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Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult

Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult 🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult was a book of coincidences and controversies.  Jodi Picoult is known to write books that are controversial in nature. She also likes to add twists and turns that are not expected.  This is true for this book as well. I found the mixtures of controversies, coincidences and twisting storylines interesting. Abortions, Gun Control, Women’s Rights, and Patient Rights are all just parts of the story.  

The book is set at a center of women’s health in Mississippi where abortions as well as other women’s health issues are addressed.  The book also addresses how far a father would go to protect and stand up for their teenage daughter. The questions of what makes a father/ a parent.  The two male characters are on opposite sides of the situation, with one needing to find a way to make a connection to bring a resolution.

I liked the different way Jodi Picoult wrote her book with the story line going backward.  She starts at the climax and works her way backward through the story hour by hour. The number of characters stories also made the book fascinating. I left the book with more questions than answers.  As much as I loved the book, I was disappointed in the lack of resolution in a couple of the storylines. There were characters whose storyline just ends and I really wanted to know what happened to them.   

Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult is going to raise questions and leave you reassessing your stances. The storyline is compelling. Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult is a good read.

Lock and Key by Cat Porter

Lock and Key by Cat Porter🙂🙂👍👍👍

Lock and Key kicked butt and took no names!  Cat Porter’s book about “Little Sister” (Grace) was awesome.  I liked how Grace was no young thing, but a woman in her 40s with goals and needs.  I like how her story was revealed almost like being peeled off layer by layer with both the backstory and the current story unfolding.  Grace’s husband Dig died years ago and within that tragedy, Grace lost their child as well. Years later when Grace comes home to help take care of Ruby, her sister she ends up back at the One Eyed Jacks needing help. That’s when she meets Miller or Lock again.

The story has many twists and turns and eventually to understand that there is an element to the story that you might not be aware of earlier and that element is all part of the mixed up back story and continues to invade the new story. It is clear to me this book was meant to entertain, but was about Grace.  Yes Lock and Dig and others were part of it, but it was about Grace.

Lock and Key by Cat Porter is a great MC book with a strong older female main character. 

 

Something Just Like That by Jennifer Probst

Something Just Like This by Jennifer Probst🙂🙂👍👍

Something Just Like This by Jennifer Probst is a novella about a mayor and his assistant.  The novel is loosely related to her series called Stay as the characters are shared as well as the setting in upstate New York.  Jonathan Lake is the mayor of New York City.  He has worked with his assistant Aylssa Block for two years and he has found her to be very capable and hard worker.  He has also has been asked to run for governor.

Lately Jonathan Lake has noticed his assistant more.  While they had a discussion about changing their status, Alyssa was hesitant to change their relationship.  Along the way while beginning to campaign for governor, she became even more conflicted. Jonathan, his daughter and Alyssa was invited to upstate New York to Olivia, Ethans and Harper’s home (B and B and Farm).  It is here in the rarified air outside of New York that they need to make a decision.

Something Just Like This by Jennifer Probst is a good read.  This novella is an great read that makes you hope.

All Roads Lead to You by Jennifer Probst

All Roads Lead to You by Jennifer Probst🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

All Roads Lead to You by Jennifer Probst  is the third book in a series by Jennifer Probst called Stay.  The story focuses on a family of three siblings who live in New York’s Hudson Valley.  They run a B and B and a rescue farm for horses. Book one was all about the brother Ethan and Mia. Book two was about Ophelia and Kyle.  This book is going to focus on Harper, the last sister and her rescue farm. While all books were great, they can be read as standalones.

Harper has always felt different.  She is tall and does not look like her siblings.  She finds solace with the horses she saves and her work with animals.  Harper is smart, compassionate and caring, but she is also a straight talker with no ability to conceal her thoughts.  She has a horse that has really has some interesting skills. The amount of work to get Phoenix to even be calm around them and be ridden was tremendous, but Harper thinks he was and is a racer.  

Aiden came to the B and B to rest.  He was looking for what was next, a horse to train, a past to conceal.  It was then he saw Phoenix and met Harper. He is hooked and works hard to get the family to accept him and training Phoenix. 

The story is another great love story.  I love the openness and up front person that is Harper. I understand how Harper could love Aiden’s voice with his Irish lilt.  All the animals seem to fall for Aiden which makes him even more a part of the family. I enjoy how Jennifer Probst always has a moral dilemma for each character and how they grow from their experiences.  It doesn’t hurt that the books are HOT. All Roads Lead to You by Jennifer Probst was a great read with lots of romance.

 

The Art of Hiding by Amanda Prowse

The Art of Hiding by Amanda Prowse🙂🙂💔💔👍👍

I enjoy reading fictional books that make me think about what is important in life. Amanda Prowse’s newest book, The Art of Hiding really highlighted that notion about what is important.  The main character Nina thought she had a perfect life, a beautiful house, plenty of food and money, a great husband and two boys.  Until her husband Finn dies and Nina’s house of cards falls apart.  She and her boys are left destitute with nothing.  Nina needs to be strong for the boys and strong for herself as they rebuild their lives.  

The beginning of the book was so hard to read.  Amanda Prowse's words evoked such horror and immense sadness.  I found myself both sad and mad at the same time. The small steps Nina takes and the slow growth of surviving day to day brought relief.  It is a gift to be able to write in such a way that the emotions of the main character are mirrored by the reader.  

The Art of Hiding by Amanda Prowse is a great read.  

Once a Spy by Mary Jo Putney

Once a Spy by Mary Jo Putney🙂🙂👍👍

Once a Spy by Mary Jo Putney is the fourth book in the Rogues Redeemed series.  Quite frankly it could be read as a stand alone, but it is a Mary Jo Putney book, so why not read theme all.  Simon and Suzanne Duval are a couple that really makes you realize how much work can go into a marriage, but not in a bad way.  It reminded me of how life just doesn’t stand still.

Simon Duval was a spy during the war with Napoleon.  He was captured and held for killing the next day when he and some others escaped.  Simon finally was able to leave the army and heard the widow of his cousin was in England.  When he went to visit her, he saw Suzanne’s reduced circumstances and offered her a marriage of companionship and comfort.  Suzanne’s scars from her past are a huge barrier, but Simon is persistent. Suzanne and Simon set off on a trip only to find how much they really love each other, but is that enough.  

I love the relationship and strength between Suzanne and Simon.  I found them both strong, resilient yet damaged by the past. I think they are what made this book so remarkable.  Once a Spy by Mary Jo Putney was a good read!

Once a Rebel by Mary Jo Putney

Once a Rebel by Mary Jo Putney🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

Once a Rebel by Mary Jo Putney is a lovely historical romance with some great twists.  I enjoyed the different plot and found the book to be interesting historically as well.  Calista Brooke has spent most of her life trapped.  She was forced to marry by her father, only to be momentarily saved by her best friend Richard, to being caught.  Her marriage while forced could have been much worse, after he dies, her stepson wanted to steal it all so she fled to Washington, only to have the city and her home burn down around her in The War of 1812.  

Richard or Gordon or or Lord George was her best friend growing up.  He too had a horrible family life that included abuse.  He knew he could marry Callie and get her to freedom and they would rub along tolerably well together, but there were betrayed and he was almost beaten to death by Callista’s father and then found guilty and sent to Australia, as his father watched impassively.  

Gordon survived and was a man of adventure, who helped people find or locate various things.  He was asked to locate a Mrs Audley in Washington DC and help her either return to England or he was to give the information forward so she could live comfortably in the future.  What a surprise that the Mrs Audley was Callista.  

Mary Jo Putney’s newest book was a  lovely story with all the needed twists and turns.  You really wanted to couple to be together again and hoped love would bloom.  Once a Rebel by Mary Jo Putney was a good read!

 

Once a Scoundrel by Mary Jo Putney

Once a Scoundrel by Mary Jo Putney🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

Mary Jo Putney is the author of a series of books called Rogues Redeemed.  The main male characters are all men who were sentenced to die after a night locked away.  They were able to escape, but promised each other that they were maintain contact and try to redeem themselves in the future.  They also agreed to help each other unconditionally if called on. Once a Scoundrel is the next book in the series.

Gabriel Hawkins is a man who had to carve out his own destiny.  Denied his heritage and career, he takes on dangerous jobs on his own ship with bravery and cunning. Gabriel has agreed to help save a lady who is about to be sold into a harem or will be sold for ransom.  He has been given part of the money (all the family could afford) and is off on a mission to a place he never wanted to go again.

“Rory” Lawrence is not married and has been off on adventures with her cousin Constance.  She has avoided the customary, ordinary life of a victorian upper crust woman. She has seen India and gone places that have excited and thrilled her, but captured by a pirate and waiting to be ransomed by her family was not the adventure she was hoping for.  “Rory” is scared and terrified while trying to maintain her hopefulness. Her cousin Constance and her crew were depending on her to help save them as well.

Gabriel and Rory were certain they were for each other, knowing that the chances of them finding their HEA was slim...together they forge a bond and both work to have that happen.  The newest book in the Rogues Redeemed series called Once a Scoundrel by Mary Jo Putney was a great read.

 

Dearly Beloved by Mary Jo Putney

Dearly Beloved by Mary Jo Putney🙂❤👍

Dearly Beloved by Mary Jo Putney reminded me of an old fashion bodice ripper as opposed to a newer aged historical romance.  The book had it all, an evil spy, secrets to save Britain, a spymaster who has learned to trust no one, an innocent woman, and loads of secrets.  The book was originally published in 2004, but has a spruced up cover. The book has some difficult topics that could be offsetting to others including rape, and incest.  

Keeping secrets while might start out as innocuous, almost always turn into huge problems difficult to overcome.  Diana Lindsay has lived out in the country for many years with her son and a companion/helper, Edith.  Together they have forged a family. Then another woman showed up who shared her story and helped Diana become a courtesan.  

Diana’s first night out as a  courtesan, she meets Gervase Brandelin, the Viscount St. Aubyn.  He immediately wants her for his own and the plot deepens. Diana does not immediately choose him and always prevents him from them being exclusive (even though they both are). That’s when the plot starts thickening and twisting.

Mary Jo Putney slowly lets information leak that foreshadowed some of what was to come and as with a good novel, you both looked forward to the truth being set free and horror at what was to come.  The book’s storyline was not my favorite. I am not a fan of rape and incest stories, but I needed to read where the book was going to go. I found myself both liking and disliking the characters as their stories unfolded.  Mary Mo Putney is a great author, but I am not a fan of this particular novel, Dearly Beloved.

 

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