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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Book Review: When We Were Young by Karen Kingsbury

When We Were Young (The Baxter Family #4) by Karen Kingsbury 
Genre: Adult Fiction (Christian / Romance)
Date Published: October 16, 2018
Publisher: Simon Schuster Audio

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury comes a classic story about second chances, featuring the beloved Baxter family and a young father who finds his whole world turned upside down on the eve of his divorce.

What if you could see into the future and know what will happen tomorrow, if you really walk out that door today. Pay attention. Life is not a dress rehearsal.

From their first meeting, to their stunning engagement and lavish wedding, to their happily-ever-after, Noah and Emily Carter were meant to be together. Theirs is a special kind of love and they want the world to know. More than a million adoring fans have followed their lives on Instagram since the day Noah publicly proposed to Emily. But behind the carefully staged photos and encouraging posts, their life is anything but a fairytale, and Noah’s obsession with social media has ruined everything.

Distraught, Emily reaches out to her friend Kari Baxter Taylor and tells her the truth: Noah and Emily have decided to call it quits. He is leaving in the morning.

But when Noah wakes the next day, everything is different. Emily is gone and the kids are years older. Like Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, bizarre and strange events continue throughout the night so that Noah is certain he’s twenty years older, and he is desperate for a second chance.

Now it would take a miracle to return to yesterday.

When We Were Young is a rare and beautiful love story that takes place in a single day. It’s about the gift of knowing what tomorrow will bring if you really walk out that door today.

When We Were Young is the fifth book in the Baxter Family series by Karen Kingsbury. It kind of reminded me of the movie, Click. The telling of it was very jumpy though. We got the perspectives of both main characters in the present, and there were several flashbacks from both characters as well, plus Noah's flash forwards. Then we get the perspectives of two other couples briefly also. I get how they are tied into the situation, sorta, but we were already jumping around so much with the two main characters, I felt like the additional character perspectives weren't necessary. I also think Emily needed to own up her part in their circumstances to more. It takes two after all. I do like the overall message though, and this was a pretty emotional read. It even brought tears a couple times. I would like to read more from this author. 

Karen Kingsbury, #1 New York Times bestselling novelist, is America’s favorite inspirational storyteller, with more than twenty-five million copies of her award-winning books in print. Her last dozen titles have topped bestseller lists and many of her novels are under development with Hallmark Films and as major motion pictures. Her Baxter Family books are being developed into a TV series slated for major network viewing sometime in the next year. Karen is also an adjunct professor of writing at Liberty University. In 2001 she and her husband, Don, adopted three boys from Haiti, doubling their family in a matter of months. Today the couple has joined the ranks of empty nesters, living in Tennessee near five of their adult children.

To learn more about Karen Kingsbury and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on Goodreads, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Google+, YouTube, Pinterest, and Twitter.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Release Day Review! Every Breath by C.J. Burright

Every Breath (Music, Love and Other Miseries #3) by C.J. Burright 
Genre: Adult Fiction (Contemporary Romance)
Date Published: February 25, 2020
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing

She wants the full fairy tale. He’s no prince offering a happily ever after. True love may have met its match this time.

True love… Happily ever after… The full meal-deal fairy tale… Glamour girl Gia Hellman almost had it all until death stole the love of her life. Two years and a string of dead-end hook-ups later, she’s through fooling around. Love will be hers again, but sexy, one-night-only lawyer Ian O’Connor doesn’t fit into the equation. No matter how charming or tempting, he’s neither knight nor prince, and she’s done kissing frogs.

Prestige… Power… A pristine reputation… Ian O’Connor allows nothing to derail his goal of becoming the next partner in the most distinguished firm in town, not even Gia, the curvy vixen in sparkles and pink stilettos who haunts his fantasies. With a past full of long-buried secrets, he never breaks his rule of only one night with any woman. But when the case to propel Ian to the top requires working with Gia, and a slip-up results in a fake engagement, keeping his distance may be the trial of his life.

As the passion between them builds and rules break one by one, Ian must decide between protecting a secret that could destroy him or risking it all for Gia’s dream of happily ever after. If only Ian believed in fairy-tale endings…

Reader advisory: This book contains scenes of physical assault, kidnap, attempted murder and references to parental abuse and stillbirth as a consequence of domestic violence.

Every Breath is the third book in the Music, Love and Other Miseries series by C.J. Burright. This is the rest of Gia and Ian's story. If you haven't read Every Kiss yet, you really need to, so you can get the full feel for these two. They're a lot of fun. I love stories where circumstances have put the characters in situations like this were they have to pretend to be more than friends.. in this case, they are engaged. Gia has come a long way since I last saw her. She was just starting to come back to life after losing the man she loved. Now, she's truly ready to move on. Just, not with Ian. Famous last words, right? ;-) Watching these two dance around their emotions and each other was highly entertaining. It's hard to know who was in more denial over their feelings for each other, but it was so much fun watching them figure it out.

The ARC of Every Breath by C.J. Burright was kindly provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.

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C.J Burright is a native Oregonian and refuses to leave. A member of Romance Writers of America and the Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal special interest chapter, while she has worked for years in a law office, she chooses to avoid writing legal thrillers (for now) and instead invades the world of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, or fantasy. C.J. also has her 4th Dan Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and believes a story isn’t complete without at least one fight scene. Her meager spare time is spent working out, refueling with mochas, gardening, gorging on Assassin’s Creed, and rooting on the Seattle Mariners…always with music. She shares life with her husband, daughter, and a devoted cat herd.

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