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#The German Half-Bloods by Jana Petken–Review-5 stars!

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Don’t Miss Jana Petken’s Latest Outstanding Historical Fiction Novel!

 

The German Half-Bloods is a superbly written, unputdownable historical fiction novel. 

The book begins in Germany, during the early days of WWII, and follows the family of Dieter and Laura Vogel. Dieter is a successful businessman, and fiercely loyal to Germany. Because Dieter married an English woman, he was the only pure blood German in his immediate family. Dieter often invited Nazis into his home for dinner, hoping that his close contact with them, would keep his half-blood children, and English wife, from the Gestapo’s watch list. I quickly became invested in this family; and loved following them into England, Paris, Poland, and Russia. 

Chaos was breaking out in Germany, and the air was thick with fear. Nazis were arresting Jewish families, Jewish sympathizers, and anyone verbalizing thoughts against Hitler. Although Nazi soldiers were often in Dieter Vogel’s home, mingling with his family, Wilmot, Dieter’s youngest son was the only one interested in joining the military.

 Wilmot Vogel couldn’t wait to put on his SS uniform. He was looking forward to serving Hitler. Wilmot was proud to be part of the military until he discovered the horrendous acts that he’d be forced to perform. Max, the oldest son, was constantly on the move. He was an undercover, English spy, gathering intelligence against Germany. Max’s twin, Paul, a psychiatrist, was forced to stay in Germany and work in a Nazi-run hospital. His job was to sterilize disabled, and mentally-ill patients. He also had to witness the gassing of patients deemed unworthy of life. Hannah, the Vogel’s only daughter, was in England, getting married. Although Dieter’s wife Laura despised having Nazis in her home and missing her daughter’s wedding; she stayed in Germany, to support her husband. 

 Jana Petken brings these characters, as well as the atrocities of war to life. The author’s research and writing talent shine brightly in this book. The German Half-Bloods, however, did end, leaving some unanswered questions in my mind. I’ll anxiously wait for the next book in the series. Jana Petken is a brilliant, gem of an author. Highly recommended. 

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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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

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#Not Her Daughter by Rea Frey–Review–5 stars #NetGalley #SMP

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Don’t Miss This Outstanding Book by Rea Frey–Not Her Daughter–Coming 8/21/18!

 

Not Her Daughter is a captivating and well-written novel.

Not every woman is cut out to be a mom. Motherhood is challenging, and not for everyone. Amy Townsend is such a mother. She has deep feelings of inadequacy, and, unfortunately, takes her frustrations out on her daughter, Emma. People always remark on how beautiful her daughter is. And, even though, Amy should be happy about her daughter’s beauty and charming personality, she isn’t. She’s jealous.

Although Sarah was happy and successful at work, her heart was broken. The relationship with her long-term boyfriend ended. Sarah couldn’t stand to stay with a man who wouldn’t commit to her. Sarah wanted a husband, a home, and children. She wanted a daughter whom she could love like she should have been, as a child. Sarah, at the age of eight, was abandoned by her mother. So when she witnessed five-year-old, Emma, crying and being abused, it broke Sarah’s heart. 

When Sarah came across Emma, being bullied by her mother again, something snapped inside of her. Sarah was aware that kidnapping a child was all-kinds-of-wrong, and against the law. She also knew that she’d go to jail if caught, but she did it, anyway. 

Amy reevaluated her life after her daughter went missing. She began to make positive changes. Amy hoped that if her daughter were found, that it wouldn’t be too late to build a relationship with her. Amy knew, however, that she had a lot of making up to do. 

Although this book left me with unanswered questions, I thoroughly enjoyed the story. Not Her Daughter is a gripping, well-written and engrossing novel. Highly recommended.

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

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Rea Frey is an award-winning author of four nonfiction books. She lives in Nashville with her husband and daughter. NOT HER DAUGHTER is her debut novel. 

 

#All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin-Review-5 Stars-#Ballantine Bks #NetGalley

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Don’t Miss Emily Giffin’s Newest 5-Star Novel! All We Ever Wanted–Coming 6/26/18

 

All We Ever Wanted is a superbly written novel. Emily Giffin completely transported me into the story. I was so captivated that I stayed up reading late into the night just to finish it. I didn’t want to put it down. It’s an emotional book that tugged at my heart from the very first page. All We Ever Wanted also has a great message about girls and women standing up for themselves; and about abusers taking responsibility for their own actions.

Nina Browning’s life changed drastically when her husband, Kirk, sold his business. She found herself suddenly ridiculously wealthy. For the first time in her life, anything that money could buy was at her fingertips. She enjoyed expensive vacations, clothes, jewelry and the elite status that was reserved for the wealthy. Her son Finch grew up privileged and was able to attend private schools from the kindergarten up. But, Nina’s life wasn’t all bliss. She, unfortunately, discovered that the old cliche about money and happiness was actually true. Nina’s heart ached. She had reasons to seriously question her husband’s fidelity. They were growing apart, and he spent more time on the road or flying than at home.

But Nina’s heart didn’t truly break until it was her son, who was the one, in trouble. The mistake Finch would make would not only change his life but the entire family dynamic, forever.  

I thoroughly enjoyed All We Ever Wanted and highly recommend reading it. 

Thank you, Ballantine Books and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I loved it!

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Emily Giffin is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law. After practicing litigation at a Manhattan firm for several years, she moved to London to write full time. The author of seven New York Times bestselling novels, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Baby Proof, Love The One You’re With, Heart of the Matter, Where We Belong, and The One & Only, she lives in Atlanta with her husband and three young children. Visit http://www.emilygiffin.com.

 

#Everything We Give by Kerry Lonsdale-Review-5 stars-#NetGalley,#Lake Union Pub

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Don’t Miss Kerry Lonsdale Newest Outstanding Novel! Everything We Give–Coming 7/3/18

 

Everything We Give is the third novel in Kerry Lonsdale’s Everything Series. Although each one of these books, can be read as a standalone, they are much more enjoyable, clearer, and richer, if they are read in order. Each novel builds upon the one prior. The first book is Aimee’s story, the second, James’s, and the third, Ian’s. I loved every book in this series, but I think book three is my favorite. 

Aimee was content. She had a wonderful husband, Ian, a successful business, and a beautiful daughter. Aimee thought she had moved on from her ex-fiancee, James, the man she thought was dead, but found out, was alive; living in Mexico, under the name of Carlos. When James showed up in her life again, Aimee’s unresolved buried emotions, surfaced. 

Ian is a professional photographer, and one of his dreams was about to come true. National Geographic was interested in his work. Ian wanted his wife, Aimee, to be the first to know about it. Aimee, however, was nowhere to be found. She was with James. Ian was afraid of losing his wife; every woman he’s ever loved has left him, including his own mother. His mother didn’t want him in her life anymore, or at least, that’s what his father told him. But, circumstances and people aren’t always what they first appear to be. 

Ian’s childhood was lonely and heartbreaking. He was an only child of a mentally ill mother and a traveling workaholic father. Ian’s mother suffered from Dissociative Identity Disorder. Ian felt responsible for his mother’s safety against her most dangerous alter personality, Jackie. When Jackie’s behavior finally landed Ian’s mom in jail, Ian blamed himself. He was led to believe that he was the cause of his mother’s worsening mental illness. Ian lived under a heavy weight of guilt for many years until he finally discovered the truth.

Book three, Everything We Give is an engaging well-written novel, with developed and colorful characters, natural dialogue and an emotional but satisfying ending to the series. I read the book in one day because I couldn’t put it down. I absolutely loved this book. It’s bittersweet, heart-wrenching, touching, and thought-provoking. 

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

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Kerry Lonsdale believes life is more exciting with twists and turns, which may be why she enjoys dropping her characters into unexpected scenarios and foreign settings. She is the Amazon Charts, Wall Street Journal, and #1 Amazon Kindle bestselling author of The Everything Series, and the iBooks audiobook bestseller and 2017 Top 100 Kindle Book ALL THE BREAKING WAVES. She is the recipient of the Lake Union Publishing Golden, Platinum, Sapphire, and Diamond Quill awards, and her stories have placed in numerous writing contests. Her books are sold worldwide in more than 25 countries and have been translated into 22 languages (and counting).

Kerry graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and is a founder of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. She resides in Northern California with her husband, two children, two naughty kitties, and an aging Golden Retriever convinced she’s still a puppy. Visit Kerry at her website, http://www.kerrylonsdale.com.

 

#When You Knew by Jamie Beck -Review-5 stars #Montlake Romance #NetGalley

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Don’t Miss Jamie Beck’s Newest, Outstanding Novel-When You Knew-Coming 6/26/18

 

When You Knew is a superbly-written, and highly emotional, novel. The author transported me into her story, captured my heart, and kept me turning the pages until the very end. I’ve read all three books in this series and I loved them all. When You Knew, however, I think is my favorite. If there are more books in this series, I’ll be reading them. 

Gentry Cabot felt like the black sheep of the family, the underachiever, the single mother who couldn’t  juggle work and her infant son effectively. Ian the man she hired to help her, was the only person who truly believed in her and felt that she was competent. 

Ian Crawford was broke. He had spent money that he hadn’t planned on spending, to fly home and collect his things from his ex-fiancee’s house. He didn’t blame her for breaking up with him; he wasn’t good boyfriend material, considering that he was never home. Ian was a humanitarian, and most of his work took him away to foreign countries, like Haiti. 

When Gentry offered Ian a great salary and a place to stay in exchange for watching her colicky son, he took it. What he didn’t expect was to develop feelings for Gentry and her son Cole. So when the father of Cole, entered the picture, Ian knew that it was time to leave. He just didn’t think it would hurt so much.

I was completely invested in Gentry and Ian’s lives. I welled up more than once reading this book. To say, that I was engrossed in the story is an understatement. I couldn’t put the book down.  It’s a story about being true to oneself, letting go of other people’s expectations, and allowing yourself to be vulnerable again. I found this book to be thought-provoking, heart-wrenching, touching and humorous. I loved it and highly recommend giving it a read. This book gets five shining stars from me!

Thank you, Montlake Romance and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

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Welcome! Please hit “FOLLOW” if you’d like to be updated about my new releases. For updates on discounts, follow me on BookBub at http://bit.ly/2GBcLM3. 

National bestselling author Jamie Beck’s realistic and heartwarming stories have sold more than one million copies. She is a 2017 Booksellers’ Best Award finalist, and her books have hit Heavy.com’s “Top 10 Romance Novels of 2015” and have been selected as a Woman’s World Book Club pick. Critics at Kirkus, Publishers Weekly (including a starred review), and Booklist have respectively called her work “smart,” “uplifting,” and “entertaining.” In addition to writing novels, she enjoys dancing around the kitchen while cooking and hitting the slopes in Vermont and Utah. Above all, she is a grateful wife and mother to a very patient, supportive family. 

Fans can learn more about her on the web (www.jamiebeck.com), which includes a fun extras page with photos, videos, and playlists. She also loves interacting with everyone on Facebook (www.facebook.com/JamieBeckBooks). And to enter my monthly birthday sweepstakes, join my newsletter at http://bit.ly/1V0d7Qi. NO SPAM–EVER.

 

#The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand–Review-5 Stars #NetGalley

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Don’t Miss This Brilliant Whodunit Novel by Elin Hilderbrand- Coming 6/19/18–I loved Every Page!

 

The Perfect Couple is a superbly crafted, captivating, mystery. 

The most expensive event of the summer on Nantucket was to be the marriage celebration between Benjamin Winbury and Celeste Otis. It was being held at the Winbury’s Nantucket beachfront home. Greer spared no cost in planning Benji and Celeste’s happy day. The only wrinkle, Greer could see, affecting her son’s wedding, was the report of a missing person, and the dead body that was floating in front of their home, the morning of the wedding.

Everyone at the Winbury home was being questioned; nerves were on edge, hearts were shattered, fear was everywhere as the intricate web of sordid, dark secrets were unearthed, one by one. 

The Perfect Couple is an incredible whodunit mystery, crafted with an intriguing plot, flowing dialog and colorful characters. There wasn’t a dull page in the entire book. The characters are beautifully developed, realistic and flawed. I don’t want to give anything away, but I will say that I never figured out who the true villain was. Brilliantly crafted. I loved it!

Thank you, Little, Brown & Co. Publishing and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

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Elin Hilderbrand first discovered the magic of Nantucket in July 1993. Her recipe for a happy island life includes running, writing at the beach, picnics at Eel Point with her three children, and singing “Home, Sweet Home” at the Club Car piano bar. Here’s to Us is her seventeenth novel.

 

This Could Change Everything by Jill Mansell–Review-5 Stars

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Don’t Miss This Fabulous Women’s Fiction Novel by Jill Mansell, This Could Change Everything. Coming 6/5/18!

 

I have read several books by Jill Mansell and have never been disappointed. Her latest book, This Could Change Everything, is no exception. I absolutely loved it; the characters, the plot, the humor. The characters are lifelike, and crafted with, quirky personalities, raw emotion and witty dialogue. 

My two favorite characters are Zillah and Essie. Zillah is an eccentric and warmhearted senior, and Essie, a witty and thoughtful woman who is renting an apartment from Zillah.

Essie writes a letter, which is meant for her best friend, Scarlett’s eyes only. Essie wrote about her life, her boyfriend, and her boyfriend’s mother. She never expected the letter to go viral, but it did. So within twenty-four hours, Essie’s world collapsed. She was dumped by her boyfriend and became homeless, jobless, and lonely. Essie thought her life was ruined, but in reality, it was just about to begin.

Flamboyant eighty-three-year old, Zillah, has a good heart. She enjoys helping people and making their wishes come true. She wasn’t always like this, though, and the guilt for past deeds, weighed heavily on her. Zillah tried to cover the pain with loving actions, but the ache of regret, was always there, just under the surface. 

Although this book is a light, entertaining read, it has depth. It covers thought-provoking subjects, such as betrayal, alcoholism, survivor’s guilt, and regret. The book is not depressing, however, it’s heartwarming, touching and sprinkled with lots of humor. I finished the book in one day, because I didn’t want to put it down. I loved every page. If you’re looking to find a well-written, and enjoyable, romantic read, look no further. Highly recommended.

Thank you, Sourcebooks-Landmark and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover  

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Hi, I’m Jill Mansell and I live in Bristol in the UK with my family. I worked for many years in a neurological hospital but for the last two decades have been a full time novelist of happy, sad, funny, feel-good fiction. Sales of my books around the world now total nine million and I’ve only just realised as I’m typing this now that over the years I must have made an awful lot of people laugh and cry. Sorry!