Thursday, November 9, 2017

In The Spotlight Holiday Wishes by Jill Shalvis

Are you ready for the holidays?  Jill Shalvis is stopping by Writer’s Corner to share her latest book  Holiday Wishes.   We are glad to have her and hope she will come again in the future. Jill Shalvis is sharing an excerpt from Holiday Wishes.   
“At the empathetic tone in Sean’s voice, Lotti’s heart and stomach and head all clenched in unison. “What do you mean you can’t give me what I want?” she asked. “All you have to do is walk away.”
“Tried that already,” he said. “And it was the biggest mistake of my life.” He brought her hand up to his mouth and met her gaze over their entwined hands.
He was looking at her like . . . well, she wasn’t sure what was going on in his head, but her thoughts were racing along with her pulse.
“You’re incredible, Lotti. I hope you know that.” Very slowly, clearly giving her time to object, he pulled her into him.
Her breath caught at the connection and his eyes heated in response as he slid a hand up her spine and then back down again, pressing her in tight to him from chest to thighs and everywhere in between. His nose was cold at the crook of her neck, but his breath was warm against her skin. She felt his lips press against the sensitive spot just behind her ear and she shivered. “You’re trembling,” he said, his voice low. “Are you cold?”
“No,” she whispered. Try the opposite of cold . . .
“Nervous?”
“No.” Not even close. The way his mouth moved across her skin was making her warm all over. Not that she could articulate that with his body pressed to hers and his fingers dancing over her skin. She was literally quivering as the memories of what it felt like to be touched by him washed over her, as if no time at all had gone by.
Yes, she’d let him think that their time together had sucked for her. But it hadn’t. Not even close. That long-ago night he’d evoked feelings and a hunger in her that she’d never forgotten. “I’ve just had a long day,” she said.
“I know. I’m going to make it better.” He pressed a kiss at the juncture of her jaw and ear before he made his way to her lips for a slow, hot kiss, his mouth both familiar and yet somehow brand-new. She was so far gone that when he pulled back she protested with a moan, but he held her tight, staring down at her with heated eyes. “Just checking,” he murmured.
“Checking what?”
“That you want this as badly as I do.”
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New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website,  for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.



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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

What Are the Secrets of Adoption?

I am excited today to share Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate. It is my first novel by Lisa, and I feel there will be many more.  The novel Before We Were Yours is set in the Memphis area during the late 1930s and current events.  There are two storylines that run through this novel.

Synopsis:

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge—until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents—but they quickly realize the dark truth. At the mercy of the facility’s cruel director, Rill fights to keep her sisters and brother together in a world of danger and uncertainty. Aiken, South Carolina, present day. Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career as a federal prosecutor, a handsome fiancĂ©, and a lavish wedding on the horizon. But when Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis, a chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions and compels her to take a journey through her family's long-hidden history, on a path that will ultimately lead either to devastation or to redemption. Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals—in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families… (Random House)

My Thoughts:

I loved this novel!  The setting of this scandal is the Tennessee Children’s Home.  It created a great mystery.  The characters of this story are fictional but incorporate all sides of the story.   There are many points of views (POV) in this story. Rill is a child at the beginning of the story but experiences being taken and living in the Tennessee Children’s Home. The other POV is Avery the senator’s daughter who stumbles across an older Rill, in the current timeline.  It is her investigation that will keep readers turning pages as they find out what happened to Rill in and her family.  I was interested to see what Avery’s character found as the story progressed.   I loved how Lisa Wingate contrasted the backgrounds of both Rill and Avery.  Parts of this mystery I was able to solve while reading the book but I wanted to know if the siblings from Rill’s family ever found each other.  I am not saying more because you have to read the novel.

Rating:

4.75/5

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