Book Review: A New Hope (Thunder Point Series) by: Robyn Carr


Publisher: Mira

Publication Date: June 30, 2015

Origins:  From Publicist for Review

Synopsis: After losing her child, Ginger Dysart was lost in grief. But since moving to Thunder Point, a small town on the Oregon coast, and with the help of her cousin Ray Anne, Ginger is finally moving forward. Her job at the flower shop is peaceful and fulfilling, and she's excited to start her first big assignment, assisting with the Lacoumette wedding. 

In spite of her lasting heartache, Ginger finds herself swept up in the pleasure of the occasion. But the beauty of the Lacoumette farm and the joy of the gregarious family are ruined by an unfortunate encounter with the bride's brother, Matt. Struggling with painful memories of his own recent divorce, Matt makes a drunken spectacle of himself and Ginger when he tries to make a pass at her, forcing Ginger to flee the scene in embarrassment. 

But when Matt shows up at the flower shop determined to make amends, what started out as a humiliating first meeting blossoms into something much deeper than either of them expected. Discovering they have a lot in common, they form a solid friendship, though everyone around them worries that Ginger will end up with a broken heart yet again. But if Ginger has the courage to embrace the future, and if Matt can finally learn to let go of the past, there may still be hope for a happy ending.

Review: A NEW HOPE, the eighth book in the Thunder Point series, features Ginger Dysart and Matt Lacoumette. Both Ginger and Matt have been on the losing end of things for a while – Ginger losing her baby to SIDS and Matt’s marriage going up in flames. A NEW HOPE is a sweet story of friendship, love, and moving on. After Matt made a huge disaster of their first meeting, I was pleased he stepped up to find Ginger and apologize for his behavior. I also thought it was nice Ginger gave Matt a second chance and enjoyed watching their friendship grow into something strong and stable. While they have their issues with each other, it was good to see them help each other through their grieving process. I truly believe with the right partner, you can overcome any obstacle which is embodied by Matt and Ginger’s story. A NEW HOPE fits right in with the rest of the Thunder Point series, which are best read in order.

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Book Review: Don't Try to Find Me by: Holly Brown


Publisher: William Morrow & Company

Publication Date: April 7, 2015

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Synopsis: When a fourteen-year-old runs away, her parents turn to social media to find her--launching a public campaign that will expose their darkest secrets and change their family forever, in this suspenseful and gripping debut for fans of Reconstructing Amelia and Gone Girl.

Don't try to find me. Though the message on the kitchen white board is written in Marley's hand, her mother Rachel knows there has to be some other explanation. Marley would never run away.

As the days pass and it sinks in that the impossible has occurred, Rachel and her husband Paul are informed that the police have "limited resources." If they want their fourteen-year-old daughter back, they will have to find her themselves. Desperation becomes determination when Paul turns to Facebook and Twitter, and launches FindMarley.com.

But Marley isn't the only one with secrets.

With public exposure comes scrutiny, and when Rachel blows a television interview, the dirty speculation begins. Now, the blogosphere is convinced Rachel is hiding something. It's not what they think; Rachel would never hurt Marley. Not intentionally, anyway. But when it's discovered that she's lied, even to the police, the devoted mother becomes a suspect in Marley's disappearance.

Is Marley out there somewhere, watching it all happen, or is the truth something far worse?

Review: In DON’T TRY TO FIND ME, 14 year old Marley runs away from home leaving her parents devastated. Once Marley’s parents, Rachel and Paul, have determined the police can only help so much they realized they’ll have to find her themselves. Paul decides to make a media circus with social media and a website, but what he doesn’t know is Marley isn’t the only member of their family who has some important secrets to hide. Since moving to a new and smaller town, Marley hasn’t made many new friends and has done almost all she can to alienate her old friends. A new online friend she has made seems like the only person who truly understands her. DON’T TRY TO FIND ME is a dramatic multi-faceted novel where the narrators are both Marley and her mother. Not all of the characters are very likable, but DON’T TRY TO FIND ME is very intense and will capture your attention.

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Book Review: The Marriage Season by: Linda Lael Miller


Publisher: HQN Books

Publication Date: May 26, 2015

Origins:  From Publicist for Review

Synopsis: Will the marriage pact be fulfilled? Return to Mustang Creek, Wyoming, with #1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller for more Brides of Bliss County! 

Since Hadleigh, Melody and Bex-the best of best friends-entered into a marriage pact, two of them have found (and married) the men of their hearts. But Bex doesn't think she'll be as fortunate as the others. Her own first love died years ago in a faraway war, and Bex has lost hope for a happy marriage of her own. She concentrates on her business, a successful chain of fitness clubs, instead. 

Then, when single father Tate Calder comes to Mustang Creek with his two sons in tow, who befriend Bex's eight-year-old nephew, she and the handsome, aloof newcomer are constantly thrown together. But is the marriage season over? Or can a man with doubts about love be the right husband for a woman who wants it all?

Review: THE MARRIAGE SEASON is the third book in the Brides of Bliss County series. Bex Stuart’s best friends, Hadleigh and Melody, have fulfilled their part in the marriage pact – finding and marrying the men of their dreams. However, Bex is still scared of commitment after her first love, Hadleigh’s brother, died overseas serving his country. Tate Calder has moved to Mustang Creek after his wife’s passing to find a good home for himself and his two sons. In between Bex’s businesses and dealing with her sister’s problems, Bex seems to always find herself spending time with Tate and his boys. Maybe the second time is the charm for Bex, the marriage season will continue, and the pact fulfilled in total. THE MARRIAGE SEASON is well-written with characters you come to care for, but it wasn’t my favorite in the series. Ms. Miller does know her audience and it shows with how slowly she builds up a stable romance rather than an insta-love or wham-bam kind of thing. THE MARRIAGE SEASON has all the hallmarks of a solid romance story!

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Book Review: Haunted by: Reggie Lutz


Publisher: Reggie Lutz

Publication Date: April 23, 2014

Origins:  From Author for Review

Synopsis: Gwendolyn McTutcheon can’t move on even though she’s been dead for a year. Having left behind a grieving husband, Evan; and three sisters, Trudy, Bethany, and Sarah; she knows there is work yet to do. 

Sarah, Gwen’s youngest sister, is back in town to help her two remaining sisters confront a depressed Evan about settling Gwen's will. Still grieving—and raw from wrongful accusations made by Trudy and Bethany that he’d murdered his wife—Evan must set to the task of putting the past, and Gwen, to rest. But not all of the past stays in the past when Sarah offers her help and a romance between her and Evan begins. After all, it was that inappropriate kiss years ago that sparked the notion he might have harmed his wife in the first place. 

As Gwen watches, unable to intervene, Trudy and Bethany keep secrets of their own, secrets that level the field and make Sarah consider coming home to stay again. But when an arsonist sets his sights on Evan’s bar, Duard’s, and Sarah’s life is threatened, Gwen knows she must find a way to intervene, for her family and for her own peace. 

Review: Gwendolyn McTutcheon and Evan Carrelsmith were deeply in love, but a year ago she died in a tragic accident. Gwen’s sisters are having a tough time moving on, but they’re all coming together to force Evan to settle Gwen’s will. Evan has to face life without Gwen, the less-than-veiled accusations of two of Gwen’s sisters, Trudy and Bethany, and a strange attraction to Sarah, Gwen’s younger sister. Gwen herself hasn’t moved on either, watching over Evan and her sisters as they try to move on with their lives. HAUNTED has a good premise – how people are affected by the death of a loved one. The relationship between the sisters was authentic and it was interesting to see how those relationships matured over time. An intriguing twist is readers also get to see events and memories through Gwen’s viewpoint, after her death. A good point the author showed throughout HAUNTED is how moving on after a tragedy doesn’t mean forgetting, but accepting the loss and reminiscing on the good times.

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Book Review: The Reaper's Daughter by: K.M. Randall


Publisher: Booktrope

Publication Date: May 9, 2015

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Synopsis: I’ve always felt like an average girl ... except for my strange relationship with death. You could say I like to court it. Whether I’m soaring through the air as a flyer for Specter University’s cheer squad, or speeding down the steepest mountain with only grace and balance keeping me from an icy end, I’ve always needed to feel a rush. But now Death is courting me―in more ways than one. First, there’s Rishi, a rogue death deity who has a penchant for annoying me nearly to my grave and whose intense gaze has the power to see right through me. Then there’s Hades, who I’d rather had stayed just a myth. Now that he knows I exist, he’s not going to leave me alone until I meet the same end as my mother.

Oh yeah, did I forget to mention her? I spent my whole life thinking she had died when I was a baby, but now I’ve found out she’s much more than dead. Fifty years ago, Hades banished my mother from the underworld and took away her ability to cross over souls―souls that have wandered lost through the world ever since. Now she wants me to clean up the mess. You may have​ heard of her before ... 

They call her the Grim Reaper.

Review: In THE REAPER’S DAUGHTER, Blake grew up thinking her mother died when she was a baby. Now Blake’s eighteen years old and has always had an adventurous streak bordering on foolhardy. Blake’s a sophomore at college, with a wonderful father, a great best friend, and a boyfriend who she loves with all her heart. However, Blake’s world has recently turned upside down in more ways than one. She finds out her mother is still alive and needs her help, even though she’s *the* Grim Reaper. THE REAPER’S DAUGHTER reminds me a lot of the Percy Jackson & The Olympians series. There are the children of death deities who must work together to restore the Grim Reaper’s humanity through her ability to cross souls over to the other side and defeat Hades. I loved the characters, especially Blake’s best friend Shelby and Blake’s sister, Maeve. The relationships between characters are well-drawn and I loved the world the author has created. THE REAPER’S DAUGHTER is well-written and a good paranormal action/adventure story.

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