Book Review- ‘Tomorrow and Yesterday’ by Kris Francoeur (Women’s Fiction) 3 stars.@KFAnnaBelleRose @RRBookTours1 @btwnthelinespub #BlogTour #WomensFiction #Romance #Giveaway #RRBookTours

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Thank you to R and R book tours for my free copy, in exchange for an honest review. Three stars from me I wish I could give more. I found the pace for me a bit too slow,  and it became a little ‘hard to believe it all.’ But there were some enjoyable parts. Let’s get into the review…

Blurb

Tomorrow and Yesterday

Publication Date: January 28th, 2020

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Publisher: Willow River Press
The air was so cold, it was hard for her to breathe. Who was she kidding? It could have been
a balmy, sunny day, and she still would have felt the clogging tightness of her throat, air
barely able to get through to her lungs…

Delaney Adams isn’t hiding from her past. She doesn’t have a past, at least as far as anyone
currently in her life knows. She has a great job, a small but supportive group of friends, and
absolutely no romantic life at all. Her life is just the way she wants it. When she meets artist
James McDaniels, she is caught between her attraction to him, her distrust of men, and the
fear that he will reject her if he ever learns who she really is. But her past secretly stalks
Delaney, and eventually it catches up to her. When it all explodes into her current life, will
she have the strength to fight for what she has.

Kim’s Review 3 Stars

What made me sign up to read this novel was the blurb, it seemed interesting to me and drew me in. It doesn’t give away much! But I sensed a good read and maybe some mystery or suspense to the plot, given the main female character. I really wish that I could have loved this book! I was so sure I would, it was an okay read. A few things sadly made me disconnect a little. That said, I’m just one reader and there may be many who would disagree, and find this a fast-paced page turner! But here’s my honest review.

Characters- I found them interesting when the book first started, and I loved the way that James and Delaney really fell for each other. It’s kinda like a ‘insta love’ but these two people have met before in the past. I liked that it seemed like a genuine connection.  And I liked the second chance at love and meeting aspect a lot! Love love that!!

Delaney herself was portrayed well, shy, nervous and a very hardworking woman. Mainly due to her past, this adds to her need to never miss work. The male character  James came across as the perfect gentleman as I read, which he was.

Story line and plot–  this is where my reading experience was held back a tiny bit. This is an over 250 page book, the first say fifty to seventy five pages I enjoyed a lot, as this part was about the two characters meeting, then meeting again, and falling in love. But as I read deeper at about eighty percent through I felt in all honestly as a reader, that this novel could have been at least 100 pages shorter if this is the full plot, and all there is to it.  Or it  could benefit from having  more in the story/plot happening in the first eighty percent,  to keep me focused, gripped and guessing. I probably would have really loved it and had that ‘page turner’ experience  if the latter! More plot please!!

I have  no problem with ‘slow burn books’, I  do like them,  but as a reader of this one I feel the ‘slow burn’ and not much happening in the plot, hindered the reality of the whole story generally, as I read.  I say this as at fifty, seventy five and say even eighty percent in, I was still waiting for something to happen, and I still never understood what Delaney had spent her life running from.

Other than the characters telling each other that they love each other, having sex, and going to work there was for me, nothing else.  As I was so in the dark for so long with the pace, and there was no real challenge from James over how he handled this situation, I didn’t feel that gripped.

The romance was there, but it all seemed to just fit together so easy,  and no challenges. Which was hard to believe, given one person is not telling the other anything but yet they are in love. And the person ( James) in the dark ( like readers), seems to be like ‘okay that’s fine, and yes I will propose to you too, yep I’m  cool with that’.  That seemed to be his attitude.

Reality- With the slow pace, and lack of challenge from James as I read I started to doubt the reality of the plot overall. I asked myself 1. could two people meet, fall in love, move in together, and the man propose marriage BUT he has no idea about the woman’s past, but knows she’s hiding something, and I mean he knows NOTHING!! Not even if she has siblings. ( Neither do we readers).  2. In this day and age? And at the age these characters are, could this be realistic? Is this a real romantic element, and is it a likely situation? I doubted it  and both  characters.  Delaney also held back from her previous husband also. But if there was more challenge, suspense, and twists around Delaney’s deception, which would give James a chance to become more believable early on, this could have been a brilliant read.

When James proposes marriage ( knowing nothing about this woman’s background and character), within the last say fifty pages, that’s when he starts digging and Delaney is kinda forced to open up. But I asked myself again, really? Would a man ( or woman)  or even me myself? Even get to this point of marriage or keep dating with such a closed and strange person? And then start digging after a proposal. I felt as a reader, while reading,  it was all too late for the action and drama at the eight-ninety percent mark, or the last fifty pages when marriage is on the table and drama kicks in.

Overall for me, three stars for enjoyable characters to start off with, and how the romance developed to start. But if the plot was a bit more gripping with other aspects, developed quicker, and not leave me with doubts over the reality and likely hood of this couple’s journey from dating, living together and marriage proposal maybe it could have been a four or five star read for me.   It was okay, but slow..  2.5 ish- 3 stars from me.

I hope there are others who fall in love with this novel! And  I wish the author a lot of luck, and a great readership for this book.

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Welcome to the blog tour for Tomorrow and Yesterday, by Kris Francoeur! Read on for a sneak peek from the book and a chance to win a signed copy, plus a $20 Amazon gift card!

Tomorrow and Yesterday

Publication Date: January 28th, 2020

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Publisher: Willow River Press

The air was so cold, it was hard for her to breathe. Who was she kidding? It could have been a balmy, sunny day, and she still would have felt the clogging tightness of her throat, air barely able to get through to her lungs…

Delaney Adams isn’t hiding from her past. She doesn’t have a past, at least as far as anyone currently in her life knows. She has a great job, a small but supportive group of friends, and absolutely no romantic life at all. Her life is just the way she wants it. When she meets artist James McDaniels, she is caught between her attraction to him, her distrust of men, and the fear that he will reject her if he ever learns who she really is. But her past secretly stalks Delaney, and eventually it catches up to her. When it all explodes into her current life, will she have the strength to fight for what she has.

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Excerpt

Later, Delaney awoke covered in cold sweat, her heart pounding. Would the nightmares never stop? Lately, they had been less frequent but still happened fairly often. How long would she have to relive that night? Were dreams of that hell the only way she could see Jake and her mother in her mind? In the light of day, she could barely remember what they looked like, but at night, the images were so vivid…

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About the Author

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My name is Kris Francoeur, and I am an author, educator, speaker, wife, mom, grandmother, and farmer living in Vermont. I love to spend time with my family, travel, hike, kayak, knit, spin (fiber), garden, cook, and love time with my bees, alpacas and chickens.

Currently, I have published three romance novels with Solstice Publishing, and have one that will be released by Willow River Press in January 2020. My first three romances are written under the pen name of Anna Belle Rose, and they can be purchased in paperback format through my Book Store page on this website, or in e-book or paperback on Amazon.

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