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review 2017-08-30 22:26
Good Read!
Santa Dear - Megan Kelly

Santa Dear by Megan Kelly is a fun read, perfect for the Christmas season.  Ms Kelly has given us a well-written book.  Her characters fit the story perfectly, A+ to Ms Kelly for her awesome characters.  Trish and Sam's story is an entertaining read that had me going from laughter to growling.   There's plenty of drama, humor and spice to keep the pages turning in this book.  I enjoyed reading  Santa Dear and would happily read more from Megan Kelly in the future.  Santa Dear is book 1 of the Christmas In Stilton Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

 

I purchased a print copy of this book at a book signing.

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review 2017-08-26 12:44
The Daughters of Ireland
The Daughters of Ireland (Deverill Chronicles) - Santa Montefiore

Celia Deverill has bought the ruins of her family's castle after it was burned down in the war.  The year is 1925 and Celia and her husband have plenty of money to rebuild the castle and upgrade everything to Celia's extravagant and opulent demands.  While Celia is busy redecorating, Kitty Deverill and her husband Robert Trench are raising Kitty's half-brother, Little Jack.  Kitty is concerned that Little Jack's real mother, Bridie Doyle will come and steal him away. Kitty is also wrestling with her feelings for her true love Jack O'Leary.  She will have to make a decision to tear apart her family and move to America with Jack or deny her true love and stay with her family and her home in Ireland.  Meanwhile, Bridie Doyle has become a new person in New York.  Now a wealthy widow, she is determined to reclaim the son that was taken from her as well as the Castle where she once worked.

Once again, I was enraptured by the stories of the women of Castle Deverill.  Picking up right after The Girl in the Castle, the stories of Kitty, Bridie and Celia continue to grow and shine.  Now adults, these women are making their own decisions and affecting the lives of those around them as well as the ghosts who still inhabit Castle Deverill.  I was very pleased that Barton Deverill's story was expanded upon and I was able to understand the reasons for the curse.  I love that the supernatural and folklore are a part of the story, bringing out the magic of Ireland in a sophisticated way.  I was completely captivated by all of these women's stories while they  were busy trying to navigate life and come to terms with what has been handed to them their stories went in such different ways then I could have ever imagined. I became so frustrated at points when their decisions seemed immature or senseless, I just wanted to shake them!  However, through masterful storytelling, the saga of the Daughters of Ireland engrossed me all the way through.  I was definitely surprised at the end, but I believe they are one step closer to breaking the curse of Castle Deverill.

This book was received for free in return for an honest review.

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review 2017-07-22 23:39
Santa Assignment - Delores Fossen

cover commentary:  What's with the alien arms and dorky expression?

 

A point off for keeping it in the family. Ewww.

 

Another point off for a tangled web of whodunit

 

So the heroine, her sister, and three boys - two of which were brothers - grew up together. heroine dates the third wheel amongst the boys. Sister marries a cop. Both girls are attorneys. The brothers beat up the third boy - the boyfriend of sorts. Heroine, for whatever reason, represents one of the brothers. Boyfriend is pissed off, brother represented is pissed off. Someone kills sister, brother-in-law takes upset out on heroine, someone starts stalking heroine (or was that already happening, unsure). Heroine disappears herself.

 

This is the setup.

 

Not quite 3 years later, former BIL sicces PI on h because his son - her nephew - is in dire straits and needs a donor. Sibling is the last hope.

 

Of course, they do try the clinical method, and it may have even worked in spite of the stalker's burning down the clinic. They also try the old fashioned method - as clinically as possible. Eventually, h is grabbed. Eventually, they have a less impersonal encounter, eventually, h is grabbed again...

 

Because two of the three boys from her childhood held grudges and were after her.

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review 2017-07-06 16:15
Santa Maybe (Savvy Stories) - Dan Alatorre

Santa Maybe by Dan Alatorre
Enjoyed this story as it follows the family as the child grows and he wants to impress her with meeting and talking to Santa at the store.
He was only there for canning jars and thought he'd just run in quick, get them, pay and be on his way home again to help with the holiday traditions.
Never heard of the dish and because the book also includes the recipe it may be one we try for ourselves.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest review.

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text 2017-05-25 06:01
Part 3: What's On Your Library Wishlist?
Daughters of the Moon, Volume 2 - Lynne Ewing
The Countess - Lynsay Sands
The Blades of the Rose Bundle: Warrior, Scoundrel, Rebel, & Stranger - Zoe Archer
Shakespeare's Landlord - Charlaine Harris
Crazy Love - Candace Gold
Kissing Santa Claus - Donna Kauffman,HelenKay Dimon
1,000-Year Voyage - John Russell Fearn
Notorious Victoria: The Life of Victoria Woodhull, Uncensored - Mary Gabriel
The Misenchanted Sword: A Legend of Ethshar - Lawrence Watt-Evans

Still updating my shelves to reflect and to work thru the wishlist.  Any recommendations to immediately read anything currently borrow-able?

 

(Backfiring as a way to clean up some reading lists because I stupidly keep glancing at the "also enjoyed" and adding more to the TBR but working to remind me I wanted to read something or continue some series.)

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