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Return to Love
By Betsy St. Amant
Review by Roseanna White


Gracie Broussand’s only passion right now is her penguins. Her job is to care for them at an aquarium in New Orleans, and she’ll do anything she can to raise the funds for an expansion—otherwise, they won’t be able to take in more birds from upstate, and they’ll be homeless. But when her fundraising plans get off-track, her dedication is questioned too. Does she love them enough to face Carter Alexander again, after what he did to her eight years ago? Yes, he could save all her plans . . . if it’s worth another broken heart.

Carter had never been more shocked than he was to see Gracie at the aquarium when he arrived in New Orleans. He can tell from the first look she gives him that she still hasn’t forgiven him for the past . . . but that look’s also all it takes to convince him that she still holds a big place in his heart. Now he just has to convince her that he’s changed—and that he had good reason for at least some of what he did before. He sees quickly that the way to her heart is through her penguins—but nothing seems to go right there, either. Will they ever see eye-to-eye again?

Return to Love is a sweet, hearty story that takes the reader from the fun of an aquarium to the bitter roots of the past. When unforgiveness pairs up with sabotage, trouble comes down upon these once-friends in spades and will keep the pages turning.

I enjoyed spending a few evenings with this book. There’s enough mystery to keep the story going, enough hints about the past to make you want to know exactly what happened to destroy Gracie’s and Carter’s friendship all those years ago. What I most enjoyed about it was the unique penguin thread. It adds a definite charm to the book and helps make the characters real and interesting.

If you need a quick, engaging read with some New Orleans flavor and some penguin fun, check out Return to Love.

Publisher: Steeple Hill
Publication Date: July 2009
ISBN: 9780373875405
Price: $5.50
Genre: Inspirational romance

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