Saturday, August 10, 2013

Blog Tour: It All Started with a Lima Bean by Kimi Flores - Review + Giveaway


Title:  It all Started with a Lima Bean
Author: Kimi Flores
Release Date: August 8, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Review Source: ARC provided by Author
Hosted By:  Swoon Worthy Books


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.




First, let's start with a warning.  For any of you who have children or just like to watch Disney movies, be forewarned that the beginning of It all Started with a Lima Bean will have you in tears much the same way the movie 'Up' did.  I was preparing to go out for the afternoon with my good friend Ena and I decided that I had some time to kill so I was going to start Lima Bean finally.  I sit down and I'm in tears in the first two paragraphs of the book and I've now ruined my mascara for the day.  As a mother, the subject of death and leaving your children behind is always a touchy one for me.  Once the pain in my chest ended and the tears stopped though I was moved by the beautiful story that Kimi Flores has written.  

Lima Bean is an incredibly heart warming story.  There is a lot of soul searching on the part of both Abby and Caleb that has to be done to recover from both of their pasts in order to move on toward the future.  Caleb is old school when it comes to romance and morals.  He is trying to set a good example for his five year old daughter and there is something respectable about that and also something sorely missing from the real world these days.  There is a lot of heat between these two characters but don't read it looking for an erotic romance because it's not what their story is about.  There is plenty of flirting between Abby and Caleb and really, I hope for a Novella sometime in the future centering around these two to show us what happens when that passion between the two finally ignites because I feel like that would be an amazing continuation to their romantic love story. 

I am hopeful that Book 2 in the Intertwined Hearts series will have some spicy sexy scenes as it's going to center around Caleb's super sexy and admitted player cousin, Stefan!  I can't wait to read his story!  Overall, amazing story and I can't wait for you all to read it and give Kimi your own reviews and thoughts!

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Author Bio:

Kimi lives in So Ca with her high school sweetheart, prom date, and now husband of over 20 years as well as with her two boys that bring so much joy and laughter to her life. There is never a dull moment in Kimi’s day with these three guys by her side. Her family and she are happily involved in volunteer work with several local non-profit organizations. They believe that everyone needs to do their part and a portion of her sales will always go to charity.

At an early age, Kimi discovered the magical world of imagination. Many stories were written as well as illustrated by her as a child. Not realizing at the time that she had dyslexia, schoolwork became extremely difficult, and her confidence as a reader and writer dwindled. Thanks to a high teacher who took the time to invest in her, Kimi found a love for literary legends such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Washington Irving and Jane Austen. This teacher helped Kimi create one of the happiest school memories she holds. Discovering in college that she had the learning disability was terribly discouraging since help was not readily available and her reading and writing confidence fell once again.

Needing to find a distraction when her husband unexpectedly ended up in the hospital for a week, Kimi explored the indie reading world. Jumping in with everything she had, Kimi pushed herself to read over 150 books last year. During that process, many characters reappeared in her imagination and insisted that their stories be told. Putting all self-doubt and barriers aside, she started writing the outlines and drafts for the four books in her Intertwined Hearts Series as well as bits and pieces of the three books in her next series, Down by the Bay.

Her message to you is similar to that of pop icon, will.i.am’s: ~You can focus on your problems or you can focus on your dreams ~

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