Best Reads for Summer 2017

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Welcome to our Best Summer Reads for 2017! I love reading, in fact I love reading so much that I read a book a day in the summer! I know it sounds impossible but yes, I do a lot of reading! All said I want encourage you to take up the great hobby of reading. Even Children's books are great and I read those as well! There is much to be said for being well read. Okay with that.. I want to encourage you to check out my list of Summer Reads below... These are just a few to get us started and I will be adding to this list.. so check back often!!!! If you are a author or Publishing Company - Go ahead and send us your books just put on the envelope Summer Reading (or not) - We only accept paperbacks and hardbacks or audio books. All books will not be returned in exchange for the honest review- all books will be donated locally to family or friends and a local charity in order to help spread the word about your great books! We never sell anything we review! All said please ship to Ruthie Pople 13642 State Route 370
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Grab your cocoa and curl up with this artic delight! Number 5 in Carolyn Mulford's Show Me Detective Series "The Sinister Snowman".
Phoenix Smith tries to figure out who murdered the old congressman. The book gave me a laugh as it reminded me of the fun we had playing Clue as kids as it involves a snowbound property. I chuckled when they were looking for a revolver only to find that.. (won't share any spoilers! ) All said if you love cozy mysteries you will love this book set in the cold and snow. Well written, fun and a page turner.  I did receive my copy for review purposes and no monies were exchanged. 



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I had heard of this book and was really pleased to finally sit down and read it. The Hollow Man by Paul Hollis is well written and one you won't easily forget. In a nut shell you have Terrorism and a man surviving in that stessful world. Lots of travel and you will feel like you have been traveling right along with the character  from the beautifully descriptive writing. Taking place in Europe it will get you thinking about the present day world we are in now and the struggles at hand. Insightful, descriptive, and fast paced. This is one of those books that you will love seeing on the Big Screen :) I did receive my copy for review purposes and no monies were exchanged.





Embracing Hope by [Butler Wojtowicz, Janell]    To order your copy click here

When I was a kid my parents were on staff at a Christian College, I attended a private christian school then, later I was hired by my church as our Church secretary. These  experiences made me enjoy this read even more. This is a beautiful Christian romance that covers university life as well as the hopes and tragedies that life dishes out. I loved reading about  Dean and the outcome of "hope" as he gets a new dream and beginning. Little gems of wisdom in this goodie! If you are a Christian or not this is one book you will love reading and think of often! I did receive this book for review purposes and no monies were exchanged.  


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The Spy Across the Table (A Jim Brodie Thriller Book 4) by [Lancet, Barry]   To order your copy click here


 In my mid 20's my ex husband and I used to have a Japanese friend, Bruce, spend Saturday nights at our home in order to go to church with us on Sunday. He was a Army Sergeant and I loved hearing about his life. Bruce was half Japanese and German and was over 6 feet tall! Later we received a call from Bruce, stationed in Germany  to let know he had married a lovely Korean girl and neither of them spoke the same language! In reading the Spy Across the Table by Barry Lancet, how could I not think of a friend so dear. What I loved about this story was the beautiful writings about Japanese life and art. There is so much to this book I hardly knew where to begin in writing this! The story begins at a Japanese play with 2 murders. One of the victims has connections with the first lady. So the President hires in Jim Brodie a Japanese expert and antique dealer along with a  background as a PI is called in to work on the case. It all boils down to a scheme with North Korea and China trying to get information and to obtain Anna a prime target for them for information. Brodie is stuck at one point in a torture situation day which at times looked promising of getting free only to have the story repeated. The background homework on this book was thoroughly researched. This is a rich read, but not wordy and hard to read but rather flowing,natural and a sheer delight! I loved it! 5 out of 5 stars on this one guys! I did receive a ARC copy for review and no monies were exchanged. 



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The Red Hunter: A Novel by [Unger, Lisa]        To order your copy click here



Two women's lives collade and spin into this thriller both connected by a old house. Both women have experienced tragedy the murder of one's parents the other with a brutal assault and a toddering marriage. Fast paced and and will get you thinking about justice and revenge. I also loved that one of the women was a blogger since of course that is what I am doing now :). The crimes were insane but Lisa Unger has managed to make them bearable in this thriller. Sneaky peak..Underground railroads, tunnels, and conversations...that get you thinking. If you like edge of your seat thrillers I believe you will enjoy this book. I did receive my copy for review purposes and no monies were exchanged.

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I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Saviour when I was 5 years old. My husband Clay also accepted Jesus when he was a child into his life. Sometimes life just hits us. We get busy or just about anything and we need to refresh ourselves in the Lord. Kenneth Copeland went through a dry spot in his life for no particular reason and what he did is written in this little gem. I love going through this book. Thought provoking and will help you to "stir yourself up!" Perfect to slip in your suitcase for vacations or to put in your briefcase! As it says in this book .. "When you believe The Word of God , you ignite a spark inside you that lights a fire you can't get any other way. " I did receive this book for review purposes and no monies were exchanged. 



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Body on the Bayou (Cajun Country Mystery, #2)    To order your copy click here



Loads of fun here for all of us who adore Cozy Mysteries! Saddled reluctantly as a maid of honor, things only get worse for poor Maggie as she deals with the bridezilla with a list of chores. Maggie is hooked into entertaining Ginger who everyone complains about , but to Maggie at first seems the model citizen or is she?  We have in the book the traditional murder. I loved this book lots of fun characters and gave you a sense of Cajun flare! I did receive my copy for review purposes and no monies were exchanged.


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Fata Morgana by [Boyett, Steven R., Mitchroney, Ken]     To order your copy click here




I recently watched Guardians of the Galaxy with my husband. I love it, Clay has perked my interest in sci-fi as we watch a lot of it together. Fata Morgana gave me a nice dose of sci-fi and WW2 two of my favorite types of reads. Joe and his crew flying the Fata Morgana have several cool adventures to read about in this gem. The research on the WW2 and the accuracy of the planes and crew during this time period was priceless. I also loved the time travel and generally how this book was put together and held my interest. A wonderful read! I can hardly wait to read more from these authors. I did receive my copy for review purposes and no monies were exchanged.


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Fatal Analysis   To order your copy click here


Grant, a Psychatrist, is on the decline in life and in walks Megan a  as she is asking for help for her depressed sister. Grant and Megan start a affair and the sister ends up dead from a overdose. Now Grant is in a spot sleeping with a patient and a death. He tries to get away and she is pressing towards him threatening a law suit etc. One thing I want to add is I absolutely loved how easy this was to read the minute I picked up the book the story flowed beautifully until the very end with descriptive words, good characters and insight a plus for all of us who read a lot this made the book a easy enjoyable read making the reader want more.  The book is also a  real page turner and a must for your summer reading! I did receive my copy for review purposes and no monies were exchanged.  


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Murder in Mayfair (Atlas Catesby #1)   To order your copy https://www.amazon.com/Murder-Mayfair-Atlas-Catesby-Mystery-ebook/dp/B01MRZ3V3F/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1498039425&sr=8-1&keywords=Murder+in+Mayfair



I received a advanced reader's copy of Murder in Mayfair by D.M.Quincy for my honest review. This book was set in the early 1800's and the wording for those of us that love Historical romances and mysteries reflects the time period. Atlas comes across an usual scene a woman being auctioned off by her own husband! He tries to help her, but she refuses him until after her husband is murdered. I enjoyed the story line. Atlas works hard at clearing her name. The dead husband has many enemies and even his own brother may be one. This is the first in this series and I am looking forward to more books from this author. I did receive my copy for review purposes and no monies were exchanged.

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Galveston: 1900, Indignities, Book Six: The Altercation (Galveston, 1900, Indignities) by [Brown, N.E.]  To order your copy click here




Imagine going to a hotel for 1.50 a night? Take a trip back in time in NE Brown's Book 6 The Aftercation of the Indignities. I have not read the previous books in this series but felt that this book could hold it's own. Catherine moves back to Galveston after the death of her husband holding secrets that she has had for generations. A real old west read complete with straight edge shaving and the rough and tough of the times. I enjoyed the writing style and the characters and I felt like I was watching a good ol Western.  Lots of well developed characters and the story covered some light sexual content but not graphic but showing life in the Old West. I did receive this book for review purposes and no monies were exchanged.



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I received this book from blogging for books, to be honest I don't know if I would have picked this up at the bookstore as I am more of the damsel in distress kind of reader. However I felt that this book really showed the weak and the strong side of Lola who was a powerful woman among a uncertain world of crime, gangs and troubles. There were some editing problems but to be honest because of my background (my dad owned a printing company among other things) I have read lots of books even after editing that had many errors so I really don't worry about such things but I know this was something that was addressed by other readers and my heart is always I would rather read a ARC anyday and get as close as possible to the author's heart then to be polished. Hold on to your seat and fast paced. I felt like this is the kind of book to read late at night with a big bowl of popcorn or when the husband takes the kids out for the afternoon. A great  read all at once fun read! I did receive this book for review purposes and no monies were exchanged. 




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Glimpse of Death: A Riveting Serial Killer Thriller by [Wolfe, Leslie]    To order your copy Click here




Next time you get stopped by the police,  you will probably keep your window rolled up and asked to see proper identification. You will be searching the internet to find out your legal rights to identify law enforcement. This thriller shares the story of a killer who likes to stalk his victims first. I enjoyed the writing style with so many descriptions of the surroundings.   FBI Special Agent Tess Winnett is on the case trying to find the nutso killer. It was interesting to see how the case unfolded and  how the killer was targeting cheaters. If you like thrillers you will enjoy this edge of your seat book. I did receive my copy for review purposes and no monies were exchanged.  Image result for detective



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You will give squeals of delight as you read Murder Has Nine Lives by Laura Levine. Funny and captivating you will have separate anxiety if you have to stop reading to take care of your kids or have to do the laundry. Prozac the cat is starring in a commercial! Jaine is on the set while trying to keep Prozac together. The promise of 5,000 for the shoot seems like a dream come true. It happens .. The dream goes ka-push as Dean, is acting and falls down dead. Jaine is accused of murder as Prozac ruins the shoot just before Dean bites the dust. I give this book 5 stars out of 5. A great read and one you really should put on your summer reads list!


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Falling Hard (A Nugget Romance Book 9) by [Finz, Stacy]   To order your copy click here


Logan doesn't really like the small town he finds himself  in, a big change from his life as a NAVY SEAL. He isn't really thrilled with life until he meets boot wearing Annie Sparks. I loved the small town feel of the book. This is supposed to be a pit stop for Logan while he looks to find his biological father. Annie and Logan actually hit it off right away but they feel that it can't move forward as the romance is basically snuffed out before it can begin because of this. The book has some interesting things include a hostage situation. The heartfelt attitude of just enjoy it while we can made me want to see this couple being able to be together forever.  I did receive my copy for review purposes and no monies were exchanged. 



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Murder at Sea of Passenger X Georgie Shaw Cozy Mystery #5 (Georgie Shaw Cozy Mystery Series) by [Burke, Anna Celeste]     To order your copy click here


Georgie and her her new hubby are on their honeymoon on a luxury cruise with all the bells and whistles especially since her boss owns the ship - Eccentric Max! Someone falls overboard and the mystery begins! Who did it ? Many suspects will get your wondering. I loved the writing style and the characters. This is a cozy mystery always happy and fun! I absolutely loved reading this book full of cozy fun! If you are cozy mystery buff like me you are going to fall in love with author Anna Celeste Burke! I did review my copy for review purposes and no monies were exchanged. 


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I absolutely adore cozy mysteries, in fact, I can't get enough of them! I was not disappointed in Susan M. Boyer's Low Country Bonfire. Tammy hires Liz and Nate to see if her husband is a cheater.  She gets the news that he is which after that news, she promptly stuffs his stuff in the trunk. Next thing she does.. sets it on fire!  To make matters worse a dead body is found in the trunk, when the car is checked to make sure it has cooled down! I enjoyed this book immensely. Well written and even though this is the 6th in the series it can easily be read as a stand alone :) I did receive my copy for review purposes and no monies were exchanged. 




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This is a beautiful story of friendship among those who are empty-nesters. I enjoyed this as a empty nester myself and appreciate those who have made their way into the inner circle of my friendships. The story covers the results of what happens at a school shooting and the right to bare arms which gets you thinking about the world we live in and how the present day issues touch everyones lives. This book shows the value of friendship among women with various life situations. I did receive my copy for review purposes and no monies were exchanged.


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The Switch   To order your copy click here


Tanner is your average traveling Joe businessman until the day he goes through airport security, picks up his laptop and goes home. The big switch has started! He took home the wrong Laptop! One that belonged to a senator with top secret files! Information regarding a new hacking system.. to spy through smart TV, phones, etc.. Clear your calendar as the chase is on. You won't put this baby down until you finish it! I give this one a 5 out of 5 stars. I did receive my copy for review purposes and no monies were exchanged.



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Once again I am reviewing a book in the WW2 era that also includes a romance and mystery in the storyline!
Alice is returning to her home town after losing her husband in WW2. She starts a fiber store in order to not to be a burden to her family. As the story unfolds..she hurts her ankle and has a german man staying with her, the very nationality that killed her husband! She has to deal with her prejudice against the german race as well as, the local people in the town are all acting suspicious !  The book is  captivating and you will be flipping those pages.  My favorite part was the clean romance part.This book has it all! I did receive my copy for review purposes and no monies were exchanged. 


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Lucy is gaga over Dale Sumner. In fact it is so noticeable that it is hard for others not to notice. When she is rescued by Dale from a coming stampede Ace report Bryce takes a photo shoot and they are plastered all over the papers as "sweethearts". Bryce is in town in hopes of writing a novel and made an agreement with his father to help him with the 6 newspapers he just bought in exchange he will get enough money to take a year off to write his first novel. His dad is a bit shady and even though Dale could give a rat's tail about Lucy he talks them into faking they are "in love" in order to sell war bonds. The problem is Bryce falls in love with Lucy and she's falling back! When you pick this gem up you won't put it down until it is finished! I loved this book. A really sweet romance with no erotic! Absolutely a page turner and one you will enjoy reading! I did receive my copy for review purposes and no monies were exchanged.



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Bad Air! One thing one of my many big sisters  have taught me was make sure you air out your house daily to change the air. Trust me  you will feel better. But what do you do if the air quality in general is bad? I loved Judy Hogan's Penny Weaver's Mystery. Filled with charming characters and of course, some not so grand. Penny comes home from Wales with her new husband to find that her daughter has moved into her bedroom to top it off the activism group is being run by a car salesman. Lots of good reading here murder, local politics and great characters.I did receive my copy free of charge for review purposes and no monies were exchanged. 








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Ten Dead Comedians: A Murder Mystery by [Van Lente, Fred]    To order yours click here


Super fun! I am a HUGE mystery junkie and was not disappointed in Ten Dead Comedians. We have a group of Comedians in all stages of their careers invited to a island only to find that their host has hung himself.  I found the book witty and full of twists and turns as people kept dying and you had to figure out who it was that was doing them all in! In the Main house their pictures were removed as they left (or kicked the bucket !)  I thoroughly enjoyed this read. I loved the various characters and found this to be a light-hearted perfect read! I did receive my copy for review purposes and no monies were exchanged. 


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The Winemakers: A Novel of Wine and Secrets by [Moran, Jan]     To order your copy Click here

A fairly quick read. Caterina finds herself expecting a baby out of wedlock in the 1950's when people in general felt it was a terribly shameful thing. She is all set to give up her baby for adoption but refuses. Catrina's life ends up making her a heir to her family's grape orchards in Italy where she uncovers secrets about her family. If you love Italy, winery etc.. you will enjoy this read :) I did receive my copy for review purposes and no monies were exchanged. 


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My Last Lament by [Brown, James William]



When I was in middle school I had a 100 average in History, the funny thing is as the boyfriends became more and more important my grades in History also dropped. No wonder I couldn't resist  loving My Last Lament by James William Brown. Aliki is a lamentor, which I found interesting as a serious student of the Bible where I found  people throwing dust on their heads and tearing their clothes etc..when in dispair. So I was curious about the life of those who do such things. Aliki is part of a dying breed and is asked to share her laments on tapes - instead she shares her own personal lament of her life and friends - Her father murdered in WW2 and her survival in a disturbing time in history with her friends. A wonderful moving story. I did receive my copy for review purposes and no monies were exchanged.



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The Cup-A Literary Fiction Novel by [Rider, Anneliese]   To order your copy Click here

What a lovely read this one was indeed, you will look at those around you differently after reading The Cup by Anneliese Rider. The cup is a coffee shop and Tom works there. He seems like a normal guy but behind the server is a man hurting. A beautiful story of friendship and insight as Tom befriends Mike and Janelle. This was especially dear to my heart as in my early 20's my friends and I used to hang around a coffee shop and the friendships we made with the servers and other guests are still warm and close today. A excellent read not a lot of spoilers guys but if you love a warm story of friendship you will enjoy this read. I did receive my copy for review purposes and no monies were exchanged. 


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Coal River   To order your copy click here


When I was a kid I remember my Daddy talking to me about working in the coal mines so this was of special interest to me. Ellen Marie shares the hardships of mining and the injustices that greed can bring. There is also a sweet romance which I personally adored and as always feel that a book is lacking if at times if they don't touch on my heartstrings. Emma comes home to a place she finds more deplorable than before with unjust and hard ways she does what she feels is right to make a difference. This book will get you thinking! I loved it, as you know I only share about books that I feel I would recommend to my mother or sister! Pick a copy up I think you will love this to add to your summer reading.
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Some People Deserve To Die    To order your copy click here



Shocking! Thought Provoking! This one will take you around the world! Alan is guilt-ridden and it plays itself out in a life of crime which leads him even further than one would imagine to finding justice for himself and the victim of his crime. Alan finds himself cutting off body parts for Big Mac and other deplorable acts - the more he degrades himself the worse his nightmares hunt him. He even offers a homeless man $100 for his clothing at one point - only to realize that won't do since a homeless man's clothes are all he has (he ended up at the thrift store! ) - He's strategic, detailed and you will travel to a world far removed from the average man. If you love crime novel you will love it. I did receive my copy for review purposes and no monies were exchanged.

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Back To You by [Duvall,  Emily]     To order your copy 
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Romance and suspense two of my favorite reads. Emily Duvall's Back To You has it all that and a bag of chips! Great characters and a storyline that will feel like you are eating peanuts,  that will keep you flipping those pages. I loved the romance part it will definitely give you the warm fuzzies. Olivia is a nurse and Alex is a divorce lawyer. Lots of twists and turns in the suspense part . There ais even a character I found who I really didn't like at all! Basically, Erik , Olivia's love interest is murdered. His best friend Alex reveals some things to Olivia about Erik. Police, snouty women, etc.. I loved this book. Giving it a 5 out of 5 stars. This book was received for review purposes and no monies were exchanged. 



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I consider myself well-read as I enjoy reading from Resources books to baby books. Carrie Cross has written a wonderful youth book that really kept my attention even as a adult.  Skylar Robbins is 13 and has started her own detective agency including living in a house of a missing heiress. We have school bullies who are real jerks and non stop fun looking at clues. This is the 3d in the series and I can't wait to hear more about Skylar's adventures. Well written and a page turner. I give this one a 5 out of 5 stars! I did receive my copy for review purposes and no monies were exchanged.


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As a Beekeeper I couldn't help but fall in love with this book just for the references throughout about bees. But this book is much more than that - filled with drama with well developed characters. I also loved reading about the china pieces. Okay, with that.. Georgia returns to her home in Florida as part of her work in fine china. There are many family issues , her own issues and working through her life Georgia finds she needs to find the missing pieces there. You are gonna love this book! I did. I did receive my copy for review purposes and no monies were exchanged. 


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A Coldwater Warm Hearts Wedding (Coldwater #2)    To order your copy click here


This is a second chance romance. Heather was super tall in school so Michael gave her the nickname of Stilts, which stuck with her throughout the years. Michael became estranged from his family after being ordered from his dad not to return. When his Mom comes down with breast cancer he returns home. Slowly love blooms between Michael and Heather. I haven't read this author before and this certainly won't be the last time I'd read a book by her! Well written and it kept my interest. This was the 2nd in her series but it held it's own and I didn't feel lost at all. I did receive my copy for review purposes and no monies were exchanged. 


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Fly Away with Me (Blue Moon Harbor) by [Fox, Susan]        To order your copy click here


Eden is on a mission for her Mom to a exotic island to find her aunt. She recently had a break up with her boyfriend so meeting a pilot for romance wasn't in her agenda but as the story unfolds love is there. I always love great romances (minus any sex scenes - I always skip over those parts!!!) The pilot agrees to help Eden find her aunt and as life would happen the romance blooms between them. What I loved about this book was the vacationy (is that a word?) feel this book had a perfect read on a warm afternoon! I did receive this book for review purposes and no monies were exchanged.






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Evelyn's Promise (A More Perfect Union, #4)   To order your copy Click here




This is the fourth book in the Series A More Perfect Union. Although I haven't read the previous books, I didn't feel lost and felt that this book did fine as a stand alone. It's the 1700's, in the aftermath of the war,  Evelyn is widowed and has a newborn son Jim. Her home was lost so she moves in with her parents. Nat is also at a lost of all he loves. While he hopes to start over in the New frontiers - Evelyn is hoping to start a girl's school. I enjoyed the interaction between the two and felt that the book really showed how people feel after a war. I enjoyed the writing style of the author and thought the characters were interesting and the book was well written. I did receive my book for review purposes and no monies were exchanged. 


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No Strings Attached: A Lexi Carmichael Mystery, Book Eight by [Moffett, Julie]    To order your copy click here

No Strings Attached by Julie Moffett is #8 in the Lexi Carmichael Mystery series. I felt that this book did fine as a stand alone and I should know since is the first time reading a book by this author. Immediately I was hooked after all it involved computer hacking, cyber-security and Wedding planning.. well, a bachelorette party. Lexi becomes a target for cyber criminals after being in the wrong place. Right up my ally with adventure and a bit of the unusual that probably would never happen in real life but in the life of a reader it makes for oh so much fun! Loved it! I give this little gem a 5 out of 5. I did receive this book for review purposes and no monies were exchanged. :) 


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Rubyville: A Place in My Heart, Book 4 by [Dykeman, Deborah]   To order your copy click here


I really loved this book and I couldn't help but think of a few of my besties who would just love reading this book along with me. Evelyn has plans laid out before her by her mother. Included in the plans made for her is marriage to Aaron Darby. Richard falls for Evelyn and it is really sweet to hear him praying about her. She is everything he ever wanted . She loves her grandmother, her mom and is kind to Darby. I don't want to share too many spoilers here but this is a wonderful romance book and worthy of a read. Definitely add this one to your summer reading! I did receive this book for review purposes and no monies were exchanged.

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Let's get right into this one guys..  A Federal Judge thinks his wife picked up his 6 year old twins through a text. Truth is they were actually picked up by kidnappers. He is told to say nothing. This is a gripping thrill ride of a book. Trust me once you open this book you may as well clear your schedule because you will end up making this book a priority and won't be able to set it down until you are done. You really get into the head of the Scott, the Federal Judge and I felt that the characters were developed. The short chapters were a huge plus because it helped to keep me turning pages as I kept thinking just one more chapter. I loved this book and although I haven't previously read a book by this author now he is on my list of top authors. I give this one 5 out of 5 stars. I did receive this book for review purposes and no monies were exchanged. 


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Fallout: A V.I. Warshawski Novel (V.I. Warshawski Novels) by [Paretsky, Sara]    To order your copy click here


Believe it or not, this is the first time I have ever read anything from Sara Paretsky. In Fall Out V.I. goes to Kansas to search for a missing film student and a old worn out star.In Kansas,  the town isn't happy to have her there and it looks like there are lots of secrets that are being covered up. This was a thought provoker and made me want to read more by this author. The past seems to loom in the background and the more VI searches it out,  there are more bodies. I did receive this book for review purposes and no monies were exchanged. 


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Death of a Bachelorette (A Jaine Austen Mystery) by [Levine, Laura]     To order your copy click here


This book was so much fun the purrrfect cozy mystery for a day at the park or afternoon reading. Jane is working  as reality show writer for "Someday My Prince Will Come" much like the modern Bachorette shows we all love and watch. The women are all trying to win Spencer but murder is about and Jane is on the prowl to discover who will end up with a dip in the cat 6 ft deep down  under box next. This was a fun read I loved watching the contestants and how silly they acted and as well as the crew for the show. A perfect light hearted  cozy mystery read. I received my copy for review purposes and no monies were exchanged. 



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The Baker's Secret: A Novel by [Kiernan, Stephen P.]    To order your copy click here


I loved the Zookeeper's Wife and now I have found another book that has really rocked my reading world, about WW2, The Baker's Secret by Stephen P Kiernan. A very moving tale of the cruelty of the Nazi army among a people that are nearly starving to death. Emma learned to bake from a master baker who was taken by gunpoint because he was Jewish. She is forced to bake for the Nazi army but secretly adds straw to make a couple extra loaves. She begins to do various things - including stealing some ham, etc. to help the people. This story will have you crying and is very moving. The end of this book is fantastic! I highly recommend this to all. 5 out of 5 stars! I did receive this book for review purposes and no monies were exchanged. 


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Mission Hill: A Novel (Abby Endicott Novels) by [Wechsler, Pamela]   To order your copy click here

Oh yeah, love my crime novels and I was not disappointed in Mission Hill by Pamela Wechsler. I started reading this while we were at a bird auction and I was glued! Abby is a Boston homicide investigator and gets caught up in a case that involves a former friend and love interest. Lots of legal stuff, Boston life and a mystery of who done it. The author did a great job portraying the court system. I loved that this was a thriller and kept me turning the pages to keep us with what was going to happen next. A must read for those who love crime novels. 5 out of 5 stars. I did receive this book for review purposes and no monies were exchanged.


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The One True Love of Alice-Ann by [Everson, Eva Marie]  To order your copy click here


Beautifully written, set in the 1940's. 
You can't help but just breathe in the scenery, the age of radio, pearl harbor and wartime love. Written in such a way that you feel a little lost in time going back to a simpler life. Alice-Ann turns 16 and is set to tell the love of her then life, Mack,  her feelings when Pearl Harbor hits. Alice writes to him as he goes to war  with no concrete returned affection from him.  Life has funny turns and she ends up being the care taker for another man and she begins to have some changes of heart. One day Alice gets a call that proves a bit unsettling from overseas that helps to shape her destiny. I loved this book and gave it a 5 out of 5. I did receive this book for review purposes and no monies were exchanged.


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Fateful Mornings (Henry Farrell  #2)     To order your copy click here

I do love my crime and mystery novels and was not disappointed with Fateful Mornings by Tom Bouman. Heroine comes to Pennsylvania along with all the crime and problems. We have a cop, a bad guy,  and the beautiful descriptive writing.This all stoled my heart in this gem. One of my sheer joys in reading is to have a concrete background that at times speaks just as loud as the story itself. The crime and mystery kept me turning pages as the story unfolded. If you are a reader like me and love descriptive writing you will adore this book. I give it a 5 out of 5 stars. I did receive this book for review purposes and no monies were exchanged.


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The Rules of Love & Grammar by [Simses, Mary]   To order your copy click here


I am loving the amount of books I had decided to read for my summer reads and I have to say there is much to be said when you decide to go on a all out read-a-than. I am reading so many books it makes some books just pop out and this was one of those books. The Rules of Love & Grammar is the perfect book to take to the beach or on vacation. I have allowed myself to indulge on my reading by sitting outside with a cup of ice tea. Grace has her shares of sudden troubles.. jobless, newly single, flooded and apartmentless she ends up going to her hometown in none other than Connecticut. Grace hates bad grammar so she takes it upon herself to correct others. This book is humorous and will make you think. A excellent read. I feel this is a must read for Summer. I did receive this book for review purposes and no monies were exchanged.


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Jade is a woman private investigator hired to investigate the crimes happening to the Buchanon family's construction business. Sawyer Buchanon was said to be a lady's man with his good looks,  but in reality,  he was a super nice guy and a Christian. He was not the man Jade thought he was originally at all. Jade was interested in him but always she  stayed at arms length. I really love this sweet romance. I also loved that it came in a larger size print which is easy on the eyes. If you only nice sweet clean Christian romances you will adore this book like I did. I give it a 5 out of 5 stars. I did receive this book for review purposes and no monies were exchanged.

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Beneath the Apple Leaves by [Verna, Harmony]    To order click here This book will be out on June 27, 2017!!!!



This book held a special place in my heart. My mom and Dad, grandparents, and cousins all live in Pennsylvania and many of the things mentioned in this book instantly brought back memories of the coal mines, PA life, the towns and the farming as now I live on a little farm only in Upstate, NY.  The book starts out in 1914 ( My grandparent's time!) A accident happens to Andrew destroying his opportunity to work on the railroad and his wife pleas for him to leave. They start a farm together and things aren't as easy as they seem. Love story, hardships, cruelty, harshness touch the family's life. It is a story not soon forgotten. This reminded me a bit of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath a book that just hit hard on humanity but one that shows what life can bring during uncertain times. A thought provoking read. I did receive a Advanced Reader's Edition of  book for review purposes and no monies were exchanged. This book will be out for purchase on June 27, 2017

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The Natural Navigator: The Rediscovered Art of Letting Nature Be Your Guide by [Gooley, Tristan]   To order your copy Click here



When I first met my husband Clay, I was fascinated about all the little things he would teach me just by observation. He'd say it's going to rain. I'd say Why? He'd say look at the leaves us the Maple Trees they are all turned up crying for water. Jesus talked about people looking at the sky and knowing the weather because it was red. The Natural Navigator is such a book as this - Sharing all the little things that are around us everyday that tell us things - using a spider's web as a compass, etc.. This is the second book I have read from this author and I wasn't disappointed. This is a book should be on every homesteader, boy scout, nature lovers and everyone's shelf! I did receive this book for review purposes and no monies were exchanged. 


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Tidewater Summer by [Huddleston, Jo]   To order your copy click here




Rose flees to her aunt's cottage in South Carolina and from a wedding to Walter her abusive fiance. This story touches on abuse and trust as Rose has lost hope in men after her experience with Walter almost strangling her to death. As the story unfolds Rose meets Frank who helps her to renew her hope in mankind as he protects and loves her. A great read. I did receive this for review purposes and no monies were exchanged. 


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Daughter of Australia by [Verna, Harmony]   To order your copy click here

I loved the cover of this book , and when I opened it I knew immediately I had picked up a beautiful read. The story starts out with a small child and a man walking in the heat. She's in rags, and she's hot and thirsty. He hands her a canteen of water and walks away in the distance leaving her to die. She is so small she can't even open the canteen to get a drink. By chance she is discovered by a couple of men who think they spot something and find her half dead. She moves to a orphanage and becomes Leonora. A powerful. My favorite was how this book portrayed Australia in days gone by. Beautifully written a book you will not forget! I did receive this book for review purposes and no monies were exchanged.


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Natty Dread (Nathaniel Dresden) a war vet returning from Iraq comes home full of troubling memories. His Dad a civil defense lawyer is murdered after his return.  Natty and his Dad never had a great relationship but now Natty has to deal with the whys as well as his own issues. A Latino cop Lourdes Robles thinks Natty may have been involved. The drama heads into  the streets of NY , which may be as big a battle ground as war. There are many suspects who could have done it as Natty's father had gathered a host of enemies with his work at defending the underdog in his civil rights cases. This one will keep you turning pages. Peter Blauner has also been a writer for Law and Order and involved with other Shows such as SVU and Blue Bloods. This is his first book in about 10 years and it has been worth the wait! I received this book for review purposes and no monies were exchanged.





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A story of lies and misunderstanding.  Jean and her mom own a family business when Jean meets William he isn't upfront about his family business and gives a fake name. As the story unfolds love begins to bloom among the lies. This was a short and sweet book. I love short and long books. Short books are nice as one of my friends told me she could bring it to her job and finish it during work. I enjoyed this story it was a sweet little love story about the trouble with telling lies in relationships. I did receive this book for review purposes and no monies were exchanged.

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Where Hearts Meet   

This story had a special place in my heart as my sister and her husband met under similar circumstances. While my sister was working at a Retirement home she met her husband who came daily to visit his grandmother. In this story Deena works taking care of Simon's mother and love booms between the two of them. Simon has difficulty at first as Deena has a strong physical resemblance to his ex-wife but Deena is nothing like her. She is godly and kind. As the story unfolds Simon sees Deena for who she is and moves from his past into his present. I enjoyed this. I give it a 5 out of 5 stars. I did receive this book for review purposes and no monies were exchanged.






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Red Clover Inn: A Romance Novel (Swift River Valley Book 7) by [Neggers, Carla]    To order your copy click here


Charlotte bolted on her wedding day to Tommy. Leaving him at the altar. After that she hated weddings. When her cousin, Samantha,  got married she asked Charlotte to be her Maid of Honor, reluctantly she agreed. The night before the wedding she meets Greg a cocky guest who enjoyed bantering with Charlotte. Right away Greg is interested in her but he appears drunk and just plain rough around the edges. Greg is going through changes in his life in his work as a Diplomatic Security Service Agent he's about to be promoted to a desk job and he's not to happy about it. Charlotte, on the other hand is struggling with her job change as a diver who had a accident that affected her health and is told no more diving. As the story unfolds Charlotte is asked to babysit Red Clover Inn and unknown to her Greg is going to be watching it too! The two were scheduled to be alone in the Inn. To make things a little more interesting Charlotte is asked to search the inn by a elderly lady for a secret box. I loved how Charlotte and Greg acted with each other. It was a fun read and I could see something like this happening. I also liked that the book wasn't loaded with a lot of sex stuff but just a normal story although there was at a little in the book towards the end (I just skipped over that part). It was a sweet romance that gave you the warm heartfelt fuzzies. I think this would make a great movie! I did receive this book for review purposes and no monies were exchanged. 



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The Reluctant Highlander: A Highland Romance (The Highland Series Book 1) by [Scott, Amanda]    To order your copy click here



Amanda Scott writes a tale that takes place in the 1400's . At the very beginning of the book Amanda shares a short glossary of words to help you get in touch with this period as the writing is such that it is written in the language of the times. Opening up we see that war is going on and we can see the harshness of the times. As the story unfolds Lady Fiona is found swimming at midnight and Adhman discovers her. A few weeks later at her father's request the two are wed. It is a political marriage of sorts as well. After the marriage Lady Fiona finds that her husband has blood ties with the enemies they are at war with. He is a knight and they are falling in love.  The book is a must for those who love Scottish life and the 1400's reading. I found the story interesting although I do confess there was a lot of language that I wasn't familiar with but I pushed through my reading,  as the story was moving and interesting so it was worth the read plus I had the opportunity to learn about times. I did enjoy this and would recommend this for reading.  I did receive this for review purposes and no monies were exchanged.


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White Sand, Blue Sea: A St. Barts Love Story by [Hughes, Anita]     To order your copy click here

This book reminded me of a comedy movie. I couldn't help but think of a romantic comedy like Parent Trap when the ex wife shows up or a more modern movie like Meet the Parents. I got more than a few chuckles. Olivia Miller comes home and to her family awaiting her boyfriend Finn who she is sure is going to propose to her. In pops her Dad- Sebastian who is a artist traveling the world. He makes quit a stir. After 20 years of being missing in action - Olivia is mesmerized by him and feels he's just wonderful with his straw hat and tales of traveling Tibet, and other exotic locations. Meanwhile Hadley battles old memories of how they met and worried about her new husband Felix and how he is going to feel about having this ex-rex staying right in his home for a visit. Sebastian is a master at getting what he wants a real rascal that gets the finest wines (as he tricked Finn into buying) , the best places to live, food etc.. a regular mooch. He worms his way into the family turning everyone upside down. A big deal nothing as some call this kind of person. A fun read you will enjoy it. It did have some "racy" parts - I just skipped those parts as the story was so funny. (I don't like sex scenes ) - anyway this book was a lot of fun and it was written is such a way that you will feel like you are on vacation with them. I loved the book :) I give it a 5 out of 5. I did receive this book for review purposes and no monies were exchanged. 


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As soon as I went to the mailbox and opened my mail... I immediately read the back sat down and finished this in one sitting. Why? You won't be able to put this one down. This is a true story. Jennifer was adopted one day she was in the library and just happens to pull a book off the shelf and sees HER REAL FAMILY IN IT! What makes things complicated is that her grandfather was a Nazi. He was Amon Goeth from the Schindler's list. What a horrible discovery her real grandfather was a mass murder and loved doing it. Jennifer immediately begins a journey in her life that covers that covers up close personal information about her family and her own life. This is unlike any WW2 book you have ever read. She shares how Amon's wife is just crazy in love with him and talks about
he would beat the servants in his home if they didn't come fast enough and how one even lost their hearing. A very moving story. I did receive this for review purposes and no monies were exchanged.



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Willow works at the Purple Pig Cafe with a steak of pink through her blonde hair and a diamond stud in her nose. She accidentally runs into Ethan, brother of her friend Heather. He seems way stuffy and is really rude to Willow making her feel less of a person on her lunch break as she is relaxing outdoors. As fate would have it Heather invites Willow to her birthday gathering "as her date" to mess with her parents as she was told to bring someone but she didn't really want to cold invite a man so she just brought her best friend. As the story moves and unfolds Ethan and Willow become friends and move forward from this as circumstances draw them together. The burning of the Food Bank and since Ethan is a fireman he's on the job and Willow helps out etc. Ethan is struggling with past hurt as well as Willow. Ethan was a widow with small children and Willow had her own issues to deal with. I did enjoy the story it moved along at a nice pace and was enjoyable. There were a few references to Yoga, which isn't my thing at all but I just skipped over those parts as there were only a few references. All in all I found the book a pleasant read for the summer and if you are looking for a good read I believe you will love this book :) I did receive this book for review purposes and no monies were exchanged.  




Secrets in Summer: A Novel This will be available for Sale at Amazon Soon!

I cracked opened Nancy Thayer's Secrets in Summer and within a minute or two I was drawn in and jumping joyfully on the inside when I saw how engaging this read was. Darcy was a native of Nantucket and lived on the island full time while the rest of the world would come to spend their summers or would be on holiday. I felt like the characters were developed and you could really feel with each one. Basically the story talks about the natural moving forward of Darcy's life to embrace what the future was handing out to her which in the end was her forever love. What I loved about this book was the background and story of each person. I felt like Nancy Thayer really caught how people really are and in such a way that most of us could relate to the characters.  We have Nash who is the guy that Darcy dates, another love interest who has a eldery care, her ex-husband, Willow who is a young girl (her ex-husband's step daughter. The person that really spoke to me was Penny who was the grandmother of Darcy who took her in at age 70 and gave her a life and purpose. I adored this book. A story of friendship, love and purpose. I did receive this copy for review purposes and no monies were exchanged. I gave this one a 5 out of 5 stars. Get a copy! It's good!
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This book is for children and is written as a comic book. Shannon and Adrienne are best friends since forever. Things start to get rocky when Jen enters the picture and then cliques and rocky friendship questions arise. As children sometimes don't understand the development of friendships completely this is a interesting book about that stage in children's life. I did receive this from McMillan children's publishing group and no monies were exchanged

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       I think it is really important if you are a blog writer or author to be a reader. I read all types of things including children's books. Bloom is fun little book about gardening and waiting. Flowers were planted and the book shows how we go through the seasons until they burst out with joy. A great book to get your children into garden. This book was sent to me from MacMillan children's publishing and no monies were exchanged.

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Mommies are Amazing by Meredith Costain is a Children's book that I was sent to review from MacMillian This book is super sweet and talks about all the wonderful things animal mom's do for there kids. A perfect gift to give grandchildren and kids. I loved it - The pictures were cute and it had just a warm fuzzy reading feeling about it!



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Since the Holy Bible is the number one seller of all time I am including this in my summer reads. I love reading the Bible and there are 66 books so if you haven't ever read the complete Bible you may enjoy doing this along with me. You can actually read the entire Bible at a 3d grade reading level in 80 hours I know this is true because I have read the entire Bible this way just by listening to the audio Bible on youtube..with that let's talk about the Book of Jude.

The Book of Jude is less than 5 minutes on the audio Bible but is rich with information. Speaking of contending for the faith and also speaks some of the end of the age.





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I started getting the bug for WWII stories when I read a book by Corrie Ten Boom The Hiding Place as a kid. Growing up in America as a all german girl, my mom has told me stories of being a child during this horrible season in our World History. She told me once as a child her mom told her she was going to go some place special and for a whole week she was terrified they were going to take her away with all the children. She actually was going to go to a Birthday party for her best friend! Momma also told me how they would have to have all the lights out in the town and how her father and even my Dad as a kid would ride around the town to make sure everyone was inside. My great Uncles 6 all went to fight as Germans from the USA the Nazi's and all miraculously came home.  I absolutely loved this book The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman set in Poland during World War II. A true story of when the Nazi's invaded Poland and took over the Zoo. Ruthless to the animals and carrying some away to create the perfect specimen. The Zookeepers hide Jewish people in the Zoo and in the cages. I couldn't put this down. I love reading the courageous stories of how people would help protect the Jewish families during WWII. A wonderful read. I highly recommend this book. I did receive this book for review purposes and no monies were exchanged. 



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Wow! First of all let me tell you that this wasn't your typical romance book. Nick is recovering along with his family from a divorce that bleeds over into his children and extended family. A child of divorced parents he struggles with how his Dad raised him. Still living in the past along with his oldest daughter, Cheyenne. Cheyenne is having problems all around - her attitude towards her younger sibling. her school work , and she is trying to do things such as keeping a tidy house (at 9!) just in case Mom comes home. On the other side of the upcoming romance is Dr. Elsa she bailed out of life and moved into the woods away from life living like a hermit. Nick ends up reluctantly taking his daughter to Dr. Elsa and from there romance blooms - (No spoilers!) I loved how the story shared a lot from the man's point of view and also I felt that the "Doctor advice" and thoughts were a wonderful addition. My favorite was when the daughter had a bad report card and how Elsa handled it! A great book for anyone "STUCK " in a pit and can't move forward.. healing and the journey from stuck to freedom. A beautiful christian theme playing in the background. I absolutely love this book and highly recommend this for all. 5 out of 5 stars. I did receive this book for review purposes and no monies were exchanged. 



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Nowhere To Lay My Head: The True Story of a Homeless Dad by [Daliessio, Craig]     To order your copy click here




If you think you would never be homeless you may want to think again after reading Nowhere to Lay My head by Craig Daliessio. Craig lost everything in 90 days his business and home, etc.. He had to choices to make and in order to be near his daughter he ended up being homeless. This gives a upfront and personal look into the life of a every day man on his journey out of homelessness and the very real candid thoughts of man struggling to put his life back together again. He shares how every day is a Monday waking up to the blues. Putting out resumes in the midst of his situation and even of having a church get together and the being handing the offering and after having the men offering business cards to help him out and praying for him in need of gas and food. Stories of walking through the park tears and pain. A moving story I believe you will enjoy. This is a book that will draw you in and you won't be able to put it down. A wonderful book to purchase too for your church library to encourage and education others. I did receive this book for review purposes and no monies were exchanged. 


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Lie to Me: A Psychological Suspense by [Ellison, J.T.]   To order your copy Click here



This one will keep you flipping pages! The couple appear to have a perfect life .. or do they??? Sutton is missing and leaves a note to Ethan to not look for her- she gives the cabby $300 to not tell, has her hair redone and goes to Paris. Both Sutton and her husband are writers. She has now turned her fantasy life into her reality. What twists the story up is a murder. I really don't want to give too many spoilers but I think you will really enjoy this book and won't be able to put it down. This book is so good that you will definitely want to add it to your book shelf and give it a second read. I loved it! I give this one a 5 out of 5 stars. I did receive an advance reader copy  (ARC) for review purposes.

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