The Last Letter

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Oh, my! Last Letter is a novel not to miss! It is deeper than touching; it reaches into your heart and holds it to the very end. There is sadness and joy throughout the chapters as both main characters, Ella McKenzie and Beckett Gentry, form a relationship as they live through Ella’s daughter, Maisie’s,  neuroblastoma treatment journey. Maisie’s twin, Colt brings light into the dark journey. As the story progresses, Ella, Maisie and Colt crack the hard barrier around Beckett’s heart, formed by a very rough foster care childhood and the ravages of Special Op duty.

One Summer in Paris

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I absolutely and completely found One Summer in Paris to be so delightful at times, thoughtful at others and in its entirety, captivating and absorbing. Two women, one a teen and the other middle age, find a balanced and loving friendship at a time when both are struggling with painful circumstances in their lives. Both young Audrey and older Grace have come to Paris to escape the messes that are their lives. The beauty of the story is that they each offer the other the answers, the trust and the reliance they both so desperately need and long for.

This is an excellent, do no miss book!

The Girl in the Corner

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A Girl in the Corner is an emotional book that will touch the core of your heart. It is about Rae-a shy girl/woman who allows everyone to run her life and has always been too afraid to go after what SHE really wants. Reading through her sad, trying experiences is heart breaking. You can feel her frustration at herself, at her husband and at her best friend, his sister. Rae has to find her inner power and strength to make choices that are hers and hers alone in order to achieve the life she really wants.

Swimming for Sunlight

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I really loved Swimming for Sunlight because of the realistic way Allie Larkin portrays extreme anxiety and of the manner in which other characters accept and deal with the feelings that Katie experiences. The story itself is a loving tribute to Katie’s Nan and her friends, all former mermaid performers who gather together for a fund raising performance. And, there is Lucas, cinematographer and Katie’s true love who will steal your heart.

Suddenly Mine

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Suddenly Mine is a wonderful story with loveable characters in Sophie and sometimes exasperating Christian. Their personal struggles touched my heart as they try to maneuver through some tough issues together and apart.

What Doesn’t Kill Her

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I was grabbed by What Doesn’t Kill Her from the firs paragraphs! They offer you a mystery from the onset that makes you want to read how the information will play out and what affect it will have on both the plot and on the characters. And, whoa boy, I was totally grasped by the story and could not put it down! The ending is a killer and will leave you definitely wanting more.

Caterina

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This is such a cute novel about warring natures, testy and curt, that hide the underlying sizzling emotions of chemistry. Catarina Bonavera is a strong willed, stubborn woman who knows what she wants and it is not Liam Doughtery. Liam is just as strong but there is just something about Caterina that drives him wild. The ghost of Caterina’s Aunt Rosa knows what is best for both of them and her machinations bring them together even though their heads say one thing and chemistry says another.

I am looking forward to reading about Caterina’s sisters and the Aunt Rosa effect.

One Tough Cowboy

 

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If you are looking for or in the mood for a totally racy book, this is the one for you! I think there are more sexy scenes than actual time devoted to the story and the sizzling chemistry between Sheriff Hunter Steele and Samantha Ryder is off the charts. Personally, I did not anticipate all the lusty scenes when I started the book and was thrown by almost every chapter containing a heady scene. If this is what floats your boat, get this book!

The Cliff House

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Three related women find their lives changing and rotating in this captivating and engaging novel set on the California coast. Stella Davenport was barely in her twenties when she became guardian of her two teenage nieces. Finally, finding herself pregnant at forty, she is relishing the experience-good and bad- and simply joyous at the idea of her own child. Daisy Davenport McClure, niece number one, has an independent nature and a wall three feet thick around her emotions. Caring for her sister, Beatriz, while their mother failed repeatedly at her duties caused the wall to form and stay. Beatriz, the flighty niece, has settled down and is raising her daughter. When her ex-husband decides he wants to reconcile, Beatriz is determined to hold her ground in the “NO WAY” category. As their lives move forward, so do the challenges for Stella, Daisy and Beatriz.