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HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY! The Story of Our Lives by Helen Warner

What a beautiful day for the birth of this beautiful chick-lit!

I am so excited to be on TLC's Book Tour's line-up for this novel.


Four friends. Twenty years. One powerful secret. Everyone remembers where they were on August 31st, 1997, the day Princess Diana died.

Sophie, Emily, Amy and Melissa certainly do - a beautiful cottage in Southwold at the start of an annual tradition to have a weekend away together.

Every year since, the four best friends have come back together. But over time the changes in their lives have led them down very different paths. And it's when those paths collide that the secrets they've been keeping come tumbling out.

One Day meets Big LIttle Lies in the unputdownable read about four friends, one long-buried secret and the histories we all share.

Doesn't that sound amazing?? Don't miss out! "The Story of Our Lives" is available today on Kindle and in bookstores! Click my bookstagram pic above to add it to your Goodreads!


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BOOK TOUR!! The View from Rainshadow Bay (Lavender Tides #1) by Colleen Coble

The day is here! I am honored to feature Colleen Coble's newest novel (and the start of a new series!), The View from Rainshadow Bay, on my blog and my bookstagram today. What an absolutely stunning cover this novel has, and what a great spring read balancing romance and suspense!



Synopsis:

After her husband, Jack, dies in a climbing incident, Shauna has only her five-year-old son and her helicopter charter business to live for. Every day is a struggle to make ends meet and she lives in constant fear of losing even more than she already has.

When her business partner is murdered, his final words convince Shauna that she's in danger too. But where can she turn? Zach Bannister was her husband's best friend and is the person she blames for his death. But right now, he seems her only hope for protecting her son.

Zach is only too happy to assuage his guilt over Hacks' death by helping Shauna any way he can. But there are secrets involved dating back to Shauna's childhood…

BOOK TOUR!! Steal Away Home by Billy Coffey

It's time!! I am honored to be a part of TLC's book tour for Steal Away Home by Billy Coffey. Published by Thomas Nelson, Steal Away Home is a newly released work of Christian fiction that is told through the eyes of minor league baseball player Owen Cross. As Owen is offered his first big time shot, he reflects back on the journey that led him there.



I can truly say several things about this book:

The language used and writing style overall is breathtaking. It's poetic.The characters are well-developed and dynamic.The story unfolds in a way that creates tension and mystery. By the end of Steal Away Home, I was dying to see how the flashbacks of Owen's life leading up to the big game would connect to his present state and how far the story would go beyond the game. 
Did I mention the cover? 😍 Take a look again, and click the image below to read the full synopsis on Goodreads! Don't forget to add it to your to-read shelf.


Steal Away Home was released on January 2nd o…

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner #1) by James Dashner

This re-read was so satisfying. The first few times I read this, years ago, I didn't have a blog. It was likely even before I began utilizing Goodreads. Thus, I've never written a review for it before! I'll try to be non-spoilery, but that may prove difficult.

Here goes...

The Maze Runner is one of the few YA book purchases I've made in my life that was not a cover buy. To be honest, I'm not a huge fan of the original cover. In fact, though that was the original format in which I read the series, last year (or maybe the year before) I actually bought the UK versions on Amazon.

The main reason I bought the first MR book was due to the blurb on the back and the first chapter. I remember when I first came across it at Walmart. I stood in the aisle and looked it over, read the first chapter, and thought "I've gotta get this.." Keep in mind, this was before there was even talk about a movie. This series was flying way under the radar.



Right from the start,…

The Summer I Turned Pretty (The Summer I Turned Pretty #1) by Jenny Han

*Sigh*


You know when I begin a review with a sigh, it's either really good... or really bad.

This one is exceptional. This is probably the 3rd or 4th time I've read this book in the last 10 years and never has it ever disappointed me. In fact, after a few rough days recently, I was looking for a reread that would be quick and reliable for giving me the feels and making me melt. This book (and entire trilogy) always does that for me. It's a great beach read, but even now, in the middle of January, while I am nowhere near a beach, it still was the perfect dosage of sunshine, romance, and escapism.

Now, I know what you might be thinking. "The Summer I Turned Pretty?" Kind of a silly-sounding name. But that's really what this book is about! Isabel (Belly) spends every summer the same way-in a beach house with her mom and brother, Steven, shared by her mom's best friend and her two sons, Jeremiah and Conrad. Seeing Jeremiah and Conrad every summer has led to t…

Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

Hello, friends! This going to be fairly short. I've decided not to do "full" reviews for books that I do not finish; however, I still want to share my overall thoughts. When I polled my followers on bookstagram, many of them (you?) said that sometimes DNF reviews are helpful in deciding whether you want to pick up a book or not, or even whether to prioritize it as your next read.

So, here goes!


After DNF-ing Dorothy Must Die a couple of years ago, I decided to give Danielle Paige another shot. At first, I was hesitant. Honestly, this was really a cover-buy and I found it for $4 in the bargain section of Books-A-Million, so I thought, "Why not?" It started off very promising, to my surprise, but by about page 50 it was plunging downhill at a rapid pace. I stuck it out until about page 120 or so, then decided it wasn't worth my time to finish.

For me, the characters did not have chemistry at all. The writing style was much more of a middle-grade feel (which i…

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Honestly, I have to start out by saying I'm surprised this book (and its movie adaptation) weren't a bigger hit. I went in with fairly low expectations and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed reading it and how quickly I was able to fly through it.

I picked this up after finishing a contemporary, a fantasy, a sci-fi, and a historical fiction already this month and being unsure of what genre I was in the mood for next. I flipped through this book (which I had purchased on a whim at a thrift store for 50 cents a few months back) and noticed that it had some unique inserts including lists, asides, and what appeared to be scripts (you know, like for a movie or play). Once I saw that diversity in writing, I knew this was my next read. I love when novels have enhancements like that. It varies the story-telling and keeps me from getting bored. But enough of that, I guess I should save it for the review.

 So, here we go!

1. Characters: I really enjoyed the characters. Sure,…