Just Breathe

Romance - Contemporary
338 Pages
Reviewed on 11/01/2012
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Author Biography

Bonnie J. James has traveled and lived abroad, but many of her fondest memories are from the small Wisconsin town where she grew up. She loves to weave her hometown setting and rural upbringing into the stories of her romance novels.

Before becoming a novelist, Bonnie was an elementary special education teacher. She decided to stay home when her second son was born and found a little time to squeeze writing into her daily routine. Five years and three manuscripts later, her debut novel JUST BREATHE was published by Balboa Press.

Bonnie lives with her husband and two young sons in Minneapolis, Minnesota. When she’s not busy trying to keep up with her boys, you’ll find her working on one of her books or playing in her craft room. She is currently writing her next novel and loves to hear from readers!

    Book Review

Reviewed by Ellen Hogan for Readers' Favorite

Lola and her son Sam moved to Hope River to a house set for her aunt Louise. Sam quickly made friends with the neighbor’s son, Caleb. The friendship led to the baseball coach inviting Sam to join the team. Lola hesitates but Matt convinces her to let him play. Matt and Lola become friends and share the pain of losing their spouse. Lola must decide whether to return to San Francisco where all is familiar or stay in Hope River and take a chance on a budding relationship with Matt. It was fun watching Matt and Lola’s love grow, from friendship to love. Lola makes a mess of things when she tries to do things for herself and it brought a smile to my face. Matt is always there to fix her blunders. Both Lola and Matt are hurt and mourn the loss of their mates. Matt knows he is ready to start a new life with someone; Lola is not sure if she is ready for a new beginning.

"Just Breathe" is a story that will tug at the strings of your heart. Bonnie J. James successfully pulls on the reader’s emotions with love, the pain of loss, the worry of making tough decisions, the worry of uncertainty, and the thrill of new love. "Just Breathe" demonstrates the joy of living in a small town where everyone comes together. This is a touching love story and so much more. You will laugh and shed a few tears. "Just Breathe" is one of those books that will linger in your mind long after you have read the last word.