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28 03, 2017

Blog Tour: Finding Our Forever by Brenda Novak

By | March 28th, 2017|Categories: Giveaways, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: |1 Comment

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finding our forever book coverPlease join Brenda Novak, author of Finding Our Forever, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours

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Reviewed by Bethany Kelly

If you had the chance to get to know your birth mother without her knowing who you really were, would you take it? Cora Kelly decides to take that chance in Finding Our Forever, the first book in the Silver Springs series written by Brenda Novak.

Cora has finally figured out who her birth mother is–Aiyana, the owner of the New Horizons Boys Ranch, a school for troubled teens. Along with this piece of information, she has also discovered that the ranch is looking for a new art teacher.

28 03, 2017

Giveaway: Cork Dork by Bianca Bosker

By | March 28th, 2017|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: |2 Comments

cork dork book coverEnter to win a copy of Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste by Bianca Bosker ! Open to US residents only

About the book (publisher’s description)

More Americans are drinking wine than ever before, yet the rituals, customs, and language around it are as rarefied and opaque as ever, leaving many of us wondering what all the fuss is about. What makes the bottle I bought for last week’s dinner party “bad”? Are sommeliers just pretentious, glorified salespeople, or can they actually taste things like pyrazine and honeysuckle in wine? And why do so many people devote their lives (or life savings) to experiencing minute differences in flavor that most of us can’t even perceive, let alone appreciate?

27 03, 2017

Blog Tour: The Enemies of Versailles by Sally Christie

By | March 27th, 2017|Categories: Biographical, Genre Fiction, Giveaways, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

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enemies of versailles book coverPlease join Sally Christie, author of The Enemies of Versailles, as she tours the blogosphere with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours!

There are 5 copies of the book for grabs–enter here by 3/31!

Reviewed by Vera Pereskokova

In The Enemies of Versailles, the conclusion to The Mistresses of Versailles trilogy, Louis XV’s wife and mistress – Marie Leszczyńska and Madame de Pompadour – have both passed away and the aging King is swept away by the stunningly beautiful Jeanne Becu. Jeanne is young and vivacious and the perfect antidote to the King who is beginning to feel the weight of his years.

27 03, 2017

Giveaway: Almost Missed You by Jessica Strawser

By | March 27th, 2017|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: |8 Comments

almost missed you book coverEnter to win 1 of 2 copies of Jessica Strawser’s debut novel, Almost Missed You! Open to US residents only

About the book (publisher’s description)

Violet and Finn were “meant to be,” said everyone, always. They ended up together by the hands of fate aligning things just so. Three years into their marriage, they have a wonderful little boy, and as the three of them embark on their first vacation as a family, Violet can’t help thinking that she can’t believe her luck. Life is good.

27 03, 2017

Review: A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

By | March 27th, 2017|Categories: Children's Books, Myths & Legends, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

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crown of wishes book coverReviewed by Richard Wisniewski

Wishes. Hopes. Desires. They can either drive one to the pinnacle of success or the abyss of demise. Roshani Chokshi transformed the traditions and beliefs behind wishes, hopes and desires to what is bound to become a New York Times bestseller. Crown of Wishes is the second installment in a series, and Chokshi truly flexed her writing capabilities from the very first page.

The story is broken out into chapters narrated by different characters. This provides for quite a unique vantage point later in the book. In all honesty, this was one of my favorite aspects of the book and has become my preferred way to tell a story. 

27 03, 2017

Mailbox Monday, March 27, 2017

By | March 27th, 2017|Categories: Etc.|Tags: |9 Comments

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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:

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25 03, 2017

Review: The Last Chance Matinee by Mariah Stewart

By | March 25th, 2017|Categories: Contemporary, Family Life, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Series, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

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last chance matinee book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

‘Blended’ families – you know, the ‘hers’, ‘his’, and ‘ours’ type of familial organization is a fairly recent invention in this country. Especially during the last 50 years or so. But in this story you get a different kind of ‘blended’ family – three daughters of one man, with two different women, and no divorce in the middle. The three daughters meet for the first time as 30-somethings after both Moms and the Dad are all deceased. Talk about a surprise!

Allie and Des are full sisters, Cara is the singleton in the batch. Allie and Cara both had unhappy marriages; Des is still single. They meet in the attorney’s office to go over the terms of the will. All three women did know the attorney as Uncle Pete, however. It seems that Dad (Fritz Hudson) came from a wealthy family in the small town of Hidden Falls, Pennsylvania.

25 03, 2017

Review: Why Do Dukes Fall in Love? by Megan Frampton

By | March 25th, 2017|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: , , |1 Comment

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why do dukes fall in love book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

Why Do Dukes Fall in Love? is the fourth book in Megan Frampton’s Dukes Behaving Badly series. Though I have not read the previous three novels in this series, this book seems so loosely tied to them, that it could be a standalone.

When Edwina’s husband dies, she is surprised to see that he left her, and their daughter Gertrude, absolutely no money to take care of them. In desperation to provide for her daughter, Edwina seeks the advice of her friend, Carolyn, who owns an employment agency. And luckily, Carolyn has just the thing for her.

23 03, 2017

Review: The Housekeeper by Suellen Dainty

By | March 23rd, 2017|Categories: Family Life, Genre Fiction, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

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the housekeeper book coverReviewed by Jennifer Jensen

After a humiliating breakup, Anne Morgan disappears into herself and separates from the culinary world that she has worked in her entire adult life. Finding comfort in the words of celebrity blogger Emma Helmsley, Anne sees an ad that Emma is looking for a housekeeper. Though overqualified, Anne applies for the position and is welcomed into the private life of the Helmsley family.

Anne becomes intimately immersed in the private lives of each member of the Helmsley family, from having deep morning conversations with Rob that grow a little too friendly, to impersonating Emma at their son Jake’s school. The deeper that Anne falls, the more secrets that she uncovers—including some that hit a little close to home.

22 03, 2017

Blog Tour: The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

By | March 22nd, 2017|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , |14 Comments

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roanoke girls book coverPlease join Amy Engel, author of The Roanoke Girls, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Kate Schefer

Lane Roanoke is weeks shy of 16 when her mother Camilla commits suicide, and Lane can’t help but feel relief. For as long as she could remember, her mother was a volatile, emotional woman who seemed to display her love for Lane in the form of hate and anger. She didn’t speak often of her childhood home, Roanoke, but when she did, she described it as a “nightmare.” Lane will not understand why until she is sent to live with her grandparents and cousin Allegra later that summer, at the family house in Kansas. Located in the country outside of Osage Flats, Roanoke is a massive estate, whose architecture was inspired by every type of house, it seems. Gran built additions after each child, and she had four daughters (who in turn had more daughters); the house, even in its mostly empty state, feels alive, like it’s pulsing with secrets.