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Book Review – The Kissing Tree

The Kissing Tree

About the book

Bestselling novelist Karen Witemeyer joins award-winning authors Regina Jennings, Amanda Dykes, and Nicole Deese for this Texas-sized romance novella collection. Each of the authors’ unique voices is on display in stories where courting couples leave a permanent mark of their love by carving their initials into the same oak’s bark.  

In Regina Jennings’ Broken Limbs, Mended Fences, a small-town teacher has her credentials questioned by a traveling salesman.

In Karen Witemeyer’s Inn for a Surprise, two opinionated collaborators with conflicting visions must turn a doomed business venture into a successful romantic retreat.

From Roots to Sky by Amanda Dykes follows a young WWII naval airman who heads to Texas to meet the sister of a lost compatriot.

Heartwood 
by Nicole Deese is a modern-day romance about the groundskeeper of a historic inn who’s reunited with someone from her past while she fights to save a town landmark.

My Thoughts

I signed up to review this book, mostly because of the authors, even though novellas are not my favorite books to read (because they’re just too short!), and because the story line caught my attention. AND…in spite of my bias against short stories, I found this book, it’s stories, all worth reading!

The book is centered on a special oak tree, dubbed The Kissing Tree, in the small town of Oak Springs, TX. Each tale is set in a different time period, spanning multiple generations, and shows the growth and progression of this town, and it’s people.

While I enjoyed each of the stories, I would have to say the last two were my favorites. I especially like Amanda Dykes’ story because I just love her writing voice and style, and I found her two main characters to be especially easy to relate to.

I also really enjoyed Nicole Deese’s story. Abby’s determination to save the Kissing Tree, in spite of all the odds stacked against it…well this definitely made for an interesting story. I enjoyed reading about and getting to know her just a tiny bit.

If you are looking for heartwarming, fun romance, than be sure and read this book!

Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review, and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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