Over The Line

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About the Book

Book: Over the Line

Author: Kelly Irvin

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release date: June 11, 2019

Over the LIne

In this high-stakes romantic suspense novel where tensions mount on both sides of the border, bestselling author Kelly Irvin explores what happens when the past explodes against the present and the only person you can turn to is the one who broke your heart.

When a college student dies at Gabriella’s feet after muttering her brother’s name, vicious gun smugglers believe she knows too much. And they’re determined to make sure she suffers the same fate. With no one else to turn to, Gabriella reunites with her former fiancé, homicide detective Eli Cavazos, to investigate the dead man’s murder and her brother’s disappearance.

In a desperate race against time, Gabriella and Eli are determined to clear her brother and find him before the gun smugglers can kill them both. Bit by bit, they tear away the masks worn by men masquerading as law-abiding citizens. No one can be trusted.

Working as a team forces Gabriella and Eli to face the problems that ended their relationship. She realizes she’s the one who needs to learn to forgive, but Eli must also learn to trust her with his secrets.

This ragtag team must fight a powerful ring of criminals protected by the very institutions that should prosecute them in an all-out battle that may cost them their lives.

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My Thoughts

Want to go on a wild ride? Check out this book! Just when I thought there would be some relief, some answers, more questions came and the action got crazier. This is an intense book. The pages practically turn themselves. I had a bit of trouble with the relationship between Eli and Gabriella. It just didn’t have a realistic feel to it. It felt written instead of lived. I also noticed quite a bit of repeat information throughout the story. It was written into the story well but I was like I just read this! I remember it from back there. Why do you need to retell? But that’s not a major issue. Overall I really liked the plot line. The characters were ok. It clipped along at a good pace and was really interesting. I gave the book 3.5 stars.

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. I was in no way required to write a positive review. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author

Kelly Irvin

Kelly Irvin is the bestselling author of the Every Amish Season and Amish of Bee County series. The Beekeepers Son received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, who called it a “beautifully woven masterpiece.” The two-time Carol Award finalist is a former newspaper reporter and retired public relations professional. Kelly lives in Texas with her husband, photographer Tim Irvin. They have two children, two grandchildren, and two cats. In her spare time, she likes to read books by her favorite authors. Visit her online at KellyIrvin.com; Instagram: kelly_irvin; Facebook: Kelly.Irvin.Author; Twitter: @Kelly_S_Irvin.

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Over the Line by Kelly Irvin turns the heat up on suspense with a setting in Laredo, Texas. Here’s a spicy chili to pair with the book while you’re reading.

(adapted from 1979 World’s Fair Chili Recipe)

3 lbs. round steak, chopped
3 lbs. chuck roast, chopped
6 T. vegetable oil
6 T. chili Powder
6 T. cumin
6 garlic cloves minced
2 whole onions, chopped
1 T. oregano
2 T. paprika
2 T. cider vinegar
4 ounces green chilies, diced
14 oz. stewed tomatoes (one can)
1 T. Tabasco sauce
2 T. cornmeal
3 c. beef broth
Pepper to taste
Brown meat in oil. Pepper to taste. Drain oil from meat, add chili pepper, cumin, garlic, and onion. Cook for 30 to 45 minutes. Stir often.
Add oregano, paprika, vinegar, 2 c. broth, green chilies, stewed tomatoes, and Tabasco sauce. Simmer 30 to 45 minutes. Stir often.
Dissolve cornmeal in one cup of beef broth. Pour into chili. Simmer another 30 minutes, stirring often. (Chili is done when meat is tender.)

Serves 8.

Kelly’s Note: My husband loves his chili with saltine crackers. I like Fritos. We all agree that chili should NOT have beans in it. My mom always made homemade cinnamon rolls to have for dessert when she made her chili. Hmmm. That sounds good. I’m off to the kitchen! Enjoy!

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To celebrate her tour, Kelly is giving away the grand prize of a copy of her book!!

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Lulu’s Cafe

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About the Book

Book: LuLu’s Cafe

Author: T.I. Lowe

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release date: June 4, 2019

LuLu's Cafe

When a damaged young woman is given a chance to reclaim her life in a small South Carolina town, she must reckon with the dark secrets she left behind in order to accept the love she deserves.

On the run from a violent past, Leah Allen arrived in tiny Rivertown, South Carolina, battered and broken, but ready to reinvent herself. By a stroke of fate, Leah is drawn to the Southern hospitality of a small café, looking for a warm meal but finding so much more. Lulu, the owner, offers her a job, a place to stay and a new lease on life. Through Lulu’s tenacious warmth and generosity, Leah quickly finds herself embraced by the quaint community as she tries to put herself back together. Given she’s accustomed to cruelty, the kindness is overwhelming.

Soon Leah meets Crowley Mason, the most eligible bachelor in town. A lawyer and friend of Lulu’s, Crowley is wary of Leah’s sudden, mysterious arrival. Despite his reserve, something sparks between them that can’t be denied. But after all she’s been through, can Leah allow herself to truly love and be loved, especially when her first urge is to run?

Exploring the resiliency of both the heart and the spirit, Lulu’s Café gorgeously illustrates how old scars can finally heal no matter how deep they seem.

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My Thoughts

This book deals with major real life issues. Heads up if you’re sensitive to books containing abuse/trauma/miscarriage situations. This story begins tragically. The intensity of the writing is amazing but scary at the same time. I can’t imagine what it took to write that. The author writes it well… descriptive enough so you get the dynamic of what’s going on but with great care so you don’t get too much. There’s a bit of a shift in the narrative and the main character is in another part of the country. The story is lighter. You kind of loose some of the abuse storyline… what I mean is, it’s almost all but forgotten. I think the author could have added some more PTSD type reactions and some more of the ways people struggle after getting out of an abusive relationship. I felt like you kind of loose that for most of the 2nd half of the book. It’s there but I felt like it should have been more prominent in the character’s daily life. Other than that the story ends much different than it began. I’m glad I had a chance to read this book. It was the first time I’d ever read anything by T. I. Lowe. I loved her writing and am looking forward to reading more of her work. I gave this book 3.5 stars.

I received a copy of this book from CelebrateLit. I was under no compulsion to write a positive review. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author

TI Lowe

T. I. Lowe is a native of coastal South Carolina. She attended Coastal Carolina University and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where she majored in psychology but excelled in creative writing. Go figure. Writing was always a dream, and she finally took a leap of faith in 2014 and independently published her first novel, Lulu’s Café, which quickly became a bestseller. Now the author of ten published novels with hundreds of thousands of copies sold, she knows she’s just getting started and has many more stories to tell. A wife and mother who’s active in her church community, she resides near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, with her family.

Read an excerpt of LuLu’s Cafe

The building was a two-story redbrick structure with expansive windows along the first floor’s front and sides. Each set of massive windows was shaded with sprawling royal-blue awnings, which were decorated with vibrantly painted sunflowers and whimsical white letters spelling out Lulu’s Café across the remaining space. It looked inviting from the outside. Peering into the window, Leah could see that the café was bustling with customers. Outside the café, the sidewalk was lined with wrought-iron tables and chairs. Every table was occupied with customers chatting as they sipped steaming mugs of coffee.

The sign for the store hours indicated that, Monday through Saturday, the café opened at six each morning and closed at two each afternoon, and it was closed on Sundays. Leah found the hours a bit odd. Most restaurants served dinner and were open on Sundays too, or so she thought. She reminded herself that she was in a new environment and that the customs from the West Coast probably wouldn’t apply here.

The café had its fall decorations on display as well. Large planter boxes overflowed with giant yellow and orange mums. One had a wooden sign sticking out from the middle declaring, Happy Fall, Y’all.

Leah was beginning to think the place was too happy and, more importantly, too busy for her liking, when she spotted a vacant four-person table right inside the door. She made her way in and slipped into the chair closest to the window. She deliberately faced away from the entrance, hoping not to draw much attention. Once she was situated, she noticed that the back of the café was made up of a large butcher-block counter that housed a bakery case full of treats on the right. The remainder of the counter was lined with half a dozen stools, with customers perched on each one. Leah noted approvingly that the tables and chairs were a variety of mismatched shapes and sizes stained in the same mahogany tint. She liked the relaxed, unpretentious atmosphere.

Leah watched a petite lady behind the counter serving up coffee and laughs. Her stomach began to rumble at the fragrant smells whirling around her, so she turned her attention to the menu resting on the table. Turkey sausage, turkey bacon, egg-white omelets, whole grain breads and cereal, fresh fruit . . .

Leah blinked at the odd menu. She gazed around at the customers enjoying their healthy meals. Her heart had been set on a stack of pancakes and greasy bacon. She studied the bakery case but found no donuts hiding.

“Humph.” She went back to studying the menu.

“I didn’t keep you waiting too long, did I?” A Southern drawl interrupted Leah’s thoughts.

Leah looked up to find the petite lady with a perfectly coiffed silver bob smiling at her. She was so short that she was nearly eye level with a seated Leah. Her clear gray eyes seemed to bubble with hospitality. Leah instantly liked the woman and gave her a slight smile, being careful not to stretch her bottom lip.

“Well, you gonna keep giving me that sweet smile or are you gonna order something?” the lady asked in a teasing voice.

Leah pointed at the bright-orange cursive L embroidered thickly on one of the lady’s apron pockets. “Please tell me you’re Lulu.”

“Of course I’m Lulu. Why do you ask?” Lulu smoothed her ruffled apron, which swam in a variety of rich blue swirls.

“You match the happiness of the place perfectly,” Leah said.

“Well, that’s the nicest thing someone has said to me today. What can I get you?”

“Coffee and whatever you recommend.”

Lulu gave her a wink and strolled back to the kitchen.

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, T.I. Lowe is giving away a grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of LuLu’s Cafe!!

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all manner of things

by Susie Finkbeiner

About the Book

When Annie Jacobson’s brother Mike enlists as a medic in the Army in 1967, he hands her a piece of paper with the address of their long-estranged father. If anything should happen to him in Vietnam, Mike says, Annie must let their father know. 

In Mike’s absence, their father returns to face tragedy at home, adding an extra measure of complication to an already tense time. As they work toward healing and pray fervently for Mike’s safety overseas, letter by letter the Jacobsons must find a way to pull together as a family, regardless of past hurts. In the tumult of this time, Annie and her family grapple with the tension of holding both hope and grief in the same hand, even as they learn to turn to the One who binds the wounds of the brokenhearted.

Author Susie Finkbeiner invites you into the Jacobson family’s home and hearts during a time in which the chaos of the outside world touched their small community in ways they never imagined.

My Thoughts

I feel like I just spent a weekend with a family who on Friday I hardly knew. Now it’s Sunday and I feel like they’re my own family. This book goes on the shelf of books that tug your heart to new places, the shelf of books that captivate you, the shelf of books that don’t let you forget them. All Manner of Things, is not filled with high action, suspense and mystery, instead, it’s filled with family. The normal kind of things families deal with, the hard things families deal with and the happy things families deal with. And because of that, the story is unforgettable. I really do feel like I spent time with some people who have become like family. 
The author writes in such a beautiful way. The words dance and come to life. The pages fly past. I could not stop reading. It was a relaxing but emotional read. I put this up next to All The Light We Cannot See (Doerr) How the Light Gets In (Petersheim) And We Hope for Better Things (Bartels). If you like those you will love this story. There wasn’t much in the way of strong Christian content in the storyline, which is just fine. I would rather it be a little than too much and in your face.
This is my first read from Susie Finkbeiner and it definitely won’t be my last. I’m going to hunt down her other books right now! I gave this book 5 stars.
I received a copy of this book from Revell. I was in no way required to write a positive review. All thoughts are my own.

For more information about the author visit her website at https://susiefinkbeiner.com/

More Than Words Can Say

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About the Book

Book: More Than Words Can Say

Author: Karen Witemeyer

Genre: Historical Romance

More Than Words Can Say

Release Date: May 7, 2019

After fulfilling a pledge to a dying friend, Zacharias Hamilton is finally free to live life on his own terms. No opportunities to disappoint those he cares about, just the quiet bachelor existence he’s always craved. Until fate snatches his freedom away once again when the baker of his favorite breakfast treat is railroaded by the city council. As hard as he tries to avoid getting involved, he can’t turn a blind eye to her predicament . . . or her adorable dimples. Abigail Kemp needs a man’s name on her bakery’s deed. A marriage of convenience seems the best solution . . . if it involves a man she can control. Not the stoic lumberman who oozes confidence without saying a word whenever he enters her shop. Control Zacharias Hamilton? She can’t even control her pulse when she’s around him. Once vows are spoken, Abigail’s troubles should be over. Yet threats to the bakery worsen, and darker dangers hound her sister. As trust grows between Zach and Abby, she finds she wants more than his rescue. She wants his heart.

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My Thoughts

Oh my goodness, where to start! This book is captivating. I love the cover. It just looks like it’s going to be a super cute story. And it is! I connected with this story immediately when I saw that it centers around a bakery. I’m a baker myself so this was a huge connection point for me. The words flow so nicely. I flew threw the pages. It’s definitely a book where you find yourself saying late into the night, “Just one more chapter!” The story progresses at a great speed. Not too fast not too slow. The details are interesting and pertinent. The main characters are great, the other characters make you like the main characters better and make you root for them. I love how the story opened like a flower. A little bit more revealed as the story progressed until you know the characters deeply. The chemistry between Abigail and Zach is so well written. It makes your heart pound and you smile a little to yourself. I love how Zach stands up for her. This story made me laugh. It made me smile. It made me grit my teeth. It made me frustrated at people’s vindictiveness. The whole gamete of emotion is contained within this story. This is my first experience with Karen Witemeyer’s work. It will not be the last. I’m intrigued by her writing. Well done! I give this book 4.5 stars.

I received a copy of this book from CelebrateLit. I was in no way required to write a positive review. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author

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Winner of the HOLT Medallion and the Carol Award and a finalist for the RITA and Christy Award, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer writes historical romance to give the world more happily-ever-afters. Karen makes her home in Texas, with her husband and three children. Learn more about Karen and her books at www.karenwitemeyer.com.

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Settings – Real or Imagined?

One of the key decisions an author has to make before she begins to write is selecting the setting for her story. And the first choice she faces is the question of whether to use a real or imagined location. Roughly half the stories I have written are set in fictional towns. The use of a fictional setting allows an author greater freedom to manipulate the environment of her characters to fit her plot. This provides a great deal of flexibility. However, there is something special about setting a story in a real place. First, readers who are familiar with that place never fail to get excited about seeing a town they recognize in print. Second, if an author can find historical photos and documents, she can add a wonderful layer of authenticity to her setting that might otherwise be missing. Third, an author may turn up fascinating tidbits when studying the history of her setting that find their way into the story and bring a flavor the author never could have supplied on her own. This was the case as I wrote More Than Words Can Say. All of the stories in my Patchwork Family series have been set in real places. Pecan Gap, Texas for More Than Meets the Eye, Honey Grove, Texas for More Than Words Can Say, and coming this fall we’ll travel to Gainesville, Texas for the concluding novella, More Than a Pretty Face. Researching each location brought its own unique discoveries, but I have to admit that researching the small town of Honey Grove brought this history-loving girl a special level of joy. For example, there is a legend about how the town got its name that I knew needed to be incorporated into my story. Legend has it that when Davy Crockett was on his way to join the fight at the Alamo, he stopped in a grove of trees and set up camp. There were so many bees in that in letters to family and friends, he called the place a “Honey Grove.” He carved his initials into one of the trees and intended to return and settle there after the war. Unfortunately, as we know, Crockett did not survive the Alamo and therefore did not return. One of his friends, Samuel A. Erwin, later found the grove and became the first settler in 1839. Many people recall seeing the initials carved into Crockett’s bee tree even into the early 1900s, which led me to believe that this legend was based in truth. It doesn’t play a pivotal role in my story, but if you watch for it, you’ll find it mentioned. Discovering the Honey Grove Preservation League’s website proved a tremendous boon. Their online historical resources are some of the best I have ever come across. Historical photos, newspaper articles, government records—it was like stepping through a time portal every time I visited. And I visited often. Thanks to the Preservation League, I was able to mention real people and places in my novel. Places like the Commercial Hotel, the home of James Gilmer that was built during my time period, Wilkins, Wood & Patteson Dry Goods, and Dora Galbraith Patteson’s millinery shop on the east side of the town square. While Zacharias Hamilton and Reuben Sinclair are completely fictitious characters, there really was a lumberyard located on the corner of Sixth Street and Rail Road. As fiction authors are wont to do, I did take a few liberties with Honey Grove’s history. To my knowledge, there was never any city ordinance banning women from owning businesses in town, which was a key plot point in More Than Words Can Say. In addition, Mayor Chester Longfellow was a complete invention of my imagination. The true mayor of Honey Grove during this time period was J.H. Smith, a man who served in that capacity from 1888-1897. He must have been a well-loved city official to hold office for nearly a decade. I paid brief homage to him by having him step back into office when my fictitious mayor resigned. I hope you enjoy stepping back in time with me into historic Honey Grove, Texas. Zach and Abigail might not have lived there in truth, but I like to believe their tale is a representation of the many amazing love stories have taken place in that sweet little town through the years.

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To celebrate her tour, Karen is giving away a grand prize that includes More Than Words Can Say, More Than Meets the Eye, and a $20 Panera Bread gift card!!

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Living Lies

By Natalie Walters

About the Book

In the little town of Walton, Georgia, everybody knows your name — but no one knows your secret. At least that’s what Lane Kent is counting on when she returns to her hometown with her five-year-old son. Dangerously depressed after the death of her husband, Lane is looking for hope. What she finds instead is a dead body.

Lane must work with Walton’s newest deputy, Charlie Lynch, to uncover the truth behind the murder. But when that truth hits too close to home, she’ll have to decide if saving the life of another is worth the cost of revealing her darkest secret.

My Thoughts

Let’s start from the cover. We all know we shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover but look at that cover! It’s so captivating. I love the misty green look. It makes me want to find out what’s inside. The start of the book is great. I want to know more. I’m drawn in to the mystery. But then sadly, I quickly began to loose interest. I did love the inclusion of depression. This is a little talked about topic in Christian fiction but it is a huge problem in the lives of many Christians. We don’t talk about it enough. I’m glad the author chose to include it in her story. But, I don’t want that to define a person the entire story. I felt like Lane was more than her depression but I didn’t know much else. I wanted a deeper understanding of this character. I was left wanting. And there was something about her name. It would get lost in the story and I would forget that it was her name. I would find myself thinking, “Wait? Who is this Lane person?” I became more easily distracted. The details were nicely written but kind of irrelevant. I found they detracted from the central story. I had a hard time floating from page to page. I had to go back and reread quite a bit. Charlie’s character was really likable. I feel like his character had more depth. Unfortunately that wasn’t enough for me. I couldn’t sink into this story and get carried away. I was disappointed by that because typically this genre is one where I can sit down and not get up til the book is done. This was not the case for this book, sad to say. I’m interested to read future books by this author. This just wasn’t one for me. I gave it 3 stars.

I received a copy of this book from Revell. I was in no way required to write a positive review. All thoughts are my own.

Summer By the Tides

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About the Book

Book: Summer by The Tides

Author: Denise Hunter

Genre: Christian Fiction, Contemporary Romance

Release Date: May 21, 2019

Summer by the Tides

From the bestselling author of The Convenient Groom (now a beloved Hallmark Original movie) comes a heartfelt story of family secrets, forgiveness, and unexpected romance.

Following a painful betrayal, Maddy Monroe’s love life is a wreck, and her restaurant career is in shambles. When her grandmother goes missing, she and her estranged sisters converge at the family beach house in Sea Haven, North Carolina. Being with uptight Nora and free-spirited Emma at the place where their family broke apart is a struggle, and undercurrents of jealousy and resentment threaten to pull the sisters under. In the midst of the storm, sparks begin to fly between Maddy and Gram’s maddening neighbor, Connor Murphy.

As the sisters pack up the family belongings, memories of idyllic, slow-paced summers are resurrected. But long-buried secrets also come to light as Maddy discovers that all was not as it appeared that last summer in Sea Haven—nor today in the seemingly perfect lives of her sisters.

As family tensions rise and Connor causes tumult in Maddy’s heart, the sisters must find a way to accept each other for the women they’ve become before the bitterness of the past destroys their hope for a future.

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My Thoughts

Denise Hunter is the author I go to when I’m kind of burnt out from reading. Her stories are dependably good and typically on the lighter side. I love that about her stories. They don’t disappoint. Summer By the Tides fell right into my expectations. A great story, written in an interesting location, with interesting characters and a storyline that has depth but doesn’t leave you feel weighed down when you’re done. I love how she brings back bits from other stories. I believe the Crab Shack, now renamed, was in one of her other series? I love it when authors do that. It’s like a little present for fans who have read a lot of an authors books.

The issues and challenges the characters deal with are real. They aren’t carbon copies of other books I’ve read. They are unique and well thought through. I love the slow budding romance between Maddy & Connor. It’s so sweet. I really love the grandma even though she’s not a huge character in the book. I love how she cares for her granddaughters. I never had a close grandma so anytime there are grandma/granddaughter relationships in books I really love them.

That being said, I did struggle a little bit with the way the 3 sisters were written. I loved the storyline behind their animosity towards one another but I found some of the ways it was written was a little catty and whiny. I was rather annoyed at them. I don’t know if this was intentional but I just felt like it could have been much better had they been written a little differently. But on the other hand, sisters are like that. So it’s normal. It’s natural. I’m just not a fan of seemingly petty drama-filled interactions in books.

Otherwise the story was great. I loved it. I gave it 4 stars! I can’t wait for Ms. Hunter’s next book. She is my go to author! Love her writing. I received a copy of this book from CelebrateLit. I was in no way required to write a positive review. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author

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Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than 25 books, including A December Bride and The Convenient Groom, which have been adapted into original Hallmark Channel movies. She has won The Holt Medallion Award, The Reader’s Choice Award, The Carol Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist. When Denise isn’t orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking green tea, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband are rapidly approaching an empty nest. To learn more about Denise, visit her website DeniseHunterBooks.com; Facebook: AuthorDeniseHunter; Twitter: @DeniseAHunter; Instagram: deniseahunter.

Read an Excerpt from Summer by the Tides

MADDY MONROE WAS COWERING behind a ficus tree near the hostess station when her cell phone rang. Her hands shook as she silenced the phone before it drew the attention of the staff.

She jabbed the elevator button for the third time. “Come on, come on.” A star could be born in interstellar space, a polar valley carved by a glacier in the time it took the elevator to reach this floor. Stairs were not an option, as she was on the twentieth floor of the Waterford building and sporting heels.

She sniffled. Drat. She seemed to be crying. She swiped a hand under her eyes, heedless of her makeup.

She heard voices, Nick’s boisterous laugh. Maddy shrank deeper into the ficus and finally, finally, the elevator dinged its arrival.

“Maddy?” Noelle’s concerned voice tunneled down the hall. “Maddy, wait.”

“Oh, come on,” she muttered, tapping her fingers against her leg until the gold doors crept open. As soon as she could fit, she squeezed inside and punched the ground-floor button.

She didn’t draw a breath until the doors sealed and the elevator began to drop. She placed a palm over a heart that was threatening to beat its way out of her chest. Her white blouse clung to her back, and her skin prickled beneath her arms.

She closed her eyes, the scene that had just transpired playing out in fast-forward in her mind. And then, as if that montage weren’t painful enough, the image of Nick’s face appeared. The look on his face just before he’d kissed her good-bye last night.

Nick. She clamped her teeth together until her jaw ached.

There had been signs. Many of them, really, she was realizing now. They ranged from whisper-subtle to neon-sign obvious. But like so many other walking clichés before her, she was only seeing them in retrospect.

Maddy opened her eyes to the buttery sunlight streaming through her blinds. She scrambled for her iPhone to check the time. But as she did so, the events of yesterday washed over her like a tsunami. She didn’t have to get up at all, because she didn’t have a job anymore.

Her cell buzzed with an incoming call, and she squinted bleary-eyed at the unfamiliar number on the screen before declining it.

She drooped against her pillow, only now aware of how fat and swollen her eyes felt. Of the persistent achy lump pushing at the back of her throat. Her heartbeat made the bed quake. Her eyes burned with tears. Yesterday’s anger had faded, and something worse had filled its spot.

Yesterday she’d come home, changed into yoga pants, and worked in her little garden until she was too exhausted to do anything but flop on the sofa. She hadn’t fallen asleep until after three o’clock in the morning.

She didn’t want to talk to anyone, didn’t want to see anyone. She didn’t even want to be awake today. She pulled the covers over her head and prayed for oblivion.

Required text: Taken from “Summer by the Tides” by Denise Hunter. Copyright © 2019 by Denise Hunter. Used by permission of http://www.thomasnelson.com/.

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Wooing Cadie McCaffrey

By Bethany Turner

About the Book

Convinced Will doesn’t love her in the “forever” way she loves him, Cadie believes it’s time for her to let him go before life passes her by. When a misunderstanding leads to a mistake, leaving her hurt, disappointed, and full of regret, she finally sends him packing.

But for Will, the end of their relationship is only the beginning of his quest to figure out how to be the man Cadie wanted him to be. With the dubious guidance of his former pro-athlete work friends and tactics drawn from Cadie’s favorite romantic comedies, Will attempts to win her back. It’s a fool-proof plan. What could possibly go wrong?

My Thoughts

The prologue! Oh the prologue! It was the best part of the book. It hooked me in. I loved the meet-cute idea. The words flowed and the story expanded and I was excited to read the story. Then the story jumped back in time. Then jumped back a little more. Then jumped around some more. It takes a lot of concentration for all that jumping around. I was honestly a little annoyed by that. The writing was still good but I was like what happened to the vibe from the prologue? I liked that vibe. I want that vibe back. I was annoyed at the hopping around and wished the story would have just progressed from the meet cute. I think the jumping around was an interesting way to write the story but I felt like a lot of the details got left out because of this. I felt like I had missed something important. I didn’t understand why Cadie was so frustrated with Will. It seemed unnatural and a little petty. I needed some more substance. I felt like there could have been more but I felt like I had missed it. It’s almost like I should have read a previous book. It was a super cute rom-com but not as developed as I would have hoped. I really thought Cadie was funny and loved how cute Will was but it kind of stopped there. I was also confused why there were so many work details included. They detracted from the story and I didn’t feel like they helped in anyway. Overall this was a cute read but not one of my favorites. I give it 3 stars.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was in no way required to write a positive review. All thoughts are my own.

For more information visit Bethany Turner’s website at http://www.seebethanywrite.com