Thursday, September 11, 2014

Aloha Rose

GIVEAWAY

CARTER, LISA
ALOHA ROSE

When Laney Carrigan’s adoptive parents encourage her as an adult to seek out her birth family, her only clue is the Lokelani quilt in which she was found wrapped as an infant. Centering her search on the Big Island, she battles fears of rejection from a family that abandoned her once before while her faith struggles to embrace God's love.

Along the path to her true heritage, she meets Hawaiian cowboy/helicopter pilot, Kai Barnes. Kai is determined to protect the people he’s come to regard as family against a woman he suspects of being nothing more than a gold-digger, but he finds himself drawn to Laney in spite of his reservations. He's spent his entire life seeking forgiveness from past mistakes and longs for a second chance at happiness. Laney’s painstaking journey to find restoration and a place to belong among the breathtaking allure of the Big Island will lead her closer to her past and maybe even something more.

My Review:

Lisa Carter has a gift with words that enables a reader to become totally lost in a story. It's in the rich descriptions which are never overdone but paint a vivid picture of people and places. It's in the  abundant dialogue so real and gritty and funny and even absurd at times. Just like real life. And it's definitely in the lush romance riddled with emotion of every conceivable kind. Honestly, I lived in Hawaii for a while. I love that kind of escape read.

This is a character driven story where Laney and Kai constantly struggle to find their footing -- not just with each other but with coming to terms with their individual pasts. Great fodder for conflict and there's plenty of that. Both are stubbornly clinging to old wounds which threaten their chance at happiness together. The heart of their story is finding -- and extending -- forgiveness and acceptance while moving forward in Christ.

A stunning read from beginning to end. Sweet perfection.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Aloha Rose please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday September 13 2014. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

24 comments:

  1. Hawai environment! Never been there, but love the location very much. And story seems very interesting!

    Count me in, please.

    janka(dot)halcinova(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. You'll feel like you've been there once you've read Aloha Rose, Janka. Carter is that good with her descriptions. Good luck!

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  2. My parents took a trip to Hawaii last year and considered it the 'trip of a lifetime'! Hope I get to visit one day, but until then will have to get my hands on a copy of this book.

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. I've always wanted to go to Hawaii -- about the only hot vacation spot I'd really want to visit. Way too expensive from Eastern Ontario though. Good luck, Patty.

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  3. Sorry I forgot to put my email in the right way. It is oh dot hello dot hiya at gmail dot com

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    1. Danie, I deleted your first comment so the spammers won't find you! Good luck!

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  4. I just bought a new sewing machine and am ready to try my hand at some quilts this winter - I've also always wanted to go to Hawaii. Both things make this book look very appealing!!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. Ohhhh -- quilting is such creative fun. Love choosing the fabric and watching the pattern come together. I've never hand quilted though. I usually make quilt tops that I sew into duvet covers. Have fun with that new sewing machine. Good luck, rubynreba.

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  5. I want to live in Hawaii for awhile too. Thanks for the giveaway.

    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

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  6. Hi Kav. I have tried to win this book before. It sounds really good and sounds like it was a hit with you. Please put my name in for a chance to win it. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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    1. Definitely a hit with me. Good luck, Maxie.

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  7. We visited Hawaii back in the 90's. It is a beautiful state and would love to revisit through reading! Thank you, Kav!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Armchair traveling is so much fun. Good luck, Melanie!

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  8. I love the quilts of love series. I would like to enter this giveaway. My email is slvie50at hotmaildotcom. Thank you

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  9. I have not been to Hawaii in over 24 years. I am hoping to go next year for my wedding Anniversary of 25 years. I love the stitch patter on Aloha Rose. Please enter me! It looks like a great book to read.

    strgth4yu(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Lucky you to have visited Hawaii -- hope your trip works out for next year. Good luck!

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  10. So happy for Lisa's success.
    cllyrics(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. She's an awesome writer -- I have some catching up to do because I just 'discovered' her. Good luck, Cynthia.

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  11. I would love to read this book and dream of Hawaii! Sounds like a good read.
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. It's fantabulous, Maryann. Good luck!

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  12. Aloha Rose sounds like a great story. My DH and I married and lived in Hawaii our first few years together and I love books that take me back to that lovely place!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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    1. Oh -- what a wonderful way to start a marriage, Merry. This one will definitely take you back. Good luck!

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