All this Time Melissa Tagg
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All This Time by Melissa Tagg – The Walker Saga Concludes with Most Anticipated Story

All this Time Melissa TaggABOUT the BOOK

Author: Melissa Tagg

Publisher: Larkspur Press (Indie Published)

Publication Date: 2017

Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance

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Rating: ★★★★★

REVIEW | Time stands still for Bear McKinley. His dream of missionary work in Africa has just vanished from his future thanks to a checkered past. This leads him to wonder about the future.  His immediate future leads him to Georgia and the door of his sister-in-law. Instead of a welcome, she refuses to tell Bear what’s going on with his brother (who’s life is riddled with mistakes), but she does rush him out the door, and sends her two kids with him. All he knows is she begs Bear to keep her children safe… and the best way he knows how to do this is by returning to Maple Valley.

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Maple Valley is safety to Raegan Walker. It’s the only place she’s known and it’s the only place she wants to be. Unlike her siblings, she isn’t about to leave it or her close-knit family behind. The one person who could have shaken her safety net is Bear McKinley. Until he left her behind. Now Raegan protects a broken heart. When he returns with two small children in tow, Raegan will have to check her emotions lest she again fall in love with this enigma of a man… Continue reading “All This Time by Melissa Tagg – The Walker Saga Concludes with Most Anticipated Story”

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Unraveling Sara Ella
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Unraveling by Sara Ella – Solid Sequel Follows up YA Fantasy Debut, ‘Unblemished’

Unraveling Sara EllaA B O U T THE B O O K

Author: Sara Ella

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

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Publication Date: 2017

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Genre: Fiction; Fantasy, Young Adult Contemporary

Series: Unblemished, Book 2

Rating: ★★★★½

Romantic, adventurous and fulfilling, Unraveling soars above the fray with its poignant themes of true beauty and true love.

REVIEW | In the aftermath of her life forever changing, Eliyana Ember is about to be crowned queen of her new realm (aka the place she’s meant to now call home). Growing up in contemporary New York, El is thrust into a world of fantasy and unexpected dangers. Being queen of this realm means she must prove wrong the deflated expectations her subjects have of her reign.

Further complicating things is the Kiss of Infinity she shared with a boy gone physically, but never far from her mind. Their bond won’t be denied despite the efforts of her fiancé, Joshua. The boy El once thought she loved without reservations. Now she questions everything. Is Joshua still the boy she loves? Why does she have this unexplained connection to Ky? And who or what is behind the Callings failure? Continue reading “Unraveling by Sara Ella – Solid Sequel Follows up YA Fantasy Debut, ‘Unblemished’”

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What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum – YA Contemporary about Friendship and How NOT to Be Awkward

A B O U T THE B O O K

Author: Julie Buxbaum

Publisher: Random House

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Publication Date: 2017

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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary, Young Adult/Teen

Rating: 4 out of 5

REVIEW | Dreams haunt Kit Lowell. Dreams triggered by the unexpected death of her father. Despite this, every day, she pretends nothing is wrong. She listens to her friend’s petty complaints, goes to school and follows the same routine. Until today. Today she fits at David Drucker’s table. David is weird (or so he tells us), but as Kit sits at his otherwise empty lunch spot, she discovers he’s a “good” weird.

David is different. And he knows it. Boasting an unusual personality, David doesn’t trust anyone. He’s been on the bad end of school pranks one too many times which is why he relies on his elder sister’s “guide book” on who not to trust. Kit Lowell is on the good list. Kit is the girl David has had a crush on for years, and when she asks him to help to make sense of her father’s accident, David readily agrees. Continue reading “What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum – YA Contemporary about Friendship and How NOT to Be Awkward”

A New Shade of Summer Nicole Deese
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A New Shade of Summer by Nicole Deese – Contemporary Fiction Sure to Set Hearts Aflutter

AA New Shade of Summer Nicole DeeseBOUT the BOOK:

Author: Nicole Deese

Publisher: Waterfall Press

Publication Date: 2017

Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance

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Rating: ★★★★★

REVIEW | If you adore swoon-worthy stories with heart, A New Shade of Summer is one that rivals the best of the best. It’s smart, funny and beautifully romantic in all the right places, spaces and ways. It’s a story sure to set hearts aflutter. Failure is something Davis Carter feels the crippling weight of. As a single parent, he’s trying to find the hole in his relationship with his son, Brandon, which will allow him to slip past the kid’s defense. Between his son and running his vet client, he has very little time for anything. Furthermore, Davis is having to deal with bothersome in-laws that cannot – or won’t, respect Davis’ role as Brandon’s parent. 
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Jane of Austin by Hillary Manton Lodge – Sisters and Sweet Tea, Novel Re-Tells ‘Sense and Sensibility’

A B O U T THE B O O K
Author: Hillary Manton Lodge
Publisher: Waterbrook Press
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Publication Date: 2017
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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary, Family
Rating: ★★★★½

“Smart, sassy and sensational, Jane of Austin is a classic in its own right; a book worthy of placing next to its Austen inspired tome.”

REVIEW | Change is threatening to sweep the Woodward sister’s into its vicious cycle. In the wake of their father’s scandal, the sisters reinvent their life by opening a tea shop. Now, their landlord has died and his family no longer believe they’re good tenants. Forced to leave behind their home and business, the three sisters pack up and make the move from California to Texas, where distant relatives await. Continue reading “Jane of Austin by Hillary Manton Lodge – Sisters and Sweet Tea, Novel Re-Tells ‘Sense and Sensibility’”

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With You Always by Jody Hedlund – Railways and Romance Collide in Hedlund’s New Historical Series

A B O U T THE B O O K
Author: Jody Hedlund
Publisher: Bethany House
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Publication Date: 2017
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Genre: Fiction; Historical Fiction
Series: Orphan Train, 1
Rating: ★★★★

REVIEW | The New York streets are brutal to Elise Neumann and her young sisters. Following the recent death of their mother, the three girls are left orphaned. Housed by an uncle who cruelly demands more money from them, Elise decides she must strike out on her own before her family is torn apart. Leaving her family in the capable hands of a kind-hearted woman trying to start a mission, Elise sets out for unknown territory: Illinois.

Once there, she is hired to cook by the wealthy entrepreneur Thornton Quincy. Facing his own complicated challenges, Thornton cannot help an interest in Elise. Beautiful inside and out, Thornton begins to wonder if she’s his chance at true love – and to fulfill the challenges his father issues to his sons to marry for love. Continue reading “With You Always by Jody Hedlund – Railways and Romance Collide in Hedlund’s New Historical Series”

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Missing by Lisa Harris – Riveting Follow Up to Nikki Boyd Files

ABOUT the BOOK
Author: Lisa Harris
Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: 2016
Genre: Fiction; Mystery and Suspense, Contemporary Romantic Suspense
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Rating: 4 out of 5

As an agent of the Tennessee Missing Persons task force, Nikki Boyd is used to seeing a multitude of cases cross her desk. Specializing in the missing persons unit, driven by her personal past, Nikki’s latest case sends her on a search for a missing wife. With the woman’s husband dead, and a trail of men seeking her who’d do the woman harm, Nikki will have to unravel the case before someone else finds her victim. Even if that means turning the investigation on her best friend, Tyler… the man she harbors unrequited love for.

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Up until I’d read Vendetta, I was unfamiliar with Harris’ books. But it only took that one novel for me to be impressed. The style, characters and rapid pace won me over like nothing else had. Book one set up a story (about Nikki’s missing sister) that is meant to linger throughout the trilogy. While frustrating for a reader who wants answers, it’s this that keeps us up and flipping pages, all while being actively invested in this story and its characters. Continue reading “Missing by Lisa Harris – Riveting Follow Up to Nikki Boyd Files”

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Where Two Hearts Meet by Liz Johnson – A Comforting, Contemporary Romance on the Coast

A B O U T THE B O O K
Author: Liz JohnsonWhere Two Hearts Meet Liz Johnson
Publisher: Revell
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Publication Date: 2016
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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary
Series: Prince Edward Island Dreams, Book 2
Rating: 4 out of 5

REVIEW | Change is just what Adam Jacobs needs. Luck hasn’t been kind to him, and Adam certainly has no time for God in his life. This leads him to a small bed and breakfast on Prince Edward Island. There he meets Caden Holt. On the outside, Caden seems to have it all together. She’s living her dream through her work as executive chef of Red Door Inn, and has a loving family supporting her. But underneath this Caden conceals a person looking for one final achievement, an accomplishment that would put the struggling inn on the map.

As with her debut (Revell) novel, Liz again captures a special kind of magic with Where Two Hearts Meet. The story is pleasant and the writing style suits my reading tastes beautifully. It’s an easy-going style that isn’t difficult to read nor have I ever felt as if I needed to “push” myself to flip the pages. The story is simply there (if this makes any sense), waiting to unfold without forcing itself on its reader. Continue reading “Where Two Hearts Meet by Liz Johnson – A Comforting, Contemporary Romance on the Coast”

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Keep Holding On by Melissa Tagg – Wit, Wisdom and Winsome Charm

About the Book:Keep Holding On Melissa Tagg

Author: Melissa Tagg

Publisher: Larkspur Press (Indie)

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Publication Date: 2016

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Series: Walker Family, Book 3

Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance

Rating: 5 out of 5

REVIEW | Beckett Walker has spent his life, in some form or another, running away. During his mother’s illness, he struggled to face facts and deal with the severity of his tilted world head on. He left his small town of Maple Valley in pursuit of corporate law, leaving under the most complicated of circumstances. One of those complications is Kit Danby, the best-friend-turned-love-of-his-life. When feelings changed, Beckett left Kit behind for Boston as she left to pursue a life in London. But know both are unexpectedly back in Maple Valley with a second chance in front of them. But what will they make of it?

For anyone who has been searching for the kind of romantic comedy novel that challenges and delights, look no further than Melissa Tagg’s brand of happy. Inside her novels lies a place that’s as cozy as your favorite oversized sweater. The characters will envelop you in the comfort of a warm hug as will the setting and emotions that stem from that center. The third in Tagg’s popular Walker family saga follows Beckett Walker, and it does not disappoint. Continue reading “Keep Holding On by Melissa Tagg – Wit, Wisdom and Winsome Charm”

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Tangled Webs by Irene Hannon – A Satisfying Conclusion to the McGregor Brother’s Saga

About the Book:Tangle Webs Irene Hannon

Author: Irene Hannon

Publisher: Revell Books

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Publication Date: 2016

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Series: Men of Valor, book 3

Genre: Fiction; Romantic Suspense

Rating: 4 out of 5

REVIEW | Recuperating from a traumatic event is all Dana wants out of her off-the-grid haven. An editor by trade, her refuge – a cabin left to her by her grandfather, is soon the target of vandalism. Furthermore, her life is disrupted by the arrival of Finn McGregor; a seasoned Army Ranger recovering from scars (both physical and emotional) of his own. Though she didn’t plan for it, before long Finn becomes the person she relies most on. Similarly, Dana in Finn’s life becomes the person who helps him open up and heal. But with two such different paths before them, their separate lives and the danger that lurks, what does fate have in store for them? Continue reading “Tangled Webs by Irene Hannon – A Satisfying Conclusion to the McGregor Brother’s Saga”