#Bookreview The Alphabet Sisters by Monica McInerney #contemporary #romance #fiction #Tuesdaybookblog

A huge fight between three sisters results in them not talking to one another for three years, but matriarch, Lola, their grandmother decides enough is enough and summons all three to attend her eightieth birthday celebrations. Much awkwardness ensues as the fight started because the youngest sister, Carrie, married middle sister, Bett’s fiancé. However, all three sisters and grandmother Lola are keeping secrets of their own.

A far gentler read than I’m used to, this moderately paced contemporary romance gradually hooked me on the central characters and before I knew it I was totally invested. The author drew forward laughter and tears, but more tears than laughter from me, as I am a tough audience when it comes to humour in books. I absolutely loved eccentric Lola in this book and my bias of other characters in the book was coloured by Lola’s point of view.

Not a typical read for me but I enjoyed this contemporary romance set in Australia nonetheless.

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#BookReview Chasing Chaos (Entanglement Book 3) by Katie Rose Guest Pryal #contemporaryromance #FridayReads

​As things become more complex in Daphne Saito’s life with Greta getting married and having to face the reality of her relationship with Dan, she is thrown into further turmoil when she starts a friendship with Marlon, Sandy’s handyman and friend. However, is is usually the case with Miss Saito trouble isn’t far behind.

I read the second book in this series some months back and became absorbed by the characters in this contemporary romance. Be warned, the characters are major my flawed, but that’s what I found appealing about the story and was glad to catch the final book in this series.

Easy to read and light-hearted fiction in comparison to many of the heavy thrillers I’ve read recently, Chasing Chaos was a leisurely read and a welcome break on my reading list. This book is available to read for free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

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Book Review: Entanglement (Entanglement Series Book One) by Katie Rose Pryal

I read and reviewed this book for Paperback Reviewer.

Entanglement is the story of two unlikely friends Daphne and Greta, who have both been bruised by their relationship with their fathers and decide to live together after college in LA. The women navigate their lives in this vast city, which has effects on them not just personally but on their friendship. When Greta is attacked all issues come to a head.

An easy read with some great characters with compelling past history up especially, made this book a joy to read. I quickly became engrossed in Daphne and Greta’s friendship and was heartened by their unconditional support of each other.

I’m not a huge romance fan but found this pretty easy to get into and would be more than happy to read more in the series.  This book is available to read for free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

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Book Review: No Time Like Now by Jennifer Young #RBRT

I chose this book to read from Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team book list.

More a 3.5, I’ve rounded up.

Megan had fled her past, her hometown and her family after a tragic event four years ago. She now lives and works in Majorca and leads a reasonably solitary life having never quite recovered from the loss and betrayal of her past. When the man she’s been hoping to avoid most walks back into her life, Megan tries to handle the situation with poise but the history between them is too painful to let bygones be bygones, despite the fact Tim might be involved with someone else.

In the meantime a body washes up on the beach and Tim, who is a geologist, is warned away from doing his work, never one to back down his stubborn nature leads them all to danger.

Contemporary romance is not my usual genre and although this book offers a fair deal of thrill with a body and mystery, the romance left me a little underwhelmed. I felt no real depth of feeling from Megan and she seemed a bit bland, Tim a supposedly dashing hero, just didn’t do it for me, although he did have some moxie.

The last 25-20% of the book was marginally more exciting than the lead up but I can’t say this one has inspired a new passion in romance books for me. Still it’s quite a captivating beach read if romance is your bag.

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Book Review: The Story of Us by Dani Atkins

A suspense tale about a love triangle; when Emma and her two best-friends meet with a tragic accident on the night of her hen party, it sets into motion a sequence of events that turns Emma’s world upside down.

This romance novel is not the best have read from Dani Atkins but it was still gripping and well-written. I enjoyed reading about Emma, whom i found very likeable but I really did dislike Richard, which is odd as I don’t think he was to be portrayed deliberately as a villain but I couldn’t find him very likeable.

A great read for romance fans and one even I could read without cringing.

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Book Review: A Mother’s Secret by Amy Clipston

Carolyn Lapp was just 16 when she had her son out of wedlock in the Amish community. Her parents stood by her and her community forgave her. She was baptised into the Amish Church at 17 but for the past 16 years she and her son have lived with the stigma of her being an unwed mother. When she meets Joshua, who assumes Ben is her nephew, Carolyn falls for him but her brother Amos has other ideas of marrying his sister off and when Carolyn clashes with Joshua’s mother too the course of true love is hindered still.

I really do enjoy reading Amish fiction and this book did not lack in allure at all. Even in the simplest of societies human nature plays it’s part and human weaknesses is what theory is about in Carolyn and Joshua’s story. I have not read the prequel to this book but I found A Mother’s Secret easy to get into and read. There’s a glossary at the beginning of the book to translate common everyday Amish words used. The characterisations were believe able but there was a point in the book when Josh was with his mare who was about to birth and Carolyn was sent to the veterinarian’s house, on leaving she tells Josh to stay with his mare, which didn’t read right to me as Josh breeds horses and it would seem a strange thing for a novice like Carolyn to say to him when he’s the experienced breeder. But I’m knit picking, there really isn’t much to dislike about this book and Carolyn is a flawed but likeable protagonist.

I found this book warm and enlightening to read and look forward to reading more from this author.

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