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SusanClover, SCAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great Ending to Series!September 4, 2016SusanClover, SCAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Denise Hunter finishes up her Summer Harbor series with the last Callahan brother's Story. Riley has returned from the Middle East an amputee, unsure of himself and wondering what to do now that he's home. Especially wondering how he's going to face Paige Warren, the woman he's loved since they were teenage best friends. But so much has changed. Then he learned that, due to renovations at his family's house, he is going to be Paige's houseguest until those renos are finished!
Paige tries everything in her power to make Riley's transition home a success, but she hears his nightmares, sees his struggles to cope with his disability and her heart breaks for him. But soon, she begins to feel more for her ' best friend' and tries valiantly to squash those feelings. They've been best friends forever, right?
As these two try to come to terms with their feelings for each other and Riley tries to find his place now with his disability, old feelings come to the front, and they each deal with their own heartaches.
Can they trust each other to understand? Will they both trust God and allow Him to work in their lives?
Denise Hunter has been a favorite of mine for many years. She is a wonderful writer and the spiritual lesson here is profound. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to her next one.
*I was provided with a copy of this book by Net Galley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. (less)
kp07194 Stars Out Of 5Just a KissSeptember 1, 2016kp0719Quality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Just a Kiss, the latest novel from Denise Hunter, brings a conclusion to her Summer Harbor series. You will watch Riley as he walks towards his family and friends, with his heart on the ground, because now, unfortunately, he walks with one less limb!
Riley feels even worse when he learns that the only spot for him to recover is at Paige's home, the woman he is secretly in love with! What had begun as a close friendship had slowly changed to something more over the years. Riley must decide how he will now deal with this awkward situation. You will be surprised when Paige loses her help at the animal shelter and Riley fills in until Paige can find a permanent worker. You have no idea how Riley will survive spending hours of his day with Paige!
Will Riley ever come to terms with his new limitations? How will Paige respond when she finally learns of Riley's love for her? When Riley, suffering with PTSD from his time at war, runs away from Paige, you wonder how his soul will ever find healing. This was an interesting tale that will have you turning page after page to discover the conclusion!
I received this book from Thomas Nelson in exchange for my unbiased review.
An Old Fashioned GirlMinnesotaAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A sweet, satisfying conclusion to the seriesAugust 29, 2016An Old Fashioned GirlMinnesotaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4I think this book is enhanced having read the first two in the series first--Paige and Riley have a lot of history, and while it's explained well in this one, the anticipation and build-up are so much greater after reading the whole series. The same goes for Aunt Trudy and the sheriff; we finally get to know the rest of their history and why Trudy has held a grudge against him for so many years!
I really like that the author was bold enough to make Riley an amputee; it's a direction that few authors are willing to go, since if one is going to do it, it has to be done right. And I think she succeeds. PTSD is much more common now in fiction than it used to be (and it only makes sense that Riley has it), but the complication of losing a limb adds another dimension.
Between Riley's pain and Paige's feelings of abandonment, this one invokes quite a number of tears! Overall, it's a sweet romance with an uplifting message.
Thank you Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for providing an e-book to review; I was not required to make the review positive, and all opinions are my own.
Tings MomArkansasAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Finally get Riley's storyAugust 19, 2016Tings MomArkansasAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I think this is my favorite of the Summer Harbor series. Riley has been in love with Paige for so long and I have just been waiting to see if they were ever going to end up together. This book was everything I wanted for them, and so much more. Not only is this a story of love that stands the test of time, but of the love God shows us that never goes away - no matter what. I am going to miss Summer Harbor and the McCallahan brothers. *I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*