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Review - Destined to Fail by Samantha March

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My Copy of the Book
Year Published: 2011 Genre: Chick Lit; Contemporary; Women's Fiction
Blurb: Jasmine Jones is ready to begin her new life as a college student, and is ecstatic to have best friend Abby by her side. But weeks into their new college life, Abby drops the bomb- she is pregnant, and dropping out of college. Jasmine can’t handle the fact that Abby is wasting her opportunity to get an education, and going back to her cheating, abusive boyfriend. She struggles to move on from her friendship with Abby, but befriends two new girls at college. Everything seems back on track for Jasmine- great new friendships and roommates, a strong relationship with boyfriend Nate, and excelling at her college courses. But Jasmine’s newfound happiness is shattered when her pregnancy test comes out positive. Does she have to drop out of college now and become a young mother? Will Nate stay with her? How can she afford a child? Jasmine’s life has been filled with obstacles and challenges along t…

Review - Deep Water by Deborah Coonts

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My Copy of the Book
Year Published: 2017 Genre: Crime; Suspense
Blurb: Oil—the currency of global economic power. Alter the supply a country controls; alter the power they wield.  Patrick Donovan, Texas wildcatter, sitting on a deep-water well, has tapped into a reservoir so vast it could totally alter the balance of economic power.  A software scatter-bomb planted in the trading software at the New York Mercantile Exchange. A software security engineer is killed. And the price of oil is dropping like a stone. Donovan goes missing, and an influential senior Senator from Texas is presumed dead. Sam Donovan, Patrick’s daughter, finds herself in the bullseye of a world scramble to gain control of her father’s well. A helicopter pilot operating between the rigs in the Gulf of Mexico, Sam knows how the game is played.  But this time, the stakes are life and death. As a hurricane bears down on the Gulf of Mexico, a man with everything to lose sets in motion sets in motion a disaster that will bring…

Review - Playing House by Laura Chapman

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Book Cover
Year Published: 2017 Genre: Chick Lit; Contemporary; Romance
Blurb: She's a work in progress . . . Bailey Meredith has had it. As an assistant at a prestigious interior design firm, she’s tired of making coffee and filing invoices. She’ll do just about anything to get out from under the paperwork and into the field for real experience. Then she sees an ad for a job that seems too good to be true.  He's a fixer upper . . . Wilder Aldrich knew she would be perfect for the crew the moment he saw her. His hit home improvement show only hired the best, and Bailey had potential written all over her. It isn’t just her imaginative creativity and unmatched work ethic that grabs his attention. There’s just something about her.  With chemistry on screen, it’s only a matter of time before sparks fly behind the scenes as well. But with Bailey’s jaded views on romance and a big secret that could destroy Wilder and everyone he cares about are either of them willing to risk it all for love…

My Week of Reading (20 - 25 March 2017)

Hello Everyone,
Reading has been alright this week; I managed to get one review out. I'm also going to be adding one more review link as well down below:
Grace by Max Lucado: Amazon: Amazon Review - Grace Readers Warehouse: Readers Warehouse Review - Grace Goodreads: Goodreads Review - Grace Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - Grace
At the moment I'm busy with two books; 'Deep Water' by Deborah Coonts (which I'm hoping to finish by Tuesday), and 'Destined to Fail' by Samantha March. So I should be able to get at least one review out this week.
Monthly Reading Goals: No progress yet; but I'm within touching distance of 'The Widow' by Fiona Barton; which is the psychological thriller that I want to read, so I'm hoping to start this one next week (hopefully before the end of March); though I probably won't finish it in March.

Last Word:
As you've seen, I've decided to change my blog a little bit. I've decided to put on a new …

Review - Grace by Max Lucado

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My Copy of the Book
Year Published: 2012 Genre: Christian; Non-Fiction
Blurb: Grace. We talk as though we understand the term. The bank gives us a grace period. The seedy politician falls from grace. Musicians speak of a grace note. We describe an actress as gracious, a dancer as graceful. We use the word for hospitals, baby girls, kings, and premeal prayers. We talk as though we know what grace means. But bestselling author Max Lucado says we’ve settled for a wimpy grace, a goldfish grace that sits in a bowl on the shelf and never causes trouble or demands a response. Now available as a trade paperback, Lucado's bestselling book reminds readers that there’s more to grace than we’ve ever imagined. In this cornerstone message of Lucado's ministry, he challenges readers to not only receive grace but also to be changed by grace. Shaped by grace. Strengthened by grace. Emboldened by grace. Softened by grace. Snatched by the nape of their neck and shaken to their senses by grace.
About the…

My Week of Reading (13 - 18 March 2017)

Hello Everyone,
I've had a nice week of reading - and blogging. Just to recap: I've done three reviews this week (can you believe it?!), and I've also done a post on my blog post for the one year that this book blog has been going (which you can find here).
Anyways, let's get on to the book reviews that I've done:
Defining Her by Samantha March: Amazon: Amazon Review - Defining Her Goodreads: Goodreads Review - Defining Her Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - Defining Her
The Night We Fell by Lindy Dale: Amazon: Amazon Review - The Night We Fell Goodreads: Goodreads Review - The Night We Fell Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - The Night We Fell
And last but not least:
Double Identity by Jaye C. Blakemore: Amazon: Amazon Review - Double Identity Goodreads: Goodreads Review - Double Identity
Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - Double Identity

I'm hoping that my good streak of reading will carry on; but we all know how life goes. At the m…

Review - Double Identity by Jaye C. Blakemore

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My Copy of the Book
Year Published: 2015 Genre: Suspense; Drama; Women's Fiction
Blurb: Identical Twins and Secret Lives...with Deceit, Murder, and Revenge! A passionate star-crossed romance between charismatic French vintner Cecile Cardin and elusive billionaire art collector Paul Allenwerth leads to the birth of beautiful twins Gillian and Julianne, who are separated at the age of three during a mysterious divorce, and raised in completely different environments: Julianne absorbs the artsy bohemian life of a small French winery, and Gillian lives in lonely luxury in New York City. Cecile and Paul take their shocking secrets to their graves…but they also leave their daughters with great wealth, an empire to run, and a strongbox that reveals a legacy they could never have imagined. As Julianne and Gillian learn of their parents’ past, and a family history steeped in unimaginable courage and tragedy, they must come to terms with the gifts and challenges that their parents have bequeath…

Review - The Night We Fell by Lindy Dale

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My Copy of the Book
Year Published: 2017 Genre: Contemporary; Romance with a small dose of erotica
Blurb: Mack Hamilton has spent a decade building Woolton Farm Estate into a thriving business with his brother, Miles. He's not used to failure. In fact, the only time he's ever failed was in marriage and understandably, he's not keen to go there again. Not if it means his daughter, Harriet will suffer.  Teacher, Layla Williams is the new girl in a town that's very set in it's ways. A city girl in need of a change, Layla's keen to become part of the small community, to build friendships and maybe make a home. Because a family who love each other, is the one thing she's always dreamed of. From the moment they meet, it's love at first sight for Mack and Layla. She's besotted to the point she'll deceive her housemates and risk her job.Mack wants Layla so much he's willing to consider the very thing he promised himself he'd never do again. Enter into…

Review - Defining Her by Samantha March

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Book Cover
Year Published: 2017 Genre: Chick Lit; Contemporary; Women's Fiction
Blurb: Nellie Hawthorne is a woman who has it all. A devoted husband, her own business, a wealthy lifestyle. But the Nellie she is now is much different from her past. A past filled with abuse, addiction, and men. Nellie’s carefully constructed new life is suddenly in jeopardy when a blast from the past emerges in her small town and her overbearing mother-in-law starts pushing for grandchildren and questions start being asked. A budding new friendship presents itself at an opportune time, and a once friendless Nellie finds herself growing closer to Prue Doherty. Prue Doherty is the quintessential good girl. Always making the right decisions, always playing it safe. Until she meets a man that could change all of that. Still reeling from a devastating breakup and betrayal that had her fleeing from Chicago and settling into suburb life with her mom close by, Prue finds herself in a damaging funk. But everythin…

One Year!

Hello Everyone,
I can't believe that it's a year since I've started this book blog! Time has flown by; and this blog has come a long way since I started my first post. 

I've had the privilege of being able to read books that I wouldn't normally either because of availability and/or the cost of buying the book. I've also had the privilege of being able to connect and work with new authors as well that I wouldn't have normally been able to had I not started a book blog.

The only thing I do wish, is that I had more time to connect with people on social media; namely Twitter, but since I have a full time job, that isn't always possible. Though feel free to chat with me anytime over Twitter, link to my Twitter is here

I also appreciate everyone that I manage to interact with over Twitter as well, and those that I interact with on my book blog. I still have some book blogging plans in the works, that I'm hoping to do this year still.

I'd also like to conti…

My Week of Reading (6 - 11 March 2017)

Hello Everyone,
I had quite a decent week of reading. I managed to get one review out.
Me Too by Jon Weece: Amazon: Amazon Review - Me Too Goodreads: Goodreads Review - Me Too Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - Me Too
At the moment I'm busy reading 'Double Identity' by Jaye C. Blakemore, and 'The Night We Fell' by Lindy Dale. So far I've been having a good reading month in terms of reading material. 
Monthly Reading Goals: The book that I put into the Christian category was 'Me Too' by Jon Weece. I'm hoping to be able to still get to the Psychological Thriller this month. I've been wanting to put a third book into my current reading pile, so I'm still deciding if I should add the Psychological Thriller to it.
Last Word: I'm going to be doing another review next week; on the 15th, which as previously mentioned, will by 'Defining Her' by Samantha March. I also managed to read a book for 'All The Short Ones Read-a-thon'…

Review - Me Too by Jon Weece

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My Copy of the Book
Year Published: 2016 Genre: Christian; Nonfiction
Blurb: Your life is filled with pressure and pain and heartache and disappointment. So was His. If you’ve ever tried to pick up the shattered pieces of your life and put them back together again without help, you know it’s an impossible task. When you lose your job, when divorce divides your family, when a loved one commits suicide, or when cancer claims a friend, it’s easy to lose perspective and abandon hope. According to Jon Weece, Christianity does not require you to smile through your pain, much less praise God for tormenting you. God doesn’t enjoy your suffering. But he does understand it—and he knows exactly how to fix it. That’s what Me Too is all about: A God who turned the ugliness of the cross into a spectacle of eternal beauty. An all-powerful Lord who will do the same with the pain of this world. An eternal Father who specializes in wiping away tears and putting you back together again. If you’ll allow him.
Abo…

My Week of Reading (27 February - 4 March 2017)

Hello Everyone,
It's been a decent week of reading; I managed to get one review out.
Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: Amazon: Amazon Review - Sherlock Holmes Goodreads: Goodreads Review - Sherlock Holmes Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - Sherlock Holmes
As you can see, I have finally finished Sherlock Holmes. Talking about reviews, here's another Amazon Review:
Sweet Lake by Christine Nolfi: Amazon: Amazon Review - Sweet Lake
Since the book was released this week, I'm only able to post an Amazon review now.
Monthly Reading Goals: On this front, I haven't made any progress yet, but I'm hoping to make a little bit of progress within the next week or two.
Last Word: At the moment; I'm reading three books (all for review): I'm still reading 'Playing House' by Laura Chapman; and have started 'Defining Her' by Samantha March, an ARC ebook which is going to be released on the 15th of March; and also have started 'Double Identity…

Review - Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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The Copy that I Read
Year Published: 1987 Genre: Crime; Mystery
Blurb: Match wits with the razor-sharp mind and keenly honed instincts of literature's most famous detective. Every one of the immortal Sherlock Holmes novels appears in this single volume, unabridged, embellished with the beautiful original illustrations. The classic works include: Study in Scarlet: the very first Holmes adventure--and the start of a beautiful friendship between the detective and Dr. Watson.  The Sign of Four: Holmes is called upon to solve the case of a missing treasure in India.  The Hound of the Baskervilles: Holmes and Watson find themselves involved in an age-old curse. The Valley of Fear: A cipher message. A grisly murder. A dark and powerful tale.with a battle between Holmes and his infamous nemesis, Professor Moriarty.
About the Author: Arthur Conan Doyle is best known for the 60 stories he wrote about Sherlock Holmes. His body of work includes nearly 200 novels, short stories, poems, historical books …

Highlights of the Month - February 2017

Hello Everyone,
February on the one hand has been a nice month; on the other hand, it's been a bit of a tough month as well. Even though I had a holiday, I only managed to read three books this entire month...!

Though out of the three books, my favourite would probably be 'Family Ties' by Danielle Steel. Another thing that I also did this month was hold my first read-a-thon. I was on holiday during that, and managed to squeeze a little bit of reading in. 

I also started a 'Monthly Reading Goals', and was able to complete my first assignment on that one, which was read either a chick lit book, or a christian book. I managed to read (though not finish), a chick lit book. Which brings me to...

Monthly Reading Goals:
Since February went alright, here is my selection for MARCH:
Read either:
A Psychological Thriller book
OR
A Christian book
I'm hoping to get to both of these in the month of March, even though at this stage it might seem a little bit ambitious considering how w…