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One Lavender Ribbon Kindle Edition
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.
“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)
From the Publisher
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
- ASIN : B00HNLCS1I
- Publisher : Montlake Romance (July 1, 2014)
- Publication date : July 1, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 2389 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 338 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #139,191 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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She meets Pops, writer of the letters, and his handsome grandson, Will, and they quickly develop a friendship as she adds some excitement to their monotonous lives. Adrienne wants nothing more than to reunite Will with a lost love. Readers will quickly see that she is repairing the hole in Pop's heart as a panacea for healing the hole in her own. Then Adrienne and Will become attracted to each other, and the book suddenly has two potential romances unfolding.
I liked the prose. It was smooth, polished, and easy going. This is the kind of book you take to the beach. The language was fairly clean, and the book had it's sensual moments, too, but was clean. There were no graphic sexual details. However, I didn't think Adrienne and Will were romance material. She was picture perfect and annoyed me by being too nosy about other people's private matters. Will was handsome and charming, but his constant anger, mistakes, and brooding coupled with his constant lame apologies fell flat. The reader never really finds out what his "issues" truly are...oh, near the end he elaborates how it hurt him that his charity loving parents hurt him by going to Africa his senior year, but I think something more had to be wrong for him to be such a stick in the mud control freak. There's no doubting he and Adrienne had chemistry, but it isn't the successful kind. I also questioned a 28 year old woman getting a divorce settlement big enough to cover a house and not working. Her ex-husband must have been quite a bit older than her to fund her life of leisure. I also didn't think that Pop's previous romance and it's end was fleshed out enough. The letters and the locals point to something dark and complicated happening, but I felt the author's explanation of his lost love was too glossed over. I know, I'm nit-picking.
All that aside, I'm giving the book four stars because it was a smooth, enjoyable read. I think this author shows promise, and I will definitely consider future books.
When Adrienne Carter leaves Chicago, after what sounded like a messy and awful divorce, she heads for the beach in Florida. She finds a run-down place on the beach and begins to take on a renovation using the proceeds from said divorce. She stumbles upon a hidden box of love letters dating back to WWII. Her curiosity is peaked and she begins to track down the writers and recipients.
After a surprisingly short search (both online and in person), she finds William Bryant, the WWII hero, and tracks down the sister of “Gracie”, the recipient of of the letters, Sara. I say surprisingly short as I would have thought it would be a bit harder, but in the age of Google and the internet, I guess you never know! (I’m always surprised by the stories where people find their birth parents just by posting it on Facebook!) But it probably helped the story along as it jumped right into getting to know all the characters and all the action!
I actually would have liked more letters (there were a few scattered throughout) and to hear more of the dialogue about the war – to increase my knowledge of the WWII time period (after all that is why I love historical fiction!) It didn’t take away from the story, but could have added so much more (in my opinion.) As Adrienne learns more about William, a strange relationship develops with his grandson, Will Bryant. The relationship between Will and Adrienne was frustrating to say the least. Will is very protective of his grandfather, which is sweet, but anytime Adrienne goes out on a limb (whether I agreed with it or not), he jumped to the worst conclusion possible, got mad at Adrienne, then came groveling back when she was right (a process repeated many times throughout the book.)
It was frustrating, yet very familiar, made me aware of something I “may” have the tendency to do every once in a while.
But back to the story, it’s full of love, a bit of mystery, a few secrets, and a lot of relationship building and self discovery. Overall sweet, good, enjoyable read, with a bit of history thrown in. Worth your time – check it out!
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A lovely, gentle story about unrequited love between a gawky 14 year old girl and a 17 year old soldier and the woman who buys an old house and finds a box of love letters. Beautifully written. Beautifully drawn characters. If you want to de-stress and read something which isn't full of sex and violence, then I would recommend this book. Lovely.