About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Rebuilding Joy (RenoVations, #2) by Regina Rudd Merrick: JustRead Blog + Review Tour

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Rebuilding Joy by Regina Rudd Merrick, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Rebuilding Joy

Title: Rebuilding Joy
Series: RenoVations #2
Author: Regina Rudd Merrick
Publisher: Bellville Street Books
Release Date: June 2, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance

A waitress, a contractor, and an FBI agent walk into a café …

Single mom Darcy Emerson Sloan has enough to do raising twins and running a restaurant. She’s doing fine on her own and doesn’t need the complications of a man in her life. But when her café turns into a crime scene, putting her and her children are in danger, she begins to take interest in the handsome young FBI agent that comes on the scene.

Contractor Del Reno is as even-keeled as they come, but even he has his limits. And Darcy Sloan has pushed him too far. Every time he tries to help, it backfires. But now that Darcy and her kids are in trouble, he has no choice but to come to her aid and to protect her. She’s just going to have to deal with it.

Secret tunnels, organized crime, adorable children, and a wedding.

Just another day in Clementville.

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Rebuilding Joy is the second book in the RenoVations series, and it's every bit as enjoyable as the first. I love that both books are set in western Kentucky, in the small fictional town of Clementville, and that geographical and historical facts are mentioned throughout the story. Fellow Kentuckians will recognize the town of Marion, the Kentucky State Penitentiary at Eddyville, Bowling Green and Western Kentucky University, and the role that the Ohio River played in the Underground Railroad.

Author Regina Rudd Merrick revisits characters that we fell in love with in Heart Restoration, and introduces us to more members of the Reno family. Del Reno and Darcy Sloan have known each other for several years, but this story allows them to explore a different relationship. Along with their tentative romance, there are mysterious happenings, underground tunnels, and big crime activities that threaten this small Kentucky town. This story has it all: history, mystery, and lots of romantic chemistry, in an appealing plot filled with great characters and a strong faith message.

I thoroughly enjoyed Rebuilding Joy, and I'm hoping that there will be more books in this series. I recommend it to all who enjoy contemporary Christian romance.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars 


Regina Rudd Merrick

Regina Rudd Merrick is a multi-published writer, church musician, wife, mother, former librarian, lover of all things beachy and chocolate, and grateful follower of Jesus Christ. Married to her husband of 35-plus years, she is the mother of two grown daughters, and the keeper of a 100-year-old house where she lives in the small town of Marion, KY. Connect with Regina on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or on her website at https://www.reginaruddmerrick.com

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(3) winner will receive their choice of ebook or signed print copy of Rebuilding Joy!

Rebuilding Joy JustRead Giveaway

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight June 7, 2021 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on June 14, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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