Monday, October 7, 2013

Straight Reading from the Library: Work In Progress by Christina Esdon

This review is in conjunction with a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Christina will be awarding a digital copy of "Work In Progress" to a randomly drawn commenter at every stop and a grand prize of one $10 Starbucks GC to a randomly drawn commenter during this tour. You can see the other stops on the tour by going to


Psychologist Reese Morgan is a feisty workaholic who has devoted her life to helping seriously ill children. But work is just one of the many walls she has put up to protect herself from the legacies of childhood trauma and heart-wrenching grief. When the family support program she has struggled to build at the local hospital is threatened, Reese must confront her past and embrace her future. Sparks fly when she comes face to face with a handsome visionary: the contractor who is set to demolish the children’s wing. Can Reese tear down the walls around her heart to let love in?


I really enjoyed this book--and I was glad to know ahead of time that it was the first book in the series! The main characters, Reese and Josh, are front and center the focus of this book; but Reese's friends and relatives also come in for their share of the action--hopefully setting the stage for the next books in the series. I certainly hope so, because I would like to see Nikki and Julia receive their own Happily Ever After.

The characters are very well drawn--multi-layered and complex even in such a short book. There were times I wanted to take Reese and shake her, because she tended to lose her temper and fly off the handle way too easily. Unfortunately, I've known people like that in real life, too, so she definitely felt real. Josh---well, what can I say about Josh except swoon. He was almost too good to be true, but that's okay! :-)We'll take more men like Josh!

Kudos to Ms. Esdon for a quick, entertaining read and I'm looking forward to reading the next books in the series.


Christina Esdon is a hopeless romantic and dreamer extraordinaire. She loves to see the world through rose-colored glasses (literally) and has the uncanny ability to find humor and joy in the small things in life. When not writing, she can be found frolicking along the shores of Lake Huron, taking notoriously long bubble baths or contemplating the next renovation to her home in Ontario, Canada. Work in Progress is Christina’s debut novel. You can visit her at

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  1. Uh oh...your portrayal of Reese has me wondering...I HATE female leads that make me want to shake them and/or punch them in the face...still...I'm intrigued!

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

  2. What an outstanding review. I love reading good stories and know that I can read more because they are a series.

  3. Great review, thank you.


  4. Thank you so much for your review! I'm so glad you enjoyed Work in Progress!

  5. Christina...Looking at your bio, I like the term "hopeful romantic" over hopeless romantic!
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  6. Great review!
    Sounds like a great read!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com