Book Tour – The Art of Remembering by Alison Ragsdale

Book Tour – The Art of Remembering by Alison Ragsdale

Book Tour – The Art of Remembering by Alison Ragsdale

  Have you read any of Alison Ragsdale’s books?   I have to admit, this was my first experience with her, and she totally blew me away.     About the Book Professional ballerina, Ailsa MacIntyre, is at the peak of her career when her world is shattered by a shocking diagnosis. Life-saving surgery leaves her with a fractured memory, little recollection of her husband, Evan, and none of her career as a principal dancer. While recuperating at home, Ailsa hears beautiful music coming from the apartment upstairs, and the sound of the grand piano at the hands of a

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Layover by David Bell

Layover by David Bell

Published:  July 2, 2019 by Berkley  Dates Read:  June 29 – 30, 2019   Genre/Category:  Psychological Thriller, Murder Thriller, Suspense     Read For: ARC from Edelweiss/Berkley  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  4 stars   Just total chaos and craziness.  Oh David Bell, you frustrate me so much, yet you still get 4 stars.  Joshua Fields, real estate, lives in hotels and on airplanes.  Takes the same flights weekly for work, same Xanax for the flights.  On a typical routine layover, he meets Morgan, a beautiful mysterious woman who he is drawn to immediately.  When Morgan passionately kisses Joshua to depart on her flight and regrets she will

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The Lemon Sisters by Jill Shalvis

The Lemon Sisters by Jill Shalvis

Published:  June 19, 2019 by William Morrow  Dates Read:  June 19 – 20, 2019  Genre/Category:  Romance, Contemporary Romance, Domestic Fiction   Read For: ARC from William Morrow  ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫   4 1/2  stars The Lemon Sisters?  Jill Shalvis?  OK, I’ll read it, sounds pretty good…..  So I get a free copy of Jill Shalvis’ upcoming novel The Lemon Sisters while at BookCon because I purchased an older copy of one of her books.  (The other book had a cute dog on it, I couldn’t pass it up).   Truthfully I hadn’t heard of her, but her books sounded good, so I figured I would give them a try.  Being a reviewer, I couldn’t pass

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The Road She Left Behind by Christine Nolfi

The Road She Left Behind by Christine Nolfi

  Published:  June 11, 2019 by Lake Union Publishing  Dates Read:  June 7 – June 9, 2019  Genre/Category:  Domestic Fiction / Romance  Read For:   ARC from BookSparks / Christine Nolfi for Review    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  4  stars    Is there anyone out there that doesn’t have family issues?  I suspect the most common answer will be no.   When I grew up, we had so many disagreements and issues in my small immediate family that at one point we had a running joke that if you looked up the word “dysfunctional” in the dictionary, you would find a photo of us.   Here we are years later,

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Heroine by Mindy McGinnis

Heroine by Mindy McGinnis

Published:  March 12, 2019 by Katherine Tegen Books  Dates Read:  March 19 – March 20, 2019  Genre/Category:  YA Fiction  Read For:   TBR / Personal Pleasure   ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  5   stars    Why I gave a book that enraged me 5 stars…..  Book synopsis:   Heroine is the story of Mickey, a high school senior who is the girls’ softball team catcher.  This year the team is planning on going all the way to winning the state championship, but when an automobile accident gets in the way of Mickey obtaining that goal, she does everything she can to fight back and be ready for the

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Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

Ask Again, Yes  by Mary Beth Keane

Ask Again, Yes  by Mary Beth Keane  Published:  May 28, 2019 by Scribner  Dates Read:  May 12, – May 19, 2019  Genre/Category:  General Fiction (Adult)  Read For:   ARC from NetGalley for Review    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  4   stars       Book synopsis: When Francis Gleason and Brian Stanhope join the NYPD in 1973 neither one could have imagined where their lives would lead, but they end up working in the same precinct and yet again living next door to each other outside the city.  Though they were never really close friends, living in the same neighborhood can’t help but allow for their

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The Favorite Daughter by Kaira Rouda

The Favorite Daughter by Kaira Rouda

Published:  May 21, 2019 by HARLEQUIN – Graydon House Books  Dates Read:  May 9, – May 10, 2019  Genre/Category:  General Fiction / Mystery & Thrillers  Read For:   ARC from Harlequin for Review    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫  4 1/2 stars     Another book that knows how to emphasize the word psycho in psychological thriller.     Book synopsis:  Jane Harris lives in a sparkling home in an oceanfront gated community in Orange County. It’s a place that seems too beautiful to be touched by sadness. But exactly one year ago, Jane’s oldest daughter, Mary, died in a tragic accident and Jane has been grief-stricken ever

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Cape May by Chip Creek

Cape May by Chip Creek

Published:  April 30, 2019 by Celadon Books  Dates Read:  May 6 – May 8, 2019  Genre/Category:  General Fiction (Adult), Women’s Fiction  Read For:  ARC /NetGalley Review    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  4 stars    1950’s Shades of Cape May.  That’s it, review over.  Go home.  No, seriously, I can‘t say that, there is some depth to this book and it’s certainly worth the read.    Book Synopsis from Amazon:  A mesmerizing debut novel by Chip Cheek, Cape May explores the social and sexual mores of 1950s America through the eyes of a newly married couple from the genteel south corrupted by sophisticated New England urbanites. Late

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City of Flickering Light by Juliette Fay

City of Flickering Light by Juliette Fay

Published:  April 16, 2019 by Gallery Books  Dates Read:  April 15 – 16,  2019  Genre/Category:  Historical Fiction  Read For:  Gallery books/Goodreads ARC    ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫  3.5  stars    City of Flickering Light is a tantalizing ride back to the 1920’s Hollywood and the booming silent film industry.  It follows 3 characters as they escape a moving train and their stagnant careers in a burlesque show, finding their way to Hollywood in hopes of making it big.  Irene, Millie and Henry are bright eyed and optimistic when they land at their destination, but they are not prepared for the hardship, destitution, starvation

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Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

Published:  April 16, 2019 by Sarah Crichton Books  Dates Read:  April 13 – 14,  2019  Genre/Category:  General Fiction/Literary Fiction  Read For:  NetGalley ARC    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  5  stars    Big Little Lies meets the courtroom thriller mystery in Angie Kim’s debut novel Miracle Creek.  DO NOT pass this one up.  Easily earns 5 stars.    Miracle Creek, a town in rural Virginia.  Young and Pak Yoo, immigrants from Korea who live in Miracle Creek and run a privately owned medical device, a chamber for hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) treating off label/experimental conditions that hospitals won’t.  An explosion.   2 deaths.   A murder investigation.    A

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Normal People by Sally Rooney

Normal People by Sally Rooney

Published:  April 16, 2019 by Crown Publishing  Dates Read:  April 10 – 13,  2019  Genre/Category:  Coming of Age Fiction / Psychological Fiction  Read For:  NetGalley ARC    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  4 stars    “Life is the thing you bring with you inside your own head.”  There’s been a lot of buzz going around about this book, well before publication date, and fortunately I had the honor of reading it courtesy of NetGalley and Crown Publishing, and now I understand why.    Normal People is the story of two people,  Marianne and Connell, two high school seniors who pretend not to know each other

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My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

Published:  March 26, 2019 by Berkley   Dates Read:  April 7 – 10, 2019  Genre/Category:  Psychological Thriller/Suspense  Read For:  Personal Read /TBR List     ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫   4.5 stars    This is where you put strong emphasis on the word PSYCHO in psychological thriller.  To use her own words, the author (Samantha Downing) has a very “disturbed” mind.  Truth be told,  I am outright JEALOUS.  Where in the world does one come up with these things?????  My Lovely Wife is the story of a married couple who live the good life, with a beautiful home, satisfying jobs, exceptional children, first-rate friends in a

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Book Review: Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward

Book Review:  Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward

Published:  March 5, 2019 by Harlequin – Trade Publishing   Dates Read:  April 7 – 10, 2019  Genre/Category:  Psychological Thriller/Suspense / Psychological Fiction  Read For:  NetGalley Free Copy    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  5 stars    Stop the presses!  Psychological thrillers have a new contender!    Every author always strives to write the next best psychological thriller. We’ve been inundated with so many that the plots have become expected and outcomes predictable.   As readers we almost certainly experience burnout, but we are dedicated and we keep on reading.  Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward is absolutely not your typical psychological thriller, there is a different type

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The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick

The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick

Published: March 26, 2019 by Park Row Dates Read: March 30 – April 5, 2019 Genre/Category: Humorous / Domestic Fiction Read For: NetGalley Free Copy for Review ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 stars Lifetime movies meets the introverted librarian and gains a 4 solid stars from me. Phaedra Patrick has written a tender and heartwarming novel with serious undertones that revolves around a library, books, and some amazing stories. When a book of fairy tales arrives on her doorstep with a dedication written to her from her passed away grandmother, Martha Storm discovers a clue that her grandmother may still be alive. Determined

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Book Review: Ohio by Stephen Markley

Book Review:  Ohio by Stephen Markley

  Ohio  by Stephen Markley  Published:  August 21, 2018 by Simon Schuster  Dates Read:  February 8 – 13, 2019  Genre/Category:  Coming of Age Fiction/Literary Fiction Read For:  Personal Pleasure     ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  5 stars    Wonderful.  I just finished and I’m speechless.  I honestly feel this book had to have been passed over for some kind of awards.  I have to be honest; it took me the first 50 pages to really get into the book, and I was hesitant during those pages if I was going to want to continue.  Then I couldn’t put it down, it was THAT good.   

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