Book Review: The Cottages on Silver Beach by RaeAnne Thayne

Title: The Cottages on Silver Beach

Author: RaeAnne Thayne

Publication Date: June 19, 2018

Genre: Romance

Rating: 4 Stars=Great Page Turner

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The Cottages on Silver Beach is a romance about an innkeeper, a FBI agent and a seven-year old disappearance that hasn’t been solved. Elliott is a suspended FBI agent and novelist working on a new project. Megan is an innkeeper taking care of the family business while being a guardian for her brother’s children. When an old school mate checks into her cottages old memories resurface.

This book was well-written and in both main characters voices. The story being told from their point of view helped me connect to their characters. It also helped me digest the story especially when Megan and Elliott took the trip to Hope’s Crossing to investigate the disappearance of Megan’s sister-in-law. I liked the fact this two characters have a history that isn’t all that great but their attraction to each other can’t be ignored. Having them take the trip gave enough time for both to get to really know each other again and set me up for an unsuspected reveal.

I believe the secondary characters where a compliment to the storyline. I also loved the hint of mystery which doesn’t overpower the plot. As far as the characters, I connected to Elliott’s writing and investigative side and Megan’s take care of others and independent nature. This was a wonderful story about forgiveness, finding the truth, redemption and love. I love the author’s writing style, her detail to the characters and her skills with describing areas that make you feel like you are there. I recommend this book to lovers of romance and women fiction.

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


Book Review: Touched by You by Elle Wright

Title: Touched by You

Author: Elle Wright

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: May 29, 2018

Rating: 5 Stars=Non-Stop Page Turner

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One powerful family, one secret, a newcomer and a reveal makes for entertaining book drama.

The Wells are a prominent family in Michigan but Brooklyn Wells doesn’t want anything to do with it. She likes a more care for your community lifestyle, which is why she chose to be a social worker. Brooklyn’s father, Parker has plans for his family and his daughter and son have to play their part for it to work. When Brooklyn refuses, her father takes drastic measures to make her do what he wants. Brooklyn turns to her brother, Parker Jr. for help but ends up finding it with a different source.

Carter Marshall is taking his second chance after a tragic loss hits close to home. He moves to Michigan for a contractual job with Wellspring Water Corporation, believing the change in scenery will do him some good. Carter wasn’t expecting to run into a sassy woman who challenges him in a good way. After meeting Brooklyn, Carter sees their connection and thinks she may just change his life.

Touched by You is a story about secrets, betrayal, family and love. It is the secrets and betrayal that causes the Wells to take a closer look at themselves. It is also about two people finding each other at the right time. I was so invested in these characters from chapter one. They were well-developed within a crafted story line, which kept me turning pages and anticipating what the siblings would do. I couldn’t believe I was at the end of the book because I wanted more of Brooklyn and Carter. The Wells remind me of a modern version of Dynasty. This is a book readers want to read especially lovers of romance.

This book was provided by the publisher for review purposes only.



Book Review: I Liked My Life by Abby Fabiaschi

Title: I Liked My Life

Author: Abby Fabiaschi

Publication Date: May 8, 2018

Rating: 4 Stars= Great Page Turner

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Maddy has been the glue holding her family together, when she dies they have no clue how to survive. As I read her husband and daughter’s points of view, I started to understand how they were dealing with Maddy being gone. It was eye opening to read once they realized how bad they treated her, how much they asked of her and how many times they never showed appreciation.

My heart ached for Maddy watching her family falling apart. She still was trying to take care of them by finding her replacement. She knew Brady and Eve couldn’t do it themselves. I also liked that Maddy’s diary was left to help them learn more about who she was. When I first started reading this book, I was frustrated with this family because of them not communicating. They lived together all this time and knew nothing about each other. I take that back, Maddy knew them but they didn’t know her.

Maddy’s character also upset me because she felt unappreciated but never opened her mouth to tell them how she felt. It also upset me that she felt her only solution was suicide, until I got to the end of the book. This book let me see how easy it is to take people for granted.

The twist towards the end of the book made me look at these characters different. In reading the majority of this book I was angry and frustrated with these characters, which is a good them because I was fully invested in them and the emotions they brought out in me. It took me getting to the end to finally realize why the book is titled, I Liked My Life. This was a thriller to me with suspense and mystery that I love in novels. I definitely recommend it to readers who love thrillers and mysteries.

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Book Review: The Way of Beauty by Camille Di Maio

Title: The Way of Beauty

Author: Camille Di Maio

Publication Date: May 1, 2018

Rating: 4 Stars=Great Page Turner

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The Way of Beauty is a wonderful story about life, love, friendship and loyalty.

Vera Keller is a likable character with fair qualities except that she is in love with a married man. I’m not saying this is all on her because he does have a part in the matter. It was strange to read since Vera is friends with his wife, Pearl. She even helps them with their child, which gives her a way of being around the love of her life. The story takes a twists when Vera decides to leave because she can’t take loving him from a far.

Angelo Bellavia knows he has a special connection with Vera but it’s just at the wrong time. He is grateful for her loyalty to his family especially the friendship she has with his wife, Pearl. As time goes by and Vera leaves them, Angelo and Pearl must come to a realization of what their marriage is and what it represents. They do deserve to be happy.

This book was romantic with vibrant history and descriptions. I loved the interaction between the characters in the first half of the book along with the suspense. The book switches to Alice’s point of view, Vera’s daughter, which slowed my interest in the rest of the book. Since I was so invested in Angelo and Vera story, I was able to finish the book and get through the second half of it. Overall, it was a nice story line that had depth and will be loved by historical fiction fans.

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