Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Storm Sister: The Seven Sisters Book 2

Synopsis (from Amazon): Ally D’Apli├Ęse is about to compete in one of the world’s most perilous yacht races when she hears the news of her adoptive father’s sudden, mysterious death. Rushing back to meet her five sisters at their family home, she discovers that her father—an elusive billionaire affectionately known to his daughters as Pa Salt—has left each of them a tantalizing clue to their true heritage.

But the timing couldn’t be worse: Ally had only recently fallen into a new and deeply passionate love affair, but with her life now turned upside down, she decides to leave the open seas and follow the trail that her father left her, which leads her to the icy beauty of Norway…

There, Ally begins to discover her roots and how her story is inextricably bound to that of a young unknown singer, Anna Landvik, who lived over a century before and sang in the first performance of Grieg’s iconic music set to Ibsen’s play Peer Gynt. As Ally learns more about Anna, she also begins to question who her father, Pa Salt, really was—and why is the seventh sister missing?

Following the internationally bestselling novel The Seven Sisters, this novel, “full of drama and romance” (Daily Mail), continues Lucinda Riley’s spellbinding series inspired by the mythology surrounding the famous star constellation.

One (or more) Sentence Summary: The Storm Sister is the second book in the Seven Sisters series (The Seven Sisters, Book 1 review).  I very much enjoyed the story of Ally and learning about her history.  I can't believe Ally had to go through so much lost.  The second story within The Storm Sister is Ally's history.  The story takes us to Norway to discover Anna and the music of Grieg.  I really like how Lucinda Riley goes back and forth between the two stories.  The stories are so well described you feel like you become part of the stories.  She leaves me wanting more.  

Would I Read Other Books by the Author: Yes, I am now reading The Shadow Sister: The Seven Sisters Book 3.

Lucinda Riley is a New York Times bestselling author of sixteen novels, including The Orchid House and The Seven Sisters series. Her books have sold more than eight million copies in thirty languages globally. She was born in Ireland and divides her time between England and West Cork with her husband and four children. Visit her online at LucindaRiley.com and learn more about The Seven Sisters series at TheSevenSistersSeries.com.


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Tell Me More

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Synopsis (from Amazon):  It’s a crazy idea: trying to name the phrases that make love and connection possible. But that’s just what Kelly Corrigan has set out to do here. In her New York Times bestselling memoirs, Corrigan distilled our core relationships to their essences, showcasing a warm, easy storytelling style. Now, in Tell Me More, she’s back with a deeply personal, unfailingly honest, and often hilarious examination of the essential phrases that turn the wheel of life.

In “I Don’t Know,” Corrigan wrestles to make peace with uncertainty, whether it’s over invitations that never came or a friend’s agonizing infertility. In “No,” she admires her mother’s ability to set boundaries and her liberating willingness to be unpopular. In “Tell Me More,” a facialist named Tish teaches her something important about listening. And in “I Was Wrong,” she comes clean about her disastrous role in a family fight—and explains why saying sorry may not be enough. With refreshing candor, a deep well of empathy, and her signature desire to understand “the thing behind the thing,” Corrigan swings between meditations on life with a preoccupied husband and two mercurial teenage daughters to profound observations on love and loss.

With the streetwise, ever-relatable voice that defines Corrigan’s work, Tell Me More is a moving and meaningful take on the power of the right words at the right moment to change everything.

One (or more) Sentence Summary: I absolutely adore all of Kelly's books and stories.  Tell Me More, is no exception.  I loved it so much after reading it, I listened to it on Audible (bonus: as it is read by Kelly herself).  Right from the beginning of the book I connected with Kelly, losing both my mother and a friend, not to mention teen girls, a patient husband and a dog. I was crying one minute and belly laughing the next.  My favorite line is ...Oh well, comes out as mothersf****er!  I am pretty sure my family has heard that come out of my mouth a time or two! I had to share that one with friends and co-workers.  I couldn't stop laughing.

Of course, the tears flowed too and I went through plenty of Kleenex.  For example, I was getting groceries at Meijer's while listening to the chapter where she talks about Liz and her family after Liz's death (holding Liz's daughter during a visit) with tears were rolling down my cheeks.  It didn't help that you can hear the hurt in Kelly's voice.  I didn't even care that I was in the middle of Meijer's or opened an unpaid box of Kleenex....I had to keep listening. I paid for the Kleenex at checkout!

Kelly shares her stories in an heart-felt, honest, frank, non-threatening way.  I realized I am not alone in dealing with these adult issues.  I absolutely loved Tell Me More (remember I read it and than listened to it - if that isn't loving a book, I don't know what is!!).  Buy it today for yourself and for a friend.  You will love it and your friend will thank you!

Would I Read Other Books by the Author: Yes, I have read everyone of them to date!  I can't wait for her next book to hit the stores!

Kelly Corrigan has been called “the voice of her generation” by O: The Oprah Magazine and “the poet laureate of the ordinary” by HuffPost. She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Middle Place, Lift, and Glitter and Glue. She is also the creative director of The Nantucket Project and host of their conversation series about what matters most. She lives near Oakland, California, with her husband, Edward Lichty, and her daughters, Georgia and Claire.


Thursday, February 1, 2018

The Seven Sisters

Synopsis (from Amazon): The first book in a major new series from #1 internationally bestselling author Lucinda Riley, author of The Midnight Rose—hailed as “an extraordinary story [and] a complex, deeply engaging tale filled with fascinating characters” (Library Journal).

Maia D’Apliese and her five sisters gather together at their childhood home, “Atlantis”—a fabulous, secluded castle situated on the shores of Lake Geneva—having been told that their beloved father, who adopted them all as babies, has died. Each sister is handed a tantalizing clue to her true heritage—a clue that takes Maia across the world to a crumbling mansion in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Once there, she begins to put together the pieces of her story.

Eighty years earlier in the Rio of the 1920s, Izabela Bonifacio’s father has aspirations for his daughter to marry into the aristocracy. Meanwhile, architect Heitor da Silva Costa is devising plans for an enormous statue, to be called Christ the Redeemer, and will soon travel to Paris to find the right sculptor to complete his vision. Izabela—passionate and longing to see the world—convinces her father to allow her to accompany him and his family to Europe before she is married. There, at Paul Landowski’s studio and in the heady, vibrant cafes of Montparnasse, she meets ambitious young sculptor Laurent Brouilly, and knows at once that her life will never be the same again.

In this sweeping, epic tale of love and loss—the first in a unique, spellbinding new series—Lucinda Riley showcases her storytelling talents like never before.

One (or more) Sentence Summary: The Seven Sisters is the first book in the series.  There are two stories in one, which didn't take away from either plot.  It left me wanting more as the stories switched.  I really liked how Maia's Pa left all six sisters a clue to their heritage and Maia was the first to take the challenge.  I am excited for the other books to follow and learn about each sister and their family background.  Great story with a new twist I haven't seen before.

Would I Read Other Books by the Author: I am listening to the audio book of the second one in the series...The Storm Sister!

Lucinda Riley is a New York Times bestselling author of sixteen novels, including The Orchid House and The Seven Sisters series. Her books have sold more than eight million copies in thirty languages globally. She was born in Ireland and divides her time between England and West Cork with her husband and four children. Visit her online at LucindaRiley.com and learn more about The Seven Sisters series at TheSevenSistersSeries.com.


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

For 100 Days

Synopsis (from Amazon):  Pleasure has a price . . .

Just when everything in my life is falling apart, I find a chance to turn it around--to step into someone else's glittering world, if only for a little while. I become someone new, no longer the woman defined by an ugly past, but a woman freer and bolder than myself. A woman who isn't afraid to explore every passion, even at its darkest, with a mysterious and seductive man who believes my mask is real.

Handsome and commanding, enigmatic and irresistible, billionaire Dominic Baine is an obsession I cannot afford and should not risk. He ushers me into consuming new pleasures and addicting new desires, until the line between my real life and the fantasy one I've stolen with him begins to blur.

I know I cannot keep my truth from him. I know my past will not stay buried forever. But before I can make it right, everything comes crashing down. I have deceived this powerful, dangerous man . . . and now there is a price to be paid.

One (or more) Sentence Summary:  This is my first time reading anything by Lara Adrian....it won't be the last.  I loved it.  Great story: Self made female, rich and handsome male, steamy scenes, ending setting me up for book 2!  Very easy and quick read.

Would I Read Other Books by the Author:  Oh yes....I have For 100 Nights on my nightstand! 

LARA ADRIAN is a New York Times and #1 internationally best-selling author with nearly 4 million books in print and digital worldwide and translations licensed to more than 20 countries. Her books have been named among Amazon’s Top Ten Romances of the Year, and have also been nominated by readers multiple times as finalists for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance of the Year. Reviewers have called Lara’s books “addictively readable” (Chicago Tribune), “extraordinary” (Fresh Fiction), “strikingly original” (Booklist), and “one of the best vampire series on the market” (Romantic Times).

Writing as TINA ST. JOHN, her historical romances have won numerous awards including the National Readers Choice; Romantic Times Magazine Reviewer’s Choice; Booksellers Best; and many others. She was twice named a Finalist in Romance Writers of America’s RITA Awards, for Best Historical Romance (White Lion’s Lady) and Best Paranormal Romance (Heart of the Hunter). More recently, the German translation of Heart of the Hunter debuted on Der Spiegel bestseller list.

With an ancestry stretching back to the Mayflower and the court of King Henry VIII, the author lives with her husband in New England, where she is working on her next novel. Visit Lara’s website and sign up for new release announcements at http://bit.ly/LaraAdrianNews


Saturday, December 16, 2017

The Light Keeper's Daughters

Synopsis (from Amazon): With the haunting atmosphere and emotional power of The Language of Flowers, Orphan Train,and The Light Between Oceans, critically acclaimed children's author Jean E. Pendziwol's adult debut is an affecting story of family, identity, and art that involves a decades-old mystery. 

Though her mind is still sharp, Elizabeth's eyes have failed. No longer able to linger over her beloved books or gaze at the paintings that move her spirit, she fills the void with music and memories of her family, especially her beloved twin sister, Emily. When her late father's journals are discovered after an accident, the past suddenly becomes all too present. 
With the help of Morgan, a delinquent teenager performing community service at her senior home, Elizabeth goes through the diaries, a journey through time that brings the two women closer together. Entry by entry, these unlikely friends are drawn deep into a world far removed from their own, to Porphyry Island on Lake Superior, where Elizabeth's father manned the lighthouse and raised his young family 70 years before. 
As the words on those musty pages come alive, Elizabeth and Morgan begin to realize that their fates are connected to the isolated island in ways they never dreamed. While the discovery of Morgan's connection sheds light onto her own family mysteries, the faded pages of the journals will shake the foundation of everything Elizabeth thinks she knows and bring the secrets of the past into the light.

One (or more) Sentence Summary: The Light Keeper's Daughters was very enjoyable.  It was a great story that grabbed me right from the beginning.  What I was not expecting with a mystery within the story.  Just when I thought I had it figured out, I was wrong....way wrong.  I loved how the past and present were blended together to make a wonderful read.  

Given I am from Michigan, I enjoyed the setting of Lake Superior!

Would I Read Other Books by the Author: I would like to read another book by Jean Pendziwol.

Jean E. Pendziwol is an award winning Canadian author of books for adults and children. She was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award and the 2014 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award for Once Upon a Northern Night (Groundwood Books, 2013). Her children’s books include the critically acclaimed No Dragons for Tea: Fire Safety for Kids (and Dragons) (Kids Can Press), which continues to be used as a valuable resource for teaching fire safety. Her debut adult novel, The Light Keeper’s Daughters will be published by HarperCollins in 2017. Jean's latest children's book, Me and You and the Red Canoe, (Groundwood Books) will also be released in 2017. 

She lives in the shadow of the Nor’Wester Mountains near Lake Superior and draws inspiration for her stories from the rich history, culture and geography of northwestern Ontario, Canada. She has three adult children, a loveable mutt, and a coop of temperamental chickens, all occasionally tormented by visiting deer, foxes, wolves and bears.


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Sleepless in Manhattan

Synopsis (from Amazon):  From USA Today best-selling author Sarah Morgan comes a hot new trilogy set in the exciting world of New York City. Don't miss this heartwarming story about a trio of women navigating friendship, finding love, and embracing life!

Cool, calm, and competent, events planner Paige Walker loves a challenge. After a childhood spent in and out of hospitals, she's now determined to prove herself - and where better to take the world by storm than Manhattan? But when Paige loses the job she loves, she must face her biggest challenge of all - going it alone. 
Except launching her own events company is nothing compared to hiding her outrageous crush on Jake Romano - her brother's best friend, New York's most in-demand date, and the only man to break her heart. When Jake offers Paige's fledgling company a big chance, their still-sizzling chemistry starts giving her sleepless nights. But can she convince the man who trusts no one to take a chance on forever?

One (or more) Sentence Summary: Sleepless in Manhattan was a true chicklit book, my favorite genre!  I love the three female and three male characters.  I can see where the other books will go and I love it! Paige loses her job and has to make a tough decision in a tough city....dive in or go home.  With the help of her friends and a hot man, she makes the right decision.  Sleepless in Manhattan is an easy read that left me wanting more.  Good thing there are several other books in the series!

Would I Read Other Books by the Author: Yes.  I want to read the whole series!

USA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan writes contemporary romance and her trademark humour and sensuality have gained her fans across the globe. She is a 3 time winner of the prestigious RITA® Award from the Romance Writers of America and has been nominated five times. Sarah lives near London, England, and when she isn't reading or writing she loves being outdoors. 

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Beach Club

Synopsis (from Amazon): In this juicy first novel by Elin Hilderbrand, a series of personal dramas are played out during one summer at a Nantucket Beach Club. It's about the love of summer, summer love, and the special feelings we all have for that special summer place - in this case, a hotel and an island. 

Mack Petersen, manager of the hotel, has been working at The Beach Club for 12 summers. Only this summer is different. His boss, the owner of the hotel, Bill Elliot, shows up in the spring with a new set of demands. His girlfriend, Maribel, is pressing Mack to get married and Vance, the African-American bellman, who has hated Mack since the day Mack stole his job 12 years ago, threatens him in a deadly scene. Mack knows something's got to give. 
Love O'Donnell, the new front desk person straight from the slopes of Aspen, is desperately searching for a stranger to father her child. The bellman, Jem Crandall, who posed as Mr. November in his college calendar, is on his way to LA to break into agenting, until he falls in love with Maribel. Emotions are at a peak when a hurricane threatens to wash away The Beach Cluband all it stands for. 
An engrossing, sexy novel that will sweep you away to the beach any time of the year.

One (or more) Sentence Summary: The Beach Club was a good book to read as winter is approaching.  Even though it is a beach read, I think it is perfect to read anytime of year.  I could very easily picture the club and the cast of characters.  There were a lot of characters in The Beach Club but it did not take away from the story as they were all woven together.  Each one had something going on that pretty much got resolved by the end of the book.  The Beach Club was an enjoyable read.

Would I Read Other Books by the Author:  Yes.  I have read several of Elin Hildebrand's books and have enjoyed them all.  I have several on my Audible account just waiting to be listened too! I am so jealous of where she lives - Nantucket!  It is on my places to visit list.

Elin Hilderbrand lives on Nantucket with her husband and their three young children. She grew up in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, and traveled extensively before settling on Nantucket, which has been the setting for her five previous novels. Hilderbrand is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the graduate fiction workshop at the University of Iowa.