#First Earl I See Tonight by Anna Bennett–Review–5 stars

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First Earl I See Tonight, is a delightful well-crafted historical fiction romance, with likable characters, witty dialogue, and an intriguing plot. 

Fiona Hartley became frantic when she received a blackmail note, demanding money in exchange for silence. Her sister’s parentage was about to be exposed. That discovery would undoubtedly devastate her sister and ruin her reputation; not to mention the humiliation the entire family would suffer. It wasn’t as if Fiona didn’t have the money to pay the blackmailer; she did. Fiona just couldn’t access it, until she was married. So Fiona did the unthinkable. She proposed marriage to an aloof moody Earl, a stranger, really, who Fiona knew, was short on funds. 

David Gray, Earl of Ravenport, was curious about the marriage proposal he received. Not that he was looking for a wife, he wasn’t. Being jilted by his fiancee, Helena, fixed that for him. Helena changed her mind about marrying the Earl, the moment she stepped into his crumbling estate. Gray was sure that Fiona would do the same. But Fiona, Gray discovered, was not Helena. Fiona was warm, trusting, compassionate, and beautiful. The more time the Earl spent with Fiona, the more confusing his life became.

 First Earl I See Tonight is a humorous, entertaining romantic read. If you enjoy reading adult historical fiction romance, with a touch of mystery, this book is for you.

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

~5 out of 5 stars~

 

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#Vanishing Girls by Lisa Regan–Review–4.5 stars

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Seventeen-year-old Isabelle went missing from Denton Pennsylvania. Although Detective Josie Quinn was currently suspended from her job, she couldn’t stay quiet. The investigation to find Isabelle was taking too long. And although the chief assured Josie that everything was being done to find the girl, Josie was not convinced. So Detective Josie Quinn started to dig, and the deeper she researched, the uglier and more complicated the case became. 

Detective Quinn discovered that Isabelle was not the only teenager who had been abducted around Denton in the past few years. The Denton Police were dragging their feet and still considered Isabelle to be just a missing person. Detective Quinn knew better; these girls were not runaways; they were being kidnapped. She just hoped that they were still alive. The closer Detective Quinn came to the perpetrator, the more dangerous life became for her, and everyone, she cared about.  

I love Detective Josie Quinn. She’s a no-nonsense kickass female detective. I never warmed up to any of the male characters in the book, except Noah, the loyal but less than macho, police officer. Vanishing Girls is a dark, gritty, and compelling crime thriller. Although some pieces of the book were a bit over-the-top to be believed, the story itself was riveting and memorable. Vanishing Girls stayed with me long after I finished the last page. I will definitely be reading the next book in the series.

~4.5 out of 5 stars~

 

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Lisa Regan is the USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Detective Josie Quinn series as well as several other crime fiction titles. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Master of Education degree from Bloomsburg University. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, and Mystery Writers of America. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, daughter, and Boston Terrier named Mr. Phillip.

 

Today’s New Fab Releases

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Check Out Today’s New Releases!

 

 

Once a Scoundrel by Mary Jo Putney—5 stars
https://write-escape.com/2018/08/12/once-a-scoundrel-by-mary-jo-putney-review-5-stars-netgalley

 

The Christmas Wishing Tree by Emily March—5 stars
Https://write-escape.com/2018/09/02/the-christmas-wishing-tree-by-emily-march-review-5-stars-netgalley

 

The Coordinates of loss by Amanda Prowse—4 stars
https://write-escape.com/2018/09/06/the-coordinates-of-loss-by-amanda-prowse-review-4-stars-netgalley

 

Last Night With The Earl by Kelly Bowen—4 stars
https://write-escape.com/2018/09/05/last-night-with-the-earl-by-kelly-bowen-review-4-stars-netgalley

#The Christmas Star by Donna VanLiere–Review–4 stars-#NetGalley

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The Christmas Star is a heartwarming holiday sweet tale about change, forgiveness, hope, and God.

Maddie is a charismatic seven-year-old orphan girl with CP who loves to play matchmaker. After Maddie’s classes, a school van would take Maddie to Glory’s Place, to wait for her foster parent. It was one of Maddie’s favorite places to go. 

Amy has wanted children of her own, for years, but her former husband was too busy drinking and being selfish to share her dream. After their divorce, Amy volunteered to work at Glory’s Place. She wanted to spend time with children who needed her. And, that is where Amy met the matchmaker. Maddie was determined to bring together Mr. G. and Amy. Maddie was positive that the two of them belonged together. But when the two adults met, they were sure that Maddie was mistaken.   

The Christmas Star is a sweet holiday romance, well-written, touching, and full of hope.

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

~4 out of 5 stars~

 

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Donna VanLiere is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author and gifted conference speaker. She has published ten titles including The Christmas Shoes and The Christmas Blessing, both of which were adapted into movies (starring Rob Lowe, Kimberly Williams-Perry and Neil Patrick Harris) and garnered big ratings for CBS television. LifetimeTelevision adapted The Christmas Hope (starring Madeline Stowe) and premiered it December 2009 to stellar ratings as well. Donna’s non-seasonal novel, The Angels of Morgan Hill, has captured the same warmth as her Christmas books and continues to please loyal and new fans alike.

Donna is the recipient of a Retailer’s Choice Award for Fiction, a Dove Award, a Silver Angel Award, an Audie Award for best inspirational fiction, a nominee for a Gold Medallion Book of the Year and was recently inducted into the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges Hall of Excellence joining such luminaries as Coretta Scott King, Hugh Downs, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale and Senator John Glenn. Donna is an in-demand conference speaker having appeared at countless women’s and family events, including select Women of Faith and Extraordinary Women conferences.

Donna’s latest book, The Christmas Journey (October 2010) is a retelling of the story of the Nativity told through Donna’s signature voice and accompanied by moving and beautifully rendered watercolor illustrations throughout. The eighty-mile journey of a common carpenter and a simple peasant girl is one of the most powerful stories in history. As books go out of print and stories fade from memory, the journey of Joseph and Mary and her delivery inside a common barn continues to bless and inspire hope in people around the world.

Look for her brand new novel entitled “The Christmas Note this fall (2011).

Donna lives in Franklin, Tennessee, with her husband, Troy, and their children, Grace, Kate and David.

Learn more at http://www.DonnaVanLiere.com

#Consumed by J.R.Ward–Review-4.5 stars–#NetGalley

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Anne Ashburn was not the warm touchy-feely-type of person. She was a focused, strong-willed firefighter; determined to follow in her father’s footsteps. Anne was crushed, however, when she discovered that her dad was not the hero, she’d thought he was. And, her mother, was even more of a doormat than she’d thought. 

Danny McGuire was the love of Anne’s life; not that she wanted him to know that, however. The two of them had a toxic, on again-off again, explosive relationship. Anne was angry and prickly most of the time, and Danny was drowning in guilt. If their relationship were ever to survive, they’d have to become vulnerable and trust one another; something neither of them were good at.  

When a tragic accident occurred, Anne’s life was changed forever. She worked hard, though, at reinventing herself. She had become a fire investigator and an excellent one at that. Anne was never someone to back down on a challenge, even if it was dangerous. And, although she should have been, Anne was not afraid to cross ruthless and influential, evil individuals.  

Wow, what a great start to a new series.  J.R. Ward doesn’t shy away from describing gruesome scenes, and the horrific toll firefighting takes on a person, mentally, physically and emotionally. I’ll be looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

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

~4.5 out of 5 stars~

 

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J.R. Ward is the number one New York Times bestselling author of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series of vampire books. She is a winner of the prestigious Romance Writers of America RITA award for Best Paranormal Romance and is a multiple RITA nominee. A graduate of Smith College, she was a double major in History and Art History with a medieval concentration in both and she still longs at times for a return to those days sitting in dark lecture halls, looking at slides of old triptychs and reliquaries. Prior to becoming a full time writer, she was a corporate attorney, serving for many years as the Chief of Staff of one of Harvard Medical Schools premier teaching sites. Her idea of absolute heaven is a day filled with nothing but her computer, her dog and her coffee pot and the Brothers, of course.

 

 

 

#The Girl From Berlin by Ronald Balson-Review–4.5 stars–#NetGalley

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In Italy, a lawyer representing a powerful company, handed Gabi, an eviction notice. He told her that the deed that she held to the land was not valid. The elderly woman was given only sixty days to evacuate. Out of desperation, Gabi’s nephew, pleaded with his American friends, Catherine and Liam, a lawyer and private investigator team, to help. The two Americans were not sure that they would be of any real assistance to Gabi until they read Ada Baumgarten’s memoir.

 Ada Baumgarten wrote about her life, as a Jew, living in Germany and Italy, under Hitler’s rule. As her memoir unfolded, Ada’s world, came alive for Catherine and Liam. Because Ada was a professional violinist, she was given more liberties than the average Jewish girl. But, that didn’t stop the Nazis from trying to remove everything that she loved from her. Unfortunately, Ada had embarrassed an SS soldier, and that Nazi, was not about to let the incident go until he had his revenge. 

The book alternates between the 1930s and 2017. It tells the poignant story about Hitler’s rise to power in Germany, the atrocities the Nazis carried out in his name, and the influence Hitler had in Europe. The Girl from Berlin is a well-written and captivating novel.  

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

~4.5 stars out of 5 stars~

 

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Ronald H. Balson is an attorney practicing with the firm of Stone, Pogrund and Korey in Chicago. The demands of his trial practice have taken him into courts across the United States and into international venues. An adjunct professor of business law at the University of Chicago for twenty-five years, Ron has also lectured on trial advocacy in federal trial bar courses. 

During the early 2000s Ron spent time in Warsaw and southern Poland in connection with a complex telecommunications lawsuit. While in Poland Ron was profoundly moved by the scars and memorials of World War II, which inspired him to write Once We Were Brothers, his first novel. Extensive travels to Israel and the Middle East provided the inspiration for Saving Sophie, his second novel. While on his Once We Were Brothers book tour, Ron met Fay Waldman, a survivor of multiple Nazi prison camps. Her remarkable story inspired and provided the backdrop for Ron’s third novel, Karolina’s Twins. Ron is hard at work on his fourth.

#Winter In Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand-Review–5 stars- #NetGalley

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Irene was happy with her life as a wife, mother, and magazine editor until an email, detailing her demotion came to her attention, as well as a distressing phone call, informing Irene of her husband’s death. Irene had always been secure in her marriage. She never worried about her husband having affairs, even though he traveled a great deal. Her husband doted on her and showered her with attention whenever he was home. Perhaps, she should have been more concerned, because when he died in a helicopter crash, his mistress, a woman from St. Johns, USVI, perished along with him.

Irene wasn’t exactly excited to be taking a trip to the Virgin Islands, but her husband’s hidden life had her wanting answers. Irene’s grief and disbelief turned quickly to anger when she discovered the magnitude of her doting husband’s deceit. Irene’s sons, Baker and Cash Steele flew to the Virgin Islands, not only to support their mother but to do a little investigating themselves. The two brothers had never been close, but increasing competition and anger skyrocketed, when the two of them fell for the same Island girl, crushing any brotherly relationship they had. 

Winter In Paradise is a compelling and well-crafted novel. The author drew me into the story right from the start. The characters are fascinating, the dialogue realistic and the story captivating. It does end with a cliff-hanger, however, so be warned. I plan on reading book two in the series. I’ve read several of Elin Hilderbrand’s books and have never been disappointed; Winter In Paradise is no exception.

Thank you, Little, Brown & Company and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I loved it!

~5 out of 5 stars~

 

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Elin Hilderbrand first discovered the magic of Nantucket in July 1993. Her recipe for a happy island life includes running, writing at the beach, picnics at Eel Point with her three children, and singing “Home, Sweet Home” at the Club Car piano bar. Here’s to Us is her seventeenth novel.