Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Book Review: Fostering Love by Victoria Johns

Released Date - 15th October 2014
(Available for pre order from 30th September on Amazon Kindle)

Fostering Love
The Soul Sisters Series

Victoria Johns

Reviewed by Sandra Long

5 Stars

Dalton "Dolly" and Jonas were both placed in foster care in the same home. Dolly was there first and then when she was a pre-teen, a rebellious teenage Jonas came to live with them. The foster parents were very loving and supportive and wanted these two foster children, and the younger twin boys that they had adopted, to consider themselves a family. They saw the attraction between Dolly and Jonas and did everything in their power to prevent it and contain it, even to encouraging Jonas to enlist in the Navy as soon as he finished high school in order to separate the two.

Neither ever forgot the other even though several year went by. Jonas served heroically in the Navy, saw combat and was promoted. Dolly went off to college and majored in her great love---photography. She and Jonas both had relationships with other people during the years they were apart but never lost the love they felt for each other. They kept in touch over the years, but talking as foster siblings and neither ever told the other of their undying love.

Dolly returns to their hometown to practice her profession of photography and has a reasonably successful business. Her best friends from high school are still there and still single and the four of them spend a lot of time together. When Jonas unexpectedly returns to the town and becomes manager of the only bar/nightclub in town, he does not tell Dolly he is coming home and does not contact her. When she sees him at the club, he is with the school tramp who had gone to their high school and Jonas had a sexual relationship with back then, that Dolly had walked in on one night. This girl that Dolly and her friends called "Tits" worked at this nightclub as a bartender and she was all over Jonas. Jonas' high school friends are still around also but some of them have designs on Dolly themselves while others try to give him advice that he doesn't take. From all appearances he is having a relationship with Tits. He is very secretive about his personal life and his future plans, even from his best friends.

Dolly and Jonas both had issues from their childhood, as do all foster children. They also struggled with the way some people, especially Tits, call them brother and sister and insinuate that a sexual relationship between them would be incest. Tits does everything she can to trap Jonas, even telling everyone that she is carrying his baby. Her jealousy of Dolly escalates to the breaking point.

There comes a time that Jonas and Dolly tell each other of their love and have a night of explosive passion, but Jonas, believing Tits is going to give birth to his child and that he has a moral as well as legal obligation to provide for and be a parent to that child, tells Dolly they can only have that one night together but she will always have his love. Tits harasses Dolly and even threatens her but Dolly doesn't take the threats as seriously as she should. The threats get worse when the whole town discovers Dolly is pregnant with Jonas' twins.

Fostering Love is filled with love, laughter, heartbreak, tears and suspense, everything the reader needs to get fully involved with a book and not want to put it down until the very end. There is sex, and it is steamy, but it is not over done and helps add to the storyline. This novel is a comfortable length for a relaxing day of reading for enjoyment. Excellent book and I hope I see more from this author. Five stars.

Fostering Love is the first book in the Soul Sisters Series, which tells the story of four girls, friendship and their path to finding ‘the one’.

Being “soul sisters” is a way of life for Dalton, Aneelia, Charlotte and Florence.  
Growing up together means they’ve shared all of life’s major highs and lows and managed to survive with a friendship so strong that real blood sisters would be jealous of it.
Dalton Frobisher has loved the same guy since she was a teenager.
It’s just unfortunate that he doesn’t love her back, or rather, can’t.
Growing up around the person you believe should be yours is hard, seeing him with other girls is harder but watching him leave is torture.  It’s a constant state of grief because he’s still in your life and you can’t have him.
Life is full of regrets and not telling him how she felt was the biggest regret she had... so far.  Dalton wasn’t going to miss that opportunity the next time it came around.
She just didn’t expect the fallout to be so... life changing.

Victoria Johns is a writer who enjoys sharing a happily ever after and believes that it’s every good girl’s dream to experience a steamy one.  Growing up in North West England in a large family surrounded by love and support she found her Prince Charming many years ago and enjoys living the life they’ve made with their son.
She’s always had a creative imagination and decided that some of the stories bubbling in her head needed to be shared, so she’s created this pen name to give them their freedom to be loved by others.
When she’s not writing she’s overdosing on crisps, Rosé wine, trashy TV and raunchy reads.