Thursday, May 25, 2017

Review, Guest Post, and Giveaway: Love Among the Lilacs by Jenna Victoria

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About the Book

Book title: Love Among the Lilacs
Author: Jenna Victoria

Release date: April 4, 2017
Genre: Sweet romance

Bookkeeper Mollie Wright knows about living on the streets, and her purchase of sweet Lilac Cottage is a dream come true. She is determined to stay and fight when a legal error puts her ownership at risk. Attorney Sean Grady never wanted his great-aunts to sell their cottage in Westchester County, New York, so when a paperwork snafu puts the deal on hold, he moves swiftly to evict the pretty, feisty squatter. Mollie finds unexpected allies in Grady Cove neighbors and a member of Sean’s own family but knows the clock is ticking. Will a theft and her past secrets force a showdown to heartache, or will Mollie and Sean discover home is truly where your heart is?

My Thoughts:

Love Among the Lilacs was a really sweet and genuine story of forgiveness and not letting the past consume or control you. Mollie Wright has some childhood trauma to get over and she has been working towards her dream of buying a small home to ensure she is not ever homeless again. However as most home buyers can attest to, home buying is never an easy transaction even when you think you have all your papers in order.

Enter attorney Sean Grady who is the nephew to the two aunts who are selling their cottage to Mollie.  Sean does not want the cottage sold so when an unforeseen twist threatens to put the whole transaction out of whack, Sean eagerly steps in to make sure Mollie will not be moving in. 

There were a few twists and turns that due to legality reasons these two individuals had to learn some patience and they were not going to get the answers they so desired quickly. But as they become acquainted with each other, their casual acquaintance turned friendship becomes something more than either one of them could have imagined. 

This is sweet romance with deeper layers of meaning and genuine caring families and neighbors that butted in because they knew the importance of letting go and they recognized true love when they saw it. I enjoyed this romance from author Victoria and I look forward to more of her stories now that she is on my radar.

I received a copy of this book for free.  I was not required to post a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.

About the Author

Ever since her grandfather co-created Twinkies, Snowballs & Hostess cupcakes for Intercontinental Baking Company, circa 1955, Jenna has yet to taste a cake she hasn’t liked.

Jenna writes books for readers who enjoy sweet & compelling romances, and also for those who look for her “fiction that feeds your faith” titles – happily-ever-after romance & romantic suspense stories with a Christian world view. Her stories emulate those she enjoys reading…with a heroine who is in grave danger & a hero who is smart enough to get out of her way as she kicks butt & takes down names… and those that feature satisfying fairy-tale-endings.

Her clean romances won’t put you into a diabetic coma, and her faith-based romances aren’t preachy or unrealistic. It is her glad purpose to glorify God and His sacrificial love through His Son, Jesus Christ through books that illustrate hope & peace in unbearable situations. Her first triple negative breast cancer diagnosis in 2012 has led to surgeries, radiation, reoccurrences and incurable metastasis. Still, Jenna continues to praise God and trust His oversight in her life; and continues to write more books.

Guest Post from Jenna Victoria

I am thrilled you will be introducing my newest novel, Love Among the Lilacs, to your readers and visitors through CelebrateLit. I am excited to share this sweet love story with quirky characters who hijacked the plot mid-stream, and took me places I did not anticipate!

So – Why Love Among the Lilacs? I chose the title and a subplot regarding lilacs for one reason – I absolutely adore the scent! The fact that a lilac’s bloom is so fleeting, makes their fragrance that much more memorable and anticipated.

Mollie Wright anticipates something too – finally buying her own home, Lilac Cottage, after a childhood of homelessness. Genevieve Carter, one of the two elderly sellers, leaves her a note of welcome next to a small bouquet of lilacs in Mollie’s new bedroom, after the closing. This helps readers experience Genevieve’s spirit of generosity. Isn’t the bedroom phone antique? The sisters lived in the cottage for more than 50 years, and changed little of its amenities.

How did I choose to write about Mollie? What if a character dreamed and saved and finally bought a house after a childhood of homelessness? Then, due to a real estate closing error and interference by the seller’s great-nephew, her sweet cottage ownership is in real peril. Dare she hope for a positive outcome?

Attorney Sean Grady didn’t want his maternal great-aunts, who lovingly raised him and his younger brother Mark, to sell Lilac Cottage. After a rookie mistake led to a tragedy when he was an associate at his family law firm, Sean decided to concentrate on elder law. He’s seen plenty of abuse of the elderly in his ten year career, and something about Mollie Write doesn’t sit well with him.

Mollie finds support from her neighbors – including long retired Emily Rogers (Genevieve’s BFF) who often visits Lilac Cottage’s back garden through this connecting gate. It’s so beautiful! She reveals her profession which is perfectly suited to Mollie’s needs. We see selfless giving and stalwart friendship in Emily’s character.

Mollie has secrets to hide, and a far away half-brother and Mother who aren’t exactly upstanding members of society.

When her half-brother unexpectedly surfaces, bringing a mountain of trouble with him, the budding love between Sean and Mollie takes a hard tumble.

The theft of an antique necklace, Sean’s renewed lack of trust and Mollie’s shame at her past – not to mention final outcome of legal decisions – pull them further apart

The intervention of others gives Mollie and Sean a chance at reconciliation – but is it too late? Can they finally unpack and empty baggage from their past?

I hope you enjoy Love Among the Lilacs as much as I did writing it!

Happy Reading!

p.s. my selected giveaway, an authentic Coach Disney X Mickey Mouse accordian zip wallet in glovetanned leather was chosen to represent the transformation of Mollie’s negative childhood experiences into memories of acceptance and joy among the trials.

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To celebrate her tour, Jenna is giving away a grand prize of an authentic, new in unopened gift box Coach zipper accordion leather wallet – from their Disney X collection (Value $140.00)!
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  1. I love, love being on your blog for the first day of my blog tour! What a great send off. Thanks for enjoying Love Among the Lilacs... it was a pleasure to write. I'll be around to chat with visitors and encourage folks to enter the giveaway for a @coach Mickey Mouse DisneyX walker!

  2. Love the cover on this book. It's fresh and inviting. Makes me want to pick up and read the story behind it. :)

    1. Sharon, thanks for the #coverlove!
      Many writers have no say in their cover art but my publisher Forget Me Not Romances knocks it out of the park every time! My next book is set in Glacier National Park and the cover is spectacular 😀

  3. Glad to hear there are other like-minded romance Christian authors out there! Good luck!

    1. Hi Jenna (love your name ❤️😀). Thanks for stopping by with a note of support. Have a blessed day.

  4. Oh! A new (to me) author! The excerpt & review sound great & I love the cover. And your grandps's cakes!!!! :)
    rw620 AT aol DOT com

  5. Thanks Robin! As a child I enjoyed Twinkies
    Waaay too much! Luckily when Continental Baking folded the new owner tweaked a few of the recipes and they aren't like the originals so I don't eat them! I hope you get a chance to find and read Love Among the Lilacs. 😃

    1. I agree, none of the snack cakes taste like they did before they took out the transfats. Have a great weekend!

  6. Great review! Love the excerpt. I'm excited to read more.

    1. Caryl, thanks for finding your way here!
      I enjoy hearing from readers and potential readers :-) I'm honored you took the time. See you on #Amazon!

  7. I am happy to see so many excited for this book.

    1. Boos Mum, I'm excited you are excited 😊 with the closing of so many local bookstores - book reviewers and bloggers are true influencers and guiding lights for quality books. Thank you!

  8. I really enjoyed the interview. The story sounds really good. I'll have to check it out#

    1. Stacy thanks for stopping by! Hope you enjoy Love Among The Lilacs if it makes its way to your TBR pile!

  9. Congrats on your new book - Love Among the Lilacs! Can't wait to read it.

    1. Thank you so much DL, and good luck on the giveaway 🙂🙂

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