Tuesday, November 9, 2021

✱✱Book Review✱✱ A Bridge Between Hearts by Casey Swan

 

Polly Carmichael has a secret, one shared by her two aunts and all the women of her line, and it means that marriage is not an option for her. Adam Finlay left the vet practice he was working for when cost cutting led to animals suffering. He would love to open a one-man practice of his own, but all his savings went to his ex wife in her battle against cancer. He’s still getting over the divorce, and he doesn’t have anything to offer a woman at the moment anyway.

Adam’s sister has set him up in a rental house in the small seaside town of Kauri Bay, not far from the family farm, and he soon notices Polly, the manager of the Beach Front Cafe. Polly knows she can’t get interested in the handsome young vet, she really mustn’t, but her heart flutters every time he’s near her. The two young people find themselves in an impossible situation – or is it? Not when help comes from a completely unexpected source. A clean and wholesome romance, set in an inspirational community.

(To my UK readers, some of you found this book unrealistic when it was first published, and gave it 3/5 in reviews. That was useful information, thanks, because I could fix things at an early stage. The problem seemed to be that the book was taken as a serious contemporary romance when I wrote it for the ‘clean and wholesome’ and ‘inspirational’ genres.

I changed the book’s keywords to reflect this, and added a note saying who the book was for. After that reviews were mostly 5/5, and the overall score is now 4.0/5.0 in the UK at 30 Oct. So, thanks to everyone who helped me get this series in front of the people most likely to enjoy it. I guess we better make this official, so here goes:

WARNING, this book is a light-hearted inspirational romance, and readers of serious contemporary romance may be disappointed.)





Momma Says: 3 stars⭐⭐⭐

A Bridge Between Hearts is a clean romance with a small-town feel and I'd almost call it an enemies to lovers romance based on how Polly acts toward Adam. She's pretty adamant about pushing him away, and to be honest, I'm not sure why Adam kept trying. I get that he was attracted to her, but he had a determination that I had I hard time getting behind. That said, as the story progressed, I started to understand them, and I liked the way things came together for this couple. I also liked the setting. The author calls Kauri Bay an "inspirational community" and I would agree with that description wholeheartedly. The town has a charm and it's full of interesting characters, so the series certainly has plenty of potential. So, this couple may have taken some time to warm up to, but the story ended up being one of hope, love, and community. 


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