Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Love's Refuge by Sandra Leesmith

Love's Refuge
by Sandra Leesmith
Available November 2013
321 pages

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About the Book
Skye Larsen loves her peaceful life on Leeza Island in Puget Sound – the tranquility, the friendly neighbors, and especially the safety from big-city dangers. So when cruel pranks start to escalate and changes threaten to overtake the island, Skye is determined to fight for her haven. The presence of a handsome vacationer and the unexpected feelings he awakens can’t distract her from her goal.

Danny Fraser doesn’t realize how desperately he needs a rest until he meets Skye. By allowing him to glimpse her simple way of life, she helps him reorient his priorities – and steals his heart in the process. But his work and home in Seattle keep Skye at bay. 

An isolated island girl with painful memories. A dedicated city boy with a wild past. What will it cost for them both to find a refuge from their storms?

My Thoughts
While I've heard of Sandra Leesmith and even participated in a couple of cover releases for her, it was only this week that I finally cleared my book calendar and took the time to read one of her books. And let me tell you, I'm glad I did! Love's Refuge takes place on a secluded island in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. The scenery and the simple lifestyle drew me right in and nearly had me packing my bags for a visit … until I realized that it's probably colder there than it is here in the South! But there's just something about visiting a place that is so … different … than where you're from, and Sandra made this little island come alive for me.

I really enjoyed getting to know Skye and Danny (the main characters) as well. They're so different from one another that I wasn't sure how they would even converse, much less have a relationship of any sort. But the author laid the groundwork well and gave me one piece after the other until it just made sense.

My one "complaint" is that every chapter seemed to end with some big event or excitement. While it definitely drew me in and kept me reading, at times it seemed a little over the top. Like a constant roller coaster. When all was said and done, though, the story actually did move along quite nicely and really wasn't "overdone."

All in all, I enjoyed Love's Refuge and look forward to reading more from Sandra Leesmith in the future!  [4 stars]

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my fair and honest review.

About the Author
Sandra Leesmith loves to travel in her RV and explore all of nature’s beauty, discover America’s history, and fellowship with the wonderful people she meets while on the road. She enjoys reading, writing, hiking, swimming, and pickleball. Learn more about Sandra and her books at www.sandraleesmith.com.

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TWO Giveaways
How much fun is this ... there are TWO giveaways today! For giveaway #1, Sandra is giving away a basic Kindle loaded with her ebooks! Giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only and ends Saturday, November 30. You can enter the giveaway at Seasons of Humility.

For giveaway #2, Sandra is giving one of my readers a copy of her latest book, Love's Refuge (paperback or e-book). Giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only and ends Saturday, December 8. You can enter through the Rafflecopter widget below.

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*** All participants must be 18 years or older. The winner will be contacted via email. Once contacted the winner has 72 hours to respond with the required information. If the winner does not respond within the timeframe specified, another winner will be chosen. I am not responsible for shipping mishaps. Void where prohibited. ***


  1. Hi Brooke, Thanks for participating in the blog tour and taking the time to give a review. I really appreciate the time and effort. You have a lovely blog. Thanks again.

  2. I concur with Sandra! Thank you for participating in the blog tour, Brooke. :) So glad you finally got to read one of Sandra's books - and that you enjoyed it!


  3. Nice review. I love books that take place in small towns or seaside areas. :)


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