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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/

 

 

01/01/18-Today’s Fab New Releases- # The Wife Between Us and # The English Wife

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Check Out These Brilliant New Thrillers!

 

In Case You Missed My Reviews; The Links Are Below:

 

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen—4 stars
https://write-escape.com/2017/12/12/the-wife-between-us-by-greer-hendricks-sarah-pekkanen-book-review

 

The English Wife by Lauren Willig–4 stars
https://write-escape.com/2017/12/10/the-english-wife-by-lauren-willig-book-review

 

#Blog Tour –All We Knew by Jamie Beck–#Review

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Don’t Miss Jamie Beck’s Newest Captivating Novel, Coming 1/30/18!

All We Knew

 

Synopsis

For Hunter and Sara, getting married was easy. It’s staying together that’s the true test of love…

Hunter Cabot deeply loves two things: the international tea company he’s helped his father build, and his wife, Sara. From the moment he first saw her wide smile on their college campus years ago, Hunter fell hard. Yet now, with other family members pushing to sell the thriving business and Sara grieving their failure to start a family, he’s suddenly facing the crushing loss of both.

The relentless ambition that Sara once admired in Hunter is now driving them apart. Each missed doctor’s appointment, neglected dinner date, and family squabble accentuates their differing priorities. Still, Sara struggles to create the home life they’d envisioned, until unsettling developments—both personal and professional—push them to the breaking point.

When love is put to the ultimate test, can Hunter and Sara stop fighting each other long enough to fight for their marriage?

 

My Review

All We knew is a captivating novel about family secrets, lies, and broken promises. This is also a novel about the power of forgiveness and how it can soften and heal even the hardest of hearts.

Sara Cabot longed to have children. But after years of trying to get pregnant, even with the help of medical intervention, motherhood, remained just a dream for her. Sara and Hunter both felt that their relationship was a strong one. They thought that they would be able to weather just about anything, but when Sara’s desire to become pregnant became an obsession, and Hunter’s passion for the family business came before Sara, a wedge was driven between them.

The characters in this book are well-developed and intriguing. Sara was my favorite; her loving personality won me over right from the start. Hunter, however, took a bit longer. Although Hunter loved Sara and tried to please her, his strong desire to succeed, had him placing his work before his wife’s needs, again and again.

This book has wonderful lessons, woven seamlessly, into the fabric of the story, giving the novel depth and meaning. Some of the thoughtful topics covered in this book are forgiveness, empathy, compassion, and compromise. One of the hardest things for a person to do is to see themselves in a clear, honest, light. But, when they do, anything is possible.

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

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio
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)

Please hit “FOLLOW” if you’d like to be updated about my new releases.

 

 

Best Lit. Fic. New Releases for Oct/Nov/Dec 2017

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Best Lit. Fic. New Releases for Oct/Nov/ Dec 2017 by Diane Chamberlain, Elin Hilderbrand, Alice Hoffman, Kerry Fisher and Catherine Ryan Hyde

 

Released—10/3/17The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain
https://write-escape.com/2017/09/20/the-stolen-marriage-by-diane-chamberlain-5-stars-book-
Review

Released—10/3/17Winter Solstice by Elin Hilderbrand
https://write-escape.com/2017/09/24/winter-solstice-by-elin-hilderbrand-5-stars-book-review

Released—10/10/17The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
https://write-escape.com/2017/09/19/the-rules-of-magic-by-alice-hoffman-book-review-5-stars

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

Released—12/05/17The 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

 

 

The English Wife by Lauren Willig–#Book Review

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New Murder Mystery by Lauren Willig, Coming 1/9/18!

 

The English Wife is a perfect blend of love, betrayal, and murder. Mr. and Mrs. Bayard Van Duyvil lived a quiet life in New York. Bayard was a wealthy businessman, and Annabelle was a refined woman from England.

The mystery began when Bayard was found stabbed at his mother’s home. Law enforcement was leaning towards a double murder crime investigation. The rumor was that Annabelle was having an affair, with the architect. The same architect whom Bayard had hired, to build Annabelle her dream house. All the facts were not in, but most people were of the opinion that Bayard had murdered his wife in a jealous rage, and then turned the knife on himself. Although Annabelle’s body had not yet been found, evidence suggests, that she might have been drowned. Bayard’s sister, Janie, however, could not fathom the thought of her brother killing anyone, including himself. Either Janie truly didn’t know her brother at all, or something was seriously amiss.

Janie was determined to uncover the truth about her brother’s death. And, if she had to make a deal with the devil to untangle the lies and discover the true facts of what happened, then so be it.

The English Wife is a complex mystery with numerous surprises. There are many twisted players in this book, with their true natures, and intentions, well-hidden. Although this book is compelling and intriguing, I did find it confusing at times. All in all, though, it’s a great read.

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

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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