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Book Review: Know Your Place by Shelly Ellis

Title: Know Your Place

Author: Shelly Ellis

Publication Date: April 30, 2019

Genre: Urban Fiction

Rating: 5 Stars=Non-Stop Page Turner

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Ricky, Derrick and Jamal have to make some hard decisions and Know Your Place by Shelly Ellis. The second book in A Branch Avenue Boys series is even better than the first. These three friends lives unravel more as they’re confronted with some hidden secrets, betrayal and unlawful behaviors.

Jamal has bitten off more than he can chew being under the Mayor’s wings. His integrity is in question and as I read the story I was waiting for him to do the right thing. Jamal frustrated me the most in this book because I wanted him to use his head.

Derrick’s love triangle between his fiance, Melissa and co-worker, Morgan brought a dramatic element to the story. He is also dealing with a troubled student at his institute, which causes some issues. Derrick has to make a choice and I’m glad he went in the direction I wanted.

Ricky’s in hot water all because of a woman who sold him out to the cops. He can’t let it go and is on the hunt while working for the cops and staying in contact with Dolla, Dolla who got him in the mess in the first place. I love the twist in the story when Ricky finally finds the woman he loves. His character is my favorite because his transformation is worth reading and his loyalty is what every woman and friend needs.

Know your place is a gritty Urban Fiction book about corruption, betrayal and secrets written by a talented writer, who keeps you turning the pages. I can’t wait until the new installment is available.

*This book was provide by the author for review purposes only.

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Book Review: The View from Alameda Island by Robyn Carr

Title: The View from Alameda Island

Author: Robyn Carr

Publication Date: April 30, 2019

Genre: Women Fiction, Contemporary Literature

Rating: 4 Stars=Great Page Turner

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The View from Alameda Island is about a woman finally learning her self worth. Lauren Delaney has been a devoted wife and mother but she can’t take the mistreatment from her husband anymore. When she decides to stand up for herself it changes her family’s lives forever.

As Lauren adjust to a new life she meets Beau, a gentleman going through a divorce and trying to start over. Unbeknownst to Lauren and Beau, their spouses aren’t taken them standing up for themselves very well. Brad, Lauren’s husband decides to take measures to make her change her mind.

This was a well written book that presents marriage,  family,  domestic life, self worth, friendship, and overcoming obstacles in a powerful way. The story had me invested in the characters even though some of them made me want to jump in the book to smack them.

I enjoyed Lauren’s journey in learning her self worth and standing her ground to find her happiness. Beau was an understanding friend even though he was going through his own turmoil. He was kind, patient and a lovable character. Lauren’s daughters Cassie and Lacy are another story. It was interesting to see the two sisters being on opposite sides. Cassie was supportive whereas Lacy was defensive and wanted her mother to get over everything. Brad was the character you had to watch out for because he was manipulative, abusive and sneaky.

When I got to the end of this book my perception of all the characters had changed. This book had me captured and anticipating what the characters would do. I enjoyed the journey. Overall, this was a great story about Lauren and Beau taking charge of their lives and destiny while protecting their hearts and learning it is okay to love again.

*This book was provided by the author for review purposes only.

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Book Review The Cliff House by RaeAnne Thayne

Title: The Cliff House

Author: RaeAnne Thayne

Publication Date: March 26, 2019

Rating: 4 Stars=Great Page Turner

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Daisy and Beatriz Davenport were taken in by their aunt Stella and giving a lot of opportunities. Stella never let on to what she gave up to care for them. She never complained. Stella loved to help others. The Cliff House takes you on a journey in the lives of these three women.

I enjoyed the Cliff House and connected to Daisy, Beatriz and Stella’s characters. Daisy seemed to have the biggest transformation in learning to open up her heart to possibilities. Beatriz wanted to pursue a relationship with an old friend until her ex-husband comes back around and seems to be a different man. And Stella had a secret that once she revealed it, I was surprised at the reactions received from the sisters.

This book was well-written with wonderful characters who were easy to invest in. These women captured me as soon as I start the book and even the secondary characters made me want to get to know them. The setting and descriptions of the California coast made me want to take a trip to visit the Cliff House. I recommend this book to readers of women’s fiction.

*This book was provided by the author for review purposes only.

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#BookReview The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer

Title: The Things We Cannot Say

Author: Kelly Rimmer

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publication Date: March 19, 2019

Rating: 5 Stars=Non-Stop Page Turner

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A well-written story that captures your heart and brings tears to your eyes.

I love this book for its history, struggles, love and loyalty to family. This is a strong statement because I am not a big historical fiction reader. I just can’t help being drawn to Kelly Rimmer’s books. The Things We Cannot Say tells the story of Alina Dziak, a young woman engaged to be married. Her fiancé is off learning about becoming a physician when everything in their hometown of Poland is taken over by Nazi’s. The story takes you on a journey of how Alina’s family works hard to stay alive in the middle of a war. Alina’s fiancé, Thomasz promises to always come back and even though he keeps his promise, it comes with conditions. These conditions happened to be a very important part of the book for me.

Rimmer’s tells the story in two points of view Alina’s and a woman named Alice. Alice’s grandmother lived in Poland as well and now wants her granddaughter to return to her hometown on her behalf. Alice is confused about what her grandmother is wanting her to do, which made me more intrigued with the story. My heart started to race because I was thinking is there a connection between Alice and Alina. You’ll have to read the book to find out.

This book was so well-written from the descriptions of Poland, the Nazi’s, how Jewish people were treated and even the war. The characters were so well-developed, I couldn’t help fall in love with them. I especially enjoyed the bond of Alina’s family, which warmed my heart and the struggle of Alice’s family made me cheer for them to overcome. The love and commitment that Thomasz and Alina have for each other is one that everyone should experience.

This was an emotional read for me. It made me smile at times, made me frustrated when characters play it to close for comfort, but also made me angry reading what the Nazi’s did to people (yes, tears did flow). This is by far my favorite book by this author and I can’t wait to read her next one.

*This book was provided by the author for review purposes only.