Book Review – Falling for You

SYNOPSIS

Famously beautiful model Willow Bradford is taking a temporary break from her hectic schedule to work as the innkeeper at her family’s small-town bed-and-breakfast. She was enjoying the peace of her hometown, Merryweather, Washington, right up until she came face-to-face with Corbin Stewart, the man she loves to hate. A thoughtful rule-follower by nature, Willow threw caution to the wind four years ago when she entrusted her heart to Corbin–and suffered the consequences when it all fell apart.

Former NFL quarterback Corbin is forceful, charming, and accustomed to getting what he wants . . . except where Willow Bradford is concerned. Unable to forget her, he’s never stopped regretting what happened between them. When their paths unexpectedly cross again, he’s determined to make her give him a second chance.

When a decades-old missing persons case finds Corbin and Willow working together, they’re forced to confront their past and who they’ve become–and whether they can risk falling for one another all over again. Continue reading “Book Review – Falling for You”

Top Ten Tuesday -Fictional Marriages of Convenience

Today’s Topic: Freebie (Make up your own topic, or use a previous TTT topic you might have missed.)

Hosted by: That Artsy Reader Girl

Do you ever feel like you are slow to learn certain things about yourself? I sure do. It’s only in the past year that I have discovered that I actually enjoy reading stories featuring the marriage of convenience trope. Although, I’ve read many such books over the years, it’s only recently I realized my own reading pattern in choosing these types of books.

There’s just something about two people who aren’t initially in love making a lifelong commitment that fascinates me. Many times, they are strangers, sometimes they are known to each other. But either way, I love “watching” them discover each other in a new light as they work to combine their lives.

Although this trope is easier to write into a historical fiction story, there are also several well-written contemporary tales of these marriages on this list.

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Top Ten Tuesday -Hallmark Christmas Movies Adapted from Books

Today’s Topic: Cozy/Wintry Reads (Make this prompt suit your current season if needs be.)

Hosted by: That Artsy Reader Girl

Well, I decided to tweak this week’s prompt a little bit. To me, cozy /wintry = Christmas! And what Christmas would be complete without Hallmark’s sappy/sweet holiday films? With that thought in mind, I thought it would be fun to list holiday titles that were adapted into Hallmark Christmas films. You’re welcome!

With the exception of one, I’ve not read any of these books. But I have seen the movies. So, now I just need to set aside some time for some holiday fiction. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday -Hallmark Christmas Movies Adapted from Books”

Book Review -A Light On the Hill

SUMMARY

Seven years ago, Moriyah was taken captive in Jericho and branded with the mark of the Canaanite gods. Now the Israelites are experiencing peace in their new land, but Moriyah has yet to find her own peace. Because of the shameful mark on her face, she hides behind her veil at all times and the disdain of the townspeople keeps her from socializing. And marriage prospects were out of the question . . . until now.

Her father has found someone to marry her, and she hopes to use her love of cooking to impress the man and his motherless sons. But when things go horribly wrong, Moriyah is forced to flee. Seeking safety at one of the newly-established Levitical cities of refuge, she is wildly unprepared for the dangers she will face, and the enemies–and unexpected allies–she will encounter on her way. Continue reading “Book Review -A Light On the Hill”

Book Review -The Long Walk

Last year I had the privilege of reviewing The Bridge, a debut novel by Jill Cox. Not only did I fall in love with the story and its’ characters, but it also turned out to be one of my favorite books of the year. I’ve been impatiently waiting since then for the continuation of Meredith and Pete’s story. Set to release October 16, The Long Walk is finally here! And it is worth the wait.

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SYNOPSIS

Meredith Sullivan has three new goals after Paris:

Hang out all summer with her new boyfriend.
Convince her brother to dump his girlfriend, Kate.
Walk into senior year at Highgate College like a boss.

But then an unexpected tragedy sends the Sullivans back to their Irish roots. And when a childhood dream bubbles up through the cracks in her life, Meredith can’t help but wonder if this new path was her true destiny all along.

From Ireland to Oregon, from Paris to Shanghai, follow Meredith into a future she never imagined. Because sometimes, the story is more important than the ending.

MY REVIEW

I should have known when the opening line was, “fairy tales are lies” that The Long Walk would be nothing like I expected. While The Bridge has its’ serious moments it is a much more light-hearted and humorous story. The Long Walk however, takes an unexpected turn. There is a shocking twist early on that significantly impacts the lives of all the characters, particularly Meredith and Pete. If these two books were dessert, The Bridge would be a crème brulee; sweet with a hard outer shell that reveals its’ form and substance, but easily digestible. The Long Walk is more of a chocolate torte; rich with unexpected depth, weighty with a touch of bitterness to balance out the sweetness.

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Grace Kelly Blogathon -Living With Grace by Mary Mallory

I enjoy many of Grace Kelly’s films. However, I’ve always had a hard time connecting with her onscreen. The epitome of a Hitchcock blond, she always seemed serene, calm and distant both onscreen and off.  Even while appreciating her films, I was never able to name her as one of my favorite actresses.

“Grace always had an air of mystery about her.” Frances Fuller, American Acadamy of Dramatic Arts chairperson (pg 18)

One of the things I love about biographies and books written about celebrities is learning more about the individual behind the celebrity. So when I recently won a giveaway hosted by AnnMarie at Classic Movie Hub for a new book about Grace, I was delighted. Living with Grace -Life Lessons from America’s Princess is written by Mary Mallory. Having read one other of Mallory’s celebrity books I knew I was in for a treat. When the book arrived in all of its’ small, bright pink glory, I couldn’t wait to get started. Continue reading “Grace Kelly Blogathon -Living With Grace by Mary Mallory”

Top Ten Tuesday -Backlisted Books I Want to Read

Today’s Topic: Backlist Books I Want to Read

Hosted by: That Artsy Reader Girl

I may have mentioned this once or twice or a thousand times, but when I find an author I love, I tend to buy/read every single one of their books. So, it isn’t often I end up with a backlist.

But sometimes I just get behind. Or I discover an author I’ve never read before and fall in love. Then I want to binge read through every book they have published as soon as possible. Such is the case with today’s list.

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Book Review -Royally in Trouble

SUMMARY

As a former member of a popular girl-band, Paisley Sutton knows what it means to be in the spotlight. So after she takes on an event- planning gig for the new Sugar Creek Renaissance faire, she’s counting on a smooth opening night. But when one of the cast is murdered, Paisley knows her event has gone lethally off-script.

When her old flame Beau is named the prime suspect, Paisley enlists the help of her trigger-happy ex-CIA grandmother and aunt. As she tries to keep the faire alive and fights off her matchmaking family, she uncovers secrets that might just get her killed. Can Paisley shine a light on the killer in time, or will the faire be her final curtain call? Continue reading “Book Review -Royally in Trouble”