Soldier, Handyman, Family Man, is not only book #2 in the Delaneys of Sandpiper Beach, but is also part of the year-long special series – American Heroes for Harlequin Special Edition. The book releases March 20th in print at all bookstores where Harlequin paperbacks are sold.
I’m so excited to share Mark’s story with readers, because it was a particularly hard one to tell. The early reviews are positive, which help make my writing struggles worth the stress and self-doubt.
Here’s the blurb:
He’s all kinds of man. But is he a family man?
It’s good to be home! But civilian life isn’t easy for Mark Delaney. The former surf champ copes by carving California waves and working solo as the handyman for his family’s beachfront hotel. Until Laurel Prescott, pretty owner of the new B and B—and widowed mother of three—asks for his help. One small task leads to another and another, and suddenly Mark is knee-deep in kids, responsibility…and a love he never dreamed possible.
What the reviewers are saying:
Romantic Times Book Reviews – 4 stars
Number two in Marshall’s Delaneys of Sandpiper Beach series is a touching and bittersweet tale about loss and the courage to love again. Soldier, Handyman, Family Man stars a classy B&B owner and the middle Delaney son as he tries to find his footing after Afghanistan. The imperfect couple are genuine, their love scenes are spicy and sweet, and their rocky road to happiness is worth every bump in the road. The resort community backdrop is pitch perfect, and the author’s take on teen angst and the returning vet’s PTSD, plus other family dynamics, is spot-on.
Debbie Haupt – R.T. Reviews
Always Reviewing 5 stars
SOLDIER, HANDYMAN, FAMILY MAN has so many noteworthy scenes, ranging from joyous moments between Mark and Laurel to times involving the kids to conversations with family members. I found the happenings where the children were featured to be especially engaging, as the young girls were adorably cute and the reactions of the teenage boy were spot-on. Ms. Marshall is an expert when it comes to portraying characters with genuine personalities, and every individual in this story comes across as truly real.
For the full review by Amelia R. go here
GoodReads – Connie S. 5 stars
Author Lynne Marshall has written a story that touches on some serious issues that are very relevant today because sadly, they are everyday occurences. PTSD, cancer, children without fathers, single parents trying to do-it-all and the efforts to create a new family unit; all of these situations happen and none of them are easy. It is true that Soldier, Handyman, Family Man is fiction but it offers hope that finding happiness once again is possible!
Full review is here:
Here are the people I saw when I created Mark and Laurel
and here is the renovated Victorian B&B
For those who prefer digital books, SOLDIER, HANDYMAN, FAMILY MAN will become available in e-book format on April 1st – No fooling!
Until next time, make it a great one,