplay inspired by a book or a book with an awesome costume on the cover. The choice is yours.
+ October 19th: #BookMail | Since Tuesday is “new release” day, we want to see the book mail you’ve gotten in October.
+ October 22nd: The Elizabeth and Darcy Effect | Pick a novel that features a couple who started out as Lizzie and Darcy did (on the wrong foot).
+ October 26th: Book + Favorite Blue Jeans | To give you an idea where this prompt came from, it was inspired by my copy of The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants which I recently rediscovered in my piles of books.
+ October 28th: #BookBesties | This hashtag is something my Twitter friends and I randomly started tagging our tweets, so give a shoutout to your best #BookBesties or share a novel with best friends who are also respecters of books.  

If you have any further questions, please let us know. We’d be glad to answer them. I'll be posting about this on Instagram, and possibly Booktube as well, plus we’ll be posting reminders again at the end of next week. Above all, we hope you join us and have fun with it.

All we ask is that you tag ALL of your posts (whether you join through Instagram or Twitter) with the hashtag #WishfulWonder. This will ensure Tressa and I see your bookish pictures; we’re excited to see how you interpret the prompts and what you come up with.  
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Just a Kiss by Denise Hunter – A Marine, a Best Friend and A Kiss

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

 
About the Book:
Author: Denise Hunter
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Source: Publisher Provided
Publication Date: 2016
Find the Review elsewhere:
Amazon ǀ Blogger ǀ Goodreads | Wordpress
Find the Book Elsewhere:
Amazon ǀ Barnes & Noble ǀ Goodreads
Series: Summer Harbor, book 3
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance
Rating: 5 out of 5  

He should have never run away. Yet that’s exactly what Riley Callahan did. Driven by the pain of unrequited love, Riley enlisted in the Marine Corp to escape the happiness of his brother Beau and Riley's best friend, Paige. Now, Riley returns home to Summer Harbor, Maine, only this time, he’s not the man he once was. He’s returning missing part of himself physically and emotionally. Beau is now engaged to another and Paige is still as beautiful as ever – and she’s made it her mission to help Riley. 

As this novel edged closer to its release – and even when I had a copy in my hands, the only book I had read of the trilogy was Falling Like Snowflakes. Needless to say, I made time to remedy the oversight that was to have not read The Goodbye Bride. Though these books can be read as standalones, I feel like the reader gets so much more out of the characters and their respective journeys when read in their proper order. This novel, the final in Denise’s latest series, is magical.  

While reading each novel in this series, at the time I declare the respective book my favorite of the group only to then move on to the next book and realize it has then replaced the book as my favorite. Such was the case here as I consecutively read this novel with The Goodbye Bride, which precedes this. When reading ‘Bride,’ I wasn’t sure this novel could surpass it. Happily it kept pace with its companion and either met its high standard or perhaps, surpassed it. The characters of this novel are teeming with authenticity, are real, and still find a way to seek joy. Even amidst the emotion and challenges of the story, there is a stable point that guides the story to only good results and happy smiles.

In particular I found Riley’s journey interesting. Perhaps it was the wounded soldier angle or the distance he places between himself and Paige, either way, he’s a noble, worthy and wonderful hero. Similarly, Paige doesn’t let Riley run rough shot over her or the importance of her emotional input towards his recovery. Their interactions are fraught with tension and stolen memories from long ago which keeps their time together brimming with unfulfilled love and longing.  

Aficionados of the contemporary romcom genre are going to adore the journey Riley and Paige (how fabulous are these characters names!?) take. Those of you who’ve read Denise’s novels won’t want to miss this heartwarming story of finding hope when you feel everything is falling apart.  
 
SynopsisWatching the love of his life fall for his brother was enough to send Riley straight to boot camp. But over a year later, he’s officially a marine, and Beau and Paige are no longer an item. When Riley’s tour in Afghanistan is up, he intends to confess his feelings to Paige and win his best friend’s heart once and for all.

But all that changes when an IED takes the life of a comrade and leaves Riley an amputee. Now he’s heading home, injured and troubled. His plans to win Paige are a distant dream. She deserves so much more than the man that’s left. All he can do now is put some healthy distance between them. But upon his return he discovers his family has arranged for him to stay with Paige.

Paige is a nurturer at heart and happy to take care of her best buddy. By all appearances Riley is adjusting miraculously well to his disability. But as the days pass, Paige begins to see that the smiles and laughter are just a mask for the pain he’s hiding. To make matters worse, her job is in serious jeopardy. The animal shelter that she’s poured her heart into has lost its funding, and she has three months to come up with the money needed to save it.

As the weeks wear on, Paige’s feelings for Riley begin to shift into uncharted territory. Why is she suddenly noticing his arm muscles and the way his lips curl at the corners? Will she be able to deny her feelings for another Callahan brother? And will Riley let his heart heal so he can let Paige in? - Goodreads
 

Sincere thanks to the publisher for providing a complimentary copy of this book for reviewing purposes.

Book Giveaway | Denise Hunter's Just a Kiss


Good afternoon, friends and readers. We're ready to have another mini party here on Finding Wonderland. The reason for this? I have two copies of the book in question. Plus why not celebrate the launch of my new #Booktube channel!?

 
This giveaway features the latest from the talents of Denise Hunter, Just a Kiss. If you're a fan of contemporary romance then reading Denise's latest is a must for your TBR! It's more than just the surface beauty of a romantic comedy.
 
Let's look at the official synopsis of Just a Kiss.
 
Synopsis: Watching the love of his life fall for his brother was enough to send Riley straight to boot camp. But over a year later, he’s officially a marine, and Beau and Paige are no longer an item. When Riley’s tour in Afghanistan is up, he intends to confess his feelings to Paige and win his best friend’s heart once and for all.

But all that changes when an IED takes the life of a comrade and leaves Riley an amputee. Now he’s heading home, injured and troubled. His plans to win Paige are a distant dream. She deserves so much more than the man that’s left. All he can do now is put some healthy distance between them. But upon his return he discovers his family has arranged for him to stay with Paige.

Paige is a nurturer at heart and happy to take care of her best buddy. By all appearances Riley is adjusting miraculously well to his disability. But as the days pass, Paige begins to see that the smiles and laughter are just a mask for the pain he’s hiding. To make matters worse, her job is in serious jeopardy. The animal shelter that she’s poured her heart into has lost its funding, and she has three months to come up with the money needed to save it.

As the weeks wear on, Paige’s feelings for Riley begin to shift into uncharted territory. Why is she suddenly noticing his arm muscles and the way his lips curl at the corners? Will she be able to deny her feelings for another Callahan brother? And will Riley let his heart heal so he can let Paige in?
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- Goodreads
 
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And now let's get the rule details out of the way. (If you're a pro in giveaway's around here, just skip to the good bit: the widget!)
 
The giveaway(s) is open to US readers. The prize will be a paperback copy, unless otherwise noted (US readers might have a paperback option when applicable). I do ask that anyone who leaves a comment under "anonymous," please leave the same name you enter into the widget in your comment - it's not easy to try and match comments when there is no name and in fairness to everyone else, I want to be able to be sure everyone who used the Rafflecopter correctly has a fair chance at winning against those who abuse it - there have been a few people I could not verify. So please, I don't mean to overwhelm, but just keep this in mind when entering future giveaways. I'd sure appreciate it! Winner(s) will have 48 hours to respond to the email notification (you'll be contacted at the email address in the Rafflecopter form) before another winner is randomly chosen.
 
To be entered in the giveaway, just enter as much or as little as you like into the Rafflecopter widget, which you'll find down below. The Giveaway ends September 29th. Happy Rafflecopter-ing!

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The Goodbye Bride by Denise Hunter – A Contemporary Romance about Finding Home and Forgiveness

 
About the Book:
Author: Denise Hunter
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Source: Purchased
Publication Date: 2016
Find the Review elsewhere:
Amazon ǀ Blogger ǀ Goodreads | Wordpress
Find the Book Elsewhere:
Amazon ǀ Barnes & Noble ǀ Goodreads
Series: Summer Harbor, book 2
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance
Rating: 5 out of 5  

 
On what should be the happiest day of her life, Lucy Lovett cannot remember a thing. She wakes in a strange place on the floor of a Portland restaurant confused about how she got there – in a wedding gown, no less! Her solution is to call Zac Callahan, the one man she does remember most vividly. But their wedding day isn’t for another several months, which means something she can’t remember has happened. Angry, Zac wants nothing to do with Lucy. But the mystery becomes, why? As Lucy tries to return home - to Summer Harbor, Maine, she finds no one is eager to welcome her back.
 
A woman who can’t forget the man she loves. A man who wishes he could forget.  

Though reading this novel was at the top of my 2016 “must read” list, it somehow slipped through that leaning TBR and escaped the challenge. When its succeeding novel, Just a Kiss, released, I picked this beauty up in hopes I could speed read it, and discovered bliss. Prior to this I’d not read a contemporary novel for far too long. As I closed the final page, I reveled in the joy that it was. The story flowed easily and each flip of the page drew me further and further into the lives of this couple.  

BOOK REVIEW | Just a Kiss by Denise Hunter – A Marine, a Best Friend and A Kiss

Suffice to say, if you’re a fan of Denise’s earlier works, you’re going to adore this darling romantic-comedy. With her signature style, she effortlessly combines humor and heartfelt romance that looks underneath the surface. The Goodbye Bride is a story you root for the reunited couple to finally find happy ever after, but also one you’re sorry to say goodbye to.  

 
Synopsis: Following a concussion, Lucy Lovett can’t remember the last seven months of her life. She doesn’t remember leaving her fiancé Zac Callahan weeks before their wedding or moving to Portland, Maine. And she sure doesn’t remember getting engaged to another man. All she remembers is loving Zac more than life itself.

It’s taken Zac months to move on after Lucy left him with no explanation. He’s thrown himself into his family’s farm and his restaurant business in Summer Harbor. Now Lucy’s back, vulnerable, homeless, and still in love with him. She needs his help putting the pieces together, but letting her back into his life is a risk—and the stakes are high. If he follows his heart he’ll win back the love of his life. But if her memory returns he’ll lose her all over again. - Goodreads
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