Friday, March 13, 2015

Blog Tour/Review: Heart of Gold by Jeanette Miller

Heart of Gold, by Jeanette Miller
2015, 272p, LDS Clean Contemporary Romance
My Rating=4.5 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the publisher for an honest review

Ashlyn Carter feels as brittle as the lifeless roses that border her new house. A year after the tragic death of her husband, the young widow discovers a horrifying secret. Heartbroken and humiliated, she resolved that no one could ever know. Now, back in her hometown with her three-year-old daughter, she's ready for a fresh start. But Ashlyn is unprepared to find that an embarrassing memory, buried deep in her past, is about to resurface. . .

Ryan Anderson was the last person Ashlyn expected to see. After the unexpected kiss they d shared years earlier, she assumed she'd never see him again. Though she tries to avoid him at all costs, Ashlyn finds herself running into her former flame far more often than she'd like. Between her uncomfortable history with Ryan and the series of well-meaning suitors pursuing her, Ashlyn finds herself disenchanted with dating altogether. Yet as she and Ryan slowly become reacquainted, she feels her resolve to avoid a relationship slipping. But when moving forward with Ryan means revealing the secrets he's worked so hard to keep, will Ashlyn have the courage to leave behind her late husband's legacy of deceit and learn to love again?

Ashlyn Carter is a young widow who decides to move back to her hometown so she'll be close to family. She has a 3-year-old daughter, Katie. She's having a hard time with the death of her husband but not for the reasons most people think. She learned something about him that was heartbreaking and she needs the support of her family.

Her sister tells her about this new guy she's dating and is crazy about named Ryan Anderson. Ashlyn and Ryan have some history and she's not looking forward to seeing him again. She tries to keep her distance but he's so good with Katie and she feels something when she looks at him. There are a couple of other men interested in dating her and she's hoping they will distract her so she can get away from Ryan.

I liked Ashlyn. Life has thrown her a curve ball and she's having a hard time dealing with it. She has some self-esteem issues and doesn't want to confide in anyone. She's doing all she can to make sure her daughter is happy. She's content to stay single but there are men who want to change her mind.

I loved Ryan! He made Ashlyn uncomfortable and nervous at first but he was so great with Katie which helped her warm up to him. Their history was something she had never told anyone so her family had no idea about them. Their age difference made me cringe a little bit at what happened before (she's four years older than he is) and I see why she's not eager to talk about it but they're older now so age isn't an issue anymore. They have great chemistry and I loved how I could feel the heat between them without them even touching.

There's a lot to this book and I enjoyed it from beginning to end! It's definitely LDS since there's talk of missions, temple marriage, home teachers, singles' ward activities and she meets with her bishop a few times. It's not preachy, though--it's all just part of her life. I also can't forget to mention that I love the cover!! This is a great book for anyone that enjoys good, clean romance! 

Jeanette Miller was born in northern California but spent most of her childhood in Guatemala, Puerto Rico, and Costa Rica, where her father worked. She cherishes her experiences of living in Latin America. In her teenage years, she dreamed of becoming a teacher and a published author. Jeanette attended Brigham Young University, where she earned a degree in Elementary Education. After graduating, she taught third grade for four years in the Spanish Immersion program. There, she enjoyed writing and directing plays for her students.

As a young mother, Jeanette started writing in moments snatched between changing diapers and making peanut butter sandwiches—or whenever her nose wasn’t in a book. She loves all things Jane Austen and Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. When Jeanette isn’t reading a novel in this genre, she’s watching their movie equivalents. She also loves scapbooking, designing jewelry, and eating chocolate. She would love to travel all over the world someday. Jeanette and her husband, Michael, have six children. They live in Pleasant Grove, Utah.

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