The Other Twin* by Lesley Hayes

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Newest Captivating Release by Lesley Hayes

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The Other Twin is a superbly written poignant story about love and marriage, its complexities and the ugliness of betrayal.

Verity was a happily married woman until she met a man who made her feel more alive than she had in a very long time. Her admirer was charming, fun, and understanding. He also felt like the twin soul whom Verity had dreamt about since childhood. Verity justified her time with this handsome stranger by convincing herself that he was only a friend. And, she certainly needed more of them! Although Verity told herself, that their luncheons were innocent, she knew deep in her soul, that any meeting with a man, held in secret from her husband, wasn’t innocent at all.

This book captivated me from the first page until the very last. The author brings the reader into the hearts and minds of her characters by describing their thoughts and emotions with razor-sharp acuity. Ms. Hayes, crafts this story, using her expert knowledge of the unhealthy mind. She sheds light on the true nature of her characters, their behaviors, and personality disorders; bringing clarity and understanding to the reader. This along with the author’s elegant writing style makes for a very enjoyable, rich, and enlightening reading experience. I loved it.

This is the second five-star book that I have read by Lesley Hayes, it surely, though, won’t be my last. Don’t miss reading this talented author’s work. Highly recommended.

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

*The Lost Daughter of India* by Sharon Maas

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Newest Release by Sharon Maas

The author pulled me into the heart of her characters, hijacked my emotions, and captured my attention until the very last page.

 

The Lost Daughter of India is a poignant story about a twelve-year-old Indian girl who was abducted and sold into prostitution. Although this fictional story takes place in India, it could actually be anywhere in the world. Human trafficking is a horrendous evil that occurs today, even in this modern day twenty-first century.

As a child, Carolyn’s greatest dream was to marry a prince and live in India. Little did she know that her dream would actually come true. She met her Indian prince in Boston, Massachusetts. The two married and moved to India. They thought that their deep love for one another would be enough to overcome any obstacles. But, homesickness led Carolyn back to the United States, leaving her daughter, Asha, behind. It would be, unfortunately, Asha who would pay the ultimate price for Carolyn’s abandonment.

Although the subject matter is disturbing, the story is engrossing and superbly written. The author pulled me into the heart of her characters, hijacked my emotions, and captured my attention until the very last page. I finished the book in one day, simply because I couldn’t put it down. Highly recommended.

Thank you Bookoutour publishing, and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

*The Happiness In Between* by Grace Greene

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New Release from Grace Greene

Happiness In Between–This is an intriguing, thoughtful, and emotionally charged story. I loved it.

Thirty-year-old Sandra Hurst decided that she was done taking abuse from her husband. She needed to divorce the bully; for the second time.

Sandra’s self-esteem was at an all-time low. Her biggest heartache, though, after fleeing her husband, was not the loss of her marriage, but the cool reception that she received from her mother. Her mother made it abundantly clear to her that she was not going to help Sandra with her second divorce. Sandra was also upset when her mother told her that they were moving to Florida. Sandra understood her mother’s reasoning for wanting to move. Sandra’s father had Alzheimer’s disease, and her mother wanted him to enjoy Florida, while he still could. But, the fact, that Sandra wasn’t welcome to join them, hurt. She needed her mother now more than ever.

I didn’t care for Sandra’s mother. She seemed too cold and uncaring towards her daughter. But, in reality, she helped Sandra. Because, Sandra had to find a way, to succeed, she was forced out of the victim role, and as a result found happiness. Sandra gained confidence in herself and was able to not only stand up to her estranged husband, but she also began making positive plans for her future. Although tough love is always painful, it is often harder for the parent. True love does what’s best for another, not what’s easier.

This story kept me captivated from the beginning until the very end. It’s well-written, engrossing and definitely worth your time.

Thank you, Lake Union Publishing, and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

*One More Kiss* by Samantha Chase* 5-Stars

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Newest Release by Samantha Chase. 

Loved Every Page Of This Romance!

One More Kiss is a delightful, sweet contemporary romance that grabbed my attention from the very start. I absolutely loved this book.

Famous musician, Matty Reed, needed a place to hide-out for a while. The negative publicity and harassment he was receiving, because of a failed Broadway show, was wearing him down. He swore that he’d never return to his hometown, where his abusive father still lived, but when Aaron, his best friend, offered him refuge there, Matt accepted.

Matt Reed has been Vivienne’s fantasy for a long time. When she heard that Matt was going to stay at her brother Aaron’s house while he was away, Vivienne knew that she’d have to guard her heart. Two years ago, Vivienne had shared a heart-melting kiss with Matt, but not only did he not contact her afterward, he also, didn’t even remember their passionate encounter! Although Vivienne felt humiliated, she told her brother that she’d be civil to Matt. But, as Vivienne and Matt spent time together, their relationship healed and changed. By the time Aaron was due back from England, Vivienne and Matt’s relationship had gone from a simple fling to something much more serious. And when it was time for Matt to go back on the road, Vivienne knew that her heart was about to break all over again.

One More Kiss was an absolute joy to read. It’s a feel good story with realistic characters, natural dialogue and a meaningful plot. I loved every page of this fantastic contemporary romance. Highly recommended.

Thank you, Sourcebooks Casablanca, and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy!

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

*My Not So Perfect Life* by Sophie Kinsella* 5-Stars

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Sophie Kinsella’s Newest Release.

Very Funny! Don’t Miss It!

Country farm girl, Katie Brenner has dreamt of working in London, for years. So when Cooper Clemmow, a London branding, and strategy company, called to offer Katie an entry level position, she was ecstatic. She decided to reinvent herself. Katie lost her Somerset country accent, straightened her hair, bought a pair of fake eyeglasses and changed her nickname from Katie to Cat. And even though, Cat had to share her flat, sleep in a closet-size bedroom, and work with a rude, evil boss, she was happy; until she was fired.

Having no choice but to move back home, Katie volunteered to help her father, and step-mother launch, Ansters Farm Country Retreat, a Glamping business. Katie was just beginning, to enjoy her work, when her ex-boss showed up, with her family, for a vacation. Needless to say, Katie was beside herself. I found Katie’s revenge on her old boss, hysterical. Sophie Kinsella knows how to write hilarious inner dialogue and crazy funny scenes.

Katie learned some lessons in this book; 1. People are not always who they appear to be and 2. No one has a perfect life. My Not So Perfect Life is an easy-breezy, well-written, humorous book, with lots of likable characters, and witty dialogue. Be prepared to laugh, a lot. Highly recommended.

Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for allowing me to read this advanced review copy. I loved it!

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

*The Duke* by Kerrigan Byrne

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Kerrigan Byrne’s Newest Release.

A Compelling Romance & An Intriguing Mystery!

Imogen Pritchard’s life changed drastically after her father died. He left his family desolate. Imogen, much to her dismay was forced to work at the Bare Kitten as a server to pay off her father’s debt. She also worked at St. Margaret’s Hospital as a nurse to support her younger sister and ailing mother.

Collin Talmage, the new Duke of Trewyth, entered the Bare Kitten to drown his sorrow in alcohol. He was intrigued with Imogen, aka, Ginny. He convinced, the owner, to sell her to him for the night. What happened during that night surprised both Ginny and Collin. Ginny’s memories of Collin’s tenderness comforted her during many lonely nights. And, Ginny’s loving memory gave Collin a place to retreat to while being tortured in a Turk prison.

A couple of years later, fate brought Collin and Imogen together again, only this time, they were two very different people. Collin was an angry, bitter man, and Imogen, a widowed Countess. Unfortunately for Imogen, her home was next-door to The Duke of Trewyth. She lived in fear of being recognized by him, as the Ginny; he once spent a night with. If Imogen’s carefully concealed past were to be exposed, it would ruin not only her but her family also. Although Collin thought Imogen to be a foolish and annoying neighbor, he found himself protective of her, especially when women resembling Imogen were being murdered all around her. Collin was determined to find out who exactly this beautiful neighbor of his was.

This is the fourth book in the Victorian Rebels series. Imogen is a lovable character, strong and caring. Collin was a more difficult character to like because of his cruel, angry outbursts. The Duke is a well-written and captivating romantic tale as well as an intriguing mystery.

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

~4 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

First Comes Desire* by Tina Donahue

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Newest Compelling Release by Tina Donahue!

 

Diana Fletcher was sick with worry over her younger brother’s welfare. He ran away, boarded a ship and was now in the hands of pirates. Benedict Bishop offered Diana a ship, with several armed guards to bring the kidnapping pirates, back to England for justice, and return her brother to safety; if she became his mistress. Although the thought of being intimate with a man her father’s age, made Diana nauseous, she agreed.

Diana was relieved to find her brother. She was also glad to see that her guards had tied up the pirate’s captain, Tristan Kent, and his crew. Tristan had no intention of dying at the end of a rope or returning to England. He did, however, intend to keep the beautiful Miss Fletcher near him. He was intrigued by the attractive courageous woman and decided that she was to be his wife.

Diana’s life was never the same after meeting the cunning pirate, Tristan Kent. She wasn’t supposed to like him, but she did. He confused her. Tristan was intelligent, educated and kind, yet he was a pirate. Her quiet, unassuming life was about to take a dangerous turn.

First Comes Desire is a well-written, compelling and enjoyable romance.

Thank you, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~4 out of 5 stars~review by Peg Glover