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review 2021-07-21 14:39
Love & Gelato - Jenna Evans Welch
Love & Gelato - Jenna Evans Welch

What a sweet read!!!! I'm not just saying that because I love all things Italian, including my hubby, but this story really gave me the feels! Lina and Ren are one of my favorite couples and the road to them coming to be is one that I loved taking. A book lover friend of mine asked me about this book, but noticed the length and was a little put off. I can tell you that even though it's 400 pages, the pages go so fast you don't notice how long it is. The story doesn't feel long enough once you close the last page. Oh, how I want to see what happens now that Lina knows who she is, what she is doing with her life, and dating Ren. I just can't get enough! Plus she has this relationship with Howard that I know will grow and be wonderful. These are things we want to witness as readers, you just get so invested. If you like a feel-good romance, with a touch of drama, then you need this book in your life. It's definitely going on my faves list!

 

 

 

 

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review 2021-07-18 21:56
The Medusa Deep by David Neil Lee
So we ended on the edge of a cliff!! I can't wait to read the third and final book in this series!
As a Hamiltonian, reading thses books are fun but it is great to know the places in the story. Ivor Wynne is now Tim Horton Field, but being from here it takes me back to the original stadium. This particular book is set more in space, yes, space! Plus the sites in Hamilton are different. I loved that too! Again, reminiscing. 
Let me tell you what I felt as a reader, someone not worried about the setting but focusing on the story and characters.
I loved the continuation of Nate and his story with these aliens. H.P. Lovecraft is also in the story, but not the guy you think of writing his tales. He is so much more than that. This author makes your imagination run wild, as wild as the scenes in the book.
Which brings me to the one down point I have. As with the first book, I feel like the reader is for a maturer audience. I don't know that some of the parts in this story will keep the attention of a teenager. That's just my opinion though.
I love this series, and hope you will read it too! Just be sure to read them in sequence. They can be read as stand alone books, but you may feel like you don't know enough about the back story if you skip past.
 
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review 2021-07-05 05:15
Third and Long - read every word or you'll miss something brilliant

 

Nick Remke is a good man with bad luck. Or maybe bad timing. Or both. He’s worked hard as a plant manager for textile manufacturers and done a good job, but luck, timing, or fate seem to have always been against him, denying him a permanent position and the opportunity to put down roots.

 

Now time’s running out for Nick. He’s no longer a young man and his spotty track record is a liability. To say he’s desperate when he arrives in Longview, Ohio, a sleepy town of twelve thousand, to apply for a position at the Made Right, the town’s major employer, would not be an exaggeration.

 

On the way into the interview, Marie, the foxy administrative assistant to the owners, notices Nick’s limp and suggests it would be to his advantage to say it’s an old football injury. The owners are huge football fans, especially concerning Notre Dame. Jeremy Ziglar Jr. quickly decides that Nick’s not the man for the job until he notices he went to Notre Dame and has a limp attributed to his favorite game. Did Nick play for Notre Dame? Yes. How come he’s never heard of him? Nick changed his name. “It used to be…” Nick provides the name of a Notre Dame football icon. Being a football legend, even if from bygone seasons, is enough to get Nick the job. His football prowess is further enhanced when he’s coerced into coaching the local high school squad.

 

As the months go by, Nick continues to win the hearts (especially Marie’s) and minds of the Longview with solid performances at work and on the gridiron. His reluctance to talk about his Notre Dame glory days is considered humility, a character trait that is in itself inspiring. He’s a local celebrity. However, being newsworthy turns out not to be an asset for Nick, being more of a ruinous liability.

 

Third and Long by Bob Katz is one of those books you want to read every word of for fear you’ll miss one of the many brilliant passages. Whether it’s characterization, descriptive setting, or narrative insights, they all shine with originality and effectiveness, for example:

 “Like angry callers to talk radio, ill-informed but hotly passionate, we had hunches.”

 

Katz’s use of a challenging and relatively rare point of view, the first-person omniscient, in which the narrator is a character in the story but also knows the thoughts and feelings of all the other characters, enables the reader to become immersed in the culture and character of this small town. You know these people, how they feel, how they think, what their dreams and disappointments are, because you’ve become one of them.

 

Third and Long is literary fiction at its best.

 

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review 2021-06-29 03:01
The Past And Other Things That Should Stay Buried - Shaun David Hutchinson
The Past and Other Things that Should Stay Buried - Shaun David Hutchinson
What an incredible story of friendship and love.
I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy this book. Not the biggest ghost story/zombie lover, but let me tell you how well this story was written. You know when you're younger, and you get a boyfriend or girlfriend and they become your world. Your friends always take a back seat, so-to-speak. It always happens, not purposely, but still.  Now imagine if that friend of yours died suddenly. You'd be so stunned at how to deal, so many unsaid things.
Well, this story does that with an unusual twist. 
That twist actually turned out to be good too! I devoured this book, 'cause I had to know what was going to happen. Would they get a resolution? 
Every question was answered and it is now one of my favorites from this author!
On a side note, I had no idea I was reading a LGBTQ book during Pride month and that made me smile too! Love Is Love!
 
 
Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2021/06/the-past-and-other-things-that-should.html
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review 2021-06-22 14:42
A Hand To Hold In Deep Water - Shawn Nocher
What an ride this book was!
Not everyone will be comfortable reading it. The subject matter is hard to take. Stories of any form of abuse always hit me hard, having been through it in my life. 
This story I am middle of the ground with it. I thought it was well thought out, the characters had you in the palm of their hands. You needed to know those secrets. Unfortunately, that wasn't as put together as I had hoped. I still have many questions. I don't like that.
For a debut novel, it is good! I know some of you will love it! So be sure to give it a go!
 
 
 
Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2021/06/a-hand-to-hold-in-deep-water-by-shawn.html
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