Marie Reviews Pretty Girls Don't Cry by Tony J. Winn

Pretty Girls Don't CryPretty Girls Don't Cry by Tony J. Winn
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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Afternoon radio show host Nora Scott has always considered herself an ugly duckling, and the prosthetic foot she wears on her right leg isn't helping.

When she's on the air, as a faceless voice, she's Eugene, Oregon's favorite personality. Off the air, she's ... not so great, hiding her face and failing to connect with a guy for more than one night.

Now she's being pursued by two men, a work friend who wants to be more than friends, and the guy she loved when she was fourteen, before the accident.

Nora must figure out what she really wants, as well as how much she can forgive.


I had concerns that I wouldn't like this book when I first started reading it. I continued and it came together. I started to get involved in Nora's character. The author did a good job describing her struggles with her appearance because of her disability and deciding if she should have plastic surgery to change the appearance of her nose, and whether or not this would boost her self confidence. I also found her final love interest an interesting twist that tied in with her disability. Good effort on the author's debut.

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Marie Reviews 1225 Christmas Tree Lane By Debbie Macomber

1225 Christmas Tree Lane By Debbie Macomber

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September 27, 2011 Cedar Cove Series (Book 12)
The people of Cedar Cove know how to celebrate Christmas. Like Grace and Olivia and everyone else, Beth Morehouse expects this Christmas to be one of her best. Her small Christmas-tree farm is prospering, her daughters and her dogs are happy and well, and her new relationship with local vet Ted Reynolds is showing plenty of romantic promise. But...someone recently left a basket filled with puppies on her doorstep, puppies she’s determined to place in good homes. That’s complication number one. And number two is that her daughters Bailey and Sophie have invited their dad, Beth’s ex-husband, Kent, to Cedar Cove for Christmas. The girls have visions of a mom-and-dad reunion dancing in their heads. As always in life — and in Cedar Cove — there are surprises, too. More than one family’s going to have a puppy under the tree. More than one scheme will go awry. And more than one romance will have a happy ending! What would the holidays be without a new Christmas story from Debbie Macomber?

A little Christmas in July? Well, I had a hard time finishing this book. I have read many of Debbie Macomber's novels. I read the entire Cedar Cove series in fact. I had read one of the books, and out of order, or on their own, I wouldn't recommend you read them. It wasn't until I read the entire series, in the correct order that I liked this series to book 11. Then this book, I found it slow starting, and most of it was like watching a rerun of a television show. I was skipping through paragraph after paragraph of things I already knew/read in previous books to get to small pieces of a new story added in. In my opinion the series could have ended with book 11. 

Marie Reviews Wild Justice By Liz Fielding

Wild Justice, By Liz Fieding

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March 20, 2011

Betrayed by a lover, her career in ruins, Fizz Beaumont devotes all her energy to restoring Broomhill Bay pier, using the old theatre as the home for the radio station that is her life.

The arrival of tycoon Luke Devlin, who has taken over her major sponsor, threatens not just her radio station but -- as he offers her a lesson in passion which promises to set the skies ablaze -- everything she holds dear.

 I enjoyed this book, and liked the character Fizz. It was a bit slow in places, but the plot was interesting, had some good twists, and the details were wrapped up well. The editing was poorly done. It was a good story for a free read and I plan to read the rest of the books in the series. I am hoping the editing will be better in those.

Review The Summer Hideaway By Susan Wiggs

The Summer Hideaway, By Susan Wiggs

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February 23, 2010 The Lakeshore Chronicles
Never get attached—Private nurse and protected witness Claire Turner lives by this motto. Fleeing a treacherous past, she knows no other way. Never give up—In the twilight of his life, George Bellamy makes it his final wish to reconcile with an estranged brother. He and Claire journey to Willow Lake—where it all went wrong for him fifty years ago.
Never let go—George's grandson Ross is ruled by a fierce devotion to family and a deep mistrust of the mysterious Claire…yet sparks fly whenever she's near. In the face of a wrenching loss, amid the enchantment of Willow Lake, Ross and Claire dare to risk everything for love.

   I enjoyed the book. The Summer Hideaway is a great story about George Bellamy, long, in depth, and very emotional. It had the power to make me tear up more than once, and it held my interest. It was less about the actual romance between Ross and Claire than I would have liked to read. That part of the story was a little flat. Not a lot of the building anticipation and expectations of a budding romance. I don't consider it to be as much of a romance novel as it is a great portrayal of a family's battles and life lessons learned. I borrowed this book from the library. I may recommend someone do the same.