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Winter Solstice by Elin Hilderbrand–5 stars–Book Review

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Winter Solstice —A Beautiful Story of Love, Forgiveness and Acceptance—Coming 10/3/17!

 

Winter Solstice is an amazing and beautifully written novel, about living, loving, and weathering the storms that show up in life. The author draws the reader deep into the heart of the Quinn family, a healing, blended family from Nantucket. Kelly Quinn is dying from brain cancer. He is fortunate, though, to have a good relationship with his children, his current wife, Mitzi, and his ex-wife, Margaret. Although Margaret and Mitzi are cordial and work together now for the children and Kelly’s sake, that had not always been the case. Margaret’s children, Patrick, Kevin, and Ava have all lived under Mitzi and Kelly’s roof for years; along with Bart, Mitzi and Kelly’s only child. All of the children in this book are grown and struggle with some very adult issues.

The author’s writing is sharp and descriptive. She effortlessly places the reader deep into each character’s life. I came to know the characters intimately and cared for them all. I felt their pain, their struggles, and their joy. Because the author covers a wide range of topics and difficulties, readers will easily be able to identify with some of the character’s experiences; such as love and betrayal, choices and consequences, selfishness and sacrifice and forgiveness and acceptance. Nobody is perfect, and everyone must live with the consequences of their decisions. Pain is a part of life, but so is joy, acceptance, and love.

I had a hard time keeping the characters straight at first. But, once I did, I couldn’t put the book down. Winter Solstice is an in-depth, enjoyable, and well-written read.

Thank you, Little, Brown and Company and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

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The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain-5 Stars-Book Review

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Don’t Miss This Unforgettable, Heartfelt Novel by Diane Chamberlain.

The Stolen Marriage-Coming 10/3/17

 

The Stolen Marriage is a captivating novel crafted with complex characters, compelling plot and realistic dialogue.

Tess Demello never thought that her one wild night out would change her life. But it did. She was supposed to be marrying Vincent Russo. That had always been the plan. However, that was before she met Henry Kraft, a businessman from Hickory, North Carolina. Tess’s mother, was beside herself when she heard, that Tess wasn’t marrying Vincent. Tess regretted that the last words, to her mother, were angry words.

Henry, the owner of Kraft Furniture, was a wealthy, well-known and respected man. He was also a private man with a lot of secrets. He cared for Tess, and although he was controlling, he never gave her reason to fear him. Henry treated Tess more like a friend, however than a husband. And she quickly found herself trapped in a loveless marriage. She wanted her old life back, but it was too late for that. Tess begged Henry for a divorce, but he wouldn’t hear of it.

The Stolen Marriage is a fascinating historical fiction novel. Diane Chamberlain transported me to another time and place, where I stayed, captivated, until the end of the book. I will definitely be reading more from this talented author. Highly recommended.

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

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman–Book Review-5 Stars

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Don’t Miss Alice Hoffman’s Newest Exciting Novel, The Rules of Magic!

I loved it!   Release Date–10/10/17

 

The Rules of Magic is a fascinating novel, superbly written and thoroughly satisfying. Alice Hoffman is a talented writer and an author who is fast becoming one of my favorites.

The Owens family has lived on Magnolia Street in a small Massachusetts town since 1620. Most of the family had scattered, though, during the time of the witch hunts. Some went to Paris, others to New York, but Aunt Isabelle stayed in her home, on Magnolia Street. People shunned her and any family member who dared to visit her. Aunt Isabelle was known for her strange powers and potions. It was even rumored that she turned a person into a rabbit. But, these same people who hid from Aunt Isabelle during the day came around to her back porch at night. They sought her out for cures for physical and emotional ailments. They have even been known to ask for potions to manipulate other people.

The Owens family believed that they had been cursed, ever since, Marie Owens was condemned to death in 1620 for loving the wrong man. The Owens family drew strength from one another, to survive a world, where they were not wanted. The family is made up of a unique group of characters, all quirky, independent, and wildly entertaining. Aunt Isabelle, Franny, Jet, and Vincent bring the reader deep into their hearts and lives and keep them there until the last page is read. The message that runs throughout this book is, to be who you are, regardless of what others think. Have the courage to live, love and be happy.

This thought-provoking novel will linger with you long after you’ve finished it. It’s a book worth reading and rereading.

Thank you, Simon and Schuster and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I loved it!

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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The Orphan of Florence by Jeanne Kalogridis–Book Review

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Coming 10/3/17, Jeanne Kalogridis’s Newest Historical Fiction Novel

The Orphan of Florence!

 

The Orphan of Florence is a well-written, dark historical fiction that takes place during the turbulent years of the 1400’s, in Florence, Italy.

After two years of surviving on the streets in Florence, disguised as a boy, the orphan, Giulia, was caught pickpocketing an old man. The gentleman, Ser Abramo whom Giulia had stolen from, told the arresting officer, that he would prefer to take the lad into his home, rather than have the boy jailed. Giulia was later informed by Ser Abramo that she would be the new courier. It was dangerous work, but she would be well compensated. What Giulia didn’t realize at the time was that Ser Abramo was the infamous Magician.

Ser Abramo introduced Giulia into his world of magic, intrigue, and peril. Giulia had sworn off caring for people years ago. Loving people only caused agonizing pain, when they left; and they always left. But despite Giulia saying that she didn’t care about, Cecilia, a friend from the orphanage and Tommaso, her six-year-old pickpocketing sidekick, she did. A lot. And although she hated to admit it, she cared deeply for, Ser Abramo, the Magician. There were dangers and dark secrets all around Giulia which she knew nothing about. Unfortunately, everyone Giulia had ever cared about; including herself was in imminent grave danger. Giulia’s life will right itself, but not before her heart breaks, for yet, another person who abandons her.

The Orphan of Florence is an intriguing historical fiction mystery, crafted with enough authentic details that I was transported to Florence Italy, during the year of 1478. Anyone who is interested in Italian history will especially enjoy this book.

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 Surrogate by Louise Jensen–Book Review–5-Stars

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Don’t Miss Louise Jensen’s Latest Thriller, The Surrogate, Coming 9/27/17.
It’s Gripping, Intense and Brilliant. I Loved It!

 

The Surrogate is an intense and cleverly crafted psychological crime thriller. This brilliant novel has so many surprising twists in it that I never saw the final one coming. And, what a twist it was!

Kat desperately wanted to be a mother, but sadly, she couldn’t become pregnant. Her supportive husband, Nick, agreed with Kat, that adoption was probably the best way for them to proceed. But after two failed foreign adoptions, the couple was emotionally spent. Everything was looking hopeless, until Kat’s estranged best-friend, Lisa, showed up and offered to be a surrogate. Kat took her friend’s offer as a positive sign and readily agreed. Nick’s lawyer and friend, Richard, however, didn’t think it was a wise decision at all and strongly counseled the couple against it. But Kat was adamant, and so the surrogacy process began. Kat started to doubt her friend’s integrity, though, after Lisa consistently made excuses as to why Kat couldn’t accompany her to the doctor. Lisa was harboring a dark secret, but then again, so was Kat, and Nick, as well as their lawyer, Richard. What would happen when these dark, ugly secrets came to light? Nothing good, that’s for sure.

The Surrogate is an engrossing and compelling novel. I read the book in one day because I couldn’t put it down. It’s intriguing, intense and completely captivating.

Thank you, Bookouture and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy!

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Today’s New Book Release–Love and Other Consolation Prizes-by Jamie Ford

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In Case You Missed My Review, on Today’s New Release, Love and Other Consolation Prizes- Here Is The Link

Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford–4 stars
https://write-escape.com/2017/09/03/love-and-other-consolation-prizes-by-jamie-ford-book-review

 

9/5/17-Today’s New 5-Star-Book Releases-The Summer That Made Us & Head Over Heels

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Don’t Miss Checking Out the Two Fab (5 Star) Books That Released Today!

I Loved Them Both & Highly Recommend Picking Up The Two of Them.

 

In Case You Missed, My Reviews On These Two Outstanding New Releases, Here Are The Links:

 

The Summer That Made Us by Robyn Carr-5 stars (Lit Fic)
https://write-escape.com/2017/09/02/the-summer-that-made-us-by-robyn-carr-an-unforgettable-5-star-novel-book-review

 

Head Over Heels by Jill Mansell-5 stars (Cont.Romance)
https://write-escape.com/2017/09/02/head-over-heels-by-jill-mansell-5-stars-book-review