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The Bradens (at Peaceful Harbor)

The Bradens at Peaceful Harbor are the newest addition to the award-winning Braden series and the Love in Bloom family, joining the Snow Sisters, the Bradens, the Remingtons, & Seaside Summers, (Voted BEST BOOK SERIES by Supportive Business Moms, UK).


Fall in love with Nate Braden & Jewel Fisher in Healed by Love.

Nate Braden has loved his best friend’s younger sister Jewel for as long as he can remember, but between their age difference and his respect for Rick, he’s always kept his feelings at bay. Now he’s back in Peaceful Harbor, and Jewel is no longer sixteen years old—but there’s an even bigger obstacle standing in his way. Nate and Rick joined the military together eight years earlier. Nate came home a hero, but Rick didn’t make it out alive.


It’s always a pleasure to join a book tour featuring one of Melissa Foster’s new titles and this is no exception.  When best friends Nate Braden and Rick Fisher join the army and depart for Afghanistan, Rick’s sixteen year old sister Jewel is left with the indelible memory of Nate’s kiss.  Six years later Nate is back…without Rick.  Jewel realises her feelings for her brother’s best friend are still as strong.  The family have been through a tough time; not only has their brother been a casualty of war,  their father has also been killed in a fishing accident.  As the Fisher family pull together in the aftermath of this double tragedy, Jewel has stepped in to help her mother with the younger siblings.

Nate too is suffering; not only has he lost the best friend he grew up with, he feels guilty that he is the one who came home alive.  But worse still, he is living with the knowledge he  gave the order for Rick to go on the supply run which saw him shot and killed by a sniper.

There are so many emotions in this book.  I loved Nate; he was honourable, kind and, of course, very sexy. Just the kind of guy you want to fall in love with.   Jewel longs to be with him but is unable to understand why he seems to be reluctant to move beyond friendship with her.

When Nate decides to open up to Jewel and tell her what happened in Afghanistan he believes his honesty will solve their problem.  That he will be rid of the one barrier keeping them from being together. That Jewel will understand.  Unfortunately his honesty backfires badly.

This story is about forgiveness and understanding.  It’s sad at times, a reflection on how war can alter and impair lives. Like Melissa’s other books you find yourself wanting to climb into the pages and help these star crossed lovers solve their problems.  A great read and highly recommended.  I can’t wait for the next part of the series.

I would like to thank the author for a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.




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mel author photo headshot400Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult, contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the  World Literary Café and Fostering Success. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on  Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.

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