Almost Perfect by Diane Daniels Manning & Rafflecopter Giveaway (Int’l)

January 30th, 2015

perfectHow could you not love a book that has such an adorable cover!  Almost Perfect by Diane Daniels Manning is a charming and sweet tale about an old woman, a young boy, and of course dogs.  I listened to the audiobook of Almost Perfect narrated by Caroline Miller and I thought her narration suited the story being told.  I found the story delightful and I think listening to it on audio just added to my enjoyment of it.

Bess Rutledge is seventy years old and most of her life has been about dogs.  Her dream has always been to win the Westminster Dog Show but at her age now she realizes it isn’t likely to happen anymore.  But then fourteen-year-old Benny comes into her life and shakes things up.  Benny hasn’t had an easy time in life so far.  He suffers from mild autism and ADHD and he struggles.  Bess’ old dog McCreery does wonders for him as pets so often do and he loves the dog.  Needless to say it isn’t long before Benny gets the notion to compete in the Westminster Dog Show himself and with none other than than McCreery – the aging standard poodle he loves so much!

Both Bess and Benny have different reasons for wanting to win at Westminster.  Obviously for Bess it’s been her dream but for Benny it’s a way to hopefully impress his mother who is no longer with him and his dad and doesn’t seem to want to have much to do with Benny either.  He needs his mother and if he can finally prove himself worthy of her love maybe she’ll come back.  The journey Bess and Benny take on their way to and at Westminster is one that will change both of them.

Almost Perfect was a really enjoyable story for me and it touched my heart in all the right places.  If you’re like me and you love dogs and the Westminster Dog Show then you’re sure to enjoy this heartwarming tale.  For me the audiobook really brought the story alive in my mind and enabled me to almost feel as though I was right there with everyone.

Recommended for dog lovers and those who just enjoy a good story! In addition this book is on tour at the perfect time since the Westminster Dog Show will be taking place on February 16/17 of this year. Visit the website for more information!

 

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Mercy Snow by Tiffany Baker (Audiobook)

January 13th, 2015

Mercy-SnowMercy Snow by Tiffany Baker is one of the She Reads Books of Winter.  I’ve read one other of Baker’s books and really enjoyed it so I was looking forward to this one.  Mercy Snow was a fantastic book for me!  I listened to the audiobook which is read by Christine Lakin and she does a great job.  I haven’t had the pleasure of listening to her before but I wouldn’t hesitate to in the future.  She has a great voice for telling stories!

Mercy Snow takes place in Titan Falls, New Hampshire and is a small town brimming with secrets.  The residents are a tightly woven bunch that doesn’t readily accept outsiders.  Not even outsiders that have been in the town for over twenty years and married to the owner of the paper mill – the paper mill that keeps the town running.  That is the life of June McAllister who with all of her money and power still can’t seem to find a foothold in the community no matter how hard she tries

At the opposite end of power is poverty and that is the life of Mercy snow and her family who have just moved onto their dead father’s land much to the town’s disgust.  They aren’t wanted there.  Even more so when one fateful night there is a tragic school bus crash and Zeke Snow’s crashed truck is found not far from the scene.  The Snow’s are nothing but trouble and the town blames Zeke and set out to find and convict him of the tragedy.

Not all is as it seems though as June McAllister soon learns when she unearths some disturbing evidence related to the crime.  Her mission is to ensure she keeps her family and their power over the town intact.  This means finding the Zeke boy, having him arrested, and getting rid of the rest of the Snow’s as well.  What she doesn’t expect is how resourceful Mercy Snow can be in order to protect her own family.

Mercy Snow is a really good story with a hint of magic that I loved.  It’s a beautifully told, well crafted story that I really enjoyed – especially in audio.  Highly recommended!

 

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Source: Library copy.

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica (Audiobook)

January 9th, 2015

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The Good Girl by Mary Kubica is one of  the She Reads Books of Winter and yet another winning book club choice!  The Good Girl is Kubica’s debut novel and it is a well written and intensely exciting psychological thriller.  I was absolutely glued to this book from the first page to the very unexpected and surprising ending.  I listened to The Good Girl on audio and what a fantastic production.  It is narrated by multiple voices – Lindy Nettleton, Johnny Heller, Tom Taylorson, and Andi Arndt and together they really bring this story alive.  I felt like I was watching a really good movie that I just couldn’t’ tear myself away from.  I loved it!

Mia has always been the bad daughter in her family and always locking horns with her prominent father James who is a judge.  One fateful night Mia decides to go home with a man she meets in a bar looking only for a one-night stand.  What she gets instead is kidnapped.  Colin, her abductor, is supposed to deliver her to someone but decides instead to take her with him to a remote cabin in Minnesota.  Meanwhile at home Mia’s mother is struggling with her daughter’s disappearance and wondering why James doesn’t seem more upset.  He’s of the mind that this isn’t the first time that Mia has done something crazy and he insists that she’ll show up sooner or later.  But Mia is gone … there is no ransom request … What has happened to Mia and where is she?

What follows is the story being told in multiple narratives – that of Mia, Eve, Gabe, and Colin, and in before and after segments.  While that may seem like it would be confusing it isn’t at all.  I’m amazed at how seamlessly Kubica wove this story together.  The Good Girl is one of those books that grabs you from the beginning and has you guessing and racing to the end to see what really happened.

Highly recommended for those who enjoy psychological thrillers and mysteries!

 

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Vintage by Susan Gloss (Audiobook)

January 2nd, 2015

vintageVintage is the debut novel from Susan Gloss and one I really enjoyed! It’s a wonderful, heartwarming story about women’s friendships, love, and finding your true self and what makes you happy. It’s the perfect book to curl up with and savor!

The story centers around Violet, Amithi, and April. Violet is the owner of Hourglass Vintage and it is there that the women meet. Violet loves her vintage shop but she wants more. She wants a loving relationship and most of all a baby. Amithi wanders into the shop wanting to sell some things but really she is troubled by a cheating spouse. Then there is the young and pregnant April who is feeling lost and alone. Although these three women come very different walks in life they forge a beautiful bond of friendship with each other that helps each of them deal with the issues of life that are overwhelming them. For Violet it is the threat of losing her store, for Amithi it is of losing the life and man she thought she knew, and for April it is facing an uncertain future. Yet with the power of friendship each of these women are better able to handle whatever life throws at them.

I really liked the setting of this novel being a vintage shop. I love vintage things and like in the story believe they have a story to tell. So did the women in the novel. Each had a story that captured my heart and I found myself caring about each of them. I listened to the audiobook of Vintage which is narrated by Karen White who I adore. She is an amazing narrator and I’m always excited to see that she is going to be narrating my next listen!

Highly recommended for fans of women’s fiction!

 

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