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Sunday, 31 August 2014


One of my favorite authors has a new book out today!!!!!!! This is the 2nd book in the series. GET IT NOW

After reading Bishop Street I thought that was the end of the journey.

Then Rene Schultz messaged me to say that so many wanted it not to end she had more!
Yes more, well, I was so excited you wouldn't believe. I wondered what Maggie would
bring to book 2.

I was wondering how she would grow and how her past of being left
on the doorstep of the orphanage in Bishop Street would affect her in later life.

This second book had me gasping in places. I literally could feel my heart
pounding, the event that happened was awful, I am not going to tell you.
But it had me wondering if Maggie was alive. Did she make it?

We see the bonds of the other grown children, Lucy, Elizabeth and Randolph
again in this book 2. 

The characters are as solid and stone, they are rocks to each other, they are bold
like boulders, unmoveable and unstoppable.

I really don't want to give too much away so I am deleting bits as I go
I just want you to know how this book made me FEEL. 

This author Rene Schultz brings out emotions in me that aren't
easily displayed. 

There were times when I was biting my nails, times when I was crying buckets
and times when I was scared.

Each character has now got a place in my heart, as as this lovely unique
author, Rene Schultz.

“The test of life is not meant to break you, but to make you stronger...” 

Four powerful childhood friendships become twisted with lies and deceit after they leave Bishop Street Orphanage. Twenty years later, the four orphans are back together, once again. Maggie is a best-selling author that lives in Los Angeles. Elizabeth, is a farmer’s wife with five children, and they live in North Bend, North Dakota. Randolph the billionaire, is a wandering nomad who has never put down roots. Lucy is finally clean and sober, and raising her daughter, after twenty years of living on the streets. 

Challenging themselves to let go of the past, and still fused together by the immeasurable power of friendship, they will never let anything get in their way, again. Not the tests of courage and willingness to change; not the devastating flood that hits North Bend, threatening to destroy the town; and not the love and happiness they find, unexpectedly. Suddenly, their lives will all change forever, when Maggie is visiting an orphanage in Honduras and the big earthquake hits. Thousands of lives are lost, Maggie is missing, and their worst fears will test their strength of survival, once again!(

Palmetto Moon by Kim Boykin

Palmetto MoonPalmetto Moon by Kim Boykin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Kim Boykin.

First let me say, lovely cover.

I agreed to read this for a blog tour. And also for allowing me to read it via net Galley.

I really liked the concept of this story and I really loved how it developed. The blurb says it all really.

I don't like giving spoilers so I wont. I'm going to keep this review brief.

I had trouble sometimes piecing things together, I felt the author rushed a few things and left out some needed details.

There was a booth mentioned on a picnic? [I think] but where was the booth? Its not been mentioned prior to that or where they were. I got a little lost at times.

Just taking the pages and growing them more IMHO would make this a huge success. Those are the reasons I give it 3 stars. Good, but needs developing and expanding.

June, 1947. Charleston is poised to celebrate the biggest wedding in high-society history, the joining of two of the oldest families in the city. Except the bride is nowhere to be found…

Unlike the rest of the debs she grew up with, Vada Hadley doesn’t see marrying Justin McLeod as a blessing—she sees it as a life sentence. So when she finds herself one day away from a wedding she doesn’t want, she’s left with no choice but to run away from the future her parents have so carefully planned for her.

In Round O, South Carolina, Vada finds independence in the unexpected friendships she forms at the boarding house where she stays, and a quiet yet fulfilling courtship with the local diner owner, Frank Darling. For the first time in her life, she finally feels like she’s where she’s meant to be. But when her dear friend Darby hunts her down, needing help, Vada will have to confront the life she gave up—and decide where her heart truly belongs.

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Deadly Bonds by L.J. Sellers

Deadly Bonds (A Detective Jackson Mystery)Deadly Bonds by L.J. Sellers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Oh I think I've just discovered another great author who I've missed out on! Oh why didn't someone tell me about her before.

As you can tell this is the first book by L J Sellers I have read thanks to Amazon Publishing via Net Galley.
I was first attracted by the cover. I don't why, but covers with children or tragedies always seem to attract me. Does that make me warped [answers on a postcard!] I'm a sucker for a good mystery with a good plot so I settled down today to read this one.

L J Sellers is an award winning Journalist and two time reader's favorite Award winner. She's a fan of Police procedures.
Well, that really does come across in this book, she has done extensive research flawlessly. She made me feel like I was part of the Crime team.

Detective Jackson I see stars in some of her other books [I need to read these]. To me he comes across as a great detective and knows his 'stuff'. Very dedicated. I'm not sure what happened in his past personal life but looks like he has experienced some tragedies himself. [That's why I need to read these other books prior to this one] It is a stand a lone book, but to get the rounded picture I want to go back a bit on them.

I'm not giving away the plot if I say he ends up looking after a little boy from a crime scene where his Mother got murdered. I could so understand him becoming close to this quite little cherub.

His partner Evans being assigned to one case and Detective Jackson to another Evans thinks at the time she drawn the short straw.

There was far more events, plotting and turns in this read than I expected. I was glued to the book until I finished it. Sat at my Kitchen table waiting for tea to cook with Kindle still in hand! My Kindle was glued to me all day today.

Thank you to Amazon Publishing for granted me a copy of this to read and review and thanks to the author L J Sellers for a remarkable entertaining read that took me from real life for a few hours to something really gripping that I forgot where I was for a few hours.

I so want to read more of this authors books. Do I recommend it? hell yes!

When a young mother is found murdered in a derelict Eugene neighborhood—and her terrified young son is discovered hiding beneath the floorboards—Detective Jackson reluctantly takes the case. His own life is already in chaos, with his runaway teenage daughter, Katie, still gone and his girlfriend, Kera, facing her own family crisis. Matters get more complicated when the orphaned boy bonds with Jackson, triggering unexpected emotions and compromising his ability to investigate. Meanwhile, Detective Evans, one of Jackson’s most valuable colleagues, is pulled off the case to look into the death of a University of Oregon football star—leaving the homicide task force shorthanded. As Jackson works to solve the murder and find a home for little Benjie, he soon faces devastating choices that threaten everything he holds dear.

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Renaissance of the Heart by Lori M. Jones

Renaissance of the HeartRenaissance of the Heart by Lori M. Jones
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lori M Jones.

Keep a watch on this author, she really knows how to spin a good story.

I love how a book opens up when you start to read it and takes off right away. I hate struggling in a book, its hard slog then, and sometimes you want to start reading something with interest right away.

It opens with Amanda. Her husband after 15 years has left. Suitcase in hand and out the door. Not even when she was there to see it!

When he makes contact to meet, she really thinks he has had a change of heart. You can feel that in the way the author writes it. She's excited, worried and so insecure about it all that she rings her sister. I loved the conversation that went on between them both, in fact her sister is amazing and so funny, yet supportive.

When she meets up, he has something to tell her, she then realizes its not going to be good, but what comes out of his mouth for an explanation is really not what she was expecting. He was in love...................with JAKE!

We see how she digests this information in the days and weeks after his disclosure.
It knocked the stuffing out of her world to loose her husband but to a man!

She has to tell their daughter Lilly. I loved what Lilly said "I'm relieved that Dad has a good explanation for leaving and at least I will never have to deal with a stepmother" Loved that reply!

Moving on for Amanda is hard, trust, and fear of the future. When she meets a famous young NFL quarterback lead and things take off you see her insecurities.

It was lovely to watch Amanda grow though in confidence as time went on.

Its a great story, real to life. It happens, that's why this makes it a great read.

After her husband of fifteen years comes out of the closet, a blindsided, forty-year-old Amanda Lewis is forced to salvage what remains of her shattered heart and navigate a new life for herself and her teenage daughter. But will a sizzling secret romance with a famous young NFL quarterback lead her to winning the life she deserves or set her up for her biggest loss yet? 

As she embarks on the journey of rebuilding her home, Amanda discovers that finding forgiveness and repairing her damaged self-worth are her biggest challenges of all. While searching her soul–and even searching inside her city's history–she finds answers. But will answers come too late and can a broken heart ever be truly fixed? 

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Saturday, 30 August 2014

She's Got Her Own by Kem Smith

She's Got Her OwnShe's Got Her Own by Kem Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I would say this is a light Christian based story. Its not at all 'in your face' its just a family that has a religious belief and a faith in God.

Sharay is a career woman, her husband is very much involved with his church. He's hardworking, he provides for his family and is striving for some recognition in his church.
He sees the children as his wife's work, her caring role. Not that he isn't interested he is.

One of her sons is causing a lot of worry, so much so she has been called into a meeting in the school. She's quite shocked as to what has been going on and although her husband her her have talked about home schooling before, no actual concrete decision was ever made, but that day Sharay finds herself deciding to tell them that he won't be returning back to school and she is going to home school him.

We can see the dilemma she is in at her place of week the next day, I feel she loves her job, it makes her a 'person' in her own right. But her son needs her, its her role as a Mother to make sure her son learns some lessons in life and how to behave.

I feel there is some resentment due to the fact she wants more hands on from her husband.

We find that Sharay has some resentment towards the church too, and her husband wants her to put this aside and concentrate on supporting him.
I couldn't help feeling that he didn't see her as a person in her own right, decisions and emotions/feelings that he should have taken on board.

When Sharay was working she earned a lot of money, she was able to subsidize the household budget in a substantial way and didn't have to account to her husband if she wanted her nails done or a hair cut or a new outfit. Now that there is only one wage coming in there is a huge change and her husband is taking more and more of a lead in this. She feels she's loosing control of herself and also their marriage is suffering, they are drifting apart.

This was an excellent read. I was offered to read this book and give it a review from a tour and I am glad I did.

I highly recommend this book its so well written and expanded. I can see this author going a long way.

She Got Here Own by Kem M. Smith is a gripping tale of two people desperately wanting to make their marriage and family work, but wanting to find personal happiness themselves! 
Sharay and Brian are a young couple trying to cope with a big lifestyle change. Sharay is a successful business woman who has quit her job to homeschool her kids. However, raising four children while keeping her faith and sanity has proved to be a bit more than she can handle. Things get even more complicated when an old boyfriend from her past shows up wanting to ignite a new romance he feels still has some spark left. 
Sharay’s husband Brian is a hardworking man who just wants some recognition in church, to see his sons grow up to be strong, successful black men and to have a happy marriage. But he finds his world is slowly crumbling when Sharay doesn’t have the same future in mind. 
Author Kem M. Smith’s Urban Christian Fiction tale of marriage in the modern age is drama filled, pulse pounding and thought provoking. Fans of Christian Fiction will love devouring this urban read they won’t soon forget! 

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One Perfect Spring by Irene Hannon

One Perfect SpringOne Perfect Spring by Irene Hannon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Aw this is a lovely Christian based novel.

I say aww because it was so sweet and you will need tissues if you are soft hearted like me. There were many occassions I had to wipe away a tear.

If you are thinking "I don't read Christian books" think again. Its not an 'in your face, push it down your throats' type of religious read, its a wholesome well developed played out love story that has some twists in it.

I fell in love with that little girl, ah she was the one that started the huge ball rolling, and hey, what a gathering of moss and flowers it picked up along the way.

Well recommended.

I was granted this book to read from Revell via Net Galley, I would like to thank them for allowing me to read this awesome book.

Claire Summers is a determined, independent single mother who is doing her best to make lemonade out of the lemons life has handed her. Keith Watson is a results-oriented workaholic with no time for a social life. As the executive assistant to a local philanthropic businessman, he’s used to fielding requests for donations. But when a letter from Claire’s eleven-year-old daughter reaches his desk, everything changes. The girl isn’t asking for money, but for help finding the long-lost son of an elderly neighbor.
As Keith digs reluctantly into this complicated assignment, he has no idea how intertwined his life and Claire’s will become–nor how one little girl’s kindhearted request will touch so many lives and reap so many blessings.
Through compelling characters and surprising plot twists, Irene Hannon offers readers this tenderhearted story of family connections that demonstrates how life is like lilacs–the biggest blooms often come only after the harshest winters.

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S.E.C.R.E.T. Shared by L. Marie Adeline

S.E.C.R.E.T. Shared (Secret, #2)S.E.C.R.E.T. Shared by L. Marie Adeline
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

OK, novels, fiction, its supposed to stretch your imagination right?

So I went with this book. I hadn't read book 1, so to be fair the back and forth and going over what was in book 1 was vital to me, but I would say VERY irritating for anyone who read book 1. I've been in that situation and shouting out "C'mon already"

I got the gist of what was going on. Its a good twist on something else I have read last year by a different author.

I read it from beginning to end. I did realize there were bits in there that weren't explained or expanded more as a reader, if I missed something then I'd flick back a few pages....I did this and still couldn't see any understanding of how Dauphine got 5-9 charms??? and who was Dauphine ?

I could see that Cassie had grown from an insecure woman to a much more dominate one. She got confidence with each step she took in the programme.

It was an OK read.

I was given this book to read and review from Random House UK, Transworld Publishers via Net Galley.

Thank you.

"I, Cassie Robichaud, solemnly swear to serve S.E.C.R.E.T. to the best of my abilities. I will do what is necessary, what is right and what is within my power to assist in the execution of sexual fantasies for our participant(s)..."

And so begins S.E.C.R.E.T. II, which opens with Cassie's initiation into this mysterious organization, one that helps women experience their most potent sexual fantasies. Cassie spends the next year as a "S.E.C.R.E.T. member-at-large," not quite a guide, she'll assist Committee members (including two new ones, Kit DeMarco and Angela Rejean) in recruiting men and helping to execute a new inductee's fantasies. 

After a false start with the first potential inductee, Cassie makes the acquaintance of Dauphine Gray, a 31-year old who works at the Funky Monkey vintage clothing store on Magazine Street in New Orleans. Geeky, gawky and easily distracted, Dauphine has no idea how attractive she really is because her face is forever in a book. Reading is her passion, music is her pleasure, and Dauphine's all but given up on sex, especially after a painful rejection that still haunts her. Then Cassie and the women from S.E.C.R.E.T. show her it's possible to reignite that flame.

Meanwhile, Cassie must work through her resentment over losing Will to Tracina and their future baby. But when paternity questions surface, Tracina threatens to expose Cassie's S.E.C.R.E.T. membership to the one man both women love. Will Tracina expose Cassie to Will, and if she does, what will he make of his secret love's S.E.C.R.E.T. life?

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Going Long by Ginger Scott

Going Long (Waiting on the Sidelines, #2)Going Long by Ginger Scott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm really getting into the YA books.
I know they are for Young Adults and I am a Mature adult [well, in my age! but not my mind lol] but I really think any age could read them. Especially this one.

If you are reading this review and thing hmmm Young Adult, don't pigeon hole it for teens and young people because you would be missing out. I assure you.

Ginger Scott weaves a great story leading on from book 1 in this series.

We now see this couple older and with more insight.

Everyone knows that long distant relationships are hard to maintain and many times I felt it was going to fail. Its had its enormous ups and downs which you will read in this book, but not all is as it seems.

You need to find this out in reading it, I won't tell you if they actually stayed together or not, you could be surprised.

I should have read and reviewed this some time back but had a back log of books to read, I am so glad I finally got to reading this.

I was provided with this book from the author [Ginger Scott] via Net Galley.

They fell in love in high school and found their way back to one another despite the odds. But can first loves really be forever? For Reed Johnson, the dream was always football. But then Nolan Lennox took over his heart. Is he willing to give up his first love just to keep his true love? Or will he be too late? 

Reed and Nolan’s story continues in "Going Long," sequel to "Waiting on the Sidelines

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If You Were Me by Sheila O'Flanagan

If You Were MeIf You Were Me by Sheila O'Flanagan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I love Sheila O'Flanagan's books. I get enraptured in her story telling usually. But this one was good, its was OK, light reading but nothing like I haven't read before in this kind of instance.

The page starts with Carlotta realizing she is running an hour late for her day, this leads on to all kind of domino effects of plans she had.

Carlotta is also due to marry Chris. Chris doesn't make her heart flutter but he's solid, he's trustworthy and he's there for her.

She has a good career, she knows where her path is leading in life and she's self assured until.......

The man who walked out of her life many years ago as a boy has not returned a man. When she bumps into him she is catapulted right back to the past. This hunk of a guy has now stirred up a hornets nest inside her heart and her mind.

Its a good read, I am glad I read it and I do recommend it, its just for me, too much of a sameness to other stories I have read.

Thank you to HEADLINE via Net Galley in providing me with a copy of this book,

Carlotta O'Keefe is happily engaged, and the wedding plans are coming together. She's clear about her future path, both personally and in her busy career. Maybe Chris doesn't make her heart race every time she sees him, but you can't have that feeling for ever. Can you? Then, on a trip to Seville, Carlotta runs into Luke Evans. Luke broke her heart so long ago she'd almost convinced herself she'd forgotten him. Now, he's not that boy any more, but an attractive and intriguing man. And he can explain everything that happened way back when. Suddenly Carlotta's not so sure of anything any more.

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Friday, 29 August 2014

Stone and Silt by Harvey Chute

Stone and SiltStone and Silt by Harvey Chute
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It was a bit slow to get into for me. I almost gave up. I don't like saying this as it's not something that comes easily for me to say.

The narration and background build up had me yawning in places and I had to make myself stay with it as I promised a review. I got to chapter 10 and it picked up more so I was able to keep going.

Normally I quite like YA books, some take me back to my youth.

There was plenty of historical information in there, but I found it lacking body, pitch, power and pace for me IMHO. I needed it to be more engrossing and the crime broadened out more, it lacked a certain 'something'.

I found the young girl to be spunky and feisty, and the drama kept me interested enough to finish it.

I would like to thank Red Adept Publishing for allowing me to read and give an honest review of my thoughts.

[None of this reflects upon the author...not everyone can like everything so please forgive me]

A ruthless murder and a stolen shipment of gold.

At school, sixteen-year-old Nikaia Wales endures the taunts of bullies who call her a “half-breed.” At home, she worries about how her family will react if she reveals her growing feelings for the quiet boy next door.

Those are soon the least of her troubles. Nikaia discovers a hidden cache of gold, and when police find a corpse nearby, her father becomes a suspect. Worse, Elias Doyle is circling, hungry to avenge his brother’s death.

Nikaia desperately searches for clues to save her father. In her quest to find the killer, she learns about the power of family, friendship, and young love

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