The Orphan of Florence by Jeanne Kalogridis–Book Review

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Coming 10/3/17, Jeanne Kalogridis’s Newest Historical Fiction Novel

The Orphan of Florence!

 

The Orphan of Florence is a well-written, dark historical fiction that takes place during the turbulent years of the 1400’s, in Florence, Italy.

After two years of surviving on the streets in Florence, disguised as a boy, the orphan, Giulia, was caught pickpocketing an old man. The gentleman, Ser Abramo whom Giulia had stolen from, told the arresting officer, that he would prefer to take the lad into his home, rather than have the boy jailed. Giulia was later informed by Ser Abramo that she would be the new courier. It was dangerous work, but she would be well compensated. What Giulia didn’t realize at the time was that Ser Abramo was the infamous Magician.

Ser Abramo introduced Giulia into his world of magic, intrigue, and peril. Giulia had sworn off caring for people years ago. Loving people only caused agonizing pain, when they left; and they always left. But despite Giulia saying that she didn’t care about, Cecilia, a friend from the orphanage and Tommaso, her six-year-old pickpocketing sidekick, she did. A lot. And although she hated to admit it, she cared deeply for, Ser Abramo, the Magician. There were dangers and dark secrets all around Giulia which she knew nothing about. Unfortunately, everyone Giulia had ever cared about; including herself was in imminent grave danger. Giulia’s life will right itself, but not before her heart breaks, for yet, another person who abandons her.

The Orphan of Florence is an intriguing historical fiction mystery, crafted with enough authentic details that I was transported to Florence Italy, during the year of 1478. Anyone who is interested in Italian history will especially enjoy this book.

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

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Fool Me Once by Catherine Bybee–Book Review

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Don’t Miss Catherine Bybee’s Newest Book Release, Fool Me Once, Coming 9/19/17!

 

Fool Me Once is a fun and unique fictional read. Catherine Bybee is a talented writer and great storyteller. I thoroughly enjoyed this well-written, suspenseful and captivating novel.

Attorney Lori Cumberland wasn’t the average run-of-the-mill divorce lawyer. She represented only the rich and the famous. Wealthy men and women who desired a short-term marriage, with an uncomplicated divorce, sought out Lori Cumberland. The reasons why people wanted a fake marriage varied considerably. Some temporarily wanted arm candy, others, needed a sophisticated image, to further their career, and some, sought to soothe, a family member’s worries before they died. Whatever the reasons, all clients were required to sign an Alliance agreement. This contract included among other things, a prenuptial agreement and a marriage expiration date. Although Attorney Lori Cumberland appeared to have a posh job, it was not without risks. Some wealthy people, are powerful, and become dangerously lethal when crossed; something that Lori, unfortunately, would experience, firsthand. Although the Alliance was heavily guarded, with security, bodyguards, private jets, and safe houses, unexpected occurrences can and do happen.

Private Investigator Reed Barlow was hired to dig dirt up on Shannon, a Senator’s ex-wife. Reed didn’t know before becoming romantically involved, with attorney Lori Cumberland, that Shannon had once signed an Alliance contract. The information he discovered unethically, would not only smear Shannon but Lori as well. Reed didn’t want to confess to Lori his initial reason for following and flirting with her but did so, anyway. And, as expected, his betrayal cut Lori, deeply. Reed wanted Lori in his life and was willing to go to any lengths to win her back, even if that meant putting himself in danger.

Fool Me Once is a suspenseful, romantic, fictional story; which is highly entertaining and enjoyable. Thank you, Montlake Romance and NetGalley for my advanced review copy.

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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The Surrogate by Louise Jensen–Book Review–5-Stars

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Don’t Miss Louise Jensen’s Latest Thriller, The Surrogate, Coming 9/27/17.
It’s Gripping, Intense and Brilliant. I Loved It!

 

The Surrogate is an intense and cleverly crafted psychological crime thriller. This brilliant novel has so many surprising twists in it that I never saw the final one coming. And, what a twist it was!

Kat desperately wanted to be a mother, but sadly, she couldn’t become pregnant. Her supportive husband, Nick, agreed with Kat, that adoption was probably the best way for them to proceed. But after two failed foreign adoptions, the couple was emotionally spent. Everything was looking hopeless, until Kat’s estranged best-friend, Lisa, showed up and offered to be a surrogate. Kat took her friend’s offer as a positive sign and readily agreed. Nick’s lawyer and friend, Richard, however, didn’t think it was a wise decision at all and strongly counseled the couple against it. But Kat was adamant, and so the surrogacy process began. Kat started to doubt her friend’s integrity, though, after Lisa consistently made excuses as to why Kat couldn’t accompany her to the doctor. Lisa was harboring a dark secret, but then again, so was Kat, and Nick, as well as their lawyer, Richard. What would happen when these dark, ugly secrets came to light? Nothing good, that’s for sure.

The Surrogate is an engrossing and compelling novel. I read the book in one day because I couldn’t put it down. It’s intriguing, intense and completely captivating.

Thank you, Bookouture and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy!

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Today’s New Book Release–Love and Other Consolation Prizes-by Jamie Ford

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In Case You Missed My Review, on Today’s New Release, Love and Other Consolation Prizes- Here Is The Link

Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford–4 stars
https://write-escape.com/2017/09/03/love-and-other-consolation-prizes-by-jamie-ford-book-review

 

Second Chance Girl by Susan Mallery–Book Review–

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Don’t Miss This Captivating Love Story, Filled With Witty Dialogue & Sweet Romance!

Release Date–Sept. 26, 2017

 

Second Chance Girl is a delightful and entertaining romance.
The Duke of Somerbrooke was concerned over valuables that were missing from his estate. And the only packages that were leaving his home were addressed to an American, Violet Lund, in his grandmother’s handwriting. Ulrich Sherwood was livid. Violet Lund was a conniving thief who was manipulating his grandmother. The Duke would see justice done, even if that meant, that he had to travel thousands of miles to do so.

Violet Lund, couldn’t believe when the man of her dreams, Ulrich Sherwood, the Duke of Somerbrooke, walked into her shop. The last time she saw him, she was all frizzy hair and braces; and he had made her feel beautiful. He was a gorgeous man; except, for the fiery blue daggers that were aimed right at her. What could she possibly have done?

Carol Lund loved her work at the Animal Preserve. She also had a hidden crush on her next door neighbor, Mathias Mitchell. They were only friends though. She wasn’t anything special, and he was a well-known artist. Besides, Mathias didn’t do relationships; he was a no commitment, one-night romance type of guy. And, although, he could never be hers, she sometimes imagined that he was.

Mathias secretly adored his giraffe loving next door neighbor, Carol Lund. If he were to trust any woman, it would be her. But, Mathias learned from a young age that love often led to betrayal and pain. So Mathias would admire Carol from the sidelines. Little did he know, though, that events in his life were going to drive him right into Carol’s arms.

Second Chance Girl is a well-written light read, filled with witty dialogue and sweet romance. Thank you, Harlequin and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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7 Lessons From Heaven by Mary C. Neal, M.D.–5-Stars–

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Don’t Miss This Awe Inspiring True Story!

7 Lessons From Heaven is a book about Dr. Mary Neal’s incredible afterlife experience. This book does not only describe her near-death-experience but also how angels often intervene in our everyday lives. She also writes about how living a joy-filled life is easy, once you truly understand what awaits you after death.

Dr. Mary Neal had a kayaking accident in Chile and drowned. According to scientific data, anyone experiencing what Dr. Neal did, would be dead. But Dr. Neal is not only alive, and well without any brain damage, she is currently a practicing board-certified orthopedic spinal surgeon in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Her near death experience boggled my mind. One of the most comforting parts of her story was that she had no fear, none at all. The moment Dr. Neal realized she wasn’t going to survive the accident, she was engulfed in love. She tells her story with amazing detail. This book is so heartwarming that I didn’t want it to end. I savored each page.

Dr. Neal includes in her book, stories about how angels not only intervened in her life but others as well. She also talks about meeting Jesus and having a life review. The last part of the book is dedicated to living a joy filled life knowing that God’s promises are true. If you were not convinced before reading this book, that there is indeed an afterlife, Dr. Neal’s true account will erase all doubt. Highly recommended.

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

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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