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Moving Target by Lynette Eason – Fast Paced Romantic Suspense at its Best

Moving Target by Lynette Eason – Fast Paced Romantic Suspense at its Best

Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: 2017
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance / Suspense
Source: Bought
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads
Amazon | Blogger | Goodreads | Wordpress
Rating: ★★★★½
Quick-Witted, smart and fast paced, Moving Target is sure to entice the romantic suspense enthusiast in all of us. Buckle in and hang tight for an adventure, and the thrill of “the chase” as only suspense fiction can provoke.

Brushes with death is an experience Maddy McKay knows well. She’s too familiar with the sensation and fear. First when her life was nearly taken from her months earlier. Now, her best friend (and the man she's crushing on), Detective Quinn Holcombe is recovering from a similar experience. In the hopes this new bond they've formed will be the start of a new normal, Maddy spends her waking hours helping Quinn during his recovery.

Nothing goes as planned when a voice without a face kidnaps Maddy and Quinn, holds them on a remote island and taunts them. Now their only option is to escape a killer bent on sinister plans that chase Maddy and Quinn into conspiracies and their respective pasts.

BOOK REVIEW | Always Watching by Lynette Eason

Each of the novels I read from Eason continues to impress. Her skill in this genre has been perfected with each novel she’s released. In particular this Elite Guardian series is full of twists, turns and turmoil. A series that is, really, her best yet, and I say this aware how much I’ve enjoyed prior novels from her pen. One of the best elements of this novel is that it doesn’t limit its characters. By this I mean the setting doesn’t keep “still” in one place as I anticipated. When novels confine their “space” to one place, they do themselves a disservice. This is because they stifle the emotions and plot potential.

There’s something about this series that gives it an edge. From the “first look” (cover design), to the synopsis and interlocking stories of four female bodyguards, these stories are top shelf. This, the third book of four, follows in its predecessors footsteps and no doubt, sets a tone for Chasing Secrets (book four). As an aside, though each book tells its own stories, I'd recommend you reading them all and in order. As its title affirms and suggests, Moving Target moves at a quick pace, keeping pace with the urgency of its protagonists.

For many, because the will-they-or-won’t-they story has been a thread throughout this series, Maddy and Quinn’s book has likely been anticipated. Even amidst danger and dodging bullets, the pair still manages to have some lovely, flirtatious and witty moments. It’s these scenes we live for. The quiet moments between two people who clearly like each other. When they’re not frustrating us (with their stubborn inability to talk to each other), they’re making us smile and swoon.

Quick-Witted, smart and fast paced, Moving Target is sure to entice the romantic suspense enthusiast in all of us. Buckle in and hang tight for an adventure and the thrill of “the chase” as only suspense fiction can provoke.

Synopsis: When Maddy McKay and Quinn Holcombe don't show up for Quinn's surprise birthday party, his friends know that something is very wrong. Their search turns up little beyond evidence that Quinn and Maddy just decided to take off for a long overdue vacation. But it soon becomes apparent that they did not leave of their own accord.

Maddy awakens in a cement room with no idea where she is. But it's not long before she realizes she's in the clutches of a madman exacting revenge by hunting. His prey of choice? Humans. Now Maddy and Quinn must run for their lives, hoping to find their killer before the next game begins. Because if they don't win this game, they die. - Goodreads

Coming Next from Lynette Eason: When police officer Isabelle St. John's partner is murdered, she must work with Detective Ryan Marshall to solve a case that may force her to choose between family and justice. – Goodreads, January 2018

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Bookstagram Challenge | September 2017 #WishfulWonder Challenge

Bookstagram Challenge | September 2017 #WishfulWonder Challenge

Hello happy readers and fellow bookworm friends. Posting today to share another #WishfulWonder bookstagram challenge - because, yes, September is coming up. Fast. On the upside, you all know what this means! It's time for the eighth edition of #WishfulWonder.

My friend Tressa (of Wishful Endings) and I are pleased to announce we have put together another Bookstagram challenge. Let's have a look (but first let me try and convince you to join in).

Pressed for time? Not sure a bookstagram challenge if for you? Below I give a spiel hoping to convince you otherwise.

+ If you’re pressed for time to participate in daily challenges, first and foremost, while we love it when you do, there’s no rule that says you must post every day. (Not that you needed my permission to say this, but I thought I'd put this out there.)
+ If you think you can’t participate because of it being “too much work,” try taking a handful or several days’ worth of photos for an hour. (This is generally what I try to do, which is nice and I often find I have a little “stock pile” of Instagram photos as a result.)  
+ If you're looking to meet other Bookstagrammers (people in the book community on Instagram) and bloggers, or build your "brand" in the book community, joining a challenge is an excellent way to do this. 
+ If you don’t think our #WishfulWonder challenge looks like a good fit for you, there are TONS of challenges on Instagram. A brief #Bookstagram or some variation of a #BookChallenge hashtag search will show this. 
+ Best of all, the best thing about these challenge (well, aside from the people. And the books.) is the creative outlet. You develop your OWN style of photos, which is what makes everyone's account so unique! I've seen simplistic (in terms of prop use, etc.) photos that are stunning and I've seen more elaborate shots that compliment the book and suit the style of the bookstagrammer. Plus, if you're like me, and you love creative outlets, this is an excellent way to do this. 
+ Still not convinced? Go ahead and follow our #WishfulWonder tag on Instagram or Twitter to be inspired!

\\\\\ You're invited to join our September 2017 #WishfulWonder Challenge.

Hopefully everything is self explanatory, but if you have any questions about the prompts. We’d love to see your pictures, so be sure to tag us with the usual, #WishfulWonder hashtag. Also, feel free to share this.

As we do every month, we extend our thanks to everyone who has joined our challenges. We're having so much fun browsing our tag, and appreciate your creativity and time. (If we haven't clicked that heart on your photos and/or commented, it's not because we won't, it's simply due to time restraints - summer always seems busy. BUT please know we enjoy browsing your photos, and sooner or later one or both of us will find them with that #WishfulWonder tag.)

We'd also LOVE your feedback on favorite prompts. Drop a comment down below. 
Happy day, Book Nerdigans. Join us in our fun, bookish endeavors - we look forward to chatting with you.
Thank you for visiting Finding Wonderland.
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Summer Villa (2016) – Miscommunication and Scheduling Leads to Happy Coincidences (and Endings)

Summer Villa (2016) – Miscommunication and Scheduling Leads to Happy Coincidences (and Endings)

Sometimes tropes are happy circumstance. Sometimes they’re precisely what one needs. This is the happy place I found myself in recently when I visited Italy. (À la armchair adventure style.)

Writer’s block is not Terry Russell’s best friend. Nonetheless it’s her constant companion these days. On the advice of her editor, Terry (Hilarie Burton) packs up her moody teenage daughter, Abby, and the pair travel to France for the summer. Given use of her editor’s family home, Terry finds the villa magical. It looks like the perfect place to regroup, find her voice again and write the next Terry Russell best seller. There’s just one small hitch in the otherwise picture perfect plan.

Matthew Everston (Victor Webster) is coming off a bad review for his restaurant. This is the kind of review that could undo all the hard work he’s poured into his business. Looking for a place to unwind and relax, he decides to travel to the family villa for the summer. Once there, he runs into Terry, and things suddenly become very uncomfortable. You see, Terry and Matthew were set up on a blind date (by her editor, his sister), a date that didn’t quote make it past “hello”...

One of the best things about the Hallmark trademark is their commitment to quality entertainment. Summer Villa is from last summer’s Summer Nights campaign, but wasn’t one I had ever had the chance to watch. One viewing later, and it has a place at the “favorites table.” There’s something electric about it, all of which I suspect is compelled in part by the exotic location.

Though I don’t know for sure, I did read this filmed in Canada (not unusual for these Hallmark films). This is no way hampers the “feel” of the French countryside; the settings are very “French.” No matter where the characters go or visit, there’s a French “vibe,” and of course, the villa itself is beautiful. It’s the kind of place that looks like something out of a storybook. The scenes of the characters walking the countryside also help “sell” the setting.

The cute character interactions (between Matthew and Terry, Matthew and Abby, and on the list goes) is part of what makes this film so darn cute. Humor is spot-on perfect as is the cast and the “bond” between everyone. Though the story is familiar, the new faces and places easily sway us to their side. It's this cast that complements the story.  I loved seeing Hilarie Burton in another of these films since she's a favorite from White Collar, and of course, Victor Webster is a favorite Hallmark leading man. He plays each of his characters with a suave kind of gentlemanly characteristic, something that fits the exotic locales well. 

A cute, culinary romcom of a film, Summer Villa is sure to make you wish you too were visiting the relaxing and tranquil sights and sounds of this French countryside. ♥

Photos: Hallmark Channel / Crown Media Press
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Top Ten Tuesday | Virtual Reality, Gamers, Gaming and Sci-Fi Reads (aka, the List in Which I know Nothing of What I Talk About)

Top Ten Tuesday | Virtual Reality, Gamers, Gaming and Sci-Fi Reads (aka, the List in Which I know Nothing of What I Talk About)

Hello, happy readers and friends. Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday. Who’s excited it’s back up and running?? I know this girl is.

Broke and Bookish August 15:  Ten book recommendations for ______________

So today, on this auspicious day (aka the return of Top Ten Tuesday), what do I decide to do? Talk about a subject of which I know nothing (zippo, nada, zero) about. Because, this is completely normal, right? I’m terrible at recommendation lists. Not because I don’t like talking about amazing books or offering recommendations but rather because I seem to repeat the same books over (and over) again therefore offering boring suggestions.

The normal solution to this is to write about a subject that I know nothing about.

In the aftermath of reading a recent YA Lit sci-fi book and the buzz surrounding an upcoming release, I decided to list sci-fi books about gamers or virtual reality. Because of this (remember I said I nothing about said subject), most of my list will be comprised of titles I have not read. Also ironic that I’m making this list is the fact that I’ve recently realized I need to hone in on my reading preferences again, because (as we all are), I enjoy my reading the most when reading only the genres that I really like. (But that’s for another discussion post, one that is planned.)

Nonetheless, let’s get to list-ing.

1. Longest Shelf Life: Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza | This one has been on my shelf forever. It's one I was really curious about at the time, and then, well, as we all know, new books release which distract us. Amazon | Goodreads 

2. Virtual TBR: The Leveller by Julia Durango | Next is a book I have not read. In fact, while putting this list together, I ran across this one. It caught my eye and makes me curious – especially since it’s a new-to-me author, too. Amazon | Goodreads

3. Watched: Insurgent (Film Adaptation) | Haven’t read this series (and to be honest, I don’t know that I will – the emotional upheaval might not be worth it), but this film is very tech savvy. Plus, it’s very much like a “game” in which its protagonists must outwit the “government” (Fraction) officials controlling their every move. 

4. Read: The Giver by Lois Lowry | Though the details of this book are fuzzy (because a. I read it over a holiday and b. I rushed it because I had rented the film – time limit! – and wanted to read the book prior to watching it), the film’s visualization was very tech-y. Or that’s my memory of it. Am I thinking of something else? *blogger second guesses herself* Amazon | Goodreads

5. Wishlist/Preorder TBR: Warcross by Marie Lu | This is the book that is getting so. much. buzz. I don’t mind admitting, this might not ordinarily be a novel I’d pick up, but it does interest me, so I’m admitting curiosity. Amazon | Goodreads

6. Watched: The Maze Runner (Film Adaptation) | This one might not focus on the tech aspect of the story, but it is largely about a “game” in which characters are stuck in a maze without hope of escape. Creepy, right? (No wonder mazes always seem sinister.)

7. Virtual TBR: Rush by Eve Silver | This is a book that looks vaguely familiar. While I know I haven’t read it, I do know I did read about it. The question now is: why did I decide not to read it way back when? *looks at TBR* Oh, rightAmazon | Goodreads

8. Started to Watch: Stitchers (TV Series) | I am so far behind on this one, however I loved what I saw of it (early series one). The pilot pulled me in and if the Twitter chatter is any indication, I’m going to adore the #Camsten feels going on. (Enough so that it might make me ignore the disappointing shifts.)

9. Virtual TBR: Reboot by Amy Tintera | This is another I’ve not read (as most of these are). I remember reading about it way back when (likely on one of my online window shopping sprees). Have you read it? Recommended: Yes or no? Amazon | Goodreads

10. Read: The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber | This is the one novel I have read on the list and it’s a unique-to-me read. That said, I found it engrossing and entertaining. There are aliens thrown into the virtual reality game, so it’s got plenty of action working for it. Amazon | Goodreads

*publishes tomorrow; visit channel, linked above

This brings an end to my know-nothing-about-anything-subject-list. Which of these books have you read? Do you like any sci-fi/gaming/virtual reality books? Comment down below with your thoughts, opinions, Top Ten Tuesday posts or other bookish chatter.

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Garage Sale Mystery: Murder by Text (2017) – Jenn’s Most Curious Case Yet!

Garage Sale Mystery: Murder by Text (2017) – Jenn’s Most Curious Case Yet!

Hallmark Movies and Mysteries returns tonight with an all-new premiere. This one features the second of four Garage Sale Mystery films. In this installment, Jenn (Lori Loughlin) returns to solve a baffling case. The single clue is a text message in a case that looks to be a tragic suicide.

The suspects line up led by members of a band including their lead act, the once-popular country superstar, John Dalton and his high school sweetheart wife, Pamela. Then there’s their possibly sketchy manager Rick, and their wardrobe manager, Cassie. As the suspects line up, Jenn bounces her ideas off her patient husband (Steve Bacic) who’s in something of a loving feud with their daughter, Hannah (Eva Bourne). Meanwhile she finds herself a kind of referee not only in her own family, but to her best friend Dani (Sarah Strange) and her visiting sister, Beth (Gabrielle Miller).

TV MOVIE REVIEW | Garage Sale Mystery: The Beach Murder (2017) –Treasure Collector (and Garage Sale Aficionado) Lori Loughlin Returns to Solve New Mystery!

The same pattern I’ve said many a time over for previous Garage Sale Mystery installments is true of ‘Murder by Text.’ It’s another entertaining sleuth-y story for those of us who like a good riddle. The Shannon’s home life continues to play a role in the scripts, which grounds the story. Though I’ve probably made this observation before, I will say, I like how Jenn’s teenage son is written into the scripts. Logan is her go-to tech expert, so anytime a tech issue crops up in her sleuthing, it’s him she questions.

Of those I’ve seen, this is my favorite in the franchise. (There's two more to anticipate in the next two weeks.) I liked the mystery, and how it unfolds. I also like that Jenn isn’t in “grave danger” as a push to climax the story. Instead its more about a final whodunit proclamation, and in my opinion, this works better.

Other than this, all that’s left to say is this. Don’t forget to watch ‘Murder by Text’ tonight on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries. The suspects stack up quickly, and we get to follow through with more of our favorites from the Shannon household to the endearing supporting characters. (Especially fun is learning more about Dani with the arrival of her sister.)

Amateur sleuths, find that perfect cozy nook on the couch, pick up the remote and don’t miss tonight’s premiere of ‘Murder by Text.’

Photos: Hallmark Channel / Crown Media Press 
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Summer in the Vineyard (2017) – Sequel Takes Viewers Back to the Vineyard

Summer in the Vineyard (2017) – Sequel Takes Viewers Back to the Vineyard

The second original in Hallmark’s latest Summer Nights campaign keeps its plot simple, and boasts beautiful scenery. The story reacquaints viewers with the cautious, worrier Frankie Baldwin (Rachael Leigh Cook) and the optimistic Nate Deluca (Brendan Penny), who's motto seems to be “everything will be fine.” 

TV FILM REVIEW | Summer in the Vineyard (2017) – Sequel Takes Viewers Back to the Vineyard. All review text © Rissi JC; review first appears on

Since the pair went into partnership together – both in business and of the heart, as winery owners they eagerly anticipate bottling and labeling their first vintage. Frankie works to perfect her cabernet while Nate’s domain is the vines. Life becomes hectic when a twist of fate puts Sorrento Farms as the location for the annual Taste St. Madeline, an annual food and wine event. Frankie’s unhappy with the location change (and keeping a secret). Meanwhile Nate believes this event will be the making of their first-year vineyard.

TV FILM REVIEW | Summer Love (2016) – Sweet Summertime Romance in the Corporate World

It’s always fun to revisit favorite characters and discover where life's path has taken them. To see what they’ve accomplished (especially since they all have some dream, or have chosen something new by story’s end) since last we saw them. We have this chance with two such characters. Last autumn, Hallmark introduced us to Frankie and Nate in Autumn in the Vineyard, and this summer they return. Though I hadn’t seen the prequel, I sat down to watch its follow up hoping it’d still be an enjoyable experience.

Of course, I needn’t have feared anything since this is a sweet little flick sure to enchant fans of ‘Autumn.’ The script does a nice job of informing on everything viewers who didn’t catch the prequel may have missed. We learn the “why” behind the partnership, the challenges of it and why the pair tries to balance work vs. personal. Then there’s this new story intermingled with the carry over. Viewers will (no doubt) enjoy seeing more of Nate’s brother, Marco, and we meet Frankie’s cousin, Lexie.

TV FILM REVIEW | Summer in the Vineyard (2017) – Sequel Takes Viewers Back to the Vineyard. All review text © Rissi JC; review first appears on

Scripted by Julie Sherman Wolfe (The Birthday Wish, Hello, It’s Me, Wedding Bells), the story keeps true to what I suspect is the core personality of these characters. Nate is all about keeping faith everything will out without stressing while Frankie worries over the smallest upsets, and possible disasters. Their romantic life seems to get a “backseat” in many instances (the story “feels” less about them as a couple because of this), but I also realize that’s part of the films direction.

Fans will love stepping back into the vineyard, especially with Frankie and Nate awaiting them. The setting is absolutely beautiful (filmed in Canada far as I can tell) which makes all of the outdoor scenes gorgeous. In particular this is true of the final sequence. There’s some nice humor, and with this followup, these characters are sure to further cement themselves into your TV addict heart.

Catch the premiere of Summer in the Vineyard tonight (August 12th) on Hallmark Channel.

TV FILM REVIEW | Summer in the Vineyard (2017) – Sequel Takes Viewers Back to the Vineyard. All review text © Rissi JC; review first appears on

Photos: Hallmark Channel
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Can't Wait / Waiting on Wednesday | Tenth Edition

Can't Wait / Waiting on Wednesday | Tenth Edition

Hello, readers and followers! Happy Wednesday. Welcome. With another mid-week arrival, today we're joining the "Waiting On" fun with Can't Wait Wednesday. A meme Finding Wonderland occasionally takes part in.

Organized by my fabulous Bookstagram partner in crime (check out our August challenge)Tressa of Wishful Endings, here's another Can't Wait Wednesday

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted here to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released as well. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. (Find out more here.)

For today's meme, we turn the spotlight on a YA sci-fi novel that releases in the near future. 

Ordinarily I might not feature this sort of novel (in fact, ironically, I have a discussion post planned about genres in the not-too-distant future), however surrounding its upcoming release, I've been hearing really (no really) good buzz about this one. Add in the fact that I recently read The Evaporation of Sofi Snow, which seems like it'd be similar, and featuring Marie Lu's Warcross seemed a natural choice. 

Warcross is earning reviews from bloggers (and reviewers) claiming it as the best of 2017, which makes my excitement level further elevated. I've also not read any of Marie's other novels. The one I have bought is Legend, and also seems to be a well-like series. The question that remains is this: why haven't I read a novel from this best-selling author?

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young  Readers
Genre: YA Fiction, Sci-Fi
Publication Date: September 2017

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu—when a game called Warcross takes the world by storm, one girl hacks her way into its dangerous depths.

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

In this sci-fi thriller, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu conjures an immersive, exhilarating world where choosing who to trust may be the biggest gamble of all. - Goodreads

Amazon | Goodreads 

PS: Before you go... 

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Bookish Tag Talk | The Mid Year Freak Out Tag, 2017 Edition


Comment down below with your thoughts (have you read Marie's books? what did you feature today? what's your favorite YA sci-fi novel???), Waiting on / Can't Wait Wednesday blog links or anything else bookish. I'd look forward to chatting all things bookish with you.

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Lucky in Love by Kasie West – A Golden YALit RomCom Sure to ‘Win’ the Heart of its Reader

Lucky in Love by Kasie West – A Golden YALit RomCom Sure to ‘Win’ the Heart of its Reader

Author: Kasie West
Publisher: Scholastic
Source: Publisher Provided ARC – thank you, Scholastic
Publication Date:
Find the Review elsewhere: 
Amazon | Blogger | Goodreads | Wordpress
Genre: Fiction; YA Contemporary, Teen Secular
Rating: ★★★★★
...West strikes gold (and plenty of good luck) in her latest novel. Bubbly and bright, happy and hip, Lucky in Love is the kind of novel one wants to read over the hot, humid and hazy summer days.
Times are tough inside the protective walls of Maddie’s house. Her parents are fighting constantly thanks to a one-income household, and Maddie’s brother is falling farther and farther away from returning to school. On her 18th birthday, Maddie’s big plans fall apart when none of her friends show up. In the wake of this, she impulsively buys a lottery ticket (at the cost of her favorite sweet treat), and the following morning, she discover, she wins!

Overnight, everything changes. No longer does Maddie – nor her family, have money troubles. The
responsible girl now believes everything will be ok. But Maddie soon learns money and comfort doesn’t heal wounds or fix problems. The only person Maddie comes to trust is her cute co-worker, Seth who coincidentally also seems to be the only guy who doesn’t know about Maddie’s new found fortune.

If there’s one thing I adore it’s a fluffy contemporary read, and Lucky in Love is no exception. As cute (if not more so) as its outward appearance would suggest, West strikes gold (and plenty of good luck) in her latest novel. Bubbly and bright, happy and hip, Lucky in Love is the kind of novel one wants to read over the hot, humid and hazy summer days.
“Magic cannot be explained. It can only be experienced.” - Kasie West
Not only is the writing practically perfect (more on this later on), the characters also sparkle. From Maddie’s tender albeit mature heart to Seth’s swoony (*ahem* secret) crush on the girl, these two are adorable. What gives their relationship even more interest and good vibes is the setting. I enjoyed reading a story about two people working at a zoo. It lent vibrancy and a unique sense of “place” to the already darling tale. Some of the story does fall into some of the common tropes, but if you’re anything like me, this will be an incentive rather than any form of annoyance.

As I alluded to earlier on, Kasie’s writing is fantastic. Every one of her novels (I’ve now read four in total) have this kind of special, enticing energy a reader cannot ignore. This kind of storytelling and writing makes it impossible for a reader to put her books down. Lucky in Love refuses to break this streak. It’s the perfect balance between sweet and emotional. Her stylistic writing makes this a page-turning romcom that just might make its reader cry at the turn of a final page. (Tears that are only of the happy sort.)

Witty but weighty, West’s words flow with ease and effortless charm on these pages. Her novels are the kind I’d wish to write not only because they are wonderful, but also they’re surface adorable yet look closer, and you’ll discover so much more. All this to say, Lucky in Love is perfect from start to finish, imperfections and all. It’s a winner of a story with winning characters who possess hearts of gold. ♥

Synopsis: Maddie’s not impulsive. She’s all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment—

She wins!

In a flash, Maddie’s life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she’s talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun…until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now Maddie isn’t sure who she can trust.

Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn’t seem aware of Maddie’s big news. And, for some reason, she doesn’t want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret? - Goodreads

Coming Next from Kasie West: Seventeen-year-old Abby Turner’s summer isn’t going the way she’d planned. She has a not-so-secret but definitely unrequited crush on her best friend, Cooper. She hasn’t been able to manage her mother’s growing issues with anxiety. And now she’s been rejected from an art show because her work “has no heart.” So when she gets another opportunity to show her paintings Abby isn’t going to take any chances.

Which is where the list comes in.

Abby gives herself one month to do ten things, ranging from face a fear (#3) to learn a stranger’s story (#5) to fall in love (#8). She knows that if she can complete the list she’ll become the kind of artist she’s always dreamed of being. But as the deadline approaches, Abby realizes that getting through the list isn’t as straightforward as it seems… and that maybe—just maybe—she can’t change her art if she isn’t first willing to change herself. - Goodreads | Add on Goodreads | March 2018

Sincere thanks to the publisher, Scholastic (IReadYA) for providing a complimentary copy of this book.
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Hallmark Channel Preview | Hallmark's 2017 Summer Nights Line Up

Hallmark Channel Preview | Hallmark's 2017 Summer Nights Line Up

Today's post is for the Hallmark junkies among us. (Confession time: I am one of them.) Beginning last weekend (August 5th), the network kicked off their ‘Summer Nights’ campaign. Among this new block of programming is four new originals, and in between them, sat the season two premiere of Hallmark's beloved multi-generational series, Chesapeake Shores (August 6).

Last week, I previewed these four new flicks on Silver Petticoat. Among them is a romcom about a single mom who detests her summer neighbor (Love at the Shore, August 5); a sequel about winery owners (Summer in the Vineyard, August 12); Andie MacDowell stars as a woman with writer's block in a story based on a Jan Karon novel (At Home in Mitford, August 20); and finally, a workaholic career woman reconnects with a former friend at a resort (Sun, Sand and Romance, August 26). Oh, and this last one is also set to feature Sadie Robertson.

Of course, Chesapeake Shores also made its return August 6th. Aside from the fact that I'm excited period about the return of this show (it's my favorite!), I also love that it looks like Trace has SCREEN TIME with Abby's daughters. Not going to lie, I always thought their lack of scenes together in season one was a little... unusual. Nonetheless, I love the look of season two (more #Trabby swoons, please!), despite the "drama" the promo suggests. Though I haven't watched the season two premiere, I'm still excited.

I did see Love at the Shore, and aww... how cute is it?? If you want to read more of my official preview, click the links below and let me know in Silver Petticoat or here which or what you're most excited for!

Previewing Hallmark Channel’s Summer Nights 

The calendar promises the start of a new month and with August arrives another hot, humid and hazy month of summer. For those of us who love Hallmark Channel, they invite us to grab a glass of lemonade and our favorite spot on the couch. In August, not only is the second season of Chesapeake Shores set to premiere, they also have four new original films in their ‘Summer Nights’ campaign. Continue reading on Silver Petticoat Review →

Photos: Hallmark Channel / Crown Media Press ↑

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Garage Sale Mystery: The Beach Murder (2017) –Treasure Collector (and Garage Sale Aficionado) Lori Loughlin Returns to Solve New Mystery!

Garage Sale Mystery: The Beach Murder (2017) –Treasure Collector (and Garage Sale Aficionado) Lori Loughlin Returns to Solve New Mystery!

For those of you who enjoy a good mystery, there’s only one place you should be tonight. When you want a fun mystery to solve with equally likeable and entertaining characters, there is no place better than Hallmark’s ‘Movies and Mysteries’ channel. Their latest revisits our favorite garage sale maven in yet another mystery she unknowingly stumbles upon.

Lori Loughlin (who can also be seen in Hallmark’s drama, When Calls the Heart) returns as Jenn Shannon, a garage sale fanatic which as it would happen is what keeps her in business. As part owner of a consignment shop, Jenn sees the most unique of items come through her shop. Her latest find is a one-of-a-kind surf board, which she buys at a low cost for a client. The client, Ann (Chiara Zanni), is a newcomer to their small town, and along with her husband, Steve, she invites Jenn and her husband, Jason (Steve Bacic) to dinner.

When Steve turns up dead – under suspicious circumstances, Jenn decides to investigate the troubling inconsistencies. Much to the vexation of her husband, and the weary cop (whom she pulls into each of her scenarios), Jenn again sets about untangling the mystery.

Starting way back in 2013, this film franchise seems to be one of Hallmark’s most popular. Each time I see a new one, it’s not difficult to see the “why” behind this. Each one of these is smart while still maintaining a sense of “light hearted” humor and fun. This is all thanks to Jenn’s home life, which includes the cute banter she shares with her husband, Jason (who is constantly trying to get Jenn to let go of following in Miss Marple’s footsteps) and her kids, Logan and Hannah. It’s nice to see the home life of the character, and that it’s mostly kept separate from the story “act” that is the mystery.

Since they premiered, there has been an entire string of films in this series. ‘The Beach Murder’ is the latest and first in a string of four set to premiere throughout August. Speaking of the mystery, this one is entertaining to puzzle through and also gives its viewer a little bit of suspense as it leads towards the crucial conclusion. What I liked most about this one was the easy comfort between the cast members. Though there were some shifts in the earlier films, this cast has now been together for several films, and that shows on screen. There’s also a cute subplot involving Logan, and a Shakespeare play.

As of now, I’ve not seen the entire franchise. (There’s one film and part of one I have yet to see.) That said, each time I play one (and I plan to catch up and be ready to enjoy the three other films in coming weeks), the mystery pulls me in, but also engrossing is the continued normality of the lives in a day of these characters. It’s fun to catch up with them and see where they’re at and what goals they’re next to pursue. One of Jenn’s most favorite pursuits being sleuthing of course. A pursuit, I suspect she’s not about to give up any time soon.

Don't miss ‘The Beach Murder’ tonight, August 6th on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries.

Photos: Hallmark Channel / Movies & Mysteries / Crown Media Press 
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On My Bookshelf | Anticipating August

On My Bookshelf | Anticipating August

Happy August, everyone. I hope this new month has started well for you all, and you've already discovered some amazing new reads. Though the start of a new month can mean many things (for some, it might mean heading back to work is edging ever so closer), one of the positive things a new month brings with it is the release of new books.

Since I've had the chance to read so many amazing books lately, and am still on this great run, I thought I'd talk about a few of these books today. Below, I've collected a list of a few books that are on my read shelf and were amazing, as well as a few of the books coming out this month.

First up, books I've read (and think you should too) plus one I plan to read.

*Reviews linked in title

Unraveling by Sara EllaWhat happens when happily ever after starts to unravel?

Eliyana Ember doesn't believe in true love. Not anymore. After defeating her grandfather and saving the Second Reflection, El only trusts what's right in front of her. The tangible. The real. Not some unexplained Kiss of Infinity she once shared with the ghost of a boy she's trying to forget. She has more important things to worry about--like becoming queen of the Second Reflection, a role she is so not prepared to fill.

Now that the Verity is intertwined with her soul and Joshua's finally by her side, El is ready to learn more about her mysterious birth land, the land she now rules. So why does she feel like something--or someone--is missing?

When the thresholds begin to drain and the Callings, those powerful magical gifts, begin to fail, El wonders if her link to Ky Rhyen may have something to do with it. For light and darkness cannot coexist. She needs answers before the Callings disappear altogether. Can El find a way to sever her connection to Ky and save the Reflections--and keep herself from falling for him in the process? - Goodreads, Add on Goodreads

A fast-paced, emotional and complex urban fantasy novel, Sara's follow up to UNBLEMISHED is not to be missed; no "middle-book syndrome" here. ★★★★½

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie PerkinsLola Nolan is a budding costume designer, and for her, the more outrageous, sparkly, and fun the outfit, the better. And everything is pretty perfect in her life (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood. When Cricket, a gifted inventor, steps out from his twin sister's shadow and back into Lola's life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door. - Goodreads, Add on Goodreads

Considering how much I adore ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS, the fact that I haven't read its follow up leaves me just a little bit embarrassed. 

True to You by Becky WadeAfter a devastating heartbreak three years ago, genealogist and historical village owner Nora Bradford has decided that burying her nose in her work and her books is far safer than romance in the here and now.

Unlike Nora, former Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient John Lawson is a modern-day man, usually 100 percent focused on the present. But when he's diagnosed with an inherited condition, he's forced to dig into the secrets of his past and his adoption as an infant, enlisting Nora to help him uncover the identity of his birth mother. 

The more time they spend together, the more this pair of opposites suspects they just might be a perfect match. However, John's already dating someone and Nora's not sure she's ready to trade her crushes on fictional heroes for the risks of a real relationship. Finding the answers they're seeking will test the limits of their identity, their faith, and their devotion to one another. - Goodreads, Add on Goodreads

Not only is Wade honing her own craft (from book one to this, her newest), she's also helping to redefine the contemporary genre. All of which she does with grace, complex characters and of course, plenty of swoons. ★★★★★

Lucky in Love by Kasie WestMaddie’s not impulsive. She’s all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment—

She wins!

In a flash, Maddie’s life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she’s talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun…until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now Maddie isn’t sure who she can trust.

Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn’t seem aware of Maddie’s big news. And, for some reason, she doesn’t want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret? - Goodreads, Add on Goodreads

Smart, adorable and breezy, this is the kind of page-turning YA lit I love best. West's "voice" is so much fun, and these characters? Unforgettable. ★★★★★


Elite Guardians bodyguard Haley Callaghan may be in South Carolina, but when a photo leads investigators in West Ireland to open a twenty-five-year-old cold case, her life is suddenly in danger. Haley knows how to take care of herself; after all, she's made a career out of taking care of others. But after an uncomfortably close call, Detective Steven Rothwell takes it upon himself to stay with her--and the young client she has taken under her wing. A protector at heart, he's not about to let Haley fight this battle alone.

In a sweeping plot that takes them into long-buried memories--and the depths of the heart--Haley and Steven will have to solve the mystery of Haley's past while dodging bullets, bombs, and bad guys who just won't quit. - Goodreads, Add on Goodreads

Roundabout these parts, dirt roads don’t just get you from point A to point B. They intersect to create a maze of life often missed when outsiders drive through a sleepy town. The number on the population sign might seem insignificant, but a few short steps from the beaten path, there’s more than meets the eye. 

Look a little closer… That sleek out-of-town convertible is bringing former pageant queen Brooke Langdon back into town for the first time in a decade. She’s dragging nothing with her but the hyphen in her last name. Gatlin Moore is running his tractor along the fence line, spending his days keeping up his parents’ farm instead of living out his dreams in Nashville. The sheriff is pulling into Holly Christian’s driveway, preparing to tell her that her life’s about to crumble. And Hunter Pearce, the guy everyone calls when they need something fixed? He’s racing to Holly’s place too, wondering if things are too broken to put back together. 

Welcome to Hope Canyon. This is our backroads story.  - Goodreads, Add on Goodreads


New York City, 2118. A glittering vision of the future, where anything is possible – if you want it enough.

Manhattan is home to a thousand-story supertower, a beacon of futuristic glamour and high-tech luxury… and to millions of people living scandalous, secretive lives.

Leda is haunted by nightmares of what happened on the worst night of her life. She’s afraid the truth will get out – which is why she hires Watt, her very own hacker, to keep an eye on all of the witnesses for her. But what happens when their business relationship turns personal?

When Rylin receives a scholarship to an elite upper-floor school, her life transforms overnight. But being here also means seeing the boy she loves: the one whose heart she broke, and who broke hers in return.

Avery is grappling with the reality of her forbidden romance – is there anywhere in the world that’s safe for them to be together?

And then there’s Calliope, the mysterious, bohemian beauty who’s arrived in New York with a devious goal in mind – and too many secrets to count.

Here in the Tower, no one is safe – because someone is watching their every move, someone with revenge in mind. After all, in a world of such dazzling heights, you’re always only one step away from a devastating fall…. - Goodreads, Add on Goodreads

She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .

Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.

Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war. - Goodreads, Add on Goodreads


This list is a mere few of the books arriving in stores this month. The reason they're featured is because I'm curious about or anticipating these few. Tell me, what books have caught your eye? Comment down below with all the book love and thoughts. 

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