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