“Sanders’ serene descriptions draw you into this quaint little town while keeping with the mellow feel of her writing. Sanders also works some phenomenal illusions into her writing, giving you hints and peaks at things without ever actually mentioning them. I got so wrapped up in the stellar storyline that before I knew it hours had passed and I hadn’t put the novel down. That said, there were definitely some spelling and grammatical issues to contend with, but overall this was quite an amazing novel. I regularly had to go back over sentences to figure out what the author had intended to say, rather than what was published.
I loved the characters that were developed for this novel. They were all such real individuals who had lives and issues of their own. Although each was perfectly suited for their role in the story, none were perfect. It was a great balance.
Overall, this was a 4 star storyline but the severe editing issues knocked it down to a 3 star novel. The story and characters, however, would be worth following through the series as a whole.
Please note that I received this novel free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review.”
“Megan Kimble lands in Pride, Oregon to attend her older brother's funeral and plans to remain there until she figures out what's next for her. It doesn't take long for her to be embraced by the people of the town and the Jordan siblings, especially Todd, who is immediately drawn to her. Megan is just out of an abusive marriage and is still wearing the evidence of that brutality.
My rating for the book has nothing and everything to do with the story. I'm not usually very picky about grammatical errors and can often overlook minor misspellings and misplaced apostrophes. That isn't the case here as many basic rules of grammar were ignored. It made reading difficult and it's just not excusable to call a work product finished with errors on just about every page. I came close to just abandoning the book but continued on for two reasons.
First, in spite of the barriers to getting through the book, it is an interesting story. I liked the characters and wanted to see how their relationships would unfold. This is at least a three-book series and I wasn't willing to give up so easily.
Secondly, after reading two chapters, I checked to see if there was an updated version and found one but it wasn't much better. I also looked at the reviews on Amazon to see if anyone else had my same experience and determined I was far from alone. I also noted that the author has since engaged a credible editor for subsequent books and, after reading the sample for the next book, I could see the fruits of that investment. I read at least two chapters and they were nicely presented and completely error free.
In summary, rather than give this book one star, I'm giving it another for the quality of the story and the promise of something better in the next books. Megan and Tom have a lovely relationship and his brother and sister are pretty interesting. But, you need to be prepared for a pretty poorly written beginning to a promising series. It's worth the effort and investment to correct all that's wrong with this book.
(I was provided an ARC from the author)”
“Life has given Megan several hard knocks along its highway. Still reeling from the aftermath of an abusive marriage, Megan is faced with the death of her brother, Matt, her sole family member and emotional pillar. Deciding it’s now or never to regain control of her life, Megan moves across the country to Pride, Oregon, a small town where everyone knows everyone else, and loyalties run high. Moving into Matt’s home and taking over his business is a huge step for Megan, a healing step that she needs to take, alone.
Enter Todd, who is also damaged from his past and Matt was his best friend and business partner. For Todd, it took only one look to know that Megan was special and perfect for him! Is Todd being too overbearing for Megan as she is learning to try to like herself as a person? Will Megan find what she needs in Todd or will her past return to haunt her again?
Finding Pride by Jill Sanders is a story of loss, healing and finally letting go to learn to love and trust again. Meeting the townsfolk and “seeing” the town made every page, every event seem so much more realistic! Ms. Sanders has written a warm romance that progresses in stages, with ups and downs, but never so angst-filled that I was frustrated with the characters. Each POV was well done and created more depth for the story, which has that “small town” feel to it, is mildly spiced, yet warm and inviting.
Publication Date: October 7, 2012
Publisher: Jill Sanders
Number of Pages: 298
Series: Pride Series, #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Recommendation: Adults
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Available from: Amazon / Barnes & Noble
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“Megan has come to the Oregon coastal town of Pride for the funeral of her brother. The cast around her right arm and the bruises on her back are the remainder of a most recent abusive act of an ex-husband, a relationship that has filled her with shame and self-regret. It is in Pride where she finds healing and a new life with her brother's closest friends, the Jordans, including elder brother, Todd, who is immediately smitten with Megan. But will Megan find this new relationship to be one she could trust? As a means of disclaimer, I will admit I am not a fan of the overwrought angst romance of this sort, but the characters are well-written and very relatable and the book proved to be a very quick read, which should be very satisfactory for those who enjoy this brand of romance.”Kerry Reis wrote this review Sunday, June 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“So, I am a sucker for a good romance book with a bit of suspense thrown in and Finding Pride was just that. Beautifully flawed characters, that I couldn't help but root for, were guided by an interesting story that kept my attention from beginning to end. Jill Sanders has a knack for telling a wonderful romantic story and I look forward to reading her other books. ”Angie M wrote this review Wednesday, March 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“224pgs, she has to move on without her brother, now that he is dead. It may be a good time to start a new life, and it may be easier since she doesn't have to hide the abuse from him anymore. She decides to take over his busniness, and there is a connection with his business partner. she came into town broken and scared, and for the first time in a long time he was looking forward to his future. Breaking down Megan's barriers would take patience and strength, and he would need that strength to keep what he loves safe.”Jo Notary wrote this review Thursday, October 25, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Love this book, can't wait until the next one. Story and setting are spot on and I love the adventure and self discovery in this book. Sitting on the edge of my seat until the next book comes. - Speedy”Jill Sanders wrote this review Wednesday, October 24, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No