Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Donnelly Brothers

The Bachelor's Sweetheart 
 Publication: July 19th 2016
 by Love Inspired  


Tessa Hamilton never imagined the hardest part of having her best friend help renovate her small-town movie theater would be keeping her heart safe. She can't fall for a man who has no interest in a serious relationship with any woman…and who doesn't know the secret she hides. Besides, Josh Donnelly is too eager to leave Paradox Lake—especially when his estranged father returns. Tessa struggles with the turmoil, but as she falls deeper for the bachelor, she knows she must be honest if there's any chance for them. But will telling Josh put everything at risk—including their friendship? 

Meet the Author:

jean c. gordon For Amazon bestselling inspirational and sweet romance author Jean C. Gordon, writing is a natural extension of her love of reading.  From that first day in first grade when she realized t-h-e was the word "the," she's been reading everything she can put her hands on.  A professional planner and financial writer, Jean is as at home writing retirement- and investment- planning advice as she is writing romance novels, but finds novels a lot more fun. 
She and her college-sweetheart live in Upstate New York in a 170-year-old farm house situated on 112 acres.  While Jean creates stories, her family grows organic fruits and vegetable and tends the livestock de jour. 
Although her writing and family don't leave her a lot of spare time, Jean likes to give back when she can.  She and her husband team-taught  a seventh-and-eighth grade Sunday school class for several years and currently serve on her church's Evangelism Committee.  She also shares her love of books with others by volunteering a the the church's Book Nook.

In Him we have redemption through His blood,
the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace.
~Ephesians 1:7

My Thoughts:

What a powerful story!!
Jean Gordon quickly becomes a favorite author with her sweet, real to life stories.  This series touches me deeply.  It's about a family, the Donnelly's of course, who grew up in the small community of Schroon Lake.  The Donnelly brothers grew up with the stigma of having a father known as the town drunk who took off never to be heard from again.  Each brother chose their own path, but each must deal with the past before they can move on to a future.     
This is Josh's story.  It's a story of friendship, second chances and forgiveness.  
Josh is the middle brother and has always had a lot of ambition.  He works for GreenSpaces and is on the fast-tract to move up the corporate ladder.  He feels his life is settled. His best friend for the past couple of years has been Tessa Hamilton.  
Tessa inherited the Majestic, a movie theater, located in Schroon Lake from her grandfather a few years ago.  She has had big dreams of renovating it into a dinner theater for years, but most thought she should just sell it and return to her job as a civil engineer.  Once she secured financing her next step was to begin construction, so she turns to her best friend, Josh, for assistance.  
Just as things start coming together for both Josh and Tessa, Josh's father shows back up in town.  Old wounds and hidden secrets emerge.  This is a story of friendship, forgiveness, second chances and love. The first few pages drew me in quickly.  The plot line kept me turning the pages.  Jean Gordon takes on tough issues that are resolved realistically.  This is a book and series that I would recommend to anyone.  
*I received this book from the author for a honest review without bias or outside influence.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.    

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