Lies Jane Austen Told Me by Julie Wright (Review)

Lies Jane Austen Told Me Julie WrightEver since Emma read Pride and Prejudice, she’s been in love with Mr. Darcy and has regarded Jane Austen as the expert on all things romantic. So naturally when Emma falls for Blake Hampton and he invites her home to meet his parents, she is positive an engagement is in her future. After all, Blake is a single man in possession of a good fortune, and thus must be in want of a wife.

But when it turns out that what Blake actually wants is more of a hook-up than a honeymoon, Emma is hurt, betrayed, and furious. She throws herself deeper into her work as CMO of Kinetics, the fastest growing gym franchise in the nation. She loves her work, and she’s good at it, which is why she bristles when her boss brings in a consultant to help her spearhead the new facilities on the East Coast. Her frustration turns to shock when that consultant turns out to be Blake’s younger brother, Lucas.

Emma is determined not to fall for Lucas, but as she gets to know him, she realizes that Lucas is nothing like his brother. He is kind and attentive and spends his time and money caring for the less fortunate.

What she can’t understand is why Lucas continues to try to push her back into Blake’s arms when he so clearly has fallen as hard for her as she has fallen for him.

Realizing that her love life is as complicated as anything Jane Austen could have dreamed up, Emma must find a way to let Blake know that it’s time for him to let her go and to let Lucas know.

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Still Waters by Lindsey P. Brackett Blog Tour (with Review, Behind the Scenes, & Giveaway)

Still Waters Lindsey Brackett

Still Waters Lindsey P. Brackett

 

Still Waters Lindsey P. BrackettGenre: Adult, Christian, Contemporary, Fiction
Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
Publication date: September 8, 2017

When her beloved grandmother requests one last summer at Still Waters, the family cottage on Edisto Beach, Cora Anne returns to a place that haunts her with loss and tempts her with forgiveness. Peace means reconciling her family and her Edisto memories. But acceptance may mean loving the man determined to preserve a past she’d rather forget.

 Still Waters Lindsey P. Brackett
Still Waters Lindsey P. Brackett

Cora Anne Halloway has a mapped out plan for her life. But when a roadblock is tossed in her way, her Nan offers her an alternative Cora Anne can’t get excited about. Returning to Edisto Beach, a place where so many things went wrong in her life, seems more of a nightmare than an opportunity.

Yet the lure of financing for graduate school lures her to the place she’s avoided for a summer of helping Nan organize the beach home. A summer that just might possibly heal all the hurt Cora Anne has harbored for years.

Lyndsey Brackett portrays Cora Anne’s fears, hurts, and remorse throughout this story. And each time the main character released a bit of her past, I rejoiced with her.

This family is so real. A mixture of chaos with three pre-teen triplet brothers, dysfunction with Cora Anne’s divorced parents, and fun with a cousin who shares a birthday and is more like a sister.
Then there’s Tennessee Watson. A man who has every reason to hate her but continues to show up. To draw her out.

This book drew me in and sat me down like a member of this family—both the blood relations and the community kind of family—and reminded me that while hurting is okay, letting it define the rest of my future is not. God forgives and forgets our sins and mistakes. How can we do any less?

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I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. 

Still Waters Lindsey P. Brackett

Still Waters Lindsey P. Brackett

Still Waters Lindsey P. Brackett

Award-winning writer Lindsey P. Brackett once taught middle grades literature, but now she writes her own works in the midst of motherhood. A blogger since 2010, she has published articles and short stories in a variety of print and online publications including Thriving Family, Country Extra, HomeLife, Northeast Georgia Living, Splickety Prime, Splickety Love, and Southern Writers Magazine Best Short Fiction 2015. Lindsey serves as Editor of Web Content for the Splickety Publishing Group, and she writes a popular column for several North Georgia newspapers.

As a mother of four chaotic kids, her home is always full of wet towels, lost library books, and strong coffee. Her love of family ties and southern places prompted her debut novel, Still Waters, inspired by her own love of Edisto summers and peach ice cream. Connect with her at http://www.lindseypbrackett.com.

Still Waters Lindsey P. Brackett
Still Waters Lindsey P. Brackett
  1. My grandparents actually met on a back road in Colleton County in the 1940’s. She was lost and he was bundling pine straw to sell. So that story inside the story is true.
  2. McConkey’s Jungle Shack—and they’re not kidding about the shack part—really does have the best fish tacos on the coast.
  3. Late in the book I reference a story about soldiers mistaking a loggerhead turtle for an enemy when the beach was being used as a lookout during WWII. This really happened and you can read about it in Nell Graydon’s Tales of Edisto, which I used for both reference and inspiration.
  4. We drive a blue minivan and it’s kind of well-known because the paint job was bad (thanks Honda) and we’ve never spend the money to fix it. So my best friend begged me to put the blue van in the story. It’s there, when Cora Anne and Nan stop at King’s Market, complete with a passel of kids. (I have four of those.)
  5. King’s Market has the best key lime pie. For real.
  6. My cousin Heather and I were born 18 hours apart, and our moms are sisters. Yes, she inspired Hannah. We spent (and still do sometimes) many weeks on Edisto with her family growing up. Our favorite thing was to hunt for sharks teeth and snail shells so we could make necklaces with our grandmother.
  7. The book is set in 2006 because I wanted a time period before social media’s invasion and before BiLo bought out the Piggly Wiggly. Edistonians are not coming around. They still call their only grocery store The Pig.
  8. The Edisto Island Open Land Trust is a gem I stumbled upon while researching what made the most sense for Tennessee’s philanthropic spirit. The EIOLT was the perfect fit since it’s all about preservation of the Island’s natural beauty, while empowering home owners to still be able to afford family property that’s been passed down for generations. The executive director, John, drank coffee with me one morning at the Edisto Coffee Shop and told me so much valuable information.
  9. Botany Bay (and that’s the Botany sentinel tree on my cover) was nearly destroyed by Hurricane Matthew in 2016. Edisto took the brunt of the storm’s hit and the eye passed over the island. The entire first row of houses were left standing in water since the beach was pushed inland. But the community there is strong and resilient. They’ve been rebuilding and regrouping. The beaches will never look the same, but as my mama says, “That’s nature. And life. Storms come and you have to deal with the aftermath.” Or, as Tennessee puts it in the story, “Sometimes a storm’s what clears out the junk…”
  10. Edisto Beach still has a video store, probably the last one left in the country. It’s also one of two places in the town to get ice cream—unless you’re sitting on your own porch enjoying the ocean breeze and listening for the churn to slow down. 

Still Waters Lindsey P. Brackett

Still Waters Lindsey P. Brackett

 

Still Waters Lindsey P. Brackett

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Book Spotlight: Will Not See by Chautona Havig

 

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Book title: Will Not See

Author: Chautona Havig

Release date: August 29, 2017

Genre: Christian Fiction / contemporary / suspense (light)

When Vikki Jeffries wakes up in a Rockland hotel with no idea of who she is and why she can’t remember… well, anything, the Rockland medical community begins to take a closer look at what may have happened to cause a second case of inexplicable amnesia.

But for Vikki, this is more than a medical anomaly–it’s her life. What is she doing in Rockland, thousands of miles away from her home in Apache Junction, Arizona? Who is she? Why is no one looking for her? Or are they?

Will Not See: Not everything is as it seems.

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The Texas Rancher’s New Family by Allie Pleiter (Review)

Texas Ranchers New Family Allie Pleiter

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A Match Made in Texas 

Tess Buckton returns to the Blue Thorn Ranch from Australia, badly needing Texas comfort. But the Outback follows her home when celebrity Aussie horse trainer Cooper Pine rents the ranch next door. The other Buckton siblings are worried Cooper’s high profile will upset the idyllic Martins Gap community—but Tess isn’t so sure. Cooper is surprisingly down-to-earth and a doting father to his special-needs daughter. But getting close enough to learn his secrets could mean exposing hers, and Tess isn’t ready for that—even if Cooper and his matchmaking daughter are just what her heart is yearning for.

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Blog Tour: The Wonder of You by Susan May Warren

Perhaps you’ve been following along as Susan May Warren chronicles the happenings of the Christiansen clan from Deep Haven, Minnesota. If not, I would encourage you to do so. These are wonderful, inspiring, and uplifting books.

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The Wonder of You (book five in the Christiansen series) is the story of the youngest member of the family, Amelia. Protected and pampered by her family, Amelia’s great adventure in Prague came to an abrupt end. Feeling defeated and unsuccessful, Amelia returns to her family’s lodge in Deep Haven to nurse her soul and her broken heart. What she doesn’t expect is for the man of culture she met across an ocean to follow her to the small town in Minnesota. Roark St. John is determined to win Amelia back. Coming to grips with his own haunts is a struggle, and now he’s competing with Amelia’s high school sweetheart for her. But she’s worth the risk.

This book was both fun (especially Roark’s attempt at entering the local lumberjack games) and touching. Between Amelia’s lack of confidence in herself, Roark’s demons from the past, and Max’s struggles with his future, the reader is drawn into the story immediately. Fans of this series will be pleased to find more of Max’s point of view in this one. Admittedly, I haven’t yet read Max and Grace’s story but didn’t feel lost at all as I continued the journey with them. And now I will be picking up that missed book as well. Susan May Warren is never a disappointment to me. I feel like a citizen of Deep Haven whenever I pick up one of the books, an extended member of the Christiansen family. So pull up a chair and join them at the campfire on Evergreen Lake once again (or for the first time). You’ll be glad you dropped by.

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****Tyndale House provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. All opinions expressed are my own.