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review 2020-05-26 06:12
Accidentally Family - Sasha Summers

Felicity has had many hits and they keep on coming.  Her kids are her life.  She lives in a town where her family gathers around them, but they are needy unto themselves.  She wants to stop living in the past and move on.


Graham knows he must learn to live in the now.  It is hard when you have a child who cannot seem to forigve you your foibles.  With this new attraction to an old friend, can he discover what it means to make a new family?


This story had some great characters.  My issue with this book was that they were all presernt and accounted for.  The whole town, all the famlies, and it felt more than full it felt like a bucket overflowing.  The story itself moved at a fast pace.  It was just a struggle to keep up where maybe some of the storylines would have been best in their own book.  I give this read a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!



***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley and its publishers, in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2019-08-08 03:15
Audio: enjoyed the telling of the story as well as the story.
An Unsuitable Match - Sasha Cottman

This was a fun read. David's past was well known, but Clarice's was not and was a surprise. I loved how these two were willing to look beyond expectations to find love together. David impressed me when he tried to improve his situation so that he could win Clarice. She was stronger than she thought and her acceptance of her past made her more so. The narrator, Janine Haynes, did a wonderful job bringing this story to life.

I received this audio as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.

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review 2019-07-04 21:30
Secrets lead to misunderstandings
Letter From a Rake: Destiny Romance - Sasha Cottman

Through all the misunderstandings and secrets, this was quite a journey for Millie and Alex. With the help of family with gentle and not so gentle pushes, these two figure out what their hearts truly want, despite their flaws. I enjoyed this story as well as all the characters. It was interesting with all the little tidbits of Indian culture thrown in. I loved how Janine Haynes brought the characters to life.

I received this audio as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.

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review 2019-05-27 19:31
The Zelmenyaners by Moyshe Kulbak
The Zelmenyaners: A Family Saga - Hillel Halkin,Moyshe Kulbak,Sasha Senderovich

This is an entertaining satire, an episodic novel featuring a Jewish extended family living in Minsk in the early 1930s, and published contemporaneously as a serial, though not translated to English until long after the fact. Four brothers, their wives, adult children, and various other relatives all live together around a central courtyard, from which they watch rapid changes in their world, from the arrival of electricity to Soviet doctrines that distance the younger generation from their Jewish roots. Interestingly, although written in Belarus under Communist rule, the book seems to neither support nor oppose the regime; the young people’s enthusiasm is tempered by an imperfect reality, but the disorientation of the older generation is portrayed humorously. Perhaps, in a rare example for Communist-era literature still read today, the author intended to take no political position, and just poke fun at a traditional family with the political reality as a backdrop.

And it’s an enjoyable book, humorous and easy to read, with short chapters and a fair bit of dialogue. After reading the first half I would have given 4 stars, but the second half muddles the timeline and doesn’t add much in the way of new ideas or plot elements. It’s an ensemble cast, but many of the characters stand out clearly and I soon came to feel some affection for them. I was a little uncomfortable with the way the female characters are overall portrayed unsympathetically, but then I’m not sure this was always intended; Tonke, for instance, the most dogmatic of the family, is apparently an outright villain in the eyes of many reviewers, but a Soviet audience may have viewed her quite differently. I’m sure plenty of the satire went over my head; the introduction provides some interesting insight, though as usual, is best saved until after finishing the book if you’d rather avoid spoilers.

At any rate, this is overall an enjoyable and accessible book; you don’t need a lot of background to see much of the humor in it or to enjoy reading about the Zelmenyaners’ lives and foibles. The translation is also well-done, with the helpful inclusion of the occasional explanatory footnote.

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review 2019-05-12 15:07
Good Story and Good Characters
There's No Crying in Rock-n-Roll - Sasha... There's No Crying in Rock-n-Roll - Sasha Marshall

Samantha calls Jagger and screams she was his publicist and she was supposed to know about this before anyone else. A baby. Than she added they were all over Henley as they spoke. Jagger asked where his girl was? Samantha/Sam said she was at Saks with Jessica and the media had been outside for thirty minutes. Than Jagger asked how it happened so fast and Sam said Claudia Windsor had set him up She told the media to be at the doctor's appointment. Jagger said he wasn’t there. He’d asked for a paternity test and she asked for money. He met her to pay her off so she’d shut up. Jagger told Sam he was sorry he should have told her and his lawyer Meagan. He wanted Sam to bring Henley to him but Sam said to stay away from Henley. She will be humiliated Henley was a rock queen and had her own band Abandoned Shadow which was very successful allso. . Sam said she didn’t care who’s baby it was he couldn’t blindside Henley, his parents, and is band like this. Keep his buut in the house and do not leave for any reason. She had to deal with the girls heart he was about to break in front of the world. Jagger wasn’t sure henley would forgive him, how will he survive? When the doorbell rings he sees it is Koi- his best friend and henley’s brother as well as the leader of their band. Koi said he had been sent by Sam- after he punched jagger- he told Jagger to get everything he owns and take it and get out of Henley’s house. She doesn't care where you but you can’t see  here when Henley gets home. Jagger begged to let him stay there and explain. Koi said time for explaining was over when the story hit every news outlet in the world. Jagger said he’d pack but he needed to see henley before he left. Koi told him not to imagine she wanted to see him right now and he had an hour to get his stuff out of her house. Koi also said he wasn’t coming back to his house after this. Henley loves jagger and her passion for him overwhelms her. He invokes all these feelings she couldn’t decipher. Henley’s assistant and publicist are attempting to do damage control. Jagger is part of Koiband - Broken Access. Sam told hensley she had new security- goons- to get her out of there- Cory and Maurice who offered to carry her out as Cory had went to take care of the problems outside. They take her to a nearby hotel and she drank and then cried as Samantha and Jessica rocked her in their arms as tears went down their cheeks and she fell asleep in their arms. Jagger had begged her to stay home with him instead of going shopping with Jessica but she had been worried about finding him the perfect gift. Henley had been in love with Jagger forever. But for the longest time she had just been Koi’s little sister. Henley had known Jagger since sixth grade. Henwakes to loud voices and one is Koi’s than he comes to and he wraps his arms around her. She holds onto everything she has left as henley knows she is about to walk through hell….again. Henley stayed in bed for three days and she doesn’t speak as she can’t find the words. Henley got herself up and told Samantha to be her best friend and not her publicist right now and tell her goons they were going out , she can’t stay holed up in the hotel any longer. Kip tells her goons to take them to Lure- an apparent celebrity hot spot. Jagger ends up at the club and once outside Henley agrees to listen to him. He talked to her  and than asks her to meet up with him after she had time to think. He knew he didn’t deserve it but than he will answer all her questions. She said she needed time but she call him when she was ready to talk. She was going home. She needed the memories of them in her home to decide. Does she stay with jagger or does she leave him behind? Kip buys Henley a puppy to help her heal.

I don’t know how to really write this. I loved this book but hated the cliffhanger at the end -one of the worse ones I’ve seen. I laughed, I cried and even got angry while reading this book. I was poed at jagger for not letting henley know what was going on. I didn’t like what Henlet did to lessen the pain she was in. I loved how Kip brought her a puppy to try to help Henley heal. I think Jagger gave up to soon if he really loved Henley than made more mistakes. I loved how henley’s family and friends stood by her and tried to help. This book did need some editing. I liked the multiple POVs even if it broke my heart at times. I advise you to read the first boke in this guitar face series- Broken. I loved this and would have rated it a five but it lost a pint for the cliffhanger at the end. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend it. Just be warned this book as well as Broken ends  in a cliffhanger.

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