#BookReview: Lily Barlow: The Mystery of Jane Dough by Carla Vergot

Reviewer: Annie McDonnell

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Lily Barlow, a quirky college student obsessed with the fictional bounty hunter Stephanie Plum, is called home from the University of Virginia to get the family bakery running after her dad’s heart attack. Stuck in a sinkhole of self-pity, she finds her sleepy hometown…well…can a town actually be in a coma?

No worries. All she needs to do is hire a bakery manager, and she’s not even moving back in with her family for that part. Instead, she rents an efficiency garage from Miss Delphine Walker, an old woman who Lily begins to believe may have killed someone at some point in time.

Meanwhile, Lily’s overactive imagination takes a swan dive when she discovers an online clearinghouse for victims the cops can’t identify. Consumed with the profiles on the website, Miss Delphine, and the candidates for the bakery manager position, she simply cannot cope with one more problem. So when Jack Turner, her best friend since kindergarten, reveals out of nowhere that he wants something more than friendship, what’s a woman to do?

Review:

Carla Vergot delivers a fun, often hysterical crime-solving romp between two best friends that could be lovers, if only Lily opens her eyes and heart; and crazy chickens that could have their very own novel in “Lily Barlow: The Mystery of Jane Dough”.

Lily Barlow is one cool chic! She is a Laugh Riot!

She is so unique, eccentric and hilarious with her quirky one-liners that had me laughing out loud! I found myself always waiting for the next one!

I fell for her hard; especially loving the fact that she became obsessed with the Doe Network she happened upon…when she was supposed to be googling “Dough”! (See! She is hysterical!)

This led us to the mystery part of the story. I was so intrigued and rather excited about this. But, then this part of the narrative fell a little short for me. Only because I was expecting a lot more excitement. This by no means is suggesting I did not like this storyline. I am saying that when you wrap Carla Vergot’s story up, this was the one small piece I wish had a bigger explosion….like Lily’s character!

Her best friend, Jack was helping her investigate the mystery….and the slow burn romance with him was killing me!! The entire book I was like..”Lily! He’s perfect!”

Only Lily seems to need Love Goggles! Ha! Drove me bit mad.

I cannot wait to see what is in store for Lily and Jack in the next book.

(I can totally see Lily Barlow getting a Cult Following)

4 Stars.

#BookReview & #SpookyReads: The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

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When she stumbles across the ad, she’s looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss—a live-in nannying post, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan Caine arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten—by the luxurious “smart” home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family.

What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare—one that will end with a child dead and herself in prison awaiting trial for murder.

Writing to her lawyer from prison, she struggles to explain the unravelling events that led to her incarceration. It wasn’t just the constant surveillance from the cameras installed around the house, or the malfunctioning technology that woke the household with booming music, or turned the lights off at the worst possible time. It wasn’t just the girls, who turned out to be a far cry from the immaculately behaved model children she met at her interview. It wasn’t even the way she was left alone for weeks at a time, with no adults around apart from the enigmatic handyman, Jack Grant.

It was everything.

She knows she’s made mistakes. She admits that she lied to obtain the post, and that her behavior toward the children wasn’t always ideal. She’s not innocent, by any means. But, she maintains, she’s not guilty—at least not of murder. Which means someone else is.

Review:

Ruth Ware delivers a bone chilling story that is sure to please the thriller fan in everyone! From the first page you discover Ware’s unique writing style that draws her readers in and keeps you guessing till the end. While you’re bracing yourself from one fear raising incident to another, you’re left guessing about the mystery and the earthly , or not so earthly, involvement in the going ons!

Characters stand out, especially the main character, with the presentation of their human flaws that also has you speculating about what they have done when the creepiest things happen!

I had this book in my hands, rarely setting it down, for three days and finished it. Everytime I thought I understood what was happening, something else was thrown into the mix. I consider this a top read for this fall and getting one into the feel for the upcoming spooky season! Money was well spent on this novel!

5 Stars.

#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:

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

#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.

#AuthorInterview: Kimberly Belle author of “Dear Wife”

Phenomenal domestic suspense writer Kimberly Belle and I discussed her recently released novel “Dear Wife”, along with her four other books. We learned more about her writing style, and a few more details about Kimberly herself.

Be sure to watch her interview, she is both talented and a lot of fun!!

Keep up with Kimberly here:

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Kimberly-Belle/e/B00IFCI81I?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1566321712&sr=8-1

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7778742.Kimberly_Belle?from_search=true

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Instagram https://www.instagram.com/kimberlysbelle/

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Twitter @KimberlySBelle

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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/

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Amazon-

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Goodreads-

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

BookBub-

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

#BookReview: 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.

#AuthorInterview: Alison Ragsdale Encore Interview to celebrate outstanding release of “The Art Of Remembering”

We had to visit with Alison Ragsdale again to celebrate the outstanding release of her novel “The Art Of Remembering”! It is receiving much deserved praise and accolades from reviewers all over the world. BookBub has it listed among other amazing novels as one of the “Best Book Club Books” and, “Women Writers, Women Books” has listed “The Art Of Remembering” as a “Recommended Read”.

Sitting high in the charts already, we are sure to see this novel soar as more readers delve into Ailsa’s life. Alison Ragsdale undoubtedly wrote us a novel that touches our hearts, teaches us few things about human nature and the capacity of the human spirit,

Join us to learn more about Alison….