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Aug 04

Review: Return To Love


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.

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My Review: 

This is the second book in the Endless Love Series. The first book is titled Home Again. You can see my review for Home Again here.

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.

About the Author

A Language Arts Coach with a Ph.D. in Reading Education, Kathleen lives in Oakmont, Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.

Kathleen has also written Love and Other Subjects, award winning After the Fog and her debut novel, The Last Letter, garnered multiple awards in 2011.  The author’s stories have also appeared in several of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

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Endless Love series. Book one, Home Again


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?

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I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.

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Gina

Hi, I’m Gina and owner of this blog. I'm married with numerous nieces and a nephews. I live in the Pittsburgh PA area. To work with me for a review for you, contact me at: libraryofreviews@gmail.com

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  1. sharon martin

    After reading the authors The Last Letter I’m so looking forward to reading more, this sounds like another great read.

  2. Julie

    I haven’t even started this one yet. It sounds pretty good though.

  3. Liz Mays

    This sounds so romantic and beachy making it a perfect summer read. I love that it’s set in the Outer Banks too!

  4. Mrs. Mashed Up

    Sounds like an interesting piece. I really love period-pieces that take place in the not-too distant past.

  5. kathleen shoop

    Gina, I’m so so pleased that you liked the book. That means to the world to me and the fact that you spread the word is just icing on the cake. Thank you!!!

  6. Valerie Negron

    The first book and this one sound amazing! Im adding them to my TBR pile! So awesome that the author is so close to me!

  7. Michelle F.

    Sounds like a great read. I have to start reading more.

  8. Britney

    Thanks for the review! I’m always looking for a good book so I will have to put it on my list!

  9. samantha

    I love reading it always has this tranquil effect on me, i used to read books to fall asleep

  10. maria long

    I always am looking for a summer read, thanks for telling me about this book. It sounds amazing.

  11. Rosey

    It sounds very intense. I’m curious about how much the war will affect the plot of the story.

    1. Gina

      The story is more about the marriage/love of the April and Hale. The only mention of the war is the fact that Hale is fighting in the war and what his job description is.

  12. FamiGami

    Looks like a book my wife would enjoy. Thanks for sharing this.

  13. Chrissy Mazzocchi

    Sounds like a sweet book, I’m entering! Thanks 🙂

  14. Christie

    I love reading a little romance during the summer! Thanks for the great review

  15. Imelda Guanzon

    What an Interesting book for summer. I love the plot

  16. Rach @ Eazy Peazy Mealz

    Looks like a great book! Thank you so much I always need new books.

  17. Ann Bacciaglia

    Sounds like a great summer time read. I love romance novels and will add this to my must read list.

  18. Rebecca Swenor

    Sounds like an amazing series. I am going to have to get the first one. Thanks for shairng.

  19. jane

    i can already imagine what the book is like. i have a lot of movies from vietnam wars

  20. Dawn

    This book sounds exactly like something my daughter would love to read! I will recommend it to her !

  21. Elizabeth Copeland

    Sounds as though you thoroughly enjoyed the book. I love reading, and have at least 8 books and a dozen magazines on my to read pile on the top of my nightstand.

  22. Kath Rivera

    I think this is a good read. I miss reading right and always busy from blogging. I’m sure you have a lot of stories to share.

  23. Don Purdum

    My niece loves romance novels. I will be sharing these with her.

  24. Kristen

    sounds like a great book! Maybe they will make a movie out of it!

  25. CJ Schindler

    I would spend it on a good book and put the rest towards the cat food I have delivered each month. Thanks for the chance!

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