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Giveaway, Tour, and Review of Bedside Manners by Heather Frimmer

On Tour

9/1/18- 10/14/18

“Bedside Manners” by Heather Frimmer


Facing issues wasn’t something Joyce was used to, but since she was diagnosed with breast cancer, she needed to realize it needed to be something to address.

The major issue for Joyce besides the breast cancer was how would this affect her daughter’s wedding.

BEDSIDE MANNERS has the reader following Joyce as she goes through the wedding preparations and her breast cancer treatments.

The characters were genuine and heartfelt.  I enjoyed Marnie and Joyce.  They were both strong women.

Reliving my breast cancer journey had me being thankful that it has been 18 years, and I celebrated along with the survivors in the book.

The subject matter is very appropriate for October’s Breast Cancer month, and Ms. Frimmer’s writing flows well.

If you enjoy family situations and learning some medical information, you will enjoy BEDSIDE MANNERS.  4/5

This book was given to me as ARC by the author in return for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.






I am partnering with the author and the tour company for this giveaway:


October 14 – October 21

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The Fallen Archiect by Charles Belfoure

How could his theater have collapsed? Everything was done perfectly to all the specifications.

Douglas Layton was the architect who had drawn the plans for the Britannia Theater that collapsed on its opening night killing over a dozen people.  He was convicted and sent to prison for five years.

When he was released with no home and no money, he went back to his childhood home and decided he needed to change his identity and his entire life.

He did find a job as an artist in a theater, but his drinking to blur out all his troubles might turn out to be his downfall.

Keeping hidden and in disguise was of primary importance.

Keeping hidden was a bit difficult, but he managed. One day after hours as he was exploring the structure of the theater with his architect’s eye, Douglas noticed something with the wall that looked wrong.  What he found in that theater and a second theater gave him pause and had him questioning who really did cause the collapse of the theater.  He now knew it hadn’t been his error.

The investigation to clear his name had begun.  Investigation in the 1800’s was quite time consuming with all of it having to be done on foot and without the Internet.

Mr. Belfoure has written another marvelous, interest-keeping novel with a well-researched story line.  His writing is smooth, detailed, and kept me turning the pages. His architectural expertise shines through.

The characters are genuine, and it was enjoyable learning of the early theater.  I enjoyed the terminology and especially the term for movies, which was called “flickers.”


THE FALLEN ARCHITECT will be enjoyed by historical fiction fans, fans of mysteries, artists, architects, and anyone who enjoys books set in London and this time period.  5/5

This book was given to me as an ARC.  All opinions are my own.


The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton

An old house, an old sketch book, an old murder, an old photograph,  and a lot of mysteries.  Who doesn’t love all of those?


THE CLOCKMAKER’S DAUGHTER goes back and forth in time looking for clues to connect Elodie’s present-day questions and findings to the time when her mother was alive and how a country manor and other mysteries seem to have a connection to her mother.   She KNOWS there is some connection with everything she finds circling around Birchwood Manor.

Ms. Morton definitely makes you “work” for the clues.  Her writing is beautiful as always, but the story line was difficult to follow.

Each chapter began without the identification of the person talking so the reader has to figure out who has appeared on the scene now.  

I always enjoy Ms. Morton’s books because of the gothic atmosphere and marvelous connection between the characters and the story line, but THE CLOCKMAKER’S DAUGHTER had me confused most of the time.  Finding the connections was similar to solving a difficult math problem.

Once the chapter got started and you became interested in the story line, it was over and another thought and character appeared.

I can’t say I didn’t like the book.  THE CLOCKMAKER’S DAUGHTER had a skillfully constructed story line, but it wasn’t an easy read.

Once you were connected, though, it all started to come together in her marvelous Kate Morton style with a brilliant ending.

I LOVE her books, her beautiful writing, and her involved story lines so I kept reading because I wanted to find out how it all fit together and what the ending would reveal.  The revelations were marvelous as always.

Anyone who loves Kate Morton, who likes to unravel a book’s story line, and who can wait until it all comes together will not want to miss reading THE CLOCKMAKER’S DAUGHTER.   4/5

This book was given to me as an ARC.  All opinions are my own.

The Girl From Berlin by Ronald H. Balson

We travel from present-day Italy and back to the 1930’s during Hitler’s regime in Germany.

In Nazi Germany, we are introduced to Ada as she masterfully plays her violin solos.  In Italy we come across a land dispute that may or may not have Ada Baumgaurten, famous violinist in the Berlin Philharmonic, involved.

The land dispute has Liam and Catherine flying to Italy to the beautiful villa of Senora Vincenzo, aunt of a close friend in Chicago. 

Catherine has the task of trying to dispute the fact that Senora does own the land and the home she is living in contrary to the Italian attorneys who say she is not the owner.  The claim the Italian attorneys had seemed pretty suspicious.

We also gets a glimpse into beautiful Tuscany – its food, its people, and its landscapes.

I enjoyed the back and forth from the 1930’s to 2017.

The connection between the two time periods set in Germany at the beginning of WWII then moving to present-day Italy was a manuscript that Ada had written about her life and the life of a famous violinist.  Senora Ada Vincenzo insisted that Catherine read the manuscript for the background because she just couldn’t bring herself to tell the details.

THE GIRL FROM BERLIN is a very absorbing dual-timeline that will immediately capture your interest with detailed descriptions of the characters and events. 

Mr. Balson has written another beautiful, well researched book that opens up our eyes to the life the European people were living at that time to today’s lifestyle in Italy.  The present-day story line has secrets being revealed about Ada’s and Senora Vincenzo’s claim on the land.

Historical fiction fans, opera fans, and fans of Mr. Balson’s books definitely will not be disappointed in his newest beauty.

THE GIRL FROM BERLIN is outstanding, unforgettable, and well written.

Magnificent, marvelous, heart wrenching, and should be given high praise are perfect descriptions of THE GIRL FROM BERLIN.  5/5

This book was given to me as an ARC.  All opinions are my own.



Giveaway, Spotlight, and Review of The Lost Carousel of Provence by Juliet Blackwell

Who wouldn’t want to go to Paris and photograph carousels?

Cady was excited to head to Paris when she received the assignment especially since her interest in carousels had begun when she was a child and found Gus.

Gus was a carved carousel rabbit with a secret Cady found hidden inside Gus when he accidentally broke open.  The hidden secret had a story of its own, and turned into a mystery that haunted Cady to solve.

Cady was used to mysteries and secrets since her childhood was spent in the foster system.  She was moved from one foster home to another with no parents to be found.  When she met Maxine and found Gus, though, they seemed to give her some stability and interest in antiques.

THE LOST CAROUSEL OF PARIS follows Cady back and forth from her childhood to present day with the history behind the carousel rabbit marvelously added in as well.

The characters were lovely, and the story line was creative, uplifting, and positive.  I enjoyed the history of European carousels and learning about a famous carousel maker Monsieur Gustave Bayol and his company in Angers, France.

THE LOST CAROUSEL OF PARIS allows the reader to get a free trip to Paris and to experience the beautiful landscape and people of Southern France both present-day and past.

This book will appeal to those who enjoy France, antiques, warm-hearted characters, the Provencal countryside, chateaus, and European history during WWII.

A lovely, charming, heart-warming read.

France, carousels, lovable characters, and a marvelous story line.

LOVED the book….ENJOY if you read it…I know you will.  5/5

This book was given to me free as an ARC.  All opinions are my own.



I am partnering with Danielle Keir of Berkley|Penguin Random House for this giveaway:


September 18 – 25



Lies by T. M. Logan


Can lies be deadly?  Can lies ruin your life? Can lies be undone?

I think we know the answer to those questions, and Joe definitely knew the answer to two of these questions.  His life was turned upside down because of lies he found out his wife was living and lies that someone else was spreading about him.

Finding out your wife has been cheating on you for the past five months and then having to deal with what someone was doing to your life via social media is what Joe was dealing with.

How could this be happening and how could one person be orchestrating it alone. Someone has to be helping each other to bring Joe down.

LIES doesn’t immediately pull you in, but once it does you won’t be able to put the book down. The tension mounts with the turn of each page.

And…the ending…WOW!!

This is a must-read end-of-summer treat. 4/5

This book was given to me as an ARC.  All opinions are my own.

When The Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica


No identity, no birth certificate, no social security card, no mention on her mother’s income tax forms.
Jessie found out she was non-existent, but how could that be possible?  Was she really born in Illinois?  Was Sloan really her last name?  Was what her mother told her not the truth?  If not the truth, why?

We follow Jessie after her mother passed away with no questions answered about her life and her identity. She never thought to ask her mother because the need never came up to wonder why she was an unknown person.

Meanwhile Eden’s story is being told along with Jessie’s.  What is the connection?  Does Eden have the answers to the questions of her missing identity?

The book had a slow start, but once it got going, I didn’t want to put it down. The slow start was because I was a bit confused, but I knew that would not continue and the book would get tense and interesting.

I, of course, was correct.  WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT was a thriller with odd characters. Jessie was totally off-the-wall and Eden was strange as well.

As usual Ms. Kubica has created another spinning tale that keeps you guessing and wondering along with Jessie about her life and her mother’s parting words about finding herself.

WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT has a unique, creative story line with some upsetting situations, but the ending will have you saying:  Ah ha as well as have you scratching your head.

ENJOY if you read Ms. Kubica’s newest.  4/5

This book was given to me as an ARC.  All opinions are my own.