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Saturday, June 2, 2018

Then There Was You by Miranda Liasson - Book Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

Sara has returned to Angel Falls. Her hometown brings back a lot of sad memories, but she's willing to undergo the heartache because her family needs her. Her Nonna has always been there for Sara and her siblings and it's time to do something back now that her beloved grandmother isn't as strong as she used to be. Working as a doctor in a small town means answering plenty of painful questions, but Sara's Nonna is worth it. Sara was abandoned by her fiancé just before her wedding and the man she blames for it is the local chief of police. Colton is her ex-fiancé's best friend and Sara lost everything because of something he organized. She doesn't think she'll be able to forgive him, but can she live in the same town as this man while holding a grudge?

Colton knows everyone in Angel Falls. He's there for people who need him. He keeps an eye on troubled teenagers and helps seniors who don't have anyone strong to lend them a hand. He risks his life for others and that is a family trait. Colton isn't happy that Sara is back in town. She loathes him and he dislikes her very much after everything that happened between them. However, when they are together sparks fly. Is there a way they can change the way they feel about each other. What will happen when they kiss and make up?

Then There Was You is a beautiful romantic story. Sara is smart, capable, organized and determined. I loved her fiery personality. She used to be insecure, but is learning to stand up for herself. I admired how she gains confidence and enjoyed watching her transform into a wise woman who gives everyone who deserves it a piece of her mind. Sara constantly challenges Colton. He's a true gentleman, but he isn't used to having feelings for a woman and doesn't know how to handle the situation with Sara. They're a passionate couple and their journey isn't without obstacles. They fight, they make up and they fight again. There's plenty of chemistry and I couldn't wait to find out if they'd realize they're each other's one true love before having one fight too many.

Miranda Liasson knows how to write a brilliant love story. I like the way she describes emotions, she clearly understands them and that makes all of her scenes incredibly fascinating. She combines wonderful feelings and plenty of interesting layers with an amazing small town setting. Angel Falls is an adorable town. I loved the inhabitants, the buildings, the community spirit and the captivating friendships and family. Then There Was You is a gorgeous story filled with heartwarming love and affection. I highly recommend this terrific book.

Advice

If you love small town romance Then There Was You is an absolute must-read.

About Miranda Liasson


Miranda Liasson loves towrite stories about everyday people who find love despite themselves, because there’s nothing like a great love story. And if there are a few laughs along the way, even better! She’s a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart winner and an Amazon bestselling author whose heartwarming and humorous small–town romances have won accolades such as the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence and have been Harlequin Junkie and Night Owl Reviews Top Picks.

She lives in the Midwest with her husband and three kids in a charming old neighborhood which is the inspiration for many of the homes in her books.

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Excerpt

As Colton got out of his car and climbed up to the porch, he saw a solitary birthday candle planted in the middle of a pie sitting on the low table. Sara sat there in a gray Indians T-shirt and cutoffs, smiling. The candlelight flickered on her hair and her face, casting all her features in a warm glow that nearly stopped him in his tracks.

Rocket was cuddled close to her side, snoring.

“Nonna believes in recycling candles,” Sara said with a sheepish smile. “This is the only one in the house, and it’s down to a stub. Make a wish fast.”

His brain finally put two and two together. How had she remembered? “You got me a pie for my birthday?” Suddenly the simple act of drawing in air became complicated, like he’d somehow forgotten how to do it. He dragged his gaze from her to the pie so she wouldn’t see what was surely on his face.

How touched he was.

“Nope.” She shook her head. “I didn’t get you a pie. I made you a pie.”

Words clogged up in his throat. Her eyes were dancing in the low light, and he could see the golden highlights in her hair. Forget the damn pie. He wanted to taste her.

Whoa there, Colton. Friends, friends, friends, he repeated to himself. What had happened to all that animosity between them? The desire to tease her, to make her blush? To keep her at a distance, which was what all that bickering had done. Now he found he did want to make her blush. But for a completely different reason.

“Did you celebrate today?” she asked.

“Carmen made cupcakes. I’ll have dinner with Cookie and Hannah this weekend.”

She patted the swing beside her and he took her up on the invitation, staking out a spot on the other side of Rocket, who sniffed him discerningly, then leaned back against Sara. His uniform grazed her leg, and his gun banged awkwardly against the swing.

“Better hurry and wish before it fizzles,” she said, gesturing to the candle, which really did seem to be on its way to flickering out.

Oh, he wished all right, while she did a speedy rendition of Happy Birthday. She couldn’t hold a tune to save her life but he loved it just the same. Then he blew out the candle.

As it sat there smoldering, a thin wisp of smoke curling elegantly into the wooden slats of the porch ceiling. Sara jumped up. “Do you like warm pie? I’m going to nuke some pieces and put ice cream on them, is that okay? I’ve been waiting for this all ni—”

Before he knew what he was doing he reached up for her arm, tugged her back down beside him and planted his lips on hers. Then he curled his hand around her neck and pulled her in deeper.

Her lips were soft, and she tasted amazing, sweet like the pie, and sure enough, she was kissing him back, parting her lips, resting her hand lightly against his chest. Over his heart, where he was certain she could feel its wild rhythm as his entire body responded to the thunder of that kiss.

Giveaway

One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a signed paperback copy of Then There Was You by Miranda Liasson.

The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.

20 comments:

  1. The emotion of the excerpt is intriguing and witty!

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  2. Thanks, Suze, for the kind review and for having me today!❤️

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  3. This sounds like a fantastic and refreshing read!

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  4. It sounds like a great read, thanks for sharing it.

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  5. Then There Was You sounds like a great enemies to lovers story with a small town feel and the sense of family.

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  6. Looking forward to reading Then There Was You! Thank you

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  8. This sounds great! I love Miranda Liasson. <3

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  9. I do enjoy small town romance.

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  10. ah, small town romance.
    jan

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  11. Many thanks for the good review!

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  12. Sounds so great! I can't wait to read it.

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  13. I agree with Miranda: There's nothing like a great love story.

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  14. Thanks for the great prize and competition. Good luck everyone!

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  15. Reading the excerpt brought back to mind the time when my Mum started to come out of her shell. "I'm not going to be a mouse anymore" was her mantra and it worked!

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