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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
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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.


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