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Remembering First  Love

Book 1 - The Rivera Sisters Series

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Strong-willed Carina Rivera is determined to mend her broken past. She’s turning her back on the kind of choices that have led to the shame and regret she's buried under.

     But Carina’s decision to find the way out of her darkness and back into God’s light is quickly derailed when she meets Aaron Mendoza.
There’s something dark and forbidden in her handsome supervisor's eyes calling to a hidden part of Carina’s soul
 ... a part of her that’s not sure she wants to say no.

Book 2 - The Rivera Sisters Series

   What    About   Love?

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In the 2nd book of the Rivera Sisters Series, Carina Rivera is beginning to pick up the pieces of her shattered life. She’s living with her sister, Amelia in Texas, looking forward to a bright new future, hoping to find a good and godly man.
But Carina’s four-year marriage to Aaron Mendoza has reinforced the lie she began to believe as a child victim of molestation—that a woman is nothing more to a man than the object of his passion.

When she's reunited with Mark Preston, the gorgeous single father she met at the Miami airport the night she left Aaron, she knows it's not happenstance. There's something about his ice-blue eyes and soft, warm kisses restoring her hope of discovering the meaning of a man's love for a woman. But Carina's divorce attorney has other plans. Handsome Eric Martinez persuades Carina to abstain from dating until her 6-month Texas residency requirement is established, putting an end to her blossoming relationship with Mark. Eric has his own private reasons for keeping Mark and Carina apart—she's reignited the fiery passion that once burned in his soul. He wants Carina for himself and he won't allow anyone - especially Mark - to quench the flames. When Mark discovers the shocking secrets Eric has been hiding from Carina, he reveals the truth about Eric to her. But is it too late? Has Carina already been captivated by Eric's allure?

Book 3 - The Rivera Sisters Series

 With  Unbreakable  Love

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In the 3rd book in the Rivera Sisters Series,

Carina Rivera has everything going for her--her fiance, Mark is her perfect complement and ideal partner, and her love for his baby, ReeRee has helped her through the pain of losing her own daughter. 

On the night before her wedding, Carina becomes paralyzed with self-doubt. Is she ready to say her vows or is there something lurking inside her that doesn't belong in her marriage with a good and godly man like Mark. Is the bad Rivera sister--the woman she'd been before she knew Mark, hiding somewhere deep inside her soul? 

When Carina asks God to prove to her that the bad Rivera sister is finally gone, she has no idea that God is about to answer her prayer in an unexpected way. Will the earth-shattering events that are about to take place shake her faith, or will they help Carina become the woman she's always wanted to be? 


                   THE RIVERA SISTERS SERIES ... 

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Indies Today Editorial Review 

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 - Stars 

Remembering First Love is a charming faith-based romance novel. Carina Rivera is a 20-year-old single Cuban woman of faith living in southern Florida. She could be described as wayward, but contrite. On the day of her beloved older sister’s wedding, Carina vows to return to God and correct her path. Due to some poor decisions within her control and some unfortunate incidents out of her control, Carina struggles with feelings of self-worth. Will she be able to repair her besmirched reputation? Will a handsome man’s inappropriate intentions sway Carina or will the pull of God’s love be enough to rescue her?

Jeanine Lunsford has written a truly inspiring novel. Carina is relatable in her imperfection. She falls for her supervisor and quickly finds herself in a compromised situation. It doesn’t take long for Carina to discover Aaron’s violent tendencies or his penchant for young attractive women. The story deals with her feelings of guilt balanced with mercy from above. The book also considers the long-lasting consequences of child abuse. Although the dialogue feels forced at times, the transformation Carina makes is motivating. Christian readers will relate to the struggles of a modern-day woman trying to retain chastity until marriage. Remembering First Love is a steamy novel that pushes the envelope. The drama will leave you breathless and aching for more!


Vermont reviewer *Amazon Top Contributor

5.0 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

5 Star Winner

Jeanine Lunsford shows her readers, characters who are flawed enough to make this story real. When Amelia Rivera gets married her sister Carina dreams that it is she who is getting married. She has made many mistakes in her past and comes to realize that she needs God in her life. She returns to make her confession to God and finds herself once again tempted to follow in the footsteps of her past. I look forward to reading more of the works by Jeanine Lunsford. Remembering First Love is a love story that will bring your emotions to the forefront.



5-STARS ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This may have been the second book in the series, but it certainly holds its own. Despite not having read the predecessor “Remembering First Love,” I was immediately sucked into the intrigue surrounding Carina Mendoza’s life.

Now living in Austin, Texas, Carina is picking up the pieces of a broken marriage to an abusive man. The divorce proceedings will take months to complete, and her possessive attorney Erik strongly advises her not to date anyone during that time. Quickly thereafter, however, Carina meets an amazing Christian man that is nothing like the husband she left on the other side of the country. Could it be God’s hand that has drawn them together? Erik’s rules may keep them apart, but as it turns out these rules only apply to other men as Erik has his own plans for this client.

The characters in this book are filled with depth, and Carina’s struggles make her a realistic protagonist. As the plot builds solidly to a tense confrontation, you will find yourself rooting for or against every character to one extent or another. The relationships between them are woven together flawlessly. What About Love is far more than a simple romance or an inspirational read. Jeanine Lunsford has masterfully combined faith, love and passion into a moving narrative.


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 - Stars

"With Unbreakable Love"

Is it pre-wedding jitters, or is Carina's past destined to haunt her for the rest of her life?

What begins as an inspirational romance quickly turns into a suspenseful thriller in what is perhaps the most suspenseful of the three Rivera Sisters novels.

With Unbreakable Love provides a fitting resolution to Carina's story. The dialogue is believable, the characters are relatable and the overall plot is perfectly paced. Throughout this book (and the entire series), Carina fights against her broken past and the feelings of unworthiness that come with it. It is heartening to see Carina battle her doubts and discover her worth as a person, both to herself and in the eyes of God.

Yes, With Unbreakable Love could stand alone as a book, but you would be doing yourself a disservice if you didn't read all of the Rivera Sisters books! Jeanine Lunsford is an obviously talented writer that will enthrall readers of inspirational fiction, romance or suspense. 

                                        -Indies Today

Five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

A heartwarming page-turner!

Excellent pacing and vividly drawn characters make this story of God’s unconditional love a terrific read. Highly recommend!

-- Renee Abernathy 


Susan Buckley 


Fast paced, so hard to put down once you begin reading.

June 4, 2019

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This series' writer is very detailed and descriptive. Love the way God's character and love for us is explained and used in the stories. Once you start reading it is extremely hard to lay the book down and stop. You HAVE to know what is happening next. Can't wait for the next book in this series!


shirley G dorsey


A moving and tender love story

June 6, 2019

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This is the second book in a series of The Rivera Sisters. I never imagined that the author could top the first book..but she did. This book is truly a very expressive work of the human heart , and it brought joy to me that I have not felt in a long time. The author has an uncanny ability to take ordinary people, put them in tangled webs and create unexpected outcomes. I highly recommend this series...there will be more down the road. Get in on the ground level.

Five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

A heartwarming page turner!

Excellent pacing and vividly drawn characters make this story of God’s unconditional love a terrific read. Highly recommend!

-- Renee Abernathy


Tammy Ladner

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Overcoming doubts
November 23, 2019
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We all have past lives that we feel we can never outlive to become who God wants us to be. This book is a vivid reminder that we all can achieve a happily ever after if we allow God to lead, guide and direct us. He will conquer the doubts! Trust Him.


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5-STARS Rabia Tanveer

December 7, 2019
Although I haven’t read the previous novels in the series, I had no issue with connecting with Carina and rooting for her from the moment I started reading her story. She is a little insecure - she never thought that she was worthy of love and affection because of her past relationship. Her faith in God is commendable yet her very little faith in herself is alarmingly familiar. We all have those moments where we think that maybe we aren’t that good or we don’t deserve anything. She is insecure yet she is so human about it all. She is afraid to face her past, but she is afraid of what it did to her as a person. She is all of us who regret something and want to do better. Mark is such a good man, he gives her confidence and makes her believe that she is worthy of all the love and affection he showers on her. Unbreakable Love by Jeanine Lunsford is such a beautiful story of love, self-acceptance and believing in yourself! Very entertaining and thought-provoking.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5-STARS

Reviewed By K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite

With Unbreakable Love is a work of interpersonal drama and thriller fiction penned by author Jeanine Lunsford, and it forms the third novel in The Rivera Sisters Series. We continue to follow the life events and emotional turn-around of the life of Carina Rivera in this installment, which could also be read as a standalone novel. Here, Carina finds herself on the night of her marriage to Mark with heavy doubts still weighing on her mind. Unable to fully shake her past as the “bad” sister, Carina asks God to set her on the right path. What follows is a highly emotional drama with twists and turns that will truly test Carina’s faith in God, and herself, for good.
For readers who are seeking a tale where the protagonist comes very overtly into the arms of God alongside her personal battles with her dramas and demons in life, they need look no further than the works of author Jeanine Lunsford. Carina’s story works on many levels throughout the tale, from her emotional relationship with Mark and her past with her abusive ex-husband, through to her inner feelings about herself, and issues of self-trust and acceptance. This, intermingled with the overarching theme of accepting the unbreakable love of God, makes for a fully satisfying emotional arc that carries the story without fail. The plot and dialogue all complement this journey really nicely, with excellent writing. Overall, With Unbreakable Love is a highly recommended read for Christian fiction fans everywhere.