Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Review: Girl in the Spotlight

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Girl in the Spotlight

by Virginia McCullough

Contemporary Romance

Paperback & ebook, 384 pages

June 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

The daughter they never knew

When Miles Jenkins sees the graceful young figure skater on TV, he can't believe how much she resembles Lark McGee, the girl he dated briefly in college. Could this aspiring star be the child Lark gave up for adoption eighteen years ago? He has to find out.

Locating Lark ignites conflicting emotions in Miles—including regrets for what might have been and romantic feelings that take the two single parents by surprise. As they prepare to meet their daughter, this deeper connection between the two just might be the chance at love they never got.

Advanced Praise

by the real world of characters--brought to life beautifully, I found myself
entranced by this thoughtful, delightful, sad, and joyous, novel about second
chances and all forms of love. The situation, characters, and consequences left
me shedding happy tears at the ending.
 — Casey Clifford, award-winning author

A compelling love story crafted with characters you'll fall
in love with. Miles and Lark's journey to be reunited with their child captured
my heart, as did their blossoming romance. The best book I have read this year!
—Lily Silver, author of Dark

is always adept at creating suspense on multiple levels. In
Girl in the Spotlight,
the intrigue builds from page one and doesn’t let up until the end. But she
understands that readers need relief from tension, and through her masterful
storytelling and perfect pacing, McCullough delivers satisfying outcomes along
that way. The relationships she’s developed are complex and realistic, and
their evolution is deeply satisfying.
— Lynda McDaniel, author of A Life for a Life

Girl in
the Spotlight
 swept me away to Wisconsin's Lake Michigan shore and reminded me of
loves left behind. McCullough invokes deep emotions through her writing, which
will pull at your heart. More than a romantic love story, it is a love story of
parents for their children. A must read." 
— Anne Parent,

About the Author

A writer all her adult life, Virginia McCullough has had the opportunity to write the stories of her heart in her novels, including Girl in the Spotlight, the first book in her Two Moon Bay series for Harlequin Heartwarming. (Book 2 is scheduled for release in January 2018). Her award-winning romance and women’s fiction titles include The Jacks of Her Heart, Amber Light, Greta’s Grace, The Chapels on the Hill, and Island Healing.

Born and raised in Chicago, Virginia has been lucky enough to develop her writing career in many locations, including the coast of Maine, the mountains of North Carolina, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and currently, Northeast Wisconsin. She started her career in nonfiction, first writing articles and then books as a ghostwriter and coauthor. She’s written more than 100 books for physicians, business owners, professional speakers and many others with information to share or a story to tell.

Virginia’s books feature characters who could be your neighbors and friends. They come in all ages and struggle with everyday life issues in small-town environments that almost always include water—oceans, lakes, or rivers. The mother of two grown children, you’ll find Virginia with her nose a book, walking on trails or her neighborhood street, or she may be packing her bag to take off for her next adventure. And she’s always working on another story about hope, healing, and second chances.

Tour Giveaway

1st Prize (US only): Tea & Contemplation, a collection of favorite things, starts with an uplifting message from “Seize the Day” Pop Open Cards. Fill a ceramic thermal mug to sip Lavender Chamomile Tea while you contemplate your ideas and dreams. Write your thoughts in a journal, whose guiding words are: When Your Heart Speaks... take good notes! A Wish pen is included. Finally, pick a place to display a large piece of gemmy rose quartz, a stone long linked to matters of the heart. It’s said when rose quartz is nearby, love (of all kinds) comes along to keep it company. These items will be arranged in a “keeper box” and delivered to your door.

2nd Prize (open internationally): You will receive a $35.00 Amazon eGift Card, and a digital copy of GIRL IN THE SPOTLIGHT, plus one digital copy of another of Virginia’s five award-winning novels—it’s your choice.

Ends June 16th

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My Thoughts:

Girl in the Spotlight by Virginia McCullough
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Girl in the Spotlight was well written and the words flowed perfectly. I enjoyed getting to know Miles and Lark as well as there children. Lark and Miles have a history that connects them through a special bond that isn't exactly hard to get over. This is a second chance love story. Miles and Lark find themselves in a situation that many couples who give up a child do not always get lucky enough to be in.

Throughout this book I often wondered if Miles was over his ex wife, while he was spending time with Lark trying to reconnect. Later I realized it was literally because she was his confidant for so long, she was the only person he could confide in about certain things. Lark on the other hand is the exact opposite. She would have carried her deep dark secret to the grave before she told a sole. Her ex was not someone she would remotely consider confiding in. These two had marriages that ended badly before they found each other again but each had a completely different type of relationship with previous spouse.

The bond that connects them to each other is the vary bond that will help them with reconnecting. All the secrecy of not being able to tell anyone and the long talks about how to handle situations will be the things that continue to push them toward each other. The book was enjoyable, the characters truly loved the daughter they had been unable to watch grow. I feel this book was more about the depth of what this couple lost over the years than the romance.

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EEEKKKK Yall I was so stinking excited to open my kindle to this today!!!