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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: , , , |5 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: , , , , |4 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: , , , |15 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.

22 03, 2017

Giveaway: Mangrove Lightning by Randy Wayne White

By | March 22nd, 2017|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: |4 Comments

mangrove lightning book coverEnter to win a copy of Mangrove Lightning by Randy Wayne White! Open to US residents only

About the book (publisher’s description)

Randy Wayne White has been awarded the Conch Republic Prize for Literature, as well as the John D. Macdonald Award for Literary Excellency. He is one of only four writers named as an Editor At Large by prestigious Outside magazine. In 2011, White was named a Florida Literary Legend by the Florida Heritage Society. A fishing and nature enthusiast, he has also written extensively for National Geographic Adventure, Men’s Journal, Playboy and Men’s Health.

21 03, 2017

Review: The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

By | March 21st, 2017|Categories: Adventures & Thrillers, Children's Books, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Wizards & Witches, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , |4 Comments

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bone witch book coverReviewed by Sarah Lelonek

I knew I would like this book. The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco intrigued me with its descriptive story telling and unique characters. I fell in love with the world the author created, and wanted to know more about every character.

Tea lived in a small town–a town that is part of a magical world where only certain types of magic are warmly regarded. When Tea accidentally summons her brother back from the dead, she has to come to terms with being a “bone witch” and a wielder of the dark arts. As Tea begins her training as an asha, a wielder of strong magic, she learns all magic is not equal and some is prosecuted against–even if she and the few other bone witches are all that stands between life and death for her world.

21 03, 2017

Giveaway: The Fire Child by S.K. Tremayne

By | March 21st, 2017|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: |12 Comments

the fire child book coverI have 2 copies of The Fire Child by S.K. Tremayne to give away! Open to US and Canada residents only

About the book (publisher’s description)

THE PERFECT HUSBAND. THE PERFECT STEPSON. THE PERFECT LIE?

“Tremayne…does a terrific job of building suspense until events reach their climax in the midst of a violent storm.” – Library Journal

When Rachel marries dark, handsome David, everything seems to fall into place. Swept from single life in London to the beautiful Carnhallow House in Cornwall, she gains wealth, love, and an affectionate stepson, Jamie.

20 03, 2017

Review: The Elusive Miss Ellison by Carolyn Miller

By | March 20th, 2017|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

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elusive miss ellison book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

If you choose to read The Elusive Miss Ellison because you love Regency, you might wish to investigate first, then choose. On the other hand, if you want a ‘Christian’ story, this might well be just your cup of tea.

For the life of me, I can not understand why a person would choose to set a book in the Regency period, and not include any part of the glitter and glam and sparkle and above all – wit! — that made it one of the most interesting decades of all time Technically, the Regency was from 1811-1820, when Prince George served in lieu of his father, King George III, who was ill. The younger man became George IV on the death of his father, and was king until his death in 1830, so some sources extend the Regency from 1800 until 1830, when the next brother, William, became King. Still, it is not a totally elastic time frame.

20 03, 2017

Review: Winning with Money by Aaron Coleman

By | March 20th, 2017|Categories: Business & Investing, Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction, Personal Finance, Self-Help, Success|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

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winning with money book coverReviewed by Richard Wisniewski

Money can be an extremely sensitive topic for people. This can be partly attributed to the negative connotation of money due to social conditioning. Now, in many cases, those who attribute a negative connotation towards money often lack one of the most vital tools in the world to ‘Win with Money’: a budget. This message is at the core of Aaron Coleman’s book, Winning with Money: Simplify Your Financial Life.

Coleman puts forth that there are dozens of different budgetary techniques in the world and, for many people, they often haven’t found one that works. In fact, many people often complain that they are living paycheck to paycheck or finding themselves struggling with debt. Through a proper monetary budgeting plan, one can easily take control of their life and begin to see the numbers

19 03, 2017

Review: We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun & Susan Mullen

By | March 19th, 2017|Categories: Children's Books, Dating & Sex, Death & Dying, Family, Friendships, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , |2 Comments

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we are still tornadoes book coverReviewed by Alisha Churbe

We Are Still Tornadoes is written entirely in letters. It is classified as a Young Adult read, but hits on the older end of the spectrum, as the characters have just begun their first year of college after high school, on the edge of turning 19 years old. The novel is set in the early 1980s, making the letter style normal, as the characters do not have much access to technology.

The book is just short of 300 pages, but there is plenty of white space due to the letter format. There is plenty packed into the letters filling out the story nicely. The story is entirely told with letters to and from two characters: Cath and Scott.