Genre: Women's Fiction

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.


Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich

Posted June 7, 2015 by karenbaron in Adult Fiction, Chick Lit, Comedy, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Paranormal, Review, Romance, Series, Supernatural, Womens Fiction / 0 Comments

Wicked Appetite by Janet EvanovichWicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich
Series: Lizzy & Diesel #1
Published by St. Martin's Press on September 14th 2010
Genres: Chick Lit, Fantasy, Fiction, Humor, Mystery, Paranormal, Romance, Women's Fiction
Pages: 313
Format: Hardcover
five-stars

For centuries, treasure hunters have been eager to possess the stones, undeterred by their corrupting nature. The list is long — Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great, Napoleon, to name a few. Now the Stones have found their way to Salem, Massachusetts, and so has Gerwulf Grimoire, adding himself to this rogues’ gallery of power seekers. He’s an uncommonly dangerous man, with a hunger for the forbidden, and a set of abilities that are way beyond ordinary. Abilities that he feels entitle him to possess anything he might desire.
That would include Elizabeth Tucker, the woman he needs to find the Stones. She’s freshly transplanted from New York City to Boston’s North Shore. With a new job as pastry chef at Dazzle’s bakery and an old house inherited from her Aunt Ophelia, her life is pretty much on track …until it’s suddenly derailed by a guy named Diesel, a rude monkey, and a ninja cat.
Lizzy can handle the monkey and the cat. She’s not sure about Diesel. He’s offering up his own set of unusual talents, promising to protect her from Grimoire. The kind of protection that Lizzy suspects might involve guarding her body day and night.
The Seven Deadly Sins are pride, greed, lust, envy wrath, sloth and gluttony. That pretty much covers everything that is wicked. Diesel thinks it also pretty much covers everything that’s fun. And Lizzy thinks Diesel and the Seven Deadly Sins cover everything her mother warned her about.

My take on this book: CAUTION! IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THIS BOOK YET. CONTINUE AT YOUR OWN RISK! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!!

We all know that Diesel is one of those characters that were in the Stephanie Plum novels that were in between the numbers throughout the series. Well for a while that is. He is now in Wicked Appetite with his own series and it is a good one.

This whole book..well book series is all in Elizabeth Tucker’s point of view. Lizzy and Diesel are all pretty good and everything works. I love this book and the book series. It’s all good. The first Seven Deadly sin that we encounter is gluttony. I love this book and I give it a five star. This book has a bunch of quirky characters. I think that this book series could be better than Stephanie Plum’s series.

This book series is really good and it’s awesome. Despite what anyone thinks of it this series is good. I love it very much.

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About Janet Evanovich

Janet’s Bio (quoted from her website)

When I was a kid I spent a lot of time in LaLa Land. La la Land is like an out-of-body experience –while your mouth is eating lunch your mind is conversing with Captain Kirk. Sometimes I’d pretend to sing opera. My mother would send me to the grocery store down the street, and off I’d go, caterwauling at the top of my lungs. Before the opera thing I went through a horse stage where I galloped everywhere and made holes in my Aunt Lena’s lawn with my hooves. Aunt Lena was a good egg. She understood that the realities of daily existence were lost in the shadows of my looney imagination.After graduation from South River High School, I spent four years in the Douglass College art department, honing my ability to wear torn Levis, learning to transfer cerebral excitement to primed canvas. Painting beat the heck out of digging holes in lawns, but it never felt exactly right. It was frustrating at best, excruciating at worst. My audience was too small. Communication was too obscure. I developed a rash from pigment.

Somewhere down the line I started writing stories. The first story was about the pornographic adventures of a fairy who lived in a second rate fairy forest in Pennsylvania. The second story was about …well never mind, you get the picture.

I sent my weird stories out to editors and agents and collected rejection letters in a big cardboard box. When the box was full I burned the whole damn thing, crammed myself into pantyhose and went to work for a temp agency.

Four months into my less than stellar secretarial career, I got a call from an editor offering to buy my last mailed (and heretofore forgotten) manuscript. It was a romance written for the now defunct Second Chance at Love line, and I was paid a staggering $2,000.

With my head reeling from all this money, I plunged into writing romance novels full time, saying good-by, good riddance to pantyhose and office politics. I wrote series romance for the next five years, mostly for Bantam Loveswept. It was a rewarding experience, but after twelve romance novels I ran out of sexual positions and decided to move into the mystery genre.

I spent two years retooling –drinking beer with law enforcement types, learning to shoot, practicing cussing. At the end of those years I created Stephanie Plum. I wouldn’t go so far as to say Stephanie is an autobiographical character, but I will admit to knowing where she lives.

It turns out I’m a really boring workaholic with no hobbies or special interests. My favorite exercise is shopping and my drug of choice is Cheeze Doodles.

I read comic books and I only watch happy movies. I motivate myself to write by spending my money before I make it. And when I grow up I want to be just like Grandma Mazur.


Top-Secret Twenty-One

Posted June 7, 2015 by karenbaron in Adult Fiction, Chick Lit, Comedy, Crime, Fiction, Mystery, Review, Romance, Series, Womens Fiction / 0 Comments

Top-Secret Twenty-OneTop Secret Twenty-One by Janet Evanovich
Series: Stephanie Plum #21
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Bantam on June 17th 2014
Genres: Chick Lit, Cozy, Fiction, Humor, Mystery, Romance, Women's Fiction
Pages: 305
Format: Hardcover
five-stars

Catch a professional assassin: top priority. Find a failure-to-appear and collect big bucks: top score. How she’ll pull it all off: top secret.
Trenton, New Jersey’s favorite used-car dealer, Jimmy Poletti, was caught selling a lot more than used cars out of his dealerships. Now he’s out on bail and has missed his date in court, and bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is looking to bring him in. Leads are quickly turning into dead ends, and all too frequently into dead bodies. Even Joe Morelli, the city’s hottest cop, is struggling to find a clue to the suspected killer’s whereabouts. These are desperate times, and they call for desperate measures. So Stephanie is going to have to do something she really doesn’t want to do: protect former hospital security guard and general pain in her behind Randy Briggs. Briggs was picking up quick cash as Poletti’s bookkeeper and knows all his boss’s dirty secrets. Now Briggs is next on Poletti’s list of people to put six feet under.
To top things off, Ranger—resident security expert and Stephanie’s greatest temptation—has been the target of an assassination plot. He’s dodged the bullet this time, but if Ranger wants to survive the next attempt on his life, he’ll have to enlist Stephanie’s help and reveal a bit more of his mysterious past.
Death threats, highly trained assassins, highly untrained assassins, and Stark Street being overrun by a pack of feral Chihuahuas are all in a day’s work for Stephanie Plum. The real challenge is dealing with her Grandma Mazur’s wild bucket list. A boob job and getting revenge on Joe Morelli’s Grandma Bella can barely hold a candle to what’s number one on the list—but that’s top secret.

My take on this book: CAUTION! IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THIS BOOK YET. CONTINUE AT YOUR OWN RISK! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!!

I know that this book is the newest Stephanie Plum book and I don’t really want to write a review for all nineteen of the others. I wrote a review for the Takedown Twenty but other than that I haven’t wrote any for the other at all. I love this series as it is a good one and everything about it is pretty good.

This one is even better than nineteen and all other books before. Grated Briggs’s is an annoying little midget that whenever he is in a book I always feel sorry for Stephanie since she always get stuck with him.

I love this one a lot because one of the FTA’s (failed to appear) thinks he is Gru and that all of the Chihuahua’s that he owns are his minions. Everything about this book is excellent including Grandma Mazur and Grandma Bella’s little scrabble’s about who did what. I highly recommend this book for anyone that needs a good laugh. I give it a five star rating.

This Review was previously posted on my blogspot site which I will be closing soon.

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About Janet Evanovich

Janet’s Bio (quoted from her website)

When I was a kid I spent a lot of time in LaLa Land. La la Land is like an out-of-body experience –while your mouth is eating lunch your mind is conversing with Captain Kirk. Sometimes I’d pretend to sing opera. My mother would send me to the grocery store down the street, and off I’d go, caterwauling at the top of my lungs. Before the opera thing I went through a horse stage where I galloped everywhere and made holes in my Aunt Lena’s lawn with my hooves. Aunt Lena was a good egg. She understood that the realities of daily existence were lost in the shadows of my looney imagination.After graduation from South River High School, I spent four years in the Douglass College art department, honing my ability to wear torn Levis, learning to transfer cerebral excitement to primed canvas. Painting beat the heck out of digging holes in lawns, but it never felt exactly right. It was frustrating at best, excruciating at worst. My audience was too small. Communication was too obscure. I developed a rash from pigment.

Somewhere down the line I started writing stories. The first story was about the pornographic adventures of a fairy who lived in a second rate fairy forest in Pennsylvania. The second story was about …well never mind, you get the picture.

I sent my weird stories out to editors and agents and collected rejection letters in a big cardboard box. When the box was full I burned the whole damn thing, crammed myself into pantyhose and went to work for a temp agency.

Four months into my less than stellar secretarial career, I got a call from an editor offering to buy my last mailed (and heretofore forgotten) manuscript. It was a romance written for the now defunct Second Chance at Love line, and I was paid a staggering $2,000.

With my head reeling from all this money, I plunged into writing romance novels full time, saying good-by, good riddance to pantyhose and office politics. I wrote series romance for the next five years, mostly for Bantam Loveswept. It was a rewarding experience, but after twelve romance novels I ran out of sexual positions and decided to move into the mystery genre.

I spent two years retooling –drinking beer with law enforcement types, learning to shoot, practicing cussing. At the end of those years I created Stephanie Plum. I wouldn’t go so far as to say Stephanie is an autobiographical character, but I will admit to knowing where she lives.

It turns out I’m a really boring workaholic with no hobbies or special interests. My favorite exercise is shopping and my drug of choice is Cheeze Doodles.

I read comic books and I only watch happy movies. I motivate myself to write by spending my money before I make it. And when I grow up I want to be just like Grandma Mazur.


Born in Shame by Nora Roberts

Posted June 7, 2015 by karenbaron in Adult Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary Romance, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Paranormal, Review, Romance, Series, Womens Fiction / 0 Comments

Born in Shame by Nora RobertsBorn in Shame by Nora Roberts
Series: Born In Triology #3
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Jove on January 1st 1996
Genres: Chick Lit, Fiction, Romance, Women's Fiction
Pages: 371
Format: Paperback
five-stars

A talented graphic artist, Shannon Bodine's life revolved around her job at a prestigious New York advertising agency. But her world was turned upside down whe she learned the identity of her real father: Thomas Concannon. Respecting her late mother's last wish, Shannon reluctantly traveled to County Clare. There, her loneliness and shame melted away in the embrace of the family she never knew existed. And amid the lush Irish landscape steeped in mysticism and legend, she discovered the possibility of a love that was meant to be...

My take on this book: CAUTION! IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THIS BOOK YET. CONTINUE AT YOUR OWN RISK! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!!

I read this one just as fast as the other Born in Trilogy books. The reason for that is because they are soo good that you don’t ever want to put them down for a second in case you forget with where you were reading at. Trust me that has happened before and I was like -.- NOOOO THIS CAN’T BE HAPPENING!!! Let’s just say that I wasn’t a very happy person at all. So I recommended with this trilogy to only put it down for a couple of seconds before going back to reading it or you won’t be a happy person like I was at certain points.

But other than that this book was such a good read. This time we start out with the youngest Concannon sister who isn’t really a Concannon since she was a child born out of wedlock. Or at least almost born out of wedlock. Anyways this girl is like a mixture of Maggie and of her own self. This one to most seemed like a rush job but I love it nonetheless. Nora was doing a different thing for it.

Shannon, unlike her other sisters, didn’t want to stay in County Clare, Ireland she loved it back home even though while she is in Ireland she has been painting much more than what she did back home in New York. Shannon is such a good mix for the Concannon family and it’s also just a really good book. Much like the other two. I once again give a Nora Roberts book five stars for an excellent writing and character development and just being awesome with this book.

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Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring, Maryland, the youngest of five children. After a school career that included some time in Catholic school and the discipline of nuns, she married young and settled in Keedysville, Maryland.

She worked briefly as a legal secretary. “I could type fast but couldn’t spell, I was the worst legal secretary ever,” she says now. After her sons were born she stayed home and tried every craft that came along. A blizzard in February 1979 forced her hand to try another creative outlet. She was snowed in with a three and six year old with no kindergarten respite in sight and a dwindling supply of chocolate.

Born into a family of readers, Nora had never known a time that she wasn’t reading or making up stories. During the now-famous blizzard, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write down one of those stories. It was there that a career was born. Several manuscripts and rejections later, her first book, Irish Thoroughbred, was published by Silhouette in 1981.

Nora met her second husband, Bruce Wilder, when she hired him to build bookshelves. They were married in July 1985. Since that time, they’ve expanded their home, traveled the world and opened a bookstore together.

Through the years, Nora has always been surrounded by men. Not only was she the youngest in her family, but she was also the only girl. She has raised two sons. Having spent her life surrounded by men, Ms. Roberts has a fairly good view of the workings of the male mind, which is a constant delight to her readers. It was, she’s been quoted as saying, a choice between figuring men out or running away screaming.

Nora is a member of several writers groups and has won countless awards from her colleagues and the publishing industry. Recently The New Yorker called her “America’s favorite novelist.”


Born In Ice by Nora Roberts

Posted June 7, 2015 by karenbaron in Adult Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary Romance, Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Review, Romance, Series, Womens Fiction / 0 Comments

Born In Ice by Nora RobertsBorn In Ice by Nora Roberts
Series: Born In Triology #2
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Jove on November 1, 1996
Genres: Chick Lit, Fiction, Romance, Women's Fiction
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
five-stars

Three modern sisters bound by the timeless beauty of Ireland...
When the harsh storms of winter descended upon western Ireland, the locals stayed indoors - and visitors stayed away. Brianna Concannon's bed-and-breakfast became a cold and empty place. But that was fine with Brianna. She enjoyed the peace and quiet, even when the icy winds howled at her window.
But this year, cool, capable and thoroughly domestic Brianna is expecting an unusual guest - mystery writer Grayson Thane, from America. A restless wanderer with a painful past, he plans to spend the cold winter alone. But sometimes fate has a plan of its own.
Sometimes a fire can be born in ice...

My take on this book: CAUTION! IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THIS BOOK YET. CONTINUE AT YOUR OWN RISK! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!!

I read this one after I was done with reading the first one because why wouldn’t you? This one is all about the middle child of the Concannon girls. The middle one is more likable for the mother but not by much. In this one we find out that Maggie is now pregnant with her and Rogan’s first baby and Brianna is as stubborn as her sister on the whole thing of not being married. See Brianna would rather take care of other people than finding a husband.

Or at least that is what she thought until she started to spend time with Grayson Thane and she started to fall for him for each passing day. Though Grayson is as stubborn as the Concannon ladies and doesn’t really want to settle down since he is always moving from place to place to write his books. But what if he has finally found a place to stay?!

This book is such a good book that it makes me want to keep on reading all the different books from Nora Roberts even more. This of course isn’t my first time reading a book by Nora and it won’t be my last. Her romance books are just so good that I love them very much. I have to give this book five stars once again.

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About Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring, Maryland, the youngest of five children. After a school career that included some time in Catholic school and the discipline of nuns, she married young and settled in Keedysville, Maryland.

She worked briefly as a legal secretary. “I could type fast but couldn’t spell, I was the worst legal secretary ever,” she says now. After her sons were born she stayed home and tried every craft that came along. A blizzard in February 1979 forced her hand to try another creative outlet. She was snowed in with a three and six year old with no kindergarten respite in sight and a dwindling supply of chocolate.

Born into a family of readers, Nora had never known a time that she wasn’t reading or making up stories. During the now-famous blizzard, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write down one of those stories. It was there that a career was born. Several manuscripts and rejections later, her first book, Irish Thoroughbred, was published by Silhouette in 1981.

Nora met her second husband, Bruce Wilder, when she hired him to build bookshelves. They were married in July 1985. Since that time, they’ve expanded their home, traveled the world and opened a bookstore together.

Through the years, Nora has always been surrounded by men. Not only was she the youngest in her family, but she was also the only girl. She has raised two sons. Having spent her life surrounded by men, Ms. Roberts has a fairly good view of the workings of the male mind, which is a constant delight to her readers. It was, she’s been quoted as saying, a choice between figuring men out or running away screaming.

Nora is a member of several writers groups and has won countless awards from her colleagues and the publishing industry. Recently The New Yorker called her “America’s favorite novelist.”