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Sisterly Love

Sisterly Love

by Michelle Vernal



Nobody’s Perfect Are They?
Rebecca Loughton’s bumbled her way through her thirty-something years making a few cock-ups along the way. Of course, these wouldn’t be so obvious if it wasn’t for her golden haired, older sister Jennifer.
In a bid to escape Jennifer’s lengthy shadow and to find her happy ever after Rebecca, high-tails it out of her hometown of Christchurch to the other side of the world landing a legal secretary job in the buzzing city of Dublin. A few drinks later, all she has to show for her new life is an embarrassing one-night stand and a dollop of flirtatious banter with her boss Ciaran, who just happens to have a predatory receptionist in hot pursuit of him.
Amidst plans of preventing such a merger, Rebecca receives news that Jennifer’s picture perfect life has a big, fat crack down the middle of it in the form of a philandering husband. Summoned home to look after her sister’s children and cooking school while she works on her marriage, Rebecca finds the reality of looking after two young children along with the bizarre array of guests booked into the cooking school grim. The only bright spot on her horizon are Ciaran’s e-mails but then she meets David Seagar whom she thinks might just be the ending to her happy ever after but will he prove to be far from perfect too?


Christie’s Review


Wonderful, enjoyable read by Michelle Vernal that I finished in one sitting!!!

I felt drawn to Rebecca from the very first pages of the book. Yes, it opens after a hard night of drinking and fun, but something about her personality drew me in! Her family has always favored her older sister, Jennifer. Jennifer was always the “golden child.” She was more beautiful, had a wonderful husband, two beautiful children, and a successful business. Rebecca isn’t married, has no children, and works as a PA for a man whom she might be in love with! However, when her sister calls her from New Zealand and needs her to come home because her marriage is falling apart, she doesn’t hesitate. This one decision may just be the one that heals the rift between the sisters and puts her life on the course she was supposed to take.

Even though the book is told mostly from Rebecca’s POV, it is also Jennifer’s story as well. Both sisters somehow lost sight of one another, and this time together will open their eyes. Long held ideas they held about one another are broken, and they are trying to find their way to being not only sisters but friends.

There is a bit of a romantic side story with Rebecca’s boss, Ciaran. These two have some unfinished business between them, and the time apart will force them to move on either with or without one another. Not a great deal amount of the book is devoted to this, but it shouldn’t have been. The main story was about two sisters finding their way back to one another! Great, great read!!!!


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Author Bio 


Hello, my name is Michelle Vernal, and by way of introduction, I’m Mum to Josh and Daniel and am married to the super supportive Paul. We live in the garden city of Christchurch, New Zealand with our three-legged, black cat called Blue. BC (before children) Paul and I lived and worked in Ireland, the experiences we had there have flavoured my books.
I’ve always written, but it was only after my first son was born that I decided to attend a creative writing course at Canterbury University. Oh the guilt dropping him at pre-school so I could learn the basics of story writing, but oh the joy of having conversation to contribute other than the price of nappies that week! The first piece I ever penned post course was published by a New Zealand parenting magazine. I went on to write humorous; opinion styled pieces of my take on parenting, but when the necessity for being politically correct got too much, I set myself the challenge of writing a novel. Six books later and a publishing deal with Harper Impulse here I am. These days I write for a North Canterbury lifestyle magazine and my latest book Sweet Home Summer has just been released by Harper Impulse.

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New Review: Beneath the Shine by Lisa Sorbe


Beneath the Shine
by Lisa Sorbe
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Prairie Tales; Book 3 (Standalone)

Thirty-year-old Betsy Kline knows what holds her back. Knows she is the way she is and guards herself the way she does. It took her years, but she finally has the good common sense to know that what happened back then wasn’t her fault. But knowing isn’t enough to stanch the flow of memories that eat away at her dreams like toxic sludge. Nor is it enough to stop the self-loathing that always finds its way in, creeping-creeping-creeping, tainting every decision she makes. 
But life isn’t all bad. She works for a boss she doesn’t despise, has a picture-perfect boyfriend (on the outside, at least), and has the sort of friends her lonely younger self only ever dreamed of having. 
Like Adair McTaggart. Now there’s a best friend if there ever was one. And the fact that he’s a hunk with a sexy Scottish lilt doesn’t hurt, either.
Or maybe it does, because lately Betsy can’t stop fantasizing about him. Can’t keep her heart from stuttering a pathetic little beat in her chest whenever she so much as thinks about him. And when Life throws them together as temporary roommates, those feelings only intensify. Which is the worst thing ever, because he’s too good for her. Sure, she can keep him as a friend. But what would she do if she lost him as a lover?
When you’ve felt wrong for so long, is it possible to ever feel right? And how do you heal the wounds you can’t see?

Christie’s Review


What an emotional, uplifting, and eye-opening read from Lisa Sorbe!

People don’t just wear masks. The majority of humans on this planet wear a shine. An overlay. A simple smile and nod, lips curved up at the edges, their pearly whites flashing. Their cheeks squeeze up, rosy apples begging to be pinched. The soft, barely-there lines around their eyes deepen, as if to prove they’ve done this before, that they smile all.the.time. As if those crinkles aren’t merely cracks in their armor but the actual armor itself.

Betsy may have the biggest shine of all. She is one of the most complicated and complex characters I’ve come across. The amount of growth she accomplishes from the beginning of the book until the end is amazing. She is a different person, and she has put in all the hard work to finally leave her painful past behind and move into her future, chasing the dreams that matter most to her. Lord knows she hasn’t gotten any support or love from the people she shares DNA with! Thankfully, she had Adair and her network of friends. As she said, “Maybe, for some of us, the family we grew up with is not the same we grow old with.” When we’re young, we are given a family, good or bad. But, as adults, we can choose the family we want and deserve!

Oh, Adair, what an amazing man! He is so patient with Betsy. He has loved her for quite a while, hiding his true feelings behind his friendship with her. It will take her a bit longer to realize exactly how she feels about Adair. I just kept hoping she would realize it before it was too late.

One of my favorite parts of a book, as I’ve written in other reviews, is the section about the author or their acknowledgements. It gives me an insight into who the writer is, and many times, their passion for writing shines through. I’ve always felt like there is a difference between a book and a story. Telling a story is what pulls me into a book, playing on my emotions and falling in love with the characters. Sorbe is definitely one heck of a storyteller whose words are pure magic!!!!




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The Downside of Falling (The Blue Line Duet #2) by Meghan Quinn Release Blitz




This isn’t a story about a love triangle. There is no triangle involved.

This isn’t a story about an accidental pregnancy. Although having a baby with her . . . I would.

This isn’t a story about lies and deception, even though at times I’ve lied to myself.

No, this is my story.

A story about sacrifice.

A story about a man who fell in love with the wrong girl.

A story I wish I never had to tell.

This is a story about the true meaning of the downside of love.



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Tucked away at the base of the Rocky Mountains lived a little boy with one singular dream: leave this broken and battered home and become someone.

Be somebody’s hero.

That boy was me—Colby Brooks. Except I’m not that same little boy anymore.

My dreams might still be the same, but my reality isn’t.

I’m smarter. Stronger. A man.

And I learned a long damn time ago, the only way to achieve my dreams was to avoid distractions—at any cost.

Focus. Resolve. Determination.

But all it took was one single night. One night and my entire life…changed.

One night had me colliding head first with the biggest distraction of my life; Rory Oaks.

Smart. Charming. Beautiful.

Rory changed everything.

Quickly, my one-track mind started to bend.

Each kiss faded decade-long dreams.

And with one single incident, I fly off course.


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Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped.

Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking.

Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!

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