#Review – WHAT WE FIND by Robyn Carr

What We Find by Robyn Carr

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Review

5 Stars

What a delightful small town book! I grew up in a small town so I could relate to this story and the small town vibe. I wasn’t expecting the twist so that was an added bonus to the story. This book is a great beginning to a new series that I cannot wait to read! Be sure to grab this book for your next vacation!

Synopsis

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Virgin River and Thunder Point series explores the healing powers of rural Colorado in a story of one woman’s journey to finding the happiness she’s long been missing.

Under extreme pressure, neurosurgeon Maggie Sullivan knows she needs to slow down before she burns out completely, and the best place she can do that is Sullivan’s Crossing.

Named for Maggie’s great-grandfather, the land and charming general store at the crossroads of the Colorado and the Continental Divide trails now belong to Maggie’s eccentric father, Sully. She relishes the opportunity to indulge in his simple way of life.

But Maggie’s world is rocked and she must take responsibility for the Crossing. When a quiet and serious-looking hiker, Cal Jones, offers to lend a hand, Maggie is suspicious of his motivesuntil she finds out the true reason for his deliberate isolation.

Though Cal and Maggie each struggle with loss and loneliness, the time they spend together gives Maggie hope for something brighter just on the horizonif only they can learn to find peace and healingand perhaps lovewith each other.

MeetTheAuthor

Robyn Carr.jpgRobyn is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the newly released novel, Any Day Now (MIRA Books)—the second in her Sullivan’s Crossing series following What We Find. A recipient of the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award, she has written nearly 50 books with 27 million copies in print worldwide that have been translated into 19 languages across 30 countries. Robyn makes her home in Las Vegas.

Find out more at www.robyncarr.com.

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#Review – IF I STAY by Gayle Forman

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If I Stay
Author: Gayle Forman
Series: If I Stay #1
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fantasy
Release Date: April 2, 2009
Publisher: Speak

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Review

5 Stars

Talk about an ending! The writing and audio narration felt so true to life. This book makes you wonder if this really happens when someone is in a coma. Do they see what is going on and then make the decision to go or to stay? Gripping story line with a twist of romance.

Synopsis

Just listen, Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel.

I open my eyes wide now.
I sit up as much as I can.
And I listen.

Stay, he says.

Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true to her first love—music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind?

Then one February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it’s the only one that matters.

If I Stay is a heartachingly beautiful book about the power of love, the true meaning of family, and the choices we all make.

READING ORDER

Book #1: IF I STAY

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Book #2: WHERE SHE WENT

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MeetTheAuthor

Award-winning author and journalist Gayle Forman has written several bestselling novels for young adults, including the Just OneSeries, I Was HereWhere She Went and the #1 New York Timesbestseller If I Stay, which has been translated into more than 40 languages and in 2014 was adapted into a major motion picture. Gayle published Leave Me, her first novel starring adults in 2016 and her latest novel I Have Lost My Way comes out in March of 2018. Gayle’s essays and nonfiction work has appeared in publications like The New York TimesElleThe Nation and Time. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and daughters.

 

#Review #BlogTour #Giveaway – WHISPERS AT SEASIDE by Addison Cole

Your next fun, flirty and sweet with heat romance!

 

WHISPERS AT SEASIDE
Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers #10
Addison Cole
Releasing June 13, 2018

 

Having amad crush on her boss’s son, Matt Lacroux—an intriguing mix of proper gentleman and flirtatious bad boy—is probably not the smartest idea for single mother
Mira Savage. Especially when the company, and her job, is already on shaky
ground. But as a Princeton professor, Matt’s life is hours away from Mira’s
home on Cape Cod, keeping him safely in the fantasy-only zone. And as a single
mother to six-year-old Hagen, with a floundering company to save, fantasies are
all she has time for.
 
With hopes of becoming dean off the table, and too many months of longing for a woman who lived too far away to pursue, Matt’s publishing contract couldn’t have come at a better time. He heads home to Cape Cod on a brief sabbatical, intent on starting his book, and finally getting his arms around sweet, beautiful Mira.
 
A surprise encounter leads to midnight confessions. The more time Matt and Mira spend
together, the deeper their relationship grows, and the love and attention Matt showers on Hagen is more than she has ever dreamed of. But Matt’s sabbatical is only temporary, and Mira’s not saving his father’s company so she can leave it behind. Will their whispers of love be enough for one of them to change their life forever?
Sweet with Heat books are the sweet editions of the Love in Bloom steamy romance novels by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster. Sweet with Heat books convey all of the passion you expect between two people in love, without any explicit scenes or harsh language.
Review5 Stars
Jeepers – where is my Matt? For real!! Matt is total swoon-worthy (well, all of the Lacroux brothers have been) but falling for a single mother and wanting to be an active father figure for her child – YES, please!! I had my fingers crossed for Mira that Matt would make the right choice for the future. As I have said before, this series has been such fun and truly enjoyable to read. Loving every book in this series!
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Addison Cole is the sweet alter ego of New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. She writes humorous and emotional sweet contemporary romance. Her books do not include explicit sex scenes or harsh language. Addison spends her summers on Cape Cod, where she dreams up wonderful love stories in her house overlooking Cape Cod Bay.    
 
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#Review – PART-TIME PRINCESS by Pamela DuMond

Part-time Princess Audible Cover

Available in Audible narrated by Lesley Ann Fogle.

 

Review

4 Stars

This was an easy listen once I got used to the tone of the narrator. I wish I could be a part-time princess! Light, fun-hearted story that you can listen to while cleaning – it should make you smile while vacuuming.

Synopsis

Two Princes are in love with her. Too bad she’s an imposter…

Lucy Trabbicio’s a down-on-her-luck, young, cocktail waitress desperate to find a job to keep her uncle at Assisted Living. Lady Elizabeth Billingsley hires Lucy to impersonate her to keep the attention of Crown Prince Cristoph of Fredonia while she completes her pressing personal business in the States.

In the mother of all makeovers, Elizabeth’s people transform Lucy into a reluctant ‘Lady’ and she travels to Fredonia for ten days ‘tops.’ What could possibly go wrong?

Sexy, bad-boy Nick—Fredonia’s other Prince—that’s what goes wrong!

Nick has romantic history with Elizabeth and he wants to pick up the between-the-sheets action with her impersonator—Lucy. Even though Lucy’s wildly attracted to him, she has to resist—she can’t lose this job! Dreamy Nick’s courting Lucy hot and heavy when Prince Cristoph proposes marriage. What’s an imposter girl to do?

Elizabeth insists that she’ll make it back home in time for the wedding. Lucy accepts Cristoph’s proposal and is on the fast track to becoming a Princess when another glitch arises—someone’s trying to kill her! Besides Nick, the only folks helping Lucy are her wild, party hard, take-no-prisoners Ladies-in-Waiting.

A modern day, sexy tale with romance, twists and turns, LOL moments, a few tears and a Happily-Ever-After Ending (Just not the way you expected it!)

MeetTheAuthor

USA TODAY Bestselling author Pamela DuMond discovered Erin Brockovich’s life story, thought it would make a great movie, and pitched it to ‘Hollywood’.

Pam writes Romance — especially Rom-Com — Mysteries, and Self-Help.

Pamela DuMond

She’s addicted to Game of Thrones. She likes dogs and cats equally, prefers her coffee strong, her cabernet hearty, her chocolate dark, and her foods non-GMO. She lives for a good giggle in Venice, California with her fur-baby.

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#Review – IN WITH THE NEW by Tracy Krimmer

In with the New

Review

5 Stars

Loved the different view points between Eli and Meg. Oh, the joys of dog training. This book is so easy to relate to and you feel that you are friends with the characters. What a fun and delightful read! Delightful read to begin the new year! 

I received a free copy of this novella through Instafreebie.

Synopsis

Eli no longer believes in love, and Meg has no time for it. Can the spirit of Christmas and hope of a new year change their perspectives?

MeetTheAuthor

Tracy KrimmerTracy Krimmer loves coffee, popcorn, Drew Barrymore, and the movie Saving Silverman. She enjoys reading great books (of course) and writing realistic characters for you to enjoy. When she listens to music she prefers the 80s and 90s music she grew up on. In a typical day you’ll find her writing at one of her favorite spots–on the couch, at the kitchen table, or at her favorite hometown coffee shop.

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#Review – SIMPLY ANNA by Cristina Hodgson

Review

4.5 Stars

Super cute novella that anyone could relate to. We all have that voice telling us to be careful when dealing with a potential new suitor. No matter the circumstances, things seem to work out how they should. Quick read to enlighten your spirits!

I received a free copy of this book through a giveaway promotion.

Synopsis

How could a dinner date with the handsome Niccolo possibly go wrong? Or perhaps, how could it possibly go right for Anna, who suddenly finds herself behind the wheel of a probably stolen car, driving down a dark and eerie country lane in the company of a complete stranger?

This certainly isn’t her idea of romantic.

What is Niccolo’s real motive? Are his feelings genuine, or is she just a pawn to be used in his game strategy, whatever that might be?

MeetTheAuthor

Cristina Hodgson, mother of two, born in Wimbledon, London, currently lives in southern Spain. Cristina had a long career in sport reaching national and international level and still actively participates in Triathlon races and enjoys outdoor activities. In her spare time she also enjoys reading and writing. She won a sports scholarship to Boston College. After a period in Boston, she returned to the U.K and graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in PE and Sports Science.

A little of Chantelle Rose is her debut novel. Amazingly, it has nothing to do with running!

Below: Cristina Hodgson: “Spanish National indoor veteran track championships 2016. 800m  final start line. Despite the nerves I can hear my son and daughter cheering me on, I turn to them and blow them a kiss…”

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#Review – TODAY WILL BE DIFFERENT by Maria Semple

“Today Will Be Different” Review: Not quite as good as her first, but still funny.

Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple
on October 4th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Fiction
Narrator: Kathleen Wilhoite
Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
Format: Audiobook
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Review

3 Stars

Audio version review – I was looking forward to this book due to all the positive feedback it was getting but I felt a little disappointed with the audio version. I wonder if I were to read a physical copy, my opinion may change. The flashbacks were a little confusing at times for me. I did not necessarily bond with Eleanor (maybe it was the whiny voice of the narrator). The voice was worse when portraying Timby – I think I would have rather preferred to read a physical copy and not listen to this book.

Synopsis

A genius novel from the author of Where’d You Go, Bernadette, about a day in the life of Eleanor Flood, forced to abandon her small ambitions when she awakes to a strange, new future unfolding. 

Eleanor knows she’s a mess. But today, she will tackle the little things. She will shower and get dressed. She will have her poetry and yoga lessons after dropping off her son, Timby. She won’t swear. She will initiate sex with her husband, Joe. But before she can put her modest plan into action-life happens. Today, it turns out, is the day Timby has decided to fake sick to weasel his way into his mother’s company. It’s also the day Joe has chosen to tell his office-but not Eleanor-that he’s on vacation. Just when it seems like things can’t go more awry, an encounter with a former colleague produces a graphic memoir whose dramatic tale threatens to reveal a buried family secret.

TODAY WILL BE DIFFERENT is a hilarious, heart-filled story about reinvention, sisterhood, and how sometimes it takes facing up to our former selves to truly begin living.

MeetTheAuthor

Maria Semple‘s first novel, This One is Mine, was set in Los Angeles, where she also wrote for television shows including Arrested Development, Mad About You, and Ellen. She escaped from Los Angeles and lives with her family in Seattle, where her second novel takes place.

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#Review – LUCK, LOVE & LEMON PIE by Amy E. Reichert

Luck, Love & Lemon Pie by Amy E. Reichert

Luck, Love & Lemon Pie
by Amy E. Reichert
Genres: Chick-Lit
Source: Publisher
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Review

5 Stars

Delicious weekend read that you will want to finish in one sitting! Enjoyed the twist on who the baker of the lemon pie is! As you read, you feel as if you are along side MJ and Chris in the hiccups of their marriage. Very smooth and enjoyable read, even I was able to understand the poker madness!

Synopsis

When Milwaukee-area wife and mother MJ Boudreaux notices her husband Chris seems more interested in the casino than her, she’s more bothered that she isn’t upset than by her husband’s absence. She picks up poker as a way for them to spend more time together—and reignite their marital flame.

Although the game doesn’t give her the quality time with Chris that she’d hoped, MJ finds she has a knack for it. Increasingly unhappy at home, she turns to the felt top of the poker table for comfort. Intoxicated with newfound freedom, MJ begins spending more time at the gambling tables and less with her family, finally carving out for herself a place outside her role of wife and mother.

After a string of great wins, MJ finds herself in Vegas, attracting the attention of a certain magnetic poker star. But when she’s forced to choose between her family and her new exciting lifestyle, the stakes may be higher than she thought and MJ will have to play her hand carefully…or risk losing it all.

MeetTheAuthor

Amy E. Reichert

Amy Reichert earned her MA in Literature from Marquette University, and honed her writing and editing skills as a technical writer (which is exactly as exciting as it sounds). As a newly minted member of the local library board, she loves helping readers find new books to love. She’s a life-long Wisconsin resident with (allegedly) a very noticeable accent, a patient husband, and two too-smart-for-their-own-good kids. When time allows, she loves to read, collect more cookbooks than she could possibly use, and test the limits of her DVR.

#Review – PARIS FOR ONE by Jojo Moyes

REVIEW/GIVEAWAY: 'Paris For One & Other Stories' by Jojo Moyes

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4 Stars

This is a review of the audio version. While I did enjoy the different stories, I did not enjoy the audio version since there wasn’t a real distinction between the stories. Maybe a little music should have been played between the different short stories to symbolize the end of one story and the beginning of the next. I wish some of the short stories were longer or added more substance to last longer since I didn’t want the stories to end. All were pleasant stories.

Synopsis

From the sensational #1 New York Times bestselling author Jojo Moyes, the perfect gift hardcover, timed for Christmas–a novella and short story collection never published before in the United States.

Nell is twenty-six and has never been to Paris. She’s never even been on a weekend away—to anywhere, and certainly not with her boyfriend. Everyone knows traveling abroad isn’t really her thing. But when Nell’s boyfriend fails to show up for their romantic mini-vacation, she has the opportunity to prove everyone—including herself—wrong. Alone and in Paris, Nell uncovers a version of herself she never knew existed: independent and intrepid. Adventurous, funny, and charming, Paris for One is vintage Moyes—as are the eight stories that round out the collection.

Paris for One
Between the Tweets
Love in the Afternoon
A Bird in the Hand
Crocodile Shoes
Holdups
Last Year’s Coat
Thirteen Days with John C.
The Christmas List

MeetTheAuthor

Jojo MoyesJojo Moyes was born in 1969 and grew up in London. After a varied career including stints as a minicab controller, typer of braille statements for blind people for NatWest, and brochure writer for Club 18-30, she did a degree at Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, London University. In 1992, she won a bursary financed by The Independent newspaper to attend the postgraduate newspaper journalism course at City University.

Jojo worked as a journalist for ten years, including a year at South China Morning Post in Hong Kong, and nine at The Independent where she worked variously as News Reporter, Assistant News Editor and Arts and Media Correspondent.

Jojo has been a full time novelist since 2002, when her first book, Sheltering Rain was published. Since then she has written a further eleven novels, all of which have been widely critically acclaimed.

Jojo has won the Romantic Novelist’s Award twice, and Me Before You has been nominated for Book of the Year at the UK Galaxy Book Awards. Me Before You has since gone on to sell over 3 million copies worldwide.

For more information about all of Jojo’s novels, please visit the books page here.

Jojo lives (and writes!) on a farm in Essex, England with her husband, journalist Charles Arthur, and their three children.

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#Review – LOVE’S CHALLENGE by Aubrey Wynne

Book Cover: Love's Challenge

 

Review

4 Stars

My attention was grabbed from the beginning of the book, which had me wanting to keep reading. The story was well-written, which flowed smoothly. A romantic novella for you to escape with on your next cozy night in!

Synopsis

The Korean War destroyed their plans, but the battle at home may shatter their hearts…
Laura Beth Walters fell in love with Joe McCall when she was six years old. Now she is counting the days until Joey graduates from college so they can marry and begin their life together. But the Korean War rips their neatly laid plans to shreds. Instead of a college fraternity, Joey joins a platoon. Laura Beth trades a traditional wedding for a quick trip to the courthouse.

They endure the hardships of separation, but the true battle is faced when Joey returns from the war. Their devotion is soon tested beyond endurance. Joe and Laura Beth must find a way to accept the trials thrown in their path and remain steadfast, or lose their faith and each other.

MeetTheAuthor

Bestselling and award-winning author Aubrey Wynne resides in the Midwest with her husband, dogs, horses, mule and barn cats. She is an elementary teacher by trade, champion of children and animals by conscience, and author by night. Obsessions include history, travel, trailriding and all things Christmas.

Her short stories, Merry Christmas, Henry and Pete’s Mighty Purty Privies have won Readers Choice Awards and Dante’s Gift received the 2016 Golden Quill, Heart of Excellence, and Aspen Gold award, as well as being a Maggie finalist.

Aubrey’s medieval fantasy series launches in 2017 with Rolf’s Quest. Besides the Chicago Christmas novellas, Aubrey will also release “A Vintage Romance” series inspired by tales of her stepfather, who served for the British Air Force in WWII. The stories will be set in the 40s & 50s.

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