The Magnolia That Bloomed Unseen By Ray Smith

The Magnolia That Bloomed Unseen By Ray Smith

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“You’ve seen the woman in the photo. The woman screaming . . .” So begins the story of Molly Valle, who at forty-eight thinks she knows all that life has to offer a single, middle-aged woman—namely, men’s dismissal and disrespect.

But when handsome activist John Pressman arrives in her Mississippi hometown, he challenges her self-doubt along with nearly everything else in her world. Soon, Molly discovers a strength and beauty she never knew she had—and a love so powerful, it can overcome the most tragic of consequences.

The Magnolia That Bloomed Unseen is a love story, an adventure novel, and a self-realization journey. It reignites the truth that many women—and men—have unconsciously extinguished: you are special and worthy of love, and it’s never too late to make your dreams come true.

My Thoughts:

This is a story about love and self realization, growing up in the 1960’s seemed to be extremely hard for John (not going to say too much as don’t want to give away any spoilers). Reading this story you can tell the author Ray has done his research and as the story unfolds we get  more information about that era. I liked the way the story was set out about a boy called RC writing a memoir about Molly Vale, the story centres around her and her love for John, after meeting in a diner in Mississippi in 1961 just as the Civil Rights Act is coming into effect.

Unfortunately for them back in the day their relationship was dissaproved by so many people. As the story unfolds we learn what they had to do back then just to keep their relationship going. It would of been nice to learn a little more about what they had to do but their is just the right amount of information to kind of understand what they did. A novel that makes you think and one that will stay with me for a long time.

 

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Meet Me at Pebble Beach By Bella Osborne

Meet Me at Pebble Beach By Bella Osborne

Regan is holding a winning lottery ticket.
Goodbye to the boyfriend who never had her back, and so long to the job she can’t stand!
Except it’s all a bit too good to be true…

When Regan gets pranked, she finds herself jobless, homeless and boyfriendless in one fell swoop.

Luckily her friendly seaside community provides a beacon of hope, proving to Regan that sometimes you really can rely on the kindness of others – and one local in particular, a handsome fireman called Charlie, helps Regan realise that this could be her chance for a fresh start.

Armed with a list of ways to change her life, Regan decides it’s time to step out of her comfort zone. Because – as Charlie knows all too well – life is for living . . .

My Thoughts:

You know when you read a book that you really like, this was the book for me, it made my heart sing. I had everything I wanted food, animals, romance. I really liked Regan as she was all about everyone else apart from herself. I saw myself in her a few times trying to do good for other people. I loved hearing about Elvis the dog, I think he was the star of the show, I can’t believe what he had gone through. But good job Regan was there. I think what this story has showed me is that never give up on your dreams. If there is a will, there is a way.

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The Broccolis By J. C. Allen

The Broccolis By J. C. Allen

Meet the Broccolis – your vegetable super hero family.

This is their first adventure together!

Next time,you will be able to continue the adventure at Barney ‘s Birthday. Keep an eye out for book two where their story continues.

My Thoughts:

I thought my readers would like a bit of light hearted entertainment from me. Yes this is a child’s book and no I don’t have any children and yes I decided to make my own family member of the Broccolis.

I liked the sound of this story and I love broccoli so decided to read this children’s book. I liked the bright coloured pictures and the style of font used both really seemed to bring the story to life. I’m not sure exactly what age this book is aimed at but I would say over fives would enjoy. But not being a parent i would not know. The ending shocked me.

 

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Like a House on Fire By Caroline Hulse

Like a House on Fire By Caroline Hulse

Things Stella and George have had blazing rows about:

– Misquoting Jurassic Park
– Leaving a Coke can on the side of the bath
– Fitting car seats for their hypothetical kids

In other news, they’re getting divorced.

But first, Stella’s mum is throwing a murder mystery party and – with her dad losing his job, her mum’s recent diagnosis, and some very odd behaviour from her sister – now is not the time to tell everyone.

All Stella and George have to do is make it through the day without their break-up being discovered – though it will soon turn out that having secrets runs in the family…Sent

My Thoughts:

I haven’t read any of Caroline’s books before so was looking forward to reading a new author. I think anyone will be able to relate to at least one of the characters in this book. It’s all about family and how they interact with one another. It reminded me of growing up in our family home with the bickering, the laughter and love that comes from being in a family. Caroline has nailed it with this story.

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The Lonely Fajita By Abigail Mann

The Lonely Fajita By Abigail Mann

It’s Elissa’s birthday, but her boyfriend hasn’t really noticed – and she’s accidentally scheduled herself a cervical smear instead of celebration drinks. Great.

Then there’s her borderline-psychotic boss, the fact she’s not making but losing money at work, and her sinking feeling she’s about to be dumped.

But Elissa will soon find out that being single doesn’t have to be lonely… And with a little help from her friends, even a girl with minus £1,000 in her account can have a lot of fun.

My Thoughts:

If you want a book to escape and have a laugh with, this is the book for you. The story is about Elissa and her life, she is fed up with her boyfriend, I really felt for her and can she why she was fed up with him. She finds herself homeless but decides to do something about it and her idea is pure genius. Wait till you meet her new residents. I  found some parts of the book quite funny and amusing, so much so I was upset when the book finished. I will be looking out for more of Abigail’s books. I would definitely recommend this book.

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The Minute I Saw You By Paige Toon

The Minute I Saw You By Paige Toon

When Hannah meets Sonny, she’s irresistibly drawn to him: he’s sexy and confident, but only in town on holiday. That’s fine with Hannah – she doesn’t do long-term relationships. And luckily for her, neither does Sonny. But before they can even so much as kiss, Sonny receives some shocking news and commits to making serious life changes – ones that can’t and won’t include romance.

With even a short fling now off the cards, Hannah and Sonny settle for being friends. But as summer hots up and their chemistry shows no signs of cooling, they start to question their reasons for shutting each other out.

Are they both too broken to find love? And if they tear down the walls between them, will they still like what’s on the other side?

My Thoughts:

There is just something about a Paige Toon novel that warms the heart. I have read all of Paige’s books and I can’t get enough of them, they are just so good and keep getting better and better. Hannah is the main character in this story, any one with that name gets my seal of approval as it’s my name too. I wanted to read on quickly but also want to read it slowly to saviour it. This is what happens with Paige’s books. You just can’t get enough of them. I look forward to devouring the rest of this story.

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Strangers By C. L. Taylor

Strangers By C. L. Taylor

Ursula, Gareth and Alice have never met before.

Ursula thinks she killed the love of her life.
Gareth’s been receiving strange postcards.
And Alice is being stalked.

None of them are used to relying on others – but when the three strangers’ lives unexpectedly collide, there’s only one thing for it: they have to stick together. Otherwise, one of them will die.

Three strangers, two secrets, one terrifying evening.

My Thoughts:

Three strangers with completely different stories makes for an intriguing storyline. You wonder how they will all fit into the last piece of the puzzle. Each chapter is a different person, all of the stories cleverly intertwine with each other, it really did keep me guessing till the very end. I wasn’t sure where this story would lead but the ending was very good.

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