The Lost Melody by Joanna Davidson Politano Review

Synopsis:

When concert pianist Vivienne Mourdant’s father dies, he leaves to her the care of an adult ward she knew nothing about. The woman is supposedly a patient at Hurstwell Asylum. The woman’s portrait is shockingly familiar to Vivienne, so when the asylum claims she was never a patient there, Vivienne is compelled to discover what happened to the figure she remembers from childhood dreams.

My Thoughts:

This is the fourth book that I’ve read by Joanna Davidson Politano and she has definitely become one of my favorite Christian authors. This book ranks as my favorite of her books. The story is so interesting and shines the light on how little say women had in their lives in the late 1800s. Vivienne witnesses firsthand the lives of the patients in the Hurstwell asylum. There were several scenes and moments in the book that were very unsettling and sad to read, especially with knowing that these things actually occurred in the past. Joanna Davidson Politano is a gifted writer in every sense of the word…she puts words together in a way that is lyrical and beautiful. There were so many quotable phrases throughout the book.

The faith content was also extremely well done. The main character wrestles with her relationship with God all through the story and tries to reconcile God as a father as her own father was not a kind man or a good father figure for her.

Overall this was another amazing story by this author and I have now added her to my auto-buy authors list. Definitely recommended!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher to read and review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

My Rating

Dangerous Beauty by Melissa Koslin Review

Synopsis:

Liliana Vela hates the term victim. She’s not a victim, she’s a fighter. Stubborn and strong with a quiet elegance, she’s determined to take back her life after escaping the clutches of human traffickers in her poor Mexican village. But she can’t stay safely over the border in America–unless the man who aided in her rescue is serious about his unconventional proposal to marry her.

Meric Toledan was just stopping at a service station for a bottle of water. Assessing the situation, he steps in to rescue Liliana from traffickers. If he can keep his secrets at bay, his wealth and position afford him many resources to help her. But the mysterious buyer who funded her capture will not sit idly by while his prize is stolen from him.

Melissa Koslin throws you right into the middle of the action in this high-stakes thriller that poses the question: What is the price of freedom?

My Thoughts:

I was intrigued by the cover of this book and the synopsis. The story starts out with a bang and puts the reader right in the middle of the action. I was on board and turning pages quickly for about the first half of the story. Around the halfway mark, I felt that it began to lose some steam. The plot began to felt a bit unrealistic and it got a bit boring. I think people that love romance would enjoy this more than I did.

I received a copy of this book to read and review from the author/publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

My Rating

The Brothers Flick Review and Giveaway

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot
on the THE BROTHERS FLICK: THE IMPOSSIBLE DOORS by Ryan Haddock &
Nick Wyche Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar
Book Tours
. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

About The Book:

 

Title: THE BROTHERS FLICK: THE IMPOSSIBLE DOORS

Author: Ryan Haddock, Whitney Cogar,  Nick Wyche (Illustrations), David Stoll
(Illustrations), Jim Campbell, Rebecca Taylor (Editor)

Pub. Date: October 11, 2022

Publisher: Wonderbound

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 208

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, B&NiBooks, Kobo, TBD, Bookshop.org

Sherlock
Holmes meets the Wayside School in this Middle Grade supernatural sleuthing
graphic novel about the Flick brothers – four siblings searching for
explanations to outbreaks of supernatural strangeness and otherworldly
weirdness in their Edwardian-era hometown.    

A bump in
the night? They’re on the case! At Strander House, things are…weird. There’s an
ogre wedged in the closet, and you have to be careful not to slip on the leak
coming from the ocean in the attic. What’s possibly weirder than the fact that
you can walk into the bathroom and end up in next Tuesday are the four brothers
who investigate these strange supernatural occurrences…the Brothers Flick!

Leo,
Desmond, Remy, and Cub seek to get to the bottom of every shadow you swear you
saw move. If they happen to stumble upon answers to the mysterious disappearance
of their own family along the way, all the better.   For fans
of  Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate EventsGravity
Falls
Whispering Pines, the Hardy Boys, the Winterhouse
series, the Greenglass House series, and the Wayside School series!

My Thoughts:

I have found that Middle Grade graphic novels are my favorite from the genre. I adore the wholesomeness and the nostalgia that they tend to bring. The Brothers Flick was a fun adventure that will definitely appeal to the target audience. 

The story follows 4 brothers who live in an orphanage and solve mysteries that occur there. The artwork was bright and colorful but I did find that the story was a bit difficult to follow at times. I didn’t realize until the end of the book that one of the brothers uses sign language. There were also some loose ends that left me with a few questions (I’m not sure if this will be a series.)

The content was very clean and appropriate for all ages. The story was interesting and I would love to revisit these characters again in the future. Definitely recommended!

I received this book from the author/publisher to read and review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

My Rating

4/5 stars

Reviews:

“… the
metaphor of “impossible doors” leading toward unending universes, where even
the smallest changes reverberate, provides a unique framework for themes of
grief and healing.”   – Publishers Weekly

“…enjoyable.” – Kirkus

“… this graphic novel will attract mystery and adventure fans by the
droves…”     — Kirkus

“… a “Jonny Quest meets the Hardy Boys” vibe with a few modern
twists…”  — Kirkus

INSERT
YOUR POST OR REVIEW HERE!

 

About Ryan Haddock:

 

Ryan Haddock has wanted to write books since he was six years
old. Over the years, his career aspirations also included rock star, lawyer,
rock star lawyer, and teacher, but writing books never left his heart. Thank
goodness someone finally let him write a book.

Ryan resides with his wife and kids in a charmingly quaint city known for its
ridiculously fast internet and a jingle about a train.

Hometown/State: Chattanooga, TN

 

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon

 

 

 

About Nick Wyche:

Nick Wyche
lives in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains with his wonderful wife, Suzanne,
overlooking the Tennessee River. He has been obsessed with comics and cartoons
for over 4 decades and still can’t believe he gets to draw professionally.
Hometown/State: Chattanooga, TN

Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads

 

 

 

 

Giveaway Details:

2 winners
will receive a finished copy of THE BROTHERS FLICK: THE IMPOSSIBLE DOORS, US
Only.

Ends November
1st, midnight EST.

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway
https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js

 

Tour Schedule:

Week One:

9/26/2022

A Dream
Within A Dream

Guest Post

9/27/2022

@allyluvsbooksalatte

IG Spotlight

9/28/2022

BookHounds YA

Guest Post/IG Post

9/29/2022

Lady Hawkeye

Guest Post/IG Post

9/30/2022

Review Thick
And Thin

Review/IG Post

10/1/2022

amandainpa

Review/IG Post

Week Two:

10/2/2022

#BRVL Book
Review Virginia Lee Blog

Guest Post

10/3/2022

Mom with
a Reading Problem

Review/IG Post

10/4/2022

Satisfaction
for Insatiable Readers

Review/IG Post

10/5/2022

Rajiv’s Reviews

Review/IG Post

10/6/2022

@enjoyingbooksagain

Review/IG Post

10/7/2022

More
Books Please blog

Review/IG Post

10/8/2022

@meetcuteromancebooks

Review/IG Post

Week Three:

10/9/2022

One More
Exclamation

Review/IG Post

10/10/2022

Little Red Reads

Review

10/11/2022

RavenzReviewz

Review/IG Post

10/12/2022

Ya Books Central

Guest Post

10/13/2022

Two Chicks on
Books

Guest Post

10/14/2022

GryffindorBookishNerd

Review/IG Post

10/15/2022

@ablueboxfullofbooks

IG Review

Week Four:

10/16/2022

@jaimerockstarbooktours

IG Spotlight

10/17/2022

@jacleomik33

IG Review

10/18/2022

@froggyreadteach

IG Review/Read Part of Book Out Loud

10/19/2022

The Bookwyrm’s Den

Review/IG Post

10/20/2022

Two Points of
Interest

Review/IG Post

10/21/2022

Nerdophiles

Review/IG Post

10/22/2022

hodophile_z

Review/IG Post

Week Five:

10/23/2022

pickagoodbook

Review/IG Post

10/24/2022

The Momma Spot

Review/IG Post

10/25/2022

@thebookishfoxwitch

IG Review

 

The Registration by Madison Lawson Review and Giveaway

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot
on the THE REGISTRATION by Madison Lawson Blog Tour hosted by 
Rockstar Book Tours. Check out
my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

About The Book:

Title: THE
REGISTRATION

Author: Madison Lawson

Pub. Date: September 27, 2022

Publisher: CamCat Books

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 472

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, Audible, B&NiBooks, KoboTBD, Bookshop.org

You can’t
outrun the Registration

Imagine it’s
legal to commit one murder in your lifetime?if you Register the victim and
accomplish the kill within fourteen days. So when Lynell Mize stands in line to
Register the man who abused her as a child, she’s shocked to hear a stranger
Register her to be killed. Why would anyone who doesn’t know her squander his
one legal murder on her? Desperate to survive the next two weeks, she must find
out who wants to kill her?and why.

Easier said
than done as Lynell soon discovers that multiple strangers have used their
Registration on her. Along the way, she reunites with her estranged husband who
is determined to dig up a past Lynell prefers to keep buried. With only days
left to live, Lynell fights to uncover the truth and survive a destiny not of
her choosing.

 

 

THE
REGISTRATION: THE MOVIE

Sydney
Sweeney, Brad Fuller, And Sony Developing Adaptation Of ‘The Registration’

The
Registration
 is
coming to the big screen! Sydney Sweeney and Brad Fuller will work with Sony
pictures to produce the adaptation of The Registration. Sydney will
star in the film and The Night House writers Ben Collins and
Luke Piotrowski will write the script.

Find
out more here!

 

My Thoughts:

This was a wild rollercoaster ride from the first page to the last. Set in a dystopian society where a person can end a life with a registration with no consequences. This was the kind of book that I thought about long after reading it. It’s been a long time since I’ve picked up a dystopian book and I remembered how much I loved the genre while reading “The Registration”. There are some gritty, gruesome scenes that may not be for the faint of heart but the content was clean overall.

The author set the scene very well and I found myself anxious for the characters many times throughout the story. I definitely recommend this one!

I received this book to read and review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

About Madison Lawson:

Author
Madison Lawson writes speculative fiction novels full of suspense, social
commentary, and complex relationships. She has published a dozen short stories,
many of which won awards such as the Koresh Award and the Gordone Award. She
received her B.A. in English from Texas A&M University and is currently
earning her M.A. in English at North Carolina State University. Born and raised
in a small Texas town, Madison began escaping through reading and writing as
soon as she could. To stay updated, follow Madison on social media and head to
madisonlawson.com.

Sign up for Madison’s
newsletter!

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | YouTube
|
Goodreads | Amazon

 

Giveaway Details:

1 winner
will receive a finished copy of THE REGISTRATION & swag, US Only.

Ends
September 27th, midnight EST.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js

Tour Schedule:

Week One:

9/12/2022

Ya Books Central

Guest Post

9/12/2022

A Dream
Within A Dream

Guest Post

9/13/2022

Epic Book Society

Review/IG Post

9/13/2022

BookHounds YA

Guest Post/IG Post

9/14/2022

amandainpa

Review/IG Post

9/14/2022

Two Chicks on
Books

Excerpt/IG Post

9/15/2022

Wanderingwitchreads

TikTok Review/IG Post

9/15/2022

Jeff_of_allmedia

Review/IG Post

9/16/2022

@allyluvsbooksalatte

IG Spotlight

9/16/2022

@booksrn_rashi

IG Review

Week Two:

9/19/2022

@jacleomik33

IG Review

9/19/2022

GryffindorBookishNerd

IG Review

9/20/2022

Nagma
| TakeALookAtMyBookshelf

IG Review

9/20/2022

Mom with
a Reading Problem

Review/IG Post

9/21/2022

My.Bookish.Mind

IG Review/TikTok Post

9/21/2022

The Momma Spot

Review/IG Post

9/22/2022

Laurenreads._

IG Review

9/22/2022

OneMoreExclamation

Review/IG Post

9/23/2022

pluvioreads

Review/TikTok Post

9/23/2022

pickagoodbook

Review/IG Post

Blue Haven by Lisa King Review

Blue Haven is
a science-fiction thriller that explores what innovation can achieve—and
destroy—despite the best intentions. King’s imaginative world-building and use
of moral ambiguity make this page-turning novel a thought-provoking thrill
that’s impossible to put 
down

By Lisa King

Welcome to Blue Haven, the world’s most lucrative condo corporation—so exclusive that only five lucky residents live in this lush, tropical paradise, housed in a top-secret location.

Among them is twenty-five-year-old Aloe Malone, an introvert and former waitress who traded bussing tables for lengthy sleep-ins, ocean dips, Michelin-star restaurants, spectacular sunsets, and unlikely new friends—all thanks to a spurious lottery win.

Life’s good.

Damn good.

That is, until Aloe discovers a journal.

Seemingly left by a past resident named Eloise whose entries are both sad and evoking, Aloe quickly suspects there’s more to Blue Haven than meets the eye.

Her suspicions are confirmed when visions arise, gruesome hallucinations she can’t understand, followed by a strange yet familiar man lurking in places he shouldn’t. Something’s wrong. Or maybe it’s all in her head. Regardless, she vows to uncover the truth.

Except someone wants to keep her quiet, and it’s the last person she ever suspected.

Blue Haven is a science-fiction thriller that explores what innovation can achieve—and destroy—despite the best intentions. King’s imaginative world building and use of moral ambiguity make this page-turning novel a thought-provoking thrill that’s impossible to put down.

Book Information

Release Date: May 31, 2022

Publisher:  The Story Plant

Soft Cover: ISBN: 978-1611883206; 336 pages; $26.95; E-Book, $7.49

Book Trailer https://youtu.be/DgnqxcZLRcg

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3LVsZB0

Barnes & Noble: https://bit.ly/3waPpHv

Indigo: https://bit.ly/3MWRayO

IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781611883206

Book Depository: https://bit.ly/3kNK4kk

My Thoughts

I was in a Summer reading mood when I picked up Blue Haven. I had just finished working for the school year and was eager to start my summer with a book that would give me the “summer feels”. This book was the perfect read for that and so much more. It is very atmospheric, when I opened the book, I was immediately transported to Blue Haven, experiencing what Aloe was experiencing.

This story exceeded my expectations and is my favorite read of 2022. There were several jaw dropping twists and things that I was shocked by in a good way. I am still thinking about the story a week after I have finished it.

I highly recommend this book but urge readers to go into it knowing as little as possible about it, it’s so much fun! It does have some bad language but overall the content is pretty clean.

I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher to read and review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

My Rating

1280px-5_stars.svg

Day One

Less than twenty-four hours earlier, Aloe Malone was sitting on a
tattered couch, a distinct eagerness coursing through her veins. She shivered;
her radiator was on the fritz again, sputtering from one side, cackling,
rendering her tiny bachelor apartment bone-cold uncomfortable. She curled into
a sweater, still freezing, slowly succumbing to the chronic, aggravating chill.

And then she laughed, her breath puffy with condensation. She’d
worked her last shift at the diner, and said her meager and limited
goodbyes—except the one owed to her crummy apartment.

“Sayonara, shithole,” she whispered under her
breath.

Now, she squinted into the radiant sun: hot
but not fierce, a tempered warmth that was perfect and satisfying. She pressed
her feet into the fairy dust sand and gave her toes a wiggle. She’d never felt
sand like this before: white, delicate, possibly otherworldly, like it’d been
manufactured in a laboratory or harvested from another universe. Like someone
had broken one million hourglasses to populate this beach.

She turned to her personal concierge, Amir.
“Is this … real sand?”

Surely, it couldn’t be.

He nodded. “Real indeed. One of the many
reasons we chose this location.”

This location: a mysterious venue somewhere on planet Earth. She’d love to know
the actual coordinates and considered asking (for the third time) but
confidentiality was part of the deal. If you wanted to live in the world’s most
lucrative beachfront community, secrecy was paramount.

Still, she dug her toes deeper into the cushy grains. What
part of the world produces sand like this? Aruba? Somewhere in South Asia? The
Philippines?

She stared skeptically at Amir. His natural tan and dark features
were clearly exotic. And his name, Amir. Was that Arabic?

“Aloe?” He touched her arm. “Are you feeling okay? You look a bit
dazed.”

Her mind floated back. “Yeah, sorry. Still a little groggy.”

“That’s a very common side effect,” he replied. “Rest assured,
you’ll be back to normal in a few hours at most.”

She nodded, somewhat attuned to the aftermath of drugs slugging
through her arteries. The whole “going under” aspect had been daunting: a white
mask, followed by slow, deep inhalations; counting down from ten, as requested;
waking somewhere new and unknown— though it made good, logical sense. How else
were people supposed to fly to a top-secret paradise without discovering its
whereabouts?

Besides, look at this fucking view.
The oceanfront, steps away, was a prism of blue light. Turquoise lapped at the
shoreline, fading to a sumptuous cerulean. The sky was a lovely robin’s egg,
swept with long, lazy clouds. Her eyes found the horizon. There was nothing in
the distance, no islands, shorelines, or glimpses. Just pure, unadulterated
space.

Aloe turned to the billowing palm trees swaying in her periphery.
Not an imposing number, just enough to provide a calculated amount of shade.
Unlike other beaches she’d visited, Blue Haven’s was devoid of human life; and
that, was its true appeal. No sandcastles or shoddily impaled umbrellas or
squawking birds begging for scraps of potato chips. Blue Haven was a
stock-grade computer background that didn’t exist in real life—except it did,
to her absolute astonishment.

“Paradise,” she looked at Amir and smiled. “Y’all weren’t lying.”

“We aim to please,” he replied. “Go ahead, test the water. Dip
your toe in. We’ve installed top-of-the-line thermoregulators to ensure the
perfect temperature. Always.”

“You’re heating … the ocean?”

“Only as required.”

“Wow,” she replied, stepping forward.

A wave drifted over her toes, warm as bathwater, and she instantly
unwound. A salty gust of air filled her lungs, causing her chest to lift.

And just like that, the unshakeable sense of irresolution that’d
been following her for years was suddenly gone. All that mattered was here and
now—this moment.

“How’s the temperature?” Amir asked.

She returned to his side with a lightness in her step. “Perfect.”

“Excellent.” He tucked a fuchsia hibiscus behind her ear, and for
some reason this motion summoned a pang of guilt. Her stomach lurched, and the
weight of her body returned.

Did she really deserve this new life?

The answer was clear and undisputed. Of course not. No cognizant,
twenty-five-year-old could honestly admit otherwise. She’d simply gotten lucky.

Then again, who was she to contest the force of luck?

“Are you ready to continue with the tour?” Amir asked.

She took one last glance at the ocean, nodding. The view was
dreamy, glorious, enchanting—beyond any adjective she’d ever learned. Maybe she
didn’t deserve this life, but it had found her. The only choice now was
acceptance.

Even if Blue Haven seemed too good to be true.

 


Lisa King
 is a Canadian fiction author and researcher whose work on veteran mental health has been published in numerous academic journals. She holds degrees in psychology and neuroscience, both from Western University. Aside from writing, she enjoys family outings, ample coffee, and unapologetic napping. She lives in London, Ontario with her husband, daughter, and wonky-eyed cat.

Her latest book is the adult science fiction/psychological thriller, Blue Haven.

You can vist her website at www.AuthorLisaKing.com or connect with her on Twitter and Instagram.

 
Sponsored By:

Mustique Island by Sarah McCoy Review

Synopsis

From bestselling author Sarah McCoy, a sun-splashed romp with a rich divorcee and her two wayward daughters in 1970s Mustique, the world’s most exclusive private island, where Princess Margaret and Mick Jagger were regulars and scandals stayed hidden from the press…

It’s January 1972 but the sun is white hot when Willy May Michael’s boat first kisses the dock of Mustique Island. Tucked into the southernmost curve of the Caribbean, Mustique is a private island that has become a haven for the wealthy and privileged. Its owner is the eccentric British playboy Colin Tennant, who is determined to turn this speck of white sand into a luxurious neo-colonial retreat for his rich friends and into a royal court in exile for the Queen’s rebellious sister, Princess Margaret—one where Her Royal Highness can skinny dip, party, and entertain lovers away from the public eye.

Willy May, a former beauty queen from Texas—who is also no stranger to marital scandals—seeks out Mustique for its peaceful isolation. Determined to rebuild her life and her relationships with her two daughters, Hilly, a model, and Joanne, a musician, she constructs a fanciful white beach house across the island from Princess Margaret—and finds herself pulled into the island’s inner circle of aristocrats, rock stars, and hangers-on.

When Willy May’s daughters arrive, they discover that beneath its veneer of decadence, Mustique has a dark side, and like sand caught in the undertow, their mother-daughter story will shift and resettle in ways they never could have imagined. 

My thoughts

First of all, the cover of this book screams summer read! I was so excited to pick it up when I saw this gorgeous cover.

This book was extremely atmospheric and the perfect beach read. Set in the 70s on Mustique Island, the reader gets a taste of how the wealthy socialites live. I googled the places described in the book and was surprised and delighted to see that they were in fact, real places. I found the story interesting, especially when Princess Margaret made appearances but didn’t gel well with the writing style and found it slightly boring. Overall an okay read.

I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher to read and review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Among the Innocent by Mary Alford review

Synopsis

When Leah Miller’s entire Amish family was murdered ten years ago, the person believed responsible took his own life. Since then, Leah left the Amish and joined the police force. Now, after another Amish woman is found murdered with the same MO, it becomes clear that the wrong man may have been blamed for her family’s deaths.

As Leah and the new police chief, Dalton Cooper, work long hours struggling to fit the pieces together in order to catch the killer, they can’t help but grow closer. When secrets from both of their pasts begin to surface, an unexpected connection between them is revealed. But this is only the beginning. Could it be that the former police chief framed an innocent man to keep the biggest secret of all buried? And what will it mean for Leah–and Dalton–when the full truth comes to light?

USA Today bestselling author Mary Alford keeps you guessing as two determined souls plumb the dark depths of the past in order to forge a brighter future–together.

My Thoughts

I was very interested on this book based on the synopsis. Most Amish Christian fiction books that I’ve read are romance based so the concept of a serial killer in the Amish community sounded really intriguing. Unfortunately, this one just wasn’t it.

I found the story to be extremely far fetched in several way. I’m not a police expert but I am pretty sure when there is a serial killer stalking a small community, the FBI steps in. I also found it slightly ridiculous that the main character who was once a victim of said killer was allowed to help with the current case. It seemed like a huge conflict of interest to me.

The romance was also not my favorite, but that is a running pet peeve that I have with Christian suspense. It seems that these characters always want to add romance to their lives in spite of being stalked, assaulted, looking for killers, etc.

There are many high ratings for this book so I think many people will enjoy it, it just wasn’t for me. There were some graphic descriptions of murder scenes for those who are a bit squeamish.

I received this book to read and review from the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

My Rating

I Do or I Don’t by Rob Edwards Review and Giveaway

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the I DO OR I DON’T by Rob Edwards Blog
Tour hosted by Rockstar Book
Tours
. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

About the Book:

Title: I DO OR I DON’T

Author: Rob Edwards

Pub. Date: May 18, 2022

Publisher: Rayn Media Inc.

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 284

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, iBooks, Kobo

Beautiful Brooke Winthrop, and brash Becca Dodge are known in
Hollywood circles as the Queen B’s for their meteoric success. They are the
host and producer of 
I Do or I Don’t, the number-one-rated reality
television show in the country. It is a whirlwind courtship show that ends
every episode at the altar where two people must decide, on live TV, whether
they will say the words that will change the rest of their lives.

One unlucky bride says, “I do,” only to be murdered by the groom on their
honeymoon. The distraught father of the bride holds Brooke and Becca
accountable. He manages to kidnap them and produce his own internet show based
on the format of their program. Brooke and Becca are run through the scenarios
they put their couples through. They must use these brief moments to prove
their innocence or be killed in the last episode.

 

My Review:

This was a such a fun book! It combined 2 of my favorite things…thrillers and reality tv. The story focuses on a reality show called I Do or I Don’t, which reminded me a lot of a mashup between  “Married at First Sight” and “The Bachelor”. The story quickly takes a dark turn and pulls the reader along through many twists and turns.

Reading this book made me think back fondly to my years of watching reality tv when it was still in it’s infancy…the silly shows like “Temptation Island”, “Average Joe”, and “Joe Millionaire” (those were the days!)

Overall, this was a super fun book that had lots of surprises. Highly recommended!

I received this book from the author/publisher to read/review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

About Rob Edwards:

The majority of Rob Edwards working life has been in the
video and film production world, giving him ample experience with storytelling
and the creative process. He has written throughout his career and has won
national and international awards for his work.

He is now transforming his efforts to the page, rather than
the screen.

Rob lives in the mid-Michigan area
with his bride. Together they enjoy traveling, foodie adventures, wine tasting,
reading, and generally being outdoors.

He currently works as a Media
Development Specialist and teaches video post-production.

Rob loves hearing from readers, so
please feel free to contact him.

Website
Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon | BookBub

 

Giveaway Details:

1 winner will win a $10 Amazon GC, International.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js

Tour Schedule:

Week One:

5/16/2022

BookHounds YA

Excerpt/IG Post

5/17/2022

Lady Hawkeye

Excerpt/IG Post

5/18/2022

Review Thick and
Thin

Review/IG Post

5/19/2022

@coffeesipsandreads

IG Review

5/20/2022

@amysbooknook8

IG Post

Week Two:

5/23/2022

amandainpa

Review/IG Post

5/24/2022

onemoreexclamation

Review/IG Post

5/25/2022

@just_another_mother_with_books

Review/IG Post

5/26/2022

My
Fictional Oasis

Review/IG Post

5/27/2022

@jypsylynn

Review/IG Post

Iron and Fire by Kerrin Willis Review

Publication Date: April 5, 2022
eBook & Paperback; 316 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

1675 — Plymouth Colony — Verity Parker promised to look after her family.

Raised among the bookshops and turmoil of Reformation London, Verity now finds herself in Puritan New England, where she must learn to keep her head down and her mouth shut, or risk dire consequences. The only person who values her tenacity is Kit, the heretical ironworker she has been forbidden to see. When King Philip’s War breaks out, Verity must stay silent as the Puritan elders spread hateful rhetoric about the “savages” in the forest. When she witnesses a young girl die in childbirth, Verity must stand by as neighbors blame God’s vengeance. But when tragedy strikes her own home, Verity must choose between her duty to her family and her love for Kit. Will she choose to keep the peace, or will she defy the leaders of the colony for a chance at happiness?

Set against the backdrop of King Philip’s War, the bloodiest war per capita in American history, Iron & Fire explores the experience of a clever, educated woman at a time when being so often resulted in death. Perfect for fans of Amy Belding Brown’s Flight of the Sparrow, or Elizabeth George Speare’s The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Iron & Fire was written for those who read the original American Girl series as children and are now all grown up.

AMAZON | BARNES AND NOBLE | WALMART

My Thoughts

This story is set in a time period that I find very interesting but haven’t read a lot about. The story follows Verity who has moved with her mother and sister from London to New England shortly after the new colony has been settled. I really liked the comparisons that Verity made as someone who came from a well established city to live in a very new colony. Verity identified more as a Quaker than a Puritan and I found this very interesting. I did some extra research on the Puritans vs. Quakers and although similar, there were some stark differences in their beliefs. As a Christian, I found that I share some beliefs with both groups.

The author created a very atmospheric setting and was very good at increasing the tension as war began to brew between the English Settlers and the Native Americans. This book really caused me to think about this time period and the injustices that occurred. I had never heard about King Phillip’s War and found it very interesting to read about.

Overall, this was a very informative book. There was some language that I didn’t agree with and I was surprised a few times with how far the author went with vulgarity. I would not classify this story as a clean read.

I received this book from the author/publisher to read/review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Praise

“Whether you’re a fan of passionate romance, a detective in search of a mystery, or a history buff looking to learn more about what happened after Plymouth Rock, Iron & Fire has something for everyone. While Verity and Kit are the main attractions, the family relationships were my favorite parts- especially the bonds between the cheeky eldest Parker sisters. I learned quite a bit about things from my own backyard I knew nothing about- and most appreciated that for a novel that took place nearly 350 years ago, the characters and their issues felt modern and relatable. A fast read that will stick with you after you turn the final page!” Meredith Bickford, MA MEd

“Iron and Fire masterfully depicts Puritan New England in a story that seamlessly blends themes of love, war, and family. Verity Parker, the headstrong protagonist, challenges nearly every “norm” of Puritan society. Throughout the course of the novel, Verity seeks to define her purpose; oftentimes she is trapped deciding between meeting the expectations of her family or embracing her divergent worldview. In particular, Verity’s conception of humanity will make her an endearing and relatable character for Willis’ audience; unlike her peers, Verity’s notion of justice and community extends far beyond societal limitations, making her worldview far more relevant for modern readers.
Beyond Verity, Willis incorporates a series of complex characters whose subtle growth help shape the novel into a well-rounded story. Each character faces a conflict that calls their identities and beliefs into question. It is unlikely that readers will not be able to find one character with whom they can relate to. Willis’ ability to interweave these intricate story lines is captivating!” ~ Megan Johnson, MEd

“In her debut novel, Kerrin Willis captures the heart of American colonial historical fiction with her words and characters. Iron & Fire, set during the King Phillip War in southeastern Massachusetts, explores the themes of family dynamics, love, and the voice of independent women living in a time when silence was the standard….The writing style is fluent and peppered with wit and descriptive prose balanced throughout the dialogue. The novel reads quickly, while the characters stay with you. Iron & Fire is an engaging, character-driven novel that is strongly recommended” ~Kimberly Rocha, MA MEd

About The Author

 Kerrin Willis lives in Southeastern Massachusetts with her two daughters and her dog, Austen. She is a high school English teacher who prides herself on being a feminist and a strong protagonist in her own story, and she would probably have been burned as a witch in colonial New England. Kerrin can usually be found pausing The Little Mermaid and subjecting her daughters to a lecture on the dangers of giving up their voices.

Kerrin has a BA in English from Stonehill College, and MA in English from Simmons College, and is currently working on her MFA in Fiction from Southern New Hampshire University.

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | GOODREADS

A Lighthouse Cafe Christmas by Jennifer Faye Review

On Tour with Prism Book Tours
A Lighthouse Christmas Café
(Bluestar Island #3)
By Jennifer Faye
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 182 Pages
November 16, 2021 by Lazy Dazy Press

As Bluestar Island prepares for a very special Christmas wedding, Santa’s sleigh crashes into The Lighthouse Café, reuniting Bluestar’s beloved waitress with her former fiancé.

In this holiday novella, Darla Evans has carved out a quiet life for herself as a waitress at The Lighthouse Café. Up until this point, she’s conveniently avoided the one man who shattered her heart and her dreams. But when a wedding draws him back to the island, she knows their meetup is unavoidable.

Tech entrepreneur William “Will” Campbell has returned to his childhood home to be the best man in his father’s wedding. But first his father has a very special task for him—to restore a sleigh in time for the wedding. However, there’s not much time until Christmas. He just might need some help.

As snowflakes cover the small town of Bluestar, Will and Darla work together to make it a very special holiday wedding. With the past looming between them, will the magic of the season open their hearts and allow them to find love again?

Includes a holiday recipe for Darla’s frosted sugar cookies!

The Bell Family of Bluestar Island:
Book 1 – Love Blooms
(Hannah & Ethan)
Book 2 – Harvest Dance (Aster & Sam)
Book 3 – A Lighthouse Café Christmas (Darla & Will)
Book 4 – Rising Star (coming soon)

(Affiliate links included.)

My Thoughts

This was a very sweet story about Will and Darla, who once loved each other and are brought together again in their hometown of Bluestar. If you are a fan of Hallmark Christmas movies, you will love this book…reading the story was such a cozy experience. Bluestar was such a delightful place to visit…a town in which golf carts are the only mode of transportation seems like my kind of place! The romance between Darla and Will was sweet but I actually liked the romance between Will’s father and his future wife even more. I appreciated that the content of the story and the romances were clean. Overall, this was a perfect story for those busy December days when you need a break and want some cozy Christmas feels.

I received a complimentary copy of this book per FTC’s rules. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Other Books in the Series

About the Author

Award-winning author, Jennifer Faye pens fun, heartwarming contemporary romances with rugged cowboys, sexy billionaires and enchanting royalty. Internationally published with books translated into nine languages. She is a two-time winner of the RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award, the CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Award, named a TOP PICK author, and been nominated for numerous other awards.

 

Tour Schedule


Tour Giveaway


One winner will receive a digital copy of LOVE BLOOMS and HARVEST DANCE by Jennifer Faye and a $25 Amazon gift card

Ends December 8, 2021



Grab Our Button!