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Bringing Maggie Home

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Title: Bringing Maggie Home

Author: Kim Vogel Sawyer

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Christian, Mystery

Publisher: Random House

Rating: 4 stars

Blurb:

Decades of Loss, an Unsolved Mystery,
and a Rift Spanning Three Generations

Hazel DeFord is a woman haunted by her past. While berry picking in a blackberry thicket in 1943, ten-year old Hazel momentarily turns her back on her three-year old sister Maggie and the young girl disappears.

Almost seventy years later, the mystery remains unsolved and the secret guilt Hazel carries has alienated her from her daughter Diane, who can’t understand her mother’s overprotectiveness and near paranoia. While Diane resents her mother’s inexplicable eccentricities, her daughter Meghan—a cold case agent—cherishes her grandmother’s lavish attention and affection.

When a traffic accident forces Meghan to take a six-week leave-of-absence to recover, all three generations of DeFord women find themselves unexpectedly under the same roof. Meghan knows she will have to act as a mediator between the two headstrong and contentious women. But when they uncover Hazel’s painful secret, will Meghan also be able to use her investigative prowess to solve the family mystery and help both women recover all that’s been lost?

Review:

 

A touching family story involving mystery and how events from the past shape the future.

Bringing Maggie Home tells the story of Hazel DeFord, who carries the pain of guilt for the disappearance of her younger sister Maggie. The incident has remained with Hazel for seventy years and played a role in the strained relationship she has with her daughter Diane. But a visit from granddaughter Meghan could not only help repair Hazel and Diane’s relationship, but also reopen the case into what happened to Maggie.

I love a good book that tugs at your heartstrings and Bringing Maggie Home is a story that definitely does that. Through flashbacks, you’ll see how Hazel and Diane’s history shaped the way they are now. The switching from the present to the past was well-written and added greatly to the story. You feel the characters’ sadness and anger; at times you’ll find yourself tearing up with them.

I loved all of the characters. From the trio of Hazel, Diane, and Meghan to the supporting character of Sean Eagle. Everyone played a huge role in the book and I was invested in their story. With Meghan, I loved how she was strong, yet she had a sensitive side as she dealt with some unresolved issues of her past. I would’ve liked for the story to delve more into the accident that caused Meghan to get injured. They mentioned she felt remorse, yet I would’ve preferred more explanation into how the accident happened.

The mystery of Maggie’s disappearance was a huge part of the book. From the beginning I had a hunch as to what happened to her and at the end my theory was proven right. I thought the author did a nice job of explaining the circumstances of what happened to Maggie.

I really enjoyed the story; I thought it was a nice mystery story with a touch of family saga. It’s a story that will have you in suspense while also tugging at your heart.

“I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for this review.”

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KIM VOGEL SAWYER is a highly acclaimed, best-selling author with more than one million books in print, in seven different languages. Her titles have earned numerous accolades including the ACFW Carol Award, the Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Kim lives in central Kansas with her retired military husband, Don, where she continues to write gentle stories of hope. She enjoys spending time with her three daughters and grandchildren.

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Book Review: Behind Her Eyes

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Title: Behind Her Eyes

Author: Sarah Pinborough

Genre: Thriller

Rating: 3 stars

I chose this book from a book subscription service. Thrillers are one of my favorite genres and the premise of the story is what grabbed my attention.

Behind Her Eyes does have the suspense element going for it; however it takes a while for it to come to fruition. The beginning of the book tends to move by slow with the introductions to the characters, but towards the middle that’s when the story begins to pick up. One of my main grips with the story is the introduction between David and Louise is never shown. That’s one of the main factors mentioned in the blurb, yet the bar scene with them is never shown, instead we just get a recap of it from Louise.

Moving onto the characters, Adele is the one who brings the mystery to the story. She’s the one who keeps the story moving. Throughout the book, you’re questioning whether she’s a victim or if she’s a master manipulator. As for David, much like Adele, he also has that mysterious factor about him. As details of his relationship with Adele are told, you’re left wondering what his motive is. Now, Louise is considered sort of the main character, the one stuck in the middle of Adele and David’s marriage. At the start, I liked Louise’s character, I felt for her in her struggle as a single mom. Yet, about halfway through I began to loathe her character due to her questionable actions.

The ending of the book gives you a plot twist that will shock you. While it may seem corny to some, it did have a creepy factor to it.

Behind Her Eyes does deliver with the suspense you expect of a thriller, yet the overall plot of the story could use some tuning.

Love, Lies, & A Bleu Christmas

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Love, Lies & A Bleu Christmas
A Follow-Up Novella to Love, Lies & The D.A.

Release Date: November 15th, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
Pages/Words: 257/47,000
Format: EBook & Paperback

Synopsis

love-lies-a-bleu-christ-kWhen Bleu Resorts owner, Jada Kole decided it would be a good idea to keep a secret from her husband, it never once occurred to her that he might have an even more stunning secret than hers.

The last year of Jonathan Kole’s life has been marred by complications, pressure and is beyond stressful both at his law firm and at home. Jada being overseas for an extended period doesn’t make things any easier to deal with.

But secrets have a way of getting out. Add a sultry blonde and a child to the mix and Jada and Jonathan’s happily married life quickly turns into a very dark shade of bleu. As things fall apart, it turns from bad to worse when one of them ends up on the wrong side of the law and something ominous enters their lives.

With Jada and Jonathan battling problems inside their marriage and things disintegrating in every direction on the outside, will San Francisco’s biggest power couple be able to get their lives in order? Or will it bring about the demise of their world and their child’s?

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Excerpt – Opening Scene (SPOILER ALERT)

“Vous avez un cancer du sein.”

Translation: “You have breast cancer.” Four words no woman wants to hear.

It was on the night of the grand opening of my Paris hotel one week ago and after a long day, while taking a shower, I felt a small lump in my right breast.

After several tests and a biopsy, Dr. Benneteau, the oncologist called…

Days later, I still can’t get over the shock.

As I stare at the gray clouds that cover the Eiffel Tower, my phone rings, snapping me out of my thoughts. My husband Jonathan’s face illuminates my screen.

“Hey, baby. How are my two favorite men in the world?”

“Overwhelmed. I just had a break and I wanted to be sure I checked in with you. Any idea when you’re going to be home?”

Not anytime soon.

“Apart from seeing your handsome face and my sweet son for a couple days, I really can’t rationalize flying across the Atlantic for two days. I have to head over to Austria to make sure everything is on schedule with the property there.”

“I miss my wife, and Jordan misses his mom.”

My chest aches at the sound of his words. “If you really want, I’ll come home but it would be so much less pressure on me if I just stayed.”

He sighs at the end of the line and mumbles a disgruntled, “Okay.”

“It’s not like you’d have time for me either if I came, is it? You couldn’t even make the grand opening of Paris Bleu. All you’ve been telling me is how crazy it has been trying to get everything in place at the various branches of the firm.”

“That’s true. I just miss you that’s all. Things just seem so much easier to handle when you’re here.”

His words warm my heart. “I miss you too. I’ll be home as soon as I am able, I promise. In the meanwhile we always have FaceTime. But don’t you ever forget how much I love you.”

“I love you too, babe. I have to go. I’ll be in touch soon.”

I end the call.

I may not have gotten over the shock of my diagnosis, but from the moment I found the lump, I’ve spent all my time researching it, and I have another appointment with the doctors this afternoon.

Jonathan’s been overwhelmed of late since his sister Megan moved to Switzerland and his right-hand man, Cooper, lost his wife after a battle with—breast cancer. I don’t want to worry him. Besides, it’s just stage two breast cancer…or at least that is what I continue to tell myself.

I have already made up my mind about what I’m going to do—handle it on my own. Have a double mastectomy so this never ever resurfaces again and tell my husband when I get home. That way, the problem will be handled; they’ll see that I’m healthy and we can all just move on with our lives. I’ll be saving them the agony of going through this anyway…

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My Review

This is the first time I’ve read one of Rebecca Rohman’s books, so I wasn’t familar with the characters in the story. But I think that’s one of the things that makes this book so great, it can be read as a standalone. Now, that I’ve read it, I’m eager to read the rest of Rohman’s books to learn about the characters. I loved the story, in a way it’s very reminiscent of a soap opera due to the problems that Jonathan and Jada face in the marriage. Just when you think things couldn’t get worse, a new problem arises. You’re left wondering will their marriage survive or will it be the end. If this is just an inkling of what Rohman writes, I’ll be reading more of her work.

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Love, Lies & The D.A. – Book #1 In The Series

Love, Lies & The D.A. NEW COVERJada McLean is about to get married in nine days, when she walks in on her fiancé in a little more than a compromising position. Days later, she’s on a trip that she intends to be relaxing and a prelude to her fresh start, when she runs into the rude, obnoxious, but gorgeous Jonathan Kole.

Jonathan Kole is San Francisco’s newest District Attorney. When he finds himself deeply attracted to a stunning beauty, he has no idea that she’s about to get into BIG trouble with the law—and he’ll be the one presiding over her trial. To make matters worse, his father is the lawyer representing her in the high-profile case.

When a series of events force them together over New Year’s weekend, Jonathan’s feelings and ethics will come into question, while Jada comes to terms with the fact that she is falling for the man that will be responsible for attempting to put her behind bars… Little do they know, they’re both about to fall into a whirlwind so deep, it will send both their lives spiraling out of control.

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About Rebecca Rohman

Rebecca Rohman is a wife and designer currently living in the northeastern United States. She was a sales manager for a tourist magazine, and for many years prior, she was involved in marketing for a jewelry company and fine wine distributor.

About fifteen years ago, she started writing her first romance novel purely to entertain herself. In early 2012, she decided to complete and release it. Since then, she has released three additional novels and one novella. Love, Lies & A Bleu Christmas was released in mid-November 2016.

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Perennials Review & Blog Tour

Perennials by Bryce Gibson is the perfect read for Halloween! Grab your copy here and read on below for more about this thrilling YA novel.

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Summer in South Carolina—a time of ripe peaches, crackling bonfires, trips to the lake, and the rural legend of a creature known as the Lizard Man. This year, a very real monster is lurking about. The victims all have one thing in common—they share their names with plants. Soon it becomes apparent that seventeen-year-olds Dusty Miller and Nandina Bush may be next on the killer’s list.

“That was when I realized that the red I saw in the driveway wasn’t blood. It was a scattering of rose petals. Deep down, I knew, right at that very moment, that what all of us had been afraid of for the past several months had already happened. The serial killer had finally made his way to Crow County.” – Dusty Miller

Review:

Perennials is a mysterious thriller that will grip you from the start. As a string of murders take place, all involving people named after plants, Dusty Miller must run afoul of the killer while trying to solve the mystery.

About the Author:

Bryce Gibson writes Southern fiction that takes readers to charming and oftentimes sinister areas of The South. He has a degree in Media Arts from the University of South Carolina, works full time as a farmer, and lives in South Carolina with his wife and their dog.
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He is the author of the Young Adult novel Perennials and the Southern mystery Unclaimed Acre.

Bryce is currently at work on his next book.

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Book Reviews

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Welcome to Day 6 of #WingWritingChallenge

Today’s topic is book reviews.

There’s so many ways I can go about writing this topic. I can post about my favorite review that I received as an author. Or as a reader, I can talk about the best/worst reviews I’ve given.

Instead, I’m going to talk about the importance of book reviews.

Imagine this. You’ve spent months writing a book. Then you spend grueling hours with editing and designing an eye-catching cover. Once the book is finally published, you have a sense of happiness. Now, you wait for the reviews to come in.

Yet, none ever do.

How many of you authors have ever experienced this?

Some writers are lucky, they get hundreds even thousands of reviews. As for me, I’m lucky if I can get just one.

These days it’s tough for indie authors to get reviews. We contact blogs and give away copies in exchange for reviews. Yet, it seems like they never come.

I don’t know if it’s because the reader is too busy and hasn’t gotten to the book yet. Or if nobody cares about writing a review.

Of course, I’m sure you’ve heard by know the importance of reviews.

Sure, the main reason is to draw interest in the book. Get readers to check out the book to see if it’s something they would enjoy.

But another reason to leave a review is to help an author hone their craft.

Even though we do the best to polish our books to perfect, a few mistakes can go unseen with the editor’s eye.

If you spot any grammar issues or problems with the story, your comments will assist the author with their writing.

So I encourage everyone to leave a review after they finish a book. It doesn’t matter if it’s short or long, just write a review talking about what you liked/disliked about the story.

 

 

Blog Tour & Review: The Miracle Man

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Welcome to Paradise, a sleepy, backwater town in the mountains of Southeastern Arizona where police chief Luke Hollis is perfectly content to concentrate on nothing but issuing the occasional speeding ticket. Well that and working up the nerve to approach his dispatcher, Ruby Brooks, for a date.

When an unexplained healing occurs during a service at the Mount Moriah Pentecostal Church of God, Hollis finds his simple belief system challenged and his life changed forever. Throw in a struggling minister, a world-class grifter, and a stranger with an unbelievable story of love and redemption and the stage is set for The Miracle Man. By the time it’s all over everyone involved will come face to face with a power that’s greater and more wonderful than any of them could have ever imagined.

Review:

The Miracle Man is a touching story that will make you question your belief in miracles. Set in the small town of Paradise, a string of miracles occur leaving the police chief Luke Hollis searching for a logical explanation.

What drew me into the book the most is the setting and the characters. The authors does a wonderful job of explaining the scenery and the everyday activities of the characters. I was drawn to all the characters, everyone from Luke Hollis to Ruby to Esperanza.

Everything from the setting to the characters to the plot was great. I enjoyed reading this book.

About Buck:

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In 1998 Americana songwriter and novelist, Buck Storm, entered the international music scene with his debut CD, “Goodbye from Venus.” The album began receiving outstanding reviews from critics worldwide. Many albums later and what he describes as “too many miles to remember,” Buck is recognized as a songwriter’s songwriter and has made friends in venues around the world.

Christian first, artist second, Buck is a storyteller and his work flows out of those stories. Although he has shared the stage with some of the world’s greatest songwriters and musicians, his approach to performing is somewhat different than many. “I don’t want this to be just another show. We’re all in this together. I want an audience to feel that. To see and hear love and truth in every word of every story and every note of every song. If I call myself Christian, I need to act like Christ. And Jesus was a radical. He loved people where they were and for who they were, not for what they had to offer.”

2015 saw Buck’s debut as a novelist. His first book, The Miracle Man, was released into the wild (Heritage Beacon Publishing) garnering excellent reviews and a 5 STAR Amazon rating. Book two is slated for release November 2016.

Buck, whether solo or as one half of “Stonehill and Storm” with Gospel Music Hall of Fame member and legendary Christian artist Randy Stonehill, plays live throughout America and the world, in venues that range anywhere from churches to concert halls, prisons to soup kitchens to barrooms. Whether you catch him in an intimate setting or large venue, you will be touched. Sit back and enjoy the scenery. It’s worth it!

“I write about cities and small towns, the ghosts that hover around the edges, dreams and dreamers, families, broken and whole, sin, redemption and the struggle in between, love, squalor, motels, churches, kings, and the common man. I write about this mixed-up, out of control, horribly beautiful cacophony of humanity that God loves so much He gave His only Son to die for. I write about life as I see it, or sometimes just how I’d like it to be. Whatever it is, it’s from the heart and as honest as I can make it.”
– Buck Storm

Hope Burns Review

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Title: Hope Burn

Author: Jaci Burton

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Jove

Amazon: Hope Burns (A Hope Novel)

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Review:

This is the first time I read a book by Jaci Burton; I didn’t realize Hope Burns was part of a series until I started on the book. With this book, I feel like it can be read as a standalone. Of course, it may get confusing with the focus on the supporting characters and not knowing their history. But I believe that one good thing about this book, it catches your interest and makes you want to read the other volumes.

Hope Burns is a second chance romance story focusing on the relationship between Molly Burnett and Carter Richards. I’m a huge fan of these romance stories so I was curious to read this book.

I found Molly’s character to be a free spirit. She likes to jump from town to town until she finds the right place for her. After being away for many years, she returns to her hometown and is immediately greeted by her ex-boyfriend, Carter Richards. With Carter, he’s every woman’s fantasy.  Rugged, kind-hearted, and dreamy.  I immediately fell in love with him.

As Carter and Molly’s relationship reignited, I found myself rooting for them. I understood Molly’s hesitation due to what happened in the past, yet I was hoping she’d overcome it to be with the man she loved.

While I like how everything turned out at the end, I felt it ended abruptly. I would’ve liked more closure, maybe an epilogue showing the couple.

Rating: 3 ½ stars

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