#BookReview & #Excerpt ~ “What the Heart Remembers” by Bette Lee Crosby

What the heart remembersSummary:

TWO LOVERS. ONE CHANCE AT HAPPINESS….When Max Martinelli returns to Paris in search of her lost love, what she finds will change her life forever.
For three years the memory of Julien Marceau has haunted Max. Her life is stuck on hold simply because she can’t stop wondering what would have happened if she had gone back. Was Julien simply part of the magic of Paris? Or was he meant to be her destiny?
After a New Year’s Eve party that ends in disaster, Max decides to find out once and for all. She is going to return to Paris and search for Julien. But will her search bring forever after happiness or a truth so ugly it will change her life forever?
What the Heart Remembers is Book 3 in the Award-Winning Memory House Series

Excerpt:

Before I left Wyattsville Annie told me that after her mother died she kept going back to the places they’d gone together. The same restaurant, the same beauty parlor. She even went crosstown to the same library. She claims doing that was a big mistake. It was never the same, according to Annie, and going back spoiled her good memories. She said when you’re happy and having a good time you can’t see the imperfections of a place, but if you go back and look at it with a critical eye trying to figure out what it was that you enjoyed so much you’ll discover it’s nothing like you remembered. I’m beginning to wonder if maybe she isn’t right.

Review:

This is the Book 3 in the “Memory House Series”, and once again, I was enamored.

Bette Lee Crosby’s writing is just so beautiful.  Especially when writing about Paris in this story. I felt like I was given a guided tour of the city!! When she writes about her character’s thoughts, you feel as though you are in their head. She paints a very vivid picture, and it is truly magical.

Annie and Ophelia are still a huge part of this story, but the main character in this book is Maxine (Max) Martinelli. She has been Annie’s best friend for about one year now. Their connection is powerful.

It was a year of love; the best love Max has ever known. She will not be able to move on in her life until she finds Julien, and gets answers. She met him in Paris, where she spent her junior year of college, studying abroad.

It has been three years since she has seen him, but he is ingrained in her heart and mind so deeply, that her life is limited. As if he is going to show up at her doorstep one day.

As Bette wrote in this book, “What the heart remembers isn’t always a true picture of what was”!! I could not wait to find out what the true picture was…

A return trip to Paris is definitely in order! She is determined to find out why Julien had never joined her to the United States as he had promised her. She believes with all of her heart that whatever happened, it was not because he simply chose not to join her.

Will she find Julien? Will their love be restored? Or, will she regret this trip forever? Going against everyone’s advice, she heads for Paris.

If you have a lost love…. you do not want to miss this book. If you want to travel from your couch, you do not want to miss this book.

If you love a great story, I highly recommend “What the Heart Remembers” by Bette Lee Crosby.

You do not want to miss this book.

5 Stars.

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#BookReview: The Lei Crime Series: Esther’s Gift (Kindle Worlds Novella) by Bette Lee Crosby

Esthers GiftsSummary:

In the days before hurricane Iniki hit the island of Kauai the forecasters predicted it would stay south of Hilo. But Esther Ka’awai, a psychic and gifted wise woman of the ancient culture has seen the future. She knows of the devastation that will come to the island. She has warned those she loves; now all she can do is pray.

As she struggles to accept this gift of knowing, Esther discovers that even the most wonderful gift can sometimes break your heart.

A story of love, faith and a belief in the future.

Review:

Once again, Bette Lee Crosby delivers a story that will grab you on the first page.

Esther has the gift of knowing things before they happen, like the hurricane coming to the island she lived on in Hawaii.

She meets a man named John who came to Hawaii after purchasing a local Resort. He meets Esther, and their lives are changed forever.

This book will prove that even though things fall apart…they can be rebuilt. Both your home and heart can come alive again where you thought it wouldn’t.

Bette Lee Crosby is by far one of the most talented writers I know. I admire her. For 2016, I plan to read the rest of her books!

Her words are always a “lyrical dance”.

5 Stars

#BookReview: “Faithfully Yours” by Peggy Frezon

Faithfully YoursWith inspiring stories of devotion, protection, healing, compassion, and faith, Faithfully Yours explores why we love animals so much. You will meet:

• A schnauzer that rescued his owner after a devastating lighting strike.
• A 40-foot whale that shocked her rescuers when she helped to save a baby whale trapped in a fishing net.
• A miniature horse that guides a blind teacher.
• A cat that comforts stressed-out college students. As well as people who love animals in extraordinary ways:
• The dog trainer who transformed an unwanted shelter dog into a Broadway star.
• The man who became a voice for the humane treatment of farm animals.
• The woman who gave up everything to help street dogs and, in turn, learned lessons of trust and love.
Faithfully Yours will warm your heart and enhance your appreciation of God’s wonderful creation. For anyone who’s ever loved, and known the love of, a special animal.

Review:

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book was original in that I have never read a book about the relationships between animals and humans. Or, between the animal kingdom.  And, this book was simply beautiful. The prose was very engaging.

I really enjoyed every single story.  It was nice, because you could choose to read a small chapter each night…but, I read it fast because I did not want to put it down. I loved reading about all of the bonds, it was very captivating.

When I finished reading it, I put the book down and went to spend time with my beloved dog and cats.  Our bond is amazing, and this story was a beautiful reminder!

And, started a list of who to buy this book for! I loved the poetry, and the prayers and bible verses woven in to this book. If anyone has a pet, or has ever had one…READ THIS! This book is also a great gift for any of the animal lovers in your life.

5 Stars.

#MADETHEBACKCOVERS: My quotes on the Back Cover of Colette Kebell’s books!!

This is a huge perk of being a Book Reviewer!!

To get noticed in a sea of reviewers is amazing.  I actually have some of my quotes on the back cover of Colette Kebell’s books!! I DID IT!!

Colette Kebell has used some quotes from the reviews I wrote of her two books, and I have to say that I had a huge sense of pride when I saw them in person…

Needless to say, I think many readers would enjoy GiGi’s stories!!

You can read my quote for “Blue and Green should never be seen! (or so Mother says) right here:

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And, check out “The Retail Therapist” here:

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