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The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah–#Review–5 Stars!

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Don’t Miss Kristin Hannah’s Newest Outstanding Release.  The Great Alone, Coming 2/6/18

 

The Great Alone is a superbly written, compelling novel, that takes place in Alaska, during the 1970s.

Cora Albright has always been devoted to her husband Ernt; even after he came home a changed man, from Vietnam. Ernt was no longer the loving, happy husband, he once was. He was moody, angry and abusive. But, Cora loved him, anyway. Even after her daughter, Leni, pleaded with her to leave Ernt, Cora stood by her husband’s side. I wanted to shake some sense into Cora. I loved so many of the colorful characters in this book; Leni, Matthew Walker, Tom Walker and Large Marge, were my favorites. Although I knew that Ernt Albright was suffering from PTSD, I still couldn’t bring myself to warm up to him. I detested the physical and emotional abuse that he flung at his family without a second thought.

While reading The Great Alone, I felt as if I was part of the story, braving the harsh Alaskan weather, and grieving unbearable losses. Once I started reading this book, I couldn’t put it down. The Great Alone is a poignant story about domestic abuse, toxic love and everything in-between. To say that I became involved in the story is an understatement. By the time I finished reading this book, my heart had been torn into a million pieces and then stitched back together again. I was emotionally exhausted but smiling. The Great Alone is an unforgettable story and one that will stay with me for a very long time. I loved every page of his outstanding, unputdownable book. Highly recommended.

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)

Kristin Hannah is an award-winning and bestselling author of more than 20 novels including Winter Garden, Night Road, and the blockbuster Firefly Lane which sold over 1.2 million copies.

Her novels Home Front and Night Road were among the first novels to appear in the #1 spot on 5 New York Times bestseller lists simultaneously. Home Front has been optioned for film by 1492 Films (produced the Oscar-nominated The Help) with Chris Columbus attached to write, produce, and direct.

Kristin’s highly anticipated new release, The Nightingale, will be published on February 3, 2015 (St. Martin’s Press). The novel –an epic love story and family drama set in France at the dawn of World War II–is a profound and compelling portrait of two estranged sisters, living in a city under siege and a country at war, where sometimes surviving means doing the unthinkable.

http://www.kristinhannah.com

 

 

Favorite 12 Lit. Fic. Books of 2017—Not To be Missed

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My Favorite Literary Fiction New Releases of 2017

Don’t Miss These Superbly Written Novels!

 

Released-12/5/17—The Wake Up by Catherine Ryan Hyde
https://write-escape.com/2017/11/17/the-wake-up-by-catherine-ryan-hyde-5-shining-stars-book-review

Released-11/29/17—The Secret Child by Kerry Fisher
https://write-escape.com/2017/11/11/the-secret-child-by-kerry-fisher-5-shining-stars-book-review

Released-9/5/17—The Summer That Made Us by Robyn Carr
https://write-escape.com/2017/09/02/the-summer-that-made-us-by-robyn-carr-an-unforgettable-5-star-novel-book-review

Released-8/30/17—The Way We Were by Sinaed Moriarty
https://write-escape.com/2017/08/30/released-today-the-way-we-were-by-sinead-moriarty-5-shining-stars

Released-7/25/17—The Good Mother by Sinead Moriarty
https://write-escape.com/2017/07/17/the-good-mother-by-sinead-moriarty

Released-7/18/17—The Art of Hiding by Amanda Prowse
https://write-escape.com/2017/07/12/the-art-of-hiding-by-amanda-prowse

Released-7/5/17—Everything We Left Behind by Kerry Lonsdale
https://write-escape.com/2017/06/29/everything-we-left-behind-by-kerry-lonsdale

Released-6/13/17—The Identicals by Erin Hilderbrand
https://write-escape.com/2017/07/22/the-identicals-by-elin-hilderbrand

Released-5/23/17—Allie and Bea Catherine Ryan Hyde
https://write-escape.com/2017/05/04/allie-and-bea-by-catherine-ryan-hyde/

Released-5/2/17—After the fall by Julie Cohen
https://write-escape.com/2017/04/26/after-the-fall-by-julie-cohen/

Released-3/21/17—Wish Me Home by Kay Bratt
https://write-escape.com/2017/03/21/wish-me-home-by-kay-bratt/

Released-2/24/17—The Silent Wife by Kerry Fisher
https://write-escape.com/2017/02/24/the-silent-wifeby-kerry-fisher/

 

 

Favorite Thriller Released in Oct/Nov/Dec 2017-Written In Blood by Layton Green

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Don’t Miss This Outstanding Thriller! Check Out My Review.

Released-11/07/17—Written In Blood by Layton Green-5 stars
https://write-escape.com/2017/10/07/written-in-blood-by-layton-green-5-stars-book-review

 

 

Roomies by Christina Lauren–5 Shining Stars–#Book Review

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Christina Lauren’s Newest Novel is a 5-star Laugh-Out-Loud Funny Read!

Don’t Miss Reading Roomies, Coming 12/5/17

 

Roomies is a light, laugh-out-loud, witty, romantic story. I loved it.
Holland was infatuated with an Irish musician, Calvin McCloughlin. She knew that what started out as an innocent crush was becoming an unhealthy obsession. Holland went out of her way daily, just to see Calvin. She knew that what she was doing, wasn’t considered insane, but it wasn’t exactly balanced behavior either. Holland was an adult woman with a masters degree, not a teenage girl, for goodness sakes. She so, needed, to get a life.

Calvin McCloughlin witnessed Holland being pushed onto the subway tracks. He called 911 but stayed out of sight. He watched Holland’s rescue from afar. As much as Calvin wanted to help capture the abusive, drunk who pushed Holland, he couldn’t risk talking to the police. Calvin’s been living in the United States illegally, since his student visa ran out, four years ago. Never in his wildest dreams, did Calvin ever think that the girl he left laying on the tracks, would one day, offer to make his dreams come true.

How difficult could a marriage of convenience be? Holland and Calvin weighed the pros and cons of their prospective agreement. The positive benefits for Calvin far outweighed any problems that their arrangement might cause him. He was astounded, though, that Holland was not only willing to help him reach his goal but to marry him as well. What Holland and Calvin didn’t think about, however, was how all of the little lies, which they told one another, while strangers, would take on a whole new meaning as a married couple. Their mutual marriage agreement wasn’t half as easy or convenient as they once thought it would be.

Roomies is a superbly crafted, captivating, and humorous read. I loved the witty dialogue and the well-developed, quirky characters. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It’s entertainment at its best.

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

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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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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