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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Bridges by Maria Murnane

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're diving into book two from a newish to me author whose previous work I loved (no, really!  Check out my review for WAIT FOR RAIN and you'll see!) and most recent release, aka the title featured today, was a wonderful follow-up.  It's book two in the Daphne White collection and while yes, it would be most wonderful if you read the preceding book first as the relationships are that much brighter, the laughter that much more fulfilling, and the struggles that much more understandable, if you're simply unwilling to budge, it can work as a standalone.  Trust me though, you're not gonna want to leave it at just that.  *wink wink*  Anywho, before I fan girl on, allow me to introduce today's book of choice...

A Daphne White Novel
Maria Murnane

About the book...
It’s a piece of news Daphne never expected to hear: Her globe-trotting friend Skylar, who vowed never to get married, is engaged! Time to celebrate in Manhattan—Skylar’s treat, of course. After years scaling the corporate ladder, she can more than afford it.

Daphne arrives in NYC with news of her own—the novel she’s finally finished appears to be going nowhere but the trash bin of every publishing house around. She’s devastated but plans to keep her disappointment under wraps, something that becomes trickier when she sees Skylar’s spectacular apartment. Could her life have been like this if she’d chosen a different path?

What Daphne doesn’t know is she’s not the only one with a secret. Skylar and their friend KC are also holding something back, but what? As the trip unfolds, the truth about each woman emerges, along with tears.

And laughter. And love.

The fun-loving trio readers fell for in Wait for the Rain is together once more. Here's to the power of friendship!


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Here we are with another adventure for the spunky, fierce, and simply lovable trio we first met in Wait for Rain, only this time, the venue is NEW YORK CITY!  Woo hoo, right?  Well, it is and there is much to celebrate...but there is also much to uncover.  You see, although they are the closest of friends, they're still human so insecurities, fears, and doubts rear their ugly heads from time to time creating tiny rifts that when put under increased pressure tend to explode in spectacular ways.  Let's just say that between Daphne's attempts at being published, and the secrets that both her besties are hiding, we're looking at a relocation for Mount Vesuvius.  Good thing true friendships are built to last...supporting us through our hard times and bringing us together to celebrate the best of them...and these ladies are about as true blue as you can get.

It was a pleasure catching up with the gang again and seeing the sights that the big apple has to offer, even when it's a whirlwind of a short stay.  I won't go into too much detail because the secrets are half the surprise, but I will say that each one harbors it for their own reasons, and, once out, are better for it.  I was surprised by Daphne's intense interest in keeping the results of her publishing quest silent after all the soul searching and revelations in book one, but then again, it went with her nature.  Still, I wanted to give her a big hug and the clich├ęd "it's going to be alright" speech because seriously, she was in pain!  Speaking of pain, our girl K.C....OMG!  What the hey!  I could instantly tell something was up as she just wasn't herself, but goodness!  Trying to keep that in with all the emotional tidal waves she was about strength.  It IS good to be able to lean on other sometimes though, and I'm so glad she has these two.  Last but not least, the girl of the hour...Skylar!  Her news is probably most surprising, given her personality and past, but you can't help but be happy for her.  The growth she shows (and we're not talking monetarily) is heart warming, truly.

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In the end, another checkmark in the WIN column of my book for this author.  It was a short but wonderful read, perfect for a summer vacay pick up or weekend indulgence.  Recommended for Chick Lit, and Women's Fiction fans in the older teen and adult age ranges....not for content, but for the maturity of the story.


About the author...

A former PR executive who abandoned a successful career to pursue a more fulfilling life, Maria Murnane is the best-selling author of the Waverly Bryson series (Perfect on Paper, It’s a Waverly Life, Honey on Your Mind, and Chocolate for Two, which received a starred review in Publishers Weekly), as well as Katwalk, Wait for the Rain, Bridges and International Book Award winner Cassidy Lane. At her speaking engagements Maria shares the “story behind the story,” an entertaining tale of courage, passion and perseverance that has inspired audiences across the country to follow their dreams—no matter what.



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Special thanks to author Maria Murnane for the ebook for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, or her complete body of works, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title celebrated its book birthday just last month, so seek thee out a copy at your favorite online retailer.

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

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