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Girl Before a Mirror by Liza Palmer • Estelle Reviews

Girl Before a Mirror by Liza Palmer ( website | twitter ) Publication Date: January 27, 2015 Publisher: William Morrow Pages: 384 Target audience: Adult Keywords: womanhood, friendship, empowerment, career, family Format read: A brilliant gift. (Thank you!) Summary: After a year off from dating and sorting through friendships to eliminate the bad, Anna throws her focus at […]

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March 3, 2015 - 2:01 pm

Alexa S. - I can’t wait to read Girl Before a Mirror! Been hearing nothing but good things about it, and after having read Nowhere But Home recently, I definitely want more Liza Palmer in my life. So thrilled to hear how deeply this one moved you – I hope it’s the same for me!

February 28, 2015 - 9:00 am

It's a Wrap • Sayanara February (Best of February 2015) - […] Estelle’s Pick: Girl Before a Mirror […]

February 23, 2015 - 10:53 am

Brianna - This sounds like a fun read. I know a lot of PR people – I work for a magazine and so deal with them on a daily basis – and the women are the ones making waves. I can count on one hand the number of male PR professionals I know. That being said, it’s nice to see a book where a character is grappling with things that real life people are grappling with.

February 23, 2015 - 10:08 am

Meg - I’ve heard really great things about this one and have enjoyed Palmer’s other work, so I need to get my hands on it! Love it when you finish a book that you can suddenly recommend to anyone and everyone.

Perfect Girl by Michele Gorman • Magan Reviews

Perfect Girl by Michele Gorman [twitter • website] Publication Date: October 14, 2014 Publisher: Notting Hill Press Pages: 326 Target Audience: Adult Fiction Keywords: people pleasing, crappy boyfriends, controlling parents, shady jobs Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Carol is barely able to tread water or find time for herself because she’s constantly attending to everyone else’s needs before her own. Her […]

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February 23, 2015 - 11:25 am

Magan - Alexa, I can see you really enjoying this one. Definitely, definitely add it to your TBR!

February 15, 2015 - 12:12 am

Alexa S. - Being a people pleaser is rough, because you just want to make everyone happy and do right by all the people in your world. Perfect Girl actually sounds really interesting! Glad to see that you really enjoyed it, M.

February 4, 2015 - 1:35 pm

Magan - Oh, Elizabeth! Based on my two books by Michele, I’m a fan. I’ll be reading more books of hers for sure and I hope you’ll pick up one to try! Keep me posted on what you think when you read one!

February 4, 2015 - 1:34 pm

Magan - I agree, Brianna! Super cute cover. It was a great read that IS chick-lit but not super light and fluffy. Give it a go!

February 4, 2015 - 11:06 am

Elizabeth - I’m always looking for more chick lit authors to try… never heard of Michele Gorman before, so I will have to keep an eye out for her books! I like that this sounds like it has a lot of character development in it.

February 4, 2015 - 10:33 am

Brianna - This sounds like a fun read. The cover is very cute, too.

The Marriage Charm by Linda Lael Miller | Review & Giveaway

The Marriage Charm by Linda Lael Miller ( web | tweet ) The Brides of Bliss County; Book 2 Publication Date: January 27, 2015 Pages: 304 Target audience: Adult romance Keywords: friendship, old love, cowboys, small towns Format read: ARC provided by Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary: Melody and Spence have a second chance if they are willing to take it. […]

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February 1, 2015 - 6:52 pm

Alexa S. - The Marriage Charm sounds absolutely delightful, E! If I were to pick a celebrity to star in my romance novel, it would be… Chris Hemsworth. Sorry, not sorry.

January 28, 2015 - 8:55 am

Leah - HA. This time I knew better than to comment before entering the giveaway! Hands down, Tom Hardy, but only if I got to be the love interest :D!

Also, again, you totally had me at cowboy.

January 27, 2015 - 12:06 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I’ve never read anything by Linda Lael Miller but I am curious. I should definitely look into this one. I love when a lot of focus on strong female friendships. That’s the best. And as someone who talks to herself a lot, I think I would love that aspect, too. 🙂

Three Holiday Novellas (And a Partridge in a Pear Tree)

Fa la la la novella la la la. (Did you like that song?) I’m loving this mini-review thing! Honestly, I don’t read a ton of novellas, but after checking out these three? I’m looking forward to checking out more especially since here are three authors I’ve never read before and I’m excited to read more […]

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December 14, 2014 - 11:55 pm

Alexa S. - Whenever I see you post about holiday novellas, I always want to snatch them all up! I love reading things that will let me revel in the holiday spirit. Of the ones in this post, I’m most intrigued by Shannon Stacey’s novella, since I’ve read and loved a book by her before. But the others sound great too!

December 9, 2014 - 1:01 am

Wendy @ Book Scents - Aww these sound so sweet! I really want to check them out! We just put up our Christmas tree and decorations up tonight and I am in a very Christmas-y mood. These novellas could be just the thing. 🙂

Independently Wealthy by Lorraine Z. Rosenthal | Review & Giveaway

Independently Wealthy by Lorraine Z. Rosenthal ( web | tweet ) → Book 1: New Money from Fall 2013 Publication Date: 12/2/2014 Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Pages: 336 Target audience: New adult/adult Keywords: family secrets/mystery, romance, New York City Format read: ARC provided by Publisher. (Thanks!) Summary: Savannah is still finding her way in New York City: balancing a […]

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December 14, 2014 - 11:52 pm

Alexa S. - How very intriguing! I haven’t read New Money, but I kind of want to just so I can read Independently Wealthy next. I know that you really enjoy her writing, and I totally trust your opinion on books – so I’ll definitely be checking these out at some point 🙂

December 6, 2014 - 1:26 pm

Lucy - Lovely description of Savannah. This book was so much fun! Glad you enjoyed it too 🙂

December 4, 2014 - 9:32 am

Meg - Just started this one last night! I liked New Money well enough, but many parts of it just felt rushed and too much “tell, not show.” I have a hunch I’m going to like this one better! Savannah is a fun character, and I’m looking forward to the adventures finding their way to D.C.!

Happy Harlequin Holidays! (Mini Reviews + Giveaway)

Tis the season to be jolly! Hi, friends! Today kicks off a fun month for Magan and I. We shake up our schedule like our favorite snowglobe and sprinkle in a ton of fun posts including ones like this — holiday themed! Woo. I cannot wait. We have a ton of great stuff for you […]

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February 17, 2015 - 8:00 am

It's Snow-ing Heroes | A Peek at the Brookhollow Series - […] of two of her heroes. I had a great time reading one of the books in the Brookhollow series over the holidays, and let me tell you, Snow can write complex yet sweet romances and nails the small town […]

December 14, 2014 - 11:44 pm

Alexa S. - Seriously, how adorable is this post? And so fitting for this holiday season too! I haven’t quite gotten started on my holiday reads, but I’ve found a few awesome suggestions, thanks to your post 😉

December 7, 2014 - 11:48 pm

Ada - I love the holidays, my family always decorate the tree together and we have afternoon movie time. We watch movies like Elf and Home Alone complete with popcorn and drinks. So much fun! Thanks for the chance to win this awesome prize!

December 7, 2014 - 10:16 pm

Kelvin - I love just being with my family and reading with them! We choose a book to read together and then we celebrate with food and desserts 🙂

December 7, 2014 - 10:13 pm

Daiane - My favorite holiday traditions is baking cookies and just being together with my family. I love when we are all gathered together and having a good time. I just love the spirit of the seasons 🙂

December 7, 2014 - 1:14 pm

Esperanza Gailliard - One of my most treasured holiday traditions is having a warm holiday meal with extended relatives. I miss each and everyone of them these days!

December 7, 2014 - 6:14 am

Anita H. - We drive around to the different neighborhoods looking at all the beautiful lights displays and Christmas decorations. Thanks for the chance to win this awesome giveaway! 🙂

December 7, 2014 - 2:14 am

Laura J - Oh December 1st we leave 24 wrapped books for Carter under the tree. Every night he gets to unwrap one book for us to read at bedtime! We love doing it every year and he loves getting new books!

December 7, 2014 - 12:40 am

bn100 - decorating the tree together

December 6, 2014 - 4:21 pm

Jillyn - Going from our house (in Illinois) to our favorite tree farm in Michigan to pick out a Christmas tree!

December 6, 2014 - 1:22 pm

Lucy - Watching holiday movies and reading holiday books. I’ve had my eyes on a few of these!

December 6, 2014 - 9:22 am

Leah - Okay Estelle, you broke me. You know I swear off all holiday-themed stories…but. BUT. I’m now in the mood for some and it’s entirely your fault! (also: puppies!!)

December 4, 2014 - 11:26 am

Daphne - I used to love going to my grandmas for Christmas to spend with my cousins & family. with my boys, we’re making new traditions, like shopping for presents for less fortunate kids and attending Christmas church service. This year I am wrapping PJs and dvds for the boys to open on Christmas eve, we will watch a movie and then put out milk & cookies for Santa. I also really love time with my BFF at her annual Corndog Christmas party, where there is plenty of alcohol & too many cameras.

December 3, 2014 - 11:51 pm

Alyssa Hamilton - I’d have to say re-watching all of my favourite Christmas movies with my family and lots of hot chocolate 🙂

December 1, 2014 - 7:20 pm

C.M. - One of my favourite holiday traditions (though it’s a new-to-our-family tradition we started for our children, not one I did as a child) is our Advent calender of books. I wrap up 24 Christmas-themed children’s books, and each evening we open one and read it together.

December 1, 2014 - 11:45 am

Monica @ A Southern Girls Bookshelf - Love the time spent with family, those are the best memories.

December 1, 2014 - 11:44 am

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - Holiday traditions – this sounds kind of gross, and it’s kind of a Canadian thing, but there’s this festive special at a chain restaurant in Canada called Swiss Chalet. It’s basically just a turkey dinner with some Lindts for dessert. It’s not particularly good, but every year, I go with one of my friends I’ve known since birth and we get it – it’s our special holiday time, and a time for us to chat about how our year went. =)

December 1, 2014 - 10:49 am

Ashley C - Gathering with my family on Christmas Eve. Drinking hot chocolate and opening 1 Christmas gift each.

December 1, 2014 - 10:22 am

Brianna - We used to get together with family every year when I was a kid. I miss a house full of people and good food.

December 1, 2014 - 10:10 am

Meg - Oh! And one of my treasured holiday traditions is definitely spending Christmas Eve at my grandparents’ house after church, where we would always be treated to one present before Santa got on his way. We still make time to go by every Christmas Eve — and Gram still has a bag of treats for us, even though I’ll soon have a little one myself! 🙂

December 1, 2014 - 10:09 am

Meg - I’m always looking for warm, cozy reads at this time of year — and these definitely fit the bill!