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Book Review: Lies and Other Acts of Love

Here I am again, with another book review! I’m plowing through that list again. I should have shared this review a couple of months ago when this book was released, but unfortunately I missed it! But I still wanted  to make sure I shared the review, so here it is. And, as always, I have to state that I received a free copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

This time, I am reviewing Lies and Other Acts of Love by Kristy Woodson Harvey. I previously reviewed her book Dear Carolina. Click on the link to read that review.

And for a refresher, here is the author’s bio:

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Kristy Woodson Harvey is the author of Dear Carolina, which was recently long-listed for the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize and Lies and Other Acts of Love, a Romantic Times top pick and Southern Booksellers Okra Pick. She blogs at Design Chic about how creating a beautiful home can be the catalyst for creating a beautiful life and loves connecting with readers at kristywoodsonharvey.com. She is a Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s school of journalism and holds a Master’s in English from East Carolina University. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications and websites, including Southern Living, Domino magazine, Our State, Houzz, the Salisbury Post and the New Bern Sun Journal. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and four-year-old son where she is working on her next novel.

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Let’s follow that up with a description of the new book:

Dear Carolina was praised as “Southern fiction at its best.” Now author Kristy Woodson Harvey presents a new novel about what it really means to tell the truth…

After sixty years of marriage and five daughters, Lynn “Lovey” White knows that all of us, from time to time, need to use our little white lies.

Her granddaughter, Annabelle, on the other hand, is as truthful as they come. She always does the right thing- that is, until she dumps her hedge fund manager fiance and marries a musician she has known for three days. After all, her grandparents, who fell in love at first sight, have shared a lifetime of happiness, even through her grandfather’s declining health.

But when Annabelle’s world starts to collapse around her, she discovers that nothing about her picture-perfect family is as it seems. And Lovey has to decide whether one more lie will make or break the ones she loves…

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I definitely enjoyed the author’s first book, and was excited to have the chance to read this one as well. I definitely wasn’t disappointed! I fell in love with the characters in this inter-generational story of love and family. The story alternates between Annabelle and Lovey’s points of view and also skips back and forth to different time frames, specifically in Lovey’s story line. Not to give up anything, but the reader will definitely be surprised at the big lie at the heart of the story. You think you have figured out what it is, but don’t discover until the very end that you were definitely wrong! I do have to say though that Annabelle’s inability to be without a man for any length of time was a little frustrating, but I still enjoyed her character all the same. So grab some sweet tea, sit back and relax while you let yourself be sucked in by this great piece of Southern fiction.

Check out the book on Amazon:

And follow the author at the following social media links:

Twitter: @kristywharvey

Instagram: @kristywharvey

Facebook: facebook.com/kristywoodsonharvey

Pinterest: pinterest.com/mydesignchic

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Book Review: Mirror Image by Michelle Pariza Wacek
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I love the chance to check out a book by an author that is new to me. I received a copy of the book Mirror Image by Michele Pariza Wacek in exchange for my honest review and I am going to share that with you now! Also, the author has a giveaway going on, so keep reading for that!

First, the author’s bio:

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When Michele was 3 years old, she taught herself to read because she wanted to write stories so badly.

As you can imagine, writing has been a driving passion throughout her life. She became a professional copywriter (which is writing promotional materials for businesses), which led to her founding a copywriting and marketing company that serves clients all over the world.

Along with being a copywriter, she also writes novels (in fact, she just published her first novel, a psychological thriller/suspense/mystery called “The Stolen Twin” and her second novel “Mirror Image’” is set to be published in May 2016) plus, she is also the author of the “Love-Based Copy” books, which are a part of the “Love-Based Business” series and cover both business and personal development.

She holds a double major in English and Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently she lives in the mountains of Prescott, Arizona with her husband Paul and her border collie Nick and southern squirrel hunter Cassie.

And the description of the book:

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Which would be worse, knowing that your dead sister has come back to life and is now a serial killer or that someone else is the killer….and that person is you?

Six months after Linda’s sister Elizabeth killed herself, Linda has finally gotten her life back to some semblance of normalcy. Until a killer appears who is stalking men … a killer who resembles Elizabeth … a killer who seems somehow familiar to Linda.

And, to make matters worse, Steve, her old high school crush and now a detective, is assigned to this case. He’s asking Linda all sorts of questions, questions Linda couldn’t possibly have an answer to.

There’s no reason for him to be investigating Linda. She couldn’t possibly have anything to do with this.

Could she?

Ok, so I like to try to figure out the whodunit when I am reading. I was sure I knew what was happening, but I was wrong. And then I was sure a second time, but I was wrong again. I never would have guessed the outcome, so I was definitely on the edge of my seat. I always like to give a warning to sensitive readers that there is sexually explicit content in this book. So just a heads up for you. I especially liked the insight into the childhood of Linda and her family. The character development is phenomenal. This definitely added to the story and helps the reader understand the very strange family dynamic! Definitely a great psychological thriller that leaves you guessing. I would gladly read more books by this author in the future.

To pick up this book:

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Oh! And not to forget that giveaway!

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$25 Amazon Gift Card & a Signed Copy of The Stolen Twin

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Book Review: Killer Pursuit by Jeff Gunhus

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

 

Killer Pursuit is the first book I have read by Jeff Gunhus, but he is no newbie. Here is his bio:

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Jeff Gunhus is the author thriller and horror novels for adults and the middle grade/YA series, The Templar Chronicles. The first book, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. His books for adults have reached the Top 100 on Amazon and have been Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Finalists.

After his experience with his son, he is passionate about helping parents reach young reluctant readers and is active in child literacy issues. As a father of five, he leads an active lifestyle in Maryland with his wife Nicole by trying to constantly keep up with their kids. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel.

And here is the description of the book. Keep reading below for my thoughts!

When a secret webcam is found in the Georgetown bedroom of a murdered high-society call girl, everyone in Washington, DC wants the recording…especially the killer.  After a high-society call girl is brutally murdered in her Georgetown home, investigators find two cameras hidden in the walls of her bedroom. One has its memory erased, presumably by the murderer. The second is a webcam with an encrypted connection…and no-one knows who’s on the other end. Whoever has the recordings has embarrassing leverage against some of the most powerful men in DC, not to mention a video of the murder showing the identity of the killer.

FBI Special Agent Allison McNeil is asked by beleaguered FBI Director Clarence Mason to run an off-the-record investigation of the murder because of the murder’s similarity to a case she worked a year earlier. Allison knows the most direct path to apprehending the killer is to find the videos, but rumors that the victim’s client list may include some of Washington’s most powerful men makes her doubt the director’s motives. As she starts her investigation, she quickly discovers that she’s not the only one pursuing the recording…but that the most aggressive person racing against her might be the murderer himself.

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So obviously, when the premise of the story includes a call girl, you can expect that there are a few racy scenes. So if that is something that bothers you, don’t worry, it’s mostly just at the beginning of the book.

This book definitely has several twists and turns, and I will admit, I was completely surprised when I found out who the real bad guy was! The author uses alternating voices throughout the story, which builds the suspense as well as getting the reader into the mind of both the good guys and the bad guys. There are also some sweet parts, such as Allison’s relationship with her father who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. And corrupt political leaders? What?! No way that would happen in real life. I say that with sarcasm. This was a great read and I look forward to more by Mr. Gunhus.

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Book Review: Amish Sweethearts by Leslie Gould

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

Amish Sweethearts is actually the third book I’ve had the opportunity to read by Leslie Gould. Click the links below to see my previous reviews.

 

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Amish Promises

 

I just saw the author’s name and agreed to read it. I didn’t even realize until I started reading it that this is actually the second book in the Neighbors of Lancaster County series. So the characters I grew to love in Amish Promises are back, and now the kids are grown up and are the main characters!

 

Before I forget, here is the book’s description:

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Their Two Worlds Couldn’t Be Further Apart.

Can Anything Bridge the Divide Between Them?

 

For years Zane Beck and his Amish neighbor Lila Lehman were best of friends. But just as Zane gathered the courage to discover if their friendship could develop into something more, her controlling father arranged for her to be courted by their bishop’s son. Zane, heartbroken and frustrated, joined the Army, running away from his shattered dreams.

 

The passing of time and the distance between Zane and Lila haven’t been enough to halt their–now completely hidden–feelings for each other. Any hope for their love grows even more impossible though as Zane’s service takes a dangerous turn when he’s deployed to Afghanistan. Being on the frontline, confronted with the hard choices of war, has him questioning everything, including whether he can continue to serve or not. But all choices have consequences, and with Lila preparing to marry another, will these one-time sweethearts ever find the life together that they both still long for?

If you took a quick look at my Amish Promises review, you know that the Neighbors series deals with the relationships between an Amish family and their Englisch neighbors. Zane and Lila have grown up next door to each other now they are reaching adulthood, but of course, it is next to impossible for them to be together romantically, especially when Zane leaves to join the military, as his father did.


Once again, I love the use of Amish phrases. As I finished the book, I wondered if maybe the next book will feature the younger brother and sister of Zane and Lila as the main characters. I will continue to snatch up any Leslie Gould books I can when I have the chance. I have been drawn in by these characters and into the world of Amish fiction in general. If you are a fan of love stories that are against the odds, this is a book for you. Although I’m not a story spoiler, so I won’t tell you for sure if they end up beating the odds or not! You will have to read and find out!

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