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Reservations for Two, by Hillary Manton Lodge

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Author: Hillary Manton Lodge
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Series: Table for Two Trilogy, book 2
Genre: Christian, Contemporary, Fiction
Published by: WaterBrook Press
Publication Date: April 2015
Rating: 5 out of 5

Review: Picking up where her story left off in A Table by the Window, newly minted restaurateur Juliette D’Alisa is currently basking in the sun and enjoying her extended family in their native land while travelling through Provence and Tuscany. What makes her trip even better is her love, Neil flying over to spend a whirlwind – and romantic, holiday with her. It’s a trip that only seems to cement their feelings after rocky beginnings. But all too soon, Juliette is back on solid ground and in Portland busily preparing for the opening of her restaurant Two Blue Doors, which she now manages along with her partner and brother, Nico. Back in reality, Juliette’s life changes – she learns something about her family tree she never expected and her relationship with Neil becomes complicated, and all while she begins to grow closer to someone else. Continue reading “Reservations for Two, by Hillary Manton Lodge”

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Rebel Belle, by Rachel Hawkins

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Author: Rachel Hawkins
Publisher: Putnam
Publication Date: 2014
Genre: Young Adult Supernatural/Fantasy
Series: Rebel Belle, book one
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Rating: 5 out of 5

Synopsis: Harper Price, peerless Southern belle, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run-in at the dance imbues her with incredible abilities, Harper’s destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird. She becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting instincts. Just when life can’t get any more disastrously crazy, Harper finds out who she’s charged to protect: David Stark, school reporter, subject of a mysterious prophecy and possibly Harper’s least favorite person. But things get complicated when Harper starts falling for him–and discovers that David’s own fate could very well be to destroy Earth.

With snappy banter, cotillion dresses, non-stop action and a touch of magic, this new young adult series from bestseller Rachel Hawkins is going to make y’all beg for more.

Rebel Belle Review:

Regardless of a story’s unique quirks, a book can typically be put into a “box” of some sort. There are usually similarities a reader can grasp with familiarity – either it incites a nostalgic feeling or is perhaps reminiscent of a favorite film. Rebel Belle didn’t read anything like that for me. There are hints of familiar concepts and storyboards, but mostly it’s a unique story in its own world of ingenuity. The story wastes no time in kicking things off in an exciting, grand fashion. It opens with two casualties and a Southern Belle given powers she didn’t ask for. Sounds exciting, right? Well… sort of. Read my review in its Entirty over on Silver Petticoat Review →

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The Start of Me and You, by Emery Lord

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Author: Emery Lord
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Source: Publisher Provided ARC
Publication Date: 2015
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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary, Young Adult/Teen
Rating: 5 out of 5

Review: Last summer a debut author made a splash in the secular YA genre. Her name was Emery Lord. The book was Open Road Summer. I picked up a copy, but never had the opportunity to read it. When I was able to read her follow-up standalone, I was ecstatic. Naturally, I now get the gushing because Emery’s sophomore novel is really beautiful. It’s not only got a good plot, it also executes its story very well. Paige Hancock had to say good-bye to her first boyfriend last summer when he drowned. Since then, she’s slowly been trying to recover. A year and a new school year later, she’s still trying to figure things out. Because of this she makes a list. At the top of it is dating her crush, Ryan Chase. When Ryan’s cousin Max returns to their school and Paige is paired up for school projects, she sees this as her perfect opportunity to get close to Ryan. But does fate have something else planned for this 17-year-old? Continue reading “The Start of Me and You, by Emery Lord”

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From the Start, by Melissa Tagg

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Author: Melissa Tagg
Publisher: Bethany House
Source: Author Influencer Copy Provided
Publication Date: 2015
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Series: Walker Family, book 1
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance
Rating: 5 out of 5

Review: Though she’s always had a fantastic sense of humor that rolled with her unique style (anyone who reads Melissa’s blog will be able to pull out moments that indicate her fab signature), I don’t know if her books have risen to the level her fourth full-length novel does. Her author note in the back may acknowledge that this was the hardest book she’s yet written, but let me tell you, the results are rewarding. The story is about Kate Walker, a TV script writer who seems to be running out of work. Following her career high as an Emmy-winning writer, she has since declined. Unsuccessful at selling much of anything beyond the odd romance to a TV network, she is lacking in knowing her next step. Then her home town of Maple Valley, Iowa has a tornado rip through and it sends Kate rushing from Chicago to her family’s aid. While there she meets her brother’s best friend, Colton Greene. A former NFL player who is watching his own career slip away, Colton didn’t plan on visiting Maple Valley with Logan, but he is just the same. While there, he’s thrust into helping his hosts recover from the tornado, getting pressure to write a book and in-between it all, cherishing the time he spends with Kate Walker. Continue reading “From the Start, by Melissa Tagg”