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Friday, 31 January 2014

The Promise by Dan Walsh

The Promise (The Restoration Series, #2)The Promise by Dan Walsh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was given this book to read by Revell via Net Galley.

This is book 2 in the series, I hadn't realized this at the time, I would encourage you to read book 1 first though, as some background was missing from the story at the beginning and I struggled to piece it all together.

A husband who leaves for work each day, comes home at the same time each evening, except, he had lost his job and was hiding this fact from his wife, he would wander around searching for a job, using wi-fi, libraries etc. I found it quite sad at times for him to have to have done this and not being 'man' enough to stand up to his wife.

His wife though, she didn't seem to have much backbone, but I wondered why he hid it.

It takes you through things and shows how complicated our lives can become, because we make it that way ourselves at times.

Did I enjoy this book? Yes I did, and I loved the authors way or writing.
Would I recommend it? yes most definitely.

For the last five months, Tom Anderson has been without a job, a fact he's been hiding from his wife Jean--and everyone else. He leaves each morning, pretending nothing has changed, and spends his disheartening day rotating through two coffee shops and the library, using their wi-fi to search for a job on the internet. The stress of keeping this secret is beginning to put serious strain on his marriage and it looks like the legacy that began with his father is still at work, slowly destroying the bond between Tom and Jean. Can their mutual trust--and love--be restored? 
Combining the literary talents of Dan Walsh and the relationship expertise of Gary Smalley, The Restoration Series pulls back the curtain of a family that has laid their foundation on shifting sand, but is slowly rediscovering genuine love and the power of forgiveness.

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Beta reading

Well, I am still around reading and reviewing, I've just had a couple of Beta reads, so of course I can't review those..............yet. But as soon as they have been with editors and the author is reading, I will be adding my reviews on these two awesome books I have just read. this space.

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Angels Dawn by Komali da Silva

Angels DawnAngels Dawn by Komali da Silva
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was given this book to read and review by the author. When reading the blurb I thought it was something like a love triangle.
It was to a certain degree.

Komali Da Silva writes fluently and well, she brings out things in the characters that take you back and make you think a little

I just didn't expect what happened, what it turned out to be! I was flabbergasted. If I had known what this book was going to reveal towards the end, I wouldn't have chosen to read it, I'd have said to her "thank you, but its not my genre" instead, I was blinded by the blurb. I have to say though, I am glad I was! because the book gripped me, not right at the beginning, it was about half way through when the questions hung over Nat and Angelo, and what or who she was going to choose.

She loved Nat, but wasn't 'inlove' with him, but he was deeply in love with her. Angelo comes along and he takes her mind, emotions, but Angelo has a secret. Things get dark and woven into this story that I was taken totally by shock and surprise.

I would never in a zillion years have chosen to read this if I had know, then I would have missed out on a GREAT story. So this has taught me to look more closely to other genres similar I might enjoy just as much.
Dawn Huntington wants what every girl wants, a sweet sixteen birthday party with her friends, family, and some hot boys, but fate has other plans. On the night of Dawn's sixteenth birthday, she witnesses a crime she can't turn her back on, and the decisions she makes that night will change her life forever. 

Never having been confronted with such violence, Dawn turns to a mysterious and beautiful boy named Angelo, only she can't remember what happens that night. To make things more complicated, Dawn is in a relationship with Angelo's complete opposite, Nate. Dawn doesn't want to hurt Nate, yet she can't shake her feelings for Angelo, even when she can't help but feel he's hiding something from her, and it could be something dark. Why is Angelo acting so weird around Bonita? Are they together? Are they really only friends?

Angelo may be trouble, but Dawn can't ignore her feelings for him. Dawn is at a crossroads. Should she choose love? Or friendship? Once Dawn finally finds the courage to choose, she thinks the drama is over. But Dawn wasn't expecting her choices to have such dire consequences. 

Do you believe in love at first sight? But can one trust someone blindly? Can love overcome all the obstacles?

Is friendship just the beginning of love?

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Saturday, 25 January 2014

Wrong Place, Wrong Time by Tilia Klebenov

Wrong Place, Wrong TimeWrong Place, Wrong Time by Tilia Klebenov Jacobs
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

** I was given this book to read and review from Linden Tree Press Via Net Galley for an honest review with no monetary gain, just my own thoughts**

I read the blurb and thought it was something I would enjoy getting my teeth into, I love to read a good thriller now and again. I wasn't disappointed at all, it was a fast paced book that kept me busy for several hours today relaxing and reading, oh and biting my nails!

The first half of the book was good, but the second half was OMG, really a page turner, I so loved it. I didn't want it to end. I think I am going to seek out more of this authors books. The downside is, I have just looked and this must be her first book, as I cannot find anymore. If that is the case, then boy, she really is someone to be kept an eye on, as she really writes a good story.

Thoroughly enjoyed it and would highly recommend it.

When Tsara Adelman leaves her husband and two young children for a weekend to visit her estranged uncle, she little dreams he is holding several local children captive on his lavish estate. Mike Westbrook, father of one of the boys, kidnaps her to trade her life for the children’s. Soon Tsara and Mike are fleeing through New Hampshire’s mountain wilderness pursued by two rogue cops with murder on their minds

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Friday, 24 January 2014

Chasing the Star Garden by Melanie Karsak

Chasing the Star Garden (The Airship Racing Chronicles, #1)Chasing the Star Garden by Melanie Karsak
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I read this as part of a blog tour.

I really didn't know what to expect. I was in for a shock, because its nothing like what I expected, not sure what I expected, but way off the mark of my usual genre, however, reviewing it objectively I can see why someone would absolutely adore this publication.

It is jam packed with everything.

I'm not adverse at the odd sex scene or two, and they were short enough that you didn't get bogged down with them and they were the only memorable bits in the story!

I must say, I love the cover.

An opium-addicted beauty.
An infamous poet living in self-imposed exile.
An ancient treasure about to fall into the wrong hands.

Melanie Karsak's Chasing the Star Garden takes readers on a thrilling adventure from the gritty opium dens of gaslamp London to the gem-colored waters of the ancient world. Lily Stargazer, a loveable but reckless airship racer with a famous lover and shattered past, reluctantly plunges into a centuries-old mystery in a romantic adventure best described as Dan Brown meets Mary Shelley.

It all begins on one of the worst days of Lily’s life. She just lost the London leg of the 1823 Airship Grand Prix. To top it off, a harlequin fleeing from constables shoved a kaleidoscope down her pants, told her to fly to Venice, then threw himself from her airship tower. What’s a girl to do? For Lily, the answer is easy: drink absinthe and smoke opium. 

Lily’s lover, Lord Byron, encourages her to make the trip to Venice. Lily soon finds herself at the heart of an ancient mystery which has her running from her past and chasing true love and the stars along the way

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Not by Sight by Kathy Herman

Not by Sight (Ozark Mountain Trilogy, #1)Not by Sight by Kathy Herman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was granted this to read by David C Cook via Net Galley.

This is book one in a series, its quite biblically based, which I hadn't realized but it made a very good read.

Quite emotional journey, I didn't expect that!

This author is someone I will be seeking more books from as I like her style of writing.

Its starts out where she tells her Mother she has seen her sister. Her Mother doesn't acknowledge what she says because the daughter and her husband has been missing for year, so that could never be......could it?

How does she get to see if what she saw was real?

It does unfold nicely and keeps you entertained reading for a very long time.
Her Sister Couldn’t Be Alive … Could She? It had to be Riley Jo. She was certain. . .wasn’t she? But when Abby Cummings tells her mother she thought she saw her sister at the store, her mother quickly dismisses the idea. After all, Riley Jo and their father had been missing for years. Presumably dead. Yet Abby cannot ignore her intuition. Telling her friend J. D., they investigate. But J. D. may know more about the disappearance than he’s telling, or even realizes. And as they work to uncover what happened, all they have to go on is blind faith. Will it be enough. . .especially considering what the truth might be?

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This is How I Find Her by Sara Polsky

This is How I Find HerThis is How I Find Her by Sara Polsky
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book should be promoted far more than it is.

As a wife of a husband who suffers with this decease and having two grown children now, I see how the effect is on everyone.

This young girl who has a dilemma, live her own life, or care for her Mother. Its a real life situation that happens more than anyone knows.

I've been involved in the Mental Health side for over 30 years and see many children like this, and many Parents who want they're children to lead 'normal' lives.

I absolutely loved this book, the author was so knowledgeable and spot on.
Sophie has always lived her life in the shadow of her mother's bipolar disorder: monitoring medication, making sure the rent is paid, rushing home after school instead of spending time with friends, and keeping secrets from everyone.

But when a suicide attempt lands Sophie's mother in the hospital, Sophie no longer has to watch over her. She moves in with her aunt, uncle, and cousin--a family she's been estranged from for the past five years. Rolling her suitcase across town to her family's house is easy. What's harder is figuring out how to rebuild her life.

And as her mother's release approaches and the old obligations loom, Sophie finds herself torn between her responsibilities toward her mother and her desire to live her own life, Sophie must decide what to do next

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Pennsylvania Patchwork by Kate Lloyd

Pennsylvania Patchwork (Legacy of Lancaster #2)Pennsylvania Patchwork by Kate Lloyd
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love Amish stories, and this one didn't disappoint me at all. There is so much going on in the story, its busy, and keeps you hanging on through out.

I haven't had the pleasure of reading book 1, so at first I was a little put out, but soon got into the groove of what was happening. But there was some confusion over Nathaniel's first wife?

A few other things fleetingly went through my mind too as regards a few loose ends.

I'm just hoping it all ties in together if there is a 3rd book in the Horizon.

Note to self.....Read book 1 of a series before jumping in.

I received this book for an honest review from David C Cook Via Net Galley.

On the whole, I would say, great read, but read book 1 first!

Seattle native Holly Fisher is smitten by Lancaster County, its simplicity and her long lost relatives. In the sequel to bestselling  Leaving Lancaster, Holly embraces the Amish culture, learning to slow down to see what  - and who – really matters.
  Meeting the family that her mother had kept hidden from her, Holly comes face to face with her real life and blood legacy. She also falls for the charming Zach, a handsome Mennonite veterinarian who is everything she’s ever wanted in a husband: confident, kind, successful, and authentic. And Zach proposes marriage. Is this too soon? Is this the right choice? Mother and Amish grandmother think she’s rushing into too much of a lifestyle change. Holly is in love with Zach and that precludes everything. Until she meets an attractive Amish man. And an old suitor shows up. 
Pennyslvania Patchwork is the moving, richly told story of one woman’s heart, her faith and trust, and the choices she makes. Never easy, but one choice can change your destiny.

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A O PEART Almost broken up

After reading book 1, I couldn't wait to see what Natalie and Colin would do and how they would progress, so book 2 was eagerly awaited for.

Natalie and Colin have now got together and hooked up. The thing is, while Natalie is fitting quite comfortably into the groove of being a 'couple' she has to help Colin fight his demons from the past.

This is a quick read, some of it is a bit far fetched, but its a quircky far fetched which seems to be accepted through some laughter, as some of it does bring a smile to your face. Sometimes I wanted to clout Colin and give him a wake up call, but all in all this 2nd book in the series has left it a happy ending. There isn't a cliff hanger.....but who knows if there will be a book 3!


How far would you go to protect the one you love? 

The terrors of Colin’s past are revealed and accepted by Natalie. Her doubts about letting him into her life are finally disbanded and replaced by a sense of security and commitment. But Natalie doesn’t know that Colin’s past hides more dark secrets unknown even to him. 

When a delusional psychopath threatens Colin’s life, things quickly become complicated. Natalie’s stubborn character and desire to kick ass won’t let her step aside and allow the authorities to handle the danger. She gets herself tangled up with street hoodlums, befriends a Russian mobster’s high-maintenance girlfriend, and becomes expert at picking locks and hiding evidence.

Almost Matched by A O Peart

Almost Matched by A O Peart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sex and the City comes to mind. But that by no means is a bad thing. Natalie is a once bitten, twice shy kind of gal. When you've been badly hurt, you find it hard to trust again and when Colin comes back into her life its something she is not prepared for emotionally.

Colin has a hidden past. It all unravels very well throughout this book.

I loved the authors style of writing, and can't wait to read the 2nd book in this series.

Its not a long book, so read this within 2 hours which was great for me as I had a few hours to relax.
ADULT/ADULT CROSSOVER ROMANTIC COMEDY NOVELLA **Warning: contains sexual situations (some quite vivid!), profanity, and a high dose of sarcasm. Oh, and there is a lot of appletini and beer drinking. May not be appropriate for readers under 18 years old. Not intended for prudes and killjoys with no sense of humor** (i)Would you take another shot at love? Or just settle on a friend with benefits? (/i) Their heartbreaking past will move you. Their passion will make you blush. Their antics will make you laugh out loud. Twenty-five-year-old Natalie Davenport lugs substantial baggage. One boyfriend after the next has been a total disaster, leaving Natalie distrustful toward the male population in general. So when Colin Hampton crosses her path, she's cautious. Her heart (and some other body parts!) nudges her to go for it, while her head wants her to run for the hills. Colin is one of those gorgeous guys who attract women, no matter the age or marital status. With a successful career at a popular Seattle radio station, hard body, and charming personality, he is the complete package. But something dark lurks in the corners of his soul; some murky experience that has changed him-maybe for the better, but maybe for the worse. Will he steal her heart and stomp over it like other guys did? Will she let him into her heavily fortified world despite herself? Or will they settle somewhere in the middle-establishing the emotional boundaries to protect them from falling in love? **Almost Matched is the first installment in the Almost Bad Boys series. The books in this series should be read in order. They are not stand-alone books** (b)Almost Matched contains a BONUS EXCERPT from Almost Broken Up, the second installment in the Almost Bad Boys series.

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Yours, For Now by Siren Allen

Yours, For NowYours, For Now by Siren Allen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Let me start of by saying, its not my regular type of read, however, this book gave me a lot of entertainment. I had read quite a heavy emotional book before this one, so this, although complicated, was not as deep as my last book.

BDSM is not my usual type of reading material. I did find the beginning of the book grabbing my interest because the dialogue between the two was very good, kept me entertained reading it.

She is quite taken with the Dr, who she has known forever, and he with her, just that they both don't know it yet, he does, he knows where his heart lays, but she wants to 'get him out of her system', it didn't work though.

The only confusing bit for me was, how could someone who has been abused want to experience BDSM with someone? Its not something I can get my head around. However, this is fiction!!! so I guess, a bit like soaps, anything can happen right?

The ending is predictable but it didn't deter from the story.

The author writes well, I just think a little bit more to detail would be called for. On the whole, I had to give this 4 stars as I did enjoy it.

The question: "Would you like to try BDSM with me?"

Elizabeth Kemp never thought she'd ask friend and colleague, Preston Lancaster to be her submissive. Even more surprising, he agrees – on one condition: she has to return the favor. Her two weeks as his Domme ends with a dramatic climax she wasn't prepared for – she's hopelessly in love and terrified he'll break her heart.

Dr. Preston Lancaster has been in love with Elizabeth since the day they met. His two weeks with her are more than he ever imagined, but when the tables are turned, she refuses to make good on her promise to reciprocate. Preston isn't giving up without a fight, but he's not fighting for two weeks of dominance anymore. He's fighting for forever.

Can Preston convince Elizabeth that her heart is safe with him – or will two weeks be all he has?

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Thursday, 23 January 2014

This Child of Mine by Sinéad Moriarty

This Child of MineThis Child of Mine by Sinéad Moriarty
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*** I was granted this book to read and review from Penguin Books (UK) via Net Galley ***

I love this author and had no doubt I would enjoy this book, but I didn't realize how much I would love it and how it would take a hold of my day to day life, I wanted to read this at every moment I got.

Without giving too much away about the story. How can you justify taking a child away from its Mother without it being called Abduction, kidnapped, or simply stolen? How can a stranger judge another Mother in a moment and just decide to walk off with that child?

What is the impact on the Mother who thinks her child is dad, the domino effect on the rest of the family?
There are some intense situation in this book that reels your emotions.

......Then, when that child is grown, and she finds out, how will she react?

This is not about a child that has been taken and been misused or abused, she is a well adjusted teenager that had a good head on her shoulders, been loved, cared for by the "Mother" who took her. What dilemma's come out of this.

I was just enthralled throughout the book, wondering how it would end.

I'll remember this book forever.

Its a MUST read.

Sophie and Mandy, Anna and Laura - two daughters and two mothers and a story about the bond of motherly love.

Sophie is a happy 18-year-old living in London with Anna, her Irish mother. Anna has devoted her life to Sophie. It may be just the two of them - no father nor grandparents, no uncles nor aunts - but Anna has more than enough love to give. Sophie has everything she could ever need.

Laura is a not-so-happy artist. She too has a daughter, Mandy. But Laura is haunted by the loss of her first child, Jody. Happy-go-lucky as she is, Mandy lives in Jody's shadow and wonders why her mother can never let go.

Both mothers carry secrets in their hearts and cannot forget the day their paths crossed. But a chance discovery is about to bring everything into the open and mothers and daughters, love and lies, past and future, will spectacularly collide . 

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Saturday, 18 January 2014


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When tragedy strikes a West Virginia coal mining family, two children start out on a trek that they hope will lead them to a new life. Before a day passes, the children are separated and the boy is caught up in a robbery not of his making. If his sister can find him, she may be able to save him. The problem is she’s only seven years old, and who’s going to believe a kid?

Jubilee’s Journey is Book Two in the Wyattsville Series. This story of discovering lost family and finding love reconnects readers with Ethan Allen and the other heart-warming characters of the bestselling novel SPARE CHANGE

When dependable Evan Madison fails to show up for work, police are dispatched to his home. His ten-year-old son, Brad, is discovered inside, unharmed and seemingly alone. He is stoic, sitting in front of the television playing his favorite video game, Super Mario—and he’s covered in blood.

Veteran Police Officer Marty Keal is the first on the scene. With his many years of experience, he thinks he’s seen it all. That is, until he discovers Brad’s not really alone after all. Upstairs in their bedroom lies the brutally bludgeoned and deceased bodies of both his mother and his father. When questioned, Brad confesses to the horrific murders.

When Brad is transferred to a local mental health institution for children, Dr. Hope Rubin is brought in to evaluate and treat the child. A preliminary investigation shows no evidence of any kind of mistreatment in his past. She must determine the disturbing truth: Is Brad telling the truth? Or is he covering for someone else?

Detective Jean Whitely rounds out the investigative team; and she suspects there is much more to the case than what meets the eye. The happily married mother of two in unwavering in her determination to uncover the real truth about Brad. Was he abused? Or is he the product of an evil seed born to kill?

As the layers of truth about Brad are systematically peeled away, you will be compelled to ask yourself, Which is the more dominate factor in contributing to who we are—NATURE or NURTURE?

Cissy is just your typical hard working, single mother, who leads a very simple life, until one day, when a cancer diagnosis leave her spinning in circles. Not one to sit around and do nothing, and with experience in the medical field, she decides to research new medication and clinical studies on the Internet. All of a sudden, she hit a block wall. The pharmaceuticals are holding back on the ‘orphan’ drugs that have the potential to save lives, but instead, they abandon them onto the ‘shelves.’ Why aren’t there clinical studies on these drugs? Why aren’t they being produced and dispensed? Why is this happening?
Cissy goes on a quest, to find these answers and what she discovers is shocking. With an anger that leaves her cynical, and with time running out, she sets out to ‘right a wrong.’ She forfeits her integrity and leaves a legacy that will crush the greedy pharmaceuticals and the corrupt insurance companies!
With the new age of technology, hackers become a reality, and new Robin Hoods emerge

Friday, 17 January 2014

The Invention of Sarah Cummings by Olivia Newport

The Invention of Sarah Cummings (Avenue of Dreams Series #3)The Invention of Sarah Cummings by Olivia Newport
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was granted this book to read and review from Revell Via Net Galley.

I haven't read the previous books, and I so wish I had.

I dived into this one. It made a change in my reading habits, its been years since I read an historical read such as this and Sarah Cummings made an impression on me, one sassy lady which would have been quite apt in our century too!

The grass sometimes is not always greener on the other side, now Sarah has a choice on her hands.

I found this book like a breath of fresh air to me amongst some of the books I have been reading which has been equally as good in their own right, but this one just made that little change in its genre.

I would recommend you read the books prior to this though to tie everything in.

Sarah Cummings has one goal in life--to break into Chicago's high society. Desperate to stop serving dinner and to start eating at society tables, Sarah alters cast-off gowns from the wealthy Banning women to create lustrous, flattering dresses of her own. On a whim at a chance meeting, she presents herself as Serena Cuthbert, weaving a fictitious past to go with her fictitious name. But as she gets closer to Simon Tewell, the director of St. Andrew's Orphanage, Sarah finds that she must choose between the life she has and the life she dreams of. Will she sacrifice love to continue her pretense? Or can Simon show her that sometimes you don't have to pretend for dreams to come true? 
Olivia Newport brings us back to Prairie Avenue to explore the place where class, social expectations, and romance come together. Readers will enjoy following the intrepid Sarah as she searches for true love in a world of illusions

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