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*My Not So Perfect Life* by Sophie Kinsella* 5-Stars

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Sophie Kinsella’s Newest Release.

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Country farm girl, Katie Brenner has dreamt of working in London, for years. So when Cooper Clemmow, a London branding, and strategy company, called to offer Katie an entry level position, she was ecstatic. She decided to reinvent herself. Katie lost her Somerset country accent, straightened her hair, bought a pair of fake eyeglasses and changed her nickname from Katie to Cat. And even though, Cat had to share her flat, sleep in a closet-size bedroom, and work with a rude, evil boss, she was happy; until she was fired.

Having no choice but to move back home, Katie volunteered to help her father, and step-mother launch, Ansters Farm Country Retreat, a Glamping business. Katie was just beginning, to enjoy her work, when her ex-boss showed up, with her family, for a vacation. Needless to say, Katie was beside herself. I found Katie’s revenge on her old boss, hysterical. Sophie Kinsella knows how to write hilarious inner dialogue and crazy funny scenes.

Katie learned some lessons in this book; 1. People are not always who they appear to be and 2. No one has a perfect life. My Not So Perfect Life is an easy-breezy, well-written, humorous book, with lots of likable characters, and witty dialogue. Be prepared to laugh, a lot. Highly recommended.

Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for allowing me to read this advanced review copy. I loved it!

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

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*Not Quite Perfect*by Catherine Bybee*5-Stars

 

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Not Quite Perfect is a delightful and highly entertaining romantic tale. I found the book to be well-written and humorous. The storyline captured my attention right away, and the lives of the characters kept me engrossed until the end.

Mary Kildare is an independent, self-sufficient woman. She had been abandoned as a child, so Mary made it her business to not become too dependent on anyone. She guarded her heart well. Mary loved her career as a mental health counselor; she was aware, though, that the job, was not without its risks. If a client’s life didn’t improve or change as fast as they thought it should, she knew that she could easily become their scapegoat for blame. But, Mary never expected to become of victim of a violent crime.

Although Mary was excited to date, Glen Fairchild, a very wealthy and talented pilot, she was also wary. Glen Fairchild was a notorious player. And, Mary knew that the very last thing her fragile heart needed was to fall in love with a man who was sure to break it.

The wealthy playboy was intrigued with Mary. And since he had access to a private plane, the fact that she lived thousands of miles from him was of no consequence; until her life was in danger and he couldn’t reach her in time.

Not Quite Perfect is a well-written, easy to read and perfectly paced romantic story. I loved the book and highly recommend it.

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

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

*The Drowned Phoenician Sailor* by Lesley Hayes*5-Shining Stars

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The Drowned Phoenician Sailor is a beautifully written, character-driven novel, which quickly draws the reader into the heart and mind of the main character, Fynn. Fynn is a strong-willed, feisty, independent woman with a good sense of humor and a caring spirit. But, because she is being bothered by two ghosts on a regular basis, she fears for her sanity. One of the ghosts is her twin sister, and the other is Paul, her psychotherapist; the same psychotherapist who she was seeing because of her ghost visitations in the first place. Unfortunately for Fynn, when Paul dies, he ends up popping in and out of Fynn’s life, just like her dead sister.

Although Fynn was afraid that she might be insane, she was still the most responsible person in her family and the only one who cared for her eccentric, childlike mother whose grip on reality was quite slippery. It was on one of her visits to her mother’s house that Fynn met Jack, a mysterious man whom her mother found washed up on the beach and brought home, much like she would a stray puppy. Jack would become a special person to Fynn, though, someone who would touch her soul.

The author does an exceptional job writing about the issues that are often found in dysfunctional families; such as; abuse, abandonment, deceit, depression, and mistrust. Ms. Hayes explores many of the puzzle pieces that make up positive and negative relationships and crafts them into a beautiful story. There is a lot of humor, wisdom, and inspiration that is sprinkled throughout this book.

The characters are unique, developed and utterly fascinating; even the cat has a quirky hysterical personality. The Drowned Phoenician Sailor is written with elegance, so much so, that I often stopped to reread a sentence, just to admire the beauty of the author’s word choices. Every sentence is carefully crafted, to tug at the reader’s heart, make them laugh or move the story forward.

This is a quality book with oodles of insights and wisdom. I highly recommend giving it a read.

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

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

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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

*Can You Keep a Secret?* by Sophie Kinsella*5-Shining Stars*

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I’m a big fan of Sophie Kinsella. I love her humorous, easy to read writing style. Can you Keep a Secret? is a laugh out loud, hysterical romance novel.

Emma Corrigan was petrified when her plane hit heavy turbulence; she was convinced that she was about to die. While the passengers behind her were weeping and reciting prayers out loud, Emma began to blab to the man sitting next to her, every dirty secret that she had. When the plane didn’t crash, Emma was immensely grateful that she was going to be able to continue her mundane life in one piece.

At Emma’s work everyone was in a tizzy because Jack Harper, the American founder of the company, was coming to visit. When Emma saw who the owner was, she nearly fainted. He was the same man who had sat next to her on the plane. Emma was hoping against hope that he wouldn’t recognize her. But of course, Jack Harper did. He also remembered every single embarrassing little secret that Emma had told him.

Sophie Kinsella does a brilliant job taking an innocent meeting of two people on a plane and turning it into a hilarious story. Although this is not one of the author’s newest books, it’s one of my favorites. If you have not read this book yet, you’re in for a treat. You’re going to laugh out loud…a lot.

5 out of 5 shining stars~Review by Peg Glover

*The Lion In Glory*by Heather Graham*5-Stars

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This compelling historical fiction novel takes place in England during the 1300s.

Lady Christina Steel of Hamstead Manor was beside herself. Sir James Graham, the emissary for the king of Scotland, was at her door. It was time to pay, to keep peace. King Edward would never allow such a thing to happen, but King Edward was gone, and his son now reigned. King Edward II was not the strong, ruthless leader that his father once was, but he did possess a cruel streak. He was also subject to immature tantrums and would punish whoever he thought was responsible for them. Lady Christina’s brother was a perfect example of the king’s unfair treatment. He was being held, and awaiting trial for treason because he paid the Scottish what they demanded. What choice did he have? Scotland was invading the northern villages of England, and King Edward II was doing nothing to help his people fight the Scottish.

Lady Christina convinced Sir James to take her prisoner. She would rather be a prisoner of Scotland than left to face the wrath of the unstable King of England.

Although I did not find Lady Christina’s character to be realistic, I loved her internal dialogue and her witty banter with Sir James.

I found The Lion In Glory to be an enjoyable read, well-written and humorous.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

Fooling Around With Cinderella*by Stacy Juba*5-Stars

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Fooling Around With Cinderella is a well-written, touching and highly entertaining novel.

Twenty-something, Jaine Anderson, accepted a marketing position at Storybook Valley Amusement Park. She was not pleased, though, to find out that she would also be filling in as Cinderella for a couple of months. She wasn’t sure if she would be able to pull-off the Cinderella piece of the job but knew that she had to give it her best shot. Jaine was tired of doing errands and babysitting for her sister just because she was unemployed. Little did Jaine know, though, that her life was about to morph into a modern-day version of Cinderella, glass slipper and all.

Fooling Around With Cinderella is more than just a modern-day fairy-tale. It is a story that comes alive for the reader; constructed with vivid details, quirky characters, and witty dialogue. I loved every page of this superbly written novel. I liked that the story is told from Jaine’s point of view because it gives the reader an intimate look at the world through Cinderella’s eyes. I found Jaine’s internal dialogue and sassy banter with Storybook Valley manager, Dylan, hysterical.

This delightful storybook romance is pure entertainment. Kudos to Stacy Juba for crafting such an engaging and funny read. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading light, captivating chick-lit novels.

I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover