Book Review: Snowfall on Haven Point by RaeAnne Thayne

A holiday romance perfect for Winter!

Being a part of the Snowfall of Haven Point blog tour has been exciting. I have loved getting to read others reviews since its release on September 27th and today I get to share mine with you! The full video review will be linked below within the week. I finished the book last night and when I woke this morning to film the review, I just couldn’t. I got hit with a really bad cold (like I can barely talk or move) otherwise I would have gotten it up for you! Until then… please enjoy all this goodness!

Synopsis:

It’s been two rough years since Andrea Montgomery lost her husband, and all she wants is for her children to enjoy their first Christmas in Haven Point. But then Andie’s friend asks a favor – to keep an eye on her brother, Sheriff Marshall Bailey, who’s recovering from a hit and run. Andie will do anything for Wyn, even park her own misgivings to check on her grouchy, wounded bear of a brother.

Marshall hates feeling defenseless and resents the protective impulses that Andie brings out in him. But when a blizzard forces them together for the holidays, something in Marshall begins to thaw. Andie’s gentle nature is a salve, and her kids’ excitement for the holidays makes him forget why he never wanted a family. If only he and Andie can admit what they really want – each other – their Christmas wishes might come true after all.

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A holiday romance perfect for Winter | 4/5 stars | Buy your copy of Snowfall on Haven Point

Overview: 
After a traumatic few years, Andrea moves herself and her two kids to Haven Point with hopes of a fresh start and a holiday full of excitement. When her friend, Wyn, asks her to watch over her brother who was recently involved in a hit-and-run accident, she can’t say no. Wyn’s brother is proud, stubborn and constantly reminds Andie that he doesn’t need help, but what sparks between them surprises them both.

What I loved: 
Strong and relatable characters, a charming small town with cozy surroundings and the best holiday cheer, a great holiday love story that had me hooked from the start, and the reoccurring themes of family and community!

What I didn’t: 
I wish I had read all the previous books now!

For my full review of Snowfall on Haven Point, click play!

coming soon.

I received a copy from Little Bird Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

 

Book Review: The Life She Wants by Robyn Carr

“I knew we’d be great together, but I didn’t have enough imagination to know how great.”

A Charming Read | 4/5 stars | Buy your copy of The Life She Wants

Overview: 
After Emma’s husband commits suicide she is left to deal with his crimes and the backlash. Alone and lost in New York, she heads back to her hometown in California with nothing more than she left with nine years earlier. With the help of an old high school friend and some hard work she gets back on her feet.

What I loved: Well paced, addictive, and Emma was a great character who showed strength, forgiveness, and perseverance.

The Life She Wants was well paced and addictive! I love how the story all came together however the epilogue, I could have either gone without or extended it just a bit. I felt it was really short for how much was thrown at us. Giving just a few more paragraphs or even a page would have been a terrific way to wrap up the book and leave me with all those feel goods!

What I didn’t: The ending. There was so much thrown all at once… I wish it would have let it soak in a bit and extended it out just a little, and there weren’t any big wow moments.

If you liked The One That Got Away (putting your life back together), The Choices We Make (friendship), So Close (difficult pasts), or anything Nicholas Sparks (romance): don’t miss this darling read!

For my full review of The Life She Wants, click play!

I received a copy from Little Bird Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Southern Solstice by Sarah Sadler

“God, you’re amazing, Larken. And now you’re my amazing.”

Definitely read! | 5/5 stars | Buy your copy of Southern Solstice

Overview: Larken is heartbroken when her fiancé, David, calls off the wedding and walks out of her life leaving her shaken and confused. She moves back to her hometown of Charleston, South Carolina and finds herself accepting a position at a doctors office where she not only finds the job rewarding and enjoyable, but it opens her eyes to a world she never knew existed.

What I loved: Immediately hooked me, the writing and descriptions, the CHARACTERS!!, an extremely well done love triangle, and that ending!

What I didn’t: A little slow in parts, wished for more of Larken’s sister and the dynamics of her in the family.

If you like Nicolas Sparks then: what are you waiting for?! Order your copy and be charmed away by this gem! Jewels on your crown 😉

For my full review of Southern Solstice, click play!

I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: The Regulars by Georgia Clark

Being Pretty comes with a price…

Amusing! | 4/5 stars | Pre-order your copy of The Regulars | Releases 8.2.16

Overview: 
Evie, Willow, and Krista have low self esteem and are unhappy with their current state. When an acquaintance of Krista’s passes off a potion called Pretty, they’re more than tempted to test their luck. With just one drop they turn into gorgeous supermodels – tall, curvy, voluminous hair, and catch the eye of everyone who passes, but perfection comes with a price.

What I loved: 
How it raised questions about societies unrealistic beauty standards, focused on accepting yourself and your flaws, confirmation of my opinions on beauty.

What I didn’t: 
The Pretty version of the characters, unrealistic at times, a few mixed signals.

If you like the sounds of The Devil Wears Prada mixed with Sex and the City and just a splash of 50 Shades of Gray: You’ll love this!

For my full review of The Regulars, click play!

I won the ARC copy from Atria Books and received the finished copy from BookSparks in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review: Between Shades of Gray & Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

A beautiful and haunting tale during WWII.

BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY

Read | 4/5 stars | Buy your copy of Between Shades of Gray

Overview: Lina and her family are being forcefully evacuated from their home in Lithuania during WWII. As they’re being taken away, Lina’s father gets separated from them and they’re all thrown onto a train. We follow their journey on the train through harsh conditions and eventually they arrive at a prison camp. Lina is determined to survive so she can find her father. A beautiful and sad story about love, hope, struggle, and determination.

What I loved: 
How much it made me think.

What I didn’t: The pace was a little slow, I wish I had felt more for some of the other characters.

SALT TO THE SEA

Haunting, must read! | 5/5 stars | Buy your copy of Salt to the Sea


Overview: J
oana, Florian, Emilia, and Alfred are our main characters. Each of them from different countries with no connections to each other. What they do have in common is that they are all trying to survive the madness surrounding them. Suddenly all of their paths become intertwined as they make their way towards a ship that is supposed to take them away from the war and onto freedom.

What I loved: The opening lines of each character, all the emotions, and Emilia.

What I didn’t: The ending popped up on me and felt a little rushed. Alfred… UGGGGHHH!

If you liked The Book Thief or All The Light We Cannot See: What are you waiting for?! Pick this up right now!!

For my full review of Between Shades of Gray and Salt to the Sea, click play!

Wrap Up: April 2016 & May TBR

My favorite April read was…

I see a reoccurring theme here… I’m overly ambitious with my TBR! I really thought I would do better, but sadly didn’t. I guess I was just too dang busy enjoying all the fun things to do in Hawaii! My favorite April read was hands down Salt to the Sea! I HIGHLY recommend it and if you haven’t read Between Shades of Gray, read that first! It is so freaking good you guys!! I hope you enjoy the video and as always, feel free to comment if you have questions about a book or if you’ve read any of these. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Happy Wednesday friends!!

*A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro | FULL REVIEW

*Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys | FULL REVIEW

*Perfect Imperfections by Puja Mohan | FULL REVIEW

*Lumberjanes Volume 2 | FULL REVIEW

*Ms Marvel Volume 1 | FULL REVIEW

*Full reviews coming soon!