Reviews by LaVerne St. George

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The Do-Over

I picked up The Do-Over because my home state of North Carolina is the primary setting, and I had not read Bethany Turner’s work before. Slowly, I was drawn into a sweet rom-com with a career-focused heroine, personal issues I could relate to and a life that makes a major U-turn.McKenna Keaton ...

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In Search of a Prince

The plot of In Search of a Prince is a twist on the classic story of Cinderella. In this case, a young woman discovers she is heiress to a royal throne in a faraway country, travels there to explore her options, and falls in love. The country is a West African island nation, and In Search of a Princ ...

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Redeeming Love

Redeeming Love is a classic in the Christian market and straddles the genres of romance and Christian fiction. The story, first published in 1991, is based on selected chapters from Hosea, a biblical book from a minor prophet, in which God asks the prophet to marry a prostitute, a marriage that symb ...

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Never Too Late

What surprised me about Never Too Late is that it has almost no external plot, no particular situation driving the two protagonists together. Instead, it’s a strong friends-to-lovers story with the most important action happening internally as both leads deal with past pain and consider that they ...

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Tacos for Two

In Tacos for Two, Betsy St. Amant uses the plotline from the movie You’ve Got Mail, even including favorite lines that her hero and heroine share through their own communication on an online dating service. In the end, the way to love takes a winding path in this fun romantic comedy.Living in ...

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The Heart of a Cowboy

When I read the blurb for The Heart of a Cowboy, it mentioned that the heroine was a botanist, and as a trained biologist, I’m always on the lookout for a scientist heroine. It’s book two in Jody Hedlund’s Colorado Cowboys series, with what I call a ‘Journey’ storyline. I admit I’m not a ...

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Queen’s Surrender: To A Higher Calling

Queen’s Surrender: To A Higher Calling is the latest release in Pat Simmons’s ten-book series The Jamieson Legacy, and as I had not read the previous books, I knew I was coming in late to this long-running story. Nonetheless, with a little attention I was able to get a handle on the large Jamies ...

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Love and the Silver Lining

I picked up Love and the Silver Lining because the description mentioned dogs, music, and romance, and I was ready to read something from a new-to-me author. I got started late on a Sunday morning and eventually looked up to find that several hours had passed. This second book of the State of Grace ...

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The Dollmaker's Daughter

Since I’m a fan of the Colonial Williamsburg living-history museum in Virginia, I picked up The Dollmaker’s Daughter, intrigued by the Williamsburg setting and a story set in 1776 that has more to do with a young woman’s search for adventure and a scientist hero, than with fighting the War of ...

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A Man With a Past

Mary Connealy is known for books filled with cowboys and humor. The synopsis for A Man With a Past promised the story of a man who had lost his memory, and I’m all about a good amnesia story. However, the beginning lags because the memory loss happens much later in the story than readers might exp ...