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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

The Power of Love by Kemberlee Shortland - Book Tour - Book Sale - Book Review - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hello, lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Kemberlee Shortland and her new book, “The Power of Love”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a cool House of Tirgearryen T-Shirt!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Kemberlee and to increase your chances of winning!

This book is on SALE during the book tour for ONLY $0.99!!!  See below for more details.

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The Power of Love
by Kemberlee Shortland


GENRE: Contemporary Romance



When Elaine Donovan discovers she's pregnant, she hesitates telling her husband, Ethan. They're newlyweds and plan to wait until they're ready to start a family. Ethan surprises her by accepting early parenthood, embracing the idea more fully than either of them expects.

When they receive bad news after a prenatal exam, both must face that their charmed lives are about to come crashing down around them.

Do Christmas wishes really come true? Elaine is staking her life on it!



In the kitchen, Elaine put on the coffee then turned her gaze out the kitchen window to their back garden. She tried imagining a swing set, sand box, and a Wendy house rather than the clothesline, spotty lawn, and falling down tool shed. She wrapped her arms around her waist, wondering how they were going to give their child the life he or she deserved. If money was tight now, it would only get tighter once their child was born.

A moment later, strong arms encircled her, pulling her against a broad chest. Ethan kissed the curve of her neck and she melted against him.

“You okay?” He turned her to face him. “You’ve been standing there for a while just staring outside.”

His dark hair was damp and hanging over the dark brows and lashes framing his crystal blue eyes. His gaze was both concerned and sexy. She wanted to rip his shirt from his shoulders and…

Instead, she just finger-combed the curls back from his face. “Aye. I’m trying to imagine a swing set in the garden instead of the clothesline.”

Ethan chuckled. “Everything is going to be grand. We’ve a perfect life. Nothing’s going to change that.”



This book was a very short, but sweet, romantic, tearjerker (yes – you will need Kleenex!!), beautifully written, holiday read!!

I liked the main characters, Elaine and Ethan.  They were an adorable couple that were newlyweds and are still very much in love.  It was sweet to see how happy and on cloud nine they were!

I really loved the character’s passion and spark.  It was obvious this couple were truly, deeply in love and meant everything to each other.  You can feel their devotion, adoration, and love just radiate off the pages!!  The author described a graceful and delicate love story that is tried and tested and proves love always wins in the end!!

When Elaine finds out they are pregnant I was sad that she was nervous to tell her husband about the baby.  I get that it wasn’t the plan to have a baby right away, but it’s a baby – it should be exciting and joyous!  They’re married, employed, have a stable and safe home – finding out they’re with child should be a far cry from a teenager panicking when she finds out she’s pregnant.  Thankfully, Ethan is over the moon happy – as a new dad should be – when he finds out the exciting news!

I knew something tragic was going to happen – it’s in the blurb.  So, I was prepared to hear bad news relating to the pregnancy.  However, I was disappointed in the overall construction of that particular plot point as I felt there should have been more to it.  It lacked medical terminology foundation, didn’t provide odds or rates of survival or additional information about the diagnosis, there were no further tests or labs ran, and no second opinion was sought out.  If I received that kind of diagnosis, I would definitely do more than just say, “Okay.  Get out.”  But just accept what one Emergency Room Doctor said and go with that – absolutely not!!!  Although, maybe they did, and it just got left out – it’s hard to tell when two months later is one page and one year later is the next page. 

I felt emotionally tangled in this story line and found myself going from overjoyed and excited, then anxious and worrisome, then sad and heartbroken, and so on.  I was completely invested in the main characters and felt connected hanging on their every emotion as I turned each page!!

There were many times I found myself totally caught up in the story!

There is so much story packed into so few pages!  Unfortunately, the story felt a bit rushed at times and like the author really could have done so much more with her plot points.  In addition, the character’s arcs didn’t seem fully developed.  Don’t get me wrong – these are strong, real, personal characters, and well written.  However, I’m just saying many authors can barely reach their character’s arc in 250 pages and this book only had 32 eBook pages – so not much space to build and develop a character!!

I really enjoyed that this was such a quick read and that I was able to just breeze right through it in less than an hour.  However, there was such an intriguing and creative story line and fantastic characters that I wanted MORE!!!  This so could easily have been – even just at 100 pages and I think it would have really made the story come together better and flowed more smoothly.  It would have allowed the characters to have a stronger chance to develop and the plot points to fully reach their potential.  It was an enjoyable read – just felt like there was some missing pieces!

Although, a short read, this book is a great introduction to a new author – Kemberlee Shortland!  This book provides an opportunity to just get your toes wet without the full commitment of jumping into one of Kemberlee’s fabulous book series – which you will definitely want to also pick up lol.

This book is not part of a book series at this time and therefore, can be read as a standalone.

All in all, I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it!  I think all contemporary romance readers will like this book too!  So, add it to your TBR List and get to reading - you won't be disappointed!

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book and have voluntarily provided an honest, and unbiased review in accordance with FTC regulations.**

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Kemberlee Shortland is a native Northern Californian who grew up in Carmel, a community founded by artists and writers, including John Steinbeck, George Sterling, and Jack London.

Over the years, Kemberlee has worked with several Carmel notables, including Doris Day, Kim Novak, and Joan Fontaine. It was in 1997, she left the employ of Clint Eastwood to live in Ireland for six months. It was during this time she met the man she would marry, and permanently relocated to live in Ireland.

While always writing since a very young age, Kemberlee earned her keep for fifteen years as one of Ireland's foremost travel consultants, and also wrote travel articles about Ireland. In 2005, she saw the publication of her first romance sell, and to date, she has thirteen published titles to her name, including the best-selling Irish Pride Series. Her most recent release is Slaughtered, writing as KA Lugo.










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Kemberlee will be awarding a House of Tirgearryen t-shirt (Worldwide shipping, except in restricted regions as per An Post) to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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  1. Kemberlee ~ Good morning! Welcome to FAB! It is so great to have you here! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour! I enjoyed reading and reviewing your book, thanks for providing the copy! :)

  2. Thank you for hosting me today on your blog. And thank you for your well thought out comments on my story! I'm SO glad you liked it, and loved Ethan and Elaine.

    This story came on the back of a 10K writing challenge. I had to fit in the usual beginning, middle, and end within those guidelines. Unfortunately, there wasn't much room for a second opinion and such. Also, this is Ireland, and unfortunately, health services are a bit lacking, especially in the public sector. Hopefully readers will enjoy the story as much as you did, in spite of the parameters.

    I hope you get the chance to visit my website: www.kemberlee.com. I've authored 14 books...romance, cozy mystery, and my new thriller series writing as KA Lugo

    I'm here for Q&A, if anyone has any Qs.

    Thanks again!