Review – All In by Simona Ahrenstedt

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4/5 Stars

This is the first foreign language (Swedish) romance book to be translated to English and I really enjoyed it. I found this to be more than what is tradisitonally thought of as a romance, I thought it belended a lit of elements of contemporary fiction which I thought was more the focus.

The story involves corporate raider, David Hammar, a man who is set to take over the family business of one of the richest family’s in Sweden. His takeover is based on revenge and to make things really work he wants to get Natalie De La Grip on his side. Of course, sparks fly between the two and each person is hiding some dark secrets.

I thought was a very interesting book and I really enjoyed it. I liked the peek we get to see of life in another country, even though ti was for the upper class. I thought the characters seemed a tad flat but I attributed that to the translation, perhaps some things weren’t as easily translated. The author is a psychologiest so the emotions all the feelings were there, I just can’t place it. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would enjoy reading more from this author.

I received a copy of this manuscript from the publisher, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

Review – A Fine Imitation by Amber Brock

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3/5 Stars

This is a story told in alternating time frames from main character Vera’s perspective The story spans a period of ten years in Vera’s life from her time at Vassar to her socialite life on Park Avenue. . AS Vera looks back on her life she remembers a friendship that almost destroyed her. Currently living in the lap of luxery, Vera is not happy. Her unhappiness leads to having an affair The man Vera is having an affair with has lead a unsavory and mysterious life. As Vera finds out about this mans past she must make some hard decisions.

I enjoyed this story. The changes between Vera’s currently life and to that of her past were seemless and easy to follow, I thought the author did a great job of doing this. The characters were intresting albeit a little flat at times and unbelievable. Overall, the story quickly drew me and kept me wanting to read more.

I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

 

Review – The Witch’s List by Andrew Cairns

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4/5 Stars

This is the first book of a trilogy and I found it to be interesting. This book explores the life of Sandy Beech from a young lad through early life. Sandy is not a believer in witch’s, witchcraft, or black magic; he believes there si a logical explanation for everything. Sandy begins to witness events certain events that start creating doubts in his mind such as a burning book, a crucifix falling off the wall and a illness with no spcific cause.

Sandy knows her prefers African woman over any other, he finds their dark skin color to be the most beautiful and alluring above all others. Sandy is warned by a nun who was terribly burned not to give into his lusts and to stay away from African women. This is something he tries to do but he soon meets and falls in love with Rocky. They move in together and eventually marry. It isn’t until Sandy and Rocky visit her family on the Ivory Coast that Sandy learns about “The Witch’s List” and how people get on to it. Sandy also has several unexplained happenings while in Africa. Sandy’s new friends and in-laws try to explain more about the dark magic that happens in Africa and what being on “The Witch’s List” means.

The more I think about this book, the more I like it. The author has taken great care to lay out the ground work for the next two books in the series. I honestly was going to stop reading this book several times becuase it moved a little slow in certain parts and didn’t seem like anything was happening to move the story along. I am glad I finished, it’s worth the journey.

I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series, I can’t wait to read what happens next!

I received a copy of this manuscript from the publisher via NetGalley in exachange for an honest review.

 

Review – The Memory of Us by Camille Di Maio

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5/5 Stars

This is a supub debut novel by author Camille Di Maio. The novel spans several decades of Julianne Westcott’s life. Julianne is from an affluent family in prewar Liverpool. Julianne has her pick of eligible bachelors but only has eyes for the gardener’s son, Kyle = an Irish-Catholic – her mother believes he’s beneath her and her father forbids her to see because of his religion. Julianne’s family has harbored a secret for many years that shatters her idyllic family picture. As Julianne’s feelings for Kyle grow, she makes some life altering decisions that affect not only her but those around her.
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I was immediately swept up in this story and I had to know what was going to happen next. The author has paced the telling of this story in such a way the story moves along quickly but isn’t rushed. I really felt as though I got to know the characters and could feel the depth and emotion of the characters.

This is a book that ran the spectrum of emotions for me. I cried, laughed and yelled at some of the decisions being made. The writer AS the book starts in prewar Liverpool, you can sense the anxiety the characters feel with the grim prospect of entering another war. Then as the war starts, the desperationand fear. This book certainly is a roller coaster of emotions.

I thought this was a very well written nvel and I look forward to reading this author’s future novels.

I received a copy of this manuscript from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

 

Review – Murder, Handcrafted by Isabella Alan

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5/5 Stars

Isabella Alan has written another terrific book in the Amish Quilt Shop Mystery series. Things are going well for Angie until she is caught up in the kitchen renovation at her parents house. Angie’s dad insisted he do the renovation himself only to throw his back before he even really gets started. Between English contractors and Amish craftsmen the work commences on the renovations. Soon the dead the body of the electrician is found on site. Angie is soon wrapped up in another murder investigation trying to prove her friend innocent.

This is another delightful mystery that quickly grabbed my attention and kept me reading until the last page was turned. I enjoy these likable characters and like getting to catching up with them. The fictional town of Rolling Brook is one I would enjoy visiting, Ms Alan has done a superb job of creating this setting. I can’t forget to mention the animals in this series, their characters are entertaining and make me chuckle at the antics. This is a wonderful book and series!

I received a copy of this manuscript from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

Review – Tea Cups and Carnage by Lynn Cahoon

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5/5 Stars

This is one of my favorite series and this installment doesn’t disappoint. The town of South Cove is hosting a Beach Festival to draw in more tourists. With the arrival of vendors and tourists alike, there are also a few unsavory characters stirring up a whole lot of trouble, or could it be the new tea shop owner? Coffee, Books, and More owner, Jill finds herself asking questions about all the ruckus going on expecially the motorcyclist who almost ran over Aunt Jackie.

I really enjoyed this book, I thought it was a little different. Coffee shop owner, Jill seemed determined tnot to get involved in the murder investigation, she was more concerend about the motorcyclist causing chaos. This leads Jill to ask some hard questions and the answers she gets are quite surprising.

I feel a part of the story as I read and can almost smell the briney scent of the ocean. The author does a great job of setting the scene and bringing the characters to life. I really enjoy this series and look forward to reading more. I can’t wait to read what happens next!

I received a copy of this manuscript from teh publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.