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The Simplicity of Cider by: Amy E. Reichert & GIVEAWAY

The Simplicity of Cider Publication Date: May 16, 2017

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The Garden of Small Beginnings by: Abbi Waxman

The Garden of Small Beginnings Publication Date:  May 2, 2017

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May 2017 Indie Next selection
My Review:
I absolutely loved this book.  I am not a gardener by any means, in fact, last year I killed a CACTUS!  A CACTUS!  How is that even possible?!  Anyway, each chapter has a brief one page tidbit about gardening that is quite cute and sometimes funny.
The setting of the story, a gardening class, helps to bring all of the characters of the story together and leads to the underlying theme of nurturing yourself and tending to your own needs.
Lili’s story is one of heartache but then she starts to see glimmers of hope and happiness when surrounded by the new growth of the garden and the support of new friends.  I can’t say enough about this book and really do recommend it.
I gave this book 5 crowns.
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I received this E-ARC in exchange for an honest review from the publishers through Netgalley.

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The Best Man by: Kristan Higgins

The Best Man

I received this book at Book Con in 2015.  I don’t really read Romance novels but I saw that it was available on my Overdrive app as an audio book and decided to give it a try.  I am really glad that I did.

Yes, there was a lot of mentioning of breasts and it did get annoying but the story was fun.  I liked the characters of Chief Levi Cooper and Faith Holland.  I found myself laughing along and really getting into the story.  Faith is a young woman who moved away from her family and home after her wedding day literally fell apart at the altar.

This is book 1 in the Blue Heron series and I wouldn’t mind picking up the next one to see what it is about.  If you enjoy a fun,contemporary, romance novels, then give this series a shot.

I gave it 4 crowns.

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Always by: Sarah Jio

Always

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Royally Roma by: Teri Wilson

Royally Roma Publication date March 27, 2017

Synopsis from the Publisher:

Julia Costa is too busy trying to complete her PhD while also holding down a full-time job as a private tour guide in Rome to keep up with celebrity gossip. So when she crosses paths with a real, actual prince, she mistakes him for a client and takes him on a daylong tour of the city.

Intrigued by the idea of spending time with someone who obviously has no idea who he is, and delighted at the prospect of a day free of royal obligations, Niccolo La Torre, Crown Prince of Lazaretto, acts on impulse and assumes the role of Julia’s client. He swears to himself that he’ll return to his royal duties after only half a day…but he’s having the time of his life.

Until Julia presents him with the bill. Since he snuck out of the hotel without so much as a dime, he tries to escape, only to discover that she won’t let him out of her sight until he can pay her back. She’s determined to get her money…and perhaps more from the handsome stranger she’s fallen for.

My Review:

I did not know that this was a modern retelling of Roman Holiday with Audrey Hepburn, probably because I have never seen that movie.  This was a fast paced, romance story in which the two characters are thickheaded and stubborn.  It is a case of adult insta-love and some of the details annoyed me.  As soon as I read the words “wet wonderland” I wanted to put the book down.

It did get a little bit better and I did finish it but this is not something I would gravitate towards normally.

I give this book 3 crowns.

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The Accidental Empress by: Allison Pataki

The Accidental Empress

I won this book from a Facebook giveaway on October 27, 2015!  Yes, you read that correctly 2015!  I have had this on my shelf for almost 2 years.  Looking at the cover, I formed judgments on the type of book this was.  I thought it was something that I would dislike because I am not really into reading anything in the historical genre.  However, I never gave this away or sold it for credit.  I found this audio book on Overdrive and decided to give it a try.

I am so glad I did.  The narrator was exceptional and the story was wonderful.  About halfway through the book, I ordered the next one in the series.  This is the story of Sisi who becomes Empress and has to learn how to live in that lifestyle.  She is not from an exquisite palace nor a royal life and she finds all of the rules and regulations to be very trying.  I love her free spirit and her stubbornness.

This was a great read and I am so happy that I finally picked it up.

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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Save the Date by: Mary Kay Andrews

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This was a fun, romantic read for February.  I have always had an obsession with party planning and floral designing.  Cara is a florist that prepares the most elegant arrangements for her clients.  She deals with countless brides and their crazy families.  She owns her own business but is in debt to her father.  Her own love life is non-existent unless you count her love for her dog Poppy.

How will she deal with a crappy landlady, demanding clients and an accidental dog napping that leads to an overwhelming attraction?  Read this book to find out.

This was a great read.  I really enjoyed it and the characters were well developed.  Mary Kay Andrews is a wonderful storyteller and I will not hesitate to pick up more of her works.

I gave this 5 crowns.

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