Any Way You Want It By Monique McDonell



An Upper Crust Series Novel (The Upper Crust Series Book 5)

Any Way You Want It by Monique McDonell
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Author Monique McDonell created a sweet heartwarming romance in Any Way You Want It.  It is an entertaining light read which will hold your attention. Grab a comfortable seat because you will read this book straight through. Chloe ran from her former life, a member of a strict religious cult, straight into the arms of an unprincipled man.  Shy, introverted, naïve, and unworldly, Chloe ran when she realized what he was.  Finally finding a home with her Uncle in a small, close-knit town, Chloe runs the local ice cream parlor after his retirement.

Moose, AKA Tom, knew Chloe’s special from their first meeting.  Unsure how to get Chloe’s attention, Moose shows up just as the nightmare from her former life appears.  She has a stalker, who is ugly and vindictive, with plans to make her life miserable. Chloe’s terrified and thinks she’s all alone in her fight; she finds Moose, and the town has her back. Will shy introverted Chloe find happiness with outgoing, extroverted Moose?  Can Chloe overcome her insecurities to grab life with both hands?

Come along with Chloe, Moose, and the community as they fight evil, bring justice to Chloe, as well as, find happiness and love along the way.  My romance book reviews of Any Way You Want It, follows.


Although a well-crafted romance novel, McDonell filled this story with emotion and life lessons.  McDonell enables the


Love’s Prayer By Melissa Storm


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Ben Davis’ life is never the same after his brother killed himself.  He sets all his dreams and ambitions aside to care for his mother.  At twenty-six,  he’s a delivery boy and stocker for the local grocery.  Far from what he had planned for his life, Ben’s depressed and considering suicide.  However, his alcoholic mother depends on him and in a small way so does Maisie, the manager of the grocery.  Sending a prayer to God, he sets in motion events destined by God.  Ben’s not sure he believes in God, however, God believes in him.

Summer Smith, new college graduate, has no idea what she wants to do with her life. When her Aunt offers her a two month job in her floral shop while she’s on a cruise, Summer jumps at the chance.  She has two months of free room and board, as well as, time to decide the course of her life.

God has a plan and sets it in motion for Ben and Summer.  Two people in desperate need, will they find love, hope, and renewal of life.  My romance book reviews of Love’s Prayer follows.


Love’s Prayer by author Melissa Storm‘s an intense story of alcoholism, depression, desperation, indecision, and faith.  It is also a story of God’s guidance and love for us.  Ben Davis is a sad man considering suicide;  filled with feelings of guilt, unworthiness, and depression.  Alone with a depressed alcoholic mother and in a dead-in job, he gave us his dreams to care his mother.   Ben faces many ugly facts as we journey through this book.  His prayer to God will bring a tear to your eye;  unsure how to talk to God, he stumbles through his request.  God hears every prayer, whether the prayer‘s by an articulate person or a novice.

Summer’s a woman filled with indecision;  without direction for her life and afraid any decision she makes will be wrong.  These two are perfect for each other.  Storm filled this book with deep emotion which makes it hard to read at times.  Healing comes with faith and friends who believe in them.  Melissa Storm faced, head-on, subjects which are hard to talk and read about.  She showed how we fall into the trap of depression and indecision, yet, there is always hope with help from friends and God.   Summer’s appearance in Sweet Grove sparked a desire for renewal in Ben.


The House Of The Soul by Annie Dawson


The House Of The Soul by Annie Dawson
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Author Annie Dawson’s novel, The House Of The Soul, an intense thought-provoking novel of discovery and self-validation, will grab the reader in the first paragraphs.  Ella Casey’s life is humdrum and very ordinary.  Raising 2 boys, laundry, cooking, cleaning, and loving; what happened to the up and coming woman working with the Peace Corps?  Once upon a time, Ella had big dreams and ambitions?  Ella will set out on a journey of discovery when she travels to her best friend Teri Flores’ home for a Peace Corps reunion.  Teri is Ella’s opposite; she is rich, famous, and accomplished.  What will Ella find on her journey of discovery?  Will she find answers in the past and will her future become clear?  Can Ella reconcile the life she has with the life she wants?  Grab a seat, my contemporary women’s fiction book reviews of The House Of The Soul by Annie Dawson follows.


First let me say, I found The House of The Soul an enjoyable and entertaining novel.  Filled with discontent and the desire for more, the readers drawn into Ella’s life as Dawson detailed her journey.  Drawing on life experiences, Dawson skillfully wove the many story-lines together to form a cohesive novel.  Also, Dawson gives the reader an in-depth look into the Peace Corps and how it functioned in Africa.


Looking Glass Lies By Varina Denman


Looking Glass Lies by Varina Denman
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“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes.  Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit.  1 Peter 3:3-4



Looking Glass Lies by author Varina Denman will rip out your heart.  An intense look into today’s society filled with warped values, self-destruction, and deception.  I could not put this book down.

Cecily Ross, divorced from her mentally abuse husband, returns home to Canyon, Texas hoping to find peace and a way to fix herself.  Thinking she never met the beauty standards the media sells women, Cecily has a wealth of self-confidence and emotional issues.  Returning homes supposed to help her center and heal emotionally;  things do not always work out as we hope. However, with her father at her back, a support group led by an awesome woman, an old friend at her side, and maybe a little romance, Cecily may just change her life.   Come with Cecily and friends on their journey of revelation and renewal.   My reviews for psychological woman’s romance fiction novel, Looking Glass Lies, follows.


Talk about an emotional roller coaster; Looking Glass Lies has it in spades.  Filled with drama, emotional turmoil, self-destructive behavior, and the jaundice view the media gives women of themselves, Looking Glass Lies grabs the reader immediately and never let’s go.  Every woman who has ever looked in the mirror and seen ugly, imperfection, or compared herself to the latest stick thin model, should read this novel.  Denman faces these issues head-on and takes off running.  She masterfully impresses on the reader to see their true self;  stop listening to the media who’s only interested in


Life On A Tobacco Farm By Vera Morton Mallard

This article is written from my memories as a child and teenager. I wish I could take a trip back to experience it all over again just for a day.  Before too long, no one will remember the way of life I will describe because those of us who lived it will be gone.  Rural farms are disappearing just as King Tobacco has disappeared.  Now, instead of growing tobacco, the land sets forlorn or is growing houses, condos, apartments, or mobile homes.




Life on a tobacco farm was hard back-breaking work.

I grew up in the South during a time when tobacco was King.  Everyone we knew grew, harvested, and cured tobacco in eastern rural North Carolina.

It was our cash crop and the only way of making a living for our families.  This was before we knew how harmful tobacco products were to our health.

We rose early on the farm when tobacco season was in full swing.  My father would rise around 4 in the


Never Too Late by Jo Barney

Never too late

Is It Ever Too Late To Live Life?

This Is A Must Read Book.

All I can say is wow! This was an emotional roller-coaster ride. For me it was a story of guilt, giving up, disillusionment, unhappiness, and settling for second best or maybe even fifth or sixth best.

But the real story beneath all the emotion, is it is never too late to begin again.  The author, Jo Barney, is talented and it shows in this book.

Edith is in her sixties, she was born in the time period that demanded marriage if one committed the unpardonable and became pregnant; their lives became a study of settling, making do, just existing,


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