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Review: Honeysuckle Dreams

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Review: Honeysuckle Dreams

Honeysuckle Dreams by Denise Hunter
Reviewed by: Pam Graber
Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: May 1, 2018

Honeysuckle Dreams, book 2 in Denise Hunter’s Blue Ridge Romance series, takes readers into a marriage of convenience that puts the well-being of a baby first.

Single dad, Brady Collins, has been raising his 9-month-old son by himself ever since his ex-wife died in a car accident. Sammy is his life and he would do anything for him. When his sister-in-law brings Sammy home from visitation with his grandparents, she informs him that her parents are planning to sue for custody of the boy, claiming that, biologically, Brady isn’t really Sammy’s father. Blindsided, Brady checks with his lawyer to see what his options are. He doesn’t care what a DNA test says, Sammy is his son.

Popular local DJ Hope Daniels solves problems on the air on her show, “Living with Hope”. She also babysits for Brady several days a week, and has fallen in love with little Sam. When a fluke encounter with Brady’s lawyer makes him believe that she and Brady are engaged, she’s willing to go along with the charade if it means Brady keeps Sam. How far will she take it, though, when the lawyer says marriage would be even better?

Brady and Hope have known each other forever. Hope’s best friend is Brady’s sister, Zoe. They both believe that marriage is sacred. Can these friends keep their hearts intact, if their focus is on what’s best for Sam? Both have been shattered by love before. Will they step out in faith, or barricade themselves away so they can’t be hurt again?

This is the kind of story that has made Denise Hunter one of my favorite authors. It plucks every emotional heartstring to play a melody that is both gentle, and resounding. I snickered. I cried. I ached. I felt triumph. It was a joy to read Brady and Hope’s story. I love how Ms. Hunter brings the past into the story to show why the characters are reacting in the present the way they are. It brings richness to the story that isn’t always present without it. I also loved that she brought back characters from both Sweetbriar Cottage and Blue Ridge Sunrise.

Romance readers will love this one! I highly recommend Honeysuckle Dreams.

Rated PG: Nothing huge here, but the main characters, conduct their courtship after they marry, which gives them license to show their desire for one another a bit more than might strictly be expected. Again, there’s nothing “on screen”. Just discussion.

Reviewer’s copy was provided by Publisher. Thank you!


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