Last week I had the pleasure of reviewing Christian clinical counselor and author Rita Garcia’s first book in the Serenity Cove series, Kaleidoscope Summer: Samantha’s Story. Today I’m just as thrilled to review Tangerine Morning: Jezzica’s Story.
Book two of the Serenity Cove Series: Romance, mystery and family drama intertwine in the small town of Serenity Cove. Jezzica Leigh, a young widow, struggles in her relationship with Christ and with starting over. She moves to Serenity Cove and purchases the Sea Glass Bookshop on Main Street. Detective Zack Johnston, the first man her heart reacts to since her husband’s death, also represents a world that failed to bring her husband’s murderers to justice. Can she find her way back to Christ and the freedom to love again? “…but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” ~Isaiah 40:31
Tangerine Morning has everything I look for in a book. Strong, well-developed characters to love and root for. Serenity Cove is every bit a character in the series, and the fictional community shines here. There is suspense, action, and romance. Characters from Kaleidoscope Summer are back, too. Dr. Ellie continues her work as a counselor, and her sage advice is something I think readers can benefit from, too.
I especially love how Rita’s training as counselor comes into play in her fiction. Jezzica truly struggles, and it’s authentic. You feel her pain, and conflict as she develops a friendship with Zack. I thought her journey was exceptional, and I had already immensely enjoyed Samantha’s story.
I rated this higher than the first because she improved on what was already good. I consider Tangerine Morning in the running for my favorite fiction read of 2013. I encourage you to get a copy and have a look. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
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I received the Serenity Cove series as a gift from the author with no expectation from her for a review. This review is my idea, and my thoughts only.
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