Over the Coals

Rated 5.00/5 based on 4 reviews
Jill Landers pegs the gregarious man at the grill as an egotistical ladies’ man. However, Rob Canter is hiding something. The boisterous, fun-loving Rob is a cover-up. Will Jill’s attempt to dig beneath the surface expose the gentle man who stole her heart? Or will Rob continue to run from his past and relinquish his chance for happines? More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781458107527
About Laurean Brooks

Hi there, wonderful readers!

My name is Laurean Brooks, And I LOVE it when a story comes together!

I live in rural northwest Tennessee, a stone's throw from the Kentucky state line. Besides writing, I enjoy singing in the choir, reading, browsing flea markets with hubby, and walking in the woods with my two loveable Labs, Yipper and Riley.

After a fifth grade teacher announced to the class, "Someday, Laurie will become an author," I itched to create spunky, unique characters and outlandish situations--always with humor.

I'll introduce you to charming heroes who live to ignite the tempers of spitfire heroines, and to sassy heroines who are always ladies...though they do frequently choke on their own shoe leather.

You can be assured that all my stories will have a G rating. So snuggle up with your daughter, download a story, and get caught up in a sweet romance. Laugh, cry, relax, and enjoy!

Keep checking back. My shortstory "Jonquils in the Snow" will soon be posted here at Smashwords. I loved writing this one. The words flowed like honey. Hope your reading enjoyment equals mine while writing it.

JOURNEY TO FORGIVENESS, a historical, inspirational romance set in 1938, and released by White Rose Publishing in 2009, is Laurean Brooks' debut novel.

Email: landtbeth@yahoo.com

"Can a young woman with a haunted past embrace a future with the charming man who has stolen her heart? But is that all he has stolen?"

Journey To Forgiveness has received 5-star reviews at "You Gotta Read book reviews" and "Review Your Book.com"

Read a synopsis and see the beautiful book trailer on Laurean's Lore: http://laureanslore.blogspot.com
or purchase at
www.whiterosepublishing.com/ (click on "Historical")

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Review by: Marilyn on Aug. 15, 2015 : (no rating)
This is a quick read, so if your looking for a story to finish in just an hour or two this is one for you. Lauren Brooks characters seem very real with great personalities and real life issues. This is a fast paced contemporary christian romance. The only negative I can say is the relationship seems to move very quickly.

Jill Landers is trying to start a new life for herself. After trusting the wrong man she has a heard time trusting men in general. When Rob Canter seams like he may have something to hide, even his true personality seems it is hard to uncover. When Jill feels like she is finally getting to know the true Rob he closes up. Will she be able to trust him and find his hidden secret?

Rob Canter is not interested in a relationship, no woman deserves a man like him. When Jill Landers finds her way into his thoughts and heart can he keep his past hidden? Would she ever understand it? Can he truly trust God with his past and his future.

I was given a copy of this novella by the author for my honest opinion.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Kathy Watts on Jan. 21, 2015 :
I enjoyed this story that covered so many emotions, childhood physical and emotional pain, self-doubt, betrayal, and finding love first through friends, a church group and then a relationship. Jill Landon was burnt by her ex-finance, Craig Johnson, who not only robbed her financially but left her for another woman. Rob Canter appears as happy-go-lucky man, but deep down it is partially a cover-up for both physical and emotional scars. The story and dialogue is both heartwarming and thought provoking. Does God's healing cover both physical and emotional needs? Sometimes it takes two wounded souls to help heal and find love. This story shares God's love in such a way that is not preachy, but through love, forgiveness and understanding. Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Larry Hammersley on July 16, 2011 :
Over the Coals is a wonderful heart warming story of Rob who has something to hide which is keeping him from a relationship with Jill. Jill strives to learn about Rob's secret and why he's not able to open up to Jill. The scenes in church, at the cookout, the volleyball game all bring Rob and Jill closer together for a tearful conclusion to their story. Ms. Brooks has a knack for keeping the reader wondering and hooked until the ending. A great story that I highly recommend.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Celia Yeary on July 11, 2011 :

The author, Laurean Brooks, writes wonderful, sweet, emotional stories. Her best talent is creating and developing strong characters to the point that you actually think you know them. In her short story, Over the Coals, she develops Jill Landers as a thoughtful, caring young woman whose Christianity keeps her centered and balanced. However, even the most dedicated person can fall prey to a scoundrel. She does just that with a man named Craig who is all show with nothing substantial when it comes to true feelings. When he devastates her and skips town with more than her heart, Jill is left feeling vulnerable and alone.

Jill meets gentle Rob Canter at a backyard cookout. She
likes his good looks, and his boisterous fun-loving ways, but when she tries to get close, his personality shifts to a completely different person—aloof and standoffish. Why? Why does he shy away from her at one point but watches her from another? Why does he act friendly and gregarious, but then turns away or puts distance between himself and others?

Soon, she learns Rob harbors a secret that he wants to keep from everyone, even pretty, pleasing Jill. Somehow, she knows she must confront him on some level so he might learn to stop running from his past and risk happiness.

That accidental meeting is the turning point in the story. Trust me, you will love how this develops.
I highly recommend Over the Coals.
Celia Yeary
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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