Thursday, July 19, 2018

HOW TO KEEP A SECRET by Sarah Morgan



Harlequin Books
July 10th, 2018
978-1-335-61300-4
Contemporary, Fiction, Women’s Fiction
Trade Paperback
Reviewed by Dawn (love2read28@gmail.com)
Obtained by Self-Purchase
4 Hearts


Lauren and Jenna were close as sisters, living in Martha’s Vineyard. Years later Lauren is dealing with a perfect life in London with her husband and teenage daughter, Mack, who she swears had a personality transplant when she wasn’t looking. Jenna is determined to be pregnant and as she and her husband try to look beyond all the negative pregnancy tests and dashed hopes. Nancy is hoping that her daughters will forgive her as she tries to keep from them the secrets of why she wasn’t as involved int heir lives growing up as she wanted.

Three women come together one summer after a heartbreak brings Lauren, Jenna and Mack together in the small town of Martha’s Vineyard. As the summer progresses, these three very different ladies will have to figure out how to be a family and let the secrets they hold close to their chests out into the open. 

This was the first book by author Sarah Morgan I read, and I got to admit I was captivated by the story within ten pages. I loved the pacing of the book-fast and never seemed to lag in spots. The scenes where it is memories from the past for the girls left me wanting more and my lord, these characters just blew me away. They were well written, highly enjoyable and very relatable. The author does a great job in capturing them perfectly within the pages and keeps the readers glued to the pages as they flip pages to see what would happen next in the lives of Jenna, Lauren, Mack and Nancy.

Meet the family-Lauren who is determined to have a perfect life and marriage in Ed in London, while raising their daughter, Mack. But when tragedy strikes, Lauren will have to dig deep and figure out how to live in her new normal. Jenna is desperate to be pregnant and have a child with her husband, Greg. She doesn’t know why it won’t happen, but the stress is causing her to freak out more than ever. Nancy knows she hasn’t been the best mother to the girls but if she ever told them the reason why, she knows they would never forgive her. Mack is trying to deal with a new normal and a secret that leaves her struggling with life in general and her family specifically. These four will find that in one summer, their lives will change but its up to them if its for the better or not. I love all four ladies and at how different they are to one another. The author does a fabulous job in capturing the characters strengths and vulnerabilities within the story. I loved how Nancy, Jenna and Lauren got through issues from their childhood and learned about how some secrets should be told even if its not what you want to hear.

Sarah Morgan delivers a wonderful new story that is her debut into Women’s Fiction genre and captivated me till the very end. I couldn’t put this book down, it was so good. I was rooting for the four ladies to find their way back to one another and figure out what ‘family’ means to them. If you never read one of this author’s books before, I highly recommend HOW TO KEEP A SECRET and hope you settle in with the perfect beach read this summer. I can’t wait to check out this author’s backlisted titles to see what I want to read next. I am definitely keeping this author on my to be read list for future reading fun.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

HER FEAR by Shelley Shepard Gray



Publisher:     Avon Inspire
Published:     July 24, 2018
ISBN:        978-0062469212
Genre:      Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
Format:     Print
Obtained via:  Publisher
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina  myreviewbooks@aol.com

FIVE HEARTS
 

Sadie Detweiler made one mistake, but one that will be with her the rest of her life.  She fell in love with a man who wasn’t capable of loving anyone back.  But he did leave her with one thing that could change her life in ways she never imagined.  When she…and her parents…discover she is pregnant, instead of believing her that she trusted the man she fell in love with, trust his lies, they send her to live with cousins in Hart County, Kentucky.  There, unsure of her future, not sure where she fits in, not sure who to trust, she stands on the periphery of her cousins yet at the same time is drawn into their secrets.  When one of her cousins suddenly turns ill and dies, her world begins to change in a way she never expected.

As an EMT who is also Amish, Noah Freeman has walked a line between two worlds – that of the “English” and that of the Amish.  When he arrives at the Stauffer home where Sadie now lives, his only goal was to save the elderly Verba Stauffer’s life.  She dies before they reach the hospital of an unknown reason.  As they leave the house and head to the hospital, the image of Sadie standing in the shadows stays with him. He soon finds he cannot stop thinking about her and begins to seek her out.  But when he finds out she is pregnant his world shifts in a way he never expected.  When more people die of a sudden, unexplained illness, Noah can’t help but look into the cause.  As he searches for the cause of the mysterious illness he finds himself more and more in Sadie’s company and realizes that more than anything he wants to be with her. 

Shelley Shepard Gray’s Amish of Hart County is one of my favorite series.  Each book is a stand alone but there are ties to each of the other books.  You do not need to read them in order – she gives enough backstory to either catch up on a character from one of the earlier books, but it is done an integral part of the story so you don’t have to know about the earlier book.

In her latest, HER FEAR, she takes on the twin issues of pre-conception about the Amish and the jobs they can and do, do and an unwed mother within the community.  The changes that both Sadie and Noah go through both within themselves and with each other are well done.  I hurt for Sadie when the man she fell in love with lied about her and more so when her family turned their back on her.  Noah’s confusion and conflict with how he felt about Sadie against the backdrop of what he thought he wanted for his life were emotionally done.  Gray also does a wonderful job of portraying the different Amish sects and how they live their lives. 

Like I said, this is one of my favorite series and I cannot wait for the next entry.



This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

HERONS LANDING by JoAnn Ross



A Honeymoon Harbor Novel Book 1
Harlequin Books
May 22nd, 2018
978-1-335-94935-6
Contemporary, Small Town Romance, Fiction
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Dawn (love2read28@gmail.com)
Obtained by Self-purchase
4 Hearts

 

JoAnn Ross introduces readers to the small town of Honeymoon Harbor and the residents that make up this lovely town. When Brianna Mannion decides to quit her high-profile job as a concierge in Las Vegas, she falls in love with this big old Victorian house that she loved as a child in her hometown of Honeymoon Harbor. But when she returns home, she finds her childhood friend Seth Harper grieving for the loss of his wife (and Brianna’s best friend) and she is determined to make her dream a reality, even if it means working closely with the one man she had a crush on as a kid and teenager.

Seth Harper is enjoying running his family construction business but after the loss of his wife, Seth has just put one foot in front of the other and tried to just live each day even as he missed her terribly. But now that Brianna is back in town, Seth finds himself seeing her in a new light, one that has his frozen heart and emotions ready to thaw. But what happens when the sparks that fly between these two cause a flame to burn out of control and Seth will have to take the leap to the future that includes Brianna and a life filled with love once again?

JoAnn Ross delivers her introduction to her new series, Honeymoon Harbor, with a delightful tale of childhood friends, loss and more in HERONS LANDING. I got to admit, I was hesitant in trying this out but after reading just one chapter I couldn’t put it down. I love the history between Brianna and Seth as well as how the author weaves the past of the town into the storyline. I don’t want to give too much away so please note if you haven’t read one of this author’s books, then this is a perfect introduction story to get your feet wet. The story starts off slow as the author sets up Honeymoon Harbor and the main players in the HERONS LANDING. Just make sure to keep reading as it does pick up the pace after a few chapters in.  I loved how this author incorporates the past of how the town became in with the present. The characters, though, are where this author just shines. I love how diverse the population of Honeymoon Harbor is and we got a glimpse into characters that may pop in future books as well. The characters are what makes this story so enjoyable and entertaining in my opinion. You got the colorful characters such as these two 90-year-old twins who run a dress shop and then you got the ones who follow the rules and don’t take risks. Each resident we are introduced to in this first book makes the story more real to me. It could be any small town in any part of the world. This is an author who shines in creating entertaining yet diverse characters that readers can fall in love with.

HERONS LANDING is a delightful entertaining read that will lead the reader on an adventure as two friends find they have more in common than they thought and as hearts reach out to one another, it takes a measure of risk to let yourself fall in love again after the death of a loved one. If you are looking for a feel-good story that will charm you, then try Honeymoon Harbor and settle in for the perfect beach read this summer. I can’t wait to read book two, Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane and return to this charming seaside town.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement

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Friday, July 13, 2018

THE EDGE by SJD Peterson



Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Date Published: July 17, 2018
ISBN: 9781640801745
BDSM, Contemporary
eBook
Reviewed by: Gabrielle (meingee@yahoo.com)
Rating: 4 Hearts

 

Joshua is still struggling but with the help of Nash he is trying to get better. Trying to leave his past behind him and work towards a future but that is so much harder than it sounds. Joshua wants nothing more than to ignore and forget his past, but Nash knows that Joshua must confront and deal with his demons before he can begin to heal. Nash has come to care deeply for Joshua, but will he end up pushing the man away as he pushes him to heal? Soon the two must decide on what they truly want and if it is something that they want to work towards together.

This book continues the story of Nash and Joshua. It is an intense and emotional read. The two men are good together and their relationship is a rollercoaster ride of angst and happiness. I enjoyed watching Joshua grow and begin to heal. Nash is a good man and Dom but does not always know the answers. It was nice to see that he was not perfect either. Both men work hard to find a way to each other. Both trying and giving each other what they can and fighting for their happy ever after. I loved seeing the kinship and camaraderie of all the club members and how the men grow and help one another. Joshua and Nash find that they can not only lean on one another but that their friends are more than willing to lend them support. It was nice to see Nash and Joshua work so hard to find peace and love. The author does a wonderful job of bringing these men and their emotions to life. The two learn that love is something that must be worked for, but it is always worth it.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.