Wednesday, July 15, 2020

The Swap By Robyn Harding

Low Morrison is not your average teen. You could blame her hippie parents or her looming height or her dreary, isolated hometown on an island in the Pacific Northwest. But whatever the reason, Low just doesn’t fit in—and neither does Freya, an ethereal beauty and once-famous social media influencer who now owns the local pottery studio.

After signing up for a class, Low quickly falls under Freya’s spell. And Freya, buoyed by Low’s adoration, is compelled to share her darkest secrets and deepest desires. Finally, both feel a sense of belonging...that is, until Jamie walks through the studio door. Desperate for a baby, she and her husband have moved to the island hoping that the healthy environment will result in a pregnancy. Freya and Jamie become fast friends, as do their husbands, leaving Low alone once again.

Then one night, after a boozy dinner party, Freya suggests swapping partners. It should have been a harmless fling between consenting adults, one night of debauchery that they would put behind them, but instead, it upends their lives. And provides Low the perfect opportunity to unleash her growing resentment.

Robyn Harding brings her acclaimed storytelling, lauded as “fast-paced, thrilling, gut-wrenching” by Taylor Jenkins Reid, New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones & The Six, to this dark and suspenseful thriller for fans of Megan Miranda and Lisa Jewell.

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https://www.amazon.com/Swap-Robyn-Harding/dp/198214176X/ref=sr_1_1?crid=X8FCX7DITY8W&dchild=1&keywords=the+swap+robyn+harding&qid=1594407489&sprefix=The+Swap%2Caps%2C163&sr=8-1

I am the internationally bestselling author of The ArrangementHer Pretty Face. and The Party which was a finalist for the Arthur Ellis Award for best crime novel. I have also written four novels of contemporary women’s fiction, a young adult novel, and a comedic memoir with an environmental focus. I am the screenwriter and executive producer of the independent film, The Steps, which premiered at TIFF and was the closing gala film at the Miami International Film Festival. I live in Vancouver, BC with my family.

My Thoughts...
I have read a few of Harding's books and I must say this one was a real treat. I could not put it down.  I would define it as scandalous, entertaining and a must read. You will not see the end coming which makes it all the better.
5 stars by this reviewer and I 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.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

An Appalachian Summer By Ann Gabhart

In 1933 Louisville, Kentucky, even the ongoing economic depression cannot keep Piper Danson's parents from insisting on a debut party. After all, their fortune came through the market crash intact, and they've picked out the perfect suitor for their daughter. Braxton Crandall can give her the kind of life she's used to. The only problem? This is not the man--or the life--she really wants.

When Piper gets the opportunity to volunteer as a horseback Frontier Nursing courier in the Appalachian Mountains for the summer, she jumps at the chance to be something other than a dutiful daughter or a kept wife in a loveless marriage. The work is taxing, the scenery jaw-droppingly gorgeous, and the people she meets along the way open up a whole new world to her. The longer she stays, the more an advantageous marriage slips from her grasp. But something much more precious--true love--is drawing ever closer.

Bestselling author Ann H. Gabhart invites you into the storied hills of Eastern Kentucky to discover what happens when one intrepid young woman steps away from the restrictive past into a beautiful, wide-open future.

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https://www.amazon.com/Appalachian-Summer-Ann-H-Gabhart/dp/0800729285/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1WWKEFKHGR03&dchild=1&keywords=an+appalachian+summer+gabhart&qid=1594412457&s=books&sprefix=An+App%2Cstripbooks%2C160&sr=1-1

Ann H. Gabhart caught the writing bug at the age of ten and has been writing ever since. An award winning author, she's published many books for both adults and young adults. Her books cover several genres from historical to small town family stories to cozy mysteries (mysteries published with author name A.H. Gabhart). Her ideas are sparked by events in Kentucky history and by experiences in her own family. Her first Shaker novel, The Outsider, was a finalist for the ECPA Christian Fiction Book of the Year. Love Comes Home won the Selah Book of the Year award, and These Healing Hills was the Faith, Hope & Love Readers' Choice Women's Fiction Book of the Year.

Ann lives on a Kentucky farm not far from where she was born. She and her husband have three children and nine grandchildren. Ann enjoys hiking on her farm with her grandkids and her dogs, Frankie and Marley. See more about her books at www.annhgabhart.com or join the conversation on her Facebook page, www.facebook.com/anngabhart.

My Thoughts...
I have read Gabharts books for years her shaker series is the best. But being from the mountains of West Virginia and Kentucky. I devoured this book. I loved every word.
Having a sister in law that is a nurse made this read even better.
I will say this if you have not read a book by Gabhart this is the book to start with. You will fall in love with her writing style and southern charm she writes about.
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.

Monday, July 13, 2020

Under Scottish Stars By Carla Laureano

Recently widowed Serena MacDonald Stewart focuses on her children to the exclusion of her career, her art, and her sanity. When her brothers ask her to oversee the family guest house on the Isle of Skye, it’s a chance to dust off her long-ignored business skills and make a new start. But her hopes for a smooth transition are dashed when the hotel manager, Malcolm Blake, turns out to be irritating, condescending . . . and incredibly attractive.

Malcolm Blake gave up everything―his home, his girlfriend, and his career―to return to Skye and raise his late sister’s teenage daughter. With few job opportunities available on the island, he signs on as the manager of the MacDonald family hotel, which he’s soon running successfully without interference from the owners. That is, until Serena shows up, challenging his authority and his conviction that there’s nothing missing from his new life on Skye.

Before long, Serena and Malcolm have to admit the spark between them is more than mere irritation. But as single parents, there’s more on the line than their own hearts. Will their commitment to family be the thing that draws them together or the only thing that could keep them apart?

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https://www.amazon.com/Under-Scottish-MacDonald-Family-Trilogy/dp/1496426290/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1594408594&sr=1-1

Carla Laureano is the RITA® Award-winning author of contemporary inspirational romance and Celtic fantasy (as C.E. Laureano). A graduate of Pepperdine University, she worked as a sales and marketing executive for nearly a decade before leaving corporate life behind to write fiction full-time. She currently lives in Denver with her husband and two sons, where she writes during the day and cooks things at night.

Connect with Carla online at her website (www.carlalaureano.com) or on any of these social media platforms:

Facebook.com/CarlaLaureanoAuthor
Twitter.com/carlalaureano
Instagram.com/carlalaureanoauthor
Pinterest.com/laureano_carla

My Thoughts...
I was so sad to start this final book in The MacDonald Family. I have really enjoyed this series so much. I hated to see it come to an end. If you love contemporary romances this series is for you, This book can be read as a stand alone but why would you miss the whole series.
5 stars and I highly recommend this series.
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, July 10, 2020

From Double- Minded to Destiny By Tyrelle Smith

Do you battle with doubts, unbelief, and confusion? Do fear and hesitancy inhibit your steps of faith? Do you feel tossed to and fro or struggle to make decisions and then keep them? Do your thoughts race like a hamster on a wheel but leave you exhausted and no further ahead? These are symptoms of double-mindedness and you are not alone. All Christians wrestle with times of double-mindedness, but God has a roadmap; a how-to guide for standing firm in your faith with an undivided heart and singleness of mind. Through each chapter, you will engage keys for your journey that will enable you to know His unfailing love and character, remove doubt and wavering in decision making and cut off the second head of double-mindedness. You will learn to confidently use your undefeatable spiritual weapons and fight from victory to win the battle for your faith and follow God’s promptings with new confidence and singleness of mind. Stop struggling and start stepping into your God-given destiny today.

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https://www.amazon.com/Double-Minded-Destiny-stand-undivided-singleness/dp/1999225104/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=From+Double+minded+to+Destiny&qid=1593817226&sr=8-1

Tyrelle Smith is a fired up evangelist with a teaching and prophetic edge. She lights churches, communities, and regions on fire with the soul-saving, signs-following gospel of Jesus Christ. She preaches to the unsaved and teaches and equips the church. Tyrelle has taught and ministered internationally and co-leads Gospel Fire for All Nations with her husband Bill Smith.

Her book From Double-Minded to Destiny has been endorsed by Evangelist Daniel Kolenda, President of Christ for All Nations, Jeri Hill, President of Together in the Harvest Ministries and wife of Evangelist Steve Hill, a couple foundational to the Brownsville Revival, and Dr. Mark Virkler President of Communion with God Ministries.

After serving as the Outreach Director for Hope Restored Canada, Tyrelle also founded TraffickJam and its School of Freedom: a live online, anti-sex traffick school that trains abolitionists, professionals, and everyday people for justice missions, complete with international field practicum. Destiny Rescue, Rapha House, and Why Not Now Ministries have endorsed TraffickJam after receiving upskilling and encouragement by Tyrelle Smith and her teams. She has also spoken at Bible schools and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s events, educating attendees on sex trafficking and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Tyrelle and Bill have been happily married for 23 years and have 3 sons. Both are graduates of Christ for All Nations School of Evangelism and have traveled with the ministry and Daniel Kolenda to learn and experience the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to crowds in the hundreds of thousands, see tens of thousands of salvations with follow up by the local church, with Jesus doing innumerable miraculous healings, filling the crusade field with praise and the presence of the Lord. The culture of honor for the local church and the saving power of the Lord Jesus Christ has forever been branded into the heart of Tyrelle Smith, even as she ministers under the fire of the Holy Spirit.

My Thoughts...
Looking for a great message. You might want to stop looking and grab this book. Dive into it and chew this meat slowly. It was a good message that you  will want to share with everyone.
I hope that you will grab a copy and please be sure to let me know what your thoughts are.
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, July 9, 2020

Always the Last to Know By Kristan Higgins

The Frosts are a typical American family. Barb and John, married almost fifty years, are testy and bored with each other...who could blame them after all this time? At least they have their daughters-- Barb's favorite, the perfect, brilliant Juliet; and John's darling, the free-spirited Sadie. The girls themselves couldn't be more different, but at least they got along, more or less. It was fine. It was enough.

Until the day John had a stroke, and their house of cards came tumbling down.

Now Sadie has to put her career as a teacher and struggling artist in New York on hold to come back and care for her beloved dad--and face the love of her life, whose heart she broke, and who broke hers. Now Juliet has to wonder if people will notice that despite her perfect career as a successful architect, her perfect marriage to a charming Brit, and her two perfect daughters, she's spending an increasing amount of time in the closet having panic attacks.

And now Barb and John will finally have to face what's been going on in their marriage all along.

From the author of Good Luck with That and Life and Other Inconveniences comes a new novel of heartbreaking truths and hilarious honesty about what family really means.

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https://www.amazon.com/Always-Last-Know-Kristan-Higgins/dp/0451489454/ref=sr_1_1?crid=53YK1FUAMFQ6&dchild=1&keywords=always+the+last+to+know+kristan+higgins&qid=1591370510&sprefix=Always+the+last+to+know%2Caps%2C149&sr=8-1


Kristan Higgins is the New York Times, USA TODAY, Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of 19 novels, which have been translated into more than two dozen languages and sold millions of copies worldwide. Her books have received dozens of awards and accolades, including starred reviews from Kirkus, The New York Journal of Books, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal , People and Booklist. If you want to keep up with Kristan's new releases and get a free short story, sign up for her mailing list at www.kristanhiggins.com.

Her books regularly appear on the lists for best novels of the year. Kristan is also a cohost of the Crappy Friends podcast, which discusses the often complex dynamics of female friendships, with her friend and fellow writer, Joss Dey.

The proud descendant of a butcher and a laundress, Kristan lives in Connecticut with her heroic firefighter husband. They own several badly behaved pets and are often visited by their entertaining and long-lashed children.

My Thoughts...
I loved Good Luck With That. I have read several other of Higgins books and none have compared to  Good Luck With That. Always the last to know seemed to drag on it was slow going. I had to push through to the end to find out about Noah and Sadie.
I gave this book 3 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.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

The Wife Who Knew Too Much By Michele Campbell

From Michele Campbell, the bestselling author of It's Always the Husband comes a new blockbuster thriller in The Wife Who Knew Too Much.

Meet the first Mrs. Ford
Beautiful. Accomplished.
Wealthy beyond imagination.
Married to a much younger man.
And now, she’s dead.

Meet the second Mrs. Ford.
Waitress. Small-town girl.
Married to a man she never forgot,
From a summer romance ten years before.
And now, she’s wealthy beyond imagination.

Who is Connor Ford?
Two women loved him. And knew him as only wives can know.
Set amongst the glittering mansions of the Hamptons,
The Wife Who Knew Too Much is a decadent summer thriller about the lives of those who will do anything for love and money. Who is the victim? Who is the villain? And who will be next to die?

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https://www.amazon.com/Wife-Who-Knew-Too-Much/dp/1250202558/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1593805268&sr=8-1

Michele Campbell is a graduate of Harvard College and Stanford Law School and a former federal prosecutor in New York City who specialized in international narcotics and gang cases.

A while back, she said goodbye to her big-city legal career and moved with her husband and two children to an idyllic New England college town a lot like Belle River in IT’S ALWAYS THE HUSBAND. Since then, she has spent her time teaching criminal and constitutional law and writing novels.

She has had many close female friends, a few frenemies, and only one husband, who – to the best of her knowledge – has never tried to kill her.

My Thoughts...

Sometimes you read a thriller and you know what is going to happen before it happens. Then you sometimes you read a thriller that knocks your socks off. You never see what's in front of you. The Wife  Who Know To Much was one of those. I was so surprised by the ending. I did not see it coming. I was wrong the whole time.
I gave this book 4 stars and I can't recommend it enough.
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, July 7, 2020

A Happy Catastrophe By Maddie Dawson

From the bestselling author of Matchmaking for Beginners comes a novel about love, loss, and the beautiful mess of family.
Marnie MacGraw and Patrick Delaney have been in love for a few years now, enough to realize that they are imperfectly perfect together. Still, there are some things that maybe need a little attention. Marnie’s ebullient; he’s brooding. She thrives on change; he prefers stability. She sees marriage and parenthood in their future, but he can’t see beyond the shadow of an earlier tragedy.
Then an eight-year-old surprise from Patrick’s past shows up on their doorstep, cartwheeling into their lives and spinning things in all directions. While it’s not exactly the change she envisioned, it looks like instant family to Marnie. But Patrick, afraid of being hurt again, retreats further into himself. Suddenly, two very different pieces of a beautiful puzzle find it harder and harder to fit. How can Marnie trust in the magic of the universe when it seems to be doing its best to knock her off her feet?
But some love stories are worth waiting for. And what’s love without a little chaos anyway?

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I grew up in the South, born into a family of outrageous storytellers—the kind of storytellers who would sit on the dock by the lake in the evening and claim that everything they say is THE absolute truth, like, stack-of-Bibles true. The more outlandish the story, the more it likely it was to be true. Or so they said.

You want examples? There was the story of my great great aunt who shot her husband dead, thinking he was a burglar; the alligator that almost ate Uncle Jake while he was waterskiing; the gay cousin who took his aunt to the prom, disguised in a bouffant French wig. (The aunt, not the cousin.) And then there was my mama, a blond-haired siren who, when I was seven, drove a married man so insane that he actually stole an Air Force plane one day and buzzed our house. (I think there might have been a court-martial ending to that story.)

And in between all these stories of crazy, over-the-top events, there was the hum of just daily, routine crazy: shotgun weddings, drunken funerals, stories of people’s affairs and love lives, their job losses, the things that made them laugh, the way they’d drink Jack Daniels and get drunk and foretell the future. There were ghosts and miracles and dead people coming back to life. You know, everyday stuff.

How could I turn into anything else but a writer? My various careers as a substitute English teacher, department store clerk, medical records typist, waitress, cat-sitter, wedding invitation company receptionist, nanny, daycare worker, electrocardiogram technician, and Taco Bell taco-maker were only bearable if I could think up stories as I worked. In fact, the best job I ever had was a part-time gig typing up case notes for a psychiatrist. Everything the man dictated bloomed as a possible novel in my head.

Still, I was born with an appreciation for food and shelter, and it didn’t take me long to realize that coupling a minor in journalism to my English degree might be a wise move, even though I had never for one moment felt that passion for news that my newspaper colleagues claimed beat in their breasts. I am famous for raising my hand in Journalism 101 and saying, incredulously, to the professor, “You don’t mean to tell me that every single detail in the story has to be true? Every one? Really?”

Learning to write only truth was a tough discipline, and as soon as I could, I left the world of house fires and political scandals and planning and zoning commission meetings and escaped into a world of column-writing, and then, magazine writing. (Way, way better to be assigned to think of 99 ways of getting him to declare his love, than to have to write about the bond proposal for the sewer lines.) But all along the way, in between deadlines and raising three children and driving them to their sports games and tucking them in at night and doing the laundry and telling them stories, I was really writing a novel about marriage and relationships and the way regret has of just showing up alongside your life, just when you think things are as rosy as they could be.

Today I live in Connecticut, and spend part of every day on my screened-in back porch with my trusty laptop, writing and writing and writing, looking out at the willow tree and the rosebush and the rhododendron that has a nice nest of cardinals, who I imagine to be yelling at me to get back to work whenever I wait too long to write the next sentence.

The lakehouse is gone now, and many of my more outrageous story-telling relatives are telling stories to the angels now. But even though I’m far from home, and far from the stories that nourished me in the beginning, I can still hear their voices on the breeze, still recall the buzz of the Air Force jet that had come to take my mother away until my father stepped in and said: “No. No. She’s mine.”

Wait. Is that what he said? Or was he not home that day? You know, now that I think of it, it might have been just my mother and me at home just then, running outside in our excitement, my mother’s cheeks burning red, her eyes frightened and dancing, as the wings dipped and did a little salute to her and to love and to unrequited passion…and probably to hope that she would leave my father and run away. I do remember being scared and exhilarated both, seeing that my mother had this power and this whole other life besides the one I spent with her.

And I remember the wide Florida sky and the heavy, humid air and the loudness drowning out everything but the thought that we never ever know what’s going to happen. And knowing, even at seven, that that was probably a good thing.

Keeps it interesting, you know.

My Thoughts...

I did not read the first book in this sweet series. But I would say this can be read as a stand alone. I will go back and read the first book now. I really hope that everyone reads this series.
You are going to be pleasantly surprised by this one.
I gave this book 4 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, July 6, 2020

Hollywood Park By Mikel Jollett

HOLLYWOOD PARK is a remarkable memoir of a tumultuous life. Mikel Jollett was born into one of the country’s most infamous cults, and subjected to a childhood filled with poverty, addiction, and emotional abuse. Yet, ultimately, his is a story of fierce love and family loyalty told in a raw, poetic voice that signals the emergence of a uniquely gifted writer.

We were never young. We were just too afraid of ourselves. No one told us who we were or what we were or where all our parents went. They would arrive like ghosts, visiting us for a morning, an afternoon. They would sit with us or walk around the grounds, to laugh or cry or toss us in the air while we screamed. Then they’d disappear again, for weeks, for months, for years, leaving us alone with our memories and dreams, our questions and confusion. …

So begins Hollywood Park, Mikel Jollett’s remarkable memoir. His story opens in an experimental commune in California, which later morphed into the Church of Synanon, one of the country’s most infamous and dangerous cults. Per the leader’s mandate, all children, including Jollett and his older brother, were separated from their parents when they were six months old, and handed over to the cult’s “School.” After spending years in what was essentially an orphanage, Mikel escaped the cult one morning with his mother and older brother. But in many ways, life outside Synanon was even harder and more erratic.

In his raw, poetic and powerful voice, Jollett portrays a childhood filled with abject poverty, trauma, emotional abuse, delinquency and the lure of drugs and alcohol. Raised by a clinically depressed mother, tormented by his angry older brother, subjected to the unpredictability of troubled step-fathers and longing for contact with his father, a former heroin addict and ex-con, Jollett slowly, often painfully, builds a life that leads him to Stanford University and, eventually, to finding his voice as a writer and musician.

Hollywood Park is told at first through the limited perspective of a child, and then broadens as Jollett begins to understand the world around him. Although Mikel Jollett’s story is filled with heartbreak, it is ultimately an unforgettable portrayal of love at its fiercest and most loyal.

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Mikel Jollett is the frontman of the indie band The Airborne Toxic Event. Prior to forming the band, Jollett graduated with honors from Stanford University. He was an on-air columnist for NPR's All Things Considered, an editor-at-large for Men's Health and an editor at Filter magazine. His fiction has been published in McSweeney's.

My Thoughts...
Reading this book is like walking along with Mikel as he experiences  all of the heart wrenching things that he did in his childhood.
I cried so much and hurt for him. I hope that he keeps telling his story so many need to hear it.
I gave this book 4 stars and I recommend reading 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, July 3, 2020

Healing Family Relationships By Rob Rienow

Every family is hurting, and the wounds that come from our relatives can be deeper than all others. Conflict within a family can range from daily frictions and annoyances to rage and hatred and eventually estrangement. We want things to be different but have no idea where to start.

After 25 years of ministering to families, Rob Rienow believes reconciliation is at the heart of the gospel--reconciliation with God and one another. You will come away with specific steps you can take in your relationships with your family members to pursue peace and healing in your homes. Each chapter includes key biblical examples as well as present-day stories of families who have experienced God's help and healing--including the author's own miraculous healing of his relationship with his father.

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https://www.amazon.com/Healing-Family-Relationships-Guide-Reconciliation/dp/0764235303/ref=sr_1_1?crid=J5MLROYW9ZGW&dchild=1&keywords=healing+family+relationships+a+guide+to+peace+and+reconciliation&qid=1593223114&sprefix=Healing+Family%2Caps%2C174&sr=8-1

Dr. Rob Rienow's most important ministry is loving his wife Amy and leading their seven children to follow God. He is the founder of Visionary Family Ministries (visionaryfam.com), a ministry that exists to build the church of Jesus Christ through a global reformation of family discipleship. He is a pastor and church planter. Rob and his family live in West Chicago, IL.

My Thoughts...

We all need healing in our families. I don't have any family but my husband and oh does he need healing within his family. So I know first hand that this book is a great tool for those who have families and have been hurt in the past. There is  a healing need and this book is such a treat for us all.
I highly recommend this book, buy enough to share with those close to you so they can get the healing that they need.
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, July 2, 2020

Swimming For Freedom By Tera Bradham

Tera Bradham was born to prove people wrong. The fastest swimmer her age in the United States by age ten, many believed ''Tera the Terror'' was destined for the Olympics.

Her fiercely competitive spirit and unmatched intensity knew no limits until Tera suffered a sudden, devastating shoulder injury that derailed her promising career. Although she trusted in God, she also wrestled with doubts of his goodness throughout subsequent years of misdiagnoses, chronic pain, and crippling disappointment. Her injury finally forced her to fully surrender to God.

Then her miracle came, or so she thought. Her shoulder was successfully reconstructed, and after two more years of grueling recovery, Tera found the courage to swim again and pursue her dreams with renewed faith. 

Swimming for Freedom tells the story of Tera's unconventional comeback and shows that through God, all things are possible. What started as an Olympic dream ended in her true miracle: the freedom of a life in Christ. Tera's story will inspire you to rise up, dream again, and fight for his calling on your life.

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https://www.amazon.com/Swimming-Freedom-Story-Faith-Victory/dp/1424558921/ref=sr_1_1?crid=391MXDRDZTUIW&dchild=1&keywords=swimming+for+freedom+tera&qid=1593226606&sprefix=Swimming+for+free%2Caps%2C168&sr=8-1



Tera Bradham began her journey as a swimmer, where God used the sport and an undiagnosed injury to solidify her identity in Him. Her story of overcoming pain and depression through a miraculous God has inspired thousands. Tera's heart cry is to help those in physical pain live in miraculous victory over adversity. In addition, she is consumed with a desire to propel our generation to chase God-sized dreams. Her journey has led her to speak at events across the world as an inspirational speaker with a message of empowerment and purpose. She writes, coaches, and teaches from her home in Montana.

My Thoughts...
Positive thoughts can change your world. Having faith when your whole world is dark changes everything in your world.
You are going to find hope in every chapter. I hope that you will grab a copy of this life changing 4 star book.
This would make a great pick me up gift for your friends to read during the Covid pandemic.
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, July 1, 2020

Widow's Lace By Lelita Baldock

A hundred year old mystery, the widow left behind, a fallen soldier, an unnamed body and a young student determined to find the truth.In 1886 famous English poet Edward Barrington moves from Derbyshire, England to a farm on the Finniss River, in South Australia. Two years later he disappears.25 years later Archie Hargraves abandons his fiancĂ©e Clara and travels from England to meet with Edward’s widow, Rosalind. He plans to write a biography and make a name for himself, independent from his wealthy father. Returning to England in 1914 he abandons his work to join the war in Europe. His journal of notes from Australia is never released.Ellie Cannon, a young PhD candidate at Sydney University, is writing a thesis on one of Barrington’s last known poems, The Fall. It’s not going well. Struggling with her relationship with her mother and loss of her father, Ellie is on the brink of failure.Then a body is found by the Finniss River, 130 years after Edward’s disappearance. Could it be the famous poet?The discovery draws Ellie into the worlds of Edward, Archie and Clara, taking her across Australia and England in her search for the truth. Covering life in remote South Australia, the social pressures of 1900s Britain and the historical role of women, Widow’s Lace is an historical fiction, mystery cross-over dealing with themes of obsession, fear, love, inner-secrets and regret. But also the hope that can come from despair.

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https://www.amazon.com/Widows-Lace-Lelita-Baldock/dp/B086BK5CTF/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1593229943&sr=8-1

I have a passion for stories, especially those with a dark undercurrent, or a twist to be revealed.

I hope to tell interesting stories that people will find themselves drawn into. Stories that are for entertainment and escape, and hopefully a little thrill of the unexpected.

I truly enjoy the experience of writing, exploring human traits and reactions as well as the darkness that can lurk unexpectedly inside anyone. I love stories that delve into uncomfortable places.

A good setting is my favourite part of a novel, a love I developed while working as an English teacher in my 20s. Now my husband and I run a web development business, and I make time for writing after hours and on weekends. It can mean long days and late nights, but I don't mind. It's something I love to do (well, except maybe the editing!).

My long term goal as a writer is to be able to publish my stories regularly and hopefully appeal to a wide range of readers, including those similar to myself..

My debut novel, Widow's Lace, available now on Amazon Kindle.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Hello From Renn Lake By Michele Weber Hurwitz

The environmental activism of Hoot meets the summer friendship of Lemons in this heartfelt story about community, conservation, and standing up for the things you love.

Annalise Oliver's family has owned and run lakeside cabins in Renn Lake, Wisconsin, for generations. This summer, she gets to help out while her younger sister focuses on being an actress and her best friend is babysitting rambunctious twin boys. It's the perfect opportunity for Annalise to work and spend more time by her beloved lake.

When she was three years old, Annalise discovered that she could sense what Renn Lake was thinking and feeling. Now, at twelve, she still turns to Renn for comfort. But when a small patch of algae quickly becomes a harmful bloom, Annalise can no longer hear Renn, and the lake is closed. She and her friends must find a way to save the lake.

Writing from the perspectives of both the lake and Annalise, acclaimed author Michele Weber Hurwitz tells a sensitive and heartfelt story about community, activism, and fighting for the things you love.

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Michele Weber Hurwitz is a critically acclaimed author of five middle grade novels. Her newest, Hello from Renn Lake, is about kids in a small Wisconsin town who try to save their beloved lake after it's closed due to a harmful algae bloom. Michele's books have been nominated for state reading awards, received starred reviews, and several other honors. She lives in Chicago with her family. More at micheleweberhurwitz.com.

My Thoughts...

A great young adult read. Coming of age must read. In my opinion this should be in classrooms for our kiddo to read and learn from.
I have added this to my list to give as birthday gifts.
I am happy to share this 4 star read with you all and I hope that you will grab a copy of this fast , fun read.
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, June 29, 2020

The Dilemma By B.A. Paris

Knowing the truth will destroy her. Keeping it secret will destroy him.
It’s Livia’s 40th birthday, and her husband Adam is throwing her the party of a lifetime to make up for the wedding they never had. Everyone she loves will be there, except her daughter Marnie, who’s studying abroad. But Livia is secretly glad Marnie won’t be there.

Livia has recently uncovered a secret about their daughter which, if revealed, will shake the foundation of their family to its core. She needs to tell Adam, but she’s waiting until the party is over so they can have this last happy time together.

Adam, meanwhile, has his own surprise for Livia: he’s arranged for Marnie to secretly fly back for the party. But before Marnie arrives, Adam hears some terrible news. Now he too is faced with a dilemma: Does he share what he's learned with his wife? Is hiding the truth the same as telling a lie? And how far are Adam and Livia willing to go to protect the ones they love―and give each other a last few hours of happiness?

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https://www.amazon.com/Dilemma-B-Paris/dp/1250151368/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1593221235&sr=8-1

B A Paris is the internationally bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors, The Breakdown and Bring Me Back. Having sold over one million copies in the UK alone, she is a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller as well as a number one bestseller on Amazon and iBooks. Her books have sold in 40 territories around the world. She has worked in both Finance and as a teacher. Having lived in France for many years, she recently moved back to the UK. The Dilemma is her fourth novel.

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My Thoughts...
I devoured this book. It was not at all like Paris' first three books. It was more family drama, it was more heartbreak, it was a deep book about a few dilemmas. I want to know if you think the secrets being held were an act of love or an act of selfishness? You read the book and let me know what you think. 
Be sure to order your copy of this one. This was a great read, I HIGHLY recommend.
5 stars two times for sure.
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, June 26, 2020

Lucky's Beach By Shelly Noble

New York Times bestselling author Shelley Noble takes her readers on another beach adventure where a young woman discovers the power of family and forgiveness.
School teacher Julie Barlow and her two best friends, Beth and Aggie, are looking forward to an adults only beach vacation. Julie also plans to use the time to figure out why her perfectly planned life has gone terribly amiss. They’ve barely hit the road when a frantic call from Julie’s mother hijacks their best laid plans. Uncle Tony “Lucky” Costa is missing. Always entertaining, often irresponsible, never reliable, Uncle Lucky was a favorite with her friends.  For Julie, for whom he’d been a sometimes surrogate father, not so much.
Her mother wants them to take a “teeny” detour to look for the irascible retired surfer. Julie makes excuses. After all, she was the one who decided she never wanted to see Lucky again. Overruled in this as she is in much of her life, Julie and her friends detour to   Lucky’s latest scheme, Lucky’s Beach Bar and Grill.  They find it tucked away in a quaint coastal town on the Delaware coast. With a crescent beach of white sand, large waves, plenty of tanned young men, a lively night life, it’s a perfect beach getaway.
Beth and Aggie see good times ahead, Julie is determined to get through it as quickly as possible. But that will change as she gets to know Lucky’s friends and confidantes. The taciturn bartender, the loyal housekeeper, the local fortune teller, the whole town shares a determination to protect him. But from what?
Soon Julie and her friends are swept up in an effort to save the town's―and Lucky’s― most closely guarded secret. And Julie begins to see her uncle in a new light.
Julie Barlow has a few things to learn about life―and love―and sacrifice. Her lesson begins this summer at Lucky’s Beach.

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SHELLEY NOBLE is the NEW YORK TIMES Bestselling Author of the women's fiction novel BEACH COLORS, a #1 Nook bestseller, STARGAZEY POINT three novellas, Holidays at Crescent Cove, Stargazey Nights, BREAKWATER BAY and WHISPER BEACH.

As SHELLEY FREYDONT she is the author of the CELEBRATION BAY FESTIVAL MYSTERIES (Berkley Prime Crime) as well and two other mystery series, and the upcoming Gilded Age Newport Mystery series. Her mysteries have been translated into ten languages.

A former professional dancer and choreographer, she most recently worked on the films, Mona Lisa Smile and The Game Plan. Shelley lives near the New Jersey shore where she loves to discover new beaches and indulge her passion for lighthouses and vintage carousels.


My Thoughts...

I love a good beach read.  I love a characters that I have a connection with and can understand.
This was my first Noble book and I was so pleased to  dive into this summer beach read. I read it right through to the end in one hot summer evening.
Thanks to William Morrow for this 4 star summer fun read. 
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.