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Book Review- If you Must Know by Jamie Beck

I am so pleased to bring you my Book review of If You Must Know by Jamie Beck!

Release Date 6/1/20

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About the Book:

Life turns upside down for two sisters in Wall Street Journal bestselling author Jamie Beck’s emotional novel about how secrets and differences can break—or bind—a family.

Sisters Amanda Foster and Erin Turner have little in common except the childhood bedroom they once shared and the certainty each feels that her way of life is best. Amanda follows the rules—at the school where she works; in her community; and as a picture-perfect daughter, wife, and mother-to-be. Erin follows her heart—in love and otherwise—living a bohemian lifestyle on a shoestring budget and honoring her late father’s memory with a passion for music and her fledgling bath-products business.

The sisters are content leading separate but happy lives in their hometown of Potomac Point until everything is upended by lies that force them to confront unsettling truths about their family, themselves, and each other. For sisters as different as these two, building trust doesn’t come easily—especially with one secret still between them—but it may be the only way to save their family.

Miss W’s Review:

5 Stars from Miss W !!!!

Let me first say that I have been a fan of Jamie Beck’s romances for quite some time.  I would classify If You Must Know as women’s fiction. But do not worry! There is romance in this book and a bit of suspense along with a story about sisters with a strong complicated family dynamic throughout the book. 

I LOVE stories about sisters. I love my sister so much , but we are different. 

Amanda Foster and Erin Turner are totally different. The author does an excellent job of writing well crafted, complicated, flawed relatable characters. 

The plot is well developed and I was rapidly turning the page to see what would happen next. I really enjoyed the evolution of the characters relationship with each other as their bond that was once almost broken begins to mend. 

A great read, If You Must Know is Book 1 in the Potomac Point Series and I cannot wait to read the next book and see what happens next. 

About the Author:

Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author Jamie Beck’s realistic and heartwarming stories have sold more than two 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,” “uplifting,” 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.

Pre-order your copy of If You Must Know HERE  and let me know what you think!

 

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

 

 

 

 

Book Review- The Ruby of the Sea

I am pleased to bring you my review for The Ruby of the Sea by Peggy Lampman as part of the book blog tour with Suzy Approved Book Tours.

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About the Book:

From the award-winning author of The Promise Kitchen comes a riveting new story of twin sisters caught in their mother’s crosshairs on what to do about their disturbed younger sister.

Lush with devastating secrets, lies, romance and psychological drama…”You tell me about a family without a certain amount of dysfunction, and I’ll tell you that family is lying.”

After aimlessly traveling the country for fifteen years, Linnea Chandler returns to her hometown of Key West, Florida keeping the genesis of a life-altering phobia to herself–not a good idea, as she comes to find out. The 19th Century lighthouse that she, her parents and two sisters call home also has a troubled past, carrying the frightening myth that eerily mirrors the mystery of her younger sister today. Should Linnea run while she can?

The women must decide to what extremes they are willing to go to protect their secrets. Ignore the brutality behind the retrieval of spoils from a fatal shipwreck in 1857? Defy a 2017 hurricane threatening to pummel their town? And when their world is upended, do the women have the strength to move forward?

Miss W’s Review: 

A 5 Star READ! 

The Ruby of the Sea is a POWERFUL book. This books is a well crafted book that is expertly written and and deals with some heavy mental health topics such as sexual abuse and bipolar disorder. This is a story about family and sisters, three sisters to be exact. A compelling story about three sisters and the love they share for each other, but also the secrets they hold. The story is written in alternating perspectives of each of the sisters POV.

This endearing, powerful book will take you on an emotional ride that had me crying as I anxiously turned the pages to read more of these powerful women’s story and the heartbreak that mental illness has taken on in their lives. I cried for them and for me, as I have experienced much of what the author so respectfully represented in the sisters story.

There are some funny moments along with the endearing family dynamics between the sisters.

Key West was a great backdrop for this story and I really enjoyed reading about the 19th Century Lighthouse Legend.

About the Author:

Peggy Lampman is the award-winning, best-selling author of THE PROMISE KITCHEN and THE WELCOME HOME DINER, both published by Lake Union Publishing.

Her passion is writing novels that break down familial and cultural barriers. For her, creating a cast to populate a story is one of the great, cathartic joys of writing. Of particular pleasure is developing flawed characters-living in and reconciling with-the shadows cast by their equally flawed parents.

She was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, summa cum laude, from the University of Michigan. After graduating, she moved to New York City, where she worked as a copywriter and photographer for Hill and Knowlton, a public relations firm. She moved back to Ann Arbor, her college town, and opened up a specialty foods store, The Back Alley Gourmet. After selling the store, she wrote under a weekly food byline in The Ann Arbor News and MLive.

Her free time is spent reading, binge-watching NetFlix, herding kids and indulging in her fascination with Big Green Egg cult cookery. To learn more about her releases (and see what she’s eating!), visit her author page,(peggylampmanbooks) and subscribe to her blog: http://www.dinnerfeed.com.

Pick up your copy of this incredible novel HERE!

Until the next chapter,

 

Wilfrieda

Book Review- Life is a 4-Letter Word

Welcome to my stop on the book blog tour with Suzy Approved Book Tours for Life is a 4-Letter Word by Dr. David A. Levy

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Honestly, this is  a book the world NEEDS right now. With the uncertain times, we need to laugh and feel inspired and positive and that’s what this book will do for you!!!! 

About the Book:

Laugh and Learn with These Life Lessons

Insights from a veteran psychologist: Dr. David Levy is a media consultant who has appeared on over 70 television and radio broadcasts, from CNN to National Geographic, to provide psychological perspectives on current events. His previous works have been published internationally, many of them becoming bestsellers. In this book, Levy approaches readers on a more personal level but carries the same expertise that he’s shared with viewers and listeners worldwide.

Valuable life lessons: Levy’s book takes a different approach than others in the self-help genre. Rather than being instructional, Levy shares bits of wisdom through telling his own stories. In other words, he offers life lessons without lecturing or preaching. Written in a style that is engaging and humorous, readers will find relatable truths in Levy’s uplifting stories and wise advice.

A journey to wisdom: The path to living a smarter lifestyle is not always smooth. Levy encourages readers to embrace all the feelings his book may bring out as they read his stories, from laughing to wincing, and learning along the way. Discover the power of positive thinking as Levy shares a lifetime journey of personal reflections, growth, and wisdom.

Dive into Dr. David Levy’s latest book, Life Is a 4-Letter Word, and find…

  • 40 autobiographical essays, each one containing a relatable and applicable life lesson
  • A unique source of both humor and inspiration that reassures readers that life is good
  • A self-help book for men and women from a published professional in psychology

If books such as You are a BadassThe Subtle Art of Not Giving a F—Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, and Sometimes You Win—Sometimes You Learn have interested you, then Life Is a 4-Letter Word should be your next read!

Miss W’s Review:

I really enjoyed Life is a 4-Letter Word.

The writing style of a series of 40 short essays makes for a easy, fun , albeit inspiring read.

The chapters all held a positive theme with a “moral of the story” that was written in language that was easy to understand.

This book is one that I will go back to time and time again as it is timeless in the positivity that we all need in our lives.

About the Author:

Dr. David A. Levy has extensive experience as a teacher, therapist, writer, and researcher. He is a Professor of Psychology at Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology, where he has been teaching graduate courses since 1986. He received his B.A. degree in theater arts from UCLA, a M.A. degree in psychology from Pepperdine University, a second M.A. degree in psychology from UCLA, and his Ph.D. in psychology from UCLA, where he specialized in social psychology, with minors in psychological assessment and personality psychology. He served as a Visiting Professor of Psychology in the Soviet Union, where he delivered lectures and workshops in psychology and psychotherapy at Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) State University, the Leningrad Academy of Science, and the Bekhterev Psychoneurological Institute. He was honored as a Harriet and Charles Luckman Distinguished Teaching Fellow and the Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence at Pepperdine, and was a recipient of the Shepard Ivory Franz Distinguished Teaching Award and Charles F. Scott Fellowship at UCLA.

Dr. Levy holds professional licenses both in psychology and in marriage and family therapy. He has worked in a wide range of private practice and inpatient psychiatric settings, he has supervised clinical interns, and he has utilized his expertise in psychological testing (particularly the MMPI) in forensic cases.

Pick up your copy of LIfe is a 4 Letter Word HERE  !

I know you will love this book during this uncertain time.

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

 

 

Book Review- Cancer is for Old(er) People

I am thrilled to bring you my stop on the book tour with Suzy Approved Book Tours for Cancer is for Old(er) People by Brett M. Cordes, Amy Calkins Teague, and Kyle Moses .

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About the Book:

 Recounting his experience with cancer as a 19-year-old boy, Brett Cordes shares his extraordinary journey, including all of the nitty gritty details that one may not ordinarily hear when reading about others’ battles with cancer. His childhood friend, Amy Calkins Teague, discusses Brett’s journey from her perspective, as well as the experiences from her own fight against ovarian cancer. From their diagnosis to their ultimate recovery from the disease, Brett and Amy share their story- proving that cancer does not have to define you. Another of Brett’s friends, Kyle Moses, offers his own story in describing his journey through this all-too-familiar struggle with the disease. With key pieces of advice and inspirational stories, this novel helps those not only battling cancer to keep pushing forward, but those caregivers, friends and family who have loved ones who are sick.

Release Date: 2/7/2020

Miss W’s Review:

5 Stars. I don’t think my review can possibly do this book justice, I can only hope you will pick up this book and see how wonderful it is for yourself and your family members. 

This is a book that I found very interesting and enjoyed, as much as you can enjoy a book about cancer. The author shares his experiences, both good and bad with his battle with cancer starting at the young age of 19. Additionally the author’s friends also share their personal stories about cancer and how it affected them.

As a cancer survivor, this was an inspiring read. The author gives advice for those battling cancer and their loved ones. The author does a good job demonstrating his authentic voice with his experiences that are real and raw yet heartwarming.

I WISH this book was available when I was battling cancer. My motto has always been that “cancer is not who you are, it is what happened to you” and the authors inspiration that Cancer should not define you is one that I related to.

I am grateful to be in remission and I am grateful for those that came before me and came after me.

This is a must read for anyone. Everyone is impacted by cancer one way or another and this book is written in a way that is inspiring and uplifting and real.

About the Author:

Brett M. Cordes is an otolaryngologist and head and neck surgeon in Houston, Texas. He has established a ten-year practice in and around the Texas Medical Center. After having fought cancer at the age of 19, Cordes was inspired to become a doctor. Additionally, his experiences with cancer as a friend, patient, and physician alike have led to the writing of this book. He hopes to help and inspire others fighting the same battle as well.

Pick up your copy HERE  and let me know what you think.

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

Book Review- Island Affair by Priscilla Oliveras

I am so excited to bring you my review of Island Affair by one of my very favorite authors, Priscilla Oliveras. Island Affair is the first book in a new “Keys to Love” Series!

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About the Book:

Release Date: 4/28/2020

Kensington Publishing Corp.

Sought-after social media influencer Sara Vance, in recovery from an eating disorder, is coming into her own, with a potential career expansion on the horizon. Despite the good news, her successful siblings (and their perfect spouses) have a way of making her feel like the odd one out. So, when her unreliable boyfriend is a no-show for a Florida family vacation, Sara recruits Luis Navarro—a firefighter paramedic and dive captain willing to play the part of her smitten fiancé . . .

Luis’s big Cuban familia has been in Key West for generations, and his quiet strength feeds off the island’s laidback style. Though guarded after a deep betrayal, he’ll always help someone in need—especially a spunky beauty with a surprising knowledge of Spanish curse words. Soon, he and Sara have memorized their “how we met” story and are immersed in family dinners, bike tours, private snorkeling trips . . . sharing secrets, and slow, melting kisses. But when it’s time for Sara to return home, will their fake relationship fade like the stunning sunset . . . or blossom into something beautiful?

Miss W’s Review:

Island Affair by Priscilla Oliveras is a stand out romance that literally stole my heart.

First of all, the author nails the fake fiancé trope, one of my favorites!

The characters were complex, flawed and well fleshed out. I really loved Sara and Luiz’s story.

Sara Vance is a social media influencer and heads to Key West to meet with her mom and celebrate that her mom has overcome cancer. Her boyfriend was supposed to be there with her, but cuts out .

Can we talk about the greatest Meet Cute?
Sarah is in the airport crying and in walks Luiz, a Firefighter whose home is in Key West and she asks him to fill in for her boyfriend, just for a week.

The author has an incredible gift for descriptive writing and the description of Key West and Mallory Square was so fantastic, I felt like I was immersed in the island with my toes in the sand. I cannot forget the food! The descriptions of the food were fantastic and I was craving a cuban sandwich more than once.

I appreciate more than I can possibly say how the author handled the topics of cancer, eating disorders and mental health and how Sara and Luiz dealt with these issues.

Another theme that I really enjoyed while reading the story was forgiveness, forgiving ourselves and others around us and how this can impact our relationships.

An incredible romance read that was so much more. I look forward to reading the next book in this fantastic Keys to Love Series.

About the Author:

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PRISCILLA OLIVERAS is a USA Today bestselling author and 2018 RWA® RITA® double finalist who writes contemporary romance with a Latinx flavor. She and her work have earned praise from the Washington Post, New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Redbook, Publishers Weekly, and Booklist, amongst others. Priscilla earned her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University and currently serves as adjunct faculty in the program and teaches the online class “Romance Writing” for ed2go. While she’s a devotee of the romance genre, Priscilla also considers herself a sports fan, beach lover, and Zumba aficionado, who often practices the art of napping in her backyard hammock.

To follow along on her fun-filled and hectic life, visit her on the web at prisoliveras.com, on Twitter via @prisoliveras or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/prisoliveras/.

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Pre Order your copy of Island Affair HERE!!!

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

Book Review- The Last Bathing Suit Beauty

It brings me great joy to be a Tall Poppy Blogger.

Today on the blog I have a review of The Last Bathing Suit Beauty by Amy Sue Nathan!!!

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About the Book: 

Publication Date: 4/1/2020

A former beauty queen faces the secrets of her past—for herself and the sake of her family’s future—in a heartfelt novel about fate, choices, and second chances.

Everything seemed possible in the summer of 1951. Back then Betty Stern was an eighteen-year-old knockout working at her grandparents’ lakeside resort. The “Catskills of the Midwest” was the perfect place for Betty to prepare for bigger things. She’d head to college in New York City. Her career as a fashion editor would flourish. But first, she’d enjoy a wondrous last summer at the beach falling deeply in love with an irresistible college boy and competing in the annual Miss South Haven pageant. On the precipice of a well-planned life, Betty’s future was limitless.

Decades later, the choices of that long-ago season still reverberate for Betty, now known as Boop. Especially when her granddaughter comes to her with a dilemma that echoes Boop’s memories of first love, broken hearts, and faraway dreams. It’s time to finally face the past—for the sake of her family and her own happiness. Maybe in reconciling the life she once imagined with the life she’s lived, Boop will discover it’s never too late for a second chance.

Miss W’s Review:

The Last Bathing Beauty is a gem of a novel! I was transported back to the summer of 1951 in South Haven, Michigan, an area that is on Lake Michigan.

We meet Betty Claire Stern spending the last summer before college at the family’s summer resort. Not only is romance on her mind but she is competing in a beauty pageant.

I really enjoyed the alternating timeline between 1951 and 2017 reading about Betty in her 80’s.

There are family secrets to discover as the story unfolds.

The descriptive writing puts me right there in the story of a time when life was slower and simpler.

The characters are complex, complicated and incredibly endearing.

I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it!

About the Author:

Amy Sue Nathan is the author of LEFT TO CHANCE, THE GOOD NEIGHBOR, AND THE GLASS WIVES, all published by St. Martin’s Press. She is the founder of the award-winning Women’s Fiction Writers blog, leads writing workshops, and works as an online book coach and freelance editor. Amy’s stories and essays have appeared in print and online in more than two dozen publications.

Amy lives in the Philadelphia area and is the proud mom of two grown children. Her fourth novel, THE LAST BATHING BEAUTY, will be published in 2020.

Pick up your copy of The Last Bathing Beauty on Amazon !

Want to know more about the Tall Poppy Authors?

Visit their website https://tallpoppies.org/

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

 

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