#The Secret Daughter by Kelly Rimmer–Review–5 stars!

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The Secret Daughter is a heart-wrenching novel that takes place during the 1970s, in Australia, when force adoptions were acceptable. This book reads like a powerful memoir, compelling, absorbing, and unforgettable. 

Lilly was sixteen when she was sent away to a Maternity home for unwed mothers; a place where she was forced, to stay and work, until her baby was born. When Lilly first arrived, she had no idea that she wouldn’t be leaving with her baby. When she discovered the truth, Lilly was horrified. Her love letters to James, the father of her unborn child, went from being heartwarming to heartbreaking. Lilly pleaded with James to take her out of the maternity home before it was too late. I was completely engrossed in this story from the very first page.

The book fast-forwards to 2012, when Lilly’s lost child, Sabina, discovers that she is pregnant. Sabina’s dad is ecstatic about being a grandfather, but her mother, Megan, is not. Sabina couldn’t understand why her mother wasn’t happy for her. It wasn’t until the truth of her birth and adoption was revealed to her that Sabrina understood. 

Sabina’s parents tried to convince their daughter that they didn’t know who her birth mother was. Sabina felt strongly, however, that her parents were lying. But why? What kind of ugly secret could they possibly be hiding? When the truth was exposed, Sabina was horrified. It was worse than she’d ever imagined. 

The Secret Daughter is a well-written moving novel, touching as well as heart-wrenching. It’s a powerful, emotional story, and one that I won’t forget for a very long time.

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Kelly Rimmer is the USA Today best selling author of contemporary fiction novels including Me Without You, The Secret Daughter, When I Lost You, A Mother’s Confession and her most recent release, Before I Let You Go. She lives in rural Australia with her family.

For further information about Kelly’s books, and to subscribe to her mailing list, visit http://www.kellyrimmer.com.

 

 

#Believe Me by J.P. Delaney–Review–4 stars #NetGalley

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New Dark Thriller by J. P. Delaney–Coming 7/24/18!

 

Believe Me, is a dark, creepy, compelling, and complex thriller. 

 Claire wants to make it as a New York City actress. But, apartments in New York are expensive. So Claire accepts a position, as a decoy, for divorce lawyers. Her job is to flirt with straying husbands, and then catch them, on tape, propositioning her for a hook-up. It wasn’t the best of situations, but it enabled her to hone in on her acting skills while getting paid. 

Claire gets her big chance to prove herself as an up-and-coming NYC actress, in a play. She knows that there is an element of danger with accepting this position. It could even cost Claire her life. But, Claire is not about to miss her chance to shine as in actress on stage. 

What Claire is unaware of, is just how convincing, a serial killer can be. And, what the killer doesn’t realize, is the level of expertise, Claire has achieved, as a manipulator, as well as an actress. She not only plays her character, Claire becomes her character. 

Believe Me is an intense, dark, psychological thriller, with twists and surprises, that I never saw coming. Although I was confused, at times, while reading this book, everything tied-up nicely and became clear in the end.

Thank you, Random House Publishing Group-Ballantine and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Today’s New Book Releases— # The Summer Wives, #Somebody’s Daughter & The Subway Girls

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Three New Book Releases To Check Out!

 

The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams—5 stars

https://write-escape.com/2018/06/23/the-summer-wives-by-beatriz-williams-review-5-stars

Somebody’s Daughter by David Bell—4.5 stars

https://write-escape.com/2018/07/02/somebodys-daughter-by-david-bell-review-4-5-stars

The Subway Girls by Susie Orman Schnall—3.5 stars

https://write-escape.com/2018/06/26/the-subway-girls-by-susie-orman-schnall-smp-netgalley

 

#The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain-Review-5 stars #NetGalley

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Don’t Miss This Fabulous New Novel by Diane Chamberlain, Coming 10/2/18!

 

The Dream Daughter is an extraordinarily well-written time-travel novel. Once I started this book I didn’t want to put it down, not even for a moment. The author pulled me into her story, right from the start. I loved the realistic characters, the intriguing plot, and the flowing dialogue. 

Hunter Poole is a physicist. He is from the future, 2018 to be exact, but he won’t be returning to the twenty-first century anytime soon, or ever. And, Hunter is okay with that. He loves the simpler life of the twentieth century. It’s 1970 and Hunter is a contented man. He has his lovely wife, Patti, by his side and their beautiful son John Paul. Hunter will always be grateful to Carly, his sister-in-law, for introducing him to Patti. But, it was time for him, to return the favor, and he was nervous.

Hunter never told Patti or Carly that he was from the future, but he was going to have to confess now. He owed it to Carly. Her unborn daughter wouldn’t live long after birth if she didn’t have a heart procedure soon. The problem was, however, that fetal surgery was unheard of in1970. Hunter was going to have to send Carly into the future. And, unfortunately, she was going to have to do it alone.

Carly would do anything to save her baby. She would never have thought that traveling through time was going to be the easy part of her journey. Unfortunately, she was going to need every bit of courage and strength she could muster up, to weather the challenges ahead.  

The Dream Daughter is a fabulous novel. Highly recommended. I loved every page. Five well-deserved stars from this reader.

Thank you, St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~5 out of 5 shining stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Diane Chamberlain is the New York Times, USA Today and Sunday Times bestselling author of 25 novels published in more than twenty languages. Some of her most popular books include Necessary Lies, The Silent Sister, The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes, and The Keeper of the Light Trilogy. Diane likes to write complex stories about relationships between men and women, parents and children, brothers and sisters, and friends. Although the thematic focus of her books often revolves around family, love, compassion and forgiveness, her stories usually feature a combination of drama, mystery, secrets and intrigue. Diane’s background in psychology has given her a keen interest in understanding the way people tick, as well as the background necessary to create her realistic characters.

Diane was born and raised in Plainfield, New Jersey and spent her summers at the Jersey Shore. She also lived for many years in San Diego and northern Virginia before making North Carolina her home.

Diane received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in clinical social work from San Diego State University. Prior to her writing career, Diane worked in hospitals in San Diego and Washington, D.C. before opening a private psychotherapy practice in Alexandria Virginia specializing in adolescents. All the while Diane was writing on the side. Her first book, Private Relations was published in 1989 and it earned the RITA award for Best Single Title Contemporary Novel. 

Diane lives with her partner, photographer John Pagliuca, and her sheltie, Cole. She has three stepdaughters, two sons-in-law, and four grandchildren. She’s currently at work on her next novel.

Please visit Diane’s website at http://www.dianechamberlain.com for more information on her newest novel, The Stolen Marriage, and a complete list of her books.

 

#The Warrior of Clan Kincaid by Lily Blackwood–Review–5 stars #NetGalley

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New Historical Fiction Romance by Lily Blackwood Coming 7/31/18–5 Stars!

 

Cull The Nameless was a fierce warrior and an honorable man, he was also a slave.

Although Cull was a King’s guard and Knighted, he never forgot where he came from, and who the man was, who freed him from a slave ship. But this man was not kind, not even a little, nor did he buy Cull out of the goodness of his heart. No, this sinister trickster, known as the Wolf, had devised a plan, so evil that he could pass for the devil himself. 

Cull The Nameless didn’t think anyone could love him, until he met Derryth MacClaren. She loved him even though he had no treasure or surname. Cull’s greatest desire was to have a family, a name, and a piece of land, that he could call his own. So when the Wolf, dangled Cull’s greatest passions before him, Cull was more than tempted. But, the plan Wolf wanted him to carry out, would destroy his relationship with Derryth, and everyone whom she loved. How could he do that?

This book kept my interest from the very first page. It’s a captivating, romantic, historical fiction tale,  well-written and engrossing. If you enjoy adult romance, historical fiction and fabulous writing you’ll love this book.

Thank you, St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Lily Blackwood lives in Texas, with her husband, their two teenagers, a devoted red golden retriever and two rascally cats. She enjoys flea markets, cooking, eating and not cleaning her house! She recently taught herself to knit and has been making a mess with yarn ever since. She loves all things historical, and finds it thrilling to imagine a time period where each day held very real dangers, and true love stories and happily-ever-afters were precious and rare. Lily loves to hear from readers! She invites you to visit her website at http://www.lilyblackwood.com

Lily is also the RITA Nominated author of Regency romances, Lily Dalton.

 

#The Highland Chieftain by Amy Jarecki–Review–4 stars #NetGalley

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Lady Mairi MacKenzie is humiliated. Her betrothed has decided to marry someone other than her. She is not overly worried though. Being the first daughter of an Earl, Lady Mairi won’t have to wait long before she is betrothed again. But, when Laird Duncan MacRae proposed marriage, right after being jilted, Mairi was mortified. She was not about to accept a pity marriage. So she promptly declined the Laird’s offer. Her father would not have allowed her to marry Laird Dunn anyway; because he was not a titled gentleman. 

Lady Mairi’s father was known for his cold, cruel, brutal ways. He was always kind to Lady Mairi, though, so she only half-believed what was said about him. But when her heart began to fall for Laird Dunn MacRae, Lady Mairi was shocked at her father’s reaction. He was not only cruel and ruthless to Laird Dunn, but also to her. Lady Mairi was left with a painful decision. Does she choose the only family she’s ever known, or does Lady Mairi, follow the man she loves, and become her father’s enemy?  

The Highland Chieftain is a captivating, romantic tale. If you enjoy adult historical fiction romance, you’ll love The Highland Chieftain.

Thank you, Forever-Grand Central Publishing and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Award winning and bestselling author, Amy Jarecki likes to grab life, latch on and reach for the stars. She’s married to a mountain-biking pharmacist and has put four kids through college. She studies karate, ballet, yoga, and often you’ll find her hiking Utah’s Santa Clara Hills. Reinventing herself a number of times, Amy sang and danced with the Follies, was a ballet dancer, a plant manager, and an accountant for Arnott’s Biscuits in Australia. After earning her MBA from Heroit-Watt University in Scotland, she dove into the world of Scottish historical romance and hasn’t returned. Become a part of her world and learn more about Amy’s books on amyjarecki.com, find her on Facebook and Twitter as @amyjarecki.

Reading Order of Amy’s Books:

Lords of the Highlands Series (The Jacobite Era) published by Hachette Book Group’s Forever Imprint:

The Highland Duke

The Highland Commander

The Highland Guardian

The Highland Chieftain (July 2018)

The Highland Renegade (January 2019)

Published by Amy Jarecki:

The Fearless Highlander

The Valiant Highlander

The Highlander’s Iron Will (a novella, September 2017)

Guardian of Scotland Series (Epic Time Travel Adventures)

Rise of a Legend

In the Kingdom’s Name

The Time Traveler’s Christmas

Highland Dynasty Series:

Knight in Highland Armor

A Highland Knight’s Desire

A Highland Knight to Remember

Highland Knight of Rapture

Highland Force Series:

Captured by the Pirate Laird

The Highland Henchman

Beauty and the Barbarian

Return of the Highland Laird (a novella)

ICE Series (Romantic Suspense)

Hunt for Evil

Body Shot

Mach One (Coming January 2nd, 2018)

Amy’s first foray into Scotland was Ancient Romance/Pict~Roman Love Stories:

Rescued by the Celtic Warrior

Deceived by the Celtic Spy

First books – stand alone:

Boy Man Chief

Chihuahua Momma

Virtue

 

#Set The Night On Fire by Laura Trentham–Review

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New Small Town Romance from Laura Trentham Coming 7/31/18

 

Set The Night On Fire is the sixth and final book, of the Cottonbloom Series. 

Mack Abbot was furious at his brother, Ford. His sibling sold off a quarter of the family business to an outsider, divorcee, Ella Boudreaux. As soon as Mack could put enough money together, he was buying the woman’s share. As far as Mack was concerned, that day couldn’t come fast enough. The Garage was his family’s business. Ella Boudreaux was not an Abbot; so she needed to go. 

Ella was tired of men pushing her around. Those days were over. They ended; the moment she divorced her controlling ex-husband. Mack was doing his best to intimidate her. As far as Ella was concerned, her reasons for wanting a piece of the Abbot Brothers Garage was none of Mack’s business. The old Ella Boudreaux might have put up with bullying, but not the new, empowered, Ella. 

Mack did his best to view Ella, as nothing more, than an irritating adversary. But, the thing was, she wasn’t. Ella was beautiful, sassy, and smart. And, as far as Mack could see, was sincerely trying to improve the garage. Ella wanted nothing to do with men. Admiring them from a distance was okay, but up close, they were all the same, except for Mack. Sure, he could be a bear, like the rest of them, gruff and moody. But, to Ella, Mack was a handsome, teddy bear, with a big, squishy heart. 

Set The Night On Fire is a small town romance, crafted with plenty of southern family charm, heartwarming tenderness, and spicy romantic moments.

Thank you, St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~3.5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Visit me at http://www.LauraTrentham.com

An award-winning author, Laura Trentham was born and raised in a small town in Tennessee. Although, she loved English and reading in high school, she was convinced an English degree equated to starvation. She chose the next most logical major—Chemical Engineering—and worked in a hard hat and steel toed boots for several years.

She writes sexy, small town contemporaries and smoking hot Regency historicals. KISS ME THAT WAY, Cottonbloom Book 1, won the Stiletto Contest for Best Long Contemporary and finaled in the National Readers Choice Award. THEN HE KISSED ME, Cottonbloom Book 2, was named an Amazon Best Romance of 2016 and was a finalist for the National Excellence for Romance Fiction. TILL I KISSED YOU, Cottonbloom Book 3, is a finalist in the Maggie contest. LEAVE THE NIGHT ON, the latest Cottonbloom book, was named an iBooks Best Book of the Month and a Recommended Read from NPR.

When not lost in a cozy Southern town or Regency England, she’s shuttling kids to soccer, helping with homework, and avoiding the Mt. Everest-sized pile of laundry that is almost as big as the to-be-read pile of books on her nightstand.

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