Tuesday, June 18, 2024



It was summer and like all those before it was going to be a memorable one. That’s exactly what Laney Jacobs’s and her best friend Maddie, thought the summer before their senior year of high school.  As they stood at the edge of the cliff side by side anxious to jump into the water below, Laney knew Maddie was scared but they jumped together.  When Laney surfaces and when Maddie does not, Laney knew something was terribly wrong and life will never be the same.  Laney’s reliance on God to bring her through the hardest of times and the buried family secrets that surface, was very refreshing.  The only way to truly heal is through forgiveness.  My favorite line in the whole book is use  “Lots of grace, being quick to forgive, praying like crazy” a great avenue to healing and sound advice.

I was so happy to get this book in my hands and author Heidi Chiavaroli did not disappoint.  The Way Back is a thought-provoking story of moving past tragedy, and finding hope, faith, family and forgiveness.  I absolutely loved the characters in this book and Chiavaroli has a wonderful way of describing beauty of Maine and making it a place to add to your bucket list of places to visit.  I loved the author’s portrayal of the solitude of the lighthouse by the sea and the ray of hope it resembled.  This is a beautiful and heartwarming story that needs to be at the top of your to be read pile.  This is the first installment in the Lights of Acadia and I am looking forward to the next book in the series.  I highly recommend this amazing book.



Rating: 5 out of 
Author: Heidi Chiavaroli

Publisher:  Hope Creek Publishers
Publication Date: June 18, 2024 
Pages: 353 
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Young love means everything . . . until it leaves you with nothing.

The summer before her senior year of high school, Laney Jacobs and her best friend jump from a six-story beachside cliff in an attempt to impress their boyfriends. Laney rose from the water. Her friend did not.

Six years later, when Laney’s troubled mother’s memoir hits the bestseller list airing the family’s destructive secrets, Laney is forced to relive the trauma, this time in the public eye. To escape the scrutiny, she seeks shelter at her estranged grandmother’s seaside inn. But she can’t reconcile the loving woman with the heartless parent in her mother’s book. As she looks for answers, the ex-boyfriend who’d witnessed her darkest days reappears, stirring up both pain and hope. 

When her mother's vindictive fans threaten her grandmother's livelihood and the lighthouse Laney has come to love, she turns to the century-old words of a young lighthouse keeper to help her find the courage to move forward. But once truths from the past come to light and old love finds new beginnings, will Laney discover that forgiveness is the only way toward true healing?


Heidi Chiavaroli (pronounced shev-uh-roli…sort of like Chevrolet and ravioli mushed together!) wrote her first story in third grade, titled I’d Cross the Desert for Milk. It wasn’t until years later that she revisited writing, using her two small boys’ nap times to pursue what she thought at the time was a foolish dream. Despite a long road to publication, she hasn’t stopped writing since!

Heidi writes women’s fiction, combining her love of history and literature to write split time stories. Her debut novel, Freedom’s Ring, was a Carol Award winner and a Christy Award finalist, a Romantic Times Top Pick and a Booklist Top Ten Romance Debut. Heidi loves exploring places that whisper of historical secrets, especially with her family. She loves running, hiking, baking, and dates with her high-school sweetheart and husband of seventeen years. Her latest dual timeline novel, The Orchard House, is inspired by the lesser-known events in Louisa May Alcott’s life. Heidi makes her home in Massachusetts with her husband and two sons.Heidi is represented by the Natasha Kern Literary Agency.

Saturday, June 08, 2024



Rose Fleury has a major breakup with her boyfriend and is need of a fresh start.  She leaves her job and everything behind in Dublin and returns home.  Her grandmother Sylvia offers Rose the gatehouse at Magnolia Manor so she has a place to stay.  She welcomes the offer so that she can get back on her feet.  Rose is invited to the wedding of a friend.  She holds in her possession a beautiful family heirloom topaz necklace.  She takes the priceless necklace to be cleaned for the wedding.  She wants its true beauty to be seen.  But, when she picks it up from being cleaned she is devastated to discover that it is a fake.  She can’t bear to tell her grandmother the truth about the necklace, so she asks Noel Quinn to help her find the real necklace.  When the trail to the real gem leads to a local family, the truth begins to surface and it could tear apart everything she loves about her past.

The Granddaughter’s Irish Secret written by author Susanne O’Leary is a beautifully written story.  It is filled with intrigue, heart-warming romance and historical mystery.  I loved this fast-paced story that kept my interest from cover to cover.  The author is amazing and her detailed description of Ireland and it makes me want to travel.  I loved everything about this story especially Rose and Sylvia.  I loved how Rose wanted to do everything she could to protect her grandmother from the heartbreaking truth about the necklace.  This is the second installment in the Magnolia Manor series  but it can be read as a standalone.  I am loving this series and I highly recommend it.  


Rating: 5 out of 5.


Author: Susanne O’Leary 
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: June 5, 2024
Pages: 248
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Rose places her hand protectively on her grandmother’s necklace and looks up at Magnolia Manor’s vine-covered walls. The jewels are her most precious possession, but she is terrified to tell her family the truth about where they really come from… 

Standing in the doorway of her grandmother 
Sylvia’s home, Rose Fleury thought returning here was the answer to all of her problems. She has no job and a broken heart, but Sylvia reminds her that Fleury women of the past were strong and independent, and she can be too. Clutching a family heirloom – a beautiful topaz necklace – Rose promises to be brave like her relatives. Until she finds out that the jewels hide a terrible secret…

Someone in town is claiming the necklace is fake. Rose knows Sylvia will be devastated by this news, and it could shatter their family’s reputation. For the sake of her grandmother, Rose is determined to find the real necklace and discover why it was replaced – and quickly convinces handsome local lawyer 
Noel Quinn to join her. Though Noel’s broad shoulders in his suit and tie remind Rose of her ex-boyfriend, he seems just as fascinated by the mystery, and she finds her heart fluttering every time he catches her eye…

But when Rose traces the real necklace to another family, and another ancestral home in a nearby village, she’s shocked to discover a forbidden love that once tore her family apart – and that Noel is connected to it. 
Can she really trust the man she’s been growing so close to? And will the truth about the Fleury family cause a rift between Rose and Sylvia that is impossible to repair?


Susanne O’Leary is the bestselling author of more than twenty novels, mainly in the romantic fiction genre. She has also written three crime novels and two in the historical fiction genre. She has been the wife of a diplomat (still is), a fitness teacher and a translator. She now writes full-time from either of two locations, a ramshackle house in County Tipperary, Ireland or a little cottage overlooking the Atlantic in Dingle, County Kerry. When she is not scaling the mountains of said counties, or keeping fit in the local gym, she keeps writing, producing a book every six months.

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