Reviewer Kelly MoranÂ Kelly is an author of several published books, recipient of anÂ Editor's Choice AwardÂ forÂ Outstanding Achievement,Â was inducted into the 2006 Who's Who Book ofÂ Americans,Â a Finalist in the 2008 Best Books Awards,Â and a FinalistÂ in theÂ 2009 Indie Excellence Book Awards.Â She is an activeÂ Romance Writers of AmericaÂ member and is a former staff writer forÂ Poetic Monthly Magazine.
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Author: Lisa Dale
Publisher: Forever (Hachette Book Group)
am impressed with Simple Wishes, by Lisa Dale. Admittedly, I haven’t
heard her name before doing this review, but I won’t hesitate to
recommend her. Simple Wishes and Seeds of Affection are her two
titles, though I am unsure which came first. Lisa Dale grew up in
rural Northwestern New Jersey before attending McDaniel College in
Westminster, Maryland. She worked briefly in publishing before going
back to school to get an MFA in fiction at Fairleigh Dickinson
University. Lisa resides in New Jersey with her boyfriend.
Matin moved to New York years before to escape a lonely childhood and
small hometown life. She built a life for herself and appreciated the
anonymity the city gave her, until one horrible mistake brought all
that contentment crumbling down at her feet. Fleeing to the rural
cottage she inherited from her mother in Pennsylvania, Adele
determines that the situation is only temporary, and as soon as she
is back on stable ground she’ll go back and resume her life again.
However, her extremely attractive green-eyed artist neighbor, Jay
Westvelt, is proving that living in the country has its perks. As
Adele begins to soften and dare to hope for a normal life, secrets
from her mother’s past resurface, making her want to flee once
again and get swallowed up by the big city. Can she get over the past
to truly move on? And can Jay convince her to stay with him and take
the risk to love someone?
It’s pretty rare, even for the most gifted of writers, to genuinely and effortlessly invoke powerful emotions in the reader. Lisa Dale throws you into the characters heads and hearts, making you feel their pain, their joy, and their triumph. There wasn’t a dead spot in the whole book where I lost interest and, this is saying a lot because I’m a quick reader, I had this done in no time as I couldn’t put it down. The setting was superb and I adored the secondary characters greatly. I especially liked the little bit of Korean culture she snuck in there, too, through Beatrice’s character. Lisa Dale was very good at dropping bombshells throughout the storyline, as well. I think in this genre, you always root for a happy ending, even when you know it’s coming. But this book makes you stand up and shout, growl with frustration, and almost needs an applause at the e
Simple Wishes, by Lisa Dale, is a well-written, emotionally packed, blissful read and unlike others of its kind.
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