Book Review: Perfect on Paper by Maria Murnane

5 Stars=Non-Stop Page Turner

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A sports publicist gets the chance to prove herself while working with an interesting client.

Waverly Bryson has a promising career and an itch to get married. After getting dumped, ickWaverly decides she will move on with being single. She dives into her work and lands a big client. She is humbled by the opportunity and doesn’t even throw it in her rival’s face. The client proves to be a challenge as Waverly must keep business and personal separate.

I loved the Waverly Bryson character. She is funny, quirky but still a typical female who falls for the wrong guys. My favorite part of her story is the “honey notes” she writes that are full of humor and provides a little advice. They are a great highlight throughout the book. Perfect on Paper also shares a glimpse of the public relations industry but doesn’t let it overpower the book. I look forward to reading more about this character.



Book Review: A House Divided by Donna Hill

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A young woman attends the reading of her grandmother’s will, which changes her life and enhances her journalistic abilities.

Donna Hill shares an intriguing novel about family, secrets and deception.
In a House Divided, we meet Zoie Crawford a journalist who travels home after her grandmother passes to face her mother and aunt. After learning what the will entails, Zoie starts to question their heritage. She decides to dig into her family’s history for honesty and to uncover their truth. On this search, Zoie must decide if revealing her family’s secrets is worth enhancing her career and destroying someone’s.

Hill shares a strong character with investigative skills, who believes in honesty and in her interaction with others throughout the book. At times I was against Zoie and what she was doing, but other times I could understand her emotions and why she needed to reveal some information. It too a little time to pick up on Jackson’s motives but he turns out be an interesting supportive character. The hints of romance were injected into the story at the right times as well as the twists and turns. If you’re ready to go on a journey this page turner novel is the right one for the job.

Book Review: Wait for the Rain by Maria Murnane

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Title: Wait for the Rain

Author: Maria Murnane

Publication date: February 24, 2015

Genre: Women Fiction

Rating: 4 Stars=Great Page Turner

Wait for the Rain by Maria Murnane brings to mind a girl’s trip of rediscovery, especially after meeting the characters in this book. The main character, Daphne is going through a rough time since her divorce and with her ex-husband decided to remarry. Daphne needs a change so she takes a vacation with her college friends to the Caribbean to celebrate they are turning forty. Daphne’s luck changes after meeting Clay Hansen, a handsome man to make her forget all the issues she left at home. Clay is younger than she is which causes hesitation but Daphne may just let her hair down.

As the story progresses, you learn more about these three friends and everything that has happened to them before turning forty. This was a well-written book with well-developed characters. The focus of the book, which is these women rediscovering who they are and what they want out of life, keeps you reading. It also helps you understand there is life after divorce especially when you have close friends who are there for you. The message in this book is helpful for those dealing with divorce, break-ups and just wanting a change in their life. This book would be a wonderful book club selection and I recommend it to others.

Reviewed by Teresa Beasley

Book Review: Before I Knew by Jamie Beck

Title: Before I Knew

Author: Jamie Beck

Publication Date: August 22, 2017

Publisher: Montlake Romance

Genre: Romance

Rating: 4 Stars=Great Page Turner

Before I Knew by Jamie Beck is, an engaging story set in Lake Sandy, Oregon. The book opens with the funeral of Joe, a childhood friend of Colby’s. Her husband, Mark was best friends with Joe and having them at this funeral doesn’t set well with Joe’s family. This starts what the story is really about how Colby, Mark and the rest of the people who knew Joe are coping with his absence. Some handle it as best they can trying to move on with life and others don’t handle it at all by giving up. As Colby deals with the losses in her life, she sees light at the end of the tunnel with the new restaurant she is opening. A Certain Tea is her do over, her new beginning with the help of her family. The only snag is she has to hire Alec, Joe’s brother but there is still hurt and tension surrounding how Joe died.

I was on a journey while reading, Before I Knew, which deals with loss, family, friendships and new beginnings, but does so in a captivating way that you can’t help but invest in Colby and Alec’s story. The reveals in this book were right on point and were consistent with the storyline. The characters were well developed and had me rooting for them to succeed, while letting them fully lead me throughout the book. I definitely recommend Before I Knew to others and look forward to reading more of this author’s work.

Reviewed by Teresa Beasley