Thursday, February 28, 2013

Review: Whoever You Are by Donna Marie Lanheady

Whoever You Are

What defines you… 

Are you defined by your family, your career, your accomplishments? What happens when something you think defines you changes?

Emily McGinn, a recurring character from WHERE SECRETS LIE, believes she knows exactly who she is and where she belongs in the world, until she receives an inheritance from an unknown benefactor. Uncovering the source of the inheritance leads Emily to discover buried truths undermining what she thought was a straightforward life. As the truths alter Emily’s perception of the people closest to her, her perception of herself shifts as well. 

Set in the unique foothills community of Boulder, Colorado and its environs, WHOEVER YOU ARE questions not only how we define ourselves, but also how we define family and whether we bear any responsibility for the actions of those who came before us.

Whoever You Are by Donna Marie Lanheady

What do you do when you find out everything your life was based on is a lie, how would handle things?  The author does a great job of drawing us into this story and feeling for the characters, what they go through.  We root for Emily to get through this troublesome time in her life; we want her to come out on top.  The description of the scenery in this novel is superb and vivid.  I would recommend this book.  I give it 3 stars.

*Read Emily's Q&A with Donna HERE 

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Blog Tour: When I See You by Katherine Owen

When I See YouShe believes that love can never last, promises are usually broken, and true happiness is extremely elusive in the long run. He believes most risks are worth taking, the promises he makes can be kept, and love doesn't factor in his relationships any longer. They're both wrong.

Jordan Holloway has never fully recovered from the unexpected deaths of her famous Hollywood parents. At 27, she is still slow to trust and remains uncertain about the true duration of love and happiness. Yet, it's been four years since she fell in love with Ethan when he rocked her world even as he marched off to war leaving her alone with their young son Max. Now, Ethan tells her this will be his last tour in Afghanistan and that soon the three of them will be together. Still anxious at his leaving again, Jordan extracts a promise for Ethan's safe return from Brock Wainwright, her husband's sniper partner and best friend. But, can she put all her trust in Brock and can he keep such a promise?

At 29, Brock Wainwright fully embraces the dangerous life of a Navy Seal. He enjoys his freedom and not being committed to anyone; and, there's been a long line of women who can attest to that. Everything changes for Brock after he meets Jordan. When the two men return to Afghanistan, Brock's intent on keeping his promise to Jordan about keeping Ethan safe for a variety of reasons, including the most disturbing one of all, he is more than just attracted to his best friend's wife. This revelation plagues Brock on the battlefield and in a violent moment changes everything. 

Follow the tour HERE

Q.  What inspires your writing?
I draw inspiration from various aspects of real life as a starting point and begin with the “What if?” kind of questions. The first inspiration for When I See You came from a singular scene in the movie Shooter for a writing exercise I was doing for one of my advanced fiction classes with The Writers Studio over two years ago. Classmates loved the premise of the soldier story (only about a thousand words) and it eventually developed into what became the start of chapter three of When I See You. With that exercise as a starting point, I began with this premise: What if the story centered on a woman, who has been left behind by pretty much everyone she’s ever loved? How does she start over? Then, Brock’s character started to form and it became clear that readers would need to hear from his point-of-view as well. Wow! What an undertaking—two points of view from a male and female perspective—as if I hadn’t complicated the story enough already. As the novel evolves and the characters form and become real in my mind, inspiration for the story lines evolves from the characters themselves. For example, I wrote Jordan Holloway as a strong, independent woman. There’s a reason she’s a chef. Jordan needed that kind of control in various aspects of her life because in so many ways she doesn’t have any control. For Jordan then, food preparation and presentation fulfill certain needs for her that are missing in her relationship with Ethan. The first chapters of the book subtly reveal this. It is little nuances, like this these, that help both inspire and complete the story.

Q.  What is your favorite thing about being an author?
There’s nothing quite like the writing process itself, especially when everything is going well. If I re-read back something I’ve recently written and have that wonderful moment where I can see how good it is; that’s the part I love most about the writing process.

Q.  What is the toughest part of being an author?
For every “Great book! I loved it!” review or note, there will be one that tells me everything they hated about my novels. Hmmm… For me, that whole cycle wreaks havoc on the delicate balance of writing, so I go with the adagenever believe your own press because too much ego or too little doesn’t serve me well in either case.

Q.  If you could not be author, what would you do/be?
I spent years in high tech sales. I suppose I could always return to that. If this is a whimsical question and I could be anything, besides a writer? I’d be a ballerina. The romantic idea of this nicely segues to the next question. What is my work-in-progress novel This Much Is True about? It’s about…a ballerina and a baseball player.

Q.  What would the story of your life be entitled?
This Is What I Have To Say About That

Q.  What is your favorite book of all time?
I have a running top ten list of favorite books. The Time Travelers Wife tops that list for a few reasons. Audrey Niffenegger broke all the rules (publishing-wise, writing-rule-wise) in writing this book. The timeline was all over the place. It’s a bit fantasy mixed with science fiction mixed with romance. She persevered in finding a small publisher (at first) to get it published and it took her years to write it. As characters, Claire and Henry were so real and their love and desire to be together so heartbreaking, I loved it. Loved it. I’m a huge fan of Niffenegger’s writing style. She wrote the story the way it needed to be written. I have no idea how she kept it all straight just from a timeline perspective. It was a huge risk as a writer to do it this way because she could easily lose the readers’ interest, so I admire Niffenegger’s courage for taking the risk and writing the book the way it needed to be written. It provides me with the necessary permission to write the way I think it needs to be written in my own work.
Other books I love include: Gone GirlThe Gargoyle, April & Oliver, Falling Under, Reason To Breath, Easy, Slammed, and The Sea of Tranquility. There’s a love story with a bit of angst at the heart of each one of these novels (even Gone Girl), which is probably why I love them all and strive to write compelling story lines like this as well.

Q.  Which part of your book(s) was the easiest to write?
There are no easy parts to writing a book. I enjoyed the scene between Jordan and Brock where she is cutting his hair. There’s a lot of tension rising in that particular scene with such an innocent act by the somewhat oblivious Jordan in cutting this virtual stranger’s hair. The things these two unwittingly reveal about themselves in the process are all the more intriguing.

Q.  Which part of your book(s) was the hardest to write?
I debated for days about a particular plot line in When I See You that leaves most readers reeling. I’m not going to say which one because, after reading the book, readers will know which one I’m referring to. That scene was one of the hardest to write.

Q.  Which character from any book are you most like?
I am probably most like Jordan. She is strong, independent, and willful. She has a bit of temper and perfectionist tendencies. I exhibit a few of these characteristics as well, which made it much easier to make them believable.

Q. Can you tell me a little about the inspiration behind your book cover(s)?
I spend way too much time on this particular aspect. The When I See You book cover went through a couple of reiterations before I found this one: Beauty looking out a stormy, rain-spattered window. I wanted a book cover that would starkly convey Jordan’s loneliness and her never-ending quest for happiness. I think this one does that. Additionally, there’s a double entendre going on with this title and book cover for When I See You that subtly conveys both Jordan’s point of view as well as Brock’s as the story unfolds for readers.

Q.  What is your favorite season?
Fall because it signifies change and renewal.

Q.  Tell me something funny that happened while on a book tour or while promoting your book(s).
I have a largely female fan base, but one of my Twitter followers (a guy) read When I See You and loved it. Since he wasn’t necessarily the intended audience, I’m always pleased when the story resonates with an outlier.

Q.  Are you working on something new?
Yes, I’m in the process of finishing my fourth novel This Much Is True.

Q.  Anything you want to say to followers of this blog or those that are just stopping by?
First of all, thank you for considering my work. As a novelist (a fictionista as one follower on Twitter phrased it) as a writer of contemporary fiction, I tend to write love stories that are both edgy and dark. I write about trust, love, and fate and how relationships are often tested by all of these things in one way or another. My stories include: the considerations of a moral code or the lack thereof, of infidelity, of betrayal, the impact of best friends, of starting over, of love, and loss, more often than not, all of these in some form. I would just like to take this moment to say: it is fiction and it isn’t your light, everyday romance and as long as you don’t mind the sprinkling elemental special effects that I personally think the f-word can sometimes provide; we’re bound to be best friends, however virtual.

About the author: Katherine Owen graduated with a journalism degree and a minor in English from the University of Washington and promptly went into high tech sales because someone told her it was fun and there would be stock options. For years, she damped down the urge to write and spent money like Evian water. But after a successful, storied career in high tech sales and public relations, she finally made what felt like a necessary, soul-calling leap to writing full-time in April of 2009. Owen has written three novels SEEING JULIA (debut novel and Zola Award Winner), NOT TO US and WHEN I SEE YOU. She lives near Seattle in an old house with a fabulous view with her husband and two children. When she isn't writing, she can be found cheering at her son's football games or her daughter's volleyball games or heating up frozen dinners for the "fam-dam-ily" as she fondly refers to them.

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*At all these social media locations, she talks about her writing life and what inspires her as well as her novels and, sometimes, her latest work-in-progress.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Q&A/Reviews: I''ll Take What She Has and This Little Mommy Stayed Home by Samantha Wilde

I'll Take What She Has: A Novel
Happy Pub Day to Samantha!!!!! I'll Take What She Has was released today!

Perfect for fans of Marisa de los Santos and Allison Winn Scotch, Samantha Wilde’s new novel is a funny and heartfelt look at friendship, marriage, and the dynamics of modern motherhood.

Nora and Annie have been best friends since kindergarten. Nora, a shy English teacher at a quaint New England boarding school, longs to have a baby. Annie, an outspoken stay-at-home mother of two, longs for one day of peace and quiet (not to mention more money and some free time). Despite their very different lives, nothing can come between them—until Cynthia Cypress arrives on campus.

Cynthia has it all: brains, beauty, impeccable style, and a gorgeous husband (who happens to be Nora’s ex). When Cynthia eagerly befriends Nora, Annie’s oldest friendship is tested. Now, each woman must wrestle the green-eyed demon of envy and, in the process, confront imperfect, mixed-up family histories they don’t want to repeat. Amid the hilarious and harried straits of friendship, marriage, and parenthood, the women may discover that the greenest grass is right beneath their feet.

One thing I love about Wilde is that she gets women and mothers. She knows how to write the real, the raw and the not so glamorous side of motherhood, female friendships and marriage. She makes you laugh and moves you to tears, but so flawlessly that you don't realize you were swept so deep into the story, the characters and their lives. I'll Take What She Has has everything that a great book is made of. A great cast of characters, drama and humor. Wilde is authentic and worth reading! Pick up this title and her other tile THIS LITTLE MOMMY STAYED HOME (another hit that I adored!!!)


This Little Mommy Stayed Home: A NovelThe Mother of all Motherhood novels.

In this riotously funny, ruefully honest, and irresistibly warmhearted debut, Samantha Wilde writes about one new mother who discovers the wonders and terrors of motherhood—one hilarious crisis at a time. For new moms, potential moms-to-be, and anyone who just wants to (wisely) live the experience vicariously…

New mom Joy McGuire hasn’t changed her sweatpants since her baby was born. Of course she’s crazy about her newborn son; it’s her distracted, work-obsessed husband and his impossible mother she can’t stand. Joy turns to her own mom for support, but she’s too busy planning her fourth wedding to a suspicious self-help guru. Sure, Joy’s a woman on the brink, but it’s nothing a little sleep, sanity, and chocolate can’t fix.

Until her old college boyfriend shows up at their ten-year reunion. The one she was still in love with when she married her husband. It must be the lack of sleep, because Joy is starting to think she might have ended up with the wrong man. Not to mention she’s obsessed with her sexy yoga instructor, who might just be interested in her. Joy used to be single, skinny, and able to speak in complete sentences, but who is she now? As she’s trying to figure that out, her husband goes missing….

Frank, bawdy, and full of keenly self-aware observations, this novel tells the story of one new mother, three men, one marriage, and the baby love that keeps us up at night

This is one of the funniest books about what it means to be a mother.  I was laughing so hard I was crying during numerous parts of this book. There are so many things I could relate to in this book, like what it means to become a mother, how your body changes, how your relationship changes with your spouse and how you relate the world in general when you are sleep deprived.  I recommend this book to all mother out there, such a great read!


Q.  What inspires your writing?

A.  Life. My own, the life of my friends, lives of strangers, brief glimpses into houses while walking at night, conversations overheard at the cafe, memories stirred up by a smell on the breeze, fragments of stories shared by friends, and words, as well as books themselves. I read constantly and a really good story always inspires me to write a good story myself.

Q.  IN THIS LITTLE MOMMY STAYED HOME are any of the shenanigans that Joy gets herself into based on any true events from your life?

A. Ah! I wish! Joy's life is far more exicting than mine was those first nine months post-partem, although run-ins with dirty cloth diapers we have in common.

Q.  As a mother, I really appreciated the honesty and the truth of the not so glamorous side of motherhood as portrayed in TLMSH.   What is the hardest thing for you as a mother, the easiest?

A. The hardest is probably how urgently I want to be excellent at mothering and how impossible a thing to master motherhood actually is. I am always a better mother when I am well slept and fed and read! Any time I am with my children outside, it is easy. And reading to them. The cuddles and kisses and playfulness. No one likes to be a task master and so much of mothering is "do this," "do that." Dull!

Q.  What is your favorite thing about being an author?

A.  That I get to write! That I get to do what I love, putting words on a page, and it means something to someone else.

Q.  What is the toughest part of being an author?

A.  The modern world of publishing has most authors doing a lot of the leg work in the publicity and marketing department. This is not a strength for me. I find self-promotion difficult, awkward, and it takes away from time that could be spent writing (though I know how necessary it is).

Q.  If you could not be author, what would you do/be?

A. Well, since I am not mostly an author I can answer this easily! I am a full-time mother to my three children. I write during naps or at night. I am yoga teacher by training and teach one weekly evening class, and I am a minister by calling so I frequently officiate at weddings, baby blessings, memorials, and preach. If I could not be a published writer, I would be a mother, and a yoga teacher and a minister.

Q.  What would the story of your life be entitled?

A.  You Are Loved.

Q.  What is your favorite book of all time?

A.  Oh, dear...that's hard. I'm a book junkie, always finding new favorites. I love The Awakening, by Kate Chopin, and She's Come Undone, by Wally Lamb, and poetry has meant so much to me, as well as a host of non-fiction books that have probably altered by life more than I know (like You Can Heal Your Life, by Louise Hay). I guess I am still open to finding my favorite book of all time.

Q.  Which character from ANY book are you most like?

A.  It's been a long time since I felt just like a character. Like most girls, I thought I WAS Laura Ingalls Wilder from the Little House books. I also fancied myself a bit like Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables. I think I haven't grown up!

Q.  What character from all of your books are you most like?

A. Perhaps Annie, from I'LL TAKE WHAT SHE HAS, although I feel more like the character in the new novel I am just finishing. I have made her a more perfect version of myself!

Q.  What is your favorite season?

A. This one! (whatever it is). Or at least I try as it can't always be summer!

Q.  What inspired your book covers?  Or what is your favorite book cover and why?

A. I love the cover of I'LL TAKE WHAT SHE HAS. That baby is scrumptious.

Q.  Tell me something funny that happened while on a book tour or while promoting your book.

A. I had a book talk and signing at a large bookstore in Burlington, Vermont back in 2009 for THIS LITTLE MOMMY STAYED HOME, and I went into the store the day before the signing with my young son and infant daughter. I wanted to see what publicity they had done. I walked around the store and could not find anything! Not a single book or sign. Disheartened, I took my son's hand (I probably had my daughter in a front carrier) and started heading out. He tugged on my hand and said: "Look, Mama! There's the baby we have at our house!" I turned around to see what he was pointing at. It was in fact the baby at our house. It was the baby on the cover of THIS LITTLE MOMMY, in fact, a whole, enormous, mobile shelf of that baby, shelves of books and books stacked and displayed!

Q.  Are you working on something new?

A.  I'm working on a new novel and two memoir projects.

Q.  Anything you want to say to followers of this blog or those that are just stopping by?

A.  Tell me what you think of the novels! I love to hear from readers.


Monday, February 25, 2013

Mandy's Romance Corner Reviews: Mending the Line and Sara's Promise

Mending the Line (Golden Rule Outfitters #1)Mending the Line by Christy Hayes:
About the book: Jill Jennings’ dream of becoming an elite runner turns into a nightmare when she breaks her leg less than a year before the Olympic trials. After two surgeries and a lengthy rehabilitation, she’s ready to pursue her goal again. Or is she… 

Jill’s healing and ready to hit the pavement, but her passion for the sport she’d planned to make her career unexpectedly wanes. On a whim, she changes course and runs right into tall, blonde, and gorgeous Tyler Bloodworth. Fly fisherman come and go in south central Colorado, but Ty’s back for a second summer, minus his girlfriend and hotter than ever.

Tyler Bloodworth's life plan to start a fly-fishing business with his dad back home in North Carolina is suddenly snagged when Jill Jennings runs circles around his heart during a summer stint as a fishing guide in Colorado. Back for a second summer, he sets his bait and casts his line, but Jill's not so easy to catch. 

A catch and release fisherman breaks Golden Rule #1: he hooks a girl he can’t let go. A distance runner with big dreams and an uncertain future falls hard for a summer fling. Can Jill risk losing her career and her heart to Tyler when he’ll be gone in a few months, or will Ty reel in the biggest catch of his life?

Mandy's review:  How do you know when you have found "The One"?  You feel it deep in your soul, something just clicks into place.  Tyler found "the one" in Jill Jennings.  He watched her from afar one summer while working as a fishing guide, now he is back to claim Jill for his own.  The author did an excellent job of making you believe in these characters, their emotional trials, and of the spark between them.  I liked the fact that not every other page was about sex.  The story line developed these two people into something believable.  Tyler was willing to make the same sacrifices that he was asking of Jill.  This is what true love and partnership is all about.  I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it.  I give it 4 stars.

Sara's Promise
Sara's Promise by Deanna Lynn Sletten:
About the book:  Do you believe in soul mates?William Grafton had the perfect life with his lovely wife, Sara, and two wonderful children. But one day his perfect forever was shattered when Sara died suddenly, leaving him alone to raise his children and wonder how he would ever get through life without his soul mate. Five years later, he finds himself looking into a familiar pair of blue-green eyes that remind him of Sara. The woman is the exact opposite of his late wife, yet he finds he is drawn to her. But after a few strange occurrences, he begins to wonder–are these just coincidences or has his Sara come back to him as she once promised in the form of this new woman? 

Annie Paxton doesn't believe in soul mates or fate. She had watched her father die of a broken heart after her mother passed away and has since cast away any fairy tale ideas of love. Then she meets the man who has been haunting her dreams and she begins to see love in a whole new light. But her dream man is still tied to his deceased wife, and Annie doesn't know if he will ever be able to break away from his past. As strange occurrences unfold, Annie wonders if William could ever truly love her for herself and not for the traits that remind him of Sara.

Were William and Annie brought together by fate, coincidence or by Sara keeping her promise?(

Mandy's Review:  A heartfelt story of love, loss and finding your soulmate.  Deanna brings to life the characters and makes them real to the reader.  The story line flows smoothly.  You follow the cycle of life within the pages of this story.  The reader will be hoping, crying and rooting for the happy ending to come for Will and Annie.  This book make even a cynic want to believe that there is someone out there for you, even in the mists of tragedy.  I really enjoyed this book.  I give it 4 stars.


Sunday, February 24, 2013

Review: Pursuing the Times by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

All that popular Chick-Lit author Mercury Lauren wants is to have one of her books reviewed by the New York Times Book Review - just one - and she'll do almost anything to get it. In this contemporary romantic comedy, with a nod toward Pride and Prejudice she crosses swords and hearts with the Editor-in-Chief of the NYTBR in a madcap adventure that takes her from her home in Westport to a yoga retreat to a golf course in Florida. Will she get what she wants and will she finally be happy if she does? Only one thing's for certain: nothing will stop her from Pursuing the Times.

I really liked this book.  This book had many laugh out loud moments with witty dialogue.  I think the humor made this book read very fast.   The main character Mercury is a whack job in her private life, but you can’t help but love her and understand why she is the way she is.  She has one goal in mind and that goal is to have the Editor in Chief of the NY times read her book.  I loved the interaction between her and the Editor in Chief. She tried to teach him to not judge a book by its cover.  I also loved Mercury’s brother.  He made me laugh every time he made a sarcastic comment.  Mercury’s agent Angel constantly had to offer advice to Mercury and had to do damage control when Mercury went on a tyrant.

I wanted to see more interaction with her author friend Nick who was on the back burner the whole time. 

You will not be sorry picking up this book.  4 stars

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Review: The Hour of the Predators by Lane Stark

The Hour of Predators

Two gruesome murders have shocked and divided the community of Bella Coola, a small, isolated village in a remote river valley on the coast of British Columbia. The evidence points to a teenaged Nuxalk boy, and the simmering tension between whites and tribe members heats up. RCMP Inspector Marcus Chao must sort through misleading clues, cultural conflicts, tangled relationships, sexual scandals, and even rumors of sorcery to find the truth.

Marcus is a man whose life has skidded into remorse and misery. His own infidelity has ended his marriage to the woman he still loves, and now he finds himself with only two things to keep his sinking spirits afloat: the need to serve justice and his eternal fascination with solving the puzzle of the crime. This latest puzzle, however, is proving to be a maze of intrigue, and his mettle as well as his principles will be tested.

A murder mystery that keeps you engaged and turning pages.  The Hour of the Predators is more of an intellectual read rather than a cozy type mystery.  There is enough actions and a well defined story and cast of characters to pull you in.  If you are a mystery lover this will not disappoint.  I enjoyed this book and rate it 3.5 stars.   

Friday, February 22, 2013

Mandy's Romance Corner Reviews: Extreme Measures, Under Her Spell, Making Him Sweat

Extreme MeasuresExtreme Measures 
by Rachel Carrington

This book has thrills, chills, mystery, mayhem, and a second chances to make it work.  Erin's life was turned upside down four year's ago: her parents were murdered by her brother and to top it off, her husband (at the time) arrested her brother and put him in jail.  Erin couldn't handle it anymore so she divorced her FBI husband Matt and tried to make a new life for herself.  Now, her brother has escaped and is out to kill her.  Matt is sent to protect the woman he still loves with all his heart, Erin.  Rachel Carrington does a wonderful job of weaving the story line of the brother's revenge along with the feelings of hurt and love between Erin and Matt.  You feel the emotional struggles of both of them throughout the story and are rooting for that second chance to happen.  The book was faced paced and a page turner.  I would highly recommend this book.  I give it 5 stars.

Under Her Spell
Under Her Spell 
by Eliza Daly

Loved it!!!  This is a funny, quirky story about two opposites who attract.  Monica has a romance event planning company and Reed is a divorce lawyer, both of these businesses are next to each other.  Monica and Reed are attracted to each other and funny quirky things happen throughout the story.  The author does a wonderful job of keeping you entertained while the main characters try and deny what is right in front of them.  This book made me laugh and giggle.  It is really an enjoyable read.  I give it 4 stars.

Making Him Sweat (Harlequin Blaze #740)
Making Him Sweat 
by Meg Maguire

I loved this book.  It was an unexpected romance between two opposite people.  I love how the author constantly kept you thinking about not judging a book by its cover.  There is so much more to people then what you see on the outside and you see that with this story.  I was entertained and couldn't put the book down.  I want to go find more books by Meg Maguire to read.  I give it 4 stars.


Thursday, February 21, 2013

Review: The House Girl by Tara Conklin

The House Girl

Virginia, 1852. Seventeen-year-old Josephine Bell decides to run from the failing tobacco farm where she is a slave and nurse to her ailing mistress, the aspiring artist Lu Anne Bell. New York City, 2004. Lina Sparrow, an ambitious first-year associate in an elite law firm, is given a difficult, highly sensitive assignment that could make her career: she must find the “perfect plaintiff” to lead a historic class-action lawsuit worth trillions of dollars in reparations for descendants of American slaves.

It is through her father, the renowned artist Oscar Sparrow, that Lina discovers Josephine Bell and a controversy roiling the art world: are the iconic paintings long ascribed to Lu Anne Bell really the work of her house slave, Josephine? A descendant of Josephine’s would be the perfect face for the reparations lawsuit—if Lina can find one. While following the runaway girl’s faint trail through old letters and plantation records, Lina finds herself questioning her own family history and the secrets that her father has never revealed: How did Lina’s mother die? And why will he never speak about her?

Moving between antebellum Virginia and modern-day New York, this searing, suspenseful and heartbreaking tale of art and history, love and secrets, explores what it means to repair a wrong and asks whether truth is sometimes more important than justice.

I absolutely adored this book. The novel switches rapidly between the two stories but the changes do not seem to be jarring.  It reads flawlessly. The story moves forward at breakneck speed and drags the reader along for a great ride. The characters are well drawn and intriguing.  Totally engrossing, lyrical, and full of heart. The author does a fabulous job of keeping us intrigued in the story line.  I give it 3 stars.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Review: Bella Summer Takes a Chance by Michele Gorman

Bella Summer Takes a Chance

Book Description
Publication Date: February 12, 2013

When is enough not enough? 

Bella's career and relationship are her life's foundationwear: not glamorous and perhaps a bit binding, but supportive enough... until she realizes that they are not enough. Her life is sagging badly. She's never been in love with her boyfriend, despite a decade together. And somehow she stopped being a musician-with-a-day-job and became a consultant-who-was-musical. So she takes a terrifying leap of faith, leaving her relationship and resolving to follow her musical dreams no matter what.

But the life you walk away from doesn't always let you walk away.

With a wonderfully warm and witty cast of friends, all navigating between their ideals and the realities they face, together they'll find out what love and compromise really mean in this empowering tale about grasping life with both hands.

I enjoy a book that makes me think and laugh at the same time.  Gorman did just that in Bella Summer Takes a Chance.  Bella is a young woman who realizes that she is no longer in love and makes a tough decision of leaving the relationship   Bella and her cast of characters negotiate what it means to be in love, to be a friend and to follow your dreams no matter the cost.  With witty dialogue interesting characters and a fun story you will be swept away with Bella and taken on an adventure in love and destiny!  4 stars.

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