Spring Shadows, Seasons of Love:Book Three, Jennifer Gracen

Spring Shadows (Seasons of Love Book 3)

Spring Shadows, Seasons of Love:Book Three, Jennifer Gracen
Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Loved the start of this trio, and enjoyed the second book,but I didn’t feel the drama was quite as much as I wanted. Well, that mistake I thought Sam made, the one I just knew would catch up with him finally does…
Anyway to begin Lydia and Sam have accepted they’re in a relationship, and they’re moving forward, slowly of course because of Andy. Then Matt learns about Sam and Is Not Pleased. Poor Lydia, she’s pushed into a corner with Matt threatening for custody of Andy. Realistically he’d never get it but of course to a devoted mum the threat alone is devastating. Throw in the problems with long distance romance and they have to work hard to overcome their setbacks. They do though and are moving forward slowly, and things look good for them.
Then disaster strikes, Sam’s big brother, the obnoxious Alec, throws in a spanner in once again at a family dinner and sets things upside down. Poor Lydia is humiliated, Sam is furious and Alec – well sometimes I wonder how that man survived to be an adult he walks so close to the line. Its not the first time he’s done this to Sam, he did it with Sam’s dead wife Chelsea and Sam reminds him of just how wrong he was then. Alec though isn’t one to let things go – he’s convinced Sam is being taken advantage of by Lydia and will get his heart broken. As if that wasn’t enough on the following day that big mistake, the one that so disappointed me about Sam, crops up and Lydia is devastated. I would be too when she learns what happened. I can see what Sam did, and how he sees it. He knew once he thought about it he was wrong, and to his credit he could have lied but didn’t…but still, like Lydia,I would have been heartbroken given the circumstances surrounding it. She retreats big time and it looks like everything could be off…she’s not speaking to Sam, except to ask him to give her time to think. He’s so upset, he regrets of course what he did but no-one is perfect, we’ve all made mistakes, and the past can’t be changed. Then there’s more heartbreak, though thankfully it does make them both focus on what is really important, and what they need to do.
Its been a great read and I’ve really enjoyed it. There is a further book out after this, but in a way I’m not sure I want to read more. This ends so well, and the magic for me of a romance is how the characters make it through, how they actually get together, not so much what happens after. I like to see that as an epilogue but I’m not sure I need a whole book. Still, that’s just me of course and I’m sure others love to read more from them.
I mentioned before how realistically the author writes about Andy’s speech problems, and that she must have some personal knowledge, and at the end of this book she tells us she does, and that’s what makes this so real for me. Too often disabilities are brought in but not researched, glossed over and to those that have similar problems its really irritating,so its been great to read of one that’s properly described.
Stars: Five, a great read.
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers.

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About jeanniezelos

I'm an avid reader, love my kindle and I have my head in a novel for hours daily : ) Mum used to say I'd read toilet paper if it was printed- it wasn't, so i had to contend myself with the back and sides of the cereal packets. I've always Needed to read and we had few books when i was a child hence my penchant for reading anything including adverts then... I review mainly contemporary, erotic and paranormal romance books though dystopian and urban fantasy also appeal. I'm currently rated around the 300 mark on amazon.co.uk for my reviews. I try to keep them structured and to say what I do and don't like about a book so other readers can use my review as a guide to whether they may enjoy the book.

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