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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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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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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.

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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Lovely story!

I really enjoyed this audiobook story! The characters seemed real, warm and entertaining. The storyline was one that kept my attention and moved at a great pace. This was a new author for me and I’m looking forward to more books by her. I liked the ending and resolution of the story. I thought it was sweet how the heroine thought her dead husband was giving her messages about everything. It made her seem more real.

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Jack is quite the matchmaker 😊

This is a sweet, heartwarming, heart wrenching story. I was pulled in from the beginning and bonded with characters immediately. I loved the ghostly matchmaking husband aspect of the story, though, at times, I wanted to shake some sense into Maddie! It’s a lovely story that you won’t be able to put down. Pam Dougherty did a fabulous job with the narration. I can’t wait to listen to the next in the series! I received a review copy at my request and voluntarily reviewed.

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Amazing

I loved this story and narration and can not wait to listen to the rest of the series!! Would recommend this to everyone!! I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review. The fact that I was gifted this book had no influence over my opinion of it.

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Love Built to Last

What a fantastic book! It was so sweet, so romantic, and so well written that I didn't want to stop listening! The narration was excellent! I've definitely discovered a new author to follow. I received a free copy of this book and agreed to leave an honest review but I tell ya, it is worth every penny!!!!

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Warmth that Draws you In

The narration is the perfect blend of warmth and realism that draws you in. The light southern accent brings the story to life with believable characters and the perfect small town feel. I enjoyed every moment!

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A wonderful cozy love story

I don’t listen to a lot of romantic novels because I generally find them either extremely sappy or too explicit for my taste. This book was neither of those things. The characters were extremely likable, and their love story was extremely sweet without being cloying. There was just enough romantic detail without feeling like I was reading an x rated novel. I’d definitely recommend it!