Book On Tour….Lost and Found Life of Rosy Bennett

Today we are part of the blog tour for a great book!  The Lost and Found Life of Rosy Bennett by Jan Birley.  I’m very excited to help promote this book and Jan because I really enjoyed this book so much.


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ThJan Birley Author Photoe Lost and Found Life of Rosy Bennet is Jan’s debut novel and it’s so polished and well written that I expect great things from her in the future.  It’s hard to believe this is her first published work.

You can find out more about Jan on her author website or find her on  Face Book




I admit I’m jaded and this kind of book isn’t normally what I pick up to read.  But when I was asked if I was interested in reviewing it, I sort of had a Shonda Rimes moment and said Yes!  I’m glad I did.  Jan proves that women’s fiction can be well written with good characters that have depth.  It’s not all hunky dudes and women that need saving.

Rosy certainly has her dilemmas and yes, she does have a romantic interest, but what’s great about Rosy is that she’s got it all covered.  She’s picking herself up and dusting herself off and getting on with life after tragedy hits home.   She’s real.

I hope each of my readers will grab this book – even if it’s not something you would normally read.  It’s worth it.

Pick up your copy on Amazon or enter to WIN  a Rafflecopter giveaway.



A Reviewer’s Dilemma

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Being a book reviewer and blogger is no doubt a fun hobby for anyone who loves to read and share opinions.  I’m lucky enough that some of my reviews even appear in a newspaper.  But sharing your opinions about a book does come with a down side – or at least a lingering question…

When faced with writing a review about a book you just didn’t like – what do you do?  Write an unfavorable opinion or just let that book fall off the map and pretend it never happened?

For any responsible reader/reviewer this is a dilemma.  Sometimes it’s easy to forget that, no matter how much you disliked a book, that it was someones hard work that you are challenged with giving an opinion of.  Someone agonized over each page.  To summarily dismiss it is  harsh – especially when, at heart, it’s merely YOUR opinion.


That book you hated?  The one you trashed completely? Well, someone else loved it. That’s also hard to swallow as a reviewer.  Hating something that others found a lot to love about or vice versa.  We just can’t fathom everyone won’t feel the some way we do about a book.

Regardless of your love or hate for a book, I think it’s most responsible to share your opinion. You can’t love everything you read.  I try to give the benefit of the doubt and hope others will like what I just could not.

Be charitable and give that extra half star in your rating.  Don’t lose sight that someone worked very hard on that novel you may wish never landed in your pile.

May you find some love for all the books you read!




Let’s Talk Clubs….


Being the huge reader that I am, I have a few fellow close book nerd buddies.  Several of my bookish friends are online friends some are “real”people friends. Some of us share in what we enjoy reading, some of us read from totally different ends of the library spectrum.

None of my friends are in any “book clubs”, though I  know some people who do enjoy participating in these.

To Club or not to Club???  This is my question.

How many of you are in a book club?  Have you participated in one before and opted out? Are you dying to be a part of a book club and just haven’t found one yet?

Do you (or would you) prefer a physical club that meets up at a local place or an online club?  These online groups of book lovers are growing quickly. Good Reads offers several.

For me, I could never get my mind around reading a book that someone assigned me.  Too reminiscent of school homework maybe.  Though I’m less picky now than I used to be, I still like to select for myself.  I can’t imagine slogging through a book that I just couldn’t get into.

In Book News:

Lots of requests are rolling in for me to review books from authors or agents.  This is so great and thanks to all of you who would like me to read and review your book!

I finished Lilac Girls last night.  It comes out in April so expect a pub day reminder on that one, but honestly, just pre-order it now.  It was truly, truly amazing.  I have so much love for this one!  Martha Hall Kelly did a super fantastic job in this piece of historical fiction.  Love Love Love!!


Enjoy any warm weather you are lucky enough to have!  Get outside and prop up your feet and open up something amazing to read!


Blog Tour Post -The Widow



Happy Pub Day to Fiona Barton!!  Today, The Widow hits shelves and it is a novel you should not pass up.

You can check out all of my other reviews by hitting the Good Reads link on the side bar or of course, on Amazon!

My full review:


The Widow is one of those great novels that truly keeps you reading as fast as you can to find out what’s going on.  With little twists and turns tucked away in every corner, Fiona Barton truly holds on to her reader with every page turn.

Our main character is, of course, a widow, but she’s not just any widow.  Jean Taylor has the unfortunate notoriety of being married to a man suspected of abducting and killing a local missing girl. Jean and her husband Glen find themselves hounded by the media and outcast by the community.

Jean is a simple sort of girl and her world is shaken by the shame and shock that surrounds her husband being suspected of such a terrible act. Jeans world is torn apart when Glen meets his untimely demise.  Everyone wants to know exactly what Jean knows about her husband.  Does she give into the pressures of the media desperate for her story..or does she keep what she knows a secret?

It turns out Jean may not be the simple gal that everyone believes. Glens death isn’t such a tragedy after all., and just maybe…Jean wasn’t as clueless about her husband as everyone thinks.


A book that everyone will be buzzing about!  Grab your copy today!!