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#The Subway Girls by Susie Orman Schnall #SMP #NetGalley

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The Subway Girls is an enjoyable read. The book is about empowerment, and what women have had to do, to be successful, in a male-dominated corporate world. The story alternates between1949 and 2018. And, although, things have changed for women, for the better, there are still men who are unwilling to let go of their chauvinistic beliefs and behaviors. 

It was 1949, and although Charlotte was college educated, her chances of being successful in the advertising world were slim. She was determined to change that, even if it meant disappointing the people closest to her.

Olivia loved her job in NYC. Advertising was what she was good at. And, even though it was 2018, she was being played and held back, because of her gender. She secretly loved her boss, and he used that powerful tidbit of information to his advantage. 

 Although I liked the premise of this novel, and several characters, especially, Ben, Olivia and Charlotte, the book did not keep my attention as I had hoped. I think if the characters were developed more, I would have been more emotionally invested. All and all, though, I enjoyed it.

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

~3.5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Susie Orman Schnall is the author of the novels THE SUBWAY GIRLS, THE BALANCE PROJECT, and ON GRACE. She grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. Her writing has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Huffington Post, POPSUGAR, Writer’s Digest, and Glamour. Susie has spoken extensively on work-life balance and is the founder of The Balance Project interview series. She lives in Purchase, NY, with her husband and their three sons. For more: http://www.susieschnall.com.

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#The Lost Family by Jenna Blum–4 stars–#Edelweiss #Harper Collins Pub

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The Lost Family is a bittersweet tale about love, loss, loneliness, and betrayal.

Peter Rashkin couldn’t forgive himself for making the mistake that ended up costing his wife and their three-year-old twin daughters their lives. He didn’t believe the ugly rumors about the Nazi’s, in time. When they started to carry out their atrocities against the Jewish, Peter knew that he should have moved his family sooner. He survived the death camps; his wife and children didn’t. 

Peter Raskin had no interest in getting remarried. But, when June informed him that she was carrying his child, he married her. June felt as if she was constantly competing against the family he lost. Being married to Peter wasn’t easy. He spent long hours at work and was obsessed with his restaurant. June was lonely. She didn’t want to cheat on her husband. It just happened, and once it started, she couldn’t seem to stop herself. She knew that her husband loved her, in his own way, but just not enough to let her fully into his heart. 

This is an emotional and heart-wrenching novel. Peter’s guilt and sadness not only overshadowed everything in his life; it also tore his family apart. The Lost Family is a poignant story well told.

Thank you, HarperCollins Publishing and Edelweiss, for my advanced review copy.

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

JENNA BLUM is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of novels THOSE WHO SAVE US and THE STORMCHASERS and the novella “The Lucky One” in the postwar collection GRAND CENTRAL. Jenna is also one of Oprah’s Top 30 Women Writers. Jenna’s third novel, THE LOST FAMILY, will be published June 5, 2018 by Harper Collins.

Jenna’s debut novel THOSE WHO SAVE US was a New York Times bestseller; a Boston Globe bestseller; the winner of the 2005 Ribalow Prize, adjudged by Elie Wiesel; a BORDERS book club pick, a perennial book club favorite, and the # 1 bestselling novel in Holland. Jenna’s second novel, THE STORMCHASERS, is a Boston Globe bestseller, a Target Emerging Authors pick, and a bestseller in Holland and France. Jenna’s newest work, her novella “The Lucky One,” was published in anthology GRAND CENTRAL, published by Penguin in July 2014. Jenna’s third novel, THE LOST FAMILY, is forthcoming from Harper Collins in 2018, and Jenna is currently working on her fourth novel. 

 

This Could Change Everything by Jill Mansell–Review-5 Stars

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Don’t Miss This Fabulous Women’s Fiction Novel by Jill Mansell, This Could Change Everything. Coming 6/5/18!

 

I have read several books by Jill Mansell and have never been disappointed. Her latest book, This Could Change Everything, is no exception. I absolutely loved it; the characters, the plot, the humor. The characters are lifelike, and crafted with, quirky personalities, raw emotion and witty dialogue. 

My two favorite characters are Zillah and Essie. Zillah is an eccentric and warmhearted senior, and Essie, a witty and thoughtful woman who is renting an apartment from Zillah.

Essie writes a letter, which is meant for her best friend, Scarlett’s eyes only. Essie wrote about her life, her boyfriend, and her boyfriend’s mother. She never expected the letter to go viral, but it did. So within twenty-four hours, Essie’s world collapsed. She was dumped by her boyfriend and became homeless, jobless, and lonely. Essie thought her life was ruined, but in reality, it was just about to begin.

Flamboyant eighty-three-year old, Zillah, has a good heart. She enjoys helping people and making their wishes come true. She wasn’t always like this, though, and the guilt for past deeds, weighed heavily on her. Zillah tried to cover the pain with loving actions, but the ache of regret, was always there, just under the surface. 

Although this book is a light, entertaining read, it has depth. It covers thought-provoking subjects, such as betrayal, alcoholism, survivor’s guilt, and regret. The book is not depressing, however, it’s heartwarming, touching and sprinkled with lots of humor. I finished the book in one day, because I didn’t want to put it down. I loved every page. If you’re looking to find a well-written, and enjoyable, romantic read, look no further. Highly recommended.

Thank you, Sourcebooks-Landmark and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover  

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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!

 

 

Murder Is Invisible by Giacomo Giammatteo-Review-4.5 Stars

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Don’t Miss Giacomo Giammatteo’s New Crime-Thriller Release-Murder Is Invisible!

 

Nicky Fusco is known to be a brutal and ruthless killer. He also has a kind and compassionate heart and believes in God. Nicky defends the innocent against evil. He has tried, however, to change his ways, because he knows, if he doesn’t, he’ll lose everything. Nicky loves his new life with his wife, Angela, and their daughter Rosa. He doesn’t want to lose them.

When Rosa’s friend is kidnapped, Nicky calls Detective Donavan for assistance. He tries to convince his daughter that the authorities will do everything in their power to find her friend. But after viewing a DVD starring several girls, including Rosa’s friend, as sex slaves, Nicky’s temper flared. He knew right then and there that whoever touched and kidnapped those girls would die. And they would die, the slow, brutal, Nicky Fusco way.

Murder Is Invisible is a compelling crime-thriller. Giacomo Giammatteo is a great storyteller and writer. I’ll look forward to the next book in this series. 

Thank you, Giacomo Giammatteo, for my complimentary copy of Murder Is Invisible.

~4.5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

I live in Texas now, but I grew up in Cleland Heights, a mixed ethnic neighborhood in Wilmington, Delaware, that sat on the fringes of the Italian, Irish and Polish neighborhoods. The main characters of Murder Takes Time grew up in Cleland Heights, and many of the scenes in the book were taken from real-life experiences.

Since this is a bio some of you might wonder what I do. I’ve had a successful 30 year career as a headhunter, recruiting top talent for some of the world’s best companies–Apple, Johnson & Johnson, Abbott Laboratories, and many high-profile start-up companies. 

During that time I’ve completed more than 500 searches, which translates into evaluating, editing, and writing thousands of resumes. I have also interviewed and done reference checks on more than 1,000 candidates. I’ve learned what companies want to see on a resume–and, perhaps more importantly–what they don’t. You’ll find a lot more information in the book and on my website.

Getting back to the bio–when my kids were young I left the Northeast and settled in Texas, where my wife suggested we get a few animals. I should have known better; we now have a full-blown animal sanctuary with rescues from all over. At last count we had 45 animals–11 dogs, a horse, a three-legged cat and 5 others, and 26 pigs.

Oh, and one crazy–and very large–wild boar, who takes walks with me every day and happens to also be my best buddy.

In the evening I help my wife tend to the animals, and at night–late at night–I turn into a writer.

Check out the websites. 

For fiction books go to: http://giacomogiammatteo.com 

Non-fiction books: http://nomistakes.org

Once you get there, take a look around, click some links, and, if you’ve got time, tell me what you think.

Contact me at gg@giacomog.com.

Today’s New Releases by Amanda Quick, Mary Kay Andrews & Dean Koontz

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                                 Check out These New Fab Releases

The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews

The Other Lady Vanishes by Amanda Quick

The Crooked Staircase by Dean Koontz

In Case You Missed My Reviews, Here Are The Links:

The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews—4.5 stars

https://write-escape.com/2018/04/19/the-high-tide-club-by-mary-kay-andrews-review-4-5-stars

The Other Lady Vanishes by Amanda Quick—4 stars

https://write-escape.com/2018/04/30/the-other-lady-vanishes-by-amanda-quick-review-4-stars

The Crooked Staircase by Dean Koontz
https://write-escape.com/2018/04/25/the-crooked-staircase-by-dean-koontz-4-stars

 

All Night With The Cowboy by Soraya Lane–Review-4.5 Stars

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New Western Romance by Soraya Lane–All Night With The Cowboy-Coming 5/29/18!

 

Tanner Ford loved bull riding. He thrived on the adrenaline rush. The fact that he made millions from it was a bonus. Not that he needed the money. He didn’t. He came from a wealthy family, who often pleaded with him to stop his foolishness. Tanner, however, liked his independence and being a self-made multi-millionaire, too much, to stop. But, when a raging bull threw him, tore his flesh and almost killed him, Tanner knew that he’d be out of commission for a while. His family was hoping that his bull riding days were over. Tanner was going to make sure that they weren’t.

 Lauren Lewis took her work as a physical therapist seriously. She was known as the best of the best and even hired by the Texas Rangers. She was also the woman who broke Tanner’s heart in high school. So when Tanner heard that his sister had set him up to be treated by Lauren Lewis, Tanner was livid. The last thing he wanted to do was to spend time with the woman who had once dumped him. But, Tanner wanted to resume his career, more than he wanted to protect his pride. So he conceded.

Lauren was just heading out for a much-needed tropical island vacation when she received a call from Tanner’s sister, Mia.  Although Lauren hated the thought of working during her vacation, it was Tanner who needed her help. Mia told Lauren that she’d upgrade her vacation accommodations and fly her out on a private jet if Tanner could accompany her. How could Lauren say no to that?

Lauren had convinced herself that she’d be able to keep her relationship with Tanner purely professional. She was wrong. Tanner did his best to keep Lauren out of his heart. But, somethings are just impossible. 

This was a captivating sweet romance. All Night With The Cowboy is a well-written story about second chances. Even though there weren’t any real surprises in the book. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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

~4.5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

As a child, Soraya dreamed of becoming an author. Fast forward more than a few years, and Soraya is now living her dream! Soraya describes being an author as “the best career in the world”, and she hopes to be writing romance for many years to come.

Soraya loves spending her days thinking up characters for books, and her home is a constant source of inspiration. She lives with her own real life hero and two sons on a small farm in New Zealand, surrounded by animals and with an office overlooking a field where their horses graze.

For more information about Soraya, her books and her writing life, visit sorayalane.com or http://www.facebook.com/SorayaLaneAuthor, or follow her on twitter @Soraya_Lane. She would love to hear from you.