Thursday, April 30, 2020

Today's Prompt: Grow//Growth


Thanks to these Litsy folks for today’s prompt:

#BloomingBibliophiles
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
@OriginalCyn620

Today’s Prompt:  GROW/GROWTH

A lost woman, an estate in shambles, a diary, and the South of France.   Who doesn't love all of these things...especially a diary. 

FULL REVIEW HERE 
 

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

The Secrets of Love Story Bridge by Phaedra Patrick

Mitchell went from his job as an engineer to the job of removing padlocks placed by lovers on bridge railings and padlocks that were starting to weigh down the bridges.

Mitchell lived alone with his daughter since his wife died, and he had a difficult time making ends meet, keeping her entertained, and trying to not think about love since he still grieved for his wife.

One day as Mitchell was removing the padlocks, he saw a woman falling over the edge of the railing.  He jumped in after her and rescued her.

Of course he didn't like the attention he received from his rescue, but he did keep thinking about this girl.  His only regret was that he never got her name.

We follow Mitchell as he looks for this woman and finds out that her sister is his daughter’s music teacher and that she had disappeared a year ago.  He then becomes involved in the family’s search for Yvette. He also finds out that there are some secrets in this family.

Besides helping the family search for Yvette, Mitchell is pulled into a journalist's story about his heroics when the journalist asked readers to write to him.  His involvement is to read the hundreds of handwritten letters that have made their way to her desk.

Ms. Patrick has written another heartwarming book with characters you will fall in love with and a story line that will keep you turning the pages.

I always enjoy Ms. Patrick's books because they are uplifting and sweet.


THE SECRETS OF LOVE STORY BRIDGE will warm your heart just as all of her books.

A truly enjoyable read. 5/5

This book was given to me by the publisher and BookBrowse in exchange for an honest review.


PHAEDRA PATRICK:

 PHOTO CREDIT:  SAM RALPH

Phaedra Patrick is the author of The Library of Lost and Found, Rise and Shine, Benedict Stone and The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, which has been published in over twenty countries around the world. 

She studied art and marketing, and has worked as a stained-glass artist, film festival organizer and communications manager. 

An award-winning short story writer, she now writes full-time. She lives in Saddleworth, UK, with her husband and son.

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THE SECRETS OF LOVE STORY BRIDGE
Author: Phaedra Patrick
ISBN: 9780778309789
Publication Date: April 28, 2020
Publisher: Park Row Books


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Twitter: @PhaedraPatrick
Instagram: @PhaedraPatrick
Facebook: @PhaedraPatrick

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Have You Seen Me by Kate White

 
Ally went to work, but not to the place she currently works. 

Ally ended up at the place she had worked five years ago, and then she fainted and is rushed to the hospital.

Those two things were not the worst part.  Ally can't remember anything, her purse is gone, and apparently she had been gone for two days.

After coming home from the hospital, things still didn’t clear up.

Ally couldn’t remember what had triggered her memory loss and wondered if a traumatic event when she was nine may have resurfaced and caused her dissociative episode.

As I read, I could feel something was just not quite right with the characters, Ally's episode, and her situation.  An undercurrent of something sinister seemed to lurk behind the words.

You will be on pins and needles with Ally as you wonder what’s really happening and who’s behind it all.  How could everything that's happening be a coincidence?

Ms. White always brings her readers a story that will keep you tense, totally absorbed, and in this case thinking about your memory and well being.
 

Are you doing all you can for your well being and your life? 5/5

This book was given to me by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Spotlight and Giveaway of The Sweeney Sisters


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Alessandra Scarpaci of Wunderkind PR is celebrating the release of:

THE SWEENEY SISTERS
With a USA Giveaway!!
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Information in this post is courtesy of Alessandra Scarpaci of Wunderkind PR.
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Los Angeles Times bestselling author of Helen of Pasadena and Elizabeth the First Wife, Lian Dolan has a new novel out this Spring by William Morrow and it’s ideal for book clubs to jumpstart conversations about DNA testing and its life-changing results.

THE SWEENEY SISTERS (William Morrow; Hardcover; April 28, 2020)
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PRAISE FOR THE SWEENEY SISTERS:

"This is a big-hearted belly-laugh of a book, told with wit and poignancy. Family secrets, laughter and tears, shocking reveals, and an uplifting ending make this a story to savor--and share."  (Susan Wiggs, New York Times bestselling author of The Oysterville Sewing Circle) 

"Dolan uses her experience in podcasting with her own sisters to craft believable women characters who worry about real problems and use wry humor to push through dark moments . . . . A warmhearted portrait of love embracing true hearts."  (Kirkus)
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ABOUT THE SWEENEY SISTERS:

Maggie, Liza, and Tricia Sweeney grew up as a happy threesome in the idyllic seaside town of Southport, Connecticut. But their mother’s death from cancer fifteen years ago tarnished their golden-hued memories, and the sisters drifted apart.

Their one touchstone is their father, Bill Sweeney, an internationally famous literary lion and college professor universally adored by critics, publishers, and book lovers. When Bill dies unexpectedly one cool June night, his shell-shocked daughters return to their childhood home.

They aren’t quite sure what the future holds without their larger-than-life father, but they do know how to throw an Irish wake to honor a man of his stature.

But as guests pay their respects and reminisce, one stranger, emboldened by whiskey, has crashed the party. It turns out that she too is a Sweeney sister.

When Washington, DC based journalist Serena Tucker had her DNA tested on a whim a few weeks earlier, she learned she had a 50% genetic match with a childhood neighbor—Maggie Sweeney of Southport, Connecticut. It seems Serena’s chilly WASP mother, Birdie, had a history with Bill Sweeney—one that has remained totally secret until now.

Once the shock wears off, questions abound. What does this mean for William’s literary legacy? Where is the unfinished memoir he’s stashed away, and what will it reveal? And how will a fourth Sweeney sister—a blond among redheads—fit into their story?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
PHOTO CREDIT:  Brookes Treidler
Lian Dolan is a writer and podcaster. She is the host of Satellite Sisters, a podcast she created with her four real sisters.
She is the author of two bestselling novels, Helen of Pasadena and Elizabeth the First Wife and the co-author of two collections of essays, Satellite Sisters UnCommon Senses and You’re The Best: A Celebration of Friendship.
She has written columns for O, The Oprah Magazine andWorking Mother and is currently a columnist for Pasadena Magazine.
A graduate of Pomona College, she lives in Pasadena, California, with her husband, two sons and a big German shepherd.
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GIVEAWAY: 

ONE ENTRY PER PERSON PLEASE.

I am partnering with Alessandra Scarpaci of Wunderkind PR for this giveaway:

USA ONLY
April 27 - May 4
Enter here
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Today's Prompt: Warm/Warmth


Thanks to these Litsy folks for today’s prompt:

#BloomingBibliophiles
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
@OriginalCyn620

Today’s Prompt:  WARM/WARMTH

NOTHING TO SEE HERE is comical as well as heartwarming as Lillian learns to take care of Roland and Bessie and fall in love with these strange, needy, difficult children. 

This book is heartwarming as well as heartbreaking

FULL REVIEW HERE  

It's Monday!! What are YOU Reading? - 4/27/2020


 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, the books you are currently reading, and the books you hope to finish at some point.
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Books Completed:

THE WIFE STALKER by Liv Constantine - review will be on May 19 - finished on April 22.

 
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THIS IS HOW I LIED by Heather Gudengauf - review and blog tour will be on May 18 - finished on April 19.

If you are suspense fan, you will not want to miss this book.

 
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SUBSTITUTE SOLOIST by D. R. Randsall - review will be on May 13, 2020 - finished on April 17.

https://www.amazon.com/Substitute-Soloist-Andy-Veracruz-Mystery/dp/1938436776/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=substitute+soloist&qid=1572985977&sr=8-1
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THE FIRST EMMA by Camille Dimaio - review will be on May 6 - finished on April 13.

I really enjoyed this book.

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A GOOD MARRIAGE by Kimberly McCreight - review will be on May 5, 2020 - finished on April 9.

 
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THE HEIRLOOM GARDEN by Viola Shipman - review will be on May 4 - finished on April 5.

 
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HAVE YOU SEEN ME by Kate White - review will be on April 28, 2020 - finished on April 1.

 
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SIMON THE FIDDLER by Paulette Jiles - review is in the book's title.

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THE NEW HUSBAND by D. J. Palmer - the review is in the book's title.


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THE STAR-CROSSED SISTERS OF TUSCANY by Lori Nelson Spielman - review will be on November 17.

LOVED this book.

https://www.amazon.com/Star-Crossed-Sisters-Tuscany-Nelson-Spielman/dp/1984803166/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=the+starcrossed+sisters+of+tuscany&qid=1571428146&sr=8-3
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THE SECRETS OF LOVE STORY BRIDGE by Phaedra Patrick - review will be on April 29 - finished on January 12.

Another heartwarming, sweet read by Phaedra Patrick.

 
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Book Currently Reading:

THE PRISONER'S WIFE by Maggie Brooks - review will be on May 26.

 
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Books Up Next:

MRS. LINCOLN'S SISTERS by Jennifer Chiaverini - review will be on June 2.

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THE PARIS LIBRARY by Janet Skeslien Charles - review will be on June 3.


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STRANGER IN THE LAKE by Kimberly Belle - review will be on June 11.

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PARIS NEVER LEAVES YOU by - review will be on June 13.
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THE GIRL WHO KNEW TOO MUCH by Michelle Campbell - review will be on June 9.

 
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A MILLION LITTLE LIES by Bette Lee Crosby - review will be on June 15.

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WE CAME HERE TO SHINE by Susie Orman Schnall - review will be on June 16.

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SPRING GIRLS by Karen Katchur - review wil be on June 17.

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THE LAST OF THE MOON GIRLS by Barbara Davis - review will be on June 23.

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PERFECTLY FAMOUS by Emily Liebert - review will be on July 8.

 
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THE LAST WIFE by Karen Hamilton - review will be on July 13.

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THE SAFE PLACE by Anna Downes - review wil be on July 14.

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THE VACATION by T. M. Logan - review will be on July 21.

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THE ORPHAN COLLECTOR by Ellen Marie Wiseman - review will be on July 27.

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THE LIONS OF FIFTH AVENUE by Fiona Davis - review will be on July 28.

 
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HER LAST FLIGHT by Beatriz Williams - review will be on June 29.

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HE STARTED IT by Samantha Downing - review will be on July 29.

 
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A HUNDRED SUNS by Karin Tanabe - review will be on July 30.

 
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THE FIRST TO LIE by Hank Phillippi Ryan - review will be on August 5.

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LOUISIANA LUCKY by Julie Pennell - review will be on August 7.

 
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UNTIL I FIND YOU by Rea Frea - review will be on August 11.

 
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THE PAPER DAUGHTERS OF CHINA TOWN by Heather B. Moore - review will be on September 1.

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DON'T LOOK FOR ME by Wendy Walker - review will be on September 15.

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ELI'S PROMISE by Ronald H. Balson - review will be on September 22.


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INVISIBLE GIRL by Lisa Jewell - review will be on October 13.

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