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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.

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

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

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!

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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.

13 04, 2017

Review: The Echo of Twilight by Judith Kinghorn

By | April 13th, 2017|Categories: Family Life, Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, War|Tags: , , |3 Comments

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echo of twilight book coverReviewed by Jennifer Jensen

Love, betrayal, heartbreak, and the bonds of friendship are center-most in Judith Kinghorn’s The Echo of Twilight. Pearl Gibson is about to embark on a new journey as a lady’s maid. As her travels bring her to her new post, she encounters a charming young artist named Ralph, and a forbidden love is born. Settling into her new position, Pearl develops an unusual friendship with her employer, Ottoline, one that will shape her future in ways she never could have seen coming, bringing her the greatest joy she could ever know and the deepest sadness she will ever experience.

11 04, 2017

Review: The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff

By | April 11th, 2017|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literary, Literature & Fiction, War|Tags: , , , , |4 Comments

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orphan's tale book coverReviewed by Savannah Sawyer

The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff was life changing in a way that I’ve never experienced with any other book. I picked up this novel thinking it was simply an account of a girl who snatched an infant from a train cart destined for doom on a terribly freezing night. Instead, Jenoff gifted me the privilege of following Noa on her journey and witnessing her transformation from a timid young girl to a resilient and self-assured aerialist.

Noa was kicked out of her home mercilessly by her father after spending a long night under the sheets and becoming pregnant with a German man at the fresh age of fifteen. She sought refuge at a home for pregnant, vagrant women, planning to give up her baby the moment it was born. Noa gave birth shortly after arriving, and bonded with her baby before having him snatched away and more than likely sent to imminent death since he wasn’t the Aryan baby that most favored in Nazi-Germany. After giving birth, Noa became truly homeless.

10 04, 2017

Review: Border Child by Michel Stone

By | April 10th, 2017|Categories: Family Life, Genre Fiction, Literary, Literature & Fiction|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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border child book coverReviewed by Stacie Nielsen Bortel

Border Child (follow-up to The Iguana Tree) begins with Lilia and Hector back in Mexico, three years after their deportation. The young couple is dealing with the aftermath of the loss of Alejandra, their daughter, who was taken by a stranger at the border. Losing a child is every parent’s worst fear, and Lilia and Hector have the added agony of blaming themselves – and each other – for losing her. To make matters worse, there is the torture of not knowing if she is still alive. Although Lilia has since given birth to a healthy boy and is pregnant with their third child, she is consumed with grief and guilt over losing Alejandra, and their marriage is suffering the consequences.

9 04, 2017

Review: The Secret Language of Women by Nina Romano

By | April 9th, 2017|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Series|Tags: , , |3 Comments

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secret language of women book coverReviewed by Lauren Cannavino

The Secret Language of Women is a novel full of love, beauty, intrigue and deception. Zhou Bin Lian is different from her peers. Born to a Chinese mother and a Swiss father, Lian has striking green eyes that make her a bit of an anomaly in China in the 1800s. Lian also assists her father, a doctor, with his practice and is a skilled healer. When her father is called to treat an Italian diplomat who has fallen ill, Lian meets a handsome Italian sailor and her life will never be the same. After meeting Giacomo, Lian’s life fills with light, even though it ultimately is short-lived and the connection that the two share is enjoyable to witness/watch unfurl.

7 04, 2017

Review: A Bridge Across the Ocean by Susan Meissner

By | April 7th, 2017|Categories: Contemporary, Genre Fiction, Historical, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , |5 Comments

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a bridge across the ocean book coverReviewed by Charity Lyman

Have you ever started a book and found yourself unsure of where the author was going to take you? Well, that is where I began my journey through A Bridge Across the Ocean by Susan Meissner. I entered a world of ghosts, intrigue and ethereal people. Believe me, I don’t think I will be the same after reading this book.

The plot bounces back and forth between many different time periods, including present day California, and 1940s Boston, England and France. There are many characters who are a part of the tale, but all are connected in some manner or another. Even if only by the fact that they can see ghosts, or people from other dimensions.