My Books!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Moving On

Moving On
by Annette Bower



Anna Jenkins, a mysterious woman arrives in the resort town of Regina Beach as the heir to a cottage, even though there isn’t an obvious family connection. The residents of the town know everyone’s business and they are very keen on discovering Anna’s secrets. Anna meets Nick Donnelly with a secret of his own.  As a soldier, the injuries he sustained in an IED explosion were greater than most people realize.

During his rehabilitation, Nick and Anna become friends. Nick begins to dream of a life on the land with a family of his own. When Anna discovers that Nick plans to return to active duty, she puts the brakes on loving a man who might die because of his career. Nick must convince Anna they have a future to live for.

Moving On: Sweet contemporary romance with an heiress, a soldier, a small town and secrets.


Anna was drawn to the large windows that revealed small waves washing onto the shore while his voice rose and fell in the background. She jumped when Nick spoke from behind her. “Looks like you’ve got a big job to make this old man’s house a place you’d want to live.” He had picked up a ship in a bottle and held it to the light.

She stood with determined confidence. “They say work is good therapy.” She felt a pang of intuitive kinship with him again, and smiled. “Do you ever wonder if they really know what they are talking about?”

Nick raised his hand and gently touched the side of her face, turning it toward him. He looked deep into her eyes as if searching for recognition. “Yeah, they’re probably just a bunch of clowns who think up Pollyanna sayings to make us feel better about our lives.”

She would have returned that gentle touch in a moment of shared intimacy, if his stance hadn’t changed. He shifted away from her as if he sensed danger. Nick pivoted on his rubber-soled boots and almost leapt through the door. The moment was thick with uncertainty.

She caught a chuckle that ended up more of a snort. They were like two wounded animals who suddenly found themselves in the same pen, wondering who was stronger and would survive. Surely she wasn’t attracted to Nick Donnelly just because they were both grieving their severed pasts.

My Review:

Moving On is the story of two wounded individuals who finally get their emotional houses in order and move on with their lives. I found both of the major characters to be likeable and sympathetic. The secondary characters added some nice depth to the story. The plot was well done and hung nicely together, and it brought the story to a satisfying conclusion. I also enjoyed the author's ability to do descriptions that made me 'see' the place. If you're a romance fan I think you'd like Moving On. Four out of five stars.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Annette Bower explores women’s roles in families, in communities and women’s emotions at the beginning and end of love in her home office in Regina, SK.

Her short stories are published in magazines and anthologies in Canada, United States, and United Kingdom and most recently in the Lake Winnipeg Writers Journal, Voices V 14/1.

She pursues the writing craft in workshops through the SWG conferences, Writing with Style, Banff Centre for the Arts, Surrey International Writers Conference, and Romance Writers of America Conferences. She is attending the Novel Colloquium at Sage Hill Writing Experience in July, 2014.

Her women’s fiction novel, Woman of Substance, is published by Soul Mate Publishing. Her novel Moving On re-released electronically by Soul Mate Publishing in October 2014. 

Web page:

Buy link Amazon: 

Annette will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Kobo or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Use the rafflecopter link below to enter. You can find her tour schedule at

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting

Mai T. said...

Beautiful cover!

Annette said...

Dear Elaine,
Thank you for hosting Moving On's Book Review Tour.
Thank you for recognizing the community as an important asset in Anna and Nick's story as they move away from loss and into love.
Yours truly,
Annette Bower

Annette said...

Dear Mai T
Thank you for your comment on Moving On's cover. The cover designer and I collaborated to share the atmosphere of a sweet love story and the setting of Regina Beach, Saskatchewan. Nick and Anna do fish on a lake very similar to the cover.
Yours truly,
Annette Bower

Annette said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Rita Wray said...

Thank you for the review. Sounds like a great read.

MomJane said...

This was a wonderful review. I loved the excerpt.

Annette said...

Dear Rita,
Thank you for discovering Moving On's Book review tour. I agree it is a wonderful review.

Yours truly,
Annette Bower

Annette said...

Dear Mom Jane,
Thank you for discovering Hope. Dreams.Life...and Love's blog during Moving On's Book Review Tour. I agree it is a review to have me floating through my writing day.
As I'm sure you know, excerpts are challenging because it is trying to discover the nugget which will appeal to readers. I'm glad you appreciated it.
Yours truly,

bn100 said...

nice cover

Unknown said...

Love the excerpt. Sounds like a lovely book to read when you need a pick-me-up.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the review!

Trix, vitajex(At)Aol(Dot)com

Annette said...

Dear Elizabeth,
Thank you for stopping in at Moving On's book review tour. This is a sweet romance Elizabeth and so yes a nice read.
Yours truly,
Annette Bower

Annette said...

Dear Anonymous,
Thank you for appreciating my host Elaine's review of Moving On.
Good luck on the contest.
Yours truly,
Annette Bower

Annette said...

Dear BN100,
Thank you for commenting on Moving On's cover. The cover designer and I worked hard together to share the feeling inside Moving On.
Good luck in the contest.
Yours truly,
Annette Bower

Annette said...

Dear Elaine at Hope. Dreams. Life...Love,
Thank you for being a Goddess Fish Book Review host for my book Moving On. With your assistance Moving On has reached many potential readers. I appreciate the time you took to read and share your comments with your readers.
I would also like to thank the readers who joined us at your blog to read, comment and enter the contest.
Yours truly,
Annette Bower

Annette said...

Dear Elaine and Book Review Followers,
The $50 Amazon or B/N GC by a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $25 Amazon or Kobo or B/N GC to a randomly drawn host. In addition. Goddess Fish Promotions will be awarding a $5 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn host has been made.

Congratulations to Dorothy T., winner of the tour prize and to Hope. Dreams. Life... Love and to Kaisy Daisy's Corner, the host winners.

Thank you once again.

Yours truly,
Annette Bower