Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Release Blitz: Restoring Hope by C. P. Smith

Title: Restoring Hope
Author: C.P. Smith

Release Date: July 22, 2014


Life throws you curve balls, but no parent should ever bury a child. Determined not to make the same mistakes with his son as he made with his daughter, Nic Beuve is single-minded until Hope walks into his life.

Hope Delaney, a woman with a past that almost broke her, tries to keep people at bay for their own protection. Fortunately for her, no one listens when she says she wants to be alone.

Burning desire, a deep need to protect, and a woman who looks like an angel breaks down Nic's defenses until he can’t ignore them. He wants Hope and what Nic wants…

Hope thinks she can walk away at any time she just wasn't counting on a man like Nic to get in the way, or a nosy but loving Cajun Boss. All's fair in love and war and what Maman Rose wants is Nic and Hope together.

Will their relationship survive an ex-wife with an agenda or will her past come between them... or kill them?



I have to start this review by saying that I am born and raised a Louisiana girl. Not only that but my family is cajun french. So anytime I find a book that has references and depictions of my beloved home state, I get a little sentimental. But usually I find that some aren't accurate.

 But C. P. Smith did her homework. she brought my french heritage and some Louisiana Pride right to my kindle and made me feel so at home. I could almost hear my grandmother 
"Ma" to me..
"Lil Nichole" (pronounced Neecole.)
"Go to that kitchen Cha and get you some cornbread my babee" ) 
Or she'd call me Nichole Cherrie and tell me to give her some sugar. 
(which my middle name was supposed to be Chere' ..but my mom and medication during labor doesn't mix)
Moving on....
Needless to say I felt like I had stepped back in time and found I was in literary heaven when I fell into this story and didn't want to leave. We cajuns love hard and family is everything..and second to that is our food and football. I just spent hours feeling like I was with family.

This author created a canvas of characters that made me feel like I was watching a movie..in the realm of Fried Green Tomatoes. I felt I had gotten to know these amazing people and wanted a Rose and Big Daddy of my own, then it made me think about those in my lift that filled those roles. Brought to heart some really special moments in my memories. 

And I haven't even gotten to the love story yet. 
I am a sucker for the girl running from her past and hero that catchers her storyline. Mix that with Rose doing her best to make some cajun magic love match and you have yourself a fantastic love story.
Nic was the type of man that felt emotions to the depth of his being. He protected what is his and when he felt he made mistakes he took this down to his soul. This where he is when Hope storms into his life. He's battling guilt no parent should have to suffer through. Hope is broken and running and with the help of amazing friends pushing them together these two have no choice but to give into that chemistry staring them in the face and punching them in the heart. 
The suspense was riveting and the passion was scorching. Nic was bossy and loyal..so amazing he took my breath away. 
“I’m not gonna ask, I’m gonna tell her she’s moving.” 
“Oodoggies, dat’ what I like, a man who takes charge.” 
“And when I take you it will be slow and exhausting.
Adored this couple hard and
I was hooked from page one and I didn't stop till I was finished.
 I need to say thank you to this author for not only gracing us with the opportunity to review her amazing work but for bringing me back a part of my past that I miss terribly. I may read tons of books..but when a book makes me feel like I just spent time with family..that is a "love story" indeed. 

Nic and Hope were both struggling with two different issues - Nic the loss of a child, and Hope hiding from her past.  Both were skittish, and not wanting to open up to each other - trying to fight their attraction.  Luckily, Maman Rose knew what was best for them, and "helped" them see what was best for them.

I did enjoy the relationship with Nic and Hope, as they grew to know and trust each other, but there were other things that I think I liked more.  I loved the location of the story, New Orleans, and all the references to the area were perfect - not to mention, I felt like the "cajun" accent was brought out perfectly in the writing, making me feel like I was in New Orleans myself.

I absolutely adored Maman Rose - and how she just took Hope right under her wing and started looking out for her.  She had so many inspiring thoughts to share and encourage Hope with.  She made me wish I was a part of Maman Rose's "family".  There was also the cook, Big Daddy, who was exactly like a father figure - and then there was Hope's new friend, Abby - who was going to be her friend whether she liked it or not!  Everyone seemed to know what Hope needed so much more than she did - and they all took care to get her where she needed to be.  The characters in the story were just written so well that you couldn't help but fall in love with all of them except for one in particular, Nic's ex-wife, you will end up agreeing with me that she was a total bitch!

I have to say that I really enjoyed this story and I will definitely continue to
look forward to more books from C.P. Smith - as she has become one of my "must read" authors.  Definitely give this book a read, I don't think you will be disappointed at all.



C.P. Smith is a mother of 5 and stay-at-home mom. The need for more stories featuring older couples is the driving force behind her writing. Love isn't just for the young; it's for everyone. A first kiss at 18 or 50 is still a first kiss--full of wonder and expectation.

Ms. Smith resides in Oklahoma with her kids, husband and 4 dogs.


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