Book Review, Edelweiss, NetGalley

Book Review: Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars 5 Stars

Publish Date: February 13, 2018

This book has the medical drama, excitement, and steamy work romance of Gray’s Anatomy, and the female bonds, motherhood struggles, secrets, heartbreak, and wit of Big Little Lies tied up in one delectable package. I LOVED it, and I couldn’t get enough of it.

I received a copy of this book through Edelweiss and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to Edelweiss, NetGalley, Berkley Publishing, and Kimmery Martin for the opportunity.

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This book is about friendships.

The cover of this book is absolutely gorgeous, and immediately caught my eye.

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This is the story of Zadie Anson and Emma Colley, who have been best friends since they met in medical school when they were in their early twenties.

Now they’re happily married wives and mothers with successful careers — Zadie as a pediatric cardiologist and Emma as a trauma surgeon. Their lives in Charlotte, North Carolina are busy but fulfilling, until the return of a former colleague upends their stable routines.

As chief resident and primary handsome hunk, Nick Xenokostas AKA Dr. X, was the center of Zadie’s life–both in and out of work– until he breaks her heart. Zadie has moved on, but Nick’s unexpected reappearance shocks both Zadie and Emma for different reasons that are slowly uncovered as the book progresses. Emma has been keeping a secret that will rip Zadie’s heart into pieces.

I think this quote from Buddha sums up the basis for this story: Three things cannot be long hidden – the sun, the moon, and the truth. Continue reading “Book Review: Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin”

Blog Tour, Book Review, NetGalley

**Blog Tour** Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton and a #Giveaway for a Kindle Fire! #BookReview @BerkleyPub

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars 

Publish Date: February 6, 2018.

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Next Year in Havana!

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Camila Cabello‘s soulful song, Havana, comes to mind when I think of this book.

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Special thanks to Chanel Cleeton, NetGalley, and Berkley Publishing for the privilege of previewing this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book is essentially a beautifully written love letter to Cuba.

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After the death of her beloved grandmother, a Cuban-American woman travels to Havana, where she discovers the roots of her identity—and unearths a family secret hidden since the revolution…

Havana, 1958. The daughter of a sugar baron, nineteen-year-old Elisa Perez is part of Cuba’s high society, where she is largely sheltered from the country’s growing political unrest—until she embarks on a clandestine affair with a passionate revolutionary…

Miami, 2017. Freelance writer Marisol Ferrera grew up hearing romantic stories of Cuba from her late grandmother Elisa, who was forced to flee with her family during the revolution. Elisa’s last wish was for Marisol to scatter her ashes in the country of her birth.

Arriving in Havana, Marisol comes face-to-face with the contrast of Cuba’s tropical, timeless beauty and its perilous political climate. When more family history comes to light and Marisol finds herself attracted to a man with secrets of his own, she’ll need the lessons of her grandmother’s past to help her understand the true meaning of courage. Continue reading “**Blog Tour** Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton and a #Giveaway for a Kindle Fire! #BookReview @BerkleyPub”

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**Happy Release Day to 2 Books!** Next Year in Havana & How to Stop Time

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Two books are being released today! Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton and How to Stop Time by Matt Haig.

Both books are written in dual timelines with a Then and Now approach. The dual timelines add depth to the plot and character development and I enjoyed this writing approach.

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Genre: Women’s Fiction, Historical Fiction

This book is essentially a beautifully written love letter to Cuba.

Marisol, a Cuban-American woman, travels to Havana to scatter her beloved grandmother’s ashes and begins the journey to truly understand her roots in the country of her grandmother’s birth while navigating a challenging political climate and a complicated romantic situation. 

The book is told in two timelines – Havana in 1958, and Miami in 2017 – essentially two stories in one. The story is laced with history, culture, and romance.

My full review will be published later this week when I have the honor of participating in the book’s blog tour.

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

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Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction

Tom Hazard has a secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but because of  a rare condition called anageria, he’s been alive since 1581.  Tom has met a lot of famous people like Shakespeare, F. Scott & Ella Fitzgerald, experienced major historical events firsthand, and witnessed many inventions become real. He just wants an ordinary life, but because of his secret, he must move every 8 years and reinvent himself.

It is now 2017 and Tom moves back to London, his old home, to become a high school history teacher – the perfect job for someone like him who has witnessed history first hand.

Tom has lived in London before, and returning to the city now is bittersweet for him because it holds many memories of love, laughter, friendship, heartache, pain, anguish, and grief.

“Can a life without love still be worth living?”

The book makes you think about your own life, who you love, choices, and the actions that you take because of it.

My full review is here.

Happy Release Day to Next Year in Havana and How to Stop Time!

Musings

Happy Monday! What’s On My Shelf

Happy Monday, my fellow book readers!

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Can you tell that I’m excited to start another week?

I am sharing what’s on my shelf at the moment – what I recently finished reading, what I’m currently reading, and what I plan to read in the near future.

What I Read Last Week

The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll

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Synopsis:

Five very successful women star in a reality series set in New York City called Goal Diggers, and no one predicted that season ends in murder…

Who was killed, and why?

Brett’s the favorite of LGBTQ fans and the object of jealousy from her cast mates. Kelly is Brett’s older sister and business partner and the newest cast member. Stephanie is the first black cast member with a rift between her and her former best friend, Brett. Lauren is Goal Diggers’ recovering addict— everyone loves a comeback story. And Jen plays a holistic hippie for the cameras, but is perhaps the most ruthless of them all when the cameras are off.

This is the literary equivalent of Real Housewives of New York – backstabbing, fame obsessed characters, and an inside peek at what goes on after the TV cameras are turned off – a must read for fans of this show or any reality show!

The Coincidence Makers by Yoav Blum

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Synopsis:

What if the drink you just spilled, the train you just missed, or the lottery ticket you just found was not just a random occurrence? What if it’s all part of a bigger plan? What if there’s no such thing as a chance encounter? What if there are people we don’t know determining our destiny? And what if they are even planning the fate of the world?

Enter the Coincidence Makers—Guy, Emily, and Eric—three seemingly ordinary people who work for a secret organization devoted to creating and carrying out coincidences. What the rest of the world sees as random occurrences, are, in fact, carefully orchestrated events designed to spark significant changes in the lives of their targets—scientists on the brink of breakthroughs, struggling artists starved for inspiration, loves to be, or just plain people like you and me…

This plot just HOOKED me, line and sinker. I’m writing my review now, but in a nutshell, this book was really thought provoking and entertaining. Continue reading “Happy Monday! What’s On My Shelf”

Book Review, Edelweiss

Book Review: How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars 4 Stars

Publish Date: February 6, 2018

Thank you to Edelweiss, the Penguin Publishing Group – Viking, and Matt Haig for the privilege of previewing this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book has a lot of buzz. It has a Goodreads average rating of 4.13 on 5,767 ratings, and it’s going to be made into a movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch!

 

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Tom Hazard has a secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but because of  a rare condition called anageria, he’s been alive since 1581.  Tom has met a lot of famous people like Shakespeare, F. Scott & Ella Fitzgerald, experienced major historical events firsthand, and witnessed many inventions become real. He just wants an ordinary life, but because of his secret, he must move every 8 years and reinvent himself.

It is now 2017 and Tom moves back to London, his old home, to become a high school history teacher – the perfect job for someone like him who has witnessed history first hand.

Tom has lived in London before, and returning to the city is bittersweet for him because it holds many memories of love, laughter, friendship, heartache, pain, anguish, and grief. Continue reading “Book Review: How to Stop Time by Matt Haig”

Book Review, NetGalley

Book Review: Need to Know by Karen Cleveland

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars 5 Stars

Publish Date: January 23, 2018

This story introduces the reader to the world of CIA counterintelligence and Russian sleeper cells.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley, Random House – Ballatine, and Karen Cleveland for allowing me to preview this book.

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When I picture a sleeper cell, I think of a container where a baby take a nap. Or a sleeping bag for a child’s sleepover. And maybe counterintelligence means anti-smart?

As you can see, I am ignorant new to these terms, so I had to look it up. Wikipedia defines counterintelligence as “information gathered and activities conducted to protect against espionage, other intelligence activities, sabotage, or assassinations conducted for or on behalf of foreign powers, organizations or persons or international terrorist activities.”

And a sleeper cell is a secretive group of spies or terrorist agents that remain inactive within a target population until ordered to act.

Now you know. Fascinating! Continue reading “Book Review: Need to Know by Karen Cleveland”

Book Review, Musings

**1st Guest Post!** Book Review: The Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory

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Eric’s rating: 4 of 5 stars 4 Stars

Format: Audible

Publish Date: June 27, 2017

Genre: Science Fiction

Today I am proud to welcome my husband, Eric, to be my very first guest on my blog!img_3412

Eric is a new user of Audible. He listens to books in the car while traveling for work. I have a feeling that this new feature will have him listening to more audio books going forward.

Spoonbenders has been on my TBR list since it was published. It travels up and down my TBR but I’ve always wanted to read it. I told Eric about this book, and he was intrigued.

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This is a story about a con man falling in love with a genuinely powerful psychic, family, loyalty, and getting mixed up with the Chicago mob.

The Goodreads synopsis:

A generations-spanning family of psychics–both blessed and burdened by their abilities–must use their powers to save themselves from the CIA, the local mafia, and a skeptic hell-bent on discrediting them in this hilarious, tender, magical novel about the invisible forces that bind us.

The Telemachus family is known for performing inexplicable feats on talk shows and late-night television. Teddy, a master conman, heads up a clan who possess gifts he only fakes: there’s Maureen, who can astral project; Irene, the human lie detector; Frankie, gifted with telekinesis; and Buddy, the clairvoyant. But when, one night, the magic fails to materialize, the family withdraws to Chicago where they live in shame for years.

As they find themselves facing a troika of threats (CIA, mafia, unrelenting skeptic), Matty, grandson of the family patriarch, discovers a bit of the old Telemachus magic in himself. Now, they must put past obstacles behind them and unite like never before. But will it be enough to bring The Amazing Telemachus Family back to its amazing life? Continue reading “**1st Guest Post!** Book Review: The Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory”