#BookReview: Tug: A Love and Second Chances Novel by Katherine Glick

Reviewer: Annie

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

TugSummary:

When Alex Plummer suddenly became a widow and a single mother at the young age of thirty, she swore she’d never love another man again. The pain from losing her husband had broken her heart beyond repair. But she carried on, and remained strong for her son. With time, she learned how to live a functional life again. She had everything she needed. A loving son, a promising career, and a best friend that put others to shame. And there was no room for anything or anyone else in her life. Period. Alex’s controlled lifestyle was contested when she met Nicky, her best friend’s cousin. They quickly realized their attraction to one another was different and beyond control. Like Alex, Nicky suffered a loss when his fiancé dumped him after his hockey career ended. He vowed to be alone, so he could heal from the pain of his break up. He wasn’t going to let another woman wreck his life again. When Alex and Nicky’s lives collided, they realized they had one thing in common…heartache. However, they were too stubborn to admit that they wanted and needed each other. Alex wasn’t looking to fill a void, so she closed her heart off. And Nicky didn’t want to trust another woman, so the idea of a relationship wasn’t even on his radar. They were determined to keep a safe distance from one another. But Fate had other ideas in mind for Alex and Nicky. No matter how hard they tried, they couldn’t go their separate ways. Can Alex and Nicky overcome their hurtful pasts, and accept love into their hearts again? Or will they continue to build walls to keep each other out? This is a sweet story about love and second chances.

Review:

Katherine Glick proves that she deserves a spot on our “To-Be-Read” Lists…and, in our Beach Bag’s this summer. I just love when I read an author’s first novel, and I am totally blown away. I am anxiously awaiting her next novels.

Alex Plummer has a wonderfully cozy life in Wilmington, NC with her husband, Aaron and son, Dylan. They have a dog, Brutus and a lovely home. Alex and Aaron met in college, married, had a son and were leading the life most people dream of.

Until the day Sheriff Williams and his partner knocked on her door to tell her that Aaron died in a car accident.

Then life was not so dreamy.  When your heart breaks wide open as Alex’s did on the day that Aaron died, things cannot ever be the same. Life will never be as cozy. Life cannot ever be so full of love….

Or, can it?

Can love enter your life twice? Can you truly be given a second chance?

And, if offered the second chance, would Alex even take it?

This is an engrossing story that will “tug” at your heartstrings.

5 Stars

#BookReview: Natalie’s Getting Married by Rosa Temple

Reviewer: Christy

I received a review copy

natalie's getting marriedSummary:

Career minded, Natalie Spencer, had never been in love. She could never understand what all the fuss was about. But when she met Jackson Humphries during Fresher’s Week at university, that all changed.
Utterly infatuated, Natalie quickly discovers the meaning of love and, before she knows it, she’s heading up the aisle – for the first time, that is.
This is a tale about four wedding dresses, a runaway groom and a girl who got so carried away, she couldn’t see true love staring her right in the face.

Review:

Natalie fell head over infatuation with Jackson as soon as she laid eyes on him during her freshman year of college. While admiring him from afar, she found herself chatting with Gabriel – an older university student who quickly would become her best friend. When Jackson finally notices Natalie sitting alone in the cafeteria, she finds out that he, too, has been admiring her. Their relationship blossoms, he proposes, and despite his mother’s opinion, Jackson and Natalie are planning a wedding.

But then…things change. Being left at the alter, Natalie vows to avoid another relationship for a while, and she chooses to focus on her photography career. As she grows and matures, the only constant thing in her life from her university days is Gabriel. Their friendship is put on hold as Gabe travels the world with his on-again, off-again girlfriend. Natalie is left to rebuild her life after Jackson – and the wedding that didn’t happen.

Down the street from her photography studio, Liam owns a vintage record shop. A chance meeting between them changes her mind about relationships and she trusts her instincts and agrees to go out with him. As their relationship grows, Natalie finds herself falling in love with a man who is perfect – buy may not be perfect for her. For the second time, a wedding is planned and another last minute surprise at the alter leaves Natalie unmarried yet again.

Natalie wants to be part of a couple so bad that she can’t see love that’s been right in front of her since her freshers day at university. But it may be too late for her and the one man who’s been there for her the whole time. Twice, Gabe has tried to blow caution to Natalie and her quick decisions to get married. When he finds that she’s engaged (twice!), he decided he can’t wait on her forever and moves forward with his own relationships.

Will love bring them back together in the end, or does Natalie’s rush for love leave no room for true love?

This was a great read by Rosa Temple. Fast paced and full of surprises, Natalie’s Getting Married was a true enjoyment to read!

5 Stars

 


#BookReview: Looking for Wonderland by Jane Ainslie

Reviewer: Christy

I received a review copy

looking for wonderlandSummary:

Welcome to the world of Alice.

At forty-four, she’s a nurse who is burnt to a crisp by her job, has a family which makes dysfunctional look normal, and thinks valium should be handed out like lollies.

Alice knows things have to change.

Calling on her two best friends for advice, they decide to try and find their purpose in life.

Alice hopes Pilates, yoga, and Oprah The DVD Box Set, may have some answers.

Or does Dr. Botha, the hospital’s Infectious Disease Consultant, hold the key to Alice’s future?

As things begin to look brighter, a life changing event sends Alice tumbling down the rabbit hole, leaving her to wonder if she has missed her chances for happiness.

Will she ever find her Wonderland?

Review:

Looking For Wonderland was a cute, fast, funny read.
As a nurse myself, I had several laugh-out-loud moments as Alice found herself in nursing situations that every nurse has been in. She says things that we all think, even if we don’t actually say them out loud. This alone made this book worth the read, but it’s actually a good storyline and full of fun. In a relationship with a man who isn’t quite on the same page as her, Alice finds herself constantly running into a new doctor from the ED while working her shift at the hospital. The supporting characters only add to the funny moments, and although I’m a slow reader, I read this book in 2 days. Once I started, I had to finish it and couldn’t put it down. I recommend this to anyone who’s a nurse and likes to read, laugh, and is looking for a cute, light hearted story to get lost in.

I liked the way Ms. Ainslie writes and will definitely read more of her books in the future.

 4 stars