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What The Heart Can Hold By Charlotte Symonds

  The heart can bear a tremendous amount of pain and still hold an abundance of happiness. as you experience more of life’s intense pleasures and extreme depths of despair you will learn just what the heart can hold.”     STORY LINE FOR “WHAT THE HEART CAN HOLD”: Every well written book should invoke […] The post What The Heart Can Hold By Charlotte Symonds appeared first on Vera's Book Reviews and...

 

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The heart can bear a tremendous amount of pain and still hold an abundance of happiness. as you experience more of life’s intense pleasures and extreme depths of despair you will learn just what the heart can hold.”

 

 

STORY LINE FOR “WHAT THE HEART CAN HOLD”:

Every well written book should invoke intense emotion in the reader.   Author Charlotte Symonds has penned such a book in What The Heart Can Hold.  This is an intense emotional love story filled with drama, humor, loneliness, love, the highest of highs and the lowest of lows.  What The Heart Can Hold is presented in the first person view of the main two characters in alternating chapters.  As a result, the reader is given insight into the main characters thoughts and feelings.   Good girl Marissa and worldly Hans meet and the attraction is immediate.  Marissa, a virgin, had almost given up on finding Mr. Right.  Upon meeting Hans, she realizes this is something special.

What follows is a whirlwind romance with a surprise gripping ending which will remain with you long after you finish the book.  Come along with Marissa, Hans and friends as they explore their emotions and find life waiting in the wings.

 

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, AND DEVELOPMENT FOR “WHAT THE HEART CAN HOLD”:

First of all, I must say, author Charlotte Symonds masterfully developed the plot and pace in this book.  I found I could not read this book fast enough to satisfy my thirst for the next development.  The pace was smooth and seamless as Ms. Symonds wove the threads of her story together.  As a result, I experienced a marathon of emotions reading this story;  I laughed, sighed, cried, and then sighed some more.  Ms. Symonds knows how to grab the reader and enmesh them into the story-line.   Consequently, I hated to say goodbye to the characters in this story; I came to feel they were good friends.

In addition, this is a deeply romantic, emotional, love story.  The characters are likeable and believable with all the frailties, hurts, and faults we possess as humans with hearts that can hurt, break, heal, and love.

Most noteworthy, was the fact Ms. Symonds did not have to sale this story with sex;  the story-line and her talent for development of the story was all that was necessary to craft a winning story-line.  Furthermore, the love scenes in this story were extremely well done without having to rely on explicit or graphic sexual descriptions to convey the love and respect felt.    As a result, the love scenes were tasteful and touching.  I could feel the intense emotion and love involved in each well written scene.

In concluding the review of What The Heart Can Hold, I found it a well-written solid book which showcases Ms. Symonds’ talent as a writer.   Most of all, I did not see the ending coming, consequently it was quite a surprise.  My thoughts as I read the last word was:  Oh my, what a heart wrenching story of love and life!

 

RECOMMENDATION FOR “WHAT THE HEART CAN HOLD”: 

5 STARS

In conclusion, I do not hesitate to recommend What The Heart Can Hold to anyone that loves a solid well-written book.  Hence, this book will remain in their thoughts long after they have read the last word.

Furthermore, I have always loved books that invoke intense emotion in the reader and this is one of those wonderful books.  As a result of the author’s talent, I will reread this book again and again;  it will have a place of honor on my favorites shelf.

I received this book from the author in return for an honest book review.   Book reviews of any novel are dependent on the book review author’s opinion;  in addition, book reviews on line under my name and on my blog are my opinion.

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  PHOTO PROVIDED BY AUTHOR

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originally posted 12-1-16

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Sweet Christmas Kisses 3 By Various Authors

                    Sweet Christmas Kisses 3 has 17 sweet romantic stories perfect for any time of the year;  written by talented authors with the ability to enmesh the reader into the story-line.  I had the privilege of reviewing four of these sweet clean romances.  My romance novel review […] The post Sweet Christmas Kisses 3 By Various Authors appeared first on Vera's Book Reviews and...

 

 

 

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Sweet Christmas Kisses 3 has 17 sweet romantic stories perfect for any time of the year;  written by talented authors with the ability to enmesh the reader into the story-line.  I had the privilege of reviewing four of these sweet clean romances.  My romance novel review of those 4 selections follows below.

 

STORY-LINES:

SWEET CHRISTMAS KISSES 3 On Christmas Eve By Mona Risk: 

Author Mona Risk crafted a tender story of mistakes and second chances as we follow Tiffany Ramsay, medical resident, and Dr. Matthew Alonso.  Fate has thrown them together for another chance at lasting love.  Can Matthew overcome Mona’s insecurities and misconceptions?  Will Mona reach out with both hands for a forever love?

 

SWEET CHRISTMAS KISSES 3 Christmas Holly By Christine Bush:

Author Christine Bush has a wonderful talent with words and humor.  In Christmas Holly, we find Holly McDonald out of her element on Clayton Island.  Holly must face her fears and insecurities to find family is not made by blood.  Holly finds her sister, Aggie, has left her a mess when ask to house sit. Not only is the house on the beach, has numerous pets, and her next door neighbor is a hunky handsome grieving widower and father of triples.  Come along with Christine and Sam as they laugh and love on Clayton Island. Will these two conquer grief and insecurities to find happy ever after?

 

CHRISTMAS  KISSES 3 Mistletoe And Sage By Lyn Cote:

Author Lyn Cote created small town USA and placed Deputy Sage Deitz, widowed with a small son, in the middle of mischief, vandalism, and small town politics.  Sage and hunky Deputy Garrett Connolly must solve the latest vandalism on the multi-million dollar construction site.

Will Garrett’s past keep them from finding a link to love and security?

 

CHRISTMAS KISSES 3  A Merry Little Christmas By Denise Devine:

Denise Devine crafted a tender tale of a mother with two children, accused of knowing her ex-husband was a crook and where he hid the stolen money.  Enter our hero, Anthony Lewis.  Merry Connor’s and her two child are barely making it.  They live in a run down house, have a 10-year-old car, few possessions and little money.  Anthony rooked into investigating and purchasing the deed to Merry’s house by his obnoxious brother-in-law finds a family in need.  Can Merry and Anthony survive the revelations to come?

 

SWEET CHRISTMAS KISSES 3 RECOMMENDATION:

5 STARS

In concluding my romance novel review of Sweet Christmas Kisses 3, I found the story-lines and characters believable.  Furthermore, the pacing of each story was correct for its length and did not lag or blog down. Each story had a moral along with love and acceptance.  These were wonderful love stories which prove explicit nor graphic sex is a requirement for satisfying and enjoyable entertainment.  Each story was well-written, well-developed, and easy to read.  Sweet stories perfect for any time of the year.

Therefore, I do not hesitate to recommend this bundle to anyone that enjoys sweet clean romances with good story-lines and moral values.

Final Note:  I received this book from the author and voluntarily chose to review the novel with an honest romance novel reviewBook reviews of any novel are dependent on the book review author’s opinion.  Consequently all book reviews on-line and on my blog, are my opinion.  This romance novel review was not influenced by the ARC.

 

Originally posted 12-1-16

The post Sweet Christmas Kisses 3 By Various Authors appeared first on Vera's Book Reviews and Stuff.


Driving Miss Crazy By D. J. Van Oss

                  STORY LINE DRIVING MISS CRAZY: Romance novel, Driving Miss Crazy, is a fun-filled romp of laughter, fun, missteps, and love.  Widower, Adrian Adams, is raising his seven-year old daughter, Charlie.  To say he is protective of Charlie is at the very least an under statement.  His […] The post Driving Miss Crazy By D. J. Van Oss appeared first on Vera's Book Reviews and...

 

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STORY LINE DRIVING MISS CRAZY:

Romance novel, Driving Miss Crazy, is a fun-filled romp of laughter, fun, missteps, and love.  Widower, Adrian Adams, is raising his seven-year old daughter, Charlie.  To say he is protective of Charlie is at the very least an under statement.  His goal in life is providing Charlie with a stable home and safety.  Adrian’s employment, as a diplomatic driver, works well for him and Charlie.  Suddenly, he must find a new job.  As a result, he secures a placement at the Irish Embassy driving Miss Maggie McNally, the Ambassadors granddaughter.  Consequently, his life changes from placid and boring to rip-roaring.

Maggie McNally has spent her life trying to fit into her political families life of international diplomacy.  She can’t seem to find her niche.  Disaster follows Maggie through life and employment with the diplomatic division; and then you have the squirrels she attracts.  Is Maggie talking to the squirrels or what!  Can Maggie pull off her grandmothers latest assignment?  Will disaster follow again?  Is Adrian driving Miss Crazy or is she the most unusual and caring woman in the world?

Come along with Charlie, Adrian, the international community, and Maggie as they forge ahead through disasters, emotional stumbling blocks, bumbles, stumbles, and political hot-pots to find a life worth fighting for.  My romance novel review of Driving Miss Crazy follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

First of all, I must say this novel had me in stitches.  As a result, I laughed so hard I received odd looks from my companions.  D. J. Van Oss skillfully incorporated humor throughout this story.  The scene at the Gala was hilarious.  As result, inducing side-splitting laughter and tears.  Not only does D. J. Van Oss skillfully add humor, he also shows the insecurities faced by each of his characters as he wove a wonderful story-line.

Furthermore, the plotting of this book was well-developed and easy to follow.  Consequently, the book grabbed me from the first paragraphs.  D. J. Van Oss did not create a story-line in which Adrian and Maggie fall immediately in love.  Instead, he allows his characters to learn the qualities and character each possess. Also, several plots are woven in the story-line which made this is a very entertaining book as we follow an out-of-step Maggie and an over protective dad.

All good novels must have a villain.  D. J. Van Oss created an excellent villain for Driving Miss Crazy.  The villain’s character development was very skillful.  As result, the villain made my skin crawl.

Also, D. J. Van Oss paced the story-line correctly for the length of the book.  This book will grab you and held your interest.  This was a wonderfully written sweet romantic comedy.

In concluding the romance novel review of Driving Miss Crazy, I applaud D. J. Van Oss for a clean story-line and a clear easily read book.  This book has all the elements needed for success.  D. J. Van Oss’ talent was evident immediately.  Most noteworthy, D. J. Van Oss created a skillfully written book which did not need sex to sell the story-line or hold the reader’s interest.  Kudos, D. J. Van Oss, Kudos.

 

DRIVING MISS CRAZY, RECOMMENDATION:  5 STARS:

In conclusion, I do not hesitate to give Driving Miss Crazy 5 stars.  D. J. Van Oss created a clean, clear, well-developed and paced story. This is a fun-filled romp through Washington D.C., the center of power and diplomacy.  It is a solid début novel from a talented author.  I look forward to D. J. Van Oss’ next novel.

Final Note:  I received this book from the author and chose to voluntarily review the novel with an honest romance novel reviewBook reviews of any novel are dependent on the book review author’s opinion.  Consequently all book reviews on-line and on my blog, are my opinion.  This romance novel review was not influenced by the ARC.

 

 

About The Author:

Bio and Photo Provided By Author

 
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D. J. Van Oss writes sweet and sunny romantic comedies; kind of like the book version of a fresh cinnamon roll. With extra icing. “Driving Miss Crazy” is his début novel.
When not writing you can find him working in the yard, walking the dog, or staying up too late watching BBC mysteries while eating honey peanut butter straight out of the jar.
He lives in the country suburbs of Iowa with his wife and three step-daughters. His writing partner is Jack, a pretty-boy golden retriever who grunts when you rub his ears.
Originially posted 12-6-16

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Buried Memories By Carol J. Post

                      STORY-LINE BURIED MEMORIES: Buried Memories by author Carol J. Post, grabs the reader and hangs on throughout the novel.  With a story filled with tension, grief, suspense, and mystery, Post created a book worthy of the title mystery romance novel along with a clean […] The post Buried Memories By Carol J. Post appeared first on Vera's Book Reviews and...

 

 

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STORY-LINE BURIED MEMORIES:

Buried Memories by author Carol J. Post, grabs the reader and hangs on throughout the novel.  With a story filled with tension, grief, suspense, and mystery, Post created a book worthy of the title mystery romance novel along with a clean and wholesome story-line.

Nicki Jackson moved to Cedar Key after the broke up with her fiance.  Although, hoping to find peace, Nicki finds old memories, hurts, and abuse are hard to forget.  Detectives have reopened her mother’s cold case murder, and Nicki finds herself having nightmares and dreams.  Neighbor and friend from her past, Tyler Brant, adds another layer of stress to her already stressed out life.  Tyler, a former soldier with PTSD, has his own problems and nightmares.

Nicki has acquired a stalker bent on destroying her life and anyone close to her.  Can Tyler protect Nicki?  Who is trying to destroy Nicki and why?  Can Tyler overcome his own nightmares and trauma to help Nicki find the answers needed.

Grab a comfortable seat, my mystery romance novel review of Buried Memories follows.

 

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Primarily a suspense mystery, Post crafted a clean intense romance between two deeply hurting traumatized people. Post skillfully developed Tyler and Nicki characters;  Tyler, a man scarred by war and Nicki, a woman scarred by life, come together in an intense suspense filled mystery.   With a campaign  to destroy her life in the most horrendous manner, Nicki’s stalker is as evil as they come.  Carol Post portrayed Nicki’s vulnerability with skillful prose. Leaving the reader and Nicki questioning who could hold such hatred for her.

In addition, the suspense and mystery, kept at high peak throughout the novel, grabbed me immediately.  As a result, Post did not reveal the villain until the last moment, which keeps the reader glued to the pages.  I was surprised by the identity of the villain and the reasons behind the campaign of hatred.  The pace was smooth and steady without starts and stops, and the plots were intriguing as Post scripted her story-line.  Although the story contains several plot lines, Post wove all the lines together to form a first- class mystery romance novel.

Finally, in concluding my mystery romance novel review of Buried Memories, I found a solid well-written novel which held my attention from the first paragraphs to the last page.  Also with believable characters, plenty of action, intriguing story-line, and just the right amount of romance, I found Buried Memories an enjoyable read.   Post receives a big high-five for a clean read which did not need sex to sell the story.   A good novel, which is well-written with intriguing plots, does not need sex or fluff to increase the page count;  kudos Ms. Post, kudos.

 

 

BURIED MEMORIES RECOMMENDATION: STARS 4

In addition, I would not hesitate to buy Buried Memories for my self or a friend.  Suitable for young adults and adults, I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a solid, clean, well-written mystery and suspense romance.  I look forward to Ms. Post’s next book.

 

FINALLY, PLEASE NOTE:

Additionally, I received this book from the author and chose to voluntarily review the book with an honest mystery romance novel review.  Lastly, book reviews of any novel are dependent on the book review author’s opinion.  Consequently, all book reviews on-line and on my blog, are my opinions.  In addition,  the ARC did not affect my voluntary mystery romance novel review.

 

 

BURIED MEMORIES ABOUT THE AUTHOR/LINKS:

AUTHOR’S WEBSITE

AUTHOR’S BLOG

Originally posted 1-1-17

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Dinner With King Solomon By Matshona Dhliwayo

                      DINNER WITH KING SOLOMON STORY LINE In Dinner With King Solomon, we find down-on-his-luck Kevin.  Kevin has lost everything of importance.  He lost his reputation, business, family, and friends; he is at the bottom of the proverbial barrel.  At his lowest, Kevin will open […] The post Dinner With King Solomon By Matshona Dhliwayo appeared first on Vera's Book Reviews and...

 

 

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DINNER WITH KING SOLOMON STORY LINE

In Dinner With King Solomon, we find down-on-his-luck Kevin.  Kevin has lost everything of importance.  He lost his reputation, business, family, and friends; he is at the bottom of the proverbial barrel.  At his lowest, Kevin will open his door to a stranger with an even stranger announcement and a bag of gold coins.

Come with Kevin as he travels the road less traveled to find peace and spiritual enlightenment.  My novel review of Dinner With King Solomon follows.

 

DINNER WITH KING SOLOMON CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, AND DEVELOPMENT:

Firstly, Dinner With King Solomon this is not a novel in the normal sense of the word.  This book is not character driven by fictitious hero’s and fanciful story-lines.  Author Matshona Dhliwayo has skillfully created a story filled with life lessons.  Furthermore, Dhliwayo presented his story to the reader in an easy to read style and with a compelling story-line.

Secondly, If you read only one self-help book this year, make this book the one you choose.  No wiser man ever lived than King Solomon; in this book you will find King Solomon’s counsel and wise guidance.  From living a clean life, dealing with adversity, to advice in becoming successful and handling that success, you will find it all in this book.

In concluding the Christian novel review of Dinner With King Solomon, I found this an excellent life guide.   Additionally, Dinner With King Solomon contains sage advice and guidance.  The author’s writing style and subject is refreshing, clear, and easy to read.  Written as a short Christian novel, the story is an easy to follow guide for a successful and happy life.

 

DINNER WITH KING SOLOMON RECOMMENDATION: STARS 5

In conclusion, I gave this book 5 stars for the subject, writing, and presentation.  It is suitable for any age group able to comprehend the values and lessons involved.  I look forward to Mr. Dhliwayo’s next book.

 

FINALLY PLEASE NOTE:

I received this novel/book by way of the author and publisher for a voluntary and honest Christian novel review.  In addition, all book reviews of any novel are dependent on the book review author’s opinion;  consequently, all book reviews on-line and on my blog under my name are my opinion.

 

originally posted  July 2017

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A Tale Of Two Squirrels By A. T. Baron

  Children’s Story A Lonely Female Squirrel A Handsome unusually Black Squirrel And A Huge Storm     This is a lovely tale of Effie, the squirrel, and her life in the forest.  Effie has been lonely since her mother’s disappearance.  The forest is full of all kinds of animals, crows, birds, other squirrels, Major […] The post A Tale Of Two Squirrels By A. T. Baron appeared first on Vera's Book Reviews and...

A Tale Of Two Squirrels

 

Children’s Story

A Lonely Female Squirrel

A Handsome unusually Black Squirrel

And A Huge Storm

 

 

This is a lovely tale of Effie, the squirrel, and her life in the forest.  Effie has been lonely since her mother’s disappearance.  The forest is full of all kinds of animals, crows, birds, other squirrels, Major owl, Mr. Nibbler the porcupine, Buteo the dangerous hawk, Mr. and Mrs. Otter, blue jays and many more. Effie lives alone and she is lonely.  One day, she meets a beautiful black squirrel, Simon, and they become friends.  After bonding with Simon during a huge storm, Effie finds a partner to share her life.

 

This is story of Effie and Simon as they become a couple and endure a huge storm.

 

RECOMMENDATION:

A Tale Of Two Squirrels was a lovely book that any child should love.  I found some of the complex words were geared toward older children, however with help any age could enjoy this book of life in the forest.  Ms. Baron skillfully included a dialogue between Effie and Mrs. Otter on environmental waste and its hazard to wildlife. Well done Ms. Baron.  The drawings were sweet, well done, and should appeal to children.

I would not hesitate to purchase this book for a child.

Review copy provided via Reading Alley in exchange for an honest book review.

Books reviews of any novel are dependent on the book review author’s opinion;  all book reviews on line under my name and on my blog are my opinion.

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Link to Author Website

About The Author: Condensed From Author’s Website

Ms. Baron lives with her husband and two children in New York State.  She writes entertaining books for children using nature to teach them about life and environmental issues.  She has a BS in Zoology.

 

Originally posted 7-30-16

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