Tuesday, July 25, 2017

To Provence, With Love Blog Tour


Author: T. A. Williams
Release Date: 12th July 2017
Genre: Romance
Publisher: HQ Digital
Format: Ebook

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Summary:

Escape to the south of France with this perfect feel-good summer romance!

Anything is possible…

Struggling writer Faye Carter just can’t believe her luck. She’s off to Provence to write the autobiography of a famous film star and she’ll be staying in the stunning chateau!

So when she meets charming (and completely gorgeous) lavender farmer, Gavin, she knows that she’s made the right choice – even if glamourous, elderly Anabelle seems to be hiding something…

But when the sun is shining, the food is delicious and the air smells of honey, anything seems possible. Will the magic of Provence help Faye finally find a happy-ever-after of her own?
 
If you've read my blog at all you know I love T.A.'s books!! This one is no exception! If you love beach read style  books set in Europe and you love black Labradors...his books are for you! I loved Faye and Gavin, and of course Marlon. This book made me feel like I was in Provence--I could almost smell the lavender! Like a typical beach read romance, the story is predictable, but so delightful that you just don't care. Sometimes you just need a fun, easygoing read and this book is perfect for that.
 
It's a quick read--I read it within 24 hours. Perfect for a weekend trip or plane ride. I highly recommend this book and all TA's books!
 
 
About T.A. Williams
 
I write under the androgynous name T A Williams because 65% of books are read by women. In my first book, "Dirty Minds" one of the (female) characters suggests the imbalance is due to the fact that men spend too much time getting drunk and watching football. I couldn't possibly comment. Ask my wife...
I've written all sorts: thrillers, historical novels, short stories and now I'm enjoying myself hugely writing humour and romance. Romantic comedies are what we all need from time to time. Life isn’t always very fair. It isn’t always a lot of fun, but when it is, we need to embrace it. If my books can put a smile on your face and maybe give your heartstrings a tug, then I know I’ve done my job.
I‘ve lived all over Europe, but now I live in a little village in sleepy Devon, tucked away in south west England. I love the place. That’s why you’ll find leafy lanes and thatched cottages in most of my books. Oh, yes, and a black Labrador.
I've been writing since I was 14 and that is half a century ago. However, underneath this bald, wrinkly exterior, there beats the heart of a youngster. My wife is convinced I will never grow up. I hope she's right.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, July 24, 2017

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

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This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn @ The Book Date.
 
Back from my work travels...but don't worry, we are traveling AGAIN next week to Wyoming for a wedding! 2017 is keeping me busy! It's been making reading and blogging difficult....hence the lack of blog posts. But I promise I'm not going anywhere and things will settle down later in August!
 
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LOVED it! Review up this week!
 
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Up Next:
 
..no idea! :)
 
Happy Reading!
 
 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Review: The Lost and Found Sisters

Title: The Lost and Found Sisters
32319723Author: Jill Shalvis
400 pages, published June 2017

Note: I received this book from Edelweiss to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.

From Goodreds:

After losing her sister in a devastating car accident, chef Quinn Weller is finally getting her life back on track. She appears to have it all: a loving family, a dream job in one of L.A.'s hottest eateries, and a gorgeous boyfriend dying to slip an engagement ring on her finger. So why does she feel so empty, like she's looking for a missing piece she can't find?

The answer comes when a lawyer tracks down Quinn and reveals a bombshell secret and a mysterious inheritance that only she can claim. This shocking revelation washes over Quinn like a tidal wave. Her whole life has been a lie.

On impulse, Quinn gives up her job, home, and boyfriend. She heads up the coast to the small hometown of Wildstone, California, which is just a few hours north, but feels worlds apart from Los Angeles. Though she doesn't quite fit in right away, she can't help but be drawn to the town’s simple pleasures…and the handsome, dark-haired stranger who offers friendship with no questions asked.

As Quinn settles into Wildstone, she discovers there's another surprise in store for her. The inheritance isn't a house or money, but rather something earthshattering, something that will make her question everything she thought she knew about herself, about her family. Now with a world of possibilities opening up to Quinn, she must decide if this new life is the one she was always meant to h
ave—and the one that could finally give her the fulfillment she's searched so long for. 


If you know me at all you knew what drew me to the cover was the adorable pup!  I'm so glad I read this book for more reasons than that though--it was up there with my all time favorite Jill Shalvis read!  I loved that it was more than just a romance novel (though I love those too!). This was a whole new style for Jill Shalvis and I loved it! I really loved the characters and the sisterly bond that grows between Quinn and Tilly,, as well as following Quinn's journey of falling in love with Wildstone (and Mick, haha!) and learning to deal with life after the death or her sister. I don't want to give too much away in this review, but Shalvis explores some deep family and personal issues and even throws in some paranormal elements!

This novel is first in Jill's new Wildstone series! After reading this one I know  this is a series I will love! I love that it's set on the coast,  and it seems just like  a place I'd love to visit. I LOVE this style of book from Jill Shalvis--this book was a great move for her! Excited to read more and hope she sticks with this new style!

Happy Reading!

Monday, July 17, 2017

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

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This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn @ The Book Date.

Greetings from Indianapolis! Arrived yesterday evening for my work conference and don't have any activities until lunch so I thought I'd catch up on blogging! I'm staying at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis, and I'm on the 27th floor! The view is awesome!



I'm still currently reading The Good Widow, though I am almost done! It was a busy week last week. Crazy week at work plus working on house projects.

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Up next is a light read--the new T.A. Williams!

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What are you reading this week? Happy Reading!

Monday, July 10, 2017

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

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This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn @ The Book Date.
 
I'm back!! We had a fantastic time in Hawaii (check out my instagram for lots of pics, if you don't follow me already!) and we area all moved into our beautiful new home! Still unpacking and organizing, which will take quite awhile, but settled for the most part! Excited to be back to blogging.
 
I am here this week but will be in Indianapolis next week for a work conference!
 
 
What I Just Finished Reading
 
 
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 I ready both these books on vacation and loved them! Reviews up soon :) 
 
 
 What I'm Currently Reading

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About a quarter of the way through this one and really enjoying it so far! Love Liz and Lisa's books and this one is so different from their usual--but in a good way!

What I'm Reading Next

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The work conference I'm going to has two keynote speakers, the authors of these books, so I'm pretty excited about that! They are doing signings after so I'm excited to meet them and get more autographed books! I've made it through most of Super Better already but not the other one yet--will probably read on the plane to Indy.

What are you reading this week? Happy Reading! 
 
 
 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Blogging Break

Hi everyone! Just wanted to put a post up that I will be taking a short blogging break (2-3 weeks) but that I will definitely be coming back!  With getting organized after the move and going on vacation to Hawaii next week I am out of time to work on the blog! However I will still be reading and already have reviews lined up so I will be back mid July for sure!

Happy Reading everyone!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Review: The Sunshine Sisters

32570473Title: The Sunshine Sisters
Author: Jane Green
384 pages, published June 6, 2017

Note: I received this book from NeGalley to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.

From Goodreads:

Ronni Sunshine left London for Hollywood to become a beautiful, charismatic star of the silver screen. But at home, she was a narcissistic, disinterested mother who alienated her three daughters. 

As soon as possible, tomboy Nell fled her mother's overbearing presence to work on a farm and find her own way in the world as a single mother. The target of her mother s criticism, Meredith never felt good enough, thin enough, pretty enough. Her life took her to London and into the arms of a man whom she may not even love. And Lizzy, the youngest, more like Ronni than any of them, seemed to have it easy, using her drive and ambition to build a culinary career to rival her mother's fame, while her marriage crumbled around her.

But now the Sunshine Girls are together again, called home by Ronni, who has learned that she has a serious disease and needs her daughters to fulfill her final wishes. And though Nell, Meredith, and Lizzy are all going through crises of their own, their mother s illness draws them together to confront old jealousies and secret fears and they discover that blood might be thicker than water after all.
 



After being extremely disappointed with Jane Green's last release, Falling, I admit I was somewhat nervous to pick up this book.  I am happy to report that I was NOT disappointed with this book--in fact, it's now on my list of favorite Jane Green novels!

Usually in novels with multiple character perspectives, it's common for me to prefer one (or two) of the characters over another one and dread that other one's chapter. Not so in this book! I loved all three sisters and related a bit to each of them. Ronni's character grew on me as well.  The book has a lot of depth and explores family dynamics, love, relationships, sisterhood, motherhood...everything you'd hope for in a women's fiction novel. The pace of the book was perfect, and by the time I got halfway through it, I couldn't put it down. I was so happy that I was enjoying her latest novel after Falling fell so flat.

My only gripe? The cover. I live the cover but it doesn't relate to the story AT ALL.  But...I'm a cover snob!

I definitely recommend this book for your summer reading list!

Happy Reading!


Monday, June 12, 2017

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

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This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn @ The Book Date.

Moving this weekend!! Probably won't have time ti read much this week...

What I Just Finished Reading

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Loved this book!! Review on the blog this week!

What I'm Currently Reading


Thanks to the publisher for this ARC!

What I'm Reading Next

?   I just started Everything We Left Behind this morning so I haven't gotten that far yet!

What are you Reading this week? Happy Reading!!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Review: The Summer House

Title: The Summer House
32920299Author: Hannah McKinnon
336 pages, published June 6, 2017

Note: I received this book from the publisher via NeGalley to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.

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About the Book:

Flossy Merrill has managed to—somewhat begrudgingly—gather her three ungrateful grown children from their dysfunctional lives for a summer reunion at the family’s Rhode Island beach house. Clementine, her youngest child and a young mother of two small children, has caused Flossy the most worry after enduring a tragically life-altering year. But Samuel and his partner Evan are not far behind in their ability to alarm: their prospective adoption search has just taken a heart-wrenching turn. Only Paige, the eldest of the headstrong Merrill clan, is her usual self: arriving precisely on time with her well-adapted teens. Little does her family know that she, too, is facing personal struggles of her own.

No matter. With her family finally congregated under one seaside roof, Flossy is determined to steer her family back on course even as she prepares to reveal the fate of the summer house that everyone has thus far taken for granted: she’s selling it. The Merrill children are both shocked and outraged and each returns to memories of their childhoods at their once beloved summer house—the house where they have not only grown up, but from which they have grown away. With each lost in their respective heartaches, Clementine, Samuel, and Paige will be forced to reconsider what really matters before they all say goodbye to a house that not only defined their summers, but, ultimately, the ways in which they define themselves. Featuring McKinnon’s “sharp and evocative” (Kirkus Reviews) voice, this warm-hearted novel is perfect for fans of Elin Hilderbrand and Mary Alice Monroe.


This book was such a breath of fresh air and just what I needed to get excited for summer! It was everything I love about a summer read--beach house setting, great characters, and a feel good story that makes your heart happy. Normally in books with chapters with multiple characters, I almost always have that one (or two!) character that I'm not as excited to read about. Not so with The Summer House! I loved each character and did not find myself bored or wanting a certain character's chapter to be over. I loved each character's story and journey throughout the book. I found myself wishing I could go hang out at the house with this wonderful family.

I loved both of the author's previous books, and The Summer House did not disappoint! The writing and the story flowed well and was relaxing to read. The Summer house should definitely be on your summer reading list this year--it is a delightful read!


About the Author:


Hannah McKinnon is the author of The Lake Season and Mystic Summer. She lives in Fairfield County, Connecticut, with her family, a flock of chickens and two rescue dogs.
 

Connect with Hannah:

Twitter: @hannahmckinnon

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Top Ten 2017 Releases Recently Added to My TBR


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

This Week's Theme:

10 Books From X Genre That I've Recently Added To My TBR List

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What's on your recent TBR?

Happy Reading!