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review 2017-12-03 10:39
Left to Chance
Left to Chance: A Novel - Amy Sue Nathan

By:  Amy Sue Nathan

ISBN: 9781250091116

Publisher:  St Martin's Press

Publication Date: 11/21/2017 

Format: Paperback

My Rating: 4 Stars


Amy Sue Nathan returns following The Good Neighbor andThe Glass Wives with LEFT TO CHANCE – can you return home, unchanged?

A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it." – George A. Moore

Teddi Lerner left Chance, Ohio years ago. It was not a place for wimps; however, she was on her way, regardless. The place that had haunted her for the past six years. The town she grew up in, and ran from, on the day of Celia’s funeral.

Teddi is a successful wedding photographer for Hester Hotels and is called home to photograph the wedding of her best friend’s (Celia) husband, Miles. They had a daughter, Shayna who is now twelve years old. This is the only reason she is back. This is what mattered most. 

Everything has changed in the small town. There is also Celia’s brother, Beck. Beck, of course, looked better at thirty-five than at twenty-nine. 

Beck held a grudge. She did not blame him. But Teddi had allowed herself to believe he would forgive her. 

She had always photographed things that grew. Babies, kids, flowers, relationships. Those things also died. She also had forgotten what it was like to be with people who knew things about her besides what she had chosen to tell them. 

Does she know what true friendships and deep relationships meant? Letting someone in, letting her down, and possibly letting her go. 

From an unexpected friendship, secrets of the past, guilt, and emotional courage— a warmhearted charming story of love and loss and what it truly means to return home. 

Redemption. Facing the past and overcoming obstacles. A Hallmark story for those who enjoy happy endings and discovering the truly important things in life.

For fans of Sonja Yoerg, Barbara Claypole White, Patti Callahan Henry, Joanne Demaio, and women's contemporary fiction. 

A special thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for an advanced reading copy. 


Source: www.judithdcollinsconsulting.com/single-post/2017/07/01/Left-to-Chance
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text 2017-10-27 16:10
Reading progress update: I've read 33%.
The Nix - Nathan Hill

This was highly recommended by many people, so I thought I'd give the audio book a try. The narration is solid, but I'm having trouble with the story, i.e I can't connect with any of the characters. Has anyone read this? I'm just wondering if it's worth continuing. Thanks.

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review 2017-10-20 23:22
The Road to Little Dribbling – DNF @3%
The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain - Bill Bryson,Nathan Osgood

This could not catch my interest. It seemed kind of amusing, but my mind kept wandering. I’m not sure if this is just not a good book for the audio format or if I’m just not in the mood. Or maybe because it’s a sequel and I haven’t read the first book. I gave it my minimum 20 minutes of audio time before DNF’ing. No star rating given as I suspect my disinterest has more to do with me than the book. 


Audiobook borrowed from my public library. Nathan Osgood’s performance was fine.

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review 2017-10-19 15:38
The Nix
The Nix - Nathan Hill

This was a terrific book, but it is, I thought, way too long. I am a fan of John Irving's quirky, sprawling novels , and this reminds me of them. However, listening to it (a 22-hour audio book!) I thought there were many times that descriptions, while wonderful, just went on and on. For example, while in the airport, the protagonist passes what is likely a Brookstone - I got that with the first four or five items listed, didn't need the almost complete inventory provided by Hill. Still, if you have the patience, the writing is lively, the story is interesting, and the ending was untidy and wholly satisfying.

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review 2017-09-22 18:28
We Met in Dreams
We Met in Dreams - Rowan McAllister

“Yesterday in the park, I was feeling quite sorry for myself. I sat on that bench for a long time, trying to dredge up the strength to return to my empty apartments. Then an angel dropped in my lap, invited me to tea, and kissed me, and ever since I’ve been struggling to believe my luck. I feel as if I’m in a dream, and at any moment, I’ll wake broken and alone again.”


This book is the perfect blend of paranormal, mystery, historical fiction and romance.  Just an absolutely beautiful story that kept me on the edge of my seat; kept me continuously wondering who to trust, what to believe and how this would end.  And none of it was as I suspected which made the journey that much better.


I adored both these beautiful men and how they each became the angel the other needed to see through their darkness and see light and happiness awaiting them with each other.


And the visual descriptions of this manor, the period dress and the glimpses into London were perfectly captured for me. I was left mezmerized. 


Thanks Marco for the recommendation...truly one to follow.

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