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SAVING SAVANNAH BY SANDRA HILL WILL SHE BE SAVED?

SAVING SAVANNAH

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Publication Date: September 30, 2013

When Tante Lulu decides to matchmaker, matches are made. But this time, her meddling Cajun charm will be put to the test . . .

For five years Savannah Jones thought Special Forces Captain Matthew Carrington died in Afghanistan. For five years he thought she’d rejected him—thanks to his mother’s interception of the letter she wrote to him as he left on his tour of duty. Now she’s struggling to re-build a life for herself and their daughter, Katie, despite the devastation Katrina wrought on New Orleans. Thanks to Tante Lulu and her police-officer great-nephew, Tee-John, Savannah and Matthew are about to be reunited. Will Tante Lulu’s bayou wisdom and sassy attitude be able to turn their broken relationship into a loving gumbo?

Sandra Hill is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than thirty romantic humor novels. Whether they be historicals, contemporaries, time travels, or Christmas novellas, whether they be about Vikings, Cajuns, Navy SEALs or sexy Santas, the common element in all her books is humor. It’s been said that love makes the world go ’round, but in Sandra’s world, love with a dash of laughter, makes it spin.

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I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK BY NET GALLEY FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.
I love Tante Lulu with her busy body ways and her outrageous fashion sense. She always wants to help people by way of St. Jude. She believes he is pointing her in the direction to someone who needs her help. In this case she is it is Savannah and Katie who lives in their car. Savannah believes that her fiancé Matt is dead for the past 6 years. At least that is what his snooty mother tells her. Savannah was never good enough for her son; she was not born of their social class. She was found on the steps of a church and later adopted by loving parents.
When Matt asked her to marry her before he was deployed to Afghanistan she was ecstatic, but she was never able to tell him she was pregnant before he was MIA. So for 6 years she tought he was dead and now Tante Lulu has to reunite the loving couple before savannah runs off to Alaska with Katie and Matt loses her again. This is a story of families butting in where they shouldn’t and hurting a relationship and true love. Also denying a child the love of a father and the love of grandparents all because they think they are too good for them. Social class is nothing, but family is everything. When you have the love of family, you are richer for it.

I loved the story line and the character development of this story, and also seeing characters from past books. Everybody needs a Tante Lulu in their family. Somebody that is their willing to help, no questions asked (well with her there is always questions asked). Matt and Savannah were happy together, they didn’t care about social standing. All they cared about is that they loved each other, until his mother stepped in and told Savannah he was dead. I loved this story so I gave it a 5 /5 stars.

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BOOK REVIEW: MISTRESS BY JAMES PATTERSON

This was my seventh James Patterson’s book and I would say he writes better when he is not co-authoring. There were times when I read his Alex Cross‘ series or Women’s Mystery Club series and when I read his Private series or the Mistress. The difference would be in front of you. The difference is like between the day and the night. This fact may be true that he has sold more than combining Stephen King, Dan Brown and John Grisham, also, 19 consecutive No. 1 New York Times bestselling novels, and holds The New York Times record for most bestselling hardcover fiction titles by a single author but books like Mistress, it feels gone are those days when James Patterson was a real Page turner. It is just not his class or I would say, it’s not him. It’s a disgrace the way his books are written nowadays. Mistress being lengthy novel of 448 pages, the plot and the story are acceptable however the way of telling the story, the way of portraying the first person narrative was not good at all. Actually it was pretty bad, no reader would like to read the way this book is written.

In the past, I have always enjoyed Patterson’s books immensely. I used to like his style of short chapters and page turning essence his books had but now it seem, What the hell am I reading? It’s better if I read my textbooks.

After reading 100 pages you would realize that the main character of the book, Ben, might be an interesting character in this psychological thriller but reading further you will realize that before you just had a bad thought. Though I agree, it’s a fast read but I had to force myself to finish it. The character of Ben often goes on and on about mundane facts which have nothing to do at all with the story-line. And due to this he is an annoying character. I am disappointed with this one. Looks like, I’ll have to go back to Alex Cross or Women’s Mystery Club.

I would advise not to buy and waste your money. Either loan it from a library or borrow from the person who has it.

I won’t recommend this one to anyone, and if I do… Dear Devil, I shall rot in hell.

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PRIMAL BONDS BY JENNIFER ASHLEY

PRIMAL BONDSWhen a female Shifter comes to town seeking refuge, Feline Shifter Sean Morrissey claims the new arrival and finds a beautiful woman who looks him straight in the eye without fear, stirring the mating frenzy within him.

To relocate to a new Shiftertown, half-Fae, half-Shifter Andrea Gray must accept a new mate. But Andrea’s intense attraction to Sean is something she never expected-a perilous complication for a woman with a troubled past.

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Sean Morrissey is the Guardian who wields the sword that sends a dead shifters soul back to the afterlife. When he sees Andrea he feels an intense attraction that starts the mating frenzy, when he recognizes that she is his mate. When Andrea fleas her pack to escape the abuse, she seeks refuge In Shiftertown. Andrea does not want a forced mate claim from her pack, so she runs away seeking shelter.  When humans start shooting at places where shifters meet and hangout, she doesn’t back down from a fight.

I love this series, and this book. The story line and characters are well developed. I loved the chemistry between Andrea and Sean. Primal Bonds is a great read with many twists in the story. Jennifer Ashley is a master story teller. I give this book 5/5 stars.

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THE SEDUCTION OF ELLIOT McBRIDE BY JENNIFER ASHLEY- -WHO WILL DO THE SEDUCING?

the seduction of elliot mcbridePROPERLY IMPROPER…AND DARING TO LOVE…

Juliana St. John was raised to be very proper. After a long engagement, her wedding day dawns—only for Juliana to find herself jilted at the altar.

Fleeing the mocking crowd, she stumbles upon Elliot McBride, the tall, passionate Scot who was her first love. His teasing manner gives her an idea, and she asks Elliot to save her from an uncertain future—by marrying her…

After escaping brutal imprisonment, Elliot has returned to Scotland a vastly wealthy yet tormented man. Now Juliana has her hands full restoring his half-ruined manor in the Scottish Highlands and trying to repair the broken heart of the man some call irredeemably mad. Though beautiful and spirited, Juliana wonders if that will be enough to win a second chance at love.

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Juliana and Elliot have been friends since childhood, and Elliot was and still is her first love. When she is jilted at the alter and runs from the rumors and the pitying glances she finds Elliot. Teasing her as he always does to put a smile on her face and by doing so giving her an idea to save her future and also her hearts desire.

Elliot comes home  from the war with PTSD and a broken man. People believe he Elliot is mad, but Juliana does not. Elliot went through hell in the war and when he was captured, barely holding on to any sanity that he had . Now that he is home he tries to stop Juliana’s marriage, but falls asleep in the church drunk.  Now that Juliana is jilted at the alter he has a second chance to show her his love. Will he be worthy of her, or will she think he is mad like everyone else?

This book has a great story line a characters. This book shows that when you that all doors were closed to you, that one window was left open and that chance is there, whether it be love, happiness, peace of mind, or whatever you are looking for at that time in your life it is there. You just have to go looking for it. This is a warm-hearted read, about two people really getting to know each other, not just as friends, but as lovers, a true couple.

She is helping him deal with what he saw over in the war, and to show people that he is not mad. Their love for each other will help them overcome any obstacles in their paths. I really liked The Seduction Of Elliot McBride and I give it 5/5 stars.

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BOOK REVIEW: THE GREAT GATSBY by F. SCOTT FITZGERALD

The Great Gastby   

I read the book over the last weekend and spent quite a time as its length would not suggest. Some would say its a tragic love story with crime and corrupted minds. But I say its a very close resemblance to Fitzgerald’s own life, especially his struggle for his own love. That is the main theme. The story starts with Nick Carraway’s narration when he visits his cousin, Daisy. Nick, is an exceptionally mild person to the point of being dull. But through this narration framed in the thoughts of an exceedingly dull person Fitzgerald creates characters and lays out scenes that are vivid and bright and engaging.

By coincidence or by luck, Jay Gatsby, the lavish millionaire who throws extravagant parties to celebrate his wealth, is the neighbor of Nick. The story intertwines with Nick’s cousin Daisy Buchanan who is Gatsby’s long lost first love and still the object of his desire, Daisy’s husband Tom Buchanan who is having an affair with Myrtle Wilson.

It’s a mild story and the gripping depends all on the reader mind. With insignificant complexity the plot is an impressive display of analysis through rhetoric.

There are some similarities between the author Fitzgerald and the character Gatsby. Both had the opportunities to attend world’s most prestigious universities, Princeton and Oxford, but failed to graduate either of them. Both also attended the army. These are some insignificant similarities, though.

But the analogousness between them is the love of their lives. Both of them fell in love being young and neither of them could provide what their ladies, Zelda and Daisy, wanted. Both of these ladies were highly interested in money, and terminated their relationships. In Gatsby’s case, Daisy promised to wait but instead dated many men and married Tom Buchanan. In Scott’s case, he was engaged to Zelda and he went to New York seeking fortune but his plans took longer than expected. Thus, Zelda broke their engagement. It was not until the first book which made him rich enough to marry Zelda.

Both Daisy and Zelda resemble each other. They both were unloyal to their respective lovers. Gatsby’s struggle to get back his love fully resembles the struggle Scott might have experienced.

But as story needs to have an ending, Fitzgerald wrote down one possibility of his own love life could have ended or in other words the ending.

I quite like the story and the way it is written. It is, no doubt, one of the American Classics.

4.5 out of 5 from me.

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