Saturday, January 25, 2020

Review: One Perfect Summer

One Perfect Summer One Perfect Summer by Brenda Novak
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When Serenity Alston swabbed her cheek for 23andMe, she joked about uncovering some dark ancestral scandal. The last thing she expected was to discover two half sisters she didn’t know existed. Suddenly, everything about her loving family is drawn into question. And meeting these newfound sisters might be the only way to get answers.

The book covers the three women meeting up at a summer home in Lake Tahoe and how their relationship blossoms. This author is my all-time favorite and I read everything she writes. And I was not disappointed in this story. It keeps your interest and keeps you turning page after page. The story divides between Serenity (whose husband is in jail), Lorelei (whose husband cheated on her) and Reagan (who is having an affair in the office)....with all this drama going on in the background the women endeavor to find out how they are half sisters and dig up some pretty amazing theories.

Again, Brenda Novak gives us a great story. Place this book (available April 2020) on your TBR list. #NetGalley #five stars

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Sunday, January 19, 2020

Review: The Way Back to You

The Way Back to You The Way Back to You by Sharon Sala
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sully Raines sets out to find his birth mother, and ends up in Blessings, Georgia. A new surprise awaits him here, but of the best kind—his childhood sweetheart, whom he hasn’t seen since she moved away when they were teens, is living in Blessings now.

I read this book for a club and am glad I did. Wasnt sure I would like it but I am totally hooked on this series and will probably start reading book #1. The book can be read as a stand alone, but I am finding they center around the people from Blessings who have their own individual stories.

The town of Blessings is a wonder in itself. Everyone looks out for one another and they are always there in times of trouble. I found myself turning page after page and loving one of the characters named Lovey Cooper (everyone's grandma). If you want to read a heart warming family type of book, pick this one up. Cant wait to discuss it at the book club. #fivestars #romance

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Review: Eve

Eve Eve by Tina Hogan Grant
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Keeping secrets will isolate you. I couldn’t wait to become Slater’s wife and was anxious to begin planning our wedding. After recovering from the horrific situation with Davin, everything was finally falling into place. Until Eve showed up—a woman from Slater’s past he had refused to talk to me about.

With a start like that I knew the book had to be amazing. Book 1 had me hooked and so I had to read this one and Ms Grant did not disappoint. I love following Sabela's life and could not put this book down. Steamy, romantic, surprising (yes, did not see that twist coming!) and I kept switching between hating Eve and trying to understand her.

I read the book quickly and my only regret is finishing I have to wait for Book #3 in the Sabela Series - Claire - if only Ms Grant would write faster! #fivestars #Eve #lovethisbook

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Saturday, January 11, 2020

Review: Regretting You

Regretting You Regretting You by Colleen Hoover
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Morgan Grant and her sixteen-year-old daughter, Clara, would like nothing more than to be nothing alike.

Morgan is determined to prevent her daughter from making the same mistakes she did. By getting pregnant and married way too young, Morgan put her own dreams on hold. Clara doesn’t want to follow in her mother’s footsteps. Her predictable mother doesn’t have a spontaneous bone in her body.

But things turn south when Clara's father and her aunt are involved in a car crash and die. It is only then that Morgan, Clara's mom, finds out the secrets they have been hiding. In an attempt to keep them from her daughter their relationship suffers and Clara resents her. She starts to rebel and Morgan has to fix it before it gets totally out of hand.

Love the mother-daughter story and the grief and friendship they need to go through in the hopes of helping each other. After reading Hoover's other book, Verity, I am happy to read this one because it did not disappoint! #KindleUnlimited #fourstars

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Review: American Dirt

Lydia Quixano PĂ©rez lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco. She runs a bookstore. She has a son, Luca, the love of her life, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist. And while there are cracks beginning to show in Acapulco because of the drug cartels, her life is, by and large, fairly comfortable.

But then the cartel comes in during a birthday party and wipes out her whole family.  It took me a month to read this book mainly because it follows the journey of Lydia and her son, Luca fleeing Mexico and entering the U.S. by crossing the border illegally.  A book like this can be so controversial in light of what is happening now, but I found it to be so profound and sad because it was so real.  It makes you feel blessed for what you have being born in the US and know there are so many stories like this one.

I loved how protective Lydia was of her son and how strong Luca became undertaking the trials he went through.  This book was 400 pages long and I only had a problem with the way some parts just dragged through.  All in all it was an interesting read.  #ARC  #threestars  #bookreview

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Review: Better Endings

Better Endings Better Endings by Tina Hogan Grant
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My first book read in 2020 and couldn't have read a better book. Am a big fan of Ms. Grant's books and loved this one. Continuing in the Tammy Mellows series again I was drawn into the amazing life of this character. I love how we got a little reminder in the beginning of book #1 Reckless Beginnings although it can be read alone also.

After narrowly escaping with her own life from Steven, the father of her child and an abusive heroin addict, Tammy Mellows believed she finally gained control of her own self. At first I thought reading about life on the ocean and fishing was going to be boring...but I learned so much, was eager to turn the page and was just as excited as Tammy when things went right after being faced with so many obstacles. We all have demons to face one way or another and it just comes down to how we handle them. Looking forward to Book #3....because it's not ended yet!

If you have never read a Tina Hogan Grant book.....start now, you won't be disappointed!

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Monday, December 30, 2019

Review: Unspoken

Unspoken Unspoken by Lisa Jackson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The town of Bad Luck, Texas, is home to all kinds of secrets. Shelby Cole had her share, before she left to start a new life. After almost ten years away, a mysterious package arrives at her Seattle home. There’s no return address, just a photograph of a little girl. Shelby knows immediately that this is the daughter she was told died at birth—and that going back is the only way to discover what really happened.

This story centers on Shelby finding her daughter but also at the same time uncovering all the secrets in her family that she left behind 10 years earlier. Very twisting and covers emotions like love, hate, anger, surprise, lust and control. A page turner because you need to find out if she finds her daughter and then what? Love Lisa Jackson books. #kindleunlimited

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Monday, December 23, 2019

Review: Seven Shots

Seven Shots Seven Shots by Brianna Johnson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a book by an author I have never read before. While the story was interesting it was not my usual type of read. But it did keep my interest.

Those three letters haunted Blair Saddler's very existence. For four years Blair dedicated herself to protecting animals from the harsh hands of hunters. However, the shelter owner who saved and rehabilitated animals never thought in a million years that she would switch places with the animals she set out to protect. Now playing a game of keep-away with her life, Blair has to find a way to survive. With hunters on her heel, will a bullet be her fate or will she be able to save herself?

I was amazed at how Blair coped with this game and kept her head about her. I dont think I would have been that brave. But her cunningness and bravery is what made her get through this ordeal. It was a delightful change from my usual reads.

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Monday, December 16, 2019

Review: Smoke Screen

Smoke Screen Smoke Screen by Terri Blackstock
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

One father was murdered. Another was convicted of his death. All because their children fell in love.

Nate Beckett has spent his life fighting wildfires instead of the lies and rumors that drove him from his Colorado hometown. His mother begs him to come back now that his father has been released from prison, but it isn’t until he’s sidelined by an injury that he’s forced to return and face his past. But that means facing Brenna too.

This book starts off with a bang. And right away you must get through this story. Because we all want to know what will happen when Nate returns home. As I read this book it got more and more involved with who was right and who was covering up what happened. When Brenna got to the point of losing her children to her ex-husband I couldn't put the book down. Very well written and not only suspenseful but also a warm loving story about how people cope with the obstacles of life.  #NetGalley

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Review: Good Girl, Bad Girl

Good Girl, Bad Girl Good Girl, Bad Girl by Michael Robotham
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I bought this book back in July and never got to read it (too many books to read) but decided to tackle it now. Glad I did, such a heart wrenching story of a young girl living in a secret room after a heinous crime. Half-starved and filthy, she won’t tell anyone her name, or her age, or where she came from. Maybe she is twelve, maybe fifteen. She doesn’t appear in any missing persons file, and her DNA can’t be matched to an identity.

Along comes Cyrus, a psychologist who, with his own baggage must determine if Evie can leave the children's home and live on her own. There is also a second story here about Jodie who went missing and was found dead.

These stories overlap one another and keeps you glued to the book to find the outcome. There are still some questions I have about Evie....but since this book is labeled #1 I am sure there might be a continuing story about her???

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Review: Pressing Flowers

Pressing Flowers Pressing Flowers by Katie Blanchard
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Miriam Jones is merely existing.
Three years ago, the cruelty of the world robbed her of her husband. Preferring to sleep through the days rather than face her reality, Miriam has yet to begin the grieving process.

However, reality knocks hard. And so we learn how Miriam gets out of her depression and starts living life again. But things dont get better and Miriam has a lot to deal with. I love Katie Blanchard books but this one was a bit different from her others. Not only did she deal with death but also cancer which makes this book hard to take if you or someone you know has been through it.

But it was written from the heart and deals with it in an endearing and loving way. Dont forget the tissues.

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