Chasing Kites Review

Chasing Kites: One Woman’s Unexpected Journey

Through Infertility, Adoption, and Foster Care

By Rachel McCracken

After years of struggling with infertility, Rachel and her husband adopt four older children at the same time from another country! They later adopt three additional children from the U.S. foster care system. This book is a mixture of memoir and advice. This was a fabulous memoir. It was everything I wanted it to be with the truth about emotions and struggles on this journey. Rachel is amazing and she shares such important lessons in this book. Here’s a favorite quote from page 17- “God uses those who choose to be used. It’s as simple as that. I have seen this play out time and time again. Exquisite joy can come from deep grief, but we must first choose to be refined, choose to be used, and choose to look up.”

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Love to Give Book Review

Love to Give

By Denise Johnson

After struggling with years of infertility, Denise’s college roommate offers to have her and her husband, Ron, adopt her baby. The couple are thrilled, especially when they find out they are pregnant themselves. Sadly, it isn’t until years later that they become parents and are faced with tragedy after tragedy.

I really loved this book. I ended up staying up very late two nights in a row to finish it. I had to find out how Ron and Denise’s story ended. I cannot believe that tragedies they had to walk through. The emotions were so real. It truly broke my heart. But the ending of the book is full of beautiful blessings. Life often doesn’t make sense. Some people experience such tragedy, while others don’t. God has a plan for each of us. Denise learned to cling to God and to trust Him, not matter how much her heart broke.

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The Bulletproof Proposal

The Bulletproof Proposal

By Rebekah Louise

4 our of 5 chickadees singing!

I was given this book and am voluntarily reviewing it. This was a cute short story about a woman not only proposing to her boyfriend, but planning the entire wedding without him and surprising him! Putting together a wedding in two weeks would be my nightmare, but it was fun to read about how she did it and made it happen. I love reading about wedding planning, as I had so much fun planning my own. Like main character, Lisa, I wasn’t sure how her boyfriend, Matt, was going to respond. I love when my chick lit books are not completely predictable.

I would have loved if this story were a bit longer and more fleshed out. It did feel rushed. Overall, though, I enjoyed this quick read that gave me happy memories of planning my own special day.

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What She Left Book Tour

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What She Left

I am so honored to take part in this awesome blog tour! If you liked Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train, you will love this book. If you’re a fan of domestic drama, you will love this book. I was enthralled.

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Book Summary

Helen Cooper has a charmed life. She’s beautiful, accomplished, organised – the star parent at the school. Until she disappears.

But Helen wasn’t abducted or murdered. She’s chosen to walk away, abandoning her family, husband Sam, and her home.

Where has Helen gone, and why? What has driven her from her seemingly perfect life? What is she looking for? Sam is tormented by these questions, and gradually begins to lose his grip on work and his family life.

He sees Helen everywhere in the faces of strangers. He’s losing control.

But then one day, it really is Helen’s face he sees…

My Review

I reviewed this book as part of a book tour and am voluntarily reviewing it. This was a fascinating read. Part thriller, part mystery, but mostly about relationships and the secrets we keep. One day, Helen disappears. A campaign is launched to find her. Astonishingly, her husband, Sam, is told by the police a few days later that she turned herself in, safe and well, and has no desire to see him. She vanished on purpose. Sam is haunted by the question of “why” and falls into a pit of drinking and depression.Eventually, we discover why Helen did what she did. The story mainly switches between the perspectives of Sam, his new friend Lara, and eventually, Helen.

I liked the characters in this story. All deeply flawed, but relatable. I was eager to find out why and how Helen had vanished. There are some surprises at the end (although a careful reader could see them coming). This book definitely kept my interest and I stayed up until 3 AM to finish it. I was intrigued by the plot and the ending did not disappoint. I would recommend this to fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train.

Purchase Links

Paperback: https://www.amazon.co.uk/What-She-Left-Rosie-Fiore/dp/1760292494/ref=tmm_pap_title_1?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Kindle: https://www.amazon.co.uk/What-She-Left-Rosie-Fiore-ebook/dp/B07253XZR4/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Author Bio

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Rosie Fiore was born and grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa. She studied drama at the University of the Witwatersrand and has worked as a writer for theatre, television, magazines, advertising, comedy and the corporate market.

Her first two novels, This Year’s Black and Lame Angel were published by Struik in South Africa. This Year’s Black was longlisted for the South African Sunday Times Literary Award and has subsequently been re-released as an e-book. Babies in Waiting, Wonder Women and Holly at Christmas were published by Quercus. She is the author of After Isabella, also published by Allen & Unwin.

Rosie’s next book, The After Wife (written as Cass Hunter), will be published by Trapeze in 2018, and in translation is seven countries around the world.

Rosie lives in London with her husband and two sons.

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/rosiefiorewriter/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/rosiefiore

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The Expat Diaries Series Review

The Expat Diaries

By Michele Gorman

There are 3 books in this series and I read them all! Overall, I would give the series 3 out of 5 chickadees singing. Hope you enjoy the reviews.

The Expat Diaries: Single in the City

I have loved a lot of Michele Gorman’s books, but this one was just okay. There wasn’t a clear plot and the book skipped over big parts and just briefly explained them from a future point. It was odd. 

I did enjoy the main character. She was clumsy and awkward, yet mostly sweet. There were times where she annoyed me by being shallow or careless. I liked reading about an American woman trying to make it in London. She met some interesting and varied men and there were some funny moments. I was quite happy with the man she ended up with. I do want to read the sequel, even if this book didn’t blow me away.

The Expat Diaries: Misfortune Cookie

I enjoyed this book more than the first one. It didn’t jump around as much and had a smoother plot. The main character has also matured. 

Hannah has moved to Hong Kong with her boyfriend, Sam. Unfortunately, he’s on project elsewhere. But lucky for Hannah, her best friend, Stacy, decides to move to Hong Kong, too! Hannah gets a great new job in the fashion industry.

I really enjoyed reading about Hannah’s job. Her new boss and friends are awesome. Hannah struggles with the long-distance aspect of her relationship, which is relatable. I wish she had been more honest and open with Sam, but her character is still developing. I also really liked reading about Hong Kong, as I know nothing about the area. This was a quick read and I eagerly started the third because I want to know what happens to Hannah! Overall, this was an improvement over the first book and an enjoyable read.

The Twelve Days of Christmas

A sweet conclusion to this series! Hannah is back with Sam and she believes he’s going to propose to her at Christmas. Hannah is in a panic remembering all the times she told little white lies to impress him. Does he know the real Hannah? Would he love her if he knew? Meanwhile, Hannah’s boss is dating her friend Stacy and trying to sell the company. 

Hannah was way overthinking things and not being open and honest again. It annoyed me after I thought she had matured more in the last book. However, I loved the ending to this story. I also liked the format as each chapter title went with the 12 days of Christmas song. I was honestly not sure how the story was going to end. I appreciate that this series hasn’t been predictable, which is a rarity in a chick lit. Everything is tied up nicely at the end, even with secondary characters. Overall, I would recommend this series to fans of travel chick lit.

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