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Remembering First Love
Book 1 - The Rivera Sisters Series
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?
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
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?
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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 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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.
INDIES TODAY EDITORIAL REVIEW
"WHAT ABOUT LOVE?"
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.
INDIES TODAY EDITORIAL REVIEW
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 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.
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
In Pursuit of a Dream
Sometimes when you're chasing a dream...
you find a better one.
When Amelia and Carina (the Rivera sisters) discover an unsealed envelope among a cache of letters addressed to their estranged father in their deceased mother’s journal they read the letter inside.
Their mother is gone now, but she has left her dream behind—a vision only Amelia and Carina can turn into a reality.
Willing to do whatever she must to fulfill her mother’s dream, Carina packs her bags—she’s ready to fly to Cuba to locate their father, Enrique (a man she and Amelia have never met).
But Amelia is reluctant to accompany her sister. She has a dream of her own to pursue—a dream with a high dollar price tag and a wealthy (but married) businessman attached—a dream that will cost Amelia far more than she is willing to pay.