Book Review (and a Giveaway!): A Family for Jason by Virginia McCullough

Posted August 19, 2019 by meezcarrie in contemporary, giveaway, romance, Virginia McCullough / 24 Comments

A Family For Jason on tour with Prism Book Tours

Back to Bluestone River #1
GENRE: Contemporary “Clean” Romance
PUBLISHER: Harlequin Heartwarming
RELEASE DATE: August 1, 2019
PAGES: 384

She’s not home for keeps

Unless he proves first love is forever

Bluestone River is a minefield of memories for Mike Abbot—all involving Ruby Driscoll. Twenty years after scandal divided them, they’re both back in their hometown. Ruby’s visit is strictly temporary. But as she uses her trauma expertise to help his vulnerable son, Mike faces what his heart has always known. Ruby’s still his one and only. This time, can he convince her to stay?

“Once upon a time, the old bridge was my favorite place in town.”

A Family for Jason is everything you want the first book in a new series to be. You’ll care about the characters – both main and supporting – and you’ll become invested in this struggling town and all the possibilities for future books. A little humor, a lot of heart, and some healing too all make for an engaging read from start to finish.

Ruby and Mike have a past that could have been a great future, had a mutually-shared tragedy not driven them apart. Coming home again is bittersweet for both, and running into each other unexpectedly is even more so. I loved these two – separately and together – their shared memories and past love for one another add even more meaningful layers to their present interactions, too. And sweet Jason, Mike’s son who knows all too well about life-changing trauma at his young age. Jason doesn’t need words to completely capture Ruby’s heart – or yours – and his friendship with Peach will swell your heart 10 sizes if you’ve ever been unconditionally loved by a dog.

“Is your Peach a therapy dog?” Mike asked.

Ruby seemed confused at first, but then her expression softened.

“Well, not professionally. It’s more like a hobby with her.”


Bottom Line: A Family For Jason is a great start to a new series! The author does a fabulous job of setting the scene & introducing pivotal characters to lay a foundation for future books. Jason will have your heart in no time & you’ll ache along with him and Mike – as well as for all the time Mike and Ruby lost. A sweet second chance romance! (And oh please tell me that Emma’s story is coming up!!)

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

My Rating: 4 stars / love it!

KissingBook Level: 3 / may forget to breathe on occasion



Born and raised in Chicago, Virginia McCullough has been lucky enough to develop her writing career in many locations, including the coast of Maine, the mountains of North Carolina, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and currently, Northeast Wisconsin. She started her career in nonfiction, first writing articles and then books as a ghostwriter and coauthor. She’s written more than 100 books for physicians, business owners, professional speakers and many others with information to share or a story to tell.

Virginia’s books feature characters who could be your neighbors and friends. They come in all ages and struggle with everyday life issues in small-town environments that almost always include water—oceans, lakes, or rivers. The mother of two grown children, you’ll find Virginia with her nose a book, walking on trails or her neighborhood street, or she may be packing her bag to take off for her next adventure. And she’s always working on another story about hope, healing, and second chances.


Other Books by Virginia McCullough

– 1 winner will receive a $25 Amazon eGift Card and a $25 Etsy eGift Card

– Open internationally for those who are eligible

– Ends August 28, 2019

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24 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): A Family for Jason by Virginia McCullough

  1. shannon zeidan

    This sounds like such a wonderful read. I can see myself really connecting emotionally. I can’t wait to read it.

  2. Thanks so much for visiting and commenting on A FAMILY FOR JASON. I hope you do connect with the story, Ruby and Mike, Jason, and maybe even the dog, Miss Peach! I’ll meet you all on the covered bridge!

  3. Donna B

    This book looks like another great one! I’m looking forward to reading it. Thanks for this giveaway.

  4. Bernice Kennedy

    Loved your thoughts! Sounds like a very good book! Thanks for the chance! One of my favorite 2nd chance romances is Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks.

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