Monday, February 12, 2018

The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo

Lucy is faced with a life-altering choice. But before she can make her decision, she must start her story—their story—at the very beginning.

Lucy and Gabe meet as seniors at Columbia University on a day that changes both of their lives forever. Together, they decide they want their lives to mean something, to matter. When they meet again a year later, it seems fated—perhaps they’ll find life’s meaning in each other. But then Gabe becomes a photojournalist assigned to the Middle East and Lucy pursues a career in New York. What follows is a thirteen-year journey of dreams, desires, jealousies, betrayals, and, ultimately, of love. Was it fate that brought them together? Is it choice that has kept them away? Their journey takes Lucy and Gabe continents apart, but never out of each other’s hearts.

My Thoughts
I can honestly say that a book has never saddened me and well as gave me so much joy to read.  There is such an intense shift of emotions throughout this entire novel.  You won't truly understand until you read Jill's book for yourself.  The book description doesn't do it justice. 
Lucy meets Gabe and is in love/lust at first site one day at Columbia, that day would be September 11th when the towers fell. 
Those emotions only last for a fleeting moment when his ex-gf calls and needs him and he takes her back. Months and semesters past and graduation arrives.
Then life in NYC begins as adults.  One night she runs into Gabe years later and cupid strikes again.   Should she trust him or will he break her heart all over again?
But the job of a lifetime (in Gabe's eyes) comes up and he takes it without even thinking about Lucy.  He breaks her heart and her world.
Lucy chooses to move on when it becomes apparent that their worlds will never be one and 13 years go by - great jobs, bf's, gf's, fiances, children, etc. yet they still remain in random contact.
The question then comes to mind - can you ever forget your one true love no matter how great your current life is?
I will not reveal anymore details but I beg you to read this book, be happy, cry a few tears and learn from the love that is Lucy and Gabe.

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Drink Selection

I am going to use a popular drink from the book, the Appletini.  Delish!
 
Rating
I would give this book 10 wine glasses if I could, 5 wine glasses for sure all the way!

Jill Santopolo

About the Author
Jill Santopolo is the author of the The Light We Lost, the Alec Flint Mysteries, the Sparkle Spa series, and the Follow Your Heart books. She holds a BA in English Literature from Columbia University, an MFA in Writing for Children from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and a certificate in Intellectual Property Law from NYU. Jill is also the Editorial Director of Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group. When she’s not writing or editing, Jill is a thesis advisor at The New School in their MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults and is on the faculty of the Columbia Publishing Course. Jill has traveled all over the U.S.—and to Canada and Europe—to speak about writing and storytelling. She lives in New York City.

Twitter: @jillsantopolo
Instagram: jillsantopolo
Facebook: /jillsantopoloauthor

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Friday, February 9, 2018

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

Anna Fox lives alone, a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times--and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, and their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.

My Thoughts
What an AMAZING read!  I couldn't put this book down!  A.J. Finn truly has a gift with words as well as suspense.  Is the next writer to watch and I can't wait to see what he comes up with going forward!
The entire book literally revolves around Anna Fox living in her home in NYC and she is unable to go outside.  She will literally lose it if she opens a window and feels the breeze.
Her days consist of watching her neighbors (documenting their every step), drinking and watching black and white movies.
Families move in and move out and she thinks nothing of it until this family, The Russells moves in across the park.  Strange things start to happen and then wait...did that just happen?  Anna isn't sure if it was real or if it was the wine talking!
Anna's world is now turned upside down.  Will it ever be right again?

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Drink Selection
I will pair this book with a Cabernet Sauvignon Magnum, fitting for this selection I believe!

Rating
5 wine glasses hands down!

About the Author
A. J. Finn has written for numerous publications, including the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and the Times Literary Supplement (UK). A native of New York, Finn lived in England for ten years before returning to New York City. 

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Monday, February 5, 2018

The Secret To Southern Charm by Kristy Woodson Harvey


Leaving fans “practically [begging] for a sequel” (Bookpage), critically acclaimed author Kristy Woodson Harvey returns with the second novel in her beloved Peachtree Bluff series, featuring a trio of sisters and their mother who discover a truth that will change not only the way they see themselves, but also how they fit together as a family.

After finding out her military husband is missing in action, middle sister Sloane’s world crumbles as her worst nightmare comes true. She can barely climb out of bed, much less summon the strength to be the parent her children deserve.

Her mother, Ansley, provides a much-needed respite as she puts her personal life on hold to help Sloane and her grandchildren wade through their new grief-stricken lives. But between caring for her own aging mother, her daughters, and her grandchildren, Ansley’s private worry is that secrets from her past will come to light.

But when Sloane’s sisters, Caroline and Emerson, remind Sloane that no matter what, she promised her husband she would carry on for their young sons, Sloane finds the support and courage she needs to chase her biggest dreams—and face her deepest fears. Taking a cue from her middle daughter, Ansley takes her own leap of faith and realizes that, after all this time, she might finally be able to have it all.


My Thoughts
This is the second book in the Peachtree Bluff series and Kristy does not disappoint!  I loved every page from beginning to end and have already inquired with Kristy when #3 will be out! 
Sloan's husband is MIA and at the start of this novel she is inconsolable and hasn't left her room for weeks.  If you were in the same situation, would that be you?  I believe that I would follow the same pattern.
Little by little her mother and sisters try to get her out of her shell and her niece breaks through at one point and that was the push that she needed.
Her mother, Ansley, on the other hand has her own demons that she has to figure out and muddle her way through. 
But she realizes that it never seems to be a good time to go down that path - with her mother's illness and Sloane's husband MIA and Caroline's husband fooling around, when will these poor woman get a break to breathe and rebuild!
Little by little they start to find their way and they leave you wanting to know more by the end!


Drink Selection
I located the PERFECT drink - The Southern Charm  - a little bourbon, a little Southern comfort (and a few other details and there you have it! 

Rating
5 wine glasses all the way!  No explanation needed!
About the Author
Kristy Woodson Harvey


Kristy Woodson Harvey is the author of Dear Carolina. She blogs at Design Chic about how creating a beautiful home can be the catalyst for creating a beautiful life and loves connecting with readers at kristywoodonsharvey.com. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's school of journalism and holds a Master's in English from East Carolina University. She is a regular contributor for The Salisbury Post, Domino magazine and Houzz. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and three-year-old son.

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Spring in Lilac Glen by Angie Ellington

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Julianne Baker seemingly has it all. Working for a nationally published nature magazine in Manhattan and leading a glamorous life in the Big Apple....or is she? Julianne returns to her hometown of Lilac Glen, Georgia to complete an article on family-based nurseries and floral businesses; something she already knows plenty about.

Julianne meets Tucker Case, a handsome investor and real estate manager who is trying to fit in as a farm owner in the town he now calls home. As days get longer, and spring starts to reawaken, will flowers be all that bloom?

Join Julianne as she opens her heart to new possibilities while learning to take life a little slower down back roads; bending with the curves instead of against them.

My Thoughts
Can I first start by saying, how gorgeous is this cover?  It was the first thing that caught my eye and I couldn't wait to dive in. 
Julianne seems to have it all - her dream job (sort of) and a life in NYC, what more could a girl ask for?
Then the magazine sends Julianne home for a story that involves her families nursery.  What perfect timing for a week vaca away from the office, and with maybe a little work involved.
Then Julianne meets Tucker, as the week (and she falls deeper) goes on she wishes she hadn't because she has to return to NYC.
Big news then arises with her job at the magazine and she may have to move to CANADA.  Will Julianne pack her bags and head north or will all road lead back to Lilac Glen, GA?

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Drink Selection
What a perfect drink to fit the theme, a Lilac Lemon Drop Martini!  Delish!

Rating
It was a quick fun read, 5 wine glasses for sure!

Angie Ellington

About the Author
Angie Ellington writes contemporary women's fiction...a cross between sweet romance & chick lit. If you're a fan of Hallmark Channel, Angie's books may be just what you're looking for!

A Moonlit Hearts Romance Standalone Series
*Christmas in Fair Bend (2017)-Available
*Autumn at Apple Hill (2017)-Available
*Spring in Lilac Glen (March 2018)-Preorder Available
*Summer at Carlisle Cove (2018)

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Blog Tour Stop - Girl Targeted by Val Collins

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A Psychological Thriller/Suspense set in Ireland.

Office jobs can be stressful. Aoife’s may be lethal.

Aoife’s life is finally on track. She’s happily married, pregnant with her first child and has the world’s best mother-in-law. But when Aoife accepts a job as an office temp, her entire life begins to unravel.

Is one of Aoife’s colleagues a murderer? Is Aoife the next target? Why is her husband unconcerned?

Can office politics lead to murder? Girl Targeted is a perfect read for fans of Behind Closed Doors, Girl on a Train and the Silent Wife.





My Thoughts
What a crazy rollercoaster!  Around each corner is something new that will make you jump.
I'm not going to lie, if my office job was half as crazy and stressful, I would have a one way ticket out of there quicker than you can say I Quit!
Clearly this wasn't what Aoife bargained for when she left her blissful life of a stay at home mom and a happy wife.
The one thing that puzzles me though is why doesn't hubby seem to care?  Is he hiding something?  Is he in on it somehow and if so why?
If you loved Behind Closed Doors, you will LOVE Girl Targeted!

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Drink Selection
In celebration of this book taking place in Ireland, I am going to pair this book with a traditional Irish Guinness! 

Rating
4 wine glasses for this suspenseful and crazy read!
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Monday, January 29, 2018

Blog Tour - Blue and Green Should Never be Seen! by Colette Kebell



Promo Signup || Blue and Green Should Never Be Seen by Colette Kebell (Blog Tour 1/29-2/4)Blue and Green Should Never Be Seen! (Or so Mother Says by Colette Kebell
Published by Skittish Endeavours on December 25, 2014
Genre: Chick Lit

 

A Chick Lit Lover’s Delight. Fashion may be the central theme; along with a nagging mother, but with friendships, intrigue, a villain, romance, food and laughter too. 
GiGi is a woman with a mission: to help people improve the way they look, increase their self-esteem, and eventually, make them happier people. Being a personal shopper is a dark art, with few tangible rewards. Spread by word of mouth, her clients would never admit they needed her assistance. Let us be honest, who would admit to being in need of a style consultant? 
The first step is to admit you need help with your wardrobe. When you have recognised that, you are on the path to recovery, and GiGi’s services will help you, despite her mother nagging that she is not doing a “real” job. 
So, is it just a matter of going around and helping people buy clothes and shoes? 
Not quite so. Money is tight; GiGi has to work with wealthy and eccentric people, who often do not have any idea about what they want. She and her business partner Ritchie are in a constant struggle to keep the business afloat, but as they say in Dragon’s Den, she is very investable. But, with success comes the difficulties, the Battersea Fashion Center is going to open soon, and they claim they will be fierce competitors. 
With the constant struggle to keep her business afloat; a powerful enemy lining up ready to make a meal out of her, knowing well that GiGi’s approach, eventually, will make her successful. The business expands, and they take onboard new partners, making them one of the most influential fashion consultancy firms in London. But, with a very demanding job, hours spent working, will she be able to balance her career and her private life?

About Colette Kebell


Colette Kebell is an author of Chicklit, though a relatively new one and thus far has self-published her books. Her books are light-hearted, fun and quirky and even considered by some to be inspirational. She has also found avenues to translate both into Italian (thanks to her husband), and one, thus far, into French, Spanish and Portuguese via Babelcube.

As a career, Colette spent her later years as a legal secretary. After a first attempt at writing many years ago (a book that still remains in her drawer) she resumed this passion a few years back, following being made redundant. After a few book signing events and a book talk, which almost caused her to collapse with nerves, Colette now spends her time between her home in the UK and her home in France.

Colette has two adorable dogs and spends some time, when not writing and marketing her books, cooking for herself and her husband, gardening or designing various items for their home. Amongst her other hobbies, she has also experimented with furniture upholstery, and she might, from time to time, have a paintbrush in her hand.

She can be found on twitter @ColetteKebell though doesn’t tweet a vast amount.



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Thursday, January 25, 2018

The Status of All Things by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke

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What would you do if you could literally rewrite your fate—on Facebook? This heartwarming and hilarious new novel from the authors of The Perfect Life follows a woman who discovers she can change her life through online status updates.

Kate is a thirty-five-year-old woman who is obsessed with social media. So when her fiancĂ©, Max, breaks things off at their rehearsal dinner—to be with Kate’s close friend and coworker, no less—she goes straight to Facebook to share it with the world. But something’s changed. Suddenly, Kate’s real life starts to mirror whatever she writes in her Facebook status. With all the power at her fingertips, and heartbroken and confused over why Max left her, Kate goes back in time to rewrite their history.

Kate's two best friends, Jules and Liam, are the only ones who know the truth. In order to convince them she’s really time traveled, Kate offers to use her Facebook status to help improve their lives. But her attempts to help them don’t go exactly as planned, and every effort to get Max back seems to only backfire, causing Kate to wonder if it’s really possible to change her fate.

In The Status of All Things, Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke combine the humor and heart of Sarah Pekkanen and Jennifer Weiner while exploring the pitfalls of posting your entire life on the Internet. They raise the questions: What if you could create your picture-perfect life? Would you be happy? Would you still be you? For anyone who’s ever attempted—or failed—to be their perfect self online, this is a story of wisdom and wit that will leave you with new appreciation for the true status of your life.

My Thoughts
I can't believe that I didn't find this book sooner!  I picked it up on a bargain table because I LOVE all things Liz and Lisa and BAM I fell in love.
Status and Facebook are not safe.  I mean you can write whatever your little heart desires and that could truly change the outcome of some situations. 
You know that you have those friends who look like they have the perfect life, WRONG, it's a lie.  They just don't have the courage to show you the bad stuff too!
When I was younger my status was important, not I barely use it anymore.  I don't need to share it with the world!
Poor Kate thought she had the perfect life - her job, fiancĂ©, friends, you name it.  And she shared every one of those moments with the world, you got it, via Facebook.  Then her life turns in a direction she's not ready for and she re-write's her status and BAM she goes back in time to re-write the past to create the future that she wants now!
Is that the right way to fix her problems?  To erase it like it never happened?  Kate finds out that things aren't always that easy.  Will she continue down that path or will she go back and accept the things that happened for what they are?
Grab this book and dive in!  You will LOVE it!

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Drink Selection
This book deserves to be paired with Champs!  It all worked out the way it was suppose to in the end!  Cheers!

Rating
5 wine glasses all the way! LOVE it!!!!

About the Authors
Liz Fenton

Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke have been best friends for 25 years and survived high school and college together. Liz lives in San Diego, CA with her husband and two children. Lisa, a former talk show producer, now lives in Chicago, IL with her husband, daughter and two bonus children.

Lisa Steinke

THE GOOD WIDOW, about a wife who learns that nothing is as it seems: not her marriage, her husband…or his death is out now. (Lake Union.)

THE YEAR WE TURNED FORTY, about three best friends who get the chance to re-live the year that dramatically changed the course of their lives, is out now. (Atria Books.)

THE STATUS OF ALL THINGS, about a woman who discovers she can literally rewrite her fate on Facebook, is out now. (Atria Books.)

Their debut novel, YOUR PERFECT LIFE, about two childhood best friends who wake up the morning after their 20th high school reunion to discover they've switched bodies is out now. (Atria Books.)

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