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Redeemed by Her Midsummer Kiss by Liz Fielding

Redeemed by Her Midsummer Kiss


An escape to the country

A kiss to reawaken them both…

Honeysuckle Rose finds much-needed solace in her great aunt’s garden. But her peace is threatened by her distracting and brooding neighbour, Lucien Grey. Once a high-flying news reporter, Lucien returned from the front line a changed man. Honey can see that beneath his frosty exterior is a heart waiting to be thawed. Can their unexpected but impossible-to-ignore midsummer kiss be the beginning of a fresh start…together?


I first discovered Liz Fielding’s beautiful writing when I reviewed Christmas Reunion in Paris. Her characters are troubled but strong as they work together for a happily ever after.

Lucien Grey is a journalist who has traveled the world. His assignments have been harrowing and have taken their toll on him mentally. Holed up in the beautiful English countryside he’s attempting to write his book about his travels, but the feisty and argumentative Miss Honeysuckle Rose has upended his life. Their first volatile encounter left an impression with accusations, a panic attack, and a passionate kiss. And now he can’t get her out of his head. So much for a quiet, peaceful setting to get his book done.

Honey Rose is reeling from her first encounter with the famous Lucien Grey. Her temper got the better of her and she’s upset that he didn’t remember her when she helped bandage his wounds on an assignment a few years ago. It’s time to make amends by apologizing and getting on with trying to figure out what to do with her Aunt Flora’s home and recovering from her breakdown. But what happens next places them in each other’s company. Let the love begin.

I love Honey and Lucien’s teasing banter and passionate feelings as they slowly fall in love. They have been through the wringer when it comes to working in battle zones and losing people they love. Ms. Fielding does an excellent job defining and exposing Lucien’s terrifying trauma of PTSD. And it’s how Honey calmly reacts to Lucien’s episodes that endeared me to her natural ability as a nurse to make Lucien comfortable and not feel embarrassed. After all, she had experienced similar situations herself as a nurse in battle-worn countries. Honey has lost her confidence as a nurse as she broke down during a particular situation during her tour as a medical volunteer and was placed in counseling. It came at a time when she had lost her only living relative, Aunt Flora. The wonderful, vibrant woman who raised her from a six-year-old orphan and taught her so much about gardening. It was the last straw for her after losing her fiance in college to a plane crash. Loss had killed her ability to love anyone until Lucien broke down her barriers by taking care of her when she has an accident. Together they learn to heal through gardening.  

The beautiful gardening references and lessons on re-wilding gardens and using them for healing is a  fascinating concept. In fact, I plan to read more on the subject. Ms. Fielding does a lovely job revealing Honey’s garden paradise with the butterflies, the bees, and the wild beauty of it.

I highly recommend this gorgeous love story with authentic and passionate characters in a stunning setting.

Thank you to Ms. Fielding for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.


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Liz FieldingBestselling author, Liz Fielding worked as a secretary in Africa, the Middle East and the UK before writing full time. Her award winning books are published worldwide in multiple languages and she has more than 15 million books in print.

Katie Fforde wrote, when honouring her with the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Outstanding Achievement Award in 2019 said – “Liz Fielding’s books, with their warmth, humour and emotion, have charmed millions of readers. She is a true star of the romantic fiction genre…”

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