#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.

#BookReview: The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald

Reviewer: Serena Soape

The Night Olivia FellBoth Annie McDonnell & I Reviewed this Book. You can find her find her review by simply Searching the book title in the Search Field. We hope you enjoy both points of view.

Summary:

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:

Christina McDonald has wowed me with “The Night Olivia Fell”!!!!!

Absolutely a page turner that I could not put down!!!! I had heard so much about it and now I know why.

The twists and turns that the author took me on throughout this book telling Olivia’s story all the way to the unpredictable ending –  were all fantastic!!!

I would definitely recommend this book and look forward to reading more of her books!!!

5 Stars.

#BookReview: The Mourning Parade by Dawn Reno Langley

Reviewer: Serena Soape

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Natalie DeAngelo lost everything the day her two young sons were killed in a school shooting. Desperate to find relief from her unspeakable loss, she volunteers as a veterinarian on an elephant sanctuary in Thailand, but soon realizes she may be in over her head. Battling the memories that torment her day and night, Natalie must find a way to heal an angry, injured elephant named Sophie. Through love, acceptance, and gentle care, Natalie and Sophie heal together, finding new ways to enjoy life again.

Review:

Wow!
This book knocked it out of the park for me! I absolutely fell in love with Natalie from the moment she stepped into the book and onto the page.
Emotions ran high throughout this story entire story. I found myself with tears in my eyes many times throughout; when both sad and happy events took place.
The emotional journey that Natalie takes when traveling to the elephants, which she refers to as “ellies”, is one that will have you wanting more and not wanting to put the book down. I was always wondering “what could possibly happen next”…..
I absolutely loved this book! This was my first book by Dawn Reno Langley and will certainly not be my last.

5 Stars.

#BookReview: The Six: Scarlett by Samantha March

Reviewer: Serena Soape

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Scarlett Walsh is twenty-something, single, and lonely in Chicago. Still reeling from an unexpected breakup that left her broken hearted, Scarlett relies heavily on her group of girlfriends to help heal and move forward. But her friendship with BFF and long-time roommate Tinsley Thompson has turned toxic, and Scarlett is on the brink of moving out – and causing more friction to the already rocky friendship. Wishing to avoid drama amongst their close group of girlfriends, Scarlett attempts to stay focused on her job as a vet tech and the excitement of being a first-time puppy mom instead of confronting Tinsley. The rift between the two friends continues to grow – until a dark secret is shared that will rock the decade-long besties.

This second book in a six-part girlfriend series continues the stories of Scarlett, Breely, Nora, Lauren, Kristy, Tinsley and Scarlett, and takes readers on six individual stories about relationships, career choices, personal conflict and the bond of friendship.

Review:

I had the pleasure of listening to the Audible version of this Samantha March’s novel, “The Six: Scarlett”. It was definitely entertaining.

This is the first of the Six Series books that I’ve read and I will most definitely be reading or listening to the others!!

Scarlett’s story is one that I am sure most of us could relate to, because I know that I did.
If you have or have had a best friend or a group of friends where you had a favorite bestie, then you will love this story!

Throughout the book we learn about the trials and tribulations, good and bad of the friendship between these six women.

I truly look forward to reading and learning about the other ladies in the rest of the Six Series.

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.

#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.

#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.

#BookReview: The Good Neighbors by Kiersten Modglin

Reviewer: Serena Soape

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Good neighbors invite you over for dinner, bring you baked goods to welcome you to the neighborhood, and wave hello at the mailbox.

Good neighbors do not destroy your life.

When Bryant and Harper Page move to Lancaster Mills, their first encounter with their new neighbors—Jason and Tori Fuller: beautiful, strange, and terrifying—is anything but a warm welcome. Despite their hesitations, the Pages are intrigued by the people they now share a street with. As their curiosity gets the best of them, they discover that there’s much more to the Fullers than meets the eye. Their new neighbors have secrets, that much is obvious, but just how dangerous could they be?

With two haunting shadows lingering over their house and lives, the Pages’ relationship is tested in every way. What exactly makes a good neighbor? And what makes a good neighbor bad?

Review:

Kiersten has done it again!!! I started this book and could not put it down. I stayed up
late one night and back on it the first thing the next day… The story is one that will keep
you wondering throughout and just when you think you have it figured out….. another
turn.

I highly recommend this book as well as all of Kiersten’s books….
5 Stars.