Sisters in Bloom by Melissa Foster

Today I’m delighted to be taking part in the book tour for Sisters in Bloom by Melissa Foster.  Thank you to Fiction Addiction Book Tours for sending me the eBook.

Book #2 in the 9 book Snow Sisters Series

“Kaylie Snow has always been the fun, flirty, pretty sister. Now her burgeoning baby bump, hormone-infused emotions, and faltering singing career are sending her into an unexpected identity crisis. Watching her older sister, Danica, glide through a major career change and a new relationship with the grace of a ballerina, Kaylie’s insecurities rise to the forefront—and her relationship with fiancé Chaz Crew is caught in the crossfire.

Chaz Crew has everything he’s ever wanted: a lovely fiancée, a baby on the way, and soon, the film festival he owns will host its biggest event ever. When he’s called away to woo the festival’s largest sponsor—and the lover he’s never admitted to having—secrets from his past turn his new life upside down.

With her baby shower around the corner and her fiancé’s big event looming, the pressure is on for Kaylie to pull herself together—and for Chaz to right his wrongs. In a few short weeks, the couple who had it all figured out will learn things about life and love that may change their minds—and their hearts.”

SISTERS IN BLOOM is a testament to the bond of sisters, the strength of women, and the pains and delights that accompany motherhood. A book for every mother, sister, and daughter, SISTERS IN BLOOM will resonate with readers who love to explore family dramas.

MY REVIEW

I was looking forward to reading this after enjoying the first book in the series Sisters in Love (review here).  The previous book had focused on Danica but this one was more about Kaylie and I was excited to find out what was going on in her life.  Getting into her mind showed me that she also felt insecure about certain things and this made me relate to her more easily than I did in the first book.  It was good to find out more about her boyfriend Chaz because I didn’t really know much about him – he turned out to be a really likeable character who had an interesting past.  Danica and Blake’s relationship was something that I wanted to catch up on so I was pleased when I realised that this book would revisit them too.

One of the biggest parts of this book involved the ups and downs of pregnancy and how it affects a woman.  When that woman is career driven and independent it successfully showed the variety of emotions she would face.  I felt that the author was accurate in her descriptions of pregnancy emotions and this meant that the storyline had a realistic atmosphere.

With regards to Kaylie and Danica’s relationship I found it fascinating to see things from both sides, it seemed that both of them felt like the insignificant sister and I enjoyed following the thought processes that got them to that conclusion.

There were plenty of secrets that were clearly only going to lead to trouble and these combined with a handful of seriously complicated relationships to produce a drama filled story.

I was surprised by an unexpected twist near the end and the heartwarming finish left me smiling and wondering where the sisters lives would be heading next!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Melissa Foster is the award-winning author of four International bestselling novels. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Café. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.

Visit Melissa on The Women’s NestFostering Success, or World Lit Cafe.

AUTHOR LINKS

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Sisters in Love by Melissa Foster including Giveaway!

Today I’m delighted to be taking part in the book tour for Sisters in Love by Melissa Foster.  Thank you to Fiction Addiction Book Tours for sending me the eBook.

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Book #1 in the Snow Sister Series

“Danica Snow has always been the smart, practical, and appropriate sister.   As a therapist, she prides herself on making reasonable, conservative choices, even if a bit boring, and as part of the Big Sister Program, she has little time for anything more in her life.

Blake Carter is a player. He never gets bored of conquering women, and with his sexy good looks and successful lifestyle, he has no trouble finding willing participants. When his friend and business partner dies in a tragic accident, he suddenly, desperately, wants to change his ways. The problem is, he doesn’t know how to stop doing what he does best.

When Blake walks into Danica’s office, the attraction between them is white hot, but Danica isn’t the type to give into the heat and risk her career. Danica’s desire sets her on a path of self-discovery, where she begins to question every decision she’s ever made. Just this once, Danica wants to indulge in the pleasures of life she’s been so willingly ignoring, but with her Little Sister in turmoil and her biological sister’s promiscuousness weighing heavily on her heart, she isn’t sure it’s the right time to set her desires free.”

SISTERS IN LOVE is a light, uplifting work of women’s fiction and will resonate with readers who enjoy emotional journeys of the heart with strong heroines and sexy, lovable heroes. Readers of books by Jane Porter and Beth Kendrick will enjoy Danica and Blake’s story.

MY REVIEW

I loved the sound of this book from reading the blurb and I have enjoyed other books by this author (reviews here) so I was looking forward to getting stuck in.

With a sizzling start I found myself hooked from the first few pages, I could almost feel the chemistry between Danica and Blake flying off the page at me!  It was obvious even from that point that Danica wasn’t someone who normally lost her head over a guy so I enjoyed the affect he had on her.  When the storyline switched to Blake’s point of view I was pleased to find out that he had been just as affected by Danica – this may have made it clear where the story was heading but I was still excited to find out just how it would work.

A tragic event gave me chills as I read it even though it was something I had been expecting after reading the blurb.  It was an important moment for Blake and was the leading factor in bringing him to Danica’s doorstep.  The therapy sessions were one of my favourite parts of the book, I just loved the tension that was created whenever the two of them were in that room together!

The character development in this book was wonderful, I really enjoyed seeing Danica grow and become stronger as the story progressed. Even Blake faced some big changes that forced him to look at his life differently.

Throughout the book there were a few unexpected twists and this kept me on my toes, I actually read it very quickly because I just couldn’t put it down – I needed (yes, needed) to know what would happen next.

This was a fun and, at times, steamy read that captured my attention from the start.  Another fab read from Melissa Foster.

Sisters in Love is now free and should be until the end of January.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Melissa Foster is the award-winning author of four International bestselling novels. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Café. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.

Visit Melissa on The Women’s NestFostering Success, or World Lit Cafe.

AUTHOR LINKS

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BUY THE BOOK

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Traces of Kara – Melissa Foster – Blog Tour and Giveaway

Today I’m delighted to be taking part in the book tour for Traces of Kara by Melissa Foster.  Thank you to Fiction Addiction Book Tours for sending me the eBook.

Traces of Kara

“Kara Knight can’t wait to leave her hometown for the promise of nursing school and a fresh start on her future–leaving behind an over protective mother, a broken heart and painful memories. However, twenty-five miles away, the twin she doesn’t know exists is determined to be reunited with the sister he cannot forget.

Kara is abducted and thrown into her obsessive captor’s delusional world. As the past she thought she knew unravels around her, Kara struggles to make sense of the memories that come creeping back, threatening her sanity and her safety. Meanwhile, Kara’s mother races against time to save the daughter she fears she will lose when a long-held secret is revealed. The hours tick away as her captor plays out his plan–to take Kara with him into death at the exact moment of their birth, never to be separated again.”

As you may have noticed on Me, My Books and I, I don’t often read books from this genre.  For me to want to read this kind of book the blurb has to really jump out at me and that is exactly what Traces of Kara did – I was super intrigued and wanted to know more!

Straight away I was sucked into the dark and dangerous atmosphere but as I read about Kara’s plans for her future the darkness changed to a feeling of hope.  I knew what was coming so I was on the edge of my seat just waiting for something to happen and when the moment came my heart was pounding furiously.  What followed was intense and creepy, Kara’s fear as she faced her terrifying ordeal was almost palpable and reading about what was going through her mind made me feel like I was with her every step of the way.

Roland was a complex character who created a mixture of emotions within me, his thoughts were fascinating but harrowing and I really felt as though I had climbed into the mind of a crazed killer.  He clearly had some serious psychological problems which occasionally (not very often) made me feel sad for him, he genuinely did love his sister but was unable to see that what he was doing was very wrong.

As the body count went up and more people became involved I was gripped by the panic and desperation that filtered through, particularly from Kara’s mother who, as any mother would, fought so hard to protect her daughter.  When all the pieces of the puzzle finally fell into place I was holding my breath wondering who would survive and who wouldn’t but I won’t tell you the answer to that, you’ll have to read it and find out :P.  However, I will say that the last few words of the epilogue gave me chills – I wasn’t expecting that!

This was a tense, gripping read that really got my heart pounding.

Traces of Kara is published by World Literary Press and is available to buy from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

melissa fosterMelissa Foster is the award-winning author of four International bestselling novels. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Café. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.

Visit Melissa on The Women’s NestFostering Success, or World Lit Cafe.

To find out more about Melissa Foster click on the following links:

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GIVEAWAY

You also have the chance to win a paperback copy of Traces of Kara by clicking on the Rafflecopter link below and following the instructions:

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Have No Shame – Melissa Foster – Blog Tour Including Giveaway

Today I’m excited to be taking part in the book tour for Have No Shame by Melissa Foster.  Thank you to Fiction Addiction Book Tours for sending me an e-copy of the book.

Have no shame

“Alison Tillman has called Forrest Town, Arkansas home for the past eighteen years. Her mother’s Blue Bonnet meetings, her father toiling night and day on the family farm, and the division of life between the whites and the blacks are all Alison knows. The winter of 1967, just a few months before marrying her high school sweetheart, Alison finds the body of a black man floating in the river, and she begins to view her existence with new perspective. The oppression and hate of the south, the ugliness she once was able to avert her eyes from, now demands her attention.

When a secretive friendship with a young black man takes an unexpected romantic turn, Alison is forced to choose between her predetermined future, and the dangerous path that her heart yearns for.”

I was really intrigued by the blurb for this book but I had no idea just how much I would enjoy it.  I was utterly gripped by the storyline, it was one of those books that had me thinking about it even when I wasn’t reading!

It began with Alison making a gruesome discovery, this was a powerful way to start a book in my opinion and it captured my interest immediately.  Obviously Alison was deeply upset by what she found but it also made her think more about the town she was living in and the actions of its people – she started to realise that she didn’t agree with what was going on.  It seemed to me that finding the body opened up the floodgates of curiosity for Alison and she began to question everything she had previously been taught about skin colour and her place in life. Venturing into forbidden territory was just the start of her rebellion…

It was clear from the start that Alison’s relationship with Jimmy Lee wasn’t healthy and I found myself willing her to be strong enough to make her own decisions.  When Jackson came into her life he opened her eyes to a whole new kind of love but this also brought danger and at this point I could almost feel Alison’s confusion jumping off the page at me.

When Alison’s sister Maggie returned from New York she was full of new ideas about civil rights and it showed Alison just how behind their town was, this was a definite turning point because it meant that Alison was able to imagine the world in a very different way.  Maggie was a great character, she brought out the good side of her sister and I thoroughly enjoyed their moments together.  Another great character was Alison’s mum who was just full of surprises!  I loved seeing how their bond became stronger as they got to know each other properly.

It got rather tense towards the end, particularly during the boycott and when secrets were finally revealed – it was nail-biting stuff!  There were also a few tender moments that brought tears to my eyes so it’s certainly a book that covers a range of emotions.

I loved the style of writing, I could imagine hearing the southern accents in my head (just to let you know, I don’t usually hear voices in my head unless I’m reading :)) and this meant I was easily able to immerse myself in the story.  The subject was difficult but fascinating and I felt that the author captured the emotions of everyone involved perfectly.

This was a compelling tale of forbidden love and civil rights – a must read!

Have No Shame is available to buy from Amazon.comAmazon.co.uk and Barnes & Noble.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

melissa fosterMelissa Foster is the award-winning author of four International bestselling novels. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Café. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.

Visit Melissa on The Women’s Nest, Fostering Success, or World Lit Cafe.

To find out more about Melissa Foster click on the following links:

WebsiteTwitterFacebookPinterestGoodreads

GIVEAWAY

You also have the chance to win a paperback copy of Have No Shame by clicking on the Rafflecopter link below and following the instructions:

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