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My Sister’s Books Review #23

The Beach House
By: Jane Green
(Women’s Fiction, Vacation style Setting)

Nan Powell is living her sixty-fifth year to the fullest in Nantucket. Due to her deceased husband’s debt, she has been living in the family’s vacation home, Windermere, for several decades and has become a staple in town. What little money she has managed to save has not been lost in an unstable hedge fund, so she decides to rent rooms in Windermere, not only to help with the finances, but to bring back some life into the old home. Daniel has just separated from his wife Bee and rents a room to be closer to his two girls over the summer. Daff is divorced from Richard and their thirteen year old daughter, Jess, has decided to move in with him, so Daff rents a room in hopes of rediscovering herself. Michael returns to his mother’s home after quitting his job and having an affair with his married boss. Windermere seems to still hold magic, as she helps her new tenants find peace, comfort and maybe even love.

Though this book starts out to be about Nan and her home, it quickly changes into a story about several couples who are having trouble in their love lives. The Beach House jumps between each character’s points of view, which makes it confusing at first for readers. The book starts out slow, but then morphs into a more delicate tale about accepting one’s self, before one can find true love. The book has many predictable, soap opera like scenes and foreseeable plot twists, along with several grammar snags in phrases. However, as the second part of the book begins, it becomes a faster and easier read, with a happily ever after for all. Recommended for readers looking to take a step back in time with the picturesque scenery of Nantucket and a simpler way of life.

Similar Authors:
Sophie Kinsella, Nora Roberts, Jill Mansell, Carole Matthews

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Thirty-Two Going on Spinster Blog Tour

Julia Dorning is a spinster, or at least on the road to becoming one. She has no social life, hates her job, and lives in her parent’s basement with her cat, Charlie.

With the arrival of Jared Moody, the new hire at work, Julia’s mundane life is suddenly turned upside down. Her instant (and totally ridiculous) crush on the new guy causes Julia to finally make some long-overdue changes, in hopes to find a life that includes more than baking and hanging out with Charlie.

But when the biggest and most unexpected change comes, will the new and improved Julia be able to overcome it? Or will she go back to her spinster ways?(

About Author:

By day, Becky Monson is a mother to three young children, and a wife. By night, she escapes with reading books and writing. In her debut novel, Becky uses humor and true-life experiences to bring her characters to life. She loves all things chick-lit (movies, books, etc.), and wishes she had a British accent. She has recently given up Diet Coke for the fiftieth time and is hopeful this time will last… but it probably won’t.

Becky runs a large on-line book club called “This Chick Reads”. Check it out on Facebook!

Author’s Links:
◦Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7056358.Becky_Monson
◦Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Becky-Monson/e/B00DMB4HYY/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1375039615&sr=8-2-ent
◦Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorBeckyMonson
◦Website: https://www.32goingonspinster.com/

Book Links:
◦Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17828963-thirty-two-going-on-spinster
◦Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Thirty-Two-Going-Spinster-Becky-Monson/dp/1481128345/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1375039591&sr=1-1
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Winners will be announced during the Facebook party on Saturday, September 14, 2013 @ 5:00pm EDT.

Blog Tour Schedule with Blog Links: (Follow the tour:)
September 2: Celestial Book Divas: promo post: http://celestialbookdivas.org
Shhh, Mommy’s in the Bathroom Reading: promo post: http://shhhmommysinthebathroomreading.blogspot.com

September 3: Read and Review: review: http://Readandreview4.blogspot.co.uk
Spreading the Word 1: promo post: http://spreadingthewordblog.wordpress.com/

September 4: 1 Book Lovers Opinion: promo post: http://www.1bookloversopinion.com
Ariesgrl Book Review: promo post: http://ariesgrlreview.com

September 5: A Million Kindle Books: review: http://amillionkindlebooks.com
Kricket’s Chirps Romance Blog: promo post: http://kricketschirps.blogspot.com/

September 6: Foxylutely Book Reviews: review and promo post: http://foxylutely.blogspot.co.uk/

September 9: Reading by The Book: promo post http://readingbythebook.com

September 10: Marsha Lee Streaming Thoughts: review: http://www.tchistorygal.com

September 11: Authors of the Free World: review: http://freeworldauthors.com

September 12: Bray and Books: review and promo post: http://brayandbooks.wordpress.com

September 13: Elfie Books: promo post: http://elfie-books.blogspot.co.uk
Spreading the Word 2: promo post: http://spreadingtheword319.blogspot.com

Special Skype Session with Author:

On Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 12:30 pm EDT – 4:00 pm EDT, the Celestial Book Divas will be hosting a special text-only Skype chat with author Becky Monson. If you would like to participate, please email celestialbookpromo@gmail.com with your Skype ID and your questions for the author. Remember this will be a text based chat!

Facebook Party will be held September 8, 2013-September 14, 2013.


Rafflecopter winners will be drawn on Saturday, September 14, 2013 @ 5:00pm EDT.


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My Sister’s Books #20

Bella Fortuna
By: Rosanna Chiofalo

Valentina DeLuca, her two sisters and their Mom, own and run the wedding dress boutique, Sposa Rosa. Everyday these four women help brides find their perfect dress, but now it Is Valentina’s turn. She has spent several months creating her unique wedding gown and she can’t wait to shock everyone with the style. Unfortunately though, she might not get the chance. After a string of misfortunes and bad luck signs that her mother feels are a curse, Valentina decides to leave everything behind and go to Venice for a few weeks. It is there amongst the majestic beauty, the charming atmosphere and the delectable food, that Valentina slowly re-discovers herself.

This debut novel by Rosanna Chiofalo is exquisite. Readers will be caught up in all of the details of the sights and food of Venice. Though the book is written in English and takes place mostly in New York, there are several Italian phrases throughout, some easy to understand, others may need to be looked up. Readers will laugh, they will cry and they will be wishing to board the next plane to Italy, just to eat the food. Thankfully there are recipes in the back of the book. This must-read book is a beautiful tale of how staying true to yourself will allow you to accept both love and luck when they appear right in front of you.

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My Sister’s Books Review #13

And Then I Found You
By: Patti Callahan Henry

This fictional story is based off the real-life events that occurred within the author’s family. Jack Adams and Katie Vaughan grew up together and were childhood sweethearts. Katie even vowed on the first day of Spring, that magical day when all promises come true, to never love another as much as she loved Jack. However life happened, Katie is now Kate who is trying to be in love with her boyfriend, Rowan. Too much has occurred in the last 13 years and Kate knows she can’t fix things until she first talks to Jack. However the true healing process starts when her thirteen year old daughter, whom she gave up for adoption, finds her on Facebook. This is the story of how Katie, Jack and Emily find one another and find themselves along the way.

Patti Callahan Henry uses her real-life experiences and emotions as inspiration for this story. With each chapter rotating between the present and the past, readers will feel like they are walking down memory lane with Kate. Then, when the story switches to Emily’s point-of-view, it brings about a new round of emotions for readers. The author’s writing will rip your heart open causing it to bleed with the characters’ pain, and then stitch it whole again with the sweetest thread made from undying love and conquering the fear of the unknown. This book is packed full of emotions and lessons to be learned that I highly recommend it to fans of Women’s Literature.


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