Book Review-The Heebie Jeebie Girl by Susan Petrone

Book Review: The Heebie Jeebie Girl by Susan Petrone on Book blogger tour for Suzy Approved Book Tours.

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About The Book:

Release Date : April 21, 2020

Youngstown, Ohio, 1977. Between the closing of the city’s largest steel mill and the worst blizzard in more than 40 years, the table is set for remarkable change. Unemployed steelworker Bobby Wayland is trying hard to help his family and still pay for his wedding, but the only solution he can think of involves breaking the law. On the other side of town, a little girl named Hope is keeping a big secret, one she won’t even share with her Great Uncle Joe―she can make things move without touching them. Watching over both of them is the city herself, and she has something to say and something to do about all of this.

The Heebie-Jeebie Girl is the story of an era ending and the uncertainty that awakens. It’s the story of what happens when the unconscionable meets the improbable. It’s the story of dreams deferred, dreams devoured, and dreams dawning. It is likely to be the most distinctive novel you read this year, but it will startle you with its familiarity. Author Susan Petrone has created an unforgettable tale of family, redemption, and magic.

Miss W’s Review:

5 Stars !

The Heebie Jeebie Girl is a thought provoking novel that I really enjoyed. There is a bit of everything in this novel including Historical Fiction . The story is set in 1977 in Youngstown, Ohio. There are multiple narrators with multiple timelines. The story is well written and easy to follow. The characters are complex , flawed, and complicated. There is a bit of magical realism in here too which I really enjoyed.

This novel was an excellent read, and I highly recommend it .

About the Author:

Susan Petrone has been published in such diverse outlets as Glimmer Train Stories, ESPN.com, and Belt Magazine. She is the author of the upcoming The Heebie-Jeebie Girl (2020,) The Super Ladies (2018), Throw Like a Woman (2015) and A Body at Rest (2009), which won a bronze medal for regional fiction from the Independent Publishers Book Awards (IPPY). Her short story, “Monster Jones Wants to Creep You Out” (Conclave, 2010) was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is also one of the co-founders and former president of Literary Cleveland (litcleveland.org). Susan holds a master’s degree in English with a concentration in Creative Writing from Cleveland State University and lives with one husband, one daughter, and far too many animals in a little house near some medium-sized woods. http://susanpetrone.com/

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

 

Review- Love, Life, and Lucille

Book Review: Love, Life, and Lucille by Judy Gaman on book blogger tour for Suzy Approved Book Tours!

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About The Book: 

Release Date: April 14, 2020

Judy Gaman was so busy making a name for herself that she barely took the time to meet a stranger, enjoy life, or simply stop to breathe. Immersed in her job as the director of business development for a high-profile medical practice—a job that required her to write health and wellness books and host a nationally syndicated radio show—she spent every day going full speed ahead with no looking back. That is, until the day she met Lucille Fleming.

While writing a book on longevity, Judy interviewed Lucille, an elegant and spirited woman who had just recently turned 100. Lucille had the fashion and style of old Hollywood, but it was all hidden behind the doors of her assisted living center. What began as a quick meeting became a lasting friendship that transformed into an inseparable bond. Lucille brought incredible wisdom and great stories to the table, while Judy provided an avenue for excitement and new opportunities. Together, the two began living life to the fullest, and meeting the most interesting people along the way (including Suzanne Somers). But then Lucille’s life came to an end through unexpected and unfortunate circumstances—and the very first lesson she ever taught Judy proved to be the most important one of all.

Miss W’s Review:

5 stars.

Love, Life, and Lucille was such an interesting and captivating book. I really enjoyed it.
I have very little family and having lost my parents when they were in their 50’s, I was enthralled by Lucille and the fact that she was 100 years old. But make no mistake about it , she was really 100 years young. I loved her stories and I envisioned my ancestors living through those times.

Part of the story is Judith (Judy) story. Judy meant to get Lucille’s story and write a book about it. She found so much more , family and a close relationship. .

This book is well written and absolutely a beautiful read. I highly recommend it.

About the Author:

Author, speaker, and CEO Judy Gaman is a force to be reckoned with. She spent almost a decade as a nationally syndicated radio show host of the Staying Young Show. She now hosts the Stay Young America! podcast. She is an award-winning author whose past works have won accolades from the Beverly Hills Book Award (finalist), National Indie Excellence Awards, Next Generation Indie Book Awards, and ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Awards (bronze), as well as earned a Readers’ Favorite 5-star review. A mother of ten and grandmother of five, she lives in Texas with her husband. https://www.judygaman.com/

Let me know what you think!

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

Book Review- All’s Fairy in Love and Murder by K.M. Waller

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Blogger’s note: Post updated on 6/27/2020 with fantastic new cover!!!!

I am so excited to bring you my review of All’s Fair in Love and Murder by K.M. Waller. This is the First Book in the new Fairy Godmother Mystery Series. I fell in love with this cover the second I saw it. Isn’t it fantastic? I mean fairytastic?

All’s Fairy in Love and Murder Publishing  9/13/2019 !

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Be careful what you wish for!

Juniper is a fairy princess living in a fairy godparent world. But like most fairy tales-she wants to be where the people are…

Determined to prove she can handle humans like the rest of the fairy godparent population, she sneaks out of her protected magical home to sprinkle fairy dust and give a downtrodden man some luck. But she’s a misguided fairy and everything quickly goes awry.

When her interference leads to a…

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Book Review- A Happy Catastrophe

Today on the blog I am reviewing “A Happy Catastrophe” by Maddie Dawson on Book Blog tour for Suzy Approved Book Tours!

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About the Book:

About The Book:

Release Date: May 26, 2020

From the bestselling author of Matchmaking for Beginners comes a novel about love, loss, and the beautiful mess of family.

Marnie MacGraw and Patrick Delaney have been in love for a few years now, enough to realize that they are imperfectly perfect together. Still, there are some things that maybe need a little attention. Marnie’s ebullient; he’s brooding. She thrives on change; he prefers stability. She sees marriage and parenthood in their future, but he can’t see beyond the shadow of an earlier tragedy.

Then an eight-year-old surprise from Patrick’s past shows up on their doorstep, cartwheeling into their lives and spinning things in all directions. While it’s not exactly the change she envisioned, it looks like instant family to Marnie. But Patrick, afraid of being hurt again, retreats further into himself. Suddenly, two very different pieces of a beautiful puzzle find it harder and harder to fit. How can Marnie trust in the magic of the universe when it seems to be doing its best to knock her off her feet?

But some love stories are worth waiting for. And what’s love without a little chaos anyway?

Miss W’s Review:

5 stars! 

I LOVED LOVED LOVED “Matchmaking for Beginners,” so I was thrilled to get my hands on the sequel, A Happy Catastrophe.

It was nice to spend time with Marnie and Patrick who have been together a few years now. It appears that the couple are looking for different things.

This is a beautifully written and heartfelt story with complex and complicated characters.
I related to the grief as a theme in this story.

At times, the story was heartbreaking and at times the story was happy.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story.

About The Author: 

Maddie Dawson, a transplanted Southerner living in the Northeast,  is the Washington Post bestselling author of eight novels. She specializes in humorous literary fiction, about people stumbling toward love, family, connection, and hope—and usually finding it in the most unlikely circumstances. Her books have been translated into fifteen languages. https://maddiedawson.com/

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

The Last Train to Key West by Chanel Cleeton

I am thrilled to be partnering with Berkley to bring you my stop on the Book Blitz tour for The Last Train to Key West by Chanel Cleeton.

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On Sale June 16, 2020

About the Book:

In 1935 three women are forever changed when one of the most powerful hurricanes in history barrels toward the Florida Keys in New York Times bestselling author Chanel Cleeton’s captivating new novel.

Everyone journeys to Key West searching for something. For the tourists traveling on Henry Flagler’s legendary Overseas Railroad, Labor Day weekend is an opportunity to forget the economic depression gripping the nation. But one person’s paradise can be another’s prison, and Key West-native Helen Berner yearns to escape.

The Cuban Revolution of 1933 left Mirta Perez’s family in a precarious position. After an arranged wedding in Havana, Mirta arrives in the Keys on her honeymoon. While she can’t deny the growing attraction to the stranger she’s married, her new husband’s illicit business interests may threaten not only her relationship, but her life.

Elizabeth Preston’s trip from New York to Key West is a chance to save her once-wealthy family from their troubles as a result of the Wall Street crash. Her quest takes her to the camps occupied by veterans of the Great War and pairs her with an unlikely ally on a treacherous hunt of his own.

Over the course of the holiday weekend, the women’s paths cross unexpectedly, and the danger swirling around them is matched only by the terrifying force of the deadly storm threatening the Keys.

 

About the Author:

Originally from Florida, Chanel Cleeton grew up on stories of her family’s exodus from Cuba following the events of the Cuban Revolution. Her passion for politics and history continued during her years spent studying in England, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Richmond, The American International University in London, and a master’s degree in Global Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Chanel also received her Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

Until the next chapter,

 

Wilfrieda

 

 

 

 

 

Book Review-No Thanks by Keturah Kendrick

Today I am reviewing “No Thanks, Black Female and Living in the Martyr-Free Zone” by Keturah Kendrick for Suzy Approved Book Tours.

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About The Book: 

Release Date: June 18, 2019

Through eight humorous essays, Keturah Kendrick chronicles her journey to freedom. She shares the stories of other women who have freed themselves from the narrow definition of what makes a “proper woman.” Spotlighting the cultural bullying that dictates women must become mothers to the expectation that one’s spiritual path follow the traditions of previous generations, Kendrick imagines a world where black women make life choices that center on their needs and desires. She also examines the rising trend of women choosing to remain single and explores how such a choice is the antithesis to the trope of the sorrowful black woman who cannot find a man to grant her the prize of legal partnership. A mixture of memoir and cultural critique, No Thanks uses wit and insight to paint a picture of the twenty-first-century black woman who has unchained herself from what she is supposed to be. A black woman who has given herself permission to be whomever she wants to be.

Miss W’s Review:

4 Stars from Miss W !

No Thanks, Black Female and Living in the Martyr-Free Zone was an enjoyable well written memoir. The memoir is broken up into 8 different sections, all of them are distinct and different. I appreciate how the author spoke about how she was going to live her life the way she wanted to and not how society or cultural norms expected her to. She never wanted to have children and only wanted to marry for love not because it was what was expected of her. She made choices that were good for her regardless of what society dictates. A well written memoir that gives great examples of how the author lives her life unapologetically.

About The Author:

A New Orleanian by birth and New Yorker by choice, Keturah Kendrick has been penning insights about life at the intersection of race and gender for a decade. Aside from her popular blog, Yet Another Single Gal, she has written for The Unfit Christian, The Not Mom, NonParents, and numerous publications. A practicing Nichiren Buddhist and steadfast humanist, Kendrick seeks to widen the narrative of good black womanhood. Much of her work normalizes and celebrates the black woman who exists outside of the beloved box of gleeful sufferer of fools who sacrifices self for the greater good. She has lived on three different continents and visited dozens of countries. https://www.keturahkendrick.com/

Let me know what you think!

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

Book Review- Stranger in the Lake by Kimberly Belle

Today on the blog I am  partnering with Park Row Books to bring you  a review of Stranger in the Lake by Kimberly Belle.

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On Sale Date: June 9, 2020

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About the Book:

When Charlotte married the wealthy widower Paul, it caused a ripple of gossip in their small lakeside town. They have a charmed life together, despite the cruel whispers about her humble past and his first marriage. But everything starts to unravel when she discovers a young woman’s body floating in the exact same spot where Paul’s first wife tragically drowned.
At first, it seems like a horrific coincidence, but the stranger in the lake is no stranger. Charlotte saw Paul talking to her the day before, even though Paul tells the police he’s never met the woman. His lie exposes cracks in their fragile new marriage, cracks Charlotte is determined to keep from breaking them in two.

As Charlotte uncovers dark mysteries about the man she married, she doesn’t know what to trust—her heart, which knows Paul to be a good man, or her growing suspicion that there’s something he’s hiding in the water.

Miss W’s Review:

5 stars!

Stranger in the Lake by Kimberly Belle is a captivating thriller that I LOVED! I have read every single one of Kimberly Belle’s books and this one is as amazing as the others. Kimberly Belle is one of my go to authors and I was excited to receive an advanced copy to review.

Stranger in the Lake is about murder (MULTIPLE murders!) , secrets, lies, and lots of history.
The characters are well developed, complex, flawed and complicated.

Paul is a rich man who married Charlotte, aka Charlie who is from the wrong side of the tracks. Paul lost his first wife and it seems as if Charlie and Paul are happy until Charlie finds a body in the lake.

The supporting characters are equally compelling. I really enjoyed Charlie’s brother Chet, who is used as a sounding board for every thing that is happening.

The story is perfectly paced with multiple twists and turns and an ending that will leave you shocked.

I read this addicting book in one day ! Highly recommend!!

Pre Order your copy HERE!!

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

Book Review- Montauk by Nicola Harrison

Miss W reviews Montauk by Nicola Harrison on tour with Suzy Approved Book Tours!

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About The Book: 

Paperback Release : June 9, 2020

An epic and cinematic novel by debut author Nicola Harrison, Montauk captures the glamour and extravagance of a summer by the sea with the story of a woman torn between the life she chose and the life she desires.

Montauk, Long Island, 1938.

For three months, this humble fishing village will serve as the playground for New York City’s wealthy elite. Beatrice Bordeaux was looking forward to a summer of reigniting the passion between her and her husband, Harry. Instead, tasked with furthering his investment interest in Montauk as a resort destination, she learns she’ll be spending twelve weeks sequestered with the high society wives at The Montauk Manor—a two-hundred room seaside hotel—while Harry pursues other interests in the city.

College educated, but raised a modest country girl in Pennsylvania, Bea has never felt fully comfortable among these privileged women, whose days are devoted not to their children but to leisure activities and charities that seemingly benefit no one but themselves. She longs to be a mother herself, as well as a loving wife, but after five years of marriage she remains childless while Harry is increasingly remote and distracted. Despite lavish parties at the Manor and the Yacht Club, Bea is lost and lonely and befriends the manor’s laundress whose work ethic and family life stir memories of who she once was.

As she drifts further from the society women and their preoccupations and closer toward Montauk’s natural beauty and community spirit, Bea finds herself drawn to a man nothing like her husband –stoic, plain spoken and enigmatic. Inspiring a strength and courage she had almost forgotten, his presence forces her to face a haunting tragedy of her past and question her future.

Desperate to embrace moments of happiness, no matter how fleeting, she soon discovers that such moments may be all she has, when fates conspire to tear her world apart…

Miss W’s Review:

5 Stars!!! 

What an incredible debut novel by Nicola Harrison.

Set in 1938, Montauk on Long Island, at The Montauk Manor.
The characters are wonderfully crafted, some likeable some not so much, those love to hate type of characters. Each individual character is well written , complex and fleshed out.

This novel speaks to the differences in class especially during the 1930’s. The relationship between Beatrice and Harry is a familiar one, poor though educated woman marries wealthy man. But this story is so much more than that.

The story is compelling and dives into relationships , not only romantic, but friendship.

I felt transported back to a different time and I loved every minute of it!

About the Author:

Originally from Hampshire, England, Nicola Harrison moved to California when she was 14. She studied Literature at UCLA and received an MFA in creative writing at Stony Brook University. She is a member of The Writers Room and has short stories published in The Southampton Review and Glimmer Train as well as articles in Los Angeles Magazine and Orange Coast Magazine. She was the fashion and style staff writer for Forbes and had a weekly column at Lucky Magazine. Nicola is also the founder of a personal styling business, Harrison Style. She has spent many summers in Montauk and currently lives in downtown Manhattan. Montauk is her first novel.

www.NicolaHarrison.com

Pre-order the beautiful paperback HERE!

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

Book Review- The Good Stranger by Dete Meserve

Miss W Reviews The Good Stranger by Dete Meserve for Suzy Approved Book Tours!

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About the Book:

Release Date: May 19, 2020

From the bestselling author of Good Sam—now a Netflix feature film—comes another Kate Bradley story about the nature of generosity and finding unexpected connections with strangers. Watch Good Sam on Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/title/80998967

 

TV reporter Kate Bradley arrives in Manhattan ready to take on a challenging new position as a national news correspondent. When a massive power outage plunges New York City into darkness, the disaster she expected to cover takes an unexpected turn. Someone is leaving thousands of mysterious gifts throughout the city, and the only clue to the giver’s identity is the occasional note from “A Stranger.”

Together with handsome TV series host Scott Jameson, Kate must make sense of these random generous acts, which quickly escalate in scale and capture the attention of viewers across the country. In early-morning stakeouts and late-night surveillance, they crisscross the city hunting down leads, but the elusive Stranger is always one step ahead.

Menacing letters and videos addressed to Kate threaten to derail the investigation, but she’s determined to uncover the identity of the benefactor. The closer Kate gets to the truth, the more clearly she sees that even the smallest act of generosity can bring about powerful change. And it just may take her own selfless act of kindness to solve the feel-good mystery of the year.

Miss W’s Review:

5 Stars! 

I have been a fan of Dete Meserve and the Good Sam Series and I was really thrilled to read The Good Stranger, the third book in the series. I don’t know if a book could be more timely or uplifting than the Good Stranger.

Kate is now in New York and covering her first story as a political reporter, thanks to her politician father. But Kate is a good reporter.

I love a good mystery and the mystery here is one that will leave you with tears of joy.
People are doing good deeds all around Manhattan and it seems to be quite the mystery.

I always believe that you never know what someone else is going through in their own lives contrary to what may appear on the surface. A little kindness can go a LONG way and that is a central theme in this book and all of the Good Sam books.

I devoured this book , it truly has everything. Mystery, human nature, kindness, gratitude, and some unexpected twists thats I didn’t see coming.

Go buy this book. We all need this right now.

About the Author:

Dete Meserve is the award-winning, bestselling author of three novels in the Kate Bradley Mystery Series: Good Sam, Perfectly Good Crime, and The Good Stranger (coming May 19, 2020) and a fourth standalone mystery/suspense novel The Space Between. Her first non-fiction book, Random Acts of Kindness, co-authored with journalist Rachel Greco was published in March 2019.

Her novel, Good Sam, was produced as a feature film for Netflix Original Film and was released worldwide to strong acclaim in May 2019. The film was produced by Meserve based on a screenplay by Meserve and Teena Booth. The film stars Tiya Sircar (The Good Place).

When she’s not writing, she is a film and television producer in Los Angeles and a partner and CEO of Wind Dancer Films. Her 2019 credits include Executive Producer of What Men Want (Paramount), Executive Producer of Ready Jet Go (PBS), and Producer and Screenwriter of Good Sam (Netflix).

Meserve lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children–and a very good cat that rules them all. For more on the author and her work, visit www.detemeserve.com

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Get your copy HERE!  and prepare to feel good!!!

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

Book Review- The Wife Stalker by Liv Constantine

Miss W Book Reviews is pleased to bring you my review  of The Wife Stalker by Liv Constantine on book blogger tour with Suzy Approved Book Tours.

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About The Book:

Release Date: May 19, 2020

The bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish returns with a psychological thriller, filled with chilling serpentine twists, about a woman fighting to hold onto the only family she’s ever loved—and how far she’ll go to preserve it.

Named one of the most anticipated thrillers of the year by Goodreads, Bustle, SheReads, and Library Journal

Breezing into the tony seaside paradise of Westport, Connecticut, gorgeous thirtysomething Piper Reynard sets down roots, opening a rehab and wellness space and joining a local yacht club. When she meets Leo Drakos, a handsome, successful lawyer, the wedding ring on his finger is the only thing she doesn’t like about him. Yet as Piper well knows, no marriage is permanent.

Meanwhile, Joanna has been waiting patiently for Leo, the charismatic man she fell in love with all those years ago, to re-emerge from the severe depression that has engulfed him. Though she’s thankful when Leo returns to his charming, energetic self, paying attention again to Evie and Stelli, the children they both love beyond measure, Joanna is shocked to discover that it’s not her loving support that’s sparked his renewed happiness—it’s something else.

Piper. Leo has fallen head over heels for the flaky, New Age-y newcomer, and unrepentant and resolute, he’s more than willing to leave Joanna behind, along with everything they’ve built. Of course, he assures her, she can still see the children.

Joanna is devastated—and determined to find something, anything, to use against this woman who has stolen her life and her true love. As she digs deeper into Piper’s past, Joanna begins to unearth disturbing secrets . . . but when she confides to her therapist that she fears for the lives of her ex-husband and children, her concerns are dismissed as paranoia. Can she find the proof she needs in time to save them?

Miss W’s Review:

5 stars! 

I love the writing team of Liv Constantine.

The Wife Stalker is a well written , perfectly paced psychological thriller.

The story is multi-layered with twists at every turn.

The Wife Stalker tells story of a wife that is completely obsessed with having the absolutely perfect family, whether it’s her family or not.

The plot is compelling with well rounded complex characters.

This is a highly addicting book that I read in one setting.

Highly recommend !

About the author:

Liv Constantine is the pen name of sisters Lynne Constantine and Valerie Constantine. Separated by three states, they spend hours plotting via FaceTime and burning up each other’s inboxes. They attribute their ability to concoct dark story lines to the hours they spent listening to tales handed down by their Greek grandmother. You can find more about them at:  https://livconstantine.com/

Pick up your copy of The Wife Stalker HERE!

Let me know what you think!

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda