Review: Love Happens

Synopsis:

In this must-have short-story collection, Melanie Moreland introduces us to Ethan Thomas in When Love Blooms. Melanie Harlow shares her novel, Some Kind of Love. Molly McLain and Rhonda James share Luke and Mia’s no strings weekend that could lead to love. Claudia Burgoa visits New York City in How We Met. Leap with Dylan Allen to London where we meet Cara’s dream man. Emery Jacobs revisits the Beautiful Torture Duet. Go on vacation with the beloved characters of the Unspoken Series by Gabbie Duran. I See You is based on secondary characters in Ginger Scott’s How We Deal With Gravity. Fall in love with Jeanne McDonald’s Shadow Kingsley in All Of Me. Lisa Kamps takes us to the ice arena with First Shot At Love (A Baltimore Banners Story). Bad girl Delilah meets Lance, her total opposite, in Wild Pumpkin by Martha Sweeney. Mia Kayla brings us Kent and Beth from Marry Me for Money, a couple with different views in All Work And No Play. In Love on The Edge, Molly Lee’s Dash and Blake from the Edge of Chaos spend their honeymoon chasing storms. Rockstar Silas Palmer finds love on the side of the road in Hitch by S.M. West. 
Fifteen authors come together to celebrate Autism Awareness month with proceeds benefitting SARRC and Myles-A-Part. 
Love Happens features stories about finding love, falling in love and being in love.

**Includes Some Kind of Love By Melanie Harlow** 

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Love Happpens is anthology by many authors. Each one with their own unique talent. They have come together to put this collection for readers and to raise funds for Autism. I love when talented writers get together to help others. It nails my attention immediately. 

After reading these stories, I got to go on a lot of adventures. Different experiences of love, life, and meaning. Each tale was deep. Emotionally, I was swept up in its great wave after wave of stories. Another amazing thing about this anthology, I got to taste other writer’s work, whom I never heard of until now…their stories are not only entertaining but inspiring too. Love Happens is romantic, hopeful, and well-told. Sexy, realistic, and contains a lot of real life issues. That’s what really had me hooked. I was able to connect to the charcaters because of that. Overall, I recommend this collection to readers worldwide. There’s a little of everything inside…I have received this free copy for an honest review. 

Review: Reflections of a Soul



Synopsis:

Inspired by the journey of life, June Marie Davis has developed an anthology that has captured the essence of her soul by discovering the power of words. Words have flowed ever so freely from a mind to create the divine art form of poetry. In this collection, you will feel the sentiments of a young woman’s soul. The experiences of growing within a world of urban decay and life’s situations have built this young poet’s persona. Living in the midst of confusion and reality created this young woman’s inner discovery of life, love, soul and heartache. These are thoughtfully captured by this writer’s irony, as is the journey in developing self-pride by embracing the beauty and richness of her Latin/Boricua (Puerto Rican) and Afro-American heritages. Her surroundings and experiences made her find a channel of self-expression to record her life, thus far, in a simple yet powerful way. The way that only poetry can provide! “Through My Mothers Eyes” captures the value of lessons learned. Emotions are expressed through a young woman’s void and are heartfelt in “Daddy’s Little Girl.” “Mi Hombre Latino” rages of fury and the passion of love. “Snapshots” depicts the irony of physical and mental reflection. This short collection will allow you to smile, cry, think or reminisce as you become wrapped in emotions on a journey to discover a young woman’s life and Reflections of a Soul.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Reflections of a Soul by June Marie Davis is a beautifully told collection of poetry. Each poem has an issue that lies with most of us. One that can utterly break us apart or bind us together. I got to travel through the writer’s journey as every piece took hold of my heart and captured my attention. Immediately, I was drawn into the book like a moth to a flame. The words echoed in my heart. The pain, struggles, and other emotions held me like a prisoner. June Marie Davis brought up topics like racism, growing up without a father, and love. I was thoroughly impressed. I felt each word as though it were my own thoughts and feelings. Sadness, anger, betrayal, hatred, and others can be felt as readers move through the collection. Reflections of a Soul by June Marie Davis was pleasant to read. Overall, I recommend it to readers worldwide.

Review: One More Kiss



Synopsis:

Matt Reed was living the dream until a bad career move sends him back to his hometown for much-needed privacy. Instead, he finds someone he never expected: the woman whose steamy kiss he remembers like it was yesterday.

Vivienne Forrester finally has her life in order… until Matt moves back to town. She doesn’t want to think about the time she threw caution to the wind with him, but running into him everywhere, it’s impossible not to… 

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Samantha Chase, wow, you have outdone yourself once more! First, let me just say, that Samantha Chase has a particular writing style that I love. Her characters have this tug of war going on in each one of her books. Especially, inside One More Kiss. The tug of war is not just one sided. Second, there’s this deep emotional journey that one or both main characters go through…like Matt Reed. He’s a sexy, hot, and talented rockstar. Double check. But there’s more to him than beats the eye. His past history comes to light. Family stuff that’s hard to swallow. Immediately, I wanted to hug him. I wanted to let him know I felt his pain and will be there to support him. Honestly, Matt Reed felt so real. His burdens were realistic. Samantha Chase has a knack for creating the best three-dimensional characters. Well-rounded. Sure they make look perfect and a have super great talent. But they also have real issues like the rest of our world. Real world issues masterfully woven into a beautiful told fictional piece. If that’s not enough to keep readers hooked there is the heat and instant chemistry war going on between Matt Reed and his best friend’s sister. Vivian had always had a fantasy dream crunch on Matt. Now as adults, it feels much more potent. Then getting to see him in person after all the years he’s been gone…and the desire and dreams hit her hard. Full force. Slap to the face. She meets him once again. They quickly share a kiss…before the world comes shaking up their moment. Vivian is taken away…and after that life went on like the moment never happened…Samantha Chase is a talented writer. She not only creates stories that readers can easily relate to and love but ones that will never be forgotten. This entire book was a journey…and it was epic in every way. Overall, if love hot rockstars and a powerful romance, then this novel is the perfect read. I highly recommend One More Kiss to readers worldwide. 

Review: The Sun is Also a Star



Synopsis:

The Instant New York Times Bestseller! Soon to be a Major Motion Picture!

The dazzling new novel from Nicola Yoon, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything (in theaters May 2017!), will have you falling in love with Natasha and Daniel as they fall in love with each other!

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel:  I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.
The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true? 

Rating: 5-stars

Review

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon is by far the greatest book ever. Her story weaves readers into its depth. Never letting them go. I felt the tension, rebellion, and the yearning. Two unlikely characters by chance meet. A meeting that shakes up their world and puts it upside down again. Love. True love. Chemistry. Instant attraction. Neither one was expecting it to happen. But there in the midst of everything they fell into a whole. One that has swallowed them both. However, as with real life, love is separated or broken. In this case, both are separated. One is being taken out of the country and the other staying. Their chance of love is impossible. But the hearts protest…

Nicola Yoon’s debut novel is brilliant. Refreshing, exciting, and leaves readers wanting it to never end…it’s a book that captures its audience. I was hooked. Every page lured me deeper into the character’s lives. Society, family , and distance keeps playing the bad parts…but somehow the odds might just break. The Sun is Also a Star kept me wondering what will happen next. I never knew what was going to occur. This phenomenal read is similar to that of The Fault in Our Stars movie. I really can’t wait to see this one on screen soon. Suspenseful with every page. The characters are amazing. Well-developed. The tale is well-told. Overall, I highly recommend it to all. 

Review: Legend of the Coco Palms Resort


Synopsis:

Never confuse Hawaiian spirits for Aloha spirit.

On the lush tropical Hawaiian island of Kauai sits the iconic dilapidated Coco Palms Resort, once a paradise getaway for the rich and famous. On September 11, 1992 Hurricane Iniki ripped through Kauai, leaving the resort nothing more than a hollowed shell.
Centuries before Iniki struck, the land belonged to Kauai’s royal family. The lush coconut grove along the Wailua River was home to Queen Deborah, the last reigning monarch, whose remains have never been found. Rumor has it that she walks the halls of the resort.

After more than two decades, corporate New York lawyer, Abby Parker has been hired to acquire the property for a wealthy land developer. Abby soon discovers that the Heritage and Cultural Association is not the biggest obstacle to stand in her way. Within hours of arriving on the island, Abby finds herself on a gurney, in the back of an ambulance. Abby may have bitten off more than she can chew.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Legend of the Coco Palms Resort by Rita D’Orazio is fascinating. Her novel brings readers to Hawaii. A tropical place that is exotic and loved by many. Here, I got to follow the main character to a place called, Coco Palms Resort. Once upon a time, this was the most expensive and popular resorts know worldwide. The rich and famous would come there to visit. But then, a hurricane came and all was lost. Destruction took over. Since then, real estates have tried to take over the property. It’s a real money spot, only if they can get to it. So far, no one has succeeded. Plus, there’s rumors that it’s haunted. Now, enters the protagonist, Abby. She’s a lawyer hired to go scout it. But what she finds is more than anything she ever thought. I loved how themes like family, culture, heritage, and love were present here. Rita D’Orazio has captured them beautifully. The scenes come to life with every page. The characters and their personalities snag readers like myself further into the plot. Soon, I found myself at the ending. It was brilliant. I truly enjoyed following this adventure from beginning to end. A lawyer turned into a business woman and the new treasures she finds is worth reading…Overall, I highly recommend this contemporary women’s fiction to readers everywhere. 

Review: Random Acts of Marriage

Random Acts of Marriage (Wedding Favors) by [Brux, Boone]

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Kinni Corbet is the perfect bridesmaid. She’s efficient and has a to-do list for every occasion. When the bride-to-be adds “relax and have some fun” to Kinni’s schedule, Price Lyons seems to tick all the right boxes. He’s guaranteed fun, and it’s only for one week—what can it hurt?

Playboy hotel owner Price Lyons has wanted to break down Kinni’s walls for years. Her plan to relax for a whole week is the perfect opportunity to get to the one person he’s never been able to charm. And this time, she seems…receptive to his advances. Unexpected, but he’ll take it.

There’s just one problem. Kinni’s allergic, to spontaneity, and the only thing predictable about Price is he’s unpredictable. There’s no way they’ll last beyond the week, and Kinni’s going to make sure of it…

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Random Acts of Marriage by Boone Brux is a contemporary romance novel that all will love. It takes readers on an emotional rollercoaster. Feelings such as sadness, indecision, and warmth will tug at readers’ hearts. The emotions felt raw and very much real. Internal struggles were powerful within this read. Readers will also meet families that are quirky and highly entertaining. Both families really cared about each other. That part was beautifully done. Boone Brux kept me in suspense throughout the novel. Love was the main theme and well played.  Addictive from the start, I couldn’t tear away from the book.  Instantly hooked. The leading female character has flaws that draw readers closer to her. Relationships in her past that didn’t go well…and so, she was determined to stay away from them. However, fate brought what she didn’t want in her life. Where it will go is something I highly recommend to readers to read. Fun is something the character doesn’t want but is trapped into by her best friend. From there the scenes get more interesting. Thus, enters Price. He meets Kinni and wants to do everything he can to keep her. But getting under her skin and staying there will be the hardest thing ever. I enjoyed reading this brilliant romance. It was sweet, funny, and well-developed. Overall, I recommend it to readers everywhere.

Review: To Love a Viscount

Regency Romance: To Love A Viscount (CLEAN Historical Romance) by [Bennett, Jessie]

 

Synopsis:

Her childhood friend is available, but a handsome stranger makes her doubt her choice.

One of the society’s most beautiful eligible women, Miss Emma Roberts knows that her father is dying and she must choose a husband. She has always known Viscount Francis Turner, and he seems the solid choice in her desperate situation. However, another opportunity has arisen. He may be the better choice for pretty Emma.

Handsome Viscount Francis Turner loves his childhood best friend, but he’s also in a desperate situation and must marry quickly in order to save his inheritance. Then the dashing Captain Jonathan Green captures her attention, and he doubts whether she is the right choice for him. He must make a choice to pursue her heart or watch her be claimed by another man, but he must also choose a bride for himself before time runs out.

Emma and Francis must find a balance between romance and friendship—and decide whether a solid friendship is a right foundation, for a lasting marriage. Theirs could be a marriage for love, but Emma must choose between security and the desire of her heart.

Can she overcome her reservations and discover which man is her true love?

Will Francis find a way to save his family home and win the heart of the woman he has loved since childhood?

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

To Love a Viscount by Jessie Bennett is an enchanting historical read. This romance is clean. The soul and heart of this story will captivate readers everywhere. Two best friends find themselves in a desperate situation. One’s father is ill the other is getting weaker. One friend is penniless and the other needs a husband. When both friends meet, their attraction towards each other is visible. However, Francis has to work for his money now, sacrificing his own pride to save his and his father’s home. Emma needs to find a husband before her father dies. He seems to be getting worse each time…and he wants to see his girls married before his last breathe. Fate is funny sometimes. Francis soon becomes a hero in rescuing his best friend Emma for a bad suitor and her father from an evil relative. Francis can’t ignore his blossoming love for Emma; however, he feels unworthy of her love. Emma has feelings for her best friend Francis but then there’s a new man trying for her undivided attention. Who she chooses will affect the rest of her life in many ways.  Jessie Bennett is a talented writer. Her work never ceases to amaze me. I love the charming yet realistic characters. Their drama and troubles make for an interesting read. I enjoyed following both Francis and Emma as their lives changed them and led them into new beginnings. To Love a Viscount is definitely a must read for all. I highly recommend Jessie Bennett’s novel.

 

Review: Finding Sarah

Finding Sarah by [Lou Jones, Wendy]

 

Synopsis:

Finding Sarah is an emotionally captivating story of love, life and everything in between.
With her house sold from under her, Sarah finds herself moving to a small cottage in the country in order to make ends meet but soon befriends, Maggie, the matriarch of Nutt Hill, a Texan and hopeless romantic.

But when Sarah meets a new man, her idyllic new life seems set to fracture.
Two very different souls searching for peace. One entire parish watching. In a small country village, nothing stays private for long…

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Finding Sarah by Wendy Lou Jones is a beautifully woven novel. The story opens readers’ hearts to more. Sure we all have had bad times and thought less of ourselves at certain points but that doesn’t mean we’re not worthy of love. Love, hope, and happiness are all themes found in this read. I was instantly moved and inspired by Wendy Lou Jones tale. Maybe there’s hope after all.

Divorced and rebuilding her own life, Sarah moves to a small-town. Her two boys companying her as well. Here, she manages to find a job and a new friend. Sarah soon finds herself deeply attracted to the young vicar. A man who has no trouble attracting the ladies. However, none have ever caught his attention until now…Sarah. Sarah is the kind of woman everyone likes. She always but herself last. But time is changing and she must learn to put herself first. Finding Sarah is both a good romance and a perfect read for women everywhere. I loved watching Sarah as she found the courage and the strength in finding herself and love. Fate does funny things. Overall, I highly recommend this novel to all.

 

Review: The Invitation

The Invitation by [Foley, Lucy]

 

Synopsis:

An evocative love story set along the Italian Riviera about a group of charismatic stars who all have secrets and pasts they try desperately–and dangerously–to hide.

Rome, 1953: Hal, an itinerant journalist flailing in the post-war darkness, has come to the Eternal City to lose himself and to seek absolution for the thing that haunts him. One evening he finds himself on the steps of a palazzo, walking into a world of privilege and light. Here, on a rooftop above the city, he meets the mysterious Stella. Hal and Stella are from different worlds, but their connection is magnetic. Together, they escape the crowded party and imagine a different life, even if it’s just for a night. Yet Stella vanishes all too quickly, and Hal is certain their paths won’t cross again.

But a year later they are unexpectedly thrown together after Hal receives an invitation he cannot resist. An Italian Contessa asks him to assist on a trip of a lifetime–acting as a reporter on a tremendous yacht, skimming its way along the Italian coast toward Cannes film festival, the most famous artists and movie stars of the day gathered to promote a new film.

Of all the luminaries aboard–an Italian ingenue, an American star, a reclusive director–only one holds Hal in thrall: Stella. And while each has a past, that belies the gilded surface, Stella has the most to hide. As Hal’s obsession with Stella grows, he becomes determined to bring back the girl she once was, the girl who’s been confined to history.

An irresistibly entertaining and atmospheric novel set in some of the world’s most glamorous locales, THE INVITATION is a sultry love story about the ways in which the secrets of the past stay with us–no matter how much we try to escape them.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Invitation by Lucy Foley is a historical romance story set in the 1950’s. Its tale takes readers deep into the darkness that surrounds the characters. Regret, sorrow, and loss. But even with that, there was also, the luxury of lives lived in glamorous ways. Rich, fascinating, and enticing. Lucy Foley magnificently creates, a world in which readers want to dive into time and time again. The emotional journey is one that baits and hooks readers deeper into the plot. Moving back and forth dipping into each character’s life so as to give readers a clearer picture of who they are. The mystery behind the characters and their dilemmas is fascinating to watch. This book is like a moving picture. The Invitation brings a realistic yet romantic story that nails me to its pages. A search for redemption and love is so great that I simply couldn’t put the book down…to stop reading. I highly recommend this to fans of historicals, romances, and family sagas. Lucy Foley is indeed a talented writer.

Review: Bad Napkin

Bad Napkin by [Sharman, T.]

 

Synopsis:

The young adult comedy about love, lies and lists.

“. . .this delightful, quirky book . . . A zany and satisfying story for fans of YA tales that pack as much humor as they do heart.” – Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

When Sophy’s backpack is turtled, Russ finds a plus-minus list on a napkin stuck to the bottom of a copy of The Catcher in the Rye. He knows with certainty Sophy wrote it about him. Except Julie wrote it about her boyfriend Freddie, the school’s oddly sexy football quarterback. Russ decides to change himself to save his relationship with Sophy. But then he writes his own plus-minus list about her in revenge. And that’s when things start to go very wrong.

Sophy’s research project. Julie’s list on a napkin. A terrible discovery. Feeble self-improvement. Horrifying betrayal. The McRib. A watermelon named Brittany. A cyber-wedgie. A cactus-wedgie. A beautiful girl with a foul mouth. A foul girl with a beautiful mouth. And love. And kissing – lots and lots of kissing (with perhaps a bit too much tongue at times).

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Bad Napkin by T.S.W. Sharman is a hilarious read that will bring readers in every time. I thoroughly enjoyed this laugh-out-loud title. The characters were a variety of kinds that made the plot juicy and ripe. Teenagers whose struggles and perfections made them interesting individuals. A popular girl ends up in a super awkward situation due to a friend of hers taking a list that was written about a terrible boyfriend. It was about Julie’s boyfriend…except Russ, who likes Sophie thought it was about him. So, he then decides to improve himself for her. But what happens next is a dramatic roller-coaster full of ups and downs as well as love. T.S.W. Sharman writes a charming novel that will keep readers coming back time and time again. Themes like being young, finding love, and friendship can be found within this stunning novel. I absolutely loved following the characters’ growth as the story unfolded. The mood swings were crazy but in a realistic yet believable way. Overall, Bad Napkin is a definite must read for readers everywhere.

Review: In Robin’s Nest

IN ROBIN'S NEST by [Elizabeth Sumner Wafler]

 

Synopsis:

What if your daughter spotted you in a rock video perched on the shoulders of the father she never met?

“Robin Hamilton, New York attorney, is poised to reveal a three-decades-old family secret that will at once alter the course of three lives.

One winter evening, Robin and her adult daughter Lark are watching a television documentary when Lark unexpectedly spots her mother in a rock concert crowd, twenty-one, luminous, and perched on the shoulders of a handsome young man. That man is Lark’s father, Dean Falconer, though neither of them knows the truth. Robin decides it’s time to come clean.

Flashback to 1977. Robin Hamilton meets Dean Falconer at a concert in Washington, D.C. The two fall in love over the course of a single transcendent weekend.

But now Robin hasn’t spoken to Dean in thirty-five years. While Lark is enthusiastic about meeting her father, Robin must deal with what could have been after three decades of loneliness and broken dreams.

A spring full of revelations, and one extraordinary summer in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia will teach these three people the ultimate measure of honesty, passion and devotion.

In Robin’s Nest is a richly detailed story of love and loss; secrecy and truth; and ultimately redemption, resplendent in poignancy and charm. It’s about embracing your choices, the ties that make a family, and finding that it’s never too late.”

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

In Robin’s Nest by Elizabeth Sumner Wafler is an amazing read. Readers will instantly be dragged into a family’s deepest secrets and must live courageously to face what lies ahead. The truth needed to be released. After many years, a mother has decided to let it out of the bag. Memories from the characters’ past swept me off my feet and into a whirlwind of love, honesty, and fate. Image a father having never known he had a daughter and a daughter never knowing her father…this is one secret that will haunt and terrify a mother who tried to what was best.  The future holds a lot of hope, love, and new beginnings. I enjoyed following the characters as they grew as a family. A family that finally found everything they ever wanted. Beautifully written, inspiring, and realistic. A mother, a father, and their daughter all experience a journey. One that will stun readers with joy and above all hope. This was the first novel I have read by Elizabeth Sumner Wafler. I highly recommend it to all.

 

Review: After Party (Poems)

The After Party: Poems by [Prikryl, Jana]

 

Synopsis:

Jana Prikryl’s The After Party journeys across borders and eras, from cold war Central Europe to present-day New York City, from ancient Rome to New World suburbs, constantly testing the lingua francas we negotiate to know ourselves. These poems disclose the tensions in our inherited identities and showcase Prikryl’s ambitious experimentation with style.

“Thirty Thousand Islands,” the second half of the collection, presents some forty linked poems that incorporate numerous voices. Rooted in one place that fragments into many places—the remote shores of Lake Huron in Canada, a region with no natural resources aside from its beauty—these poems are an elegy that speaks beyond grief.

Penetrating, vital, and visionary, The After Party marks the arrival of an extraordinary new talent.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The After Party (Poems) by Jana Prikryl is a collection of poems that will knock readers off their feet and into the book. Traveling to explore, feel, and loose one’s self in words so masterfully written. Jana Prikryl’s talent shines forth on every page. The work is highly engaging and addictive. I easily finished reading this wonderful collection of poetry under an hour. Each poem has its say and will win over readers instantly. Truly an enjoyable array of words for all. Entertaining, refreshing, and stunning. The After Party (Poems) is a book all will be talking about for a long time to come. Overall, I highly recommend it to readers worldwide.

 

Review: Yellow Tulips & Red Buses

Yellow Tulips & Red Buses by [Kamaria, Adia]

 

Synopsis:

London. What if she pursued her master’s at an English university? Or left Florida to its sun and swamps, and feasted her eyes instead on historic towers set against overcast skies? What if crossing the ocean was the path to a brighter future?

Stuck in a dismal job and entangled in a back-and-forth relationship, Adia Kamaria ponders this unexpected idea for quite a while before finally taking the plunge. But when she does, she does so wholeheartedly.

Yellow Tulips & Red Buses reads like a journal in its vulnerability and hopeful honesty as it recounts Adia’s romantic escapades—first with a young Pakistani bloke, followed by a Nigerian prince—and traces her travels in the United Kingdom and beyond when she’s not hard at work studying. While she quickly learns she can’t leave her problems behind, she does realize that a fresh perspective can do wonders for the soul.

An inspiring view of life and love through the eyes of a thirty-something woman who’s had her heart broken one too many times, this no-filters account will make you laugh, cry, and long for adventures of your own.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Yellow Tulips & Red Buses is another fabulous adventure by Adia Kamaria. It’s her own adventure and travels that she shares with us, readers. I absolutely loved being able to travel the world with her while still being safe in my room. Life, love, and lessons…all integrated beautifully within this book. A biographical journey of one woman’s road to finding and failing at love. To traveling the world and meeting new people as well as finding a peace within herself. I truly enjoyed getting to know the talented writer through this book. Truly an engaging story that readers won’t want to miss. Steady and exciting. Readers can feel the emotions as if the emotions were their very own. The scenes come to life and the words suck readers into the tale. Adia Kamaria brings an inspiring piece to readers everywhere. Funny, sad, and frustrating to acceptance of her life. I highly recommend this book to all.

 

Review: Wishing for You

Wishing for You (I Wish Book 2) by [Langston, Elizabeth]

 

Synopsis:

She’s a girl who can’t remember. He’s the guy she can’t forget…

It’s her final semester of high school, and Kimberley Rey is curious about what will come next. She needs to pick a college, but her memory disability complicates the choice. Will her struggles, to remember, make it impossible to leave home?

Help arrives through an unexpected and supernatural gift. Grant is a “genie” with rules. He can give her thirty wishes (one per day for a month) as long as the tasks are humanly possible. Kimberley knows just what to ask for–lessons in how to live on her own.

But her wishes change when a friend receives a devastating diagnosis. As she joins forces with Grant to help her friend, Kimberley learns that the ability to live in the moment–to forget–may be more valuable than she ever knew.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Wishing for You by Elizabeth Langston is the second book in the I Wish Series. This book is an emotionally powerful journey that will pierce readers hearts and souls. I loved how Elizabeth Langston took a disability and planted it into an unforgettable character. A young girl is fighting her lack of memory. She’s always forgetting something and because of that she feels traumatized. But then an unexpected guy arrives into her life and gives her something to remember. She may not remember a lot of things but she remembers the stuff that has emotional attachments…like a first kiss or first date. She thinks that remembering everything would be great until she realizes that not always remembering everything is a gift and not just a curse. I loved following Kimberley’s growth throughout the novel. I felt like I could connect with her on so many levels. I too have something that keeps me from going exactly where I want to be…dyslexia and a speech impediment. There are times, I wanted to cry, laugh and feel just as frustrated as the main character, Kimberley did. The scenes went by fast. Absolutely, a great novel for readers everywhere. Elizabeth Langston’s book does leave me wondering what she will write next. There are so many possibilities. The suspense will surely kill me multiple times until then…overall, I highly  recommend Wishing for You to all.

 

 

Review: Temptation’s Trust

 

Synopsis:

Love is but a splendid experience which may only be appreciated through unexpected actions. Temptation’s Trust expresses Gary R. Hess’s unforeseen and sometimes unthinkable affairs with love throughout his life.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Temptation’s Trust is a collection of beautiful engaging poetry by Gary R. Hess. His writing is superb. I loved reading each poem that splayed across each and every page. Capturing moments of life and love within each one…I enjoyed reading this book.Well-written and told in a way that lures readers into each word. Deep and meaningful. Overall, I highly recommend it to readers everywhere.

Review: My Darling Dorothy

 

Synopsis:

Based on authentic letters from the era, My Darling Dorothy is a timeless love story that transcends both hard times and the brutal impact of war. The tumult of the Great Depression and World War II provides the background for a novel about three young people; Tommie, Jack and Dorothy and their challenges, struggles, defeats, and triumphs.

Tommie struggles to survive the Bataan Death March in the fall of 1941, clinging to his dream of a gratifying future with Dorothy as his bride. On the front-lines, of the European Theatre, Jack experiences the horrors of endless battle. Dorothy, caught between the two, works to maintain her dream of a life beyond small-town Nebraska. The hopes and hardships they share are reflected in the letters that they exchange. Are they remnants of lost dreams, or the foundation for a joyful future?

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

My Darling Dorothy by Jo Virden is a fascinating fictional journey. One that takes readers back and forth during WWII and  to the present moment. A young woman finds letters within odd things her parents have collected over the years. Something in her gut says there has to be something special hidden in the junk stuff…and her instincts paid off. She finds old letters. A man named Tommie wrote to her mother…why? And what happened to him? The historical novel explores the past lives of Tommie who fell in love with Dorothy. Then there’s another man who has captured Dorothy’s attention. The handsome devilish guy named Jack. Dorothy writes back and forth to both men. The tale takes us through the hardships each young person struggled and lived through during their lives. Intriguing, highly entertaining, and well-written. There is an emotional toll that kept on tugging on my heart as the scenes flew by me. A fast-paced story that somehow wraps itself around me, causing me to fall deeper into the characters’ lives. Beautifully told. My Darling Dorothy is about love, adventure, loss, and war. This was my first novel that I have read by Jo Virden.  She has created a masterfully woven tale that I won’t ever forget. Memorable. Satisfying. Overall, I highly recommend it to readers everywhere.

 

Review: Fever at Dawn

 

Synopsis:

In this improbably joyous novel about two recovering concentration camp survivors, love is the best medicine.

July 1945. Miklos is a twenty-five-year-old Hungarian who has survived the camps and has been brought to Sweden to convalesce. His doctor has just given him a death sentence — his lungs are filled with fluid and in six months he will be gone. But Miklos has other plans. He didn’t survive the war only to drown from within, and so he wages war on his own fate. He acquires the names of the 117 Hungarian women also recovering in Sweden, and he writes a letter to each of them in his beautiful cursive hand. One of these women, he is sure, will become his wife.

In another part of the country, Lili reads his letter and decides to write back. For the next few months, the two engage in a funny, absurd, hopeful epistolary dance. Eventually, they find a way to meet.

Based on the true story of Péter Gárdos’s parents, and drawn from their letters,Fever at Dawn is a vibrant, ribald, and unforgettable tale, showing the death-defying power of the human will to live and to love.
Rating: 5 stars
Review:
Fever at Dawn by Peter Gardos is by far the greatest read. I love reading anything that features about the Holocaust and the victims during this time period. A moment in history that will never be forgotten by all. The deaths still linger onto the souls that have survived and onto those who have never experienced the fear or danger of the Holocaust. Here, Peter Gardos has brilliantly brought a true story of his parents’ journey and turned it into one memorable fiction piece. It shows how strong the victims are even after the horror has stopped. But we shall find that after going through an unthinkable horror that victims who have survived can go on and maybe find some happiness. But as with all life, fate has other plans. This brilliant novel made me laugh, cry, and root for the victims and their inspirational strength during times of hardness, cruelty, and death.
Fever at Dawn is a novel that hits home immediately due to what lay on its page within…a man who has survived the Holocaust finds that he is dying. But instead of letting death win and take what little time he has left, he finds strength to find love before it’s too late. Miklos has lungs that are collapsing on him. Yet, he wants to find a woman that will marry him before he leaves the world. He decides to write to women who are also recovering and hopes with a something so fierce that it leaves readers with awe…he wants to find love. One woman does find Miklos letters to be magical. She is soon in love with the man who has written her a letter and soon they meet. Miklos and Lili plan on marriage…and maybe this strong man of hers might just live long enough for them to have a peaceful happy marriage…Love, courage, and bravery are strong themes within this riveting tale. I loved reading this book. Peter Gardos has brought his parents’ story to life and left me feeling inspired by it. Overall, I highly recommend this novel to readers worldwide.

Review: News of the World

 

Synopsis:

It is 1870 and Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. An elderly widower who has lived through three wars and fought in two of them, the captain enjoys his rootless, solitary existence.

In Wichita Falls, he is offered a $50 gold piece to deliver a young orphan to her relatives in San Antonio. Four years earlier, a band of Kiowa raiders killed Johanna’s parents and sister; sparing the little girl, they raised her as one of their own. Recently rescued by the U.S. army, the ten-year-old has once again been torn away from the only home she knows.

Their 400-mile journey south through unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain proved difficult and at times dangerous. Johanna has forgotten the English language, tries to escape at every opportunity, throws away her shoes, and refuses to act “civilized.” Yet as the miles pass, the two lonely survivors tentatively begin to trust each other, forging a bond that marks the difference between life and death in this treacherous land.

Arriving in San Antonio, the reunion is neither happy nor welcome. The captain must hand Johanna over to an aunt and uncle she does not remember—strangers who regard her as an unwanted burden. A respectable man, Captain Kidd is faced with a terrible choice: abandon the girl to her fate or become—in the eyes of the law—a kidnapper himself. Exquisitely rendered and morally complex, News of the World is a brilliant work of historical fiction that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

News of the World by Paulette Jiles is an absolute must read for all. Here is a realistic historical tale that will tug and pull at readers’ hearts. A journey that is nothing but beautiful and breathtaking…an old war veteran is now jobbed with taking a small girl back to her family that still lives. But it’s not a fun travel. The girl had her parents and sister taken and killed, from her, when she was younger. Then, the Indians that killed her family took her into their culture. Now, at age ten…she only knows the Indian way of life. It’s sad. The young girl grows up thinking the Indians are her only family and doesn’t know any English at all. It tore at me to see her taken from her original family and then she feels she’s taken from the family she remembers, the Indians. As the veteran continues to take the little savage girl to her family…things get harder for them both.

Paulette Jiles brings readers a story unlike any other. It’s deep, meaningful, and an unforgettable tale that will stay with readers for a long time to come. A young girl’s journey to survive and an older man who wants to do right by her. Soon both of their fates are brought together and this is where readers will be awed. Johanna has suffered a lot of pain, neglect, and abuse and now, with the Captian, she can re-enter society. Johanna can experience a family of love and care with the Captian. He ends up loving the blue eyed blonde girl who had it hard in life. All he wants is for her to be happy and safe. Maybe, they can find a peacefulness within each other’s company as they days turn into years. News of the World shows us how cruel and devasting our world can be. An orphaned girl needs a home, security, and love. Most of all patience. Yet no one but the old Captian has given this to her. This was the first novel, I have read by this talented author. I highly recommend News of the World to readers everywhere.

Review: Reverie

 

Synopsis:

Julia James has spent most of her life hiding in plain sight. For her, the cello was a way to get past a hellish childhood. Even now that she is one of the top cellists in the country, and a contender in the most prestigious, high-stakes music competition in the world, she hopes no one will notice her. But then someone does. A chance (or is it?) encounter brings her to the attention of the distractingly sexy, charismatic French horn player, Jeremy Corrigan. As he helps her to embrace her talent, her sexuality, and her past, Julia thinks she might finally be headed toward her ‘happily-ever-after.’ Unfortunately, happily isn’t so much ‘ever-after’ for Julia. The lines between love and obsession are blurred in REVERIE.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Reverie by Lauren Rico is a stunning contemporary novel that blew me away instantly. I was immediately drawn into the leading female character’s life story. Her troubled past to the present trouble brewing up…Love, hatred, abuse, lies…and danger wrapped up in one riveting tale. From a dysfunctional family with abuse going on to a young woman falling into a trap of abuse far greater than the one she escaped from as a child. This is a novel for adults only. There’s hot steamy sex…lies, betrayal,  murder, and beatings. Lauren Rico has masterfully created a novel that shows us the violence and threats that happen in real life. Sometimes there’s no justice…the good fall victim and to those that are unaware might just die for a selfish reason that was completely unexpected. The nightmare never ends…as Julia and her new love, Matthew, now fight for their lives. The stirred up the mess of a dangerous murderer, and now, he may just come after them next. The suspense and intrigue are high in this exciting and thrilling read. Reverie is an adventure that readers will carry with them forever. Overall, I highly recommend this beautifully told story, to readers everywhere.

 

 

Review: Love’s Legacy

 

Synopsis:

Love’s Legacy continues Luke and Naeerah’s epic love story. They’ve found their way back to one another in spite of the insurmountable odds that threatened to keep them apart, but no one is ever fully prepared for the storms life brings. Luke and Naeerah are no different.

Follow our favorite couple as they fight to weather the storms of life while desperately trying to hold on to each other and their family.

Will their marriage ship sink or stay afloat in the sea of life’s process and prove their love is unbreakable and worthy to be branded a lasting legacy?

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Ngozi M. Obi has beautifully created a tale that brought the realities of life and the hardships that we face into a world of fiction that we all can enjoy. Highly  entertaining and inspirational…Love’s Legacy lured me in deeply. The characters are so real with issues that make this novel 3 dimensional. The emotional journey was definitely one exciting thrill ride.I have found myself completely enjoying and waiting to experience again when I read this story once more. The love that the main characters Luke and Naeerah have for another is something, as a reader, that amazed me. Their love went deep both physically and emotional. Both made sacrifices for the other…in today’s world with all that we have it’s rare to find a love like these characters had. Despite all obstacles, they held through with through declaration of love for another. Life always threatens to take away what we have and it’s not any different where Luke and Naeerah are concerned. True love may have or may not have won in this brilliant piece by Ngozi M. Obi…readers have to read it to find out for themselves. I absolutely loved reading Love’s Legacy…the most inspiring, heart melting, and intriguing novel I have read. Overall, I highly recommend this title to readers everywhere.

 

Review: Blue Bath

 

Synopsis:

Kat Lind, an American expatriate living in London with her entrepreneur husband and their young son, attends an opening at a prestigious Mayfair art gallery and is astonished to find her own face on the walls. The portraits are evidence of a long-ago love affair with the artist, Daniel Blake. Unbeknownst to her, he has continued to paint her ever since. Kat is seduced by her reflection on canvas and when Daniel appears in London, she finds herself drawn back into the sins and solace of a past that suddenly no longer seems so far away.

When the portraits catch the attention of the public, threatening to reveal not only her identity but all that lies beyond the edges of the canvases, Kat comes face to face with the true price of their beauty and with all that she now could lose.

Moving between the glamour of the London art world and the sensuous days of a love affair in a dusty Paris studio, life and art bleed together as Daniel and Kat’s lives spin out of control, leading to a conclusion that is anything but inevitable.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Blue Bath by Mary Waters-Sayer is a sensational women’s fictional piece. Here, readers are introduced to interesting characters…a married woman with a son…a piece of her past comes tumbling into her present life and the stakes are higher than she realizes. An old flame she once left in Paris is now at an art gallery near her. Kate’s curiosity kills her and she must see…Daniel Blake.  An artist that painted her and still continues to do so…Kate realizes that there is much to lose if people found out that the paintings were of her. The Blue Bath title ties in perfectly with the beautifully woven tale. Mary Waters-Sayer’s readers will fall deeply in love with the characters, scenes, and the emotional journey that unfolds.

The Blue Bath is Mary Waters-Sayer’s debut novel. A brilliant and stunning way to light one’s path into the world of fictional writing. This story is about love, regret, and betrayal. A woman’s secrets haunt her…what her life will be like with her husband once she tells him…is something readers have to read. Life is never easy and our pasts never stay hidden they are bound to chase us no matter how far away we run. Kate is a wife who had an affair with a painter…who is now dead. She knows how he died yet she has lied to the police. Her future is an enormous mess. An entanglement that no one would have foreseen until it happened. Sad, heartbreaking, and well-written. I highly recommend this contemporary novel to readers everywhere. I can’t wait to read more my Mary Waters-Sayer in the future.

 

Review: Ballet for Guys

 

Synopsis:

Billy Jim Hauck is a good ol’ boy from San Antonio who loves hunting, fishing and being from Texas. When his wife of twenty years leaves him for another man, he deals with it the way he knows how, by sucking down beers, watching Fox News, and trolling leftist websites. His teenage daughter Jill, a gifted ballet student, is disgusted by him and his behavior and is desperate to move out of the house.

Then one terrible evening his daughter is raped. In the aftermath, she goes into a tailspin of depression, anxiety, and guilt. Billy Jim swears revenge, but as the weeks wear on, and it becomes more and more apparent that her rapist is never going to be caught, his need for vengeance is tempered by his longing to see his daughter well again. Though way out of his element, he devotes himself to bringing her through her PTSD and finds solace and redemption in the unlikeliest of places: her world of classical ballet.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Ballet for Guys by Will Kern is an inspirational novel for all to read. The great leaps a father takes for his only child. A daughter who is suffering from her mother leaving her and her father behind and then to suffer at the hands of a boy from high school. Being raped unconsciously is bound to have effects on a person especially when that person is only sixteen.

Will Kern introduces readers to a fictional world that is based on a true story. The loss of a wife, a failed marriage, and a teenage daughter who acts like she doesn’t want to live with her father anymore can take a toll on a man. Billy soon drinks his sorrows up…and that only scares his daughter more. After the horrifying rape incident, Billy looks to ballet for a way to connect with his teenage daughter. What’s beautiful about this tale is that by doing ballet, Billy is not only finding a way to cope and heal but so is his daughter. He is able to connect with and soon they can talk about what hurt them, how, and why and soon they’re bonding unlike before. I loved reading this…knowing that a father and his daughter were able to make it past their horrible nightmares and come out of it with pride, hope, and love. Will Kern’s writing is amazing. It instantly grabs readers and pulls them into the story. Overall, I highly recommend Ballet for Guys to readers worldwide.

 

Review: Golden Maple Tree

 

Synopsis:

At the end of a boring summer in her un-magical hometown, Holly O’Flanigan is eager to return to the parallel world of Magora.

Holly’s nosy neighbor, Ms. Hubbleworth, has been missing for a year, and Holly and her friends, Brian, Rufus, and Amanda, know where she is. A year ago, they left the real world together and entered Magora via a painting Holly’s late grandfather created.

When Holly and her friends head back to Magora to enroll for their second year at Cliffony Academy of the Arts, Holly finds out that her friend Ileana is severely ill. She suffers from a disease that dissolves her blood and turns her back into what she was before—a so-called Unfinished, an incomplete, painted creature that drains the blood of others to become whole.

Holly tries to find a cure, but in vain—Ileana’s illness is progressing. While Holly continues to donate blood to keep Ileana stable and the new school year starts, she meets Ms. Hubbleworth again. Surprisingly, her nosy neighbor has no knowledge of her old life back in the real world and seems fully immersed in her position as a teacher at the art academy.

When Holly learns that the leaves of a mysterious Golden Maple Tree could cure Ileana’s illness, she begins her search for the tree and discovers an ancient monastery where the dangerous blood-sucking Unfinished live.

But Holly’s best friend Rufus is kidnapped and taken to the monastery. With her other friends in tow, Holly enters into a fierce battle against the Unfinished to free Rufus and collect the leaves of the Golden Maple Tree to cure Ileana. In the process, Holly learns the truth behind Ms. Hubbleworth’s memory loss—changing everything Holly thought she knew about Magora.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Golden Maple Tree by Marc Remus is the exciting second adventure to a wonderful children’s series. The cover is just as enticing as the inside…readers are captivated by the magical world where Holly and her friends go on amazing adventures. There’s always a mystery and someone who needs saving.Marc Remus is a talented writer and illustrator. His work never disappoints.

Golden Maple has it all for children. Mystery, suspense, intrigue and most of all adventure. Friendships are important as well as family life. Doing what is good even if it’s not easy is another theme inside this beautifully written tale. Every page brings readers closer to what’s happening and why. Reading one book will cause fo readers to want to read another and another by Marc Remus. It’s one spell-binding read that will captivate its audience for a long time. Overall, I highly recommend this enchanting children’s novel to readers everywhere. You will definitely fall in love with the characters.

 

Book Review: When A Rake Falls by Sally Orr

When a Rake Falls by Sally Orr

Lord Boyce Parker makes a bargain with a Miss Eve Mountfloy. She will help fly the balloon over dangerous parts if he lets her conduct her scientific experiments. He agrees to her request and as they set off, Lord Boyce Parker starts to fall for Miss Eve Mountfloy. He begins making his own experiments like asking her about the heat of a kiss. Miss Eve becomes curious and this soon leads to new discoveries but not relating to the world at all. Will both come to the same conclusion about their feelings when their balloon ride ends? And happens as Miss Eve and Lord Boyce find new sparks that have nothing to do with science experiments? Will Lord Boyce earn his father’s respect just like he planned before he met Miss Eve? Will this be the beginning of new things to come for both or just a passing?

I highly recommend reading When A Rake Falls. Readers everywhere will definitely fall for both Lord Boyce Parker and Miss Eve Mountfloy. Two unlikely characters who happen to meet and ignite all kinds of new explorations. This is a must read romance. I fell in love with these two characters. Sally Orr knows how to write a story so luring  and so beautifully written. I can’t wait to read more novel by Sally Orr. She has a talent for turning words into a masterpiece. Overall, I rate When A Rake Falls a five out of five stars.