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Winter Solstice by Elin Hilderbrand–5 stars–Book Review

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Winter Solstice —A Beautiful Story of Love, Forgiveness and Acceptance—Coming 10/3/17!

 

Winter Solstice is an amazing and beautifully written novel, about living, loving, and weathering the storms that show up in life. The author draws the reader deep into the heart of the Quinn family, a healing, blended family from Nantucket. Kelly Quinn is dying from brain cancer. He is fortunate, though, to have a good relationship with his children, his current wife, Mitzi, and his ex-wife, Margaret. Although Margaret and Mitzi are cordial and work together now for the children and Kelly’s sake, that had not always been the case. Margaret’s children, Patrick, Kevin, and Ava have all lived under Mitzi and Kelly’s roof for years; along with Bart, Mitzi and Kelly’s only child. All of the children in this book are grown and struggle with some very adult issues.

The author’s writing is sharp and descriptive. She effortlessly places the reader deep into each character’s life. I came to know the characters intimately and cared for them all. I felt their pain, their struggles, and their joy. Because the author covers a wide range of topics and difficulties, readers will easily be able to identify with some of the character’s experiences; such as love and betrayal, choices and consequences, selfishness and sacrifice and forgiveness and acceptance. Nobody is perfect, and everyone must live with the consequences of their decisions. Pain is a part of life, but so is joy, acceptance, and love.

I had a hard time keeping the characters straight at first. But, once I did, I couldn’t put the book down. Winter Solstice is an in-depth, enjoyable, and well-written read.

Thank you, Little, Brown and Company and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

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Holiday Spice by Samantha Chase-5 Stars–Book Review

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Don’t Miss, Samantha Chase’s Newest Holiday Romance, Holiday Spice, Coming 10/3/17!

Holiday spice is an entertaining fun read, filled with love, romance, and emotion. It is story-telling at its best.

 

Holiday Spice is a sweet, well-written, contemporary romance.

Darcy, the youngest of the Shaughnessy siblings, had a strong need for family closeness. She had lost her mother when she was a young child, and although, Darcy didn’t remember her mom; she felt the loss deeply. Darcy’s favorite holiday was Christmas. It was the time of year for family gatherings and fun.

Ben Tanner loved working with wood. Each sculpture he created was a magnificent work of art. He was well known and sought out. To devote himself to his work, Ben lived like a hermit, in the mountains of Washington. He convinced himself that he enjoyed his solitary life. That was, however, until Darcy Shaughnessy, was stuck in his home, snowed in, and turned his world upside down.

Although it had been several years since Ben’s parents died, their death still affected him profoundly. Ben didn’t feel that he should be allowed to enjoy life, especially the Christmas holiday since that was his mother’s favorite time of year. It grated on him that Darcy not only loved Christmas but that she wouldn’t stop talking about it.

Holiday spice is an entertaining fun read, filled with love, romance, and emotion. It is story-telling at its best.

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

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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9/19/17-Today’s New Fab. Releases–7 Lessons From Heaven- & Fool Me Once–Book Reviews

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In Case You Missed My Reviews on Today’s Fabulous New Releases, I’ve Included the Links Below:

 

7 Lessons From Heaven by Mary C. Neal, M.D.—5 Stars
https://write-escape.com/2017/09/08/7-lessons-from-heaven-by-mary-c-neal-m-d-5-stars

 

Fool Me Once by Catherine Bybee—4 Stars
https://write-escape.com/2017/09/15/fool-me-once-by-catherine-bybee-book-review

 

Fool Me Once by Catherine Bybee–Book Review

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Don’t Miss Catherine Bybee’s Newest Book Release, Fool Me Once, Coming 9/19/17!

 

Fool Me Once is a fun and unique fictional read. Catherine Bybee is a talented writer and great storyteller. I thoroughly enjoyed this well-written, suspenseful and captivating novel.

Attorney Lori Cumberland wasn’t the average run-of-the-mill divorce lawyer. She represented only the rich and the famous. Wealthy men and women who desired a short-term marriage, with an uncomplicated divorce, sought out Lori Cumberland. The reasons why people wanted a fake marriage varied considerably. Some temporarily wanted arm candy, others, needed a sophisticated image, to further their career, and some, sought to soothe, a family member’s worries before they died. Whatever the reasons, all clients were required to sign an Alliance agreement. This contract included among other things, a prenuptial agreement and a marriage expiration date. Although Attorney Lori Cumberland appeared to have a posh job, it was not without risks. Some wealthy people, are powerful, and become dangerously lethal when crossed; something that Lori, unfortunately, would experience, firsthand. Although the Alliance was heavily guarded, with security, bodyguards, private jets, and safe houses, unexpected occurrences can and do happen.

Private Investigator Reed Barlow was hired to dig dirt up on Shannon, a Senator’s ex-wife. Reed didn’t know before becoming romantically involved, with attorney Lori Cumberland, that Shannon had once signed an Alliance contract. The information he discovered unethically, would not only smear Shannon but Lori as well. Reed didn’t want to confess to Lori his initial reason for following and flirting with her but did so, anyway. And, as expected, his betrayal cut Lori, deeply. Reed wanted Lori in his life and was willing to go to any lengths to win her back, even if that meant putting himself in danger.

Fool Me Once is a suspenseful, romantic, fictional story; which is highly entertaining and enjoyable. Thank you, Montlake Romance and NetGalley for my advanced review copy.

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Second Chance Girl by Susan Mallery–Book Review–

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Don’t Miss This Captivating Love Story, Filled With Witty Dialogue & Sweet Romance!

Release Date–Sept. 26, 2017

 

Second Chance Girl is a delightful and entertaining romance.
The Duke of Somerbrooke was concerned over valuables that were missing from his estate. And the only packages that were leaving his home were addressed to an American, Violet Lund, in his grandmother’s handwriting. Ulrich Sherwood was livid. Violet Lund was a conniving thief who was manipulating his grandmother. The Duke would see justice done, even if that meant, that he had to travel thousands of miles to do so.

Violet Lund, couldn’t believe when the man of her dreams, Ulrich Sherwood, the Duke of Somerbrooke, walked into her shop. The last time she saw him, she was all frizzy hair and braces; and he had made her feel beautiful. He was a gorgeous man; except, for the fiery blue daggers that were aimed right at her. What could she possibly have done?

Carol Lund loved her work at the Animal Preserve. She also had a hidden crush on her next door neighbor, Mathias Mitchell. They were only friends though. She wasn’t anything special, and he was a well-known artist. Besides, Mathias didn’t do relationships; he was a no commitment, one-night romance type of guy. And, although, he could never be hers, she sometimes imagined that he was.

Mathias secretly adored his giraffe loving next door neighbor, Carol Lund. If he were to trust any woman, it would be her. But, Mathias learned from a young age that love often led to betrayal and pain. So Mathias would admire Carol from the sidelines. Little did he know, though, that events in his life were going to drive him right into Carol’s arms.

Second Chance Girl is a well-written light read, filled with witty dialogue and sweet romance. Thank you, Harlequin and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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9/5/17-Today’s New 5-Star-Book Releases-The Summer That Made Us & Head Over Heels

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Don’t Miss Checking Out the Two Fab (5 Star) Books That Released Today!

I Loved Them Both & Highly Recommend Picking Up The Two of Them.

 

In Case You Missed, My Reviews On These Two Outstanding New Releases, Here Are The Links:

 

The Summer That Made Us by Robyn Carr-5 stars (Lit Fic)
https://write-escape.com/2017/09/02/the-summer-that-made-us-by-robyn-carr-an-unforgettable-5-star-novel-book-review

 

Head Over Heels by Jill Mansell-5 stars (Cont.Romance)
https://write-escape.com/2017/09/02/head-over-heels-by-jill-mansell-5-stars-book-review

 

Head Over Heels by Jill Mansell-5 Stars–Book Review

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Don’t Miss Jill Mansell’s Newest Release, Coming 9/5/17. I loved it!

 

Head Over Heels is a fun and light romance. I love reading Jill Mansell’s books because she makes me laugh and always writes a captivating story. This book takes place in Upper Sisley, an elite neighborhood in England, where the famous actor, Toby Gillespie, just bought a home.

Jessie Roscoe, the village’s interior decorator, has lived in Upper Sisley for years. So when her new neighbor called requesting decorating expertise, she was not surprised. That was, however, until she recognized the caller’s voice. She knew it was Toby Gillespie immediately, not only because he was a famous actor, but because she has loved him, from afar, for twenty years. Jessie never thought the day would come where she would see Toby Gillespie, face to face, again. She should have told him, about Oliver, years ago, but, the right moment just never seemed to come, and now, it was too late. Toby Gillespie was about to get the surprise of his life, and he was going to be furious about it.

Jessie Roscoe wasn’t the only person hiding something though. There were many residents in the Upper Sisley Village with shameful, buried secrets. And some were carrying on as if they were above discovery and consequences. Little did they know, though, that the comeuppance day for Upper Sisley Village was about to arrive.

Head Over Heels is a well-written book with colorful characters, witty dialogue and cleverly crafted surprises. I have read several of Jill Mansell’s books and have never been disappointed. If you have not discovered Jill Mansell yet, you are in for a treat. She’s one of my favorite authors.

Thank you, Sourcebooks-Landmark and NetGalley for my advanced review copy.

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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