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Snowy Wings Publishing: Middle Grade Blog Hop

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Good afternoon,

It has been quite the crazy week for me with vacation and it seems strange to get back into the swing of things after being away. Thankfully I have books to help me adjust and slowly get back into my schedule of work and other activities that I do on a daily basis.

Speaking of work, I was recently approached to ask if I’d like to join in on a middle grade blog hop of which I said yes because I love reading a variety of different genres and helping spread the word of unique books particularly if they have a fantastical element to them.

So without further ado, I give you my thoughts on a brief chapter sample because I like to mix things up from time to time. Thank you so much to Snowy Wings Publishing for reaching out to me!

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Synopsis:

When Natalia’s younger brother disappears while on a visit to Mexico, Natalia is certain that La Llorona, the mythical Weeping Woman, has taken him. Her friend Miguel agrees to accompany her back to Mexico in the hopes that it will help him deal with the recent death of his grandfather. But as they embark on a journey to search for the creature that has taken Natalia’s brother, it becomes apparent that the spirits Miguel had brushed aside as mere legend are very real…and they have a dark connection to his family.

My Thoughts on Chapter Two:

I found the beginning of this story to be equal parts interesting and sad. Miguel and his siblings are still trying to wrap their heads around the fact that their Grandpa who lives in Mexico has passed away who has been such an important part of their young lives and how quickly he passed in such a short amount of time. It’s amazing just how quickly things can change in a short amount of time and how hard it can be to come to terms with those changes.

Miguel then proceeds to remember how the night before he and his siblings along with a dog named Conde had walked to the store for some supplies and then that night they were all enjoying some chocolate milk. Miguel then proceeds to take his mind of things by feeding the animals and notices that Conde seems to be on edge about something.

I also found it interesting when Miguel mentioned his parents who usually seem to be fighting about something and how he really doesn’t want to have to go back with them to Texas where they live and feels guilty about leaving the ranch though friends of his Grandpa have promised to look after things while they are away.

I love how Selenia mixed two cultures in this story and how Miguel seems to find himself caught in the middle of the two. Their Grandpa is called Abuelo, some of the dialogue is in Spanish and there are glimpses of what life has been like visiting a small Mexican farm while also knowing that eventually Miguel will have to return to life in Texas, wondering what may become of the farm now that their Abuelo has passed.

After having briefly read this chapter, I am eager to read more about this book, see what adventures are to be had and hopefully learn why Conde the dog seemed so on edge. There’s so many things that I’m anxious to learn about including the local Lore and why their Abuelo passed so suddenly.

About the Author:

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Selenia Paz loves to write stories containing elements of mystery and of the supernatural. When not writing, she loves to read and run with her dogs. She received her Master of Library Science degree from Texas Woman’s University in 2010, and has been a librarian ever since. Her short story “Broken English” was the Honor winner of Lee & Low Publishing’s New Voices Award.

Well that wraps up my bookish ramblings for the time being. I can’t wait to read more by Selenia and other authors who write middle grade adventures. There’s something about them that draws me right in and love getting to know about other cultures who I haven’t read much about. Stay tuned if you’re curious about the other people participating in the blog hop!

Giveaway

As a thank you for participating in our blog, we’re offering a chance to win eight (8) ebooks and two (2) paperbacks from our middle-grade authors!

  • An ebook of Something Wicked by Sarah Dale (releases Nov 2019)
  • An ebook of The Falling by T. Damon
  • An ebook of Keara’s Raven: Escape by Mindy Klasky
  • An ebook of The Missing Guardian & The Mer Queen’s Daughter by Melanie McFarlane
  • An ebook of the World of Aluvia series (Fairy Keeper, Mer-Charmer, Dragon Redeemer) by Amy Bearce
  • A paperback of Life and Death & Gods and Demons by Selenia Paz

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Please feel free to hop around and check out the other participants in this blog hop!

October 25th- YA/NA Book Divas
October 26th- Selenia Paz
October 27th- Mindy Klasky
October 28th- I Love Books and Stuff
October 29th- Amy Bearce/ The Reading Faery
October 30th- Melanie McFarlane/ Jenifer Reads
October 31st- Sarah DaleSucker for Coffe

Happy Reading!

Slainte

~Meg

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Rainy October Tuesday Bookish Ramblings

Hello fellow bookworms,

September seemed to fly by which was also my birthday month and now here it is the first of October. I know my blog has been rather quiet lately which has partly been because of getting caught up reading and partly because I took a brief break from blogging. I’m back now and not sure how often I will update but I will try to be more engaged.

In a couple of weeks I’ll be going to D.C. for a week’s vacation with my boyfriend and another friend. I’m nervous about the flight but excited about the trip. I plan to see as many museums and sites as possible. Not surprisingly, The Botanical Gardens and Library of Congress are at the top of my list.

Speaking of lists, I haven’t decided which books I’ll bring though I don’t plan to bring more than three so I’ll have room for souvenirs which will hopefully include books and I’ll have my Kindle. So many possibilities to choose from!

Speaking of lists on this rainy day, I’m spending some time at the Library and managed to haul some books. I love rainy days like this where I can curl up with tea and books and what better place to enjoy being surrounded by books than the Library?!

As you can tell from the photos, I’m enjoying browsing a variety of genres though lately I’ve been mostly reading Fantasy and Sci-Fi. I have a feeling I’ll be tossing in romance and historical fiction this Fall.

Speaking of Romance, I love these cover versions of Susanna Kearsley’s books and so far these have been my three favorite of her novels. Looking forward to rereading Mariana and hopefully finally getting around to Splendor Falls as well as Bellewether.

Well I’m off to continue wandering the Library and getting some reading in. Hope you’ve enjoyed my bookish ramblings and I will be back soon with more bookish content.

Happy Reading!

Slainte

~Meg

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The Highland Earl Review

Good morning,

This month seems to have flown by and here it is almost the end! We’re already halfway through the year which is amazing to think about.

Speaking of amazing, I have just read my 110th book which has surpassed my goal of reading 100 books for this year and how fitting to reach such a milestone with Amy Jarecki’s latest book in her Lords of the Highlands series which also happened to be one of my most anticipated reads! It’s always such a joy to read Amy’s books particularly when they involve Highlanders! I was generously sent a copy from the publisher which I was very happy to receive because I’ve eagerly waited to receive and devour every one of her Highlander books!

Well enough of my fangirling, I’d like to share with you my thoughts on Amy’s latest book!

The Highland Earl (Lords of the Highlands #6) by Amy Jarecki

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This is the further continuation in the Lords of the Highlands series though each are written in a way that can be read as standalones.

I love how Amy takes real life figures, gives them much happier endings including falling in love, tossing in a mix of the real with fiction and gives them a revamp so to speak.

John Erskine, Earl of Mar has recently been widowed and left to raise two young boys. He’s in need of a Mother for his boys who hopefully comes from money that can go a long way in helping to pay off debts, many of which were inherited from his Father. He finds himself drawn to Lady Evelyn Pierrepont who is a Duchess, well off and has all of the manners and understanding to become his future Countess.

Evelyn knows that she must do her duty despite having misgivings on becoming John’s wife. She would rather spend time cultivating gardens, helping those less fortunate and aiding the cause for the Jacobites than to marry the Scotsman. Evelyn is convinced to marry John, realizing that she could potentially offer more aid to the cause and she has grown rather fond of John’s boys.

Though it is a marriage of convenience, Evelyn and John soon find themselves spending many nights locked in passionate embraces and growing fond of each other.

When John learns that Evelyn is a spy, it throws him off guard and he’s very much hurt by feelings of betrayal. Evelyn feels terrible for causing such hurt, realizes that her spying may not be for the right cause and is soon caught up in quite the debacle.

It’s not long before John is accused of treason which sends him, Evelyn and their boys into hiding until they can figure out a way to be cleared of charges. The boys are safely tucked away into hiding during the search.

Soon Evelyn and John will find themselves on quite the dangerous adventure, coming across help in unexpected places, coming to terms with their differences, realizing what’s really important and determined get to the bottom of the plot they’re caught up in.

I loved how strong Evelyn was despite knowing her husband was upset with her for not choosing to come clean at first.

I also loved how much she immersed herself in the role of being a Countess, genuinely caring about the servants as well as the crofters, bonding with her stepsons and trying to make amends to her husband for putting him in such a difficult situation.

It was wonderful to see Evelyn and John grow together as a couple, overcoming some very difficult circumstances and learning to develop trust as well as a way to communicate particularly after Evelyn revealed being a spy.

Oliver and Thomas are such precious little beans who deserve all the love, support and understanding they can get. Evelyn could understand and relate to their sorrow over losing their Mother and she worked hard to become a second Mother to them.

Full of adventure, steamy scenes, romance, the lure of the Highlands, a dash of politics, mystery and friendship, I had such a fun time reading this book.

I can’t wait to see which Highlander will be next to find his happily ever after!

Well that wraps up my bookish ramblings for the time being. I am off to more bookworm adventures which will hopefully involve bringing down my current reading pile a bit before the end of the month. I will return soon with more bookish content!

Happy Reading!

Slainte

~Meg

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Magical Readathon April 2020

Happy Wednesday,

It’s hard to believe that it’s already April and that Spring is just about here. Every morning I love to hear the birds sing particularly ones that I’ve heard since I was a little girl though I couldn’t tell you what the names of those birds are.

Speaking of being young. one of my favorite readathons of the year starts today which is inspired by Harry Potter which I have been reading since I was around the same age as Harry. The books have a very nostalgic spot in my heart and now so does this readathon as it’s the third year of running. I was so excited that I even brought out my book journal (Ravenclaw pride for the win!) and had some fun with using letter stamps as well as stickers and a bit of digital manipulation. I’m not artistically inclined when it comes to sketching so have to be creative with using items that were designed by people who are! If anyone happens to know of a lovely bookstack rubber stamp and bookish stickers, please let me know. So enough about my artistic skills, it’s time to get to the more exciting parts!

O.W.L.s

April 1st- April 30th

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Magical Career Choice: Trader of Tomes

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Wizard Studies

Ancient Runes- The Looking Glass Wars (The Looking Glass Wars #1) by Frank Beddor

Charms- In the Labyrinth of Drakes (The Memoirs of Lady Trent #4) by Marie Brennan

History of Magic- The Wizards of Once (The Wizards of Once #1) by Cressida Cowell

Transfiguration- Shadowshaper (Shadowshaper #1) by Daniel José Older

Seminars

Dragon Tamer- Stygian (Dark-Hunter #27) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Merpeople Linguistics- Dragon on Trial (Menagerie #2) by Tui T. Sutherland, Kari Sutherland

Legal Defense of Fantastic Beasts- Phoenix and Ashes (Elemental Masters #3) by Mercedes Lackey

 

Well that wraps up my bookish ramblings for the time being. At the present, I plan to just concentrate on this readathon but who knows what kind of readathons may pop up that catch my interest. I hope you have a wonderful reading month and may they bring you comfort particularly during these difficult times.

Happy Reading!

Slainte

~Meg

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Rainy March Sunday

Happy Sunday!

It’s a cold rainy day which I love because it just gives me more of an excuse to stay inside curled up with a good book or several.

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Today I’m hoping to get a good chunk read of Shadowhunter Academy and Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell for Conker A Chonker weekend edition which was created by Asha

I’m also hoping to finish Buried In A Bog for the Irish Readathon (created by Aoife , Leanne and Elaine ) and the Bookie Trials weekend challenge edition (go Team Scribe!) .

Went to town for groceries with my boyfriend then treated myself to a London Fog Latte and a piece of pumpkin bread to share via Starbucks drive through. I don’t drink much for Earl Grey as the Bergamot is really overpowering but I’ve been meaning to try a London Fog for some time and I’ve found that it’s very tasty.

Well I’m off to eat cookies I just baked and getting some reading in. Hope you’ve enjoyed my bookish ramblings and I will be back soon with more bookish content.

 

Happy Reading!

Slainte

~Meg

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The Highland Rogue Review

Good morning,

I hope your week is going good, that being inside is not stressful for you and that you are all well. I am normally someone who can spend hours indoors though as the weather slowly starts to turn, soon there will be inspiration to get outside for some fresh air.

Speaking of inspiration, I was able to get a bit ahead of reading a book that I received as a review copy and am so glad that I didn’t put off closer to the release date because resisting reading books by a certain author are very hard for me to resist.

You are probably wondering what the name of this book is and who the author is. Well I won’t keep you in suspense any more though I would like to mention that I received a digital ARC of a book via Netgalley from the publisher though all thoughts are my own. So now on to the really good stuff and the book was just released today!

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The Highland Rogue (Lords of the Highlands #7) by Amy Jarecki

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My Thoughts:

Everytime Amy has another book in her Highlander series, all of which can be read as standalones, I get excited because I know it will be another grand adventure of a book and I do have a soft spot for Highlander romance!

This is the story of Divana and Kennan who come from completely different parts of society and yet are really a wonderful match.

Kennan is the heir to Clan Cameron of Lochiel and is more comfortable sailing the seas, looking for treasure than spending much time on Land though he knows eventually he’ll need to settle down, marry and take over being Laird once his Father steps down or dies.

Divana comes from a very poor family of the Campbells whose clan exiled her and her small family to a small remote island in the Hebrides when an illness broke out. Alas everyone but her died from the sickness and she’s spent the last two years surviving without seeing another person.

When Kennan washes ashore near her island, she has no idea just how much her world is about the change and that life is about to get a lot more interesting.

Full of high seas adventure, sexy Highlanders in kilts, humor, several steamy scenes, the power of love, friendship, a dash of pirates and surprises, it was such a wonderful read and I can’t wait to see which Highlander is next to find his happily ever after

I also recommend this book because it’s a great way to get your mind off of current events plus who doesn’t like reading about Scotsmen who are proud to wear kilts and speak about their homeland?!

Well that wraps up my bookish ramblings for the time being. May you get in lots of reading if you so choose and may it bring you comfort during such a difficult time. I will be back soon with more bookish content and I see lots more bookish adventures in store for me!

Happy Reading!

Slainte

~Meg

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🍀🍀🍀March Reading Plans🍀🍀🍀

Happy Thursday,

I hope you’re having a wonderful week and that March is also going well for you. I had planned to get this TBR up sooner but it has taken longer than I expected and work has certainly kept me busy. Better late than never though, right?

March is one of my favorite months because it’s a time when Spring is not that far away plus there’s St. Patrick’s Day which I enjoy celebrating every year and get to nerd out more than usual about the Irish culture. I am very close to fully reading at my normal speed which is equal parts exciting and overwhelming as lately I seem to want to read all of the books at once.

Speaking of reading, there are several readathons as well as a few book clubs that I would like to join in on and looking forward to see whether I can combine books for different readathons as that would certainly tone down the stress and I would be multi tasking at the same time. Realistically, I most likely won’t be able to fully participate all of the readathons that interest me this month but the attempt will be half the fun and I’ll hopefully find some new favorite books.

🍀Irish Readathon🍀

🍀When🍀: March 1st- 31st

🍀Announcement Video🍀

🍀Hosted By🍀:

🍀Leanne from LeanneRose

🍀Elaine from  Elaine Howlin

🍀Aoife from Fred Weasley Died Laughing

🍀Challenges🍀

🍀Green Cover

🍀Irish Award Winner

🍀Less than 150 pages

🍀LGBTQ+ rep

🍀Released between 2018 & 2020

🍀TBR Potentials🍀

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Pictured here is all the books that I would like to get to but realistically will only get to a handful so I’ve narrowed down the ones that are most on my radar and added a few extras.

Buried In A Bog (County Cork #1) by Sheila Connolly

The Radiant Road by Katherine Catmull

Normal People by Sally Rooney

Postscript (P.S. I Love You #2) by Cecelia Ahern

Song of Ireland by Juilene Osborne-McKnight

The Good People by Hannah Kent

The Return Journey by Maeve Binchy

The Library at the Edge of the World (Finfarran Peninsula #1) by Felicity Hayes-McCoy

The Storm Keeper’s Island (Storm Keeper #1) by Catherine Doyle

The Book of Kells by R.A. MacAvoy

Quentins by Maeve Binchy

Tara Road by Maeve Binchy

Jewels of the Sun (Gallaghers of Ardmore #1) by Nora Roberts (reread)

Ronan Boyle and the Swamp of Certain Death (Ronan Boyle Series #2) by Thomas Lennon

In Search of Ancient Ireland: The Origins of the Irish from Neolithic Times to the Coming of the English by Carmel McCaffrey(Nonfiction)

The Celts: A History by Peter Berresford Ellis(Nonfiction)

📚Middle Grade March📚

📚When: March 1st- 31st

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📚Hosted By📚:

📚Katie from Life Between Words

📚Challenges📚:

📚A book with illustrations

📚A book about books or stories

📚A mystery

📚A book set in another country

📚A book to screen adaptation

📚GROUP READ: The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

📚TBR Potentials📚

The Boy on the Porch by Sharon Creech

The Dragonet Prophecy (Wings of Fire #1) by Tui T. Sutherland

A Tale of Magic… (A Tale of Magic #1) by Chris Colfer

The Storm Keeper’s Island (Storm Keeper #1) by Catherine Doyle

Serafina and the Black Cloak (Serafina #1) by Robert Beatty

Dragon on Trial (Menagerie #2) by Tui T. Sutherland, Kari Sutherland

Wild Magic (The Immortals #1) by Tamora Pierce (it’s found in the middle grade section at my Library)

The Woman Who Rides Like a Man (Song of the Lioness #3) by Tamora Pierce (it’s found in the middle grade section at my Library)

The Basilisk’s Lair (Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist #2) by R.L. LaFevers

The Wyverns’ Treasure (Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist #3) by R.L. LaFevers

FemmeFantale Readathon Round 3

When: March 8th-15th

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Hosted By:

Jean from Jean Bookishthoughts

Challenges:

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TBR:

Phoenix and Ashes (Elemental Masters #3) by Mercedes Lackey (romance, inspired by myth, fairytale retelling, historical fantasy and adult

Legacy: The House of Night Graphic Novel by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast (BAME author, YA)

Jewels of the Sun (Gallaghers of Ardmore #1) by Nora Roberts (reread and published pre-2000)

📚Backlist Readathon📚

📚When📚: March 9th- March 15th

📚Hosted By📚

Melanie from meltotheany 

Gabby from gabbyreads

Chan from chandlerainsley

Jacqueline from webebookn

Emily from alittlewriterem

Zoë from Zoë Delaney

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📚Challenges📚:

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📚TBR Potentials📚:

📚 Legacy: The House of Night Graphic Novel by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

📚 Forgotten by Cat Patrick (recommended and borrowed from my cousin who doesn’t have a Youtube or Blog)

📚 Phoenix and Ashes (Elemental Masters #3) by Mercedes Lackey

📚 The Golden City (The Golden City #1) by J. Kathleen Cheney(reread)

📚 The Storm Keeper’s Island (Storm Keeper #1) by Catherine Doyle

Book Club Books

Book Owl (My local Library Book Group)

The Canterbury Sisters by Kim Wright

Muggle Studies Book Club (March and April) (created by Gabby from GabsAboutBooks and Hannah from TheRainyReader) 

House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J. Maas

Big Ass Book Club (March and April) (created by Cass from What Cass Read )

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Dragons & Tea Book Club (starts March 16th) (created by Melanie from meltotheany and several others)

Malice by Pintip Dunn

Well that wraps up my bookish ramblings for the time being. I realize that my March TBR is very ambitious and most likely I won’t get to all of the books but I do enjoy having a variety to choose from and seeing how much I can challenge myself. Hope you’re having a wonderful month so far and I will return soon with more ramblings.

Happy Reading!

Slainte

~Meg

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Library Wanderings

Happy Tuesday!

I hope you’re having a wonderful and a great start to your week. I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted something other than a review so was I inspired to do an unintentional Library Haul. I don’t do it very often as I tend to be rushing from the Library to get other things done because I’ve usually lost track of time browsing. I have a bit of extra time today so I figured why not.

I think of Tuesdays as a day for me to usually enjoy being a bookworm whether that be a trip to the Library or Bookstore or both if I give myself enough time.

Lately I’ve been trying to make it more of a Library trip to save money and slowly running out of space for my owned books. Plus Libraries are a very soothing place for me and I can usually be found at some point relaxing near a bookshelf display and window to gaze out of.

Today I’ve made it to the Library that’s about a 20 min drive from my home which is one of my favorite places to be and also happens to be one of my favorite Libraries!

I could easily spend hours here just wandering the aisles and most likely coming home with a stack taller than me! Which would be quite the stack as I’m just over 5ft11. I went in for 3 books & came out with a stack. In my defense, I was left alone which I admit isn’t much of a defense as I tend to go in by myself anyways as it tends to be easier unless I’m with a fellow bookworm.

I also went to Dunkin Donuts because I need caffeine to keep me awake and I do love treating myself to coffee once in a while! My Kindle Paperwhite is also pictured as I’m currently near the end of Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi which I borrowed via Libby. Don’t worry, I was parked when I took the picture!

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Well I am going to wrap up this ode to my Library wanderings and get back to enjoying a little more extra time at the Library while I can. I hope you’ve enjoyed my bookish ramblings and are able to enjoy some quality reading time. I’ll return soon with more bookish content.

Happy Reading!

Slainte

~M

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The Bermondsey Bookshop Blog Tour

Good morning,

I was recently asked if I would like to read a book that is set in the U.K. and there’s a bookstore involved which I couldn’t pass up because it’s always a fascinating combination to read about.

Before I give you my thoughts on the book, I would like to mention that I was given a digital ARC via Netgalley through the publisher but it doesn’t influence my thoughts on the book itself.

 

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My Thoughts:

This is the story of a young woman named Kate who has grown up in a small run down town called Bermondsey, at the mercy of her cruel Aunt Sylvie and cousins who have done their best to make her life miserable and treated her as a proverbial physical and emotional punching bag.

Her Aunt forces her to get a job at the young age of fourteen and takes most of her wages, leaving an amount left that she couldn’t survive on if she were to attempt to get her own place. A few years later, she is still working at the same place, though has received a bit of a raise. When her cousin said something cruel about her mother who died tragically, she responds back by walloping her a good one and then her Aunt proceeds to stab her with a knife. Shortly after being bandaged up, her Aunt essentially throws her out with barely the clothes on her back and Kate is left scrambling to figure out where to live.

Kate has learned a thing or two while being under the rule of her Aunt and one of those is that she knows she’s tough and will find a way to survive even if she has to take multiple jobs. When she happens to land a job at the Bermondsey Bookshop for cleaning, she has no idea at the time of just how much it will change her life and how it just may set her on the path that she’s always dreamed of.

She may even have a chance to be reunited with the Father that has been absent a good chunk of her life though her Father isn’t quite the loving person that he would have many people believe and there could be a darker meaning behind much of his actions.

This story was quite the adventure and my heart ached for Kate who has been through so much and yet continues to get up to carry on no matter how often she gets knocked down. Life has been far from easy for her but she’s determined to make her way in the world and along the way she could very likely meet the love of her life as well as become friends with unexpected people.

I really enjoyed reading about Kate’s determination and how she really is a sweetheart who’s had some tough hurtles to overcome but hasn’t let that turn her bitter or into a mean person. She shows quite the growth throughout the story and finds herself caught between two different worlds. She didn’t graduate but that doesn’t take away from what a smart young woman she is and is talented in a number of different ways.

This is a book I highly recommend particularly if you’re one that enjoys a story set in the early to mid-1920s, has a bookstore in it and shows just how powerful friendship can be. I really hope that there will be a sequel to this book at some point!

Please be aware of possible trigger warnings for death of parents, alcoholism, domestic abuse, child abuse and other forms of violence.

Well that wraps up my bookish ramblings for the time being. I hope you’ve found my views interesting and if any of the themes above interest you, please feel free to check out the book which has only recently been released. I will be back shortly with more bookish thoughts and I hope you’re having a wonderful week!

Happy Reading!

Slainte

~Meg

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An Everyday Hero Blog Tour

Good morning,

I hope you’re having a wonderful February and enjoying as much reading as you like. Speaking of reading, I was asked if I’d like to join in on a blog tour of a second book in a series whose previous book I read and enjoyed.

Of course I said yes because I’ve been looking forward to reading the book for some time! I would like to note that though I was given a digital ARC via Netgalley from the publisher, all thoughts are my own.

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My Thoughts:

This is the story of two people who have had their fair share of challenges to overcome, life hasn’t quite gone the way they planned and are given another chance that neither expected. It’s also a story of how much PTSD affects soldiers in a variety of different ways and the importance of having support as well as programs available to help soldiers transition from active duty to civilian life.

I loved the banter that Greer and Emmett had who weren’t afraid to speak their minds to each other and essentially gave each other kicks in the butts to start following their dreams and offering support. Emmett is missing a limb from a routine patrol gone wrong which is something he feels self conscious about but Greer shows him that there’s so much more to life than focusing on something he had no control over.

I love the bond that forms between Ally and Greer through a love of music and recognize kindred spirits in each other after some time.

My heart ached for Ally who is trying to deal with her Dad’s death while he was on active duty, several horrible fellow classmates, stress about her Mom and the added struggle of being a teenager who wants to fit in but is so angry particularly with losing her Dad.

This book kept my attention from beginning to end and I highly recommend reading this story though be prepared to have your heartstrings tugged on!

Full of humor, the power of music, a glimpse into the military, small town life, romance and the importance of family whether blood or by choice.

Looking forward to reading more books in the future!

Well that wraps up my bookish Ramblings for the time being. I hope you’re loving the books that you’ve read so far this year and staying warm particularly if you’re in an area with similar temps to MN. Thank you for dropping by and I’ll return soon with more bookworm love.

Happy Reading!

Slainte

~Meg

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