Thursday, June 02, 2022



Leah Bertrand owns her own gallery in Paris, France.  Leah unexpectedly receives a call from the National Bone Marrow Registry in Louisiana.  They are asking Leah for further testing to see if she is a match for a bone marrow recipient.  Of course Leah happily fulfills their request.  Leah soon discovers she is more than a match but she is an absolutely perfect match.  Leah wastes no time and immediately flies home to Louisiana.  Reuniting with her family, Leah is on edge.  So many family hurts and so much history resurfaces.  But when Leah and her ex-boyfriend, Dr. Jake Carmichael, run into each other, a flood of feelings instantly well up inside.  How will Leah ever make it through this? 

This is a wonderful story of second chances with family, old friends, and second chances at life.  This is a story of love lost and found again.  The characters are amazing, well developed and are very normal, like every other family.  They have the same struggles and celebrate the victories just like everyone else.  My most favorite part of the entire story was the unselfishness of Leah being a bone marrow donor.  It brought such a personal connection immediately into the story.  It also raises awareness for readers to know that there is always a need for donors.  I enjoyed the writing style of the author and the story flowed very well.  I was captivated, engrossed and inspired by the story.  I can’t wait to dive into the next installment of this series…I loved it.  This is a definite must read, and I highly recommend this book.  

Thank you Susan Sands for sharing your encouraging and uplifting story.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and I look forward to the next book in the Louisiana Series.  I highly recommend this book.


Rating: 5 out of 5.



Author:  Susan Sands 
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Publication Date: May 31, 2022 
Pages: 264 
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It’s not true that you can’t go home again, but do you want to?

Paris gallery owner Leah Bertrand returns to her historic, moss-draped Louisiana hometown to fulfill a deathbed promise to her friend and mentor. She’s been matched as a bone marrow donor to a stranger, yet the match is so close that doctors suspect a family relationship. But how? Leah’s family has always seethed with drama, but this visit home promises secrets as deep, dark, and mysterious as the water in Cypress Bayou. And then her ex arrives, and Leah realizes the feelings and secrets she buried years ago have come back to haunt her. 

Dr. Jake Carmichael returns to Cypress Bayou after years away and is shocked to see Leah, his childhood sweetheart and first love, back in town and on his patient roster. The sparks still burn, but when he tries to discuss what went wrong and perhaps rebuild their relationship, Leah refuses.

Jake’s not ready to give up on their future together. But Leah fears she has even more to lose this time…


A self-described late bloomer, Susan Sands began writing her first novel at age forty. She compares her challenging journey to publication as “raising another child—a difficult one.”

Susan has published five southern, contemporary women’s fiction novels set in Alabama. She describes her humorous small-town stories as fun, romantic, and filled with big family love. Susan also writes authentic place-as-a-character southern fiction with a humorous voice in addition to her Alabama series.

Susan has three grown children and lives with her dentist husband in Roswell, GA. She has a degree in elementary education, is a member of the Georgia Romance Writers, the Romance Writers of America, the Atlanta Writer’s Club,  Womens Fiction Writers of America (WFWA), and the Broadleaf Writers Association. She participates in book festivals, book clubs, and writer’s conferences around the South. Susan is the recipient of the 2017 Georgia Author of the Year award for romance.

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