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Maggie’s Ruse

Maggie and Marta are twins that are always together except for the time they went to camp as kids. Marta is the actress and Maggie is the painter. They share an apartment. Their mother remarried a rich man, so they are allowed to pursue their passions since they get economic outpatient care.

One day Marta and Maggie decide to play a twin prank on their guy friend, Josh, who likes Marta. They dress as alike with matching wigs. Josh thinks he’s chatting with Marta, but it’s really Maggie. When Josh kisses her, Maggie responds in kind. This display of affection angers Martha, but Maggie reminds her it was their idea to trick him. Due to this turn of events Maggie decides she needs space from Martha.

Maggie’s take off to stay with her old art co-op friend Leah in a small town not too, far from Maggie’s childhood home. She gets in a groove painting and feeling like Maggie finally has her own space. Marta back at home feels strange not having her twin home, but tries to adjust. Will Maggie and Marta clear the air regarding Josh?

This novel tackles the quandary of having a twin and being expected to get along and be similar, when in fact you are as different as days is from night. It’s about figuring out who you are a part from someone who understands you better than anyone else. I always wonder what it would be like to have a twin. It’d be instant best friend.

I received a complimentary copy of Maggie’s Ruse by Anne Leigh Parrish from Unsolicited Press, care of TLC Book Tours. The views are of my own accord and mine. To grab a copy via Amazon and to find out more about Anne Leigh Parrish. This book was fast paced in length, but had more of a mellow feel to the storyline.

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The Painted Castle

Do you love classic romance? If you do you’ll want to step into the worlds of Elizabeth, Amelia and Keira. The Painted Castle is a multi layered story about three different women and how an old English estate captures their hearts all because of a secret painting of Queen Victoria. Their stories span from the 1800’s to modern times. This novel is romantic and is mysterious in how all three women’s lives are intertwined.

This historical novel tackles different topics from a women’s place in society and how it’s changed, to how money can buy fancy things, but it can’t guarantee genuine love. Elizabeth, Amelia and Keira’s stories are in depth, unique and sweet. This book jumps back and forth between all three lady’s stories, but the end result is a story that will beg to be reread and lent out right away.

I received my complimentary copy of The Painted Castle by Kristy Cambron from Thomas Nelson Publishers, care of TLC Book Tours. The views are mine and of my own will. To find out more about the author, check out her website and to get your own gorgeous copy visit Thomas Nelson. This publisher discovers the best authors who churn out the most intriguing novels. Every time I read a novel from Thomas Nelson I’m more impressed then the last book I read from them. Thank you Mrs. Cambron for bringing to life Parham Hill Estate. Once you read this book you’ll want to book your trip to England.

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The Source

I’m not hugely into science, but I have been into reading books lately on the topic of the Law Of Attraction. This book not only explains the Law Of Attraction, but how science plays into their principles. The principles are: Abundance, Manifestation, Patience, Harmony and Universal Connection. Also, the author goes over how much more impressive our brains are and how we can consciously change our lives in so many simple ways. I have never thought of my brain as being elastic or agile.

This book is very brainy, but I’ve learned a lot. I think it’s helpful in showing the correlation between being aware of our physical, emotional and spiritual health and how it’s all interconnected with how it all helps our brain function to the max. I’ve previously read a bit on the subject of the Law Of Attraction and this book brings it even more to life from a scientific angle.

I received my complimentary copy of The Source by Tara Swart, MD, PhD from Harper One, care of TLC Book Tours. The views expressed are mine and of my own will. If you want to grab a copy click here. To find out more about the author, Tara Swart check out her website. If you love self-help books with a science theme then you’ll love this book. I’m definitely going to need to read this book again to highlight and notate a bunch.

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Lost Child

I’ve read Torey Hayden books before. She is a child psychologist who writes books are about kids she’s helped who are extremely emotionally disturbed. This book I almost DNF’D 2x. Not because I wasn’t enjoying the book, but due to the shock factor of how the child of the story, Jessie talks and the subject matter. I’m also spiritually sensitive, so there were parts I almost felt spiritually attacked. I persevered to the end and I’m glad I did. This has to be the most EXTREME case of hers I’ve read.

I’ve never read a book about a person who has RAD: Reactive Attachment Disorder and Lost Child shows you what a child is like who has this disorder. The characteristics of this disorder are not for the faint of heart, or highly sensitive person. I’m an empath, hence why I reacted to the story stronger.

I received my complimentary copy of Lost Child by Torey Hayden from William Morrow, care of TLC Book Tours. The views are mine and of my own choice. This book is worth reading, though it should come with a warning on the cover with how graphic it can be. I still am a fan of Torey’s work and hope she’ll write another book soon. Thank you for sharing Jessie’s story and how lives can be changed when we choose to reach out and care.

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The Only Skill That Matters

Do you crave to learn more in less time? The Only Skill That Matters tackles ways in which we can learn quicker, easier and have fun doing it. Super learner author, Jonathan Levi provides different ways we can help make recalling material in a fun way. Some examples he provides are to assign an image that will help you remember a piece of information you are learning. Another example he gives is if you are wanting to learn a tough subject to use a variety of learning means: books, podcasts, documentaries, etc. Mr. Levi also, talks about how we can speed read. Since I love to read this is a skill my ears perked up on. I’ve never thought of previewing something I’m going to read before I read it. There are many other examples the author provides.

This book may be super short, but the contents may take a few rereads to have this helpful information sink in. I’m still marinating the information I’ve read. This book was easy to read, challenging to comprehend some of the skills shared and gives me hope to know I can learn quicker implementing the skills shared.

I received my complimentary copy of The Only Skill That Matters by Jonathan A. Levi from Lioncrest Publishing, care of TLC Book Tours. The views expressed are of my own accord and mine. To purchase a copy click here for Amazon and to connect with Mr. Levi check out his website.

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When We Believed In Mermaids

Josie and Kit are sisters, best friends and soulmates of sorts. Their lives are dominated by their dad’s Italian restaurant and their parents fiery marriage. Both sisters look out for each other the best they can. Their lives improve when Dylan washes up on their doorstep one stormy night. He’s only a kid himself, but lies to appear older. Josie and Kit’s mom takes Dylan into their family, like one of their own. He becomes Josie and Kit’s surrogate brother, parent and best friend.

When the big earthquake of 89′ hits their California town all their lives change drastically. To numb from the grief Josie buries herself into surfing, drugs and boys. Kit keeps to herself reading and studying. Josie takes off to numb her grief.

One day Kit and her mom get the news Josie has died in France. Can Kit and her mom handle any more grief? Kit moves forward becoming a doctor and pushing away the grief of loosing her wayward older sister.

Years later there’s a news report. Kit glances at the newscaster and notices a familiar looking woman in the background. Is it Josie’s ghost? Does her sister have a secret twin out there? Kit’s mom calls to ask if she saw what looked like Josie on the news. Why would her sister be in New Zealand? How is it that she’s alive? Kit’s mom begs her to go find her sister. Kit relents and goes to New Zealand. Will Kit find Josie? If Josie is alive, why would she fake her own death?

I received my complimentary copy of When We Believed In Mermaids by Barbara O’Neal from TLC Book Tours and the author. This novel is a masterpiece of literature that will leave you craving for more. This story delves into the complicated world of fractured families that are trying the best they can, how siblings can be your lifeline when it feels like you are all alone in the world and how we don’t always share everything with our family. If you are sensitive to the topics of alcohol and drug use and abuse then this novel may not be the best fit. I thought I’d read my top favorite book for 2019 and I was wrong. This novel wins 100%. To find out more about Barbara O’Neal check out her website and purchase your copy via B&N.

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The Great Unexpected

Joel’s wife recently died and now he has a roommate at his retirement home that doesn’t talk back. Mr. Miller is in a comma, but is still someone to talk to. That is, until he expires one day and Joel has to watch the nurses try to revive him.

Joel wonders if he’ll get a new roommate then enters in Frank Adams otherwise know as Mr. de Selby; an old actor who has the flair to match his fancy scarfs he wears. He’s very chatty and everyone at the home seems to like him, but Joel is not too, keen on his roommate.

Overtime they form an interesting friendship of sorts. Slowly his roommate scrapes away the bitterness that Joel holds onto like a vice grip. Life seems to be looking up until Joel confesses that he wants to be done with it all. The question is how does he want to go out? Frank wants to help out so he starts to write a play of Joel’s final moments via brainstorming in his journal.

Since Joel’s time is nearing to an end once he figures out how he wants to go, they both decide they want a night out on the town. They escape the home and proceed to go to a bar. They get properly sloshed and go back to the home. The head director is fuming and Joel’s daughter is furious he’d risk his life when he has a ver perfectly good place at the retirement home.

One person whose worried about Joel is his friend Una, who was friends with his wife, Lucey. She’s been keeping an eye on him and he’s been avoiding her obvious interest in him.

Frank and Joel decide to go on a few more nighttime jaunts into the city. One such adventure they bump into Joel’s grandkids who find it hilarious their grandfather is boozing it up with his roommate. Who knew partying with your grandkids could be a fun time. When they return more precautions are taken so they won’t escape again.

This novel discusses so many important topics. Friendship is a key one, but also, the topic of receiving respect when you are elderly. I know when my grandmother had to move into her retirement home it wasn’t easy. Having sense of loss after living in a house to a small apartment with neighbors all around is a big change. I also, think going from living independent to assisted living is a big change, to feel your sense of control of your own life is being micromanaged by someone else who is in charge. Another topic covered is how we ware masks as a defense mechanism. Joel’s roommate Frank uses his character, de Selby as his persona when he’s not wanting to be vulnerable. Joel uses grumpiness as his defense mechanism.

I received my complimentary copy of The Great Unexpected by Dan Mooney from TLC Book Tours. The views expressed are my own and of my own will. This book is a gem and a reread. The characters are hilarious and thought provoking. The banter between Joel and Frank reminds me of the movie, “Grumpy Old Men.” I can’t wait to read more fantastic books by Dan Mooney.