Book Release Day: (Review Repost) Friendship Bread by Darien Gee (Rating 4 Wine Glasses)

Book Release Day: (Review Repost) Friendship Bread by Darien Gee (Rating 4 Wine Glasses)

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 From Goodreads: An anonymous gift sends a woman on a journey she never could have anticipated. One afternoon, Julia Evarts and her five-year-old daughter, Gracie, arrive home to find an unexpected gift on the front porch: a homemade loaf of Amish Friendship Bread and a simple note: I hope you enjoy it. Also included are a bag of starter, instructions on how to make the bread herself, and a request to share it with others. Still reeling from a personal tragedy that left her estranged from the sister who was once her best friend, Julia remains at a loss as to how to move on with her life. She’d just as soon toss the anonymous gift, but to make Gracie happy, she agrees to bake the bread. When Julia meets two newcomers to the small town of Avalon, Illinois, she sparks a connection by offering them her extra bread starter. Widow Madeline Davis is laboring to keep her tea salon afloat while Hannah Wang de Brisay, a famed concert cellist, is at a crossroads, her career and marriage having come to an abrupt end. In the warm kitchen of Madeline’s tea salon, the three women forge a friendship that will change their lives forever. In no time, everyone in Avalon is baking Amish Friendship Bread. But even as the town unites for a benevolent cause and Julia becomes ever closer to her new friends, she realizes the profound necessity of confronting the painful past she shares with her sister. About life and loss, friendship and community, food and family, Friendship Bread tells the uplifting story of what endures when even the unthinkable happens. Received from Library Thing Early Reviewers Program What I Loved: This was a story about the healing power of new friendships.  Everyone in this book had something they needed to work through and the friendships they formed helped each one start living a more authentic life for them.  The story was not overly sappy but instead it was more like a nice even flow of storytelling and drama.  If you have ever seen the movie Valentine’s Day, this book is broken down a lot like that.  Each chapter introduces you to or follows up on a story of a character.  You learn more about all of the characters through their interactions probably more so when they are not the focus.  Overall, this book just held a powerful message: Everyone needs people that they are not afraid to be themselves around—good, bad, or indifferent. The second powerful message is that a strong community can do wonderful things when they pull together.  (Not a Spoiler) The last few chapters of the book were my favorite because of the community coming together. What I Liked:  The recipes in the back of the book.  I thought this was a sweet touch and also a great way to make the book a little interactive for readers. Complaints: None Why I Gave it a 4:  This is a book that pulls at the heartstrings […]

Posted April 5, 2011 by Felicia S in Uncategorized / 0 Comments
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Review: A Borrowed Scot by Karen Ranney (@NetGalley) (Rating 2.75 Wine Glasses)

Review: A Borrowed Scot by Karen Ranney (@NetGalley) (Rating 2.75 Wine Glasses)

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An American discovers that nothing is quite as he expected: neither the estate he inherited in Scotland nor the woman he was forced to marry. Veronica MacLeod knows nothing about the man who suddenly appeared to prevent her from committing the most foolish and desperate act of her life. Recently named Lord Fairfax of Doncaster Hall, the breathtaking, secretive stranger agrees to perform the one act of kindness that can rescue the Scottish beauty from scandal and disgrace—by taking Veronica as his bride. Received for ReviewActual Rating 2.75 What I Loved: Veronica was an interesting leading lady. There were things I didn’t like about her but one of the things I LOVED about her was that she gave as well as she got. If Montgomery ignored her, she ignored him back. If he was being mean, snide, or dismissive; she would call him on his actions. I appreciate in historicals when women are written with backbone! What I Liked: I really enjoyed the flying machine creation being Montgomery’s passion. I am always interested in what things make a character tick. Since I truly felt like he was always trying to get away from something (during the course of the book) what better way to do it than to be miles above everyone else. It would truly be the best place to hide from everything. Complaints: This book was well written but I just never connected with the story. I didn’t like Montgomery much until the last 3 chapters and by then it was a little late for me to care about their love story. I thought the detail and historical elements were fantastically done and loved the information about the society in the back. I just wanted a better connection to the romance. Why I gave it a 2.75: This is a romance novel and I wanted to want the two main characters to get together. However, at most I thought Montgomery was to stand offish and that Veronica was just stuck. The last 3 chapters I came to like them as a couple but that was a little to late. Who I would recommend this too: Historical Romance readers. I have actually heard the other 2 books in the series are fantastic so please check them out. Books in this Series:Sold to a LairdA Highland DuchessA Borrowed Scot Challenges:

Posted April 4, 2011 by Felicia S in Uncategorized / 0 Comments
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Review: The Darkest Secret by Gena Showalter (Rating 4 Wine Glasses)

Review: The Darkest Secret by Gena Showalter (Rating 4 Wine Glasses)

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From Goodreads:  Keeper of the demon of Secrets, Amun can manipulate the darkest thoughts of anyone nearby. But when new demons possess him, the immortal warrior must be chained and isolated to protect those he loves. Death is his only hope of release—until he meets Haidee, a fellow prisoner whose beauty and hidden vulnerability draw him into a reckless test of his loyalty… Haidee is an infamous demon assassin, raised to despise Amun’s kind. Yet how can she hate the man whose touch sets her aflame? But to save him, she must give herself body and soul…and face the wrath of a powerful adversary sworn to destroy her. Received for Review I am going to admit this upfront, I read this book out of order and will be reading it again when I get to it in series rotation.  I only say this because most of the time I love seeing characters from other books in the series and this time I didn’t feel that connection (though I do feel like I WILL feel that connection later). What I Loved:  I really loved the connection between Haidee and Amun!  It was immediate, over-powering, and just something that did not feel forced.  The lie/secret between them actually plays out very well over the course of the story and keeps you on the edge of your seat.  Most of the time I only feel sorry for one of the people in a couple but this time both were equally wronged/secretive/harmed/hurt.  My heart broke for each of them and rejoiced for them when called for. This was just one of the stronger couples I have read and loved each and every minute of it! What I Liked:  Normally I would love this but I liked seeing the “Lords.  I am a little behind in this series and reading one a month so I have been introduced to them.  That being said it was kind of fun to piece together who has fallen in love, who is still waiting, and what they have conquered to this point.  I think it will be a different kind of appreciation the 2nd time I read this book but I thought how everyone weaved into the story was very well done! Complaints: None Why I gave it a 4 (and may bump it up after the 2nd reading down the road): This was a fantastic book with a strong love story.  The book did a great job of moving the series story along without losing any pacing.  Great job overall! Who I would recommend it too: PNR fans.  This is a fantastic book and series.  I still recommend reading them in order but each of them does have a contained story. Author Website Books in this Series:The Darkest Night The Darkest Kiss The Darkest PleasureThe Darkest Whisper The Darkest Passion The Darkest LieThe Darkest Secret The Darkest Surrender (coming soon)The Darkest Seduction (coming soon) Challenges:

Posted April 3, 2011 by Felicia S in Uncategorized / 0 Comments
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Review: Accidentally Catty by Dakota Cassidy (Snort Club Book)(4 Wine Glasses)

Review: Accidentally Catty by Dakota Cassidy (Snort Club Book)(4 Wine Glasses)

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From Goodreads: A purrr-fectly scintillating new novel from the national bestselling author of Accidentally Demonic. Katie Woods never thought she’d be forty-one, divorced, and thrust back into the dating world. To start fresh, Katie uproots her veterinary practice to upstate New York-not exactly the hottest dating scene on the planet. But when an unconscious cougar appears at her clinic, Katie’s newly single life gets a much needed jolt of the supernatural kind. After Katie examines the cougar and leaves him caged overnight, she’s shocked to find a big strapping specimen of young, hot man in its place. And when the scratch she got during the exam results in some unnatural side effects, Katie has more to deal with then her animal attraction to a much younger guy-she has to figure how to stop herself from becoming a cougar of the four-legged variety. Bought on AmazonMember of The Snort Club What I Loved:  Let me say this upfront and apologetically:  I LOVE the Accidental Series.  It is such a fun, light Paranormal Read.  This is one of those series, that without fail, will make me laugh out loud and have water coming out of my nose (aka the induction into The Snort Club-my special place for books that are just that funny)!  This book had everything I love about the series: Handsome Paranormal Hunk (Check), Accidental Human turned into Paranormal (Check), The Gals from the Previous Books (Check), and a few other characters that make all my frowns turn upside down!  I really loved Katie and Spanky together!  Aunt Teeny made me giggle and the whole Animal Kingdom Crew just really warmed the heart! What I Liked:  The twitter feeds!  Let me just say that if Nina and OOPS (which is brilliant by the way) were really on Twitter; I would put them on their own list and spend all day cracking up.  Nina never fails to make me smile but mostly I think it is Wanda/Marty trying to wrangle her in that make me laugh more.  Not ever going to work ladies LOL. Complaints: None!  This gave me what I have come to expect and love about Dakota Cassidy books! Why I gave it a 4:  This one is more like Wanda/Marty than Nina/Casey but I like them all.  If you are looking for a fun, light, easy to read book this series will fulfill that need.  I will call them the Chic-lit equivalent in the Paranormal world, which means not everyone will like them but I sure do! Who I would recommend it too: My PNR peeps that like the fun, light, and sometimes snarky humor that can be found in these books! Author Website Books in this Series:The Accidental WerewolfAccidentally DeadThe Accidental HumanAccidentally DemonicAccidentally Catty Member of The Snort Club Challenges:

Posted April 3, 2011 by Felicia S in Uncategorized / 0 Comments
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Review: Lover Unleashed by J.R. Ward (Rating 4.5 Wine Glasses)

Review: Lover Unleashed by J.R. Ward (Rating 4.5 Wine Glasses)

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From Goodreads: Payne, twin sister of Vishous, is cut from the same dark, warrior cloth as her brother: A fighter by nature, and a maverick when it comes to the traditional role of Chosen females, there is no place for her on the Far Side… and no role for her on the front lines of the war, either. When she suffers a paralyzing injury, human surgeon Dr. Manuel Manello is called in to treat her as only he can- and he soon gets sucked into her dangerous, secret world. Although he never before believed in things that go bump in the night- like vampires- he finds himself more than willing to be seduced by the powerful female who marks both his body and his soul. As the two find so much more than an erotic connection, the human and vampire worlds collide … just as a centuries old score catches up with Payne and puts both her love and her life in deadly jeopardy. Bought from AmazonActual Rating 4.5 What I Loved:  This was a book about Payne, Manny, Vishous, Jane, and Butch!  I refuse to give any kind of spoilers so let me just say if you love the BDB world, you will at the very least like this addition to the series.  If you are like me, you will love it.  I have heard people have had complaints but I really loved Payne and Manny.  I loved the introduction of new characters (cops, other vamps) and the focus of the book being on more than one character.  J.R. is brilliant at keeping her characters front and center when they need to be even when they are not the center of the book.  It is a brilliant way to keep you invested in the world. What I Liked:  This was an easy read and felt like you were just picking up the story where it last left off.  The BDB series is one of the few that can drag me right in after just a few pages! Complaints: Not another till next year ::big pout:: Why I gave it a 4.5: Not my favorite book in the series but still one of the better books on the market.  Very good edition to the series. Who I would recommend it too: Fans of BDB! Don’t start with this book if you are not–these definitely build on one another. Author Website:  http://www.jrward.com/ Other Books in the Series:DARK LOVER (Wrath/Beth)LOVER ETERNAL(Rhage/Mary) LOVER AWAKENED (Zsadist/Bella)LOVER REVEALED(Butch/Marissa)LOVER UNBOUND (Vishous/Jane)LOVER ENSHRINED (Phury/Cormia)LOVER AVENGED (Rhevenge/Elena)LOVER MINE (John Matthew/Xhex)LOVER UNLEASHED(Payne/Manny) Challenges: 

Posted April 1, 2011 by Felicia S in Uncategorized / 0 Comments
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