Friday, January 31, 2020

Books Read in January

It was a good month of reading.

I enjoyed all the books I read.

Have you read any of these books?

Book Blogger Hop - 1/31 - 2/6

Question of the Week:

What is your opinion of bibliotherapy? Do you think this is a useful way of dealing with psychological issues? If you've used it yourself, or know someone who has, what book(s) would you recommend? (submitted by Maria @ A Night's Dream of Books)

My Answer:

I'm not really sure what bibliotherapy is so I don't have an opinion.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Spotlight and AUDIO giveaway of The Hunt by Jacqueline Terrill

Jacqueline Terrill is celebrating the release of her book:
With a USA or UK AUDIO Giveaway!!

All information and the giveaway prize in this post are courtesy of the author, Jacqueline Terrill.  

Jacqueline will provide and send the winner his/her audio book.

After thirty years of marriage, Rachel observes herself amid a matrimonial nightmare.

While at first, she sought to write off Seth’s nighttime escapades and drinking as a midlife crisis, the local sheriff hands her a foreclosure notice because her mortgage hasn't been paid. Rachel perceives something is awry.

Devastated and needing space to reflect, Rachel accepts a respite from her best friend Lauren to hang at her cabin in the Allegheny Mountains for Thanksgiving, where she reconnects with Lauren, and her family.

When Rachel tries to understand Seth’s change of heart, the schemes of her husband, mother-in-law, and the entire Blackstone crew. The family she married into became an illusion.As her thirty-year marriage dissolves, Rachel realizes that getting into the Blackstone family is one thing, but getting out alive is another.

Desperate to get off of this roller-coaster ride without shattering, Rachel must figure out the shrewdest way to pull herself up out of this turbulent charade.Can she stay alive through the worst episodes that marred her down to her knees?

Jacqueline Terrill is an Author of Romantic Suspense. She's a native of Pennsylvania. For more than twenty years she was an Entrepreneur, Business owner. She attended Shenango Valley School of Business, Gannon University for Business Marketing, and attended Shenango Valley Slackwriter's Group for four years until her book came to fruition.

In my spare time I wrote a recipe book for my children - Awesome Traditional Recipes. This is a great cookbook with step-by-step directions that are easy to make, and sure to be a win-win situation for you, and your family.

My husband Neil, my dog Cream, and my cat Oliver are the finest part of my everyday lifestyle.  That goes without mentioning my children, and grandchildren. We live in Western Pennsylvania.

To read more about Jacqueline you can visit her website at: or follow her Author's Page on Facebook.


I am partnering with the author, Jacqueline Terrill for this giveaway:

January 30 - February 7
Enter here

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Comparing Yearly Challenges

I thought it would be fun to compare last year's and this year's Reading Challenge.

I always choose 50 books so it isn't stressful.

What about do your years compare?

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Cartier's Hope by M. J. Rose

The story of the Hope Diamond, women journalists, hidden identities, locked bookcases, and family secrets greet the reader of Cartier’s Hope.

Vera was the daughter of a wealthy businessman, but she needed to hide this fact so she could work at being a journalist for the stories women were assigned, and according to her mother to not disgrace the family’s name because she didn’t comply with social norms of being a married woman and a wealthy woman who didn't work.

Vera was always looking for a story. The Hope Diamond would be a perfect one.  What intrigued Vera was when she heard its background and its supposed curse. 

Even more interesting than the Hope Diamond and what peaked her curiosity was when she found locked bookcases in her father's library and had no idea why her father would have locked books inside.

Mystery about the bookcase and the intrigue about the Hope Diamond kept Vera's journalistic mind going. Vera had been in a slump and didn't want to write any more, but after she found out why her father had books hidden behind books, the Hope Diamond story took second place but was going to help her with her father's secret. This made her realize it was time to get back to her life's work and find out why and who was behind her father's story and how to use the Hope Diamond to aid with the search for answers.

Ms. Rose made the reader aware of the challenges female journalists faced and what they had to put up with in the male-dominated profession.  The female journalists had to put up with the worst stories, lower pay than their male counterparts, sexual favors if they wanted their name on a story, and not being treated the same or looked at for being as good as a male journalist.

M. J. Rose has a writing style that pulls you in along with her marvelous details and research.

Historical fiction fans will enjoy CARTIER'S HOPE as well as mystery fans and those readers who enjoy strong female characters.

And...there can't be an absence of some romance with all those gorgeous jewels, right?   

ENJOY when you read CARTIER’S HOPE.  It is an all-around "gem" of a read. 5/5

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

Monday, January 27, 2020

Snowy Books

Are you ready for some SNOWY books? 

Which have you read?

All are reviewed on this blog.

It's Monday!! What are YOU Reading? - 1/27/2020
I hope you had a great reading week.  
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.
Books Completed:

TEN DAYS GONE by Beverly Long - review will be on February 19, 2020 - finished on January 26.

THE BORGIA CONFESSIONS by Alyssa Palumbo - review will be on February 11, 2020 - finished on January 22.
MERCY HOUSE by Alena Dillon - review will be on February 10, 2020 - finished on January 17.

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.

THE LIGHT AFTER THE WAR by Anita Abril - review will be on February 4, 2020 - finished on January 8.

A beautiful read.

CARTIER'S HOPE by M. J. Rose - review will be on January 28, 2020 - finished on January 4.

THE BETTER LIAR by Tanen Jones - review is in the book's title.

THE VINEYARDS OF CHAMPAGNE by Juliet Blackwell - review is in the book's title.

Giveaway Link is also in the same post.

HOW QUICKLY SHE DISAPPEARS by Raymond Fleischmann - review is in the book's title.

THE TENANT by Katrine Engberg - review is in the book's title.

BIG LIES IN A SMALL TOWN by Diane Chamberlain - review is in the book's title.

This book is WOW good.

ALL THE WAYS WE SAID GOODBYE by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, and Karen White - review is in the book's title.


THE SUNDOWN MOTEL by Simone St. James - review will be on February 18, 2020 - finished on November 3.

RED LETTER DAYS by Sarah-Jane Stratford - blog review will be on February 25, 2020 - finished September 9.

Book Currently Reading:

PLEASE SEE US by Caitlin Mullen - review will be on March 2, 2020.
Books Up Next:

YOU ARE NOT ALONE by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen - review will be March 3.
THE SEA OF LOST GIRLS by Carol Goodman - review will be on March 4, 2020.

LOST AT SEA by Erica Boyce - review will be on March 6, 2020.

THE OPERATOR by Gretchen Berg - review will be on March 9, 2020.

MY DARK VANESSA by Kate Elizabeth Russell - review will be on March 10, 2020.

DOVETAIL by Karen McQuetion - review will be on March 11.

DARLING ROSE GOLD by Stephanie Wrobel - review will be on March 17.

SAFE HOUSE by Jo Jakeman - review will be on March 21.
SOMETHING SHE'S NOT TELLING US by Darcey Bell - review will be on April 6, 2010.

THE ASTONISHING LIFE OF AUGUST MARCH by Aaron Jackson - review will be on April 7, 2010.

THE GERMAN HEIRESS by Anika Scott - review will be on April 8.

THE NEW HUSBAND by D. J. Palmer - the review will be on April 13, 2020.

SIMON THE FIDDLER by Paulette Jiles - review will be on April 14, 2020. 

THE STAR-CROSSED SISTERS OF TUSCANY by Lori Nelson Spielman - review will be on April 21, 2020.
STORIES WE NEVER TOLD by Sonja Yoerg - review will be on April 23, 2020.

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

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

THE FIRST EMMA by Camille Dimaio - review will be on May 6.
CATHERINE HOUSE by Elisabeth Thomas - review will be on June 13.

THE WIFE STALKER by Liv Constantine - review will be on May 19, 2020.

SUBSTITUTE SOLOIST by D. R. Randsall - review will be on May 13, 2020.
THE PRISONER'S WIFE by Maggie Brooks - review will be on May 26.

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

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