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The Best Intentions
Scotland's Melody
The Secret Society of Salzburg
Secret of the Sonnets
20-40-60-Minute Dinners: Meals to Match the Time You Have
Through the Wilderness: My Journey of Redemption and Healing in the American Wild
Secret Santa Claus Club: A Tool to Help Parents Unwrap the Secret of Santa
Mr. Pudgins
Revenge Never Rests
The Best Mistake
Meriden Park
More Inspirational Stories for Young Women
The Great Tree: A Christmas Fable
To Capture His Heart
The Call of the Sea
Livvy and the Enchanted Woodland
Come, Gentle Night
The Bad Boy Theory
Guide To Smart Wedding Planning: What You want to know and everything you haven't thought of yet.

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2023 Goodreads Reading Challenge

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Sunday, October 31, 2021

Missing Okalee by Laura Ojeda Melchor- Middle Grade Book Review

Product Details

  • Title: Missing Okalee
  • Author: Laura Ojeda Melchor
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Shadow Mountain (September 7, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 256 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1629729329
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1629729329
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 8 - 11 years
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 3rd - 6th
  • ***I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own***

Book Summary
When compared to her nearly perfect little sister, Phoebe Paz Petersen feels she doesn't measure up in her parents' eyes. Okalee is smart and beloved for her sunny disposition, which makes it hard for Phoebe to stand out in their small town in Montana. But if she can get picked for the coveted solo in the school choir, she'll stop being a middle-school nobody and finally get her chance to shine.

Despite her sister's annoying perfection, Phoebe actually loves spending time with Okalee. They have one very special, secret tradition: River Day―when they hold hands and make their way across the cold, rushing Grayling River, to celebrate the first hint of spring. This year's River Day crossing, however, goes horribly wrong, and Phoebe's world is suddenly turned upside down.

Heartbroken and facing life without Okalee, Phoebe is more determined than ever to sing the solo in the school concert as a way of speaking to her sister one last time. But Phoebe's so traumatized by what happened, she's lost her beautiful singing voice.

Kat Waters wants the choir solo for herself and is spreading a terrible rumor about what really happened to Okalee on River Day. If Phoebe tells the truth, she believes her family will never forgive her and she may never get to sing her goodbye to Okalee. Even worse, somebody is leaving Phoebe anonymous notes telling her they saw what really happened at the river.

Missing Okalee is an empathy-building novel about the unbreakable bond between sisters and finding the courage to do what's right amid heartbreak and tragedy.  

My Review

3.5-4 Stars

Missing Okalee was written very well but the storyline was a hard one to read. Older sister Phoebe knows her younger sister Okalee is liked more by her parents and the community. When the unthinkable happens and Okalee drowns with only Phoebe there to witness, her life changes forever. 

Phoebe's mother blames her for Okalee's death. I felt so much for Phoebe because she was also being bullied by girls at school and by a stranger who said they saw what "really" happened. What a traumatic thing to happen in a twelve year olds life. As a teacher, I was appalled at what the administrations and teachers let happen to Phoebe at school. It seemed the bully was always getting away with her ill deeds and not paying any repercussions for them. 

 This book has such a sad feel to it that parents' should use their judgement before letting their kids read this or instead, read it with them. I can assure you that there will be a lot of things to discuss. Missing Okalee does show how different people process grief and pain as we could feel how Phoebe, her mom, and her dad all went through a different experience. 

Things do come full circle, pretty quickly at the end but it's a rough emotional journey for the reader. I think this book would be better for teens than young kids to read on their own.  (Trigger warnings:Parents should be warned about the drowning of the younger sister, severe bullying at school, and a suicide attempt)

Meet Author Laura Ojeda Melchor

Laura Ojeda Melchor is a Cuban-American writer who grew up in Montana, where a spruce tree in her front yard was her most frequented reading nook. She now lives in her beloved, adopted home state of Alaska with her son, partner, and puppy. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her debut middle grade novel, Missing Okalee, comes out from Shadow Mountain Publishing in the fall of 2021.

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Saturday, October 30, 2021

Inspector Flytrap By Tom Angleberger and Illustrated by Cece Bell-Children's Book Review

Book Details
Author:Tom Angleberger Illustrator: Cece Bell
Genre: Children's chapter book/Fantasy
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Book Summary
A funny and clever illustrated early chapter book series in the Flytrap Files universe, from New York Times bestselling author Tom Angleberger and Newbery Honor winner Cece Bell!
Meet Inspector Flytrap! He's a Venus flytrap and world-class solver of BIG DEAL mysteries.
Meet Nina the Goat! She's a goat and Inspector Flytrap's trusty assistant—except when she eats the clues!
Together, they're a great mystery-solving duo! Follow along as they decode a secret message, investigate a stinky shoe, and figure out other big and tasty mysteries.
Read all the hilarious chapter book series in the Flytrap Files universe:
Inspector Flytrap
Didi Dodo, Future Spy
DJ Funkyfoot

My Review
This was a class read-aloud that my students chose. Inspector Flytrap is written for kids and suits their humor perfectly: A potted Venus Flytrap that works as an inspector and his assistant is a goat that eats everything important and causes all sorts of problems. The storyline is very silly but kept my 2nd graders laughing the whole time. This book is perfect for kids ages 6-10.

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Friday, October 29, 2021

Charming Artemis By Sarah M. Eden-Blog Tour Review and Book Giveaway

Two Families, Two Sworn Enemies,
One Love Story to Unite Them All!

Product Details

  • Title: Charming Artemis {The Lancaster Family #5} 
  • Author: Sarah M. Eden
  • Series: Lancaster Family series and Jonquil Brother series
  • Genre: Regency Romance
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Covenant Communications, Inc. (October 4, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1524418064
  • ***I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own***

Book Summary
Charlie Jonquil is mild-mannered and kind—except when it comes to his one true adversary, Artemis Lancaster. Though Charlie has a brilliant mind for mathematics, Artemis poses a problem he can’t seem to comprehend: how can one be so lovely and so infuriating? A party in London brings him into the company of the maddening young lady, and it is clear that Charlie’s disdain is mutual. But when an unfortunate incident between the pair involving Charlie’s jacket and a glass of raspberry shrub leads to scandal, the sworn enemies are left with only two options: be ruined or be married.

So it is that Artemis finds herself in a most outrageous predicament: she must wed a gentleman she’s hated for years—and she pledges to avoid him at all costs. But it is only when they enter into this mockery of a marriage that Charlie and Artemis learn things are not as simple as they once appeared. As their tentative ceasefire leads to friendship, it seems their marriage born of desperation might lead them to a love that was destined to be.

My Review
When a series ends that I've loved, I always have a hard time. The characters feel like family and you don't want to say goodbye. Granted, with books you can always go back and read the whole series again. Any series written by Sarah M. Eden are ones I do go back and reread. Charming Artemis is the crowning glory of the Lancaster family series and Jonquil Brother series. The youngest members of both families are the main characters, Charlie Jonquil and Artemis Lancaster. Sadly, they truly hate each other and fighting is mainly what they do. A mishap brings Charlie and Artemis together which doesn't make either one of them happy. It's quite the journey as two former enemies slowly go from anger and resentment, to finally finding love.

One thing I truly loved most about this novel, was that all of the beloved characters that readers have grown to love from the previous books are here in Charming Artemis. It felt like going to a family reunion. This is an emotional read. You will spend some time wiping those tears away and then a chapter later you'll be LOL about something one of the Jonquil brothers have done or said. The letters read by Charlie and Artemis at the end of the book were my undoing. Tissue Warning: Just be prepared. My only warning with this novel is to read the previous books before this one or you will be lost and not enjoy it as much. It will be like starting to watch a movie in the last 15 minutes. 

Sarah Eden is a gifted writer and I hope that there are many more books that she'll write. Charming Artemis though, will be seen by many of her fans as an ultimate achievement in her repertoire of magnificent books. Readers now can look forward to more books with the Gents and the Huntresses. Charming Artemis is a clean romance guaranteed to make you laugh, cry, and stay up late.

Meet Author Sarah M. Eden

Sarah M. Eden is a USA Today best-selling author of witty and charming historical romances, including 2020’s Foreword Reviews INDIE Awards Gold Winner for Romance, Forget Me Not, and 2020 Holt Medallion finalist, Healing Hearts. She is a two-time “Best of State” Gold Medal winner for fiction and a three-time Whitney Award winner. Combining her obsession with history and her affinity for tender love stories, Sarah loves crafting deep characters and heartfelt romances set against rich historical backdrops. She holds a bachelor’s degree in research and happily spends hours perusing the reference shelves of her local library. 

Sarah is represented by Pam Pho at D4EO Literary Agency.​

Awards & Recognitions

  • Seeking Persephone, 2008 Whitney Award finalist, Romance

  • Courting Miss Lancaster, 2010 Whitney Award finalist, Romance

  • Longing for Home, 2013 Foreword Reviews IndieFab “Book of the Year” Gold Medalist, Romance

  • Longing for Home, 2013 AML winner “Novel of the Year”

  • Longing for Home, 2013 Whitney Award finalist, Romance

  • Longing for Home: Hope Springs, 2014 Whitney Award winner, "Best Novel of the Year"

  • Longing for Home: Hope Springs, 2014 Whitney Award winner, "Best Romance"

  • Longing for Home: Hope Springs, 2014 Foreword Reviews INDIE Award finalist

  • The Sheriffs of Savage Wells, 2016 Foreword Reviews INDIE Award finalist

  • The Sheriffs of Savage Wells, 2016 Whitney Award finalist

  • Sarah M. Eden, 2017 Best of State, Gold Medal winner, Fiction

  • Love Remains, 2017 Whitney Award winner, “Best Romance”

  • Sarah M. Eden, 2018 Best of State, Gold Medal winner, Short Story

  • Ashes on the Moor, 2018 Foreword Reviews INDIE Award, Silver Medalist, Romance

  • The Heart of a Vicar, 2019 Foreword Reviews INDIE Award finalist

  • The Lady and the Highwayman, 2019 Foreword Reviews INDIE Award, Gold Medalist, Romance

  • Healing Hearts, 2019 Holt Medallion finalist

  • Forget Me Not, 2020 Whitney Award finalist

  • The Gentleman and the Thief, 2020 Foreword Reviews INDIE Award finalist

  • Forget Me Not, 2020 Foreword Reviews INDIE Award, Gold Medalist, Romance

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Chronological Order of All Related 

Georgian & Regency-era Books

Forget Me Not (Georgian)

Seeking Persephone

Courting Miss Lancaster

Glimmer of Hope

Romancing Daphne

The Kiss of a Stranger

Friends & Foes

Drops of Gold

For Elise

As You Are

A Fine Gentleman

For Love or Honor

Loving Lieutenant Lancaster

"Christmas at Falstone Castle"



The Heart of a Vicar

The Best-Laid Plans (novella)

Charming Artemis (Oct 2021)

Monday, October 25, 2021

Get You the Moon By Hasnita Singh-Contemporary Romance Blog Tour Spotlight

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This is my post during the blog tour for Get You the Moon by Hasnita Singh. Get You the Moon is a standalone coming of age story about academic rivals whose animosity turns into something more.

This blog tour is organized by Lola's Blog Tours and the tour runs from 18 till 31 October. You can see the tour schedule here.

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Title: Get You the Moon
Author: Hasnita Singh
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: July 15, 2021

Scarlet Bridge is beautiful, intelligent, and ambitious. In her final year of high school, she has five goals she wants to achieve before graduation, and she won’t let anything – or anyone – stand in her way. Not even everyone’s favorite golden boy, Levi Henare.

Levi has it all – good looks, quick wit, and he is a rugby prodigy. And nothing gives him more pleasure than getting on Scarlet’s every last nerve.

When Scarlet accidentally dials Levi’s phone number, a chain of events that neither of them expected is set into motion.

Thrown together by a twist of fate, will Levi and Scarlet overcome the challenges of their final year at school, their mutual dislike of each other, and their own personal demons to successfully graduate?

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Hasnita Kiran Singh is a twenty-one-year-old living in Auckland, New Zealand. As a university student, she spends most of her time procrastinating. As an Optical Assistant, she’ll do everything to convince you to get glasses. When she’s not writing (which is unfortunately too often), she can be found baking or trying out new restaurants. She loves her friends, being on time, and chocolate fondants as much as she loves reading. She is a proud feminist, typically sleep deprived, and a lover of the stars.

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Friday, October 22, 2021

Heirs of Falcon Point By by Traci Hunter Abramson, Sian Ann Bessey , Paige Edwards , & A. L. Sowards: Blog Tour Review and Giveaway


Product Details

  • Title: Heirs of Falcon Point
  • Authors: Traci Hunter Abramson, Sian Ann Bessey , Paige Edwards &  A. L. Sowards. 
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Covenant Communications, Inc. (October 11, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1524417793
  • ***I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own***

Book Summary
In the early days of World War II, the Lang family lost everything. Eighty years later, it's time to take it back.

The Nazis have taken control of Austria, and wealthy widower Leopold Lang faces a difficult decision: join the ranks of the foreign power that has taken over his homeland or flee with his children to safety. Leopold makes his choice--but too late. His family is ripped apart, never to be reunited. But decades later, fate brings together the descendants of this broken dynasty in the place where it all began--Falcon Point.

Anna, Cole, and Tess have never met, each relying on fractured pieces of information to understand their Austrian heritage. But when unforeseen opportunities draw these Lang cousins to to Falcon Point, they soon discover they are not alone in their quest to claim the coveted property and the fabled treasure hidden within. Unfortunately, another claimant, one with a much darker heritage, is determined to eliminate the Lang family once and for all.

My Review
Heirs of Falcon Point is a riveting family story that spans generations. It all starts in the early days of World War II as the Lang family becomes entangled with the Nazis. As the family flees from their beloved Austrian manor, the siblings are torn from each another. I found this part of the story was so well written by A.L. Sowards. History is this author's forte. She's written many books in this time period and does another fabulous job.

The rest of the story takes place in current times written by Traci Hunter Abramson, Paige Edwards, and Sian Ann Bessey. Readers meet the great-grandchildren of the original children in the book. Not knowing about each other creates many surprises and upheavals in their lives. Also, the main bad guy is the great grandson of the original man who took away everything from the Lang family. This trustee of the estate does everything he can from letting the Lang descendants take back what is theirs.

This engaging novel is full of action, suspense, romance, history, and family love. Each author adds their own flair to their chapters. Kudos to all of their hard work. Altogether, they've written an epic book that truly is hard to put down. There is so much this book brings that readers will love. The best thing for me is that more of this series is coming in the future. 

****Meet the Authors****
Meet Author Traci Hunter Abramson

Traci Hunter Abramson was born in Arizona, where she lived until moving to Venezuela for a study-abroad program. After graduating from Brigham Young University, she worked for the Central Intelligence Agency for several years, eventually resigning in order to raise her family. She credits the CIA with giving her a wealth of ideas for suspense novels as well as the skills needed to survive her children's teenage years. She has gone on to write a number of bestselling suspense novels that have consistently been nominated as Whitney Award finalists. She considers shoes an optional accessory which became evident when she won her first three Whitney Awards in 2013 (Code Word), 2014 (Deep Cover), and 2016 (Failsafe.) Safe House won Whitney Awards for both the mystery/suspense category as well as 2017 Adult Novel of the Year. She added two additional awards in 2019 (Mistaken Reality - best mystery/suspense and Sanctuary - Adult Novel of the Year.) She currently lives in Virginia with her family where she enjoys sports, travel, writing, and coaching high school swimming. 

Meet Author Sian Ann Bessey
Sian Ann Bessey was born in Cambridge, England, but grew up on the island of Anglesey off the coast of North Wales. She left her homeland to attend Brigham Young University in Utah, where she earned a bachelor's degree in communications with a minor in English.
She began her writing career as a student, publishing several magazine articles while still in college. Since then she has published historical romance and romantic suspense novels, along with a variety of children's books. She is a USA Today best selling author and a Whitney Award finalist.
Although Sian doesn't have the opportunity to speak Welsh very often anymore, she can still wrap her tongue around, "Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch." She loves to travel and experience other cultures, but when she's home, her favorite activities are spending time with her family, cooking, and reading.

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Meet Author Paige Edwards
Paige Edwards is an award-winning author of contemporary regencies with a side-order of suspense. She holds a degree in interior design and has worked professionally in that field. Due to her strong British roots, Paige's books are often set in the UK, and she hops the pond whenever she gets the chance. She is styled the Lady Paige Edwards when in Scotland, but her favorite title is Grandma. When she needs a break from writing, she serves as president of the Interfaith Community Council, is fond of digging in the dirt (what some might call gardening), biking battlefields, and kayaking on the lake. 

 You can follow Paige on BookBub, AMAZON, and Goodreads. Or, you can learn more about her and her books by visiting her website

Meet Author A.L. Sowards

A. L. Sowards is the author of multiple historical fiction novels, with settings spanning the globe from the fourteenth to twentieth centuries. Her stories have become Whitney Finalists and won a Whitney Award, reached the number one spot across multiple Amazon categories, received praise from the Historical Novel Society, and been loved by readers from a variety of backgrounds. She has called both Washington State and Utah home, and is now in the process of adding Alaska to the list. She enjoys hiking and swimming, usually manages to keep up with the laundry, and loves it when someone else cooks dinner. She lives with her husband, three children, and an ever-growing library.

Learn more about the author at her website

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