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#Day of the Dragon by Katie MacAlister–Review–#NetGalley

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Can a woman fall in love with a dragon? Thaisa would have said, no; but that was before, the leader of the Storm Dragons, Archer Andras, came into her life.   

When Thaisa’s boss discovered that a particular manuscript had been sold to Archer Andras, he was furious. He threatened to break every bone in Thaisa’s body and even hurt her grandmother if she did not retrieve the document immediately.

 Thaisa didn’t know that the Shadow Dragons were at war with the Storm Dragons, until Hunter, Archer’s twin brother, and leader of the Shadow Dragons, kidnapped her. When Thaisa began to unravel the mystery between the two brothers, she saw that she was about to play, an important role, in balancing the two of them. Who knew that dragons could be loveable as well as real?  

Day of the Dragon is an entertaining read and one that I enjoyed. Thank you, Forever (Grand Central Publishing) and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~3.5 out of 5 stars~

 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

For as long as she can remember, Katie MacAlister has loved reading. Growing up in a family where a weekly visit to the library was a given, Katie spent much of her time with her nose buried in a book. Despite her love for novels, she didn’t think of writing them until she was contracted to write a non-fiction book about software. Since her editor refused to allow her to include either witty dialogue or love scenes in the software book, Katie swiftly resolved to switch to fiction, where she could indulge in world building, tormenting characters, and falling madly in love with all her heroes.

Two years after she started writing novels, Katie sold her first romance, Noble Intentions. More than fifty books later, her novels have been translated into numerous languages, been recorded as audiobooks, received several awards, and placed on the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. She also writes for the young adult audience as Katie Maxwell.

Katie lives in the Pacific Northwest with her dogs and cat, and can often be found lurking around online. You are welcome to visit her at http://www.katiemacalister.com

 

#I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella–Review–5 Stars #NetGalley

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I absolutely love Sophie Kinsella’s books. She always makes me laugh and transports me into her world with ease. 

I Owe You One is an engaging, humorous, and well-written tale. Fixie was the youngest in the family, but by far, the smartest and kindest sibling.

Fixie loved working in the Farr family store, and like her mom, was invested in the business. Her older brother and sister weren’t, though. They were too interested in their own lives and how they appeared to the world, to bother with the mundane workings of a general store. But when their mother took off on a much needed, extended trip, the true colors of all three siblings came out.  

Fixie experienced hard and painful lessons in this book. She learned to open her eyes and see how people were taking advantage of her. Some people, unfortunately, Fixie discovered, won’t change, no matter how much their actions hurt people. But, for others, when shown the error of their ways, can and do change. Sometimes, the most loving thing to do is tough love. And, although, letting go is never easy, and often painful, it is many times the best thing to do. 

As in all books, there are loveable and not so loveable characters. I adored Fixie and Sebastian. The two of them are caring, funny, and very likable, as well as the employee’s in the store. Fixie’s siblings, Uncle, and first boyfriend, Ryan, not so much. 

I Owe You One is a funny, entertaining, and captivating tale.

Thank you, Random House-Dial Press 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)

Sophie Kinsella is a writer and former financial journalist. She is the number one bestselling author of Can You Keep a Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess, Remember Me?, Twenties Girl, I’ve Got Your Number and Wedding Night, the hugely popular Shopaholic novels and the Young Adult novel Finding Audrey. She lives in London with her husband and family. She is also the author of several bestselling novels under the name of Madeleine Wickham. Visit her website at http://www.sophiekinsella.co.uk

 

#Daughter of Moloka’i by Alan Brennert–Review–4.5 Stars

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Daughter Of Moloka’i is a well-written, poignant, and bittersweet novel. The story begins in 1916, in Moloka’i Hawaii, a place designated for people with Hansen’s disease (Leprosy). When Ruth was born to parents suffering from the disease, she was taken from them, within an hour of her birth.

Ruth was brought up in an orphanage, run by nuns, until she was adopted by Japanese immigrants, living in Honolulu. Ruth loved her parents but often wondered why her biological parents had given her away.

Ruth was content with her life in Hawaii until her Uncle convinced her father to move to California. The opportunity he was offered, was supposed to be, a wonderful one. It wasn’t. It was a scam. But after her father uprooted his family and moved to America, it was too late to turn back. Being taken advantage of was not the worse thing, that happened to Ruth’s family in California. WWII was about to break out, and with it, Japan’s bombing of Pearl Harbor. The President’s reaction to the Japanese invasion was to gather, isolate, and relocate all Japanese immigrants and their family members, to less than ideal internment camps. 

Everyone who was sent to these camps had given up their homes, farms, businesses, and belongings. Many of these people with Japanese parents and grandparents were US citizens, but sent to camps, just the same. 

Daughter Of Moloka’i is a compelling and engaging book, well-crafted and researched.

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

~4.5 out of 5 stars~

 

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Alan Brennert is the author of the best-selling historical novels MOLOKA’I and HONOLULU, both favorites of reading groups across the country. MOLOKA’I was a 2012 “One Book, One San Diego” selection and HONOLULU was named one of the best books of 2009 by The Washington Post. PEOPLE Magazine said of his novel PALISADES PARK, “Brennert writes his valentine to the New Jersey plaground of his youth in RAGTIME style, mixing fact and fiction. It’s a memorable trip.” His work on the television series L.A. LAW earned him an Emmy Award in 1991 and his short story “Ma Qui” was honored with a Nebula Award in 1992. His latest book, DAUGHTER OF MOLOKA’I, is a follow-up to MOLOKA’I that tells the story of Rachel Kalama’s daughter Ruth, her early life, her internment during World War II, and her eventual meeting with her birth mother, Rachel. The novel explores the women’s 22-year relationship, only hinted at it in MOLOKA’I. It will be published by St Martin’s Press on February 19, 2019.

 

#Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal–Review-4 stars-#NetGalley

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Unmarriageable is a well-written and enlightening, retelling of the classic novel, Pride & Prejudice. This book is set in modern-day Pakistan and is crafted with rich cultural details, natural dialogue, and humor.  

Barkat Binat was cheated out of his inheritance, by his brother. Financially, Barkat had no choice but to move his wife and five daughters, from their affluent neighborhood to a small town, Dilipibad. Barkat’s two oldest daughters, Alys and Jena, worked as teachers, and contributed to the household expenses, keeping the family afloat. 

The story follows the Binat daughters, their heartaches, humiliations, and joys, as well as the men who captured their hearts. Valentine Darsee was my favorite character. He’s a loyal, generous, and wealthy man. He did his best to win Alys Binat’s heart. She, however, much to Valentine’s dismay, was infatuated with, Wickaam, his good-for-nothing cousin. Wickaam was a devilishly handsome scoundrel and a shameless flirt. He left painful imprints on every heart he snagged.   

I found the story captivating, and the author’s descriptions of Pakistan’s culture fascinating, and educational. I did not like Mrs. Binat, at all. I found her to be controlling, conniving, and more than willing to marry her daughters off to the highest bidder. The many different personalities in this book are well depicted and add depth to the story. 

If you enjoyed Pride and Prejudice, and wouldn’t mind reading, a retelling of the classic, in a modern-day Pakistan setting, then this book is for you. A fascinating read.

Thank you, Ballantine Books and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy!

~4 out of 5 stars~ 

 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Soniah Kamal is an award winning essayist and fiction writer. Her novel ‘Unmarriageable’ is a retelling of Jane Austen’s ‘Pride & Prejudice’ and set in Pakistan. Her debut novel, An Isolated Incident, was a finalist for the Townsend Prize for Fiction and the KLF French Fiction Prize. Her TEDx talk, “Redreaming Your Dream,” is about regrets and second chances. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, The Guardian, Catapult, The Normal School, The Chicago Quarterly Review, The Missing Slate, BuzzFeed, The James Dickey Review, Scroll.in and Literary Hub. soniahkamal.com

 

 

 

#The Best of Us by Robyn Carr–Review 4.5 stars–#NetGalley

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The Best of Us is the fourth exciting book in Robyn Carr’s Sullivan Crossings Series.

Dr. Leigh Culver left a busy Chicago ER to open up a small town clinic in Timberlake, Colorado. Leigh was content with her new, slower, uncomplicated life, until a certain widower, Rob Shandon, charmed his way into her heart.  Although Leigh was happier than she’d ever been before, the fear of being dumped for another woman, nagged at her. Leigh had already experienced, that painful humiliation, and had no intention, of enduring that again.

Sixty-two-year-old Helen Culver waited until Leigh was well established, before becoming a full-time writer. And, although Helen never regretted sacrificing the prime of her life to raise her sister’s child, she was disappointed, when her niece, expected even more from her, than she’d already given. Helen never thought that she’d leave Leigh when she was in need. But sometimes the most loving thing to do was to let go; even though it hurt.

 Helen loved to travel, but to her surprise, her favorite place to be, was on a Chicago campground store porch, with her friend. Helen’s plan had always been, to spend her winters in a warm climate, but it was in the Colorado mountains, where Helen instead, found love, happiness, and so much more.  

The Best of Us is a compelling story about love, sacrifice, facing fears and living life.

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

~4.5 out of 5 stars~

 

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Robyn Carr is a RITA® Award-winning, eleven-time #1 New York Times bestselling author of almost sixty novels, including the critically acclaimed Virgin River series. The third novel (THE FAMILY GATHERING) in her fan-favorite new series, Sullivan’s Crossing, will be released in April 2018. Robyn is a recipient of the Romance Writers of America Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award 2016 and in 2017, VIRGIN RIVER was named one of the HarperCollins 200 Iconic Books of the past 200 years. Robyn and her husband live in Las Vegas, Nevada. You can visit Robyn Carr’s website at www.RobynCarr.com

The Vogels: On All Fronts by Jana Petken–Review–5 Stars!

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The Vogels: On All Fronts is an amazing story and the second book in Jana Petken’s fascinating German Half-Blood series. This superbly-written WWII novel is as unputdownable as the first book in the series.

This story takes place on several fronts, Germany, Poland, Russia, and England. The Vogels love, and stand by each other, even though their political views and loyalties are very much divided. Dieter Vogel is German, his wife Laura is English, and their children, are German half-bloods, each having their own opinion on what is right regarding Hitler’s treatment of the Jews. All three Vogel boys take part in WWII but play different roles. Both Willie and Paul wear the German uniform, but only Willie is an SS soldier. Paul is a doctor, and, unfortunately, is forced to follow the Nazi rule regarding medical treatment for the Jews. Max, is as German as his two brothers but wants nothing, to do with Hitler, his cruelty, and his lies. Max works as a British spy. 

Jana Petken brings each main character in her book to life, as well as many of the horrific war atrocities that occurred during WWII. If you have not read book one in the series, this novel may be a little confusing at first, but don’t worry, it becomes quite clear quickly, as well as unputdownable. This story ends with a set up for book three. I will definitely be reading the next novel in this series. 

5 out of 5 shining stars!

 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Jana Petken is a bestselling historical fiction novelist and screenwriter. 

She is critically acclaimed as a bestselling, gritty, author who produces bold, colourful characters and riveting storylines. She is the recipient of numerous major international awards for her works of historical fiction and is presently in talks with film producers regarding one of her titles. 

Before life as an author, she served in the British Royal Navy. During her service, she studied Naval Law and history. After the Navy, she worked for British Airways and turned to writing after an accident on board an aircraft forced her to retire prematurely.

Titles by Jana Petken. 

Bestseller, Multi Award Winning, The Guardian of Secrets. (2013) 

The bestselling Mercy Carver Series: award-winning, Dark Shadows, book 1, and award-winning Blood Moon, book 2. (2014) 

Multi Award Winning, The Errant Flock: The Flock Trilogy Book 1. (2015)

Multi Award Winning, Swearing Allegiance. (2016)

Award Winning, The Scattered Flock (The Flock Trilogy book 2)

Flock, The Gathering of The Damned (The Flock Trilogy Book 3)

2018, The German Half-Bloods

http://www.janapetkenauthor.com

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#Just After Midnight by Catherine Ryan Hyde–Review 4 stars–#NetGalley

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Just After Midnight is an enjoyable, well-written, character-driven novel.

Faith was hiding out at her family’s beach house. She didn’t want to be anywhere near her controlling husband when he discovered that she was divorcing him. Faith knew that her life was about to change in a big way but would never have guessed that a teenage girl was going to be the main reason for it.  

Sarah was crushed. She hated and blamed her father for her mother’s sudden death, for selling her horse, and for basically stripping her life of happiness. When Sarah met Faith on the beach, she had no idea what a good friend Faith would become to her.  Although Faith was much older than herself, Sarah found that she could talk to her and that Faith understood her. Sarah would discover that although everything in her life felt hopeless and dark, that genuine loving kindness could turn everything around.  

Just After Midnight, is an uplifting and touching story. The loss fourteen-year-old Sarah was made to suffer was heartwrenching. The story itself, however, is heartwarming, and about, how kindness can heal even the most broken of hearts. 

If you enjoy touching stories and reading about horses, you’ll love Just After Midnight.

Thank you, Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~4 out of 5 stars~

 

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Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author of more than 30 published and forthcoming books, including THE WAKE UP, ALLIE AND BEA, SAY GOODBYE FOR NOW, LEAVING BLYTHE RIVER, ASK HIM WHY, WORTHY, THE LANGUAGE OF HOOFBEATS, TAKE ME WITH YOU, WHEN I FOUND YOU, WALK ME HOME, and DON’T LET ME GO. 

An avid hiker, traveler, equestrian, and amateur photographer, she has released her first book of photos, 365 DAYS OF GRATITUDE: PHOTOS FROM A BEAUTIFUL WORLD.

She is co-author, with fellow author and publishing industry blogger Anne R. Allen, of HOW TO BE A WRITER IN THE E-AGE: A SELF-HELP GUIDE.

Her novel PAY IT FORWARD was adapted into a major motion picture, chosen by the American Library Association for its Best Books for Young Adults list, and translated into more than 23 languages for distribution in over 30 countries. The paperback was released in October 2000 by Pocket Books and quickly became a national bestseller. Simon & Schuster released PAY IT FORWARD: YOUNG READERS’ EDITION in August of ’14. It is suitable for kids as young as eight. A special Fifteenth Anniversary Edition of the original PAY IT FORWARD was released in December of ’14

LOVE IN THE PRESENT TENSE enjoyed bestseller status in the UK, where it broke the top ten, spent five weeks on the bestseller lists, was reviewed on a major TV book club, and shortlisted for a Best Read of the Year award at the British Book Awards. Both BECOMING CHLOE and JUMPSTART THE WORLD were included on the ALA’s Rainbow List, and JUMPSTART THE WORLD was a finalist for two Lambda Literary Awards. WHERE WE BELONG won two Rainbow Awards in 2013 and THE LANGUAGE OF HOOFBEATS won a Rainbow Award in 2015.

New Kindle editions of her backlist titles FUNERALS FOR HORSES, EARTHQUAKE WEATHER AND OTHER STORIES, ELECTRIC GOD, and WALTER’S PURPLE HEART are now available. Also available is THE LONG, STEEP PATH: EVERYDAY INSPIRATION FROM THE AUTHOR OF PAY IT FORWARD, her first book-length creative nonfiction. 

More than 50 of her short stories have been published in The Antioch Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train and many other journals, and in the anthologies Santa Barbara Stories and California Shorts and the bestselling anthology Dog is my Co-Pilot. Her stories have been honored in the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest and the Tobias Wolff Award and nominated for Best American Short Stories, the O’Henry Award, and the Pushcart Prize. Three have been cited in Best American Short Stories.

She is founder and former president (2000-2009) of the Pay It Forward Foundation, and still serves on its board of directors. As a professional public speaker she has addressed the National Conference on Education, twice spoken at Cornell University, met with Americorps members at the White House and shared a dais with Bill Clinton. 

For more information and book club questions, please visit the author at catherineryanhyde.com