Thursday, May 28, 2015

Review: The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen



The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen

Published March 2011

About the book: 

The New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Chased the Moon welcomes you to her newest locale: Walls of Water, North Carolina, where the secrets are thicker than the fog from the town’s famous waterfalls, and the stuff of superstition is just as real as you want it to be.

It’s the dubious distinction of thirty-year-old Willa Jackson to hail from a fine old Southern family of means that met with financial ruin generations ago. The Blue Ridge Madam—built by Willa’s great-great-grandfather during Walls of Water’s heyday, and once the town’s grandest home—has stood for years as a lonely monument to misfortune and scandal. And Willa herself has long strived to build a life beyond the brooding Jackson family shadow. No easy task in a town shaped by years of tradition and the well-marked boundaries of the haves and have-nots.

Resonant with insight into the deep and lasting power of friendship, love, and tradition, The Peach Keeper is a portrait of the unshakable bonds that—in good times and bad, from one generation to the next—endure forever.


My thoughts:   
This is really a wonderful book about traditions, friendships and families.  The more I read about the traditions of this town and The Blue Ridge Madam, the more curious I was to find out what happened so many years ago...There are untold secrets and mysteries that slowly unfold, leaving the reader wanting to know more. 

 The Womens Society Club members are holding a big Gala at the Blue Ridge Madam, and preparations are being made for this Big Event.  
As the time gets closer..and closer for the Gala Event, there are secrets and traditions that are finally understood.  


One of my favorite quotes from this book:
As she walked across the Parking lot to her Jeep, she thought she saw a few silver party streamers float into the night sky.
But she blinked and they were gone.


I also liked "The Girl Who Chased the Moon" by Sarah Addison Allen,  you can see my blog post here for this book


About the Author:


From:  www.sarahaddisonallen.com

New York Times Bestselling novelist Sarah Addison Allen brings the full flavor of her southern upbringing to bear on her fiction -- a captivating blend of magical realism, heartwarming romance, and small-town sensibility. Born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina, in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Sarah grew up with a love of books and an appreciation of good food (she credits her journalist father for the former and her mother, a fabulous cook, for the latter). In college, she majored in literature - because, as she puts it, "I thought it was amazing that I could get a diploma just for reading fiction. It was like being able to major in eating chocolate."









                                                    




Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Review - Mr. Miracle by Debbie Macomber


Mr. Miracle by Debbie Macomber 
Published:  October 7th, 2014
Hardcover, E-book and Audiobook

More about the book:
Harry Mills is a guardian angel on a mission: help twenty-four-year-old Addie Folsom get her life back on track—and, if the right moment strikes, help her find love. Posing as a teacher at a local college in Tacoma, Washington, Harry is up to the task, but not even he can predict the surprises that lay in store.
After trying to make it on her own, Addie has returned home to Tacoma for the holidays, but this time she plans to stay for good, enrolling in the local community college to earn her degree. What she doesn’t plan to do is run into Erich Simmons.
Addie and her next-door neighbor, Erich, are like night and day. Growing up, he was popular and outgoing while she was rebellious and headstrong, and he never missed an opportunity to tease her. Now she intends to avoid him entirely, yet when they’re suddenly forced to spend Christmas together, Addie braces for trouble.
Perhaps it’s the spirit of the season or the magic of mistletoe, but Addie and Erich soon find they have more in common than they thought—and that two people who seem so wrong for each other may actually be just right. With a little prompting from a certain angelic teacher, the two are in for a holiday miracle they’ll never forget.


My thoughts:

  I really enjoyed this story!  In fact, Debbie Macomber's Angel series were the first books that I read by her and I have enjoyed reading all of them!

Mr. Miracle is a Christmas themed book, but there is so much more to the story!  The friendship between Addie and her next door neighbor, Erich is so sweet!  They have been friends since grade school and they share alot of sweet memories together.  

When Addie moves back in with her Mom, she is not sure that she wants to talk to Erich because he used to tease her so much...but she realizes that he has changed. 
Will romance be in their future?  You will have to read the story to find out.  =)

I also enjoyed reading about Harry, the guardian Angel posing as a Teacher.  He experiences some very real human feelings as he makes friends at the College where he is teaching, ( and even lands in a little bit of trouble involving some champagne! )  

Dont miss this wonderful story about Angels, Christmas and Love! 




www.debbiemacomber.com





In 2015, Debbie Macomber's all-new hardcover publications will include Last One Home (March), Silver Linings (August) and Dashing Through The Snow (October) and paperback editions of Blossom Street Brides (March) and her Christmas novel, Mr. Miracle (October).
In addition to fiction Debbie Macomber has also published two bestselling cookbooks; numerous inspirational and nonfiction works; and two acclaimed children’s books.
A devoted grandmother, Debbie and her husband Wayne live in Port Orchard, Washington (the town on which her Cedar Cove novels are based) and winter in Florida.




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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Book Spotlight and Giveaway - Wicked Stitch by Gayle Trent



I'm a big fan of cozy mysteries, and one of my favorite cozy series is the Embroidery Series from Amanda Lee / Gayle Trent.  There are 7 books in this series and Wicked Stitch is #8.  I think each book would be fine as a "stand-alone" book.
Amanda Lee is a pseudonym Gayle is using for the cozy mystery series featuring a heroine who owns an embroidery shop. The series is set on the Oregon Coast and features Marcy Singer, a spunky, thirty-something, entrepreneur who is handy with a needle.

  "Wicked Stitch" will be out April 7th and is available now for pre-ordering!

 Visit Gayle Trents website for more information on her books and to pre-order "Wicked Stitch"!  

About the book:

For most small-business owners in Tallulah Falls, the upcoming Renaissance Faire is a wonderful way to promote their specialty shops. For Marcy’s nemesis, Nellie, and her sister Clara, it’s an opportunity to finally put Marcy and her shop, the Seven-Year Stitch, out of business. Apparently the sisters like to keep their grudges all in the family and have set up a competing booth right next to Marcy’s at the Faire.

When Clara is discovered dead in her own booth—strangled by the scarf she had almost finished knitting—Marcy becomes the prime suspect. Now she has to do whatever it takes to keep her reputation from unraveling and get to the bottom of a most deadly yarn…

About the Author:

Gayle Trent lives in Virginia with her family, which includes her own “Angus” who is not an Irish wolfhound but a Great Pyrenees who provides plenty of inspiration for the character of Mr. O’Ruff ( a one-year-old Irish wolfhound ) in her Embroidery Mystery series.

For more information, visit www.gayletrent.com

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Gayle is giving away a copy of "Wicked Stitch" to my readers!  
*US readers have the option of a paperback or e-book and 

International readers will win a digital copy!
Giveaway ends on April 7th, 2015

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Review: A God For All Seasons by Patti Tingen




I enjoy reading Inspirational books, and was thrilled when I won a copy of  "A God For All Seasons" by Patti Tingen !   No matter where you are in your life, this book will comfort and help you deal with any obstacle that is thrown in your path.  I really like the way that the book gives you hope in all the different seasons of the year and your life.

About the book:


Hope for all seasons. Encouragement for all times. Love from God for all year. 

As nature’s seasons change, so too do the seasons of our soul. But God’s love never changes. He is with us through every season of our lives. Through times of sorrow, times of joy; times of plenty, times of want; times of longing, times of contentment—God’s love never leaves us.

Join author Patti Tingen in a year of exploration, as she reflects on her own spiritual journey and provides hope and encouragement for yours—month by month, season by season.

Find reassurance and pause for reflection in the inspirational readings for each month of the year. In winter’s darkest days—hope, renew, wait; in spring’s blossoming beauty—change, plant, trust; in summer’s wondrous warmth—give, celebrate, rest; in autumn’s colorful coolness—harvest, believe and thank. 



Patti serves as an elder at her church and has been involved in various ministries including prayer and teaching.
She is the author of "A God for All Seasons: Inspiration and Reflection for All Times," "He Was Never a Cat: Knick's Story, My Story, Your Story," and contributed to "Becoming Women of Worth: Stories of Hope and Faith."
Patti lives in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania with her husband Doug and their cat Braveheart.




Patti Tingens books are available to purchase on Amazon

For more information on Patti Tingen, 
please visit her website 

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