Book Reviews: Island Refuge (Wildflower B&B Romance Book 1) by Kimberly Rose Johnson
|4.8 stars, 6 reviews|
Kimberly Rose Johnsonabout this book: Seeking refuge from their pasts, a jilted chef and a doctor who lost his wife hope for a new beginning on Wildflower Island, but before they can move forward with their future they must learn to forgive.
Five-Star-Chef Zoe Griffin walked away from her dream job. Now she wonders if she made a mistake.
After his wife's tragic death Dr. Nick Jackson's walks away from practicing medicine and purchases a quaint B&B on a small island. But his doctoring skills are quickly resurrected thanks to Zoe Griffin his accident-prone cook and housekeeper. He contemplates firing the woman, but she is a fabulous cook--and something about her tugs at his heart.
This book was inspired by a train trip I took along the Puget Sound and a visit to a B&B in Leavenworth, WA.
Island Refuge would appeal to readers of women's Christian fiction and Christian romance. Here is what two readers say about Island Refuge. "It is a good clean romance and the first book in the Wildflower B & B Romance." "I really enjoyed this book. The characters and the story were great."
I write for a small press and had a huge say in the cover art. I wanted the B&B to be prominent as well as the Puget Sound. I love flowers, so they were a must.
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Sweet readThis was a quick sweet read set on an island in a B&B. The characters were quite loveable all holding their own secrets and heartaches from the past. It was a fast, fun read, but it didn't have the depth in a book that I really enjoy. That could simply be because it wasn't a long read that I'm use to.
I enjoyed the setting, love antiques, and made a few friends. It was one of those quick romantic reads one enjoys on vacation. If that's what you are looking for this book is for you. Truly a sweet read.
I received this book free for my honest opinion which I have given. [by RachsRamblings]
An Island ParadisePutting together an island made for romance and an old B&B Inn makes for a great setting. The author makes one long to sit back and watch the water at this quiet spot!
Zoe Griffin left her dream job in the big city in order to sort through and start over. On arrival, she wonders if she has made the biggest mistake of her life. Or did she leave the biggest mistake of her life? Will she stay or will she leave to once again search for her spot?
When a turn of events causes Dr. Nick Jackson to rethink his life as well, he decides he wants as far away from medicine and his old life as he can go. But where will that be? However, becoming the owner of an old B&B in need of work, may just be a little too far. Will he be able to fit in on the island? Will the amount of work be to overwhelming? And why did the mysterious new chef need to leave and start over?
Meanwhile, there is a semi permanent resident at the Inn which is hiding something. What is she searching for?
All of the elements come together to make an excellent and compelling story. The reader finds themselves turning the pages to find out how all of the elements will fit together. The author does an excellent job with character development as well as plot thickens actions. I am eagerly awaiting Book 2 in order to meet both new and old friends. [by Melissa L.]
A great new seriesChef Zoe Griffin catches her boyfriend cheating with her friend, since all three work together at a 5-star restaurant in Portland, Oregon Zoe decides to quit and move to Wildflower Island, Washington. After a tragedy strikes Dr. Nick Jackson sells his practice to run and own a Bed and Breakfast. Was buying an old B&B that needs a lot of TLC a hasty decision though? Zoe becomes the new cook and housekeeper but will that be enough for someone who has always dreamed of being a prestigious chef? After a few mishaps Zoe is convinced that Nick is looking to replace her. Rachel is a guest that is staying at the B&B for the whole summer, for some reason Zoe immediately becomes suspicious of Rachel. As the book progresses you put the pieces together that due to her childhood trust doesn't come easy for Zoe. Something happens that really puts Zoe on alert so she decides to confront Rachel, Zoe finally finds out why Rachel is really there.
Will Nick and Zoe learn to forgive and let go of past hurts or will they let their past dictate their future? [by Sarah]
A Wonderful TreasureIsland Refuge is Book One of the Wildflower B and B Romance Series and it's a wonderful book. Not only does it have romance and mystery, but the author is great bringing out thoughts of trust, forgiveness, and when's the last time you talked to God. I love Bed and Breakfast Series books, but there is so much more to this book. You will be missing a treasure if you don't read Island Refuge. Author Kimberly Rose Johnson gives us another great book and I highly recommend reading it. I'm looking forward to Book Two.
I received a complimentary copy from the author in exchange for my honest review. This review is one hundred percent my opinion. [by Barbara Thompson]
This is a delightful inspirational romanceThe title couldn't be any better "Island Refuge" says it all. There are three prominent characters; Zoe, Nick, and Rachel. Each of them is carrying a deep hurt inside that they aren't willing to talk about at the beginning of the book. They simply need a safe place to stay while they heal. The B&B on Wildflower Island is the perfect place for that. The development of these three incredible characters is wonderful. I love the way the author gradually brings out each of their stories and reveals their broken hearts. Then a secondary character mentions that she prays about things and the journey to reestablish a relationship with God begins.
I had never read anything by Kimberly Rose Johnson before. This novel is a job well done and I will be looking for more of her books.
I received a free eBook copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. [by Debora Wilder]
Do Wounded People Always Wound OthersWhen Zoe Griffin arrived at the Wildflower Bed-and-Breakfast for the first time, she had some serious doubts about her decision to accept a job there. From the description of the B&B, I think I would have turned around and headed elsewhere. She was wounded and anywhere seemed better than what she had left behind. As it turns out, Zoe isn't the only wounded one there. The new owner, Nick Jackson, who is her new boss, is also wounded. Can two people who have such deep wounds ever learn to work together? To me, the key is what happens in their relationship with God. The author so effectively brings someone into Zoe's life that shows her the need to turn everything over to God and allow him to heal the wounds. I recommend you read the book to find out what Zoe does and the impact on the lives of those around her. Although this is a Christian romance, there are lessons here for all of us to learn. I recommend the book.
I appreciate receiving a complimentary copy of this book from her publisher in exchange for my honest review. [by Edward Arrington]
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