Friday, April 25, 2014

Review: The Return by A.L. Parks

Pages: 222
Published December 1st 2013

Eve Carlisle had a singular purpose - sell the rustic house nestled in the Colorado ski resort town.

Tortured by her husband’s betrayal, the beautiful divorcee refused to give her heart to another man. But Jake had been a happy surprise, with his mesmerizing blue eyes, warm smile, strong but gentle nature – as well as being incredibly sexy.

She had convinced herself the relationship with Jake was nothing more than a fling. After all, she had a life in Newport, with society friends and a lucrative career as a family court judge. Still, Jake had a definitive hold over her, and she was finding it hard to think clearly where he was concerned.

The demons of prior failed marriages haunt them both, and threaten to end things just as they are beginning. When Jake tells Eve he is falling in love with her, Eve refuses to believe it can last. Returning to Newport, the hollowness of her existence exposed, she must confront her fears before she loses Jake forever.

First let me say that this book was a bit different than my normal books, this one was told completely in 3rd person POV. To me, it lessen the emotional connection to the characters and their feelings.
Still a somewhat emotional story, but I just didn't feel it as I would if it was told in the characters POV. Even so, I did enjoy this story.
This story, shows that a change of scenery can change your whole life, and you never know where or when you will find love. Although, I felt that Eve and Jake did move a little fast, but of course they are older and its a bit different than teens or young adults moving that fast in a relationship.
I do look forward to reading the next book and getting more of the story.
I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review.

(picture taken from author's Facebook page)

 A.L. Parks
Born and raised in the Rocky Mountains, A.L. Parks has spent the last 25 years moving all over the United States. Married to the Navy - well a man in the Navy - Parks has lived in various places throughout the United States. Now she resides in the Washington D.C area, and loves every minute. She has four children, and one spoiled German Shepard.

2013 marked her debut in publishing. Her first novel, Strangers, released on her 45th birthday. She was amazed at how many people fell in love with a story about two people dealing with grief, and finding love again. Abby and Bryce were the perfect couple to introduce Parks as an up-and-coming author.

Her second novel, The Return, released in December 2013. A wonderful Christmas romance, it is the first book in a series. Book Two is set to release in Spring 2014

Return to Newport coming April 29th!