Sunday, February 9, 2020

Rebound by Sophia Summers (Northbrook Hockey Elite #3), Book Review



Book Summary:

He's all in. She's all in. Nothing stands in their way--until their families get involved. Summer Davis, small town librarian, PHD candidate, wants to fall in love. Rocco De Luca, pro hockey player, didn’t know he was looking for love until he met Summer. Now they try to navigate getting to know each other around his home game schedule with both their families vying for attention and meddling in ways only big families can. It’s a wonder they can go on a few dates at all once Summer’s brothers learn a pro hockey player is interested in their sister. But the closer they become, the harder it will be when Summer is offered the chance of a lifetime…far away from their small town in Wyoming. 



My Review:

We finally get Rocco’s story and who doesn’t love a handsome Italian hockey player? I loved his passion and good looks! Summer was sweet, smart, and down to earth. Her family was the crazy over the top and made the story even better! Anyone can relate to embarrassing siblings or parents and it made the story so much more real for me. I loved that Summer was great at ice skating, that made her connection with Rocco even better. Rebound was one of those books I devoured! It is easy to read, has a great storyline, and the sparks between the main characters were sizzling! 


Happy Reading!!!


You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Adoring Abigail by Chalon Linton, Blog Tour & Giveaway!!!




Book Summary:

Captain Robert Wilkins has never aspired to grandeur. So when the returned war hero unexpectedly inherits the vast estate of Cattersley from his great-aunt, he feels woefully inadequate in his new role. Out of place in his lavish surroundings, his first glimmer of hope comes when he happens upon a lovely trespasser in his gardens.

Words have never come easily for Abigail Rutherford, and she prefers the solitude of exploring the gardens at the neighboring country estate to engaging in uncomfortable conversation. But when she unexpectedly encounters Captain Robert Wilkins in her place of solace, she is surprised at the immediate ease she feels in his presence. Soon her brightest moments are those spent with the captain. But even as their friendship grows into something more, outside forces have other plans for the two. Mr. Mead, the handsome vicar, has also taken a liking to the quiet and timid Abigail—and he will stop at nothing to ensure she becomes his wife.
 


My Review:


This is a story that needed to be told and just struck a chord with me. Linton made me feel real emotions for fictional characters created so well, I forgot they were not real people! I felt a connection to Abigail, forced into circumstances beyond her control and being criticized and shunned at every turn. Her speech impediment caused people to treat her as less than enough, and it was heartbreaking. Her positivity under the circumstances leapt off the pages and I was rooting for her the entire time. 
The gardens and grounds of Cattersly were described so well I cannot leave them out. I could picture it all in my mind. I shouldn’t say this, but I hated the vicar! He was evil and so full of hypocrisy, I wanted to punch him myself! Robert was the true gentleman and I loved his goodness and purity of heart. This is the regency novel of 2020 people, so get out there and grab your copy! Linton has hit a home run!


Happy Reading!!!


You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.



Source:  Publisher for review

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

The Seeking Serum (Potion Masters #3) by Frank L. Cole, Blog Tour & Book Review



Book Summary:

Mezzarix has stolen the Vessel, the source of power for all potion masters, and is preparing to launch his final attack on the potion-making community—which includes his own family.

Gordy and his family have gone into hiding, but when his mom uncovers some new information, she takes Gordy into the underground network known as the Swigs, a haven for renegade potion masters and black-market potions, to secure support in the fight against Mezzarix. But when Scourges, rebel potion makers acting on orders from Mezzarix, attack the Swigs, Gordy barely escapes with his life and is forced to leave his family behind.

As the fight intensifies between B.R.E.W. and the Scourges, it falls to Gordy and his friends—Max, Sasha, and Adilene—to locate Mezzarix's hidden headquarters, retrieve the Vessel, save the world, and unite the potion-making community.

The world of Potion Masters is full of fantasy and adventure as Gordy and his friends learn the power of friendship and loyalty, and to trust in their own individual talents.

My Review:

Cole concludes the series with book three and you definitely need to read books one and two or you will most likely be completely lost! This is middle grade fantasy, so fans of J.K. Rowling and Obert Skye will most likely enjoy the Potion Masters series! It is definitely fast-paced and pulls you in, so be prepared to sit for awhile! Gordy is a character you will love and along with his friends, you will find yourself cheering for them as they undertake a huge adventure! The best thing about this book is that you can read it as an adult and enjoy it and kids will enjoy it too!

Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.

Source:  Publisher for review

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Mostly Perfect (The Women of Ambrose Estate) by Heather B. Moore, Book Review



Book Summary:

Generations of secrets. An ancient curse. Love has never been an option.

Lauren Ambrose has made a life for herself as a fledging artist, far from the ancient secrets and cobwebbed past of her family’s historic estate in Texas. Generations of the Ambrose women have suffered at the hands of a curse, and the last place Lauren wants to spend time is at the Ambrose Estate, among the tragedies of the past. But when her grandmother, matriarch of the Ambrose fortune, requires Lauren to attend an urgent business meeting, she reluctantly travels home.

Nick Matthews is ready for a battle. Lillian Ambrose, co-founder of Ambrose Oil, has agreed to hear his investment idea, but no one has ever successfully partnered with the business tycoon. When he arrives at Ambrose Estate, prepared with weeks of research, the last person he expects to meet is Lauren, a dynamic and captivating woman with a past full of secrets. As Nick gets to know Lauren, he discovers she is mostly perfect for him, except for one, major drawback . . . The curse that has the power to destroy everything between them.


The Women of Ambrose Estate series:
Mostly Dangerous
Mostly Perfect
Mostly Perilous
Mostly Risky


My Review:

This series is amazing for a number of reasons! The first one is that you can read each book as a stand alone. Having read them all is nice to tie things together, but it is absolutely not necessary. The Ambrose curse has been hard at work for years and no men tied to an Ambrose girl has lived to tell about it. So Lauren shies away from the one man who shows he cares, but does he? Is he interested in her for her family's money and business or does he actually care for her? And if he does, how can she actually be with Nick because the curse will kill him; it is only a matter of time. The world building is fantastic and I was completely swept away into the Ambrose world! If you love a book with substance that is easy to read and will have the pages flying, then this is definitely the book for you!

Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy Amazon.


Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Under the Stars by Carolyn Twede Frank, Blog Tour & Giveaway!!!




Book Summary:

When the new marshal in town needs volunteers, one of the first to sign up is Miss Rosie Decker. And why wouldn’t she? She’s a sharpshooting, horse-taming tomboy—and she’s out for revenge. Marshal Hank Walker is forming a posse to find the man who killed her sweetheart, and Rosie is determined to help track him down. When the marshal refuses her service on account of her being a woman, Rosie is undeterred. If it’s a man Marshal Walker wants, it’s a man he’ll get.

With his posse assembled, Hank Walker is confident he’ll be able to track down the criminal. His confidence grows as he recognizes the incomparable skill of one young man in his posse—Ross. That is, until the day Ross’s mustache falls off, revealing “his” true identity. Rosie Decker has duped him. Banished back to town, it’s time for Rosie to prove her mettle. Though working alongside the unwilling marshal is complicated, it is the unexpected tenderness she feels for him that proves most problematic. How can she demonstrate her skill while also setting out to win the heart of the man who seems bent on keeping her out of his way?
 


My Review:

I was intrigued by Rosie and how she was such a rough and tumble girl in the west! She wasn't afraid to be herself, which included being a ranch hand and slinging a six-shooter! She impressed me with her ability to be herself and go after what she wanted. The guts it took to dress in disguise as a man to join a posse headed to find her sweetheart's killer was impressive to me. She was one tough woman with sharp shooting skills, a calm presence amidst a group of men, and a determination to rival any cowboy in the wild west. If you like romance and westerns, you will enjoy Rosie's story in Under the Stars!

Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.

About Carolyn Twede Frank:

I grew up in Payson, Utah. Ever since elementary school I have loved to write. In junior high and high school I was on the newspaper staff. My senior year, I even had my own column: Carolyn’s Corner. While attending USU as a freshman, my journalism teacher, in an effort to “prepare me for the real world of writing," tore down my work to the point that I gave up, dropped my minor of journalism, and concentrated on my other love—biology. I graduated with a BS in Horticulture and an MS in Botany and went on to start my own business in a totally unrelated field: manufacturing puppets.  In 2006, after having raised my five kids and growing my business to a point of being viable to sell, I rediscovered my love of writing. I have since sold my manufacturing business and I spend a good portion of my time writing, or helping my grandkids and my garden grow. I now live in Kaysville, Utah.



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Saturday, January 4, 2020

Powerplay (Northbrook Hockey Elite) by Heather B. Moore, Sophia Summer, & Rebecca Connolly





About the Book:

He’s ready to quit his pro-hockey career. She’s doing everything to keep her career afloat. And neither of them have time for distractions.

Jax Emerson, legendary forward for the Chicago Flyers, is ready to throw it all away when he uncovers the truth behind his NHL contract. The last thing he needs is more media attention, or his father to get involved in his contract, or a beautiful woman apologizing once again for an accident.

Meg Bailey didn’t think her life could get any worse, until it does. Time is running out before her business is forced to close. When Jax Emerson offers a solution, she knows that by accepting his help, she might be getting in too deep. And deep is not a place her heart is prepared to go. 

Welcome to Northbrook Hockey Elite!

Six professional hockey players used to play on an elite club team together, but have all separated and now play in the pro-hockey leagues. Not all of them were friends, yet circumstances bring them together, and for the greater good, maybe they can put aside their differences.

Visit us on Facebook: Swoony Sports Romances

Northbrook Hockey Elite Series:

Faceoff
Powerplay
Rebound
Crosscheck
Breakaway
Shootout



My Review:

Powerplay is Jax and Meg's story and man does it start out with a bang! Literally! Meg hits Jax with her car because he is completely angry and distracted. Their story starts out in a strange way I never saw happening. Each of them had issues and problems they were facing and that is what really connected me to the story. Everyone has problems no matter what their life is like. I could relate to that and it drew me in as a reader. I enjoyed watching Jax and Meg's relationship grow and change. Meg's grandma was a minor character but I have to mention her, she was awesome! I loved that Meg was so close to her. This was an easy-to-read, fun, and swoony book for sure!

About the Authors:


Rebecca Connolly


Rebecca Connolly writes romances, both period and contemporary, because she absolutely loves a good love story. She has been creating stories since childhood, and there are home videos to prove it! She started writing them down in elementary school and has never looked back. She currently lives in the Midwest, spends every spare moment away from her day job absorbed in her writing, and is a hot cocoa addict.



Heather B. Moore



Heather B. Moore is a USA Today bestselling author of more than fifty publications. Her historical novels and thrillers are written under pen name H.B. Moore. She writes women's fiction, romance and inspirational non-fiction under Heather B. Moore. This can all be confusing, so her kids just call her Mom. Heather attended Cairo American College in Egypt, the Anglican School of Jerusalem in Israel, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University in Utah. Heather is represented by Dystel, Goderich, and Bourret.

Goodreads:


Sophia Summers


Sophia Summers is an award winning author who just wants to relax a little and enjoy a great beach read. She lives in a quiet southern town brimming with an extra dose of hospitality and a whole lot of charm.

She writes historical romance under a different name. You can follow her on http://www.sophiasummers.com. Be SURE to join her Newsletter for freebies and fun. 


Wednesday, December 25, 2019

The Christmas Doll by Jason F. Wright, Book Review


Book Summary:

Christmas is fast approaching, but in the Saxton home, there is no money for gifts. Could there still be something special for Gail underneath the tree?

In The Christmas Doll, best-selling author Jason F. Wright shares a true story from the life of Gail Saxton Miller, billionaire businesswoman and owner of the Utah Jazz NBA team. But Gail's childhood was vastly different from her life now—facing poverty in the 1940s, the Saxton family made ends meet by turning their small home into rental apartments and made do with hand-me-downs and secondhand items.

However, their humble circumstances didn't stop the Saxtons from being rich in what mattered most: self-less acts of love, the rewards of a job well done, and the hope and renewal we can feel through Jesus Christ. All of these lessons come together at Christmastime, when Gail learns of love and sacrifice through a single, precious gift.

The Christmas Doll teaches a wise lesson about the true meaning of the holiday. Christmas isn't just about beautiful decorations or shiny, expensive gifts; it's about the miracle of Jesus to make old things new, revitalize our lives, and bring out the best in humankind to care for another.
 


Book Review:

The Christmas Doll is not just a beautiful story about the true meaning of Christmas, but it also has beautiful illustrations to go along with it. I was drawn to Gail and her story of the brand new doll she received for Christmas and loved and cherished. Then it became old, forgotten, and discarded. Everyone can relate to feeling forgotten or discarded like the doll was. I loved how Wright brought the story full circle at the end and reminded his audience how the Savior can make us all new again. I received a copy of this book for free, all thoughts and opinions are my own.


Happy Reading!!!


You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.



Source:  Publisher for review

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Kit and Elizabeth by Karen Tuft, New Release Book Review



Book Summary:

Lady Elizabeth Spaulding’s world has fallen apart. Despite living her entire life to please her demanding parents, the Duke and Duchess of Marwood, she has little to show for it. After Elizabeth’s second failed betrothal, her father’s debts and appalling acts of retaliation force him to flee the country, consigning Elizabeth and her bitter mother to a life of poverty and exile. But Elizabeth’s fortunes change one day when an elderly acquaintance makes her an offer she can’t refuse.

Lady Walmsley, widowed and childless, is in need of a lady’s companion—and who better than the lovely Lady Elizabeth? Determined to rescue Elizabeth from her dreary life in the country, Lady Walmsley secures the help of Kit, the dashing Earl of Cantwell, in her quest. But the young woman they find is a ghost of the charming girl they once knew. Taken in by Lady Walmsley, and with Kit’s enthusiastic encouragement, Elizabeth finds herself pushed further and further from her empty solitude as she discovers the joy of truly living. Now, for the first time in her life, she must decide for herself who she is and if she deserves to be loved.
 


My Review:

Man, I really cannot say enough about this book. It certainly isn't a run-of-the-mill regency. Hardship like you could never imagine befalls Lady Elizabeth and she endures things no one should ever have to. Watching the dynamic between Kit and Elizabeth was a wonder to see unfold and I could not get enough of their interactions. Kit challenged Elizabeth to be daring, bold, and step outside of her comfort zone! The metamorphosis she experiences is one you get to see for yourself as you step inside of her world. From the major character to the minor ones, I loved every one of them! This is definitely a regency novel you do not want to miss!

Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.


Source:  Publisher for review

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

The Piper's Pursuit by Melanie Dickerson (Hagenheim #10), Book Review



Book Summary:

A plague of rats. Children going missing. A giant beast attacking just outside the walls of Hamlin. And one young woman determined to save her town.

Katerina’s stepfather, Hennek, is neither a good father nor a good husband, but he is the mayor of Hamlin. Could he somehow be causing the misfortunes that have befallen her beloved town? The evidence points to a beast of unusual size—a wolf, perhaps, or a large dog—killing people who venture too far from town. But does that explain the disappearance of so many children, many of whom seem to have gone missing from inside the town walls?

Steffan knows he must reconcile with his father, the Duke of Hagenheim, but he’s not sure he’s ready. In the meantime, he roams from town to town seeking adventure and reward. When he hears of a giant beast terrorizing the town of Hamlin and an equally giant reward that includes gold, money, and the mayor’s daughter in marriage, he heads to Hamlin. Steffan plans to kill the beast, rid the town of its rat infestation, and take the reward—everything except the girl in marriage. However, when he meets Katerina, he’s not so sure. Perhaps his plans need changing.

Katerina is hunting the Beast of Hamlin for herself, determined to win liberation from her conniving and controlling stepfather. When she finds one of the children who has been missing for many months, dirty and wandering around the woods, the mystery only seems to deepen. Katerina will have to team up with Steffan, the handsome but brash duke’s son who infuriates her—he’s the only one in town who isn’t controlled by the mayor. Danger dogs them from both man and beast. Can Katerina and Steffan stop the “Pied Piper” from stealing every last child from Hamlin? Or will their interference create an even worse fate?



My Review:

Dickerson has become one of my favorite authors of all time. She takes a fairy tale, re-invents it, and then has her characters learn to turn to God to help them. What a wonderful way to write a story, especially in this day and age! The Piper's Pursuit is a take on the Pied Piper and it was wonderfully done. Huge beasts are on the loose, rats have over run the town, and children are going missing. What is happening to the town of Hamlin? Kat is their protector until Steffan shows up and tries to help. (I am so glad Steffan got his own story) Could he help and would Kat let him? I have to say that the villains are truly horrid in this story, I despised them and what they were doing! Dickerson had me so caught up in the town of Hamlin, that everything truly felt real, as if I was watching it unfold before my eyes. A masterful story-teller, Dickerson has once again worked her magic on yet another book! 


Happy  Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.

Source:  Netgalley for review

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Faceoff (Northbrook Hockey Elite) by Rebecca Connolly, Heather B. Moore, & Sophia Summers, Blog Tour & Giveaway!





About the Book



She isn’t supposed to want him. He isn’t supposed to want her. But wanting each other is inevitable.

Clint McCarthy has finally achieved his dream of playing for a professional hockey program, and is eager to make his mark with his new team. While getting settled in his new city, he happens across Bree Stone, whom he has known for years, with their respective brothers both being in the famed Belltown Six Pack. But for the life of him, he can’t remember Bree ever looking so attractive. Or being so captivating. Or taking over his every waking thought.

In the middle of her graduate degree, Bree has no time or desire for working on her dating life, or lack thereof, but the impossibly handsome Clint McCarthy coming back into her life makes everything complicated. She shouldn’t be focusing on him, or on them, not when her professional future hangs in the balance. But once she hears about Clint’s past with the Northbrook Hockey Elite program, and where that program stands now, Bree just might find a way to make her career, and a future with Clint, come to life.

Welcome to Northbrook Hockey Elite!

Six professional hockey players used to play on an elite club team together, but have all separated and now play in the pro-hockey leagues. Not all of them were friends, yet circumstances bring them together, and for the greater good, maybe they can put aside their differences.

Visit us on Facebook: Swoony Sports Romances

Northbrook Hockey Elite Series:
Faceoff
Powerplay
Rebound
Crosscheck
Breakaway
Shootout



My Review:

This book was fantastic from page one until the very end. In fact, it was so good that I could not even put it down! The characters were engaging,  funny, and had this undeniable connection. Bree and Clint's connection was palpable! I loved the links to the Belltown Six Series, although in no way do you need to have read them. I loved the connection! If every book in this series is as great as Faceoff, I will devour each and every one!

Happy Reading!

About the Authors

Rebecca Connolly



Rebecca Connolly writes romances, both period and contemporary, because she absolutely loves a good love story. She has been creating stories since childhood, and there are home videos to prove it! She started writing them down in elementary school and has never looked back. She currently lives in the Midwest, spends every spare moment away from her day job absorbed in her writing, and is a hot cocoa addict.



Heather B. Moore

Heather B. Moore is a USA Today bestselling author of more than fifty publications. Her historical novels and thrillers are written under pen name H.B. Moore. She writes women's fiction, romance and inspirational non-fiction under Heather B. Moore. This can all be confusing, so her kids just call her Mom. Heather attended Cairo American College in Egypt, the Anglican School of Jerusalem in Israel, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University in Utah. Heather is represented by Dystel, Goderich, and Bourret.

Goodreads:


Sophia Summers

Sophia Summers is an award winning author who just wants to relax a little and enjoy a great beach read. She lives in a quiet southern town brimming with an extra dose of hospitality and a whole lot of charm.

She writes historical romance under a different name. You can follow her on http://www.sophiasummers.com. Be SURE to join her Newsletter for freebies and fun. 



Friday, November 22, 2019

To Die To Sleep by Stephanie Black, Blog Tour & Giveaway!



Book Summary:

After surviving a difficult year, Natalie Marsh is heading for Ellsberg Keep, an exclusive mountain resort that promises to provide the tranquility she desperately needs. She’s eager to relax and to reconnect with her estranged cousin Lily, who works as the Keep’s nurse—a reunion that begins abruptly when an accident on the winding mountain roads lands Natalie in the infirmary in the care of her cousin. They have little time to bond over childhood memories, however. Everything is thrown into chaos when the owner of the Keep is rushed to the medical wing, wildly delusional and raving about a murder plot.

Despite Lily’s care, the owner dies. Is his death simply an accident, or are his frenzied suspicions true? Determined to help Lily cope with the loss of her patient—and the accusations that she’s to blame for his death—Natalie searches for answers and is swept into a mystery that grows more puzzling as frightening hallucinations torment the dead man’s son. When a staff member who asks too many questions disappears, it is clear that this idyllic resort harbors someone with deadly intent—and Natalie may not survive to uncover the truth.
 

My Review:

I wasn’t sure where this book was going to take me. I wasn’t expecting a fortress type castle getaway in the dead of winter! Talk about things that make you go “hmmmm”. Little did I know I was in for an insane roller coaster ride. Black kept me guessing and every time I thought I had it figured out, another twist, another turn. And I didn’t know who Natalie could trust, so why was she trusting anyone?  I became so paranoid I felt no one was trustworthy and I was internally screaming at her to stop sharing all of this information!!! Didn't she know there was a killer on the loose? A true whodunnit worthy of Sherlock Holmes, To Die, To Sleep is the perfect blend of mystery and suspense. You won’t want to sleep because you will be up finishing the very last page.....and wondering how in the world it all happened. I am still rethinking it, mind blown. Five stars for this fantastic novel, it blew me away!  I received a copy of this book for free; all thoughts and opinions are my own.



Happy Reading!!!


You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.


About author Stephanie Black:

 I’ve enjoyed making up stories since I was a child, when my sisters and I would play long Barbie games full of intrigue and danger, or write and direct plays for ourselves and our younger siblings. I took a creative writing class in high school, but my stories stunk, since I hadn’t yet figured out that a story needs a plot. An encouraging comment from the teacher got me rolling in the right direction (thank you, Mrs. Owen!) and my final story for that class eventually developed--after many years, much studying of fictional technique, and countless hours of writing and rewriting--into my first published novel: The Believer, a dystopian thriller, was published in 2005 by Covenant Communications.

Four of my contemporary mysteries are Whitney Award winners for Best Mystery/Suspense, and my second dystopian novel was a Whitney Award Finalist for Best Speculative Novel. My novella “An Eye for an Eye” was part of the RONE Award-winning anthology Timeless Romance: Autumn Suspense collection.

My husband Brian and I have five children, two children-in-law (with one more on deck), and a rather majestic cat. I love spending time with my family, enjoy homemade pizza and anything chocolate, and have recently developed a fondness for LEGO projects. I play the violin in a community symphony (but never practice enough), and always have unmatched socks, post-laundry. At the center of everything that matters most is my love for the gospel of Jesus Christ.

You can check out Stephanie's website here.


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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Wrapped Up in Christmas by Janice Lynn, Blog Tour


WRAPPED UP IN CHRISTMAS 

by Janice Lynn is out now! Check it out and be sure to join #Hallmark in their #countdowntoChristmas #WrappedUpInChristmas 
~*~ 
A gift of warmth
to heal two hearts…

Sarah Smith in Pine Hill, Kentucky has had her heart broken in the past. She pours herself into her work at church and into special projects—like making a quilt for a wounded warrior.

Bodie Lewis is lost. All he’s ever wanted was his career as an Army Ranger, but he was injured in an explosion that killed his brothers in arms. In the hospital, he receives a handmade quilt. Later, he sets out on his final mission: to find and thank its maker.

Bodie expected Sarah to be an elderly lady, not a lovely young woman. When she mistakes him for a handyman, he doesn’t immediately set her straight. Instead, he sets about repairing the home she’s turning into a bed and breakfast. Sarah’s presence and the spirit of the small town bring Bodie something he thought he’d left far behind on the battlefield: hope.

This heartwarming sweet romance includes a free quilt pattern from the Quilts of Valor Foundation and a new original Hallmark recipe for Cinnamon Swirl Bread.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Maggie's Place by Annette Haws, Blog Tour & Giveaway!!!


Book Summary:

Years ago, Mary Margaret Sullivan changed her name, boxed up her previous life, moved into the Eagle Gate Apartments, and hid her painful memories in her chicken-wire storage unit in the basement. But secrets have an inconvenient way of surfacing when least expected.

Three weeks before Christmas, an elegant man in a penthouse, a young woman named Carly—homeless and ill with pneumonia—and two calculating thieves invade Maggie’s carefully reconstructed life, and in different ways, each is connected to Maggie’s difficult past. As Maggie and friends nurse Carly back to health, hearts begin to heal with a hope for the future. But all is not as it seems. When faced with the shocking truth, Maggie must rely on her wits, her friends, and her own strength as never before.

My Review:

I really fell in love with Maggie's Place! I felt like Maggie had such a story to share and too many things she was holding on to from the past. I loved the community of amazing friends she had and the support they all showed for each other. The entire story was about Maggie, her story, and her journey. There were parts of this story that were fun, happy, sad, tragic, emotional, bittersweet...this book covers an entire range of emotions. If you are willing, take a walk to Maggie's Place, and you will find that you will never want to leave. More than your typical book, Maggie's Place is a story of love, forgiveness, giving, and most of all....hope.


Connect with the author:  https://annettehaws.com/about

You can pick up your own copy via here.

Happy Reading!!!

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Monday, November 11, 2019



Book Summary:

No one wants to be alone for the holidays.

But sometimes, a past of hurt puts finding new love on the back burner.

Tiffany closed her heart to everything but her career when her ex left with another woman.

Roger's billions couldn't save his marriage from a tragic ending that left his young daughter motherless.

Career-focused and plagued by past fears, finding someone new is the furthest thing from their minds…

Until Valentina Del Torre steps in.

The Billionaire Matchmaker knows that a future lies ahead of them, but she can't mend the past.

The fear of more loss, pain and heartache lurks within them both, pushing them apart even as they reach for each other.

Will they finally find peace in each other?

Can they even dare to hope for a holiday miracle?
 



My Review:

This is a story about a matchmaker who enjoys setting people up with the intent that their relationship will last. While Valentina, the matchmaker, was not a huge part of the story, her character was unforgettable and truly genuine. I liked that there was no ulterior motive for Valentina, just a desire to make two people happy. I enjoyed watching the relationship develop between Tiffany and Roger. To be honest there were a couple of twists I did not see coming which as a reader, I really appreciated. I like to be surprised and to not know exactly how everything will turn out. This is a nice and easy read for someone who enjoys contemporary romance!

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.


Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.

Friday, November 8, 2019

The Forgotten Carols!!!


Check out the amazing performance of The Forgotten Carols! A Christmas show you do not want to miss! It will warm your heart and soul. It is perfect for the entire family!


Synopsis: 

This season, we invite you to join us for this beautifully re-imagined telling of Michael McLean’s holiday tradition THE FORGOTTEN CAROLS. Touring since 1991, this timeless Christmas tradition brings to life the story of Constance Louise Chamberlain, a nurse who hasn’t laughed or cried in over 30 years.  But that all changes when she meets, and cares for, a homeless man with dementia (Uncle John, as he likes to be called) who insists he’s been alive for over two thousand years. Uncle John recounts the story of Christ’s birth through these Forgotten Carols sung from the perspective of his “friends” the Inn Keeper, a Shepherd, Handel and others, taking Connie Lou on a life-altering journey.  As Uncle John struggles to remember all the reasons why he feels compelled to share these unknown carols with his nurse, she discovers what her heart has forgotten about the true power and meaning of Christmas!

For ticket information: https://www.forgottencarols.com/shows/

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

The Heart of the Rebellion by Sian Ann Bessey, Blog Tour & Giveaway!




Book Summary:

September 1400

King Richard II of England is dead. And after three years in His Majesty’s service, Rhys ap Tudor and his brother Gwilym are finally free to return to their ancestral home in North Wales. Their long- anticipated homecoming is overshadowed, however, by the harsh changes they encounter in their once peaceful land. The new king, Henry IV, rules with an iron fist, and the country is ripe for rebellion. Instantly thrust into the forefront of the conflict, the proud Tudor brothers enter the fight for their freedom.

Lady Catrin Buckley is alert to the unrest swirling around her. As the daughter of an English father and a Welsh mother, she knows too well the trouble her lineage poses. Her own battle, however, is one of the heart: she is to be married to a man she neither knows nor loves. Then an unexpected encounter with the enigmatic Rhys ap Tudor changes everything. Soon, Catrin finds herself swept into a rebellion that could not only change history but also rewrite her own future.
 

My Review:

This book was so well written I felt like I was there and in the freezing cold in Wales. I loved the character building and getting to know each person. The changes in Lady Catrin was a beautiful transformation. Rhys was swoon worthy and everything a noble and man of honor should be. The love story was woven seamlessly within the historical context. What would you do for love? That is what I felt myself contemplating as I read this book. The struggles, the sacrifices, the courage it took to live during this time, I am amazed. I find myself weeks later still thinking about this story. This is so much more than a love story, it is about love of country, love of your birthright, love of what is right, and most of all following your heart. 

Happy Reading!!!

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

A Royal Christmas Wish by Lizzie Shane, Blog Tour



Book Information:
Title: A Royal Christmas Wish
Genre: Holiday Romance
Synopsis:
Life isn’t a fairytale…
Until it is.

Jenny knows she isn’t the princess type. Sure, she’s friendly and caring, but with her clumsiness and lack of self-confidence, glass slippers would only make her trip. When Dom, the cute guy she runs into in Central Park, turns out to be the prince of San Noelle, she figures he must not be her happy ever after.

But a mysterious countess grants Jenny’s one wish, and she finds herself married to this handsome prince! Unfortunately, at the stroke of midnight on Christmas night, her life will go back to normal.

In funny and touching ways, Jenny navigates the palace’s traditions the best she can. But even as she grows closer to Dom, the clock is ticking. With love and a little holiday magic, could she somehow make the enchantment last forever? 

This royal romance includes a free Hallmark original recipe for Chicken Shawarma.


My Review:

With easy to fall for characters, a prince and a regular girl, this story is every hopeless romantic's dream! I loved the normalcy of Jenny and how I could see some of myself in her.  She had such a fun personality, loved dogs, and was looking to find her path in life. Most people can relate to wanting to find your path and your person in life. I loved the Christmas fairy and the smell of peppermint every time she came. You never knew what you were going to get with her! She kept me on my toes and guessing! And the dream/fairy tale, was it real, was it a dream... what was it?!? It drove me crazy in a good way! Christmas, a prince, and a fairy tale dream is the perfect combination! I read it in one sitting and I am wishing for another book, it was that good! I loved every second of this fairytale Christmas romance and highly recommend it! I received a copy of this book for free, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Happy Reading!!!

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Author Information:
Author Name: Lizzie Shane
Author Bio:
Contemporary romance author Lizzie Shane was born in Alaska and still calls the frozen north home, though she can frequently be found indulging her travel addiction. Thankfully, her laptop travels with her and she has written her way through fifty states and over fifty countries. Lizzie has been honored to win the Golden Heart Award and HOLT Medallion, and has been named a finalist three times for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA Award®, but her main claim to fame is her recent appearance as a contestant on Jeopardy! For more about Lizzie and her books, please visit www.lizzieshane.com.

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