Friday, July 9, 2021

#MMBBR #BlogTourHost #TheLilyGarden by @BarbaraJoss via @netgalley and @chicklitcentral


She held the letter that she had found in the garden, and noticed the distinctive curls of her father’s handwriting etched on the worn paper. Her life had already been turned upside down by one family secret, would his last words force her to leave her childhood home forever?

When Caroline left Lake Summers thirty years ago, she thought she’d never go back to the place where she lost her parents. But when she finds out that the town’s lily garden lovingly built by her mother is going to be destroyed, she knows fate is calling. Dropping everything at her office in Chicago, she knows she is the only person who can save the garden.

Caroline and her daughter Lee are welcomed home by the warm smile of her mother’s best friend Maxine, and piles of pancakes at her cozy little restaurant in town. And Caroline soon learns that she isn’t the only person invested in saving her mother’s legacy, when she meets handsome historian Aaron. As she gets to know him, strolling along the sparkling lakeshore, she can’t imagine anywhere else she’d rather be.

But then Caroline learns a terrible secret about the day her mother died. And soon the real reason Aaron is in Lake Summers comes to light. Will the truth about the people she loves force her to give up a future with Aaron, and the beautiful town that has always been in her heart?

An utterly uplifting and heart-warming story about forgiveness and family. Perfect for fans of Carolyn Brown, Debbie Macomber and Mary Alice Monroe.

What readers are saying about The Lily Garden:

I devoured this beauty in a day! Talk about being hooked to a book! This one did it to me! Had me from the first page and didn't let go! I loved these characters they were realistic and raw! The story also had me wrapped. Looking for a light-hearted read that will tug at the heart? Read this book!” Goodreads reviewer

“A feel-good summer romance… an uplifting book and a great summer read.” NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars

“I really enjoyed this story… filled with warmth, and happiness.” B for Book Review, 5 stars

A sweet summer romance… Such a heart-warming story. It's about family, forgiveness, second chances, and new beginnings… After reading a story like this one there is always something that stays with me. This time it's the thought that there is no right or wrong way to live your life, as long as you are healthy and happy you can do whatever you like... The Lily Garden is a book that will fill you with happiness.’ Nana’s Book Reviews

“An uplifting, refreshing romance novel that leaves you with a fuzziness after you finish reading it… a story of family, friends, forgiveness and second chances. A refreshing summer read.’ Netgalley reviewer

Heart-warming… an emotional journey.” Netgalley reviewer

Absolutely loved this book! Beautifully written. I highly recommend!” Netgalley reviewer, 5 stars

“Another uplifting, and heart-warming book about small-town life, families, and friendship. It’s perfect for a light summer read, and you’ll fall in love with the small town of Lake Summers and the townsfolk who inhabit it… sweet and realistic. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a sweet summer romance.” The Bashful Bookworm

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This book was such a delight. It was a perfect summer read. It was both driven by the characters, but also the setting! Filled with themes that the reader will relate to, which allows the reader to get lost in the story! I cannot recommend this book enough if you want a story that warms the heart and keep you fully engaged cover to cover!

Author bio:

Barbara Josselsohn is an award-winning writer who loves crafting stories about strong protagonists facing a fork in the road. Her novels include The Bluebell Girls, The Lilac House, The Last Dreamer, and her newest release, The Lily Garden. She has published hundreds of articles about family, home and relationships in national and regional publications, and also teaches novel writing at the Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York.  She lives just north of New York City and enjoys escaping to the beach or the mountains whenever she can. Other than writing, her biggest passion is her family: her husband, her three kids, and her indefatigable shih-poo! Visit her online at, @Barbara_Josselsohn_Author (Instagram), @BarbaraJoss (twitter) or


Tour schedule:


July 2nd:

Fiction Books


Lit World Interviews

A Soccer Mom's Book Blog


Read All About It: One Page at a Time


July 3rd: 

Page~Turners Book Reviews by Caroline

Captured on Film



One Book More



July 4th: 

Claire's Wine, Books And Reviews


Nana’s Book Reviews





July 5th: (1 spot)


Mamabears book hour





July 6th: (1 spot)

Book Escapes with BabsW67

Carla Loves to Read





July 7th: 

Fireflies and Free Kicks Fiction Reviews


Books I Think You Should Read

B for Bookreview



July 8th:


Nat’s Bookish Corner

Totally Addicted to Reading


Sharon Beyond the Books

Tessa Talks Books


July 9th:




Novel Kicks

Mrs Mommy Booknerd’s Book Reviews



July 10th:

A Bibliophiles Binge

Corinne Rodrigues


Bookish Jottings





Friday, May 14, 2021

#MMBBR #Review #Rummikub #GameNight #FamilyTime #WinGameNight


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This best-selling twist on Rummy and Mahjong has all the elements of a great game so you can keep the tension of game night related to gameplay and not to the choice of game. (Scattergories can SCAT!)


Moral of the story? The next time someone tries to suggest a game other than Rummikub, you now know what to do.





With more than 55 million units sold, Rummikub is one of the world's best-selling and most-played games! It's really no surprise that Rummikub is so popular - it has all the elements that make a great game: it's easy to learn and fast moving, it's different every time it's played, it combines luck and strategy, and it changes quickly so every player has a chance to win until the very end. Players take turns placing numbered tiles in runs (consecutive numbers of the same color) and groups (three or more of the same number in different colors), rummy style. It's easy to learn, but packed with strategy - the "board" changes all the time as players adjust the tiles on the table. The Joker tiles add to the fun and can be used as any color or number. Be the first player to play every tile on your rack to win! Reinforces STEM skills like sequencing, pattern recognition and planning. Rummikub includes 106 high-quality plastic tiles, 4 plastic tile-holder racks, and complete instructions.


  • With more than 55 million units sold, Rummikub is one of the world's best-selling and most-played games
  • Players take turns placing numbered tiles in runs or groups, Rummy style - the first player to use all of their tiles wins!
  • Fast-paced, easy gameplay is ideal for people of different ages to play together
  • Reinforces STEM skills like sequencing, pattern recognition and planning
  • For 2-4 players, ages 8 and up
WE LOVE THIS GAME. It is so fun and easy to learn. I was able to easily convince my son and his friend to play after school! He had a blast! This is one of our new go-to games on game night. Bring your family together and have a blast making memories! 


#MMBBR #Review #ThatSummer by @jenniferweiner @AtriaBooks @Netgalley

That SummerThat Summer by Jennifer Weiner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love Weiner. I love how bold her writing is. I love how brave she is when writing stories that mean something and say something. I love that she is not afraid to tackle hard topics. I have loved, and continue to love, everything she writes. Her characters are those the reader can relate to. The stories make the reader think and reflect. This story is no exception. I don't want to give too much away, but I can say the readers will be surprised and satisfied with this story. It is not to be missed! A MUST read!

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Thursday, April 22, 2021

#MMBBR #Review #HarryAndThePelican by #AmyLeaf #ChildrensBook #EarthDay #Ocean #Nature

Harry visits his grandpa. Harry's cousins decide to walk to the lighthouse. Harry decides he can make it to the lighthouse, too. Along the way, Harry meets a new friend and sees many of nature's treasures. Harry has a great day!

A really cute book both about making new friends, but also about making memories and learning new things along the way! I love pelicans, a lot, so this book was one I enjoyed. I love taking time to explore outside and I love my family!!! This book captures all those themes, with some fun illustrations. It also captures how amazing nature is and how we need to take care of the earth!!!  

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

#MMBBR #Review #FirstLine #ThePerfectDaugher by @djpalmerauthor via @StMartinsPress and @netgalley

The Perfect Daughter by D.J. Palmer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

#FirstLine ~ At thirty minutes past eight o'clock, red and blue strobe lights lit up the sky outside Grace Francone's modest Cape house with the frenzy of fireworks display.

I loved this book, like REALLY loved it. I was entranced, fascinated and fully engrossed from the first page. I loved the slow burn of this book. It gave information in such a smooth way. There are lots of twists and lots of turns and a few major bombshells, that left me satisficed and surprised. I would say that this was one of my favorite books in this genre. The premise and topic was so interesting and something that made this book an one-of-a-kind hit in my mind. A MUST read and I book I HIGHLY recommend!!!

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

#MMBBR #Review #FirstLine UNDER THE SOUTHERN SKY by @kristywharvey Available now! #kristywoodsonharvey #beachreads #underthesouthernsky

Under the Southern Sky – 4/20/21 

By Kristy Woodson Harvey 



Two childhood friends discover that love--and family--can be found in unconventional ways in this timely, moving novel from the USA TODAY bestselling author of the “beautifully Southern, evocative Peachtree Bluff series” (Kristin Harmel, internationally bestselling author of The Winemaker’s Wife). 

Recently separated Amelia Saxton, a dedicated journalist, never expected that uncovering the biggest story of her career would become deeply personal. But when she discovers that a cluster of embryos belonging to her childhood friend Parker and his late wife Greer have been deemed “abandoned,” she’s put in the unenviable position of telling Parker--and dredging up old wounds in the process. 
Parker has been unable to move forward since the loss of his beloved wife three years ago. He has all but forgotten about the frozen embryos, but once Amelia reveals her discovery, he knows that if he ever wants to get a part of Greer back, he’ll need to accept his fate as a single father and find a surrogate. 
Each dealing with their own private griefs, Parker and Amelia slowly begin to find solace in one another as they navigate an uncertain future against the backdrop of the pristine waters of their childhood home, Cape Carolina. The journey of self-discovery leads them to an unforgettable and life-changing lesson: Family--the one you’re born into and the one you choose--is always closer than you think. 
From “the next major voice in Southern fiction” (Elin Hilderbrand, #1 New York Times bestselling author), Under the Southern Sky is a fresh and unforgettable exploration of love, friendship, and the unbreakable ties that bind. 



"Harvey (Feels Like Falling) delivers a heart-wrenching tale of love and loss in this tearjerker...Harvey brings her characters to life, including Greer, whose heartbreaking journal entries imagine the family she and Parker would have. These passages are particularly wrenching, making the book’s happy ending all the more moving. Fans of women’s fiction will devour this.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review) 
“Pack your beach bag, Harvey’s back with another delightful story of the magic of southern coastal towns… As with Mary Kay Andrews or Patti Callahan Henry, Harvey spins romance around well-drawn characters, complete with strengths and weaknesses, and always mindful of the beauty that comes from living in the modern South.”
“Sometimes the key to new love lies hidden in old friendships. In Under the Southern Sky, Kristy Woodson Harvey stirs up a warm-hearted mix of hometown charm and the sort of thoroughly modern problems that bring us back to the people who know us best and the places that remind us of who we really are.”
—Lisa Wingate, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours and The Book of Lost Friends 
“Perfect for: fans of beach reads, P.S. I Love You, and anything by authors Jennifer Weiner and Elin Hilderbrand. A perfect pick for book clubs or a weekend read, Under the Southern Sky follows journalist Amelia as she makes a heart-wrenching discovery that changes everything.”
Country Living 
"I've always been a Kristy Woodson Harvey fan, but she has taken things to a whole new level with Under the Southern Sky, her best novel yet. I laughed, sobbed, and gasped at the story's clever twists and turns; I couldn't flip the pages fast enough to see how Amelia's and Parker's story turned out. You'll need plenty of tissues—and maybe some of Cape Carolina's beloved bourbon-spiked sweet tea—to make it to the end. Deliciously plotted, intricately constructed, gorgeously written, and brimming with hope, Under the Southern Sky will steal your heart and make you think about first loves, second chances, and the unforeseeable twists of fate that guide us all."
—Kristin Harmel, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Lost Names 
 "Harvey delivers a fresh and unforgettable portrait of modern parenthood and the thoroughly traditional ways that love continues to conquer all."
“This is a character-driven (…) romance with a lot of introspection. Recommend to readers of Mary Kay Andrews and Susan Mallery.”
Library Journal 
"I adore Kristy Woodson Harvey’s writing style—and topics! I always know that I’m getting an immersive, well-written, visually transporting book when I open one of Kristy’s and this is one of her best. And that’s saying a lot!"
Zibby Owens, Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books 



  • One of Country Living’s 20 New Books You Don’t Want to Miss This Spring 
  • One of Bookstr’s 8 Most Anticipated Reads of 2021 
  • One of Frolic’s 12 Most Anticipated Books of 2021 
  • One of BookTrib’s Most-Anticipated Reads of 2021 
  • Starred Review Publishers Weekly 



#FirstLine ~ I found out my marriage was over the day my "Modern Love" piece appeared in the New York Times.

Kristy Woodson Harvey is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to Southern Fiction. She has managed to find her voice in that genre and she continues to knock it out of the park with ALL of her books. I loved Dear Carolina and I also loved Lies and Other Acts of Love and I loved Under the Southern Sky too, SO MUCH.

Kristy Woodson Harvey captures the charm of, essence of and the depth in characters that make for page turning and emotional reads. Her books cause you to look within your heart and to think about yourself as one of the think about what you would do, how you would react and how to proceed given the information.

This was a book where I laughed, cried and know that I will be thinking about it long after today. 5 stars

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