Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Blog tour: Share The Moon by Sharon Struth

Share the Moon
Blue Moon Lake # 1 
By: Sharon Struth
Released August 4th, 2014 
Lyrical Press / Kensington 

"Heart-tugging small town romance with real emotion. Struth is an author to watch!"—Laura Drake, author of RITA-award winning The Sweet Spot

Sometimes trust is the toughest lesson to learn.
Sophie Shaw is days away from signing a contract that will fulfill her dream of owning a vineyard. For her, it’s a chance to restart her life and put past tragedies to rest. But Duncan Jamieson’s counter offer blows hers out to sea.

Duncan still finds Sophie as appealing as he had during boyhood vacations to the lake. Older and wiser now, he has his own reasons for wanting the land. His offer, however, hinges on a zoning change approval.

Bribery rumors threaten the deal and make Sophie wary of Duncan, yet she cannot deny his appeal. When her journalistic research uncovers a Jamieson family secret, trust becomes the hardest lesson for them both.

Sharon Struth is an award-winning author who believes it’s never too late for a second chance in love or life. When she’s not writing, she and her husband happily sip their way through the scenic towns of the Connecticut Wine Trail. Sharon writes from the small town of Bethel, Connecticut, the friendliest place she’s ever lived. For more information, including where to find her other novels and published essays, please visit her website.


This was a nice story about getting over grief and learning to love and trust again. 
Sophie experienced tragedy through the loss of her eldest son and the subsequent divorce from her husband. What I liked about her was that she was there for her other two children; even though she still grieved badly for her son, she was an attentive mother and put her children first, even when her ex-husband didn’t treat her too kindly. I also liked the way she fought to remain professional when her path crossed with the enemy, a.k.a. Duncan.
Their meet-cute was nice, and I liked how they immediately clicked. This made their next encounter during the meeting rather interesting. I liked seeing how Sophie tried to convince herself to stay away from Duncan but her heart and body had another opinion on the matter.
Duncan is a very likeable hero. Even though he’s a tough businessman who never backed down from a business deal in the past, I liked seeing how he found himself reconsidering the whole thing the more he got to know Sophie, the girl he’d fallen in love with when he was a young kid and never managed to get her out of his mind. I liked how he struggled to change, to be a better man and a better father to his children than he’d been in the past.
The small town setting is one of my favorite in romance books, so I liked this one too. It sounded like a very nice place to be. It was described really well and the reader can actually feel the vibe through the pages.
There is a bit of tension in some points, as some mysteries are revealed, but all in all it is a rather quiet, sweet romance with a strong chemistry between the two main characters that starts in chapter one and gets stronger throughout the book.
I enjoyed this story but the reason for my rating is  that in some parts the story  was a bit slow-paced and seemed to drag a little. Being a different age than the characters, I had a little trouble truly connecting with them, although the author did a good job of bringing us into their minds. There was quite a lot of introspection for both characters, but it fit the story, since both of them had gone through a troubled life one way or another.
You will enjoy this story if you like small town romance, and characters who get a second chance at finding their happily-ever-after with someone else after their first marriage.


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