Book Review: A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks

TITLE: A WALK TO REMEMBER
AUTHOR: NICHOLAS SPARKS
MY RATING: FIVE HEARTS! (♥♥♥♥♥)

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“Every April, when the wind blows from the sea and mingles with the scent of lilacs, Landon Carter remembers his last year at Beaufort High. It was 1958, and Landon had already dated a girl or two. He even swore that he had once been in love. Certainly the last person in town he thought he’d fall for was Jamie Sullivan, the daughter of the town’s Baptist minister.

A quiet girl who always carried a Bible with her schoolbooks, Jamie seemed content living in a world apart from the other teens. She took care of her widowed father, rescued hurt animals, and helped out at the local orphanage. No boy had ever asked her out. Landon would never have dreamed of it.

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Book review: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

TITLE: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
AUTHOR: Jenny Han
MY RATING: FIVE HEARTS! (♥♥♥♥♥)

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What's the story all about

“It is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.” Continue reading

Book Review: Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks

TITLE: Message in a Bottle
AUTHOR: Nicholas Sparks
MY RATING: FIVE HEARTS! (♥♥♥♥♥)

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What's the story all about

Synopsis:

Thrown to the waves, and to fate, the bottle could have ended up anywhere. Instead, it is found just three weeks after it begins its journey. Theresa Osborne, divorced and the mother of a twelve-year-old son, discovers it during a seaside vacation from her job as a Boston newspaper columnist. Inside is a letter that opens with, “My Dearest Catherine, I miss you my darling, as I always do, but today is particularly hard because the ocean has been singing to me, and the song is that of our life together.”  Continue reading

Book Review: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

 

TITLE: A Little Life
AUTHOR: Hanya Yanagihara
MY RATING: FIVE HEARTS! (♥♥♥♥♥)

 

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When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they’re broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity. Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realize, is Jude himself, by midlife a terrifyingly talented litigator yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood, and haunted by what he fears is a degree of trauma that he’ll not only be unable to overcome—but that will define his life forever.

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Book Review: The Road to Becoming A Survivor by R.R. Hayden

TITLE: The Road to Becoming A Survivor
AUTHOR: R.R. Hayden
MY RATING: FOUR HEARTS! (♥♥♥♥♡)

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What's the story all about

Synopsis:

At 25 years old, River Hayden has experienced the low’s of life that few will ever see. A casualty of her family’s circumstances, of past boyfriends, of the hand that the universe dealt her, this auto-biography is Hayden’s chance at seeing her days as a victim end. Follow her story and how she was able to overcome her past, to pick up the pieces and find the life she has always wanted.
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Book Review: Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo

TITLE: Love and Other Perishable Items
AUTHOR: Laura Buzo
MY RATING: FOUR HEARTS! (♥♥♥♥♡)

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Synopsis:

A wonderful, coming-of-age love story from a fresh new voice in YA fiction.

‘Miss Amelia Hayes, welcome to The Land of Dreams. I am the staff trainer. I will call you grasshopper and you will call me sensei and I will give you the good oil. Right? And just so you know, I’m open to all kinds of bribery.’
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Bookversations with Jen Andrews

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QUESTIONS

May I know who or what was your inspiration in writing the fourth book of Just Say Yes series: Running Away?

Jen: I didn’t really have an inspiration, per se, but when I finished Andy and Zoey’s story, I felt that I left Jeremy a bit short-changed in the love department. Everyone else was paired off throughout the first three books except for him. When I was preparing to work on book three for publishing, I decided to change up the Epilogue to include a small tidbit for Jeremy. The epilogue for book three shows his sister Zoey at a family party reminiscing a bit about how far her life had come. She gives a small run down of what everyone is doing. Her friends, family, etc. I decided then to write him his own book, so I left it with a bit of a cliffhanger for him, as in “where did he go and what’s he doing?”

Did you experience the same kind of thing Teagan/Jeremy has been through?

Jen: No, not at all. I’ve been married for 17 years and never had any crazy ex issues.

Can you tell us more about the cover of Running Away, and how did you come up with it as well.

Jen: To me, covers speak a thousand words. I always choose my own cover photos to represent a part in the book. With Running Away, as soon as I saw the picture, I fell in love with it. With some creativity from my cover artist, she removed the flower headband the woman had been wearing originally and changed the color of the model’s hair to Teagan’s fiery red. The bad part was, I had no scene in the book that fit the cover photo! So, I wrote one in. The scene takes place where Jeremy and Teagan are on their way to meet her grandmother and they stop at the small lake. I’ll just leave it at that to avoid spoilers. Continue reading

Book Review: Running Away (Just Say Yes #4) by Jen Andrews

TITLE: Running Away
AUTHOR: Jen Andrews
MY RATING: A HEARTY FIVE! (♥♥♥♥♥)

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What's the story all about

Synopsis:

Nearing age thirty, Jeremy James is cruising along in life, doing as he pleases. No girlfriend, no wife, no drama. Women go as easily as they come, but inside, he feels something’s missing. After the birth of his niece, Hannah, and a not so gentle nudge from his sister, Zoey, Jeremy decides to make a change in his life and settle down.

Then he meets Teagan Donnelly.
And she wants nothing to do with him.

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Book Review: Return To Me by Taylor W. Law

TITLE: return to me
AUTHOR: Taylor W. Law
MY RATING: a hearty five! (♥♥♥♥♥)

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What's the story all about

Synopsis:

Finding herself means losing everything she knows…

An empty-nested southern woman has her life turned on its head after an encounter with a young student from halfway around the world.

~A novella inspired by true events ~

Jill Edwards is just now learning the true definition of an empty nest. With her only child deployed in Iraq and her husband always gone on business, she finds herself often alone and awfully bored. Worse, it’s getting harder and harder for Jill to relate to the other housewives of Faithville, the little Christian college town she calls home.

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