The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae (Review)

The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae (Review)

by Stephanie Butland

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Publication Date: October 29, 2019
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Paperback: 416 Pages


For fans of Josie Silver’s One Day in December, The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae is a wholly original, charismatic, and uplifting novel that no reader will soon forget.

Ailsa Rae is learning how to live. She’s only a few months past the heart transplant that—just in time—saved her life. Now, finally, she can be a normal twenty-eight-year-old. She can climb a mountain. Dance. Wait in line all day for tickets to Wimbledon.

But first, she has to put one foot in front of the other. So far, things are as bloody complicated as ever. Her relationship with her mother is at a breaking point and she wants to find her father. Then there’s Lennox, whom Ailsa loved and lost. Will she ever find love again?

Her new heart is a bold heart. She just needs to learn to listen to it. From the hospital to her childhood home, on social media and IRL, Ailsa will embark on a journey about what it means to be, and feel, alive. How do we learn to be brave, to accept defeat, to dare to dream?

From Stephanie Butland, author of The Lost for Words BookshopThe Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae will warm you from the inside out.

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Stephanie Butland’s novel is one of those books that left me better than I was before reading it.

Her new novel is such a heartwarming and sweet story. I hadn’t read any book about a woman who got a heart transplant until Ailsa’s story and, throughout the narration, it was nice to observe how Ailsa faces her new life and its possibilities and challenges. Continue reading “The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae (Review)”

Love And Other Mistakes – Blog Tour (Review)

Love And Other Mistakes – Blog Tour (Review)


Welcome to the Blog Tour for Love and Other Mistakes by Jessica Kate, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


About the book

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Title: Love and Other Mistakes
Author:
Jessica Kate
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date:
July 30, 2019
Genre: Romantic Comedy


There’s a fine line between love and hate . . . And for the last seven years, Natalie Groves has hated Jeremy Walters.

Natalie Groves was meant for great things. But soon after her fiancé left, Natalie’s father was diagnosed with cancer. Suddenly her grand plans evaporated . . . and God felt very far away.

Fast-forward seven years, and an internship presents Natalie a chance at her destiny—but she needs a job to work around it. And the only offer available is worse than a life sentence. Her ex Jeremy, now back in town, is desperate for help with his infant son and troubled teenage niece, Lili. And Natalie may be just the one to help Jeremy . . . provided they don’t kill each other in the process.

When Jeremy and Natalie join forces, sparks fly. But will either of them get burned along the way? Continue reading “Love And Other Mistakes – Blog Tour (Review)”

Turn Your Happiness On (Review)

Turn Your Happiness On (Review)

by Norma Nikutowski

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Publication Date: September 23, 2018
Publisher: Spring Rain Publishing
Paperback: 196 Pages


Welcome to the New Happier You!

Are you bored with the daily grind? Tired of feeling exhausted at the end of the day? Do you wish you could feel happier in your everyday life?

In Turn your Happiness ON, you will find the most powerful, scientifically proven, simple strategies to increase your feelings of happiness right now.

Norma Nikutowski wrote this book to share the insights she gained from counseling people who were struggling to find joy. She also tells stories of her own search for happiness and the sometimes humbling experiences which taught her so much. Her mission is to help as many people as possible enjoy their lives, because happiness improves health, business results, learning, productivity, relationships, and lengthens life. When you read this practical guide, you will learn daily action steps and tips on: How to change your mood right now; How to overcome everyday obstacles to a happy life; How to choose goals that will bring the most joy into your life.

Continue reading “Turn Your Happiness On (Review)”

The Southern Side of Paradise (Review)

The Southern Side of Paradise (Review)

by Kristy Woodson Harvey

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Publication Date: May 7, 2019
Gallery Books
Paperback: 400 Pages


From internationally bestselling author and “rising star of Southern fiction” (Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author) Kristy Woodson Harvey comes the third novel in her Peachtree Bluff series, in which a secret threatens the tight-knit bond between a trio of sisters and their mother.

With the man of her dreams back in her life and all three of her daughters happy, Ansley Murphy should be content. But she can’t help but feel like it’s all a little too good to be true.

Meanwhile, youngest daughter and actress Emerson, who is recently engaged and has just landed the role of a lifetime, seemingly has the world by the tail. Only, something she can’t quite put her finger on is worrying her—and it has nothing to do with her recent health scare.

When two new women arrive in Peachtree Bluff—one who has the potential to wreck Ansley’s happiness and one who could tear Emerson’s world apart—everything is put in perspective. And after secrets that were never meant to be told come to light, the powerful bond between the Murphy sisters and their mother comes crumbling down, testing their devotion to each other and forcing them to evaluate the meaning of family. Continue reading “The Southern Side of Paradise (Review)”

The Number of Love – Blog Tour (Review & Giveaway)

The Number of Love – Blog Tour (Review & Giveaway)

Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White with JustRead Publicity Tours! Follow along with the tour for a special inside peek at how The Number of Love is connected to the author’s previous book from another series, A Song Unheard.


About the book

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Title: The Number of Love
Series: Codebreakers #1
Author: Roseanna M. White
Publisher: Bethany House
Release Date: June 4, 2019
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance/Intrigue

Three years into the Great War, England’s greatest asset is their intelligence network—field agents risking their lives to gather information, and codebreakers able to crack every German telegram. Margot De Wilde thrives in the environment of the secretive Room 40, where she spends her days deciphering intercepted messages. But when her world is turned upside down by an unexpected loss, for the first time in her life numbers aren’t enough.

Drake Elton returns wounded from the field, followed by an enemy that just won’t give up. He’s smitten quickly by the too-intelligent Margot, but how to convince a girl who lives entirely in her mind that sometimes life’s answers lie in the heart?

Amidst biological warfare, encrypted letters, and a German spy who wants to destroy not just them, but others they love, Margot and Drake will have to work together to save them all from the very secrets that brought them together.

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When a highly secretive and intricate world meets brilliant characters, the result is a riveting story the reader won’t put down.

I can’t resist historical fiction books and The Number of Love was a page-turning story.

I’m more used to read about novels set during World War II, so I was even more curious to learn about a precedent period, and especially a world so new to me like the Codebreakers and the Room 40.

The story is written with precision and depth of understanding. Margot De Wilde is such a brilliant character, she is intelligent, with her numerical vision of the life: numbers mean everything and her impossibly dark eyes and her wit fascinated Drake Elton immediately. Her connection with numbers seems to give her the control of everything, at least until tragedy enters her life.

I’ve found Margot an incredible heroine and a relatable character in many ways, and I loved how Roseanna M. White described the events, the emotions, and this compelling world of the Codebreakers.

I already have another book of this author on my bookshelf, and I’m looking forward to reading it as soon as possible.

I’m so grateful to the author and Bethany House Publisher for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

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About the author

 

 

Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award-nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself.

Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary.

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Tour Giveaway

Grand Prize: Shadows Over England series, The Number of Love, and the Decrypto board game, plus “Mi Alma” necklace (Necklace is 24″ chain with a 1″ pendant that says “Mi Alma” Spanish for “My Soul”. A term of endearment used throughout the book. Handmade by Bookworm Mama)

(3) additional winners of The Number of Love.

Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight June 3, 2019 and last through 11:59 pm June 17, 2019. US only. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

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The Scent Keeper (Review)

The Scent Keeper (Review)

by Erica Bauermeister

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Publication Date: May 21, 2019
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Hardcover: 320 Pages


Erica Bauermeister, the national bestselling author of The School of Essential Ingredients, presents a moving and evocative coming-of-age novel about childhood stories, families lost and found, and how a fragrance conjures memories capable of shaping the course of our lives.

Emmeline lives an enchanted childhood on a remote island with her father, who teaches her about the natural world through her senses. What he won’t explain are the mysterious scents stored in the drawers that line the walls of their cabin, or the origin of the machine that creates them. As Emmeline grows, however, so too does her curiosity, until one day the unforeseen happens, and Emmeline is vaulted out into the real world–a place of love, betrayal, ambition, and revenge. To understand her past, Emmeline must unlock the clues to her identity, a quest that challenges the limits of her heart and imagination. Continue reading “The Scent Keeper (Review)”