Sunday, December 2, 2018

A Fantastic Holiday Romance to Kick Start Your Holiday Season ~ Alaskan Holiday by Debbie Macomber!

Debbie Macomber is one of my life-time favorite authors. I enjoy her books and love but most especially her annual Holiday book.  

I look forward to reading it all year long! 

  • ISBN-10: 0399181288
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399181283
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (October 2, 2018)

The Book Blurb

Before beginning her dream job as sous chef in one of Seattle’s hottest new restaurants, Josie Avery takes a summer position cooking at a lakeside lodge in the remote Alaskan town of Ponder. Josie falls for the rustic charms of the local community—including Jack Corcoran, the crotchety keeper of Ponder’s famed sourdough starter, and, in particular, the quiet and intense Palmer Saxon, a famed master swordsmith.

Josie and Palmer become close during the long Alaskan summer days, but Josie knows that, come fall, she’ll be returning to reality and the career she’s worked so hard for. Palmer, on the other hand, would like nothing better than to make Josie his wife and to keep her in Ponder. But Josie can’t imagine abandoning her mother back in the Emerald City and sacrificing her career to stay in this isolated town—not even for a man she’s quickly coming to love.

Fate has other plans. Josie misses the last boat out of town before winter sets in, stranding her in Ponder and putting her dream job at risk. As the holidays approach, Josie and Palmer must grapple with the complications that arise when dreams confront reality, and the Christmas magic that can happen when they put their faith in love.

Alaskan Holiday  by Mrs. Macomber was a treat to read. I found it to be a warm, cozy romantic story that delighted and warmed my heart. The characters are realistic, slightly flawed and definitely lovable. 

The story is charming, engaging and filled with Debbie's special blend of romance and humor that I always enjoy.  Her descriptions of Alaska and all it's beauty were so inspiring. I truly hope one day to visit there. 

  I thoroughly enjoyed reading Alaskan Holiday!

 5 Stars

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

Thursday, October 4, 2018

A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson

  • ISBN-10: 9780800722715
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800722715
  • Publisher: Revell (September 4, 2018)


When Wendy Harper inherits her family's beach side cottage in Seaside, Maine, she sees it as a way to finally pay off the debts that have mounted since her husband died. But before it can be sold, the neglected property must be renovated. She and her 12-year-old son Jackson move in--temporarily, she reminds him--in order to do the work themselves, even though Christmas is coming. The charming town, along with local craftsman Caleb Colton, pulls on both Wendy and Jackson, who even registers himself for school in a bid to get his mom to move them there permanently. Wendy knows that the most responsible thing to do is to sell the cottage and return to Ohio, but the lure of the sea is hard to resist.

For those of you who have followed this blog for awhile, I am sure there is one thing that you know I absolutely love - the yearly Christmas Romance Books released every October.  Reading clean romance stories set in the Christmas season is one of my favorite ways to celebrate the Holiday Season. 

I'm sure you've heard the saying "good things come in small packages".  Well, that's how I feel about A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson.  While it is a novella, this story packs a wallop!  It's about love, faith, family and home, romance, and of course set in the the beauty and joy of the Christmas Season!

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. Carlson, Revell publishing and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Access Restricted by Gregory Scott Katsoulis

  • Series: Word$ (Book 2)
  • ISBN-10: 1335016252
  • ISBN-13: 978-1335016256
  • Publisher: Harlequin Teen; Original edition (August 28, 2018)


On the day she went silent, Speth never meant for anyone to follow her lead—or to start a rebellion of Silents. But after taking down the tyrant Silas Rog and freeing the city from his grasp, everyone is looking to Speth for answers she doesn’t have. All she wants is to find her parents, who are shackled to a lifetime of servitude in exchange for a debt they can never repay. But how can Speth leave her friends to fend for themselves when she’s the reason their city is in chaos?

When the government threatens to restore the WiFi and take back the city, Speth is forced to flee with a ragtag group of friends by her side. Together, they embark on a dangerous journey outside the dome they’ve lived in their entire lives, in search of a better future. Along the way, Speth will discover the shattering truth about their world…and the role she’ll need to play to save it.

Access Restricted by Gregory Scott Katsoulis is the second book in the  Word$ series. It is set in a futuristic dystopian U.S. where there is a charge for every word spoken or gesture made. A society where the only way to work off the debt of using speaking forces individuals, their families and children to be forced into a lifetime of indentured servitude. 

I am happy to report that this second book is just as good as the first book in this series. The story flows really well and the plot engaging. I was captivated and held in suspense the entire time I read it!  

If you are enjoy reading dystopian/sci-fi stories - 
this series is definitely right up you alley! 

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 Mr. Katsoulis, Harper Teen and Edelweiss for the opportunity to read and review this book.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris

  • ISBN-10: 1492663999
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492663997
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark 

  • Release Date ~ August 28, 2018

About This Book

The sign is a last resort. It sits on a farmhouse porch in 1931, but could be found anywhere in an era of breadlines, bank runs and broken dreams. It could have been written by any mother facing impossible choices.
For struggling reporter Ellis Reed, the gut-wrenching scene evokes memories of his family’s dark past. He snaps a photograph of the children, not meant for publication. But when it leads to his big break, the consequences are more devastating than he ever imagined.
At the paper, Lillian Palmer is haunted by her role in all that happened. She is far too familiar with the heartbreak of children deemed unwanted. As the bonds of motherhood are tested, she and Ellis must decide how much they are willing to risk to mend a fractured family.
Inspired by an actual newspaper photograph that stunned the nation, Sold on a Monday is a powerful novel of love, redemption, and the unexpected paths that bring us home.

Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris is full of family, gut wrenching choices, redemption and so much more. Set in the Depression era 1940's, this story is an intense, emotional roller coaster read that grabbed my heart and just wouldn't let go. (As if the book cover wasn't enough of a heart grabber!) 

This story is engaging and while at times I needed my tissues to help me get through it, I am SO glad I read it. It's definitely a keeper!

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. McMorris, Sourcebooks Landmark Publishing and Edelweiss for the opportunity to read and review this book.