Friday, January 1, 2016

Best Books of 2015

Here is the list of the best books of 2015 from the staff at Writer's Corner.  Here is to many more good books in 2016!  Thank you to all  the great authors who were a part of this year!

10. Saving Grace by Jane Green.  I almost want to describe this plot is twisted but good.  Readers will enjoy supporting Grace as she tries to figure out what happened.

9. Sweet Salt Air by Barbara Delinsky.  A beautiful story about two friends and their history.  It combines the recipes  that come from Maine.

8. Bedside Manners by Phoebe Fox.  This story was shared by Tina Guyden.  She absolutely loved this novel and highly recommends further books by this author.

7. The Lake Season by Hannah McKinnon.  One of my favorite books this past summer!  Great story while it didn't include the beach.  Great characters!  Great plot!   Great setting!

6.  The Ones We Trust by Kimberly Belle.  This is Kimberly's second novel and has a wonderful story.

5.  London From My Windows by Mary Carter.  This author researched  well the condition of the
main character.  I loved going along on the ride and you will too!

4.  Nantucket Christmas by Nancy Thayer.   A great novel about Christmas in my favorite setting Nantucket..

3.  The Middle of Somewhere by Sonja Yoerg. If you like hiking then this is the book for you.  It also keeps a great pace and keeps the reader interested.

2.  Unbroken by  Laura Hillenbrand.  I greatly enjoyed the audio version of this story.  The author truly embraces the character of Louis Zamprini.

1.  Driftwood Tides by Gina Holmes.  She  is  a new author for me. Her genre is  Inspirational stories.  what makes this book great is that it takes place at the beach.  I can't wait to share more of Gina Holmes books.


Thursday, December 31, 2015

Just In Time For Christmas



Thank you to Kim Boykin for sharing this holiday story with us in exchange for an honest review.  This is her short story in the Maudlin Brother series.  You can also check out other stories in this series by Kim Boykin.  What better way to share the joy of the holiday season!  Now it is time to visit Magnolia Bay!

Synopsis: 

Miranda Hamilton is excited to be chairing the Magnolia Bay Holiday Festival that benefits her mother’s charity.  She finally got control of it from the two ladies who previously chaired it.  So when the mayor announces that Logan Maudlin wants to also chair the Festival and that her nemesis Pammy is included as a member of the committee?  What will Miranda do?  Will she accept Pammy’s plan for a bachelor’s auction as a part of the festivities?  Will she allow Logan to be more than a colleague?

My Thoughts:

Kim Boykin tells a great story!  It is a romance, but it happens at the holiday season.  She creates likable characters that you the reader can get behind and support such as Miranda and Logan Maudlin.  I loved the setting of the low country.  The fictious town of Magnolia Bay is described well that I would consider moving there myself. 

The story was great!  I just didn’t enjoy following the romance part of the story.  It was predictable to me about what would happen next.  If you love romances then this story is for you. I did enjoy certain aspects of the story mentioned above.    I can’t wait to see what Kim shares with us next!

Rating:

4/5

Please visit Kim on her Facebook page, Twitter, and her Website.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Would You Like a Pearl for Christmas?

Dorothea Benton Frank shares a holiday novella with us.  This novella takes place at Christmas time in Charleston South Carolina.  You are invited for a down home low country Christmas. Did you ever wish that a special person could come and help you celebrate Christmas? 

Synopsis:

Theodora’s family has been for generations in one house.  The grandparents, parents and children all lived together for years.  This was how Christmas in the family was celebrated until the present.  Her children still live with her at the house, but her grandchildren are elsewhere in Charleston and Atlanta Georgia. Will they find their way home for Christmas?  The night before Christmas eve the chef who normally takes care of the family has to leave on a family emergency.  Who will take care of them over the holiday?  Enter Pearl who comes to clean up the mess that Theodora in her family, is here to the set things to right?  Can Pearl do it?

My Thoughts: 

I have become a recent fan of Dorothea Benton Frank novels.  I was not as much a fan of this one.  I think I would have liked it better in full novel format.  The first part of the novel is Theodora is narrating and telling you why the family is the way that they are.  It could have been told more fully in a full novel format.  I did enjoy the character of Pearl.  We all need someone like her in our lives! 

The recipes included in the story are located at the back of the novel are from the author’s background.

Here is to the next Dorothea Benton Frank novel!

Rating:

3.75/5

Please visit Dorothea on her Facebook page, Twitter, and her Website.