Thursday, October 22, 2020

Legend of the Lost Ass By Karen Schwartz


 I think we should take it through Guatemala.A random text from a stranger inspires agoraphobic Colin to leave New York. His first stop is Brownsville, Texas, where he meets the sender, half-Mayan Luci Bolon, her ancient but feisty great-uncle Ernesto, and Miss Mango, a bright-orange Kubota tractor. Ernesto’s dream is that Miss Mango be driven to Belize and given to the family he left behind nearly seventy years ago. Colin agrees to join Luci on the long journey through Central America. In 1949, seventeen-year-old Belizean Ernesto falls painfully in love with Michaela, an American redhead nearly twice his age. Their brief but intense affair changes everything Ernesto has ever known. When she leaves, Ernesto is devastated. Determined to find her, he “borrows” a donkey from his uncle and starts off for Texas. He meets a flamboyant fellow traveler, and the three of them—two young men and the donkey they name Bee—make their way to America.The past and present unfold through two journeys that traverse beautiful landscapes. Painful histories are soothed by new friendships and payments of old debts.

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Karen Winters Schwartz wrote her first truly good story at age seven. Her second-grade teacher, publicly and falsely accused her of plagiarism. She did not write again for forty years.

Her widely praised novels include WHERE ARE THE COCOA PUFFS?: A Family's Journey Through Bipolar Disorder, 2010; REIS’S PIECES: Love , Loss, and Schizophrenia, 2012; and THE CHOCOLATE DEBACLE, 2014 (Goodman Beck Publishing). Her new novel, LEGEND OF THE LOST ASS, was released by Red Adept Publishing on July 21, 2020.

Educated at The Ohio State University, Karen and her husband moved to the Central New York Finger Lakes region where they raised two daughters and shared a career in optometry. Karen is the past president of NAMI Syracuse (National Alliance on Mental Illness), a strong advocate for mental illness awareness, and a sought-after speaker at health association events and conferences across the country. She now splits her time between Arizona, a small village in Belize, and traveling the earth in search of the many creatures with whom she has the honor of sharing this world. This is her second year as a Rising Star judge.

Author website: http://www.karenwintersschwartz.com/

My Thoughts...
 A little bit slow but once you get into the book is picks up and gets better. I did find it an interesting read. The development of the story plays out in your mind like a picture show. 
I gave this book 4 stars and I hope that you grab a copy.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

From Rome With Love by Kate Lloyd

 

"Christmas in Rome is always a good idea." - Rayanne Thayne, New York Times bestselling author Lucy Goff's new job caring for the quirky daughter of a wealthy Seattle couple comes with an unexpected perk: being whisked off to Rome the week before Christmas. Putting up with fifteen-year-old Tabatha's mood swings, not to mention Lucy's own fear of flying, is worth the opportunity to explore The Eternal City. But Lucy's dreams of a relaxing European vacation are upended almost as soon as they arrive. Tabatha's parents disappear, and Tabatha herself turns out to be more than a handful. The only person Lucy can turn to is Mario, the smooth and handsome Italian who volunteers to be their personal tour guide. Can she trust him? And what about Brad, the old boyfriend who wants to pick up where they left off? When a mysterious painting opens up painful family secrets, it seems as though Lucy's romantic holiday is over for good. Instead, she must confront not only her employers, but also her own feelings about love and loyalty. Is she ready to see that Christmas is just the beginning?

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Bestselling author Kate Lloyd is a passionate observer of human relationships. She is excited to present Stage Fright, a delightful story with twists and turns as a woman ventures through England where Kate has often traveled. Next, From Rome with Love, an intriguing Christmas book that will keep you guessing. A native of Baltimore, Kate and her husband live in the Pacific Northwest. Kate spends time with family and friends in Lancaster County, PA, the inspiration for her novels Leaving Lancaster, Pennsylvania Patchwork, and Forever Amish, the third book in the Legacy of Lancaster Trilogy, and also A Letter from Lancaster County and Starting from Scratch. Her Christmas Kindle An Unexpected Christmas Gift just released. Kate studied art, art history, and Italian in college. She loved living in Rome. She's worked a variety of jobs, including restaurateur and car salesman. Kate enjoys travel and walking with her camera in hand.

Website: www.katelloyd.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/katelloydbooks
Instagram:@katelloydauthor
Giveaways on her Blog: https://katelloyd.com/feed
Pinterest: @KateLloydAuthor

My Thoughts...
This is not your everyday Christmas read. Its full of twists and turns and a little bit of romance. I have really enjoyed going to Rome. And what about that cover, I love it.
I gave this book 5 stars and HIGHLY recommend it.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Monday, October 19, 2020

Undeveloped By K. Leigh

 

Lia Winegar and her aunt have always been thick as thieves, as close as a niece and aunt could be. Now, fresh out of high school, Lia plans to spend her last summer at home before going away to college. But as one chapter of her life closes, another begins. When she stumbles upon one of her Aunt Natalie’s old journals—along with a faded photograph of a man she’s never seen before—Lia realizes her aunt's life isn't the open book she always thought it was. Natalie isn’t the only one with a secret, though. Lia still hasn’t told her family just how far she plans to go; and while she unearths her aunt’s whirlwind story through a firsthand account, she discovers some truths of her own. As the forgotten story of one summer unfolds, how much of each woman's tale will remain undeveloped?

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K Leigh is an author, mom, & wife.
When not reading and writing, she shares inappropriate humor on social media and looks for her keys.

My Thoughts...
Do you like dual timelines?  Leigh has done it again. She just keeps getting better and better. The Characters  and the storyline are such a treat that you can't stop reading. I am always left wanting more. I can't wait for her next book.  Let me know what you all think of Natalie, She was a favorite.
I gave Undeveloped 4 stars and I recommend it.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Friday, October 16, 2020

Autumn Skies By Denise Hunter

 

Facing the past is easier if you don’t have to face it alone.

The Bluebell Inn is turning a profit, and it’s time for the Bennett siblings to sell it and move on. Only Grace has plans to stay in the small lake town of Bluebell, North Carolina, where she hopes her growing outfitters business will save her from the loneliness of her siblings’ departure and the persistent sense of unworthiness in her life.

A gunshot wound resurrects the past for Secret Service agent Wyatt Jennings, and a mandatory leave of absence lands him in Bluebell. There he must come to grips with the tragedy that altered his life fourteen years ago.

When Wyatt books a room at the Bluebell Inn, sparks fly between him and Grace. She volunteers to be his mountain guide, and he soon opens up to her, drawn to her strength and sense of humor. But both are reticent to talk about the survivor’s guilt they each carry, and when their pasts finally collide, their budding romance might not survive the truth.

From the bestselling author of The Convenient Groom and A December Bride (now beloved Hallmark Original movies) comes the third and final novel in the Bluebell Inn series.

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Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than 35 novels, three of which have been adapted into Hallmark movies. She has appeared on the The 700 Club and won awards such as The Holt Medallion Award, The Carol Award, The Reader's Choice Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA
 finalist.

Denise writes heartwarming, small-town love stories, peopled with layered characters who have real-life issues. Her readers enjoy the vicarious thrill of falling in love and the promise of a happily-ever-after sigh as they savor the final pages of her books.

In 1996, inspired by the death of her grandfather, Denise began her first book, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she's been writing ever since. Her husband says he inspires all her romantic stories, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too!

When Denise isn't orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking good coffee, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband raised three boys and are currently enjoying an empty nest.

You can learn more about Denise through her website www.DeniseHunterBooks.com or by visiting her FaceBook page at https://www.facebook.com/authordenisehunter

My Thoughts...
Hunter has done it again. I loved Grace and Wyatt's story. I just don't know of anyone else who can write a romance set in North Carolina that takes my breath away like Hunter.  I love that she gave this story a happy ending. 5 stars two times. I HIGHLY recommend this whole series. They can be read as stand alones but I would not do that. You are going to LOVE them all three. The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

To Read or Not to Read A Literary Journal for the Book Lover

Keep track of the books you read, record thoughts on your favorite books, get inspired for your next read, and reflect on your literary spiritual journey with this beautifully designed journal for readers.

The perfect addition to any personal library, To Read or Not to Read encourages readers of all genres to immerse themselves in a classically illustrated reading journal complete with DIY book review pages and inspirational reading lists. To Read or Not to Read allows readers to step into the book critic role and determine which books to recommend, and which ones to skip based on their reflections throughout the journal. It includes a "How Bookish Are You?" quiz and spotlights on authors such as Flannery O'Connor and Frederick Douglass, whose published works have greatly influenced the combined spheres of faith and literature.

With additional fun facts and helpful conversation starters for literary discussions, this journal will become the signature accessory at book clubs, on nightstands, and on every book lover's shelf.

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The Ink & Willow line infuses contemplation and inspiration into the regular spiritual practice of creative-minded Christians, wherever they are in their faith journey. Each thoughtfully curated gift product is based in biblical truth and sparks a reminder of how God reveals beauty in the midst of our ordinary.

Throughout literary history, willow trees have been symbols of growth, balance, learning, healing, and harmony. Since willows often grow near streams or rivers, the name Ink and Willow was inspired by the verse in Psalm 1 about the person who delights in God and therefore is deeply planted and able to thrive, bearing fruit and prospering through every season. The word ink has a dual meaning, first as a nod to the act and art of printing words on paper, and then, in the sense that ink symbolizes life. In combination, Ink & Willow becomes the perfect metaphor for what this thoughtfully curated line of products is designed to do, which is to inspire, nurture, and engage Christians.

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My Thoughts...
Where has this been my whole life?  I have found the perfect Journal for this book lovers heart. The Pages are set up so  perfectly for you to keep track of your reviews and all the books that you read. You have plenty of room to write all your thoughts and there is is even lists in the back of the journal of 100 Inspiring Books and a list of Pulitzer Prize Winners  the list with the BBC: Top 100 reads is great too.
This is must have for any Book lover, it would make a fantastic gift.
I gave this Journal 5 stars and I plan to buy many of them to help me organize my reading and reviews.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

The Sowing Season BY Katie Powner

 

After he's forced to sell the family farm he's labored on his whole life, 63-year-old Gerrit Laninga doesn't know what to do with himself. He sacrificed everything for the land--his time, his health, his family--with nothing to show for it but bitterness, regret, and two grown children who want nothing to do with him.

Fifteen-year-old Rae Walters has growing doubts and fears about The Plan--the detailed blueprint for high school that will help her follow in her lawyer father's footsteps. She's always been committed to The Plan, but now that the pressure to succeed is building, what was supposed to unite her family in purpose, may end up tearing it apart.

When their paths cross just as they each need a friend the most, Gerrit's and Rae's lives begin to change in unexpected ways. Can they discover together what really matters in life and learn it's never too late for a second chance?

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Katie Powner is an award-winning author who lives in Montana, where cows still outnumber people. She loves Jesus, red shoes, and candy. Katie is a mom to the third power (biological, adoptive, and foster) who believes every child deserves a loving place to call home. Visit www.katiepowner.com.

My Thoughts...
Wow, What a debut novel. This was so good. The storyline as well as the characters so easy to like and the ending was such a great ending. What at treat from a new author. this is one to watch out for. I can't wait for Powner's next book.
I gave this book 4 stars and I recommend it.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Absolution By Regina Buttner

 

Jeanie thinks she was to blame for the sexual assault she suffered in college―and she’d do anything to keep her old-school Catholic family from finding out about the resulting pregnancy, as well as what she did to conceal it.

Years have passed since the assault, and Jeanie’s husband, Greg, still thinks she’s the seemingly innocent girl he married in a rush to spite his controlling mother. It’s the height of the Seattle dot-com boom, and he’s too busy cashing in his stock options to pay attention to his wife. He isn’t aware of Jeanie’s lingering shame and guilt, or that she married him in the desperate hope that devoting herself to marriage and motherhood would somehow absolve her from the sins in her past.

Their hidden agendas collide when Greg discovers evidence of Jeanie’s long-ago pregnancy. As she confesses the details of that drunken night with her married professor, Greg’s pristine image of her is blown. His shock deepens into violent fury, and Jeanie realizes she needs to leave him―but Greg won’t let her go. He’s up for a big promotion, and he’s not about to let her ruin his reputation by walking out on him. He’ll resort to blackmail if necessary. Or worse.

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Regina is a registered nurse-turned-writer who grew up in upstate New York where she enjoyed hiking with her bouncy golden retriever, Juliet, and exploring the Finger Lakes wine country. She now lives on the coast of southwest Florida and loves to go kayaking among the mangroves surrounding Pine Island, sipping mango smoothies (laced with rum if it's the weekend!) and admiring the tropical sunsets. ABSOLUTION is her first novel. Learn more about her at: www.reginabuttner.com

My Thoughts...
What a heartbreaking read. It was very well written for a debut book. The author really poured her heart out onto the pages. It was gripping and held my attention  until the very end. 
This book can be read in one sitting. It's that good.
I gave this book 4 stars and I cant wait to see what this author has in store for her next book for this avid reader.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.