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Mini Review: All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker

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All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker Published July 12, 2016 Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Rating: 3/5 Synopsis In the small, affluent town of Fairview, Connecticut everything seems picture perfect. Until one night when young Jenny Kramer is attacked at a local party. In the hours immediately after, she is given a controversial drug to medically erase her memory of the violent assault. But, in the weeks and months that follow, as she heals from her physical wounds, and with no factual recall of the attack, Jenny struggles with her raging emotional memory. Her father, Tom, becomes obsessed with his inability to find her attacker and seek justice while her mother, Charlotte, prefers to pretend this horrific event did not touch her perfect country club world. As they seek help for their daughter, the fault lines within their marriage and their close-knit community emerge from the shadows where they have been hidden for years, and the relentless quest to find the mon

Mini Review: So Close by Emma McLaughlin & Emma Kraus

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So Close by Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus Published: June 7, 2016 Published: Sparkpress Rating: 4/5 Synopsis Amanda Beth Luker has spent her whole life desperately looking for someone who can show her the way out of her trailer park Florida town. And then, finally, help arrives in the form of Tom Davis, a successful lawyer with political aspirations who grew up just a few towns over from Amanda. But it's his wife, Lindsay, who really captures Amanda's imagination. Strong, smart, and determined, she gives Amanda something she's never had: a role model. Meanwhile, Amanda is introduced to the wealthy, charismatic, and deeply troubled Pax Westerbrook . He clearly desires Amanda, but if she gives in will that move her closer to the life she's always dreamed of or make it impossible? Amanda rides Davis's political success all the way to Washington, where he becomes Senator and will later be tapped for president and even makes a bid for the White

Review: The Choices We Make by Karma Brown

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The Choices We Make by Karma Brown Published: July 12, 2016 Publisher: MIRA Rating: 5/5 Synopsis Hannah and Kate became friends in the fifth grade when Hannah hit a boy for looking up Kate's skirt with a mirror. While they've been close as sisters ever since, Hannah can't help but feel envious of the little family Kate and her husband, David, have created—complete with two perfect little girls. She and Ben have been trying for years to have a baby, so when they receive the news that she will likely never get pregnant, Hannah's heartbreak is overwhelming. But just as they begin to tentatively explore the other options; it's Kate's turn to do the rescuing. Not only does she offer to be Hannah's surrogate, but Kate is willing to use her own eggs to do so. Full of renewed hope, excitement and gratitude, these two families embark on an incredible journey toward parenthood…until a devastating tragedy puts everything these women have worked t

Mini Review: You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott

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You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott Expected Publication: July 26, 2016 Publisher: Little Brown Rating: 4/5 Synopsis Katie and Eric Knox have dedicated their lives to their fifteen-year-old daughter Devon, a gymnastics prodigy and Olympic hopeful. But when a violent death rocks their close-knit gymnastics community just weeks before an all-important competition, everything the Knoxes have worked so hard for feels suddenly at risk. As rumors swirl among the other parents, revealing hidden plots and allegiances, Katie tries frantically to hold her family together while also finding herself drawn, irresistibly, to the crime itself, and the dark corners it threatens to illuminate. My Thoughts I’m a newbie when it comes to Megan Abbott books but after this one, I will seek out her previous novels. She gives us a look into the competitive world of gymnastics and its one that is breathtakingly amazing and one that it will make your head spin. We meet Katie and Eric p

Virtual Tour + Giveaway: To Have and to Hold by Lauren Layne

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Sex and the City meets The Wedding Planner in The Wedding Belles! TO HAVE AND TO HOLD The Wedding Belles #1 Lauren Layne Releasing July 26th, 2016 Pocket Books Sex and the City  meets  The Wedding Planner  in The Wedding Belles, her sizzling brand new contemporary romance series about three ambitious wedding planners who can make any bride’s dream come true…but their own. Discovering her fiancé is an international conman just moments before they exchange vows devastates celebrity wedding planner Brooke Burke’s business—and breaks her heart. Now a pariah in Los Angeles, she seeks a fresh start in New York City and thinks she’s found it with her first bridal client, a sweet, if slightly spoiled, hotel heiress. Then she meets the uptight businessman who’s holding the purse springs. Seth Tyler wishes he could write a blank check and be done with his sister’s fancy-pants wedding. Unfortunately, micromanaging the event is his only chance at proving Maya’s fiancé

Release Day: Broken Pieces by Kathleen Long

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Broken Pieces by Kathleen Long Release Day: July 19 Genre: Women's Fiction About the Book Destiny Jones is doing just fine on her own, thanks. From her thriving one-woman carpentry business to the loving support of her small-town community, Destiny has constructed a life as sturdy and polished as her best cabinets. Twenty years ago, Destiny’s world collapsed when her mother died and her father, Albert, abandoned his daughter to pursue acting in New York. His devastating exit taught Destiny a lesson in self-reliance that has kept her safe—and alone—ever since. Now Albert Jones is back, begging for a second chance. Destiny suspects he’s simply staging another performance, starring himself as the prodigal father. Should she act on her misgivings? Or listen to her inner child, who still yearns for a family? When Albert divulges a shocking secret, Destiny’s life will again be turned upside down. Kathleen Long’s warm, wise novel reveals the armor that has protected us in the pa

Blog Tour: Falling by Jane Green

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Falling by Jane Green Expected Publication: July 19, 2016 Publisher: Berkley Rating: 4/5 Synopsis When Emma Montague left the strict confines of upper-crust British life for New York, she felt sure it would make her happy. Away from her parents and expectations, she felt liberated, throwing herself into Manhattan life replete with a high-paying job, a gorgeous apartment, and a string of successful boyfriends. But the cutthroat world of finance and relentless pursuit of more began to take its toll. This wasn’t the life she wanted either. On the move again, Emma settles in the picturesque waterfront town of Westport, Connecticut, a world apart from both England and Manhattan. It is here that she begins to confront what it is she really wants from her life. With no job, and knowing only one person in town, she channels her passion for creating beautiful spaces into remaking the dilapidated cottage she rents from Dominic, a local handyman who lives next door with his six

Review: Untethered by Julie Lawson TImmer

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Untethered by Julie Lawson Timmer Published: June 7, 2016 Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Rating: 3/5 Synopsis Char Hawthorn, college professor, wife and stepmother to a spirited fifteen-year-old daughter, loves her family and the joyful rhythms of work and parenting. But when her husband dies in a car accident, the “step” in Char’s title suddenly matters a great deal. In the eyes of the law, all rights to daughter Allie belong to Lindy, Allie’s self-absorbed biological mother, who wants the girl to move to her home in California. While Allie begins to struggle in school and tensions mount between her and Char, Allie’s connection to young Morgan, a ten-year-old-girl she tutors, seems to keep her grounded. But then Morgan, who was adopted out of foster care, suddenly disappears, and Char is left to wonder about a possible future without Allie and what to do about Morgan, a child caught up in a terrible crack in the system. My Thoughts In Untethered we get to kno

Monthly Wrap Up: June

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June has been a quite one for me. Sadly, I didn’t read as much as I had wanted to but I have been just relaxing and watch some movies and TV shows. I took a few days off and went to Galveston with the family and it was fun. It was nice having the whole family together in the sun and just talking, laughing and catching up with one another. Well enough about me here’s how my month went bookish wise. Books Read 28. Barefoot Beach by Toby Devens * 27. Here’s to Us by Elin Hilderbrand    26. The Sweetheart Deal by Polly Dugan *=Super Faves Books Received via Publishers Here’s to Us by Elin Hilderbrand The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon [blog tour] Once Upon a Wine by Beth Kendrick Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven [for blog tour] The Bourbon Thief by Tiffany Reisz Barefoot Beach by Toby Devens The Girl from the Savoy by Hazel Gaynor If I Could Turn Back Time by Beth Harrison Little Girl Gone by Gerry Schmitt Thank you so much to the fol

Virtual Tour + Giveaway: Happy Ever After in Christmas by Debbie Mason

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It's beginning to look a lot like love . . . HAPPY EVER AFTER IN CHRISTMAS Christmas, Colorado #7 Debbie Mason Released: June 28, 2016 Forever Romance It's beginning to look a lot like love . . . As her thirtieth birthday approaches, Deputy Jill Flaherty decides it's time to live a little. When she walks into Sawyer Anderson's bar in her sexiest dress, she's not thinking that he's her brother's best friend or about the many women he dated during his years as a pro hockey player. All she's thinking is that it's finally time to confess to her longtime crush how she truly feels. Sawyer is done being a player on and off the ice. Yet no one in the small town of Christmas seems to believe he's ready to settle down, not Jill, and certainly not Jack, who is determined to keep Sawyer from breaking his little sister's heart. But as Sawyer and Jill's relationship heats up, can he prove that he's her happy ever aft