Thursday, February 5, 2015

REVIEW: Moving On (+$50 Amazon GC Giveaway!)

Title: Moving On
Author: Annette Bower
Series: N/A
Pages: 185
Date Published: September 29th 2014
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Format: Kindle
Genre: Romance
Source: Goddess Fish Blog Tours
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Synopsis:
Anna is a mysterious young widow who just moved to Regina Beach. The residents of the small town know everyone’s business and they are very keen on discovering Anna’s secrets. She meets Nick, a Sergeant in the Canadian Army, until a horrific accident sent him home to recover from his injuries sustained in an IED explosion. He helps Anna feel safe and comfortable in her new environment, just as he has always done for his men in strange, dangerous places. Meanwhile, he focuses on preparing for his future physical endurance test to prove that he is capable of returning to active duty.

Because Anna doesn’t talk about her past and Nick doesn’t talk about his future, she is shocked to discover that his greatest wish is to return to active duty. Afraid of getting hurt, she won’t love a man who may die on the job again. Intellectually, she knows that all life cycles end, but emotionally, she doesn’t know if she has the strength to support Nick.
~My Thoughts~
It's a horrible, terrible thing to lose one's husband. What's even worse is trying to put back the pieces of your life afterward. You miss your loved one, and you can't stand the stares, sympathy, and avoidance from friends and family that you used to love being with. That's what it's like for Anna after her hubby is taken from her. In her struggle, she leaves home for Regina Beach, hoping to get some time away and perspective on her life. 

Her first night there, perhaps by fate's design, she meets Nick and feels an instant sense of camaraderie with the military amputee. As Anna starts to rebuild herself and her life, she finds that talking to Nick, as he does the same with his life, helps her move on quicker than she thought humanly possible. 

Nick and Anna were an unusual couple in my book. Sure there are widow to new love stories, and military love stories, and many different kinds in between, but this was something new to me. Anna, still reeling from her husband's death, surely has abandonment issues and is still in the grips of a deep sadness. Nick wants to be career military and that is a very noble thing, yet is perhaps exactly the opposite of what Anna needs. It was really emotional to see them dig through their feelings for each other, and decide what they really want out of life. 

Give Moving On a shot if you are looking for a good, easy read with lots of emotion and feels all around. This is a true romance, where the plot is mostly around the relationships (including some hilarious neighbors) and while other plot points come into play, expect a ton of introspective moments, sweet kisses, and a healthy dose of angst to get us through :) 

~Try an Excerpt!~
Anna Jenkins pushed her foot on the brake as her hatchback picked up speed on the hill. The posted speed limit for the Town of Regina Beach was thirty miles per hour. She passed old cottages with verandas and gravel driveways surrounded by blossoming lilac bushes that were tucked in among new homes with steel doors and trees with spring green leaves shading designer interlocking block paths. Her doubts about moving to a small town washed in her fatigued mind like the waves pushing and pulling along the shore of Last Mountain Lake, that expanse of blue where the road she was on ended. Just past noon and no one was on the street.

After scanning street signs, she turned west on Fairchild and followed a natural curve onto Green Avenue, creeping along until she found the address that was etched in her memory. Regina Beach would be her safe haven. A place where no one knew that her fiancĂ© had died a week before their wedding. It was her sorrow and she was tired of sharing it with those who seemed to want to keep it alive like some macabre game where they could report to their friends and family. I saw her today and she looks awful. I just didn’t know what to say but if you ask me, Murray wouldn’t look twice, never mind proposing, if he saw her now.

She hadn’t overheard anyone say these words, but she had her suspicions.
~Meet Annette!~ 
Annette Bower explores women’s roles in families, in communities and women’s emotions at the beginning and end of love in her home office in Regina, SK.

Her short stories are published in magazines and anthologies in Canada, United States, and United Kingdom and most recently in the Lake Winnipeg Writers Journal, Voices V 14/1.

She pursues the writing craft in workshops through the SWG conferences, Writing with Style, Banff Centre for the Arts, Surrey International Writers Conference, and Romance Writers of America Conferences. She is attending the Novel Colloquium at Sage Hill Writing Experience in July, 2014.

Her women’s fiction novel, Woman of Substance, is published by Soul Mate Publishing. Her novel Moving On re-released electronically by Soul Mate Publishing in October 2014. 

Web page: www.annettebower.com
Blog: www.annettebower.com/blog
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MovingOnAPrairieRomance?ref=hl

https://www.facebook.com/annette.bower1author 
Annette will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Kobo or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $25 Amazon or Kobo or B/N GC to a randomly drawn host.

31 comments:

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    1. Good morning Mary Preston,
      I agree that Andra has given Moving On a review that will help readers decide to join Nick and Anna's journey to sweet love.
      Yours truly,
      Annette Bower

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    1. Good morning Mai T,
      Thank you for commenting on Moving On's cover. The first glimpse provides readers with a summary of a sweet romance. Nick and Anna do row in a landscape similar to the one shown on the cover.
      Yours truly,
      Annette Bower

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  3. I'm impressed with all the workshops attended! Well done!!!

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    1. Hello Laney4,
      Thank you for reading my bio. I enjoy learning more about my craft. I am registered to attend the RWA this July. I'm looking forward to gleaning more information.
      Yours truly,
      Annette Bower

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    2. Hello Laney4,
      Thank you for reading my bio. I enjoy learning more about my craft. I am registered to attend the RWA this July. I'm looking forward to gleaning more information.
      Yours truly,
      Annette Bower

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    1. Dear Rita,
      I enjoyed Andra's review as well. This is the last day of my review tour. It is been like Christmas waking up every Thursday morning and opening a host's blog and reading their impression of Moving On.
      Thank you for joining Moving On's book review tour and joining Unabridged Andra.
      Yours truly,
      Annette Bower

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  5. Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the review and excerpt!

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    1. Dear Glenda,
      Thank you for joining Moving On's book tour at Unabridged Andra. This is the last day of the book review tour. I'm pleased you enjoyed the excellent review.
      Good luck in the contest.
      Yours truly,
      Annette Bower

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  6. What a wonderful review. This excerpt was great.

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    1. Dear Mom Jane,
      Thank you for commenting on the last day of my book review tour. I agree Andra provided a thoughtful review.
      Good luck with the contest.
      Yours truly,
      Annette Bower

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  7. I enjoyed the excerpt and the cover is amazing. Thanks for sharing :)
    Lori

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    1. Hello Lori,
      Thank you for commenting on Moving On's cover. It is one of the first things readers see. It does show that it is a sweet read.
      Good luck.
      Yours truly,
      Annette Bowet

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  8. Thanks so much for the review!

    Trix, vitajex(at)Aol(dot)com

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    1. Dear Anonymous,
      I appreciate Andra's review as well. Thank you for joining Moving On's book tour.
      Yours truly,
      Annette Bower

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  9. I have enjoyed learning about the book. Thanks for sharing it.

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    1. Dear Patrick Siu,
      Thank you for joining Moving On's book tour at Unabridged Andra. I am pleased you enjoyed learning about Moving On and reading Andra's wonderful review.
      Good luck in the contest.
      Yours truly,
      Annette Bower

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    1. Dear bn100,
      Thank you for joining the last day of my book review tour for Moving On. I have enjoyed replying to so many comments.
      Good luck in the contest.
      Yours truly,
      Annette Bower

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    1. Hello David Holder,
      Thank you for commenting on the excerpt of Moving On. Andra chose an excerpt from the beginning of Anna's journey as she moved away from sorrow and toward a new life.
      Good luck in the contest.
      Yours truly,
      Annette Bower

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    1. Dear Sydney,
      Thank you for commenting on Moving On's cover. When I had my Chinese Calendar Horoscope read for this year, I was told that yellow and black are my best colors. Amazing how these things seem to work together.
      Thank you for joining Moving On's Book review tour at Unabridged Andra.
      Yours truly,
      Annette Bower

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  13. I liked the excerpt best. This book sounds like such an interesting and intriguing read. I will totally have to add this book to my "to-read" list.

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    1. Dear Ally,
      Thank you for enjoying the snippet of time in Anna's life. I know that at times I am stuck with the appropriate thing to say to someone who has lost a loved one. I spent the weekend with my sister. Her husband recently passed away. There is a sadness that surrounds that person for a while.
      Thank you for following Unabridged Andra's blog as she hosted Moving On's book review tour.
      Yours truly,
      Annette Bower

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  14. Dear Andra,
    Thank you for reading and reviewing a "true romance." I have enjoyed my book review tour for Moving On because of hosts like you who have given their time freely to help a book find readers.
    I would also like to thank all of your followers who read your blog, commented and entered the contest.
    Every Thursday for the last month has brought gifts.
    Yours truly,
    Annette Bower

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  15. Dear Andra and Book Review Followers,
    The $50 Amazon or B/N GC by a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn host. In addition. Goddess Fish Promotions will be awarding a $5 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn host has been made.
    Congratulations to Dorothy T., winner of the tour prize and to Hope. Dreams. Life... Love and to Kaisy Daisy's Corner, the host winners.

    Thank you once again.

    Yours truly,
    Annette Bower

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