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Book Review: A Year of Second Chances by Buffy Andrews

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About the book:

When Scarlett comes across a box containing her most precious items from her teenage years, she’s forced to confront the adult she has become. As a divorced mother of two twentysomethings, Scarlett has to admit her life has ground to a halt! Whatever happened to that girl whose hopes and dreams were so naively displayed in a wish list for her life?

So, armed with the list, Scarlett sets about checking off each and every item possible, determined to fulfill her promises to her younger self. Some are easy. Dancing in the rain? Bring on the next thunderstorm! Marrying her high-school sweetheart? Not so easy when married Jake lives clear across the country!

But what started out as a challenge to herself quickly takes on a life of its own, catapulting Scarlett out of her slump and into a life even her younger self could never have dreamed of!

My review:

A Year of Second Chances, the latest women’s fiction offering by Buffy Andrews, is a beautiful tale of living out youthful dreams regardless of age and circumstances. As always, Andrews draws her readers into the world of her imagination where she paints vivid word pictures and introduces memorable characters who will remind you of people in your own life. In this entertaining story of challenges and fulfillment, she explores many of the issues that arise when a person faces mid-life. I have read a number of novels by Buffy Andrews, and I am always a little bit sad when I come to the last page. A Year of Second Chances was no exception.

About the author:

BuffyBuffy Andrews is an author, blogger, journalist and social media maven. By day, she works for USA Today Network. By night, she writes middle-grade, young adult and women’s fiction. She lives in south central Pennsylvania with her husband, Tom, and wheaten cairn terrier Kakita.

 

Buy Link: Amazon

Connect:

Author website: http://www.authorbuffyandrews.com

Twitter: @Buffyandrews

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Authorbuffyandrews

Blessings,

Linda

Book Review: The Purpose of Me by Molly Shaffer

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About the book:

After finding a misplaced diary at her local thrift store, Rigby Thomas pays twenty-five cents for another girl’s secrets. Reading the diary is wrong, but there is something about “ME’s” life that lures Rigby into the pages. Pages holding anguish, bitter regrets, and life-altering consequences for anyone brave enough to read the truth. “Sometimes, in order to have a future, a girl must walk through fire… and sometimes, if that girl is lucky, she rises again.” –ME

My thoughts:

The Purpose of Me, a young adult novel by Molly Shaffer, is a powerful and compelling story of abuse and its effects on the human spirit. She skillfully weaves together the stories of the mysterious ME and Rigby Thomas in a way that sometimes makes the reader forget whose story is whose – and for good reason. I am definitely not a young adult, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to more offerings from Mrs. Shaffer.

About the author:

 

Head ShotMolly Shaffer adores the strange and unusual and obsesses over authentic stories where reality and rawness converge. She writes true-to-voice young adult novels, humorous sci-fi middle grade fiction, and whimsical picture books. Molly blogs at http://www.mollyshaffer.com and is represented by the fabulous Jessica Schmeidler at Golden Wheat Literary Agency.

You can follow her on Facebook: @authormollyshaffer or on Twitter: @mollyshafferWIP

Buy at Amazon 

Blessings,

Linda

Book Review: Blue Tide by Jenna-Lynne Duncan

 

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Young Adult Pirate Fantasy Romance

Released by Clean Teen Publishing on January 9, 2017

About the Book:

 Seventeen-year-old refugee Lux plots her escape from the island where her family is stranded, denying that her home was lost in the Floods. Lux is determined to get her old life back by any means possible. But before her feet even leave the sand, she’s taken hostage by a vengeance-driven pirate nearly as young as she is.

Her capture is the key to his freedom…

Captain Draven’s scarf veils more than his face. Underneath, he struggles between morality and survival. When Lux sees deeper into his motivations, she’s torn. She can commit mutiny to escape to a home that may no longer exist, or she can try to help Draven escape the clutches of the person responsible for the deaths of half the world. Staying would mean entrusting her life to a pirate. Helping Draven would mean losing her heart to one.

My Review:

 Blue Tide by Jenna-Lynne Duncan is the perfect choice for any reader who is looking for a romantic story full of action, adventure, and mystery. Duncan has created a world the reader will experience through each sense as the author paints sights, sounds, smells, and sensations with words instead of a brush. She has imagined characters that you will love or hate but you will not forget. This young adult fantasy is a fun read, even for an “older” murder mystery fan like me.

Available at:

 Amazon       Barnes and Nobles       Smashwords       Book Depository 

 Kobo             Books a Million              iTunes 

 About the Author:

 author-headshotJenna-Lynne Duncan likes to write heart-stopping, page-turning, haunting romance in all YA genres. Her current Young Adult releases are titled Hurricane, Tempest, and Aftermath (Divertir Publishing) and BLUE TIDE, released by Clean Teen Publishing on January 9 of this year. Jenna graduated with degrees in Middle Eastern Studies, Political Science, and International Studies. BLUE TIDE was the recent winner of RWA’s Romancing the Lake contest. Besides writing, she loves traveling and children. Preferably together. She welcomes readers to contact her on social media or at JennaLynneDuncan@gmail.com.

Find her at:

 Website    Facebook Author Page    Facebook    Twitter 

Blessings,

Linda

 

 

 

Book Review: Letting Go: A Novel by Maria Thompson Corley

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Blurb: Even though she lives hundreds of miles away, when Langston, who dreams of being a chef, meets Cecile, a Juilliard-trained pianist, he is sure that his history of being a sidekick, instead of a love interest, is finally over. Their connection is real and full of potential for a deeper bond, but the obstacles between them turn out to be greater than distance. Can these busy, complicated people be ready for each other at the same time? Does it even matter? Before they can answer these questions, each must do battle with the ultimate demon–fear.  (more…)

Book Review: Our Fragile Hearts by Buffy Andrews

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Blurb:  Three lives. Three broken hearts…

Piper loved her mummy. So when she loses her, her world is confused and sad. But she has Rachel now. She won’t leave her as well, will she?

Rachel finds out she has a 5-year-old sister on the same day that she is told her mother has died. Having been in foster care for years, she never really knew her mum, but she knows for sure she doesn’t want the same thing for Piper. She knows she has to take care of her – but how?

Mary never even got to see her baby. They took it away as soon as she gave birth. And the hole in her heart has never healed. So when she meets Rachel and Piper, two lost girls looking for a family, her broken heart skips a beat…

Review:

Whenever I pick up a book by Buffy Andrews, I have come to expect a reading experience that will draw me into a funny, exciting, and/or emotional story filled with life-like characters that I grow to care about. Our Fragile Hearts, Andrews’ latest release, does not disappoint.  This poignant tale of a five-year-old girl, a young adult single woman, and a wealthy, childless widow met all my expectations beautifully.

Our Fragile Hearts tells the story of love lost and love found, but not in the typical boy-meets-girl scenario. Five-year-old Piper, newly orphaned and insecure, meets Mary, a lonely woman who longs to make her huge house into a loving home. The love at first sight between the two is mutual. Rachel, whose life plans have been turned upside down by the introduction of a younger sister, holds herself aloof for fear of one more in a long string of disappointments.

Andrews weaves the lives of these three characters into a lovely narrative that will make you want to hurry on to see what happens next but also to linger in the parlor where Piper, Rachel, and Mary are sharing a cup of tea. For a memorable reading experience, I highly recommend Our Fragile Hearts by Buffy Andrews.

Available at Amazon.com 

BuffyAbout the Author: Buffy Andrews is an author, blogger, journalist and social media maven.

By day she’s a journalist, leading an award-winning staff at the York Daily Record/Sunday News, where she is Assistant Managing Editor of Social Media and Engagement.

In addition to her writing blog, Buffy’s Write Zone, she maintains a social media blog, Buffy’s World. She is also a newspaper and magazine columnist and writes middle-grade, young adult and women’s fiction.

She lives in south central Pennsylvania with her husband, Tom; two sons, Zach and Micah; and wheaten cairn terrier Kakita. She is grateful for their love and support and for reminding her of what’s most important in life.

Find Buffy at her website, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

Blessings,

Linda

Book Review: The Cold Room (The Balancovat Series Book 1) by Carolyn Filetti

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Blurb: Recreating yourself in a new place can be a dream come true for most teens. Doing so out of duty to a dying race is a different story. Wren Hemsky would have been satisfied just being her shy, reclusive self when her father moved their family to a small farm town in the Midwest. The inherited farm holds dark family secrets that awakens a new reality in the seventeen year-old Wren. Her yearning for truth is hindered when she is pursued by a bully, who is obsessed with her. To add to her new complicated life, she must balance her brother, David, who is normally controlled by medication. The pressure intensifies as Wren falls for the egocentric and reclusive Arden, who may hold the answers she is looking for. Arden is dark and unlike normal humans, causing Wren’s quiet life to come to a screeching halt. Wren must battle a tyrant while falling for a strange boy, forgive and seek help from an angry brother all while uncovering a secret that may prove her the most monstrous of them all.

Review: Reading The Cold Room by Carolyn Filetti was an unusual experience for me. I haven’t read any fantasy since David and I decided to re-read The Chronicles of Narnia (more…)

Book Review: Pig and Sheep by Mike Breen

CoverPig and Sheep Mike Breen is a delightful picture book that will entertain children of all ages while offering a message of grace and hope. Little Pig is happy living in the grand pigsty, eating slops and playing in the mud, until he sees the sheep on the beautiful, green hillside under the loving care of the Shepherd. He longs to share their peaceful life, but he doesn’t believe it is possible. Imagine his delight when the Shepherd performs a “heart transplant” and makes him one of his own. Little Pig is happy in his new life, but one day temptation gets the better of him, and he ends up back in the gooey garbage of the pigsty. Even then, the Shepherd seeks him out, cleans him up, and restores him to the flock. (more…)

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