Thursday, February 8, 2018

A Handful of Flowers by Kimberly Rae Jordan

  • File Size: 3121 KB
  • Print Length: 114 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Three Strand Press (January 15, 2016)
  • Publication Date: January 15, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

About the Book:

This Christian romance novella of 34,000 words is the first book in The Callaghans & McFaddens series from author Kimberly Rae Jordan. 
When Emily McFadden first met Steve Callaghan, her only goal had been to gain his permission for his son to come over to play with hers. When she realizes that he is in need of help caring for his four sons, she decides to see if he’d be interested in making a deal. She’d help him with his boys, and he’d help her with the repairs to her aging house. Steve makes it clear he’s not in the market for a wife which is just fine with her. She has her own reasons for not wanting to get involved romantically.
Steve has no interest in a relationship after having dealt with his ex-wife and her rejection of their boys. However, he finds himself drawn to Emily as she showers his boys with love in the same way she does with her own four children. But is it just gratitude or something more? Is it possible that God has a different plan for their families than what they’d thought they wanted?

My Thoughts:

"A Handful of Flowers" is a sweet romantic novella by Kimberly Rae Jordan.  I was browsing for something refreshing to read and stumbled across her "The Callaghans & McFaddens" series, and decided to purchase the prequel.
I'm so very glad I did.  The story was most definitely a romance, but not sappy or overly sweet.  Emily is raising her four children alone after her husband is killed in action while serving overseas, but she's never had peace about the loss.  Steve is raising his four children after a painful divorce and relocation.  When Emily's oldest son starts up a friendship with Steve's, the families connect.
The interactions between the children was fun, and at times hilarious.  But the emotion Jordan floods into her story is powerful and at times I had to pause to wipe away tears--it's hard to read through waterworks!  The romance flowed naturally, and the faith did as well.  The blended family scenario is a bit idealistic, but could happen!
I enjoyed "A Handful of Flowers" so much I downloaded the next book as well, so be watching for that review coming soon.  For now, I'm giving this one my "one to watch" with a sprinkle of "oh, the feels!" awards.
Until the next page turns,



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