Friday, 23 August 2013

Blog Tour: The Best is Yet to Come by Renee Peterson

Rafe and Tom have just three weeks left of their deployment when Tom is killed and Rafe begins to fulfill his promise. Three years later, Rafe is still watching out for Tom's widow, Hannah, and being a Dad to his two daughters, Emma and Sophie. Taking Hannah and her girls to his family home for Christmas, and for his brother, Jared's, wedding, the pair of them have to face up to their true feelings for each other. But there are obstacles in the way, namely the obstacle of Serena and the lie she told 12 years ago that has haunted Rafe ever since. When it all comes to light, will Rafe's life fall apart or will things turn out better than he'd ever imagined?

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I don't normally choose or read contemporary romance, and that is exactly the reason why I applied to be a host for this blog tour, to give me something different to read. What I didn't expect was it to strike such a cord in me. The Best is Yet to Come is a heartwarming story, about the importance of family and true love over coming all obstacles. But even that wasn't what spoke to me so much.

It was Rafe being a father to those two little girls. It probably strikes such a cord with me because the man that I call Dad also isn't my biological father, but as with Rafe in The Best is Yet to Come, you would never know from watching us interact. Even without the first hand experience, I can't imagine that anyone would be unable to appreciate the raw emotion in the characters, the writing and the story, or the little actions that the characters do towards each other that show they care and love each other.

As mentioned above this is a romance book, and what I liked about it was that it wasn't a sudden, love at first sight romance, rather it was a romance that progressed from various levels of friendship. Taking that into account, the relationship was realistic as Hannah and Rafe had fights and issues like real couples do, and then they had to have to awkward conversations to sort out those issues.

As there is romance, there is sex in the book, though it isn't particularly explicit and each sexual encounter only lasts a short paragraph, meaning that if you don't like reading about it then you won't be missing anything too important if you skip it. Personally I believe that the sex involved in this romance is necessary. As I wrote in another review recently, relationships and romances without at least some degree of sexual interaction seem highly unrealistic to me, its just not how most real couples react. It is worth noting that due to scheduling, and this being a blog tour review, there is a high probability that the review I just mentioned hasn't actually been published yet!

I will admit that this book has left me emotionally raw, which is no mean feat (back to the not crying when Dobby died) but it has also left me with a kind of warm, fuzzy, happy feeling. If you are after a fairly easy and quick read which is ultimately a happy story,, then I would highly recommend The Best is Yet to Come to you.


Book Blurb

Rafe Chauvin left his home in the blink of an eye twelve years ago, running from a secret he kept buried deep inside. The day after his high school graduation, he joined the Army to escape the pain the secret brought. When Serena Adams told Rafe Chauvin the lie of a lifetime twelve years ago, she thought he would be relieved. She never imagined what consequences that one reckless night would lead to. After years of trying to escape her lies, she returns to her hometown in South Louisiana. Hannah Matthews is a war widow. Her husband, Tom, left her behind with two very young daughters and made his best friend Rafe promise that if anything were to happen to him that he would look after his girls. Bound by honor, Rafe keeps his promise, stepping up and forming a close friendship with Hannah. When Serena is hired to plan the weddings of both Rafe’s brothers, they are brought together for the first time in over a decade. Lies are finally uncovered, leaving a trail of anger and bitterness in their wake. As the paths of these three individuals converge, and they reach a crossroads in their lives, will they move forward and discover that the best is yet to come?

About the Author

Renee Peterson is the author of the Brothers of the Bayou series and several short stories.  She has multiple works in progress to be released in the upcoming months. She spends most of her time raising two young kids and the remaining part of her time creating stories of love in the places she has been the places she wants to go. She grew up in the country side of Maryland, but has traveled around the country living in California's Mojave Desert, along the Crystal Coast of North Carolina and now resides in the Cajun country of Southern Louisiana where she has fallen in love with the culture and food. Renee loves hearing from her fans and welcomes their feedback. 

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