Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Love's Refuge



Skye Larsen loves her peaceful life on Leeza Island in Puget Sound – the tranquility, the friendly neighbors, and especially the safety from big-city dangers. So when cruel pranks start to escalate and changes threaten to overtake the island, Skye is determined to fight for her haven. The presence of a handsome vacationer and the unexpected feelings he awakens can’t distract her from her goal.

Danny Fraser doesn’t realize how desperately he needs a rest until he meets Skye. By allowing him to glimpse her simple way of life, she helps him reorient his priorities – and steals his heart in the process. But his work and home in Seattle keep Skye at bay.

An isolated island girl with painful memories. A dedicated city boy with a wild past. What will it cost for them both to find a refuge from their storms?

My Review:

What a compelling read! I devoured it! Love's Refuge is packed with enticing story threads that will captivate discerning readers.

I loved  Skye's journey arc. Her ability to overcome a traumatic event in her past is nothing short of heroic. When we first meet her she's coping because she can control her environment but when that control starts to slip we get to see what Skye is really made of. Stunning character development with a strong inspirational thread had me cheering this heroine on every step of the way.

And I loved how Danny is very much a part of Skye's transformation -- a perfect tie-in to the title as love truly becomes a refuge. But Danny does his own growing as well with Skye as his tutor. I love how two people who appear to be so opposite to each other end up becoming perfect soul mates.

There's a surprising thread of suspense woven through this tale as well which had me reading furiously to the very end. Not to mention providing a gasp-out-loud moment in a heart wrenching scene. I couldn't believe the author could be so cruel.

I also appreciated the strong environmental thread that rounded out this wonderful read. It's evident that the author holds a reverence for God's creations and that added a whole different dimension to the story.

All round stunning read that is sure to please romance lovers everywhere.

Giveaway Opportunity

In e-book format only

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Love's Refuge 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 December 1 2013. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. I would like to win and read Love's Refuge by Sandra Lee Smith.


  2. Hello KAV, What a stunning review. Thank you, thank you.

    And thank you so much for participating in the blog tour. It is always a pleasure to work with you. I know it takes time and I appreciate your participation. Thanks for the Amazon review also. Those are so important to the way Amazon markets.

    Happy holidays in December.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Sandra, and more importantly, thanks for writing such an awesome book!

  3. Fabulous review, Kav! Love how you highlighted all the different aspects of the story, and just how you worded it. :) So appreciate your participation in the blog tour and your support of Sandra!


  4. Great review! Great author! I am looking forward to reading this one. Keeping my fingers crossed!

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  5. I LOVE this sweet cover! Can't wait to read it!!! Thanks for hosting this give away!! HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

    1. It is gorgeous cover, isn't it? Good luck!

  6. Happy Thanksgiving! I would love to read Love's Refuge. Thanks for the giveaway! (:

  7. Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you have a lovely day. (:
    The book sounds very intriguing. Thank you for the opportunity to win it!


    In Christ,
    Danielle M.

  8. Love's Refuge - love the setting, AND, the cover!

    Great interview - & SO many story elements to love: suspense, secrets, dysfunction, & romance!


    1. It's a great cover, isn't it? A real attention grabber. Good luck Bonnie.

  9. Would love to read this .... winning it would be a bonus !!!!

  10. Looks like a wonderful book - thanks for the great review and the chance to win.. I have not read her before. truckredford(AT)GMAIL(dot)com

    1. It's a great read, Eliza. The kind that sweeps you away. Good luck!

  11. I loved your review Kav. I love the cover and where better for romance than on an isolated island. I would love to win and read the whole book on the Kindle it comes with. Thanks for this chance.
    Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

  12. Sounds like a good book. Really like the cover of this one. Can't explain why.

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