womens fiction

Book Review- Truth of the Matter by Jamie Beck

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

About the Book:

Publication Date : 9/22/2020 Montlake Publishers

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

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

Miss W’s Review:

5 stars from Miss W!

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

“If You Must Know”.

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


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


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

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

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

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

I look forward to more books from this fantastic author.

About the Author:

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

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

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

Book Review- 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

 

 

 

 

Review: The Key to Happily Ever After by Tif Marcelo

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I was so excited to read an advanced copy of The Key to Happily Ever After by Tif Marcelo. She is one of the fantastic Tall Poppy Authors .

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About the book: 

A charming romantic comedy about three sisters who are struggling to keep the family wedding planning business afloat—all the while trying to write their own happily-ever-afters in the process. 

All’s fair in love and business.

The de la Rosa family and their wedding planning business have been creating happily ever afters in the Washington, DC area for years, making even the most difficult bride’s day a fairytale. But when their parents announce their retirement, the sisters—Marisol, Janelyn, and Pearl—are determined to take over the business themselves.

But the sisters quickly discover that the wedding business isn’t all rings and roses. There are brides whose moods can change at the drop of a hat; grooms who want to control every part of the process; and couples who argue until their big day. As emotions run high, the de la Rosa sisters quickly realize one thing: even when disaster strikes—whether it’s a wardrobe malfunction or a snowmageddon in the middle of a spring wedding—they’ll always have each other.

Perfect for fans of the witty and engaging novels of Amy E. Reichert and Susan Mallery, The Key to Happily Ever After is a fresh romantic comedy that celebrates the crucial and profound power of sisterhood.

Publication Date: 5/14/19 by Gallery Books 

About the Author:

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Tif believes in and writes about heart-eyes romance, the strength of families, and the endurance of friendship. A veteran Army Nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Public Administration, she is a craft enthusiast, food-lover and the occasional half-marathon runner. As a military spouse, she has moved nine times, and this adventure.


My review:

I do love a good ROM COM , and The Key to Happily Ever After is that and MORE.
So many great things about this book. I have a sister and I love stories about sisters, especially when they are so well written, honest and REAL.

I loved that the sisters were wedding planners that was an unexpected part of the plot that I really enjoyed. The characters were complex and likeable. The story was beautiful, emotional and sorry for repeating myself here, but REAL. I really enjoyed the author’s style of writing.

5 beautiful stars to The Key to Happily Ever After.

Until the Next Chapter,

Wilfrieda