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Beach House Reunion by Mary Alice Monroe–4 stars

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Check-out Mary Alice Monroe’s Newest Release–Coming 5/22/18!

Cara was fifty-three-years old and experiencing motherhood for the first time. Although Cara was a highly successful businesswoman, she found bringing up a child to be more challenging. She was petrified of being inadequate. So Cara headed back to her roots for the support of her family and friends. She also wanted Hope to grow up on the Isle of Palms; like she did.

Although Cara had wonderful memories of her childhood, she also had painful ones. And seeing her brother follow in their father’s footsteps was heartbreaking. A family storm was brewing; a crisis that would bring everyone to their knees, especially her brother. No one likes pain, but as uncomfortable as it can be, pain is many times the catalyst needed to push someone onto the road to healing. 

Beach House Reunion is an emotional and well-written novel. It’s a book about, second chances, love, friendship, and forgiveness. 

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

~4 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from Author’s page on Amazon)

Mary Alice Monroe is known for her intimate portrayals of women’s lives and keen eye to setting. Monroe brings to life the many colorful people and the compelling story layers of her home–Charleston and the the beaches of the lowcountry. 

Mary Alice Monroe’s books have achieved several best seller lists including the New York Times, SIBA, and USA Today. Mary Alice has received numerous awards, including the 2014 SC Book Festival Award for Excellence in Writing, the 2015 SW Florida Book Festival Distinguished Author Award, 2008 South Carolina Center for the Book Award for Writing, The RT Lifetime Achievement Award, and the International Book Award for Green Fiction. She serves on the board of the South Carolina Aquarium, the Leatherback Trust, and the Charleston Volunteers for Literacy. Her children’s books received several awards, including the ASPCA Henry Bergh award. 

Her recent novel is the final book in a trilogy set in the lowcountry: THE SUMMER GIRLS, THE SUMMER WIND, and THE SUMMER’S END. Her next novel, A LOWCOUNTRY WEDDING, continuing the popular series, will be released in May 2016. Monroe’s novel, THE BEACH HOUSE, will be made into a Hallmark film starring Andie MacDowell.

 

 

The Optimist’s Guide to Letting Go by Amy E. Reichert–4 Stars

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The Optimist’s Guide to Letting Go is a captivating, heart-wrenching and touching story.

Lorraine realized that the easiest way to do something was not necessarily the best way. When the love of her life, Joe, died, instead of bringing up her two children alone, Lorraine sought the help of her estranged parents. Her father insisted that she marry well. Within weeks she was married to a man who would provide for her, and her children, financially. This would not be a marriage based on love though. Floyd needed a ready-made family and Lorraine, needed financial security. The catch was, unfortunately, that her children were never to know that Joe, was their real father. It would be as if he never existed. This secret would cost Lorraine, dearly.

Gina always tried to look on the bright side of life. Some days; however, it seemed to be too much of a task. Gina, loved her mother, Lorraine, she just didn’t like her, sometimes. Lorraine was always finding fault with Gina, and the way she raised, May, her daughter. Gina lost her husband two years ago and although she knew May’s coldness towards her, was just grief over losing her father; it still stung.

When Lorraine’s health failed her, Gina discovered the secret; Lorraine had buried for forty years.  Although this truth was shocking, it was the catalyst for Gina’s healing. Gina, like her mother, had married a man she loved but lost him. Vicky, Gina’s sister, had married for convenience only, so it was no surprise when she found herself, caught in a loveless marriage. Neither Gina nor Vicky could move on with their lives until they learned to truly let go; Gina, the man she lost, and Vicky, the marriage that brought her pain.

This book is about grief, letting go, and learning to live again. The Optimist’s Guide To Letting Go is a captivating story that touches the heart.

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

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from Author’s page on Amazon)

Amy Reichert earned her MA in Literature from Marquette University, and honed her writing and editing skills as a technical writer (which is exactly as exciting as it sounds). As a newly minted member of the local library board, she loves helping readers find new books to love. She’s a life-long Wisconsin resident with (allegedly) a very noticeable accent, a patient husband, and two too-smart-for-their-own-good kids. When time allows, she loves to read, collect more cookbooks than she could possibly use, and test the limits of her DVR.

 

The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews–Review–4.5 Stars

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I really enjoyed The High Tide Club. It’s a well-written story about friendship and forgiveness. The book alternates between the 1940s and the present day. It takes place mostly on Talisa Island. The same Island where the eccentric Josephine Bettendorf Warrick, the sole owner of the land, lived. 

Josephine is ninety-nine-years-old and dying from Cancer. She knows that her time for making amends to the High Tide Club members is running out. Although she only has one friend who is still alive, from the exclusive club, she plans on making restitution to her deceased friends, by giving to their next of kin. So Josephine hires Brooke Trappnell, a lawyer, to not only re-write her will but to also find her friend’s closest relatives. Josephine needs to confess. Her dark secrets are too much for her to bear. But, more than anything, Josephine wants forgiveness. She sincerely, hopes that it’s not too late. 

The High Tide Club has a bit of everything, betrayal, heartache, romance, mystery, friendship and secrets; Lots and lots of secrets. The story has several twists and surprises, a couple of them; I never saw coming. 

This book is a well-written and enjoyable story. Mary Kay Andrews knows how to spin a tale. Thank you, St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I loved it.

~4.5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from Author’s page on Amazon)

Mary Kay Andrews is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Beach Town, Save the Date, Christmas Bliss, Ladies’ Night, Spring Fever, and Summer Rental, all from St. Martin’s Press, as well as Savannah Breeze, Blue Christmas Hissy Fit, Little Bitty Lies and Savannah Blues, all HarperPerennial. On May 17, 2016, St. Martin’s Press will release her 24th novel, THE WEEKENDERS

A former reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she wrote ten critically acclaimed mysteries, including the Callahan Garrity mystery series, originally under her real name, Kathy Hogan Trocheck. The Callahan mysteries have recently been re-released by HarperPerennial, as Mary Kay Andrews writing as Kathy Hogan Trocheck. 

A native of St. Petersburg, FL (and a diplomate of the Maas Bros. Department Store School of Charm), she started her professional journalism career in Savannah, GA, where she covered the real-life murder trials which were the basis of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. 

As a lifelong “junker” the author claims to know the location of every promising thrift store, flea market and junkpile in the southeastern United States, plus many parts of Ohio. 

She has a B.A. in newspaper journalism from The University of Georgia (go Dawgs!), and is a frequent lecturer and writing teacher at workshops and book festivals.

Married to her high school sweetheart, she is the mother of two grown children and a proud grandmother. When not on book tour, she divides her time between Atlanta and her two beach cottages on Tybee Island GA.

 

Theo by Amanda Prowse –Review-4.5 Stars

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Don’t Miss Amanda Prowse’s Newest Release-Theo–4.5 stars!  Out Now.

 

Theo is the second book in Amanda Prowse’s One Love, Two Stories, Series. After reading, Anna, the first novel, I couldn’t wait to devour the second one. And, just as I expected, book two is an outstanding, heart-wrenching, and emotional read. 

Theo suffered from low self-esteem and bouts of depression all of his life. Although he had every material thing a person could want growing up, he craved approval and affection. His parents were wealthy, selfish, and preoccupied with their own lives. They had very little time for Theo. In fact, Theo felt like an outsider even in his own home. Although he attended one of the most prestigious boarding schools in England, Theo hated it. He was lonely and bullied. His only friend was Mr. Porter, the groundskeeper, a man Theo looked up to.

Theo was wise and compassionate most of the time.  And, although Theo was a quality person with a good heart, he, unfortunately, had a selfish streak that plagued him. I never quite forgave Theo for refusing to give the woman he loved, what she craved for the most in the world. The only thing, she truly ever asked of him. Theo did eventually come to his senses, but not soon enough. 

Amanda Prowse does heart-gripping novels well, and this one is no different. It’s a heart-breaking story with threads of pure love and joy woven throughout its pages. I would recommend reading Anna first. It’s not necessary, but so much better, if you do.

Many thanks to Amanda Prowse for my advanced review copy. I loved it.

~4.5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from Author’s page on Amazon)

Amanda Prowse is an International Bestselling author who has published sixteen novels in dozens of languages. Her recent chart topping No.1 titles ‘What Have I Done?’, ‘Perfect Daughter’ and ‘My Husband’s Wife’ 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 Food of Love’ went straight to No.1 in Literary Fiction when it was launched in the USA and she has been described by the Daily Mail as ‘The Queen of Drama’ for her ability to make the reader feel as if they were actually in the story. 

Now published by Lake Union, Amanda Prowse is the most prolific writer of contemporary fiction in the UK today; her titles also score the highest online review approval ratings for several genres.

A popular TV and radio personality, Amanda Prowse is a regular panellist on the Channel 5 show ‘The Wright Stuff’ and numerous daytime ITV programmes. She makes countless guest appearances on BBC and independent Radio stations where she is well known for her insightful observations of human nature and her infectious observational humour. 

Become friends with Amanda on Facebook: AmandaProwseAuthor and follow her on Twitter: @MrsAmandaProwse or Instagram: MrsAmandaProwse. For more information on her books, lifestyle and inspirational advice see http://www.amandaprowse.com

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

 

 

Check Out Today’s New Book Releases!

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Released Today

My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie—5 stars
Before I Let You Go by Kelly Rimmer—5 stars
Other People’s Houses by Abbi Waxman—4.5 stars
The School For Psychics by K.C. Archer—4.5 stars

In Case You Missed My Reviews on These Fab Books, Here Are The Links:

 

My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie—5 stars
https://write-escape.com/2018/03/30/my-dear-hamilton-by-stephanie-dray-laura-kamoie-5-shining-stars

 

Before I Let You Go by Kelly Rimmer—5 stars
https://write-escape.com/2018/03/31/before-i-let-you-go-by-kelly-rimmer-review-5-shining-stars

 

Other People’s Houses by Abbi Waxman—4.5 stars
https://write-escape.com/2018/03/31/other-peoples-houses-by-abbi-waxman-review-4-5-stars

 

The School For Psychics by K.C. Archer
https://write-escape.com/2018/03/26/the-school-for-psychics-by-k-c-archer-review-4-5-stars

Other People’s Houses by Abbi Waxman–Review–4.5 Stars

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Other People’s Houses–Coming 4/3/18!

 

Other People’s Houses is an engrossing, entertaining and well-written novel.

This book follows four families in a Los Angeles California neighborhood. Their trials, inner struggles, betrayals and most touching moments are depicted well in this story. My favorite couple is Frances and Michael Bloom. Frances was the designated carpool mom. She took the neighborhood kids plus her own three back and forth to school. Frances was the only mom who was overweight and not obsessed with her appearance. She was also the kindest most level-headed person in the group, and her husband, Michael, loved her, extra curves, and all. Frances was the star who held the neighborhood together, when one family on their street, began to crumble.

This book is all about marriage, family life, betrayal, consequences, and forgiveness. The writing in this book is witty and spot on. Frances is the main character, and her internal dialogue is absolutely hysterical. Although the story is poignant and the subject matter, serious, the author has a remarkable ability to lighten the mood, with humor. I loved it.

Thank you, Berkley Publishing and Edelweiss, for my advanced review copy.

~4.5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Today’s New Release!–Anna by Amanda Prowse-#Review–5-Stars

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Anna by Amanda Prowse is Out Today!

In Case You Missed My Review on This Fab. Book, Here’s The Link:

https://write-escape.com/2018/03/03/anna-by-amanda-prowse-review-5-shining-stars