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

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

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About the Book:

Release Date: 2/25/2020

Lake Union Publishing

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

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

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

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

Miss W’s Review:

5 Fantastic Stars ! 

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

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

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

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

About the Author:

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

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

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Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

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

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

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About The Book: 

Release Date: August 27, 2019
She Writes Press

 

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

Praise for Don’t Put the Boats Away

2019 Best Book Awards Finalist in Historical Fiction

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

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

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

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

Miss W’s Review:

5 Stars ! 

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

About the Author:

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

Social Media:

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/amessheldonautr

Pick up your copy HERE!

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

Book Review-A Woman of Substance by Barbara Taylor Bradford

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

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

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

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

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About the Book : 

“Queen of the genre” Sunday Times

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

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

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

Miss W’s Review : 

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

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

About the Author: 

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

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

Social Media:

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

Instagram:https://instagram.com/btbnovelist

Twitter: @BTBNovelist

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

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

Book Review- The Road to Delano by John DeSimone

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

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About the Book:

Release Date:  March 10, 2020

Publisher: Rare Bird Books

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

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

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

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

Miss W’s Review:

5 Stars from Miss W ! 

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

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

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

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

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

About The Author: 

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

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

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

 

Social Media:

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

Instagram: https://instagram.com/johndesimone1969

Preorder your copy of The Road to Delano HERE  !

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

Book Review-Popcorn and Poltergeists by Nancy Warren

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About the Book:

Release Date: 2/12/2020

Is there a murderous poltergeist on the loose?

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

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

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

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

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

Miss W’s Review:

5 AMAZING STARS!!!!

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

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

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

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

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

I cannot recommend this book enough.

Pick up your copy HERE!

 

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

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