Series: Shore Leave Cafe

Wild Flower by Abbie Williams

Posted July 5, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 2 Comments

I received this book for free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Wild Flower by Abbie WilliamsWild Flower by Abbie Williams
Series: Shore Leave Cafe #5
Published by Central Avenue Publishing on July 1, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 256
Format: eARC
Source: the Author
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Three years have passed since Joelle Gordon came home to Landon, Minnesota, following her heart back to her family of women and their little café on Flickertail Lake. Joelle, her sister Jillian, and her daughter Camille have grown closer through the shared heartaches and passionate loves since that first summer. Now the Shore Leave Café is again basking under the brilliant June sunshine, and this summer promises to be hotter than ever.

Jillian is pregnant with her third child but her happy existence is threatened by Justin's ex-wife and a creepy stranger who's shown up at the lake. Camille, plagued by a photo of a Civil War era man and dreams of a girl with haunted eyes, can't shake her fear of losing Mathias. A journey into the mountain country of Montana is where she counts on finding answers. Or will her actions only fulfill a Davis family curse?


Camille Gordon and Mathias Carter are engaged and planning for their October wedding but need to resolve the open mystery surrounding his ancestor, Malcolm Carter. Jilly Miller is pregnant with her second child by Justin, a boy this time, but she’s restless, unsettled and adrift without her sixth sense or “Notions” that portend danger. When Justin’s trouble-making ex-wife shows up again and a mysterious stranger fixates on Jilly, things get a little crazy in Landon, Minnesota.

The story is presented using two points of view, Jilly’s and Camille’s, in alternating chapters. Jilly’s story had a chilling element of suspense as the bold behavior of a stranger is just unnerving. Her reactions were on target but her failure to tell anyone what was going on was maddening, fitting in perfectly, however, with her mistrust of her normally dead on instincts. The suspense was killing me! And, the ex-wife showing up just made this a delicious brew.

Camille’s story strongly intersects with the past, connecting it with the Dove Trilogy. It just feels like a stroke of brilliance to link these two series, joining the historical with the contemporary pretty seamlessly. Camille’s relationship with Mathias continues to build as they plan their future. You just can’t help but root for these two. Their pursuit of Malcolm’s story was fascinating, leading them to Montana and some of the answers.

I enjoyed this story and loved the added intrigue and tension. Even though each story in the series reaches a conclusion, the continuing story arc about their ancestors is oh, so compelling. I don’t know which I want more…the next book in this series or in the Dove Trilogy.

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.

Winter at the White Oaks Lodge by Abbie Williams

Winter at the White Oaks Lodge by Abbie Williams

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

    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 […]

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 […]

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

Review: Summer at the Shore Leave Cafe by Abbie Williams

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

It’s bad enough to find out your husband is cheating but to catch him in the act is pretty painful. Joelle Gordon stuck it out for a few months after this happened and then packed up her three daughters and returned to Landon, Minnesota, the town where both she and her husband, Jackie, grew up. Joelle comes from tough stock as the women of her family have learned to fend for themselves for various reasons. They welcomed her back with open arms, somehow sensing her heart and providing her safe haven while she tries to heal and figure out what to do with her life. Unfortunately, it got much more complicated as soon as she stepped inside of her mother’s café and looked into the […]