Thursday, June 27, 2019

Refuge at Pine Lake Book Review + Tour Givaway #RAPLTour

**I received a copy of this book for consideration. All thoughts are 100% my own.

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Refuge at Pine Lake
By Rose Chandler Johnson
Christian Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages
March 6th 2019 by Chanson Books

Robin Lancaster, a twenty-six-year-old former kindergarten teacher, has her summer and her life all figured out. She’s ready to be on her own, writing and illustrating her children’s stories at her family’s beloved lake house. Once there, she intends to rekindle a romance with Caleb Jackson, the area’s top hunting and fishing guide, and bag him for herself.

Complications arise from the start when Robin finds out her mother has rented the lake house to a man they know nothing about.

Matthew McLaughlin, forty-year-old widowed university professor and author from California, shows up at Pine Lake in crisis. A sabbatical might be his only hope to save much more than his career. He needs a place of refuge. Sharing the lake house with a lighthearted young woman and her dog is the last thing on his mind.

Caleb Jackson has his own plans. He’s used to things going his way, but a man staying in Robin’s house presents unforeseen challenges. When paths unavoidably tangle for these three, hearts are on the line.

Rose Chandler Johnson is known for her heartwarming, inspirational writing. In addition to works of sweet contemporary fiction, her devotional journal, God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea: Experiencing God in the Midst of Everyday Moments won the Georgia Author of the Year Finalist Award in 2014.

In her novels, Rose brings to life fascinating characters with compelling relationships embracing family, community, and faith. In distinctive southern settings, Rose creates memorable stories that will stir your heart. Readers often say her writing warms the soul as it reaffirms belief in love and wholesome goodness. Don’t be surprised if you sigh with pleasure as you savor the final pages of her stories.

Rose has lived in a suburb of Augusta, GA for thirty plus years. Before retiring from Georgia’s school system, she taught English, French, and ESOL. Currently, she is an English instructor at a community college. In addition to reading and writing, Rose enjoys cooking, sewing, gardening, and spending time with her six children and her beautiful grandchildren.


Do you ever find yourself watching a movie and talking aloud to the actors on screen? "Don't go in there, this isn't going to end well!" (For me, this is particularly common with horror movies.) You see everything that is going on and cannot help but want to shake the characters and make them see what is right in front of them. I found myself feeling very much the same as I read Rose Chandler Johnson's new novel, 'Refuge at Pine Lake'.

The story jumps back and forth between the two leads characters- Robin and Matt- giving us the bird's eye view as their relationship formed... and all the misunderstandings along the way. As a romance novel, we naturally assume they are going to end up together in the end... but we can't help but wish they'd see what's REALLY going on. But then isn't that how it is in life? It's much easier to see things like this from the outside looking in.That constant back and forth certainly drew me in and I had to keep reading on to see how it all would end.

I must admit that this wasn't a book that grabbed me from the first pages, but after a few chapters, I was hooked. I loved the cast of characters the author created- not just our leads, but those around them as well. They were just the wide variety of characters one might expect to find in a small town such as this. To be honest, I couldn't help but find myself wanting to take refuge at the lake.

If you love a good romance, this one is fantastic. It's a fairly quick read and the perfect one to throw into your purse for your own lakeside relaxation. I loved it, and would certainly recommend it to all.

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One winner will receive a signed print copy of Refuge at Pine Lake plus a $20 Amazon gift card
One winner will receive a signed print copy of Refuge at Pine Lake
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- Ends July 10, 2019

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  1. I couldn't be more delighted with your review, Randi. I'm thrilled you enjoyed it. I love how you compared reading it to watching a movie. Thank you so much for having me on your blog. I hope lots of readers participate in the giveaway.

  2. well the cover is great and the way the guy want his way and then who going to win

  3. Our family loves to retreat to the mountains! Its our most happiest place in the world! My email is

  4. Love the cover! I like to escape to the beach.


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