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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.

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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.


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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 www.writerkristenjames.com for more information on all her books


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  • Language: English
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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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19 of 21 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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25 of 30 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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14 of 18 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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8 of 10 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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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 May I have my $1.99 back? February 8, 2012
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This title came up as an Amazon suggestion. I don't often read romantic fiction with Fire Fighters (I love them) and at $1.99 and so many great reviews, how could I go wrong? Well this is not the first book I have encountered with poor editing, but this was one of the worst. The story is not compelling enough to put up with all of the errors in this text. I won't be reading stories by this author again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good book by Kristen James
Another good book by Kristen James, but that shouldn't be a surprise. Every book I have read by her was good. I love her books.
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Published 8 days ago by Judith Tulloch
3.0 out of 5 stars Marti' s review
Savannah and Jason, a chance encounter has a lasting memory. Savannah first meets Jason after he saves her from a fire. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Marti' s review
5.0 out of 5 stars embers of hope
I loved this book so passionate a very good read. I would recommend to all who want a nice clean romance. Enjoyed it thoroughly.
Published 1 month ago by Lydia Sanchez
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED THIS READ
I thought the story was not only good but nice. The characters, Savannah and Jason really go well together. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sandra Bennison
4.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming Romance
Kristen James writes a lovely heart warming romance and as a reader I have to admit this is another story where love - true love overcome all problems and love - friendship endures... Read more
Published 2 months ago by R.B. Macklin
5.0 out of 5 stars An Emotional Ride!
This was an emotional ride. There were times when you could cry, laugh or get mad & want to tell Cassie to get over it! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sharon Marie
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read!
I loved this book. The characters are believable, the relationships seem real and it is well written. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Linda Crumley
4.0 out of 5 stars Story line was well done!
It was a good read. The pace was nice and the story was good. I would recommend this book to anyone with Fire department background and interest.
Published 4 months ago by Bill
4.0 out of 5 stars A Hero Type Story
The twists and turns of the book and the characters was entertaining. It gave some insight into the daily traumas of firefighters and their significant others. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Library Lorraine
5.0 out of 5 stars A Heart felt book
I really enjoyed this book. The way the characters pulled together and helped each other. the story line is great. And the feelings come through. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Heidi Erb
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Kristen James is berry fanatic and outdoorsy girl who enjoys micro adventures around her region, hiking, traveling, reading, and spending time with her family. She's also a bestselling author of romance and family drama, mostly set in the rugged and beautiful Pacific Northwest. Her books have ranked in the top 100 Bestsellers in Kindle US, UK and Canada, #1 in eight different categories, and #1 in Movers & Shakers and free rankings. Kristen discovered her love of writing in the fourth grade when her class wrote short stories, and she's been writing ever since.

It's All In My Head, a college age romance, is her third release in 2014:

Avery Waldorf wakes up from a concussion to find a voice inside her head--an adventurous male voice belonging to Marcus, who doesn't know where he came from, but has an opinion on everything about her life. She just wants to work on her screenplay, go to her writing classes and flirt with the guy of her dreams, Nash, who is finally noticing her.

Connect at www.writerkristenjames.com and www.facebook.com/WriterKristenJames.


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