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LITTLE PIECES of ME by Alison Hammer - Review & Giveaway

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  When forty-three year old Paige Meyers receives a message from the ancestry site, FamilyTree.com she believes it's definitely a mistake. But in Alison Hammer's new novel, LITTLE PIECES OF ME (WilliamMorrow/HarperCollins) Paige is wrong and life as she's known it is about to change. Results of a DNA case digs up secrets of her mother's past which affects her current life. Elizabeth and Paige have always had a strained mother-daughter relationship. She was "Daddy's Little Girl," until he passed away two years ago, really highlighting the problems between Paige and her mother. Deep, hidden secrets are revealed and Hammer delves into how far family members will go to get to the truth. LITTLE PIECES OF ME is told in dual timelines between Elizabeth's time in college and both of them currently. LITTLE PIECES OF ME is an emotional journey about family, love and connection. I appreciate Hammer's talent to write authentic dialogue. Her characters are comp

THE SOUNDS BETWEEN THE NOTES by Barbara Linn Probst - Review & Giveaway

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  "Who am I? Where do I belong?" Susannah Lewis put her career as a classical pianist aside fifteen years ago, when she had a son, James. In THE SOUND BETWEEN THE NOTES (SheWritesPress) by Barbara Linn Probst, Susannah is about to audition for a gala concert which could possibly put her back on track to be the pianist she trained for and always dreamed she would be. Susannah's audition is nearly flawless, but she has a stiffness in one finger and a bump growing on her hand. She is a diagnosed with the very early, not even stage one symptoms of the hereditary condition, Dupuytren's coutracture. The doctors, including her husband who is a scientist, tell her there's no set treatment, but Susannah refuses to wait and see. Playing the piano is who she is and she can't take no action.  Susannah was adopted and now finds it imperative to locate her biological family, to determine the condition's origin. While on this journey, Susannah also discovers she has a si

THE VENICE SKETCHBOOK by Rhys Bowen - Review & Giveaway

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  THE VENICE SKETCHBOOK (LakeUnionPublishing) by Rhys Bowen tells the duel-timeline narratives of Juliet "Lettie" Browning from 1928, WWII - the present and her great-niece Caroline Grant currently. Aunt Lettie dies in 2001, while Caroline is in the middle of divorcing her husband, and missing her young son, Teddy who is in New York visiting his father. When Aunt Lettie dies, Caroline is gifted a sketchbook, three keys and a message to go to her Aunt's beloved, Venice. I've been to cities around the world, but have yet to visit, Venice. When I picture the "Floating City," I think of the Grand Canal, breathtaking art in museums, spectacular architecture, delicious food, music, religion and of course, beautiful Italian men. Bowens beautiful prose captures all the picture postcard beauty of Venice. Aunt Lettie and Caroline both experience the magic of romance, but I'm not going to tell you anymore than that. The novel is cinematic and will definitely be one

MUSICAL CHAIRS by Amy Poeppel is out in paperback! We have TWO to giveaway!

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  I fell in love with Amy Poeppel's off-beat humor in her first novel, SMALL  ADMISSIONS(Atria/EmilyBestlerBooks) and then, for her follow up, she wrote MUSICAL CHAIRS(Atria/EmilyBestlerbooks). With her signature wit, it's a story about love, secrets and second chances. Now MUSICAL CHAIRS is out in paperback April 13th and we have TWO copies to giveaway. Bridget and Will have the kind of relationship that people envy: they’re loving, compatible, and completely devoted to each other. The fact that they’re strictly friends seems to get lost on nearly everyone; after all, they’re as good as married in (almost) every way. For three decades, they’ve nurtured their baby, the Forsyth Trio—a chamber group they created as students with their Juilliard classmate Gavin Glantz. In the intervening years, Gavin has gone on to become one of the classical music world’s reigning stars, while Bridget and Will have learned to embrace the warm reviews and smaller venues that accompany modest succe

STALLING FOR TIME by Christy Hayes - Review & Giveaway

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  STALLING FOR TIME is the first book in Christy Hayes' "Kiss & Tell" series. College sophomore, Emily Dilbert has been best friends with Dylan Chamberlain since they were in the second grade. They know the other so well they finish each other's sentences. The thing is she's been dating Dylan's brother, college football star, Zach Chamberlain for the last five years. Yes, Dylan's brother. Emily's kind of sick of Zach's self-centered attitude and is trying to find the best time to break up with him. Emily and Dylan both know in their own ways, that they care more than a little bit about the other, but they've never discussed or acted upon it. But when Zach gives Dylan a ring to hold that he plans to give to Emily, everything goes to hell. Emily accidentally finds the engagement ring in Dylan's backpack. Thinking he's going to propose to his sort-of girlfriend, Denise and feels she has to stop that. Emily proceeds to turn her life and

THE TRUTH and OTHER HIDDEN THINGS by Lea Geller - Review & Giveaway

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  Forty-something year old Belle (Elsbeth) Walker's life is about to blow-up. She finds out she's preggers because her IUD failed and her husband, Harry hasn't gotten tenure, so they're going to have to leave the Manhattan with their two children. In Lea Geller's new novel, THE TRUTH AND OTHER HIDDEN THINGS (LakeUnionPublishing) change can be complicated and scary. Bells, Harry, Alice and Sam make a move that was never in their plans. They have to leave the Upper West side, so Harry can take a much needed job in Dutchess County, New York. It's only an hour from the city, but it feels like a different planet. Harry jumps into his new job as part of the literature faculty, Alice lands the lead role in her middle school play and Sam navigates junior year in a new high school. Bells has lost her job writing for a city neighborhood paper and finds herself without a purpose, lonely and surrounded by a group of local women she doesn't feel like she has anything in

LOST, FOUND and FOREVER by Victoria Schade - Review

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  "Don't waste time when it comes to your heart." I was thrilled to learn Victoria Schade had a new novel coming out. I enjoyed her last book, "Who Rescued Who," and knew this would be another warm fluffy story about how much we love our four-legged family members. In LOST, FOUND and FOREVER (Berkley) life for Justine hasn't been the same since she rescued her mixed breed with soulful eyes, Spencer. He's with her 24/7 and loves spending days lounging around in her store, Tricks and Biscuits, a dog-friendly happy place for pets and their owners. He's also amazing at doing tricks. Her shop is in the tiny town of Rexford, located about 2 hours from New York City. One day she returns to the shop and her assistant shows her an on-line ad looking for a dog named Leo, who is without a doubt Spencer. His owner claims he's desperate to find Leo who ran away about a year ago. She fears whoever this person is, will want to take her Spencer back and she can