We Review: My Own Mr. Darcy by Karey White

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After being dragged to the 2005 movie Pride and Prejudice by her mother, sixteen-year-old Elizabeth’s life changes when Matthew Macfadyen’s Mr. Darcy appears on the screen. Lizzie falls hard and makes a promise to herself that she will settle for nothing less than her own Mr. Darcy. This ill-advised pledge threatens to ruin any chance of finding true love. During the six intervening years, she has refused to give any interested suitors a chance. They weren’t Mr. Darcy enough.

Coerced by her roommate, Elizabeth agrees to give the next interested guy ten dates before she dumps him. That guy is Chad, a kind and thoughtful science teacher and swim coach. While she’s dating Chad, her dream comes true in the form of a wealthy bookstore owner named Matt Dawson, who looks and acts like her Mr. Darcy. Of course she has to follow her dream. But as Elizabeth simultaneously dates a regular guy and the dazzling Mr. Dawson, she’s forced to re-evaluate what it was she loved about Mr. Darcy in the first place.

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We Review:

Deb S:

How do I start with this review? It was sooooo good!!! Really you should read it! It’s about this girl who falls in love with a fictional character (who of us doesn’t? My book crush: Acheron) Anyway to get back to the story. So this girl is so infatuated about Mr. Darcy that no man can measure up. Untill her roommate pressures her to give some guy a try for 10 dates. You just have to love BFF’s right?

Anyway, you know by now I don’t like giving any spoilers but the story was awesome, the characters were likeable and very well written. I am so team Chad right now! But the author managed to make me like the other guy! And that’s true right? Nobody is just good or just evil. So yeah loved loved loved it! But you also see growth in the main character, who was a little (a lot!) obsessive. Oh and one of my favorite parts? The opinion of Tom Cruise! The people who really know me will understand hihi. So awesome book, I would so recommend it!

Rating: 4 star

Deb T: 

I had no idea what to expect about this book and I have to admit I ended up loving it! The book had a great set of characters, even though I ended up hating Matthew, since he was just such an @ss in my opinion. On the other hand, there was so much to LOVE about Chad, he just seemed like the sweetest guy in the world and every woman’s daydream! As for Lizzie, well yeah, she definitely had her eyes set on her own Mr. Darcy, without seeing the great guy that was in front of her the entire time. This is great book for people of all ages and is a super sweet & fun love story. The book has certainly left me curious about Pride and Prejudice.

Rating: 4 star

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Author Karey White

Karey White grew up in Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Missouri. She attended Ricks College and Brigham Young University. Her first novel, Gifted, was a Whitney Award Finalist.

She loves to travel, read, bake treats, and spend time with family and friends. She and her husband are the parents of four great children. She teaches summer creative writing courses to young people and is currently working on her next book.

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We Review: Between Friends by Amanda Cowen

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Author: Amanda Cowen
Published: March 22, 2013

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The only way to have a friend is to be one…especially between the sheets…

When neurotically challenged and unlucky in love Megan Daniels, is propositioned by her life-long friend Ben Romano with a coin toss (heads, they sleep together, tails they don’t) the night before they are about to attend a destination wedding, she drunkenly accepts his challenge. But when Megan wakes up the next morning with a bad hang-over and Ben in her bed, she is more than mortified. It isn’t until the tropical heat begins to ignite emotions Megan never ever believed she could possibly have, that she starts to question if risking their friendship is the answer to finding true love.

We Review:

Deb T:

Ben and Megan have been best friends since they can remember. One crazy night, before they are about to leave for Jessica’s wedding (Megan’s best friend), after a wild coin toss bet, they end up in bed and Megan starts wondering if their one night stand was meaningless or if she and Ben could turn into something more.

I loved the chemistry Meg and Ben had throughout the book, even though I did sometimes want to slap some sense into Megan and tell her to just let go and take Ben for what he is. The story was kind of predictable. but had enough twists and turns that I sometimes never wanted to put the book down. The sex scenes has just enough steam to them and it definitely made me want a guy like Ben in my life.  A great book to end the summer with!!

Rating: 4 star

Deb S:

It finally happened; I did not like a story Deb T liked. The horror!!!

But ok, back to the book. It was not really a bad book, I just did not like the characters. I hate vapoid friends. What’s vapoid? Yes, I know it’s a non-existing word, but it’s my word for bad friends, airheads, you know vapor in their heads!
And that was how these so called friends were. I liked Megan well enough, but who hangs out with friends who are seriously in need of some therapy. There was not one healthy relationship between them. You have the bride from hell, who made me wonder how the hell she had a steady relationship for so long. And the other girls just drank and slept around. I just could not like them. The guys were no better. And that was just the things that bothered me. But then again, you might like the drama and the vapor. Megan was a little shallow too. She knew what she was getting into and then she acted all hurt? Pfft. Sorry for me this book was a no no. Just because of the characters. BUT! The writer is great to be able to provoke such strong feelings in me. I just hope that was what she was going for.

Rating: 2 star

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We Review: The Mine by John A. Heldt

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Title: The Mine (Northwest Passage)
Author: John A. Heldt 
Published: February 12, 2012 

Blurb from Goodreads :

In May 2000, Joel Smith is a cocky, adventurous young man who sees the world as his playground. But when the college senior, days from graduation, enters an abandoned Montana mine, he discovers the price of reckless curiosity. He emerges in May 1941 with a cell phone he can’t use, money he can’t spend, and little but his wits to guide his way. Stuck in the age of Whirlaway, swing dancing, and a peacetime draft, Joel begins a new life as the nation drifts toward war. With the help of his 21-year-old trailblazing grandmother and her friends, he finds his place in a world he knew only from movies and books. But when an opportunity comes to return to the present, Joel must decide whether to leave his new love in the past or choose a course that will alter their lives forever. THE MINE is a love story that follows a humbled man through a critical time in history as he adjusts to new surroundings and wrestles with the knowledge of things to come.

We were contacted by the author for an open and honest review of his book.

Review by Deb S.

Sometimes things just come together, have you ever experienced that? So I was on Amazon (like I am almost every day) ogling those pretty books, when I buy The Mine (among other things) and a few days later we get a mail from the author, asking us if we know his book and want to review it. What does any self respecting book junkie say then? Yes of course!
So at first I thought this book would be a little like Stephen King’s Langoliers. I don’t know why, but I really thought there were going to be aliens. Silly me right? Well color me surprised! This book doesn’t even have the “normal” aliens, but it has something better!!! Time travel!!
It was a very relaxed read. To me it had this familiar pace to it, without being boring. I don’t know how to describe it. The story doesn’t have a breakneck speed to it, but it still carries you and keeps you interested. I liked that. Sometimes you read books that get your adrenaline pumping, but this is more like Humphrey Bogart, Singing in the Rain (but with time travel), Imitation of Life. You know that feeling you get watching old movies? I loved it! So yeah, maybe it’s not for everyone, but give it a chance. I really enjoyed the book, the description of the times, the way people lived. Ok so not all people. But I really truly loved the way the author brought the forties to life. Either he’s lived it or he is a very old soul. But he’s also someone who did his homework.

I liked the main characters, liked that he met his grandmother and got to know a different side of her. This part had me thinking something that I can’t give away just yet, but I was wondering something along the lines of old and new “meet” in the future. Drop me a line if you want to discuss that.
Ok back to the main characters: I love the development Joel is going through, although I think he should’ve had it a little harder to come to how he eventually ended up being. But he turned out the better for it. His grandma, well… I was a little disappointed but it was a well thought out character development as well. I really liked Katie and the way she turned out. And I loooved the little surprise at the end. Although I did root for that one.

If I had to change one thing about this book? I think it might be the cover. Although it does kind of work, so let’s not visit that question again, ok? But all in all, a very well written, well thought out book.

Review by Deb T. 

We were contacted by the author to review his book and little did I know I had also already “purchased” this book through amazon. (OK it was a freebie at that time). I do have to admit, unlike my partner in reading crime (a.k.a Deb S), I had a harder time getting into the book. There was nothing wrong with the story or the way it was written, wasn’t boring at all in any way, I just had a hard time getting through the book. It just felt a little “long” to me. As I did get towards the end of the book I started to like the book more and more.

I of course don’t have to tell you that this book has a time travel element to it, especially if you read the blurb of the book. I did like the main characters especially the friendship that Joel had created with the other characters in the book. Especially the one with his younger grandmother Ginny. I would have, however liked to have seen some more interaction between them. I also loved the relationship that formed between him and Grace. And I do have to admit Katie was my most favorite character of the book. The ending…I looved the ending very much and am definitely looking forward to the follow up book I heard is coming soon! If you like indie books and want a nice calm, relaxing read, I would certainly check this book out.

Rating: 3 star

 

 

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