☕ Book Break ☕ | Open Circle by Stacy Monson

~Open Circle by Stacy Monson~
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I have an ecopy of this book to give away, and Stacy is giving away a signed copy. Link to giveaway details in bio.
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I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. .
Open Circle is an adult daycare center where Minnie Carlson works, and she is tasked with the job of revitalizing it or it will shut down. Jackson Young is a famous photographer who has just learned his Granda Em, who he thought was dead, is alive. He has fond memories of his Grandma Em, but he hasn’t seen since her since was child. Now she is ill, and he drops everything to comes to town. Minnie, not only the director of Open Circle, is an adopted granddaughter of sorts to Em and ha been so for the last twenty years. She is suspicious of Jackson’s sudden appearance into Em’s life.
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This book came at the perfect time. I needed to take a break and this inspirational contemporary was just the thing. I liked it well enough to ask Stacy Monson for an interview! You can read about it on my blog.
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It took me until chapter three to really get into the book, but once I got that far I became involved with the characters. I thoroughly enjoyed the descriptions and the interplay between the different characters in the novel. I was intrigued by the setting.
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If you enjoy Contemporary Christian Romance, you will probably like this book. It is exactly what you would expect for inspirational Christian fiction, hitting all the right notes with no surprises. .
I am glad this novel found its way to me. A good weekend read.
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Giveaway!! I have an ecopy to give away, and Stacy is giving away a signed paper copy. Click —–>>> here for details. Giveaway ends May 31, 2018.

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Giveaway | ☕ Book Break ☕ | ~Open Circle by Stacy Monson~

~Open Circle by Stacy Monson~
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I have an ecopy of this book to give away, and Stacy is giving away a signed copy. A link to giveaway details is at the end of this post.
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I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. .
Open Circle is an adult daycare center where Minnie Carlson works, and she is tasked with the job of revitalizing it or it will shut down. Jackson Young is a famous photographer who has just learned his Granda Em, who he thought was dead, is alive. He has fond memories of his Grandma Em, but he hasn’t seen since her since was child. Now she is ill, and he drops everything to comes to town. Minnie, not only the director of Open Circle, is an adopted granddaughter of sorts to Em and ha been so for the last twenty years. She is suspicious of Jackson’s sudden appearance into Em’s life.
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This book came at the perfect time. I needed to take a break and this inspirational contemporary was just the thing. I liked it well enough to ask Stacy Monson for an interview! You can read about it on my blog.
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It took me until chapter three to really get into the book, but once I got that far I became involved with the characters. I thoroughly enjoyed the descriptions and the interplay between the different characters in the novel. I was intrigued by the setting.
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If you enjoy Contemporary Christian Romance, you will probably like this book. It is exactly what you would expect for inspirational Christian fiction, hitting all the right notes with no surprises. .
I am glad this novel found its way to me. A good weekend read.
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Giveaway!! I have an ecopy to give away, and Stacy is giving away a signed paper copy. For a link to details click —->>here. Giveaway ends May 31, 2018.

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☕ Book Break ☕ | How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

~How to Stop Time by Matt Haig~
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“A wave can kill you. Or you can ride it. It’s sometimes more dangerous to shy away. You can’t live your life in fear…”
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Tom Hazard has just taken a job as a history teacher, moving back to London. By all appearances he is a mild mannered 41 year old bachelor. He’s actually much older. Much older. How To Stop Time is a science fiction book about…people who age slower than the typical. They live for hundreds of years. Tom has become aware that there are people who wish to harm those like him, and as protection, he has joined a secret society that keeps them safe. But to belong he has to do his part. He gets occasional assignments, and he must never fall in love.

Intriguing beginning. The story switches back and forth in time but I never found it confusing.
It hit just the right balance of mystery, suspense, and action for this reader. I was completely hooked and read it straight through. .
In this book, the characters travel on a personal journey of introspection and enlightenment. Like all good scifi, the novel gets a bit philosophical. Ends on a note of lessons learned and hope for happy possibilities. Well done. Satisfying ending after I had almost given up hope of Tom having one. Scifi is not my usual genre, but this one had me from page one. Excellent storytelling. Some language.
. “In those moments of that burst alive the present lasts forever.”
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“The way you stop time is by stopping being ruled by it. I am no longer drowning in my past, or fearful of my future.”

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☕ Book Break ☕ | The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers

~The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers~
Artist Roma Velasco is rich, hunky, and famous. Single mom Grace Moore is his new personal assistant, sent by the temp agency. Both of them have a past. This is a Christian romance about two flawed people with plenty of baggage. They meet and a mutual attraction develops.
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I listened to this on my kindle, so I didn’t notice what a long book it was! It didn’t feel like it. At the very end, it did seem a tiny bit drawn out, but I was surprised to learn how many pages it actually was.
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I keep wanting to compare this romance to Francine River’s historicals, which isn’t really fair since I prefer her historicals. Romance doesn’t always grab me.
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This novel follows the expected trajectory of a romance in this genre and delivers on every promise. The writing is superb. Wonderful plot expertly interwoven. It is a notch above many in this genre, I think, with the complexity of the story line. The story doesn’t shy away from tough issues, and the characters have issues that real people would. Strong faith message.
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If you like inspirational romance with characters who are flawed yet find grace, you will probably enjoy this book.

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☕ Book Break ☕ | The Broken Road by Richard Paul Evans

~The Broken Road by Richard Paul Evans~
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Charles James is a well known celebrity, widely recognized and wildly successful. Successful in his business, that is. In every other aspect of his life he is a failure. Additionally, he is plagued by a recurring nightmare that he is traveling down a broken road. One fateful day he has the chance to disappear, remake his life.
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This story starts with Charles James on a journey, and he is telling the story of his past. We kind of see where he ends up, at least in this first part of his story. . This novel is the first in a series of three. It did seem a little slow in parts, but overall an engaging tale with a moral.
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I enjoyed the book. A well written cautionary tale. If I had realized it was only one of three I might have waited, but then I am the sort who likes to wait until an entire series is done and binge. .
I think it was memorable enough that I will not need to reread when the next book comes out.
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Good, solid Richard Paul Evans. If you are a fan, you will like this book. Recommended.
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☕ Book Break ☕ | I’ll Be Your Blue Sky by Marisa de los Santos

~I’ll Be Your Blue Sky by Marisa de los Santos~

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Wow. This is my first book by Marisa de los Santos and I loved it.

Characters⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Dialogue ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Storyline⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The writing, oh my gosh, the writing⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Ok, so there were a few little things here and there but who cares? Her writing was so magnificent. I can’t say when I have enjoyed a book so much since Peace Like A River, which is my all time fav. What a wonderful ride!

The story shifts between two timelines, present day and 1950’s. On the day of her wedding, Clare meets Edith. After talking with Edith, she decides to call off the wedding. Then Edith dies leaving Clare, a virtual stranger, a house in Delaware. Situated on the coast Blue Sky House is chock full of mysteries. Clare untangles the past, finding connections along the way.

I love the balance between humor and seriousness.

This book ended exactly as a good book should! It left me with a feeling of hope. I ADORED the Dev character. I think I fell a little in love with him.

Did I say I love this novel? Not only is it on my to be reread pile, I did reread part of it immediately, which I have only ever done once before. Beautifully done.

I listened to the audio book with narration by Angela Dawe and‎ Erin Bennett. Fabulous job.

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☕ Book Break ☕ | The Family Next Door by Sally Hepworth

~The Family Next Door by Sally Hepworth~
I could not tear myself away from this novel. .
Everyone in the friendly community of Pleasant Court knows their neighbors, or do they? One day, someone new, Isabelle, moves into the close knit neighborhood, but she isn’t like everyone else here. She is a single woman in a neighborhood primarily of young families.
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Isabelle is tracking down someone’s secret. Under scrutiny, things that once were hidden come to light and lives unravel. Secrets abound in this novel. Ange, Fran and Essie all have things they would rather not share and things in their lives they prefer not to examine to closely. .
This story makes one wonder what kinds of lies we tell ourselves and each other. .
Highly entertaining. Great women’s fiction. Fast moving and an easy read.
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☕ Book Break ☕ | In A Different Key The Story of Autism by John Donvan and Caren Zucker

~In A Different Key The Story of Autism by John Donvan and Caren Zucker~
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I have read a ton of books on autism and I learned things I didn’t know reading this book. The format is an easy to follow timeline. Far from being a dry history, I found it easy to read. This is a great nonfiction book for anyone interested in learning about autism or the history of autism. The book starts with case one, Donald Triplett, and ends telling us where he is today.

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This book dispels some of the myths surrounding autism, from the “refrigerator mother” to the vaccine controversy and the false idea of a sudden explosion in autism.
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I was fascinated by the unfolding of the history. After reading, I understood more about why it has been so difficult for our society to understand autism, and the obstacles in getting a diagnosis and assistance for this condition.
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A must read for anyone working with people on the spectrum.
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This book is well researched and written in an easy to understand and engaging style. An excellent addition to your bookshelf.
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I recommend this for anyone who works with people on the spectrum and for the curiously minded. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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☕ Book Break ☕ | Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

~Turtles All The Way Down by John Green~

Fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett is nowhere to be found. Sixteen year old Aza and her best friend Daisy  would not pursue the mystery but for the hundred-thousand-dollar reward.

Beautiful and authentic. It’s all there, the teen struggles, the deep thinking, and the authenticity. John Green knows how to write YA.

I liked the mystery of a missing billionaire and the reward for anyone who found him. A slow romance unfolds between Aza and Davis, the missing billionaire’s son. The friendship between Daisy and Aza show what it’s like to be friends with a girl like Aza, who suffers from sometimes crippling anxiety.

The mental health aspect of the character is treated with understanding. The portrayal felt real to me, to the point I would caution those with anxiety or OCD. The descriptions could be triggering.

It felt like a quick read. In comparing it to TFIOS, they are different books so I can’t say I like one better than the other.

I put this one in the worth rereading pile.

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☕ Book Break ☕ | As Bright As Heaven by Susan Meissner

 

~As Bright As Heaven by Susan Meissner~

“You think you have a view of what’s waiting for you just up the road, but then something happens, and you find out pretty quick you were looking at the wrong road.”

“Life is wonderful and beautiful but oh, how hard it can be.”

The Brights live in a small town, but after a tragedy, decide to move to the city for a fresh start and to take over an uncle’s funeral parlor business in hopes of a better life.

The Brights’ story begins in 1918 Pittsburgh during the pandemic of the Spanish Influenza. During this time of upheaval due to the spread of the disease and war, Maggie, then a young girl of thirteen, comes across a baby and takes him home.

This novel is told from the multiple viewpoints of the women in the Bright family, Pauline Bright, the mother, and the three daughters, Evelyn, Maggie, and Willa.

A wonderfully told tale of loss, love, and learning to do the best you can with what you are given.

I have always been fascinated by the stories that come out of historical events. The great flu pandemic changed the face of the world, and I am surprised to learn so many are not aware of the impact the Spanish Flu had.Susan Meissner takes the facts and weaves a spell binding novel of family drama with touches of romance and mystery. I finished this book in two days.

I especially enjoyed the splash of rebellion against conformity that the youngest sister adds!

The novel has a satisfying ending, even though not everything issunshine and roses. If you liked Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate, you may enjoy As Bright As Heaven. All in all, a very good read and recommended for book clubs.

As a side note, with the audio version it was difficult at times to tell the characters apart due to the similarities in the readers’ voices. This was not the fault of the narrators. The performance was fine, but they simply sounded too much alike at times. I noticed a sudden shifting in volume as well but it wasn’t enough to stop me from listening.

 

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