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Books Read and Reviewed...
1. The Start of Us (A Change of Plans #1) by Rachel John
2. A Peculiar Courtship (The Beckett Files #2) by Laura Beers
3. Pretty Much Perfect by Sally Johnson
4. To Love a Spy (The Beckett Files #3) by Laura Beers
5. The Matchmaker's Match by Brittany Larsen
1. The Secret of Haversham House by Julie Matern (review coming soon...)
Books on my list I didn't get to...
1. Loving Lieutenant Lancaster (Lancaster Family #4) by Sarah M. Eden
About the Book
"In the vein of Jodi Picoult's Nineteen Minutes, As Wide as the Skyexplores the human component of tragedy." --Mandy Mikulencak, author of The Last Suppers
"Characters as rich and indelible as the life they endure . . . A phenomenal read."
--Internationally Bestselling Author Davis Bunn
Five a.m.: Amanda Mallorie wakes to the knowledge that her son Robbie is gone. And a new chapter of her own life must begin. She has spent four years as her son's only support, desperately trying to understand the actions that landed him on death row and to change his fate. Now Amanda faces an even more difficult task--finding a way, and a reason, to move forward with her own life.
Before the tragedy that unfolded in a South Dakota mall, Robbie was just like other people's sons or daughters. Sometimes troubled, but sweet and full of goodness too. That's the little boy Amanda remembers as she packs up his childhood treasures and progress reports, and discovers a class ring she's never seen before. Who does it belong to and why did Robbie have it in his possession? So begins a journey that will remind her not only of who Robbie used to be, but of a time when she wasn't afraid--to talk to strangers, to help those in need, to reach out. Robbie's choices can never be unmade, but there may still be time for forgiveness and trust to grow again. For a future as wide as the sky.
About the Author
Jessica Pack is a pseudonym for Josi Kilpack, author of twenty-six novels--including the twelve-volume Sadie Hoffmiller culinary mystery serie. A four time Whitney award winner, including Novel of the Year, she is a recipient of the Utah Best in the State for fiction. She lives in Norhtern Utah with her husband and their four children.
In her novel As Wide as the Sky, author Jessica Pack brings to life a powerful and tear-jerking story of a woman, Amanda Mallorie, and her killer and convicted son Robbie Mallorie. This is the type of story that women, especially mothers will easily relate to, whether children have followed the straight and narrow or gone astray. A uniquely, well-written, and captivating story told from the point of view of Amanda Mallorie, with every other chapter being from the point of view of someone that Robbie Mallorie knew. Although a bit depressing, this story is unexpectedly fantastic and one that reader’s emotions will dive deep into, as well as not soon forget!
Genre: women’s fiction, literary fiction
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
Publication date: July 31, 2018
Number of pages: 352
A review copy of this book was provided by the author via her street team. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are my own.
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A New Book by A Favorite Author!!My Brother's Bride by Rachael Anderson Abigail Nash leads a lonely existence. Her mother died giving birth to her, her father's business dealings took him away more often than not, and her ailing great-aunt, unable to provide much in the way of companionship, was a lack-luster guardian at best. So when her dear friends offered to launch her into London society, it appeared Abby's life was taking a turn for the better, with suitors and social engagements aplenty. When she marries a proclaimed darling of the ton, it seems she will at last settle into the life of her dreams. But appearances aren't always what they seem, and dreams often become disappointments. Just months into her marriage, Abby finds herself widowed, penniless, increasing, and determined to never hope again. But when her late husband's brother, the Earl of Brigston, attempts to thaw the numbness surrounding her heart, Abby must decide if she has it in her to risk another chance at happiness, knowing the odds are not in her favor. Author Rachael Anderson A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating. I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. a Rafflecopter giveaway
About the Book
Genre: Adult, New Adult,Conetemporary, Romance
Publisher: Cedar Fort
Publication date: March 13, 2018
Savannah Drake would be thrilled about starting her final year of medical school if it weren’t for one thing: she has to spend a month working in the emergency room with cold, aloof Dr. Wesley Kent as her mentor. When her first day in the ER proves to be a humiliating disaster, Savannah is ready to swear off emergency medicine forever. Gradually, though, she finds that the unpredictable, emotional experience of caring for patients in the emergency room is affecting her far differently than she expected – and Dr. Kent turns out to be anything but the arrogant attending physician that she assumed him to be. But just when Savannah finally admits to herself that she is falling for Dr. Kent, she learns that things at the hospital are not all what they seem. Faced with a seemingly impossible choice, Savannah must decide between her future career and everything that she has come to care so much about.
About the Author
TJ Amberson hails from the Pacific Northwest, where she lives with her husband and nutty cocker spaniel. Her most recent novels include The Kingdom Of Nereth, Fusion, and Love at Lakewood Med. When she’s not writing, TJ can probably be found enjoying a hot chocolate, pretending to know how to garden, playing the piano, or surfing the Internet for cheap plane tickets.
Footsteps approach fast. An instant later, the drunk guy is ripped off of me by a person who is wearing dark scrubs. I collapse to the floor, shaking from adrenaline. Havoc continues directly above where I’m cowering. I crawl away from the stretcher and stagger to my feet. Turning around, I am met by the sight of Doctor Kent pinning the drunk guy down on the stretcher.
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Donna Hatch is the author of the best-selling âRogue Hearts Series,â and a winner of writing awards such as The Golden Quill and the International Digital Award. A hopeless romantic and adventurer at heart, she discovered her writing passion at the tender age of 8 and has been listening to those voices ever since. She has become a sought-after workshop presenter, and also juggles freelance editing, multiple volunteer positions, and most of all, her six children (seven, counting her husband). A native of Arizona who recently transplanted to the Pacific Northwest, she and her husband of over twenty years are living proof that there really is a happily ever after.
The widowed Elise is a perfect English lady living within the confines of society for the sake of her impressionable young son. Her quiet world is shattered when she meets the impulsive and scandalous Jared Amesbury. His roguish charm awakens her yearning for adventure. But his irrepressible grin and sea-green eyes hide a secret.
A gentleman by day, a pirate by night, Jared must complete one last assignment from the Secret Service before he can be truly free. Elise gives him hope that he, too, can find love and belonging. His hopes are crushed when his best laid plans go awry and Elise is dragged into his world of violence and deceit. She may not survive the revelation of Jared's past...or still love him when the truth is revealed.
The Guise of a Gentleman is a clean and wholesome Regency Romance, a.k.a. "clean" that explores finding one's true self, loyalty, honor, and trusting loved ones. With plenty of swashbuckling action, it provides a several good twists that play off of familiar situations and proudly proclaims the redemptive power of love.
1. What is your favorite book that is not yours?
Thatâs almost like asking me which of my children is my favorite. I love so many! It might be a shorter list of favorite authors. One of my favorites as a child, that I read over and over was A Little Princess by Frances Hodgsen Burnett. I also ate up the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
2. Do you write in multiple genres? Which genre is your favorite to write?
Iâm pretty stuck on historicalâspecifically Regency, but Iâm also published in fantasy (with strong romantic elements) and plan to write more fantasies, too.
3. How young were you when you started writing?
I dabbled with in when I was in second grade and go serious in junior high.
4. If you could meet any author, past or present, who would it be and why?
Probably Jane Austen, partly to ask her questions about the era in which she lived to fill in research holes, but also because she was both snarky and romantic that I think we are kindred spirits.
5. How long does it take you to write a book, and what was your fastest book to write?
Each book is different. I can write a novella in a few weeks if I really put my mind to it. Once, I wrote one over a weekend. A full-length novel usually takes several months. The fastest I ever wrote a full-length novel was probably somewhere in the area of three months.
6. What is your favorite thing to do in the summertime?
Hands down, my favorite summer activity is go to the beach. In fact, Iâll do that in the winter, tooâI just dress differently. I also love to swim if the waterâs warm, and to go hiking if itâs not too hot.
About the Book
Genre: Christian, Fiction, Historical, Regency, Romance
Publisher: Cedar Fort
Publication date: June 12, 2018
Francesca Haversham is eighteen years old and about to step into a glittering future – all she has to do is secure her wealth with an advantageous marriage. Then she learns the truth:her entire identity is a lie. Now Francesca faces a horrible choice. Will she give up all she knows or continue to lie about her past and risk everything, including her heart?
About the Author
Julie Matern is a resident of Utah. She attended the University of Exeter in Exeter, England, and graduated with a double major in French and Education. She was born and raised in England, moving to America after her marriage and is the mother of six children. She has served in the PTA for over 20 years, taught tap dance, and enjoys amateur photography. She is the author of ‘British War Children’ ( for which she received a “Recommended Read” award from the League of Utah Writers) and ‘British War Children 2: An Enemy Among Us’.
Hometown: Highland, UT
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