Thursday, April 20, 2017

Book Beginning/The Friday 56 -4/21/2017



Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's Voice and Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader. The idea is to share a sentence or so from the first page and the 56th page of the book you are currently reading!  Also, I will now also include a brief synopsis.


The Forever Summer


A Brief Synopsis:  The discovery of long-buried secrets brings three generations of women together to Cape Cod for the summer homecoming of a lifetime.

Marin Bishop has always played by the rules, and it's paid off: on the cusp of thirty she has a handsome fiancé, a prestigious Manhattan legal career, and her father's hard-won admiration. But with one careless mistake at work, Marin suddenly finds herself unemployed and alone. Before she can summon the courage to tell her parents, a young woman appears, claiming to be Marin's half-sister. Seeking answers, Marin agrees to join her on a soul-searching journey to Cape Cod, to meet the family she didn't even know she had.

As the summer unfolds at her grandmother's beachside B&B, it becomes clear that her half-sister's existence is just the first in a series of truths that will shake Marin's beliefs--in love, and in her own identity--to the core. Filled with shocking revelations, heartfelt romance, and resilient women banding together against the most unexpected twists of fate, THE FOREVER SUMMER is an emotionally resonant page-turner, and a delicious escape for any season.


Beginning of the Book

The annual opening of the Beach Rose Inn marked the unofficial start of summer.

Page 56

She checked her phone obsessively  hoping for something from Julian.

I'm just started this today and am not very far into it; not yet even up to page 56.


Blog Tour: Forbidden Kisses by Annie Rains



Forbidden Kisses (Blushing Bay, #1)


Summary:

For years, Jack Sawyer’s family has been running their upscale seafood business like a finely tuned machine. But every machine breaks down eventually, and suddenly Jack needs a new office manager, a new kayak launch, and a new lease on life. Then Grace Donner shows up again. She’s smart, motivated, and perfect for the manager position, but if she’s anything like her mom, she can’t be trusted. And Jack has never been able to trust himself around Grace.
Grace hasn’t seen her former stepbrothers since their parents’ messy divorce, but she never forgot them—especially Jack. She misses being part of the big rambunctious Sawyer clan, and if there’s an opportunity to set things right, she means to do it. But she can’t ignore Jack’s irresistibly kissable lips, or the searing way he looks at her when he thinks she’s not looking. Their chemistry is more explosive than ever. And if the Sawyers can forgive and forget, anything is possible.


237 Pgs. |Heat: 3 | Series Info
Loveswept | Release Date: Apr 11, 2017


Excerpt:
Jack reached for a folded blanket beside the cooler and laid it down on the open floor of the
boat. “I know it’s not the most comfortable surface for lying back, but I thought we could look at
the stars. It’s a favorite pastime of fishermen, you know.”
“Oh yeah?”
He reached for her hand to help her lower to the floor. She held on to his tightly, surprised at
how off balanced she felt. Then they lay back together, close enough that they touched. The
soft hair on Jack’s arm resting against hers aroused her senses.
Were they really just going to look at the stars?
Yes, it was all very romantic, but so was doing other things under the stars. Things she’d been
thinking about since stepping aboard.
Jack pointed up at the sky and started to speak. Grace was tired of talking, though. Tired of
resisting what she wanted, and right now all she wanted was Jack.
Unable to help herself, uninhibited by the wine and the romantic environment, she rolled on top
of him and crushed her mouth over his.
Judging by the stiff protrusion that met her inner thigh, he wanted her just as much.
“Well, hello there,” he said, smiling against her mouth.
“I’m sorry,” she said, even though she didn’t mean it.
His hand slid down her back and settled on her bottom, pulling her snug against him. “I’m not.
I’d decided tonight was for romance only, but I can’t think of anything more romantic than
making love to you on this boat.”
White-hot heat tore through her. She was so hot that maybe it was time to start stripping.
As if reading her mind, Jack tugged the hem of her shirt up on her back and then over her head.
The rest of her clothes fell away in the wake of his needy hands until she was tipsy and naked
on the floor of his pontoon boat—on a boat ride to nowhere in particular, except his body was
promising to shoot her to the low-hanging full moon.




I really liked this author's first series, Hero's Welcome and have been looking forward to her new series, Blushing Bay.  Fans of Annie Rains will not be disappointed.  Although this may not have been my favorite of her books, it is a good story and I look eagerly to hearing the stories of the other Sawyer siblings in the future.

Annie Rains

Annie Rains is a USA Today bestselling author who writes small-town love stories set in fictional towns on the coast of North Carolina. Raised in one of America’s largest military communities, Annie often features heroes who fight for their countries, while also fighting for a place to call home and a good woman to love. When Annie isn’t writing, she’s spending time with her husband and three children, or reading a book by one of her favorite authors.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

WWW Wednesdays 4/19/2017

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It's time for the weekly meme, WWW Wednesday hosted by Sam
@Taking on a World of Words.

All you need to do is answer the following questions:
  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?
So let's get onto it!

What are you currently reading?  I am listening to Mockingbird Lake by Emily March

What did you recently finish reading?  I finished Forbidden Kisses by Annie Rains this afternoon.  I'm participating in her blog tour for this first book in her new series,  My blog post will be up on Thursday, April 20th.I also finished The Enchantress Returns (The Land of Stories) Book 2 and The Secret Sisters by Brenda Novak.
What do you think you’ll read next? I think tonight before I go to bed I will start either The Forever Summer by Jamie Brenner, Deconstructing Dirty Dancing by Stephen Lee Nash, or .Six Years by Harlan Coben, which just became available through Overdrive..  Not quite sure what I'm in the mood to read..  Maybe just head to bed and decide tomorrow.  

What about you?  Have you read any of these or do you plan to? What are you reading?

Monday, April 17, 2017

March Wrap-Up (Better Late Than Never)

Reading this month has been a real mixed bag..  My first book that I read entirely in the month, I really enjoyed, but most of the others were sadly lacking something.

Pachinko, I read mostly in February, but finished in the first few days of March.

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

I originally got this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The book was published earlier last month and I borrowed the audio version to listen to instead. As many have said Part 1 is excellent and Part 2 is good, but Part 3 is where the book really went downhill for me. Also, way too many characters are introduced and keeping track of the characters is extremely difficult. Their was an excessive amount of swearing, which was not always necessary. At times, yes, but at other times it was not necessary to the story. Also, I felt there was more sex in the story than necessary and that some of the sexual scenes were placed in there just because the author felt there should be LGBQTIA issues included in the story. Some of it came out of nowhere and was not needed to further story. All in all, I was disappointed by the book and although on Goodreads, I gave this a 2.0, it really deserves more of a 1.5 to 1.75 star rating.

The Polygamist's Daughter by Anna LeBaron

I enjoyed this book that I received as an ARC from the publisher through NetGalley. Anna LeBaron endured a lot and was a very brave woman/girl. She was able to do at 13 what many who are older and stuck in that or a similar cult couldn't do. Although it is hard to believe someone who came from such an existence was able to end up living such a relatively normal life later on, it shows that with the right support system that one can get through a lot. I have been under the weather lately and do not think that I am writing very good reviews at the moment, but hop[e to be back to writing well thought out reviews soon. I did enjoy this and recommend this book, especially if you enjoy books about women who escape polygamous cults.

4 stars

Black Stars of the Civil Rights Movement


It's surprising how little of this history was taught back in the eighties; even in my college years during the late eighties. I found this book in our children's library, but other than the names of Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks, many of the names were either unknown or just merely recognized by name and not by their accomplishments.  This may be marketed as a children's book, but I found this rather interesting and hope that many, if not all of these fampus African-Americans are talked about in history/social studies class/

3 stars

The Innocent (Will Robie, #1)


While listening to this on audio, I Kept finding myself thinking that this would truly make a really good movie, maybe starring Tom Cruise or Brad Pitt. The audio version was really well done in that they included sound effects of gunshots and explosions that really enhanced one's enjoyment in listening. The story did get somewhat confusing at times, but overall was enjoyable and fast-moving. This audiobook might be very good for a long roadtrip, although not for young children. Although, I don't think there was bad language in here for the most part, it might be better for teenagers or even just adults.

3 stars

The Roanoke Girls

I had hoped that waiting a few days, I would be better able to decide on a rating for this book, as well as a review for it, but I'm still undecided for the most part on whether to give it 1 or 2 stars. Although I did not really enjoy the story, I did continue on to the end because I wanted to know what happened and the book is actually well written. It is the author's 1st adult novel , but she has written at least two young adult novels, previously, of which I have not read as the subject matter didn't interest me. But this book is definitely an entirely different genre from her previous books.

There is a family secret that is disclosed very early on in the story and therefore mentioning it is not a spoiler and can actually be beneficial for those who do not for whatever reason want to read about (view spoiler). Therefore although not graphic, it is an uncomfortable book to read. Even the two main characters in the story, Lane and Allegra, two of the "Roanoke girls" are not truly likable characters. This book is definitely not for everyone, but if you read and enjoyed Flowers in the Attic, you may like this one, Although I enjoyed that one a lot, at least back then I did , how I would feel about it now I don't know. and this one not all that much.

2 stars

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

This is my most highly anticipated book of 2017. In fact, I've been anticipating this book since shortly after Lisa See's last book, China Girls came out in 2014. To say , it was a disappointment is kind of an understatement. I have 3 of the 4 Lisa See books that I read and the adoption angle in this book really had me intrigued, but unfortunately even the adoption story was not enough to win me over on this one. This story went too into the technical aspects of tea production and just did not hold my interest in that regard. Whenever the story seemed to start getting good, Ms. See started back on the technical and historical aspects of tea. The historical aspects of tea in China and among the minority group, the Akhas, would have been fine and it is evident that much research was done, but every aspect of tea making that was learned did not have to be explained to us. Ms. See's stories are well loved for their historical storytelling and character development. I felt the although the characters were pretty well-developed and most of the storytelling was well done, it could have been so much better. The ending seemed rushed, like the length of the story was realized and an ending was quickly written. I don't want to get into the ending anymore, because I don't want to spoil the story. Although, I am glad to have read the story, I just find there to be something lacking from this story, but I do look forward to Lisa See's next book.

Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me a ARC.
 

3 stars

Child of the Civil Rights Movement (Junior Library Guild Selection)

This is a very short, but good book of just under 50 pages and perfect for children in grades 3- 6 or so. The author's parents were very involved with the civil rights movement and knew Martin Luther King, Jr. personally.

3 stars

Somebody's Baby (Darling, VT #3)

I really, really liked this book. It was just what I needed after reading quite a few average books This is the third book in the Darling, Vermont series, but the first one I've read, Oaklee Ferguson and Rory Gallagher have known each other ever since Rory and Oaklee's brother were friends back in school. In high school, Oaklee had a huge crush on her brother's best-looking friend, but Rory, several years older, just thought of her as his friend's kid sister, back then. They both went away to college and recently she returned to her hometown to work as the town's social media guru, while Rory has been working as a veterinarian at the town's veterinary clinic. They've both loved and been burned and of course, neither are even looking for love in the least. As they say, that is when it most likely happens, You know when you have a veterinarian in the story, he's going to be a great guy and of course, there is a dog in their that Oaklee fosters until they find him a permanent home. This is the makings of a great story. Stories with dogs usually are winners in my book and this one is no exception. This book is just under 300 pages and is a pretty quick read, This is a sweet romance that I thoroughly enjoyed and that I whole-heartedly recommend.

4 stars

This month was such a mix of books based on my enjoyment of them.  I'd easily say the least favorite book that I read this month was Pachinko.  The last section of the book really did it for me.  As for my favorite book, that's a bit harder, nothing totally stands out, but I'd say The Polygamist's Daughter kept me reading and was the book I liked best during this month.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Book Beginnings.The Friday 56 4/14/2017



Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's Voice and Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader. The idea is to share a sentence or so from the first page and the 56th page of the book you are currently reading!  Also, I will now also include a brief synopsis.


Forbidden Kisses (Blushing Bay, #1)


The Synopsis:  The USA Today bestselling author of the Hero’s Welcome series introduces a trio of swoon-worthy North Carolina brothers fighting for love in this novel of sand, sea, and seduction.

For years, Jack Sawyer’s family has been running their upscale seafood business like a finely tuned machine. But every machine breaks down eventually, and suddenly Jack needs a new office manager, a new kayak launch, and a new lease on life. Then Grace Donner shows up again. She’s smart, motivated, and perfect for the manager position, but if she’s anything like her mom, she can’t be trusted. And Jack has never been able to trust himself around Grace.

Grace hasn’t seen her former stepbrothers since their parents’ messy divorce, but she never forgot them—especially Jack. She misses being part of the big rambunctious Sawyer clan, and if there’s an opportunity to set things right, she means to do it. But she can’t ignore Jack’s irresistibly kissable lips, or the searing way he looks at her when he thinks she’s not looking. Their chemistry is more explosive than ever. And if the Sawyers can forgive and forget, anything is possible.
 

Beginning of the Book

Grace Donner felt strangely out of place as she walked into the Blushing Bay Café with her decade-old laptop and ordered a coffee and blueberry muffin.

56%

"Oh," Grace wondered if it had anything to do with the woman  she'd seen Noah with the other night.

Since I am participating in the author's blog tour for her new series (I'm scheduled for April 20th) I'll be posting a review, excerpt, etc., so check back  at my blog next Thursday.

What do you think?  I loved the author's first series and couldn't wait when I heard she had a new series coming out.  Hope to see you at the blog tour on my blog on the 20th.  What are you reading?

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

WWW Wednesdays 4/12/2017

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It's time for the weekly meme, WWW Wednesday hosted by Sam
@Taking on a World of Words.

All you need to do is answer the following questions:
  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?
So let's get onto it!

What are you currently reading?  I am just finishing up The Enchantress Returns (The Land of Stories #2) by Chris Colfer.  This was a 500+ page book, which is why it took me over a week and a half.  I have about 70 pages.  If I don't finish this tonight, I probably will on my morning commute.  I'm also listening to Hummingbird Lake by Emily March, #2 in the Eternity Springs series.

What did you recently finish reading?  I essentially finished, all but the last 2 hours of The Girl in the Garden by Parnaz Foroutan,  I really disliked the book and the next day, I could not get myself to complete the last 2 hours.  There really was not anything that would have made me improve my rating on it at this point.  I also finished today listening to The Secret Sister by Brenda Novak.  The ending was not what I had thought it would be and it really increased my enjoyment of it.  I had not planned to continue with the series, but with the ending and all, I plan to get the next book.

What do you think you’ll read next? I 'll be reading the ARC of Forbidden Kisses by Annie Rains, in which I'm part of the blog tour on April 20th,  I've really enjoyed her previous books and am looking forward to her new series.  Luckily, the book is a somewhat short at just over 230 pages, so I should be able to finish it in plenty of time. 

What about you?  Have you read any of these or do you plan to? What are you reading?

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

WWW Wednesdays 4/5/2017

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It's time for the weekly meme, WWW Wednesday hosted by Sam
@Taking on a World of Words.

All you need to do is answer the following questions:
  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?
So let's get onto it!

What are you currently reading?  I started over the weekend The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer.  I loved the first book in the series, The Wishing Spell and am enjoying Book 2,

What did you recently finish reading?  I finished the audiobooks, A Dog Named Boo: How One Dog and One Woman Rescued Each Other and the Lives They Transformed Along the Way by Lisa J. Edwards and My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor.

What do you think you’ll read next? My next audiobook will be The Girl from the Garden by Pamaz Faroutan or else The Silent Sister by Brenda Novak.  I'll be reading my current read at least through this upcoming weekend, since it is over 500 pages, but hopefully by next Wednesday, I'll be able to complete it.  But then, I'll be reading an ARC of Forbidden Kisses by Annie Rains, which I signed up for a blog tour and will be posting my review and an excerpt on April 20th.

What about you?  Have you read any of these or do you plan to? What are you reading?