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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

Book Review- The Third to Die by Allison Brennan

I am happy to share by stop on the Book Blog Tour for #partner Harlequin with my review for The Third to Die by Allison Brennan.

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About the Book:

New York Times bestselling author and gifted storyteller Allison Brennan’s new standalone thriller features a troubled female police detective and an ambitious FBI special agent who wind up at the center of a ticking-clock investigation into a diabolical serial killer.

Brennan’s novel will launch a book-a-year series featuring a fabulous cast of recurring characters. It’s the story of a troubled female police detective and an ambitious FBI special agent who wind up at the center of a ticking-clock investigation into a diabolical serial killer; and the bond they forge in this crucible sets the stage for the future books in the series.

Detective Kara Quinn is visiting her hometown of Liberty Lake, Washington, after being placed on administrative leave by the LAPD, when she comes upon the mutilated body of a young nurse during an early morning jog. The manner of death is clearly ritualistic; she calls it in. Meanwhile back in DC, special agent in charge Mattias Costa is meticulously staffing his newly-minted Mobile Response Team. One of his first recruits is the brilliant FBI forensic psychologist Catherine Jones. When word reaches Matt that the Washington state murder appears to be the work of the Triple Killer–it will be the first case for the MRT. Jones has done the only profile on this serial killer, but she is reluctant to join the unit, still shaken by the death of her sister a year ago under circumstances for which she holds herself responsible. But only she holds the key to understanding the killer’s obsessive pattern–three murder victims, three deep slashes a piece, each three days apart, each series beginning on a March 3rd–3/3, then a three-year hiatus before he strikes again.

This time they have a chance to stop him before he claims another victim strikes, but only if they can figure out who he is and where is is hiding.

Miss W’s Review:

5 Pulse Pounding Starts from Miss W!!!!

The Third to Die is the First Book in the Mobile Response Team Series and also my first book by Allison Brennan.

FBI Agent Mattias Costa is the head of the mobile response team and this book had me hooked from Page 1! I could not put it down!!!

This book was unbelievably well written. A police procedural but ticked all the boxes for me as a thriller. Every word in this book is well crafted. I needed to know what was going to happen next, I felt it in my core.

The plot was so well written and perfectly paced with engaged, well developed characters.

I seriously can’t wait for the next book in this series while I go looking for this author’s back list.

About the Author:

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Allison Brennan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of three dozen thrillers and numerous short stories. She was nominated for Best Paperback Original Thriller by International Thriller Writers, has had multiple nominations and two Daphne du Maurier Awards, and is a five-time RITA finalist for Best Romantic Suspense. Allison believes life is too short to be bored, so she had five kids. Allison and her family live in Arizona. Visit her at allisonbrennan.com

Buy Links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0778309444/httpwwwalli0f-20

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-third-to-die-allison-brennan/1131669020;jsessionid=C1F1BD4B1DE6C665460E505FA5022816.prodny_store02-atgap03?ean=9780778309444 

IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780778309444

Books-A-Million: https://www.booksamillion.com/product/9780778309444

AppleBooks: https://books.apple.com/us/book/the-third-to-die/id1464894471

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Allison_Brennan_The_Third_to_Die?id=0sWZDwAAQBAJ

Grab your copy now!!!!

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Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

Book Review-More Than by Diane Barnes on Tour with Suzy Approved Book Tours

Book Review:

More Than by Diane Barnes on Book Blog Tour with Suzy Approved Book Tours

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About The Book: 

“You are obese, Mrs. Moriarty.”

Peggy Moriarty is stunned by her doctor’s words. She knows she’s let herself go a bit, but she thinks the young, skinny physician is exaggerating. Her husband’s death fourteen years ago left her to raise their twins, Grace and Greg, alone. But now that they’re teenagers, doing their own things, her only hobby is watching Messages from Beyond, a show about a medium who connects the grieving with their deceased loved ones.

When the twins leave for college, they give Peggy a gift certificate for an exercise class. At first, Peggy is insulted. But once the sting wears off, she realizes if she gets in shape, she might gain the confidence she needs to go on her favorite TV show and talk to her husband one last time.

With help from her new friends at the gym and Carmen Tavarez, the mother of Grace’s boyfriend, Peggy begins to emerge from her prolonged grief and spread her wings. She may soon discover that her sum is more than a mother, a widow, and her body.

Miss W’s Review:

5 Uplifting Stars!!!!

In “More Than” we meet Peggy who is a widow and mother of twins.
Peggy is beyond insulted when her physician tells her she is obese.
Peggy is so relatable in her journey and her struggles. All she wants is to go on a TV show to talk to speak with a medium that can connect her one last time to her husband.
This is “more than” a story about weight and how one sees oneself.
This story is about finding yourself, finding your support system and the hope that brings us all together.

This story is so well written with well fleshed out characters that will make you cry equally as much as you will laugh.

You do not want to miss this story, it has stayed with me long after I have finished it.

About the Author:

Diane Barnes is the author of More Than (October 29, 2019 ), Waiting for Ethan (2015), and Mixed Signals (2016). She is also a marketing and corporate communication writer in the health care industry. When she’s not writing, she’s at the gym, running or playing tennis, trying to burn off the ridiculous amounts of chocolate and ice cream she eats. She and her husband Steven live in Massachusetts and dream of moving to Turks and Caicos – at least for the winter months. She hopes you enjoy reading her books as much as she enjoyed writing them. https://www.dianembarnes.com/

Social Media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dianebarnes19/

Instagram:  https://instagram.com/dianebarnes777

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DianeBarnes777

I hope you love More Than as much as I did!!!!

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

Book Review- All the Silent Voices by Elena Mikalsen

My review of All the Silent Voices by Elena Mikalsen on book blog tour for Suzy Approved Book Tours !

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About The Book : 

Release Date: 1/6/2020

Twenty-one years ago, Emma Shephard was sexually assaulted and forced to leave college. She has tried to forget the trauma, building a new life as a loving wife and parent with a successful marketing career. Then her world is rocked when her rapist buys the pharmaceutical company where she works.

Now it’s an impossible choice between keeping the safe life she’s created and pursuing justice. With her marriage at risk and her child in danger, Emma finds herself at the center of ugly secrets and scandals.

Miss W’s Review: 

5 Stars from Miss W ! 

The Silent Voices by Elena Mikalsen is an incredible read. This is a fast paced domestic suspense that will keep you up at night turning the pages until the dramatic ending.

Trigger alert for rape and sexual assault.

Emma Shepard was sexually assaulted back in college and she did everything right including reporting the assault and yet SHE was the one thrown out of school . She moved on and went on to live a seemingly “normal” life. Though there really is not a normal life for someone that has been sexually assaulted. She is married and a mom. Suddenly, the company that Emma and her husband work at is bought by the predator that attacked her in college.

This was an incredible read, and is expertly written about the trauma that Emma had to endure and how the #metoo movement is giving these women a voice when they previously did not have one.

There is some incredible twists with an ending that was incredible!!!

I highly recommend this thought provoking, well written novel.

About the Author:

Elena Mikalsen is a Women’s Fiction author. Her novels are about brave women and about love.

WRAPPED IN THE STARS is about love that lasts forever. Two lovers, Mark and Rebecca, got separated in the early 20th century, but their love remained behind, it didn’t die. Part of their love stayed in the ring that Mark gave to Rebecca. So, when this ring is found years later, another couple picks up the energy from Mark and Rebecca’s love and fall in love.

In THE HOUSE BY THE CYPRESS TREES I explore romantic love. That wild feeling of new love when you first fall for someone and you want to spend every moment with them and you will do anything for them.

ALL THE SILENT VOICES is about the depth of love between a husband and wife and what challenges a good marriage can withstand. How far will a wife go for her husband and how far will a husband go for his wife?

She is somewhat obsessive about travel, but, when I am at home, in San Antonio, I can be found browsing through bookstores or antique shops with my husband and two children.

When not writing stories, Elena is a Pediatric Psychologist helping children with chronic medical illness. I blog on issues of mental health for teens and adults. I enjoy working with the media due to my expertise in managing anxiety, stress, and parenting issues. I provide consultation to authors on writing about mental health.

Stay in Touch with the Author on Social Media:

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17629655.Elena_Mikalsen

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

Website: www.elenamikalsen.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WF_writerEM

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/writer.mikalsen/

Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/elenamikalsen/

Grab your copy of All the Silent Voices right now on Amazon !

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

Book Review-The Great Witches Baking Show by Nancy Warren

When I heard that Nancy Warren had a new cozy paranormal series out, I was SO excited, I could not wait to get my grabby hands on a copy!!!!

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About the Book:

A baker with secrets

Witches in trouble

The cameras are rolling

On your marks, get set, die!

Poppy Wilkinson is thrilled to be chosen as a contestant on The Great British Baking Contest. As an American with English roots, winning the crown as Britain’s Best Baker would open doors she’s dreamed of. In more ways than one. Appearing on the reality show is her chance to get into Broomewode Hall and uncover the secrets of her past. But strange things are happening on the show’s set: accusations of sabotage, a black cat that shadows Poppy, suspiciously unsociable residents at Broomewode Hall—and the judges can be real witches.There are murmurs that Broomewode is an energy vortex. It certainly makes Poppy see and do things that aren’t exactly normal, and seems to draw interesting characters to the neighborhood.When a fellow contestant dies in mysterious circumstances, Poppy has more to worry about than burned pies and cakes that won’t rise. There’s a murderer on the loose and it’s up to Poppy and her new friends to solve the crime before it becomes a real show-stopper.

From USA Today Bestselling Author Nancy Warren, this delicious series of cozy paranormal mysteries will have you guessing until the end.

Miss W’s Review:

5 Stars from Miss W !!!!!! 

The Great Witches Baking Show is the first book in a new cozy paranormal series by Nancy Warren.

I absolutely LOVE the author’s Vampire Knitting Club Series and I was so excited for a brand new series, and this series did not disappoint!!!!

Have you watched the Great British Baking Contest? I love it and that made this book even better.

We meet Poppy Wilkinson, who has worked REALLY hard to get a spot to compete in the Great British Baking Contest. Poppy has more than one reason she wants to be in the contest, but no spoilers form me!

There is alot of action going on in this book and it is perfectly paced. I absolutely loved the secondary character Gina, who is Poppy’s best friend and hair stylist.

One of the contestants is murdered and Poppy is determined to find out what happens.
All this and a mysterious cat that keeps showing up and you have the recipe for success!

Speaking of recipes, the author includes a recipe for Lemon Tarts , aka Tarte au Citron and I cannot wait to try this recipe.

I am so excited for the next book in this great new series!!!!

Grab your copy on Amazon  !!!!

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

Book Review-The Moonshiner’s Daughter by Donna Everhart

I am thrilled to bring you my review for The Moonshiner’s Daughter by Donna Everhart on Book Tour for Suzy Approved Book Tours.

Release Date: 12/31/2019 — Kensington Books

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About The Book:

Generations of Sassers have made moonshine in the Brushy Mountains of Wilkes County, North Carolina. Their history is recorded in a leather-bound journal that belongs to Jessie Sasser’s daddy, but Jessie wants no part of it. As far as she’s concerned, moonshine caused her mother’s death a dozen years ago.

Her father refuses to speak about her mama, or about the day she died. But Jessie has a gnawing hunger for the truth—one that compels her to seek comfort in food. Yet all her self-destructive behavior seems to do is feed what her school’s gruff but compassionate nurse describes as the “monster” inside Jessie.

Resenting her father’s insistence that moonshining runs in her veins, Jessie makes a plan to destroy the stills, using their neighbors as scapegoats. Instead, her scheme escalates an old rivalry and reveals long-held grudges. As she endeavors to right wrongs, old and new, Jessie’s loyalties will bring her to unexpected revelations about her family, her strengths—and a legacy that may provide her with the answers she has been longing for.

Miss W’s Review:

5 Amazing Stars from Miss W!!!!

The Moonshiner’s Daughter is an incredible, poignant heartfelt novel that hooked me from page one.

The time period is the 1950’s and 1960’s which takes place up in the Mountains of South Carolina.

The research that the author put into this novel is extraordinary and I learned about the history of moonshine in this area.

The characters are complicated, complex and well fleshed out. The story will break your heart and give you faith in the human spirit all at the same time. I appreciate the themes of grief, eating disorders, love and forgiveness .

I cried like a baby and laughed equally as much.

The plot is wonderfully crafted with incredible descriptive writings in which I felt immersed right in the story.

This book was so emotional for me, and I absolutely LOVED it.

I highly recommend this book .

About the Author: 

Donna Everhart is the USA Today bestselling author of The Road to Bittersweet, winner of the Southeastern Library Association Outstanding Authors Award, The Education of Dixie Dupree, which was a 2016 Indie Next List selection, The Road to Bitter- sweet, The Forgiving Kind and The Moonshiner’s Daughter. She grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina and has lived close to her hometown for most of her life. She now lives in Dunn, North Carolina with her husband, and a tiny, heart stealing Yorkshire terrier, named Mister.

Follow Donna Everhart Online:

www.DonnaEverhart.com

https://sites.kensingtonbooks.com/moonshinersdaughter/

Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/donnadaviseverhart/

Instagram: https://instagram.com/donnaeve2

Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/wordstogobuy

Pick up your copy of The Moonshiner’s Daughter Today on Amazon  or wherever books are sold.

Let me know, have you read Donna Everhart?

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda