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A Kiss to Build a Dream On (A White Pine Novel) Mass Market Paperback – March 31, 2015
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"4 stars! Laced with humor and filled with colorful characters, Amos' latest is a sweet romance about second chances. The banter...is amusing and [the] chemistry is electric."―RT Book Reviews
About the Author
A Midwesterner whose roots run deep, Kim Amos is a writer living in Michigan with her husband and three furry animals. You can contact her at KimAmosWrites@gmail.com.
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There is nothing that I like better than a good second chance romance. Throw in a former mean girl who finally understands how it feels to be on the less fortunate side of things and the wrong side of the tracks guy who has worked his way to the right side of them, and this story takes a whole other level of perfect.
I really enjoyed the slow but steady re-igniting of the romance between Burk and Willa, but there was so much more to this story than that. The way that Willa realized how awful she was to everyone in town as a teenager and, instead of being defensive and trying to explain her behavior away or pretend it never happened, she owned up to it, apologized and tried to make up for it was one of my favorite parts of the story. The friendships she made and the growth she experienced from it was a bonus.
The whole aspect of the house, the remodel and what it represented to both Willa and Burk was a perfect way to tie all of it together and to help them find their way to their HEA.
The writing is flawless and you'll find yourself lost in the sweet town of White Pine. I can't wait to find my way back for Audrey story.
Willa was a spoiled heiress who left her small-town high school sweetheart without so much as a goodbye kiss to flee to New York. There she lived a high society life-style with shopping as her main occupation while her investor boyfriend controlled her accounts. Willa was shocked when her boyfriend was arrested for fraud and theft, including having wiped out Willa’s accounts. Fortunately Willa had two assets left when it was all over - one old trust account and her home estate in White Pine.
Willa returns home with the plan to turn the old family house into a Bed & Breakfast. The problem is her high school sweetheart, Burk, is the local contractor and he had other plans for the home. He has cared for the property for the past twelve years since Willa left, continuing even after her absent mother died and no one was paying him. Burk isn’t thrilled to have the girl who broke his heart back in town but he is happy to have the job to keep his crew employed.
Willa realizes that she has hurt a lot of people and she must apologize and make amends if she wants to succeed with her B&B. She volunteers to help the high school girl’s track team and is invited to a recipes exchange group. Even though Willa has no clue how to cook she joins the group of women and begins to make real friends for the first time in her life.
Burk and Willa find it tense to work together as both hide their past feelings and hurts. Willa doesn’t want to reveal the extent of her money problems, although she can't hide how ill-prepared she is for many normal life tasks. Burk figures Willa will leave town soon and he wants to convince her to sell the house to him. He surely doesn’t want to fall prey to Willa again.
I liked the small town features, the secondary characters and the second chance romance. The setting descriptions are crisp, several emotional portrayals are worded really well and the message of forgiveness is nicely presented. I was able to get beyond Willa being a mean person in high school, a foolish young woman not caring for her own money, to suddenly being a nice girl... after all, people can mature. The story reads quickly but I was bothered by the constant thread of visual sexuality and then the basic sex scenes. When they weren’t ‘secretly’ ogling each other’s chests, their chests were aching from loss and longing. The focus on sexual attraction took up way too much of the book for my likes. Although this made the reading tedious for me, some readers will no doubt like this aspect.
I received this ebook for an honest review for blog tour.
Burk sure didn’t expect Willa to return home from her big city life. She left him behind without a word and the hurt of that betrayal still stung, he had to admit. But the important fact was that he had to get her back out of town as soon as he could. Not only for his own sanity and his plans for her family home, but before she captured his heart again. And that was something he could not afford.
During her high school years Willa had been – well, let’s just be honest here – she’d been a royal, privileged, spoiled brat, a complete and total bitch. The fact that she acknowledged that now, years later, does count in her favor. But she hurt a lot of people with her nasty words and actions. It will not be easy to re establish herself as a member of the community wanting to start up a business and live in her hometown once again.
I enjoyed this first novel in the White Pine series. A woman who must make up for her past actions and a man who really never stopped loving her have a rough road ahead of them in this one. I have to admit to enjoying seeing a total bitch get her due, even if I did sympathise with her on some levels. Come on, we’ve all done stupid things, said things that we regret. Maybe we apologized within minutes or days, not never or years later. But we’ve all suffered the stupidness of being young. I appreciated that she got what she perhaps deserved from some people from her past, but also that it didn’t take over the entire story.
I loved the interior design comments sprinkled throughout the novel. And I might have picked up a few ideas to use in my own home. And the home cooking – excuse my tummy growls.
Overall, this was an enjoyable reading experience and I would recommend A Kiss To Build A Dream On. It gets a 4 outta 5 on my rating system.
My rating scale = 4 outta 5 = a really, excellent novel that was great just didn’t go beyond.
*I received an e-ARC of A Kiss To Build A Dream On from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*
Originally reviewed at KeeperBookshelf.com
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