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#Big Lies In A Small Town by Diane Chamberlain–Review–4.5 Stars

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Big Lies In A Small Town is a captivating and thought-provoking novel. I’ve read several books by Diane Chamberlain and have never been disappointed.

This story is told from two points of view and timelines; Anna Dale, an artist during the 1940s and Morgan Christopher, an artist in 2018. Both women lived through trying times and hardships, and both received assistance from a generous artist, my favorite character, Jessie Williams.

Morgan Christopher was surprised and relieved to discover that she was being released from prison early. Her only requirements were to check in with her parole officer regularly, attend AA, and restore a mural originally painted in 1940 by a woman who disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Morgan didn’t know the first thing about restoring a painting. There was no way, however, that she wanted to go back to prison, so Morgan was determined to learn the art of restoration, quickly.  But the more Morgan cleaned Anna’s bizarre painting, the more confused and intrigued she became. What started as a project to stay out of prison became an obsessive passion for Morgan. She never expected to discover layers of secrets hidden in the painting, but that’s exactly, what she found. 

Big Lies in a Small Town is an emotionally charged, well-written novel with realistic characters, authentic dialogue, and intrigue. It also touches upon some serious subjects, such as depression, alcoholism, rape, and racism. 

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

~4.5 out of 5 stars~

 

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Diane Chamberlain is the New York Times, USA Today and (London) Sunday Times best-selling author of 27 novels. The daughter of a school principal who supplied her with a new book almost daily, Diane quickly learned the emotional power of story. Although she wrote many small “books” as a child, she didn’t seriously turn to writing fiction until her early thirties when she was waiting for a delayed doctor’s appointment with nothing more than a pad, a pen, and an idea. She was instantly hooked. 

Diane was born and raised in Plainfield, New Jersey and lived for many years in both San Diego and northern Virginia. She received her master’s degree in clinical social work from San Diego State University. Prior to her writing career, she was a hospital social worker in both San Diego and Washington, D.C, and a psychotherapist in private practice in Alexandria, Virginia, working primarily with adolescents. 

More than two decades ago, Diane was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, which changed the way she works: She wrote two novels using voice recognition software before new medication allowed her to get back to typing. She feels fortunate that her arthritis is not more severe and that she’s able to enjoy everyday activities as well as keep up with a busy travel schedule.

Diane lives in North Carolina with her significant other, photographer John Pagliuca, and their odd but lovable Shetland Sheepdog, Cole. 

Please visit Diane’s website at http://www.dianechamberlain.com for her event schedule and for more information on her newest novel, Big Lies in a Small Town, as well as a complete list of her books.

 

#Miss Benwick Reforms A Rogue by Maggie Fenton–Review–4.5 Stars

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Davina hated how she cowered to her mother’s emotional abuse. Fighting, with her mother, though, made life just too unbearable to be worth it. However, when Davina’s mother encouraged her to marry an abusive man, Davina finally decided to rebel. She cut her hair, ran away, and disguised herself as her male cousin, Leon. Davina showed up to Leon’s new job, working for Julian Hirst, a mad scientist, and inventor, a bit nervous. She was in over-her-head, and she knew it. But what choice did she have? 

Julian Hirst was well-known for his inventions. He was quite wealthy. His real driving force, however, for making his fortune was not greed and ambition, but revenge. Julian needed, wealth and power, to completely ruin, the man responsible for his mother’s hanging.

It wasn’t until Davina showed Julian that he was denying himself a chance for love and happiness, that he gave changing his behavior, even a thought. Could he truly give up his life’s goal to avenge his mother’s death?  He didn’t think so. 

I always enjoy reading Maggie Fenton’s novels because she crafts her stories with over-the-top humor, witty dialogue, and light romance. I was thrilled to receive a review copy of this novel and found it, captivating, and very entertaining.

Thank you, Maggie Fenton, for my complimentary copy of Miss Benwick Reforms a Rogue. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

~4.5 out of 5 stars~

 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

MAGGIE FENTON has been a music teacher, a professional accompanist, a cheesemonger, a waitress, a line cook, and a college instructor…among other things. She has one master’s degree in English literature and another master’s degree in piano performance. She might try for a third if this writing thing doesn’t work out. She also writes Victorian steampunk romance under the pseudonym Margaret Foxe. Visit http://www.maggiefenton.com for Maggie’s latest news.

 

#The Wonder of Now by Jamie Beck–Review–4.5 Stars–#NetGalley

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The Wonder of Now is a well-written, emotional story, about grief, loss, forgiveness, and living life to the fullest. 

Peyton hasn’t felt like her carefree self since she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her brother, Logan, has always been her champion and coach. So when Logan encouraged Peyton to work through her feelings by writing a memoir, she reluctantly did so. Once the book was completed, however, Peyton wasn’t exactly keen, on promoting it and verbalizing her many, painful experiences. There was a silver lining, though, and that came in the form of a handsome publicist.  Mitch not only accompanied Peyton to all of her book signings, he lifted her spirits and became more than a friend.

Mitch was harboring a secret, however, and felt, at least in part, that it was affecting his ability to represent Peyton. Could their fragile, new relationship survive a lie or two?  He wasn’t so sure it could.

The Wonder of Now is a gripping novel with realistic characters, raw emotion, and heartfelt dialogue. I was captivated from the very first page.

Thank you, Montlake Romance and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

~4.5 out of 5 stars~

 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author Jamie Beck’s realistic and heartwarming stories have sold more than two million copies. She is a two-time Booksellers’ Best Award finalist, a National Readers’ Choice Award winner, and critics at Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, 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). For monthly fun tips, birthday sweepstakes and other exclusive content, join my newsletter at http://bit.ly/1V0d7Qi. NO SPAM–EVER. For updates on discounts, follow me on BookBub at http://bit.ly/2GBcLM3.

 

#29 Seconds by T.M. Logan–5 Stars!-#NetGalley

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Dr. Sarah Haywood was tired of being glossed over, for a permanent position, at the University. She’d put in long hours, established vital contacts, and consistently received excellent student surveys; yet a less deserving colleague was awarded her position. And, Sarah knew why. In fact, everyone in her circle, knew the reason, as well. 

Professor Alan Hawthorne was untouchable. His money and charisma had the University lauding over him. Alan felt that he could exploit female colleagues, without consequences, and he did. Alan had Sarah in his sights. But, she wasn’t interested in performing favors for Alan to reach her goals. Sarah worked hard, to succeed, on her own, so that her accomplishments would speak for themselves. But, unfortunately, in the end, it meant nothing to the Professor. If Sarah weren’t willing to play his games, then she’d suffer the consequences. Without warning, the unthinkable happened to Sarah. A shady, but powerful man, offered to make her problem disappear. Sarah felt as if she was making a deal with the devil. The secretive, sly man, told her that there would be no traceable connection to her. But, could Sarah believe him? Dr. Haywood’s life was about to spin out of control. She just hoped that she’d be still standing in the end.

29 Seconds is a brilliantly crafted unputdownable psychological thriller.  This is the second book that I have read by this talented author, but it won’t be my last. Don’t miss reading this superbly written novel. Highly recommended.

Thank you, St. Martin’s 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)

Bestselling author TM Logan was a national newspaper journalist before turning to novel-writing full time. His debut thriller LIES was one of Amazon UK’s biggest ebooks of 2017, selling 350,000 copies and gathering more than 1,400 5-star reviews so far. It was published in the USA in September 2018 and has also come out in South Korea, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Hungary, Serbia, Romania and the Netherlands.

His next thriller, 29 SECONDS, is a psychological thriller set against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement. What if someone offered you a solution to the biggest problem in your life – would you take it, if you knew you’d never be found out? Even if you knew it was wrong? What if a 29-second phone call could change your life forever?

29 SECONDS is due to be published in the USA by St Martin’s Press on September 10, 2019.

Tim lives in Nottinghamshire, UK, with his wife and two children. 

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#Because You’re Mine by Rea Frey–Review–5 Stars!–#NetGalley

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Because You’re Mine is a compelling novel; brilliantly crafted, heart-wrenching, and unputdownable. 

From the very first page I was invested in the main character’s lives; Lee, Grace, Noah, and Mason. The four characters are flawed, well-developed, and true-to-life. Seven-year-old Mason was my favorite.

There is good and bad in everyone. And Rea Frey manipulates the reader’s emotion, as she cleverly weaves this fact into her story. Some people have darker sides than others, and, unfortunately, they are very good, at keeping them hidden. This book holds several brilliant surprises and twists. So I won’t go into detail about the plot. I will say, however, that a few times, when I  thought that I had the story figured out, I was wrong. 

Because You’re Mine is superbly written. Each intricate detail is meticulously crafted to move the story forward, and have the reader experiencing everything within its pages. Outstanding!

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

~5 out of 5 stars~

 

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Rea Frey is an award-winning author of four nonfiction books. She lives in Nashville with her husband and daughter. Her debut novel, NOT HER DAUGHTER, was released 8.21.18 and has been optioned for film. Her new novel, BECAUSE YOU’RE MINE, will be published 8.6.19. Read more at reafrey.com.

 

 

#The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve–Review–4 Stars

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The Stars Are Fire is a fictional well-written and captivating story, which takes place in Maine during its historic fire of 1947.  

Grace Holland felt trapped and alone in her marriage. She knew that she was on her own when an uncontrollable fire terrorized her town, burning everything in its way. Grace was able to save her two children, but her husband Gene, who had been fighting the fire, was declared missing. Grace’s home and everything in it was destroyed. She knew that she’d have to reinvent herself.

Grace didn’t like taking over her less than kind, deceased mother-in-law’s home, but desperate times demanded desperate measures. However, when she found the house already occupied, by a concert pianist, life took an unexpected turn, for the better.

Grace’s happy-ever-after didn’t come easily, though. She had many trials and emotions to live through first. 

Although, The Stars Are Fire, is not a page-turner, it is a compelling read. The story is thought-provoking, emotional, and captivating.

~4 out of 5 stars~

 

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Anita Shreve grew up in Dedham, Massachusetts (just outside Boston), the eldest of three daughters. Early literary influences include having read Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton when she was a junior in high school (a short novel she still claims as one of her favorites) and everything Eugene O’Neill ever wrote while she was a senior (to which she attributes a somewhat dark streak in her own work). After graduating from Tufts University, she taught high school for a number of years in and around Boston. In the middle of her last year, she quit (something that, as a parent, she finds appalling now) to start writing. “I had this panicky sensation that it was now or never.”

Joking that she could wallpaper her bathroom with rejections from magazines for her short stories (“I really could have,” she says), she published her early work in literary journals. One of these stories, “Past the Island, Drifting,” won an O. Henry prize. Despite this accolade, she quickly learned that one couldn’t make a living writing short fiction. Switching to journalism, Shreve traveled to Nairobi, Kenya, where she lived for three years, working as a journalist for an African magazine. One of her novels, The Last Time They Met, contains bits and pieces from her time in Africa.

Returning to the United States, Shreve was a writer and editor for a number of magazines in New York. Later, when she began her family, she turned to freelancing, publishing in the New York Times Magazine, New York magazine and dozens of others. In 1989, she published her first novel, Eden Close. Since then she has written 14 other novels, among them The Weight of Water, The Pilot’s Wife, The Last Time They Met, A Wedding in December, Body Surfing, Testimony,and A Change in Altitude.

In 1998, Shreve received the PEN/L. L. Winship Award and the New England Book Award for fiction. In 1999, she received a phone call from Oprah Winfrey, and The Pilot’s Wife became the 25th selection of Oprah’s Book Club and an international bestseller. In April 2002, CBS aired the film version of The Pilot’s Wife, starring Christine Lahti, and in fall 2002, The Weight of Water, starring Elizabeth Hurley and Sean Penn, was released in movie theaters. 

 

#Kiss by Jill Mansell–Review-4 Stars–#NetGalley

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Izzy was a 36-year-old single mom with a dream of becoming a famous singer. Although Izzy loved her daughter, she wasn’t a good role model for her. Izzy didn’t concern herself about that, however.  In fact, Izzy didn’t worry about much of anything. She depended on her meager barmaid salary as well as an occasional singing opportunity, to provide for Kat, and herself.  Kat was more of a mother than Izzy was. She cooked and cleaned, and made excuses to her mother’s boyfriends for Izzy’s absence. Izzy had a good relationship with her daughter until she publically shamed Kat. After being humiliated, Kat distanced herself from her mother. That eventually changed, but not before they both suffered a great deal.

I didn’t care for the unsavory characters in this book who cheated on their spouses or took pleasure in meaningless relationships. Although I didn’t become invested in the characters, their quirky and sometimes silly behavior was quite entertaining. If you enjoy a light romance with lots of drama, Kiss maybe the book for you.

Kiss is a humorous, drama-filled romantic tale. This book was not one of my favorites by Jill Mansell, but was enjoyable and entertaining just the same.

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

~4 out of 5 stars~

 

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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!

 

#A Shattered Lens by Layton Green–Review–4.5 Stars

 

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Joe Everson aka Preach was the best detective in Creekville, North Carolina.  Joe returned to Creekville, after fighting crime in Atlanta for a decade, where gangs, drugs, and murder ran rampant. Creekville was supposed to be easy.  And, it was, mostly. Until David, a young high school football star was murdered. The boy, Preach discovered, was the son of Claire Lourdis, the unattainable girl, he lusted after in high school. 

Preach loved his girlfriend, Ari, and thought their relationship was on solid ground, until Claire, fell into his arms. Ari ordinarily was not the jealous type, but when she found intimate texts from Claire on Preach’s phone, Ari felt betrayed. She thought she knew Preach pretty well; apparently, she didn’t. And, it hurt—a lot.

Preach knew that he should recuse himself from the case, but he just couldn’t do it. Claire needed the best. And, Preach was it.  So, Preach stayed with it, even though, meeting up with Claire was fracturing his relationship with Ari. But when fingers started to point to Claire making her a suspect, Preach didn’t know what to think. Could the woman he once cared for, murder her son? He didn’t think so. But then again, did he really know her? Would Preach be able to handcuff Claire and bring her in for questioning? He hoped he didn’t have to find out. 

If you enjoy well-written police procedurals, then this book is definitely worth checking out.  A Shattered Lens is a captivating novel, crafted with twists, turns, and surprises. 

Thank you, Seventh Street Books and Layton Green, for my advanced review copy. I loved it.

 

~4. 5 out of 5 stars~

 

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Layton is a bestselling author who writes across multiple genres, including mystery, thriller, suspense, horror, and fantasy. He is the author of the popular Dominic Grey series, as well as other works of fiction. His novels have been optioned for film, nominated for multiple awards (including a two-time finalist for an International Thriller Writers award), and have reached #1 on numerous genre lists in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany. Layton is also the co-editor of International Thrills, an online magazine for ITW (International Thriller Writers) that interviews crime authors from around the world.

In addition to writing, Layton attended law school in New Orleans and was a practicing attorney for the better part of a decade. He has also been an intern for the United Nations, an ESL teacher in Central America, a bartender in London, a seller of cheap knives on the streets of Brixton, a door to door phone book deliverer in Florida, and the list goes downhill from there.

Layton lives with his family in North Carolina. You can also visit him on Facebook, Goodreads, or on his website (www.laytongreen.com).

 

#Sunset Beach by Mary Kay Andrews–Review–4.5 Stars–#NetGalley

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A well-written, romantic, and captivating cozy mystery.

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Drue hadn’t seen her father for over twenty years. Her parents divorced when she was very young, and her dad had never been part of her life. So when he showed up at her mom’s funeral, Drue was taken back. She was especially suspicious when he offered her a job. Drue accepted the offer, however. Because how bad could working be in a legal office? But when Drue started at her position, she was blown away. Not only was her high school frenemy her superior, but she was also married to Drue’s father. That, however, would only be the first of many surprises.

While Drue was working, she noticed how rude and unfair some of her dad’s clients were being treated. But after becoming emotionally involved with one of the clients, Drue started her own investigation. She discovered a missing person’s file in a place it should never have been. Her research was bringing up more questions than answers. And, in some way, Dru knew her father was involved. But to what degree? Drue was determined to find out.

Sunset Beach has a bit of everything in it, intrigue, humor, and romance. Very well done.

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

~4.5 out of 5 stars~

 

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Mary Kay Andrews is the New York Times bestselling author of The High Tide Club, The Beach House Cookbook, The Weekenders, Beach Town, Save the Date, Christmas Bliss, Ladies’ Night, Spring Fever, and Summer Rental, all from St. Martin’s Press, as well as Savannah Breeze, Blue Christmas Hissy Fit, Little Bitty Lies and Savannah Blues, all Harper Collins. On May 7, 2019, St. Martin’s Press will release her 26th novel, SUNSET BEACH

A former reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she wrote ten critically acclaimed mysteries, including the Callahan Garrity mystery series, originally under her real name, Kathy Hogan Trocheck. The Callahan mysteries were recently re-released by Harper Collins, as Mary Kay Andrews writing as Kathy Hogan Trocheck. 

A native of St. Petersburg, FL (and a diplomate of the Maas Bros. Department Store School of Charm), she started her professional journalism career in Savannah, GA, where she covered the real-life murder trials which were the basis of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. 

As a lifelong “junker” the author claims to know the location of every promising thrift store, flea market and junkpile in the southeastern United States, plus many parts of Ohio. 

She has a B.A. in newspaper journalism from The University of Georgia (go Dawgs!), and is a frequent writing teacher and lecturer at workshops and book festivals.

Married to her high school sweetheart, she is the mother of two grown children and a proud grandmother. When not on book tour, she divides her time between Atlanta and Tybee Island, GA.

 

#The Promise of Us by Jamie Beck–Review -4 Stars-#NetGalley

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Claire has had a crush on her best friend’s brother, Logan, for forever.  Claire never thought, however, that she would ever be the recipient of his tender attentions. And, although Claire’s romantic fantasies, thrived, whenever, she was in Logan’s arms, Claire did her best, to hold onto her heart. Because, Claire knew, that she was not Logan’s type. Logan dated adventurous, beautiful women, who wanted nothing more than a casual fling. And, that was so not Claire. So why was Logan playing with her heart? 

Claire’s best friend, Peyton, Logan’s sister, had done the unthinkable to Claire. She had stolen Claire’s boyfriend, Todd.  Unfortunately, that was not the only tragic event that crushed Claire’s spirit. Claire was also the victim of a violent crime that affected her mind, as well as her body.

If Logan could have any woman he wanted, why was he interested in Claire? Were Logan’s motives pure? Claire didn’t think so. Claire, Peyton, and Logan experienced hard life-lessons in this book. Loyalty, forgiveness, and acceptance did not come easy, especially for Claire. 

The Promise of Us is a thought-provoking, captivating novel, filled with love and romance.

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

~4 out of 5 stars~

 

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National bestselling author Jamie Beck’s realistic and heartwarming stories have sold more than two million copies. She is a Booksellers’ Best Award and National Readers’ Choice Award finalist, and critics at Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, 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.