Monday, November 30, 2009

Love Finds You in Holiday Florida

Title: Love Finds You in Holiday Florida
Author: Sandra D. Bricker
ISBN: 978-1-935416-25-8

From the back cover:

Cassie Constantine has no plans to stay in Florida. She's just here long enough to sell the house she shared with her late husband, and then she'll hightail it back to her gracious Boston brownstone. But Cassie gets more than she bargained for with house renovations and wacky neighbors who manage to sidetrack her mission at every turn. Then there's Richard Dillon, the stuffed shirt she's paired with on the dance floor, who seems involved in a mystery... and who makes her heart beat faster than the rhythm of the quickstep. But the biggest surprise of all? The has-it-all-together Cassie finds herself in the midst of a personal overhaul. Will she let loose long enough to find new love in Holiday?

My take:

I got more than I bargained for with this book. I read the reviews and they were all good and talked about how funny the book was. I expected a good, lighthearted read. Don't get me wrong, it is funny... it is well-written. It is also so... thought-provoking. Maybe it's because I've recently started a new journey in my life (with writing) and I can relate to that. Cassie is going through a period in her life where she evaluates who she really is ~ from her perspective and how others see her as well.

This journey she takes sets us up for some of the funny and touching moments in the book. The best part about the book (in my opinion) is that I believed not only in Cassie as a person but in the choice she had to make. It's the same choice we all have. Do we listen to that voice and step out in faith ~ willing to go wherever He leads us and willing to be who we are created to be (and that includes growth and change ~ ouch) ~ or do we stay where we feel safe and comfortable?

That's not to say the book is at all preachy. You won't read that in these pages. I think Sandra did an excellent job and I really enjoyed the book. It is also an excellent one to read for Christmas. Although the cover doesn't scream "Merry Christmas," the book is set during the holidays. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

I need to mention that I won this book in a contest Renee hosted on her blog Black 'n Gold Girl's Book Spot. This review was not done for compensation (or request) by the author, publisher or anyone else. I also did not promise anyone to write a positive review.


  1. YAY!!!! I'm so happy you enjoyed the book! I'm getting this one for Christmas so I have to wait to read it. Thank you for linking to my blog too!

    xoxo~ Renee

  2. I can't wait to read this's on my WL. Thank you for the great review!

    Lee!! I LOOOOOOVE your new blog design!! Where did you get it?? It's BEAUTIFUL!!

    ~ Lori

  3. Lori, Thank you for the comment about my blog! I thought I was due a little redecorating for the holidays. lol

    It's another blog actually. I wish I knew how to link in comments ~ but I don't. Her link is hidden by Shelfari, I'm not sure why. The name suggests Butterflies - but there are more than just butterfly designs there.

  4. This book sounds intriguing, with its great title, and you describing it as funny and thought provoking.
    Like you, I appreciate butterflies and plant flowers so they will visit my garden.

  5. I'm with Lori! Lovin' the new design Lee! When I left my first comment it was still your old design which was great but this looks awesome!

    xoxo~ Renee

  6. Funny *and* thought-provoking. Doesn't get much better than that! And you gotta love those flamingos!

  7. This one looks great! WOnderful review and will be adding it to my list now!