10/29/19

Smoke Screen by Terri Blackstock

Smoke Screen by Terri Blackstock
  5 STARS!!!

on Tour October 28 - November 30, 2019



ABOUT THE BOOK -

One father was murdered, and another convicted of his death. All because their children fell in love.

Nate Beckett has spent his life fighting wildfires instead of the lies and rumors that drove him from his Colorado home town. His mother begs him to come to Carlisle now that his father has been released from prison, but it isn’t until he’s sidelined by an injury that he’s forced to return and face his past. But that means facing Brenna too.

Fourteen years ago, Nate was in love with the preacher's daughter. When Pastor Strickland discovered Brenna had defied him to sneak out with Nate, the fight between Strickland and Nate's drunken dad was loud—and very public. Strickland was found murdered later that night, and everyone accused Roy Beckett. When the church burned down, people assumed it was Nate getting even for his father’s conviction. He let the rumors fly and left Carlisle without looking back.

Now, Brenna is stunned to learn that the man convicted of murdering her father has been pardoned. The events of that night set her life on a bad course, and she’s dealing with a brutal custody battle with her ex and his new wife where he’s using lies and his family’s money to sway the judge. She’s barely hanging on, and she’s turned to alcohol to cope. Shame and fear consume her.

As they deal with the present—including new information about that fateful night and a wildfire that’s threatening their town—their past keeps igniting. Nate is the steady force Brenna has so desperately needed. But she’ll have to learn to trust him again first.

Purchase Links:
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Read an excerpt:

I woke up in a blinding bright room, my clothes off and something clamped to my face. I tried to reach it, but I couldn’t bend my right arm, and my hand stung. An IV was taped to my other hand, but I moved carefully and touched the thing over my face.
An oxygen mask. I tried to sit up. “What happened?”
T-bird came to my bedside, a sheen of smoky sweat still soiling his face. “Nate, lie back, man.”
“The fire,” I said. “Need to get back. My men.”
“They’re still there. Making progress. But you’re not going anywhere near a fire for a month or so.”
I took the mask off and coughed a little, but managed to catch my breath. “A month?”
“Yep. Second degree burns on 20 percent of your body. Some of the burns are deep.”
It came back to me, the event that had gotten me here.
“The family. Were they injured?”
“Not a scratch or burn. Turns out it was a U.S. Senator from Kansas. He says you’re a hero.”
“You know I had no choice. They were in the path—”
“Take the praise where you can get it, man. We don’t get that much.”
I looked at my right side. My right arm was bandaged, and so was my side and down my right leg to the point where my boots had stopped the flames. Second degree wasn’t so bad, I told myself. Third degree would have been brutal. I’d be able to leave the hospital soon. I’d heal.
“I won’t need a month,” I said.
“Yes, you will. They can’t let you go back. Doctor’s orders. You’re grounded until he releases you.”
I managed to sit up, but it was a bad idea. The burns pulling on my skin reminded me why I shouldn’t. “I can’t be grounded during fire season. Are you crazy? I need to be there. You don’t have enough men as it is.”
“Sorry, Nate. It is what it is. Why don’t you go home to Carlisle for a while? Take it easy.”
Go home? Pop had just been pardoned, and he and my mom were trying to navigate the reunion. Though she would love to have me home, I didn’t know if I was up to it. My father could be challenging, and fourteen years of prison hadn’t done him any favors.
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Excerpt taken from Smoke Screen by Terri Blackstock. Copyright 2019 by Terri Blackstock. Used by permission of http://www.thomasnelson.com/. All rights reserved.


Terri Blackstock

Author Bio:

Terri Blackstock has sold over seven million books worldwide and is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author. She is the award-winning author of Intervention, Vicious Cycle, and Downfall, as well as such series as Cape Refuge, Newpointe 911, the SunCoast Chronicles, and the Restoration Series.

 

 

 

 

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MY THOUGHTS -
Oh I have not read a Terri Blackstock book in a long time - way overdue!
I read the whole "Cape Refuge" series and loved it. I also read "If I Run" and it was one of the best book I have read! I really need to read the other tow books in the series!
Anyway... it was so great to get the chance to read another one of her books, and to have it be this good!

Oh man! How to even describe this book. I am always a sucker for a story about a custody battle since I went through one myself with my now 30 yr old daughter. This story did hit home and definitely tugged on some heartstrings. Brenna was such a strong and amazing woman. I loved her instantly. And of course, Nate was equally amazing!  ;-)

Such a suspenseful story! When you hear the words "custody battle" you think sappy, tears, heartfelt, well it was heartfelt but it is anything but sappy and I did not shed one single tear! I know amazing, right? I think it was just because it was so suspenseful I was hanging on every word!

I had never considered Terri Blackstock as one of my favorite writers, but I think she is going on the top of my list now!

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10/25/19

Speak No Evil by Liana Gardner - GIVEAWAY!

Speak No Evil by Liana Gardner

on Tour October 1 - November 30, 2019

Speak No Evil by Liana Gardner


ABOUT THE BOOK -

What if every time you told the truth, evil followed?

My name is Melody Fisher. My daddy was a snake handler in Appalachia until Mama died. Though years have passed, I can still hear the rattle before the strike that took her from me.

And it’s all my fault.

Since then, I’ve been passed around from foster home to foster home. I didn’t think anything could be as bad as losing Mama.

I was wrong.

But I will not speak of things people have done to me. Every time I do, worse evil follows. Now, the only thing I trust is what saved me years ago.

Back when I would sing the snakes calm …

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Read an excerpt:

Uncle Harlan slammed my bedroom door open. “You’re going to learn to show the Lord respect, girl.” He grabbed my neck and forced me to walk in front of him.
My neck hurt where he dug his fingers in.
He took me outside and shoved me toward the shed. He slipped the key in the lock and removed it from the hasp. The door creaked as it opened and then he thrust me through.
“I’m not going to allow you to follow your mother’s footsteps. You’ll learn to make peace with snakes and not show them any fear. Or else.”
He grabbed a snake case from the shelf, put it on the ground, and opened it. He stepped backward out of the shed and swung the door shut. The latch clicked. Uncle Harlan on one side of the door, and the snake and me locked inside.
“I’ll come get you in time for school in the morning.”
His footsteps receded.
Light filtered through the cracks in the shed slats. In the dim light, the snake coiled in the corner, its tongue flicking out periodically. I slowly lowered to the ground and hugged Raksha Waya tight.
The inside of the shed was slightly warmer than outside. Staying warm might be a bigger problem than keeping the snake calm. It ignored me and remained coiled, but the cold seeped into my bones. I scanned the shelves. There had to be something in here I could use to help keep warm.
A tarp sat on a shelf on the opposite side of the shed from the snake. But I might not be tall enough to pull it down. Standing on tiptoes, I grabbed a corner and tugged. My fingers slipped. I set Rakkie on a lower shelf, then reached with both hands and tugged.
The weight of the tarp almost knocked me over as I caught it.
Making sure to keep my movements small so I didn’t threaten the snake, I unfolded the tarp and spread it out. Then I grabbed Rakkie and carefully crawled under a corner. Once settled with Rakkie on my lap, I pulled it over us and tucked it under my chin.
The hours passed as the light changed and moved through the shed. My tailbone ached and my back hurt from sitting still for so long. Twilight came. Surely Uncle Harlan didn’t really mean to leave me here with the snake all night.
When the darkness was complete and I could no longer see my hand in front of my face, I faced the hard truth—Uncle Harlan meant it. I’d spend the night locked in a small space with a pit viper.
While my toes still felt frozen, the rest of me was warmer with the tarp. My eyes drooped and closed. Then I heard it.
Hiss. Rattle. The whisper of something dragging across the floorboards.
The snake was on the move. The slight rattle as it slithered through the shed made my heart pound. I froze.
***
Excerpt from Speak No Evil by Liana Gardner. Copyright © 2019 by Liana Gardner. Reproduced with permission from Liana Gardner. All rights reserved.



Liana Gardner
ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Liana Gardner is the multi-award-winning author of 7th Grade Revolution (most recently the recipient of a 2018 Nautilus Book Award) and The Journal of Angela Ashby. The daughter of a rocket scientist and an artist, Liana combines the traits of both into a quirky yet pragmatic writer and in everything sees the story lurking beneath the surface.
Liana volunteers with high school students through EXP (expfuture.org). EXP unites business people and educators to prepare students for a meaningful place in the world of tomorrow. Working in partnership with industry and educators, EXP helps young people EXPerience, EXPand, and EXPlore.
Engaged in a battle against leukemia and lymphoma, Liana spends much of her time at home, but her imagination takes her wherever she wants to go.
Liana is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

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lianagardner.com, Goodreads, BookBub, Twitter, & Facebook!


MY THOUGHTS -
Oh my goodness, this is a very powerful book. This is a book that you can not put down. You HAVE to know what happened. I was half way through and I was so tired I was falling asleep and yet still I tried to keep reading, I could not stop! This is the kind of story that stays with you long after you finish reading.

Melody... wow! It brings tears to my eyes just thinking about her story. I don't remember a character grabbing me so much. My heart was aching for her. I loved the therapist, Dr. Kane. He was such a great advocate for her. I wish I knew all therapists were as good as he was. Unable to talk due to the trauma she had to endure, Melody made a strong connection to music. Dr. Kane used this in his therapy, having her answer his questions using song lyrics then later having her sing the answers - absolutely brilliant!!!!

This was such an original story. Yes, it was sad, even horrific at times... but I loved every minute of it! Extremely well written and thought out! A huge two thumbs up!

I did read one other book by this author - 7th Grade Revolution. Read my review - HERE
I thought that book was good, but this one - Speak No Evil blew it out of the water! This is definitely an author to watch.

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10/3/19

Things Too Big To Name by Molly Best Tinsley

Things Too Big To Name by Molly Best Tinsley


4 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Margaret Torrens trades academia for early retirement and the solitude of a cabin in the Oregon mountains. Four months later, she is locked in a ward for the criminally insane undergoing assessment, and a charge of murder is in the air. Pried out of her by an impatient young psychologist, Margaret's story features Jane Farrow--a former student, who showed up at the cabin uninvited with an odd, mute child in tow--and Victor--Margaret's alleged victim, who put his claim on both. As Margaret works to control this narrative of the recent past, she is waylaid by secrets, borne by the ghost of her young husband, lost decades before.

Advance Praise Things Too Big To Name by Molly Best Tinsley
“The psychological drama of Things Too Big to Name plunges us into the mind of Professor Margaret Torrens as her plans for rural retirement unravel and she's forced to confront the life choices she’s made since the death of her musician husband years before. One of her first students, Jane Farrow, appears at her mountain cabin with a strange child and asks to be taken in.  Days later, disruption threatens to explode in violence when Victor Primo barges in looking for them. Molly Tinsley's distinctive braided narrative offers intense story-telling, studded with surprises, that keeps us on edge until the end.”-Merrill Leffler, poet, Mark the Music and publisher, Dryad Press

“A prickly but appealing narrator unspools events from her recent—and distant—past.  The plot’s gradual unfolding vibrates with the tension of unwilling confrontation and detonates with a satisfying jolt. A fun and absorbing read; I zoomed through it. -Allyson Booth, Postcards from the Trenches and Reading The Waste Land from the Bottom Up

“A recently retired English professor must explain to a Qualified Mental Health Professional the events leading to her arrest and commitment to a mental hospital. The more this brilliant psychological thriller excavates the layers of Margaret's mystery, the more we understand how we all hide parts of ourselves. Molly Tinsley's established talent for narrative and her familiarity with classic literature fold into one of the best novels I've read.”-Sheila Bender, poet and memoirist, A New Theology: Turning to Poetry in a Time of Grief.

Things Too Big To Name by Molly Best TinsleyABOUT THE AUTHOR -
In an episode of sanity, award winning author, Molly Tinsley resigned from the English faculty at the US Naval Academy and moved west to write full-time. .

She is the author of MY LIFE WITH DARWIN (Houghton Mifflin) and THROWING KNIVES (Ohio State University Press), she also co-authored SATAN'S CHAMBER (Fuze Publishing) and the textbook, THE CREATIVE PROCESS (St. Martin's). Her more recent books are the memoir ENTERING THE BLUE STONE and another Victoria Pierce spy thriller, sequel to SATAN'S CHAMBER: BROKEN ANGELS.

Her fiction has earned two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Sandstone Prize, and the Oregon Book Award. Her fiction has been widely published and her plays have been read and produced nationwide. She lives in Ashland, Oregon.

Website: https://fuzepublishing.com/authors/fiction/molly-best-tinsley/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/molly.b.tinsley
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mbtinsley

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MY THOUGHTS -
I was not so sure I was going to like this book. It started out very strange, confusing and hard to follow at times. After getting used to the author's unique writing style.I did really start liking this book. Don't misunderstand, I am not saying that it was poor writing. It was just the opposite actually. I think the writing was excellent. Honestly, I really think it was supposed to be that way. I think it was written to set a certain mood, and that it did. It kind of reminded me of The Yellow Wallpaper (which I loved).

I like a good reading challenge and I don't always want happy happy joy joy, and this one certainly offered all of that LOL. If you are looking for something different, something that will challenge you, and something that is certainly intense - this is the perfect story for you!

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10/2/19

One Dish Four Seasons - Jordan Zucker


3.5 Stars

ABOUT THE BOOK -
One Dish - Four Seasons: Food, Wine, and Sound - All Year Round is not your average cookbook. It's a fully immersive experience and seasonal journey. In this family collaboration and labor of love, we take a base recipe and by varying certain ingredients seasonally available, we churn out four versions, a winter, spring, summer, and fall. 20 dishes x 4 seasons = 80 recipes (plus a round of cocktails, of course). Each dish is then paired with a wine and a music album, further exploring the seasonality of these three elements of entertaining. It's sprinkled with tons of jokes, layers, thoughtful attention to detail, and sophistication. A dash of humor, a pinch of personality, and a sprinkle of family lore round out the pages.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Jordan spends her time SWOOPSing away in the kitchen and crushing a bicoastal lifestyle with her French bulldog, Hula, by her side. When she's not paving the way as the vanguard for the modern female sports fan through her Girls Guide to Sports brand, she's probably smuggling a favorite wine into a favorite band's concert.



MY THOUGHTS -
And interesting concept for a cook book. I am not sure I am in love with it but it is nice to see something different for a change. The idea is... you take one "dish" or food and have 4 different recipes to go with the four seasons.
For example -Quinoa
Winter - Shrimp Quinoa
Spring - Ramps Quinoa (ramps are a kind of green/wild onion)
Summer - Chicken Quinoa
Fall - Tofu Quinoa

Over all its an OK cook book. There is probably only a couple dishes I would actually make (and my husband wouldn't eat any of this, that's for sure). There is a lot of recipes that have food that is more, uncommon, I guess is how I would put it. I love trying different foods and a wide variety. but I don't actually cook much of it because my husband wouldn't eat it so it would just be for me. When I am cooking just for myself I keep it simple. I am a vegetarian and there are quite a lot of vegetarian recipes in here, so gold star for that!!

One thing I did not like and I don't know if she was trying to be funny, but I found it insulting. She wrote "chicken broth, you can use veggie if you are dealing with anti-poultry people" How about say simply "for vegetarians". I am not anti poultry, I just don't eat it.

There are a lot of nice pictures, a lot of good pictures of what the recipe is for (not one picture for each recipe but still quite a lot). One thing I found kind of cute was the use of the term SWOOPS throughout the book. It means "season with olive oil, pepper and salt"  :-)

I have to add that normally I ask for a print copy when I am reviewing cookbooks. I think it is important to see the actual book. But there was only a PDF available for review. So this might have gotten a better rating from me if I had seen the book.

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from PR by the Book Thank You!!


9/30/19

No Judgements - Meg Cabot


 4.5 STARS

ABOUT THE BOOK -
The storm of the century is about to hit Little Bridge Island, Florida—and it’s sending waves crashing through Sabrina “Bree” Beckham’s love life…

When a massive hurricane severs all power and cell service to Little Bridge Island—as well as its connection to the mainland—twenty-five-year-old Bree Beckham isn’t worried . . . at first. She’s already escaped one storm—her emotionally abusive ex—so a hurricane seems like it will be a piece of cake.

But animal-loving Bree does become alarmed when she realizes how many islanders have been cut off from their beloved pets. Now it’s up to her to save as many of Little Bridge’s cats and dogs as she can . . . but to do so, she’s going to need help—help she has no choice but to accept from her boss’s sexy nephew, Drew Hartwell, the Mermaid CafĂ©’s most notorious heartbreaker.

But when Bree starts falling for Drew, just as Little Bridge’s power is restored and her penitent ex shows up, she has to ask herself if her island fling was only a result of the stormy weather, or if it could last during clear skies too.



Purchase Links: HarperCollins | Amazon | Barnes & Noble





ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Meg Cabot was born in Bloomington, Indiana. In addition to her adult contemporary fiction, she is the author of the bestselling young adult fiction series, The Princess Diaries. Over 25 million copies of her novels for children and adults have sold worldwide. Meg lives in Key West, FL, with her husband.

Author Links: WebsiteblogFacebook, Instagram, and Twitter


MY THOUGHTS -


This is exactly what I did when I saw that my Meg Cabot book had come in the mail!!!!
I am a huge fan of hers and have read several (not all... yet) of her books.

OK so who doesn't love a good hurricane romance??? Am I right? This was a fun, but also kinda realistic, quirky romance. I have only been through one hurricane when I lived in Savannah GA in the mid 80's (can't remember which one it was, but it was a doozie). AND - just like the book says, they really do have hurricane parties! I went to one! The electricity was off for at least a day, we lit candles, everyone brought food (and of course alcohol!), there was guitar playing and dancing. It was so much fun we hardly even knew there was concrete pool furniture being rearranged by the wind!!!

Excellent character development. I liked Bree even though she was VERY stubborn and indecisive! I loved the hunky Drew, who wouldn't? And also loved all the minor characters! You really get a feel for everyone. Especially all the animals, Bree's cat Gary, Drew's dogs all named Bob LOL, even the guinea pigs R2-D2 and C-3PO we very likable!

So, the big question is - is everyone going to survive the hurricane? NO! that's NOT the the question that will be on everyone's mind! Will Bree and Drew ever hook up????? That's the question! And I am afraid I can't tell you, that would be a spoiler (although I am sure you can already guess).

Read the book you won't regret it. In fact, read all of Meg Cabot's books! They are all fantastic!


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9/26/19

Intimate Strangers - Lasairiona McMaster


3.5 STARS

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Is there such a thing as too perfect?

Lisa Millar wasn’t supposed to fall in love with a guy on the Internet. But she did.

Other than living over five thousand miles away in America, AJ Williams is seemingly her perfect match. Strikingly handsome, musically talented, plays hockey and has a typical college-guy life.

In a moment of carpe diem, Lisa flies from Ireland to Alabama to surprise her internet-beau and finds herself face to face with an inconceivable reality that she couldn’t possibly have prepared for.

How well can you truly know someone you meet online?

Will true love win out, or will AJ’s secret life be too much for Lisa to bear? 

Purchase Links:
US paperback: https://www.amazon.com/Intimate-Strangers-Millar-Lasairiona-McMaster/dp/1916178405
US Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Intimate-Strangers-Lisa-Millar-Book-ebook/dp/B07TYG9V8M
UK Kindle: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Intimate-Strangers-Lisa-Millar-Book-ebook/dp/B07TYG9V8M
UK paperback: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Intimate-Strangers-Millar-Lasairiona-McMaster/dp/1916178405

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - 
Lasairiona McMaster grew up dreaming of an exciting life abroad, and, after graduating from Queens University, Belfast, that is exactly what she did - with her then-boyfriend, now husband of almost ten years. Having recently repatriated to Northern Ireland after a decade abroad spanned over two countries (seven and a half years in America and eighteen months in India), she now finds herself 'home', with itchy feet and dreams of her next expatriation. With a penchant for both travelling, and writing, she started a blog during her first relocation to Houston, Texas and, since repatriating to Northern Ireland, has decided to do as everyone has been telling her to do for years, and finally pen a book (or two) and get published while she tries to adjust to the people and place she left ten years ago, where nothing looks the same as it did when she left.

Social Media Links –
FB: https://www.facebook.com/QueenofFireLas/
Blog: http://www.lasandcolgotexan.com/
Twitter: @QueenoffireLas

MY THOUGHTS -
This ended up being a better book than I first thought - so yay! At first I was just not caring for it at all and almost quit reading but I kept at it and did end up liking it much better after I got into it more.
It got excellent reviews on Amazon and Goodreads so far. So... I don't know, its probably just me LOL.

They say don't judge a book by its cover... but I love the cover!! It really does seem to fit the book and its feeling. Good character development. I just didn't really like or connect with any of them  :-/

So - a book that started slow for me but ended up a keeper. Please do try it and see - you will probably like it far better than I!


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9/24/19

Love's Long Road - G D Harper




3 Stars


Glasgow, 1975. How do you cope when your boyfriend kills himself because of you?

When Bobbie Sinclair’s boyfriend commits suicide and blames her, she vows never to love again. Instead she chooses to lead a double existence, kind-hearted by day and promiscuous by night. She increasingly struggles to maintain the balance between light and dark and soon finds herself sucked into the world of a controlling and ruthless crime lord from which she must escape.

Set against a vibrant but seedy 1970s Glasgow backdrop, Love’s Long Road plots Bobbie’s desperate plight. Starting a new life but constantly afraid of her past catching up with her, she battles danger, adversity and drug addiction on the long and perilous road back to love.

Love’s Long Road is about dealing with the guilt of terrible events in your past and the risk of being corrupted by the world around you; it is a story that captures to perfection what it was like to be young and single in the 1970s.

Purchase Links
UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Loves-Long-Road-G-D-Harper-ebook-x/dp/B01CFZH9GA
US - https://www.amazon.com/Loves-Long-Road-G-D-Harper-ebook-x/dp/B01CFZH9GA

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
I was placed third in the 2015 Lightship Prize for first-time authors, won a 2016 Wishing Shelf Award Red Ribbon, been shortlisted at the UK Festival of Writing for Best First Chapter, longlisted in the 2017 UK Novel Writing Competition.

In 2017, I was one of twelve authors selected for Authors in the Spotlight at the Bloody Scotland book festival in Stirling, showcasing who they considered to be the best emerging talent in crime fiction, and was the only self-published author to be chosen. I have spoken at numerous other book events, including Blackwells' Writers at the Fringe at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe; a stand-alone slot at the Byres Road Book Festival in Glasgow, and the Aye Write! Book Festival, also in Glasgow.
I went to Glasgow University in 1975 and lived in the city’s West End, the time and place for the setting of the majority of Love’s Long Road.

Social Media Links – www.gdharper.com
Facebook: @gdharperauthor
Twitter - https://twitter.com/harper_author

MY THOUGHTS -
This was definitely not my favorite book but was not a bad read. I was kind of on the fence about it. It did get some really good reviews on Amazon.

The characters were well done, Bobbie was well done... I just didn't like her. Maybe she kind of reminded me of me when I was younger and I just didn't want to go there. I get that she was depressed but it was a bit too much.

This book was dark and depressing and I knew it was going to be I guess I just wasn't in the one for it right now :-(  But like I said, it was not a bad book just not one I am jumping for joy about.

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Rachel's Random Resources Thank You!! 

9/19/19

A Summer to Remember by Victoria Cooke


4.5 STARS!


ABOUT THE BOOK -
Sam lives by the mantra that it is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. 
After the tragic loss of her husband, Sam built a new life around friends, her cat Coco and a career she loves. Fending off frequent set-ups and well-meaning advice to ‘move on’, Sam is resolutely happy being single.

But when Sam gets seconded to her firm’s Boston office for the summer, it is more than her career that is in for a shake-up. A spur of the moment decision to visit the idyllic beaches of Cape Cod could end up changing her life forever.

Purchase Link - HERE

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Victoria Cooke grew up in the city of Manchester before crossing the Pennines in pursuit of a career in education. She now lives in Huddersfield with her husband and two young daughters and when she’s not at home writing by the fire with a cup of coffee in hand, she loves working out in the gym and travelling. Victoria was first published at the tender age of eight by her classroom teacher who saw potential in a six-page story about an invisible man. Since then she’s always had a passion for reading and writing, undertaking several writers’ courses before completing her first novel, 'The Secret to Falling in Love,' in 2016.

Her third novel, Who Needs Men Anyway? became a digital bestseller in 2018.

Social Media Links –
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16345710.Victoria_Cooke
https://www.facebook.com/VictoriaCookeAuthor/
https://twitter.com/VictoriaCooke10
https://www.instagram.com/victoriacookewriter/


MY THOUGHTS -
A real nice chick-lit-ish end of summer read!
To be honest this was a little slow for me in the beginning. But once she got to Boston it really picked up and I really started loving it. I have been to Boston several times and loved it. I have never been to Provincetown or Cape Cod in general but it is one of the places that I have always wanted to go to. The author did a great job of making me feel like I was visiting! Great descriptions, the beach, the bike rides, the city - Loved it all!

Great characters and character development. I liked Sam immediately. Didn't like Ethan at first but did grow to like him and he became more human and you learned his back story. Loved Harry and Barney, they couldn't have been more perfect.

Unfortunately one thing that I didn't care for were the flash backs. They were OK, but I just wasn't into them as much. But I still enjoyed the rest of the story very much. There were lots of warm fuzzies, but not too mushy - just right :-)

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Rachel's Random Resources Thank You!!