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Henrietta: Book #1 in the House of Donato Series (Volume 1) Paperback – December 31, 2015
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From the Back Cover
Etta and Tom have a problem. They just kissed each other passionately -- but neither one can remember doing it!
So begins this thoroughly engaging, meticulously written romance about two young people who overcome adversity and problematic pasts to grow a beautiful relationship. A supporting ensemble cast of friends and other well-developed characters helps make this excellent debut novel something truly special.
More about that mysterious kiss: it happens during a hypnotist's act at a local nightclub and --since both Etta and Tom were under the showman's spell -- they only find out about it later from friends who attended the performance. It's an awkward start to the pairing, to be sure, but it's easily overcome with the loving support of Tom's twin sister Izzy and the rest of the bubbly crew that either lives in, or hangs out at, House Donato.
Unbeknownst to the others, Etta harbors deep, secret grief and guilt over past events that were well beyond her control. And Tom, for all his good looks and outwardly carefree ways, still wishes a career-ending hockey injury hadn't happened. However, both must look ahead to a positive, proactive future.
But can a tenderly growing love overcome and nullify these heartrending hurts?
They take it ever-so-slowly, and start by becoming "life friends" first, sharing their intimate thoughts and dreams. As things progress, however, they find they cannot deny the sensual side of their feelings for each other.
When at last they go well past "second base," the author does a masterful job of describing the torrid scene:
"He ran his lips up her neck back to her mouth to engulf her with his need while one hand caressed her hair. His other hand wandered over the curves of her body, stroking her skin with a feathered lightness. It seemed he was touching her everywhere at once, and she was overwhelmed with desire."
The sensitive love scenes between Tom and Etta are handled with a lyrical touch, yet are steamy enough to raise any reader's heart rate appreciably.
And, it's not just the "hubba-hubba" instances that show off this writer's fine hand. She often paints beautiful word pictures that draw you into the picturesque countryside:
"The sky was filled with a cloudless, crisp, clear perfect blue that first Saturday in October. The sun blazed warm through the gold and auburn leaves as they shook in the gentle breeze."
But not everything is rosy in Etta's world. A shadow from her past drapes itself heavily across her happiness and she must make a heart-wrenching choice leading to an uncertain future.
Will Tom's steadfast love be strong enough to see her safely through the storm that awaits her? Can Etta find peace -- both figuratively and literally-- as the story builds to its surprising conclusion? Find out for yourself by downloading this romantic gem today. -- Publishers Daily Reviews
Henrietta: Book #1 in the House of Donato Series by Patricia M Jackson is the story of Etta and Tom, two people from two very different walks of life who end up together because it was meant to be. Etta did not have an easy life. She had to work hard to complete college and move forward. In an effort to leave her past behind and move on to a healthier life, she relocated to Lake Superior in the hopes of jump-starting her writing career.
Tom once had had a great future, a bright future. A star in the NHL, his world came crashing down when a career ending injury did just that. It was as if the purpose of his life ended. Now he is on his way to rebuilding his life, anyway he could. The two of them did not realize that once they became friends, they would help each other; of course, they also had the help of a long-lost friend.
Oh boy, Henrietta was such a beautiful, amazing novel. I really love novels where someone from the past is retelling their story, which leads to the present finding love and happiness. Henrietta was this and so much more. The whole novel had charm and character that you cannot resist. The story is powerful and so are the characters. Etta is one smooth girl and Tom is an awesome man. Well, there is something to say about sportsmen, and Tom is a hunky sportsman. This is a 5 star novel! -- Rabia Tanveer for Reader's Favorite
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Things I did quite enjoy were the environmental thoughts thrown in and anything that described the location. Those are things that make a book more interesting, when the reader can immerse him/herself into the story. I also liked when Etta was reading the diaries.
This isn't a bad book. I think romance readers will enjoy it.
Romance, suspense and sprinkles of humor made Henrietta a very enjoyable listening experience. Tom's patience and sensitivity allowed Etta to again trust a man and I loved the Donato family dynamics. Etta showed that family was also important to her and exhibited calm and bravery in the face of danger. There was depth to the main characters that made them realistic and relatable. The narrator was engaging and added to my enjoyment of the story. I would recommend Henrietta: The House of Donato Series, Book 1.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This review is my honest opinion.
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I loved this story.
It had not only romance, humor but suspense.
Tom and Etta's story was so intriguing and interesting.Read more