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One Lavender Ribbon [Kindle Edition]

Heather Burch
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4,340 customer reviews)

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From the Editor

Within moments, I knew this novel was special. The love letters in One Lavender Ribbon gave me chills, its characters charmed me—and I cried. But that’s not why it’s special. It’s special because it made me want to fall in love again.

As a happily single thirtysomething, I hadn’t realized that my desire for love—that want—was absent until I felt it again, deeply and profoundly. When Adrienne, our heroine, discovers and reads love letters lost long ago, she thinks: “What’s it like to get a letter like this? Have someone hold you in such adoration that he’d die a thousand deaths to spend a day with you?”

I do not know. But I want to. Heather Burch’s words moved me so much, I’ll carry them always: “Tell me you love me and remind me of home.”

Home. That’s what the best love feels like: the place you belong, the place you return to, the place you’d rather be no matter where you are. In One Lavender Ribbon, home is all those things and a refuge for a World War II hero who writes often of his. But his letters, hidden in an attic and forgotten, are about much more than love and home. They reminded me—just as they do Adrienne and Will—how to live.

I hope you, too, are reminded.

- JoVon Sotak, Editor


Book Description

Can a stack of long-hidden love letters from a WWII war hero inspire a heartbroken woman to love again?

Reeling from a bitter divorce, Adrienne Carter abandons Chicago and retreats to the sun, sand, and beauty of Southern Florida, throwing herself into the restoration of a dilapidated old Victorian beach house. Early into the renovations, she discovers a tin box hidden away in the attic that reveals the emotional letters from a WWII paratrooper to a young woman who lived in the house more than a half-century earlier.

The old letters—incredibly poetic and romantic—transcend time, and they arouse in Adrienne a curiosity that leads her to track down the writer of the letters. William “Pops” Bryant is now an old man living in a nearby town with his handsome but overprotective grandson, Will. As Adrienne begins to unravel the secrets of the letters (and the Bryants), she finds herself not yet willing to give up entirely on love.



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“Heather Burch has proven herself to have such an exceptional storytelling range that one might be tempted to call her ‘the Mariah Carey of romance fiction.’ One Lavender Ribbon blew my expectations out of the water and then swept me away on a wave of sweet romance. Don't miss this one.” —Serena Chase, contributor to USA Today's Happy Ever After blog and author of The Seahorse Legacy

“Burch’s latest combines a sweet, nostalgic, poignant tale of a true love of the past with the discovery of true love in the present...Burch’s lyrical, contemporary storytelling, down-to-earth characters, and intricate plot make this one story that will delight the heart.” —RT Book Reviews, 4.5 Stars

About the Author

Heather Burch, the author of the popular YA paranormal fantasy series Halflings, has spent the last seven years in Southern Florida but recently returned to her hometown of Branson, Missouri. Her books have garnered praise from USA Today, Romantic Times, and Booklist magazine. When not working on her latest novel, she can be found hiking in the Ozark Mountains…or planning a trip to the beach with her husband, John, who is her hero in every way.


Product Details

  • File Size: 3280 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance (July 1, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HNLCS1I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,367 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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419 of 434 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a true modern romance June 2, 2014
By Wendy
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This was far, far better than I expected it to be. It was a free Kindle First book, and generally I haven't had much luck with Kindle Firsts being very good quality literature. And usually I hate modern romance because it's all about sex.

This book is an outstanding modern romance which is both good literature and good romance.

First off: There's no swearing or vulgarity in this book, which I found hugely refreshing. Second: the characters are actually believable. They're flawed and not perfect. They make mistakes, but they're not train wrecks who get on my nerves because they repeatedly make stupid decisions. Third: the guy and the girl are REAL PEOPLE. Yes, the girl is pretty, but the author doesn't repeatedly throw it in our faces how godlike and chiseled the man is, or how the girl is drop-dead gorgeous and has perfect hair, lips, smile, laugh, etc. The author gives a good, basic description of the characters and then leaves the rest up to your imagination. Fourth: the guy and the girl are attracted to each other, but there are no sex scenes or risqué passages. This book is really very clean, and I would let my teenagers read it.

And the main point in favor of this book: IT HAS A PLOT. And a very good plot at that. The author mixes up some likable characters, some history, some romance, some hurt and heartache which is very relatable, and spins a very, very good tale. I actually teared up towards the end, which I rarely do.

This is the first book which I got as a free Kindle First which will not be erased from my Kindle, and which I read all the way through because it was worth it!
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98 of 109 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never ending love June 1, 2014
By M. Bass
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This book is incredible and that is not something I say often in a review I write. It shows us that true love never dies even when apart for decades. There is the reminders of paying it forward and even going beyond that. Then there is taking chances because while the odds might seem insurmountable, it can be a great reward in the end beyond what money can buy.

Will was a by-the-book, organized man who cringed when things were not going a certain way, especially if it is outside the black & white box he has around him. This means he hates surprises and thought that if he controlled the environment around his grandfather then he would be there forever and ever, especially since he felt his parents had just abandoned him years earlier. But then Adrienne arrived in town when she bought a house with the money from her divorce settlement. While remodeling that house, she came across not just a box full of letters but a diary as well and decided that the man who wrote them while serving in Europe during WW2 needed to have them back. In her quest to find the author and give him back the gift that inspired her to anything she wanted, she met his grandson Will and there was a chance of finding love again.

But would it work at all because they were so opposite? Would love overcome not only the odds but time and secrets? Or would it remain lost not just in one generation but several?

This is an incredible, page turning book that I will read time and time again always with a tissue box close by because by the time the books ends you will be bawling your eyes out.
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42 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read June 1, 2014
By SP
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I downloaded this and read it all the same day. It's a charming story with some strong characters and a bit of history woven in. The love that endures for years is a wonderful thing. Family crisis and conflict and communication and forgiveness are all wrapped up here. I enjoyed the book very much.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good grief June 27, 2014
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I will have to say that although I liked the premise of the story, I am having a lot trouble connecting to the characters. I think that the author watched "A Band of Brothers" and decided to write a story about a WWII war hero. I am not enthralled.

I'm on page 109, and I just read "There was no shade from his smoldering looks and heat-radiating body." I usually don't like "romance" novels, and now I remember why. I don't think I can read anymore.
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45 of 58 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Thank goodness it was free... June 14, 2014
By Jenny
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I found this book very hard to finish, I was bored while reading the story. The writing seemed vague and rushed, with the characters falling flat (Pops is the exception). Poor Will was written as an angry idiot who was constantly messing up & asking for forgiveness, and Adrienne rubbed me the wrong way. She was almost too perfect, in looks and personality. The author wrote her as being the 'right' party in every argument. It got to the point that every time Will got mad at her, I was hoping they would stay apart. Not wanting the main characters to find a happy ending with each other tells me Ms. Burch should have put as much effort into drawing more lovable characters as she did in her WWII research.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time! July 3, 2014
By user 1
Format:Kindle Edition
I have no idea how this book got such great ratings. It's not BAD, but there is nothing exciting here. It is sooo predictable and also is very slow. I'm really sorry I wasted my time reading it. Kept waiting for something interesting to happen and it just never did. I used to read Danielle Steele books (guilty pleasure) and this one is such a waste!
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real tear jerker...but happy tears June 2, 2014
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I am seriously in love with this book. The characters are so lovable. The story is fantastic. And the lessons learned are priceless. I'll definitely reread and recommend this over and over!
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More About the Author

Heather Burch has always been drawn to epic stories about love and loss. She has a wide range of tales from sagas of love lost then rekindled to high adventure young adult novels. But in all, you will find a common thread. She calls it the soul-mate factor. So, jump on in and enjoy the journey with her unforgettable characters. Whether they're saving the world or just their own lives, they find their inner strength and risk it all for that elusive thing called love.
Heather lives in Florida where she writes full time and has conversations with fictional people. Every. Single. Day.

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