New Release Review and Giveaway! A FAMILY LIKE HANNAH’S by Carol Ross (Seasons of Alaska #4)

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A Family Like Hannah’s
(Seasons of Alaska #4)
by Carol Ross
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
February 1st 2016 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Starting over is serious business…

With her professional skiing career cut short by an accident, Hannah James is putting all her energy into transforming Snowy Sky Resort into something special. There’s only one obstacle. Famous pro-snowboarder-turned-consultant Tate Addison has his own ideas about taking the Rankins, Alaska, lodge to the next level. But Hannah won’t compromise her dreams. She gets that Tate is trying to create a stable home for his orphaned six-year-old nephew—a boy Hannah already adores. And if she isn’t careful, she could also fall for the boy’s too-attractive uncle. Is she risking heartbreak? Or do she and Tate really want the same things out of life?

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Review:

A Family Like Hannah’s is a sweet, feel-good romance. Hannah and Tate do not get off to a good start–Tate begins as he continues for much of the story, by jumping to conclusions (Hannah, on the other hand, just jumps, LOL)–and for a while they are on opposite sides of things. Tate’s adorable nephew Lucas manages to bring them together, though, and soon they’re both feeling an attraction that they’re a bit hesitant to act on, because each has their own past issues standing in their way.

Hannah and Lucas (and Viktor, and all of Hannah’s family and friends) are wonderful characters. Hannah’s ability to stay positive and upbeat in spite of all the things that have happened to her is amazing. No matter what issues she’s dealing with (and there’s a potential doozy in this book) she doesn’t let them get her down. (And I had to laugh out loud early on when Tate was trying to ask Hannah out and she was oblivious from start to finish that that’s what he was doing. Too funny!) Lucas is a heartbreaker–it’s so wonderful watching him come out of his shell and start to trust as the story continues. and I constantly found myself wanting to give him a hug.

Tate had a tendency to get all wrapped up in “poor Tate, poor Lucas” mode, convinced that Hannah and her “charmed” life just couldn’t understand the woes they’d been through–okay the first time, but when he does it again?–a bit grrrrr-worthy. Fortunately he manages to pull together a sweet gesture (and times it perfectly!) at the end, saving his exasperating butt, and getting him his HEA at last.

This was my first book by this author, but it won’t be my last. It worked well as a standalone, though it’s 4th in her Seasons of Alaska series, though now I want to see how the first three couples got to the happy point we see them at here 🙂 Fingers crossed that Ms. Ross will follow up with Adele and Crciket’s story, because there’s definitely some interesting drama going on with those two!

Rating: 4 stars / B+

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

The Other Books in the Series:

 

Carol Ross is the author of three books for the Seasons of Alaska series for the Harlequin Heartwarming line. She lives with her husband and one loveable miscreant of a dachshund in a small town in Washington close to both the ocean and the mountains. For a complete list of her books, giveaways, and other fun stuff stop by and visit her new website: carolrossauthor.com.

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Tour Giveaway:

$50 Amazon eGift Card and an ebook of A Family Like Hannah’s (open internationally)
Rankins’ Alaska Prize Pack: signed copy of A Family Like Hannah’s, an infinity scarf, gray fluffy mittens, a tin of Starbucks hot chocolate, a coffee mug, and a sterling silver snowflake necklace. (US only)
Copy of A Family Like Hannah’s (print if in the US, ebook if outside the US)
Ends February 26th

Tour Schedule:

February 14th: Launch
February 15th: Reading Is My SuperPower & I Am A Reader
February 16th: Rockin’ Book Reviews & Getting Your Read On
February 17th: Katie’s Clean Book Collection & underneath the covers
February 18th: Thoughts of a Blonde, Becky on Books, & deal sharing aunt
February 19th: Heidi Reads… & Zerina Blossom’s Books
February 21st: Grand Finale

 

This is No Time to Panic! (Or is it the perfect time to panic? A Week in Review 11-22-13)

Maybe even six days too long. My weekend is pretty booked up too–don’t people understand I have to write? I’m on deadline here! And woefully behind!

Oh, and my laptop officially died. I’m fairly certain the repair shop I took it to (and will never visit again, obviously) had a hand in it, though they deny it. Hey, guys–it was working fine when it came in, except for the crack in the screen. You “fix” the screen and suddenly it won’t turn on? The power button becomes permanently stuck down? The plastic protecting the hinge cracks off? Um, none of those issues occurred while I still had it..thirty-five Catholic school kids can attest to the fact that it turned on just fine and was fully operational all day the day I dropped it off….

So, new laptop. Again. Not loving Windows 8 yet.

Mini Moe #2 is in her first high school play this weekend, and she’s absolutely adorable. On night two, she even managed a few brief smiles while singing and dancing–on night one, she was concentrating so hard on her dancing that I’m pretty sure I saw steam rising from her ears. Seeing it four times this weekend is putting me in the mood to listen to Jim Dale’s narration of A Christmas Carol again–surely I can squeeze it in? (He is hands-down my favorite narrator–I can’t recommend his version of Harry Potter enough–it’s fantastic! Each and every character has their own unique voice–amazing.)

As you can tell from the widget, not enough writing happened this week. I’m hoping to make up for it this weekend, but it may be a lost cause. There’s no school for the last five days of the month, though, so I’m planning on doing a full-court press then…I must win!

Not enough reading went on here either. I read the novella Tis the Season to be Kissed by Amy Andrews–loved it. Just the right amount of steam plus holiday cheer. Santa to the Rescue by Adele Downs was cute, though the heroine was a bit over the top in her attitude toward the hero for much of it. I started Nina Croft’s Bittersweet Magic and really don’t want to put it down, though I have to–I’m sensing that I’ll be picking up book one in that series soon. Remy by Katy Evans and Some Like it Sinful by Robbie Terman are next up.

I finally listened to The Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins–yay! I wasn’t crazy about the narrator, but enjoyed the story. Darn that Kristan, she had me tearing up more than once. Now I’ve moved on to Ms. Higgins’s “Man Wars” buddy, Jill Shalvis’s book–Always on My Mind. I’m really enjoying it so far. Where can I get my own firefighter hero? Though I’d definitely settle for a mechanical engineer professor hero in a pinch–especially if he’s got a British accent. And tattoos. Yum.

Anyone else doing NaNoWriMo? How is it going? Are you somehow managing to keep up a vigorous reading schedule too? If so, can you share your secret with me?

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