Monday, February 25, 2013

Mandy's Romance Corner Reviews: Mending the Line and Sara's Promise


Mending the Line (Golden Rule Outfitters #1)Mending the Line by Christy Hayes:
About the book: Jill Jennings’ dream of becoming an elite runner turns into a nightmare when she breaks her leg less than a year before the Olympic trials. After two surgeries and a lengthy rehabilitation, she’s ready to pursue her goal again. Or is she… 

Jill’s healing and ready to hit the pavement, but her passion for the sport she’d planned to make her career unexpectedly wanes. On a whim, she changes course and runs right into tall, blonde, and gorgeous Tyler Bloodworth. Fly fisherman come and go in south central Colorado, but Ty’s back for a second summer, minus his girlfriend and hotter than ever.

Tyler Bloodworth's life plan to start a fly-fishing business with his dad back home in North Carolina is suddenly snagged when Jill Jennings runs circles around his heart during a summer stint as a fishing guide in Colorado. Back for a second summer, he sets his bait and casts his line, but Jill's not so easy to catch. 

A catch and release fisherman breaks Golden Rule #1: he hooks a girl he can’t let go. A distance runner with big dreams and an uncertain future falls hard for a summer fling. Can Jill risk losing her career and her heart to Tyler when he’ll be gone in a few months, or will Ty reel in the biggest catch of his life?

Mandy's review:  How do you know when you have found "The One"?  You feel it deep in your soul, something just clicks into place.  Tyler found "the one" in Jill Jennings.  He watched her from afar one summer while working as a fishing guide, now he is back to claim Jill for his own.  The author did an excellent job of making you believe in these characters, their emotional trials, and of the spark between them.  I liked the fact that not every other page was about sex.  The story line developed these two people into something believable.  Tyler was willing to make the same sacrifices that he was asking of Jill.  This is what true love and partnership is all about.  I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it.  I give it 4 stars.


Sara's Promise
Sara's Promise by Deanna Lynn Sletten:
About the book:  Do you believe in soul mates?William Grafton had the perfect life with his lovely wife, Sara, and two wonderful children. But one day his perfect forever was shattered when Sara died suddenly, leaving him alone to raise his children and wonder how he would ever get through life without his soul mate. Five years later, he finds himself looking into a familiar pair of blue-green eyes that remind him of Sara. The woman is the exact opposite of his late wife, yet he finds he is drawn to her. But after a few strange occurrences, he begins to wonder–are these just coincidences or has his Sara come back to him as she once promised in the form of this new woman? 

Annie Paxton doesn't believe in soul mates or fate. She had watched her father die of a broken heart after her mother passed away and has since cast away any fairy tale ideas of love. Then she meets the man who has been haunting her dreams and she begins to see love in a whole new light. But her dream man is still tied to his deceased wife, and Annie doesn't know if he will ever be able to break away from his past. As strange occurrences unfold, Annie wonders if William could ever truly love her for herself and not for the traits that remind him of Sara.

Were William and Annie brought together by fate, coincidence or by Sara keeping her promise?(

Mandy's Review:  A heartfelt story of love, loss and finding your soulmate.  Deanna brings to life the characters and makes them real to the reader.  The story line flows smoothly.  You follow the cycle of life within the pages of this story.  The reader will be hoping, crying and rooting for the happy ending to come for Will and Annie.  This book make even a cynic want to believe that there is someone out there for you, even in the mists of tragedy.  I really enjoyed this book.  I give it 4 stars.


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