Review: The Summer Retreat (Moonlight Harbor #3) by Sheila Roberts

As a younger reader, I had a really hard time with women’s fiction. I felt too young to relate to any of the characters and like I could never fully understand or realize their struggles. But I also felt like I was too old for the YA genre—at least at that time.

Now that I am almost forty, I feel like I can finally appreciate women’s fiction in its entirety so lately I’ve been really open to this genre and enjoying it so much!

Sheila Roberts is a fairly well known author to me. I haven’t read any of her books, but I have seen them quite a bit in bookstores as well as grocery store end caps. Not to mention a few of her books have been turned into Hallmark Channel and Lifetime movies.

This is an author who clearly has a large fan base, so when this book came up for review, I was eager to see what all the fuss was about! Continue reading “Review: The Summer Retreat (Moonlight Harbor #3) by Sheila Roberts”

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Review: The Editor by Steven Rowley

Besides the fact that this book has an absolutely stunning cover, the premise caught my eye and I was intrigued enough to read it.

Jackie O is my favorite first lady. I don’t know a whole lot about her life and history, but I think she is one of the classiest first ladies we have had, she was a Catholic like me, and last but not least, I adore her style.

I had no idea that she was an editor at one point in her life, so seeing that in the pitch for this book pretty much sealed the deal for me. The other thing that I thought was really cool about this book pitch was that it included a letter from the author talking about the book. I was really moved by some of the things that he said were important to him in this book—-families, family relationships, mother-son relationships. Having a boy myself, I was even more excited to read this book after reading his letter! Continue reading “Review: The Editor by Steven Rowley”

Review: The Cliff House by RaeAnne Thayne

RaeAnne Thayne is a newer to me author. I have only just started reading her books this year but so far I have loved them! She is such a strong and seasoned writer and that experience shows in her stories.

When this one came up for review, I was on board not only because I have enjoyed her books, but I was also looking for something a little lighter to break things up.

Lately I have been reading a lot of thrillers and more heavy duty novels, and not that she writes fluff (far from it) but there is something so satisfying about a book with a happy ending! Continue reading “Review: The Cliff House by RaeAnne Thayne”

Review: Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah

When this book showed up in my inbox for review, I wasn’t entirely sure it was something I wanted to read. It sounded a little sad and on the heavy side so initially I set it to the side as a ‘probably wouldn’t review’ book.

But I wasn’t quite ready to write it off so I waited a few days to see if I might change my mind. The summary kept comping back into my mind and I kept thinking about the beautiful blue cover and interesting plot.

Eventually I decided on saying yes to this one, mostly because it sounded magical and elegant even if it was going to be a heavy, sad, tear jerker. Continue reading “Review: Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah”

Special Feature: THE SECRET OF CLOUDS by Alyson Richman

I am thrilled that I have this book up for review next month, but I wanted to get the word out to my readers so that they didn’t miss out on what is sure to be a wonderfully moving novel!

Internationally bestselling author Alyson Richman’s captivating new novel, THE SECRET OF CLOUDS (Berkley Hardcover; February 19, 2019; $26.00), is a touching story about a mother’s love, a teacher’s promise, and a child’s heart.

When an immigrant family leaves the Ukraine for New York after the Chernobyl disaster of 1986, they carry the burdens of their past along with them. A son is born with a rare heart defect, and his health is too fragile for him to attend school. When a devoted teacher is sent to tutor him at home, she is determined not to let his happy days of childhood pass him by – and soon, she learns the impact that one child can leave on her own life.

Richman’s story is in part inspired by her son’s first babysitter, who lived in the Ukraine following the Chernobyl disaster. She spoke with Richman about her first-hand experiences, which informed Richman’s realistic, devastating depiction of a little-discussed tragedy.

One of Richman’s dear friends, who is a teacher, also inspired the novel when she shared how she once tutored a child who was too sick to attend school, and realized a decade later what a lasting impression this student had on her life.

THE SECRET OF CLOUDS is a novel that will make readers examine what it means to live life with a full heart. Continue reading “Special Feature: THE SECRET OF CLOUDS by Alyson Richman”