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The Wake Up by Catherine Ryan Hyde-5 Shining Stars–#Book Review

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Don’t Miss Catherine Ryan Hyde’s Newest, Heartwarming, 5-Star Release, The Wake Up—Coming 12/5/17!

The Wake Up is an outstanding, five-star, character-driven book. Once I started reading this novel, I lost all track of time. I quickly became absorbed in the character’s lives and had a hard time putting the book down, for even a moment. The Wake Up is a heartfelt story about love, trust and acceptance, and how two struggling, lost boys, found their place in the world.

Aiden Delacorte is an empath; he is also a cattle rancher. From a young age, Aiden learned to shut out his feelings. He hid his true self under layers and layers of blocked emotions. Aiden wouldn’t come alive again until the day he stopped drinking. But, by then, Aiden’s business as a cattle rancher, was a successful and thriving one. So, Aiden was at a loss; because, he could no longer stomach the fact, that he was raising cattle, for slaughter.

Aiden’s life took another major turn when he fell in love with, Gwen, a single mother. Gwen’s daughter, Elizabeth, was an easy child to love, but her son, Milo, not so much. Milo had a unique ability to zero in on a person’s weakness and bait them until they reacted. Aiden found himself to the point of violence when he saw Milo hurting his dog. Aiden could feel his dog’s pain and fear, and those feelings drove Aiden almost to the point of no return. Little did Aiden know though, that he had a lot in common with Milo and that they would become each other’s teacher.

This story is absolutely beautiful. It touched my soul. Catherine Ryan Hyde has a magnificent ability to bring her characters to life. All the characters in this book are developed, but Milo and Aiden came alive for me. This book warmed my heart, made me think and feel, tear up and smile. It’s a heartfelt story with many layers. I was engrossed from the first page until the last. The Wake Up is a quality read that I highly recommend.

Thank you, Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I loved it!

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

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The Secret Child by Kerry Fisher-5 Shining Stars–#Book Review

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Don’t Miss This Extraordinary Novel by Kerry Fisher. The Secret Child, Coming 11/29/17. I Absolutely Loved It!

 

The Secret Child is a powerful and emotionally charged character-driven novel. The story is heartbreaking and well as touching. I didn’t want to put the book down, for even a moment. And, this superbly written story stayed with me, long after I turned the last page.

Susie counted herself lucky to be married to Danny, even though as a military man, he was gone for long stretches of time. When Danny was home, though, he was a kind, loving and devoted husband. And, that was exactly why Susie couldn’t confess her infidelity to him. To make matters worse and add to her list of sins, Susie had given her son away. So every time Susie witnessed Danny with their grandson or her friend Jeanie’s son, her gut would wrench. And each time her insides twisted with guilt, Susie withdrew more into herself.

The carefree, beautiful wife Danny had left with their daughter before deploying overseas, was not the same women he came back to. Susie had become moody, withdrawn and depressed and Danny had no idea why. He tried everything he could think of to make Susie happy, without success. Danny even left the Navy and took a factory job, which he despised, just to be home more. But, Susie’s guilt over giving away her son and now losing her daughter’s affection, was tearing her up inside and stealing the very life out of her. It would be Susie’s estranged daughter, of all people, who would be the one to step-up, comfort her mother, and help her to heal.

The Secret Child is an unforgettable, moving novel. The characters are well-developed and alive. I felt their pain, their brokenness, their trials and their forgiveness. Truly a beautiful story, so well-written that even days later, I was still thinking about it. This is an outstanding novel and one that I will read again and again. Kerry Fisher is fast becoming a favorite author of mine. I will definitely be reading her next book.

Thank you, Bookouture and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I absolutely loved it!

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

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11/7/17 #Today’s New 5- Star Releases -Written In Blood by Layton Green, Taking A Chance by Maggie McGinnis & No Other Duke Will Do by Grace Burrowes- #Edelweiss, #NetGalley, #Book Reviews

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Don’t Miss These Fab New Releases. All Of Them Are 5-Star Books!

 

Written In Blood by Layton Green-Thriller- 5-Stars
https://write-escape.com/2017/10/07/written-in-blood-by-layton-green-5-stars-book-review

 

Taking A Chance by Maggie McGinnis- Romance- 5 stars
https://write-escape.com/2017/10/29/taking-a-chance-by-maggie-mcginnis-5-stars-book-review

 

No Other Duke Will Do by Grace Burrowes- Historical Fiction- 5 stars
https://write-escape.com/2017/10/11/no-other-duke-will-do-by-grace-burrowes-5-stars-book-review

 

 

The Christmas Cowboy Hero by Donna Grant-5 Stars–#Book Review

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New 5-Star Christmas Romance by  Donna Grant–Coming Tomorrow!

 

I thoroughly enjoyed The Christmas Cowboy Hero. This romantic holiday tale is well-written, captivating and delightfully entertaining.

Abby Harper was only eighteen-years-old when her mother abandoned the family and left her as the sole guardian of her two younger brothers. Although the three of them didn’t have much, they survived and protected one another with a fierce and unconditional love. Abby did her best to stay calm and keep the family together, but when, Brice, one of her brothers, was arrested for stealing cattle, she lost it. Abby was barely making enough money to buy food. How would she ever make bail and pay attorney fees? But to her surprise and delight, Brice was at home, when she pulled into the driveway. Clayton East had told Brice that he wouldn’t press charges if Brice were willing to work at the East family ranch every day after school until his debt was paid. Abby knew that she’d have to guard her heart against, falling in love, with Clayton East, the handsome rancher.

Clayton never planned on coming home to manage the family’s Texas ranch, but his father’s illness and the family’s financial difficulties necessitated that he do just that. When he discovered that the family’s finances had suffered because of cattle theft, he was furious and had every intention of pressing charges against the guilty party. But, that was, before, he met Abby, one of the thieve’s sole guardian. Clayton’s heart softened when he saw the pain in Abby’s eyes and decided to have Brice work off his debt, rather than have him sitting in jail. What Clayton didn’t expect, though, was for Brice to fall in love with the ranch-life and for him to lose his heart to the bravest, kindest woman he’d ever met. Clayton knew that Brice wasn’t the only culprit in the ranch’s financial demise, and he was hoping that Brice might lead him to the person or people who had hired the teen to steal.

The East family welcomed Abby and her brothers into their home as if they’d known them for years. And, although, it felt wonderful to be part of a family, Abby was cautious; her history had taught her to be that way. Clayton was also weighted down from his past, as well. Being an ex-seal came with heavy baggage and dark secrets, the very thing, that kept Clayton from enjoying a full life.

This is not only a fabulous love story; it’s a mystery as well. The Christmas Cowboy Hero is a perfectly paced, engaging, and delightfully entertaining novel. I loved it.

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

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

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Taking A Chance by Maggie McGinnis-5 Stars-Book Review

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Don’t Miss Maggie McGinnis’s Newest Small Town Romance.

Taking A Chance-5 Stars- Coming 11/7/17

 

Taking A Chance is a delightful love story that takes place, in Carefree, Montana, five miles outside the magical waters of Whisper Creek.

Emma Winthrop has been trying to impress her parents, for forever. She’s been climbing the corporate ladder at Galway Health for ten years. When she was called into the office, Emma was sure it was for a promotion, but instead of getting a new office, she was handed a temporary nursing home assignment in Montana. Emma had a masters degree in Health Administration but knew very little, about the day to day, decisions of running a nursing home. She was hoping that her inexperience wouldn’t be blatantly obvious to the staff. It was. Emma would discover, though, that keeping her heart from breaking was much more difficult, than being a nursing home administrator.

Jasper Stone owned a coffee shop, in downtown Carefree Montana. He was also the go-to-person for anyone who needed help; such as, caring for kittens, or cooking a meal at Shady Acres nursing home. Jasper believed that he had a lot to atone for, especially in the romance dept. He never wanted to destroy a woman’s life again. So when Emma Winthrop walked into his life and stole his heart, Jasper was beside-himself. He wanted Emma desperately but knew that he could never have her.

Jasper and Emma, both carried unresolved guilt, and couldn’t enjoy life to the fullest, because of it. Self-forgiveness is many times much harder than forgiving another person. Whisper Creek, however, is a magical place of healing. Some say the magic is in the air and the mountains, others say it’s the friendliness of the staff and horseback riding. But the people from Whisper Creek will tell you that the secret is in the water. I loved both of these characters. It was heartwarming to watch Jasper and Emma, grow and blossom. Maybe, Whisper Creek truly is an enchanted place for healing the soul.

Taking A Chance is a touching story. It’s a light, wholesome heartfelt romance. Thank you, Random House Publishing- Loveswept and NetGalley, for my advance review copy.

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Miss Leslie’s Secret by Jennifer Moore–5 Stars–Book Review

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Don’t Miss Reading Jennifer Moore’s Newest 5-Star Historical Fiction!

 

Miss Leslie’s Secret is a heartfelt historical fiction romance that takes place in the Highlands during the 1800s.
When Sergeant Conall Stewart returned home after the war, he was devastated. His hometown was in ruins, and his family was missing. Conall rented a place temporarily, in Dunaid until he could locate his parents and sister. But, the town of Dunaid began to grow on him, especially, after he met Aileen Leslie and her son Jamie. Conell’s relationship with the two, however, had a rocky start. Cornell was furious and confronted Aileen when he found Jamie wandering around his library, supposedly looking for a cat. That lie was exposed, much to Aileen’s dismay when she came upon Conell’s war medal in Jamie’s pants.

Conell took Jamie under his wing and was surprised when he found himself developing a strong bond with the boy. Jamie idolized the Sergeant, and although Aileen was happy to have a positive male role model for Jamie, she was ashamed of how jealous she became of their relationship. But, Conell Stewart was an easy man to like and trust. Aileen, even found herself falling under the Sergeant’s spell. She wanted to confide in the man and confess her secret to him. But, Aileen could never find the right time or words to tell him. Her indecision cost her. Aileen’s silence had not only broken hearts but also put her son in danger.

Miss Leslie’s Secret is a superbly written story. She paints a stunning picture of Scotland’s scenery and history, using authentic details, customs, and dialect. I felt as if I was transported back in time to the beautiful Scottish Highlands.

Thank you, Covenant Communications and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I Loved it!

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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No Other Duke Will Do by Grace Burrowes–5 Stars–Book Review

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New 5-Star Historical Fiction Release by Grace Burrowes! Coming 11/7/17

 

No Other Duke Will Do is a delightful historical fiction novel, written with elegance and sharp wit. Grace Burrowes has the talent of transporting the reader with ease, into the world of aristocrats. She crafts her characters, dialogue, and scenes, with authentic details and flair. No Other Duke Will Do, takes place at the Haverford Castle in Wales.

Julian St. David, the Duke of Haverford, was on the verge of ruin. His father and grandfather had made poor business choices, and their loans weighed heavily on the Duke’s shoulders. Julian’s sister, Lady Glenys, insisted that her idea of hosting a three-week house party was a brilliant one. She needed to find and marry a wealthy titled man. And it was about time for Julian to snag a well-connected Lady, and be about the business of creating an heir. Glenys planned on inviting only the richest and most esteemed titled guests. Although the party would add to Julian’s money worries, Glenys was hoping that the end result would be worth it. Despite the expense of his sister’s scheme, Julian had no intention of seeking a woman to be the next Duchess of Haverford. Besides, who would want a man drowning in debt, titled or not?

Lady Elizabeth Windham and her sister Charlotte were quite content with the prospect of becoming spinsters. The two sisters enjoyed their singleness and were in no hurry to shackle themselves to men. Attending, the Haverford Castle’s party was their parent’s idea, not theirs. However, love and romance was in the air, and one of the Windham sisters just might find herself caught in its embrace. And, as with any aristocrat three-week house party, there would be heartbreak, complications, scandalous activities, and, of course, new found love.

This is a multilayered novel that has several love stories woven into its tapestry. One of my favorite characters is Griffin, the Duke’s intellectually challenged brother. Griffin is a love. He is innocent, kind, honest, and funny, and he captured my heart. His unique personality is so superbly crafted in this book, that it jumps off the page.

I thoroughly enjoyed; No Other Duke Will Do. It’s captivating, heartwarming, and utterly engrossing.

Thank you, Grand Central Publishing-Forever and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~5 out of 5 stars review by Peg Glover

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