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Monday, July 19, 2021

Goddess Fish Promotions Presents: Return Of The Runaway Bride by Nancy Fraser; #VirtualBookTour, #NowAvailable, #OutNow, #TBR, #Live, #Review, #OnSale, #99Pennies, #LimitedTime, #Giveaway

Return of the Runaway Bride
by Nancy Fraser
GENRE: Contemporary Romance - Steamy
Rating:  4.5 Stars

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book for review from Goddess Fish Promotions and the author. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising". 



Five years earlier, Emily Bennett ran out on Chase Michaels on the eve of their wedding. At twenty-two, she wanted more than the island of Last Chance Beach could offer. Intent on making a name for herself as a world-class journalist, she left to take a job with a big city newspaper.

Chase Michaels left Last Chance Beach not long after having his heart broken and joined the Coast Guard in an effort to rebuild his life. Returning four years later for a family emergency, he decided to stay and go into business with his best friend.

Emily’s returning as well. Not as the journalist she’d hoped to be but as a bestselling romance author. One of her books is about to be made into a movie, and filming will take place on Last Chance Beach and in the mainland town of Summerville.

Will Emily’s return give them a second chance at the love they once shared? Or, will her ‘other’ reason for leaving put a wedge between three best friends that can’t be healed by time or intention?

The book will be $0.99 during the tour.


My Thoughts:

Emily is on a career path she never saw coming.  Chase came back to the area that holds a lot of memories.  Loved the creativity that went into developing this story.  Our author writes scenes that don’t give us too much information so that it becomes wordy.  She gives you just the right amount so you know what’s going on without feeling lost by what’s not in front of you. 


It didn’t take me long to realize that this would be the perfect beach read.  Part of that was due to the setting the author uses.  Something she had me thinking about was secrets.  Some can be good but sometimes there’s a consequence to what is left unsaid.  When I see a story that’s about a possible second chance, I have a hope that they learn from their mistakes because there are some couples that don’t seem to figure it out. 


I liked that the author writes about what she knows.  That helps to add a sense of realism to the story.  She made it easy to fall in love with the secondary characters too.  The whole thing flowed nicely.  At no time did I think that something wasn’t making sense.  There were plenty of chuckles along the way but nothing that got to tickling my funny bone and that was the only peeve I had.  I don’t laugh at a lot of the jokes the comics tell so I wasn’t that disappointed.  But giving me a great ending more than makes up for it. 



Vernon Patterson, his new, much younger wife Tiffany, and Chloe stood off to one side of the yard, deep in conversation with the mayor and the head of the island’s historical society. From what she’d heard in passing, Emily realized they were discussing the coup of attracting a movie production to the area.

“You know,” her mother whispered, stepping close to her side, “It wouldn’t hurt to let them know it’s your book that made all their bragging possible.”

“I’m not quite there yet, mom. I’m still fielding questions about what I’ve been doing and how long I’m staying.”

“Let me guess. That last question came from Chloe Patterson.”

Emily pressed her fingers to her lips to hold in her laugh. “Yes.”

“No doubt she’s worried you’ll interrupt her pursuit of Chase—even though I’m pretty sure he’s not the least bit interested.”

“She’s got nothing to worry about,” Emily said, wishing she sounded more confident than she felt. “Chase and I are cutting one another a wide berth.”

The look her mother gave her was less than subtle.

“I’d better go inside and get another vegetable tray,” her mother said. “Why don’t you straighten out the food table and check the cooler while I’m gone?”

Emily gave a smart salute. “Yes, Ma’am.”

She’d gone no more than a few feet in the direction of the picnic tables and makeshift bar, when a large, warm hand gently grasped her arm. Without turning, she said, “Hello there, Jared. I was wondering when you’d finally come to visit.”

Jared’s familiar chuckle rang in her ear. “I wasn’t sure what to make of your return. Or, of how it was going to affect my best friend. I thought I’d give it a few days to see if I’d need to talk him off a ledge.”

Emily swallowed the dryness in her throat, and asked, “And did you? Need to talk him down?”

“No, apparently he’s doing just fine. Or so he says.”

She turned to face him then, meeting his green gaze. “I didn’t come home to cause anyone heartache, Jared. Least of all Chase. I came to see family, to straighten a few things out with friends.”

“And have you? Straightened things out?”

“So far, so good. It’s a work in progress.”

“I would imagine it is. Heaven knows it was for me. First, you left, taking away the only true confidant I’ve ever had.”

His words stalled and Emily realized how much he was struggling. Sometimes secrets ate you up inside.

“And, then, Chase left,” she said softly.

“That was a relief of sorts,” he admitted. “It kept me from having to admit I was part of the reason you left. And it put things in perspective for me.”

“Well, I’m back now, if you need to talk.”

“Thank you. You’re a good friend. Or, at least you were,” he teased.

“And I still am.”



NANCY FRASERJumping Across Romance Genres with Gleeful Abandon—is an Amazon Top 100 and Award-Winning author who can’t seem to decide which romance genre suits her best. So, she writes them all.

Like most authors, Nancy began writing at an early age, usually on the walls and with crayons or, heaven forbid, permanent markers. Her love of writing often made her the English teacher’s pet which, of course, resulted in a whole lot of teasing. Still, it was worth it.

Nancy has published over forty books in full-length, novella, and short format. When not writing (which is almost never), Nancy dotes on her five wonderful grandchildren and looks forward to traveling and reading when time permits. Nancy lives in Atlantic Canada where she enjoys the relaxed pace and colorful people.




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  1. Thank you so much for hosting and for the lovely review. Sorry I didn't give the funny bone a hard enough nudge. Hopefully, next time. I'll check back later in the day for more comments.

  2. Thanks for sharing your review thoughts. The story sounds good.

  3. Sounds like a very good book.

  4. I love the cover. It sets the tone for the book.


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