Subscribe via RSS Feed Pinterest

Giveaway: Furious by T.R. Ragan

[ 7 ] April 14, 2016

furious book coverI have 1 copy of Furious by T.R. Ragan to give away! Open to U.S. residents only

About the book

Faith McMann comes home to a nightmare: her husband is killed and her son and daughter are taken. Although the intruders leave her for dead, she survives. Crippling grief and fear for her children make life unbearable. Until her anguish turns to anger…and she trades victimhood for vengeance. Frustrated with the law’s efforts, she takes action to rescue her children—and wreaks havoc on the brutal criminals who tore them from her. With her family and new found allies at her side, Faith descends into the hellish underworld of human trafficking, determined to make those who prey on the innocent pray for mercy.

The forces she’s up against have already proven that their ruthlessness knows no bounds. And there’s nothing they won’t do to turn Faith’s crusade into a suicide mission. But they’re about to learn that nothing is more dangerous than a mother fighting for her children—especially one who’s earned the nickname Furious.

About the author

T.R. Ragan (Theresa Ragan) is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Her exciting Lizzy Gardner series (Abducted, Dead Weight, A Dark Mind, Obsessed, Almost Dead, and Evil Never Dies) has received tremendous praise. In August 2015 Evil Never Dies hit #7 on the Wall Street Journal Bestselling List. Since publishing in 2011, she has sold two million books and has been mentioned in the Wall Street Journal, the L.A. Times, PC Magazine, Huffington Post, and Publishers Weekly.

Theresa grew up in a family of five girls in Lafayette, California. An avid traveler, her wanderings have carried her to Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, China, Thailand, and Nepal, where she narrowly survived being chased by a killer elephant. Before devoting herself to writing fiction, she worked as a legal secretary for a large corporation. Theresa and her husband Joe have four children and live in Sacramento, California.

Furious, the first book in her most recent Faith McMann series was released March 22, 2016, followed by Outrage and Wrath.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Be Sociable, Share!
  • more
Pin It

Review: Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

[ 10 ] April 13, 2016

summer at little beach street bakery book coverReviewed by Maria Tews

Polly, a chronic optimist and owner of the Little Beach Street Bakery, is living the baker’s dream. She lives in a Mount Polbearne – a picturesque British coast-side town – lighthouse with her (extremely handsome!) American beekeeper boyfriend, Huckle and has a pet puffin to boot! Author Jenny Colgan takes great pains to bring Mount Polbearne to life and portray all of its sea-side beauty, sucking the reader into a beautiful beach landscape filled with “clouds [that] danced like clean laundry across the sky”  and the “smell of sunscreen, and ice cream”. But as the fantasy life Polly has built for herself begins to crumble faster than one of the new owner’s of Little Beach Street Bakery’s cheap desserts, she must learn that sometimes the sweetest of times come from bitter beginnings.

The highlights of the book are undoubtedly Colgan’s mouth-watering descriptions of the various foods and baked goods Polly makes. This is one of her greatest strengths as an author, as evidenced by the plethora of other dessert and food-related books she has written. Colgan’s fluid writing style with her added sprinklings of humor captivates and supports the 416 pages of the book. There are too many gems to list but some funny puffin moments included Polly wondering about the “availability of puffin obedience classes” for her puffin named Neil and filling her lighthouse domicile with puffin memorabilia to provide Neil with companionship as an “only puffin”.

Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery is the second book in the Little Beach Street Bakery series (read out review of the first), but Colgan does a good job of catching up first-time patrons to the Little Beach Street Bakery. However, after reading the second installment, I would recommend starting with the first book as it provides important context and plot-related information for the second.

Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery is the modern gal’s version of a wise fairy-tale, and shows that difficulties are but bumps on an otherwise pleasant road, money isn’t and shouldn’t be the prime goal of life, and that hard work in addition to following your passions will lead to happiness.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Maria Tews is a high school student in Northeastern Connecticut. Maria loves reading, writing, and a hot cup of tea.

Review copy was provided by William Morrow Paperbacks. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.

Be Sociable, Share!
  • more
Pin It

Review: The Ones Who Matter Most by Rachael Herron

[ 5 ] April 12, 2016

the ones who matter most book cover

Enter to win a copy of the book here!

Reviewed by Bethany Kelly

What happens when you not only lose your husband, but also find out that he had a secret family that he never told you about? Do you buck up and deal with it? Or do you ignore your new found knowledge and pretend you never discovered it? Abby Roberts must figure this out in Rachael Herron’s The Ones Who Matter Most.

When Abby finds out that her husband, Scott, got a vasectomy behind her back, she is intent on getting a divorce. After telling him this, something unimaginable happens…he dies. This sends Abby into a tailspin. Then, to top it off, she is going through his things when she sees pictures of Scott and another woman in wedding attire…followed by a picture of him with the same woman holding a newborn.

Fern Reyes, single mother to Matty, has been raising her child on her own since the day he was born. Money has always been tight, and her schedule has always been jam-packed. When she comes home to find Abby in her yard, things get even more complicated for her little family. Not only will the child support checks stop coming because of the death of Matty’s father—Abby’s husband, Scott—but Fern will also have to try to get along with Abby because Matty is taken with her from their first encounter.

What starts out as a search for answers for Abby, and tolerance for Fern, may turn into something beautiful for both of them—a friendship and perhaps a new family.

I was engrossed in this novel from the get-go. Not only was I extremely interested in the overall premise of the story, but I was also enamored by Herron’s writing style. It is very simplistic, yet thorough. She gives you the details that you need and nothing more. This is the very reason I was able to read this 400+ page book in two short days. Nothing in the novel detracted from the plot, or made me want to skim to get to something more interesting.

Both Abby and Fern are very well-developed, strong characters. Although Abby seems confused and broken, her strength to keep fighting is what makes her such a lovable character. Even after everything that she has gone through, she still finds a way to keep going. Fern, although sometimes annoyingly independent, is also very resilient. She is a hard-working, single parent, and that speaks for itself in regards to everything that she has to endure.

Although I loved this book, I will say that I was a bit disappointed with the ending. It is a good ending, but an open one, and I hate not knowing for sure what happens.

All in all, I would definitely recommend this book, and look forward to reading more novels written by Rachael Herron.

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Bethany Kelly is currently getting her MFA at Goddard College and has a BA in English. She is a writer, editor, and stay-at-home mother and wife who spends her spare time (when she has some) reading and cooking. Check out her website at www.bckwritingcorner.com.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by NAL. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.

Be Sociable, Share!
  • more
Pin It

Most Creative/Prolific Contributor Award!

[ 5 ] April 12, 2016

stack of books As promised, every month I give away a prize of their choice to the most creative/prolific contributor to Luxury Reading.

Our March winner is…

Bonnie Franks!

Kudos to everyone for your great comments! Please post a comment here with your selection!

The contest started over on April 10th, and I will pick a new winner around the 10th of May. There is no limit to how many times you can win.

Remember, frequency of commenting counts, but so does the quality – a creative and relevant comment will get you more points than something like “sounds great”. Every month, I will pick a winner and post their name, as well as send them an e-mail. The winner can pick any item that is available on Amazon.com.

Get commenting!

Be Sociable, Share!
  • more
Pin It

Review: Demelza by Winston Graham

[ 2 ] April 11, 2016

demelza book coverReviewed by Sarah McCubbin

In the sequel to his original novel, Poldark, Winston Graham continues the saga in his second novel, Demelza. With rich vivid descriptions of life in British Cornwall, Demelza continues to endear herself to the reader. Rescued from her life as a neglected waif of a child to enter Poldark’s home as a servant in the first novel, now Demelza finds herself a young wife who lacks the social skills to enter society at a level equal to her husband. As the story progresses, she develops from a sweet girl lacking confidence to a beautiful confident woman able to navigate society without losing her country charm that endears her to wealthy and poor alike.

The backdrop of Demelza’s character comes against a series of trials for Ross Poldark as well as triumphs for others. Verity, Ross’ cousin has found herself free to make a move after the death of her father. Formerly prevented from marrying a sea captain, Andrew Blamey, Verity feels trapped and lonely with the loss. But Demelza’s own happiness with Ross drives her to seek the same joy for her friend and it is she who is largely responsible for Verity and Andrew’s reunion and subsequent marriage. Their joy becomes Ross’ loss as Verity’s brother, Francis lashes out in anger over the discovery and makes a move that nearly destroys Ross’ mining business.

Ross struggles to run a profitable mining business and makes strides to undercut the current system that prevents mine owners from making a decent profit from their copper. But when the Warleggans discover the scheme through Francis and threaten the miner owners involved, Ross finds himself buried with debt and wondering how he will recover.

With a deep feud brooding between Ross and Francis, illness strikes Cornwall. When Demelza discovers that Francis and Elizabeth are both desperately ill along with their son and the entire household, she takes matters into her own hands to nurse them back to health. It turns out to have dire consequences that results in the loss of her own daughter.

As a mother, I enjoyed this novel for the character development of Demelza. Seeing her grow from a child to a confident individual despite all the obstacles makes her nothing less than heroic. Novels like these represent everything good about quality literature. They engage the reader with the challenges of life and draw the mind upward toward higher possibilities and everyday courage. I highly recommend this novel and the whole series to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Sarah McCubbin is a homeschooling and foster mom in NE Ohio where she resides with her husband and 7 children. In addition to reading great books, she enjoys gardening, traveling and blogging at Living Unboxed.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Sourcebooks Landmark. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.

Be Sociable, Share!
  • more
Pin It

Giveaway: The Passover Surprise by Janet Ruth Heller

[ 2 ] April 11, 2016

passover surprise book coverI have 1 copy of The Passover Surprise by Janet Ruth Heller to give away! Open to U.S. residents only

About the book

Lisa and her little brother Jon enjoy collecting stamps. But when their father determines which child will get the new large stamp album, he bases his decision on his preconceived idea that stamp collecting is a boy’s hobby, not a girl’s hobby. Lisa has to learn how to discuss her feelings with her father in a calm and honest way. Her mother, her teacher, and her friends provide guidance to Lisa as her talk with her father and Passover, approach.

The Passover Surprise combines a Civil Rights Era backdrop and experiences from Heller’s own Jewish upbringing to illustrate issues of the time like racism and sexism.

It also includes a Discussion Guide at the back for parents and teachers and a glossary of Hebrew terms used in the book, making it a great primer for readers not yet familiar with Jewish traditions.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Be Sociable, Share!
  • more
Pin It
Page 12 of 757« First...1011121314...203040...Last »