For the Longest Time: The Harvest Cove Series

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For Samantha Henry, it took a ten-year absence to appreciate the close-knit New England town with an appeal all its own....
After a perfect storm of events leaves Sam high, dry, and jobless, she has to head home to Harvest Cove to regroup. Growing up, she was the town misfit, and a brief high school romance that resulted in heartbreak made her realize she was never ...
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For Samantha Henry, it took a ten-year absence to appreciate the close-knit New England town with an appeal all its own....
After a perfect storm of events leaves Sam high, dry, and jobless, she has to head home to Harvest Cove to regroup. Growing up, she was the town misfit, and a brief high school romance that resulted in heartbreak made her realize she was never going to fit in. But now with the support of her mother and an unexpected circle of allies, Sam starts to wonder if she’s misjudged the town all these years.
Life’s been good to Jake Smith. He transitioned from popular jock to town veterinarian without any trouble. But Sam’s homecoming makes him question his choices. The sharp-tongued beauty was never a good fit for the small community, but he’s never forgotten her—or how good they were together. While she makes it clear she’s not about to repeat the past, Jake’s determined to convince her to give him—and Harvest Cove—a second chance. 
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Publishers Weekly
Castle opens a contemporary romance series with this breezy, fun, slightly steamy novel. Artist Samantha Henry makes an ignominious return home to Harvest Cove, Mass., after failing to make it in the Big Apple. It’s been 10 years since she last laid eyes—or hands—on Jake Smith, but she crosses paths with him in her mother’s driveway. He was dreamy and handsome in high school, and has since grown up into a real hunk. They once had a secret, close friendship before Jake embarrassed her in front of a snickering audience, a memory that still stings Sam. Fate throws them together over a kitten named Loki; Sam hopes history won’t repeat itself, but Jake pushes for another chance. If this entry—with its serviceable mix of villainous snobs and good people—is any indication, Castle’s Harvest Cove promises to be worth repeated visits. (July)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451467584
  • Publisher: Signet
  • Publication date: 7/1/2014
  • Series: Harvest Cove Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 156,983
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Kendra Leigh Castle is the author of numerous romances, including the Hearts of the Fallen series, the Dark Dynasties series, the MacInnes Werewolves trilogy, and RITA Award finalist Renegade Angel, along with a number of shorter published works. She lives in Maryland with her husband, three kids, and menagerie of pets, and she can usually be found curled up with her laptop and yet another cup of coffee.  
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  • Posted July 2, 2014

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    I love second chance stories especially when the first chance wa

    I love second chance stories especially when the first chance was during high school and mixed up with growing up. This story is that perfect kind of second chance story.

    Sam has a different style growing up and the other kids made her pay for it. But the more they picked on her the more different she was. It drove her out of the town to New York for college and to make her way. When that town throws her out, she head home but only till she figures things out. She's not counting on Jake.

    I love the name Jake and him being a vet just adds to his yummy charm. He made a choice when he was in high school that he still regrets. That choice pushed Sam away when they had a budding friendship. He's not about to make the same mistake again. Patience and determination will be his lot as he tries to get back what he threw away all those years ago.

    The story pace is perfect. I never like things are going to fast or too slow. They run into each other and the sparks are still there. He chases and she resists. His annoying friends that never grew up make him question a few things and there's some bumps in the road. But it just felt right.

    Yummy sparks and heated passion are definitely a part of this book.

    I love first books in a series. They set the stage for so much story goodness. This one does a great job of setting up the small town of Harvest Cove with all it's charm. Lots of potential for more to come with this little town.

    If you love a great romance story where the second chance is right and it unfolds perfectly then this one is sure to satisfy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2014

    I love a good second-chance romance. I love the history between

    I love a good second-chance romance. I love the history between the characters, even when it's painful. I love that one of the characters is usually returning home after several years away, which is a struggle in its own right. And I love that in romance, those second chances always turn out to be the last, the best.

    In For the Longest Time, we have a painful, yet beautiful reunion between Sam Henry and Jake Smith. When Jake and Sam parted ways after a very brief and secret relationship, Sam was ripped apart. As it turns out, despite his bad behavior, Jake was ripped also, though he doesn't realize how badly until Sam returns. When she does return, down and unsure how to move forward, it doesn't take Jake long (approximately five minutes) to determine that he will win Sam back and he won't ever let her go again. Sam is not convinced in the slightest. Rightfully so.

    What made this reunion so difficult is how badly Sam was treated by Jake and his friends in high school. Words hurt when your a teen misfit, especially when the cruelty comes from the boy you've fallen in love with. Jake Smith was beautiful, athletic and popular, and Sam loved him. When Jake finally sees the girl behind the dark makeup and weird clothes, he begins to fall for Sam, too. But life is hard, even when you're popular, and to keep the peace with his friends, Jake shoots down publicly, breaking her heart.

    Sam moved on, to a different city and a different life. But she never forgot how Jake broke her, and when he begins to make his move, she is not buying it. Sam's inner strength wowed me. Jake still gets to her, and when you get to know him better, you can see why. He was an easily swayed, misguided teen, but he is a good man. A man who cares about his people and his community. So the fact that Sam was so tempted by Jake was a no-brainer. The fact that she made him prove his character to her made me happy.

    If someone really cares for you, they will prove themselves with words and actions. The fact that Jake is still close with his high school friends was a big stumbling block between the two. This group of jerks annoyed me to no end! But they served a purpose in that Jake has to make a decision whether he'll go with the flow or forge ahead and become an even better person. And if he can drag a few other friends out of the high school glory days, all the better.

    For the Longest Time was such an endearing love story. I adored Sam, with her witty spirit and her unwillingness to let the past defeat her again. Jake was a great romantic lead, full of the swoons and experiencing growth to make him worthy of Sam's heart. We also get a nice array of secondary characters. I personally crossing my fingers for a Jason (Jake's cousin) and Zoe (Sam's boss) story. Those two are a match made to win my heart.

    Every Little Kiss, book two in the Harvest Cove series, centers on Sam's sister Emma, her near-opposite in many ways. I'm looking forward to her story and to revisiting Harvest Cove!.

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  • Posted July 10, 2014

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    4.5 Stars ~Reviewed by ANGELA & posted at Under the Covers B

    4.5 Stars
    ~Reviewed by ANGELA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

    I follow Kendra Leigh Castle for her PNR novels, the Dark Dynasties and Hearts of the Fallen series…..I love them! So, when I heard about this Contemporary book, I was excited to jump at the chance to read it. I am happy to say that she did not disappoint. Not only can she write good paranormal novels but she can write awesome contemporary reads.

    I devoured this book. It’s sweet, funny and it’s an outcast-girl-gets-the-guy story…and THAT just rocked my world. Samantha Henry comes back to her hometown of Harvest Cove after ten years of being away. The plan is to regroup and get out as fast as she can.

    But first, she will have to face the man who was responsible for her broken heart. Jake Smith is a popular hot jock in high school that everyone wanted to be with. Though he is a nice guy, his friends were not quite the same. Unfortunately, because he was nice, he was easily manipulated by them. He is now the town’s veterinarian and a well respected man in the community. He is still very attractive, still single and still interested in Sam but still very good friends with his old crowd. The question is how will he handle things when Sam reveals her feelings about their past.

    I enjoyed Sam and Jake’s story. It’s was uplifting and sweet. Okay, it was more a-big-payback-served-extra-cold-to-the-bullies type of story. It had a Revenge of the Nerds theme to it…Sam, rising up despite the mistreatment she received and Jake making amends with his mistakes. It had a feel good ending. It was also very romantic. Jake’s attempts of winning Sam over were cute and charming. And his love for animals was totally swoon worthy.

    For the Longest Time is a beautifully written small town romance by Kendra Leigh Castle. This debut to a contemporary novel should have been done a long time ago. I’m glad Ms. Castle took the leap to write it; it’s a job well done.

    *ARC provided by publisher

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  • Posted July 9, 2014

    For the Longest Time by Kendra Leigh Castle is the first book in

    For the Longest Time by Kendra Leigh Castle is the first book in her new Harvest Cove series. Sam Henry is our heroine, and as the story begins, she is driving back home to Harvest Cove, after being away for 10 years. Sam laments how everything in New York that was on its way to a promising career as an artist, falls apart, and her roommate leaves her alone. Sam does what she has to do, go back home to regroup financially. But Sam dreads going back home, since she has only been back for family affairs a few times over the years. She left as a teenager, after graduation, having suffered a heartbreak and humiliation. Sam being artist, even in her teenage years was considered a “freak”, and treated like an outcast. The High School “clique” (in-crowd) did not like her artistry clothes or hair (many colors), so she was ridiculed often for being different.

    Jake Smith was the high school jock, who was a member of the “clique”. Sam had a private crush on Jake, who noticed Sam and ended up dating her a few times. Only to feel the pressure from his peers, eventually dumping her.

    Now all these years later, he runs into Sam as she arrives at her mom’s house. She ends up helping him pick up some stray cats. Sam learns quickly that her childhood crush is now the town’s veterinarian, and he is even hotter than he was in his school days. But Sam is leery, and wants nothing to do with Jake, who already is eying the beautiful and grown up, Sam.

    What follows is a sweet romance that builds despite what happened in the past. Sam is now stronger, with a backbone to stand up for herself. She isn’t totally confident to face Jake’s friends, who made her life a living hell, and who are still in this day, very much the same ignorant group. This is somewhat of a lesson on prejudice and how it can affect the lives of others.

    Sam, despite her determination not to get involved, does find herself falling for Jake, and having his dog, Tucker and the kittens around doesn’t hurt. They are adorable. Jake is truly a nice guy, and a hunk. He knows what he did as a teenager was wrong and is bent on proving himself to Sam that he is not the boy she knew. I loved their relationship. Watching their romance grow, as each began to trust each other more, and open up. Will Jake stay with Sam, or fall once again to his friends prejudices? Will Sam be able to resume her artist career?

    This was a really nice story, with a lot of humor and fun. Sam and Jake made a nice couple that we rooted for pretty early on. Some of the secondary characters, were very nice, and since this series will continue, I look forward to learning more about them. I also adored Loki (Sam’s kitten), and Tucker (Jake’s lovable dog). I totally recommend reading For The Longest Time, as it was a fun, humorous read, with a great couple, cute animals, and with a serious subject in the background.

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  • Posted June 27, 2014

    For the Longest Time is a story about first love the of the soci

    For the Longest Time is a story about first love the of the social cast in the small town of Harvest Cove. The characters are people who you cheer for or hate, that are like real people who you know in everyday life. While Sam can be a little frustrating at times you just want to yell grow up a little, but you can understand how she is a little hesitate to trust and believe in Jake again. You get to see how the Sam and Jake have grown since they where both teenagers.How it is hard to get over those years of youth and the mistakes that you make that you don't really mean. While there is comedy in the form of Zoe, and Zoki the main story does stay with Sam and Jake. I can't wait to see what comes next in the small of town of Harvest Cove.

    **I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads. **

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