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*Everything We Keep*by Kerry Lonsdale

Everything We Keep

Everything We Keep is an intriguing and entertaining romantic suspense novel.

Aimee thought that she had the perfect life. And she did; until the news of her fiancee’s death had reached her ears. Aimee was devastated, of course, but, to add to her distress, her fiancee’s mother insisted on having James’s funeral on the same day that they were supposed to have been married.

Aimee did her best to move on; she opened her dream restaurant, met new people; she even developed a close friendship with another man. But her heart was still stuck in the past. Aimee couldn’t help bouncing a crazy psychic’s words around in her head. “James is alive. He’s living in Mexico.”

Aimee’s friends tried to convince her that the psychic was a phony and only after her money. Aimee was not so sure about that. She never did see James’s body and things weren’t quite adding up. Against everyone’s advice, Aimee boarded a plane. What she found in Mexico, though, shocked her to the core, not to mention all of the lies and secrets that she unearthed while she was there. Aimee didn’t know who to trust anymore.

Kerry Lonsdale proves herself to be a talented storyteller. Everything We Keep is a captivating novel, crafted with a unique storyline, and a mixture of mystery and romance. The book could benefit, though, with a quick edit to remove unnecessary repetitions. All in all, I found Everything We Keep, an enjoyable read.

I received this ARC from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

4 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

*Three Sisters* by Susan Mallery*5-Shining Stars

Three Sisters

Three Sisters is a brilliantly crafted, touching, character-driven novel. Each page captured my attention and hijacked my heart. The author brings the reader deeply into the lives and hearts of three women who are emotionally broken and in the middle of a personal crisis.

After being left at the altar, Dr. Andi Gordan decided to abandon her life in Seattle and move to Blackberry Island. She bought a severely neglected, Queen Anne home to renovate. It would serve as her home, her healing and her pediatric office.

Boston King’s marriage is crumbling. Her heart died months ago, right along with her baby. Although Boston’s artistic skills are in demand, she hasn’t been able to draw anything but pictures of her dead son. She’s a shell of the person that she used to be.

Deanna Phillips feels desperate. Her husband wants to end their marriage; her oldest daughter hates her, and her younger daughters are afraid of her. Deanna thought that being perfect was a good thing, now she knows it’s not. Her OCD and rigidity are out of control as well as her self-harming behaviors.

Susan Mallery captures the essence of her flawed characters, perfectly. Every page is brought to life for the reader with razor sharp details and raw emotion. Although I felt each woman’s heart-wrenching pain, I also felt their love, hope, and joy. I rejoiced with each character as they began to heal and become whole once again. Truly, this is one of the best books that I have read this year. It’s touching, powerful, and immensely satisfying. Don’t miss it.

5 out of 5 shining stars~Review by Peg Glover

*Swearing Allegiance*by Jana Petken*5-Shining Stars

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Swearing Allegiance, book one of The Carmody Saga, takes place in Dublin, Ireland in 1916, during the Irish Rebellion, and the first part of the Great War.

Jana Petken is a master storyteller and a magnificent writer. I’ve read every one of her books and have never been disappointed. They have all been five-star reads, and Swearing Allegiance is no different. Once I started reading this book, I couldn’t stop. From the very first page, I was swept up into the author’s world; A world ravaged by war, loss and betrayal.

The book follows the Carmody’s, a realistic Irish family, fractured by violence, betrayal, and injustice, but bonded together by love. The once wealthy family was jolted from their life of privilege in Ireland and forced to relocate to the poor section of London, England. Each member of the family faced their own personal crisis. Every scene in the book is crafted with sharp, authentic details. I found that the main characters were fully developed and that their dialogue was natural and realistic. The book comes alive with raw emotion right from the start, transporting the reader into the dark, violent alleys of Ireland, the bloody battlefields in France, prisoner of war camps and the streets of London, under attack by German Zeppelins. By the end of this riveting book, I was exhausted, happy and wanting more. Now, I can’t wait for book two in the series to be released.

I loved Swearing Allegiance, and highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a story, well-told.

5 out of 5 shining stars~Review by Peg Glover

*The Stepmother* by Claire Seeber

The Stepmother

The Stepmother is a very intense, fast-paced psychological thriller.

Jeanie Randall didn’t realize when she married Matthew King, just how hard it was going to be, to make their blended family work. Frankie, her son, had come to blows with her husband more than once, and Matthew’s daughter Scarlett, was taking every opportunity it seemed, to be rude and hurtful to Jeanie. Luke, Mathew’s quiet son, however, seemed to care for his new step-family and was civil and kind to Jeanie. But there was more that tore at Jeanie’s heart, unfortunately, much, much more. And, she felt as if there was no one she could truly turn to.

Jeanie should have told Matthew about her shameful secret before she married him, but she didn’t. Someone, though, found out about her secret and was trying to ruin her reputation and her marriage. Jeanie began to feel as if she was going insane. She couldn’t sleep; heard the walls whispering to her, saw ghosts and was receiving frightening threats pinned onto dead birds.

There are several key players in this book and throughout the novel, I kept changing my feelings about them. I didn’t know who to trust. The Stepmother had me glued to the seat, flipping one compelling page after another. The only thing that took me out of the story was the subplot about Marlena’s journalist work. But all in all, I loved the book, and would recommend giving it a read.

I received this ARC from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

4 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

*Chaos Rising* by Perry Morris*5-Stars

Chaos Rising

Chaos Rising is book two in Perry Morris’s exciting, epic series, The Lemurian Chronicles.

The story begins where book one, Children of the Blessing left off. Avaris, and Renn, the two boys who were marked with the blessing, are moving in separate directions. Renn is on Elder Island, after slaying the Grand Warlock, to continue his studies; and Avaris is searching for his sister who has been captured by Kahn Devins.

Following the death of Kahn Devins, two powerful warlocks, Kintara and Shamael Daro, race to the Well of Sacrifice. The first warlock to recite the ritual of dominance over the well will assume the title of Grand Warlock. Dark forces are readying themselves, for an ultimate fight, and chaos is about to explode and spread in this Good vs. Evil, riveting novel.

There are several meticulously crafted subplots, layers and characters in Chaos Rising. Each page pulled me deeper into the author’s dangerous evil world of secrets, deceit, demons and dark magic.

Perry Morris proves himself to be a great storyteller and intricate world builder. Chaos Rising is a compelling read, full of adventure, intrigue, magic, and love. If you enjoy well-written epic novels, then Chaos Rising is the book for you.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

*The Highlander*by Kerrigan Byrne*5-Stars

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The Highlander is a well crafted, compelling romance that takes place in Scotland, during the 19th century.

Lieutenant Colonel Liam Mackenzie, aka, the Demon Highlander, was famous for his violent temper and fierce fighting skills. He was feared by his enemies, his soldiers, and even his own clan.

Lady Philomela had never been the recipient of violence until she married the despicable, Lord Gordon St.Vincent. And, although, Lady Philomela knew that her sadistic husband had no qualms about hurting her, she never thought that he would lock her away in an insane asylum.

Lady Philomela suffered horrific atrocities while in the hospital and was tearfully relieved when she was rescued. Once out of the insane asylum, Philomela needed a new identity. It was decided that she would pose as a governess and be sent to the one place where no one would even dare to look for her, in the castle of the Demon Highlander. Lady Philomela was petrified. What would happen if the most feared warrior in all of Scotland were to find out that the person teaching his children was not a governess at all, but a woman living a lie?

The Highlander is a highly entertaining historical fiction romance. I finished the book in one day. The characters are unique, fully developed and likable, and their dialogue, realistic and witty. If you enjoy reading historical fiction romance, you’ll love The Highlander.

5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

*The Sugar Planter’s Daughter*by Sharon Maas*5-Shining Stars

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The Sugar Planter’s Daughter is a powerfully written, emotionally charged, character driven novel, that takes place during the early 1900’s in British Guiana.

Winnie Cox, a Sugar Planter’s Daughter, is a kind-hearted and trusting soul, who willingly gives up her upper-class status to marry George Quint, a black man, from a poor neighborhood.

Winnie’s sister, Johanna, chose to continue her privileged life, by marrying a man whom she could easily manipulate and use, to restore her family’s sugar plantation. Johanna didn’t care about having a loveless marriage. However, after she witnessed the joy and love that her sister, Winnie, shared with her husband, and their sons, she had a change of heart. Jealous of her sister, Johanna set out to steal Winnie’s happiness from her.

This book is not only a story about love and betrayal; it’s about life; in all of its glorious joy, devastating hardships and difficult life lessons; and how it’s even possible to derive happiness from agonizing trials. Forgiveness like grief has many layers, and even though, an act of betrayal has been forgiven, betrayal’s poisonous sting can easily be resurrected.

Sharon Maas is not only an outstanding storyteller but a magnificent writer; she transports her readers into the hearts and minds of her characters. I was moved to tears more than once while reading and experiencing their lives, especially the heart-wrenching struggles of Sophie Cox Quint. Each page comes alive with fully developed characters, realistic dialogue and raw emotion.

I highly recommend reading The Sugar Planter’s Daughter, a beautifully written, moving story that touches the soul.

I received this ARC from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 shining stars~Review by Peg Glover