Tuesday, September 07, 2021

Christmas House: Short Review


About the Book:

It's Christmas in the small town of Silver Springs which is bursting with holiday spirit. The downtown shops boast twinkling lights, and the town square features an enormous Christmas tree. Every Christmas Eve for the past fifty years, Ruby Harris, the owner of the historic B&B, The Christmas House, has opened her doors to strangers in need, showing them the compassion once denied to her.

When Ruby invites her family home for the holidays, including her two adult grandchildren, Charlotte and Olivia, she hopes they will be able to put the past behind them. However, her plans for reconciliation implode as the women unravel secrets from the past that force them to confront the impact they've had on their dysfunctional family. As Charlotte grows closer to Wyatt, the neighbor next door and a friend from the past, old memories resurface that the women would rather forget. they're reminded of a man they want to forget.
As the clock inches closer to the New Year, can the magic of the season bring the family closer? Or will a surprise guest threaten their tentative truce and test newly formed bonds?
This light-hearted Christmas tale draws inspiration from Victoria James's own historical fixer-upper, offering plenty of warmth and holiday cheer. 

My Comments:

This is the story of how adults can really screw up their lives and the lives of their kids--and the story of how love can heal hurts. .  

It is a dual timeline story that comes together in a sweet charming way, as would be expected in a book with this cover and title.  Sure, things worked out a little too well--but its a Christmas romance, right?

I'd like to thank the publisher for making a review copy available via NetGalley.  Grade:  B-

Sunday, July 18, 2021

It's Monday What Are You Reading?


  I'm linking up with Kathryn and the gang over at Book Date. where we share what we've been reading and talk about life in general.

I've been in a reading slump, so no new reviews this week.  I did write a discussion post about NetGalley.  Please add your comments.  

 Please, if you haven't had your Covid vaccine, call your doctor.  He or she should be able to address your concerns.  My healthcare friends don't want to see you in ICU.  

Have a good week and stay healthy!

Friday, July 16, 2021

Changes to NetGalley That I'd Like to See


 For the uninitiated, NetGalley is a website where you can sign up to read and review digital advance reader copies. In the last ten years or so, as e-readers, smart phone and tablets have become more common ways of reading, NetGalley has grown from serving a few niche presses to carrying ARCs from large publishers and small, as well as some self-published writers.  How well it accomplishes the task of publicizing new works is a discussion I'll leave to others.  This post is from the reader/blogger's point of view.  I love using NetGalley but I can't help but want some new features.

Special Instructions?  Please Put Them on the Feedback Page

Reading and reviewing books is a hobby, not a job.  Please make it easy for me to do what you want.  I don't want to create elaborate spreadsheets or search email folders for directions.  If publishers want me to publish during a certain timeframe,  to use hashtags or use blue font or whatever, it would be nice if that information popped up when I hit the "leave feedback" button. 

A "Save for Later" Button

Often when I am perusing NetGalley I find books I want to read but which I just don't have time to read right now.  It would be great if there was a "Save for Later" button which would do nothing but tag the book and add it to my "Save for Later" list and allow me to give feedback on the book.  If my schedule cleared, I could check the list and request it if it was still available.  If it was not still available, I could check my bookstore or library, and, if I chose, leave feedback for it (which would not count against my ratio but which could improve it). 

This could be helpful to publishers and could earn them a few more reviews than they get now.  Also, if they see that I marked it, they could contact me about it if desired. It could be another way to gauge interest in a book. 

Downloadables/Pre-Written Content

Many bloggers include author information and/or bookstore links in their posts. It would be nice if that stuff was easily available on NetGalley.  If I want to use my affiliate links I could always switch them out, but for those of us who don't, save us the trouble of searching for the links. Give us an author biography and photo.  Don't require us to use it, but make it available.  

Are you a NetGalley user?  Reader or Author? What would you like to see NetGalley provide that it does not currently?  

Join the Discussion!

Monday, July 05, 2021

It's Monday: What Are You Reading?


  I'm linking up with Kathryn and the gang over at Book Date. where we share what we've been reading and talk about life in general.

I think this summer, we are somehow getting everyone's rain.  Much of the country is in drought and yet here the rain just won't stop.  The sun is out now (8:25 a.m. on 7/5) but it is supposed to rain this afternoon.  It really would be nice if they were wrong about that. 

I got one new NetGalley

And this was my free Prime Reading book this month

Two book reviews this week:

I have the day off today.  After I finish reading everyone's posts and adding to my TBR list, hopefully I'll have time for a book or two.  

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