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Book Review & Giveaway! ~ Love’s Promises by Sandra Leesmith

About the Book

Loves-Promises-ebook2For Monica Scott, building her late father’s house at Lake Tahoe isn’t an option—it’s a necessary distraction from confusing memories and an uncertain future. But a handsome planner working for the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) is keeping Monica from moving forward with the project. Never mind that he’s young and charming with a great sense of humor. No one is going to stop Monica from making her father’s dream—and her own—a reality.

All Greg Linsey wants is for his work to mean something. His job at TRPA gives him the opportunity to fight for the environment he loves and make a difference in his small corner of the world. But with the sophisticated Monica Scott’s arrival, his dedication is tested as never before, especially when Monica turns to his unscrupulous nemesis for assistance.

As Greg and Monica’s animosity turns into something far sweeter, can they learn to accept each other’s promises and avoid the growing danger to their lives and hearts?

Find the Book!

Purchase the Kindle ebook on Amazon

Paperback coming soon!


Christian/Contemporary Romance

My Rating

5 out of 5 (stars)

My Review

This book is undoubtedly one of the best I’ve ever read. It has certainly made my top ten classic reads list. My favorite fictional hero has always been Michael Hosea of Francine River’s Redeeming Love. Now I can finally say that after so long, I’ve found my number one fictional heroine—Monica Scott of Sandra Leesmith’s Love’s Promises! Perhaps it’s because Monica is like me in a lot of ways? I saw truth, honest struggles and realistic growth in this character. I could see that God dealt with her in ways that He deals with me—patiently, subtly, lovingly, fervently, and firmly, too, until His work in me on a particular matter is finished/satisfied.

Greg, the hero, stole my heart! If every guy were like him the world wouldn’t be a bad place at all! The way he handled Monica broke me (and her too!)—no pushing, no probing, no lies or games, just the right dose of seriousness, a lot of laughing (my goodness, those crinkles weren’t for nothing!), such patience, sweetness, zest for nature, honesty, and a boatload of other wonderful things! I’m not saying the guy was perfect—nah ah! He was just really sweet! Could a girl ask for more? *happy, dreamy sigh* Nope!

Also, Sandra delicately, but honestly dealt with a lot of issues that many authors wouldn’t dare venture on for fear of public criticism. And you know me—I love it when an author does that! I strongly believe that one of the callings of a writer is to tell the truth, whether bitter or sweet, hard or soft—Sandra did this in a subtle but daringly unapologetic way. Throughout the course of the story she exposed what it means to truly and selflessly love within the confines of marriage. The place of a husband and a wife was gradually unveiled in a way that one would not only understand what/why Scripture instructs, but will also see the beauty of God’s plan in making it so. This, of course, was not without letting us know the damage that one could cause on oneself because of lack of trust in God’s plan.

The key lesson here is trust that God’s design for marriage is perfect. Your spouse or choice of a future one may not be perfect, but God’s plan is. Submitting yourself to God’s love and authority will teach you to love each other better, and uphold one another higher thereby building each other up. It truly is a bold and well written book. Character shines/flaws were exposed at the right time, dialogues/monologues were crafted to let out just enough of what was needed at each turn so that the final theme wasn’t thrust on the reader prematurely, and the scenes were very well paced so that nothing sprung up too soon.

The setting was truly breathtaking. Lake Tahoe sounds like somewhere I’d truly like to visit someday. Sandra wove in the environmental issues of this place within this romance story so that a reader can understand the value of nature in our lives and how the beauty of it can add to the riches of human living/existence. Suddenly, I could see why people left the city to Lake Tahoe not just for a holiday, but as a way to recuperate from a noisy world. This shows that the better we take responsibility for, and take care of environment, the healthier we’ll be in mind, body and spirit. Nature is a gift given to us by God for our wellbeing if only we’ll let it be so.

Might I also add that I totally nailed deciphering the book cover in my reveal post? Yes, I did! Everything the picture told us is true. You can read all about it here. I have to applaud Lena Goldfinch because of this. I really don’t know how she does it. She truly has the unique gift of listening to not just the words, but also the heart of an author so that she brings to life the story she hears in their heart. It’s truly amazing! Well done, Lena!!

*Although I offer this review to the public, it is my opinion and simply that. My thanks to the author for a free copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

This post is also on facebook.


Sandra is offering one reader a taste of Lake Tahoe with a sweet prize pack: a signed paperback copy of Love’s Promises, a journal, a Lake Tahoe coffee mug, a pound of Millstone Velvet Chocolate coffee, and a Hulet Glass chocolate drop! This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. You can enter to win via a Rafflecopter giveaway form. Click the link to access the form!

About the Author

SandraLeesmithSandra Leesmith loves to travel in her RV and explore all of nature’s beauty, discover America’s history, and fellowship with the wonderful people she meets while on the road. She enjoys reading, writing, hiking, swimming, and pickleball. Learn more about Sandra and her books at

Find the Author!

You can connect with Sandra on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads. You can also find her and her talented writing buddies at the Seekerville blog.

To read the Savvy Saturday Weekly paper for readers and writers, go here.


  1. Wow, Miranda. You are the ideal reader for this book, and I’m so thrilled all the aspects of the story touched you so deeply, my friend! 😀 Your review is fabulous – such a perfect way to conclude the blog tour!

    I’m also really happy with how the cover turned out and the way it matches the story. Great job on dissecting it during the cover reveal! 😉 Lena and Sandra are both such talented ladies!

    As you also noted, I appreciate that Sandra was brave enough to get this book out there with its perhaps “risky” themes and plot. And yes, I always love Sandra’s settings, and I’m particularly fond of Lake Tahoe!


    • Thank you, Amber! This story means so much to me. I won’t be forgetting it anytime soon. And you know what, I’m so glad I discovered Sandra and Lena. Their personalities/work are not only an inspiration, but are an encouragement as well. 🙂

    • sandraleesmith says

      I have to agree Amber that Miranda did a lovely job with her review. It tickles my heart. And she did nail the cover during the cover reveal. Lena did do the artwork, but folks, Amber had a big part in it also. She has a gift for finding the right element to portray the story. She and Lena make a terrific team and working with both of them is wonderful.

  2. sandraleesmith says

    Ahh Miranda, What a lovely review and you really were touched with the marriage issue. That is so cool. The environmental issue is obvious and most reacted to that, but it tickles my heart that you saw first and foremost a revealing of God’s plan for marriage.

    Thank you so much for all the kind words. Your review is rather humbling. And you are right. There are mixed reactions to the issues. And I knew there would be. And that is okay because we are all unique and have our own callings. God does love variety. smile

    Thank you again for featuring Love’s Promises on your lovely blog.

    • Sandra, first of, it was my pleasure to host your book on my blog! It’s a terrific book, and I thank God that He gave you this beautiful story to give to the world–so full of truth, so we can be blessed! I also thank you for offering your heart to God, to not only hear His Word and accept it, but for also deciding to let Him use you this way. May He bless you heart with many more stories that will tell even more truth. Know that you’re not alone in this. I, too, am in the process of releasing my book, an edgy romance. I’ve received a couple of reviews and they are mixed as well. I expected it to be so, and so I completely understand what you mean. I hope to always tell the truth, and delve into depths of pain, emotions, failure, and a lot of other things about man.

      And I completely agree with you! Amber, Lena, as well as Rachelle Rea are a joy to work with! They make an awesome team! I’m so glad I found them! 🙂

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