Saturday, September 27, 2014

Review & Giveway: LOVING EDEN by T.A. Foster


Have you ever thought of packing up everything you own and moving halfway across the country?

I’m talking about leaving your entire life behind—friends, family, school—with no turning back. No? Me either, but that was before a week of spring break changed my life forever. Before I did something I never thought I’d do at twenty-two. Before I fell in love with Grey.

Sometimes happily ever after isn’t always what you think it will be. 

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What I thought about Loving Eden

Have you ever gotten to the end of a romance novel and just wished you had a bit more?  I did when I read Kissing Eden, the first book in this series.  It left me wondering if Grey and Eden make it - can they resolve the fact that Eden is in one state and Grey in another? In Loving Eden we get their continuing story and it was great catching up with them.

Eden is the predominant voice in this story and it starts with her traveling back to Texas with her belongings to move in with Grey and help run the hotel. She's both excited and determined to maintain her post-graduation independence. I like how she felt empowered to make the trip herself and she does quite well, even with a few minor mishaps. 

One she's reunited with Gray things get a little interesting. While Eden is sure about her feelings toward him, she isn't always on even ground as they learn to live together. I really liked this post of the story, and it brought back some nice memories for me of when me and hubby were first living together. There's a bit of adjustment there and it's handled very nicely in Loving Eden.

Adding to the mix is the arrival of a surprise relative by the name of Mason Lachlan who lays claim to the Palm Palace. Most of the story centers around Mason's bid for the rundown hotel.  He's a successful entreprenuer and wants to tear it down, much to Grey's dismay. Things are further complicated when Eden's friend Taylor comes to town and hits it off with Mason in a major way, potentially putting a rift in their friendship. 

What I love about this series and T.A. Foster's writing in general is that she gives us a story that has just enough drama to make it interesting and she doesn't drag it out.  Things get resolved in a believable way and Loving Eden concludes with a lovely wedding sequence that had me smiling.  

Even though Loving Eden was a bit on the short side, and I would have loved a bit more, it was a sweet afternoon-sized read and I've really enjoyed this series overall.  I hope we'll get to check in with Grey and Eden in the future. Loving Eden is a very nice first-love story, and I'd recommend this series. 


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About the Author

T.A. Foster once spent a month=long spring break on South Padre Island, where she soaked in the Texas sun, beach, and learned what real Texas country music is. Sometimes fiction does spring from reality.
She grew up catching rays and chasing waves along the North Carolina Outer Banks and now resides in the state with her adventurous pilot husband, two children, and two canine kiddos.

T.A. has an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a graduate degree in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University. When she’s not chasing her two-legged and four-legged children or trying to escape for date night, you can find her reading, writing, or planning her next beach trip.

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