#DarlingRoseGold by #StephanieWrobel

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#DarlingRoseGold by #StephanieWrobel
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Oh my goodness this is an incredible novel. I received an ARC on @netgalley in return for an honest review.
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With what happened to #gypsyroseblancharde through her mother’s #munchausenbyproxy made international headlines, and this brilliant novel is a clever riff on their story. If you’re not familiar with the case, please do look it up. You’ll be horrified.
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In the novel, Rose Gold Watts is the victim of her mother Patty Watts’ Munchausen syndrome by proxy, meaning that the parent has a vested interest in keeping the child as sick as possible. The parent draws adoration and praise for their endless efforts to get to the root of the child’s illness, though in fact the parent is causing the illness. The parent controls every facet of the child’s life, and Patty Watts does so here.
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None of that is a spoiler as we are dropped into the middle of the story from the start. Patty Watts is getting out of prison, having served 5 years for the abuse of Rose Gold. Rose Gold is an adult, and testified at the trial. In a twist, Rose Gold and her newborn son welcome Patty into their home upon her release.
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And I will end my review there, because any further info would be chock full of spoilers. This book is scheduled to be published in March 2020 and I urge you to add it to your #tbr!
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#TheMostWonderfulTime by #FernMichaels

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#TheMostWonderfulTime novella collection by #FernMichaels
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I’m giving this 3 stars because of the last story, An Apple Valley Christmas by Shirlee McCoy. In an enlightened era, heck in era of #metoo, this story is absolutely medieval.
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Long story short, Emma’s hideous father (to which I personally can relate) dies, leaving her a ginormous house stuffed with antiques.
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Emma is one of many children, and every sibling bailed when it came time to care for dear ole dad. Except Emma, which is why he left her everything.
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Old flame Jack shows up at the funeral, says her amazing brother (remember, not one sibling helped) has sent him. Jack then MOVES IN and keeps telling himself that he isn’t going anywhere until every single antique and the house itself is sold.
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Umm excuse me? What the heck?? Caveman much? And of course Emma just melts.
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Just. No. Nope. No thank you. This story should never have been published. Period

#BurningSecrets by #RebeccaAdams

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#BurningSecrets by #RebeccaAdams
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This is the 5th installment in the #TearoomMysteries published by @guideposts.books and it’s wonderful! A perfect #cozymystery.
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Macy Atherton, crotchety customer of the tearoom owned and operated by cousins Jan Blake and Elaine Cook, finds herself smack in the middle of an arson investigation when one of her B&B cottages burns. An heirloom vase goes missing at the same time, giving Jan and Elaine mysteries to solve.
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I say this every time, but it’s true. If you love @hallmarkchannel movies, you will adore these books. They all have a very #Christian perspective, which I personally love.
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#TheWarlowExperiment by #AlixNathan

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#TheWarlowExperiment by #AlixNathan
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This intriguing novel is based on a true event. Alix Nathan, the author, discovered a passage in an 18th century tome describing an experiment to be conducted by a Mr Powyss. Powyss would pay a person Β£50 per year to live in his sub-sub-cellars without any human contact.
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The novelization sees one John Warlow accept this challenge. He will live in a suite of luxurious rooms far beneath Powyss’ manor house for 7 years, and be paid a princely sum every year for the rest of his life. The only catch is that his sole human contact will occur via a dumbwaiter. His wife and children will be handsomely provided for.
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I found the book delightfully strange, and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I also enjoyed absorbing 18th century British history.
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#CrosswordsAndChamomile by #ElizabethAdams
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I loved this installment in the #TearoomMysteries series, it was much better than the previous book. I felt that we were definitely solidly back in the world of the first 2 books, and it was a relief.
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Master crossword builder Bill Markham has come to the sleepy little #Maine town where Elaine Cook and her cousin Jan Blake have their flourishing tea room. At an event there, he passes out a stack of crosswords to the tea room crowd. However, one patron, Katelyn Grande, soon discovers that her crossword sheet is actually personalized just for her. But by whom?
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Inveterate sleuths Elaine and Jan are quickly on the case, and Elaine gets several chances to break out her brand new fingerprint kit. In the midst of all the sleuthing, Jan’s granddaughter Avery is having troubles with the popular crowd at her middle school.
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A delightful, often laugh out loud funny, #cozymystery that is sure to please. I keep wishing that @hallmarkchannel would pick these books up!
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#TheChristmasBoutique by #JenniferChiaverini

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#TheChristmasBoutique by #JenniferChiaverini
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This book is the latest addition to the #ElmCreekQuilts series by @jenniferchiaveriniauthor. I absolutely adored it! You apparently don’t need to read the series in order, but I’ve purchased book 1, #TheQuiltersApprentice and can’t wait to dive in at the series’ start!
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In the book, we meet a series of women, of all different ages, and the author manages to keep each character distinct and each woman’s voice unique. Elm Creek Valley in Pennsylvania is home to them all, and we get to see various parts of the landscape through the women’s eyes.
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The Christmas Boutique is a massive annual fund-raising event in Elm Creek, and when it’s threatened by a series of small and large mistakes that lead to certain disaster, the ladies of Elm Creek prove themselves worthy of the challenge.
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I truly can’t wait to really dive in to these books. I’m a huge fan of #cozyreads and I can tell I’m going to love these. Any fans of the @hallmarkchannel and of the #gentlereads published by @guideposts.books? Right up your alley!
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#ToATea by #VeraDodge

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#ToATea by #VeraDodge
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I’m giving this a lower review than I gave the first two books in this series. It just didn’t quite fit with the atmosphere or world of the first two books.
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The third book in the #TearoomMysteries series published by @guideposts.books was much edgier (the storyline includes drugs, addiction, and biker bars) than the first two. We do see our heroines, Elaine Cook and Jan Blake, take on deeper personas as they grapple with unfamiliar issues, which is a plus. Not a plus is that we also see them become snippy, angry, easily irritated and almost twitchy.
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Soon to be bridegroom Ryan disappears shortly before his wedding to Felicia, which is to be the first wedding held at Tea for Two, the tearoom/Victorian home owned by Elaine and Jan. At the same time, Elaine and Jan’s former landscaper Reggie is accused of robbing the local bank and also disappears.
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I found it hard to get through this installment in what is, so far, a really good series of cozy mysteries. It just felt…off, somehow. I have high hopes for book 4!
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