Friday, September 21, 2018

Return To The Little Cottage on the Hill by Emma Davies book review

Return to the Little Cottage on the HillReturn to the Little Cottage on the Hill by Emma Davies
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It has been a difficult few years for thirty-year-old Megan Forrester, completing her apprenticeship and trying to maintain a long-distance relationship with her gorgeous boyfriend, Liam.

She’s returned home to compete in a local craft competition. The prize is the chance to design beautiful new gates for the estate at the bottom of the hill, a job which could secure her future in the village forever.

As the contest gets underway, Megan is devastated when a rival design turns out to be almost identical to hers. Someone in the close-knit community must have leaked her sketches, but who? Is it the same person spreading heartbreaking rumors about Liam?

There is quite a few different characters all taking care of a Joy's Acre Farm and all the changes to make it successful and now a TV production company wants to come in and friendships are put on the line. I really like everyone and how they stick up for each other and have each other back.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

The Wife Before Me by Laura Elliot review

The Wife Before MeThe Wife Before Me by Laura Elliot
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

One evening as the sun is setting, Amelia Madison’s car slides into the sea off Mason’s Pier. Her body is never found.

Two years later, Elena Langdon meets Nicholas Madison. She is grieving the loss of her mother, he is grieving for his wife. Together they can help each other.

Now Elena is living with Nicholas. But Elena doesn’t really know him. She doesn’t know what he is capable of.

And she doesn’t know what really happened to Amelia.

Until the day she discovers the torn page of a letter and the words she reads chill her to the bone.

Elena must find the person who wrote these letters if she is to save herself.

All I wanted to do was keep yelling at the book, "Leave him" pack your bags and get out. Elena wants to know more about Amelia and why she did what she did. She is to afraid to tell her friends what is going on. She does confront Nicholas's parents but they don't believe her and don't want to hear it. Then something happens to put her in jail and can't see her children. What she goes through to prove everything that has happened to her makes you want to keep reading and not put the book down.
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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Run and Hide by Alan McDermott book review

Run and Hide (Eva Driscoll #1)Run and Hide by Alan McDermott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Eva Driscoll is used to chasing down bad guys, but now the bad guys are chasing her. She knows they won’t stop until she’s dead.

After her brother is killed in a faked suicide, Driscoll teams up with ex-soldier Rees Colback, the one person who can help her find answers. Together they’re determined to uncover why members of his Special Forces squad are dying in mysterious circumstances.

But with every agency in the country in hot pursuit, their only choice is to flee.

The clock is ticking. They can’t run forever. It’s time to make a choice: kill or be killed…

This is a fast paced political thriller. Eva is a badass who is going to take down the one club in the US who has all the power and money. In fact they are in charge of White House, judges, police, media, etc. As she makes a team of her own then the Club is also ready to tke her down and willing to kill innocent bystanders to get her.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

October Kiss by Kristen Ethridge review

October Kiss: Based on the Hallmark Channel Original MovieOctober Kiss: Based on the Hallmark Channel Original Movie by Kristen Ethridge
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Poppy’s tried a lot of things. Yoga instruction. Pizza making. So far, none of them have seemed like her thing. Still, she doesn’t have to know where her life is headed to live it with enthusiasm.

Ever since his wife’s death, Ryan’s thrown himself into his work. Launching a successful new app will secure his children’s future…even if it means he can’t spend much time with them now.

As a short-term nanny for Ryan’s children, Poppy brings some much-needed fun and laughter. She’s never been one to commit, so why is she feeling so attached to these children…and even more, to their dad? Could it be she’s found her place at last?

Poppy is such a fun character and how she makes the kids feel is a warm feeling. But as she starts falling for Ryan and he starts falling for her things get complicated by Ryan's associate who is very interested in Ryan. This story made you want to be there and be a part of all the fun shopping for Halloween decorations and pumpkins. Putting up all the decorations and making costumes. I do remember watching this Hallmark movie and enjoying it.

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The Boy At The Door by Alex Dahl review

The Boy at the DoorThe Boy at the Door by Alex Dahl
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Cecilia Wilborg has it all--a loving husband, two beautiful daughters, and a gorgeous home in an affluent Norwegian suburb. And she works hard to keep it all together. Too hard...

There is no room for mistakes in her life. Even taking home a little boy whose parents forgot to pick him up at the pool can put a crimp in Cecilia's carefully planned schedule. Especially when she arrives at the address she was given
and finds an empty, abandoned house...

There's nothing for Cecilia to do but to take the boy home with her, never realizing that soon his quiet presence and knowing eyes will trigger unwelcome memories from her past--and unravel her meticulously crafted life...

I felt this book was slow for me. I couldn't connect with any of the characters. I did not feel bad for Cecilia at all. Everything that ever comes out of her mouth is lies. One lie leads to more. If she had been upfront and honest at the first mistake then her life would have been way better. The only ones I felt bad for were the children.

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

A Stranger In The House by Shari Lapena review

A Stranger in the HouseA Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Karen and Tom Krupp are happy—they’ve got a lovely home in upstate New York, they’re practically newlyweds, and they have no kids to interrupt their comfortable life together. But one day, Tom returns home to find Karen has vanished—her car’s gone and it seems she left in a rush. She even left her purse—complete with phone and ID—behind.

There's a knock on the door—the police are there to take Tom to the hospital where his wife has been admitted. She had a car accident, and lost control as she sped through the worst part of town.

The accident has left Karen with a concussion and a few scrapes. Still, she’s mostly okay—except that she can’t remember what she was doing or where she was when she crashed. The cops think her memory loss is highly convenient, and they suspect she was up to no good.

Karen returns home with Tom, determined to heal and move on with her life. Then she realizes something’s been moved. Something’s not quite right. Someone’s been in her house. And the police won't stop asking questions.

Because in this house, everyone’s a stranger. Everyone has something they’d rather keep hidden. Something they might even kill to keep quiet.

Wow, so much going on in this book. A neighbor as a stalker and in love with her neighbor and will do anything to get him. I really liked Tom even though I did get a little upset with the behavior with his neighbor. Karen, I never really knew what to believe. But the very end there is a twist that will have your mouth drop open. I highly recommend this book.

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Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter review

Pieces of HerPieces of Her by Karin Slaughter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Andrea knows everything about her mother, Laura. She knows she’s spent her whole life in the small beachside town of Belle Isle; she knows she’s never wanted anything more than to live a quiet life as a pillar of the community; she knows she’s never kept a secret in her life. Because we all know our mothers, don’t we?

But all that changes when a trip to the mall explodes into violence and Andrea suddenly sees a completely different side to Laura. Because it turns out that before Laura was Laura, she was someone completely different. For nearly thirty years she’s been hiding from her previous identity, lying low in the hope that no one would ever find her. But now she’s been exposed, and nothing will ever be the same again.

The police want answers and Laura’s innocence is on the line, but she won’t speak to anyone, including her own daughter. Andrea is on a desperate journey following the breadcrumb trail of her mother’s past. And if she can’t uncover the secrets hidden there, there may be no future for either one of them. . . .

After the incident at the mall Laura tells ANdrea to move out and away from her. She is 31 and needs to be out on her own. So as Andrea is getting ready to move out a strange occurrence happens which puts her on the run. To where she isn't certain but not always following her mom's plan. As she is on the run she meets up with people from Laura's past and finds out things she never knew about her mom. I sat and read this pretty much in 1 day.
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Friday, September 14, 2018

Shameless Blog Tour

It’s a vacation Meredith Taylor will never forget. A sunny beach, good friends and good times. But when she overhears a couple having a passionate interlude on the balcony above her one night, she can’t get the man’s sultry voice out of her mind. Especially when she figures out exactly who that man is…
Cameron Moore always had an eye on his best friend’s little sister but considered her strictly off limits, choosing to satisfy his lust elsewhere. Now Meri seems to want to annihilate every wall Cam’s put up against her. The beach is hot, the drinks are cold, Meredith is irresistible, and something has to give. Will it only be the walls between them, or their hearts as well?

MY THOUGHTS: Can you say HOT!! Steamy , quick read but you do know the characters and a little of their past relationships and feelings. I read this for a blog tour through Entangled Publishing and Pure Textuality. Received this book through NetGalley

About the Book

Shamelessby Cherrie Lynn
Seriesn/a; standalone
Contemporary Romance
PublisherEntangled Amara
Publication DateSeptember 10, 2018
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About Cherrie Lynn

NY Times and USA Today bestselling author CHERRIE LYNN has been a CPS caseworker and a juvenile probation officer, but now that she has come to her senses, she writes contemporary and paranormal romance on the steamy side. It’s *much* more fun. She’s also an unabashed rock music enthusiast, and loves letting her passion for romance and metal collide on the page.
When she’s not writing, you can find her reading, listening to music or playing with her favorite gadget of the moment. She’s also fond of hitting the road with her husband to catch their favorite bands live.
Cherrie lives in East Texas with said husband and their two kids, all of whom are the source of much merriment, mischief and mayhem.
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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

It All Comes Back To You by Beth Duke review

It All Comes Back to YouIt All Comes Back to You by Beth Duke
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The hidden ties that bind our lives together are the most intriguing. This is a story full of secret, silken threads between many people.

Meet Violet.

She was stunningly beautiful. She was like a grandmother to Ronni. She inspired her every day.

She spent her final years in a nursing home, surrounded by men who worshipped her as a girl. They still did.

Everybody loved her.

And now that she’s gone, she’s challenged Ronni to be the author she always wanted to be, by writing Violet’s life story.

That’s when the threads start to unwind.

Wow, great story. Loved Ronni but was scared that her new boyfriend might not be the person we think he is. Going back in time to learn about Violet was also great and learning who the person she was. She had a lot of loves in her life and lost the ones she should have had. But the one who loved her the most will come as a shock. Ronni uncovers a lot of Violets past which also leads her to new friends. Can Ronni meet the expectations that Violet put in her will?
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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Christmas In Evergreen by Nancy Naigle book review

Christmas In EvergreenChristmas In Evergreen by Nancy Naigle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A snowy small town.

A snow globe that grants wishes.

A love that’s meant to be.

Evergreen, Vermont is about to be in the rearview mirror of Allie Shaw’s vintage red pickup truck. It’s hard to say goodbye to her small town and her veterinarian practice, but she’s moving to Washington D.C., where her big-city-loving boyfriend lives.

Ever since Ryan Bellamy’s wife died, he hardly knows how to celebrate Christmas. He’s decided to take his daughter Zoe to Florida, and Evergreen is just a quick stop on the way to the airport. While they’re there, Zoe partakes in a local tradition, making a Christmas wish on the snow globe at the town diner.

But neither Allie’s nor Ryan’s Christmas goes as planned. They’ve checked their wish lists twice, and they didn’t say anything about meeting someone new…or about a fresh chance at love.

As their flights keep getting cancelled due to the weather Allie gets to know Ryan and Zoe. They spend a lot of time together and Allie shows Ryan how Christmas should be and Zoe has the best time . Allie also needs to decide should she move to DC or just stay in Evergreen , where her heart is. I do remember seeing this movie on Hallmark and I think the book and movie are pretty well the same.
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Monday, September 10, 2018

A Christmas To Remember by Rebecca Moesta review

A Christmas to Remember: Based on the Hallmark Channel Original MovieA Christmas to Remember: Based on the Hallmark Channel Original Movie by Rebecca Moesta
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Jennifer needs a break. The perfectionist TV star heads to a mountain retreat for a restful, relaxing holiday. But when she gets caught in a blizzard and crashes her car, Jennifer is left with more than a wreck; she’s left with amnesia.

John, a small-town veterinarian and single dad, finds the confused Jennifer wandering on the road. He’s used to taking care of others; he’s built for this. When he takes her in, he and his children give her more than shelter…they try to help her figure out who she is.

As Jennifer and John make new memories, their connection to one another grows. But how can they even think about romance when they don’t know her true identity?

If you love Hallmark Christmas movies then this is a must read. It is a feel good book. Jennifer doesn't remember her name or have any memories of her life. John and his kids take her in and start falling for her as she does for their family. As they make new memories she helps heal John's family. I loved the characters in this book and all the Christmas memories in it.

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Ghost Virus by Graham Masterton review

Ghost VirusGhost Virus by Graham Masterton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Samira was a young woman with her whole life ahead of her. What could have brought her to this? DC Jerry Pardoe and DS Jamila Patel of Tooting Police suspect it's suicide. But then a meek husband kills his wife, and the headteacher of the local school throws her pupils out of a window. It's no longer a random outbreak of horrific crimes. It's a deadly virus. And it's spreading. Somehow, ordinary Londoners are being infected with an insatiable lust to murder. All of the killers were wearing second-hand clothes. Could these garments be possessed by some supernatural force?

The death count is multiplying. Now Jerry and Jamila must defeat the ghost virus, before they are all infected...

Seems that clothes have been possessed and on a killing spree. This book is very gory but well written. I did enjoy the story but felt it was dragged just a little bit. Also the ending left you hanging. I have heard of Graham Masterton but I had not read any of this books before. I was given this book from the publisher for a review.

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Friday, September 07, 2018

The Rain by E.C. Fisher review

The RainThe Rain by E.C. Fisher
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A storm is raging. That’s merely one of Detective Daniel Nash’s troubles, Charlie Hamilton, the resident drunk and proprietor of Camp High Tide has mysteriously perished. After combing through old files, he learns that thirty years ago a young boy went missing. His body never discovered. He requests an interview with the five campers who were interrogated during that time.

The bodies of the suspects start piling up. Each death is similar and equally horrifying. Detective Nash must locate the suspects before the culprit has a chance to finish them off.

There is only 79 pages to this ebook so it was a quick read. The story starts out with Timothy being bullied at camp and what happens to him and the cover up. He told himself he would have revenge. It took 30 years to get his revenge. You find out what happened to his parents since his disappearance and the lives the bullies led since then.

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Under A Dark Sky by Lori Rader-Day book review

Under a Dark SkyUnder a Dark Sky by Lori Rader-Day
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Since her husband died, Eden Wallace's life has diminished down to a tiny pinprick, like a far-off star in the night sky. She doesn't work, has given up on her love of photography, and is so plagued by night terrors that she can't sleep without the lights on. Everyone, including her family, has grown weary of her grief. So when she finds paperwork in her husband's effects indicating that he reserved a week at a dark sky park, she goes. She's ready to shed her fear and return to the living, even if it means facing her paralyzing phobia of the dark.

But when she arrives at the park, the guest suite she thought was a private retreat is teeming with a group of twenty-somethings, all stuck in the orbit of their old college friendships. Horrified that her get-away has been taken over, Eden decides to head home the next day. But then a scream wakes the house in the middle of the night. One of the friends has been murdered. Now everyone—including Eden—is a suspect.

Everyone is keeping secrets, but only one is a murderer. As mishaps continue to befall the group, Eden must make sense of the chaos and lies to evade a ruthless killer—and she'll have to do it before dark falls…

I read this all in one day because I really wanted to know who the murderer was and what all the secrets were that the friends were keeping. You also find out that Eden's marriage wasn't all that great and how she was manipulated throughout the marriage and now her own sister is trying to control her life. Will Eden live the life she wants and come to turns with the dark and actually find a job/career that she wants.

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Thursday, September 06, 2018

Hometown Girl Again by Kerstin Fullmer book review

Hometown Girl Again (Hometown Series Book 5)Hometown Girl Again by Kirsten Fullmer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

How did I end up so broken? It’s a question Katherine can’t answer. First, a surprise inheritance tipped her life upside-down, and now her new RV park is a muddy mess of half-restored trailers. To make matters worse, she’s falling for her first crush all over again. The only thing she’s sure of at this point is a full-blown identity crisis.

Alex came home after a life-threatening wound ended his Army career. Now Katie is back too, and she’s building something called a glamping park? He feels like he let her down years ago, can he make it up to her now? Or are his own problems too much to handle?

Fate brought Katherine and Alex back to Smithville, and the town-folk want to see them together again. Will the couple be able to cope with the locals well-intentioned meddling, or did their chance at love disappear a long time ago...

I thought this was a fun and quick read. I got to know about RV Parks and what it takes to restore all the old Rvs from the 40's, 50's and 60's. Katie and Alex had a love affair the summer they graduated and then he broke up with her to join the Army. She left town and her mother had died. Katie had turned into a hermit and not having friends. So when her uncle passed away and she found out about the inheritance then she moved back to town. Only to run into Alex again. Watching these 2 struggle with their emotions was heartbreaking at times as you knew they still cared about each other.

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Wednesday, September 05, 2018

The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances

The GirlfriendThe Girlfriend by Michelle Frances
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Laura Cavendish can’t wait to meet the woman who’s won her son’s affection. Despite a successful career in television and a long, prosperous marriage, Laura’s world revolves around kind, talented Daniel. She pictures his new girlfriend, Cherry, becoming a close friend and confidante . . . one day, even a daughter-in-law.

But although Cherry is beautiful and amiable, Laura can’t warm to her. There’s something about the possessive way she touches Daniel, the little lies Laura detects. Cherry seems to resent Laura, driving a wedge between mother and son—until one day Daniel is injured in a terrible accident. Six months later, with Daniel still in a coma and facing death, Laura makes a fateful decision—and carries out an astonishing deceit.

A handsome doctor for a husband, with a trust fund and a family villa in St. Tropez—it was all supposed to be Cherry’s. Now, instead of living with Daniel in his impeccable home, she’s jobless and broke. And then Cherry discovers Laura’s stunning deception. But Cherry is too clever, too ambitious to let her get away with it. She’s already transformed herself into Daniel’s dream woman. Now she’ll become Laura’s worst nightmare.

My thoughts. Laura did try to like Cherry at first but didn't trust her and she made mistakes and should have known it would lead to problems. Cherry is so demented that I wanted something to happen to her from the start. I was disturbed by the fact Laura had a cat, which she professed to love so much. But they had a fox hanging around the yard through the whole book and yet she continued to let the cat out. That just pissed me off. Plus with Cherry acting the way she did then I would not have let my cat outside either. Being a cat lover, this part did upset me on Laura's behavior. Laura also has all this money, and a career but a dead marriage so why is she hanging on, not like she can't afford to live on her own.

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Monday, September 03, 2018

Dear Santa by Nancy Naigle book review

Dear SantaDear Santa by Nancy Naigle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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 through the Dear Santa app, 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 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?

This is a retelling from the movie You've Got Mail. Set at Christmas time , a romance that is also like a Hallmark movie. I loved Angela and even though I didn't care for Geoff at first I got to really like the character and his mom. When you read about this town in NC all you want to do is pack your bags and go there. Although I would move anywhere there is a beach :-).

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Sunday, September 02, 2018

An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

An Unwanted GuestAn Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It's winter in the Catskills and Mitchell's Inn, nestled deep in the woods, is the perfect setting for a relaxing--maybe even romantic--weekend away. It boasts spacious old rooms with huge woodburning fireplaces, a well-stocked wine cellar, and opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or just curling up with a good murder mystery.

So when the weather takes a turn for the worse, and a blizzard cuts off the electricity--and all contact with the outside world--the guests settle in for the long haul.

Soon, though, one of the guests turns up dead--it looks like an accident. But when a second guest dies, they start to panic.

Within the snowed-in paradise, something--or someone--is picking off the guests one by one. And there's nothing they can do but hunker down and hope they can survive the storm.

My Thoughts:
This was hard to put down and I was trying to like all the characters and figure out if it is one of the guests or someone hiding out in the hotel. 3/4 of the way through I figured out who it was and I was right. But that's because I really paid attention to what was going on and who was where. The only person I did not like throughout the book was Henry. His wife was another person I wasn't fond of but I did understand where she was coming from. This was fast paced and an enjoyable read.

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Friday, August 31, 2018

Desperate Girls by Laura Griffin review

Desperate GirlsDesperate Girls by Laura Griffin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Defense attorney Brynn Holloran is right at home among cops, criminals, and tough-as-nails prosecutors. With her sharp wit and pointed words, she has a tendency to intimidate, and she likes it that way. She’s a force to be reckoned with in the courtroom, but in her personal life, she’s a mess.

When a vicious murderer she once helped prosecute resurfaces and starts a killing spree to wipeout those who put him behind bars, one thing becomes clear: Brynn needs to run for her life.

When the police come up empty-handed, Brynn turns to a private security firm for protection. But when she defies advice and gets involved in the investigation, even the former Secret Service agent assigned to protect her may not be able to keep her safe. With every new clue she discovers, Brynn is pulled back into the vortex of a disturbing case from her past.

As the clock ticks down on a manhunt, Brynn’s desperate search for the truth unearths long-buried secrets and reignites a killer’s fury.

My thoughts: This was really hard to put down. I pretty much read it all in 1 day. Brynn is a tough woman and you do find out why. She gives the private security people a hard time but does end up working well with them. As time runs out on finding a murderer and people getting hurt and you wonder if something will happen to Brynne. But something else on this manhunt comes to light and I was right on what and who it was.

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware review

The Death of Mrs. WestawayThe Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person—but also that the cold-reading skills she’s honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money.

Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased…where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the centre of it.

As this story unravels you find that Hal does not know her father was. She was told she was conceived in a one night stand. What she thought who her mother was is also a mystery. As Hal gets to know her new "family" she is also threatened. I enjoyed the telling of this story and saw some of what was happening.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Finding Family by Judith Keim review

Finding Family (Salty Key Inn Series Book 4)Finding Family by Judith Keim
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sheena Sullivan Morelli and her sisters, Darcy and Regan, work to complete their Uncle
Gavin’s challenge of turning his rundown hotel into a profitable operation within one year. Winning means earning a share in their uncle’s sizable estate. More than that, it determines how they’ll spend the rest of their lives. Sheena wants to stay on at the hotel, overseeing the hotel operation. But Darcy and Regan want to move on with their lives—Darcy writing a novel and Regan going into the interior decorating business with Mo. But life has other plans for them. And in the end, all three realize that the only thing that really matters is finding—and keeping—family.

This was a very good read. I liked all the characters nd getting to know them. This is the 4th book in a series but it felt like a standalone and you learned enough about their backstory as this book went on. Family relationships are tested but in the end they are there for each other.

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Friday, August 24, 2018

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena book review

The Couple Next DoorThe Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all--a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story.

Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they've kept for years.

What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family--a chilling tale of deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist.

So we know at the beginning that the detectives have the parents as the suspects. Then they aren;t sure. Neighbors see something and then another neighbor really sees something but doesn't come forward. You read what is in the minds of the parents so you also believe that they had no part of the kidnapping. But then things start coming into question and 3/4 of the way through I was right about what was going on and why.This kept me on the edge of my seat.

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

The Peppermint Mocha Murder by Colette London book review

The Peppermint Mocha Murder (A Chocolate Whisperer Mystery, #5)The Peppermint Mocha Murder by Colette London
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It’s beginning to look like a merry Christmas for Hayden Mundy Moore. On vacation from providing her sought-after expertise in all things chocolate, Hayden heads to snowy New England with her friend and financial advisor, Travis, for the opening of his pal’s highly-touted holiday musical. But when the show’s producer is murdered, Hayden trades sampling Chocolate Santas for finding the killer—especially since this time, Travis is the one asking for her help . . .

Soon Hayden discovers there’s more to Travis’s chic hometown than mulled wine and cocoa cookies. But that’s just the beginning. Almost no one, including Travis, is quite what they seem. Did the show’s lead have more savage motives than stardom? Could the dead producer’s husband have felt a murderous envy for his successful wife? Getting behind the mistletoe and jingle bells will take all of Hayden’s savvy—along with some super caffeinated Peppermint Mochas—if she hopes to catch a killer with a heart more bitter than the darkest truffle

I liked the storyline and getting to know the characters. I had not read the first 4 books of the series but I don't feel like I was missing anything, This authors writing had me yelling at her. So Hayden calls Travis her financial consultant and her keeper, constantly, all in one paragraph, So one sentence would have it so Travis said something to her and the next sentence it would have it say her financial consultant said it to her or her keeper. Why we had to keep getting it drilled in our her throughout the whole book that he was her friend, financial consultant and her keeper was beyond me. Also Danny was her friend but also bodyguard and so the author also did the same thing in the same paragraphs. It only had to be told to us once at the beginning. I don't think i will read anymore of this series.
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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

New Year's Eve Murder by Leslie Meier book review

New Year's Eve Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery, #12)New Year's Eve Murder by Leslie Meier
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After the annual parade of Christmas presents in Tinker's Cove has ended, Lucy Stone and her daughter Elizabeth are ready to ring in the new year in style. Elizabeth has won mother/daughter winter makeovers in Manhattan from Jolie magazine! But the all-expenses-paid trip is bound to have some hidden costs-and one of them is murder....

As excited as Elizabeth is to hit the Big Apple, Lucy's less thrilled to be heading straight into post-holiday shopping crowds in the middle of a flu epidemic. Then again, she has to admit-if only to herself-that her work-from-home personal style could use a bit of an update. And she is looking forward to visiting an old college friend and culture-vulturing it all over town, from museums to budget art-house flicks. Besides, how often do opportunities for sophisticated mother/daughter bonding on someone else's dime come along, anyway?

After finally arriving at the offices of Jolie, meeting their fellow makeover candidates, and being treated to a fashion show, Elizabeth is enamored of the extreme outfits and stick-thin models-while Lucy's having some misgivings. The pampering is nice (never underestimate the transformative powers of a $500 haircut) and the glitz and glamour of haute couture is bizarrely fascinating, but bitterness and aggression lurk behind the Jolie's hipper-than-thou facade. And things turn downright ugly when self-absorbed fashion editor Nadine Nelson falls mysteriously ill and then dies.

Lucy saw first-hand some of the backstabbing going on at Jolie. And the red-hot rumor mill soon reveals that the cliquish connection among the magazine's cabal of high-style executives-fierce tempered fashionistas Camilla Keith, Elise Frazier, and Nadine herself-has stirred up plenty of bad blood over the years. Numerous staffers, from workaholic assistant Phyllis Finch to oft-maligned photo editor Pablo Prinz, have found themselves at the other end of the trio's sharp claws. To say suspects abound would be an understatement.

But this Manhattan murder mystery hits too close to home when Elizabeth gets rushed to the hospital with symptoms that are disturbingly similar to Nadine's. Now, it's up to Lucy to dress down a killer before the ball drops in Times Square...

I have always liked this series and now starting to read the rest. Again Lucy goes into detective mode to find out who killed Nadine. I had an idea who it was and had a small suspicion f the other person but not the why. I have always enjoyed Lucy Stone and her family and glad to have read this.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Seaborn by Lena North Review

SeabornSeaborn by Lena North
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Charlie runs for her life, bruised and bleeding after yet another visit from her former boyfriend. The only one she can turn to is a colleague, and Carrie sends Charlie to her parents on the Islands, a safe haven where she can rest and heal. Prepared to leave, things take an unexpected turn when Charlie finds out about the legacy some of the families on the Islands share, and how she has links to it.

Joao is about to propose to his girlfriend when his uncle calls to ask for help, and he arrives at his uncle Nico and aunt Pauline’s house to find an abused girl. As the chief of police and protector of the Islands, he’s used to handling situations like this, but then the girl opens her eyes and his world shifts. The turquoise gaze is a clear indication that the girl comes from the Islands, but it also cuts straight to his soul.

This is a paranormal, romance, thriller. I was hooked from the beginning of the book and could not put it down. Charlie had a rough life growing up and shunned as a child so when she meets the people on this Island she sees how strong of a bond family is and she finds out secrets that tie her to the Island. There is supposedly another book coming out for this series and I can not wait to read it. I loved the characters in the book and I laughed out loud quite a few times while reading.

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Monday, August 20, 2018

The Reader by Traci Chee review

The Reader (Sea of Ink and Gold, #1)The Reader by Traci Chee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sefia lives her life on the run. After her father is viciously murdered, she flees to the forest with her aunt Nin, the only person left she can trust. They survive in the wilderness together, hunting and stealing what they need, forever looking over their shoulders for new threats. But when Nin is kidnapped, Sefia is suddenly on her own, with no way to know who’s taken Nin or where she is. Her only clue is a strange rectangular object that once belonged to her father left behind, something she comes to realize is a book.
Reading is unheard of in Sefia's world. She learns how to read the book and it's meaning and she needs to keep it safe. It also may help her find Nin, who like an Aunt to her. She also needs to find out what happened the day her dad was killed and what happened to her mom. She runs into pirates and more questions are asked. Then she finds everything she want and knows the truth and it isn't always as it seemed.
I liked getting to know Sefia and Archer. The book was fast paced and seemed to have 2 stories entwining into 1.
I received the from edelweiss for review.

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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Santa's On His Way by Lisa Jackson and others review

Santa's on His WaySanta's on His Way by Lisa Jackson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There are 4 stores by 4 different authors in this cute Christmas book. I connected with all the main characters in each story. They were each a fast read and entertaining. Even though in the first chapter you know they will end up by the end of the story it was still fun to see the relationships grow.

The uneventful Christmas Annie McFarlane expected is suddenly anything but. First, there’s the adorable baby left on the snowy doorstep of her Oregon cabin. Second, there’s the extremely attractive, yet extremely angry man claiming to be the father. Liam O’Shaughnessy may be intimidating, but this is one precious gift Annie isn’t giving up so easily . . .

When Meg O’Neill’s longtime boyfriend lets her down, again, on Christmas no less, she braves an Oregon blizzard to get to her best friend Noah’s comforting arms. But this time Noah’s not telling her what she wants to hear—he’s telling her the truth, from his heart. And his words just might be the gift Meg’s been wishing for all along.

SNOWED IN * Stacy Finz
Rachel Johnson has found the perfect spot for her second Tart Me Up bakery in Glory Junction, California. Except she’s in fierce competition with hunky bar owner Boden Farmer. Worse, while the icy rivals await the city’s decision, they end up catering the same Christmas Eve mountaintop wedding—and getting snowed in. But sometimes a loss of electricity generates a different kind of heat . . .

Big city art teacher Lindsay Tyler isn’t just back home in Colorado for her brother’s wedding at the Barton Christmas Tree Farm and Ranch. She’s back for good. She just hasn’t told anyone yet—including Cal Barton, the ex-boyfriend she left behind. Will it take a Christmas miracle for him to welcome her back with open arms? .

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