Luke Hollister must’ve been out of his mind thinking that he could manage his hectic life by moving from Austin, TX, to small-town Holly Heights. Having left behind his demanding Austin Police Detective job to bring his expansive, needy family to Holly Heights was shaping up to feel like more than he could handle. But his foster siblings, his little niece, and his grief-stricken mother need him, and he feels an obligation to help them. And there’s more pressure now that he’s working on a case involving a local woman’s missing father, Big Bobby Hillman, who’s running away from the consequences awaiting him for a non-violent crime he’s committed. Luke has been harassing Sarah Hillman, Bobby’s daughter, and one of Holly Heights’s own, to get answers regarding her father’s whereabouts; but Sarah’s loyal friends are not having it, and they’ve put up a protective wall around her that he’s finding hard to penetrate. One of these friends, Jennifer Neil, is Luke’s next door neighbor and she’s tough as nails. Even though Luke’s mother has dubbed her “the crazy lady,” he finds her decidedly attractive, and even at her feistiest, he has trouble resisting his desire to kiss her. Then Jennifer makes a mistake that affects Luke’s family, causing him to question his feelings for her when she’s finally beginning to see the good qualities he possesses.
I enjoyed A Home Come True. I was entertained by the way Jen initially reacted to Luke—always referring to him as “Hollister,” and refusing to give him the time of day. And it was heartwarming to see the effort Luke put into taking care of his entire family after his father died, even though it was difficult and mentally, emotionally and physically exhausting. I also appreciated the strong bonds of friendship that existed among Sarah’s friends, and how despite the discord and aggression that was present with the characters in the beginning of the book, the end result was a HEA that left me contented and in anticipation of my next Heartwarming book.
Have a great day bibliophiles!! 😉
WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. The three W’s are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?
The idea is for book lovers to share their answers to these questions with other book enthusiasts. Just leave the link to your own WWW Wednesday post in the comments section. No blog? No worries. Just answer the questions in the comments section for others to enjoy. Here’s mine…
Under an Adirondack Sky
Harlequin Heartwarming books are sweet, tender romances that I always find time to read since they are great stories but without the draining effect of some other books. So when I’ve finished a particularly angst-ridden or psychologically challenging read, a Heartwarming book is just the thing for me. And sometimes I just go on a Heartwarming binge since I enjoy them so much.
I love Cozy Mysteries, especially during the colder months for some unknown reason, so I chose Killer Jam to read since it’s been on my TBR pile for some time.
I loved this book! It was just what I needed. I can’t get enough of that sweet cover!! That dog is so cute!! The protagonist won me over in this book. Cheryl Harper writes great stories.
What I might read next:
Planted is a cozy mystery book that I received for an honest review from the author. It sounds interesting and I’m looking forward to reading it.
So there you have it. What do you think about my selections? This is my first WWW Wednesday so it might be slow going at first with regard to commenters. But hopefully it will gain momentum as time goes on. I’m really interested in what everyone else is reading, has read or plans to read, so please share your WWW Wednesday post, or just comment below. So…..
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 4.5 stars
Sarah Hillman’s no-kill animal shelter, Paws for Love, is in dire need of funding. Desperate for help, she reaches out to Will Barnes, a former H.S. classmate, and owner of Barnes Financial. Trouble is, Sarah was formerly the little rich, snarky, mean-girl who taunted her classmates, including Will, and “Beanpole Barnes” doesn’t feel much compassion for daddy’s little rich girl when she approaches him for assistance—at least initially. Sarah verbally taunted Will’s sister, Jen, too. And Jen and her two friends are the source for the funds needed to keep Paws for Love running. But Sarah seems to have changed, there’s no denying that, and Will’s attitude towards her begins to soften. Could it be that the shift in financial status since Bobby Hillman skipped town, leaving his shady luxury auto business behind and his daughter broke, has humbled her? Only time will tell, but meanwhile Paws for Love is a worthy cause and Will feels an obligation to seek aid for the foundering shelter. Sarah may be slowly winning his heart, too. Can Sarah be trusted, or is she putting on an act to get what she wants?
How can you grow to love a mean-girl character? A former bully? In Heart’s Refuge, Cheryl Harper makes you do it. This story stole my heart. The sweet shelter animals, the main character’s transformation and the community support were all reasons why I enjoyed Heart’s Refuge so much. This book is part of a series, and I suspect that a few loose ends will be tied up in the next book. Even so, I loved it and would definitely recommend this sweet, heartwarming story.
Until next time….
Winner Takes All by Cheryl Harper
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 Stephanie Yates is in love with her best friend Rebecca’s brother, Daniel Lincoln, who regards her more like a little sister than the mature young woman she’s become. When Stephanie finally gets up the nerve to ask Daniel out, it’s very bad timing and he rejects her invitation. Daniel is dealing with some serious issues of his own. His arrogance in rejecting proper protocol at the Holly Heights hospital where he worked as a doctor, and disrespecting the Hospital Administrator has cost him his job and has sent him fleeing from Texas to the mountains of Peru, regretful and desiring to be as far away from home as his pride will take him. Having come into money, Stephanie’s friends have concocted a scheme to send her off to Peru to right whatever’s gone wrong between the two of them. Stephanie also plans to donate a large sum of money to fund Daniel’s projects there. But when Stephanie arrives in Peru, instead of a warm welcome, Daniel seems irritated by her presence. Is he simply not interested, or does her close proximity delight him to the point of distraction from his important work of setting up medical clinics in the developing land, a predicament he’d rather not be in.
Winner Takes All was another enjoyable Heartwarming read by Cheryl Harper. I have enjoyed all of her Heartwarming books. I was captivated by the setting, the beautiful mountains of Peru. I could feel the tension as the team of medical volunteers climbed the steep mountains without rails. I imagined the sun disappearing almost instantaneously shrouding the solitary road in darkness. I felt like I was in the Andes mountains along with the rest of the chatacters, from Daniel’s team of medical helpers to the area residents. Wondering how Daniel and Stephanie would resolve their feelings for each other was very satisfying. Winner Takes All easily held my attention and I recommend it as a sweet romance read with an international flair that is sure to please.
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The Bluebird Bet by Cheryl Harper
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
💙💙💙💙💙 Elaine Watson, Tall Pines doctor, is determined to purchase the neglected Bluebird Inn from a patient and owner of the Inn, Robert Collins. Robert’s beloved wife, Martha Collins, took pride in The Bluebird Inn and her labor of love was a beautiful place that Elaine fondly remembers visiting with her parents when she was just a girl. Martha is gone now and along with her went the meticulous efforts of maintaining the Inn. When a health crisis nearly takes Robert’s life, save the good doctor Elaine’s diligent care, he decides not to continue taking life for granted by heading out on his own travel adventures. What will become of the Bluebird Inn? Elaine refuses to acknowledge her childhood place of contentment being lost forever, so she offers to purchase and restore it. Only problem is Robert’s son Dean is just as determined and wants to turn the Inn into a fishing camp. Who ultimately wins this battle of wills, and what will become of the old Bluebird Inn? Will the good doctor employ her instinctively caring nature and physician’s training to help a wounded man heal, or is this war at all costs to obtain the Inn she wants to call her own?
I loved, loved, loved this Heartwarming story! The Bluebird Bet is Book #2 in the Welcome To Tall Pines series; A Minute On The Lips was the first (which was also great). Cheryl Harper’s fluid storytelling skills and sense of humor pulled me into the narrative and I felt immediately connected to the characters, setting and the story overall. Devouring 100+ pages in one sitting without stirring is a great feat for me and means that I am thoroughly enjoying the writer’s style. This was my experience with The Bluebird Bet. Great story, fun and endearing characters, lovely setting, familiar friends and a convincing love story with a happy ending. Would you like those elements in your sweet romance story? Then you’re sure to love The Bluebird Bet.
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A Minute on the Lips by Cheryl Harper
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
💛💛💛💛💛 A Minute on the Lips by Cheryl Harper gave me exactly what I’d expect from a wholesome romance book, and thus I am awarding it 5 stars. In it we find a small town with quirky characters, a little mystery, a lovable grandma, a confused female Sheriff, a cat named Mojo and a bit of tender romance, all the makings of a satisfying heartwarming story; and so it was. I was able to get lost in the story, the romance aspect was believable, and the characters were interesting. I highly recommend this book to anyone who appreciates fast-moving, sweet romance books.
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