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    My rating: 4 of 5 stars
    I received this book in exchange for 
    an honest review from NetGalley.

    Sophie Anderson has been a supportive wife to her husband Zack for sixteen years.  Her husband's life revolves around his work as an architect, while Sophie is focused on raising their two children, fifteen year old Jonah and ten year old Lacey.

    Zack doesn't call to tell Sophie he'll be late for dinner so she decides to check his schedule on his computer.  What she finds is a memo 'Remember L's bday.'  She guesses it's his secretary's birthday.  But then she sees the memo for the next day, 'Discuss Div with S.'
    When her husband returns home she decides to confront him about the second memo and this is how she finds out her husband wants a divorce.  She's shocked and confused and tells her husband that a college friend had phoned the day before checking to see if they'd want to rent her family's summer home in Nantucket in July and August.  Sophie is hoping Zack will come with them to work on their marriage.  Zack refuses and says he won't pay for it.  Sophie decides she will use her inheritance from her Aunt Fancy to take her and the children to the cottage for the summer.

    Trevor Black owns his own software company and is a widow with a four year old son named Leo who is having a difficult time coping with his mother's death and showing obsessive behaviors.  Trevor consults with a phychologist and the doctor suggests a vacation; somewhere Leo had never been with his mother.  Coincidentally, one of Trevor's old college friends calls him with an offer to rent his family's summer home for July and August and he accepts because it is just what the doctor has ordered.

    As you may have guessed, Sophie and Trevor both head to Nantucket and need to work out the situation between them both renting the guest cottage for the summer.
    Sophie's children grow close with Leo, Sophie finds a beau in one of her daughter's new friends in the area and Trevor fights his attraction to Sophie.

    This is a light, flowing read; perfect for summer.





    Book Review: The Guest Cottage by Nancy Thayer

    My rating: 4 of 5 stars
    I received this book in exchange for 
    an honest review from NetGalley.

    Sophie Anderson has been a supportive wife to her husband Zack for sixteen years.  Her husband's life revolves around his work as an architect, while Sophie is focused on raising their two children, fifteen year old Jonah and ten year old Lacey.

    Zack doesn't call to tell Sophie he'll be late for dinner so she decides to check his schedule on his computer.  What she finds is a memo 'Remember L's bday.'  She guesses it's his secretary's birthday.  But then she sees the memo for the next day, 'Discuss Div with S.'
    When her husband returns home she decides to confront him about the second memo and this is how she finds out her husband wants a divorce.  She's shocked and confused and tells her husband that a college friend had phoned the day before checking to see if they'd want to rent her family's summer home in Nantucket in July and August.  Sophie is hoping Zack will come with them to work on their marriage.  Zack refuses and says he won't pay for it.  Sophie decides she will use her inheritance from her Aunt Fancy to take her and the children to the cottage for the summer.

    Trevor Black owns his own software company and is a widow with a four year old son named Leo who is having a difficult time coping with his mother's death and showing obsessive behaviors.  Trevor consults with a phychologist and the doctor suggests a vacation; somewhere Leo had never been with his mother.  Coincidentally, one of Trevor's old college friends calls him with an offer to rent his family's summer home for July and August and he accepts because it is just what the doctor has ordered.

    As you may have guessed, Sophie and Trevor both head to Nantucket and need to work out the situation between them both renting the guest cottage for the summer.
    Sophie's children grow close with Leo, Sophie finds a beau in one of her daughter's new friends in the area and Trevor fights his attraction to Sophie.

    This is a light, flowing read; perfect for summer.





    Posted at 9:54 AM  |  by Elle



    My rating: 4 of 5 stars
    I received this book in exchange for 
    an honest review from NetGalley.

    Melissa Dance is turning twenty-five years old.
    Her mother Eleanore passed away from cancer when Melissa was only eight years old.  Elenore started a journal in August 1994 and made plans with her attorney to have the journal given to Melissa on her twenty-fifth birthday.  Melissa's father Max does not know this journal exists.

    Eleanore's original idea for the journal was to only include recipes that were handed down from her mother and grandmother and to included photos of her and Melissa cooking throughout the book.  The journal turned into a way for Eleanore to share her thoughts and wisdom to help her grown-up daughter.  She chose age twenty-five because that was the age she gave birth to Melissa.

    The chapters throughout this book rotate from Melissa's point of view in present day (2011,) Eleanore's writing of the book and dealings with cancer back in 1994 and Max's issues in the present.  This book definitely keeps you interested in wanting to find out what Eleanore has to say next in the journal and what possible secrets she has to tell her daughter.

    This book is heartwarming, heart wrenching, nostalgic, full of emotions and extremely realistic.  It could very well be a true story.  You will also find yourself wanting to make some of the recipes included throughout the journal, so be prepared to save them for later!



    This post has been featured with MidLifeLuv!

    Book Review: Recipes For Melissa by Teresa Driscoll




    My rating: 4 of 5 stars
    I received this book in exchange for 
    an honest review from NetGalley.

    Melissa Dance is turning twenty-five years old.
    Her mother Eleanore passed away from cancer when Melissa was only eight years old.  Elenore started a journal in August 1994 and made plans with her attorney to have the journal given to Melissa on her twenty-fifth birthday.  Melissa's father Max does not know this journal exists.

    Eleanore's original idea for the journal was to only include recipes that were handed down from her mother and grandmother and to included photos of her and Melissa cooking throughout the book.  The journal turned into a way for Eleanore to share her thoughts and wisdom to help her grown-up daughter.  She chose age twenty-five because that was the age she gave birth to Melissa.

    The chapters throughout this book rotate from Melissa's point of view in present day (2011,) Eleanore's writing of the book and dealings with cancer back in 1994 and Max's issues in the present.  This book definitely keeps you interested in wanting to find out what Eleanore has to say next in the journal and what possible secrets she has to tell her daughter.

    This book is heartwarming, heart wrenching, nostalgic, full of emotions and extremely realistic.  It could very well be a true story.  You will also find yourself wanting to make some of the recipes included throughout the journal, so be prepared to save them for later!



    This post has been featured with MidLifeLuv!

    Posted at 9:08 PM  |  by Elle






    WordLess WednesDay #18 ~ Summer Vacation Is Here!







    Posted at 12:26 PM  |  by Elle
    I received this book from NetGalley
    in exchange for an honest review.
    My rating: 4 of 5 stars


    ***This review does NOT contain any major spoilers***

    Main Cast Of Characters:

    Theodore MacAfee- Owner of MacAfee Homes, father of Roy MacAfee, grandfather to Jamie MacAfee and ex father-in-law to Caroline MacAfee

    Roy MacAfee- Father to Jamie MacAfee, ex-husband to Caroline MacAfee, husband to Jessica MacAfee, father to two year old Tad and marketing manager for MacAfee Homes

    Caroline MacAfee- Mother to Jamie MacAfee, host of the public television show 'Gut It!' and master carpenter

    Jamie MacAfee- Daughter of Caroline and Roy MacAfee , fiance to Brad Greer, architect for MacAfee Homes and 'Gut It!'

    Brad Greer- Attorney for MacAfee Homes and Jamie MacAfee's fiance

    Jessica MacAfee- Roy MacAfee's third wife, mother to two year old Tad and stepmother to Jamie MacAfee

    Taddy MacAfee- Roy and Jessica MacAfee's son, Jamie MacAfee's step-brother

    Dean Brannick- general contractor for 'Gut It!' and friend to Caroline MacAfee

    Annie Ahl- Landscape designer for 'Gut It!' and Caroline MacAfee's best friend

    Claire Howe- producer of 'Gut It!'

    Brian Levitt- General Manager of the television station that hosts 'Gut It!'

    Williston, MA, twenty miles west of Boston, is home to a local home improvement television show called Gut It!  MacAfee Homes is the main builder in the area but they are fearing another family builder by the name of Barth may be trying to worm their way into the area.

    On the morning of Jamie MacAfee's Mom's birthday her father Roy wants to meet with her at the local diner.  He tells her that the television station wants to make some changes to the show to improve ratings and they want Jamie to be the new host.  Jamie is an architect and appears on Gut It! with her mother Caroline, the host.  Jamie decides not to tell her mother because it's her birthday and believes this change is due to her mother being middle aged!  Jamie hopes she can convince her father, producer and general manager that this is not the right decision for the show.  Unfortunately, Caroline does find out, but not from Jamie, and it causes a huge rift between mother and daughter.

    There is an unexpected accident and Jamie's life changes forever, but she's not on speaking terms with her mother so she must handle many of these changes and challenges on her own.

    The beginning of this book was a bit slow for me, but once the first major event in the story occurred the book flowed nicely. The main theme in this book is life changes for women of differing ages and how they handle what is thrown their way. Other subjects touched upon are personal growth, ageism, sexism, relationship and family issues.


    Available June 9th, 2015





    Book Review: Blueprints by Barbara Delinsky

    I received this book from NetGalley
    in exchange for an honest review.
    My rating: 4 of 5 stars


    ***This review does NOT contain any major spoilers***

    Main Cast Of Characters:

    Theodore MacAfee- Owner of MacAfee Homes, father of Roy MacAfee, grandfather to Jamie MacAfee and ex father-in-law to Caroline MacAfee

    Roy MacAfee- Father to Jamie MacAfee, ex-husband to Caroline MacAfee, husband to Jessica MacAfee, father to two year old Tad and marketing manager for MacAfee Homes

    Caroline MacAfee- Mother to Jamie MacAfee, host of the public television show 'Gut It!' and master carpenter

    Jamie MacAfee- Daughter of Caroline and Roy MacAfee , fiance to Brad Greer, architect for MacAfee Homes and 'Gut It!'

    Brad Greer- Attorney for MacAfee Homes and Jamie MacAfee's fiance

    Jessica MacAfee- Roy MacAfee's third wife, mother to two year old Tad and stepmother to Jamie MacAfee

    Taddy MacAfee- Roy and Jessica MacAfee's son, Jamie MacAfee's step-brother

    Dean Brannick- general contractor for 'Gut It!' and friend to Caroline MacAfee

    Annie Ahl- Landscape designer for 'Gut It!' and Caroline MacAfee's best friend

    Claire Howe- producer of 'Gut It!'

    Brian Levitt- General Manager of the television station that hosts 'Gut It!'

    Williston, MA, twenty miles west of Boston, is home to a local home improvement television show called Gut It!  MacAfee Homes is the main builder in the area but they are fearing another family builder by the name of Barth may be trying to worm their way into the area.

    On the morning of Jamie MacAfee's Mom's birthday her father Roy wants to meet with her at the local diner.  He tells her that the television station wants to make some changes to the show to improve ratings and they want Jamie to be the new host.  Jamie is an architect and appears on Gut It! with her mother Caroline, the host.  Jamie decides not to tell her mother because it's her birthday and believes this change is due to her mother being middle aged!  Jamie hopes she can convince her father, producer and general manager that this is not the right decision for the show.  Unfortunately, Caroline does find out, but not from Jamie, and it causes a huge rift between mother and daughter.

    There is an unexpected accident and Jamie's life changes forever, but she's not on speaking terms with her mother so she must handle many of these changes and challenges on her own.

    The beginning of this book was a bit slow for me, but once the first major event in the story occurred the book flowed nicely. The main theme in this book is life changes for women of differing ages and how they handle what is thrown their way. Other subjects touched upon are personal growth, ageism, sexism, relationship and family issues.


    Available June 9th, 2015





    Posted at 7:10 PM  |  by Elle


    My rating: 4 of 5 stars
    I received this book in exchange for 
    an honest review from NetGalley.

    This is the first book I've read by author Karen White.  I wasn't quite expecting a storyline with a serious underlying issue that spans throughout generations of the novel's women characters.  With that said, you will not want to put this book down!!!!

    Merritt Heyward is a widow who has inherited her mother-in-law Edith's home in Beaufort, South Carolina.  Merritt is a northerner from Bangor, Maine but decides this move is just what she need to begin over after being widowed.  


    She doesn't expect her young step-mother and step-brother, that she's never known. to show up in South Carolina for her fresh start!  Merritt also must contact the brother in law she's never met so that he can collect any items from his grandmother's home that he would like to keep.

    Little do any of them realize the bonds and friendships that will be formed as they uncover family secrets while also learning about history that has has an affect on them all without any of them knowing it.

    I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars only because I was confused for awhile with the cast of characters.  This could've been due to me reading this book late at night before bed and then not coming back to the book for a day or so.  That said, I read more than half of this book in one day because I really got into it.

    I wish I could say more about this novel without giving you any spoilers, but I cannot.  I want anyone who decides to read this book to go into it without knowing too much of the backstory because it will be more enjoyable for you this way.  Enjoy!



    Book Review: The Sound Of Glass By Karen White



    My rating: 4 of 5 stars
    I received this book in exchange for 
    an honest review from NetGalley.

    This is the first book I've read by author Karen White.  I wasn't quite expecting a storyline with a serious underlying issue that spans throughout generations of the novel's women characters.  With that said, you will not want to put this book down!!!!

    Merritt Heyward is a widow who has inherited her mother-in-law Edith's home in Beaufort, South Carolina.  Merritt is a northerner from Bangor, Maine but decides this move is just what she need to begin over after being widowed.  


    She doesn't expect her young step-mother and step-brother, that she's never known. to show up in South Carolina for her fresh start!  Merritt also must contact the brother in law she's never met so that he can collect any items from his grandmother's home that he would like to keep.

    Little do any of them realize the bonds and friendships that will be formed as they uncover family secrets while also learning about history that has has an affect on them all without any of them knowing it.

    I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars only because I was confused for awhile with the cast of characters.  This could've been due to me reading this book late at night before bed and then not coming back to the book for a day or so.  That said, I read more than half of this book in one day because I really got into it.

    I wish I could say more about this novel without giving you any spoilers, but I cannot.  I want anyone who decides to read this book to go into it without knowing too much of the backstory because it will be more enjoyable for you this way.  Enjoy!



    Posted at 9:30 PM  |  by Elle

    My rating3 of 5 stars
    I was given this book in exchange
     for an honest review from the author.

    Home Blooms is Tammy L. Grace's second installment of her Hometown Harbor series.  You can see my review of her first book, Finding Home: A Hometown Harbor Novel (Volume 1) HERE.

    The story continues with Sam and Jeff planning their wedding, getting married and trying to play matchmaker to Sam's friend Max and Friday Harbor's florist, Linda.  About a quarter into the book Ms. Grace transitions nicely from focusing on Sam and Jeff's relationship to the blossoming friendship of Max and Linda.

    The newlyweds endure a tragedy and rely on Max and Linda to help them through tough times ahead.  Linda also uncovers a family secret and begins opening up to Max as their relationship and trust in one another grows. 

    I enjoyed the storyline of the book, but felt it could've moved along a bit quicker.  Also, I don't think I've ever read a book with so much eating involved that it actually made me hungry when I'd read the book!  It seemed like they were either getting pies from the coffee shop, pastries from Sweet Treats, pizza from The Big Cheese, eating at restaurants, ordering in or preparing meals at home.  Maybe next time the reader would enjoy some recipes thrown in the mix so they could try their hand at some of the coffee shop's famous pies or some of the other recurring meals in the story.  

    (Tammy does offer a FREE pie recipe for readers who wish to subscribe to her e-mail list and receive her updates here.) 


    The next installment in this series is A Promise Of Home
    which I will be reading around Christmas time this year.
     This series is a very enjoyable, laid back, light read and I recommend it to anyone looking to escape to the small town of Friday Harbor.



    Book Review: Home Blooms by Tammy L. Grace


    My rating3 of 5 stars
    I was given this book in exchange
     for an honest review from the author.

    Home Blooms is Tammy L. Grace's second installment of her Hometown Harbor series.  You can see my review of her first book, Finding Home: A Hometown Harbor Novel (Volume 1) HERE.

    The story continues with Sam and Jeff planning their wedding, getting married and trying to play matchmaker to Sam's friend Max and Friday Harbor's florist, Linda.  About a quarter into the book Ms. Grace transitions nicely from focusing on Sam and Jeff's relationship to the blossoming friendship of Max and Linda.

    The newlyweds endure a tragedy and rely on Max and Linda to help them through tough times ahead.  Linda also uncovers a family secret and begins opening up to Max as their relationship and trust in one another grows. 

    I enjoyed the storyline of the book, but felt it could've moved along a bit quicker.  Also, I don't think I've ever read a book with so much eating involved that it actually made me hungry when I'd read the book!  It seemed like they were either getting pies from the coffee shop, pastries from Sweet Treats, pizza from The Big Cheese, eating at restaurants, ordering in or preparing meals at home.  Maybe next time the reader would enjoy some recipes thrown in the mix so they could try their hand at some of the coffee shop's famous pies or some of the other recurring meals in the story.  

    (Tammy does offer a FREE pie recipe for readers who wish to subscribe to her e-mail list and receive her updates here.) 


    The next installment in this series is A Promise Of Home
    which I will be reading around Christmas time this year.
     This series is a very enjoyable, laid back, light read and I recommend it to anyone looking to escape to the small town of Friday Harbor.



    Posted at 6:57 PM  |  by Elle

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