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review 2016-09-08 04:15
A Lowcountry Wedding by Mary Alice Monroe
A Lowcountry Wedding (Lowcountry Summer) - Mary Alice Monroe


The fourth and final (?) book in the Lowcountry Summer Series has lots of heart but there's a lot going on here and circumstances were a bit much for me to believe. While I have thoroughly enjoyed this series and the amazing setting, one of my favorite places in the world, this last offering left me rolling my eyes one too many times. However, the characters are lovely and there's a surprise addition to the Muir family that I never saw coming. I'll miss the girls, Mamaw, and, mostly, the sweet dolphin, Delphine.


The Lowcountry Summer series consists of four books. The other books in the series are:

#1 - THE SUMMER GIRLS ( my personal favorite.)



FYI: As always, Monroe includes delicious southern recipes that were enjoyed at Sea Breeze. Enjoy the gumbo. =)


For more Mary Alice Monroe reading enjoyment, visit her website @




*Many thanks to my local library, Breaux Bridge Public Library/St. Martin Parish Libraries, for adding this book after my many suggestions.

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review 2016-07-22 17:11
JUNE by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore
June: A Novel - Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

I was originally excited about this book. When I saw it offered on Blogging for Books I hip hipped hoorayed. Then I started reading. While it wasn't torture, I couldn't help feeling sluggish as I labored through chapter after chapter. First, I never made a connection with the character of Cassie. She takes the lead role in the present day portion of this sordid tale that reminded me of a  horribly acted soap opera. P.S.- I never cared for those things. Second, the present day storyline was extremely far fetched. Here's the quick version. Hollywood comes to town and the biggest star in the world, Tate Montgomery, who's married to the biggest rock star in the world, is moving in with a small town local. This local, Cassie, a complete stranger to said superstar, is a whack job. Doesn't bathe. Drippy, greasy hair and let's her historical mansion fall down around her. She's reclusive, ya know, so I guess she has to be weird. Whatever. Anywho, Hollywood moves in like no big deal and everything is suddenly magical. Dirty ole Cassie walks around star struck and snapping photos at odd intervals. Of course, Tate, America's sweetheart, is there for a reason. The majestic old home, Two Oaks, has a history (and apparently a mind of it's own) and Tate is there to get answers from Cassie, the clueless, irresponsible, selfish granddaughter of June Danvers, who lived in the  grand home during  it's heyday. The house has not forgotten the lovely June and somehow manages to share it's memories through dream sequences and whispers. Two Oaks longs for the days of the past, when people filled it's rooms and appreciated it's grandeur. It's here in the past where the real story lies. But June is gone and she left a mountain of questions behind, taking the secrets of the past with her. Tate's arrival will force Cassie to face responsibilities (maybe a bath) and piece together the intricate, delicate puzzle of June. *face plant here* 


I'm going to sum this up as simply as I can. JUNE, in my opinion, was filled with cliche after boring cliche and ridiculously convoluted. 




*I received a copy of this book for review from Blogging for Books. I received a DRC from NetGalley. Both copies greatly appreciated.





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review 2016-05-24 22:28
Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase
Black Rabbit Hall - Eve Chase

Eve Chase's debut is a bundle of mixed emotions that make for an outstanding read. The serene much-loved and lived in estate on the shores of Cornwall lends itself brilliantly to the story, giving the reader a feeling of tranquility and a foreboding feel all at once. The happy family tucked amongst the property's beautiful grounds has no way of knowing that their lives will forever change, rain and winds bringing more than dark, gloomy skies. The story has a gothic echo of Rebecca du Maurier, whom I just love. I think Chase does a fabulous job of surprising the reader, making one feel safe and happy and then quietly wrenching the feet out from under you with another heartbreaking twist to the story. One cannot help but fall in love with the Alton children and share in their grief as they experience change during once-loved holidays at Black Rabbit Hall. Eve Chase is an excellent story teller and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I was filled with anticipation as I read, a creepy unsettling feel from beginning to end. Intriguing. I'm going to keep my eye out for more of Eve Chase fiction.




**I happily won this book in a Goodreads giveaway and I wish to thank Putnam Books for this glorious read.


Eve Chase is an exciting new voice in fiction and has worked as an editor and feature writer for various magazines in the UK. She lives in Oxford, England. Black Rabbit Hall is her debut novel. For more info, visit Chase on Twitter @evepchase, Facebook at eve.chase.author or her website at www.evechase.com


~ Seventh book completed in #CleanSweepARC Challenge. ~

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review 2016-04-22 19:21
The Promise of Forgiveness - Marin Thomas

Late in March, I was visiting author Kristy Harvey's blog,www.kristywoodsonharvey.com. Harvey is the author of fan faves such as Dear Carolina and Lies and Other Acts of Love. While reading Kristy's posts, I ran across a book giveaway that caught my attention immediately. I entered right away.The Promise of Forgiveness by Marin Thomas was that book. Kristy notified me a couple of days later that I had won. Yay me, right?! Thank you, Kristy, for introducing me to Marin Thomas!! Coincidentally, I found Kristy Harvey through a group of talented female authors at www.tallpoppy.org. Marin Thomas is also a part of this fabulous group and I highly recommend that you check each of these ladies out, if you haven't already discovered them for yourself. All are a great, supportive bunch and each brings her own unique charm to Tall Poppy Writers. Now, back to Marin and her brilliant women's fiction debut, which, if you're still following along, I won through a blog giveaway.

Hot diggity dog! As promised, I received my prize package and I was delighted to find not one but TWO SIGNED BOOKS from Marin!! Thomas was kind enough to send a signed copy of A Cowboy's Claim. I quickly sent an email thanking her for her generosity. Marin answered back right away, confirming what I had suspected. Marin Thomas is an author that cares about her fans and those that read her stories. Does this influence my opinions of Thomas's books? Nah. The book stood out on it's own. But it does make me a lifelong fan.

Ruby, accompanied by her fourteen year old daughter Mia, steps off of a Greyhound bus at the desolate, windy four corners of Unforgiven, Oklahoma. Thomas was brilliant here, creating a small town that represents her characters life choices, decisions, and emotions. Unforgiven is Ruby's birthplace but she didn't return to reminisce. Ruby received a summons of sort from her birth father, a man she has never met. To Ruby, Hank McArthur is yet another person that deserted her. Ruby has come to Unforgiven to meet the coward that gave her away when she was but days old. Filled with anger and false pride, Ruby plans to give ole Hank a piece of her mind. But Unforgiven has other plans for the thirty one year old Ruby, a single mother who has made bad decisions of her own. Ruby and Mia have a strained mother/daughter relationship and before Ruby can judge others, perhaps she needs to take a step back and fix herself. Mia is not speaking to her mother, she blames Ruby for almost everything and like a typical teenage girl, rebels against her mother. The bleak and dusty Unforgiven seems like the last place in the world for Ruby and Mia to find happiness and hope. After all, what's to love about a town filled with nothing but grit, grime, secrets, and unrealized dreams? Well, there's Joe, the quiet ranch hand at Devil's Wind that Ruby takes an interest in. Then there's Hank. Mia attaches herself to Hank and his rescued horses immediately, putting more distance between mother and daughter. Ruby didn't plan to spend much time in this Godforsaken town but Unforgiven has plenty in store for Ruby, Mia, Hank, and Joe. Each of these characters are seeking forgiveness and a place to call home. Living in Unforgiven might teach some to forgive and the unlikeliest of families to form, moving past hurt and resentment.

I enjoyed this book from cover to cover. I liked that Ruby was raw and oh so flawed. I don't like my protagonists to be perfect. Where's the challenge? Ruby was honest and real, someone easy to root for. In fact, I fell in love with all of the characters and felt a strong connection to each. Again, Unforgiven was the perfect place to put these people who desperately need to work through their own issues. Unforgiven seems hopeless but after the dust settles, hope shines through. I would've liked to stay a bit longer in Unforgiven myself. There's s great story going on here. Please, Marin! Give us more.




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review 2016-03-03 11:07
Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
Lilac Girls - Martha Hall Kelly

I finished this amazing story, based on true events, in tears. Lots of tears. It is heartbreaking, yet triumphant. I've been very fortunate with my reading choices so far. 2016 is going to be an outstanding year for books if the last two novels read are any indication. Lilac Girls was an emotional journey and the heroic women who live between the pages, fighting to survive, will stay with me for a very long time. And to think, I almost passed this book up. Oh! Martha Hall Kelly, thank you for sharing this unforgettable story! Thank you for introducing me to the Rabbits and Caroline Ferriday. I have worn my welcome out on Google looking up every bit of real life history. My heart has been deeply touched and I want to hug my family just a little bit tighter.

I'll update my review in a couple of days. Right now, I need to catch my breath, blow my nose, and dry my eyes.

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**I received a DRC from Penguin's First to Read program.


(Oops. Having to repost review because I accidentally deleted my original post.)



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