Review: Makin’ Miracles by Lin Stepp – Smoky Mountain Series – Book 7

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Makin Miracles

Smoky Mountain Series – Book 7

By Lin Stepp

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Synopsis

A charming portrait of the Smokies, their people, and a wonderful way of life.” –Deborah Smith, New York Times bestselling author
Set in Tennessee’s postcard-perfect Smoky Mountains, Lin Stepp’s Makin’ Miracles is an inspiring tale that reveals why love and forgiveness are most important just when they seem most impossible. . .

Zola Devon has always been a little different. Half Tahitian, with long black hair and dark eyes, she’s especially distinctive in the mountain town of Gatlinburg. She even stocks her gift shop, Nature’s Corner, with items that reflect her island heritage and tantalize tourists. But it’s her spot-on intuition that truly sets Zola apart. When she gets a hunch about a person, she’s almost always right. And when the surly photographer who owns the gallery next door starts meddling in her business, she can only hope that, for once, her instincts are wrong.

The one thing Spencer Jackson loves more than his camera is the majestic scenery of the Smoky Mountains. Reeling from his painful past, he’s settled in a cabin in the woods to train his lens on the breathtaking landscape. A woman as uniquely beguiling as Zola could only throw his simple, uncomplicated days into chaos–and force him to lay bare his darkest secrets. But as their lives become unavoidably intertwined, they both may discover the beauty of the truth, and the joy of the unexpected.

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4 star

Tina’s Review

** Provided by Netgalley in Exchange for an Honest Review. **

— From the Cover —
“A charming portrait of the Smokies, their people, and a wonderful way of life.” –Deborah Smith, New York Times bestselling author
Set in Tennessee’s postcard-perfect Smoky Mountains, Lin Stepp’s Makin’ Miracles is an inspiring tale that reveals why love and forgiveness are most important just when they seem most impossible. . .
Zola Devon has always been a little different. Half Tahitian, with long black hair and dark eyes, she’s especially distinctive in the mountain town of Gatlinburg. She even stocks her gift shop, Nature’s Corner, with items that reflect her island heritage and tantalize tourists. But it’s her spot-on intuition that truly sets Zola apart. When she gets a hunch about a person, she’s almost always right. And when the surly photographer who owns the gallery next door starts meddling in her business, she can only hope that, for once, her instincts are wrong.
The one thing Spencer Jackson loves more than his camera is the majestic scenery of the Smoky Mountains. Reeling from his painful past, he’s settled in a cabin in the woods to train his lens on the breathtaking landscape. A woman as uniquely beguiling as Zola could only throw his simple, uncomplicated days into chaos–and force him to lay bare his darkest secrets. But as their lives become unavoidably intertwined, they both may discover the beauty of the truth, and the joy of the unexpected.
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Faith-based sweet, gentle romance about taking a chance and learning acceptance. It has a slow and lazing pace to it, but flows smoothly. The characters are unique to what I’d normally read. He’s a nature photographer with a grudge against his past and family. He’s fairly closed off to people other than his two business partners. She’s a vivacious gal, but seems rather naive, even though she’s seen first-hand the cruelty, prejudice, superstition and fear from people who learn of her being what she calls a Christian seer. Neither are very strong characters. Dialogue is a little foreign to me, they tend to call each other by their full names often. Secondary characters are all unique and mostly enjoyable. The depictive nature of the author’s writing is very soothing and allows the story to flourish. However, I often found it difficult to maintain my focus due to the sedate pace of the book. There was enough conflict throughout the book from many directions to keep you guessing and wondering about the outcomes, where some resolved more slowly than others. Predictability was not an issue whatsoever. The conclusion is drawn fairly tight and solid.

Author Bio:

Lin_outside_photo1Dr. Lin Stepp is a native Tennessean, a businesswoman, and an educator. She is an adjunct faculty at Tusculum College where she teaches research and at King University where she teaches a variety of psychology and counseling courses. Her business background includes over 25 years in marketing, sales, production art, and regional publishing. She has editorial and writing experience in regional magazines and in the academic field. Down by the River is the sixth novel by Stepp set in the Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee. Stepp has five published works, each set in different locations around the Smoky Mountains. Her next Smokies novels, including Down by the River, Makin’ Miracles, and Saving Laurel Springs will be released by Kensington Publishing in 2014 and 2015 – as well as a short novella A Smoky Mountain Gift to be included in a 2014 Christmas anthology, featuring Fern Michaels and titled When the Snow Falls. Previous titles include: Second Hand Rose, Delia’s Place, For Six Good Reasons, Tell Me About Orchard Hollow, and The Foster Girls. Stepp and her husband have published a Smokies hiking guide titled The Afternoon Hiker (2014).

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