Tall Poppy Book Review-Meet Me in Monaco

I am so pleased to bring you my stop on the Tall Poppy Bloggers book tour for Meet Me in Monaco by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb.

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About the Book:

Set in the 1950s against the backdrop of Grace Kelly’s whirlwind romance and glamourous wedding to Prince Rainier of Monaco, New York Times bestselling author Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb take the reader on an evocative sun-drenched journey along the Côte d’Azur…

Movie stars and paparazzi flock to Cannes for the glamorous film festival, but Grace Kelly, the biggest star of all, wants only to escape from the flash-bulbs. When struggling perfumer Sophie Duval shelters Miss Kelly in her boutique, fending off a persistent British press photographer, James Henderson, a bond is forged between the two women and sets in motion a chain of events that stretches across thirty years of friendship, love, and tragedy.
 
James Henderson cannot forget his brief encounter with Sophie Duval. Despite his guilt at being away from his daughter, he takes an assignment to cover the wedding of the century, sailing with Grace Kelly’s wedding party on the SS Constitution from New York. In Monaco, as wedding fever soars and passions and tempers escalate, James and Sophie—like Princess Grace—must ultimately decide what they are prepared to give up for love.

Miss W’s Review:

Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb, aka the dream team have done it again! Meet Me in Monaco is set in 1950’s and tells the story of Grace Kelly’s relationship and wedding to Prince Rainer of Monaco. 

This is a journey of a book and I LOVED every minute. The romance in this book is palpable. I love the second chance prose and this story will take you on a ride you will not forget. The setting is breathtaking. The characters are well fleshed out, complex, and flawed. 

I was rooting for these characters every step of the way. I loved this book and highly recommend it.

Meet Me in Monaco Releases on 7/23/19 and you can preorder your copy now :

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I would love to know what you think!

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

Book Review-Realtor Rub Out -Carolyn Ridder Aspenson

I have a Book Review for you of Realtor Rub Out, Book 7 in the Lily Sprayberry Realtor Cozy Mystery Series by Carolyn Ridder Aspenson releasing on July 23, 2019.

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If you haven’t read this series yet, your SERIOUSLY missing out!

About the Book:

Bramblett County Georgia realtor Lily Sprayberry’s brand new listing is a hit, just not the kind she expected. 

When Lily stops by the staged home, she finds the dead body of another realtor lying on the living room floor. 

With only a week until her destination wedding, and no leads, no potential suspects, and no possibility to leave the state until the murder is solved, Lily’s sheriff fiancé thinks they should postpone their nuptials. 

But that doesn’t work for the soon to be bride. Determined to find the killer in time to say I do, she does a little investigating herself. But the killer knows of Lily’s knack for solving crimes and sets his eyes on her. 

Now Lily must race against the clock and catch a killer before the killer gets to her first

Miss W’s Book Review:

Realtor Rub Out is the seventh book in the Lily Sprayberry Realtor Cozy Mystery series but can be read as a stand-alone. I love this cozy mystery series and I have read every book in the series. 

It’s almost time for Lily’s wedding and a realtor visiting from out of town town is murdered! Since her fiance is the Sheriff and the best man is the Deputy Sheriff, the wedding is at a stand still until this murder mystery can get solved. 

The characters are well defined and fleshed out. The mystery is expertly woven into the story for the wedding. I love the humor and the southern charm in this cozy series. This recent addition is no exception. 

Check out Deal Gone Dead Book 1 in the Lily Sprayberry Realtor Cozy Mystery Series. You will be glad you did!!!! I cannot wait for the next installment of this fun southern cozy series.

Speaking of Deal Gone Dead, did you know that Deal Gone Dead is available to read for free in PRIME READING!!!!!

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About the Author:

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Biography:

Even though I’ve always wanted to be a writer, I also wanted to support myself, so instead of following that dream, I opted to get a job with a regular paycheck. When my mother died in 2009, and then I lost my father less than a year later, I decided to take the leap. I wanted to find a way to honor my parents, to keep their memories alive, and I did that with my first book, Unfinished Business. That book went to number one all over Amazon and Barnes and Noble, and sat happily in the top one hundred books sold in each for over a week. I received hundreds of emails from people who felt that little semi-mystery gave them hope, that it made them find comfort when they needed it most, and that they wished they had a friend like Mel. I was hooked. I don’t write for the money (though the money is nice sometimes). I write for those emails, and knowing I’m doing what I love, finally. If my writing takes people away from their worries for even a short period of time, I’m a lucky gal. I hope my parents can read in Heaven.

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I have a giveaway for you !!!!! I have an Ecopy of Deal Gone Dead to Giveaway !!!!

Enter HERE !!!!! Good LUCK!!!!!

Until the Next Chapter,

Wilfrieda

 

 

Author Spotlight-Ruth Hartzler

I love when I find a new author and I can’t wait to share a cozy mystery author that is new to me!

The Amish Cupcake Cozy Mystery series is a new favorite of mine.

About the Series: 

 
When her husband of thirty years runs off with a college student named Cherri, Jane Delight returns to Pennsylvania to work in her Amish sister’s cupcake store. Having lost everything in the divorce, Jane now finds herself sharing an apartment with two elderly ladies and their quirky cat.
But there is no time to despair. A man is murdered in the cupcake store, and now Jane and her sister, Rebecca, are the prime suspects. Enter brooding detective Damon McLeod, a Scot with a tragic past and a desire for justice.

 
Can Jane solve the murder, wrangle her new roommates, and stop herself from falling for the detective?

 
Or will she never get her new life on track?

Book 1: True Confections

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Miss W’s Review of True Confections:

The book opens with Jane Delight (LOVE THAT NAME) and her husband go out for her 50th birthday to a fancy restaurant, which is very uncharacteristic of him. That could be because he is dumping her for his mistress who is pregnant with their baby. Not only that, but she is getting nothing in the divorce because as much as he would like to help her out, she signed a prenup and they need the money for the baby. Oh and they need the house to so get going! I laughed so much at the opening paragraph because this is so relateable and obviously her husband did this in public so she wouldn’t freak out. 

Flash forward six months and Jane has settled into an apartment over her sister’s cupcake store. Luckily Jane has a twin sister who takes her in. Only thing is her sister is Amish and Jane has lost that community a long time ago.

I absolutely loved this book! The characters were likeable and fun. The story was well developed and I loved reading about the Amish community. This is a sweet clean mystery which will leave you guessing who done it. 

BONUS! There are two Amish Recipes which I am totally trying. Shoo-fly Pie sounds yummy!

 
Book 2: Previous Confections

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Miss W’s Review of Previous Confections:

Previous Confections is Book 2 in the Amish Cupcake Cozy Mystery series. I really enjoyed Book 1 True Confections and I loved this book just as much. 

Seems as if Jane’s worst nightmare came true, meeting, Cherri, her ex=husbands new wife, and whats worse is that Cherri wants to team up with Jane to solve a murder. Add to the fact that Jane’s sister had a broken arm and Jane is in charge of operating the cupcake store with a bit of help from Matilda, Eleanor, and lets not forget Mr. Crumbles the kitty . I love Mr. Crumbles! 

I really enjoy the character development and how relateable Jane is. The mystery is some twists and turns which is enjoyable and did I mention that I love Mr. Crumbles, he’s quite the snarky one and naughty! 

This is a great whodunit in which I did not guest the murderer at all, not even close. 

Book 3: Confection is Good for the Soul

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Miss W’s Review of Confection is Good for the Soul:

Confection is Good for the Soul is Book 3 in the Amish Cupcake Cozy Mystery Series. I have really come to LOVE this series. 

This is a great read. It is the third book and does stand alone, but if I were you I would read the first two FANTASTIC books in this series to get some back story.

I laughed out loud as some parts and there are twists to keep you guessing to the last page. 

This is very well written mystery with great characters that I adore! 

All books by Ruth Hartzler are clean and wholesome, and have happy, feel-good endings!

Stay tuned for more books in this great series!

Ruth Hartlzer is not only a Best Selling Cozy Mystery Author, she is a best selling author of Christian Romantic Suspense, and Amish Romance.

I am excited to share with you that Ruth has a story in an incredible box set releasing on 8/6/19!!!!

Summer of Suspense: Sixteen Tales By Some of Christian Fiction’s Most Popular Mystery and Suspense Authors!

Grab this red hot Christian Suspense Anthology bargain for just $.99 for a limited time only before it increases to $9.99!

Preorder NOW :

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Start your summer off right with 16 gripping and never-before published tales of Christian suspense from today’s most popular mystery and suspense authors.

Join Mary Alford, Christy Barritt, Patricia Bradley, Vannetta Chapman, Mary Ellis, Debby Giusti, Rachel J. Good, Ruth Hartzler, Shaen Layle, Ruth Logan Herne, Loree Lough, Elizabeth Ludwig, Nancy Mehl, Serena B. Miller, Samantha Price, Alana Terry on a dangerous journey filled with mystery, suspense, and faith that that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

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I hope you enjoyed learning more about a new FAVORITE author that tells amazing stories in multiple genres.

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Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

 

Book Tour-Sea Witch Cozy Mysteries-Morgana Best-Giveaway!

Anyone that has followed me for any period of time knows I LOVE cozy mysteries and cozy paranormal mysteries are my favorite!!! I am super excited to be partnering with Kate Rock Book Tours to bring you my stop on the the Book Tour for the Sea Witch Cozy Mystery Series Box Set by Morgana Best !!!

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About the Books in the Box Set:

The Box set comprises all 4 books in the Sea Witch Cozy Mystery series.

This 4 Book Box Set contains Broom Mates (Novella) and 3 full-length novels: Broom With a View, Broom for One More, and the NEW, never-yet-released book, Broomed for Success.
Meet Join Goldie Bloom, a thirty-something, high flying real estate agent sent out into the wilds of quiet seaside Australia by the boss who broke her heart. She’s not expecting to move in with a roommate named Persnickle, discover she is descended from an ancient coven of sea witches, or find herself in the middle of a town with no coffee, but that’s precisely what happens.

 

Miss W’s Review :

If you love a cozy paranormal story rich with diverse characters and well developed characters this box set is for you. Did I mention it is hilarious??? Goldie Bloom is a funny, smart and well rounded , considering she just found out she is a sea witch. She is learning the ropes with help some friends and her familiar Persnickle. If you are a coffee drinker, you will LAUGH out loud at the storyline related to coffee. 

The mysteries are great and there is a budding romance, but I am not a spoiler kind of girl. Trust me , you want to read this entire box set! Morgana Best is one of my favorite authors and she does not disappoint with this. This is so well written you will not want to put it down! 

About the Author:

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Best selling Aussie author, Morgana Best, grew up leaving Tim Tams for the fairies at the bottom of her garden. Now she lives with a half-blind Chocolate Labrador who happily walks into doors, a rescue Dingo who steals zucchinis from the veggie patch, and a cat with no time for nonsense. A former college professor, Morgana enjoys big bowls of pasta, not working out, and visiting the local lighthouse, where she tries to spot the white Humpback whale.

Grab your box set for only $.99 for a very limited time right HERE !

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I have a giveaway for you! I am giving away a copy of the box set to one lucky follower.

Enter the giveaway HERE!  Good Luck!

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

 

Audio Book Tour-The Unfinished Garden-Barbara Claypole White-Giveaway

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I just LOVE audiobooks you can listen anywhere anytime. I am thrilled to be partnering with Kate Rock Book Tours to bring you my stop on the Audio Book Tour for The Unfinished Garden by Barbara Claypole White.

About the Book:

A love story about grief, OCD, and dirt

Tilly Silverberg is rebuilding her life with her young son, Isaac, one potted-up plant at a time. Since her husband’s death, gardening has become her livelihood and her salvation. Hiding out in the North Carolina forest, she wants only to be left alone with Isaac and her greenhouse.

New to the area, successful software developer James Nealy needs a garden. On a solitary mission to reclaim his life from irrational obsessions and relentless compulsions, he has a plan: to conquer his greatest fear. Dirt. One glimpse—or two—of Tilly’s garden, and he knows she holds the key. But when he asks her to take him on as a client, she refuses.

After a family emergency pulls Tilly and Isaac back to her native England, she’s quietly happy, because nothing has changed in her childhood village. Or has it? Her first love is unexpectedly single, her mother is scheming, and her best friend is keeping secrets. Then James appears on her doorstep.

Tenuous at first, but gradually taking root, James and Tilly forge an unlikely bond. As they work together to rescue a garden choked by neglect, they unearth each other’s secrets, each other’s fears, each other’s hopes—and maybe, a shared second chance.

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Miss W’s Review:

This is a beautifully written wonderful story that flawlessly handles OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) not only in a sensitive but also very informative approach.

This does not take away from the enjoyment of the story. The characters are strong, flawed and well fleshed out. The characters deal with real life issues in a way that many readers will relate to. 

This authors development of dialogue is real, engaging and at times humorous.

This story about love, loss and finding happiness earns 5 STARS from Miss W !

About the Author:

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Learn more about the author HERE.

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I have a great giveaway for you! I have an audible copy of the book to giveaway exclusively on my instagram! So head over to Miss W Book Reviews Instagram and enter.

The audio book releases on July 2, 2019 grab your copy at Audible .

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

 

Once Upon a Wedding: A Fiction From the Heart Second-Chances Anthology -Review

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Its June and that means one thing…Wedding Season ! I have something very special to share with you on the blog today. For the past week I have spending time with The Once Upon A Wedding Anthology from the award winning  authors from the Fiction From the Heart collaborative. Oh my. I am not shy that I love the second chances trope.

This anthology is magic, and brilliantly done. Full disclosure, it was my intention that I was going to read a few of these fantastic novellas and write my review. Nope. Didn’t happen. I. READ. THEM. ALL. Did I mention your getting over 800 pages of second chance love stories? Swooooooon! 

About the Book: You are getting ELEVEN stories!

Say I do…

Eleven best-selling and award-winning authors request your presence as they share all-new novellas that will have you humming the wedding march and dreaming of champagne toasts. It’s easy to tie the knot with these heartwarming, second chance love stories.

I Do, Again by Jamie Beck
A makeup artist who is forced to become her bridezilla client’s eleventh-hour bridesmaid is dumbstruck to discover her ex-husband is a groomsman and he wants a second chance.

Weather or Knot by Tracy Brogan
Two meteorologists with a turbulent romantic history join a team of storm chasers and discover that love, like lightning, sometimes strikes twice.

The Runaway Bride by Sonali Dev
A groom has one night to convince his runaway bride that her fears that he’s settling for her are anything but true.

Starboard Vow by K.M. Jackson
A cruise director is taken off course when the country’s hottest bachelor – and her secret husband – arrives aboard her ship for a whirlwind cruise.

A Wedding in Swan Harbor by Donna Kauffman
A widowed blueberry farmer is reunited with her late husband’s best friend when he returns to escort her daughter down the aisle.

Snowbound in Vegas by Sally Kilpatrick
A Best Man and Maid of Honor loathe each other…until they’re stuck in a cabin meant for a honeymoon.

Star Struck: Take Two by Falguni Kothari
Embroiled in a Bollywood stunt wedding, an A-list manager is torn between doing what is right for her celebrity client or seizing a second chance with the bad boy groom herself.

Always Yours by Priscilla Oliveras
With love in the air at a familia wedding, two high school sweethearts separated by their misguided mistakes just might find their second chance for a happily ever after together.

Home Sweet Home by Hope Ramsay
Family secrets tore them apart as teens but a wedding in Sweet Home, Virginia, may give star-crossed lovers a second chance at forgiveness and love.

Inseparable by Barbara Samuel
Thwarted high school sweethearts meet again in the gorgeous Colorado mountains for a wedding…of their children.

A Morning Glory Wedding by Liz Talley
A florist responsible for the break-up of the bride’s first marriage gets a chance for forgiveness and a new love with a hunky pastor.

Miss W’s Review: 

If you love weddings (who DOESN’T)  and second chance stories, then this anthology is what summer was made for! Ahhhh the second chance trope. All the stories centers around couples that are getting that ever elusive second chance at finding love.

I have read books from all of these author’s and it was no surprise that every story in the collection is 5 STARS from Miss W !

It was fun revisiting some familiar characters and meeting some new ones as well.

The stories are well written with characters that you will instantly fall in love with, I know that I did. The stories are romantic, heartwarming, heartbreaking and joyous. I laughed, I cried, I screamed, I felt it all and LOVED every minute. Kudos to these authors for the ability to craft such wonderful complex stories in a novella. I am in LOVE!

You guys know I like a deal, well I have a deal for you, I can’t even believe it.

If you preorder this anthology your only paying $.99 for all eleven stories.

Seriously I can’t even get a half cup of coffee for that much.

Go pre order your copy on Amazon , this price won’t last long.

Publication Date: June 11, 2019

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Before I forget, you MUST go check out the Fiction From the Heart Facebook Group where you can spend time with these fantastic authors on a more personal level and they are always chatting books and all fun things! Its my favorite place to hang out, tell them Wilfrieda sent you LOL just click here to join !

Let me know what stories in this anthology  your swooning over!

Happy Wedding Season!

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

 

 

 

 

Book Review: An Unsettled Grave by Bernard Schaffer (Santero & Rein #2)

An Unsettled Grave by Bernard Schaffer

An Unsettled Grave  is the Second book in the Santero and Rein crime thriller series by Bernard Schaffer.

Publication Date: July 30, 2019

Publisher: Kensington Publishing

About the Book (Synopsis):

In this brilliantly chilling follow-up to The Thief of All Light, veteran police officer Bernard Schaffer digs deep into the past–and the haunted psyches of the detectives who search for truth . . . at any cost.

“There’s a thousand scavengers in these woods.”

Before being promoted to detective, Carrie Santero was given a rare glimpse into the mind of a killer. Through her mentor, Jacob Rein–a seasoned manhunter whose gift for plumbing the depths of madness nearly drove him over the brink–she was able to help capture one of the most depraved serial killers in the country. Now, the discovery of a small human foot buried in the Pennsylvania woods will lead her to a decades-old cold case–and the darkest secrets of her mentor’s youth.

“Nobody trusts an animal that tries to eat its own kind.”

Thirty years ago, a young girl went missing. A police officer was murdered. Another committed suicide. The lives of everyone involved would never be the same. For three agonizing decades, Jacob Rein has yearned for the truth. But when Detective Carrie Santero begins digging up new evidence, she discovers some answers come with shattering consequences

Miss W’s Review: 

5 Thrilling Stars!

I have not read the first book in the series, but that was not a problem at all. This is a stand alone and let me tell you it STANDS ALONE, in the best possible way ever.

The story is told in alternating timelines between the present and the past, with multiple character perspectives which I really enjoyed.  The past story from some 30 years ago was so  engaging I couldn’t put this book down. If your looking for a short read, this isn’t it. The plot is well developed with intricate multi layered story lines.

The characters are well developed, complicated and some are likeable and some are not, which fits perfect into this genre.

I really enjoyed An Unsettled Grave. Pre-order your copy on Amazon.

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda