Author: Abbie Williams

Winter at the White Oaks Lodge by Abbie Williams

Posted May 17, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 0 Comments

Winter at the White Oaks Lodge by Abbie WilliamsWinter at the White Oaks Lodge by Abbie Williams
Series: Shore Leave Cafe #4
Published by Central Avenue Publishing on June 1, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Pages: 257
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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four-half-stars
four-flames

A gorgeous stranger in an old photograph. A desperate search from another century. And a mystery that Camille Gordon cannot resist.

It has been two years since she discovered that she was going to be a teenage mother. Abandoned by her child’s father, Camille is determined that she and her daughter will make it on their own.

When she discovers an old picture in a trunk from her grandmother’s attic, Camille is at once drawn to the man in the image, standing near his horse in the light of a long-ago sunset. The haunting photo leads her to the Carters, who run the nearby White Oaks Lodge. Each clue brings her closer to her own destiny: a true love so intense that not even time can wither it.

 

 
Camille Gordon never imagined herself pregnant at 18-years old and can’t fathom being a mother. The baby’s father ran as soon as the stick turned blue so Camille is raising her child with the help of her Shore Leave family. She’s unhappy with her prospects for the future until she discovers a picture of a man and his horse in her grandmother’s attic that calls to her from deep within. He’s an ancestor of the Carters who run the nearby White Oaks Lodge and Camille’s just a little obsessed with this man. Little did she know that her pursuit of his story would change her life irrevocably.

 
I was skeptical of my ability to connect with Camille as I’d only known her through her mother, Joelle’s eyes. Fortunately, Camille had more layers than I’d gathered from the earlier books as she wasn’t that forthcoming with her mother. What I found compelling was how well her feelings were captured about the changes brought on by her teen pregnancy, beginning with the disappointment of being abandoned by the man (boy, really!) who she thought cared about her through being ostracized by her school mates and then following the birth of her child. Despite being enveloped by loving family, her emotional isolation was palatable. Camille’s fears about becoming a mother were at the same time mature and achingly borne of someone too young to be in this situation. The writing here was just brilliant and should be required reading for every teen (male and female).

 
I had no idea that this story would have a connection to the Doves Trilogy, which continues to haunt me! I am fascinated as to where it will ultimately lead as it will be through Camille and Mathias Carter. While their relationship begins here, their story is unfinished. I enjoyed their discovery and developing romance as it was age appropriate, reflecting the innocence and idealism of youth.

 
This was such a nice surprise and I had a tough time leaving these two. I’m glad there’s more to come. Also, Williams continues to reach back into the past before bringing the story current, which I’m finding highly effective as to storyline and character development. Each time, I gain a better perspective about events of the past. This is an extraordinary series that I continue to find captivating. Loved this one.

About Abbie Williams

I am writer Abbie Williams, and I have been addicted to love stories ever since first sneaking my mother’s copy of The Flame and the Flower; since then, I’ve been jotting down stories of my own in notebook after spiral-bound notebook. Well, that is until I got a computer that was equipped with Word, one fine day.

I spend my days with my own true love, our three daughters, and a very busy schedule. I am most happy when I can sneak in a few hours to write and thereby indulge in visiting the characters in my stories.

When I’m not writing, teaching or spending time with my family, you can find me listening to my favorite musical groups of all time: Alison Krauss and Union Station, the Wailin’ Jennys, and The Be Good Tanyas. If there’s time in the evening, I might watch a few episodes of Hell on Wheels and eat a jar of crunchy peanut butter.


A Notion of Love by Abbie Williams

A Notion of Love by Abbie Williams

Posted April 19, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

    The first two books in this series begin with the end of Joelle Gordon’s marriage to Jackie. Her sister, Jilly Henriksen, is a widow with a son and she’s just beginning a relationship with Justin Miller. I’m so delighted that this story begins at the beginning…when both were still in high school and just starting their relationships with their first loves.   In order to understand Jilly and Justin’s relationship, it was important to know about how they got there. This wasn’t just about the two of them but the community of family in Landon, Minnesota. It’s rich with stories of the women and men who shaped and influenced them, let alone the developing romances of all of them.   It’s tricky to […]


Gut Wrenching! Soul of a Crow by Abbie Williams

Gut Wrenching! Soul of a Crow by Abbie Williams

Posted June 20, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | 4 Comments

    The story resumes from where the first book ended with Lori Blake having just been rescued by Sawyer Davis. They joined Boyd Carter and his 12-year old brother to continue their journey to Minnesota to apply for a homestead next to Boyd’s uncle.   The relationship between Sawyer and Lori is the central focus of the story. Their unique bond is extraordinary, being both wondrous and tragic as they encounter numerous challenges while making their way along the trail adjacent to the Iowa River. The relationship between the entire group is also heartwarming, the story strengthened by the flashbacks to their lives before, during and at the end of the Civil War.   One of the more compelling aspects of this story is […]


Oh, My Aching Heart, Plus a Giveaway! Heart of a Dove by Abbie Williams

Oh, My Aching Heart, Plus a Giveaway! Heart of a Dove by Abbie Williams

Posted November 25, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

The story Lorie Blake grew up in a loving family in Tennessee. At the age of 15, her world was horribly altered after losing her entire family to the Civil War and typhoid fever. She was sold to a brothel in St. Louis by someone who was supposed to provide for her care. The next three years were a struggle of survival until her liberation by four unknown men from her home town. Their subsequent odyssey to Minnesota for a fresh start bonds them for life and begins an extraordinary romance. What’s to love This story haunted me so much I gave up trying to sleep and just finished it. It’s beautifully done, even those miserable moments that were painful to follow. We experience everything […]


Review: Second Chances by Abbie Williams

Review: Second Chances by Abbie Williams

Posted September 3, 2013 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

This story resumes where the last one ended, with Bly Tilson having to return home to Oklahoma and face charges for having violated his parole. Joelle is planning to make the trip to see him before his court date and meet his mother for the first time. Meanwhile, she’s leaving behind her pregnant teenaged daughter and a soon to be ex-husband who seems to be having second thoughts. I love these characters, especially Joelle and Bly’s romance. I’m not normally a fan of the older woman/younger man relationship premise but there’s a lot here that works. You won’t find any of the traditional traps common for this storyline and you quickly forget the age difference. Bly’s terribly romantic and sensual and Joelle seems to have overcome […]


Review: Summer at the Shore Leave Cafe by Abbie Williams

Posted February 12, 2013 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

Summer at the Shore Leave Café  By Abbie Williams  Book #1 in the Shore Leave Café series  Contemporary Romance  Joelle Gordon is leaving Chicago and her cheating husband to head for her hometown of Landon, Minnesota. WIth her three beautiful daughters in tow, Joelle is bombarded with an onslaught of memories that Landon evokes. Landon — home to the Shore Leave Cafe, the restaurant Joelle’s family owns — has some surprises in store for Joelle. Finding herself confronted with the reality of single motherhood, a mysterious but handsome young staffer at the Shore Leave Cafe, her upset daughters, and the prospect of returning to her husband for the well-being of her kids, Joelle must make decisions she never thought she’d face. A story about heartbreak, […]