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It all Started with a Lima Bean (Caleb & Abby) (Intertwined Hearts Book 1) by [Flores, Kimi]
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Length: 323 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Kimi lives in So Ca with her high school sweetheart, prom date, and now husband of over 20 years as well as with her two boys that bring so much joy and laughter to her life. There is never a dull moment in Kimi's day with these three guys by her side. They are happily involved in volunteer work with several local non-profit organizations and believe that everyone needs to do their part, so a portion of her sales will always go to charity. At an early age, Kimi discovered the magical world of imagination. Many stories were written as well as illustrated by her as a child. Not realizing at the time that she had dyslexia, schoolwork became extremely difficult, and her confidence as a reader and writer dwindled. Thanks to a high school teacher who took the time to invest in her, Kimi found a love for literary legends such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Washington Irving and Jane Austen. This teacher helped Kimi create one of the happiest school memories she holds. Discovering in college that she had the learning disability was terribly discouraging since help was not readily available and her reading and writing confidence fell once again. Needing to find a distraction when her husband unexpectedly ended up in the hospital for a week, Kimi explored the indie reading world. Jumping in with everything she had, Kimi pushed herself to read over 150 books last year. During that process, many characters reappeared in her imagination and insisted that their stories be told. Putting all self-doubt and barriers aside, she started writing the outlines and drafts for the four books in her Intertwined Hearts Series as well as bits and pieces of the three books in her next series, Down by the Bay. Her message to you is similar to that of pop icon, will.i.am's: ~You can focus on your problems or you can focus on your dreams ~

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  • File Size: 6243 KB
  • Print Length: 323 pages
  • Publication Date: November 14, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ED008DM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,740 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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I love this book it is like a breath of fresh air! This is a true love story and a book you can recommend to anyone who loves romance even your grandma. That is a first for me I usually like the dirty smutty dark ones. But Lima Bean speaks for itself there was no need to add in a bunch of unwanted drama. I'm so tired of reading books where a couple is instantly in love and then one of them cheats or some other bs happens and then they fall back in love it is getting old. I feel like I read the same book over and over again with just different characters. It All Started With a Lima Bean is nothing like that. Kimi Flores has written a beautiful love story that will make you cry, laugh and fall in love with Caleb and Abby. She has done such a wonderful job developing the characters and you get to know them. You feel their struggles as they deal with lose, forgiveness and moving on. I was sucked in from page one and didn't want it to end! Although this book is much cleaner than what I usually read the book did not disappoint. I loved the characters and I'm looking forward to the future books in the series! Pick this one up you won't regret it
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I was a little skeptical about this book at first, just from the title to be honest. I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. But at the encouragement from my Best Book Friend, Jess, I dove right in.
In Jessica's words - if you're looking for a light, fun, romantic read, this is the perfect book! I thought is was a very sweet, romantic book. It was easy to get sucked in and feel like I was really there... like it was something that could really happen. It was written beautifully and yes, I want more. My fave read of the summer!

I have to agree with her, this was a very touching book! You could feel the pain of both Caleb's past ad Abby's. They both worked through their pain and suffering, Caleb with his deceased wife, and now in turn helping Abby work through hers.

Caleb lost his wife 4 years prior, and is still working through his grief when it's time for his little girl, Madison to start kindergarten. Abby is Madison's teacher, and finds herself at a loss for words when she first meets Caleb.

Abby hadn't noticed anyone else standing with them. She gazed up just beside Madison and saw him. Losing her balance, she fell flat on her bottom. This daddy who liked to give butterfly kisses leaned down to offer her help. "Are you okay?" He didn't hide the concern on his face.

The most gorgeous man she had ever laid eyes on was standing right above her. In addition to his looks, something about his presence immediately drew her in. How had she not noticed him before? His prominent brows shadowed his eyes from the sun, making it difficult to determine the color of his deep-set eyes. It took her a moment to realize that she was sitting on the asphalt at school, ogling this little girl's daddy. Madison let out a childish giggle.
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Okay. A 99 cent book. When will I learn to read an excerpt.

So here is the deal. This book has overblown descriptions, too much detail on the minutiae, and just a lack of basic punctuation. That is the bottom line. I used the rest of this review just to let it all go. It could just be me, my mood, my basic personality flaws that made this a really bad book for me.

This book had it all, a cute title, a reasonable price for a new-to-me author, and one of my favorite tropes. No reason not to click it, right?
Silly me.

From the very first page, I had my doubts.
It starts with a death scene, a death scene of the wife, mother, and daughter. All one person. Everybody was there. They let the future widower go last to sit and talk his wife. All I could think of was, well, what if she hadn't lasted through all the good-byes and he missed his chance.

It was overblown, overly dramatic, and just so so not right.
Then there is a nightmare scene. Again, wrong on many levels. The nightmare victim apparently has lungs still filled with the "gut wrenching [not gut-wrenching] hospital scent lingering in them."

Then as he gets out of bed, "Following a low grunt, Caleb ran strong fingers through his thick messy black hair."
Made me wonder if the grunt was a quick little grunt or if the grunt was slow enough Caleb could catch up with him. But goodness, if you have thick messy black hair [as opposed to thick, messy, black hair, or even thick, messy black hair] it probably makes it easier to follow that grunt.

Caleb, with his soon-to-be-combed hair, can't just walk down a hall into a child's bedroom. He must walk down a "dark wood floored hallway [I will let you hyphenate that one as you will] into the pink princess room.
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I devoured this book. The prologue captured my interest that I knew I have to finish this book in one sitting. What more can I say? The author did an amazing job in writing such an inspirational story about falling in love again and trusting your heart completely to another person after a terrible loss and heartbreak.

This story gave me goosebumps and made my heart swell a lot of times. Caleb and Abby are just so perfect for each other for they have completely healed each other's pains and utterly filled up the emptiness they've been having for such a long time now. I loved how the author narrated the story. She has a way with words that kept me enthralled from start to finish. This book will make you laugh (a lot, I bet yah!), sigh, swoon and will keep you satisfied at the end. It has the perfect balance of angst and humor, not too much drama as I may say though would still put your stomach in knots at times.

I loved the characters in this story. Aside from Caleb & Abby whom I totally adore, I also love Madison - the cutest, funniest and most adorable princess ever. She has basically stolen most of the highlights of this story that I would want to have a daughter like her in the future. Her innocence and pure love towards her father and her new Momma is really awe-inspiring. I freakin' love this little girl. Leah? The bestest best friend in the whole wide world is an amazing character as well. She has given more life into the story. She's sassy, smart, beautiful, passionate and the kind of friendship she shares with Abby is really very admirable. Love this girl.

Caleb? Holy Effin' Hawt! Everytime he opens his mouth and say something, my heart melts. He's every woman's dream come true. My perfect guy and undeniably earned a book boyfriend status...lol!
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