Review: Wait for the Rain by Maria Murnane @mariamurnane


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Release date: February 24, 2015

Publisher: Lake Union

Genre: Women’s Fiction 

Blurb: 

Daphne White is staring down the barrel of forty—and is distraught at what she sees. Her ex-husband is getting remarried, her teenage daughter hardly needs her anymore, and the career she once dreamed about has somehow slipped from her grasp. She’s almost lost sight of the spirited and optimistic young woman she used to be.


As she heads off to a Caribbean island to mark the new decade with her best friends from college, Daphne’s in anything but the mood to celebrate. But when she meets Clay Hanson, a much younger man, she ignores her inner voice warning her that she’s too old for a fling. In fact, this tropical getaway might be the perfect opportunity to picture her future in a new sun-drenched light.


With the help of her friends, Daphne rediscovers her enthusiasm for life, as well as her love for herself—and realizes that her best years are still ahead. 

Review: 

What a fun, feel good read this one was! It was light and easy, ideal for a summer read. I flew through this in a few hours and loved the escape it provided as I followed three woman on an exotic vacation. 

What I loved most about this book was how realistic is was. From the conversations between Daphne, KC and Skylar to the situations they found themselves in, everything was so relatable and authentic. The book focuses on their trip as they reunite after not seeing each other for ten years and it was really fun to be a fly on the wall throughout their adventures. Daphne had so many of the same fears that I think many women have, from being scared about getting older to nervousness about dating again after being off the market for years. The dialogue really rang true and I felt like I was eavesdropping on conversations between a tight knit group of friends. 

Murnane’s writing style was easy and effortless, but also really funny. As much as I had assumed that the main plot line would focus on Daphne and Clay’s romance, it was really about her finding herself again and embracing who she is with confidence, I love that! I’m excited to read the second book in this series and can totally recommend this one as a perfect beach read. 

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to the author for my review copy. 

Blog Tour/Spotlight: A Thousand Tiny Miracles by Katarina West @WestKatarina


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Release date: June 15, 2017

Blurb: 

A middle-aged saleswoman becomes a Hollywood star.

A spoilt celebrity becomes a suburban housewife.

An angel becomes a human being.



Meet Irene Nylander, a frumpy housewife from Finland … and a yo-yo dieter. She feels trapped in an unhappy marriage, looking after her domineering mother-in-law and living vicariously through romantic movies.


Meanwhile, in Florence, Mimi Kavanough’s star is rising. She has the body of a Barbie princess, the iron will of an army sergeant – and Hollywood in her sights. 


On her fiftieth birthday, Irene discovers her husband is having an affair. Devastated, she prays for a way out: she wants to die.


In heaven, a mischievous angel called Aaron hears her prayers. He decides to make Irene and Mimi swap bodies.
How will the two women cope with their unexpected, and very different, second lives? And will Aaron’s meddling get him evicted from heaven? What will happen if he has to transform into a human being and live on Earth?

About the Author: 


Katarina West is the author of Witchcraft Couture and Absolute Truth, For Beginners. She was born in Helsinki, Finland, into a bilingual family that in addition to humans consisted of dogs, cats, horses, guinea pigs, canaries, rabbits and – thanks to her biology teacher mother – stuffed owls and squirrels.

She spent time travelling in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and went on to study at Queen Mary and West eld College in Lon- don and the European University Institute in Florence, where she completed a PhD in political science and published a book based on it, Agents of Altruism. During those student years she started work as a journalist, and continued writing for various Finnish magazines and newspapers for over ten years, writing on various topics from current events and humanitarian issues to celebrity interviews and short stories. She also brie y worked as a university lecturer on hu- manitarian issues in Northern Italy. 

Katarina lives in an old farmhouse in Chianti with her husband and son and when not writing, she is fully immersed in Tuscan country life, from jam-making and olive-picking to tractor maintenance.


Saturday Shoutout: Q & A with author Marie Jones @MarieJones14057

Happy Saturday friends! I have a Q & A with author Marie Jones, but first let me share a little information about her book, Into the Shadows. 


Blurb: 

Arriving home from a short holiday in Dingle, Lily Crossways makes a staggering discovery – on one of her photos taken on ‘Inch Beach’, a woman’s desperate face is staring directly at her. Yet Lily knows she was alone that day on the beach. Who is she, is she even real, and why has she appeared to Lily? Unable to let the woman go, Lily makes the uncharacteristic decision to leave behind her safe world in England and return to Dingle to try and find her. Her search eventually leads her to cafe owner David Carson, this woman’s brother, who hasn’t seen his ‘missing’ sister in five years. Lily must now convince him to trust in her, taking bold steps to prove herself to him, and together track down his sister before it’s too late. Yet are either prepared for the hidden secrets they are about to uncover in their earnest desire to find her, and the impact it will have on those they love? 

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Q & A

1. What’s a typical writing day for you look like? Describe your perfect writing environment.

My typical writing day is trying to squeeze in an hour or two between finishing working around lunchtime at a local primary school (as a teaching assistant) and picking up my children from school. It means I have to be very disciplined and turn the computer on as soon as I get home. No time to even have a cup of tea! Sometimes I write in the evening if I my husband is out.

 

​My perfect writing environment would be to have all morning to write – what bliss that ​would be! I do prefer the house to myself, as I can get distracted by my children and what ​they are up to.

 

2. How did you get started writing? Was it something that you’ve always loved?

Yes, I have always loved writing from a very young age, as soon as I could read and write. I’ve always loved reading, and I think writing flows from that. I used to love nothing more than writing into my A4 lined notebook. I remember one of my stories being read out to the whole class in my secondary class and my teacher really encouraging me. That meant so much to me.

 

3. Who are your favorite writers/inspirations?

My greatest inspiration was Barbara Taylor Bradford who most famously wrote ‘A Woman of Substance’. I wrote to her when I was about 11 as I wa studying her life and work, and she wrote back to me personally. I couldn’t have been more excited to receive a letter all the way from New York!

 

4. Anything you can tell us about upcoming projects?

I’m working on my second novel, working title of The Perfect Storm, set in the highlands of Scotland, again a romantic suspense/mystery, which is my favourite genre to write. I’m also hoping to break into the stage and screenplay world – fingers crossed.

 

5. Normally how do you develop plots/characters? Brief us on your process.

My other great passion is photography. Photography plays a huge part in sparking a story into first life. To me, writing and photography flow together, enriching the other. Words are so powerful, beautiful, haunting. They can transport you into a world so unlike your own, even into a different realm, time or space. They can express your thoughts, dreams, desires, with such great depth and power.

 

But when I take photos, my eye will be drawn immediately onto something beautiful or breathtaking. It’s a quick rush of feeling, different to what I experience when writing; which evolves over a longer timeframe.  

 

For me, the photos I take of this beautiful world we live in will always inspire me in my writing. For my debut novel, Into The Shadows, the photo I took on Inch beach near Dingle in Ireland, had such a profound effect on me, literally taking my breath away, that once I’d returned home, the writer in me sparked into life and began to weave a story around this one photo, so much so I used the idea of a woman’s face on a photo to take my main character, Lily, on an extraordinary journey of her own. One image, one moment, one chance to take it.

 

For my new novel I’m writing, The Perfect Storm, again, it was the beauty of these raw, wild mountains alongside the calm beauty of the clear waters of the lochs that first drew me in as a photographer. I framed these images on my mind, and now setting to work on bringing a story to life around them.

 

6. Favorite character from one of your own novels?

I’m always rather drawn to my male leading role – for Into The Shadows that was David. Perhaps because he is strong yet vulnerable, flawed yet has a strength you can admire. Plus I rather like his looks!

 

7. Preferred method for readers to contact you?

Via my facebook page http://www.facebook.com/mariejoneswriter, or via my twitter @mariejones14057, or even my email address mariejones@pnwriter.org. And of course the very best way is via a lovely review on amazon and goodreads. Every wonderful review is like Christmas to a writer, nothing beats reading a 4/5 star review where the reader has absolutely loved your story.

 

8. On average, how long does it take you to write a book?

Too long … I wish I had more time. It took me nearly three years to write Into The Shadows, and currently 18 months for this one, but I’m planning to finish in the next six months, all being well.

 

10. Which one of your characters do you relate to the most?

Lily, my main protagonist from Into The Shadows. She struggles in where she fits in the world and how to love and be loved, always doubting her own gifts and abilities, until she embarks on her own life journey throughout this story. I think, at heart, we all feel as she felt and can identify with her internal struggles.

 

11. If writing wasn’t your career what would you be doing?

Well, I do have another career as a Teaching Assistant. Otherwise I would be a travel photographer as I love travelling and exploring new countries.

 

12. What’s the best compliment that you’ve received about your work?

Any one of my amazing, incredible five star reviews, including one from ReadersFavorite would be the best compliment. Please feel free to go check them out on

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​and on goodreads:

 

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Thank you so much for having me on your Saturday Shoutout Series x

 About the Author: 


Learn more about British writer, Marie Jones, here.

Her first novel, ‘Into The Shadows’, has been published and is available now on Amazon. The novel was awarded a special 5* Review on Readersfavorite.com

The busy mother of two has a strong creative streak and enjoys photography, drawing, as well as writing.

‘Into The Shadows’ is a romantic suspense, woven with mystery and family drama.

Click here to see this book on Amazon.

Marie was inspired to write the novel whilst visiting a stunning part of Ireland.

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Blog Tour: Promised Lies by Margeurite Ashton @MSAshton_Writer @emmamitchellfpr


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Release date: March 16, 2017

Publisher: Endeavour Press 

Blurb: 

Detective Lily Blanchette has a lot on her plate. Her sister, Celine, was murdered, her parents are on the verge of divorce, and after a whirlwind romance, she married a man she barely knows.

When the bodies of two young women are found, it is clear that the killer is the same person who murdered her sister, Lily sets out to find out who that is.

As the investigation comes to life, Lily realises that all is not as it seems in her life, who can she actually trust and who is she?

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Promised Lies, I have an author interview to share today!

Do you prefer Twitter or Facebook, why?

Twitter, 140 characters forces you to be more creative with your posts.

Which book character do you wish you had written?

Nancy Drew

Why did you write a book?

This was my way of expressing to my readers, snapshots of life, and how I see and solve problems within them.

Why did you choose your particular genre?

I am drawn to the drama, and need to show how reality can make great fiction.

If you had to write in a different genre, which would you choose?

Historical Fiction, just enough realism to believe it’s possible.

What’s the worst thing about writing a book?

Writing the first draft without self-editing…free flowing is hard to achieve.

What’s the best thing about writing a book?

Rewrites – My writing mentor taught me to take the good and improve it, polish and even surprise myself with a potential, alternative ending.

If you could be anyone for the day, who would you be?

Steven Spielberg, so I could get a behind the scenes look at creating a world class make believe environment for his characters and viewers.

Thanks so much to Margeurite for joining me today. 

About the Author: 


When Marguerite Ashton was in her twenties, she took up acting but realized she preferred to work behind the camera, writing crime fiction. A few years later, she married an IT Geek and settled down with her role as wife, mom, and writer. Five kids later, she founded the Crime Writer’s Panel and began working with former law enforcement investigators to create; Criminal Lines Blog, an online library for crime writers who need help with their book research.
She’s a workaholic who hides in her writer’s attic, plotting out her next book and stalking Pinterest for the next avocado recipe. 
A member of Sisters in Crime, Marguerite grew up in Colorado, but is now happily living in Wisconsin and playing as much golf as possible. She can be found on Twitter and Facebook.

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One of two ebooks


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Review: Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica @MaryKubica 


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Release date: June 27, 2017

Publisher: Park Row Books

Genre: Mystery/Thriller 

Blurb: 

New York Times bestselling author of THE GOOD GIRL, Mary Kubica is back with another exhilarating thriller as a widow’s pursuit of the truth leads her to the darkest corners of the psyche. 


“The bad man, Daddy. The bad man is after us.” 


Clara Solberg’s world shatters when her husband and their four-year-old daughter are in a car crash, killing Nick while Maisie is remarkably unharmed. The crash is ruled an accident…until the coming days, when Maisie starts having night terrors that make Clara question what really happened on that fateful afternoon. 


Tormented by grief and her obsession that Nick’s death was far more than just an accident, Clara is plunged into a desperate hunt for the truth. Who would have wanted Nick dead? And, more important, why? Clara will stop at nothing to find out—and the truth is only the beginning of this twisted tale of secrets and deceit. 


Told in the alternating perspectives of Clara’s investigation and Nick’s last months leading up to the crash, master of suspense Mary Kubica weaves her most chilling thriller to date—one that explores the dark recesses of a mind plagued by grief and shows that some secrets might be better left buried.


Review: 

My good friend Chelsea at The Suspense is Thrilling Me said she’s a Mary Kubica junkie and I have to admit I am as well. I’m thinking we need t shirts made that say something to that effect  but that may be taking things a little bit too far?! Either way, when she releases a new book I get giddy, she’s such a talented writer and she really knows how to manipulate the reader and take them on a journey that they won’t soon forget. 

While I still consider this to be a total page turner, it isn’t a super fast paced thriller, it almost lulls you into a false sense of security at the start. You know that Clara is going to uncover some secrets and lies about her husband Nick, but the character development is so deep, and the storytelling is so descriptive and just flat out good, that you wind up being consumed by their marriage and their lives together (and separately) that you almost forget to look out for some twists and turns. Right when you’re feeling all cozy, the plot shifts in an unexpected direction reminding you that there’s more going on than meets the eye and there is a mystery waiting to be solved, I love the way this happened here!

Clara was a character that I felt connected to right away, her grief was so palpable and raw that she broke my heart. She was in some deep stages of denial about Nick’s death, but who could blame her? She has two small children, one of which is a newborn and as a mom to young kids myself, I can clearly remember how hard it is to keep your emotions in check right after birthing a baby. I can’t imagine dealing with such a loss simultaneously, and even though some of her behavior was erratic, I felt it was highly realistic and she was behaving in a believable way.

Kubica is a master at building tension slowly, by the end you could cut it with a knife. I do think the ending is going to get mixed reactions, but I loved it. It definitely didn’t head in the any of the directions that I had ran through in my head, but I’m not sure every reader will be as satisfied by it as I was. Domestic suspense is one of my favorite sub genres and Kubica is particularly skilled in my humble opinion. 

Overall rating: 5/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy. 

Review: The Wardrobe Mistress by Natalie Meg Evans @natmegevans @bookouture


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Release date: June 15, 2017

Publisher: Bookouture 

Genre: Historical Fiction 

Blurb:

One day, Vanessa would return and unwrap her father’s secrets. She might even remember the mysterious scarred woman’s name, and push the little gold key that she’d been given at her father’s graveside into a lock and hear it click… 


London 1945, and as victory unfurls throughout Europe, a young war widow steps aboard a train in search of a new life. Clutching the key to an unknown inheritance, Vanessa Kingcourt can no longer ignore the pull of the threads that draw her to the old Farren Theatre; an enchanted place, seeped in memories of her actor father and of Eva, the seamstress who took a lock of her hair with a promise she would return. 


Now owned by troubled ex-sea captain, Alistair, The Farren is in need of a Wardrobe Mistress and a new lease of life. With no experience and no budget for supplies, Vanessa must use her intuition to create beautiful, elaborate costumes from whatever scraps of silk and thread survived the blitz. It’s a seemingly impossible task, but a welcome distraction as she struggles to resist Alistair’s advances. 


The war may be over, but for Vanessa the heart-ache has only just begun – what she discovers will unravel family secrets sewn deep into the very fabric of the London theatre scene. Will she repeat the same terrible mistakes her father made? Will she ever dare to love again? 

Review: 

I have to start by wishing the author a very happy publication day! The Wardrobe Mistress was an absolutely gorgeous read with vivid imagery, beautiful, polished writing and a lovely story that stole a little piece of my heart. 

It’s set in England just after the end of World War Two and Vanessa is a young woman who has had a painful and troubling life. The only clear memory she has of her father is going to the theater with him where she met the wardrobe mistress after an enchanting evening. Years later, she is determined to try and unlock the secrets of both her fathers past and her own so she decides to try and get a job as a wardrobe mistress herself. 

There was an air of mystery surrounding Vanessa and her past and Evans slowly and painstakingly reveals the secrets throughout the book, keeping me engaged and waiting on pins and needles the whole time. I really liked her as a character and wanted her to find answers and her own happiness. Her romance with Alistair was fraught with drama and complications, which always draws me in deeper. 

I loved the setting of the theater and enjoyed the eccentric cast of characters that worked there. Evans writes beautifully and I could easily picture the theater, she truly brought everything to life. This was an emotional read filled with intrigue and tension and I really liked how it all came together in the end.

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy. 

Blog Tour: When I Wake Up by Jessica Jarlvi @JessicaJarlvi @Aria_Fiction


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Release date: June 1, 2017

Publisher: Aria Fiction 

Genre: Psychological Thriller 

Blurb: 

A breathtaking, heart-pounding, dark debut, sure to delight fans of The Girl on the Train and Before I Go To Sleep.


‘Why won’t Mummy wake up?’


When Anna, a much-loved teacher and mother of two, is left savagely beaten and in a coma, a police investigation is launched. News of the attack sends shock waves through her family and their small Swedish community. Anna seems to have had no enemies, so who wanted her dead?


As loved-ones wait anxiously by her bedside, her husband Erik is determined to get to the bottom of the attack, and soon begins uncovering his wife’s secret life, and a small town riven with desire, betrayal and jealousy. 


As the list of suspects grows longer, it soon becomes clear that only one person can reveal the truth, and she’s lying silent in a hospital bed…

I’m delighted to welcome you to my stop on the blog tour for the When I Wake Up. I have an extract and a review to share today. 


Extract: 

“Erik collecting the boys?” Kent asked, handing Anna a cup of coffee.

She looked up from the paperwork, happy for the interruption.

“Yes, I’m marking exam papers.”

It was a cold and bleak afternoon; autumn was on the doorstep with woolly cardigans making an appearance in the teacher’s lounge. She wrapped her fingers tightly around the hot cup.

“How’s it going with the new student, Daniel?” Kent made himself comfortable on the corduroy couch next to her desk. “Is he still testing the limits?”

She shrugged. “Basically, yes. I’ve tried reaching out to the parents but there seem to be a number of problems at home.”

”What about the school counsellor?”

“He won’t talk to ‘a shrink’. His words, not mine. I’ve explained that it’s confidential but he doesn’t buy it. He’s very private, on edge, you know.”

Living in a small town did make it harder for people to open up. Students and parents were often worried that everyone would know their business.

Kent sipped his coffee, nodding. “Should we involve social services?” he asked.

She smiled at him, relaxing her shoulders from the stressful day; she loved that he cared, not just about his own students but also about hers. Their friendship kept her coming back to this school every year.

“I’m not sure,” she said.

“Anna, you can’t save every child on your own.”

“I know,” she said defensively. “I’ll think about it. I don’t want to cause him more harm. He’s obviously just trying to get attention.”

“Causing fights will definitely achieve that.”

“That’s why I need to find a way to reach out to him.”

She wanted to tell him about the letters Daniel had written to her but she couldn’t. Kent would worry, and although it wasn’t her job to protect him, she was determined to deal with this on her own.

She had received the first letter in August, when school started after the summer break. As was always the case with new pupils, she had secretly hoped for a studious and conscientious addition, although this had quickly turned out to be a fantasy.

I hate school and I know I’m going to hate you. People like you think you rule over me, but you don’t. No one does. If you understand that, we have no problems. If you don’t… you’ll see what will happen.


At first she had felt threatened. Scared even. Then she had taken a step back and viewed it from a different angle. After all, it was ridiculous to be intimidated by a seventeen-year-old. She was nearly twice his age. He was simply reaching out to her. That’s what her years of experience told her, that it was a cry for help.

The next letter had been similar in nature but then they had become milder.

I hate you. You think I can’t read. That’s why you don’t write back. You think I’m stupid?


He wanted her to reply. So far she hadn’t. Was it ethically correct to correspond with a student in this way? Didn’t it mean she was showing favouritism? She wanted to ask Kent’s advice but she had a feeling he would object to any written communication with a student.

“His writing is good,” she said. “Above average actually.”

“Well, at least that’s something.” He looked tired. The stress of the new school system was getting to him. ‘Good thing I’m retiring soon’ he would say. “Let me know if I can help in any way.”

“I will,” she said.

 Review: 

When I Wake Up is told through various viewpoints both before Anna’s attack and afterwards. There is a lot going here and several characters to follow, but it wasn’t confusing at all. The chapters are clearly labeled by name and the month and year so it’s super easy to keep up with. Part of the fun of this book is with so many characters, virtually everyone is a suspect. At first glance, it seems really strange that a well respected teacher like Anna would be a target of a violent crime, but as the story unfolds, you learn that Anna had some really dark secrets she was hiding and plenty of people had the means and motivations to want to silence her. 

I really liked the setting of a small Swedish town that looks and sounds idyllic but had some skeletons in its closet. All of the characters were unlikable and made poor decisions and had me shaking my head several times, but that never bothers me. It only adds to the mystery and tension as I try and figure out if anyone is actually a good person. I do want to point out that there are some very sexually explicit love scenes that I was not expecting, so be warned. I’m usually not a huge fan of that stuff in thrillers but it did work here and fit into the twisty storyline well. 

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy. 

About the Author: 


Born in Sweden, Jessica moved to London at the age of 18 to obtain a BSc Hons degree in Publishing and Business. She worked in publishing in the UK for a number of years before heading to Chicago where she edited a magazine for expats. Back in Sweden, she completed a Masters in Creative Writing. Since 2010, Jessica has taught journalism and media at a local university, and has spent the last five years as the marketing and PR manager for a British firm. Last year, she was one of the winners in the Montegrappa Prize for First Fiction at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. Jessica is married with three spirited children, and although she’s known for her positivity, her writing tends to be rather dark!


Review: The Idea of You by Robinne Lee @robinnelee


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Release date: June 13, 2017

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Genre: Contemporary Romance 

Blurb: 

When Solène Marchand, the thirty-nine-year-old owner of a prestigious art gallery in Los Angeles, takes her daughter, Isabelle, to meet her favorite boy band, she does so reluctantly and at her ex-husband’s request. The last thing she expects is to make a connection with one of the members of the world-famous August Moon. But Hayes Campbell is clever, winning, confident, and posh, and the attraction is immediate. That he is all of twenty years old further complicates things.


What begins as a series of clandestine trysts quickly evolves into a passionate relationship. It is a journey that spans continents as Solène and Hayes navigate each other’s disparate worlds: from stadium tours to international art fairs to secluded hideaways. And for Solène, it is as much a reclaiming of self, as it is a rediscovery of happiness and love. When their romance becomes a viral sensation, and both she and her daughter become the target of rabid fans and an insatiable media, Solène must face how her new status has impacted not only her life, but the lives of those closest to her. 

Review: 

When I first read the blurb for this book I have to admit that I did (wrongly) assume that it would be one of those cliched, happily ever after love stories. It was far from it, instead it was a genuine, raw and honest look at a “taboo” relationship that explored some really cool themes and smashed some well known stereotypes, especially ones towards women. 

I liked the structure of this, it was divided into sections based on where Hayes and Solene were traveling at the time and they visited some really amazing and exotic locales as he toured with his band and she raced off to meet him whenever she could. This definitely isn’t a typical romance novel, besides the obvious age difference between the two leads, there was more intelligence and sophistication here, both in the authors writing style and in the characters themselves. 

Both Solene and Hayes were complicated characters individually and their relationship itself was complex as well. She’s a divorced mother to a teenaged girl and when the media gets wind of their romance, their lives are effected in a deep and profound way. Hayes was a really mature guy for a twenty year old and there was much more substance to him than I was expecting there to be. I can totally see why Solene was charmed by him! 

This was definitely an alluring and risqué read, there are some steamy and passionate love scenes and Hayes and Solene’s chemistry was smoking hot. Watching her transformation throughout the book was a beautiful thing to witness, when it starts she’s a strong, independent business woman, but she’s lost a vital piece of herself along the way. By the end, she had embraced her sexuality as a middle aged woman and found a new type of self confidence she was lacking before. 

Lee also explored some common stereotypes that most women face at some point in their lives and she really focused on the age old double standard where older men date much younger women and no one bats an eye while an older woman dating a younger man is frowned upon and judged harshly. 

This was one of those books that just begs to be made into a movie, I can only imagine that it would be stunning! The ending was really bittersweet and emotional and I’m not sure whether I loved it or hated it to be completely honest. But the book itself was great and I’m extremely impressed this is Lee’s debut, I think she has a juicy, sexy hit on her hands. 

Overall rating: 4.5/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy. 

About the Author: 


ROBINNE LEE is an actor, writer and producer. A graduate of Yale University and Columbia Law School, Robinne was born and raised in Westchester County, New York. Robinne has numerous acting credits in both television and film, most notably opposite Will Smith in both Hitch and Seven Pounds. She recently completed shooting Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, playing Ros Bailey. Robinne currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children. The Idea of You is her first novel.


Review: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid @tjenkinsreid


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Release date: June 13, 2017

Publisher: Atria Books

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Blurb: 

From Taylor Jenkins Reid, “a genius when it comes to stories about life and love” (Redbook), comes an unforgettable and sweeping novel about one classic film actress’s relentless rise to the top—the risks she took, the loves she lost, and the long-held secrets the public could never imagine.


Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?


Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.


Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.


Written with Reid’s signature talent for “creating complex, likable characters” (Real Simple), this is a fascinating journey through the splendor of Old Hollywood into the harsh realities of the present day as two women struggle with what it means—and what it takes—to face the truth. 

Review: 

Can we start by taking a moment of silence to appreciate the beauty of that absolutely stunning cover?! It’s breathtakingly gorgeous and it’s even more so in person. This book was different than what I had expected, I assumed it would be a campy, lighthearted read where an aging movie star detailed her life. It actually had way more depth and heart than that, it explored some substantial themes including sexism, racism and sexuality especially as they were handled in the 50’s and 60’s. 

Monique is shocked when her editor informs her that the Evelyn Hugo is doing her first interview in years and has specifically asked for her. In fact, she won’t do it unless Monique is the writer. The why isn’t answered until much later, but the journey there was a captivating experience. What’s more, when they meet for the first time Evelyn tells her she’s actually ready to tell the story of her fascinating and tragic life that no one in the world knows and she wants Monique to write a book. The addition of the mystery as to Evelyn’s true motivations was constantly in the back of my mind, but when it was revealed, I have to admit I was pretty shocked. The clues were all there, I just missed them. 

It’s told in sections separated into one for each of Evelyn’s seven husbands. The bulk is told in the past and there are a few scenes in the present, mostly Monique reacting to what Evelyn has just told her. The big question is who was the true love of her life? I found myself so curious about this and was really into the story of her life. The price of fame is high and Evelyn paid dearly. 

Evelyn was a highly complex woman, she’s bold, unflinching, fierce, unapologetic and surprisingly tender and vulnerable as well. She was so well crafted that I felt like I was getting the inside scoop on a Hollywood icons life even though she’s fictional. It was so glamorous, scandalous and filled with juicy gossip but it was also emotive and touching, I even cried at one point. It really read like the epic saga of one woman’s life and I enjoyed every mesmerizing page of this book. 

Overall rating: 5/5

Thanks to the publisher and Booksparks for my review copy.