Only One Life by Ashley Farley – Review

Only One LifeOnly One Life by Ashley Farley – A reunion between an estranged mother and daughter opens a world of secrets in a poignant novel by the bestselling author of Magnolia Nights.

Julia Martin grew up wealthy, but it wasn’t until she met her husband, Jack, that she knew true happiness. He made her feel worthy and loved. Their marriage was also an escape from her sister’s bullying, her father’s scrutiny, and her chilly and enigmatic mother. But when tragedy strikes on the night she gives birth, Julia’s happiness is shattered. She has no choice but to return home to her family’s South Carolina mansion, where the grief and guilt buried in her mother’s past await her. Continue reading

The Road She Left Behind by Christine Nolfi – Review

The Road She Left BehindThe Road She Left Behind by Christine Nolfi –  Three women. Two families torn apart by secrets.

Crushed by guilt over the car accident that killed her father and sister, and torn apart by her mother’s resentment, Darcy Goodridge fled her family estate eight years ago and hasn’t looked back. Now an unexpected phone call threatens to upend what little serenity she’s found. Her nephew, Emerson, who was just a baby when his mother died, has gone missing. Darcy must return home and face her past in order to save him. Continue reading

The Opposite of Never: A Novel by Mary Kathleen Mehuron – Review

The Opposite of Never by Mary Kathleen Mehubron book review by Lovely Loveday Blog

The Opposite of Never: A Novel by Mary Kathleen Mehuron has an expected publication date of April 24th, 2018 by SparkPress. Synopsis: Devastated when they lose their spouses, both Kenny Simmons and Georgia Best carry on for the sake of their children, although they are certain that the best part of their lives is long over. Then Georgia and her lifelong companions, Linda and Yvonne, meet Kenny while walking down a dusty Vermont country road, and the four of them hit it off. Soon, Kenny becomes a regular part of their hiking group, and he and Georgia grow more than fond of each other. Continue reading

Wish You Were Here: A Novel by Renée Carlino – Book Review

cover112530-mediumWish You Were Here A Novel by Renée Carlino has an expected publication date of August 15th 2017 by Atria Books and is a women’s fiction novel. You know when you’re looking at someone and you can’t help but smile at how oblivious they are to their own charm? That’s what was happening to me, and it was making me feel…happy. Euphoric. Something indescribable. It was like we already knew each other, like we had met in a previous life. Memories that didn’t exist began exploding in my mind like fireworks. Charlotte has spent her twenties adrift, searching for a spark to jump-start her life and give her a sense of purpose. She’s had as many jobs as she’s had bad relationships, and now she’s feeling especially lost in her less-than-glamorous gig at a pie-and-fry joint in Los Angeles, where the uniforms are bad and the tips are even worse. Continue reading

Caught Looking by Jody Holford

cover111876-mediumCaught Looking by Jody Holford will be released on April 25, 2017 by Penner Media Group, LLC.  I really loved reading this book and enjoyed it so much! The first character you meet in this story is Frankie. Her aunt past away and left her house to Frankie who decides to return to the house for a fresh start. Upon returning, she soon discovers that three young boys are living in the house. They were staying with her aunt before she died. This is a shock to Frankie who is not sure how to proceed. Frankie also meets her new neighbor, Ryan. His house is right next door to Frankie’s and it is beautifully redone. While Frankie’s is completely rundown and needs a complete redo. Will this newfound family lead to love and a happy ending or will their pasts destroy them. Holford creates a story that is so heartbreaking at times but uplifting at others. The characters are well thought out and have backstories that help with dynamics of the overall story. I really like Jody Holford’s writing style and look forward to more from this author. I highly recommend this book. ** I received a complimentary Advanced Readers Copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.**

SYNOPSIS:  Major league baseball player, Ryan Walker, takes a mandatory leave of absence to escape the paparazzi and the false drug charges against him. All he wants is a little peace of mind out in the middle of nowhere. Eager to rid herself of the empty socialite life, Frankie Vaughn moves to a rundown home in Minnesota that she inherited from her aunt. But Frankie is shocked at what she discovers inside: three young boys. When Ryan discovers that Frankie, his new neighbor, has taken on the three homeless kids as her own, he has a new hope for humanity. Despite how easily and lovingly Ryan takes to Frankie and the boys, his past just might be the reason Frankie can’t adopt the boys. Now, Ryan must choose between loving them or letting them go. Can he walk away from what he’s been looking for all along?
About the author
614Kt1ZsvAL._SY200_Jody Holford lives in British Columbia with her family. She’s a huge fan of Rainbow Rowell, Nora Roberts, Carly Phillips, Rachel Gibson, Sophia Kinsella, and Emily Giffen. She’s unintentionally funny and rarely on time for anything. She writes multiple genres but her favourite is romance.

The Arrangement: A Novel by Sarah Dunn

cover98254-mediumThe Arrangement: A Novel by Sarah Dunn was released in March 2017, by Little, Brown and Company. This book as an intriguing premise about a married couple’s agreement to have an open marriage for six months. The couple who have dinner with their friends who tell them that they are experimenting with having an open marriage is where they get the idea. Dunn creates a unique story line with an outstanding list of characters that have very intriguing backstories. I think that the plot line benefits more from the backstories. However, just because a couple can create a list of rules it does not mean they can stick to them and this is where the story gets interesting. I found that the grass is not always greener for some but others may disagree. This book was a fun read! **I received this book for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.**

SYNOPSIS: Lucy and Owen, ambitious, thoroughly-therapized New Yorkers, have taken the plunge, trading in their crazy life in a cramped apartment for Beekman, a bucolic Hudson Valley exurb. They’ve got a two hundred year-old house, an autistic son obsessed with the Titanic, and 17 chickens, at last count. It’s the kind of paradise where stay-at-home moms team up to cook the school’s “hot lunch,” dads grill grass-fed burgers, and, as Lucy observes, “chopping kale has become a certain kind of American housewife’s version of chopping wood.” When friends at a wine-soaked dinner party reveal they’ve made their marriage open, sensible Lucy balks. There’s a part of her, though-the part that worries she’s become too comfortable being invisible-that’s intrigued. Why not try a short marital experiment? Six months, clear ground rules, zero questions asked. When an affair with a man in the city begins to seem more enticing than the happily-ever-after she’s known for the past nine years, Lucy must decide what truly makes her happy-“real life,” or the “experiment?”