Kindle Edition, 368 pages Publication: September 18th 2018 by Berkley
ASIN: B0782SGJRD Rating: 4*
Didn’t know quite what to expect from this book I received from NET GALLEY for an honest review, but honestly, it was pretty darn good! Generally I am not too keen when the story goes back and forth from present day to the long ago past, but I will admit that this was done seamlessly and at the right times to enhance what seemed to be going on in the present.
Cady Drake, the lead character in this book was in her own words, ‘not a likable person’. However, I did like her determination and grit. She didn’t have a childhood that gave her any warm fuzzy feelings of belonging or being loved. But a friend had arranged for Cady to take on a job of securing photos of the many carousels in France and Cady was ready for something new.
When Cady met Fabrice, the reclusive hermit type who lived at the Chateau Clement who didn’t like people – they formed a sort of detente. He was a bit lame from a twisted foot, and Cady could help him out. Plus she could then stay at the chateau to research the last known carousel built by the master carver Gustave Bayol a century ago which supposedly resided somewhere in the chateau.
Now toss in a handsome nephew and a warring family over who truly owned the Chateau and the story just got better and better! This was a totally enjoyable read and quite interesting with characters who will make you smile, laugh and even cry.
NET GALLEY – October 2, 2018 Hardcover, 384 pages
Publication: October 2nd 2018 by St. Martin’s Press
ISBN: 1250087309 Rated: 5*
Right from the very first pages I knew that THE DREAM DAUGHTER was going to affect me emotionally; 1) because it is from a writer whose prose and story lines are incredibly enduring, and 2) because the book description gripped me right from the start and I knew I had to read it.
Set in the late 60’s and early 70’s you start off with a chance meeting of a patient, Hunter that no one could through to except a young PT therapist who was assigned to him. Their meeting almost seemed fated and an interesting comment of “you’re going to love my sister” in the prologue gave me a hint of what might be coming.
From the first chapter you’ll discover that Hunter, whom Caroline had introduced to her sister was now her brother-in-law. Caroline is a young wife waiting for her husband to come home from Vietnam and just discovering she is pregnant a joyous event she can’t wait to surprise her husband with! Unfortunately, the doctors have just informed Caroline that her baby has a serious heart defect that will likely kill the child before it could even be born.
Except, Hunter, kind of a mysterious guy from the get-go, is telling Caroline that something can be done about her baby’s heart. Something that will require a leap of faith, strength and courage that Caroline never knew existed. A strength she mustered from the bottom of her soul to save the unborn child she loved with all her heart!
You’ll be on pins and needles for most of the read and the things Caroline goes through from her baby daughter. When you finish this book you will be as drained emotionally as I was and it will be a testament to the love from a mother for her child that brings those emotions to the forefront.
Bottom line: Another tremendously satisfying read from the brilliant author Diane Chamberlain. Incredible story!!
Published: April 10, 2018 by: Loveswept Random House
ISBN: B073YSNSLQ Series: Highland Protectors
REVIEW: Grant MacDara still dreams of home – in tenth-century Scotland. His heart aches for what will never be again until a sharp-tongued, redheaded beauty leads a tour of senior citizens through his family’s North Carolina theme park, Highland Life and Legends. Though he’ll never forget his first love, Joanna Martin intrigues him like no other. Deciding that she’s worth the risk of loving again, he tries so hard to hold her close that she nearly slips through his fingers.
Forced out of her job as a pharmaceutical sales rep by a devious ex, Joanna is trying to make the best of her quiet new life as a tour guide. But it’s not as if Joanna is immune to Grant’s charms, she’s just running scared from her poor choices in the relationship game which have made her think of herself as a “loser magnet”. Although Grant seems to be the last honorable man left on earth, this mouthwatering stud needs a crash course in twenty-first-century women and Joanna is just the gal to teach him.
*** Let me say it – I LOVED this story! First of all, Joanna was escorting a bevy of senior citizen widows who I believe were reliving their youth vicariously through interference in Joanna’s love life. Having led a group of seniors once myself I need to tell you they’ll keep you hopping and find great amusement in embarrassing the hell out of you which is exactly what they did in trying to accelerate Joanna and Grant’s romance. Those scenes were a hoot by the way!
What I really enjoyed was the dialogs between the two and the wonderful way Grant romanced her in the little things he did to show Joanna how he planned to cherish her! There was, of course a bit of a hiccup in between before they had their happily ever after, but all in all – a TERRIFIC read!