Review: The House Between Tides by Sarah Maine

With a very clever, well-written plot, I think THE HOUSE BETWEEN TIDES is brilliant. I really enjoyed it and will surely be reading other books by Sarah Maine. I found I just had to keep reading to find out what happened in the end. It is a real roller coaster of a book with the tension building piece by piece. Sarah had my emotions all over the place and I truly love when an author can do that to me.

 

 

ARC received from Net galley for an honest review.

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Review: Forward by J Saman

Forward

J Saman

I received a copy from the author for an honest review.

Oh my goodness! What a perfect story FORWARD by J. Saman is. I was hooked on Lara and her life from the very first chapter. Lara is a nurse in a Boston hospital and she has the perfect life. She also has a perfect boyfriend of two years, a Brit named Tom who adores her. Her life is right where she wants it to be until one night when her past comes crashing back to her in the ER where she is working. She needs to stitch up the hand on Levi, a guy who broke her heart and destroyed her seven years ago.

Lara wants nothing to do with Levi Katz and she tries to get out of stitching him up but no one else will do it. All those emotions from seven years ago come rushing back to her and she is going to have a panic attack if she doesn’t calm down. FORWARD is definitely the way she wants to move, not backwards when Levi shredded her heart. Can life get any worse? Oh, on top of seeing the guy who destroyed her seven years ago Tom tells her that he needs to go to England for a year and wants Lara to go with him. She meets Levi a few days later and he explains what happened to make him leave.

Lara is torn. How can she go to England for a year when Levi has just found her after all this time? She always thought Levi was THE ONE and when he left, she cried for three days straight. It took her many years to get over him and to even think about trusting someone else with her heart. Eventually she did and that guy was Tom. Now here he is telling her he has to go and he wants her with him. What is Lara going to do? Doesn’t she love Tom now? Isn’t she over Levi? Why should it matter that he is back?

FORWARD had me reading like a mad woman, swiping the pages like crazy and holding my breath. I was instantly invested in Lara and really wanted her to just tell Levi to go to hell and for her to leave with Tom. But after hearing Levi’s explanation and what happened, I knew I was a goner……sorry Tom. J. Saman has once again left me in tears and crying for more. I now know I will devour everything this awesome author writes and do it all easily with a smile on my face and tears in my eyes.

Review: The Other Side of Him by Alice Rene

THE OTHER SIDE OF HIM

Alice Rene

I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.

 

Claire has finally finished college and is working as an intern at a hospital in San Francisco. There she meets a charming and handsome older doctor named Greg Lombard who sweeps Claire off of her feet right away. Claire is a bit leery of getting her hopes up with Greg as he is a much older and sophisticated man and she is a poor girl from the Chicago projects. At first life with Greg is perfect and Claire feels very flattered that Greg would even be interested in a girl like her. After a while, Claire starts to see THE OTHER SIDE OF HIM. At first, it’s little things, like how he never asks her what she wants to eat when they go out to dinner. He always orders for her and even when she says what she would like, he orders what he thinks she should have. He starts to question every move she makes and with who.

Soon Claire struggles with how she is going to get away from Greg. He is charming and attentive to her, but now it’s to the point where red flags are going up and Claire can’t ignore them. Unfortunately, Greg can not take no for an answer and he starts to stalk her. THE OTHER SIDE OF HIM takes place in the 1950’s and stalking isn’t as common back then as it is now. But Claire knows she must escape Greg’s reach before he hurts her or kills her. She loves her job and refuses to let Greg keep her from doing what she loves most. Trust me, once you start reading Claire’s story, you wont be able to put it down.

THE OTHER SIDE OF HIM is a quick read and had me turning the pages with such anticipation. I had to find out what was going to happen to Claire and if she would ever find her happily ever after. Would Claire ever be able to get over what happened to her with Greg? Would her life ever be without turmoil? As I was reading THE OTHER SIDE OF HIM I felt like I was right there in San Francisco staring out into the ocean, waiting for Claire to see what is right there in front of her. I’m excited to read more by Alice Rene.

Review: Start Again by J. Saman

Start Again

J. Saman

I received a copy from the author for an honest review.

Holy cow! START AGAIN just shredded my heart from the very first page. My heart broke for Katie and what she went through. Her husband Eric and her daughter Maggie are tragically killed by a drunk driver and obviously, Katie’s life is destroyed. When a story has me in tears in the first chapter, I just know it is going to be like being on an emotional roller coaster and START AGAIN is just that.

J. Saman does a beautiful job with descriptions of places and peoples feelings and I was instantly sucked into Katie’s life. She decides that she needs a change of scenery and goes on a cross country trip with the son of one of her mother’s friends. Okay I’m not going to lie, Ryan became my hero almost from the very start. I wanted him to fall in love with Katie and show her that she still had a lot of living to do. She needed to move on and begin to be happy again and I truly believed Ryan was the one to show her that.

Wow wow wow!! I really loved START AGAIN. From the very first page I was emotionally invested in Katie and I just wanted her to be happy and to smile again. She was so young when her life was turned upside down and I cried when she cried and I love when an author does that to me. I felt like I was right there with her and I was holding my breath at the end of START AGAIN, praying nothing bad was going to happen. Please, you have to give J. Saman a try! You won’t be sorry. I can’t wait to read more by her and I’m praying she is busy writing Luke’s story because I’m sure it will be just as awesome as START AGAIN is.

REVIEW: Not Always Happenstance by Rachel Anderson

Not Always Happenstance

Rachel Anderson

 
ARC received for an honest review

 
NOT ALWAYS HAPPENSTANCE is a wonderful addition to the Power of the Matchmaker series. This has been one of my favorite series this year and every time a new book comes out, I run to it to devour and savor it. That is exactly what happened while reading NOT ALWAYS HAPPENSTANCE by Rachel Anderson.

 

 

Lani has been in Hawaii for five years helping her grandmother run the bed and breakfast there. There is a cottage on the property and for five years no one has stayed in it and her grandmother refuses to talk about it. Then one day, a stranger walks up to the front desk to Lani’s amazement and declares that he will be staying in the cottage.

 

 

Easton has always been one who goes from woman to woman and when he is done, sometimes he doesn’t even say goodbye. Before he left for Hawaii, his girlfriend said to him that she hopes he meets a woman who he gives his heart to. She also said she hopes this woman will break his heart. Wow, that burns Easton and stays with him the whole time he is in Hawaii.

 

 

Lani has just accepted her longtime boyfriend Derek’s proposal and tells him she will follow him to the states in just a few weeks. Well, that turns into a few months much to Derek’s dismay. He agrees to wait three months for her. When things take a turn with Easton, Lani calls Derek and lets him know she won’t be returning to the states. Lani swears it has nothing to do with Easton but we soon find out that isn’t true.

 

 

NOT ALWAYS HAPPENSTANCE is a quick read and had me turning the pages with such anticipation. I had to find out what was going to happen to Lani and Easton. Would Easton stay in Hawaii? Would Lani go to Derek in the states? Would Pearl, the matchmaker work her magic and have another couple, who didn’t know their soulmate even existed, fall in love? As I was reading NOT ALWAYS HAPPENSTANCE I felt like I was right there on the island, smelling all the sweet flowers, staring out into the ocean, waiting for Lani and Easton to see what is right there in front of their faces. I’m excited to read more of this wonderful series.

REVIEW: The Things We Knew by Catherine West

The Things We Knew

Catherine West

ARC received from NetGalley for an honest review.

Wow! What an awesome story. THE THINGS WE KNEW hooked me from the very first page and never let me go until the very last. Once I started reading, it was very hard to put this story down. Catherine West has written a contemporary story that takes place on Nantucket
And is filled with strong, caring characters that everyone will be able to relate to and care about. Soon, you will feel as if you are on the island with the Carlisles, struggling to figure out where their lives are going.

Lynette is trying to keep it all together despite numerous tries to get her family involved. Their mom died years ago and their dad has been a mess ever since. He was gambling and drinking heavily and squandered most of the money. Their childhood home is in disrepair and Lynette needs help. She goes to the bank for a loan and there sits her childhood crush and neighbor, Nick Cooper. THE THINGS WE KNEW is all about family and the past and the secrets that come out are heartbreaking. Everyone is trying to protect Lynette from the truth but it is something keeping her up at night and she needs to remember what happened.

THE THINGS WE KNEW is filled with twists and turns and had me flipping through the pages like a woman on a mission. I had to know what was going to happen to Nick and Lynette and all the secondary characters. I hope there is going to be another book and that this becomes a series or at least a trilogy. I want and need more contact with this family. The characters are all well written and totally believable.

THE THINGS WE KNEW is without a doubt one of the best books I’ve read in 2016 so far. I was instantly emotionally invested in all of the characters and especially with Gray. I need more of his story. My heart broke for Lynette and Nick and for all they were dealing with but Gray shredded me. Something from their past effects them all and once the truth comes out many lives will be changed. Catherine West really knows how to write about family drama, heartbreak, and forgiveness. I can not wait to read more by this wonderful and heart tugging author. Well done Ms. West, you have a new fan.

REVIEW: Four Chambers by Julie Wright

Four Chambers

 

Julie Wright

 
Oh my goodness! I have never wanted to knock two characters heads together as much as I did while reading FOUR CHAMBERS. Once I started reading, I could not put this book down. I had to charge my Kindle Fire twice while reading…….it was just that good! I was smiling, tearing up, and screaming at the two of them the whole time and I loved every minute of it!

 
FOUR CHAMBERS is part of the Power of The Matchmaker series and the series just gets better and better with every book. Andra and Everett are both med students when the story starts off. If ever there were two people perfect for each other it’s these two, but due to lack of communication, their paths keep crossing and nothing ever happens. See what I mean, about knocking heads?

 
FOUR CHAMBERS pulled me in instantly and I felt emotionally connected to Andra. How many times did she need to run away from Everett before she figures out that he is exactly what she needs? How many times does Everett have to keep coming back into Andra’s life before they both realize they totally belong together? Miss Pearl, the matchmaker even loses patience with them and leaves. But she always comes back right when she needs to and when they need her the most.

 
The Power of The Matchmaker series is a wonderful series that I’m so excited to continue. You do not need to read the stories in any kind of order. Each book can be read as a stand alone if you wanted to do that but I’m sure once you read them, you are going to want to read them all just like me. FOUR CHAMBERS is filled with so many emotions you will be put instantly on an emotional roller coaster just like I was. Trust me, it is going to be a wild and crazy ride.

REVIEW: A Summer To Remember by Marilyn Pappano

A Summer To Remember

Marilyn Pappano


I went in to A SUMMER TO REMEMBER wanting a light and fun romance, and that is exactly what I got! This book was a quick and charming read.


The plot of A SUMMER TO REMEMBER is what made it so addicting for me. I think Marilyn does a great job at keeping the plot interesting through out the book. Sophia has been fighting something going on in her body that forces her to pretty much shut down. She has no idea what it is or if it will kill her. Which is why, meeting Elliot one night and having him change her life completely was never even in her dreams. Sophia needs and wants answers as to what is going on with her body before she can commit to Elliot. First she needs to tell him what is going on with her and of course, she does that when it is too late.

The chemistry between Sophia and Elliot is undeniable. Every moment between them is filled with sexual tension. Marilyn really knows how to create chemistry between two people! The problem I have with the romance between Sophia and Elliot is that I thought it felt like insta-love. I wanted more of a slow burning romance. It was hard for me to believe the deep connection they had, because it seemed like they barely knew each other. I wanted more tension between them before they shared their first actual kiss. The tension came later. I know that sometimes you meet your soul mate and things move very fast, but usually it still takes some time to realize what is right in front of you. Even though I had a hard time believing how quickly Sophia and Elliot fell in love, I still thought they were a cute couple by the end of the book. A SUMMER TO REMEMBER is such a heart warming story and soon you will find yourself feeling as if you are sitting right there in the bakery watching Elliot create his delicious breads.

I think that A SUMMER TO REMEMBER is a fun summer read! I will recommend this to anyone who is looking for a perfect romance novel. I am excited to check out more books by Marilyn Pappano. Once I started reading Sophia and Elliot’s story, I could not put it down. Some of the secondary characters are from previous novels in this series called Tallgrass and even though I haven’t read them all, I had no trouble following along.

REVIEW:The Courtship Basket by Amy Clipston

The Courtship Basket

Amy Clipston

ARC received from NetGalley for an honest review.

THE COURTSHIP BASKET is the second book in the Amish Heirloom series by Amy Clipston. As soon as I started reading, I knew it was going to be a one sitting book. I was instantly worried about little John and Mike and wondered what was going to happen to them.

Rachel has been dating David for four years and can’t wait until he asks her to be his wife. One day she over hears a conversation between David and her best friend, Sharon. She discovers that they have been seeing each other behind her back and sneaking around. Rachel is devastated and broken hearted. She takes a job as a teacher that her cousin Malinda suggested to her. She will be working with the children who need special help and Rachel can’t wait. There she meets John Lantz who lost his mother when he was born and his Dad is very sick with kidney disease. John’s older brother Mike takes care of him as well as their dad. He is over whelmed and isn’t paying enough attention to John as he should.

Rachel decides to take matters into her own hands and goes and talks to Mike. She just wants to help John and is going to give Mike Lantz a piece of her mind. They actually end up yelling at each other. When Rachel finds out how bad Mike has it at home and how much he has on his plate she feels horrible. She finds THE COURTSHIP BASKET in her attic and decides to make meals for Mike and his family to try and help and to make up for what she did.

I can’t wait to read the third book, The Cherished Quilt to see what is in that hope chest. It is a big mystery. There are many twists and turns in THE COURTSHIP BASKET and the story really held my interest right until the very last page. Your heart will break for Mike and his family and for all they are going through. I just wanted to reach inside the book and give John a great big hug. He is only six years old and has to deal with so much heartache. I was also praying the whole time reading that Rachel wasn’t going to get her heart broken again. Poor Mike feels as if he isn’t good enough for Rachel and Rachel protects her heart from him. What could possibly go wrong?