Hot Best Seller

Provenance

Availability: Ready to download

From two-time RITA Award-winning author Carla Laureano comes a story of romance, transformation, and the beauty of belonging. Los Angeles interior designer and former foster kid Kendall Green is in high demand, both for her impeccable eye and for her uncanny ability to uncover the provenance of any piece. But for all her success, skyrocketing costs have put her California h From two-time RITA Award-winning author Carla Laureano comes a story of romance, transformation, and the beauty of belonging. Los Angeles interior designer and former foster kid Kendall Green is in high demand, both for her impeccable eye and for her uncanny ability to uncover the provenance of any piece. But for all her success, skyrocketing costs have put her California home and her business in jeopardy. Then an unexpected inheritance provides a timely solution: a grandmother she never knew has left her a group of historic properties in a tiny Colorado town on the edge of ruin. To young, untried mayor Gabriel Brandt, Jasper Lake is more than another small town--it's the place that saved his life. Now, seeing the town slowly wither and die, he's desperate to restore it to its former glory. Unfortunately, his vision is at odds with a local developer who wants to see the town razed and rebuilt as a summer resort. He's sure that he can enlist the granddaughter of one of its most prominent former citizens to his cause--until he meets Kendall and realizes that not only does she know nothing of her own history, she has no interest in reviving a place that once abandoned her. In order to save his beloved town, Gabe must first help Kendall unravel the truth of her own provenance--and Kendall must learn that in order to embrace the future, sometimes you have to start with the past.


Compare

From two-time RITA Award-winning author Carla Laureano comes a story of romance, transformation, and the beauty of belonging. Los Angeles interior designer and former foster kid Kendall Green is in high demand, both for her impeccable eye and for her uncanny ability to uncover the provenance of any piece. But for all her success, skyrocketing costs have put her California h From two-time RITA Award-winning author Carla Laureano comes a story of romance, transformation, and the beauty of belonging. Los Angeles interior designer and former foster kid Kendall Green is in high demand, both for her impeccable eye and for her uncanny ability to uncover the provenance of any piece. But for all her success, skyrocketing costs have put her California home and her business in jeopardy. Then an unexpected inheritance provides a timely solution: a grandmother she never knew has left her a group of historic properties in a tiny Colorado town on the edge of ruin. To young, untried mayor Gabriel Brandt, Jasper Lake is more than another small town--it's the place that saved his life. Now, seeing the town slowly wither and die, he's desperate to restore it to its former glory. Unfortunately, his vision is at odds with a local developer who wants to see the town razed and rebuilt as a summer resort. He's sure that he can enlist the granddaughter of one of its most prominent former citizens to his cause--until he meets Kendall and realizes that not only does she know nothing of her own history, she has no interest in reviving a place that once abandoned her. In order to save his beloved town, Gabe must first help Kendall unravel the truth of her own provenance--and Kendall must learn that in order to embrace the future, sometimes you have to start with the past.

30 review for Provenance

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bethany Turner

    Carla Laureano is a master crafter of compelling characters and enthralling emotion, and her mastery is on full display in Provenance. Set against the dazzling backdrop of the Colorado high country, Kendall and Gabe’s story examines the life-changing potential that exists when we accept the love we’re offered and capture the healing power of home. With characters you’ll care about and be cheering on from the moment you meet them, Provenance is the story your heart needs right now.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Karen R

    A contemporary story full of small town charm, with a bit of mystery, faith, and a clean romance. Two characters brought together abruptly by a surprise inheritance, try to figure out how to save a historic property and preserve a small Colorado mountain town. Provenance is defined by the dictionary as "a place or source of origin"; from the Latin, "to come forth". What a perfect title for this book featuring a woman who is given a chance to delve into a forgotten, painful childhood. It's a touc A contemporary story full of small town charm, with a bit of mystery, faith, and a clean romance. Two characters brought together abruptly by a surprise inheritance, try to figure out how to save a historic property and preserve a small Colorado mountain town. Provenance is defined by the dictionary as "a place or source of origin"; from the Latin, "to come forth". What a perfect title for this book featuring a woman who is given a chance to delve into a forgotten, painful childhood. It's a touching story when it all plays out, with a mystery or two slowly revealed, and one of redemption in the end. The faith struggles felt realistic, especially in Kendall's character. She starts from a place of mistrust, pain and doubt based on experiences of abandonment and false assumptions, and grows into a person with hope springing up from truth and love. I liked Gabe a lot, and his sincere desire to do what is best for Kendall and the town. He wrestles a lot with his own past, and seems to grow in faith when he seeks God's will in his life. I loved his grandfather who baked and ran the B and B, and other characters who pop in and out of the town coffee shop. Some sensitive issues are touched on, but handled carefully. Fans of contemporary Christian romances with flawed characters will likely enjoy this story. It would make a lovely Hallmark movie. 4.5 stars (An ebook was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Iola

    Kendall Green is a Los Angeles-based interior designer with a reputation for sourcing quality antiques to place in the buildings she renovates. When rising LA rents place her business at risk, she finds a possible solution in her letterbox. Her unknown grandmother died, and she is the sole beneficiary. The only catch is that she needs to claim the inheritance in the next two weeks, which means an unplanned trip to the tiny town of Jasper Lake, Colorado. Gabe Brandt is the young mayor of Jasper La Kendall Green is a Los Angeles-based interior designer with a reputation for sourcing quality antiques to place in the buildings she renovates. When rising LA rents place her business at risk, she finds a possible solution in her letterbox. Her unknown grandmother died, and she is the sole beneficiary. The only catch is that she needs to claim the inheritance in the next two weeks, which means an unplanned trip to the tiny town of Jasper Lake, Colorado. Gabe Brandt is the young mayor of Jasper Lake, and he wants to bring new life to the town. That means persuading Kendall not to sell her houses to a property developer who wants to turn the town into an upscale resort. Kendall is obsessed with finding the origin (provenance) of every antique she buys, but she knows nothing of her own background beyond being abandoned by her mother when she was five and raised in foster care. Going through her grandmother’s house could be her opportunity to find her own provenance. This was a skilful melding of Kendall’s outward and inward journeys. Meanwhile, there is also the growing attraction between Kendall and Gabe. But Gabe (as we come to see) is a Christian whose faith has meaning in his everyday life. Ironically, that faith is largely because of Kendall’s grandmother. Kendall is not a person of faith. On particular foster home showed her the negatives of faith, and she has never been interested enough to search out the truth for herself … until now. Provenance gives Kendall a clear faith journey, and it’s refreshing to see a Christian novel where one of the main characters has a serious and believable journey to trusting in Jesus. As such, Provenance is one of the strongest Christian romances I’ve read in a while. It does an excellent job of melding the internal and external plots, and of integrating Christianity in a real way—recognising the strengths and weaknesses of the faith and the followers. Recommended for Christian fiction and romance fans. Thanks to Tyndale Publishing and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    'Sometimes no matter how hard you wished for something, you still came up short.' I just this minute read the last word of this book. I really enjoy Carla Laureano's wok and have reread several more than once. So I am always excited to see she has a new book coming out. She writes with a depth that I truly enjoy. She doesn't just craft characters and throw them on a page. No, she delves into their lives and reveals their deepest emotions, their longings and heartbreaks. 'If you didn't let anyone 'Sometimes no matter how hard you wished for something, you still came up short.' I just this minute read the last word of this book. I really enjoy Carla Laureano's wok and have reread several more than once. So I am always excited to see she has a new book coming out. She writes with a depth that I truly enjoy. She doesn't just craft characters and throw them on a page. No, she delves into their lives and reveals their deepest emotions, their longings and heartbreaks. 'If you didn't let anyone in, you couldn't be hurt by rejection. You couldn't be disappointed. It was easier to be alone by your own choice than to have someone make that choice for you.' The characters of Gabe and Kendall are incredibly well formed here and I very much was all in learning their back stories and what brought them to this point in their lives. This was a long story, but never felt forced or long. It moved deeply and the word I believe I'd use is 'fulfilling'. It was heart-satisfying. Laureano shows us that there are never any coincidences with God. He is there, waiting patiently, loving His creation. The spiritual thread of this story is so powerful-so much so that I found myself smiling numerous times at how the author played it out. And, even though this book has a very strong story line and wonderful characters, God is the true hero of this story. Psalm 139;16 is one verse that went through my mind during the reading. This one is a winner in every way. I felt so good reading it! Well done! My thanks to Tyndale House for a copy of this book via Net Galley. I was not expected to leave a positive review and the opinion here is my own.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Madison

    I always enjoy the work of Carla Laureano. I adored her The Supper Club series (food - yum!) and now she has created another fantastic Christian contemporary romance. Provenance is set in a small (very cold) Colorado town. The snow storms and mountainous setting are the perfect backdrop to this story about discovering your past and falling in love. When Kendall Green learns that she is the beneficiary of a grandmother she never knew, only desperation for some cash to keep her interior design bus I always enjoy the work of Carla Laureano. I adored her The Supper Club series (food - yum!) and now she has created another fantastic Christian contemporary romance. Provenance is set in a small (very cold) Colorado town. The snow storms and mountainous setting are the perfect backdrop to this story about discovering your past and falling in love. When Kendall Green learns that she is the beneficiary of a grandmother she never knew, only desperation for some cash to keep her interior design business and home in California afloat, prompts her to respond. She’s not sure she wants anything from the grandmother who let her grow up in foster care, moving from home to home and when Kendall learns that her inheritance are 5 historic Victorian homes, she is half devastated and half delighted. She is ready to sell to the highest bidder when the young mayor of the town, delightfully handsome Gabriel Brandt, asks her to consider another option to help save the town’s history and community from circling developers. Staying gives Kendall the chance to learn the truth about her mother, her grandmother and the reason she was abandoned when she was a child, but it also means growing closer to Gabriel, and with her life in California, Kendall’s not sure that’s a risk she should take. Small town setting. Tick Charming and handsome love interest. Tick Strong, career determined main character. Tick. Provenance has everything I enjoy in a good contemporary romance. I do love a bit of family drama and mystery and Kendall has a lot to uncover about the events of her past. There were a few twists, which made the mystery of it exciting. Cold snowy weather makes the perfect excuse for cuddling, right? And Kendal and Gabriel find themselves battling the cold together. Both are trying to prove themselves. Both care about community and the history of towns and buildings. As they start to work together, they learn they have a lot in common and they have some pretty great chemistry. Gabriel is a Christian and Kendal is hurt and confused when he tells her they can’t have a relationship when she doesn’t share his faith. Kendal’s own faith journey starts with good examples of loving and caring people, addressing the hurt from her past and some deep questions. The timing of Kendal and Gabriel’s relationship also helps her to take things at her own pace, and I liked that things were not rushed. Provenance is a great Christian contemporary romance, perfect for reading while snuggled up by a fire. The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own. Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library

  6. 5 out of 5

    Suzie Waltner

    Carla Laureano moves from the city to the Colorado mountains in Provenance with a story that drew me and held me captive until the end. Kendall’s career drives her, but her past keeps her from thriving in other areas of her life. When she inherits five homes in small-town Colorado, Kendall sees it as the way to save her business. But there is so much more than she expected in Jasper Lake. Determined to save the town, Gabe’s mission is to sway Kendall from selling the homes and the land. This beaut Carla Laureano moves from the city to the Colorado mountains in Provenance with a story that drew me and held me captive until the end. Kendall’s career drives her, but her past keeps her from thriving in other areas of her life. When she inherits five homes in small-town Colorado, Kendall sees it as the way to save her business. But there is so much more than she expected in Jasper Lake. Determined to save the town, Gabe’s mission is to sway Kendall from selling the homes and the land. This beautiful story of discovering God’s enduring love, home, and family is beautifully written against stunning settings. Laureano once again pens a captivating masterpiece that weaves romance, a little mystery, and truth throughout.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sherry Deatrick

    I really, really liked this book! I loved the title, but had no idea what it meant. I thought maybe something to do with France but then I looked it up. And it is the perfect title, Provenance from the French provenir ‘to come from’ – as an example ‘tracing the provenance’. And this whole book was about tracing these characters’ pasts through buildings, letters and other means. It was a fascinating book. I love stories that I can’t figure out where they are going and this one certainly qualified I really, really liked this book! I loved the title, but had no idea what it meant. I thought maybe something to do with France but then I looked it up. And it is the perfect title, Provenance from the French provenir ‘to come from’ – as an example ‘tracing the provenance’. And this whole book was about tracing these characters’ pasts through buildings, letters and other means. It was a fascinating book. I love stories that I can’t figure out where they are going and this one certainly qualified on that. The setting of the book was perfect, few books are set in winter with snow and extreme cold. And the characters had unique occupations, especially Kendall. I loved the author’s Saturday Night Supper Club series and this book felt similar (without as much food though). I just love the way she writes! I found this a great read and would recommend it highly! Thank you to NetGalley for allowing me to read this ebook. The opinions are entirely my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    Provenance was just as good as I expected it to be! After reading the MacDonald Family Trilogy last year, I was eager to pick up this new release from Carla Laureano and it did not disappoint. I loved the characters and setting. The town sounds so beautiful and it was fun to read about. Gabriel was a great character, as was Kendall. I liked how the characters seemed realistic and their emotions/actions genuine. The romance was nice and I liked the ending. All in all, Provenance was a wonderful re Provenance was just as good as I expected it to be! After reading the MacDonald Family Trilogy last year, I was eager to pick up this new release from Carla Laureano and it did not disappoint. I loved the characters and setting. The town sounds so beautiful and it was fun to read about. Gabriel was a great character, as was Kendall. I liked how the characters seemed realistic and their emotions/actions genuine. The romance was nice and I liked the ending. All in all, Provenance was a wonderful read. It is somewhat of a longer book, but I enjoyed that as the story didn't seem rushed and was a deeper read. I recommend this book and look forward to reading more from this author. *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

  9. 5 out of 5

    MJSH

    Carla Laureano, whether she's creating fantasy worlds or contemporary romance worlds, never fails to captivate my heart, mind, and soul with her beautiful words, setting, and characters. This newest novel brings us back to Colorado, to a little dying town of Jasper Lake where past and present collide for both Kendall and Gabe as they work together to save her inheritance and his town. Their past is as broken as it gets and both are fearful of rejection and abandonment. But working together slowl Carla Laureano, whether she's creating fantasy worlds or contemporary romance worlds, never fails to captivate my heart, mind, and soul with her beautiful words, setting, and characters. This newest novel brings us back to Colorado, to a little dying town of Jasper Lake where past and present collide for both Kendall and Gabe as they work together to save her inheritance and his town. Their past is as broken as it gets and both are fearful of rejection and abandonment. But working together slowly allows them to get past that fear and to recognize and accept the love extended by those around them, especially by their family. There is great banter and dialogue and the characters are witty and pure fun, even in the midst of their battles. I loved that there is a bit of mystery and intrigue regarding Kendall's family and how she came to inherit the houses in town. Gabe's quirky, corny, and endearing sense of humor is quite delightful and his town of Jasper Lake is easy to fall in love with. If you enjoy contemporary romance, you will totally love this book. Kudos to Carla Laureano! I received the book from Tyndale House Publishers via Edelweiss/Above the Tree Line and was under no obligation to post a positive comment. All opinions are solely my own.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Becca

    Such a great book!! After inheriting a sizable amount of property in the mountain town of Jasper Lake, Colorado, Southern Californian and interior designer Kendall Green embarks on a journey to uncover the truth of her past and discover where she really belongs. I enjoyed the setting of this novel (cold and snow, which makes this a perfect Fall/Winter read) as well as the characters and the sweet love story. But my favorite part was the theme of home/belonging. “Home” can mean so many different t Such a great book!! After inheriting a sizable amount of property in the mountain town of Jasper Lake, Colorado, Southern Californian and interior designer Kendall Green embarks on a journey to uncover the truth of her past and discover where she really belongs. I enjoyed the setting of this novel (cold and snow, which makes this a perfect Fall/Winter read) as well as the characters and the sweet love story. But my favorite part was the theme of home/belonging. “Home” can mean so many different things, but the way the author handles the topic, and where Kendall finally finds her place, can resonate with many of us. This would be perfect for fans of Becky Wade, Courtney Walsh, and other inspirational romance authors. I’d also recommend it for fans of books that focus on “found family” and a small town community feel. I really loved this one. Thank you Netgalley and Tyndale House Publishers for the advanced reader copy. It was a privilege to read this! P.s. Also check out the Saturday Supper Club series by the same author!

  11. 4 out of 5

    JoAnn

    Provenance by Carla Laureano is a very well written romance. This book has a great plot and the characters are well developed. I love this author’s books and her newest Is no exception. I highly recommend this book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Heidi McGill

    Well-written and engaging contemporary story.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Higgins

    Such a fun redemption story set in the high altitude of Colorado. Kendall Green is an interior designer with a specialty in historic preservation who is in high demand for her work. However, most people don’t know her past; she was abandoned in Denver as a little girl and shuffled through the foster care system. Once she aged out of the system, she chose a path and never looked back. Returning from a business trip in Europe, she opens a letter addressed from the town of Jasper Lake, Colorado. Her Such a fun redemption story set in the high altitude of Colorado. Kendall Green is an interior designer with a specialty in historic preservation who is in high demand for her work. However, most people don’t know her past; she was abandoned in Denver as a little girl and shuffled through the foster care system. Once she aged out of the system, she chose a path and never looked back. Returning from a business trip in Europe, she opens a letter addressed from the town of Jasper Lake, Colorado. Her grandmother passed away and she has been named the sole heir of her property. Surprised that she had a family member who knew who she was, yet overjoyed this could be just what she needs to finally purchase her Southern California property and take her business to the next level. Upon arrival in Jasper Lake, Kendall meets young mayor Gabe Brandt. She discovers that the town is close to ruin due to previous flooding disasters and a developer wants to build a new resort but needs her property for the lake front access. Gabe wants to try to save the town without the resort and has tried multiple ways, but nothing has worked. He hopes that he can sway Kendall to keep the property so that the resort plans cannot move forward. However, she has no interest in doing that until she sees the five historic houses on the lot. Will Gabe be able to convince Kendall to help save the town? Can Kendall stomach the demolition of such unique houses even if it saves her business? There is nothing quite like a fun, contemporary romance with lots of friction between the two main characters and even more tension surrounding them. Throw in a redemption story aspect and you’ve got yourself a signature Carla Laureano novel. I loved going back to Colorado in this series with a nod to the Solid Grounds Coffee Company (be sure to give a shout out when you spot it). I was kind of hoping for Brunch at Bittersweet Café one day, but maybe it will show up in the future. Kendall was a difficult character to get to know. She shuts everyone out (even the reader at times) with her feelings because she has been hurt so badly in the past. She has no memory of what happened and has felt abandoned all her life. Interestingly enough, she finds it easier to confide in Gabe about her past and tells him more than anyone else she has met. I loved seeing her transformation throughout the story and discovering the power of being an adopted child of God. Gabe is a fixer and wants to have a hand in solving every problem he encounters. He has difficulty sitting back and letting other people figure things out, even God. So, to see him become humble in this book was really intriguing. I loved the supporting characters and hope that there might be a couple future installments with their stories (fingers crossed!) The romance wasn’t forced in the story, and frankly I got a little worried if it was even going to play out, but I think readers will be quite satisfied with the conclusion! I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Agnes-Crockett

    I received a complimentary eARC of the novel through NetGalley and Tyndale House, in exchange for an honest review. What I Liked Gabe, who Kendall meets shortly after coming to town, is a Christian, and I really like that Gabe’s faith plays an important role in the plot, as well as in his day-to-day decisions and relationships. Thematically, I liked the discussion of spiritual adoption, paired with earthly adoption. For me, this provided fresh insight into the Scripture on adoption. Plus, the comme I received a complimentary eARC of the novel through NetGalley and Tyndale House, in exchange for an honest review. What I Liked Gabe, who Kendall meets shortly after coming to town, is a Christian, and I really like that Gabe’s faith plays an important role in the plot, as well as in his day-to-day decisions and relationships. Thematically, I liked the discussion of spiritual adoption, paired with earthly adoption. For me, this provided fresh insight into the Scripture on adoption. Plus, the commentary on forgiveness is spot on. Laureano has a knack for concisely illustrating and articulating common human experiences. The novel is powerful! Laureano crafts a believable backstory for Kendall, and her characterization is also believable. As a result, I has some definite tear-jerker experiences as I walked with Kendall on her journey. I enjoyed the cast of characters and their relationships, within the small town. For example, most of the townsfolk stop at the coffee shop every morning to start their day and Gabe’s grandpa bakes desserts and treats for the local diner, as well as the cafe. And, the market doubles as a pizza parlor. (Okay, maybe I actually liked the small town food. Is that a thing?) The mystery element was well-executed. Kendall begins the story knowing close to nothing about her family of origin, and spends the novel learning her own story. I would have liked to have solved the mystery even earlier, but I think that’s a good thing, in the sense that it unraveled over time. In terms of the romance, I appreciated that the plot wasn’t as straightforward as romances often are. For example, both characters acknowledge that they have not known each other very long. There was another component I really liked, but I don’t want to spoil anything. Content Concerns There is one somewhat intense/ graphic kissing scene. However, part of the graphicness is due to Kendall wondering if it will “lead” anywhere. There are references to a homosexual character, as well as a comment (made by a non-Christian) to the effect that the character previously repressed his “true” identity. Overall Impression This is one of those books that I think I would recommend by comparison. As far as Christian books go, it was just a little more graphic than I’d have liked (I don’t think most people would take issue with it)—but it makes sense due to the character’s perspective. With that said, it’s not my first choice as a Christian book, but I would feel very comfortable recommending this title over a non-Christian book. And, I think it can definitely appeal to non-Christian readers. (I will add a quick note that I don’t agree with 100% of the ideas presented).

  15. 4 out of 5

    Meagan

    There's something ironic (and also blissful) about reading a book during summertime that involves snow. :D I might have devoured this read amidst a record-setting Pacific Northwest heatwave ... and loved the mental respite. Readers of Laureano's other works (notably The Solid Grounds Coffee Company) will enjoy the occasional Easter-egg reference here; I love it when authors do that! Also similar to her other works, Laureano isn't afraid to sidle up to hot-button issues, as well as point readers ba There's something ironic (and also blissful) about reading a book during summertime that involves snow. :D I might have devoured this read amidst a record-setting Pacific Northwest heatwave ... and loved the mental respite. Readers of Laureano's other works (notably The Solid Grounds Coffee Company) will enjoy the occasional Easter-egg reference here; I love it when authors do that! Also similar to her other works, Laureano isn't afraid to sidle up to hot-button issues, as well as point readers back to Christ above all. I truly enjoyed this thought-provoking read about provenance in every sense, from interior design and home restoration to one's own personal life and family history. The small-town Colorado setting was endearing not just for snow in my heat-infused world, but also for its residents' love and care for each other ... where "everyone knows your name" (with all the perks and foibles that come with it). An excellent read. I received an eARC of the book from the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth "Eli" Olmedo

    Carla Laureano returns once again with her classic, captivating style. Provenance — which is perfectly titled in every way — delivers an enthralling read complete with compelling characters, a gripping storyline, and a mesmerizing backdrop. The setting came to life with clear, vivid images that, even now, I can instantly see though I’ve read several other novels since finishing this one. I loved the historical angle and its link to every aspect of the book: Kendall’s background, her job, the prop Carla Laureano returns once again with her classic, captivating style. Provenance — which is perfectly titled in every way — delivers an enthralling read complete with compelling characters, a gripping storyline, and a mesmerizing backdrop. The setting came to life with clear, vivid images that, even now, I can instantly see though I’ve read several other novels since finishing this one. I loved the historical angle and its link to every aspect of the book: Kendall’s background, her job, the properties she inherited, etc. Laureano crafted a thread that ran through, and tied, everything together perfectly. This and my need to know Kendall’s story had me devouring pages. Gabe, sadly, wasn’t my jam. Not wanting to give too much away, while I wasn’t a fan of him all along, I can accept we all make mistakes. However, the way he acted once everything came to the light compounded his mistakes rather than redeem him. In spite of him, the quest to uncover the history of both Jasper Lake and Kendall’s family kept me riveted, and consequently I would recommend Provenance to readers of women’s fiction. Review copy provided by publisher via NetGalley. Thanks!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jaycee Weaver

    What a moving story! It took me a little while to get going on this one, but that seems to be normal these days with longer novels. I immediately liked Kendall. She's complex and filled with complicated and mostly erroneous beliefs, which made her so very relatable. And while Gabe has issues of his own, he's much further along in his process of healing and figuring himself out. I love a good strong, steady hero who isn't overbearing yet shows up to provide what the heroine needs most (even if it What a moving story! It took me a little while to get going on this one, but that seems to be normal these days with longer novels. I immediately liked Kendall. She's complex and filled with complicated and mostly erroneous beliefs, which made her so very relatable. And while Gabe has issues of his own, he's much further along in his process of healing and figuring himself out. I love a good strong, steady hero who isn't overbearing yet shows up to provide what the heroine needs most (even if it's not what she wants). They balance each other throughout the story as Kendall discovers the truth of her provenance and how deeply she loved she has always been. This book feels a little more overtly spiritual than some of Ms. Laureano's recent releases, and I loved that. It came through naturally and powerfully as a vital part of Kendall's discovery process. There could be no separating her spiritual journey from her personal one, and the entanglement of her journeys plus her feelings for Gabe makes this book beautiful. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for offering me an advance copy to read. All opinions expressed are my own and freely given without expectation or incentive.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Gretchen Louise

    Provenance is for the architecture aficionado what The Saturday Night Supper Club is for the foodie. But it's more than just a story about a girl who grew up in foster care and became a designer who inherited historical properties; it's a story of love, patience, adoption, and home. (Fans of Elizabeth Maddrey's Peacock Hill Romance series should definitely check out Carla Laureano's Provenance.) Provenance is for the architecture aficionado what The Saturday Night Supper Club is for the foodie. But it's more than just a story about a girl who grew up in foster care and became a designer who inherited historical properties; it's a story of love, patience, adoption, and home. (Fans of Elizabeth Maddrey's Peacock Hill Romance series should definitely check out Carla Laureano's Provenance.)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Patty Rude

    I have loved all of Carla Laureano’s contemporary romances, and this one is no exception! The writing just flows so smoothly for me, and the fact that I finished this in two days proves this!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jordan Lynch

    Carla Laureano has been an auto-read author for me for a while, so I was very exited to get an arc of Provenance, her upcoming contemporary Christian romance. My luck with arcs has been pretty hit or miss lately, but I'm pleased to say that this novel did not disappoint and only reaffirmed my love for Laureano's unique stories. Provenance is the story of Kendall Green, a former foster kid and current interior designer who suddenly discovers she's inherited property from an unknown relative. Kenda Carla Laureano has been an auto-read author for me for a while, so I was very exited to get an arc of Provenance, her upcoming contemporary Christian romance. My luck with arcs has been pretty hit or miss lately, but I'm pleased to say that this novel did not disappoint and only reaffirmed my love for Laureano's unique stories. Provenance is the story of Kendall Green, a former foster kid and current interior designer who suddenly discovers she's inherited property from an unknown relative. Kendall knows basically nothing about her family and her past, but she's told herself that the past doesn't matter and instead chooses to focus on the future. However, the promise of an inheritance--an inheritance that could help her solidify her business in LA--is too much to ignore, and she finds herself in the small town of Jasper Lake, Colorado. In Jasper Lake, Kendall meets Gabe Brandt, Jasper Lake's mayor who's struggling to keep the town from going under or losing its charm to a big ski resort development. He's hoping he can convince Kendall to keep the five lakeside houses left to her to stop the development of the ski resort and save the town that saved him. As the two work together to learn more about the houses, they find themselves hunting down the truth of Kendall's past...and fighting their growing feelings for each other. Kendall and Gabe are fantastic leads. Kendall is detached from her mysterious past, uninterested in her family history and focused on growing her interior design business in LA. Straightforward and determined, she's initially against keeping the houses, but she slowly accepts that she needs to know not only the history of the houses but also the history of her family and what happened to keep her apart from a grandmother who was beloved by the citizens of Jasper Lake but who Kendall herself knows nothing about. Gabe is a good foil to Kendall; while she is mostly serious and closed-off, Gabe is friendly and open without being overbearing or feeling like he's trying too hard. He has a sweet, self-deprecating sense of humor, and he genuinely cares for the town and wants what's best for its citizens. His background in urban planning should be ideal for helping transform Jasper Lake into a thriving community, but he's stuck and running out of time, and Kendall is his last hope. Although they're initially forced together for the sake of business, Kendall and Gabe work well together, and their relationship feels natural and is a lot of fun to see evolve into something more. They also make a great team in regard to helping the town. Kendall doesn't have any desire to keep the houses or stay in town, but she's polite and practical about her decision. She realizes how her actions will impact the town and tries to help, giving Gabe an outsider's perspective and several good ideas of how the town might reclaim its former popularity. Of course, her plans change, and their teamwork develops into a genuine friendship that finds them on a historical treasure hunt to save the houses. I appreciate how both characters' careers played important roles in their work, and I like learning more about both interior design and urban planning. In addition to creating great leads, Laureano does a wonderful job of creating a cast of secondary characters and a setting that brings Jasper Lake to life. I love the descriptions of the town; it feels a bit touristy but is still welcoming and fun. It also definitely has a small town feel in that everyone knows everyone and everyone else's business, but the citizens aren't obnoxiously gossipy or overly nosy. As far as supporting characters, I love Opa and Delia. Opa and Gabe's relationship is sweet, and the multitude of sweets and pastries that Opa bakes all sound delicious! Delia is a delight, and she's the perfect voice of reason. She's honest but kind when telling her friends how it is, and she does her best to help others see the reality of their situations. Her coffee shop sounds so cozy, and I love the cameo from Solid Grounds Coffee Company! As this is a work of Christian fiction, faith is an important topic. Laureano chooses to address the characters' faith by highlighting the importance of letting your actions speak to your faith and relationship with God and not worrying so much about how others view you; God knows your heart and the truth, and He's who truly matters. There's also a strong emphasis on the importance of God's timing. He has a plan for each of our lives, but He lets us make our own choices. He doesn't push us to have a relationship with Him but instead patiently waits for us with open arms until we find Him. Gabe is a Christian before the book begins, but Kendall comes to find God throughout the course of the story. Her journey to faith feels natural--once she starts searching for the truth of her family, she starts questioning whether she could ever have a place in God's family, and it takes the unending love of her former foster family to show her that God's love doesn't ever stop, nor is it dependent on us being perfect. Kendall's struggles with loss and abandonment are ones with which many people can relate, and Laureano does a great job of showing how those struggles can impact our entire lives until we learn to accept that there are people and a savior who will never abandon us. And because this is also a work of contemporary romance, it's inevitable that Kendall and Gabe will end up together. However, I am very pleased with how Laureano handles their romance. The big issue keeping the two apart isn't some overly dramatic miscommunication but rather the characters' differences in faith. Despite liking Kendall, Gabe is determined to not have a romantic relationship with a non-believer. Although Kendall doesn't initially understand his convictions, in seeing both Gabe's and Delia's faith, she learns to understand that there are Christians who do practice what they preach, even if she doesn't like it. Kendall does eventually come to accept Christ, but Laureano doesn't let that serve as the magical catalyst for Kendall and Gabe to get together. Both characters have personal issues to work until they're truly ready to begin a relationship, and I really like that they're given time to work on themselves individually before becoming a couple. Laureano's handling of the situation is very Biblically-based and shows a great deal of trust in God's timing and plan, and I love that this is the way she chose for the characters' paths to go. It's different from what I was expecting and from what I have seen in other Christian fiction novels, and I applaud her for showing maturity in the characters' faith. Provenance is a story of history, belonging, and heartbreak as well as a story of hope, found family, and love. Laureano has written another wonderful contemporary novel that features a great cast of characters and a lovely and interesting Colorado town. I hope to one day get more stories about the citizens of Jasper Lake to see if Kendall and Gabe's hard work pays off--and to see how their relationship is going, of course! Fans of contemporary Christian romance will thoroughly enjoy this read! Thanks to NetGalley for the eARC in exchange for my honest opinion.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rosalyn

    A story of seeking- for family, for belonging, and for love. Kendall, a talented, sought after designer from Southern California, has always longed to know her own 'provenance'. Carla Laureano does a fantastic job at taking us through this story. Full review to come. A story of seeking- for family, for belonging, and for love. Kendall, a talented, sought after designer from Southern California, has always longed to know her own 'provenance'. Carla Laureano does a fantastic job at taking us through this story. Full review to come.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Kokes

    Provenance is a contemporary novel written by Carla Laureano. Summary: Kendall Green doesn't know anything about her past, so when she receives a letter that she has inherited her grandmother's property in the mountains of Colorado, she is stunned. The inheritance couldn't have come at a more opportune time-now she can finally purchase her California home/design studio, and take her business to the next level. But her arrival in Jasper, Colorado creates quite a stir. A resort developer is ready to Provenance is a contemporary novel written by Carla Laureano. Summary: Kendall Green doesn't know anything about her past, so when she receives a letter that she has inherited her grandmother's property in the mountains of Colorado, she is stunned. The inheritance couldn't have come at a more opportune time-now she can finally purchase her California home/design studio, and take her business to the next level. But her arrival in Jasper, Colorado creates quite a stir. A resort developer is ready to pay outright for the property, but determined mayor Gabriel Brandt wants to keep Jasper the small charming town he remembers from his youth. And everyone seems to know more about Kendall than she does herself. Will the handsome mayor be able to change her mind, or will she stick to her original plan to sell-especially when she discovers more about her past and the decisions that led to her abandonment? Can Kendall make peace with the past, or is it better to just leave Jasper in her rearview mirror? My Thoughts: Carla Laureano is one of my favorite writers, so I was excited to get the chance to review this book. And, it didn't disappoint. The story is well-written, the characters interesting and flawed, and there is a great progression in the characters as they work through their past issues. I liked the plot, and there is a nice romance too. I also loved the small town of Jasper. It's really a character all it's own with unique charm and filled with colorful characters. I would love to see even more stories set in Jasper. I really enjoyed this book, and would definitely recommend it! I would like to thank Tyndale House Publishers for providing me with a free digital copy of this book in exchange for my review. Thank you!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Yeesh, is this book jam-packed with feelings!!!!! Kendall and Gabe both had things rough growing up; obviously Kendall more so than Gabe, but we don't compare pain. Both MCs were excellent and I also really liked the supporting cast (Opa, Delia, & Luke mainly). Jasper Lake sounds wonderful! There was sort of a mystery to solve, but also lots of character development. I thought it was interesting how Kendall comes to realize she let the bad overshadow the good in her past. I wonder how often I do Yeesh, is this book jam-packed with feelings!!!!! Kendall and Gabe both had things rough growing up; obviously Kendall more so than Gabe, but we don't compare pain. Both MCs were excellent and I also really liked the supporting cast (Opa, Delia, & Luke mainly). Jasper Lake sounds wonderful! There was sort of a mystery to solve, but also lots of character development. I thought it was interesting how Kendall comes to realize she let the bad overshadow the good in her past. I wonder how often I do the same thing. I really liked Gabe's obedience, even when it was painful and hard. I wish that there had been more with the interior design, because I really liked that aspect. But my favorite thing of the whole book is summed up in this: "You're not in love. You've found someone you admire and you're attracted to. There's a difference." I loved the fact that Kendall and Gabe's relationship was portrayed as attraction and interest in seeing what could be, rather than having them fall in love in two weeks or whatever and get married four months later. It was so refreshing to see it done this way. And the online epilogue is so perfect!!!!!! I just really like how Laureano did things. Things were a little too "real" at times and I didn't love the way her grandfather's situation was dealt with, so that's why this is a four-star book for me. For adults, I would totally recommend it. It can be a little heavy at points though.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Davis- Cindy's Book Corner

    I love the cover of this book and thought the top of the cover had cobwebs on it (it doesn't look closer). I love the picture of the town, it's beautiful with its vivid colors. I had to look up what Provenance means because I was not sure. It means origin or source and I cannot think of a more fitting title for this book. The cover is perfect for the story as well, and in case you are not sure, it is not cobwebs, but hopefully, you will read this story and figure out the significance of what it i I love the cover of this book and thought the top of the cover had cobwebs on it (it doesn't look closer). I love the picture of the town, it's beautiful with its vivid colors. I had to look up what Provenance means because I was not sure. It means origin or source and I cannot think of a more fitting title for this book. The cover is perfect for the story as well, and in case you are not sure, it is not cobwebs, but hopefully, you will read this story and figure out the significance of what it is! The characters and plot were well thought out and executed. The story flowed smoothly with several unexpected scenes and revelations. From the small-town charm (I love small towns!), the slow development of the relationship between Kendall and Gabe, the witty banter, true friendships, and the theme of provenance, you do not want to miss this story. It will give you all kinds of feels and even goosebumps at times. I was not ready for the book to end where it did, but, the author was kind enough to provide a link to the epilogue, which I recommend taking the time to read as well. My only wish is that the epilogue had been included in the actual story. Provenance is not part of a series, but the town and characters do lend themselves to future stories, should the author be led in that direction.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    Imagine never knowing who your family was or where you came from, living your life in foster home after foster home, always feeling abandoned, and then you get a letter from an attorney saying that your grandmother has left you her entire estate, but there is a deadline for claiming it. This was the life of Kendall Green, the main character in Carla Laureano's newest book, Provenance. Both Kendall and Gabe, the other primary character in the book have had an education in the school of hard knock Imagine never knowing who your family was or where you came from, living your life in foster home after foster home, always feeling abandoned, and then you get a letter from an attorney saying that your grandmother has left you her entire estate, but there is a deadline for claiming it. This was the life of Kendall Green, the main character in Carla Laureano's newest book, Provenance. Both Kendall and Gabe, the other primary character in the book have had an education in the school of hard knocks, which makes this book so interesting. The characters are not over-the-top perfect and that makes them relatable to the reader. I have watched enough Antiques Roadshow to know that the provenance of a piece adds to its value, it's the pedigree, so to speak. What Kendall doesn't know is her own provenance and alternately hopes and dreads finding it through her grandmother's estate. I have read a few of Carla's books and thoroughly enjoyed them all. Her writing is engaging and compelling. This book is one I lost sleep over, because I just couldn't put it down. Five Stars, Two Thumbs Up, and a genuine Eames chair to sit in and read. Bethany House and NetGalley.com provided the copy I read for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Vibliophile

    (4.5 stars) - the romance is the dessert While this is a romance in that the plot weaves around & through the development of the relationship between Kendall & Gabe, it reads more like an inspirational women's fiction, so eager romance readers may find the beginning a little slow, but it's worth your patience After years spent becoming an expert on determining the personal history of objects, Kendall finds herself the object of a mysterious history that needs to be unfolded. In the course of her (4.5 stars) - the romance is the dessert While this is a romance in that the plot weaves around & through the development of the relationship between Kendall & Gabe, it reads more like an inspirational women's fiction, so eager romance readers may find the beginning a little slow, but it's worth your patience After years spent becoming an expert on determining the personal history of objects, Kendall finds herself the object of a mysterious history that needs to be unfolded. In the course of her discoveries about her past, she finds increased value - healing & wholeness - in her present. The author builds her story so well that we really get to know the protagonists in depth and feel their connection. The faith aspect is a central issue in the story, but it's never heavy-handed. Yet the providence of God through it all is obvious nevertheless. The themes of searching for truth, finding mercy and forgiveness - and giving them as well - are beautifully, yet realistically, depicted, leading to an ending that's heartwarmingly satisfying. (And the little nod to the Solid Grounds Coffee Company at Main Street Mocha was a fun touch!) *Romance level: passionate kisses, nothing graphic *Religion: Christian with Christian themes as noted above

  27. 4 out of 5

    Channyn

    I've truly enjoyed all of Carla Laureano's books, but this one has impacted my heart deeply and will be one that sticks with me. I really appreciate how the book went straight in, big 'secrets' that Hallmark movies take until the end to reveal as the big oh-no moment were shared openly along the way. This allowed for God to really take over the story and make it relatable. When it came to meeting my husband, I was coming from a place where I wasn't sure if I was ready because of life things and I've truly enjoyed all of Carla Laureano's books, but this one has impacted my heart deeply and will be one that sticks with me. I really appreciate how the book went straight in, big 'secrets' that Hallmark movies take until the end to reveal as the big oh-no moment were shared openly along the way. This allowed for God to really take over the story and make it relatable. When it came to meeting my husband, I was coming from a place where I wasn't sure if I was ready because of life things and my relationship with God was just finding solid footing. This book reminded that God's timing is good. Provenance really tackled this idea and then showed how God works in all the little in between ways to bring people and situations together for His purpose. Even through the horrible never should have happened in the first place muck of it all. I especially liked the inclusion of praying, waiting and listening to those nudges from God. Even if it isn't what we want to hear. All in all, this is one of the most relatable and honest Christian fiction I've read and it's brought me closer to God.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Joleen

    Laureano does it again! I love this story and seriously wish I could go to this little town. Laureano has an amazing ability to craft a story so well that you feel a deep desire to be in the story with the characters. I think the characters are my favorite part of this story, followed by the storyline itself. I've spent moments during the weeks after finishing this book reflecting on scenes in the story and moments the characters share. And it's not just the main characters that are well develop Laureano does it again! I love this story and seriously wish I could go to this little town. Laureano has an amazing ability to craft a story so well that you feel a deep desire to be in the story with the characters. I think the characters are my favorite part of this story, followed by the storyline itself. I've spent moments during the weeks after finishing this book reflecting on scenes in the story and moments the characters share. And it's not just the main characters that are well developed. Each person has a purpose and you feel they have a story to tell. I love this about Carla Laureano's stories; you can tell she spends a good amount of time caring for and "feeling" each person in the story. Thank you Carla and Tyndale for this amazing getaway from everyday life. This book will be on my bookshelf! *This was given to me in advance purely for review purposes by Netgalley. The opinions here are honest and my own.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    As someone who finds HGTV's home reno shows a great distraction from running at the gym, when I heard the setting of this book (a young interior designer finds out she has inherited a row of Victorian houses in a small town in Colorado), it sounded interesting. Turns out it isn't really about redoing the homes, it is Christian fiction and a romance, neither of which are my usual genres. But, having gotten the book out of the library, I thought I'd give it a shot anyway, and I enjoyed it. The Chr As someone who finds HGTV's home reno shows a great distraction from running at the gym, when I heard the setting of this book (a young interior designer finds out she has inherited a row of Victorian houses in a small town in Colorado), it sounded interesting. Turns out it isn't really about redoing the homes, it is Christian fiction and a romance, neither of which are my usual genres. But, having gotten the book out of the library, I thought I'd give it a shot anyway, and I enjoyed it. The Christian fiction aspect wasn't too "overwhelming", except maybe closer to the end. The romance is a pretty typical overall formula: young designer heads to Colorado to claim her inheritance, only to discover that the fate of the town hinges on what she decides to do with the houses. She and the handsome, young, single mayor fall for each other while she spends time in the town deciding what to do with her legacy but of course their is an obstacle to try to overcome to be together.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Castaneda

    Provenance by Carla Laureano is a book set near a gorgeous lake in Colorado, and partly in LA. I loved how this book reads. It is a contemporary romance but it definitely differs from the authors previous works. Here, the heroine Kendall is more broken than her other characters. She has deep past hurts and she is trying to work through them. She has reached great success as an interior designer but has big holes in her life when it comes to having family. When she inherits property in Colorado, Provenance by Carla Laureano is a book set near a gorgeous lake in Colorado, and partly in LA. I loved how this book reads. It is a contemporary romance but it definitely differs from the authors previous works. Here, the heroine Kendall is more broken than her other characters. She has deep past hurts and she is trying to work through them. She has reached great success as an interior designer but has big holes in her life when it comes to having family. When she inherits property in Colorado, Kendall finds herself in a whole new world. I love the way the author ties Kendall's own life into the work she does. And the resolution in this book works so perfectly. I really enjoyed this book and recommend it highly. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher with no obligations. These opinions are entirely my own.

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...