(Endless Love Series Book 1)
ROMANCE, LOVE, AND A LITTLE BIT OF HEAT!
A Novella set in 1969 on the shores of the Albemarle Sound, April Harrington has fond memories of summers at her family home, Bliss. After her fairytale wedding disintegrates, it becomes her refuge–the one place where she can attempt to pull the unraveling threads of her life back together. Unbeknownst to April, the stately house has been neglected in recent years. The once-sturdy roof is leaking in a few dozen places, and the wharf is rotting. Nothing is the same as she remembers. Nothing except for Hale, a Viet Nam pilot who is haunted by a dreadful secret, and who is also her brother’s best friend, a brother killed in the conflict that is tearing the country apart.
In Hale’s presence, April finds familiarity and solace. They share grief for a lost loved one, and from the comfort of Hale’s arms, passion blooms. Yet, April’s future is unresolved. Her wealthy, arrogant almost-bridegroom wants her back and the ghosts of Viet Nam are whispering to Hale. Can they find new love in an old treasured home, the kind of affection and trust that lasts forever?
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“I had the honor of reading Home Again by Kathleen Shoop. I am so glad I set down the book I was already starting by her to do so. This short little love story kept me devouring each page. Don’t let the length of this book fool you into thinking that it lacks anything, it provides a powerful punch when it comes to character development, engaging story line, and overall satisfaction. What I enjoyed the most was the fact that this book could have been a full novel, but Kathleen somehow was able to condense it down to a well-written romance.”
—Danielle, Amazon Reader Review
Return to Love
(Endless Love Series Book 2)
Sweet Romance… Fresh off their whirlwind nuptials and unexpected, but joyous pregnancy, April and Hale Abercrombie are gleeful about their life together. But, while Hale is serving his country in Vietnam, he receives news of the loss of their newborn daughter.
Back home on leave, Hale can barely wait to hold his wife. Their reunion is passionate and their physical connection, strong and soothing. His embrace, his touch, and his love are just as perfect as April remembered. But nothing, not even Hale, can ease April’s heartache.
Hale stumbles through his attempts at convincing her that their future will be rich and full of wonder despite their loss. His good-hearted, but take-charge approach causes her to retreat. Even in grief, April recognizes Hale’s earnestness, yet she can’t help but distance herself from him. With only a short time before Hale must return to war, the couple begins to understand that hope starts with them—that the bliss they once knew will return only if they are willing to trust again.
Set on the beaches of the Outer Banks, Return to Love is the second book in the Endless Love series. Book one, Home Again, was named a finalist in the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
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Return to Love by Kathleen Shoop is a powerful novel. Return to Love is the second book in a trilogy titled Endless Love. I felt fine starting with the second novel. It can stand alone. Immediately April, Hale, Clementine and Martha became three dimensional characters. I felt as though they were neighbors in my community. The novel is about a couple who have a first child. However, that child is stillborn. Outside of the womb, the heart and lungs never reacted to stimuli. On arrival, the baby is dead. The novel is about April and Hale’s pathway through grief. Sadly, April gives birth without Hale. He is on the battlefront in Vietnam. So he wasn’t beside her during the birth of the baby.
It is interesting the way Kathleen Shoop has chosen to tell this couple’s story. Facts about the birth of the baby and what happened to April are told little by little. Then, there are more unknowns uncovered by Hale when he visits the doctor and nurse who helped deliver the baby. This much wanted baby even though it didn’t survive makes a gigantic change in the way two people deal with their future. For this reason, I know the baby didn’t die in vain.
I felt happy that April and Hale didn’t follow some of the advice they heard from people working in the medical world or friends in the armed forces. For example, sweep it under the rug, go on with your life, think of the kids you will have in the future. Mourning, grieving is a personal milestone. There isn’t a thirty day or ninety day plan titled This Is How Long to Grieve and This Is What You Should Do While Grieving. Return To Love is written wonderfully as a novel. It is a practical guide for emotional pain. In this instance, it’s about the loss of a baby. However, I could have brought any of my painful situations to the novel and discovered help. It is a thought provoking novel about grief, friendship, marriage and mental stability. I am grateful to Kathleen Shoop for writing such an earthy and significant novel.
—Grapes, Amazon Reader Review
Tending Her Heart
(Endless Love Series Book 3)
SWEET, FUN ROMANCE
Set in 1971, nurse Julie Peters is ambitious and tenacious, but her plans to modernize Waterside Hospital’s labor and delivery protocols are thwarted by old-school doctors and brown-nosing colleagues. The last thing on her mind is falling in love as she confronts her career-related demons. Still, she feels the pull of attraction to one special doctor.
Dr. Michael Young turned away from a prestigious research position at Duke University to practice medicine in a smaller, less intense setting at Waterside Hospital. While nurses chase him by the dozen, he is intrigued and satisfied with building a nest-egg for when the right woman finally happens along.
When Julie is faced with choices that put her job, her life’s dream in peril her relationship with Michael begins to ignite. Can a Thanksgiving stay in the regal home called Bliss give her the space she needs to right her future and fall in love? Will their growing love mean Julie loses herself? Humor, love and a similar attitude toward medicine seal their love, but will it destroy their careers?
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This is book 3 in the Endless Love Series and I’ve read all 3. This book could also be read as a stand alone if you chose. That’s the sign of a great author.
We first were introduced to Nurse Julie in the 2nd book. I loved learning more about her and her mission to help laboring mothers.
In this day and age we take for granted that women can deliver their children in the manner that they chose that is right for them. It’s about the patients wants/needs. I remember writing up a birthing plan for how I wanted my labor to go with my daughter and that was 19 years ago!
Although this book is a work of fiction, we need nurses like Julie to feel compassion for their patients and do what is in their best interests, not what is easiest for the hospital.
There is also a beautiful love story that you can see happening in real life. Michael is a doctor and sees Julie and her visions as a positive thing. He falls for her and wants nothing but the best for her. I would love to read more about them.
Kathleen has a way with her novels. You feel like you are right there in the pages, part of the story. I always read her books so quickly because I just get so sucked into them. I love everything she’s written.
—Gina, Amazon Reader Review