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An Unexpected Afterlife by Dan Sofer–Book Review

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Don’t Miss Book One in Dan Sofer’s Dry Bones Society Series–An Unexpected Afterlife!

 

An Unexpected Afterlife is an intriguing satire that takes place in Israel, during the end times.

Moshe Karlin was shocked when he woke up in a cemetery, nude. He assumed that he was the unlucky victim of a prank. Moshe had no idea that he’s been dead for two years. That important tidbit of information would be made clear, though, by his wife’s frantic screaming, and her new lover, kicking Moshe out of his own home. The afterlife was not what Moshe thought it would be, not even close. There were no deceased relatives to welcome him, or choirs of angels singing praises, or anything that resembled indescribable beauty and happiness. And just when Moshe found work and a place to live in his bleak new afterlife, he was betrayed.

When Moshe discovered that he wasn’t the only newly resurrected person struggling in Israel his relief was palpable. The unique group of people looked to Moshe for direction. He was used to being a leader, so Moshe gathered his new group of friends and came up with a plan. This new strategy would not only allow the new lifers to survive among the living but also to thrive.

Once I got over the initial shock of Moshe’s miserable new afterlife, I was able to settle in and enjoy the many twists and turns of this unique novel. An Unexpected Afterlife is a well-written and captivating satire. Although, I was not familiar with many of the Jewish customs, I was able to follow along well enough.

Thank you, Dan Sofer, for my complimentary review copy.

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving–Book Review–

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A Prayer for Owen Meany is a unique and fascinating literary fiction read.

I had a difficult time rating this book, because, although I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and found it captivating, humorous, and thought-provoking, it is bloated. The author could have easily shaved off two hundred pages and made this book not only easier to read but more enjoyable as well. The story itself, however, is unique, multilayered, controversial, and just plain fascinating.

Owen Meany is an adult who has been teased since childhood. He is barely five feet tall and weighs less than one hundred pounds. Although Owen’s voice is strangled and screechy, whenever he speaks, people listen. Owen Meany is brilliant, witty, outspoken, and rebellious. He is also kind, loving and selfless. Owen is an enigma.

Although Owen and John were two very different people, they have been best friends for forever. Owen came from a poor and depressed home where both of his parents were mentally handicapped. John came from a fatherless but loving home, where he lived with his mother and grandmother. Often, imperfect people, are used by God, to influence and teach others, life lessons. Owen was such a person, and he knew what his purpose was.

A Prayer For Owen Meany is a book that will grip your heart, trigger your anger, make you think, laugh out loud and cry. It’s a fascinating book that will leave an imprint on your heart.

~3.5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Second Chance Girl by Susan Mallery–Book Review–

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Don’t Miss This Captivating Love Story, Filled With Witty Dialogue & Sweet Romance!

Release Date–Sept. 26, 2017

 

Second Chance Girl is a delightful and entertaining romance.
The Duke of Somerbrooke was concerned over valuables that were missing from his estate. And the only packages that were leaving his home were addressed to an American, Violet Lund, in his grandmother’s handwriting. Ulrich Sherwood was livid. Violet Lund was a conniving thief who was manipulating his grandmother. The Duke would see justice done, even if that meant, that he had to travel thousands of miles to do so.

Violet Lund, couldn’t believe when the man of her dreams, Ulrich Sherwood, the Duke of Somerbrooke, walked into her shop. The last time she saw him, she was all frizzy hair and braces; and he had made her feel beautiful. He was a gorgeous man; except, for the fiery blue daggers that were aimed right at her. What could she possibly have done?

Carol Lund loved her work at the Animal Preserve. She also had a hidden crush on her next door neighbor, Mathias Mitchell. They were only friends though. She wasn’t anything special, and he was a well-known artist. Besides, Mathias didn’t do relationships; he was a no commitment, one-night romance type of guy. And, although, he could never be hers, she sometimes imagined that he was.

Mathias secretly adored his giraffe loving next door neighbor, Carol Lund. If he were to trust any woman, it would be her. But, Mathias learned from a young age that love often led to betrayal and pain. So Mathias would admire Carol from the sidelines. Little did he know, though, that events in his life were going to drive him right into Carol’s arms.

Second Chance Girl is a well-written light read, filled with witty dialogue and sweet romance. Thank you, Harlequin and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Head Over Heels by Jill Mansell-5 Stars–Book Review

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Don’t Miss Jill Mansell’s Newest Release, Coming 9/5/17. I loved it!

 

Head Over Heels is a fun and light romance. I love reading Jill Mansell’s books because she makes me laugh and always writes a captivating story. This book takes place in Upper Sisley, an elite neighborhood in England, where the famous actor, Toby Gillespie, just bought a home.

Jessie Roscoe, the village’s interior decorator, has lived in Upper Sisley for years. So when her new neighbor called requesting decorating expertise, she was not surprised. That was, however, until she recognized the caller’s voice. She knew it was Toby Gillespie immediately, not only because he was a famous actor, but because she has loved him, from afar, for twenty years. Jessie never thought the day would come where she would see Toby Gillespie, face to face, again. She should have told him, about Oliver, years ago, but, the right moment just never seemed to come, and now, it was too late. Toby Gillespie was about to get the surprise of his life, and he was going to be furious about it.

Jessie Roscoe wasn’t the only person hiding something though. There were many residents in the Upper Sisley Village with shameful, buried secrets. And some were carrying on as if they were above discovery and consequences. Little did they know, though, that the comeuppance day for Upper Sisley Village was about to arrive.

Head Over Heels is a well-written book with colorful characters, witty dialogue and cleverly crafted surprises. I have read several of Jill Mansell’s books and have never been disappointed. If you have not discovered Jill Mansell yet, you are in for a treat. She’s one of my favorite authors.

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

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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The Alabaster Hip by Maggie Fenton

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Maggie Fenton’s Newest Release is Humorous, Captivating and Entertaining. The Alabaster Hip— Coming 6/6/17— Don’t Miss It. I Loved It!

 

The Alabaster Hip is a very well-written, delightful and humorous historical fiction romance.
Minerva Jones has been sacked without references for the second time in her life. And this last time was not even her fault. She was fighting off an intruder, the Viscount Marlowe, to be exact; and while struggling to do so, she was caught in a compromising position. How was that, her fault? And, to add to her supposedly naughty behavior, Minerva’s nemesis squealed to her superior, about Minerva’s Christopher Essex poetry collection. Granted the man’s poetry was a bit unconventional; blood pumping, toe curling, and even swoon-worthy. But still, it was only poetry.

While Minerva Jones was standing in a muddy ditch, screaming the filthiest swears she could think of, the Viscount Marlowe offered her, a governess job. Minerva couldn’t believe the audacity of the crazy man. But when the Viscount kept upping the salary that he was offering her, to triple what she would normally make, Minerva caved. She might despise the man for getting her sacked, but she wasn’t stupid. And besides, Minerva truly liked the Viscount’s twin girls, even if they were, little hellions.

Minerva had no idea how complicated her life was about to get. But living under the same roof as the Viscount was rattling her nerves and proving to be dangerous as well. Much to Minerva’s dismay, she was growing fond of the Viscount. Minerva needed to guard her heart; because falling for a man like him would only end badly for her.

This book is pure entertainment. It’s escapism at its finest. The characters are quirky, likable, and eccentric. I found the banter between Minerva and the Viscount to be laugh-out-loud funny and Minerva’s inner dialogue, hysterical. Maggie Fenton is a talented writer and a great storyteller. I enjoyed The Alabaster Hip so much so, that I purchased, the first two books in the series.

Thank you, Kindle Press and NetGalley for my advanced review copy. I loved it!

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

 

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My Kind of You by Tracy Brogan

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Don’t Miss Tracy Brogan’s Newest Romance Release; My Kind of You!

 

Emily Chambers felt like a failure when she returned to her childhood home, on Wenniway Island. As far as anyone knew, though, Emily was a successful business woman, who came back to the Island to renovate her grandmother’s cottage. Emily’s grandmother was the only person who knew, that Emily couldn’t make ends meet, without borrowing money.

Ryan Taggert of Taggert Property Management Company traveled from California to Wenniway Island. He had a company project to complete, but he was also there to check on his father. Apparently, his father, who was the CEO of the company, was infatuated with a woman, more than half his age and was talking nonsense. After being on the island for a while, though, Ryan could understand his father’s attraction to it. Ryan liked the Island himself. He especially liked Emily Chambers. In fact, he couldn’t stop thinking about her. But, Emily was not a complication, which Ryan could afford. He had to stay focused, complete his project and get his father off the Island. But, life doesn’t always work out the way we plan it to. Sometimes it works out even better.

My Kind of You is a sweet story, so captivating that I stayed up late just to finish it. It’s a well-written humorous romantic tale, with likable characters and realistic dialogue. I loved it.

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

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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