Happy 8th Blogoversary, Jorie Loves A Story! (#JLASblog turns 8!) | Celebrating with a #HarlequinHeartwarming Book Review | “Catching Mr Right” (Seasons of Alaska, Book Seven) by Carol Ross

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Yes, you’ve read correctly!

Jorie Loves A Story turns eight today!!

And, yes, I’ve spent the last 8 years explaining I purposely capitalised the A!

On the 31st of March, 2013 Jorie Loves A Story was in its infancy – being tinkered with behind the scenes of the internet as I as not yet *live!* to the world (that came along lateron in August, 2013 – hence why this blog has a ‘blog birthday’ as well as a ‘blogoversary’!). In the humbled origins of Jorie Loves A Story – I had no idea what was going to come out of this project I had undertaken. I wasn’t self-hosted until 2014 and the earlier days of the blog – I was experimenting with both the style of how I wanted to blog and the ways in which I would showcase stories and authors alike. There were always reviews but its the interviews which have provided me with a hearty challenge and a bounty of unexpected joy to host.

I’ve been exploring genres of interest (both known to me and unknown), styles of literary voice as much as cross-global literary markets and the unique variants of literature as seen through both mainstream and faith-based markets of interest, too. I have tackled reading poetry and works of poetic drama which took me into a different layering of how stories can be told through prose and poetic voice. I helped develop @WyrdAndWonder which is about to celebrate its 4th Year this May, 2021 and I founded the Romance, Women’s Fiction & Feminist Fiction bookish chat @SatBookChat in 2014.

I’ve participated in bookish reading challenges, readathons and other book blogger community events throughout the years as well as #ArmchairBEA. My second favourite annual event I am always a part of in some fashion is @SciFiMonth as it co-anchours my interests as I explore Fantasy during #WyrdAndWonder.

Yet. What remains are the memories. The conversations. The characters and their stories. The settings and timescapes I’ve traversed. The people I’ve communicated with in the comments and the interviews I’ve organised to get to the heart of what inspires the creative economnist to create their style of story. There is a lot of History on Jorie Loves A Story – of a reader redefining her journey into literature and the origins of a writer moonlighting as a book blogger and finding herself wholly inspired back into her own writings. Even if her season of publishing hasn’t yet arrived – the stories she can read and digest as she articulates her reactions throughout Jorie Loves A Story has been a blissitude of its own.

Here’s to celebrating ringing in my 8th Year of blogging on Jorie Loves A Story. May the stories and the authors who write them continue to inspire this blog and the writer behind it.

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Acquired Book By: I started hosting with Prism Book Tours at the end of [2017], having noticed the badge on Tressa’s blog (Wishful Endings) whilst I was visiting as we would partake in the same blog tours and/or book blogosphere memes. I had to put the memes on hold for several months (until I started to resume them (with Top Ten Tuesday) in January 2018). When I enquiried about hosting for Prism, I found I liked the niche of authors and stories they were featuring regularly. This is how I came to love discovering the Harlequin Heartwarming authors & series as much as it has been an honour to regularly request INSPY stories and authors. Whenever I host for Prism, I know I am in for an uplifting read and a journey into the stories which give me a lot of joy to find in my readerly queue of #nextreads. It is an honour to be a part of their team of book bloggers.

I received a complimentary copy of “Catching Mr Right” direct from author Carol Ross in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive compensation for my opinions or thoughts shared herein.

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Why I love reading Carol Ross & Harlequin Heartwarming novelists:

my #TopTenTuesday where I disclosed how much I personally LOVE reading Harlequin Heartwarming novelists

Return of the #BlackwellBrothers of which I had an ardent & passionate attachment of

her small towne series Seasons of Alaska which bewitched my heart & soul

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I regularly express gratitude to Prism Book Tours for helping me become introduced with Harlequin Heartwarming and for inspiring me to fetch their stories regularly through inter-library loans at my local library and/or borrowing directly from a reciprocal library which has a few of their authors in their card catalogue! In future, I’ll be ‘filling in gaps’ of my personal library and in my reading queues by frequenting Thrift Books online as I found they are one of the best resources for purchasing these novels second hand which makes collecting them fit my book buying budget! On the latter note – there will be announcement in APRIL 2021.

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my 6th Blogoversary on Jorie Loves A Story lamenting about my love for Ms Ross’s Seasons of Alaska series and now that I’ve just celebrated my 7th Blogoversary on Jorie Loves A Story 

my first Heartwarming #SatBookChat this Autumn, 2020 featured Claire McEwen in September, 2020 (whilst you can read why I am dearly attached inside her Heartwarming series #HeroesOfShelterCreek)

→November, 2020 showcased ALL *5* #BlackwellBrothers & #BlackwellSisters authors on @SatBookChat for a seriously EPIC #SatBookChat!!

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You might have noticed these features & showcases throughout the years of Jorie Loves A Story. In truth, I have only been reading the stories by Ms Ross since [2018] – it has been such a wicked wonderful journey into her different series and seeing how she attaches us with the vision of her characters’ worlds simply by how she creates the drama behind their lives. I have felt dearly attached now to *Seasons of Alaska* as I had the pleasure of joy binge reading this series via interlibrary loan. One of these days I’m going to bring the series home to roost on my shelf in full point of pride as it has given me an infinite delight of happiness to discover, read and savour.

It is hard to capture *why!* I love Harlequin Heartwarming as much as I do except to say – if you’re seeking relationship-based Romances with a deepening centre of focus on family (biological, adopted, found, etc) and the strength of community – these are realistically told romantic dramas with a particular encaptured portrait of contemporary modern life within the backdrop of realistic characters living real lives. You can tell what inspires these stories by the authors who pen them and how much heart and soul of themselves they etch into the stories as you’re reading them. You don’t want to put these lovelies down – their #unputdownable, memorable and they knit themselves into your heart. The epitome of a #bookHUG if there ever were one to be had, too!

Whilst in regards to Ms Ross – I had the chance to speak with her shortly after her guest appearance on #SatBookChat and it was one of the most cherished convos I’ve shared because I had the chance to talk to one of the authors whose given me such a positive boost of encouragement during the months/years where life felt especially adverse and where the future was looming off in the distance with more than a shadowing of stormy weather. Her stories anchoured me in moments of where I needed a respite and a settling of mind – her characters gave me something I needed during the hours I visited with them and for that I shall remain forever grateful.

More than that even,.. Heartwarming stories give all of us singletons the hope of what tomorrow can bring when we least expect our lives to intersect with a bit of romance & the unexpected blissitudes of meeting someone who understands us without having to explain ourselves. Romance is an uplift for the heart and a pulse of inspired joy for the joy and that is why I love reading Harlequin Heartwarming stories. Their the kind of Romances I crave to read and the kind of Romances I cannot get enough of as a reader.

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Happy 8th Blogoversary, Jorie Loves A Story! (#JLASblog turns 8!) | Celebrating with a #HarlequinHeartwarming Book Review | “Catching Mr Right” (Seasons of Alaska, Book Seven) by Carol RossCatching Mr Right
by Carol Ross
Source: Author via Prism Book Tours

They can’t both win…

Can they?

Louisiana angler Victoria Thibodeaux needs the spokesperson contract with Romeo Reels to keep her business going and give her daughter a better life. But her hard-won confidence sinks to the bottom of the bayou when her rival, Alaskan fisherman Seth James, arrives. With his smooth-talking charm, handsome Seth could steal both her job and her heart, unless secrets from her past catch up with her first…

Genres: Contemporary (Modern) Fiction (post 1945), Romance Fiction, Contemporary Romance

Places to find the book:

Borrow from a Public Library

Add to LibraryThing

ISBN: 978-1335179746

Also by this author: The Rancher's Twins, Mountains Apart, A Case for Forgiveness, If Not for a Bee, A Family Like Hannah's, Bachelor Remedy, In the Doctor's Arms, Keeping Her Close, Second Chance for the Single Dad, Series Spotlight w/ Notes: Return of the Blackwell Brothers, The Secret Santa Project, His Hometown Yuletide Vow

Series: Seasons of Alaska

Also in this series: Mountains Apart, A Case for Forgiveness, If Not for a Bee, A Family Like Hannah's, Bachelor Remedy, In the Doctor's Arms

Published by Harlequin Heartwarming

on 9th February, 2021

Format: Larger Print (Mass Market Paperback)

Pages: 384

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Published by: Harlequin Heartwarming (@HarlequinBooks) | imprint of Harlequin

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A quick recapturing of the JOY I had reading the last novel in this series:

Rankins is coming up in the world now – the hospital is fully staffed and ready for receiving patients – a feat in of itself, as most of the more remote areas of Alaska in today’s world still require the efforts of real-life Tag’s to fly you out to the nearest hospital; generally speaking, those are located in Fairbanks, Anchorage and Juneau – whilst having subscriptions to the three main air ambulances to get you evac’d is a good idea as sometimes your best bet is to get to a hospital in Canada rather than stay in Alaska depending on where you are when the emergency occurs. When Tag asks Ally to fly to either Alaska Regional or to Bartlett – you can have a better understanding where Rankins is located as Bartlett is in Juneau and Alaska Regional is in Anchorage. I’ve been trying to discern since I first began reading Seasons of Alaska where Ms Ross might pin down Rankins on a map. The problem of course is that there are 23 hours separating the two cities and a world of wilderness, small townes and cities between the two hospitals. Juneau is tucked under the Yukon and is next door to British Columbia – so I was a bit surprised Tag hadn’t mentioned going to the Yukon to reach the hospital in Whitehorse. This is what made me question if Rankins is somewhere in the more remote areas of interior Alaska outside of the cities which have hospitals and why Rankins getting their own hospital was as imperative as it was to become a more established city with self-sufficient means to help their own community.

Ross broached the option taboo topic of ageism in relationships and how old/young is too much of a chasm to bridge between two people who are falling in love? Technically speaking – I think more people ought to learn about Tony Randall’s life and realise when it comes to true love – age is never a barrier you should entertain. I personally found it a bit ironic that Tag was thinking that a woman aged 22 and a bloke aged 38 was too big of a difference in age – as realistically, he was only 16 years older than Ally. Generally, the upper limit I’ve seen is a 15 year difference but if you factor in how Ally had grown up and what she’d accomplished in her 22 years – to me she felt closer to 35, which would make plausible sense and also might have been why I observed their ease with each other was as natural as it seemed. I think maybe even Ms Ross felt that herself – as emotionally Ally was much older than her lived years.

I loved seeing this side of her writing explored – it gave a lovely tug-of-war aspect to the relationship – where you can see what conflicted Tag and how enlightened Ally truly was before Tag could wrap his head round why he was feeling any attraction at all. Men, truly! Sometimes they can be quite thick-headed about what they don’t or choose not to understand.

By the time I started to see how Iris and Flynn’s story-line was expanding and evolving to become inclusive of the entire James’ family – where updates on marriages within the series were coming back to centre focus and how the children of the series were maturing towards adulthood, my feelings for the series deepened. The continuity is brilliant and as I felt this was a duology attached to Bachelor Remedy I couldn’t be happier for how everything tied together in the end.

-quoted from my review of In the Doctor’s Arms

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Seasons of Alaska series:

Bachelor Remedy by Carol RossIn the Doctor's Arms by Carol RossCatching Mr Right by Carol Ross

Mountains Apart (Book One)

A Case for Forgiveness (Book Two) | see also Reviews of Book One & Two

If Not for A Bee (Book Three)

A Family Like Hannah’s (Book Four) see also Reviews of Book Three & Four

Bachelor Remedy (Book Five)

In the Doctor’s Arms (Book Six) see also Reviews of Book Five & Six

Catching Mr Right (Book Seven)

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Formats Available: Paperback* and Ebook

*Harlequin has the luxury of offering Regular, Large & Larger Print editions which I personally can attest are lovely to be reading! Especially after a migraine or when my eyes are fatigued.

Converse on Twitter via: #ContemporaryRomance & #HarlequinHeartwarming
as well as #SeasonsOfAlaska and #CarolRoss

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About Carol Ross

Carol Ross

USA Today bestselling author Carol Ross grew up in small town America right between the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountains, in a place where you can go deep sea fishing in the morning and then hit the ski slopes the same afternoon. The daughter of what is now known as free range parents, she developed a love of the outdoors at a very early age.

As a writer, Carol loves to breathe the life she has lived into the characters she creates, grateful for the “research material” that every questionable decision, adrenaline-charged misstep, and near-death experience has provided.

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a note about the author’s note:

It isn’t oft a writer I love to read surprises me with a surname I cannot pronounce properly but alas! I’ve found such a name in the surname of this novel’s heroine! It must sound lovely out loud but this is where being dyslexic has its disadvantages. I do my best to sort out the words – as well as the names of characters but there are a few instances where writers give me a hearty challenge and I, whilst reading their story have to come up with the ‘next best and plausible’ sounding name I can conjure whilst not losing traction in the story. For this novel – I think! I can pretty close to the actual name but of course, that could simply be wishful thinking.

More to the point, of why I wanted to mention the author’s note on this review is because I loved how Ross was inspired to explore this character – the fisherman who seemed to have more to share than his love of fishing with his sister. The point of entrance is a wicked good one to tackle (no pun intended!) and being a former fisherwoman herself, I knew I would settle into this story quite well. As for me, whenever I was fishing – the art of how you fish and the joy you whilst your out in wait for the fish themselves is a meditative discipline in of itself. In other words, there is more to fishing as much as there is more to life than a narrow-minded view of both!

SidenoteDid anyone else receive a matte finish Catching Mr Right? Usually Heartwarming novels are glossy and shiny; my copy was matte and rough to the touch.  I thought ‘Hmm, did they switch formats for publishing?” Yet, I received another Heartwarming novel for another blog tour this April and its glossy and full of shine? A quirk of a fluke perhaps? Whichever way this reached me – I am delighted I have a non-gloss non-shine cover as it is quite the rare treat!! So, thankful Ms Ross – I have a one of a kind keeper of a copy now! (at least, I think I do?!)

My review for catching mr right:

If sparks could fly on contact, they flew immediately when Seth met Vic (Victoria)! I’m not sure if he meant anything by his reaction to her but he was genuinely surprised his main competition in securing a contract with a fishing company was a woman. Which in many regards was a contradiction given how close he is to his sisters (as he’s one of a triplet) and the fact, he was just seen encouraging a young girl to participate in a fishing derby! Yet, I had the feeling and sense that encouraging people to compete with others is one thing but to put himself in a position where he is going to be competitive against a woman – wells, that may or may not be a step too far outside his comfort zone!

I could instantly connect to Victoria – especially when she was releasing pent up feelings regarding people who have had adverse circumstances and risen through them vs people who seem to have a more charmed life without as many obstacles preventing their path forward. (or so it would appear) There is a lot of truth in what she’s lamenting about the barbs of either indifference towards others who have a harder road to walk and/or the seemingly unending non-starting conversations wherein if your path was hard fought and someone elses wasn’t – you oft feel you’ve won the shorter straw in the conversational lottery. Plus, similar to Victoria I knew what it was like for people to instantly underestimate what you’re capable of achieving or simply feeling you’ve not yet lived long enough to accomplish what they feel you ought to have by a certain ‘end date’.

Seriously – Victoria and I were soul sisters!! I loved finding her as the heroine of this novel because it isn’t oft a character like her is presented in Contemporary stories. She’s honing in on her sport, nurturing her passion for it and allowing herself the grace to take the slower road towards achieving where she wants to take her career as an angler. She’s mindful of where she’s been, humbled by her present and has a positive outlook on her future. But when it comes to outsiders into her life? I could definitely understand her hesitation to be vulnerable. You sometimes can only go out on a limb for so long before you feel the burnt heat of a fire which draws too close to your skin.

I had a suspicion whenever Seth felt subconscious he would fall back on over-speaking about his achievements and adventures in the world of fishing. Almost as if to hedge how he might otherwise feel inferior or feel as if he had to justify the way in which he built his career as he would otherwise feel his life wasn’t as valid as others. It seemed he had to rely on this instinct of self-preservation rather than listen harder to the stories being told by other anglers. Whether they were his competition for the new career or not. Seth had a lot of layers within him – he wasn’t as complicated as he came across as being earlier in the opening bridge but he still held bits of himself back from revealling the raw truth about himself and his family. Especially as Victoria was gaining such a wrong impression about them! I had to stop myself from smirking because where Seth was relating news and announcements about his family out of the love and dedication he had to them, Victoria was crossing bridges he never laid in front of her to cross! This in of itself added to the humour of their situation and gave a path for them to walk where they were each separately trying to sort the other out in a way that suited them best.

Quietly and nearly stealthily in the background are two wonderful young persons (Quinn, Scarlett) who steal the scenes their inside and have a charmingly lovely carry-over effect into the ones their mentioned in as well. I loved how Ross grew the depth of this novel through the lead and secondary characters – just like she had in previous installments. You get a fuller scope of how all the lives within her stories are not just intersecting for a brief period of time but how each of her characters (featured or supporting) are each on a journey of growth of their own. She pools their lives together in such beautiful and organic ways to where it is a delight of joy to tuck close to each of them (young and old) to peer into their lives in the moments we’re visiting with them.

As this is a peer competition to win a career with a company – Ross turnt the competition into a three state competition wherein we begin in Louisiana than move into Minnesota and finally end up back in Alaska wherein its Seth’s turn to host the competition. I felt this was a smart move – mostly as I love finding out about different outdoor sports (ie. HUGE X-Games appreciator and extreme sports as well as the Winter Olympics) I do not currently engage in watching regularly as there is such a fascinating ‘otherworld’ out there in sports which many of us never get to glimpse! I am thankful for Ross for cluing us into this exciting slice of fishing and angling – as it made the read not just pleasurable for the slow burning romance but wicked adventurous when it came down to how they approached fishing and the ways in which being in this sport affected their definition of themselves.

A big Amen, of appreciation to Ms Ross!! Right in the midst of the story, she had this lovely conversation with Seth and Victoria wherien the conversation turnt to the fact there are many different pathways to gain an education and its not necessarily the conventional path which leads one to being knowledgeable or literate throughout their life which needs to be considered first. I have led an unconventional life myself, wherein I’m predominately self-taught even though I graduated high school and attended some college; for me, the pursuit of upper level education wasn’t the path I felt it would yield and I, in turn, took a different road. I am a lifelong learner and I learn differently than others on all fronts (ie. dyslexic) whilst I never saw that as a negative but rather a gift which I learnt to compensate for as time shifted forward. Knitting was as much as a challenge as learning to read – whilst learning how to work with numbers and navigational maps was also a bit tricky due to my dyslexia as numbers can twist and turn on me without notice. Thereby – this testament about finding your own path with education, seeking out alternative ways to live in this world gone mad on technology and industry as well as taking a secondary career path others might never consider – this is something I can applaud and appreciate!! Ross expertly touches on these subjects and presents them in a way which anyone like me can see a mirror image of themselves in her characters and for us? Where we’re oft overlooked and under-represented – I appreciate the nod in recognition!!

Whenever relationships are complicated, the joy for me is seeing how a writer handles those relationships and generally, surprises the reader in how they are handled. In this instance, it is Victoria’s ex-husband who presents the best fodder for mystery because although on the surface he’s quite the open book in regards to what broke the marriage; he’s completely obtuse in regards to understanding what is happening with him on any other layer of interest! In other words, he’s not the kind of bloke you want to waste hours trying to understand and can only hope he will come round to share what is on his mind. At least, that’s the vibe I sensed from Victoria whose regularly exacerbated by him!

When it comes to showcasing random acts of kindness and the gestures of brotherly insight and affection for others, Ross does a wonderful job showcasing how Seth grew up in a large sibling family and whenever he feels close to another family, his heart comes out the most. Which explains why he’s smitten with Victoria and her family. Their an intergenerational tour de force – reminding him of his growing up years in Rankins (ie. Alaska) and how whenever your from a close-knit family who move through life together – it sets you apart from others. There is something to be said for families who go the distance for each other and unconditionally support one another – the way is family and hers do.

Some of the best scenes were saved for when Seth’s family came as a surprise to one of the most important parts of his competition for this job. His sisters were especially a lovely addition and seeing Victoria and Seth in this setting also gave us more keen insight into how they each handle different pressure points of stress and how together, as a team they are unstoppable. In fact, per the premise of the synopsis – I was starting to consider they could win this competition as a team because together they are the perfect compliment to be show hosts and brand representatives for the world fishing! Wouldn’t that be brilliant if that’s the way Ross planned it to end?!

I’ve known twins in the past and although, I never had the honour of knowing triplets, I know there is truth in what Hazel was telling Victoria about the heart-truths of siblings who are either twins or triplets; there is an invisible thread and bond between those siblings which is not logically nor biologically explainable. Given the fact I grew up knowing three different sets of twins in high school alone, I can attest to this being real and a tangible truth even if the evidence is unseen. This part of the story was heart-touching because it showed how Seth isn’t just a bloke with siblings way off in Alaska and disconnected to his everyday life but rather a brother whose siblings would go to the moon if that is what it took to support him. You just knew he’d do the same for them in return and that’s the sweetest part of the story.

On the flipside, Victoria had such a rat of an ex-husband it is hard to contemplate just how much grief she had to shoulder where he’s concerned! The selfish manner of his ego overtaking his sense of honourable parenting is just mind-numbing on its own. Yet, its his blindsided way of manhandling his ex-wife and young daughter which truly rubbed me wrong as much as it would anyone. I loved how Ross allowed him to spear his own fate as he was such a horrid character and yet, she found a way to give justice to Victoria and Scarlett. I admit, it was a most satisfying end for me.

Effie! Effie had the absolute best scene in the ENTIRE novel!! I mean, the romance was delightful, the competition between Seth, Victoria and Henry was wicked brilliant and having Seth’s siblings involved was well-timed; but, it was Effie who truly SHINED in the end. How she was able to give this unexpected and wickedly planned revelation to those who needed to fall on their swords was a stroke of genius on Ross’s part! She truly gave us an ending which made this a wicked good #unputdownable read and one I will not soon forget! This is the kind of ending which elevates the story you’ve just read to a new sphere of enlightened JOY. Incredible.

The best takeaway from Catching Mr Right is that family stands behind family. You cannot get far in this world without people who will defend you at a moment’s notice and you cannot hope to survive this world without a family behind you. Whether your family is biological, adopted or found – family is EVERYTHING. And, this is the best part of reading this story – Ross champions FAMILY and gives us such a stirringly brilliant ending which makes our heart rejoice for having read it.

Small Fly in the Ointment:

Once the story started to shift locations, some of the passages broke a bit too quickly for me to adjust to the new settings. Just as I was tucking into Minnesota we shifted gears again and right before I realised it possible – the setting flipped again somewhere else. I respected the fact this story had to balance multiple locations but for me, I felt some of those transitions were a bit harder in turning than they were meant to be – especially as there wasn’t a lot of warning for the segues themselves. I wish there could have been softer segues wherein you weren’t lingering on a conversation between Seth and Victoria before you were immediately in Minnesota and then, making a hard stop in Minnesota and shifting between Louisiana and Alaska, etc.

Until then, the pacing was quite brilliant but I felt the pacing suffered a bit when the competition took to the road and all the characters were in different locations before meeting up again lateron. Blessedly, by the time we shifted into seeing Seth’s siblings arrive on the scene, the pacing issues for me cleared and I was re-settled back into a story I simply did not want to see end!! I could definitely see this series shifting forward into more installments and I hoped it would! Especially as there are still doors left open and paths still needed to be explored.

ON sequels and mini-series:

After the Epilogue it was mentioned there is a mini-series involving this series online. I was a bit surprised as generally all stories involved in Heartwarming stories are released into novels – if there are Seasons of Alaska short stories, I hope they might be bundled into an anthology in print for those of us who read the series in print – however, I was more saddened that this didn’t seem to elude that there is an eighth novel coming in the future!? I was hoping it might involve Cricket & Hazel – or someone else who is next in line to have their lives shined on? I’m not ready to ‘let go’ of this series but I was sad the other stories linked to this series I am over the moon in love with reading are strictly digital?

on the continued joy I have reading a carol ross contemporary romance:

I found it wicked interesting how Ross started us off in this story by stepping into the joy of fishing! We do not have a lot of information about who is fishing but its how their fishing that means more than their name and identity! The care and attention they have to the sport of fishing as much as the mindfulness of releasing the fish after archiving data and evidence of the fish being caught. I was a compassionate fisherwoman myself – I never caught for anything more than the joy of the time I spent fishing. Between the natural environment and the quiet calm of the setting – there wasn’t any reason not to feel relaxed in that moment.

You can tell Ross has a passion for fishing herself – especially how she describes how her characters’ are fishing and the methods they are using to fish. There is an art to it – from the choices of bait to what you use on your lines to draw the fish to you. Everyone makes their own choices and of course, a lot of those choices depend on where you’re fishing, too. Reading the opening chapters of this novel brought back a wealth of happy memories and a childhood where there was still a lot of innocent joy to be found.

I surmised the Cajun ancestry in Victoria’s family even before it was disclosed and that is credit to Ms Ross who had tucked in subtle hints about her family’s origins. From the name she called her grandmother to the ways in which she spoke herself – she had such a distinctive tone and sound to her person, I knew her ancestry even before it was properly announced! This is one reason why I enjoy reading Contemporary and/or Historical stories set in and round NOLA. And, coincidently before the storylines went askew that is also why I loved that variant of NCIS. There is something special about stories set in the bayous of Louisiana and I felt Ms Ross did a chamption job in capturing but the history and the spirit of the setting.

I especially loved seeing how this story took on a role of ‘perspectives’ – from Seth and from Victoria and how dearly realistic and relatable their stories were from that angle. Ross makes the critical observation of how we sometimes get ‘stuck in our heads’ to the point where we’re either overthinking something or we’re nearly to the point of talking ourselves out of something without any rationality attached to that choice other than where our hearts and emotions are leading us. From this, Ross deepens their individual and conjoined journeys as they shift forward in their individual lives whilst attempting to test the waters if there is a way their paths can not just cross but continue to merge in a role neither of them are fully comfortable defining. For me, this was the most immediate joy of Catching Mr Right – it wasn’t a meet-cute circumstance nor was it an insta-attraction plot either – it was more of seeing two people re-discover what they want out of life and what they potentially had overlooked in what they might want in someone else.

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As I was shifting into the world of this novel, it took me a bit to realise we were going to be spending a lot of time ‘outside’ of Alaska. Which is why I went in search of a playlist via Spotify which would celebrate two musical interests which could parlay into the flavour of the story as it unfolded: Cajun and Folk. All of this searching led me into Swamp Folk which has soon become a beloved playlist of songs. I encourage you to try to seek out music which lifts you musically along the pages of a story which imparts the story on a deeper level of connecting to the setting and the characters therein.

If you listen to certain songs/bands/playlists whilst you’re reading – I’d love to know which ones are your favourites and which ones you’ve enjoyed recently. Let me know if you make selections based on the story or on a particular musical ‘mood’ which lets you drift blissfully into the pages whilst time no longer seems to be erasing itself off the clock.

(*) For portions of the story, I played “Discover Weekly” where I was treated to such lovelies as discovering the song “Without a Thought for My Heart” by Rachael & Vilray!!

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I am blessed to host for: Prism Book Tours
as they first introduced me to Harlequin Heartwarming!

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Sharing on behalf of the review tour for March:

Review tour for Catching Mr Right via Prism Book Tours banner.

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Why I am wicked thankful I could read this for my blogoversary:

I have been struggling a bit since January/February to regain my footing with both my blog and my readerly life. For different reasons (of course) but most of which hinged on the fact by February our world was upturnt once again and as Mum retired out of working in home health we both returnt to work full-time. This was an interesting new segue of change in our lives as for the past five years, I’ve been my father’s caregiver whilst Mum worked. He survived a bilateral moderate stroke in Nov, 2016 and has had an increase in deficits the further out we have been in his recovery. Whilst this life shift was a positive change in our lives it also presented new challenges and one of them is the fact I have developed fatigue and exhaustion from re-structuring my hours.

We spilt caring for Dad now but we also had to experiment with which work hours worked best for us as a family. Not quite an easy feat in only seven weeks! This is the first week where we felt we were gaining better balance between life and work and thereby, it allowed me to get online again the way I used too as well as starting to read the way I had before I returnt to work. Having said that – my mind and heart has had issues attaching to most stories of late with a few exceptions here or there – whereas whenever I pick up Heartwarming novel, I feel myself instantly relaxing and easing into the narrative. Apparently its the kind of story I need right now!!

Therefore it was a wicked wonderful surprise seeing “Catching Mr Right” arrive by post a few days ahead of my 8th Blogoversary. I read this novel in one sitting the night before the 31st and am grateful I was selected to be one of the reviewers on the review tour. This series has meant a lot to me as I’ve read each of the installments and it was one of the first series by Heartwarming I was able to binge read start to finish without having any gaps between the releases.

I am hopeful APRIL will be an even better month than March – with more posts & content, as well as featuring Heartwarming stories throughout the month and into May as well. Of course I will have the distraction of hosting a Space Opera RAL as well for Kate Elliott’s UNCONQUERABLE SUN but overall, its the Heartwarming stories I am thankful to have on hand as somehow whenever I disappear into these novels, I emerge feeling refreshed and ready to tackle a new work week!

THANK YOU to all my lovely readers who have remained patient with me as I navigated this new schedule and took the time I needed to find my rhythm again on Jorie Loves A Story.

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I am self-educated through local libraries and alternative education opportunities. I am a writer by trade and I cured a ten-year writer’s block by the discovery of Nanowrimo in November 2008. The event changed my life by re-establishing my muse and solidifying my path. Five years later whilst exploring the bookish blogosphere I decided to become a book blogger. I am a champion of wordsmiths who evoke a visceral experience in narrative. I write comprehensive book showcases electing to get into the heart of my reading observations. I dance through genres seeking literary enlightenment and enchantment. Starting in Autumn 2013 I became a blog book tour hostess featuring books and authors. I joined The Classics Club in January 2014 to seek out appreciators of the timeless works of literature whose breadth of scope and voice resonate with us all.

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