Book Review – Chameleon Games by June V. Bourgo

Chameleon Games by June V. Bourgo

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Chameleon Games is the second book in The Crossing Trilogy. The story follows Chelsea Grey, a 40-year-old woman who spent the last 20 years imprisoned in her neighbour’s basement. Nine months after her freedom, she is struggling with building relationships and trust. She lives with her mother and is also trying to build a bond with her daughter, Sydney, who was only a year old when she was abducted. The problem is, everyone treats Chelsea like she’s a victim. Chelsea makes a bold move to live on her own in a secluded area. Hoping the separation will allow her to know herself, figure out what she wants, and learn to trust again.

I really enjoyed this second book of The Crossing Trilogy. The story is well-written and it’s easy to like the characters in this book. Except for the villains, and there are a few. There are moments that brought a smile to my face and tears to my eyes. Not to mention a few action-packed and tense sections. The story kept me involved, and I looked forward to reading it every day. This was truly an enjoyable read.

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Book Review – Love and Pollination by Mari Jane Law

Love & Pollination by Mari Jane Law

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Perdita Riley has no family other than one particular nun who helped raise her at the orphanage until she was old enough to be on her own. She’s beautiful and a little quirky, a characteristic that contributed to her having a lack of friends. But the few she has, adore her. Good with number, she became a financial advisor until one day her conscience gets the better of her and she finds herself unemployed. But worse than that, she’s single, jobless, and pregnant. Or as Perdita likes to say, germinating a seedling. What else could go wrong in this young woman’s life?

Love and Pollination by Mari Jane Law is the first romantic comedy novel I’ve read. And while it was a sweet story, I did not find it a laugh-out-loud kind of book. But I did find myself smiling at some of the silliness at times. The story is well-written and though Perdita’s naivety is a little extreme, she is an endearing and well-developed character. You really get a sense of who she is and can’t help but root for her. Tony, the antagonist in the story, is a jerk. But he’s a little two-dimensional. Further development of his character would have made for an even stronger antagonist.

If you like sweet and quirky stories that are well-written and paced, you will like Love and Pollination.

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Book Review – Sea Cliff by Mary Deal

Sea Cliff

Sea Cliff by Mary Deal

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sea Cliff is the story of child abuse survivor Rachel Connor. Rachel is also an author working on a new book. The story she is writing revolves around a female character who shares many of Rachel’s history including abuse and emotional scars. Without having had a personal experience with men and relationships, her male character is based on a man she regularly sees at the park where she like to spend her time writing. The problem is, this man, Matthew, has noticed Rachel, and she feels as though he is hitting on her. Something Rachel is not comfortable with.

As the weeks and months go by, Rachel and Matthew become more than just acquaintances, but can their relationship withstand Rachel’s past? Will Rachel’s novel become the success she hopes for and will it help heal her scars?

Sea Cliff is a well written and touching story with some interesting turns, and I wasn’t always sure where the story was going.

I do have to say I couldn’t get stuck into this book as I have with other stories by this author. It is a good story and the pace was fine, but there were times where it didn’t hold my attention. And yet other times I wanted to find out what happened next.

In any case, if you do like a nice story with a happy ending this is a good read.

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Book Review – On My Way to You

On My Way To You: Large Print Edition

On My Way To You: Large Print Edition by Ronald Bagliere

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Michelle and her best friend, Cam, leave Cornwall, Ontario and head to Nepal. It is Cam’s idea that they hike the Himalayas in memory of Michelle’s husband, Adam, who died in a car accident two years earlier.

John Patterson, still bitter from the accident on Everest that left him an amputee, struggles with his future as a hiking guide. Before the accident that took his leg, he was one of the best on the climbing circuit.

I was excited to learn about this book as I truly enjoyed The Lion of Khum Jung. While this story is not a continuation, it does have some of the same wonderful characters.

Ronald Bagliere weaves a great fictional tale amongst real-life tragedies on and around Everest. His characters are believable with many layers and the story is well-written.

I enjoyed this first book of the Hearts of Nepal series and look forward to reading the next one.

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