Book Review: Goodness and Light by Patty Blount

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 What the book is about:

Thirteen years ago, two teens met on the ramp to Ground Zero, on a cold and snowy day, strangers bonding in a moment of grief. The boy pressed a crystal snowflake ornament into the girl’s hand and disappeared into the crowd, unaware that his simple act of kindness saved her from the guilt that threatened to consume her.

Since losing her mom, Elena Larsen hasn’t set foot in New York City — until now. Agreeing to help her sister prepare for her baby’s birth seems like a good way to spend Christmas and Elena vows not to let the monstrous guilt that weighs on her heart ruin everything. But those plans go awry when she meets Lucas Adair, a man whose own grief and guilt just might rival her own.

When Elena discovers Lucas is the boy who gave her that crystal snowflake all those years ago, she can’t accept it as the sign Lucas believes it to be. For her, it means only one thing — even beyond the grave, her mother can never forgive Elena for breaking her heart.

For Lucas, New York is hallowed ground that he can never leave. He spends his days working in the Financial District and his evenings volunteering and it’s almost enough to help him forget what he did. Lucas knows better than to make plans with a woman who will soon be leaving, yet can’t help himself. There’s something about Elena that pulls him in. He doesn’t put much faith in signs but even he starts to believe Elena is his absolution. Now, he only has to convince her.

 

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I thought this book was remarkable, Patty Blount brought so many emotions that I felt while reading this story. I remember when 9/11 happened, I live across the country and I felt so sad for the family and the people living in New York when this happened. I could feel the loss in these characters, as they had loss their mothers. I have experience grief of my own, not with 9/11 but losing a family member. I just felt that this story was written so well, so perfect for a sad yet happy Christmas story, I am glad I waited till after Christmas to read this book. This story of loss and happiness is so right on the mark. I am so glad I was able to read this book.

Thanks to Tule Publishing and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book.

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Book Review: All I want for Christmas by Jennifer Gracen

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What this book is about:

Cassandra Baines almost has it all: a flourishing career as one of the youngest English Lit assistant professors at NYU, an apartment in a city she adores, and a close circle of lifelong girlfriends that are like sisters. The only thing she doesn’t have is someone special to share it with. She’s been married to her work since Sean McKinnon broke her heart seven years ago.

Musician and bar owner Sean McKinnon keeps busy – too busy for a love life. He blew it with Cassie all those years ago, and no one has held a candle to her since.

But then one fateful night, of all the people in New York City, Cassandra walks into his bar, and he’s drawn to her as strongly as ever. She wants nothing to do with him, but he’s not going to give up so easily.

Can a bit of New York Christmas magic help two people take a second chance on true love?

What I thought:

 
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved this sweet story about Cassandra and running into her former boyfriend Sean.
Cassandra and her friend Bree went to the tree lighting ceremony at Rockefeller center and decided afterwards that the needed to go to a bar, it was a cold New York night and being in a warm place chatting with her BFF would be great.

They walked into an Irish Pub that they thought look warm, and that is where Cassandra saw him, her x-boyfriend from 7 years ago, her only true love!

This story tells us how Cassandra and Sean try to meet up again, rekindle that fire that was never burnt out.

I thought the author Jennifer Gracen did a great job of developing the characters, I felt like I was there, wanting things to work out. This was a great Christmas book to read. Loved the Holiday cheer.

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Book Review: This Christmas by Jeannie Moon

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This Christmas by Jeannie Moon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love this sweet Christmas story, This Christmas by Jeannie Moon.
This is the first time reading a book written by Jeannie Moon and first book in the series of Christmas in New York.

I did fall in love with the characters, The main ones are Sabrina, Her daughter Charlie and Charlie’s Dad Jake.

Ten years ago Sabrina found out she was pregnant, she didn’t tell anyone who the father was, amazing she kept that a secret. She felt it was for the best not to tell the father Jake, as he was now in another relationship and had moved for his career in the Hockey.
Ten years later, Jake is back in town and helping Sabrina’s brother with some peewee hockey players and that is where he meets his daughter, yes he did figured out.
You will have to read the book to find out the rest of the story, but this is a wonderful sweet story to read. Made me feel happy.

The only negative was at the beginning, the author called her Sabrina and then called her Bree, took me a few pages to figure out who she was talking about.

What the book is about:

Single mother Sabrina Gervais has built a happy life with her daughter Charlotte in their eastern Long Island hometown of Holly Point. Having Charlie meant putting some of her own dreams on hold, but Sabrina is content to surround herself with family and friends, safe from the realities of the outside world. She had enough of that when the man she loved broke her heart.

Jake Killen’s career in professional hockey has brought him many rewards on and off the ice, but returning to New York brings back a flood of memories. When he sees Sabrina again, he discovers that he didn’t just away from her ten years ago, but also from their unborn child.
Struggling with anger, guilt, and chemistry that’s off the chart, Sabrina and Jake wonder if they can find love again and, this Christmas, make all their wishes come true.

 

I can’t wait to read the next book in this series:

Christmas in New York
Book 1: This Christmas by Jeannie Moon
Book 2: All I Want for Christmas by Jennifer Gracen
Book 3: A Light in the Window by Jolyse Barnett
Book 4: Goodness and Light by Patty Blount

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Book Review: Loyalty and Lies by L.A. Cotton

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Loyalty and Lies by L.A. Cotton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow!! What a riveting story, I couldn’t put the book down. L.A. Cotton who wrote Loyalty and Lies hit it on the spot with hit story, I loved it right from the beginning. This YA romance is so captivating.
Starts out with Savannah, needing to go far away from home for college and she thought Chastity Falls would be perfect, she will just go to school, get her education and hopefully heal herself from the pain she is in. How lucky is she that she gets a roommate who wants to have fun and attend parties. Savannah just wants to be left alone, but goes with her roommate to the first party of the year.
Jackson Pierce is just trying to keep Braedon out of trouble, Braedon and Jackson are part of the football team. But Braedon seems to have a beef with everyone. When Savannah runs into Braedon at the party she ignores him, no one ignores Braedon, he is not happy. Jackson sees her and grabs her to safety, which she doesn’t realize at the time. There is chemistry between Savannah and Jackson, not something of them want to have.
I just loved this story, it is very intense throughout the pages, and the writing is remarkable, the author brings you right into the story, the characters are well developed and I couldn’t put the book down.
This books brings plenty of action, romance, mystery and suspense all wrapped in one book

What Goodreads says about the book:

Eighteen-year-old Savanah Parry just moved three thousand miles across state to escape. The memories…the whispers…the pain.

Chastity Falls Academy is supposed to be her fresh start; her salvation. And when Ana meets mysterious Jackson, she begins to think it is. She hasn’t smiled in almost sixteen months; not since the night her life changed forever, and despite her guilt…her loyalty, Ana can’t deny that Jackson is breathing life back into her. With Jackson by her side, Ana wants to believe she can heal and move on. But she isn’t the only one living a lie, and the small private Academy has secrets of its own. All is not what it seems, and Ana is about to find herself in a tangled web of lies; fighting for survival, again.

Loyalties will be tested, lies will be told. Welcome to Chastity Falls

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Book Review: I am Sophie Tucker

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I am Sophie Tucker: A Fictional Memoir by Susan Ecker

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was attracted to this book because of the time period. I really like reading books that are early 1900s, and this book had pictures which where really great.

I still wasn’t sure what historic fiction means, I have found that it means that the piece is written 50 years after it happened, and the writers are going by research. For this book the writers state “it is 85% fact and 15% who knows”.

Besides wanting to read about this time period I found the whole book really interesting, yes the book can bounce around, but I didn’t find it hard to keep up. I loved the stories and am amazed at what the character Sophie Tucker lived through and fought her way to be the top. I am sure it can still be that way today as well.

I also loved the part where she finds out the history of how her parents came to the USA. I have family that came to this country as well and find those stories really interesting.

If you like to read about historical books with a view from the writer, meaning Sophie Tucker, then this is a book for you to read.

I was provided this book by Netgally for an honest review. 

What Goodreads says the book is about:

Features more than 90 beautiful color and 120 black and white period illustrations.

Part fairy tale, part crime novel, part rags to riches Hollywood myth, I Am Sophie Tucker tells the outrageous story of one of showbiz’s biggest personalities.

From 1906 through the beginning of television, Sophie Tucker and her bawdy, brash, and risqué songs paved the way for performers such as West, Monroe, Midler, Cher, Madonna, and Gaga.

“Sophie was like the Forrest Gump of the first half of the 1900s,” says co-author Susan Ecker. “She was close friends with seven presidents, King George VI, young Queen Elizabeth, Chaplin, J. Edgar, Capone, Garland, Jerry Lewis, Sinatra and every other notable of her era.”

Tucker tried to get her story published for nine years, without success. Undaunted, Sophie hired half a dozen ghostwriters, but she still had no takers for her no holds barred autobiography. Eventually, Doubleday published a sanitized version in 1945.

“After immersing ourselves in Sophie’s papers and surviving friends,” says co-author Lloyd Ecker, “this initial volume is what should have been the actual autobiography of Tucker.”

Though she obsessively documented her life, Sophie loved to exaggerate for dramatic effect. Over the years, she told multiple versions of each important event. At the end, not even Sophie knew the difference between truth and tall tale.

“This volume is 85% fact,” Lloyd explains. “The other 15% …who knows?”

I Am Sophie Tucker puts back all of the delicious bits nixed by Doubleday’s lawyers and throws in other Tucker show business dirt, intrigue, arrests, romance, murder, gangsters, and scandals. Now you can read it for yourself.

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About the Authors:

In 1973, Ithaca College students Susan Denner and Lloyd Ecker went on their first date to see an up-and-coming new singer named Bette Midler. Over the course of the evening, the couple fell in love with the Divine Miss M., her Sophie Tucker jokes, and each other.

Over the last forty years, the Eckers got married and had three children, and developed Babytobee. The sale of that business in 2006 allowed Sue and Lloyd to pursue their passion for bringing Sophie Tucker’s life to the page, stage, and screen.

 

 

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Book Review: Temporary Bridesmaid by Lu Ann Brobst Staheli

 

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Temporary BridesmaidTemporary Bridesmaid by LuAnn Brobst Staheli

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Temporary Bridesmaid by LuAnn Brobst Staheli was a good fast story.

The story is about Jenny Grant, all her friends are married and the last one is getting married. She has a great job, well not always but she can take care of herself, but what is missing is a man, and since that isn’t happening she decided to settle on not worrying about being married, but of course it is in the back of her head.
She is helping her friend with her wedding and so she seems a little envious that her friends can find someone and not her. She also is dealing with her mom and some of her medical issues, pretty much life keeps going on.

James Cox had a strong feeling to sell his company and move to Salt Lake City, not sure why, but he knew Heavenly Father wouldn’t lead him astray. He found a temp job at the same company that Jenny works for.

Of course they would be perfect together but there a bunch of mishaps they don’t meet at first. They do eventually meet.

There is also Jenny’s friend Stephie, she is having some issues and I thought that was more interesting than Jenny’s life, I am hoping the author will write another story about her as well.

Even though I loved the story I felt that some of the characters weren’t as developed as others. Also only James every mentioned prayer helping to guide him, I wish the women in the story also spoke about saying a prayer or going to church. I think this would have added to the story. I do like it was a clean Christian romance.
I did receive this book for an honest review.

 

What Goodreads says the book is about:

Jenny Grant has given up on men, and therefore her dream of ever getting married. But when James Cox comes to work in her building as a temp, she has to convince herself to stay true to her new conviction. All around her, everything is falling apart in her life. She’s been asked to be the Maid of Honor for her best friend’s wedding—leaving Jenny the last single in her group—her mother’s forgetfulness has progressed to a level that might prove dangerous, and the raise and promotion Jenny longs for may not be within her reach. When a man who looks like James steals her wallet her distrust of men rests on his shoulders.

James Cox has no idea why he has given up his position as a California CEO to move to Salt Lake City, but he’s certain it isn’t to find a bride. When the call comes for a temp position at a computer programming company, he figures this must be why. But his co-workers are not always easy to get along with, especially the fiery-tempered woman named Jenny Grant. If he didn’t find her so beautiful and interesting, it might not matter. Except that it does

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About the Author:

Lu Ann Brobst Staheli got her start as a celebrity paparazzi-stalker-chick, which led to her award-winning career as a ghostwriter for celebrity memoirs. A masochist at heart, she taught junior high school English for 33 years, and once spent two weeks of summer vacation backpacking through Europe with 15 of her students. She has won three Utah Best of State Medals—two for writing and one for teaching—but refuses to wear them all at the same time because she’d hate to be known as a show-off. She is the true bibliophile, with something in excess of 1,000 books in her personal home library. After having donated the nearly 1,000 books in her classroom library to the other English teachers in her department, Lu Ann moves this year to a new position as the school librarian, where she can be surrounded by books and share her passion for reading with the entire group of students and faculty. Her published works include A Note Worth Taking, a MG/YA novel; When Hearts Conjoin, the story of the conjoined Herrin twins; Psychic Madman about mentalist Jim Karol; One Day at a Time: Teaching Secondary Language Arts; Books, Books, and More Books: A Parent and Teacher’s Guide to Adolescent Literature, as well as numerous newspaper and magazine articles. Lu Ann is a Senior Editor with Precision Editing Group, where she works with clients on both fiction and non-fiction manuscripts

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