#BookReviews & #HolidayReads – A Season for Hope & The Magic of the Season (Christmas in Silver Falls #2) by Tammy L. Grace

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A Season For Hope – On Sale Now

Summary:

From the award-winning author of the Hometown Harbor Series, comes a new heartwarming and inspirational story for the holidays, filled with the magic of the season.

When their car breaks down, Hope and her young son, Jake, are stranded in Silver Falls the week before Thanksgiving. A woman who runs a guesthouse offers them a place to stay for a few days. The cost of the repairs is beyond Hope’s means, forcing her to stay in the tiny mountain town for an extended period.

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. She fantasizes about staying in Silver Falls, where life is idyllic. As she goes about her daily routine, the family at the guesthouse suspects there’s something she’s hiding. In a moment of weakness, she divulges her secret.

A special man offers his support and works to help Hope see that romance can be more than heartaches and shattered dreams. 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 a holiday read sure to warm your heart.

Review:

Warm fuzzy feelings are what I felt reading “A Season For Hope” by Tammy L Grace and I wanted to dive right into The Magic of the Season which is the second book of the series.

This book is a lovely story that takes place during the holidays and reminds us of the reason for the season. Taking care of one another and helping those in need is what the town of Silver Falls is all about. I want to move there because this is the kind of town I want to live in!

I will be thinking about this book and it’s characters as I prepare for the holidays this year.

This is the first book I have read by Tammy L. Grace and it certainly won’t be the last. I’m going to start The Magic of the Season right now! If you love a good Christmas story, this one is for you!

The Magic of the Season

Expected Release Date: October 24, 2019

Summary:

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:

Ahhhhhh!! That was such a wonderful story. It was wholesome, full of values and an all around satisfying read. If you’ve read any of Tammy L Grace’s novels and enjoyed them, I guarantee you will enjoy this story just as much. If not, this would be a great start.

When I started The Magic of the Season, I was surprised because Madison was the character who started the story; and we hadn’t met her yet. I wanted to continue with Dottie, Grant, Drew, Hope and Jake! Boy, was I happy when I turned the page to chapter two and there was the Fisher family! I love this family, all their dogs and the town of Silver Falls.

Tammy did a great job developing her characters. You forget you’re reading a book because you’re immediately immersed in the town and all of the people.

I’m sad thinking I’ll have to wait a whole year for another installment of Christmas in Silver Falls.

These books would make great stocking stuffers for anyone who loves to read!

Both Receive 5 Stars.

I received a copy of these books from the author in exchange for fair and honest reviews. 

 

#BookReview & #HolidayReads: Mistletoe at the Lakeside Resort by Susan Schild

Reviewer: Phyllis Jones Pisanelli

Expected Release Date: October 25, 2019

Summary:

USA Today Bestselling author Susan Schild writes heartwarming and funny novels about women over 40 having adventures, falling in love and finding their happily ever afters.
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The soon to be released MISTLETOE AT THE LAKESIDE RESORT is a Christmas novella and the third book in Susan’s popular Lakesid
e Resort series. You’ll catch up with Jenny and her gal pals, fiancé Luke, and Levi and the boys as they plan a very special Christmasfor guests at her rustic cabins on beautiful Heron Lake.

A few hints: Jenny’s been gifted a new vintage camper and has the jitters about her future with Luke. Charlotte and Ashe are at odds about their upcoming wedding, and Mama and Landis make a startling announcement.

If you’re looking for a feel good read to get into the Christmas spirit, Mistletoe at the Lakeside Resort offers cozy romance, classic Christmas carols, horse-drawn sleigh rides, and a happily ever after.

Review:

Susan Schild does not disappoint! Her new book “Mistletoe At the Lakeside Resort” was such a nice visit with friends and I really enjoyed catching up with them. Susan has an easy way of developing her characters so that you feel like you know them. I love living in their world if only for a little while. 

This is the third story in her series with the fourth one coming out in June of 2020.

So, if you haven’t read the Lakeside Resort series yet, you have time to get them read before “A Wedding At the Lakeside Resort” comes out. Who doesn’t love a wedding?

You will love these characters and want to follow then for a long time coming. 

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

5 Stars.

#BookReview: The Briar and the Rose by Laura Mills-Alcott

Reviewer: Phyllis Jones Pisanelli

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THE BRIAR AND THE ROSE is Regency Era Historical Romance set in Ireland and London.

THE BRIAR…
One moment Raven is alone in the world and working as a maid in the gardens of a grand estate in Ireland; the next she finds herself handed the life of a lady by the dark and handsome Marquess of Castlereagh. Devan insists his intentions are honorable, and that he only wishes to help reunite her with her family. But Raven finds herself in a constant struggle to deny the smoldering attraction between them, and in her secret heart, wishes he wanted more.
THE ROSE…
Devan, Marquess of Castlereagh, is tormented by his past and determined to live out his days in quiet solitude at his Ireland estate. That is until Raven enters his life. With the face of an angel, the body of Aphrodite, and the tongue of a drunken Irishman, he’s never met any woman so infuriating… so seductive… so… his match.
THE LEGEND…
From historical Ireland and its mystical legends to the elegant ballrooms of Regency London, together Devan and Raven discover the truth of the past and a love so strong it cannot be denied.

Based loosely on the ballad “Barbara Allen”, and more specifically on Dolly Parton’s version of the ballad, THE BRIAR AND THE ROSE is set in Ireland and London.

Review:

I might be hooked! It has been several years since I read a historical romance and it might not be so long the next time. I loved the history behind this story. It is loosely based on the ballad of “Barbara Allen” and the old Irish folktale of “The Briar and the Rose”.

Right after I finished this book there was a documentary of country music and I was excited to hear them talking with Dolly Parton about Barbara Allen and the old Irish folktale. Have you ever had that happen to you? First, you were ignorant about something and then you hear it again within a short period of time. That was nice because now I knew something about The Briar and the Rose.
This book is definitely worth the time to read. You won’t be sorry! There is something for everyone. However you have to do it, go out and obtain a copy of The Briar and the Rose by Laura Mills-Alcott today.
I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

5 Stars.

 

 

#BookReview: Life on Loan by Ashley Farley

Reviewer: Phyllis Jones Pisanelli

Release Date: October 8, 2019

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It’s a surprising second act for two women who decide to rewrite their lives in this enriching novel of friendship and starting over from the bestselling author of Only One Life.

After thirty years, college friends Lena Browder and Olivia Westcoat have met again by chance at an unexpected crossroads: an airport lounge in Atlanta. Lena is running away from home and her demanding family. Olivia is trying to find her way after a painful divorce. With their old selves in the rearview, they toast to a new beginning—and it starts with a spontaneous dare.

Agreeing to trade houses for a month of rediscovery, Lena will stay in Olivia’s Charleston condo. Olivia’s retreat? Lena’s isolated river cottage in the Northern Neck of Virginia. Two perfect getaways. Thirty-four days to reset.

With fresh new perspectives and the renewal of a heartening friendship, Lena and Olivia find their passions, reinvent themselves, and reclaim what they’ve lost. When unexpected romance blooms and careers take new detours, it’s also a time for courage and risk. Now they’ll have to make hard choices to follow through on their promise for a second chance and finally have the lives they dream of.

Review:

WALLOW.  That is exactly what I wanted to do…wallow in this yummy book. It has such pretty settings, nice characters and the excitement of unlimited choices in life.

Life on Loan by Ashley Farley is a wonderful story about two women who experience midlife changing events and are forced to start over and reinvent themselves. The journey is exciting and challenging making you happy you have come along for the ride.

These two women are so likeable you feel happy, sad, heartbroken and frustrated with them. You want to be their friend and wish you could pick up the phone and say “What are you thinking?”. These are characters you will remember for a long while. This novel is definitely worth your time! 

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

5 Stars.

#BookReview: The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald

Reviewer: Phyllis Jones Pisanelli

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In the vein of Big Little Lies and Reconstructing Amelia comes an emotionally charged domestic suspense novel about a mother unraveling the truth behind how her daughter became brain dead. And pregnant.

A search for the truth. A lifetime of lies.

In the small hours of the morning, Abi Knight is startled awake by the phone call no mother ever wants to get: her teenage daughter Olivia has fallen off a bridge. Not only is Olivia brain dead, she’s pregnant and must remain on life support to keep her baby alive. And then Abi sees the angry bruises circling Olivia’s wrists.

When the police unexpectedly rule Olivia’s fall an accident, Abi decides to find out what really happened that night. Heartbroken and grieving, she unravels the threads of her daughter’s life. Was Olivia’s fall an accident? Or something far more sinister?

Christina McDonald weaves a suspenseful and heartwrenching tale of hidden relationships, devastating lies, and the power of a mother’s love. With flashbacks of Olivia’s own resolve to uncover family secrets, this taut and emotional novel asks: how well do you know your children? And how well do they know you?

Review:

One of my favorite books this year! For a debut novel, she did an outstanding job. This was a plot that was believable and quickly became a book I couldn’t put down.
The story switches voices between Olivia and her mother Abi. While Olivia is telling you how she landed in the hospital pregnant and brain dead, her mother is searching for the reason Olivia fell and who was responsible.
There are many twists and turns throughout the story. I felt there were about five people who could be to blame for Olivia’s fall and I had to know which one it was! I love a book that keeps my mind churning even when I am not reading.  If you are like me, you will love The Night Olivia Fell. This was Christina McDonald’s first novel and she has a new one coming out on February 4, 2020. Don’t miss it! I won’t.
5 Stars.