Series: Dare River

Inspirational! The Promise of Rainbows by Ava Miles

Posted May 11, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 0 Comments

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Inspirational! The Promise of Rainbows by Ava MilesThe Promise of Rainbows by Ava Miles
Series: Dare River #4
Published by Self Published on January 13, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 319
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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Jake Lassiter was a bona fide hero in the military before a tragedy in war changed his life forever. Now he’s a rising country music star, intent on healing the world and himself through his music. But his past still haunts him…

When Jake hires girl-next-door interior decorator Susannah McGuiness, he sees a kindred spirit and a woman who pulls at his soul. The first sparks of hope fire in him, the kind that can heal all the wounds he still carries inside. For a man resigned to never having a happily ever after, Susannah sure has him dreaming about one.

Susannah has always believed in the promise of rainbows, even when times are tough. She’s known some hard times herself and connects with Jake on a level she’s never known. In this hero, she doesn’t see a broken man, but one who’s risen again and again to life’s challenges. But Jake must heal his secret wounds to claim the love of his dreams.



Susannah McGuiness and Jake Lassiter have flirted around their attraction but now that he’s hired her to redecorate his home, they’ve decided to just acknowledge it and move forward. Unfortunately for Jake, it apparently triggered his PTSD nightmares.

This is a story about grace, faith and the power of both in the midst of a debilitating condition. The realities of PTSD amongst our veterans was well presented through Jake who served in Iraq and suffered a traumatic loss that still haunts him. His burgeoning relationship with Susannah was an important part of his recovery as well as a contribution to the problem.

The families of both, extended and otherwise, play significant roles and Susannah’s sister, Shelby, is perfectly set up for the next book.

I really enjoyed this story, which was personally well timed to deliver a message I was open to hearing. Jake and Susannah’s triumph was inspirational.

About Ava Miles

Ava Miles burst onto the contemporary romance scene after receiving Nora Roberts’ blessing for her use of Ms. Roberts’ name in her debut novel, NORA ROBERTS LAND, which kicked off The Dare Valley Series and brought praise from reviewers and readers alike. Much to Ava’s delight, BlogCritics says “It [NORA ROBERTS LAND] captures the best of…a Nora Roberts novel,” while USA Today’s Happily Ever After blog praises the series noting its “wonderful, idyllic setting… [and] great characters.” Ava continued The Dare Valley Series in FRENCH ROAST, which Tome Tender says “raised the entertainment bar again” and then THE GRAND OPENING, which reviewer Mary J. Gramlich says “is a continuation of love, family, and relationships.” Now, Ava releases the fourth book in the series, THE HOLIDAY SERENADE, with her recognized wit and charm, creating happy endings with humor and heart.

Born in a small town herself, Ava has created the small, Colorado town of Dare Valley and the residents who make it memorable, including the Hale family who, like Ava, are descended from a long line of journalists. Ava’s great-great grandfather won his first newspaper in a poker game in 1892 and her family has had something to do with telling stories, whether to share news or, in her case, fiction, ever since. In fact her clan is still reporting on local events more than one hundred years later at their family newspaper.

Ava is a member of the Romance Writers of America and Washington Romance Writers. She is also part of an unofficial group that regularly convenes a writing retreat at Nora Roberts’ restored Inn Boonsboro in western Maryland. Having left behind the “day job,” which took her, literally, all over the world, she now writes full-time in the peace and quiet of her northern Virginia porch-swinging-friendly community.

Simply Magical! Fireflies and Magnolias by Ava Miles

Simply Magical! Fireflies and Magnolias by Ava Miles

Posted March 25, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

Quick summary Law student Amelia Ann Hollins, youngest sister of country music star Rye Crenshaw, is determined to get Clayton Chandler to acknowledge they have chemistry and need to start acting on it. Trouble is, Rye’s his best friend and his boss (Clayton is his deputy manager). She’s coming on strong and he’s doing a great job of keeping her at arm’s length.   One more thing… Amelia Ann’s got a few secrets. No one knows that she was the tabloid leak who disclosed Rye’s payoff to sister Tammy’s abusive ex-husband. And, she’s volunteering at a legal services clinic in a rough area of Nashville.   What works about this story Though Amelia Ann comes across as a traditional Southern belle, she’s also a young […]

Truly Magical! The Chocolate Garden by Ava Miles

Truly Magical! The Chocolate Garden by Ava Miles

Posted September 30, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

  Quick summary Tammy Hollins escaped from an abusive marriage and the tyranny of a mother who valued propriety over everything else. She and her two children have found sanctuary at her brother’s home where she discovers her talent for landscape architecture. John Parker McGuiness, her brother’s lawyer and a songwriter, falls for Tammy from the start and engages her to landscape his property. What she creates for him is just magical, not to mention delicious!   What I enjoyed There was something almost spiritual about the creation of this garden with its chocolate theme. Pulling it together healed not only Tammy but her traumatized children. John Parker was the chocoholic but everyone involved seem to benefit from the project. It was uplifting to watch […]

Review: Country Heaven by Ava Miles

Review: Country Heaven by Ava Miles

Posted February 11, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | 4 Comments

Have you ever had one of those books where you don’t want to put it down but you also don’t want it to end? That’s they way this story was for me. The setup Rye Crenshaw, famous country music singer, was the darling bad boy to his fans until a huge misunderstanding put him on the wrong side of media attention. He’s on tour, floundering and happens by a recommended local diner in Kansas where Tory Simmons was the cook. She’s struggling to make ends meet following the death of her grandfather so when Rye offers her a job as his personal chef for the remainder of the tour (for an amount she can’t refuse), she signs on. The story Rye’s got a bit of […]