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An Impossible Promise by Jude Deveraux | Blog Tour | Book Review

I am delighted to join the blog tour for An Impossible Promise by Jude Deveraux, and Tara Sheets today! My thanks to Harlequin Publishing for the invitation to join. I was gifted a copy of An Impossible Promise to read in exchange for my honest review. 

Book Info and Rating

An Impossible Promise

Author: Jude Deveraux, Tara Sheets

ISBN: 9780778332084

Publication Date: September 21, 2021

Publisher: MIRA Books

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars    💙💙💙💙💙

Book Summary

Book 2 in the Providence Falls Trilogy. Outlander meets The Lake House (movie) in this epic love story that crosses continents and centuries. Master storyteller Jude Deveraux joins forces with up and coming author Tara Sheets to create a series that will appeal to women’s fiction and romance readers alike. A rogue thief in 1840s Ireland is sent by angels to a contemporary small town in America to make amends for his crimes in the past. Forbidden to tell anyone why he is there he must convince the woman he loves to marry another man or be damned for eternity.

In one century she loved him madly, and in another she wants nothing to do with him

In this second book of a trilogy, the story of Liam O’Connor and Cora McLeod continues. While they were lovers in the past, things are very different in the present. Liam and Cora are both police officers and roomates in Providence Falls, North Carolina. Liam is trying to do as the angels have commanded–make sure Cora falls in love with another man—but Cora is not the impressionable innocent girl Liam remembers. She’s strong and smart and not easily manipulated. Liam is forced to face the truth about himself as he comes to realize that he truly isn’t the right man for Cora. But, as Liam is coming to that conclusion, Cora is starting to see him in a new light.

Liam wants Cora for himself, but with his soul hanging in the balance, he must choose between a stolen moment in time or an eternity of damnation.

An Impossible Promise is romantic, fun and pure escape.

I Thought…

An Impossible Promise is a tremendous follow-up to the first book in this series, ‘Chance of a Lifetime’ set in Providence Falls, North Carolina. The authors, Jude Deveraux and Tara Sheets did a great job of crafting a story that stood on its own for anyone not having read book one, though reading the novels in chronological order is recommended.

For me, it was the characters that really made its story sing. The feelings of both protagonists really tugged at my heartstrings as love, passion and destiny are brought to the fore. I was completely drawn into the narrative as Liam O’Connor’s gradual awareness of himself in emboldened, devil-may-care, Magnus Blackwell is realised, and this was really well portrayed by the author.

In this tale of time travel and reincarnation Liam and Cora McLeod are police officers in the present, working on a murder investigation. Liam fell in love with Cora back in 1844. Cora, Liam, and Finn Walsh’s lives are intertwined each time they are reborn and lawyer, Finn is the man that Liam stole Cora from, way back. Now Liam must persuade Cora to marry Finn so that her life is not ended by tragedy.

Liam’s struggles with the modern world provided some amusement and the element of mystery surrounding the murder investigation was good too although this aspect definitely took a back seat to the romance. If you believe in destiny or fated love, you will really enjoy this novel and series. A tremendously good tale, I’m a very happy reader!

Thanks to NetGalley, MIRA Books and the authors, Jude Deveraux and Tara Sheets for the complimentary copy. This is my honest and totally voluntary review.

Meet the Authors:

Jude Deveraux is the author of forty-three New York Times bestsellers, including For All Time, Moonlight in the Morning and A Knight in Shining Armor. She was honored with a Romantic Times Pioneer Award in 2013 for her distinguished career. To date, there are more than sixty million copies of her books in print worldwide. Jude lives in Kansas City, Missouri.

Tara Sheets is an award-winning author of contemporary romance and women’s fiction. Her work has earned first place recognition in literary contests nationwide, and her debut novel, DON’T CALL ME CUPCAKE, won the 2016 Golden Heart® award sponsored by Romance Writers of America. Tara lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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The Inheritance by JoAnn Ross | Blog Tour | Book Review

I am delighted to join the blog tour for The Inheritance by JoAnn Ross today! My thanks to Harlequin Publishing for the invitation to join. I was gifted a copy of The Inheritance to read in exchange for my honest review. 

Book Info and Rating

THE INHERITANCE

Author: JoAnn Ross

ISBN: 9781335418562

Publication Date: September 7, 2021

Publisher: HQN Books

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars    💙💙💙💙💙

Book Summary

When conflict photographer Jackson Swann dies, he leaves behind a conflict of his own making when his three daughters, each born from a different mother and unknown to each other, discover that they’re now part owners of Maison de Madelaine, the family’s Oregon vineyard—a once famous business struggling to recover from a worldwide economic collapse.

After a successful career as a child TV star, a disastrous time as a teen pop star, and now a successful author, Tess is, for the first time in her life, suffering from a serious case of writer’s block and identity crisis.

Charlotte, brought up to be a proper Southern wife, has given up her own career goals to support her husband while having spent the past year struggling to conceive a child to create a more perfect marriage. On the worst day of her life, she discovers her beloved father has died, she has two sisters she’d never been told about, and her husband has fallen in love with another woman.

Natalie, daughter of Jack’s long-time mistress, has always known about both half-sisters. Still mourning the loss of her mother, the death of her father a year later is a devastating blow. And she can’t help feeling that both her sisters may resent her for being the daughter their father decided to keep.

As the sisters reluctantly gather at the family vineyard, they’re enchanted by the legacy they’ve inherited, and by their grandmother’s rich stories of life in WWII France and the love she found with a wounded American soldier who brought her to Oregon where they started Maison de Madelaine.

I Thought…

The Inheritance is a terrific story from JoAnn Ross principally about family, but also covering love and loss, blended with some fascinating WW2 history. I thoroughly enjoyed my time following the three sisters as they go from strangers to loving and supportive siblings.

The tale begins as Jackson Swann, photographer and the father of three daughters who each have different mothers, is approaching the end his life and his battle with cancer. Sitting on the patio terrace of the chateau de Madeleine, the grey stone house in Oregon’s Williamette Valley that his father Robert Swann built for his wife Madeleine, a war bride, he has many regrets that he is musing over as he gazes at the 260 acres of vineyards and the gorgeous blossom trees. Most of the details the reader learns of Jack comes from others’ memories though he leaves videos for each daughter.

His eldest is Tess, a former child TV star and author. Jack had a very brief marriage with her mother and played no part in her life, thus Tess refers to Jack as a sperm donor. Tess is nonchalant when Donovan Brees, her father’s lawyer, tell her of her father’s death and her inheritance. But needing to make a decision about her writing, Tess decides that Oregon might be just right for her. Tess knows of one of her sisters’ existences but not the other.

Brought up by her mother, Charlotte is a Southern housewife and rarely saw her father. Jack and Blanche are still married as Blanche sees no reason to divorce. Charlotte married the politically ambitious Mason, so Charlotte ditched her dreams of becoming an interior designer. When she learns of her father’s death, she also discovers her husband is an adulterer, so going to Oregon seems like a grand idea. Charlotte had no clue that she had sisters before learning about Jack’s death.

The youngest daughter Natalie Seurat is the sister who saw more of Jack. She is a talented photographer, like her dad and is grieving the loss of her mother, Josette when she learns of Jack’s death. She’s always known about her sisters and wanted to meet them.

It was fascinating to read about the sisters’ varied relationship with Jack as well as the forming of their own as siblings. None of them expected to inherit though there was a caveat on this. They also had the opportunity to spend time with Madeleine. Dotted hither and thither are flashbacks to Madeleine’s time with the French Resistance which were riveting. As each sister is at a crossroads in life their time in Oregon affords them the thinking time they need. Charlotte is pondering the fate of her marriage and makes some realisations involving her husband. Tess is wondering what’s next after her successful teen series and Natalie is pondering whether to risk a friendship for something more.

Along with learning the wine business and family history, romance also finds its way into each sister’s life. Charlotte is the wariest of the three in this regard as she still has cold feet from previous dalliances. JoAnn Ross’s characterisation is first-class on this compelling tale and I relished in her Gideon character too, who is running the vineyard, finding him charming and personable as he gets to know Tess better and explains about winemaking. The epilogue ties everything off neatly and I highly recommend The Inheritance, a sweet story with a weighty storyline.

Thanks to NetGalley, HQN Books and the author, JoAnn Ross for the complimentary copy. This is my honest and totally voluntary review.

Meet the Author:

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author JoAnn Ross has been published in twenty-seven countries. The author of over 100 novels, JoAnn lives with her husband and many rescue pets — who pretty much rule the house — in the Pacific Northwest.

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Deadly Summer Nights by Vicki Delany | Blog Tour | Book Review | Giveaway

Deadly Summer Nights

by Vicki Delany

I am delighted to join the blog tour for Deadly Summer Nights by Vicki Delany today! My thanks to Lori at Great Escapes Book Tours for the chance to join and the review copy!

About Deadly Summer Nights

Deadly Summer Nights (A Catskill Summer Resort Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Berkley (September 7, 2021)
Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 059333437X
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0593334379
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08NT3JCXQ

A summer of fun at a Catskills resort comes to an abrupt end when a guest is found murdered, in this new 1950s set mystery series.

It’s the summer of 1953, and Elizabeth Grady is settling into Haggerman’s Catskills Resort. As a vacation getaway, Haggerman’s is ideal, and although Elizabeth’s ostentatious but well-meaning mother is new to running the resort, Elizabeth is eager to help her organize the guests and the entertainment acts. But Elizabeth will have to resort to untested abilities if she wants to save her mother’s business.

When a reclusive guest is found dead in a lake on the grounds, and a copy of The Communist Manifesto is found in his cabin, the local police chief is convinced that the man was a Russian spy. But Elizabeth isn’t so sure, and with the fate of the resort hanging in the balance, she’ll need to dodge red herrings, withstand the Red Scare, and catch a killer red-handed.

I Thought…

Vicki Delany is a prolific cozy mystery writer. She writes under her name and in the name of Eva Gates, several different cozy series’ and I have read a total of four of her books, two from her Tea By the Sea Mystery series, one from her Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series and this one, Deadly Summer Nights. This Catskill Summer Resort series might well turn out to be another of my favourite series.

The period (1950s) detail is fascinating and the name of the resort, Haggerman’s is an inspiration. The reader is soon introduced to Elizabeth Grady and also gets to learn a thing or two about running a summer resort. With some expert character creation from Vicki Delany, I wanted to learn a great deal more about them all, especially Elizabeth, Velvet and Lucinda. Elizabeth is a widow and is for the time being, happy and content with her lot. She makes a strong protagonist and is very smart so is good for the holiday resort business. Lucinda McGreevy works at the Red Spot Diner and is Elizabeth’s new friend. Elizabeth’s mum, Olivia Peters is a Broadway diva and her Aunt Tatiana has housekeeping responsibilities. Elizabeth’s BFF Velvet (wonderful name) McNally also works at the resort as the director of outdoor recreation and helps with the mystery-solving and Winston the English bulldog has a great part to play also. But hold on… who wants guests like formidable Mrs Brownville? So, Deadly Summer Nights boasts an impressive cast who I will hopefully see again in book two!

Entertaining throughout, Vicki Delany’s writing talent is undoubtedly illuminated in this tale of mystery, so give it a whirl. It’s a winning combination of history, drama, mystery, humour and friendship, with the potential for some romance. The conclusion was a good one and unexpected.

Thanks to Great Escapes Book Tours, Vicki Delany and Berkley for a complimentary copy of Deadly Summer Nights at my request. This review is my unbiased opinion.

Brianne’s Book Reviews Rating | Five Stars

About Vicky Delany

Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers and a national bestseller in the U.S. She has written more than forty books: clever cozies to Gothic thrillers to gritty police procedurals, to historical fiction and novellas for adult literacy. She is currently writing four cozy mystery series: the Tea by the Sea mysteries for Kensington, the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series for Crooked Lane Books, the Catskill Resort mysteries for Penguin Random House, and the Lighthouse Library series (as Eva Gates) for Crooked Lane.

Vicki is a past president of the Crime Writers of Canada and co-founder and organizer of the Women Killing It Crime Writing Festival. Her work has been nominated for the Derringer, the Bony Blithe, the Ontario Library Association Golden Oak, and the Arthur Ellis Awards. Vicki is the recipient of the 2019 Derrick Murdoch Award for contributions to Canadian crime writing. She lives in Prince Edward County, Ontario.

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Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurian | Blog Tour | Book Review 

Thank you to the publisher, Harlequin Trade Publishing/ Park Row Books, for inviting me to be a part of this exciting Blog Tour for Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurian, and for the eARC of this title via NetGalley.

Never Saw Me Coming

Vera Kurian

On Sale Date: September 7, 2021

9780778311553

Park Row Books

My rating: 5/5

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Book Summary

“I’ve never met someone like me, but when I do, eventually, I think it will be like two wolves meeting in the night, sniffing and recognizing a fellow hunter.”

Meet Chloe Sevre. Freshman honor student. Average-seeming, legging-wearing, hot girl next door…and diagnosed psychopath with an IQ of 135. Her hobbies include yogalates, frat parties, and plotting to kill Will Bachman, a childhood friend who grievously wronged her.

Now Chloe and six other students at John Adams College are part of an unusual clinical study that includes smartwatches to track their moods and movements, in exchange for free tuition. The study, led by a renowned psychiatrist, has inadvertently brought together some of the most dangerous minds who feel no guilt or fear. When one of the participants is found murdered, it becomes obvious they’re all in danger. Chloe goes from hunter to prey, and joins forces with two other psychopaths in the program to discover why they’re being targeted – if they could only trust each other.

Wildly entertaining with compelling characters and a vividly conjured campus setting, NEVER SAW ME COMING will keep you up all night, pinned to the page, wondering why you’re rooting for a would-be killer.

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I Thought…

A group of diagnosed psychopaths are attending a university in Washington DC – John Adams University. They have been selected to be part of Dr Leonard Wyman’s Multimethod Psychopathy Panel Study, a secret study that aims to train them to live a more normal life. One of the seven students is Chloe Sevré and she is joined by others including Andre Jensen, and Charles Portmont. The study group are having their movements and moods monitored using smartwatches. Chloe has a plan of her own; she is plotting to kill another student, Will Bachman who is an old school chum. But when other students start dying, one of whom is found in the psychology building, a game of cat and mouse ensues.

The backdrop of a university campus works well in this disturbing thriller that I became engrossed in very quickly. The story is told in an interesting format; the reader hears from Chloe, Andre and Charles for most of the narrative. Chloe is the dominant player being the hunter and the hunted, and her pieces are imparted from both the first and third perspectives. Although I couldn’t say I actually liked any of the characters, they all had fascinating aspects and redeemable traits. Charles is solid, academically with a nice girlfriend and political aspirations. Andre is someone who experiences tragedy at a young age.

Never Saw Me Coming is a darkly comic, complicated tale that takes unreliable narration and shakes it with a huge dollop of distrust. With its twisty, meandering path, and a satisfying ending. I’m pleased I chose to read this great début and I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for more from Vera Kurian.

 A special thank you to Park Row and the author for a complimentary copy of this novel at my request, received via NetGalley. This review is my unbiased opinion.

About the Author:

Vera Kurian is a psychologist and writer and a longtime resident of Washington DC. She has a doctorate in social psychology, specializing in intergroup relations, political ideology, and quantitative methods. She has studied fiction at Breadloaf, Sewanee, VONA, and attended juried workshops at LitCamp, Colgate, Juniper, and the Marlboro Summer Writing Intensive. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and was a semifinalist for the Mark Twain Royal Nonesuch Humor Writing Contest.

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Where I Left Her by Amber Garza | Blog Tour | Book Review 

Thank you to the publisher, Harlequin Trade Publishing/ MIRA, for inviting me to be a part of this exciting Blog Tour for Where I Left Her by Amber Garza, and for the eARC of this title via NetGalley.

Where I Left Her

Amber Garza

On Sale Date: August 24, 2021

99780778332060

MIRA Books

My rating: 5/5

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Book Summary

From the author of WHEN I WAS YOU comes a spine-tingling new thriller about a mother’s worst nightmare come true, when she goes to pick up her daughter from a sleepover, and she’s nowhere to be found.

Whitney had some misgivings when she dropped her increasingly moody teenage daughter off for a sleepover last night. She’s never met the friend’s parents, and usually she’d go in, but Amelia clearly wasn’t going to let something so humiliating happen, so instead she waved to her daughter before pulling away from the cute little house with the rosebushes in front.

But when she goes back to get her, an elderly couple answers the door–Amelia and her friend are nowhere to be found, and this couple swears she’s at the wrong house. As Whitney searches for Amelia, she uncovers a trail of secrets and lies her daughter has told her–from Finsta accounts to rumors of a secret relationship. Does she really even know this girl she’s raised, and can she find her before it’s too late?

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I Thought…

Whitney goes to pick up her daughter Amelia, a 16-year-old with an inclination to be moody and a lot of attitude. She dropped her at her new friend Lauren’s house for a sleepover at 5 pm the day before, glad of a quiet night to herself, noticing the red roses around the front garden. Single mum, Whitney has just been shopping and she has a packet of sweets for Amelia on the car seat ready as a treat, but when she arrives at Lauren’s and knocks on the door, an elderly woman answers. Believing the woman must be a grandparent of Lauren’s, Whitney introduces herself and the woman is joined at the door by a man who informs her that she must have the wrong house. So begins a frantic search for Amelia.

This is a disturbing tale told via different timelines; the present, with flashbacks to the days and hours before Amelia’s drop off, as well as flashbacks to Whitney’s childhood using diary entries. The story starts off on a really strong note and totally grabbed my attention with an alacritous pace that carries on for the majority of the way through. Whitney’s unreliability as a narrator makes this tale a terrifically good, murky and unsettling read so the fact that I couldn’t really relate to her became largely superfluous. Secrets, lies, concealments, and scheming abound as Whitney searches through Amelia’s social media accounts and her inner circle, as well as her own damaged past, all eventually combining into an explosive conclusion. Very highly recommended.

 A special thank you to MIRA Books and the author for a complimentary copy of this novel at my request, received via NetGalley. This review is my unbiased opinion.

About the Author:

Amber Garza has had a passion for the written word since she was a child making books out of notebook paper and staples. Her hobbies include reading and singing. Coffee and wine are her drinks of choice (not necessarily in that order). She writes while blaring music, and talks about her characters like they’re real people. She lives with her husband and two kids in Folsom, California.

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The Cottonwoods by Lyn Farrell | Blog Tour | Book Review | Giveaway 

The Cottonwoods

by Lyn Farrell

I am delighted to join the blog tour for The Cottonwoods by Lyn Farrell today! My thanks to Lori at Great Escapes Book Tours for the chance to join and the review copy!

About The Cottonwoods


The Cottonwoods
Women’s Fiction/Romance
Camel/Coffeetown/Epicenter Press
 Pages 238

When Amber Bradshaw was twelve, her dying mother made her promise that someday she would find the family treasure brought to the U.S. by her great grandparents during WWI. She’s been left the farmhouse they built but the farm on which it stands is to be sold. If Amber is ever to find the treasure, it has to be soon. She locates her great Grandmother Ina’s journal which speaks of shimmering golden coins, but also tells of her bitterness with her husband who stole her dowry and ripped her from her homeland. It’s an all-too-familiar concept to Amber who struggles with her own resentment about having to become a “mother” to her little sister, Claire, after her mother died. With two men interested in her, a heavy decision to make about Claire’s baby, and an agro-company trying to buy the farm, Amber has big decisions to make. Will she choose the right man? Will she keep Claire’s baby? Will she find the treasure? It’s a landscape strewn with snares and Amber is determined not to put a foot wrong.

I Thought…

During WWI, Amber Bradshaw's mum's Great Gran Ina and Great Grandad Frank brought treasure to the U.S. Their daughter Amber's Great Great Aunt Irene is now in a nursing home and she has congestive heart failure. Before Amber's mum, Grace Morand Bradshaw died she made Amber promise she would go to the family home, a 100-year-old farmhouse and find the treasure. So Amber starts her excursion to Apple River Falls and makes a journey of self-discovery, too.

Set in Wisconsin, I adored this beautiful, well-written tale. The story is told via different timescales in the past and present. Twenty-seven year-old Amber was a great protagonist for those chapters in the present. The chapters in the past were in the form of journal entries between 1915 to 1918 by Ina Nicholescu as she was before her marriage in December 1915 before becoming Ina Morand at eighteen, which Amber found in the Morand farmhouse. There are also extracts from a notebook currently being written by Irene Morand, aged 99, from Apple River Falls nursing home.

I preferred the chapters from Amber which detailed Amber's feelings very articulately. Amber has come to Apple River Falls on a temporary basis only as she has a love of art and works at an art gallery, the Hillside Gallery in Chicago as does her BFF Cassidy Dillon. She brings her dog, Camelot with her, bought for her by her dad Andrew, who has battled with alcoholism. Amber has her own set of problems to contend with, including resentment at being left to bring up her sister Claire virtually by herself when Amber was 12, and Claire just 5, because of her father's drinking demons.

Whilst at the Morand farmhouse, Amber meets Hunter Freedman, who lives locally and helps out on the farm primarily feeding the calves, and working in the wheat fields and he used to attend art school in Santa Fe until he dropped out. She also meets Marc Rochet the manager of the branch of her Great Aunt Irene's bank and Ryan Amherst an expert at house renovation who is her contact for the repairs and refurbishment of the farmhouse. 

The Cottonwoods is fast-paced, full of drama and there's a heck of a lot crammed in between the pages, so there's no room for tedium. I loved all of the characters, their challenges, and their hopes and dreams, and I was fully invested in them all. This novel has a little bit of everything including soupçons of romance and tragedy. An engrossing and very worthwhile novel.

Thanks to Great Escapes Book Tours, Lyn Farrell and Camel Press for a complimentary copy of The Cottonwoods at my request. This review is my unbiased opinion.

 

Brianne’s Book Reviews Rating | Five Stars

About Lyn Farrell

Lyn Farquhar – author name Lyn Farrell – has an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University where she worked for the medical school until her retirement. Subsequently, she published a 7 book series of mysteries with her daughter (pen name Lia Farrell) entitled the “Mae December mysteries”. She then initiated a second mystery series starting with “The Blind Switch.” The second in that series, “The Blind Split” will be released in 2022. Lyn is a master gardener, a “dog mom” to her Cavalier Spaniel, Dezi, and the granddaughter of noted artist Eugene Iverd. She is the mother of two bio daughters, six step-kids, and twelve grandchildren. When she isn’t gardening, writing, spending time with family or playing with Dezi, she searches for the original art by her grandfather.

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On Skein of Death by Allie Pleiter | Blog Tour | Book Review | Giveaway 

On Skein of Death (A Riverbank Knitting Mystery)

by Allie Pleiter

I am delighted to join the blog tour for On Skein of Death by Allie Pleiter today! My thanks to Lori at Great Escapes Book Tours for the chance to join and the review copy!

About On Skein of Death


On Skein of Death (A Riverbank Knitting Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: ‎ Berkley (June 1, 2021)
Mass Market Paperback: ‎ 304 pages
ISBN-10: ‎ 0593201787
ISBN-13: ‎ 978-0593201787
Digital ASIN: ‎ B08H15VG1T

For Libby Beckett, opening her charming yarn shop, and introducing customers to the joys of knitting and crochet, is the work she was meant to do. Until the yarn she loves is used for murder….

Libby has come home to Collinstown, Maryland to live her dream and open her own yarn shop, aptly named Y.A.R.N., along the Chester River. To Libby, Y.A.R.N. stands for “You’re Absolutely Ready Now.” But the acronym changes whenever inspiration strikes, and customers add to the list of suggestions that fill the blackboard wall in a shop stuffed with color, fiber, and comfort.

Libby is thrilled when she lands famous Norwegian knitting celebrity Perle Langager for a series of events at Y.A.R.N. Libby’s English bulldog, Hank, has been modeling one of Perle’s doggie sweaters, and customers just can’t wait to see Perle in action. The mayor of Collinstown even decrees a Collinstown Yarn Day to celebrate. But once Perle arrives in town, she seems distracted and on edge. And when she’s found strangled with a skein of red yarn, Libby knows she has to solve a knotty mystery before her new life unravels.

I Thought…

I love to make a start on a series from book one instead of partway through so as a lover of cozy mysteries, I jumped at the chance to read this, On Skein of Death by Allie Pleiter.

I got to meet divorced Libby Beckett, who has returned to Collinstown, Maryland, her hometown. She is opening Y.A.R.N., her very own knitting shop. Y.A.R.N. is short for "You're Absolutely Ready Now."  When a prominent Norwegian knitting designer, Perle Lonager is found murdered with a skein of red wool wrapped around her throat, her head acutely tilted, Libby steps in to do some detective work and sleuthing.

I really enjoyed this intriguing story and I liked Allie Pleiter's portrayal of Libby who had so much passion for her dream shop. Libby's English Bulldog, Hank played a good part, too. The supporting characters were also well-drawn, such as Margo, Libby's friend and the owner of "Perfect Slice" just across the road from Y.A.R.N., who is known for her shortbread and pies. The mystery itself was well done; there was plenty of viable suspects and the madcap tale delivers on humour, courtesy of Libby’s mum Rhonda, and Rhonda's friends, the Gals. With a soupcon of romance in the mixing pot too, I'm already looking forward to seeing what's in store for Libby and Hank in book 2. Even those who have no particular interest in knitting or crafting will doubtlessly enjoy On Skein of Death.

Thanks to Great Escapes Book Tours, Allie Pleiter and Berkley Publishing for a complimentary copy of On Skein of Death at my request. This review is my unbiased opinion.

 

Brianne’s Book Reviews Rating | Five Stars

About Allie Pleiter

An avid knitter, coffee junkie and firm believer that “pie makes everything better,” Allie Pleiter writes both fiction and non-fiction working on as many as four novels at a time.  The bestselling author of over fifty books, Allie has enjoyed a twenty-year career with over 1.5 million books sold.  In addition to writing, Allie maintains an active writing productivity coaching practice and speaks regularly on the creative process, publishing, and her very favorite topic—The Chunky Method of time management for writers. Visit her website at www.alliepleiter.com to learn more.

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Lady Sunshine by Amy Mason Doan | Blog Tour | Book Review 

Thank you to the publisher, Harlequin Trade Publishing/ Graydon House, for inviting me to be a part of this exciting Blog Tour for Lady Sunshine by Amy Mason Doan, and for the eARC of this title via NetGalley.

Lady Sunshine by Amy Mason Doan

On Sale Date: June 29, 2021

Publisher: Graydon House

ISBN: 9781525804670, 1525804677

Genres: Fiction / Women/ Coming of Age

My rating: 5/5 🧡🧡🧡🧡🧡

Book Summary

ONE ICONIC FAMILY. ONE SUMMER OF SECRETS. THE DAZZLING SPIRIT OF 1970S CALIFORNIA.


For Jackie Pierce, everything changed the summer of 1979, when she spent three months of infinite freedom at her bohemian uncle’s sprawling estate on the California coast. As musicians, artists, and free spirits gathered at The Sandcastle for the season in pursuit of inspiration and communal living, Jackie and her cousin Willa fell into a fast friendship, testing their limits along the rocky beach and in the wild woods… until the summer abruptly ended in tragedy, and Willa silently slipped away into the night.


Twenty years later, Jackie unexpectedly inherits The Sandcastle and returns to the iconic estate for a short visit to ready it for sale. But she reluctantly extends her stay when she learns that, before her death, her estranged aunt had promised an up-and-coming producer he could record a tribute album to her late uncle at the property’s studio. As her musical guests bring the place to life again with their sun-drenched beach days and late-night bonfires, Jackie begins to notice startling parallels to that summer long ago. And when a piece of the past resurfaces and sparks new questions about Willa’s disappearance, Jackie must discover if the dark secret she’s kept ever since is even the truth at all.

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I Thought…

This story is awash with summer, reminding me of those summers of childhood where the season seems endless when school’s out, but time suddenly speeds up as the number of carefree sunny days dwindles with the new autumn lesson term looming.

Jackie Pierce and her cousin Willa are not children this particular summer; they are 17 when the story begins and Lady Sunshine is a story of a summer where everything changes. Twenty years later Jackie returns to the place she left behind, along with her memories of friendship, love and loss.

It’s 1979, and Jackie is spending her last summer of high school at The Sandcastle, the home of her Uncle Graham, a 1960s famous folk singer. Jackie, glad to be escaping from the conformist life she usually follows with her father and stepmother, enjoys the free-spirited circle of artists, musicians and friends that knocks about at her Uncle Graham’s, at The Sandcastle on the California coast. That’s when she meets her cousin, Willa. Twenty years later, Uncle Graham is long dead, as is her cousin Willa. Jackie inherits the house, the grounds, the studio and all the memories they all left behind. She’s back for one final summer, the summer of 1999, to pack everything up and sell The Sandcastle. She decides to lengthen her stay when she finds out that her estranged aunt promised an up-and-coming producer he could record a tribute album to her Uncle Graham at The Sandcastle’s studio.

This is such a fantastic summer read! I could feel the heat of the long-ago summer and hear the sound of the rolling surf so richly described by Amy Mason Doan. The story ambles along at a steady pace, building slowly at the beginning, then once the end of both summers, 1979 and 1999 are on the horizon, the pace picks up as Jackie in her identity of a young woman and then when she is twenty years older, relives the bitter sweetness of the remaining days. I enjoyed the air of mystery that has a major presence throughout the story as much as the complex, nuanced characters. Waiting to discover what that mystery thing might turn out to be added intrigue to this compelling tale. When Jackie finally faces her issues and the past head-on, it facilitates a marvellous ending for this whole emotional journey. Very highly recommended.

 A special thank you to Graydon House and the author for a complimentary copy of this novel at my request, received via NetGalley. This review is my unbiased opinion.

About the Author

AMY MASON DOAN is the author of The Summer List and Summer Hours. She earned a BA in English from UC Berkeley and an MA in journalism from Stanford University, and has written for The Oregonian, San Francisco Chronicle, and Forbes, among other publications. She grew up in Danville, California, and now lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and daughter.

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The House Guests by Emilie Richards | Blog Tour | Book Review 

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The House Guests by Emilie Richards

Publication Date: June 29, 2021

Publisher: MIRA Books

ISBN: 9780778331865

My rating: 5/5

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Book Summary

USA Today bestselling author Emilie Richards returns with a fan-favorite story.

Teenage Savannah’s father passed away recently and she has been rebelling against her stepmother, Cassie, since. When she happens upon a pouch filled with cash in a parking lot with some new friends she’s trying to impress, she decides to keep it in an act of defiance. When Cassie learns of her crime after Savannah has already spent the money, and learns that the money belonged to a woman, Amber, who has since been evicted along with her teenage son Will because they couldn’t pay the rent after losing the pouch of money, she invites Amber and Will to move in with them. As they become involved in each other’s lives, the teenagers develop a friendship while the mothers do the same. But while Cassie is trying to figure out what happened to her husband in the months before he passed away – why he was becoming distant and draining the funds in their bank accounts, leaving them destitute upon his death – Amber is clearly trying to outrun something dark in her own past.

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I Thought…

When Savannah Westmore’s father dies she and her stepmother, Cassie struggle to cope with his sudden passing. They move to historic Tarpon Springs, Florida, but Savannah dislikes it there and blames her stepmum for her dad’s death. Savannah rebels and her resulting behaviour causes immense distress for sixteen-year-old Will and his mum, Amber Blair. Savannah’s actions result in Amber and Will losing their home, which Cassie feels compelled to rectify and is the catalyst for Cassie’s determination to uncover the secrets behind her husband’s death and financial ruin. She sparks a series of events that could put their lives in danger.

The House Guests is a thrilling and emotionally compelling read. It has multiple layers and there are many mysteries to be unravelled. Very well-written by Emilie Richards, the characters are complex and richly developed. Savannah, the rebellious, angry and troubled teen was of particular interest and I liked the secrecy surrounding Amber. The supporting characters, especially Cassie’s aunt, Roxanne and grandma, Yiayia provide another level of fascinating relationship dynamics. There’s a lot going on and I was thoroughly invested right up to the end. A heartfelt, convincing and very worthwhile novel.

 A special thank you to MIRA Books and the author for a complimentary copy of this novel at my request, received via NetGalley. This review is my unbiased opinion.

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Emilie Richards has written more than seventy novels. She has appeared on national television and been quoted in Reader’s Digest, right between Oprah and Thomas Jefferson.

Born in Bethesda, Maryland, and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida, Richards has been married for more than forty years to her college sweetheart. She splits her time between Florida and Western New York, where she is currently plotting her next novel.

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Dark Days for the Tobacco Girls by Lizzie Lane | Book Review & Blog Tour 

I am delighted to join the blog tour for Dark Days for the Tobacco Girls by Lizzie Lane today! My thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for my stop and the review copy!

About the Book

Dark Days for the Tobacco Girls

Nothing will stop the The Tobacco Girls, not even war…

BRISTOL 1940.

The Tobacco Girls cling together as they realise that the clouds of war are turning dark, the world is becoming more dangerous and their lives more unpredictable. 

Bridget Milligan’s big, happy family fragments when her siblings are evacuated to North Devon, then a letter from America further fills her with dismay.

Maisie Miles safe haven from both Eddie Bridgeman and her father is jeopardised and she is forced to move on, but where too this time? 

Phyllis Mason is struck down by tragedy and her life spirals downwards into despair until a new horizons beckons, but also perhaps great danger…

Regardless of the rationing, shortages and an ever-worsening situation, The Tobacco Girls all pull together and hope for better days to come.

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My Thoughts

Set in 1940s wartime Bristol with peeks at North Devon, the reader dips into the lives of three young women. This is the second book in the series and though I have yet to read the first, The Tobacco Girls, I still enjoyed this story a great deal. Lizzie Lane includes occasional reminders here and there as to what happened to the young women previously, so I didn’t feel particularly lost or at sea. The women are Bridget Milligan, Maisie Miles and Phyllis Mason, known as the Three Ms. Bridget and Maisie are working at the W. D. & H. O. Wills tobacco factory whilst Phyllis, recently married, is expecting a baby. Robert Harvey, Phyllis’s husband works away and Phyllis lives in his family’s home, with her domineering, unpleasant mother-in-law. Bridget is part of a large family and her six siblings are evacuated to North Devon. Bridget hopes every day that her American beau, Lyndon O’Neill remembers her and has written. Maisie who is the youngest of the Three Ms, works at the Llandoger Trow pub as well as the tobacco factory and for her, life is reasonably good, until she finds herself looking over her shoulder when her stepfather, Frank is released from prison.

In Dark Days for the Tobacco Girls, readers get to see the effects of the horrors of war such as food rationing, bombings and buildings crumbling, through the author’s terrifically evocative writing. There are dashes of delight scattered throughout the tale as well, in terms of treasured friendship, support and love. An atmospheric, heartwarming but also heartbreaking read with a tantalising ending, I now find myself desperate to catch up with book one as well as wondering what’s in store for the Three Ms in the third instalment.

Thank you to Lizzie Lane, Boldwood Books, NetGalley and Rachel’s Random Resources for a complimentary copy of this novel at my request. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

Brianne’s Book Reviews Rating | Five Stars

About The Author

Lizzie Lane is the author of over 50 books, a number of which have been bestsellers.  She was born and bred in Bristol where many of her family worked in the cigarette and cigar factories.  This has inspired her new saga series for Boldwood The Tobacco Girls, the first part of which will be published in January 2021. Keep up to date with Lizzie via her Newsletter, TwitterFacebook, Instagram and Bookbub.

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