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The Little Bakery on Rosemary Lane, Ellen Berry

the little bakery on rosemary laneTitle: The Little Bakery on Rosemary Lane

Author: Ellen Berry

Pages: 368 pages

Genre: cozy romance

Is this part of a series?  Yes, book two of the Rosemary Lane series.

Published: September 7th, 2017

 

Roxanne Cartwright has it all- the high-power job at a fashion magazine, a boyfriend she adores and a flat in London…. Until it all starts to unravel.  Heartbroken, she returns to her hometown and her sister.  Burly Bridge is not as she remembers.  Della’s gorgeous cookbook shop (see The Little Bookshop on Rosemary Lane) has breathed new life into the town.  Now there are tourists, boutiques, a greengrocer and an adorable bakery-with the handsome Michael at it’s head.  The longer she is here, the more she loves it, and begins to question her life in London.  Can the fast-paced fashionista find peace in the country?

My thanks to Netgalley and Avon publishers for allowing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  I loved the first book of the series, and being able to get a better look at Roxanne was great.   I loved her, craziness and insecurity and all.  These are rich, charming characters that make you long for Burly Bridge.  While not always fast paced, it never seemed to drag, and the descriptions of the places were charming.  Like any book, it isn’t without it’s faults.  I often got annoyed at her interactions with Sean.  I understand that for this was necessary for the story, but I hated their relationship.  Even still, this is a four star book for me.

On the adult content scale, it has a bit of language and sexual content though neither are at all explicit.  I would not worry about age here.  This is maybe a three.General.svgFour Stars

The book is out, have you read it yet?

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The Future She Left Behind, Marin Thomas

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Title: The Future She Left Behind

Author:  Marin Thomas

Pages:352

Genre: women’s lit, contemporary

Is this part of a series?  No.

Publish Date: September 5th, 2017

Delivered divorce papers by her cheating husband, Katelyn Chandler wants to pack up and head home to Little Springs, Texas.  She wants to reconnect with her mom, rediscover her art, and heal in the pleasant town.

There’s just one problem… Shirly Pratt, Katelyn’s mother-in-law, is not ready to give up the only one that has cared for her in three years.  Hijacking the road trip, she goes along to Texas all the while acting her domineering, manipulative self.  As Katelyn finds herself again she has to face some hard truths and decide where her life is headed.  The reappearance of her ex-boyfriend Jackson Mendoza doesn’t make things any easier as old feelings come back and she finds the new, more mature Jackson even more attractive.  This is one woman’s quest for peace, happiness, and a future forward.

My thanks to First to Read for an eARC of this book.  There was a lot I liked about this book.  For the most part it was a sweet, fast read with an interesting premise and fantastic characters.  On the other hand, I sometimes felt like  I was being beaten over the head with things that got repeated perhaps too often.  The mothers are polar opposites, I got that the first twelve times…. After a while it detracted from my enjoyment.   I liked that Jackson was imperfect, fighting with his view of himself, being a recovering alcoholic, and trying to forge a relationship with the mother that left him and his father.  He was an honestly good man that wanted the best for everyone else and I could not help but love him for that.  All in all, I found the book enjoyable and would recommend it.   Four stars!  Four Stars

On the Adult Content Scale, there’s some language and sexual content.  I would give it a five.  Parental Guidance

The book comes out 9-5-17.  Go check it out!

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Reincarnation Blues, Michael Poore

reincarnation bluesspolier alertTitle: Reincarnation Blues

Author: Michael Poore

Pages: 384

Genre: fiction, humor, sci fi

Is this part of a series?  No.

Published: 8-22-17

 

We all live our lives, moving forward everyday until death, where rebirth awaits. Always learning, growing, and striving for perfection.  Milo understands this, after nearly 10,000 lives he feels like he’s become very wise… but not perfect- never that.  In each life he tries to be a good man, a wise man.  He loves and he lives, and then he comes back to the afterlife and his great love, Suzy.  Then the rules change.  You only get so many lives to reach perfection- and he only has a handful left.  If you reach perfection you become part of everything- the whole.  If you do not…. you become nothing.  Just… gone.  The rub?  Either way, no Suzy.  As we move back and forth between his lives and after lives we learn why reincarnation can really bring the blues.

Oh… My… God.  A million thanks to First to Read for allowing me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.  What a ride.  Beside Milo I was a caveman, a king, a criminal- an innocent man imprisoned- a milk maid, a wise man and a fool.  I loved the flow of the book, taking us from life to life and beyond.  The premise of the Afterlife struck me as unique as well and one that I adored.  Death was a trip.  I loved Milo and his crew, and found myself rooting for him through it all.  Five stars all the way.  Five Stars

On the Adult Content scale, there’s a bit.  Sexual  content is there, and a bit high in places.  Then there’s foul language and some violence.  I give it a six, but will still be letting my teen niece read it if she wants.  Parental Guidance

The book is out- what are you waiting for?!?

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Seeking Sarah, ReShonda Tate Billingsley

seeking sarahTitle: Seeking Sarah

Author: ReShonda Tate Billingley

Pages:  304

Genre: General fiction

Is this part of a series?  No.

Publish date:  August 15th, 2017

Summary from Goodreads:

From the time Brooke Green was seven years old, she has lived with the pain of losing her mother. Her father has done the best job he could in raising her, but a piece of her always felt empty. On the day of her father’s funeral, her grandmother breaks the shocking news: her mother, Sarah, is very much alive. She abandoned her family because she claimed she wasn’t fit for motherhood. After doing some research, Brooke discovers her mother is living in Atlanta, enjoying a great career…and a brand new family. Stunned, Brooke doesn’t know if she wants answers or revenge against the mother who abandoned her. When she meets Sarah’s husband, Tony, Brooke sees the perfect way to make her mother pay. But her plan for revenge just may leave everyone in danger, and end up costing Brooke more than she ever bargained for.

I would like to thank Netgalley and Gallery Books for giving me an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.  Once again, the blurb was better than the book.  I was extremely excited for this book, but with all the backstabbing, fighting and high drama I just felt drained after reading it.  The book was full of mainly unlikeable characters and unbelievable situations.  I kept waiting for our main character, Brooke, to grow… but I can’t say she ever did.  On the plus side, the writing style was flawless, the story moved well and was very easy to follow and get into.  I suppose it just wasn’t a favorite of mine.  I give it three stars.  Three Stars

On the adult content scale, there was a lot of language, sexual content and some violence.  I have to give it a six.

mature audience.

The book comes out on 8-15, let me know what you think.

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Pieces of Happiness, Anne Ostby

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Title: Pieces of Happiness: A Novel of Friendship, Hope and Chocolate

Author: Anne Ostby

Pages: 320

Genre: women’s lit

Is this part of a series?  No

Published: August 1st 2017

 

Kat finds herself in paradise, owner of a coa coa plantation, and lonely.  Since her husband, Nicklas died, she’s been a bit at loose ends.  Her plan? Reconnect with the old gang, four other women- all in their fifties like her- who while very different were once close.    Each one brings different baggage- health, money problems…. and each one adds a new dimension to the gang.  Secrets will come out, tears will fall; but love and laughter prevail as the women learn that it is never too late to embark on new adventures.

Thank you to Netgalley and Doubleday books for providing me an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.  I loved it!  The first thing that I noticed was the cover, which  I adore, and then the premise drew me in.  I am a sucker for these books!  The writing style was beautiful and has a nice flow.    I enjoyed the fact that it is not only told in multiple points of view, but each narrator has a special and unique voice.  I loved the premise, the drama, the love and acceptance.  I just fell in love with these women!  There was something honest and relatable here, something real and touching.   Five stars!Five Stars

On the adult content scale, there is sexual content and some language- both tastefully done.   I give it a three.  General.svg

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Impossible Views of the World, Lucy Ives

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Title: Impossible Views of the World

Author: Lucy Ives

Pages: 304

Genre: contemporary fiction, mystery
Is this part of a series?  No.

Publish Date: 8-01-2017

 

        Stella, a museum curator, is having a bad week.  Her soon to be ex is an ass who insists on showing up at inopportune times, she’s in love with a narcissist who “is happiest loving many women”, and one of her co-workers has gone missing.  Between all this and having to figure out her relationship with her mother, her work at the museum, and the new mystery of what Paul was working on; Stella has no time to really fix herself.  Day by day, we go through a week of her life.

              Shout out to First to Read for allowing me an eARC in exchange for an honest review.  Unfortunately this was not a great book for me.  The premise was amazing (give whoever wrote that blurb a raise, seriously).  But there was so much that just did not work for me.  The writing style was slow, verbose for the sake of filling space ( I felt like nothing was ever really said),  and mediocre at best.  I cannot tell you how many times I nearly DNF’ed this book.  The characters were forgettable, and the parts where she was supposed to be reading someone else’s work… sounded just like the narrator.   Word choice was similar- it didn’t seem like something new or different.  The big mystery of the book was fairly bland- or at least written in a way that made it unappealing.  One star- I never do this, but it is deserved.

              On the adult content scale- there’s a bit of sexual content and language, but I can’t see anyone under the age of twenty getting past page twelve, so it’s a moot point.

The book is out now, have you read it?  Let me know your thoughts.

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The Library of Light and Shadows, M. J. Rose

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Title: The Library of Light and Shadow

Author: M. J. Rose

Pages: 368

Genre: romance, fantasy, some paranormal aspects
Is this part of a series?  Yes, I believe this is book 3.

Published:  There is some confusion here.  Different sites have it listed as coming out 7-18, some say it is over a year old.  As I received this from Netgalley, I am going with their date of 7-18-2017.

 

             Five years ago Delphine learned a hard lesson.  Her gift, being able to paint a person’s deepest secrets, betrays her twice.  Once, revealing something a client cannot handle being known; and once showing the demise of her own lover.  Desperate to stop that future, she leaves her life in Paris for New York.  There, she attempts to make a life for herself, drawing secrets for patrons at parties.

        When tragedy strikes once again due to her gift, Delphine is thrown into a tail spin.  Refusing to put on the blindfold she uses to paint secrets, she tries again and again to paint “normally”; becoming more and more frustrated, she drinks more and eats less.  Finally, her family must intervene and bring her home.  There Sebastion, her twin and acting manager, tries to force the subject of her taking commissions.  When one comes that is too high to pass up, and not even for a person but a house, he finally gets Delphine to agree. 

     Through her stay here, she begins to heal slightly and learn to trust her gift again- so long as the subject isn’t a person.  She meets Gaspard the grounds keeper, and one that may finally understand her gift and her fears.  More people come to the house party, including Mathieu, the man from her past.  It is time to come to terms with everything she is, everything she thought she knew, and decide where her path leads now…

              I did not realize this was a series when I requested it from Netgalley.  That may color my feelings in this book, I am not sure.  I had fallen in love with the cover, and the premise captured my imagination.  It had all the makings of an epic piece.  Unfortunately, I found that much of it fell flat.  It was hard to connect with many of the characters, and I almost feel like some were added just to name drop.  The writing style was all over the place- sometimes rushed, nearly harried, and sometimes moving with sloth-like slowness.  This made it harder for me to fall into the story.  I would have liked more development of side characters- or less side characters if we cannot give them real purpose. 

            Now, there were some aspects that did work for me.  I found Delphine to be a well-developed, interesting character.  I liked the use of her Book of Hours as a glimpse into her past with Mathieu.  I can even understand her blind love of her twin, Sebastion.  There were also references to the other books of the series, both of which sound spectacular.  Even though I did not care for the writing style of this book, I will probably be looking into the other two simply because I am so intrigued by the ideas behind them.  Maybe I am being too harsh with my review, many on Goodreads have given it five stars, but it just wasn’t perfect for me.  I give it a very shaky 3 stars.  Three Stars

            As far as the Adult content scale goes, I have to give it a seven.  There were some fairly explicit descriptions when it came to sex, and to her art in some cases.  It isn’t horrible, but it is something to think about for teen readers. 

         Again, a big thank you to Netgalley and Atria books for the ARC.  I appreciate it. 

The book is out!  Have you read it?

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