Friday, April 21, 2017

Kisses Under The Spotlight Alex Jackson Series Book 1 - by Joanne Dannon - 5 Stars!

This book was a quick read for me!  I really enjoyed the story of superstar Alex Jackson (he sings, taps, a little of everything to old Gershwin style music) and physiotherapist Violet McKenna.  She, was working at a hotel, on call for anyone who had an injury in the hotel, when she is called in to look at Alex Jacksons ankle.  He jumped from the top of a piano and landed wrong.  She always thought that he was soooooo handsome and talented, even had a calendar and a few pictures up in her bedroom.  After she meets him, she throws those away, she was so disappointed that he was such a prima donna.  When he asks her to join his tour so that she can keep his ankle in performance ready shape, she had to be really convinced to join because her first contact with him wasn't so great.  She finds he can be nice, down to earth, when he isn't in a lot of pain and looking at perhaps not being able to dance in a contest coming up for which he really wants to win.  He needs Alex with him to make sure he will be ready for that and that he will be able to perform at all of the scheduled stops in between.
Well it isn't long before the conflict turns into sexy banter, then into sex between the two and the scenes are smoking.  If you don't like explicit sex this book isn't for you.  In the end Alex and Violet part ways, she doesn't want a life that is always moving, she wants to settle down into a home she's already picked out and do her work from there.  Traveling for a life is something she just doesn't want.  Her childhood taught her to dislike moving all of the time.
I won't say more as you will have to read the book in order to see how things work out.
I did receive a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  I did enjoy the book!
Here is a description as found on Good Reads:
Fairy tales aren’t just for princesses

Superstar Alex Jackson steers clear of any emotional involvement after a series of life-changing events turned his life, and heart, inside out and upside down. Broken and deeply scarred, he has sworn to remain single and emotionally aloof to all women.

Physiotherapist Violet McKenzie, is distrustful of men—famous men being at the top of her list for good reason. She’s learned a thing or two about them and has made a conscious effort to stay as far away as she possibly can.

Until sexy Alex needs her professional assistance after a stage mishap and she becomes his personal physio. Violet has sworn off love, but when Alex’s hot kisses keep her up at night longing for more, she wonders if she can remain steadfast to her personal promise to never fall for the wrong guy again.

Can a superstar and an ordinary girl have a happily ever after, or is that only reserved for the songs Alex sings?

Praise for Joanne Dannon - “A sexy superstar hero who has it all except the love of the right woman and an ordinary working girl whose job propels her into the heart of the hero's glamorous life. Joanne Dannon's wonderfully emotional story will sweep you away.” – Rachael Thomas, Harlequin Presents author.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Before We were Yours - by Lisa Wingate -- 4 Stars

Two families, generations apart, are forever changed by a heartbreaking injustice in this poignant novel, inspired by a true story, for readers of Orphan Train and The Nightingale.

This story is based on two timelines, one with 12 Year old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings who live on the river with their Mom and Dad.  Mom has a really bad delivery of twins gone wrong and has to be taken into the hospital.  Somehow she is coerced to sign away her children who were left to their own on the river in their boat, the Arcadia.

They are whisked away to The Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are told that they will see their parents soon but that is a lie, they find out everything about the home is based on lies.

Present day a Senator's daughter comes upon a woman in a Senior Center she is visiting and the woman steals her bracelet.  When she goes to collect it she looks in on the woman and the story begins in present day as she hunts for what she thinks might be her Grandmothers past, and it doesn't line up with the pretty Senator's daughter who is being groomed to run for a Senate seat herself one day.

I believe I won this kindle book from Good Reads in exchange for an honest review.  The book drags just a bit, I was able to pick it up and put it down at will, it took a while before the two stories come together and things start moving then.  I was hoping this book would be one that has me from the very beginning and that it would be one I would be totally engrossed in.  The subject matter, although the characters for the most part were fictional, there was actually an orphanize run by the same woman and they stole parents children, kids along the streets, told Mothers their new borns were born dead, they did terrible things and then made great amounts of money by selling the children famous families that had the money to buy them.  It's a good read, one worth reading, and you feel that everything that happens to the children there is just wrong!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

My LIfe To Live - How I became the queen of soaps when men ruled the air waves by Agnes Nixon - 4 Stars!

I was never home during the day so wasn't able to sit and watch daytime soaps, although I did hear about Erica Kane and certainly knew who Susan Lucci was! The book was a fascinating read about the woman who was not only a writer for two soaps that ran so very long, "All My Children" and "One Life to Live." She was not only a writer she had a husband and children and was pretty much the patriarch of her family's, those at home and those in her shows who she did consider family! It is really too bad that she wasn't able to see the book of her life finally published! Her children used her words and wrote and typed and got the job done even though she had suffered a stroke. You can feel the love of the woman as you hear her story. I'm not a writer, I read, I do reviews and I received this book from in exchange for an honest review.

 I can't tell the story of how this book came to be, or how her life started, it was all there in the book, her life was very interesting even for someone who didn't get to stay home and watch daytime soaps.

Here is the description as found on Good Reads: From the Emmy-winning creator and writer of All My Children and One Life to Live, a memoir of her trailblazing rise to the top of the television industry, including behind-the-scenes stories from some of the most beloved soaps of all time
Before there was Erica Kane, Adam Chandler, or Victoria Lord, there was Agnes Nixon, a young girl who dreamed up stories for paper dolls. Those tales she imagined--ones filled with ambitions, rivalries, and romances--would soon parallel her own path to success. In a memoir filled with as much drama as the soaps she penned, Nixon shares her journey from Nashville to New York City, as she overcomes the loss of her fiance in World War II, a father intent on crushing her writing dreams, and the jealousy of her male colleagues on her way to becoming one of the most successful names in television.
While fans will delight in Nixon's own incredible life, they will also love her behind-the-scenes insight into her most popular shows. Inside, she shares the inspiration for Erica Kane and how she cast Susan Lucci in the role; an excerpt from the never-before-seen All My Children story bible; entertaining anecdotes about her shows' beloved casts and special guests, including Carol Burnett, Kelly Ripa, Oprah Winfrey, and Warren Buffett; and more.
But My Life to Live is also a portrait of a pioneer. Driven to use her ratings power for good, Nixon fought and broke network taboos by wrestling with controversial social issues ranging from women's health, interracial relationships, and the Vietnam War to drug addiction, LGBT rights, and AIDS. By infusing her characters with sensitivity, humor, and humanity, she enabled millions to examine an opposite point of view. And long before Shonda Rhimes launched a golden age of female showrunners, Agnes Nixon positioned ABC to become the media giant it is today. She is a true television legend, and her candid and inspiring glimpse behind the curtain of the television industry will charm soap fans and story lovers alike.

Treasured Grace by Tracie Peterson - Five Stars!

I know I've read Tracie Peterson before me, I've always enjoyed her writing. She does great background studying before she starts her books.  You will learn something that happened in history, was true of the land she is writing about, and some times the characters really existed although she may have made some of it different to keep the story moving.  She often sprinkles great points from the Bible in her books, they are well chosen and make me reflect which can't be all bad.  Even if you don't believe, there are some of her points that she is trying to make that is just a good way for everyone to behave.  

In this book she tried to make the point that we are all alike under our skin, we are afraid of that which is different from us, but if we just make the point of trying to learn about other people, you will find they aren't so different.  They have the same fears, goals, although they may have things they were taught that are extremely different from our culture.  That is what is different the cultural aspects.  Maybe the language.  Some people such as the indians at the time of this writing really had sad lives, they distrusted the whites, of course, we took their land and killed all of their buffalo, then moved them off to reservations eventually.  This even pointed out that different tribes were not the same.  

The characters in this book  were so enjoyable to read about and I would love to read about Grace, Mercy and Hope in the next book.  Tracie often writes several books so that you can enjoy the characters, the land, as things progress in the next books.  I believe the last books I read of hers were based in Alaska.  I believe I received this book through from Bethany House.  I got this in exchange for an honest review and I read this book in one day...and I gave it five stars!

Description of book as found on Good Reads: Tracie Peterson Begins Compelling New Series Set on the 1840s Frontier

Grace Martindale has known more than her share of hardship. After her parents died, raising her two younger sisters became her responsibility. A hasty marriage to a minister who is heading to the untamed West seemed like an opportunity for a fresh start, but a cholera outbreak along the wagon trail has left Grace a widow in a very precarious position.

Having learned natural remedies and midwifery from her mother, Grace seeks an opportunity to use her skills for the benefit of others. So when she and her sisters arrive at the Whitman mission in "Oregon Country," she decides to stay rather than push on. 

With the help of Alex Armistead, a French-American fur trapper, Grace begins to provide care for her neighbors, including some of the native populace. But not everyone welcomes her skills--or her presence--and soon Grace finds herself and those she loves in more danger than she imagined possible.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel - Five Stars for this sick twisted tale!

Wow I knew this book was going to different, after I started it I had problems putting it down.  It started a little slow but you could tell it was worth the effort.  It's sick and kind of twisted, but then there are families that are sick and twisted out there.  This one was surprising to me, I kept waiting for her to blurt out the real secret of the family and then I was still surprised even though I had a feeling it was going to be that.  Lane's Mother committed suicide when she was 15 years old. She never had a normal relationship with her Mother, and as badly as she wanted it, it wasn't to be.  

She was sent away to a family she had never met, Grandparents she had never met actually wanted her, they had no idea where her Mom had run to.   They didn't know  she had a child.  But then that was a reason to run.  I didn't know just exactly why until almost the end of the book.  I kept hoping Lane was going to get out of there for good, she did for a while, but then she went back as her cousin who also lived with her Grandparents, Allegra, came up missing.  There was something to Allegra being gone and Lane knew it.  She wasn't going back to Las Angeles, until she found out what happened to Allegra.  

This book was one that I won through the ReadItForward people, hoping for an honest review which I've given it.  The books is creepy and dark,  but very worth reading!  

Here is the description as found on Good Reads: Roanoke girls never last long around here. In the end, we either run or we die.

After her mother's suicide, fifteen year-old Lane Roanoke came to live with her grandparents and fireball cousin, Allegra, on their vast estate in rural Kansas. Lane knew little of her mother's mysterious family, but she quickly embraced life as one of the rich and beautiful Roanoke girls. But when she discovered the dark truth at the heart of the family, she ran fast and far away.

Eleven years later, Lane is adrift in Los Angeles when her grandfather calls to tell her Allegra has gone missing. Did she run too? Or something worse? Unable to resist his pleas, Lane returns to help search, and to ease her guilt at having left Allegra behind. Her homecoming may mean a second chance with the boyfriend whose heart she broke that long ago summer. But it also means facing the devastating secret that made her flee, one she may not be strong enough to run from again.

As it weaves between Lane's first Roanoke summer and her return, The Roanoke Girls shocks and tantalizes, twisting its way through revelation after mesmerizing revelation, exploring the secrets families keep and the fierce and terrible love that both binds them together and rips them apart

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Seven Brides for Seven Mail-Order Husbands Romance Collection - 5 Stars!

What a great collection of stories set in Turtle Springs, Kansas.  After the war, so many of the men were lost and never returned to Turtle Springs, that the businesses are failing, women are on the brink of losing their homes.....  Seven different authors wrote seven stories about a different woman set in this city where the female mayor decides to advertise for mail order husbands!  They are to come to Turtle Springs and spend a few minutes with each woman until each agree to a man/woman and the courting can begin.  Of course they have all sorts of men, some are not there just for the women some are their for their farms, money if they have any, etc.  Each of these women are desperate for the help of a man in their life and choose a man to court them.  I received this book of novellas in kindle format in exchange for an honest review through I thoroughly enjoyed each of the stories and had fun envisioning each story as it played out.   Each of the stories complemented the others as they often had characters from other stories that were active in the next.  Reading about mail order brides is something I enjoy doing, this was a fun twist and I believe they were well written!

Description as found on Good Reads: Meet seven of Turtle Springs, Kansas, finest women who are determined to revive their small town after the War Between the States took most of its men. . .and didn't return them. The ladies decide to advertise for husbands and devise a plan for weeding out the riff raff. But how can they make the best practical choices when their hearts cry out to be loved?

Monday, March 27, 2017

Anywhere With You by Britney King - I gave this 4 Stars!

I guess this book was the second story of Jack and Amelie, I wouldn't have known it.  It seemed to have their story pretty well mapped out it didn't seem like an extension.  This book is about that someone in your life that you feel you really love, maybe you are always out of sync with the other and things just don't seem to be happening at the right time, so you grab second and third chances for those fleeting  moments of extreme happiness and hopefulness that it can last.  Amelie has some problems with depression, she has to address it or she will start drinking.  She has to get a handle on her health in order to really be of any good to anyone in including herself.  You can not really love anyone properly until you can love yourself I believe.  This their story Jack and Amelie, he talks her into taking a road trip before going back to the man she is engaged to and also works for.  He tells her she can pitch this as a trip to photograph perfect places to send someones ashes into the world at the end of their life.   Jack lost his Father.  The characters are very believable and real, they invite you into their world and you want to keep reading to find out if they will in the end be with each other!
I won this book through Good Reads!

Here is the description of the book as found on Good Reads: They say opposites attract. For Jack and Amelie, that statement is about as close to the truth as it gets. 

She runs from anything that so much smells like love. And, well, as for Jack, he's always been a fan of the chase. Especially where she's concerned. 

Which is exactly what happens when he proposes... to accompany her on a cross-country road trip. 

A bet is made. True to form, Jack puts everything on the table--while Amelie keeps her cards tucked close to her heart. 

The question remaining when it all shakes out--is whether it's possible they can both win? 

Will a road trip across the country finally teach them to meet in the middle? Or simply drive them further apart? 

This is the continuation of a love story that (like many) was never really over.

Friday, March 24, 2017

The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff - I gave it five stars

I've always had a fascination of that period during WWII, there were so many stories.  This particular story is the coming together of two women, who don't realize how much they have in common until they've been together a very long while.  One was married to a German officer, who was told that his wife who was Jewish, was no longer accepted as his wife, he threw her out of the house on the German's say so.  She returned to the only thing she knew the circus.  She couldn't go back to her family's circus that was disbanded as they were known as Jews.  No she has to go and beg for a spot with a circus that had always been a competitor.  She was well known as an aerialist.  She changes her name and goes to work hoping to blend in.  She finds a man with the circus that she grows fond of.  She doesn't know until the story is almost over how much he thought of her.  The other girl a 16 year old dutch girl kicked out of her home because she was pregnant by a German officer, she cleans the stop at the railway in order to get food and a roof over her head.  Her baby when born was taken from her before she could see him. 

She is outside by one of the railcars and hears babies crying, she looks in and the car is filled with babies bound for the concentration camp.  She takes one of the children and runs, she isn't dressed for the winter snow and she ends up face down in a snow bank not doing well when a circus worker finds her and the baby.  She is taken in by the circus, telling everyone the child is her brother, of course anyone who takes care of the baby boy knows it's a Jewish child as he was circumcised.  She is told she can stay but only if she can learn to be an aerialist the other woman, an expert really resents that she has to train this woman and really doesn't believe she can learn to do what she must in a few weeks.  The stories are two lives so intertwined with those of the others in the circus which travels and performs in cities across Germany until one day when something awful occurs.  I loved reading about the circus and the entire history lesson that is combined with the fiction.  I gave the story 5 stars.  They don't let you say 4.5....I loved it, I didn't feel it was amazing.....which is what 5 stars is supposed to be.
I received the book, I believe, from Good Reads in exchange for an honest review.

Here is the description of the book from Good Reads: A powerful novel of friendship set in a traveling circus during World War II, The Orphan's Tale introduces two extraordinary women and their harrowing stories of sacrifice and survival .

Sixteen-year-old Noa has been cast out in disgrace after becoming pregnant by a Nazi soldier and being forced to give up her baby. She lives above a small rail station, which she cleans in order to earn her keep… When Noa discovers a boxcar containing dozens of Jewish infants bound for a concentration camp, she is reminded of the child that was taken from her. And in a moment that will change the course of her life, she snatches one of the babies and flees into the snowy night. 

Noa finds refuge with a German circus, but she must learn the flying trapeze act so she can blend in undetected, spurning the resentment of the lead aerialist, Astrid. At first rivals, Noa and Astrid soon forge a powerful bond. But as the facade that protects them proves increasingly tenuous, Noa and Astrid must decide whether their friendship is enough to save one another—or if the secrets that burn between them will destroy everything.


A powerful novel of friendship set in a traveling circus during World War II, The Orphan's Tale introduces two extraordinary women and their harrowing stories of sacrifice and survival .

Sixteen-year-old Noa has been cast out in disgrace after becoming pregnant by a Nazi soldier and being forced to give up her baby. She lives above a small rail station, which she cleans in order to earn her keep… When Noa discovers a boxcar containing dozens of Jewish infants bound for a concentration camp, she is reminded of the child that was taken from her. And in a moment that will change the course of her life, she snatches one of the babies and flees into the snowy night. 

Noa finds refuge with a German circus, but she must learn the flying trapeze act so she can blend in undetected, spurning the resentment of the lead aerialist, Astrid. At first rivals, Noa and Astrid soon forge a powerful bond. But as the facade that protects them proves increasingly tenuous, Noa and Astrid must decide whether their friendship is enough to save one another—or if the secrets that burn between them will destroy everything.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Nickerbacher - A Chapter Edition by Terry John Barto - Pick it up if you have children to read to you won't be disappointed!

I received this book from the author Terry John Barto, as I had read the picture book about Nickerbacher the Dragon and loved it so much! The author wanted me to see this book which had been expanded into an early chapter edition. The book was so cute, I loved all of the fabulously funny drawings on every page, no color this time! I could see the reader if a kid owned the book coloring the pictures and making the book their own. Coloring for a past time is so in right now!!

Nichbacher has a job, to guard the princess Gwendolyn. He doesn't like his job, and wants to pursue becoming the first stand up comedian dragon! He and Gwendolyn are friends and she said she would help him, they came upon others who had never heard of dragons doing stand up, but they were supportive. Nichbacher's Father was not supportive, he didn't want his son to do anything but his assigned job!! Dragon's don't do comedy! They blow out flames and protect princesses!

Nichbacher had a try several times but he finally gets his chance to star on The Knight Show. The book is not only charming for children. There are so many things in the book that are a play on words which the children may not pick up on but the adults absolutely will. The book is a fun read for children and adults alike! I love the book and am going to be sending it to the library I support with books that I review. Mom is a volunteer librarian and they have story time at their library in Linden Iowa. The kids will love it I'm sure!

When you get a chance if you have children who read, pick this book up, you won't be disappointed!

Here is the description as found on Good Reads: Nickerbacher is a dragon and aspiring comedian who travels to La La Land to audition for The Late Knight Show. Hoping to prove to his father - and the world - that dragons can be funny. Nickerbacher befriends a prince and a princess who help him realize his dream while paving the way for equal rights of all citizens.

If Not For You by Debbie Macomber - Five Stars

This book is about Beth and Sam.  Beth's Mother is the queen of manipulating a person to make them do as she wishes.  She wants to control her daughters life, her daughter does what she can to get away, she makes a deal with her Mom to leave her alone for six months.  No contact.  Beth went to live near her Aunt Sunshine, who is a big hit in the Art world.  Aunt Sunshine never married, and she has nothing to do with Beth's Mother, they don't speak haven't as far back as Beth can recall no one will tell her why.  Beths friends set her up for a blind date, only they don't tell the guy that Beth is coming to meet him, he knows what is going on the minute he meets her.  This book is about living, how people can't help themselves they have to meddle in others lives, they want to help them, make things better, and it often flys back in their face but they keep trying.  It is also about how life happens and often times we have so much pride we will make a decision not best for our life but it is made during an emotional time, and we won't go back and say it was our fault, let's fix this.  
People do the most stupid things in the name of love, and they often enough have too much pride to want to go backwards.  So the book is about living really and it does have really well developed characters,, is well written, I've heard it is 3rd in a row of books around some of these characters, but it didn't stand out as a series book.  It was great as a stand alone I wouldn't have picked it as one in a series.  Debbie Macomber writing as she does with great love for her characters and great endings for them also!  Loved the book!

I received a kindle copy to read and give an honest review from  I would give this five stars. Couldn't put it down.

From Good Reads the description: 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.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Eat Beautiful: Nourish your skin from the inside out, by Wendy Rowe. Foreword by Sienna Miller 3 Stars

Eat Beautiful: Nourish your skin from the inside out, by Wendy Rowe.  Foreword by Sienna Miller

 I found this book to be overwhelming.  For those looking to get healthier from the inside out, this book would be great for them.   She talks about fasting, things you should stop eating as they are bad for your gut and your skin.  She basically tells you how you should change your diet, then she has the book split into four seasons with recipes and beautiful photos of the meals, she tells all of the nutrients, calories, what will be good for your body with that particular recipe and how.  She really goes into detail with recipes that are for foods found readily available for that season.  The photos of the models and the foods are beautiful.  She has at the end of the book some recipes for facial masks, toners, etc. some of her own recipes….and why you should use it.  I wonder why they only chose to show young beautiful models, not anyone with skin problems, no faces of different ages, no men……
This book would be great for someone looking for these types of solutions.  For me, it is overwhelming and I wouldn’t use it personally.

"I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."

Description as found on Good Reads:

World-renowned beauty and make-up expert Wendy Rowe knows skin inside out. In this refreshing beauty book, Wendy will teach you how to keep your skin healthy and let your inner and outer beauty shine.

Wendy has devised over 70 easy and delicious recipes specifically designed to feed your skin with the nutrients it needs to glow. Each of the recipes correlates to an essential skin-feeding ingredient that will help target specific skin problems and common complaints. From cucumbers, ‘the internal cleanser’, to limes, ‘the natural astringent’ and carrots, ‘the immunity booster’, there are also breakdowns of the vitamins and nutrients each of these familiar ingredients provide.

And not only will there be methods for feeding your skin, there will also be suggestions on how to keep your skin pampered with recipes for homemade masks, scrubs, mists, cleansers and toners, as well as an informative troubleshooting section for confidence-zapping skin problems. Wendy provides specific advice for foods to embrace or avoid depending on your skin. 

Split into the four seasons, this stunning book can be dipped in and out of, or followed like a seasonal plan, and will ensure that you achieve beautiful, radiant skin all year round.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Married This Year by Tracey Pedersen - five stars!

Ever been jealous of someone getting engaged? Do something about it, this girl did! A fun read!
Married This Year I loved this book! It was a fast read, one day, too much fun, a group of girls gather at the bar and one of them has a boyfriend who is there and he asks his girlfriend to marry him, of course she said yes! The others are happy for her but a bit jealous. The main character is drunk as all the girls are when she decides by New Years Eve next year she will be married! So they help her make a list of the attributes of the perfect guy, and they throw in a deal breakers. Her's is they must own a car! They put her on every dating site, but Tinder? is the first one they get her on. She must make a date with everyone who asks her and she must go on at least two dates a month. She tells them it's a deal and they agree to meet. The story that follows is great, some laugh out loud scenes (especially if you have ever dated losers) some of the losers are even worse than some I ran into......I'm married now. I can't tell you how it ends up, but I can tell you it will be a surprise, but you probably will figure it out, about the time the author is leading you in that direction. If it was summer I would say it would be a great beach read. Instead snuggle up in your bed or in front of a fire, get your hot chocolate ready and read! You'll be glad you did!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella - Five Stars

This story turns out to be one of those that takes you through two peoples lives and though their lives seem to be polar opposites, each for their own reasons quietly being very jealous for what the other has, and by the end of the book they find out they have much more in common then they thought and they will hang on to their own lives thank you very much. The story woven by Sophie Kinsella is one of her better ones I really liked it. I'm not going to go into the story line the description will do that for you, the story has surprises, the characters are well developed, and the book moves along quickly after a couple of chapters then you can just lie around and read the rest of the book in a day getting nothing else done. Anyone else do that? I was given the e-book by in exchange for an honest review!

Description as found on Good Reads: Katie Brenner has the perfect life: a flat in London, a glamorous job, and a super-cool Instagram feed.

Ok, so the real truth is that she rents a tiny room with no space for a wardrobe, has a hideous commute to a lowly admin job, and the life she shares on Instagram isn’t really hers.

But one day her dreams are bound to come true, aren’t they?

Until her not-so perfect life comes crashing down when her mega-successful boss Demeter gives her the sack. All Katie’s hopes are shattered. She has to move home to Somerset, where she helps her dad with his new glamping business.

Then Demeter and her family book in for a holiday, and Katie sees her chance. But should she get revenge on the woman who ruined her dreams? Or try to get her job back? Does Demeter – the woman with everything – have such an idyllic life herself? Maybe they have more in common than it seems.

And what’s wrong with not-so-perfect, anyway?

Friday, January 6, 2017

Smoke by Catherine McKenzie - 5 Stars!

I think I inhaled this book in one reading.  The fire raging through a small town in Colorado.  The main character used to be a fire fighter, but is now the towns arson investigator.  She goes out and finds out where the fire started, although the back of someone’s yard, but she doesn’t believe the home owner started the fire, she sets out to prove that.  She and her husband agree to divorce and she is working with the local fire fighters on this fire which her husband is really frustrated about. 

There are many relationships in this book, the towns people whose relationships come to light as the Smoke grows closer to their homes.  Mindy her ex-best friend is working on a charity fund raiser and she decides that the fellow who lost his home in the fire should benefit from the funds raised.  She has no idea what her kids have been up to, she is a bit disconnected from her family, her son has been going out at night and she has no idea what he’s been doing. 

The smoke, the raging fire grows closer and closer to the town, and many have to be taken from school and home to take shelter from the smoke and ash and have hopes that their homes will be there when they are allowed to go home.  Many of the towns people have relationships that are interwoven and until you get to the end of the book you don’t really know who or how.  A great read!  I loved the mystery of the “Smoke!”
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. 

The description of the book as found on Good Reads:

—A Goodreads Best Book of October, 2015 

—One of the Top 100 books of 2015 (Amazon).

From the internationally bestselling author Catherine McKenzie comes an evocative tale of two women navigating the secrets and lies at the heart of a wildfire threatening their town.

After a decade-long career combating wildfires, Elizabeth has traded in for a quieter life with her husband. Now she works as the local arson investigator in a beautiful, quaint town in the Rockies. But that tranquil life vanishes when she and her husband agree to divorce, and when a fire started in nearby Cooper Basin begins to spread rapidly. For Elizabeth, containing a raging wildfire is easier than accepting that her marriage has failed.

For Elizabeth’s ex-friend Mindy, who feels disconnected from her husband and teenage children, the fire represents a chance to find a new purpose: helping a man who lost his home to the blaze. But her faith is shattered by a shocking accusation. 

As the encroaching inferno threatens the town’s residents, Elizabeth and Mindy must discover what will be lost in the fire, and what will be saved

Thursday, January 5, 2017

For The Record (Ozark Mountain Romance #3) by Regina Jennings - I gave this one five stars

I guess I didn’t, at the time I read this book, realize that it was third in a series.  That says a lot for the author that I thought this was a stand-alone book.  Deputy Joel Puckett didn’t’ want to leave the town he was working as the Deputy, he had to.  A very conniving woman made it so he was alone with her overnight and he had two choices, marry her or leave town and go somewhere that he could work as Deputy where no one would know him.  He comes to the small town thinking probably not goes on there, only to find out there is a gang of do-gooders who have taken the law into their own hands and they ride every night they feel they are needed to put things right, with bags over their heads with horns made on them and faces drawn on them…..

Betsy Huckabee has been living with her Uncle for years working on his little newspaper, and raising his kids until he remarried.  Now there isn’t really any room for Betsy there, she actually sleeps in the newspaper office.  She wants to write for a big city newspaper and get paid enough to do so that she can find her own place to live.  She decides after meeting the new Deputy to write about him and the gang that is riding only she writes a very romanticized version of the Deputy giving him a new name, she doesn’t’ want him to know she’s been writing about him.  Problem is the Deputy can’t have anyone finding out he’s working there or his trouble will come to find him.  Betsy has written so well the column makes it to the news portion of the paper she sends it to, it doesn’t stay in the back as a serial romance for the ladies to read.  Betsy seems to find trouble where ever she goes.  The Deputy likes her although she has no idea……when she does she knows she’s in hot water!! 
I really enjoyed this raucous romp and gave it five stars. I’ll have to go and read the two books leading up to it at some point although my to be read pile is piling up!

Thanks to Bethany House and Net Galley for my review copy.
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Description as found on Good Reads:
Jennings Offers Another Delightful Blend of History and Romance
Betsy Huckabee might be a small-town girl, but she has big-city dreams. Writing for her uncle's newspaper will never lead to independence, and the bigger newspapers don't seem interested in the Hart County news. Trying a new approach, Betsy pens a romanticized serial for the ladies' pages, and the new deputy provides the perfect inspiration for her submissions. She'd be horrified if he read her breathless descriptions of him, but these articles are for a newspaper far away. No one in Pine Gap will ever know.
Deputy Joel Puckett didn't want to leave Texas, but this job in tiny Pine Gap is his only shot at keeping his badge. With masked marauders riding every night, his skills and patience are tested, but even more challenging is the sassy journalist lady chasing him.