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Bad Things Happen (Ashes to Ashes, #1) by Rowena Holloway – Review by Emily Brockschmidt

Bad Things Happen (Ashes to Ashes, #1)Bad Things Happen by Rowena Holloway
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh my goodness, what a story!! Rowena Holloway has woven an intricate and fascinating thriller in “Bad Things Happen!” Charlotte Ashe is a determined woman, she came to London to make her big break and has been stuck as a weather girl for too long. So when she meets local footballer Joey Baptiste, she jumps at the chance to tell his story. Like Charlotte, just when I thought I had this story figured out, I was thrown for a loop and oh boy was it a good one! This story was by no means predictable, which I love! Sometimes, I read a mystery/thriller and can figure out the bad guy in no time, but this story really keeps you on the edge of your seat and guessing until the very end! There was a quality to the story I didn’t love and it has to do with Joey. However, overall this was a fantastic read and I can’t wait to dig into the sequel “Less You Know!” So, I give “Bad Things Happen” five stars!

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The Memory of Us By Lisa Sorbe- Review by Emily Brockschmidt

The Memory of UsThe Memory of Us by Lisa Sorbe
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When I read the description of “The Memory of Us” I thought it was going to be like so many other romance books I have read over the years. They all follow a typical boy and girl see each other after years of being apart and rekindle their relationship. While this book sort of follows those lines, it is so much more than that. Elena and West have known each other their whole lives and after years apart, rekindle a friendship that meant more to them than anything. Their relationship is anything but typical and it made me love this book. There are wonderful lessons and learning experiences for Elena in this story that many people could benefit from reading. I am a firm believer that the best relationships start out as friendships and this book really confirmed that for me. This truly was a lovely story and I really enjoyed reading about Elena and West and their expansive friendship. “The Memory of Us” by Lisa Sorbe earns a wholehearted five stars from me!
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A Frothy Christmas Kiss By Allyson R Abbott – Review by Emily Brockschmidt

A Frothy Christmas KissA Frothy Christmas Kiss by Allyson R. Abbott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“A Frothy Christmas Kiss” brings us the best novella yet in Allyson R Abbott’s Christmas Kiss series! As a coffee fanatic myself, this book was right up my alley! Kat, our leading lady, finds herself moving away from home for a new job and to find distance from her former best friend and ex, Spencer. While trying to learn about her new town, Kat discovers a wonderful coffee shop and its wonderful owner, Dan. She is captivated by the aroma of the shop and finds herself engrossed in conversation about her love of coffee with Dan. This story was my favorite of the series, but I am very coffee biased so that was expected from me from page one! I loved Kat and her passion for coffee, as it is so relatable to me. As always, Allyson R Abbott found a way to incorporate a fun neighborhood cat into the story to make it even more perfect! Do yourself a favor and take just two short hours and get lost in this great novella! “A Frothy Christmas Kiss” earns five stars from me!
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A Pink Christmas Kiss By Allyson R. Abbott – Review by Emily Brockschmidt

A Pink Christmas KissA Pink Christmas Kiss by Allyson R. Abbott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“A Pink Christmas Kiss” is the next installment in Allyson R Abbott’s lovely Christmas Kiss series. In this novella, we meet Billie, living in New York and hating all of it but her best friend, Lucy, Billie decides to move home to help her dad in his auto repair shop. With only her new cat and parents to keep her company, Billie immerses herself in the business and repairing an old Deuce Coupe so she can try to keep her mind off the man she left behind five years ago. This was such a nice read! Another wonderful, heartwarming story to keep you entertained on a cold day. Billie is such a great character! She was an impulsive young woman who was too headstrong to see what she should do, but after five years of hard lessons, she comes back a better and wiser woman and I love to see growth in a character like that! So, I give “A Pink Christmas Kiss” four stars as I go to start the final novella, “A Frothy Christmas Kiss!”

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A Tangy Christmas Kiss By Allyson R. Abbott – Review by Emily Brockschmidt

A Tangy Christmas KissA Tangy Christmas Kiss by Allyson R. Abbott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“A Tangy Christmas Kiss” is the second novella in the Christmas Kiss series by Allyson R. Abbott, but these are stand alones so they do not need to be read in any particular order that I’ve seen so far. This lovely story follows Mel, whose mother called last minute to get Mel to Spain to help her aunt after a surgery. Mel’s trip shows her the kindness of strangers and learning to accept help when it is offered as she figures out she isn’t as independent as she thought. The great lessons, wonderful characters and scenery all make this story perfect for Christmas! As an animal lover, the smaller theme of animals that seems to crop up in both books is a great added touch! These easy to read stories make for a nice afternoon in on a cold winter day! So, I give “A Tangy Christmas Kiss” four stars!
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A Prickly Christmas Kiss By Allyson R. Abbott – Review by Emily Brockschmidt

A Prickly Christmas KissA Prickly Christmas Kiss by Allyson R. Abbott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“A Prickly Christmas Kiss” by Allyson R Abbott is the first book in the Christmas Kiss series. This short and sweet novella follows Elf (Emma’s perfect nickname) and her Christmas adventure at a cabin in the woods outside of North Polerton. Elf was so happy to be spending Christmas with her friend Carla’s family cabin, until her perfect plans all fell apart. What happens is so much more than she was expecting and everything she needed. This story has all the magic of Christmas and all the fun as well! The setting, characters and perfect time of year help make this book a wonderful little read. I really enjoyed reading “A Prickly Christmas” and look forward to reading the rest of the series! So, I give “A Prickly Christmas Kiss” four stars!
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Forgetting Ophelia: A Novel (Friendship & Secrets, #2) By Julie C. Gardner – Review by Emily Brockschmidt

Forgetting Ophelia: A Novel (Friendship & Secrets, #2)Forgetting Ophelia: A Novel by Julie C. Gardner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Though the topic of this book can be viewed as sad, our heroine Lia, is one character you don’t want to miss out on. When her life implodes, she is forced to pick up the pieces and find a way to live her life again. I find this story to be inspiring. Lia gives hope to the hopeless about moving on when your life has fundamentally changed forever. Lia is a flawed woman who actually bothers to reflect on her life and choices and see where she made mistakes to learn from them, which I think takes a strength that few can match. This story, while not the happiest, still made me hopeful that some woman out there in the world will read this book and find hope in her heart when she didn’t have it. Julie C. Gardner truly wove a wonderful story and something about the way she wrote it made me love it. Bits are told in flashback sometimes while Lia is lost in her head and I thought it was beautifully told. While the ending felt very abrupt to me, it also follows the same theme of the book, that there is hope. Please read this book if you have ever felt lost or just want to read a heartfelt story. So, I give “Forgetting Ophelia” five stars!

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Rhapsody and Rebellion By Aubrey Wynne – Review by Emily Brockschmidt

Rhapsody and Rebellion (Enduring Legacy #7)Rhapsody and Rebellion by Aubrey Wynne
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Rhapsody and Rebellion: Once Upon a Widow” is a lovely story surrounding multiple riots in England and Scotland in the late 18th century. Our hero, Gideon, Earl of Stanfeld, has to take his recently widowed mother, Maeve, back to her home in the Scottish Highlands following a disturbing dream. There he meets the young widow to his cousin, the lovely Alisabeth. I stumbled upon this book recently and hesitated reading it as I don’t normally like to start a series in the middle, however this is not your normal book series. All of the books are written by different authors and occupy different times of the same family line so the books aren’t necessarily in order or follow the same people. The foreward recommends reading the first book to understand the series, but I feel Aubrey Wynne did a wonderful job explaining the back story necessary to understanding her story. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters in this book, especially the headstrong Scottish women! Alisabeth, Maeve and the other women in the family were a joy to read about! They are bold and unashamed by it and I loved it! I also loved the family connection that is shared between select members (I don’t want to give anything away but it is a really neat touch to the story as it is the underlying theme through the series.) All in all, this historical fiction was right up my alley and now I’m itching to read more about this family! So, I give “Rhapsody and Rebellion” five stars!

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Truly Unfortunate (Welcome to Knollville Book 1) By C.A. King – Review by Emily Brockschmidt

Truly Unfortunate (Welcome To Knollville Book 1)Truly Unfortunate by C.A. King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Truly Unfortunate” is the first book in the Welcome to Knollville series by C.A King. C.A King’s newest fascinating character is Truly. She doesn’t remember anything from her childhood and works three jobs just to pay for her crappy apartment and the therapy she needs. Strange events start to occur in her small town of Knollville and Knoll County’s most skeptical police officer, Jeff, is on the case. I was so excited when this book got released since I am a HUGE fan of C.A King and her Portal Prophecies series. C.A King has an incredible talent of creating these other worlds and interesting characters that I wish I could visit. Every book I have read, and there have been several now, are wildly imaginative and unpredictable in every sense. C.A King is one of those authors whose brain I wish I could peer into and see how she sees life. Her imagination and creativity never cease to amaze me. I am so excited for more of this series to come out so I can continue to love them, as I know I will. Five obvious stars from me! Now to download a bunch more of her books to tide me over until more Welcome to Knollville books come out!!

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The Killmores (Killmores #2) By Martha Sweeney – Review by Emily Brockschmidt

The Killmores (Killmore #2)The Killmores by Martha Sweeney
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“The Killmores” by Martha Sweeney is the second book in the Killmore series, so you MUST read “Killmore” first! Well, if “Killmore” was the story driven book, then “The Killmores” is the action driven book! As expected from the ending of “Killmore”, “The Killmores” is non-stop crazy action and not a moment to catch your breath! This is a longer book and I still ate it up in a day since so much happens! Definitely a book you don’t want to put down just because you want to know what happens next! The two main characters have been through so much, both together and before they met, and their lives were so crazy, I was not sure how this would all play out. I have to say though; I thought the ending was wonderful! The whole book was, of course, but the ending was spectacular! The far- away places and the character development was what really made this book so great to me. I love when an author takes a flawed character and turns them into more than you thought they could be and Martha Sweeney does just that! So, I give “The Killmores” five stars! I’m sad to see it end, but oh what an end it was!

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