THE GIVER OF STARS by Jojo Moyes is now available worldwide!

Today we are so excited to be sharing KFF’s review for #1 bestselling author of Me Before You, After You and Still Me, Jojo Moyes’ all-new historical novel, THE GIVER OF STARS, now available worldwide

Set in Depression-era America, a breathtaking story of five extraordinary women and their remarkable journey through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond, from the author of Me Before You and The Peacock Emporium 

     


Alice Wright marries handsome American Bennett Van Cleve hoping to escape her stifling life in England.  But small-town Kentucky quickly proves equally claustrophobic, especially living alongside her overbearing father-in-law. So when a call goes out for a team of women to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library, Alice signs on enthusiastically.

The leader, and soon Alice’s greatest ally, is Margery, a smart-talking, self-sufficient woman who’s never asked a man’s permission for anything. They will be joined by three other singular women who become known as the Horseback Librarians of Kentucky.

What happens to them–and to the men they love–becomes a classic drama of loyalty, justice, humanity and passion. Though they face all kinds of dangers, they’re committed to their job–bringing books to people who have never had any, sharing the gift of learning that will change their lives.

Based on a true story rooted in America’s past, The Giver of Stars is unparalleled in its scope.  At times funny, at others heartbreaking, this is a richly rewarding novel of women’s friendship, of true love, and of what happens when we reach beyond our grasp for the great beyond.

SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE!


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Reviewed by Rachel at KFF

“Knowledge is important, don’t you think? We all say at the library, without facts we really do have nothing.”

When one of your all-time favourite authors announces a new novel, it really did give me a reason to read the blurb even though historical fiction is not my first choice of genre. Primarily, I’m a mood reader and choose to read what I really fancy at the time. However, once I read the synopsis, I was hooked!

This story is set in 1930’s post-depression era rural Kentucky and centres around the story of five young women.  As history tells us, Eleanor Rooverselt was a huge reader and believed reading gave people a chance at a better life, so she sets up a scheme to introduce literacy to every corner of the US.  She creates The Pack Horse Library which is what these five incredible women help set up. The First Lady was a forward-thinking woman of her time and history shows what huge strides she achieved for the rights of women in America.

“I sometimes think you love these mountains as much as I do. I think I might like them better than anywhere on earth. I just feel … more myself up here.”

It’s clear to see Ms Moyes has done her homework and weaves an unbelievable tale of fiction interwoven with historical fact.   As you can imagine, five women setting up such a scheme brings its ups and downs. What I really loved about the story is that Moyes doesn’t focus this book on one particular character which for me enhanced the reading experience even more. The challenges these women face are one of bravery and wonder and at times I did feel the emotion building to a point where I just couldn’t stop reading.  It must be said that these women were all from very different backgrounds which brought a fantastic dynamic to the story.  It would’ve been very easy to pit these women against each other on their journey. Instead, they fought together towards an objective very important and personal to all of them. The love and support they showed each other and the risks they took were nothing short of awe-inspiring. In times where women were told what they could and most importantly couldn’t do, they bravely did and played by their own rules.

“We women face many unexpected challenges when we choose outside what are considered our habitual boundaries”

The writing was simply brilliant which I have come to expect from Ms Moyes. I could wax lyrical about this book for a long time. The character development was fantastic considering five women were all fully involved in the story arc. Not at any time was I left wanting. All extremely lovable women who not once gave me reason to shout out loud at my Kindle! This story has to be one of the best reads that focused on the friendships of women in a time of such hardship. It’s been some time since I finished this compelling read only now life has not given me a chance to write my feelings down however, the story is still very fresh in my mind. This book would be amazing translated onto the big screen. The scenery conjured up a rural Kentucky in my mind so vibrant and breathtaking, it would be simply incredible!

Praise for The Giver of Stars:

Utterly enchanting
Mail on Sunday

Moyes somehow manages to break your heart before restoring your faith in love
Sunday Express

I loved this dashing adventure set in 1930s Kentucky, America. Intensely moving and crammed with romance and emotion, this is a full-pack-of-tissues novel.
Sun

An entertaining, immersive and moving read. The Giver of Stars is rip-roaring popular fiction . . . but it is also a novel that celebrates education, intellectual curiosity and, above all, books and the knowledge, comfort, company and power that they can bring. Moyes shines a light on a historic footnote to pay tribute to women’s work, endurance and female solidarity Sunday Times

“With characters so real they feel like dear friends and a compelling storyline, this is a beautiful, special novel. I loved it and didn’t want it to end!”
Liane Moriarty, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Little Lies

“Moyes brings an often forgotten slice of history to life. . . the true power of the story is in the bonds between the women of the library. . . A love letter to the power of books and friendship.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“Epic in scope and fiercely feminist. . . an unforgettable story.” 
—PopSugar

Timeless, Jojo Moyes’ greatest work yet, and one of the most exquisitely-written – and absolutely compulsory – novels about women ever told. Brilliant and perfect and will remind you of why you read; even of why you breathe
Lisa Taddeo, bestselling author of Three Women

   


Meet Jojo

Jojo Moyes is a novelist and journalist. Her books include the bestsellers Me Before You, After You and Still Me, The Girl You Left Behind, The One Plus One and her short story collection Paris for One and Other Stories. Her novels have been translated into forty-six languages, have hit the number one spot in twelve countries and have sold over thirty-eight million copies worldwide.

Me Before You has now sold over fourteen million copies worldwide and was adapted into a major film starring Sam Claflin and Emilia Clarke. Jojo lives in Essex with her husband and their three children.

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THE GIVER OF STARS by Jojo Moyes is now available in the U.K and Australia!

Today we are so excited to be sharing KFF’s review for #1 bestselling author of Me Before You, After You and Still Me, Jojo Moyes’ all-new historical novel, THE GIVER OF STARS

Set in Depression-era America, a breathtaking story of five extraordinary women and their remarkable journey through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond, from the author of Me Before You and The Peacock Emporium 

    


Alice Wright marries handsome American Bennett Van Cleve hoping to escape her stifling life in England.  But small-town Kentucky quickly proves equally claustrophobic, especially living alongside her overbearing father-in-law. So when a call goes out for a team of women to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library, Alice signs on enthusiastically.

The leader, and soon Alice’s greatest ally, is Margery, a smart-talking, self-sufficient woman who’s never asked a man’s permission for anything. They will be joined by three other singular women who become known as the Horseback Librarians of Kentucky.

What happens to them–and to the men they love–becomes a classic drama of loyalty, justice, humanity and passion. Though they face all kinds of dangers, they’re committed to their job–bringing books to people who have never had any, sharing the gift of learning that will change their lives.

Based on a true story rooted in America’s past, The Giver of Stars is unparalleled in its scope.  At times funny, at others heartbreaking, this is a richly rewarding novel of women’s friendship, of true love, and of what happens when we reach beyond our grasp for the great beyond.

SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE!


Release Dates:

U.K & AUS – Now available!
U.S & CAN – 8th October

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Available in Audible and narrated by Julia Whelan

   

Now available in Audible: U.S, U.K & AUS

Releasing in Audible: CAN – 8th October

Reviewed by Rachel at KFF

“Knowledge is important, don’t you think? We all say at the library, without facts we really do have nothing.”

When one of your all-time favourite authors announces a new novel, it really did give me a reason to read the blurb even though historical fiction is not my first choice of genre. Primarily, I’m a mood reader and choose to read what I really fancy at the time. However, once I read the synopsis, I was hooked!

This story is set in 1930’s post-depression era rural Kentucky and centres around the story of five young women.  As history tells us, Eleanor Rooverselt was a huge reader and believed reading gave people a chance at a better life, so she sets up a scheme to introduce literacy to every corner of the US.  She creates The Pack Horse Library which is what these five incredible women help set up. The First Lady was a forward-thinking woman of her time and history shows what huge strides she achieved for the rights of women in America.

“I sometimes think you love these mountains as much as I do. I think I might like them better than anywhere on earth. I just feel … more myself up here.”

It’s clear to see Ms Moyes has done her homework and weaves an unbelievable tale of fiction interwoven with historical fact.   As you can imagine, five women setting up such a scheme brings its ups and downs. What I really loved about the story is that Moyes doesn’t focus this book on one particular character which for me enhanced the reading experience even more. The challenges these women face are one of bravery and wonder and at times I did feel the emotion building to a point where I just couldn’t stop reading.  It must be said that these women were all from very different backgrounds which brought a fantastic dynamic to the story.  It would’ve been very easy to pit these women against each other on their journey. Instead, they fought together towards an objective very important and personal to all of them. The love and support they showed each other and the risks they took were nothing short of awe-inspiring. In times where women were told what they could and most importantly couldn’t do, they bravely did and played by their own rules.

“We women face many unexpected challenges when we choose outside what are considered our habitual boundaries”

The writing was simply brilliant which I have come to expect from Ms Moyes. I could wax lyrical about this book for a long time. The character development was fantastic considering five women were all fully involved in the story arc. Not at any time was I left wanting. All extremely lovable women who not once gave me reason to shout out loud at my Kindle! This story has to be one of the best reads that focused on the friendships of women in a time of such hardship. It’s been some time since I finished this compelling read only now life has not given me a chance to write my feelings down however, the story is still very fresh in my mind. This book would be amazing translated onto the big screen. The scenery conjured up a rural Kentucky in my mind so vibrant and breathtaking, it would be simply incredible!

Praise for The Giver of Stars:

Utterly enchanting
Mail on Sunday

Moyes somehow manages to break your heart before restoring your faith in love
Sunday Express

“With characters so real they feel like dear friends and a compelling storyline, this is a beautiful, special novel. I loved it and didn’t want it to end!”
Liane Moriarty, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Little Lies

“Epic in scope and fiercely feminist. . . an unforgettable story.” 
—PopSugar

Timeless, Jojo Moyes’ greatest work yet, and one of the most exquisitely-written – and absolutely compulsory – novels about women ever told. Brilliant and perfect and will remind you of why you read; even of why you breathe
Lisa Taddeo, bestselling author of Three Women

   


Meet Jojo

Jojo Moyes is a novelist and journalist. Her books include the bestsellers Me Before You, After You and Still Me, The Girl You Left Behind, The One Plus One and her short story collection Paris for One and Other Stories. Her novels have been translated into forty-six languages, have hit the number one spot in twelve countries and have sold over thirty-eight million copies worldwide.

Me Before You has now sold over fourteen million copies worldwide and was adapted into a major film starring Sam Claflin and Emilia Clarke. Jojo lives in Essex with her husband and their three children.

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THE CANDLE PALACE by Devney Perry is available now!

Today we are delighted to be sharing USA Today bestselling author Devney Perry’s stand-alone novella in the Jamison Valley series,
THE CANDLE PALACE

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The Candle Palace - CoverSometimes a single flame can ignite a love that lasts a lifetime. 

Milo Phillips knows the meaning of pain. Suffering through the most intense physical agony of his life, he’s confined to a hospital bed to bear it alone. More than once, he wishes he’d died in the explosion that melted and mangled his skin. Darkness consumes him, snuffing all the joy in his life and leaving an empty hole in its place.
But one day, a flicker of light sneaks into his hospital room, driving away some of the hopelessness. For the first time in months, pain isn’t all he feels.

The flicker’s name is Sara Foster, his new nurse. Milo just hopes that Sara can see past his scars. Because underneath, his heart has begun beating again just for her.

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Reviewed by Rachal at KFF

This story focuses on Sara and Milo and is an accompanying story to complement The Jamieson Valley series. I’ve read a few of this author’s works before and have always been intrigued by these books as they are my kind of read. I happen to have 3 of them on my Kindle just waiting to be read, so thought this novella would be a great way to dip my toes into new characters and their stories. The blurb intrigued me from the start when it mentioned Milo was used to suffering, I do love a male protagonist who is a tortured soul. I’m also an absolute sucker for a guy who has to overcome his issues and the battles that often involves and when romance at the heart of the story; I’m sold!

Milo has endured the most horrific of injuries and has a long road ahead of him in terms of getting back to his job as a police officer. I loved him from the start, he’s such a kind and sweet guy. The scenes which played out between Milo and Sarah were adorable and made me smile so much. I got the impression that I should have already known Milo’s back story which after some digging, I understood is in one of the series’ books. At times this did frustrate me as I felt I was missing out. The story is primarily told from Sara’s point of view so this made sense when I found this out. On the plus side, it did make me want to read more of the other books.

“No more crying, okay? I can’t take it.”
“I’ll try.
“Is it just a guy thing?”
“No. I can handle tears. Just not yours.”
 

Sara was a sweetheart! Such a lovely and compassionate girl who did a job she was obviously born to do. She hasn’t had the best of lives but is determined to give herself a good, honest life. She’s a hard worker and doing a job she absolutely adores. She’s not had a great deal of luck with relationships before so when her eyes meet Milo’s she conflicted. She’s also honourable but when she meets Milo, her values are severely tested. In her profession, the kind of relationship she envisions with Milo is not something which can easily be achieved. But when its true love does that really matter? They say true love conquers all but will these obstacles be knocked down or merely pushed aside. Milo certainly has no plans to leave anything to chance but he’s not the pushy type. He knows what’s at stake and won’t jeopardize Sara’s job.

“How’d I get so lucky to find you?”
“We both got lucky.”
 

This story had the sweetest of moments between two very lovable and relatable characters. The writing is excellent which I have come to expect from this author. However, I do think I would’ve enjoyed the book more if I’d read more books in this series, especially The Coppersmith House.

MEET DEVNEY

Devney is the USA Today bestselling author of the Jamison Valley series. She lives in Montana with her husband and two children. After working in the technology industry for nearly a decade, she abandoned conference calls and project schedules to enjoy a slower pace at home with her kids. She loves reading and, after consuming hundreds of books, decided to share her own stories. Devney loves hearing from readers! Connect with her on social media.

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REVIEW ~ GENTLEMAN SINNER by Jodi Ellen Malpas

In the tradition of The Protector, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the This Man series delivers a steamy, suspenseful new standalone romance about a British alpha hero and the one woman who may be able to save him-as long as he can protect her from his dark past.

Gentleman Sinner, an all-new standalone contemporary romance by #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Ellen Malpas, is live!

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Jodi Ellen Malpas’ stand-alone contemporary romance,
GENTLEMAN SINNER is LIVE!

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White knows of the darkness in this world. After all, she escaped it long ago. Determined not to let her past beat her, Izzy has a secure, stable life with a job she loves in nursing. But one act of kindness will completely upend everything she’s so carefully built-putting her right back in the crosshairs of danger she’s been so desperate to avoid.

When Theo Kane shows up like a knight in shining armor, Izzy can’t help thinking she’s been saved from one threat and exposed to another. His imposing physique, the harsh lines of his face, and the wariness of everyone who comes close are just a few clues to Theo Kane’s notorious reputation. The man is positively terrifying. But with Izzy, he’s tender and a complete gentleman, and her fascination with the mysterious beast of a man becomes too powerful for her to walk away.

As Theo’s demons come to light, running becomes even more impossible. And yet staying together could doom them both.

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Reviewed by Rachel at KFF

What I can say about Jodi’s books that can be summed up in just a few words to entice you into reading them, mmm…I would have to say unapologetically British! I know some authors write their books in American English to appeal to a wider audience but not Ms. Malpas! She doesn’t mess about! I’m sure her fans across the world have got used to the lingo by now so they will be delighted. As a true Brit, it was music to my ears!

“With Theo in my present, I know my past can’t touch me.” 

I honestly never thought this author could come close to the love I have Jesse Ward from the This Man series but she’s certainly giving him a run for his money. Ok, so let’s discuss Theo Kane in more detail because let’s face it, I’ve teased you just a little. He’s definitely of the Alpha Male variety without a doubt but like them all; they have a weak spot. He’s also dangerous, utterly gorgeous, of course, downright irresistible. I’m not going to tell you why he’s so like he is as it’s heart-breaking but rest assured, you’ll understand his manner and why he chooses to live the life the way he does. Izzy sees him as a contradiction, hard on the outside but also oh so soft and vulnerable underneath. Theo has more than suffered and now he thinks he should pay for his past but along comes Izzy who effectively blows that strategy straight out of the window.

“I haven’t just dipped a toe into Theo’s world. I’ve dived headfirst.” 

Izzy also has a past which she does her best to hide. When Theo meets her, she feels she’s safe but at the same time also on high alert for any potential threats. Izzy isn’t interested in Theo to start out with but soon succumbs to his advances. Little does she know her world is about to be rocked. She’s a strong character; feisty and not at all one to be wooed but it seems she’s immune to Theo’s advances. Yes, ladies, he’s that irresistible.

“For a big dude, you’re quite cute.”
“For a little female, you’re quite fierce.”
 

I have to admit at one point I thought I knew where this story was going and I did feel a little let down, but then the story took me in a completely different direction. After this, I couldn’t turn the pages quick enough. The shock in this story wasn’t the story per se, no, it was the fact that Ms. Malpas went over to the dark side. In all her books we have angst, passion, unbelievable chemistry from the main protagonists but never a storyline which took that particular turn. For some, it may be a little too much but for me who likes a touch of dark suspense it was fantastic and fit both the story and characters perfectly.

“If God thought it was too late for you, I wouldn’t be here. He wouldn’t have sent me to you.” 

As ever Ms. Malpas storytelling is masterful and the supporting characters were fabulous. Although the story was suspenseful, deep and thrilling at times you also got the witty banter between Izzy and her bestie, Jess. She was an absolute breath of fresh air! The potential for her and Theo’s main man, Callum, is huge so let’s hope we get a little more from these two.

With this book, I got what I crave in a story; a beginning which laid the foundations perfectly for what was to come. The middle which gave you the plight between Theo and Izzy and an absolutely perfect ending! This author has a knack for giving you a perfect epilogue and that’s exactly what I got. I can tell you one thing; after the last 20% of the book, you definitely needed that ending!

EXCERPT

My love for her holds me prisoner
Her faith leaves me in awe
Her hope encourages mine
And her touch reaches my soul
She is my peace
My cure
My love

Theo Kane
From Gentleman Sinner

Meet Jodi

Jodi Ellen Malpas wrote her debut series, The This Man Trilogy, in secret, worried about what people might think if they knew what her imagination was capable of. She was shocked herself. But she finally found the courage to unleash her creative streak and self-published THIS MAN – the first book of the This Man Trilogy – in October 2012. She took a chance on the story with a hero who soon became one of modern day fictions most prolific alpha male characters. Jesse Ward – also affectionately known as The Lord of The Manor, sparked incredible reactions from women across the globe and catapulted Jodi into the world of romance.

She was soon signed by Grand Central Publishing, part of the Hachette Book Group, and the third book of the trilogy, This Man Confessed, took Jodi to the top of the bestsellers lists, earning her the proud title of #1 New York Times Bestselling Author. This Man has since been voted one of the top romance novels of all time. With so much love and enthusiasm for her words, Jodi suddenly wasn’t afraid of her imagination anymore and has since let it run riot. Writing powerful love stories and creating addictive characters has become her passion—a passion she now shares with her devoted readers.

Jodi was born and raised in the Midlands town of Northampton, England, where she lives with her real-life man, her boys, and a beagle. She is a self-professed daydreamer, a Converse and mojito addict, and has a terrible weak spot for alpha males. Her work is now published in more than twenty-five languages across the world.

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One Good Man by Emma Scott is now available!

 

It’s spring, 1970. The Vietnam War has been raging for years with no end in sight. Janey Martin, a California college student and aspiring journalist is tired of writing puff pieces about her university men’s sports teams. She wants to be taken seriously as a journalist and as a woman. With riots at their doorstep, her wealthy father sends Janey to the Sorbonne in Paris to finish her college education away from the chaos.

Janey is reluctant to leave the Big Story that is Vietnam, but vows to prove herself. Much to her dismay, her first assignment is to interview the hotshot star forward of a local soccer team. Janey is sure Adrien Rousseau is going to be like every other playboy jock she’s ever dealt with, but quickly learns there is much more to Adrien than meets the eye.

The mysterious, sexy footballer just might be the biggest story of Janey’s life.

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I reached over and pushed ‘stop’ on Janey’s tape recorder and turned to her. “Saturday then?”

She coughed in surprise. “What happens Saturday?”

“We conclude the interview. You need to see a football match firsthand or your article is going to sound like a bunch of amateurish gibberish. You want to be taken seriously?”

She pressed her lips together for a moment. “Yes.”

“So do I. Saturday at noon at Stade Jean-Marc. We’ll finish the interview after.”

“Antoine wants the article in two days,” she said.

“Tell Antoine I said to wait.”

She took another long pull from the lemonade, her pride not letting her say yes to me so quickly.

“Saturday then,” she said. “For the article.”

“Right,” I said, holding her gaze. “For the article.”

She finished off the lemonade and set the glass down. “Thank you very much, Sophie. It was just what I needed.” She gathered her belongings and turned to me. “See you.”

“You have a drop of lemonade on your chin,” I said.

“Where?” Her hand flew to her mouth. “No, I don’t…”

I held out the cocktail napkin with my sketch of her, my brow raised.

Janey dropped her hand from her dry chin, fuming. I expected her to flounce away. But she snatched the napkin out of my hand, dropped it into her bag, and coolly walked away.

I wasn’t in love with her, but in that moment, I knew someday I would be.

 

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Reviewed by Rachel McEwan

I’m not normally a fan of novella’s per se because when I’ve read them in the past, I’ve felt a little let down. Let me explain! What I mean by that is that short stories I’ve read come across somewhat diluted; however, when I read this was football (soccer to American readers) and it was written by one of my favourite authors I quickly changed my mind!

“I feel like the world is so much larger than a football pitch, and I want to make a big impact on that stage as I do playing the game.”

The very first page took me by surprise when I found it was set during the Vietnam War in 1970; well, that had my attention! The first chapter focuses on Janey’s fall from grace, well in her father’s eyes anyway. She’s currently attending college in California and is desperate to be taken seriously as a seasoned journalist covering the many prolific student protests. Unfortunately she’s in the wrong place at the wrong time and choice is taken away from her quite unfairly I might add. She then finds herself sent away to Paris to continue her studies at the Sorbonne. Janey is not to be deterred in her quest to make a name for herself so when she is given the task on interviewing a local football star she jumps at the chance to make the story her own.

“I told you a long time ago, what I want from you can’t be bought. Just you, Adrien.”

In enters Adrien Rousseau! The star of the team who seems to hold the key to their success in his skill of scoring goals. For such a young man he appeared to be carrying a huge amount of responsibility. He’s the sole provider for his family but torn between instant fame and the income he needs however, he desperately wants to finish his education and become a doctor. He’s aware of his sporting talent but also quietly modest about it as for him it’s a means to an end. As you can imagine he is quite the ladies’ man, enjoying the life his stardom has provided him. I loved that we saw two different sides to his character, he almost lived two lives to enable him to please not also his family, but his team mates too. Adrien is fiercely loyal and for that I had to admire him. My heart ached for him and I really didn’t envy the hard choices he had to make.

“That’s not the angle. Vietnam is the angle. How war tears apart families and countries alike. It ended for France in ’54 and yet we’re still feeling it.”

For such a short read the character development was superb! Ms Scott did a fantastic job of writing such multi-faceted protagonists. Janey was strong-minded, kind hearted and focused.  Her passion for her work was admirable and work ethic knew no bounds. During her many meetings with Adrien she sees something she isn’t supposed to see; however, she doesn’t hesitate in doing the right thing and I think that’s when I not only liked but loved her. This scene is quite significant in the story and up to this point I thought I could see how the story would play out however, I was wrong and I’ve never be so pleased to be so. What came next was truly extraordinary; it gave the story new meaning. Ms Scott has written an exemplary story showing the reader the real human cost of war.

“I thought you didn’t like me.”

“I do. I always did. I’m just bad a flirting, remember?”

I must admit this read it not your typical sports read, its way more. It will steel your heart and not give it back until the very last page! This wasn’t a steamy sexy read but that’s not to say you don’t feel the chemistry oozing off the pages between Janey and Adrien. It’s a sweet and meaningful story of just how life can change your plans when you least expect them. If you love this author you will be truly amazed. I’ve debated all day before I wrote this review just what star rating to award it. The reason for my rating is I just can’t get the ending out of my mind and I think it will stay with me for some time. Hands down, 5 emotionally charged stars!

 

Emma Scott is a bestselling author of emotional, character-driven romances in which art and love intertwine to heal, and in which love always wins. If you enjoy thoughtful, realistic stories with diverse characters and kind-hearted heroes, you will enjoy my novels.

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REVIEW ~ TALES FROM CUSHMAN ROW by SUANNE LAQUEUR

 

Title: Tales From Cushman Row: A Compendium of Love

Author: Suanne Laqueur

Series: Venery

Release Date: December 12th, 2017

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“Come here, you moron.”

For fans of the Venery series, author Suanne Laqueur offers a compendium of love scenes—unpublished chapters, character sketches and assorted reflections about Javier Landes and Steffen Finch. A treat to skim through, skip around and linger over at leisure. Like caviar.

For people who like this sort of thing, this is the sort of thing they will like. Contains adults in adult situations using adult language and a f**k-ton of gratuitous boning. No socks required. Batteries sold separately.

“Why do I like when you call me a moron,” Jav said.
Stef smiled. “Because the moron in me recognizes the moron in you.”
“Namoronste?”
“Exactly.”

 

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Reviewed by Rachel 

It’s no secret amongst my book buddies the Venery series is one of my all-time favourites so when I heard Laqueur was releasing a Compendium book of deleted and alternative storylines for A Charm of Finches, I admit I was a little torn. Why you may ask; because for me the stories she wrote couldn’t be any more perfect. I thought these extras would dilute my feelings or at the very least, make me think differently about the characters she made me fall in love with. Nonetheless, held in my hands was more of Jav and Stef and I simply couldn’t pass up that chance once again to immerse myself in their world and maybe fall even deeper in love!

“I’ll hold your trust in my hands like it’s the best gift I’ve ever been given.”

What I really enjoyed about this book is that the author explains before each chapter why scenes were cut which gave you a deeper insight into her incredible writing. As readers, I think we sometimes take for granted the words which appear before us. It’s very obvious from the notes she provided she lived and breathed these characters. In fact, I think she should make an appointment with Stef! Or maybe read some Nietzsche as she recommends in the introduction.

“I love when you’re raw. I love when you’re sweet. I love when you talk dirty and I love when you cry. I love all of it.”

My main concern was I would read scenes where Jav and Stef were experiencing difficulties in their lives. Knowing Jav’s back story gave me reason for concern. However, the scenes I read just confirmed how absolutely perfectly matched they were. Jav’s endearing vulnerability came through more but it was matched equally with Stef’s love, patience and his sensitivity. I have to say some of the extra scenes in this book were beyond hot and intense.

“You know you have more of me than anyone else ever has.”

“I know. I’ll be really careful with it.”

If you’ve read and enjoyed the Venery books and feel you didn’t quite enough of Jav and Stef, and also a few others of these lovable characters, then I highly recommend reading this collection of scenes. I’d like to say a huge thank you to the author for sharing your notes with us. Ms Laqueur, I took your advice and found this quote which I think sums up the series perfectly…. “To live is to suffer; to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering.” A favourite quote by the man himself.

 

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suanne-laqueurA former professional dancer and teacher, Suanne Laqueur has gone from choreographing music to choreographing words. Her goal is to create a new kind of emotionally-intelligent romance that appeals to the passions of all readers, crossing gender, age and genre.

Laqueur’s debut novel The Man I Love won a gold medal in the 2015 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards and was named Best Debut in the Feathered Quill Book Awards. Her follow-up novel, Give Me Your Answer True, was also a gold medal winner at the 2016 RFBA.

Laqueur graduated from Alfred University with a double major in dance and theater. She taught at the Carol Bierman School of Ballet Arts in Croton-on-Hudson for ten years. An avid reader, cook and gardener, she started her blog EatsReadsThinks in 2010. Suanne lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband and two children.

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REVIEW ~ TALES FROM CUSHMAN ROW by SUANNE LAQUEUR

 

Title: Tales From Cushman Row

A Compendium of Love

Author: Suanne Laqueur

Release Date: December 12th, 2017

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“Come here, you moron.”

For fans of the Venery series, author Suanne Laqueur offers a compendium of love scenes—unpublished chapters, character sketches and assorted reflections about Javier Landes and Steffen Finch. A treat to skim through, skip around and linger over at leisure. Like caviar.

For people who like this sort of thing, this is the sort of thing they will like. Contains adults in adult situations using adult language and a f**k-ton of gratuitous boning. No socks required. Batteries sold separately.

“Why do I like when you call me a moron,” Jav said.
Stef smiled. “Because the moron in me recognizes the moron in you.”
“Namoronste?”
“Exactly.”

 

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Reviewed by Rachel 

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suanne-laqueurA former professional dancer and teacher, Suanne Laqueur has gone from choreographing music to choreographing words. Her goal is to create a new kind of emotionally-intelligent romance that appeals to the passions of all readers, crossing gender, age and genre.

Laqueur’s debut novel The Man I Love won a gold medal in the 2015 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards and was named Best Debut in the Feathered Quill Book Awards. Her follow-up novel, Give Me Your Answer True, was also a gold medal winner at the 2016 RFBA.

Laqueur graduated from Alfred University with a double major in dance and theater. She taught at the Carol Bierman School of Ballet Arts in Croton-on-Hudson for ten years. An avid reader, cook and gardener, she started her blog EatsReadsThinks in 2010. Suanne lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband and two children.

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