THE SISTERS by KATE FORSTER

The Sisters

This one had everything! Spoiled rotten and filthy rich, the de Santoval triplets are a handful.

Grace is interested in nothing or no one except art. Violetta has just signed up for a reality show based on her love of partying and making the papers. Carlotta just wants to work with her horses and she’ll do anything to get what she wants.

When they receive a call saying their mother is in a coma and their father is on the lam with millions, their lives are turned inside out. All of them have dirty little secrets as well as some tragic ones.

We watch them go from very unlikable girls to strong adult women who have to learn to run their mother’s company, and in doing so they discover who they really are and what they really want.

I really loved this one. It had everything. Fashion, Art, Horses and women who take their destiny into their own hands, sleazy businessmen and cheating husbands as well as a man claiming to be their brother.

I loved their mother Birdie most of all. And I’m still not sure she didn’t know what was going on. Well Done!

Netgalley/ November 20th 2018 by Aria

A THOUSAND DOORS, AN ANTHOLOGY EDITED BY J.T.ELLISON

A Thousand Doors: An Anthology of Many Lives

The day Mia Jensen died, she finally got to live.

Mia Jensen is not having a good day. Her life hasn’t turned out the way she thought and now she is lying on her kitchen floor, dying. Stabbed by her husband.

But in those moments she is allowed to see her own What if? moment. And to do that Ellison has brought in a group of authors that are nothing short of brilliant! What if she had chosen to be a mother? A politician’s wife? Would she have chosen a different path?

This is one of those pieces of work that come along and leaves you thinking about every life choice you have ever made. And what would you do if you had the chance for a do over?

Each story tells a different path and outcome. I have no idea how all of these authors come together and speak with the same voice. I have never read anything like this and it is just a brilliant idea and body of work. And yes I’ve used the word brilliant more than once. I find myself wandering around my house thinking, ” That was bloody brilliant!” and this is not something I normally do. I’m jaded. I’ve read it all. Except this.

Very Well Done All Of You!

Netgalley/ November 5th 2018 by Two Tales Press

The Christmas Star by Donna VanLiere

The Christmas Star (Christmas Hope #9)

Christmas Hope #9

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Christmas Hope series comes another heartwarming, inspirational story for the holidays.

CHRISTMAS HOPE #9

This is another heart warming and faith-based book in the series.

This time we meet Maddie, a little girl who has been through so much but has the most positive outlook on life.

Amy is ready to get out there and stop mourning the marriage that didn’t work out. What better place than Glory’s Place as a volunteer. Maddie has already captured her heart.

Gabe has messed up plenty in the past but for the past 5 and a half years he’s gotten sober, works at Maddies’ school and is almost done with college and getting his teaching certificate. Maddie is the highlight of Gabe’s day and she is determined to set him up with her new friend at Glory’s.

Will they all have a Christmas miracle? With this group they just may.

This series is always inspiring. And full of really good characters. It’s not all sunshine and rainbows but they always have each others backs.  Faith, Family and Love.

Well Done!

Netgalley/October 16th 2018 by St. Martin’s Press

 

Dear Santa by Nancy Naigle

Dear Santa

A holiday retelling of You’ve Got Mail that will make you fall in love with the Christmas Season!

Angela Carson inherited her lighthouse turned holiday store, Heart of Christmas as well as her Grandmother’s beach home.

The business has been run by three generations of women trying to support their family and being a part of the small town of Pleasant Sands, North Carolina.

But since a new chain store has come to town, this may be the last generation to have a store.

As Angela struggles to make a decision, her niece suggests she write to Santa on her app. To get her sister off of her back, she does. And finds a pen pal with good advice and maybe a chance at love.

This was such a sweet Christmas miracle story. I hope we see more of Angela and Pleasant Sands. There are quite a few really good characters here. It wasn’t sappy but it was uplifting and made me smile a lot!

Well Done!

Netgalley/October 16th 2018 by St. Martin’s Griffin

THE Coincidence OF Coconut CAKE by AMY REICHERT

The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert

The entire time I was reading this book I wanted coconut cake. Or any of the other delicious foods that Lou is serving up.

Lou opened a French theme restaurant in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at her fiancee’s urging. He would rather her stay home and tend to him and his needs, but when Lou pops in unannounced she finds he’s having his dessert with his intern.

Needless to say Lou is having a bad day. And it’s only going to get worse when a food critic slams her food the same night.

With her restaurant sinking fast, and a new love interest she just may lose both if she isn’t careful and following her heart.

I loved the Milwaukee food scene. I was hungry the entire book, which is usually the case with Reichert’s books!

xx Patricia

The Coordinates of Loss by Amanda Prowse * Release Day *

The Coordinates of Loss by [Prowse, Amanda]

From bestselling author Amanda Prowse comes a tale of a blissful life, a happy marriage, a beloved son…and a tragedy that destroys it all.

The Crofts are living their best lives on Bermuda. Until one day Rachel wakes up on their boat to find their son missing. What follows is a look at how we all handle the grief of the loss of a loved one.

James wants to face this with Rachel, a team, getting through this together but Rachel runs. To Bristol immersing herself in grief and her own confusion. Until she receives a letter from her housekeeper in Bermuda, Cee-Cee.

Cee-Cee has seen her own tragedy and reaches out to Rachel. In this exchange they both learn some things.

The story is told from Rachel’s point of view and Cee-Cee’s point of view, alternating between the two.

A beautiful story and very well written. There are a lot of characters and it is interesting to see just how each of them handles the loss. Some tip toe around it, some are staunch supporters and some just don’t know what to say. Much like a lot of us.

Well Done! This one I will read again!

Netgalley/ Amazon UK/ Lake Union

September 25, 2018