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#Big Lies In A Small Town by Diane Chamberlain–Review–4.5 Stars

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Big Lies In A Small Town is a captivating and thought-provoking novel. I’ve read several books by Diane Chamberlain and have never been disappointed.

This story is told from two points of view and timelines; Anna Dale, an artist during the 1940s and Morgan Christopher, an artist in 2018. Both women lived through trying times and hardships, and both received assistance from a generous artist, my favorite character, Jessie Williams.

Morgan Christopher was surprised and relieved to discover that she was being released from prison early. Her only requirements were to check in with her parole officer regularly, attend AA, and restore a mural originally painted in 1940 by a woman who disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Morgan didn’t know the first thing about restoring a painting. There was no way, however, that she wanted to go back to prison, so Morgan was determined to learn the art of restoration, quickly.  But the more Morgan cleaned Anna’s bizarre painting, the more confused and intrigued she became. What started as a project to stay out of prison became an obsessive passion for Morgan. She never expected to discover layers of secrets hidden in the painting, but that’s exactly, what she found. 

Big Lies in a Small Town is an emotionally charged, well-written novel with realistic characters, authentic dialogue, and intrigue. It also touches upon some serious subjects, such as depression, alcoholism, rape, and racism. 

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)

Diane Chamberlain is the New York Times, USA Today and (London) Sunday Times best-selling author of 27 novels. The daughter of a school principal who supplied her with a new book almost daily, Diane quickly learned the emotional power of story. Although she wrote many small “books” as a child, she didn’t seriously turn to writing fiction until her early thirties when she was waiting for a delayed doctor’s appointment with nothing more than a pad, a pen, and an idea. She was instantly hooked. 

Diane was born and raised in Plainfield, New Jersey and lived for many years in both San Diego and northern Virginia. She received her master’s degree in clinical social work from San Diego State University. Prior to her writing career, she was a hospital social worker in both San Diego and Washington, D.C, and a psychotherapist in private practice in Alexandria, Virginia, working primarily with adolescents. 

More than two decades ago, Diane was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, which changed the way she works: She wrote two novels using voice recognition software before new medication allowed her to get back to typing. She feels fortunate that her arthritis is not more severe and that she’s able to enjoy everyday activities as well as keep up with a busy travel schedule.

Diane lives in North Carolina with her significant other, photographer John Pagliuca, and their odd but lovable Shetland Sheepdog, Cole. 

Please visit Diane’s website at http://www.dianechamberlain.com for her event schedule and for more information on her newest novel, Big Lies in a Small Town, as well as a complete list of her books.

 

#Seven Letters of Love by Sinead Moriarty–Review–5 Stars! #NetGalley

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Seven Letters of Love is a heartwrenching, emotional story that will make you cry and realize just how precious life truly is.

Sarah was the perfect wife and mother. She loved her family, life, and everything to do with being a stay-at-home mom. When Sarah found out that she was pregnant with her second child, she was ecstatic. That happiness, though, wouldn’t last, tragedy was just around the corner. 

When Sarah slipped into a coma, her husband’s mental health and coping skills deteriorated. He was sick with grief, angry and tired. The treatment of choice presented to him was impossible to accept. He felt alone with his thoughts and at odds with the world. Sarah’s immediate family did not agree with his decision, so to him, they were his greatest adversary. 

This book is a tear-jerker, but you’ll love every page. The characters are larger-than-life, well-developed, and likable. I cared about each one of them. The story is thought-provoking, controversial, and heartwrenching. Seven Letters of Love is an emotional roller coaster. Prepare to have your emotions and heart, hijacked. Highly-recommended.

Thank you, Bookouture and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

~5 out of 5 stars~

 

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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.

 

#How To Love A Duke In Ten Days by Kerrigan Byrne–Review 4.5 Stars-#NetGalley

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How to Love a Duke in Ten Days is a captivating suspenseful historical fiction romance.

Alexandra, Cecilia, and Francesca were the closest of friends. They called themselves the Red Rogue group. As young women, they shared secrets, comforted one another, and vowed never to marry. Several years later Alexandra received, to her surprise, an invitation to Francesca’s wedding. Along with that invitation, however, was a distressing note, stating that Francesca was in danger.

Alexandra’s life was about to change drastically. She thought the unveiling of her long-held secret, which would ruin the Red Rogues, would be her only major issue. She was wrong. The up-coming events, in Alexandra’s world, did not only add new twists, fears, and complications, to her life, but to her astonishment, love, and happiness, as well. Alexandra was about to meet the Duke of Redmayne, aka, the Terror of Torcliff. 

How to Love a Duke in Ten Days is a compelling romantic suspense novel, filled with drama, murder, love, and 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)

Kerrigan Byrne is the best selling author of THE HIGHWAYMAN, THE HUNTER, THE HIGHLANDER, THE DUKE, THE SCOT BEDS HIS WIFE, and coming 8/28/18 is THE DUKE WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO.

She lives on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington with her dream boat husband. When she’s not writing and researching, you’ll find her on the water sailing and kayaking, or on land eating, drinking, shopping, and taking the dogs to play on the beach.

 

 

 

#Because You’re Mine by Rea Frey–Review–5 Stars!–#NetGalley

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Because You’re Mine is a compelling novel; brilliantly crafted, heart-wrenching, and unputdownable. 

From the very first page I was invested in the main character’s lives; Lee, Grace, Noah, and Mason. The four characters are flawed, well-developed, and true-to-life. Seven-year-old Mason was my favorite.

There is good and bad in everyone. And Rea Frey manipulates the reader’s emotion, as she cleverly weaves this fact into her story. Some people have darker sides than others, and, unfortunately, they are very good, at keeping them hidden. This book holds several brilliant surprises and twists. So I won’t go into detail about the plot. I will say, however, that a few times, when I  thought that I had the story figured out, I was wrong. 

Because You’re Mine is superbly written. Each intricate detail is meticulously crafted to move the story forward, and have the reader experiencing everything within its pages. Outstanding!

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

~5 out of 5 stars~

 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Rea Frey is an award-winning author of four nonfiction books. She lives in Nashville with her husband and daughter. Her debut novel, NOT HER DAUGHTER, was released 8.21.18 and has been optioned for film. Her new novel, BECAUSE YOU’RE MINE, will be published 8.6.19. Read more at reafrey.com.

 

 

#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!