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Thursday, October 21, 2021

RRR presents... WHEN ONLY PRIDE REMAINS by Natalie Kleinman - REVIEW!

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're on board with Rachel's Random Resources for another blog tour making its way through the blogosphere. This time around, it's a Historical Fiction, one of my favorite genres, and a new to me author that holds a lot of promise! Ladies and gents, grab your cloak and bonnet, as we make way for today's blgo tour guest and ebook of choice...

When Only Pride Remains
Natalie Kleinman

About the book...
A enchanting story of love, loss and healing set in Regency England! For fans of Georgette Heyer, Mary Balogh, Jane Aiken Hodge and Jane Austen.

Can two estranged friends find their way back to each other…?

Regency England
When her father —Major Angus Fairham — returns home from the Napoleonic wars, Prudence is excited to welcome him home to Fairham Manor.

However, tragedy strikes when Angus loses his estate to his close friend and comrade — young Captain Jack Staveley — in a drunken game of cards. Unable to face his loss, Angus takes his own life.

Distraught, Jack tries to restore Fairham Manor to Prudence, but she is too proud to accept his offer.

Overcome with grief and anger, she retreats to her aunt’s house in Bath and distances herself from her once close friendship with Jack.

But as the initial shock of her sorrow begins to dull, Prudence is soon missing the support of her most trusted confidant.

And when they once more find themselves in each other’s orbit, she must decide whether she can put aside her pride and open her heart…

WHEN ONLY PRIDE REMAINS is a historical romantic tale set in Regency England, with a feisty heroine and a moving love story at its heart.


Is there anything better than a tale that promises romance, with a title that begs you to remember a classic, and a story that draws you in with questions, intrigue, and ultimately the potential sacrifice of one person that holds another so very dear? *contented sigh* Okay, so there might be depending on your mood, but my mood today screams NO...THERE IS NOTHING BETTER!

Pru was a gem, and lived with more freedom than most during this time at her age. Her father was a soldier, so his time away from home left her the "mistress of the house", and introduced the idea of independence to her at a formidable age. Was she uncouth in public? Was she unable to stand head held high at presentations? Certainly not...but given a choice between being at attention, or have a gathering at home, she'd welcome the latter with good friends any time. Jack was the friend she knew all her life, and a stalwart shadow by her father's side. Whether in battle or on the home front, he was true to form...and so when circumstances presented themselves that were grave indeed, he sought to do the right thing. Much like the title though, pride often gets in the way, and so we see our first steps taken beyond the boundaries of Fairham Manor by our lady, Pru. She'll have much to go through in order to find her way, but find it she must, and own it she will, until fate sees her full circle once again.

My only quandary, my only hesitation is the way in which the story was catapulted into some form of action. It was a desperate act that appeared so very suddenly and from what I gathered about the individual, much out of character. Then, we have the very convenient appearance of a long lost relative...or two...or three...with a backstory rather shady and one sided thanks to the unfortunate demise of most others you see where I'm going? Yeah, I was waiting for the proverbial shoe to drop the entire novel. Did it damper my enjoyment? Perhaps a shade, but it didn't infringe on it enough to pull me away. I wanted to see how Jack's plan would work out. I wished to see Pru back home where she belonged. I desired to know how everything would be tied up by book's there was no stopping me in my determination to turns pages.

All in all, a story to remember filled with heartbreak, unknowns, and new adventures...but sometimes the best of times happen to come from the worst. Historical Fiction fans, take note!


About the author...

Natalie’s passion for reading became a compulsion to write when she attended a ten-week course in creative writing some sixteen or so years ago. She takes delight in creating short stories of which more than forty have been published, but it was her lifelong love of Regency romance that led her to turn from contemporary romantic fiction to try her hand at her favourite genre. Raised on a diet of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer, she is never happier than when immersed in an age of etiquette and manners, fashion and intrigue, all combined into a romping good tale. She lives on the London/Kent border, close to the capital’s plethora of museums and galleries which she uses for research as well as pleasure. A perfect day though is when she heads out of town to enjoy lunch by a pub on the river, any river, in company with her husband and friends.

Natalie is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association, the Society of Authors and the Society of Women Writers and Journalists.


Special thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for the chance to bring this tour to you as well as the ebook 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! Be sure to check out the rest of the tour for more bookish fun.

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

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Walden Pond Press presents... THE TROUBLED GIRLS OF DRAGOMIR ACADEMY by Anne Ursu - REVIEW!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we've teamed up with Walden Pond Press to bring you the final stop on their current tour featuring the latest release from author Anne Ursu.  Whether you're already a fan of her work, or just now discovering it, you're in for a treat because the title on deck has MAGIC, WONDER, DANGER, and SURPRISES galore!  Combine those fabulous words with characters you'll want to know, and an adventure you'll wish to physically partake in (although reading it IS the next best thing!), and you can't help but see why I'm enthusiastic about it.  So, gather your wits, and remember who you are at heart because today's title is about to take center stage....

Anne Ursu
Walden Pond Press

About the book...
If no one notices Marya Lupu, it is likely because of her brother, Luka. And that’s because of what everyone knows: that Luka is destined to become a sorcerer. The Lupus might be from a small village far from the capital city of Illyria, but that doesn’t matter. Every young boy born in in the kingdom holds the potential for the rare ability to wield magic, to protect the country from the terrifying force known only as the Dread.

For all the hopes the family has for Luka, no one has any for Marya, who can never seem to do anything right. But even so, no one is prepared for the day that the sorcerers finally arrive to test Luka for magical ability, and Marya makes a terrible mistake. Nor the day after, when the Lupus receive a letter from a place called Dragomir Academy—a mysterious school for wayward young girls. Girls like Marya.

Soon she is a hundred miles from home, in a strange and unfamiliar place, surrounded by girls she’s never met. Dragomir Academy promises Marya and her classmates a chance to make something of themselves in service to one of the country’s powerful sorcerers. But as they learn how to fit into a world with no place for them, they begin to discover things about the magic the men of their country wield, as well as the Dread itself—things that threaten the precarious balance upon which Illyria is built.


From the moment I met Marya, I knew she would be a special girl.  Despite all the attention being hefted on her brother, despite all the grief her parents give her, despite all the hard times, heartless moments, and a general lack of love displayed, I just knew that her story wasn't meant to end there.  She was meant for bigger things, and whether or not her own brand of magic was recognized, one day she'd be seen for who she was.

Lucky for her, she has a select group of people that believe in her, and no matter how small, or distant that support may be, it matters.  SHE matters.  In fact, all the girls dumped or rounded up at this girl matter SO MUCH MORE than they can even fathom.  With those tenuous bonds of friendship made frayed to their ends, the quest to uncover the why behind the school, the curriculum (or lack thereof), and just why that terrible Dread is acting more our of sorts than usual seem like a lost cause, but I beg you, put your trust in those that you're told to not trust.  Give a chance to those that have been written off.  Use your noodle and gather your courage for all the times you were second guessed or under minded, and take heart because their world hadn't seen anything yet...and the best kept secret of all is the one hidden in plain sight.

I loved the story, and the characters.  Trying to figure out the angles along the way kept you going, and just when you thought it would go one way, you were back to square one, but if you follow Marya's trail wherever it may lead, you'll be THAT much closer to the answer....and the discovery that she makes that no one saw coming.  I can't wait to see what might be in store for future tales!


About the author...

Anne Ursu is the author of several books for young readers and is the 2013 recipient of the McKnight Fellowship in Children’s Literature. Anne’s latest book, The Real Boy, is an Indie Next pick and on the 2013 longlist for the National Book Award. She is also the author of Breadcrumbs, which was acclaimed as one of the best books of 2011 by the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly,, and the Chicago Public Library. It was also on the IndieBound Next List and was featured on NPR’s Backseat Book Club. Anne is also the author of the three books that comprise The Cronus Chronicles: The Shadow Thieves, The Siren Song, and The Immortal Fire.

Anne teaches at Hamline University’s MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, and lives in Minneapolis with her son and three cats.


Special thanks to Debbie and the Walden Pond Press team for the chance to bring this tour to you as well as the ARC for review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now, so click on over to snag your copy today, and be sure to check out the rest of the tour for more bookish fun!

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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

RRR presents... ANIMALYMPICS by Josie Dom - REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!

HI there! 
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers. 

Today, we’re sharing a stop along the current Rachel’s Random Resources tour starring a Children’s book that’s filled to the brim with animal antics in a way you never imagined. It’s a story that takes the animal out of the habitat and puts them in the spotlight, just were their fellow humans would have been actively pursuing their own sport filled dreams if a certain pandemic hadn’t struck. Yes, my friends, you’ve been invited with front row reading seats to the... 

Josie Dom 

About the book... 
Woodpecker Will presents the Animalympics! Whilst the humans stay indoors, the animal kingdom takes over to hold the sporting event of the century! Join the golfing ostriches, trampolining moles and weight-lifting gorillas (plus many more) in a fun rhyming adventure for all ages. 



That’s right! 

It’s time for the Olympics, only this time the animals take center stage as they show us and each other just what they’ve got! Imagine the cheetahs in the sprint! Take a closer look at a surfing dolphin! Just think what your average house cat could do to a floor routine or on the balance beam! This fascinating and wide array of animals get their chance to shine in events that only humans have least until now...and why shouldn’t they! They’ve got talent, they’ve got skill, and with most of us in quarantine, self-imposed or otherwise, they’ve got free run of the place….and after they have the BLAST that they have this time around, there’s only one thing left for them to do. Plan a WINTER version next! 

All in all, it was a fun look at what could be for our fur, feathered, and otherwise adorned animal friends. It reminds us that animals are so much more than what we at times realize, and teaches great lessons in sportsmanship, team spirit, and friendly competition...all while dazzling the eye with colorful graphics filled to the brim with animalistic personality! 


About the author... 

Josie Dom is a children’s author learning to embrace her individuality. 

Join her in a world of imagination where anything could happen and the most important things are friendship and kindness. 

Josie lives in the small town of Halstead in Essex with her husband Nic Phine (illustrator of the Lum books), their son and daughter, a mixed-up dog (LabLurchTrievOodle) Frank and a big fluffy ginger cat called Mittens. 

Although Josie’s books are too young for her children now, it was their love of stories when they were little which inspired Josie to pick up her pen and create. 

After a lifetime in sensible office jobs, Josie is relishing the opportunity to explore her creative side. 

Josie is passionate about supporting causes close to her heart. Each year, Josie donates 15% of profit on book sales to a children’s charity. 

In 2020, due to Covid-19, Josie penned an Animalympics which she used to raise funds for UK zoos. 


...a signed copy of Animalympics, an Animalympics gold medal plus stickers and bookmarks
 (Open to UK only) 

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Special thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for the chance to bring this tour to you as well as the ebook 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! Be sure to check out the rest of the tour for more bookish fun.

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

Monday, October 18, 2021

BOOK SPOTLIGHT: Cynthia Starts a Band by Olivia Swindler - GUEST POST!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're teaming up with PR by the Book to shine the BOOK SPOTLIGHT on a debut release that speaks to discovering who we really are, what we want out of life, and having the gumption to present that true self to the world.  Along with the spotlight, we've got a special GUEST POST from the author about the authenticity of the story she's sharing, so, if you're ready, let's get this feature started as we present...

Cynthia Starts a Band
Olivia Swindler

About the book....


Eleanor Quinn lives a life most young girls dream of. She’s the lead singer of a wildly successful band, dating the most beautiful man in America, and in love with her life on tour. She pours her heart into every song she writes and genuinely enjoys connecting with fans. So, when she disappears after her fiance’s fairy-tale perfect proposal on stage, the world is shocked. Worse yet, he starts telling interviewers that Eleanor is crazy -- possibly even a danger to herself and those around her. As the weeks go by, the world wants to know: Who is Eleanor Quinn really?

But Eleanor needs to find that out for herself.

Broken and filled with self-doubt after the proposal, Eleanor embarks on a journey to regain agency in her life. She needs to reconnect with the Ellie Quinn underneath pop sensation “Eleanor Quinn.” Determined to find herself again, she moves in with her cousin in Seattle, picks a new name, and enrolls in a local university’s writing class. But she starts to realize that running away and starting over isn’t as easy as it seems in movies. Crushed by self-doubt and subconscious fears, ghosts from her past refuse to leave her alone. She realizes the only way forward is to share her version of the past.

Olivia Swindler’s debut novel embraces the values of family, empowerment, and healing and draws on the #metoo movement. Reminiscent of Evvie Drake Starts Over (Linda Holmes) and Searching for Sylvie Lee (Jean Kwok), Cynthia Starts a Band tells the story of starting over, discovering who you are when the world isn’t looking, and summoning the courage to be honest with yourself and the world.



~~~   GUEST POST with Author Olivia Swindler   ~~~

I have always been a storyteller. From the moment I learned that I could keep my sister's attention if I had a good enough story, I knew this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

When I started writing, it took me years to find my voice. No matter what the plot was, for some reason, the story kept falling flat. The words that I was writing didn't feel like me because they weren't me. The stories I was trying to tell were not mine to carry. I knew it. Those who read my words knew it. It was not authentic.

In my mid-twenties, I had an "oh-my-gosh-the-world-is-ending-and-I-will-never-find-love-again" breakup. (Older and wiser now, I wish I was dramatic when I typed those words, but I know that you can find that phrasing verbatim somewhere in a text to my sister). I really thought that my life was over.

I started to tell a few of my friends about my recently ended relationship. After describing something my ex had said to me while we were dating, one of my dearest friends said the words I had been dreading and denying—that he had been emotionally abusive and manipulative.

With the pieces of my broken heart, I refused to believe her. He HAD loved me. I loved him.

A few months went by, and I did my best to forget her words. I moved on with my life. I figured out who I was again. I felt like myself. And then, one morning, I got on Twitter. The #metoo movement had begun, and I found myself absentmindedly scrolling through the tweets. I could relate to almost every tweet. The things these women were calling abuse were things that I had experienced in this relationship.

I fell to the floor and cried.

From my spot on the floor, I wrote what would become the last song in Cynthia Starts a Band, Wasn't Love. I had spent the better half of a year justifying this bad behavior because I thought that the way I was being treated was the way love was supposed to look like. For years, I held onto that song, keeping it as an anthem to myself. It was a reminder of what I had walked through. A testament to my own strength and courage.

And then, after years of writing stories that were not mine to write, the story of Eleanor Quinn, a woman who is escaping an abusive relationship, came to me. The words ultimately wrote themselves.

  • I wrote Cynthia Starts a Band as a beacon of hope for anyone trying to find their agency again.

  • I wrote Cynthia Starts a Band as a love letter to anyone who has felt alone in their pain.

  • I wrote Cynthia Starts a Band to remind myself of the courage it takes to start over.

I hope that through stories like Cynthia Starts a Band, readers feel empowered and remember that they can do hard things. I hope you feel seen. I hope you feel loved.


About the author...

Olivia Swindler was raised in Spokane, Washington but currently resides in Grenoble, France, as the Communication Coordinator for Young Life in Europe. She spends most of her spare time wandering through the mountains and eating her weight in bread. 

Olivia believes that through fiction we can learn and grow from one another because there is something magical about picking up a book and allowing it to transport you someplace new. Cynthia Starts a Band is her debut novel. She hopes it will create and foster hard, real-life conversations, inspiring readers to have the courage to discover who they are when the world isn't looking



Special thanks to Leslie at PR by the Book for the chance to bring this tour to you. (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!

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours presents... ONCE UPON A SEASIDE MURDER by Maggie Blackburn - SPOTLIGHT + GIVEAWAY!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

A great big THANK YOU for joining us today as we welcome the latest title on tour with Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours!  It's the second release in a Cozy Mystery series, and with our current reading season, WHY NOT indulge in a new who-dun-it?!  Ladies and gents, may I present today's title in the spotlight...

Maggie Blackburn
Cozy Mystery; 2nd in Series
Setting - Brigid's Island, NC
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Crooked Lane Books
(October 12, 2021)
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 336 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1643858327
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1643858326
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08TV4GK2C

About the book... 

 As the holidays approach, bookstore owner Summer Merriwether learns a dark secret in this second volume of Maggie Blackburn's Beach Reads mystery series.

There's no place like home for the holidays, even if home is sleepy, beachside Brigid's Island, NC. During this season for giving, the town wakes up to a welcome throng of shoppers--and Beach Reads is no exception. But bookseller Summer Merriwether's Christmas cheer turns to cringing fear when she uncovers a deadly secret about her late mother--a secret someone will kill to keep.
When the local library hosts a cozy mystery panel discussion, Summer learns that one of the authors on the panel based her book on an actual murder that shook Brigid's Island thirty-five years before. Worse, she soon learns that her dearly missed mother, Hildy, took a disturbingly deep interest in the case, going so far as to collect clippings and keep a journal of the dark doings. This doesn't jibe with Summer's memories of her usually cheery mother at all.
Tidings get worse when Summer learns of her long-lost biological family's involvement in the crime...and still worse when the life of the book's author is threatened. With the help of Hildy's plucky book club, Summer puts her scholarly smarts to work on protecting the cozy author and solving the decades-old murder.
 But this ghost from Christmas past may still be deadly in the present, and if she can't find the killer, Summer's future will be brief.

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About the author...

Maggie Blackburn is the pen name of Mollie Cox Bryan. She writes cozy mysteries with edge. She's the author of several bestselling mystery series. She's recently released a novella mystery series: The Victoria Town Mysteries. Her book, "Goodnight Moo," has been shortlisted for a Fresh Fiction Reader's Choice Award. Her books have been selected as finalists for an Agatha Award and a Daphne du Maurier Award and as a Top 10 Beach Reads by Woman's World. She makes her home at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Shenandoah Valley, Va.





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Saturday, October 16, 2021

What's the BUZZ?: Still Life by Sarah Winman - REVIEW!

Hi guys!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're spreading a little PRE BOOK BIRTHDAY BUZZ about a title COMING SOON via G.P. Putnam’s Sons. It features a story lush in detail, diverse in characters, and moving on all accounts. For those scared of a little length in their reading, it comes in at just over 450 pages, but trust me, it’s well worth every one! Ladies and gents, please direct your attention to today's book of choice...

Sarah Winman
G.P. Putnam’s Sons
RELEASE DATE: November 2nd, 2021

About the book...
Tuscany, 1944: As Allied troops advance and bombs fall around deserted villages, a young English soldier, Ulysses Temper, finds himself in the wine cellar of a deserted villa. There, he has a chance encounter with Evelyn Skinner, a middle-aged art historian who has come to Italy to salvage paintings from the ruins and recall long-forgotten memories of her own youth. In each other, Ulysses and Evelyn find a kindred spirit amidst the rubble of war-torn Italy, and set off on a course of events that will shape Ulysses’s life for the next four decades.

As Ulysses returns home to London, reimmersing himself in his crew at The Stoat and Parot—a motley mix of pub crawlers and eccentrics—he carries his time in Italy with him. And when an unexpected inheritance brings him back to where it all began, Ulysses knows better than to tempt fate, and returns to the Tuscan hills.

With beautiful prose, extraordinary tenderness, and bursts of humor and light, Still Life is a sweeping portrait of unforgettable individuals who come together to make a family, and a deeply drawn celebration of beauty and love in all its forms.


This is a story that takes place over a lifetime, and while the situations and circumstances that transpire are important, memorable, and achingly beautiful even in their tragic moments, it’s truly the lives of the characters themselves that make it so moving.

Ulysses was a soul to remember. He went into the war a boy and came out a changed man, but in all the right ways. He cared deeply, still saw the hope in humanity, reached out a helping hand to those in need with no thought as to how it would be repaid, and just generally had a heart the size of the globes he eventually creates. It was this heart that saw him through the bad times. It was this heart that forged a connection with a passing stranger in the midst of battle that would carry forward with him all his days, and turn into a friendship most cherished. It was this heart that even while breaking, carried on, staying strong for those that needed him. My own heart broke for him when tragedy struck time and time again, but it was his desire to see things through, to move forward from those dark times that made you believe it would all work out in the end.

Alys we get to know and love as small child through tumultuous teen years and into her young adulthood.  She had a rough start in life and was given every reason to feel ultimately rejected, but I truly believed what saved her at every turn...was love.  She had an old soul, and understood so much more than someone her age would normally, but the love that surrounded her, no matter how nontraditionally woven, was her safety net.  It was what she felt deep down and knew even in those questioning days that she could fall back on without glancing back to be sure of its presence.  

Cress was oddly enough, another heart at the center point of this tale.  You don't expect it, in fact, he comes off as rather unusual and eccentric, with no particular background to speak of, but experience in life has a lot to say for itself.  He reminds us that we all have roots, and the world is constantly trying to show us that fact, while telling us in its own subtle ways, which blow of the wind to follow; if only we'd LISTEN.  He listens.  He listens enough for them all at most times, and from the moment he ran after them as they drove out of town, two bags and a smuggled soul in his hands, his impression was made on me.  In Italy, his presence takes time to accept, but once he cracks through the veneer, he's at home.  When time eventually catches up with him, you see it coming, but you FEEL it so much more...and his bow out of this world was marked with another loss that will shake you to the core, but leave you knowing it couldn't have been any other way.

Evelyn we meet once upon a war mission, but she is such a lady of stature, such a woman of heart, such a force for the art world that even though there are bombs flying through the air, she, Ulysses, and the Captain are able to make a moment that will live on in time.  Their story's part ways for many years, and we get to know them apart in their own worlds as time ticks by, but when the moment is finally right, their reunion is that much more precious, that much more appreciated, and cherished.  You can see how the puzzle pieces fit together to make such a masterpiece, something to be gazed upon and contemplated as to how we can achieve those types of relationships in our lives.

Claude was the mouthy parrot that never said die.  He lived quite an adventurous life, and accomplished well more than any parrot I've ever known, including the ability to understand random human conversations, and dole out advice befitting the situation.  Peg was the girl that got away, and yet she and Ulysses had their moment...scattered through time, but there nonetheless.  It was obvious she trusted him with her soul, but her heart was always on the tear for something bigger, better, out there in the great wide world...which makes the lessons she learns inadvertently along the way, that much more heartbreaking.  Col could've just been the local bar owner, but he was such a big presence, along with his gentle souled daughter, Ginny. He was there when they needed him, and despite his easily raised temper, and unusual mode of transportation, he could always be counted on. 

In the end, this is a story very fitting its title...still life as observed in art, but also in the sense of even after everything happens, still life unfolds.  I know I pretty much wrote a detailed "who's who" for the story, but there are still so many people you have to meet, so much more to learn about the ones I've mentioned, I promised I've overshared nothing.  If you're looking for a story that checks all the boxes, makes you think, laugh, love, and cry over a silly old bird that wasn't quite so silly, don't imitate a still life portrait; add this title to your wish list today!


About the author...

Sarah Winman is the author of three previous novels, Tin Man, A Year of Marvelous Ways, and When God Was a Rabbit. She grew up in Essex and now lives in London. She attended the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and went on to act in theatre, film, and television.


Special thanks to Shelf Awareness and G.P. Putnam’s Sons for the ebook for review, snagged via a giveaway in their newsletter so if you don’t subscribe already, you know what to do! For more information on this title list, the author, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is set to celebrate its BOOK BIRTHDAY, November 2nd, 2021 via G.P. Putnam’s Sons, an imprint of Penguin Random House, so mark your calendar or pre order your copy today!

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

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

RRR presents... THE SISTER PACT by Lisa Swift - REVIEW!

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're hosting a stop along the Rachel's Random Resources tour for a Contemporary Romance story you won't want to miss. It features two sisters constantly at odds with each other, and each with their own romantic issues, a mother that's ready to test the waters again, and a developer putting the moves on a business while they are most vulnerable. Sound like your cup of tea? Great...MINE TOO...which makes me ecstatic to introduce today's blog tour guest and ebook of choice....

The Sister Pact
Lisa Swift

About the book...
Thirty-year-old Brooke Padgett is the landlady of The Highwayman’s Drop in the beautiful Yorkshire village of Leyholme. Commitment-averse and obsessed with work, she isn't looking for anything serious – and she certainly isn't interested in the pub's new barman, gorgeous single dad Hayden. Or is she?

Older sister Rhianna Garrett has fled wealthy husband James after discovering his infidelity. As she moves back to the pub with her children in tow, it’s clear that living together will be tricky for these two very different sisters...

Meanwhile, their widowed mum Janey is keen to rejoin the dating scene. But a lot has changed since her youth in the seventies – and she’ll need the help of her girls.

As the sisters join forces to help Janey, as well as fight off the chain circling the pub, their relationship becomes close once again. Until Brooke discovers Rhianna is hiding a secret that could drive a wedge between them all…

Can the two sisters come together to save The Highwayman’s Drop, their mum's love life – and their relationship?


Brooke, Rhianna, and Janey.
Three Padgett's...sister, sister, mother respectively...each at different stages in life AND love, but with heart's that beat true blue when all is said and done.

Brooke was quick to take offense, always feeling on the outs of whatever the situation might be. Two steps behind, and not good enough....despite her ability to talk to anyone, and forge a connection in minutes flat behind the bar, she has confidence issues, but don't tell HER that. Despite her quickness to anger or defense, I really liked her character. She second guessed herself so much, but she was definitely a soul to count on in a pinch. Rhianna never suffered from that deficiet of self worth, at least on the outside, however all her fancy schooling, beauty and brains combination went on the sidelines when she married her dream man...until one day he proved something other than a dream. Still, years of fitting into a mold made for you can prove hard to break through, even when it means discovering your true self once again. I had no doubt she could do it, but at what cost? Things between her and her sister were always on such shakey ground, you were afraid to sneeze at the wrong moment! Then there was Janey...their mother recently out of mourning and looking to find a special someone to spend her golden years with. She'll never replace her first love, but she knows she still has much to give...if only her small town offered more of a selection.

Add to all the family drama, hard times in business, and those potential love affairs, and you've got a story filled to the brim with precocious characters, unexpected turns, and surprises you'll feel with all your heart. Just when you think things are looking up, they go down. Just when you're certain they are turning a corner, a blockade presents itself anew. There are hard times, fun times, and a few moments of steaminess to boot, but it all works itself out for the best in the end...and keeps you guessing as to how along the way!


About the author...

Lisa Swift is a romance author from West Yorkshire in the UK. She is represented by Laura Longrigg at MBA Literary Agents. Her first book is due to be published by Hera Books in August 2019.

As Mary Jayne Baker, Lisa also writes romantic comedies for Aria Fiction.

Lisa is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.


Special thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for the chance to bring this tour to you as well as the ebook 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! Be sure to check out the rest of the tour for more bookish fun.

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

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

RRR presents... THE DANCE OF THE SNOW TRACTORS illustrated by Shannon Wilvers - REVIEW!

Hi there! 
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers. 

Today, we’re joining a Rachel’s Random Resources tour already in progress as we shine some BOOK HEADLIGHTS on a Children’s Picture Book title ready and waiting to reveal the beauty in something many take for granted in the winter months. Curious? Ah, but you should be, because the simplicity of the act, combined with the illustrations will make it a story wee ones will want to pull out every winter season. So, if you’re ready, get in a snowy frame of mind as we explore today’s blog tour guest and ebook of choice... 

The Dance of the Snow Tractors 

Illustrated by 
Shannon Wilvers 

When we hear snowy day we imagine sledding, snow angels, and hot chocolate. Siena, who lives in Ottawa, also thinks of dance! 

Why? Because, when the snow comes down the plows show up and perform what she calls the Dance of the Snow Tractors. 

Join Siena on her porch with a mug of something warm and enjoy the show. You'll never see snow plows quite the same way again. 



Leave it to a child to help us see things in a new way. 

Most adults view winter precipitation as a hazard, something to be avoided at all costs, and a plague to their day. There’s the driving, the delays, the COLD, and everything in between to deal with...unlike when you are a child. As a child, snow held more beauty because it meant snow days, sledding, winter walks, and snowball fights. It held MAGIC that can get lost in a grown-ups daily shuffle. In this story, we are reintroduce to that magic in a unique way. I mean, have you ever really thought about the “dance” that goes on between snowplows and salt trucks in their efforts to get those roads car worthy? Bet you didn’t, but now you will and while at first it may seem strange, by story’s end you’ll see it in a new light because really, there’s talent there where no one thought to look! 


About the illustrator... 

Shannon Wilvers is a Canadian illustrator who loves drawing things on her computer. 

While she mostly draws and colours digitally, she also likes to experiment and play with different mediums such as watercolour. 

In her spare time, she enjoys learning new things and watching cartoons.She is currently based in New Brunswick where she lives with her dog, Lucy. 


Special thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for the chance to bring this tour to you as well as the ebook 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! Be sure to check out the rest of the tour for more bookish fun.

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

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