Wednesday, July 18, 2018

This Could Change Everything by Jill Mansell




  • ISBN-10: 1492664227
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492664222
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (June 5, 2018)



Synopsis
{Amazon}


All it takes is one email to end her relationship, get her kicked out of her apartment, and just about ruin her life. Essie Phillips never meant for her private rant about her boss to be sent to everyone in her address book, but as soon as it goes viral, her life as she knows it is over. Solution: move to a new town, find a new job, make new friends. If only it were as simple as that...








This Could Change Everything by Jill Mansell is a delightfully funny, engagingly addictive romance that had me captivated from the first sentence to the very last one. 

It's charming, heartwarming and the sub-themes that are woven within this story are significant and challenging ones that Ms. Mansell presents with compassion, wisdom and humor.  I really enjoyed reading this book and I'm looking forward to reading more of Ms. Mansell's books! 


If you're looking for a great read this summer (or anytime of the year) ~ I highly recommend This Could Change Everything!



4.5 STARS


I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own. Thank you to Ms. Mansell, Sourcebooks Landmark and Edelweiss for the opportunity to read and review this book. 

Monday, July 16, 2018

Mystic Dragon by Jason Denzel


  • Series: The Mystic Trilogy (Book 2)
  • ISBN-10: 0765381990
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765381996
  • Publisher: Tor Books (July 17, 2018)



About This Book
{Amazon}

Seven years have passed since lowborn Pomella AnDone became an unlikely Mystic’s apprentice.
Though she has achieved much in a short time, as a rare celestial event approaches, Pomella feels the burden of being a Mystic more than ever. The Mystical realm of Fay√ľn is threatening to overtake the mortal world, and as the two worlds slowly blend together, the land is thrown into chaos. People begin to vanish or are killed outright, and Mystics from across the world gather to protect them. Among them is Shevia, a haunted and brilliant prodigy whose mastery of the Myst is unlike anything Pomella has ever seen.
Shevia will challenge Pomella in every possible way, from her mastery of the Myst to her emotional connection with Pomella’s own friends―and as Shevia’s dark intentions become more clear, Pomella fears she may be unstoppable.








I thoroughly enjoyed Mystic when it came out in 2015  so I guess you can imagine how excited I was when I heard Mystic Dragon, book 2 in the series was being released this year! 

Mr. Denzel excels at world building and creating rich and well developed characters. This story is full of action, adventure and I really enjoyed the back stories he included in the plot. I felt they added depth and richness to my reading experience. 

About  halfway through though, the flow of the story changed and it lost a bit of it's steam.  For me, I felt that the potential I saw in the first part of this book did not fully carry through to the latter part.    

While my favorite book in this series remains to be Mystic, I did enjoy reading Mystic Dragon.  I am looking forward to reading the third installment of this series when it is released! 


3.8 Stars


I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own. Thank you to Mr. Denzel, Tor Books and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. 

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Cottage by the Sea by Debbie Macomber



  • ISBN-10: 0399181253
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399181252
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books 


Release Date ~ July 17, 2018


About This Book
{Amazon}


Annie Marlow has been through the worst. Rocked by tragedy, she heads to the one place that makes her happy: Oceanside in the Pacific Northwest, the destination of many family vacations when Annie was a teenager.

Once there, Annie begins to restore her broken spirit, thanks in part to the folks she meets: a local painter, Keaton, whose large frame is equal to his big heart—and who helps Annie fix up her rental cottage by the sea; Mellie, the reclusive, prickly landlord Annie is determined to befriend; and Britt, a teenager with a terrible secret. But it is Keaton to whom Annie feels most drawn. His quiet, peaceful nature offers her both comfort and reprieve from her grief, and the two begin to grow closer.

Then events threaten to undo the idyll Annie has come to enjoy. And when the opportunity of a lifetime lands in her lap, she is torn between the excitement of a new journey toward success and the safe and secure arms of the haven—and the man—she’s come to call home.






Cottage by the Sea by Debbie Macomber is by far one of the best books I've read from her. I was intrigued by the synopsis  and was hooked after only reading the first page. It is captivating and engaging; heartbreaking as well as heartwarming. I cried my way through sections of it, laughed through others and overall cherished the wonder of such a deeply moving, beautiful story. 


I'm adding this book to my favorite's bookshelf and I will be re-visiting it time and again.  This is the highest praise I can give a book and author - the feeling as if their book is a dear friend of mine and one I will cherish throughout my lifetime. 



5 + Stars


Mrs. Macomber, thank  you for sharing your gift with the world. 
It's a brighter place because you are in it!




I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own. Thank you to Ms. Macomber, Ballentine Books and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. 

Friday, July 13, 2018

Miss Serena's Secret by Carolyn Miller






Synopsis
{Amazon}

With devastating scars in her past, Serena Winthrop is sure no man can be trusted--especially not a man like the too-smooth Viscount Carmichael. His reputation as a flirt and a gambler is everything she despises. And the young artist makes sure that this disreputable heir to an earldom knows of her deep disapproval whenever they encounter one another.

Henry, Lord Carmichael, is perfectly aware of his charms. He's gambled with plenty of ladies' hearts as easily as he has with their husbands' money. But lately he's wondered if there's more to life--and if his actions might prove unworthy of an admirable wife such as his friends have found.

When Serena's guardian asks his best friend to protect his young ward, Henry promises to be on his best behavior and not to woo her. But the more he learns of her, the more he realizes she might be his best reason for changing his character.






There's nothing I like better than to be swept away by an engaging historical romance while lounging in my favorite reading chair, sipping sweet tea in the summer. Pure Relaxation!

Therefore, I can assure you all I thoroughly enjoyed  a perfect afternoon immersing myself in Miss Serena's Secret by Carolyn Miller.  I found this book to be engaging and filled with a charming, well written story full of great characters and of course, romance. This book was a great read!   

I am now off to read the first book in this series, Winning Miss Winthrop and I can't wait to read this series' final book, The Making of Mrs. Hale due to be released in November 2018.  I have high hopes I'll enjoy both of these books as much as I did this one! 


5 Stars


I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own. Thank you to Ms. Miller, Kregel Publishing and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. 

Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Orphan's Wish by Melanie Dickerson




  • ISBN-10: 0718074831
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718074838
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (June 26, 2018)


About This Book 
{Amazon}

Orphaned and alone, Aladdin travels from the streets of his Arab homeland to a strange, faraway place. Growing up in an orphanage, he meets young Lady Kirstyn, whose father is the powerful Duke of Hagenheim. Despite the difference in their stations, Aladdin quickly becomes Kirstyn’s favorite companion, and their childhood friendship grows into a bond that time and opposition cannot break.
Even as a child, Aladdin works hard, learning all he can from his teachers. Through his integrity, intelligence, and sheer tenacity, he earns a position serving as the duke’s steward. But that isn’t enough to erase the shame of being forced to steal as a small child—or the fact that he’s an orphan with no status. If he ever wants to feel equal to his beautiful and generous friend Kirstyn, he must leave Hagenheim and seek his fortune.
Yet once Aladdin departs, Lady Kirstyn becomes a pawn in a terrible plot. Now, Aladdin and Kirstyn must rely on their bond to save her from unexpected danger. But will saving Kirstyn cost Aladdin his new found status and everything he’s worked so hard to obtain?





The Orphan's Wish by Melanie Dickerson is a beautiful re-telling of the folk tale, Aladdin that  highlights two friends falling in love. It is a delightful, faith based, clean romance that is charming, romantic, engaging and a wonderful read! 


5 Stars


I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own. Thank you to Ms. Dickerson, Thomas Nelson Publishing and Book Look Bloggers for the opportunity to read and review this book. 

Friday, June 29, 2018

A Dangerous Legacy by Elizabeth Camden



  • ISBN-10: 0764218816
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764218811
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (October 3, 2017)
  • Empire State Series


Synopsis
{Amazon}


Lucy Drake's mastery of Morse code has made her a valuable asset to the American news agencies as a telegrapher. But the sudden arrival of Sir Colin Beckwith at rival British news agency Reuters puts her hard-earned livelihood at risk. Newly arrived from London, Colin is talented, handsome, and insufferably charming. 

Despite their rivalry, Lucy realizes Colin's connections could be just what her family needs to turn the tide of their long legal battle over the fortune they were swindled out of forty years ago. When she negotiates an unlikely alliance with him, neither of them realizes how far the web of treachery they're wading into will take them.





A Dangerous Legacy by Elizabeth Camden is set in the early 1900's and is full of action, adventure and romance. This story comes to life due to Ms. Camden's superb story telling and historically rich settings. 

I have to say, this may be one of my favorite books by Ms. Camden.  I can't wait to read book 2 of this series!


5 Stars

I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own. Thank you to Ms. Camden, Bethany House Publishing and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.