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review 2016-07-05 14:57
The Next by Stephanie Gangi



This book was described to me by the publisher as a love/ghost/dog/revenge/ mother daughter story that's really fabulous and it was! This book is every woman's fantasy if she was cheated on by a love and dreams about what revenge she can do against her ex not only in this world but from beyond.

Joanna DeAngelis is consumed by betrayal, spending her numbered days cyberstalking Ned McGowan, much younger ex, and watching him thrive in the spotlight with someone new, while she wastes away with breast cancer. She’s every woman scorned, fantasizing about revenge … except she’s out of time or is she? Joanna falls from her life, from the love of daughters and devoted dog, into an otherworldly landscape, a bleak infinity she can’t escape until she rises up and returns and sets it right – makes Ned pay – so she can truly move on.

This book was at times emotional living through the good times of Joanna's romance, her illness with breast cancer and the aftermath when her heart was grieving for lost love and the living that loved her still on earth. The book was exhilarating when she acted out her revenge from beyond the grave wreaking havoc for her intended target. The Next was a great read but at times it was slow paced.

Thank you St. Martin’s Press and Net Galley for the free ARC in exchange for my honest review.

"I am a new element, now elemental, now ether, now risen, now doomed, and now ready to trespass against you as you trespassed against me. Closure time, Doc."

"I asked my mother what her favorite color was. She said, 'Water.'


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review 2015-10-02 18:01
Cancer is the gift that keeps on giving
In the Pink: How I Met the Perfect (Younger) Man, Survived Breast Cancer, and Found True Happiness After 40 - Susan McBride

This is a short memoir of breast cancer survivor Susan McBride. I really enjoyed reading her very honest retelling of the seven years (41-48 years of age) of what she and her mom called "feast or famine" - Susan meeting Ed (15 years her senior), getting the diagnosis and her treatment, marrying Ed, writing throughout all the ups and downs in her personal life, her miscarriage, her mom's and aunt's breast cancer diagnosis, and her surprise pregnancy at the age of 47 (successfully completed with the birth of a daughter named Emily). While she remained upbeat, she did note that she had better days than other days. She also mentioned how different doctors responded and treated her, which I find realistic as I went through countless doctors on my way to an epilepsy diagnosis. Sometimes, patients and doctors just don't see eye to eye and that is okay; but in the end, it is the patient's body and his/her decision.


The title of the post is Susan's recollection of what another survivor told her about the after effects of going through cancer and surviving.


I just wished Susan went into a little detail about her particular form of breast cancer and that of her family members' forms as it would be more enlightening and make more sense of their varied treatments, which she tended to focus on. 4 stars.

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photo 2014-10-02 13:18

Donate to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and get a romance anthology!

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2014/10/charity-anthology-shades-of-pink-volume.html
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review 2014-07-04 05:55
Harlequin's More Than Words Series
Hooked - Betina Krahn

This was my second MTW Series story, and proved to be just as a quick read with the added benefit that I actually liked the romance part this time around. You can find this story free in the NOOK store or in an anthology in print version. Because these stories are based on real-life charities, I won't use the star ratings.


Harlequin's MTW Series is designed for Harlequin writers to write a short story spotlighting a worthy charity run by women. The charity featured in this book is Casting for Recovery; the group provides fly-fishing retreats for women undergoing treatment or surviving breast cancer. Fly-fishing during the day, therapy and medical information sessions at night, along with a lot of friendship made throughout the three day event. The events in the book take place in Arizona and Atlanta; Arizona was used as it is the home base for Donna Fischer, a breast cancer survivor, former participant of the retreat, and program director for the Arizona chapter of Casting for Recovery. Her biography is at the beginning of the book. For more information, go to http://castingforrecovery.org/


As for the book, here is what I liked:

1) The heroine was drawn realistically, and she was not at all Mary Sue. She had her issues to work out, including waiting to hear if the cancer was cleared from her entire body. She was emotional and constantly on a rollercoaster when trying to deal with her cancer almost alone and not seeing a future for herself; then she had to deal with the fact her heart and soul still craved affection and intimacy. Then there were her issues to deal with concerning her body (namely her breasts). She lost part of one breast to surgery due to the type of cancer she developed. Lots of angst, but reality.

2) The retreat was a powerful punch that got the plot and character growth moving after both started to spin its wheels.

3) The author did not shy away from medical terms. This may be because the author herself is a breast cancer survivor (if you read this story, please continue all the way through the author's note at the end).

4) This was a romance with older characters (I venture to say late thirties to mid-forties). The hero was an old flame and at times was a little too perfect.


There wasn't anything I disliked about the story, but a copy editor may want to go through the story and catch the handful typos that showed up.


And finally, this:


Weddings. Modern society's version of stalking on the Serengeti.


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