#TuesdayBookReviews- Catling’s Bane @DWallacePeach, Between Hello & Goodbye @EmmaS_Writes, The Make-Up Test @jennylhowe


It’s been so nice outside that I haven’t had much time to visit the blogs, much less come up with a brilliant post {difficult at any time!}, but hope to comment here and there throughout the summer- my apologies.

It was hubby’s birthday on the weekend. We spent the day eating fresh berries and talking about years gone by, it was a nice time.

I’ve had a list of NetGalley books to work my way through, and I’m happy to say I’m almost caught up! Now, I just need to get those pesky reviews written up, lol

I’m starting today’s list out with one of my favorite blogging authors- D. Wallace Peach. Her fantasy books are filled with immersive worlds and complex characters, while her writing is lyrical and engaging.

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Catling – She’s a weapon desired by those who reign and those who rebel.

Young Catling is born to a life of poverty in the warrens under the piers of one of the tiered cities of Elegeance. A distinctive rose birthmark covers her eye, setting her apart not just in looks but in the ability she has to see how the Influencer’s Guild manipulates emotions to get their way.

Traded by her mother for a tippance, Catling leaves the city streets behind and learns the meaning of family with a farmer, his two wives, and a group of other children they’ve taken in, including Whitt, a young boy she immediately connects with.

On a trip back to the warrens for hanging day festivities, Catling learns of the power she possesses to break the threads of influence and allow people to witness the true horror of the hangings. This gets her the attention of an underlord determined to change the laws they survive by, even if it puts Catling in danger.

As it becomes obvious something, or someone, is disrupting the influencers from their grip on the people’s emotions, the search for Catling begins. Her life is once again turned upside down as the thirst for power grows and corruption is around every corner.

This is an epic fantasy that lives up to its promise to thrill and entertain its readers- highly recommended!


Between Hello and Goodbye is a contemporary romance about love, loss, and experiencing life in all its facets. 

When Faith blows an important meeting after a drunken hook-up, her boss gives her an ultimatum- taken time off, get her head on straight, come back with a new attitude, or don’t come back at all.

Left with no choice, Faith books herself into a quiet vacation condo in Kauai and promptly twists her foot on a hike the first day and gets rescued by a handsome firefighter with shadows in his eyes. Well, she can relate, and in a weird way is grateful for friendship he offers while she heals.

Though they have good intentions, Faith and Asher soon become embroiled in an attraction they can’t deny, but how can they reconcile their very different lifestyles?

This is a heartwarming book of two lonely souls who find a lasting love after a devastating loss- break out the tissues!


In this smart, swoony, rom-com debut from Jenny L. Howe, two college exes find themselves battling against each other—and their unresolved feelings—for a spot in a prestigious literature Ph.D. program.

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Set against a background of English literature, this is a friends-to-lovers-to-enemies-to-rivals-to…

Plus-sized Allison has always been ridiculed by her father and had to develop a tough skin to pursue her dream of a PHD in English literature. When she’s accepted to a program with a professor she’s always looked up to, it seems as though her luck is changing- that is until her ex-boyfriend is assigned as her collaborator and only one of them will win a place on her team at the end of the course.

Colin is ashamed for the way he ended his relationship with Allison and is determined to make reparations and maybe even get a second chance with the one who got away.

This is a fun read with plenty of bickering, overcoming prejudice, and forgiveness. I would have liked less backstory, but overall an enjoyable read.

Are you familiar with these authors? Do you have any summer recommendations? My hydrangeas are opening!

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    1. Thanks for the share, Michael!

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      1. Thanks for another great review, Jacquie! xx Michael

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  1. Thanks for the great reviews, Jacquie! Everyone a great read. I hope you had a nice birthday celebrations, which has not to end on the day itself. 😉 Enjoy a wonderful week! Best wishes, Michael

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    1. Thank you, Michael. You’re right, we should celebrate every day as though it’s our birthday ❤

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      1. Thats true, Jacquie! Let’s do it! xx Michael

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  2. Celebrating your husband and enjoying the beautiful weather should come first, Jacquie. Thanks for sharing your reviews!

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    1. Thank you, Jill. I find since Covid my priorities have shifted- #familyfirst

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      1. Definitely!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! xo

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  3. Lady Tessa says:

    I have The Makeup Test to read too. Glad to hear you enjoyed it. Excellent reviews!

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    1. Thank you, Tessa. All are great choices 🙂

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  4. Gwen M. Plano says:

    Wonderful reviews and beautiful photos! Thank you, Jacquie. Fresh berries sounds like a wonderful way to celebrate a birthday… 😊

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    1. They were delicious, thank you 🙂

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  5. D.L. Finn, Author says:

    Happy belated bday to the hubby. Glad he had a good day. Great reviews. I haven’t read that book by Diana. Time to move it up my list. Hugs xo

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    1. Thanks, Denise. He’s not a fan of getting older, lol. Catling’s Bane is the first of a four part series- well worth the read.

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  6. Super reviews, Jacquie. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the books.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by to check them out, John. Hope the heatwave isn’t knocking you for a loop {{hugs}}

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      1. Eh what’s 106 anyway?

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        1. Holy crap! I promise not to complain about the heat anymore

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          1. 106 today as well. So maybe you can complain for me. 😁

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          2. That sucks, John. Time to do a rain dance, I think.

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          3. I think we need a tropical depression dance.

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  7. balroop2013 says:

    Fabulous reviews Jacquie. Thanks for sharing. I love your hydrangeas.

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    1. Thanks, Balroop. This plant has four different shades coming out!

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      1. balroop2013 says:

        Wow! I love its vibrancy.

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  8. Thanks Jacquie and they all look great. I am a huge fan of Diana’s books but lovely to be introduced to Emma and Jenny.. xx

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    1. Diana introduced me to fantasy and now I’m hooked, lol. Emma writes with deep emotional depth and isn’t afraid to tackle tough subjects. Jenny is a new-to-me author that I enjoyed. All are great summer reading choices!

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      1. I’m delighted that I hooked you, Jacquie!

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    2. Thanks for the kind comment, Sally. 😀

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  9. Joan Hall says:

    Nice review, Jacquie! I don’t blame you for spending time outdoors. Enjoy it while you can. Happy belated to your husband.

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    1. Thank you, Joan. I hope the heat wave is missing you.

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      1. Joan Hall says:

        Unfortunately, it isn’t, but I can handle the heat as long as I have air-conditioning. What we desperately need is rain.

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        1. I was just suggesting a rain dance to John Howell. Praying you all get a break soon.

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          1. Joan Hall says:

            Thanks, Jacquie!

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  10. Beem Weeks says:

    A wonderful show of support, Jacquie. Congratulations to each of these authors!

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    1. Thank you, Beem. All are excellent reads.

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  11. petespringerauthor says:

    I’m a big fan of Diana’s writing (though, like you, I’ve never been that much of a fantasy reader). The other one that sounds particularly intriguing is The Make-Up Test. Not precisely the same premise, but it reminded me of me graduating from school with all these other friends about to become teachers. Suddenly, you’re competing against friends for the precious few jobs—definitely a weird dynamic!

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    1. That would be weird, Pete. You want them to succeed, but only if you do, too!

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    2. Thanks for the endorsement, Pete. I’ll take all the converts I can get. 🙂 Happy Reading!

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  12. Hi Jacqui, your review of Diana Peach’s book really caught my eye. I will look for it. I have one of your books next on my audio TBR and I’m looking forward to it.

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    1. Thank you so much, Robbie! It’s great to hear of your interest in the audiobooks ❤

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      1. I like audio books and you have good readers for yours. Some books I can’t listen too because the reader’s voice irritates me.

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    2. Thanks for the kind word, Robbie. If you pick up the book, I hope you enjoy it. I’m reading book 6 in Jacquie’s Wounded Hearts series right now. I can wholeheartedly recommend that series if you haven’t given it a try. Happy Reading!

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      1. Thank you, Diana!

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        1. I wanted to read last night, but the grandson wore me out and I crashed. Lol. I hope to finish it tonight or tomorrow night. 🙂

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          1. Those grandkids have boundless energy 🙂

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      2. Hi Diana, I am listening to Jacquie’s Tidal Falls at the moment and will add your recommendation to my list.

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        1. Enjoy the series!

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        2. Thanks again, Robbie. I appreciate your support ❤

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  13. Wonderful review of Diana’s book. “immersive worlds and complex characters, while her writing is lyrical and engaging”–no better description. I’m also working through a NetGalley list and really really need to write the reviews!

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    1. I’ve learned to stretch my imagination when writing settings thanks to Diana’s books- she’s amazing!

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      1. Gak. I’m blushing. Lol ❤

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    2. Thanks for the wonderful comment, Jacqui. You always get me smiling. 🙂

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  14. Prior... says:

    Good reviews and really loved imagining you and the hubs eating berries and go down me with land
    How wonderful and a happy bday (belated)
    ☀️😊🙏

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    1. Thank you! We had a wonderful day in the garden 🙂

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      1. Prior... says:

        ☀️🍃🌱

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  15. What a sweet treat to find Catling over here, Jacquie. I’ve been running around like a nut, and it was fun to land here, take a breath, and smile. I’m glad you enjoyed the read. I have a soft spot for Catling. All she wants is a home and a family, the poor thing. Thanks for the intro to Emma and Jenny’s books. They sound like wonderful summer reads. Thanks for the wonderful review and huge hugs. And enjoy your hubby and your garden and the warm lazy days of reading. Huge hugs.

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    1. I picked up Oathbreaker’s Guild as soon as I finished Catling’s story! lol

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      1. Yaaaay! Thanks, Jacquie. You’re the best. I hope you enjoy it. Most readers seem to like the 3rd or 4th books the best. I hope I can hang onto you and get you there. Huge hugs. ❤

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  16. Jan Sikes says:

    What fabulous reviews, Jacquie! Sorry, I’m a bit late to the party, but I just arrived home last night. I have Catling’s Bane waiting for me on my Kindle and look forward to diving into it. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts!

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    1. Hope you had fun at Universal Studios- what am I saying? Of course you had a blast! lol

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    2. I hope you enjoy it whenever you get to it, Jan. Happy Reading!

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  17. Toni Pike says:

    These sound wonderful, Jacquie – thank you for these great reviews. Toni x

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    1. Great summer reads, Toni 🙂

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