Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Blog Tour: The Rain Sparrow by Linda Goodnight

Author: Linda Goodnight
Publisher: Harlequin
Date of publication: February 23, 2016

Renowned yet private, thriller writer Hayden Winters lives a life colored by lies. As he is deeply ashamed of his past, his hunger for an honest relationship and dreams of starting a family remain unsatisfied, and he can trust no one with his secrets. He’s determined to outrun his personal demons, but the charming old Peach Orchard Inn and a woman whose presence is as gentle as a sparrow’s song stops him in his tracks.

Carrie Riley is afraid of everything from flying to thunderstorms, and pretty much of life itself. But meeting the enigmatic writer staying at the inn emboldens her to learn everything about him. When they discover a vulnerable boy hiding at the inn, Hayden is compelled to help Carrie protect him. Soon they’re led to a centuries-old mystery that haunts Hayden’s sleep, and his only safe haven is Carrie. As the secrets of the past and present cause their lives to become entwined, all that’s left to come to light is love—if the grim truth doesn’t tear them apart first.

The Rain Sparrow is an incredibly sweet love story involving two people who learn to let go of fears and look toward a future of happiness.  Hayden Winters is a famous author who comes to Honey Ridge to do research for his next book.  He never thought he would meet someone as interesting as Carrie Riley. She is the local librarian and is afraid of rainstorms and taking chances.  Hayden begins to dream of another couple who lived right after the Civil War.  When their story starts to resemble his own, he begins to figure out that the dreams are trying to tell him something.

I really enjoyed this clean romance.  It was so fun watching Hayden and Carrie fall in love.  I definitely found myself rooting for this couple. Through the dreams, the reader is treated to a second romance as well.  I also loved the message that this story conveyed.  Your DNA and birth family are not in your control.  It's what you do during your life that matters.  The story is also rounded out nicely with secondary characters.  Carrie's family was great and one I look forward to visiting with again.

This is the second book in the Honey Ridge series. It does very well as a stand alone.  I didn't read the first one, but I know I will be looking for it to read Jayne and Eli's story.  

About Linda Goodnight

New York Times and USA Today Bestseller, Linda Goodnight is the winner of the RITA and other highly acclaimed awards for her emotional fiction. Active in orphan ministry, this former nurse and teacher enjoys writing fiction that carries a message of hope and light in a sometimes dark world. A country girl, she lives in Oklahoma.
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Linda Goodnight’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Monday, February 15th: Patricia’s Wisdom
Wednesday, February 17th: From the TBR Pile
Wednesday, February 17th: Diary of a Stay At Home Mom
Thursday, February 18th: Book Dilettante
Friday, February 19th: View from the Birdhouse
Monday, February 22nd: Book Mama Blog
Tuesday, February 23rd: Books a la Mode – author guest post
Tuesday, February 23rd: Black ‘n Gold Girl’s Book Blog
Wednesday, February 24th: Palmer’s Page Turners
Thursday, February 25th: Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous
Monday, February 29th: A Chick Who Reads
Tuesday, March 1st: West Metro Mommy
Wednesday, March 2nd: Stranded in Chaos
Thursday, March 3rd: Mom in Love with Fiction
Friday, March 4th: FictionZeal
Monday, March 7th: Book Reviews & More by Kathy
Tuesday, March 8th: Dwell in Possibility
Wednesday, March 9th: Rebel Mommy Book Blog
Friday, March 11th: Written Love Reviews

1 comment:

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

I'm happy to see that you'll be going back to read the previous book since you enjoyed this one so much. Thanks for being a part of the tour!