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Love Letters | by Debbie Macomber

Love Letters

Love Letters by Debbie Macomber
(Ballantine Books, 2014, 306 pages)

Overview:

In this enchanting novel set at Cedar Cove’s cozy Rose Harbor Inn, #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber celebrates the power of love—and a well-timed love letter—to inspire hope and mend a broken heart.

Summer is a busy season at the inn, so proprietor Jo Marie Rose and handyman Mark Taylor have spent a lot of time together keeping the property running. Despite some folks’ good-natured claims to the contrary, Jo Marie insists that Mark is only a friend. However, she seems to be thinking about this particular friend a great deal lately. Jo Marie knows surprisingly little about Mark’s life, due in no small part to his refusal to discuss it. She’s determined to learn more about his past, but first she must face her own—and welcome three visitors who, like her, are setting out on new paths.

Twenty-three-year-old Ellie Reynolds is taking a leap of faith. She’s come to Cedar Cove to meet Tom, a man she’s been corresponding with for months, and with whom she might even be falling in love. Ellie’s overprotective mother disapproves of her trip, but Ellie is determined to spread her wings.

Maggie and Roy Porter are next to arrive at the inn. They are taking their first vacation alone since their children were born. In the wake of past mistakes, they hope to rekindle the spark in their marriage—and to win back each other’s trust. But Maggie must make one last confession that could forever tear them apart.

For each of these characters, it will ultimately be a moment when someone wore their heart on their sleeve—and took pen to paper—that makes all the difference. Debbie Macomber’s moving novel reveals the courage it takes to be vulnerable, accepting, and open to love.

Debbie Macomber is a great writer. I have read many of her books and she continues to hold my interest with her repeat characters and as she adds new ones. I’m a big fan of hers and was waiting anxiously to read this book, the third installment of the Rose Harbor series. The last two books were very enjoyable. I enjoyed reading this one as well. One is immediately pulled into her continuing story. It was full of suspense and surprises. And from how it ended, I’m sure there’s going to be a fourth installment. It just ended with some loose information that needs to be revealed, indicating there was more to come. Love Letters features a myriad of human frailties, mistakes, and regrets. The story also highlights our capacity for forgiveness, unconditional love and understanding. Love Letters is an EXCELLENT read for all Debbie Macomber fans. I loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Silencing Eve | by Iris Johansen

Silencing Eve

Silencing Eve by Iris Johansen
(St. Martin’s Press, 2013, 403 pages)

Overview:

Is she dead or alive? That is the question on everybody’s lips. Eve appears to have been killed—that’s what everyone attending her funeral thinks, at least. But not even some of her top-brass colleagues know for sure whether her death is a hoax—a way to ensnare her brutal captor, Jim Doane, once and for all. But even if Eve really is still alive, how much longer can this charade continue before she falls into even greater danger? CIA agent Catherine Ling will waste no time trying to find out. Years ago, Eve risked everything to help Catherine find her missing son. Now Catherine, along with Eve’s beloved Joe Quinn and Jane MacGuire, will go to the ends of the earth to save her…

This is the last title in the Eve Duncan trilogy. The first was Taking Eve, the second one was Hunting Eve, and now we have Silencing Eve. I enjoyed reading the first two and was really looking forward to reading the last one. Silencing Eve was a good read but a little drawn out. The dialogue was a bit monotonous. Combining all 3 into one book and cutting out some dialogue would have made for an exceptional story. It had a crafty mix of suspense, shockers, romance, and the paranormal, which kept my interest. I love the writing style of Iris Johansen and all her books are easy to follow and keep you entertained. It was not the ending I was expecting, but still overall I enjoyed reading all three books. I look forward to reading more from her 🙂

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Invisible | by James Patterson and David Ellis

Invisible

Invisible by James Patterson & David Ellis
(Little, Brown and Company, 2014, 432 pages)

Overview:

Everyone thinks Emmy Dockery is crazy. Obsessed with finding the link between hundreds of unsolved cases, Emmy has taken leave from her job as an FBI researcher. Now all she has are the newspaper clippings that wallpaper her bedroom, and her recurring nightmares of an all-consuming fire.

Not even Emmy’s ex-boyfriend, field agent Harrison “Books” Bookman, will believe her that hundreds of kidnappings, rapes, and murders are all connected. That is, until Emmy finds a piece of evidence he can’t afford to ignore. More murders are reported by the day—and they’re all inexplicable. No motives, no murder weapons, no suspects. Could one person really be responsible for these unthinkable crimes?

Invisible is James Patterson’s scariest, most chilling stand-alone thriller yet.

Wow!!! James Patterson and his co-writer David Ellis came through with flying colors on this one! Not only did Invisible hide conclusions until the last few pages, it actually showed the answers as you turned page after final page drawing conclusions you realized you should have made chapters prior if you hadn’t been looking at the wrong new character. It’s a thrilling and fast read. Once again, James Patterson writes another book I could not put down. This book had lots of twists and turns and an unpredictable ending. Great story; it is nice to see something refreshing from JP. Invisible is truly a “must-read.”

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All Fall Down | by Jennifer Weiner

All Fall Down

All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner
(Atria Books, 2014, 388 pages)

Overview:

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner:

Allison Weiss got her happy endinga handsome husband, adorable daughter, a job she loves, and the big house in the suburbs. But while waiting in the pediatrician’s office, she opens a magazine to a quiz about addiction and starts to wonder…Is a Percocet at the end of the day really different from a glass of wine? Is it such a bad thing to pop a Vicodin after a brutal Jump & Pump class…or if your husband ignores you?

The pills help her manage the realities of her good-looking life: that her husband is distant, that her daughter is acting out, that her father’s Alzheimer’s is worsening and her mother is barely managing to cope. She tells herself that they let her make it through her days… but what if her increasing drug use, a habit that’s becoming expensive and hard to hide, is turning into her biggest problem of all?

With a sparkling comedic touch and a cast of unforgettable characters, this remarkable story of a woman’s slide into addiction and struggle to find her way back up again is Jennifer Weiner’s most masterful work yet.

I’d never read any of Jennifer Weiner books but I was told that she was a pretty good writer. And I did see the movie version of her book In Her Shoes, which I thought was very good. So when I saw this was her latest book it sounded pretty interesting to me. I have to say I was impressed with her writing style and the subject sparked my interest as well. I have known a few people with prescription drug addiction and saw firsthand the struggle they had to deal with to overcome it.

Her story is compelling and well-written. I would love to know the type of research she did for this story because she seriously did her homework. Allison is real. She can be any one of your friends or neighbors; she could be any one of us. I traveled on her journey rooting for her to find a way to pull herself together and in the end, she did. It was not easy for her, though. Which in real life it’s not. I found it hard to put down.

This book gave me a completely new insight to addiction. I don’t understand how someone quits or why they relapse. I know it is fiction but it was really well written. It wasn’t a depressing book and she even had some very funny moments in it. While it’s easy to see how Allison’s life spiraled out of control, you can’t help but root for her recovery. I have to admit, I was a little disappointed with the ending. For a story that had so much intrigue throughout, the end was kind of blah. I can see myself definitely reading another one of her books, though.

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Unlucky 13 | by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

Unlucky 13

Unlucky 13 by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
(Little, Brown, 2014, 384 pages)

Overview:

The Women’s Murder Club is stalked by a killer with nothing to lose.

San Francisco Detective Lindsay Boxer is loving her life as a new mother. With an attentive husband, a job she loves, plus best friends who can talk about anything from sex to murder, things couldn’t be better.

Then the FBI sends Lindsay a photo of a killer from her past, and her happy world is shattered. The picture captures a beautiful woman at a stoplight. But all Lindsay sees is the psychopath behind those seductive eyes: Mackie Morales, the most deranged and dangerous mind the Women’s Murder Club has ever encountered.

In this pulse-racing, emotionally charged novel by James Patterson, the Women’s Murder Club must find a killer–before she finds them first.

As most of my friends know, I’m a big fan of James Patterson. Out of all of his books that I have read, this is the best in a series that he has written, with the Alex Cross series coming in second. I always look forward to reading the Women’s Murder Club Series. This is number 13 in the series and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. James came through well with it. It was full of suspense and twists and turns, but it was not confusing. I loved the action and the different story lines going on. This was a good read, not a dull moment and it kept me on the edge of my seat. A lot of things happened that surprised me to the very end. A very quick read. It was hard to put down. If you’re a James Patterson fan, I highly recommend it.

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Blossom Street Brides | by Debbie Macomber

Blossom Street Brides

Blossom Street Brides by Debbie Macomber
(Ballantine Books, 2014, 318 pages)

Overview:

Debbie Macomber has won the hearts of millions of readers with her moving and inspiring stories. Now wedding bells are ringing in the tight-knit community that gathers around A Good Yarn, a store in a pretty Seattle neighborhood. Knitters come to the store to buy yarn and patterns but somehow they leave richer in friendship and love.

 Lauren Elliott has waited years for her long-term boyfriend, Todd, to propose, yet he seems more focused on his career than their relationship. When Lauren learns that her younger sister is pregnant before she herself even has an engagement ring, she feels overjoyed yet disheartened. Knowing she can’t put her future on hold, Lauren prepares to make a bold choice—one that leads her to a man she never dreamed she’d meet.

This is the 11th book in the Blossom Street series. I was really excited and looking forward to reading it. It was good, but to me, not as good as the previous Blossom Street books were. If you’re looking for a good summer read, this would definitely fit the bill, though. It was just a little too predicable for me. If you love a good sappy romance, then you will love this story. This didn’t at all take away how I feel about Debbie Macomber’s writing. I thinks she’s a fantastic writer, and I love reading her books 🙂

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Walking on Water | by Richard Paul Evans

Walking on Water

Walking on Water by Richard Paul Evans
(Simon & Schuster, 2014, 305 pages)

Overview:

In this fifth New York Times bestseller in The Walk series, Richard Paul Evans’s hero Alan Christoffersen must say some painful goodbyes and learn some important lessons as he comes to the end of his cross-country walk to Key West. After the death of his beloved wife, after the loss of his advertising business to his once-trusted partner, after bankruptcy forced him from his home, Alan Christoffersen’s daring cross-country journey—a walk across America, from Seattle to Key West, with only the pack on his back—has taught him lessons about love, forgiveness and, most of all, hope. Now Alan must again return west to face yet another crisis, one that threatens to upend his world just as he had begun to heal from so much loss, leaving him unsure of whether he can reach the end his journey. It will take the love of a new friend, and the wisdom of an old friend, to help him to finally leave the past behind and find the strength and hope to live again.

Richard Paul Evans amazes me to no end! The last book of his Walk series was just incredible. It just drew me in from the first page. From reading the last four I knew the last one was going to be just as good and it was. He writes with such conviction and makes you look inside your soul. He reminds us that we are all on a walk, a life journey. I was eagerly anticipating this final installment. I will miss Alan and all that he has taught me about hope, grace and forgiveness throughout his journey.

A heartwarming and inspiring journey mixed with humor, full of life lessons about love, loss, and forgiveness and, most of all, hope. Thank you, Alan, for letting me hitch a ride and share your experiences. This series as a whole is awesome and each book has gems of wisdom and insight. I highly recommend them to everyone to read. This was a good ending to the series. I enjoyed the way it all came together. I can’t wait to see what Richard Paul Evans has in store for us next!!