I wrote reviews for Kinzie Monroe’s book and Stephanie Burkhart’s book. Their publisher is Rebecca J. Vickery, a fantastic lady. She’s one of my favorite publishers and wonderful to work with. My contemporary romance, THE PROPOSAL, is Published by Rebecca J. Vickery as well as my highly sensual romance, YOUR PLACE OR MINE.
Here are my reviews for both books and their gorgeous book covers!
Review for Stephanie’s CHRISTMAS IN BAYEUX
I enjoyed reading Stephanie Burkhart’s “Christmas in Bayeux, an international contemporary romance. Reading about France’s culture and people was wonderful. Burkhart has a gift for giving authentic descriptions so that the reader feels the excitement and romance of the setting. The French phrases added to the story also make it obvious that the author is familiar with the language.
After a lapse of nine years, the two characters, Aiden Seward and Noel Rousseau, get a chance to see each other again. They met the first time when Noel stayed with his family as a foreign exchange student. Aiden was only sixteen at the time but never forgot Noel. After he’s discharged from the military, he’s at loose ends because his parents died while he was in Iraq. He goes to Bayeux because he wants to resolve his loss by visiting the cemetery which is near the small town. There is a poignant scene when he and Noel visit the American World War II cemetery. I loved this bit of history because Burkhart skillfully portrays Aiden’s feelings at remembering his grandfather’s sacrifice during the war.
While reading this romance, I wondered what the two would do about being from two different countries, I was not disappointed at the conclusion. The sensual scenes are tastefully written and add to the richness of the story.
“Christmas in Bayeux” is the perfect short romance to enjoy during the holiday season or any time during the year, and I highly recommend it.
Kinzie Monroe did an excellent job of tackling serious issues in her inspirational, NO GREATER LOVE. When I read the blurb about Leah Dalton, a wealthy young woman who wants to pay someone to end her life, I knew it would be an intriguing story. I wasn’t prepared how much this book would touch me in a personal way. The emotions are raw and realistic when each character realizes what their friend, Leah wants one of them to do. She is terminally ill with cancer and can’t bear to experience the suffering she knows will happen in the final stages of her life.
Leah is a complex character with five close friends. She’s helped each one with financial assistance so their lives could be improved. For example, Jonas is a recovering alcoholic and a successful architect because of Leah’s influence. Jessica is a registered nurse and business woman Annie has known Leah since college days. Leah’s fortune is from her successful software company. Her kind deeds made her feel good and it wasn’t like she had family to spend her money on. Her parents had died while she was in high school. She invites them to her mansion so they can give scenarios of how she should die, and the lawyer, Kirby Shelton, will pick the best way from their submissions.
Leah goes to Kirby because she has her investigated and knows she needs the money. Also Kirby took care of her own father while he died a painful death from cancer. I found this disturbing that Leah would be willing to pay $300 million dollars to the friend who ends her life. Of course, Leah wants it to look like an accident and not murder. Some of her close friends are Christians so they reach out to her in hopes she will change her mind.
Leah loved Jonas for years but when she realized he didn’t love her the same way, she broke up with him. It does hurt Leah some when she sees how he’s interested in Kirby. The romance between Kirby and Jonas is refreshing. Kirby’s direct and honest with Jonas about her feelings in getting serious with a non-Christian. Her ex wasn’t a Christian so she doesn’t want to be with someone again who doesn’t share her faith. Leah and Jonas are not Christians, but I loved how Kinzie Monroe weaved the salvation message into the story.
NO GREATER LOVE is a page-turner filled with inspiration and hope. I knew it would be a great read but it exceeded my high expectations. The characters are well-developed, and each could have a book written about them. They are that interesting.
I highly recommend this absorbing and beautifully written book, NO GREATER LOVE.
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I better get back to writing my synopsis - I’m halfway done. It’s nice my romance is finished but wish the synopsis was done.