Saturday, July 4, 2009

Return to Love

Author: Betsy St. Amant
Publisher: Love Inspired
July 2009
ISBN: 978-0-373-87540-5
Genre: Inspirational/contemporary romance

Gracie Broussard is stunned to look out of the penguin tank and see an old flame standing there watching her as she fed the penguins. Carter Alexander had broke her heart years ago when he basically threw her love back in her face, and went off to start his contemporary band, complete with blond groupies.

Now, Carter is insisting that he’s changed. Not only that but he’s hanging out with the church youth pastor and integrating himself into all parts of the church’s youth group. Not only that, but it seems that everywhere Gracie turns Carter is there, waiting.

Now, Gracie is trying to organize a gala to benefit the penguins, but all the bands in the area seem to be booked—even the school marching band. She has no choice but to ask Carter if he’s willing to perform. But since the new building is supposed to be named after Carter’s father, a man he disliked, she doesn’t believe he will help out. What can Carter do to prove to Gracie that he’s not the man who left—that he’s different?

RETURN TO LOVE is the first published novel by Ms. St. Amant and it is definitely a good book. I enjoyed reading a book that is set around a penguin display at a zoo. It is a great change of pace from the same ole scenes. I also enjoyed getting to know Gracie and Carter. I didn’t get to know Carter as well as I would have liked, he did seem to be holding back in the story, but Gracie is very well developed.

If you enjoy contemporary romance and want a great escape book, then RETURN TO LOVE is definitely a book to consider. It is wonderfully written, a unique setting, and a love story that you won’t want to miss. Discussion questions are included at the end of the book. $5.50. 211 pages.

Back cover copy:

"I'm not the man I used to be!" - if only Gracie Broussard could believe that. Years ago, Carter Alexander broke her heart and betrayed her. Now, just when she needs him most, he's back -- asking her to believe he's changed. But this time, its not just Gracie who'll be hurt if he disappears. A penguin keeper, Gracie urgently needs to find a new home for her beloved birds. Carter is the only one who can help. He promises that she can trust him, that he's not the rebel he once was. And that he needs Gracie as much as her birds do.

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Bio: Betsy St. Amant lives in Louisiana and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Her contemporary romance RETURN TO LOVE is under contract with Steeple Hill Love Inspired for a July 2009 release, and the sequel A VALENTINE’S WISH is contracted for a February 2010 release. Betsy has also been published in the Christian Communicator magazine and Praise Reports: Inspiring Real Life Stories of How God Answers Prayer. One of her short stories, Kickboxing or Chocolate, appears in a Tyndale compilation book, and she is also multi-published through The Wild Rose Press. Betsy has a B.A. in Christian Communications and regularly contributes articles to Betsy is a wife, author, new mother, and avid reader who enjoys sharing the wonders of God’s grace through her stories.

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