Friday, January 31, 2020

Waiting For Grace Book Review

Synopsis:
Eli Cranston, Esq. has fled his Los Angeles law practice after the loss of his wife and daughter. Thirty-four hundred miles away a new life was waiting; one in which Eli could find redemption, forgiveness, and a purpose, if only he would allow it.

In a small cottage by the sea, Eli launches a new career in Forward Life Progression--a practice which pushes patients past their traumas and addictions to build a new resilient existence, one they can work toward simply by knowing it exists. But what happens when a client sees a future that includes Eli?

Life on a farm in Bar Harbor, Maine, holds the promise of a long winter haunting Eli with unopened boxes and letters. But here, where the light is surreal, transformation can take place. Eli finds Hope; caring for two miniature horses, Ink and Smudge, a pregnant cat, and a handyman named Clem, he sees his own new future. He finds comfort at the market, not in the mysterious fire cider, but in the owner of Full Circle Farm, Rebecca. Can he keep his secrets and move forward? Is anyone ever really allowed to leave their past behind completely?

Eli's monthly visits to his idol, Dr. Otto Gunther, an eighty-six-year-old holocaust survivor, reveals a past life from this future-life expert that Eli was not expecting. As it turns out, everyone is looking for second chances, and waiting for redemption in whatever form, and however long, it takes.
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My Review: 

Everyone deals with loss in different ways. In Eli's case, he moved to the other side of the country and pretty far north without going to Canada.  He starts his life over as a psychotherapist, helping others with loss.  He's made new friends and discovered ways to help others.


I really liked Eli's life on the farm, especially his little horses and the friendship that blossomed with Hope.  I don't know if I  believe in FLP, but I noticed he even asked God to heal his hurt.  What I didn't see coming was the ending, that completely surprised me.  Overall, this was a great story of friendship, patience, and love.

*I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.*

About the Author:
Caroline Zani grew up in a small town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts knowing she was different. How she was different was difficult to describe and so she stopped trying. She decided on the normal life.
It wasn't until a life-altering experience that split her wide open did she understand that the gift of intuition was always there, always wanting to be shared.
Working as an intuitve medium and guiding those who come to her, there is only one thing she finds more beautiful than lending hope to those who feel hopeless. And that is watching them learn to connect with their own intuition through her workshops and classes. 

What she finds truly miraculous is that she wrote Piper, Once and Again before she found her path as a medium. She realizes now that the book was given to her to write as a sort of guide she would need as she navigated that treacherous path between normal and the life she was meant to live. 

She wouldn't change a thing.

The author lives with her husband in Central Massachusetts and is the mother of one most beautiful daughter.
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Sunday, January 19, 2020

Sweet Beginnings #Book #review

Synopsis:

She isn't looking for love; she just wants a home for her son. He is looking for someone to love him as a person, and not for his money.

Hannah Jenkins understands that being the divorcee in a small town can be tough on her son. She has a plan to make sure the town gossip doesn’t get the better of her.

Adam Cade has made his money and wants to go back to his hometown to start a family. His new-earned wealth has changed how his old neighbors see him. He is no longer the boy next door, but the wealthy bachelor in town.

They both decide to fake a relationship to hold off the gossip and the opportunists. However, what started out as a ruse becomes a reality neither expects. 

Sweet Beginnings is about forgiving those who have hurt you, discovering yourself, and loving unconditionally. Welcome to Sweet Bloom, where love is always blossoming.

Buy Sweet Beginnings today to start the sweet small-town romance series today!



My Review:
This is book 1 of the Love Happens series.  Hannah Jenkins, a strong independent woman, has been divorced from her husband for some time.  You'd think the gossiping would have stopped by now.  In walk the handsome and famous Adam Cade.  Now his old neighbors are throwing themselves....at his money.  What started out as a fake relationship between Adam and Hannah blooms into something much more.

I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook.  It was romance but a clean read.  I think it took a lot for Hannah to forgive her ex-husband, and he did not give his son any stability so no wonder he knew nothing about him.  I felt absolutely awful for the poor kid. This was a great story of self-discovery and most importantly forgiveness.
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Thursday, January 16, 2020

The Thief's Heart Book Review #bvbtours


NEW RELEASE....
For anyone who’s ever needed a second chance, to find love, to find the right path in life…
Des Moines, 1892.

After losing their promised inheritance, the Arthur family’s luck finally changes. An extraordinary woman, Violet Pendergrass, provides refuge for them to rebuild their broken lives. Or has she? Handsome fifteen-year-old Tommy Arthur has one foot in manhood and the other dragging up the rear of his boyhood years. He strives to protect and provide for his family, but turning to booze when scared or worried creates as many problems as solutions. Unsure of who he can trust, fiery redhead Pearl Riverside challenges and excites him at every turn, softening his heart toward the idea that goodness exists in the world.

Tension builds between Tommy and his mother as her affection for a generous man increases. At the same time, distance grows between Tommy and his twin sister, Katherine, as each chooses their secrets over family. Violet Pendergrass demands more from Tommy and he begins to question her motives.

When disaster strikes for Tommy’s little sister, Yale, the actions of a sinister judge, a crooked minister, and the infamous charlatan, Dreama, are revealed. Facing more jailtime as vigilante mobs form, the clock runs down on Tommy’s chance to take responsibility for his own choices. Is it too late for him to save his family, to open his heart and fully love those who need him as much as he needs them?

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My Review:
The Thief's Heart is the long awaited sequel to Kathleen Shoop's The Last Letter.  It was absolutely worth the wait, revisiting the Arthur's and seeing how they are getting along.  Tommy still has issues and feels immense guilt about his parents divorce.  But the family dynamic is still pretty strong even though to me Tommy seems to have alienated himself and believes he's doomed to be like Frank Arthur.

Kathleen Shoop has once again woven a Historical Fiction novel that will remain on your mind long after you've finished reading it.  Let's just hope we don't have to wait very long to revisit the Arthur family.
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The Last Letter Series of novels by Kathleen Shoop is set in the Midwest of America in the late 19th and early 20th century. Shoop takes readers on an emotional journey through love, loss and redemption. Inspired by family letters, the novels pull from historical events and places and feature the life and times of the fictional Arthur family as they make their way in the world.

Letter Series Book 1 - The Last Letter

Katherine wouldn't have believed it if she hadn't found the letter...  

In the summer of 1905 Katherine Arthur's mother arrives on her doorstep, dying, forcing her to relive a past she wanted to forget. When Katherine was young, the Arthur family had been affluent city dwellers until shame sent them running for the prairie, into the unknown. Taking her family, including young Katherine, to live off the land was the last thing Jeanie Arthur had wanted, but she would do her best to make a go of it. For Jeanie's husband Frank it had been a world of opportunity. Dreaming, lazy Frank. But, it was a society of uncertainty--a domain of natural disasters, temptation, hatred, even death.  

Ten-year-old Katherine had loved her mother fiercely, put her trust in her completely, but when there was no other choice, and Jeanie resorted to extreme measures on the prairie to save her family, she tore Katherine's world apart. Now, seventeen years later, and far from the homestead, Katherine has found the truth – she has discovered the last letter. After years of anger, can Katherine find it in her heart to understand why her mother made the decisions that changed them all? Can she forgive and finally begin to heal before it's too late?  

**Independent Publisher Awards** 
2011 Gold Medal, Best Regional Fiction-Midwest 

**National Indie Excellence Book Awards** 
2011 Finalist Award-Historical Fiction / 2011 Finalist Award-Regional Fiction 

**USA Best Books 2011 Awards** 
Winner, Fiction--Western / Finalist, Fiction--Historical / Finalist, Best New Fiction 

**International Book Awards** 
2011 Finalist Award-Historical Fiction / 2011 Finalist Award-Best New Fiction

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Letter Series Book 2 - The Road Home

Find your way home...

1891—Living separately for three years, fourteen-year-old twins, Katherine and Tommy Arthur, have done their best to make each boarding house feel like home. But unrest grows as they are driven to questionable actions just to survive. Meanwhile their desperate mother is confronted with breaking yet another promise to her children. Then a miracle descends. Hope rises on a cold, rainy night and changes everything. If Jeanie could just get word to Katherine and Tommy, she knows she can set their lives right again. Agitators, angels, and dangerous “saviors” illuminate the Arthurs’ unmatched determination and smarts.

1905—Though she tries to forget the awful years that hurt so much, the memories still haunt Katherine. Now, tearful mourners at her mother’s funeral force her to revisit a time in her life that both harmed and saved her in the most unexpected ways. Tommy grieves his mother’s passing as well. He too is thrust backward, compelled to rediscover the events in his life that shaped the man he has become. Will he commit to reconstructing his broken life? The Arthurs come to understand that forgiveness is the only way back to hope, the only way to find all that was good in the misfortune that transformed their lives forever.

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Letter Series Book 3 - The Kitchen Mistress
For every woman who’s had to choose between the secrets that protect her and the people she loves the most…

1892—Des Moines

Katherine Arthur and her family are back and it’s time to collect the money Mrs. Mellet left them in her will. The tidy sum will allow the family peace of mind and a future that’s stable and fulfilling. But when things don’t go exactly as planned, Katherine steps up to do more than her share. Hired as a kitchen mistress, her intuition (with the help of a mysterious recipe book), cooking prowess, and work ethic make her the perfect partner for the enigmatic, wealthy woman next door. Then Aleksey Zurchenko arrives.

Violet Pendergrass is a well-heeled, progressive woman with half a fortune in one hand and a plan for enduring prosperity in the other. Resourceful, shrewd, and tough, Violet doesn’t realize her one and only weakness leaves her vulnerable as she attempts to solidify her independence. She sees unparalleled value in Katherine’s gifts and does her best to keep the girl close, to keep her true work secret from her mother and the world.

Katherine’s loyalties to her mother and Violet grow strained and soon her commitment to both frays even further as her feelings for Aleksey grow. Katherine must decide if pursuing her work with the formidable Violet and protecting her family are more important than following love. Can she do it all? Love, hope, joy, secrets buried in walls and hearts; all are threatened by those who claim to care about the Arthurs. Can Katherine separate what’s right and true from what it takes to survive? Are they even different things?
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Letter Series Novella - The River Jewel
For everyone who hopes to find the perfect match…

1875 Des Moines, Iowa

The novella, The River Jewel, takes readers of the bestselling Letter Series novels back in time, before there was a last letter, before the Arthurs lost everything, before they knew a girl named Pearl.

Meet Tilly Rabel, a proud oyster-woman, and Landon Lockwood, the troubled son of one of the wealthiest men in America. The two could not be less suited for love. But when an old legend draws Landon to a hidden river cove, Tilly and he find each other, are lured by growing attraction, and repelled by competing desires to control Tilly’s waters. The hidden pool is replete with valuable mussel beds and the source of everything that makes Tilly who she is. Landon sees the illustrious treasure as the path to proving to his parents he is worth their love and worthy of the Lockwood name. Can Tilly trust Landon with her heart, with her beloved mussel beds? Can Landon trust that he has truly changed and doesn’t need his parents approval to live the life he wants?

Heartbreak, triumph, and a very special baby weave a tale sure to please readers who’ve read the entire Letter Series and those who are just starting the journey.

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The Family Letters
      
Luckily for author Kathleen Shoop, her ancestors kept hold of letters that are now between 100 and 120 years old. The first set of letters was handed down to Shoop from her mother. They appear in the collection called My Dear Frank. They are sweet and hopeful love letters written to Frank Arthur from his then-fiancΓ©, Jeanie Scouller, between July 1882 and May 1883. My Dear Frank only contains Jeanie’s letters to Frank, as his were lost or destroyed at some point. However, for readers who love to bask in the past, Jeanie’s letters make it easy to understand much of what Frank had said, as she responds as quickly as she possibly could. (Read more about My Dear Frank.)

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The second set of letters, Love From Mama, was written in the early 20th century. This collection is larger than the love letters as it contains correspondence by Jeanie, Frank, her children, some friends and also relatives. This non-fiction look into the past is a treasure for anyone who loves history in its raw, but real form! (Coming Soon)



About Kathleen Shoop
Bestselling author, Kathleen Shoop, holds a PhD in reading education and has more than 20 years of experience in the classroom. She writes historical fiction, women’s fiction and romance. Shoop’s novels have garnered various awards in the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY), Eric Hoffer Book Awards, Indie Excellence Awards, Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Readers’ Favorite and the San Francisco Book Festival. Kathleen has been featured in USA Today and the Writer’s Guide to 2013. Her work has appeared in The Tribune-Review, four Chicken Soup for the Soul books and Pittsburgh Parent magazine. Kathleen coordinates Mindful Writing Retreats and is a regular presenter at conferences for writers.

I adore writing historical fiction (The Letter series, After the Fog and Donora Stories that are coming soon!) but am having a blast writing romance like Home Again, Return to Love and Tending Her Heart (Endless Love series). Thank you so much for the time you take to read.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

#TheGrayChamber by @grace_hitchcock #Netgalley #Book #Review

Step into True Colors -- a new series of Historical Stories of Romance and American Crime

Will Edyth prove her sanity before it is too late?

On Blackwell Island, New York, a hospital was built to keep its patients from ever leaving.

With her late father’s fortune under her uncle’s care until her twenty-fifth birthday in the year 1887, Edyth Foster does not feel pressured to marry or to bow to society’s demands. She freely indulges in eccentric hobbies like fencing and riding her velocipede in her cycling costume about the city for all to see. Finding a loophole in the will, though, her uncle whisks Edyth off to the women’s lunatic asylum just weeks before her birthday. Do any of Edyth’s friends care that she disappeared?

At the asylum she meets another inmate, who upon discovering Edyth’s plight, confesses that she is Nellie Bly, an undercover journalist for The World. Will either woman find a way to leave the terrifying island and reclaim her true self?

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My Review:
Edyth Foster is a young and rather wealthy eccentric not pressured to marry or behave the way society insists a woman must behave.  Keep in mind it's 1887, and women do not ride velocipedes, nor do they fence.  She lives with her Uncle and his new bride whose found a loophole in her parents' will and will do anything possible to have her committed.  Does anyone even have a clue what her uncle has done?  While at the asylum, she makes friends with Nellie Bly, an undercover journalist reporting on the horrors happening there.

Although the characters in this novel are a work of fiction, The circumstances of being committed and the treatment at the asylum is in fact true.  I cried many tears for Poppie and her horrible treatment in that place.  I'm pretty sure if they had given her counseling she'd have come to terms with the loss of her father.  This was a creative and heart rending novel so be sure to have lots of kleenex handy.


About the Author:



Grace Hitchcock is the author of The White City and The Gray Chamber from Barbour Publishing. She has written multiple novellas in The Second Chance Brides, The Southern Belle Brides, and the Thimbles and Threads collections with Barbour Publishing. She holds a Masters in Creative Writing and a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in History. Grace lives in southern Louisiana with her husband, Dakota, and son. Visit Grace online at GraceHitchcock.com.