- File Size: 2960 KB
- Print Length: 230 pages
- Publisher: Wings of Ink Publications, LLC (June 20, 2017)
- Publication Date: June 20, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B072C4F6YV
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,083 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Palisade (Lavender Shores Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Fiction in general, and fairy tales and romance specifically, are built on the notion of taking something intangible and making it real. Lavender Shores is like a fairy tale "realm" (to borrow from a popular televion program), complete with majestic locations and colorful characters.
Andrew is an idealist and a romantic. He has his entire life planned out, and is simply waiting for that one man to come along and sweep him off his feet. His very own Prince Charming, if you will.
Joel is more practical. He comes to Lavender Shores for business, and with a secret.
When the two lay eyes on each other across a crowded bar, the connection is instant and magical. It might sound cliche, but trust me, it works.
From the book:
"He smiled at me. 'It's nice to meet you too.'
Simple words. Said to every person who'd ever shaken hands during a first meeting. Words I'd just said seconds ago. But the way he said them...Like there was relief. Like he'd been waiting. Waiting for me."
I'm not often prone to highlighting passages from books. But this one? Absolutely. There are so many beautiful lines, crafted in such a manner that you can feel the connection between Andrew and Joel. Even though they may not understand it, they can't deny it's there. Almost as if it were a living thing.
From the book:
"My soul recognized his. My body felt instantly at home.
I just knew."
Some readers may not like insta-love, and that's fine. I, however, am a great believer that when you find "The One", you just know. Andrew and Joel both struggle with this, not quite sure if what they feel is real or fleeting. I was glad of that. It added a sense of realism to the fairy tale.
The Palisade itself (yes, it's an actual place) is described in such vivid detail that you can almost see the colors and smell the lavender, further lending to the fairy tale aspect of the story. The supporting characters are just as colorful as the landscape they populate.
Holding true to every fairy tale, there is a main villain. However, it's not who you would expect, nor are they revealed in the manner you would think.
I cannot truthfully do justice to how good this book was. It's such a tender first outing for a new series. I really look forward to seeing what other magic can be woven.
Because in Lavender Shores, dreams really do come true
Andrew is such a romantic, he starts falling in love with Joel from the very beginning, but it feels real. He knows he shouldn't let himself fall but just can't help himself, and, he has no idea Joel is lying about why he is in town. Joel isn't a bad person, he just has secrets and a whole lot of pressure on him. He also knows he shouldn't be falling in love and he even knows why, but, he can't help himself either.
I can tell this is going to be one of those books that I'll read over and over again. If you like true romance and hot men with just enough angst to get the tears flowing, go get this book now.
Great storyline and characters you just fall in love with, I wish it actually existed cause I want to be there! A great job by an amazing Author!! Well Done!
Buy this book, read it, and anticipate what is coming next for Lavender Shores.
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