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UNRAVELING OLIVER by Liz Nugent–Book Review

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Don’t Miss Liz Nugget’s Brilliant, New, Chilling, Psychological Thriller- Coming 8/22/17
I loved it!

 

Unraveling Oliver is an outstanding, captivating, and unforgettable psychological dark thriller. It’s hard to believe that this book is Liz Nugent’s debut novel. Unraveling Oliver is an intriguing, superbly written and brilliant read.

Oliver Ryan was severely neglected by his father. He was left at a boarding school until his college years. He would watch from the school window the house his father lived in with the family he was supposed to be part of. His father paid for his boarding school, but that was the extent of his care. Oliver would watch his father from the window interact with his half brother, but never him. Did Oliver become evil because of his upbringing or was he born that way?

The book begins with Oliver Ryan beating his wife, Alice, into a coma. Everyone was shocked that a famous writer of children’s books, could be so viciously violent, especially to a person he supposedly loved. Alice was a kind, loyal wife, and a great supporter of Oliver’s writing. She was the illustrator for all of his books.

Every chapter in the book is narrated by either Oliver or a significant person in his life. They tell the story of what he was like as a child, a teen, a husband, and finally a famous author. Oliver’s life literally unravels for the reader. When I read about the treatment, he received from his father as a child; I felt sorry for him. But that changed after high school. When Oliver attended college, he had his first taste of freedom, and he loved it. He learned very quickly that he could use his charismatic charm to his advantage. Except for his father’s approval, Oliver got whatever he wanted. Oliver was a polite; handsome man and was able to use his desirability to manipulate people. In a word, Oliver Ryan was irresistible, and he knew it.

As Oliver’s evil deeds began to add up, he hid his true self. Not even Alice knew who her husband really was. That would all change, though, when his past caught up with him. Don’t miss reading this extraordinary and engrossing book. I highly recommend it.

Thank you, Gallery/Scout Press and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I loved it!

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

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Leave The Night On by Laura Trentham

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Don’t Miss Laura Trentham’s Newest Romantic Tale. I Loved It!
Released Date-8/1/17 —Leave The Night On

 

Leave The Night On is an entertaining, small town, heartfelt romance.
Wyatt Abbott has had a crush on Sutton Mize since childhood. But, since he was a grease monkey and she a judge’s daughter, he stayed on his side of the Mississippi River and left her alone. That was, until, Sutton pulled into Abbott Brothers Garage and Restoration. She wanted to restore her fiancee’s Camaro convertible. It was supposed to be a surprise for her fiancee, but the real surprise was on her. While cleaning out his car, they found evidence that her fiancee, Andrew, had been cheating on her.

Out of anger, Sutton told her fiancee, that she didn’t want him anymore, and that she too, has been seeing someone else, Wyatt Abbott. To Wyatt’s delight, Sutton asked him to be her “pretend” boyfriend. Wyatt was more than happy to oblige. He just hoped that when the ruse was over, he would be able to find all the pieces to his broken heart.

I thoroughly enjoyed this delightful, well-written, and captivating tale. The characters are likable, the dialogue, flowing and the situations realistic. Very enjoyable.

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

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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The Return by Suzanne Woods Fisher

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Don’t Miss This Fabulous New Release by Suzanne Woods Fisher!

 

The Return is a fascinating story depicting the unrest in Pennsylvania during the 1700s between the early settlers, Amish and the Indians.

Bairn Bauer was a well known Amish Pastor in Lancaster County. He was, however, according to many of his parishioners, too liberal with the Indians. Bairn and his wife treated the Indians the same as they would treat anyone; with kindness and respect. John Elder, a Scots-Irish preacher, didn’t share Bairn Bauer’s beliefs at all, and regularly stirred up trouble.

Tessa Bauer, the preacher’s daughter was often teased about being freakishly tall and outspoken. She felt, however, that her height and impolite mannerisms were the least of her faults. Her problem was jealousy. The man she loved, had eyes only for her friend Betsy. She was beautiful, kind, and petite. Tessa often wished that her friend would just disappear. And then, to everyone’s surprise, she did.

When Betsy was taken by the Indians, Tessa was torn up with guilt. The guilt she felt however, didn’t stop her from going after Hans. Although, she loved being with Hans, Tessa knew that his heart still belonged to Betsy. Unfortunately, wishing Betsy gone, was not the worse thing, jealousy would drive Tessa to do.

Caleb, a half-breed Indian took Betsy under his wing and helped her through a difficult transition. Caleb believed himself to be a nobody, but in reality, he was the most amazing character in the book. He sacrificed and put himself in danger, to help others, again and again, and never asked for anything in return.

This is the first book that I have read by this author, but it won’t be my last. The writing is superb, and the story, uplifting and captivating. The book touches on many subjects, such as: love, trusting God, the danger of prejudice and jealousy, and the healing balm of forgiveness.

Thank you, Revell publishing and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I loved it!

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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**Twice Upon A Kiss** by Jane Susann MacCarter *5-Stars

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Twice Upon A Kiss is an outstanding and compelling, time-travel, historical fiction romance.

Stella, a comatose patient, was on life-support in a Minneapolis Hospital after surviving a gunshot wound to the head. Stella opened her eyes, not in the twenty-first century Minneapolis hospital, though, but in a prehistoric village called Jarmo, in 7000BC. She recognized the Eden type place from Professor Harry Vale’s many passionate lectures about it. Jarmo was every bit as beautiful as her Professor described it to be. Jarmo was a place of peace, harmony, and laughter. War was still an unknown to the Jarmo people, but it wouldn’t stay that way for long. War was coming to Jarmo and the twenty-first century Stella would play a major role in it.

The story alternates between present day comatose Stella to self-assured, Jarmo Chieftain’s wife, Stella. I found this book to be unique, compelling and incredibly well-written. The fascinating prehistoric life of Jarmo came alive for me, as well as Stella’s relationship with Chieftain Hari and Professor Harry. Each one of these characters was well-developed and had distinct, individual personalities.

Twice Upon A Kiss is not just a time-travel romance or a fantastic historical fiction read. It’s a story about feeling the fullness of life, the ecstasy of love, the stabbing pain of jealousy, the agony of loss, and the bittersweet peace and understanding that can only come with acceptance. The book left me spellbound. I loved it and highly recommend giving Twice Upon A Kiss a read.

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.