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CHASING HOPE by Dana Wayne - Blog Tour Spotlight with Book Review & Giveaway!!

Genre: Contemporary Romance Publisher: Book Liftoff Publication Date: June 10, 2019 No. of Pages: 295





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Max Logan longs for the joys of home and family he missed growing up in foster care. He fills that emotional void by becoming a kick-ass Marine, and for eighteen years, led his band of brothers from one hell-hole to another…until the one that nearly destroyed him. Sixteen months of therapy and rehab put his body back together, but some wounds can’t be seen. Some can’t be healed. Skylar Ward dreams of a life that includes someone beside her. Someone to share her life with, to be a father to her young daughter. But if she learned anything from her failed marriage it was that you don’t rush into a relationship. Options in her small town are limited, and those who approach her lack appeal. Only Max Logan sparks her interest. But the handsome, brooding war hero remains aloof. Intelligent and intuitive, seven-year-old Maddie overhears a neighbor tell her mother she needs a male companion, so she Google's it to see what it means. Convinced her mom needs a boyfriend and Max needs a girlfriend, Maddie sets out to make it happen. He needs a family. They need him. If she can make them see that. Can one precocious child be the catalyst that heals a wounded warrior’s soul and brings joy back into her mom’s heart? Or will ashes of the past bury hope once and for all?




             PRAISE FOR CHASING HOPE

"The pace was fast, the love was simple yet energetic, and the dialogues were lively enough to make me want to know more about the characters. To say that I loved this novel is not enough! Absolutely beautiful. It deserves these 5 stars." – Readers’ Favorite

"I could not put Chasing Hope down! From the first few sentences, I was hooked and read over half of it the first night finishing it the following night. The main characters, Sky and Max, intrigued me right off the bat but feisty little Maddie wormed her way into my heart immediately! What a breath of fresh air." - Mary McCormack, ARC reader


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This story of hope & love revolved around Max, a former Marine suffering from PTSD and Sky, a single mom with her own personal matchmaker in the form of her seven-year-old daughter, Maddie (Tink). Thanks to Maddie doing a little eavesdropping these two came together in the most emotional ways to heal each other and to form a family. 

This was a feel-good romance at its finest. How could it not be? You had a small town, the holiday season, two broken adults and a cast of likable supporting characters minus one.  I found myself rooting along with their friends for Max & Sky to "get it together". Maddie made sure they did and I loved it. She was a favorite character of mine.  I think the author did a great job of making the road to love humorous with just enough angst to keep things interesting.  Allowing the story to be told from both characters point of view, I think aided in pulling the readers into the relationship and becoming invested in the outcome. I do not have any experience with the military, military jargon or military-related PTSD. However, I thought the way the author handled it was written well i.e. Max seeking treatment. 

While the pace of the story was a little slow for me, I think this is a well-written romantic story that makes a good addition to your summer reading list. 

                                                                  

I received a free copy of this book from Lone Star Book Blog Tours in exchange for my honest review.


                                                     
Dana Wayne is an award-winning author and 6th generation Texan. She resides in East Texas with her husband (and biggest fan) along with a Calico cat named Katie, three children, and four grandchildren. She routinely speaks to books clubs, services organizations, writers’ groups, and other organizations on writing and publishing, and is a frequent guest on numerous writing blogs. 
"I grew up listening to my father read passages from the stack of paperback westerns beside his chair. I was fascinated at how someone could paint a picture with words so vivid, I saw it in my mind. That's when I knew that one day I would be a writer. It wasn't until I retired in late 2013 that I was able to devote the necessary time to achieve my goal. I published my first book in 2016 and never looked back. My stories are heartwarming, a little spicy, and all about the romance because I believe romance is more about emotion than sex, and the journey is more important than the destination."
A staunch supporter of new authors, she is a member of Romance Writers of America, Texas Association of Authors, and Writers League of Texas as well as several local writers' groups.
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  1. Thanks so much for hosting me today and for this great review! Maddie was a hoot, wasn't she? Such a fun character to write. Glad you liked her as much as I did. Thanks again for hosting!

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