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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.

 

#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 Things I Know by Amanda Prowse–Review-5 Stars-#NetGalley

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The Things I know is an emotionally charged character-driven novel; well-written and captivating. I quickly became involved and fell in love with Thomasina and Grayson. The author brings, especially, these two characters to life.

Thomasina has been bullied her entire life. Her disfigurements stood out for all to see. Most people looked away from Thomasina’s facial disfigurement, but others like her cousin took great pleasure in ridiculing her. Although she tried publically to ignore verbal jabs, privately Thomasina cried bitter tears. Thomasina never thought that she’d ever find love. But when a certain gentleman, Grayson Potts came to stay at her farm, everything changed.

Grayson had scars of his own. He had been bullied and taken advantage of, since childhood. When Grayson met Thomasina, Grayson knew that he had met a kindred spirit, and someone he could love. But, the obstacles in his way, kept him from what he wanted, and cemented him to what was familiar, his life of oppression. True happiness he thought was just for normal folk, not for people like him. 

This book brought me to tears several times. It’s a heartwarming, heartbreaking novel, and one you’ll remember for a very long time. Highly recommended. Thank you, Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I loved it!

~5 out of 5 stars~

 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Amanda Prowse is an International Bestselling author who has had twenty one novels published in dozens of languages. Her chart topping No.1 titles ‘What Have I Done?’, ‘Perfect Daughter’, ‘My Husband’s Wife’ and ‘The Girl in the Corner’ have sold millions of copies around the world.

Other novels by Amanda Prowse include ‘A Mother’s Story’ which won the coveted Sainsbury’s eBook of the year Award and ‘Perfect Daughter’ that was selected as a World Book Night title in 2016. Amanda’s latest book ‘The Coordinates of Loss’ went straight to No.1 in Literary Fiction when it was launched. She has been described by the Daily Mail as ‘The Queen of Family Drama.’ 

Published by Lake Union, Amanda is the most prolific writer of bestselling contemporary fiction in the UK today; her titles also consistently score the highest online review approval ratings across several genres.

A popular TV and radio personality, Amanda is a regular panellist on Channel 5’s ‘The Jeremy Vine Show’ and numerous daytime ITV programmes. She makes countless guest appearances on BBC national independent Radio stations including LBC and Talk FM, where she is well known for her insightful observations and her infectious humour. 

Amanda’s ambition is to create stories that keep people from turning the bedside lamp off at night, great characters that ensure you take every step with them and tales that fill your head so you can’t possibly read another book until the memory fades…

Praise for Amanda Prowse:

‘A powerful and emotional work of fiction’ – Piers Morgan 

‘Deeply moving and emotional, Amanda Prowse handles her explosive subjects with delicate skill’ – Daily Mail

‘Uplifting and positive, but you will still need a box of tissues’ – Hello! 

‘A gut-wrenching and absolutely brilliant read’ – The Irish Sun 

‘You’ll fall in love with this…’ – Cosmopolitan 

‘Deeply moving and eye opening. Powerful and emotional drama that packs a real punch.’ – Heat

‘Magical’ – Now magazine

#Becoming Lady Lockwood by Jennifer Moore–Review–5 Stars-

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Amelia Beckett was ordered by her father to come to London from Jamaica, via the warship, Ventura.  Amelia couldn’t understand why her father, Admiral Beckett, insisted that she attend a meeting in London, where her opinion would mean nothing. Amelia’s father, however, had a hidden reason for wanting his daughter, to travel to London, on Captain William Drake’s ship. 

William had no intention of handing over his deceased brother’s inheritance to Amelia until he confirmed the validity of their marriage. Amelia’s father insisted that even though his daughter married by proxy, her marriage was legal. William wasn’t so sure. His brother never even met his so-called wife before he died. Although the Captain was furious and abrupt with Amelia, his hidden actions towards her on the ship, proved that he had a tender heart. 

Becoming Lady Lockwood is an outstanding read, filled with action, drama, and romance. I loved getting to know Amelia, the Captain, and his military crew. There are so many likable characters in this book that I was utterly caught up in their stories. Jennifer Moore is one of my favorite authors. I’ve read and loved many of her books, and Becoming Lady Lockwood is one of her best. I absolutely loved it.

~5 out of 5 stars~

 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Jennifer Moore is a passionate reader and writer of all things romance due to the need to balance the rest of her world that includes a perpetually traveling husband and four active sons, who create heaps of laundry that is anything but romantic. Jennifer has a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Utah and is a Guitar Hero champion. She lives in northern Utah with her family, but most of the time wishes she was aboard a British frigate during the age of sail.

 

#The Abolitionist’s Daughter by Diane C. McPhail–#NetGalley–Review-4 Stars

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The Abolitionist’s Daughter takes place in Greensboro, Mississippi, during the Civil War. Judge Matthews despised slavery, with a passion, yet he owned an abundance of slaves. Some might think that he was a hypocrite, but he wasn’t. The judge would buy slaves who were severely abused by their owners or about to be separated from their families. He would educate the slaves and care for their needs. And, even though it was illegal to grant slaves their freedom, the judge prepared freedom papers for each one. He wanted to be ready, for whenever their liberation day came. His daughter, Emily, was his best advocate. The judge worried, however, that his controversial anti-slavery practices lessened the number of suitors for his daughter. He was right. So when a young doctor, Charles Slate, asked to marry Emily, the judge readily gave his consent. He feared, however, that he might have made a mistake. 

Ms. McPhail crafts The Abolitionist’s Daughter with enough authentic details, and local dialect, that the characters came to life. She also depicts the ugliness and horrors of slavery in this story, as well as the kind and understanding way some owners cared for their slaves. This book is about love, loyalty, forgiveness, abuse, and redemption. I found the pacing slow at times, but the story captivating. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this historical fiction novel.  

Thank you, Kensington Books and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~4 out of 5 stars~

 

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Diane C. McPhail is an artist, writer, and minister. In addition to holding an M.F.A., an M.A., and D.Min., she has studied at the University of Iowa distance learning and the Yale Writers’ Workshop, among others. Diane is a member of North Carolina Writers’ Network and the Historical Novel Society. She lives in Highlands, North Carolina, with her husband, and her dog, Pepper.

#The View from Alameda Island by Robyn Carr–Review–4.5 stars-#NetGalley

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The View from Alameda Island is an engaging, well-written, character-driven novel. It is a book about toxic marriages, self-centeredness, blended families, guilt, and healing. 

Beau and Lauren have suffered under abusive spouses for years. But when the two of them decided that it was time to end their toxic marriages, their spouses couldn’t believe, that they were being dumped.

Once the decision to divorce was made, life became very tough for both Beau and Lauren. The two of them had met by accident but became close friends and great support for one another. Their soon to be ex-spouses, became vicious, in unexpected, and unlawful ways. Although The View from Alameda Island is a bit over-the-top, it does, however, shine a spotlight on the ugly agony that a family unit breakup causes. It also shows the reader that although it is painful to leave toxic relationships, there is life and healing after them.

Thank you, Mira Publishing and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I loved it.

~4.5 out of 5 stars~

 

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Robyn Carr is a RITA® Award-winning, eleven-time #1 New York Times bestselling author of almost sixty novels, including the critically acclaimed Virgin River series. The third novel (THE FAMILY GATHERING) in her fan-favorite new series, Sullivan’s Crossing, will be released in April 2018. Robyn is a recipient of the Romance Writers of America Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award 2016 and in 2017, VIRGIN RIVER was named one of the HarperCollins 200 Iconic Books of the past 200 years. Robyn and her husband live in Las Vegas, Nevada. You can visit Robyn Carr’s website at http://www.RobynCarr.com.