julie barrett

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  • For Nothing on July 29, 2011

    I mostly read romance novels but am trying more suspense and mystery/thriller types and paranormal. Sometimes you just need a break from the typical romance. I assumed this book was something different. I was not wrong there. I thought it would follow a typical Mafia type blueprint-it does not. Things just do not happen how and in the order you suspect them to. This is a good thing-keeps you on your toes and guessing as to what will happen next. Liked reading about the loyalty amongst the Italians as I do have some friends that are Italian and the mark is close to home. Very high detail-this would make a movie very easy to produce as it's all there for them. It was easy to follow the characters as they were introduced even though some have different names, which is thoroughly explained. I love the injections of Italian into this plot. Just the right touch. I liked the background on the players, and the scenery. You can tell the author did a lot of research on the topic. Just when I thought the book was about to end i was wrong. It continued on with more twists and turns. I did not see the ending as occurring as it did, WOW! I rate this book a 5 out of 5 because I could not read fast enough every day to finish it. There is never a dull moment and it's fast paced action and the words the author uses to describe what's happening I can say I was right there watching it all happen live. Exhilarating and I can't wait to read another book by Nicholas. I will make sure all my house chores are done so I can read it within 3 days time. It is one of those types of books you do not even want to go to sleep at night, you’d rather read straight through.
  • This Summer on Aug. 09, 2011

    i really enjoyed this book as i am an ocean lover. the detail is very good as to what happens when you are at the beach. strong characters but wish it had been longer, would've been even awesomer :}
  • In my dream on Aug. 14, 2011

    really good stories, i felt myself compairng what's happened in my life to some of the things here. was good to bring up the memories, thank you so much!
  • Dreams of Love and Loneliness on Aug. 14, 2011

    awesome thoughts on many topics, true feelings come to paper, thanks!
  • 7 reasons to fall in love with Stockholm on Aug. 14, 2011

    really liked this book, has the information i'd want to know about from a personal view. I would travel there for the gardens and castles which are described, thanks for doing this book.
  • In It To Win It on Aug. 31, 2011

    In It To Win It by Morgan Kearns Wow what a great read! I like baseball and teaming that up with a woman sports reporter was a sure thing. But there are so many things that happen to prevent it from just happening naturally. Love the escape to the big house, the farm animal scenes and the ride on the horses. I just fell in love with these scenes as I was fearing the book was more about baseball than anything else. Love things the characters did along the way and the mystery that came to the forefront. And that some of this happened at Christmas made it a treasure in itself. The family things that occurred then reminded me of my own family gatherings and celebrations. How simple a thing, just an unbreakable bulb for the tree turned this story into something to treasure. The Characters really stepped up to the plate. Love how the lives intertwined with just a handful of others. Very easy to keep track of who is who and their traits. I rate this book a 5 and will move the author to my list of those that will not disappoint in telling their tales, and you know , no matter what the picture is on the cover or the name of the book or what it's about, that the book from this author is a must have.
  • Mistletoe Magic, A Christmas Regency Short Story on Dec. 07, 2011

    Mistletoe Magic: A Christmas Regency Short Story by Donna Hatch Love the reference to hand knitted muffler at the beginning of this book. Love very detailed descriptions of the group skating on ice. Brought back memories of the family and relative children skating on the cow ponds in the fields below our house each winter. Race on the ice leads to a tragedy that could've been worse. I am very happy the knitted muffler and others came to the rescue. After Colin saved Evelyn's life he thought about how he would win her over from the one she had set her eyes on:Michael. Artwork on the floor sounds exquisite! Love descriptins of the flowers and mistletoe. I can almost smell them. At the masquerade ball Evelyn thought she knew Micheal was one wearing a half gold mask. There were a lot there with that particular mask on. She danced with many but wanted to find him and get him under the mistltoe. Colin wanted to get Evelyn under the mistletoe. She danced and talked to who she thought was Michael and made plans for the dinner waltz and then they'd site down to dinner together. Dance finally over and they strolled to the dinner, through mistletoe arch where they kissed. upon removing their masks she found out she had been deceived and ran away. Colin reveals something to Evie and she had a confession to make after full realization hit. Very happy ending, that mistletoe was magic. I rate this book a 5, very touching holiday story.
  • Mistletoe Magic, A Christmas Regency Short Story on Dec. 07, 2011

    Mistletoe Magic: A Christmas Regency Short Story by Donna Hatch Love the reference to hand knitted muffler at the beginning of this book. Love very detailed descriptions of the group skating on ice. Brought back memories of the family and relative children skating on the cow ponds in the fields below our house each winter. Race on the ice leads to a tragedy that could've been worse. I am very happy the knitted muffler and others came to the rescue. After Colin saved Evelyn's life he thought about how he would win her over from the one she had set her eyes on:Michael. Artwork on the floor sounds exquisite! Love descriptins of the flowers and mistletoe. I can almost smell them. At the masquerade ball Evelyn thought she knew Micheal was one wearing a half gold mask. There were a lot there with that particular mask on. She danced with many but wanted to find him and get him under the mistltoe. Colin wanted to get Evelyn under the mistletoe. She danced and talked to who she thought was Michael and made plans for the dinner waltz and then they'd site down to dinner together. Dance finally over and they strolled to the dinner, through mistletoe arch where they kissed. upon removing their masks she found out she had been deceived and ran away. Colin reveals something to Evie and she had a confession to make after full realization hit. Very happy ending, that mistletoe was magic. I rate this book a 5, very touching holiday story.
  • The Rebel - A Highlander Short Story on Dec. 16, 2011

    REBEL By Julianne MacLean Prequel to the Highlander Series What got me interested in this was that it's about castles and sword fighting and based in 1700's. Alex is in the middle of a battle when he's approached by a lad and the lad takes a swipe at his thigh. He uses his sword and attacks him only to find out that it's a female. Elizabeth wakes up in pain and knows she must get back to Argyll's camp. She does not like Scotland at all. He comes and gives her whiskey for her pain and finds out it's 10pm, she's slept the day away when he didn't even know if she'd survive at all. He allows her food and finds out that she's there to take revenge for her father and brother dying in the rebellion. Problem is he's looked at her and has fallen in love with her looks and her wit. Others learn she is there and want to return her to her village as a spy. Alex won't allow that to happen, she's under his protection now and he will see her back to the only living relative she has, her uncle. On their journey they talk a lot and find out about each others families and interests. She now sees him as one who loves his family and wishes him no harm. He returns her and leaves til 5 months later he is back and proposes to her because she is all he ever thinks about. Sounds like a good series and the timeframe is ideal.
  • The Jinson Twins, Science Detectives, and The Mystery of Echo Lake on Jan. 15, 2012

    The Jinson Twins, Science Detectives, and The Mystery of Echo Lake by Steven Zeichner. SO Funny, the air quotes and 'resource recovery and recycling center' and "A" and RA. Just like a mystery for pre teens, Nancy Drew type mystery or Hardy Boys. Has all the makings of a mystery: map and treasure and mysterious things. Boys start out trying to find a job for the summer, they are 12 year old twin boys. One looks like a girl his hair is SO long. They do find a job organizing and old woman's basement into different categories. Appears to be things from her dead husbands ship. Some will be kept, some mailed and some sold. There was even a box of things that Mrs. Gray gave to them to bring home. One such thing was a scroll with a map drawn on it and some riddles to figure out. It stated that's where the treasure was. They go to Mr. Benjamin so he can help them with the map and what it could mean. He's the owner of the junkyard. Different kids and a man are after them but they don't know why. Can see how the teaching aids would help kids learn about science: charts, spreadsheets, graphs, etc. They all head back to Mrs. Gray's house and ask if she can maybe help them solve the mystery. She can in a way and that's how they start this book out, on their way to Echo Lake to find the treasure. The yellow jackets almost get them at the lake, and then the other man enters Mrs. Gray house with his gun to get the real treasure. Love the science things at the end.
  • Only the Strongest Survive on March 13, 2012

    Only The Strongest Survive by Ian This book starts out with a kidnapping of the CEO of a huge company that is worth billions in the stock market. Although I don't normally read thriller books this one held my interest because of the many aspects of it. The book concentrates on those who now run the company and the decisions they make with Emeily gone-they are still not sure if it was a kidnapping or she just needed a week away from things. Love the story line and learning about the stock market. Her life is spared, brought back to life and must now live where she has no outside contact with others but has transferred 2 million dollars to John. She had taken over his familys company several years ago and now John wants what the company was really worth-10 million. One brother, Ronald has no idea she is alive again, last he left her was in the ground in a coffin, buried. I am caught up in the moment of reading this and I can't seem to read fast enough to find the answers I want. John leaves many nights and from her basement room she can hear the alarm that sounds when one comes and goes into the complex. The story goes back in time as to how she got the position she held at the company and then to the present: She does get to spend some time with John as she advises him what to buy and sell and they get to talk about the past. She gets to know him. Love the explanations of how to buy and sell and why. Journalism during war or earthquakes was a new one for me. I am totally petrified for her and then he announces he will set her free. There is some sex and at times it appears to be rather brutal and at other times it's just a passion for sex.
  • Blackbeard's Treasure on July 06, 2012

    Blackbeard's Treasure by Lizzy Stevens What first attracted me to want to read this is the word treasure. Love a mystery and knew this would be one. Remember reading some of Lizzy's other books and loved that she got to the point of the matter, weaving a tale that kept you interested throughout the book. This was one of her best romance/mystery ones to date. Starts out with Cassie who is attempting to clean out her grandfather's house in Missouri and has to go through boxes of things he had inherited when he bought the house. Piles of boxes from floor to ceiling. I can just imagine the treats there. She did find a journal and takes it and her helped Levi back to San Diego for a week so she can check on her diving school and her condo on the beach. The journal speaks of Edward Teach and how he had passed away and left her mother a treasure. Cassie didn't know the connection between that name and the pirate Blackbeard til Levi brought it up while helping her sort through boxes. Just when the clues are all adding up and they are about to discover more things a medical emergency happens putting a halt to all those plans. Some unspoken things are finally said between the two so they know where they stand... Love all the instructions and time spent in the water diving. Very detailed descriptions and just the words used make this an excellent read, one that takes you to unexplored places...
  • Out of Left Field (Deadlines & Diamonds, #3) on July 10, 2012

    Out of Left Field by Morgan Kearns Mathias Xavier is a professional baseball player. Frankie Holden is the teams physical therapist doctor. Because he's injured his shoulder, they make a deal he'll get it checked out once the opening day game is over with. He's now had surgery and she's the only one available to take care of him so she moves into his house for possibly 3 weeks time. They are getting on each other nerves as time goes by and he realizes in order to do some things she must help him and he hates that, and cries. He hates to cry in front of her. Her boyfriend, Christian is staying with her sickly mother whiile she's at Xavier's helping him recuperate. It's a long process and she finds herself worrying about his progress. He is having dreams of her, touching her, feeling her hair, etc She's agreed to travel to Boston for his 20th high school class reunion. He's made all the reservations. Every touch of her hands on his body causes him to react and he has no control over those parts of his body. She was going to play the part of his lover for the class reunion. Would it bite them in the end?? Love not only the things she does for him but the way he takes care of her when things go wrong. Love how the different meanings of the title come into play... Lot of sensual romance and sex mixed in with rehab, new places of travel and baseball. Great combination as all of Morgan's books are a treat. This one can be a stand alone book and can be read as the series continues.
  • Out of Left Field (Deadlines & Diamonds, #3) on July 10, 2012

    Out of Left Field by Morgan Kearns Mathias Xavier is a professional baseball player. Frankie Holden is the teams physical therapist doctor. Because he's injured his shoulder, they make a deal he'll get it checked out once the opening day game is over with. He's now had surgery and she's the only one available to take care of him so she moves into his house for possibly 3 weeks time. They are getting on each other nerves as time goes by and he realizes in order to do some things she must help him and he hates that, and cries. He hates to cry in front of her. Her boyfriend, Christian is staying with her sickly mother whiile she's at Xavier's helping him recuperate. It's a long process and she finds herself worrying about his progress. He is having dreams of her, touching her, feeling her hair, etc She's agreed to travel to Boston for his 20th high school class reunion. He's made all the reservations. Every touch of her hands on his body causes him to react and he has no control over those parts of his body. She was going to play the part of his lover for the class reunion. Would it bite them in the end?? Love not only the things she does for him but the way he takes care of her when things go wrong. Love how the different meanings of the title come into play... Lot of sensual romance and sex mixed in with rehab, new places of travel and baseball. Great combination as all of Morgan's books are a treat. This one can be a stand alone book and can be read as the series continues.
  • Devastation: Built on Fear 1 on Dec. 04, 2012

    Devastation by Shandy Kurth The Marquerings: starving and Fallon can't wait for things to get back to normal. His mother and sister live there also. His mother urges him to go with his sister and find the army as they can feed them. The Flories: Emery and her brother lived in the basement-where their mother left them, just about out of food. Desiree Baldi hid in a storm drain pipe in shock remembering the disfigurement of her father. Like how she uses phrases from the Bible to get her through her journey. Guy Gallagher is with the Canadian army and has been told to just find those who can walk on their own. When he finds an injured woman he has to leave her behind... The first two groups of kids do meet and travel together to WVA after the escaping the bombing. Love how the story goes from group to group and what's happening at the same time from their area. Fascinating part to me is that some of them have traveled through Ohio, towns I know because relatives live there. Love where they get their ideas from and put them to good use. Difficult at times to see how they are suffering but it's almost like they were trained to take care of themselves with what they find. Even what we would think is a useless they find a worthwhile use for. Some get captured and are brainwashed and work in the medical tent, some packaging foods from the troops. Tough to see what they go through to survive. Throughout the book some are praying, others have given up on being saved from God but after a time they are all praying in their own way, they believe in God again and he will help see them through this til they reach the safe zone. Glad there is another, if not several others.
  • Slipping on Dec. 04, 2012

    Slipping by Shandy Kurth Miles had lost his mother and sister in a car crash. He had just got dumped from Jordan his girlfriend. He couldn't wait to graduate and leave this town for good. He lived with his father and had some friends but he had a recurring dream. His sister was almost real, led him to a place behind town and told him to remember one time there. She mentioned a murder and he was trying hard to piece it all together. Rayla keeps appearing during the time he's awake and while he's trying to figure it all out she's asking him to find Liam. He has no clue why though. Things just don't add up and he's got an essay to pass in that he's not completed. Interesting thing about this book is the main character is a guy, not a typical teen female so hearing from that point of view is interesting, as to what happens during events that set him off, etc. Never suspected what really happened but like the way Miles handled it. Really like where this book takes you and how the title comes about.
  • Holding Hands on March 28, 2013

    Holding Hands by Judith Arnold Love this short story about Meredith who over the years and pregnancies is happy now that she's lost all the weight she had put on and all the kids are in college now. Her husband Scott is a professor surrounded by young sexy females all day. He also is publishing his own book and has many other college jobs. She feels left out when her 70 year old mother tells her she's been out with a man to the movies-at the retirement center but he's still married and that they hold hands. When she complains to her friend, she comes to the rescue. She now has paid for a cabin on the Cape for next Friday, she's bought a new lacy teddy and she wants to get back what they once had. After a long rain soaked drive that takes forever to get there, no electricity and to top that off an injured dog on the doorstep. Love the beach scene and how it's described and more importantly what they talk about.
  • On the Right Side of a Line on Nov. 19, 2013

    On the Right Side of a Line by Shandy Kurth This book is about Valen and how he has had to join the group to get protection for his family and make money. It's a hard life on the streets and he has many interruptions from others that he once sees as distractions and then something else. Love the beach scene and how it's described-felt as if I was there.. Love how we hear what he's thinking when he learns that his brother wants him and the family to leave... Liked how the book is from a gang member and his point of view-I mostly read romance novels so this is a refreshing change once in a while as you can picture the scenes taking place in front of you as the descriptions are so detailed and true to life. I felt like I was on the edge of my seat and couldn't read it fast enough as the action is fast paced.
  • Behind The Fire on Nov. 25, 2013

    Behind the Fire by Susan May This book starts out with the trial of Bobbie and Emily Jessup. It alternates back in time to when the black things were discovered by Em. I wanted to read this book because of the talk of coal mines. I love hearing how the brave men work down below the surface and the new technology that some have in place to aid the miners and keep them safe. The book goes back to when Bobbie first discovered the paper by a man who had rented a truck and he started putting things together and found himself at many of the sites. Em is stricken when her brother Jimmy is in the mine when the accident happens and only one man makes it out alive. He tells of the black form thinking it's poisonous gas that is forming the shape. Nobody can understand what he's talking about. At the court trial again Bobbie testifies and then it's Em's turn and her testimony isn't what they had planned for her to say... Love the mystery and the unknown and allowing the reader to form their own opinions. I received this book from Library Thing via the author in exchange for my honest review.
  • The Holiday Brides Collection (Books 1-4) (Holiday Brides Series) on Dec. 19, 2013

    The Holiday Brides Collection (Books 1-4) by Ginny Baird This book is a collection of 4 Christmas holiday novels by the same author. The stories in this book are about Christmas and snow and traditions and finding true love. . The Christmas Catch John Steadman is a college professor in a little town near Burlington, VT. He had helped tow Christine and her son Tyler out of the snowdrift along with his dog Mason. They lived in Chicago but were house sitting for Helen, her boss and best friend. Christine White had lost her husband Dan in the war. She's an artist, graphic doing designs for a card company. They do meet up again in town, shopping for groceries. John talks to his dog Mason and assures him he will ask her out. They went to the same college in NC. Helen told Christine to check him out online and ask him out... Love the part where there is no TV and they have to play the old fashioned way, with puzzles, Lincoln logs, and books. Over cocoa in town at the children's center she tells John of her dreams about work and they also have agreed to go sledding... The story also follows Helen and her love interests. . The Holiday Bride Lucy works in a diner and it's Christmas eve, very busy day. Mitch and her are to be married the 31st but when she stops to see him she tells him she'll deliver the gifts for clients so he can finish his other work. William Kinkaid and his 5 year old daughter Carmella and twelve year old son Justin all live together since his wife Karen had died. Problem is Lucy falls and hits her head, unconscious she wakes up on Williams' couch and has no memory of why she is there... Christmas day and his parents show up and with all the excitement some think Eddie planned all this as a joke, that she's a stripper. She can't even recall her name or anything of her past just that she loves chocolate. They will take her to the doctor the next day. Justin makes a web page and with the sexy elf costume they get a lot of calls and visits about Lucy. Rather funny in a way that Roger doesn't even realize his to be wife is not even home and finds out from the real Bridget that she's not gotten her Christmas gifts... . Mistletoe in Maine by Ginny Baird Carol Baker, divorced lives with her 2 teen kids: Ashley and Will and the kids had wanted to go to Maine for the holidays as their mother is a teacher and had the time off. Their dad stopped by with her his girl on their way to the islands and gave them gifts and Carol decided then and there that yes they would go to Maine. Paul Love and his teen son, Daniel who'll be heading to college soon is at his father's inn in Maine when they get company. Family company -Paul's mother and father and a guest they picked up at the airport. He wants to sell the Inn and move on with his life... Each one has a special someone they want to spend time with. Ashley is looking out for the Christmas moose and has seen it a few times but can't get anybody to believe her. Love hearing of the snow skiing lessons...What I really liked was all the romance and friendliest feelings for one another. Easy to keep track of the characters. So much fun on this journey to Maine, the atmosphere, the snow, the activities, the holiday surprises, the food and the artist. . Beach Blanket Santa Matt Salvatore and his brother, Robert, both lawyers agree that Matt needs some time away and he can have the beach house in NC, outer banks to help get over Katya. Sarah Anderson is friends with Elaine who also owns the beach house and after she gets married again Sarah can use the beach house while Elaine is honeymooning with her new husband. They both knew one another-having attended Robert and Elaine's wedding 3 years earlier... The storm leaves them stranded and Matt teaches her how to make from scratch Christmas sugar cookies. Between all the kissing and touching they each find themselves cooling off from all the heat they generated... Love all the things they find to do with themselves to keep busy, too funny! Love how resourceful he is and how she must tell him her secrets. I received this book from the author as a gift in exchange for my honest review.
  • Mistletoe in Maine (Holiday Brides Series) on Dec. 19, 2013

    Mistletoe in Maine by Ginny Baird Carol Baker, divorced lives with her 2 teen kids: Ashley and Will and the kids had wanted to go to Maine for the holidays as their mother is a teacher and had the time off. Their dad stopped by with her his girl on their way to the islands and gave them gifts and Carol decided then and there that yes they would go to Maine. Paul Love and his teen son, Daniel who'll be heading to college soon is at his father's inn in Maine when they get company. Family company -Paul's mother and father and a guest they picked up at the airport. He wants to sell the Inn and move on with his life... Each one has a special someone they want to spend time with. Ashley is looking out for the Christmas moose and has seen it a few times but can't get anybody to believe her. Love hearing of the snow skiing lessons...What I really liked was all the romance and friendliest feelings for one another. Easy to keep track of the characters. So much fun on this journey to Maine, the atmosphere, the snow, the activities, the holiday surprises, the food and the artist. I received this book from the author as a gift in exchange for my honest review.
  • Special Delivery (A Valentine's Short Story) on Dec. 31, 2013

    Special Delivery by Ginny Baird Amanda is due any day now. She teaches at the preschool because she just loves kids so much. She's near a military base as her husband is off flying on a mission-Luke. She has a birthing coach and fears she will deliver very soon. It's just about Valentine's day and they each write a note to put in the holiday section of the new baby book they have. She remembers when they first met. The book also follows Luke's story while he's thinking of the birth and he's so far from home. His boss wants a word with him and before he knows it he's in a neighbor's van on his way home earlier than expected but with the snow and ice they find themselves facing traffic on the wrong side of the road. ...Amanda is now having pains and there is a problem of heavy snow and ice which she hadn't expected and she' can't reach her coach. Cute story and short but with all the aspects of a larger size book - the author can express herself in fewer words than others where it takes 3x the words. I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
  • Ride to Restoration on July 17, 2014

    Ride to Restoration This book picks up where Ride to Redemption left off but if you've not read that one this story can give you glimpses of what happened prior. Reading the first book will tell the whole story. After reading the first book I became mesmerized. I finally figured out why. Just the way the story is told, some narrative, some subconscious thoughts really give you a feel for the characters. This author reminds me SO much of Nelson DeMille and how his stories are told and evolve. Love the little remarks about 'points' just as DeMille in his books. This book starts out in Canada and Vic and D are regroupoing after Candi has left. Alternating chapters where Candi is in FL with her family and what's going on in her life while we are along for another ride with Vic and D. Love all the nature, travel, romance, scenery as it's displayed in front of us, as if we can see it for ourselves. Love scenes and fun bantering throughout. All the new things on this extension of the journey, some new words for me to look up-love learning new words. All the instances of paying it forward continue in this book. I like series books but I need to read new things and this one delivers that and more. A different side to the main characters and you learn new things about them, their past, and their future. Some series books I've read try to play catch up with the first book but they repeat enough of the backstory so that it takes up 3/4 of the new book. This book is not like that. it's all new material with just glimpses of the past so you are not left out in the dark. Can't wait for the next one in this series. I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. B00LW5ROII
  • Ride to Redemption on July 24, 2014

    Ride to Redemption by DJ Wilson I first learned of this book by attending a Writerspace chat where the author was discussing it. The storyline sounded interesting for me, travel, action and adventure, maybe a bit of romance... Candice Parker meets D at the coffee shop when she almost runs him and his latte over. They become better acquainted over coffee and it's her birthday. Love hearing of the nature explorations on their journeys. Loved learning all about the techniques used in designing and redesigning houses ... Many times while reading I'd burst out in loud laughter and others would glance over at me as it's NOT something I do often. Bit erotic at times but it's needed for the story line. As they leave TN and head to the western states we learn more about the mysteries and more mysteries arise. It all comes to a head while they are on the road, I didn't see it coming myself but was fun learning how it all came about.. how everything is connected. So much more happens that alter the outcome as you could foresee it happening. Glad there will be more of this to read in the next book... Can't wait for more of a ride where it ended off. With the detailed descriptions I feel as if we are riding along with D. Very well rounded book, it has it all and then some for me. I love a book that will teach me new things and take me to places we've yet to explore and I like action, nature, walking and mystery and adventure. Even the food described is part of the whole picture. Easy to keep track of the colorful characters along the way. This book has that and so much more-especially as there is another book coming along. Love what the book stands for, redemption and paying it forward-something I do every time I pick up my needles to knit for a charity daily. I received this book via the author in exchange for an honest review
  • Nothing More Beautiful on Aug. 07, 2014

    Nothing More Beautiful by Lorelai LaBelle Sounded like an interesting book and glad I won a reviewer copy. Love that it's based in Portland, OR as I like the area. Excited to hear about the Hood to Coast event. My review copy was only 6 chapters long but what I read was good. Love that the girls help one another out with dates, clothing and just talking to one another-encouragement to continue on when things are bad. Loved hearing of the baker's industry. Easy to keep track of the characters and those coming and going. Would read more from this author in the future. Very detailed descriptions made me feel like I was there. Just one major sex scene and it wans't over the top to consider it to be erotic. I received this book from Library Thing via the author in exchange for my honest review.