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#Saving Beck by Courtney Cole–Review–5 Stars-#NetGalley

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Don’t Miss This Outstanding Novel by Courtney Cole–Saving Beck–Coming 7/17/18!

 

Saving Beck is a haunting, touching, and heart-wrenching story about a teenage boy’s downward spiral into the hellish world of addiction; and his grieving mother’s inability to help him. 

Beck was a star football player, from a loving family, who was brought up to say, no to drugs. Yet, when tragedy struck his family, Beck couldn’t resist the seduction of escape. He wanted freedom from the agonizing pain, guilt and endless responsibilities that he’d been shouldering. But the more Beck relied on drugs, the worse his life became. When the relentless and unforgiving claws of addiction dug into Beck, he was powerless to fight back.  

Natalie blames herself for her son’s Heroin addiction. After losing her husband, Natalie spent most of her time in a Xanax haze, lying in a darkened room. She knew that having her eldest son, Beck, care for his siblings, day in and day out, was unfair to him; Natalie just couldn’t get herself together enough to change that. Although people told Natalie that her son’s addiction was not her fault, she couldn’t help but think that it was. If only she’d paid closer attention to, the tale-tail signs, that were right in front of her.  But, what she didn’t realize was, that Beck had his own demons he was dealing with. Things that Natalie knew nothing about. 

This is a heart-breaking story of a Heroin addict. His pain, his existence, and what he had to do to survive. I read the book in a day because I was too emotionally involved to put it down. It touched my soul. The book is told from two points of view, Beck’s and Natalie’s. Saving Beck is a raw, engrossing, heartwarming, and emotionally draining novel.  This is the first book that I’ve read by this talented author, but it won’t be my last.

Thank you, Gallery Books and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I loved it.

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Courtney Cole is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling novelist who would rather write than eat chocolate. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business, but no amount of working in the corporate world could quell her urge to write. 

Courtney was born and raised in Kansas, home of incredibly friendly people and the most horrendous weather on the planet. Because summer days were so hot, she grew up reading stacks of books… and when she didn’t like the ending, she wrote her own. 

Courtney has relocated to Florida where she writes beneath palm trees. To learn more about her, please visit her website, http://www.courtneycolewrites.com To sign up for her newsletter and receive exclusive sneak peeks and super-fan perks, go here: 

http://smarturl.it/CourtneyColeEmail

 

This Could Change Everything by Jill Mansell–Review-5 Stars

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Don’t Miss This Fabulous Women’s Fiction Novel by Jill Mansell, This Could Change Everything. Coming 6/5/18!

 

I have read several books by Jill Mansell and have never been disappointed. Her latest book, This Could Change Everything, is no exception. I absolutely loved it; the characters, the plot, the humor. The characters are lifelike, and crafted with, quirky personalities, raw emotion and witty dialogue. 

My two favorite characters are Zillah and Essie. Zillah is an eccentric and warmhearted senior, and Essie, a witty and thoughtful woman who is renting an apartment from Zillah.

Essie writes a letter, which is meant for her best friend, Scarlett’s eyes only. Essie wrote about her life, her boyfriend, and her boyfriend’s mother. She never expected the letter to go viral, but it did. So within twenty-four hours, Essie’s world collapsed. She was dumped by her boyfriend and became homeless, jobless, and lonely. Essie thought her life was ruined, but in reality, it was just about to begin.

Flamboyant eighty-three-year old, Zillah, has a good heart. She enjoys helping people and making their wishes come true. She wasn’t always like this, though, and the guilt for past deeds, weighed heavily on her. Zillah tried to cover the pain with loving actions, but the ache of regret, was always there, just under the surface. 

Although this book is a light, entertaining read, it has depth. It covers thought-provoking subjects, such as betrayal, alcoholism, survivor’s guilt, and regret. The book is not depressing, however, it’s heartwarming, touching and sprinkled with lots of humor. I finished the book in one day, because I didn’t want to put it down. I loved every page. If you’re looking to find a well-written, and enjoyable, romantic read, look no further. Highly recommended.

Thank you, Sourcebooks-Landmark 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)

Hi, I’m Jill Mansell and I live in Bristol in the UK with my family. I worked for many years in a neurological hospital but for the last two decades have been a full time novelist of happy, sad, funny, feel-good fiction. Sales of my books around the world now total nine million and I’ve only just realised as I’m typing this now that over the years I must have made an awful lot of people laugh and cry. Sorry!

 

 

Today’s New Releases by Amanda Quick, Mary Kay Andrews & Dean Koontz

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                                 Check out These New Fab Releases

The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews

The Other Lady Vanishes by Amanda Quick

The Crooked Staircase by Dean Koontz

In Case You Missed My Reviews, Here Are The Links:

The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews—4.5 stars

https://write-escape.com/2018/04/19/the-high-tide-club-by-mary-kay-andrews-review-4-5-stars

The Other Lady Vanishes by Amanda Quick—4 stars

https://write-escape.com/2018/04/30/the-other-lady-vanishes-by-amanda-quick-review-4-stars

The Crooked Staircase by Dean Koontz
https://write-escape.com/2018/04/25/the-crooked-staircase-by-dean-koontz-4-stars

 

All Night With The Cowboy by Soraya Lane–Review-4.5 Stars

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New Western Romance by Soraya Lane–All Night With The Cowboy-Coming 5/29/18!

 

Tanner Ford loved bull riding. He thrived on the adrenaline rush. The fact that he made millions from it was a bonus. Not that he needed the money. He didn’t. He came from a wealthy family, who often pleaded with him to stop his foolishness. Tanner, however, liked his independence and being a self-made multi-millionaire, too much, to stop. But, when a raging bull threw him, tore his flesh and almost killed him, Tanner knew that he’d be out of commission for a while. His family was hoping that his bull riding days were over. Tanner was going to make sure that they weren’t.

 Lauren Lewis took her work as a physical therapist seriously. She was known as the best of the best and even hired by the Texas Rangers. She was also the woman who broke Tanner’s heart in high school. So when Tanner heard that his sister had set him up to be treated by Lauren Lewis, Tanner was livid. The last thing he wanted to do was to spend time with the woman who had once dumped him. But, Tanner wanted to resume his career, more than he wanted to protect his pride. So he conceded.

Lauren was just heading out for a much-needed tropical island vacation when she received a call from Tanner’s sister, Mia.  Although Lauren hated the thought of working during her vacation, it was Tanner who needed her help. Mia told Lauren that she’d upgrade her vacation accommodations and fly her out on a private jet if Tanner could accompany her. How could Lauren say no to that?

Lauren had convinced herself that she’d be able to keep her relationship with Tanner purely professional. She was wrong. Tanner did his best to keep Lauren out of his heart. But, somethings are just impossible. 

This was a captivating sweet romance. All Night With The Cowboy is a well-written story about second chances. Even though there weren’t any real surprises in the book. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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

~4.5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

As a child, Soraya dreamed of becoming an author. Fast forward more than a few years, and Soraya is now living her dream! Soraya describes being an author as “the best career in the world”, and she hopes to be writing romance for many years to come.

Soraya loves spending her days thinking up characters for books, and her home is a constant source of inspiration. She lives with her own real life hero and two sons on a small farm in New Zealand, surrounded by animals and with an office overlooking a field where their horses graze.

For more information about Soraya, her books and her writing life, visit sorayalane.com or http://www.facebook.com/SorayaLaneAuthor, or follow her on twitter @Soraya_Lane. She would love to hear from you.

 

Theo by Amanda Prowse –Review-4.5 Stars

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Don’t Miss Amanda Prowse’s Newest Release-Theo–4.5 stars!  Out Now.

 

Theo is the second book in Amanda Prowse’s One Love, Two Stories, Series. After reading, Anna, the first novel, I couldn’t wait to devour the second one. And, just as I expected, book two is an outstanding, heart-wrenching, and emotional read. 

Theo suffered from low self-esteem and bouts of depression all of his life. Although he had every material thing a person could want growing up, he craved approval and affection. His parents were wealthy, selfish, and preoccupied with their own lives. They had very little time for Theo. In fact, Theo felt like an outsider even in his own home. Although he attended one of the most prestigious boarding schools in England, Theo hated it. He was lonely and bullied. His only friend was Mr. Porter, the groundskeeper, a man Theo looked up to.

Theo was wise and compassionate most of the time.  And, although Theo was a quality person with a good heart, he, unfortunately, had a selfish streak that plagued him. I never quite forgave Theo for refusing to give the woman he loved, what she craved for the most in the world. The only thing, she truly ever asked of him. Theo did eventually come to his senses, but not soon enough. 

Amanda Prowse does heart-gripping novels well, and this one is no different. It’s a heart-breaking story with threads of pure love and joy woven throughout its pages. I would recommend reading Anna first. It’s not necessary, but so much better, if you do.

Many thanks to Amanda Prowse for my advanced review copy. I loved it.

~4.5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from Author’s page on Amazon)

Amanda Prowse is an International Bestselling author who has published sixteen novels in dozens of languages. Her recent chart topping No.1 titles ‘What Have I Done?’, ‘Perfect Daughter’ and ‘My Husband’s Wife’ have sold millions of copies around the world.

Other novels by Amanda Prowse include ‘A Mother’s Story’ which won the coveted Sainsbury’s eBook of the year Award and ‘Perfect Daughter’ that was selected as a World Book Night title in 2016. Amanda’s latest book ‘The Food of Love’ went straight to No.1 in Literary Fiction when it was launched in the USA and she has been described by the Daily Mail as ‘The Queen of Drama’ for her ability to make the reader feel as if they were actually in the story. 

Now published by Lake Union, Amanda Prowse is the most prolific writer of contemporary fiction in the UK today; her titles also score the highest online review approval ratings for several genres.

A popular TV and radio personality, Amanda Prowse is a regular panellist on the Channel 5 show ‘The Wright Stuff’ and numerous daytime ITV programmes. She makes countless guest appearances on BBC and independent Radio stations where she is well known for her insightful observations of human nature and her infectious observational humour. 

Become friends with Amanda on Facebook: AmandaProwseAuthor and follow her on Twitter: @MrsAmandaProwse or Instagram: MrsAmandaProwse. For more information on her books, lifestyle and inspirational advice see http://www.amandaprowse.com

Amanda’s ambition is to create stories that keep people from turning the bedside lamp off at night, great characters that ensure you take every step with them and tales that fill your head so you can’t possibly read another book until the memory fades…

Praise for Amanda Prowse…

‘A powerful and emotional work of fiction’ – Piers Morgan 

‘Deeply moving and emotional, Amanda Prowse handles her explosive subjects with delicate skill’ – Daily Mail

‘Uplifting and positive, but you will still need a box of tissues’ – Hello! 

‘A gut-wrenching and absolutely brilliant read’ – The Irish Sun 

‘You’ll fall in love with this…’ – Cosmopolitan 

‘Deeply moving and eye opening. Powerful and emotional drama that packs a real punch.’ – Heat

‘Magical’ – Now magazine

 

 

Other People’s Houses by Abbi Waxman–Review–4.5 Stars

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Other People’s Houses–Coming 4/3/18!

 

Other People’s Houses is an engrossing, entertaining and well-written novel.

This book follows four families in a Los Angeles California neighborhood. Their trials, inner struggles, betrayals and most touching moments are depicted well in this story. My favorite couple is Frances and Michael Bloom. Frances was the designated carpool mom. She took the neighborhood kids plus her own three back and forth to school. Frances was the only mom who was overweight and not obsessed with her appearance. She was also the kindest most level-headed person in the group, and her husband, Michael, loved her, extra curves, and all. Frances was the star who held the neighborhood together, when one family on their street, began to crumble.

This book is all about marriage, family life, betrayal, consequences, and forgiveness. The writing in this book is witty and spot on. Frances is the main character, and her internal dialogue is absolutely hysterical. Although the story is poignant and the subject matter, serious, the author has a remarkable ability to lighten the mood, with humor. I loved it.

Thank you, Berkley Publishing and Edelweiss, for my advanced review copy.

~4.5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Anna by Amanda Prowse–#Review–5 Shining Stars!

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Don’t Miss This Superbly Written and Unforgettable Novel, Anna, Coming 3/8/18!

Anna is an emotional, heart-wrenching and unforgettable story. I devoured every page in this novel and found it impossible to put down.

Anna was a happy child until she lost her mother. She was only nine-years-old at the time. Unfortunately, her only sibling was her drug-addicted brother who became her sole caretaker. Anna was more of her brother’s keeper than he was hers. Although the situation was far from ideal, Anna would have given up anything, to keep her brother by her side. Instead, she spent many painful years in the child care system, and with an Aunt, who clearly didn’t want her.

Anna’s life began to turn around for the better after she met Theo. She fell for him quickly, as he did for her. Theo and Anna understood one another. They both came from troubled childhoods, and their emotional scars ran deep. Although it pained Theo to keep a secret from Anna, he felt that he had no choice. Theo was too afraid of losing the woman he loved. His secret, however, was a hurtful one, something that would deny Anna, of what she desired most in the world.

I loved every page of this superbly written novel! I have read several books by this author and have never been disappointed. I highly recommend reading, Anna. I’ll be looking forward to Amanda Prowse’s next book in the series, Theo’s story.

Thank you, Head of Zeus Publishing, Amanda Prowse, 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)

Amanda Prowse is an International Bestselling author who has published sixteen novels in dozens of languages. Her recent chart topping No.1 titles ‘What Have I Done?’, ‘Perfect Daughter’ and ‘My Husband’s Wife’ have sold millions of copies around the world.