#BookReview: Memory House by Bette Lee Crosby

Reviewer: Serena Soape

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IS IT POSSIBLE FOR A MEMORY TO OUTLIVE ITS OWNER?

Ophelia Browne knows the answer is yes. She knows because she’s been granted the unique gift of finding and caring for those forgotten memories. But now she’s nearing ninety, and Browne women seldom live beyond ninety.

Before time runs out Ophelia must find a successor. Someone who can take hold of the gifts and keep the memories from fading.

When broken-hearted Annie Cross shows up on the doorstep of The Memory House Bed and Breakfast, Ophelia knows she is the one. The two women forge a bond of friendship as they sip magical dandelion tea and share stories. When Annie starts to sense the memories Ophelia is delighted, but then a thread of violence begins to unravel and Ophelia fears things have gone too far.

Review:

I picked up “Memory House” yesterday and could not put it down until I had finished.

Who needs sleep when you are reading Bette Lee Crosby?

I loved the story of Annie’s life and how all of the characters were developed. The moment when I heard names that I recognized was a turning point for me. I was surprised to hear that characters from other Bette Lee Crosby novels were part this story. I thoroughly enjoyed that!! It was a Wow moment for me!!

Ophelia was someone that I wished that I could meet in person. What a sweet woman.

I had times where I was a little sad but then the happy moments that balanced them out!

I am anxious to read the next book in this Series.

I would absolutely recommend that you read this book, as well as her other books.

5 Stars.

#AuthorInterview: Sherrie Orvik, author of “Killer Secrets”

Thank you for joining us last night for Sherrie Orviks Interview. I had so much fun discussing her novel “Killer Secrets”. If you missed it, be sure to watch it!

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You can follow her on Spotify to hear the soundtrack for Killer Secrets, as well as Killer Revenge and some other projects she’s working on:

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#BookReview: Carolyn’s Song: A Novella by Elizabeth Huss

Reviewer: Serena Soape

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“…They would get their own full color page in the yearbook for sure. Christine with her full, glamour girl smile and Sandy with his friendly, crooked grin… Lynn sighed. That was the perfect scene. It couldn’t be any other way and be right…”
Combination locks, confusing class schedules, first love, Algebra, peanut butter crackers and a handsome senior with gray- green eyes.–And that’s just the first week of high school! Freshman Lynn James is trying her best to navigate her way through the confusing hallways of Trelawney High School. For years, her life has been all about playing violin, hanging out with her best friend Patty and spending time with her mom and dad. And, sometimes even her little sister Tabitha. But now that she’s finally in high school, Lynn senses new, unfamiliar doors opening all around her. Will Lynn be able to find her own song? Or, will she get lost in the sea of sour notes at Trelawney High?

An engaging novella about a high school girl trying to find her own path.

Review:

Elizabeth Huss’ novella “Carolyn’s Song” was a truly touching, lifelike, believable, real, and entertaining romp. It was very typical of what most teenagers have gone through during school years so it was relatable.

The characters were like-able, and so comfortable, as if I was right there with them in the “Senior Hallway”.

The ending was quite surprising!

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

4 Stars.

#BookReview: Katie Lyn’s Guarded Heart (Sweethearts of Country Music #4) by Marie Savage

Reviewer: Serena Soape

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Summary:

Book Release Date: September 27, 2019

When six musicians come together to form an all-girl country band, The Sweethearts of Country Music are born. But can they balance their musical worlds with their personal lives?

Lead singer, Katie Lyn Bishop, is ready for her first holiday in her new home in Nashville and she can’t wait to spend it with her three-year-old daughter, Madison. Unfortunately, her ex-husband, Trevor shows up after a four-year absence, suing for custody of their daughter, not to mention a hefty chunk of Katie Lyn’s profits.
The band’s attorney, Alec O’Donnell, assures her that’s not going to happen. But Alec’s interest is more than professional. He and Katie Lyn have a past—and there are skeletons in his closet that are best left in the dark. As he goes to battle against her ex, he worries his personal feelings will interfere with protecting her in court—and that if she finds out the truth, it could ruin everything.

Swirling rumors have the media targeting Katie Lyn wanting answers. Can Alec protect her? Will the secrets destroy not only her relationship with Alec, but the entire safety nest she’s built for her and Madison? Or is Alec exactly what she needs to truly make her new house a home?

The Sweethearts of Country Music series includes six books by six different authors. Each novel features a member of the band as she struggles to balance music and love.

Review:

Marie Savage’s Novel “Katie Lyn’s Guarded Heart” was such a sweet and entertaining story. While Katie Lyn had a complicated past and emotional relationships the story was heartfelt and at times both intense and poignant.

Katie Lyn’s life was not easy but she overcame so much…….

Marie Savage is very talented at character development, you’d enjoy getting to know her characters.

I finished this book in one night and was pleasantly surprised with the ending.

I have read a number of her books and definitely recommend them.

I received this ARC from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

4 Stars.

#AuthorInterview: Rita Dragonette, author of “The Fourteenth of September”

Rita Dragonette was one of the most exciting guests I’ve had at The Write Review, because we were talking about a real time in our Unites States History. This conversation really mattered, and it was obvious to all of us that were there. The conversation alone let’s you know how truly epic the tale is between the pages of her book! You absolutely cannot miss this interview! Grab a cuppa….a sit and watch…You’ll be happy you did!

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#AuthorInterview: Diana Y. Paul, author of “Things Unsaid”

Thank you for joining us for Diana’s interview on September 12th! I’m apologize for the delay in posting. Diana is very smart woman, and so very interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed speaking with her during this interview, and so did the members of our group. So many member are now reading her book! She writes with such a multi-dimensional hand….you do not want to miss it! Talking about family, responsibilities, love, especially eldercare at its best….enjoy!

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Debut Novel Things Unsaid


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https://www.amazon.com/Diana-Y-Paul/e/B001IZR6HQ?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2&qid=1568539768&sr=8-2 — with Diana Y. Paul.

 

#BookReview: The Art Of Remembering by Alison Ragsdale

Reviewer: Annie McDonnell

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Professional ballerina, Ailsa MacIntyre, is at the peak of her career when her world is shattered by a shocking diagnosis. Life-saving surgery leaves her with a fractured memory, little recollection of her husband, Evan, and none of her career as a principal dancer.

While recuperating at home, Ailsa hears beautiful music coming from the apartment upstairs, and the sound of the grand piano at the hands of a talented new neighbor sparks her muscle memory. As her recovery progresses, the broken pieces of her past gradually re-emerge, a picture not quite as idyllic as Evan would have her remember. Ailsa must navigate the conflicting visions of her past, and potential future, as they collide.

Review:

Music and dance come together like never before in Alison Ragsdale’s Novel “The Art Of Remembering”. My heart was fully captivated as I turned the pages.

When I first started reading this story, I fell immediately in love with Ailsa. She proved to be an awe-inspiring character and one that will stick with me for a long time to come. I realized along the way..this was her story, just as much as it was Alison’s. The fact that she brought her this much to life was just stunning to me!

Ailsa is a professional ballet dancer that falls ifll and has to recover from brain surgery and memory loss. Her neighbor upstairs plays music that just may be able to help her remember things she has forgotten; which include her husband, her friends and her dancing. Honestly…Herself.

I was blown away by the beauty with which her story is written. It’s as if love is actually weaved within the pages leaving Ailsa’s soul laying bare for us to see. The pain. The raw, dirty suffering. The need and want for her to remember!

The enlightenment that came along the way as she looked recovery in the face was truly a heartfelt, gripping, and breathtaking story.

You will feel better and even stronger for knowing this story!

Ailsa will touch your heart and she will definitely sit there a while. Maybe even dance, too.

You will Remember Ailsa! 🎶

5 Stars.

#BookReview: The Roux in the Gumbo by Kim Robinson

Reviewer: Serena Soape

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From the 1800’s in Louisiana to 1997 California

Experience the history of a family as the author makes you laugh and cry through their adventures.

Review:

“Every Person’s life is like a pot of gumbo, you get out what you put in”

This was one of my favorite sayings from Kim Robinson’s book right from the beginning.

I listened to the Audible version of “The Roux in the Gumbo” and I feel like I was able to get a real feel for the book, with all of the different characters and their voices and situations.

This story is sometimes heartbreaking and hard to hear. What they went through was often horrific! But, there were also a lot of happy points highlighted in the book, as well. Sometimes the difficult parts of the book concerned me about whether I could keep going, but I am glad I did.

I did find it a little difficult to keep up with all of the characters, as there were so many of them, but I think listening to the made that easier for me (versus reading the book) with the distinct voices.

The fact that she was able to create this novel from all of her elders stories through the years was truly amazing and a work of art.

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

4 Stars.

#BookReview: Room for Two (Maple Glen #4) by Christina Butrum

Reviewer: Serena Soape

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Catie Mitchell has always dreamed of one day owning a successful Bed and Breakfast.

When an opportunity to purchase a house with plenty of flaws and plenty of potential presents itself, she knows the project is meant for her.

What should’ve been a simple project soon proves to be much more of a challenge than she’d bargained for.

Ethan Davis isn’t a fan of small towns. He loves his life in the city.

When his grandfather asks him to visit Maple Glen to help with a project, he’s determined to get it over with and return to his home in the city.

What should’ve been a simple project gets more complicated when he meets who he’ll be working with—a feisty blonde trying to make something out of nothing.

When two complete opposites are forced to see eye to eye in this sweet, enemies to lovers romance, will Catie’s dream of owning a Bed and Breakfast become a reality? Or will two clashing personalities cause the project to collapse altogether?

Review:

I was excited to be back in Maple Glen with Fran and the rest of the small town folks. This town is known for romance with matchmaking Fran and her coffee shop. This fits the bill perfectly.

Catie and Ethan’s story is an unlikely match and I must admit that I was not sure how this would end. Catie is such a fun and likeable character. I wanted to tell Ethan to straighten up a few times and do the right thing.

Christina Butrum is a great author that continues to entertain me with her books.

This is a part of the Maple Glen Series and I would recommend that you read the other books, if possible; so that you get the backstory on the characters.

I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

4 Stars.

 

#AuthorInterview: Hank Phillippi Ryan author of The Murder List

E3F8B580-B07E-42BE-82C1-BFDD3F268B8EHank Phillippi Ryan is a force of nature! I was truly honored to interview her, because she is a woman doing it all so superbly and it is just breathtaking! You have to watch our interview to get to know Hank better! I just read both “The Murder List” & “Trust Me” and I was blown away! My reviews are coming. You know I let my reviews brew before I write them. They are both Huge 5 Star Reviews! #AnniesFavorites!

Hank is the on-air investigative reporter for Boston’s WHDH-TV. She’s won 36 EMMYs, 14 Edward R. Murrow awards and dozens of other honors for her groundbreaking journalism.
She is a nationally bestselling author of 11 mystery novels, and has also won multiple prestigious awards for her crime fiction: five Agathas, three Anthonys, the Daphne, two Macavitys, and the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award.
National reviews have called Hank a “master at crafting suspenseful mysteries” and “a superb and gifted storyteller.”
Her novels have been named Best Thrillers of the Year by Library Journal, New York Post, BOOK BUB, PopSugar, Real Simple Magazine and others.
Her newest book is the acclaimed standalone psychological thriller “The Murder List”
CNN named it an Ultimate Beach Read and the Library Journal rave starred review calls it “a riveting must read!

Visit Hank online at HankPhillippiRyan.com,
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Here is our interview. To avoid our technical difficulties..you can forward to minute 7 (even though they are quite humorous..ha!)