it all started with a lima bean

 

SYNOPSIS

A past that haunts can be laid to rest through the act of forgiveness, even if the person you forgive is yourself. It must be gifted freely.

Abby Sullivan cherishes the life she is creating for herself in her hometown of Santa Barbara, California. She adores her best friend and supportive family. Her job as a kindergarten teacher offers her life hope and purpose. She is very talented at many things, especially hiding the pain of her past. That is until her world collides with Caleb Hunter’s, giving them both a lesson in forgiveness and love.

A life changing love is cruelly snatched by sickness and death. A person must be willing to give love, the greatest gift of all, to receive love.

A successful writer, Caleb is living life day-to-day. Giving refuge to his sad and lonely heart since his wife’s sudden death from cervical cancer, his primary focus becomes honoring her memory by rearing their five-year-old daughter, Madison. Yet, when Madison Hunter walks into Miss Abby’s kindergarten class, everything changes for all three of them.

With a little nudge from a loving mother-in-law who has everyone’s best interest at heart, anything is possible, especially when forgiveness and love gift even more blessings than ever imaginable.

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Reviewed by Jenny 

I was looking for a heart-warming and sweet romance read and It All Started With A Lima Bean sounded like the perfect book. The prologue was extremely moving, sad and beautiful and really drew me into the story of Caleb, Abby and of course beautiful little Madison.

As a reader, sometimes you just want to be swept away in the beauty of a story and the characters and this really was a sweet and delightful read.

As I said, the prologue really did set the scene for me. My heart went out to Caleb at this point and he certainly took a larger part of my heart when we witnessed his interactions with is enchanting daughter Madison. Oh sigh, I did adore these moments.

“He was so swoon worthy. Who wouldn’t love watching a gorgeous guy carry a child.”

Who indeed! Especially when that man is the divine, kind and wonderful widower and author,  Caleb.  Abby teaches at the local school which Maddison attends and is dealing with her own heartbreaking past.

There is an instant spark between Caleb and Abby. They both enjoy little flirtations here and there. but for both Abby and Caleb, moving on from painful pasts means trusting and opening their hearts. Taking that second chance at happiness.  For Caleb, the thought of moving on after the passing of his wife is something he has delayed. Instead, Caleb has lived every moment since his wife’s passing, putting everything he has to give into the well-being  and happiness of his daughter.

“You can’t have hope in the future if there is no peace in your past.”

This story was delivered with a sense of innocence. Both move into the relationship with trepidation yet know their hearts have been seared by the other.

This is a second chance love story dealing with loss, sadness, hope and lots and lots of love.  There is no steam in this book but I didn’t miss it because the story and characters held their own in this beautifully written story.

The only reason this one doesn’t rate higher with me is because although I did feel the love between Caleb and Abby, I didn’t experience that intensity of their feelings.  I found I wasn’t hanging on every page for dear life, waiting in anticipation for their relationship to develop. It was more a slow and expected build up for me.

“You have so much to offer and I would be the most blessed man to call you mine.”

Maddison completely stole my heart. The love and warmth felt on every page between Caleb and Maddison had me spellbound. It was truly was magical.

“When he watched his daughter do this she held his heart. When he witnessed this sexy woman do it, she had his soul.”

I thoroughly enjoyed It All Started With A Lima Bean. It was the perfect read at the perfect time. What this book lacks in steam it most definitely makes up for in heart.  For lovers of sweet contemporary romances with absolutely captivating characters, then this book is for you.

Jenny: 4 Stars

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