Book Review: Helping Helper by Tara C. Allred #BookReview @TaraCAllred

Helping Helper

By Tara C. Allred

Blurb

“He’s not a friend, he’s my husband, And he’s gone.”

En route to Salt Lake City, intending to start over, their car breaks down near the struggling mining town of Helper, Utah—and then Tony leaves Kora behind.

Alone, broken and angry, especially that her family was right in their judgment against Tony, Kora decides to stay in Helper and aid in it’s art-centered transformation.

But in working to save her new home, Kora learns first love only happens once.

For a second chance at love, a much greater risk is required.

“…a good solid story. I was fooled a couple of times with the plot twists!” —E. Campbell

“…a beautiful piece of artwork. This novel is going to stick with me.” —B. Boman

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My Review

Helping Helper by Tara C. Allred. This book was better than I thought it would be. The story felt real and that it could happen to anyone.  Tony and Kora leave Colorado for a better chance of life. They have been married for 6 years and Tony doesn’t have it together at all. Kora is hoping this new job in Utah will help them start fresh. Then their car breaks down about 5 miles from Helper. They walk to get help and the first place they find is a fast food place, Tony leaves Kora there and says he is going to see about getting help. He did come back and left her with $45. That was the last time she saw him.  So, she is stuck in a small town, no money and no clue what to do.

I found this story very refreshing to read. I loved that the people felt real and cared about each other. I felt the author did a great job with the characters and seemed to pack so much into the story that made it awesome. The description, the history and the people make this story so wonderful. I also thought the issues with Tony were spot on and I felt exploring Kora’s feelings was another plus. There is a lot in this story and it worked. I hope there is a 2nd book.

I voluntarily read a Review Copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely my own and no one else’s.

This book for me is definitely a FIVE STAR Book. I really thought the author did a great job with the emotions and the characters in this story.

 

I love this quote, Diana
“I’m wondering what to read next.” — Matilda, Roald Dahl

Charmed by Chocolate by Steena Holmes #BookReview @steenaholmes @TulePublishing #readzTule

Charmed by Chocolate (Love at the Chocolate Shop #6)

Blurb

When Leah ran off to Southern California, she hoped to leave freezing cold winters and unrequited love behind. She was never meant for a small town life and the timing with her longtime best friend–and secret soul mate–was always hopelessly off.
But after a mishap on the hit reality show Charming, Leah declares her love for Wade nationwide and is publicly dubbed “Lonely Leah.” She returns to Marietta to hide at her family’s home–from the media who wants to turn her into a human interest story, from the townspeople upset with her blunder, and most of all, from Wade, who wants to talk.

It took Leah leaving town to wake Wade Burns up to the reality that he’s head over heels in love with his best friend. But now that she’s back home, she’s giving him the cold shoulder. With chocolate and a grand gesture, can Wade charm his way back into Leah’s heart?

 

Book Review

I have to say I honestly liked the story, it was a quick, fun to read book.

Leah left Marietta to work in California for a company, she was able to speak to many teens and events about drinking and driving.  Leah is against drinking and driving and her passion was to get the message out.  One day her friend Betsey was in a Jam.She was the producer of a reality show called Charmed and one of the contestants backed out.  Betsey pleaded and made promises that she would only have to be on the show 1 day. Well that didn’t work out and Leah made a fool of herself on national TV.  So, Leah decided to head back to Marietta to her brother’s home to hide out. Well her grandmother was not going to let that happen.

The pace of the story was perfect. The characters were developed enough for this story. I enjoyed this story. This was a nice clean romantic story.

I always want chocolate after reading any of the books that mentions Sage’s chocolate.

Thanks to Netgalley and Tule Publishing for giving me an ARC.

I voluntarily read a Review Copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely my own and no one else’s.

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 I love this quote, Diana
“I’m wondering what to read next.” — Matilda, Roald Dahl

Book Review: SWEET SOUTHERN HEARTS by Susan Schild #BookReview @TastyBookTours @susan_schild

a
humorous, heartwarming story of 

new beginnings, do-overs, and self-discovery… 

 

SWEET SOUTHERN HEARTS
Willow Hill Series #3
Susan Schild
Releasing Jan 10th, 2017
Lyrical Press

 

Susan
Schild welcomes you back to the offbeat Southern town of Willow Hill, North
Carolina, for a humorous, heartwarming story of new beginnings, do-overs, and
self-discovery…
 
When it comes to marriage, third time’s the charm for Linny Taylor. She’s
thrilled to be on her honeymoon with Jack Avery, Willow Hill’s handsome
veterinarian. But just like the hair-raising white water rafting trip Jack persuades
her to take, newlywed life has plenty of dips and bumps.Jack’s twelve-year-old son is resisting all Linny’s efforts to be the perfect
stepmother, while her own mother, Dottie, begs her to tag along on the first
week of a free-wheeling RV adventure. Who knew women “of a certain age” could
drum up so much trouble? No sooner is Linny sighing with relief at being back
home than she’s helping her frazzled sister with a new baby…and dealing with an
unexpected legacy from her late ex. Life is fuller—and richer—than she ever
imagined, but if there’s one thing Linny’s learned by now, it’s that there’s
always room for another sweet surprise…

This charming and well observed novel about finding the courage to love
after loss will make you smile as well as cry more than a few happy
tears.  Be prepared for a story of true tenderness, humor, and sometimes
nail biting tension. Sweet Southern Hearts delivers all this
and more.” –Holly Chamberlin, author of Summer with my Sisters

I absolutely love this story. I love how the author developed the characters. When reading this story, I can just see it in my mind. I like to be able to picture the story in my mind while reading.
The story involves Linny who just married Jack and are on their honeymoon. Which didn’t last because they were needed back home. Jack has a 12-year-old son and he was having a crisis. During this book Linny had to learn how to deal with a 12-year-old stepson. She has no children of her own.
Then there is Linny’s Mom, her Mom, she is a very interesting character. Well her and her friends (her friends are also very lively and have lots of character) are going on an RV trip, of course they have never driven an RV so they get Linny to come along ( Linny has never driven an RV). Leaving her husband to deal with his son and X-wife.
I really love how this story read. I wasn’t bored with the story and really enjoyed all the plot twist and different things going on. This story is not just a basic book but a fun, romantic, adventure and a mystery all in one book. I am hoping for a 4th book in this series. I have read the first book and haven’t read the second book yet. You could read this book without reading the first two books but I recommend that you would them all.
I want to thank Tasty Book Tours, the Author Susan Schild and Netgalley for letting me read this fun story.
I voluntarily read a Review Copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely my own and no one else’s.

 



Susan
Schild
 writes
wholesome and sunny Southern fiction. She likes stories about charming men,
missing money, adventuresome women, sweet dogs, and happily ever afters at any
age.
Susan is a wife and a stepmother. She enjoys rummaging through thrift store for
treasures like four dollar cashmere sweaters and amateur watercolor paintings.
She likes taking walks with her Lab mix, Tucker, and his buddies. She and her
family live in North Carolina.Susan has used her professional background as a psychotherapist and a management
consultant to add authenticity to her characters.

 
SWEET
SOUTHERN HEARTS, the final book in the Willow Hill series, will be released in
January of 2017. Readers can look forward to more adventures, new beaus,
sinister ministers, lovebirds over fifty, a road trip for Mama and her pals,
and maybe even an “I Do”…or two.
You can follow Susan on Facebook, Twitter and on her website or subscribe to her quarterly
newsletter
for inside
scoop, sneak peeks and giveaways.


 

I love this quote, Diana
“I’m wondering what to read next.” — Matilda, Roald Dahl

Book Review: Fame and Fortune Tellers A Novel by Todd Netland #BookReview @ToddSNetland

Fame and Fortune Tellers

A Novel by Todd Netland

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Blurb

Todd Netland’s book, “Fame and Fortune Tellers,” is the story of one man’s rise to the top, almost overnight, in the music business. Randy Miller is a young choral teacher who encounters a spiritualist at the tag end of a mini-vacation who prophesizes a sudden rise to stardom for this school choir teacher. These predictions come true, but it turns out to be a life of emptiness, joylessness, and conflict for Randy and his family. Other characters enter into the story who all come together as the main plot and subplots of the story thicken and unfold. Meet Brad Applebaum, a young Christian who is very green in the things of the Lord and of life in general, but very zealous about his walk with God. Pam Jackson is an on-fire Christian and a true prayer warrior. Darryl Temple is a total loser who ends up completely destroying his life. And then there is Eric Burns, leader of the Communist revolutionary group, The Red Riding Rangers. This novel involves choices of different people and how these choices have repercussions, both in this life, and in the life to come.

My Review

When I started reading Fame and Fortune Tellers by Todd Netland, I had a hard time putting the book down.  I was young when this story took place.  Since I was 10 I have always loved rock n roll, and I was partly raised in the spiritualism community of that time period, depending on who I was living with. So, for me I understand how easy the occult can bring you into their world.

I found the book very intriguing and easy to read. The author was very thorough in developing the characters. It was easy to remember the characters story.  I loved the scripture quotes.  I loved the description of Heaven and Hell. Though I thought it was kind of long and I did get a little bored. I am thinking too much detail. I could visualize what the author was trying to describe.  I always love when the author does an epilogue I feel it completes the story. There are end notes and about the author which I love because that lets me as a reader know more about the story.

I feel this is a really interesting, and  exciting Christian book to read. I gave 4 stars because it seemed a little long in the middle. The book is worth reading in my opinion.

I voluntarily read a Review Copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely my own and no one else’s.

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I love this quote, Diana
“I’m wondering what to read next.” — Matilda, Roald Dahl

Book Review: A Thankful Heart by Melissa McClone #BookReview @melissamcclone @TulePublishing

A Thankful Heart ( Love at the Chocolate Shop #2) By Melissa McClone

 198 pages

Published November 3rd 2016 by Tule Publishing

Blurb

Chocolate is better than men, and so are dogs. At least, that’s what Dakota Parker tells herself as she mends her broken heart and finds forever homes for rescue animals. So far, so good. She can indulge her love of chocolate where she works while her foster dogs provide her with the unconditional love she craves. What more does she need?

Seattle architect Bryce Grayson is counting the days until he can return home to the big city with his father in tow. That is if he can convince his dad to leave Montana. Bryce’s escape plan, however, goes astray when he meets Dakota. Her sweet kisses put the chocolate she sells to shame. Maybe he should be the one to move to Marietta, but could he be happy living in such a small town?

He has until Thanksgiving to decide.

My Review

What I loved the most about this story was Dakota’s passion. She loved volunteering at the animal rescue center and working at the Chocolate Shop. Both are easy to be passionate about.  She is also fostering two dogs and a mouse. Love the story about her foster animals.

Bryce comes into town from Seattle to take care of his dad who has broken both his legs and needs help or Bryce thought he needed help. The wonderful people of Marietta are working on taking care of him, feeding him, but he does need someone to help and he shouldn’t be alone. Bryce is determined to have his Dad move with him to Seattle but his father loves this wonderful small town. He is very active in this town and has many friends. His Father is determined to that Bryce falls in love with Marietta.

Bryce’s Dad sends him to the chocolate shop every day to buy chocolate when Dakota is working. He isn’t eating the chocolate but giving them as gifts for those who are helping him. Bryce is still not happy. He doesn’t like the town, prefers the big city.

I really enjoyed reading this book from start to finish. The authors storytelling is fantastic. The main characters are well developed and very enjoyable to read. I loved how everything worked in this story.

This is a five star book in my opinion!

I want to thank Netgalley and Tule Publishing for providing me an ARC to read.

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Other Books in the Series

Melt My Heart, Cowboy (Love at the Chocolate Shop Book 1)

 I love this quote, Diana
“I’m wondering what to read next.” — Matilda, Roald Dahl

Book book Club: Advanced Reader Club #lovetoread

Hello!

Thank you for your interest in the Advanced Reader Club! We are excited to have you! Before you sign up we ask that you read what the club is about and the rules that go along with it.

In the Advanced Reader Club you’ll get invites to review books that will soon be released and get the chance to give honest feedback (when appropriate). You do NOT have to review for each book that we send your way but if you download the book then you are committing to the review.

Our books will be delivered via a service called Book Funnel. Using them allows for readers to use any reading device (not just a Kindle or Kindle App) when participating in this club and it allows us to track who has received the book and how it was received. Each person gets their own unique download link that can only be used once. Also, each copy has its own unique watermark to protect our authors against piracy.

You’ll get the book at least 30 days prior to the release day. You will receive an edited copy of whatever book you download however, it will not be in its final form. So while reading if you find a typo of some kind feel free to let us know. Also say you’re a nurse and something in the story would totally NOT be something a nurse would do, feel free to let us know that too and we will pass your notes onto our authors.

On release day you’ll receive an email from us reminding you to leave your review on Amazon and some other important information as well.

This club is an exclusive group and although we don’t require you to read every book that we send your way you will be required to read at least three books within a six month period. If you cannot commit to that please do not join. Also, it will be required that you leave your honest review on Amazon on release day. If this isn’t something you can commit to then please do not join.
However if you can commit to those two things we want you! To make things fun we will have an exclusive Facebook group for you to join (we may have some fun exclusive things going on in there from time to time) and you never know when something awesome might come your way. We have a lot of ideas to keep this group active and fun.

I love this quote, Diana
“I’m wondering what to read next.” — Matilda, Roald Dahl