#5Stars #Review #BlogTour – THE GOOD STRANGER by Dete Meserve

The Good Stranger (Kate Bradley Mystery, #3)

The Good Stranger

(Kate Bradley Mystery #3)

by Dete Meserve 

From the bestselling author of Good Sam—now a Netflix feature film—comes another Kate Bradley story about the nature of generosity and finding unexpected connections with strangers.

TV reporter Kate Bradley arrives in Manhattan ready to take on a challenging new position as a national news correspondent. When a massive power outage plunges New York City into darkness, the disaster she expected to cover takes an unexpected turn. Someone is leaving thousands of mysterious gifts throughout the city, and the only clue to the giver’s identity is the occasional note from “A Stranger.”

Together with handsome TV series host Scott Jameson, Kate must make sense of these random generous acts, which quickly escalate in scale and capture the attention of viewers across the country. In early-morning stakeouts and late-night surveillance, they crisscross the city hunting down leads, but the elusive Stranger is always one step ahead.

Menacing letters and videos addressed to Kate threaten to derail the investigation, but she’s determined to uncover the identity of the benefactor. The closer Kate gets to the truth, the more clearly she sees that even the smallest act of generosity can bring about powerful change. And it just may take her own selfless act of kindness to solve the feel-good mystery of the year.

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Wow-sers! This was a fantastic book. I loved every part of it. The writing flowed so smoothly and the story had me from the beginning. A great weekend read!

Thank you to the author for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

#5stars #Review – THE DINNER IN THE SKY by Anne John-Ligali

The Dinner in the Sky (Friendships Online Book 3)

The Dinner in the Sky (Friendships Online Book 3)

by Anne John-Ligali 

After a shocking confrontation with an unexpected encounter, Constance tries to piece her life back together and is on a mission to finally move on.

The thought of having her friends nearby is a comfort as they take time out of their busy online lives and regularly meet up at their favourite place, A Cupful of Dreams Café. Everyone seems happy enough until cracks begin to show and all is not as good as it seems. Constance tries desperately to keep positive as there’s so much to look forward to: shopping for posh frocks, dinner at The Shard and a movie premiere.

As things start to look rosy, a few odd tweets begin to pop up from nowhere. At first, they seem innocent, but as the weeks go by and premier night draws near, not only do the tweets increase but they become more obnoxious.

By the time Constance and her chums arrive on the red carpet, she’s determined to work out who the troll could be and to keep them from spoiling her evening. However, as Constance soon learns, the troll wants to destroy far more than that!

Breathtaking views of London.

Posh frocks and Paparazzi

But there’s definitely trouble in the air …

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Having read the first 2 books in this series, I was excited to read this book! The story picked up where the last one left off so I was excited to see how Constance handled things with Maxwell. We also got to know the group of online friends more. I’ve really enjoyed this series! Fun read that flows smoothly!

Check out my reviews for the first 2 books in the Friendships Online Series –

The Big Event

THE BIG EVENT — https://bookloverfl12.wordpress.com/2019/03/29/5stars-review-the-big-event-by-anne-john-ligali/

The Weekend Spa Break

THE WEEKEND SPA BREAK — https://bookloverfl12.wordpress.com/2019/03/30/5stars-review-the-weekend-spa-break-by-anne-john-ligali/

#5Stars #Review – TANGLED IN IVY by Ashley Farley

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What a fantastic read! Ivy was a complicated character, insomuch that you could feel something about her made her who she was. I enjoyed the family legacy and history aspect of the story as my family has dealt with similar matters. The story was a quick read that flowed beautifully over the pages.

Thank you to the author for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

From the bestselling author of Sweet Tea Tuesdays comes a story of true love that spans decades.

Lillian Alexander’s father is dying of cancer. When he rambles on in a morphine-delirium, Lillian can’t ignore the feeling he’s trying to tell her something. At his funeral days later, she encounters ghosts from her past who stir long-suppressed memories from the day her mother died twenty-seven years ago. Why, if her mother’s death was an accident, does Lillian harbor guilt, as though she were somehow to blame?

When Lillian and her twin sister, Layla, learn the Stoney family fortune is gone, Lillian fights to save her ancestral home on Charleston’s prestigious East Battery. Desperate to resolve her money problems and get answers to her questions about the past, she tears her father’s study apart in search of clues. She discovers a thumb drive in a hollowed-out hardback copy of For Whom the Bell Tolls. The thumb drive, marked For Lillian in his handwriting, contains her father’s memoir. Secluded in the family’s cottage on Wadmalaw Island, she immerses herself in her father’s account of his stormy relationship with her mother. What she learns sets her on a journey of self-discovery.

Tangled in Ivy is a tale of tortured souls and southern family dysfunction.

#5Stars #Review – BETWEEN ME AND YOU by Allison Winn Scotch 

Between Me and You

Between Me and You

When their paths first cross, Ben Livingston is a fledgling screenwriter on the brink of success; Tatum Connelly is a struggling actress tending bar in a New York City dive. They fall in love, they marry, they become parents, and they think only of the future. But as the years go by, Tatum’s stardom rises while Ben’s fades. In a marriage that bears the fallout of ambition and fame, Ben and Tatum are at a crossroads. Now all they can do is think back…

A life of passion, joy, tragedy, and loss—once shared—becomes one as shifting and unpredictable as a memory. And as they explore the ways love can bend and break, they recount their individual versions of the story, Ben’s moving backward and Tatum’s moving forward, each wondering what they can do now to make it all right.

Review5 Stars

What a thoughtful look into the married life and how things can change over the years. As one may be the rainmaker in the beginning, things can change with roles reversed. It was interesting to read the different views of the marriage throughout the book, as well as the alternating time frames. As a reader, you don’t want to see a marriage unravel but you are able to appreciate what the couple may be going through. A heart-provoking read for your next long weekend.

#5Stars #Review – SOMETHING OLD by Jenny Rabe

Something Old

Something Old

by Jenny Rabe 

Emilie Carter never wants to return to Danvers, Massachusetts, but when her childhood home needs to be sorted for sale, she’s forced to tie up loose ends. Her hopes to abandon all ties to the place fails when she’s roped into being a bridesmaid for her ex-best friend and Emilie’s high school sweetheart. No big deal, right?

Wrong.

Dean Wright has worked hard to make a name for himself and continue his father’s fishing business. After years of feeling empty, enter long-time crush, Emilie. When she needs a date for a wedding to show her ex she’s moved on, he takes it a step further by proposing a fake engagement. Her presence stirs up old feelings, and Dean is determined not to let her go this time. 

Just the type of book I really enjoy – clean romance with a happy ending! I enjoy reading about the rekindling of high school friends/relationships. This book flowed easily between the alternating viewpoint in the chapters. I really enjoyed the story of Emilie and Dean! I hope the best for Ava and thankful that Dean found someone he deserves (not just interested in him for his money). Can’t wait to see what happens next!

Thank you to the author for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

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Up Next in the Series —

Something New

Something New

by Jenny Rabe 

Expected publication: June 15th 2020 by Amazon

#5Stars #Review – THE WAKE UP by Catherine Ryan Hyde

The Wake Up

The Wake Up

From New York Times bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde comes a hauntingly emotional novel of how one man’s life changes forever when he rediscovers his ability to feel the pain of others.

Something has been asleep in forty-year-old cattle rancher Aiden Delacorte for a long time. It all comes back in a rush during a hunting trip, when he’s suddenly attuned to the animals around him, feeling their pain and fear as if it were his own. But the newfound sensitivity of Aiden’s “wake up” has its price. He can no longer sleepwalk through life, holding everyone at arm’s length. As he struggles to cope with a trait he’s buried since childhood, Aiden falls in love with Gwen, a single mother whose young son bears a burden of his own.

Sullen and broken from his experiences with an abusive father, Milo has turned to acting out in violent and rebellious ways. Aiden can feel the boy’s pain, as well as that of his victims. Now he and Milo must sift through their pasts to find empathy with the innocent as well as the guilty, to come to terms with their deepest fears, and to finally discover the compassionate heart of a family.

Review5 Stars

What an interesting topic for a story – the ability to feel the feelings of others. I really enjoyed the strangers to friends theme – including Aiden being supportive of the single mother, not trying to control Milo. A pleasant read for your next weekend getaway to the cabin!

#Review – PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND MISTLETOE by Melissa de la Cruz 

Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe

Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe

Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe, from New York Times bestselling author, Melissa de la Cruz, is a sweet, sexy and hilarious gender-swapping, genre-satisfying re-telling, set in contemporary America and featuring one snooty Miss Darcy.

Darcy Fitzwilliam is 29, beautiful, successful, and brilliant. She dates hedge funders and basketball stars and is never without her three cellphones—one for work, one for play, and one to throw at her assistant (just kidding). Darcy’s never fallen in love, never has time for anyone else’s drama, and never goes home for Christmas if she can help it. But when her mother falls ill, she comes home to Pemberley, Ohio, to spend the season with her family.

Her parents throw their annual Christmas bash, where she meets one Luke Bennet, the smart, sardonic slacker son of their neighbor. Luke is 32-years-old and has never left home. He’s a carpenter and makes beautiful furniture, and is content with his simple life. He comes from a family of five brothers, each one less ambitious than the other. When Darcy and Luke fall into bed after too many eggnogs, Darcy thinks it’s just another one night stand. But why can’t she stop thinking of Luke? What is it about him? And can she fall in love, or will her pride and his prejudice against big-city girls stand in their way?

Review4 Stars

I enjoyed the role reversing in this modern retelling and that Darcy was a strong female character. The connection between Darcy and Luke could be felt through the pages, which has you hoping Darcy overcomes her pride and Luke his prejudice. A great read to get in the holiday spirit!

#5Stars #Review – MESSING WITH MATILDA by Cat Lavoie

Messing with Matilda

Messing with Matilda

As a professional organizer in New York City, Matilda Hart wages war against chaos and clutter on a daily basis for her clients—and she vows to never let it invade her own well-ordered world.

But when her boyfriend decides to deviate from the path she’s been planning for them, Matilda’s perfectly structured life begins to crumble. She reluctantly finds herself back in the tiny hometown she fled a lifetime ago—determined to lay low and avoid running into anyone she used to know. So why is she reconnecting with her former best friend and putting up with the bridezilla antics of Amber, her high school nemesis?

When Matilda is tasked with keeping the bride-to-be’s heartbroken ex away from the ceremony, she discovers she has history with the man who’s trying to sabotage the wedding. Matilda quickly realizes that teaming up with cute and quirky—but hopelessly devoted—Silas Flynn could be mutually beneficial. He needs help wooing the woman he considers the love of his life and Matilda can’t pass up the chance to finally get back at the meanest of the mean girls by assisting Silas in his attempts to disrupt her wedding.

Will everything go according to plan for this mismatched pair? Or will working so closely together make uptight Matilda and laid-back Silas lose sight of their common goal?

One thing’s for sure—things are about to get messy.

Review5 Stars

This book has everything that I look for – romance, opposites attract, relatability, and a flowing storyline. I could so relate to Matilda with the importance of organization. As a natural planner, I could feel the dilemma that Matilda was facing when her boyfriend altered their plans and then having to go back to your small town – been there, done that! Definitely another a fun and quirky romantic comedy from Cat Lavoie! Grab this book and head to the beach for an afternoon of delightful reading! Don’t forget your sunscreen!

#5Stars #Review – A YEAR OF EXTRAORDINARY MOMENTS by Bette Lee Crosby

A Year of Extraordinary Moments (Magnolia Grove #2)

A Year of Extraordinary Moments

(Magnolia Grove #2)

From USA Today bestselling author Bette Lee Crosby comes a heartwarming novel about letting go of the past to make way for a brighter future.

Tracy Briggs has finally gotten her act together. She’s focusing on her own life and helping her hearing-impaired son learn to talk. With her sister married and exploring a new career, Tracy has begun to run the family’s magazine business and feels her life is pretty much perfect. That is, until her son’s deadbeat dad shows up in Magnolia Grove asking for a second chance.

Now that her son is getting the help he needs and a promising new romance with his teacher is in bloom, Tracy wants to keep her life just as it is. But her ex isn’t taking no for an answer. And when a spirited elderly woman enters Tracy’s life in an unexpected way, she’ll have to work harder than ever to keep her new life on track.

Torn between the past she knows and the uncertain future, Tracy must decide what is best for both her and her son, learning along the way that ordinary choices can bring extraordinary possibilities.

Review5 Stars

This book had me feeling all the feels – happy, sad, joy, angst, etc.! I enjoyed reading about the continued growth for Tracy and how everything was going for her and Lucas. You know that Dominic wouldn’t just leave everyone alone and would be back like a virus. Every character can be easily related to someone you may know and you find yourself feeling like a part of the story. Definitely a story with extraordinary moments throughout! A heartwarming read for your next night in!

#Review – DEAR SANTA by Nancy Naigle

Dear Santa

Dear Santa

From USA Today bestselling author Nancy Naigle, Dear Santa is a heartwarming Christmas story about finding your passion for life and love.

Angela Carson wants nothing more than to be the third-generation to run her family’s holiday store, Heart of Christmas, successfully. They’ve weathered over sixty tourist seasons, major hurricanes, and urban sprawl, in their old decommissioned lighthouse. But the national chain that set up shop in their small North Carolina town of Pleasant Sands may be more than Heart of Christmas can survive.

Encouraged by her niece to ask Santa for help, Angela gives in and lets the words fly in a way that, if Santa were real, would no doubt land her on the naughty list. What’s the harm when it’s just a computer-generated response?

Geoff Paisley has been at his mother’s side running the mega-chain Christmas Galore for the last ten years. When his mother falls ill, Geoff promises to answer the town’s Dear Santa letters in her stead. Soon he realizes the woman he’s been corresponding with on Dear Santa is Angela. How could the woman that grates his every last nerve in person have intrigued him so deeply through those letters?

When Geoff reveals that he’s her Dear Santa, will Angela be able to set aside their very public feud to embrace the magic of the holiday and possibly find true love?

Review4 Stars

A great read to get you in the Christmas spirit! I grew up with a family business so I understand Angela’s desire to keep the business alive at all costs but I also can see the madness behind Geoff’s actions. When Geoff had to respond to the Dear Santa letters, I couldn’t wait to see what he would do or say. I found it hard to believe that Geoff or Angela didn’t catch on that they were responding to each other earlier but nonetheless, a festive read!