Monday, January 19, 2015

BLOG TOUR: Keeping Kate by Lauren Winder Farnsworth

Keeping Kate blog tour


Orphan Kate Evans is determined to make a life for herself on a Utah ranch, taking care of a little girl named Addie. But when she meets her irritable employer, Kate is forced to confront the past she’s been running from—and face a future she never dreamed possible. This latter-day twist on the classic Jane Eyre is a romantic and gripping read.


Lauren Winder Farnsworth was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is an avid reader, a chocolate enthusiast, a musicophile and a CPA…who somehow also finds time to indulge in her real obsession—writing. She obtained bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from the University of Utah, and the only entity that holds more of her heart than her alma mater is her husband, Bryan. Lauren currently lives in South Jordan, Utah, where she spends entirely too time watching Gilmore Girls and looking for excuses not to clean.


When I first heard about this book, I strongly suspected I would like it because I like Jane Eyre. Of course, not all books based on classic literature come across very well.  I am very happy to say that I absolutely loved this one. Kate and her spunkiness drew me in right away along with her initial clashes with Tyler Thorne.  There were enough similarities to Jane Eyre that I knew kind of where the story was going, but there were enough differences and changes to keep me enthralled with the story.  I had a really hard time putting this one down, even though I pretty much knew how the story was going to end, getting there was a really intense journey. And I confess I sighed with relief when the story ended the way it was supposed to. That's a sign of a good writer when they draw in the reader even when following an already well known path (similar path).

There is a religious side to the story which can be awkward depending on how it's done, but I found it really well done here.  The discussions that Kate has with those she meets feel genuine and sincere and not overly preachy.  While religion is an important aspect of the story, it does not dominate the story which I appreciated.

Overall, a fabulous new clean romance for my favorites shelf!

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