#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.

 

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#Review – PART-TIME PRINCESS by Pamela DuMond

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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 – 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 – 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 – TO HAVE AND TO HOLD by Lauren Layne

To Have and to Hold

The Wedding Belles, Book One (#1)

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Sex and the City meets The Wedding Planner in The Wedding Belles, her sizzling brand new contemporary romance series about three ambitious wedding planners who can make any bride’s dream come true…but their own.

Synopsis

Discovering her fiancé is an international conman just moments before they exchange vows devastates celebrity wedding planner Brooke Baldwin’s business—and breaks her heart. Now a pariah in Los Angeles, she seeks a fresh start in New York City and thinks she’s found it with her first bridal client, a sweet, if slightly spoiled, hotel heiress. Then she meets the uptight businessman who’s holding the purse springs.

Seth Tyler wishes he could write a blank check and be done with his sister’s fancy-pants wedding. Unfortunately, micromanaging the event is his only chance at proving Maya’s fiancé is a liar. Standing directly in his way is the stunning blonde wedding planner whose practiced smiles and sassy comebacks both irritate and arouse him. He needs Brooke’s help. But can he persuade a wedding planner on a comeback mission to unplan a wedding? And more importantly, how will he convince her that the wedding she should be planning…is theirs?

Review

4 Stars

My first Lauren Layne book and I wasn’t disappointed. I will admit that I judge books by their covers, so when I saw this cover (and the rest of the covers for the series), I knew I needed to read this story! You often wonder about wedding planners falling in love while planning a wedding and this book gives you that and more. A fun read with some NSFW moments (don’t listen without headphones LOL)!

MeetTheAuthor

Lauren Layne is the New York Times bestselling author of romantic comedies. She lives in New York City with her husband.
A former e-commerce and web marketing manager from Seattle, Lauren relocated to New York City in 2011 to pursue a full-time writing career. She signed with her agent in 2012, and her first book was published in summer of 2013. Since then, she’s written over two dozen books, hitting the USA TODAYNew York Times, iBooks, and Amazon bestseller lists.
 

 

#BlogTour #Review – SOMEONE TO LOVE by Patrice Wilton

Author: Patrice Wilton

Narrator: Rita Page

Series: A Heavenly Christmas, Book 2

Length: 6 hours 41 minutes

Publisher: Patricia Wilton

Released: Oct. 26, 2016

Genre: Contemporary Romance

First came A Heavenly Christmas and now we have the riveting sequel, Someone to Love. This book is light on suspense and heavy on romance, and a perfect listen any time of the year!

Allison Cornwall was forced to leave her hometown in Connecticut and live life on the run from an ex-boyfriend turned stalker. She changed her name and hunkered down in Heaven, PA.

The small, idyllic town was a safe haven where no one could find her. And yet, after a year and a half of peace, he did. Police Chief Ian Brown is determined to keep crime out of Heaven. When Ally fears for her life, he’s there to protect. Recently divorced, he’s not looking for love, but this innocent young woman touches his heart. Can they put their pasts behind them and open themselves to the miracle of Christmas, learning once again to trust and to love?

Review

4 Stars

In my opinion, the narration of this book was better than the first book. The story had me intrigued, especially with the suspense of the stalker and the growing love story between Allison and Ian. The narrator provided adequate character distinction and the narration flowed smoothly. The sound quality was smooth and the silences between the chapters seemed shorter in this book. Even though the suspense was building in the story, the narrator maintained the same speed. A great listen for a long drive because you won’t want to stop listening!

Patrice Wilton knew from the age of twelve that she wanted to write books that would take the reader to faraway places. She was born in Vancouver, Canada, and had a great need to see the world that she had read about.

Patrice became a flight attendant for seventeen years and traveled the world. At the age of forty she sat down to write her first book—in longhand! Her interests include tennis, golf, and writing stories for women of all ages.

She is a mother of two, has four lovely grand-daughters and one grandson, and a wonderful man at her side. They live in West Palm Beach, Florida, where he teaches her golf, and she teaches him patience.

She has twenty-five books published on Amazon, and is a NY Times and USA Today best selling author.

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Narrator Bio

Rita Page was always the first to volunteer to read aloud, whether it was Bible verses during family devotions or stories to her classmates in elementary school. Now as a freelance videographer and voice talent, Rita is passionate about using her God-given talents and tools to produce stories that reach the heart.

She also loves horses, beach volleyball and creating healthy, colorful and tasty meals with whole fruits and veggies.

 

 

 

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Patrice Wilton. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Top 10 List

Author Patrice Wilton’s Favorite Christmas Songs
  1. Silent Night
  2. White Christmas
  3. Blue Christmas
  4. Silver Bells
  5. Winter Wondlerland
  6. O Holy Night
  7. I’ll Be Home for Christmas
  8. It’s Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas
  9. Holly Jolly Christmas
  10. Do You Hear What I Hear

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#BlogTour #Review – A HEAVENLY CHRISTMAS by Patrice Wilton

Author: Patrice Wilton

Narrator: Rita Page

Series: A Heavenly Christmas, Book 1

Length: 6 hours 11 minutes

Publisher: Patricia Wilton

Released: Sep. 15, 2016

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Jennie Braxton and her two small children are traveling to Philadelphia for Christmas with her family. Car trouble lands them in a magical town called Heaven, PA. Everything about this sweet place seems too good to be true, especially Nick Ryan, a local chef with a heart as big as her own. His sensual smile tempts her from mourning the loss of her husband, to look into the future. Can her dreams of finding happiness again come true, or will her heart hide safely in the past?

Patrice Wilton knew from the age of twelve that she wanted to write books that would take the reader to faraway places. She was born in Vancouver, Canada, and had a great need to see the world that she had read about.

Patrice became a flight attendant for seventeen years and traveled the world. At the age of forty she sat down to write her first book—in longhand! Her interests include tennis, golf, and writing stories for women of all ages.

She is a mother of two, has four lovely grand-daughters and one grandson, and a wonderful man at her side. They live in West Palm Beach, Florida, where he teaches her golf, and she teaches him patience.

She has twenty-five books published on Amazon, and is a NY Times and USA Today best selling author.

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Narrator Bio

Rita Page was always the first to volunteer to read aloud, whether it was Bible verses during family devotions or stories to her classmates in elementary school. Now as a freelance videographer and voice talent, Rita is passionate about using her God-given talents and tools to produce stories that reach the heart.

She also loves horses, beach volleyball and creating healthy, colorful and tasty meals with whole fruits and veggies.

 

 

4 Stars

This book was only narrated by Rita Page, who I have not head this narrator before. I enjoyed the story and the infliction that the narrator provided, except for the voice of Nick – the tone used just didn’t seem to flow as the rest of the voices in the audiobook. The narrator did provide adequate character distinction even though there was a minimal tonal range. The sound quality was good and no sound effects were used. I enjoyed the convenience of being able to listen to the book but think I would have enjoyed the book more by reading so I can provide my own voices for the characters. A sweet romantic read for the holidays.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Patrice Wilton. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Holiday Q&A with Author Patrice Wilton
  • What holiday(s) does your family celebrate?
    • I grew up in Canada, but moved around the world once I was married. We have always celebrated Christmas, with a tree, ornaments, and of course gifts in every country we lived. We also celebrate Thanksgiving, but now that we live in the US we celebrate it in November and not October. We also do Easter, and when my kids were young we enjoyed Halloween.
  • What’s your favorite Christmas tradition?
    • We love having my daughter and her family joining us at Christmas time, as we live in West Palm Beach and they are in New Jersey. When they come we go out to Spoto’s Oyster Bar for Christmas eve, and then come home and open one present. The following day it’s a delight to watch the children open their presents and see their joy. We might watch a Christmas show in the late afternoon and have a wonderful turkey dinner, followed by Christmas music and lively conversation. It’s a time for families to be together.
  • What was your most memorable Christmas experience as a child?
    • And as an adult? When my daughter was three we had a family friend dress up as Santa Claus and deliver presents. My daughter knew right away who he was and asked what “Brian” was doing at our house in his santa outfit. Needless to say, we never asked him back!
  • Do you have a favorite Christmas dish? If so, what is it and can you share the recipe?
    • My mother loved to bake and she did wonderful shortbread cookies, butter tarts and mincemeat tarts. I made the mincemeat tarts one year and loved them, but my husband had never had them before and I ended up eating them all myself! No family around that Christmas, I’m sorry to say. Here is a recipe for your enjoyment. Use short crust pastry (store bought is fine!) and put your round shells into a 12 cup muffin tin. For the filling, a 11 ounce jar of mincemeat, ½ medium Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and grated, zest of a lemon – you may add chopped nuts or candied fruit, or a little extra brandy or rum! Enjoy!
  • What’s the best Christmas gift you’ve ever received?
    • My family. Having moved around the world and married twice, my husband and I have no family close. We have 4 adult children with families of their own, and they live in different states from us. We also have nine grand children between us.
  • What Christmas gift would you buy for your main characters?
    • Easy. An engagement ring!

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#Review – THE SUNSHINE SISTERS by Jane Green

The Sunshine Sisters

by Jane Green 

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4 Stars

When listening to audiobooks, I tend to lean towards books read by the author, as the author is able to provide the inflection in their voice in the pivotal moments in the story since they wrote it. This book offers just that. Author Jane Green has such pleasant voice to listen to. A great book about the importance of family and the need to be true to each other.

Synopsis

The New York Times bestselling author of Falling presents a warm, wise, and wonderfully vivid novel about a mother who asks her three estranged daughters to come home to help her end her life.

Ronni Sunshine left London for Hollywood to become a beautiful, charismatic star of the silver screen. But at home, she was a narcissistic, disinterested mother who alienated her three daughters.

As soon as possible, tomboy Nell fled her mother’s overbearing presence to work on a farm and find her own way in the world as a single mother. The target of her mother’s criticism, Meredith never felt good enough, thin enough, pretty enough. Her life took her to London—and into the arms of a man whom she may not even love. And Lizzy, the youngest, more like Ronni than any of them, seemed to have it easy, using her drive and ambition to build a culinary career to rival her mother’s fame, while her marriage crumbled around her.

But now the Sunshine sisters are together again, called home by Ronni, who has learned that she has a serious disease and needs her daughters to fulfill her final wishes. And though Nell, Meredith, and Lizzy have never been close, their mother’s illness draws them together to confront the old jealousies and secret fears that have threatened to tear these sisters apart. As they face the loss of their mother, they will discover if blood might be thicker than water after all…

“A plum of a novel: juicy, ripe and bursting with sticky situations. I savored every page.”—Elin Hildebrand, New York Times bestselling author of The Identicals

“A warm, satisfying tale about the love that binds even the most dysfunctional of families.”—People

“With clear prose and a straightforward plot, Green spins a breezy story.”—The Washington Post

MeetTheAuthor

Jane Green’s eighteenth novel, Falling, is soon to be released with Berkley/Penguin; she is the author of sixteen previous New York Times Bestselling novels, and known as one of the world’s leading authors in women’s fiction, with over ten million books in print, and translations in over 25 languages.

Previous novels have included The Beach House, Second Chance, Jemima J, and Tempting Fate.

She joined the ABC News team to write their first enhanced digital book— about the history of Royal marriages, then joined ABC News as a live correspondent covering Prince William’s wedding to Kate Middleton.

A former journalist in the UK, she has had her own radio show on BBC Radio London, and is a regular contributor on radio and TV, including as well as regularly appearing on television shows including Good Morning America, The Martha Stewart show, and The Today Show.

Together with writing books and blogs, she contributes to various publications, both online and print, including anthologies and novellas, and features for The Huffington Post, The Sunday Times, Cosmopolitan and Self. She has taught at writers conferences, and does regular keynote speaking, and has a weekly column in The Lady magazine, England’s longest running weekly magazine.

A graduate of the French Culinary Institute in New York, Green is bringing out her first cookbook: Good Taste , with Berkley in October 2016.

She is a storyteller for The Moth radio hour on NPR, and lives in Westport, Connecticut with her husband and their blended family. When she is not writing, cooking, gardening, filling her house with friends and herding chickens, she is usually thanking the Lord for caffeine-filled energy drinks.

A cancer survivor, she continues to raise awareness for Malignant Melanoma, Hashimoto’s Disease, and Lyme Disease.

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#Review – IF NOT FOR YOU by Debbie Macomber

If Not for You (New Beginnings, #3)

If Not for You by Debbie Macomber

Review4 Stars

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Delightful continuation of the New Beginnings series. I am glad that I have read the books in order as I feel it adds to the story and you have background knowledge of the characters. Now, you can still read as a standalone but I think you would benefit more reading in order. The narrator had wonderful voice inflection and variety. Pleasurable listen for a road trip weekend.

Synopsis

An emotionally stirring novel that shows how obstacles can be overcome, differences can be strengths, and sometimes a choice can seem wrong even though it s absolutely right

If not for her loving but controlling parents, Beth Prudhomme might never have taken charge of her life and moved from her native Chicago to Portland, Oregon, where she s reconnected with her spirited Aunt Sunshine and found a job as a high school music teacher. If not for her friend Nichole, Beth would never have met Sam Carney, although first impressions have left Beth with serious doubts. Sam is everything Beth is not and her parents worst nightmare: a tattooed auto mechanic who s rough around the edges. Reserved and smart as a whip, Beth isn t exactly Sam s usual beer-drinking, pool-playing type of woman, either.

But if not for an awkward setup one evening, Beth might never have left early and been involved in a car crash. And if not for Sam who witnessed the terrifying ordeal, rushed to her aid, and stayed with her until help arrived Beth might have been all alone, or worse. Yet as events play out, Sam feels compelled to check on Beth almost daily at the hospital even bringing his guitar to play songs to lift her spirits. Soon their unlikely friendship evolves into an intense attraction that surprises them both.

Before long, Beth’s strong-willed mother, Ellie, blows into town spouting harsh opinions, especially about Sam, and reopening old wounds with Sunshine. When shocking secrets from Sam s past are revealed, Beth struggles to reconcile her feelings. But when Beth goes a step too far, she risks losing the man and the life she s come to love.

MeetTheAuthor

debbie-macomberDebbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In her novels, Macomber brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Macomber’s novels have spent over 990 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Sixteen of these novels hit the number one spot.

In 2016, Macomber’s all-new hardcover publications include A Girl’s Guide to Moving On (February), Sweet Tomorrows (August), and Twelve Days of Christmas (October) and an adult coloring book, The World of Debbie Macomber: Come Home To Color (April). In addition to fiction, Macomber has also published two bestselling cookbooks, numerous inspirational and nonfiction works, and two acclaimed children’s books.

Celebrated as “the official storyteller of Christmas”, Macomber’s annual Christmas books are beloved and five have been crafted into original Hallmark Channel movies. Macomber is also the author of the bestselling Cedar Cove Series which the Hallmark Channel chose as the basis for its first dramatic scripted television series. Debuting in 2013, Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove was a ratings favorite for three seasons.

Macomber owns two businesses in Port Orchard, WA, the town which inspired the Cedar Cove Series. These include The Grey House Café, formerly the Victorian Rose Tea Room, featured in the Cedar Cove Series, and A Good Yarn Shop, introduced in her popular Blossom Street novels. They are located on the Village Square campus, which also serves as Debbie’s corporate headquarters.

She and her husband, Wayne, serve on the Guideposts National Advisory Cabinet, and she is World Vision’s international spokesperson for their Knit for Kids charity initiative. A devoted grandmother, Debbie and Wayne live in Port Orchard, Washington and winter in Florida.

#Review – THE REINVENTION OF MIMI FINNEGAN by Whitney Dineen

Synopsis

Thirty-four year old, Mimi Finnegan is the third of four daughters and in her eyes, by far, the most unremarkable. She has no singular accomplishment that can stand up to any of her sisters. And if that isn’t enough, she is the only single sibling in her family. 

Mimi’s sisters decide that it’s time she gets serious about husband hunting, so they begin a campaign to find Mr. Right for her. Considering her most recent dating encounters include a night club owner who stuffs bratwurst in his pants and a WASPy trust fund baby, living happily under his mother’s thumb, Mimi is more than ready to meet THE ONE. Enter celebrated British novelist Elliot Fielding. 

Sexual tension and anger heat up between the duo and it isn’t until Mimi discovers that Elliot is almost engaged to another that she realizes she is head-over-heels in love with him. 

The journey will make you laugh, cry and want to pull your hair out from frustration! Mimi eventually learns that she is quite remarkable in her own right and never needed to worry that she lived in her sister’s shadows. 

The Reinvention of Mimi Finnegan is the perfect laugh-out-loud, feel good book for any woman who has ever felt that she wasn’t good enough. (Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads.)

Review

5 Stars

Oh, where to begin with this book! The convos between Mimi and Edith (her bunion) were hilarious! The relationship drama between Mimi, Richard, and Elliot. The audio narrator had a pitchy voice but good inflection in voice changes. A chuckling chicklit beach read!

MeetTheAuthor

Whitney DineenWhile attending the University of Illinois in Chicago, Whitney Dineen was discovered by a local modeling agent and began an unexpected career as a plus-size Ford model. She modeled in New York City before moving to Los Angeles with her husband.
During “The Hollywood Years,” Whitney was bitten by the writing bug and started creating characters that are inspired by strong women with a great sense of humor. Her first romantic comedy, She Sins at Midnight, won a silver medal in the 2015 Reader’s Favorite awards. Her second, The Reinvention of Mimi Finnegan, is a finalist in the 2016 RONE Awards, won a silver medal at the 2016 Reader’s Favorite Awards and won Honorable Mention at the London Book Festival. Her third chick-lit book, Mimi Plus Two, is causing all kinds of controversy and who the heck knows where it will land. Although, it was a finalist in the Reader’s Favorite Awards and a Runner-Up at the London Book Festival.
In addition to her love of chick-lit, Whitney has also written a series of adventure books for middle readers. The first two books in her series, Wilhelmina and the Willamette Wig Factory and Who the Heck is Harvey Stingle? are both available now. Book three, Beware of the Basement, is due to be released in the spring of 2017.
Whitney and her husband, Jimmy, have relocated to the beautiful Pacific Northwest to raise their children, chickens, and organic vegetables.
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