Friday, February 16, 2024

Book Review Spotlight: Roses in December by Mark A. Gibson

This morning, I have a historical, family saga in our book review spotlight! Check out A Song that Never Ends, learn about author Mark A. Gibson, read my thoughts on the book & enter the book tour giveaway at the end of this post. I had the opportunity to review both books in this series--so stop back tomorrow for my thoughts on the second book!


 
 
Book Title:  Roses in December (Hamilton Place Book 2) by Mark A. Gibson
Category:  Adult Fiction 18 yrs +,  358 pages
Genre:  Family Saga Fiction, Thriller, Historical Fiction
Publisher:  Hamilton Press (Self)
Release date:   April, 2024
Content Rating: A soft R for the following: Language, although appropriate for situation, does have a smattering (perhaps 5 uses over 350 pages) of the F-word. Sexual situations are more so implied than graphic. There is no use of derogatory descriptions for persons, sexes or races. No graphic violence is described.
 
About the Book

Jimmy Hamilton overcame childhood tragedy to become a hero in Vietnam, only to die there in 1967. All but forgotten, Jimmy leaves behind a young wife, an infant son, and a man wracked by guilt.

Circumstances allow Becca, his young widow, to be manipulated into an abusive, loveless union with Jimmy’s brother and into raising her son ignorant of his father’s true identity—a wrong she knows must be set right…but how? When?

Like Jimmy before him, James, Jr. is an intellectually gifted, albeit troubled man. Hamstrung by the false narrative of his life and then tormented by an unspeakable loss, his days are spent treading the knife’s edge between present day reality and a past he’s incapable of forgetting.

With his final act of bravery, Jimmy unknowingly saved the scion of a powerful Washington family. In so doing, he set in place circumstances that just might draw his son back from the abyss…but only if he can somehow make it home from Vietnam.

Roses in December concludes the Hamilton Place series, an epic family saga extending from the Great Depression to present day. Through war and peace, love and loss, triumph and tragedy, follow the Hamilton family on their journey from a run-down farm in South Carolina, through the jungles of Vietnam, to the top of the world in New York City, and through the gardens of stone at Arlington.
 
My Review
 
Roses in December is the Perfect Continuation of this Family Saga. This series should definitely be read in order, and, while you could read this book without picking up A Song That Never Ends, you really need to begin at the beginning with this family drama to develop the most character connections and see the rewards in some of the outcomes. This novel picks up from the first book and carries readers forward into Jimmy's life and family's ups and downs. If you read the first book, yo,u will fall immediately into sync with the author's storytelling style and the realistic feel of his scenes and character interactions.
Expect Characters to Love--and Hate. As with the first novel, dysfunction and emotional experiences fill this historical novel as readers find some new and returning characters playing out the storyline. Despite the adversity and emotional challenges--there is a feeling of goodness and hope woven alongside. There is a sense of resolution, closure and satisfaction for readers--even involving some of those not-so-likable characters.
Would I Recommend Roses in December? I loved this series. This book continues the saga in the same real-world, emotional, relatable way as the first novel and keeps the story family and life focused.  The entire series takes readers on an emotional journey that will tug at the heart, bring moments of hope and offer an ending that satisfies and feels "right". If you enjoy family-focused, historical dramas--this series is well worth a spot on your reading list.
 
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Book Title:  A Song that Never Ends (Hamilton Place Book I) by Mark A. Gibson
Category:  Adult Fiction 18 yrs +,  338 pages
Genre:  Family Saga Fiction, Thriller, Historical Fiction
Publisher:  Hamilton Press (Self)
Release date:   January, 2024
Content Rating: A soft R for the following: Language, although appropriate for situation, does have a smattering (perhaps 5 uses over 350 pages) of the F-word. Sexual situations are more so implied than graphic.There is no use of derogatory descriptions for persons, sexes or races. No graphic violence is described.

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Should you purchase an item via our links--we may receive slight compensation from an
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About the Book

 
Home.
For over three hundred years, that’s what the Hamilton family has called a shrinking swath of farmland in the Appalachian foothills of South Carolina.

Home.
That’s the failing tobacco farm where Walter and Maggie Hamilton choose to raise their three children. Walter has big plans to make the farm more profitable, but his plans are interrupted by World War II and family heartbreak. Walter returns from the war a changed man, and finds Maggie, too, has changed; neither of them for the better. But at least their family is together at...

Home.
More than anything, that’s where their eight-year-old son, Jimmy Hamilton, wants to be. However, after an unspeakable tragedy, he’s sent away from the only life he’s ever known—to live with a kindly uncle in North Carolina, far from…

Home.
That’s where Jimmy is finally going to be, unless fate has plans of its own…

A Song that Never Ends is the first installment of the Hamilton Place series, an epic family saga extending from the Great Depression to present day. Through war and peace, love and loss, triumph and tragedy; follow the Hamilton family on their journey from a run-down farm in South Carolina, through the jungles of Vietnam, to the top of the world in New York City, and beyond the gardens of stone at Arlington.
 
My Review
 
A Song that Never Ends Transports Readers into the Hamilton Family. From the first few pages of this novel, the scenes, the characters, the emotions, and the storyline felt real. The ups and downs of a family touched by life's events, tragedies and glimpses of happiness and hope.  Rural life, wartime emotions, family dramas, and a story that draws readers in and doesn't let go, even with the cliffhanger ending of this first book in the series! Readers will literally step into the cover art into a different time and place and journey with the family inside.
Expect Characters to Love--and Hate. Dysfunction and tragedy dot this historical novel as the cast of characters plays out the family's story.  It's impossible not to root for peace and absolution--even for the less likable characters.  The strength of the character development and emotionally realistic flow of the plot make this a book that you won't want to set aside.
Would I Recommend A Song that Never Ends? I enjoyed the emotional journey of this book--and looked forward to reading the next installment as soon as the last page ended.  There are times to smile and feel "at home" in the story--and times to feel the pain and family dysfunction as well. If you enjoy well-written, well-developed, historical family sagas, you should add this series to your reading list. This novel is not a standalone and doesn't end with resolution and closure for readers, so expect to eagerly await the second book of the series! 

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 Meet the Author

Mark A. Gibson is a physician who practices Cardiology in the mountains of rural North Georgia. He was raised on a small farm in upstate South Carolina—the last postage-stamp sized sliver of a much larger parcel granted to the family by land grant from King Charles II in 1665—and may or may not have once gotten in trouble for digging up his mom’s calla lily bed in search of the family’s long-lost charter.

Dr. Gibson graduated from the Citadel in Charleston, SC with a BS in Biology. Afterwards, he received his medical degree from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, SC. He received his Internal Medicine training through the University of Tennessee Medical System and Cardiology training through the Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center. He served for eight years on active duty with the US Air Force, before leaving the military for private practice.

Although a cardiologist by profession, Dr. Gibson is a dreamer by nature. He is a self-styled oenophile who enjoys travel and fine food. In his spare time, he builds sandcastles and dreams of distant shores.

Roses in December represents Dr. Gibson’s second offering to the world of literature, and the conclusion of his Hamilton Place Series. All previous publications have been of the professional, peer-reviewed, medical variety, and make for lovely sleep aids.


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Thursday, February 15, 2024

Book Review Spotlight: A Song That Never Ends by Mark A. Gibson

This morning, I have a historical, family saga in our book review spotlight! Check out A Song that Never Ends, learn about author Mark A. Gibson, read my thoughts on the book & enter the book tour giveaway at the end of this post. I had the opportunity to review both books in this series--so stop back tomorrow for my thoughts on the second book!


 

Book Title:  A Song that Never Ends (Hamilton Place Book I) by Mark A. Gibson
Category:  Adult Fiction 18 yrs +,  338 pages
Genre:  Family Saga Fiction, Thriller, Historical Fiction
Publisher:  Hamilton Press (Self)
Release date:   January, 2024
Content Rating: A soft R for the following: Language, although appropriate for situation, does have a smattering (perhaps 5 uses over 350 pages) of the F-word. Sexual situations are more so implied than graphic.There is no use of derogatory descriptions for persons, sexes or races. No graphic violence is described.

Many of our posts contain affiliate links.
Should you purchase an item via our links--we may receive slight compensation from an
affiliate partner.  
 

About the Book

 
Home.
For over three hundred years, that’s what the Hamilton family has called a shrinking swath of farmland in the Appalachian foothills of South Carolina.

Home.
That’s the failing tobacco farm where Walter and Maggie Hamilton choose to raise their three children. Walter has big plans to make the farm more profitable, but his plans are interrupted by World War II and family heartbreak. Walter returns from the war a changed man, and finds Maggie, too, has changed; neither of them for the better. But at least their family is together at...

Home.
More than anything, that’s where their eight-year-old son, Jimmy Hamilton, wants to be. However, after an unspeakable tragedy, he’s sent away from the only life he’s ever known—to live with a kindly uncle in North Carolina, far from…

Home.
That’s where Jimmy is finally going to be, unless fate has plans of its own…

A Song that Never Ends is the first installment of the Hamilton Place series, an epic family saga extending from the Great Depression to present day. Through war and peace, love and loss, triumph and tragedy; follow the Hamilton family on their journey from a run-down farm in South Carolina, through the jungles of Vietnam, to the top of the world in New York City, and beyond the gardens of stone at Arlington.
 
My Review
 
A Song that Never Ends Transports Readers into the Hamilton Family. From the first few pages of this novel, the scenes, the characters, the emotions, and the storyline felt real. The ups and downs of a family touched by life's events, tragedies and glimpses of happiness and hope.  Rural life, wartime emotions, family dramas, and a story that draws readers in and doesn't let go, even with the cliffhanger ending of this first book in the series! Readers will literally step into the cover art into a different time and place and journey with the family inside.
Expect Characters to Love--and Hate. Dysfunction and tragedy dot this historical novel as the cast of characters plays out the family's story.  It's impossible not to root for peace and absolution--even for the less likable characters.  The strength of the character development and emotionally realistic flow of the plot make this a book that you won't want to set aside.
Would I Recommend A Song that Never Ends? I enjoyed the emotional journey of this book--and looked forward to reading the next installment as soon as the last page ended.  There are times to smile and feel "at home" in the story--and times to feel the pain and family dysfunction as well. If you enjoy well-written, well-developed, historical family sagas, you should add this series to your reading list. This novel is not a standalone and doesn't end with resolution and closure for readers, so expect to eagerly await the second book of the series! 

Buy the Book 
 
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Book Title:  Roses in December (Hamilton Place Book 2) by Mark A. Gibson
Category:  Adult Fiction 18 yrs +,  358 pages
Genre:  Family Saga Fiction, Thriller, Historical Fiction
Publisher:  Hamilton Press (Self)
Release date:   April, 2024
Content Rating: A soft R for the following: Language, although appropriate for situation, does have a smattering (perhaps 5 uses over 350 pages) of the F-word. Sexual situations are more so implied than graphic. There is no use of derogatory descriptions for persons, sexes or races. No graphic violence is described.
 
About the Book

Jimmy Hamilton overcame childhood tragedy to become a hero in Vietnam, only to die there in 1967. All but forgotten, Jimmy leaves behind a young wife, an infant son, and a man wracked by guilt.

Circumstances allow Becca, his young widow, to be manipulated into an abusive, loveless union with Jimmy’s brother and into raising her son ignorant of his father’s true identity—a wrong she knows must be set right…but how? When?

Like Jimmy before him, James, Jr. is an intellectually gifted, albeit troubled man. Hamstrung by the false narrative of his life and then tormented by an unspeakable loss, his days are spent treading the knife’s edge between present day reality and a past he’s incapable of forgetting.

With his final act of bravery, Jimmy unknowingly saved the scion of a powerful Washington family. In so doing, he set in place circumstances that just might draw his son back from the abyss…but only if he can somehow make it home from Vietnam.

Roses in December concludes the Hamilton Place series, an epic family saga extending from the Great Depression to present day. Through war and peace, love and loss, triumph and tragedy, follow the Hamilton family on their journey from a run-down farm in South Carolina, through the jungles of Vietnam, to the top of the world in New York City, and through the gardens of stone at Arlington.
Buy the Book
 
(preorder now!)
Amazon
 
 Meet the Author

Mark A. Gibson is a physician who practices Cardiology in the mountains of rural North Georgia. He was raised on a small farm in upstate South Carolina—the last postage-stamp sized sliver of a much larger parcel granted to the family by land grant from King Charles II in 1665—and may or may not have once gotten in trouble for digging up his mom’s calla lily bed in search of the family’s long-lost charter.

Dr. Gibson graduated from the Citadel in Charleston, SC with a BS in Biology. Afterwards, he received his medical degree from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, SC. He received his Internal Medicine training through the University of Tennessee Medical System and Cardiology training through the Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center. He served for eight years on active duty with the US Air Force, before leaving the military for private practice.

Although a cardiologist by profession, Dr. Gibson is a dreamer by nature. He is a self-styled oenophile who enjoys travel and fine food. In his spare time, he builds sandcastles and dreams of distant shores.

Roses in December represents Dr. Gibson’s second offering to the world of literature, and the conclusion of his Hamilton Place Series. All previous publications have been of the professional, peer-reviewed, medical variety, and make for lovely sleep aids.


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Thursday, February 1, 2024

Book Review: The Black Leopard's Kiss & The Writer Remembers by Laury Egan

This morning, I have a literary piece to share! Check out The Black Leopard's Kiss & The Writer Remembers, read my thoughts on the novellas and learn about author Laury Egan.



Book TitleThe Black Leopard's Kiss & The Writer Remembers by Laury A. Egan
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+), 306 pages
Genre:  Literary, with magical realism
Publisher:  Spectrum Books
Release Date: Dec 16, 2023

Content Rating:  PG + M.  Language is moderate; scenes of attempted incest and lesbian encounter.  

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Mystery Spotlight: Dead Letters by P.J. Murphy

Today, I have a literary mystery to share with you! Check out Dead Letters, learn about author P.J. Murphy, and enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.



Book Title:  Dead Letters by P.J. Murphy
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+), 349 pages
Genre:  Mystery, Literary Fiction
Publisher:  P.J. Murphy
Release date:   May 2023
Content Rating:  PG-13 +M. The book is not violent, and swearing is infrequent. There are a number of references to ghosts, but the atmosphere is more gothic than scary (with one exception). However, it is a book aimed squarely at adults, with references to depression and mental illness.
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“If you want to find me, search within these pages.”

Bestselling author Richard Debden is missing. The only clue: a copy of his unpublished final novel delivered to his ex-girlfriend, Amy. When those closest to Richard reunite for his memorial, Amy turns to Chris, his former best friend, to help unravel the mystery. Could Richard still be alive and in need of their help?

Richard’s manuscript tells of two abandoned children in wartime Britain, instructed by a shadowy Postmaster to deliver letters to ghosts and release them from their torment. As Chris and Amy delve into the text, they identify parallels between fiction and reality; clues to a trail that leads across the country and – they hope – to Richard.

But they are not the only interested party. A mysterious society is following them, their motives unclear. Can Chris and Amy unlock the secrets of Dead Letters, or will more sinister forces get there first?

Dead Letters is the captivating second novel by P.J. Murphy, author of Troubleshot.
 
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Meet the Author

P.J. Murphy writes novels that introduce unusual and humorous twists to classic genres. If you pick up one of his books, you’re in for an interesting read that never loses its sense of fun. As a writer, P.J. tries to stick to the adage ‘write what you know’, although with the addition, ‘just make sure you exaggerate and distort it beyond all recognition’. He is planning to write a novel about taking a road trip with a parrot. He has never owned a parrot.


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Monday, January 29, 2024

Inspirational Romance Review: Overflow with Hope by E.C. Jackson

This morning, I have another book to share from the Hope series by E.C. Jackson.  Check out Overflow with Hope, read my thoughts on the book, learn about the author & be sure to enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.

Thursday, January 25, 2024

Inspirational Romance Review: The Confident Hope by E.C. Jackson

This morning, I have another book to share from the Hope series by E.C. Jackson.  Check out The Confident Hope, read my thoughts on the book, learn about the author & be sure to enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Romance Review Spotlight: The Certain Hope by E.C. Jackson

This morning, I have another book to share from the Hope series by E.C. Jackson.  Check out The Certain Hope, read my thoughts on the book, learn about the author & be sure to enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.

​Book Title: The Certain Hope: Hope Series, Book 3 by E.C. Jackson
Category:  Adult Fiction 18+, 261 pages
Genre: Inspirational Romance
Publisher:  E.C. Jackson
Release date:  Dec 5, 2018
Content Rating:  PG + M. These books contain mature themes.


The title of this novel is perfectly suitable to its meaning. The Certain Hope is the one of a couple of lonely guys that decided to marry after two weeks of dating. The groom believes that everything will go fine, especially if the bride will do only what he wants. He is control addicted, she is a romantic girl who believes in having met the man of her dreams. Through this behavioral contrast, the author built a great story, focused on the burning topics of marriage, loss and control addiction. In my view, the novel is a little, big literary masterpiece for the underlying meaning that oozes from every chapter. I believe that The Certain Hope deserves to be translated internationally and this thought is my certain hope for the success of this gripping romance novel. -- review by Advices books Reviews



 
About the Book

Love at first sight. It’s every girl’s dream. But Tara Simpkins is finding out it’s not as easy as it seems. Is this truly the man God sent to be her husband, or is she just desperate to escape her loneliness? The recent loss of both parents has left her reeling, and close friends don’t think she’s in any position to make major life decisions. She and her new-found love are convinced they can live happily ever after in the home of their dreams. His family thinks he’s moving way too fast and might disappoint the kind-hearted woman he’s fallen head over heels for. And then there’s Leah. Leah is supposed to be part of his past, but what if she decides she’s his future? Tara’s match made in Heaven may be over before it truly begins.
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My Review


The Certain Hope Offers More Instant Romance than Inspiration. This novel is a standalone book in the Christian romance Hope series.  While it focuses on the couple's relationship and the impacts of outside influences and life drama, the Christian themes and messages are more muddled in this contemporary romance. The couple experienced more of an instant-romance-now-what sort of story that didn't feel as realistic or inspirational as the previous novels in the series. I still enjoyed the author's attention to detail, subplot creations, and writing style--but, I had a more challenging time connecting to the main characters and their plights.

 

You May Like Supporting Characters More than the Main Players. This was another novel where I just didn't love any of the characters.  Aside from the instant romance, the characters felt mismatched and insincere.  Having said that, I enjoyed the interactions of the supporting characters and the development of the non-romance angles of the story.

 

Would I Recommend The Certain Hope by E.C. Jackson? This novel may be perfect for true contemporary romance novel fans--especially those who enjoy instant-romance plots and less realistic interactions. There are Christian elements in the novel--but they are less strong than in the earlier books of the series.  I love the author's storytelling style and her setting development, but, I didn't feel as faith-filled and inspired by this book.  I would recommend the book to contemporary romance fans who enjoy the ups and downs of whirlwind romances.

 
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