Book Review

Book Review: The Heirloom Garden by Viola Shipman- 4 Stars {BLOG TOUR!}

 

Iris Maynard lives her life fenced off from everyone- literally. After losing her husband in WWII and her daughter years later to polio, she never leaves her home. Iris instead finds safety and solace in her garden, gently tending to and nurturing her plants. When the Peterson family moves in next door, Iris finds it harder and harder to be alone. 

Abby Peterson is a chemical engineer, mom to Lily, and wife to Cory. Cory has returned home from war after fighting in Iraq, struggling immensely with PTSD. Lily, 7 years old, is my favorite character. She is kind and curious, and becomes the piece that links the families together.

This book alternates between the late 1940s and 2003. Iris is a botanist, a career that was rare for a woman in those days. She was faced with many challenges in her career, which only added to her heartache of losing her family.  She becomes very well known among gardeners for her gorgeous hybrid flowers, but a huge misunderstanding causes her to wall off not only her plants, but herself to the outside world. Abby is working to name and develop special marine paints for her company and is also faced with issues in the workplace due to being a woman in a male-driven field. 

The author gave very educated descriptions of the plants that bordered on a little too much for me at times but if you love gardening or flowers you will appreciate all of the details! This is a story of grieving and loss, but also of love, hope, friendship, and family. Definitely have your tissues ready when you read this one!

The Heirloom Garden will be published on April 28. Thank you to Harlequin Trade/Netgalley/Graydon House for my copy and for letting me take part in this blog tour!

 

 

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14056193.Viola_Shipman

 

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Book Review: Seduced by a Steele by Brenda Jackson- 3 Stars {BLOG TOUR!}

Mercury Steele is a wealthy playboy, determined to never settle down with a woman after having his heart broken in college. Sloan Donahue is running away from her rich but heartless parents and an arranged marriage and definitely doesn’t need a man or a relationship right now. 

Mercury comes from money but made a name for himself as a successful sports agent after leaving the NFL. He hasn’t given his heart to anyone else since college, and is determined to stay single while having fun with beautiful women. 

Sloan’s parents only care about wealth, and try to force her to marry a man who will ensure riches for their families. When Sloan runs off trying to escape, her powerful father will stop at nothing to get her to come back home, from canceling her credit cards and causing her friend’s rent check to bounce, leaving Sloan homeless. When Mercury learns all about the troubles Sloan is dealing with, he is determined to make taking care of her his responsibility.

Besides the romance, my favorite part of this book was the Steele family dynamic. Mercury’s parents and brothers (and their wives) were kind, fun, and caring. 

Seduced by a Steele is part of a Harlequin desire series but you can read this as a standalone. If you’re into soap operas or just need a quick, steamy, fluffy read to get your mind off of things give this one a go. 

Thank you to Harlequin and Netgalley for my copy of this book and for letting me be a part of this blog tour!

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BLOG TOUR! Book Review: Truths I Never Told You by Kelly Rimmer-4 Stars

 

When the Walsh siblings make the hard decision to move their father into a care facility, the youngest sibling Beth volunteers to clean out the family home. Beth is on maternity leave and figures taking on this challenge will help her get through her days because she finds herself struggling more and more with motherhood. When she discovers the door to the attic is padlocked and they have to essentially break in, she finds paintings and dark, depressing diary entries scattered among candy wrappers and other junk causing her to question everything she knew about her mother and her childhood. 

Told in two different timelines, Beth as a mother in 1996, and her mother Grace, in 1957. Grace is young and in love, ultimately marrying and having several children very close together. Each diary entry sheds light on a struggling wife and mother, drowning in problems and dealing with them all on her own. Maternal health and societal expectations were very different in the 50’s and 60’s but Beth finds herself recognizing some of her own struggles written in her mom’s diary.

While I ultimately enjoyed the story and the family dynamics, this was a very heavy and emotional book to read. It deals with postpartum depression and Alzheimer’s/Dementia. At times, this book was too much to handle and I had to take a break from reading for a couple days. If you enjoy family dramas with a little mystery thrown in, give this one a try. 

Thank you to Netgalley and Harlequin Trade Publishing for my copy. 

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{Blog Tour} Harlequin Tactical Crime Division (TCD) launch!

 

 

Uncover the lives and loves of the FBI elite as they take on the toughest assignments.

If you like the show Criminal Minds or Blacklist this is the series for you! Step into the world of the Tactical Crime Division (TCD),  a specialized and tactical team of the FBI. This new miniseries features crime solving experts in stories spread across four books, each with its own crime case, and each title can be read as a standalone. 

Click here to watch the book trailer! 

 

Here are the titles of the four books, and click here for more details and purchase info about each!

48 Hour Lockdown by Carla Cassidy

Secret Investigation by Elizabeth Heiter

Midnight Abduction by Nichole Severn

Running Out of Time by Cindi Myers

 

Thank you to Harlequin for letting me take part in this exciting launch! I’m looking forward to this series!