Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Seasoned Blog Tour: Book Review + Giveaway

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

Seasoned Blog + Review Tour 

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour & Giveaway for Seasoned by Jayme H. Mansfield, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

Title: Seasoned 
Author: Jayme H. Mansfield 
Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing 
Release Date: November 3, 2020 
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Romance 

Essie White battles loneliness two years after the death of her husband. Her romance-writing daughter suggests that her mother try online dating. Essie agrees, seeking male companionship only, not a love interest. 

Widower Lou Rizzo isn’t seeking love either. But he accepts his friend’s dare and posts his profile on the dating site, although he uses an alias to safeguard his identity. 

Essie and Lou meet, and their initial attraction soon develops into a friendship neither wants to lose. Lou, however, must confess his part in a decades-old incident that he feels Essie cannot forgive. She, too, harbors secrets that may jeopardize their future together. 

As the relationship grows, each must decide whether to reveal the truth about their past mistakes, lost dreams, and fears for a chance to love again. 


Jayme H. Mansfield

Loosening the reins and leaning into a creative life—that’s Jayme H. Mansfield’s sweet spot as an author, artist, and educator. Speaking at book clubs and interest groups, teaching the writing craft, and guiding others in their artistic pursuits at her long-time art studio, Piggy Toes, is the icing on the cake.

The transformative power of art and faith are common threads in her award-winning historical novels, Chasing the Butterfly and RUSH. Her latest novel, Seasoned ~ A Vintage Love with Modern-Day Flavor, delivers the same. Recently, RUSH won several awards, including the Gold Medal Illumination Award winner for Enduring Christian Fiction, Selah Finalist, Excellence in Editing, two prestigious Colorado Book of the Year Awards, and finalist for the Chanticleer Laramie Award for Excellence in Western Fiction. RUSH was named the 2019 Village Read and celebrated throughout Colorado. Her bold floral abstractions and imaginative landscapes blend luscious color and playful texture—a testimony to what is acclaimed as “joyful and hopeful” art.

Jayme lives at the base of the Colorado Rocky Mountains where she and her husband have survived raising three hungry, hockey-playing sons. Currently, two very needy Golden Retrievers run the roost. Visit www.jaymehmansfield.com for books, art, and creative inspiration.

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If you are looking for a different kind of romance novel, look no further than Seasoned. This is one book that reminds us that love can be found at any age, and that second chances truly DO exist. 

In Seasoned, we meet Essie and Lou. Both are in their 80s and had loving marriages with their spouses until they passed. Neither really had any intention of meeting someone new at their age, but with some persistence of special people in their lives, they end up on the same dating site. They connect and find themselves drawn to each other, forming an unexpected relationship. 

As I said, this is a rather different type of romance as we don't usually read about those at this age falling in love. That certainly set it apart! Initially, I must admit I did have a hard time getting into the story. I'm not sure if that is because I couldn't relate to the characters, or what exactly. What I do know, is that I nearly found myself ready to put the book down. Then nearly halfway through the book, some rather tragic secrets started to be revealed and I found myself glad that I hadn't given up too soon. Things most certainly got interesting at that point. I won't give too much away, but in the end it turned out to be a great story of not just having a second chance at love, but a second chance of forgiveness and the power of God's grace. It was a beautiful story, and one that I would certainly recommend to fans of Christian fiction. 

(1) winner will receive one signed copy of Chasing the Butterfly, Rush, and Seasoned and a box of original art floral notecards from Jayme H. Mansfield!

Seasoned JustRead Giveaway

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight November 3, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on November 10, 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 only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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  1. Great review! Agree - it is not your typical second chance romance but this definitely is a keeper!

    I am excited to read more book from Jayme soon. :)

  2. Seasoned sounds like a great book and one that I’d enjoy reading. This is a new to me author and I’d believe I would like her writing.

  3. As an older reader, this novel sounds like one that would especially appeal to me. Since both main characters have been married before and lost their spouses, they would be "seasoned" in the life experiences that are common to couples. I'm looking forward to reading this book.

  4. Thank you for sharing sounds like a great book

  5. Thank you so much! - JustRead Tours

  6. This story sounds really interesting! Thanks for the review!

  7. Looks like a good book.


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