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Cafenova (Clairmont Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

S. Jane Scheyder
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Book Description

cafenova [kaf-i-NOH-vuh] n. one who charms women with coffee. see also: romance.

Leaving her broken heart behind in Seattle, Maddy Jacobs starts a new life on the coast of Maine. Although running a Bed and Breakfast has always been her dream, restoring the sprawling Victorian inn is a massive undertaking. Her contractor, competent, handsome, and built like a Greek god, could be the answer to her prayers. If she can keep her wits about her, she might just survive the summer.

John Fordham has his plate full, raising two young sons and running his renovation business. Restoring the waterfront property for its intriguing new owner will take all of his energy, and, if he’s not careful, it might just take his heart.

Product Details

  • File Size: 693 KB
  • Print Length: 318 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Andres & Blanton; 3 edition (November 17, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009S3BEX2
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #353,673 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs up for this lighthearted romance October 27, 2012
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I am very happy I purchased this book. I enjoyed the chemistry between the two main characters. I also liked that they both were interesting people and their dialogue pulled you in to their stories. I appreciated that their relationship held physical attraction but they didn't let things get out of control. The Christian elements were nicely done in that you got the point without having to be hit over the head with it. I think most people could find something they liked in this book if they were looking for a sweet romance. The author does a great job of telling a story.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read February 22, 2011
This book invited me in on the very first page and made me want to stay until the last word was read. I laughed and I cried. I could not put it down once I started reading it. The author showed real attention to detail, and I loved the Christian focus which you so seldom find in books these days. What a treasure. I cannot wait for the next one. Thank you so much for a most enjoyable experience.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just another romance June 29, 2011
By Q
I think the toughest thing about finding a good romance novel now is that they're all carbon-copies: same plot, same characters. I was so pleasantly surprised and intruiged by Cafenova that I couldn't put it down. Finally here is something worth reading; something with depth and home renovations! S. Jane Scheyder has a really strong sense of humor and her writing is just wonderful. Also, how could anyone not love Burt? He's the most adorable dog I've ever read about. A must read!
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but preachy. January 20, 2013
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I was excited to read this book since I'm a New Englander and it takes place on the coast of Maine. I thought the writing was solid and enjoyed watching the relationship between the MC and contractor start to unfold. But then things started to fall apart about halfway through the book. The religious thread became too thick for my tastes and the abstinence piece was really forced and preachy. The main character got kind of whiny and childish in the second half, too. Between her annoying personality, the religiosity and abstinence preachiness, I almost stopped reading it a couple times. I kept at it hoping it would get better or come together in some surprisingly touching way - I wasn't overall impressed in the end. Too bad, the storyline had a lot of potential. I agree with another commenter; I think a church reading group would probably appreciate this story a lot.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book February 8, 2013
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I really enjoyed this book. The romance was perfect. It's nice to be able to open a book and read a romance that is clean. That is true romance. The religious parts blended in nicely. It wasn't too preachy. Great book. If you are wanting a fun, clean romance this is the book for you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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The reason why romance novels are bestsellers can be summed up in two words: sex sells. This story revolves around a single father, John, and his client, Maddy, who is starting a bed and breakfast in Maine. The story alludes to sexual tension, which John and Maddy do have, but illicit sex isn't needed to make the characters more realistic or believable.

However, it is a bit unrealistic that Maddy, having been dumped by her fiancé, Phil, would then leave Seattle and move across the country to Maine to open a B&B. At one point, Maddy clearly indicates that she doesn't plan on cooking for her guests, which is part of the point of owning a B&B. Did she not realize that? Maddy is dealing with a broken heart and some sibling rivalry (her sister, Becky, is a bit more worldly than she is). John is dealing with his wife's abandonment of their two children, Parker and Blake, who are adorable.

While the story doesn't require sex to be a good story, there is a scene that surprised me. Maddy and John, having recently started attending church again, decide on a series of "bans": behavior that they find unacceptable when they're dating. Then, one day, Maddy is taking a bath and John comes to her home to ask her something. John literally walks in on Maddy in the bath, and then stays there. He turns his back, as a gentleman would, but real Christians and real gentlemen would have left the bathroom altogether, while apologizing for the intrusion. Seriously? They're talking about how they want to wait until they're married, while one of them is naked in a bathtub?

The book also suffers from a lack of pacing. Chapters involving the renovation of Maddy's home into the B&B drag on and on.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring and Religious February 3, 2013
By JW Anon
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The book description failed to mention this is a Christian novel. I initially skipped those parts but it was too much and I gave up. Too preachy. Not a page turner but it did help me nod off to sleep. Rambles on in parts. I had hoped for delicious descriptions of Maine and New England to no avail.
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A little boring... January 29, 2013
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Definitely not a page turner. A little too much religion that never went anywhere. She never made me fall in love with characters.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of those see Romaces I wish I hadn't read so I could read it again!
Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book
Published 18 days ago by Linda Pennington
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and fun romance
Happy ending with characters with morals and kind friends. No swearing even though there were chunky men with tools. Nice .
Published 1 month ago by celinda
2.0 out of 5 stars If you enjoy Christian fiction, it's OK
Warning! This is a stealth Christian book! You read along and then all of a sudden it gets preachy! And that where the story bogs down. Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. Childerhose
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet story
Enjoyed the story and especially the old fashioned values displayed by this author. I recommend it and will be looking for future books by this author.
Published 1 month ago by D. Lopatka
4.0 out of 5 stars but not great.
Okay, but not great.
Published 2 months ago by Desertlady
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this story
I love this story! I've read it a couple times already and enjoyed it the second time as much as the first, and I will read it again. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kristie
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute Romantic Story
I picked up the book not knowing it was a Christian romance novel, but the story itself was cute. I enjoyed reading about the relationship of the main characters as it developed... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Andrea Cruz
4.0 out of 5 stars Is her Cafenova a true Casanova?
Meet Maddy and her wolfhound, Burt, as they start a new life on the coast of Maine having left heartache behind on the West Coast. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Liz Pomeroy
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved the book
I loved the book. The excitement kept my attention. Happy to have clean language good morals to the story.
Published 4 months ago by Donna Mays
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More About the Author

S. Jane (Susie) Scheyder was born in Royal Oak, Michigan, and grew up in the Midwest. She graduated from Valparaiso University with a B.A. in Music Merchandising, though writing has always been her favorite artistic outlet. Her first book, "The Other Side of the Pulpit" was published in 2006. "Cafenova," her first novel, and the first of her Clairmont series, was released in 2010. She and her son Jacob collaborated on "One More Thing," a children's bedtime story, released in the summer of 2013. Susie returned to Clairmont in the novella, "You Smiled," (January 2014) and Becky's story, "Done with Men Forever," the second full novel in the Clairmont series, was released on November 1, 2014. She and her husband and five children live in southeastern Connecticut.

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