Friday, May 18, 2018

THE LAST CHANCE MATINEE by Mariah Stewart



The Hudson Sisters Novel, Book 1
Gallery Books
March 21st, 2017
978-1-5011-4490-5
Contemporary, Women’s Fiction, Romance
Trade Paperback
Reviewed by Dawn (love2read28@gmail.com)
Obtained by Self-Purchase
4 Hearts


When Hollywood agent Fritz Hudson passes away he leaves behind secrets that come out of hiding. For Fritz left behind two families on opposite coasts who had no idea that the other existed and the three daughters he leaves behind find out about one another in a lawyer’s office. Allie and Des Hudson were products of his first marriage to an actress, Honora, a relationship that ended in tragedy. As his relationship with Honora was unraveling, Fritz was falling in love with Susa, a New Age Hippie that brought him such peace and gave him a daughter named Cara. But now with Fritz gone, he has the three sisters come together to hear what his terms are for their inheritance. The terms are clear- the sisters are to move to Fritz’s hometown in the Pocono Mountains and restore an old theater there that Fritz was obsessed about. All three must show up or else the inheritance is forfeit. Can Des, Allie and Cara find a way to turn their father’s dream into a reality or will they walk away from it all?

I absolutely adored this book. THE LAST CHANCE MATINEE had everything I love in a book-Captivating characters, a well thought out storyline that left me eager for more and some twists I sure did not see coming. With each page I flipped, I was drawn more and more into the story about three different sisters that had to work through a lot of shock and more when they find out about one another. I love Ms. Stewart’s writing and her books are always a winner with me. In her new series, we are introduced to the Hudson sisters, three siblings who had no idea about the other. Allie and Des are products of Fritz’s first marriage and have issues that they are dealing with. Cara is a woman who is trying to expand her business and try to move ahead in life after the shock of her marriage dissolving so suddenly. All three main characters are as different as can be, but they work so well together. Add in some surprise characters that helped flesh out the backstory of Fritz’s youth well, you get a well-rounded story that will leave you breathless.

Ms. Stewart delivers a great story that is based in part about a story that ran through her family as a child about two families who didn’t know about one another. That connection made the book so much more to me in my opinion and I enjoyed how she weaves that plot monkey in a way that leaves the reader clamoring for more. The characters are well written, so much so I enjoyed all three sisters immensely as each has their own strengths they bring to the renovation. There are a few twists that I thoroughly enjoyed and didn’t see coming.

THE LAST CHANCE MATINEE is a fun, enjoyable story that you will not be able to put down. I loved how the author captures all the differences in the sisters and it meshes wonderfully together in this book. I read this in two days and I am eager to see where the author goes next in the series and which sister is up next. THE LAST CHANCE MATINEE is a story not just of sisters, but also of family or working through things that may have knocked you down, but you still got some fight left in you. If you haven’t read Ms. Stewarts books before, this is a perfect introduction to her writing. I highly recommend this authors books and hope you can grab THE LAST CHANCE MATINEE as it is fabulous. I am sure you will enjoy it just as I did.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement


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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

THE BOOKWORM by Mitch Silver



Publisher:     Pegasus Books
Published:      February 6, 2018
ISBN:        978-1681776415
Genre:      Mystery
Format:     Print
Obtained via:  Library
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina  myreviewbooks@aol.com

FOUR HEARTS



With war raging in Europe in 1940 a cunning priest makes his way to a remote monastery and hides a bible.  But this is no priest and this is no ordinary bible.  Rather it holds the secret to changing the course of World War II.

In the present day several things are happening. Each seems independent of the others yet they are tied together with one thread.  A construction worker stumbles on a skeleton with a handcuff attached to its wrist; a strange smell emits from the Alaska pipeline and a newly minted Russian professor is asked to participate as translator to the American President at a G20 conference.  Disparate events that will come together to change the world as we know it. 

I stumbled on to Mitch Silver when I looked up a suggested read from my library and saw the blurb for his latest, THE BOOKWORM.  Since he’d written a prior book, IN SECRET SERVICE, along the same lines – an event from the past comes to the surface today that has the potential to change history as we know it.  Despite some of the same historical figures appearing in both books, they are entirely stand alones.  THE BOOKWORM shows a significant change in Silver’s writing because while IN SECRET SERVICE was a good read, THE BOOKWORM is much stronger and better told.  I enjoyed both, but THE BOOKWORM is one of my best reads this year.

Silver combines fact with fiction and weaves tales around famous and infamous figures from the past with modern day events.  He does it cleanly and clearly while telling a really good story with interesting and multi-dimensional characters.  Given there was a seven year gap between his first book and this latest and how much I enjoyed both, I hope he doesn’t take quite so long to write book 3. 



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

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

ALL THE EVER AFTERS by Danielle Teller



Publisher:     William Morrow
Published:     May 22, 2018
ISBN:        978-0062798206
Genre:      Contemporary Fiction
Format:     Print
Obtained via:  Publisher
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina  myreviewbooks@aol.com

THREE HEARTS


So you think you know the story of Cinderella?  The whole story? 

The real story begins with her step-mother Agnes who at only ten years old was, due to family circumstances, sent to work as a laundress’s apprentice.  There she is, in short, abused by the laundress and treated as next to nothing by the rest of the manor’s residents.  When several years later the opportunity to leave and perhaps find a better life arrives, Agnes quickly departs.  But life does not become all that much easier.  As time goes on Agnes undertakes several other positions, with each, the spirit to survive grows stronger and stronger.

When I first started reading ALL THE EVER AFTERS by Danielle Teller, I felt like I had started the book in the middle.  It seemed a bit disjointed.  Teller’s voice, however, lures you into the story and so begins your journey.  The book can be read for pure entertainment or, you can take it as an opportunity for some inner searching. For me, the story was both – an entertaining read and a chance to sit back and look at how we have within us, if we choose, the strength to overcome adversity.  The “journal” entries within the story give wonderful insight into Agnes’s character and how she grows and changes over time. It is not a quick read, but one that you want to be able to sit back, relax and take your time with. 


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

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

RAMSES THE DAMNED THE PASSION OF CLEOPATRA by Anne Rice and Christopher Rice



Publisher: Penguin
Date Published: November 21, 2017
ISBN:9781101970324
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Horror
Print
Reviewed by: Gabrielle (meingee@yahoo.com)
Obtained via: publisher
Rating:3 Hearts



An old battle begins again; Ramses and Cleopatra have both been awakened by an elixir that brings the dead back to life but at what consequences? The world has moved on since their time but evil still abounds. This story picks up where the author left it in the previous book. Readers are able to find out what happened after all this time. We learn what happened to Cleopatra after her battle with Ramses. They both are trying to live their lives, but the time has come for them to reunite. Ramses and Julie are moving along, and Cleopatra is dealing with her own problems but who can they trust when evil comes looking? There are surprises along the way for these are not the only immortals around. Someone is on the hunt and it looks like Ramses and Cleopatra could be in their sights. What will happen when they all cross paths and the chaos begins?
I was happy to see this book come out. It does help to tie up some plot lines from the previous book, but it did not have me engrossed in the plot as much. This story has some interesting characters that grabbed my attention but not all the characters have depth and emotions that pull you in. If you have read the previous book you will understand and enjoy this book much more.  Ramses and Cleopatra are not the only immortals around and there seems to be others who have an agenda all their own.
I enjoyed the adventure that all the characters embark on. The book does start off a bit slow, but it soon gains speed. There were some new characters brought in that hopefully will get more to say in the future. Once the book picked up I enjoyed the ride. While many of the characters did not endear themselves to me I did enjoy their adventure. Cleopatra and Ramses are strong characters. Seeing the plot develop and watching the characters find their way made for a nice read. Anne Rice and Christopher Rice do a nice job of combining their voices in this book. This was a nice continuation of the Ramses and Cleopatra story.


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

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