Sunday, February 26, 2017

#MMBBR #BookReviews #FirstLine @NikkiM3 @heatherburch @christinenolfi #5starReads


In the Light of the Garden: A Novel by [Burch, Heather]
In the Light of the Garden is a novel about unearthed family secrets, the enchantment of past loves, and the indelible power of forgiveness.
Inheriting her grandparents’ island estate on Florida’s Gulf coast is a special kind of homecoming for thirty-one-year-old Charity Baxter. Raised by a narcissistic single mother, Charity’s only sense of a loving home comes from childhood summers spent with Gramps and Grandma. But piercing her fondest memories is her sharpest grief—the death of her beloved grandmother, when Charity stopped believing in the magical healing power of the weeping willow that still casts a shadow on their property.
Now that Charity has returned, she’s full of longing and regret, until she befriends her neighbor Dalton Reynolds, who has come to Gaslamp Island carrying his own heartache. As other exiles arrive—a great uncle harboring secrets, a teenage runaway—Charity begins to reconsider what makes a family. When her own estranged mother shows up in crisis, Charity is challenged to search her heart for forgiveness. But forgiving herself may require a little magic from the last place she’d expect to find it.

MY REVIEW:
A dash of magic, some romance and one well written story with characters you grow to care about IN THE LIGHT OF THE GARDEN is a delight of a read.  It will be both heartbreaking and heartwarming mixed together.  You will be taken away in the story and enjoy every moment of it.

#FirstLine ~ When Charity Baxter was little, she believed in fairies and pixies and the kind of magic that made unicorns and cotton candy.


Sweet Lake: A Novel (A Sweet Lake Novel Book 1) by [Nolfi, Christine]

Linnie Wayfair knows just how many people are counting on her. But knowing doesn’t make doing any easier.
Everyone in Sweet Lake, y , wants her to muster all her business sense and return the Wayfair Inn to its former glory. Her parents hope she’ll forgive her scoundrel of a brother and reconcile the family. The eccentric Sweet Lake Sirens want her to open the inn—and her heart—to new possibilities. And her hilarious lifelong friends Jada and Cat are dropping none-too-subtle hints for her to ignite a romance with Daniel Kettering, the sexy attorney who’s been pining for her for years…
Now a shocking turn of events will open old wounds and upend the world Linnie has carefully built. She has to make changes quickly—and the results, though not entirely what she expected, might be what she’s been yearning for all along.

MY REVIEW:
This is a feel good book and one that you will want to snuggle up with.  It is a wonderful book filled with heart.  I felt like I was with friends and being able to be along for the ride was a gift that Nolfi has given us as readers.  You will want to read this book...you will thank me later!  

#FirstLine ~ Coconuts bouncing down a bowling lane.


The Fifth Letter by [Moriarty, Nicola]

A fun vacation game turns destructive, exposing dark secrets, deeply buried grudges, and a shocking betrayal in Nicola Moriarity’s intriguing debut.
Four friends . . .
Joni, Deb, Eden, and Trina have been best friends since high school, sharing a bond that has seen them through their teenage years and into adulthood. But now, time and circumstance is starting to pull them apart as careers, husbands, and babies get in the way. As their yearly vacation becomes less of a priority—at least for three of the women—how can Joni find a way to draw the four of them back together?
Four secrets . . .
During a laughter and wine-filled night, the women dare one another to write anonymous letters, spilling their deepest, darkest secrets. But the fun game turns devastating, exposing cracks in their lives and the friendship they share. Each letter is a dark confession revealing shocking information. A troubled marriage? A substance abuse problem? A secret pregnancy? A heartbreaking diagnosis?
Five letters . . .
Late on one of their last nights together, after the other three have gone to bed, Joni notices something in the fireplace—a burnt, crumpled, nearly destroyed, sheet of paper that holds the most shattering revelation of all. It is a fifth letter—a hate-filled rant that exposes a vicious, deeply hidden grudge that has festered for decades. But who wrote it? Which one of them has seethed with resentment all these years? What should Joni do?
Best friends are supposed to keep your darkest secrets. But the revelations Joni, Deb, Eden and Trina have shared will ripple through their lives with unforeseen consequences . . . and things will never be the same.

MY REVIEW:
This book is great.  It is such a great story that makes you really think about your friendships.  There are serious complexities to the dynamic of female friendships and this book highlights that with suspense, pacing and great storytelling.  This book would be perfect for a book club because it would spark some serious and honest conversations among friends.  It is a roller coaster of emotions and one read, that I could not put down.  I highly recommend it.

#FirstLine ~ Joni's first thought was that she wasn't the right person to find it.


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