Friday, October 3, 2014

Spring Shadows (Season of Love #3) by Jennifer Gracen

Publication: October 1st 2014 by Booktrope Editions

 In SPRING SHADOWS, Book Three of the series, author Jennifer Gracen brings Lydia and Sam one step closer to lasting happiness. But it isn’t all romance and roses. The realities of a long distance relationship held between Chicago and New York start to take a toll. Add in the complications posed by Sam’s overprotective brother, Lydia’s difficult ex-husband, and an unexpected tragedy, and it all threatens to tear them apart before they’ve even begun to truly be together.

Lydia and Sam must face their pasts and come to terms with old fears and insecurities. They need to focus on the things that really matter: true love, forgiveness, compassion, and fearless commitment--another leap of faith. Full of the sweetness and heartfelt emotion you’ve come to expect from the Seasons of Love series, SPRING SHADOWS shows us the power of purposeful communication, understanding, and unrelenting self-awareness, proving that true, lasting love is possible when nurtured by healing and hope.

My Thoughts…

Having read the other two books in this series I had no doubt that when Spring Shadows became available I would pick it up immediately.  Fortunately I was able to get my hands on it before it actually was released and I cannot be more thrilled with how the story between Lydia and Sam continued.   This is definitely my favorite so far.  

This book is steamier, edgier, and sweeter than the first two in this series.   Sam is still amazing, showing his love and devotion to Lydia at every turn.  He has a lot more patience than most guys would when dealing with a new relationship, but understands that Lydia is everything that he has ever wanted.    But in this book he speaks his mind more often and stands his ground instead of giving in to Lydia’s whims.    Lydia is determined to make her relationship with Sam work, but is still standing in her own way.   She has doubts, understandably, that she has to work through.    She has a son that comes first in her life, as he should.    Once she starts to realize that she has to let go of some things in her life, she finds that her life straightens out and she realizes what is important to her.  

With Spring Shadows the reader has to be ready for a wild ride of emotions and fun.   There is heartache, lose, love, and fights.   I cannot wait for their story to continue in the next book.   

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Here are the first two books in this series, all of which I highly recommend....

Publication Date: March 27, 2014

Author Jennifer Gracen brings together a colorful cast of friends and family in Book One of the Seasons of Love series, Autumn Getaway. Newly divorced mom Lydia is just getting back on her feet. Her college roommate’s wedding promises a much-needed getaway weekend with old friends, at a beautiful manor in Connecticut.

When she meets Sam, a handsome friend of the groom, she's nearly overwhelmed by a confusing mix of hope and trepidation. Their instant connection feels intensely real, to both of them, but the ink is barely dry on her divorce decree. It takes all her nerve, and more than a little prodding from her girlfriends, to convince Lydia to give her heart — and Sam — a chance. But when the magical weekend comes to a close, Sam must return to Chicago, while Lydia heads back to her complicated life and young son in New York. Can their newfound connection survive the trials of physical distance and years of emotional baggage?

Written with an appreciation for the day-to-day struggles of a newly single mom, Autumn Getaway explores the burdens and blessings of family, revels in the spirit of friendship, and celebrates the power of romance and hope as Lydia and Sam take a second chance at love.

Publication Date: July 1, 2014

Author Jennifer Gracen reunites sexy, sophisticated Sam and sweet but wounded Lydia in Book Two of the Seasons of Love series, ”Winter Hopes.” Newly divorced mom Lydia is still getting back on her feet, and still reeling from her intense encounter with Sam at a friend’s destination wedding. As they tentatively explore the demands and rewards of long-distance dating, their instant connection evolves against the vibrant backdrop of New York City. Each begins to trust again – opening up is difficult, even painful, but the joy and hope they feel in each other’s arms demands they lay their hearts on the line. Can their love survive the miles that separate them, and the complexities of nurturing a relationship via email, text and phone? And when Sam finally meets Lydia’s family, will old resentments and unspoken biases bring them closer together or drive them apart? Full of the passion and tension any newly-joined couple experiences, this steamy yet hopeful book lays the foundation for Lydia’s budding relationship with Sam, and offers hope for second chances and a deep appreciation for the value of a loyal friend.

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