Thursday, March 16, 2017

Welcome Back to Tradd Street!

The Guests on South Battery  by Karen White is the second Tradd book that we have featured at Writer’s Corner. Josephine reviewed the last book in the series. I will be sharing this one with you. I received no financial compensation for this review.

Synopsis:

Melanie is looking forward to getting back to work after having twins. There is only one problem she has no nanny. Is it a problem that she has spreadsheets for all her children’s activities? A mother must keep track of her children. So as she heads to the office she learns that she has a new client Jayne. She is from Alabama and has recently inherited the Pinckney place on South Battery. Jayne wants to sell but Melanie and Sophie try to convince her otherwise. There might be a small problem of a ghost or two. This is nothing new for Melanie and her family as they have dealt with the paranormal before. Everything could change when Jack starts researching an idea for a new book.

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed this book. Melanie’s quirks are entertaining. I did not realize that there was a paranormal element to the Tradd series. I loved how the mystery is woven around this element. The author left room for a couple more mysteries to take place yet. So readers have something to look forward to in the following Tradd Street books.

Charleston South Carolina is a beautiful city! I had the opportunity to visit once. It is a city that is worth visiting again and again.

Karen White’s next book When the night the lights go out is available for preorder. As always you can keep up with her on Facebook and Twitter.  You can also preorder at FoxTale book shoppe for the launch.

Rating:

4.5/5





Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Start Your Spring Right with Deanna Martinez-Bey!

Please welcome Deanna Martinez-Bey to Writer’s Corner.  She is here to share her new book When Life Gives You Lemons, Drink Coffee! I am excited to share her work.  I feel that readers will really find this book great for the beach!

About the Book:  

Janine is a smart and sassy southern girl from Triple Creek, North Carolina, who knows what she wants and fearlessly goes after it. Janine's goal of making a life for herself and marrying the man of her dreams finally became a reality. She was a newlywed, married to a successful business man named Tom Whitfield and owned her own bakery. Their life seemed perfect and all was well in Janine's world until her faith is rocked through a course of events that would challenge her own beliefs and change her fate forever. 


Tom is unexpectedly promoted to a new job that requires change for both he and Janine. Leaving her life in Triple Creek to support her husband's career took a leap of faith for Janine and was a risk so early in the marriage. But the bigger threat comes when Janine discovers some of Tom's darkest secrets and learns valuable lessons while she was there. 

Janine makes new friends in New York, but she still misses her family and friends in North Carolina. She discovers that love is not always predictable when faced with new challenges. Can love truly conquer all? Or are some things best left behind? After seeing things that shock her, Janine feels betrayed by people who she thought she could trust. 

This is the second installment written by author, Deanna Martinez-Bey, and focuses on Janine, a character we met in her first book, Twinkle, Twinkle Christmas Star. Told from the perspective of Janine and her funny southern humor, this story will move you while you share in this journey of discovery, love, betrayal, and the realization that you can make anything you like out of what life gives you.

About the Author:  

Deanna Martinez-Bey was born in New Jersey and currently resides in North Carolina. She has been writing stories and poems since she was a young girl. Deanna enjoys writing, running and cooking. She spends her spare time boxing, weight training and drinking coffee!  

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

How Well Do You Know Your Roommate?

Mary Kubica is the new darling of suspense. I had the honor of meeting her last spring at Fox Tale Book Shoppe. She shared her current title Don’t You Cry. At the time I was intrigued by Ms. Kubica's work because of hearing so much about it. Is she the new master of suspense?

Synopsis:

This story has two different points of view. Quinn is the roommate of Esther. When Quinn realizes that Esther is missing, she starts to investigate. She turns her roommate’s bedroom upside down hunting for clues about what has happened to her. She even enlists the aid of a friend from work Ben. As she progresses in her investigation she starts to wonder who her roommate is. And wonders if she might be in danger as well?

The other point of view is Alex’s story. He is the son of the town drunk. His mother left him when a little child. He does odd jobs around town for neighbors and those sympathetic to his cause. Alex sacrificed a full ride scholarship to stay home and take care of his father. One day a mysterious woman comes into town. Alex is drawn to her and even goes as far to meet her. He also shares the story of Genèvieve with her discussing her ghost.  What was she like as a person?  Are these two connected? What will the consequences be to Alex’s for involving himself?

My Thoughts:

This story is very interesting!  If I had read the book; as opposed to listening to it I might have enjoyed the story more.  The narration was done well. The author has a way of bringing that creepiness factor into the story line. As the story progresses the circumstances seem to get more sinister with each step. I knew when the book started that the two storylines between Quinn and Alex are somehow related. I didn’t know how. Once the action sped up in the story I found it more interesting to find out how it would end.

Mary Kubica pick up a copy today of Don’t You Cry. You preorder her next book Every Last Lie.

Rating:


4.25/5

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Welcome to Your Next Meal!

I know it is early for the beach, but it is time once again to visit Nantucket. This time we will visit the Blue Bistro. A fabulous restaurant on Nantucket, and a  very special place for those who work there. 

Synopsis: 

Adrienne is starting over. Her last boyfriend stole everything she had to support his drug habit. She was glad to get away from him especially after he cost her job. Her friend Tara suggests she go to Nantucket. Adrienne has worked in many resorts. On her way to Nantucket she meets a man on her ferry who suggests she go to the Blue Bistro for a job. Never having worked in a restaurant she thought she would give it a shot. To her surprise is hired on the spot. She will be the new assistant manager and work the front with Thatcher Smith. Adrienne finds housing with one of the servers Caren. The Blue Bistro is owned by Thatcher Smith and Fiona Kemp. This will be the last season for the restaurant to be open. Will Adrienne be able to start over? Will she finally out run her past and set down roots? Or will it be on to the next location?

My Thoughts:

The Blue Bistro is one of my favorites of @elinhilderbrand. It is a restaurant I would dream about visiting but never be able to afford. Ms. Hilderbrand captures the restaurant life expertly. The readers will learn about Adrienne’s back story throughout the book. The reader will learn to love the family that is the Blue Bistro. Your mouth will water from page to page.

I really  wanted to give this book a five out five. I could not because the ending fell flat for me. I wanted more for Adrienne and I thought she deserved better. I am not giving away the ending. So sit down with your favorite meal and get a copy of the Blue Bistro by Elin Hilderbrand.

Her  recent release Here’s To Us is now out in paperback. She is busy working on the next book in the Winter Street series. 

Rating:

4.5/5


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Meet Barrie Knee!

Welcome Barrie Knee to Writer’s Corner today.  We are sharing her new book Plain Jane.  It is the story of a forty something wife and mother who has kept a secret from her family for almost seven years. 

Jane has forever considered herself to be plain. Her BFF Gaby is the exact opposite. Following a night of countless margaritas, Jane and Gaby make a secret pact because thats what friends are for. Now Jane has less than a week to tell her family what she has done. The secret is revealed over a four and a half hour time period while Jane is running a marathon. Each chapter begins with a song that Jane is listening to while running. The lyrics tie into the secret and many other stories that Jane tells about Gaby, her family and mostly herself. “Keep moving Jane! You can do this!” This is Jane’s running mantra throughout the book. The physical and emotional journey of running a marathon is continuously felt. Plain Jane keeps the pace of a marathon with each song. Jane’s sixty-four songs playlist is at the end of the book. It is a great playlist for those that run a ten minute mile like Jane.

About the Author:

Like Jane, Barrie also a wife and mother who enjoys running, yoga and mostly listening to classic rock music. Professionally, she spent fifteen years working in online media. She also designed and manufactured decorative covers for children’s bedrails called Kover-Ups. This product earned an iParenting Media award. 

Read more about and  Plain Jane.  Barry is also active on Facebook and Twitter. 



Tuesday, February 28, 2017

A Million Little Things

Thank you to Mira and Tandem Literary for an opportunity to review A Million Little Things. It is the latest novel by Susan Mallery. This novel was given to me in exchange for an honest review. I received no financial compensation.

@SusanMallery has received high praise for her Mischief Bay series. I am excited to share my first Susan Mallery novel. I met her once when I attended one of her signings. A Million Little Things is the third novel in the series.

Synopsis:

Zoe has watched her friends date, marry, and have families of their own. She recently ended a relationship that she thought had looked promising. Zoe wants to share situation with her best friend Jen. She is obsessed with her toddler son Jack. If he would just talk like other children his age. So Zoe decides to try something new and joined a pilates class at Mischief In Motion. She meets Jen’s mom Pam during class and forms a friendship. Pam decides to introduce Zoe to her son Stephen. They hit it off. The only conflict for Zoe is the relationship between Pam and her widowed father. Then she gets news from her doctor could cost her a new boyfriend and her relationship with Pam? Will she be able to come to terms with with all these changes?

My Thoughts:

I liked this novel. Zoe is a very relatable character. I empathized with her during journey in this novel. I learned from my opportunity in meeting Susan  Mallery what her writing process is. She uses a screen writing format. It was different than what I normally see in most other novels, but it works. The reader will feel like they are seamlessly transitioning from one scene to the next.

The theme in this novel is letting your kids grow up and make with their own choices. Then parents giving them the freedom to do so.

I look forward to reading more by Susan Mallery. You can purchase A Million Little Things here. Susan is also very active on Facebook.

Rating:

4.2/5




Thursday, February 23, 2017

Who Was the First Girl In Disguise?

Thank you to Source Books for a copy of GIRL IN DISGUISE by Greer Macallister. This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review. I received no financial compensation for this review. It is also a Library Read’s pick for March 2017.

What do you know about the Pinkerton Detective Agency? I had heard of this agency through various books that I have read over the years. I did not know about it’s very first female detective Kate Warne. Many of the events we read about in history are often remain in the past. As I read this book I learned that the Pinkerton detective agency still exists today. You can also visit their site to learn more about the history of this agency.

Synopsis:

Kate is widowed with no children of her own, but she must find a job. Kate has tried out various positions but nothing seems to be the right fit. Then she responds to an ad in the Chicago paper for an agency looking for detectives. This agency is the Pinkerton Agency. Kate responds to the ad and meets Mr. Pinkerton. She receives a case and auditions for the role. Once she finds success with her first case then Pinkerton starts to train her. Kate realizes that she might have found her place in the world. Her cases include saving President Lincoln’s life and other clients. She is then promoted to the head of the Women’s division of the Pinkerton Agency. Success is wonderful but what about a normal life? Will there be anything more than the work?

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed this book! It is a fictionalized biography of Kate Warne. GreerMacallister is a master story teller. Her story is easy to read. Kate narrates the story as we follow her through her many cases. Ms. Macallister did a great job of weaving the work of the agency in with also describing her personal life. The book was a little slow at times. I am sorry that I had missed her other books. She made writing this story of Kate Warne look easy.

 The story is set in Chicago Illinois, but also moves to Virginia and other parts of the south. One of my favorite parts is the dialogue between Pinkerton and Kate. He would use a training technique. “Lie to me! “ It also asks an interesting question. Could you tell a convincing lie? The point was for Kate to convincingly like about her life to use in her work.

Pick up Greer’s latest book here GIRL IN DISGUISE.

Rating:


4.5/5