About the Book:
Propelled by a fleeting hope of freedom, Winnie and her family escape slavery and find refuge and new life with the Seminole Indians of Florida. But their future is still uncertain as threats of war, a return to slavery, and removal to the West shake their tentative grasp on freedom. Will they ever step out of the shadow of fear to leave a legacy of deliverance?
Florida, Present Day
Olivia Arroyo knows who she is and where she’s going—her sense of family responsibility a stepping-stone to her dream of becoming a chef. When her employer refuses her the chance to move from server to the kitchen, she makes another opportunity for herself with the owner of a new food truck. But her life derails when a hidden piece of her past suddenly comes to light, and she discovers everything she thought she knew about herself has been a lie.
A single decision can have innumerable consequences—a truth that has changed Adam Carrington’s life. A criminal defense attorney turned food truck owner, he is haunted by his role in an unpardonable act and driven by his need to make restitution. Unexpected help comes in the form of a feisty, raven-haired beauty, but she soon begins challenging his kitchen as well as his heart.
I have mixed feelings about this novel. Although it is a "split-time" novel, I felt more time was put into developing Winnie's side of the story. Adam and Olivia's part seemed to move very quickly and lacked some of the depth found in the other two novels in this series. While the modern-day portion of the story was entertaining, I did not feel like I really got to know the characters. In addition, their reactions to the very serious- and unexpected- circumstances Adam and Olivia faced I felt barely scratched the surface of the true emotions these characters would have experienced, almost like readers were only given a glimpse while the story rushed forward. Same with Adam and Olivia's romance- not enough development or time spent in building that relationship. Not completely disappointed, but not my favorite in this series thus far. I'd rather not read a time-split novel and have more attention put into one story line.
I received a free copy of this literary work from the author. A review was not required. Thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are solely my own.
About the Author:
Sarah Monzon is a Navy chaplain's wife and a stay at home mom to the two cutest littles in the world. Playing pretend all day with them isn't enough, she spends the evenings after their heads hit the pillow to create her own imaginary characters. When she isn't in the world of make believe, she can be found in the pine forests of western Washington taking care of her family, fostering friendships, and enjoying all the adventures each day brings. Her debut novel, The Isaac Project, skyrocketed to Amazon bestseller status while her Sophomore book, Finders Keepers, won the 2017 SELAH award for contemporary romance. Connect with her at http://www.sarahmonzonwrites.com/.
About the Book:
Just a few years after their father’s business scandal shatters their lives, Jane and Celia Woodward find themselves forced out of their San Francisco tea shop. The last thing Jane wants is to leave their beloved shop on Valencia Street, but when Celia insists on a move to Austin, Texas, the sisters pack up their kid sister Margot and Jane’s tea plants, determined to start over yet again.
But life in Austin isn’t all sweet tea and breakfast tacos. Their unusual living situation is challenging and unspoken words begin to fester between Jane and Celia. When Jane meets and falls for up-and-coming musician Sean Willis, the chasm grows deeper.
While Sean seems to charm everyone in his path, one person is immune – retired Marine Captain Callum Beckett. Callum never meant to leave the military, but the twin losses of his father and his left leg have returned him to the place he least expected—Texas.
In this modern spin on the Austen classic, Sense and Sensibility, the Woodward sisters must contend with new ingredients in unfamiliar kitchens, a dash of heartbreak, and the fragile hope that maybe home isn't so far away.
This modern retelling of Jane Austen's classic was quirky, fun, and overall enjoyable to read! I love Sense and Sensibility and found myself eagerly turning the pages to see how Manton Lodge would reconfigure the details of the story into the current day lives of the Woodward sisters. Granted, modifications were made to the original story line to accommodate today's culture, but the basic elements were all there. The inclusion of tea as the central element for Jane's world was interesting, too. I learned quite a lot about tea! (You mean there are other kinds of tea other than southern sweet tea?) Fun book overall that I recommend for a good light read!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Hillary Manton Lodge is the author of A Table by the Window, Reservations for Two, Simply Sara, and the Carol Award-nominated Plain Jayne. A storyteller at heart and a University of Oregon journalism graduate, Hillary discovered the world of cuisine during her internship at Northwest Palate Magazine. In her free time she enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, watching foreign films, and riding motorcycles. She lives in Portland with her husband, Danny, and their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Shiloh. To learn more about her books, visit http://www.hillarymantonlodge.com/.
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