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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Happy BOOK BIRTHDAY to... The Art of Inheriting Secrets by Barbara O'Neal!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.
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Today, we're joining TLC Book Tours for a stop along their current promotion featuring the work of author Barbara O'Neal.  It's a title that is celebrating its BOOK BIRTHDAY today via Lake Union Publishing and let me tell you, you're going to want to make room on your summer reading list for this one.  What's that?  Summer days are nearly done?  Well, then welcome in your fall reading with this burst of beauty because no matter WHEN you partake of its pages, what truly matters is that you DO.  Ladies and gents, please join me as we discover the wonderful work that is today's blog tour guest and book of choice...

Barbara O'Neal
Lake Union Publishing

About the book...
When Olivia Shaw’s mother dies, the sophisticated food editor is astonished to learn she’s inherited a centuries-old English estate—and a title to go with it. Raw with grief and reeling from the knowledge that her reserved mother hid something so momentous, Olivia leaves San Francisco and crosses the pond to unravel the mystery of a lifetime.

One glance at the breathtaking Rosemere Priory and Olivia understands why the manor, magnificent even in disrepair, was the subject of her mother’s exquisite paintings. What she doesn’t understand is why her mother never mentioned it to her. As Olivia begins digging into her mother’s past, she discovers that the peeling wallpaper, debris-laden halls, and ceiling-high Elizabethan windows covered in lush green vines hide unimaginable secrets.

Although personal problems and her life back home beckon, Olivia finds herself falling for the charming English village and its residents. But before she can decide what Rosemere’s and her own future hold, Olivia must first untangle the secrets of her past.


This is a story filled with unexpected surprises, angles, and viewpoints.
It's about finding yourself, taking advantage of second chances, grabbing on to all that life has to offer, yet keeping a levelheadedness about yourself for balance.  It's about love...of others, of ourselves, and of places/things.  It's about knowing when to take the risk, as well as when to proceed with caution.  It's about one woman's journey to reveal the mystery behind the family she thought she knew, and the heritage she now uncovered, only to discover that it was only half-truths...but the full picture is SO much more robust.

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This is one of those sweeping novels that carries you away on a journey to lands far away (or not, depending on your geographic location), to a time not so unlike our own, into dusty memories that seem best forgotten, but you'll never truly know until they are brought fully into the light.  I loved getting to know Olivia, as well as Caroline, and further down the family tree, because she was such a beautiful vibrant force, yielding like the willow, but with an inner strength like the oak.  She wasn't afraid of a challenge (such as the hidden animosity of the townspeople at her sudden appearance), whether it be weather (so much rain!), structure (Rosemere Priory has indeed seen better days), or of the heart (decisions need to be made, and pasts dealt with before a future can be decided upon).  Though memories shared at times could be quite overwhelming, she knew how to stay grounded in the here and now, living fully while coming to terms with her hidden history, and while not all things turn out the way initially hoped, Olivia still leaves her mark on the hearts of the villagers as they do on hers.

In the end, it was a magnificent piece that I thoroughly enjoyed from the moment my eyes hit the cover to the final turn of the page.  It was truly a journey to remember, and one I'd highly recommend for Fiction and Women's Fiction fans.


About the author...

Barbara O’Neal is the author of eleven novels of women’s fiction, including How to Bake a Perfect Life and The Lost Recipe for Happiness. Her award-winning books have been published in a dozen countries, including France, England, Poland, Australia, Turkey, Italy, Germany, and Brazil.

Barbara lives in the stunningly beautiful city of Colorado Springs with her beloved, a British endurance athlete who vows he’ll never lose his accent.


Special thanks to Lisa at TLC Book Tours for the chance to bring this tour to you and to the author for the signed copy for review. (THANKS YOU!)  For more information on this title, the author, the publisher, THIS TOUR, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is available now, so click on over to your favorite online retailer to snag your copy today!

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!

Happy BOOK BIRTHDAY to... Dare Me Once by Shelly Alexander!

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Today, I am pleased as punch to bring to you the Release Day Blitz for Dare Me Once by Author Shelly Alexander via Jo&Isalovebooks Promotions!


Who thought one harmless, little dare could cause so much trouble?
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Dare Me Once
Angel Fire Falls, Book 1
Shelly Alexander

Love is a risk worth taking in this sizzling romance about secrets and second chances… Scarlett Devereaux’s life on the Gulf Coast went from riches to rags so scandalously fast that she barely had time to kiss her Jimmy Choos goodbye. Now, with a new alias (Lily Barns), a new budget (tighter than a pair of Spanx), and a new job on the vacation island of Angel Fire Falls, she’s daring to reinvent herself. Single dad Trace Remington is devoted first and foremost to raising his young son, who has Asperger’s. With flying his floatplane and salvaging his family’s island resort too, he has time for little else. His brothers think he needs a break from his all-work-no-play lifestyle, so they goad him into action. In response to their dare, Trace asks a sexy tourist for her number, only to discover afterward that she’s the resort’s brilliant new hospitality manager. The sparks of flirtation soon ignite into a flame too hot to ignore. But Lily and Trace both have pasts that threaten to tear them apart. Now, they’ll need to admit their secrets to each other…or risk ending their relationship before it really begins.

Add (Angel Fire Falls #1) to your Goodreads TBR shelf!


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Seriously, I ADORED this one!
Picture it.  A strong willed woman tricycling (because two wheels just won't do!) like a road demon dragging two suitcases behind her and carrying a collection of quackers in her basket... 😂...sound hilarious?  Well, okay, so it is, but it gets so much better, and so much worse.  From the discovery of who "the Voice" from the airport was (after some WAY descriptive sexting 🔥!) to the realization that our leading lady's attempt at hiding out, I mean starting over, wasn't going to go quite as smoothly as she thought, there are bundles of love, laughs, and sexy times to be had. 

Lily is an absolute gem, feisty, determined, and with such a wonderful heart.  She was dealt the aftermath of a bad hand, but everything she did, every life she touched, she left a mark, and it was for the better.  The way she handled the aging cook, how she turned the tide for the elderly gent, her interactions with Trace's young man (such patience and care!), the temporary home she gave to the ducklings that followed her home (so to speak), and even how she handles things when they turn sour (totally saw the finger painting scene play out from a mile away!), all speak to a woman of substance, a woman rising above the crap-shoot life delivered determination, gumption, and a heck of a sense of humor.  Trace was a total alpha, but in the best ways possible.  He's handsome, hardworking, dedicated to his son, always there for his family, and willing to go the extra mile for those he cares for.  He came back to the family business burnt by love, sealing that part of his heart off evermore, or at least until a particular Cajun-tinged redhead blew into town...or excuse me, biked with all her might into town.  (I'm sorry, but that's a scene I won't be forgetting soon...)  He never saw her coming, and yet his heart was ready for her all the same...even if it took a bit to kickstart it again.

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In the end, did I mention I LOVED IT?  Yeah, because I did, for as much the story as the endearing characters that inhabit the pages.  My only qualm with the whole thing was how quick forgiveness was given after a particular betrayal of sorts...personally, I would have held out, or at least made them work for it, but I suppose love IS blind, and really, they were made for each other.  What's that?  Which two am I talking about?  Oh, you'll see, but you'll have to crack the spine on this dynamite read yourself....I DARE YOU 😉...


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Shelly Alexander’s first published novel was a 2014 Golden Heart® finalist. She is an Amazon #1 bestselling author in numerous categories, including contemporary romance, contemporary women’s fiction, and romantic comedy. Shelly grew up traveling the world, earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing, and worked in business for twenty-five years. With four older brothers and three sons of her own, she decided to escape her male-dominated world by reading romance novels…and has been hooked ever since. Now, Shelly spends her days writing novels that are sometimes sweet, sometimes sizzling, and always sassy. She lives in the beautiful Southwest with her husband and toy poodle named Mozart. Visit her at

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Special thanks to the team at Jo&Isalovebooks Promotions for the chance to bring this tour to you as well as the eARC for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, this tour, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is AVAILABLE NOW, so click on over to your favorite online retailer to snag your copy today!

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!

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