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Book Review- Real Estate Rescue by Tracy McLaughlin

Delighted to bring you a book review of Real Estate Rescue by Tracy McLaughlin in partner with Suzy Approved Book Tours.

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About The Book: 

Release Date:  April 14, 2020

Publisher: Mango Publishing

If ignorance is bliss, American home buyers and sellers should be in a state of rapture,” says Tracy McLaughlin, a Bay Area real estate broker ranked #1 in residential sales every year for the past 15 years. Every day, she watches buyers and sellers make impulsive decisions based on very limited information that lead to serious financial consequences. She knows what people who trust Zillow or Realtor.com don’t: in nearly every real estate transaction, buyers and sellers leave behind money—hundreds of thousands, even millions, of dollars—in the process.

In Real Estate Rescue with Tracy McLaughlin: How Not to Leave Money on the Table in the Sale and Purchase of Your Home (Mango; April 2020), Tracy McLaughlin arms buyers and sellers with a comprehensive, strategic blueprint to overcome the cost of ignorance and maximize the value of their investment. Information about homes and markets only scratches the surface. As an expert who thoroughly understands her craft, McLaughlin reveals the wide range of overlapping skills and discipline essential to success in residential real estate.

Chapter by chapter, Real Estate Rescue with Tracy McLaughlin covers each critical step in the home sale and acquisition process, explaining it in depth. Along the way, McLaughlin delves into the psychology of homebuyers and sellers, calling attention to common emotional traps. By following her practical and rational approach, prospective home buyers and sellers will gain an edge on mastering:

• The mechanics and art of home valuation—which has nothing to do with what you paid for your home, what you need to net from the sale, or how attached you feel.

• Pricing right—with the aim of getting the highest offer without letting your home be a high-priced bread maker.

• Preparing a home for sale—from timing the market to staging a home for buyers to see themselves living in, with design tips and insights into environmental suggestions.

• Marketing and branding a home—using the power of storytelling to engage buyers while keeping the seller’s emotions in check.

• Fundamental matters of permits, inspections, and full disclosure, plus a list of the critical things buyers should be aware of and cautious about, yet often overlook.

• The dangers of trusting a friend or relative who dabbles in real estate with managing your largest asset. McLaughlin can share the story of a prominent divorcee whose faith in her dear friend, a socialite with a real estate license who hadn’t worked in over 20 years, wound up costing her half a million dollars—and other cautionary tales.

Tracy McLaughlin has a remarkable real estate success story. In 2019, after nearly 15 years of standing out as the #1 producer in residential sales in Marin Country, she was recruited by Mauricio Umansky, award-winning entrepreneur and real estate trailblazer, to lead the Marin County offices for his state-of-the-art luxury real estate brokerage, The Agency. Founded in 2011, The Agency has grown into a global company with more than 500 agents and 27 offices, ranking among the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the country.

The typical American homeowner has 40 percent of their wealth tied up in their home, notes McLaughlin, driving home: no buyer or seller can afford the price of ignorance. Informative and empowering, Real Estate Rescue with Tracy McLaughlin: How Not to Leave Money on the Table in the Sale and Purchase of Your Home is a guide well worth the investment.

Miss W’s Review:

5 Stars! 

Real Estate Rescue is a great book that is a fantastic resource that provides so much information for potential home buyers and those selling their homes.

There is so much information and valuable information in this book that I have not seen anywhere else.

The pictures were really fantastic in getting the idea across to readers.

I especially liked the step by step guide to the process of home ownership.

This book is empowering and informational in showing specific ways to not get taken advantage of and to know all the inside lingo in the industry.

Highly recommend !

About the Author:

TRACY McLAUGHLIN, real estate broker and entrepreneur, has been the #1 producer in residential sales in Marin Country, California, every year since 2005. After growing a successful boutique brokerage in Marin, she purchased Pacific Union, a residential firm in the Bay Area, on the heels of a mortgage crisis in 2009. The company grew into the 5th largest residential brokerage in the country, with a sales volume exceeding $14.1 billion, and in 2018 was snapped up by Compass, a real estate tech company, for a record price. Out of two million actively licensed real estate agents in the United States, McLaughlin is currently ranked 51st in sales by the Wall Street Journal and has been consistently ranked among the top 75 performers in the country for the past ten years. She currently leads the Marin County offices for The Agency, an international full-service, luxury real estate brokerage and lifestyle company founded by Mauricio Umansky and Billy Rose.  https://www.tracymclaughlin.com/

Social Media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MarinFineHomes

Instagram: https://instagram.com/tracyamclaughlin

Twitter: @MclaughlinTracy

Pre-order your copy of Real Estate Rescue HERE!

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

Book Review-The Wedding War by Liz Talley

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Today I am bring you a review of The Wedding War by Liz Talley

Release Date 4/21/2020 Montlake Publishers

About the Book:

Save the date for this funny and poignant novel of family, friendship, letting go, and moving on by the award-winning author of Room to Breathe.

Once upon a time, Melanie Layton and Tennyson O’Rourke were inseparable—but their friends-4ever promises were shattered when an explosive secret was revealed at Mel’s wedding, a secret that destroyed her family. The two haven’t spoken for the past twenty-some-odd years, and they’d be happy if they never crossed paths again.

But now Mel’s daughter and Teeny’s son have fallen in love—and announced their engagement.

Which means the two women must tolerate one another and play nice long enough to plan their children’s dream wedding. From the beginning, they clash. Melanie imagines a classy, elegant event, in keeping with tradition. Teeny’s vision is a bit more extravagant, and thanks to her habit of marrying well, she’s got the cash to plan the flashiest wedding of the season.

Complicating matters are the men in their lives: Tennyson is falling for the wrong guy, and Melanie is trying to hold on to a flailing marriage. Amid the flurry of cake tastings, dress fittings, seating charts, and bridal showers, Mel and Teeny confront their past mistakes—with twenty years of pent-up drama.

When the day of the wedding finally arrives, their friendship might just be something old and something new.

Miss W’s Review:

5 Stars from Miss W !!!!!!! 

The Wedding War is a well written woman’s fiction novel that I enjoyed very much. The central themes of friendship and forgiveness are ones that really touched me and I could relate to.

Melanie and Tennyson were friends in their 20’s and a HUGE falling out. I mean ooops I married your ex boyfriend and spilled your family secrets falling out. Now their kids are getting married and they have a wedding to plan and the pain and hurt is still fresh.

Melanie and Tennyson have relationship issues of their own. I absolutely loved the theme of friendship between Melanie and Tennyson and trying to resolve their issues for the happiness of their children. My female friendships are so very important and valuable to me.

There are some heavy topics in this book that the author writes with such respect and dignity including suicide and grief. I appreciate how she handled these topics.

The characters were complex, complicated, flawed and well fleshed out.

The Wedding War is a book I can happily recommend, I only wish I could give it more than 5 stars.

About the Author:

USA Today best-selling author Liz Talley loves staying home in her jammies and writing emotional women’s fiction and romance. Liz has published twenty-seven books, reaching number one in kindle romance. Her stories are set in the South where the tea is sweet, the summers are hot, and the porches are wide. Liz lives in Louisiana with her childhood sweetheart, two handsome children, two dogs and a mean kitty.

Thank you to the author for an advanced copy. All opinions are my own.

Pre Order your copy HERE

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

 

 

 

Book Review-This Won’t End Well by Camille Pagan

I am so EXCITED to bring you my review of This Won’t End Well by Camille Pagan! I am on tour with the Tall Poppy Bloggers and thrilled to share my thoughts with you !

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About the Book:

Release Date: 2/25/2020

Lake Union Publishing

An ingeniously witty novel about the risks—and rewards—of opening your life to new people by Amazon Charts bestselling author Camille Pagán.

No new people: that’s Annie Mercer’s vow. It’s bad enough that her boss sabotaged her chemistry career and her best friend tried to cure her with crystals. But after her fiancé, Jon, asks for space while he’s gallivanting around Paris, Annie decides she needs space too—from everyone.

Yet when Harper moves in next door, Annie can’t help but train a watchful eye on the glamorous but fragile young woman. And if keeping Harper safe requires teaming up with Mo, a maddeningly optimistic amateur detective, who is she to mind her own business?

Soon Annie has let not one but two new people into her life. Then Jon reappears—and he wants her to join him in France. She’s pretty sure letting anyone get close won’t end well. So she must decide: Is another shot at happiness worth the risk?

Miss W’s Review:

5 Fantastic Stars ! 

I am a huge fan of Camille Pagan and I was super excited to read “This Won’t End Well”.
Meet Annie, whose fiance has left her and flown off to find himself in Paris! Yikes!
Where does this leave Annie?

Where to begin with all the things I LOVED about this book?
Its women’s fiction at its finest. The story is mystery as much as it is romance.
The story is fast paced and laugh out loud!

The epistolary writing style is one of my favorites and the authors use of this writing style tells the story in journaling entries , neighborhood letters (cue the I laughed until I cried), and emails.

A well written , fun read with a characters that are relatable and loveable.

About the Author:

Camille Pagán is the Amazon Charts and Washington Post bestselling author of six novels, including This Won’t End Well, I’m Fine and Neither Are You, and the #1 Kindle bestseller Life and Other Near-Death Experiences, which has been optioned for film. Her books have been translated into nearly two dozen languages. Pagán has written for the New York Times; O, The Oprah Magazine; Parade; Real Simple; Time; and many other publications. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with her family. Learn more about her work at http://www.camillepagan.com.

Grab your copy of This Won’t End Well now on Amazon!

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Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

Book Review- Don’t Put the Boats Away by Ames Sheldon

Welcome to my stop on the Book Blog Tour with Suzy Approved Book Tours for Don’t Put the Boats Away by Ames Sheldon.

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About The Book: 

Release Date: August 27, 2019
She Writes Press

 

In Don’t Put the Boats Away, World War II has just ended. The Suttons are struggling to rebuild their lives after the death of a beloved family member. Daughter Harriet goes to Madison for graduate work in chemistry at a time when women weren’t supposed to have careers. Son Nat flunks out of Yale in the hope that his father will finally agree to send him to music school because he’s passionate about becoming a jazz musician. Instead, Nat winds up working as a sweeper in the Malt-O-Meal Mill in Northfield during the frigid winter of 1947. Eventually he makes his way to Minneapolis and works as a jazz musician until he discovers he can’t support his family playing jazz. This novel is a deep dive into postwar history from 1945 through the 1960s. Issues like sexism and alcoholism are embedded in the novel but ultimately it’s a family saga about resilience.

Praise for Don’t Put the Boats Away

2019 Best Book Awards Finalist in Historical Fiction

“Don’t Put the Boats Away is chock-full of well-researched historical details about political events, medical advancements, and even food trends of the 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s, and it also offers important commentary on professional opportunities for women during these decades. The author creates believable characters with complex interior lives. Overall, it’s a touching tale that examines the ways in which grief, regret, and unmet expectations can reverberate through generations.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Reading Don’t Put the Boats Away is like being enveloped in a family, a real family bound by love and loss, music and science. It’s a testament to the danger of secrets and the hope we place in future generations. I enjoyed it thoroughly.” Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg, Eden and The Nine

“Don’t Put the Boats Away is a richly detailed family saga of the Suttons’ post-WWII lives—and a wonderful sequel to Ames Sheldon’s first novel Eleanor’s Wars. Ames’s knack for period authenticity is paired with a keen portrayal of the inner lives of major characters that transcend common narratives of ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s America. Complex relationships, dedication to music, science, and family loyalty, and the haunting legacy of war even on privileged families make this a compelling read.” Barbara Stark-Nemon, Even in Darkness, Hard Cider

“Don’t Put the Boats Away is a timeless portrait of life’s loves and losses… the novel has raw and dark undertones… Sheldon explores the furtive topics of mental illness and social conflicts with modern clarity… Her characters are empathetically real.” Minnesota Monthly

Miss W’s Review:

5 Stars ! 

Don’t Put the Boats Away is a thought provoking and well written story. The story takes place after World War 2 and the timeline encompasses 25 years. I enjoyed the alternating timelines of the past and present. There are certain components of the writing that were quite impressive to me. The themes of loss and forgiveness were evident to this reader. I appreciated the way that the author dealt with grief , PTSD, and alcoholism especially in post war time. The research the author did was quite apparent. The discussion of societal and class changes following the war were vivid and well described. I cannot commend the author enough for the vivid imagery that she was able to create. The description of the summer home on Cape May were fantastic. The characters were well developed, complex, authentic, and well fleshed out. This is a historical fiction novel that I would highly recommend. 

About the Author:

Ames Sheldon worked as a reporter for two small-town newspapers before in southern Minnesota before becoming lead author and associate editor of Women’s History Sources: A Guide to Archives and Manuscript Collections in the United States, a monumental reference book which ignited her passion for studying and writing about the history of women in America. After that, she worked as a development officer, raising funds for the Sierra Club in San Francisco, the Minnesota Historical Society in St. Paul, the Minneapolis Public Library, and other nonprofits. Her first novel Eleanor’s Wars won the Benjamin Franklin Gold Award for Best New Voice: Fiction in 2016. www.amessheldon.com

Social Media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/amessheldonauthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/amessheldonautr

Pick up your copy HERE!

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

Book Review-A Woman of Substance by Barbara Taylor Bradford

Such an incredible honor to be on the book blog tour with Suzy Approved Book Tours for the 40th Anniversary of A Woman of Substance by Barbara Taylor Bradford.

This year marks 40 years since the publication of the enduring novel A Woman of Substance which tells the rags to riches story of Emma Harte and the machinations and intrigue of a family retail empire.

• First published in 1979, the novel spent 43 weeks on the New York Times bestseller lists, and was a #1 bestseller in the UK and the US.

• It is one of the biggest selling novels of the 20th century, selling over 30 million copies.

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About the Book : 

“Queen of the genre” Sunday Times

A WOMAN’S AMBITION… In the brooding moors above a humble Yorkshire village stood Fairley Hall. There, Emma Harte, its oppressed but resourceful servant girl, acquired a shrewd determination. There, she honed her skills, discovered the meaning of treachery, learned to survive, to become a woman, and vowed to make her mark on the world.

A JOURNEY OF A LIFETIME… In the wake of tragedy she rose from poverty to magnificent wealth as the iron-willed force behind a thriving international enterprise. As one of the richest women in the world Emma Harte has almost everything she fought so hard to achieve-save for the dream of love, and for the passion of the one man she could never have.

A DREAM FULFILLED-AND AVENGED…Through two marriages, two devastating wars, and generations of secrets, Emma’s unparalleled success has come with a price. As greed, envy, and revenge consume those closest to her, the brilliant matriarch now finds herself poised to outwit her enemies, and to face the betrayals of the past with the same ingenious resolve that forged her empire.

Miss W’s Review : 

5 Stars! A book that stands the test of time !

I very much enjoyed reading this book for the 40th anniversary of the book. This was my first time reading the book and the word incredible does not seem to suffice. The plot was well thought out and very detailed. This is a LONG book and I really enjoyed that no detail was left out. The writing style is somewhat circular, starting with the main character at the age of 78 years old then alternating back to her teenage self. The details and atrocities of war were described which such vivid imagery. The historical details in this book are beyond compare. The characters are complex, well fleshed out, realistic and complicated. This book was just incredible!

About the Author: 

Barbara Taylor Bradford was born and raised in England. She left school at 15 for the typing pool at the Yorkshire Evening Post. At 18, she became the paper’s first woman’s editor and, at 20, moved to London and became a columnist and editor on Fleet Street. Barbara has had 33 books published, all worldwide bestsellers, including her first novel, A Woman of Substance which is ranked in the top ten bestselling works of fiction of all time and this year marks its 40th anniversary. Her books have sold more than 90 million copies worldwide in more than 90 countries and 40 languages, and ten miniseries and television movies have been made of her books. In The Lion’s Den will be her 34th book.

Barbara is an ambassador for the National Literacy Trust and in 2007 was awarded an OBE for her services to literature. She currently lives in New York and was married to her beloved husband, television producer Robert Bradford, for 55 years until he died in July 2019. https://barbarataylorbradford.com/

Social Media:

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/BarbaraTaylorBradford

Instagram:https://instagram.com/btbnovelist

Twitter: @BTBNovelist

Pick up your copy now on Amazon! You will not be disappointed.

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

Book Review- The Road to Delano by John DeSimone

I am thrilled to be partnering with Suzy Approved Book Tours to bring you my stop on the book blog tour for The Road to Delano by John DeSimone.

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About the Book:

Release Date:  March 10, 2020

Publisher: Rare Bird Books

A high school senior, Jack Duncan dreams of playing college baseball and leaving the political turmoil of the agricultural town Delano behind. Ever since his father, a grape grower, died ten years earlier, he’s suspected that his mother has been hiding the truth from him about the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.

With his family’s property on the verge of a tax sale, Jack drives an old combine into town to sell it. On the road, an old friend of his father shows up with evidence that Jack’s father was murdered. Armed with this new information, Jack embarks on a mission to discover the entire truth, not just about his father but the corruption endemic in the Central Valley.

When Jack’s girlfriend warns him not to do anything to jeopardize their post graduation plans and refuses to help him, Jack turns to his best friend, Adrian, the son of a boycotting fieldworker who works closely with Cesar Chavez. The boys’ dangerous plan to rescue the Duncan family farm leaves Adrian in a catastrophic situation, and Jack must step up to the plate and rescue his family and his friend before he can make his escape from Delano.

The Road to Delano is the path Jack and Adrian must take to find their strength, their duty, their destiny.

Miss W’s Review:

5 Stars from Miss W ! 

The Road to Delano was a thought provoking, compelling, intriguing story . Jack Duncan who is a senior in high school has big dreams of getting out of his political town of Delano and playing college baseball.

Jack’s father died 10 years ago and there is new evidence that he was murdered. Jack sets forth to discover the truth, no matter what the cost.

The author did a fantastic job with research on this novel. The descriptive writing of the plight of the migrant farm workers at the time is well evident to this reader.

The characters are well developed , complicated, flawed and well fleshed out.

This was a well crafted story that seamlessly weaved in historical facts that made for an incredible reading experience.

About The Author: 

John DeSimone is a published writer, novelist, and teacher. He’s been an adjunct professor and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University. His recent co-authored books include Broken Circle: A Memoir of Escaping Afghanistan (Little A Publishers), and Courage to Say No by Dr. Raana Mahmood, about her struggles against sexual exploitation as a female physician in Karachi. His published novel Leonardo’s Chair published in 2005.

In 2012, he won a prestigious Norman Mailer Fellowship to complete his most recent historical novel, Road to Delano. His novels Leonardo’s Chair and No Ordinary Man have received critical recognition.

He works with select clients to write stories of inspiration and determination and with those who have a vital message to bring to the marketplace of ideas in well-written books. https://www.johndesimone.com/

 

Social Media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bookwriter718/

Instagram: https://instagram.com/johndesimone1969

Preorder your copy of The Road to Delano HERE  !

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

Book Review-Popcorn and Poltergeists by Nancy Warren

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About the Book:

Release Date: 2/12/2020

Is there a murderous poltergeist on the loose?

When an Oxford caretaker is killed by a fall down the library stairs, and a professor attacked, rumors fly that it’s the work of a poltergeist who’s been causing havoc at the college.
The prof is a knitter, and a customer at Lucy Swift’s shop, Cardinal Woolsey’s. But Lucy thinks a very human killer is shifting the blame onto a ghost who can’t defend themselves and she’s determined to trap the real killer and get justice for the dead man.

 
However, danger lurks at the college where old secrets and new crimes collide. Vampire and old book expert Rafe Crosyer has been called in to value the college’s literary collection, and he witnesses first hand how angry the ghost really is.

 
Furious enough to kill? Or is there something else the tantrum-throwing spirit is trying to tell them?

And will they decipher the message before it’s too late?

This is book 9 in the best-selling Vampire Knitting Club series of paranormal cozy mysteries. Each book can be read on its own and there’s no gore, bad language or sex in these books, just a lot of humor, quirky characters and, of course, Oxford. “This series just gets better and better.”

Miss W’s Review:

5 AMAZING STARS!!!!

Popcorn and Poltergeists is Book 9 in the fantastic Vampire Knitting Club Series.
I have been highly addicted to this fun series since reading Book 1.

Lucy Swift and her gang of Knitting Vampires are back involved with a new mystery.
I love how descriptive the writing is , I feel like I am right there in Oxford.

The characters are so well developed and complex. The mystery is well written and perfectly paced.

I really enjoy the budding romance between Lucy and Rafe and the interactions with Rafe’s assistant Wiliam.

I was determined to put my sleuth cap on and figure this one out, but I never saw the end coming.

I cannot recommend this book enough.

Pick up your copy HERE!

 

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda