Sunday, September 28, 2014

"A Place Called Harmony" Book Tour

Jodi Thomas has captivated America with her novels set in the small town of Harmony, Texas. 

Now she tells the story of the three hard-luck men who first settled the town, a place where last chances and long-awaited dreams collide...

Desperate to escape his overbearing father, Patrick McAllen disappears with his bride, heading north to build a new town— discovering strength, honor and true love along the way.

After drinking away the grief from his family’s death, Clint Truman avoids jail by taking a job in North Texas and settling down with a woman he vows to protect but never love—until her quiet compassion slowly breaks his hardened heart wide open...

All Gillian Matheson has ever known is Army life, leaving his true love to be a part-time spouse. But when a wounded Gillian returns home to find her desperately fighting to save their marriage, he’s determined to become the husband she deserves.

Amidst storms, outlaws, and unwelcome relatives, the three couples band together to build a town—and form a bond that breathes life into the place that will forever be called Harmony.

“I’ve never met a Jodi Thomas book that wasn’t absolutely dog eared from being read many times.”— Fresh Fiction

Release date: October 7, 2014 
Publisher: Berkley
ISBN: 978-0-425-25078-5 

Retail price: USA $7.99

Jodi Thomas is the NY Times and USA Today bestselling author of 40 novels and 12 short story collections.

A four-time RITA winner, Jodi currently serves as the Writer in Residence at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas. JodiThomasAuthor 

My Thoughts...

I haven't read a Jodi Thomas book I haven't enjoyed.  I must say, I think I enjoyed this Harmony series book the best. But then I say that about all of them. 

This story was different in the sense it was about the three men who settled the town of Harmony. Actually, if you haven't read any of the other books in the Harmony series, I would recommend you read this one first, and then read the other books in the series.

I would like to say a big THANK YOU to the author, Jodi Thomas who provided this book to me to read and give an honest review. I enjoyed it enough to award it 5 "Harmony" stars. 

I did not receive any type of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers and authors I am under no obligation to write a positive review.

Friday, September 19, 2014

"Every Time I Think of You"

Thirty-year-old Daisy DiStefano has two people she holds dear: the grandmother who raised her, and her three-year-old son, Elliott. But when Daisy’s grandmother is killed in a seemingly random act of violence, Daisy must take steps to protect herself and her child.

Despite a thriving career in San Francisco, thirty-six-year-old Brooks McClain has returned home to spend what little time his mother has left before she succumbs to the deadly disease that is ravaging her. The seasoned investigative reporter has taken a position with the local newspaper and been on the job less than twenty-four hours when he’s summoned to cover the death of Pauline Thorpe.

Brooks is all business, but the more time he spends with Daisy DiStefano, the more invested he becomes; there’s something about a single mother, a defenseless child, and an unsolved crime that has stirred Brooks’s protective instincts like nothing ever has before
And when the unthinkable happens, Brooks will do whatever it takes to clear the name of the woman he’s fallen for and the child he’ll protect at any cost.

Romantic and suspenseful, "Every Time I Think of You" shows how far two people will go to fight for the ones they love, and the life they’ve always imagined.

My Thoughts...

I've read to other books by this author Tracey Garvis Graves and enjoyed them both. This story was an okay story, but not nearly the page turner the other two books were. It is a part of my Nook library and I enjoyed it enough to award it 3 stars every time I think of it.

Friday, September 12, 2014

"Bayou Born"

Branna Lind's self-esteem rests at the bottom of the Mississippi River. She canceled her "wedding of the decade," though she isn't saying why. She wants life on her own terms, no ready-made job in the family business, no safety net of close-knit kin, and no more betrayal. 

College professor James Newbern prizes his bachelorhood. Experience has taught him beautiful women are high-maintenance trouble and Branna fits that type. He is happy to avoid her until the college vice president assigns him to mentor the newest hire--Branna. 

Branna is on her way to a new life, but will the scars of the past send her running from love? If she doesn’t, will she convince James that she truly is his "type"

My Thoughts...

This is the first book I've read by this author, Linda Joyce. I'm kind of on the fence about what I feel about it and the characters. 

James is what I thought was suppose to be a nice southern gentleman, and a professor....however, on a non-date with Branna he took her to a honky-tonk hole-in-the wall kind of joint. Branna got a little tipsy on an over-sized drink. However...what followed, (and this is only my opinion) took away the "southern gentleman" title from what I thought of the 'nice' James. Well that is as much as I can say about that situation, without giving away to much of the story.

It was a normal boy meets girl story, with a few hurdles to jump before we reach the happily-ever-after ending. I was surprised at the "Hey was that the ending?" until I realized this was the first book in a 3 book series. It was a stand-alone book however, so no cliff hanger ending. 

This book is a part of my Kindle library and I enjoyed it enough to award it 3 Bayou falling stars.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

"Lost & Found"

Lydia was supposed to have an adventurous and exciting summer. Instead she's done nothing more than read and eat takeout. Now it's time to go home, and what does she have to show for it? A big fat nothing. Unless, of course, her trip to the airport somehow turns into something more than just a flight home. 

Blake feels like he's been sent on a wild goose chase. While work is piling up back in Denver, he's on the other side of the country, hunting for some mysterious box that his grandfather left him. Well, no more. Nothing inside that box could possibly be more important than the opportunity to make it as the youngest partner at his firm. So he's going home, and that's that. But that's before he discovers his flight has been cancelled. 

When these two strangers meet at the airport, they make a split-second decision to search for the box together. Maybe with both of them on the hunt, Lydia can have her adventure and Blake can find the box. And maybe, if they’re lucky, they’ll even find some romance.

My Thoughts...

This book was a light romantic fun and "G" rated delightful novella. The kind of story I like to call "Mind Candy" reading. It was a fun afternoon of reading.There are times when I just like to read a short novel (119 pgs) because I don't want to spend two or three days devoted to a longer novel.

It was a fun plot, and the second book I've read by this author, Karey White. I think I've just found another favorite author.

This book is part of my Nook library, and I enjoyed this story enough to award it 4 "found" stars.

Friday, September 5, 2014

"My Own Mr. Darcy"

After being dragged to the 2005 movie Pride and Prejudice by her mother, sixteen-year-old Elizabeth’s life changes when Matthew Macfadyen’s Mr. Darcy appears on the screen. Lizzie falls hard and makes a promise to herself that she will settle for nothing less than her own Mr. Darcy. This ill-advised pledge threatens to ruin any chance of finding true love. During the six intervening years, she has refused to give any interested suitors a chance. They weren’t Mr. Darcy enough. 

Coerced by her roommate, Elizabeth agrees to give the next interested guy ten dates before she dumps him. That guy is Chad, a kind and thoughtful science teacher and swim coach. While she’s dating Chad, her dream comes true in the form of a wealthy bookstore owner named Matt Dawson, who looks and acts like her Mr. Darcy. Of course she has to follow her dream. But as Elizabeth simultaneously dates a regular guy and the dazzling Mr. Dawson, she’s forced to re-evaluate what it was she loved about Mr. Darcy in the first place.

My Thoughts...

This is the first book I've read by this author, Karey White, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Will I read anymore books by her? Yes, I will, and if the next one is an enjoyable read I will continue reading her novels. I especially liked this book because even though it was a romantic story, it was a very clean read "G"rated, which is my favorite kind of reading. If you are looking for 'hot n steamy' reading this isn't for you.  Anyway....

It was so refreshing to read a good storyline that didn't rely on bedroom roll-arounds to sell the story. Give me a good clean storyline anytime, and I will continue to read your novels, Ms. White, and any other author who might happen by and read this review. 

I enjoyed this novel so much I have decided to award it 5  "very enjoyable stars," which, if you follow my reviews I don't award 5 stars very often. This book is part of my Nook library.

Monday, September 1, 2014

"Don't Try To Find Me"

Don't try to find me. Though the message on the kitchen white board is written in Marley's hand, her mother Rachel knows there has to be some other explanation. Marley would never run away.

As the days pass and it sinks in that the impossible has occurred, Rachel and her husband Paul are informed that the police have "limited resources." If they want their 14-year-old daughter back, they will have to find her themselves. Desperation becomes determination when Paul turns to Facebook and Twitter, and launches

But Marley isn't the only one with secrets.

With public exposure comes scrutiny, and when Rachel blows a television interview, the dirty speculation begins. Now, the blogosphere is convinced Rachel is hiding something. It's not what they think; Rachel would never hurt Marley. Not intentionally, anyway. But when it's discovered that she's lied, even to the police, the devoted mother becomes a suspect in Marley's disappearance.

Is Marley out there somewhere, watching it all happen, or is the truth something far worse.

My Thoughts...

First off let me say that this was one of those books that I call "Out of my comfort zone reading" books....

It deals with a troubled family and their 14 year old run-away daughter. It touches on the subject of social media, and the dangers of meeting someone online. It is almost like reading a headline in the newspaper. 

It was an interesting book to read and kept me on the edge of my seat, a page-turner, to say the least. The characters in the story were not very likable. And the ending was a big disappointment. I felt like I had been cheated...not a satisfying ending at all...I liked it enough to award it 3 stars.

This book was provided for me to read and give an honest review by Harper Collins Publishers.

I did not receive any type of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers and authors I am under no obligation to write a positive review.

Monday, August 25, 2014

"Four Wishes"

Expected publication: September 12th 2014 by Christine Nolfi via CreateSpace
0985247789 (ISBN13: 9780985247782)
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Meade Williams has a successful company, an ailing father—and a secret desire to find love at last. Dr. Mary Chance isn’t sure the time is right to expand her family. Birdie Kaminsky has married the man of her dreams, but yearns to grow closer to her powerful sister. And young Glade Wilson must confront the daunting truth that she’ll become a mother before finishing high school.

Welcome to Book Four of The Liberty Series, where the heartwarming stories of love, friendship and family life unfold in surprising ways.

My Thoughts....

This is the fourth book in this series, but that's okay. Why? Because they are all stand-alone stories. And as always I enjoy Christine Nolfi's stories. They are always feel-good stories with light-hearted romance. This time around Meade  was having trouble adjusting to a committed relationship with Hector, even though they only have eyes for each other.  Their relationship is not a "Cinderella" happily-everafter kind of fairy tale romance. It had its ups and downs. 

This book was like reading about friends you haven't visited in a while and catching up with all the happenings of their lives...weddings, new babies, business affairs, who is new in town since the last visit, etc.  Let me just say....for me it was an enjoyable two days of reading.

A great big THANK YOU to Christine for providing this ARC copy of "Four Wishes." I enjoyed it enough to award it "Four Wishes Upon a Star" Stars.

I did not receive any type of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers and authors I am under no obligation to write a positive review.