Brush with Love by Lisa McKendrick (Review) @cedarfortbooks

I read this author's last book, Letters To My Future Husband, back in 2015 and really
enjoyed it, so I've been anticipating this new release from her. Read my review below...

Brush With Love
by Lisa McKendrick
LDS Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 272 Pages
October 10th 2017 by Cedar Fort, Inc.


Lana, a talented Ivy League artist, and Walt, a small-town farmer, couldn't be more different. She arrives in Bluegill, Idaho, ready to spend the summer painting, excited to study under Walt's grandpa, a brilliant but aging artist. The more she is thrown together with Walt though—and the more she spends time with him—the more she realizes her heart may be drawing up its own plans. As the weeks pass, Lana realizes she'll have to choose between following her dreams or following her heart.

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My Review

BRUSH WITH LOVE is a story full of heart, art, and romance. Set in a small town with wide open spaces, some fun characters, and a charming old man who is trying to do one more thing before he loses his battle to Alzheimers, will charm readers. While friendships and sweet romance will bring a smile to readers' faces and tug on their hearts. Christian and LDS romance readers are sure to adore this story!

I loved this story! I loved the characters (even the quirky ones), the setting, the very sweet romance, the humor, and the relationships, particularly Lana's friendships with Ingrid, Walt and LeVan. I loved Lana from the beginning when her story pulled on my heart and then as she continues to deal with her traumatic beginning in trying to open her heart. I loved the banter and heated arguments between Lana and Walt and how I could always feel this flame between them, and the sweet way their relationship develops. There's this part with a slow dance that was swoon worthy in the sweetest way. Then there's LeVan... he is so much fun! I loved his mischievousness and wisdom.

There are a few inspirational moments as well that resonated with me, like Lana's prayer towards the beginning on the beach. This element of the story is very light and not particularly religious specific enough to not do well with those of other faiths or those who don't mind a light religious aspect in their books. It lent some authenticity to the characters for who they are.

In the end, was it what I wished for? Yes! I loved this story from beginning to end and the way it pulled on my emotions and left me happily-ever-after content! It's just what I needed.

Content: Clean
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a review nor affect it in any way.


"You have to get me his number!" she declared. "I'm not your fairy godmother," I said.

"Come on, Lana, it's not like I'm asking you to turn a pumpkin into a carriage. Wait!" she cried. "That's it!"

"That's what?"

"The kind of wedding you want."

Ugh. What was the use of your best friend spilling a drink on a fairly handsome stranger if it didn't make her forget your previous conversation? I scowled, telling her without words, Let's not do this, and with a glare she shouted back, Oh, we're doing this!

"Fine," I said, throwing my hands up. "What kind of wedding do I want?"

"You want to be a Disney bride! Bejeweled ball gown, Cinderella's carriage, and his and hers mouse ears for the cake topper!"

"Not even close," I said.

About the Author

Lisa McKendrick is the author of several books for the LDS market, including, most recently, Letters To My Future Husband. She received her master's degree in English from BYU, and is the mother of seven children. She enjoys traveling, yoga, garage sales, and getting feedback from her readers.

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