Friday, February 7, 2014

Book Report & Sweepstakes: Love's Sweet Beginning, by Ann Shorey

I knew when I first met Cassie in Ann's "Sisters at Heart" trilogy, that I would LOVE her story. And it's finally here!!! Although, may I add, you certainly do NOT have to read the first two books to enjoy this one.

It isn't Cassie Haddon’s fault she's managed to reach the age of twenty-five without possessing any useful skills. Until the war, she always had servants to wait on her. After the war, she and her widowed mother moved from place to place, relying on family to care for them. Now she’s forced to find work to support them both. What isn’t in her plans is falling for Jacob West, a local restauranteur and grocer. She needs a job and he needs help. But can either of them see their need for love? Don't miss this tale of two people, from very different backgrounds, finding common ground and the hopes of a bright future together.

And! Ann offers a sample chapter to just to whet your appetite!

Book Info & Sample Chapter:
Can be found at

This story was so good. I just adore Ann's writing. Her curl-up-with-a-cup-of-coffee, fireside reads. The woes of thwarted love in this book are intermixed with the tensions of racism, the duty of potential kinsman redeemers of the Old Testament, and a busy-body mother who is certain she knows God's will.  Not to mention Ann's characters are alive with vibrant personality, lovable wit and charm, and a hero who's awkward disposition hides an uncompromising strength.

To celebrate this heart warming historical romance, Ann and her publisher Revell is offering a fantastic prize giveaway. Please enter!!! And I hope one of our Coffee Cups and Camisoles faithful readers WINS!!

In Love's Sweet Beginning, the third book in author Ann Shorey's Sisters at Heart series, 25-year-old Cassie Haddon doesn't have a single useful skill.
Until the war, she always had servants to wait on her. After the war, she and her widowed mother moved from place to place, relying on family to care for them.
When she's forced to seek work to support them both, Cassie must also reinvent herself to find her new beginning and the hope of love.
To celebrate the novel, author Ann Shorey and Revell Publishers are pleased to present theSWEET BEGINNINGS Sweepstakes, and your chance to win one of three marvelous prizes, all closely connected to the story.

Timeframe & Notifications:
This giveaway starts February 4, 2014 and ends February 20, 2014 @ 11:59 pm (PST). Entry is open to US residents only, age 18 and over.
Winners will be selected Friday, February 21, 2014, and announced at
Treasures of Norway Grand Prize

Baker's Bounty Pie-of-the-Month Club

When Cassie Haddon finds work in West & Riley's Restaurant, one of her first tasks is baking pies for a crew of rough workmen. She's never worked a day in her life, and has no kitchen skills, but really, how hard can it be to bake a pie? In honor of Cassie's baking trials (and eventual triumphs) our Grand Prize winner will receive a 6-month Pie of the Month Club Membership to the Grand Traverse Pie Company
       Treasures of Norway Second Prize

Timeless Treasures Prize Pack

Cassie doesn't have many luxuries, as she struggles to reinvent herself and make a life in Noble Springs, but a few small treasures brighten her cottage and lift her spirits. Our Second Prize winner will receive a prize pack filled with some of Cassie's favorite things: a delicate, rose-colored lace shawl, a pewter pen and ink set, and a bath set filled with lavender and lilac soaps and lotion
       Treasures of Norway Third Prize

Sisters at Heart Prize Pack

The women in Ann's Noble Springs series (Faith, Rosemary, and Cassie) are strong, resourceful, creative, and always looking for ways to give to others. To celebrate their giving hearts, our Third Prize winner will receive a complete, signed set of the Sisters at Heart series, to give to a friend, family member, or sister of the heart
How to Enter:
Go to and complete the entry box, anytime between Februrary 4 and February 20.  


Jaime Wright - 

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  1. Jaime, thank you for your wonderful post! I loved your description of Ann's books being perfect fare to "curl-up-with-a-cup-of-coffee" with. Especially knowing you and your delightful coffee-consuming ways. ;) Thanks again! You're a blessing!! ~Amanda

    1. :) I do have a tad of a coffee rep. Ann's book was Uh MAZING!!! Loved every word!

  2. Jaime,
    Wow! You did an amazing job with this review. In just a few lines, you not only highlighted the parts of the story that matter, but did it in an intriguing, fun way. Really well written, and QUOTABLE :). I'm so grateful for all the time and hard work you put into this post and into helping us share Ann's very fun giveaway. Thank you!!

    1. It's not hard when Ann writes such stinkin' good stories!! :) Thx for letting me be a part!

  3. Thank you for the great review, dear Jaime! I featured it on Hope you get lots of new readers. Hugs!

    1. Hey darlin'!! Keep writing -- can't wait for another book :)

  4. Loved your review, Jaime, and feel sure I will love "Love's Sweet Beginning"! It's a wonderful storyline, since I would like to read all 3 books in the series - I have requested the 3rd prize, if I am the blessed winner! Thank you, Jaime, Ann, and Revell!!


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