Thursday, February 18, 2016

Not Always Happenstance by Rachael Anderson

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  Not Always Happenstance  
Not Always Happenstance by Rachael Anderson Lani has lived in Hana, Hawaii for five years. She’s learned to surf, fish, dive, and manage her grandmother’s bed and breakfast. She’s also learned to take one day at a time the way it should be taken—relaxed and unrushed, savoring every moment. But, like a large wave on the brink of breaking, her life is about to crash out of control. A proposal of marriage, a conniving grandmother, a cryptic Asian woman, and a handsome guest, and suddenly everything calm begins to churn, everything clear becomes confused, and all that was normal segues into peculiar. As Lani struggles against the current to hold her ground, she realizes that she can either continue to fight and eventually lose, or take a take a leap of faith, hold her breath, and ride the wave wherever it takes her. ***This book is part of the Power of the Matchmaker series that features one recurring character—the match maker—but it is a STAND-ALONE novel.*** amazon get it add to goodreads   RachaelAuthor Rachael Anderson A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can't sing, doesn't dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.
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My Review:

Not Always Happenstance is the second book in a series, and I use that term very loosely because so far Pearl, the Matchmaker is the only thing shared in the stories. At least for now, I don’t know if any other authors in the series have tried to do any more cohesion than that.

I will say I wish Pearl would be more meddlesome.  When I first heard about this series, I immediately thought of the elder, Chinese women that plays in the Freaky Friday version with Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan.  I kind of wish Pearl could have this facet to her, too.  She does meddle some, but I’m kind of been wanting some comedic aspect.  Then again, it might would not be that cohesive since multiple authors have her appear in their respective books.

Anyway, I didn’t like Easton that much for a while. Even though the girls he was with knew he had no intentions of staying, I hate how he used the locals for his own personal gain.  He does change which is nice.  I really liked Lani and wish her family was closer knit.  I kind of wish Derek was more in the book, but I kind of understand why he wasn’t.

I did like this book, but I feel like not much happened.  I never had a problem reading this book or found that many lull moments, but I do wish more bigger events happened.  I loved that Rachael included Hawaii words, but I do wish there were more cultural aspects.  

  I grabbed the picture below from Rachel Anderson's blog

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Jane Austen January- A Different Take on Tackling my TBR

Out of the blue, I had a thought to do a TBR but have each month focus on a specific genre/topic.  For this month, my focus is going to be Jane Austen books, whether it's book by Jane Austen or inspired by Jane Austen.  Hence, my title, Jane Austen January.

I should have had this post up at the beginning of this month, but here it is now.  I'll admit I've already read one that I was going to put on my TBR, but I've recently read Pride and Prejudice: a Manga version by Udon.  I'll put a review of this one up sometime this month.  I have not read any books by Jane Austen and thought this would be the perfect time to do so.  I've tried to once, but I think I was too young to really appreciate it and stopped after one page. 

Also, I've recently watched Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen and am thinking about doing some movie reviews.  I plan on watching Persuasion with Ciaran Hinds and Amanda Root, Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle     , and the new Hallmark movie, Unleashing Mr. Darcy. 

I have obligations to review several books, so I'll probably have a Freebie Friday to break things up and probably a Manga Monday because I've been back into reading them.

If anybody else wants to join in, please feel free to and let me know in the comments! 

Here's my list of books to tackle!   If anybody wants to see reviews on certain ones, let me know!

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Emmalee (Jane Austen Diaries) by Jenni James
Mansfield Ranch (The Jane Austen Diaries ) by Jenni James
The Last Best Kiss by Claire LaZebnik
The Trouble with Flirting by Claire LaZebnik

Jane and Austen by Stephanie Fowers

What is your favorite Jane Austen book and retelling?

I plan on doing something similar for next month.  It will probably by Fairy-tale February and will be focused on Fairy tale retellings.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Broken Things to Mend (Power of the Matchmaker) by Karey White

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Broken Things to Mend by Karey White Celia is in desperate need of a change--a change of scenery, a change of pace, and a complete redo of all relationships. Not knowing what else to do, she opens a map, closes her eyes, and lets fate decide her future. Then she packs her meager belongings and buys a one-way ticket to a little town on the fringes of Oregon's Deschutes National Forest called Sisters. She's wanted a family for years. Will she find one in Sisters? What Celia doesn't plan to find is a strange Chinese woman whose meddling ways keep throwing her in the path of a handsome, but reserved, forest ranger. But no matter how kind or dependable Silas seems to be, there are some things in Celia's past that neither of them can escape, and this time, the damage might be too much to mend. amazon get it add to goodreads   Karey White 
Author Karey White Karey White grew up in Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Missouri. She attended Ricks College and Brigham Young University. Her first novel, Gifted, was a Whitney Award Finalist. She loves to travel, read, bake treats, and spend time with family and friends. She and her husband are the parents of four great children. She teaches summer creative writing courses to young people and is currently working on her next book.
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I received a copy from the blog tour host, Kathy @ I Am a Reader

I have only read one other book my Karey White, My Own Mr. Darcy and really loved that one.  I was excited for the chance to review this one.  This book is the first book of a 12 book series that is loosely related.  I use the term loosely because the string tying the series together is Pearl, a Chinese Matchmaker, has visions of people and tries to get them together.  As far as I can tell, that is the only thing that connects the series.  Each following book is written by another author that releases the start of each month.

There was a time or two that the book seemed a little slow, but I did enjoy this story.  I felt bad for Celia's past and current situation.  She had a rough childhood that spread to her early adulthood, but Sisters, OR offers her a chance at a new beginning and the making of a support system that she never truly had when she was growing up.

At first, I wasn't sure how I liked Silas.  I grew attached to Celia quickly, but it took a little bit for me to warm up to Silas.  Silas has something he needed to mend some in his life.  Silas has problems stuttering and does not talk to people much.  I liked seeing them open up to each other and wished there was more growth with them shown.  I feel like their relationship was rocky in places and then seemed to speed up all of the sudden.  The story and the struggles that Celia faced is what sold me most on this book.  I do wish Pearl made more appearances.  This story touches on several issues that a reader can feel touched by and does have quite a few moments of hope and laughter.  I'm looking forward to the next book in this series!

I grabbed the picture below from Rachel Anderson's blog. Her book Not Always Happenstance is the next book to be released

Friday, November 13, 2015

Book Giveaway Shoutout

YA Author Alliance is running a giveaway 10 signed books by bestselling authors and a $200 giftcard.

Here's the link to enter  and below is a picture of all the books.

If any book blogger wants to or is willing to post this on their blog, please do so.  

Monday, November 9, 2015

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves
This meme is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

For review:


In Firefly Valley (Texas Crossroads #2) by Amanda Cabot

Playing for Love by Dana Burkey

The Perfect Arrangement:  An October Wedding Story (A Year of Weddings 2) by Katie Ganshert

Borrowed from Library:


Married 'til Monday (Chapel Springs #4) by Denise Hunter



Christmas Kisses (Echo

Ridge Romance, #1) by Cami Checketts, Lucy McConnel, Rachelle J. Christensen, Heather Tullis, and Connie E. Sokol

Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses

Thanks to the publisher and authors for the e-books to review.  I received one from the author and the other two from Net Galley.   

Is anybody else in the Christmas mood yet?  I still want to get several more Christmas e-books.  :)

What did you stack your shelves with this week?

Friday, November 6, 2015

Christmas Kisses $200 Giveaway

Are you on the hunt for that special Christmas book, the one that will get you into the holiday spirit, bring back memories of your own family traditions, and inspire you to revel in this Christmas season like no other? (What about $200 in Christmas cash to go along with it?) Every year, I search for stories that will fill my Christmas reading list--romance is always a fun read, but  I want them to be clean and wholesome too. That's why I'm sharing this spectacular book. Christmas Kisses is not just one story, but five romances, all clean, wholesome, and beautifully written in one anthology now on sale for .99 cents!

Let's show the world that there is a demand for clean and wholesome romances by purchasing this book today. For less than a dollar, you get a delightful read and help send a message that we want more of these kinds of books. Purchase your copy here, or your preferred vendor and then, will you please help spread the word about this book? Feel free to share any part of this post or share or like the Facebook or Twitter post. Oh, and don't forget to enter the giveaway for $200 in Christmas cash!

Christmas Kisses is a collection from five bestselling and award-winning authors.
Set in the snowy town of Echo Ridge in upstate New York, these inspirational romances are sure to delight while you sip cocoa by the fire and listen to Christmas carols.

***$.99 November 3 - 7***
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The Candy Counter Heiress by Lucy McConnell Amazon bestselling & award-winning author
Someday Reese Gates will own The Candy Counter at Kenworth's; but someday can't come fast enough when the manager threatens to bring in a national candy provider. Reese secretly takes matters into her own hands hoping to save her parents from additional worry and prove herself capable of running the company. Her deception deepens as she ropes computer guru Andy Edwards into helping her expand the business.  Reese wanted to shake things up, but she wasn't planning on her heart getting caught in the mix by Andy's stolen kisses. If she can hold it together until after Christmas, then she can reveal her successful online company and her feelings for Andy. Unfortunately for Reese, even the best laid plans can melt like chocolate.

Christmas Makeover by Cami Checketts Amazon bestselling author
Chelsea Jamison has been infatuated with Drew Stirling longer than she's loved playing basketball, high-top sneakers, and the Knicks. Unfortunately, all Drew sees is the kid who kicked his trash in the high school free throw contest and not the girl whose heart breaks into a fast dribble when he's near.
Drew makes an unexpected visit home to Echo Ridge and their friendship picks up where they left off as they scheme to make a teenaged boy's Christmas dreams come true. When Chelsea realizes she's fallen for her best friend, she wonders if there is any hope of a relationship with Drew or if she's stuck in buddy-status for life.

Hope for Christmas by Rachelle J. Christensen Amazon bestselling & award-winning author
Anika Fletcher hates Christmas--its promises of good tidings and hope for the future are as tinseled as the ornaments on Kenworth's Hope Tree. Despite her feelings, Anika wants to maintain her daughter's faith in the magic of the season and gladly accepts a second job working with the handsome Carlos Rodriguez to restore Kenworth's old fashioned soda fountain. Carlos is no stranger to hard times and slowly shares his life of light and joy with Anika as they work together. Just as her fragile soul begins to feel hope again, an ill-timed act of charity changes everything. Anika isn't sure who she can trust or if hope is worth nurturing--especially at Christmas when it's easy to enjoy a kiss and believe love can last longer than the season. *

Soda Fountain Christmas by Connie E. Sokol Amazon bestselling author
Keira Kenworth has one focus this holiday season: save her father's old-time department store from bankruptcy. She is not focused on Tayton Wells, the tall, dark, and genius marketing guru from downtown New York, hired to make it happen. He is as doubtful that her nostalgic connect-the-town ideas will succeed as she is about his numbers-first plan. However, it's not just their different approaches that cause sparks to fly. Working together on a fast deadline to save the store before Christmas, the unspoken connection between them grows. But will the tough decisions they face drive them back to their separate worlds, or will they lead to the beginning of love?

 One Winter Night by Heather Tullis Amazon bestselling author
Jonah Owens thought moving to Echo Ridge to open his art gallery would solve all of his problems. The need to sell his grandma's house adds an unexpected complication. It would be easier if his neighbor didn't have all those farm animals.
Kaya Feidler's family has owned their land for nearly a hundred years--long before the neighbors were there. There's no way she's giving up the animal therapy business she's been struggling to make profitable. She gets a temp job helping Jonah in the gallery. Spending time together is a recipe for romance, but can they overcome their own hangups to be more than friends?

Follow Friday

Alison Can Read Feature & Follow

Follow My Book Blog Friday is a weekly meme co-hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.

Question of the Week: If you could take the place of one author, which author would it be and what changes would you make in his/her writing style? - Suggested byNJKinny’s World of Books & Stuff

I wouldn't really want to take the place of an author, but I would love to have Colleen Houck's writing style.  She always writes really long books, but I feel like they can always capture my attention, which is saying something since she normally has a book over 400 pages.  

I also would love if she would go ahead and publish Tiger's Dream, the fifth book of the Tiger's Curse series.

What about you?