Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Blog Tour/Review: Keeping Kate by Lauren Winder Farnsworth

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Keeping Kate, by Lauren Winder Farnsworth
2015, 320p, Clean Contemporary Romance
My Rating=4.5 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the publisher for an honest review

Orphan Kate Evans is determined to make a life for herself on a Utah ranch, taking care of a little girl named Addie. But when she meets her irritable employer, Kate is forced to confront the past she’s been running from—and face a future she never dreamed possible. This latter-day twist on the classic Jane Eyre is a romantic and gripping read.

Kate is an orphan who heads to Utah to be a nanny for a young girl named Addie. She quickly falls in love with her and is able to help her with her schooling as well. She questions the absence of her father, though. We finally meet Tyler and learn the answers to her questions. Life starts looking up for Kate until someone unexpectedly reappears and her life is turned completely upside down.

I liked Kate but was frustrated with her at times. I realize she was young and didn't have a mother to lean on. Even though her past was tough, she was remarkably well adjusted, which is attributed to her faith. Kate is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and there are quite a few faith references and some detail about her beliefs throughout the book. I thought what the author included fit the storyline well and liked that aspect of the book. 

There is a love triangle which went about the way I expected it to. There were some abrupt attitude changes which threw me off a little bit. I filled in some of the holes with what I imagined had happened and was surprised with the twists thrown in a few times that things weren't at all the way I imagined they were. There are complications and drama in this book which kept me turning the pages quickly. I liked that the author kept the hard decisions to be made realistic and things didn't happen instantaneously. I had to stay up late one night to finish since I needed to know how it all ended and I'm glad I did--I loved the ending!

I never did read Jane Eyre so I don't know how closely this adaptation followed the storyline, but I enjoyed this book a lot and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys faith based contemporary romance. This is an author I look forward to reading more of in the future!

About the author:

Lauren Winder Farnsworth was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is an avid reader, a chocolate enthusiast, a musicophile and a CPA…who somehow also finds time to indulge in her real obsession—writing. She obtained bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from the University of Utah, and the only entity that holds more of her heart than her alma mater is her husband, Bryan. Lauren currently lives in South Jordan, Utah, where she spends entirely too time watching Gilmore Girls and looking for excuses not to clean. 


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