The Tuscan Child: a Review


The Tuscan Child

By Rhys Bowen

352 pages

February 2018 Lake Union Publishing

Review copy courtesy of Lake Union and Little Bird Publishing.

In 1944, British bomber pilot Hugo Langley parachuted from his stricken plane into the verdant fields of German-occupied Tuscany. Badly wounded, he found refuge in a ruined monastery and in the arms of Sofia Bartoli. But the love that kindled between them was shaken by an irreversible betrayal.
Nearly thirty years later, Hugo’s estranged daughter, Joanna, has returned home to the English countryside to arrange her father’s funeral. Among his personal effects is an unopened letter addressed to Sofia. In it is a startling revelation.

Still dealing with the emotional wounds of her own personal trauma, Joanna embarks on a healing journey to Tuscany to understand her father’s history—and maybe come to understand herself as well. Joanna soon discovers that some would prefer the past be left undisturbed, but she has come too far to let go of her father’s secrets now…Goodreads Synopsis


THIS BOOK!  I’m just going to jump right into this review and tell you that you need not read any further and just go ahead and put this on your immediate TBR when it comes out and you can thank me for the recommendation later.

There is a little bit of everything in this novel.  It’s a historical fiction book, with alternating (interwoven) story lines between WWII and the 1970s.  There’s a murder mystery, there’s family mystery and drama and even a little bit of a love story.  And with Italy as the scenery, you know it’s going to be beautiful and delicious!

The storytelling is so lovely that I felt like I was in Italy, learning right to make picci right along with Joanna.

The Tuscan Child is hands down, my favorite read thus far this year, and I think it’ll be a hard one to top!  Thank you Little Bird and Lake Union for the ARC to review.


Check Me Out: A Review




Check Me Out

By Becca Wilhite

368 pages

Published 2/18 by Shadow Mountain

Review copy provided by Shadow Mountain

Greta loves her job as assistant librarian. She loves her best friend, Will, the high school civics teacher and debate coach. She even loves her mother despite her obvious disappointment that Greta is still single.

Then she meets Mac in the poetry section of the library, and she is smitten. Mac is heart-stoppingly gorgeous and showers her with affection, poetic text messages, and free hot chocolate at the local café where he works. The only problem is that he seems to be a different person in his texts than in his face-to-face conversation.

When the Franklin Library is threatened with closure, Greta leaps into action. She arranges for a “battle of the bands” book jam, hosts a book signing by a famous author, and finally, stages a protest that raises more than a few eyebrows.

Through it all, she slowly realizes that it is Will, not Mac, who she turns to for support and encouragement. Mac has the looks; Will has the heart. How can she choose between them?

Check Me Out is a contemporary romance–with just a hint of Cyrano de Bergerac–that reminds us that it is what’s on the inside that matters most.  Goodreads Synopsis


I know I have said it here many times before, but I truly adore the Proper Romance series that is released from Shadow Mountain Publishing.  There’s just something refreshing about a simple love story without all the extra “stuff”.

In the past, the Proper Romance titles have all been historical fiction stories.  They have since branched out and created a present day contemporary line.  This is the second I have read, and loved it as well!

Check Me Out is a great title for anyone looking for a wholesome coming of age love story, with the added perk of being a book about books too.

Thank you to Shadow Mountain for sending me a copy to review and including me in the blog tour!

The Beau & The Belle is OUT NOW!!!

One of my favorite authors, hands down, is R.S. Grey.  (see, I told you all I have varied tastes in reading as my other favorite author is Stephen King…)

R.S.Grey is queen of romantic comedy books.  One of the reasons I’m a huge fan of her work is the fact that she doesn’t load her books down with smut.  While those super steamy scenes going on at least once per chapter might work for some of you, it definitely does not work for me.

The Beau & The Belle does not disappoint!!  It is the R.S.Grey standard of writing we are used to.  I liked how this one went in depth with the past, and then got into the meeting of Beau and Lou in the present day.  Not only is the book set up between past and present sections, it also switches perspective between Beau and Lou throughout.

As you all know, I am very anti spoiler and don’t want to give away too much in my reviews.  Just know that this book had me actually laughing out loud many times.  I highly recommend The Beau & The Belle to anyone looking for a refreshing, light read for fans of contemporary or romance books.

Now, please, read on further for more information on The Beau & The Belle, as well as where you can pick up your own copy today!  Thank you to R.S.Grey herself for sending me and advanced eBook copy of The Beau & The Belle as well as having me in your blog tour.  Congratulations on another awesome release!!

THE BEAU & THE BELLE by R.S. Grey is available now! Don’t miss your hands on this new romantic comedy – read for free with Kindle Unlimited or grab it for just $2.99!



Beau Fortier starred in most of my cringe-worthy teenage fantasies.

I met him when I was a junior in high school, a time that revolved exclusively around bad hair, failed forays into flirting, and scientific inquiries into which brand of toilet paper worked best for stuffing bras.

That is, until Beau moved into the small guest house just beyond my bedroom window.

A 24-year-old law student at Tulane, Beau was as mysterious to me as second base (both in baseball and in the bedroom). He was older. Intimidating. Hot. Boys my age had chicken legs and chubby cheeks. Beau had calloused hands and a jaw cut from steel. Our interactions were scarce—mostly involving slight stalking on my end—and yet deep down, I desperately hoped he saw me as more of a potential lover than a lovesick loser.

Turns out, I was fooling myself. My fragile ego learned that lesson the hard way.

Now, ten years later, we’re both back in New Orleans, and guess who suddenly can’t take his eyes off little ol’ me.

My old friend, Mr. Fortier.

But things have changed. I’m older now—poised and confident. My ego wears a bulletproof vest. The butterflies that once filled my stomach have all perished.

When I was a teenager, Beau warned me to guard my heart.

Let’s hope he knows how to guard his.

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