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The Sunday Book Review: A Hometown Fourth of July

Posted by Lisa Lickel on July 8, 2012

A Hometown Fourth of July

by June Foster

ISBN 978-1-61252-186-2

Publisher – Desert Breeze Publishing

Release date – July1,  2012

Reviewed by Lisa Lickel

The Fourth of July becomes something more than a parade and fireworks for two lonely souls who connect in a messy way. Can they work through the messiness of their lives to connect as soul mates?

Lynn Marshall’s little neice drops ice cream down Max Tate’s neck when she climbs a tree to see the parade in Ft. Freedom. Max has already had a bad day and grumps about the accident, but through his grumpiness can’t help noticing that Lynn is not only nice to look at, she’s nice inside. They meet up later and watch the fireworks without the neice in tow. Max finds out that through her work as a research analyst at the capitol building in Olympia, Lynn might have a way to help him achieve his life quest.

Lynn Marshall’s family is big and noisy. Her siblings and spouses are distracted by all the kids, and it never seems as though Lynn can either earn their attention or respect. When she meets the handsome Max Tate, she’s taken with his vulnerability and agrees to help him as much as she can to track down information about his birth parents. They have something big in common: neither of them feel comfortable and accepted in their families. Can they change that and, together, create a nourishing family of their own?

Foster’s second romantic novel, also set in the Pacific Northwest, is a sweet story with characters complicated by their circumstances and reactions, hurt and disengagement from the families who raised them. Told in viewpoints of each character, the reader sees how their decisions affect the other. A whole year passes during the course of the story. The characters find a connection to faith together, but also on their own. Foster wisely lets them be independent people who realize they can complete each other…or be stubborn and alone. Her descriptions of the community put me there; I feel almost as though I could find the shop where Max works, or Lynn’s apartment. Her dialogue is natural, although the faith elements feel sometimes a little too pat in this book. Please look for her first book, Give Us This Day, as well – another winner.

A Hometown Fourth of July is a winning inspirational contemporary romance in a lush setting by an author who can tell sweet stories with everyday characters in fresh plots. Those who enjoy Love, Inspired books will enjoy Foster’s stories.

Buy the book at the http://www.desertbreezepublishing.com book store.

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One Response to “The Sunday Book Review: A Hometown Fourth of July”

  1. Thank you, thank you, Lisa for your review. You’re a sweetheart. June Foster

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