8 08, 2015

THE LAST DAYS OF RABBIT HAYES by Anna McPartlin

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THE LAST DAYS OF RABBIT HAYES by Anna McPartlinThe Last Days of Rabbit Hayes by Anna McPartlin
Published by Macmillan, St. Martin's Press on August 4th 2015
Pages: 368
Genres: Fiction, Literary, Family Life
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Mia-"Rabbit"-Hayes knows that life is hard for everyone. And she knows that she's one of the lucky ones. She loves her life, ordinary as it is. And she loves the extraordinary people in it: her spirited daughter, Juliet; her colorful, unruly family; the only man in her big heart, Johnny Faye. Rabbit has big ideas, full of music and love and so much life. She has plans for the world. But the world, it turns out, has other plans for Rabbit: a devastating diagnosis.

Rabbit is feisty. And with every ounce of love and strength in her, she promises that she will overcome. She will fight fight fight. She will be with those who love her for as long as she can, and she will live as long as she can with music and love and so much life. And as her friends and family rally round to celebrate Rabbit's last days, they look to her for strength, support, and her unyielding zest for life. Because she is Rabbit Hayes and she will live until she dies.

Well, I just finished this heartbreaking story. I have to say a book hasn’t affected me this deeply in a long while. The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes is so incredibly good. I am just going to gush about this book. Rabbit Hayes is dying. She has just been transferred to a hospice […]

29 06, 2015

SUMMER SECRETS by Jane Green

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SUMMER SECRETS by Jane Green

SUMMER SECRETS by Jane GreenSummer Secrets by Jane Green
Published by St. Martin's Press on June 23rd 2015
Pages: 320
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Women's Fiction
Also by this author: Saving Grace
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Jane Green delivers her second blockbuster novel of 2015, a story of one woman struggling to right the wrongs of her past, with even more complications in the present.

June, 1998: At twenty seven, Catherine Coombs, also known as Cat, is struggling. She lives in London, works as a journalist, and parties hard. Her lunchtimes consist of several glasses of wine at the bar downstairs in the office, her evenings much the same, swigging the free booze and eating the free food at a different launch or party every night. When she discovers the identity of the father she never knew she had, it sends her into a spiral. She makes mistakes that cost her the budding friendship of the only women who have ever welcomed her. And nothing is ever the same after that.

June, 2014: Cat has finally come to the end of herself. She no longer drinks. She wants to make amends to those she has hurt. Her quest takes her to Nantucket, to the gorgeous summer community where the women she once called family still live. Despite her sins, will they welcome her again? What Cat doesn’t realize is that these women, her real father’s daughters, have secrets of their own. As the past collides with the present, Cat must confront the darkest things in her own life and uncover the depths of someone’s need for revenge.

This is the perfect summer read. Summer Secrets hits every aspect I love about women’s fictions and even managed to shed light on the damage an alcoholic can do. This story captures the best and worst of it. Cat comes from a dark childhood. Growing up, she never felt love from her father, […]

19 06, 2015

EIGHT HUNDRED GRAPES: A NOVEL by Laura Dave

By | Friday, June 19, 2015|7 Comments

EIGHT HUNDRED GRAPES: A NOVEL by Laura Dave

EIGHT HUNDRED GRAPES: A NOVEL by Laura DaveEight Hundred Grapes: A Novel by Laura Dave
Published by Simon & Schuster on June 2nd 2015
Pages: 260
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Family, Family & Relationships, Women's Fiction
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There are secrets you share, and secrets you hide…Growing up on her family’s Sonoma vineyard, Georgia Ford learned some important secrets. The secret number of grapes it takes to make a bottle of wine: eight hundred. The secret ingredient in her mother’s lasagna: chocolate. The secret behind ending a fight: hold hands.But just a week before her wedding, thirty-year-old Georgia discovers her beloved fiancé has been keeping a secret so explosive, it will change their lives forever.Georgia does what she’s always done: she returns to the family vineyard, expecting the comfort of her long-married parents, and her brothers, and everything familiar. But it turns out her fiancé is not the only one who’s been keeping secrets…

I just finished reading Eight hundred Grapes. I found it hard to put down once I got to know everyone. There was much to love about this heartwarming story. Georgia just walked out on her dress fitting for her wedding. She found out her boyfriend has been harboring a secret and now she […]

27 05, 2015

IT’S NOT ME, IT’S YOU by Mhairi McFarlane

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IT’S NOT ME, IT’S YOU by Mhairi McFarlaneIt's Not Me, It's You by Mhairi McFarlane
Published by HarperCollins Publishers Limited on May 19th 2015
Pages: 560
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Women's Fiction
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What do you do when your hour-old fiance sends you a text for the Other Woman? Apart from break something valuable. Like his face.

Another hilarious and romantic story from the author of the bestselling YOU HAD ME AT HELLO.

Delia Moss isn't quite sure where she went wrong. Everything was going smoothly. Ok, she had a slightly rubbish job working for the council and she hadn t seen her best friend Emma in god knows how long, but she'd been working up to proposing to Paul for months. This. Was. It.

But with one annoying little beep beep, Delia's life is turned upside down and rather than stick around and commit GBH by punching her cheating scumbag boyfriend (who still wants to be with her) in the chops, she decides the best thing to do would be get some head space and leave for London.

But a new city is never going to be the answer, and with a dodgy new job in media PR, where a suspicious yet devastatingly handsome journalist seems to be sniffing around and endangering her job, Delia can't run forever. Where did the old Delia go? And can she get her back?

This book was a fun light read. Even if it had a predictable setting with a predictable outcome. It was a fun chick lit book. The delivery of It’s Not Me, It’s You was entertaining and kept my interest. Delia has just proposed to the man she has been with for ten years. […]

3 04, 2015

ON THE WAY by Cyn Vargas

By | Friday, April 3, 2015|7 Comments

ON THE WAY by Cyn VargasOn The Way by Cyn Vargas
Published by Curbside Splendor Publishing on April 21st 2015
Pages: 188
Genres: Fiction, Short Stories (single author), Women's Fiction
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Cyn Vargas's debut explores the whims and follies of the heart. When a mother disappears in Guatemala, her daughter refuses to accept she's gone; a divorced DMV employee falls in love during a driving lesson; a young girl shares a well-kept family secret; a bad haircut is the last straw in a crumbling marriage. Cyn Vargas lives in Chicago, Illinois.

I had no idea what to expect when I got this book. The cover is really cool and I need short stories in my reading sometimes. On the Way was an excellent collection of great stories. I loved almost all the stories, even though they don’t all have a happy ending. On The […]

18 02, 2015

JUST PRU by Anne Pfeffer

By | Wednesday, February 18, 2015|10 Comments

JUST PRU by Anne Pfeffer

JUST PRU by Anne PfefferJust Pru by Anne Pfeffer
March 2nd 2015
Pages: 232
Genres: Contemporary, Depression & Mental Illness, Humorous, Romance, Women's Fiction
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When twenty-five-year-old Pru Anderson—braless, pajama-clad, and clutching her cat, Chuck—is rescued from her burning Los Angeles apartment, the thing that scares her most is meeting the neighbors. New people make her hide in the bathroom, counting by sevens, but when her home is destroyed, she must turn strangers into friends …  or crawl back to the controlling parents she only recently escaped.

What would her idol, Pepper Hathaway, do? That’s a no brainer: the detective-slash-supermodel heroine from Pru's favorite TV series would take no prisoners while looking fierce in a tankini and stilettos. So when the chance comes up to live with playwright Ellen, Pru sets aside her fears and goes for it.

Thus begin the adventures of a girl who's never had a job, a friend, or a first kiss. Swept into Ellen's whirlwind life, Pru begins to build her own, as director's assistant for a new play, muse to brooding actor Blake, and possible love interest to adorably neurotic neighbor, Adam.

Only one thing can derail Pru's exhilarating journey. Well, actually, it's two things—and they're in a car headed straight for LA to torpedo her life. When the past that nearly destroyed her comes calling, who will she be: a Prudence or a Pepper?

This book was just fun. Just Pru follows a girl who needed to loose everything to break out of her shell and begin her life. I devoured this book in one day. This was a quick funny read that made me feel good. Pru is a girl raised on fear. She just lost […]

3 02, 2015

NEW USES FOR OLD BOYFRIENDS by Beth Kendrick

By | Tuesday, February 3, 2015|11 Comments

NEW USES FOR OLD BOYFRIENDS by Beth KendrickNew Uses For Old Boyfriends by Beth Kendrick
Published by Penguin on February 3rd 2015
Pages: 336
Genres: Contemporary Women, Fiction, Women's Fiction
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After growing up in privilege and marrying into money, Lila Alders has gotten used to the good life. But when her happily-ever-after implodes, Lila must return to Black Dog Bay, the tiny seaside town where she grew up. She’s desperate for a safe haven, but everything has changed over the past ten years. Her family’s fortune is gone—and her mother is in total denial. It’s up to Lila to take care of everything...but she can barely take care of herself.

The former golden girl of Black Dog Bay struggles to reinvent herself by opening a vintage clothing boutique. But even as Lila finds new purpose for outdated dresses and tries to reunite with her ex, she realizes that sometimes it’s too late for old dreams. She’s lost everything she thought she needed but found something—someone—she desperately wants. A boy she hardly noticed has grown up into a man she can’t forget...and a second chance has never felt so much like first love.

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This story was a lot of fun. New Uses for Old Boyfriends was a great upbeat story about overcoming. Lila was a great character who goes home after a nasty divorce to live with her Mom. Lila’s Mom is completely broke. Of course, her Mom is in complete denial about her financial situation […]

5 01, 2015

THE RESURRECTION OF TESS BLESSING by Lesley Kagen

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THE RESURRECTION OF TESS BLESSING by Lesley KagenThe Resurrection of Tess Blessing by Lesley Kagen
Published by Sparkpress on December 9, 2014
Pages: 371
Genres: Family Life, Fiction, Women's Fiction
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After she's diagnosed with breast cancer, forty-nine-year old Tess sets forth on a mission to complete her TO-DO List before, what she's sure is, her impending death. She needs to make peace with her estranged sister, Birdie, scatter her mother's long-kept ashes, rescue her daughter, Haddie, from the grip of an eating disorder, guide her teenage son, Henry, through a bumpy adolescence, and reignite the spark in her almost thirty-year marriage to her husband, Will.

Tess is aided on her quest by narrator, Grace, who lends the story its most brilliant elements: subtle magical realism and deep psychological complexity. Is Grace an imaginary friend, guardian angel, or a part of Tess that knows better than she? The Resurrection of Tess Blessing is by turns poignant, gritty, spiritually uplifting, and hilarious as hell.

Lesley Kagen has created an unforgettable, redemptive story about a middle-aged woman with the odds stacked against her, who discovers that in the end, love really does conquer all.

Don’t you just love when a book gives you good feels? This book was great and made me feel so good. The writing is addictive, I could not put it down. I want more of Tess and Birdie and more IFs. I rooted for Tess the whole time. The Resurrection of Tess was […]

1 01, 2015

SAVING GRACE by Jane Green

By | Thursday, January 1, 2015|4 Comments

SAVING GRACE by Jane GreenSaving Grace by Jane Green
Published by St. Martin's Press on December 30th 2014
Pages: 352
Genres: Contemporary Women, Fiction, Women's Fiction
Also by this author: Summer Secrets
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Grace and Ted Chapman are widely regarded as the perfect literary power couple. Ted is a successful novelist and Grace, his wife of twenty years, is beautiful, stylish, carefree, and a wonderful homemaker. But what no one sees, what is churning under the surface, is Ted’s rages. His mood swings. And the precarious house of cards that their lifestyle is built upon. When Ted’s longtime assistant and mainstay leaves, the house of cards begins to crumble and Grace, with dark secrets in her past, is most vulnerable. She finds herself in need of help but with no one to turn to…until the perfect new assistant shows up out of the blue.  To the rescue comes Beth, a competent young woman who can handle Ted and has the calm efficiency to weather the storms that threaten to engulf the Chapman household. Soon, though, it’s clear to Grace that Beth might be too good to be true. This new interloper might be the biggest threat of all, one that could cost Grace her marriage, her reputation, and even her sanity.  With everything at stake and no one to confide in, Grace must find a way to save herself before it is too late.Powerful and riveting, Jane Green's Saving Grace will have you on the edge of your seat as you follow Grace on her harrowing journey to rock bottom and back.

What a great tale. I completely forgot my life while I consumed this story. For two days, I wanted nothing more than to find out more about Grace and Ted. This isn’t a romance. Grace and Ted are a power couple who aren’t really living the fantasy that everyone thinks. Saving Grace was […]

20 11, 2014

WAKING UP JOY by Tina Ann Forkner -Blog Tour

By | Thursday, November 20, 2014|5 Comments

WAKING UP JOY by Tina Ann Forkner -Blog Tour

WAKING UP JOY by Tina Ann Forkner -Blog TourWaking Up Joy by Tina Ann Forkner
Published by Tule Publishing Group on October 8th 2014
Pages: 336
Genres: Romance, Women's Fiction
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Behind every lost dream lies a second chance... When adored town spinster Joy Talley ends up in a coma after a peculiar accident, she is surprised and incensed to hear what is being said in her hospital room, including plans for her funeral. When she finally wakes, her well-meaning, but bossy, brothers and sisters dismiss her claims, thinking her accident has knocked her off her rocker, but Joy has never felt better, and is determined to set the past right. Now Joy must face her darkest secret and risk reopening wounds caused by an old flame who rejected her more than twenty years ago. But taking risks brings change, as well as a new, younger man into Joy's life, making her feel like a teenager again. Suddenly Joy's once humdrum life is anything but boring and routine and the future beckons, exhilarating and bright.

 

My Review The tour is finally here and I am really excited to be part of this. Waking Up Joy was not an everyday read for me. It was a breath of fresh air. This book had me overjoyed and crying, it made me forget the world if only for a short while. […]

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