A Thing of Beauty – By Lisa Samson

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In this novel, Samson tells the story of Fiona Hume, who was a former child star in the Hollywood movie business. She deserted this lifestyle and her family and began a secluded life in Baltimore, where she bought a dilapidated old mansion and slowly began filling it with “treasures” she could use in her dreams of grandeur art projects or elsewhere. In essence, she became a hoarder.

Her money runs out and, in desperation, she rents out the maid’s room to Josia, a blacksmith.  Over time, Josia’s happiness and perspective begins to affect Fiona and she slowly begins a journey of healing, both inside and out.

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I give this book four stars.  Samson’s writing style doesn’t always flow very well, but her quirky characters and the abundance of great quotes in the book drew me in.

Strangely, I also liked the fact that the book did not end tied up in a nice little bow. The reader is left wondering some things about the characters and left to her own conclusions. Usually I don’t like stories like that, but for some reason with this one, it works.

It’s just a refreshing departure from the “norm” and was a touching story of vulnerability and hope.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com  book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

Forever Christmas – By Robert Tate Miller

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I give this book four stars.  It’s a story of second chances in love and life.

Beth and Andrew are high school sweethearts and seemingly have everything going for them in life.  But Andrew’s job as a literary agent begins to take over his life and Beth feels the neglect, even doubting Andrew’s love for her.

After a last minute work trip just before Christmas and a gut-wrenching series of events, Andrew must fight to show Beth that ultimately, his love for her is the most important thing in his life.

This is a short story and a very quick read, but I’d recommend it to you, especially if you are in the mood for a heart-warming story. Don’t be deceived – you will think within a few pages of the beginning that you know exactly how the story will end.  But Miller’s expert character and plot development will leave you wondering all the way to the end.

I enjoyed this book and will be looking for other books by Robert Tate Miller soon!

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com  book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”