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Mini Review: Linny's Sweet Dream List by Susan Schild

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Linny’s Sweet Dream List by Susan Schild Published: January 5, 2016 Publisher: Lyrical Press Format: via author [in exchange for an honest review] Rating: 4/5 Synopsis At thirty-eight, Linny Taylor is suddenly living a life she thought only happened to other, more careless people. Widowed for the second time, and broke, thanks to her cheating late husband, Linny has no house, no job, and no options except to go back home. There, in a trailer, as run down as her self-esteem, Linny makes a list of things that might bring happiness. A porch swing. A job that nourishes her heart as well as her bank balance. Maybe even a date or two. At first, every goal seems beyond reach. But it’s hard for Linny to stay in the doldrums when a stray puppy is coercing her out of her shell—right into the path of the town’s kind, compassionate vet. The quirky town is filled with friends and family, including Linny’s mother, Dottie, who knows more about heartache than her daughters ever

Waiting On [160]: The Secrets She Kept by Brenda Novak

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Waiting on Wednesday [Wow] is a weekly event hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. The Secrets She Kept [Fairham Island #2] by Brenda Novak Expected Publication: July 26, 2016 Publisher: MIRA Synopsis The rich and powerful Josephine Lazarow, matriarch of Fairham Island, is dead. The police say it's suicide, but Keith, her estranged son, doesn't believe it. Keith bears scars—both physical and emotional—from his childhood, but he's worked hard to overcome the past. After walking away from his mother and her controlling ways five years ago, he's built a new life in LA. He's also accumulated a fortune of his own. But as soon as he learns of his mother's death, he returns to Fairham. He feels he owes it to his grandfather to put the family empire together again—and he's determined to find his mother's killer. Problem is…coming home to Fairham puts him back in contact wi

Review: A Lowcountry Wedding by Mary Alice Monroe

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A Lowcountry Wedding by Mary Alice Monroe Expected Publication: May 3, 2016 Publisher: Gallery Books Format: via publisher Rating: 5/5 Synopsis Nothing could be more enchanting than a summer wedding—or two!—in Charleston’s fabled Lowcountry. A centuries-old plantation, an avenue of ancient oaks dripping moss, a storied ballroom, a sand dune at sunset… Yet when a stranger arrives, a long-held family secret could silence the bells ringing for the Muir sisters. Scandals surface, family bonds are questioned, and promises are broken and renewed. In A Lowcountry Wedding, Monroe delves into the heart of marriage, commitment, and family ties. My Thoughts I have fallen in love with the Muir family from the start so when this book celebrates the marriages of two of the sisters I knew this was going to be a great read! I love how we see each sister has grown and how [most] of them are in a great place as far as their lives are concern. Love and marriage are two things

Virtual Tour: Something More by Barbie Bohrman

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Enter HERE to Win a $25.00 Amazon eGift Card  and a Kindle Fire HD 6" SOMETHING MORE THAN THIS Barbie Bohrman Releasing April 26th, 2016 Montlake Romance Katy Lewis has it all: a sports reporting job she loves, a great roommate, and two brothers who, while nosy, always have her back. But when Conner Roberts, Katy’s unrequited first crush, suddenly shows up—and shows interest—after nine years, she reverts to a sweaty, panicked sixteen-year-old once more. And if trying to read Conner’s signals isn’t tough enough, Katy’s heart is sending some mixed messages of its own. When a beautiful blonde coworker starts pursuing Katy’s boss, Dylan Sterling—her longtime mentor and friend—she realizes she may have a problem with that. A reunion with Conner is what she’s dreamed of for so long…so why can’t she stop thinking about Dylan? For the first time ever, Katy must fact-check her heart. Should she go after the guy she thought she always wanted or see if there’s

Virtual Tour: Love, Alabama by Susan Sands

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Enter to Win a $20.00 Amazon eGift Card Click HERE to Enter LOVE, ALABAMA [Alabama #2] by Susan Sands Released: April 13, 2016 Tule Publishing Group Emma Laroux's a fallen Southern beauty queen whose past is barely whispered about in her small town. But the secrets and lies surrounding the scandal from long ago still haunt her, and something about Matthew Pope holds the answers. If only she could put her finger on it… Matthew Pope wonders what awful karmic thing he’d done to land him in Podunk, Alabama. But when he sees Emma again after all this time, he knows he's still the only one that holds the key to unlock the truth of her past... Will a shared moment in time ten years ago threaten what might be the best thing that’s ever happen to either of them—each other? BUY NOW Amazon  |   B&N   |   Kobo   |   iTunes Emma pulled up behind Matthew’s car and frowned, noticing that his taillight was busted. She got out and pulled the bag

Waiting On [159]:Forever Beach by Shelley Noble

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Waiting on Wednesday [Wow] is a weekly event hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.   Forever Beach by Shelley Noble Expected Publication: June 7, 2016 Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks Synopsis Two women… One little girl… Can they forgive the past in order to ensure the future of an innocent child…? Once a foster child herself, Sarah Hargreave can’t wait to finalize the adoption of her foster daughter Leila. Sarah longs to give her all the love and stability she was denied in her own childhood. She’s put her own friendships and even her relationship with Wyatt, her longtime lover, on hold in order to give Leila her full attention. When Leila’s biological mother suddenly reappears and petitions the court for the return of her daughter, Sarah is terrified she’ll lose the little girl she’s come to love as her own. Convinced the mother is still addicted to drugs, Sarah, and her social worker en

Virtual Tour: Calling It by Jen Doyle

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Enter to Win a $25.00 eGift Card to Choice Book Seller Click HERE to Enter Calling It by  Jen Doyle Releasing April 11, 2016 Carina Press Baseball player Nathan Hawkins needs to get away from Chicago. After a near career-ending car accident and with paparazzi surrounding his penthouse, Nate can only think of one place to go: home. But when he finds his old apartment occupied by a half-naked woman wielding a baseball bat, he's not sure what to think...except that maybe his luck has finally changed for the better. Librarian Dorie Donelli never thought she'd get to meet her fantasy man in person—much less while she’s wearing her bathrobe. To her surprise, her nearly naked run-in with Nate leads to more unclothed encounters. But Dorie is sure their fling is only temporary. As long as she remembers he’ll be gone once his life gets back on track, she won’t get hurt. In the meantime, she throws herself into enjoying their three weeks together before he has to

Waiting On [158]: All Summer Long by Dorothea Benton Frank

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Waiting on Wednesday [Wow] is a weekly event hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. All Summer Long by Dorothea Benton Frank Expected Publication: May 31, 2016 Publisher: William Morrow Synopsis Dorothea Benton Frank’s magical stories take us deep into the heart of her beloved Carolina Lowcountry. In her novels, this lush landscape comes alive in all its vibrancy and color. She ignites all of our senses with her vivid descriptions of landscape and atmosphere. In her novels you hear the ocean washing the shore on different islands so profoundly that you can nearly hear the sea gulls squawking too. This is a story of people whose lives are changing—a southern gentleman returning home to lead a more peaceful life and his talented New York wife who is not quite sure she is ready to make the transition. They are moving north to south, fast pace vs slow pace, downsizing. And while they are doing this, they a

Review: Lies and Other Acts of Love by Kristy Woodson Harvey

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Lies and Other Acts of Love by Kristy Woodson Harvey Published: April 5, 2016 Publisher: Berkley Format: via author Rating: 5/5 Buy Amazon * IndieBound * Walmart * BN * GooglePlay * Kobo * Hudson Booksellers Synopsis After sixty years of marriage and five daughters, Lynn “Lovey” White knows that all of us, from time to time, need to use our little white lies. Her granddaughter, Annabelle, on the other hand, is as truthful as they come. She always does the right thing—that is until she dumps her hedge fund manager fiancé and marries a musician she has known for three days. After all, her grandparents, who fell in love at first sight, have shared a lifetime of happiness, even though her grandfather’s declining health. But when Annabelle’s world starts to collapse around her, she discovers that nothing about her picture-perfect family is as it seems. And Lovey has to decide whether one more lie will make or break the ones she loves. My Thoughts

Monthly Wrap-Up: March

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March was a great month for me while I didn’t read as much as I wanted to it brought me a month of less is more. I found myself just trying to relax more and trying not to stress out so much. I’m trying to exercise more and it has definitely helped me on all fronts. I’m hoping this month to read way more since I got some amazing books that I can’t wait to dive into. Well enough about me…here’s how my month went book wise. Books Read *17. Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica *16. Lies and Other Acts of Love by Kristy Woodson Harvey 15. Frannie & Tru by Karen Hattrup *14. People Who Knew Me by Kim Hooper *13. How Sweet the Sound by Amy K. Sorrells *=Super Faves Books Received via Publishers Forever Beach by Shelly Noble One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid A Lowcountry Wedding by Mary Alice Monroe The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews A Certain Age by Beatriz Williams The Island House by Nancy Thayer Glory Over Everything by Kathleen Grissom Thanks t