Book Review When I am Gone by Emily Bleeker

Book Review When I am Gone by Emily Bleeker Review by Dawn Thomas 366 Pages Publisher: Lake Union Publishing Women’s Fiction, General Fiction (Adult) Natalie died from cancer and her husband, Luke, has to pick up the pieces for his three children. She used the time she had left to write letters. These letters open some doors but also lead to heart ache. Natalie is giving him advice on how to move on. She even tells him he has waited long enough and should begin dating. At first, Luke looks forward to getting the blue envelopes in the mail. Soon things seem to spiral out of control and he does not even want to look at the letters. When their oldest son Will tells the guidance counselor at school he is adopted, she contacts Luke. Luke is shocked by the allegation and confronts Will. He shows Luke an envelope addressed to Natalie from an adoption agency. The postmark is around the same time as Will’s birth. Luke tries to convince Will he was not adopted and gives other reasons for the letter. Luke tells Will he will go to the adoption agency and try to get answers. Annie, Natalie’s best…

Book Review It Takes One by Kate Kessler

Book Review It Takes One by Kate Kessler Review by Dawn Thomas Publisher: Redhook Books Women’s Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers, Sexual Abuse This is the first book in a series based on Criminal psychologist Audrey Harte. When she was twelve, she and her friend, Maggie, killed Maggie’s father. Her father was sexually abusing Maggie from a young age. When Audrey found out about it, she wanted to do something about it. After the murder, Audrey was sent away to a girls’ detention center and Maggie to a hospital institution. When she is released, Audrey realizes she and Maggie have changed. They no longer are close and Maggie’s reckless actions cause hatred to grow in Audrey. When Audrey returns home for her mother’s birthday party, her first task is to get her drunken father from Gracie’s, a bar, and bring him home. As she walks into the bar, she spots an old boyfriend, Jake, behind the bar. She finds her father and Jake helps her carry him out to the car. Audrey hears her name called and turns to find Maggie standing there. She is drunk and wants Audrey to come back inside and have a drink with her. Audrey refuses…

Book Review The Witches of Cambridge by Menna van Praag

Book Review The Witches of Cambridge by Menna van Praag Review by Dawn Thomas 322 Pages Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine Books Women’s Fiction, Witches, Magic, Fantasy The book follows the lives of several women and a man who are witches. Amandine feels her husband has become distant and fears he is having an affair. Her mother, Heloise, is still grieving for her husband who passed away two years ago. Cosima is a baker whose husband just told her he was having an affair and his girlfriend is pregnant. Cosima is devastated because she wants to have a child but her blood condition makes that next to impossible. Her own mother died giving birth to her. Kat, Cosima’s older sister, has feelings for George but he does not seem to feel the same way. Noa is a student with a strange power – she can see a person’s secret. Unfortunately, she does not have the ability to keep the information to herself. She does not have any friends and tries to keep to herself so she cannot expose other’s secrets. One night, she stumbles upon the witches’ book club and blurts out each of their secrets. Amandine asks…

Book Review: Love the Witch, Hate the Craft by Nora Lee

Book Review: Love the Witch, Hate the Craft by Nora Lee Review by Dawn Thomas Pages 250 Publisher: Masterful Books Publication Date: October 15, 2015 Women’s Fiction, Sci Fi & Fantasy This book is the first in a trilogy of the Witches of Secret Hallow. The town is full of witches and is in a perpetual autumn season. Rowan is a college student returning to her home after a six-year absence and the recent break up with her boyfriend Garrett. She is the strongest earth witch in Secret Hallow but does not have control over her power. She has not used magic since the accident with her grandmother. When she arrives home, she meets a stranger, Caedmon McFarland. He tries to convince Rowan to marry him so he can become the High Priest and take over the coven. Rowan does not trust him or his motives. Her friend Orianna has a five-year-old daughter named Fern, who has extraordinary powers. Rowan tries to teach Fern how to control her powers without hurting others. Rowan’s grandmother senses she needs help and sends for Garrett, who is unaware of the recent breakup. When things get out of hand, Rowan must reach deep within…

Book Review The Restaurant Critic’s Wife by Elizabeth LaBan

Book Review The Restaurant Critic’s Wife by Elizabeth LaBan Review by Dawn Thomas 314 Pages Publisher: Lake Union Publishing Literary Humor, Fiction (Adult), Women’s Fiction Lila is a mother, wife, and nine months pregnant. Her husband, Sam, is a restaurant critic. They met in New Orleans while Sam was doing a critique of gumbo. Immediately, they were immediately attracted to each other. At the time, Lila was a crisis manager for the Addison hotel chain and traveled around the world. When a restaurant critic position opened in Philadelphia, they pack up and move. Starting over in a new city is difficult for Lila. She is now a stay-at-home mom. She misses her old job and the connections she had with her coworkers. Sam wants to remain anonymous in order to do a fair job with his restaurant reviews. He is concerned if she becomes too public, people will recognize her and his cover will be blown. Sam is too overprotective of his image and causes Lila more stress. Sam does not want her socializing with anyone connected with a restaurant but Lila cannot work the question into ordinary conversations. One of her closest friends is part owner in a New…

Book Review: Permanent Spring Showers by Scott Southard

Book Review Permanent Spring Showers by Scott Southard Review by Dawn Thomas 5 Prince Publishing 472 Pages This book is about relationships and how couples deal with changes in their relationship. There are several scenarios happening in the book showing how the different relationships intertwine with each other. The point of view changes depending on the scenario. Portions of the book are journal entries by Jenn. The only confusing part for me was the change of the point of view. A few times I wasn’t sure who was telling the story. The book begins with Rebecca and her husband Bob having a loud argument in the front yard. He just told her he had an affair with one of her students. Rebecca is distraught but must leave for a conference. Unfortunately in her haste to load her bags in the car she leaves a box of books she needed to sell at the conference. Once she arrives and realizes her mistake she must call Bob and ask him to send them to her overnight. The books get lost which proves to be just the first of many life changing events for Rebecca. The second is meeting Vince. Rebecca’s evening with…

Book Review Dark Moon by Leisl Leighton
Fiction , Magic , Passion , Romance , Uncategorized , Wiccan , Women's Fiction / September 21, 2014

Book Review Dark Moon by Leisl Leighton Reviewed by Dawn Thomas Penguin Books Australia I Destiny Romance Destiny Romance Romance, Women’s Fiction The book begins with us being introduced to Skye. She is a witch that has had her powers bound by her grandfather because she is uncontrollable. Her power has been leaking out which attracts all kinds of people to her. She and her two Wiccan friends went on a skiing trip and there Skye meets Jason. Their passion is instantaneous. Skye is afraid to get close to anyone and doesn’t want to see him again. Fate has other plans and the two are thrown together again when Jason takes his nephew to a new daycare, owned and operated by Skye. Jason woos her until she agrees to go out on a date with him. They must work together to save both of their families from dark magic. Skye is reluctant at first but listens to him and her friends. She must accept who she is before she can do anything and that may be the hardest thing she has ever done. This was an interesting book of good versus evil. The author does a good job building the…