#TheBookReview: Christmas in Vermont by Anita Hughes

Reviewer: Serena Soape

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Release Date: October 15th, 2019

A sweet holiday love story about the magic of synchronicity and fate set at a quaint Vermont inn during the week after Christmas.

Emma can’t believe her luck when she finds an open pawn shop on Christmas Eve in Manhattan. She’s there to sell the beautiful bracelet her ex-boyfriend gave her when a familiar looking watch catches her eye. It’s the same engraved watch she gave her college boyfriend, Fletcher, years ago. On a whim, she trades the bracelet for the watch and wonders at the timing.

Practical Emma thinks it’s just a coincidence, but her best friend Bronwyn believes it’s the magic of synchronicity that caused Emma to find the watch. Fletcher was the one that got away, and somehow Emma never quite moved on.

When Bronwyn finds out that Fletcher is in snowy Vermont at a romantic inn for the week, she can’t help but give synchronicity a push. She signs Emma up to help the inn keeper as the children’s activity coordinator. Emma agrees that a week filled with quaint shops and maple syrup would do her good… and maybe Fate really does have a Christmas gift in store for her. That is until she sees Fletcher with his daughter and fianc�e.

Suddenly, the fairytale trip seems doomed to fail… much like the innkeeper’s dwindling cashflow. It will take a miracle to save her heart and the inn. And that just might be what Fate has in mind.

Christmas in Vermont is a delightful and charming love story about the magic of second chances during the most festive time of year.

Review:

From the moment I picked up “Christmas in Vermont” I could not put it down. I had to know if it ended the way I had hoped it would.

Anita Hughes tells a story of the relationship between Emma and Fletcher.

Emma was a sweet character with a heart of gold. Fletcher was her ex-boyfriend from college, who was just as kind as she was.

When they cross paths again, what does destiny have in store for them?

I loved the characters and how their personalities were developed.

It’s a sweet holiday romance with an ending that might have even had me teary eyed. 

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

4 Stars.

#BookReview: The Mourning Parade by Dawn Reno Langley

Reviewer: Annie

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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:

I feel utterly blessed for having read “The Mourning Parade”. It is an extremely beautifully written story. Not often do I read a story and feel better for having read it, and when it does happen I want to tell everyone I know to read it.

Dawn Reno Langley introduces us to a grieving single mother named Natalie, who had just lost both of her sons to a school shooting. To try and find some peace and healing Natalie goes to Thailand to volunteer at an Elephant Sanctuary. She meets an elephant named Sophie in need of some peace and healing, as well.

I promise you will be happier for knowing Natalie and Sophie! I know I was deeply in love with them. I was rooting for them as if I was alongside them! I truly felt transported. It was amazing! They now live within me! Every character was written into the story with such finesse; they will truly touch you.

While I know this book is about grief and mourning; it is mostly about the resilience and the light that can shine as we go through these times. It’s about that human condition. It’s also about the natural instincts that elephants have; and all they can teach us. It’s about who is teaching who along the way!

Above all this is a story about love and it’s power!

What a powerful ending! I literally got chills! The hair on my arms stood up! I sat up while reading…and, gave it every ounce of my heart as I finished. It commanded my full attention!

You will finish the book and your heart will be made bigger for having read Langley’s powerful lyrical story. I know it was one of the most heartfelt stories I’ve read in quite some time.

Place it on your bookshelf. You’ll read this one again! And, Go tell your friends about it! Tell all of them!

5 Stars.

#BookReview: Cilka’s Journey (The Tattooist of Auschwitz #2) by Heather Morris

Reviewer: Phyllis Jones Pisanelli

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Release Date: October 1, 2019

From the author of the multi-million copy bestseller, The Tattooist of Auschwitz, comes the new novel based on an incredible true story of love and resilience.

Her beauty saved her life – and condemned her.

Cilka is just sixteen years old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, in 1942. The Commandant at Birkenau, Schwarzhuber, notices her long beautiful hair, and forces her separation from the other women prisoners. Cilka learns quickly that power, even unwillingly given, equals survival.

After liberation, Cilka is charged as a collaborator for sleeping with the enemy and sent to Siberia. But what choice did she have? And where did the lines of morality lie for Cilka, who was sent to Auschwitz when still a child?

In a Siberian prison camp, Cilka faces challenges both new and horribly familiar, including the unwanted attention of the guards. But when she makes an impression on a woman doctor, Cilka is taken under her wing. Cilka begins to tend to the ill in the camp, struggling to care for them under brutal conditions.

Cilka finds endless resources within herself as she daily confronts death and faces terror. And when she nurses a man called Ivan, Cilka finds that despite everything that has happened to her, there is room in her heart for love.

Review:

I am in awe! Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris is a beautiful book.

If you read the Tattooist of Auschwitz, you will love Cilka’s Journey. We met Cilka in the Tattooist of Auschwitz and as you can guess this is her story. I fell in love with Cilka as she is such a warm, kind person. Reading what she went through will break your heart.

I am not going to tell you anything about the book because I want you to discover her and her journey on your own. This book was a little easier to experience than the Tattooist of Auschwitz. I am not sure if it was because I thought I knew the horrors that would be coming or if this was truly a more gentle story just as Cilka is.

Please don’t miss reading Cilka’s Journey!
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
5 Stars.

#BookReview: Friends Of The Library by Susan Cushman

Reviewer: Serena Soape

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“. . . a beautifully wrought hymn of praise to readers and book-lovers in the most sacred of places, the libraries where we find both.” –Cassandra King, author of the best-selling novels The Sunday Wife

WHEN ADELE COVINGTON becomes an author in her sixties, she goes on a book tour to speak to the Friends of the Library groups in ten small towns in her home state of Mississippi. Chasing her personal demons through the Christ-haunted South of her childhood, Adele befriends an eclectic group of wounded people and decides to tell their stories. From Eupora to Meridian, from a budding artist with an abusive husband to a seven-year-old with a rare form of cancer, each story contains elements of hope and healing and honors the heart, soul, and history of the Magnolia State.

Review:

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. There were many stories that tugged at my heart strings and made me feel like I was right there with Adele. This was a quick read perfect for a weekend. This was my first book by Susan Cushman and look forward to reading more of her books.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

4 Stars.

#AuthorInterview: Carla Vergot author Of Lily Barlow: The Mystery of Jane Dough

Carla Vergot is a one cool chick!! She was easy to talk with and she opened up about some very personal things in her life during her interview. Her character Lily is very quirky and I had a lot of fun chatting about that with Carla! I loved everything that made Lily quirky, but I will save that for my review. 😀📚

What I will tell you is that you will learn a few “Truths” about Carla (we played a game)…And more about how personal the writing of this book truly was to her, I didn’t even know that!! Life really does work in mysterious ways. For Carla, life truly was a beautiful gift and so was this book.

We had quite a few laughs. It was just like her book. She makes you laugh!! And, you know how much I love to laugh..haha!

To know more about her and her books, you won’t want to miss her interview.

Keep in touch with Carla Vergot:

Be Sure to Like/Follow Pages and add her Books tp your TBR Lists.

Website:

https://carlavergot.com

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/carla_vergot/

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/carla.vergot.1

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18108684.Carla_Vergot

BookBub:

https://www.bookbub.com/authors/carla-vergot

Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Carla-Vergot/e/B07DFBZ99Q?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2&qid=1566641217&sr=8-2

Please check out some of Carla’s writing here…truly emotional:

https://piedmontvirginian.com/the-victory-garden/

Where I purchased her Book:

Second Chapter Books

Middleburg, VA

540-687-7016

Tell Carla you are making the purchase and she will try to go down to the bookstore and sign the book for you 😉

#BookReview: Summer at the Lakeside Resort (Lakeside Resort Book #2) by Susan Schild

Reviewer: Phyllis Jones Pisanelli

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Ready for more love and adventure with heroines over age 40, 50 and 60?

Forty-three year old Jenny Beckett has just renovated eight rustic guest cabins on beautiful Heron Lake, North Carolina. Brand new to the innkeeping business, she is struggling to make The Lakeside Resort profitable. Wrangling guests like The Fighting Couple, persnickety attorneys, and the curvy gals from the Fabulous You Fitness Week keep her on her toes.

Jenny’s business isn’t her only problem. Her mother and stepfather have just moved in for an extended stay. Startling developments with her possible fiancé, Luke, make Jenny question his commitment to her. An all-gal camping trip in her old Airstream lifts her spirits, but Jenny still has doubts about whether she and Luke can make their love work. After all the heartache she’s had, can Jenny learn to trust love again and finally find her happily ever after?

Review:

Want to have a crazy good time?

I received Summer at the Lakeside Resort by Susan Schild as a gift and oh my goodness, I fell in love with the characters. They are warm, funny and some of them are quirky. It really is a laugh out loud funny book. Susan Schild tickled my funny bone several times. Although Summer at the Lakeside Resort is not necessarily a profound and awe inspiring book, it is still a really good book. I think Susan meant for this to be a lighthearted and fun book although it deals with a woman who has the courage to put herself back out there in both the professional and personal sides of her life.

This is actually the second book in the series. I have every intention of going back to read the first book. Although I didn’t read the first one, I didn’t get that lost feeling while reading the second installment. There is a Christmas story coming out and the next installment in the spring. You would do yourself a favor by reading these books.

Who doesn’t love a good laugh?

4 Stars.

#AuthorInterview: Amulya Malladi author of “The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You”

Amulya Malladi and I had an excellent discussion about her book, “The Nearest Exit May be Behind You”, the Coaching Book that goes along with it and the seven other novels that she has written since 2003.

Learn more about the “Lean In” culture and tricks that Amulya has learned to be a stronger You! I said her book is a celebration of women, but it’s more than that, it’s Amulya’s personal celebration of women and it is not to be missed! Each of her books are written to lift women up and remind us that we are stronger than we think! She is one of our biggest champions!

I could talk with her forever! I am sure Amulya will be back. She has definitely become one of my favorite authors to speak with. So, get to know her!

To Keep in Touch with Amulya Malladi be sure to Like and Follow her on the following platforms….and Add her books to your TBR List!

🔥She is one of my Top Favorite Authors!🔥

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/58564.Amulya_Malladi

BookBub:

https://www.bookbub.com/authors/amulya-malladi

Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Amulya-Malladi/e/B001HD2YH6?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1566549329&sr=8-1

Website:

https://www.amulyamalladi.com

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/authoramulya/

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/amulyamalladi/

Twitter:

https://mobile.twitter.com/amulyamalladi

You don’t want to miss this interview, so check it out here:

#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.

#CoverReveal & #BlurbReveal: The Six: Lauren by Samantha March

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Lauren Begay is twenty-something, engaged, and miserable in Chicago. With
her wedding to high school sweetheart Ben just months away, Lauren knows in
her heart she can’t walk down the aisle. A proud workaholic and interior
design assistant, she is chasing a promotion that will elevate her design
career, preferring to study blueprints over wedding dresses. With her
girlfriends eager to throw her bridal parties and a bachelorette bash,
Lauren feels the pressure to put a stop to the wedding plans. The fear of
the unknown and being single after a decade with Ben has Lauren reevaluating
her cold feet.

Amidst juggling her career and upcoming wedding, Lauren is also trying to
keep her friendships intact after a stunning secret is revealed between two
of the girls. With tensions rising high and causing rifts between the six
friends, Lauren’s hesitance on her wedding soon isn’t the only drama
impacting her life.

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

Meet the Others introduced in the Series So far; You Can Catch Up Now:

 

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#AuthorInterview: Samantha March author of “The Six: Scarlett”

Meeting with Samantha March was such an honor because I used to be one of her Associate Book Reviewers. What a fun reunion this was! This interview was informative about her books and very personal about Samantha’s relationship with her stories. It truly was beautiful! She is a joy to listen to! Watch the interview to get her perspective on her novels; it’s so much different than reading the summary in Amazon or Goodreads.

She was always so very talented and uber motivated. Her books are definitely stories that need to be added to your TBR List! Check out all eight and which ones are right for you. I am sure you will find you won’t know which one to read first; because you’ll be adding most, if not all.

I’ll be sharing the flashback reviews of the books I did read, so you can check those out; “A Questionable Friendship” and “Up to I Do”.

Follow her Blog/YouTube Channel for advice on Books and Beauty! You will fall in love with Samantha!!

💞📚To keep in contact with Samantha March 📚💞

Be sure to follow her in all Platforms so that you don’t miss out on anything!

http://chicklitplus.com

Instagram-

https://www.instagram.com/marchbeautyword/

Twitter-

https://mobile.twitter.com/search?q=Samantha%20March&src=typed_query

Amazon-

https://www.amazon.com/Samantha-March/e/B005ZWOGJY?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1565680778&sr=8-1

Goodreads-

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5287274.Samantha_March?from_search=true

BookBub-

https://www.bookbub.com/authors/samantha-march