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#The Girl With The Make-Believe Husband by Julia Quinn–Review

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The Girl With The Make-Believe Husband is a sweet and enjoyable historical fiction romance.

Cecilia Harcourt left England, for the States, after receiving a letter from Thomas’s commanding officer, informing her of his injuries. Cecilia never thought that she’d have the courage to cross the ocean by herself, but she needed to see her brother. Thomas was all she had left. But, when Cecilia reached the NY hospital, Thomas wasn’t there; his best friend, Edward Rokesby, however, was. Knowing that only family members could visit patients, Cecilia told the officer in charge that she was Edward’s wife. Cecilia was hoping that Edward could shed some light as to the whereabouts of her brother. He couldn’t. Edward was suffering from a severe head injury with amnesia.

It bothered Cecilia to lie to Edward. But, he was an Earl’s son and an officer, and the Rokesby name was opening doors. And, right now she had to find her brother. But as the days passed, Cecilia felt more and more guilty about the lies she was telling. And, the thing was, Cecilia was falling in love with Edward.  She hoped against hope that she’d find her brother before Edward regained his memory because Cecilia knew, that Edward was going to be furious. And, Cecilia would rather not be around for that scene, even though it was going to break her heart to leave.

The Girl With The Make-Believe Husband is an entertaining read, but not one of my favorites by this author. 

3.5 out of 5 stars

 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

#1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn loves to dispel the myth that smart women don’t read (or write) romance, and in 2001 she did so in grand fashion, appearing on the game show The Weakest Link and walking away with the $79,000 jackpot. She displayed a decided lack of knowledge about baseball, country music, and plush toys, but she is proud to say that she aced all things British and literary, answered all of her history and geography questions correctly, and knew that there was a Da Vinci long before there was a code. Ms. Quinn is one of only sixteen members of Romance Writers of America’s Hall of Fame, her books have been translated into 29 languages, and she currently lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest.

 

#Just After Midnight by Catherine Ryan Hyde–Review 4 stars–#NetGalley

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Just After Midnight is an enjoyable, well-written, character-driven novel.

Faith was hiding out at her family’s beach house. She didn’t want to be anywhere near her controlling husband when he discovered that she was divorcing him. Faith knew that her life was about to change in a big way but would never have guessed that a teenage girl was going to be the main reason for it.  

Sarah was crushed. She hated and blamed her father for her mother’s sudden death, for selling her horse, and for basically stripping her life of happiness. When Sarah met Faith on the beach, she had no idea what a good friend Faith would become to her.  Although Faith was much older than herself, Sarah found that she could talk to her and that Faith understood her. Sarah would discover that although everything in her life felt hopeless and dark, that genuine loving kindness could turn everything around.  

Just After Midnight, is an uplifting and touching story. The loss fourteen-year-old Sarah was made to suffer was heartwrenching. The story itself, however, is heartwarming, and about, how kindness can heal even the most broken of hearts. 

If you enjoy touching stories and reading about horses, you’ll love Just After Midnight.

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

~4 out of 5 stars~

 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author of more than 30 published and forthcoming books, including THE WAKE UP, ALLIE AND BEA, SAY GOODBYE FOR NOW, LEAVING BLYTHE RIVER, ASK HIM WHY, WORTHY, THE LANGUAGE OF HOOFBEATS, TAKE ME WITH YOU, WHEN I FOUND YOU, WALK ME HOME, and DON’T LET ME GO. 

An avid hiker, traveler, equestrian, and amateur photographer, she has released her first book of photos, 365 DAYS OF GRATITUDE: PHOTOS FROM A BEAUTIFUL WORLD.

She is co-author, with fellow author and publishing industry blogger Anne R. Allen, of HOW TO BE A WRITER IN THE E-AGE: A SELF-HELP GUIDE.

Her novel PAY IT FORWARD was adapted into a major motion picture, chosen by the American Library Association for its Best Books for Young Adults list, and translated into more than 23 languages for distribution in over 30 countries. The paperback was released in October 2000 by Pocket Books and quickly became a national bestseller. Simon & Schuster released PAY IT FORWARD: YOUNG READERS’ EDITION in August of ’14. It is suitable for kids as young as eight. A special Fifteenth Anniversary Edition of the original PAY IT FORWARD was released in December of ’14

LOVE IN THE PRESENT TENSE enjoyed bestseller status in the UK, where it broke the top ten, spent five weeks on the bestseller lists, was reviewed on a major TV book club, and shortlisted for a Best Read of the Year award at the British Book Awards. Both BECOMING CHLOE and JUMPSTART THE WORLD were included on the ALA’s Rainbow List, and JUMPSTART THE WORLD was a finalist for two Lambda Literary Awards. WHERE WE BELONG won two Rainbow Awards in 2013 and THE LANGUAGE OF HOOFBEATS won a Rainbow Award in 2015.

New Kindle editions of her backlist titles FUNERALS FOR HORSES, EARTHQUAKE WEATHER AND OTHER STORIES, ELECTRIC GOD, and WALTER’S PURPLE HEART are now available. Also available is THE LONG, STEEP PATH: EVERYDAY INSPIRATION FROM THE AUTHOR OF PAY IT FORWARD, her first book-length creative nonfiction. 

More than 50 of her short stories have been published in The Antioch Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train and many other journals, and in the anthologies Santa Barbara Stories and California Shorts and the bestselling anthology Dog is my Co-Pilot. Her stories have been honored in the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest and the Tobias Wolff Award and nominated for Best American Short Stories, the O’Henry Award, and the Pushcart Prize. Three have been cited in Best American Short Stories.

She is founder and former president (2000-2009) of the Pay It Forward Foundation, and still serves on its board of directors. As a professional public speaker she has addressed the National Conference on Education, twice spoken at Cornell University, met with Americorps members at the White House and shared a dais with Bill Clinton. 

For more information and book club questions, please visit the author at catherineryanhyde.com

 

Today’s 5-star New Releases,#Girls On The Line & #My One and Only Duke

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Check Out Today’s 5- Star- Outstanding Book Releases!

 

 

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

 

 

The Girls On The Line by Aimie K. Runyon
https://write-escape.com/2018/10/15/girls-on-the-line-by-aimie-k-runyan-review-5-stars-netgalley

 

 

My One And Only Duke by Grace Burrowes
https://write-escape.com/2018/10/14/my-one-and-only-duke-by-grace-burrowes-review-5-stars-netgalley

 

Today’s 5-Star New Releases-#The Memory of You & #The First Earl I See Tonight

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Check Out Today’s 5- Star- Outstanding Book Releases!

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

 

 

 

The Memory of You by Jamie Beck—5 stars
https://write-escape.com/2018/10/01/the-memory-of-you-by-jamie-beck-review-5-stars-netgalley

 

 

The First Earl I See Tonight by Anna Bennett
https://write-escape.com/2018/09/29/first-earl-i-see-tonight-by-anna-bennett-review-5-stars

#Dancing With The Sun by Kay Bratt–Review–5 Stars-#NetGalley

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Dancing With The Sun is a book to savor, remember and read again.  The story is heartfelt, beautifully written, and emotionally moving. 

Sadie suffered from empty nest syndrome and a failing marriage.  She also stopped truly living life the day her son Jacob died. And, although Sadie loved her adoptive daughter, Lauren, Sadie’s buried grief over her lost son, clouded that relationship. When her daughter, Lauren, traveled across the country to go to college, Sadie worked extra shifts to bury her loneliness. Tom, Sadie’s husband, spent less time at home than ever before. He worked long hours at the office, and often left for weekend trips, alone.

When many of Tom’s belongings and his favorite slippers went missing from the house, Sadie figured that her husband had found someone else. She didn’t blame him really. It was just another painful loss for her to bear. Sadie decided to visit her daughter in California. She wanted to break the news to Lauren gently so that when the changes occurred in the family, it wouldn’t be a complete surprise to Lauren. 

Although Sadie wasn’t keen on hiking in Yosemite National Park, she allowed  Lauren to lead the way. It was while they were lost in the wilderness that Sadie faced her unresolved grief, failures, and regrets; and found forgiveness and healing, for her soul. 

Kay Bratt brought the book alive for me with vivid wilderness scenes, rich character development, and raw emotion. I loved every page of this heartwrenching, compelling and touching novel.

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

~5 out of 5 stars~

 

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Bio  (from author’s page on Amazon)

Kay Bratt is the author of eleven full-length novels and two children’s books. Her writing became her solace and support while she navigated a tumultuous childhood, followed by a decade of abuse as an adult. After working her way through the hard years, Kay came out a survivor and a pursuer of peace–and finally found the courage to share her stories. A wise man once told her to “write what you know,” which resulted in Kay’s pet project and her bestselling series, The Tales of the Scavenger’s Daughters. 

Learn more about Kay and her writing at http://www.kaybratt.com.

From Kay: To be notified when new books are released, please sign up for my monthly email newsletter at http://www.kaybratt.com or at this link: http://eepurl.com/q9_2X

The Tales of the Scavenger’s Daughters now has five books! See below for what order to read them:

The Palest Ink (Prequel to the series)

The Scavenger’s Daughters

Tangled Vines

Bitter Winds

Red Skies

 

#The Good, The Bad, and The Duke by Janna MacGregor–Review–4.5 Stars-#NetGalley

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The Good, The Bad, and The Duke is the fourth historical fiction romance in The Cavensham Heiresses Series.  

Lady Daphne Hallworth felt invisible. Her family had left in their carriages for the Christmas holiday and left her behind. At first, Daphne was furious and hurt. But then she decided that it was a perfect opportunity for her to pursue her dream. She wanted to open a home for unwed mothers. But her brother, the head of the family, was against it. Well, as far as Lady Daphne was concerned, her days of being controlled were over. It was time for her to make her mark in the world. 

Unfortunately, on the way to inquire about property, Lady Daphne was robbed. She didn’t care so much about the money; it was her diary that she was worried about. If it fell into the wrong hands, Lady Daphne would not only be humiliated and ruined; her family would be, as well. She chased the pint-size thief until he ran into a gentlemen’s gambling hall. 

Lady Daphne had always had a crush on Paul Barstowe, Duke of Southart. But, her brother and Paul had had a falling out, and it was understood by her family that no one was to have anything to do with Paul. He had always been kind to Daphne though. She saw goodness where no one else did. So when Paul offered to help her, she accepted. The Duke of Southart was determined to change his soiled reputation. He was done with being selfish. He hoped that recovering and returning Lady Daphne’s diary would count towards restoring his reputation and mending a broken friendship. 

I loved Paul Barstowe and Daphne Hallworth in this story and was glad to see them change and grow. The Good, The Bad, and The Duke is a well-written, captivating, and enjoyable holiday romance. 

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)

Janna MacGregor was born and raised in the bootheel of Missouri. She credits her darling mom for introducing her to the happily-ever-after world of romance novels. Janna writes stories where compelling and powerful heroines meet and fall in love with their equally matched heroes. She is the mother of triplets and lives in Kansas City with her very own dashing rogue, and two smug, but not surprisingly, perfect pugs. She loves to hear from readers.

Visit her at http://www.JannaMacGregor.com.
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#Unspeakable by Elisabeth Naughton–Review–5 Stars–#NetGalley

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Although all of the children in the McClane family were adopted and had troubled pasts, Rusty was the only one who thought of himself as a black sheep. Rusty’s guilt over someone he loved tormented him daily. Unbeknownst to his family, Rusty was on a mission; spending nights in unsavory places, trying to ease his pain.

Legal Investigator, Harper Blake, could always tell when someone was hiding secrets. And bad boy, Rusty McClane, she knew, was hiding some dark ones. Harper was convinced that Rusty had something to do with the recent missing teenage girls.

Harper was a strong independent woman who knew how to take care of herself. Bad boys, however, had always been her weakness, and Rusty McClane was poking at her heart. He wasn’t the average bad boy, no Rusty, was a white knight, dressed in black, fighting to heal his soul. And, Harper couldn’t help but to find him irresistible.

Unspeakable is a dark, fast-paced, sexy romantic thriller. It’s well-crafted, with likable characters, natural dialogue, and twists, I never saw coming.

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

~5 out of 5 stars~

 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Before topping multiple bestseller lists–including those of the New York Times, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal–award winning author Elisabeth Naughton taught middle school science. A voracious reader, she soon discovered she had a knack for creating stories with a chemistry of their own. The spark turned into a flame, and Elisabeth now writes full-time.

Though primarily known for her romantic suspense work, Elisabeth has penned over thirty novels and continues to write in multiple genres, including paranormal romance and contemporary romance. Her books have been translated into numerous languages and have earned several award nominations, including three prestigious RITA® nominations from Romance Writers of America. In 2017, REPRESSED, the first book in her Deadly Secrets series, won the RITA® for best romantic suspense.

Elisabeth’s work has been praised by the Chicago Tribune as being filled with “deadly intrigue, high adrenaline action, and scorchingly hot passion.” Kirkus calls her “a writer talented enough at weaving a yarn to get her readers ensnared in it.” When not dreaming up new stories, Elisabeth can be found spending time with her husband and three children in their western Oregon home, wrangling two cats, or chasing after one very rambunctious Dalmatian.