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Cranberry Inn Series by Beth Ehemann

May 5, 2015 Author Bio, Blog Tour, Excerpt, Promotional Post, Reblogged Post, Review, Spotlight 0

 

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 Room For You (Cranberry Inn #1)

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 blurb Four years ago, my dreams were shattered in an instant.I tried to pick up the pieces and glue them back together the best I knew how, but something was always missing.A father for my two girls.

But then, Brody Murphy landed on my doorstep, literally. He was a carefree, playful hockey player who barged into my life and messed with my head. He left me more confused than I had ever been.

What if the one thing I thought I needed was the only thing holding me back?

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“Shit!” The clock on my truck dashboard read 6:57.
Cutting it a little close, Murphy. Don’t blow it.
I rang the doorbell. Sophia opened the door, her face contorted with confusion.
“Hi, Ms. Jensen. I’m here to pick up Kacie.”
She giggled and stepped back. “Oh, you’re adorable. Come in, Brody.”
“These are for you.” I handed her a small bouquet of tulips.
“They are beautiful, thank you.” She furrowed her brow at me, still trying to figure everything out. “Hang on, I’ll get Kacie.”
She disappeared around the corner and I stayed in the foyer, waiting for my … friend. Lucy and Piper came tearing toward me from the back family room.
“Brody, are you sick?” asked Piper.
“Yeah, do you have a fever?” Lucy asked, tugging on my shirt.
I bent down to her level as she felt my forehead. “Nope, not sick. Why?”
They looked at each other and shrugged.
“Mom was on the phone with Auntie Alexa and she said you were hot. If you’re hot, you have a fever. Do you need medicine?” Lucy continued the inquest.
“She said I was hot, huh? Interesting. I promise you, kiddo, I’m not sick, but thanks for checking on me.”
I held my hand up and they each high-fived me before they ran off.

Kacie came around the corner and my mouth started salivating. She had on a white, lacy tank top and khaki shorts that showed off more of her legs than I had seen before. Her hair was pulled up in a messy bun with a few random pieces falling onto her collarbone. The closer she got, the more her green eyes sparkled. She looked simple, yet incredibly sexy. I was going to need a fucking straight jacket to keep my hands off of her all night.

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Reviewed by Joanne

*I received an e-ARC from the author in exchange for review*

This is a happy, happy book – no angst, no heartbreak, no feeling torn between two love interests and no tears (well maybe a few, most from happiness though, and there was a heart stopping moment in the book where I felt physically sick) but mainly I was sitting reading this book with a HUGE grin on my face.

I absolutely loved Kacie, her mom Sophia, and her little girls Piper and Lucy (they were adorable!). She has brought them up on her own since her  husband ran out on them when they were babies. In fact, from what Kacie reveals through the course of the book, he wasn’t much use to her when he was there. Kacie put up with his behaviour because she is selfless, and put her girls first. She would rather they had a useless dad than no dad at all. Fortunately he left and that brought her back home to live with her mom in the guest house she runs.

After a severe storm, Brody seeks shelter at the guesthouse and this where fate brings them together to change their lives forever. After getting to know each other over the course of the few days that Brody is stuck there, they both realise that there is something there, but while Brody is ready to give it a shot, Kacie is fearful of letting someone get close and then being burned again. She’s going to take A LOT of persuasion to let Brody in.

Ah Brody. Brody Brody Brody… I fell in love with him. HARD. He was so refreshing from my other book boyfriends that I’ve had lately. (I’m a book whore, I know!)  He’s not the bad boy turned good, an alpha male or the player finally tamed, he’s just a regular guy, who’s been so career orientated that he’s never been in a relationship. Did I mention he’s a NHL player? Yeah, well he is, but Kacie doesn’t know this when she first meets him, and this is so refreshing for him. He’s used to having women throw themselves at him, but they’re only after the lifestyle he can offer them, so Kacie is like a breath of fresh air, with her down to earth attitude. He’s smitten with her and her girls (or the twinkies as he calls them!) and is willing to do anything to get Kacie to open up.

I could go on and on about this book and how much I loved every minute of reading it, but then I’ll end up telling you the whole story and you should really experience the pleasure of this story for yourself. I can’t believe that this is Beth Ehemann’s first book, her writing style had me sucked in from the beginning. Her characters were so down to earth, so likeable, the dialogue flowed and the scenes so well described that I felt as though I was there with them. I can’t wait for the next book, not only to find out what happens with Kacie and Brody, but also the other characters too. If you’re looking for a feel-good book then this is the book for you.

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Room For More (Cranberry Inn #2)
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blurb Four years ago, my dreams were shattered in an instant.Three months ago, I found something I haven’t had in years.
Hope.
That hope came in the form of a sexy, carefree hockey player named Brody Murphy. He swooped in and won me over with his big heart and the way he cared for me…and my girls. When they look at him, they see the father they’ve never had.

Now, my past and present are colliding and the outcome might just be too much for me to bear. Can I make the right decision when I’ve spent my whole life making the wrong ones?

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“Why not? Do you ever want to be a stay-at-home mom?” Brody asked.
“I don’t know. After him, I swore to myself that I would never depend on a man again. It was embarrassing to move back home and rely on my mom to feed and take care of us.”
spun to face him, nearly dropping the eggs that were in my hand. “What?”
“Down the road, when there are dozens of little Brodys running around the house, do you want to be home with us?”
“Dozens of little Brodys?” I chuckled.
“Why not?” He grinned.
“Uh, I can think of a few reasons. My poor uterus for one.” I poked him in the chest.
“Okay, fine. Not a dozen, but at least like… six.” He wiggled his eyebrows. “After that, we can just practice—a lot.”
“I’m definitely down for the practicing.” I batted my eyes at him. “And what do you mean at home with us? You’ll be traveling most of the time.”
“Yeah, but not forever. Eventually I’ll retire and do the full-time dad thing.”
Crossing my arms over my chest, I cocked my head to the side and looked at him skeptically. “Since when does staying home with kids all day interest you?”
He looked over at the girls, who were watching a movie in the living room, and shrugged. “Since them.”
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Reviewed by Joanne

*An E-ARC was supplied to me in exchange for an honest review*

Six months ago I started reading a book by a new author, and was totally unprepared for how much I would fall in love with the characters she had created. The book was Room For You and thankfully Beth Ehemann didn’t leave it at one book, she gave us More.

Room For More is the second book in the Cranberry Inn series, and I sincerely hope it isn’t the last because I am SO not ready to say goodbye to these characters that have found their way into my heart. After the heart-stopping ending of the first book, I was eager to find out what would happen with the reappearance of Zach, Kacie’s ex and father to the twinkies. I loved the little family unit that was developing with Brody and didn’t want anything or anyone to spoil it.

The story picks up where Room For You left off, with Kacie reeling from her encounter with Zach. We know how Zach abandoned Kacie when the twinkies were tiny, and we get glimpses in this book of how useless he was before he upped and left. I really didn’t want to feel anything for Zach, as far as I was concerned he had his chance and he blew it, he most definitely didn’t deserve a second chance, but I was drawn in by his persistence. He has grown up a lot and is wants to make amends. Make no mistake, he’s no Brody, (nobody will ever come close!)  but I did wonder whether he should be allowed a chance to get to know his daughters.

I’m not going to go into the story too much, because I don’t want to take away any of the enjoyment of this book by inadvertently giving away spoilers. You will “awwww” at the perfect moments between Brody and the twinkies, you will swoon at the ones between Brody and Kacie, and you will laugh and chuckle your way through the moments with Andy and Viper. These two definitely need their own books, I would LOVE to read more about them! There may also be moments where you want to shake some sense into Kacie and find yourself shaking your kindle in frustration and instead!

I can’t let Brody go unmentioned either. He is one of the most perfect book boyfriends created. EVER. He is so caring, considerate, creative, charming, and unbelievably HOT! And he wants Kacie. He’s a famous hockey player, he could have anything he wants but there’s nothing in this world he wants more than settling down with Kacie and the twinkies.

“Kacie, get attached. Please, get attached. I sure as hell know I am. You’re what I want. You and the girls. This is it for me. I know we’re taking our time, especially where the girls are concerned, but you’re my more, remember?”

I loved reading this book, it certainly brought out a whole range of emotions in me. I laughed, I swooned, I felt frustrated, I empathised, and I cried tears of sadness and joy too! The last chapter though? It was the icing on the cake. It was perfect. Just perfect.

“Brody…” I sighed, wrapping my arms around his waist. “I don’t think it’s possible for you to get it wrong. Ever.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself!

Beth Ehemann has written two books now that have left me feeling all warm and fuzzy after reading them. I love the characters she created, not just the main ones but the background ones too. They feel real, the situations feel real, and I related to them instantly. I felt as though I was there with them, maybe as a guest at the Cranberry Inn, and just like a guest who’s had a lovely stay and isn’t ready to go home, I felt sad as I came to the end of the story, because I just wasn’t ready to say goodbye to them. I sincerely hope this isn’t the last time we hear from the Jensen-Brody clan because I look forward to reading More from Beth!

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Room for just a little bit More (Cranberry Inn 2.5)
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 blurbFive years ago, my dreams were shattered in an instant.

One year ago, a horrible rainstorm flooded a bridge in town, leaving us with an Inn full of stranded travelers. Turns out one of those travelers would give me a whole new set of dreams, ones I never thought possible. Brody Murphy spent the last year teaching me what it was like to live, and more importantly love, again.

Two days ago, he asked me to marry him, and if I’d said yes any faster, I would have interrupted the most romantic proposal ever offered. I can’t wait to marry him and spend the rest of our lives spoiling our Twinkies.

One year from now I’ll be Mrs. Kacie Murphy, assuming everything goes nice and smooth.

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“Oh, I know and it’s okay. I couldn’t care less what the public or whoever thinks of our wedding. It’s for us, you and me, and that’s all that matters.”
“I’m glad you feel that way.” He bent his leg under him and turned to face me. “I had a thought while I was driving home.”
I rolled my eyes. “I’m not eloping.”
“No, no. I know that. But you’re right… about not letting them have our wedding, the paparazzi and leeches who thought it was okay to post a picture of the girls in the newspaper. I don’t want them having any part in our day, so I was thinking, what if we had the ceremony and the reception in my parents’ barn?”
My mouth fell open as he held his hand up. “Don’t freak. Just hear me out. I know it’s a crappy rundown barn, but I was thinking how cool it might look if we hung thousands of little white lights or even candles everywhere, though we don’t want to burn it down, but you get what I’m saying,” he rambled, barely taking a breath. “I can hire a company to come in and clean it up. We’ll rent some tables and chairs and whatever other crap you need for a wedding. Anything you want, Kacie. The sky’s the limit. I just want you to be—”
I put my hand over his mouth to stop the adorable, incoherent sentences that were tumbling out of his mouth.
When he stopped talking against my hand, I lowered it and scooted forward, cupping his face in my hands. I looked him straight in the eye. “Brody, I think that’s the best idea I have ever heard.”
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Reviewed by Joanne

*An E-ARC was supplied to me for review*

Tomorrow I’m marrying the girl of my dreams. I take that back. I’m marrying the girl of every man’s dreams. I’m just the lucky bastard that tricked her into picking him.

I LOVE Brody Murphy, I mean, if ever there was the perfect book boyfriend then it has to be him. He doesn’t mess around, he’s no player that’s for sure, he’s hot as hell, Ice Hockey player extraordinaire, and generous to a fault. He’s kind, patient, loving, and great with kids, AND even though he hates them, he will kill all the spiders for you too. What’s not to love?!

“I hate spiders  too.” Brody smiled sweetly at her as he grazed her cheek with the back of his fingers. “But I promise to always kill all the spiders for you.”

I knew that this book was going to be about Brody and Kacie’s wedding, but I wasn’t sure where the story would start. Would it be at the wedding? How much of the preparation would we see? Well, it starts the day after Brody’s ever so romantic proposal at the end of Room For More, and we get to see the run up to the wedding over the coming months.

There is so much packed into this novella, you certainly won’t be disappointed. I loved everything about it. How they decided on the venue, shopping for the dress, planning the honeymoon (lucky Kacie *wink wink*) and of course when Brody is involved you know there’s going to be a surprise or two. All I will say is be prepared to have a few tears. Well maybe more than a few. There were so many touching moments that left me bawling like a baby! Brody and Kacie, Brody and the twinkies, Kacie and Fred – Beth Ehemann certainly knows how to pull at the heart-strings. The wedding vows were just perfect, I absolutely loved how they were pronounced husband and wife!

I don’t think that there is anything that could have made this book any better, it was everything I was expecting. Beth certainly gave the Murphy clan the perfect send off, although I do hope that this isn’t the last we see of them because I’ve grown rather attached to them all.

 

About the author

Beth Ehemann lives in the northern suburbs of Chicago with her husband and four children. When she’s not sitting in front of her computer writing, or on Pinterest, she loves reading, photography, martinis and all things Chicago Cubs. She’s represented by Jessica Watterson of the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.

 

 

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