Jul 202015

While we Were Watching Downton AbbeyFriendship, Personal Struggles, and Downton Abbey Viewing Parties

Rating:  3.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

TYPE OF NOVEL: Contemporary Women’s Fiction

SETTING: Modern-day Atlanta, GA


  • Samantha: a married socialite living in the lap of luxury. Older sister/parent to two younger, irresponsible, and entitled siblings.
  • Claire: a divorced empty-nester who has saved up enough to pursue writing full-time for the next year.
  • Brooke: a single mother of two young girls who is still struggling to overcome her low self-esteem and lack of confidence due to a nasty divorce and an even nastier ex-husband.
  • Edward: a native Brit who earns his living as a concierge and by running his own service business – Private Butler.

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Jul 122013

Friday Mornings at NineWhat Happens When You Start Asking ‘What If?’  

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Gift from Mom 🙂

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: NON-Austenesque, Women’s Fiction

TIME FRAME: Present Day – the beginning of September to New Year’s Eve

MAIN CHARACTERS: Three forty something wives and mothers – Tamara, Jennifer, and Bridget


I’ll be honest, unlike Marilyn Brant’s According to Jane and A Summer in Europe, this book wasn’t instantly added to my wishlist. Three women in unhappy marriages contemplating affairs doesn’t really sound like something my romantic heart would enjoy. But having read and ADORED both of Marilyn’s other works of fiction (as well as her lighter contemporary romances) I figured I should still give it a try. Continue reading »

Dec 122012

Can Hot Holiday Hook-ups Lead to Happily Ever After?

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

Shannon Quinn, proprietor of a charming, small town inn named Holiday Quinn is falling for this sophisticated and successful CEO that starts frequenting her inn on holiday weekends. She loves that he’s worldly and cultured, and that he’s traveled all over. Shannon yearns for adventure and experience, to see and learn all about different places in the world. All she needs to do is sell her inn and she is free…

Bram Hartwick, always at the mercy of his cellphone and very accustomed to working overtime at his office, is terrified that he is turning into a chronic workaholic like his older brothers and parents. Escaping to Shannon’s quaint, “domestic haven,” and savoring the feelings of contentment and peace he experiences there, makes visiting the Holiday Quinn all the more inviting. To him, the idea of settling down in that quiet, little hamlet permanently and establishing “hearth and home” feels irresistible… Continue reading »