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#Leave No Trace by Mindy Mejia–Review-4 stars-#NetGalley

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Nineteen-year-old Lucas Blackthorn and his father disappeared in the Minnesota Boundary Waters wilderness, ten-years ago. They were both assumed dead. But when Lucas Blackthorn ransacked a nearby outfitter store, the search for his father resumed. Lucas was sent to a nearby psychiatric hospital. He was mute and unresponsive.

Assistant speech therapist, Maya Stark was assigned to work with Lucas Blackthorn. The staff at the hospital were amazed when Maya received an immediate response from Lucas. It baffled everyone, but Lucas, as to why he would connect with Maya, and no one else. 

Against hospital rules, Maya became emotionally involved with Lucas. She became his ally, and crossed professional lines, risking her job, her heart, and her future. Lucas needed to find his father. Maya did too, but not for the same reason. Maya had her own secrets and agenda. She wanted answers. 

Leave No Trace is a complex and compelling thriller. Although I didn’t find the book entirely realistic, I was engrossed in the story from the first page.

Thank you, Atria Books and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~4 out of 5 stars~

 

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Bio (from Amazon)

Mindy Mejia received her MFA from Hamline University. Her debut novel, The Dragon Keeper, was published by Ashland Creek Press in 2012. The granddaughter of Minnesota farmers, she lives in the Twin Cities with her husband and two children. She is the author of Everything You Want Me to Be.

 

#So Much Life Left Over by Louis De Bernieres–Review-4 stars #NetGalley

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So Much Life left Over is a captivating and compelling historical fiction novel. The story takes place between the end of WWI and the beginning of WWII.  

Daniel Pitt was an RAF ace pilot. When WWI ended, Daniel settled in Ceylon with his wife, Rosie, and their daughter. The family was happy there, for a few years, until the second child was born deformed, and died, shortly after birth. Both Rosie and Daniel grieved their deceased baby. Rosie wrapped herself in religion to survive her overwhelming sadness. Although Daniel and Rosie were happy that their third child was born healthy, their marriage did not thrive. Rosie turned Daniel away at night, and during the day, did her best to keep him away from the children. With Daniel’s physical and emotional needs unmet, Daniel sought comfort elsewhere. 

The book has several complex stories including a few love affairs and the beginning horrors of Hitler’s reign.  Although the story is poignant and even tragic at times, it has an authentic feel to it. The book is well-written, riveting and perfectly paced. Although I cared for the characters, I didn’t find them likable. If you are looking to read a complex historical fiction novel, So Much Life Left Over may be just the book for you. It does end in a cliffhanger, though.

Thank you, Random House UK- Vintage Publishing and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~4 out of 5 stars~

 

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Bio (From Amazon)

LOUIS DE BERNIÈRES is the author of many award-winning novels, including Birds Without Wings, Corelli’s Mandolin, The Dust That Falls from Dreams, Notwithstanding, A Partisan’s Daughter, Red Dog, Señor Vivo and the Coca Lord, The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman, and The War of Don Emmanuel’s Nether Parts. Selected by Granta as one of the twenty Best of Young British Novelists in 1993, de Bernières lives in England.

 

#When We Found Home by Susan Mallery–Review 4 stars #NetGalley

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When We Found Home, is a touching story about second chances and blended families.  Alberto Carlesso is the founder of a successful mail-order Italian food company and the grandfather to three children, Malcolm, 34, Callie 26, and Kiera, 12. The three half-siblings had no idea that the other existed, until just recently. Alberto Carlesso’s son Jerry was a womanizer. He was good at making his lady friend’s pregnant, but little else. He had no use for children. When Jerry died, Alberto discovered that he had two granddaughters that he’d never met. He’s had his grandson Malcolm with him for years and loved him dearly. Now, he wanted to get to know his other grandchildren. Although Malcolm wasn’t always successful, he did his best to welcome his half-sisters home. 

The story is about three-half siblings learning to trust one another, grow emotionally, and become a family. This well-written and heartwarming tale is sprinkled with romance, forgiveness, and love. 

Thank you, Harlequin and NetGalley for my advanced review copy.

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Susan Mallery is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of books about the relationships that define women’s lives–romance, friendship, family. With compassion and humor, Susan keenly observes how people think and feel, in stories that take readers on an emotional journey. Sometimes heartbreaking, often funny, and always uplifting, Susan’s books have spent more than 200 weeks on the USA Today bestsellers list, thanks to her ever growing legions of fans.

Critics, too, have heaped praise on “the new queen of romantic fiction.” (Walmart) Booklist says, “Romance novels don’t get much better than Mallery’s expert blend of emotional nuance, humor, and superb storytelling,” and RT Book Reviews puts her “in a class by herself!”

Although Susan majored in Accounting, she never worked as an accountant because she was published straight out of college with two books the same month. Sixteen prolific years and seventy-four books later, she hit the New York Times bestsellers list for the first time with Accidentally Yours in 2008. She made many appearances in the Top 10 before (finally) hitting #1 in 2015 with Thrill Me, the twentieth book in her most popular series, the Fool’s Gold romances, and the fourth of five books released that year.

Susan lives in Seattle with her husband, two ragdoll cats, and a small poodle with delusions of grandeur. Her heart for animals has led Susan to become an active supporter of the Seattle Humane Society. Animals play a big role in her books, as well, as she believes they’re an integral component to a happy life. Visit Susan online at http://www.SusanMallery.com.There are also two love stories that intermingle throughout the book. 

 

 

 

Today’s New Releases—#Saving Beck & #Baby Teeth

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Don’t Miss Today’s Outstanding New Releases!

 

Saving Beck by Courtney Cole

Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage

 

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

 

Saving Beck by Courtney Cole—5 stars

https://write-escape.com/2018/06/30/saving-beck-by-courtney-cole-review-5-stars-netgalley

Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage—4.5 stars

https://write-escape.com/2018/05/01/baby-teeth-by-zoje-stage-review-4-5-stars

 

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#The Secret Daughter by Kelly Rimmer–Review–5 stars!

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The Secret Daughter is a heart-wrenching novel that takes place during the 1970s, in Australia, when force adoptions were acceptable. This book reads like a powerful memoir, compelling, absorbing, and unforgettable. 

Lilly was sixteen when she was sent away to a Maternity home for unwed mothers; a place where she was forced, to stay and work, until her baby was born. When Lilly first arrived, she had no idea that she wouldn’t be leaving with her baby. When she discovered the truth, Lilly was horrified. Her love letters to James, the father of her unborn child, went from being heartwarming to heartbreaking. Lilly pleaded with James to take her out of the maternity home before it was too late. I was completely engrossed in this story from the very first page.

The book fast-forwards to 2012, when Lilly’s lost child, Sabina, discovers that she is pregnant. Sabina’s dad is ecstatic about being a grandfather, but her mother, Megan, is not. Sabina couldn’t understand why her mother wasn’t happy for her. It wasn’t until the truth of her birth and adoption was revealed to her that Sabrina understood. 

Sabina’s parents tried to convince their daughter that they didn’t know who her birth mother was. Sabina felt strongly, however, that her parents were lying. But why? What kind of ugly secret could they possibly be hiding? When the truth was exposed, Sabina was horrified. It was worse than she’d ever imagined. 

The Secret Daughter is a well-written moving novel, touching as well as heart-wrenching. It’s a powerful, emotional story, and one that I won’t forget for a very long time.

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Kelly Rimmer is the USA Today best selling author of contemporary fiction novels including Me Without You, The Secret Daughter, When I Lost You, A Mother’s Confession and her most recent release, Before I Let You Go. She lives in rural Australia with her family.

For further information about Kelly’s books, and to subscribe to her mailing list, visit http://www.kellyrimmer.com.

 

 

#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

 

The Memory Tree by John A. Heldt–Review–4 stars

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Don’t Miss John Heldt’s Newest Heartwarming, Time-Travel Novel!

 

The Memory Tree is the second book, in the Carson Chronicles, and begins where book one ended. 

The Carson siblings are traveling through time, in search of their parents. When they successfully reach the year of 1918, they decide to split up and hunt for clues. Adam and Bridget travel to Duluth, Minnesota, Cody and Caitlin to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and Greg to Tijuana, Mexico. Natalie decides to take a trip to France for a journalist opportunity.

A lot has happened since Tim and Caroline saw they children; Greg has had multiple brushes with the law and has fallen in love, Adam is happily married to an Irish Girl, Bridget. Caitlin and Cody meet an old friend in Gettysburg to share memories, laughter, and tears. Natalie travels to France and has the opportunity of a lifetime presented to her. The story that captured my heart, the most, though, was Greg’s, his adventures, relationships, and scrapes with the law.    

The Memory Tree is crafted with poignant, touching moments; sweet, romantic encounters; danger and adventure. John A. Heldt is a fabulous storyteller and writer. If you enjoy heartwarming time-travel stories, The Memory Tree is the book for you.

Thank you, John Heldt for my complimentary copy of The Memory Tree!

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

John A. Heldt is the author of the critically acclaimed Northwest Passage, American Journey, and Carson Chronicles series. The former reference librarian and award-winning sportswriter has loved getting subjects and verbs to agree since writing book reports on baseball heroes in grade school. A graduate of the University of Oregon and the University of Iowa, Heldt is an avid fisherman, sports fan, home brewer, and reader of thrillers and historical fiction. When not sending contemporary characters to the not-so-distant past, he weighs in on literature and life at johnheldt.blogspot.com.