Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Last Summer At Chelsea Beach by Pam Jenoff


Adelia Monteforte was put on a boat alone to America in 1941 as WWII was underway.  Her mother forced her into leaving Italy and living with her aunt and uncle that she had never met.

Adelia was grateful for her aunt and uncle's love, but ​she ​felt out of place with them and with her accent.  When she met the Connallys, things changed.  There were children her own age, children to play with​, a family she felt very comfortable with, and their son she fell in love with.

Her aunt and uncle seemed distant but very kind to Adelia.  Mrs. Connally was more of a mother to Adelia than her aunt, but I think Adelia made that happen as she chose to be closer to a stranger than her own relatives.  She did upset me how she was closer to the family that lived next door at the beach than her blood relatives.

We follow ​Adelia who is a very strong-willed character and who makes decisions on her own even though she is quite young.  I was surprised at her quick, poorly thought-out decisions.  Some were decisions I definitely would not have made.​ 

Adelia had become unsettled in her town after a while and also with the Connallys and left for Washington, D.C. to escape Charlie Connally.  She then moved on to London when Washington, D.C. wasn't far enough away for her.

London wasn't what she expected, but Adelia was able to make new friends and continue to work at the same newspaper she worked for in the USA.  Adelia never thought London would be a​s​ war torn as it was​, but no matter what the circumstances or how far she went, she never could get Charlie out of her mind.

THE LAST SUMMER AT CHELSEA BEACH is filled with loss, growing up, learning about life, and a love story.

THE LAST SUMMER AT CHELSEA BEACH  had a lesson about the importance of family and the importance of following your heart.

As always, Ms. Jenoff's books are well researched and very well written.  You become part of her books and want to be one of the characters simply because of the marvelous way Ms. Jenoff tells a story.

If you haven’t read THE LAST SUMMER AT CHELSEA BEACH or any of Ms. Jenoff’s books, what are you waiting for?   :)  

You won't go wrong with any of her books.  ENJOY....I know you will.  5/5




Review and Giveaway of The Summer of Good Intentions by Wendy Francis

Ahhhhh Summer!!

Every July since they were babies, the Herington Clan gathered at their beach house.  These summers were always memorable and something everyone looked forward to, but this year's family get together was turning out to not be the best. 

The Herington's parents were divorced, Maggie was stressed just because she always had to be in control and organized, Jess and her husband were having trouble, and Virgie, the single sister, who had a stressful job had some bad news
that was difficult to accept.

All of the characters were likeable and made you want to share the month with them even though they were not having the best summer this particular year.  I liked Arthur, their father, the best.  He seemed like such a terrific person.


As July drew to a close, a secret the Herington girls could never have imagined surfaced as well as a loss that was the last straw for their summer.

Despite the heartaches, THE SUMMER OF GOOD INTENTIONS is a nice, breezy read when you are in the mood for family drama, family bonding,  and of course a well-written story.

Ms. Francis has a way of emotionally drawing you into the story, and her writing style keeps you interested.  And speaking of emotions, you will need some tissues as you read the ending pages.


I truly enjoyed THE SUMMER OF GOOD INTENTIONS because it brought out family-related topics that we all can learn from.  I would also call THE SUMMER OF GOOD INTENTIONS an uplifting read. 

I loved Ms. Francis' comments about the bond of sisters and her tribute to her mother in the acknowledgements.

I now want to read her first book, THREE GOOD THINGS.

ENJOY when you read THE SUMMER OF GOOD INTENTIONS.  Thanks, Ms. Francis. 5/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.


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Monday, July 27, 2015

Happy Birthday, Silver's Reviews


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SILVER'S REVIEWS turns five years old today!!

Thank you to all my readers.

I thoroughly enjoy writing my blog posts and having you stop by.

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Mailbox Monday - 7/27/15

 
Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. (Library books don’t count, but eBooks & audiobooks do).

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists!

Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia @ A Girl and Her Books, has a permanent home now at Mailbox Monday.
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Every week Mailbox Monday will have a new linky posted for our Mailbox Monday links at Marcia's Mailbox Monday blog.
Here’s a shout out to the new administrators:

Leslie of Under My Apple Tree 
Vicki of I’d Rather Be at the Beach
Serena @ Savvy Verse And Wit 

THANKS to everyone for keeping Mailbox Monday alive.
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I hope you had a good mailbox.

My mailbox contains books from two weeks.  I was away the week before. 
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On Monday, July 13, I received:

1.  THE SUMMER OF GOOD INTENTIONS by Wendy Francis, courtesy of Ebony LaDelle of Simon & Schuster.

Stop by my blog tomorrow, July 28, for a review and giveaway of this book.  It was good.
   

On Wednesday, July 15, I received:

1.  STARLIGHT ON WILLOW LAKE by Susan Wiggs, courtesy of Shara Alexander of Harper Collins. This was a surprise book.

On Friday, July 17, I received:

1.  THE AXEMAN by Ray Celestin, courtesy of Lathea Williams of Sourcebooks.  


On Tuesday, July 21, I received:

1.  THE PROMISE OF HOME by Darcie Chan, courtesy of Maggie Oberrender of The Random House Publishing Group.
 

On Wednesday, July 22, I received:

1.  ALL THE SINGLE LADIES by Dorothea Benton Frank, courtesy of Reading Group Guides.


I received 10 copies to share with friends.


On Friday, July 24, I received:

1.  TAHOE BLUE FIRE by Todd Borg, courtesy of the author.


I always enjoy Mr. Borg's books.

2.  NEWPORT by Jill Morrow, courtesy of Amelia Wood of Harper Collins.
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 How about your mailbox?   

Any titles in your mailbox that you were excited about seeing?
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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? - 7/27/15

   
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I hope you had a great reading week.  
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This is a weekly meme run by Book Journey!
 

Post the books completed last week, the books you are currently reading, and the books you hope to finish this week.
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Books Completed Last Week:

THE SUMMER OF GOOD INTENTIONS by Wendy Francis

This book is a nice, breezy summer read with family drama of course.  :)

I enjoyed this book.  Stop by my blog tomorrow, July 28, for a review and giveaway of the book.

Book Currently Reading:

THE PROMISE OF HOME by Darcie Chan for an August 4, 2015 post.

I loved her other book, THE MILL RIVER REDEMPTION.  

I am looking forward to this read.

Books Up Next:

WATER FROM THE HEART by Charles Martin for an August 13, 2015, post.

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SOMEDAY HOME by Lauraine Snelling for an August 14, 2015, post.


,DARKNESS THE COLOR OF SNOW by Thomas Cobb for an August 18, 2015, post.

 


THE FALL OF PRINCES by Robert Goolrick for an August 25, 2015, post.

 
DEAD MONEY RUN by J. Frank James for an August 31, 2015, post along with a giveaway for the book.

 
THE LAST SEPTEMBER by Nina De Gramont for a September 14, 2015, post.



HOUSE OF THIEVES by Charles Belfoure for a September 15, 2015, post.


THE MURALIST by B. A. Shapiro for a November 3, 2015, post.


TAHOE GHOST by Todd Borg


HIGH SEAS DARKNESS by Burr B. Anderson
THREE STORY HOUSE by Courtney Miller Santo


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GARDEN OF LETTERS by Alyson Richman



THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME by Hazel Gaynor

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The books below are not necessarily in the order I have planned to read them.  

I normally read in order of publication or tour date.

And....these are not for reading in the upcoming week.  :)  They are books into and including all of 2015 and 2016.

The "list" is a means of keeping me organized.


A visual display helps a lot for organization along with my Excel list. 

     
How was your reading week?