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Falling for You by Becky Wade
Willow Bradford is content taking a break from modeling to run her family’s inn until she comes face-to-face with NFL quarterback Corbin Stewart, the man who broke her heart—and wants to win her back. When a decades-old family mystery brings them together, they’re forced to decide whether they can risk falling for one another all over again.My thoughts: FALLING FOR YOU is Becky Wade's newest book. Becky Wade is a hugely popular author and I've tried her books a couple times, but just can't get into them. I was planning on passing on this one, but my sixteen year old daughter also heard great things about Becky Wade and wanted to try it. I don't want to influence her taste, so I told her she had to review it. She agreed.
Famously beautiful model Willow Bradford is taking a temporary break from her hectic schedule to work as the innkeeper at her family's small-town bed-and-breakfast. She was enjoying the peace of her hometown, Merryweather, Washington, right up until she came face-to-face with Corbin Stewart, the man she loves to hate. A thoughtful rule-follower by nature, Willow threw caution to the wind four years ago when she entrusted her heart to Corbin--and suffered the consequences when it all fell apart.
Former NFL quarterback Corbin is forceful, charming, and accustomed to getting what he wants . . . except where Willow Bradford is concerned. Unable to forget her, he's never stopped regretting what happened between them. When their paths unexpectedly cross again, he's determined to make her give him a second chance.
When a decades-old missing persons case finds Corbin and Willow working together, they're forced to confront their past and who they've become--and whether they can risk falling for one another all over again.
Said daughter's review: "It's all telling. She doesn't show. I can't get into it." Book tossed down on my desk. Might I add said daughter is an avid reader and she reads almost everything that crosses her path?
Um. And I'm supposed to come up with a seventy-five word review from that? So I picked the book up. I really really really wanted to like it because Ms. Wade IS a hugely popular author and well, super models and football players, cute little tween girls and a family mystery -- what isn't to like?
Said daughter was right. It was all telling. I couldn't into it either and I did try. Really I did. Ms. Wade writes well, but the characters were distant, and even though they were flawed, I couldn't find myself liking them. The tween girl seemed the best developed of the book.
Don't listen to my thoughts though. Read the over 100 five star reviews and think about how wonderful Ms. Wade is. I am probably one of the few people who just don't get it.
If you like football heroes, super models and long hidden family secrets -- not to mention drama -- you will likely love Becky Wade's FALLING FOR YOU.
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Reading and Writing -- Old Friends?
by Amberly Kristen Clowe
You know what first attracted me to my husband? (Besides his dashing good looks. For real.)
He made me laugh.
And it wasn't some pity laugh. It was one of those don't-care-how-you-look, full-on belly laughs. After that, I was swooning all over the place.
Over the years, I've discovered the same thing about my literary likes. When an author has that hilarious voice, the kind that you leaves you simultaneously reading and smiling without even realizing it, this is my jam. This is my happy place.
I've perused so many library and bookstore shelves that I can now flip open a book and, usually within a paragraph, know if this story's for me. I know you know what I'm talking about.
Well, guess what?
I write how I read. I'll rack my brain for the funniest way to speak to kids. I've always heard that authors should spend just as much time reading as writing, and I'm a total believer. Reading has helped me pinpoint what I enjoy, and when a writer truly enjoys her story, it shows.
Is this the same for you? Do you grab the kind of titles you wish you had written? Do the books on your nightstand inspire your writing?
And most importantly, can you recommend a hilarious work of fiction for moi?
Amberly Kristen Clowe, an elementary school teacher, writes from her home in Kingwood, TX, where she lives with her husband, two children, and dog, Roxie. The author of two picture books and a chapter book, Amberly is an avid cycler and fan of all things coffee. Amberly spends her days teaching and crafting stories that share faith in a fun way with young readers. Teeny Sweeney and the Mustache Cash is the first chapter book in the brand new Teeny Sweeney series published with Little Lamb Books.
Teeny Sweeney and the Mustache Cash blurb:
Third-grader Teeny Sweeney has been one-upped by seemingly perfect Amanda Mayweather too many times. When their teacher assigns a project to create a business plan, Teeny knows she’s destined for success. After all, with two entrepreneurs as parents, business sense is in her blood! The best laid plans, though, often go awry. Teeny will have to learn that God’s plan is one she can always trust, and that with prayer it is possible to love everyone—even Amanda Mayweather. With Teeny, young readers will learn that even when things don’t seem to work out, you can always trust God’s plan.
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