Friday, December 6, 2019

This Is Not How It Ends By Rochelle Weinstein

From USA Today bestselling author Rochelle B. Weinstein comes a moving novel of hearts lost and found, and of one woman torn between two love stories.
When Charlotte and Philip meet, the pair form a deep and instant connection. Soon they’re settled in the Florida Keys with plans to marry. But just as they should be getting closer, Charlotte feels Philip slipping away.
Second-guessing their love is something Charlotte never imagined, but with Philip’s excessive absences, she finds herself yearning for more. When she meets Ben, she ignores the pull, but the supportive single dad is there for her in ways she never knew she desired. Soon Charlotte finds herself torn between the love she thought she wanted and the one she knows she needs.
As a hurricane passes through Islamorada, stunning revelations challenge Charlotte’s loyalties and upend her life. Forced to reexamine the choices she’s made, and has yet to make, Charlotte embarks on an emotional journey of friendship, love, and sacrifice—knowing that forgiveness is a gift, and the best-laid plans can change in a heartbeat.
This Is Not How It Ends is a tender, moving story of heartbreak and healing that asks the question: Which takes more courage—holding on or letting go?

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https://www.amazon.com/This-Not-Ends-Rochelle-Weinstein/dp/1542007674/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1575162814&sr=8-1

Rochelle B. Weinstein is the USA Today bestselling author of emotionally driven women’s fiction, including Somebody’s Daughter, Where We Fall, The Mourning After, and What We Leave Behind. This is Not How it Ends releases January 2020. Rochelle spent her early years in sunny South Florida, always with a book in hand, raised by the likes of Sidney Sheldon and Judy Blume. Upon graduating from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, Rochelle moved to Los Angeles, where she handled advertising and promotions for major film studios and record labels at LA Weekly. After returning to Miami, she continued her passion for entertainment as a music-industry executive at the Box Music Network. When she’s not writing, Rochelle loves to hike, read, and find the world’s best nachos. She is currently working on her sixth novel. Please visit her at www.rochelleweinstein.com.

My Thoughts...
A chance meeting, I love them, how about you?
Emotional affairs have been written about before but not the way Weinstein has this one.
You have to grab this book and dive in right away to find out about this love triangle.
I gave this book 4 stars. 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.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Arroyo By Chip Jacobs

Set against two distinct epochs in the history of Pasadena, California, Arroyo tells the parallel stories of a young inventor and his clairvoyant dog in 1913 and 1993. In both lives, they are drawn to the landmark Colorado Street Bridge, or "Suicide Bridge," as the locals call it, which suffered a lethal collapse during construction but still opened to fanfare in the early twentieth century automobile age. When the refurbished structure commemorates its 80th birthday, one of the planet's best known small towns is virtually unrecognizable from its romanticized, and somewhat invented, past.

Wrought with warmth and wit, Jacobs' debut novel digs into Pasadena's most mysterious structure and the city itself. In their exploits around what was then America's highest, longest roadway, Nick Chance and his impish mutt interact with some of the big personalities from the Progressive Age, including Teddy Roosevelt, Upton Sinclair, Charles Fletcher Lummis, and Lilly and Adolphus Busch, whose gardens were once tabbed the "eighth wonder of the world." They cavort and often sow chaos at Cawston Ostrich Farm, the Mount Lowe Railway, the Hotel Green and even the Doo Dah Parade. But it's the secrets and turmoil around the concrete arches over the Arroyo Seco, and what it means for Nick's 
destiny, that propels this story of fable versus fact. 

While unearthing the truth about the Colorado Street Bridge, in all its eye-catching grandeur and unavoidable darkness, the characters of Arroyo paint a vivid picture of how the home of the Rose Bowl got its dramatic start.


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Chip Jacobs is an award-winning author and journalist. His most recent book is his debut novel, Arroyo, historical fiction set around construction of Pasadena's mysterious Colorado Street Bridge in 1913. His other books include the biography Strange As It Seems: the Impossible Life of Gordon Zahler; the environmental social histories The People's Republic of Chemicals and the international bestselling Smogtown: the Lung-Burning History of Pollution in Los Angeles (both with William J. Kelly); the dark-humor true crime caper The Ascension of Jerry; and the stories collection The Vicodin Thieves. He also has contributed pieces to anthologies, most recently for the bestselling Los Angeles in the 1970s: Weird Scenes Inside the Goldmine about the attack on an idealist lawyer by a depraved cult. His reporting has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, L.A. Daily News, CNN, The New York Times, Bloomberg, L.A Weekly, among others. He is currently at work on a follow-up novel, a non-fiction project, and developing Smogtown into a film or series. 

My Thoughts...

This was a fasanating read. I learned from it. the dialog was hard to follow at times, but they may have been not understanding the language at times.
I would say that this is a 3.5 star book. Give it a try and see what you think about 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.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

The Faith of Queen Elizabeth By Dudley Delffs GIVEAWAY!


Discover the inspiring spiritual legacy of Queen Elizabeth II, the longest reigning monarch in British history. Sharing a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the life of this notoriously private monarch, The Faith of Queen Elizabeth features intimate stories and inspiring reflections on the personal faith behind the Crown. With testimonies from historic figures such as Winston Churchill, Billy Graham, Mother Teresa, and Margaret Thatcher, this magnificent tribute explores the faith of the world's most famous Queen - and the King she serves.
Icon, matriarch, reformer, and the longest-reigning monarch in British history - Queen Elizabeth II intrigues millions around the world with her royal heritage, inspirational character, and profound faith, especially as depicted in award-winning films such as The Queen and the wildly popular Netflix series The Crown.
With a reign that bridges the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, Queen Elizabeth has become the definition of stability, faithfulness, and dignity. Fearlessly, she led her country into the modern age with a balance of historical tradition and entrepreneurial initiative, public service and private devotion.
Nearing seven decades on the throne, the Queen has faced many personal and public storms - an early and surprising ascension to the throne, the dissolution of the British Empire, political upheavals, international crises, national tragedies, family deaths, and the tabloid travails of her children and grandchildren. But throughout all her trials and triumphs, Her Majesty credits her personal faith in Jesus Christ as the steadying anchor to her life and reign. In this spiritual biography, Dudley Delffs unpacks the secret behind Her Majesty's personal devotion and public service, giving you a fuller, richer picture of the woman who’s led a nation with unwavering faith and resolve.

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Dudley J. Delffs, PhD, is an award-winning novelist, poet, and biographer. Drawing on past experience as both an English professor and publishing executive, he has served in a variety of editorial and collaborative roles for dozens of New York Times bestselling authors. Throughout his 25-year career in writing and publishing, Dudley has consistently explored faith in unexpected people, places, and events. From Dolly Parton to Queen Elizabeth II, NFL coaches to megachurch pastors, country music crooners to tech billionaires, rabbis to reality TV stars, Dudley loves sharing stories that inspire, uplift, and transform lives. His next book, The Faith of Queen Elizabeth, releases December 3, 2019, from Zondervan/HarperCollins. Dudley and his wife are the parents of three grown children and live in Sewanee, Tennessee. 

My Thoughts...

If you want to look at the Queen with different eyes then you need to read this book.
This is a biography that needs to be on everyone's book shelf.
Delffs sheds light on the Queen in ways you have not heard before.
I found this book to be so fascinating.
4 stars from me. Put it under the tree for the reader in your life.
 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, December 3, 2019

Trace of Evil By Alice Blanchard

From Alice Blanchard, the author of the New York Times Notable mystery novel Darkness Peering comes Trace of Evil, first in an evocative new series about a small New York town, its deeply held secrets, and the woman determined to uncover them, no matter what the cost.
There’s something wicked in Burning Lake…
Natalie Lockhart is a rookie detective in Burning Lake, New York, an isolated town known for its dark past. Tasked with uncovering the whereabouts of nine missing transients who have disappeared over the years, Natalie wrestles with the town’s troubled history – and the scars left by her sister’s unsolved murder years ago.
Then Daisy Buckner, a beloved schoolteacher, is found dead on her kitchen floor, and a suspect immediately comes to mind. But it’s not that simple. The suspect is in a coma, collapsed only hours after the teacher’s death, and it turns out Daisy had secrets of her own. Natalie knows there is more to the case, but as the investigation deepens, even she cannot predict the far-reaching consequences – for the victim, for the missing of Burning Lake, and for herself.

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https://www.amazon.com/Trace-Evil-Natalie-Lockhart-Novel/dp/1250205719/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1575086797&sr=8-1

Alice Blanchard is the award-winning author of "Trace of Evil," "Darkness Peering," "A Breath After Drowning" and "The Breathtaker." She has received a PEN Award, a New Letters Literary Award, a Centrum Fellowship, and the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction.

"Darkness Peering" was a New York Times' Notable Book and a Barnes & Noble Best Mystery. Her thriller, "The Breathtaker," was an official selection of NBC’s Today Show Book Club. Her work has been published in 17 countries.

On December 3, 2019, Minotaur Books will publish "Trace of Evil," the first of Alice's new Natalie Lockhart series, which follows a female rookie detective investigating the death of a popular high school teacher that has eerie ties to the murder of a teenage girl 20 years ago. The series will unearth an even darker story involving a history of witch accusation and obsession with black magic deep in the woods of the idyllic suburban community of Burning Lake, New York.

Website: www.aliceblanchard.com
Twitter: twitter.com/AliceBooks333
Instagram: aliceblanchard.author
Goodreads: /37203.Alice_Blanchard 

My Thoughts...

I love a good mystery. This one started out so well but not really far in it slowed down. But towards the end it picked ]back up and it ended well.
Maybe it was just me I love action packed all the way through.
I gave this book 3.5 stars.
 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, December 2, 2019

The Christmas Club By Barbara Hinske GIVEAWAY!


Verna Lind expects Christmas of 1952 to be the best holiday she’s had since the war ended. But as she’s leaving the bank, a frigid wind off Lake Erie catches her hard-earned Christmas club savings, whisking the bills into the busy streets of downtown Cleveland and devastating her plans. Strangers come to her aid, though no one anticipates the power of their chance encounter or the seeds of happiness Verna’s lost money will sow. From Barbara Hinske, best-selling author of the Rosemont series, comes this heartwarming Christmas tale celebrating the generosity of the human spirit and the irresistible pull of love — an instant holiday classic for admirers of It’s a Wonderful Life and The Gift of the Magi.

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https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Club-Barbara-Hinske/dp/0996274731/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1575085966&sr=8-1

Barbara Hinske is an attorney who recently left the practice of law to pursue her career as a full-time novelist. She inherited the fiction gene from her father who wrote mysteries when he retired and told her a story every night of her childhood. Barbara is the bestselling author of the beloved ‘Rosemont’ series.

She and her husband share their own Rosemont with two adorable and spoiled dogs. She is besotted with decorating, entertaining, cooking and gardening. Now that her novel The Christmas Club has been made into a Hallmark Channel movie, she is completely star-struck and thrilled to have her work on the screen.

Praise for Coming to Rosemont:

"In a category that doesn't often feature felonious crimes as a main plot point, it's somewhat surprising to see this title -- with corruption, fraud, and arson coursing through the story -- in a list of top performers. But with enough twists and turns to hook any reader's attention, an adorable dog on the cover, and some classic women's fiction tropes, Coming To Rosemont delivered more than enough firepower to win over our readers!" BookBub's Best: Women's Fiction (#4)

"In this series opener, Hinske immerses readers in a delightful small town....The joys of the tale come from the warm relationships and the story of a woman getting a second chance at life and love." Publishers Weekly (BookLife)

You can find out more by visiting www.barbarahinske.com.
Connect via FB, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube, and check out images of Rosemont and places from the book on Pinterest. 

My Thoughts...
Would you give all your money to a perfect stranger? A Romance meant to be. Such a great book. Christmas and all the warm fuzzy feels. You get it all in this book.
The book is not the same as the Hallmark Movie. So be sure to read the book before watching the Hallmark movie.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.