#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.

#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: Evening in the Yellow Wood By Laura Kemp

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Abandoned by an eccentric father on the eve of her twelfth birthday, Justine Cook has lived with her fair share of unanswered questions. Now, ten years later she leaves her life in southern Michigan and heads north to the mysterious town of Lantern Creek after seeing his picture in a local newspaper. Once there, she discovers her father had been leading a double life and meets the autistic brother she never knew—a young man who is mute but able to read her mind.

When a local girl who looks like Justine is mysteriously murdered, she joins forces with sheriff’s deputy Dylan Locke to capture the killer. But the more they dig for clues to the past, the closer they come to discovering a secret someone will kill to protect. Justine begins to show signs of supernatural power and eventually must stop an immortal enemy that has hunted her family for generations.

Review:

Laura Kemp can weave a phenomenal story and it was truly a recipe for the flawless novel!

It is such a delight of all genres!

We are gifted a paranormal thriller, romantic suspense, magic realism & even horror in between the pages of “Evening in the Yellow Wood”.

I was truly enraptured! I was lost in the story.

From the moment I opened the book and met Justine Cook I did not want to shut the book until I got to the very end!

I loved each of the characters we met along Justine’s journey.

This story is just unstoppable and is not to be missed by anyone!

I’m anxiously awaiting Laura Kemp’s next book.

5 Stars.

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#BookReview: A Season Of Surprises at the Villa des Violettes by Patricia Sands

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Meeting up with Katherine and Philippe again is like unwrapping a gift! I was so excited to have them back in my life again. Their B&B is getting ready for guests, the dogs are running around, the kittens are playing, and the grounds are starting to bloom. Simone is next door baking goodies for breakfast!

Once again, I was swept away on a mini vacation as I visited the South of France and visited with some old friends that I have missed!

This story is full of the same excitement and enchantment of France that the precious “Love in Provence” Series holds. If you enjoyed that series you do not want to miss this book. If you haven’t read it yet, then begin here and you will fall in love; this I promise you!

*The first book in this Novella Series is “The First Noël at the Villa des Violettes”. This is book 2, but can be read as a stand alone.

5 Stars.

#BookReview: Change of Heart by Judith Keim

Chang of HeartSummary:

Emerson “Em” Jordan always wanted a Valentine’s Day wedding. But after being dumped by her boyfriend, she spends the holiday at Seashell Cottage on the Gulf Coast of Florida with Devin Gerard, a family friend who has no interest in her or any other woman and is instead concentrating on his pediatric medical practice and continuing medical missions in Costa Rica.

Em, who’s always wanted a large family, doesn’t mind his disinterest. At thirty-two, she’s decided she doesn’t need a husband to have a child or to adopt one. First, she’s going to fulfill her dream of setting up her own landscape design business in upstate New York and has promised to continue to help run her grandmother’s flower shop.

It isn’t until Em and Devin become friends that Em realizes she might want more than friendship from him. But with his work in Miami and Costa Rica and her busy life in New York, it’s out of the question until something happens that changes everything, even a couple of hearts.

Review:

I melted. I cannot believe the amount of emotion this story had me feeling. I was literally sitting alone at an airport restaurant and cried!! I cried!! Judith Keim really knows how to tell a story that hits your heart and pulls at its strings. I was really surprised by this story. I did not expect the ending, which was amazing! There is nothing better than that!

I was so in love with Emerson “Em” Jordan and the rest of her family; especially her grandmother, Julia. Their relationship was just so beautiful. This is a multigenerational story that has a lot going on in each person’s life and that makes it very exciting to read. I never wanted to put it down.

Her sister, Elena is a trip!! Sending Em to Seashell Cottage…with a man; none the less…There was no plan there! None! Or was there?

I highly recommend this story and I cannot wait to read the next Seashell Cottage Story/Judith Keim Novel. I am officially a fan!!

I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

5 Stars.

#BookReview: The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You by Amulya Malladi

The Nearest ExitSummary:

Set amid the world’s international airports and glamorous (and sometimes not so glamorous) hotels, the bestselling author of “The Copenhagen Affair, brings you story about what it really means for professional (but still human!) women to tackle the corporate world, scale the leadership ladder, and lean in to the lives they’ve always wanted, and truly deserve—Up in the Air meets 9 to 5 for today’s Pantsuit Nation.

Asmi knows that CPH (Copenhagen, Denmark) is the best airport to shop for clothes, and ATH (Athens, Greece) the best for shoes. The best Zara store is in BCN (Barcelona, Spain). The best airport to buy whiskey at is ARN (Stockholm, Sweden). When stopping at CDG (Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris), you must have a long layover because of those damn funiculars; and never forget that the international terminal in ORD (Chicago) has no food after ten in the evening. Airplanes, airports, and hotel lobby bars make Asmi feel just as much at home as her apartment in Laguna Beach does.

A marketing director in a biotech company, Asmi rose through the corporate ranks and never really took the time to think about couple-hood. She has good friends, a terrific sister who lives close by, and a married on-again, off-again lover in Paris she sees while she travels around the world for work.

But as Asmi reaches the big 4-0 and contemplates making some life choices; her boss announces he is retiring, and she is suddenly thrown into a corporate Hunger Games against her nemesis Scott Beauregard III to win a promotion.

Worried that her inability to commit to a real relationship with a man is a personality flaw and afraid that she’s unqualified for the job she desperately wants, Asmi must learn to lean in to have the career and life she wants and deserves, without worrying about what society expects from her.

Review:

We’ve needed a book like this! Women will applaud Amulya Malladi’s talent for weaving a workbook for us on how to step forward in our lives and careers into a fictional tale. We are offered real life strategic advice and guidance as the main character, Asmi is actually living it in the story. It was truly brilliant!

To give a voice to the workbook is just a magnificent idea!

In the days where women need to learn to stand up for themselves and one another, Asmi sure takes us on a wonderful journey showing us how and why these two things are so important.

It is a very empowering journey that feels like a celebration of women.

From Asmi’s own career issues; where she was up for the Vice President position against a man named Scott and she felt a bit inferior. To Asmi having to stand up for Leticia; one of her employees that should have been promoted a long time ago…and all of the juicy drama in between. You will not be disappointed!

Amulya Malladi shows us how Asmi gains her own strength and determination to do what she must do for herself and others as a woman in the industry. We also learn how important our support system is because Asmi sure has excellent women she can count on; and I loved them all. So, will you.

Let Asmi show you the way to better yourself in today’s culture. She is super likeable, humorous, smart, and definitely a woman you would look up to!

This is undoubtedly a must read for women that are looking to get ahead and be entertained at the same time!

I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

5 Stars.

Available July 1st, 2019.