Friday, March 6, 2020

Spring Splash Blog Tour: Book Review + Giveaway

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

Spring Splash JustRead Blog Tour 
Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for Spring Splash by Denise Weimer, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

Spring Splash by Denise Weimer Title: Spring Splash
Author: Denise Weimer
Publisher: Candlelight Romance
Release Date: March 2, 2020
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Romance

When an injury sidelines college swimmer Anna Callaway, her dreams are crushed. She pours herself into her sports marketing practicum, helping a local special needs organization promote their athletic event. What she doesn’t expect is a swim team ripe for the Special Olympics—and their handsome but stubborn coach.

Craig Holt has dealt with eager and ignorant volunteers before. No matter how determined or persuasive uptight Anna might be about coaching his team to the Special Olympics, he has no intention of allowing her to raise the hopes of his swimmers, his sister, or his guarded heart. Then Anna herself gets a second chance at becoming a champion. Will she pursue her lifelong goals or make room for a new dream?

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Denise Weimer

Denise Weimer writes historical and contemporary romance and romantic suspense set in her home state of Georgia. She’s authored eleven published novels and a number of novellas. As a managing editor at Smitten Historical Romance and Heritage Beacon Fiction, Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, she also helps others reach their publishing dreams. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise always pauses for coffee, chocolate, and old houses.

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As the mother to an autistic child, I must admit that I judge books featuring characters with autism pretty harshly. There are a lot of misconceptions about autism, as well as negative attitudes towards it that often show up in fictional depictions of it. As such I'm always a little apprehensive. Still, I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised with Spring Splash in that regard. It had great reminders that autistic people or those with other various special needs are more than capable of both making their own decisions and speaking for themselves. Though a few of the characters at times didn't reflect that attitude, in the end it was made clear that the author did. While it's certainly not a comprehensive guide to autism or special needs by any means, it did address the subject quite respectfully and fairly accurately for the particular characters featured.

Of course, that's all great to know but I'm sure you're wondering... what about the actual story itself? It was just as impressive! I really enjoyed watching this sweet romance develop between Craig and Anna as they worked with this team to prepare them for competition. It was a fairly fast paced story and quick to read, keeping me intrigued right through the very end. There were certainly some moments I wanted to yell at the characters to encourage them to see the chemistry that we as the readers saw, but again that kept me interested.

Overall, this was a cute romance and one that has me looking forward to see more from the author. 

(1) winner will receive a print copy of Spring Splash and Fall Flip by Denise Weimer plus a $25 Amazon gift card!

Spring Splash JustRead Giveaway

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule shown below. Giveaway will begin at midnight March 2, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on March 9, 2020. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US mailing addresses only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

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  1. Randi, thank you for the awesome review and for hosting on your blog! - Denise

  2. Thank you for sharing you thoughts! - JustRead Tours

  3. This sounds like such a sweet romance...but with a rocky start!

  4. I'm glad to hear that you thought the special needs were handled in the right way!

  5. Great information. I will check out the rest of your blog.


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