Goodbye, Lark Lovejoy by Kris Clink @gosparkpress @KrisClinkbooks #fiction #review

Overview

Lark’s lost her husband, and the expiration date has come and gone on her fake-it-till-you-make-it “Happy Mommy Show.” Healing her broken family requires drastic measures—like returning to her hometown in the Texas Hill Country. But she’s going to need more than clean air and a pastoral landscape to rebuild a life for her and her young sons.

After years of putting off her dream of becoming a winemaker, Lark puts every cent into a failing vineyard, determined to work through her grief and make a brighter future for her children. The last thing she expects is to fall in love again. Especially not with Wyatt Gifford, an injured Army vet with a past of his own to conquer.

Coming home may not be the reset Lark imagined, but it does take her on a journey filled with humor and reconciliation—one that prepares her for a courageous comeback.

Review

Lark’s husband has recently passed away. She is now widowed with two young boys. She is sort of in a holding pattern but life has a way of shoving you onto the right path. She ends up moving home to Fredericksburg, TX. Here is where he life starts to get interesting.

Lark ends up meeting a wonderful man (of course). However, Wyatt has his own brand of drama. And it is drama you do not want to miss. These two are so great together but, as you can guess, life intervenes and sends their relationship into a skid.

I loved Lark through most of the book She has been through so much and she is so strong. But, toward the end of the book, she changed a little. I was a little disappointed in how she handled a certain situation. But, everyone has flaws right!?! Just made it more real!

This is a wonderful, heartwarming story which will have you crying and laughing all in the same paragraph.

Need a good emotional love story..THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today!

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After Happily Ever After by Leslie A. Rasmussen #bookspotlight #giveaway @gosparkpoint

Overview

Maggie Dolin is forty-five and isn’t dealing with getting older very well. Seventeen years ago, she gave up her job in publishing to raise her daughter, Gia―but now her only child is about to leave for college, and Maggie isn’t sure what her new purpose will be. She’s been the caretaker and nurturer for so long that she can’t even remember the last time someone took care of her. She wishes Jim, her husband of nineteen years, would take that role on―but he’s been distracted and disconnected, and she’s convinced he’s hiding something from her. Her self-involved, judgmental mother and resentful brother, meanwhile, are certainly no help, and her father―the only person in her life who’s always been there for her and asked nothing in return―is dealing with increasingly serious health issues, leaving Maggie without her rock.

As all these stressors pile on, a chance meeting with a younger man causes Maggie to act in a way that is completely out of character for her. As she gets deeper in, she’s forced to make some big decisions about what she wants and deserves―decisions that could change her life forever.

After Happily Ever After deals with love, marriage, family, the empty nest, aging parents and what happens when they all come crashing down at the same time.

About Leslie A. Rasmussen

Leslie Rasmussen was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She graduated with a bachelors from UCLA in Communications and went on to become a member of The Writers Guild of the West and write television comedies and is a member of Writers’ Guild of America, West. She wrote for Gerald McRaney, Burt Reynolds, Roseanne Barr, Norm McDonald, Drew Carey, and Ralph Macchio as well as The Wild Thornberrys and Sweet Valley High. After having children, she earned a master’s degree in nutrition and ran her own business for ten years. Most recently, Leslie has written personal essays for Huffington Post, MariaShriver.com, and Sheknows.com. Leslie loves dogs and besides having two adorable Labradors, she is a member of The Alliance of Therapy Dogs and has volunteered at The Burbank Animal Shelter, in Burbank, California. Leslie lives in Los Angeles and has two sons, and a husband she has been with since college. This is her debut novel.

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The Girls in the Stilt House by Kelly Mustian @sourcebooks #5star #historicalfiction #review

Overview

Set in 1920s Mississippi, this debut Southern novel weaves a beautiful and harrowing story of two teenage girls cast in an unlikely partnership through murder—perfect for readers of Where the Crawdads Sing and If the Creek Don’t Rise.

Ada promised herself she would never go back to the Trace, to her hard life on the swamp and her harsh father. But now, after running away to Baton Rouge and briefly knowing a different kind of life, she finds herself with nowhere to go but back home. And she knows there will be a price to pay with her father.

Matilda, daughter of a sharecropper, is from the other side of the Trace. Doing what she can to protect her family from the whims and demands of some particularly callous locals is an ongoing struggle. She forms a plan to go north, to pack up the secrets she’s holding about her life in the South and hang them on the line for all to see in Ohio.

As the two girls are drawn deeper into a dangerous world of bootleggers and moral corruption, they must come to terms with the complexities of their tenuous bond and a hidden past that links them in ways that could cost them their lives.

Review

Ada has returned home to her horrible father. She has no where else to turn. This is where she has to go. When their reunion turns out worse than she expected and her life ends up in danger, she is saved by someone she has never met, Matilda. These two young girls end up depending on each other more than they ever expected.

When I first saw this book…I knew I had to read it. I mean…it is set is Mississippi! And oh boy…it did not disappoint.

Ada and Matilda are both poor and struggling in their own way. These two could not be more different and yet they are more alike than they think. They need each other due to various circumstances. (And you will have to read about these circumstances!) Just when you think they are about to come out of their lot in life…life kicks them back down.

This book is everything and then some. I could not stop reading. This story is intense, heart wrenching, poignant and captivating all rolled into one.

If you need a FANTASTIC book…THIS IS IT!

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Finding Napoleon by Margaret Rodenberg @shewritespress #review #historicalfiction

Overview

Beautiful and poignant.” —Allison Pataki, NY Times best-selling author of The Queen’s Fortune
“Moving compassion, humor, and wit.” — Sandra Gulland, author of The Josephine B. Trilogy

With its delightful adaptation of Napoleon Bonaparte’s real attempt to write a novel, Finding Napoleon offers a fresh take on Europe’s most powerful man after he’s lost everything. A forgotten woman of history—the audacious Albine de Montholon—narrates their tale of intrigue, love, and betrayal.

After the defeated Emperor Napoleon goes into exile on tiny St. Helena Island in the remote South Atlantic, he and his lover, Albine de Montholon, plot to escape and rescue his young son. Banding together African slaves, British sympathizers, a Jewish merchant, a Corsican rogue, and French followers, they confront British opposition—as well as treachery within their own ranks—with sometimes subtle, sometimes bold, but always desperate action.

When Napoleon and Albine break faith with one another, ambition and Albine’s husband threaten their reconciliation. To survive, Albine must decide whom to betray. To succeed, Napoleon must learn whom to trust.

Two hundred years after Napoleon’s death, this elegant, richly researched novel reveals the man history conceals.

Review

Napoleon has been defeated and he is on the run. He and his lover, Albine, plus a few more of his trusted entourage, are exiled on a tiny island. This does not stop Napoleon from plotting and planning to escape, save his son, and become emperor again. But treachery is all around and Napoleon must decide where to turn and whom to trust!

I have not read very many books about Napoleon or books set in this time period. So this was a unique read for me. This is very well researched but the writing fell a little short for me. It almost was a little too basic. But, don’t let this stop you! It is a different story and I enjoyed it! This story has a wonderful setting and fabulous twists and turns.

Need a unique historical fiction book with a fabulous cover….THIS IS IT!

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Her Dark Lies by J. T. Ellison @harlequinbooks @thrillerchick #thriller #fiction

Overview

Fast-paced and brilliantly unpredictable, J.T. Ellison’s breathtaking new novel invites you to a wedding none will forget—and some won’t survive.

Jutting from sparkling turquoise waters off the Italian coast, Isle Isola is an idyllic setting for a wedding. In the majestic cliff-top villa owned by the wealthy Compton family, up-and-coming artist Claire Hunter will marry handsome, charming Jack Compton, surrounded by close family, intimate friends…and a host of dark secrets.

From the moment Claire sets foot on the island, something seems amiss. Skeletal remains have just been found. There are other, newer disturbances, too. Menacing texts. A ruined wedding dress. And one troubling shadow hanging over Claire’s otherwise blissful relationship—the strange mystery surrounding Jack’s first wife.

Then a raging storm descends, the power goes out—and the real terror begins…

Review

Claire is a struggling artist till she meets Jack Compton. Jack is from an extremely wealthy family and he pours his heart and soul into Claire. When they decide to get married they do so in a big way. They are headed to Jack’s family villa on the coast of Italy for a wedding weekend blow out! But, it becomes a nightmare and a moment of truth.

J.T Ellison always creates the best, flawed characters. And this novel has two of the bests! Claire has secrets from her past. And Jack has not told her the truth about many things. So, their relationship is not on even ground by any means. When all the strange things start to occur before the wedding, the cracks in their relationship starts to show.

This story kept me up late reading! I was so caught up in what could possibly happen next. And the setting of the ancient villa on a remote island during a massive storm…I mean…what could go wrong there! This book had me…hook, line and sinker!

Need a quick, fast paced thriller….oh boy! This is it! Grab your copy today!

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March Escapes and Escapades #escapesandescapades #wrapup #5starreads

Escapades

Well! March has been a fun month! I actually ate out a few times this month. And yes…those are pickles in that drink…pickle martini at its best! I also did a little junktiquing and came across a fantastic old typewriter. Plus a visit to my favorite book store on the planet..Square books in Oxford. I purchased a signed copy of The Sweet Taste of Muscadines.

Now on to the

Escapes!

Surviving Savannah
The Poet
The Sweet Tastes of Muscadines
The Girl in the Painting
Danger In Numbers
The Secret Stealers
What’s Not Said
Her Dark Lies

There are a lot of good books in this wrap up! Check them out!

What did you read and enjoy this month?

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Audible Reads for March #wrapup #audiobooks #audible #audiblebooks

I listened to a lot of books this month. I am doing a lot of work around my home getting ready for a wedding! So I am using as my audio book time! Multitasking at its best!

First up…

The Rose Code

Her best yet!

Then the second one by James Herriot.

All Things Bright and Beautiful

This one was better than the first one for me.

These next two will have reviews up soon! So stay tuned!

What did you listen to this month! Inquiring minds want to know!

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Tell No Lies by Allison Brennan @harlequinbooks #review #fiction

Tell No Lies : A Novel 

Allison Brennan

On Sale Date: March 30, 2021

9780778331469

Hardcover

$27.99 USD

432 pages

About the book:

New York Times bestselling author Allison Brennan’s newest thriller again features an edgy young female LAPD detective and an ambitious special agent, both part of a mobile FBI unit that is brought in to investigate the unsolved murder of a college activist and its alleged ties to high stakes crime in the desert Southwest.

Something mysterious is killing the wildlife in the desert hills just south of Tucson, Arizona. When Emma Perez, a college-intern-turned activist, sets out to collect her own evidence, she too ends up dead. Local law enforcement seems slow to get involved. That’s when the mobile FBI unit goes undercover to infiltrate the town and the copper refinery located there in search of possible leads. Costa and Quinn find themselves scouring the desolate landscape that keeps on giving up clues to something much darker—greed, child trafficking, other killings. As the body count continues to add up, it’s clear they have stumbled on more than they bargained for. Now they must figure out who is at the heart of this mayhem and stop them before more innocent lives are lost.

Brennan’s latest novel brims with complex characters and an ever-twisting plotline, a compelling thriller that delivers.

Review

Emma Perez is a wildlife activist. She has discovered something. Something is killing off the wildlife around Tucson. She is determined to find out what is causing it. But, when Emma is found murdered, it opens up a whole new sinister conspiracy.

I loved book one of this series. This one left me confused in places. The plot is a little complex and tends to take detours. It sort of missed its mark. But, it is still a good story. I just felt the first one is better.

I will also say…this author has some great characters! Plus, Costa and Quinn have fantastic chemistry!

I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.

About the author:

ALLISON BRENNAN is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of over thirty novels. She has been nominated for Best Paperback Original Thriller by International Thriller Writers and the Daphne du Maurier Award. A former consultant in the California State Legislature, Allison lives in Arizona with her husband, five kids and assorted pets.

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The Path to Sunshine Cove by RaeAnne Thayne @harlequinbooks @raeannethayne #fiction #review

Overview

With the emotional pull of Debbie Macomber, Barbara Delinsky and Susan Wiggs, RaeAnne Thayne brings readers an uplifting, brand new story told with her trademark charm and heart.

She knows what’s best for everyone but herself…

With a past like hers, Jessica Clayton feels safer in a life spent on the road. She’s made a career out of helping others downsize—because she’s learned the hard way that the less “stuff,” the better, a policy she applies equally to her relationships. But a new client is taking Jess back to Cape Sanctuary, a town she once called home…and that her little sister, Rachel, still does. The years apart haven’t made a dent in the guilt Jess still carries after a handgun took the lives of both their parents and changed everything between them.

While Jess couldn’t wait to put the miles between her and Cape Sanctuary, Rachel put down roots, content for the world—and her sister—to think she has a picture-perfect life. But with the demands of her youngest child’s disability, Rachel’s marriage has begun to fray at the seams. She needs her sister now more than ever, yet she’s learned from painful experience that Jessica doesn’t do family, and she shouldn’t count on her now.

Against her judgment, Jess finds herself becoming attached—to her sister and her family, even to her client’s interfering son, Nate—and it’s time to put everything on the line. Does she continue running from her painful past, or stay put and make room for the love and joy that come along with it?

Review

Jess has taken a job in Cape Sanctuary. She hopes to renew her relationship with her sister. Jess finds her sister is struggling with her life and family. She also discovers it is very hard to forgive the past and move forward. But with the help of Nate, Jess might discover more than she expected.

I love new beach reads! It’s my favorite time of the book publishing year! And this year is shaping up fantastically!

This is a wonderful story. Jess is one of my favorite characters in this novel. She has a unique job with a unique living situation. Jess cleans out clutter and she travels in her refurbished airstream trailer to do it. But, she comes with a good bit of baggage. And when she sees her sister, Rachel, again it all starts to come to the surface.

Need a good, heartwarming, family twist with a love story thrown in…this is it! Grab your copy today.

I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne finds inspiration in the beautiful northern Utah mountains where she lives with her family. Her books have won numerous honors, including six RITA Award nominations from Romance Writers of America and Career Achievement and Romance Pioneer awards from RT Book Reviews. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website at www.raeannethayne.com.

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What’s Not Said by Valerie Taylor @suzyapbooktours @suzyapproved @ValerieEM Taylor #fiction #review

About The Book:

Chosen as one of the Top 3 Best Fiction Books in 2020 for Canadian Book Clubs. — CBCA

Set mainly in Boston, What’s Not Said is a sassy and saucy story about Kassie O’Callaghan, a middle-aged woman on a mission to divorce her emotionally abusive husband and start a new life with a younger man she met while on a solo vacation in Venice. When she learns her husband has chronic kidney disease, her plans collapse until she pokes around his pajama drawer and discovers his illness is the least of his deceits.

Then again, Kassie is no angel. The separate lives they lead collide head-on into a tangled web of sex, lies, and DNA. As she helps her husband find an organ donor, Kassie uncovers a secret, forcing her to decide whose life to save:  her husband’s or her own.

The sequel, What’s Not True, continues Kassie’s quest, can stand on its own, and will be published in August 2021.

Review

Kassie is plotting and planning. She is going to escape this awful marriage and run right into the arms of another. But, fate has a way of spoiling the best intentions. Her husband, Mike, becomes desperately ill and Kassie must now become his caretaker. Her idea of a fairytale romance is just not happening.

I love a story which gives you all the feels. And this one does. I think I was mad at everyone at one point. Then my emotions flipped again!

This is a tale which is a little bit of everything. It is a mystery and a romance all rolled into one. It is about deceit on both sides of a marriage. It is full of lies and deceptions! Plus, one of the main characters, Kassie, is flawed. I love it when a character has some faults and the author gets it right.

Need just a good, well rounded read…THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today.

I received this novel from the author for a honest review.

About The Author:

Valerie Taylor was born and raised in Stamford, Connecticut. She had a thirty-year career in the financial services industry as a marketer and writer. After her divorce, she spread her wings and relocated her career, first to Boston and then to Seattle. When she retired, she resettled in Shelton, Connecticut to be near her two grown children and granddaughter. She’s a published book reviewer with BookTrib.com and a member of the Westport Writers’ Workshop. She enjoys practicing tai chi and being an expert sports spectator. What’s Not Said is her debut novel. www.valerietaylorauthor.com

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Book Blurbs:

“Taylor’s dialogue is snappy and contemporary . . . A witty and often amusing family drama.”―Kirkus Reviews

“In this dramatic tale of love, lust, and lies, author Valerie Taylor crafts an entertaining and gripping story. . . . a shocking novel full of secrets, twists, and turns, but it also has elements of pure humor and deep love. If I had to pick one word to describe What’s Not Said, it would be the word ‘captivating.’”―Readers’ Favorite

“What’s Not Said is highly recommended for women who look for not just stories of marital relationships, but the unexpected revelations that revolve around life purpose and the immortality of love.”―Midwest Book Reviews

“What’s Not Said is oh-so-clever at illustrating the unintended consequences of secrets. Valerie Taylor’s characters face a tangle of events and emotions that keep the reader turning pages!”―Joan Cohen, author of Land of Last Chances

“Wonderfully entertaining! You’ll find yourself rooting for the main character from the beginning as she finds herself divided by mixed loyalties and her own desires. Taylor has written a sharp-witted and fun story, so grab a seat, buckle in and enjoy!”―Marianne Lile, author of Stepmother: A Memoir

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