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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Work In Progress by Christina Esdon (Book Review / Contest Giveaway)

In association with Goddess Fish Promotions, Jersey Girl Book Reviews is pleased to host the virtual book tour event for Work In Progress by author Christina Esdon!

Book Review

Work In Progress by Christina Esdon
Book 1: A Westwood Novel
Publisher: Booktrope
Publication Date: May 20, 2013
Format: Paperback - 260 pages / Kindle - 497 KB / Nook - 2 MB
ISBN: 1935961705
Genre: Contemporary Romance

BUY THE BOOK: Work In Progress

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Goddess Fish Promotions.

Book Description:

Psychologist Reese Morgan is a feisty workaholic who has devoted her life to helping seriously ill children. But work is just one of the many walls she has put up to protect herself from the legacies of childhood trauma and heart-wrenching grief. When the family support program she has struggled to build at the local hospital is threatened, Reese must confront her past and embrace her future. Sparks fly when she comes face to face with a handsome visionary: the contractor who is set to demolish the children’s wing. Can Reese tear down the walls around her heart to let love in?

Book Excerpt:

“We have to name him. First rule of dating – “

“ – you never name the puppy.”

“You never name the puppy. You just play with him and rub his belly, give him a nickname, and then leave him begging for more.” She thought about it, swirling the last bits of the wine in her glass. “Fine. He was Treadmill Guy when you met him, so he can stay Treadmill Guy.”

Reese and Nikki stared at each other. Finally they burst out laughing, falling over on each other. “Oh, Nikki. I needed this. Girl talk, popcorn and wine.” She pointed to the two empty bottles of what was red wine sitting on the coffee table. “All this crap with the hospital and my connection to Livvy gone and Josh was right there. In my face. Wanting to know what was wrong, what he could do to help. It was so annoying.”

“Josh? Josh is Treadmill Guy?” Nikki saw the guilt on Reese’s face.

”Oh, honey. You’re screwed. You just named the puppy.”

My Book Review:

In her debut novel, Work In Progress, author Christina Esdon weaves a poignant tale about two people whose paths cross, and the gradual development of their relationship. It is an emotional story about healing and moving on from past traumas, learning to trust, live and take a chance on love.

Haunted by a traumatic past, Psychologist Reese Morgan has erected a self-protective wall around her heart, and has dedicated her life to working with seriously ill children. When the family support program that she has built in the children's wing at Westwood General Hospital is shut down, she has to learn to accept the changes and face her past in order to move forward with her life. Josh Montgomery is the architectural contractor who has been contracted to demolish the hospital's children's wing. When Reese and Josh's paths cross, sparks fly and Josh is determined to demolish the walls around Reese's heart. Can Reese come to terms with her past, lower her protective walls, and allow Josh's love into her heart?

Work In Progress is the perfect title for this wonderful story as the evolution of Reese and Josh's relationship develops through cycles of trials and tribulations that they work through and overcome. It's an intense and passionate story, you can't help but get drawn in and feel for Reese and Josh as their story unfolds. This isn't just a romantic love story, it is an emotional story about healing and moving on from past traumas, and learning to rebuild one's life and embrace trust and love in relationships. The passion, trust, understanding and love that is shared between Reese and Josh is breathtaking, it will pull at your heartstrings, and take you on a satisfying emotional roller coaster ride.

Work In Progress is the first book in the Westwood Novel series. Kudos to author Christina Esdon on a wonderful debut novel!


About The Author

Christina Esdon is a hopeless romantic and dreamer extraordinaire. She loves to see the world through rose-colored glasses (literally) and has the uncanny ability to find humor and joy in the small things in life. When not writing, she can be found frolicking along the shores of Lake Huron, taking notoriously long bubble baths or contemplating the next renovation to her home in Ontario, Canada. Work in Progress is Christina’s debut novel.

Work In Progress by Christina Esdon ~ Virtual Book Tour Page: Goddess Fish Promotions

Virtual Book Tour Contest Giveaway

Win A Digital Copy of Work In Progress


Grand Prize: (1) $10 Starbucks Gift Card

Contest Giveaway:

Author Christina Esdon will be awarding a digital copy of Work In Progress to a randomly drawn commenter at every stop, and a grand prize of one $10 Starbucks GC to a randomly drawn commenter during this tour.

Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning.

The tour dates can be found here:


  1. Replies
    1. Thank you for the opportunity to host the virtual book tour event.

  2. Thank you so much for your review, Kathleen! Sounds like we both love to be on the shore! You, in Jersey, and me, on the shores of Lake Huron.

    1. Hi Christina! I really enjoyed reading Work In Progress and look forward to reading the next book in the series. You can take the girl away from the shore, but the sand and surf is in my blood. lol :)

  3. What a great review, sounds like a very good read.


    1. Hi Rita! Thank you for stopping by and posting your kind comment, I appreciate it. :)

  4. A really great review. I loved the excerpt. Very cute.

    1. Hi MomJane, thank you for stopping by and posting your kind comment! :)

  5. Great review!
    Sounds like a really good read!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

    1. Hi Natasha! Thank you for visiting my blog and posting your kind comment. Good luck in the contest giveaway. :)

  6. I absolutely love the cover art! Did you have any say in the design work??

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

    1. Thank you for visiting my blog and posting your comment for Christina.