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Release Date: August 2012
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Author Website: http://www.kristinbillerbeck.com
Source: ARC From Publisher
Rating: Three Flowers Of Love
When deprived of her most prized sense, Daphne discovers a life she never expected, right under her nose.
Daphne Sweeten has left Paris – and a career she loves – in order to marry a man she loves even more. But when he stands her up on their wedding day, Daphne’s left reeling. Trained as a professional “nose” or perfume creator, Daphne soon realizes that her sense of smell has somehow disappeared too.
In the days following she moves to Dayton, Ohio, to take on a job creating fragrances for household products. Without her sense of smell, she must rely on her chemistry skills, and hope her handsome new boss, Jesse Lightner, doesn’t notice before she can figure out how to get it back.
Despite her desire to return to Paris, she can’t deny the way Jesse makes her feel. But when Daphne approaches former contacts, she learns her missing ex-fiancé has somehow snagged her old job.
As Daphne and Jesse work on a signature scent for their new line, she feels God at work in her life as never before. And the promise of what is possible is as fresh as the scent of rain
To be honest, this book was a little too tame for me. I am a romance lover and I liked the slow romance that the story had, but I missed the intense passion that is not often present in Christian fiction. Don’t get me wrong, I love a sweet romance, but most of the time I am looking for a bit more sizzle from my romance novels.
I did like the plot. It was a little something different. The characters were likable. I only had one grip, though. I didn’t like the fact that Daphne played the all too familiar weak female role. I instantly dislike heroines that lose themselves when a romance goes south. I know breakups are not easy, but I hate to read stories with females that have so much to offer but can’t seem to remember what that was without the man in their lives. What’s even worse is that it takes another man to help them remember how great they are.
I liked Jesse because I’m a sucker for a guy that rescues the damsel in distress. It also didn’t hurt that he was a single dad. Yes, I had several “awww, that is so sweet” moments when I read the parts with his son. Even without his daddy cape on, Jesse was just a good guy. Despite his own personal demons, he still had enough compassion to help out someone he barely knew. Rarely do you find men that just want to help out without strings attached so I thought that was sweet.
Overall, I thought the book was a good read. Although it is Christian fiction and does have moments where the characters embrace their faith in order to keep themselves sane, it doesn’t come across as too preachy. It has just the right balance and I enjoyed reading it.
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