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ARC Review of One Day in December by Josie Silver

4 out of 5 Stars
So great! I was captivated from the start. This story follows the tale of Laurie who is in her twenties who thinks she had a chance encounter with “the one”. If only she could find him again. This heavy-hearted tale takes us along for the ride as Laurie and her friends learn about themselves as they come into their own in adulthood. It’s was very easy to identify with the feelings of the main characters and an element of longing was a strong undercurrent throughout. I connected to many pieces of this story. I cheered for Laurie and felt eager the whole time, longing for her to have her happy ending.
I’m excited to read more books by Josie!
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Review of Devil’s Cut (The Bourbon Kings Book 3)

This third book in the Bourbon Kings series delivers a satisfying conclusion to the complex challenges faced by the Bradford family. The mystery is solved and unfinished business is resolved. This series is really good. One of the best I’ve read in a long time. So much suspense.  Bourbon, horse racing, murder, complicated relationships, and wealth set the stage for a page turner. J.R. Ward delivers another hit.

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Review of: Love Like Ours (Sugar Lake #3) by Melissa Foster

 4 out of 5 stars

Love Like Ours was such a treat! So much so, it should come in a Sweetie Pie Bakery box!

The Dalton family returns in this third book of the Sugar Lake series. This time, it’s Talia’s story. The careful professor has been hesitant to date, but her sisters aren’t having it.  This loving tale reminds us that we never know what anyone else is going through in their personal lives. Will Derek’s interesting career choice become a deal breaker? It’s always hard to resist the magic of her mother’s love potions (much to the eye rolls of the family).

Melissa’s descriptions and word choice for character dialog is so realistic, you really get to know the characters and their different personalities. I smiled and giggled many times throughout the book. So many amusing scenes.  The romance is off the chart in this one. Page after page, I got sucked in and lost track of time! Another great piece of this book is how Derek’s drawings create a vivid mental picture of important moments of their story. So clever!

I hope we see more in this series because I would LOVE to know what will happen with Piper, and if Ben and Aurelia ever get their acts together. Will Fletch find a love interest? I’d also enjoy reading more about the success of Derek’s business venture in the future. So many places to go with this intriguing family.

Here are some of my favorite quotes:

“I don’t know, Teach. Is this like when adults offer kids candy to take a ride in their van? I’m smart. You’ve got to show me the candy first.”

“You can trust me to be careful with your heart.”

“Which one called you–the sugar pusher, the not-so-sweet mama, or the one who thinks s** is a breakfast entree?”  (this cracked me up)

“Life is short,” India said. “We capture the good times when we can.”

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Review of: Only for You (Sugar Lake #2) by Melissa Foster

sugar lake3 out of 5

I love Melissa Foster’s books! She had me at Treat Braden! I loved the Love in Bloom Series and now made my way through her newest Sugar Lake books. I can’t wait for Book 3!! These characters are so wonderful and the stories keep you turning pages. I was rooting for them the whole way! I need more!

 

 

 

 

 

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Review of: The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox

Witch of3.5 out of 5 Stars

A debut novel, Hester Fox weaves a suspenseful tale of how a young girl maneuvers family dynamics, personal relationships, and learning about her true self. 1800s Massachusetts sets the stage for scandal, romance, and self-discovery. I enjoyed this book a great deal! At one point I just had to keep reading to find out how it all unfolds! I found myself rooting for some characters, and hoping the villains get what they have coming.

A great Fall read to get you in the Halloween spirit.  Due out October 2, 2018.

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Review of: The Angels’ Share (The Bourbon Kings #2) by J. R. Ward

Bourgon King 2This second book in the “The Bourbon Kings” series delivered a captivating next chapter for Lane and his family. I perhaps liked it better than Book 1 (maybe). The story of the Bradford family continues. A case of who-done-it beautifully woven between relationship tales and intriguing characters. Wealth and stature, family and solidarity meet adversity in this one. I savored this book and tried to take my time, but my goodness! the pages wouldn’t stop turning. The end is beautiful. I can’t wait to see what Book 3 brings.

My favorite moment in the book (moderate spoiler) is when Gin and Samuel T. meet at the Seminary. Oh my heart was heavy. I’ll leave it there.

Beautifully written passages and quotes that make you pause, pepper this beauty.

“He was old school meets new school, WASPy without the condescension and prejudice classically handsome as a Polo Ralph Lauren ad yet down to earth as a sitcom father.”

“For a moment, the beauty and the tranquility were so resplendent, she actually took a deep breath. Even though it was only May, there were blooming flowers, everywhere, and verdant leaves, and brick walkways that all led to the square of lawn in the middle. Fountains along the ivy-covered brick walls offered a symphony of calming sounds, and as the last of the light drained from the sky, peach-colored sodium lanterns on the tall wrought-iron stands made everything seem like Victorian London.”

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Review of: The Best of Everything by Rona Jaffe

5 out of 5 stars

This book was originally published in 1958. It was recently given new life and is still so relevant today. I love this book on so many levels. Makes it into my all time favorites list.  A 1950s Devil Wears Prada meets Sex an the City and Casablanca. It’s gutsy, truthful, and relevant. Some exquisitely written passages that gave me chills.

-“You’ll buy a drink and you’ll take it outside on the terrace…And you’ll be looking out at the beautiful tropical night and listening to music from inside the bar, and you’ll sip at your drink, and then you’ll think of me, and you’ll feel pleasantly sad.”

-“He took her hand and led her to the mirror that hung over her dresser and he stood there behind her, his arms crossed over her waist in front, resting his chin on the top of her head.”

I will recommend this book everytime. Makes it into my top 5 favorite books.

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