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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Honeymoon in Paris by JoJo Moyes

I loved the book "The Girl You Left Behind" so when I saw it had a prequel I wanted to read it. I loved getting the backstory of Liv and David's marriage. I really identified with her in that she didn't feel valued or loved in the beginning of her marriage. It seems as if she, like most of us, was swept up in the romance of the marriage but was not prepared for the work and compromise that would be involved to keep it going. 

I also liked learning the backstory of the painting and how it was a reflection of Sophie and Edouard's marriage at the time he painted it. I can understand now how much this painting meant to both them and Liv. 

I would recommend reading this before "The Girl You Left Behind" as it will help you understand the motives of the characters better. I would highly recommend both of these books and I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018


Twisted (Steel Brothers #8)
by Helen Hardt
Releases 26th December
 Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Ryan Steel, his world recently upended by an earth-shattering secret, now faces yet another potential revelation surrounding the Steel family mystery. He no longer fully trusts his siblings or the woman he loves. He’s alone—alone and terrified and immersed in a conundrum that becomes more twisted each day.
Ruby Lee loves Ryan and desperately wants to help him. She’ll do whatever she must to see him through this troubling time, but her own shrouded past still haunts her, and she’s determined to put an end to both of their mysteries once and for all. But the more she uncovers, the more danger she’s in…and she may lose Ryan forever.
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#1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Helen Hardt’s passion for the written word began with the books her mother read to her at bedtime. She wrote her first story at age six and hasn’t stopped since. In addition to being an award winning author of contemporary and historical romance and erotica, she’s a mother, a black belt in Taekwondo, a grammar geek, an appreciator of fine red wine, and a lover of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. She writes from her home in Colorado, where she lives with her family. Helen loves to hear from readers.
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Twisted by Helen Hardt

Helen has done it again! This latest chapter in the Steel Brothers saga is amazing! 

In this latest chapter we pick up with Ryan racing down an empty back road after finding out that his mother is not the woman he thought she was but is instead one of the suspects that helped orchestrate his brother Talon's kidnapping and more recently held his brother Jonah captive. As if that wasn't enough for him to handle he gets a phone call from his father who everyone thought was dead. This makes him and his brothers start to call into question everything they have ever known. 

The one thing Ryan can hold onto in all of this is Ruby. Both realize they have fallen in love with each other, but Ruby has a past of her own. Her father is the last of Talon's abusers that hasn't been caught and she now thinks that he might be into more than just kidnapping innocent boys. She has made it her life's mission to bring him to justice and never imagined herself getting sidetracked by anything, especially falling in love. 

As the two explore their relationship things get very heated. Ruby was very innocent with men before she met Ryan and Ryan, while more  experienced, has never felt this way about a woman before. Their passion for each other is made that much more intense by the love they so clearly have for one another. But will it be enough to hold them together?

Will Ryan and Ruby's love for each other trump everything else that is going on in their lives that seem to want to tear them apart? Will Ruby be able to bring her father to justice? Is Bradford Steel really still alive and if so how will that effect the Steel brothers and their sister Marjorie? Find out in the latest installment of the Steel Brothers Saga.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Promise Me, Dad by Joe Biden

I bought this book right after I saw Joe Biden on the Today show talking about it. I really admire him as both an individual and a politician so I was wanted to read anything I could about him. 

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and now have a newfound respect for him as a leader. He talks not only about his son's illness but how he had to continue to do his job while dealing with the uncertainty of what the future would hold for Beau and his family. I can't imagine being in his shoes not only dealing with such a devastating diagnosis for his son and still having to deal with the extreme stress of being vice president. I admire his strength and the strength of his son in dealing with his illness.

Joe Biden also talks about dealing with his grief and making the tough decision to not run for president even with the tremendous outcry that he run. It seemed like most people wanted him to run and thought he would win but he felt that it just wasn't the right time since he couldn't give it the 110% he felt that it deserved because he was still grieving. I don't blame him at all. I think he did the right thing and deserves all the time he needs to grieve although personally I would love to see him run in the next election because I think he would make an excellent president. 

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Letters to the Lost

I usually don't use audible as I prefer to read books either on my Kindle or an actual book but I have been working on a project at work where I was doing a lot of independent work. I work at home and it was just way to quiet for me and I had listened to music all day and wanted something different. I have had this book on my audible account for a long time and I could kick myself now for not listening to it earlier. It was amazing! I love historical fiction (especially in the WWII era that this book is set in) and am a hopeless romantic so this book was perfect for me. 

The book is told in two different eras. In the WWII era the main characters take turns telling the story from their point of view. The same happens in the modern day era. 

Stella is marrying a man named Charles. He is the vicor or priest in a local church and she has been working as his house keeper until he asks her to marry him. She was living in an orphanage and doesn't have any family so she thought this would be her happily ever after and happily agreed. She quickly realized this marriage will not be like the fairy tale she envisioned. Her new husband shows no interest in her and can't seem to be bothered to even consummate their marriage. When Charles decides to volunteer for the service of being the chaplain in the army she is persuaded by her friend to go out for a night on the town. She meets an American air force pilot named Dan and the two develop a connection that she has never experienced with her husband before. The two meet as often as they can and begin an illicit love affair through letters.

In the modern era of the story Jess is running away from a bad situation. Her boyfriend is not a good man and is not only mean to her but is involved in some illegal activity as well. She starts hiding out in an old abandoned house and discovers a box of letters between Stella and Dan. She becomes so engrossed in the story she forgets to take care of herself and becomes ill. A man named Will stumbles upon her as he is trying to find the owner of the house for the company he works for. He takes her to the hospital and, after she shares the story of the letters, tries to help her find Stella for Dan as he has been looking for her for years. Will and Jess develop a connection as well while trying to reunite the long lost loves.

The author does an amazing job of not only weaving together two different time periods but two love stories as well. I was captivated by both stories and found myself laughing aloud at some of the antics they would get into and crying when the characters lost their way from each other. 

If you love romance you will love this story. Just make sure you have a box of tissues nearby.

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Meatloaf and Mistletoe by Katie Mettner

I love reading the sweet romances that Katie creates and this one is no exception. It will really put you in the Christmas mood and help you remember the true reason for the season.

Ivy has led a rough life. Her mother was a prostitute and never basically left her alone to raise herself. When she died while Ivy was in high school she had no one left except her best friend Shepard and his family. She and Shepard, or Shep as she liked to call him, have an amazing bond and have helped support each other through good times and bad their whole lives. 

As the Christmas season begins Shep and Ivy have even more reason to celebrate as Shep gets a promotion at his job with the city and Ivy is given the diner she works at along with the house behind it when the current owner and her mentor becomes too ill to run it any longer. They are both so excited for each other and start to look at each other in a different light. Each thinks the other would never return their affections until a stray piece of mistletoe changes everything and they share their first kiss. 

Shep is the first to give into his feelings but can he make Ivy see how perfect they would be together and make this Christmas season the start of something amazing?

You definitely need to check out this book as you will automatically become drawn into the lives of the people in Bells Pass and cheer on Ivy and Shep as they discover that love really can change everything!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

You Can't Make Me by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias

My son has ADHD and it can make life very trying at times. He can be the sweetest boy in the world one minute then his strong will rears its ugly head and chaos ensues. It has been a long journey and is far from over. As with any condition with children you have to become a sort of expert in it to be able to help your child. You have to become their advocate and to do that you have to be educated. I'm learning that and reading everything I can get my hands on. Cynthia's conversational approach made reading the book feel like I was getting advise from a trusted friend. She also basis a great deal of the book on her faith in God which is important to me. She had a great deal of practical tips and a listing of books for further reading on the topic in the back. This is a must read for anyone with a strong willed child. It gives you hope and encouragement.