Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Release Day! Under the Apple Blossoms by Deanna Lynn Sletten ~ My Thoughts #UnderTheAppleBlossoms

Happy Release Day!!

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Congrats Deanna
on the release today of
Under the Apple Blossoms!

Under the Apple Blossoms: A Lake Harriet Novel by Deanna Lynn Sletten
A Lake Harriet Novel (Book 4)
Paperback and e-book: 262 pages
Published March 17th 2020 by Deanna Lynn Sletten

Sometimes the only one standing in the way of your happiness is you.

Debbie Adams has never thought of herself as beautiful or witty. Her short, curvy stature has always made her feel self-conscious. As the owner of Deb’s Bridal Boutique near Lake Harriet in Minneapolis, Debbie runs the business she’d inherited after her mother’s death. But owning a bridal shop has never been her dream—it had been her mother’s. And as the years go by, Debbie sees friends and neighbors pairing off and building a future while her life remains stagnant. Then, one March day, frantic to get in shape before a friend’s wedding, Debbie forces herself to go biking. As she rides along the icy lake path, she’s startled by a runner and slips and falls. Regaining her bearings, she looks up into a pair of warm, brown eyes and the most handsome face she’s ever seen. Could this tall, extremely fit, and good-looking man be her destiny?

Marc Bennett’s life is amazing. He owns a chain of fitness centers around the Twin Cities and lives in a beautiful mansion that overlooks Lake Harriet. The only thing missing from his life is a wonderful woman to share it with. Not that he’s lacking in applicants for the position. He’s a handsome man with a warm, caring personality and women flock to him. But at thirty-six, he’s had the shallow relationships and he’s not in a hurry to commit to anyone. Then one crisp, spring day, as he’s running the lake path with his dog, Bernie, he literally crashes into a woman on a bike. As he attempts to help her up, he finds himself looking into the most beautiful pair of blue eyes. Eyes he can’t seem to get out of his mind.


My thoughts about Under the Apple Blossoms ~~

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first line.)

First line—"Debbie Adam's leg muscles strained as she pedaled her bicycle through her neighborhood toward the trails at Lake Harriet."

I love all the books in this Lake Harriet series, but I really think that Under the Apple Blossoms is my favorite..... so far. My trip to Lake Harriet this time was so much fun. I just loved this story!

Debbie and Marc run into each other, literally, in the park as she takes a tumble from her bike. You just know that things are going to heat up from there.

I immediately felt connected to Debbie for some reason. Maybe because we're both on the short side, both lacking in self-confidence when it comes to our bodies. Maybe? But for some reason, I liked her from the start.

And I enjoyed watching a true friendship develop between Debbie and Marc as he settles into a new community, a place that had plenty of beautiful women who would love to become friendly with him.

The Lake Harriet stories are filled with loving, kind, and comfortable characters, people you would love to know and hang out with on a regular basis. I can't wait to see who Deanna introduces us to in the next story. And each book has a dog or two, important characters who play vital roles in each story. 

Under the Apple Blossoms is book #4 in the Lake Harriet series but it definitely can be read as a standalone. All the characters are intertwined through the books so it always feels like meeting up with old friends again. I absolutely love my visits to Lake Harriet and love that each new book introduces me to new people... and another dog.

Give the Lake Harriet books a try, I know you are going to love the people, and the dogs, as much as I do. Start with Under The Apple Blossoms—you'll love it as much as I did.

I received a copy of Under the Apple Blossoms from the author and this is my honest opinion. 

Check out the rest of the Lake Harriet stories on Amazon

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Read my thoughts about these 3 books herehere and here.

Click on the covers to find them on Goodreads

About the author

Deanna Lynn Sletten

Deanna Lynn Sletten is the author of Maggie's Turn, Finding Libbie, One Wrong Turn, Miss Etta, and several other titles. She writes heartwarming women's fiction and romance novels with unforgettable characters. She has also written one middle-grade novel that takes you on the adventure of a lifetime. Deanna believes in fate, destiny, love at first sight, soul mates, second chances, and happily ever after, and her novels reflect that.

Deanna is married and has two grown children. When not writing, she enjoys walking the wooded trails around her home with her beautiful Australian Shepherd or relaxing on the lake in the summer.

Deanna loves hearing from her readers. 
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  1. Hi Susan - Thank you so much for the nice review and sharing my book with your readers. I love writing the Lake Harriet Series, and Debbie and Marc were two of my favorite characters as well. :)

  2. Beautiful cover! This is a new author for me.


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