Genre: New Adult

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.


Thrifty Thursday Review: Attraction by Penny Reid

Thrifty Thursday Review: Attraction by Penny Reid

Posted October 29, 2015 by Anne in Book Review | 4 Comments

  The purpose of Thrifty Thursday is to pick a book which was free (at some point).   Free ebook on June 12, 2015 Currently it is $ .99 on Amazon, Nook, and Kobo. Additional parts are $2.99 or you can get all 3 parts for $5.99.   There is every reason for me to NOT even like this book – it is the billionaire manwhore and the virgin. And it is a serial with 3 parts. There is a CLIFFHANGER. (The author is kind enough to include the start of the second book which relieves the worst of it.)  BUT,  it’s AMAZING and I LOVED it. It’s honest and fresh and lets us see behind the masks people use to hide.  This is REAL […]


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Posted October 8, 2015 by Jonetta in Author Guest Post | 0 Comments

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Posted September 29, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

    Carlisle Queen lives each day like it’s her last because it just may well be. Still suffering from the after effects of injuries sustained in a bomb blast that killed her boyfriend, she knows that death is an eventual certainty unless the shrapnel remaining in her body is removed. That also means that she won’t be starting any long term relationships but her handsome Spanish class teaching assistant, Mateo Butler, presents a challenge to that resolve.   I loved this story! It’s not your typical new adult tale, only the ages of the couple fitting the category. Both Carlisle and Mateo are somewhat old souls who’ve dealt with some tough issues but are surrounded by loving, nurturing families. Their romance starts with a […]


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Posted July 28, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

    Kit Landry is a 21-year old country music star working hard to resuscitate her career following a personal meltdown and stint in rehab. Max Butler is the firefighter who rescues her when she’s trapped in her record company’s studio fire. To say they have an immediate connection is an understatement.   I enjoyed the story and liked that Kit was the celebrity, young but very mature in a lot of ways. However, both she and Max were very emotionally immature when it came to relationships and their actions reflected as much. The frequent breakups were tiresome, especially the last one and the emphasis on the sexual aspect of their relationship overwhelmed any other connections. However, both were likable and admirable characters who I […]


The Dark Space by Mary Ann Rivers and Ruthie Knox

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Posted June 26, 2015 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

This is one of the first books published by the new Brain Mill Press which is headed up by these two favorite authors of mine.  (I rode a bit of RAGBRAI with Ruthie’s family last summer very briefly.)   I have really enjoyed all their work.  I wish them success in their new venture. The Dark Space is a long novella or short story about students in a different sort of college class at the senior level. These students are in their last semester before graduation.  Like many of the authors’ previous work in new adult, there is a very emotional sense of things.  It is unusual and not typical.  I like that but not everyone will.  It highlights the uncomfortable aspects of personal connections and […]


Owen’s All Grown Up! Four Years Later by Monica Murphy

Owen’s All Grown Up! Four Years Later by Monica Murphy

Posted October 7, 2014 by Jennifer in Book Review | 6 Comments

We’ve seen Owen as Fable’s kid bother but in FOUR YEARS LATER we get to see him more of a man. Well, on his way to being a man. He’s an adult of the ripe age of 19 and he’s in college. Owen appears to be the stereo type dumb football player that needs tutoring so that he can get back on the football team. Chelesa is the quite wallflower nerd that screams “I’m a virgin” to everyone that meets her. (Yes, she’s a virgin but I didn’t hold that against her and the story because of her age and background.) So let’s throw these two together and see what happens…. Chemistry happens and that’s not even the subject Chelesa is tutoring Owen in. Chelesa […]


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Posted October 3, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

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