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review 2018-06-21 19:26
Where Hope Begins - Catherine West

This is a story of a couple who have been together for 24 years and they have a lot of issues. A LOT of issues. A tragic death of a child, growing apart after so many years, suicide attempts, adultery and just everyday dealings with two children 16 and 20 years old.

There are also a lot of great quotes throughout the book. The characters are also somewhat pretty religious. There is a lot of talk about God.

The author uses the story of Alice in Wonderland throughout the book to describe the marriage of Savannah and Kevin which fit in perfectly. 

**Tissues needed** It took me a while to get through to the end of this book. I had to keep stopping and handle my blubbering. Yes, I cried. I cried a lot!!! It was such a sorrowful, sweet ending.

I loved everything about this book. Not my first book by this author which I discovered when investigating her other books. And this will not be my last. Two books read by this author and, for me, both 5 stars. How could I not?

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

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review 2018-06-19 18:28
Chasing Hope (Harper Family, #2) by Nancy Stopper
Chasing Hope - Nancy Stopper


Love is a battlefield. Risking one's heart is dangerous territory. It's emotional, empowering and ugly work, but it's the battle that makes it worth the reward. Nancy Stopper bravely exposes the love in all it's glory. Chasing Hope is one couple's fight to stay afloat when life does not turn out as planned. Even within the most painful moments, hope always stands a chance. A count one's blessing tale.

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review 2018-05-28 12:16
The House at the End of Hope Street - Menna van Praag I didn't dislike this book but I can't say I liked it either, so I'm a little bit torn. I guess it doesn't help that I had 4 protagonists to potentially connect with and I felt absolutely nothing for all 4 of them. The story got a little but interesting with Alba's parents' romance but fell flat for me outside of that. Its not badly written but I just wish I liked it a whole lot more.
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review 2018-05-17 01:32
DK Readers: Lego Star Wars: A New Hope - Emma Grange

For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

This was an okay read. I think it was kind of doomed from the start. This is a level 1 book (Beginning to Read), but Star Wars itself is a pretty complex story. This book does its best to simplify the story, but it comes out choppy and difficult to read. You really have to have a basic understanding of the Star Wars universe to know what is going on. And with words like Tatooine, it's hard to picture this as a level 1 book. 

The pictures are fun however, so if you have a kid who enjoys Lego or Star Wars, this may be an interesting read. But I recommend the child knows Star Wars characters or the basic idea of Star Wars before going into this book.

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review 2018-04-28 22:59
CITY OF HOPE BY Kate Kerrigan
City of Hope - Kate Kerrigan


Kate Kerrigan

Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 25th 2013 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published November 1st 2011)
ISBN:  0062237284 (ISBN13: 9780062237286)


An Irish immigrant, Ellie, returns to New York city after her husband dies. Kerrigan gives Ellie some depth with Ellie's strength, independence, and entrepreneurship in the 1930s. I did find some parts slow moving but overall, the story is good. Following Ellie through her trials and tribulations was enough to keep my interest. Kerrigan does describe small town Ireland and depression era New York City well.

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