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Embers of Hope (Second Gift Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Kristen James
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Book Description

Second Gift Series, Book 1

Savanna Thompson knows what it’s like when you blink and your life shatters. She’s been hiding her divorce from her best friend Cassie, but she knows she can’t any longer. Cassie’s husband, a firefighter, just died. Savanna rushes home, along with her one-year-old daughter to help, and now she’s staying with Cassie in a nursery meant for a baby that won’t ever exist.

She will fix their relationship, but it’s complicated with Jason around. He’s the firefighter who saved Savanna’s life two and a half years ago. He just lost his best friend, and like Cassie, he blames himself for Mike’s death. When he convinced Mike to remain with the department, how could he know Mike would die fighting a house fire?

Though hurting herself, something deep inside her won’t let her walk away. Jason needs her but she’s off limits on so many levels. She’s falling for this sexy firefighter but he confuses her to no end. Being stuck in the middle is enough stress, plus her own problems are festering behind her helping smile. Can Savanna find the balance between loving Jason, helping Cassie, and taking care of herself and her daughter? Or is she going to lose this bet and her best friend?

Book 2: More Than a Promise is now available.

What are readers saying?

"I was looking forward to a good story about friendship and love, and your story did not disappoint! I haven’t been in Savannah’s or Cassie’s situation personally, but I was able to feel all of the emotions they were going through as they dealt with the changes in their lives. I can’t imagine the overwhelming feeling of loss and hopelessness that Cassie was facing after her husband died. I think you did a great job of showing her in a bit of a free fall – distancing herself from friends and family, changing the outside of her life (taking down the pictures of her and Mike) but unable to change her inner feelings of anger and hurt, and acting out by doing things she might not ordinarily do.

I really loved how both Savannah and Jason both were deeply affected by their “first” meeting. The way you described it from both perspectives was great and really helped the reader “see” what they were going through in those scary moments in the fire. It gave them some history without a history, if that makes any sense. It also added an additional layer to the complications in Savannah and Cassie’s friendship, as well. I really liked the way everything wrapped up – but I feel like Cassie may have more love in her still, so maybe she needs a follow-up romance of her own!" ~from an email from a reader.

From the author of A Cowboy For Christmas, A Spy for Christmas, and More Than Memories. Coffee Time Romance called A Cowboy for Christmas “a great romance for the holidays or anytime you like. A bit fun and flirty read that will not disappoint.” Visit for more information on all her books

Embers of Hope is a heartwarming and emotional romance about second chances, friendship and family.

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  • Print Length: 214 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0058EU1Z2
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great romantic read! November 9, 2011
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I am a woman. If you cut me, do I not bleed? If you offer me chocolate, do I not take it? If you offer me romance, do I not read it?! Of course I do, I am woman. Let me introduce you to my newest weakness. Romance novels by author Kristen James. I met Kristen via an interview I recently did on her (Interview) and decided to try her book. Boy is the woman, and reader, in me happy I did! Embers of Hope, Flickers of Passion is a well written love story, reminiscent of the movie Backdraft, in the fact that the main character, Jason, is a firefighter and his best friend, Mike, is killed in a fire.

The central characters of the story are Savanna, her best friend Cassie, Cassie's husband Mike and Mike's best friend Jason. The story starts off with Savanna moving herself, and her infant daughter Aubrey, or Bobby Boo as she is affectionately called, to Texas to help her best friend, Cassie, recover from the very recent death of her husband Mike. Mike is a firefighter who is killed in the line of duty. Mike's best friend, Jason, is held accountable by himself and Cassie, even though he was not involved in the accident. Savanna quickly realizes that Jason is the firefighter who saved her life a few years before.

Being the mother hen that she is, Savanna soon decides that she not only needs to repair Cassie but also Jason, thus throwing herself in the middle of the two since Cassie blames him. The reader soon realizes that Savanna needs some saving herself as the last 2 or so years of her life with her ex-husband Eric have been horrible. After hearing parts of Savanna's story, and an intense internal feeling of need, Jason also feels the need to help Savanna.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Author needs a proofreader. May 10, 2012
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I got this book because I recently read another one written by the same author and I enjoyed it so much. But this book is so poorly written, I am now submitting my first ever review of an ebook. There were so many spelling and grammer errors, several times I had to stop in the middle of a sentence to sort out what she actually meant. The story line jumped around so much, I found myself exclaiming out loud: "What??!!" Unfortunately this book reads like a first draft. I'll try another by this author because I know she can do better. But this one... I'm only going to finish because I'm now invested in the lead characters.
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Embers of what? January 5, 2012
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Gag me. With a spoon.

The writing level in this book is someone taking college courses, writing a novella for a class assignment. Poor sentence structure, mixed up words, bad grammar, and so on. It needs a solid once-over from an editor/proofreader (the author's blurb claims she is one, but if so.....) to clean up the mess. I was mentally rewriting the book while I was reading it.

The premise was good - a woman moves to Texas from Oregon, meets a guy, marries him, has a baby with him, then comes home because her best friend's husband died. The woman has secrets about her time in Texas, things she didn't tell either her best friend, Cassie, or her mother, Margaret.

To the book's detriment, therein lies much of the conflict in the story - Savannah reconciling her secrets within herself, and sharing them with her friend and her mother. In what could have been an interesting twist, turns out that the guy Cassie sends to pick Savannah up at the truck rental place when she hits town is Cassie's dead husband's best friend, and is also the firefighter who rescued Savannah from an apartment fire two years ago. Unfortunately, Cassie is angry at Jason for killing her husband (not that he actually did), and the chemistry between Savannah and Jason is tepid, at best. The enmity between Cassie and Jason is the remaining conflict in the story. There's a small B arc with the ex-husband suing for custody, but it's not even really interesting. That B arc did have the most glaring mistake in the book, so wrong that it stuck in my mind. A woman CANNOT keep a man from seeing his children just because he is not paying child support. CANNOT. In the eyes of the law, paying child support and spending time with your children are two completely disparate things.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story! January 7, 2012
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Although I agree with some of the other reviews regarding the sentence and grammar structure, I was impressed with the story line and became instantly involved. I honestly couldn't put it down until I had to but then come right back eager to find out what was going to happen next. I would recommend this book to anyone!!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous story January 13, 2012
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I agree with the previous reviews - this definitely is a 5 star! Author puts you right into the middle of the emotions.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Started off ok February 22, 2013
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The storyline started off ok but the writing was rather stilted and didn't flow well. As the book progressed this became rather irritating as the characters' conversations weren't natural. The speed of the relationship development between Savanna and Jason just wasn't believable and the love scenes were poorly written. I struggled to finish this book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! January 15, 2012
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I didn't want to leave the characters behind
I really felt for Savanna, Cassie and Jason. Savanna had gone through lonely and short marriage and divorce. Cassie just lost her husband in a fire. Jason lost his best friend. (Cassie's husband.) So Savanna is trying to start over in her home state while also helping both Cassie and Jason. She has a baby girl and needs a job and place to live. I really love how this story is so emotional and it's about life and what normal people deal with, instead of a far-fetched story that probably wouldn't happen to the average person. This is one of the better free books I've gotten on my Kindle.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh
This is the 2nd book I have read by Kristen James and this one fell flat compared to Point Hope. I found myself skimming through parts and the love interest to me felt forced. Read more
Published 8 days ago by TXMOMOF2
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Lack of consistency, deviations from reality, and sub-par editing led to a less than satisfying story. The only saving grace is the kindness of the characters.
Published 12 days ago by Shawn Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story
Good story. It kept me wanting to read more to see how it would end. It wasn't real dramatic but still a good story.
Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Waiting for book to arrive in Sept 2015
Published 1 month ago by Roberta
4.0 out of 5 stars embers of hope
Good book but once again editing was HORRENDOUS. Not sure how these are edited but I think you need to hire someone who can pay attention to what they are reading
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars It was an awesome read
You captivated my attention from the beginning. I wouldn't change anything. I hope the second book is as good as this one b
Published 2 months ago by Stacy Duplechin
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovestory
Another LOVE story to add to my list. Nice story line and a happy as could be ending. Enjoyed the complete story.
Published 4 months ago by D. Barnes
4.0 out of 5 stars Great love story
I enjoyed reading this story--there were some spelling, grammar and formatting mistakes but I could overlook them since the story was very good. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Nancy Levine "Nancy"
5.0 out of 5 stars Embers of Hope ~ Second Gift Series ~ Book 1
Embers of Hope starts with a rescue from a burning building of Savanna by handsome firefighter, Jason. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jane Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 6 months ago by Karen L Novina
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Kristen James is an outdoorsy girl who loves hiking, picking wild berries and mushrooms, and spending time with her family. Of course she loves reading and writing too! She discovered her love of writing in the fourth grade when her class wrote short stories. Now she writes love stories with a twist of mystery and suspense set in the rugged and beautiful Pacific Northwest. Kristen has over 20 novels, and her books have ranked in the top 100 Bestsellers in Kindle US, UK and Canada, #1 in ten different categories, and #1 in Movers & Shakers and free rankings. Connect at

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