“The Mother Road” ~Meghan Quinn~

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Fantastic read! This one will have you laughing, crying, screaming and falling in love all at once. This author is new to me, but OMG she was so great that I definitely intend to check out some of her other books! The story flowed seamlessly and you couldn’t help but fall in love with every single character.

The two main characters Marley and Porter have a past, one neither want to talk about. They haven’t seen each other in years, the last time was when he left her at her most vulnerable. He is practically family and the best friend of her brother. Is their relationship off limits. He wants her, she hates him but could she possibly still love him? You have to read it to find out!

Growing up the family took numerous road trips. It was their thing, a most prized possession. Memories were made and a love that bonded them tightly, that is until their mother falls ill and passes away. Marley eventually moves on and out on her own becoming a successful beauty blogger. She has put Porter and the road trips behind her.

Marley’s older brother Paul is getting married and he wants one more road trip before he ties the knot. So her dad and Paul whisk her away in a ratty old camper and hilarity ensues. One thing after another happens to this poor girl, you can’t help but laugh and fall in love with her even more with every page. She definitely has spunk! They are the typical brother and sister, constantly pulling pranks on each other.

Paul is crazy, feminine, has a “man stink” lol (her words) and is a brother anyone would love to have.

Porter is sexy and comes off as a jerk at first but you will warm up to him! He is unsure of himself at times but his sense of humor is great! His love, even when not spoken, is never-ending for Marley and it is super adorable!

Their dad Bernie is hilarious and curses using president’s names. How adorable is that? He is sweet but fierce and all 3 of them fear his wrath!

The best part of the story is the fact that the author brings in things that are real. The iconic stops they make along Route 66 are real and that makes the story so much more fun. Almost believable really. I loved the history the characters had, they had all experienced the loss of the mother deeply and you could feel that in the way the characters described her.

The love story that comes from this book is funny, love-able and realistic. I loved this entire book, the story, the history, the iconic stops, the family dynamics, EVERYTHING. It was perfect in every way imaginable and I can not wait to read more from her. I really hope there eventually becomes a sequel to this book! I love Marley and Porter! 🙂

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“We Hope For Better Things” ~Erin Bartels~ Review

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Synopsis:

When Detroit Free Press reporter Elizabeth Balsam meets James Rich, his strange request–that she look up a relative she didn’t know she had in order to deliver an old camera and a box of photos–seems like it isn’t worth her time. But when she loses her job after a botched investigation, she suddenly finds herself with nothing but time.

At her great-aunt’s 150-year-old farmhouse, Elizabeth uncovers a series of mysterious items, locked doors, and hidden graves. As she searches for answers to the riddles around her, the remarkable stories of two women who lived in this very house emerge as testaments to love, resilience, and courage in the face of war, racism, and misunderstanding. And as Elizabeth soon discovers, the past is never as past as we might like to think.

Debut novelist Erin Bartels takes readers on an emotional journey through time–from the volatile streets of 1960s Detroit to the Underground Railroad during the Civil War–to uncover the past, confront the seeds of hatred, and discover where love goes to hide.

Author:

ERIN BARTELS is a copywriter and freelance editor by day, a novelist by night, and a painter, seamstress, poet, and photographer in between. Her debut novel, WE HOPE FOR BETTER THINGS, released in January 2019 and will be followed in September 2019 with THE WORDS BETWEEN US, the manuscript of which was a finalist for the 2015 Rising Star Award from the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. Her short story “This Elegant Ruin” was a finalist in The Saturday Evening Post 2014 Great American Fiction Contest. Her poems have been published by The Lyric and The East Lansing Poetry Attack. A member of the Capital City Writers Association and the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, she is former features editor of WFWA’s Write On! magazine.

Erin lives in the beautiful, water-defined state of Michigan where she is never more than a ninety minute drive from one of the Great Lakes or six miles from an inland lake, river, or stream. She grew up in the Bay City area waiting for freighters and sailboats at drawbridges and watching the best 4th of July fireworks displays in the nation. She spent her college and young married years in Grand Rapids feeling decidedly not-Dutch. She currently lives with her husband and son in Lansing, nestled somewhere between angry protesters on the Capitol lawn and couch-burning frat boys at Michigan State University. And yet, she claims it is really quite peaceful.

Erin is represented by Nephele Tempest of The Knight Agency. Find her on Facebook @ErinBartelsAuthor, on Twitter @ErinLBartels, or on Instagram @erinbartelswrites. She blogs semi-regularly at www.erinbartels.com and her podcast, Your Face Is Crooked, drops Monday mornings. Find it on iTunes or at www.erinbartels.podbean.com.

Review:

A fantastic book! This is a great melding of a past and present story. I don’t normally like when books or movies jump back and forth between time periods, it is hard to keep things straight and I begin to lose interest. This book is different though, the chapters are dated. You know exactly when it is happening and there are only a few characters within each chapter. It is not overwhelming at all and makes for an easy read.

This is a story that revolves around a box of old photos. I wasn’t sure where this would take me but the back cover says “Take an emotional journey through time– from the volatile streets of 1960’s Detroit to Michigan’s Underground Railroad…” I had a time period in my head so I knew when but I really wasn’t sure how this story would end. It is a wide range of time periods that are so intricately woven together that you won’t want to stop!

It says it will take you on an emotional journey but I was not fully prepared for how deeply this book would make me feel. It takes you through a time of injustice and racism. A powerful story that will keep you turning the pages!

This author is new to me, but she did not disappoint. Her writing is fluent and flows so naturally I felt like I was in the story with the characters. It is such a powerful book filled with a rich history, new beginnings and a few little twists. I highly recommend reading this book. You will not be disappointed. I loved the story, the characters and the history. Go check it out! 🙂

Available at Revell Publishing

 

“When Through Deep Waters” ~Rachelle Dekker~ Review

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Author:

The oldest daughter of New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker, Rachelle Dekker was inspired early on to discover truth through the avenue of storytelling. She writes full time from her home in Nashville, where she lives with her husband, Daniel, and their diva cat Blair.

Connect with Rachelle online at her website (www.rachelledekker.com) or on any of these social media platforms:

Facebook.com/rachelledekkerauthor

Instagram.com/rachelle_dekker

Twitter.com/rachelledekker

Synopsis:

Alicen McCaffrey finally has the life her mother always dreamed for her: beautiful home in Santa Monica, successful husband, adorable daughter. Then tragedy blows her carefully assembled façade to pieces. Worse yet—Alicen feels solely responsible. At rock bottom, she decides to accompany a childhood friend back to Red Lodge, Montana, where they spent summers together as kids.

The peaceful mountain landscape, accented with lush forests and small-town charm, brings back happy memories of time spent with her beloved, eccentric Grandma Josephine. Alicen begins to hope that perhaps things could be different here. Perhaps the oppressive guilt will lift—if only for a moment.

But when Alicen starts hearing voices and seeing mysterious figures near the river in the woods, she begins to fear she’s completely lost her sanity, as it’s rumored her grandmother did. Or might there be more to Red Lodge than meets the eye? Could the voices and visions be real—and her only means of finding the healing she so desperately needs? Or will they prove to be her final undoing?

Review:

This book is so sad! It starts you right off with the death of Alicen’s daughter. Poor Alicen has lost her daughter and her husband has left her, what is she to do with her life? What would you do? I would be so devastated and honestly don’t know how I would handle losing everything that is important in your life. The first chapter is pretty gripping. It really sucks you in, but it loses momentum pretty quickly.

It is an interesting book but it moves very slowly. It is like reading a story within a story within a story. Yes there are that many stories and I didn’t just accidentally repeat myself lol. You have the story of what Alicen is dealing with in the here and now, you have the story of her grandmother, the story of her mother and how she failed her, and then finally the story of Victoria. There is so much going on and so many different directions that the story is going it is hard to keep track of it all.

I wasn’t really sure how I felt about this book at first. I was actually terrified to read it because I knew that her daughter died and as a mother that is heart-wrenching and I can’t imagine that happening. When I read the part where she loses her daugher, I cried. I cried like a little baby, because it is so sad and it was an accident that could easily happen to any one of us. Pool drownings happen more often that we would like to think about. My kids spend a lot of time in the pool and this just made me nauseous at the thought of something like this happening. Unfortunately, this is the only gripping part of the book. It takes a turn for the slow and boring after the first chapter. Super disappointing when a certain part can affect you so violently but there is no continuation of the feeling. I was hoping for more from this book.

If you would like to check it out, you can find it on AMAZON.

“A Cordial Killing” ~Vikki Walton~

Author:

Born in Chicago, Vikki lived outside of Paris for a few years as a small child. That may account for her love of travel. She spent much of her youth growing up in Schertz, a tiny town outside of San Antonio. Vikki’s first words were “I get it!” This attitude became her life-long mantra to always go after what she wants. It also helped her realize her desire to help others get what they really want out of life.Vikki became a Work Quilter™ combining her many passions to create multiple income streams. She started speaking and teaching adults on myriad topics.
You’ll most often find Vikki hiking with her dog, out in her garden, traveling abroad, or writing her next book. She divides her time between Colorado Springs and her numerous homes around the world. Okay, so they’re not really her homes, since she’s a house and pet sitter, but she always wanted to include that in her bio. And so she did.

Synopsis:

Anne is excited for the opening of the Brandywine Inn. Kandi and Hope are her partners in the bed-and-breakfast in Carolan Springs, Colorado, where they also provide homesteading and herbal workshops for guests.

As soon as the guests arrive, it’s plain that the five old college chums have bad blood between them. When Anne finds a threatening note, it’s clear that someone is out for revenge. Then they find a guest dead. At first, the death appears to be natural, but suspicions begin to grow.

When a blizzard threatens the Inn, will it trap them all with a killer and no way out?

Cordial Killing is a classic who-dun-it with a twist. Set in the fictional small town of Carolan Springs, you will enjoy an armchair getaway into beautiful Colorado.

Review:

The prologue was the most exciting part of the book lol! She definitely had my attention when I first began but I had a really rough time getting into this book once I passed the prologue. It sounded really interesting to me and I am a huge fan of murder-mystery. There are so many characters! The first few pages of the book is a list of names and what part they play within the story. That is all well and good but once I began the story I kept having to go back to that character page just to try to figure out who I was reading about. This becomes difficult when you are reading on your Kindle app on your phone. It would be completely different if I was holding the book in my hands.

I gave it a good try, but I was so confused by the first chapter that I became disinterested. I hate when this happens because then it all becomes a blur and you can’t remember what you just read, so you have to start the page or chapter all over again. Yea, this was my situation and it continued through most of the book. Finally by about half way through the characters obviously became more familiar and I was able to power through it and finish the book. (I’m no quitter lol)

Overall, an okay book. Decent characters and the story was interesting. I didn’t read the first book in this series so that may have been why I had such a hard time with all the characters. But if the first book has that many characters I think I’ll pass on reading it. I would definitely recommend reading the first book The Chicken Culprit first before reading this book.

If you want to check it out, it is on AMAZON.

 

Alpaca My Bags by Violet Patton GIVEAWAY TIME! ♥

Alpaca My Bags: Dying to Leave the Oasis (A Desert Oasis Cozy Mystery Book 1) by Violet Patton

Cozy Mystery

First in Series

Amazon Digital Services (December 1st, 2018)

231 pages

Digital ASIN: B07JX5WHB5

At it on GOODREADS!

Murder? Romance? Intrigue? The Desert Oasis runs rampant with gossip and secrets.

Sweetie Bastard told Hunny Bunny—pack your bags we’re moving to lovely Tucson, Arizona. She didn’t have a choice. He sold her house and bought a park model online sight unseen in the Desert Oasis 55 plus community.

The park was more asphalt than oasis—hot—dry—terrible.

The trailer was a wreck. No air-conditioning. No beautiful view of the San Francisco Bay.

There’s an Arizona room to build. A golf cart to buy. Dances, crafts and funerals to attend.

Bunny agrees to take water aerobics. She hates water.

First lesson—the park’s ladies’ man athletic director was found weighed down and dead at the bottom of the swimming pool. Who killed philandering Dan? And why?

The last tenant in their new home, Wanda, left behind her clothes, knickknacks and dishes. The place gives her the willies. Bunny can’t stand an unsolved mystery, and she’ll dig deep and wide to solve Wanda’s case.

Download Alpaca My Bags today. Will Bunny agree to live happily ever after in the Oasis, or will she make Sweetie Bastard move to posh Scottsdale?

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About the author

I grew up in Arkansas, just a few miles from Louisiana. Violet Patton was a grandmother. I took her name as a pen name in her honor. She didn’t read much and when she did it was True Confessions magazine. She married a man twice her age at 18 and she did not have romance in her life, but she longed for it. She was tough, picking cotton, milking cows and tending a garden to keep her family alive. Behind her toughness was a sweet tenderness which showed through her beautiful blue eyes. Now as I age, I miss her more and more. Her photograph graces my desk, and I often ask for her advice or read my stories aloud to her. I can hear her laugh as I read my stories and I remember that spirit she never lost despite her adversities.

Thank you for giving me everything you had.

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Blogtober Day 7- What Are You Reading?

My TBR list is a mile long and the amount of books that I hoard at my house is abysmal. I have a book obsession and I can not lie! 😉

I am the kind of person who reads numerous books at the same time. One stays in my car, one is in my purse and then I always have one I am reading on my Kindle app! Anyone else do that?!? Am I crazy!? My husband doesn’t understand how I keep the characters and plot lines straight lol! Sometimes I do get confused, but most of the time it doesn’t bother me!

You HAVE to keep a book on hand, you never know when you might need it! 😉 #bookworm

 TOP TEN ON MY TBR

  1. The Mother Road by Meghan Quinn
  2. Fighting Irish by Katy Regnery
  3. Standing Sideways by J.Lynn Bailey
  4. The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer
  5. Swoon by Nina Malkin
  6. The Final Note by Kevin Milne
  7. After You by JoJo Moyes
  8. How to Catch a Prince by Rachel Hauck
  9. Resisting Roots Audrey Carlan
  10. All of Me Leeanna Morgan

 

 

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Trying to get caught up on my Goodreads account but follow me and I will follow you! 🙂

“Called to Protect” ~Lynette Eason~ Review

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Synopsis:

For the past year, Chloe St. John has been working as a K-9 cop with her German shepherd partner, Hank. After being dumped by her fiancé for another woman, Chloe has decided that Hank is just about the only male she likes. She’s over the whole romance thing and focuses her attention on doing her job. Because a serious case of human trafficking with connections to her missing cousin just landed in her lap.

When US Marshall Blake MacCallum’s daughter goes missing, he’s ordered to kill the judge he’s protecting and tell no one about his daughter’s disappearance or she will die. Blake races against the clock to rescue his daughter while Chloe and Hank are asked to be a part of the task force assembled to bring down the traffickers. Chloe finds herself attracted to the silent, suffering man, but thanks to her previous bad judgment, she wonders if she can trust him. And can Blake trust himself around this firecracker of a woman?

Bestselling author Lynette Eason warns readers to buckle in for a fast and furious ride that will have their hearts pumping from the very start.

Author:

Award-winning, best-selling author, Lynette Eason writes for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense line and for Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Her books have hit the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists and have won numerous awards such as the prestigious Carol Award, the Selah, the Daphne, the IRCC award and more. Lynette is married, has two children, and lives in Greenville, SC.

Review:

I am a huge fan of Lynette Eason! Her Elite Guardians Series will forever be my favorite series. This series is a close second! It is fantastic and I highly recommend it! It is full of intriguing characters that are real, they are people you can relate to. This is the second book in this series and in both books we get a glimpse into the St. John family. A tight knit family that are all in employed in some form of police work. Each of the Blue Justice books are about one of these awesome siblings! I would love to have the rowdy crazy family that these books are about. They are so full of life, love and the need to protect others.

I have only read the first two books of this series and they are hard core, take you on a roller coaster ride of emotions! I was so pleased with this book. I absolutely loved how real she gets in this book. It’s about things that could actually happen. This book scared me just a little, being a parent, sex trafficking is a scary thing. Especially when you see about it all over Facebook and the news. This is a heart wrenching story of young women who are taken, sold and abused and the people who do everything they can to get them back. Among the tragedy and the hard work, maybe a little romance is blooming. You’ll have to read it to see who the two lovebirds are! 🙂

The ending is one that you won’t want to miss. So many things happen in this book and I was so shocked to see who the real bad guy was. It will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end! Go check it out, you will be so glad that you did! She is an amazing author and you will no doubt love them all! 🙂

I highly recommend this book! 🙂

Available at Amazon

Review: TERRY TREETOP SAVES THE DOLPHIN

 

 

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Synopsis:

This is the fourth book in the Terry Treetop best sellers series. In this book Terry Treetop went camping with his parents to a marine nature reserve. He saw a cheerful group of dolphins and wanted to play with the little dolphin, but something went wrong and the little dolphin was in danger.

Will Terry be able to save the little dolphin?

This beginner reader’s eBook will teach your child about marine mammals and their habitats, and will inspire your kids to be aware of the environment and the responsibility of humans towards animals in their care.

Author:

Tali Carmi spent her childhood in a small town in the desert.
She memorized and knew by heart many books that her parents read to her when she was very little. She played with words and rhymes and wrote her first book of songs at the age of ten.
After many years of turning to other hobbies and maintaining a successful career, she now writes again for young children.
Tali is the CEO and founder of a software company and a business coach focused on the fast growth and success of small businesses.
She holds a B.Sc. in Food Science and M.Sc.in Biotechnology, and she is a graduate of a Team Management and Leadership program.
Tali Carmi is happily married and a mom of three children.

Visit Tali’s website: http://www.thekidsbooks.com

Review:

Super cute book! My kids love the Terry Treetop series. They are huge fans of these books because they LOVE all animals! They are sea animal fanatics! It is a great book to show kids the right way to treat animals. A great lesson for kiddos! :)The illustrations are adorable and it keeps my kids engaged. The colors are bright, fun and have lots of neat details! I truly enjoy this series!

They love that Terry gets to interact with a dolphin, that is one thing on our bucket list! We would love to be able to interact with any sea animals! 🙂 We are a big animal loving family and we love to read! This is a great series that is great for kids of any ages, mine range from 5-8 and all of them enjoy it!

It is great for beginning readers or even for kiddos that like to read to their siblings. My oldest loves to read these books to his younger brothers. We own every book in the series and enjoy reading these over and over again! 🙂 Definitely go check them out for yourselves!!!!

Available at Amazon

“A Borrowed Dream” ~Amanda Cabot~ Review

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Synopsis:

Catherine Whitfield is sure that she will never again be able to trust anyone in the medical profession after the town doctor’s excessive bleeding treatments killed her mother. Despite her loneliness and her broken heart, she carries bravely on as Cimarron Creek’s dutiful schoolteacher, resigned to a life without love or family, a life where dreams rarely come true.

Austin Goddard is a newcomer to Cimarron Creek. Posing as a rancher, he fled to Texas to protect his daughter from a dangerous criminal. He’s managed to keep his past as a surgeon a secret. But when Catherine Whitfield captures his heart, he wonders how long he will be able to keep up the charade.

With a deft hand, Amanda Cabot teases out the strands of love, deception, and redemption in this charming tale of dreams deferred and hopes becoming reality.

Author:

With both parents avid readers, it’s no surprise that Amanda Cabot learned to read at an early age. From there it was only a small step to deciding to become a writer. Of course, deciding and becoming are two different things, as she soon discovered. Fortunately for the world, her first attempts at fiction, which included a play for her fifth grade class entitled “All About Thermometers,” were not published, but she did meet her goal of selling a novel by her thirtieth birthday. Since then she’s sold more than thirty five novels under a variety of pseudonyms. When she’s not writing, Amanda enjoys sewing, cooking and of course reading.

Review:

A beautiful cover, a fantastic story! This is the first time I have read anything from this author, but I loved it! It was a great romantic western that kept my attention from the very beginning. She is a great author! This is the second book in the Cimarron Creek Trilogy. I have not read the first book, but I didn’t feel like I was missing out on anything. This can definitely be read as a stand-alone book.

The characters are well developed and the story-line is riveting. Once I started I couldn’t put it down. I love the show “When Calls the Heart” on the Hallmark channel, and this book reminds me a lot of that show. It is a small western town that offers safety for one man and his daughter but also provides heartache for the town teacher.

Catherine, the town teacher, is a sweet woman who has had so much taken from her. She is coping with her mother’s death, could it have been prevented? Believing that the town doctor killed her mother makes it hard for her to trust anyone. On top of that she is dealing with a mystery surrounding a founding family. Could it possibly be the answer she is looking for? Then she meets Austin, the mysterious young rancher. Austin and his daughter have just arrived in Cimarron Creek on the run from some very dangerous people. So much is going on and I couldn’t help but fall in love with this book even more with the passing of each page.

This book has it all: heartache, suspense, mystery, romance, a sense of purpose and last but not least family. I loved everything about this story, the characters, and the town. It is everything I imagine life would be like back then and it completely envelops you as you read through it.

I highly recommend checking out the entire trilogy! I plan to go back and read the first book and then finish it off with the third! I might be a little out of order but that is ok! I loved this book and I look forward to reading the rest of the series!!!!

Available at:

Amazon

 

“Inky Makes New Friends” ~Riley Morgan~ Review

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I received this product through Tomoson in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Synopsis:

Inky Ink is a small and cute splashy creature made out of ink. He is looking to make friends and playmates but gets rejected because he seems weird and dirty. The book follows Inky in his quest to make new friends and feel loved and accepted.

Author:

Riley Morgan loves kids. Morgan is a parent, grandparent and former journalist. He got connected to his inner kid and decided to harness his unique talent for storytelling and special connection with young children to create a series of stories that are entertaining as they are educational.

All of Riley Morgan’s stories are first read to children. Then, based on their reactions and feedback, the stories are polished to match the interest of the young audience.
By presenting characters with high social awareness, and eco-friendly, Morgan seeks to educate his readers and their kids to grow up to become better people.
Morgan works closely with his illustrators to shape the beloved characters and masterfully create endearing scenes.

Review:

My children love to read and they were excited to try out a new book! This is a cute book but overall my kiddos really weren’t too interested in it. It was a nice concept about making friends but didn’t keep their attention. The thing that bugged me the most was that the sentences were all different sizes. I know this can be a way to emphasize somethings as small or BIG but I’m not sure why it varies so much on each page.

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I downloaded this book on my Ipad and it seemed to have issues fitting the screen correctly, I would recommend trying it on a Kindle. I was constantly having to zoom in onto the page in order for it to fit even remotely correct.

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Overall, the pictures are cute and the story is sweet. Again, my kiddos just weren’t into it. My favorite was Inky, his eyes were adorable and it just made you want to cuddle him lol! I think that this is geared more towards a younger aged group. It is an okay book but I probably won’t be reading it again anytime soon. If you have Kindle Unlimited it is free on there! 🙂

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Available at Amazon