Series: Shore Leave Cafe

A Notion of Love by Abbie Williams

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

A Notion of Love by Abbie WilliamsA Notion of Love by Abbie Williams
Series: Shore Leave Cafe #3
Published by Central Avenue Publishing on January 1, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 240
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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four-stars
four-flames

Twelve years ago, Jillian Henriksen cut off all her hair and placed it in her young husband's hands as he was buried. After his tragic accident, she clung to the only remaining stability she had - her young son Clint, her family of women, and her job at their lakeside diner, the Shore Leave Café.Now it is summer again, and change is in the hot and humid air. Jillian's sister, Joelle, and her teenaged nieces, Camille, Tish, and Ruthann, have come home to Landon, bringing a welcome distraction.And then there is Justin Miller, longtime family friend, brooding and sexy, but damaged after a terrible accident five years earlier. Will Jilly and Justin risk their broken hearts - and the Davis family curse - to take a chance on lasting love?

 

 
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 write retrospectives, especially when you know ultimately where and with whom the characters end up. I was captivated from the start, never bored or sensing too much repetition. I loved Jilly and Justin’s backstories, complete with lovely high moments and devastating lows. It laid the foundation for their present day situations, so much so I felt I knew exactly how these characters would behave and react throughout. I couldn’t put this book down. Lovely, just lovely.

 

 
I’m still in love with this series, which has had a makeover since my reviews of the first two books, Summer at the Shore Leave Cafe and Second Chances.

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.


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, […]