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Saturday, 28 June 2014

Shades of Brown by Cassietta Jefferson

Shades of BrownShades of Brown by Cassietta Jefferson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh WOW this is my kind of read!

This is one awesome book, tears, thoughts, emotions, smiles and a belief not only in a higher source, but in yourself.

Two women, both friends, individual emotions struggles each of their own. Supporting each other through thick and thin.

Oh I don't want to give the story line away, so I am being ever so careful, I want to tell you all about it, but I can't, it would spoil it for you....the reader.

So I'll stop here and say, I read this book in one sitting, cover to cover and gasped with tears at the end!

Beautiful book. I will be following Cassietta Jefferson as I've never heard of her before, I had the honor to read this book for a review from a blog tour I was helping to promote.

Highly recommended.

Asami, Bonita, Morgan, and Sienna have shared everything including their laughter and tears. No matter the challenge, they always emerged stronger with their friendship in tact. No one ever expected that they would be tested again so severely. 
The women soon learn that although life brings its share of storms, it’s what they do in the midst of those storms that define their character. While navigating the worst storms of their lives, these captivating women discover the true meaning of friendship, faith, and family. 
What will they do when faced with devastating life situations that shake the very foundation that their lives are built upon? Follow this group of audacious women as they stare down the most tumultuous year they have ever had to face

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Lilac Lane by Ann Swann

Lilac LaneLilac Lane by Ann Swann
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Oh I so wish I would have read the first book before this one, I had it too and didn't realize!! So when I offered to read and review this for Ann Swann and give my honest opinion, I wish I had remembered, but, I will be going back and reading the first book in this series.

Ella and her son move into their new home. Its a safe place for them and they are just beginning to relax a bit.

The trouble is, not long after moving in, Nick her son hears some disturbance in the attic, which alarming he wakens Ella.

Both go in search of the source but find nothing.

After a couple of times of this happening Ella calls for the Police to come out and investigate, but it looks like its the wild life that are getting in. Even that didn't stop the antics in the attic though.

This was a gripping read, what with the husband now out, it could be him? Or could it?

Throw in a bit of romance too and you have a winner! I really did enjoy this book, so much so I have to go read the first book as it will tie up some loose thoughts in my head.

I don't know why I didn't read this authors book before, she has an absolutely lovely way of writing.

Highly recommended.

Lilac Lane 

Return to the small town of Stutter Creek with Ella and her son, Nick.

Ella and her son survived her ex-husband's drunken wrath. They are starting a new life in a new town, Stutter Creek. She's even met a real man. A gentle wild life biologist named Chet Boone. But now, her ex has been released from prison early. Is that him driving past their new house late at night? Is he the one causing the strange sounds and flickering lights? Can they survive a second round with a madman

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Thursday, 26 June 2014

STOLEN by Dawn Kopman Whidden

STOLENSTOLEN by Dawn Kopman Whidden
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I just love this authors books. When I read her very first book, I was hooked and it went into my top 10 thrillers of last year [and I reads loads as a reviewer!]

Reading her second one, we met some of the characters from her first book.

STOLEN is intense, this author is an author you really should look out for as she really can relate a tale. It keeps your attention, you want to just sit and read it from cover to cover and do nothing else until you have finished it. I know I stayed up very late to finish this book.

I love the cover, it depicts the story inside very well.

I love a good mystery/thriller.

Although all of Dawn Kopman Whidden books are not a series, you will find her main character popping up in each, but you do not have to read them in order.

I adored it. This is another ebook that I will definitely be buying in paperback to keep.

Thanks to the author for allowing me to beta read this before the final version.

Another homicide has rocked the small town of Fallsburg, NY. In a cabin nestled deep in the woods two male victims are discovered,both gun shot victims. One is deceased the other one is barely alive. But it is not the murder itself that has detectives Jean Whitley and her new partner Marty Keal frantic to find out the answers of what occurred in that cabin, but it is the identities of the two small children also found at the scene. One child is quickly identified but the other a young boy remains a mystery. The only one with possible answers lies with the man who lay critically wounded and unconscious in the hospital because the unidentified boy either can not or will not speak to tell the investigators who he is and what happened in that cabin that left one man dead and another barely hanging on ...

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Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Wish by Jake Smith

WishWish by Jake Smith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This had me not only blubbering at the end, but thinking deeply.

This book revolves around baseball, but its because of the passion for the sport that Father and son has for it. His son was in remission from cancer. They were just about beginning to breath, although they never unpacked their 'ready' cases beneath their beds. It might be bad luck. Trouble was, they were going to need those ready suitcases yet again as the cancer had returned.

This is mostly told from a Father's POV and its horrendous in some ways, uplifting in others. You get right inside what is happening to this family. You feel their emotions, their spirit, their pain.

We never know what to say when someone is terminally ill, or has been diagnosed with cancer or even when someone dies. There is no right thing to say, and no wrong way to say it. What does hit home to me is the fact we all use these Clichés, I've had the same ones that are mentioned in this book in regards to my loss over the years. I realise now that they meant it in the nicest possible way, but at the time, you hate it with a vengeance.

I could understand it when James [the Father] broke down, it was almost like his family and friends, well meaning people had been treating him like his son was already dead.

This book will stay with me for a very long time.

The author Jake Smith is new to me, but he is someone I will be following as he writes well, he portrays well, and the story flowed so well that it captured me from page one.

Thank you to Tyndale House Publishers for allowing me to read an advanced copy.

James McConnell's one wish is that his nine-year-old son will finally be healthy enough to play a game of catch. Then he and his wife, Emily, receive news they've dreaded: Aaron's cancer has relapsed.As the family steels themselves for a draining treatment regimen in yet another hospital, Aaron receives the gift of a lifetime--a personal visit from one of his favorite professional baseball players--and the chance to make a bold request, "his wish" to see his dad play in one major league game.A former college standout, James fears he doesn't have the talent it takes, even for one game, and that he'll miss what could be Aaron's precious last weeks. Yet how can he refuse his dying son's wish?Poignant and triumphant, "Wish" is the story of a father's love, a family's perseverance, and the miracles that can happen when you believe in the impossible

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Hourglass by K.S. Smith

HourglassHourglass by K.S. Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Excellent! I read this book in one sitting. You need to devour it like that, its like having best friends in your sitting room and them telling you just what has happened over a glass of wine.

Savannah and Brooke are quite different personalities, unique, but best friends.

One likes a relationship, the other likes bedfellows.

I didn't expect the twist of events that came, very unexpected.

It was funny in parts, the set up was brilliant!

I am so glad I got a copy of this to read and review. My thanks to the authors for an entertaining read.


Best friends since birth, Brooke Reid and Savannah Prescott, spend their days working together at top fashion magazine Hourglass, while enjoying all that the Denver nightlife has to offer – but sharing a man – no way. 

One of Denver’s most eligible bachelors, Luke Wellington, can have any woman he wants and he knows it. Putting his player skills to the test, he destroys a friendship and makes two women fall in love with him as he sits back and enjoys the best of both worlds. 

Brooke Reid is a woman looking for her happily ever after, and the day she literally ran in to him, she thought she’d found it. Charming, charismatic, a true gentleman – what more could she ask for? Things are going perfectly until her best friend struts in the elevator and claimed his lips right in front of her. 

Savannah Prescott is interested in one thing, having a good time with every single man Denver has to offer. Being tied down is too much of a bore for her free spirited ways. Or so she thinks, but when her best friend starts dating her Friday night fling, she realizes she may be ready to turn in her game card and settle down into a real relationship. 

When both girls come to the realization that they are after the same man, it means all-out war. Best friends until the end, or at least until him

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Now You See Me: How I Forgave the Unforgivable by Kathy Sanders

Now You See Me: How I Forgave the UnforgivableNow You See Me: How I Forgave the Unforgivable by Kathy Sanders
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


What a very inspirational journey I have just been on with Kathy Sanders.

The terrible tragedy that occurred taking so many innocent lives beggars belief, and reading this account of this Grandmother I am in awe. Not everyone can act the same way, this is what makes us so very different. I would wish I could act like this and work through my grief, questions etc the way I have just read, but I fear that I could not.

I understand her turning to God and asking WHY? and wondering if there really was a source, a being out there to allow such a thing to happen. Her hurt was too deep.

I read the reviews of this book from her immediate family and they seem remarkable people.

Its tearful yes, its upsetting, too true, but its also hopeful.

Thank you to FaithWords / Center Street for allowing me to read and review this publication.

On April 19, 1995, Kathy Sanders' life was changed forever when a bomb exploded and destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah building in Oklahoma City, killing her two grandsons Chase and Colton. 

For months, Kathy struggled with coping and wondered if the God she'd worshipped all her life even existed. After battling bitterness and contemplating suicide, she turned to the Lord and asked what He'd have her do. The answer was clear: Forgive your enemies. 

Thus Kathy forged a friendship with Terry Nichols, one of the men convicted in the bombing, via phone conversations, letters, and even face-to-face meetings. 

She also began searching for answers about what happened that fateful day in April and found opportunities to cultivate relationships with Nichols' children, mother, sister, wife, and ex-wife in separate turns. She demonstrated the same type of warmth to family members of Timothy McVeigh, the second man convicted of orchestrating the bombing. Her courageous efforts of extending compassion and grace gave her peace and removed the bitterness from her life.

With photos, interviews, and actual letters exchanged between Kathy and Terry Nichols, NOW YOU SEE ME tells the story of one woman who walked the road less traveled and forgave the unforgivable


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Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Crossing the Line by Nicola Marsh

Crossing the Line (World Apart, 1)Crossing the Line by Nicola Marsh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I first started reading this, and got into the part where goody two shoes Mia wanted to start acting a badass kinda gal, I was....what the heck? but you know, it worked!

Her father's tennis academy is where she's aimed her sights at, one particular person in general, his name is Kye. Now he is the head of his game, he doesn't need or want distractions, but Mia is not taking any of that, she aims to get him "right in the net". I don't think we are calling 'duece' here folks.

Its a heated, sexy rampant read but with a good plot.

Laying it all on the line for love… 

Mia Cresswell is tired of being good. 
Achieving geek status at college doesn’t equate with fun. So when she heads home to her dad’s tennis academy in Santa Monica on spring break, she’s determined to be bad. And hot Aussie tennis star Kye Sheldon is just the guy to help her do it. 

However, Kye’s troubled past continues to dog him and attending the Cresswell Tennis Academy is his last chance at the big time. He can’t afford to screw up…by screwing the boss’s daughter. 
But Mia and Kye’s relationship is much more than a vacation fling. 
Will it be game, set, match, when the truth is revealed? 
Or will Mia and Kye have a real shot at love all?

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Monday, 23 June 2014

Falling by Emma Kavanagh

FallingFalling by Emma Kavanagh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Absolutely gripping read.

This book starts off so dramatically it keeps going right until the end.

A woman who walks out on her husband and young son. A daughter who works in the Police force goes missing and at first her Father has difficulty explaining to the officers that attend its more serious than they think........until the Father mentions the blood traces, then the officer takes note!

There is so much happening in this book, crashes, tragedy, wow, so much, its gripping, you just don't want to do anything else but read this book, hence, I had places I needed to go today to run errands and at any given time I had to wait, I had my Kindle out. I don't care what people thought of me, but I just wanted to finish this book and see where it was headed. WOW.

Thank you to Random House UK, Cornerstone via Net galley for allowing me to read this complimentary book in exchange for an honest review.

If you like a good psychological thriller, something that holds your attention, I recommend this.

It was great too, as I could relate to many of the places living in this side of the UK

A plane falls out of the sky. A woman is murdered. Four people all have something to hide. 

Jim is a retired police officer, and worried father. His beloved daughter has disappeared and he knows something is wrong.

Tom has woken up to the news that his wife was on the plane and must break the news to their only son.

Cecilia had packed up and left her family. Now she has survived a tragedy, and sees no way out.

Freya is struggling to cope with the loss of her father. But as she delves into his past, she may not like what she finds.

'Before the plane crash, after the plane crash, such a short amount of time for the world to turn on its head. 

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Sunday, 22 June 2014

Follow You Down by K.B. Webb

Follow You Down (Reflect Me #2)Follow You Down by K.B. Webb
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ah Lucas. Lucas is scorching hot, hot, HOT and every woman loves him. Lucas doesn't 'do' relationships, he doesn't 'do' having a girlfriend, but what he does 'do' is girls! He does them well, hard and satisfying.

He doesn't stick to just one girl either, however, he has made an exception with just one girl who he has known for a long time, but they are just "bedfellows" [putting it politely]! There is nothing polite about this book, its definitely a 'fuck me' 'fuck you' book. Its hot, its horny and its compulsive reading.

Dani is a lovely, outspoken, direct kinda gal. You know where you are with Dani, you know just what she is thinking too! I loved her.

The relationship between Dani and her Mom using Skype to communicate was just awesome, I felt like I was sitting in the same room as Dani and cringing. But then, I saw it as a Mom myself with grown kids and ME cringing lol

Awesome book.

The F word is in the constantly, so get used to using it!

*Follow You Down is the second book in the Reflect Me series, but can be read as a standalone.*

Dani Hartley is running from heartbreak and shame. She needs a new beginning, a fresh start with no commitments or attachments. What she definitely doesn't need is a gorgeous cocky sex god trying to fly in and play Superman.

Lucas Wade knows a thing or two about running. He has secrets in his past so dark they've turned part of his heart black. He only truly cares about two people in the world, his mother and little brother Logan. With the past that he has, the last thing he wants or needs is a mouthy red head busting into his life trying to get to know him and his secrets. 

What started as one night of passion quickly turns into a mess of feelings and desires that neither Dani nor Lucas can deny. But, what happens when two lost souls try to save each other all while working to keep their own secrets hidden.

How far down would you follow someone to save them from them self? And how do you save them if they don't want to be rescued?

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