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Review: Blood and Sand by Jennifer M. Lane

Logan Cole is the daughter of a New York billionaire, but when her father goes to prison for crimes against the country, Logan loses everything: her family, her fortune, her future, and her home.

Facing an endless barrage of vicious online threats, she heads for the the smallest town she can find. It’s the perfect place to be anonymous, and the perfect place to wait things out until her father gets out of jail. But, with his legal troubles mounting, the chances of that happening seem to be slipping away. In order to fit in, Logan needs to find herself a job, the only one she can find is at the local bar, and she’s never worked a day in her life.

Lucky for Logan, the town has simple taste, and she makes a name for herself as a hard worker who masters the world of cocktails and brings the town to a new way of drinking. When a tragic accident threatens the bar, Logan has to choose between revealing her true identity to save it or saying goodbye to the only thing she’s ever built on her own in order to save herself.

Blood and Sand isn’t the usual sort of book I would read, so I was a little out of my comfort zone with this one, but I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I’m so used to reading fast paced thrillers, and Blood and Sand is the complete opposite, which was extremely refreshing for me, and great to chill out with.

This book is a lovely story of self-discovery, and strength. Logan’s story was so enjoyable to read, from her struggle to find her feet, and to navigate the world on her own, to the strong, independent person she becomes. All of the characters were extremely well written, and were very loveable, with the obvious exception of the characters who weren’t supposed to be loveable. I found myself genuinely caring for the characters in the story, and I think that it is very important when reading to have that connection.

The town of Ramsbolt seems like such an amazing place to live, and it definitely has strong Stars Hollow (Gilmore Girls) vibes! I love the idea of a small town that has a select few shops, where everyone knows each other, and they are all always willing to lend a hand. Immersing myself in to this little town, and it’s daily life was such a joy. I wish I lived in a place like Ramsbolt.

I honestly don’t have a single bad word to say about this book, and if you’re looking for an easy, heart-warming read, to curl up with in the evenings, then this is the perfect choice.

Thank you to Jennifer M. Lane for gifting me a copy of her book, in exchange for an honest review. This was my first time reading any of Lane’s work, but I will definitely be reading more!

I give Blood and Sand a 5/5 rating.

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