Thursday, December 4, 2014

A Precious Gift a Christmas Quilt and Giveaway



Thank you to St. Martins Press for a copy of A Quilt for Christmas by Sandra Dallas in exchange for an honest review.  I have actually wanted to read one of her novels for a long time.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.  You can also win a copy of A Christmas Quilt see details below.

Synopsis:

Eliza and Will have been married for many years with two children Davy and Luzena.  Will leaves to fight in the War Between the States.  Eliza must run the farm by herself with help from herself.  Will she be able to handle this task by herself?   She and Will exchange several letters where he requests items that would be useful for his duties as a soldier.  So Eliza decides to make a Christmas quilt to help keep her husband warm.  Will he receive the quilt?  What will become of the quilt?

My Thoughts: 

I have wanted to read a Sandra Dallas novel for a while.  This story is set at Christmas of 1864 and finishes in Christmas of 1865.  It is also set during the Civil War.  This novel is a prequel to The Persian Pickle Club one of Sandra’s other novels. 
I like the story.  I would be interested in reading other novels by this author.  I was a little disappointed with the note at the beginning at explaining how this novel came to be.  The note did not create a positive vibe for me.  Then I remembered that it is a Christmas novel.  


The theme is the gift that keeps on giving.  In this story it is a quilt that becomes a gift to Eliza.  What is the most precious gift you have ever received?



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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

How Sweet is Your Sweet Talk?



Thank you to Penguin for a copy of Sweet Talk by Julie Garwood in exchange for an honest review.   Julie is one of my favorite authors so I always look forward to her next novel.  The question is did I look forward to this one?

Synopsis:

Olivia has never been close to her immediate family.  In fact the only biological family she spends any time with is her aunt Emma.  Her experience with her family leaves a lot to be desired especially when she finds out what her father really does for a living as a lawyer.  Can she prove how bad her father really is? Olivia goes for a job interview with Mr. Jorguson and all does not go as planned. Enter Grayson Kincaid a relative of Sam Kincaid from one of Julie’s previous novels.  Grayson is a FBI agent who is tasked with finding out who shot Olivia.  But could there be much more?

My Thoughts: 

This novel was not my favorite like her other novels.  I thought at times it was a throwback to older romance novels in the 1980s-1990s.   The plot is compelling.  It is the one aspect of this novel that kept me reading because I wanted to see how these loose ends would be tied up.   Such as who shot Olivia?  Will she find out if her father will go to prison? The other romantic side of the plot is very predictable between Grayson and Olivia. 

The background of Olivia’s character is very interesting to me.  I wondered if we might see more of the other girl’s stories in future novels.  The disease that they all suffer from is mentioned little in the novel.  It is hinted at.  

I would consider this novel a throwback to yester year. 

Rating: 

3.5/5
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Monday, December 1, 2014

Cyber Monday Deals in Womens' Fiction



Toronto Collection 1 – Heather Wardell

"Go Small or Go Home": When massage therapist and aspiring artist Tess begins treating stressed but attractive hockey star Forrest, her art career soars due to his gallery-owning mother, but her creativity plummets under the weight of rules and deadlines. Soon, she's lost the freedom and joy she'd always found in art. Is having her dream career worth losing doing her art her way, or can she somehow have both at once? 

"Planning to Live": Determined to lose weight for her best friend's wedding, goal-obsessed Rhiannon flees her parents' Christmas Day feast to avoid overeating but her car skids off the deserted road into a tree. Trapped and bleeding, with her cell phone out of reach, she struggles to escape, and to accept that she's spent her whole life planning but hasn't ever really lived. Will she get the chance to change that? 

"Stir Until Thoroughly Confused": Mary's given up everything, including an unsatisfying marriage, to become a chef. But the career comes with a side dish: Kegan, her sexy but controlling new boss. They're soon in a relationship, and in all-too-frequent arguments, and when it becomes clear they can't work together and be together Mary faces a dilemma: keep her dream job or her dream man? 

"A Life That Fits": Twenty-eight-year-old Andrea is devastated when her boyfriend of fourteen years leaves her for a woman he calls Andrea's opposite. Determined to get him back, Andrea changes everything in her life. New clothes, new activities, new friends... she'll be her opposite in no time. But will she change enough to get Alex back? And if she does, will he fit into her new life? 

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Toronto Collection 2 – Heather Wardell

"Live Out Loud": Songwriter Amy wants to honor her late best friend by starting the support center for teenage girls they'd planned when they were just girls themselves. When her song becomes an internet sensation she sees how to get the money she needs, but soon realizes she adores her new pop star career. She must choose: create the center she needed herself as a teen or truly become Misty Will, pop princess. 

"Blank Slate Kate": Waking up with a strange man is scary. Realizing you lost fifteen years of your life overnight? That's terrifying. With her memories from seventeen to thirty-two gone, Kate has no idea who she is and where she belongs. As she begins to fall for the man who found her, she wonders if she forgot those years for a reason. Should she keep trying to retrieve her original self, or start a new life? 

"Finding My Happy Pace": If thirty-year-old Megan were any more of a doormat, she'd have footprints on her back. She takes up running to strengthen her body, but marathon training with cute but heartbroken coach Andrew strengthens her assertiveness too. When her best friend's demands threaten her race Megan must decide: cave in as she always has before or stick to her new-found 'happy pace' in running and life. 

"All At Sea": Three months after they met, Melissa will marry Owen on his family's annual cruise. He's a great catch, though, so although they're moving fast she's sure they'll be fine. But when he proves to be a gambler and deserts her for the onboard casino, she wonders if she really knows him and if their marriage will meet her needs. Melissa must decide: stay with Owen or jump ship. 

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Redesigning Rose – Lydia Laceby

Rose Parker's husband has been lying. About everything. 

When a conversation with her husband triggers questions, Rose Parker uncovers alarming answers that shatter her perfect life. But it is only when she shoves her belongings in her SUV and drives off that Rose realizes just how far from perfect her life actually was. She has nowhere to turn. 

While debating between distressing sleeping arrangements–her mother’s house full of questions or a hotel room with too much solitude–Rose bumps into an acquaintance from her gardening class and allows bubbly, exuberant Becky to indulge her in a wild night full of whiskey, weeping, and whispered confidences. Suddenly, Rose has a new friend, a roof over her head, and two gorgeous men moving her out of her marital home. 

As Rose struggles to settle into her new life, she remains determined to comprehend her past. And with time and distance and especially wine, comes knowledge. Frank wasn’t the only one lying to her. Rose was lying to herself.

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The Holdout- Laurel Osterkamp

Robin wanted to win The Holdout, a cutthroat reality TV show, so she gave it her all, challenge after challenge. Then she fell for Grant, with his irresistible eyes and heartbreaking life story. 

But Grant was only using Robin as they competed for a million dollars. Once home, Robin wants to hide from the humiliation as episodes of The Holdout are aired, and she worries her family was right all along; she’s not a survivor. 

Yet she could surprise everyone, and have the last laugh. 

Besides, Robin now has jury duty. And as she forges ahead, confronting her demons about bravery, justice, and romance, Robin will come to decide which is more important: the courage to stand alone, or the strength to love again. 

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The Next Breath – Laurel Osterkamp

"I kiss him, choosing love over honesty, which is a choice nobody should ever have to make…" 
Robin loves sweet, responsible Nick, with his penchant for Beethoven and Ben Folds Five. But she also still loves her college boyfriend Jed, an irreverent playwright plagued with cystic fibrosis. Now Robin is struggling to reveal her secrets and confront her past, as she finally performs in the play that Jed wrote for her, eleven years ago. Will Robin have the strength to keep her promise and stay true to her heart? 
Alternating between present-day scenes, college flashbacks, and segments from Jed’s play, this tear-jerking yet uplifting tale illustrates how life is finite but love is infinite, and the road to recovery begins with the next breath. 

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Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda – Tara Lee Reed

Elle Masters is over dating. It used to be fun: the drama, the angst, the exhilarating beginnings, the bittersweet middles, the blowout endings. Then the tears, hangovers, rebounds, and another addition to the Heartbreak Box in her closet. Now Elle can't remember the last time a guy made his way into her box. When her friends Rachel and Valerie insist she snap out of her post-breakup funk with a girls' night out/rebound hunt at a San Francisco bar, she isn't expecting tall, dark, and hummuna-hummuna, Nick Wright. This is no rebound guy. He's definitely, maybe, The One. In Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda, you play Elle as she and her pals put the "antics" in "romantics." You'll question everything you thought you knew about love, over-analyzing and second-guessing your way through hundreds of modern dating dilemmas and passionate predicaments. With 60 Happily Sometimes Afters, you'll always have another chance with Mr. Wright.

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A Questionable Friendship – Samantha March

Brynne Ropert and Portland Dolish have been best friends since being paired as roommates in college. Seven years later they are now twenty-five, married, and living in Maine–– but the two women couldn’t be more different. Brynne finds fulfillment in her life as a wife, mother and owner of a small cafĂ© and bookshop, but is struggling to expand her family. Portland is still coping with her mother’s death during her childhood, and her marriage is unraveling before her eyes. Portland envies her friend’s seemingly stable and easy life while Brynne doesn’t understand the growing distance between them and cannot begin to guess what secret Portland is hiding about her husband and crumbling marriage. While one woman feels shut out, the other enters into a web of lies to protect herself. 

A Questionable Friendship explores what really makes someone a true friend, a support system, a sister. How much trust goes into a friendship and when is being a friend not enough? Brynne and Portland’s story will attempt to answer those questions, and show that happily ever after isn’t in the cards for everyone.

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Something Yellow – Laura Templeton

Thirteen years ago, Holly’s nine-year-old sister, Rachel, disappeared without a trace. Thirteen years ago, Holly left her hometown. Thirteen years ago, Holly’s first love and high school boyfriend, Houston, was the only suspect. Now, another girl has disappeared. Holly is back, and so is Houston—never charged and still proclaiming his innocence. Can she trust him? Should she trust him? 
When out-of-work banking executive Holly McCann moves to the rural mountain town of White Cove, Virginia to care for her dying mother, the past collides with the present. A violent crime against her nine-year-old neighbor evokes memories of the eerily similar disappearance of her sister thirteen years earlier. Holly is thrilled by the arrival of her estranged brother, Oliver, but concerned by his mysterious behavior. She is befriended by the new minister, Jonah, an outsider haunted by his own painful past, but it is Houston Phelps, the only person arrested for the disappearance of her sister, who forces Holly to confront the past and start living in the present.

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