Thursday, April 26, 2018

A New Shade of Summer

GIVEAWAY
DEESE, NICOLE
A NEW SHADE OF SUMMER 

As an artist, Callie Quinn relies on inspiration to guide her wandering soul. This summer she accepts a short-term muralist job in her sister's charming town to spend some much-needed time with her family. After meeting her nephew's friend Brandon, she's eager to draw out his untapped artistic talents -- however, it's the boy's straitlaced single father who could use a little color in his life.

Davis Carter may be the town's favorite animal whisperer, but his experience is limited when it comes to understanding his preteen's rebellious behavior. Desperate for a breakthrough, he follows the lead of a free spirit who claims to know the way into his son's closed-off world. Soon, Davis isn't the only one caught up in the hope of a new beginning.

Just as Callie considers trading her unattached existence for a life rich with promise and permanence, an unexpected visit from the past threatens to send her packing once again. Davis and Callie must learn to surrender their fears so they can find a love that will outlast the summer.

My Review:

I love, love, LOVE this book! Can you hear the hallelujah choir singing literary affirmation in the background? Because that's how much I love this book! Callie charmed me and Davis sent me into a tailspin of euphoric hero-worship! I mean, really, an animal whispering veterinarian?! Be still my heart.  And there's a character I really loved to hate...in an unrepentantly venomous way. There are certain times when a reader just needs to be filled with a good fury of righteous indignation on behalf of beloved characters. :-)

Davis and Callie's love story is deliciously romantical but not without complications and angst. Callie might seem like a free spirit but she is bound by a childhood trauma that has shaped her life...and keeps her running from commitment. Davis has suffered unimaginable loss and has his troubled preteen son to consider so he's cautious and pragmatic.

But, oh la la, these two are so good together! They balance each other perfectly. Davis is a steadfast anchor to Callie's embrace-the-moment exuberance. This is storytelling at its finest - the measure of words and descriptions that exactly fit the characteristics of the hero and heroine drew me deeper into their lives. And the title tie-in is superb! I got choked up at one point and cried happy tears at the end.

This inspirational romance ticks all the boxes for me - compelling characters, lots of heart and faith and just enough laughter to bind it all together. Sublime!

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of A New Shade of Summer, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to a comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday April 29 2018. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

45 comments:

  1. I had this one on my must read list because so many said it was so good, and THEY WERE RIGHT! I finished it Saturday and we are in complete agreement, Callie and Davis are fabulous together. I loved how once he decided to go for it he was all in, Callie was a tougher case. This is the type of story that makes me love reading so much, and like you it checks all the boxes for me! I sure hope there is a follow-up to this book, I want to see what these two are up to in Lenox!

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    1. Wheeeee - we're reading twinsies, Tracey! I just love this couple and the way Nicole Deese tells their story. It's all kinds of reading goodness! And I'm hoping for more Lenox stories too. Have you read the others?

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    2. I read A Cliche Christmas and thought it was really good. I skipped A Season to Love, because you know, sick kids sometimes are hard to read about, but now that I've read this one I want to go back and read Willa's story.

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    3. Oh, I've also read her book, A Promise of Rayne, a good read too, but not in this series.

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    4. Yes, Willa's story is awesome...hopeful so don't fear the sick child aspect. Emotional too and Davis is in it...under the radar, though. Never thought he'd get his own story and yet here he is!

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    5. And I've read the other two you have. Went online and discovered that she has a few more earlier ones I haven't read. Will definitely be featuring them on retro Saturdays in the future.

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  2. I have not read this author, but hear so much about her. Your review makes me say, "count me in"!!!
    jacsmi75 at gmail dot com

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    1. Consider yourself counted, Jackie! Nicole Deese is awesomesauce with a cherry on top. Good luck!

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  3. Nicole is a new author to me and her book sounds wonderful. And what a great cover! Thank you for sharing, Kav! mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Ohhh, glad to be able to introduce her to you, Melanie. Good luck!

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  4. I have never read this author before but have heard about her. I think I need to try her! lattebooksAThotmailDOTcom

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    1. Yes -- you definitely need to try her out. You won't be sorry! Good luck, Susan.

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  5. I've read stark raving mad reviews on this (in a good way) and it makes me want to see what all the fuss is about 😊 I don't read much contemporary, but this sounds like something I need on my massive to-read pile.

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. It's the kind of book that makes a romance reader stark raving mad. lol Good luck, Trixi!

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  6. New author for me. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom

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    1. Sqqquuueaaallll -- you will love her!!! Good luck, Kim.

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  7. I love her books! This is one series I'd love paperback copies of for my home library ;)

    colorvibrant at gmail dot com

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    1. Yes -- definitely a keeper shelf kind of read. Good luck, Heidi.

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  8. Nicole Deese is a fantastic author. I have enjoyed all the books I have read by her.

    nina4sm/at/gmail/dot/com

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  9. Having only read one of Deese's books, I've been wanting (needing?) to read more.
    tlhcoupon(at)Hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Definitely needing! lol Nicole Deese makes her readers needy...for more! Good luck, Terrill.

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  10. From your review, I know that "A NEW SHADE OF SUMMER" is a book that I'd love the read. I'm an animal lover so having an animal whisperer sounds totally awesome. Rebellious pre-teen - how many of us can relate to that. I can just see romance a brewing between the lines of this book.

    Thank you for the chance to win a copy!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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    1. There's something about fur buddies that make a read all the more readable. :-) And oy to preteen angst! Preparatory to teen angst. lol Good luck, Kay.

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  11. Sounds good. Thank you for the chance.
    leliamae54(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. You're welcome, Lucy. Good luck!

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  12. I have yet to read anything by this author, but based on the synopsis and your review, I would love to read this one. Thanks for the giveaway! ��
    gobersATembarqmailDOTcom

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    1. Yes -- you would love it, I'm sure! Good luck, VanG.

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  13. I don't think I've read any books by Nicole Deese but I've heard lots of good things about this book. It's nice to know you also agree it's a great book. Thanks for the chance to win A New Shade of Summer.
    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. It has great reviews 'cause we all fell in love with Davis and Callie! Good luck, Pam.

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  14. I would love to read A New Shade of Summer! I've enjoyed other books by Nicole Deese so this one is a must. Thanks so much for your wonderful review!
    pwestfall7 at hotmail dot com

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    1. I definitely think it's a must read! Especially if you enjoy Nicole Deese. Good luck, Pam.

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  15. Love the resounding approval - this is one I need to read!

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    1. Everyone loves it! Good luck, SavingsinSeconds.

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  16. Miss Mabel is going to love this book. She is 95 years old and loves reading our books.
    Thanks for introducing me to a new author.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. You're welcome, Janet. Good luck! You must keep Miss Mabel in books!

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    2. Dear Kav,
      Miss Mabel is one of our home-bound shut ins. I take books to her every 2 weeks. She loves me coming to visit but I really think she loves the books more.

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  17. I want to find out what happened in the past!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. You'll have to read to find out! Good luck, rubynreba.

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  18. Thanks for the giveaway!

    ladysnowangelphotos(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. You're welcome, LSA, good luck!

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  19. Nicole is a new-to-me author. I've heard great things about this series! KAV, thanks for the great review and opportunity to win a copy.

    psalm103and138atgmaildotcom

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    1. She has fantastic reviews all round. Good luck, Caryl.

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  20. Another author who I have heard good things about but never read!

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. And they are all true! Good luck, Patty.

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