My Review of “Emerald Coast” by Anita Hughes

Emerald Coast

Description from Goodreads

Emerald Coast

by Anita Hughes (Goodreads Author)
Lily Bristol arrives at a luxurious resort in Sardinia for the grand opening of her newest home furnishing store on the Emerald Coast. She’s a successful business woman with an international chain of stores from San Francisco to Milan. Thirty-two and newly divorced, she’s ready to handle things on her own. At least until her private butler, Enzo, escorts her to a beautiful suite where she notices a suspiciously familiar pair of men’s slippers and shaving kit.

Lily is horrified. Her ex-husband Oliver moved out of their restored Connecticut farmhouse six months ago, but they booked this trip when they were trying to save their marriage and never cancelled the reservation. Oliver, a food critic for the New York Times, is here covering Sardinia’s hottest new restaurant. The only other available room is the adjoining suite; and worse, Oliver isn’t alone. He’s brought a twenty-something named Angela with him.

Lily is determined to make do and enlists Enzo to find her a suitable man. But it’s not as easy to find new love as they both expected. When Lily and Oliver find themselves alone on a very important night, they turn to each other. Sparks begin to fly, but can they be together without breaking each other’s hearts?

Set on the glamorous Italian island, Emerald Coast is a touching and humorous story about marriage and the difficulty of finding love and happiness at the same time. (less)

Paperback, 320 pages
Expected publication: August 1st 2017 by St. Martin’s Griffin
MY REVIEW OF “EMERALD COAST” By Anita Hughes
I really enjoyed reading “Emerald Coast” by Anita Hughes. I received an ARC of this book for my honest review.
I appreciate the way Anita Hughes describes the beautiful landscape and location. I wish I could go on vacation with turquoise waters, quaint shops,sensational views, and tantalizing food. I certainly would love a private butler and such luxury accommodations.
The genres of this story are Women’s Fiction and Romance with a touch of humor.
The timeline of this story is told in the present and goes to the past  when  our characters first meet. The theme throughout the novel is the ups and downs of marriage. What are the ingredients of a lasting relationship?  “The author brings up the question of what makes a marriage work?”
The characters are described as complex, complicated and insecure. The two main characters  Lily and Oliver had been married for ten years, and have been divorced for one week. Lily is extremely successful as a business woman owning several stores. Oliver has always supported and encouraged her career. Oliver visits the best restaurants and writes about the food and establishments for the New York Times. Lily and Oliver share custody of their young daughter. Both Lily and Oliver are insecure and jealous, and felt the constant fighting and lack of trust could never be worked on in their marriage, and divorce.  Both know they should move on.
Lily needs a vacation and goes to the Emerald Coast, where the couple had previously made reservations. She has her own butler, and everything is beautiful. The only thing she notices  in her room, there are men’s shoes and in the bathroom is a man’s shaving kit. Her confusion gets worse, when she sees that it is Oliver with a new girlfriend. Both forgot to tell the other about the vacation.
Uh-oh!!!What else can go wrong? Can this lead to something good?
I like the way the author describes friendship,relationships and marriage. I find the author shows betrayal, loyalty , trust,growth, love and hope. I would highly recommend this story. I want to read more from this author.

My Review of “No Time to Say Goodbye” by Bill Adler, Jr.

image “No Time to Say Goodbye” by Bill Adler, Jr, Claren Books,2017 is a novella, and the Genres of this book are Time Travel, Science Fiction,, Mystery and Romance. I have received an Arc of this novel for my honest review. I would give this novella 3.5 stars.

If you like Science Fiction, this is a three chapter novella packed with intrigue, adventure, time travel and mystery.

I like the way that the author describes his characters. They are complicated and complex. Dr. Dennis Tanner lives a simple life with his beloved wife Rachel. He is a dedicated physician. Dennis gets up to go to the bathroom, which should take a few minutes, and notices there is a discrepancy in several hours. He has no idea of what is happening.

Then longer intervals of time seem to be happening. Dennis is aware is he in some type of time travel, and doesn’t understand why or how. All he knows, is that he is terrified of losing his wife Rachel and his  life as he knows it. Dennis wakes up in strange places. There seems to be short intervals where he is traveling forward in time.

Why, where, and how is this happening to Dennis? If you like Science Fiction and time travel I would recommend this novella. Happy Reading!

 

 

My review of “The Lost Letter”. By Jillian Cantor

I love everything about “The Lost Letter” by Jillian Cantor. The publisher is Penquin Group, Riverhead and the publishing date is June 13, 2017. The genres of this book are Historical Fiction and Fiction. Kudos to Jillian Cantor for the beautiful storytelling and descriptions of the locations in this novel. The timeline of this story is both World War Two and in the time when the wall came down between East and West Germany, both significant times in history. The locations take place in Austria, Germany, England and the United States. The characters are complex and complicated. In the turbulent time of World War Two, there is betrayal and secrets. Some of the characters during this time period are brave and courageous and hold on to their beliefs of a free Austria. These characters take risks to survive the German occupation In the present timeline in the book, the wall is coming down between East and West Germany. Many of the characters are looking for answers and are fighting for freedom. I love the way that the author has both past and present like puzzle pieces, that have to be put together I appreciate the research the author has done on stamps and engraving, and the significance in history. Everything about this book is amazing, and intriguing. I recommend this book tremendously! Happy Reading! I received an ARC of this book for my honest review.

My Review of “White Fur” by Jardine Libaire

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imageI would like to thank NetGalley and Crown Publishing, Hogarth, and Jardine Libaire for the ARC (Advanced Reading Copy)  of “White Fur” by Jardine Libaire for my honest review.  Kudos to Jardine Libaire for her storytelling of such a unique, strange, unusual and bizarre novel. The author’s descriptions of people, places and things are amazing.

The genres of this story are Fiction, and Women’s Fiction. The time line of the story takes place in the 1980’s. The story first takes place in New Haven, then Long Island, New York City, Wyoming , Chicago and other places.

The author describes the characters as complex and complicated, with flawed and possibly dysfunctional personalities.

Out two main characters, Elise Perez and Jamie Hyde  come from different worlds of opportunity.  Elise was born to a sixteen year old mother, who made many poor choices. Elyse grew up in poverty witnessing her mother’s boyfriends inappropriate…

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My Review of “White Fur” by Jardine Libaire

imageI would like to thank NetGalley and Crown Publishing, Hogarth, and Jardine Libaire for the ARC (Advanced Reading Copy)  of “White Fur” by Jardine Libaire for my honest review.  Kudos to Jardine Libaire for her storytelling of such a unique, strange, unusual and bizarre novel. The author’s descriptions of people, places and things are amazing.

The genres of this story are Fiction, and Women’s Fiction. The time line of the story takes place in the 1980’s. The story first takes place in New Haven, then Long Island, New York City, Wyoming , Chicago and other places.

The author describes the characters as complex and complicated, with flawed and possibly dysfunctional personalities.

Out two main characters, Elise Perez and Jamie Hyde  come from different worlds of opportunity.  Elise was born to a sixteen year old mother, who made many poor choices. Elyse grew up in poverty witnessing her mother’s boyfriends inappropriate behavior, sex, and drug. Elise was born with skills and a tough outer shell for survival. She was responsible at times for watching the other children and working to pay bills. As a result, Elise didn’t finish high school.

Jamie Hyde, is handsome, extremely wealthy, and is like a magnet attracting attention. Jamie is in Yale, and his father owns a major financial company, and his divorced strange mother is a well-known actress. Both the mother and father are unlikable. They are not capable of showing affection, attention or love. Jamie appears to be a leader, but that is an illusion. He is chronically sad and pretends to “feel” something. He tends to look like he is paying attention, but is in another world.

The two characters are neighbors in New Haven. Elyse and Jamie start an obsessive and lustful relationship. They are two opposites in many ways that have both been brought up in toxic households. Jamie’s family try to go to any length necessary to stop this relationship.

Is it possible for two  characters from differing worlds to have a relationship and be in love?  This story is a modern updated twisted version of Romeo and Juliet. In this world are two opposing families, betrayal, drugs, alcohol, and danger. This is a very dangerous place to be for two young lovers.

I would highly recommend this intriguing and disturbing novel. It is very hard to put down.  Happy Reading!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Review of “Something Like Family” by Heather Burch

I love the many layers and storytelling of “Something Like Family” by Heather Burch, Lake Union Publishing, 2017.

I appreciate that the author deals with relevant issues of Veterans of War and Drug Addiction, and the effects on family members.

The Genres of this story  are Women’s Fiction and  Fiction.

The story takes place mostly in the present, in a small town where everyone know you and helps out. Neighbors look out for one another.

The characters can be described as complex and complicated. Rave Wayne is a young man who has been abandoned by his drug addicted mother for years, and has no idea if she is dead or alive. Although Rave  is bitter and angry he befriends a young woman , who is pregnant, who has a son. Rave helps and comes to love the little boy. Rave and the woman enter into a relationship, until she ends it. Rave again feels abandoned. The author describes dysfunctional families.

At the same time his Grandfather Tuck has been looking to reunite. Rave didn’t know that he had a Grandfather that is alive, and heads to the small town. Rave is one of my favorite characters. He shows compassion,helpfulness, courage and growth.

The author writes about abandonment, betrayal, loyalty, memories, forgiveness, courage, love and hope. I appreciate that the author also writes about friends, neighbors, and family. What is a family?

I enjoyed this story and would highly recommend it. There are some Kleenex moments. I received this ARC for my honest review.

My Review of “Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate

I would like to thank Random House Publishing Group-Ballantine and Lisa Wingate for the ARC (advanced reading copy) of “Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate for my honest review.
The genres of this novel are Women’s Fiction and Historical Fiction. This story has fictional characters but is based on the true scandal with Georgia Tann and the Memphis Adoption home. Children were kidnapped, and disadvantaged parents would sign papers unaware that their children were being sold to wealthy families for profit. There were reported cases of abuse and deaths at this Adoption home. Georgia Tann had many top Politicians and the law by her side, depriving the children of their rights, and treating them as chattel.
The timeline and places for this story are in the past, 1939 in Memphis Tennessee, and in the present time in South Carolina.
The characters are described as complicated and complex. Georgia Tann is described as evil, dangerous, manipulative, and corrupt. Most of the employees that worked for Georgia Tann turned a blind eye, and some were sadistic and were bullies.
The author describes the children as innocent, frightened , scared, confused. Some of the children were brave and courageous.
In “Before We Were Yours”, Lisa Wingate tells the story about a family that lives in a shanty by the river.The mother is having a difficult time delivering twins, and has to be moved to get medical help. In the time that the parents are gone, the children are taken by the local law officials and placed in the Memphis Adoption Agency.
I appreciate the way that Lisa Wingate writes about the hard times at the adoption home where the children are brought. I could feel my heart break at some of the parts in this story. The storytelling shifts between the past and the present.
Avery is a prominent attorney part of a wealthy and politically active family. Her father is in a political high political position. One of the discussions they are in involve nursing homes, and how the elderly are treated.
At one of the homes that they visit, an older resident calls Avery a different name, and insists that they know each other. This starts Avery on an adventure to discover her family and her self.
I like the way the author writes about betrayal, loyalty, and secrets. The author also describes family, friends, trust, love and hope, The author makes me think, what is the cost for searching for the truth? How could this scandal go on for so long and cause the consequences that it did for many families and children?
I would highly recommend this intriguing novel, and look forward to reading more from the author. There are some Kleenex moments.