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11 07, 2016

Review: Barefoot Beach by Toby Devens

By | July 11th, 2016|Categories: Contemporary, Family Life, Genre Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , , |5 Comments

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barefoot beach book coverReviewed by Jennifer Jensen

It’s summertime, and since I live nowhere near an ocean, I get to live vicariously through fictional characters who do. Such was the draw for me to get lost in Barefoot Beach by Toby Devens, an author I tried out for the first time. Based on the back cover synopsis, I pictured the structure of the book to be something like Wendy Wax’s Ten Beach Road series, where chapters alternate between different characters and their trials, while focusing on the bonds of their friendships.

In Barefoot Beach, Nora is the focal point of the story.

8 07, 2016

Review: Meternity by Meghann Foye

By | July 8th, 2016|Categories: Comedy, Contemporary, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , , |5 Comments

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meternity book coverReviewed by Poppy Johnson

Meternity is a very interesting story. Our main character, Liz, has to pretend to be pregnant just to get some well-deserved flexibility at her job. The women who have children seem to be favored and are allowed to leave on time, while everyone else works overtime without pay, recognition or even gratitude from the boss. Single women, especially, are expected to stay long hours, pick up everyone else’s slack, and gently put their life on pause for the good of the team.

Liz works at a magazine called Patty Cakes that caters to new moms. Her circle of friends includes Ford, Addison, and Brie (A & B). She also has a few enemies, like her bosses Cynthia and Alix. Liz tries to get ahead at her job and envies the moms. An accidental lie about being pregnant results in her leading a double life–faking her pregnancy with a cloth baby bump by day, and looking for a PH (read: Potential Husband) in New York’s bars with her pals by night.

7 07, 2016

Review: Somewhere Out There by Amy Hatvany

By | July 7th, 2016|Categories: Contemporary, Family Life, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , |4 Comments

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somewhere out there book coverReviewed by Meredith Kelly

Somewhere Out There describes the heart-wrenching and heart-rendering tale of Jennifer Walker, a destitute young mother of two children, Brooke, age four, and Natalie, six months. In a desperate effort to keep her family together, Jennifer is reduced to living in a car and often stealing from food markets to feed the children.

These “food runs” lead to several arrests for petty theft and other charges that eventually culminate in a fifteen months prison sentence. When the judge announces her sentence, Jennifer can only cry and wonder what will happen to her children.

5 07, 2016

Blog Tour: Stepping to a New Day by Beverly Jenkins

By | July 5th, 2016|Categories: Contemporary, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , |2 Comments

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stepping to a new day book coverPlease join Beverly Jenkins, author of Stepping to a New Day, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

What a sneaky book! But sneaky in a good way. As in – be sure you have a chunk of time available before you start to read this book, because it won’t let go of you very easily. It’s not a 15-minutes here, 20-minutes there kind of book. It’ll grab your attention and the next thing you know, it’s a happy hour or more later.

Henry Adams is a small town in Kansas. It just doesn’t realize it is a small town. Everyone there knows everyone else, and that’s the way they all want it to be. No matter how old you are, or what color skin you might have, everyone is treated the same way – with kindness and respect. It looks after its own.

3 07, 2016

Review: First Comes Love by Emily Giffin

By | July 3rd, 2016|Categories: Contemporary, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , |5 Comments

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first comes love book coverReviewed by Carrie Ardoin

There are few things in life stronger than the bond between siblings, which is why, when it is shattered, lives can be changed forever. Emily Giffin’s novel First Comes Love explores this phenomenon in quite an emotional offering.

Growing up, Daniel Garland often had to be the go between for his two younger sisters, Josie and Meredith. Josie, the middle child and known for her partying ways, and Meredith, serious, unflinching, perfectionist, couldn’t be more different. Then, in an instant, they lose their brother–the rock, the golden child, the glue holding the family together. Not only does the relationship between the two women become hopelessly and instantly strained, but their parents divorce, they lose touch with friends, and more.

3 07, 2016

Blog Tour: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

By | July 3rd, 2016|Categories: Contemporary, Literature & Fiction, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , , |10 Comments

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neverwhere book coverPlease join Neil Gaiman, author of Neverwhere, as he tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Jenna Arthur

Imagine your life if you were to all of a sudden become invisible. Those you love don’t recognize you, you no longer have your job, your home, and your life seems like it is all but over. This is what happened to Richard Mayhew, a seemingly normal man from London.

Richard, a Scot, recently moved to London. He has a good job, a fiance he loves and a life he worked hard for. But that all changes one night when, walking with his fiance down the streets of London, he meets a young girl named Door, lying broken and bleeding on the sidewalk.

30 06, 2016

Review: After the Crash by Michel Bussi

By | June 30th, 2016|Categories: Contemporary, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

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after the crash book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

In December of 1980, the unthinkable happens: a plane with 169 passengers crashes into the Swiss Alps killing 168 people. The sole survivor of the plane crash, a three-month-old baby girl, is then thrown into a whirlwind of confusion. There were two baby girls on that flight, and without DNA testing to prove who the survivor is, the Vitrals and de Carvilles both step up to take the child.

After the Crash by Michel Bussi tells the story of the sole survivor of the plane crash, but even after the courts place her with a family, will anyone know for sure who she truly is? Is she Lyse-Rose or Emilie?

30 06, 2016

Review: Riverbend Road by RaeAnne Thayne

By | June 30th, 2016|Categories: Contemporary, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: , |3 Comments

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riverbend road book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

Riverbend Road is book four in Haven Point series, but it isn’t necessary to have read the others to understand the story line. On the other hand, once you’ve read this one, you’ll probably want to go find the earlier three to catch up a bit on some of the characters.

Personally, I like this kind of series, as each book tells a bit more about some of the characters introduced previously, while also bringing in characters who’ll be featured in upcoming books. I’ve not previously read anything by this author, and for the life of me, I’m not sure why, but that situation will be remedied before long.

27 06, 2016

Review: If I Forget You by Thomas Christopher Greene

By | June 27th, 2016|Categories: Contemporary, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , |5 Comments

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if i forget you book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

Just as there are fast-food purveyors and five-star gourmet restaurants serving essentially the same purpose, – supplying food for hungry people – there are fast-read books and five-star sensualist offerings. Books in this latter category refuse to let you race through them; rather they demand your time and attention, forcing you to savor them.

If I Forget You is definitely in that latter category, as though it were chained to your ankle like a boat anchor. Opposites attract, just as opposites repel, and going in, one can never be exactly sure what force you may encounter, or how to cope with the subsequent turmoil. The author has won awards for his poetic writing, and it’s easy to see why when reading this book.

22 06, 2016

Review: The Choices We Make by Karma Brown

By | June 22nd, 2016|Categories: Contemporary, Family Life, Genre Fiction, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , |8 Comments

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the choices we make book coverReviewed by Colleen Turner

I need to say right up front that Karma Brown’s debut novel, Come Away with Me, made my top ten best books of 2015 and so I jumped at reviewing her newest, The Choices We Make, as soon as I saw it come up for review without even reading what it was about. Her debut blew me away with how real and raw she was able to make her characters and the surprise twist towards the end that I never saw coming. I just KNEW I was going to love The Choices We Make and I am so happy to say that she didn’t disappoint.

The Choices We Make is the story of Hannah, a woman who is unable to have the one thing she wants more than anything in the world–a baby to call her own.