Love's Refuge by Sandra Leesmith
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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?
Amber Press (November 9, 2013) 321 pages
My Rating: 4 stars
Love's Refuge is one of those books I could easily see as a Hallmark movie. It's sweet and a little sappy at times, but still filled with pain and healing. Reading this book was so cozy, I just wanted to curl up on the couch and watch a sweet movie after finishing. But alas, with 3 little ones and a football loving hubby, the TV was not mine to watch. ;)
I related all too well to Skye's struggle to deal with the public. Her issues were due more to a traumatic past, and thankfully, I did *not* relate to that. I DO struggle with social phobia daily, though. It would be all too easy to hide away on an island with very few people, like Skye. The longer I'm away from the public, the harder it is to enter back. Skye has spent so long hiding away that her entries into the real world was a hard and slow process. I also understood all too well her realization of just how patient Danny was with her. It's only through God that Jonathan was/IS patient with me and my oddities. I understood her feelings of thinking Danny deserved and could do better when Skye's oddities were coming into play full force.
Despite the many issues happening around Skye, I still found this a relaxing read. The island that Skye lives on sounded like such a peaceful environment! With my chaotic life, I couldn't help but desire a tiny bit of that peace.
Overall, this is a sweet read! I enjoyed it!
*I was provided an e-copy in exchange for my honest opinion.
**Stay tuned for my review of The Price of Victory, also by Sandra, later this week!!
Sandra is giving away a KINDLE during her tour for Love's Refuge. Even better, it's loaded with her books! :)
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