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review 2017-09-18 19:27
Marriage Made Me Do It
Marriage Made Me Do It - Ashley Fontainne

I have read this author's work before and I really love how she can pull you into a story I expected no different with this book.

Now I will say this the title, is what really made me want to read it. I mean marriage made you do what exactly? That screams pick me up and give me a read!

I will say this I read this book in one setting and found myself opening and closing my mouth like a goldfish needing water, and then laughing a few paragraphs later.

Roxy is your normal wife and mother yet she follows a handbook that you should just know as a housewife. Well she is done with that handbook and will be making her own rules. When she finds out her husband did not take their vows seriously she is not having that. She will deal with a lot yet her daughter will mean everything to her. She would do anything to protect her daughter even if that means holding secrets. I wasn't expecting to the end the way it did but I can say that Roxy loved her daughter with all of her soul. 

Roxy is a character that I couldn't help but love. Her attitude, the way she handled herself when she was sober was on point for me. I liked how she didn't back down no matter what was thrown her way.

 

I had quite a few quotes and things that had me laughing. 

 

"I don't need a man, anyway. I can achieve the same satisfaction with a vibrator and then stuff it into a drawer when finished. Easy-peasy and no fear of unwanted pregnancies of STDs."

"If I was a carpet muncher, I'd take you home with me and lick you dry."

 

Oh man if you like murder, laughter in the right spots, and a mother's love who is done doing the housewife job then pick this book up.

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review 2017-09-16 03:49
Thrilling to Read
The Marriage Pact: A Novel - Michelle Richmond

This book was a complete page turner. I loved the mood, I loved the atmosphere and the tension that was prevalent throughout nearly the entire novel. It was such an excellent read I had to put aside everything else so that I could progress further until I finished.

 

Jake and Alice were great characters to follow through. It’s a bit hard to see how they both connect and have that chemistry (they’re very opposite of one another) and you don’t really see it between them but somehow their personalities are likable and they just seem to fit well together. Jake is very analytical - his random facts about marriage can attest to that. Also his methods of reading other people is one of the most interesting aspects of his character. Alice on the other hands, is a rock star turned lawyer which is a very odd mix, but you have to pay the bills somehow right?

 

Onto the plot. The Pact sounds pretty like a harmless group to join doesn’t it? But man oh man does it ever take a twist to the dark and ugly. I love how the dark twisted side of the Pact comes out slowly as you progress throughout the book. The suspense is really tense and you can feel it as Alice and Jake experience the bad side of things - oh but the feelings of paranoia. Those feelings are so strong you yourself feel as if you’re being watched and monitored. Every time you think ‘it’s ok we got this all under control’ nope another big surprise happens around the corner and not everything is going to be okay. You then start to question their trust, and their fidelity and that’s where the mind plays ugly tricks on both Alice and Jake and on you.

 

I found this book immensely enjoyable and it was a thrill to read. When you feel and start emulating the same way the main characters feel  in the book, you know you’re in for a good one.

 

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review 2017-09-10 21:12
The Stolen Marriage
The Stolen Marriage - Diane Chamberlain

Title: The Stolen Marriage

Author:  Diane Chamberlain

Publisher:  Martin's Press

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Five

Review:

 

"The Stolen Marriage" by Diane Chamberlain

 

My Thoughts....

 

Indeed this was quite a interesting gripping historical romance story that this author gives the reader.  We find Tess DeMello from Baltimore, Maryland around 1943 was once engaged to Vincent Russo [M.D.] but breaks off that engagement and marries a complete stranger named Henry Kraft who was from Hickory, North Carolina. Now, why did she choose a loveless marriage?  Whose marriage was stolen?  I liked how this author was able to weave the polio epidemic which was first being treated around that time into this story even making it even more interesting to read and in doing so bringing Tess's former fiance back into the picture.  This was quite a compelling historical fiction that you will have to pick up and see for yourself how well this author brings it all out to the reader.  Will this medical doctor and registered nurse be able to get back together again?  The story offers 'love, loss, race, marriage, secrets,  tragedy and redemption.'  This author does a wonderful job with the main character Tess giving the reader a roller coaster ride full with her emotions and thoughts along with her husband, Henry who was a well respected businessman but very secretive. I don't want to leave out Henry's mother Ruth and his sister Lucy who both had their own agendas in this well told story.  The story even had a little paranormal [conversing with the dead] with the Reverend Sam along with some other host of characters...Hattie, Honor, Adora, Zeke and Jilly and a host of other people in the town. Be ready for some twist and turns that you may not see coming along with a epilogue of ten years later. I was still left with a few questions however it was a enjoyable read, for  it was also a long captivating read that you will have to stay on top of it because there will be so much going on. to see if there will be a HEA.

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review 2017-08-27 18:25
Stolen Marriage
The Stolen Marriage - Diane Chamberlain

It's 1944 and Tess DeMello is all alone and pregnant in a town she knows nothing about and in a life she doesn't want to be living. She's left behind the comfort and safety of her beloved Baltimore for the small town judgment of Hickory, North Carolina in order to build the best life she can imagine for the illegitimate child she is carrying. Without the man she's loved almost all her life and the career she's always dreamed of, everything she thought she would have has now slipped through her grasp.

In this new release from best-seller Diane Chamberlain, The Stolen Marriage, the heartbreak and pain of World World II is beautifully captured. The character development is deeply detailed and the prose is so engaging, it will take the reader back in time.

This novel is a definite page turner. Chamberlain fans will surely not be disappointed with her truly engaging way of bringing emotion and intensity to the story. It is easy to fall in love and sympathize with Tess, but over time, the reader will feel the pain of the villian and build a connection with him as well. There is a dynamic story line, in true Chamberlain fashion, but this novel touches on the most basic human emotions on a way that is fresh and new to her repertoire.

 

Guest Reviewer Kate M. Kelly

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review 2017-08-26 16:11
A Marriage of Rogues - Margaret Moore

I don't know that I'd call the two of them rogues, mildly roguish maybe but overall fun characters.  When her fathers loses everything including her dowry to him she decides to confront him and make him marry her. He goes along with her and realises that what he thought at first was a business deal isn't.

 

I liked her, liked the characters and they behaved true to themselves and I want to read more by this author.

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