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The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks

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Author: Nicholas Sparks

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Source: Bought

Publication Date: 2013 (Re-issue in 2014)

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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance, Secular Fiction

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Review: Reading the books that inspired Nicholas Sparks’ film adaptations has become something of a habit. Those being, The Lucky One, Safe Haven and now, The Longest Ride. This book starts out slow, plodding through decades of memories and feels as if it’s going nowhere. Fortunately, of the two parallel stories, one works where the other kind of fails. The story is about a college student named Sophia, whose life is just starting to feel normal again after she broke off a bad relationship. On a whim, she and her best friend attend a rodeo, where Sophia meets Luke. Broken in more ways than one, Luke’s recent past is riddled with physical and emotional scars. But he’s not about to give up on winning his current rodeo circuit run, in hopes of helping his mother out of financial difficulties – and no matter the risk to him. These two lives intertwine with that of Ira, an older gentleman stranded on the side of the road following an accident. During his isolation, Ira recounts his own life, remembering his years fighting in WWII and the wife he cannot let go of. Continue reading “The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks”

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Shades of Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon

About the Book:Book - Shades of Doon
Author(s): Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon
Publisher: Blink (an Imprint of HarperCollins)
Source: Publisher Provided ARC
Publication Date: 2015
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Series: Doon, 3
Genre: Fiction; Historical, Contemporary Young Adult
Rating: 4 out of 5

Review: Building an impressive fan base full of readers fully invested in these characters lives, this series has become one of the more popular YA lit re-telling set of novels currently relevant to today’s reader. Its second novel, Destined for Doon, left its fans scrambling for answers and adding Shades of Doon to their most anticipated lists. Now, the third book is nearly here and fans are about to have the answers they longed for. The adventure continues as Veronica recovers from her brush with death and the mysterious circumstances that put her in that perilous situation. With her bestie, Mackenna, by her side, Vee is ready to face anything… except being thrust back to the modern world. Doon is home for her and leaving behind her people, her kingdom… and the man she loves is an impossible possibility neither Vee or Kenna are prepared to ponder.   Continue reading “Shades of Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon”

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Falling Like Snowflakes by Denise Hunter

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Author: Denise Hunter
Publisher: Zondervan (HarperCollins)
Source: Publisher Provided
Publication Date: 2015
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Series: Summer Harbor, 1
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance, Inspirational
Rating: 4 out of 5

Each time I crack open the pages of a new contemporary rom-com from inspirational author, Denise Hunter, I allow my expectations to soar. If there is one thing the author excels at (and there are more than one) it’d be her narrative that ensures the reader a delightful time. That is exactly what one will find within the pages of the award-winning author’s brand new book, which also acts as a new series launcher. Not only that is attributed to it, but this makes an excellent Christmas read and an attractive find for anyone looking for that perfect gift to give the book lover in your family. Though we were given a tease of this story in Married ‘til Monday, until you read this, you aren’t likely to really understand the characters well enough to judge them. Continue reading “Falling Like Snowflakes by Denise Hunter”

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To Get to You by Joanne Bischof

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Author: Joanne Bischof
Publisher: Mason Jar Books (Independently Published)
Source: Author Provided
Publication Date: 2015
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Series: Wild Air, 1
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary YA/Teen
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

ARC Review: To Get to You – An Indie Novel with Heart about Second Chances

A first for author Joanne Bischof, her newest release not only shifts its setting (we begin the adventure in California), it also moves her comfort zone forward several decades to the contemporary age. Her debut contemporary novel also marks her first real foray into young adult fiction. With all of the changes she’s made to her publishing platform (she’s now among the Indie authors) and the subtle shift in styles, following her journey has been one adventure after another, and her latest novel, is quite literally, just that: an adventure. Read the review in Full →

*Sincere thanks to author, Joanne Bischof for providing a complimentary e-copy of this book for the purpose of reading – I chose to review it.

Book Review: This Quiet Sky by Joanne Bischof

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Hello, Goodbye and Everything In-Between by Jennifer E. Smith

About the Book:Book - Hello, Goodbye and Everything In-Between
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Publisher: Poppy (Little Brown)
Source: Publisher (thanks, Hallie!)
Publication Date: 2015
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Genre: Fiction; Young Adult (New Adult) Contemporary
Rating: 5 out of 5

Review: Admiring Jennifer’s books from afar on Goodreads – and even those on my own shelf (I own three, I believe), made me realize how much I was bound to enjoy her books. The cover art is modern and fun and sweet usually depicting an image of a silhouetted couple, obviously in love. When I received a copy of Jennifer’s September novel in the mail, I was beyond delighted. I had requested the book, but wasn’t confident it would be something I’d receive.  Continue reading “Hello, Goodbye and Everything In-Between by Jennifer E. Smith”