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Book Review: Amber Waves of Grace by Jessica Berg

I go in to every book I read wanting to like it. Although I admit when it’s a new to me author, I also go in to the book with a touch of hesitancy. Will I find a new author I love? Or will I find an author that I feel needs work or that will forever be marked off my list? Needs work is where Amber Waves of Grace by Jessica Berg falls.

Corrie Lancaster moves back to the family farm where she must complete this year’s harvest, keep tabs on her old boyfriend and younger siblings, and watch her parent’s marriage crumble.

There is so much going on in this story! The book clocks in under 250 pages and I found that the stories lacked depth. The relationships didn’t feel real and believable. I don’t feel like I really got to know the characters and wish the book could have been expanded to include more details and exploration of the character’s lives. The stories unfolded too quickly in my opinion causing this reader to lose interest and skim most of the last half of the book. I was invested enough to want to know how everything played out, but at the same time I didn’t. Does that make sense?

I hate that I’ve done nothing but pick this book apart! I don’t enjoy bad mouthing an author’s baby. However, there is potential here and I would be interested in reading further works by this author.

The author provided me with a copy of the e-book in exchange for my honest review.

 

Rating: 3 stars

Reviewer: Jennifer

Title: Amber Waves of Grace

Author: Jessica Berg

Release Date: February 3, 2020

 

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Book Review: A Million Dreams by Dani Atkins

A Million Dreams, the latest from Dani Atkins, isn’t perfect but it did give me all the feels.

Pete and Izzy’s eight-year-old son Noah is their whole life. When they receive a surprise phone call from the fertility center that helped them have Noah, it’s surely nothing to worry about. But what they learn from that call sends their dreams for their son crashing down around them.

While I didn’t find the plot new or particularly fascinating, Atkins created characters that I needed to see through their circumstances. Atkins wrote a story that I could see from both sides and more than a week after finishing the book, still don’t know which side I would choose. The choices and the emotions are packed into this aspect of the story.

As I mentioned, this book isn’t perfect. I can’t fully explain that statement because that would involve giving spoilers, but there were two things that bothered me. First, I would have liked to see more exploration of a relationship between two characters and secondly, the ending needed an epilogue. As far as the relationship, I needed more details, more something to make it feel real. Regarding the ending, if you follow my reviews, you know I’m that reader that wants the author to spell it ALL out. This was one of those cases. The story ends well, but I needed that epilogue to give me that last scene. How did it go? I needed those details.

Again, without trying to give spoilers I could really relate to another portion of the story. As a mom with a child with medical issues, this part of the story gutted me. The feels, y’all!

This is the third book that I’ve read by Atkins and she has yet to fail in telling a great story. Add this one to your list. May it give you all the feels too.

Copy of A Million Dreams provided by NetGalley.

 

Rating: 4 stars

Reviewer: Jennifer

Title: A Million Dreams

Author: Dani Atkins

Release Date: February 19, 2020

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Book Review: Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano

Dear Edward seemed to pop up everywhere I turned. When this happens, I usually don’t read those books right away because they have been so hyped up that I’m ultimately disappointed when I read them. Unfortunately, that held true with Dear Edward. Continue reading “Book Review: Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano”

Looking Back: My Favorite Reads of 2019

As I started thinking about the approaching new year, I wanted to take a look back at the books I read in 2019. What books earned the rare 5-star rating? Which stories could I still vividly recall months after reading them? So off to Goodreads I went to take a little trip back through my 2019 reading. Here’s what I discovered …

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Book Review: What Holds Us Together by Sandi Ward

Two of my favorite things are books and cats. When I saw the cover of What Holds Us Together, the cat immediately grabbed by attention. Continue reading “Book Review: What Holds Us Together by Sandi Ward”

Book Review: Full Circle by Andrea Barber

Like a lot of you, I grew up watching Full House on Friday nights, and more recently enjoying Fuller House on Netflix. When I came across Full Circle by Andrea Barber, aka Kimmy Gibbler, on NetGalley I was curious about the woman who brought this character to life. Continue reading “Book Review: Full Circle by Andrea Barber”

Book Review: Smoke Screen by Terri Blackstock

I didn’t find Smoke Screen as intense as some of Blackstock’s previous works. Continue reading “Book Review: Smoke Screen by Terri Blackstock”

Book Review: Regretting You by Colleen Hoover

I know when I pick up a Colleen Hoover book I’m going to FEEL and that was definitely the case with Regretting You. Continue reading “Book Review: Regretting You by Colleen Hoover”

Book Review: Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain

Diane Chamberlain has done it again! She drew me so tightly into the story, it was hard to let go of it in the end. Continue reading “Book Review: Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain”

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