Kathleen Shoop is one of my favorite authors. She was generous enough to offer 2 of her e-books (Home Again and Return to Love) to 5 lucky winners. Here are my reviews of both books.
Title: Home Again
Author: Kathleen Shoop
Publisher: Oakglen Press
Format: E Book
Summary: 1969– Set on the shores of the Albemarle Sound, April Harrington has fond memories of summers at her family home, Bliss. After her fairytale wedding disintegrates, it becomes her refuge-the one place where she can attempt to pull the unraveling threads of her life back together. Unbeknownst to April, the stately house has been neglected in recent years. The once-sturdy roof is leaking in a few dozen places, and the wharf is rotting. Nothing is the same as she remembers. Nothing except for Hale, a Viet Nam pilot who is haunted by a dreadful secret, and who is also her brother’s best friend, a brother killed in the conflict that is tearing the country apart. In Hale’s presence, April finds familiarity and solace. They share grief for a lost loved one, and from the comfort of Hale’s arms, passion blooms. Yet, April’s future is unresolved. Her wealthy, arrogant almost-bridegroom wants her back and the ghosts of Viet Nam are whispering to Hale. Can they find new love in an old treasured home, the kind of affection and trust that lasts forever?
I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. This review is 100% my own opinions.
I am a big fan of Kathleen Shoop. She is a very talented author that makes you feel like you are right there in the story with the characters.
I loved this book, I’m a romantic at heart. I can’t imagine the different emotions both April and Hale feel from their past.
You can tell right away that there has always been a connection between April and Hale. It goes beyond Hale being Andrew, April’s brother’s best friend.
I loved to watch relationship evolve between April and Hale. They both had guilt over something in their past and together, they over came it.
Sweet Romance… Fresh off their whirlwind nuptials and unexpected, but joyous pregnancy, April and Hale Abercrombie are gleeful about their life together. But, while Hale is serving his country in Vietnam, he receives news of the loss of their newborn daughter.
Back home on leave, Hale can barely wait to hold his wife. Their reunion is passionate and their physical connection, strong and soothing. His embrace, his touch, and his love are just as perfect as April remembered. But nothing, not even Hale, can ease April’s heartache.
Hale stumbles through his attempts at convincing her that their future will be rich and full of wonder despite their loss. His good-hearted, but take-charge approach causes her to retreat. Even in grief, April recognizes Hale’s earnestness, yet she can’t help but distance herself from him. With only a short time before Hale must return to war, the couple begins to understand that hope starts with them—that the bliss they once knew will return only if they are willing to trust again.
Set on the beaches of the Outer Banks, Return to Love is the second book in the Endless Love series. Book one, Home Again, was named a finalist in the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
This is the second book in the Endless Love Series. The first book is titled Home Again.
This book is based in the 70s in the height of the Vietnam war. I’m not sure if this is really how they handled the death of a newborn back then. I really hope not. This book had so many different emotions run through me all at once.
I had compassion, sympathy, anger, love, empathy. There is so much more to say about this book but I don’t want to give any of the story away. April needs Hale’s love and support the most right now. No matter how much she needs it though, she tries to push him away. She is stuck in her own grief.
April and Hale have what I call and undying love. They love each other with every being in their bodies. Nothing can or will keep them apart.
Kathleen Shoop is not only a talented author, she is also a friend of mine. I’m love everything she has written so far. I highly suggest you look into her other books.
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