I have read a few of Ms. Nolfi's novels and while I have enjoyed them all, I think Sweet Lake is my favorite. It was a sweet, feel good story that ha I have read a few of Ms. Nolfi's novels and while I have enjoyed them all, I think Sweet Lake is my favorite. It was a sweet, feel good story that had some romance, turmoil and some family issues that desperately needed to be resolved.
Linnie is working hard to undo the trouble that her older brother, Freddie, imposed on her family and her town. The inn that her parents have put her in charge of when Freddie ran off with stolen money is finally in the black again. Linnie is in charge of a big event that will definitely help the inn when she finds out her brother is in town for some mysterious reason.
Linnie is hurt when her long time friend, Daniel, helps Freddie. Daniel is an attorney so he is unable to break client/attorney privilege and tell Linnie why Freddie is in town or what issues Freddie is dealing with. Freddie is a film maker in California and brings his whole entourage to the inn to wreak havoc and cause Linnie stress. Add to this chaos Freddie brings, Linnie also has to deal with the town and the group of older women called The Sirens that are ready to hang Freddie. Oh, and did I mention Linnie also has to deal with her parents who think that Freddie does no wrong and a romance that is beginning with Daniel? Poor girl has a lot on her plate!
I loved most of the characters in this book. The Sirens were hilarious. They were a group of older women who were trying to protect Linnie as best they knew how, which included good luck charms, good energy and wisdom of their years. Daniel was very sweet and has had feelings for Linnie for a long time. You can tell he cares deeply for her but he has his morals and cannot bring himself to break his client's confidentiality. Cat and Jada, Linnie's best friends, are hysterical and I found myself agreeing with them about how Linnie should approach her family drama. Freddie was an immature child and I couldn't stand him or Linnie's parents. Linnie would annoy me slightly when she wouldn't stand up for herself with her parents but in the end, I was very proud of her. I thought this was a very entertaining and uplifting book. I can't wait to read more about Sweet Lake and its crazy characters!...more
Read this with my 9 year old son. He loved it. Easy for him to read to me and it kept his attention the whole time as he tried to figure out if Mr. SaRead this with my 9 year old son. He loved it. Easy for him to read to me and it kept his attention the whole time as he tried to figure out if Mr. Savage was really the Abominable Snowman!...more
Aspen and her sister, Willow, are caught in a flash flood with two of Willow's friends. As the car is sinking, Aspen and Willow both find some inhuma Aspen and her sister, Willow, are caught in a flash flood with two of Willow's friends. As the car is sinking, Aspen and Willow both find some inhuman strength and kick open windows and well as throw Willow's two friends an incredible distance to safety. Both are very surprised by this strength but chalk it up to adrenaline (we've all heard of the parent who has lifted a car off their child or some story along those lines) so it's not too hard to believe. At least, it's not too hard to believe until the next day when they both still have this incredible strength. When their brother, Ash, also exhibits the same strength, the teens decide to go out and look for their parents (a park ranger and nature photographer) to get some answers.
The answers that the kids' parents have for them are unbelievable. They are Evermortal fairies that are in hiding from the queen. They learn all this quickly as they are on the run from the queen's henchmen so they don't have much time to get all the details but Aspen certainly has a lot of questions.
After arriving safely home, Aspen gets a few more answers from her parents. Evermortals age more slowly than humans and her parents are really much older than they thought, as are their grandparents. Evermortals are incredibly good looking as well. Aspen isn't sure how to deal with these things or let her crush, Nate know. Until she finds out that Nate is also special. She also finds out that there are more Evermortals in her town than she knew of.
Now Aspen has to figure out what other secrets her parents are hiding from her (and there are many more) and try to stay safe, which is hard to do when you don't know which people are your friends and which ones are your enemies.
This was a fun and quick book to read. I love that it was a clean read (some kissing between Aspen and Nate but that's all) and I would totally feel comfortable with my daughter reading it. The only thing that was a little off for me was how quickly the kids accepted what they were. Aspen certainly had questions for her parents but if my parents told me that I was a fairy, my reaction would not be as easy going and accepting as Aspen's and her sibling's reactions were. Aspen also put herself into danger a couple of times that was unnecessary. I understood her need for information but sometimes she just wasn't thinking at all.
All in all, this was a fast paced read full of excitement and a little romance. The end tied up nicely but left things open for possibly another book. I really enjoyed it!...more
I really enjoyed this clean, fun romance. It was refreshing to read a book with no sex or swearing. The characters were funny and I loved reading abouI really enjoyed this clean, fun romance. It was refreshing to read a book with no sex or swearing. The characters were funny and I loved reading about the boys and all the mischief they get themselves into!
Annette and her little brothers are sent to live with their very prim and proper, mean and abusive aunt after the death of their parents. Annette made a promise to care for her brothers and she fully intends to keep that promise and protect them from their aunt's wrath. The boys are young though and as the saying goes, "boys will be boys". They are into all sorts of trouble all the time.
Annette's aunt issues Annette and the boys an ultimatum. They either go away to Kellaway Manor for the summer and learn to become proper gentlemen or the aunt will send the boys to the orphanage. Annette hasn't been to Kellaway Manor since she was nine and her last visit there ended in her own mischief with the boy that lived there.
Once there, Annette feels right at home, even though Owen Kellaway (the boy she met at age 9) is there as well and still appears to cause some mischief. Owen promises to help make the boys into the gentlemen they need to be and Annette finds herself falling for him a little more every day.
This story has it all. It has romance, humor and even a little mystery. There are parts where I actually laughed out loud. It was a very entertaining read that I wasn't able to put down!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review* ...more
Caitlyn's Christmas Wish is a short, sweet, Christmas story that leaves you feeling good when you finish it.
Caitlyn is a former model who was once maCaitlyn's Christmas Wish is a short, sweet, Christmas story that leaves you feeling good when you finish it.
Caitlyn is a former model who was once married to a famous country singer, Grant. Caitlyn divorced Grant when she found out she was pregnant because Grant was selfish and addicted to drugs. Caitlyn had her own problems with eating disorders and Grant's family supported her while she went to a rehab center. Now Grant's family has asked Caitlyn to spend Christmas with them. They want to see their eight-month old grandson, Brody and they don't expect that Grant will be around because, well, he never comes home for the holidays.
Caitlyn takes the family up on their offer and heads to the town where Grant's father is the mayor. Grant's family is in the middle of a Christmas festival that lasts a few days so Ridge, Grant's brother, is the one who meets up with Caitlyn when she arrives. There is an immediate spark between the two and Ridge, although a little awkward with Brody, seems to enjoy him.
Of course, a couple days later, Grant surprisingly shows up. Grant is having some issues and needs to get back together with Caitlyn to solve those issues. Caitlyn has (very quickly) fallen in love with Ridge and has no desire to get back together with Grant. The family goes through some conflicts but the story ends leaving you feeling good and in the Christmas mood.
I really liked Caitlyn and Ridge. This book is such a short and fast read that there had to be an instant attraction between Ridge and Caitlyn so I wasn't too annoyed with that like I usually am with instant romances. Grant was a very childish and immature man that annoyed every part of me.
Charles and Jacinda are Grant and Ridge's parents and I really liked how they put Grant in his place several times. He is their son and they love him but they had no problem telling him that he was wrong in the past and that he wasn't going to be allowed to act like the entitled brat that he was acting like.
The story was very clean. There was romance and kissing but no sex or foul language. The Reel's are a religious family who believe that the birth of Jesus Christ is the reason for Christmas but it was pretty mild and not preachy at all.
If you are looking for a feel good Christmas story that you can read quickly, because we all know how busy this time of year is, then pick up this book. ...more
My friend emailed me last month with a request to review this book for a friend of hers. I was so busy and told her that I wouldn't be able to do it My friend emailed me last month with a request to review this book for a friend of hers. I was so busy and told her that I wouldn't be able to do it for a little while and thought that was the end of it. Luckily for me, my friend had her friend send me the book anyways. I didn't really know anything about the book and I will be honest...when I received it I was not too excited to be reading a memoir. They just aren't my usual read. But I decided to give it a try since I told my friend I would and I am so very glad I did. This story was amazing and had me from the very first page!
Lene Fogelberg has always known there was something wrong with her body. She always felt that she would die young. Her mother took her to a doctor when she was six and she was told she had a heart murmur but would never have to worry about it. Being born and raised in Sweden, Lene didn't have the same health care system that we have here in the USA. There were no well child exams every year or physicals for school. Once the doctors told her she was okay, that was the end of it.
As Lene grows older, every breath is a struggle. She tires easily and can't do what a normal kid or young adult can do. She knows deep down that there is something wrong but she fights to make her body work for her. She gets married and has two children. She fights every day to be a good mom and a good wife but you can see the toll it takes on her.
After she moves to the US with her family, she finally gets the answers that she seeks. The answers are frightening but Lene will do what it takes to be strong and make it for her family.
This book was so beautifully written. You could feel Lene's helplessness and depression as she was told over and over that she was fine and there was nothing wrong with her. This book was so riveting that it had me up into the wee hours of the night reading because I simply couldn't put it down. I had to know how Lene was going to survive. She is such a strong woman and I was simply amazed at her perseverance.
This book will make you believe in miracles. It will restore some faith in humanity. It will make you want to send it to everyone you know to read. It was really just that good!
A HUGE thank you goes out to my friend Marie and her friend, Angelica, for sending me this book for review. It will forever have a place on my bookshelf....more
This book was a great, feel good book that I totally wasn't expecting. Maggie was a little annoying sometimes but I loved being in Eric's head and lauThis book was a great, feel good book that I totally wasn't expecting. Maggie was a little annoying sometimes but I loved being in Eric's head and laughed many times at his sarcastic thoughts...mainly because I was thinking the same things!
Maggie is a spirit. Her job is to categorize all of her beholden's thoughts until it is her turn to inhabit a body on Earth. Maggie's beholden is Eric. She is not supposed to get to involved in Eric's life. Her job is strictly to watch his thoughts but after being in someone's head for twenty-some years, I imagine you would become pretty invested in their life.
Eric works at a candy dispenser shop as in the IT department. He is recovering from a bad breakup and just plodding through life. He really doesn't enjoy his life or the people he works with. That is, until he meets Lindsey, the new girl in the office. Eric starts to get involved with Lindsey and everything is going well. When Lindsey ends in a bad situation, Maggie ignores all the rules and "leaps" into Eric's head. From there on, Eric and Maggie must work together.
This book was a very fast and fun read. The book was clean with no sex or swearing which was very refreshing. I was a little worried at first because I thought the first chapter was a little slow but as soon as you get into Eric's head, things pick up and then you don't want to put it down. The ending was sweet and came full circle. It left you wanting to be more positive in your life and with a good feeling....more