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review 2018-02-16 19:07
Map of the Heart: A Novel - Susan Wiggs

Map of the Heart by Susan Wiggs
Camille Adams, a photographer and I love hearing about her craft.
The film is Malcolm Finnemore's and he has a very old film strip that he wants digitized. She loves the challenge.
While doing the work the call from ER that her daughter, Julie is there and she's on her way...her doctor husband had died in the water...
Story also follows Finn, history professor in Provence, France who's a volunteer with historic cemetary-chronilogging things left on headstones.
He's looking for his father still when his sister came across the unexposed film of things his dad had taken...
Interesting what draws them together and the link they have...
Love hearing of the locations and all the photography things all the mystery things they find and investigate.
This book is so much more detailed than the authors other works I've read-like her style but this takes the cake and icing. So much research has gone into this book and story is told in such a nice way.
Conflict with weight and interesting how the grandfather is the one to console his granddaughter from his own experience.
Book goes back in time to her father's parents growing up in France during the war and what they have to do to survive.
Problem for me is going back to the past and then forward to the present and future, several times. Wish it just had started in past and brought us up to date.
Not sure which section I like the best as they are all woven together.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

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review 2018-02-11 16:34
4 Out Of 5 "The Heart Wants What It Wants" Stars...
Things We Know by Heart - Jessi Kirby

 

 

 

~MY THOUGHTS~

 

While this didn't strike a chord with me quite like I wanted it to, I did really enjoy it.  A quick, but sweetly poignant story, that is refreshingly told. The tidbits at the beginning of each chapter in reference to the heart and heart transplants were neat. 

 

If you've ever lost someone close to you and their organs were transplanted and wondered what the person or people who received those transplants stories were like then this story could be for you.

 

 

 

~MY RATING~ 4/5 STARS - GRADE=B+

 

~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 3.8/5

Main Characters~ 4/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 3.8/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.3/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.2/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 4/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ Very cute.

Narration~ Amanda Wallace, she was sufficient but forgettable, but in a good way.  When you have a bad experience with a particular narrator, it really sticks with you.

Setting~ Coast of California

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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review 2018-02-10 18:35
Bless Her Heart (An Ellery Novel) - Sally Kilpatrick

For a while at the start of this book, I was really starting to get tired of hearing this "bless your heart" phrase and almost put the book down. Soon after that thought, it stopped and I realized that the author had to of put that in there to get us as sick of the phrase as the character. A character who really had to put up with a lot of crap, a lot of it no fault of her own. Well, it worked. Ha!

So. . . just give it a chance. I found it to be a very fun, entertaining and enjoyable read. I was laughing and smh right along with the character for the rest of the book.

Thanks to Kensington Books and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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review 2018-02-08 22:09
A Must Read
A Counterfeit Heart (Secrets & Spies #3) - K.C. Bateman

Wow!  A Counterfeit Heart by K.C. Bateman is a phenomenal historical romance.  Ms. Bateman has once again impressed me with her story-telling skills.  She has delivered a well-written book and loaded it with outstanding characters.  Kudos to Ms. Bateman on her characters and dialog.  Sabine is a French counterfeiter known as Philippe Lacorte.  She leaves France and travels to London and presents herself to Richard, Viscount Lovell.  Their story is packed with suspense, action, humor and sizzle.  I loved this book from the first page to the last and can't wait to read my next book by K.C. Bateman.   A Counterfeit Heart is book 3 of the Secrets and Spies Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

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review 2018-02-08 22:07
A Must Read
A Counterfeit Heart (Secrets & Spies #3) - K.C. Bateman

Wow!  A Counterfeit Heart by K.C. Bateman is a phenomenal historical romance.  Ms. Bateman has once again impressed me with her story-telling skills.  She has delivered a well-written book and loaded it with outstanding characters.  Kudos to Ms. Bateman on her characters and dialog.  Sabine is a French counterfeiter known as Philippe Lacorte.  She leaves France and travels to London and presents herself to Richard, Viscount Lovell.  Their story is packed with suspense, action, humor and sizzle.  I loved this book from the first page to the last and can't wait to read my next book by K.C. Bateman.   A Counterfeit Heart is book 3 of the Secrets and Spies Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

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