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#A Family of Strangers by Emilie Richards–Review–4 Stars

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The Family of Strangers is a thought-provoking novel, with complex characters, toxic family dynamics, and a compelling plot.

The Gracey sisters, Ryan and Wendy, were almost like strangers to one another. In fact, Ryan had very few memories of her sister. Wendy had been away most of the time in college when Ryan was a toddler.  And, although Ryan’s parents loved her, Ryan always felt second best to their golden child, Wendy.

After leaving the house to live on her own, Ryan rarely heard from her sister. She was content, though, even without close family connections. Ryan was more than surprised when Wendy contacted her, asking for help. And, although, the sisters had never been close, Ryan packed up her things, moved into Wendy’s home, and cared for her two nieces. But when days turned into weeks without Wendy’s return, Ryan became suspicious. Ryan was sure that her sister was lying to her.  So Ryan, along with two friends, began an investigation.

A Family of Strangers is an enjoyable read. There are several surprises in this mystery. The pace, however, slows the story down at times. 

Thank you, Mira Publishing and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~4 out of 5 stars~

 

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Bio

Emilie Richards is the USA Today bestselling author of seventy plus novels in several different genres including romance, mystery and women’s fiction. Published in more than twenty-one countries and sixteen languages, her most recent novel is The Swallow’s Nest, a June 2017 trade paperback and hardcover release from Mira Books. She’s won the RITA from Romance Writers of America and multiple awards from RT Book Reviews, including one for career achievement. Ten of her books have been made into television movies in Germany. 

Emilie finds relationships of all kinds intriguing and perplexing, and exploring that great diversity of possibilities is her passion. Having lived in nine states and briefly in Australia, she’s also determined to discover how the places we live help make us the people we are.

Right now Emilie divides her time between Sarasota, Florida and Chautauqua, New York, when she and her husband aren’t visiting their four children and grandchildren

 

 

 

 

 

#The Wartime Sisters by Lynda Cohen Loigman–Review-5 Stars–#NetGalley

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The Wartime Sisters is a heartfelt, poignant story, rich in character development, historical details, and family drama. I enjoyed every page of this emotionally charged novel.

Ruth and Millie Kaplan have never been close, and their mother was the chief reason. Ever since childhood, Ruth lived under Millie’s shadow. In their mother’s eyes, Millie was perfect; Ruth was not. Ruth was considered the smart, responsible daughter and Millie, the beautiful, fragile one. The sister’s strained relationship worsened in their teen years; when every man whom Ruth brought home, eventually, turned their eyes toward Millie, except for one; Arthur. And, Ruth married him.

 Ruth was ecstatic when Arthur informed her that they needed to move away from Brooklyn, to the Armory, in Springfield, Ma. Ruth couldn’t be happier. Not only would she have the man she loved to herself, Ruth, was finally, going to have a life out from underneath Millie’s shadow. Years later, however, when Millie was alone with a two-year-old son, Ruth felt obligated to invite Millie to live with them. Reluctantly.

I wanted to shake some common sense into the mother, and tell the father, to grow a backbone. The favoritism was a bit over-the-top in this book. But the emotional pull and turmoil crafted into each page was nothing short of exceptional. Once I started reading this book, I couldn’t put it down.  

Thank you, St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

~5 out of 5 stars~

 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Lynda Cohen Loigman grew up in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. She received a B.A. in English and American Literature from Harvard College and a law degree from Columbia Law School. Lynda practiced trusts and estates law in New York City for eight years before moving out of the city to raise her two children with her husband. She wrote The Two-Family House while she was a student of the Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College. The Two-Family House was chosen by Goodreads as a best book of the month for March, 2016, and was a nominee for the Goodreads 2016 Choice Awards in Historical Fiction. Her second novel, The Wartime Sisters, will be published on January 22, 2019.

#Fast Friends by Jill Mansell–Review–4 Stars–#NetGalley

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Fast Friends is a captivating tale about three English women who find each other after being separated for over a decade. It had been fifteen years since the girls were in college together and their lives had drastically changed. Loulou owned a bar and had been married and divorced twice,  Ros was a famous TV star, and Camilla was married with two children.  Although  all three friends were quite wealthy, none of them were truly happy. And by the time they did find their HEA, they were bruised, scarred and humbled. 

Fast Friends is crafted with raw emotion, character growth, and over-the-top drama. Betrayal, jealousy, and infidelity, are the main evils that drive this story. Relationships can be messy and often trigger insecurities and hurtful behavior. But, marriage, partners, and love are treasures worth fighting for. Although Fast Friends is not my favorite book by Jill Mansell, it’s still a compelling and entertaining read.

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!

#The Shipbuilder’s Wife by Jennifer Moore–Review 4.5 stars–NetGalley

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The Shipbuilder’s Wife is a well-written and compelling novel, taking place during the war of 1812. 

Beautiful southern socialite, Lydia Prescott was planning her wedding when British soldiers attacked her Virginia home. She survived the fiery explosion but not without injury. Lydia’s engagement was broken after her beloved saw the ugly gash on her face. Lydia’s confidence and charming manner evaporated. Depression and isolation became her norm. Lydia’s family should have been her support, but both parents avoided her; spending, as little time, as possible, with their not so perfect daughter.  

When Lydia was told that she was to marry Jacob Steele, the shipbuilder, she was nervous. She had only met him once, and although he wasn’t rude or condescending to her, he was intimidating. However, even though, she was anxious about marrying a stranger, she was glad to be leaving her present unhappy and isolated existence, behind. Lydia would soon find out, though, that being married to Jacob, was not an easy task. Jacob Steele was an aloof, moody, and guarded man. He also has a big heart.

Lydia did her best to strengthen their relationship. But Jacob didn’t trust her. And, Lydia wasn’t so sure that she trusted him either. But, when Jacob started to think that Lydia could be a British spy, their fragile marriage began to crumble.  

The author’s historical descriptions and in-depth character development brought this book alive for me. And, although I liked Jacob and Lydia, and rooted for their relationship, it was Alden, Jacob’s friend, who won my heart. Alden is a charismatic, funny, and lovable character. He’s unique, quirky, and just so much fun. I sincerely hope that Alden gets his own book. I will definitely be looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

Thank you, Covenant Communications and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I loved it.

~4.5 out of 5 stars~

 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Jennifer Moore is a passionate reader and writer of all things romance due to the need to balance the rest of her world that includes a perpetually traveling husband and four active sons, who create heaps of laundry that is anything but romantic. Jennifer has a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Utah and is a Guitar Hero champion. She lives in northern Utah with her family, but most of the time wishes she was aboard a British frigate during the age of sail.

 

#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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#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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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

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.

 

 

#Once A Scoundrel by Mary Jo Putney–Review-5 stars #NetGalley

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Once A Scoundrel is a captivating historical fiction novel, well-crafted with adventure, romance, and pirates. 

Gabriel Vance came from a long line of Royal Navy men and used to be the favorite grandson of a well-known military hero. But, Gabriel’s action in the heat of a battle resulted in a dishonorable discharge and a royal shunning from his grandfather.  Gabriel’s grandmother couldn’t treat her grandson as her husband did. So, to continue corresponding with his beloved grandmother, Gabriel changed his name to Gabriel Hawkins.

 Gabriel hesitated when asked to save Lady Aurora and her cousin, from a kidnapper. His own memories of being a slave were still fresh. But after seeing Lady Aurora’s picture, Gabriel couldn’t just sit back and not try to rescue her. 

Lady Aurora and Constance were mentally preparing themselves for months of slavery when Gabriel Hawkins showed up on the scene. Lady Aurora was surprised to find that her rescuer Gabriel, and kidnapper, Malek Reis were acquainted with one another. 

Gabriel was bargaining for Lady Aurora and her cousin’s freedom, when Malek accepted Gabriel’s price, under one condition. That condition, however, would bring Lady Aurora, Constance, Gabriel and his crew into more danger than she could have ever imagined. The one thing Lady Aurora knew for sure was that she was falling for the handsome sea captain and rescuer, Gabriel Hawkins.

Gabriel knew that showing Lady Aurora affection would get them both punished and possibly killed, but staying away from her was becoming more and more difficult.

Once a Scoundrel is a riveting read and one that I stayed up into the night to finish. If you enjoy historical fiction romance and a bit of adventure this book is for you.

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

~5 out of 5 stars~

 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USAToday bestselling author, Mary Jo Putney was born in Upstate New York with a reading addiction, a condition for which there is no known cure. Her entire romance writing career is an accidental byproduct of buying a computer for other purposes. 

Her novels are known for psychological depth and intensity and include historical and contemporary romance, fantasy, and young adult fantasy. Winner of numerous writing awards, including two RITAs and two Romantic Times Career Achievement awards, she has five times had books listed among the Library Journal’s top five romances of the year, and three times had books among the top ten romances of Booklist, the magazine of the American Library Association. 

Her favorite reading is great stories, but in a pinch she’ll settle for the backs of cereal boxes. She’s delighted that e-publishing can now make available books that have been out of print.