My Greek Island Blog Tour

Good afternoon,

I hope you’re finding many things to keep you occupied during this difficult time and may you have plenty of books on your TBR to help the time fly by. Speaking of books, I recently read a book that certainly took my mind off of current events and happens to be set in one of many areas I’d love to vacation some day.

I was asked if I would like to join in on the blog tour and of course I said yes because I knew it would be a lot of fun. My post is going up a bit late as I mixed up the date but I still wanted to talk about my thoughts. Before I go too much further, I would like to note that I was generously sent a digital ARC via Netgalley through the publisher and all thoughts are my own.

My Greek Island Summer by Mandy Baggot

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My Thoughts:

This book was such a fun get away to take my mind off things and I loved the concept of deciding to take a vacation to such a beautiful area with the idea of house sitting and things not going quite according to plan but in the best sense.

Becky has always been known as the very reliable one. The first person to always arrive on time at the That’s A Wrap sandwich business she’s helped run with her sister and usually the last one to leave. She’s dependable, has lots of imagination and loves helping her customers discover new ways to enjoy sandwiches. Recently her sister Megan seems to just want to boss people around, spend time getting clients but not to help with making the sandwiches and hasn’t taken some of Becky’s ideas into consideration.

When Becky finds out that Megan is going to be taking a vacation in August with her boyfriend and wants to hire a stranger to help run things in her absence instead of asking someone who is already a part of the business to take over temporarily, Becky has had enough.

Taking a much needed break, she decides to take a vacation to Corfu, Greece which she found online where someone is in need of a house sitter for a couple of weeks. Becky has never done anything so drastic but what better time to take a vacation than one that’s much needed and spur of the moment?

Excited for this new adventure while also being nervous at the thought of going to a place she’s never been to, Becky is about to be on the adventure of a life time with quite the interesting people and experiences to be had, some of them quite unexpected.

When she finds herself unexpectedly detoured once due to plane boarding delays and a second time due to weather, Becky finds herself making friends Petra who is traveling the world and Elias who is a divorce lawyer and who have their own reasons for traveling and become friends over the course of a couple of days. Together they will explore areas of Greece, enjoy delicious food and form a bond that probably wouldn’t have happened if such unexpected delays hadn’t happened.

This was such a fun book and I’m so glad to have gotten a chance to read an early copy. I recommend checking it out particularly if you’d love to go on a vacation like me to such a beautiful area!

This book was full of adventure, laughter, the power of friendship, unexpected twists, a healthy dash of romance and so much more. I am looking forward to reading more by Mandy in the future.

Well that wraps up my bookish ramblings for the time being. I hope you’ve enjoyed them and I will be back soon with more bookish thoughts.

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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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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Mermaid Inn Book Review

Good evening,

It has been a cold snowy winter here in Minnesota which is the usual weather to be had in this area. Luckily I have plenty of books and hot tea to keep me comfortable inside and forget about the weather.

Speaking of books, I was very lucky to receive a digital galley via Netgalley of Mermaid Inn by Jenny Holiday as well as a paper copy from the publisher.

Before I go ahead with my thoughts, I’d like to mention that I received a copy of the book for free but it doesn’t influence my thoughts.

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My Thoughts:

I’ve been anticipating this book since hearing about it as I have enjoyed Jenny’s Bridesmaids Behaving Badly series and knowing that the main character Eve is a Librarian!

This book was everything that I hoped for and so much more!

Evie is a Librarian who lives in Toronto and recently found out that not only has her beloved Great Aunt Lucille passed away but she left an Inn called The Mermaid Inn in Moonflower Bay to her neice which is about a three hour drive.

Evie spent time there growing up in the Summer which she used to love and also loved a boy named Sawyer who broke her heart ten years ago and Eve couldn’t bring herself to visit since then.

Returning to Moonflower Bay, expecting to sell the Inn and get back to Toronto where her life is, she finds out that her Aunt put in a clause that it cannot be sold for a year and it’s also become rundownwithin the last decade.

Also, she’s turned her heartbreak into anger towards Sawyer who is now the chief of police, has grown a beard and has become so much sexier than she remembered.

Finding herself on temporary leave from her job to figure out what to do about the Inn for a year, she reluctantly finds herself accepting help with renovating, caught up in small town life including several festivals, the matchmaking schemes of several townspeople, making friends and slowly starting to realize just how much she loves the area.

She finds herself drawn to Sawyer despite trying to keep her distance which turns into a friendship and then a friends with benefits. Cue several steamy scenes, plenty of humor and a connection of two people that didn’t dim despite a decade apart.

Evie and Sawyer are adorable and I’m so glad that they were able to work out their differences.

The older citizens of the town are quite the scheming matchmakers but also very sweet and are the best kind of people to have on your side!

Full of humor, several steamy scenes, the charm of a small town, the beauty of friendship and the power of second chances, it was a book I found hard to put down!

Looking forward to reading the next book in the series when it’s released and I highly recommend this book!

Well that concludes my bookish ramblings for the time being. This book was able to help bring me out of my reading slump and I can’t wait to see who else will fall in love in this series! I hope you’ve enjoyed my Ramblings and I will return soon with more bookish content.

Happy Reading!

Slainte

~Meg

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Tweet Cute Blog Tour

Good afternoon,

I hope you’ve had a wonderful start to the new year and are getting in lots of reading. My reading has had a slow start but I don’t mind because it’s the beginning of the year and there’s plenty of time to get reading in.

Speaking of reading, I recently finished a book that was so much fun and was asked if I’d like to join in on the blog tour of which I said yes because the premise sounded adorable. It has been released today so if your curious after reading my thoughts, you can go to the nearest bookstore or download it on your e-reader today!

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

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My Thoughts:

This was a charming story of two High School Seniors who find themselves caught up in a Twitter war between their two companies. What starts out as trying to one up the competition turns into so much more than either had intended including a fan base of followers.

Pepper has done what she could to be the best at everything she sets her mind to including grades, swim team Captain, younger sister, daughter and recently has been asked to help send out Tweets for her Mom’s company which is called Big League Burger. She’s been feeling overwhelmed lately trying to keep up with everything else going on but doesn’t want to disappoint her Mom so finds herself caught up in an unexpected Twitter war with another company who has accused her company of stealing their famous grilled cheese that has a secret ingredient. Pepper chooses to fight back with some rather snarky comments and also develops unlikely friendships with two people that she hadn’t expected to like.

Jack has grown up in New York, working at his family’s local deli known as Girl Cheesing, trying to figure out if he wants to take over the family business, often feeling in the shadow of his identical twin Ethan, is a part of the swim team and enjoys playing around with developing apps during his free time. When he sees that Big League Burger appears to have stolen his beloved Grandma’s grilled cheese recipe, he takes to Twitter and finds himself caught up in the craziness of going toe to toe with Big League. What starts out as getting back at them for appearing to steal the grilled cheese turns into something much bigger than expected and leads him down quite the interesting adventure including becoming friends with an unlikely person.

This book was full of snark, fluffiness, the power of friendship, adorable shipping between the Twitter fans of both companies and just a general fun book to read. Jack and Pepper are adorable and I loved watching their friendship grow as well as seeing both realize their dreams while also how important family is to them.

I highly recommend checking out this book if you’re looking for a fun read that does have some romance in and plenty of healthy debate.

Well I hope you’ve enjoyed my bookish ramblings and my thoughts have caught your curiosity. I don’t want to give any spoilers particularly since it’s just been released today but I will say that this book gave me You’ve Got Mail vibes with a more modern twist and takes place around high school. Have a wonderful rest of your week and I will be back soon with more reading updates!

Happy Reading!

Slainte

~Meg

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Orchid Throne Blog Tour

Good afternoon,

I hope you’ve had a good week and a very successful reading month. Mine has slowed down a bit but I’m still reading so I count that has winning. I was asked if I would like to review an author’s book who just happens to be one of my favorites so of course I said yes! Before I gush about the book, I would like to say that I received an advanced digitally galley from the publisher via Netgalley though all thoughts are my own.

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This is the start of a fascinating series in a world where magic is real, a viscous person has become Emperor after unfairly seizing land and destroy many lives, particularly the majority of royalty who have either been killed or turned into slaves.

Queen Euthalia has spent a good chunk of her life trying to protect her people and little corner of the world which just happens to be a beautiful tropical nation that has many interesting temptations though has worked hard to keep blood from being shed in violence. She has been engaged to the Emperor for quite some time and has tried to elude him the best that she can with some rather clever wording and hopes eventually to figure out a way to get out of the betrothal. Then she is tasked by the Emperor with holding a group of rebels until they can be sent to the Emperor himself and all of her careful plans start to fall apart.

While reading about her island, it reminded me of a more magical version of Hawaii. I loved the concept that her world mostly revolved around flowers, many of her subjects are inspired by flowers or named after flowers and it’s in general a very lush community. There’s a lot of court intrigue and a certain part of the court that’s known as the Night Court which offers quite the interesting distractions though Euthalia doesn’t partake in them because it’s all part of her plan to distract the Emperor from trying to force her to marry him.

Conri is the former Crowned Prince of Onri whose world was turned upside down when the Emperor showed up and was sent to the mines to work as a slave along with his Father and former subjects when he was just a boy. He has fought hard to get out of the terrible conditions he spent most of his childhood and teens in particularly after his Dad passes away from a combination of heartbreak and the terrible side effects of inhaling the fumes from the mine. He is determined to put an end to the Emperor’s tyranny by killing him and hopefully freeing others who are under his domain. Conri is joined in the quest by many loyal people including Sondra who is like a sister to him and the mysterious Ambrose who is a wizard and has a bird familiar. Just when things seem to start looking up for Conri, he finds himself a prisoner in Euthalia’s court and is about to have quite the changes in life yet again.

These two unlikely but powerful people have come from very different backgrounds and yet both have been under the tyranny of the Emperor in different ways. They will have to work together if they can hope to get out from under the rule of such a terrible person which will involve a marriage of convenience that could very well be the key to freedom. That is if they can come to a compromise and learn to get along.

Full of surprises, adventure, court intrigue, a dash of magic, a few rather steamy scenes at the end, the power of friendship and the determination of two people to protect those who follow them, it was such a pleasure to read this book. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book and what surprises may be in store!

So that wraps up my bookish ramblings for the time being. I apologize that my blog has been rather quiet lately. It’s been a busy month for me and I’ve been attempting to catch up on some books that have been on my currently reading shelf for a while. Thank you to all who visit my blog as well as my social media sites, it really means a lot and I hope to be back to normal soon.

Happy Reading!

Slainte

~Meg

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