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Hurricane Season

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I was introduced to Lauren K. Denton’s writing last year, with The Hideaway . With  Hurricane Season, as with her first book, I was drawn in to by the lovely cover art and title. I enjoy reading about family relationships, and the premise of closing the distance between sisters intrigued me. This isn’t a fast-paced page-turner, yet it still held my interest. I love the alternating points of view between Jenna, Betsy, and Ty ( Betsy’s husband .) Their strained relationships are revealed in a soft and gentle way, but the depth of their pain and struggles are visible and believable. I sympathized with all three of them, and wanted them to find a way to bridge the gaps in their relationships. I wasn’t as closely attached to any of the characters as I wanted to be, but like I stated before, I still longed to see the outcomes revealed. Each character deals with their individual storms and shows satisfying growth by the story’s end. Ty is probably my favorite character, even th

Exhibit Alexandra

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Exhibit Alexandra is good. I’d like to say it is great, but there are a few things about it that disappointed me—mainly, a particular character that gave away a little too much. I’m not a big mystery reader, so that accounts for some of my disinterest, but at the same time, I want to be surprised. The beginning was a little slow for me, the middle was intriguing, and then my interest began to wane. I liked the many layers of finding out new information about his wife the best, and was the best part of the story. 3 Stars Cover: Okay Title: Okay Publisher: Crown Pages: 320 I received a complimentary copy from BloggingForBooks

Shadows of Hope

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Shadows of Hope is a suck-you-in-from-the-beginning book. Told from three points of view (Marissa, Colin, and Kaitlyn) each character reveals their take on a truly unique and moving situation. From reading the blurb, I had wondered if the situation would be a little ‘convenient’ and ‘far-fetched’, but it flowed naturally and felt plausible. Marissa’s husband, Colin, is a college professor, a cheating husband, and is very difficult to sympathize with. While his wife is dealing with problems getting pregnant, he gets a college student, Kaitlyn, pregnant. And to wrap it all up into a big mess, Kaitlyn becomes friends with a crisis pregnancy worker—who happens to be Marissa! Of course, Kaitlyn doesn’t know that. This story contains gripping scenarios, two women who are easy to sympathize with, and a realistic and satisfying end. Georgiana Daniels is a new-to-me author. I love her character development and superb pacing, and will seek out more of her work. 5 Stars Co

An Unbidden Visitor

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Surprisingly, this short story carries a lot of depth. The characters are well developed and the ghost story is full and engaging. The setting is what initially drew me to this audiobook. (I’ve visited Ireland several times and it is one of the most breathtaking countries I’ve been to.) I’m glad the author avoided melodrama, simply allowing the story to tell itself. Even though the story’s premise is unpleasant, the infused Irish culture and the inflection of the narrator, captures a certain taste of charm. An Unbidden Visitor, written by Dianne Ascroft, is a re-telling of a documented poltergeist in Northern Ireland in the early 1900s. The main character, Bridgette Murphy, is a frightened widow, hoping to protect her children from the noisy, unwanted, invisible houseguest. It’s easy to sympathize with Bridgette and I won’t soon forget her family’s plight. Audio Narration: Elizabeth Klett is one of the best audiobook narrators I’ve ever listened to. Ireland