Lovers at Heart (The Bradens, Book One: Love in Bloom Series #4) by: Melissa Foster

  After meeting Max Armstrong and Treat Braden in Sisters in White, I was dying to see what happened, if anything, between these two powerhouses.  All I can say about this installment of the Love in Bloom series is “HOT DAMN!”.  The love scenes in this story left me blushing and wanting to read more.  Well done Melissa, well done!

     Max Armstrong has always been so involved in her work and determined to help her boss and friends that she has little social life of her own.  When she met Treat, her desire for him overwhelmed her and she couldn’t concentrate on much else.  A misunderstanding leaves her devastated and thinking about her past relationship.  Will she come to understand why she is fearful of relationships?  Will Treat convince her to trust him? 

     Read on my friends, this series only gets better with each book!




I Wrote This For You: Just the Words by: pleasefindthis

Image      It has been a long time since I have read some poetry but this was just the compilation to get me back into it.  One of the things that I find the most amazing about poems is that not only does it hold a different meaning for everyone that reads it; every time that you read it, it can mean something else completely.  Poetry is a method of writing that allows the reader to provide the meaning.  Each poem is read in a context that is specific to that individual in that moment of time.

Central Avenue Publishing has written this description on their blog: “Pleasefindthis is the work of two very talented individuals, poet Iain S. Thomas and photographer, Jon Ellis. These two gentlemen, who live across the world from each other, created the blogging phenomenon I Wrote This For You back in 2007. Since that time, they have won the hearts of countless thousands of fans from around the world with haunting prose and vivid and poignant photography.

Their first book: a full colour version of the photos and selected poems from the blog was released in 2011; and we now are happy to present a more full collection of the poetry with select new photography. It presents twice the number of entries with over 400 works, including several new and never before seen poems. Each section of the book portrays aspects of our journey through life in all aspects of the human experience.” (

I am a big fan of the Postsecret website and book series and this reminds me of that phenomenon.  I highly recommend this book.

Giving Myself Away by: Grete DeAngelo

Image    Adrienne is a mom of two young boys who is trying to figure out her new life after a divorce.  When Adrienne found out that her high school sweetheart come husband was cheating on her, she didn’t know what she would do without him by her side.  She looks to a close friend for support and after one drunken night, finds herself pregnant with his baby.  He is a divorcee as well and would love to marry Adrienne and raise this baby together but she does not want that.  She decided to give this baby up for adoption.

Grete takes the reader through Adrienne’s roller coaster of emotions throughout the pregnancy and the adoption process.  What I found was that the emotions and thoughts that Adrienne felt on dealing with a divorce and being a newly single mother were so on target.  Grete watched her ex-husband fall in love with someone else and share his life with her and her emotions were so accurate, I couldn’t help but relate.

Giving Myself Away is a perfect title and this book is very well written.  I highly recommend this book to individuals and book club groups alike.  I give this book 5 crowns.


Beyond Escape by: Deborah Jensen  Kim’s marriage is over and she has a month long vacation from work.  In order to try and move forward with her life, she plans to visit her parents in their retirement community for a month during the holiday season.  She is relying on the sun and the quiet to put the pieces of her life back together.  She definitely didn’t plan on dealing with the illness of a parent nor meeting a handsome, young, Spanish man that would rock her world.

Kim has hidden some memories deep inside and as she travels to Texas, they come flooding back.  She remembers the details of a long ago love affair that never should have happened.  As she tries to forget, more and more confusing details bombard her.  Kim now finds herself in the middle of a mystery that involves drug smuggling, lies and love.  Will her world ever be the same again?

I loved this book and couldn’t put it down.  I am hoping for a sequel to pick up where this one left off because I have so many questions.  I highly recommend this book and I give it 5 crowns for individuals and book club groups alike.