Book Review: The Wrong Brother by Bree Wolf

The Wrong Brother (A Forbidden Love Regency Novella Series, #1)The Wrong Brother by Bree Wolf
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This story was short but it really touched me in such a special way. Isabella is a smart woman that has finally found a man that respects her brain as well as her other features. She is about to take the final step in that relationship when something unexpected happens. What a great book this was.

It had such heart. I will keep it as a go to my happy place read. I loved all of the characters. I can see this family coming back as a sequel. Maybe Bree has already considered that. Either way, this was one of the most perfect novellas that I have read.

I love the way Bree Wolf writes her characters. Each book I have read by her has so much heart and so much emotion that I fall in love each time. This time I fell in love a couple of times. This new series should be a wonderful collection of amazingly warm characters and I can’t wait for more.

Bonus Review: Forgotten and Remembered: The Duke’s Late Wife by Bree Wolf

Forgotten & Remembered: The Duke's Late Wife (Love's Second Chance, #1)Forgotten & Remembered: The Duke’s Late Wife by Bree Wolf
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the first book in the Love’s Second Chance series. If this is anything to go by, it is going to be good.

This book held so many emotions. The hero has been married before and lost his wife in a riding accident. Graham Astor who is the Duke of Kinsington was left to mourn with his daughter Georgiana.

After much prompting Graham decides to marry in order to have a mother for his child. Graham grieves the loss of his wife so deeply that he refuses to acknowledge his new wife with even the most basic conversation.

Rosabel does not expect to be loved after she finds out about his tragic loss, but she finds that she wants more than to just exists in this home with his dead wife’s memories.

This story has so many facets that I really was caught up with all the personalities. It is a sadly sweet story with love as the thread that holds it all together.

I truly loved this story. This is one of my most favorite books. I love to open it up and read it over again. Bree Wolf can really bring characters to life in the most beautiful way.

Additional Review: Cursed & Cherished: The Duke’s Willful Wife by Bree Wolf

Cursed & Cherished: The Duke's Wilful Wife (Love's Second Chance, #2)Cursed & Cherished: The Duke’s Wilful Wife by Bree Wolf
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the second book in the series Love’s Second Chance.

To begin with you learn that Edmond Dunsworth, the Duke of Cromwell has lost his family fortune. His steward has heard of a man with two daughters that have a sizable dowry. After a very unusual meeting he decides to offer for Anna. He sees something in Anna that makes him want unravel her mysterious behavior. I really enjoyed the dinner scene, it was pretty comical.

The marriage becomes a very rocky ground when Anna’s friend reminds her that men are devious. So Anna makes a plan to make the Duke sorry he chose her. It is a battle, a game that threatens to ruin any chance for happiness for either one of them. There are so many little sub plots that keep this story rolling at a quick pace.

Graham and Rosabel are in this book and that made me very happy to see how they are doing after a period of time. They are such wonderful characters from Forgotten and Remembered, the first book of the series.

If you have not read this series, you should. It is wonderfully written and full of strong independent characters. I can not wait for book three.

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AudioBook Review: The Willow Lake Group by Kelly Proudfoot

The Willow Lake GroupThe Willow Lake Group by Kelly Proudfoot

AudioBook review

Overall *****

Performance *****

Story *****

I had finished reading the book and then about a week later I was able to listen to the Willow Lake Group from Audible. I realized that it might bring the story to a new level. I already had pictures of the characters in my head, now I would have voices to go with them. The story was filled with love, friendship, obsession, and secrets. When the narrator took on the voices with such skill it was amazing. It did indeed bring it to a new level. It was wonderful to hear.

Kelly Proudfoot has written a beautiful story about a group of people that meet to read poetry and each person in the group was as different as they could be. When Gavin and Liam came into town, having only met on the train into town, they ended up at the same poetry group. They both met the people in the group at that time and both were attracted to Sondra.

This story was told from Gavin’s perspective and I have to admit, I loved knowing what was going through the man’s head. It was a very nice change to know how he was feeling and viewing the situation. I felt that especially in the love department it gave a totally different feel than the usual romance themes in books.

With poetry and drama in each meeting there were humorous situations. There was also heart. So much heart and affection between the members of the group. The book allowed me to touch that affection, but listening to the different personalities being portrayed in the narration, It just bloomed.

The members of the group were all ages. It was interesting to see how the older members parented the younger. There was also the beautiful relationship that Sondra and Gavin. Lightening fast and deeper than either of them would have believed. It was really a lovely relationship. You also got to know each character in the group. You found out their secrets and their fears. Kelly brought them to life in her writing and the narrator, Tim Campbell gave them that special distinction that comes from hearing a person’s inflection.

This is a book you should read or even better, listen to. It is such a beautiful well told story.

Exciting Goal Reached For The Page Turner

followed-blog-100-2x I woke up this morning to wonderful news.  My little blog that I created to inspire me to write has 100 followers.

I am so touched by those that follow my blog. I hope that you like the diversity of it all. I feel like I have been given 5 stars.  You know how I love a 5 star review!

This post is mainly to say thank you and that I am so excited. My blog has allowed me to share books with people that love reading as much as I do. It has also allowed me to feel creative and mentally stimulated.

At this point all I can say is  “Drinks are on the house!  CHEERS!”

Now on to the next goal!  If you are not following The Page Turner, there is no better time than now! Onward and Upward.

Sadly I am all out of clichés.  Thanks again come back soon. If you have any book suggestions for review, let me know.

 

Reviews for Seven Short Stories by Eric Weir

I had heard talk of the movie called the Martian. For one thing it starred Matt Damon. Secondly it was about outer space. I had not really paid too much attention at the time so other than the two things I did know, I was clueless. That was until I found a link to a short story by the Eric Weir. The author of The Martian. After I found the link to one of his stories, I was hooked. I looked up six more of his short stories and read them one after the other. They were very short and very interesting. Each had a hook or a twist. With that in mind I wrote my own small review and included the link to each story. I hope you click the links and read the stories. They are totally worth the time.

The EggThe Egg by Andy Weir

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I stumbled onto this author through another person’s review on Goodreads and boy what a fortuitous event that was for me. I love his short stories. They are filled with ideas that really make you think. With twists and concepts that are totally different. You can read the Egg here. Thanks to Jenny for the review that led me to Andy Weir.

The Real DealThe Real Deal by Andy Weir

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a great little short story. I did not see the twist coming. It was a tender story that has a lot of heart. I am glad I read it. You can read it here

Annie's DayAnnie’s Day by Andy Weir

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

That story was great. The end caught me off guard but sure made sense. Annie is a bit of a bad girl. This is my favorite Andy Weir story yet. I must keep reading. You can read Annie’s Day here

 

AccessAccess by Andy Weir

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This short story had me drawn in and once I knew all about her, I wanted this story to continue. This was too good to be a short story. Flesh it out after the reveal at the end. It is worth reading. You can read it here

The ChefThe Chef by Andy Weir

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another short story by Andy Weir that left me kind of cringing. I did re read it and realized that it was a totally different story the second time around. You can read it here Nicely executed with that final twist. I really like reading his stories. Now I need to pick up The Martian.

Meeting SarahMeeting Sarah by Andy Weir

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This short story cinched it, I love Andy Weir. He knows my mind. If you would like to read this story, and you should in my humble opinion, then read it here. To me this was the perfect read.

AntihypoxiantAntihypoxiant by Andy Weir

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

That was a quick study into a world I knew nothing about. I didn’t even know what that word meant. Lucky for me Andy Weir was there to explain it to me. I learned much about the word and then I learned that man sometimes outmaneuvered themselves. Another one that should be read,especially if you think you know more than everyone else. I tease! If you want to read it you can find it here.

Now that you have had your appetite whetted, you can be like me and set about to pick it up The Martian. If this is a sample of his skill at writing, it should be amazing.

A Liebster Award Nomination

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I was nominated by the amazing 15 year old  Blogger from  My Random Blog to do the Liebster Award. Thank you for including me!  I am so excited to fill this out and pass it along to others.

This is an award given to small bloggers to help them gain some more views and get recognized. 

The rules for the award are:

  • Acknowledge the blog that nominated you and display the award.
  • Answer 11 question that the blog gives you.
  • Give 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 5-11 blogs you think are deserving of the award that have less than 200 followers.
  • Let the blogs know you have nominated them.
  • Give them 11 questions to answer.

 

Questions by My Random Blog are as follows:



1. Your favorite food?

Lasagna (with garlic bread of course) .
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2. Do you have pets?

I have 2 Aussies named Beau and Arrow (get it?) This is when they were babies!

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3. Favorite book series?

That is so hard, I love so many. But the Violet Chain series was amazing.

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4.Which place do you want to visit before you die?

Scotland, I want to actually walk into a castle.

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5. Favorite TV-series?

Criminal Minds, I just love the whole team.
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6. The latest movie you have watched?

The BBC’s version of  North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

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7. What do you do in your free time?

I read and I write. I love to write while everyone else is asleep. I also play with my dogs and talk with them.  They love for me to do different voices for them. 🙂

 

8. Favorite superhero?

I would have to go with Thor.

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9. Do you like to cook or bake?

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I do not enjoy either. I find them both tedious.

I cooked more when my children were little. But not a huge variety.

 

10. Favorite colour?

My favorite color is Blue except when it is Pink.  It varies.

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11. Why did you start your blog?

I wanted to start writing again and I liked giving book reviews so I decided to combine the two. It also was to give my creativity a jump start, I had been struggling to write for a while.

 

Some random facts about me
1.   I went to Alaska last summer.
2.  I read all the time, usually on 3 different readers every day.
3.   I  have been known to take unplanned road trips.
4.  I love music, all kinds of music.
5.   I have the best sister and brother in the world.
6.   I tend to get obsessed with books and song.
7.   I have 2 Australian shepherds.
8.   I love Airplanes so much that I did a training flight in a Cessna Skyhawk.
9.   I get the shakes from 2 cups of coffee yet I still go back for the 3rd.
10. I love the gulf coast and am ready to go to the beach.
11.  I am addicted to Goodreads and spend most of my waking hours there.

My questions to you
1. What is your best memory?
2. Are you part of a fandom?
3. What singer do you endlessly listen to?
4.What is the number one thing on your bucket list?
5. Who is your favorite author?
6. What movie can you watch over and over again?
7. What motivates and inspires you?
8. Do you have any pets?
9.  What is your favorite book series?
10. Where is your dream vacation spot?
11. Why did you start your blog?

I nominate:

Casey @DixiYooper

Cezane @The Cavaliers Cove

Matthew @ SaintsWest

Colin @  The Watson Letters

Millie @ Coffee, Chocolate & Writing

My Obsession in Music: Painting Greys byEmmit Fenn

 

 

This song has been in my head since I found it last week. I want to hear more from Emmit Fenn. I don’t even know if it is a group or a solo artist. I just know I love this song.  I love the words and the music both. I admit I am just an obsessed listener.  If you love them let me know. Also if you know anything about Emmit Fenn, share it with me.

Book Review: Cicero’s Dead by Patrick H. Moore

Cicero's DeadCicero’s Dead by Patrick H. Moore
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

One deliciously grimy read

This book had so much going on. There were drugs, murders, lies and guns. The story flowed so well that it was hard to put it down long enough to sleep.

All of the characters were real and detailed. You knew them and either loved or hated them but you were not uninvolved.

I am so glad that I found this book. It was a great detective novel. I have a new respect for those Private investigators. And a whole lot of respect for Bobby and Nick in particular.

Nick Crane PI was hired to find Richard by his sister Jade. Nick along with his friend Bobby found so much more wrong than just s missing brother. Each time they found a body it showed them the true evil they were facing. Nick had brought Bobby into the search for Richard. Together they found trouble all over the city, even with the police.Bobby had a history that both helped and hindered during the investigation. Sometimes things were just too real for him. Bobby touched me with his painful countenance.

Nick and his wife, Cassidy were good together. This allowed Nick to feel uncomfortable with just how sexy Jude was, even if he did notice. Rich characters were sprinkled all through this book. The action and gritty discoveries were on every page.

If you like mysteries and detective stories then this book is for you. I am a new fan of both the genre and the Author.

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Book Reviews for 3 Children’s Books by Different Authors

I have had my granddaughter spending time with me in my room due to a horrifying virus that is passing around the family. So far it has skipped my 6 year old granddaughter Sarah and myself. We are staying downstairs and out of harms way.

This has given us a lot of time together and so I brought out my Kindle and found several children’s books that I had purchased from Amazon. Some were free when I picked them up, some were really reasonably priced. Anyway, we have been reading a few along and I thought I would share a few reviews in the genre of young children’s books.

I loved all three and most importantly Sarah loved them. There are three different types. All just as enjoyable as the next. I hope you find something for your little one here.

Children's book: Me too! The story of a little dog that wanted more and more...: (Bedtime story for beginners and early readers 3-8, Rhymes picture book)Children’s book: Me too! The story of a little dog that wanted more and more…: by Lea Kirshenberg
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My Granddaughter and I just finished reading this book. She said it was the Best ever. She read to me the first half then asked me to read the second half.

She was interested and it kept her attention throughout. She loved the illustrations and thought that Puggy was the most cute dog ever.

This review is being generated with the assistance of a kindergartner and new reader.

I was so glad that I picked up the rhyming book. It was a fun story and the rhymes delighted us both. It also gave us a chance to discuss how it is natural and normal to feel jealousy sometimes.
I will be looking for more books from this author for us to read together.

Books for Kids: The Mermaid Adventures - The Lost Treasure of Mertopia (Children's Books, Kids Books, Mermaid Books, Bedtime Stories For Kids)Books for Kids: The Mermaid Adventures – The Lost Treasure of Mertopia by Lindsey Scott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Atara and Astrid were not only best friends they were also mermaids that lived in Mertopia.

They decided to head out on a big adventure to find a lost treasure. They even took along their turtle friend Shelby. Problem was that they lied about where they were going.

As they reached the deepest canyon they found some astounding creatures. They were having an exciting and scary adventure by this time. There were dangers and the little mermaids had to make choices and deal with the fact that they lied and no one knew where they were.

The words are harder for a new reader to read on her own. This is more of read to book than a reading book. That being said, it was a big hit for the six year old. She loved the crisp pictures that accompanied the story. She followed along very well with the story and it retained her attention.

We now want to read Lindsey Scott’s other Mermaid books.

LETTUCE!LETTUCE! by Diana Kizlauskas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was really a beautifully illustrated book. With vividly colored scenes. The words were carefully chosen to elicit a response from the child. It was a really enjoyable read for the youngest child in the house. She read along and enjoyed that the rabbit was interested in all the other animals opinion.

There were skunks, owls even cats and dogs. The animals were also really well drawn and the color was so bright. A lovely book to look at as well as read.

The plot was so easy to follow and there were choices that the rabbit had to make about his giant lettuce. I highly recommend this for early readers and younger.
Diana Kizlauskas really knows what she is doing when it comes to writing for small children.

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Book Review: The Medici Letters: The Secret Origins of the Renaissance by Taylor Buck

The Medici Letters: The Secret Origins of the RenaissanceThe Medici Letters: The Secret Origins of the Renaissance by Taylor Buck
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I admit that in the beginning the name alone drew me in, I mean who doesn’t recognize the name Medici. Especially if you have a love for history and all things European. There were supposed to be some danger and a treasure hunt with the bonus of letters from five hundred years ago. It sounded perfect. I admit I was hooked from the start and I was not disappointed.

Katherine Cullen was an archaeologist and she really was good at what she did. She was about to locate the letters buried under the city of Florence.

When she was found in the Swiss alps unconscious she was taken to the hospital and her husband was notified. Jack Cullen was a history professor and when he got word that she lay in a coma he went to her side. There he got caught up in the search for her would be murderer. Jack was worried abou this wife, but needed to find out what had happened to her and who was behind the attack she had hopefully survived.

He was brought into the inner circle of the team that were in search for the treasure the ancient letter Kat had eluded to. Jack was soon introduced to powerful men that headed the search for the treasure. These men revealed to Jack that she basically had been given a map. Now he had to work with people he did not know in order to solve both mysteries. There were times when Jack did not know who to trust and of whom to be leery.

Jack has one of those brains that can flesh out inconsistencies and he follows lead after lead while traveling all over Europe. It is fast paced and it is adventurous. He visited places that are on my bucket list and he described them and told their history in such a way that I was itching to join him.

Every detail is vividly laid out for the reader and they are mixed in with mystery, murder, danger and excitement. Every emotion is played out in this book. It is a must read. The story is alive with history and it is not told over the head of the reader. It is very well written.

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