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21 04, 2017

Review: A Death at the Yoga Cafe by Michelle Kelly

By | April 21st, 2017|Categories: Amateur Sleuths, Cozy, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Series|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

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death at the yoga cafe book coverReviewed by Maria Tews

I was pleasantly surprised by A Death at the Yoga Cafe by Michelle Kelly, and thoroughly enjoyed the book. Initially, I was a little skeptical about the premise of a detective mystery in a yoga cafe, and there was something about the cover of the book with its shelves of fruit kebabs and parfaits that just put me off. I was expecting a cheesy, unrealistic story but I am happy to say that the book exceeded all of my expectations.

Keeley Carpenter is the young business owner of a yoga cafe in the (mostly) quiet village town of Befrey, England. Unfortunately, Befrey was the home of a murder that took place in Keeley’s own cafe several months ago and made her the main suspect. These unlucky circumstances forced Keeley to investigate

20 04, 2017

Blog Tour: Miss You by Kate Eberlen

By | April 20th, 2017|Categories: Family Life, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , |9 Comments

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miss you by eberlin book coverPlease join Kate Eberlen, author of Miss You, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours

Reviewed by Kate Schefer

Tess and Gus are meant for each other. Most modern romantic books will start with an idea like that. However, in Miss You, Eberlen takes the thought a few steps further. What if they really were meant for each other? Destined to meet and fall in love, as evidenced by the myriad ways their lives had intersected ever since their first chance encounters in Florence. They are both eighteen and vacationing in Italy before going away to college. Tess is camping with her best friend Doll, who is almost her opposite: loud, glamorous, boy-crazy, and prone to indulgences. Gus is with his parents, who he’s pretty sure don’t like him, especially not since the death of his brother Ross the winter before. Ross was always more promising: funny, athletic, smart; and Gus is counting down the minutes until they can go home. Tess and Gus run into each other on the last day of their respective vacations, but won’t meet again until they both (independently) return to Tuscany as 34-year-olds.

19 04, 2017

Review: Beyond the Wild River by Sarah Maine

By | April 19th, 2017|Categories: Literature & Fiction|Tags: , , |11 Comments

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beyond the wild river book coverReviewed by Kate Schefer

Charles Ballantyre is a good man, a just man, as many of his peers would attest, but he has his dark secrets. His daughter Evelyn has always loved and admired him, but ever since a mysterious accident occurred on their estate five years back, she has had trouble seeing him the same way. James Douglas was a stable hand, Ballantyre’s protege, and Evelyn’s confidante (being the closest to her in age in their remote area of Scotland). But when Ballantyre wanted to pin the crime on James, he knew the only way to escape imprisonment and death was to run.

18 04, 2017

Book Preview: Lilli De Jong by Janet Benton

By | April 18th, 2017|Categories: Family Life, Genre Fiction, Historical, Literary, Literature & Fiction|Tags: , , |6 Comments

Lilli de Jong
by Janet Benton

Publication Date: May 16, 2017
Nan A. Talese
Hardcover & eBook; 352 Pages

Genre: Fiction/Historical/Literary

READ AN EXCERPT.

A young woman finds the most powerful love of her life when she gives birth at an institution for unwed mothers in 1883 Philadelphia. She is told she must give up her daughter to avoid lifelong poverty and shame. But she chooses to keep her.

Pregnant, left behind by her lover, and banished from her Quaker home and teaching position, Lilli de Jong enters a home for wronged women to deliver her child. She is stunned at how much her infant needs her and at how quickly their bond overtakes her heart. Mothers in her position face disabling prejudice, which is why most give up their newborns. But Lilli can’t

18 04, 2017

Giveaway: The Measure of the Moon by Lisa Preston

By | April 18th, 2017|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: |9 Comments

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measure of the moon book coverEnter to win a copy of The Measure of the Moon by Lisa Preston! Open to US residents only

About the book (publisher’s description)

As a former fire-department paramedic and police sergeant, Lisa Preston uses her experience to brilliantly channel human drama and suspense into The Measure of the Moon. New York Times bestselling author, Lisa Scottoline calls it “a powerful follow-up to Orchids and Stone, Lisa Preston’s The Measure of the Moon is a beautifully rendered story – in fact, two stories – which weave together the certainty  of how our actions and choices affect one another with far-reaching consequences.”

17 04, 2017

Review: Ocean of Storms by Christopher Mari & Jeremy K. Brown

By | April 17th, 2017|Categories: Action & Adventure, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

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ocean of storms book coverReviewed by Marcus Hammond

If you think about what makes your favorite summer blockbuster movie so much fun you’ll probably realize that a sound, well-developed plot and unquestionable logic aren’t the dominating attributes. Fast-paced, eye-popping action that defies all common sense intended to distract from reality is probably the more likely description. This second description is exactly what we get in Ocean of Storms by Christopher Mari and Jeremy K. Brown. This political sci-fi thriller grabs you by the eye sockets from the first 30 pages, slaps you around until you’ve forgotten what science is, and leaves you wanting more.

17 04, 2017

Review: The Expatriates by Janice Y.K. Lee

By | April 17th, 2017|Categories: Contemporary, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , |5 Comments

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expatriates book coverReviewed by Lauren Cannavino

Janice Y.K. Lee’s novel, The Expatriates, is a lyrical and close look at the lives of three women living in Hong Kong. While the women do have differences, their stories and lives have strong intersections and Lee’s wonderful storytelling ability blends the stories together smoothly. The novel speaks of three lives on hold while in Hong Kong and the development of the characters, their emotions and their situations, make this a fast, enjoyable read.

Mercy, Margaret and Hilary are in Hong Kong for different reasons, Mercy a former student laden with bad luck and the latter two being wives and/or mothers, in Hong Kong for their husband’s careers.

17 04, 2017

Giveaway: Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick

By | April 17th, 2017|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: |11 Comments

Here’s the 2nd giveaway of a book of my choice from my personal wish list. And since I’m always interested in books that are related to current events…

nothing to envy book coverEnter to win a copy of Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick! Open to US residents only

About the book (from Amazon.com)

Award-winning journalist Barbara Demick follows the lives of six North Korean citizens over fifteen years—a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung, the rise to power of his son Kim Jong-il, and a devastating famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Demick brings to life what it means to be living under the most repressive totalitarian regime today—an Orwellian world that is by choice not connected to the Internet, where displays of affection are punished, informants are rewarded, and an offhand remark can send a person to the gulag for life.

17 04, 2017

Blog Tour: Hard-Hearted Highlander by Julia London

By | April 17th, 2017|Categories: Genre Fiction, Giveaways, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Series|Tags: , , , , |4 Comments

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hard hearted highlander book coverPlease join Julia London, author of Hard-Hearted Highlander, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

To celebrate the release of Hard-Hearted Highlander, enter to win a $50 gift card below!

Reviewed by Bethany Kelly

Hard-Hearted Highlander, book three in the Highland Grooms series by Julia London, revolves around Rabbie Mackenzie, a Scot who has hardened his heart because of a lost love.

Bernadette lost everything – including her reputation – when she fell in love with the wrong man and ran away with him to be wed. After being found by her father and having her marriage annulled (among other things that broke her spirit), she is now a governess to Avaline, a young and naive Englishwoman who has been promised to a Scotsman. However, when Bernadette meets this Scotsman and determines that he is no match for her charge, she is determined to do everything that she can to find a way for Avaline to get out of it–even though she finds herself daydreaming about the Scot in her spare time.

16 04, 2017

Mailbox Monday, April 17, 2017

By | April 16th, 2017|Categories: Etc.|Tags: |11 Comments

Welcome to Mailbox MondayMailbox Monday is hosted by Marcia at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Here are the books that made their way into my physical and digital mailboxes last week:

Review Copies

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