Book Review: Spring Shadows by Jennifer Gracen

October 3, 2014 Blog, Book Reviews 0

I received this book for free from Booktrope in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Spring Shadows by Jennifer GracenSpring Shadows by Jennifer Gracen
Series: Seasons Of Love, #3
Published by Booktrope on October 1st 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 239
Source: Booktrope
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Lydia wasn’t looking for love. Having just finalized a difficult divorce, she attended her best friend’s destination wedding with a simple plan: to reconnect with old friends and take a much needed break from the stresses of single parenthood. But life had more in store for her. In AUTUMN GETAWAY, Book One of the Seasons of Love series, Lydia connected with charming, sensitive Sam over that weekend, and took a chance on someone new. Then, in WINTER HOPES, Sam and Lydia explored the excitement of blossoming romance. Even though a long distance relationship isn’t easy, in each other they found renewed hope, both overcoming past losses to learn to trust and love again.

Now, in SPRING SHADOWS, Book Three of the series, author Jennifer Gracen brings Lydia and Sam one step closer to lasting happiness. But it isn’t all romance and roses. The realities of a long distance relationship held between Chicago and New York start to take a toll. Add in the complications posed by Sam’s overprotective brother, Lydia’s difficult ex-husband, and an unexpected tragedy, and it all threatens to tear them apart before they’ve even begun to truly be together.

Lydia and Sam must face their pasts and come to terms with old fears and insecurities. They need to focus on the things that really matter: true love, forgiveness, compassion, and fearless commitment--another leap of faith. Full of the sweetness and heartfelt emotion you’ve come to expect from the Seasons of Love series, SPRING SHADOWS shows us the power of purposeful communication, understanding, and unrelenting self-awareness, proving that true, lasting love is possible when nurtured by healing and hope.

My Thoughts

This story is moving right along! This was a perfect third in the series with the characters growing and Lydia and Sam getting closer together. What I love about these stories is that Jennifer has done a wonderful job of making this feel like a fairytale and yet there is still the drama of real life. The characters have to go through ups and downs and have to grow. There is also quite a bit of tension with other characters in the book, some of which I felt was a bit over done but for the most part I felt like this was spot on!

This story does progress and although each of these is really only a season long there is just so much in them! My favorite part is of course, the characters. Lydia can be a hot mess though. Sometimes she says something or does something that I just have to shake my head at. But really, I’m not shaking my head because I do not believe it, sadly she does exactly what every woman i know would do! Although this part of her drives me crazy it also shows how spot on Jennifer’s writing is. She doesn’t shy away from writing the negatives of a person along with the good because honestly nobody is perfect.

This ended beautifully, and went right along with the others in this series. I am glad that there is going to be a fourth because although I felt really good with the way this ended up, I definitely ended this with a feeling of wanting more. There’s more to each of the characters that I want to delve into, but especially with those that have been vile to Lydia and Sam.

In short: Absolutely breezy read! Fantastic characters as usual with just enough drama to keep the romance interesting! Cannot wait for book four!

Rating Report
5 / 5
Character Development
5 / 5
Writing Style
5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
4 / 5
4.5 / 5
Overall: 4.7 / 5



The Author

About Jennifer Gracen

Jennifer Gracen hails from Long Island, New York, where she lives with her two young sons. She loves to write contemporary romance for readers who seek better days, authentic characters, and satisfying endings. When she isn’t taking care of her kids, doing freelance copy editing/proofreading, reading, or talking to friends on Twitter and Facebook, Jennifer writes.

The 4 book SEASONS OF LOVE series is published by Booktrope Publishing. Her debut novel, AUTUMN GETAWAY (#1) was released in April 2014. WINTER HOPES (#2) was released July 2014. SPRING SHADOWS (#3) releases October 2014. SUMMER CHAMPAGNE (#4) releases January 2015.

A holiday novella, ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS, is 1 of a 4 book series, "Christmas in New York", written with three other authors. That releases on November 11, 2014.

Jennifer is a member of the Romance Writers of America and is active in the Long Island Romance Writers (RWA Chapter 160). In 2014, she is serving as Secretary for the LIRW, her first time as a board member. She’s shocked her family hasn’t yet staged an intervention for her addiction to social media.

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