Publisher: William Morrow

THE WHOLE WAY HOME by Sarah Creech

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THE WHOLE WAY HOME by Sarah CreechThe Whole Way Home by Sarah Creech
Published by William Morrow Genres: Contemporary


 

Joanne Lover is an up-and-coming country music singer.  She longs to be among the legendary ladies of the genre.  She has her whole stage persona laid out, and she tries to maintain that mask for all intents and purposes.  However, when J.D. Gunn, her first love, crashes back into her life and forces her to work with him, all bets are off.

J.D. Gunn’s road to success took a different route than Joanne’s path, and some would say he sold out for glory.  But now J.D. wants to return to what he holds value in and one of those things is the sassy Joanne Lover.  Joanne is proving to be more stubborn than an ass, but J.D. won’t give up without a fight!  When secrets from Joanne’s past threaten to see the light of day, the former lovers need to rally together and keep them covered but, in the end, would it really be so bad?

The Whole Way Home is a novel that gripped me from the opening pages and made me want to discover exactly what was going on with Joanne and J.D.  I wanted to know what secrets they held, why they broke up, and I wanted desperately for J.D. and Joanne to work for the happily ever after in The Whole Way Home.  Sadly, I was left wanting.  I found the secondary characters’ relationship more interesting, and J.D. and Joanne’s story left some holes and some dots that weren’t connected at all for me in The Whole Way Home.  I expected Joanne to be that feisty singer that she pretended to be, and I thought J.D. would be more giving and less wrapped up in himself in The Whole Way Home.  The big reveal and secret revelation by someone didn’t make any sense to me, because they didn’t really reveal anything. It was an assumption that was not published in a tabloid where the lines of fact and fiction are more fluid, but in a magazine that should have been more credible.

 

LOST AND FOUND SISTERS by Jill Shalvis

LOST AND FOUND SISTERS by Jill Shalvis

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LOST AND FOUND SISTERS by Jill ShalvisLost and Found Sisters by Jill Shalvis
Series: Wildstone #1
Published by William Morrow Genres: Contemporary, Women's Fiction


 

From the moment I picked up my first Jill Shalvis book I knew I would always read anything she wrote. Now it looks like Ms. Shalvis is dipping her toes into woman’s fiction with the first book in the Wildstone series with Lost and Found Sisters. I admit I don’t read a lot of woman’s fiction and prefer romance but Ms. Shalvis brought this story to life and made it special.

 

Quinn Weller is a successful Chef but two years after her sister Beth’s death she still feels empty. She has had a good life but getting through the days is her top priority until the world she thought she knew is turned upside down while waiting to get coffee. A lawyer approaches her and with staggering news that has her not only questioning the life she is used to and comfortable in, but what will be in store for her future. After packing a bag she is headed to Wildstone, CA to finally get some answers about the questions she has after meeting with the lawyer.

Mick Hennessey is back in Wildstone to help his mother after his father’s passing to do repairs on her house, but he can’t wait to get back to the life he has made for himself in San Francisco. Until he meets a woman having a panic attack on the beach. The more time he spends with this incredible woman the more he thinks that just maybe coming home isn’t so bad after all.

As Quinn settles in this new town she is finding out she has more ties to Wildstone that she originally thought and the people there are growing on her. In fact she is healing and feeling more alive than she has in two years which has her questioning if this is where she truly belongs.

At first I wasn’t sure if I was really going to enjoy the Lost and Found Sisters but as I started reading I was not only impressed with the plot but also that it included some challenges for both characters. While there was a romance blooming the main focus of the Lost and Found Sisters was Quinn and Mick working through their past and looking forward to what the future has in store for them, whether it be separately or together.

 

I truly fell in love with these new characters and this town that Ms. Shalvis has created. I believe the Wildstone series has a bright future and I am really looking forward to meeting the next couple and seeing how this series will develop. If you are looking for a fun, sweet and a perfect summer read, this is it.

CHRISTMAS AT TIFFANY’S by Karen Swann

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CHRISTMAS AT TIFFANY’S by Karen SwannChristmas at Tiffany's by Karen Swan
Published by William Morrow Genres: Contemporary
Reviewed by Vanessa

On Cassie’s tenth wedding anniversary, she is faced with devastation, one that she never saw coming from the person she believed would be there for her forever.  However, her BFFs are there to see that Cassie won’t be down for the count, but instead learn that what she thought would be her HEA wasn’t going to keep her out of the game.  Taking turns with the now fragile Cassie, they house her for a period of time over the next year in New York, Paris, and London where Cassie will find that she has some growing up to do from the sheltered wife that may have taken the plunge to soon years ago.

 

Christmas at Tiffany’s is a tale of growth and change for our young heroine as she becomes more than she once was.  Cassie discovers whom she was meant to be and embarks on things that she may not have explored had it not been for the life changing event that sent her packing early on in Christmas at Tiffany’s.

 

Christmas at Tiffany’s was filled with love, adventure, support, and change that Cassie needed to endure and embrace to find her HEA.  The tale was also sandwiched between two events that seemed to knock her for a spin, and I completely understood her choices and reasons in both instances.  Christmas at Tiffany’s, in the end, showed that there can be forgiveness for some and walking away for others as Cassie’s self-explorations continued over the course of her year away.   I felt badly for one character in the story, but I liked that this character allowed Cassie to come to know that truth all on her own in Christmas at Tiffany’s.  It reminded me of that saying, “If you love something set it free, if it returns, it’s yours…”  Overall this was a nice epic tale of one woman’s journey to grow out of the conundrum she had found herself in just to please someone else when she lost sight of the individual she should have naturally grown into had she been allowed to flourish more.

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