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Publisher's Summary

Maddie Kinkaid believes her late husband, Jack, gives her advice on everything - from ordering a pizza to hiring a carpenter. When she finds Caleb Walker's business card on Jack's desk, she's convinced that he's the guy to remodel her kitchen.

He can't decide if she's worth the risk. Caleb is a single father, and protecting his young son means avoiding romantic entanglements. But there's heat in every kitchen, and sparks ignite between Caleb and Maddie - until disaster strikes. When Jack goes silent, it looks as if she and Caleb will never find their happily-ever-after. At least, not without a little help from Jack.

Love Built to Last began as the award-winning short story "Fireflies", and is now the first novel in the Fireflies series.

©2015 Lisa Ricard Claro (P)2017 Lisa Ricard Claro

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Like finding Buried Treasure! 🌻

Okay....where do I begin? Well, let me start by saying that I went into this book knowing I already loved the narration of Pam Dougherty. She enhances each story and is always a pleasure to listen to. Bravo!

Now, this is a new Author for me so I didn't know what to expect. Well, to my delighted surprise, I feel like I found buried treasure with this book. The characters are endearing, emotionally flawed, and feel so genuine. (Even the dog stole my heart 💓) The Story is filled with life lessons, touching moments galore, funny scenes, and the promise of another book in the series for me to look forward to. I highly recommended this wonderful book!

(Note: This book is almost a clean read . It does have some swearing and sexual encounters but nothing explicit.)

I received a copy of the audiobook and I'm voluntarily leaving this review. I am grateful to the author and narrator for the opportunity. 😊

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  • 12-18-17

Not my usual genre, but very good

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

So, I will start this review by saying this is SO not a genre I ever seak out. I'm just not into love stories. They are often FAR too sappy and hoakey for my taste. As it turns out, I had requested a different book but got a credit code and link to this book by mistake. I have a long commute and burn through audio books VERY fast, so didn't realize this wasn't one of the books I requested. Pam was nice enough to help sort that out for me with the book I HAD requested. Anyway, I figured, why not just give it a listen anyway. Turns out, I'm actually kind of glad I did. It was definitely a love story, but it had a light paranormal aspect to it, and really was well written (and narrated). It wasn't enough to get me to continue the series over my preferred genres, but it was a pleasant experience and it gave my wife and I some things to chat about as our reading/listening interests tend to be quite different. If you like love stories that focus on the meaning of love (reminded me of This is Us without the paranormal aspect), you'll love this one. Come to think about it, this WOULD make a great TV show or movie.

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Beautiful Listen!

Wow!! What a beautiful story full! This book had so much going for it! Romance, Heartbreak, Healing, Second Chance at love and some Humor. I thought the book was very well written and I was so impressed by the narrator (Pam Dougherty). I love it when the narrator is able to perform various characters with distinguishable voices and put so many emotions into their performance. I thought the book had some very realistic and poignant scenes. The imagery of the fireflies was so cool how they were used. I do not write a synopsis of the book in my reviews, but rather my opinion of it. The author was new to me, while I have listened to the narrator before. I find both are very talented and will definitely look for more books by them. I received this book as a gift and have voluntarily written my review. I can't wait to listen to the next book in this series. This a standalone book and well worth a credit.

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Good Story!

I really enjoyed this story. The story is very sweet and wholesome. The narration was good and kept you entertained. This was my first book by this author but definitely won't be my last. I look forward to reading the other books in this series. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Heartwarming Contemporary Romance

This is a new author for me and I’m so glad I took a chance. It was beautifully written. It is nice for once to have both main characters being decent, caring, and responsible people. This is a story about second chances for a widow and a widower.

Narration was excellent and brought the story to life. Great intonation and emotion placed at the right place to make this an outstanding listen.

Both main characters love their spouses fiercely and have been alone since their deaths. They often talk to them but Jack seems to actually send signs and messages to Maddie.

There are some ups and downs, funny moments, and heartfelt moments. It a great story with great characters. Sweet HEA conclusion.

I’m looking forward to her next book in this great series. I love the series name “Fireflies”. It ties up nicely with some pretty sweet moments in this book.

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Loved it

What a great start to what seems to be a fun series. The flow of the story and characters blend great and you keep wanting to see what’s next.

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this story is well written but contains an increasing number of curse words & a bedroom scene about ch 10.
The writer seems to be a good story teller.

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Sweet story

Hit all the right notes. Can’t wait to listen to the next one in the series.

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Perfect title for this compelling story!

I loved this audio book!
The story line was so sweet and realistic, even down to the antics of a 5 year old boy and the way grief must be worked through following the death of a loved one.

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Love Built to Last

Oh my goodness...this was so filled with love and forgiveness and remembering and then survival. When you lose the love of your life you don't think you can survive but Maddie has found a way to survive by talking with her deceased husband, Jack. She finally decides he has told her it is time to go on with the kitchen rehab and even showed her who to call. Caleb Walker is the perfect one for her, not only as a carpenter but with his little boy they soon find their way. This was such a beautiful story that had me shedding some tears which was not unexpected as I lost my husband a few months ago and also 2 sons in the past few months. It has been an emotional year but I recommend this one! I am writing this review after completing the series and really recommend all three!!!!!!

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Lovely story

I really enjoyed this book. It is a lovely romance story between two people who previously lost their first love. I enjoyed their story read by Pam Dougherty.