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The Nearness of You Book Review

The Nearness of You by Dorothy Garlock

Publication Date: July 11, 2017

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Source:  Library

Synopsis : New York City. The hustle and bustle. The people and the excitement. It’s all Lily Denton dreams about. But ever since her mother died, her overprotective father won’t ease up on her. So she spends her days working at the library and her nights hoping life doesn’t pass her by . . . until the Fall Festival. As tourists fill the streets, the crisp autumn air sneaks in-as does the thrill of a far more dangerous kind.

Some men have a gift for avoiding trouble. Professional photographer Boone Tatum isn’t one of them. In fact, that penchant for trouble is exactly what landed Boone in this small town in the middle of nowhere in the first place. Yet the moment he meets beautiful Lily Denton and snaps her photograph, everything changes. Suddenly leaving is the furthest thing from Boone’s mind-or his heart.

But danger has slipped silently into this sleepy town, marking Lily as its own. And Lily and Boone’s dream of a life together is thrown into peril-unless Lily finds the courage to stand up for herself and a man she only just met . . . and can’t live without.

Personal Thoughts: It’s been a while since I’ve read a Dorothy Garlock book but I always look forward to them and enjoy reading her work. This one is no different. It starts with two girls trying to leave their small town in the middle of nowhere USA. For whatever reason, one of the girls, Lily, has a change of heart and bails at the last minute. From there starts a journey that proves that Lily made the right decision to stay behind.

A few days after her decision, she meets Boone, a photographer that works for Life Magazine, taking a photograph of her and her world tilts on its axis. As each day passes and he cover the festival that happens every year, Boone gets to know Lily and a relationship starts to bloom, but not without trouble lurking in the background.

Overall a great read with wonderful characters that pull you into the story and keeps you entertained. Definitely worth the read.

Rating : 4/5 Stars

Secret Sisters Book Review

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Secret Sisters by Jayne Ann Krentz

Publication Date: December 8, 2015

Publisher: Berkley

Source: Library

Synopsis:  No one does romantic suspense better than Jayne Ann Krentz. Now, the New York Times bestselling author of Trust No One andRiver Road delivers a novel that twists and turns into a read that will leave you breathless.
Madeline and Daphne were once as close as sisters—until a secret tore them apart. Now it might take them to their graves.

They knew his name, the man who tried to brutally attack twelve-year-old Madeline in her grandmother’s hotel. They thought they knew his fate. He wouldn’t be bothering them anymore…ever. Still their lives would never be the same.
Madeline has returned to Washington after her grandmother’s mysterious death. And at the old, abandoned hotel—a place she never wanted to see again—a dying man’s last words convey a warning: the secrets she and Daphne believed buried forever have been discovered.
Now, after almost two decades, Madeline and Daphne will be reunited in friendship and in fear. Unable to trust the local police, Madeline summons Jack Rayner, the hotel chain’s new security expert. Despite the secrets and mysteries that surround him, Jack is the only one she trusts…and wants.
Jack is no good at relationships but he does possess a specific skill set that includes a profoundly intimate understanding of warped and dangerous minds. With the assistance of Jack’s brother, Abe, a high-tech magician, the four of them will form an uneasy alliance against a killer who will stop at nothing to hide the truth…

Personal Thoughts: In the latest Krentz novel, we are taken on to a place where the past is best left alone and not talked about. Madeline has returned to Washington after her grandmother’s mysterious death and finds out that the secret that she and Daphne have kept buried is no longer a secret. Without a choice, she and Daphne are brought back together both in friendship and in fear of the past. It’s unfortunate that she cannot trust the local cops due to the past, so she turns to the hotel’s new security expert, Jack.

He is no ordinary man and has many hidden talents. He brings in his brother Abe to help out when things start to get murky and dangerous. There is no one else that he could trust more. As the four of them begin to delve deeper into the mystery of what happened all of those years ago, there is no turning back.

Overall, this was a great read and I loved the banter between Jack and Madeline. Their characters were done really well and made the storyline that much more likeable. I’d recommend this to fans of Jayne Ann Krentz as it will not disappoint.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Visions Blog Tour

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Series: The Mystical Encounter #1
Release date: December 6th 2014
Purchases: Amazon
 
Synopsis via Goodreads:
“Since problems don’t exist in the euphoric world she envisions, my life will never measure up because it will always be problematic.”
Heather Reiner isn’t your typical teenager. With abilities reaching far beyond the norm, she’s just beginning to discover the possibilities.
Growing up different from her peers hasn’t been easy. From being ridiculed by classmates to her mother’s unwillingness to accept anything paranormal, life’s been rather difficult. At an attempt to escape their past, her mother moves them to another state. Heather soon realizes though, you can’t run from a problem that begins inside yourself.A guy from her new school, Barry, is captivated the first time he sees her. Determined to know her better, he soon learns her layers of complication run deep. With persistence, he chips away at her shield until each protective layer starts unveiling itself. Heather wants a chance at an ordinary life, one where her abilities remain hidden. But secrets never stay hidden forever. They have a way of surfacing, revealing themselves when you least expect. Is normalcy obtainable, or will the mystery about herself be discovered? And if discovered, will Barry be like everyone else and turn away?
Personal Thoughts:This book was a nice unexpected surprise. I was drawn in to it by its concept and the plot. Heather, the main character, is a little bit different from everyone around those because she has a gift. Her special abilities have made her hide away from those around her and it works for a while. However, the plan doesn’t work when her mother makes them move to a new state.
Over time the new move proves to be a good re-start for Heather because she meets her friends Nicole and Barry. Through them she starts to get a support system that wasn’t there before. It also helps that Nicole believes in Heather’s abilities and their bond is built strong because of that.
The visions were the most interesting section for me of the book since I love the experiential and clairvoyance factors. The unknown and things that exist but we can’t prove are fascinating and the way that the author described the scenes really made the book for me. 🙂 The pace was well done and it didn’t feel too rushed or like it was dragging down. With every chapter that I read the story kept getting more and more interesting and I needed to know what was going to happen.
Overall the author did a great job and I definitely cannot wait to read more! 🙂
“It all began to fall into place, the toy – my dreams. More pieces of the puzzle revealed, with edges that are actually starting to snap together. I laughed sarcastically. It was ironic… Mom moved me four hundred miles away to try to dispel my visions only to lead me right in the middle of another one. Why? Of all places to live, why did she have to pick that house? Was there no place safe? “
Rating: 4/5 Stars
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kimberly Readnour
Kimberly is a newly published author of Visions, a planned three book trilogy. She is a former Registered Nurse who hung-up her stethoscope to pursue other avenues. Within the last five years, she has discovered her passion for writing. Now, whenever there is downtime, you will find her tucked away with the computer, creating the stories floating around her head. Kimberly lives in the Midwest with her husband and two children. The oldest is away at college, but when she returns, they enjoy hiking, camping, and simply hanging out as a family.

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Christmas on 4th Street Book Review

Christmas on 4th Street by Susan Mallery

Publication Date: September 24, 2013

Publisher: Harlequin HQN

Source: Net Galley

Synopsis: There’s nowhere better to spend the holidays than with New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery in the town of Fool’s Gold, where love is always waiting to be unwrapped… Noelle Perkins just got a second chance at life, and she intends to make the most of every minute. That’s why she ditched a frustrating legal career to open her own store in Fool’s Gold, California. The Christmas Attic celebrates everything that’s magical about her favorite season. Business is booming, and as a bonus, gorgeous army doctor Gabriel Boylan has offered to help out during the holiday rush.

Gabriel’s memories of Christmas past contain more sour grapes than sugar plums, thanks to a drill sergeant father who ran his home like a boot camp. Spending the holidays with his family while he recuperates from injury sounds as appetizing as last year’s eggnog. Still, there are some enjoyable distractions in town, including sunny, sexy Noelle…and the red-hot mistletoe kisses they can’t stop sharing.

Gabriel didn’t think he was made for happily-ever-afters. But when fate hands you a love as sweet and surprising as this, only a fool could refuse..

Personal Thoughts:  Christmas on 4th Street brings us back to the town of Fools’ Gold and its quirky towns people. They will welcome you with open arms, but watch out because if you hurt someone they care about, they will come after you. Fool’s Gold tends to take care of its own.

That brings us to Noelle and Gabriel. She owns the everything to do with Christmas store called The Christmas Attic. She’s heard of Gabriel because he is Gideon’s brother but he hasn’t been around much. From the start there is something that is different about Gabriel. He has a tough shell but there is a tenderness within that is asking to be let out. Before we know it, he has been hired to work with Noelle and they strike as an interesting pair. As the story progresses and we get to know Gabriel’s side of the family, we learn that things weren’t always too peachy and life was more about duty than love.

Will Noelle’s joyful spirit change Gabriel’s outlook on life or is it too late for the burnout doctor? Only time will tell. Join us and the rest of the Fool’s Gold crowd as they watch an unlikely romance unfold.

Overall the story is a quick read and full of romance and comedy.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

The Beautiful and The Cursed Book Review

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The Beautiful and The Cursed by Page Morgan

Publication Date: May 14, 2013

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Synopsis (Goodreads): After a bizarre accident, Ingrid Waverly is forced to leave London with her mother and younger sister, Gabby, trading a world full of fancy dresses and society events for the unfamiliar city of Paris. In Paris there are no grand balls or glittering parties, and, disturbingly, the house Ingrid’s twin brother, Grayson, found for them isn’t a house at all. It’s an abandoned abbey, its roof lined with stone gargoyles that could almost be mistaken for living, breathing creatures.

And Grayson has gone missing. No one seems to know of his whereabouts but Luc, a devastatingly handsome servant at their new home. Ingrid is sure her twin isn’t dead—she can feel it deep in her soul—but she knows he’s in grave danger. It will be up to her and Gabby to navigate the twisted path to Grayson, a path that will lead Ingrid on a discovery of dark secrets and otherworldly truths. And she’ll learn that once they are uncovered, they can never again be buried

Personal Thoughts: Page Morgan is a new author for me and I didn’t really know what to expect. The Beautiful and The Cursed  was an interesting read to say the least. It had the back drop of Paris, France, gargoyles and the demons to be reckoned with. The character development was somewhat lacking I found. There is a higher focus on Luc and Ingrid compared to the rest of the characters, but even then, this couple is frustrating on their own. I was  annoyed when Luc did some of the things that he did. It was interesting to see the struggle between Luc and Ingrid and be the fly on the wall. Just by trying to have something together they were breaking the rules, but sometimes rules are meant to be broken.

I did find the overall story and plot to be fascinating. I love history and the gargoyle shifting was fascinating to read about. The whole back story to them was compelling as well. The story was well paced and there were no slow parts within the book. There wasn’t that much revealed about Axia and what she was  going to do, but I think that we will find out in the sequel. Another thing that was quite interesting to read was that just when you thought that you knew what was going to happen something else happened which completely side blinded you and you were left in shock. There are quite a few surprised that is for sure.

I found the ending to be sort of anti-climatic. It did not end the way that I would have preferred it to end. However, I will definitely be checking out the sequel to this series.

Rating: 3/5 Stars

 

Under A Texas Sky Book Review

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Publication Date: August 6, 2013

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Source: Library

Synopsis: Growing up poor and largely abandoned on the streets of 1920s Chicago, Anna Finnegan has struggled her entire life. Until a talent manager discovers her and brings her into the world of theater. Now years later she’s about to start shooting her first movie. Arriving on location in Redstone, Texas, in 1932, Anna steps off the train and collides into Dalton Barnes. He’s lived in Redstone all his life and hates how the big city out-of-towners are gawking at the small-town locals like him. It doesn’t take long, though, for Anna and Dalton to discover fireworks of a different sort between them. But the movie is plagued by one trouble after another, including a fire that destroys an elaborate set and costumes ruined by huge splashes of paint. Who is sabotaging the film and why? To what lengths will they go? When Anna finds herself threatened, how will she and the love blossoming between her and Dalton survive?

Personal Thoughts: It has been a while since I have read a Dorothy Garlock book so when I was finally able to grab a copy I was excited. The author tends to write about places in the past and in the west. Her stories are always authentic, enjoyable and believable. In Under a Texas Sky we are taken to Texas in the 1920s where Anna Finnegan is trying to get an acting career started and she is taken to Texas for her first role in a movie. Through a variety of events, she meets Dalton the blacksmith of the local town where they are doing the filming. In no time at all, sparks are flying and Dalton and Anna start to get closer to each other.

There is something sinister happening in town though because a bunch of events start to occur and the movie production is being sabotaged. Someone doesn’t want the movie to happen or be created. There is a lot of action that happens though out the book and it makes us wonder just how far the saboteur will go to damage the film and the people creating it. The characters are well developed and the plot line doesn’t fall flat.

Anna and Dalton are meant to be together and they have a lot more in common than either of them thought originally.  Both of them will fight for each other and encourage the other to do what they want to accomplish. The ending of the book is exciting, fulfilling and enjoyable. It is not an amazing book, however, it was an entertaining read and it made me escape reality for a little bit.

Rating: 3/5 Stars