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Book Review- Lily Rose by Deborah Robinson

On the blog today I am reviewing Lily Rose by Deborah Robinson for Suzy Approved Book Tours!

About the Book:

Release Date: 8/25/20

Is blood truly thicker than water? After a desperate search for her birth mother, fashionista Lily Rose is forced to confront her turbulent past.

Love has set the tone for most of Lily Rose’s young life in Cumberland Falls, high in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky. But her perfect world falls apart when her beloved adopted parents are tragically killed and she is sent to live at Red Rose Farm, in the Bluegrass. Lily starts high school and meets her first love, who introduces the idea of a much bigger world to Lily. This relationship spurs her to pursue the grit and glamour of the New York fashion world and a marriage that will nearly cause her demise.

Lily Rose follows Lily as she grows into a New York fashion icon and battles abuse, power struggles, and infertility. In the shadows, we learn about the young woman who gave Lily up and how they will collide. Lily Rose is about love and marriage, infidelity, infertility, and identity. It also calls into questions the old adages blood is thicker than water and nothing is more important than family. Will Lily Rose ever find what she has been searching for? And most importantly, will she be able to stay true to herself in the process?

Miss W’s Review:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Lily Rose is by Deborah Robinson is based on true events. I very much enjoyed this book it was heartbreaking as much as it was inspiring.

The timeline that alternates between the past and present, 30 years apart help to tell the story of Lily Rose and the different events in her life.

Lily was adopted at six months old and lived a happy life until at age 13 her parents are killed in a fatal accident and she is sent to live with her aunts and uncles. She has a dream to go to the big city to have a career in fashion.

This is a well written story with complex, fleshed out characters that I very much enjoyed.

About the Author:

Deborah Robinson is a fashion and lifestyle expert regularly appearing on the fifteen top media markets nationally and on cable talk shows. Previously, she was the national spokesperson for Petite Sophisticates, a retail chain of 350 specialty stores. She appeared regularly on national and regional television, as well as QVC, offering wardrobe and lifestyle trends. She was a contributing editor to Homes & Lifestyles Magazine and Palm Beach Style Magazine, and a regular fashion reporter for the WXIA NBC affiliate in Atlanta, GA. She was also the national fashion coordinator for Sarah Coventry, the largest costume jewelry company in the world. She lives in Palm Beach, Florida.

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

Book Review- The Trebors by Caroline C. Barney

I am SO beyond thrilled to bring you my review of The Trebors by Caroline C. Barney on book blogger tour for Suzy Approved Book Tours.

About the Book:

Release Date: June 1, 2020

50% of the proceeds from EVERY book sold will be donated to Save The Children

About The Book: 

Series: Trebor Tales (Book 1)

“A girl from a race of tree-dwellers must brave the dangers that lie outside her home to save the people she loves most from certain doom.”

Bori is ravaged, the earth scorched, homes destroyed. Stella longs for the days of peace, where Trebors danced and sang, where her tree home held all she needed. Now devastation surrounds her and worse yet, her father is missing. He didn’t make it home before the storm ripped through the land. The devastated forest calls Stella to journey into it, to look for her father, and face down whatever hides in its deep crevices. But a shifting shape of evil lurks nearby and threatens to destroy everything she knows and loves.

Miss W’s Review:

5 Magical Stars!

The Trebors is an INCREDIBLE magical book ! This book is perfect for middle age children but will be loved by ages of all readers!

The Trebors are magical creatures who reside in a tree in the forest.
Stella, Snu and Ebert have to leave their home when a huge storm hits the forest and Stella’s father has gone missing. Stella’s father went out to get supplies.

That is when the real adventure begins and also the danger begins.

The writing is magical and uplifting. The characters are unique and well written.

⁣This is a magical fantasy book that I loved so much.

About the Author:

CAROLINE C. BARNEY was born in England, moved to Connecticut as a child, and now lives there with her husband, two daughters, and crazy dog. Before wrangling this busy crew and becoming a writer, she lived in NYC and worked in advertising. Today, she loves creating adventure in fiction and in life, as long as it includes being with the people she loves. THE TREBORS is her debut novel, and she is excited to share the next books in the series soon! https://www.carolinebarney.com/

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

Book Review- The Fourteenth of September by Rita Dragonette

I am pleased to bring you my review of The Fourteenth of September by Rita Dragonette for Suzy Approved Book Tours.


About The Book:

On September 14, 1969, Private First Class Judy Talton celebrated her nineteenth birthday by secretly joining the campus anti-Vietnam War movement. In doing so, she jeopardizes both the army scholarship that will secure her future and her relationship with her military family. But Judy’s doubts have escalated with the travesties of the war. Who is she if she stays in the army? What is she if she leaves?

When the first date pulled in the Draft Lottery turns up as her birthday, she realizes that if she were a man, she’d have been Number One―off to Vietnam with an under-fire life expectancy of six seconds. The stakes become clear, propelling her toward a life-altering choice as fateful as that of any draftee.

The Fourteenth of September portrays a pivotal time at the peak of the Vietnam War through the rare perspective of a young woman, tracing her path of self-discovery and a “Coming of Conscience.” Judy’s story speaks to the poignant clash of young adulthood, early feminism, and war, offering an ageless inquiry into the domestic politics of protest when the world stops making sense.

Miss W’s Review:

5 Stars!

The Fourteenth of September by Rita Dragonette is an incredible work of historical fiction set in the time of the Vietnam War. The author does an incredible job of portraying the chaos that was America at this time.

Judy Talton is attending college on a Army scholarship, yet she secretly participates in the anti-war movement on campus. At this time as a 19 year old, she is literally living two different lives. This unique perspective becomes even more complicated as the draft lottery is installed at her school. The first date called was her birthday and if she had been a man she would of been called to war.

The character of Judy is a unique perspective as most written works of this time period are from a man’s perspective. The story is well written, emotional and captivating.

A MUST read!

About The Author:

RITA DRAGONETTE is a former award-winning public relations executive turned author. Her debut novel, “The Fourteenth of September,” is a woman’s story of Vietnam which was published by She Writes Press on Sept. 18, 2018. She is currently working on two other novels and a memoir in essays, all of which are based upon her interest in the impact of war on and through women, as well as on her transformative generation. She also regularly hosts literary salons to introduce new works to avid readers. Fore more, visit www.ritadragonette.com

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

Book Review- Truth of the Matter by Jamie Beck

On the blog today I have a review of Truth of the Matter by Jamie Beck!

About the Book:

Publication Date : 9/22/2020 Montlake Publishers

Seventeen years ago, two pink stripes on a pregnancy test changed Anne Sullivan’s life. She abandoned her artistic ambitions, married her college sweetheart before graduation, and—like the mother she lost in childhood—devoted herself to her family. To say she didn’t see the divorce coming is an understatement. Now, eager to distance herself from her ex and his lover, she moves with her troubled daughter, Katy, to the quaint bayside town of Potomac Point, where she spent her childhood summers.

But her fresh start stalls when the contractor renovating her grandparents’ old house discovers a vintage recipe box containing hints about her beloved grandmother’s hidden past. Despite the need to move forward, Anne is drawn into exploring the mysterious clues about the woman she’s always trusted. Gram’s dementia is making that harder, and the stakes intensify when Katy’s anxieties take an alarming turn. Amid the turmoil, uncovered secrets shatter past beliefs, forcing each woman to confront her deepest fears in order to save herself

Miss W’s Review:

5 stars from Miss W!

Truth of the Matter by Jamie Beck is Book 2 in the Potomac Point Series.
This story is a stand alone novel, but I very much enjoyed the first book,

“If You Must Know”.

The author does a fantastic job of writing in the women’s fiction genre.


There are several difficult issues addressed in this book: divorce, depression, infidelity and dementia.


The family dynamics are written so well especially the mother daughter relationship.

The story is told in three points of view from three different generations: Marie, Anne and Katy.

The characters are well written, complex, complicated and flawed.

The story is one that I could not put down and really enjoyed.

I look forward to more books from this fantastic author.

About the Author:

Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author Jamie Beck’s realistic and heartwarming stories have sold more than three million copies. She is a two-time Booksellers’ Best Award finalist, a National Readers’ Choice Award winner, and critics at Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and Booklist have respectively called her work “smart,” “poignant,” and “entertaining.” In addition to writing novels, she enjoys dancing around the kitchen while cooking and hitting the slopes in Vermont and Utah. Above all, she is a grateful wife and mother to a very patient, supportive family.

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

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

Book Review- The Moon is Missing by Jenni Ogden

On the blog today I am reviewing The Moon is Missing by Jenni Ogden for Suzy Approved Book Tours!

About The Book:

Release Date : August 25, 2020

Georgia Grayson has perfected the art of being two people: a neurosurgeon on track to becoming the first female Director of Neurosurgery at a large London hospital, and a wife and mother. Home is her haven where, with husband Adam’s support, she copes with her occasional anxiety attacks. That is until her daughter, 15-year-old Lara, demands to know more about Danny, her mysterious biological father from New Orleans who died before she was born. “Who was he? Why did he die? WHO AM I?” Trouble is, Georgia can’t tell her. As escalating panic attacks prevent her from operating, and therapy fails to bring back the memories she has repressed, fractures rip through her once happy family. Georgia sees only one way forward; to return to New Orleans where Danny first sang his way into her heart, and then to the rugged island where he fell to his death. Somehow she must uncover the truth Lara deserves, whatever the cost. 

Miss W’s Review:

5 Stars!

The Moon is Missing is a fantastic domestic drama. The story’s setting changes between grabbed me, London, New Orleans and New Zealand.

The timeline alternates between present day and the past during the time of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in the summer of 2005.

Georgia is a Neurosurgeon and her daughter Lara is very much interested in finding out more about her father, Danny. The two get caught in Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans while there on a work conference for Georgia.

I appreciate the way in which the author handled the topic of mental illness and specifically panic attacks that had a profound impact on Georgia and her ability to perform surgery.

The most striking part of the novel for me were the descriptions of the people and the places during Hurricane Katrina. That is something that really touched me on a very deep level.

The characters were well written and flawed. The story line flowed well especially with the different locations.

This book was such a joy to read, and I definitely recommend it to others.

About The Author: 

Jenni Ogden and her husband live off-grid on spectacular Great Barrier Island, 100 kms off the coast of New Zealand, a perfect place to write and for grandchildren to spend their holidays. Winters are spent near a beach in Far North Tropical Queensland. Jenni’s debut novel, A Drop in the Ocean, won multiple awards and has sold over 80,000 copies. As a clinical neuropsychologist, she is well-known for her books featuring her patients’ moving stories: Fractured Minds: A Case-Study Approach to Clinical Neuropsychology, and Trouble In Mind: Stories from a Neuropsychologist’s Casebook. Author website:http://www.jenniogden.com/ Newsletter: http://www.jenniogden.com/newsletter.htm

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

Book Review: Until I Find You by Rea Frey

On the blog today I am reviewing Until I Find You by Rea Frey on Book Blogger Tour for Suzy Approved Book Tours !!!!

About The Book: 

Release Date: August 11, 2020

In Until I Find You, celebrated author Rea Frey brings you her most explosive, emotional, taut domestic drama yet about the powerful bond between mothers and children…and how far one woman will go to bring her son home.

Since Rebecca Gray was diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease, everything in her life consists of numbers. Each day her world grows a little darker and each step becomes a little more dangerous.

Following days of feeling like someone’s watching her, Bec awakes at home to the cries of her son in his nursery. When it’s clear he’s not going to settle, Bec goes to check on him.

She reaches in. Picks him up.

But he’s not her son.

And no one believes her.

One woman’s desperate search for her son . . .

In a world where seeing is believing, Bec must rely on her own conviction and a mother’s instinct to uncover the truth about what happened to her baby and bring him home for good.

Miss W’s Review:

5 Stars!!!!

I really enjoyed Until I Find You. This was a page turner! This is the first book I have read by this author but it will not be the last!

Rebecca (Bec) is a new widow taking care of, or trying to take care of her three month old. Adding a little oil to the fire, she is almost blind from a progressive eye disease.

Bec starts taking sleeping pills to get some rest, what new mom wouldn’t? Her friends are watching the baby so everything should be okay?

When she wakes up the baby in the crib is NOT her baby according to Bec.

That’s when the crazy ride starts . This book is SO good! OMG !

This is a well written domestic suspense that will have you questioning everything you read, in the best possible way.
The characters are complex, flawed, and well fleshed out.

Perfectly paced with twists at every turn, I highly recommend this book and this new to me author! 

About The Author: 

Rea Frey is the celebrated author of Not Her Daughter, Because You’re Mine, and Until I Find You. She also is the founder and CEO of Writeway, where aspiring writers become published authors. To learn more, please visit www.reafrey.com  or www.writewayco.com .

Social Media:

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

Instagram: https://instagram.com/reafrey

Twitter: @ReaFrey_Author

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

Book Review- Remote: Finding Home in the Bitterroots by D. J. Lee

I am pleased to bring you my review of Remote: Finding Home in the Bitterroots by D.J. Lee on Book Blogger Tour for Suzy Approved Book Reviews.

About The Book: 


Release Date: March 15, 2020

First Place (Memoir) • Idaho Writers Guild 2020 Competition

When DJ Lee’s dear friend vanishes in the vast Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness of Idaho and Montana, she travels there to seek answers. The journey unexpectedly brings to an end her fifteen-year quest to uncover the buried history of her family in this remote place. Although Lee doesn’t find all the answers, she comes away with a penetrating memoir that weaves her present-day story with past excursions into the region, wilderness history, and family secrets.

As she grapples with wild animal stand-offs, bush plane flights in dense fog, raging forest fires, and strange characters who have come to the wilderness to seek or hide, Lee learns how she can survive emotionally and how the wilderness survives as an ecosystem. Her growing knowledge of the life cycles of salmon and wolverine, the regenerative role of fire, and Nimíipuu land practices helps her find intimacy in this remote landscape.

Skillfully intertwining history, outdoor adventure, and mystery, Lee’s memoir is an engaging contribution to the growing body of literature on women and wilderness and a lyrical tribute to the spiritual connection between people and the natural world.

Miss W’s Review:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Remote Finding Home in the Bitterroots is a captivating beautifully written memoir.

Though I live in Maine, I am not much of a nature person though we have miles and miles of trails and wilderness to explore. However, while reading this memoir, the writing was so authentic and descriptive I felt as thought I was right there in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness.

DJ expertly writes about the disappearance of her friend and the death of her grandmother. Her grandmother left behind a secret box and this sends DJ on a journey to understand who she is and what her place is in the wilderness.

There are questions yet to be answered after reading this book, but as it is a memoir, I think that is true of any story.

I very much enjoyed the pictures that were included in the book that helped to bring the story to life and picture what the wilderness looked like.

I was pleased to find out that the profits from the sale of this memoir will be donated to the Connie Saylor Johnson Wilderness Education Fund.

About The Author: 

DJ LEE is Regents Professor of literature and creative writing at Washington State University. Her creative work includes over thirty award-winning non-fiction pieces in magazines and anthologies. She has published eight books on literature, history, and the environment, including The Land Speaks. Lee is director of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness History Project and a scholar-fellow at the Black Earth Institute. Find her at http://debbiejlee.com/

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

Book Review- The Book of CarolSue by Lynne Hugo

I am thrilled to bring you my review for The Book of CarolSue by Lynne Hugo for Suzy Approved Book Tours!

About The Book:

Release Date: August 25, 2020

Kensington Book Publishing

Award-winning author Lynne Hugo returns with a life-affirming, poignant novel in the spirit of A Man Called Ove—a story brimming with both wit and warmth about how a family gets on . . . and goes on.

CarolSue and her sister, Louisa, are best friends, but haven’t had much in common since CarolSue married Charlie, moved to Atlanta, and swapped shoes covered with Indiana farm dust for pedicures and afternoon bridge. Louisa, meanwhile, loves her farm and animals as deeply as she’d loved Harold, her late husband of forty years.

Charlie’s sudden death leaves CarolSue so adrift that she surrenders to Louisa’s plan for her to move back home. But canning vegetables and feeding chickens are alien to CarolSue, and she resolves to return to Atlanta—until Louisa’s son, Reverend Gary, arrives with an abandoned infant and a dubious story. He begs the women to look after the baby while he locates the mother—a young immigrant who fears deportation.

Keeping his own secrets, Gary enlists the aid of the sheriff, Gus, in the search. But CarolSue’s bond with the baby is undeniable, and she forms an unconventional secret plan of her own. How many mistakes can be redeemed?

Miss W’s Review:

5 Stars!

The Book of Carolsue is a well written story about sisters. I love to read stories about sisters. I think it’s because of the love I have for my sister.

I also really enjoy the fact that the main characters are older, in their 60’s in fact.

Louisa and Carolsue are sisters that are very different. The characters are complex, flawed and well fleshed out.

The author has a wonderful way of dealing with sensitive topics such as grief and immigrants.

A well rounded story that will stay with me .

About The Author:

Lynne is a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship recipient who has also received grants from the Ohio Arts Council and the Kentucky Foundation for Women. Her memoir, Where The Trail Grows Faint, won the Riverteeth Literary Nonfiction Book Prize and her novel, A Matter of Mercy, received the 2015 Independent Publishers Silver Medal for Best North-East Fiction. She has published eight novels, one of which became a Lifetime Original Movie of the Month. Through the Ohio Arts Council’s renowned Arts in Education program, Lynne has taught creative writing to hundreds of schoolchildren.

Born and educated in New England, Lynne and her husband live in Ohio with a yellow Lab feared by squirrels in a three state area. Scout excels at barking and playing tennis ball shortstop.https://www.lynnehugo.com/

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

Book Review- Etiquette for Runaways by Liza Nash Taylor

I am pleased to bring you my review for Etiquette for Runaways by Liza Nash Taylor for Suzy Approved Book Tours.

About the Book:

Release Date August 18, 2020

A sweeping Jazz Age tale of regret, ambition, and redemption inspired by true events, including the Great Moonshine Conspiracy Trial of 1935 and Josephine Baker’s 1925 Paris debut in Le Revue Nègre.

1924. May Marshall is determined to spend the dog days of summer in self-imposed exile at her father’s farm in Keswick, Virginia. Following a naive dalliance that led to heartbreak and her expulsion from Mary Baldwin College, May returns home with a shameful secret only to find her father’s orchard is now the site of a lucrative moonshining enterprise. Despite warnings from the one man she trusts—her childhood friend Byrd—she joins her father’s illegal business. When authorities close in and her father, Henry, is arrested, May goes on the run.

May arrives in New York City, determined to reinvent herself as May Valentine and succeed on her own terms, following her mother’s footsteps as a costume designer. The Jazz Age city glitters with both opportunity and the darker temptations of cocaine and nightlife. From a start mending sheets at the famed Biltmore Hotel, May falls into a position designing costumes for a newly formed troupe of African American entertainers bound for Paris. Reveling in her good fortune, May will do anything for the chance to go abroad, and the lines between right and wrong begin to blur. When Byrd shows up in New York, intent upon taking May back home, she pushes him, and her past, away.

In Paris, May’s run of luck comes to a screeching halt, spiraling her into darkness as she unravels a painful secret about her past. May must make a choice: surrender to failure and addiction, or face the truth and make amends to those she has wronged. But first, she must find self-forgiveness before she can try to reclaim what her heart craves most.

Miss W’s Review:

5 Stars!

Etiquette for Runaways by Liza Nash Taylor is a captivating debut novel that does not feel read or feel like a debut novel.

In this story we meet May in a story set in the 1920’s. I really enjoyed this story that was set in multiple locales: Virginia, New York, and Paris. The 1920’s was such an incredible time period riddled with glamour and crime and everything in between.

This story is a coming of age well written and researched story. The timeline alternates between the past and present.

The vivid imagery created immersed me into this book and the setting of the 1920’s. The author tackles addiction, alcoholism and one’s feeling of worth in a captivating way.

A MUST read for fans of historical fiction.

Highly recommend .

About the Author:

The farmhouse where Liza Nash Taylor lives in Keswick, Virginia, with her family and dogs was built in 1825, and it is the opening setting of ETIQUETTE FOR RUNAWAYS. She writes in the old bunkhouse, with the occasional black snake and a view of the Southwest Mountains. In 2018, Liza completed the MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Art and was named a Hawthornden International Fellow.  She was the 2016 winner of the San Miguel Writer’s Conference Fiction Prize. Her short stories have appeared in Microchondria II,(an anthology by the Harvard Bookstore), Gargoyle Magazine, and others.

ETIQUETTE FOR RUNAWAYS is her first novel. Look for her second, stand-alone sequel, in 2021, also from Blackstone Publishing. For more visit, www.lizanashtaylor.com .

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

Book Review- Last of the Moon Girls by Barbara Davis

Welcome to my stop on the book blogger tour for Last of the Moon Girls by Barbara Davis for Suzy Approved Book Tours!

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About The Book: 

Release Date: August 1, 2020

Lizzy Moon never wanted Moon Girl Farm. Eight years ago, she left the land that nine generations of gifted healers had tended, determined to distance herself from the whispers about her family’s strange legacy. But when her beloved grandmother Althea dies, Lizzy must return and face the tragedy still hanging over the farm’s withered lavender fields: the unsolved murders of two young girls, and the cruel accusations that followed Althea to her grave.

Lizzy wants nothing more than to sell the farm and return to her life in New York, until she discovers a journal Althea left for her—a Book of Remembrances meant to help Lizzy embrace her own special gifts. When she reconnects with Andrew Greyson, one of the few in town who believed in Althea’s innocence, she resolves to clear her grandmother’s name.

But to do so, she’ll have to decide if she can accept her legacy and whether to follow in the footsteps of all the Moon women who came before her.

Miss W’s Review:

5 Stars!

The Last of the Moon Girls is an incredibly beautiful story that I never wanted to end.

I love when a novel is not afraid to cross genres. This novel has everything you would want in a mystery, family dynamics, magic and some history to boot!

I was hooked from the beginning of the book when two girls dead bodies were found . The main suspect is Althea Moon.

The characters were delightfully written and well fleshed out.

The story is captivating and complex. The literary imagery was fantastic.

The story flowed so well .

A little romance, a little magic, and a murder mystery that kept me captivated from page one!

About The Author: 

Barbara Davis spent more than a decade as an executive in the jewelry business before leaving the corporate world to pursue her lifelong passion for writing. She is the author of When Never Comes, Summer at Hideaway Key, The Wishing Tide, The Secrets She Carried, and Love, Alice. A Jersey girl raised in the south, Barbara now lives in Rochester, New Hampshire, with her husband, Tom, and their beloved ginger cat, Simon. She’s currently working on her next book. Visit her at https://barbaradavis-author.com/

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda