Tuesday, December 12, 2017

First Comes Love by Emily Giffin

Growing up, Josie and Meredith Garland shared a loving, if sometimes contentious relationship. Josie was impulsive, spirited, and outgoing; Meredith hardworking, thoughtful, and reserved. When tragedy strikes their family, their different responses to the event splinter their delicate bond.

Fifteen years later, Josie and Meredith are in their late thirties, following very different paths. Josie, a first grade teacher, is single—and this close to swearing off dating for good. What she wants more than the right guy, however, is to become a mother—a feeling that is heightened when her ex-boyfriend’s daughter ends up in her class. Determined to have the future she’s always wanted, Josie decides to take matters into her own hands.

On the outside, Meredith is the model daughter with the perfect life. A successful attorney, she’s married to a wonderful man, and together they’re raising a beautiful four-year-old daughter. Yet lately, Meredith feels dissatisfied and restless, secretly wondering if she chose the life that was expected of her rather than the one she truly desired.

As the anniversary of their tragedy looms and painful secrets from the past begin to surface, Josie and Meredith must not only confront the issues that divide them, but also come to terms with their own choices. In their journey toward understanding and forgiveness, both sisters discover they need each other more than they knew . . . and that in the recipe for true happiness, love always comes first.

My Thoughts
Such a great read!  I loved the depth of the characters, the multiple story lines that have me hoping that there will be a sequel one day!
Two sisters who seemed to be close at one time couldn't be further apart then they are since tragedy struck.  Will their lives were never the same again.
Fast forward to current day - Mere is in a career that she hates, what she thinks is a loveless marriage and can't stand her sister Josie.
Josie has the career but she doesn't have the man or the child that she desires and wishes she had a closer relationship with her sister.
This story has so many ups and down from love to family to bestfriends and regret.  You will feel very close to this family in the end and become attached to their story.  Will they survive and become close again or will their family be torn apart forever?

Drink Selection
I am going to go with a yummy Gingerbread Hot Chocolate! 
(Ginger, cinnamon and allspice bring a gingerbread flavor to this hot chocolate. Intense Dutch-process cocoa powder balances the spices, and chopped milk chocolate is mixed in at the end for a creamy, rich texture)

Loved this book from beginning to end, 5 wine glasses for sure!

About the Author
Emily Giffin is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law. After practicing litigation at a Manhattan firm for several years, she moved to London to write full time. The author of seven New York Times bestselling novels, The One & Only, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Baby Proof, Love The One You're With, Heart of the Matter, and Where We Belong, she lives in Atlanta with her husband and three children.

Her eighth novel, FIRST COMES LOVE, will be released on June 28th, 2016.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Christmas in Paris by Anita Hughes

Isabel Lawson is standing on the balcony of her suite at the Hotel Crillon as she gazes at the twinkling lights of the Champs Elysee and wonders if she’s made a terrible mistake. She was supposed to be visiting the Christmas tree in the Place de la Concorde, and eating escargots and macaroons with her new husband on their honeymoon. But a week before the wedding, she called it off. Isabel is an ambitious Philadelphia finance woman, and Neil suddenly decided to take over his grandparents’ farm. Isabel wasn’t ready to trade her briefcase for a pair of rubber boots and a saddle.

When Neil suggested she use their honeymoon tickets for herself, she thought it would give her a chance to clear her head. That is until she locks herself out on the balcony in the middle of winter. Thankfully her neighbor Alec, a French children’s illustrator, comes to her rescue. He too is nursing a broken heart at the Crillon for the holidays. With a new friend by her side, Isabel is determined to use her time in the city of lights wisely. After a chance encounter with a fortune teller and a close call with a taxi, she starts to question everything she thought was important.

My Thoughts 
I was ready to get in the holiday spirit and Christmas in Paris did just that.  I loved the attention to detail when describing Paris and the sites and the smells.  I really felt like I was there and it will now be added to my bucket list!  I have all the respect in the world for Isabel not letting her trip (or honeymoon ) go to waste.  After she broke off her and Neil's wedding she really needed a little time to regroup.  What better place to regroup then the city of love.  Her suite was TO DIE FOR and the view was amazing UNTIL...she was locked out on her balcony in the COLD!  What's a girl to do?  Well throw her shoes at the door next store, duh!  And could she get any luckier to have a handsome man next store?  And as luck would have it they are in a similar predicament. 
I highly recommend this great holiday story, you totally will be in the spirit!

Drink Selection
I couldn't resist this drink, Rudolph Punch!  The ingredients are delish AND it's by the pitcher!

LOVED this story!  It has gotten me in the Christmas spirit!  5 wine glasses for sure!

About the Author

Anita Hughes was born in Sydney, Australia. She attended UC Berkeley's Masters in Creative Writing program. She is the author of MONARCH BEACH, MARKET STREET, LAKE COMO, FRENCH COAST, ROME IN LOVE, ISLAND IN THE SEA, SANTORINI SUNSETS, CHRISTMAS IN PARIS, WHITE SAND, BLUE SEA, EMERALD COAST and CHRISTMAS IN LONDON published by St. Martin's Press.

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

The Husband Hour by Jamie Brenner

When a young widow's reclusive life in a charming beach town is interrupted by a surprise visitor, she is forced to reckon with dark secrets about her family, her late husband, and the past she tried to leave behind.

Lauren Adelman and her high school sweetheart, Rory Kincaid, are a golden couple. They marry just out of college as Rory, a star hockey player, earns a spot in the NHL. Their future could not look brighter when Rory shocks everyone-Lauren most of all-by enlisting in the U.S. Army. When Rory dies in combat, Lauren is left devastated, alone, and under unbearable public scrutiny.

Seeking peace and solitude, Lauren retreats to her family's old beach house on the Jersey Shore. But this summer she's forced to share the house with her overbearing mother and competitive sister. Worse, a stranger making a documentary about Rory tracks her down and persuades her to give him just an hour of her time.

One hour with filmmaker Matt Brio turns into a summer of revelations, surprises, and upheaval. As the days grow shorter and her grief changes shape, Lauren begins to understand the past-and to welcome the future.

My Thoughts 
I honestly wasn't sure what to expect when I began reading, but certainly grab your Kleenex and be prepared to stay up for hours on end with a book hangover!
This subject has always been close to my heart with my father in the military and knowing others.  It can change you for better and for worse.  I think that Jamie did an amazing portraying the reality of the subject in a very real way.  She really hits the heart of this topic and does it justice.  
I feel for Lauren and what she is going though.  I have not personally been in this situation but can relate in different ways.  It's lonely and heartbreaking and with the right family and friends Lauren has become a survivor.  
She experiences many ups and downs throughout the story but becomes a better, stronger person by the end because of it all.
This story will grab you and you will not want to put it down till your done.  It portrays family, honestly, heartbreak, loss, love and so much more. 

Drink Selection 
Continuing with my fall theme, I am going with Apple Pie Sparklers!  OMG!  Good!

I can't say enough amazing things about this book!  5 wine glasses at least!
About the Author 
Jamie Brenner is the author of the bestselling novel THE FOREVER SUMMER (Little, Brown). Her previous books include THE WEDDING SISTERS (St. Martin's Press).
Her forthcoming novel, THE HUSBAND HOUR, will publish in April 2018. She lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters. For contact info and book clubs please visit www.jamiebrenner.com

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London, Can you Wait? by Jacquelyn Middleton

Alex loves Mark. Mark loves Alex. But is love enough?

Since moving to London from the US, twenty-four-year-old Alex Sinclair seems to have it all: a coveted job writing for the theatre, supportive friends, and the man of her dreams—gorgeous Irish actor, Mark Keegan. But in the year since the acclaimed debut of her play, Alex and Mark’s lives have been turned upside down.

Thanks to his role on a smash-hit British TV show, Mark is catapulted to stardom. Alex couldn’t be happier—until her boyfriend’s popularity and insatiable drive to succeed means they’re apart more than they’re together. Forced to share Mark with showbiz heavy-hitters, intrusive press, and unrelenting fangirls, Alex’s hopes for a stable and committed life with him start to fade. Her struggles with panic attacks, career uncertainty, and Mark’s increasingly worrisome behaviour make her wonder: how much more can she bend before she breaks?

My Thoughts 
This is the long awaited sequel to London Belongs to Me.  Alex and Mark make the most adorable couple.  And they are madly in love, what more could they ask for?  Their life should be a fairy tale right?  WRONG!
Mark is an actor and Alex is a playwright.  With Mark's crazy hours and being gone for weeks on end, Alex begins to wonder if this is the relationship she signed on for?  With no talks of marriage, is it really going anywhere?
Personally I think Mark takes Alex always being there for granted.  He needs to put her first at times - take time off, say no every so often, whatever it takes.
She's not one to want to always share Mark with the world and his crazy fans!  And how is this all helping her panic attacks?  Lets just say they are getting worse but she has decided to hide it from Mark and try to cope on her own.
Will their fairy tale survive or will their relationship go down the dumps instead of into history? 

Drink Selection
With it being fall and all, we are going to go with Boozy Apple Cider.  I mean, YUM!

I loved this sequel just as much as the first, if not more!  5 wine glasses for sure!

About the Author 
Jacquelyn Middleton is an award-winning freelance writer with articles published by several of the most popular magazines, newspapers, and websites in North America including USA Today, Canadian Living, Best Health, Psychology Today, National Geographic Travel, the Toronto Star, Reader's Digest, Chatelaine, Today's Parent, and Flare. She is also the creator of AUTHORS CELEBRATING AUTHORS, a column on her website featuring Q&As with her favourite authors about their books and writing practices. K.A. Tucker, Jill Santopolo, and Penelope Douglas have been among her esteemed guests.

Jacquelyn previously worked in television broadcasting, and lives in Toronto with her husband and Schipperke. She's addicted to Bookstagram, loves London far too much, and has a thing for red Vespas. LONDON BELONGS TO ME, her debut novel, was published by Kirkwall Books in October 2016. LONDON, CAN YOU WAIT? was released on October 26, 2017.

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The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis

Fiona Davis's stunning debut novel pulls readers into the lush world of New York City's glamorous Barbizon Hotel for Women, where in the 1950s a generation of aspiring models, secretaries, and editors lived side by side while attempting to claw their way to fairy-tale success, and where a present-day journalist becomes consumed with uncovering a dark secret buried deep within the Barbizon's glitzy past.

When she arrives at the famed Barbizon Hotel in 1952, secretarial school enrollment in hand, Darby McLaughlin is everything her modeling agency hall mates aren't: plain, self-conscious, homesick, and utterly convinced she doesn't belong—a notion the models do nothing to disabuse. Yet when Darby befriends Esme, a Barbizon maid, she's introduced to an entirely new side of New York City: seedy downtown jazz clubs where the music is as addictive as the heroin that's used there, the startling sounds of bebop, and even the possibility of romance.

Over half a century later, the Barbizon's gone condo and most of its long-ago guests are forgotten. But rumors of Darby's involvement in a deadly skirmish with a hotel maid back in 1952 haunt the halls of the building as surely as the melancholy music that floats from the elderly woman's rent-controlled apartment. It's a combination too intoxicating for journalist Rose Lewin, Darby's upstairs neighbor, to resist—not to mention the perfect distraction from her own imploding personal life. Yet as Rose's obsession deepens, the ethics of her investigation become increasingly murky, and neither woman will remain unchanged when the shocking truth is finally revealed.

My Thoughts 
Fiona's books capture the past event in such amazing detail.  I feel like I can picture it perfectly through her words and descriptions.  I fell in love with historical fiction through The Address and I couldn't believe that I had never read The Dollhouse!
Learning about Darby's journey you couldn't help but admire what she went through.  Coming from a small town without many chances and landing in New York City to go to school.  She went from knowing nothing to going to night clubs at night and learning to take care of herself.
She may not have made the best of friends or the best choices but she learned tough lessons and she made the most of what she had to work with.
Then a century later, Rose hits a road block with her boyfriend and doesn't know where to go and happens to fall upon the story of the Barbizon and learns that some of its previous tenants still lived on the 4th floor!  What a story they have to tell, if only Rose can get them to let her in and share the details.
An amazing story of loss, love and resilience from beginning to end.  I can't wait to read Fiona's next book!  Perfection!

Drink Selection 
I'm taking it back to the 1950's - rum runner's were quite the hit back then!  Yum!

I LOVED this selection from beginning to end!  Amazing!  5 wine glasses all the way!
About the Author
Fiona Davis is the author of THE DOLLHOUSE and THE ADDRESS. She began her career in New York City as an actress, where she worked on Broadway, off-Broadway, and in regional theater. After getting a masters at Columbia Journalism School, she fell in love with writing, leapfrogging from editor to freelance journalist before finally settling down as an author of historical fiction. Visit her at www.fionadavis.net, facebook.com/FionaDavisAuthor/ and on Instagram and Twitter @fionajdavis.

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Live Fast Die Hot by Jenny Mollen

Jenny Mollen is a writer and actress living in New York. Until recently, her life was exciting, sexy, a little eccentric, and one hundred percent impulsive. She had a husband who embraced her crazy--who understood her need to occasionally stalk around the house in his ex-girlfriend's old beach caftans and to invite their drug dealer to Passover seder (so he wouldn't feel like they were using him only for drugs). Then they had their son, Sid, and overnight, Jenny was forced to grow up: to be responsible, to brush her hair, to listen to her voicemail. Searingly funny and surprisingly affecting, Live Fast Die Hot is a collection of stories about what happens when you realize that some things are more important than crafting the perfect tweet--and a reminder that even if you never thought you were cut out for parenting, at least you can be better at it than your mother.

My Thoughts 
She is freakin' hilarious!  I follow her Instagram and I can't get enough! 
She makes everything funny - from talking about her husband (Jason Biggs) to her child and everything in between.
Little eccentric - no I would say ALOT - in a good way!
She may speak of wearing his Ex's caftans (truth) and ghosts in her house, oh and she may drop a few choice words along the way at PERFECT times!
AND then she had a kid...her world has changed and her child rearing skills are something to read about!
I refuse to give away too much - just go order a copy now!

Drink Selection
With some of the crazy predicaments she got into, I would say a little jack and coke would hit the spot.

Hilarious from beginning to end, 5 wine glasses all the way!

About the Author 
Jenny Mollen is an actress and writer, called one of the funniest women on Twitter by The Huffington Post. She writes for Playboy Online, has appeared in "Wilfred," "Suits," "CSI NY," "Crash", the WB series "Angel", and plays a recurring character in the third season of HBO's "GIRLS."

She is also a wife and mother, married to a famous guy (which is annoying only because he gets free shit and she doesn't).

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Every Other Saturday by M.J.Pullen

Struggling store owner Julia Mendel and sports blogger Dave "from the Man Cave" Bernstein have never gotten along, even though their daughters have been in the same preschool class for three years. She sees him as the arrogant, misogynist symbol of everything that's wrong with the men in her life. He sees her as the odd, short-tempered PTA president, out to make his life more difficult at every opportunity. When Dave and Julia find themselves in competition for the same babysitter, a confrontation in the carpool lane leads to an uneasy compromise: pool their resources to share nanny services every-other Saturday night. After a while, Dave finds himself sharing his dating stories across Julia's kitchen table. On behalf of her special needs son, Julia reluctantly turns to Dave for the masculine perspective she's been missing since her divorce. As the Saturdays wear on, however, they may discover they have more in common than car seats and custody schedules. Will there be a second chance at love?

My Thoughts
A sweet and sassy romance all wrapped up into a fun chick lit read!
Divorced mom of 2, Julia, is trying to run a store that her father had left her and her
family  and she isn't doing well.  She she keep going or throw in the towel?  Then there is Dave "from the Man Cave" who gives all sorts of manly opinions from football to dating.  He was recently challenged to go on several dates and blog about them.  He has booked Elizabeth, his go to sitter for several weeks in advance for every Saturday.
Julia needs to earn some extra cash and calls Elizabeth to book her for Saturdays so she can work weddings with her sister.  There is only one problem, Dave booked them all!  She begs and pleads for him to get a new sitter.  They settle on sharing Elizabeth and helping each other out.
Along the way they develop a slight crush on each other - Julia more so than Dave.  How will this all end?  Will Julia capture Dave's heart?  Will Dave fall in love with one of his challenge dates?
Get your copy today and enjoy this sassy read!

Drink Selection
While enjoying this romantic find, enjoy an Apple Cider Mule!  Delish!

Fun read from beginning to end.  4 wines glasses for this sassy find.
 About the Author 
M.J. Pullen
MANDA (M.J.) PULLEN is the author of complex, funny, contemporary romances including The Marriage Pact trilogy. She was raised in the suburbs of Atlanta by a physicist and a flower child, who taught her that life is tragic and funny, and real love is anything but simple. After traveling around Europe and living in cities like Austin and Portland, she returned to Atlanta where she lives with her husband and two sons. 

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The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

A novel of suspense that explores the complexities of marriage and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.
You will assume you are reading about a jealous wife and her obsession with her replacement.
You will assume you are reading about a woman about to enter a new marriage with the man she loves.
You will assume the first wife was a disaster and that the husband was well rid of her.
You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships.
Assume nothing.

Discover the next blockbuster novel of suspense, and get ready for the read of your life.

My Thoughts
As the description clearly states, as you read you will begin to make assumptions and I did right off the bat.  I WAS WRONG.  I love a book that challenges me and makes me think and re-evaluate my thought process over and over.
This book will pull you in and you will have many sleepless nights until you're finished.
I want to say so much about the story line and how I felt about different situations, but this is truly one of those books that you must read for yourself and you don't want to have too many details going in.  It's all part of the experience and the plot and the assumptions you make and not the details that I may give you that ruin it.
I can truthfully say that this is a MUST READ BOOK OF 2018! 

Drink Selection
In the spirit of Fall, which is among us, I am going to pair this amazing read with Apple Cider Margaritas!  YUM!

I was enthralled with this book from beginning to end! 5 wine glass rating all the way!

About The Authors

Greer Hendricks
Greer Hendricks spent over two decades as an editor. Her writing has been published in The New York Times and Publishers Weekly. The Wife Between Us is her first novel.

Sarah Pekkanen

"Fans of Jennifer Weiner and Emily Giffin will strongly appreciate this rising star in women's fiction." - Library Journal.
Internationally bestselling author Sarah Pekkanen's newest book is THE PERFECT NEIGHBORS. She is also the co-author of the upcoming THE WIFE BETWEEN US (out in January 2018).


Sarah's linked free short estories, published by Simon&Schuster exclusively for ereaders, are titled "All is Bright," and "Love, Accidentally."

Sarah is the mother of three young boys, which explains why she writes part of her novels at Chuck E. Cheese. Sarah penned her first book, Miscellaneous Tales and Poems, at the age of 10. When publishers failed to jump upon this literary masterpiece (hey, all the poems rhymed!) Sarah followed up by sending them a sternly-worded letter on Raggedy Ann stationery. Sarah still has that letter, and carries it to New York every time she has meetings with her publisher, as a reminder that dreams do come true.

Her website is www.sarahpekkanen.com and please find her on Facebook Instagram and Twitter @sarahpekkanen!

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Close Enough To Touch by Colleen Oakley

One time a boy kissed me and I almost died...

And so begins the story of Jubilee Jenkins, a young woman with a rare and debilitating medical condition: she’s allergic to other humans. After a humiliating near-death experience in high school, Jubilee has become a recluse, living the past nine years in the confines of the small town New Jersey house her unaffectionate mother left to her when she ran off with a Long Island businessman. But now, her mother is dead, and without her financial support, Jubilee is forced to leave home and face the world—and the people in it—that she’s been hiding from.

One of those people is Eric Keegan, a man who just moved into town for work. With a daughter from his failed marriage who is no longer speaking to him, and a brilliant, if psychologically troubled, adopted son, Eric’s struggling to figure out how his life got so off-course, and how to be the dad—and man—he wants so desperately to be. Then, one day, he meets a mysterious woman named Jubilee, with a unique condition...

Close Enough to Touch is an evocative, poignant, and heartrending exploration of the power and possibilities of the human heart.

My Review
I fell in love with this sweet obscure love story from page one.
To begin, when your little to almost die by a single kiss, then to find out that you are allergic to humans, what in the world?  You don't realize how much of our lives are dictated by some sort of human touch till you can no longer experience it.
To think about being confined to my home for 9 years and not having any contact with the outside world seems truly terrifying.
But then one day Jubilee receives devastating news - her mother passed away.  If that wasn't enough, her stepfather cut her off financially.  She was going to have to leave the confines of her home.  Where in the world would she go?  She lands a job where I would love to work one day, three guesses where that would be - a library!
She develops a connection with this single father but how close can they truly get without touching?
Take a trip through this enchanting read of overcoming obstacles, love and finding yourself in the world when you are all alone.

Drink Selection
I would pair this read with a delish Pumpkin Pie Sangria!  Doesn't that sound amazing?

I loved this sweet story from beginning to end, five wine glasses all the way!

About the Author 

Colleen Oakley’s debut novel BEFORE I GO was a People Magazine Best New Book Pick in January 2015, an Us Weekly “Must” Pick, a Publisher’s Lunch Buzz Book, a January 2015 Indie Next List Pick and deemed “an impressive feat…an immensely entertaining, moving, and believable read” by the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Formerly the senior editor of Marie Claire and editor-in-chief of Women’s Health & Fitness, Colleen’s articles, essays, and interviews have been featured in The New York Times, Ladies’ Home Journal, Marie Claire, Women’s Health, Redbook, Parade, and Martha Stewart Weddings. She lives in Atlanta with her husband, four kids and the world's biggest lapdog, Bailey. Her second novel CLOSE ENOUGH TO TOUCH will be published by Simon & Schuster in April 2017.

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Monday, October 30, 2017

in a dark, dark wood by Ruth Ware

What should be a cozy and fun-filled weekend deep in the English countryside takes a sinister turn in Ruth Ware’s suspenseful, compulsive, and darkly twisted psychological thriller.

Leonora, known to some as Lee and others as Nora, is a reclusive crime writer, unwilling to leave her “nest” of an apartment unless it is absolutely necessary. When a friend she hasn’t seen or spoken to in years unexpectedly invites Nora (Lee?) to a weekend away in an eerie glass house deep in the English countryside, she reluctantly agrees to make the trip. Forty-eight hours later, she wakes up in a hospital bed injured but alive, with the knowledge that someone is dead. Wondering not “what happened?” but “what have I done?”, Nora (Lee?) tries to piece together the events of the past weekend. Working to uncover secrets, reveal motives, and find answers, Nora (Lee?) must revisit parts of herself that she would much rather leave buried where they belong: in the past.

In the tradition of Paula Hawkins's instant New York Times bestseller The Girl On the Train and S. J. Watson’s riveting national sensation Before I Go To Sleep, this gripping literary debut from UK novelist Ruth Ware will leave you on the edge of your seat through the very last page.

My Thoughts 
Where do I begin...I wasn't actually sure what to expect.  But I can honestly say that I LOVED this book.  I highly recommend this book to anyone who's looking for a dark psychological thriller.
Leonora never leaves her home, and for good reason, can anyone truly trust the crazy, suspicious outside world?
Then one day she's invited to a bridal shower hen weekend, are these girls crazy?  Why would she go to the middle of no where to a glass house surrounded by trees...OK that does sound a little fun but in the end I wouldn't be able to do it, I would feel like I'm on show to the creepy people outside looking in.
Within in 48 hours someone is injuring in the hospital and someone else is dead, what the heck is going on?
I would honestly say that book is so good you may read it in one of two sittings!

Drink Selection
With all the crazy suspense that lies ahead for you in this book, I would have a delish bottle of Red Cat Halloween Label Red - SOOOO Goood!

5 wine glasses all the way!

About the Author
Ruth Ware grew up in Sussex, on the south coast of England. After graduating from Manchester University she moved to Paris, before settling in North London. She has worked as a waitress, a bookseller, a teacher of English as a foreign language and a press officer. She is married with two small children, and In a Dark, Dark Wood is her d├ębut thriller.

Find her on twitter at www.twitter.com/ruthwarewriter, on facebook at www.facebook.com/ruthwarewriter or via her website - www.ruthware.com

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Where We Fall by Rochelle B. Weinstein

By all accounts, Abby Holden has it all. She’s the mother of a beautiful teenager and the wife of a beloved high school football coach. And all it took to achieve her charmed life was her greatest act of betrayal.

Coach Ryan can coax his team to victory, but he can’t seem to make his wife, Abby, happy. Her struggles with depression have marred their marriage and taken a toll on their daughter, Juliana. Although this isn’t the life he’s dreamed of, he’s determined to heal the rifts in his family.

Chasing waterfalls and documenting their beauty has led photographer Lauren Sheppard all around the world. Now it has brought her back home to the mountains of North Carolina—back to the scene of her devastating heartbreak.

For the first time in seventeen years, a trio of once-inseparable friends find themselves confronting past loves, hurts, and the rapid rush of a current that still pulls them together.

My Thoughts 
I just randomly went and picked a book off my shelf a few weeks back and I was so happy that this fall beauty fell into my hands.
Such a sad, tragic love story that has its moments of pure joy along with its moments of utter misery when you see how the pain has hit each individual character of this book.
Abby seems to have the makings of a perfect life - the handsome husband, the beautiful daughter, the house - basically the cookie cutter perfect life.  Not all things are as perfect as what they seem when you are on the outside looking in.
But what if that "perfect" family came at a price?  At the downfall and heartache of your best friend?
Abby always wanted Ryan but....he was in love with Lauren - Abby's best friend.
But one day Lauren took an amazing opportunity and went to see the world and photograph some of the most amazing waterfalls...but little did she know that her "best friend" would take advantage of her boyfriend in his time of need and rope him in by...you guessed it...getting pregnant.
How could Lauren deal with that?  She couldn't go back and watch their lives unfold together so she stayed away for what seemed like an eternity.
One day she came back...Abby was in the midst of a breakdown...what will happen at this end of this mess?   Will Lauren get her lost love back?  Will Abby get better and keep her family in tact?

Drink Selection
Every tragic love story needs to have a drink to go along with the rough times and that wine is known as Scandelicious!  Deep, bold and sultry! 

I really enjoyed the story and thought the characters wove an interesting web and I give it 5 wine glasses!

About the Author
Hi readers and friends! I'm Rochelle Weinstein, and I love to read as much as I love to write. Check out my women's fiction novels, WHERE WE FALL, THE MOURNING AFTER, & WHAT WE LEAVE BEHIND, or visit my shelf to see what I've been enjoying. If you're an aspiring author, please contact me with any questions you might have regarding the writing process. Happy Reading!

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Review - The Hideaway by Lauren K Denton

When her grandmother’s will wrenches Sara back home from New Orleans, she learns more about Margaret Van Buren in the wake of her death than she ever did in life.

After her last remaining family member dies, Sara Jenkins goes home to The Hideaway, her grandmother Mags's ramshackle B&B in Sweet Bay, Alabama. She intends to quickly tie up loose ends then return to her busy life and thriving antique shop in New Orleans. Instead, she learns Mags has willed her The Hideaway and charged her with renovating it—no small task considering Mags’s best friends, a motley crew of senior citizens, still live there.

Rather than hurrying back to New Orleans, Sara stays in Sweet Bay and begins the biggest house-rehabbing project of her career. Amid Sheetrock dust, old memories, and a charming contractor, she discovers that slipping back into life at The Hideaway is easier than she expected.

Then she discovers a box Mags left in the attic with clues to a life Sara never imagined for her grandmother. With help from Mags’s friends, Sara begins to piece together the mysterious life of bravery, passion, and choices that changed Mags’s destiny in both marvelous and devastating ways.

When an opportunistic land developer threatens to seize The Hideaway, Sara is forced to make a choice—stay in Sweet Bay and fight for the house and the people she’s grown to love or leave again and return to her successful but solitary life in New Orleans.

My Thoughts 
Have I ever said how much I LOVE Southern Lit?  There is something special about the love, life and adventure that the characters lead down south that draws me in and I want to live there and experience it all for myself.
This story is no different.  It takes place in New Orleans and and Sweet Bay, Alabama.  Lauren does such an amazing job in her descriptions of the characters from their personalities to their lives.  I couldn't get enough and I wished for more.
Sara was raised by her crazy grandmother and her eclectic friends.  She never really enjoyed her upbringing and wanted to leave as soon as she could.  And she did.  All the way to New Orleans where she would opened her own consignment shop of gorgeous antique finds that she recreated.  She talks to her grandmother when she can and the last place she wants to travel to is Sweet Bay Alabama.  
Then the unthinkable happens...her grandmother passes away and she never got to say goodbye.  
Her best friend agrees to take care of her shop while she goes home to tie up loose ends and meet with the attorney.
And then it happens.  She gets sucked back into the charms of Sweet Bay and wonders if she can ever leave again?
So much happens while she's home - the reading of the will, repairs to Mags's house, meeting a charming man, meeting family she didn't know existed and falling in love with Mags friends just to name a few.
What will happen at the end of Sara's stay in Sweet Bay?  Will she get rid of it all and head back to the city she fell in love with years ago?

Drink Selection
Southern drinking at its finest, I always find the most delicious drinks come from the south!  Try this one, sounds delish - Bulleit Southern Belle! 
1 1/4 ounces bourbon whiskey (Bulleit)
1/2 ounce triple sec
12 ounces pineapple juice
1 tablespoon grenadine
2 ounces orange juice

It wouldn't be a southern drink without a little bit of Bourbon now would it?

This book was true southern lit from the first page and I give it at least 5 wine glasses!  It was THAT good!

About the Author
Born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, Lauren now lives with her husband and two young daughters in Homewood, just outside Birmingham. In addition to her fiction, she writes a monthly newspaper column about life, faith, and how funny (and hard) it is to be a parent. On any given day, she’d rather be at the beach with her family and a stack of books. The Hideaway is her first novel.

I'd love to connect! Visit me at www.laurenkdenton.com, www.facebook.com/lauren.kofflerdenton, www.twitter.com/LaurenKDenton,
or www.instagram.com/laurenkdentonbooks/

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Review - London Belongs to Me by Jacquelyn Middleton

Alex Sinclair couldn’t jump on a plane fast enough. Broken from an unexpected betrayal, she flees sunny Florida for the Britannia cool of London—home of her favourite TV shows, plays, and fangirl heroes. Alex believes London is where she belongs, where she’ll heal old wounds, and chase her dream of writing for the theatre. Staying with her British friend Harry with barely a year’s rent money in her pocket, the clock is ticking.

But when a wealthy rival fueled by ambition and jealousy threatens her career and a fledgling romance, Alex once again questions her self-worth—and is left wondering if London is where she truly belongs.

My Thoughts 

I loved learning about Alex's adventures through London from her horrible shack of a closet (I mean bedroom) to her new love life with this gorgeous Irish actor.  Will her career as a writer take off or will in flounder?
She flees a relationship (heartache) from hell in FL and flies across the pond to London to start fresh and be closer to her father.
Her good friend Harry lets her stay with him and his gf and his gf's brother.  Not only is his gf the Queen Witch with a capital W but she is making Alex's life a living nightmare.
Will Alex survive this new home or will she run away to FL?  You will fall in love with this story from her adventures to love life to amazing friendships with a lot of drama along the way.

Drink Selection
At times this book and (Alex) need a stiff drink, so a great match would be a Captain and Coke.
I loved this book from beginning to end and it's 5 wine glasses for sure!

About the Author
Jacquelyn Middleton is an award-winning freelance writer with articles published by several of the most popular magazines, newspapers, and websites in North America including USA Today, Canadian Living, Best Health, National Geographic Travel, Psychology Today, The Toronto Star, Reader's Digest, Chatelaine, Today's Parent, and Flare.

She previously worked in television broadcasting, and lives in Toronto. When she's not writing, you can find her hanging out in London, waiting in a comic con line with her husband, or chasing after her bossy Schipperke. LONDON BELONGS TO ME is her debut novel. Its sequel, LONDON, CAN YOU WAIT?, a contemporary, new adult novel will be published on October 26, 2017.

Follow Jacquelyn on Twitter (@JaxMiddleton), Instagram (@JaxMiddleton_Author), or Facebook (JacquelynMiddletonAuthor), and visit her website at www.JacquelynMiddleton.com

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