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review 2017-10-12 21:03
Deck The Halls
Deck the Halls: A Darling, VT Christmas Romance Novella (A Darling, VT Novel) - Donna Alward

Title:  Deck The Halls

Author:  Donna Award 

Publisher: Swerve

Series Darling, VT

Reviewed By: Arlena Dean

Rating:  Five

Review:


"Deck The Halls" by Donna Alward


My Thoughts..... 


A well thought out contemporary romantic novella that is part of 'The Darling, VT series with some undercurrent of personal struggles. What a story this was as it presented 'the tough subject of veterans and what could happen when they return home only to have to live with the horrors what had happened will they were away serving our country.' This is definitely one of those stories that will touch ones heart. I liked how this author was able to get George who was a 'wonderful, gentle, proud man who had fought for his country, lost everything suffering from PTSD had finally been given a second chance.  What will happen as the twin sister of his best friend [Ian] Amy Merck arrives and reawakens old bad feelings that had been so close to him? For George had blamed himself for years over Ian's death. Will these two [George & Amy] be able to finds some degree of closures and be able to help one another?  With each other needing so much healing you will have to pick up "Deck The Halls' to see how this heartwarming emotional novella that will put you in a holiday seasonal mood.

 

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review 2017-10-12 20:44
With This Christmas Ring
With This Christmas Ring - Manda Collins

Title:  With This Christmas Ring

Author:  Manda Collins

Publisher: Swerve

Reviewed By: Arlena Dean

Rating:  Five

Review:


"With This Christmas Ring" by Manda Collins


My Thoughts....

 

What a good holiday romance read of just what can happen when a love lost will be found once again that will definite capture the wonderful feeling of the true spirit of this holiday season.  I found this short novella story to be well written from the start to the finish that will definite keep your attention. This was one of those read that will have you shaking your head as this story unfolds that tells 'the tale of a pair of lovers that were truly torn apart by the conspiracies of a particular family member.'  What will happen when all of the story comes out from traveling to Wrotham Castle?  Will these two [Merry & Alex] that had been torn apart be able to work toward their HEA?  Well, to find out you will have to pick up "With This Christmas Ring" to find out.

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review 2017-10-11 02:03
The Christmas Room
The Christmas Room - Catherine Anderson


Title:  The Christmas Room

Author:  Catherine Anderson

Publisher: Berkley

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating:Five

Review:


"The Christmas Room" by Catherine Anderson


My Thoughts....


I found this a good novella Christmas story that touches on a little bit of it all....from 'grief, trials and tribulations of a single parent, finding a love connection, moving to a new state, with secrets, physical violence,  name calling, lack of understanding, healing, redemption' and it did have some heart warming moments. This author gives the reader a wonderful story that was even humorous at times, with touching moments with interesting characters from [Maddie, Cameron (Cam}, Caleb McLendon, Sam and  Kristin Conacher] to name a few that will definitely keep your attention all the way through this beautiful description of Christmas Montana story. Be ready for a long story of this well blended family where the reader will be able to read about this 'dual love story of two different generations' with the best of it all ... it all happens around the Christmas holiday.  All that is left to say is that this was really a fantastic story of families and their relationships in how this author brings it all together so well after all is said and done.

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review 2017-10-11 00:21
218 First Hugs
218 First Hugs (Book 3 of the "First" series) - E.L. Todd

Title:  218 First Hugs

Author:  E. L. Todd

Publisher: E.L.T.  

Series: First # 3

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating:  Five

Review:

 

"218 First Hugs" by E. L. Todd

 

My Thoughts.....

 

What a very interesting ending to a truly good series.  There were so many twist and turns that will put one on quite a emotional ride as you read through this series. I would definitely suggest that you start with the first two series so you will know what all has gone on earlier in this whole captivating story. All of the characters from Bree, Cypress, Amelia, Ace, Blade, Celeste to even Evan were all well developed giving the reader a relatable and believable read.  The titles for all of these series were just very unique as this author always seems to give her readers some interesting reads. I will say it was a good ending for all of the characters in how this author was able to  gives all a HEA in this well written and one awesome story.

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url 2017-10-05 12:29
Kazuo Ishiguro Wins Nobel Prize in Literature 2017
Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro
The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
When We Were Orphans - Kazuo Ishiguro
An Artist of the Floating World - Kazuo Ishiguro
A Pale View of Hills - Kazuo Ishiguro
Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall - KAZUO ISHIGURO
The Buried Giant - Kazuo Ishiguro
The Unconsoled - Kazuo Ishiguro

   

Yey!  I wasn't totally enamored with The Buried Giant and Nocturnes (and I've yet to read The Unconsoled and An Artist of the Floating World), but I'm a fan of his on the basis of Never Let Me Go, The Remains of the Day, and When We Were Orphans alone.

 

Congratulations, Mr. Ishiguro!

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