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#Katerina by James Frey–Review-#NetGalley

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Katerina is an incredibly sad story about, love, loss, regret, and self-destruction. 

Jay left his American world behind, to begin his writing life, in France. It was in Paris while working on his book, when Jay met the third love of his life, Katerina. She was a beautiful redheaded model and the woman of his dreams. Their love affair was fast, raw and riddled with rules. They both had agreed to a no-strings-attached relationship, until, it was clear that the two of them were in love. Once they became a couple, however, every rule they had ever agreed upon was smashed. When Jay left to return to America, his heart was broken. It was in America, however, where Jay would meet the fourth woman he’d fall in love with. Jay was a well-known man, and content in his California world, until a redheaded woman from his past reentered his life.

Katerina was a difficult book for me to read. It’s raw and crude. I couldn’t connect with any of the characters or become invested in their lives. I loved the book, A Million Little Pieces by this author, so I thought that I’d enjoy this one as well; I didn’t. But, this is only my opinion. The book is not poorly written, just not for me.

Thank you, Gallery/Scout Press and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~2 out of 5 stars~ 

 

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#Sold On A Monday by Kristina McMorris–Review–4.5 stars-#NetGalley

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Sold On A Monday is a well-written, poignant, historical fiction novel, which takes place during the Depression Era, in Pennsylvania.  

Ellis Reed had no idea that an increase in reporting opportunities would be rewarded him, after capturing two children for sale, on film. Lillian Palmer, a secretary for the newspaper, found Ellis’s picture, and submitted it for review. But, when the image was discovered, destroyed, the editor sent Ellis to take another. The problem was, however, that the children were no longer there. So against Ellis’s better judgment, he re-created the scene by bribing an impoverished mother into allowing her children to pose for a picture.

Ellis felt shame and guilt, for exploiting a woman’s distress, for financial gain, especially, when that deceitful action, led to devastating consequences for the mother and her children. Ellis was determined, however, to right his wrong.

The story is captivating and heartbreaking. It also has an authentic feel to it, of what, life was like, during the 1930s.

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

~4.5 out of 5 stars~ 

 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

KRISTINA MCMORRIS is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and the recipient of more than twenty national literary awards, as well as a nomination for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, RWA’s RITA Award, and a Goodreads Choice Award for Best Historical Fiction. Inspired by true personal and historical accounts, her works of fiction have been published by Kensington Books, Penguin Random House, and HarperCollins. 

Kristina’s forthcoming novel, SOLD ON A MONDAY (Sourcebooks Landmark, Sept 2018), follows her widely praised novels THE EDGE OF LOST, THE PIECES WE KEEP, BRIDGE OF SCARLET LEAVES, and LETTERS FROM HOME, in addition to her novellas in the anthologies A WINTER WONDERLAND and GRAND CENTRAL. Prior to her writing career, she hosted weekly TV shows since age nine, including an Emmy Award-winning program, and has been named one of Portland’s “40 Under 40” by The Business Journal. She lives with her husband and two sons in Oregon, where she is working on her next novel. For more, visit http://KristinaMcMorris.com

 

Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen by Sarah Bird–Review–5 stars #NetGalley

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Cathy Williams was the daughter of a daughter of a Queen. And, although she was a slave, she never thought of herself that way. She was a captive, just like her grandmother was. 

During the Civil War, Cathy worked as a cook’s assistant under General Sheridan, but when the war ended, she disguised herself as a male, and joined an all-black regiment, called the Buffalo Soldiers. They were charged with the mission of bringing peace and order to the West. Their assignment was to hunt down the Indians responsible for terrorizing and massacring western settlers. 

This is a powerful novel about a piece of history that is difficult to read about. The story is illuminating and poignant. It was enlightening to learn, how differently, Cathy was treated by her fellow soldiers, even though they had no idea that she was a female. 

This book is superbly written and immensely captivating. I loved how the author brought history and the characters alive, especially Cathy Williams. I enjoy reading about strong women, and Cathy Williams was extraordinary. I highly recommend this heartbreaking, and touching novel. 

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

~5 out of 5 shining stars~

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#When We Found Home by Susan Mallery–Review 4 stars #NetGalley

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When We Found Home, is a touching story about second chances and blended families.  Alberto Carlesso is the founder of a successful mail-order Italian food company and the grandfather to three children, Malcolm, 34, Callie 26, and Kiera, 12. The three half-siblings had no idea that the other existed, until just recently. Alberto Carlesso’s son Jerry was a womanizer. He was good at making his lady friend’s pregnant, but little else. He had no use for children. When Jerry died, Alberto discovered that he had two granddaughters that he’d never met. He’s had his grandson Malcolm with him for years and loved him dearly. Now, he wanted to get to know his other grandchildren. Although Malcolm wasn’t always successful, he did his best to welcome his half-sisters home. 

The story is about three-half siblings learning to trust one another, grow emotionally, and become a family. This well-written and heartwarming tale is sprinkled with romance, forgiveness, and love. 

Thank you, Harlequin and NetGalley for my advanced review copy.

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Susan Mallery is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of books about the relationships that define women’s lives–romance, friendship, family. With compassion and humor, Susan keenly observes how people think and feel, in stories that take readers on an emotional journey. Sometimes heartbreaking, often funny, and always uplifting, Susan’s books have spent more than 200 weeks on the USA Today bestsellers list, thanks to her ever growing legions of fans.

Critics, too, have heaped praise on “the new queen of romantic fiction.” (Walmart) Booklist says, “Romance novels don’t get much better than Mallery’s expert blend of emotional nuance, humor, and superb storytelling,” and RT Book Reviews puts her “in a class by herself!”

Although Susan majored in Accounting, she never worked as an accountant because she was published straight out of college with two books the same month. Sixteen prolific years and seventy-four books later, she hit the New York Times bestsellers list for the first time with Accidentally Yours in 2008. She made many appearances in the Top 10 before (finally) hitting #1 in 2015 with Thrill Me, the twentieth book in her most popular series, the Fool’s Gold romances, and the fourth of five books released that year.

Susan lives in Seattle with her husband, two ragdoll cats, and a small poodle with delusions of grandeur. Her heart for animals has led Susan to become an active supporter of the Seattle Humane Society. Animals play a big role in her books, as well, as she believes they’re an integral component to a happy life. Visit Susan online at http://www.SusanMallery.com.There are also two love stories that intermingle throughout the book. 

 

 

 

Today’s New Releases—#Saving Beck & #Baby Teeth

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Don’t Miss Today’s Outstanding New Releases!

 

Saving Beck by Courtney Cole

Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage

 

In Case You Missed My Reviews, Here Are The Links:

 

Saving Beck by Courtney Cole—5 stars

https://write-escape.com/2018/06/30/saving-beck-by-courtney-cole-review-5-stars-netgalley

Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage—4.5 stars

https://write-escape.com/2018/05/01/baby-teeth-by-zoje-stage-review-4-5-stars

 

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#The Secret Daughter by Kelly Rimmer–Review–5 stars!

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The Secret Daughter is a heart-wrenching novel that takes place during the 1970s, in Australia, when force adoptions were acceptable. This book reads like a powerful memoir, compelling, absorbing, and unforgettable. 

Lilly was sixteen when she was sent away to a Maternity home for unwed mothers; a place where she was forced, to stay and work, until her baby was born. When Lilly first arrived, she had no idea that she wouldn’t be leaving with her baby. When she discovered the truth, Lilly was horrified. Her love letters to James, the father of her unborn child, went from being heartwarming to heartbreaking. Lilly pleaded with James to take her out of the maternity home before it was too late. I was completely engrossed in this story from the very first page.

The book fast-forwards to 2012, when Lilly’s lost child, Sabina, discovers that she is pregnant. Sabina’s dad is ecstatic about being a grandfather, but her mother, Megan, is not. Sabina couldn’t understand why her mother wasn’t happy for her. It wasn’t until the truth of her birth and adoption was revealed to her that Sabrina understood. 

Sabina’s parents tried to convince their daughter that they didn’t know who her birth mother was. Sabina felt strongly, however, that her parents were lying. But why? What kind of ugly secret could they possibly be hiding? When the truth was exposed, Sabina was horrified. It was worse than she’d ever imagined. 

The Secret Daughter is a well-written moving novel, touching as well as heart-wrenching. It’s a powerful, emotional story, and one that I won’t forget for a very long time.

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Kelly Rimmer is the USA Today best selling author of contemporary fiction novels including Me Without You, The Secret Daughter, When I Lost You, A Mother’s Confession and her most recent release, Before I Let You Go. She lives in rural Australia with her family.

For further information about Kelly’s books, and to subscribe to her mailing list, visit http://www.kellyrimmer.com.

 

 

Today’s New Book Releases— # The Summer Wives, #Somebody’s Daughter & The Subway Girls

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Three New Book Releases To Check Out!

 

The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams—5 stars

https://write-escape.com/2018/06/23/the-summer-wives-by-beatriz-williams-review-5-stars

Somebody’s Daughter by David Bell—4.5 stars

https://write-escape.com/2018/07/02/somebodys-daughter-by-david-bell-review-4-5-stars

The Subway Girls by Susie Orman Schnall—3.5 stars

https://write-escape.com/2018/06/26/the-subway-girls-by-susie-orman-schnall-smp-netgalley