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- Print Length: 276 pages
- Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (May 21, 2012)
- Publication Date: May 21, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007Y8QADC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
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From the Back Cover-
A Time For Loving Is Coming Around Again . . .
CATHERINE: She thought love was gone forever. Deserted by her husband because she couldn't have a child, she tried to put the bitter past behind her and start a new life.
JOE: He still felt the tragic loss of his wife -- and barely knew how to handle his precocious seven-year-old daughter on his own. But the handsome, headstrong man vowed never to set himself up for pain again.
Now Catherine and Joe are about to discover a forever kind of love they both thought they'd never recapture.
After years of failing to have their own children, Catherine Holben's husband decided to move on to more fertile soil. Left all alone in the world, Catherine is truly lonely, until she meets hardworking, widower Joe D'Amaro, a handsome man with three children. Indeed, Catherine and Joe are two solitary people hauling excess baggage, but these two people are willing to see where a relationship could go. That is until Joe's eldest daughter Della strikes.
PROMISE ME A RAINBOW is a well-written heart-warmer. However the very attributes that make PROMISE ME A RAINBOW a personal favorite are the same attributes that could grate on another readers' nerves. If that sounds like damning with praise, keep in mind that what one person deems unworthy is another's treasure. For this reader, I truly enjoyed this romance.Read more ›
The tone of the book is set somewhat by Catherine. She lives a half-life, sad about her inability to have children and abandoned by her husband because of it.
And then there is Joe and his youngest daughter Fitz. Joe's wife was killed in a car accident and his youngest daughter, seven-year-old Fitz is having emotional issues because of it.
Joe, Fitz and Catherine's lives intersect over a mother/child figurine that Catherine purchases on impulse. The figurine was actually owned by Joe but he sold it because he was short on cash. But Fitz was very attached to the figurine and wants it back.
I get the feeling that I was supposed to be happy that this lonely woman and this damaged man and child found each other. But I just found them to be somewhat enervating. They didn't lift me at all, on the contrary I found them somewhat wearing. Joe and Catherine, after a few head-butting moments, figure out that they really like each other and then they become lovers. The problem with the story is that there was no real conflict for them.
So we are left with filler and secondary characters that shift focus from the decidedly subdued romance. First there is Catherine's job. She works as a counselor? Den Mother? Life Coach? To a group of pre-teen pregnant girls who are given a sort of area-51 zone in their school where only Catherine and one other teacher work with them. These girls are young, yet hardened by life and their circumstances. Oh, btw, the other teacher has Cancer and her husband left her because of it (see....heavy).
Second is Joe's family. He has a predatory sister-in-law. A Clueless brother.Read more ›
Catherine was a heroine who I really found myself rooting for---I really wanted her to be happy. Joe was the kind of guy that every single woman hopes will smile at her in that special way. Sure they both had baggage and it did seem like they went from mutual disdain to so much more pretty quickly, but the alternating PoV and back story told throughout made it seem more natural. The kids, from Catherine's pregnant girls to Joe's brood were drawn in a realistic way. Fritz had so much depth and heart that I just wanted to hug that little girl myself. And Grandmama and Dr. Clarkson were both great with lots of clear personality.
There were a few editing misses that caught me off guard as overall it was well written. A "my" instead of "by' and a few missing commas were not enough to detract from the story itself. I look forward to reading more from this author.
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This was my first book Cheryl Reavis.Truly enjoyed it.. It is a very sweet and entertaining story about how fate draws a widow and his family into a barren school teacher's life. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Kavona
Really enjoyed reading very good story. Wish it told what happened after they got married and had the baby. A. Second book would be nice.Published 5 months ago by Gk
This is the first book I had read by this author, it won't be my last. The creation of the main characters was fantastic. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
I laughed, I cried. Great storyline and characters, check it out.Published 7 months ago by PJackson