Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Four Wishes by Christine Nolfi

From Nolfi's request: Meade Williams has a successful company, an ailing father and a secret desire to find love at last. A new man in town intrigues her—but she isn’t prepared for the surprising events that will change both their lives.

Meade isn’t the only woman in town confronting hard choices. Dr. Mary Chance isn’t sure the time is right to expand her family. Birdie Kaminsky has married the man of her dreams, but yearns to grow closer to her powerful sister. And young Glade Wilson must confront the daunting truth that she’ll become a mother before finishing high school.

Welcome back to Liberty, Ohio where the heartwarming stories of love, friendship and family life unfold in unexpected ways.

I was approached by Christine Nolfi to read and review Four Wishes, her most recent work.  Since I have enjoyed her previous works( Treasure MeTree of Everlasting KnowledgeThe Dream You Make, and Second Chance Grill) and honestly was eager to travel back to Liberty I quickly agreed.  Just like the rest of her books, Four Wishes is a wonderful and beautifully written story!

Four Wishes is apart of the Liberty Series, so I am familiar with characters and honestly I enjoy seeing what new adventures they are experiencing.  I will say(and hang my head in shame) that I haven't read book 3 The  Impossible Wish yet, however not knowing the full story I was not behind as Nolfi does a great job making the series work as stand alone books and fills in the gaps needed for each book.  I didn't feel like the pace of the book was hurried, nor did it slow down.  I will warn you though that Nolfi does like to add in emotional elements, so you may need just a couple of tissues near by for those moments.

While there are characters that are misunderstood, there really isn't a villain.  It is more about life circumstances and the outcomes from it.  You learn to love even the most unlikable character(which I think you will be hard pressed to really find one) because as their story begins to unfold you find out more about their circumstances.  The characters have become like old friends that I get to visit and I do hope that Nolfi continues with the Liberty series.

Oh and before I forget, the timing of this review and post could not happen at a better time since today is Christine Nolfi's birthday!!!!  I hope you have a wonderful day made perfect for the wonderful writer that you are!!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Universe Doesn't Do Second Chances by Sean-Paul Thomas

From (image and blurb): Set in Edinburgh in early 2000 and Cyprus in the late eighties, a lonely man approaching forty and living an average life of missed opportunities and regrets especially regarding the opposite sex, dies in a plane crash. When he awakens in a subdued and bizarre subconscious state, he is granted by the powers that be a second chance to spend one final day each with the two girls in his life who made the biggest impact on his heart. Two girls from two different time eras whom our hero never had the courage nor conviction to even strike up a simple conversation with at the time of meeting them.
The Universe Doesn't Do Second Chances is a story about passion, romance, adventure, coming of age and second chances. What would you do differently if given the impossible second chance at another shot at true love? And then, at the bitter sweet end, were left to make one last and final heartbreaking decision.

Sean-Paul Thomas had asked me to review The Universe Doesn't Do Second Chances, I thought the premise was quite interesting and agreed.  It was definitely an interesting read and makes you think about if you made different choices how things could turn out.

The flow of the book was different than I was used to considering you are first introduced to the main character right before and during the plane crash.  The next you are taken to earlier in his life with one of the two girls.  It took me a little bit to adjust, but not long as I got submerged with the story.  The story line did slow when the girls showed up however these stories are important to the ending of the story.

There was one part in particular that was very hard to read.  When it comes to animals I don't care for mistreatment of them, and the description(which Thomas does a great job with) was a bit too much for me.  However I did find it important to the rest of the story line.

The ending didn't give me the closure that I prefer.  The ending did remind me of another story I read a few times in high school, which also involves choices.  As I am attempting to not give too much away and let you find out for yourself, that is all I am going to say.


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