Monday, October 3, 2016

Book Review and Giveaway!

I am super excited to be part of Marlene Bateman's blog tour for her new novel, For Sale By Owner. This was a heart-tugging romance that takes place around the Christmas season and with the cold weather we've been having, it was the perfect book to snuggle up with in front of my fireplace!

McKenzie Forsberg, or Kenzie as everyone calls her, is coming home to her small hometown to stay. She plans to buy her childhood home and give her daughter the same sort of childhood she had--full of magic and love and familiar people. Unfortunately, when she arrives she discovers her childhood home has been sold out from under her to a widower named Jared Rawlins. Jared is interested in possibly dating Kenzie until he realizes how badly she wants the house. She is so dead-set on having it that when he doesn't seem to be able to sell his current house so he can buy the one they both want, he wonders if Kenzie is trying to sabotage him. How can they have a relationship with a haze of distrust hanging over them?

I loved how the author is so adept at really drawing the reader into the characters' lives. It kept my attention riveted. I thought the hero was well-drawn with trying to juggle his responsibilities as a father as well as trying to carve a life for himself. Kenzie had a lot of emotional baggage from her own past relationships, that it was nice to see her really be able to see a different perspective, grow as a person, and allow herself to dream about the possibilities of truly falling in love. I thought the plot had just the right balance of romance and drama and I was fully invested in these two getting their happily-ever-after!

Don't forget to scroll down and enter the giveaway!

You can order your paperback copy here

Here's the back copy:

McKenzie Forsberg is headed home. She's quit her big-city job to return to her roots in the small town of Lake Forest. Kenzi hopes to buy her childhood home from her brother, Tom, as a way of revisiting the peace and security she's been missing in her life. But soon she is shocked to discover that the house has a pending sale, and Tom won't budge from the sale—not even for his sister.

Handsome widower Jared Rawlins catches Kenzie's eye until she realizes that he's the one who is buying her house—but he can only close the deal if he sells his own house by Christmas Eve. Jared is more than a little interested in Kenzie but has second thoughts when it seems that she may be sabotaging the sale of his home.

Slippery feelings of animosity and distrust ensue, with both Jared and Kenzie denying the chemistry between them. But then an unexpected discovery about their connected past puts a new twist in the dynamic. Now, can they put their differences aside and come to terms on a relationship that could last forever?

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