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Allie and Bea by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Allie and Bea

 

Don’t Miss Catherine Ryan Hyde’s Newest Novel; Allie and Bea. It’s Captivating, Touching and Superbly Written. I Loved It! Release Date- 5/23/17. 

 

Allie and Bea is a compelling, heartfelt novel that touches the soul. This book lingered in my thoughts long after I finished the last page. It’s a story about love, friendship, oppression, and survival.

Bea is an elderly homeless woman, traveling in a van with her cat. Allie is a fifteen-year-old-naive girl who had a privileged, happy life until her parents went to prison. Allie was put into foster care, where she feared for her life and ran away.

Bea never imagined that she would be the type of person who would manipulate unsuspecting individuals for money. But, being homeless forced her to do just that. She was surviving alone with her cat when a frightened teen, Allie, leaped into her van and changed Bea’s life forever.

After a stormy start, Bea and Allie started to enjoy one another’s company. They stayed in campgrounds and parking lots and began to discover that people were generally kind; something that Bea found, remarkable. While hiding from the authorities, Allie and Bea learned valuable lessons. They would also develop a strong, unbreakable bond.

I love finding new favorite authors and Catherine Ryan Hyde is now one of them. I loved this book and will definitely read more by this talented writer. Don’t miss this extraordinary novel. I highly recommend giving it a read.

Thank you, Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy!

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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After The Fall by Julie Cohen

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Don’t Miss Julie Cohen’s Outstanding Newest Release, Coming 5/2/17.

After The Fall – I Absolutely Loved it!

 

After The Fall is a superbly crafted character-driven novel, about family secrets, loss, and love. The author brings Jo, a mother, Lydia, Jo’s teenage daughter, and Honor, Lydia’s grandmother to life for the reader. All three women have secrets that they fear, if exposed, will bring them terrible embarrassment and shame. I loved Jo, right away. She’s a selfless, loving mother. Lydia is a likable character, except for her rebellious teenage attitude. She grows up and matures in the story, though. And Honor, well, at first, I didn’t like her at all, but she won me over in the end. What all three women learned is, how much richer their life would have been, if they hadn’t kept secrets at all.

I absolutely loved reading this book. Each page drew me deeper into the story, tugged at my heart, and hijacked my emotions. The characters are complex, the plot realistic, and the dialogue natural. Each sentence, I found, drove the story forward, captivating my attention until the very end.

This is the first book that I have read by Julie Cohen, but it will not be my last. I will definitely be reading more of her work. Highly recommended.

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

~5 out of 5 shining stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Meet Me At Beachcomber Bay by Jill Mansell

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Another Winning Story by Jill Mansell, Coming 5/2/17!

 

Meet Me At Beachcomber Bay is a delightful, entertaining light read.
Clemency would remember forever, the day she met Sam. He sat next to her on the plane and flirted with her during her entire flight. When she left the plane that day, she felt giddy with happiness over the special connection she’d made with Sam. Clemency had hoped that Sam would want to continue their relationship once they were off the plane. She was wrong.

Clemency’s heart broke for the second time three years later, when her stepsister, Belle, showed up with Sam. Belle was delighted to know that her stepsister was jealous of her. How could she not be? Belle was with Sam; the same man Clemency had fallen in love with while on the plane. Clemency, however, could only take so much smugness from her stepsister before she decided to retaliate. Clemency cornered Ronan, a man whom Belle had desired for years, and asked him to be her pretend boyfriend. Ronan was more than happy to oblige. He played his new role, like a star.

There are several layers and surprises in this book, and as each sub-story unfolds, the reader is brought deeper into the lives of the characters. I especially liked Clemency, Ronan, and Sam. Meet Me At Beachcomber Bay is a well-written, easy to read book, with lots of emotion, depth, and meaning.

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

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Stars Over Clear Lake by Loretta Ellsworth

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New Captivating WWII Romance, by Loretta Ellsworth, Coming 5/2/17!

 

Stars Over Clear Lake is an emotionally charged historical fiction novel.
Lorraine was an Iowa farm girl with a dream. She didn’t want to just be a wife with children. Lorraine’s goal was to be a famous singer. Everyone, except for her mother, thought that Lorraine had the voice of an angel. Rather than encourage Lorraine, though, to develop her talent, her mother told her instead, to stop her foolish singing, and marry a local boy. The problem was, however, that Lorraine didn’t love anyone whom her mother would approve of. She was in love with Jens, the enemy, a German POW who worked on their farm.

Lorraine’s mother could hardly get herself out of bed after her son Pete was killed by the Germans. Lorraine tried to win her mother over, by giving up Jens, the boy she loved. But, it was not enough for her mother. Lorraine was at a crossroad. Should she choose the easy path and keep her family; or be disowned by her mother, but have a chance at true happiness?

Lorraine narrates this book which takes place in 2007. She reminisces about the days when she sang at the Surf Ballroom, in the 1940s. There is a mystery that concerns the Ballroom that to this day, is still not solved. Lorraine will take that dark secret to her grave. Stars Over Clear Lake is well-written, captivating and very enjoyable.

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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The Idea of You by Amanda Prowse

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Don’t Miss Amanda Prowse’s Newest Release!

The Idea of You, A Beautiful Story, Well Told!

 

The Idea of You is a powerful and moving story.
Anyone who has lost a child, battled with a teen, or struggled with a blended family, will be wholly immersed in, and captivated with this novel.

Lucy and Jonah Carpenter were heart-broken; the pain of three miscarriages had taken its toll. The overwhelming sadness in their home was straining their marriage. Lucy was also agonizing over a tense relationship with Jonah’s teenage daughter as well as with her own mother. But, what was really wearing Lucy down was the dark secret she had unsuccessfully tried to bury.

Lucy’s sister, Fay, envied Lucy because of her prestigious job, and the free time that came along with having no children. But, what Fay didn’t realize was that Lucy was aching to have a child of her own, to cuddle with, cook for, and fuss over.

This is a beautifully written book about parenthood, relationships, and families. Life can be cruel, and unfair, but it can also be exhilarating, blissful and full of love. This story flows effortlessly, allowing the reader to feel, ponder, and like a soothing balm, even heal. Amanda Prowse is an amazing writer, and an author I’m glad I found.

Thank you, Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy!

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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With Love, Wherever You Are by Dandi Daley Mackall

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Don’t Miss Dandi Daley Mackall’s Newest Release!

With Love, Wherever You Are is a well-written WWII heartfelt love story.

Nurse Helen Eberhart never expected to find love, marriage, and happiness when she joined the military. Dr. Frank Daley, however, knew the moment he saw Helen, that she was the woman for him. But, could they keep their love alive while married and stationed apart from one another? Frank Daley was determined to find a way to make their marriage work. I loved reading about the coded messages and sacrifices that both Frank and Helen made in order to find one another.

With Love, Wherever You Are is touching, heart-wrenching, and crafted with more truth than fiction. It’s a novel based on, Dandi Daley Mackall parent’s love story, and their WWII experience. The author makes the war come alive when she brings the reader onto the battlefields, and into the makeshift hospitals where row after row of injured soldiers wait in agony for medical care. You’ll love some of the complex characters and despise others, but you’ll find them all fascinating. It’s an amazing story you won’t want to miss.

Thank you, Tyndale House Publishers and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I loved it!

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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*A Million Little Things*by Susan Mallery

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Newest Release by Susan Mallery

A Million Little Things

Don’t Miss This Captivating and Heartwarming Romantic Fictional Story.

 

Pam, a fifty-something-year-old widow, was kicking herself after setting up her son with her daughter’s best friend, Zoe. Zoe, Pam discovered had a major complication in her life, and now Pam was afraid that her son Steven would become hurt because of it. Pam tried without success to break up her son’s relationship with Zoe. She was appalled that Steven, could choose Zoe over his own mother. If Pam were honest, though, she would have to admit that since her husband died, she had become a bit controlling. Pam was also at her wit’s end regarding her daughter, Jen. Jen was obsessed with her toddler’s welfare. She was convinced that there was something wrong with him. And since Pam couldn’t seem to keep her thoughts to herself regarding the lives of her children, Steven and Jen, stopped talking to her.

A Million Little Things has several perfectly interwoven plots. People are not always whom they first appear to be; sometimes they are even better. Jen found this out, first hand, when the man she had secretly despised, saved her husband’s life, and in actuality, her own as well. Lucas was a straightforward type of guy and told Jen without any sugar-coating, that she needed help. In the end, Jen was glad that he did. Zoe was re-inventing herself after wasting five years of her life on a good-for-nothing boyfriend. She was determined not to allow another person to control her life, and that included, Steven’s mother, Pam. Pam had some hard lessons to learn, one of them involved, moving on, and letting herself enjoy the company of another man, a man whom she had become quite fond of, Zoe’s father, Miguel.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this well-written book. It’s thought-provoking, compelling, and humorous.

Many thanks to the publisher, and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I loved it.

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

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