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Saturday, October 22, 2016

A House Is Not a Home by Anita Louise - Book Review & Guest Post

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Review by Anniek

Analese is a successful businesswoman and a single mother. When she and her husband found out that their son Trevor would be wheelchair bound because of muscular dystrophy her husband left them. Analese was devastated, but also determined to build a good life for her and her son. Her aunt introduces her to Michael during an engagement party of one of the neighbors. Analese is looking for an architect to build a home for her and Trevor.

Michael is the eldest of the Adler clan. He is used to taking care of his siblings. He also has a very successful architectural business together with his father. He can build houses and he gives it his all to make them homes. When he meets Analese Michael is struck by how beautiful she is. He is used to being alone and never believed in true love and marriage. Will Analese and her son Trevor change his mind?

Analese has been through a lot. Because her husband left her she had to take care of their son by herself. She is incredibly protective of her son and tries to make his life better in any way she can. Now that Analese has made a lot of money with her own business she can finally build a house that has every adjustment Trevor needs. I liked Analese a lot. She is such a sweet mom and has a strong connection with her son. She helps out other people, so they can become just as successful as she is. Analese is selfless and intelligent and she works hard to achieve her goals.

Michael is a handsome and kind man. This shows in the way he interacts with people. It was heartwarming to witness how he cared for Trevor immediately as well as the rest of his family. I liked to read about how he views his work as an architect. Michael does not only build a house, but it's important to him to give people a beautiful and safe place to stay. He spends a lot of time working on details to completely develop his visions. I could perfectly picture him as the eldest of nine children. Michael is trustworthy, responsible and a good son and brother.

A House Is Not a Home is the third book in the Adler series. Every book I read about them makes me love them even more. The whole family is so loving and caring that they found a place in my heart. I loved to read about how Analese and Trevor were welcomed into the family. Anita Louise wrote a beautiful guest post about where she finds the inspiration for her stories. Reading this post makes her stories even more valuable. I'm a big fan of this series and I can't wait to start reading the next Adler story.

About Anita Louise

Anita’s husband comes from a large and loving family of nine children, and they were the inspiration for the Adler Family Series. She’s always been an avid reader of love stories, and her passion for romance found another outlet when she discovered how much fun it was to write about her own smart and sexy heroes and heroines.

She is also an ardent and devoted student of personal development. Weaving the life changing principles that guided her to the love of her life and to a happy marriage is an important aspect of all of her books.

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Guest Post

Inspiration for my books
By Anita Louise

As a romance novelist, there is one thing my readers can always count on. Someone’s going to fall in love and live happily-ever-after. If you’re looking for a “surprise” ending where the good guy loses or the heroine dies of some terrible disease, then Anita Louise is not the author for you. I guess, I figure there’s enough negative news in the world without making up a bunch more of it. I like to create stories where the bad guy gets what’s coming to him, and Prince Charming really is charming.

Along with the romance, there is an underlying theme (or two) in each of my novels. Right now, I’m getting close to completing the 5th book in The Adler Series. You Light Up My Life ~ Olivia & Tyler. The primary theme in this story is about an NDE, Near Death Experience. It’s interesting, because the characters and the story often lead me to writing about a subject I hadn’t planned on including. Because, Olivia, the main female character in this 5th book is the founder of a franchise named the Martial Arts Dojo for Body, Mind and Spirit, I knew that I would be writing about some of the principles behind the practice of martial arts.

What I didn’t know when I started the story was that someone very close to one of the characters would lose their life. Losing a loved one can be a difficult subject to write about, but it’s happened to me and to many if not all of my readers. You’ll find bits and pieces of my personal loss amidst the pages of You Light Up My Life.

There’s an old saying. “Life is 10% what happens and 90% how you deal with what happens,” and I believe that to be true. I want my readers to feel the ups and the downs the people in my books go through. But more than that, I hope after finishing one of my stories, my fans can walk away feeling better equipped to deal with the ups and downs in their own lives.

So where does the inspiration for my stories come from? My inspiration comes from LIFE – my own life, the lives of my friends and family. I’m inspired by what I see going on in the world around me. Life isn’t always easy and it doesn’t always go exactly the way we want it to. I was once in an abusive relationship. So was Shelly in my second book in Bad Case of Lovin’ You ~ Brooke & Zack. I know someone who went to the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. So did Michael in A House Is Not a Home ~ Michael & Analese, The Adlers Book 2. The issue of date rape has been in the news for years and continues to be a crime that often seems to go unpunished. That is one of the main themes in my fourth book Should I Stay or Should I Go ~ Connor & Gina.

I recently lost a friend to cancer, and the disease has touched so many people close to me. Don’t be surprised to see the big “C” as a theme in an upcoming book. Close friends of mine are in an interracial marriage. Children who were “perfect” as babies and toddlers turn into people their parents don’t even recognize when those “perfect” little boys and girls become teenagers. Obesity. Anorexia. Gaining weight. Losing weight. Finding and/or losing a job – right out of college with no experience or as an older person who is “overqualified” for the position. All of these would be interesting topics to explore and write about.

The bottom line is, I hope you enjoy reading about The Adlers as much as I enjoy writing about this large and interesting family. I can’t say “THANK YOU” enough to Anniek for reading and reviewing my books and for giving me the opportunity to write this guest blog.

If I may add this shameless bit of self-promotion, my 5th book will soon be submitted to the Kindle Scout program for publishing consideration. Anyone can become a Kindle Scout. It would be most appreciated if those of you who have read and enjoyed any of my first four romance novels would read and nominate You Light Up My Life ~ Olivia & Tyler for acceptance into the KS program.

Thanks, again and Happy Reading!

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  1. Tugs at the heartstrings, absolutely!


  2. Sounds like series where there's family filled with love. Love the review.

  3. I'd never heard the saying “Life is 10% what happens and 90% how you deal with what happens”. But how true - thanks Anita!

  4. The cover is gorgeous <3 and your review is great! I always have a soft spot for readers who have to deal with problems related to relatives with diseases. Looking forward to reading this book

  5. Love the concept of this book, love to ready about families where there is love :) x

  6. I love a series that is set around a large, loving family.

  7. Analese sounds like an amazing character.

  8. It sounds like these novels come from a very down-to-earth perspective, and I love that. I really like the sound of this one!

  9. This sounds like a heartwarming story.

  10. I like that while you deal with difficult issues, there are truly happy endings! :D I love it when books are overall uplifting. :)) xx