REVIEW:TO CATCH A DREAM BY AUDREY CARLAN

TO CATCH A DREAM


Author: Audrey Carlan
ISBN: 9781335180933
Publication Date: March 9, 2020
Publisher: HQN Books

BOOK SUMMARY:


The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the worldwide phenomenon Calendar Girl series brings readers a poignant and honest look at life’s most complicated relationships. When their mother passed away, Evie Ross and her sister were each given a stack of letters, one to be opened every year on their birthday; letters their free-spirited mother hoped would inspire and guide them through adulthood. But although Evie has made a successful career, her desire for the stability and security she never had from her parents has meant she’s never experienced the best life has to offer. But the discovery of more letters hidden in a safe-deposit box points to secrets her mother held close, and possibly a new way for Evie to think about her family, her heart and her dreams.

MY REVIEW:

I’ve never read any Audrey Carlan’s books before TO CATCH A DREAM, but I know for sure, this won’t be my last one! She hooked me from the very first page and never let me go! Audrey sure knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat while reading and I love when an author does that to me. Evie Ross and her sister Suda Kaye receive a stack of letters once their mother passed away from cancer.  Can the story get any stranger than that? Oh yes it can, but you are going to have to read TO CATCH A DREAM to find out. No spoilers here! This is the second book in Audrey Carlan’s Wish series. It is a standalone, but reading the first book would definitely add to the story.

Evie has always been the rock for her family, but now she wants to find her own happiness. She’s afraid to fall in love because she’s afraid that that person will just walk away, just like everyone in her life has done. As Evie finally has her sister home, she is feeling that life is a little more settled. Then her all time crush, Milo suddenly starts paying attention to her and she does not know what to do with it.  The twists and turns just keep coming. So much so, that you won’t be able to put TO CATCH A DREAM until the very end. My emotions were all over the place while reading and as soon as I was finished, I immediately checked on Goodreads for more of her books!

Overall, TO CATCH A DREAM is a book I can say nothing but fantastic things about. There is so much heart in Audrey’s writing that I was left with a huge smile on my face and my heart, very happy. All of the characters are very interesting and believable, so much so that I felt as if I’ve known them for a long time. I look forward to reading Ms. Carlan’s previous books that I haven’t gotten to yet as well as her future ones. There is so much going on in this story, but Audrey does a wonderful job of weaving all the pieces together. All of the characters will have you feeling sad and then smiling on the same page. Once you finish devouring this story, you are going to want to tell everyone you know about this awesome book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Harper Collins through Netgalley. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.

BIO:


Audrey Carlan is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of over 40 novels, including the worldwide phenomenon Calendar Girl serial, and her books have been translated into more than 30 languages across the globe. Audrey lives in the California Valley with her two children and the love of her life.

Social Media: Website – Twitter – Facebook – Instagram – Goodreads

Purchase Links: Harlequin – Indiebound – Amazon – Barnes & Noble – Books-A-Million – Walmart – Google – iBooks – Kobo

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THROWBACK THURSDAY

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Throwback Thursday meme is hosted by Renee@It’s Book Talk and is a way to share some of your old favorites as well as sharing books that you’re FINALLY getting around to reading that were published over a year ago. You know, the ones waiting patiently on your TBR list while you continue to pile more titles on top of them 🙂! These older books are usually much easier than new releases to get a hold of at libraries and elsewhere. If you have your own Throwback Thursday recommendation feel free to jump on board.

This week I’m picking a book I read a few years ago and loved!

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MY REVIEW

Gia is a humanitarian that goes around the world from disaster to disaster, helping people try to recover. When all along she should be at home dealing with her own disaster. Her life. Sixteen years ago a tragedy struck her family and she has been running ever since. She leaves her life behind, her Dad, her brother Bo and her sister, Lexi and never looks back. Now she is heading home after all that time, to take care of her father during his last days. Is she strong enough to do it? Can she ever find forgiveness? Has the town forgotten what happened?

One of the first people she meets is Jake. He is the bartender at the local bar, which he also happens to own. Jake makes Gia laugh and has a way of making her forget her problems if even for just a little while. There is an instant attraction with these two and Jake has secrets of his own, but Gia doesn’t learn about them until much later. Before she knows what is happening, her past is come apart at the seems and she can do nothing to stop it. While this is happening, she is falling in love with Jake, even though she has no plans of sticking around after her father passes. She just can’t help herself.

All the while, Gia is trying to get her brother and sister to come and see their Dad. They keep giving her the run around and coming up with different excuses. Gia has had it and will stop at nothing until those two get over to their childhood home and face their Dad as he lay dying. Neither one of them wants anything to do with him and forgiveness is not going to happen any time soon. What can Gia do or say to make them see that they are wrong? She should just give up and go back to the Congo? You are going to have to read THE LAST BREATH to find out because I am not ruining it for anyone here in my review.

What a suspenseful tale of love, heartache, forgiveness, hope, secrets, and pain. The chemistry between Gia and Jake will have you turning the pages late into the night! The twists and turns in THE LAST BREATH will make it a very fast read as you will be flipping the pages like crazy because you have to know how it ends!! Many of them, I never saw coming! I can’t wait to read more by Kimberly Belle!

FROM GOODREADS:

One woman will stop at nothing to discover the devastating truth about her family…

Chasing disasters around the globe keeps humanitarian aid worker Gia Andrews away from her own ground zero. Now, after sixteen years in jail for the murder of her stepmother in small-town Tennessee, Gia’s father has come home to die of cancer. And she’s responsible for his care.

Resuming the role of daughter to the town’s most infamous murderer means confronting the past she’s spent over a decade avoiding. But in the end, the truth about what really happened may have deadlier consequences than she could have ever anticipated…

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CAN’T – WAIT WEDNESDAY

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. If you’re continuing with WOW, feel free to link those up as well! Find out more here.

This week, I’m waiting for…

RELEASE DATE:  MAY 11, 2021

FROM GOODREADS:

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Summer comes another timely and deliciously twisty novel of intrigue, secrets, and the transformative power of female friendship.

Daisy Shoemaker can’t sleep. With a thriving cooking business, full schedule of volunteer work, and a beautiful home in the Philadelphia suburbs, she should be content. But her teenage daughter can be a handful, her husband can be distant, her work can feel trivial, and she has lots of acquaintances, but no real friends. Still, Daisy knows she’s got it good. So why is she up all night?

While Daisy tries to identify the root of her dissatisfaction, she’s also receiving misdirected emails meant for a woman named Diana Starling, whose email address is just one punctuation mark away from her own. While Daisy’s driving carpools, Diana is chairing meetings. While Daisy’s making dinner, Diana’s making plans to reorganize corporations. Diana’s glamorous, sophisticated, single-lady life is miles away from Daisy’s simpler existence. When an apology leads to an invitation, the two women meet and become friends. But, as they get closer, we learn that their connection was not completely accidental. Who IS this other woman, and what does she want with Daisy?

From the manicured Main Line of Philadelphia to the wild landscape of the Outer Cape, written with Jennifer Weiner’s signature wit and sharp observations, That Summer is a story about surviving our pasts, confronting our futures, and the sustaining bonds of friendship.

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REVIEW: A BROTHER’S PROMISE BY MINDY OBENHAUS WITH A GIVEAWAY

A Brother's Promise JustRead Blog Tour

Welcome to the Blog Tour for the A Brother’s Promise by Mindy Obenhaus, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

A Brother's Promise

Title: A Brother’s Promise Author: Mindy Obenhaus Publisher: Harlequin Love Inspired Release Date: February 23, 2021 Genre: Inspirational Contemporary RomanceA little girl will change his world… He didn’t realize he wanted a family… until he suddenly became a single dad. After his sister’s death, rancher Mick Ashford’s determined to ensure his orphaned niece, Sadie, feels at home. And accepting guidance from Christa Slocum is his first step. But just as Christa and Sadie start to settle into Mick’s heart, Sadie’s paternal grandparents sue for custody. Now Mick must fight to keep them together…or risk losing the makeshift family he’s come to love.

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MY REVIEW:

A BROTHER’S PROMISE is part of a new series and I loved every minute of it. The story takes place in Bliss, Texas and Mindy Obenhaus describes it so beautifully that I am ready to pack my bags and go see it for myself. What more could you ask for right? A FATHER’S PROMISE deals with so many different emotions that one minute I was giggling and the next tearing up. I love when an author can do that to their readers! Don’t you just love small town romance stories?

A BROTHER’S PROMISE will surely pull at your heart strings and make it very hard for you to put down. If you are like me, you won’t be able to stop until you know what happens to all of these beautiful people in Bliss. Reading how Mick and Christa responded to each other is very funny since both are so stubborn. Is it possible for them to get a chance at love if they would just stop and listen to the other? I’m not going to tell you, but I will say that you really should read A BROTHER’S PROMISE and get to know this lovable small town. Also, a big secret is revealed that shocks both Christa and Mick to their cores. That’s all I can say!

A BROTHER’S PROMISE is an awesome way to spend the afternoon or evening. I’m so excited to continue with the series and learn more about my new found friends. Once you start A BROTHER’S PROMISE you won’t be able to put it down and will find yourself cheering for Mick and Christa and little Sadie too as they try to navigate their way through a very different and unique situation. Be prepared to have Sadie steal your heart! Mindy Obenhaus will pull you in from the very first page and never let you go!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author through JustRead Publicity Tours. All opinions are my own.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mindy Obenhaus
JustRead Publicity Tours

Award-winning author Mindy Obenhaus is passionate about touching readers with Biblical truths in an entertaining, and sometimes adventurous, manner. She lives on a ranch in Texas with her husband, two sassy pups, countless cattle, deer and the occasional coyote, mountain lion or snake. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, cooking and watching the Hallmark Channel. Learn more at www.MindyObenhaus.com

CONNECT WITH MINDY: Website | Facebook | Instagram

TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a “Drink Tea, Read Books, Be Happy” teaspoon, English Breakfast tea, a $15 Amazon gift card, and a signed copy of the book!

A Brother's Promise JustRead Giveaway

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