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Monday, September 28, 2015

All For Family by Olivia Hardin (Book Review)

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About The Book 

All For Family by Olivia Hardin
Book 3: A Rawley Family Novel Series
Publisher: Olivia Hardin
Publication Date: August 24, 2015
Format: Paperback - 200 pages
               Kindle - 3037 KB
               Nook - 890 KB
ISBN: 978-1515357841
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Women's Fiction

Buy The Book: All For Family
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Buy The Series: A Rawley Family Novel Series
Book 1: All For Hope
Book 2: Justice For All
Book 3: All For Family
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Pump Up Your Book.

Book Description:

Wedding bells will soon be ringing in the Rawley family, but gearing up for Van and Kay’s nuptials revives old insecurities for Kay’s sister-in-law Meg. When she learns that her ex-husband is asking for her from his hospital bed, Meg must confront the painful memories of her past.

Family is everything for Jeremy Rawley. Most important is the one he and Meg created together. But their beginning was tangled in memories he wishes his wife could forget for good. A call from her past brings them back to a place he thought they’d never have to be again.

Forgiveness may be the key, but the first step is finding the locked heart that needs it.

Book Excerpt: 

He watched her slide her feet back and forth against the carpet. “Whew … there’s a reason big girls shouldn’t wear heels.”
Jeremy finished his own drink and sat back down beside her, this time reaching down and taking her feet to pull them up into her lap. She made a face as if she would protest, but when he began circling his thumbs into the arches of her feet, she leaned back against the arm of the couch and moaned. “Oh, that’s nice. Do they teach that at earl school?”
As he massaged, she pointed her feet in a stretch, and her toes brushed a feather’s touch against his thighs. Damn, but the woman could get a reaction from him almost without warning. He continued rubbing, then slipped his fingers between her toes.
“Oh, no, no, no,” she squealed, jerking to try to pull away from him. “Ticklish.”
“I figured…” One corner of his mouth turned up in a grin. He tugged her feet back to his lap, and when he did, the skirt of her dress hitched up almost past her knees. She immediately took hold of the hem and tried to push it back down.
He encircled both her ankles with his hands and then slid them upward along her calves, kneading the muscles of each leg as he went along.
“Jeremy, you don’t have to …”
“Shh …”
Her eyes were open wide, so many emotions in their depths that it was hard to figure what she was feeling. Fear? Embarrassment? Excitement? He pushed one of her legs to the side until it slipped off the couch, then he scooted forward into the open space between her thighs. With one ankle still in his hand, he lifted it so that he could sweep his lips across the creamy smooth skin of her calf, working his way upward.
She was still holding her dress, doing her best to cover up, but the hypnosis of his stare had her. She never once looked away from him as he made his way higher. When he nipped his teeth to the tender spot at the crook of her knee she flinched, then sucked her lip into her mouth.
He was so desperate to kiss her that he almost rose up to smother her body with his and claim her mouth. But he didn’t. Instead he let go of her leg and then took her hands, loosening the tight hold she had on her hemline. The satiny material dropped, sliding down her thighs to bunch at her waist. Under she had on tight nude-colored shapewear, which she was clearly embarrassed about.
Gazing up at her, he brought one of her hands to his cheek. Her fingers stretched long, tentatively touching his lips. When he sucked two of them into his mouth, she moaned and closed her eyes.
“Jeremy, why are you doing this?” She snatched her hands away and to her lap where she once again tried to hide herself under folds of orange fabric.

“I want there to be a day when you won’t ask that question. Maybe it won’t be with me, but one day, you won’t have to wonder why a man would worship you and your body.”

My Book Review:

In All For Family, author Olivia Hardin weaves a wonderful story of love, compassion, and forgiveness that will stir the soul and tug at the heartstrings.

All For Family is the third book in the Rawley Family Novel Series, and while it can be a standalone read, I would suggest that you read the books in sequential order. That being said, this story follows the courtship and marriage of Meg and Jeremy Rawley via the resurfacing of Meg's painful past when her dying ex-husband Ray requests to see her. 

The author does a wonderful job of interweaving the present with the past in a span of twelve years that takes the reader along on an emotional journey as Meg and Jeremy's love story unfolds. I loved how their heartwarming courtship develops via letters sent to each other, it was so romantic and very sigh worthy. You can't help but get caught up in Meg's story as her painful past with her ex-husband Ray rises to the surface, their marriage had been built on lies and cover ups, and she struggles with her insecurity about her appearance, yet she was beginning to grow stronger and independent when she meets the wealthy Jeremy Rawley, who shows her the true power of love and the beauty of how desirable a woman she really is. Meg's story comes full circle when she goes back to their hometown to confront her painful past and visits Ray in the hospital ICU, where she graciously accepts his apologies with compassion and forgiveness with Jeremy by her side.

I loved how All For Family begins with Ray's request to see Meg, then flows smoothly back into the past twelve years ago with the unfolding of Meg and Jeremy's courtship, and finally brings the reader back to the present with a touching and emotional conclusion that will simply leave a smile on your face. 


About The Author

When Olivia Hardin started having movie-like dreams in her teens, she had no choice but to begin putting them to paper. Before long, the writing bug had bitten her, and she knew she wanted to be a published author. Several rejections plus a little bit of life later, she was temporarily “cured” of the urge to write. That is, until she met a group of talented and fabulous writers who gave her the direction and encouragement she needed to get lost in the words again.

Olivia has attended three different universities over the years and toyed with majors in Computer Technology, English, History and Geology. Then one day she heard the term “road scholar,”' and she knew that was what she wanted to be. Now she “studies” anything and everything just for the joy of learning. She's also an insatiable crafter who only completes about 1 out of 5 projects, a jogger who hates to run, and she’s sometimes accused of being artistic.

A native Texas girl, Olivia lives in the beautiful Lone Star state with her husband, Danny and their puppy, Bonnie.

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