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Beach House Reunion by Mary Alice Monroe–4 stars

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Cara was fifty-three-years old and experiencing motherhood for the first time. Although Cara was a highly successful businesswoman, she found bringing up a child to be more challenging. She was petrified of being inadequate. So Cara headed back to her roots for the support of her family and friends. She also wanted Hope to grow up on the Isle of Palms; like she did.

Although Cara had wonderful memories of her childhood, she also had painful ones. And seeing her brother follow in their father’s footsteps was heartbreaking. A family storm was brewing; a crisis that would bring everyone to their knees, especially her brother. No one likes pain, but as uncomfortable as it can be, pain is many times the catalyst needed to push someone onto the road to healing. 

Beach House Reunion is an emotional and well-written novel. It’s a book about, second chances, love, friendship, and forgiveness. 

Thank you, Gallery Books and NetGalley, 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)

Mary Alice Monroe is known for her intimate portrayals of women’s lives and keen eye to setting. Monroe brings to life the many colorful people and the compelling story layers of her home–Charleston and the the beaches of the lowcountry. 

Mary Alice Monroe’s books have achieved several best seller lists including the New York Times, SIBA, and USA Today. Mary Alice has received numerous awards, including the 2014 SC Book Festival Award for Excellence in Writing, the 2015 SW Florida Book Festival Distinguished Author Award, 2008 South Carolina Center for the Book Award for Writing, The RT Lifetime Achievement Award, and the International Book Award for Green Fiction. She serves on the board of the South Carolina Aquarium, the Leatherback Trust, and the Charleston Volunteers for Literacy. Her children’s books received several awards, including the ASPCA Henry Bergh award. 

Her recent novel is the final book in a trilogy set in the lowcountry: THE SUMMER GIRLS, THE SUMMER WIND, and THE SUMMER’S END. Her next novel, A LOWCOUNTRY WEDDING, continuing the popular series, will be released in May 2016. Monroe’s novel, THE BEACH HOUSE, will be made into a Hallmark film starring Andie MacDowell.

 

 

The Optimist’s Guide to Letting Go by Amy E. Reichert–4 Stars

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The Optimist’s Guide to Letting Go is a captivating, heart-wrenching and touching story.

Lorraine realized that the easiest way to do something was not necessarily the best way. When the love of her life, Joe, died, instead of bringing up her two children alone, Lorraine sought the help of her estranged parents. Her father insisted that she marry well. Within weeks she was married to a man who would provide for her, and her children, financially. This would not be a marriage based on love though. Floyd needed a ready-made family and Lorraine, needed financial security. The catch was, unfortunately, that her children were never to know that Joe, was their real father. It would be as if he never existed. This secret would cost Lorraine, dearly.

Gina always tried to look on the bright side of life. Some days; however, it seemed to be too much of a task. Gina, loved her mother, Lorraine, she just didn’t like her, sometimes. Lorraine was always finding fault with Gina, and the way she raised, May, her daughter. Gina lost her husband two years ago and although she knew May’s coldness towards her, was just grief over losing her father; it still stung.

When Lorraine’s health failed her, Gina discovered the secret; Lorraine had buried for forty years.  Although this truth was shocking, it was the catalyst for Gina’s healing. Gina, like her mother, had married a man she loved but lost him. Vicky, Gina’s sister, had married for convenience only, so it was no surprise when she found herself, caught in a loveless marriage. Neither Gina nor Vicky could move on with their lives until they learned to truly let go; Gina, the man she lost, and Vicky, the marriage that brought her pain.

This book is about grief, letting go, and learning to live again. The Optimist’s Guide To Letting Go is a captivating story that touches the heart.

Thank you, Galley Books and NetGalley, 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)

Amy Reichert earned her MA in Literature from Marquette University, and honed her writing and editing skills as a technical writer (which is exactly as exciting as it sounds). As a newly minted member of the local library board, she loves helping readers find new books to love. She’s a life-long Wisconsin resident with (allegedly) a very noticeable accent, a patient husband, and two too-smart-for-their-own-good kids. When time allows, she loves to read, collect more cookbooks than she could possibly use, and test the limits of her DVR.

 

The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews–Review–4.5 Stars

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I really enjoyed The High Tide Club. It’s a well-written story about friendship and forgiveness. The book alternates between the 1940s and the present day. It takes place mostly on Talisa Island. The same Island where the eccentric Josephine Bettendorf Warrick, the sole owner of the land, lived. 

Josephine is ninety-nine-years-old and dying from Cancer. She knows that her time for making amends to the High Tide Club members is running out. Although she only has one friend who is still alive, from the exclusive club, she plans on making restitution to her deceased friends, by giving to their next of kin. So Josephine hires Brooke Trappnell, a lawyer, to not only re-write her will but to also find her friend’s closest relatives. Josephine needs to confess. Her dark secrets are too much for her to bear. But, more than anything, Josephine wants forgiveness. She sincerely, hopes that it’s not too late. 

The High Tide Club has a bit of everything, betrayal, heartache, romance, mystery, friendship and secrets; Lots and lots of secrets. The story has several twists and surprises, a couple of them; I never saw coming. 

This book is a well-written and enjoyable story. Mary Kay Andrews knows how to spin a tale. Thank you, St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I loved it.

~4.5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from Author’s page on Amazon)

Mary Kay Andrews is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Beach Town, Save the Date, Christmas Bliss, Ladies’ Night, Spring Fever, and Summer Rental, all from St. Martin’s Press, as well as Savannah Breeze, Blue Christmas Hissy Fit, Little Bitty Lies and Savannah Blues, all HarperPerennial. On May 17, 2016, St. Martin’s Press will release her 24th novel, THE WEEKENDERS

A former reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she wrote ten critically acclaimed mysteries, including the Callahan Garrity mystery series, originally under her real name, Kathy Hogan Trocheck. The Callahan mysteries have recently been re-released by HarperPerennial, as Mary Kay Andrews writing as Kathy Hogan Trocheck. 

A native of St. Petersburg, FL (and a diplomate of the Maas Bros. Department Store School of Charm), she started her professional journalism career in Savannah, GA, where she covered the real-life murder trials which were the basis of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. 

As a lifelong “junker” the author claims to know the location of every promising thrift store, flea market and junkpile in the southeastern United States, plus many parts of Ohio. 

She has a B.A. in newspaper journalism from The University of Georgia (go Dawgs!), and is a frequent lecturer and writing teacher at workshops and book festivals.

Married to her high school sweetheart, she is the mother of two grown children and a proud grandmother. When not on book tour, she divides her time between Atlanta and her two beach cottages on Tybee Island GA.

 

The Girl I Used To Be by Mary Torjussen–Review-5 Stars!

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The Girl I Used To Be is a brilliant read, addicting, fast-paced, and unputdownable. I was hooked and transported into the story from the very first page. Once I started reading this book, I hated to have any interruptions. I was completely caught up in the story. 

Gemma Brogan worked hard at her real estate business. Her husband, Joe, was a stay at home father for their three-year-old son, Rory. Usually, Gemma didn’t mind being the only one working long hours, but when she noticed that her son, sought out his father, not her, whenever he was sick, or tired; it stung. Gemma didn’t want to say anything to Joe because they had both agreed on the arrangement. Gemma was under the impression, however, that it was only going to be a temporary thing, but Joe showed no interest in ever going back to work. 

When David, a distinguished and handsome man stepped into Gemma’s real estate office, Gemma couldn’t help but notice him. Not that she was interested. She wasn’t. Gemma loved Joe, even though she was irritated with his laziness and the fact that she was missing out on caring for her own son. Gemma was jealous of her husband and didn’t know what to do about it. 

The evening before her conference, Gemma planned to spend her hotel night, taking a relaxing bath, reading her kindle, and getting some much-needed sleep. Instead, she visited the lounge for a bit. When Gemma ran into David, the man who had captured her attention in the office, she was pleasantly surprised. So when he suggested dinner, Gemma readily agreed. What could an innocent dinner hurt? Gemma’s dinner, however, ended up being anything but innocent. In fact, it was the beginning of a never-ending nightmare. Gemma couldn’t sleep, concentrate or eat. She was in a constant state of anxiety. Gemma was about to lose everything, and she didn’t know how to stop her world from crumbling.

I was completely engrossed in this story. What a talented author Mary Torjussen is! I loved every page. This is the second book that I have read by this author, but it won’t be my last. Highly recommended.

Thank you, Berkley Publishing and Edelweiss, for my advanced review copy. I loved it!

~5 out of 5 shining stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Theo by Amanda Prowse –Review-4.5 Stars

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Don’t Miss Amanda Prowse’s Newest Release-Theo–4.5 stars!  Out Now.

 

Theo is the second book in Amanda Prowse’s One Love, Two Stories, Series. After reading, Anna, the first novel, I couldn’t wait to devour the second one. And, just as I expected, book two is an outstanding, heart-wrenching, and emotional read. 

Theo suffered from low self-esteem and bouts of depression all of his life. Although he had every material thing a person could want growing up, he craved approval and affection. His parents were wealthy, selfish, and preoccupied with their own lives. They had very little time for Theo. In fact, Theo felt like an outsider even in his own home. Although he attended one of the most prestigious boarding schools in England, Theo hated it. He was lonely and bullied. His only friend was Mr. Porter, the groundskeeper, a man Theo looked up to.

Theo was wise and compassionate most of the time.  And, although Theo was a quality person with a good heart, he, unfortunately, had a selfish streak that plagued him. I never quite forgave Theo for refusing to give the woman he loved, what she craved for the most in the world. The only thing, she truly ever asked of him. Theo did eventually come to his senses, but not soon enough. 

Amanda Prowse does heart-gripping novels well, and this one is no different. It’s a heart-breaking story with threads of pure love and joy woven throughout its pages. I would recommend reading Anna first. It’s not necessary, but so much better, if you do.

Many thanks to Amanda Prowse for my advanced review copy. I loved it.

~4.5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from Author’s page on Amazon)

Amanda Prowse is an International Bestselling author who has published sixteen novels in dozens of languages. Her recent chart topping No.1 titles ‘What Have I Done?’, ‘Perfect Daughter’ and ‘My Husband’s Wife’ have sold millions of copies around the world.

Other novels by Amanda Prowse include ‘A Mother’s Story’ which won the coveted Sainsbury’s eBook of the year Award and ‘Perfect Daughter’ that was selected as a World Book Night title in 2016. Amanda’s latest book ‘The Food of Love’ went straight to No.1 in Literary Fiction when it was launched in the USA and she has been described by the Daily Mail as ‘The Queen of Drama’ for her ability to make the reader feel as if they were actually in the story. 

Now published by Lake Union, Amanda Prowse is the most prolific writer of contemporary fiction in the UK today; her titles also score the highest online review approval ratings for several genres.

A popular TV and radio personality, Amanda Prowse is a regular panellist on the Channel 5 show ‘The Wright Stuff’ and numerous daytime ITV programmes. She makes countless guest appearances on BBC and independent Radio stations where she is well known for her insightful observations of human nature and her infectious observational humour. 

Become friends with Amanda on Facebook: AmandaProwseAuthor and follow her on Twitter: @MrsAmandaProwse or Instagram: MrsAmandaProwse. For more information on her books, lifestyle and inspirational advice see http://www.amandaprowse.com

Amanda’s ambition is to create stories that keep people from turning the bedside lamp off at night, great characters that ensure you take every step with them and tales that fill your head so you can’t possibly read another book until the memory fades…

Praise for Amanda Prowse…

‘A powerful and emotional work of fiction’ – Piers Morgan 

‘Deeply moving and emotional, Amanda Prowse handles her explosive subjects with delicate skill’ – Daily Mail

‘Uplifting and positive, but you will still need a box of tissues’ – Hello! 

‘A gut-wrenching and absolutely brilliant read’ – The Irish Sun 

‘You’ll fall in love with this…’ – Cosmopolitan 

‘Deeply moving and eye opening. Powerful and emotional drama that packs a real punch.’ – Heat

‘Magical’ – Now magazine

 

 

Practice Makes Purpose by C. Paul Schroeder–Review-5 stars

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Practice Makes Purpose is a well-written, thought-provoking and insightful read. In this book, Paul Schroeder takes time-tested spiritual truths, and demonstrates, for the reader, practical ways to follow them. This is a book about loving, giving and living a more joyful and peaceful life. It’s a book that will challenge the reader to examine their heart. Although the book is easy to read, following the principles in it, takes determination.

Doesn’t living with more love, forgiveness, compassion, and peace, sound heavenly? Yes, of course, it does. Will following the practices outlined in this book be worth the effort? Absolutely! 

Thank you, Paul Schroeder, for my complimentary copy of Practice Makes Purpose.

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from Author’s page on Amazon)

C. Paul Schroeder (M.Div.) is a social entrepreneur, author, and spiritual teacher who has spent over 20 years working at the intersection of spirituality and social change. He served for more than a decade as a Greek Orthodox priest. After a divorce and a period of personal and spiritual crisis, he left the priesthood and founded New City Initiative, a nonprofit organization in Portland, Oregon, dedicated to helping people who experience poverty and homelessness achieve their full human potential. During the seven years he directed New City, he and his coworkers trained individuals, nonprofits, and businesses to use the Six Spiritual Practices. He is the author of Practice Makes PURPOSE: Six Spiritual Practices That Will Change Your Life and Transform Your Community, and the translator of St. Basil the Great: On Social Justice. He currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Find him online at http://www.sixpractices.com.