Book Review: The One You Really Want

The One You Really Want by [Mansell, Jill]I was given this book by NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

This book was a fun book to read.

Nancy received a red, riding lawnmower from her husband for Christmas. This was not the present she thought she was gong to get. She had seen some very nice jewelry however, she realizes, that must be for someone else. When she tells her best friend Carmen, Carmen isn’t surprised at all, but then again Jonathan was not one of her favorite people. She talks Nancy into leaving Edinburgh and coming to London where she could live in her flat. While there Nancy meets Connor O’Shea, Carmen’s neighbor, along with his daughter Mia, who is trying to bring these two together. Nancy is not sure this would be the best move.

As I said I had fun reading it from the first page. All about finding a companion, Jill Mansell was able to create lovable characters who show their humanity throughout the book. I felt like I was a part of this book and was a fly on the wall. Jill Mansell is a wonderful writer. 


Book Review: Red the true tale of Red Riding Hood

Red: The (Fairly) True Tale of Red Riding Hood by [Shurtliff, Liesl]I was given this book by NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Different versions of fairy tales intrigue me. This one has Red being fearless, unless there is magic involved. Now she has to turn to it to try to help her granny, who is ill.

She asks Goldie to help her. Goldie is blond and likes trying porridge. Together they go through the dwarves’ caverns to come to a haunted well and a castle that belongs to a beast. Unbeknownst to them a wolf and a  huntsman are on their heels.

I love this take on the story. I know my grandchildren would take to it right away. There are enough surprises to keep them reading to the end.

Book Review: Cupcakes for Christmas

Cupcakes for Christmas: The most uplifting and unmissable feel good love story of Christmas 2018! (Return to Willoughby Close Book 1) by [Hewitt, Kate]I was given this book by NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

I always enjoy a fun Christmas book and when it is mixed with cupcakes, who can say no?

This is a part of a series but I was able to read, understand and enjoy it even though I had not read the other books in the series.

Olivia James owns a tea and sweet shop which had previously been her mother. Olivia has been enjoying the adventure of running this little shop by herself and experimenting with different flavors. When Simon Blacklock comes across this shop she finds she enjoys his personality. At the end of the visit, after he promised he would be back, she found herself looking forward to his next time.

I enjoyed both of the main characters of this book and the way Hewitt has them meet made my heart swell. This does not mean that all went smoothly for the two. The author was able to create realistic issues that they both have to deal with, which make them stronger in the end. I will try to read more books by this author in the future.

Cupcakes for Christmas is the type of book that is just as much heartbreaking as it is heartwarming. The couple within this story were both immediately likable and their meeting and getting to know one another quite sweet. Both however have issues in their lives that are quite heartbreaking and bringing that into each other’s lives only made them seem stronger so overall I found this quite the touching read with a bit heavier subject matter.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Book Review: Camp Rolling Hills 2

Camp Rolling Hills: Book Two: Crossing Over by [Davidowitz, Stacy]I was given this book by Abram kids in exchange for my honest review:

The first Camp Rolling Hills book was a huge success with me and this one, Crossing Over. is just as good.

Each of the characters in this book are well-rounded and Davidowitz does a great job writing each one. I could relate to the issues that each character faced. Once again I highly recommend this book whether a child has been to camp or not. It is a great book.

Book Review: Camp Rolling Hills

I was given this book by NetGalley and Abrams kids in exchange for my honest review. This was such a fun book. It made me wish for my summer camp days again. This book is filled with all the things you find at camp, fun, friends, songs and more. The author, Stacy Davidowitz has the talent to share the emotions and relationships which occur at camp. This would be a great book for any child to read, whether they have ever been to a summer camp or not. This book is rated my highest rating: 5 stars

Book Review: What She Knew

What She Knew by [Feldman, Nadine Galinsky]I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Liz Nabor has vast success in the finance world, a world that used to be ruled by men. When the Madoff scandal erupted her career crumbles.

Then she discovers not all of her relationships were what she thought.

Through this book, I was pleased that Liz hung to her beliefs, even when she came to terms with things from her past. The way she grew throughout the book made me have a heart for her. Plus the author help me to see the different people who were touched by the upset of the financial world.

I felt the author was able to open my eyes a little more to this world. Even though I went into this book with trepidation, as this world is one I wanted to close my eyes to, the author helped me see what all was happening. This was a very good book.

Book Review: White Christmas by Tanya Stowe

White Christmas (Christmas Holiday Extravaganza) by [Stowe, Tanya]I was given this book by NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Tanya Stowe always write romance stories that reflect her values. They are clean and they are good. I always have so many Christmas books that I continue reading them after the holidays and when they are written like this one I don’t mind at all. This is a well-written story that many will enjoy to read time and again.

Book Review: You Are

Speak the Word of God out loud over your children and claim this generation for the Lord!

You Are is designed to speak life over the youngest generation. Each page includes a loving term of endearment, an encouraging spiritual affirmation, and a verse from Scripture to help imprint the Lord’s promises and truths on their hearts. You Are will teach your kids that they are cherished by you and by their heavenly Father

Book Review: Christmas with Miss Austen

Christmas With Miss Austen (Christmas Holiday Extravaganza) by [Briggs, Laura]I was given this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Once I saw the name Austen in the title I was sold. I had a feeling I would like this book.

Julia Allen is a busy lady. She is a waitress, a painter and an 1800s authoress. She attends a historical open house as Jane Austen and she loves it. Then she gets locked inside after falling asleep. When she heads home she runs into a stranger, Eliot Weston. Weston thinks he must have imagined that historical figure. In her rush to go home, Julia loses a friends rare copy of Northanger Abbey. Weston finds it but cannot find any identification in it as to who the owner is.

This is a short book, 59 pages, and is a sweet Christian romance. I love the way there are little references to Jane Austen through the book. This is a nice, easy, fun read.

Book Review: The House by the Lake

The House by the Lake by [Carey, Ella]This book was given to me by NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

The House by the Lake takes the reader from the 1930s to today as the main character, Anna has her world disrupted. Her grandfather, Max, shares a secret with Anna. She is a member of an aristocratic family. During World War II they lost everything and Max left behind something that was very precious to him. Now he tasks Anna with finding it.

Anna is filled with questions. What could be so important and why was it hidden. As she is on her quest she finds Wil. Wil is someone that may be able to help her solve this mystery. Together they discover that the secrets are more than they thought.

I found myself torn throughout this book. At times I wondered, along with Anna, why her grandfather would give this mission to her. Then I would turn around and praise Anna bravery and tenacity.

This is a fascinating book and shows a side of the war that it helps to read about.

I highly recommend this book.