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First Line Friday - Midnight on the River Grey

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Happy Friday!

I don't talk about the husband very often here, but he is pretty amazing! This weekend he took the boys out and let me have a relaxing day reading at home. And he came back with BOOKS! So I am sharing one of those with you for my first line today.

Happy Reading!

Today’s first line is from...

Midnight on the River Grey
Abigail Wilson


1811
The Scottish Highlands
"Who's there?" My mother's haunted whisper drew me to her bedside.


Head over to Hoarding Books to link up with your own FLF post! (Please keep it family 
friendly...Or note otherwise in the link up)

The Cottingley Secret - Hazel Gaynor

Wednesday, July 17, 2019


My Rating
★★★★★ - You have bewitched me, body and soul. (More Info)

About the Book

I said my story had many beginnings, and the day the camera arrived was one of them. After all, without the camera, there wouldn’t have been any photographs. Without the camera, I wouldn’t have a story to tell…

1917…. In a world torn apart by war, Frances Griffiths arrives in Cottingley, England where her cousin, Elsie Wright, becomes her friend and playmate. But Frances soon discovers other, secret friends … When the cousins claim to have photographed real fairies at the bottom of the garden their parents are sceptical, but the photos come to the attention of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle who declares them a marvel and entirely authentic. The ‘Cottingley Fairies’ – and the girls – become a national sensation. Afraid to tell the truth, Frances and Elsie will keep their secret for decades …

Present day . . . When Olivia Kavanagh inherits her grandfather’s bookshop in a small Irish harbor town, she discovers far more than dusty old books. An old manuscript tells an enchanting story of a nation gripped by fairy fever, and a hauntingly familiar photograph stirs painful memories of the past. Olivia begins to understand how Frances’s story intertwines with hers, connecting past to present . . . often blurring what is real, and what is imagined, along the way. While little girls might easily believe in fairies, can Olivia believe in herself?

Read the story behind The Cottingley Secret here.
(From the author's website)

My Thoughts

FAIRIES!!! Oh, this story was absolutely delightful. The mystery of the fairies and the charming romance simply swept me away.

A time-slip story set in Ireland and England. A family secret. A darling family and a woman who finally decides to make her own path...be her own mapmaker. Something Old Bookshop really makes me want to open my own bookshop now lol! I love the history, the stories, the magic that infuses the pages of this book.

I listened to this story and the narrators (like the rest of Hazel Gaynor's narrators) are simply incredible. They really bring the story to life and make it feel like I could turn around and see real-life fairies.

Gaynor's words and storytelling captivates and entrances to the point of obsession. So much so, that I have already pre-ordered her next release. I can't believe that I haven't read her books before...And thanks to my new book club, I now have a new favorite author. 

I listened to The Cottingley Secret through my local library. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.



About the Author
Photo by Deasy Photographic
Hazel Gaynor is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of A Memory of Violets and The Girl Who Came Home, for which she received the 2015 RNA Historical Novel of the Year award. Her third novel, The Girl from the Savoy, was an Irish Times and Globe & Mail Canada bestseller, and was shortlisted for the BGE Irish Book Awards Popular Fiction Book of the Year. In 2017, she has published The Cottingley Secret and Last Christmas in Paris. Hazel was selected by US Library Journal as one of 'Ten Big Breakout Authors' for 2015 and her work has been translated into several languages. Hazel lives in Ireland with her husband and two children.

Top Ten Tuesdays - Auto-Buy Authors

Monday, July 15, 2019


Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, this week's topic is authors that are on my auto-buy list! Now, we all know that there are several authors out there whom I ADORE! So, listed here are just a few of those whose books that I will buy without even looking at the title or cover of their next book...

This is a new addition to my list. But after reading 4 of her books in fewer weeks than that, I think it's safe to say that she has earned her place on my auto-buy list.

From the moment I read Not by Sight, I was an INSTANT fan of Kate Breslin! I have made sure to get my hand on every.book of hers. My only complaint? I have to wait so long between books. 😂 But it's ok...I savor her stories like a piece of dark chocolate with salted caramel. 
If you haven't read Unblemished yet, what are you waiting for? Her Young Adult series crosses from the real world into fantasy. This is one of my first fantasy reads that literally swept me away. And now I just want to devour everything of hers...Coral releases soon and it is waiting for me on my Kindle...Eeeep!!!

The Lady and the Lionheart...Need I say more?

Melanie Dickerson writes some of my favorite fairy-tale retellings. Medieval, inspirational, sweet romance, and full of adventure!
Oh.My.Goodness! Y'all...I don't do creepy...But I DO Jaime Jo Wright creepy...Because I LOVE HER!!! 
OHMYGOSHITSJENTURANO!!!!! I will never NOT fangirl over this woman. She is such a beautiful person, friend, and author. And I am So.So.SO.honored to have met her and spent time with her. Her books fascinate me and I own all of them and will own the rest of the ones she writes!
The Lunar Chronicles and Heartless...Wow.Wow.Wow!!! I loved these so much that I currently have the first 2 books of the Renegades series on my shelf...Unread...But they are THERE!!!
Regency. Romance. Mystery. Humor. Kristi's books have it all folks! 100% some of my fave reads and worthy of the auto-buy list for sure. 
This is another author whose books I own all of, but have yet to read them all...But to be honest, it's because I'm scared. You can only read a book for the first time, once. And therefore, I have been savoring each morsel of words of Jody's that I can until I have read them all. Every.single.one of her books have made me cry. They are infused with so much passion and faith that I literally do nothing but read once I crack open one of her books. In fact, her latest release, A Reluctant Bride, I started at 11pm...Boy was THAT a bad idea...pretty sure I got like 3 hours of sleep that night. If you haven't tried a Jody Hedlund book yet...I suggest you check them out. Personally, I think A Reluctant Bride, is my favorite to date. 

First Line Fridays - The Girl From the Savoy

Thursday, July 11, 2019


Happy Friday!

You guys!!! I am ADDICTED to Hazel Gaynor books!!! I started my first one on June 18th...I'm now on my 4th book of hers...today's first line comes from my current read...

Happy Reading!

Today’s first line is from...

The Girl From the Savoy
Hazel Gaynor



London 1923
It is as simple as this: a person can be unpunctual or untidy, but if they intend to get on in life they certainly cannot be both.


Have you read any of Hazel Gaynor's books?


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friendly...Or note otherwise in the link up)

The Girl Who Came Home - Hazel Gaynor

Wednesday, July 10, 2019


My Rating
★★★★★ - You have bewitched me, body and soul. (More Info)

About the Book

A voyage across the ocean becomes the odyssey of a lifetime for a young Irish woman . . .

Ireland, 1912 . . .
Fourteen members of a small village set sail on RMS Titanic, hoping to find a better life in America. For seventeen-year-old Maggie Murphy, the journey is bittersweet. Though her future lies in an unknown new place, her heart remains in Ireland with Séamus, the sweetheart she left behind. When disaster strikes, Maggie is one of the few passengers in steerage who survives. Waking up alone in a New York hospital, she vows never to speak of the terror and panic of that terrible night ever again.

Chicago, 1982 . . . 
Adrift after the death of her father, Grace Butler struggles to decide what comes next. When her Great Nana Maggie shares the painful secret she harbored for almost a lifetime about the Titanic, the revelation gives Grace new direction—and leads her and Maggie to unexpected reunions with those they thought lost long ago.

Inspired by true events, The Girl Who Came Home poignantly blends fact and fiction to explore the Titanic tragedy’s impact and its lasting repercussions on survivors and their descendants. (from the author's website)

My Thoughts

Oh my goodness!!! Y'all...ALL.THE.FEELS!!! I listened to this story on a road trip and I couldn't believe how FAST the trip went. My heart was pounding in my chest as the dreaded day of the sinking of the Titanic drew nearer. I love the dual timeline aspect of this novel and how it all connected in the end. Don't worry...no spoilers...but let's just say I was pleasantly surprised.

The narrators were beautifully cast and the story was so fantastic. The imagery and the voices were moving and believable. Such a sad and tragic story, filled with love and hope.

I am so excited to read more of Hazel Gaynor's books! I have already read four in the last couple of weeks and pre-ordered her newest one. Eeeep! If you have not read any of her books...I STRONGLY urge you to check them out. PLEASE NOTE: This is General Market Historical Fiction. There is some language. But otherwise clean.

I listened to The Girl Who Came Home through my public library. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.



About the Author
Photo by Deasy Photographic
Hazel Gaynor is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of A Memory of Violets and The Girl Who Came Home, for which she received the 2015 RNA Historical Novel of the Year award. Her third novel, The Girl from the Savoy, was an Irish Times and Globe & Mail Canada bestseller, and was shortlisted for the BGE Irish Book Awards Popular Fiction Book of the Year. In 2017, she has published The Cottingley Secret and Last Christmas in Paris. Hazel was selected by US Library Journal as one of 'Ten Big Breakout Authors' for 2015 and her work has been translated into several languages. Hazel lives in Ireland with her husband and two children.

Top Ten Tuesdays - Book Boyfriends #2

Monday, July 8, 2019





It's been about a year and a half since my first Book Boyfriend post, so I thought I'd use today's freebie to add a few to my list. Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  As you can see, there are some authors whose heroes continue to sweep me away! I can't help it...they just keep creating swoon-worthy heroes!!!

Barclay Pearce can be found in An Hour Unspent by Roseanna M. White 



Noble Rynallt can be found in The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz


Hamish DeLuca can be found in Murder at the Flamingo by Rachel McMillan


Thor Norgaard can be found in Sons of Blackbird Mountain by Joanne Bischof


Drake Elton can be found in The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White


Liam Delaney can be found in A Refuge Assured by Jocelyn Green


Samuel Crane can be found in Between Two Shores by Jocelyn Green

(But with brown eyes and lighter hair)

Lieutenant Colin Mabry can be found in Far Side of the Sea by Kate Breslin


Darek can be found in A Light on the Hill by Connilyn Cossette


Alex Kanin can be found in Saturday Night Supper Club by Carla Laureano



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