Monday, March 4, 2013

Category: Contemporary Romance
Pub. Date: 7/26/2012
Publisher: CreateSpace
Format: E-Book
Pages: 336
ISBN#: 1478163143
Series: Madrona Island #1

This book weaves together the heart of Nicholas Sparks, the romance of Nora Roberts, and the charm of Debbie Macomber.
Fleeing her picture-perfect marriage among the privileged set of Brentwood and the wreckage of a failed marriage, Lily Parkins decides to move to the only place that still holds happy memories, her grandmother’s old farmhouse. The lush and majestic setting of the Pacific Northwest calls to her and offers a place of refuge and perhaps renewal. Her grandmother has passed away, leaving the Madrona Island Bed & Breakfast Inn to Lily.
Left with only an old guestbook as her guide–a curious book full of letters, recipes, and glimpses into her family history–Lily is determined to embrace her newfound independence and recreate herself, one page at a time. With the help of the quirky island residents she has befriended, she slowly finds the strength to seek out happiness on her own terms. But as soon as she has sworn off men and is standing on her own two feet, Lily meets Ian, the alluring artist who lives next door, and her new life is suddenly thrown off course. The last thing she wants to do right now is to open her heart to another man.
Ultimately, Lily must decide if it’s worth giving up her soul for security or risking everything to follow her heart.

My Review:   
My Love for the three mentioned authors in the synopsis' only heightened my interest in this book. But, once inside the pages, I was never more pleased and  engrossed with the story of Lily Parkins by author Andrea Hurst. She won me over very quickly to say the least.

Author Andrea Hurst is now on my list to continue to find and read as many as I can get my hands on, author read n review list.  Her way of telling the story of main character Lily Parkins and her grandmothers old farmhouse kept me enthralled within the pages of this wonderful novel.  Never a lull or over my head so to speak part with in the book. 

I would love for my family to find such a book as Lily did. To be able for my grandchildren to learn more about themselves and their heritage in a "guestbook" would be an adventure I feel they would love. 

As you all must know by now though is I try not to give any thing away with my reviews. I mostly try to just keep it to where either I let you know how much I like the book or not. Well make sure to put THE GUESTBOOK on your 2013 book list as a Must Read!  

I  recommend this to all my romance readers.       

So due to the above, I am giving this book a Breath of Life ratings of: 

Five Clock Rating!!!  
Disclosure: I did receive this book for my honest opinion and review. But the opinions are my own and yours may differ.


About the Author

 When not visiting local farmer's markets or indulging her love for chocolate, Andrea Hurst is an author and literary agent. Her passion for books drives her to find and write stories that take readers on a journey to another place and leave them with an unforgettable impression. She is a developmental editor for publishers and authors, an instructor in Creative Writing at the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, and a webinar presenter for Writers’ Digest. She lives with her two dachshunds in the Pacific Northwest, on an island much like the fictional Madrona, with all of its natural beauty and small town charm.
Her published books include The Lazy Dog’s Guide to Enlightenment and Everybody’s Natural Foods Cookbook , and she co-authored A Book of Miracles: Inspiring True Stories of Healing, Gratitude, and Love with Dr. Bernie Siegel.

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