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review 2018-02-19 02:35
Sweet read, redemption, trust, and true love
Slade: Jackson Creek Series - Julie Lence

Such a sweet page-turner! This story showed the power of truth, faith, and redemption. Jill's innocence never kept her from questioning Slade's motives yet she was drawn to him. I loved Slade's honesty despite being an outlaw. It was also nice to have a brief look at familiar characters from a previous series. I recommend this story and look forward to the next in this series.

I received a copy of this story as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.

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review 2018-02-16 15:20
A great story that kept me listening.
My Fair Duchess (A Once Upon A Rogue Novel Book 1) - Julie Johnstone

I really enjoyed this story. This was the audio version and it kept me wanting to continue to listen. Tim Campbell brought the characters to life, and I loved listening to him tell the tale of Amelia and Colin. Amelia's honest and innocence were the main reason I wanted to keep read. Watching her prove herself to Colin was fun. Colin had been shaped by a rough childhood so it was hard for him to accept. He was gruff and did not believe he had any good in him. It was satisfying as things came together so he could see his own truth, and I cried each time a layer was exposed. I highly recommend this story.


I received a copy of this audiobook as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.

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review 2018-02-07 16:01
A moving memoir.
Real American: A Memoir - Julie Lythcott... Real American: A Memoir - Julie Lythcott-Haims

Don't remember what it was that brought me to Lythcott-Haims's book but it seemed like a memoir would be a good read. The author recalls growing up and navigating what it's like as a child of a African-American father and a white British mother and finding a place to belong. Along the way she discusses race, racism, and how that affected her and eventually her family and children.


It's really moving. I thought it would be a straightforward memoir (and it is) but also not quite. There are chapters that range from several pages to sometimes just a few lines. This can be a risky approach but it works for  Lythcott-Haims. Sometimes it can seem detached, remote, etc. But I found I appreciated that instead of all the details and belaboring the point.


I appreciated this since she covers blatant racism to having the N-word (or a close, deliberate misspelling) scrawled across her locker on her birthday to microaggressions of people touching her hair, implying she doesn't belong in X place, that she only got to X place because she's black and/or a woman, etc. Plus there's the added detail of her mother being white and father being black (plus  Lythcott-Haims herself marrying and having two children with a white man) which is also part of the conversation and how she navigated various spaces (Stanford, law firms, on vacation with her family, dealing with neighbors, etc.).


I'm glad I read it and would recommend it for Black History Month or if you need a memoir or want to read about her experiences. Borrowed from the library but I wouldn't have minded purchasing this either. 

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review 2018-02-02 12:48
The Little Café in Copenhagen (City Bakes, #1) by Jules Wake, writing as Julie Caplin
The Little Café in Copenhagen - Julie Caplin
The Little Café in Copenhagen is a gentle and warm read, almost hygglich itself. I don't read a lot of contemporary novels, so it takes something special to keep my interest. And that is exactly what this gem of a book did from the very beginning.
Kate is a woman who has convinced herself that she is doing the right thing, in all areas of her life. She thinks she is in line for a promotion, and honestly can't think of anything better. Of course, when she doesn't get it, but is offered a conciliatory bone instead - a bone that no one else wanted - she grabs it with both hands, determined to make the best of a bad situation. With an eclectic cast of characters, this book gels together in a way that keeps you turning the pages. They all have their secrets to share (all apart from one) and Eva manages to get them to spill the beans in an almost magical way.
There was nothing about this book that I didn't like! The writing style was smooth and witty in all the right places. The scenes flowed from one to the next, and I loved how it was split into three different sections. There were no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow. I loved every word, and can't wait to continue with this series. Absolutely recommended by me.
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
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review 2018-02-02 01:33
The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place ★★☆☆☆
The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place - Julie Berry

DNF at 15%. It was okay, but just not very interesting. Too twee for my tastes.


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