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review 2017-05-17 07:25
Susannah's Garden
Susannah's Garden - Debbie Macomber

This is the 3rd book in the Blossom Street Series and it is also my favorite book in the series.  I'm not sure what it is about this book that makes me like it so much but I've read it 4 times (that I can remember).  I guess maybe it is because there is a mystery to be solved and I love mysteries.  I often have a hard time staying interested in books when there isn't a mystery. 

 

This book takes the reader away from Blossom Street when Susannah learns her widowed mother is not doing as well as she thought living alone.  She decides to go stay with her mother for a while and see how she is doing for herself.  She soon realizes her mother needs to be moved to a long-term care facility.  She was especially concerned when her mother tells her that her dead husband is coming to see her.  

 

Susannah also has another mission too, one she did not tell her husband about.  She wants to find her high school boyfriend and find out why he suddenly left and where he went.  While looking through her father's desk she uncovers some things that her father was keeping secret.  Together with one of her friends from high school they start to put the pieces together.

 

While Susannah is dealing with those things her daughter is home from college for the summer and decides to come and help her mom with her grandmother.  She ends up hooking up with a troublemaker that is the son of someone Susannah went to school with.  Susannah is sure he is dealing drugs and doesn't want her daughter to be involved with him but trying to talk to her daughter only causes more problems.  Her daughter is just like Susannah was when she was that age and she is learning how her dad must have felt.  

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review 2017-04-28 00:35
A Good Yarn
A Good Yarn - Debbie Macomber

I just finished listening to the audiobook for this today. I'm loving Hoopla digital.  Up until last weekend, I rarely left my house.  I ordered books on amazon.com or from paperbackswap.com.  My books showed up in the mailbox and one of my sons would bring them to me and even open the box for me.  I spend a lot of days in bed in too much pain to move around much.  I send out my used books using paperbackswap's printable postage so I don't have to go to the post office. I just print the wrapper, wrap it up well and stick it in the mailbox.  In the wintertime, my boys take the books out to the mailbox for me.  If you've never heard of paperbackswap, it is a great website for swapping used books.  When someone requests one of my books I wrap it up like I mentioned above, paying media mail postage, and then I get a credit that I can use to request a book I want. I don't have to pay anything other than the credit to request a book.  

 

Anyway, last weekend I was feeling a bit better and wanted to go out for lunch with my husband. He was surprised.  After that, we went to the library and renewed our library cards. I haven't used mine for years. My husband's card was so old he had to get a new card but I just needed to update and get a sticker for mine.  When I got home that day a friend online mentioned Hoopla digital and I downloaded the app.   I've now listened to 2 audiobooks and it was nice to be able to just rest in bed when I wasn't feeling well and just listen.  

 

A Good Yarn

 

 

Linda Emond does a wonderful job reading.  Her voice is easy to understand and easy to listen to.  This is a heartwarming story of Lydia's second year running her knitting shop, A Good Yarn. She decides to have another knitting class, this time teaching how to make socks using two circular needles. When I read this book the first time I also made the sock pattern from the front of the book which has instructions for the 5 needle method also. It is neat when you understand exactly what they are talking about when they are at the knitting class. When they were struggling I understood.

In this story, the characters are all dealing with their own struggles. Elise, a retired school librarian, invested in a new home only to learn the contractor filed for bankruptcy. Now she is wrapped up in a class action suit and she had to move in with her daughter. Bethanne woke up on Valentine's Day to her husband asking for a divorce and now has to find a job so she can help support her 2 teenaged children. Courtney, a young girl whose mother died in a car accident, has to move to Seattle and live with her grandmother for her senior year. She is overweight and is feeling so sad and alone. She misses her family and her friends in Chicago. Lydia and her sister also have their own issues to work through but they are there for each other. Lydia never thought she would be so close to her sister. She also has the 3 ladies from her first knitting class that has become great friends. Together, these women all help to support each other through their difficult times and grow closer in the process.

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review 2017-04-10 22:29
Don't Kiss the Messenger
Don't Kiss the Messenger - Katie Wood Ray

I loved everything about Don't Kiss the Messenger!  For me, this story was very much driven by the varied cast of characters.  I loved that they weren't cast as ideals, but with the flaws and hangups that we all can relate to.

 

CeCe Edmonds was in a devasting crash that left her scarred in what was probably the worst place for a girl/woman... her face.  For her entire life, she had to endure the stares, the comments, even the outright cruel jeers.  Eventually, she learned to cope by accepting it and herself as she was, dealing with it with a combination of humor and outright badassery.

 

Emmett Brady is the new guy at school, popular and gorgeous.  But he also has his own story and his own baggage.  CeCe is instantly attracted to him, but does nothing about it because she knows there is no way someone like him would ever consider being more than friends with someone who looked like her.

 

And this belief is solidified when he meets Bryn DeNeuville, the new girl.  Bryn is CeCe's friend, but her polar opposite.  Where CeCe is into interesting music and thought-provoking literature, Bryn is all about everything that is popular.  And she has set her eyes on Emmett.  The only problem?  He seems to be the one guy she can't talk to OR relate to.  So, she turns to CeCe to help her.

 

It is Cyrano de Bergerac all over again, but modernized and set in the world of teenagers.  There are emotional ups and downs, funny moments and sad.  There were times when I wanted to jump into the book and talk some sense into one character or another.  It is a story that really makes you think about love, relationships, friendships, real beauty, and what it means to be true to yourself.  An amazing read!

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text 2017-02-18 07:05
Book Blitz - Still Love You

Still Love You
Allie Everhart
Publication date: February 14th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Romance

*A Standalone New Adult Romance.*
Silas Sparks was my first love. My only love. The guy I thought I would marry, and almost did.

We were engaged. For a week. In high school. It was the happiest week of my life. But then reality hit and I broke off the engagement. I was only 17. I couldn’t get married! I had plans for my life. Plans that included college and someday running a large corporation.

Silas was crushed. He couldn’t understand why I did it. But that’s Silas. He lives in the moment, never worries about the future. After we broke up, he took off for Europe and never came back.

That was two years ago. I haven’t seen or talked to him since. Then just as I’m about to leave college for summer break, guess who shows up at my door? Looking even hotter than I remember, flashing that sexy smile of his, telling me he’s home for the summer, living just a few houses down from mine!

Now I’m panicking. I was never supposed to see him again. Silas is the past. I’ve moved on. And yet here he is, and all I can think about is how much I want him back. It can never happen, but even so, I can’t deny the truth. And the truth is…I still love Silas.

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EXCERPT:

Silas


“Why were you flirting with her?” Willow asks. “You don’t live here. It’s not like you could date her.”

 

“I wasn’t flirting. I was just giving her my order.” I stretch my legs out under the table, letting them brush against Willow’s.

 

She crosses her legs and turns to me. “You were giving her the Silas smile. No girl can resist that and you know it. You were definitely flirting.”

 

“Why do you care?” I nudge her leg with mine and keep it there. I know I shouldn’t keep touching her but I can’t help it. I haven’t seen her forever and now that she’s here, I have this need to touch her, even in just an innocent way. I’m a very tactile person. Touch is a way I communicate, sometimes without even knowing it.

 

“I don’t care,” she says in a tone that implies the opposite. “Do what you want. I just don’t think you should flirt with some girl you have no intention of asking out. You’re leading her on.”

 

“A person can flirt without having it go anywhere.”

 

“Then what’s the purpose?”

 

Typical Willow logic at work. She has to have an answer to everything. An answer that makes sense to her.

 

“There doesn’t have to be a purpose.” I know that comment will get her going, but I put it out there anyway.

 

“Of course there does. You can’t just do something for no reason.”

 

“Fine.” I lean across the table and give her that Silas smile she was referring to. “I flirted with her so she’d get your order correct. I’m sure they’re not used to having to follow such specific guidelines for making a burger. I was just making sure they got it right.”

 

She sighs. “I appreciate your efforts but you don’t have to resort to selling your body just to get my order correct.”

 

I laugh and sit back. “I wasn’t selling my body. It was just a smile.”

 

“I think that girl would like more than that.” Willow holds up the receipt, which has a phone number written on back with the words ‘call me.’

 

“Huh. I wondered what she wrote on there.” I take the receipt and shove it in my pocket.

 

“You’re keeping it?” Willow looks disgusted with me.

 

I shrug. “You never know.”

 

“Never know what?”

 

Before I can answer, our food arrives, delivered by a short, scrawny kid who doesn’t look legally old enough to work. He’s probably the little brother of the girl at the register. They look similar.

 

“Wait.” Willow stops him before he leaves. “Could you get us another cup for the milkshake? And another straw?”

 

He nods and walks off.

 

I set the basket of fries between us as Willow inspects her burger, lifting the top of the bun.

 

“Is it the way you wanted it?” I ask.

 

“Yes. It’s perfect.” She puts the bun back in place. “But your flirting trick didn’t completely work. She forgot the cup and the straw.”

 

“That’s because you asked for that, not me.” I smile, then take a big bite of my burger.

 

“Whatever,” she mumbles, picking up a fry.

 

She eats fries one at a time, whereas I grab several and eat them all at once. That’s why we always shared an order. It would take Willow forever to finish a basket of fries on her own, eating them one at a time like that.

 

I wonder if she shares her fries when she goes out with other guys. I try not to think about that. Thinking about her with another guy makes me angry and I never get angry. Except when it comes to Willow. She brings out all my emotions. The good, the bad, the in-between. This girl gets to me the way no one else can.

 

When I left two years ago, I wasn’t sure I’d ever see her again, and now, working for her parents, I’ll see her every day.

 

This is going to be a very interesting summer.

 

 

Author Bio:

 

Allie Everhart started writing romance three years ago with Choosing You, the first book in the bestselling Jade Series. Since then, she’s published eighteen books. Allie writes romance because she loves watching a relationship develop between her characters, from those first flirty encounters to the point they realize they’re in love. Allie's always been a romantic, as evidenced by her early years as a wedding singer, her obsession with dating shows, and the fact that she still watches reruns of The Love Boat.

 

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review 2017-02-12 14:39
Five Times My Best Friend Kissed Me and One Time I Kissed Him First - Anna Martin

3.5 Stars.

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