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*Can You Keep a Secret?* by Sophie Kinsella*5-Shining Stars*

Can you keep a secret

I’m a big fan of Sophie Kinsella. I love her humorous, easy to read writing style. Can you Keep a Secret? is a laugh out loud, hysterical romance novel.

Emma Corrigan was petrified when her plane hit heavy turbulence; she was convinced that she was about to die. While the passengers behind her were weeping and reciting prayers out loud, Emma began to blab to the man sitting next to her, every dirty secret that she had. When the plane didn’t crash, Emma was immensely grateful that she was going to be able to continue her mundane life in one piece.

At Emma’s work everyone was in a tizzy because Jack Harper, the American founder of the company, was coming to visit. When Emma saw who the owner was, she nearly fainted. He was the same man who had sat next to her on the plane. Emma was hoping against hope that he wouldn’t recognize her. But of course, Jack Harper did. He also remembered every single embarrassing little secret that Emma had told him.

Sophie Kinsella does a brilliant job taking an innocent meeting of two people on a plane and turning it into a hilarious story. Although this is not one of the author’s newest books, it’s one of my favorites. If you have not read this book yet, you’re in for a treat. You’re going to laugh out loud…a lot.

5 out of 5 shining stars~Review by Peg Glover

*Daughters of the Bride* by Susan Mallery

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Daughters of the Bride is a delightful tale about love, courage, forgiveness, and redemption.

Maggie Watson, a mother of three grown children, was getting married again for the second time after twenty-four years of being a single parent. Rachel, Sienna, and Courtney were thrilled for their mother’s happiness. Their father had died when they were very young, so having a step-father, was something that they welcomed. Since Maggie’s first husband didn’t plan well for their future, they were almost penniless, when he died. But for Joyce, a kind-hearted hotel owner, Maggie and her children would have been homeless. Maggie never wanted to be destitute or dependent on anyone again; so she made her priority, making money, instead of raising children. Something she would later regret, especially with her daughter, Courtney.

Once Maggie had established her career, she did her best to develop a relationship with her daughters; but by then, her girls were young adults with their own concerns. Rachel was still in love with her ex-husband, but too afraid to trust him again. Sienna, was engaged for the third time and obviously unhappy, but unable to talk about it. And Courtney, Maggie’s problem child, was hiding secrets from everyone and was about to throw the love of her life away.

Daughters of the Bride is an easy to read, uplifting story about forgiveness, second chances and letting go of fear. I enjoyed reading this entertaining book, and although, I did find some areas to be too detailed and wordy, the book was so engrossing, that it didn’t matter. If you enjoy light fun romances, you’ll love Daughters of the Bride.

I received this ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

4 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

*Flying by the Seat of my Knickers* by Eliza Watson

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Caity Shaw stared at the costume; her sister, the head event planner, had given her to wear. She was not exactly thrilled about posing as a sausage in Ireland but was happy to be out of the United States, and far away from her stalking ex-boyfriend.

Caity’s self-esteem was at an all-time low. She had been fired from her job, abused by an ex-boyfriend, and was hired as an event assistant only because her mother had pressured her sister into giving her the position. Although the man helping her with her costume was witty and insanely attractive, Caity knew that he could never be for her. Declan had a reputation as a player and being hurt by another man was the last thing Caity needed in her life.

During Caity’s temporary stay in Ireland, she, unfortunately, suffered several embarrassing moments. Some of her mishaps were of her own doing, but most of them were orchestrated by a very jealous event assistant, Gretchen. Through the help of a friend, though, Caity was able to stand up and believe in herself once again.

Flying by the Seat of my Knickers is an entertaining light read. I think the story could have been richer, and crafted with more depth if the secondary characters were developed. I would have loved to have known more about Caity’s narcissistic ex-boyfriend and Declan’s true personality. I found the book, though, a quick and enjoyable read.

I received this book from NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

4 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

*After the Lie*by Kerry Fisher*5-stars

After the Lie

After The Lie is a compelling, cleverly written and engrossing story. Kerry Fisher crafts her emotionally charged, and thought-provoking novel with imperfect characters, witty dialogue, and oodles of British humor.

Forty-three-year-old Lydia Rushford’s life was out of control. She had become a madwoman, a person she hardly recognized. One of her secrets, a shameful one, which took place when she was thirteen-years-old and known as Sally Southport, was on the verge of being exposed.

For thirty years, Lydia had guarded her words. The only life she ever spoke of, was a fabricated one; not even her trustworthy, kindhearted husband, Mark, a man who would have won, husband of the year award, knew who she was. But, Lydia’s semi-comfortable life was about to crumble. Sean McAllister, the only man who knew of her secret, had shown up in her life. To Lydia’s horror, Sean and her husband Mark had become close friends. In desperation, Lydia confessed her secret to a male stranger, who ended up complicating her life, more than she could have ever imagined.

Unfortunately, history has a way of repeating itself; and lies, whether half-truths or omissions have a way of coming to the surface and spreading their poison.

I enjoyed reading this thoughtful and highly entertaining novel.

I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

*All Summer Long* by Dorothea Benton Frank*5-Stars

All Summer Long

All Summer Long is a compelling and highly entertaining tale about loving, and not so loving relationships, quirky characters and a wedding catastrophe that changed lives.

Multi-billionaire, Bob Vasile considered himself a lucky man. He had an adoring wife, a son and a four-year-old princess. He also had everything a man could want, including a line of women competing to be the next Mrs.Vasile. Bob’s happiness was squashed in a flash, though, when tragedy struck home, and he was brought to his knees. For the first time in his life, the agonizing pain he was causing another by his infidelity and chauvinistic behavior, became crystal clear to him.

Olivia Richie was a successful New York interior decorator and happily married. However, she was hiding a secret from her husband, Nick. Olivia had promised Nick a long time ago that they would move to South Carolina when he retired; that promise was now coming due. Her fear was, though, that once they moved, her secret would be exposed. What would happen to their loving relationship?

All Summer Long is a cleverly written and humorous story, which grabbed and kept my interest from the first page until the last. I found the plot unique and captivating, the characters developed, and the dialogue witty. I thoroughly enjoyed reading All Summer Long, and would recommend it to anyone who loves a superbly written and well-told story.

I received this ARC from Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover
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Fooling Around With Cinderella*by Stacy Juba*5-Stars

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Fooling Around With Cinderella is a well-written, touching and highly entertaining novel.

Twenty-something, Jaine Anderson, accepted a marketing position at Storybook Valley Amusement Park. She was not pleased, though, to find out that she would also be filling in as Cinderella for a couple of months. She wasn’t sure if she would be able to pull-off the Cinderella piece of the job but knew that she had to give it her best shot. Jaine was tired of doing errands and babysitting for her sister just because she was unemployed. Little did Jaine know, though, that her life was about to morph into a modern-day version of Cinderella, glass slipper and all.

Fooling Around With Cinderella is more than just a modern-day fairy-tale. It is a story that comes alive for the reader; constructed with vivid details, quirky characters, and witty dialogue. I loved every page of this superbly written novel. I liked that the story is told from Jaine’s point of view because it gives the reader an intimate look at the world through Cinderella’s eyes. I found Jaine’s internal dialogue and sassy banter with Storybook Valley manager, Dylan, hysterical.

This delightful storybook romance is pure entertainment. Kudos to Stacy Juba for crafting such an engaging and funny read. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading light, captivating chick-lit novels.

I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover