May 27, 2016

One True Loves. Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Published:Washington Square Press
Date: June 7th 2016
Format: e-ARC
Pages: 352
Genre: Women's Fiction
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Rating:
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In her twenties, Emma Blair marries her high school sweetheart, Jesse. They build a life for themselves, far away from the expectations of their parents and the people of their hometown in Massachusetts. They travel the world together, living life to the fullest and seizing every opportunity for adventure.

On their first wedding anniversary, Jesse is on a helicopter over the Pacific when it goes missing. Just like that, Jesse is gone forever.

Emma quits her job and moves home in an effort to put her life back together. Years later, now in her thirties, Emma runs into an old friend, Sam, and finds herself falling in love again. When Emma and Sam get engaged, it feels like Emma’s second chance at happiness.

That is, until Jesse is found. He’s alive, and he’s been trying all these years to come home to her. With a husband and a fiancé, Emma has to now figure out who she is and what she wants, while trying to protect the ones she loves.

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One True Loves  is the story of Emma and the men she loves. It is the story of Emma growing into herself and finding out who she is and what she really wants.

Leaving her home town she married Jessie and lived in California. She liked to travel and live an exciting life, she certainly never wanted to return to Acton and her parents bookshop. However life happens and we move on. Jesse goes missing and is presumed dead in a helicopter accident. Prostrated with grief, Emma finally moves on and returns home to Acton. Surprising herself she finds that the place has grown on her and well ... reading and the bookshop are rather palatable now. She even finds she has fallen in love again, and while she will always love Jesse she finds Sam really ticks all the right notes. 

Until the day she hears that Jesse is alive and on his way home. What a spot to be in, she now truly loves two men. Jesse's return home in all its awkwardness plays out. Both Emma and Jesse are not the people they once were, their experiences have changed them. And what of Sam - it breaks his heart to see Emma with Jesse and he backs out of view. 

So in all its rawness Emma must come to grips with her life now. Who is she now? Does Jesse know her now? I liked their eventual straight talking and owning up to what they felt and what had happened for them. In fact this was the part of the book I most liked.

Where does Emma end up - right where I had hoped, but no spoilers!

This was a book I enjoyed, it is in many ways an easy read, although the situation is certainly fraught with difficulty. It is about the importance of family, sisters, true and deep love, good and honest communication. Most of all finding yourself and making the choices you know are right for you.
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May 25, 2016

Heart Like Mine. Maggie McGinnis

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Published: St Martin's
Date:April 5th 2016
Format: e-ARC
Pages:368
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Rating:
4 stars                    Add to Goodreads
Delaney Blair loves her job at Echo Lake's Mercy Hospital, where she's developed a reputation for being smart, fair, and driven. When she's assigned to cut funding, she has to temporarily relocate her office, put on borrowed scrubs, and go toe-to-toe with Dr. Joshua Mackenzie, the interim head of the paediatric's department. His killer smile and rock-star body are distractions Delaney could do without, but she's determined to stay focused while she brings his budget into line. It's not working.


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Set in a hospital, on the paediatrics' ward mostly, what is there not to like and be ready to read and enjoy. Delaney the heroine of the story has a Dad who is a well known surgeon, she herself wanted to be a doctor but settled for being a financial administrator at the hospital. She is good at it but she is about to find that getting down and dirty in the paediatric's ward with the small patients might just attack her heart in a way that up until now she has been carefully avoiding. A long time ago she lost a small brother and her own family has never been the same since.

Josh is a very caring, dedicated doctor. His patients come first and he spends long hours at the hospital. When Delaney is tasked with cutting back expenditure for the ward as the hospital has to make cut backs. (Sound familiar! Seems like many hospitals are in the same boat). Josh challenges Delaney to spend time down on the ward and shadow the staff to see what is involved. Reluctantly taking up the challenge, she discovers it is not so easy to protect your heart when you are up close and personal with young patients. Yet... she is good at it.

I enjoyed the romantic sparks that happen between Delaney and Josh. Learning about their backgrounds and family circumstances endeared them to me. There are a few ups and downs, and one mean financial administrator who seems determined to get in the way of Delaney coming up with a solution for the budget for the ward.

The young patients themselves were delightful and some of the other minor characters were great - take the assistant that Delaney has, she has spunk.

A light beach read with just the right balance and note of happily ever after. #2 in Maggie McGinnis' Echo Lake series.
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May 23, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It's a great post to organise yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join them!
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Greetings to everyone. Well there has been very much a taste of Autumn here for us. I have lit my fire three times now in the evening and my tank tops I think are put away till next summer!

I got quite a bit of reading done in the last week, and now I am busy catching up to go back to my quilting class for Tuesday, hopefully three blocks completed will be enough to satisfy the tutors! I sort of got carried away on other endeavours. This is the kind of quilt we are making in the class, although mine is purple and green in the paw blocks - they are what I am working on at present. It's so cute, not sure which great niece/nephew it will be for, one of them anyway! I guess I am a bit old for a teddy bear quilt!


What I read last week:


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What I am reading at present:

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Listening to:

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Up next:

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Posts from the last week:

Dear Thing Julie Cohen
A Lowcountry Wedding   Mary Alice Monroe


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May 20, 2016

Dear Thing. Julie Cohen

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Published:St Martin's Griffin
Date:March 29th 2016
Format: e-ARC
Pages:400
Genre: Women's Fiction
Source:Publisher via NetGalley
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After years of watching her best friends Ben and Claire try for a baby, Romily has offered to give them the one thing that they want most.

Romily expects it will be easy to be a surrogate. She's already a single mother, and she has no desire for any more children. But Romily isn't prepared for the overwhelming feelings that have taken hold of her and which threaten to ruin her friendship with Ben and Claire-and even destroy their marriage.


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The more I read Dear Thing, the more I became taken in by the book and I just had to keep reading. It explores the pain and suffering of a woman who has had many attempts to have a baby and just can't. So much loss and heartbreak. Claire is a teacher and while I have never been in her situation I identified with her on other levels and really felt for her. I really loved her relationship with Max (a student) and the part she played in his life.

Romilly has one daughter Posie. Posie doesn't know her father, Romilly became pregnant with her back in university days, and while Ben, Claire's husband was not the father, there is a bond between himself and Romilly of friendship, although on Romilly's part that is not quite true... a little more?

When Romilly offers to be the surrogate mother of a child for Claire and Ben it all seems straight forward but the more time went on, revelations were found out, feelings changed and things twisted and turned.  How tough for Romilly to hand the baby over at the end? Will she do it?

Romilly has considered herself as not much of a mother figure, yet in actual fact she is rather good at it. Posie though does have difficulties, not the least of all she hasn't got a father, although she loves Ben and Claire. I really enjoyed her and laughed out loud at some of the things she came out with. However she does have difficulty with making friends which as time goes on gets addressed. I also loved her letter at the end of the book.

This was a book I read quickly, felt for all the characters and just generally loved it.

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Sign Up Post for Comment Challenge

First of all the details from the challenge hostesses!

If you love comments and are looking for a fun blogging challenge to participate in this summer, then the Comment Challenge is for you. Hosted by Lonna @ FLYLēF and Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense, the Comment Challenge was created as a way to increase comment activity on your blog and help you forge new connections with other book bloggers. For every month this summer (June through August), we will be pairing different bloggers together and asking them to engage and encourage one another through comments on each other’s blogs. And you are formally invited to join us!
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  • This challenge will run June through August.
  • You are welcome to sign up for one, two, or all three months (a sign-up post will go up a month in advance for each month and will be open for three weeks).
  • Bloggers will be paired up for one month and will be required to comment on each other’s blog posts.
  • If you sign up for more than one month, you will have a different comment partner each month.
  • To allow a bit of freedom, you will be able to choose how often you would like to comment on your partner’s blog (options include 5-10 or 11-20 posts).
  • Social Media Option: If you’d like to give your partner further encouragement through social media, we will do our best to connect you with bloggers who are active on the same platforms.
  • Giveaway: at the end of August, we will be giving away two bookish prizes. Please note: this giveaway will only be open to participants.
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  • Sign Up: Starting today through the 21st, you can sign up for this challenge for June. Just answer a few questions on the Google Doc below. We will be emailing you a couple of days before June 1st to inform you of your partner.
  • Create a Sign-up Post: We will be posting a link-up as sign-ups are closing for participants to share their posts. What you should include:
    • Announce your intention to participate and what you’re looking forward to for this challenge
    • Let us know how often you intend to comment on your partner’s blog
    • Link back to your hosts: Lonna @ FLYLēF and Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense
    • Include the Comment Challenge banner
  • Spread the Word: We’d love to see this challenge take off, so let other bloggers know about it. We’ll be using the Twitter hashtag #commentchallenge2016
  • Comment: When June 1st rolls around, get to commenting on your partner’s blog!
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May 1st: June Sign-up Post 
May 15th: June Link-up + Giveaway Post
June 1st: July Sign-up Post
June 15th: July Link-up + Giveaway Post
July 1st: August Sign-up Post
July 15th: August Link-up + Giveaway Post

So that's the details and I here- by announce my intention to participate - at Least for June and most likely July and August too!

May 18, 2016

A Lowcountry Wedding. Mary Alice Monroe

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Published:Gallery Books
Date: May 3rd 2016
Format: e-ARC
Pages: 448
Genre: Women's Fiction
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Rating:
4.5 stars             Add to Goodreads
Nothing could be more enchanting than a summer wedding—or two!—in Charleston’s fabled lowcountry. A centuries-old plantation, an avenue of ancient oaks dripping moss, a storied ballroom, a sand dune at sunset…

Yet when a stranger arrives, a long held family secret could silence the bells ringing for the Muir sisters. Scandals surface, family bonds are questioned, and promises are broken and renewed.


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It was with much excitement that some of we readers learned there was a fourth book set in the lowcountry, with the three Muir sisters and Mamaw. Harper and Carson are in the final count down to their weddings. Dora had seemed all settled and all was well. Or so we thought. However life does go on, and we were taken further along on the journey.

I had listened to the first three in this series on audiobook and loved the narration by the author. However I couldn't wait when I saw this one, I wanted to get down and read it. I love the description of the setting, all the sights and sounds of that part of the world. 

Mary Alice Monroe certainly takes a surprising step in this book, I really don't want to say any more because to do so would be to spoil the surprise for other readers. I can only say I loved the surprise, and while the sisters found it hard to come to grips with it, what a gift for them.

The book covers the two months lead up to the wedding and all that goes on before a wedding. Finding the right dress and making the final decisions about the venue. Harper and Carson seem to have got mixed up and oddly are planning a wedding that the other would be more comfortable in. 

All three sisters are still dealing with issues and growing through them. Harper has money and how does that leave Taylor feeling? Carson wants to know she has work and will never be without it. Dora is on the verge of a new job and a newly minted divorce. She wants to prove her independence and ability to prove herself much to the chagrin of Devlin. So you see, plenty of ways all this could go. I wondered if there would be a wedding by the end and would Mamaw survive without a hear attack!

Lastly but not the least, Delphine makes some appearances - significant ones and she also has the honor of the epilogue. Perfect.

May 16, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It's a great post to organise yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join them!
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Welcome in to the middle of May! We are still having late summer temps, global warming is here I do believe. However thunderstorms forecast for this pm, so I am scheduling this post just in case the power goes. But they might not even arrive!

I did some reading this week but I was out three evenings and sewing seems to be equally vying for my time as well. However hopefully a bit more this week.

My favourite Australian programme A Place to Call Home - season three, finished this week. What a load of cliffhangers. Hate that! However love the show and gives me an Australian kind of Downton Abbey.  The best part is it showed on free to air TV here, which it didn't when shown on Australian TV.                                                   

What I read last week:

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Delightful audiobook. Well narrated and #4 in series.

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Really enjoyed this - had been waiting for it and it certainly delivered.

What I am reading at present:

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Up next:

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Posts from the last week:

A Kiss From Mr. Fitzgerald    Natasha Lester
All of Us and Everything  Bridget Asher

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