Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Mother's Promise by Sally Hepworth


A mother's love is constant no matter what, and Alice definitely has a mother's never-ending love for her daughter Zoe.

Alice and Zoe are close and even closer than a mother and daughter normally are because Alice does not have a husband or any family, and obviously Zoe has no father.

Zoe ​along with the absence of family and friends ​has a social anxiety disorder​ that causes more worry for Alice and deeply affects Zoe.  When Alice finds out she has ovarian cancer, the exact cancer that caused her mother's death, her worry about Zoe is even more stressful.


We follow Alice and Zoe as they struggle through the battle of cancer treatments and resolving Zoe's anxiety issues. 

During the treatment of her cancer, A​lice makes friends with her social worker, Sonja, and with her nurse, Kate, who also have problems of their own.

The subject matter of THE MOTHER'S PROMISE was a bit of a downer because of the cancer as well as other social problems, but it also was wonderful because of the development of friendships and the concern the characters had for each other.

Alice, Zoe, Kate, and Sonja were warm characters that worked well together, supported each other, and were perfectly portrayed.

THE MOTHER’S PROMISE was beautifully written and pulled you into the story and the lives of the characters as the difficult situations and life issues were addressed.  You can't help but become attached to Zoe and all the characters and cry along with them as the situations escalate.

Ms. Hepworth will again take women’s fiction fans on an emotional ride of real life situations and real emotions.  


Get out the tissue box as you deal with the characters’ feelings and make them your own.

ENJOY!!  4/5

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



Monday, February 20, 2017

It's Monday! What are YOU Reading? - 2/20/2017

http://bookdate.blogspot.com/
   
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I hope you had a great reading week.  
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This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn at BOOK DATE!

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 the last three weeks:

THE DRESSMAKER'S DOWRY by Meredith Jaeger - review will be February 23

An enjoyable read.

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I SEE YOU by Clare Mackintosh - review will be on February 28.

 
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WINDY CITY BLUES by Renee Rosen - review will be on March 7

A marvelous read and a treasure for music fans and historical fiction fans.

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THE MOTHER'S PROMISE by Sally Hepworth - review will be on February 21

  
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Book Currently Reading:

LAND OF HIDDEN FIRES by Kirk Kjeldsen - review will be on March 30.
 

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Books Up Next:

THE HOPE CHEST by Viola Simpson - review will be on April 4.

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THE BOOK OF SUMMER by Michelle Gable - review will be on May 9, 2017.




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How was your reading week?

THANKS for stopping. 






Mailbox Monday - 2/20/2017

 
Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week.

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 administrators:

Leslie of Under My Apple Tree 
Serena @ Savvy Verse And Wit
Martha of Reviews By Martha's Bookshelf

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

My mailbox was empty, but I have plenty of good books to read.
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Friday, February 17, 2017

Book Beginnings - 2/17/2017

 
*Please join Rose City Reader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name.  *Taken directly from Rose City Reader's Blog Page. 
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My book beginnings is taken from THE DRESSMAKER'S DOWRY by Meredith Jaeger:

"A doorman ushered me toward the historic garden court inside the Palace Hotel, the sequins on my gold shift dress catching the light.  Men in suits mingled with women in cocktail gowns.  Beneath the grand crystal chandeliers and arched glass ceiling, I felt like I'd stepped back in time to the turn of the twentieth century"
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Book Finished the last three weeks:
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I SEE YOU by Clare Mackintosh - review will be on February 28.

Good, but not as good as her first book.

 
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WINDY CITY BLUES by Renee Rosen - review will be on March 7.

A marvelous read and a treasure for music fans and historical fiction fans.

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THE MOTHER'S PROMISE by Sally Hepworth

Review will be on February 21.

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Book Blogger Hop - 2/17 - 2/23

 

Question of the Week:

Can you read and watch TV or listen to the radio at the same time? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews)

My Answer:

I actually can sit in the same room that has the TV on. 

I do get distracted by the TV at times, but for the most part, I am able to read while the TV is on.

I actually do not have a radio in my home, so that isn't an issue.  :)

Friendly Fill-Ins - 2/17/2017

http://mcguffysreader.blogspot.com/2016/06/fill-in-statements-week-4.html
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Friday Fill-Ins:
1. Snow ______.

2. My favorite kind of soup is ________.

3.  When no one is around, I______.

4._____is my_____.


My Answers: 

1.  Snow is beautiful even though it is a nuisance.

2.  My favorite kind of soup is wedding soup.

3.  When no one is around, I enjoy the quiet.

4.  Reading is my favorite past time as well as cooking.

 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Good Daughter by Alexandra Burt


A childhood filled with secrets about her identity and her life,  never going to school, and always on the move until her mother finally came back to Aurora, Texas.  That is what Dahlia dealt with throughout her childhood.

Dahlia left it all when she could and didn't return to Aurora until 15 years later only to find her mother still secretive and not in good health mentally or physically.

Dahlia finds out things that now make sense and a lot of things that don't as she remembers how they lived and begins to questions her mother.

THE GOOD DAUGHTER was very well written, had a different but good plot, and is a page-turning read.

There is one mysterious character that didn't seem to have a connection at first, but then everything fell into place for a truly marvelous, unique book.

THE GOOD DAUGHTER is for those readers who like family sagas but a family that is a bit strange. 

I enjoyed THE GOOD DAUGHTER because of the mystery and the unconventional characters.  4/5

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