"Once Upon Another Time" by Rosary McQuestion



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Six years ago, when Aubrey McCory was twenty-eight years old, her fairytale dream of living happily-ever-after ended the day her husband died. Emotionally damaged with an unhealed heart, she sometimes fantasizes about what it would be like to see her husband one last time, like in her favorite movie “Ghost” when Sam said his final goodbye to Molly. Then five days before the seventh anniversary of his death, a glitch in the universe gives Aubrey the psychic ability to hear what people are thinking. And by all accounts, she seems to also have made a psychic connection with the dearly departed – namely her deceased husband.

As fate would have it, she also meets hunky Gavin Donnelly – whom she feels might be the next Mr. Right – and her life becomes topsy-turvy.

Her hippy parents, the Abbie and Anita Hoffman of suburbia, have Aubrey questioning her sanity after they leak a secret that Aunt Millie threw herself off the Brooklyn Bridge after hearing voices. Then there’s the fiasco of Aubrey trying to hold a connection with the dead when her new psychic ability doesn’t come with an instruction manual or tech support. And she can’t lean on her best friend, former debutante Laura Wentworth, who inhabits the heady spheres of society, without looking like a kook.

Aubrey's life was complicated enough before photos rattled off bookshelves and the sound of wind chimes played in her head. Soon she’s juggling a demanding career, a six-year-old son, a freaky spiritualist, and the belief that her husband’s spirit is trying to tell her something of great importance. All while she tries to reclaim her heart and not lose the next love of her life.





Rosary McQuestion delivered in this haunting romance. Aubrey grieves over her lost husband so intensely, she evokes his image, or is he there in ghost form to lead her down a path to happiness. This book contains so many questions about life and death, and what happens to a person when they die, it's compelling. Add that to the quirky characters, addicting plot, and budding new romance, and you have a winner. Aubrey has to decide between past and future or figure out how they mesh and make sense. She's given another shot at monumental romance, and I walked away from the book feeling good about the possibility of a second chance when your happily ever is cut short. I teared up. I laughed out loud at a couple of scenes with her son, and the 'sissified dog.' I strongly recommend this book.

"Marketing Exec's Widow" by Tina Gayle

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Four women came together to share their burden of grief. Their husbands, all executives of the same company, died in a tragic accident. They formed the Executive Wives Club and met once a week. I got to know a little bit about all of them, but this story focuses on Jen, who is ready to move on with her life and stop mourning. She has secrets about her marriage to Craig. Sometimes, what goes on behind closed doors is shockingly different than what the world sees. She meets Hagan through her real estate job and is so attracted to him she could melt on the spot. She has a dysfunctional family of in-laws and an adorably loveable dog. The story is so engaging and leads right into the next book. I immediately downloaded the following book in the series because I liked it so much!

'Yours Completely' by Krista Lakes




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Maids don't ever get to go to the ball... do they?

Jace Connors:
Stretched thin from running a business and organizing a wedding, the last thing Jace needs is the world's most eligible bachelorettes trying to sneak their way into his bed. When he meets Ella grooming the inn's horses, though, she leaves him breathless. Jace knows that he can't let her get away...

Ella McDaniels:
What starts as an almost-kiss in the barn ends up captivating Ella, even though she knows that the richly dressed Jace is out of her league. However, when he keeps showing up wherever she is, her attraction to him grows. And if she can outwit her wicked stepmother, she just might be able to dance with him at the wedding reception ball. There's only one problem...

What if Jace is actually the groom?




It's okay



A cute twist on the Cinderella story. Wicked stepmother, check. A sympathetic and still annoying stepsister, okay. Poor Ella worked herself to the bone and tolerated being a virtual slave to hold on to her father's legacy. She met the handsome billionaire, snag #1: he may or may not have been the groom. Ah, I need to see what happens... or maybe not. It took forever to straighten out that little glitch. As much as I liked the idea, the book was stretched to the limit. Superfluous description of thoughts and telling of feelings had me skipping to the next verbal statement or scene of action. I prefer to make up my mind about how a character thinks and feels based on what they do and how they react to what others do, not by what the author tells me they feel. Distracting typos and mistakes grew in number as the book progressed. It wasn't a "bad" story, but in my humble opinion, improvements would develop if shortened and tightened it up.


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