Friday, October 17, 2014

Review - "Four Friends" by Robyn Carr



http://www.robyncarr.com/newbooks.html
Release Date - April 2014

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr comes the story of four friends determined to find their stride. Ultimately, they’ll discover what it means to be a wife, mother, lover, friend...and most important: your true self.


My Review
I really enjoyed this story of Four Friends who support and help each other thru the good times and the bad times. 
Gerri is one of my favorite characters from the book.  As she goes thru the process of understanding her marriage, she learns more about herself.  And even though she is going thru some challenges herself, she is always there for her friends ( especially Sonja )

Andy is really sweet.  As she remodels her kitchen she becomes good friends with the contractor, and they really enjoy spending time with each other.  Will their friendship turn into something more?
You will have to read the book to find out!  =)

Sonja and her Husband do not really share the same beliefs in Herbal aids and New Age serenity, but she really thinks that she is helping him by offering her advice.  When he makes a announcement, it changes both of their lives.  The way that Sonja's friends help her thru this part of her life is really encouraging and uplifting! 

BJ is their new neighbor and quickly becomes their friend.  As they learn more about BJ, her friends realize that she has some secrets.  They want to help her and her children and along the way they form some special bonds.


One of my favorite quotes from the book 
He gave her a sweet smile.  "Come over here and sit down," he said. Lets talk this through.

This is a wonderful story about friendship and working thru the challenges that we all can face.

*There are some interesting discussion questions in the back of the book, that make you think about the relationships that you have with your own friends.





After writing twenty Virgin River stories, Robyn is now taking her readers into another fictional community, a picturesque coastal town on the Oregon coast she calls Thunder Point. Like her Virgin River novels, the Thunder Point books will make readers laugh, sigh, and fall in love: with a small town filled with people they’ll never forget. In addition to 2013’s The WandererThe Newcomer and The Hero, Thunder Point novels on Robyn’s schedule are three 2014 titles, The Chance (March), The Promise (July), and The Homecoming(September).








For more information on Robyn Carr, visit her website http://www.robyncarr.com


More books by Robyn Carr








To read my other reviews on Robyn Carr books, visit here.

**I received a copy of "Four Friends" from Netgalley for my honest review.

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Review - "Dreaming on Daisies" by Miralee Ferrell



http://miraleeferrell.com/main/
Publication Date:  October 1st, 2014
"Love Blossoms in Oregon #3"
 David C. Cook

About this book:
When her father's debts, brought on by heavy drinking, threaten Leah Carlson's family ranch, she fights to save it. When handsome banker Steven Harding must decline her loan request, he determines to do what he can to help. Just as he arrives to serve as a much-needed ranch hand, Leah's family secrets—and the pain of her past—come to a head. They could destroy everything she's fought for. And they could keep her from ever opening her heart again.

This is western historical romance that offers hope and healing to the deepest wounds in a woman's past. 





My Review:
I really enjoyed getting to know Leah and Steven in this book.   Leah is a strong woman, and I admire her qualities.  She is not afraid of hard work, or to let her feelings known.  She is always ready to help others in the community.  
As Leah gets to know Steven, she realizes that he is a fair and honest man.  He wants to help her, and for that she is grateful.
 She wants her Father's ranch to be a success, and helps her Father in every way that she can, so they can achieve their Goals.  

With wonderful characters and a very touching story line, this book was hard to put down!   Historical romance is one of my favorite genres, I really recommend this series to all Historical romance readers!

*Thanks to Miralee Ferrell and David C. Cook for providing a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

About the Author:
Miralee and her husband Allen have been married almost 40 yrs.
They live on 11 acres in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge in southern Washington State, where they love to garden, play with their dogs, take walks, and go sailing.
Miralee also rides her horse on the wooded trails near their home with her grown daughter who lives nearby. She’s an avid reader and has a large collection of first edition Zane Grey books, which inspired her desire to write fiction set in the Old West.
When she started writing fiction, Miralee believed that she’d always stay with women’s contemporary, but has since branched out to historical romance.

Visit Miralee online - http://miraleeferrell.com






Watch for Miralee's new book "A Horse for Kate" 
( Horses and Friends, #1 )
March 1st, 2015


More books by Miralee Ferrell








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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Blog Tour and Review - Fit to be Dead by Nancy G. West


Paperback: 280 pages
Publisher: Henery Press(July 29, 2014)
About the book:
Aggie Mundeen, single and pushing forty, fears nothing but middle age. When she moves from Chicago to San Antonio, she decides she better shape up before anybody discovers she writes the column, “Stay Young with Aggie.” She takes Aspects of Aging at University of the Holy Trinity and plunges into exercise at Fit and Firm.
Rusty at flirting and mechanically inept, she irritates a slew of male exercisers, then stumbles into murder. She’d like to impress the attractive detective with her sleuthing skills. But when the killer comes after her, the health club evacuates semi-clad patrons, and the detective has to stall his investigation to save Aggie’s derriere.


My review:
This is such a great storyline!  The health club setting is fun to read!
Aggie wants to get in shape, and decides to start going to a local gym.   She has no idea that she will be involved in a murder mystery!  Aggie asks a detective friend of hers to help her solve the mystery, but she also wants to help him figure out "who did it".  She is a strong determined woman, and I really liked her character.
 The story is intriguing, and I'm looking forward to the next book in this series!


About the author:
I’ve been writing since age seven: poems back and forth with my mom. I had a real poem published in the Library Journal, Pegasus, at age fifteen. At eighteen, I wanted to study journalism and English literature, but friends who chose that college route were making minimum wage or selling lingerie. Being practical, I earned a business degree. After marriage and two children, I decided I HAD to study literature and write. I wrote non-fiction articles, a biography, and a suspense novel in 2004. That’s when whimsical Aggie Mundeen cut through the suspense, popped into my head and demanded her own series. The Aggie Mundeen mystery capers were born. Aggie must have been right:FIT TO BE DEAD is a LEFTY FINALIST 2013 for best humorous mystery, nominated by Left Coast Crime.


Visit Nancy G. West online:


Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour - Fit to be Dead 
Tour Participants
September 28 – The Gal in the Blue Mask – Review, Interview
September 29 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – Review
September 30 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review, Interview
October 1 – Socrates’ Book Reviews – Review
October 2 – rantin’ ravin’ and reading – Review
October 3 – MysteriesEtc – Review
October 4 – My Recent Favorite Books – Review
October 5 – off 
October 6 – A Chick Who Reads – Review, Interview
October 7 – Back Porchervations – Review, Interview  
October 8 – Brooke Blogs – Review, Interview
October 9 – StoreyBook Reviews – Review
October 10 – Dalene’s Book Reviews – Review
October 11 – Christa Reads and Writes – Review
October 12 – deal sharing aunt – Interview
*I received a copy of this book from the Publisher for my honest review.





Monday, September 22, 2014

Review - "Love Letters" by Debbie Macomber


Publisher: Ballantine Books
Published: August 12, 2014
Format: Hardcover, e-Book, Large Print, Audiobook
A Rose Harbor Novel

About the book:
In this enchanting novel set at Cedar Cove’s cozy Rose Harbor Inn, #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber celebrates the power of love—and a well-timed love letter—to inspire hope and mend a broken heart.
Summer is a busy season at the inn, so proprietor Jo Marie Rose and handyman Mark Taylor have spent a lot of time together keeping the property running. Despite some folks’ good-natured claims to the contrary, Jo Marie insists that Mark is only a friend. However, she seems to be thinking about this particular friend a great deal lately. Jo Marie knows surprisingly little about Mark’s life, due in no small part to his refusal to discuss it. She’s determined to learn more about his past, but first she must face her own—and welcome three visitors who, like her, are setting out on new paths.
Twenty-three-year-old Ellie Reynolds is taking a leap of faith. She’s come to Cedar Cove to meet Tom, a man she’s been corresponding with for months, and with whom she might even be falling in love. Ellie’s overprotective mother disapproves of her trip, but Ellie is determined to spread her wings.
Maggie and Roy Porter are next to arrive at the inn. They are taking their first vacation alone since their children were born. In the wake of past mistakes, they hope to rekindle the spark in their marriage—and to win back each other’s trust. But Maggie must make one last confession that could forever tear them apart.
For each of these characters, it will ultimately be a moment when someone wore their heart on their sleeve—and took pen to paper—that makes all the difference. Debbie Macomber’s moving novel reveals the courage it takes to be vulnerable, accepting, and open to love.  
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My thoughts: 
"Love Letters" is the 5th book in the Rose Harbor series, but it can also be read as a "stand-alone book.  I'm a big fan of Debbie Macomber, and really enjoy all of her books!
As we visit the Rose Harbor Inn, there are some new guests checking in.  The owner, Jo Marie enjoys getting to know her guests ( without being too pushy ) and she also enjoys cooking breakfast for them, including some wonderful desserts!  
I enjoyed the story of Ellie and Tom.  They met online, and decide to meet in person in Cedar Cove.  Ellie is nervous and excited at the same time.  She really feels like her and Tom have a connection, and they both are looking forward to meeting!   Tom has a suprise for her, and you will have to read the story to find out more!  =)
Maggie and Roy are really trying to put some past mistakes in their marriage behind them, and they are hoping to "rekindle their romance" on this trip to the Rose Harbor Inn.  Will everything turn out OK for their marriage?

And,...Jo Marie is trying to find out more about her handy-man friend Mark.  She dosent know that much about him, and she finds him really interesting. Mark is kind of a quiet kind of guy, and he dosent share too much about himself.  So as Jo Marie asks her friends about him, ( and asks Mark questions ) - she begins to know more about his past.

This book is really hard to put down!  I enjoyed all the story lines and my visit back to Cedar Cove and The Rose Harbor Inn!

Debbie Macomber 

For more about Debbie Macomber, visit her website
http://www.debbiemacomber.com

Watch for her new Christmas book - "Mr. Miracle"
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