Wednesday, November 30, 2022

The High Notes

Danielle Steel has been writing for quite a few years.  This book is about an up and coming singer who is trying to survive the brutal world of show business.

Iris had a difficult childhood.  She never had a place to call home. She never felt safe.  It was pretty remarkable that Iris survived and was a decent human being.

The friends she met on her journey became her family.  

I enjoyed the book.   

Danielle Steel

Danielle Fernandes Dominique Schuelein-Steel is an American writer, best known for her romance novels. She is the bestselling author alive and the fourth-bestselling fiction author of all time, with over 800 million copies sold. As of 2021, she has written 190 books, including over 140 novels.

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Amish Neighbors

Monday, November 21, 2022

In Love's Time

A love story that broke my heart.  Claire was prepared to do what she must to save her daughter. Even marriage?  

She wasn't sure she could be so close to Captain Marcus while he was recuperating from his wounds.  But each day brought them closer to the truth.

Claire prayed for a miracle.  It was almost too late.  I have said many prayers for healing and comfort.  I can remember times where I felt that I wouldn't find happiness in my life.  I hoped it wasn't true.  I was quite surprised that when I least expected it  true happiness came into my life.  I didn't give up hope.  Neither did Claire.  

I enjoyed the story and time frame of the book.  It was set in 1918 during the war.  There was espionage and intrigue.  There was love between family members and to friends that were there for you in your time of need.  I was hoping for a happy ending.

I received this ebook to review from the author.


Former bookseller-turned-author Kate Breslin enjoys life in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and family. A writer of travel articles and award-winning poetry, Kate received Christian Retailing's 2015 Best Award for First Time Author and her first novel, For Such A Time, won American Christian Fiction Writers 2015 Carol Award. Kate's fifth novel, As Dawn Breaks released November, 2021. When she's not writing inspirational fiction, Kate enjoys reading or taking long walks in Washington's beautiful woodlands. She also likes traveling to new places, both within the U.S. and abroad, having toured Greece, Rome, Barcelona, and much of Western Europe. New destinations make for fresh story ideas. Please visit her at


Finding Friends on Beamer Street

I don't know about finding friends but I found a new series that I am going to love.  This book is about Mary Jane.  She found herself in a terrible predicament.  But she was a fighter.  She had plans.

I couldn't put the book down.  It had so many wonderful characters.  Her new neighbor, Molly, befriended Mary Jane in her time of need. She became so much more than a friend. Cal, who lived across the street, took a shining to her and helped when he could.

Mary Jane's brother-in-law, Red, was everything you would want to stay away from.  I didn't like him at all.  He was a leech.

I loved Mary Jane.  She was determined to better her life.  She thought that to be successful she had to depend only on herself.  But she learned that she found wonderful friends on Beamer Street who were there for her. 

I received this ebook from #BoldwookBooks to review.  How lucky I was to be able to read it!


Finding Friends on Beamer Street

The start of a brand new series from Sheila Riley, bestselling author of the Reckoner's Row saga 


Liverpool 1921

Pregnant, Mary Jane Starlings secret wedding to Paddy Redfern ends in disaster when her fiancĂ© is 

murdered on the way to the church. Paddy’s wayward twin ‘Red’ intercepts Mary Jane and warns 

that they must flee Ireland for fear of reprisals from her family, never to return.

Too young and terrified to question Red’s motives, Mary Jane, is hurriedly escorted to Liverpool 

where she quickly discovers Red’s good Samaritan act is a sham when he abandons her homeless 

and destitute.

However, strength, fortitude and good luck save her when she catches the eye of reclusive Cal 

Everdine and is befriended by Molly Hayward’s lovable family.

But Mary Jane still has to live with the overbearing guilt of the secrets she holds.

Will she ever be able to follow her dreams and reconcile her past?

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Sheila Riley wrote four #1 bestselling novels under the pseudonym Annie Groves and is now writing a

saga for Boldwood under her own name. She has set it around the River Mersey and its docklands 

near to where she spent her early years.

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Monday, November 14, 2022



Escape to the Scottish Highlands with a brand new spring romance from bestselling author, Julie

Shackman *Julie Shackman’s brand new romance The Cottage in the Highlands is exclusively available on First Reads for November*

Determined to overcome a family tragedy, Elle Cassidy decides to reopen her late mother’s ailing newsagent as a stationery shop in the quiet Scottish town of Fir Haven.

But when the arrogant yet handsome crime writer Dexter Grayling almost runs over Elle in his beast of a sports car, the town is thrown into a tailspin – especially when Dexter claims that local resident Linda Carlucci has put a curse on him and he is no longer able to write.

Can Elle put aside her dislike for the self-absorbed writer and help Dexter uncover what is really going on with the Carlucci family? And in the process will Elle realise that there’s a lot more to her beloved Fir Haven than she first thought…

For fans of Donna Ashcroft, Jane Linfoot and Rachael Lucas.

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The Christmas Highland Lodge

The brand new Christmas romance filled with love and second-chancesFall in love with the Christmas romance of the year, full of love and second chances!

Lottie Grant loves the festive season so much that she works at the incredibly successful Christmas shop, Christmas Crackers, in her pretty Scottish home town of Craig Brae. But when the shop is sold, her world is turned upside down, leaving her wondering what she will do next.

Just as she’s about to give up hope on finding a new dream job, an offer comes that she can’t refuse, managing a set of luxury wooden cabins… and opening just in time for Christmas!

As she gets to work decorating the cabins, and hanging lights on the fir trees, Lottie can’t believe her luck. That is until the arrival of Blake Dempster, a moody but handsome hiking expert, who threatens to bring down her festive joy. But never one to shy away from a challenge, Lottie is determined to change Blake’s mind about all things festive.

And as the snow

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Publication Date: 20th October 2023

Author Bio – Julie Shackman is a former journalist from Scotland, who has always wanted to write feel-good romance. As well as being an author, Julie also writes verses and captions for greetings card companies.

She admits to having an obsession with stationery and handbags and has an impressive pile of gorgeous To Be Read novels she is wading her way through.

She is married, has two sons and a Romanian rescue puppy, Cooper. A Scottish Country Escape and The Christmas Highland Lodge are Julie’s eighth and nineth novels respectively.

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Saturday, November 12, 2022

New Neighbors on Coronation Close


Edward will soon be King.  The families on Coronation Close are getting ready to celebrate the occasion.

Jenny finally got her dream home but at a cost.  Her husband, Roy, is one nasty fellow.  I would like to ring his neck.

With the move, Jenny met new friends.  These friends helped her through the toughest periods.  

I loved the book.  I enjoyed the storyline and the characters in the story.  I am waiting patiently for the next book in this new series.

What is going to happen to Jenny?  What path does she want to take?  Will her next door neighbor let the people know his/her identity?  Can Thelma, Jenny's closest friend, get over Edward's abdication?


Lizzie Lane was born and brought up in one of the toughest areas of Bristol, the eldest of three siblings who were all born before her parents got round to marrying. Her mother, who had endured both the depression and war years, was a natural born story teller, and it's from her telling of actual experiences of the tumultuous first half of the twentieth century, that Lizzie gets her inspiration. Lizzie put both cities and rat race behind her in 2012 and moved onto a boat, preferring to lead the simple life where she can write and watch the sun go down without interruption.

Friday, November 11, 2022

Starlight Inn

Sitting by the electric fire with a warm cup of tea, I finished this sweet story.  I knew I was in for a treat as I began to read it.

Everyone usually loves Christmas tales and I was happy to have the opportunity to read this one.   Most of the characters in the story had names that are closely tied to the holiday season.  I would love to stay at this Inn.  

There are important messages in this short story.  I thought of Wizard of Oz when I read this.  The main character, Hope, is travelling to Chicago for a new job.  She comes to realize that "There is no place like home" as she drives farther and farther from her family in Texas.

Starlight Inn is a story that could become an annual tradition.  It's a feel good story that touches your heart.

I received this ebook to review from Celebrate Lit.

About the Book

Book: Starlight Inn

Author: Annee Jones

Genre: Sweet/ clean Contemporary Romance

Release date: November 4, 2022

Hope Garland is driving home for Christmas.  She’s depressed because she caught her fiancĂ© cheating (or he dumped her for her best friend).  Tears blurred her vision, she crashes the car….. in reality she gets taken to hospital and is in a coma.

However, in her mind after the crash she’s OK, she gets out of the car but it is totalled & it’s the middle of a snowstorm.  Needs a place to stay…. Finds the Starlight Inn, run by the Kringles.  Meets other guests, including a handsome stranger.  They’ll be snowed-in for Christmas so have to make the best of things…..end up falling in love.

When she wakes from coma on Christmas Day, she finds someone set a snowglobe on the windowsill next to her bed which has a little Victorian inn inside with a sign that says “Starlight Inn”.    The doctor comes in (or perhaps it will be the young hospital chaplain) and it’s the same man from her dream that she fell in love with (and there’s promise for them to have a real-life romance).

Author Annee Jones loves to write all things romance, fantasy, cozy mystery, & more. She is passionate about writing stories where dreams come true, and love wins in the end!

Professionally, Annee works as a disability counselor where she helps her clients navigate through complex medical and legal systems while rediscovering their wholeness in Spirit.

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