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review 2018-09-06 07:17
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Fat Chance (The Kingsley Series) - Brandi Kennedy

Cassaundra AKA Cass meets Andrew AKA Drew at their mutual therapist's office.  At first, she is not sure if she has more than friendship to give.  They are both in therapy, after all.  Denying the attraction is not working, so she might as well give it a shot.

 

Andrew AKA Drew is excited the hot woman is willing to go out with him.  They have a lot in common.  She makes him feel better than he has in a long time.  Being a police office takes it toll after a while and she is a soothing balm.

 

These characters needed one another and it was so nice to read how they came to be a couple.  The attraction and heat was there from the beginning.  This was a great story that helps you understand and feel for the main characters plight.  I enjoyed this and am excited to read the rest of the Kingsley series.  I give this a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

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review 2018-08-09 06:22
How to Keep a Secret - Sarah Morgan

I received this book for free from the publisher (Harlequin) as part of their bookstagram publicity campaign. 

 

I loved this book!

 

A blurb on the back of the book from fellow author, Jill Shalvis, describes this book as being “Jane Green meets Sophie Kinsella.” I haven’t read anything by Jane Green but I definitely got a few Sophie Kinsella vibes from this (I love Sophie Kinsella if you didn’t already know). One of the characters, Lauren, lives in London at the beginning of the book, which reminds me a lot of Sophie’s characters. 

 

A large part of this book are the secrets and the fallouts that happen when they get revealed and I thought they were handled perfectly. I loved how the secrets were revealed one at a time. They were spaced out nicely and woven throughout the story.

 

 

This book is about three generations of women, which is a trope I love reading about and it was very well executed. All the women were fleshed out and felt real. I liked that we are given all 4 perspectives because that allows you to really get to know the characters and their feelings. I know some people had issues with the perspective changes but I didn’t have any issue with it and didn’t find it confusing.

 

There is romance, but the main focus of the book are the familial relationships, and I liked how the romance didn’t overshadow that. There was a nice balance between the two. 

 

Overall, this was a wonderful piece of women’s fiction with a lot of heart and romance. 

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review 2018-08-08 12:19
CLOCK DANCE by Anne Tyler
Clock Dance - Anne Tyler

Chronicling Willa's life during decisive years for her. Willa's reactions to life events depend on how she sees others responding. She then works to make sure they calm down. It is not until the end she learns to stand up for herself (in small ways) that she becomes her own person.

I liked Willa. I felt bad for her because most of the people around her were jerks and she enabled them to continue acting that way. She idolized her father because of the calmness he exhibited when her mother went off the rails. She wanted to be like him in that way. So many others in her life went off the rails like her mother and, like her father, she was the calm but the others walked over her because they knew that Willa would accept them and their behavior and not lash out.

When she gets a call from Baltimore, she goes even though she has no connection to the people involved except her son used to live with the woman. It is here where she finds a purpose and herself. No, she does not go off the rails like her mother but she does finally stop accepting and glossing over the bad behavior. Willa will never be the scream out loud type but she does make her feelings known if you look for the signs.

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review 2018-08-03 02:44
LOLA'S SECRET by Monica McInerney
Lola's Secret: A Novel - Monica McInerney
I loved this book!  I loved Lola!  She is feisty and up-to-date even if she is 84.  She's great!  This is probably my most favorite read so far this year. 
 
The character development is fantastic.  I have a complete picture of Lola.  No shrinking violet is she.  I laughed.  I cried. 
 
I will be buying this book and putting it on my keeper shelf.  I also plan to get other books by this author.  So much fun!
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review 2018-07-24 04:30
THE LIBRARY AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD by Felicity Hayes-McCoy
The Library at the Edge of the World - Felicity Hayes-McCoy
Hanna left her cheating husband and moved back to Ireland with her daughter to her mother's home.  She begins to rebuild her life but her ability to trust and fit in are sorely lacking.  The council is deciding where to put their budget money and Hanna brings together the community together to defeat the council's plan where the taxpayers money for the Finfarran Peninsula.
 
I liked Hanna.  I could feel what she felt.  I was rooting her on as she takes on the council.  The people around her are fun.  Her ex, Malcolm, is a jerk.  Jazz, her daughter, needs to grow up.  Her mother is tough.  Conor and Fury are interesting and probably her best friends although she does not realize it.  The story was good.  I felt like I was there in Ireland.  I look forward to the next book.
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