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+Book Review+ Sandra Leesmith’s “Love’s Promises” #sweetromance, #Romance

Posted Monday, 28 July, 2014 by jorielov , , , 2 Comments

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Loves Promises by Sandra Leesmith
Artwork Credit: Lena Goldfinch

 Love’s Promises by Sandra Leesmith

Published By: Amber Press Publishing,
March 2014

Official Author Websites: Site | Twitter | Facebook

  Cover Designer Pages: Site | Twitter | Facebook | Pin(terest) Boards

Available Formats: Paperback, Ebook
Page Count: 310

[Previous Releases]

  • “Loves Refuge”+
  • “Loves Miracles”+
  • {note} +part of the same series as Love’s Promises!

Converse via Twitter: #LovesPromises, #ChrisFic,

#cleanromance, & #inspirationalfiction

Genres: Fiction | Inspirational Fiction

Romance | Contemporary

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Acquired Book By: I had originally intended to read “Love’s Promises” for review on the blog tour earlier in the Spring, however, at that point in time the novel was only going to be released in Ebook format rather than print edition. Through my participation on the tour, I received the good news that a print edition was viable and would be put into action. I received a complimentary copy of the book direct from the author Sandra Leesmith, in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive compensation for my opinions or thoughts shared herein.

Inspired to Read:

I am always keen on reading the books I highlight and spotlight on Jorie Loves A Story, and this novel in particular caught my attention when I was first offered to participate on the original blog tour hosted by Amber Stokes and her Editing Through the Seasons publicity company. I appreciate being what I consider a ‘hybrid reader’ as one who reads both mainstream and inspirational markets for fiction and non-fiction. I talk about this a bit under “My Bookish Life” and hinted about it on the note that proceeded this book review when I explained why posting this took a bit longer than originally expected due health and life reasons occurring at a pace that simply exhausted me. I always aim to feature novels through Guest Author & Book Features that will key into the diverse variety of books I appreciate reading overall.

I was originally going to only focus on books in print, but then I re-considered when I noted that many ebooks I would dearly love to read eventually end up in print editions. This can take anywhere from a few months to a full year or longer depending on the publisher, author, and body of work. I decided to stand firm in being a traditional reader but to yield as a book blogger to highlight books first released into an electronic version that I would one day hope would go into a print run as well. In this way, I am opening my mind to a wider net of authors and stories but remaining true to who I am as a reader and as a blogger at the same time. I am thankful that my path crossed with Ms. Leesmith and with Ms. Stokes, as I might not have stumbled across this particular novel nor the lovely series it is a part of.

My original showcases on Leesmith’s behalf was a heap of joy for me, as it encouraged me to re-examine where the publishing world is currently with a green-minded focus on publishing and printing practices (a bit of an on-going personal research topic of interest) as much as it gave a strong impression on having an open discussion on where writers and readers alike stand on the position of being green-minded and being voracious readers. For me, it confirmed that you can be environmentally conscience and read print books without having to concede to ebooks and ereaders. Notwithstanding of the fact that not all of us can use ereaders nor read ebooks in any format due to our vision and the way in which we process information.

My participation led to a healthy itch to read “Love’s Promises” and I felt blessed that I had the opportunity to tuck inside the story of how a novel went into print format when it was originally only scheduled for one type of release. The further blessing was discovering the other two books in the Love Promises series are already released in print, and are on my ‘next reads’ list of books to acquire!

Book Synopsis:

For Monica Scott, building her late father’s house at Lake Tahoe isn’t an option—it’s a necessary distraction from confusing memories and an uncertain future. But a handsome planner working for the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) is keeping Monica from moving forward with the project. Never mind that he’s young and charming with a great sense of humor. No one is going to stop Monica from making her father’s dream—and her own—a reality.

All Greg Linsey wants is for his work to mean something. His job at TRPA gives him the opportunity to fight for the environment he loves and make a difference in his small corner of the world. But with the sophisticated Monica Scott’s arrival, his dedication is tested as never before, especially when Monica turns to his unscrupulous nemesis for assistance. As Greg and Monica’s animosity turns into something far sweeter, can they learn to accept each other’s promises and avoid the growing danger to their lives and hearts?

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Sandra LeesmithAuthor Biography: 

SANDRA LEESMITH loves to travel in her RV and explore all of nature’s beauty, discover America’s history, and fellowship with the wonderful people she meets while on the road. She enjoys reading, writing, hiking, swimming, and pickleball. Learn more about Sandra and her books at

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Book Cover Designer Biography:

LENA GOLDFINCH writes fantasy and Lena Goldfinchromance for teens and adults. She’s a sucker for a good old-fashioned romance, whether it’s a novel, novella, or short story, young adult or adult, fantasy or realistic, contemporary or historical. Elements of romance, fantasy, and mystery have a way of creeping into her writing, even when she’s writing something light and contemporary like her latest releases, Haunting Joy and Take a Picture. Lena has been a finalist in several national writing contests, including the RWA Golden Heart and ACFW Genesis contests. She lives in a scenic small town in Massachusetts with her husband, two kids, and a very spoiled Black Lab. Learn more about Lena and her books at


Romance, Thirty-somethings, & the Environment:

I shall never discredit the timing of a book in hand nor of the story at the heart of the novel’s message to be consumed at a particular moment in time as this particular one has reached my eyes and mind! I cannot deny that I am a thirty-something myself nor a singleton who oft thinks about her own life, her chosen path, and where the pebbles of her path shall lead her next. Each of us is living a life of worth and it is not always measured in events and incidents that the masses experience but in smaller steps and graces which take us to where we are being led to traverse. I love stories of the heart as much as the human condition, to knit inside the small fragments of time wherein we cross-examine our own hearts, spirits, and desires of will — to understand where we have been as much as where we are going next. I had to nearly chuckle to myself whilst realising a bit of the cheeky humour Leesmith placed inside her two lead characters, as both Monica and Greg are within a farthing of a distance in age from each other, and experiencing the same self-exploration and questions of the heart that neither wants to admit possible.

I think thirty-somethings have a lot of ground to cover in today’s fiction, especially in the Romance side of the ledger. To oft writers focus on someone either in college or thereafter or even settle inside the years of the twenties, but few root out the early years of being twentyten and thirty-something; the decisive age for most singletons either in want of finding someone to walk through life with or to walk alone. It is a unique perspective to give in fiction, as the veins of narrative can go in so many unique and different directions. Whilst in the opening bits of Love’s Promises, what I especially liked is how the path Leesmith chooses to take is not quite predictable nor is it contrite. She breathes a bit of life into the characters and gives them enough realism and free will to keep you in suspense of what their choices will be the further you walk inside their story.

The environment is nearly a third character in the story, as the natural environment is beautifully highlighted as the backdrop and setting for Love’s Promises. I appreciated the care and attention the advocacy and conservation on the Lake Tahoe Basin were given throughout the story, as it illuminates one small fraction of how over building and overusing our natural resources is becoming a larger problem as a whole. There are too many loosely controlled environmental protections on building permits and on maintaining natural habitats. I’ve even witnessed where previously protected land was sold to the highest bidder and commericalised for consumer use; at the determent of the wildlife and ecosystem. There needs to be a better balance between sustaining the ecological habitats already thriving where developers and residents want to intercede on their right to build. I celebrate the small successes such as non-chemical pest control by water sources, walkways and green paths in urban developments that do not deter from the natural ecosystems, and a recognition of local bird and wildlife habitats being protected by watchful observations by local groups working for preservation and conservation of their lands. I commend the research Leesmith knitted into her novel, as she is tackling a very difficult issue and a controversial topic laced with politics on all levels.

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About my forthcoming review for “Love’s Promises” by Sandra Leesmith

Posted Sunday, 27 July, 2014 by jorielov , , 7 Comments

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I was quite excited ahead of the weekend to set-up a Book Review for “Love’s Promises” on behalf of Sandra Leesmith, of whom is an author I’ve hosted twice before in the Spring. However, that is prior to a few personal difficulties such as being bitten by a spider multiple times and having a power surge lead to a power outage of over 16 hours this weekend. The allergy attack from the bites I sustained earlier in the week did not fully consume me until a few days after I was bitten, which led me to having cold-like symptoms and an sense of unwellness wash over me completely. The weekend did not go as I expected as I was resting when I was not dealing with the power outage. Therefore, my book review for “Love’s Promises” will post late on Monday rather than early, as I simply did not have the ability to finish the novel nor the review ahead of time.

I wanted to post a note to everyone who might be visiting me for the first time via Seekerville, which is a lovely group blog by a host of writers who are quite lovely in their ability to reach out to those on the writer’s path and guide them towards publication. If you came through a link in their weekend edition newsletter, let me share a bit about who I am and what I enjoy blogging about! Kindly leave a note to let me know you stopped by and I hope you will return lateron when my review goes live in the evening hours.

I do apologise I have not been in the best of health this weekend to greet you with the review itself instead. The news of my review went into the weekend edition prior to the power outage and hence why I felt posting a note would be best in case quite a few were expecting to see my thoughts on the novel Monday morning and were not greeted by a note to explain my absence.

Jorie @ Jorie Loves A Story will be hosting Sandra Leesmith on Monday, 28 July 2014 whilst she reviews her novel “Love’s Promises” which continues the showcase Jorie began earlier in the Spring. On 14 March 2014, Jorie hosted a Book Cover Reveal & Book Spotlight highlighting her release, the cover art designer, and the books in the series. On 22 April, 2014 Jorie hosted an Author Interview with Ms. Leesmith whilst showcasing a green-minded sense of where publishing is currently heading by greening their practices for print production and their mindfulness approach to the environment on a whole. This showcase also was featured during Earth Day on Twitter, which ignited short conversations with the green resources she found and provided links for on the Interview post. The Interview questions were poised to speak to the heart of the novel as well as to the writer behind the pen.

Kindly visit ahead of Monday’s Book Review to gather a sense about Jorie and Ms. Leesmith, and the changing climate of the publishing industry. This showcase inspired Jorie to start seeking out which novels are stamped with FSC and other designations alerting her and other readers of the green practices implemented in their creation. Tags for green publishing, etc are starting to populate her blog. One of the publishers Jorie regularly hosts book reviews and Special Author Features is ChocLitUK – an independent green publisher of Romance novels whose stories are knitted together not only by love but centered on relationships. They are one of a growing group of publishers who are not printing novels from old growth forest resources. And, that is something for everyone to celebrate, especially if a reader like Jorie cannot read novels electronically and can only read their print editions. A greener approach is not only healthy for our Earth’s biosphere but is a healthier way of appreciating how we read and the stories which alight in our imaginations.

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I look forward to visiting with each of you lateron tonight when I am able to finish composing my thoughts as I read through the rest of the novel! If you have already started to read the series “Love’s Promise’s” is a part of, I encourage you to leave a comment on either this announcement OR one of the previous showcases on behalf of Ms. Leesmith. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the themes she explores in her Romances.

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Posted Sunday, 27 July, 2014 by jorielov in Blog Tour Host, Blogs I Regularly Read, Book Review (non-blog tour), Seekerville