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#Sold On A Monday by Kristina McMorris–Review–4.5 stars-#NetGalley

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Sold On A Monday is a well-written, poignant, historical fiction novel, which takes place during the Depression Era, in Pennsylvania.  

Ellis Reed had no idea that an increase in reporting opportunities would be rewarded him, after capturing two children for sale, on film. Lillian Palmer, a secretary for the newspaper, found Ellis’s picture, and submitted it for review. But, when the image was discovered, destroyed, the editor sent Ellis to take another. The problem was, however, that the children were no longer there. So against Ellis’s better judgment, he re-created the scene by bribing an impoverished mother into allowing her children to pose for a picture.

Ellis felt shame and guilt, for exploiting a woman’s distress, for financial gain, especially, when that deceitful action, led to devastating consequences for the mother and her children. Ellis was determined, however, to right his wrong.

The story is captivating and heartbreaking. It also has an authentic feel to it, of what, life was like, during the 1930s.

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

~4.5 out of 5 stars~ 

 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

KRISTINA MCMORRIS is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and the recipient of more than twenty national literary awards, as well as a nomination for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, RWA’s RITA Award, and a Goodreads Choice Award for Best Historical Fiction. Inspired by true personal and historical accounts, her works of fiction have been published by Kensington Books, Penguin Random House, and HarperCollins. 

Kristina’s forthcoming novel, SOLD ON A MONDAY (Sourcebooks Landmark, Sept 2018), follows her widely praised novels THE EDGE OF LOST, THE PIECES WE KEEP, BRIDGE OF SCARLET LEAVES, and LETTERS FROM HOME, in addition to her novellas in the anthologies A WINTER WONDERLAND and GRAND CENTRAL. Prior to her writing career, she hosted weekly TV shows since age nine, including an Emmy Award-winning program, and has been named one of Portland’s “40 Under 40” by The Business Journal. She lives with her husband and two sons in Oregon, where she is working on her next novel. For more, visit http://KristinaMcMorris.com

 

Today’s New Book Releases— #The Warrior of Clan Kincaid , #The Highland Chieftain & #Set The Night On Fire

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Three New Book Releases To Check Out!

 

 

In Case You Missed My Reviews, Here Are The Links:

 

 

The Warrior of Clan Kincaid by Lily Blackwood—5 stars

https://write-escape.com/2018/07/07/the-warrior-of-clan-kincaid-by-lily-blackwood-review-5-stars-netgalley

 

The Highland Chieftain by Amy Jarecki—4 stars

https://write-escape.com/2018/07/05/the-highland-chieftain-by-amy-jarecki-review-4-stars-netgalley

 

Set The Night On Fire by Laura Trentham—3.5 stars

https://write-escape.com/2018/07/04/set-the-night-on-fire-by-laura-trentham-review

 

#Kiss An Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips–Review–5 Stars

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A Fabulous Romance by Susan Elizabeth Phillips!

 

My Review

Daisy Devreaux found herself in a no-win situation. She was in debt and needed her father’s help. He gave his daughter a choice, of going to jail or marrying the man of his choosing. Daisy’s father was obsessed with Russian history. So it was no surprise to Daisy when she found herself reciting her marriage vows with Alex Markov. 

Alex Markov was devilishly handsome but incapable of love, or at least that was what he told Daisy. She didn’t believe him though, and set out, to prove him wrong. Daisy sincerely hoped that Alex was capable of loving her because her traitorous heart was falling for him. The story takes place in a traveling circus, and although this well-written romance is heartbreaking at times, it’s also touching, funny, and very addicting.  I loved it.

~5 out of 5 stars~

 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

SUSAN ELIZABETH PHILLIPS is a New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, and USA Today bestseller, whose books are published in over 30 different languages. 

If you’d like to know more, including info on her newest book, whether any of her books will be made into movies, how to get an autographed book, where she gets her ideas, please visit her

website http://susanelizabethphillips.com/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SusanElizabethPhillipsNovels/

Twitter http://twitter.com/sepauthor 

To register for her monthly sweepstakes visit http://susanelizabethphillips.com/monthly-sweepstakes-2/

 

#When We Found Home by Susan Mallery–Review 4 stars #NetGalley

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When We Found Home, is a touching story about second chances and blended families.  Alberto Carlesso is the founder of a successful mail-order Italian food company and the grandfather to three children, Malcolm, 34, Callie 26, and Kiera, 12. The three half-siblings had no idea that the other existed, until just recently. Alberto Carlesso’s son Jerry was a womanizer. He was good at making his lady friend’s pregnant, but little else. He had no use for children. When Jerry died, Alberto discovered that he had two granddaughters that he’d never met. He’s had his grandson Malcolm with him for years and loved him dearly. Now, he wanted to get to know his other grandchildren. Although Malcolm wasn’t always successful, he did his best to welcome his half-sisters home. 

The story is about three-half siblings learning to trust one another, grow emotionally, and become a family. This well-written and heartwarming tale is sprinkled with romance, forgiveness, and love. 

Thank you, Harlequin 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)

Susan Mallery is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of books about the relationships that define women’s lives–romance, friendship, family. With compassion and humor, Susan keenly observes how people think and feel, in stories that take readers on an emotional journey. Sometimes heartbreaking, often funny, and always uplifting, Susan’s books have spent more than 200 weeks on the USA Today bestsellers list, thanks to her ever growing legions of fans.

Critics, too, have heaped praise on “the new queen of romantic fiction.” (Walmart) Booklist says, “Romance novels don’t get much better than Mallery’s expert blend of emotional nuance, humor, and superb storytelling,” and RT Book Reviews puts her “in a class by herself!”

Although Susan majored in Accounting, she never worked as an accountant because she was published straight out of college with two books the same month. Sixteen prolific years and seventy-four books later, she hit the New York Times bestsellers list for the first time with Accidentally Yours in 2008. She made many appearances in the Top 10 before (finally) hitting #1 in 2015 with Thrill Me, the twentieth book in her most popular series, the Fool’s Gold romances, and the fourth of five books released that year.

Susan lives in Seattle with her husband, two ragdoll cats, and a small poodle with delusions of grandeur. Her heart for animals has led Susan to become an active supporter of the Seattle Humane Society. Animals play a big role in her books, as well, as she believes they’re an integral component to a happy life. Visit Susan online at http://www.SusanMallery.com.There are also two love stories that intermingle throughout the book. 

 

 

 

#The Secret Daughter by Kelly Rimmer–Review–5 stars!

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The Secret Daughter is a heart-wrenching novel that takes place during the 1970s, in Australia, when force adoptions were acceptable. This book reads like a powerful memoir, compelling, absorbing, and unforgettable. 

Lilly was sixteen when she was sent away to a Maternity home for unwed mothers; a place where she was forced, to stay and work, until her baby was born. When Lilly first arrived, she had no idea that she wouldn’t be leaving with her baby. When she discovered the truth, Lilly was horrified. Her love letters to James, the father of her unborn child, went from being heartwarming to heartbreaking. Lilly pleaded with James to take her out of the maternity home before it was too late. I was completely engrossed in this story from the very first page.

The book fast-forwards to 2012, when Lilly’s lost child, Sabina, discovers that she is pregnant. Sabina’s dad is ecstatic about being a grandfather, but her mother, Megan, is not. Sabina couldn’t understand why her mother wasn’t happy for her. It wasn’t until the truth of her birth and adoption was revealed to her that Sabrina understood. 

Sabina’s parents tried to convince their daughter that they didn’t know who her birth mother was. Sabina felt strongly, however, that her parents were lying. But why? What kind of ugly secret could they possibly be hiding? When the truth was exposed, Sabina was horrified. It was worse than she’d ever imagined. 

The Secret Daughter is a well-written moving novel, touching as well as heart-wrenching. It’s a powerful, emotional story, and one that I won’t forget for a very long time.

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Kelly Rimmer is the USA Today best selling author of contemporary fiction novels including Me Without You, The Secret Daughter, When I Lost You, A Mother’s Confession and her most recent release, Before I Let You Go. She lives in rural Australia with her family.

For further information about Kelly’s books, and to subscribe to her mailing list, visit http://www.kellyrimmer.com.

 

 

#The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain-Review-5 stars #NetGalley

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Don’t Miss This Fabulous New Novel by Diane Chamberlain, Coming 10/2/18!

 

The Dream Daughter is an extraordinarily well-written time-travel novel. Once I started this book I didn’t want to put it down, not even for a moment. The author pulled me into her story, right from the start. I loved the realistic characters, the intriguing plot, and the flowing dialogue. 

Hunter Poole is a physicist. He is from the future, 2018 to be exact, but he won’t be returning to the twenty-first century anytime soon, or ever. And, Hunter is okay with that. He loves the simpler life of the twentieth century. It’s 1970 and Hunter is a contented man. He has his lovely wife, Patti, by his side and their beautiful son John Paul. Hunter will always be grateful to Carly, his sister-in-law, for introducing him to Patti. But, it was time for him, to return the favor, and he was nervous.

Hunter never told Patti or Carly that he was from the future, but he was going to have to confess now. He owed it to Carly. Her unborn daughter wouldn’t live long after birth if she didn’t have a heart procedure soon. The problem was, however, that fetal surgery was unheard of in1970. Hunter was going to have to send Carly into the future. And, unfortunately, she was going to have to do it alone.

Carly would do anything to save her baby. She would never have thought that traveling through time was going to be the easy part of her journey. Unfortunately, she was going to need every bit of courage and strength she could muster up, to weather the challenges ahead.  

The Dream Daughter is a fabulous novel. Highly recommended. I loved every page. Five well-deserved stars from this reader.

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

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

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Diane Chamberlain is the New York Times, USA Today and Sunday Times bestselling author of 25 novels published in more than twenty languages. Some of her most popular books include Necessary Lies, The Silent Sister, The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes, and The Keeper of the Light Trilogy. Diane likes to write complex stories about relationships between men and women, parents and children, brothers and sisters, and friends. Although the thematic focus of her books often revolves around family, love, compassion and forgiveness, her stories usually feature a combination of drama, mystery, secrets and intrigue. Diane’s background in psychology has given her a keen interest in understanding the way people tick, as well as the background necessary to create her realistic characters.

Diane was born and raised in Plainfield, New Jersey and spent her summers at the Jersey Shore. She also lived for many years in San Diego and northern Virginia before making North Carolina her home.

Diane received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in clinical social work from San Diego State University. Prior to her writing career, Diane worked in hospitals in San Diego and Washington, D.C. before opening a private psychotherapy practice in Alexandria Virginia specializing in adolescents. All the while Diane was writing on the side. Her first book, Private Relations was published in 1989 and it earned the RITA award for Best Single Title Contemporary Novel. 

Diane lives with her partner, photographer John Pagliuca, and her sheltie, Cole. She has three stepdaughters, two sons-in-law, and four grandchildren. She’s currently at work on her next novel.

Please visit Diane’s website at http://www.dianechamberlain.com for more information on her newest novel, The Stolen Marriage, and a complete list of her books.

 

#Set The Night On Fire by Laura Trentham–Review

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New Small Town Romance from Laura Trentham Coming 7/31/18

 

Set The Night On Fire is the sixth and final book, of the Cottonbloom Series. 

Mack Abbot was furious at his brother, Ford. His sibling sold off a quarter of the family business to an outsider, divorcee, Ella Boudreaux. As soon as Mack could put enough money together, he was buying the woman’s share. As far as Mack was concerned, that day couldn’t come fast enough. The Garage was his family’s business. Ella Boudreaux was not an Abbot; so she needed to go. 

Ella was tired of men pushing her around. Those days were over. They ended; the moment she divorced her controlling ex-husband. Mack was doing his best to intimidate her. As far as Ella was concerned, her reasons for wanting a piece of the Abbot Brothers Garage was none of Mack’s business. The old Ella Boudreaux might have put up with bullying, but not the new, empowered, Ella. 

Mack did his best to view Ella, as nothing more, than an irritating adversary. But, the thing was, she wasn’t. Ella was beautiful, sassy, and smart. And, as far as Mack could see, was sincerely trying to improve the garage. Ella wanted nothing to do with men. Admiring them from a distance was okay, but up close, they were all the same, except for Mack. Sure, he could be a bear, like the rest of them, gruff and moody. But, to Ella, Mack was a handsome, teddy bear, with a big, squishy heart. 

Set The Night On Fire is a small town romance, crafted with plenty of southern family charm, heartwarming tenderness, and spicy romantic moments.

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

~3.5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Visit me at http://www.LauraTrentham.com

An award-winning author, Laura Trentham was born and raised in a small town in Tennessee. Although, she loved English and reading in high school, she was convinced an English degree equated to starvation. She chose the next most logical major—Chemical Engineering—and worked in a hard hat and steel toed boots for several years.

She writes sexy, small town contemporaries and smoking hot Regency historicals. KISS ME THAT WAY, Cottonbloom Book 1, won the Stiletto Contest for Best Long Contemporary and finaled in the National Readers Choice Award. THEN HE KISSED ME, Cottonbloom Book 2, was named an Amazon Best Romance of 2016 and was a finalist for the National Excellence for Romance Fiction. TILL I KISSED YOU, Cottonbloom Book 3, is a finalist in the Maggie contest. LEAVE THE NIGHT ON, the latest Cottonbloom book, was named an iBooks Best Book of the Month and a Recommended Read from NPR.

When not lost in a cozy Southern town or Regency England, she’s shuttling kids to soccer, helping with homework, and avoiding the Mt. Everest-sized pile of laundry that is almost as big as the to-be-read pile of books on her nightstand.

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