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The Stranger Game by Peter Gadol @HarlequinBooks #bookreview

Happy Sunday book lovers!

Hope you are having a lovely weekend! Excited to share with you today my review for this compelling book that will make you think 💭🤔

The Stranger Game by Peter Gadol

My Thoughts

Always remember the three simple rules….

1 pick your subjects at random.

2 NO contact.

3 never follow the same subject twice!

easy enough, right? But what am I talking about, what game?These are the rules for the game sweeping the nation the “Stranger Game“… A game taking social media, reality television, and people watching a step further…. have you ever been out to dinner and wondered what was going on in the life of the couple sitting at the table next to you? Perhaps you leaned a little closer to get a bit of a listen? But after they get up from the table you don’t give it much thought…. not the case with the Stranger Game, you would get up after them and follow them for as long as you could, without getting caught… now I am as nosy as the next person, but I really did not get the allure of this game… for me it was a bit creepy and stalkerish…. but it sure made for a compelling and haunting read, there was something sinister and Erie running throughout this story….

Rebecca is concerned after not hearing from her on again off again boyfriend Ezra for several weeks… The police dismiss her concerns convinced he must be playing the Stranger Game…. so Rebecca takes it upon herself to investigate and starts playing the game herself, in order to find out where Ezra could have gone to? But there is more to the game then those three simple rules, the game has taken a turn in the wrong direction…. soon Rebecca finds herself involved with someone who is taking this game to an entirely different level…. I have to admit just like Rebecca I was baffled and suspicious for a lot of the book… where was Ezra? What was the purpose of the game? Or was there even one?

This book truly sucked me in and it was a very quick read that I thoroughly enjoyed with the exception of the ending… that ending just fell a little flat and did not ring true… and believe me I can suspend believe like no other, and I will be honest if it was more spectacular perhaps I would’ve been more willing to buy it! Never the less I thought this was a good social commentary on our obsession with social media without being too preachy…. how big of an impact do the lives of others have on our own? Even those we have no relationship with? In a world of likes and follows, can we ever be good enough? There is something very dream like about this book, or shall I say nightmarish? A book that will both disturb you and intrigue you at the same time, much like social media or reality TV!

Recommend to those who enjoy a well written story that will really make you think… not sure I would call this a thriller but I am not sure how else I would classify it?

*** thank you very much to harlequin for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

A literary suspense novel told with the style of Patricia Highsmith and Paul Auster, in which an eerie social game goes viral and spins perilously — and criminally — out of control.

Rebecca’s on-again-off-again boyfriend Ezra has gone missing, but when she notifies the police they seem surprisingly unconcerned. They suspect he has been playing the “stranger game,” a viral hit in which players start following others in real-life, as they might otherwise do on social media. As the game spreads, however, the rules begin to change, play grows more intense, and disappearances are reported across the country.

Curious about this popular new obsession, and hoping that she might be able to track down Ezra, Rebecca tries the game for herself. She also meets Carey, a player willing to take the game further than she imagined possible. As her relationship with Carey and involvement in the game deepen, she begins to uncover an unsettling subculture that has infiltrated the world around her. In playing the stranger game, what may lead her closer to finding Ezra may lead her further and further from the life she once lived.

A thought-provoking, haunting novel, The Stranger Game unearths the connections, both imagined and real, that we build with the people around us in the physical and digital world, and where the boundaries blur between them. 

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid @tjenkinsreid @justjuliawhelan #AlmaCuervo #RobinMiles #AudioBookReview #Historical #Romance

I am absolutely thrilled to bring you a review for this gorgeous piece of fabulousness!

This is probably to date one of my favourite audios this year, it is THAT good.

Believe the hype that this one is getting, I picked it up and went in blind, which I’m so glad I did as I would never have done so otherwise as it not my usual type of story.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 6 Timeless Beauty Stars

The Blurb

Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds through the decades—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

My Thoughts

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 6 Timeless Beauty Stars
I kept seeing this book pop up everywhere and everyone is loving it, so, even though it is not my usual type of story, i jumped in without reading the blurb.
This book deserves ALL of the hype and then some!!
I cannot recommend this book of perfection enough, honestly, it is just so beautiful.
Evelyn Hugo is an icon to a lot of people, she was the style icon for women and men around the world, Women wanted to look like her, and men wanted to bed her, and lots did.
She was Hollywood’s 50’s glamour girl, a movie star, a sex symbol – think Marilyn Monroe / Jayne Mansfield / Elizabeth Taylor.
When budding journalist Monique gets a call at work for her to visit Evelyn, well she jumps at the chance just like anyone would.
The request is for Monique… JUST Monique, but why her?
Deciding that she wants Monique to write her memoirs, Evelyn then tells us the story of her rise in Hollywood, and the thing that everyone wants to know, out of her 7 husbands, who was the greatest love of her life?
This gets answered in spades and we learn a hell of a lot about Evelyn, sometimes, not so good things about her.
We learn about her using her strengths *cough* Boobs *cough* to get herself ahead in the business, we learn about her actually falling in love and who with, we learn about an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love.
We learn that, even though Hollywood is this glamorous place that we all seem to view through rose tinted glasses, it actually is a place that strips you of your own self, your heritage, your name, even the people who you are “supposed” to be in love with.
Oh how I cried reading/listening to this, by the time you have read to near the end of the book, Evelyn feels like a real person, i even googled her because i thought that she was an old Hollywood actress (spoiler, she isn’t)
🎧🎧 – Narrated by the always wonderful Julia Whelan and 2 new-to-me narrators Alma Cuervo and Robin Miles, this was one of the best books i have listened to in a long long time.
If you really want to read something that is going to become a best BEST seller, and I have absolutely no doubt a movie for sure, then you should pick up this stunning piece of gorgeousness.

Be happy, and be yourself

Vicci

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Christmas at The Little Duck Pond Cafe by Rosie Green @Rosie_Green1988 @rararesources #bookreview

Happy Friday book friends!

I have another charming Christmas story to share with you today! A huge thank you to Rachel for my invitation to the tour and to Rosie Green for her lovely words!🛷

Christmas at the Little Duck Pond Cafe

CATLDPC_FRONT RGB150dpiFen has always hated being the centre of attention.
She loves her new job, working behind the scenes at the Little Duck Pond Cafe and baking the scrumptious cakes that have helped its reputation soar. But frankly, she’d rather scrub the public toilet floor with a toothbrush than have to come out and talk to the customers.
She’s always been happy to stay in the background as long as she has a good supply of books to escape into. That’s her kind of romance – the fictional sort where she can read about other people taking a chance on love, but she doesn’t have to risk her own heart.
But that was before Ethan Fox arrived in the village and turned her world upside down. Ethan is a leading light in the local amateur dramatics theatre company and Fen knows he’s way out of her league. 
But when the popular village Christmas pantomime hits a crisis, Fen and Ethan find themselves thrown together. Can Fen overcome her shyness and find the courage to step on stage and save the day?

My Thoughts

A short but sweet love story that is sure to make you smile!

I was so excited to go back to the Little Duck Pond Café and catch up with Fen, Jaz, and Ellie… I truly love the essential part the friendship between these three ladies plays in this series…. every time I finish one of these books I want to visit this café, have some yummy goodies, and a long girl bonding session with these ladies! This book can be read as a standalone, but why would you want to? The more time spent with these characters the better!

This time we get sweet introverted Fen’s story…Fen is the genius behind all the yummy treats at the café, she is also painfully shy and quite the bookworm… she has a major crush on Ethan Fox, and after he invites her to join his actors group she starts swooning uncontrollably…. I got a kick out of the fact that most of Fen’s romantic experience came from Books…. something would happen and then she would reference a book and compare the two situations, it was quite innocent…. although made me think what unrealistic expectations I would have if I were to compare romantic situations in real life to books!😉

I really adore Fen and really wanted her to find her HEA! Although I wasn’t convinced Ethan was the best choice for her, I thought there was a much more suitable choice…. so does Fen follow her heart? Or does her heart have a change of mind?

Along with the girls friendship and a blossoming romance we also had the perfect amount of holiday cheer… Christmas treats, decorating, Christmas shopping, snowmaking machine shopping, and The planning of a Snow Ball❄️ so grab yourself that hot chocolate, cuddle up in a warm blanket, and settle in for an afternoon of escaping with these delightful characters!

Purchase Links

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-Little-Duck-Pond-Cafe-ebook/dp/B07DN5B1NL

Amazon UShttps://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Little-Duck-Pond-Cafe-ebook/dp/B07DN5B1NL

Rosie Green Author PicAuthor Bio

Rosie Green has been scribbling stories ever since she was little. Back then they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’. Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all, unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.

Rosie’s brand new series of novellas is centred on life in a village café. The first two stories in the series are: Spring at The Little Duck Pond Cafe and Summer at The Little Duck Pond Café.


Twitter – https://twitter.com/Rosie_Green1988

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No One Cancels Christmas by Zara Stoneley @ZaraStoneley @rararesources #bookreview

TGIF! 67 days until Christmas!

I am so excited to be part of the blog tour today for this festive and fun story that will put you in the holiday mood! A huge thank you to Rachel for my invitation and two Zara Stoneley for her magical words!❄️

No One Cancels Christmas

41769750_2042596159190028_6009613159340441600_nIt’s the most magical time of the year, and for travel agent Sarah it’s also the busiest! But this year one man threatens to ruin Christmas for Sarah’s customers – Mr Grinch, Will Armstrong.

The Shooting Star Mountain resort is a magical place, and Sarah has fond memories of Christmas here as a little girl – visits to Father Christmas, husky rides in the snow and hot chocolate by a roaring fire. But as the resorts new owner, Will refuses to play snowball or to deck the halls with anything remotely resembling tinsel!

With customers complaining their Christmas is ruined, Sarah decides it’s up to her to convince Scroogey Will just how magical Christmas can be….

But getting Will into the Christmas spirit is hopeless – he is Bah Humbug personified! But as Sarah gets to know him better, she realises that underneath all the gloom is a man struggling with a pain of his own.

With the big day approaching, Sarah realises that the magic and sparkle can wait. This year, she’s going to spend Christmas day with someone special her very own Mr Scrooge…

My Thoughts

A wonderful winter romance, with some holiday cheer sprinkled in!

This book was stuffed full of everything you want from a winter romance… a beautiful snowy setting, A warm inviting ranch, snowboarding, dogsleds, hot chocolate, and hot guys! OK well at first the ranch wasn’t so inviting and the hot guy was pretty grumpy, but…

Sarah, Sam’s BFF from “ The Wedding Date“…. A book you don’t need to read to enjoy this one, but I strongly recommend it’s super fun! Sarah is a travel agent who has been sending her clients to The Shooting Star Mountain Ranch, for the perfect white Christmas….But after complaints start coming in and she begins emailing the grumpy ranch owner she takes it upon herself to travel to Canada and show Mr. grinch what Christmas is all about… but after meeting Mr. grinch A.k.a. Will, Sarah sees that he has been hurt and there is more to him than what is on the surface… so what has made Will’s heart two sizes too small? And will Sarah be able to melt his frozen heart? Or the bigger question, does she even want to?

A festive story that will make you laugh, that will make you smile, that will put you in the holiday mood… it really was these characters that made this good story so fantastic! I adored Sarah I loved her spunk and her spirit and her tenacity….Will was a really good guy underneath that layer of ice, really the kind of guy you’d want your daughter to marry…. his brother Ed was a wonderful Colorful character, Who made me giggle more than once! Once again I loved, loved, loved, the friendship between Sarah and Sam…. and Sam’s mom Ruth stole every scene she was in, there was one scene in this book where she had me in tears! Really the perfect enemies to lovers story, one of my all-time favorite tropes! I certainly hope this is not the last book with these characters, I really and truly have enjoyed them and I’m not ready to say goodbye!

Absolutely recommend to anyone who loves a good winter romance that is festive and fun!💚❤️💚

*** A huge thank you to Harper Impulse for my copy of this book ***

Purchase Link

Amazon UKhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/No-One-Cancels-Christmas-romantic-ebook/dp/B07CWTVJGD

Amazon UShttps://www.amazon.com/no-one-cancels-christmas-romantic-ebook/dp/B07CWTVJGD

ZaraStoneley authorpicAuthor Bio –

Born in a small village in Staffordshire, I wanted to be a female James Herriot, a spy, or an author when I grew up. After many years, and many different jobs, my dream of writing a bestseller came true. 

I write about friendship, dreams, love, and happy ever afters, and hope that my tales make you cry a little, laugh a lot, and occasionally say ‘ahhh’.

I now live in a Cheshire village with my family, a lively cockapoo called Harry, and a very bossy (and slightly evil) cat called Saffron.

Where you can find her-

Website: http://www.zarastoneley.com
Twitter: @ZaraStoneley
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ZaraStoneley

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zarastoneley/

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Death on the River by Clare Chase @ClareChase_ @bookouture #bookreview

Happy Thursday bibliophiles!

Take two!Huge apologies to everybody! I had a copy and paste mess up, and that’s what I get for doing things so last minute and late at night! Without further ado! Here is the correct review for this wonderful book! Thrilled to share with you today my review for the second book in this engrossing series! A huge thank you to Noelle🙌🏻

for my invitation to the tour and Clare Chase for her wonderful story!Death-on-the-River-Kindle

Meet Tara Thorpe – she’s Cambridge Police’s newest recruit… but her dark past is never far behind her. Perfect for fans of Faith Martin, LJ Ross and Joy Ellis.

When a body is pulled from the dank and dangerous fens on the outskirts of town, everybody assumes it was a tragic accident. But Detective Tara Thorpe, newly joined and determined to prove herself, suspects there’s more to the story.

Tara is desperate to investigate further, but her supervisor Patrick Wilkins has other ideas. He would rather die than let this ambitious upstart show him up – even if it means some digging in Tara’s secret past to keep her under his thumb. After all, it’s not like he can report her – everyone knows that his boss Detective Garstin Blake and Tara have a history…

When another body is found, it becomes clear that there’s a killer on the loose. Could the murders be linked to the secrets that Tara has been keeping from her team… and can she solve the case before another innocent dies?

An unputdownable page-turner that will keep you hooked until the very last page!

My Thoughts

Always fabulous win the second book in the series is better than the first!

This is the second book in this compelling crime thriller series and I strongly encourage you to read the first book before starting this one… I just think you’d miss out on so much of Tara’s backstory and that is very relevant to the book…. I’m going to be honest I was a little concerned because I really liked the fact that Tara was an investigative reporter I thought that added an unusual Element to the story, but I was pleasantly surprised and found this book even more engaging… and it was nice for Tara to realize her dream! Tara is a strong smart character and there is just something about her that really draws you in…

This was a fast paced compulsive thriller with plenty of suspects…. got to love when the victim is so unliked that it would be easier to find the person that wouldn’t want to kill him then the one that did…. throw in a supervisor who has a chip on his shoulder and something against you… A love interest, maybe? A motive that maybe tie to your past…. some pretty interesting office politics… and a cast of well drawn characters… sprinkle in the Cambridge setting and you’ve got yourself one heck of a book!

Recommend to fans of crime thrillers with strong female protagonists…

*** A huge thank you to Bookouture for my copy of this book ***

 Screen Shot 2018-10-10 at 08.22.58Author Bio:

 Clare Chase writes women sleuth mysteries and recently signed a three-book deal with Bookouture for a new crime series set in Cambridge. The opening book, Murder on the Marshes, is available for pre-order and will publish in July 2018. The mystery follows investigative journalist Tara Thorpe as she teams up with Detective Garstin Blake to solve the murder of a young female professor at Cambridge University. The case takes them through the dark underbelly of Cambridge and in to the murky fens that surround the centuries-old city. The second and third books in the series are scheduled for publication in late 2018/early 2019.

After graduating from London University with a degree in English Literature, Clare moved to Cambridge and has lived there ever since. She’s fascinated by the city’s contrasts and contradictions, which feed into her writing. She’s worked in diverse settings – from the 800-year-old University to one of the local prisons – and lived everywhere from the house of a Lord to a slug-infested flat. The terrace she now occupies, with her husband and teenage children, presents a good happy medium.

As well as writing, Clare loves family time, art and architecture, cooking, and of course, reading other people’s books.

Clare’s debut novel, You Think You Know Me, was shortlisted for the Novelicious Undiscovered Award 2012, and an EPIC award in 2015. It was also chosen as a debut of the month by Lovereading.

You can find Clare’s website and blog at www.clarechase.com

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Unbroken Threads by Jennifer Klepper @jenklepper #bookreview

Happy Thursday book lovers!

Thrilled to close down the blog tour for this compelling, timely, and thought-provoking book! A huge thank you to Suzy of Suzy Approve BookTours for my invitation and Jennifer Klepper for her amazing story!🧡

unnamed (1)Jessica Donnelly’s life is beginning to unravel. When the attorney turned stay-at-home mom tentatively volunteers to represent Amina Hamid, a woman seeking asylum, Jessica must learn an unfamiliar area of the law. Soon, rising opposition to Muslim immigration and unexpected prejudices put her relationships on shaky ground.

Amina fled Syria with little more than memories that now fight against the images splashed on the news. Seeking a secure future and freedom from guilt and grief, she must learn to trust others amidst the reality of fear and hate.

To find stability, Jessica and Amina will both need to harness their own strengths, which may lie in connections that transcend generations, cultures, and continents.

My Thoughts

A compelling and powerful story that brings today’s headlines to the pages…

This was a timely and thought-provoking story that made you really think about some uncomfortable topics… this book really put a human face on the immigration conflict, and no matter what side of the issue you land on this book will make you question your opinions… if you are like me Syria is just a place you hear about on the news and don’t give too much thought about, after reading this I googled what is going on and it was extremely eye-opening and tragic…. there certainly is no easy answer to this problem, but this book really made me realize that it has an impact on all of us, it has an impact on our humanity…

Jessica has a good life, a successful husband, three lovely children, a beautiful home, and the luxury of being a stay at home mom… she was also a lawyer before she decided to stay home with her kids and now she has been asked to represent a client pro bono… Amina is a Muslim Syrian refugee seeking asylum in the US…. The first meeting between these two ladies was rough, but as they began to really get to know one another they developed a beautiful and strong bond… and in time as I believe everyone will discover they had more in common than not… really when it comes down to it we are all just skin and bone and heart….

I really felt a connection with Jessica where as I felt compassion for Amina… they were both very strong women in their own way, coming from such different backgrounds… it was quite interesting and disturbing what the reaction of some of Jessica‘s family and friends was…. made me wonder what my own family and friends reaction would be in a similar situation? Also made me realize I know very little about the Muslim religion, the situation in Syria, and the process of attaining asylum….. I also had to come to terms that as liberal and non-judge mental as I believe I am, I still have some biases… always nice to read a book that makes you think and challenge yourself….

Absolutely recommend to anyone who enjoys a well told story that is timely and compelling!

unnamedAbout Jennifer:

A Midwest native, Jennifer made stops in Dallas, Charlottesville, and Boston before settling for good in Maryland. While she has an appreciation for the expansive beauty of the plains states, she hopes never to live landlocked again.

Jennifer attended Southern Methodist University and the University of Virginia School of Law, her law degree guiding her through the worlds of corporate law, tech startups, and court advocacy for foster children. She is an ardent consumer of podcasts and books that challenge her with compelling and unfamiliar topics. When she’s not writing, she’s crossing things off a never-ending to-do list and hoping to catch that next sunset. Jennifer lives near Annapolis with her husband and two kids.

Contact:

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Dear Santa by Nancy Naigle @nancynaigle #bookreview

Ho! Ho! Ho! 69 days until Christmas!

Delighted to share with you today my review for this wonderful Christmas read! Filled with so much holiday cheer and delightful letters to Santa 🎅🏻

Dear Santa by Nancy Naigle

My Thoughts

Dear Santa,

I have been very good this year, so I am certain that I am on the nice list! All I want for Christmas is more time in every day to read all the fabulous books in the world! I also wouldn’t mind a winning lottery ticket! Hope Mrs. Klos is being good to you, I will have the cookies waiting!

Thanks so much,

Berit❄️✨❄️

PS: give Rudolph a carrot from me!🛷

This was a fun sweet holiday story reminiscent of the movie “You’ve Got Mail“… really the perfect book to put you in the festive mood… filled with letters to Santa, holiday cheer, hope, family, and love….

Angela loves running her family’s charming Christmas store… for three generations this lovely store has been a staple in the town with its unique location in the lighthouse… but now Angela‘s livelihood has been threatened with the opening of the big box Christmas store “Christmas Galore“… determined to save her shop she has proclaimed war on all things Christmas Galore! After sending a letter to Santa with the encouragement of her niece, Angela begins a correspondence with whoever is on the other end of this app…. i’m sure you do not need to be a master detective to figure out who she is corresponding with!

This was a sweet, slow burning, enemies to lovers, Love story… Angela was such a likable character I absolutely loved her love for Christmas! It took me a while longer to warm up to Jeff the owner of Christmas Galore, but after a while he won me over…. this is just one of those fun feel good stories that puts a smile on your face and a festive feeling in your heart!

If you love a good Christmas story filled with holiday spirit this is a definite must!

*** A huge thank you to St. Martin’s Press for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

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? 

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You Were Always Mine by Nicole Baart @NicoleLynnBaart @AtriaBooks #bookreview #pubday

Happy Tuesday book lovers!

Thrilled to share with you today my review for this evocative book!

You Were Always Mine by Nicole Baart

My Thoughts

This was an evocative and addictive read that will reel you in and won’t let go!

This is a story about compassion, trust, deception, secrets, mystery, motherhood, but most of all it is about the darker side of adoption…Nicole Baart brings so much heart and authenticity to the story… her experience as an adoptive mother really shines through on these pages… my brothers are adopted, so I really had a strong connection to the adoption part of the story…. I found the psychological impact on both adoptive mother and adoptive child fascinating….

Miss Baart has woven together a complex story with many layers… A slow burning tale that will keep you turning the pages… you will need to know the truth just as strongly as Jess!

Jess and Evan are separated after 15 years of marriage… they have a biological son Max 13 and an adoptive son Gabe 5… both want what’s best for the kids in this hard situation…. I really felt as though Jess an Evan would have ultimately got back together, that’s what made Evan’s death even more tragic… so what was jess’s non-outdoorsy husband doing on a hunting trip? Determined to find out the truth Jess starts to play amateur Detective… The more she digs, the more secrets revealed, the more complex it gets…. shocked to find out that Evan had been in contact with Gabe‘s bio mom Jess is convince this has something to do with his murder but what? And why? How fragile are the bonds of motherhood? and is unconditional love ever not enough?

My heart broke for Jess, I felt her grief, her determination, her frustration, and her need to know the truth…. Jess is a likable character that will definitely win you over… there was just something about her that made it tremendously easy to put yourself in her shoes….’ maybe it was the stresses of motherhood? Your heart will also go out to her boys, A teenager struggling to come to terms with his father passing away and a five-year-old who already has emotional issues dealing with grief when he can’t even put a name to it… you will really want Jess to find the truth and give this family some closure needed to MoveOn….

A beautifully told perfectly paced story… seriously how can anyone not relate to needing to know the truth after finding out a loved one has been lying to them? Add in the impact this has on your children… HOOK. LINE. SINKER.

Absolutely recommend to anyone who enjoys a good story filled with well drawn characters, a well constructive mystery, and some heart!

PS: I forgot to mention how fantastic I thought the descriptors at the beginning of each chapter were, added an entire additional layer to the story! Well played!

*** A huge thank you to Atria for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

The acclaimed author of Little Broken Things returns with another “race-to-the-finish family drama” (People) about a single mother who becomes embroiled in a mystery that threatens to tear apart what’s left of her family.

Jessica Chamberlain, newly separated and living with her two sons in a small Iowa town, can’t believe that a tragedy in another state could have anything to do with her. But when her phone rings one quiet morning, her world is shattered. As she tries to pick up the pieces and make sense of what went wrong, Jess begins to realize that a tragic death is just the beginning. Soon she is caught in a web of lies and half-truths—and she’s horrified to learn that everything leads back to her seven-year-old adopted son, Gabriel.

Years ago, Gabe’s birth mother requested a closed adoption and Jessica was more than happy to comply. But when her house is broken into and she discovers a clue that suggests her estranged husband was in close contact with Gabe’s biological mother, she vows to uncover the truth at any cost. A harrowing story of tenacious love and heartbreaking betrayal, You Were Always Mine is about the wars we wage to keep the ones we love close, perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty and Jodi Picoult. 

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Snowflakes Over Holly Cove by Lucy Coleman @LucyColemanAuth @rararesources #bookreview #giveaway

71 days until Christmas!🎄

Excited to share with you today my review for this festive story! A huge thank you to Rachel for my invitation to the tour and to Lucy Coleman for her whimsical words!❤️💚❤️

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Do2OodCXkAELlRBAs the snowflakes start to fall, Holly Cove welcomes a new tenant to the beautiful old cottage on the beach…

For lifestyle magazine journalist Tia Armstrong, relationships, as well as Christmas, have lost all their magic. Yet Tia is up against a Christmas deadline for her latest article ‘Love is, actually, all around…’

So, Tia heads to Holly Cove where the restorative sea air and rugged stranger, Nic, slowly but surely start mending her broken heart.

Tia didn’t expect a white Christmas, and she certainly never dared dream that all her Christmas wishes might just come true…

Set in Caswell Bay on the stunningly beautiful Gower Coast, the cottage nestles amid the limestone cliffs and the woodlands, where the emotions run as turbulently as the wind-swept sea.

As cosy as a marshmallow-topped mug of cocoa, fall in love with a heart-warming festive story from the bestselling author of The French Adventure.

My Thoughts

A fun, feel good, festive read, that will leave you feeling happy, hopeful, And craving hot chocolate!❄️

This truly was a beautiful story that evoked every emotion possible in me…. a story that put a big smile on my face and left me wanting to visit South Wales… visit, I’m not sure if the weather is to my liking, but it sure does sound like a lovely place to visit, if you’re cuddled up in front of a roaring fire with that cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows of course!

Tia has lost her mother and is struggling to get her life back together… her boss sees that she is struggling and sends her on assignment to Holly Cove a Village in South Wales…. Tia is a reporter for a lifestyle magazine and her assignment is to write an article on three different happy couples… so will all this love help Tia find a true love of her own?

In spite of some of the more serious storylines this really is a feel-good story… Tia is a relatable and likable character you really want the best for…. The residence of this charming village are quirky, interesting, and delightful! The Romance was sweet, although perhaps a little quick…

A perfect holiday read to put you in the festive holiday spirit!

*** many thanks to the author and Rachel for my copy of this book ***

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LBHAuthor Bio –

From interior designer to author, Linn B. Halton – who also writes under the pen name of Lucy Coleman – says ‘it’s been a fantastic journey!’

Linn is the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels and is excited to be writing for both Aria Fiction (Head of Zeus) and Harper Impulse (Harper Collins); she’s represented by Sara Keane of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

When she’s not writing, or spending time with the family, she’s either upcycling furniture or working in the garden.

Linn won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award; her novels have been short-listed in the UK’s Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards.

Living in Coed Duon in the Welsh Valleys with her ‘rock’, Lawrence, and gorgeous Bengal cat Ziggy, she freely admits she’s an eternal romantic.

Linn is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and writes feel-good, uplifting novels about life, love and relationships.

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Designer You by Sarahlyn Bruck @sarahbruck @rararesources #bookreview

Happy Monday everybody!

Delighted to be part of the blog tour for this debut! A huge thank you to Rachel for my invitation and to Sarahlyn Bruck for her wonderful story!💛

Designer You

designer you - high resolutionPam Wheeler checked every box: Happy marriage? Check. Fantastic kid? Check. Booming career? Check.

So when her husband dies in a freak accident and their DIY empire goes on life support, Pam must fix the relationship with her troubled and grief-stricken daughter and save the family business.

Pam and Nate were a couple who just couldn’t get away from each other, sharing not only their bed, but also a successful lifestyle empire as DIY home renovators, bloggers, podcasters, and co-authors.

When Nate dies in a freak accident, Pam becomes a 44-year-old widow, at once too young and too old—too young to be thrust into widowhood and too old to rejoin the dating pool.

Now the single mother of a headstrong and grief-stricken teenager, Pam’s life becomes a juggling act between dealing with her loss and learning how to parent by herself. On top of all that she also must reinvent herself or lose the empire that she and Nate had built so carefully.

It is time for Pam to seize the opportunity to step up as a mother, come out from behind Nate’s shadow, and rise as the sole face of the Designer You brand, and maybe, possibly, hopefully, find love again.

My Thoughts

A raw and reel look at grief…

This was a book with very heavy subject matter that did not weigh you down…. losing a family member is tough and the impact on the family is intense… and know two families or two family members handle the situation the same… this book was about Pam and her daughter Grace navigating life after losing their husband/father Nate…

Nate and Pam were man and wife as well as business partners… they ran an extremely successful DIY business including book deals and blog…. after the death of Nate Pam had to step up not only in the business, but also at home with her daughter Grace… I had tremendous empathy for Pam, she was very insecure as to how to run things after the death of her husband… I also was tremendously frustrated with Pam and how she handled things with her daughter Grace… Grace, now I do realize the girl lost her father, but well I really wanted to reach through the pages and…. The girl was a straight up brat! And Pam just made the situation worse…. it truly is hard to elicit sympathy for someone who acts like that, she was a tough character!

A realistic look a grief… the good… the bad… and the ugly… OK there wasn’t much good, although towards the end Grace and Pam did start to mend their relationship… this book I’m guessing has a sequel? The ending was quite abrupt…. and some things were left unfinished… and some things tied up a little too quickly and neatly for my liking

And engaging story that kept it real! Well structured, beautifully told, I sure hope there is a follow up…

Purchase Linkhttps://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DH6B38H/

Designer You sarahlyn_bruckAuthor Bio – Sarahlyn Bruck writes contemporary women’s fiction and lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter. She is the author of DESIGNER YOU, published by Crooked Cat Books on August 31, 2018. Sarahlyn teaches writing and literature at a local community college and also coaches writers for Author Accelerator.

DESIGNER YOU is Sarahlyn’s debut, and she is hard at work on her next book. Want the latest updates? Follow along for news, events, and announcements at sarahlynbruck.com. You can sign up for her monthly newsletter there, too.

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Have a lovely day! Berit☀️✨