Tag Archive | Grief

#Seven Letters of Love by Sinead Moriarty–Review–5 Stars! #NetGalley

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Seven Letters of Love is a heartwrenching, emotional story that will make you cry and realize just how precious life truly is.

Sarah was the perfect wife and mother. She loved her family, life, and everything to do with being a stay-at-home mom. When Sarah found out that she was pregnant with her second child, she was ecstatic. That happiness, though, wouldn’t last, tragedy was just around the corner. 

When Sarah slipped into a coma, her husband’s mental health and coping skills deteriorated. He was sick with grief, angry and tired. The treatment of choice presented to him was impossible to accept. He felt alone with his thoughts and at odds with the world. Sarah’s immediate family did not agree with his decision, so to him, they were his greatest adversary. 

This book is a tear-jerker, but you’ll love every page. The characters are larger-than-life, well-developed, and likable. I cared about each one of them. The story is thought-provoking, controversial, and heartwrenching. Seven Letters of Love is an emotional roller coaster. Prepare to have your emotions and heart, hijacked. Highly-recommended.

Thank you, Bookouture and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

~5 out of 5 stars~

 

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#The Wonder of Now by Jamie Beck–Review–4.5 Stars–#NetGalley

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The Wonder of Now is a well-written, emotional story, about grief, loss, forgiveness, and living life to the fullest. 

Peyton hasn’t felt like her carefree self since she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her brother, Logan, has always been her champion and coach. So when Logan encouraged Peyton to work through her feelings by writing a memoir, she reluctantly did so. Once the book was completed, however, Peyton wasn’t exactly keen, on promoting it and verbalizing her many, painful experiences. There was a silver lining, though, and that came in the form of a handsome publicist.  Mitch not only accompanied Peyton to all of her book signings, he lifted her spirits and became more than a friend.

Mitch was harboring a secret, however, and felt, at least in part, that it was affecting his ability to represent Peyton. Could their fragile, new relationship survive a lie or two?  He wasn’t so sure it could.

The Wonder of Now is a gripping novel with realistic characters, raw emotion, and heartfelt dialogue. I was captivated from the very first page.

Thank you, Montlake Romance and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

~4.5 out of 5 stars~

 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author Jamie Beck’s realistic and heartwarming stories have sold more than two million copies. She is a two-time Booksellers’ Best Award finalist, a National Readers’ Choice Award winner, and critics at Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and Booklist have respectively called her work “smart,” “uplifting,” and “entertaining.” In addition to writing novels, she enjoys dancing around the kitchen while cooking and hitting the slopes in Vermont and Utah. Above all, she is a grateful wife and mother to a very patient, supportive family. 

Fans can learn more about her on the web (www.jamiebeck.com), which includes a fun extras page with photos, videos, and playlists. She also loves interacting with everyone on Facebook (www.facebook.com/JamieBeckBooks). For monthly fun tips, birthday sweepstakes and other exclusive content, join my newsletter at http://bit.ly/1V0d7Qi. NO SPAM–EVER. For updates on discounts, follow me on BookBub at http://bit.ly/2GBcLM3.

 

#In The Blink Of An Eye by Jesse Blackadder-Review 5-Stars #NetGalley

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In The Blink Of An Eye is a beautifully written poignant story about the Brennan family and how each member survived after being crushed by a catastrophic loss. 

After being betrayed, Bridget decided that a move to, far away subtropical Murwillumbah, NSW was necessary. Fifteen-year-old Jarred and two-year-old Toby had no say, in the matter. And, Finn, didn’t dare voice his opinion.  

The Brennan’s were just finding their rhythm and enjoying their new start in life, when a tragedy, so great, struck, forever changing each one of their lives.  

To protect his wife, from crumbling under the heavy weight of guilt, Finn took the blame for the horrific accident. Bridget could hardly look at Finn, and banned him, from their marital bed. Jarred coped by withdrawing into his lonely adolescent existence. That was, until a friend, comforted Jarred; opening his eyes, shattering his world, but setting him onto the road to acceptance. 

In The Blink Of An Eye is a gripping, heartwrenching story, crafted with larger-than-life characters, raw emotion, and hope. Although this story is poignant, it is also heartfelt and enlightening. Bridget bathes in the healing love of Finn’s selfless sacrifice, Finn rejoices in Bridget’s forgiveness, and Jarred discovers freedom in acceptance. And I, closed this bittersweet book, with a smile on my face. This is the first book that I have read by this talented author, but it won’t be my last. Highly recommended.

Thank you, St. Martin’s Press 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)

Yes, Jesse Blackadder really was born with that surname. An award-winning novelist, freelance writer and budding screenwriter, she is fascinated by landscapes, adventurous women and really cold places.

Jesse’s forthcoming novel ‘In the Blink of an Eye’ is being published by St Martins Press in March 2019. (It was published in Australia as ‘Sixty Seconds’ by HarperCollins in 2017). The novel was inspired by her childhood experience of her sister’s death in a swimming pool. 

Jesse has recently been jointly awarded the 2018 Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship to write a television series and a junior novel series set in Antarctica, in partnership with screenwriter Jane Allen. The pair will live at Mawson Station over the 2018/19 summer.

‘Chasing the Light’ (2013), is historical fiction based on the true but forgotten story of the first women to reach Antarctica. Jesse won her first Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship in 2011 and travelled to Antarctica to research the novel. 

Jesse’s novel, The Raven’s Heart, came about when she’d finally had enough of people asking if she was related to Rowan Atkinson. She travelled to Scotland to find the origins of the Blackadder surname and discovered the ruins of Blackadder House on the banks of the Blackadder River. 

Her first novel, After the Party (Hardie Grant Books 2005), made the Australian Book Review list of all time favourite Australian novels in 2010.

Jesse has been a writer in residence in Sitka Alaska, in the Australian outback and at Byron Bay, and has been a fellow three times at Varuna The Writers’ House, Australia’s leading residential program for writers. She has a Doctor of Creative Arts from the University of Western Sydney. Born in Sydney, she now lives near Byron Bay on Australia’s east coast. For more about Jesse please see her website at www.jesseblackadder.com

 

 

 

#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.

 

 

#The Coordinates of Loss by Amanda Prowse-Review-4 stars-#NetGalley

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New Release by Amanda Prowse–The Coordinates of Loss– Coming–9/25/18

 

The Coordinates of Loss is a profoundly moving book that takes place on two fronts, England and Bermuda. Rachel was ecstatic about moving to Bermuda with her husband, James, and their son. The couple would have several years of happiness on the Island, and develop, a deep friendship, with their housekeeper, Cee Cee, before a disastrous tragedy would rip their family apart.  

Be prepared to suffer from an emotional overload. Each page is dripping with raw emotion. The grief Rachel and James suffer is palpable. Cee Cee becomes much more than just a housekeeper to them. She unselfishly gives of herself and plays a part in the couple’s healing. Rachel feels Cee Cee’s comfort the most, as she reveals to Rachel, her own soul-tearing loss, which occurred years prior.   

The author does an incredible job tapping into the mind and hearts of her characters, especially Cee Cee and Rachel’s. The writing in this book is outstanding.  I’ll warn you though; the sadness is heartwrenching and overwhelming at times. Keep tissues handy. 

Thank you, Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy!

~4 out of 5 stars~

 

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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

 

 

#So Much Life Left Over by Louis De Bernieres–Review-4 stars #NetGalley

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So Much Life left Over is a captivating and compelling historical fiction novel. The story takes place between the end of WWI and the beginning of WWII.  

Daniel Pitt was an RAF ace pilot. When WWI ended, Daniel settled in Ceylon with his wife, Rosie, and their daughter. The family was happy there, for a few years, until the second child was born deformed, and died, shortly after birth. Both Rosie and Daniel grieved their deceased baby. Rosie wrapped herself in religion to survive her overwhelming sadness. Although Daniel and Rosie were happy that their third child was born healthy, their marriage did not thrive. Rosie turned Daniel away at night, and during the day, did her best to keep him away from the children. With Daniel’s physical and emotional needs unmet, Daniel sought comfort elsewhere. 

The book has several complex stories including a few love affairs and the beginning horrors of Hitler’s reign.  Although the story is poignant and even tragic at times, it has an authentic feel to it. The book is well-written, riveting and perfectly paced. Although I cared for the characters, I didn’t find them likable. If you are looking to read a complex historical fiction novel, So Much Life Left Over may be just the book for you. It does end in a cliffhanger, though.

Thank you, Random House UK- Vintage Publishing and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~4 out of 5 stars~

 

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Bio (From Amazon)

LOUIS DE BERNIÈRES is the author of many award-winning novels, including Birds Without Wings, Corelli’s Mandolin, The Dust That Falls from Dreams, Notwithstanding, A Partisan’s Daughter, Red Dog, Señor Vivo and the Coca Lord, The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman, and The War of Don Emmanuel’s Nether Parts. Selected by Granta as one of the twenty Best of Young British Novelists in 1993, de Bernières lives in England.

 

#Saving Beck by Courtney Cole–Review–5 Stars-#NetGalley

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Don’t Miss This Outstanding Novel by Courtney Cole–Saving Beck–Coming 7/17/18!

 

Saving Beck is a haunting, touching, and heart-wrenching story about a teenage boy’s downward spiral into the hellish world of addiction; and his grieving mother’s inability to help him. 

Beck was a star football player, from a loving family, who was brought up to say, no to drugs. Yet, when tragedy struck his family, Beck couldn’t resist the seduction of escape. He wanted freedom from the agonizing pain, guilt and endless responsibilities that he’d been shouldering. But the more Beck relied on drugs, the worse his life became. When the relentless and unforgiving claws of addiction dug into Beck, he was powerless to fight back.  

Natalie blames herself for her son’s Heroin addiction. After losing her husband, Natalie spent most of her time in a Xanax haze, lying in a darkened room. She knew that having her eldest son, Beck, care for his siblings, day in and day out, was unfair to him; Natalie just couldn’t get herself together enough to change that. Although people told Natalie that her son’s addiction was not her fault, she couldn’t help but think that it was. If only she’d paid closer attention to, the tale-tail signs, that were right in front of her.  But, what she didn’t realize was, that Beck had his own demons he was dealing with. Things that Natalie knew nothing about. 

This is a heart-breaking story of a Heroin addict. His pain, his existence, and what he had to do to survive. I read the book in a day because I was too emotionally involved to put it down. It touched my soul. The book is told from two points of view, Beck’s and Natalie’s. Saving Beck is a raw, engrossing, heartwarming, and emotionally draining novel.  This is the first book that I’ve read by this talented author, but it won’t be my last.

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

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Courtney Cole is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling novelist who would rather write than eat chocolate. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business, but no amount of working in the corporate world could quell her urge to write. 

Courtney was born and raised in Kansas, home of incredibly friendly people and the most horrendous weather on the planet. Because summer days were so hot, she grew up reading stacks of books… and when she didn’t like the ending, she wrote her own. 

Courtney has relocated to Florida where she writes beneath palm trees. To learn more about her, please visit her website, http://www.courtneycolewrites.com To sign up for her newsletter and receive exclusive sneak peeks and super-fan perks, go here: 

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