Genre: Chick Lit

The Choice by Nicholas Sparks

Posted May 31, 2016 by karenbaron in Adult Fiction, Audiobook, Chick Lit, Contemporary Romance, Drama, Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Review, Romance, Womens Fiction / 0 Comments

The Choice by Nicholas SparksThe Choice by Nicholas Sparks
Narrator: Holter Graham
Published by Grand Central Publishing on December 22nd 2015
Genres: Chick Lit, Fiction, Romance, Women's Fiction
Pages: 9
Format: Kindle
five-stars

#1 New York Times bestseller Nicholas Sparks turns his unrivaled talents to a new tale about love found and lost, and the choices we hope we'll never have to make.
Travis Parker has everything a man could want: a good job, loyal friends, even a waterfront home in small-town North Carolina. In full pursuit of the good life - boating, swimming , and regular barbecues with his good-natured buddies -- he holds the vague conviction that a serious relationship with a woman would only cramp his style. That is, until Gabby Holland moves in next door. Spanning the eventful years of young love, marriage and family, THE CHOICE ultimately confronts us with the most heartwrenching question of all: how far would you go to keep the hope of love alive?

My take on this book:             The Choice by Nicholas Sparks is a great book and keeps you guessing about the choices that Travis and Gabby had to make throughout the book. Nicholas Sparks in true fashion was making me cry throughout it as I was listening to the book and of course wondering with what was going on with Travis and Gabby.

Travis Parker is a small town guy, that was having a good time living his life the way that he has been for a while. He is a happy-go-lucky type of guy. Gabby Holland, a city girl, with a boyfriend that she has been dating since college moves in next door to Travis. These two meet with Gabby making a complete utter foul of herself over a misunderstanding. The chemistry between them is pretty instantaneous.

These two where funny, awesome, and complete romantics with each other especially throughout the flashbacks that Travis was taking us through. Mr. Sparks really knows how to really make someone fall in love with the characters, all the while keeping you guessing at his actual plan for the characters.

This is my first audiobook review and Holter Graham’s reading of this book is superb. He has a really good voice for reading this Nicholas Sparks’ book. I love the way he use a different voices for each character. The voice he uses for when he is reading something from a girl is pretty funny. Okay his voice for reading all of the characters and just the regular things from the book is pretty awesome.

I will totally recommend this book for any adult readers that read my blog since I am pretty sure that this Nicholas Sparks book isn’t for teenagers but then again I could be wrong. Either way I will recommend this book to anyone that asks me about it. Nicholas Sparks books can be read by themselves or with the audiobook reader if you are too busy in your life to sit down and read the book like a normal person. I am going to say that I love being able to do an audiobook and I can’t wait to do it again sometime soon.

I am giving The Choice by Nicholas Sparks a 5 star rating because of course the book was fabulous and something that I love.

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About Holter Graham

Holter Graham, winner of AudioFile’s 2008 Best Voice in Science Fiction & Fantasy for Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Acheron, is a stage, television, and screen actor.

About Nicholas Sparks

As a child, Nicholas Sparks lived in Minnesota, Los Angeles, and Grand Island, Nebraska, finally settling in Fair Oaks, California at the age of eight. His father was a professor, his mother a homemaker, then optometrist’s assistant. He lived in Fair Oaks through high school, graduated valedictorian in 1984, and received a full track scholarship to the University of Notre Dame.

After breaking the Notre Dame school record as part of a relay team in 1985 as a freshman (a record which still stands), he was injured and spent the summer recovering. During that summer, he wrote his first novel, though it was never published. He majored in Business Finance and graduated with high honors in 1988.

He and his wife Catherine, who met on spring break in 1988, were married in July, 1989. While living in Sacramento, he wrote his second novel that same year, though again, it wasn’t published. He worked a variety of jobs over the next three years, including real estate appraisal, waiting tables, selling dental products by phone, and started his own small manufacturing business which struggled from the beginning. In 1990, he collaborated on a book with Billy Mills, the Olympic Gold Medalist and it was published by Feather Publishing before later being picked up by Random House. (It was recently re-issued by Hay House Books.) Though it received scant publicity, sales topped 50,000 copies in the first year of release.

He began selling pharmaceuticals and moved from Sacramento, California to North Carolina in 1992. In 1994, at the age of 28, he wrote The Notebook over a period of six months. In October, 1995, rights to The Notebook were sold to Warner Books. It was published in October, 1996, and he followed that with Message in a Bottle (1998), A Walk to Remember (1999), The Rescue (2000), A Bend in the Road (2001), and Nights in Rodanthe (2002), The Guardian (2003), The Wedding (2003), Three Weeks with my Brother (2004), True Believer (2005) and At First Sight (2005) all with Warner Books. All were domestic and international best sellers and were translated into more than 35 languages. The movie version of Message in a Bottle was released in 1999, A Walk to Remember was released in 2002, and The Notebook was released in 2004. The average domestic box office gross per film was $56 million — with another $100 million in DVD sales — making the novels by Nicholas Sparks one of the most successful franchises in Hollywood.

The film rights to Nights in Rodanthe, True Believer and At First Sight have been sold, and Nicholas Sparks has written the screenplay for The Guardian, though he has not offered it for sale at this point.

He now has five children: Miles, Ryan, Landon, Lexie, and Savannah. He lives in North Carolina with his wife and children.


What the Hex? gp

Posted February 5, 2016 by karenbaron in Chick Lit, Cozy, Mystery, Paranormal Mystery, Review, Series, Witches / 0 Comments

What the Hex? gpWhat the Hex? by Rose Pressey
Series: Paranormal P.I. Mystery #1
Series Rating: five-stars
on December 21, 2015
Genres: Chick Lit, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Paranormal, Romance, Women's Fiction
Pages: 236
Format: Kindle
five-stars

Yesterday Cece Cash came dangerously close to stuffing Derek North into the trunk of her car and dumping his body in the Vegas desert. Then she snapped out of her daydream and realized he wasn’t worth the prison time.

As much as Cece hates to admit it, she needs Derek. Her old pal’s cash rescued her private investigation agency. Her witchcraft hadn’t been enough to save the business. Luckily for her, Derek has the money and she has the skills. Well, at least she thinks she has the skills. She’s still counting on the spell casting to help.

Now if she can just pay Derek back, she’ll send him packing to Savannah and get him out of her hair for good. Wisecracking and fun-loving Derek has other plans though. He enjoys being a part of the agency. Life is a party and he isn’t about to waste a minute of it. Why else would he come to Vegas?

What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas. Sometimes the shenanigans pop up in the middle of the desert in a burning car. A successful owner of a fitness club is suspected of murder and disappears right after the crime. Cece and Derek are hired to find the woman and uncover the truth about the homicide of a young fitness trainer. The stakes are high in Sin City for Cece and Derek. Will luck be on their side or will they lose it all?

My Thoughts: Murder and mayhem with a southern twist in Sin City! Super Cute!

Rose Pressey has another awesome series. I love Cece and her quirkiness. The accent, her “hobbies,” the coven, living at the retirement home, the whole package is fabulous. And Derek, he is so adorable, in a manly way of course. His blond hair, blue eyes, gorgeous smile and his ability to make Cece blush. I truly think he is in Vegas for other reasons then just to be a P.I., but we will let Cece figure that out on her own.

I love the murder-missing person aspect of the story. It is so true to see that even if you have the entire package, brains, beauty and a great body you don’t always have the personality and loving spirit to go with it. I truly liked that the people Cece and Derek interviewed were characters themselves.

I loved that Cece’s friends were her neighbors from the retirement community and that even though she isn’t of retirement age she is accepted and even feels part of the community. However the girl could get out a little bit more. The setting in Las Vegas is great. The Elvis and Marilyn Monroe impersonators competitions and performance, classic Rose – getting that Elvis in there. Loved it! Such a great little mystery.

My rating is 5 stars. I loved it and am looking forward to the 2nd installment of this series. I completely recommend this book! It is awesome, you never know what will happen next.

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About Rose Pressey

Rose Pressey is a USA TODAY bestselling author. She enjoys writing quirky and fun novels with a paranormal twist. The paranormal has always captured her interest. The thought of finding answers to the unexplained fascinates her.

When she’s not writing about werewolves, vampires and every other supernatural creature, she loves eating cupcakes with sprinkles, reading, spending time with family, and listening to oldies from the fifties.

Rose lives in the beautiful commonwealth of Kentucky with her husband, son and three sassy Chihuahuas.

Rose suffers from Psoriatic Arthritis and has knee replacements. She might just set the world record for joint replacements. She’s soon having her hips replaced, elbows, and at least one shoulder.


The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

Posted November 11, 2015 by karenbaron in Adult Fiction, Book to Movie, Chick Lit, Contemporary Romance, Fiction, Review, Romance, Series, Tear Jerker, Womens Fiction / 0 Comments

The Notebook by Nicholas SparksThe Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
Series: The Notebook #1
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Bantam on July 5th 2004
Genres: Chick Lit, Fiction, Romance, Women's Fiction
Pages: 214
Format: Paperback
five-stars

Set amid the austere beauty of the North Carolina coast, The Notebook begins with the story of Noah Calhoun, a rural Southerner recently returned from the Second World War. Noah is restoring a plantation home to its former glory, and he is haunted by images of the beautiful girl he met fourteen years earlier, a girl he loved like no other. Unable to find her, yet unwilling to forget the summer they spent together, Noah is content to live with only memories...until she unexpectedly returns to his town to see him once again.
Like a puzzle within a puzzle, the story of Noah and Allie is just the beginning. As it unfolds, their tale miraculously becomes something different, with much higher stakes. The result is a deeply moving portrait of love itself, the tender moments and the fundamental changes that affect us all. It is a story of miracles and emotions that will stay with you forever.

My take on this book: The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks is an excellent book that almost anyone could read. One that has a happy ending while in certain parts of the book it will make you cry. The tears won’t be sad instead they will happy tears. Tears that make anyone feel like they could have a love like that one day. I feel bad for Noah having to deal with seeing his wife but not really seeing her.

Mr. Sparks has this way with words that makes the reader believe in whatever he is writing about like he does with The Notebook. The thing that he wants you to believe in is that your first love is the one that you are meant to spend the rest of your life with and when they leave you feel like you are missing something that you don’t realize you’re missing until you look back at those memories. That make you realize with what you are missing. Or when you try to move on but are just wasting time searching for your first love while not finding it in the person that you are dating with at the time.

Granted I don’t know many people like this but I know of some people that are married to that wasn’t their first love. It is the look in their eyes that you can see from not even reading this book to know that they have found their true love and that they aren’t going to let that person go without a fight. I see it every day with my mom and step dad and through pictures of my cousins through Facebook. I am very happy to know that they have found their true love and that they won’t stop fighting for them if they have to. I hope that they don’t have to go through the pain that Noah does in this book.

I am giving this book a five stars rating because it is good and I couldn’t put the book down once I got into it. I can’t wait to read another book. I will also love to recommend it to anyone that would like to read it.

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About Nicholas Sparks

As a child, Nicholas Sparks lived in Minnesota, Los Angeles, and Grand Island, Nebraska, finally settling in Fair Oaks, California at the age of eight. His father was a professor, his mother a homemaker, then optometrist’s assistant. He lived in Fair Oaks through high school, graduated valedictorian in 1984, and received a full track scholarship to the University of Notre Dame.

After breaking the Notre Dame school record as part of a relay team in 1985 as a freshman (a record which still stands), he was injured and spent the summer recovering. During that summer, he wrote his first novel, though it was never published. He majored in Business Finance and graduated with high honors in 1988.

He and his wife Catherine, who met on spring break in 1988, were married in July, 1989. While living in Sacramento, he wrote his second novel that same year, though again, it wasn’t published. He worked a variety of jobs over the next three years, including real estate appraisal, waiting tables, selling dental products by phone, and started his own small manufacturing business which struggled from the beginning. In 1990, he collaborated on a book with Billy Mills, the Olympic Gold Medalist and it was published by Feather Publishing before later being picked up by Random House. (It was recently re-issued by Hay House Books.) Though it received scant publicity, sales topped 50,000 copies in the first year of release.

He began selling pharmaceuticals and moved from Sacramento, California to North Carolina in 1992. In 1994, at the age of 28, he wrote The Notebook over a period of six months. In October, 1995, rights to The Notebook were sold to Warner Books. It was published in October, 1996, and he followed that with Message in a Bottle (1998), A Walk to Remember (1999), The Rescue (2000), A Bend in the Road (2001), and Nights in Rodanthe (2002), The Guardian (2003), The Wedding (2003), Three Weeks with my Brother (2004), True Believer (2005) and At First Sight (2005) all with Warner Books. All were domestic and international best sellers and were translated into more than 35 languages. The movie version of Message in a Bottle was released in 1999, A Walk to Remember was released in 2002, and The Notebook was released in 2004. The average domestic box office gross per film was $56 million — with another $100 million in DVD sales — making the novels by Nicholas Sparks one of the most successful franchises in Hollywood.

The film rights to Nights in Rodanthe, True Believer and At First Sight have been sold, and Nicholas Sparks has written the screenplay for The Guardian, though he has not offered it for sale at this point.

He now has five children: Miles, Ryan, Landon, Lexie, and Savannah. He lives in North Carolina with his wife and children.


Clutch: a novel by Lisa Becker

Posted October 31, 2015 by karenbaron in Chick Lit, Review, Romance, Womens Fiction / 0 Comments

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Clutch: a novel by Lisa BeckerClutch: A Novel by Lisa Becker
Published by Becker Press on October 10th 2015
Genres: Chick Lit, Fiction, Romance, Women's Fiction
Pages: 214
Format: Kindle
five-stars

clutch: a novel is the laugh-out-loud, chick lit romance chronicling the dating misadventures of Caroline Johnson, a single purse designer who compares her unsuccessful romantic relationships to styles of handbags – the “Hobo” starving artist, the “Diaper Bag” single dad, the “Briefcase” intense businessman, etc. With her best friend, bar owner Mike by her side, the overly-accommodating Caroline drinks a lot of Chardonnay, puts her heart on the line, endures her share of unworthy suitors and finds the courage to discover the “Clutch” or someone she wants to hold onto.

My take on this book: I have got to say is that the Clutch a novel by Lisa Becker is totally a book that any woman would love to stay in for the night to read and live through Caroline. This book is a really great one and something that I would love to read again. I loved how each chapter was dedicated to a purse while also reflecting the man that Caroline was going to meet in that chapter.

I loved seeing how Mike and Caroline’s friendship went through all that it did while still keeping their friendship a friendship despite the flirting that sometimes happened. I really do love Caroline’s aunt Mimi. She is such a hoot and someone that I would love to have as an aunt. I mean every girl needs a ton of handbags.

Caroline is such an interesting character and not someone that is like the girl-next-door. She also is this smart woman despite letting people walk all over her. Mike is completely different compared to Caroline, not just that he is a male. He just oozes the playboy attitude and lifestyle. Granted he gave that life up to start up his bar and he also is a good person. Sure he flirts with every woman that he meets except he has a good heart that wants to try and help Caroline out, be it with her insecurities or her current relationship at the time.

This is a total chick lit but one that is so funny while also being romantic. I am giving this book five stars as the book is that good and completely something that I would recommend to my friends and family.

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Lisa had endured her share of hilarious and heinous cyber dates, many of which inspired Click: An Online Love Story, Double Click and Right Click. The books, about a young woman’s search for love online in Los Angeles, have been called, “a fast read that will keep you entertained,” “a fun, quick read for fans of Sex and the City,” and “hard to put down.” The first in the series has now been optioned for a major motion picture.

She’s written bylined articles about online dating and has been featured in Cupid’s Pulse, Garmental.com, TV Grapevine, GalTime.com, Single Edition, Career 2.0, The Perfect Soulmate, Chick Lit Central and numerous other book blogs and websites.

A former public relations professional, Lisa has worked with some of the biggest consumer companies in the world including McDonald’s, Ford, Sony and Gatorade. She’s also a former college professor, teaching public relations and communications classes at University of Southern California and Oglethorpe University.

As Lisa’s grandmother used to say, “for every chair, there’s a tush.” Lisa is now happily married to a wonderful man she met online and lives in Manhattan Beach with him and their two daughters. So, if it happened for her, there’s hope for anyone!


GP Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

Posted August 11, 2015 by karenbaron in Adult Fiction, Book to Movie, Contemporary Romance, Crime, Death, Drama, Fiction, Review / 0 Comments

GP Safe Haven by Nicholas SparksSafe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
Published by Grand Central Publishing on September 14th 2010
Genres: Chick Lit, Fiction, Romance, Women's Fiction
Pages: 340
Format: Kindle
four-stars

Love hurts. There is nothing as painful as heartbreak. But in order to learn to love again, you must learn to trust again.
When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family.
But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her . . . a past that set her on a fearful, shattering journey across the country, to the sheltered oasis of Southport. With Jo’s empathic and stubborn support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards . . . and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven.

My Thoughts:       This book is easily four stars. I enjoyed the story. Katie (Erin) has such strength and courage. She grows stronger throughout the story. Katie really wants the safety and warmth of a home, complete with a husband and children. She is just afraid to dream a dream she can’t see coming true. In comes Alex. He is smart, witty, and strong. He sees more than most people are aware of when looking and he’s a great friend. Alex has baggage of his own, and yet he is good with his life and dealing with his reality. Their growing relationship and their connection to each other is wonderfully fulfilling.

Kevin is not someone that I would seek out to be friends with. Kevin has serious mental health issues; the alcohol only increases his need to control. When he first mentions a bible verse, I thought to myself, this isn’t going to be pretty. He really thinks that he is everything and a slice of cheese.

My favorite character was Jo, totally loved her. The whole of her, her opinions, leading questions and the truth, she is fabulous. I would like to think that if I were in her position I could be as graceful, loving and have such strong character. She truly loves her family and only wants what is best for them.

The story is dynamic and shows the reality that domestic abuse is and how it affects even the strongest of souls. It also shows that there is that light at the end of the tunnel, even when we don’t believe that there could be.

As with all of Nicholas Sparks’ books the strength of the characters and their realistic love and compassion is so encompassing that it touches your soul. I honestly feel a kinship with the characters in his stories. Nicholas Sparks is such a master storyteller. Whenever I pick up one of his books I know that I will need a box of tissues, but the happiness will be just as strong too.

I am looking forward to the movie. I hope the film crew and actors can meet the expectations that the book has set.

This is a Guest Review for Baroness’ Book Trove. Thank you for the opportunity to review a book for your site. ~Jen

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About Nicholas Sparks

As a child, Nicholas Sparks lived in Minnesota, Los Angeles, and Grand Island, Nebraska, finally settling in Fair Oaks, California at the age of eight. His father was a professor, his mother a homemaker, then optometrist’s assistant. He lived in Fair Oaks through high school, graduated valedictorian in 1984, and received a full track scholarship to the University of Notre Dame.

After breaking the Notre Dame school record as part of a relay team in 1985 as a freshman (a record which still stands), he was injured and spent the summer recovering. During that summer, he wrote his first novel, though it was never published. He majored in Business Finance and graduated with high honors in 1988.

He and his wife Catherine, who met on spring break in 1988, were married in July, 1989. While living in Sacramento, he wrote his second novel that same year, though again, it wasn’t published. He worked a variety of jobs over the next three years, including real estate appraisal, waiting tables, selling dental products by phone, and started his own small manufacturing business which struggled from the beginning. In 1990, he collaborated on a book with Billy Mills, the Olympic Gold Medalist and it was published by Feather Publishing before later being picked up by Random House. (It was recently re-issued by Hay House Books.) Though it received scant publicity, sales topped 50,000 copies in the first year of release.

He began selling pharmaceuticals and moved from Sacramento, California to North Carolina in 1992. In 1994, at the age of 28, he wrote The Notebook over a period of six months. In October, 1995, rights to The Notebook were sold to Warner Books. It was published in October, 1996, and he followed that with Message in a Bottle (1998), A Walk to Remember (1999), The Rescue (2000), A Bend in the Road (2001), and Nights in Rodanthe (2002), The Guardian (2003), The Wedding (2003), Three Weeks with my Brother (2004), True Believer (2005) and At First Sight (2005) all with Warner Books. All were domestic and international best sellers and were translated into more than 35 languages. The movie version of Message in a Bottle was released in 1999, A Walk to Remember was released in 2002, and The Notebook was released in 2004. The average domestic box office gross per film was $56 million — with another $100 million in DVD sales — making the novels by Nicholas Sparks one of the most successful franchises in Hollywood.

The film rights to Nights in Rodanthe, True Believer and At First Sight have been sold, and Nicholas Sparks has written the screenplay for The Guardian, though he has not offered it for sale at this point.

He now has five children: Miles, Ryan, Landon, Lexie, and Savannah. He lives in North Carolina with his wife and children.