Book Review · Contemporary Romance · FIction · Romance

Crush: The Tail of Two Vineyards

I again had the opportunity of working with Goddess Fish Promotions, for this book tour for Crush: The Tail of Two Vineyards, by Joye Emmens. I have never read anything by Joye Emmens, and when I read the synopsis of this book, it immediately jumped out as one I needed to read! And, boy, I am sure glad that I did!!

Synopsis

Meet Olivia. Each summer, since she was little, she has spent at her grandparents vineyard, Clos de Harmonie in central California. Now college age, Olivia is in school and achieving her masters degree in Viticulture and Enology – more specifically winemaking. In her last year of school, Olivia accepts an internship and a vineyard in France.

Meet Luke. Luke’s family own’s the vineyard in France that Olivia will be interning at. The attraction between Luke and Olivia is strong and instant. After Olivia finishes her internship, she and Luke want to continue their romance, however Olivia must return to California due to a family emergency. Once in California, Olivia is thrust into a role of getting her grandparent’s vineyard certified as biodynamic.

Throughout the time Olivia is focusing on her grandparent’s vineyard, Luke is in France working on his own family’s vineyard. Will Olivia and Luke be able to keep their romance alive, while working so far apart? Will Olivia give up working on her grandparent’s vineyard to seek a long term romantic relationship with Luke in France? Make sure to read Crush: The Tail of Two Vineyards to find out!

Review

I absolutely LOVED this book. This book was so easy to get into and the writing style kept you turning the pages!! I read almost 1/2 of the book the day I started it!!! I loved Joye Emmens’ writing. Her wonderfully descriptive writing allowed you to know and like each of the characters instantly. In addition, her writing allowed you to feel like you were both in Central California as well as in France. I could picture myself walking the vineyards with Olivia and Luke, and see what they saw. It as so, so easy to see exactly what the characters were experiencing and doing in my head. Joye Emmens’ writing allowed a movie of the whole book to play in my head throughout and it was VERY easy to get lost in this book!!!!

The only thing that I did not like about this book was the ending. I felt that the book ended very abruptly and that the story was not finished as the book ended. The book left me wanting to know the rest of the story of Luke and Olivia and each of the vineyards they worked on. I hope that there is a squeal to this story, so I can find out what happens!!!

Overall though, this book was FANTASTIC!!! I can wait to read other books written by Joye Emmens!!!

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Excerpt from the Book…

Professor Clark, my graduate adviser, walked to the podium. The guest speaker followed. With his lean build, he glided across the stage. He stood tall and relaxed in a white linen long-sleeved shirt and blue jeans. While the professor introduced him, he scanned the audience, and his eyes landed on me in the front row. I sat up straight and wished I’d worn something more flattering than jeans and a T-shirt. Mom always told me never leave the house without looking your best. His brown eyes met mine before he took the podium.

So, this was Lucien Laroche. I was to be his ambassador for the weekend. Professor Clark had asked me to take Lucien to consult with two wineries near Santa Barbara. Since I was going to my nana’s vineyard in the valley already, it worked out perfectly.

“Biodynamic agriculture springs from a spiritual worldview called anthroposophy,” Lucien Laroche stated. His French accent had me. “A biodynamic farm is a living system. A self-sustaining ecosystem that is responsible for creating and maintaining its health without any outside or unnatural additions. Each farm has its own unique characteristics.”

I followed his every move. His presence held my attention. My undivided attention.

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Book Review · FIction

The Second Chance Supper Club

This month I was able to be a part of another book tour with Suzy Approved Book Tours. As mentioned before this is something that I had always wanted to be a part of since I started my bookstagram journey in January. I had not read any books my Nicole Meier and the synopsis f the story sounded great, so I quickly jumped on this tour!!!

Synopsis

Meet Julia Frank – a broadcast journalist who is fighting to keep her name and face relevant in the fast moving media world.

Meet Ginny Frank – chef and owner of a clandestine supper club, run out of her home, and hidden in the Arizona desert.

Julia and Ginny have a relationship that every sister dreams of having. Best Friends. A bond that could never be broken. Then tragedy strikes and the sisters are pulled apart by anger and resentment.

For three long years the sisters do not talk to each other. Each goes their own way, until one day Julia shows up on Ginny’s doorstep after she makes a career ending blunder at work. A blunder that destroys Julia’s reputation and puts her job on the line.

When Ginny opens the door, during one of her supper club dinners, and sees Julia on the doorstep, the first thing that runs through her mind is “No More Drama.” She has enough with her only employee, her daughter Olive. While her heart is hard and full of anger, Ginny decides family is family and pulls Julia in to help her make it through the two supper parties she has scheduled that night.

As Julia stays with Ginny and helps her with her supper club, old wounds are opened and the sisters are forced to confront betrayals, pain, anger, and resentment from the past. Will the stress of keeping the underground supper club a secret and providing unique meals to those that visit the supper club be too much? Or will working together allow them to find common ground and clear up the past?

​Review

I absolutely L-O-V-E-D this book!! This was a book that I got lost in every time I picked it up. Nicole Meier’s writing is wonderfully descriptive. Nicole Meier does a fantastic job describing each of the characters and the situations they are in. You feel like to you right there, living life with them. You feel the emotions that each of the characters go through.

The story line in this book was both realistic and cute. This book was light-hearted, but still kept you guessing about the decisions that each character was going to make for their life. I could not wait to turn the page to see what happened next!!!

Unit this book, I had not read any books by Nicole Meier, but now she is a must read author! I can’t wait for future books of hers to come out!!!

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Action/Adventure · Book Review · Fantasy · FIction · Paranormal · Urban Fantasy · Young Adult

Witches Protection Program

I recently reconnected with Goddess Fish Promotions to be a reviewer of up and coming books. When I first read the symopsis of this book, I said to myself, “I just have to read this book.” I was excited to read this this author, Michael Okon, and see what his writing style was like as I have not ready any of this author’s other works.

Synopsis

Meet Wes Rockville – a law enforcement agent that has disgraced his family name. His father, Harris, has fired him from his job in a federal undercover branch that has been created to perform jobs that local law enforcement couldn’t handle. Harris gives his son one more chance to prove himself in a secret government organization that is 232 years old: The Witches Protection Program.

There is just one problem. Wes does not believe in witches. He is skeptical that they are real and living under the noses of him and everyone around him. Wes’ first assignment is to protect Morgan Pendragon. Her aunt, Bernadette, is the head of Pendragon Cosmetics, a billion dollar cosmetics company. Wes’ job is to figure the company’s diabolical plan to take over the world. Will Wes be able to accept that witches are real? Will Wes and long time veteran witch protector and Wes’ new partner, Alastair, be able to stop the company’s plan before it is too late?

Review

When I first read the synopsis of this book, it intrigued me right off the bat. Growing up I loved watching shows like “Charmed.” (And if you must know, I still enjoy watching it, but the original series, not the new one on the CW 🙂 ) You always here about the bad witches or the “Wicked Witch” in movies like “Wizard of Oz.” I was fascinated by the prospect that there could be good witches that protect the world for the greater good.

As I started to read the book I was not sure if it was going to live up to the expectations that I had given the book after reading the synopsis. The book started out a little slow for me and I was not sure where it was going to go, however after reading 30+ pages, the book really picked up and it was full of the action and adventure that I expected. The book was full of great writing and descriptions that made it easy to imagine exactly what was happening. The descriptions Michael Okon provided in this book made the book an excellent and exciting read. Once started, I could not put this book down. I hope that there will be more books written by Michael Okon that will continue to story of Wes, Alastair, and the Witness Protection Program!!!

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Excerpt from Witches Protection Program

The narrator filled in more information. “It wasn’t until this land became my land that the government decided to create an organization to protect women at risk. The Davina Doctrine went against everything that the Willas stood for. Even though they ran the risk of persecution, the Davinas chose to work with law enforcement to expose the evil deeds of the rival sisterhood. President George Washington established secret legislation under Title VI of the Control Act of 1792. The law was enacted to protect the good witches that exposed the evil deeds of their sisterhood.”

The screen went dark. There was only a chair in the center of a dimly lit stage. A single spotlight focused on the top of the blond actress’s head. Wes was right; it was the actress he’d suspected. She had a hit sitcom and two Emmys, and there was some recent Oscar talk about her last movie.

“Yes. There are witches. Living among us. They are women who believe in using their power to protect love and life. And then there are some who use their powers for all the wrong reasons.”

The camera came to rest on her beautiful face. She winked saucily as she placed a triangular witch’s hat on her head. “Welcome to the Witches Protection Program.”

Alastair smiled broadly. “I love that part.”

“That was Jennifer Anis—”

Adult Fiction · Book Review · FIction · Historical Fiction

Summer of ’69

I don’t know about you, but I love a good Elin Hilderbrand book!!! When I hear she had a new book coming out AND it was getting great reviews, I naturally had to have it!!! In addition, I am part of book club, The Bee Hive Book Club, where each member is part of a 12 member team. Each member picks a book for their team and then journals their thoughts in a notebook while reading the book. At the end of the month, the member mails the book and the journal they have to the next member of the group. When 12 months is up, I will get my book back and the journal back with thoughts from 12 different people!!!! Naturally I chose Summer of ’69 for this exchange!!! There is so much packed into this book, and I can wait to see the journal responses from others around the United States! I am so excited!!!

Synopsis

This book, based in 1969, is about the Levin family and what the Summer of 1969 has in store for them. Each summer, the Levin family travels to Nantucket to spend the summer at their grandmother’s, Exalta aka Nonny to the grandchildren, home “All’s Fair.” This summer, however, is nothing like the previous summers that the Levin family has experienced.

Blair, the oldest of the children, is stuck in Boston. Blair is pregnant with twins and her husband, Angus, who is an astrophysicist and is helping NASA with the moon launch, is not home much of the time due to the upcoming mission. Plus, Blair is sure that her husband is having an affair with a woman named Trixie.

Kirby, a student at Simmons College, wants nothing more than her independence. She is all about the civil rights movement and has participated in several protests, some of which have gotten her arrested. This summer however, she wants her freedom and talks her mother and father into letting her take a summer job on Martha’s Vineyard.

Tiger has recently been called up to serve has a soldier had as been deployed to war in Vietnam. Tiger is the light of his mother, Kate’s, eyes and she is devitated when her only son is deployed.

Jessie, the youngest of the family at age 13, is suddenly an “only child” and is forced to go to Nantucket with her mother, Kate, and grandmother, Exalta. She want desperatly to stay home with her father, David, who will come to Nantucket on weekends, but Kate and Nonny will not hear of it.

This story takes a look at each of the siblings lives as well as Kate’s and Nonny’s. Each life is filled with secrets that are spilling over at the brim. Each person wants to keep their secrets to themselves, but at the same time so desperately wants to not be alone in the vast world. Are they willing to spill their secrets to become more cohesive as a family or will they ride out the summer, separate and alone?

This is this first historical novel written by Elin Hilderbrand.

Review

I am generally not one to read historical fiction…it usually is just not my cup of tea. However, as I said I absolutely love Elin Hilderbrand as an author and once again she did not disappoint. This book captivated me from page one. I have to admit that I don’t know a lot about 1969, other than the basics that we are taught in school. However, this book captured me and took me to a place where I could see the events unfolding – it was like I was there, experiencing it with the characters. I felt myself longing with the family that Tiger would come home from the war. I felt myself remembering what is was like to be a 13 year old girl. I reflected on how all we want when we are little is to grow up and be independent in the world. I thought of the secrets that we all have and how we go through an internal struggle as to whether to let those secrets out or to keep them hidden deep down. This book was fantastic in so many ways, from the description of the times and of the characters to the raw emotions that were written about in the book and felt by the reader. I can’t say enough good things about this book. Everyone should have it on their TBR (To Be Read) List!!! I have never been disappointed by an Elin Hilderbrand book, and this one showed me again what an amazing author and storyteller Elin is!!!

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Adult Fiction · Book Review · FIction

The Scent Keeper

Back in March I was invited to be part of a book tour by St. Martin’s Press for the book The Scent Keeper. I have only been on #bookstagram since January and about a month later I started my blog, so I was super excited that St. Martin’s Press reached out to me!!!

Synopsis

Emmeline lives on a remote island with her father. She knows nothing about the outside world except what her father teaches her through the use of scent. On the island, Emmeline lives in a cabin with her father. On one wall of the cabin there are many drawers that line one of the walls with sealed bottles. Her father won’t tell Emmeline about the scents that are held in those bottles in the drawers, nor will he tell her about the machine that creates those scents. As Emmeline grows older, she becomes more and more curious about the bottles and the scents they contain. However, before she can figure out their secret, she is suddenly off the island and in the real world. Thrust in a world she knows nothing about, Emmeline searches for who she really is and what really happened in her past.

Review

I struggled to get into this book. While it was well written, I found it hard to understand the life Emmeline lived on the island with her father. I struggled to make sense of what was going on and the scents that were being talked about. As the book moved forward and Emmeline was thrust into the “real” world and bits and pieces of her past were uncovered, I began to enjoy the story much more and also begin to understand the beginning chapters of the book. Overall, I thought that this was a good book, that for the most part held my attention. I was captured by the story of Emmeline as she struggled to figure out who she is and where she came from. I was also captured by the friends that she met along the way and the impact that each of those friends had on her life. I am glad that I was selected to read this book and look forward to reading other books by Erika Bauermeister.

Book will be Published May 19, 2019

Preorder the book on the following sites: Amazon; Barnes and Nobel; Indiebound

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