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Following His Heart (Ocean City Boardwalk Series, Book 1) by [Fasano, Donna]
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USA Today Bestselling Author Donna Fasano has written over 30 romance and women's fiction titles. Her books have won awards and have been translated into nearly a dozen languages.

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  • File Size: 478 KB
  • Print Length: 237 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Hard Knock Books (12 Dec. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00QQRIKXA
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #377,619 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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You’ve heard the cliché that says “every story has already been told,” right? At a certain level of abstraction, that’s true. The specifics of character and plot may differ, but there are a limited number of basic stories. It amazes me how authors are able to put their own unique twists on a basic story and end up with something that still feels fresh and new. This goes double (or maybe quadruple) for the romance genre where every book is the same basic story.

Following His Heart made me go “wow” in this regard. At its core, it is the basic romance. Girl meets boy, they take a romantic roller coaster ride fluctuating between, if not love and hate, at least dislike and like a whole bunch, then the happily-ever-after ending. There are minor characters that act as confidants and comedic foils for the heroine and hero, while giving the story more depth. (Primarily the heroine’s disabled mother, plus her best friends, Heather and Cathy.)

But the twists, what set this story apart from a typical romance, is a strange turn the story takes that I’ve described as a combination of a little supernatural and horror-lite, although I’d be quick to say that romance readers who don’t normally gravitate to these genres shouldn’t find this too much of a departure from the norm to be objectionable. I found it thought-provoking in ways I’d have never anticipated.

**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
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Following His Heart, (Ocean City Boardwalk 1), Donna Fasano.
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Genre: Romance

I’ve read a couple of Donna’s books now, and they’re perfect stand alone romances, which after all the serialized ones that are so prevalent now is a real treat. This is labelled Ocean City One and I’m making an assumption that Sara's friends Cathy and Heather will be getting their own books. I love those kind of connected romances, where we already know some of the characters and their story, but each book focuses especially on one person.
Anyway, this book is Sara's story. She’s living with her mum, though in separate flats, and has a bakery in the same building as her good friends have their businesses, a cafe for Cathy and a B&B for Heather. Landon comes to the rescue in a somewhat dramatic fashion one morning when the ancient pipes break suddenly, which could spell disaster and great expense for the trio. ( and I love the “lose my cookies” part! ) I love Sara, she’s clearly had some past problems with her mum being disabled and needing her help and her husband dying in an accident, and yet she’s always cheerful, always ready to help people. She’s in need of some good news, and when Landon arrives in town there’s an undeniable attraction between them, and her friends try to push them closer.
Landon, he’s a lovely guy, with a strange story of how he arrived in Ocean City, and some secrets he’s keeping but he happily jumps in and does the essential repairs saving the girls from disaster, then offers to see to all the plumbing while he’s there, and Sara lets him stay in her flat while she moves downstairs with her mum.
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I thought I had left a review for this book but it appears it is missing so here goes again.

This book is well thought out, a great plot that will make you think feel and see with eyes wide open there is more then just us.

It is about a heart that knows what it whats and willing to fight to get it. It moved me to tears in some parts and in others it was a cleansing that allowed me to see there is a possibility of more then just an exchange of body parts.. but that maybe part of the soul is moved with the part.

This book will make you think, make you fall in love and move you in ways you never thought of. A Wonderfully written book to lose sleep over!
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It was fairly predictable although there was an unusual twist to the story. Nice lighthearted romance. Enjoy with a cup of tea.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa13e403c) out of 5 stars So much more than your typical romance! 12 Dec. 2014
By DMP - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I received a free copy for an honest review.

At first, I thought this was going to be a typical romantic comedy. But, it's so much more. There's mystery, subtle paranormal, healing from past grief and loss, as well as laugh out loud humor.

Sarah is a baker / pastry chef who operates her own bakery. Landon is new to town and he steps in to help because he's a good handyman and can help with the plumbing. They have an instant connection, but can't quite figure out why it's so strong. The story follows their relationship and is primarily focused on Sarah and how she allows Landon to help heal her from her grief after her husband's death.

What I liked:
* Legitimate humor - it wasn't bawdy and crass.
* Landon was a swoon worthy hero. He had a lot to grapple with, but he was alway honorable and respectable.
* Sarah - even though I think she over-reacted in a few places, she listened to her mother and friends and grew in character and moved beyond her own self centeredness.
* Heather, Cathy, and Geneva - fantastic supporting characters. Funny, honest, true.
* Honesty - I appreciate when the author displays honesty between the characters instead of the trendy, but oh so annoying, lies / deceptions / half truths. It's refreshing to have characters tell the truth to each other!
* Quick read - it didn't bog down. It was paced well - thus resulting in a quick read.

What I didn't like as well :
* I wished I could have gotten to know Landon better. I wanted to know more about his thoughts and plans.
* my common request - epilogue. What happens next?

Finally, for what it's worth, I was excited to find recipes at the end. I thought that was a nice touch.

Details:
Language: PG.
Romance: PG / PG-13 - some steam, but it's kept mostly off camera.
Editing: A+

My rating: 5 stars.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa13e4090) out of 5 stars There is just something about her writing that feels comfortable and familiar 12 Dec. 2014
By Em & M Books - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
There’s something to be said when you open a book and just get lost in the words, and once again Donna Fasano has captivated me with her story and characters. There is just something about her writing that feels comfortable and familiar, and she never fails to make me smile, bring a tear to my eye, and reaffirm my belief in the happy ever after.

I just loved the friendship between Sara, Heather, and Cathy – their banter had me laughing and you could really tell these three ladies cared deeply for one another. It was clear from their actions and from some of the stories told that they always had each other’s backs and would continue to be each other’s strength in times of need.

Landon was such an interesting character. As his story unfolds and we learn more about his past, it was hard not to fall for him even more. And Landon and Sara together has some major chemistry going on – and it extended far past the physical. I loved being able to feel the fun and friendship between the two, and then see those feeling begin to grow. Sara was a bit frustrating at times for me, and even though I could certainly understand her reaction to some things, I totally agreed with her mother - "Sara, you're going to have to get over yourself sooner or later."

Which brings me to one one of my favorite character from the book - Sara’s mother Geneva. She certainly had been dealt a bad hand, but boy did I love her outlook on life. I loved the relationship between Sara and Geneva, it was so honest and caring, and even though they may have been through some bad times together, you could tell that their mother/daughter relationship was rock solid. She was always full of spot-on advice - and I loved how she always knew when to interject a bit of humor to break the tension…
“Oh, you can do all manner of preaching to yourself,” Geneva said. “You can make all sorts of promises. But your heart isn't like a puppy. It can’t be trained. You can’t teach it to sit, roll over, stay. If your heart wants to wee on the carpet, honey, that’s just what it’s going to do.”

This was another great read from Donna Fasano – one that should find its way to everyone’s TBR!

I received this book from the author for an honest review.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1b38330) out of 5 stars Not the best, but not the worst 13 Jan. 2015
By Diana Olsen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Was this the best book I have ever read? No. Was this the worst book I have ever read? No. The storyline was compelling and so were the characters, but I didn't feel like there was a lot to the story. I didn't connect with the characters at all and the storyline fell flat. For the character's I wish they would have had more personality. Sara was almost there, but not quite and Landon didn't come close. He was nice, but I really didn't feel like there was much to him. I wish the author would have really delved into their relationship a little bit more.

As far as the storyline goes it was kind of obvious what was going to happen. She tried to foreshadow a little bit, but in the end it all fell short. I liked where she wanted to take the story, but it just didn't go deep enough for me. Also, I felt like the ending was very abrupt. One minute they aren't together and the next they are and then boom its over.

Overall, it was a decent book. Will I read the rest of this series? Probably, but really only if I'm in between books from the library.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa13e43a8) out of 5 stars Following His Heart 20 Jan. 2015
By BigAl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
You’ve heard the cliché that says “every story has already been told,” right? At a certain level of abstraction, that’s true. The specifics of character and plot may differ, but there are a limited number of basic stories. It amazes me how authors are able to put their own unique twists on a basic story and end up with something that still feels fresh and new. This goes double (or maybe quadruple) for the romance genre where every book is the same basic story.

Following His Heart made me go “wow” in this regard. At its core, it is the basic romance. Girl meets boy, they take a romantic roller coaster ride fluctuating between, if not love and hate, at least dislike and like a whole bunch, then the happily-ever-after ending. There are minor characters that act as confidants and comedic foils for the heroine and hero, while giving the story more depth. (Primarily the heroine’s disabled mother, plus her best friends, Heather and Cathy.)

But the twists, what set this story apart from a typical romance, is a strange turn the story takes that I’ve described as a combination of a little supernatural and horror-lite, although I’d be quick to say that romance readers who don’t normally gravitate to these genres shouldn’t find this too much of a departure from the norm to be objectionable. I found it thought-provoking in ways I’d have never anticipated.

**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa13e45b8) out of 5 stars Beautiful Story!! 13 Dec. 2014
By Beatriz from Cover to Cover Book Blog - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This is the first book I've read by this author, and it will not be the last. From the first page I was sucked into the story and couldn't put the book down. It's well written and the characters feel real and relatable. The story it's so much more than just a romantic one. Yes it's a sweet and sentimental book, but it also deals with loss, friendship, family, second chances, a bit of mystery, laughter and fate.

Sara and Landon met when she was having some plumbing issues in her shop and he comes to her rescue. After the first meeting, they become inseparable. What starts as a friendship, quickly turns into so much more. As their relationship unfolds it's hard not to fall in love with Landon, right along with Sara. And what was a vacation spot to Landon fast becomes home.

The reasons that had Landon longing and looking for a place he had never seen before are what many would call fate. When we got to the part where all the questions were answered, I was surprised but I can say I had some suspicions.

I loved Geneva, Sara's mom. And I love how she was so honest with Sara. I love how she wasn't afraid of setting her daughter straight when she felt was necessary, and did it with so much love. I absolutely loved Sara's best friends, Cathy and Heather. Their banter had me laughing and you could see how much they care for each other. I can't wait to read what's to come for them!!
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