Thursday, July 9, 2015

Redemption Bay by RaeAnne Thayne - Review and Author Interiew!

Happy Wednesday!

I am participating at Redemption Bay blog tour and I am happy to feature Redemption Bay by RaeAnne Thayne on the blog. The blog tour is organized by Little Bird Publicity, by Harlequin Books and by the author. This post includes the review and a Q&A with RaeAnne Thayne and also information about the book.

Let's start with the review!


Author: RaeAnne Thayne
Title: Redemption Bay
Series: Haven Point Series
Publishing date: 30th of June
Publisher: Harlequin Books
Genre: Adult: Romance
Pages: 384 pages
Source: From Little Bird Publicity and the publisher in exchange of an honest review.

Summary:

A young mayor will do anything to save her town, even if it means welcoming back the man she blames for almost destroying it in REDEMPTION BAY (HQN Books, July 2015, $7.99 U.S./$8.99 CAN.), the second book in New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne’s enthralling Haven Point series.

McKenzie Shaw would do anything for her hometown of Haven Point. It may be small, but it’s never let her down…unlike gorgeous, infuriating Ben Kilpatrick.

Ben was her childhood hero until he closed his family’s boat factory, leaving the town’s economy in shambles.
But now his tech firm is considering opening a local facility. Her natural instinct, fueled by all these years of resentment, is to fight him at every turn. For Haven Point’s sake, however, McKenzie must grit her teeth and be as welcoming as she can manage—a task further complicated by her fierce attraction to Ben and her discovery that he is renting the lake house next door to hers.
For Ben, being back in Haven Point evokes all the dark and ugly memories of his childhood. What could a town filled with painful memories ever offer him? Yet seeing Haven Point through the eyes of McKenzie—its fiery young mayor—he suddenly has his answer. If only he can resolve the animosity crackling between them, Ben may have found the place where he can build ties and find healing…a place where love arrives when it’s least expected.

REDEMPTION BAY is available wherever books are sold and through Harlequin.com.

RaeAnne Thayne
REDEMPTION BAY
$7.99 U.S./$8.99 CAN.
ISBN-13: 978-0-373-78506-3

“[Thayne] engages the reader’s heart and emotions, inspiring hope and the belief that miracles are possible.” #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber



“Thayne’s beautiful, honest storytelling goes straight to the heart.” —RT Book Reviews


My review:

I love stories and books about small places in beautiful surroundings and when you add a good love story where characters get over some issues from their past and they are capable of solving and creating a new future for them, then it's definitely for me! Redemption Bay by RaeAnne Thayne offered me exactly that. The book was well-written with lovable characters and with a great low-burn romance in it.

Plot:

Meet McKenzie and Ben who meet under dire circumstances. McKenzie is the mayor of a town which Ben destroyed, at least this is what McKenzie is thinking. She blames Ben for closing down a boat factory which left hundreds of people without jobs. Now, when Ben is back in town and he is responsible of deciding the future of the place McKenzie loves - Haven Point - McKenzie understands that she needs to do whatever it takes to push Ben into loving Haven Point, so he would make the right decision and bring some new business to the town. Both Ben and McKenzie need to face the demons from the past and deal with the, whether they like it or not and decide what to do with the building attraction between them.

First of all, I loved the descriptions of Haven Point and its people. The lake, the surroundings and the descriptions of these in the book made me really love the place! It's heart-warming to read how loyal and decent the characters are and it's simply beautiful. Being from a small place myself, I could easily relate to the small-town-life issues like secrets and gossip, but also loyalty, friendships and generally, the dynamics of the close-knit society. I loved it! It made feel like being back at home.

I also liked the writing style and the pace. I enjoyed, that the romance was not like many insta-loves between the main characters in many books. I enjoyed how it slowly developed, starting from attraction and admiration and growing into something stronger than just physical relationship. It was fun to read about two grown people who have endured a lot in their lives and that the author didn't paint flawless peachy world around them. It felt real when reading and I think it's a great gift given by the author to her readers. The story also gave hope and faith and positive feelings about that everything is possible. It went straight to my heart.

Characters:

I loved McKenzie inside out. She was a beautiful person with beautiful personality: strong, goodhearted, kind, stood up for her beliefs - simply adorable. She is woman that everyone would love to have as a friend. I also adored Ben. I felt his pain, all that he had suffered and the pain he went through when finding out the truth about his family. There were also lots of interesting supporting characters which were well-written and with their own background stories which gave added value to the story. They were believable and easy to relate to.

Generally:

I highly recommend Redemption Bay. it's beautifully written and it touches your heart. Loved it!


5 stars.


About the author:


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne loves words. Her love affair started as soon as she learned to read, when she used to devour anything she could get her hands on: cereal boxes, encyclopedias, the phone book, you name it! She loves the way words sound, the way they look on the page and the amazing way they can be jumbled together in so many combinations to tell a story.

Her love of reading and writing those words led her to a fifteen-year career in journalism as a newspaper reporter and editor.

Through it all, she dreamed of writing the kind of stories she loved best. She sold her first book in 1995 and since then she’s published more than 40 titles. Her books have won many honors, including three RITA® Award nominations from the Romance Writers of America and a Career Achievement Award from RT Book Reviews magazine.

RaeAnne finds inspiration in the rugged northern Utah mountains, where she lives with her hero of a husband and their children. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website at raeannethayne.com.




And now, ladies and gentlemen, please give a warm welcome to the author of Redemption Bay, RaeAnne Thayne!

Q: REDEMPTION BAY is the 2nd book in your new Haven Point series. What would you tell someone who is coming to Haven Point for the first time? Is there anything you want first time readers to know before they jump into REDEMPTION BAY?

A: Haven Point is a series of books that explores healing in its various forms -- healing hearts, healing bodies, healing families and healing a town. Haven Point – on the shores of beautiful Lake Haven, a few hours from Boise, ID – has seen some tough times and suffered some losses, but despite all the challenges, it's a place where people care about each other.

Q: When a natural disaster hits, the whole town works together to avoid catastrophe. Do you live in a place where people help each other out like this? It’s inspiring to read about!

A: I definitely live in a community like this and feel incredibly lucky. Huge, dramatic events like house fires or floods seem to bring out that compassion and caring in everyone and it's wonderful to witness people come together to help in whatever way they can. I've witnessed many situations similar to the events of Haven Point, when an entire community rallies to help out neighbors. Just as touching to me, though, are the constant small and simple acts of kindness I see around me every day.

Q: How much of your actual life gets written into your fictional stories? Do you ever use real people as inspiration for your characters?

A: Oh, absolutely. I've never created a character whole cloth from an actual person but I'll take bits and pieces of people I've met or read about and incorporate that into my characters. I loved that part of being a journalist – the chance to be out in the community meeting new people and interviewing them. I learned early that everybody has a story and everyone faces both struggles and triumphs.

Q: What’s the most interesting comment you’ve ever gotten from a reader?

A: I once had a teenage girl tell me she used to hate reading until she and a girlfriend read one of my earlier books together and now she loves to read and is always finding new authors. I could quit writing today and be perfectly happy, knowing that I've helped someone discover the joy that can be found inside a book.


Q: Have you noticed your writer’s voice has changed over the years due to experience? If so, how?

A: My voice has changed quite dramatically over the years. I sold my first book to Bantam Loveswept twenty years ago, when I wasn't quite thirty, and I've since written fifty more. At the time of that first sale, my husband and I had one daughter and my life experience was very narrow. The week I sold my fifth book to Loveswept a few years later, I gave birth to our second child who was born with multiple severe disabilities. I became his caregiver and advocate and by necessity, my worldview shifted instantly.

I am a much different person than I was in my early days as an author. I have learned that life is hard. It's filled with pain and disappointment and sorrow but also laughter and spring flowers and dear friends. I think I write from a place of hard-won experience, knowledge that I couldn't have imagined in my twenties when I first dreamed about writing novels. 

I write characters now who have been through sometimes unbearably difficult things but eventually they discover that the world is still a place of joy and wonder.

It took me about twenty books before I began to recognize the core message in each of my books, no matter how disparate the characters, plot or conflict – that we are each here to learn how to take care of each other. In REDEMPTION BAY, I think McKenzie has already learned this but Ben discovers through the course of the book that he can't truly be happy when he keeps the world at a safe distance, not letting anyone close.

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Thanks goes to RaeAnne Thayne for the Q&A and to the Little Bird Publicity making it happen.

Happy reading!


 

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