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Review: Mocha, Moonlight and Murder by MaryAnn Kempher

Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder by MaryAnn KempherSometimes, as I have pointed out possibly too many times, one simply needs a simple read. Cozy romantic mystery can very easily fill that spot, allowing for a relaxing read on a rainy day. And “Mocha, Moonlight and Murder” had the potential to be quite enjoyable. Katherine O’Brian, the heroine, has had it rough lately. Kate is newly divorced from a cheating scum-bag of a husband, recently orphaned, and trying desperately to build a relationship with a sister she barely knows. Throw in going back to school as an adult student and witnessing a shadowy figure pulling a blanket-wrapped body from the trunk of a car and the stress is almost more than she can stand.

The ideas are good, however the execution left a bit to be desired. One of my least favorite things is the old, worn-out “triangle love affair”. Irritates me to no end. Of course, that is a personal issue, so if you like that sort of thing you will like this. The other thing that bothered me is that the mystery wasn’t handled well. I was rather ‘fumbling’ though the idea was good.

The romantic aspect was totally irritating – it took a full star away on its own. I found it stiff and unrealistic, though there were some funny moments. The culmination was awkward – but giving any more info will possibly give too much away, so I will just leave it that it didn’t feel realistic or smooth.

Finally, as the book is already published, I can’t help but wonder if that means the grammatical errors made it through to publication? I received my copy of this book from Netgalley.com in return for a realistic review, so that is something I have to consider.

Overall, it will be more enjoyable for the proper audience. I simply couldn’t really identify with the characters.

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Review: Lost In New Falls: Lost In Love #1 By Cherie Marks

newfakksSometimes, one needs a happily-ever-after, and from the beginning of Lost in New Falls you know you are going to get one. But the path to the end in this particular book is funny, charming and also deeply sad, but with a thread of hope and caring through it all.

Kate Delaney is the character many of us can identify with great ease from our own childhood experiences. The ‘friendly fat girl’ all through school in New Falls, Tennessee she and her brother Reese find themselves in the care of their beloved grandfather when their parents are killed in an accident. Tagging along after Reese and his best friend, Quentin Taylor, Kate spends her childhood and teen years being just one of the boys. When her growing attraction to Quentin leads to heartbreak, her path takes her to Hollywood, where she ghostwrites, writes for the occasional television show, and is now climbing her way to success. With a famous producer now wanting her newest script, this should be the happiest time of her life. However, her beloved grandfather is close to death, and she must return to Tennessee to be with him in his final days. Of course, with email, she can still finish her script in the cabin her grandfather once called home. Oops.

Returning to the cabin after a visit to her grandfather in the hospital, Kate discovers that her cabin has been robbed, her laptop, flash drive backup gone, and even her underwear drawer cleaned out. What happens next is funny in a mildly slapstick way as Kate attempts to ship off the rough paper copy of her work to her agent, only to wind up in a game of pass-the-football with her treasured screenplay. Everyone in town seems to be reading her work, but whether it gets to her agent is another question.

Cherie Marks characters are funny and charming, thought the whole “Hillbilly Red Neck” situation comes into play, but not in a grating way. The chase for the burglar is well done, and quite realistic overall, and the thief was a shocker – funny as all get out in the end, though the acts weren’t themselves funny at all.

This is a great summer read. I accepted the book as I admire Cherie Marks, a breast cancer survivor like myself. Now, I am glad I did simply because I enjoyed the book and want to read more of her work.

I receive this book in return for a realistic review. All thoughts are my own.

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It all started with an old fashioned typewriter. When my family brought it home, all those stories and characters rolling around in my head could finally get out. The press and click of the keys satisfied in their own right, but when I pulled out a finished page, I knew this was for me. Since then, I’ve graduated to a laptop, but the stories still find a way out.
I’m a breast cancer survivor, a teacher, a wife, a mother, and from the very beginning—a storyteller. Always a hint humorous and honest to a fault, I love to make people laugh and smile. My goal in life is to achieve tact and stop procrastinating. The battle wages on.

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