October in Review

Hello Friends! I hope your November is off to a wonderful start. I love this month. It is my daughter and I’s birthday month and also the month that I get really excited with Thanksgiving on it’s way followed by Christmas. Love this time of year.

October more than any other month of the year feels like my to be read stack is supposed to look a certain way, give off a certain feel. I had so many plans, so many books that I started off the month wanting to read, but per usual, my mood had different plans for me.

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The first book I completed in October was A Potion To Die For by Heather Blake which is book one in the A Magic Potion Mystery series. This was good. I didn’t love it like I did some of the other cozy mysteries I have been reading but I felt it was a good book one. It interested me enough in the main character, with her lineage of witch craft, a possible rekindling romance and making things right possibly with a cousin of hers, to want to continue on with the series. One thing I really liked about this cozy is that it takes place in the south. A lot of cozies I have read take place either in the Pacific Northwest or somewhere in new England, which is great, but the change of location was a nice surprise.

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Next, I finished my first ever Devney Perry, The Coppersmith Farmhouse. This is book one in Perry’s Jamison Valley series. I loved this. It gave me all the small town vibes I love in a small town romance, then got super hot and sexy which I wasn’t expecting. Then, just when I thought things couldn’t get shaken up any more than they already were, things got super intense! I loved it.

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I went ahead and read book two in the Jamison Valley series by Devney PerryThe Clover Chapel was another really good read although I didn’t love it as much as I loved The Copper Smith Farmhouse. I like a good second chance romance and this one especially because it has it’s own twist; the character’s are already married. I am a little weary about finishing this series, although I know I will being that I hauled all the books to it. I just am assuming that I can expect each story to take some drastic turn towards the end, which is fine, but when reading The Clover Chapel, by the time all of the craziness started to take place, I just didn’t care anymore. By the time the twists and turns come along, I was kind of over it. The way Perry wrote the first two books, the romance happens fast! So when reading it for the romance, you’re getting that pretty early on. So you’re basically reading the rest of the book to see what is going to happen that may possibly break the romance up. Fingers are crossed I enjoy book three more.

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I (finally) finished my arc that I am super grateful Netgalley approved me for, and that was Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. This book was fantastic. It releases March of 2019 and I cannot wait to get my hands on a physical copy. Hands down a five star read for me. I loved the format in which the story was told. I loved the time period it takes place in. Taylor Jenkins Reid is such a wonderful story teller.

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Another five star read in October was Heron’s Landing by Joann Ross. This is book one in her Honeymoon Harbor series, and one that I literally bought on a whim when I saw it in the checkout aisle at the grocery store. When Littlebird Publicity sent book two in the series my way, it gave me the push I needed to finally read it and oh, I am so glad I did. I love a well written character in a romance grappling with grief and the love interest in this one is grieving the loss of his wife. I loved this book so much. In this one, there is the romance between the two main characters and also an old love on the brink of being over. Such a beautifully written story.

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I reread one of the first romances I picked up after deciding that I wanted to give reading romance a try, Debbie Macomber’s Merry and Bright, and I loved it just as much this go around as I did the first time. I really think that reading this book as one of my first romances played a big part in holiday romances being my favorite. Debbie Macomber has such a way of creating these main characters who feel like people you want to be friends with. I love how believable, the importance of family feels while reading this one.  It is wonderful, and I think it may be a new tradition to reread it around this time every year in anticipation of the holidays.

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I finally read my first ever Nora Roberts novel. Yes, finally! I read Dark Witch, which is the only somewhat October vibe’ish book I read. This is book one in her The Cousins O’Dwyer trilogy. It was okay. I enjoyed the family aspects and the Irish folklore and history. I loved the magic. The main character is what bothered me. She was so annoying at times. Like, the kid getting to hang out with her older cousins and ruins it by being overly excited. I wanted to yell shut up, so many times. I am looking forward though, in seeing where the rest of the trilogy goes.

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I also finished two books in the From Manhattan With Love series by Sarah Morgan.  First,  I finished New York, Actually which wasn’t bad, but not a favorite. A lot like with Dark Witch, I just wasn’t a fan of the main character. Molly, the main character in this one, isn’t annoying or anything, but there was just something about her I didn’t like and didn’t connect with. I actually preferred the scenes from Daniel, the love interest’s perspective. I then jumped immediately into Holiday in the Hamptons. Reading this one reminded me of reading the character Frankie’s romance which was book two. This is Fliss’s romance, and Fliss has always been the tough girl and is avoiding love. She has her issues she needs to process and work through before she can realize the good thing she has in front of her and oh man was he good! Seth is so patient, and might just be my favorite love interest in the series.

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I really hope you had a wonderful October and that your November is starting off well. Let me know what you’re reading this month.

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Review: The Clover Chapel

The Clover Chapel by Devney Perry

Book 2 in the Jamison Valley Series

Published May 30,2017 by Devney Perry

4/5 Stars

 

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Plot Summary:

She took a dare and fell in love. Truth would have been the smarter choice.

After years of living under her father’s thumb, Emmeline is ready to break free. She’s abandoned her life as a New York socialite to follow her dream of becoming a kindergarten teacher in a small, wholesome town. Seeing the man that nearly broke her was absolutely not what she had hoped to find in Prescott, Montana.

Nick hasn’t seen his Emmy in nine years, but that doesn’t mean he’s forgotten a thing about the woman he loves. After just one blissful night as man and wife, he gave her up, sacrificing his own happiness to keep her safe—far away from him. But the moment she walks back into his lonely life is the moment he decides never to let her go again. He won’t waste his second chance. All he has to do is win back Emmeline’s heart, keep her safe from the shadows in his past and prove to her that taking a wager on him is a sure bet.  

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My Thoughts:

In true me fashion, I saw this series, loved the covers and all the summaries sounded great, so i hauled the entire series with one click on Amazon. I jumped immediately into The Clover Chapel by Devney Perry right after finishing book one, The Coppersmith Farmhouse. I loved the small town setting, the sense of community and wow, did Devney Perry hit me with the surprises in book one, I couldn’t wait to see whose romance would be in book two.

I liked the idea of this book. Emmy and Nick met and married one night in Las Vegas. The next morning, Emmy wakes alone. She doesn’t hear from or see the man she has been married to for nine years. Emmy finds herself tired of New York City life, her dad who is a complete jerk and she wants to teach, so she takes a job in Prescott, Montana. Once she begins teaching, she meets the parents of Rowen, Gigi and Jess from the first book and they invite her to a get together. Who does she run into not long after arriving? Her husband!

Nick has his reasons for leaving Emmy that night after they married, which you learn a few chapters into the book. They were good reasons. Emmy was a smart girl and he could’ve just told her upfront, but then we wouldn’t have a story, right? A lot like book one, Nick is persistent with Emmy. She is adamant about divorcing him. She has had a boyfriend for five years now and wants to move on, but Nick convinces her to give him a week’s time, a date every night and if she feels the same after, they’ll move forward with the divorce.

I liked the thought Nick put into his time, his dates with Emmy. You got the sense that he truly paid attention and listened to her. There was something sexy about Nick. I loved that here he was this firefighter who comes from a family of motorcycle club members who do some pretty dangerous stuff. It always felt that he was straddling the line between good guy and bad guy, and I found the blurry line so hot.

I liked Emmy. I love reading from the perspective of teachers. She was so great with her students and one in particular, I loved seeing her do the right thing and even step on some toes to take care. I enjoyed seeing the friendship between Emmy, GiGi and Maisey (from book one) bloom. Understandably, Emmy was new in town and wasn’t sure how long she’d stay once she realized Nick lived there but Gigi and Maisey immediately took to her and it’s always a joy to read strong female friendships.

My only gripe with this novel was that towards the end I got a little bored. The plot twist came and I really didn’t even care for it. Not sure if I just wasn’t in the mood for it or what. I basically skimmed through it to get to the end and find out how Emmy and Nick panned out.

I do recommend reading this though. It is starting out as a really solid series. Devney Perry hits you with these beautiful covers and stories that seem like sweet small town romances then bam! She totally sexes it up and throws unexpected twists and turns in there.

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Book Review: The Coppersmith Farmhouse

The Coppersmith Farmhouse by Devney Perry

Published March 19, 2017

Jamison Valley Series

4/5 Stars

 

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Plot Summary:

One old farmhouse brought them together. It could also tear them apart.

Gigi has just uprooted her whole world to start a new life. The unexpected gift of a farmhouse in small-town Montana is just what she and her daughter need to escape big-city loneliness. The last thing she needs is attitude from the town’s sheriff, the most perfectly attractive and ruggedly handsome man she’s ever laid eyes on—and a complete jerk.

Jess knows all about women like Gigi. Beautiful. Sexy. Scheming. She’s stolen his sanctuary, the farmhouse that should have been his. But along with a face full of freckles, she’s got a sharp wit and a backbone of steel—something he doesn’t discover until after making a complete fool of himself. If he can earn back her trust and win her heart, he might just find the home he’s always needed.  

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My Thoughts:

Hello Friends! I can knock reading my first Devney Perry off my bucket list. I hauled. I read. I was blown away. What has taken me so long to read my first book by this author?

I skimmed over the synopsis on the back of The Coppersmith Farmhouse before reading it. I knew it was about a woman who gets a farmhouse in Montana, and uproots her and her daughter’s lives.  This story was these things and more, so much more.

I love the small Montana town vibe.  I didn’t feel like we got a ton of back story as to why Gigi, the main character was able or willing to just uproot her life without looking back although you do eventually learn that the father of her daughter was a complete jerk, but it seemed like she had been doing fine without him. She inherits the farmhouse from a patient, turned Father figure named Ben after he passed away.

The caretaker for the farmhouse has been the now town sheriff named Jess who once learns about Gigi, believes she is a gold digger who tricked Ben for his money. He is a real jerk to her in the beginning, but he learns how wrong he was about her and her intentions with Ben.

I liked that this story cut out all the angst and the relationship between Gigi and Jess forms very early into the story. Jess puts a lot into pursuing Gigi once he realizes how big of a jerk he’s been and he is persistent. He knows he wants her, he sees her hesitation but he sticks to it. The book is really them navigating their relationship as a new couple and a reminder to how quickly that new love can be taken from you.

Gigi is such an awesome Mom and when Jess comes into the picture, he is adorable with her little girl.

Oh boy, was this book sexy. I didn’t expect the sexy times. I thought this was going to be a sweet, small town romance, but as I sat outside at the coffee shop and the sexy times scene came on, I couldn’t hide my smirk.

The plot twists, adding a suspense element were wonderful and really added a different vibe to the story while also being a reminder that even small town America has it’s issues and nowhere is really safe.

Overall, I loved this book. I am so happy I hauled the entire series so I can jump right into the next book.

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