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#Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris–Review–4.5 Stars-#NetGalley

Cilka's Journey:.jpg 850.jpgThe Sequel to The Tattooist of Auschwitz–Coming 10/1/19!

 

Cilka’s Journey is a beautifully written poignant historical fiction novel, about Cilka Klein’s life in a Soviet Gulag, after leaving Auschwitz.

The role Cilka played in Auschwitz haunted her daily. It didn’t lessen Cilka’s guilt knowing that the way she survived the horrific death camp, was not of her choosing, but forced upon her. All Cilka knew, was that every Jewish person around her, in Auschwitz, including her mother and sister, were dead, except for her.

To keep Cilka’s guilt from eating her alive, she nursed and assisted fellow prisoners at Vorkuta Gulag. This book is all about Cilka’s life as a prisoner after Auschwitz. It’s a captivating story, poignant, and heartfelt. The author makes this story come alive, for the reader, by crafting it with authentic details, realistic dialogue, and fully developed characters. Highly-recommended.

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

~4.5 out of 5 stars~

 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Heather Morris is a native of New Zealand, now resident in Australia. For several years, while working in a large public hospital in Melbourne, she studied and wrote screenplays, one of which was optioned by an Academy Award-winning screenwriter in the US. In 2003, Heather was introduced to an elderly gentleman who ‘might just have a story worth telling’. The day she met Lale Sokolov changed both their lives. Their friendship grew and Lale embarked on a journey of self-scrutiny, entrusting the innermost details of his life during the Holocaust to her. Heather originally wrote Lale’s story as a screenplay – which ranked high in international competitions – before reshaping it into her debut novel, The Tattooist of Auschwitz

 

#Seven Letters of Love by Sinead Moriarty–Review–5 Stars! #NetGalley

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Seven Letters of Love is a heartwrenching, emotional story that will make you cry and realize just how precious life truly is.

Sarah was the perfect wife and mother. She loved her family, life, and everything to do with being a stay-at-home mom. When Sarah found out that she was pregnant with her second child, she was ecstatic. That happiness, though, wouldn’t last, tragedy was just around the corner. 

When Sarah slipped into a coma, her husband’s mental health and coping skills deteriorated. He was sick with grief, angry and tired. The treatment of choice presented to him was impossible to accept. He felt alone with his thoughts and at odds with the world. Sarah’s immediate family did not agree with his decision, so to him, they were his greatest adversary. 

This book is a tear-jerker, but you’ll love every page. The characters are larger-than-life, well-developed, and likable. I cared about each one of them. The story is thought-provoking, controversial, and heartwrenching. Seven Letters of Love is an emotional roller coaster. Prepare to have your emotions and heart, hijacked. Highly-recommended.

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

~5 out of 5 stars~

 

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#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.

 

#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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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

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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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

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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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

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!

 

#The Last Original Wife by Dorothea Benton Frank–Review 4.5 Stars

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Lesley is an unappreciated wife and mother. She lives with a narcissistic husband and two adult children who aren’t the least bit interested in growing up. 

Although this book is a bit over-the-top, I loved it. It’s funny and sad at the same time. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Lesley learn to stand up for herself. It was also very satisfying to witness, Lesley’s husband, and his loser friends receive their comeuppance. And, Lesley’s adult children did finally start to mature, but not before their mother broke out of the role she’d always played. 

A captivating and entertaining read!

~4.5 out of 5 stars~

 

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Bio  (from author’s page on Amazon)

I am the author of twenty novels placed in and around the Lowcountry of South Carolina and thanking God for my chance to speak. When I’m not writing, I’m reading or gardening or cooking. Love to travel, shoot the breeze with people and most of all, be with my husband, children and their spouses, and especially Teddy Spaghetti. My most recent novel, Queen Bee (William Morrow) goes on sale May 14, 2019. Love to have company so come visit at http://www.dotfrank.com or on Facebook and Instagram. And by the way, serious huge gushing thanks for everything – your kind words, posts and emails. Writing saves me, but without your support it wouldn’t mean as much. Dot xoxo

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