Monday, May 29, 2017

Love Among the Lilacs by Jenna Victoria, © 2017

Love Among the Lilacs
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My Review:

This is a story of rebuilt trust and forgiveness. Constantly being let down with unreliability, Mollie Wright has a new beginning. A new home! A cottage filled with love from the dear sisters who previously lived there. Upon growing older, they decided to sell the little property. Mollie is thrilled they have selected her as the buyer.

Nephew Sean Grady is not so sure his dear great-aunts should leave ~ basically his memories being there and the fragrance of the lilacs everyone in the village enjoys their sharing of them on special occasions and just to say, "I'm thinking of you."

Unaware that it has been sold, he unlocks the front door. His first glimpse of Mollie cleaning the stove sets off an adventure he doesn't expect. Certain that he will never love again after being spurned, a division has set in that he feels cannot be rectified.

With both of their pasts clouding their present, Grady Cove exhibits loving neighbors who harbor their delicate feelings to bloom into explosions of understanding and forgiveness vivid to touch.

You will be allowed to view their outlooks, hopes, and dreams. Enjoy Love Among the Lilacs as truths become apparent when hearts are open to receive blessings of reconciliations.

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?

Author Guest Post ~*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.

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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?

Jenna pic 2Attorney 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 Wright 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.

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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 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 accordion zip wallet in glove-tanned 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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author Jenna Victoria

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

***Thank you, Celebrate Lit for inviting me along on the Blog Stops for Jenna Victoria's sweet romance novel, Love Among the Lilacs. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.*** 

Blog Stops

May 25Pause for Tales
May 26Carpe Diem
May 28Live.Love.Read.
May 29Lane Hill House
June 5Cafinated Reads
June 7my site/autism mom



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  1. I'm so pleased to be visiting Lane Hill House on Memorial Day. Thank you for hosting me and your nice review of Love Among the Lilacs. Memories and remembrance are a big part of the story for the characters, as well as medal-worthy Marine service for a special veteran. I'll be stopping back through the day.

    1. Thank you for your story of hope and those who stood alongside to remind we are never alone. Blessings! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

  2. This sounds like such a page turner! I can't wait to read it!

    1. Robin, Welcome! This is such a great story. Growth in removal from the past! Kathleen

  3. Thanks SO much for faithfully stopping along blog tour, Robin!

  4. Great review! I'm excited to read it!

  5. Hi, Caryl, This is a great story of hope, trust, love and... lilacs ~ we are trying to grow here at Lane Hill House from cuttings. Three are growing!, coming up by our lane fence :D ~ love to you, Kathleen

  6. Hoping your Lilacs bloom and flourish !!

    1. Thank you, Jenna. I would love to have some cuttings from Hulda Klager's lilacs! Wouldn't that be wonderful?! Fragrance and reintroducing butterflies here on our hillside. Blessings to you! Kathleen