Sunday Post (December 28)

Sunday PostThe Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news, a post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things received, and share news about what is coming up on the blog for the week ahead. To get in on the Sunday funday, see the rules here: Sunday Post Meme.  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

The dredges of whatever I have had came back in full force early in the week. I was quite miserable for several days, but oh the wonders of a netti pot! I felt faaaabulous after cleaning out my sinus cavity…in the morning and at night. :/

Baby got a few things in her stocking and she loves them! She also loves going down to the tennis court and chasing around her new tennis balls. She’s so happy to please. Christmas Day brought all the hallabaloo, which I split between both sides of my family.

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  • WWW Wednesdays
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Review: A Kitten for Christmas

18857458Title: A Kitten for Christmas
Author: Elysa Hendricks
Release Date: September 2013
Length: 27 pages
Series?: no
Genre: Romance

Find the book: Goodreads | Amazon

Two Christmases ago when Dani Martin lost her parents and fiance in a car accident she gave up on love.

Jackson Connor has finally realized his dream of owning a farm when he’s presented with the result of a one-night stand he had years ago – a son.

On Christmas Eve, a snow storm, a little boy, and a kitten bring together two lonely, damaged people.

***** Review *****

I was taken by surprise with this one! I thought it was a full-length novel, when in reality it’s a short story. Even with that being said, and it only being 27 pages – yes, 27! I double checked Goodreads and Amazon – the plot of the story (ahem, Dani and Jackson) progresses faster than you can say instalove.

I know, I know. We have all had many words about instalove, whether good or bad, and I remember vividly Nicole’s post about how there needs to be more the help the instalove along to make it feel more authentic.

A Kitten for Christmas did not have that. It was full-speed ahead with Jackson driving the train. I kind of felt like Dani was flailing around off the back of the caboose, hanging on with one arm and frantically trying to flag Jackson down.

There was no development, as Nicole talks about in her post. So this was kind of a let down of a read for me. It was sweet, but…lacking. :/

*sigh*

There were some moments of humor, thanks to six-year-old Travis…

“Travis Connor. I’m six. How old are you?” 

“It’s not polite to ask a lady her age, but if you promise to keep it a secret I’ll tell you.” 

At his eager nod, she leaned down and whispered in his ear. 

 

“What’s your dad’s name?” She led Travis into the office. 

“Dad.” 

She grinned. “What do other people call him?” 

Review: A Family for Christmas

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Author: Mona Ingram
Release Date: September 2012
Length: 175 pages
Series?: no
Genre: Romance

Find the book: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N

Unlucky in love, Maddie LaRocque moves to Calgary at the urging of her former college roommate. Maddie’s luck goes from bad to worse when she’s laid off from her job two months before Christmas. Undeterred, she sets up a gift wrapping business in the lobby of the Drummond Building in downtown Calgary where she meets Annie, a ten-year-old who has recently lost her parents.

When Maddie falls into the arms of the building’s maintenance man it looks as though her luck is changing, but she soon learns that Brent isn’t who she thought he was.
Maddie’s roommate Lily hasn’t fared too well in the romance department either, having been used for her beauty and Asian heritage by a man in Calgary.

The moment Chase Drummond spots Lily, he’s stunned by her beauty, but Lily resists his advances, unwilling to have her heart broken by the most eligible bachelor in town.

Will a young orphan girl be able to convince the two women that love is the best gift of all this Christmas?

***** Review *****

This is a wonderful Christmas read full of FEELS. 🙂

There is a duality of focus on Maddie and her friend Lily, and their romantic counterparts, brothers Brent and Chase Drummond. The Drummond brothers are unique in their own individual ways, as are Maddie and Lily.

Maddie brings a past with her to Calgary. Something she’s put to rest and come to terms with, but it rears its ugly head again. I can understand the depth and complexity of emotion tied to the man and little boy she had to leave behind, and given that, I was impressed with how she handles it all when it comes back to haunt her.

She glanced at the cubicle. There was nothing here she wanted. She hadn’t brought in personal items like most of the rest of the staff. Maybe on some subconscious level she’d known that it was only temporary. 

Maddie also brings Annie, the Drummond niece, under her wing, and the two along with Lily become a “girl gang.” Annie thrives with their friendship. Lily becomes not only a friend, but also a mentor to Annie, pushing her to pursue her fashion design interests. Maddie has more of that best-friend/aunt relationship with Annie, and they both benefit from it. It’s as if Annie has always been a part of their lives, and I loved that feeling.

The Drummond brothers are not like most. They actually talk about how they feel. Imagine that! On several occasions, it helped the other keep his foot out of his mouth and prevented some awkward situations. However, both have their own small issues hanging over them, and they both have to make some choices…and they’re not easy.

After finishing the book, I came back and pondered the cover. The little girl is of course Annie, but the couple is Brent and Maddie. For some reason the cover slightly annoys me because a large focus of the book was also particularly on Chase, and of course Lily.

***** About the Author *****

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Mona Ingram is the author of 20 romance novels, including two novellas. Many of her stories take place in British Columbia, where she has lived since the age of twelve. In recent years she has lived in the Okanagan Valley and on Vancouver Island. In addition to reading and writing, traveling and bird watching are among Mona’s favourite pastimes.

Find the author: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Top 14 Moments or Quotes From Books

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 Top 14 Moments or Quotes From Books

This year I started trying to focus on including quotes in my reviews. Sometimes I forgot, but these are just some of my favorites! If any tickle your fancy, click on the title link to be taken to my review.


 

Glimmers by Barbara Brooke

I’m imagining all of the good times we’ll all have together when I notice Elliott’s staring at me. He inches closer and softly touches his lips to mine. 

“I love you Paige. Everything about you…even the nutty parts,” he says earnestly.


 

Just Not Ready Yet by Brooklyn James

“How long’s it been?”

“Three years.” 

“You don’t date? Move on?” he inquires gently.

She looks up at him, a cynical eyebrow arched. “It’s pointless. How do you move on once you’ve had the best?”


 

Life Interrupted by Kristen Kehoe

Life can be such an asshole. Just when you think you’ve got it figured out and you start feeling confident in who you are and how you’ve chosen to live, something comes around the corner and slaps you in the face, not only changing your viewpoint, but leaving one hell of a mark.

 

Katie: You’re such a whore.

Rachel: False. I was a whore last year, I’m a teen-mom this year.


 

Becoming Bryn by Angela Carling

Finally, my true feelings, the ones that I’d been denying for a good three months, gave way and I whispered, “I want to be loved like that.”

 

My parents had always told me that life isn’t fair. Apparently neither was death. 


 

REDEMPTION: The Further Adventures of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer by Andrew Joyce

It was a sight to behold, the Laramie Kid swirling around the jail office with Tom Sawyer in his arms. 


 

Hearts in Exile by Mysti Parker

How do you thank someone who saves your life when you’re not sure if you want to live?

 

I wasn’t sure how two young men who excelled in beating the shit out of each other showed potential. 

 

No, silly, you can’t saddle a dragon.


 

Shadows of Asphodel by Karen Kincy

Wendel reached into his coat and drew the black dagger. With a hissing whisper, tendrils of smoke crawled from Amarant and curled around his arm, his body, his face. His outline faded to nothing more than a shadow. Ardis’s breath snagged in her throat.

 

“Ardis,” he said, “somebody always has to die.”

 

This was bizarre — teatime at two o’clock in the morning, with a necromancer and an archmage.


 

Storms of Lazarus by Karen Kincy

“You have a lovely singing voice,” Ardis said, “but –“

“Why, thank you.”

“But be quiet. We’re escaping.”

“Escaping,” Wendel grinned like he couldn’t help himself. “Exactly.”

 

“Why are all the pilots women, anyway?” Ardis said. 

Natalya grinned. “We’re some of the toughest bitches around.” 

 

Feature Follow Friday (December 26)

Alison Can Read Feature & FollowIt is the Friday Feature Follow!

This is a weekly blog meme hosted by Parajunkee’s View and Alison Can Read.

Here are the general rules to Follow Friday:
1. Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts (links above) and any one else you want to follow on the list
2. Follow our Featured Bloggers
3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing.
4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments
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The Question:

What books did you give other people this holiday season? via AlisonCanRead.com

My Answer: 

I gave my young cousin a few of Monster High books, and another cousin a bunch of Disney books and classic children’s books because she is just learning to read. 

What books have you given? Leave a comment with your response and your Friday Follow. 

WWW Wednesdays (December 24)

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This is a weekly meme hosted by MizB @ Should Be Reading. To join in, click on the image above, and answer these three questions: 

What are you currently reading? 

18857458Two Christmases ago when Dani Martin lost her parents and fiance in a car accident she gave up on love.

Jackson Connor has finally realized his dream of owning a farm when he’s presented with the result of a one-night stand he had years ago – a son.

On Christmas Eve, a snow storm, a little boy, and a kitten bring together two lonely, damaged people.

 

 

What did you just finish reading? 

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Y’all – I finished THREE books, full books, last week! I am pretty darn proud of myself, if I do say so. Reviews for all three will be up by the end of the week.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Up next is the Ginne West Adventure series! These will all be read before the new year!

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How about you? Have you read or TBRed any of these? What are you reading this week?

Please leave a comment with either the link to your own WWW Wednesday post, or share your answers in the comments here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! 🙂

Review: Christmas at Copper Mountain

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Title: Christmas at Copper Mountain
Author: Jane Porter
Publisher: The Tule Publishing Group
Release Date: November 2013
Length: 119 pages
Series?: Copper Mountain Christmas #4
Genre: Romance

Find the book: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N

Since the loss of her family in a plane crash, Harley Diekerhoff has led a quiet life and keeps to herself. Taking the temporary job at the Copper Mountain Ranch as widower Brock Sheenan’s housekeeper seems perfect for her. But her calm cocoon is invaded with the arrival of Brock’s pre-teen twins, Mack and Molly who’ve never experienced a proper Christmas and before she knows it, Harley’s determined to make their holiday perfect.

Annoyed at first by Harley’s interference, Brock is secretly pleased she’s changed Mack and Molly’s world. It doesn’t hurt that he finds Harley incredibly attractive, fierce, smart and passionate. It’s also an added bonus that she’s not afraid to challenge him and get his blood heated! But when sparks fly and the attractions sizzles between them, Harley’s not so sure she can handle something permanent with this dark, taciturn cowboy who doesn’t know how to let her in. But Brock is determined to hold on to her and praying for a Christmas miracle.

***** Review *****

She’d come to Montana to work. She’d taken the temporary job at Copper Mountain Ranch to get some distance from her family this Christmas, and working on the Paradise Valley cattle ranch would give her new memories. 

Harley needs to be away from her family this Christmas. She needs to define herself by her work and have new memories, so she took the temporary housekeeping job at the Copper Mountain Ranch working for Brock Sheenan.

The agency briefed Harley before her arrival about her employer. She is there to feed the ranch hands and take care of the house, and doesn’t get involved in the ranch affairs…until the sheriff shows up with two children in tow and Brock is nowhere to be found.

Having lost her own children, being around children is very hard for Harley. She is more than capable of caring for the ranch and the children, but she just can’t. It sets the entire family on edge in their own ways, and the personalities and individuality of both Molly and Mack shine through the novel. Mack and Molly both have their own moments with Harley, and they are incredibly sweet and slightly heartbreaking. They are adorable and wanting for love, and Harley seems to be the one to bring that out in their father.

This is a very quick and heartwarming read for the holidays, with a sweet and sentimental ending.

***** About the Author *****

12693I’m a small town girl at heart. Born in Visalia, California, I love central California’s golden foothills, oak trees, and the miles of farmland. In my mind, there’s nothing sweeter in the world than the heady fragrance of orange blossoms on a sultry summer night.

As a little girl I spent hours on my bed, staring out the window, dreaming of far off places, fearless knights, and happy-ever-after endings. In my imagination I was never the geeky bookworm with the thick coke-bottle glasses, but a princess, a magical fairy, a Joan-of-Arc crusader.

My parents fed my imagination by taking our family to Europe for a year when I was thirteen. The year away changed me (I wasn’t a geek for once!) and overseas I discovered a huge and wonderful world with different cultures and customs. I loved everything about Europe, but felt especially passionate about Italy and those gorgeous Italian men (no wonder my very first Presents was Italian).

I confess, after that incredible year in Europe, the travel bug bit, and bit hard. I spent much of my high school and college years abroad, studying in South Africa, Japan and Ireland. South Africa remains a country of my heart, the people, the land and politics complex and heart-wrenching.

After my years of traveling and studying I had to settle down and earn a living. With my Bachelors degree from UCLA in American Studies, a program that combines American literature and American history, I’ve worked in sales and marketing, as well as a director of a non-profit foundation. Later I earned my Masters in Writing from the University of San Francisco and taught jr. high and high school English.

After sixteen years in Greater Seattle, I’m back in California, making my home in a historic Ole Hanson home in San Clemente, with my surfer husband and three very active sons. I love being near the beach and being able to walk everywhere, but I also love being at my desk, writing stories about women and our lives, as well as the need to love, and be loved. I like a story with a happy ending. But then, I believe, we all do.

Find the author: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing This Year

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme feature created at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists. For the list of past topics and future schedule, click here.

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Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing This Year

 

Loving Mr. Daniels

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When I arrived to Edgewood, Wisconsin I didn’t plan to find him. I didn’t plan to stumble into Joe’s bar and have Daniel’s music stir up my emotions. I had no clue that his voice would make my hurts forget their own sorrow. I had no idea that my happiness would remember its own bliss.

When I started senior year at my new school, I wasn’t prepared to call him Mr. Daniels, but sometimes life happens at the wrong time for all the right reasons.

Our love story wasn’t only about the physical connection.

It was about family. It was about loss. It was about being alive. It was silly. It was painful. It was mourning. It was laughter.

It was ours.

And for those reasons alone, I would never apologize for loving Mr. Daniels.

 

Rebel Belle

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Harper Price, peerless Southern belle, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run-in at the dance imbues her with incredible abilities, Harper’s destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird. She becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting instincts.

Just when life can’t get any more disastrously crazy, Harper finds out who she’s charged to protect: David Stark, school reporter, subject of a mysterious prophecy and possibly Harper’s least favorite person. But things get complicated when Harper starts falling for him—and discovers that David’s own fate could very well be to destroy Earth.

With snappy banter, cotillion dresses, non-stop action and a touch of magic, this new young adult series from bestseller Rachel Hawkins is going to make y’all beg for more.

 

The One & Only

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Thirty-three-year-old Shea Rigsby has spent her entire life in Walker, Texas—a small college town that lives and dies by football, a passion she unabashedly shares. Raised alongside her best friend, Lucy, the daughter of Walker’s legendary head coach, Clive Carr, Shea was too devoted to her hometown team to leave. Instead she stayed in Walker for college, even taking a job in the university athletic department after graduation, where she has remained for more than a decade.

But when an unexpected tragedy strikes the tight-knit Walker community, Shea’s comfortable world is upended, and she begins to wonder if the life she’s chosen is really enough for her. As she finally gives up her safety net to set out on an unexpected path, Shea discovers unsettling truths about the people and things she has always trusted most—and is forced to confront her deepest desires, fears, and secrets.

Thoughtful, funny, and brilliantly observed, The One & Only is a luminous novel about finding your passion, following your heart, and, most of all, believing in something bigger than yourself . . . the one and only thing that truly makes life worth living.

 

Big Little Lies

19486412 Sometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal. . . .
A murder… . . . a tragic accident… . . . or just parents behaving badly?
What’s indisputable is that someone is dead.   But who did what?
Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:   Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).
Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.   New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.
Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

 

Better Off Friends

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For Macallan and Levi, it was friends at first sight. Everyone says guys and girls can’t be just friends, but these two are. They hang out after school, share tons of inside jokes, their families are super close, and Levi even starts dating one of Macallan’s friends. They are platonic and happy that way.

Eventually they realize they’re best friends — which wouldn’t be so bad if they didn’t keep getting in each other’s way. Guys won’t ask Macallan out because they think she’s with Levi, and Levi spends too much time joking around with Macallan, and maybe not enough time with his date. They can’t help but wonder . . . are they more than friends or are they better off without making it even more complicated?

From romantic comedy superstar Elizabeth Eulberg comes a fresh, fun examination of a question for the ages: Can guys and girls ever really be just friends? Or are they always one fight away from not speaking again — and one kiss away from true love?

 

Maybe Someday

17788403 At twenty-two years old, Sydney has a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter’s cheating on her–and she is left trying to decide what to do next.

Sydney becomes captivated by Ridge, her mysterious neighbor. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one…

 

The Secret of Magic

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Regina Robichard works for Thurgood Marshall, who receives an unusual letter asking the NAACP to investigate the murder of a returning black war hero. It is signed by M. P. Calhoun, the most reclusive author in the country.

As a child, Regina was captivated by Calhoun’s The Secret of Magic, a novel in which white and black children played together in a magical forest.

Once down in Mississippi, Regina finds that nothing in the South is as it seems. She must navigate the muddy waters of racism, relationships, and her own tragic past. The Secret of Magic brilliantly explores the power of stories and those who tell them.

Everything I Never Told You

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Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet . . . So begins this debut novel about a mixed-race family living in 1970s Ohio and the tragedy that will either be their undoing or their salvation. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother’s bright blue eyes and her father’s jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue—in Marilyn’s case that her daughter become a doctor rather than a homemaker, in James’s case that Lydia be popular at school, a girl with a busy social life and the center of every party.
When Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos, forcing them to confront the long-kept secrets that have been slowly pulling them apart.

The Harry Potter series

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Yes, I devoured the series last year thanks to the Kindle Lending Library…but I want my own copies! I want to go back and fall in love with the story and mark up my favorite lines and scenes to easily find them again when I feel I need to.

The Heroes of Olympus series

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I just need to get with the program, y’all. I really do.

Review: What Happens At Christmas

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Title: What Happens at Christmas
Author: Victoria Alexander
Publisher: Kensington
Release Date: November 2012
Length: 396 pages
Series?: Millworth #1
Genre: Historical, Romance

Find the book: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N

December 18-25,1886. Camille Lady Lydingham wants a Prince, specifically Nikolai Pruzinsky of Greater Avalonia. To give him a traditional English Christmas, she hires actors to portray her family and also double as servants. Suddenly, Grayson Elliott returns after making his fortune in America. Eleven years ago, he declared his love the day before her marriage to another and then vanished. Now he wants her back and her Christmas ruse is the perfect farce to set his plans in motion.

***** Review *****

Nobody is who they appear to be in Millworth Manor.

Camille Lydingham has the craziest idea ever. While her family is away traveling for the holidays, she decides to hire actors to play her family, with the exception of her twin sister, Beryl, who is not 100% behind Camille’s Christmas ruse to endear herself to Prince Nikolai Pruzinsky.

A prince who refuses to be addressed by his full title, and instead prefers a lesser title. A prince who has traveled abroad for an entire year entirely by himself without even a valet. It is an oddity, but the Briston girls are more than used to housing displaced royalty for the holidays. It was a regular occurrence in their household growing up after their father died.

“There’s very little difference between Mother’s house and a circus, especially at Christmas, although a circus is probably less chaotic.” 

Each Briston girl has married – and married well. They have all been widowed. Camille wants the fairy tale she’d always dreamed of as a young girl. In her grand scheme of things, all she wants is a prince. The love will follow…until Grayson Elliott shows up on her doorstep in the midst of all the pre-planning for the upcoming holidays. And insists on staying to “help.”

There are actors chosen to play Camille’s mother, younger sister and her father’s brother, Uncle Basil. Beryl and Grayson are somewhat sworn enemies after his debacle the day before Camille’s wedding eleven years prior, but they have come to a stodgy truce that Camille cannot marry the prince. Neither believe he is who he says he is, but they have nothing conclusive to support their feelings.

“Camille hired a group of actors to play the parts of her famiy, as well as all the other servants.” 

Win gasped. “My God.” 

“That was my –“

“That’s brilliant!”

Things start getting quite out of hand after Grayson’s cousin Win steps into the picture to add more players into the household. With each passing day, it seems that more and more guests are appearing at Millworth Manor and Camille is having a hard time explaining them and their sudden appearances.

One very mysterious guest appears that changes quite a bit of the story, and it seems that each Briston girl knew a very secretive truth and kept it secret through the years.

You need to make her aware of the truth without making her feel like a fool. You were her friend once, you need to be her friend now.

I enjoyed the close relationships of the characters. Beryl, Camille and Grayson had been very close friends growing up, and after Grayson’s declaration he simply disappeared. Beryl and Camille naturally have a close relationship, holding tight to the common belief about twins. They have quite a few comical moments, as do Beryl and Grayson despite their slight stand-off.

“Eventually, if what he wants is to win you over, he will tell you everything.” 

“Why would he do that?” 

“I have no idea,” Beryl shurgged. “But men tend to do that sort of thing when they are trying to declare how much they love you. They confess all their sins. Pity they expect you to confess yours too.” 

Camille and Grayson’s relationship, though, are the central focus of the novel. There were so many times I became frustrated with both of them because they more than beat around the bush and sometimes outright lied to one another. So frustrating!

“I was an idiot, I admit.” 

“As long as you admit it.” 

***** About the Author *****

victoriaNew York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander was an award winning television reporter until she discovered fiction was much more fun than real life. She turned to writing full time and is still shocked it worked out.

Since the publication of her first book in 1995, she has written thirty-one full length novels and six novellas. The Perfect Wife—originally published in 1996 and reissued in March 2008—hit #1 on the New York Times list. Sixteen of her books are bestsellers hitting the New York Times, USA Today and/or Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. With books translated into more than a dozen different languages she has readers around the world and has twice been nominated for Romance’s Writers of America prestigious RITA award. In 2009 she was given a Career Achievement Award from RT Bookclub and was named Historical Storyteller of the year in 2003. In 2008 she was the keynote speaker for the Romance Writers of American annual conference in San Francisco. Victoria credits much of her writing success to her experiences as a reporter.
Her years as a broadcast journalist were spent in two radically different areas of the country: Nebraska and West Virginia. In West Virginia, she covered both natural and manmade disasters. She was on the scene when a power plant construction accident in a small town left 52 men dead. She once spent the night on a mountain waiting to learn of the fate of coal miners trapped in a mine collapse. Victoria was producing a newscast when her husband (who worked at the same television station) and several other journalists were held hostage by a disturbed Vietnam veteran. In Nebraska, she reported on the farm crisis and watched people lose land that had been in their families for generations. She covered the story that was the basis of the movie BOYS DON’T CRY and once acted as the link between police and a gunman who had barricaded himself in his home. Her investigative work exposed the trucking of New York City garbage to a small town dump in rural Nebraska.

During her journalism career, Victoria covered every president from Ford to Clinton. She knows firsthand what it feels like to be surrounded by rising floodwaters and inside a burning building. She’s interviewed movie stars including Kevin Costner, ridden an elephant and flown in a governor’s helicopter. She’s covered a national political convention and Pope John Paul II’s historic visit to Denver as well as small town festivals celebrating everything from walnuts to Glen Miller. Her work was honored by numerous organizations including the Associated Press who called a feature about a firefighter’s school “story telling genius”. It was the encouragement she needed to turn from news to fiction. She’s never looked back.

Victoria claims her love of romance and journalism is to due to the influence of her favorite comic book character: Lois Lane, a terrific reporter and a great heroine who pursued Superman with an unwavering determination. And why not? He was extremely well drawn.

Victoria grew up traveling the world as an Air Force brat. Today, she lives in Omaha, Nebraska with her husband and her dogs. Victoria had two bearded collies, Sam and Louie (named from characters in one of her books). Sam (on the left), the best dog in the world for 13 ½ years, passed away in September 2010. Louie took on the position of loyal companion and did a fine job even though he doesn’t understand that kitchen counter surfing is not allowed!

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