Monday, December 15, 2014

Book Review & Giveaway!

Rough Around the Edges

I'm really excited to be part of the blog tour for Rachael Anderson's new book, Rough Around the Edges Meets Refined. (Now that's a mouthful!)  It's about two people who have been widowed, yet are left with different scars and feelings about marriage and relationships in general.

Cassie was in a restrictive marriage to a man who presented himself as the perfect fiancee, but after they were married, he pretty much told her who she was and what she wanted.  Now that he's gone, Cassie is trying to find herself again and figure out why she didn't see what her husband really was before she married him.  She's distanced herself from everyone she loves and is trying to find her way back, even though she's not sure she really can.  I loved how realistic Cassie seemed while she struggled and sorted through her feelings as she tried to rebuild her life.

Noah was in a great marriage, but lost his wife, leaving him a single father with two sweet little girls. He's not looking to date since he's not sure he could love anyone like he loved his wife. But he has well-meaning neighbors and friends who want him to be happy and play matchmaker for him.  And they know Cassie would possibly fit the bill if he can give her a chance.  Noah is the hero you love to read about and the scenes between him and his girls were adorable.  I loved how unsure he was of himself at times, and yet he was confident, too.  Just the right mix of swoon and swagger.

I loved the growth I saw in both characters as they try to overcome their fears and hangups and slowly come to trust and love again.  Their romance was just the right pace, slow and sweet.  I laughed at the "upgrade" dates and sighed at the ice cream date.  If you want a sweet romance that will leave you with a smile on your face, this is the book for you.

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Here's the back copy:
For Noah Mackie, life is finally back on track. He has a great support system, a promised promotion is on its way, and he's finally getting the hang of this single father thing. But when the job falls through and his neighbor's matchmaking efforts become more aggressive, Noah is in for yet another unwanted detour. With his career and two spirited daughters to worry about, he doesn't have time for dating—especially not someone like Cassie Ellis, his girls' beautiful and sophisticated dance instructor, who is about as open and approachable as a brick wall. Rough around the Edges Meets Refined is about two people who think they know exactly what they want but who have no idea what they really need. It's about learning that people aren't always what they seem and that sometimes life’s detours take you exactly where you need to go.

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Author Rachael Anderson USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can't sing, doesn't dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.


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Rachael Renee Anderson said...

What a beautiful review, Julie! Thank you so much!!! I hope you have a wonderful holiday with your family!

Debra Erfert said...

What an awesome review. I'm going to download this right now--as a Christmas gift to myself!