#BookReview, #AudibleReview, #Interview & #Giveaway for Jamie Gehring’s “Madman in the Woods” ~ 5⭐️

Summary:

A haunting account of the sixteen years when a young Jamie Gehring and her family lived closer than anyone to Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber, sharing their Montana land, their home, and their dinner table with a hermit with a penchant for murder–and Gehring’s investigative quest twenty-five years later to reclaim a piece of her childhood by answering the questions, why, how?

As a child in Lincoln, Montana, in the 1980s and ’90s, Jamie Gehring had no idea that Ted Kaczynski–the self-sustaining hermit in the adjacent cabin–was anything more than the neighbor who brought her painted rocks as a gift. Ted was simply Ted, and erratic behavior, surprise visits, and chilling events while she was riding horses or helping her dad at his sawmill were dismissed because he was “just the odd hermit.” He was, in fact, the Unabomber, for seventeen years mailing explosives to strangers, the longest-running domestic terrorist in American history.

As an adult with this knowledge, the innocence of her youth robbed, Gehring needed to reconcile her lived experience with the evil that hid in plain sight. In this book, through years of research probing Ted’s personal history, his writings, his secret coded crime journals, her own correspondence with him in his Supermax prison cell, plus interviews with others close to Kaczynski, Gehring unearths the complexity, mystery, and tragedy of her childhood and the hermit on the hill. And she discovers a shocking revelation–she and her family were in Kaczynski’s crosshairs.

A work of intricately braided research, journalism, and personal memories, this book is a chilling response to the question: Do you really know your neighbor?

Review:

See the world of Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber through the eyes of his young neighbor, Jamie Gehring, while he lived in Lincoln, Montana. Jamie knew him since she was a toddler until his arrest when she was 16. 

The story that she shares with us is personal in both a heartfelt and terrifying way. Your heart will warm and then chill one paragraph later. It is such a moving read.

I read Jamie Gehring’s book and then I listened to it on audible because I really enjoyed “Madman in the Woods”. Once I heard she was the audible narrator, I couldn’t wait to hear this Ted Kaczynski story in Jamie’s voice. 

She is so heartfelt as the narrator. I was impressed with her on the Netflix Unabomber Documentary, so I knew she was special and had an on air talent.

There were times when I could hear her voice crackling because I could tell she wanted to cry but she was holding it all in. There were other times where I felt her angst so clearly I wanted to jump through my iPad and hug her. I felt her heart. She puts it all out on the paper.

“Madman in the Woods” is loving, touching, creepy and lyrically written. You can sense Jamie Gehring’s wish for a proper understanding to the Unabomber’s crimes and activities. 

She researched diligently back as far as his infancy and childhood because she wanted there to be an explanation for what he was doing besides simply being Evil. I felt her hearts cry seeking that answer, just so much as I am sure Ted’s family wished, too.

Wait until you see what a gifted writer she is. Jamie has a certain tempo to her story. I loved how she makes you slow down at certain parts and really listen to what she is saying. I was enamored. She was reminding us how important these parts were to Ted’s story, and to her story!! I would tear up.

This true crime story is written like no other I have read. There is a sense of heart in the undertow of this devastation.  The warmth that the author shares breaks your heart. We have to remember that this is not just Ted story; it’s Jamie story of the entire Gehring’s family. It is a story about the victims.

I am honored and touched that she shared her story with us. And I’m sure you will feel the same way. 

There are so many books on the Unabomber, this is by far my favorite. I think it’s because of the seriously intimate writing. It’s almost like it can’t quite possibly be real, but it is. That is the significance of the story. Not many of us are neighbors of a killer. She makes this awareness clear.

Also, I’d like to add that this wasn’t a story about the Unabomber written in a clinical fashion like so many others. Jamie writes with such a personal narrative of her memories and interactions with Ted. I felt every emotion as she walked the path of life with him around the same woods she lived.

She also discusses all of her sources, which will easily lead you to more if you choose to fall down the rabbit hole like I was when I found her book.

I am left deeply satisfied now, maybe my quest is over. I have learned so much in her story about the Unabomber. My thirst for knowledge about Ted Kaczynski is fulfilled at the moment. I was addicted, so this is such a relief. I’m so happy I found Jamie’s book.

I will admit that I’m addicted to Jamie Gehring’s solace voice among this tragic story. The audible

I want to say on behalf of the United States, I am very grateful to the Gehring family. And thank you Jamie for opening your world so that we may have a better understanding of America’s most awful terrorist, serial killer, well; Madman in the Woods!

5 Stars.

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About Author:

Jamie Gehring is a Montana native who grew up sharing a backyard with Ted Kaczynski, the man widely known as the Unabomber. She was featured in Netflix’s Unabomber—In His Own Words where she discussed her family’s role in Ted’s capture.

Her childhood was spent in endless exploration of a backyard held in common with the Unabomber—a serial killer obsessed with dismantling technological society. 

Book Trailer:

https://www.facebook.com/McHorsky/videos/1237026687148204

“Annie’s Antics” with guest, Jamie Gehring:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/worldofthewritereview/permalink/1720236355022861

To Keep in Contact with Jamie Gehring-

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and of course, her website

https://www.jamiegehring.com/

#BookTour, #NewRelease & #BookReview (#Tissues) for Alison Ragsdale’s “The Child Between Us” ~ 5⭐️

Summary:

My beautiful girl, you are my missing piece. You came into my life and changed everything, placing your warm little hand in mine, and looking up at me with your sky-blue eyes, so full of hope. Little did we know what lay ahead, but for a while at least, we had each other…

When I first met you, darling Marina, you were just five years old. You took my breath away, with your long, dark waves and pink cheeks. You needed me, and I instantly knew I’d do anything to protect you. When six years ago, my heart was shattered, I was left utterly broken – but I didn’t know just how lost I was until you filled that hole in my heart.

You quickly became the centre of my world, your sweet laugh my favourite sound. But then things started to change… I put my pain down to work stress, but when the diagnosis came through it was worse than I could ever have imagined.

Our world is about to come crashing down around us, little one, and I don’t know how to stop it. I’ve finally discovered the truth behind the betrayal that rocked me to my core all those years ago. The pain of my past could be the one thing that saves us – or tears us apart. We’re just becoming a family, Marina, should I risk everything to trust the one person who hurt me? They could be your only hope.

We only have each other… But if I don’t make it, what will happen to you?

The Child Between Us is a heart-wrenching story about an impossible choice and what it really means to be a mother. Readers who love Kate Hewitt, Jodi Picoult and Diane Chamberlain will be utterly gripped.

Publication Day: September 28th, 2022

Review:

Alison Ragsdale truly enjoys bringing us through life experiences that teach us compassion, empathy and how to understand the human condition in a more loving manner.
I feel as though her stories make me a better person. She shares lessons on the importance of family and love, in general. Anything that makes me think about being a better, more understanding or forgiving person is a book that I would always recommend. So, I am highly recommending this story.
At the center of “The Child Between Us” you’ll meet a Mother, sisters and a child.
I don’t know where Alison Ragsdale comes up with these genius scenarios. I’m always left thinking deeply.
Behind the doors of families there is always something going on that isn’t being shared with the world. Alison Ragsdale brings these to light. She makes you stare in the mirror and ask yourself “What would I do?”.
Her tear inducing, soul-stirring, moving stories have you investing in Kleenex tissues.
Don’t miss Alison Ragsdale’s novel that may leave a painful ache in your heart, but will make you appreciate family so much more leaving that ache to warm you up and call a family member of your own.
Alison’s ultimate lesson is always love. I highly recommend this book.


Thank you Bookouture & NetGalley for the Advanced Reading Copy.

5 Stars.

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About Author:

A former marketing executive, originally from Edinburgh, Alison now lives near Washington D.C. with her husband and dog. She was educated in England and holds an MBA from Leicester University.

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#BookReview for Robert Dugoni’s “What She Found” (Tracy Crosswhite Book #9) ~ 5⭐️

Summary:

An Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling series.

Solving a decades-old disappearance sets Tracy Crosswhite on a dangerous collision course with the past in a pulse-pounding novel by New York Timesbestselling author Robert Dugoni.

Detective Tracy Crosswhite has agreed to look into the disappearance of investigative reporter Lisa Childress. Solving the cold case is an obsession for Lisa’s daughter, Anita. So is clearing the name of her father, a prime suspect who became a pariah. After twenty-five years, all Anita wants is the truth—no matter where it leads.

For Tracy, that means reopening the potentially explosive investigations Lisa was following on the dark night she vanished: an exposé of likely mayoral graft; the shocking rumors of a reserved city councilman’s criminal sex life; a drug task force scandal compromising the Seattle PD; and an elusive serial killer who disappeared just as mysteriously as Lisa.

As all the pieces come together, it becomes clear that Tracy is in the midst of a case that will push her loyalties and her resilience to the limit. What she uncovers will come with a greater price than anyone feared.

Review:

Robert Dugoni always satisfies all my reading needs with his Tracy Crosswhite novels. Excitement, page-turner, likable characters, guessing until the very end! Robert Dugoni is one of my favorite authors!
She is back working in cold cases. These novels are always exciting and feel so true to life.
Tracy has always been one of my favorite characters and I’m so happy that Robert Dugoni is still writing novels with her as the protagonist.
She was the reason I fell in love with his writing to begin with, and I’ve never let go,

If you haven’t read any of his novels, I say you must! He is a keeper for the TBR list!

I just reviewed What She Found by Robert Dugoni. #WhatSheFound #NetGalley! I received a copy of this book from Thomas and Mercer via #NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

5 Stars.

About Author:

Robert Dugoni is the critically acclaimed New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and #1 Amazon bestselling author of the Tracy Crosswhite police series set in Seattle, which has sold more than 8 million books worldwide. He is also the author of The Charles Jenkins espionage series, the David Sloane legal thriller series, and several stand-alone novels including The 7th Canon, Damage Control, and the literary novels, The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell – Suspense Magazine’s 2018 Book of the Year, for which Dugoni’s narration won an AudioFile Earphones Award and the critically acclaimed, The World Played Chess; as well as the nonfiction exposé The Cyanide Canary, a Washington Post Best Book of the Year. Several of his novels have been optioned for movies and television series. Dugoni is the recipient of the Nancy Pearl Award for Fiction and a three-time winner of the Friends of Mystery Spotted Owl Award for best novel set in the Pacific Northwest. He has also been a finalist for many other awards including the International Thriller Award, the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, the Silver Falchion Award for mystery, and the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award. Robert Dugoni’s books are sold in more than twenty-five countries and have been translated into more than thirty languages.

Website: www.robertdugoni.com

Twitter: @robertdugoni

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorRobertDugoni

#BookReview for Sara Ackerman’s Newest Release “ The Codebreaker’s Secret“ ~ 5⭐️

SUMMARY:

A brilliant female codebreaker. An “unbreakable” Japanese naval code. A pilot on a top-secret mission that could change the course of WWII. The Codebreaker’s Secret is a dazzling story of love and intrigue set during America’s darkest hour.

1943. As war in the Pacific rages on, Isabel Cooper and her codebreaker colleagues huddle in “the dungeon” at Station HYPO in Pearl Harbor, deciphering secrets plucked from the airwaves in a race to bring down the enemy. Isabel has only one wish: to avenge her brother’s death. But she soon finds life has other plans when she meets his best friend, a hotshot pilot with secrets of his own.

1965. Fledgling journalist Lu Freitas comes home to Hawai’i to cover the grand opening of the glamorous Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Rockefeller’s newest and grandest project. When a high-profile guest goes missing, Lu forms an unlikely alliance with an intimidating veteran photographer to unravel the mystery. The two make a shocking discovery that stirs up memories and uncovers an explosive secret from the war days. A secret that only a codebreaker can crack.

REVIEW:

Sara Ackerman does it again with THE CODEBREAKER’S Secret. I love heading to Hawaii and learning more about the history there. Sara always brings up things that I never knew existed.

Sara introduces us to another sensational part of the history Through a dual timeline that relations. In the earlier years bringing Isabell Cooper I’m on the codebreakers reading the code from the enemy during World War II. She lost her brother and it’s full of vengeance but then she meets her brother’s best friend Mateo and things start to change course.

1965 is a year when a Hawaiian hotel owned by the Rockafellers has a guest go missing and only a couple breakers I can figure things out. I had fun reading about something that involves the Rockefellers boating, being from Long Island, New York. Sara is always teaching me about “firsts”.

Thank you Sara Ackerman for bringing Hawaii to life and taking me away with a book I did not want to put down.

5 Stars.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Website

http://www.ackermanbooks.com/

Twitter

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Sara writes books about love and life, and all of their messy and beautiful imperfections. Born and raised in Hawaii, she studied journalism and later earned graduate degrees in psychology and Chinese medicine. She is the USA Today bestselling author of The Lieutenant’s Nurse and Island of Sweet Pies and Soldiers, with several more in the works. She blames Hawaii for her addiction to writing, and sees no end to its untapped stories. Sara lives on the Big Island with her boyfriend and a houseful of bossy animals.

#BookReview & #LiveInterview for “No Names to be Given” by Julia Brewer Daily ~ 5 Stars

Summary:

The widely anticipated debut novel by Julia Brewer Daily is a glimpse into the lives of women forced by society to gift their newborns to strangers. Although this novel is a fictional account, it mirrors many of the adoption stories of its era.

When three young unwed women meet at a maternity home hospital in New Orleans in 1965, they are expected to relinquish their babies and return home as if nothing transpired. Twenty-five years later, they are brought back together by blackmail and their secrets threatened with exposure—all the way to the White House.

Told from the three women’s perspectives in alternating chapters, we are mesmerized by the societal pressures on women in the 1960s who found themselves pregnant without marriage.

How that inconceivable act changed them forever is the story of No Names To Be Given, a novel with southern voices, love exploited, heartbreak and blackmail.

Review:

In a time where DNA testing and Ancestry research is becoming ever so popular again, here comes a novel that makes you want to jump down that rabbit hole further. This 3-4 decades long saga truly reaches into your soul so deeply. It pulls at your heart strings and turns the faucet of your tears on full blast! You better have tissues by your side.

I learned so much about parts of the American culture I was not aware of. Being only in the 1960s when it begins, I find myself ashamed of myself as an American for not knowing this has gone on. This is why I’m grateful for authors like Julia Brewer Daily. They find these nuggets of really super cool and interesting things to share with the world that we all should know. She does it with a little bit of mystery, even a thrilling moment here and there that will shock you. Her heart, warmth and value of friendship bleeds through the pages.

“No Names to be Given” takes a piece of history and teaches us a lesson by opening up her very own heart and weaving the gripping, enthralling & mesmerizing story. I couldn’t get enough, even down to the last sentence I wanted more.

What a show stopper in storytelling for a debut novel!

5 Stars..

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#NewRelease & #BookReview for “Geographies of the Heart” by Caitlin Hamilton Summie ~ 5 Stars

Published by Fomite Press January 18, 2022

Summary:

From the author of the award-winning short story collection, To Lay to Rest Our Ghosts

Sarah Macmillan always puts family first, but she can’t quite stretch her arms wide enough to hold on to everyone as they all age: her career-minded, inattentive younger sister, Glennie; their grandparents, who are slowly fading; or a pregnancy Sarah desperately wanted. But it’s her tumultuous relationship with Glennie that makes Sarah feel the loneliest. She’d always believed that their relationship was foundational, even unbreakable. Though blessed with a happy marriage to Al, whose compassion and humor she admires, Sarah grows increasingly bitter about Glennie’s absences, until one decision forces them all to decide what family means—and who is family. Narrated by the chorus of their three voices, this elegantly told and deeply moving novel examines the pull of tradition, the power of legacies, and the fertile but fragile ground that is family, the first geography to shape our hearts.

Review:


I have to say that Caitlin Summie Hamilton has become a writer close to my very own heart. When reading her novel, expect to take your heart on a walk. She will touch places you may have forgotten you had. She may remind you of someone who has had to deal with what one of her characters is experiencing. 
Hamilton is so extraordinary at touching your soul and expressing her characters in a way that you are feeling them immensely. 
I was truly enamored with “Geographies of the Heart”!
I know I took part of my story in while reading, so I needed tissues. I have a feeling you may, too. #Tissues

5 Stars.

Author Bio:

Caitlin Hamilton Summie earned an MFA with Distinction from Colorado State University, and her short stories have been published in Beloit Fiction Journal, Wisconsin Review, Puerto del Sol, Mud Season Review, and Long Story, Short, and elsewhere. Her first book, an award-winning short story collection called TO LAY TO REST OUR GHOSTS, was released in August 2017 by Fomite. Her first novel, GEOGRAPHIES OF THE HEART, is from Fomite just released January 2022. She spent many years in Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Colorado before settling with her family in Knoxville, Tennessee. She co-owns the book marketing firm, Caitlin Hamilton Marketing & Publicity, founded in 2003.

She is available to speak or lead workshops about book marketing & publicity or crafting short stories.

Caitlin’s Website: https://caitlinhamiltonsummie.com

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#NewRelease, #BookReview & #StampYourPassport for Baltimore, USA 🇺🇸 with ”Stand by Me” by Pat Simmons 

Published November 2nd, 2021 by Sourcebooks Casablanca

Summary:

Acclaimed inspirational African American romance author Pat Simmons brings you a love story filled to the brim with everything you’re looking for: Emotional, poignant fiction that explores what it means to take care of familyChristian romance that delves into the connection between two peopleAn uplifting story about embracing love and giving others–and yourself–one more chanceWhen it comes to being a caregiver, Kym Knicely has been there and done that. Then she meets Charles Chaz Banks and soon learns that every caregiving situation is different. Chaz takes care of his seven-year-old autistic granddaughter, Chauncy. Although Kym’s attraction to Chaz is strong, she has to decide whether a romantic relationship can survive and thrive between two people at different stages in life. It’s a journey with a different set of rules that Kym has to play by if she and Chaz are to have their happily ever after and the faith and family they envision.

Review:


Pat Simmons delivers a totally satisfying story between the pages of the exceptional covers! 
This is the book to read on a crisp day, wrapped in a blanket with hot cocoa! This feels like the ideal times of year, although I can see myself grabbing this as I run to the beach!
This love story captured my attention and made sure I fell in love, too! 
“Stand by Me” will renew your hope or expand it…whichever you need.

I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for a fair and honest Review. 

5 Stars.

#NewRelease, #BookReview & #StampYourPassport for Ohio, USA 🇺🇸 & Berlin, Germany 🇩🇪 with ”The Lion’s Den” (Book 1 in the Series) by Eoin Dempsey

Published October 29th, 2021

Summary:

A broken family. A new opportunity in a country on the precipice of unspeakable evil.

November 1932. Seamus Ritter, a widower with four children, returns from riding the rails in an America crippled by the great depression. Realizing that his homecoming will not be how he envisioned it, and in a desperate attempt to make amends with his 16-year-old daughter, Maureen, Seamus accepts an invitation to come and work for his long-lost uncle in Berlin. With little other choice, Seamus takes the ship to Germany with his family. Maureen leaves everything to go with her father she no longer trusts, dedicated to taking care of her younger siblings.

The Germany the Ritter family encounters is vastly different than the one Seamus spent time living in as a child. An upstart politician called Adolf Hitler has come to the fore, but surely it’s only a matter of time before the right-thinking members of society banish him to the fringes of the political landscape he emerged from.

As the Ritter family struggles to adjust to life in a country ravaged by unemployment and internal strife, Seamus meets Lisa, a beautiful and mysterious woman weighed down by the ghosts of her past life. When tragedy strikes, Lisa and Seamus will be forced to act together to save their lives and build a future together in a nation that, unbeknownst to the citizens there, is about to descend into the greatest evil the world has ever known.

Review:

“The Lion’s Den” is such an adequate name for Eion Dempsey’s newest release. It can be read after the prequel “The Way Home”. You can get the prequel FREE at Eoin’s website and meet Seamus, the main character.

Eoin Dempsey always writes on the very pulse of Hitler-era Germany, and in “The Lion’s Den” he introduces us to a pre-Hitler Berlin. Eoin captures the tone of the German people as the first whispers of Adolf Hitler’s name and voice are heard. It is hard to believe that Eoin didn’t live in this era, because I felt so close to the very rumblings of the people. 

The strife starting the crack the very core of the heart of Germany is witnessed as we fall in love with the Ritter family. 

It is unimaginable what strengths Seamus must have had to muster four children as a widow at this time. He meets a woman named Lisa that grew on me. As they team up, I was practically rooting out loud for them.

The historical references are inspiring. His stories are so visceral, you join the story as if you’ve stepped into the pages. Your heart and soul are so invested in the outcome, it is hard to put down.

No one writes a Novel about Hitler like Eoin Dempsey. 

I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange fir a fair and honest review. I loved it so much, I bought the print copy for my library.

5 Stars.

About the Author:

Eoin Dempsey was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1977. He grew up in the beautiful Dublin suburb of Dalkey, where he and his friends would jump into the icy waters of the Irish Sea (during summertime) to prove their manliness. Eoin had a fantastic time attending Blackrock College, where he played rugby (poorly) and did his best to coast his way through. Eoin’s first ambition was to play rugby for Ireland. Due to a lack of talent, he soon abandoned that goal for the more reasoned path of the rock star. He played in bands through his teens and well into his twenties before harsh reality came calling, and his dreams of being the next Keith Moon faded. 

Eoin made the ill-reasoned decision to study business in university and was accepted into University College Dublin to study Commerce in 1995. While Eoin did attend college, studying wasn’t his priority there. 

He met his beautiful wife, Jill, while traveling to the USA in 1997, though it would be several years before he managed to break her down and they got together as a couple. It was during Eoin’s second stint in the USA, which he spent with his brother in New York City, that he decided to start writing a novel, for the express purpose of impressing women. This effort was met with mixed success. Eoin finished his first novel a year later. The over hundred and fifty rejections he received from publishers didn’t discourage him. He pinned them to his wall. After spending a year in Australia, where he was fired from many jobs, including picking red and green peppers and toiling for scallops miles out to sea on a fishing trawler, he returned home and decided to write again. Another novel followed while he phoned it in at a number of jobs in financial services in Dublin. 

By this time Eoin had managed to convince Jill, the girl he’d met in the USA years before to move over to Dublin. She did so in 2004. It was the best negotiation he ever undertook. They were married in 2007. Jill’s more brilliant negotiating skills led Eoin to move to her hometown of Philadelphia in 2008, just in time for the economy to collapse. The plan to live with her parents for a few weeks turned into eighteen months, as Eoin struggled to retain employment in a fractured economy. It was during this time that he wrote FINDING REBECCA, which would go on to be his first published novel and be translated into fourteen different languages. 

Eoin and Jill have three beautiful sons, Robbie, who was born in 2015, Sam, born in 2017, and Jack who came in 2019. Eoin enjoys playing with them and marveling at how much more talented they are at the sports that he loves, particularly golf. 

Eoin’s website with the link to the FREE prequel, ”The Way Home”

https://www.eoindempseybooks.com

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#NewRelease, #BookReview & #StampYourPassport for USA  🇺🇸 with The Desert Flowers – Lily (The Desert Sage Inn Series Book 2) by Judith Keim ~ 5⭐️  

Published October 14th, 2021

Summary:

Three talented women are brought together by a man they all love, becoming his Desert Flowers, who work together to save his hotel from being ruined by the company buying it…

When Lily Weaver is asked to help Alec Thurston, the one man she’s ever truly loved, and to come to Palm Desert, California, she doesn’t hesitate. He’s dying of cancer and needs her help in overseeing the sale of his hotel, The Desert Sage Inn, to another hotel group. For five wonderful years, she was his assistant at the hotel until he kindly told her their relationship was getting too serious, and he helped her find other work. With her organizational skills and attention to detail, she’s his perfect choice to oversee the details of the sale to help make a smooth transition while maintaining the reputation of the upscale property. Unappreciated in her job with a law firm in New York State, she’s eager to leave it and the cold weather to head for the desert. Her only regret is leaving her sister and three-year-old niece behind. Lily arrives at Alec’s house to find two other women summoned to help him. Rose Macklin was once the social director at Alec’s hotel, and Willow Sanchez is like a daughter to him. They join forces to help him, lovingly accepting his nickname for them—the Desert Flowers, similar to the well-known Charlie’s Angels. As Lily forms her friendship with the other women, she becomes intrigued with the man the hotel company has put in control of the transition. Brian Walden is a war veteran who has never married and is someone who Lily finds, to her delight, she can talk to about most anything when they meet up for early morning walks. Disaster strikes them both as they’re falling in love. Lily ends up having to raise her niece, and Brian is left with a son he never knew he had. It seems only natural that they turn to one another for help, and Lily wonders if this is as Alec might have planned all along. A series for those who love stories about strong women facing challenges and finding love and happiness along the way. Be sure to read the other upcoming books in the series: Lily, Willow, and Mistletoe and Holly Other series written by Judith Keim are receiving a lot of love: The Hartwell Women Series, The Beach House Hotel Series, The Fat Fridays series, the Salty Key Inn Series, the Chandler Hill Inn series, and the books in the Seashell Cottage Collection. 

Review:

“Lily” is the 2nd book in Judith Keim’s Desert Flower Series.


I was so excited to get to know Lily better. Each of these stories is only going to make me care more deeply about these women!


I can always count on Judith Keim to deliver a story to my door that will take me on a vacation where I meet people I fall in love with in a place I want to visit! Her stories feel so very familiar, simply because she writes with such heart!


I look forward to Willow arriving in February, 2022! Judith’s books are always a hit!

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

5 Stars.

About Author:

Judith Keim enjoyed her childhood and young-adult years in Elmira, New York, and now makes her home in Boise, Idaho, with her husband and their two dachshunds, Winston and Wally, and other members of her family. 

While growing up, she was drawn to the idea of writing stories from a young age. Books were always present, being read, ready to go back to the library, or about to be discovered. All in her family shared information from the books in general conversation, giving them a wealth of knowledge and vivid imaginations. 

A hybrid author who both has a publisher and self-publishes, Ms. Keim writes heart-warming novels about women who face unexpected challenges, meet them with strength, and find love and happiness along the way. Her best-selling books are based, in part, on many of the places she’s lived or visited and on the interesting people she’s met, creating believable characters and realistic settings her many loyal readers love. Ms. Keim loves to hear from her readers and appreciates their enthusiasm for her stories. 

Website: http://judithkeim.com/

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#NewRelease, #BookReview & #StampYourPassport for Paris, France 🇫🇷 with Sophie Valroux’s Paris Stars by Samantha Vérant ~ 5⭐️ 

Published on October 19th, 2021 by Berkley Books

Summary:

In this delectable novel, a chef on the rise fuels her passion for cooking while enduring the hardest challenges she’s ever faced after a debilitating injury. 

Everybody wants a piece of grand chef Sophie Valroux. With her once-destroyed reputation fully recovered and then some, Sophie is making her mark in the culinary world. She’s running the restaurants of Château de Champvert, the beautiful estate that she inherited from her grandmother. She and her fiancé, Rémi, are closer than ever, and she’s even bonding with his daughter Lola. Everything should be perfect.

Yet, Sophie still feels something in her heart is missing.

When she’s invited to cook at an exclusive event her culinary idol is attending, she thinks this could be the thing to catapult her to greater heights, maybe even bring her one step closer to her one and only dream of achieving the stars–Michelin stars.

But fate has other plans for Sophie. After she accepts to cook for the Parisian elite, her world crumbles. She suffers a fall and loses her senses of smell and taste. Certain that her career will vanish if people find out, she keeps this secret to herself, not even telling Rémi. She fakes it all: the menus for every meal, the taste of fresh figs, the juicy cherries in the orchard. All she has to do is get through life–and the event–tasteless without missing a single step. Fake it ’til you make it…right?

Review:

If there were recipes included, I might have had to “Spend my year as Sophie Valroux”. This was  blog I loved that was done by a fan of Julia Childs. I know that Samantha Vérant, the author of “Sophie Valroux Paris Stars” must be able to cook, otherwise her very own protagonist wouldn’t be writing about food so deliriously delicious! Visit Paris is on my Bucket List, now eating at a Michelin Stars Restaurant has been added. I cherish books that make me feel this connected because of its intimacy. Samantha wraps us up in the story as if we are part of it. There is an elegance to reading it, just as there is an elegance to top star dining! There is commitment to it, just as there is commitment in dating a man with a child. 

There is a delivery of beauty and lights and aromas you can only absorb by opening these pages. The same goes for friendship and love. 

This is your ticket to Paris! This is your invitation to experience it until you can get there in real life. If you can’t get there in real life, Samantha Verant’s second installment in the Series will satisfy the aches you had about not going. Trust me! 

Sit, read, sip your drinks and snack on your charcuterie and go spend some time with Sophie! You’ll be so glad you did!

5 Michelin Stars!

Author Bio:



Samantha Vérant is a travel addict, a self-professed oenophile, and a determined, if occasionally unconventional, French chef. Over the years, she’s visited many different countries, lived in many places, and worked many jobs— always on the search for the one thing that truly excited her. Then, one day, she found everything she’s been looking for: a passion for the written word and true love. Writing not only enabled her to open her heart, it led her to southwestern France, where she’s now married to a sexy French rocket scientist she met over twenty years ago, a stepmom to two incredible kids, and the adoptive mother to one ridiculously adorable Charteux cat. When she’s not trekking from Provence to the Pyrénées, tasting wine in American-sized glasses, or embracing her inner Julia Child while deliberating what constitutes the perfect boeuf bourguignon, Samantha is making her best effort to relearn those dreaded conjugations. 

Website: http://www.samanthaverant.com/

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