Review: Rainy Day Sisters: A Hartley-by-the-Sea Novel

Rainy Day Sisters: A Hartley-by-the-Sea Novel
Rainy Day Sisters: A Hartley-by-the-Sea Novel by Kate Hewitt
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 Half sisters Juliet and Lucy Bagshaw, practically estranged from one another, with a mother who seemingly exists for the sole purpose of irritating them, are brought together when the younger sister Lucy loses her boyfriend, career and reputation back in Boston.  Meanwhile in England her older half-sister Juliet who runs a small B&B at Tarn House invites her to come and stay with her for a few months until she can get her life together.  Polar opposites, Lucy is youthful, easygoing, free-spirited, and affable.  Juliet is uptight, subdued, austere and bitter.  Things get off to a rocky start and Lucy questions her decision to live in England with her sister at Tarn House in the cold, rainy Hartley-by-the-sea. But when both sisters begin to co-exist amicably, secrets involving their mother Fiona eventually come to light, and hard decisions in their lives must be made.
From the very first few pages of Rainy Day Sisters a warmth enveloped me that is a hallmark of Kate Hewitt’s books, along with an atmospheric quality that I love.  I could immediately envision the bucolic, remote English village overlooking fields of sheep and fells while reading.  I could feel the tension between the two sisters, and could sense the varying natures of the village’s secondary characters that enlivened the story. There was a nice, mellow flow of events with an ending that left me satisfied and then hungering for a continuation of Juliet and Lucy’s story, particularly as it relates to their love lives, their mother and their relationship with one another. A very enjoyable read that I would highly recommend.
I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review which I have given.

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Review: An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny

An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny
An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny by Laura Schroff
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s amazing how far a little compassion can go. That was my overall feeling about An Invisible Thread. Laura Schroff, a busy executive, could have just continued to ignore Maurice on the street, but she didn’t. She took notice and did what she could, which was a lot at times, to assist him. I admire how she was moved to help this child, even allowing him into her home, washing his clothes and feeding him. She took a personal interest in him, and for that she should be commended. Laura Schroff suffered through dark periods in her own childhood and I appreciated reading her backstory because it gave me a bit of insight into how her own experiences shaped her in adulthood. An Invisible Thread was a deeply moving story of how just one woman could change the course of someone’s damaged life, and I truly enjoyed it and recommend it.

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Review: Drape Expectations

Drape Expectations
Drape Expectations by Karen Rose Smith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Drape Expectations is more than a cozy mystery. The family dynamic factors strongly in this book. Our sleuth, Caprice De Luca, is determined to find the killer who murdered her rock star friend Ace Richland’s girlfriend, Alanna Goodwin. Since Ace finds the body it’s only natural that suspicion surrounds him, but Caprice feels in her heart that her friend could never commit murder. He may have a bad temper and all, but murder? Nah.  Besides, it’s beginning to look like others in Alanna Goodwin’s life had a motive for murder. There’s a mysterious child, an alleged affair and even sabotage involved in this murder case. As Caprice skillfully goes about piecing together clues that will ultimately lead her to the culprit, she also makes an addition to her pet family, helps her nana through a health crisis, mends broken family ties involving an estranged family member, and finally chooses which of her two suitors is the right man to spend her life with. There was a very evocative moment where the author did a superb job of conveying the feelings of the characters when Caprice makes a choice between her two men.  I loved that scene. All the while we contentedly meet up with Caprice’s friends and family members from prior books in the series, watch as her dog Lady and cat Sophia adjust to the new member of their family, Mirabelle, the shy kitty who was left behind when her neglectful owner Alanna was murdered, and wince as Caprice’s life is threatened as she unselfishly puts herself in one precarious situation after another to help clear her friend Ace’s name.
In conclusion, this cozy mystery is cozy in more ways than one. You will enjoy going along for the ride to find out who killed Alanna Goodwin, but you will also find pleasure in peering into the daily events of an amateur sleuth who loves life, love, her profession, her family and her pets. It’s for this reason that Drape Expectations was a major hit with me and I recommend it highly.
Thank you Karen Rose Smith for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review which I have given.

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Ross Poldark Blog Tour with EXCERPT and GIVEAWAY – EXCITING NEWS!!

Still time to enter the ROSS POLDARK GIVEAWAY. And, EXCITING NEWS!! PBS has contributed a DVD of Season one of Poldark to the list of prizes!!

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imageEXCITING NEWS!! PBS has contributed a DVD of season one of Poldark to the list of prizes! (See updated prize list below.)  AND THERE IS STILL TIME FOR YOU TO LEAVE COMMENTS AND ENTER THE GIVEAWAY CONTEST until 11:59pm PT, AUGUST 10, 2015.

I am pleased to be a blog tour host for the first two books in the highly acclaimed POLDARK series: Poldark – Ross Poldark, and Poldark – Demelza.  These are the books behind the major new television series from Masterpiece on PBS which airs from June 21- Aug 2.

imageQUICK FACTS FOR ROSS POLDARK:

• Book Title: Ross Poldark: A Novel of Cornwall, 1783-1787
• Author: Winston Graham
• Genre: Historical Fiction
• Book 1 of The Poldark Saga
• New tie-in edition to the Masterpiece Classic PBS series airing 6/21 – 8/2, 2015
• Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (June 09, 2015) reprint of 1945
• Length: 400 pages
• Trade paperback & eBook ISBN: 9781492622079

BOOK DESCRPTION:
In the first novel in Winston Graham’s hit series, a…

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