#BookReview: Our Garden by Rose Finches ~ 4⭐️

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Reviewer: Serena Soape

Date of Release: October 25, 2019

Summary:

A magical garden . . . four stories are woven into one.

Josie is independent and self-sufficient. She is content with the life she has rebuilt for herself, but her body is saying something else. Her health is troubling her and she has to face her problems as she can’t keep pretending that everything is okay. Will she find the courage to look for answers?

Georgie is an adventurous free spirit and is always on the move. Her van is her home and companion, until she comes into town and finds all her certainties questioned. Will she find a real home?

Alison is controlling and is tired of her golden cage. Her marriage is on the rocks and who she thought she was, is changing. Will she find out who she really is?

Bethanne is warm and kind. Her Tea Shop is becoming a success thanks to her skills as a baker and her welcoming personality. Despite her achievements she still suffers from self-esteem issues. She wants to find love, but doesn’t think she deserves it. Will she be able to let love find her?

The Green Frog Community Garden shows them that a community is built on the magic of coming together.

Review:

This heartfelt novel about the charming “garden” was a powerful novel about many circumstances with family and friends in this small town that led to turmoil as well as some happy endings. The garden was a beautiful place that I could imagine easily with the excellent imagery given.
I was instantly drawn in to this thought provoking novel and read this book in practically one sitting.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookSirens in exchange for fair and honest review.

4 Stars.

 

#BookReview & #AuthorInterview: Little Tea by Claire Fullerton ~ 5⭐️

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Date of Release: April 28th, 2020

Summary:

Southern Culture … Old Friendships … Family Tragedy
One phone call from Renny to come home and “see about” the capricious Ava and Celia Wakefield decides to overlook her distressful past in the name of friendship.
For three reflective days at Renny’s lake house in Heber Springs, Arkansas, the three childhood friends reunite and examine life, love, marriage, and the ties that bind, even though Celia’s personal story has yet to be healed. When the past arrives at the lake house door in the form of her old boyfriend, Celia must revisit the life she’d tried to outrun.
As her idyllic coming of age alongside her best friend, Little Tea, on her family’s ancestral grounds in bucolic Como, Mississippi unfolds, Celia realizes there is no better place to accept her own story than in this circle of friends who have remained beside her throughout the years. Theirs is a friendship that can talk any life sorrow into a comic tragedy, and now that the racial divide in the Deep South has evolved, Celia wonders if her friendship with Little Tea can triumph over history.

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Review:

I’ve just discovered a rare gem!

Beloved author, Pat Conroy left behind a legacy that weaves it’s way through so much of southern fiction, but I trust he stopped by Claire Fullerton’s pen and whispered some of his wisdom! The proof is in her novel “Little Tea”!

She has that same knack of real-life, honest storytelling wrapped in beautifully eloquent prose.  Every word being composed so harmoniously with the next.

So refreshing!

Speaking of racism and social issues with both gentle heart and pulsating tension.

Love and relationships are lovely, exuberant, determined and even heartbreaking. When everything is cracking open like a broken glass on the hot Memphis asphalt, the sun is still shining through it.

Claire Fullerton speaks of the South and being a Southerner as a status only a few can attain. Almost a deserving right! The highest of honors! I love that she reveres the South so deeply and sincerely. She writes about the South with such love, you can sense her devotion! She elevates the Southern voice!! Claire is a true gift to both Southern and Literary Fiction!

I was completely enamored and enraptured with this story and each of characters. I even found myself beginning to put the book down one night, only to chose not to because I was just too captivated with even the places and more!! I just couldn’t sleep!

That same night, I found I was reading the last sentence, and I knew without a doubt I had been introduced to one of the most talented writers of our time!

In closing, I look forward to reading Claire Fullerton’s Collection! Time to order every single book!

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

5 Stars.

Look, I GOT THEM!! I am all set now!

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Author Bio:

Claire Fullerton is the author of Little Tea, which is set in the Deep South and concerns female friendship, Southern culture, healing the past and the changing times of the racial divide. Little Tea is a Faulkner Society finalist and the August 2020 book club selection of the Pulpwood Queens book club. Her novel, Mourning Dove, is a 9-time award winner set on the genteel side of 1970’s Memphis, Claire’s novel, Dancing to an Irish Reel, a Kindle Book Review and Readers’ Favorite award winner is set on the west coast of Ireland, where she once lived. Claire’s first novel is a paranormal mystery set in two time periods titled, A Portal in Time, set in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. Claire contributed to the book, A Southern Season with her novella, Through an Autumn Window, set at a Memphis funeral. She writes of the Deep South, the family dynamic, and the hidden emotions that motivate a character. She hails from Memphis, and lives in Malibu, CA. with her husband and 3 German shepherds. Claire is represented by Julie Gwinn of the Seymour Literary Agency. https://www.clairefullerton.com

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#BookReview: The Safe Place by Anna Downes

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Reviewer: Serena Soape

Date of Release: July 14th, 2020

Summary:

Emily is a mess.

Emily Proudman just lost her acting agent, her job, and her apartment in one miserable day.

Emily is desperate.

Scott Denny, a successful and charismatic CEO, has a problem that neither his business acumen nor vast wealth can fix. Until he meets Emily.

Emily is perfect.

Scott offers Emily a summer job as a housekeeper on his remote, beautiful French estate. Enchanted by his lovely wife Nina, and his eccentric young daughter, Aurelia, Emily falls headlong into this oasis of wine-soaked days by the pool. But soon Emily realizes that Scott and Nina are hiding dangerous secrets, and if she doesn’t play along, the consequences could be deadly.

Superbly tense and oozing with atmosphere, Anna Downs’s debut is the perfect summer suspense, with the modern gothic feel of Ruth Ware and the morally complex family dynamics of Lisa Jewell.

Welcome to paradise…will you ever be able to leave?

Review:

This captivating debut novel by Anna Downes had me hooked the moment I picked it up.

The exhilarating unexpected things that were happening to Emily kept me on the edge of my seat, looking for more thrills.

“The Safe Place” was suspenseful and riveting. You will love the surprising ride you go one when you read this novel.

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

5 Stars.

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Author Bio:


ANNA DOWNES was born and raised in Sheffield, UK, but now lives just north of Sydney, Australia with her husband and two children. She worked as an actress before turning her attention to writing. She was shortlisted for the Sydney Writers Room Short Story Prize (2017) and longlisted for the Margaret River Short Story Competition (2018).
The Safe Place was inspired by Anna’s experiences working as a live-in housekeeper on a remote French estate in 2009-10.

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#NewRelease & #BookReview: The Liar’s Wife by Kiersten Modglin

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Reviewer: Annie Horsky McDonnell

Date of Release: July 16th, 2020

Summary:

Palmer Lewis married a liar.
But just how deadly are his lies?

Shortly after marrying her soulmate and the birth of their son, the lies begin.

First, it’s the phone calls, always held in secret, always deleted from his phone.
Then it’s his odd disappearances and the little nagging voice in her head screaming: something is not right.

When Palmer follows her gut — and her husband — she catches him with an unfamiliar woman in the park and in his biggest lie thus far. Learning from her past, she hatches a plan to protect herself and their child.

But when her husband and son disappear one afternoon and don’t return, Palmer must retrace her steps and dig deep to discover the truth before it’s too late.

Who is the mysterious woman her husband lied about meeting? Who knows what happened to her family? Who’s lying? In this twisted psychological thriller, the better question is, who isn’t?

Review:

Kiersten Modglin! Where did she come from? Totally Unstoppable! She keeps banging out the books and they improve each time! Her last novel is on my favorites list for 2020, so far…I didn’t think it could be topped! (insert Shocked face..lol)

I close the book “The Liar’s Wife” and I am absolutely astounded, stunned, shocked! Flummoxed by how extraordinarily easily she pulls off these twists and turns! She is insanely talented!

Her shock value is a 20 out of a 10! Definitely double the “Wow” factor!! I can’t express the number of faces and gasps I made while reading this story! Haha!

Prepare to read this book in one sitting! The desire to finish is too strong to put it down!

Once again, I close her book…Wondering what will Kiersten Modglin come up with next because this was Epic-On-Fire Storytelling!

Everyone loving thrillers needs to be reading this! Grab this Today!!

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

5 Stars.

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