What Blooms From Dust by James Markert *Review+Book Tour*

Thank you so much TLC Book Tours for sending me copy of this book and for having me on this book tour!

From the second I started reading this book I had a southern twang voice in my head narrating as I read.  I loved that this book sucked me in to the Dust Bowl era and Midwestern vibe.  Slow moving but filled with hope and forgiveness I gave this book 3.5 stars.

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My Name is Venus Black by Heather Lloyd *Review*

Thank you so much Penguin Random House for sending me a copy of My Name Is Venus Black in exchange for an honest review.  This debut novel was emotional, full of second chances and forgiveness, I really enjoyed it and gave it four stars!

“The stupidest little thing we do can alter the future for so many people.  That means everything you ever did, you almost didn’t do.”

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Beartown by Fredrik Backman *Review*

This book, wow, I finished over a week ago and yet I couldn’t get myself to write a review right away.  It still brings tears to my eyes and tugs on my heartstrings.  I almost don’t know how to review this because any review I write will be insufficient.  This story is powerful, emotional, and important.  Characters written only the way Backman can write them, a story line that draws you in slowly and impacts you for long after, and an author that is nothing short of inspiring.  Another favorite book has been added to my shelf, 5 whole beautiful stars.

“You might be playing with bears. But that doesn’t mean you have to forget that you are a lion.”

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The Story of Our Lives by Helen Warner *Review+Book Tour+Giveaway*

Thank you so much TLC Book Tours and Graydon House for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and for having me on this book tour.

Following four best friends over the course of many years, this book explores hard topics such as abuse, miscarriages, and betrayal, but even more importantly tells the story of love, friendship, and family.  I give this genuine story of friendship standing the test of time 4 out of 5 stars!

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The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor *Review+Book Tour+Giveaway*

Thank you so much TLC Book Tours and Crown Publishing for sending me a copy of this book for review and for having me on this book tour!

The Chalk Man is my first read of the year and I am so glad it was!  An easy 5 stars.  This fast paced mystery hooked me from chapter one and kept me guessing until the very last page.  As much as this is a mystery it also reminds us that all of our choices and decisions have consequences.  What we choose to do and to tell others has just as much impact on our lives as what choose not to do or tell.  A very important lesson wrapped up in a creepy, page turning, mystery.

“What shapes us is not always our achievements but our omissions.  Not lies; simply the truths we don’t tell.”

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A Hundred Small Lessons by Ashley Hay *Review+Giveaway+Tour*

Thank you so much TLC Book Tours and Atria Books for sending me a copy of A Hundred Small Lessons in exchange for an honest review, and for having me on this tour!

Following the lives of two different women intertwined by a single house, this story touches on the changes and daily struggles experienced through different stages of life.  A heartwarming story with out all the drama, but all the realities of life and lovable characters I rate this book 3.5 stars!

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Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak *Review*

Thank you so much Bloomsbury Publishing for sending me a copy of this beautiful book for review.  Smart and important this book touches on topics that heavily impact all of us every day.  I give this moving story a solid 4 stars!

“Never believe anything you haven’t seen with your eyes, heard with your ears, touched with your hands and grasped with your mind.”

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