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Book Review and Giveaway: Black Chalk by Christopher Yates

I’m proud to be a part of the TLC Book Tour for a new novel by Christoper J. Yates, Black Chalk. It’s different from what I usually read, but I found it exciting. I say exciting because it has the feel of a really good puzzle, similar to trying to find your way through a […]

Book Review: Under the Wide and Starry Sky

 Ballantine Books – January 2014 Summary from the  publisher: At the age of thirty-five, Fanny van de Grift Osbourne has left her philandering husband in San Francisco to set sail for Belgium—with her three children and nanny in tow—to study art. It is a chance for this adventurous woman to start over, to make a […]

Book Review: Is God Real Or Pretend? by Jennifer Horsman

Black Rose Writing, 2013 Is God Real or Pretend? is the story of young Franklin’s engaging and enlightening journey to answer this age old question. Franklin’s grandmother, Dr. Wendy Knowles, a professor of astronomy, first provides Franklin with the basic scientific means of determining what is real and what is not and how science distinguishes […]

Book Review: The Supreme Macaroni Company

Author: Adriana Trigiani Publisher: Harper, November 2013 Genre: Fiction Format: Kindle via NetGalley Source: Publisher via TLC Book Tours My Rating: B So many of my fellow Book Bloggers have been singing the praises of Adriana Trigiani for a long time. I finally decided to give this one a try. First, here is the summary […]

Book Review: Country Loving

Author: Cathy Woodman Publisher: Arrow,Random House in UK – September 2013 Genre: Fiction Format: eReader Source: Publisher vis TLC Book Tours My Rating: B I liked this novel a lot. It gave me the chance to spend some time on a dairy farm in Devon (south of London). I like stories where things are a […]

Book Review: A Talent for Trouble

Author: Jen Turano Publisher: Bethany Press, October, 2013 Genre: Historical Romance Format: Paper and eReader copies Source: The publisher via TLC Book Tours My Rating: B I love a good old-fashioned historical romance. This one was very good. In it I found all the things that make up a good romance: lots of witty banter, […]

Book Review: The Bride Wore Size 12

Author: Meg Cabot Publisher: Avon, September, 2013 Genre: Cozy Mystery Series Source: The publisher via TLC Book Tours My Rating: A I’ve read a couple of Meg Cabot’s adult novels and I fondly remember her Young Adult series, Princess Diaries. But I haven’t read this cozy mystery series – until now. I’m really glad I […]

Book Review: Songs of Willow Frost

Author: Jamie Ford Publisher: Ballantine Books, September, 2013 Genre: Literary Fiction Source: The publisher via TLC Book Tours My Rating: A My reading friends and I have been patiently waiting for Jamie Ford to bring us another one of his special stories. We all truly enjoyed Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. I […]

Book Review: Lowcountry Bombshell

Author: Susan Boyer Publisher: Henery Press, September 3, 2013 Genre:; Cozy Mystery Source: The publisher via TLC Book Tours My rating: A I was pleased to be included in the book tour for this new mystery series. I’ve read lots of praise for the author and her first novel, Lowcountry Boil. A mystery can’t get […]

Book Review: The Arrangement

Author: Mary Balogh Publisher: Dell, August 2013 I’m always embarrassed to show covers like this one. “For goodness sake,” I say, “You’re in public. Button up your shirt!” If I were reading this out in public, that picture would be covered. One of the reasons I love my Kindle – no one can see what […]