Friday, March 7, 2014

Blog Tour: Life's Next Chapter by Sarah Goodman

Title: Life's Next Chapter (Life #2)
Author: Sarah Goodman
Published: January 22, 2014

Dr. Kate Caldwell strives to be the best in everything she does. Except her best wasn't good enough for her ex-husband, Keith. Keith crashed her dream of a fairy tale life when she caught him cheating on her. She is determined to focus on her new project and to giving her twin daughters a normal, happy childhood. Kate has plans to remodel the veterinary clinic her Granddaddy passed down to her. To fulfill one of her dreams she hires an architect and design firm to remodel the out dated practice and horse boarding stable. What Kate doesn't realize is her Life's Next Chapter will be mere yards away, remodeling her clinic.

Luke Ashton is the general contractor for his cousin’s company, Ashton Architecture and Design . Luke has been assigned to remodel Dr. Caldwell’s clinic, and he doesn't expect his latest project to include the woman who could knock his world off it's axis and set it right again. He finds himself working longer hours around her property, spending time to get to know Kate better. Luke is handsome, with his striking green eyes, rugged physique, and a body that would make any woman weak in the knees. He certainly turns Kate’s head. 
Kate and Luke feel the chemistry and tension between them, but both are skeptical about moving forward. Kate is terrified to let anyone into her life, let alone her heart. Luke has a past that easily scares women away. He’s struggled since he was eighteen, when unexpected circumstances turned him into a man. Luke is also a veteran with nightmares that follow him all day—every day.
Do Kate and Luke give into one another’s baggage and avoid each other, like their heads tell them, or do they fight for the happily ever after they both want? When ‘life’ gives them more battles to fight, will they be strong enough to fight for each other?
“Luke, my life story is crazy and complicated, why would you want to attempt this?” – Kate
“Sunshine, we can’t erase our past, but we sure as hell can turn the page in your story and create our own crazy happy life together.” - Luke
Does Life’s Next Chapter give Kate her fairy tale ever after, or will it be the chapter she quickly skips through? 

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This is the second book on the Life Series and it's Kate's story.
Dr. Kate Caldwell got married to a man she thought she knew after getting pregnant. To her surprise and (Keith) her husband's, she ended up having twins. From the very beginning, Keith was self absorb jerk who cared more about him than he did about his wife and daughters.
After a few years of marriage and fending pretty much for herself and finding out Keith's been cheating on her, Kate gets a divorce and starts her life as a single woman with two beautiful girls. The first order of business is to remodel her grandfather's vet clinic where she is to set up shop. Is during this process that she meets Luke Ashton, the contractor in charge of the renovations.
Sparks fly and it's pretty much lust at first sight,but Kate has trust issues and she has "baggage." But she's not the only one, Luke has his own, that he's been carrying around for a long time.
I liked that Kate was feisty and had a strong will, I liked that she wasn't afraid of her ex's scary tactics and fought him tooth and nail. The twins are adorable and full of the usual antics of 4 year old kids.
Luke is a sweet guy, honest and faithful with a sense of honor not only to Kate but also to his family.
This is an easy story to read and it's very sweet, it presents a couple of  heartbreaking issues that will probably will make them hard to read if a reader has been through them. 
I have two problems with this story, one, that it feels a bit rushed at times. Second, that I would've liked for Luke to explained a little more about his history and what he went through, it felt a bit incomplete when it came to that.
All and all it is a story worth reading and has a powerful messages on the power of friendship, loyalty, and that not all is lost after the end of a bad relationship.  
There's always hope.

Author Bio
Sarah is a native to Central Florida where she lives with her husband and three sons. Besides being a wife and mom, she is also a teacher. During her spare time she loves to read, write, spend her time at the ball fields cheering on her boys and relaxing at the beach. 

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