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Review: Grace and Fury

Title: Grace and Fury Series: Book one Author: Tracy Banghart Release Date: July 31, 2018 Rating: 4/5 Stars Synopsis from Goodreads: In a world where women have no rights, sisters Serina and Nomi Tessaro face two very different fates: one in the palace, the other in prison. Serina has been groomed her whole life to become a Grace–someone to stand by the heir to the throne as a shining, subjugated example of the perfect woman. But when her headstrong and rebellious younger sister, Nomi, catches the heir’s eye, it’s Serina who takes the fall for the dangerous secret that Nomi has been hiding. Now trapped in a life she never wanted, Nomi has only one way to save Serina: surrender to her ro

Review: Trouble the Water

Title: Trouble the Water Author: Jacqueline Friedland Release Date: May 8, 2018 Rating: 4/5 Stars Synopsis from Goodreads: Abigail Milton was born into the British middle class, but her family has landed in unthinkable debt. To ease their burdens, Abby’s parents send her to America to live off the charity of their old friend, Douglas Elling. When she arrives in Charleston at the age of seventeen, Abigail discovers that the man her parents raved about is a disagreeable widower who wants little to do with her. To her relief, he relegates her care to a governess, leaving her to settle into his enormous estate with little interference. But just as she begins to grow comfortable in her new life,

Review: Something in the Water

Title: Something in the Water Author: Catherine Steadman Release Date: June 5, 2018 Rating: 4/5 Stars Synopsis from Goodreads: If you could make one simple choice that would change your life forever, would you? Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water. . . . Could the life of your dreams be the stuff of nightmares? Suddenly the newlyweds must make a dangerous choice: to speak

Review: Flowers and Foul Play

Title: Flowers and Foul Play Series: A Magic Garden Mystery #1 Author: Amanda Flower Release Date: May 8, 2018 Rating: 3/5 Stars Synopsis from Goodreads: Florist Fiona Knox’s life isn’t smelling so sweet these days. Her fiancé left her for their cake decorator. Then, her flower shop wilted after a chain florist opened next door. So when her godfather, Ian MacCallister, leaves her a cottage in the Scottish Highlands, Fiona jumps on the next plane to Edinburgh. Ian, after all, is the one who taught her to love flowers. But when Ian’s elderly caretaker Hamish MacGregor shows her to the cottage upon her arrival, she finds the once resplendent grounds of Duncreigan in a dreadful shambles—with a

Review: Best Beach Ever

Title: Best Beach Ever Series: Ten Beach Road #6 Author: Wendy Wax Release Date: May 22, 2018 Rating: 3.5/5 Stars Synopsis from Goodreads: After giving up their renovation-turned-reality-TV-show Do Over, the ladies of Ten Beach Road move into cottages at the Sunshine Hotel and turn their beloved Bella Flora over to its wealthy mystery tenant. Now, each woman will be forced to reexamine and redefine her life, relationships, and dreams. My Review: I would recommend reading the other books in the series before reading this one. I read it without having read the rest of them and while it was still a really enjoyable read I think it would have been easier for me to get into if I knew more of the

Review: The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll

Title: The Favorite Sister Author: Jessica Knoll Release Date: May 15, 2018 Rating: 3/5 Stars Synopsis from Goodreads: When five hyper-successful women agree to appear on a reality series set in New York City called Goal Diggers, the producers never expect the season will end in murder… Brett’s the fan favorite. Tattooed and only twenty-seven, the meteoric success of her spin studio—and her recent engagement to her girlfriend—has made her the object of jealousy and vitriol from her cast mates. Kelly, Brett’s older sister and business partner, is the most recent recruit, dismissed as a hanger-on by veteran cast. The golden child growing up, she defers to Brett now—a role which requires h

Review: Lowcountry Bookshop by Susan M. Boyer

Title: Lowcountry Bookshop Series: Liz Talbot Mystery #7 Author: Susan M. Boyer Release Date: May 29, 2018 Rating: 5/5 Stars Synopsis from Goodreads: Lowcountry PI Liz Talbot returns to the streets of Charleston in the seventh installment of Susan M. Boyer’s USA TODAY bestselling mystery series. Between an epic downpour and a King Tide, those historic streets are flooded—and dangerous. A late night tragic accident along the Lower Battery leads Liz Talbot straight to her next case. Who’s the client? Well, now, therein lies the first puzzle. When the police arrive at the scene of the accident, Poppy Oliver claims she’s only trying to help. But the dent on the front of her Subaru and t

Review: Secrets, Lies and Crawfish Pies

Title: Secrets, Lies and Crawfish Pies Series: A Romaine Wilder Myster #1 Author: Abby L. Vandiver Release Date: June 12, 2018 Rating: 3/5 Stars Synopsis from Goodreads: Romaine Wilder, big-city medical examiner with a small-town past, has been downsized and evicted. With few other options, she’s forced to return to her hometown of Robel in East Texas, leaving behind the man she’s dating and the life she’s worked hard to build. Suzanne Babet Derbinay, Romaine’s Auntie Zanne and proprietor of the Ball Funeral Home, has long since traded her French Creole upbringing for Big Texas attitude. She’s a member in a number of ladies’ auxiliaries and clubs, including being in charge of the Tri-Cou

Review: How to Walk Away by Katherine Center

Title: How to Walk Away Author: Katherine Center Release Date: May 15, 2018 Rating: 5/5 Stars Synopsis from Goodreads: Margaret Jacobsen has a bright future ahead of her: a fiancé she adores, her dream job, and the promise of a picture-perfect life just around the corner. Then, suddenly, on what should have been one of the happiest days of her life, everything she worked for is taken away in one tumultuous moment. In the hospital and forced to face the possibility that nothing will ever be the same again, Margaret must figure out how to move forward on her own terms while facing long-held family secrets, devastating heartbreak, and the idea that love might find her in the last place she

Review: The Sugarhouse Blues by Mariah Stewart

Title: The Sugarhouse Blues Series: The Hudson Sisters, Book #2 Author: Mariah Stewart Release Date: May 15, 2018 Rating: 4/5 Stars Synopsis: Allie, Des, and Cara, each having her own reasons for wanting a share of their father's estate, meet in the grand Victorian home in which he grew up, only to be greeted by another secret he purposely hid from them: his sister Bonnie. The women reluctantly band together to take on Fritz's challenge, working with a local contractor to begin the renovations financed by an account Fritz had set up for the task. While the restoration appears to go smoothly at first, it soon becomes apparent that the work will be more extensive than originally thought, and D

Review: Better off Read

Title: Better of Read Series: Bookmobile Mystery #1 Author: Nora Page Release Date: May 18, 2018 Rating: 3/5 Stars Synopsis from Goodreads: When her best hope of saving her storm-damaged library is found murdered, senior librarian Cleo Watkins hits the road in her bookmobile in search of justice. Septuagenarian librarian Cleo Watkins won’t be shushed when an upstart young mayor threatens to permanently shelve her tiny town’s storm-damaged library. She takes to her bookmobile, Words on Wheels, to collect allies and rally library support throughout Catalpa Springs, Georgia. However, Cleo soon rolls into trouble. A major benefactor known for his eccentric DIY projects requests all availabl

BOOK SPOTLIGHT TOUR: Degrees of Love: A Novel by Lisa Slabach

Book Details: Book Title: Degrees of Love: A Novel by Lisa Slabach Category: Adult Fiction, 344 pages Genre: Women's Fiction Publisher: Bookbaby Release date: Dec 1, 2017 Tour dates: May 1 to 18, 2018 Content Rating: PG-13 + M (Adult themes including infidelity, occasional F-word, non-explicit sex scenes) ​Book Description: At thirty-six, Susan Sinclair has it all. She's just been promoted to Senior Vice President of Mobile Banking at her firm, a prestigious position bringing fresh creative challenges and a hefty salary increase. Like the shiny new BMW in the driveway of the Silicon Valley home she shares with her husband, Matt, and their two beautiful boys, Susan exudes co

Cookies Beneath the Surface - Book review and recipe

Title: Beneath the Surface Series: Dive Team Investigations, Book 1 Author: Lynn H. Blackburn Publisher: Revell Release Date: March 6, 2018 Genre: Romantic Suspense About the book: Dive into the depths of fear with an exciting new romantic suspense novel, Beneath the Surface. This gripping tale from award-winning author Lynn H. Blackburn will capture readers from the first page and won’t let them go until the final, heart-pounding scene. After a harrowing experience with an obsessed patient, oncology nurse practitioner Leigh Weston moves home to Carrington, North Carolina, to leave behind her troubled past. But when someone tampers with her brakes, she fears the past has chased her int

A Heartbreaking and Hopeful novel

The Optimist’s Guide to Letting Go by Amy E. Reichert is heartbreaking and uplifting, sad and yet hopeful. The story is about a family who needs to move past more than one tragedy and discover a way forward from the secrets that have kept them at arm’s length. The story is beautifully written and pulled me in until the very last page. While I found my heart aching for all that was happening I also had to admire the ways in which the characters were able to pull themselves together as a family and still have hope for a bright future. The book’s main character operates a food truck where she makes grilled cheese and the food descriptions had my mouth watering. I literally had to go make myself

Another Dose of Murder and Caffiene

Murder Over Mochas is the 5th book in the Java Jive Series but Caroline Fardig. It was a really fun read and it was nice to see the way the relationships have developed throughout the series. Although it could be read as a stand alone there is a ton of back story that would make the relationships between the characters a bit confusing without having read the first four books. This book was a lot of fun because the main character, Juliet is full of sass and has a take charge attitude that gets her in trouble, but also endears her to the readers. She isn’t without her flaws but they only add to her likeability. In this installment of the mystery series we meet the ex that screwed over and when

Magick, Murder and Merlin make for one fun cozy mystery

Magick Run Amok is the third stories in a magically funny cozy mystery series. The series main character is a witch and along with her normal (I always think muggle) T.V. News Reporter boyfriend, her psychic Aunt Tilly and Merlin himself (you’ll have to read book one to hear THAT part of the story) she solves crimes. Although this book will work just fine as a stand alone I highly recommend starting with book one (Magick & Mayhem) because you’ll have a better understanding and because its just a great read. There are so many great things about this book. The writing is wonderful and the plot flows along nicely. Things get really complicated but the author does a wonderful job of bringing eve

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