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#The Christmas Star by Donna VanLiere–Review–4 stars-#NetGalley

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The Christmas Star is a heartwarming holiday sweet tale about change, forgiveness, hope, and God.

Maddie is a charismatic seven-year-old orphan girl with CP who loves to play matchmaker. After Maddie’s classes, a school van would take Maddie to Glory’s Place, to wait for her foster parent. It was one of Maddie’s favorite places to go. 

Amy has wanted children of her own, for years, but her former husband was too busy drinking and being selfish to share her dream. After their divorce, Amy volunteered to work at Glory’s Place. She wanted to spend time with children who needed her. And, that is where Amy met the matchmaker. Maddie was determined to bring together Mr. G. and Amy. Maddie was positive that the two of them belonged together. But when the two adults met, they were sure that Maddie was mistaken.   

The Christmas Star is a sweet holiday romance, well-written, touching, and full of hope.

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

~4 out of 5 stars~

 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Donna VanLiere is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author and gifted conference speaker. She has published ten titles including The Christmas Shoes and The Christmas Blessing, both of which were adapted into movies (starring Rob Lowe, Kimberly Williams-Perry and Neil Patrick Harris) and garnered big ratings for CBS television. LifetimeTelevision adapted The Christmas Hope (starring Madeline Stowe) and premiered it December 2009 to stellar ratings as well. Donna’s non-seasonal novel, The Angels of Morgan Hill, has captured the same warmth as her Christmas books and continues to please loyal and new fans alike.

Donna is the recipient of a Retailer’s Choice Award for Fiction, a Dove Award, a Silver Angel Award, an Audie Award for best inspirational fiction, a nominee for a Gold Medallion Book of the Year and was recently inducted into the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges Hall of Excellence joining such luminaries as Coretta Scott King, Hugh Downs, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale and Senator John Glenn. Donna is an in-demand conference speaker having appeared at countless women’s and family events, including select Women of Faith and Extraordinary Women conferences.

Donna’s latest book, The Christmas Journey (October 2010) is a retelling of the story of the Nativity told through Donna’s signature voice and accompanied by moving and beautifully rendered watercolor illustrations throughout. The eighty-mile journey of a common carpenter and a simple peasant girl is one of the most powerful stories in history. As books go out of print and stories fade from memory, the journey of Joseph and Mary and her delivery inside a common barn continues to bless and inspire hope in people around the world.

Look for her brand new novel entitled “The Christmas Note this fall (2011).

Donna lives in Franklin, Tennessee, with her husband, Troy, and their children, Grace, Kate and David.

Learn more at http://www.DonnaVanLiere.com

#Winter In Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand-Review–5 stars- #NetGalley

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Irene was happy with her life as a wife, mother, and magazine editor until an email, detailing her demotion came to her attention, as well as a distressing phone call, informing Irene of her husband’s death. Irene had always been secure in her marriage. She never worried about her husband having affairs, even though he traveled a great deal. Her husband doted on her and showered her with attention whenever he was home. Perhaps, she should have been more concerned, because when he died in a helicopter crash, his mistress, a woman from St. Johns, USVI, perished along with him.

Irene wasn’t exactly excited to be taking a trip to the Virgin Islands, but her husband’s hidden life had her wanting answers. Irene’s grief and disbelief turned quickly to anger when she discovered the magnitude of her doting husband’s deceit. Irene’s sons, Baker and Cash Steele flew to the Virgin Islands, not only to support their mother but to do a little investigating themselves. The two brothers had never been close, but increasing competition and anger skyrocketed, when the two of them fell for the same Island girl, crushing any brotherly relationship they had. 

Winter In Paradise is a compelling and well-crafted novel. The author drew me into the story right from the start. The characters are fascinating, the dialogue realistic and the story captivating. It does end with a cliff-hanger, however, so be warned. I plan on reading book two in the series. I’ve read several of Elin Hilderbrand’s books and have never been disappointed; Winter In Paradise is no exception.

Thank you, Little, Brown & Company and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I loved it!

~5 out of 5 stars~

 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Elin Hilderbrand first discovered the magic of Nantucket in July 1993. Her recipe for a happy island life includes running, writing at the beach, picnics at Eel Point with her three children, and singing “Home, Sweet Home” at the Club Car piano bar. Here’s to Us is her seventeenth novel.

 

 

#The Christmas Wishing Tree by Emily March–Review–5 stars–#NetGalley

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The Christmas Wishing Tree is a delightful, touching and well-written story about healing hearts, believing in dreams, and the magic of Christmas.  

Although Devin Murphy wasn’t able to spend as much time as he wanted to in Eternal Springs, Colorado, it was his favorite place to visit during Christmas. Year-round, Eternal Springs was known as a place of healing, and loving friendships, but during the Christmas season, the enchanted small town came alive with magic.

Seven-year-old Reilly Stockton thought he was dialing the North Pole when he reached Devin Murphy. Devin didn’t have the heart to tell the boy that he wasn’t Santa. After spending a good amount of time talking with Reilly. Devin did his best to reach the boy’s mom to tell her about her son’s Christmas request.

Dr. Jenna Stockton was tired of being the target of someone’s sick, mean-spirited tricks and scare tactics. Unfortunately, if her stalker’s plan was to frighten her and traumatize her son, Reilly, he was successful. Jenna thought that maybe it was time to go off the grid for a while. Perhaps they could visit Eternal Springs, the fascinating place, Santa had told her son about.

I thoroughly enjoyed this sweet heartwarming small town romance. The plot is intriguing, the dialog witty and natural, and the characters likable, developed, and flawed.

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

~5 out of 5 stars~

 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Emily March is the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty novels, including the critically acclaimed Eternity Springs series. Publishers Weekly calls March a “master of delightful banter,” and her heartwarming, emotionally charged stories have been named to Best of the Year lists by Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Romance Writers of America. A graduate of Texas A&M University, Emily is an avid fan of Aggie sports and her recipe for jalapeño relish has made her a tailgating legend.

Emily invites you visit her website at www.EmilyMarch.com

 

#By Invitation Only by Dorothea Benton Frank–Review–5 Stars

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Susan Kennedy Cambria and her husband Alejandro are part of Chicago’s wealthy elite class. And, although Susan adores Frederick Stiftel, her future son-in-law, she worries that her daughter is marrying below her. Frederick was raised on a farm, in Low Country, South Carolina, after all, and not in a city, like the Cambria’s.

Diane Stiftel loved her son Fred, and although, she truly wanted to get along with his fiancee’s mother, Susan Cambria, she was not about to allow the woman to bully her about wedding plans.  

I found the banter between the Stiftel’s family hysterical; as well as the engagement party held by them in South Carolina. When wealthy over-the-top-snobbish Susan Cambria and her friends came to South Carolina, they got a full, in-your-face, eye-opening introduction into farm life and southern hospitality. I love the Stiftel family, especially, Diane. She’s a giving, kind, and wholesome woman. Susan Cambria on-the-other-hand is just the opposite. She and her husband Alejandro are about to learn a couple of hard-earned lessons. Unfortunately, life’s greatest awakenings don’t come as a spur-of-the-moment, brilliant idea, but occur at the tail-end of an excruciating and agonizing experience.

By Invitation Only is a hilarious as well as a poignant read. The characters are well-crafted and engaging; the plot captivating and the dialogue witty. I absolutely loved it.

By Invitation Only is a quality read and one that I thoroughly enjoyed. 

~5 out of 5 stars~ 

 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

I am the author of eighteen novels placed in and around the Lowcountry of South Carolina and thanking God for my chance to speak. When I’m not writing, I’m reading or gardening or cooking. Love to travel, shoot the breeze with people and most of all, be with my husband and children – not always necessarily in that order. My most recent, Same Beach, Next Year (William Morrow) goes on sale May 16, 2017. Love to have company so come visit at http://www.dotfrank.com or on Facebook. And by the way, serious huge gushing thanks for everything – your kind words, posts and emails. Writing saves me, but without your support it wouldn’t mean as much. Dot xoxo

 

#Cowboy, Cross My Heart by Donna Grant–Review–#NetGalley

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Professional photographer, Naomi Pierce, returned to her hometown to visit her mom and best friend, Whitney. Naomi had no idea that this particular visit would have her fearing for her life, anxious about her friend, and falling in love with a handsome cowboy. 

 Whitney was the Texas Rodeo Queen, and Naomi couldn’t wait to capture her on film. However, while Naomi was at the rodeo, someone tried to steal her camera. Brice Harper wrestled the man to the ground but was unable to identify him, before the man took off. Naomi’s friend, Whitney, wasn’t acting like her usual self. She was jumpy and tense and definitely safeguarding a secret. When accidents started to happen, Naomi and the Harper brothers wanted answers. Whitney confessed that cruel men with inflated egos were abusing girls. Brice and Caleb Harper were determined to bring the scumbags down. 

Cowboy heroes, Brice and Caleb Harper, were the type of guys that girls loved to have by their side. Naomi, however, was only interested in one cowboy. The one who stole her heart. Cowboy, Cross My Heart is an enjoyable, western romance novel.

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

~3.5 out of 5 stars~ 

 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Donna Grant has been praised for her “totally addictive” and “unique and sensual” stories. Her latest acclaimed series, Dark Kings, features a thrilling combination of dragons, Fae, and immortal Highlanders who are dark, dangerous, and irresistible. She lives with her two children and an assortment of animals in Texas. 

Visit Donna at http://www.DonnaGrant.com

Follow her on Twitter @donna_grant

And on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDonnaGrant

 

 

#Kiss An Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips–Review–5 Stars

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A Fabulous Romance by Susan Elizabeth Phillips!

 

My Review

Daisy Devreaux found herself in a no-win situation. She was in debt and needed her father’s help. He gave his daughter a choice, of going to jail or marrying the man of his choosing. Daisy’s father was obsessed with Russian history. So it was no surprise to Daisy when she found herself reciting her marriage vows with Alex Markov. 

Alex Markov was devilishly handsome but incapable of love, or at least that was what he told Daisy. She didn’t believe him though, and set out, to prove him wrong. Daisy sincerely hoped that Alex was capable of loving her because her traitorous heart was falling for him. The story takes place in a traveling circus, and although this well-written romance is heartbreaking at times, it’s also touching, funny, and very addicting.  I loved it.

~5 out of 5 stars~

 

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SUSAN ELIZABETH PHILLIPS is a New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, and USA Today bestseller, whose books are published in over 30 different languages. 

If you’d like to know more, including info on her newest book, whether any of her books will be made into movies, how to get an autographed book, where she gets her ideas, please visit her

website http://susanelizabethphillips.com/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SusanElizabethPhillipsNovels/

Twitter http://twitter.com/sepauthor 

To register for her monthly sweepstakes visit http://susanelizabethphillips.com/monthly-sweepstakes-2/

 

#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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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: 

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