One of my favorite places to go when I’m seeking inspiration is Esquimalt Lagoon. On one side, you have the Pacific Ocean with a view of Victoria harbor…
and on the other side, Royal Roads University with Hatley Castle seen in many featured films such as Deadpool, X-Men, Smallville, and many more.
Is it any wonder I have a tough time focusing on my writing with views like these? 🙂
This week I read a broad spectrum of books with the common theme of personal growth, so let’s get started. I’ve added a brief description, for more information you can click the covers, or the link provided at the end of each review.
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I’ve been meaning to read Teagan Geneviene’s serial, Dead of Winter, for some time and finally picked up Book 1- Forlorn Peak this week and am glad I did!
From the opening line
Readers know they are going to be treated to a rich tapestry of settings and emotions, The story definitely lives up to its promise.
Young Emlyn is a seer. She has the ability to connect with ghosts from the past and otherworldly creatures who want something from her, but what? This ‘gift’ makes her an outcast not only within the community but her family, as well.
She remembers a time when singing was a sign of happiness, and the songs passed down within the female members of her family a source of comfort.
Now they’re banned, a secret she carries deep within. A nursery rhyme from her childhood, barely remembered, reverberates in her soul, a portend of things to come?
This is a quick, but immersive, read. The writing is beautiful, the storyline inventive. I can’t wait to start the next journey!
POW Ernt Allbright returns from Vietnam changed. Gone is the loving family man, leaving a paranoid, angry shell in its place. He can’t hold a job, can’t sleep, drinks too much, and loves his wife and daughter to the point of desperation. He keeps them moving from place to place, always looking for a peace he cannot find. When a friend who died in the war deeds him a piece of land and a cabin in Alaska, Ernt assures his family that finally they will find their forever home.
But life is never that easy.
Leni might only be thirteen, but she’s had to navigate the tumultuous waters of her parents’ relationship for years and knows well her father’s explosive temper. She’s worried what Alaska will mean for her and her mother, Cora. How will they survive the endless winter months with eighteen hours of darkness and subzero temperatures in a one-room cabin with a man she’s becoming more frightened of every day?
There’s good in Alaska, from a community who embraces the family, helping them to prepare for winter, the stunning views, and a possible romance in the making. But a group of militants create discord and feed into Ernt’s radical government views, adding to his erratic behavior.
When emotions build to a volcanic eruption, leaving one dead and two on the run, will the wild beauty of Alaska hide their secrets?
This is an epic story set in the land of the midnight sun. A dangerous, wild country where survival hinges on hours of hard work and preparation. You might make one mistake and live, but the second will kill you.
J. R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series is in my top ten all-time reads, so when I came across this contemporary romance written in her pen name, Jessica Bird, I had to see if her snarky wit showed up in her earlier works and I’m happy to say, it does!
Gray Bennett is a mover and shaker in DC, when he talks people listen, but the more time he spends in that toxic world the more he hates the person he’s become. Then he returns to his family home and runs into spunky, beautiful Joy, and his jaded heart is smitten.
Joy has loved Gray Bennett for years, but never expected him to take notice of the hometown girl until tragedy strikes and brings them together in a thrilling affair that becomes so much more than either could have envisioned.
If you’re looking for a steamy romance with a heartwarming conclusion, this is the book for you.
New York Times Bestseller, and staunch feminist, Harper Ross is in trouble. Her last novel garnered a host of bad reviews and cost her the wealth and popularity she worked so hard to achieve. If she can’t come up with an amazing concept, and soon, the publisher will cancel her contract and Harper will have to face her well-meaning parents who believe a woman’s place is in the home. In a last ditch effort, Harper moves to the burbs and takes to spying on her neighbors for inspiration.
Wendy Moore is fighting empty-nester syndrome along with a decades old kleptomania problem she keeps carefully under wraps. Stress triggers the urge though, and suspicion over her husband’s flagging libido sends her next door to new neighbor Harper Ross. Maybe befriending the young woman, setting her up on a date, and helping with a refurbishing project will get her over the hurdle before she gets arrested and ruins her family’s standing in town.
This is the story of two secretive women who use their friendship for their own self-interests and ultimately learn trust and forgiveness is the key to happiness.
“I voluntarily read an ARC of this book which was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.”
I always enjoy stories involving strong women overcoming different life crises. All of these books have powerful lessons and are must-reads!