Review: Wait For The Rain by Maria Murnane

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By: Maria Murnane
Genre: Women’s Fiction/Contemporary Fiction
Published: Feb. 24, 2015
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing

Blurb:
Daphne White is staring down the barrel of forty—and is distraught at what she sees. Her ex-husband is getting remarried, her teenage daughter hardly needs her anymore, and the career she once dreamed about has somehow slipped from her grasp. She’s almost lost sight of the spirited and optimistic young woman she used to be.

As she heads off to a Caribbean island to mark the new decade with her best friends from college, Daphne’s in anything but the mood to celebrate. But when she meets Clay Hanson, a much younger man, she ignores her inner voice warning her that she’s too old for a fling. In fact, this tropical getaway might be the perfect opportunity to picture her future in a new sun-drenched light.

With the help of her friends, Daphne rediscovers her enthusiasm for life, as well as her love for herself—and realizes that her best years are still ahead.

My Review:
Ever wonder what’s on the other side of a closed door? Is the happily married couple really as happy as they project? Did your neighbor’s marriage end because someone was cheating or did they just grow apart? Is the woman who wears the smiling mask hiding the same insecurities as you?

Wait For The Rain is, in a word, a glimpse. Have you ever noticed that when people talk about being divorced it’s because they were cheated on? Not in this book. It’s all about a woman who married too soon and lost herself to that marriage. Now, two years after the marriage ended she’s still dealing with the grief of a failed marriage, a stagnant life, and hopes & dreams put completely on hold simply to make something work.

**if you ever have to force something to work, it will fail.**

This is one of the books can be a helping hand if you’re ever in a situation like this, or similar. I think a lot of people make compromises for the lives they lead, giving up or making excuses simply because it’s easier. But what do you lose in the process?

So let’s get analytical. There are three friends meeting up on St. Mirica island for a turning 40 reunion. Daphne, the MC, hasn’t told her friends the extent of her emotions, or the fact that her newly ex-husband is getting remarried. She’s having to deal with that on top of jealousy of the new wife (she would have to share her daughter with this woman now, something many people deal with daily). Next up we have Skylar, the strong, confident business woman who lives life her way and no one else’s. Finally we have sweet, bubbly, KC. She’s a tiny little dynamo who is definitely a yes! girl.

Each of the characters presents a very different personality, values, and views of life that once in a while intersect before veering off again. There is definitely someone you can relate to in this book.

Daphne is the poor lost soul we follow throughout the story. She is often presented with little words of wisdom, people, and situations that help her remember who she was before she gave all that up for her marriage, providing the proverbial dusting rag to the reflection beneath all the mess.

Whenever you question a feeling or doubt, a situation, if you’ve failed as a parent or in you career…this is definitely one of those books that can help give you a little insight. It cannot give you the answers, but it can put you on the right path if you read between the lines for the message.

2afa0-5star5 stars.

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About the Author:Maria-6-smaller
Maria Murnane spent several years working in high-tech PR before deciding she needed a change. She quit her job and went to Argentina by herself for what was supposed to be a two-week trip before figuring out what to do next. Instead, she ended up staying for a year to play semi-professional soccer, and while down there she also decided to write a humorous novel called Perfect on Paper based on her experiences as a single woman in San Francisco. Fast forward a few years, and she’s now the best-selling author of the Waverly Bryson series (Perfect on Paper, It’s a Waverly Life, Honey on Your Mind, Chocolate for Two), as well as Cassidy LaneKatwalkWait for the Rain, and Bridges. Learn more at www.mariamurnane.com

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Review: Imperfect Chemistry by Mary Frame

Imperfect Chemistry

By Mary Jones
Publication Date: April 19, 2014
Genre: NA contemporary

Blurb:

Lucy London puts the word genius to shame. imperfectchemistrycoverHaving obtained her PhD in microbiology by the age of twenty, she’s amassed a wealth of knowledge, but one subject still eludes her—people. The pendulum of passions experienced by those around her confuses and intrigues her, so when she’s offered a grant to study emotion as a pathogen, she jumps on the opportunity.

Enter Jensen Walker, Lucy’s neighbor and the one person she finds appealing. Jensen’s life is the stuff of campus legend, messy, emotional, and complicated. Basically, the perfect starting point for Lucy’s study. When her tenaciousness wears him down and he consents to help her, sparks fly. To her surprise, Lucy finds herself battling with her own emotions, as foreign as they are intense. With the clock ticking on her deadline, Lucy must decide what’s more important: analyzing her passions…or giving in to them?

“Perfectly imperfect characters and situations make Frame’s debut novel sparkle…there’s a very real sense of character growth, brought to life by an evolving narrative style that parallels Lucy’s metamorphosis. The blend of humor and heart makes for a thoughtful, highly entertaining read.” –Publishers Weekly

This is the first book in the Imperfect series and it can be read as a stand alone. All books in this series feature different main characters in the same story world.

My Review:

Do you remember when Bones came out? Temperance Brennan’s stiff, scientific way of life was endearing. And we loved her for it. She was honest and blunt. Through friendships and personal relationships, she became more human over time.

When I started reading Imperfect Chemistry, this is what I immediately thought of. I loved the show, and now I love this book.

What made this book different from so many others that I’ve red is the humor. I was laughing from beginning to end, even to the extent I was reading excerpts to my husband at midnight (and he had to be up at 4 am for work). This in & of itself is a huge check in my book.

The plot-line was something I had never thought of: Lucy wants to study emotion as a contagious pathogen. She begins a journey that leads her to making friends with hilarious and certainly out there characters and to a love that she never truly expected or understood.

Lucy London is both relatable and not relatable. You don’t meet a person like her in everyday life. She’s funny without even trying because her way of thinking is so blunt and scientific. She sees things as they are without the preconceived ideas the rest of us have gained from societal conventions. She’s awkward and real, and I absolutely love her. Plus, she’s a go-getter. How many people would come right out to a guy they’re attracted to and ask them to be part of an emotional experiment? I mean, really. All for science, I guess.

Freya is the new best friend and she is a genius character. Not in the scientific way but in how easily she accepts how things are with Lucy. Lucy calls at 7 am to ask a question? OK. She just rolls with all of who Lucy is. She’s got her own issues and preconceived ideas (Freya gets her own book in Imperfectly Criminal). I cannot wait to see how her story builds.

And then there’s Jensen. Sweet, idiotic, emotional Jensen. He’s as real-life as we can get. His recent break-up tugs at your heart, but his eventual acceptance of who and Lucy London is is eye-opening. To him at least. Jensen moves from perfect son doing what he’s supposed to do to a man living for himself and no one else.

The personal growth and change, for both main characters, as well as her friends, was perfectly done. Pacing is usually an issue for me, but this book hit the mark. The change happened over a believable amount of time, it was reasonably paced, and the humor kept it all moving nicely.

I did find the ending lacking. I’m not sure what it was, but for some reason I wasn’t satisfied. That could be just me, and let’s face it. I’m hard to satisfy.

Debut novels are a scary thing. It’s the first time an author puts herself out there for people to read. Mary Frame wrote something amazingly funny and relatable.

Definitely one for the reread shelf. 5 Stars.

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Book Blitz! Love Story Excerpt + Giveaway

Love Story
Lauren Layne
(Love Unexpectedly #3)
Publication date: February 14th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Over the course of one wild road trip, feuding childhood sweethearts get a second chance at love in this charming rom-com—a standalone novel from the USA Today bestselling author of Blurred Lines and Good Girl.

When Lucy Hawkins receives a job offer in San Francisco, she can’t wait to spread her wings and leave her small Virginia hometown behind. Her close-knit family supports her as best they can, by handing over the keys to a station wagon that’s seen better days. The catch? The cross-country trip comes with a traveling companion: her older brother’s best friend, aka the guy who took Lucy’s virginity hours before breaking her heart.

After spending the past four years and every last dime caring for his sick father, Reece Sullivan will do just about anything to break free of the painful memories—even if it means a two-week road trip with the one girl who’s ever made it past his carefully guarded exterior. But after long days of bickering in the car turn into steamy nights in secluded motel rooms, Reece learns that, when it comes to Lucy, their story is far from over. And this time, they just might have a shot at a happy ending.

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Review: Flawless

*I received a free copy of this book for a fair and honest review.*

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Author Jennifer McGill-Sadera
Genre: Dark Contemporary
Age Category: New Adult
Release Date: September 2013

Blurb: 

Nobody’s perfect. Except Lia Copeland. She’s flawless. And worshiped. And hated. From her perfectly proportioned figure and enviable bone structure to her instinctual talent for clothing design and cavalier attitude, Lia’s the woman every other woman wants to be and every man wants to have. Catapulted from sigh-maker in the high-school halls to super-stardom in the fashion world, she makes it look easy. A girl like that has everything; every reason to be happy. Then why does Lia Copeland just want everyone to leave her the hell alone?

A story about the choices made in the wake of travail and tragedy, it explores relationships with all their messy and marvelous moments and magnifies the beauty, wonder and endurance of first love.

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