Thursday, November 17, 2016

Terri Osburn - Her Hopes and Dreams review, excerpt and giveaway

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Book 4 of the highly popular Ardent Springs series.
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Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: November 15, 2016
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If she'd let him in,
he'd be the man of her dreams.
As a newly single mother, Carrie Farmer isn’t quite ready to jump back into the dating pool in Ardent Springs—especially since her last marriage was such a disaster. But if anyone could entice her to wade in a bit, it would be her hunky neighbor, Noah Winchester. He’s the perfect man: strong, protective, and smoking hot. But her eyes have deceived her before, and she’s no longer willing to hand over her heart so easily.
After completing several tours in the Middle East, Noah returns to his hometown a very different man. The former soldier’s plan to rest and relax is soon waylaid by the intriguing woman next door and her heart-stealing little girl. Something—or someone—put shadows in Carrie’s lovely eyes, and he’s determined to clear them away. But when hidden demons can no longer be ignored, the couple gets a reminder from an unexpected source that love truly can conquer all.
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Noah was impressed. The little secretary—office manager, he corrected himself—knew her stuff. “As you can see, the additions will require the most work, while the rest is predominantly cosmetic. Of course, the camp is forty years old, so there could be unforeseen issues, but we’re optimistic that the job will go smoothly once we get started.” “That’s the first rookie comment I’ve heard you make,” he said. “No construction job, especially one on anything this old, goes smoothly.” Carrie appeared to be fighting for patience. “I prefer to be optimistic.” He wondered if she was this contrary with everyone or just him. “So what’s your stake in this?” he asked. “Excuse me?” she said, stepping through a cobweb that would have sent men bigger than Noah squealing from the room.Dodging the silk threads, he tested the sturdiness of a wall to find it detached at the bottom. Not a good sign. “Why a women’s shelter? Why not a kids’ camp or something?” “The area needs a shelter,” she said, stopping near the entrance. “There are women being abused who have nowhere to go.” Noah didn’t realize that domestic violence had become an issue in his hometown. “Really?” he said. “In Ardent Springs?” “Do you think men only beat their wives in big cities?” she asked, the color high in her cheeks. “It happens everywhere, and it’s happen ing here.” Holding up his hands in surrender, he said, “No need to get so testy. Any man who hits a woman deserves to have his head knocked off. I’m with you. I just didn’t realize we had that kind of a problem around here.” To his surprise, Carrie relaxed. “You don’t believe in hitting a woman?” What kind of a question was that? “Hell no, I’d never hit a woman. What kind of a guy do you think I am?” “Women fall for men all the time who say that. A few months later, they’re putting ice on a black eye.” This chick had clearly met some serious assholes before Patch. “Real men don’t beat women. Period.” “Even if the woman deserves it?” she asked, as if testing him. “Never,” he said. “Not even if she swings first.” Satisfied with his answer, Carrie smiled and her entire face changed. In an instant, Noah understood why Patch had been so determined to have her. Blue eyes brightened like polished diamonds, and a tiny dimple appeared in her left cheek. A man could search his whole life and never find such raw beauty and innocence staring back at him. Just looking at her made him feel lighter. More human. “You should smile like that more often,” he said, leaning against the wall, aware that a goofy grin slit his face. “I smile at my daughter all the time,” she said, her voice softer. “Then that’s one lucky little girl.” He nearly asked if he could buy her lunch before he remembered who he was with. Noah shook his head to clear it as he rose off the wall. “Is that the whole tour then?” Carrie’s smile vanished, as if she too had come back to reality. “Yes, we’ve gone over everything. The work starts tomorrow, and your crew will arrive by eight.” All business once again, she held out the blueprints. “You can review these overnight if you’d like.” Taking the cardboard cylinder, he said, “I’ll do that, thanks.” An awkward silence fell between them, and Noah couldn’t believe one smile had reduced him to a nervous schoolboy. “My cell number is in the paperwork back at the office. You can send it to the crew and make sure Mike has it in case he needs me.” “Of course. And I’ll text you the names of the men you’ll be work ing with so you know who to expect in the morning.” Good thing one of them was thinking straight. “I appreciate that.” Pushing the door open, he let Carrie exit first and caught a whiff of strawberry shampoo. His body reacted as if he’d never smelled a fruit before. Thankfully, Carrie proceeded to her car without looking back, and Noah crossed to his bike, at which point he realized there was nowhere to put the blueprints. Tapping on her passenger window, he held up the plans with raised brows. Carrie lowered the window. “Did we forget something?” Noah admitted his problem. “I can’t get these home on the bike. Can you bring them over when you get home from work?” “Oh.” She looked down at her seat as if unsure how to answer. “I guess so.” “I appreciate it.” He slid the cylinder through the window and stepped back. “I’ll see you later, then.” Carrie nodded as the window went up. Seconds later, she disap peared down the gravel drive. “Get your shit together, dickhead,” he said to himself as he reached for his helmet. Seeing Carrie Farmer as anything more than a coworker, neighbor, and his friend’s widow was out of the question. One pretty smile didn’t change anything. Noah never made the same mistake twice, and this wasn’t the time to start. 

My Review

This was my first Terri Osburn book and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I haven't read the previous books in this series, but I didn't feel lost on the characters. However, I now want to go back and read the others.  This book was sad, maddening and so very sweet.  There were times when I wanted to punch a character or two in the face! But they were necessary to the story. lol. Carrie has an interesting story.  She and her ex-husband went through a difficult time but their marriage was not able to recover after. So, she moved on with Patch.  He was a heck of a lot worse for her and luckily, he was dumb enough to get himself killed.  However, his family is a royal pain in Carrie's side and they're mean and nasty.  Carrie is trying to make a life for herself and her daughter.  She isn't prepared for her new neighbor.  Noah has preconceived notions about Carrie, until he begins to know her. As they open up to each other, their feelings bloom. Suddenly, Noah doesn't want Carrie out of his life. They're good for each other and oh the FEELS this book gives its readers! Carrie has to get used to having girlfriends and people she can rely on as well as the kind, caring man Noah is.  This was an all around great book!

Other Books in the Ardent Springs Series

Check out other highly recommended titles by Terri Osburn.
Here are her first 3 books in the Ardent Springs series.
His First and Last Cover
His First and Last
Ardent Springs, Book 1
Sparks fly when high school sweethearts reunite in this first book in Terri Osburn’s Ardent Springs Series. Lorelei and Spencer thought they’d moved on, but find old flames never really die. But can they let the past go to find their happily ever after?
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Our Now and Forever
Ardent Springs, Book 2
A whirlwind romance landed Caleb and Snow in a Vegas wedding chapel making the biggest commitment of their young lives, but married life isn’t quite what Snow expected. Caleb has spent eighteen months looking for his runaway bride, and now that he’s found her in Ardent Springs, he isn’t about to let her out of his arms again.
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My One and Only
Ardent Springs, Book 3
A desperate teenage mother becomes a common cause for Cooper and Haleigh, who have been friends forever and nothing more. Seeing this as his chance with the girl he’s always loved, Cooper turns on the charm, but Haleigh’s history, as well as her daunting mother, could be too much for even love to overcome.


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About Terri Osburn

Although born in the Ohio Valley, Terri Osburn found her true home between the covers of her favorite books. Classics like The Wizard of Oz and Little Women filled her childhood landscapes, and the romance genre beckoned during her teen years. In 2007, she put pen to paper to write her own. Just five years later, she became a 2012 finalist for the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award, and her debut novel was released a year later. To date, she has released eight novels, two novellas, and one short story. You can learn more about this award winning author by visiting her website at
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  1. Congrats on your latest book release, Terri. I haven't started the series yet, but have them queueing on my e-reader. ;-)
    Thanks for the giveaway chance.
    puspitorinid AT yahoo DOT com

  2. Love this book and Terri Osburn <3

  3. congrats Terri... I love your writing and have had fun at your facebook party and following you!

  4. I am reading my way through this series. It's wonderful!

    1. forgot my email
      castings at mindspring dot com

  5. I'm so glad to have been introduced to this author! Looking forward to browsing her works/words in the future. :)
    --Ann (

  6. Congratulations on the book release. The cover is lovely. My email is amie_07(at)yahoo(dot)com