At the River’s Edge by Mariah Stewart Review

Sophie Enright is burned out from her law career and her two-timing boyfriend so she has decided to change everything and move to St. Dennis. At River’s Edge by Mariah Stewart, Sophie has decided to stop living the dream other people have for her and sets about trying to open a cafe. As if opening a restaurant wasn’t crazy enough, Sophie is filling in at her brother’s law practice while he is on his honeymoon and then she meets the sexy Jason Bowers.

Jason Bowers has moved to St. Dennis to be closer to his deceased brother’s son, moving his landscaping business with him. Now that Jason has purchased property to run his business from, he is now eyeing the property next door as a place to expand his business but he has discovered that someone else has put in an offer on that property. But can Jason give up his dream for another?

At River’s Edge is a great addition to The Chesapeake Diaries series. Stewart has created a warm, charming small town in St. Dennis where everyone is working hard to revitalize the town (and stay involved in each other’s business). As the seventh book in the series, At River’s Edge is a stand alone novel but I recommend reading the entire series, or at the very least reading Hometown Girl so you get to know Sophie’s brother Jesse and meet their charming grandfather. I really liked both Sophie and Jason, they both moved to St. Dennis to be close to family, recognizing the importance of those relationships. However, the conflict between felt a bit blown out of proportion, not that it wasn’t believable but it felt just a bit blown out of proportion. That being said, I admired Sophie for changing her career path so greatly, especially changing from a career as a lawyer (which is considered a more prestigious job than that as restaurateur). It was great to revisit the characters from the previous novels and I really enjoy the diary entries in At River’s Edge. I have to admit I am really looking forward to reading Ford’s story in On Sunset Beach.

You can read an excerpt here.

The Chesapeake Diaries Reading Order

Coming Home

Home Again

Almost Home

Hometown Girl (you can read my review here)

Home for the Summer (you can read my review here)

The Long Way Home (you can read my review here)

At the River’s Edge

On Sunset Beach (July 2014)

Rating: Star 3copy

Content: favicon5 NB

Title: At River’s Edge

Author: Mariah Stewart

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 434

AISN: B00EBRU012

Publisher: Random House

Release Date: January 2014

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson Review

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson starts out on the first day of Melinda’s freshman year. She is a social outcast, shy, and isn’t very pretty. Because Mel calls the cops while she is at a party before school starts, everyone in the school is way mad including her “best friends”. Mel also has a difficult home life because her parents fight frequently and have stopped talking almost at all. When the new girl, Heather, befriends her, Mel finally thinks she is needed by someone. She kind of starts making friends with her biology lab partner, David Petrakis, and things are looking up until she sees the man that ruined her life is starting to date her ex-bestfriend Rachel.

Speak keeps you interested enough to keep reading, even if you’ve read it before. Melinda is a fascinating character and her internal struggle is very potent for readers. Speak should be required for all teenagers to read because while it deals with a very specific problem, it also doesn’t go into such details so as to make it too graphic. Not only does Melinda have to struggle overcoming this huge event in her life, but she also has to deal with an unhappy family life. She also struggles fitting in at school, which is another problem teenagers face today. Anderson does a fabulous job really getting into the teenage mind and uses it to help other teenagers who read her books. While I did enjoy this book, the characters are a little flat and could have been developed a little more. I also felt like people would have noticed the change in Melinda’s personality (like her parents or classmates). The ending still left some questions unanswered (why didn’t she get him arrested?!) and seemed a little abrupt. Overall it is a good book and I think teenagers (and adults with teenagers) should read this book. It could open the gates to talking about some of the more delicate topics.

Rating: Star 3copy

Content: favicon2 NB

Title: Speak

Author: Laurie Halse Anderson

Format: ebook, hardcover, paperback

Page Nos.: 244

ISBN: 978-0374371524

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Release Date: October 1999

Available for Purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jillian

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Novel Reaction wants to wish all of you a Happy Valentine’s Day! Hopefully your day is filled with beautiful flowers, fabulous chocolates, and amazingly good novels! Mr. Novel Reaction will be traveling so we will be celebrating another night (okay, confession here, we started going out to dinner on another night six years ago because I get irritated having to wait a ridiculously long time for a table and at the time we were living in Utah where apparently they hadn’t heard of the concept of reservations) so I will be spending the evening curling up with a good book with the Olympics playing in the background (I am an Olympic junkie, I don’t watch that much television until the Olympics are on and then I am glued for the full 16 days). So what will you be doing to celebrate the day?

Last Chance Knit & Stitch by Hope Ramsay Review

Molly Canaday has never been the delicate Southern flower that her parents want her to be. In Last Chance Knit & Stitch by Hope Ramsay, Molly loves her job rebuilding the bodies of cars and has big plans for her future, plans that don’t include marriage or a man. But when Molly’s mother leaves town and puts Molly in charge of the Knit & Stitch yarn shop, Molly finds herself re-evaluating her choices but is she willing to risk what she knows for the unknown?!

Simon Wolfe has returned to Last Chance for the first time since he left at 18 for the funeral of his father. Planning on immediately returning to his life in California, Simon is upset when he discovers that he has to stay to deal with his father’s estate, shocked to find his mother in the condition she is. Waiting for time to pass, Simon is surprised when he meets up with Molly again, when he left town she was a child but she has grown into a passionate attractive woman. Will the ghosts of Simon’s past continue to affect his present or will he be able to finally move past them?

I am a big fan of Ramsay’s Last Chance series, the small town is charming and Ramsay’s characters are nosy, quirky and entirely lovable. Last Chance Knit & Stitch is not my favorite of the series (with so many to choose from it is hard to have a favorite) but it is a good addition to the series. Molly is a strong woman who has spent so much time fighting against what her parents think she should and planning for her future dreams that she hasn’t stopped to really think about what her choices mean long-term. Simon is an older brooding hero who is struggling to move past the events of his childhood (which would be difficult, I am not going to say anything because I don’t want to give it away).  Last Chance Knit & Stitch is the ninth book in the Last Chance series and it is a stand alone novel, although I recommend reading the entire series.  I always love the chance to revisit Last Chance (that sounded smoother in my head) and Last Chance Knit & Stitch is a great way to do that.

Last Chance Reading Order

Last Chance Bride

Small Town Christmas

Welcome to Last Chance (you can read my review here)

Home at Last Chance

Last Chance Beauty Queen

Last Chance Christmas (you can read my review here)

Last Chance Book Club

Last Chance Summer

Last Chance Knit & Stitch

A Christmas To Remember (you can read my review here)

Inn at Last Chance (April 2014)

last chance knitRating: Star 4copy

Content: favicon5 NB

Title: Last Chance Knit & Stitch

Author: Hope Ramsay

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 375

AISN: B00BAXFJDO

Publisher: Forever

Release Date: November 2013

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.