Monday, December 17, 2018

Review of True Places by Sonja Yoerg

True PlacesTrue Places by Sonja Yoerg
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Author, Sonja Yoerg, has such a way with words that the reader falls in love with her characters and settings. This book touched my heart, with its intense family drama, and the story of a lost little girl who knows nothing about the world, having lived off the grid, in the woods, all of her life. I could feel her turmoil and sadness, and the angst of the woman who finds her and is determined to hold onto her. I loved this book!

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Review of The Curse of Misty Wayfair by Jaime Jo Wright

The Curse of Misty WayfairThe Curse of Misty Wayfair by Jaime Jo Wright
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I consider this to be the best book I've read all year! This book is a creepy and intriguing ghost story with a Gothic feel. Author, Jaime Jo Wright, fabulously twines together a mystery of the past with a story of the present. There is a touch of romance and memorable characters. A message of hope and faith clearly shines through. I found this book to be refreshing in that it is scary without being full of blood and gore. Readers are in for a treat!

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Review of The First Noel at the Villa des Violettes by Patricia Sands

The First Noël at the Villa des ViolettesThe First Noël at the Villa des Violettes by Patricia Sands
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Reading a Patricia Sands' book is akin to partaking in a delightful feast for the senses. There is so much imagery in The First Noel at the Villa des Violettes that I could see the French countryside, as well as smell the Christmas feast, feel the fluffy fur of pups Rocco and Coco (and Picasso, my favorite!), and practically taste those apricot crepes! This was a lovely story about mingling traditions and culture, and counting friends as family. I'm looking forward to future novellas about the Villa des Violettes!

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Review of Just After Midnight by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Just After MidnightJust After Midnight by Catherine Ryan Hyde
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is one of the best books I have ever read! Catherine Ryan Hyde fantastically captures the relationship between a teenager, Sarah, and her prized horse...a horse the girl's father has sold, leaving Sarah heartbroken. Sarah knows a secret about the death of her mother that puts she and family friend, Faith, on the run. Ryan Hyde is a pro at instilling conflict into this story that will make the reader avidly root for characters they have grown to love.

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Review of The Thing About Clare by Imogen Clark

The Thing About ClareThe Thing About Clare by Imogen Clark
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A heartfelt story about the relationships between family members. Clare has always felt like an outsider in her own family (can anyone else relate?). Her mother has recently passed away and given her other daughter, Anne, specific instructions to destroy her will and a letter she had written to Clare. Anne cannot help herself and reads the letter, leaving her in a dilemma about whether or not to tell Clare of its contents. The mystery unfolds, leaving a family in turmoil. I loved this story of complicated relationships and forgiveness.

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Review of It Started One Christmas by Susan Mallery

It Started One ChristmasIt Started One Christmas by Susan Mallery
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A sweet Christmas happily ever after novel! I truly enjoyed this story of friends becoming more. Truthfully, I cannot get enough of Susan Mallery's stories!

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Review of Tess Thompson's Blue Moon (Blue Mountain #2)

Blue Moon (Blue Mountain #2)Blue Moon by Tess Thompson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was a joy to read! It is filled with characters who will capture and melt the reader's heart. Bliss is a recently fired executive with tons of money who collects an eclectic cast of downtrodden characters to take to Thanksgiving dinner at her sister's. Once there, she meets Ciaran, her sister's future brother-in-law, and their sizzling encounters are enough to make the Idaho snow melt! This is a great story filled with romance, a little mystery, and tons of inspiration!

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