Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Love's Every Whisper

GIVEAWAY

RAWLINGS, NAOMI
LOVE'S EVERY WHISPER

Victoria Donnelly simply wants to do something right, at least once in her lifetime. With five years of failed courtships behind her and the calendar inching closer to another birthday, she's determined to redeem herself and snag a proposal from a wealthy childhood acquaintance, Gilbert Sinclair. But returning to Eagle Harbor stirs up long forgotten memories. And worse, old affection for her betrothed's enemy.

Elijah Cummings has loved Victoria for fifteen years. But fishermen's sons don't marry shipping barons' daughters. He knows it. She knows it. The entire town knows it. Resolved to keep his distance from Victoria, Elijah focuses on establishing a much needed life-saving station, risking his own life by rescuing sailors stuck aboard shipwrecks.

He knows how to save drowning sailors, but how is he to save a woman from the biggest mistake of her life—without destroying both their hearts in the process?

My Review:

I'm beginning to think I need to don boxing gloves before I read one of Naomi Rawlings' books because I know I'll be called upon to defend beloved characters. She certainly puts her poor hero and heroine through the paces. Conflict abounds and I adored every angsty minute.

Rich in characterization and plot, this story hums with tension of every kind. Victoria and Elijah's unspoken attraction pulls story threads taut as their romance progresses to toe-curling satisfaction. Not before being mired in the depths of hopeless despair, mind you. My emotions churned my insides out as I devoured each page.

The author excels at conflict -- in fact she is downright mean to her hero and heroine which exasperates and thrills me all at the same time. How can I both hate and love reading all those angsty bits?! They certainly keep me riveted and anxious for more.

Being 'fearfully and wonderfully made' is a touching refrain that echoes throughout the book and applies to so many of the characters. It is particularly hard for Victoria to grasp since she comes from a very emotionally abusive family. She struggles with finding her voice and the courage to speak her mind.

Eagle Harbor series fans will be thrilled to find Mac and Tressa play a prominent role in this book as well. So satisfying to catch up with them three years later -- even if angst abounds in their lives as well.

A compelling read that you'll want to consume in one sitting.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Love's Every Whisper 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 October 18 2015. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

45 comments:

  1. Wow, now that sounds like an emotional read - one of those that when you are done you feel like you've gone through trauma. :) I love those kinds of books!
    lattebooksAThotmailDOTcom

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    1. Emotions are engaged for sure! LOL Good luck, Susan.

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  2. Wow, sounds like a must-read. I never have read anything by this author. Sounds like I'm missing out! Awesome review, Kav!
    mbaaij (at) hetnet (dot) nl

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  3. Naomi Rawlings is one of my favorite authors. What a beautiful title too! I'm looking forward to this book.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  4. Sounds like another one to add to my wish list. Thank you, Kav!
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

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    1. That list is every growing, isn't it? Good luck.

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  5. Okay I don't know how I've missed this series but these sound like my kind of books! Your review had me wanting desperate to read these books! Thanks for the chance to win!
    gatorade635(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. So many books, so little time -- good ones sneak by us all the time. Sigh. Good luck,. Abbi.

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  6. Have not heard of this author. kamundsen44ATyahooDOT.com

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    1. She's one to watch out for, Kim. Good luck.

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  7. Naomi is a new-to-me author. I love curling up with a compelling read. Kav, thanks for the giveaway.

    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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  8. I would love to try a book by this author. rmaney(at)firstarpchurch(dot) org.

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  9. This sounds like such an interesting read. I love good conflict but at the same time I feel emotionally drained after watching a good character go thru the ringer. Thanks for the review and giveaway!
    momrain(AT)aol(DOT)com

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    1. Exactly!!!!!! I'm sure there's all kind of bibliotherapy involved. Good luck, Loraine.

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  10. Sounds like another emotional book, I love all that angst. Perhaps that's the way Naomi works hers out, lol. Thanks for the review, please put my name in the draw for this beautiful book, Kav!!

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. All I know is I wouldn't want to be one of her characters...until the end at least. LOL Good luck, Bonnie.

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  11. Wow! I have been watching this book go around and would love to win a print copy! I have not read the first book, Love's Unfading Light. Finding her voice with Elijah would be calming to read! Thanks for your review and offer of a giveaway copy. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. You're welcome, Kathleen. Good luck.

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  12. This is waiting on my Kindle...my next read for sure! I loved #1 and look forward to reading this one. Thanks for the great review, Kav!

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    1. And the third one is coming out in November, I think. You're going to love this Jackie. Hope you get to it soon.

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  13. Another one to be added to my to be read list. I enjoyed your review. reneerachoyolsenATgmailDOTcom

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  14. Isn't Naomi wonderful, Kav? I love her writing for the fact of all the conflict she puts her characters through & how they grow in spite of it! I love how Victoria grew in spite of it all. She is one character that is very near & dear to my heart. Then there's Elijah & Gilbert.....more than once I wanted to knock their heads together...lol! Like two little boys instead of grown men :-)
    I love how Naomi makes us FEEL throughout the story, all the tumult of emotions. You definitely don't walk away from this book feeling like you haven't been a part of it!! I was in book mourning for quite a while after I got finished with it :-) A highly recommended book & should be added to everyone's TBR list, don't you agree?
    Loved your review & hope that Eagle Harbor has somewhat grown on you, Kav!

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    1. Oh, Trixi, you sure were right about this book. Loved it angst and all. And yes, the character growth is what really makes the difference. When I finished reading I felt like I'd stretched and grown as well. Awesome talent. And the next book is going to be about Gilbert I believe. Woohoo.

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  15. It sounds great, Kav! Thank you for your wonderful review and this giveaway.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Melanie. Good luck.

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  16. What a wonderful review, Kav! Naomi is a fellow Michigan resident, and I'm a big supporter of our authors. I'm so excited to see this book in a giveaway. Please enter me in your contest!
    Nancee
    quiltcat26[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. You're entered, Nancee . You get the added kick of relating to the setting, so that's cool. Good luck.

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  17. It's always interesting to read a story when one of the characters comes from 'the wrong side of the tracks' so to speak... or maybe just from very different social circumstances.

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Yes -- that social divide can seem insurmountable. Good luck, Patty.

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  18. Another goody to add to my TBR list! Romance, gripping drama, intriguing beautiful cover....get's that reader's churning drive going full thrust! And just learned the author is a fellow Michigander...yay! Thanks for this giveaway, Kav!

    nj(dot)bossman(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Another Michigan patriot -- Good luck, agboss!

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  19. I've slowly been reading Naomi Rawlings Love inspired back list. She writes great historical romance. I haven't read any of the Eagle Harbor, but I want to hurry and read Love's Unfading Light in order to get to this one. Are the books in this series coming out fast, or am I just slow in reading them? :)

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    1. I just started on them too -- and yes, they are coming out fast. The last one is coming out in November. I really love the way Naomi holds me emotionally hostage. LOL Must remember that phrase for the next review. Good luck, Terrill.

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    2. Hahaha That was funny, Kav! Naomi Rawlings, Falling For the Enemy, just arrived in the mail this afternoon. Have you it, yet? For the simplicity of Love Inspired books, this one sounds above and beyond. Have a great Sunday, Kav!

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  20. I still haven't had a chance to read any of her books yet, sniff, sniff. The library doesn't have any of them. I remember you told me she has Love Inspired books out too. I think I have a lot of catching up to do, lol.

    Deanne Patterson
    Book1lovingmomma at gmail dot com

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    1. Yes -- three Love Inspired and then these ones that she's indie publishing which might be why your library isn't carrying them. Good luck, Deanne.

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  21. Forbidden love always plays the heartstrings! Love's Every Whisper sounds wonderful.
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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