Thursday, November 3, 2016

Love's Broken Road by Julie Coulter Bellon + $30 and Book Giveaway!!

After surviving an abusive marriage, Victoria Newel needs a clean slate for herself and her son. Taking a job as a math teacher, she moves across the country to the small town of Lincoln, Utah, where no one knows her and she can start over. However, her new colleague, Drew Dalton, offers her friendship and maybe something more. But has her heart healed enough that she could trust again?

Drew Dalton lost his wife to cancer years ago and he locked his heart away, throwing himself into his teaching job. But when Victoria Newel starts working at the high school, she awakens something in him that he never thought he’d feel again. Her gentle nature and quiet strength draws him to her, but it’s obvious she’s hiding something in her past from him. Can he open his heart to a woman who harbors so many secrets of her own?

One of my favorite authors is here, trying something a little different than her usual fare.  Julie Coulter Bellon is queen of romantic suspense, usually military style.  I love her books!  This book though, is romance without the suspense.  Can a suspense fantastico write a romance without suspense in it?  Well, I definitely think so!

Victoria and Drew are both broken but in different ways.  Their lives have looked very different so far but they are at the same place now- teaching, surviving and hoping.  I was drawn to both Victoria and Drew.  Victoria is a survivor.  She is strong and determined to move forward and create a safe, happy place for her son and for herself.  Drew is all things gentle and kind.  He is thoughtful and can see other's pain and struggles.  He is the perfect man for Victoria, even if it does take a bit for them both to figure that out.  I loved the addition of Victoria's son in the story.  His antics felt typical for a young boy and brought the feeling of family to the story.

This book was easy to fall into and felt so good around my heart.  I really enjoyed it!

I hope you will check out all of Julie's books if you haven't already.  They are all fantastic!

-I received a copy of this book from the author.  A favorable review was not required and all opinions expressed are my own.

Julie Coulter Bellon is the author of more than a dozen romantic suspense novels. Her book All Fall Down won the RONE award for Best Suspense and Pocket Full of Posies won a RONE Honorable Mention for Best Suspense. 

Julie loves to travel and her favorite cities she's visited so far are probably Athens, Paris, Ottawa, and London. She loves to read, write, teach, watch Castle, Hawaii Five-O, and eat Canadian chocolate. Not necessarily in that order. 

Julie offers writing and publishing tips as well as her take on life on her blog You can also find out about all her upcoming projects at her website 

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  1. I occasionally enjoy a contemporary romance. Might have to give this one a try.

  2. My favorite high school teacher was my English teacher because she cared about me as a person.

    1. Mine was my home ec teacher (do they even have those anymore?) for the same reason. I knew she cared.

  3. Ms. Johnson my literature teacher. She was the first teacher to help me find my love for books.

    1. Yay for teachers who inspire kids to read!! My mom was my inspiration for reading and that came from her father. My grandpa used to read to me. He was British through and through and it just didn't get better than hearing him read to me.

  4. You know, it was long ago I really don't remember. I mean we're talking 20+ years ago. lol

  5. My Latin teacher, he was in his early 30s, very fun, loved all things us teenagers loved, treated us like his friends rather than students and made lessons less boring and easier to understand. Great guy.

    ~ KateS

  6. Thanks for the great giveaway!
    I really like my literature teacher!


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