Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Blogtour & Giveaway: Love’s Refuge by Sandra Leesmith

First of all, take a look at the cover! It’s beautiful! Granted, I have a serious soft spot for anything ocean-hued, but it’s just lovely, isn’t it?

I read Sandra Leesmith’s Love’s Miracles last Memorial Day weekend and loved Margo and Zane’s story (see more about it below) so I was quite excited to dive into Love’s Refuge. Simply put, I was not disappointed!  Ms. Leesmith has a way with words that quickly transports you to another world – and that is what I look for in a good book – an adventure from beneath the  warmth of my favorite quilt.

About Love’s Refuge…
Skye Larsen loves her peaceful life on Leeza Island in Puget Sound – the tranquility, the friendly neighbors, and especially the safety from big-city dangers. So when cruel pranks start to escalate and changes threaten to overtake the island, Skye is determined to fight for her haven. The presence of a handsome vacationer and the unexpected feelings he awakens can’t distract her from her goal.

Danny Fraser doesn’t realize how desperately he needs a rest until he meets Skye. By allowing him to glimpse her simple way of life, she helps him reorient his priorities – and steals his heart in the process. But his work and home in Seattle keep Skye at bay.

An isolated island girl with painful memories. A dedicated city boy with a wild past. What will it cost for them both to find a refuge from their storms?
I absolutely swooned at the sound of Leeza Island – the tranquility and the quiet – like Skye, I am drawn to the peacefulness of creation, the simplistic way of life in the country. As the main backdrop for the story, I was thrilled to spend a few hours nestled in the trees near Puget Sound.
Skye is easy to relate to – with a deep seeded fear that propels her desire for isolation and safety – she is both strong and determined to make it on her own. Her plan is deeply flawed, though, and the appearance of Danny on her solitary island causes quite a stir of emotion and turmoil.
Danny is the hero we all wish for in a good story – steady and reliable, protective and kind – and yet, he has a past filled with trouble that moves him toward the very people and place Skye fears the most.
I love the juxtaposition of Skye and Danny – how their strengths and weaknesses play out together. Danny’s reliance on Skye for life on the island is mirrored by hers on him in the big city. God’s role is not to be ignored as well – while Skye and Danny rely on one another throughout the narrative, God’s provision and grace is a key character. Ms. Leesmith’s words are never preachy, and she found a way to brilliantly display the work of God in gentle whispers throughout the book.
Another favorite of her writing style is the subtle need to fill in the blanks. There are moments in the story where not every little detail is laid out for the reader, almost as if the characters have had snippets of conversions and bits of activity that aren’t detailed on the pages. I LOVE that… the room for interpretation, imagination, storytelling of your own.
Definitely one for your shelves! And, it’s on sale during the tour, too.

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If Love’s Refuge sounds like a good read, keep reading for more on Love’s Miracles too!

About Love's Miracles...
Dr. Margo Devaull came to Dominic Zanelli's mountain retreat confident that she could help this Vietnam veteran overcome the torment that kept him apart from the world. But her training as a psychologist had not prepared her for the tragic, explosive contradictions brewing inside him. For here was a sensitive artist who could be gentle – and a man whose eyes flashed with violence and pain when he told her to leave and never come back. Yet Margo did come back, slowly gain his trust, and awaken the sleeping needs of his heart. Only by reliving her own wounded past and helping Zane confront a terrible memory from the war could she set them both free – and save their last chance for love.
Set upon the backdrop of rugged terrain and mountainous living, I found myself longing for the simplicity and beauty of Zane’s cabin. A triumphant love story that crosses boundaries and challenged both the mind and the soul, I truly enjoyed as Margo and Zane moved toward each other.
I haven’t read many books that deal with post-traumatic stress and the sacrifice of a career spent in war but Ms. Leesmith did a marvelous job of bringing the grim realities to life. Watching as Zane struggled to come to terms with his actions while learning to trust Margo was beautiful. And, there was a brilliant example of surrender and care as Margo confronted her past for Zane’s sake.
Whole-heartedly recommended!

About the Author...
Sandra Leesmith loves to travel in her RV and explore all of nature’s beauty, discover America’s history, and fellowship with the wonderful people she meets while on the road. She enjoys reading, writing, hiking, swimming, and pickleball. Learn more about Sandra and her books at
You can connect with Sandra on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads. You can also find her and her talented writing buddies at the Seekerville blog.  

And, last but not least, don't miss out on the fun... check out the rest of the blogtour info {here}

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  1. Replies
    1. Thanks! Love your blog - glad I found it through the blogtour...

  2. I'm excited to read this book!
    Especially after your nice review.
    Thanks so much!

    1. It was a wonderful read - I highly recommend it :-) Both of them, actually!

  3. Hi Samantha Jo, What a great review and I like how you tied the two books together. They are both so different, but you found the things that brand them as mine. I love that. That's quite a talent you have. Thank you for the wonderful reviews and for participating on the blog tour with us.

    1. You definitely make the narrative your own - you have such a gift for weaving a story together - I was just a few chapters in to Love's Refuge when I recalled why I love your writing style - it shines through every page... thanks for another great story!

  4. Wonderful post, Samantha! Thank you so much for being willing to review both books together. :) I loved reading your thoughts and hearing all the things that stood out to you about the stories and Sandra's writing. Appreciate your participation in the tour and your support!


    1. Thanks for the invite and all your work in organizing it :-)


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