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review 2018-06-20 03:18
Fatima Farheen Mirza's A PLACE FOR US

The first title from Sarah Jessica Parker's imprint for Hogarth

 

I am normally wary of hyped debut novels, but with comparisons made to Anthony Marra’s outstanding A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, I was eager to read Fatima Farheen Mirza’s A Place for Us.

 

Unlike many reviewers, I was not immediately absorbed by Mirza’s family narrative.  The prose itself was strikingly assured for a debut novelist but I struggled to truly engage with the characters, my personal feelings about the entrenched cultural-religious gender bias impacting their lives getting in the way.

 

Many of the characters’ behaviours/actions are frustrating to an outside observer also. But to Mirza’s credit, her attention to detail and absence of sentimentality in the presentation of the different character viewpoints soon had me seeing past those differences. It is with the nuances of behaviour explored, the family dynamics, and the gravity and impact of what is often left unsaid that I engaged. Continue reading >>

Source: bookloverbookreviews.com/2018/06/a-place-for-us-by-fatima-farheen-mirza-book-review.html
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url 2017-12-25 16:34
Free Kindle Editions (headed down the black hole of amazon freebies ...)
Requiem's Song - Daniel Arenson
Pride and Precipitation (Chick Flick Clique Romantic Comedy Novella #1) - Heather Horrocks
Legions of Orion - Michael G. Thomas
Moth - Daniel Arenson
Ouroboros - Odette C. Bell
Immortal Vegas Series Box Set Volume 1: Books 0-3 - Jenn Stark
Seer of Souls (The Spirit Shield Saga Book 1) - Susan Faw
A Lying Witch - Odette C. Bell
Sora's Quest - T.L. Shreffler
Forbidden The Stars - Valmore Daniels

Heck of a thread over in one of my goodreads groups (Serious Overload of Series) with some freebies.

 

'Tis the day for internet browsing ... warn me if you see me shelving something you know is awful or is by one of those authors who interact weirdly/negatively with reviews.

 

*sigh* the turkey is cooking in the oven and starting to make the house smell so appetizing -- but it takes so long ...

Source: www.goodreads.com/topic/show/449475-book-freebies-kindle-nook-author-pub-other?page=169
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review 2017-11-30 04:22
Wicked Torture
Wicked Torture - J. Kenner

Title:  Wicked Torture

Author:  J. Kenner

Publisher:  Martini & Olive

Series:  Wicked Nights S tark World Book 3

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Rating: Four

Review:


"Wicked Torture" by J. Kenner


My Thoughts.....

 

If you love reads of intensed second chance love that will have a lots of emotional twists, memories, heartbreaks to redemption and love then this is definitely the read for you.This is definitely one of those loves that should have never been walk away from in the first place however, I could see that Noah was doing what he felt was right.   

 

We find that the two main characters Kiki and Noah have been on a roller coaster 'to hell and back' will they be able to get finally  their HEA? For reason why these two had separated due to what Noah had done to Darla. Now as his life changes due to his wife and daughter death and it seems like he still had feeling for Kiki after seeing her again. Will Kiki be there for him as he seems to have come back into her life after ten years?  What about her 'huge music career?  Well, the story gets more interesting as you keep turning the pages where we see that these lives would have to be rekindled. We find Kiki now that she is divorced from her husband and Noah is widowed.  

 

The author presents quite a story as we see how these two being drawn together once again. I will say I did like how time that was taken to heal before they tried to start once again. There was definitely the hot chemistry between these two but will Noah be able to 'give his heart a second chance at love?'  This will definitely be a 'unique twist on a second chance love.' Will these two get this HEA and find their way back to each other?  To find out the answers to these questions and so much more you will have to pick up "Wicked Torture" to see how this story all comes out especially that epilogue.  

 

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review 2017-08-20 19:50
Shattered
Shattered (Steel Brothers Saga) - Helen Hardt

Title:  Shattered

Author:  Helen Hardt

Publisher:  Waterhouse Press

Series:  Steel Brothers Saga # 7

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating:  Five

Review:

 

"Shattered" by Helen Hardt

 

My Synopsis....

 

This was another good Steel Brothers Saga # 7 that featured mainly Ryan and Ruby along with the rest of the brothers, sister and sister in laws.  We find the two older brothers are getting married and all are in Jamaica having a good time.  But something will happen to two of the guest at the resort that will shorten their trip.  Upon coming home Ryan and Ruby seem to be coming together with such hot and steamy chemistry however, after a  text and phone call will cause secrets to start coming out that will put quite a damper on this relationship.  How will this situation be handled by the other family members and even Ruby as she is involved too?  Even toward the end of this series both Ryan and Ruby will receive a phone call that will send this twisted intensed story into a cliffhanger for this novel and will only leave the reader wanting to know more.  Hopeful in the end Ryan and Ruby will get to a HEA.

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review 2017-06-14 20:09
Secrets in Summer
Secrets in Summer: A Novel - Nancy Thayer

Title:  Secrets in Summer

Author:  Nancy Thayer

Publisher:  Ballantine Books

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Four

Review:

 

"Secrets in Summer" by Nancy Thayer 

 

My Thoughts...

 

"Secrets in Summer" really gives you quite a read where the reader will be pulled into many different directions.  We find Darcy Cotterill a librarian is in her Nantucket home where she has inherited it from her grandmother. Oh, let me just say she is dating Nash being newly divorced. But what all was up with that?   Now it is the beginning of Memorial Day and people are showing up. But to Darcy's surprise her neighbor behind her is none other that her ex [Boyz] and his new wife [Autumn] and stepdaughter[Willow]. Some other neighbors.were one with three boys and a elderly woman who was staying with her grandson [Clive] who happens to be thirty. We now get the start of the story as the it will go into their life's.  Now, this is where this story will get most interesting as the story isn't only about the neighbors but of 'adultery, drugs, senior citizen issues, secrets and then it seems like this ex doesn't know what the word no really means.' Really what in the world was that about?  Didn't Boyz leave his wife [Darcy] for this new one?  I am only left to say that Darcy really had her hands full because it seems like she was just too involved with everyone life which did get a little over the top to me. You will definitely have to pick up this good read to see how it will all come out for Darcy.   I will say this is a good summer entertaining read that will keep your attention to see what will happen next in this story.  In the end will Darcy be able to get out of her past and finally find a permanency in her life that she will enjoy?  It will be a interesting to read and see how this story does unfold.

 

I received this from NetGalley to read and review. 

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