#Review – I’LL SEE YOU IN PARIS by Michelle Gable

I'll See You in Paris

5 Stars

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Review

This was a great story intermixing the past with present then reality with fiction. The story flowed so easy between both that the story seemed true to life. Great concept to mix historical facts with fiction. It was a pleasure to read this book.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review thanks to St. Martin’s Press.

Synopsis

After losing her fiancé in the Vietnam War, nineteen-year-old Laurel Haley takes a job in England, hoping the distance will mend her shattered heart. Laurel expects the pain might lessen but does not foresee the beguiling man she meets or that they’ll go to Paris, where the city’s magic will take over and alter everything Laurel believes about love.

Thirty years later, Laurel’s daughter Annie is newly engaged and an old question resurfaces: who is Annie’s father and what happened to him? Laurel has always been vague about the details and Annie’s told herself it doesn’t matter. But with her impending marriage, Annie has to know everything. Why won’t Laurel tell her the truth?

The key to unlocking Laurel’s secrets starts with a mysterious book about an infamous woman known as the Duchess of Marlborough. Annie’s quest to understand the Duchess, and therefore her own history, takes her from a charming hamlet in the English countryside, to a decaying estate kept behind barbed wire, and ultimately to Paris where answers will be found at last.

MeetTheAuthor

Michelle Gable

Michelle Gable is the international bestselling author of A PARIS APARTMENT. When not dreaming up fiction on the sly, she works in finance, specializing in investor relations. A College of William & Mary graduate, Gable currently resides in Cardiff by the Sea, California with her husband, two daughters, and one lazy cat. Her second book, I’LL SEE YOU IN PARIS, will be published by St. Martin’s Press/Thomas Dunne Books in Spring 2016.

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#Review – THE MIDDLE OF SOMEWHERE by Sonja Yoerg

Middle of Somewhere

5 Stars

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Review

I received an ARC through NetGalleyWhat an attention grabbing story that keep your interest the entire story! The description made me feel like I was hiking the trail right along with the characters. I didn’t want to put the book down, especially midway through. Even though I’m not a hiking type, I don’t think I’d mind going to see the majestic views described in the book. Highly recommend.

Synopsis

A troubled, young widow hikes from Yosemite Valley deep into the wilderness on the John Muir Trail to elude her shameful past in this emotionally gripping story from the author of House Broken.

With her thirtieth birthday looming, Liz Kroft is heading for the hills—literally. Her emotional baggage weighs her down more than her backpack, but a three-week trek promises the solitude she craves—at least until her boyfriend, Dante, decides to tag along. His broad moral streak makes the prospect of confessing her sins more difficult, but as much as she fears his judgment, she fears losing him more. Maybe.

They set off together alone under blue skies, but it’s not long before storms threaten and two strange brothers appear along the trail. Amid the jagged, towering peaks, Liz must decide whether to admit her mistakes and confront her fears, or face the trail, the brothers and her future alone.

Blog Tour PLUS Giveaway – What Happens in Cornwall… by T.A. Williams

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Synopsis

For a very British summer holiday…

When archaeologist Sam realises her relationship is as dead as the skeletons she’s exhuming, she knows it’s time to make a change. But with bills to pay her options are limited…until a discovery on Rock Island in Cornwall gives her a reason to escape…

Head to the Cornish coast!

In Cornwall, questions are thrown up at every turn: who is the glamorous owner of Rock Island that the paparazzi are so interested in? How has the irresistible, but impossibly arrogant, history professor James Courtney managed to get so far under Sam’s skin? And will it ever stop raining so Sam can lose the cagoule and sip a cool drink in the sun? One thing’s for sure: there’s never been a holiday quite like this one!

Enjoy a summer of surprises and romance with What Happens in Cornwall…, the perfect retreat for fans of Fern Britton.

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Excerpt

At nine-thirty on the Sunday evening, fortified by a large glass of Chardonnay each and bearing a bottle of Rioja as an offering, they turned up at the party. It wasn’t in a scruffy terraced house in the heart of student town, but in a fine Georgian villa, high on the hill above the university, with a terrific view across the historic city. Even more surprising was the fact that the music was provided, not by a tattooed DJ with an earring and a couple of battered loudspeakers, but by a string quartet set up under a pergola of exquisite white roses. As they rounded the side of the house and took in the scene, both of them stopped dead in astonishment. They glanced at each other, the same thought on both their minds.

‘Bugger! We should have dressed up.’ Sam looked down at her shorts and regretted her decision not to go with a dress. Beside her, Becky was doing her best to tug her very short skirt down to her knees without baring her bottom.

‘There’s something about Bach, isn’t there?’

They turned towards the voice. It emanated from a tall man, probably in his early forties, with a patrician accent and immaculately styled long brown hair. He was wearing jeans and a plain white shirt. Samantha began to feel a bit less conspicuous about her choice of clothes. He smiled down at them. ‘Miles Vernon, Professor Miles Vernon. And you are?’ He held out his hand.

He was very good-looking and he knew it. Sam read the interest in his eyes, but she took a surreptitious step backwards, definitely not attracted to him and keen to avoid his getting the wrong idea. At the same time, she didn’t want to appear rude to a professor, even if his was a new name to her. But she needn’t have worried. Before she had time to extend her own hand, Becky had grasped his with both hands and was pumping it up and down. She beamed up at him. ‘Hello, Professor Vernon. I’m Becky and this is Samantha. We’re PhD students in the Archaeology department.’ She paused, then added for clarification, ‘At the university.’

Sam had a hard job restraining herself from giggling. Miles Vernon probably didn’t realise just how close he was to having his clothes ripped off him, Viking-style. You didn’t need a PhD to see the ‘target acquired’ look in Becky’s eyes. Sam waited until Becky had reluctantly released him and then shook hands with him in her turn. ‘Good evening. Is this your lovely house? Is this your party?’

He smiled at her, exposing a set of immaculate white teeth as he did so. ‘Good evening, Samantha.’ He pronounced it ‘Sementha’ and she repressed a shudder. ‘The answers are yes and yes. The house is indeed mine, and I thought I should do something for all my new friends at the university.’

MeetTheAuthor

TAWilliams

Firstly, my name isn’t T A. It’s Trevor. I write under the androgynous name T A Williams because 65% of books are read by women. In my first book, “Dirty Minds” one of the (female) characters suggests the imbalance is due to the fact that men spend too much time getting drunk and watching football. I couldn’t possibly comment. Ask my wife…

I’ve written all sorts: thrillers, historical novels, short stories and now I’m enjoying myself hugely writing humour and romance. Romantic comedies are what we all need from time to time. Life isn’t always very fair. It isn’t always a lot of fun, but when it is, we need to embrace it. If my books can put a smile on your face and maybe give your heartstrings a tug, then I know I’ve done my job.

I‘ve lived all over Europe, but now I live in a little village in sleepy Devon, tucked away in south west England. I love the place. That’s why you’ll find leafy lanes and thatched cottages in most of my books. Oh, yes, and a black Labrador.

I’ve been writing since I was 14 and that is half a century ago. However, underneath this bald, wrinkly exterior, there beats the heart of a youngster. My wife is convinced I will never grow up. I hope she’s right.

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Review

4.5 Stars

I got the pleasure to read an ARC courtesy of Bliss Book Promotions through NetGalley. Who would have thought that a ChickLit author would be a guy? Reading this book, you couldn’t tell at all. This book had a little bit of everything that I enjoy – romance, suspense, action. The main character, Sam, realizes that her relationship isn’t the one so it is time for change. While on vacation, Sam happens across a very interesting mystery purely by luck. What she discovers is something that everyone is wanting to know – who the real owner of Rock Island is. It is during this chance meeting that the two become acquaintances. When the owner’s pet finds something of interesting value, the owner reaches out to the only person that can be trusted and would know what to do – Sam. Will the owner’s identity remain anonymous? Will Sam find new love? Just what does happen in Cornwall? You will need to read to find out!  

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#Review – MONTANA CHERRIES by Kim Law

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Synopsis

After her mother’s tragic death, Dani Wilde had no choice but to abandon her dreams. She left Columbia University and returned to her family’s Montana cherry farm, intent on being a maternal figure to her brothers. Now the kids are grown, and it’s finally her time to fly. Her sights are on New York City, and nothing will stop her—not even an old flame with gorgeous green eyes.

Celebrity photographer Ben Denton hasn’t seen Montana in years—and hasn’t spoken to Dani since “that night” so long ago. When he discovers he’s a dad to a four-year-old—and the child’s mother refuses to care for her—Montana and the Wilde farm spring to mind. The orchard is the only place that’s ever felt like home, but will the warmth of the Wilde family be enough to help Ben figure out how to be a father?

As the Wilde family gathers for the yearly cherry harvest and Dani struggles to figure out what she really wants in life, she discovers the shocking truth about her own mother—and learns that following her heart may lead her to her dreams after all.

Review

5 Stars

This book had me craving cherries and I am not even a fan! If working on a cherry farm will help find love, you can sign me up! This was such a cute book and I truly enjoyed reading it, so much so that I had a hard time putting it down. Growing up in a small town in Iowa on the family farm, I can understand Dani’s predicament in wanting to keep the farm in the family but trying to get one of her brothers to step up to the plate so she can fulfill her dream to move to NYC does not come easy. Little does she know that this harvest will change everything. Dani learns the truth about her mother and the secret her brothers and father have been keeping from her. I really appreciated that the author, Kim Law, incorporated the self-healing aspect and letting Dani achieve her goal so she could find herself in order to really love someone else in the end. I don’t think a lot of today’s books recognize that one must love them self before they can love someone else. Highly recommend – will not disappoint!

#Review – The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy Reichert

Synopsis

You’ve Got Mail meets How to Eat a Cupcake in this delightful novel about a talented chef and the food critic who brings down her restaurant—whose chance meeting turns into a delectable romance of mistaken identities.

In downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Lou works tirelessly to build her beloved yet struggling French restaurant, Luella’s, into a success. She cheerfully balances her demanding business and even more demanding fiancé…until the morning she discovers him in the buff—with an intern.

Witty yet gruff British transplant Al is keeping himself employed and entertained by writing scathing reviews of local restaurants in the Milwaukee newspaper under a pseudonym. When an anonymous tip sends him to Luella’s, little does he know he’s arrived on the worst day of the chef’s life. The review practically writes itself: underdone fish, scorched sauce, distracted service—he unleashes his worst.

The day that Al’s mean-spirited review of Luella’s runs, the two cross paths in a pub: Lou drowning her sorrows, and Al celebrating his latest publication. As they chat, Al playfully challenges Lou to show him the best of Milwaukee and she’s game—but only if they never discuss work, which Al readily agrees to. As they explore the city’s local delicacies and their mutual attraction, Lou’s restaurant faces closure, while Al’s column gains popularity. It’s only a matter of time before the two fall in love…but when the truth comes out, can Lou overlook the past to chase her future?

Set in the lovely, quirky heart of Wisconsin, The Coincidence of Coconut Cake is a charming love story of misunderstandings, mistaken identity, and the power of food to bring two people together.

Review

5 Stars

I received an ARC through NetGalley.

I loved this book! The storyline was amazing, the writing was amazing, everything about this book was amazing. I could smell the vanilla as I was reading! Author Amy E. Reichert did a fantastic job and even made me cry at the car shop!

Lou is a talented chef whose restaurant suffers the unimaginable – a scathing review from the toughest critic. Due to the review, the restaurant suffers and Lou has to decide what the future holds. Lou only has herself as she lost her parents when she was young. In the midst of everything seeming to fall apart, she happens upon Al, who little does she know who he is. The friendship between Al and Lou is genuine but can it withstand the greatest betrayal possible?

Gertrude and Otto are an example of true love and what I hope to have one day. They really pulled my heart strings and I fell in love with them. Lou was very lucky to have had them in her life and she will soon find out what their secret is.

This is a great summer read with great writing. Highly recommend! Let them eat cake! 

#REVIEW – The Yellow Rose Beauty Shop by Carolyn Brown

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Synopsis

Stella’s mama never should’ve put Stella on the church prayer list. With Stella’s twenty-seventh birthday coming up fast, Nancy desperately wants to see her daughter married and giving her grandbabies. Petitioning heaven seems like a surefire way to get it done. But in Cadillac, Texas, where the gossip’s hotter than the city’s famous jalapeño peppers, it isn’t long before all hell breaks loose.

Heather, the bossy leader of the church’s Prayer Angels, thinks a summer ball will get Stella and the town’s other single gals paired off. But nobody can tell redheaded spitfire Stella what to do—not her mama, not Heather, and not even the sexy beau Stella’s been seeing in secret. Together, Stella, her best friends Charlotte and Piper, and the loyal customers of the Yellow Rose Beauty Shop hatch a good old-fashioned scheme to sabotage the ball. But will it wreck Stella’s relationship with her mama forever? And what will the church folk think when Stella reveals the identity of her mystery man?

Review

3.5 Stars

This book had a great storyline and concept but I struggled to read it. I am not sure where the author went wrong but I didn’t really enjoy the book until I got midway through the book. It seemed to drag on and on but I did enjoy the book overall. Maybe it is because it is a part of a series and I didn’t read the first two books? I am not sure. I think it could still be read as a stand alone book though as it didn’t have a lot of references to events in the past.

I was born in a small town (in Iowa) so I can understand Stella and her complex of keeping a secret because everyone in the town knowing everything about what everyone is doing and the gossip mill can get a little annoying. Poor Stella though – her mom only wants the best for her but ends up putting her foot in her mouth by her actions in their church’s prayer group, requesting prayers for a husband for her daughter. But little did Stella’s mom know that her daughter doesn’t need any help finding a relationship.   

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#REVIEW – Who Do You Love by Jennifer Weiner

5 Stars

Synopsis

From the “hilarious, heartbreaking, and insightful” (The Miami Herald) bestselling author Jennifer Weiner comes a sweeping, modern day fairy tale about first romance and lasting love.

When the love you love is the one who got away…

Rachel Blum and Andy Landis are just eight years old when they meet late one night in an ER waiting room. Born with a congenital heart defect, Rachel is a veteran of hospitals, and she’s intrigued by the boy who shows up all alone with a broken arm. He tells her his name. She tells him a story. After Andy’s taken back to a doctor and Rachel’s sent back to her bed, they think they’ll never see each other again.

Rachel grows up wanting for nothing in a fancy Florida suburb, the popular and protected daughter of two doting parents. Andy grows up poor in Philadelphia with a single mom and a rare talent that will let him become one of the best runners of his generation.

Over the next three decades, their paths cross in magical and ordinary ways. They make grand plans and dream big dreams as they grow together and apart in starts and stops. Through it all, Andy and Rachel never stop thinking about that night in the hospital waiting room all of those years ago, a chance encounter that changed the course of both of their lives.

In this captivating, often witty tale about the bonds between women and men, love and fate, and the truth about happy endings, Jennifer Weiner delivers two of her most memorable characters and a love story you’ll never forget.

Review

I received an advanced copy of this book through NetGalley.

This was a great book that I didn’t want to put it down once I started it. It isn’t until someone is older that you realize what has been under your nose your entire life. For Rachel and Andy, it was a love they didn’t realize was deserving until they took that step. Both had to overcome different obstacles growing up – mentally, physically, emotionally – in order to become the people they are today. This story is a modern day love story. The cover ties in perfectly with the story. I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it.

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