Friday, November 13, 2020
Thursday, November 12, 2020
Synopsis: "Helping people find their dream house has always come natural to Caroline. She’s able to set the stage perfectly so her clients can imagine spending the holidays in their new home, even though she doesn’t decorate her own. When her boss assigns her to oversee the company’s first Christmas Tour of Homes, Caroline thinks she may be in over her head.
Luke has always made sure his daughter, Ella, had all that she needed for Christmas, including a home bursting at the seams with tinsel and holly. Even if it meant working extra shifts patrolling the town. So when a house of their own is at the top of Ella’s Christmas list, he can’t help but set out to find one.
As Christmas fate brings Caroline and Luke together, they just might be exactly what the other needs to make it through the holidays. Until Luke unknowingly stumbles across Caroline’s past. A past that keeps Caroline from looking to a future with Luke.
Can Caroline and Luke find their way to happily ever after? Or is the only thing keeping them from finding it, each other?"
My Review: If you know me, you know I am a sucker for holiday books, especially those with romance. When I saw this book also revolves around real estate, something I deal with every day, I knew I had to read this one. I really enjoyed how this book seemed to have two story lines running at the same time, the challenge of staging homes and capturing the spirit of Christmas and the struggle with new relationships and overcoming the grief of past ones. I really enjoyed the characters and the way they grew and developed throughout the story. This book captures the feel of the season through the setting, the characters and the events throughout. Definitely an emotional journey as well, I even started tearing up a few times (while in the office), you can't help but root for Caroline, Luke and Ella to find their paths through grief and new beginnings. This is definitely a great book to read during the holiday season, it just warms your heart.
My Rating: I really enjoyed this book, it gave me the emotional journey I look for in a holiday book and it has characters I could really feel connected to. I give it a rating of Four Paws!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Pump Up Your Book. The above is my honest review and opinion.
Angelina Goode began writing as a teenager. Though her first works
were poems about love-struck teenagers, she grew her craft while earning
her degree in Journalism and Creative Writing. A former grade school
teacher that loved teaching children to write, she enjoys finding
creative ways to present everyday events. Now she primarily writes
light-hearted contemporary women’s fiction. Angelina loves to travel and
weave places she’s visited into her novels. She lives in Los Angeles
where she enjoys people-watching and year-round sun.
Angelina Goode began writing as a teenager. Though her first works were poems about love-struck teenagers, she grew her craft while earning her degree in Journalism and Creative Writing. A former grade school teacher that loved teaching children to write, she enjoys finding creative ways to present everyday events. Now she primarily writes light-hearted contemporary women’s fiction. Angelina loves to travel and weave places she’s visited into her novels. She lives in Los Angeles where she enjoys people-watching and year-round sun.
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
I have been trying to figure out a way to share all these books I read with you but still include other non-review posts on the blog. One method I have come up with was to share the reviews for an entire series (or pair) of books in one post. I will do my absolute best to keep spoilers out of these posts in case you plan to read the books, but there is a slight chance that even the synopsis of a book can give away the result of the previous book. So if you don't want to know anything at all about the later books in a series that might giveaway something in the first book STOP READING NOW!
I have just recently started reading mystery books, Cozy Mysteries in particular, and this series kept popping up on my recommendation list, so I thought I would give it a shot. This is leans a little more into the regular mystery category and a little less cozy but it still has enough elements to keep me interested. Lucky for me with this series is it pretty new and I don't have a whole backlist of books to catch up on, so far there are 2 books out and another scheduled for release in March 2021.
A Borrowing of Bones is full of complex twists and real details about search-and-rescue dog training that Paula learned through the training of her own dog. With its canine sidekicks and rich, dramatic story, this debut will be a must-have for mystery fans."
It's October, hunting season in the Green Mountains--and the Vermont wilderness has never been more beautiful or more dangerous. Especially for nine-year-old Henry, who's lost in the woods. Again. Only this time he sees something terrible. When a young woman is found shot through the heart with a fatal arrow, Mercy thinks that something is murder. But Henry, a math genius whose autism often silences him when he should speak up most, is not talking.
Now there's a murderer hiding among the hunters in the forest--and Mercy and Elvis must team up with their crime-solving friends, game warden Troy Warner and search-and-rescue dog Susie Bear, to find the killer--before the killer finds Henry. When an early season blizzard hits the mountains, cutting them off from the rest of the world, the race is on to solve the crime, apprehend the murderer, and keep the boy safe until the snowplows get through.
Inspired by the true search-and-rescue case of an autistic boy who got lost in the Vermont wilderness, Paula Munier's mystery is a compelling roller coaster ride through the worst of winter--and human nature."
Monday, November 9, 2020
It is Monday again and it is time to update with what I read last week, what I am currently reading and what to look forward to next week.
862:26 Hours Listened (12:18 listened this week)
26,733 Pages Read (264 This week)
Books Added to Shelves Recently: TBR
The Eyes of Tamburah (gift)
The Wolf in the Whale
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The Rain Dragon Rescue
The Order of the Unicorn
All the Wandering Light
Life on the Leash
The Caged Queen
The Mum Who'd Had Enough
The Voyage to Magical North
The Overdue Life of Amy Byler
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Scavenge the Stars
Hades & Persephone
No Country for Old Gnomes (gift)
About That Kiss
The Girl and the Stars
A Choir of Lies
Girl of Fire & Thorns (gift)
Fury of a Phoenix
Homicide in Hardcover (gift)
Unravel the Dusk