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1 12, 2016

Review: Lady Pirate by Lynsay Sands

By | December 1st, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: , |0 Comments

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lady pirate book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

When Valoree’s brother, Captain Red, dies, she must continue her masquerade pretending to be his brother, and take on a new title: Captain.

However, that won’t last long. See, Valoree has been named the heir of Ainsley, and the first thing she intends to do is honor her brother’s promise to the crew; giving them a patch of land on the Ainsley estate big enough to have a cottage. After all, the crew is getting older, and the last thing they want is to wind up like their previous captain.

30 11, 2016

Review: The Next by Stephanie Gangi

By | November 30th, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Ghosts, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , |3 Comments

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the next book coverReviewed by Lauren Cannavino

Joanna DeAngelis is dying of cancer when Stephanie Gangi’s novel begins, but where Gangi takes Joanna as the novel progresses, is far from expected. Joanna lies dying with tubes, bruises, medicine haze, her faithful poodle Tom by her side, two distraught adult daughters and a quiet obsession with her phone and her ex-boyfriend Ned. In the last moments of her life, Johanna is more focused on the online persona of Ned and his new, very famous girlfriend, rather than her legacy and her daughters Anna and Laney. Anna and Laney are very different, but sisters all the same, and the roles that the two take in the story are interesting and ever changing. The Next is not a story of dying woman, but rather the story of how what happens before death, can often impact what happens after death and not only for the deceased.

29 11, 2016

Giveaway: Road to Paradise by Paullina Simons

By | November 29th, 2016|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: |9 Comments

road to paradise book coverEnter to win a copy of Road to Paradise by Paullina Simons! And….as a bonus, you’ll receive Simons’ Tatiana and Alexander as well! Open to US residents only

Praise for Paullina Simons

“[A] beautifully written first novel…. A strong story line with great characterization makes this book hard to put down.”  — Library Journal

“Reads fast like a sudden surge of wind over the plains, and the book’s momentum builds to tornado force.”  — USA Today

Paullina Simons is the internationally bestselling author of Tully and The Bronze Horseman. In Road to Paradise love, passion, and friendship collide on the road trip of a lifetime.

29 11, 2016

Review: Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah

By | November 29th, 2016|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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monogram murders book coverReviewed by Charity Lyman

I will admit, I am an Agatha Christie fan. I would think almost any mystery lover has to be, her being the queen of mystery and all. So The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah was a book I was really interested in reading. It is supposed to be written in the vein of the old Hercule Poirot style mysteries. I was somewhat surprised but not as smitten as I thought I would be.

Hercule Poirot is taking a vacation, though he is only renting an apartment across from his house. And while staying there, he frequents a little cafe known as Pleasant’s Coffee House.

28 11, 2016

Review: Recipe for Love by Katie Fforde

By | November 28th, 2016|Categories: Comedy, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: , |1 Comment

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recipe for love book coverReviewed by Meg Massey

Chef Zoe Harper has won the opportunity to compete in a new cooking show. Zoe dreams of owning her own deli, and believes that winning the show could bring her closer to achieving her goals. But upon arriving to begin filming, she encounter Gideon Irving, one of the judges for the competition. Against her better judgment and despite their awkward first encounter, she finds herself falling for him. She’s also forced to contend with Cher, another contestant that takes competition to a whole new level with her petty jealousy and sabotage. Will Zoe be able to stay away from Gideon and keep her eye on the prize? Or will she risk everything to take a chance on love?

26 11, 2016

Review: Ark by Julian Tepper

By | November 26th, 2016|Categories: Literary, Literature & Fiction|Tags: |3 Comments

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ark book coverReviewed by Kate Schefer

Ben Arkin has accomplished a lot in 84 years, but he will never be satisfied. A self-made millionaire ad man (a la Don Draper) who cashed out of the game at 42 to fund his three children’s record label Shout!, Ark devoted the second half of his life to making strange and unusual art. With his assistant Jerome, he spent twelve hours a day creating and thinking and constructing thousands of pieces that would never see an audience. Ark only cared about “making” art, not selling or making others appreciate it. But his remaining funds are quickly being drained by the salaries of his assistant and his wife Eliza’s nurse, the mortgages on their Wooster St loft and Southampton home, and a legal battle with his eldest daughter Sondra. ARK is the story of how one flawed and desperate family can be destroyed by the one thing that gave them status.

26 11, 2016

2016 Christmas Toy Giveaway

By | November 26th, 2016|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: |21 Comments

piles of christmas toys

Holidays are almost here so I’ve decided to repeat a favorite giveaway of mine! I love nothing more than picking out gifts for kids so this giveaway will be all about them!

Here’s how this giveaway will work:

  • Comment on this post and tell me your child’s age (or grandchild, niece/nephew, etc.) and what type of toys they currently enjoy
  • Commenting will open up additional Rafflecopter entries – the more you enter, the higher your chances of winning
  • One lucky reader will receive a surprise package of 2 toys personally selected by me – just in time for Christmas!
26 11, 2016

Review: Miracle on 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan

By | November 26th, 2016|Categories: Comedy, Genre Fiction, Holidays, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

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miracle on 5th avenue book coverReviewed by Jennifer Jensen

Right from the moment Eva Jordan stepped into the scene in Sarah Morgan’s Miracle on 5th Avenue, I knew I was going to be utterly enchanted by this book. I noticed a lot of similarities between myself and Eva—we’re both hopeless romantics, often say things without thinking them through first, and have a thing for broody men.

Thriller writer Lucas Blade wants one thing this holiday season: to grieve the anniversary of his wife’s death and to finally get started on his next bestseller before his deadline runs out. He has no interest in Christmas trees or decorations, but his well-meaning grandmother has other intentions when she hires Eva to brighten up his penthouse.

23 11, 2016

Review: A Killer Ball at Honeychurch Hall by Hannah Dennison

By | November 23rd, 2016|Categories: Amateur Sleuths, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , |3 Comments

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killer ball at honeychurch hall book coverReviewed by Charity Lyman

Well, give me a hot toddy and call me gobsmacked! I have found my favorite author for cozy mysteries to date! You know…the type of author to come out with a book that you totally get engrossed in for hours on end? This is exactly what happened to me as I began A Killer Ball at Honeychurch Hall by Hannah Dennison.

The plot of this dreadful tale involves antique dealer Kat Stanford, her mother Iris, and her many “friends” at her new home, Honeychurch Hall. I use that term loosely because some pretend to be chummy but when things get tough, not everyone remains her friend. When she stumbles upon the body of a young woman, found dead in a private hide, she wants to follow the clues and pursue the killer. But when the evidence starts pointing towards her relatives, will she still continue the search?

23 11, 2016

Review: Zodiac by Romina Russell

By | November 23rd, 2016|Categories: Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

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zodiac book coverReviewed by Sarah Lelonek

I’ve always wanted to know more about astrology and horoscopes–not because I believe in star signs, but because I thought the subject to be interesting. Romina Russell’s Zodiac takes astrology to a whole new level by basing an entire civilization off of star signs and constellations. And she does a pretty darn good job at doing so, I might add.

Zodiac takes place in the distant future where humanity has left our solar system and earth for reasons long forgotten and now lives in the Houses of the Zodiac. The story centers on Rhoma Grace, a 16-year-old student from House Cancer.