Book Review (and a Giveaway): Protecting the Single Mom by Catherine Lanigan

Posted April 2, 2017 by meezcarrie in Catherine Lanigan, contemporary, giveaway, mystery/suspense, romance / 19 Comments

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about the book

Getting involved shouldn’t be this dangerous…


Cate Sullivan is no damsel in distress. She’s kept herself and her son safe for six long years. Built a good life in Indian Lake. But now that her drug-dealing ex-husband is moving his operation here, that life is about to explode.


Her instincts tell her to trust Detective Trent Davis. That he’s more than just a handsome cop doing his duty. The former Green Beret has even formed a fast bond with her son. But there’s something he’s not telling her. Some darkness that keeps him from giving in to the feelings she knows are growing between them. Cate trusts Trent to keep her safe, but the real question is whether he’ll trust himself with her heart.

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SERIES: Shores of Indian Lake #7
GENRE: Contemporary “Clean” Romance
PUBLISHER: Harlequin Heartwarming
RELEASE DATE: April 1, 2017
PAGES: 384

This is an exceptional romantic fiction novel that inspires women to achieve their dreams and warms the hearts of the romantics. It is a beautifully well-written story with a clean context. It is suitable for anybody who loves a good romance and yearns to be inspired to make a change in their circumstances. – Susan Sewell for Readers’ Favorite

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“She would do everything in her power to make certain her son had a good life.”

Protecting the Single Mom is my favorite Catherine Lanigan book so far! Suspense, romance, great characters – all top notch. But it also addresses some weighty topics, specifically domestic abuse and PTSD, and does so with sensitivity and grace. 

Cate Sullivan suffered traumatizing abuse at the hands of her ex-husband, the kind of guy whose picture should be next to the definition for “evil” in the dictionary.  She courageously fled and created a new life for herself and her son, and I love how her bravery and vulnerability both are a part of her character. She’s fierce when it comes to protecting her son, and she makes some very brave decisions over the course of the novel. At the same time, she IS afraid and she does lean on Trent for strength. I thought a lot about this quote from Nelson Mandela when I read Cate’s story: “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

Trent’s journey is one of finding courage to overcome the nightmares that stalk him day and night. He suffers from PTSD, haunted by events he experienced as a Marine, including the violent death of his best friend.  Yet, he suffers silently, believing that there’s no help available for him – having tried counseling and meds without success. Catherine Lanigan does an excellent job of writing Trent, his flashbacks, and his courage. His reactions feel realistic, his struggle valid in its conflicting emotions.

And then there’s Danny – who’s just adorable. And braver than his years. He’s charming and sweet and perhaps the bravest of them all.

Bottom Line: Protecting the Single Mom is Catherine Lanigan at her best! The characters are dimensional and their stories are both heartbreaking and inspiring. Bits of humor provide a break in the suspense-driven tension, and a sweet-but-sizzling romance adds its own sort of tension to the mix. Fans of the series will enjoy visiting with familiar faces (of which Mrs. Beabots continues to be my favorite and the most intriguing), but this book can easily be read as a stand alone too.

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 5 stars / Excellent book!

KissingBook Level: 3 / Will forget to breathe on occasion

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about the author

Catherine Lanigan is the international bestselling and award-winning author of forty published titles in both fiction and non-fiction, including the novelizations of Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile, as well as over half a dozen anthologies, including “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living your Dream”, “Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul”, and more. Ms. Lanigan’s novels have been translated into dozens of languages including German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Chinese, and Japanese. Ms. Lanigan’s novels are also available in E-books on and Barnes and, Apple Store, Mobi and Kobo. Several of her titles have been chosen for The Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Clubs. Her Vietnam war-based novel, The Christmas Star, won the Gold Medal Award Top Pick from Romantic Times Magazine and has also won Book of the Year Romance Gold Award from ForeWord Magazine as well as Book of the Year Romance from Reader’s Preference.

Lanigan is the author of a trilogy of non- fiction books regarding angelic intervention in human life: Angel Watch, Divine Nudges and Angel Tales published by HCI and Cedar Fort. Skyhorse published Lanigan’s “how-to” book on writing: Writing the Great American Romance Novel. Lanigan was tasked by the NotMYkid Foundation to write a non-fiction book addressing teen addictions. Ms. Lanigan’s first Young Adult adventure novel, The Adventures of Lillie and Zane: The Golden Flute, was published by Cedar Fort.

Currently, she has published seven novels in the Shores of Indian Lake series for Harlequin Heartwarming: Love ShadowsHeart’s DesireA Fine Year for LoveKatia’s Promise, Fear of Falling and Sophie’s Path. Protecting the Single Mom pubs April, 2016. She has recently contracted for two more in the series: Wedding for Isabelle and A Bride for Mica.

As a cancer survivor, Ms. Lanigan is a frequent speaker at literary functions and book conventions as well as inspiring audiences with her real stories of angelic intervention from her Angel Tales series of books. She is an outspoken advocate for domestic violence and abuse and was honored by The National Domestic Violence Hotline in Washington, D.C. (THE EVOLVING WOMAN). She has been a guest on numerous radio programs including “Coast to Coast” and on television interview and talk show programs as well as blogs, podcasts and online radio interview programs.


Tour Giveaway


 1 winner will receive a $50 Amazon eGift Card (open internationally)

 1 winner will receive a tote bag and three Shores of Indian Lake books: Katia’s Promise, Fear of Falling and Sophie’s Path (US only)

– Ends April 11th

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Tour Schedule

March 26th: Launch

March 27th: Thoughts of a Blonde & Katie’s Clean Book Collection

March 28th: Rockin’ Book Reviews & Book Lover in Florida

March 29th: Rainy Day Reviews & Zerina Blossom’s Books

March 30th: Hearts & Scribbles & Harlie’s Books

April 2nd: Hardcover Feedback & Reading Is My SuperPower

April 3rd: Mel’s Shelves & Kati’s Bookaholic Rambling Reviews

April 4th: underneath the covers & Wishful Endings

April 5th: The Silver Dagger ScriptoriumHeidi Reads… & Singing Librarian Books

April 6th: Nicole’s Book Musings & Becky on Books

April 7th: Grand Finale

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19 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway): Protecting the Single Mom by Catherine Lanigan

  1. Kay Garrett

    I love the book cover. The synopsis gave just enough detail to make me long to read the book. The review by Reading is my SuperPower reaffirmed that this book is definitely one for me read. Thanks for the chance at an awesome giveaway.

  2. Hi, Carrie!

    I can’t tell you how I so deeply appreciate your review! This book was special to me, as you probably figured from reading it. Between us, Danny was EXACTLY like my son. He was and still IS one of the most humorous people I’ve ever met! I’m thrilled that you liked the book so much and thank you for this lovely post on the tour! God bless!

    • Carrie

      I could absolutely tell that these characters – and their stories – came from your heart! Excellent book!

  3. Elizabeth

    This looks like a great book – and thanks for sharing other books to look for by the same author!

  4. Kim G

    Thanks Carrie -added to my TBR list. Sounds like a good book and a great review as always.

  5. Winnie Thomas

    Thanks, Carrie and Catherine! This book looks and sounds wonderful. I’ve added it to my TBR pile, which is currently tottering dangerously!

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