Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Return to Love Review & Giveaway

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Sweet Romance… Fresh off their whirlwind nuptials and unexpected, but joyous pregnancy, April and Hale Abercrombie are gleeful about their life together. But, while Hale is serving his country in Vietnam, he receives news of the loss of their newborn daughter.

Back home on leave, Hale can barely wait to hold his wife. Their reunion is passionate and their physical connection, strong and soothing. His embrace, his touch, and his love are just as perfect as April remembered. But nothing, not even Hale, can ease April’s heartache.

Hale stumbles through his attempts at convincing her that their future will be rich and full of wonder despite their loss. His good-hearted, but take-charge approach causes her to retreat. Even in grief, April recognizes Hale’s earnestness, yet she can’t help but distance herself from him. With only a short time before Hale must return to war, the couple begins to understand that hope starts with them—that the bliss they once knew will return only if they are willing to trust again.

Set on the beaches of the Outer Banks, Return to Love is the second book in the Endless Love series. Book one, Home Again, was named a finalist in the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.


I was lucky enough to review the first book in this series, Home Again.  I was hesitant at first when I realized it was just a novella and not a full length book. That quickly changed after I started reading it.  It was a wonderful book.  So, I jumped at the chance to read this 2nd book.  I was not disappointed with this one either.  Kathleen Shoop did a wonderful job of portraying how difficult it is to get over the loss of a child.

I can not even imagine how difficult it is to give birth to a stillborn child, much less to do it while your husband is away at war.  The insights into the minds of both April & Hale are so true and believable.  While I haven't had the same experiences, the thoughts of a married couple trying to keep difficult things to themselves so that their spouse doesn't worry are universal.   Kathleen Shoop is such a skilled writer that you don't even feel like you are reading a book.  It is more like you are living it.

I definitely recommend this book, and the previous one, Home Again.  This can be read as a stand alone book.  I'm not sure if there will be another book but I look forward to hearing more about the lives of April and Hale.I give this one 5 stars.

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About the Author

A Language Arts Coach with a Ph.D. in Reading Education, Kathleen lives in Oakmont, Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.

Kathleen has also written Love and Other Subjects, award winning After the Fog and her debut novel, The Last Letter, garnered multiple awards in 2011.  The author's stories have also appeared in several of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

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Endless Love series. Book one, Home Again

1969-- Set on the shores of the Albemarle Sound, April Harrington has fond memories of summers at her family home, Bliss. After her fairytale wedding disintegrates, it becomes her refuge—the one place where she can attempt to pull the unraveling threads of her life back together. Unbeknownst to April, the stately house has been neglected in recent years. The once-sturdy roof is leaking in a few dozen places, and the wharf is rotting. Nothing is the same as she remembers. Nothing except for Hale, a Viet Nam pilot who is haunted by a dreadful secret, and who is also her brother’s best friend, a brother killed in the conflict that is tearing the country apart.

In Hale’s presence, April finds familiarity and solace. They share grief for a lost loved one, and from the comfort of Hale’s arms, passion blooms. Yet, April’s future is unresolved. Her wealthy, arrogant almost-bridegroom wants her back and the ghosts of Viet Nam are whispering to Hale. Can they find new love in an old treasured home, the kind of affection and trust that lasts forever?

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Book Tour Dates


I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
THREE Lucky Winners will each receive a $15 Amazon Giftcard,
courtesy of author of Return to Love, Kathleen Shoop
Ending on Sunday 7th September at 11.59pm EST
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  1. I'd love to start reading about April and Hale, they sound like such a solid couple.

  2. Thank you so much for the fabulous review! I am just floored every time you say you love my books!! I really means so much when a reader connects to my work. Thank you!! Book 3 in the series (starring Nurse Peters) will be launching for the holidays!