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The Whys Have It by Amy Matayo – Complex Study in Characters and the Grieving Process

A B O U T THE B O O K
Author: Amy  Matayo
Publisher: SYG Productions (Indie)
Source: Author provided – thank you, Amy.
Publication Date: 2017
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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary
Rating: ★★★★½

At the top of the charts that command the success of his profession, musician Cory Minor has everything. Or that’s what the paparazzi and outward world sees. Inside his own private world, Cory’s life is another story. Losing himself in woman enamored by his lifestyle and the buzz of a new city every night, Cory’s life is on the fast track to disaster. Tragedy strikes when, while leaving his latest tour stop, his tour bus hits a car with two teenage girls inside. Continue reading “The Whys Have It by Amy Matayo – Complex Study in Characters and the Grieving Process”

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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
Source: Publisher provided
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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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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Change of Heart by Courtney Walsh – a Complex Contemporary Novel with Depth

About the Book:Change of Heart
Author: Courtney Walsh
Publisher: Tyndale House
Source: Author Provided
Publication Date: 2016
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Series: Paper Hearts, 2
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance
Rating: 5 out of 5

REVIEW | As a reader who (for reasons unknown) best loves the contemporary genre, reading Courtney Walsh’s novels was high on my priority list. But despite best intentions I’d not opened the pages to discover her brand of Story. Until now. Inside these pages, a story of joy, disappointment, betrayal and the healing power of forgiveness unfold, all of which rises to the surface as each of these layers is beautifully peeled away.  Continue reading “Change of Heart by Courtney Walsh – a Complex Contemporary Novel with Depth”

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Wrapped in Red by Meghan M. Gorecki – A Cozy Christmas Story with an Emphasis on Family

A B O U T THE B O O KWrapped in Red
Author: Meghan M. Gorecki
Publisher: Northern Belle (Indie Author)
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Publication Date: 2016
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Genre: Fiction; Novella, Contemporary Romance
Series: A Three Rivers Romance
Rating: ★★★★

REVIEW | Merry Grainger is at her wit’s end. It’s Christmas, but nothing is going according to “The Most Wonderful Time of Year” adage. The latest disaster finds her stranded along side the road. Her cute albeit smug rescuer isn’t helping anything.

As Merry starts the holiday season with her family, she discovers her mother has her eye on the latest eligible bachelor, and much to Merry’s dismay she knows him. Sam is the cute guy who rescued her. Only trouble is, she isn’t interested in being the center of a match-making scheme. If only Sam weren’t quite so appealing… Continue reading “Wrapped in Red by Meghan M. Gorecki – A Cozy Christmas Story with an Emphasis on Family”

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The Art of Losing Yourself by Katie Ganshert – A Messy and Beautiful Coming-Of-Age Story

About the Book:The Art of Losing Yourself Katie Ganshert
Author: Katie Ganshert
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
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Publication Date: 2015
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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary
Rating: 5 out of 5

REVIEW | Since it first released, I had every intention of reading Katie Ganshert’s latest novel. Her novel A Broken Kind of Beautiful lived up to its title and then some. Still, for whatever reason, it took the 2016 INSPYs before I actually picked up another of Katie’s amazing books. To my great pleasure, her latest novel is again, a study in what good fiction should be. Continue reading “The Art of Losing Yourself by Katie Ganshert – A Messy and Beautiful Coming-Of-Age Story”

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The Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson – A Cozy Contemporary Novel

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Author:
Liz Johnson
Publisher: Revell

Publication Date: 2016
Source: Publisher Provided ARC
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Series: Prince Edward Island Dreams #1
Genre:
Fiction; Romance, Inspirational  

Rating: 5 out of 5 

The vibrant setting, lovable characters and sense of community support a gentle and memorable story in Liz Johnson’s The Red Door Inn.

REVIEW | There are some books that stick with you from the very first time you hear about them. This was one of those novels. From the moment I saw the cover for The Red Door Inn, coupled with its series title, I knew it’d be a story well suited to my reading sensibilities.

The story is about Marie Carrington, a woman on the run from a past she cannot forget. As she nears Prince Edward Island, she is befriended by a fellow traveler, Jack Sloane, a kindly older gentleman looking to make his deceased wife’s dream of a B&B realized. With some reluctance, Marie agrees to work for Jack as his interior decorator, and in exchange she finds herself a safe place to stay while she plans her future. While working with Jack, Marie also meets his nephew, Seth. A man embittered by heartbreak, Seth immediately recognizes something familiar in Marie. But he is distrustful of pretty faces—they always leave him—and Marie is on a hesitant journey of healing and second chances. Continue reading “The Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson – A Cozy Contemporary Novel”

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The Goodbye Bride by Denise Hunter – A Contemporary Romance about Finding Home and Forgiveness

About the Book:The Goodbye Bride Denise Hunter
Author: Denise Hunter
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Source: Purchased
Publication Date: 2016
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Series: Summer Harbor, book 2
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance
Rating: 5 out of 5

REVIEW | On what should be the happiest day of her life, Lucy Lovett cannot remember a thing. She wakes in a strange place on the floor of a Portland restaurant confused about how she got there – in a wedding gown, no less! Her solution is to call Zac Callahan, the one man she does remember most vividly. But their wedding day isn’t for another several months, which means something she can’t remember has happened. Angry, Zac wants nothing to do with Lucy. But the mystery becomes, why? As Lucy tries to return home – to Summer Harbor, Maine, she finds no one is eager to welcome her back.

A woman who can’t forget the man she loves. A man who wishes he could forget.   Continue reading “The Goodbye Bride by Denise Hunter – A Contemporary Romance about Finding Home and Forgiveness”

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Just a Kiss by Denise Hunter – A Marine, a Best Friend and A Kiss

A B O U T THE B O O KJust a Kiss Denise Hunter

Author: Denise Hunter

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Source: Publisher Provided

Publication Date: 2016

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Series: Summer Harbor, book 3

Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance

Rating: 5 out of 5

REVIEW | He should have never run away. Yet that’s exactly what Riley Callahan did. Driven by the pain of unrequited love, Riley enlisted in the Marine Corp to escape the happiness of his brother Beau and Riley’s best friend, Paige. Now, Riley returns home to Summer Harbor, Maine, only this time, he’s not the man he once was. He’s returning missing part of himself physically and emotionally. Beau is now engaged to another and Paige is still as beautiful as ever – and she’s made it her mission to help Riley.  Continue reading “Just a Kiss by Denise Hunter – A Marine, a Best Friend and A Kiss”