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review 2016-12-30 00:22
Good Story and Characters
Unlucky in Love: A Whisper Creek Novel - Maggie McGinnis Alexis/Lexy is an elementary school nurse She is packing to go to Whisper Creek ranch at the pushing of her younger sister - Katie. Lexy got a note from her fiance Tristan breaking off their engagement two weeks before their wedding. Lexy feels like old reliable or second best. Lexy was the reliable one like when her father left Lexy was the one her mother turned to. Lexy’s mom is a hypochondriac and Lexy is her rock. Lexy is trying to change herself and not be boring and try to win Mark back. Gunner is working toward getting his own ranch and working with broken , hard to handle horses. Gunner feels he had found his home. In the past he traveled from Army base to Army base with his mom Gunner was Mr. July on the calendar ranch. Gunner and Lexy develop a strong friendship There is attraction there but Gunner and Lexy are both long term relationship type people not just a summer fling. But as time goes on Lexy and Gunner feelings surpasses friendship . Gunner is determined to show Lexy she is lucky just to be herself. Gunner has to convince Lexy to take a chance on them. I liked this story a lot. It was a sweet read and had a good plot. I laughed out loud at times which is always good while reading. At times I also choked up while reading this story.I did however feel the author was trying to hard in the middle of the story by referring to other couples that had went to the same things several times. Otherwise I did really enjoy this story. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of the story and I recommend.
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review 2016-10-11 03:55
Unlucky in Love: A Whisper Creek Novel - Maggie McGinnis

I enjoyed this story. Alexis was easy for me to identify with as I am not very adventurous either. Gunnar's determination to help her see that she was best as herself kept me reading this book. This was my second trip to Whisper Creek and I will return. I highly recommend this book and series.

I received a copy of this book through Netgalley, and this is my voluntarily given review.

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review 2016-10-06 09:00
Review: She's Got a Way by Maggie McGinnis (@Maggie_McGinnis)


Series: Echo Lake, #3
Publisher: St. Martin's
Published: August 30, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 352 pages

First off let me say that I wanted to like this book, I really did. I enjoyed the other books in the series that I have read and looked forward to another enjoyable read.

Unfortunately my OCD germaphobe issues got in the way and I had to DNF at about 29%.  My personal "Ewww" was just too high.

See, our heroine and the 4 girls in her care are at a rustic summer camp. One that's not currently offering indoor toilets or running water. Yes, as in outhouses and bathing in the lake. Now, let me go one further and tell you that for many, many years this summer camp was an all boys camp. All I could think about was the fact that boys are known to urinate anywhere and everywhere and they were bathing in the lake.

First of all, whenever you get out of the water, any swimming type water, you should wash. With Soap and fresh water. And I don't care how much bio-safe soap you use, bathing in the lake is not really bathing. You are washing yourself where fish and other creatures live and potty. Don't try to tell me water from the tap is being pulled directly from similar areas. There are filters and such to keep most contaminates out. Plus let's not discount the many, many years of boys most probably peeing in that very same lake. Nope, nope, nope. Ewww, yuck, gross, blergh. *shudders*

Needless to say, I just couldn't keep going. I'm sure that for others, this is a non issue and are quietly laughing about my personal squicks. It's all good, I don't mind. :)  I will definitely try another book (as long as they don't use the lake to bathe in), but I had to pass on this one.

St. Martin's and Netgalley provided me with this book in exchange for my honest opinion.


Gabriela O’Brien is devoted to the girls at Briarwood Academy, the exclusive boarding school where she works—even when they screw up royally. Their latest prank has earned them an entire summer at a remote campground in Echo Lake, Vermont—no boys allowed. When the headmaster assigns Gabi to be their chaperone, how can she refuse? A long, hot summer with neither indoor plumbing nor wireless access might be just what she needs to get her own life in order… right?

Before Briarwood took over Camp Echo, Luke Magellan spent years there helping needy, troubled boys. He can do without four spoiled rich girls and their seemingly uptight den mother. It’s hard to hide his amusement as he watches them cope with collapsing tents and raccoon invasions. But it’s even tougher to resist the passion and strength he sees in Gabi—especially when he learns about her past, and sees how much she cares about her students. Is this destined to be just a grownup version of a summer-camp romance—or can they find enough in common to build a love for all seasons?
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review 2016-05-06 09:00
Review: Heart Like Mine by Maggie McGinnis (@Maggie_McGinnis)


Heart Like Mine


Echo Lake, #2


Maggie McGinnis


Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Date of Publication: April 5, 2016
Number of pages: 364



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Delaney Blair loves her job at Echo Lake’s Mercy Hospital, where she’s developed a reputation for being smart, fair, and driven. When she’s assigned to cut funding, she has to temporarily relocate her office, put on borrowed scrubs, and go toe-to-toe with Dr. Joshua Mackenzie, the interim head of the pediatrics department. His killer smile and rock-star body are distractions Delaney could do without, but she’s determined to stay focused while she brings his budget into line. It’s not working.

Beloved by his colleagues and patients alike, Josh is too busy caring for sick kids to talk numbers with the sexy, stiletto-clad Delaney. Every time they talk business, tensions run high…but so does a powerful attraction neither of them can ignore. When an emergency brings Mercy to its knees, Delaney and Josh must work together to save lives. But can they also find a way into each other’s hearts?

Don't miss Heart Like Mine, the second Echo Lake novel from Maggie McGinnis!

I have become a fan of Maggie McGinnis' work with A Cowboy's Christmas Promise and Snowflake Wishes. Always a sucker for a Christmas story, these works transcended the holiday and still managed to tell a great story.  So when I was offered the opportunity to read another Echo Lake novel, I was all over it.  And I wasn't disappointed.  This time though, the setting was a small town hospital, specifically, the pediatrics ward.

I am going to straight up say, that I have no idea how true to life the story was in regards to doctor's and nurses working in a small town hospital. And you know what, I didn't care. Because in it the setting seemed idealistic, yet realistic, and just how I would want the pediatric ward to run if I had a young family member there. I also liked how both sides of the clinical versus clerical (ivory tower) were shown. There is a reason it takes both to keep things running smoothly in a hospital, as well as why both sides need to work together and have more open communication.

I liked Delaney from the beginning. She wasn't some cold fish that I had to warm up to, but a woman who had let fear guide herself for too long. Seeing her come out of her shell with the kids on the pediatric ward was touching. Delaney and Josh were great as a couple. They took their time getting to know one another, and it just worked for me.

Though I missed a book in the Echo Lake series, the book did a fairly good job of standing alone. This was a quick, fun read that still managed to tug on my heart strings. I gave this book 4 stars.

Thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for the opportunity to read and review the book.


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review 2015-12-12 00:00
Snowflake Wishes
Snowflake Wishes - Maggie McGinnis Snowflake Wishes - Maggie McGinnis This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.

I really enjoyed this one. There is just something about a second chance romance that really gets to me. I think that this kind of story actually can work really well in a novella or short story format largely because there is no need for the dreaded insta-love since the pair already know each other. I thought this story was wonderfully told with a lot of depth and wonderful characters. I have to admit that when I finished the story I had a big old grin on my face.

The cover and title made me think that this was going to be a very Christmas focused story but there really wasn't a lot of talk about the holidays. Some but not a lot. It does take place in the winter but I wouldn't hesitate to pick this one up during any time of the year.

The story starts out at the local Snowflake ball which has been notorious for leading to 49 weddings so far. Piper isn't really interested in being at the dance or being part of the 50th wedding. She's there but she isn't having a great time as she is matched up to dance with a few less than ideal partners. Then her name is called with a name from her past, Noah, and everything changes. Piper and Noah split up 7 years ago but neither one of them has moved on. It is obvious right away that they both still love each other. They agree to go on a shopping trip together and end up snowed in for the night at a small diner. Can things be different for them now than they were 7 years ago?

I loved the characters in this story. Piper is an artist who has stayed in the same little town while Noah is an adrenaline junkie who has traveled the world looking for his next thrill. Noah's quest for thrills is actually what tore the couple apart the first time and I wasn't sure that they would be able to make it work this time either. I haven't read a lot of romances where I wonder how they will make it work for most of the story. I was cheering for them but I wasn't sure how they would make it happen.

I really enjoyed the way this story was written. The characters were very easy to like and I could feel how much they both cared for each other. I really liked the fact that the story didn't rely on sex to illustrate the pair's feeling for each other. The pacing of the story was well done with quite a bit actually happening in this short piece. I really thought the story was very believable.

I would highly recommend this novella to anyone looking for a short romantic read. This is a very full story that can be easily read in a single evening. This is the first time that I have read anything by Maggie McGinnis but I plan to take a look at some of her other work. I would definitely be interested in reading more in the Echo Lake series.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from St. Martin's Press via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.

Initial Thoughts
I can't believe how much I ended up enjoying this story. I love a good second chance romance and this one worked very well. I am amazed by how much depth this short novella had. Noah and Piper were wonderful characters and I found myself trying to figure out how they could make things work this time.
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