Sunday, December 25, 2016

Review: The Way We Were by Sinead Moriarty

She thought he had died.  She made a new life.  Then he came back...
Alice and Ben. A couple like any other.  Bound together by love, work, children, familiarity, a shared sense of purpose.
     Arguing about the usual things too - in-laws, whose career is more important, which of them is a soft touch with the children, who hates change and who craves it.
     But when Ben takes a step into the unknown, and brings devastation on the family, it forces them to look at everything in a whole new way.  Because, as far as they know, this is the end of the line for their family.
     So what will happen if they get a second chance? Can they - should they - go back to the way they were?

My thoughts 
What a story...It will tug at your heartstrings all the way till the end!
Alice and Ben are your picture perfect couple.  They have everything that anyone could ask for - amazing jobs as doctors, great friends, the house they have always wanted and worked for and last but not least they have each other and their two amazing daughters.  At least that's what Alice thought...Ben had been getting very sidetracked lately.  He's edgy, away from home a lot and looking for the next best opportunity.

Is it a midlife crisis? Has he met someone else?  Alice is really starting to feel like a single mom.  She works a full time job as a general practitioner in her own practice, takes care of all the kids needs and takes care of the home.  Ben works long hours and takes even longer bike rides when not at work.

Then Ben gets a call to go abroad and assist in an important surgery.  This is what he has been looking for.  Adventure - traveling, meeting new people and getting away.  He wants more.

And then devastation strikes...their worlds will never be the same.  What will happen to Alice, Ben, Jools, and Holly?  Will their family survive?  Grab this book and dive in today!

Drink Selection
The perfect wine selection would be a African wine - Golden Kaan - I am going with a Merlot.  Delish!
You will not be able to put down The Way We Were, it will suck you in and tug at your emotions!  5 wine glasses all the way!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Review: All the Breaking Waves by Kerry Lonsdale

After a harrowing accident tore her family apart, Molly Brennan fled from the man she loved and the tragic mistake she made.

Twelve years later, Molly has created a new life for herself and her eight-year-old daughter, Cassie. The art history professor crafts jewelry as unique and weathered as the surf-tumbled sea glass she collects, while raising her daughter in a safe and loving environment—something Molly never had. But when Cassie is plagued by horrific visions and debilitating nightmares, Molly is forced to return to the one place she swore she’d never move back to—home to Pacific Grove.

A riveting exploration of love, secrets, and motherhood, All the Breaking Waves is the poignant story of a woman who discovers she must confront her past, let go of her guilt, and summon everything in her power to save her daughter.


My Thoughts

Such an amazing story of love, family and a bond between a mother and daughter that can never be broken, or can it?  This story will capture you from page one and you will fall in love with this waterside tale.

Molly Brennan had run away from her past, and never looked back until now.  Her daughter Cassie is more like her than she would ever have imagine and she needs her help.  Molly has a successful teaching career but realizes that she has no choice but to return to her little shore town of Pacific Grove and her grandmother whom she hasn't seen in years.

Molly knows that by returning she is going to have to revisit her past fears - her parents tragic ending, the love of her life that she pushed away and the feel of her powers that she has tried to ignore for quite some time.

But Cassie's happiness and well-being surpass Molly's fears and she heads home but only for a few weeks. 

What will she find when she arrives?  Will her fears drown her and take her last breathe?  Will Cassie's fears and images of her mother's pending death be her end?

This book is amazing from page 1 and you will not be able to put it down. 

Drink Selection

The perfect beach drink to go with this amazing tale - The Beach House - yum!  Grab a bottle today!  You will LOVE it!



I can't say enough amazing things about this book, 5 wine glasses all the way!