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#The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain-Review-5 stars #NetGalley

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Don’t Miss This Fabulous New Novel by Diane Chamberlain, Coming 10/2/18!

 

The Dream Daughter is an extraordinarily well-written time-travel novel. Once I started this book I didn’t want to put it down, not even for a moment. The author pulled me into her story, right from the start. I loved the realistic characters, the intriguing plot, and the flowing dialogue. 

Hunter Poole is a physicist. He is from the future, 2018 to be exact, but he won’t be returning to the twenty-first century anytime soon, or ever. And, Hunter is okay with that. He loves the simpler life of the twentieth century. It’s 1970 and Hunter is a contented man. He has his lovely wife, Patti, by his side and their beautiful son John Paul. Hunter will always be grateful to Carly, his sister-in-law, for introducing him to Patti. But, it was time for him, to return the favor, and he was nervous.

Hunter never told Patti or Carly that he was from the future, but he was going to have to confess now. He owed it to Carly. Her unborn daughter wouldn’t live long after birth if she didn’t have a heart procedure soon. The problem was, however, that fetal surgery was unheard of in1970. Hunter was going to have to send Carly into the future. And, unfortunately, she was going to have to do it alone.

Carly would do anything to save her baby. She would never have thought that traveling through time was going to be the easy part of her journey. Unfortunately, she was going to need every bit of courage and strength she could muster up, to weather the challenges ahead.  

The Dream Daughter is a fabulous novel. Highly recommended. I loved every page. Five well-deserved stars from this reader.

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

~5 out of 5 shining stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Diane Chamberlain is the New York Times, USA Today and Sunday Times bestselling author of 25 novels published in more than twenty languages. Some of her most popular books include Necessary Lies, The Silent Sister, The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes, and The Keeper of the Light Trilogy. Diane likes to write complex stories about relationships between men and women, parents and children, brothers and sisters, and friends. Although the thematic focus of her books often revolves around family, love, compassion and forgiveness, her stories usually feature a combination of drama, mystery, secrets and intrigue. Diane’s background in psychology has given her a keen interest in understanding the way people tick, as well as the background necessary to create her realistic characters.

Diane was born and raised in Plainfield, New Jersey and spent her summers at the Jersey Shore. She also lived for many years in San Diego and northern Virginia before making North Carolina her home.

Diane received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in clinical social work from San Diego State University. Prior to her writing career, Diane worked in hospitals in San Diego and Washington, D.C. before opening a private psychotherapy practice in Alexandria Virginia specializing in adolescents. All the while Diane was writing on the side. Her first book, Private Relations was published in 1989 and it earned the RITA award for Best Single Title Contemporary Novel. 

Diane lives with her partner, photographer John Pagliuca, and her sheltie, Cole. She has three stepdaughters, two sons-in-law, and four grandchildren. She’s currently at work on her next novel.

Please visit Diane’s website at http://www.dianechamberlain.com for more information on her newest novel, The Stolen Marriage, and a complete list of her books.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

The Crooked Staircase by Dean Koontz–4 stars

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New Dark Thriller From Dean Koontz, Coming 5/8/18!

The Crooked Staircase is a dark, riveting and intense thriller, crafted with numerous twists and surprises. I was delighted to find that even though, I hadn’t read the first two books in the series, the plot was easy to follow. 

Jane Hawk and her five-year-old son, Travis, were in grave danger of being caught, by corrupt government agents. These agents were known as Techno Arcadians. They were capturing and injecting the people on their list, with a mind-altering drug, which not only took away free-will but permanently changed their brain. The Arcadian’s goal was to accomplish World Utopia, through mind-control. Former FBI agent, Jane Hawk, lost her husband, because of these evil-doers, and she was ready to have her revenge. As much as it pained Jane to leave her son with Gavin and Jessie, it was better than giving the Arcadians a chance to kidnap him. But, what if these corrupt men were to find Gavin and Jessie, and therefore, Travis, before Jane could bring them down? 

Like many readers, I’m not a fan of cliff-hangers. I like to know before starting a book if the story ends in one. Be warned. This book does. All and all, though, I found The Crooked Staircase to be an entertaining, dark, creepy, and fast-paced read.

Thank you, Ballantine Publishing 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)

Dean Koontz, the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers, lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever, Elsa, and the enduring spirits of their goldens, Trixie and Anna.

 

The School For Psychics by K.C. Archer–Review–4.5 stars

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New Release–The School For Psychics By K.C. Archer Coming 4/3/18!

 

 

Twenty-four-year-old Teddy Cannon is in trouble. She’s petrified of the possible consequences, to her and her family, if she’s unable to satisfy the loan shark’s demand. Teddy shudders at the thought of her innocent, loving parents, being targeted by the mob. So even though Vegas has banned Teddy from their casinos, she feels as if she has no choice, but to go and try to win enough money to pay off her debt. Teddy dons what she feels is a good enough disguise. It’s not.

It is at the casino, where Teddy meets the man who will change her life. After this mysterious stranger, saves Teddy from a couple of mobsters, using only his mind-control ability, Teddy decides to take him up on his offer; to attend the school for psychics. The thing was, though, Teddy didn’t think she had much in the way of psychic power; this man, however, knew differently. Unbeknownst to Teddy, the school she was about to attend, was really a training center for classified government work. The graduates from this school for psychics, become part of a secret task force, to protect America.

I quickly became engrossed in the story and its characters. I found them to be unique, quirky, and fascinating. School For Psychics is a well-written and enjoyable read.

Thank you, Simon & Schuster and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~4.5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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12/05/17 Today’s Fab New Releases- #The Wake Up, #Roomies, #The Girl In The Tower, #To The Duke With Love

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In Case You Missed My Reviews on Today’s Fab New Book Releases, Here Are the Links:

 

The Wake Up by Catherine Ryan Hyde—5 Stars—Lit Fic
https://write-escape.com/2017/11/17/the-wake-up-by-catherine-ryan-hyde-5-shining-stars-book-review

Roomies by Christina Lauren—5 Stars—Romance
https://write-escape.com/2017/11/22/roomies-by-christina-lauren-5-shining-stars-book-review

Girl In The Tower by Katherine Arden—4 stars—Fantasy
https://write-escape.com/2017/11/25/the-girl-in-the-tower-by-katherine-arden-book-review

To The Duke, With Love by Amelia Grey—4 stars—Historical Fichttps://write-escape.com/2017/11/16/to-the-duke-with-love-by-amelia-grey-book-review

 

 

 

River Rising by John Heldt–#Book Review

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New Time-Travel Novel by John Heldt

River Rising

 

River Rising is a well-written, and engaging time-travel novel.
Two professors from Arizona, Tim, and Caroline Carson disappeared, in 2017, leaving their five children devastated. A couple of months after their disappearance, however, the eldest sibling, twenty-seven-year-old, Adam, received a letter from the family attorney. Although the letter was puzzling, it gave Adam some clues, as to what might have happened, to his parents and how to find them as well. The correspondence read more like a fantasy novel than a letter. His parents wrote of time-travel and living in the 1800s. Although, Adam found the information to be surreal; he couldn’t dispute some of the proof he was holding in his hands. So, after having a family meeting, the siblings planned the scariest and most exciting journey of their lives. The five of them were going to do the unthinkable. It was time to find their parents.

The Carson siblings knew that Arizona in the 1800s would not be the safest place to be, but what choice did they have? All they could do was to plan for possible problems. But, real life has a way of changing plans; however, like traveling to Pennsylvania instead of Arizona, getting caught in floods, running from the law, and falling in love.

I’ve read several books by John Heldt. He’s a great storyteller and spins a captivating and an adventurous time-travel novel. This book is a blend of sweet romance, love, historical fiction, and suspense. River Rising is the first book in the new series, The Carson Chronicles. It sets the reader up for the books to follow, so there is a cliffhanger at the end of book one. If you enjoy historical fiction and time-travel novels, River Rising may be the book for you. It’s a very enjoyable read.

Thank you, John Heldt for my complementary copy of River Rising!

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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The Girl In The Tower by Katherine Arden–#Book Review

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New From Katherine Arden—A Fascinating Fantasy!

The Girl In The Tower, Coming 12/5/17

 

The Girl in the Tower is a fascinating fantasy that takes place in Russia during the medieval times.
Vasya Petrovna was a free-spirited woman, on the run. It was rumored that she was a witch. Her father tried to marry her off, but Vasya wanted nothing to do with marriage. She also had no interest in becoming a nun. So, Vasya decided to dress as a boy, adopt the male version of her name, Vasilii, for herself, and gallop off into the woods, on a magic horse. Running into her brother Sasha, and her cousin, Dmitrii, the Grand Prince of Moscow, complicated matters, though. Sasha was reluctant to play along with his sister’s ruse, but did so, for safety’s sake. He knew, however, that if the Prince discovered her deceit, things would not go well for her.

Much to Sasha’s dismay, his sister, Vasya, now, Vasilii, was joining them in the fight against the bandits, who were destroying Russian lives. Young girls were being kidnapped, families slaughtered, and villages burned to the ground. War was something that was now unavoidable.

The Girl in the Tower is an intriguing novel, well-written and captivating. I would suggest reading, book one in the series, The Bear and the Nightingale, first, though. I had a difficult time, especially in the beginning, following this novel, but wouldn’t have; I’m sure if I had already read the first book.

Thank you, Del Rey Publishing and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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