Review: Under the Boardwalk

Under the Boardwalk
Under the Boardwalk by Amie Denman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

💚💚💚💚 Under the Boardwalk was an enjoyable read. The amusement park setting was a perfect summertime theme, and I continually envisioned the carousel ride, the thundering roar of the roller coasters, the overhead cable cars, and the whimsical music playing all around. Here’s a little about the story…

Starlight Point amusement park owner Ford Hamilton has died, and his son, Jack Hamilton, has taken over as principal operator of the park.  He was the most practical choice among the siblings as he has been working alongside his father at Starlight Point since he was young. His two sisters are okay with his running things, and he’s ready to begin managing the park he’s always loved. Problem is his father left more than the park to him, he’s also left behind debt that Jack was unaware of. Jack’s solution involves increasing the flat fee and profit percentage from the lease vendors, many of which have been loyally working at The Point for several years under his father’s favored leadership. The increase doesn’t bode well for the seasoned vendors or the newest one, Augusta “Gus” Murphy, who has 3 bakeries at Starlight Point. She’s frustrated by the new negotiations, but she also finds Jack rather irresistible. How can she rally for the lease vendors and at the same time fall in love with the man who’s causing them all misery?

A very sweet story with a climactic ending.  A theme you won’t easily forget, and a satisfying HEA. A nice read for lovers of wholesome romance.

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Review: All-Butter ShortDead

All-Butter ShortDead
All-Butter ShortDead by H.Y. Hanna
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

💜💜💜💜 I enjoyed this prequel to the Oxford Tearoom Mysteries series. It’s a novella that takes us back to how Gemma Rose started up her tearoom in Oxford. We first meet some of the recurring characters that appear in the series including Gemma’s best friend Cassie, her baker, Fletcher, the old biddies, and mischievous cat, Muesli. Since I consider myself an Anglophile, the setting was very much to my liking, and I appreciated envisioning Oxford and the Cotswolds. There was a murder mystery that I thought I’d solved which involved Gemma and a mysterious woman she met on the flight from Australia to England, but I was wrong. The author did a nice job with the whodunnit, and I was surprised by the identity of the true culprit. Since the book is quite short, being a novella, there isn’t a whole lot of development, but it’s just right as a lead-in to the books that follow. I’m looking forward to reading the others in the series. If you love cozy mysteries, you’ll enjoy All-Butter ShortDead.

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Review: Hanover House

Hanover House
Hanover House by Brenda Novak
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I enjoyed Hanover House, a book I’d classify as a Romantic Suspense Thriller. It’s a prequel to Her Darkest Nightmare, which will be released in September, 2016. I used to read a lot of true crime stories back in the day, but nowadays I read more contemporary romance, historicals, and cozy mysteries. However, the desire to read a good thriller remains innate. Hanover House was just my speed as far as books about serial killers and psychopaths go. While the theme is chilling, it isn’t over the top gruesome. In fact, I wasn’t expecting the romance element. For me, it somewhat tempered the severity of the subject, which I found rather pleasing. Let me tell you what this little novella was about…..

Evelyn Talbot was violated as a teen by her psychopath boyfriend, Jasper Moore, and left for dead. She escaped the attack, but her three friends did not. Jasper murdered all three and Evelyn has had to live her life knowing that Jasper is still out there somewhere. He’s never been caught. Twenty years later Evelyn has fought to have Hanover House, a jail for psychopaths and serial killers built for the purpose of studying their behavior. The town’s folk aren’t too pleased with the location being in their backyard, and Evelyn has been threatened and Hanover House vandalized even before its completion. But where are these threats really issuing forth from? Could Jasper be intent on finishing what he started 20 years earlier?

This book was a nice little segue into the sequel, Her Darkest Nightmare, and I’d be interested to find out how Brenda Novak goes about describing the minds of these psychopaths, and what ultimately happens to Evelyn and her love interest, Sergeant Amorak.

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Suntag: The Secret Life of A Book Blogger

I’d like to thank Babus at Ajoobacatsblog for thinking enough of me and my little blog to want to tag me. Thank you Babus!

How long have you been a blogger?

Not very long.  I’ve been blogging since 2014.

At what point do you think you will stop? 

I don’t plan to stop unless for some reason I’m unable to read books or type any longer.  I sure hope that’s not in my future.

What is the best part?

The best part is when someone lets me know that they’ve really enjoyed a book review I’ve written, and that it’s encouraged them to read said book.

What is the worst part? 

The worst part is wondering if I’m wasting my time writing these book reviews on my blog because even though I have a few followers, sometimes I wonder if they’re still interested in reading my posts.  Another worst part is not having sufficient time to expand my blog posts beyond book reviews and such to include other aspects of my life that I’d love to share.

How long does it take you to find/create pictures to use?

Since most of my posts consist of book reviews with book covers that are not difficult to find, not very long.  On the rare occasion that I post something unrelated to books, I typically find pictures fairly quickly and easily by browsing the web.

Who’s your book crush? 

Hmmm….I wouldn’t say I have an actual book crush, but I did love reading about Hugo Hawksworth in A Man of Some Repute by Elizabeth Edmondson.  He seemed so decidedly British, and since I was listening to an audiobook his swagger was undeniable.

What author would you like to have on your blog?

Nicholas Sparks or James Patterson because both men are incredibly good at writing love stories.  Nicholas Sparks’ movies usually bring me to tears.  I keep watching The Best of Me over and over again, and I cry every time.  (I didn’t actually read the book, but I LOVED the movie).  And when I saw James Patterson’s Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas on television I cried my eyes out and couldn’t believe it when I found out it was based on James Patterson’s book.  Do you hear me Mr. Sparks and Mr. Patterson….hello…..???

What do you wear when you write your blog?

Whatever I happen to have on at the time.  Could be a nightgown or dress or jeans.  Nothing in particular.

How long does it take you to prepare a post? 

It all depends on how long it takes me to write a review about a book.  I typically write my reviews directly after I finish reading a book so I don’t forget what I want to say.  I often take notes here and there while I’m reading sometimes and piece it all together when I’m done.  So, it usually takes about a half hour or so, give or take 15 minutes.  However, I finished reading a non-fiction book a few weeks ago called Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin and for the first time in a very long time I had SO MUCH to say about the horrors I read in that book that I’m still trying to piece together a proper review. Every once in a while a book like that comes along and it can take quite some time.  I did post a brief review in the meantime though with a stay tuned for more attached to it.

How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture? 

I think it’s wonderful!!  I’ve learned so many great things from so many vastly talented people that I look forward to reading posts from many of my favorite bloggers and others that I’m still discovering.

What do you think one should do to have a successful blog? 

 

Write about things that are dear to your heart, and that you think others would enjoy, and try not to be judgmental or narrow-minded.  Include an interesting picture or two and something inspirational if possible. And by inspirational I don’t mean preachy, just something uplifting that would put a smile on another person’s face.  Be kind and generous with compliments and be honest without being brutal. These are things I aspire to with my own blog, and I hope one day I’ll be able to expand it to include other material whereby I can put my own recommendations to good use.

Who do I want to know better?

 

Puppycuties

sweetdailycuteness

skinnychefs

booksbeforebandaids

thegrandworldofbooks