Review: Blaming the Wind

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Blaming the Wind by Alessandra Harris
Published by Red Adept Publishing, LLC on May 2016
Genre(s): Romance, Chick-Lit
Pages: 260 pages
Format: eBook
Source: Author
Sophia Douglas can’t shake the fear that she’s in over her head. A spontaneous elopement and a layoff from her high-paying job are stressful enough, but a plus sign on her pregnancy test sends her into a panic. Fearing her husband, Terrence, might leave like her father did, Sophia confides her insecurities to Tara, her friend and mom of three.

Though Tara Fisher encourages Sophia to trust Terrence, she’s hiding her own secret: a handsome attorney is pursuing her, and she’s questioning her commitment to Josh, her husband of ten years. After a devastating career-ending accident, Josh has changed and so have Tara’s feelings for him.

When a crisis arises that threatens to destroy Sophia and Terrence’s young marriage, Sophia must either overcome her fear of abandonment or lose everything she never knew she wanted. Meanwhile, as Tara is torn between responsibility and passion, her imperfectly put together life starts to unravel, and ghosts from her past resurface to haunt her.

As these two couples grapple with secrets, temptation, and illness, only time will tell if their vows are strong enough to hold them together.
Here's the thing about clichés: I don't mind them that much. There are so many ideas out there yes, but there are also a million ways to present every idea. Each author puts their own twist on popular concepts to make them unique. BUT in this particular novel, I felt like the author had taken the essence of every dramatic soap opera out there, and spun her book around it.

Checked Out (1) - A New Segment

Hello dear readers, I'm starting a new segment on my blog called Checked Out to feature books that I've recently picked up from the library. I think these will be super fun to do, and I hope you will enjoy them. Without further ado, here are the spoils from my latest journey.

Book Tour: To Catch a Fallen Sky by Barbara Devlin (+ Excerpt)

If you are into badass female leads, pirates, and a hint of romance, be sure to check out Barbara Devlin's To Catch a Fallen Sky, released tomorrow June 28th! Until then, keep reading for an excerpt.

Lady Elaine Prescott, the most timid member of the Brethren, has spent much of her time in the shadows, forever blending into the background. From her unconventional perspective, she studies people and their behavior, gleaning information most overlook, and she is content in her quiet little world. When her unusual habit puts her in the right place at the wrong moment, she witnesses a violent crime, and her life is threatened. To her dismay, Elaine finds herself in an unwelcomed spotlight and in need of a knight.

Sir Ross Logan is a master spy and the mysterious head of the covert Counterintelligence Corps. In dark spaces he lurks, scrutinizing those he is charged to defend, and it is an easy and uncomplicated existence for a man of many secrets. In the midst of a murder investigation, he is tasked with guarding a noblewoman, the gentle lady he has furtively admired for years. Young and unspoiled, she is everything he is not, and he vows to protect her. While he doubts not his ability to save her from a lethal villain, can Ross defend Elaine against himself?

Lady Elaine Prescott steps from beyond the shadows to claim her gallant knight, Sir Ross Logan, the mysterious head of the Counterintelligence Corps.

Review: Me Before You (Me Before You 1) by Jojo Moyes

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Format: Paperback, 369 pages
Published: July 30th 2013 by Penguin Books
Rating: ★★★★★

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair-bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

A love story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?
Me Before You is a story about hope, love, and the harsh realities of the world. I only picked up this book after seeing the trailer for the movie on Facebook-- I am so glad I did. This book was a dream to read. The writing is beautiful, the characters are full of life, and the story is tremendously moving. I don't think I can say enough good things about it.