#BookReview: Never Sit if You Can Dance: Lessons From My Mother by Jo Giese

Reviewer: Annie McDonnell

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Jo’s mother, Babe, liked to drink, dance, and stay up very late. When the husband she adored went on sales calls, she waited for him in the parking lot, embroidering pillowcases. Jo grew up thinking that the last thing she wanted was to be like her mother. Then it dawned on her that her own happiness was derived in large part from lessons Babe had taught her. Her mother might have had tomato aspic and stewed rhubarb in her fridge, while Jo had organic kale and almond milk in hers, but in more important ways they were much closer in spirit than Jo had once thought.

At a turbulent time in America, Never Sit If You Can Dance offers uplifting lessons in old-fashioned civility that will ring true with mothers, daughters, and their families. Told with lighthearted good humor, it’s a charming tale of the way things used to be—and probably still should be.

Review:

Babe!

A mother that definitely deserved her very own book, let alone that sentence.

This book was ultimately a love story to Babe, written by her daughter Jo Giese. Sharing all of the special, witty, kind and often laugh out-loud wisdom that Babe passed on to Jo, we are given a beautiful gift.

This gift unwraps one chapter at a time, and it is just glorious advice. I know I will remember them, as I want to put into practice. Especially “Nobody Likes Depressed people”.

Brilliant!

Jo – I trust your Mother was with you for that special Mother’s Day! I have a feeling her spirit was strong.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

5 Stars.

#BookReview & #HolidayReads: The Magic of the Season (Christmas in Silver Falls #2) by Tammy L. Grace

Reviewer: Serena Soape

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Release Date: October 24, 2019

Will a city girl forced to spend the holidays in her small hometown recapture the magic of the season?

Madison hasn’t visited Silver Falls since she left the snowy mountain winters behind for the beaches of California twenty years ago. In the midst of the annual Christmas festival, an accident forces her to return and manage her mom’s candy business at the Sugar Shop.

Grant hasn’t seen her since she left for college, but remembers spending summers at the lake with the skinny, plain girl he and everyone used to know as Sugar. The contemporary advertising executive he encounters now is anything but plain.

Will Grant’s kindness, the charm of Silver Falls, and the caring community open Sugar’s heart to all she’s been missing?

The best-selling author of A Season for Hope, the tale readers describe as the perfect Christmas story, delivers a touching sequel with the second in her Christmas in Silver Falls series in this new festive novella that pairs perfectly with a cup of cocoa in front of a blazing fire.

Review:

“Magic of the Season” by Tammy L. Grace is a true romance that captured me from the beginning. Based in Silver Falls, this town is a great place with characters that will draw you in and make you not want to stop reading.
The first book in the Series, “A Season of Hope”, tells the beginning of the story and this is a continuance of this gorgeous town and it’s wonderful characters. I felt like I was there with them.
Sugar is a character that is easy to love and from her arrival I wondered about how the story would end. Would she see the “Magic of the Season” in Silver Falls?
Being a Christmas Novella, I found myself looking forward to the holiday coming up in a few months.
Smiling as I read, it did not disappoint and I would definitely recommend it.

 

5 Stars.

#AuthorInterview: Alison Ragsdale Encore Interview to celebrate outstanding release of “The Art Of Remembering”

We had to visit with Alison Ragsdale again to celebrate the outstanding release of her novel “The Art Of Remembering”! It is receiving much deserved praise and accolades from reviewers all over the world. BookBub has it listed among other amazing novels as one of the “Best Book Club Books” and, “Women Writers, Women Books” has listed “The Art Of Remembering” as a “Recommended Read”.

Sitting high in the charts already, we are sure to see this novel soar as more readers delve into Ailsa’s life. Alison Ragsdale undoubtedly wrote us a novel that touches our hearts, teaches us few things about human nature and the capacity of the human spirit,

Join us to learn more about Alison….

#BookReview: Diamonds, Teak and Murder (Crystal Coast Cases, #1) by A.M. Ialacci

Reviewer: Serena Soape

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Upon the sudden deaths of her parents in a car accident, credit fraud investigator Allie Fox traded her fast-paced life in Chicago for a boatyard bookkeeping job in sleepy Carteret County, North Carolina. It is a huge transition, especially as she is now the sole caregiver for her younger autistic brother. But when the yard foreman mysteriously ends up dead at work, she can’t resist being pulled into the mystery.

Plenty of people had reason to want Ty Guthrie dead, but he had been kind to her as a kid, and even the sheriff’s department thinks there may have been foul play. Despite the possibility of alienating all of her co-workers and risking her livelihood, Allie becomes a consultant on the case to discover the murderer in their midst.

The deeper she digs, the more secrets she unravels, and the killer turns his sights on her, and even worse, her brother. At odds with law enforcement and the DA while a massive hurricane bears down on the coast, the only thing that matters is that her brother is in danger. With everything to lose and time running out, it’s up to Allie alone to stop the killer, or die trying.

Review:

This gripping mystery by A.M. Ialacci was definitely a page turner. The book starts with a mystery that left me wondering the entire book “ who done it?”.
The mystery surrounding the death of Ty is one that will leave you scratching your head….. and, maybe even leave you shocked after you find out who it is; I know I certainly was.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Each of A.M. Ialacci books have turns that keep you wanting to read more.
I would definitely recommend this book, as well as her previous book “Sight in the Dark” (A Crimson Falls Novella).

5 Stars.

#AuthorInterview: Barbara Stark-Nemon author of “Even in Darkness” & “Hard Cider”

Upcoming Book Club Pick “Even in Darkness” author, Barbara Stark-Nemon shares some wonderful information about the behind-the-scenes of the books and herself. You don’t want to miss this!

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#BookReview & #HolidayReads: A Season for Hope by Tammy L. Grace

Reviewer: Serena Soape

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When their car breaks down, Hope and her young son, Jake, are stranded in Silver Falls as the holidays approach. A woman who runs a guesthouse offers them a place to stay white the car is repaired.

Frightened and broke, Hope finds a part-time job, thanks to the family who owns the guesthouse. Hidden beneath her strong work ethic and cheerful demeanor, Hope conceals a private mystery. A secret she can’t reveal.

As the Christmas season nears, the charming town and its annual holiday festival captivate Hope, while the family at the guesthouse suspects there’s something she’s hiding. In a moment of weakness, she divulges her secret.

Will an offer of help destroy her life and all she cherishes, or will it be the gift she needs to triumph over her past?

A Season for Hope is a charming story about the kindness of strangers and finding hope where you never expected it. Cozy up with the first in the Christmas in Silver Falls novellas for a holiday read sure to warm your heart.

Review:

Tammy L. Grace captured my heart from the beginning of this Christmas Romance Novella. Hope’s story tugged at my heart strings throughout this book.
The characters were well written and developed and though their personalities were all so different, the way they were weaved together was great.
I absolutely loved this story and will definitely be reading more of Tammy L Grace’s books. I was teary eyed at the end but…… were they happy tears or were they sad tears? Grab this book and find out for yourself.

5 Stars.

#BookReview: The Better Choice by Kiersten Modglin

Reviewer: Serena Soape

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This story starts with a question.

Six years ago, Blythe had a choice to make. A choice that would alter the course of her life, and the lives of the two men she loved, forever.
There was Finn, the tough and mysterious bad boy who took Blythe into his home, and Asher, the handsome go-getter who showed Blythe a world she’d never known.
Both men had secrets.
Both men wanted Blythe for their own.
The choice was hers to make.

This story starts with a question.
Six years ago, Blythe made her choice.
Did she choose the better man?

Review:

Kiersten Modglin wrote a fantastic book about an interesting love triangle. I was on pins
and needles throughout the book wondering whether Blythe would choose Finn or
Asher?

The book was well written and the loved the way the characters were developed through

the story.

Once again, there were some twists in the story that I did not see coming.

I was absolutely hooked from the beginning to the very end.
I have read several of Kiersten’s books and have loved them all.
So I suggest you make  “The Better Choice” and grab this for your next read.
5 Stars.