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I've got to begin my review by saying how beautiful the start of this story was, it's one of the most loveliest introductions I've read in a long time, I was completely there on that woodsy path smelling the honeysuckle in 1875 Des Moines!!
Tilly is happy with her lot in life, apart from the loss of her parents. She happily carries on with the family traditions on the families small plot of land near the cove where she lovingly looks after her mussel beds surrounding the area. She spends the rest of her time creating beautiful hand crafted items her neighbours buy.
Landon's had a privileged yet lonely life as he continually finds himself reaching out to his parents for love but they define love as money and success in business. He leaves to to prove himself to them and finally make them proud, but his one big idea may ruin Tilly's idyllic life forever.
This was such a touching story, as business versus unexpected love, and the closeness of communities as they help each other in times of need. Cannot wait to follow their story!
A change of approach for moms of an addict, written by an author who has been in the same position and wants to use her experience to help others by offering support and guidance. Using a flower analogy as steps of guidance, along with references to other helpful material, and inspirational mottos, the author begins to guide you through the change of approach to help both yourself and your child, giving you a chance to recover before you create your own illness. Throughout the book you will work through easy, yet thought provoking, guided exercises to look closely at your thoughts and inner feelings and begin to see and feel clearly to change your own perspective before trying to help others. The author explains that by taking away the addicts reliability on you as a parent will enable them to find their own way through, empowering themselves.
The author doesn't stop the support and guidance at this book, she genuinely wants to help your recovery and offers support through her social media and support group.
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Fall in love on the sandy shores of Silver Island, home to coffee shops, boat races, midnight rendezvous, and the sexy, sharp-witted Steeles in TEMPTED BY LOVE by Melissa Foster, an emotionally riveting story about a man who has lost it all and carries a torturous secret, a divorced single mother who has everything to lose, and the little girl who helps them heal.
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Years ago, bestselling author Jack “Jock” Steele lost his girlfriend and baby in a horrific accident that drove a wedge between Jock and his family, keeping him from sharing a devastating secret. An aging philanthropist saved him from the brink of despair, and for a decade Jock cared for his ailing friend who became his family. Now his friend has passed away and left him a fortune—on the condition that he publishes another book. Jock is floundering, unsure how to rebuild the life he’d walked away from, much less find his muse, have another relationship with a woman, or even think about having a family of his own. But he can’t get his sweet, sexy new friend, single-mother Daphne Zablonski out of his head, and her adorable toddler must know something he doesn’t, because she wraps her tiny fingers around his heart and won’t let go.
Daphne has been through the wringer with her ex-husband and doesn’t believe true love is in the cards for her. Friends she can handle, but letting a man see her mom bod naked? Especially someone as strikingly handsome and unbelievably sexy as Jock? No, thank you. Besides, she has a toddler to chase after and enough fictional boyfriends to fill her lonely nights. If only her book boyfriends could make her body tingle the way one look from her mysterious neighbor does.
As Jock and Daphne’s friendship turns to something too tempting to deny, their lives take an unexpected turn. Can a man who has lost everything find redemption with a woman who has everything to lose? And then there’s that secret…
>>> New historical fiction from Kathleen Shoop <<<
ღ The River Jewel: A Letter Series Novella by Kathleen Shoop ღ
For everyone who hopes to find the perfect match…
1875 Des Moines, Iowa
The novella, The River Jewel, takes readers of the bestselling Letter Series novels back in time, before there was a last letter, before the Arthurs lost everything, before they knew a girl named Pearl.
"What a wonderful book-the story of two people who find each other in a most particular way. Although the title says this is a novella--it is actually longer and is about the same length as a regular story. It was so engrossing that I read it in one sitting!!" reviews Miki's Hope
"Lovely, romantic historical novel set in rural Des Moines. Shoop captures a wonderful sense of this Iowa community in the years before many were forced to move away, and I loved how she contrasted the life priorities of Des Moines against those of rich Manhattanites." @reviews Stephanie Jane @ Literary Flits
"Will Landon go against his parents wishes and have the life he wants with a young woman they disapprove of. Will he be able to prove to Tilly that he no longer has any interest in her beloved cove? This was a heartfelt, beautiful, love story." reviews Bookworm Babblings
ღ Now available ღ
Kindle - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07YCRK3LM/
Apple - https://books.apple.com/us/book/the-river-jewel/id1493826444
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Paperback - https://www.amazon.com/dp/1708629238
Meet Tilly Rabel, a proud oyster-woman, and Landon Lockwood, the troubled son of one of the wealthiest men in America. The two could not be less suited for love. But when an old legend draws Landon to a hidden river cove, Tilly and he find each other, are lured by growing attraction, and repelled by competing desires to control Tilly’s waters. The hidden pool is replete with valuable mussel beds and the source of everything that makes Tilly who she is. Landon sees the illustrious treasure as the path to proving to his parents he is worth their love and worthy of the Lockwood name. Can Tilly trust Landon with her heart, with her beloved mussel beds? Can Landon trust that he has truly changed and doesn’t need his parents approval to live the life he wants?
Heartbreak, triumph, and a very special baby weave a tale sure to please readers who’ve read the entire Letter Series and those who are just starting the journey.
An excellent story which depicts the story of Deshaun and how he has a lot of questions about being adopted. Why was he given up for adoption? Who are his real parents? How will he cope when he meets or locate his real parents?
With the support of his adopted parents Deshaun goes on a discovery to find his real dad and once they find him it tells the story of how the relationship is rebuilt, the fears Deshaun has and the positive reassurance he receives from his adopted parents.
The drawings and easy to read narrative explains what every adopted person will feel at some point in their life in searching for their true identity. The story ends on a high note with Deshaun not only finding his dad but also finds he has an extended family who readily accept him.
A well written book for a personal point of view which will help others understand adoption and the search to find out about their heritage.
We're All Not the Same, But We're Still Family: An Adoption and Birth Family Story by Theresa Fraser and Eric E W Fraser
Written for adoptive families to explore the benefits of adoption openness.
"This short story about a boy who was adopted is heart warming. With the help of his adoptive parents he was able to connect with his birth family. There is a section at the end that gives advice on how to go about doing this for parents. It is extremely informative and in my opinion helpful. I would like to note here that the book was written by the boy with the help of his Mom!" reviews Miki's Hope
"This book provides a sweet story of Deshaun, a young boy with a desire to meet his birth father. Because of the openness of all involved, he finds answers and comfort, and senses the true meaning of ‘family.’ The story is short, but the meaning and sentiments stay with you long after you finish reading." reviews Cover Lover Book Review
Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/were-all-not-the-same-but-were-still-family-theresa-ann-fraser/1134828969?ean=2940163157525
This story was written for adoptive families to explore the benefits of adoption openness. The main character, Deshaun, loves his family but always wondered about his biological family. Does he look like them? Did they love him? With the support of his adoptive parents, Deshaun gets to meet his biological family. They develop an ongoing relationship, so Deshaun feels more stable in his adoptive family, but also develops a comfortable relationship with his birth family. Deshaun and his family are reminded (as we all are) that family can include biological, adopted, foster and kin members.
After reading this book, a child and their family will be able to:
- Discuss feelings about adoption
- Imagine what openness might mean for them
- Acknowledge similarities and differences among family members
- Discuss if an expanded sense of family is possible for their circumstances
From Loving Healing Press
Welcome to the strange and wonderful world of Willow who has to face the challenges of growing up and not only deal with the normal pressures of growing up but finds out she has special powers which are frowned upon in her local community and could lead to her been ignored and face persecution.
The real story behind the book in my opinion is teaching young people each and every one of them has a special talent and it is okay to have that skill if they can use it correctly without abusing or boasting about it.
It also shows if they have a certain talent and feel down, lonely, and having problems in coping with it there is always someone who is looking over them to offer a protective arm or a confidante to speak to and seek advice.
On the flip side it educates them in how to deal with the other students and people in society who might not fully understand the person or their talent as ignorance breeds hatred.
The book is an excellent read for the teenage audience as our heroine feels like she has nowhere to turn or go but then a new male student comes to the school and she finds herself strangely attracted to him and cannot figure out why.
With her special powers and confusion about growing up, it was well written and the emotions expressed will strike a cord with any young person who is going through a difficult time because as well as a lot of soul searching our heroine displays a lot of humour and finds love from her closest family.
Book 1 has gives us an excellent introduction into Willow’s life and am looking forward to following he adventures in the next book in the series.
NEW Historical Fiction Release from Kathleen Shoop
The Thief's Heart (from the award winning Letter Series, Book 4)
For anyone who’s ever needed a second chance, to find love, to find the right path in life…
"Shoop’s depiction of this historical time is amazing, and I was captivated by the plot within the first few pages. There is something innocently naive about Tommy which endears you to him. You feel sorry for his family’s bad fortune, and worry for his welfare around his no good ‘friends’.The struggle of the characters felt real, and I absolutely adored Tommy and his journey." reviews Carly Louise Wilson
"Tommy Arthur had never gotten over either his father leaving or his horrendous days in foster care. But now that his family are back together in Des Moines and have found a place to live Tommy is determined to support them all. Kathleen Shoop is definitely one of my favorite authors--her word imagery is spot on and makes you feel what the characters in her novels feel!" reviews Michele Bodenheimer
"Absolutely unstoppable reading, The Letter Series has made such a connection with me, the characters, who now feel like family, warm my heart through their stories and their desperate times, my emotions were pulled as as I continue to want to keep them from harm after all they have been through. The author connects the reader to the past and brings the old era to life so vividly, it simply fascinates me, a never ending book is the only way to fulfill my needs!" Beck Valley Books
★ Now available ★
Kindle - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07ZMJ56NX
Nook - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-thiefs-heart-kathleen-shoop/1134430276?ean=2940163375103
Apple - https://books.apple.com/us/book/the-thiefs-heart/id1485126841
Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-thief-s-heart
Paperback - https://www.amazon.com/dp/1519582005
★For anyone who’s ever needed a second chance, to find love, to find the right path in life…
Des Moines, 1892.
After losing their promised inheritance, the Arthur family’s luck finally changes. An extraordinary woman, Violet Pendergrass, provides refuge for them to rebuild their broken lives. Or has she? Handsome fifteen-year-old Tommy Arthur has one foot in manhood and the other dragging up the rear of his boyhood years. He strives to protect and provide for his family, but turning to booze when scared or worried creates as many problems as solutions. Unsure of who he can trust, fiery redhead Pearl Riverside challenges and excites him at every turn, softening his heart toward the idea that goodness exists in the world.
Tension builds between Tommy and his mother as her affection for a generous man increases. At the same time, distance grows between Tommy and his twin sister, Katherine, as each chooses their secrets over family. Violet Pendergrass demands more from Tommy and he begins to question her motives.
When disaster strikes for Tommy’s little sister, Yale, the actions of a sinister judge, a crooked minister, and the infamous charlatan, Dreama, are revealed. Facing more jailtime as vigilante mobs form, the clock runs down on Tommy’s chance to take responsibility for his own choices. Is it too late for him to save his family, to open his heart and fully love those who need him as much as he needs them?
The Last Letter Series of novels by Kathleen Shoop is set in the Midwest of America in the late 19th and early 20th century. Shoop takes readers on an emotional journey through love, loss and redemption. Inspired by family letters, the novels pull from historical events and places and feature the life and times of the fictional Arthur family as they make their way in the world.
Read more on the whole series, and author here...
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