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

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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.

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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: Newsletter:

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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  or .

Social Media:



Twitter: @ReaFrey_Author

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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

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Book Review- Seven Lives to Kill by K.M. Waller

Anyone that has been following me for any period of time knows two things I love, cats and cozy mysteries! I am super excited to be featuring K.M. Waller’s “Seven Lives to Kill” , the first book in her all new Cat Sanctuary Series releasing on August 31, 2020 !!!!

Isn’t this cover fantastic???

About the Book:

Loretta Hamilton has never owned one cat, let alone seven. But when her eccentric Aunt Ginger passes away, she leaves Loretta her prized cat sanctuary. Her aunt’s dying wish is that the seven remaining felines are allowed to live out the rest of their days in comfort on the little farm.

Recently widowed and ready for a change, Loretta relocates to the town of Saint Wales, Florida to honor her aunt’s wishes thinking how hard can it be to look after a few cats.

Only, the neighbors aren’t exactly hospitable and several have been trying to shut down the sanctuary for years. Worse, someone is out to sabotage the farm by any possible means putting the cats and Loretta in danger. Not only that, a close friend of her aunt’s doesn’t believe Aunt Ginger died of natural causes.

Can Loretta settle into her new role as cat mom and protector while fending off the cat haters and a possible murderer?

Miss W’s Review:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I LOVE cats so much and was excited to read about a cat sanctuary in Seven Lives to Kill by K.M. Waller.

Loretta’s Aunt Ginger passed away leaving her a cat sanctuary. Loretta has pressure to sell the sanctuary and find homes for the cats, but she its not easy. The Real Estate Agent ends up murdered and there are plenty of suspects. Loretta finds a new bff in Aunt Ginger’s friend Greta as they work to solve the crime.

The characters are fun and well written with loads of personality. The mystery is multi layered with twists that kept me guessing. I really LOVED this book and look forward to the next one in the series.

I have a FREE treat for you!!!!

Would you like to read the FREE prequel to Seven Lives to Kill?

My Lucky Valentine and the Love Thief is a prequel novella where you will meet Aunt Ginger before she passes away. It is a fantastic intro to the series!

Pick up your copy of Seven Lives to Kill and let me know what you think!!!

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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.

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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, .

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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

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Book Tour Stop- Paris Never Leaves You by Ellen Feldman

I am thrilled to be partnering with St. Martin’s Press to bring you my stop on the Book Blog Tour for Paris Never Leaves You by Ellen Feldman.

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About the Book:

St. Martin’s Press, August 4, 2020

Living through World War II working in a Paris bookstore with her young daughter, Vivi, and fighting for her life, Charlotte is no victim, she is a survivor. But can she survive the next chapter of her life?

Alternating between wartime Paris and 1950s New York publishing, Ellen Feldman’s Paris Never Leaves You is an extraordinary story of resilience, love, and impossible choices, exploring how survival never comes without a cost.

The war is over, but the past is never past.

Miss W’s Review:

5 Stars from Miss W ! 

Paris Never Leaves You is an incredible historical fiction novel.

The story alternates timelines between wartime during WWII in Paris and 1950’s New York.

Charlotte makes it through the war and escapes Paris with her toddler daughter Vivi. Life is calm and good for Charlotte and VIvi. Vivi is now a teenager and has so many questions about who her father is and what happened in Paris during that time. Charlotte wishes to leave the past in the past including all the secrets she ran from.

The characters are complex, and well fleshed out. The story is extremely well written. I really liked the different timelines.

If you enjoy historical fiction, this is a must read!

Highly recommended !


About the Author:

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ELLEN FELDMAN, a 2009 Guggenheim fellow, is the author of Terrible VirtueThe UnwittingNext to LoveScottsboro (shortlisted for the Orange Prize), The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank (translated into nine languages), and Lucy. Her novel Terrible Virtue was optioned by Black Bicycle for a feature film.

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