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The Librarian by Valerie Keogh

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 Rachel's Random Resources Don't miss the brand new thriller by Valerie Keogh! Perfect for fans of Sue Watson, Shalini Boland and K.L. Slater. About the Book: Since that fateful night I have always kept myself to myself. Reserved. Private. Alone. Some people think I am too quiet. That life is passing me by. But I know there is safety in my own company. That no one can hurt me if I don’t let them get too close. Until the day I meet him. A handsome, charming stranger. A chance for me to take a risk…finally? Or a man who threatens everything I’ve worked so hard for? You’ll be sorry… And that’s when my whole life begins to fall apart…. Review:   Ava has her dream job as a librarian at the Tate. It’s a perfect job for her because she loves to work alone. Her best friend is always encouraging her to get out more and date. When Ava rejects a man at the bar she’s walking away when she hears, ‘you’ll be sorry’. Then strange things start happening and she’s afraid the man

The Heart Ladder by Sibby Spencer

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Welcome to my stop on Rachel’s Random Resources tour for The Heart Ladder by Sibby Spencer. I have a special Q&A with Sibby that I hope you enjoy! About the Book: As the war in Vietnam stutters to a close, a heavily pregnant Faith flees America for a new life in England. Leaving behind everything she knew, including the mystery of what happened to the father of her unborn child after he went missing behind enemy lines. Three decades on and her son, thirty-something slacker Dan, knows he's wasting his life in pubs, nightclubs, and his dead-end job. That all changes, though, when a man with storied eyes and an old army jacket introduces himself as the father Dan never had a chance to know. But is Jacob, a battered and broken war veteran, really who he claims to be? As Jacob's true purpose in seeking him out becomes clear, Dan comes to understand that his life is very far from meaningless - and that the choices he makes might have deadly and irredeemable consequences. R

Lifeline to a Soul by John K. McLaughlin

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The book I am spotlighting today, Lifeline to a Soul, has just been selected as the winner of the 203 PenCraft Seasonal Book Award Spring Competition in the Autobiography genre! The PenCraft Seasonal Books Awards recognize books of remarkable literary quality, artistic excellence, and popularity with readers. As you read on you'll see why this book was awarded. Don't forget to enter the giveaway!! Book Description: Lifeline to a Soul  takes the reader inside the fence and chronicles the victories and challenges one man faced as a first-time teacher in the strange world of prison life. Guest Post: The timer on the small microwave  dutifully  counted down the remaining twelve seconds in the musty prison day room .  A place , I had learned during my time there,  where time typically  passes slowly. The young man sitting at the adjacent square table never adjusted his gaze when three measured chimes rang from the small appliance signaling that my cup of instant coffee was ready. I

Mother Knows Worst by Sofia Bella Roma

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Mother Knows Worst was published in December 2022. What captured my attention was the cover. A wilting rose gives you a little peek into what the book holds.    Pinnacle Award Winner! "Author Sofia Bella Roma tells an absorbing story about two people from very different backgrounds falling in love and struggling to navigate the circumstances and people around them. Infusing romance, humor, and plenty of drama, Roma weaves an engaging narrative that keeps hold of the reader until the last page.  Mother Knows Worst  is not just a dramatic comedy but also a novel that showcases the challenges people sometimes face in adapting to other cultures, especially in relationships involving in-laws. The characters have their own idiosyncrasies, which make them very intriguing to read. Rose and Anil's dynamic feels genuine, as do their respective struggles and conflicts. Recommended to readers who savor drama novels revolving around relationships."   - Reviewed by  Pikasho Deka for Re

The Book Bandit (A Phoebe Chen Mystery)! by Caron Pescatore

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Happy Wednesday! Today on tour is a book for kids advancing in reading chapter books and who love detective stories. I'm thrilled to partner with The Children's Book Review and Caron Pescatore for the first book in what promises to be a great series! Enjoy and don't forget to enter the giveaway later in the post for a chance to win a signed copy of the book! About the Book: Phoebe loves anything that involves brainstorming, like jigsaw puzzles, riddles, and word searches. Her lifelong dream is to solve mysteries like her detective father—or ND, her favorite girl detective. So when a friend’s prized autographed book disappears, Phoebe immediately offers to take on the case. Enlisting the help of her BFF, Phoebe gets to work searching for clues, interviewing witnesses, and compiling a list of suspects. But when the evidence implicates a friend, she realizes being a detective isn’t all fun and games. Phoebe must find concrete evidence before she points the finger. Can she

The Ex Wife by Sally Rigby & Amanda Ashby

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Welcome to my stop on Rachael's Random Tours for The Ex Wife by Sally Rigby and Amanda Ashby. These two writers make a dynamic duo in psychological thrillers. Perfect for fans of Sue Watson, Nina Manning, Shalini Boland. About the Book: My life was perfect until she came along. Norah. Younger, prettier and about to marry my own ex-husband, they are a walking cliché. I hate her. I hate them both. She’s taken everything from me – my husband, my life, my home - but I refuse to allow her to take Cassie, my beautiful daughter. That's a step too far. Now I’ve discovered that Norah plans to have a baby of her own and that causes me no end of problems. She could destroy everything and reveal my deepest, darkest secrets. That can never be allowed to happen. No matter what it costs… Review: Alice and Mark had a happy marriage with their daughter Cassie but now it’s fallen apart. Mark is weeks away from marrying the new love of his life, Norah when Norah is murdered. A

Odette's Alphabet by Sandrine Marlier

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Odette’s Alphabet is the perfect book to help your little one not only learn about the alphabet but about ways they can connect with themselves. The book just published earlier this month so it is available now wherever you find your books. I’m very happy to partner with The Children’s Book Review to bring you this book for everyone to enjoy! Be sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom of the post. Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in order to share my opinion, but this isn’t a sponsored post. About the Book: One day, Odette the ant wakes up feeling stressed. After realizing that all she does is work, Odette decides to leave her anthill in search of the freedom to create her own world. Along the way, she meets Marcus, a lost mouse, and together they discover simple ways to feel better. Inspired by her journey and this wonderful new friendship, Odette finds her way back home to the colony with a new sense of being. Odette’s Alphabet is a mindful story that offers a map t

The Metamorphosis of Emma Murry by Rebecca Laxton

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Today’s tour with The Children’s Book Review is a little different than what I normally share with you. Many of the books are ideal for early readers whereas this book is for tweens. It is also Rebecca Laxton’s debut novel. Many congratulations!!! It was released about a month ago so it is a very new book. My daughter is in this age and she would love this book! The cover is beautiful with the soft colors and it makes you want to see what is inside! Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in order to share my opinion, but this isn’t a sponsored post. About the Book: Thirteen-year-old Emma Murry has three goals for summer vacation: finish her art terms project, land an ollie, and help the environmental club save the monarchs. But then her Instagram crush Jeb Scott and his celebrity dad Chester make a surprise visit to Black Mountain. At first, Emma is thrilled, but then she overhears their plans to destroy the monarch butterfly garden to build a ski resort. She and her best frien

Doctoroo and the Case of the Picnic Pirates by Rachel Wellner

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Today's book is in the Doctoroo series that I first featured in June. If you have not read the post it is worth the read. The Doctoroo books are perfect for ages 3-7 and teach children important lessons.   Book Description: Doctoroo (also known as Dr. Marsha Roo) and her team Kirby Koala, Louie Llama and Terence Toad may live in Australia, but they travel the world solving medical mysteries. In Doctoroo & the Case of the Picnic Pirates, they fly to the United States to find out why bear cubs in the Tumbling Potomac Pirates won't practice their somersaults, cartwheels, or handsprings. Will Doctoroo discover what is wrong? Will she have the answer in time for the cubs to perform on the Fourth of July, America's Independence Day? Book Review: It is almost the 4th of July and the bear cubs need to be ready to perform for the crowd. Doctoroo and her team are on the case to find out what is bothering the cubs. This fun book will teach your little one about the food pyramid an

To Dream Of Shadows by Steve N. Lee

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Inspired by a true story, “To Dream Of Shadows”, is a powerful World War II historical fiction novel. As a fan of historical fiction I knew I had to read it. About the Book: She will save hundreds of lives. But can she save her own? Inspired by a previously untold true story. 1943. 18-year-old Czech, Inge is torn from her family and imprisoned in some godforsaken hellhole. There, she suffers month after month of torturous labor while praying for liberation by the Allies. But rescue never comes. And her dream of surviving the war dies. Heinz, an SS Sergeant, has been force-fed the Reich's poison since childhood, but nowadays, he covertly helps prisoners. So when a random act of kindness thrusts Inge and Heinz together, they can't resist being drawn to one another. Unable to deny their feelings, they dare to dream of a future, a life — together. But their relationship does not go unnoticed. For Inge and Heinz, falling in love becomes a death sentence. And not just for

Better Off Wed by Portia Macintosh

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Welcome to my stop on Rachel's Random Resources tour for Better Off Wed , a romcom filled with enjoyment and fun. About the Book: Save the date...! Olivia can’t believe it when her boyfriend, Teddy, proposes out of the blue. She loves him (of course she does!) BUT it does seem sudden, especially when they don’t even live together yet… There is only one place that Olivia has ever wanted to get married - a gorgeous venue on the Cornish coast, built by her grandfather. The problem is they only have one date available - and it's only a few weeks away! Olivia isn't so sure about rushing but Teddy jumps at the chance to be married within the month. Thrown into a whirlwind of wedding planning, alarm bells start to ring for Olivia. Are they doing this for the right reasons? Why is Teddy in such a rush? And when he fails to help with any part of the preparations, Olivia must find help elsewhere, with unexpected results... As the countdown begins, will the wedding go ahead?

Famous Seaweed Soup by Antoinette Truglio Martin

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I hope you are having a wonderful week! Along with The Children’s Book Review, I’m on tour with Famous Seaweed Soup, a delightful children’s book perfect for ages 5 and up. You may be aware of this book as it was first published in 1993. Keep reading for an interview with the author where they talk about how the book has changed since the first release. Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in order to share my opinion, but this isn’t a sponsored post. I hope you enjoy! About the Book: Beach days are the best days and Sara loves everything about the beach. Her favorite part is making her Famous Seaweed Soup. Collecting all the ingredients is a tough job but Sara thinks she’s up to the task! Can she make it all by herself or will a busy family foil her recipe?   Interview with the author: What inspired you to write Famous Seaweed Soup? I wrote the first draft of FSS while watching my then three-year-old play on the shore of the beach. She had a great imagination, loved