REVIEW**~**It all Started with a Lima Bean by Kimi Flores


A past that haunts can be laid to rest through the act of forgiveness, even if the person you forgive is yourself. It must be gifted freely.

Abby Sullivan cherishes the life she is creating for herself in her hometown of Santa Barbara, California. She adores her best friend and supportive family. Her job as a kindergarten teacher offers her life hope and purpose. She is very talented at many things, especially hiding the pain of her past. That is until her world collides with Caleb Hunter’s, giving them both a lesson in forgiveness and love.

A life changing love is cruelly snatched by sickness and death. A person must be willing to give love, the greatest gift of all, to receive love.

A successful writer, Caleb is living life day-to-day. Giving refuge to his sad and lonely heart since his wife’s sudden death from cervical cancer, his primary focus becomes honoring her memory by rearing their five-year-old daughter, Madison. Yet, when Madison Hunter walks into Miss Abby’s kindergarten class, everything changes for all three of them.

With a little nudge from a loving mother-in-law who has everyone’s best interest at heart, anything is possible, especially when forgiveness and love gift even more blessings than ever imaginable.


Shannon’s Review

Wow! Awesome book! Kimi Flores literally killed me with this story! I loved it so much! I don’t usually gush about a book like this,  but I feel like I need to. This is a beautiful love story of two people who, with a little help and some shoving in the right direction, find a chance at love.
Abby is such a great female character. She has strength, love, compassion and independence. She lets herself be out there with support and encouragement.
Caleb Hunter is the perfect book boyfriend. Sweet, caring, loving and protective. He is an amazing man who melts you with his words and actions.
The way they meet is under unusual and different circumstances. Caleb’s daughter, Madison, enters Abby’s Kindergarten class and the story plays out from there.
Madison is so stinkin cute and what she says is adorable and adds true depth to the story. It’s amazing how children can tell us so much about love and life in their pure and honest words.
If you are looking for a true love story, then this is the book for you. I honestly couldn’t put this book down and wanted more at the end.
I will be upfront and share that there is no sex in this book, but I really didn’t miss it. The story of Abby, Caleb and Madison was all I needed. I smiled while reading and I’m still smiling thinking about it.
Everyone takes away different things from a story that touches them. I think I took away the true meaning of love and how to give it and receive it. What we give and get in return when you love someone completely is a beautiful thing. Thanks Kimi Flores for helping me remember the power of love!

Madison ~”Look right here. Do you see that both of my beans grew because we all gave them love?”1151033_10201859432995589_878803837_n

~Two stalks originated from the dirt, but as if they could not survive without each other, they joined, embraced, and intertwined all the way up to their tops making them appear as one plant.

This bitch loved this book and I love the power of love!
Happy reading!

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About the Author

Kimi lives in So Ca with her high school sweetheart, prom date, and now husband of over 20 years as well as with her two boys that bring so much joy and laughter to her life. There is never a dull moment in Kimi’s day with these three guys by her side. They are happily involved in volunteer work with several local non-profit organizations and believe that everyone needs to do their part, so a portion of her sales will always go to charity.

At an early age, Kimi discovered the magical world of imagination. Many stories were written as well as illustrated by her as a child. Not realizing at the time that she had dyslexia, schoolwork became extremely difficult, and her confidence as a reader and writer dwindled. Thanks to a high school teacher who took the time to invest in her, Kimi found a love for literary legends such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Washington Irving and Jane Austen. This teacher helped Kimi create one of the happiest school memories she holds. Discovering in college that she had the learning disability was terribly discouraging since help was not readily available and her reading and writing confidence fell once again.

Needing to find a distraction when her husband unexpectedly ended up in the hospital for a week, Kimi explored the indie reading world. Jumping in with everything she had, Kimi pushed herself to read over 150 books last year. During that process, many characters reappeared in her imagination and insisted that their stories be told. Putting all self-doubt and barriers aside, she started writing the outlines and drafts for the four books in her Intertwined Hearts Series as well as bits and pieces of the three books in her next series, Down by the Bay.

Her message to you is similar to that of pop icon,‘s: ~You can focus on your problems or you can focus on your dreams ~

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