The Start of Something Good

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If you are in the mood for a great novel with romance, tension, conflicts, and witty dialog, this is for you! A feisty, independent, career oriented woman is forced into effectually babysitting a nineteen year old belligerent girl meets a ticked off, assumption making man and their lives are taken on an adventure. Neither one is who they initially seem to be as each has more depth than first assumed. But, she lives and works in New York and he lives on a horse farm upstate New York. For eight short weeks their lives entwine and blend while both strive to crack the hard shell around the teen.

The Start of Something Good is the first of a series and I am definitely looking forward to future installments.

The Ever After

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What would you do if you found out your husband, your devoted and loving husband was actually having an affair? Would you verbally attack and throw him out? Or, would you use all the social media at your fingertips to learn all you can first and then devise a course of action?

Such is the situation Josie Moore finds herself in when she innocently reads a text I her husband, Frank’s, phone in this thought provoking achingly painful book. One can truly feel the shattering of trust, the misgivings created by recollections and the strength of Josie as she unravels her emotions, feelings and thoughts in this rocky road to her best solution.

The Bakery at Seashell Cove

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I found The Bakery at Seashell Cove to be a refreshing and delightful book. A woman, Meg Larson, finally comes of her own, learning about what really matters and striving to achieve it. In her path is a fiancé who is more into bike races than into her, an overbearing future mother-in-law, and agoraphobic mother, and two of the best friends a girl can have. Throw in an adorable real estate broker and mix it all together for a perfect recipe for an afternoon read.

The Dream Daughter

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This is truly an interesting, engaging and captivating book. I was completely drawn into the story of a woman willing to try something daring and possibly dangerous in order to save the life of her unborn daughter. With the guidance and assistance of her brother-in-law (who has his own story to tell), she travels forward through time to a place in the future with the technology to operate in utero. Of course, a myriad of things go wrong creating a series of situations and decisions she must make, none of them easy or painless. The beauty of the story unfolds as she makes the difficult decisions and as the story progresses from the choices she makes.

The book is a departure from other offerings from Ms. Chamberlain but does not lose the flavor, essence or high degree of writing that mark all of her books.

I See Life Through Rose’ Colored Glasses

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This is a funny, pick me up, leave me and return to me book. It is filled with great stories written by a mother-daughter team who truly know the art of vignettes and of how to tell a funny story of real life occurrences. I found this to be a very enjoyable book that I could read a part and come back and read some more, never losing the feel of the book and wanting to read what the woman would approach next, what topic they would put a Scottoline/Seratella perspective on.

Beach House Reunion

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I love books by Mary Alice Monroe because they touch your heart and soul with the experiences, trials and tribulations of everyday life for a family in turmoil. The Beach House Reunion does not fail to live up to the excellence of Ms. Monroe’s writing and will take you on a journey through the upsets, love, family connections, and resolutions that are made at Primrose Cottage and in Charleston, as her family grapples with issues that tear at the heart and could bring a family to ruin. In amid the storm, is finding love new and love again for two women, neither of whom are looking for it and finding it fresh, confusing, and wonderful.

The Next Four Books are NOT TO MISS Books!

All We Ever Wanted

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This is an absolutely fantastic, well worth your time, energy, emotion book. The characters are so well written and developed: Nina’s strength and determination; Tom’s utter belief in defending his daughter; Kirk’s absolute entitlement and elitism; Lyla’s fortitude and teen emotions; Finch’s mirroring his father’s attitude. The story is true to life for many teens: peer pressure, media nonchalance, and  today’s gossip is forgotten tomorrow. In this case, the deed is too harmful for parents to brush off and therein lies the story: trust betrayed, covered up sins, glossing over by teens. It is hard stuff for a parent to swallow, easy for some teens.

This is a tough topic within a thoroughly great book.

The Perfect Couple

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The Perfect Couple is a terrific book by Elin Hildebrand. There is a crime, a series of secrets and enough things going on to make you shake your head and wonder whose shoe is going to drop next. The plot is actually rather fun (even with a possible murder at its core) because so many character stories intersect, run parallel, and diverge. Just when you might feel secure in thinking you have it all figured out you have not.

How to Walk Away

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This book wrenched my very soul with the persistent, hard line look at the emotions the main character felt and experienced. Imagine being cajoled into flying when you deathly fear it and then being seriously injured in a fiery crash and the cajoler walks away unscathed. Plus, he is your just new fiancé and he cannot cope with your injuries or prognosis. Imagine your utter and complete devastation and then try to find a way to recover and regain some semblance of normalcy. This is what faces Margaret and this heart hitting book paints no rosy picture but one of grit, determination, desolation, and, ultimately, a form of success and new normalcy.

The Life Lucy Knew

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Very, very very good book! It catches you right away and pulls you further and further into the story of a young woman suffering from a head injury and whose memories have been rewritten by her brain. I cannot fathom the idea of not knowing what my real reality is when there are so many secrets being held by others out of concern for my well being. Reading how the main character, Lucy, navigates her new reality and tries to come to terms with her false memories is truly engrossing and fascinating.

Sandpiper Shore

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This book is truly a funny take on the Cinderella story complete with two wicked stepsisters, a wicked stepmother, a prince charming, and a cast of other characters, including a ghost. Sometimes biting, other times hilarious, this is such an engaging and fun read.

The High Tides Club

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Talisa Island, GA is the setting for this novel about redemption, secrets and murder. I thoroughly enjoyed this Southern themed book about a ninety plus year old woman dying of cancer seeking to repair the damage she has wrought over the years for her three close friends. In doing so, she creates a new friendship for the five women involved in bringing her wishes to fruition.