May’s Matchmaker Book

51135fztndl-_sx331_bo1204203200_I had to throw in a quick review for May’s Matchmaker novel that I read last week. This series of 12 books (one each month) has been so fun to read. May’s romance really stuck with me. The unique, strong characters were amazing. I want to be a heart surgeon now. Think a hospital will hire me in 12 years when I’m…uh…oh, never mind? You don’t need to know how old I’ll be then. Close to retirement, I’m sure.

This contemporary romance tugged at my heartstrings…quite literally. The hero and heroine are both med students working their way to becoming heart surgeons. The love story starts out with a bang…or rather with spray paint. Here’s the blurb:

Every time Andra Stone crosses paths with Everett Covington, trouble follows. First she loses her scholarship, then she loses the apartment she’d wanted more than anything. But tragedy hits hardest when she loses her grandmother—the best friend Andra has ever known. She determines that Everett is a talisman of ill fortune. When Everett comes to work in her hospital and is applying for the same position she’d been working toward since residency, Andra believes him to be her personal poltergeist. The human heart has four chambers—four chances to get it right. Andra has only one chance left

My Review

I wanted to cry over and over again as the four chambers of my heart were put through a workout as the two characters balked at love each time they reunited. This story took place over a lot of years…so there was a lot of heartache and misery to wade through waiting for them to get their hearts in sync so they could see each other for who they really were. I really loved it still. My heart got pulled all over the place, but so did Andra’s and Everet’s (So I guess we’re even).

Decadent5The Matchmaker, who is the only tying factor into each story, was wonderful in this one. All the characters were strong and determined and nice–I wanted to meet them in real life. It has a riveting plot line that made it hard to put down. The hospital setting sounds boring, but it wasn’t. It made me want to be a doctor. The romance was clean and believable. This is a 5 star book all the way across. Very rich and decadent…in the best of ways.

Here’s the link if you want to get this one. I highly recommend it. It’s one I will certainly reread in the future.

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Moving on

Life has been crazy around here for the last few months. I sold my house in Idaho last month, but am renting it back from the new owner until my daughter graduates. My husband’s job is moving him to Utah this summer, so we’ve been driving there way too much looking for houses. We found one, and it officially closed today so that I can say I own it. Here’s a picture. Isn’t it cute? I like it, but there will be lots of work to do since it’s new (window coverings, landscaping, finishing the basement, and probably other things I haven’t thought of; ugh). I swore I’d never get a new house again…but I fell in love with this one when we came across it almost finished. Now I’ll swear again…that I will never get a new house after this. We’ll see if I listen to myself in the future.

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Readin’ is Eatin’

Reading is one of my favorite hobbies. So is eating. And they sort of rhyme…hence my title today. Readin’ is eatin’ for my mind and heart. And I really like how reading calories don’t make me gain weight (unless I throw M&M or some other chocolate into the mix, then all bets are off). Since I haven’t posted for a while, I thought I’d do a quick review of the reading I’ve done this last month…and why.

1499952Daddy Long Legs – This was one of my favorite books as a young teen girl. I’d kind of forgotten the plot, so I reread it (since classics are free on my Kindle)…and I thoroughly loved it! The way the author tells the story through Judy’s letters all through college to her mysterious donor is lovely (and funny too). Continue reading

Between Here and There

MC_Drei-Finger-FaultierI am just realizing (or admitting) that I have taken quite a long break from my blog in April. Since this month ends this week, I thought I better post once more to break my sloth blogging cycle and update you on my writing status.

Yes, I have been busy…just not with blogging. I have read great books. I have tried to write a great book, and between here and there…I am finally getting somewhere. How’s that for non-specific? Continue reading

Lady Helen Finds Her Song

Lady Helen BannerThis newest story by Jennifer Moore was amazing. I’ve read a lot of her books, and they always make me smile. She writes great characters, fantastic settings, and believable romances that are usually set in the Regency period in the 1800’s.

Lady Helen Finds Her Song is set in 1813 in India. Lady Helen has just arrived in Calcutta with her mother and her new husband, Brigadier-General Stackhouse. She finds herself fascinated with the exotic splendors of India, but her fellow British expatriates Continue reading

Book Giveaway

51ccnxtq2bjl-_sx330_bo1204203200_My friend, Maria Hoagland, has a book giveaway you can enter right now (my book happens to be one of them). Maria used to be in my writing group before she moved to Texas last year. I’m super excited that she has a new book out that she had discussed with our group ‘back in the day’ when she was here. She’s one of the sweetest people I’ve met and I’m reading her book right now–The Re-Model Marriage. It’s pretty good.

Here’s the link to a Rafflecopter giveaway to enter. You can also visit Maria’s Renovation blog and her Review Blog. Crossing my fingers and wishing you luck and happy reading!

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Love is Come

edwardian woman looking at a steam trainIt’s the start of another month…and that means I get to tell you about the next book in the Power of the Matchmaker series. April’s book is by Heather Moore. And that’s no April Fool’s joke. Here’s the blurb:

Nelle Thompson lives a life of privilege during the turn of the century New York City. When her parents are killed in a terrible accident, she’s forced to live with her aunt’s family in a small town in Connecticut, and treated as a poor relation with no financial independence. Broken-hearted and riddled with insomnia, Nelle’s health begins a downward spiral. When a locked part of her heart blossoms around her cousin’s fiancé Mathew Janson, Nelle doesn’t know if she can endure one more heartbreak. Miss Pearl, owner of the local apothecary shop, becomes a mother figure to Nelle, but a fateful summer day has Nelle questioning everything she’s ever believed and wondering if she’ll ever love again.

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