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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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The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman–Book Review-5 Stars

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Don’t Miss Alice Hoffman’s Newest Exciting Novel, The Rules of Magic!

I loved it!   Release Date–10/10/17

 

The Rules of Magic is a fascinating novel, superbly written and thoroughly satisfying. Alice Hoffman is a talented writer and an author who is fast becoming one of my favorites.

The Owens family has lived on Magnolia Street in a small Massachusetts town since 1620. Most of the family had scattered, though, during the time of the witch hunts. Some went to Paris, others to New York, but Aunt Isabelle stayed in her home, on Magnolia Street. People shunned her and any family member who dared to visit her. Aunt Isabelle was known for her strange powers and potions. It was even rumored that she turned a person into a rabbit. But, these same people who hid from Aunt Isabelle during the day came around to her back porch at night. They sought her out for cures for physical and emotional ailments. They have even been known to ask for potions to manipulate other people.

The Owens family believed that they had been cursed, ever since, Marie Owens was condemned to death in 1620 for loving the wrong man. The Owens family drew strength from one another, to survive a world, where they were not wanted. The family is made up of a unique group of characters, all quirky, independent, and wildly entertaining. Aunt Isabelle, Franny, Jet, and Vincent bring the reader deep into their hearts and lives and keep them there until the last page is read. The message that runs throughout this book is, to be who you are, regardless of what others think. Have the courage to live, love and be happy.

This thought-provoking novel will linger with you long after you’ve finished it. It’s a book worth reading and rereading.

Thank you, Simon and Schuster and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I loved it!

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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With This Christmas Ring by Manda Collins–Book Review

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A Sweet Touching Christmas Love Story about Love, Forgiveness and Second Chances.

With This Christmas Ring by Manda Collins-Release Date 10/3/17!

 

With This Christmas Ring, is a delightful, historical fiction, holiday romance.
Merry was uptight about entering the home of Alex Ponsonby, the Viscount Wrotham. Merry never thought that she’d have to face the man she jilted ever again. Her closest friend Charlotte; however, asked Merry, with her dying breath, to find her newborn baby’s father. Unfortunately, the father of this infant was William Ponsonby, her jilted fiancee’s cousin. Merry could see no way around it. She’d have to ask Alex where his cousin William could be located. Merry would carry out her friend’s dying request no matter what it cost her, even though; she’d have to confront Alex Ponsonby, the man she still loved but left behind.

Alex could never understand why Merry left him. He had a strong hunch, though, that his grandmother, the dowager, had something to do with it. So when Merry showed up unexpectedly at his doorstep, Alex was determined to find out just why she had fled. And, then, he would do his best to woo her back into his arms. Alex’s cousin William was with the dowager for the Christmas holiday. So Alex planned to confront his sharp-tongued grandmother, to make sure that she wouldn’t hurt Merry anymore than she already had. And, if his grandmother could not accept Merry then drastic measures would have to be taken. Alex was not about to lose the love of his life, for the second time, that was for sure.

With This Christmas Ring, is an enjoyable and touching story about love, forgiveness, and second chances. Thank you, St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Today’s New Book Release–Love and Other Consolation Prizes-by Jamie Ford

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In Case You Missed My Review, on Today’s New Release, Love and Other Consolation Prizes- Here Is The Link

Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford–4 stars
https://write-escape.com/2017/09/03/love-and-other-consolation-prizes-by-jamie-ford-book-review

 

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

 

Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford–Book Review

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Don’t Miss Jamie Ford’s Newest Historical Fiction Novel, Coming 9/12/17!

 

Love and Other Consolation Prizes is a well-written and heartbreaking novel. It is also based on a true story. The author brings the reader deep into the heart and mind of Ernest Young, as a young boy in China, and then, again, as a young man, in America, and lastly, as a wise senior, humbled by life, but content in his soul.

Ernest was only five-years-old when his mother left him standing alone in a cold cemetery. He was told to wait for a man who would be coming for him. He was being sent to America. Ernest missed his mother and yearned for her touch, even after watching her do an unthinkable act. The months that he spent in the cold bowels of a ship, starving and frightened, were some of the most painful memories for Ernest.

A raffle that took place at the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, in Seattle, when Ernest was twelve-years-old, shocked him, because, Ernest discovered, much to his dismay, and embarrassment, that he was the raffled-off prize. The winner was a Madam of a high-class brothel, the Tenderloin. It was, there, at the Tenderloin, where Ernest, would learn about love, be accepted as a young man and be changed forever. Maise and Fahn would become his closest companions and shape his future.

When Ernest was in his sixties, one of his daughters, a journalist by profession asked to write his story. He was reluctant, though, because his daughters knew very little about his childhood. They also didn’t know about their mother’s sordid past, but those secrets were not his to tell. His daughter, however, was persistent, so Ernest began to relive for her, the poignant tale of his youth.

Love and Other Consolation Prizes is a fascinating and compelling read. The story is well-crafted, rich in detail, raw emotion, and realistic dialogue. The characters are fully developed and likable. Love and Other Consolation Prizes stayed with me long after I’d turned the last page.

Thank you, Random House Publishing Group-Ballantine and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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