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Review of The Space Between Sisters by Mary McNear with Giveaway

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About The Space Between Sisters

Return to Butternut Lake with New York Times bestselling author Mary McNear in a story where the complicated bonds of sisterhood are tested.

They are two sisters who couldn’t be more different. Win, organized and responsible, plans her life with care. Poppy, impulsive and undependable, leaves others to pick up the pieces. But despite their differences, they share memories of the idyllic childhood summers they spent together on the shores of Butternut Lake. Now, thirteen years later, Win, recovering from a personal tragedy, has taken refuge on Butternut Lake, settling into a predictable and quiet life.

Then one night, Poppy unexpectedly shows up on her sister’s doorstep with her suitcases, an aging cat named Sasquatch, and a mysterious man in tow. Although Win loves her beautiful sister, she wasn’t expecting her to move in for the summer. At first, they relive the joys of Butternut Lake. But their blissful nostalgia soon gives way to conflict and painful memories, and buried secrets threaten to tear the sisters apart.

As the waning days of summer get shorter, past secrets are revealed, new love is found, and the ties between the sisters are tested like never before . . . all on the serene shores of Butternut Lake.

My Thoughts

Great story of two sisters, as different as different can be. Despite dissimilarities their bond is strong, past heartbreaking, always there for one another as sisters should be, albeit in this instance one is grounded more than the other providing a safe haven of sorts. Reconnecting, a dark secret revealed, healing, romance, all exposed and addressed under the allure and magical spell of Butternut Lake.

A few incredibly touching and tender moments, affecting end result. Assemblage of characters along with their sketches made this a favorite of mine in the series.

Another enjoyable read taking place at Butternut Lake, as always a great cast and subject matter create a warm and fuzzy end result.

About Mary McNearMary-McNear

Mary McNear, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Butternut Lake series, writes in a local doughnut shop, where she sips Diet Pepsi, observes the hubbub of neighborhood life, and tries to resist the constant temptation of freshly made doughnuts. Mary bases her novels on a lifetime of summers spent in a small town on a lake in the northern Midwest.

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Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (June 14, 2016)

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Review: The Secrets of Midwives by Sally Hepworth

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While slightly Jerry Springer in nature, I did find this book to be an addictive read. I was not a big fan of the main protagonist, but the writing was good enough that that did no deter much of my enjoyment from the story. I thought that the glimpse into the world of midwives was very fascinating and I appreciated the authors attention to detail.

Buy, Borrow or Bin Verdict: Buy ( for fans of Call the Midwife), Borrow (for everyone else).

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Expected publication: February 10th 2015 by St. Martin’s Press (first published February 1st 2015)
ISBN13: 9781250051899

Reviewer: Dana
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Recommendation: 4/5

Review & Giveaway: One Evening in Paris by Nicolas Barreau

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I am a huge pushover when it comes to romances authored by men. I enjoy reading their spin on love, romance, always an interesting viewpoint.

Delightful story. I was hooked with the location being Paris. I am a Francophile, reference France my antenna bristles. The classic film references were entertaining, a throwback to some of my favorite films causing me to smile plucking memories long buried. Of course the romance aspect was entertaining, the mystery element added a subtle level of allure. The main protagonist Alain – a hopeless romantic, idealist, appreciative of the past, snared me into his net. Admittedly, this read is like a Woody Allen film, no surprise since Woody Allen is referenced in the narrative ‘Allen Wood’ – a tad bit obvious. An easy sweet love story guaranteed to make you smile pondering serendipity to some degree.

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•Paperback, 288 pages
•Published July 1st 2014 by St. Martin’s Griffin (first published 2012)
•ISBN13:978150043122

Release Day Blitz: Forget Me Knot by Ruth Silver

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Forget Me Knot

Forget Me Knot (Royal Reaper 2)

by Ruth Silver

Publisher: Booktrope

Published: June 23, 2015

 

Don’t mess with death.

When Wynter explores his newly developed dark angel powers, regret soon fills his heart and mind. Saving a soul isn’t what he imagined it to be, and it puts the grim reaper he loves in grave danger.

Obligated to take the throne as Queen, Mara must face the truth and unravel secrets she may not be ready to accept.

The second book in the Royal Reaper saga takes you on a paranormal fantasy adventure into a world of grim reapers, dark angels, and undead trucidators.

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Excerpt

Death crept into the castle. Mara could feel its darkness pressing her down. As she walked to her father’s bedchamber, the thought of marrying a man she did not love weighed heavily on her. All the invitations had been sent out months ago. Just as her life was beginning to almost feel normal, her father, King Philip, had fallen ill along with the court of Casmerelda and much of the kingdom. The second wave of the plague violently spread, leaving a trail of death and burning corpses for the living to clean up.

Her father had been bedridden for three days. His fever spiked and his skin glistened. He grew delirious, falling in and out of consciousness. As much as she despised him for what he’d done to her sister’s boyfriend, he was still her father. She didn’t want to be left alone.

“You must marry Astin at once.”

Mara cringed. “I can’t.” Her lips hidden as she wore a piece of ivory cloth against her nose and mouth, the slightest bit of protection from the disease that had taken over the kingdom. “I don’t love him. Please don’t do this to me.”

“Don’t be selfish.” The words struggled to reach his lips. He coughed and heaved, his chest rising and falling quickly as his pulse raced. “I’ll be with your mother soon…”

“You’ll be dead.”

Taking in several deep breaths, he opened his mouth, his words coming out as a whisper. “You will be reigning queen. Mara, you must act the part. Marry Astin and forge an alliance with the country of Morro, for the sake of Casmerelda. Your people need you.”

“I need you,” Mara said, gripping her father’s hand. She frowned, studying the tips of his fingers, a blackened hue lacing his skin.

“You shouldn’t touch me.” He tried to pull away, unsuccessfully. Her grip remained tight, but more significantly, he’d grown weak from the disease ravaging his body.

“I haven’t been infected, and I’ve been at your bedside every night.” Mara ordered the servants to bring more water and rags. It had done little good to break his fever or alleviate the discomfort he must have been experiencing, but it was all she could think of to help.

“Marry Astin.” His words were rough slipping past his lips. He wheezed, trying to speak, but Mara rested a hand upon his chest.

“Don’t.” She didn’t want to have this conversation again.

“For the sake of the kingdom,” he said, pleading with her.

Mara refused to answer. Marrying Astin wasn’t what she wanted. “I have no desire to be queen so young. You will pull through, do you hear me?”

He’d fallen into a deep slumber, unable to answer her.

Ruth SilverAbout the Author

Ruth Silver is the best-selling author of the Aberrant trilogy. With a passion for writing and a love of story-telling, Ruth is actively writing two series: Royal Reaper and Orenda. She also writes The Federal Agent Chronicles and Palace Secrets, both of which are adult romance under the name Ravyn Rayne for Blushing Books. Her interests include traveling, reading, and photography. Her favorite vacation destination is Australia. Ruth currently resides in Plainfield, Illinois.

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Cover Reveal: Night Journeys Anthologies by E.C. Hibbs

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E.C. Hibbs Night Journeys Anthology

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Title: Night Journeys

Author: E. C. Hibbs

Release Date: 31 July, 2015

 

~ Summary ~

In this mini anthology, E. C. Hibbs presents three unique tales of suspense, fantasy and adventure. Enter a forest that springs from Grimms’ fairy tales, on the trail of a little girl with a joy of the macabre. Discover the overgrown gardens of Caslowe Hall, where a forgotten secret takes shelter. And also featured is Walking with Strangers: specially written to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Hailed as a “very imaginative ode with some fantastic zingers”, a young starlet enters into a weird world of her own, where forwards and backwards are not quite as she thought.

You are cordially invited to take a journey

Or three…

Walking with Strangers

The Harbingers

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~ About the Author ~

C. Hibbs has lived all her life in Cheshire, north-west England. A lover of stories from an early age, she wrote her Hibbs author picfirst ‘book’ when she was five, and throughout school was a frequent visitor to the younger classes to read her tales to the children.

Living so near the coast, she loves anything to do with the sea. She studied Animal Behaviour at university and longs to work with marine mammals in the future. As well as nature and animals, she also has a soft spot for history, and loves paying visits to castles, cathedrals and museums. She also runs Elphame Arts; creating unique portraits in both digital fantasy and graphite mediums, as well as book and CD covers.

There are many things she could be without, but writing isn’t one of them. She carries a pen everywhere, in case an idea appears, and takes pride in still seeing the world as brimming with magic. Besides writing, she reads obsessively, her favourite genres being the classics and all kinds of fantasy. She also enjoys Disney and horror films, practising Shotokan karate, drawing, archery, hiking up mountains, and playing with her very cheeky cat.

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Review: I’ll Have What She’s Having: My Adventures in Celebrity Dieting by Rebecca Harrington

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I love reading books about dieting (not to be mistaken with diet books). As someone who has tried a lot of different styles of eating I find it amusing when other people do the same. I am always curious about fad diets, but am consistently too lazy to pursue them myself, so reading about someone doing them for me is a perfect set up.

In all seriousness though I have struggled with my weight in the past so I find books about weight very interesting, although I lean more towards weight memoirs then doctor books. Ironically enough when I did lose my excess weight, it wasn’t from the help of a book. However my love of these little gems will never fade.

This book is a series of short stories following the exploits of the authors attempts at various celebrity diets. I found her to be funny and amusing and enjoyed all of these stories, I do feel like this content might fit better in a blog but this is still a quick and interesting read.

Disclaimer: No pounds were lost during the reading of this book. 😛

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Paperback, 176 pages
Published January 6th 2015 by Vintage (first published January 1st 2015)
ISBN13: 9781101872437

Reviewer: Dana
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Recommendation: 3.5/5