One Season of Sunshine (Thorndike Core) Hardcover – Large Print, 1 Oct 2010
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Julia London is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of more than thirty romance novels. Her historical titles include the popular Desperate Debutantes series, the Secrets of Hadley Green series, and the Cabot Sisters series; her contemporary works include the Lake Haven series, the Pine River series, and the Cedar Springs series. She has won the RT Bookclub Award for Best Historical Romance and has been a six-time finalist for the prestigious RITA Award for excellence in romantic fiction. She lives in Austin, Texas. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Jane decides that in order for her to live in the present and prepare for the future she must take a step into her past and find her birth mother. She wants to know why the woman did not keep her and figure out how she fits into the world so all the pieces of Jane fit into the puzzle of the family that adopted her.
So Jane takes a leave from her teaching position, puts her relationship with her boyfriend on hold, packs up her belongings and heads out for Cedar Springs, TX to find her birth mother and discover some answers. To supplement her stay in Cedar Springs Jane takes a nanny position with an out of control group who need more attention than she has the time for. They are children are recovering from the loss of their mother and the man in charge of all of them, Asher is globetrotting trying to keep his business afloat. Not enough time and too much anguish is tearing this family apart and as Jane begins her search for information she helps the children, Riley and Levi find a way back to live without grief and sorrow.
What Jane never thought she would discover is a relationship with Asher and as the layers of their lives unfold it seems that destiny has brought them together? As Jane unravels the secrets of her life she becomes entangled in Asher's, but being wrapped up in his arms is not a bad place to find oneself.
Julia London has been an iconic historical romance writer who last year ventured into the contemporary genre with the amazing Summer of Two Wishes. This book continues Ms. London's adventures in Cedar Springs and does update the reader on the last books characters but the new characters are even more charming, delightful and completely believable. We all spend so much time lamenting what has happened that at times we forget to work on today because tomorrow is at the door waiting to be opened. This book shows how great romance is written and I found it to be a complete delight.
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The one thing Jane does know is that she was born in Cedar Springs. Jane moves to Cedar Springs to find out more about where she came from.
Asher is a single dad trying to raise his two children, Riley and Levi. Asher is desperate for a nanny. So when Jane applies for the job, Asher is thankful. The more time Asher spends in Jane's company, the stronger the attraction he feels towards her grows. Though, when Jane finally learns the truth about her birth mother...will Asher and Jane have a future together?
Having been adopted myself I could understand where Jane was coming from. I like Jane have wonderful parents. Though, I have never felt the need to seek out my birth mother. I liked Jane. She was sweet and not intimated by Riley. I wasn't really feeling the romance between Asher and Jane. I kind of pictured him more as the father type then the romantic male lead type. I do have to admit that I thought this book moved a bit slow at times. I kind of had an idea of who Jane's birth mother was and what had happened from the beginning of the set up of this book but didn't quite know if I was right. It seemed to drag a little when Jane was searching and I wanted the story to speed up. Overall, One Season of Sunshine shows glimmers of hope and sunshine.
Throughout the whole book, I wasn't sure how I feel about Jane. I thought she was a bit selfish and insensitive in how she just packs up and leaves, first with her family and then later with Asher and the children. It's like she doesn't think about the impact of her decisions and what her leaving has on them. I also didn't like how she just kept stringing along her boyfriend for most of the book when she couldn't make a decision as to what to do with him. She describes herself as being a flake and she is that but her character does grow. On the other hand, I really liked how she was firm but sweet to Asher's difficult children and wasn't intimidated by them, especially Riley. I liked Asher right away though--he's trying his hardest to juggle a demanding career and still be a father his children who just lost their mother. As we learn more about Susanna, I really felt for him and was happy when he got his second chance with Jane--I thought the romance between them was sweet.
As the story went on, it became less about finding Jane's birth mother and more about Jane becoming a vital part of the Price family. That's fine with me as I was more interested in Jane, Asher and the children and I thought the scenes where Jane was looking for her birth mom slowed the story down a bit. I liked that the issues weren't all tied up in a nice happily ever after bow but the ending is satisfying. Overall, this book is an easy read and, like in her historical novels, I like the author's voice. I enjoyed this book--I recommend it as a nice beach or a book club read.
Less than 2 years ago, Asher's wife died in a tragic car accident. As Jane makes friends with the residents of Cedar Springs and warms up to Asher and his children, she slowly learns that Susanna had a checkered past. There is an undeniable attraction between Asher and Jane, but in order for them to build a life together, they must both let go of the ghosts that have kept them stagnant for so long.
"One Season of Sunshine" was the first book by Julia London that I have ever read, and it was completely addictive. It has just the right combination of romance, mystery, and deep characterization to keep readers interested from the first page to the last.
When I first read the description of this novel, I knew I had to read it. I was interested to find out about Jane's quest to find her birth mother, and what she would learn about her. She is a solid and well-written character, someone I would love to be friends with. I shared in her frustration as she discovered one dead end and then another as she researched her birth.
The relationships the characters formed with one another were very real and heartbreaking. I especially loved how Jane, who was at first unsure if she could take charge of two children, started to treat them as if they were her own children. In the process she learned that the strongest bonds are the ones we create for ourselves, not the ones we long for just because of blood ties.
This is the second book that Julia London has written set in Cedar Springs, and I am now very eager to read the first one, which is called "Summer of Two Wishes". I have always been fascinated by small town life, and know I will adore that book just as much as I did this one.
*A copy of this book was provided to me by the author via Goodreads First Reads in exchange for an honest review.*
Asher Price is a very, very busy man. A partner in an Ad company, he is constantly flying around the world. But, Asher has two young children at home. His wife died in a car crash about a year and a half ago, and Asher still can't find a suitable nanny for them. He knows the children need some stability in their life. Young Levi is wetting the bed, and pre-teen Riley spends all her time alone.
Jane knows she needs a job if she wishes to stay in Cedar Springs. Fortunately, she's offered the position of nanny for the Price children. She's very unhappy with Asher, even if he is great on the eyes. He is never around for the kids, and though she knows why, she thinks he has his priorities screwed up. The two immediately bump heads, and Asher is taken aback at Jane's boldness. He really fancies her but knows she has someone back home
Jane's search leads her to dead end to dead end, and she also can't fight her attraction to Asher anymore. The children have absolutely blossomed under her care and she cares deeply for them. But when her search for her birth mother reveals a secret that is devastating to them all, Jane turns tail and runs. Asher and the children, once lost without a mother, now try to find their own way once again without Jane. Can the two of them put the past behind them to build a future?
One Season of Sunshine is a wonderful, page turning story. Heart breaking, heart-warming, and romantic, with splashes of suspense and humor. I enjoyed seeing the children blossom under Jane's care, losing a parent is so devastating, and she shows them all how to move on with their lives. The romance between Asher and Jane blossoms and flourishes, leaving you breathless with wonder until the final satisfying climax. Romance, Mystery and women's fiction readers won't want to miss this one. Ms. London writes a refreshing novel and is marvelously gifted!