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Lost and Found Sisters book review

Published August 3, 2017 by francesothomas

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What if everything you knew about yourself wasn’t true?

Ever since she lost her sister, Quinn Weller has been in a rut. She goes to the same coffee shop every day and buys the same beverage. She’s avoiding her parents and her long-time boyfriend.

Then one day in the coffee line, the man behind her breaks some news that turns her world upside down. Turns out she was adopted as an infant, and the mother she never knew has left her an inheritance. I don’t want to spoil the plot, but it is filled with Shalvis’ trademark humor and heart.

The story is set in a small town that is struggling economically, much like the town I write about in my books. The populace is plenty quirky. That’s a given with small towns, isn’t it? I particularly enjoyed the scenes with Quinn and her frenemy.

Quinn makes the journey away from numbness with the help of a man who is rescuing his mom and the town in spite of himself, a newly-discovered teenage sister, and a stray cat.

This book teeters between romance and women’s fiction. If you are into either of those genres, give it a try.

 

Just Fine with Caroline review

Published October 11, 2016 by francesothomas

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Just Fine with Caroline is darker in tone than I expected. The story is set in the Ozarks in a small town where everyone knows everyone’s business. This is usually my favorite kind of book.

I was expecting lighthearted fun. But all the moonshine in the hollers can’t change the fact that no life is perfect. Caroline’s mother has Alzheimer’s, her cousin has up and left an abusive husband, and her gay best friend is afraid to come out and face ostracism.

Tall, dark, and exceedingly handsome Noah left town years ago, but now he’s back to reopen what once was his grandfather’s business across the street from the bait shop that Caroline runs since her mother no longer can.

Secrets from the past eventually are revealed and interfere with the budding romance.

Personally, I couldn’t really warm to any of the characters except Noah. Even the HEA wasn’t as satisfying as I hoped. The writing is fine, but this one is not my cup of tea.

The Bookshop on the Corner review

Published September 20, 2016 by francesothomas

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THE BOOKSHOP ON THE CORNER

By Jenny Colgan

William Morrow Paperbacks

September 20, 2016

ISBN: 9780062467256; $14.99

E-ISBN 9780062467263; $9.99

 

Now that I am writing fiction set in a small town myself, I am on the look out for other authors who use similar settings. Some are in America like mine. Others are in Great Britain.

Having read a previous book by Jenny Colgan, I was eager to read The Bookshop on the Corner. I was every bit as delighted with this one. I feel as if I know her and as somewhat of an Anglophile, I have such fun reading British slang. Her descriptions of scenery and life in Scotland make you want to arrange a vacation.

Nina, the heroine of this book, would rather read than participate in real life. When she loses her job as a librarian, she finds the courage to take a leap of faith and turn her knowledge and love of books into a business. She buys a rickety van and turns it into a mobile bookstore.

Along the way, she also ventures into romantic territory.

All of her city friends end up envying her new lifestyle. Me too.

 

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Excerpt from THE BOOKSHOP ON THE CORNER:

The problem with good things that happen is that very often they disguise themselves as awful things. It would be lovely, wouldn’t it, whenever you’re going through something difficult, if someone could just tap you on the shoulder and say, “Don’t worry, it’s completely worth it. It seems like absolutely horrible crap now, but I promise it will all come good in the end,” and you could say, “Thank you, Fairy Godmother.” You might also say, “Will I also lose that seven pounds?” and they would say, “But of course, my child!”

That would be useful, but it isn’t how it is, which is why we sometimes plow on too long with things that aren’t making us happy, or give up too quickly on something that might yet work itself out, and it is often difficult to tell precisely which is which.

A life lived forward can be a really irritating thing. So Nina thought, at any rate. Nina Redmond, twenty-nine, was telling herself not to cry in public. If you have ever tried giving yourself a good talking-to, you’ll know it doesn’t work terribly well. She was at work, for goodness’ sake. You weren’t meant to cry at work.

She wondered if anyone else ever did. Then she wondered if maybe everyone did, even Cathy Neeson, with her stiff too-blond hair, and her thin mouth and her spreadsheets, who was right at this moment standing in a corner, watching the room with folded arms and a grim expression, after delivering to the small team Nina was a member of a speech filled with jargon about how there were cutbacks all over, and Birmingham couldn’t afford to maintain all its libraries, and how austerity was something they just had to get used to.

Nina reckoned probably not. Some people just didn’t have a tear in them.

(What Nina didn’t know was that Cathy Neeson cried on the way to work, on the way home from work—after eight o’clock most nights—every time she laid someone off, every time she was asked to shave another few percent off an already skeleton budget, every time she was ordered to produce some new quality relevant paperwork, and every time her boss dumped a load of administrative work on her at four o’clock on a Friday afternoon on his way to a skiing vacation, of which he took many.

Eventually she ditched the entire thing and went and worked in a National Trust gift shop for a fifth of the salary and half the hours and none of the tears. But this story is not about Cathy Neeson.)

 

Purchase Here:

THE BOOKSHOP ON THE CORNER – https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062467263/the-bookshop-on-the-corner

 

About the Author

Jenny Colgan is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, includingLittle Beach Street Bakery, Christmas at Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop, and Christmas at the Cupcake Café, all international bestsellers. Jenny is married with three children and lives in London and Scotland.

 

Connect with Jenny Colgan

Website – http://www.jennycolgan.com/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/jennycolgan

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/jennycolganbooks

 

 

 

Guarding Sophie book review

Published March 28, 2016 by francesothomas

I like football and I like the writing of Julie Brannagh, so choosing to read Guarding Sophie was a no brainer. I knew I’d enjoy it. But I also had an ulterior motive. You see, I finally finished a romance novella of my own and I wanted to read Brannagh’s with a writer’s eye, not just a reader’s eye.

Her premise was good. Sophie has run away from a physically abusive boyfriend and gone into hiding. Kyle is also in hiding. In his case it’s from the emotional abuse of family and friends who glommed onto him and his wallet from the moment he hit the big time in football.

Sophie’s ex tracks her down with help from her smart phone. Note to others who may be fleeing from domestic violence: turn off the tracking system in your phone if you don’t want to be found. It’s not enough to stop using the phone without deactivating it.

Soon, the whole team of gentle giants rally around to protect Sophie. The whole thing gets resolved pretty quickly. This is a novella, after all, not a full length book.

I really appreciate the way Brannagh incorporates sex into her work without going into explicit description. I’m also a sucker for stories set in quirky small towns like Noel, Washington, where this series takes place.

Thanks, Ms. Brannagh, for a good lesson in novella plotting.

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Julie Brannagh

Julie Brannagh has been writing since she could hold a pencil. She lives in a small town near Seattle, where she once served as a city council member and owned a yarn shop. She shares her home with a wonderful husband, two uncivilized Maine Coons and a rambunctious chocolate Lab.

When she’s not writing, she’s reading–or armchair-quarterbacking her favorite NFL team from the comfort of the family room couch. Julie is a Golden Heart finalist and the author of contemporary sports romances.

Fall With Me cover reveal

Published October 8, 2014 by francesothomas

Fall With Me coverJennifer L. Armentrout’s FALL WITH ME cover is here. This New Adult Contemporary Romance in Armentrout’s With You Saga is the 4th book in the series, and is being published by Avon Romance, an imprint of HarperCollins.

Here’s the blurb:

Eleven months ago, bartender and weird-shirt-wearing extraordinaire Roxy and Officer Reece Anders had a one night stand. Well, kind of. She’s been in love with him since she was fifteen, and he wishes that night they shared never happened. She’s sworn him off forever, but the past and future collide, forcing her to rely on the one man who broke her heart not once, but twice.

Her best friend since birth has been in a long-term care facility since he became a victim of a hate crime years ago, and the person who put him in there is out of prison and wanting to make amends with him and Roxy. She’s not sure she has room for forgiveness in her and when she begins to receive frightening messages and is on the receiving end of escalating violence, she thinks she knows who is to blame. The man who already destroyed one life already.

But Reece isn’t convinced. The threats are too personal, and even if Roxy doesn’t believe him, he’s not willing to let anyone hurt her. Including himself. He’s already messed up more than once when it comes to Roxy and he’s not going to let history repeat itself.

 

 

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.


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