#PublicationDayPush ~ Snow-Kissed Proposals by @JenniAuthor and @ElisabethHobbes #FestiveShorts #HistoricalRomance @rararesources

Welcome to the publication day push for Snow-Kissed Proposals, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources.

Snow-Kissed Proposals

My Thoughts

The Christmas Runaway

The Christmas Runaway finds Fiona MacKay lost in the Scottish Highlands, soaked through by the relentless drizzle and wearing uncomfortable new ankle boots. She had acted impulsively, running away from what she considered an unbearable suituation at home, deciding to visit her friend Mhairi in the hopes of making her father see sense. Her maid, Emily, and luggage were waiting at the train station, and now here was this unkempt stranger offering to take her to her destination. She should have listened to Emily and stayed the night in Aberdeen but she’d been too stubborn.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Disappearing in Plain Sight (Crater Lake Series Book 1) by Francis Guenette #Literary #ContemporaryFiction

I read Disappearing in Plain Sight back in 2014 for Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team and enjoyed it very much.

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My Thoughts

Lisa-Marie is spending the summer on the beautiful shores of Crater Lake, Vancouver Island, with her Aunt Bethany and her aunt’s partner, Beulah. They live by Camp Micah, a refuge for troubled teenagers who have spent years in care, and among a small diverse community who all have their own conflicting personalities, emotions and issues.

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The Moon Over Kilmore Quay by @HappyMrsH #ContemporaryFiction #Family #TuesdayBookBlog

41PKLeSyuyLAuthor: Carmel Harrington

Published: May 2021 by HarperCollins

Category: Contemporary Fiction, Romance, Family

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Brooklyn, New York,
Bea has grown up in the heart of the Irish community, always hearing stories of home. When she discovers a letter from her younger self, written years before, it sends her deep into her own family history.

Kilmore Quay, Ireland.
Years earlier, Lucy Mernagh leaves her much-loved home and family in search of the New York dream. The Big Apple is a world away from the quiet village she grew up in, and the longing for home aches within her.

Bea O’Connor, one of the second generation of Irish immigrants born in Brooklyn, always felt that Ireland was a large part of her heritage and who she was. She’d grown up listening to the nostalgic stories told by her grandparents and dreamed of Ireland and visiting there one day. She’s torn between her love of New York and the call of Ireland, not knowing quite where she belongs.

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A Line To Kill (Hawthorne and Horowitz Book 3) by @AnthonyHorowitz #MurderMystery #CrimeFiction

51eUhyGnwbL._SX330_BO1,204,203,200_Author: Anthony Horowitz

Published: August 2021 by Century

Category: Murder/Mystery, Crime Fiction, Suspense

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When Ex-Detective Inspector Daniel Hawthorne and his sidekick, author Anthony Horowitz, are invited to an exclusive literary festival on Alderney, an idyllic island off the south coast of England, they don’t expect to find themselves in the middle of murder investigation—or to be trapped with a cold-blooded killer in a remote place with a murky, haunted past.

Author Anthony Horowitz has been invited to a meeting at his publishers. Ex Detective Daniel Hawthorne is also invited, although Horowitz doesn’t see the necessity. After all, he’s the writer. Just for once he felt in charge. This was the world of books. His world. Surely it would be Hawthorne that was out of place this time…if he managed to actually turn up. He does, of course, and Horowitz gets the blame for his late arrival.

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In This Small Spot by Caren J. Werlinger #LiteraryFiction #BookReview for #RBRT #TuesdayBookBlog

41ezoS8RCxL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_Author: Caren J. Werlinger

Published: May 2013 by Corgyn Publishing

Category: Literary Fiction, Lesbian Romance, Book Review

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In a world increasingly connected to computers and machines but disconnected to self and others, Dr. Michele Stewart finds herself drowning in a life that no longer holds meaning. Searching for a deeper connection after losing her partner, Alice, she enters a contemplative monastery, living a life dedicated to prayer, to faith in things unseen. Though most of her family and friends are convinced that she has become a nun to run away from her life, she finds herself more attuned to life than she has been in years.

In This Small Spot is a beautifully written and emotional story following the life choices, ups and downs, and introspections of Dr Michele Stewart, a renowned oncology surgeon. Several years after losing her much loved partner, Alice, to cancer, she questions her role as a doctor and her place in the medical profession.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Snowflakes On Christmas Street by Ivy Pembroke #ContemporaryFiction #Romance

‘Take a trip to the most charming street in town.’

This is a lovely story published 4 years ago.

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My Thoughts

Bill Hammersley has lived on Christmas Street for ever. Bill remembers fondly when it was a friendly street and people knew and understood each other and he doesn’t like the way things have changed. But things have changed and now there’s little to no interaction or sense of community between the neighbours. Bill has become more and more stubborn and solitary, with no visitors apart from Jack.

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The Bird that Sang in Color by @grace_mattioli #LiteraryFiction #FamilySaga #TuesdayBookBlog

41nnpBKqDKL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_Author: Grace Mattioli

Kindle Edition

Category: Family Saga, Drama, Literary Fiction, Book Review

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Part family drama and part self-actualization story, this is about Donna Greco, who in her teens, subscribes to a conventional view of success in life—and pushes her freewheeling, artistic brother, Vincent to do the same. However, he remains single, childless, and subsists in cramped apartments. She harbors guilt for her supposed failure until she discovers a sketch-book he’d made of his life, which prompts her own journey to live authentically.

The Bird that Sang in Color is a generational family saga told from the first person perspective, beginning with teenage Donna, one of six siblings, and ranging from 1970 up to 2012. 

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Making Waves at Penvennan Cove (The Penvennan Cove series Book 2) by @LinnBHalton #BookReview #NetGalley #ContemporaryRomanticFiction @Aria_Fiction

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Published: October 2021 by Aria

Category: Contemporary Romantic Fiction, Book Review

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For once, things are going well for thirty-year-old Kerra Shaw. She has a fulfilling job helping small businesses in the local community, she is within a few minutes’ walk of all the people she loves best, and most importantly, she has finally got together with her childhood sweetheart, Ross.

Yet again, I’ve read a book not realising it was part of a series, although it didn’t strike me as such at the time so I didn’t feel I was missing anything. Enough information is given by various means to give just enough background on the characters and their lives.

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The Stolen Hours (Joe Talbert #3) by Allen Eskens @aeskens #AudiobookReview #LegalThriller #TuesdayBookBlog

51RZqz8faYLAuthor: Allen Eskens

Performed by MacLeod Andrews, Christine Lakin, Tina Huang

Published: September 2021 by Mulholland Books

Category: Legal Thriller, Mystery, Suspense, Audiobook, Book Review

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Lila Nash is on the verge of landing her dream job – working as a prosecutor under the Hennepin County Attorney – and has settled into a happy life with her boyfriend, Joe Talbert. But when a woman is pulled from the Mississippi River, barely alive, things in the office take a personal turn.

Lila Nash is still living with the repercussions of a nightmarish summer eight years ago although her partner, Joe, sees the strong woman Lila has become despite what happened to her. She’s waiting on the results of her bar exam, hoping to secure her dream job as a prosecutor. Meanwhile she’s working as a law clerk under vengeful old adversary, Frank Dovey, who is determined to make it his mission to see there would be no law career for her. Luckily, Lila finds an ally in her tough but fair supervisor, Andi Fitch.

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The Cosy Cottage in Ireland (Romantic Escapes Book 8) by @JulieCaplin #Romance #Culinary @OneMoreChapter_ #NetGalley

517i2rWNDWSAuthor: Julie Caplin

Published: September 2021 by One More Chapter

Category: Romance, Culinary, Travel, Book Review

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Snuggle up in your favourite armchair and take a trip across the Irish sea for comfort food, cosy cottage nights and a heart warming romance…

Talented lawyer Hannah Campbell is after a change in her workaholic Manchester life – so on an uncharacteristic whim she books herself a place at the world-renowned Killorgally Cookery School in County Kerry. But on her first night In Ireland, sampling the delights of Dublin, Hannah can’t resist falling for the charms of handsome stranger Conor.

Hannah Campbell was enjoying kicking back and relaxing in Dublin, away from her frenetic life as a lawyer in Manchester.  She still wasn’t quite sure what had prompted her to book a six week course at Killorgally Cookery School, apart from the fact she’s embarrassed about not being able to cook and being totally outshone by her sister in the kitchen. A bonus is that the cookery school isn’t far from where her best friends, Aidan and Sorcha, live. 

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