Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Tuesday, October 29, 2019


Mystery, intrigue, and deceit abound in THE PARIS SECRET.

THE PARIS SECRET was a bit of mystery mixed in with history.



Monday, October 28, 2019


Share a YELLOW cover if you like.

I have only read THE WEDDING GIFT.

I have read THE ROOTS OF THE OLIVE TREE by this author and really enjoyed it.  

Have YOU read either of these books?

Sunday, October 27, 2019

This Week at Silver's Reviews

I hope you have a great Halloween Week and have time to stop by.

Spotlight and International E-book Giveaway of Bread Bags & Bullies by Steven Manchester

Steven Manchester is celebrating his book:

With an INTERNATIONAL Giveaway!!
Information in this post is courtesy of the author, Steven Manchester.

If you loved the ever popular A Christmas Story, be prepared for another classic. Bread Bags & Bullies is a must read! Funny, poignant, and heartwarming—Steven Manchester is a master storyteller.” – Jamie Farr, Actor, M.A.S.H.

“Bread Bags & Bullies is a detailed eye-opening experience of the Big Hair decade. Enjoyable whether you were there or not—or just can’t quite remember it.” – Barry Williams, Actor, The Brady Bunch

“Steven Manchester’s Bread Bags & Bullies captures a simpler time, just before technology began dominating America’s time and attention. This nostalgic story is hilarious, told by a family of characters you won’t soon forget. A must read!” – Ed Asner, Actor, Lou Grant

“Steve Manchester’s Bread Bags & Bullies is a fantastic blast from the past, evoking all the fun and nostalgia of the ‘80s—even my big hair!” – Audrey Landers, Actress, Dallas

“In Bread Bags & Bullies, the writing is so vivid, the pace and rhythm so quick, that I truly felt I was watching it on screen.” – Joan van Ark, Actress, Knots Landing

“Steven Manchester’s latest book, Bread Bags & Bullies, made me recall the town I ‘grew up in’— mythical Mayfield. Instantly taking you back to 1984, the characters and situations are so believable that you’ll want to keep turning the pages.” – Tony Dow, Actor, Leave It to Beaver

“It’s always fun to be a part of history and pop culture. Reading the Waltons’ famous ‘Goodnight, John-boy’ referenced in Bread Bags & Bullies was a special treat—especially since the reply was ‘Night, Erin.’” – Mary McDonough, Actress, The Waltons

“In Bread Bags & Bullies, Steven Manchester’s writing style is very reminiscent of Jean Shepherd’s A Christmas Story—but for the ‘80s.” – Lynne Marta, Actress, Footloose

“Bread Bags & Bullies is not only fun, but educational in its own way. What an entertaining read!” – Marla Gibbs, Actress, The Jeffersons

". Bread Bags & Bullies rocks!” – Billy Squier, ‘80s Rock Icon, Stroke Me

“You can like this book if you want to. You can leave your friends behind. Because if your friends don't like this book…well, they’re no friends of mine.” – Ivan Doroschuk, Lead Singer of Men Without Hats, Safety Dance

“In Bread Bags & Bullies, Steven Manchester captures the ‘80s to the smallest detail. With each page turned, memories flood back. Using the lightest of touch, he tells his story with tongue firmly planted in cheek. Bread Bags & Bullies is a delight!” – Nick van Eede, Lead Singer of Cutting Crew, Died in Your Arms

“Bread Bags & Bullies is so—like, totally—‘84, it makes me want to get out my leg warmers and glow sticks, backcomb my hair, and romp around the room to Footloose. And then I remember, I don’t have any hair.” – Thomas Dolby, ‘80s Recording Artist, She Blinded Me with Science

“Manchester’s book, Bread Bags & Bullies, brings to mind many of our techno ditties. ‘How you gonna keep ‘em down on Maggie’s Farm once they’ve seen Devo?’” – Gerald V. Casale of DEVO, Whip It

It’s the winter of 1984. Twelve-year old Herbie and his two brothers—Wally and Cockroach—are enjoying the mayhem of winter break when a late Nor’easter blows through New England, trapping their quirky family in the house. 

The power goes out and playing Space Invaders to AC DC’s Back in Black album is suddenly silenced—forcing them to use their twisted imaginations in beating back the boredom. 

At a time when the brothers must overcome one fear after the next, they learn that courage is the one character trait that guarantees all others.

This hysterical coming-of-age tale is jam-packed with enough nostalgia to satisfy anyone who grew up in the ‘80s or at least had the good fortune to travel through them.

Steven Manchester is the author of the #1 bestsellers Twelve Months, The Rockin' Chair, Pressed Pennies and Gooseberry Island; the national bestsellers, Ashes, The Changing Season and Three Shoeboxes; and the multi-award winning novels, Goodnight Brian and The Thursday Night Club. 

His work has appeared on NBC's Today Show, CBS's The Early Show, CNN's American Morning and BET's Nightly News. Three of Steven's short stories were selected "101 Best" for Chicken Soup for the Soul series. 

He is a multi-produced playwright, as well as the winner of the 2017 Los Angeles Book Festival and the 2018 New York Book Festival. 

When not spending time with his beautiful wife, Paula, or their four children, this Massachusetts author is promoting his works or writing. 




I am partnering with the author for this giveaway.
October 27 - November 3
Enter here

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Author Event

If you live in the Pittsburgh Area, you may want to join in this event.



FEATURING: After Anna by Lisa Scottoline

Anna, Anna, Anna...she finally has come home to her mother, but what should have been a joyous occasion after seventeen years turns into a nightmare.

One of my FAVORITES by Lisa Scottoline.


Friday, October 25, 2019


       Diamond. Emerald. Amethyst. Diamond
                             = D. E. A. D.
A bracelet that mysteriously appeared on Celia Browning's nightstand was a bracelet she thought was from her fiancee, but once she saw what the individual jewels spelled out, she knew it wasn't good.


Thursday, October 24, 2019

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Spotlight and Giveaway of The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street by Karen White

Berkley, Penguin Random House is 


With a USA Giveaway!!
Information in this post is courtesy of Dache J. Rogers of Penguin Random House
(Berkley Hardcover; October 22, 2019), the newest installment in Karen White’s New York Times bestselling Tradd Street series

"What a treat to open up a new Tradd Street House book by Karen White and disappear into her witty, wonderful and haunted world...No one does ghosts better than Karen White and this is one of Tradd Street's best.”New York Times bestselling author M.J. Rose

"While this is the sixth in White’s 'Tradd Street' series, it can be read on its own, but make time after the holidays to binge-read the previous five for more adventures with these characters...A cliff-hanger ending and promise of another book will please avid fans."–Library Journal

Quirky, doughnut-loving, schedule-obsessed Melanie Trenholm has everything she ever wanted. Living in her beloved Charleston home with her soulmate, Jack, and their adorable twin toddlers, she can finally settle down. 
She’s even come to terms with the fact that she can communicate with the dead. So when Christmas approaches, Melanie feels nothing but joy… at least until an excavation of the cistern in her home’s garden unearths some Colonial-era artifacts and the unhappy ghosts attached to them. And these specters definitely don’t have the holiday spirit.
If that wasn’t enough, a past adversary is convinced there is a long-lost Revolutionary War treasure buried somewhere on Melanie’s property. Brought over by French military officer Marquis de Lafayette himself to fund the Revolutionary War effort, these riches are fit for a king. 
There have been whispers throughout history that many have fought—and died—to possess it. And now, someone prepared to do the same is at Melanie’s doorstep, someone willing to threaten everything she holds dear to get what they want.

Karen White is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty novels, including the Tradd Street series, Dreams of Falling, The Night the Lights Went Out, Flight Patterns, The Sound of Glass, A Long Time Gone, and The Time Between. She is the coauthor of The Forgotton Room and The Glass Ocean with New York Times bestselling authors Beatriz Williams and Lauren Willig. 

She grew up in London but now lives with her husband and two children near Atlanta, Georgia.

 Photo Credit: Marchet Butler

Contest has ended...Congrats to:

Barbara from Virginia!!

I am partnering with Dache J. Rogers of Penguin Random House for this giveaway.

October 23 - 30
Enter here

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

The House of Brides by Jane Cockram

An English estate has been home to generations of the women who married into the Summer family.

When one of the daughters gets a letter from a current, teenage relative addressed to her mother pleading for help, Miranda leaves Australia and heads to Barnsley House.  The funny thing is that her mother has passed away.

Miranda never was reliable, and after her job disaster and her father's finding her another job she doesn't want, she thinks this letter from a cousin will save her.

Miranda tricks her father into paying for her flight from Australia to England to find out what the letter meant and finds herself being interviewed for a job as a nanny instead of why she came in the first place. 

Did Miranda go from a bad situation to a worse one?

She can't reveal why she really arrived, and she doesn't know what really is waiting for her at Barnsley House, but she soon finds out all isn't as it should be

What she finds are three children, their father, a housekeeper, an empty, not well-kept inn, an estate in disrepair, odd things happening, and no visible mother.

Ms. Cockram created the story line in a very creative way.  She revealed some of the family's secrets by using a book Miranda’s mother had written that describes the history of the house and the family. Ms. Cockram also used a diary with background information of the characters written by the infamous, "missing" mother.

Everyone and everything seemed to have a secret at Barnsley House.  The housekeeper was especially secretive, dangerous, and frightening.

If you enjoy odd characters, old mansions, family secrets, supposed ghosts, a stolen book, and Gothic undertones, you will want to have THE HOUSE OF BRIDES added to your TBR.

HOUSE OF BRIDES has an absorbing, captivating story line you won't want to put down.

Ms. Cockram’s writing style is descriptive and draws you in.  A marvelous debut all around.  5/5

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

Monday, October 21, 2019

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Friday, October 18, 2019

Books By Caroline Miller

Caroline has more books, but these are the three I have read.

All books are reviewed on my blog.

Thursday, October 17, 2019


THE LEMON ORCHARD was a beautiful story about the cruelty as well as the beauty our lives hold for us.  You will become a part of the lives of Julia and Roberto in this splendidly told tale of what it means to truly love and to truly lose something or someone you love.


Wednesday, October 16, 2019

FEATURING: THE RADIO GIRLS by Sarah-Jane Stratford

Before the Internet and cell phones.

Before women were seen as being more than secretar​ies​.

Anyone who enjoys the era between WWI and WWII and sharing the lives of women and their fashionable clothing and lifestyles will thoroughly enjoy RADIO GIRLS. 


Tuesday, October 15, 2019

The Family Secret by Terry Lynn Thomas

Cat and Annie moved out of London to avoid the bombing and best of all moved to Cat's childhood home town and to be with Thomas.

Even better was that Cat moved into her childhood home.  The description of the home is envious...a sweeping staircase was enough to immediately capture my interest.

Along with all the wonderful welcomes, an unwelcome request by her friend Beth was something Cat had to deal with.

Beth asked that Cat help her solve her aunt’s murder. The police think Beth murdered her aunt for the inheritance.

We follow Cat and all of the characters as their lives intertwine around family matters and this murder.

Cat was lovable, Carmona was spoiled, her mother Claris was insufferable.

Thomas was very lovable, and I had hopes he and Cat would get together as they worked on finding the murderer.

This was my first book by Ms. Thomas, and I enjoyed the story line and her writing style.

Readers who enjoy old houses, secrets, murders to solve, a few untrustworthy characters, and plenty of likable characters will enjoy THE FAMILY SECRET.  5/5

This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Poison by Galt Niederhoffer

Thank you to these Litsy folks:


Today’s Prompt:  POISON

A whirlwind romance opposed by her mother, a marriage made in heaven, and a move across the country.  Was the move part of Ryan’s plan to have no family around for Cass?

It definitely is a psychological thriller and makes you wonder who you can truly trust.

I would not recommend reading this book if you have been in a similar domestic abuse situation. 


Red Cover

Thanks to these Litsy folks for today’s prompt:

Today’s Prompt:  RED COVER

Versions of “RED.”


Going to read THE LIBRARY BOOK for Simon & Schuster’s read of the month on their Facebook Page - Book Club Favorites.

Sunday, October 13, 2019