Author: Diane Chamberlain
Published: October 2, 2018
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: January 3-11, 2019
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars
When Caroline Sears receives the news that her unborn baby girl has a heart defect, she is devastated. It is 1970 and there seems to be little that can be done. But her brother-in-law, a physicist, tells her that perhaps there is. Hunter appeared in their lives just a few years before—and his appearance was as mysterious as his past. With no family, no friends, and a background shrouded in secrets, Hunter embraced the Sears family and never looked back.
Now, Hunter is telling her that something can be done about her baby’s heart. Something that will shatter every preconceived notion that Caroline has. Something that will require a kind of strength and courage that Caroline never knew existed. Something that will mean a mind-bending leap of faith on Caroline’s part.
And all for the love of her unborn child.
A rich, genre-spanning, breathtaking novel about one mother’s quest to save her child, unite her family, and believe in the unbelievable. Diane Chamberlain pushes the boundaries of faith and science to deliver a novel that you will never forget.
I can now say this: The Dream Daughter is my favorite book EVER! Whenever I am asked about my favorite book, I can’t give an answer other than mentioning the book that got me reading again so long ago. The Dream Daughter has taken its place and is perfection for me! This was the first book by Chamberlain I have read and it will not be my last.
The advice I can offer up to you is this: Read the book description, but other than that go into this book knowing nothing. After finishing it, even reviews give away the angle this novel goes, which I will NOT do. Due to the angle the novel moves, this one is different from other Diane Chamberlain books. All I will say is that there is a sci-fi angle. I listened to the audiobook version and I was skeptical about the novel when it got to the point where you realize the direction the novel was going, but then you are taken for a roller coaster of a ride! In fact I am still thinking about the novel a few days after finishing it! My mind was truly blown in a very good way!
Though a few parts were predictable for me, I still loved every bit of The Dream Daughter. I did not know how it was ultimately going to end and then we have that last line: SO powerful! I am not a mother, but this is a novel for mothers: it shows the unconditional love that a mother has and that Caroline (Carly) will do whatever it takes to save her child.
The narrator, Susan Bennett, captured Carly’s voice perfectly. She conveyed all the emotions needed.
Again, I can say that this is my favorite book ever, so needless to say it will be my number one read of 2019. Thank you so much to St Martin’s Press and Macmillan Audio for sending me a copy to review.
The Dream Daughter is very highly recommended!
Today I am on the blog tour for I Give You My Heart by SarahJane Ford. I share my 5 star review with this one! This one reached me on a personal level.
A terminal diagnosis. A life-saving sacrifice. A love letter written on the walls of her heart.
Alice Richards looked forward to watching the seeds of love she and her husband planted bloom and grow well into their old age. But her plans for the future shrivel up and die when she learns she has an inoperable brain tumour.
Determined that she won’t die in vain, she decides to become an organ donor. With a few precious months left, Alice begins documenting her fairytale romance—from their first meeting to the children they dreamed of having. She’ll pass on every detail to her heart’s next owner… along with careful instructions to send her husband reminders of her undying love. Before her time runs out, Alice must find the perfect candidate to guide her husband through unimaginable grief and hold the memory of their love in her heart.
I Give You My Heart is an emotional romantic fiction novel with an uplifting message. If you like strong-willed women, undying love stories, and honest portrayals of coping with a terminal illness, then you’ll love SarahJane Ford’s heart-warming epic.
An unmissable love story full of warmth, beauty and with a huge, beating heart. Perfect for fans of Cecilia Ahern’s ‘P.S. I Love You’ and Jojo Moyes’ ‘Me Before You’.
Author: SarahJane Ford
Published: September 1, 2018
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: August 2- August 11, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars
I Give You My Heart is a very touching read. Alice is just 26 years old and she finds out she has an inoperable brain tumor with very little time left. She decides against treatment and wants to be an organ donor. BUT she doesn’t want her heart to go to a random person. She wants the person selected because her heart is precious to her. Her heart belongs to her husband Alex, and she wants her best friend Ryan to find the perfect recipient for her heart. She feels her heart will always love Alex and whoever receives it will be a part of Alex’s life. Given the importance of her heart, Alice writes a manual to the person who will soon receive it.
The chapters alternate between Alice’s life and the manual she is writing to the recipient. In the manual she also shares about her life with Alex and gives directions she hopes the recipient will one day follow.
Do not let the summary keep you from reading this novel. Yes this is a sad subject, but handled in a positive way. I am very emotional and thought I would cry as I read it, but I did not; though I did come close at the end of the novel. It is uplifting as Alice writes her manual and lives with the decisions she has made.
I Give You My Heart will make you think about the end of your life. Do you have plans to be an organ donor? If you have not thought about that, once you read this novel, you will want to become one.
Though this novel could not actually happen (with choosing who your heart goes to) Ford gets her point across in a very positive way. Organ donation is vitally important. I personally know someone who was granted an organ (not the heart) and is still alive today thanks to organ donation. I thought of her as I read this novel! <3
About the Author:
SarahJane is the debut author of ‘I Give You My Heart’ which is due to be published on September 1st 2018.
SarahJane was born in Scotland but grew up in the Cheshire countryside, which is home to her. After a few years living in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, where she went to secondary school, she has now settled back in Cheshire in a quirky flat surrounded by trees, birds and rolling fields.
A marketing professional since finishing her formal education SarahJane is delighted to be following her writing dream. She still works part-time as a Marketing Manager, whilst furiously penning her second novel.
Harbouring an adventurous spirit, SarahJane loves to travel, be surrounded by the wilderness or be riding Cornish waves.
SarahJane loves to read (ideally by the sea!). She was raised on the greatest love stories, which is where her romantic soul comes from. She is in love with love…Mr Darcy’s brooding looks in Pride and Prejudice; Julia Roberts and Richard Gere’s arresting chemistry in Runaway Bride; the intensely emotional Titanic; going weak at the knees for Danny Zuko in Grease; Cecilia Ahern’s heartbreaking P.S. I Love You and Patrick Swayze’s mega moves in Dirty Dancing.
Today I am on the blog tour for Diary of an Adorable Fat Girl by Bernice Bloom. I will be sharing my review. The publication date for Diary was May 16, 2017. This is a novel every woman should read!
Mary Brown is funny, gorgeous and bonkers. She’s also about six stone overweight. When she realises she can’t cross her legs, has trouble bending over to tie her shoelaces without wheezing like an elderly chain-smoker, and discovers that even her hands and feet look fat, it’s time to take action. But what action? She’s tried every diet under the sun.
This is the hysterical story of what happens when Mary joins ‘Fat Club’ where she meets a cast of funny characters and one particular man who catches her eye.
The story is laugh-out-loud funny and will resonate with anyone who has dieted, tried to keep up with any sort of exercise programme or spent 10 minutes in a changing room trying to extricate herself from a way too-small garment that she ambitiously tried on and is now completely stuck in.
Bernice Bloom is the big, new name in comedy writing…this is the first full-length novel after her series of laugh-out-loud mini books.
Diary of an Adorable Fat Girl: The Complete, Full-length Novel: For anyone who’s ever been on a diet (yes – all of us!)
Author: Bernice Bloom
Published: May 16, 2017
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: March 8-11, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars
Diary of an Adorable Fat Girl is for every woman who has ever been on a diet, tried to be on a diet, has thought about I going on a diet…. Yes, this novel is for every woman out there! She is where Bridget Jones missed the mark: At 130-140 pounds Bridget is NOT actually fat! That’s the one thing I did not like about those novels. Mary actually is very obese. She is also ‘every woman’ out there, relatable and realistic with her imperfections and insecurities that we all have. You can’t help but like Mary!
This novel will make you laugh out loud, and then it has its serious moments. It begins with Mary’s journey to ’fat club’ and takes off from there. She meets several people who become friends and of course the possible love interest. There are hilarious events that happen throughout this novel. You wonder what ‘trouble’ Mary will get into next.
Things take a serious tone towards the end as we find out the events that trigger Mary and what her reasons are for overeating. Mary went through something that no woman should go through.
Diary of an Adorable Fat Girl is one I really enjoyed and look forward to more from Bernice Bloom.
Diary of an Adorable Fat Girl is highly recommended.
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About the Author:
Hello, my name is Bernice Bloom and I am a writer (I write light-hearted rom-com style novels and also work as a magazine journalist and advertising copywriter) and jewellery designer. My recent series of novels is called ‘Adorable Fat Girl’ and it features a heavily overweight woman called Mary Brown. She is bright, funny, friendly and bonkers. She’s also fat. The books blend the comedy of her efforts to lose weight with a more serious backstory about what happened to her in the past that had led to the issues that make her prone to over-eating. I’m fascinated that there are so few overweight heroines in literature. Women can be manipulative, evil, even murderers in fiction, but not fat! Certainly not fat and beautiful with loads of friends! Then along came Mary and she’s developed quite a fan base of people who love the fact that the heroine is large. She gets lots of letters and I have ended up taking her on lots of adventures!