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All of You, Always (2021): A Mini-Review

About the Book

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BookAll of You, Always

SeriesWalker Beach Romance #1

Author: Lindsay Harrel

Release Date: January 4, 2021

Going undercover is Bella’s only hope.

Her mission?

Convince Ben to sell his inn, and she’ll get the information needed to locate the family she’s never known.

Should be simple, right? After all, he’s behind on his mortgage, and a recent earthquake has rocked the town—and his finances. His beachfront property is ripe for the picking.

But the big-city executive didn’t count on him being so stubborn. So rooted in family and tradition and everything that small-town America stands for.

She also didn’t count on him being so attractive and wounded and … good.

And Bella has to wonder if the ends really justify the means.

But more than that—can love survive a lie?

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My Thoughts

All of You, Always by Lindsay Harrel is a very sweet contemporary romance that I did enjoy. The plot is reminiscent of Hallmark movies, but I found Harrel’s story to be way more substantial and way less cheesy than anything one gets from Hallmark. I appreciate the setting of this story; Harrel does a wonderful job capturing a small, close-knit, American beach community. I very much enjoyed the sense of belonging this story creates and loved the feeling of being right there in Walker Beach with the characters. I did find the secondary characters to be more caricature in nature, but the protagonists, Ben and Bella, are complex. As far as conflict goes, I found I could relate better to Ben’s struggles and felt he handles things quite realistically. What I like the most about Ben is his willingness to forgive and to give second chances to others. It’s not easy for Ben, or anyone really, to forgive some hurts and those who did the hurting, but it is something we should — nay, need — to do for our own well being. And, I found the romance to be sweet. It builds quickly but not unrealistically. I especially love how Ben and Bella want to help each other out in their respective struggles. It actually made me smile how natural their inclinations were to be there for one another even though they hadn’t known one another for very long. All in all, I enjoyed my time reading this story and very much look forward to the next installment in the Walker Beach Romance series. If you are a fan of sweet contemporary romances, then definitely check out All of You, Always today!

I purchased a copy of this novel in eBook form from Amazon.com on January 4, 2021, in order to review. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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