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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Perils of Pauline by Collette Yvonne

Hi guys and gals!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're jumping into the land of Romantic Comedies with a Fiction selection via the folks over at Astor + Blue Editions.  The star is the sophomore release of an author that is new to me but not new to the writing scene.  The work is filled with curious characters, a love triangle/square, and many life lessons to learn.  Ready to delve between the pages and see what's to discover?  Let's!  Today's book of choice is....

Colette Yvonne

About the book...
Life seems "picture perfect" for Army veteran Pauline Parril--a solid career, a loving (though slightly absent) husband, two adorable young children.  Perfect that is, until the usual Friday meeting at the office ends with a termination letter.

As Pauline navigates the difficulties of unemployment, she finds the handles of her world turning upside down. Her estranged daughter, Serenity, returns home with shocking secrets.  Her husband, Donald, is not at all who she knows him to be, and a handsome stranger opens her eyes to the complex worlds of poetry and temptation.

In this uproarious female comedy of just how one event can change the course of...well everything.  The Perils of Pauline follows an intrepid every-woman as she marches through the pressures of building the "perfect life," finding there's actually more to discover about yourself than you dreamed, and constantly answering the scariest question of adulthood: "What now?"


The title is very appropriate as the perils that Pauline faces versus those we, the readers, face flip back and forth throughout the story.  Allow me to illuminate....

Pauline's actual perils...
...DID the husband actually cheat?
...should SHE in fact cheat?
...what direction is her life headed in thanks to the rundant status her career was put in? to keep the household running as a party of one...willingly? to center herself when all the crazy begins to simply get to be too much?
All valid situations simply multiplied when we factor in two pregnancy scares (one with BUMP results), a teenage daughter plus two little ones, a job hunt, a degree quest, and a whole lot of temptation.  She's got great friends to help ground her, but sometimes making lemonade out of life's lemons...just doesn't cut it.

This reader's peril...
...a lack of intimacy with the story when it comes to her and the hubs.
I get it, marriages sometimes fall apart for seemingly no reason, but the complete shut down of communication, the lack of even drawn out arguments or lengthy discussions seemed to harbor the story's true development.  We get it; Mr. Poetry is dashing and romantic and not-really-any-of-those-things-once-the-silent-retreat-is-introduced (can you imagine a weekend -- or longer -- with NO speaking, texting, emailing, ANYTHING? *faints*).  He's an ace in the personal attention department and a breath of fresh air compared to stuffy old Donald...but, I just couldn't accept how shut down that existing relationship was.  If it was me, I'd be having an all out blowout just to get SOME conversation going.  Better to know what you're dealing with than agonize or the what ifs, right?  For as strong a character as Pauline is, she doesn't...and it just felt wrong.

In the end, I didn't feel cheated by the book as a whole, just by the bits.  Pauline was a smash as the leading lady and I loved the combination of rough-and-tumble her with the girly her that made her...well, HER.  I just wish that there had been more communication between her and her significant other.  Such as it was, we were left guessing as to the circumstantial evidence found just as much as Pauline with no real clearing up in sight until book's end. The romantic tryst serves its purpose (to liven things up) but the real nitty gritty, the soul of the story in the end can be summed up by saying it's a woman's journey to finding herself.  No more, no less.  Recommended read for Fiction, Women's Fiction, and Contemporary Romance fans that like a bit of comedy in their read.  


About the author...

Collette Yvonne has written more than 150 articles published in Ontario's Dailies.  Her short story, Snapshots for Henry, was made into a short film directed by Teresa Hannigan and received a 2007 Genie nomination for Best Live Action Short Drama.  More of Yvonne's short stories, including From the Cottage Porch and Wild Words 2010 appear in published anthologies.

She graduated from Toronto's York University, and lives in Ontario.



Review copy received courtesy of Shelby at Astor + Blue Editions.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the publisher, or the author, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title reached its book birthday January of this year, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing. Oh and as of the time of this post, there was a SPECIAL DEAL going on at the publisher's site for a FREE ebook with paperback purchase!  You're welcome!  ^_^

Until next time...happy reading!

Monday, March 30, 2015

BOOK SPOTLIGHT: Looking for Jane by Judith Redline Coopey

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

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Today, we're playing host to a stop along the Historical Fiction Virtual Blog Tour starring the works of author Judith Redline Coopey.  Have I sampled her writing before?  No, but when reading about the titles in the spotlight, I knew I had to feature this particular one.  Ready to get your read on?  Here we go!  Today's blog tour guest and book of choice....

02_Looking for Jane

Looking for Jane

Publication Date: December 21, 2012
Fox Hollow Press
Formats: ebook & Paperback
Pages: 238

Genre: Historical Fiction

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“The nuns use this as their measuring stick: who your people are. Well, what if you don’t have no people? Or any you know of? What then? Are you doomed?” This is the nagging question of fifteen-year-old Nell’s life. Born with a cleft palate and left a foundling on the doorstep of a convent, she yearns to know her mother, whose name, she knows, was Jane.

When the Mother Superior tries to pawn her off to a mean looking farmer and his beaten down wife, Nell opts for the only alternative she can see: she runs away. A chance encounter with a dime novel exhorting the exploits of Calamity Jane, heroine of the west, gives Nell the purpose of her life: to find Calamity Jane, who Nell is convinced is her mother.

Her quest takes her down rivers, up rivers and across the Badlands to Deadwood, South Dakota and introduces her to Soot, a big, lovable black dog, and Jeremy Chatterfield, a handsome young Englishman who isn’t particular about how he makes his way, as long as he doesn't have to work for it. Together they trek across the country meeting characters as wonderful and bizarre as the adventure they seek, learning about themselves and the world along the way.

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It's a simple question really, but when not all the players are known, it makes the journey to the answers THAT much more curious.  Such is the case here for little Nell and from the sound of things, it's gonna get a lot harder before any of the easy arrives.  Very interested to see if what she uncovers shapes her more than the self imposed quest itself.

What say YOU readers?


About the Author

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Judith Redline Coopey, born in Altoona, PA holds degrees from the Pennsylvania State University and Arizona State University. A passion for history inherited from her father drives her writing and a love for Pennsylvania sustains it. Her first book, Redfield Farm was the story of the Underground Railroad in Bedford County, Pennsylvania. The second, Waterproof, tells how the 1889 Johnstown Flood nearly destroyed a whole city and one young woman’s life. Looking For Jane is a quest for love and family in the 1890s brought to life through the eyes of Nell, a young girl convinced that Calamity Jane is her mother. Her most recent work, The Furnace: Volume One of the Juniata Iron Trilogy, is set on an iron plantation near where she grew up and tells the story of an ill conceived marriage of convenience as it plays out over a lifetime. As a teacher, writer and student of history, Ms Coopey finds her inspiration in the rich history of her native state and in stories of the lives of those who have gone before.

For more information please visit Judith Redline Coopey's website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.


Judith Redline Coopey Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, March 16
Spotlight at Literary Chanteuse

Tuesday, March 17
Review, Interview, & Giveaway at A Virtual Hobby Store and Coffee Haus (The Furnace)

Wednesday, March 18

Thursday, March 19
Review at 100 Pages a Day (Looking for Jane)

Friday, March 20
Review at Rainy Day Reviews (Waterproof)

Monday, March 23
Review, Interview, & Giveaway at A Virtual Hobby Store and Coffee Haus (Looking for Jane)

Wednesday, March 25
Interview at Layered Pages

Friday, March 27
Spotlight & Giveaway at Susan Heim on Writing

Saturday, March 28
Spotlight at Mythical Books

Monday, March 30

Tuesday, March 31
Review at Beth's Book Nook (Looking for Jane)
Review, Interview, & Giveaway at A Virtual Hobby Store and Coffee Haus (Waterproof)

Wednesday, April 1
Review & Interview at Jorie Loves a Story (Redfield Farm)
Guest Post at A Literary Vacation

Friday, April 3
Review at Book Babe

Saturday, April 4
Review at Book Nerd (The Furnace)

Monday, April 6
Review, Interview, & Giveaway at A Virtual Hobby Store and Coffee Haus (Redfield Farm)


Special thanks to Amy at HFVBT for the chance to bring this book to the forefront for you.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, or the other works by this author, please be certain to stop by the other amazing sites along the tour.  

Until next time...happy reading!

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