Archives for January 2016

Chrissy’s Review: Right Under Your Nose by Holly Tierney-Bedord

Right Under Your NoseRight Under Your Nose
written by Holly Tierney-Bedord
published by 2015

find it here: (affiliate links) Amazon, Goodreads

Did I enjoy this book: 
I did enjoy this Christmas novella. It was a sweet story.

Ariadne is a bit down because she just found out her boyfriend was cheating on her, and she seeks comfort from her old friend. A friend who has been a part of her life since the very beginning. They have an easy way about them. Their chemistry is undeniable.

This story is sweet, but it is one that I would rather read as a full-length novel. There is so much that could be a part of this story that I missed the details and in-between events. The bookstore, Right Under Your Nose, was a fantastic piece of the story. I would have loved more interaction with the shop owner. I would have liked more build up at the end, more detail, more story. There is just more to this story that I want to know.

With that said, I did enjoy the story. It was a fun Christmas read that left me with a smile and a happy sigh. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it!



Would I recommend it: Sure! It was a quick read.


About the book – from Goodreads: 
Ariadne Daniels seems to have it all: A successful career as a pastry chef, a Victorian home in a trendy neighborhood, and her dedicated boyfriend Scott who she’s been with for years.

Her life is great until the day she stops by Scott’s apartment to surprise him and finds out that he’s not so dedicated to her after all. Shocked and too depressed to celebrate, she decides to skip Christmas. Her best friend Jess does his part to convince her otherwise, but Ariadne’s determined to wallow in her misery, at least until spring.

Life has other plans for her, however. Some helpful meddling from a new friend at a local bookstore, along with some questionable behavior on the part of Jess’s girlfriend, turn Ariadne’s ho-hum holiday plans on their head.




DNF: Deceit and Other Conveniences by Alex Adelson

Deceit and Other Conveniences: Love and War on Wall Street

Deceit and Other Conveniences
written by Alex Adelson
published by Windessa Press, 2014

find it here: (affiliate links) Barnes & Noble, AmazonBook Depository, Goodreads

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.

Where I stopped reading: 1.9% of the way through the book on my Moon+ Reader app

Why I stopped reading: You know the old adage, “Show me the story, don’t just tell me?” I feel like Adelson missed that memo . . . the story might be interesting, but the writing was just, well, boring.

What others have rated this book: There are no reviews for this book on Goodreads. 58% of the reviews on Amazon were 5 stars. At Barnes & Noble, there is one two-star review. Just because I didn’t finish this book doesn’t mean you won’t. 

About the book – from Goodreads: A mystery surrounding a Wall Street deal and an unexpected attraction between two unlikely protagonists is the basis for this contemporary American drama. Garrett Carlssen is an entrepreneur from a small town in Pennsylvania, who with his difficult and brilliant partner, Jersey Smart, has built a growing technology business. They need big money to continue growing the company. Enter, a Wall Street Banker, Anne Mills, who grew up in the same town as Garrett Carlssen, but in a different social stratum. She, and her Company, can supply the funds the company requires. The goals of each of these three people are very different and therein lay the seeds of conflict. Wall Street culture, ethics, and methods, along with the psychology of human behavior are the fabric of “Deceit and other Conveniences.”




Julie’s Review: The Resurrection of Tess Blessing by Lesley Kagen

The Resurrection of Tess BlessingThe Resurrection of Tess Blessing
written by Lesley Kagen
published by SparkPress, 2014

find it here: (affiliate links) Barnes & Noble (paperback), Barnes & Noble (Nook), Amazon, iBooks, Book Depository, Goodreads

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book:
Yes. I found myself rooting for Tess as she faced breast cancer and sought to put her life in order. The novel presented the possibility of guardian angels/invisible friends in a way that made you think. It was an easy read with a heartwarming ending.


Would I recommend it: Yes.



About the book – from Goodreads: After she’s diagnosed with breast cancer, forty-nine-year old Tess Blessing sets forth on a mission to complete her To-Do List before, what she’s sure is, her impending death. She needs to make peace with her estranged sister, Birdie, scatter her mother’s long-kept ashes, rescue her daughter, Haddie, from the grip of an eating disorder, guide her teenage son, Henry, through a bumpy adolescence, and reignite the spark in her almost thirty-year marriage to her husband, Will.

Tess is aided on her quest by narrator, Grace, who lends the story its most brilliant elements: subtle magical realism and deep psychological complexity. Is Grace an imaginary friend, guardian angel, or a part of Tess that knows better than she?

Award-winning, New York Times bestselling author, Lesley Kagen, has created an unforgettable, redemptive story that is by turns poignant, gritty, spiritually uplifting, and funny as hell.



Boost It Tuesday! – January 5, 2016

We’re back to Boostin’!!! We hope you had a wonderful New Years!



Have you noticed that despite ALL of your Facebook “Likes” you are only “reaching” a very small portion of those followers? Does that bother you? It bothers us, and we want to boost each other up. Link up with Every Free ChanceCandace’s Book Blog, & If These Books Could Talk for  Boost It Tuesday!


What is Boost It Tuesday, you ask? Well, we want to help each other out. We are a great community of bloggers and authors, and we should be supporting each other. Share your Facebook address below, then visit the Facebook pages, like 3-5 posts, share or comment on 1 or 2 posts. That’s it. You don’t have to “like” the page if you don’t want to, just “like” some posts. Let’s help expand each other’s page reach. Who knows! You may find a new blog or author to follow along the away. Please be aware that any non-Facebook links will be deleted.


Here are some tips for Boosting. A big thanks to Kate at If These Books Could Talk for the image!

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As an added bonus, Candace, Kate, and I will be hosting a giveaway each week just to say thanks for the boost!


For this week’s giveaway, head over to the Candace’s Book Blog Facebook page and answer the question in the Boost It post!


If you would like to host the giveaway on your Facebook page one week, please fill out the form below. Be sure to notice the rules.

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Remember: Like, comment, and share!  Let’s all give each other a boost!

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Chrissy’s Review: The Snowflake Valley Advice Fairy by Holly Tierney-Bedord

The Snowflake Valley Advice FairyThe Snowflake Valley Advice  Fairy
written by Holly Tierney-Bedord
published by 2015

find it here: (affiliate links) Amazon, Goodreads

Did I enjoy this book: 
I really did enjoy this book. It was quick, light, and sweet. I loved Elinor’s optimism and her approach to her new position, taking over for the beloved Dear Trudy. Niles was a sweetheart. I’d love to know what happens after this story ends.


Would I recommend it: Yes,  it was a sweet read, perfect for a winter’s night.


About the book – from Goodreads: 
At just twenty-five years old, Elinor has landed the job of her dreams: She’s going to be Merry the Advice Fairy for the Snowflake Valley Gazette. She’s ecstatic that she’s about to embark on a fun, cushy career while living in the cutest, quaintest town she’s ever known.

She’s barely settled into her desk at work when that famous Snowflake Valley shimmer starts to fizzle. The real Snowflake Valley bears little resemblance to the picture postcard tourist destination she and her family loved when she was a child. Her new co-workers are uninspiring, to say the least, and the problems that people are submitting to the Gazette are much weightier than what she was expecting.

Losing faith in herself, Elinor considers cutting her losses and moving on. However, the attention of hot young reporter Nile might be enough to get her past her chilly start in Snowflake Valley, and back to seeing its charm once again.




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