Love & Roses

Love & Roses

by Suzanne D Williams


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"I think they call this falling in love."

Ian McKinney's wife tried to kill him, and that made up his mind for good. He's out of the dating game. He has friends, a comfortable job, other things to fill his life.

Then Allison Hoff walks into it. She's never recovered from the death of her spouse and is now trying to somehow move on. Maybe if she loses a few pounds, builds her self-esteem ...

But when she asks him to fill in as her date to the Fourth of July police dance, what seems like a beneficial arrangement to them both proves to be something far greater.

A touching romance by best-selling author, SUZANNE D. WILLIAMS, where love blooms even brighter the second time around. 25,000 words.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781494802585
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/25/2013
Pages: 134
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.29(d)

About the Author

Best-selling author, Suzanne D. Williams, is a native Floridian, wife, mother, and photographer. She is the author of both nonfiction and fiction books. She writes a monthly column for on the subject of digital photography, as well as devotionals and instructional articles for various blogs. She also does graphic design for self-publishing authors.

To learn more about what she's doing visit or link with her on Facebook at

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Love & Roses 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Angelian More than 1 year ago
Ian and Allison have both given up on love, both with good reason.  Although I loved the entire book, there were two things that stood out to me above the rest, one is that although Rick was by all appearances a "good husband" and no doubt loved Allison in his own way..,. his behavior is considered abusive- subtle but abusive.  That kind of abuse carries into your next relationship.  But help came for Allison in a place that was so unexpected.  That woman showed extreme grace and I would be bowled over by anyone who could show that much grace to another human.  This book is more than a good read, it's a GREAT read!  Easy, moved right along and was so relevant.  I was given a copy of this book for my honest review,
dgottreu More than 1 year ago
Love and Roses by Suzanne D. Williams is a great story that I could not put down until I had finished it in one sitting. On the title page Suzanne wrote that the book was a feel good romance and that is very true. When I finished reading the story, I had a smile on my face and was wishing that the story would continue. After Ian McKinney’s wife hired someone to kill him, he made up his mind that his friends and job were enough to make his life complete and he had no intention of ever dating again. Shortly after making this decision, Allison Hoff entered his life. She was the widow of a policeman killed in the line of duty and she was having a hard time going on with her life. On a whim Allison invites Ian to be her date for the Fourth of July police dance. Then everything seems to go wrong. True to form, Suzanne did an excellent job in the writing of this story. The characters came alive on the pages of the book and I immediately liked Ian and Allison and was hoping that they would become a couple. The dialogue was well thought out and written. Sometimes I wanted to just shake Allison because of her refusal to let go of her dead husband and move on with her life. I felt this way for Ian was such a great guy and Allison finally came to realize that fact. The plot was well thought out and well developed and made for a very interesting and entertaining story. I was very happy with the way that the story ended. I highly recommend this book to anyone that loves a great feel good romance that also includes love for God and forgiveness. Thanks to the author, Suzanne D. Williams, for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
mazeman More than 1 year ago
“Love and Roses” by Suzanne D. Williams is a sweet Christian romance about a young widow. Allison was married to a policeman who was killed in the line of duty. A year and a half later, she needs to spruce up her self-image, and decides to join a gym and begin working out. There, she meets Ian, a very good-looking trainer that divorced his wife when she hired a killer and made him a target. Both of these characters are lugging around baggage from their past. What is interesting is the way the characters have that in common, but display and react to it in different ways. The memories that make Allison cry are the memories that make Ian angry. While she maintains a shrine to her heroic husband, keeping all of his possessions in the fear that she might lose his memory, Ian reacts to his wife’s betrayal by throwing everything away. The same emotion elicits two different reactions, and yet it results in the same empty feeling of being all alone. Men and women don’t always think alike, and the author did a good job of showing that difference. She also shows that strong men can be weak at times, and that weak women can still find the courage to face up to a challenge. As a result, the characters are true to what they are, yet fully fleshed out, real and endearing. The story is well-written, nicely plotted, and contains a twist in the ending that wasn’t expected, but brings it to the most logical and workable solution possible. This isn’t a story where the characters just change their minds; it’s a story of grappling with emotion, see-sawing back and forth, taking it one day at a time, and finding enough courage to take one more baby step in the right direction.