Beach Reads Blog Tour 2015 Day 6 #BeachBooks @dino0726

It’s Day 6 of our Beach Reads Book Tour and today my guest is book reviewer Diane Coto from FictionZeal.com

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FictionZeal’s ‘Summer Beach Reads’ Suggestions:

Some people like to travel to the mountains for a holiday, and I can understand why. In the heat, the trees often provide some much appreciated shade. However, I’m a beach goer. The ocean water totally relaxes me and if I have a book along … well, it really adds a whole other dimension to relaxing and enjoying the beach. I love sitting on the balcony with a book, feeling the ocean breeze; hearing the gulls and the ocean waves and families chattering below … it’s about as close to heaven as I can imagine while here on earth.

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My preferred beach is Myrtle Beach, SC. It only takes about 2.5 hours to get there from our home. The beach is beautiful and kept-up very well. I’ve listed five books that I have thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend no matter where you choose to spend your summer vacation.

Mercy’s Rain by Cindy K. Sproles –

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I read this only a few weeks ago. Set in the mountains of Tennessee in 1897, it is the story of Mercy Roller who had been abused by her father who was also the pastor of Wadalow Mountain. It’s her story of taking part in the killing of her father and being sent away by her mother. After traveling for a few days, she finds another pastor she calls ‘Preacher’. Why should she think he would be any better than her father? Once she gives herself a chance to get to know him, she finds out he is quite different. Link to full review on FictionZeal.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

The Reluctant Midwife (A Hope River Novel) by Patricia Harman –

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This is also a historical fiction novel set in 1934 in the midst of the Great Depression. As the book begins, Nurse Becky Myers is driving from Percyville, VA to WV; Dr. Isaac Blum is her passenger. They are relocating as there is no work to be found. She is taking care of Dr. Blum who is catatonic, not having said anything since his wife’s death a year before. They begin to rebuild in Hope River, both taking help as well as giving it. It was a dire time in America and people had little choice but to pull together and assist each other in order to just have enough food to eat. Link to full review on FictionZeal.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio –

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Another historical fiction but with a twist. One story is about Vera Ray in 1933. An alternate story is about Claire Aldridge in current day. The setting is Seattle in early May in which there is an unusual snowstorm pattern nicknamed Blackberry Winter. Claire Aldridge is a newspaper reporter who is assigned with a story for the storm. Unhappy with the assignment, she finally stumbles across a small article about Vera Ray whose three year old son Daniel had gone missing. I loved watching both of these women as the novel alternated between the two. Link to full review on FictionZeal.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Virtues of Oxygen by Susan Schoenberger –

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This would be classified as ‘women’s fiction.’ Vivian contracted polio at the age of six in 1955 .. about three years before a vaccine became available. She had all but lost the ability to breathe on her own, so she’s placed in an iron lung. The story of Vivian begins when she is 65. She’s managed to become very successful in the stock market. She’s still in an iron lung and the people in the small town she lives in volunteer their time to take care of her .. round the clock care. This could be a very boring and depressing story, but it’s not. The personality of Vivian makes up for her inability to get around. The author was inspired to write this story from the true life of Martha Mason who resided in North Carolina. She lived her life in an iron lung until she passed at the age of seventy-one. Link to full review on FictionZeal.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Shady Cross by James Hankins –

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I was hard pressed for the fifth book as there are several more, but finally decided upon Shady Cross. I’m a mystery buff, yet this is the only mystery on my Beach Reads list. Stokes is not a good guy. He lies and steals, but he doesn’t kill anyone … until one day he caused a man to careen off a mountain road. Even then, he takes a bag full of money from the back seat of the ‘now dead’ driver’s car. On a bus heading back to town, a phone rings from inside the bag. As people get more and more annoyed, he has to answer the phone. A little girl says, “Daddy, … Are you there? Can you hear me? They told me you’re coming to get me soon. That if you give them money, they’ll let you take me home.”
Link to full review on FictionZeal.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

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28 thoughts on “Beach Reads Blog Tour 2015 Day 6 #BeachBooks @dino0726

  1. Great selection, I like the sound of Shady Cross. I did try Blackberry Winter but couldn’t get into it, so I’ve put it aside to try again sometime.

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  2. Great choices here. I have The Reluctant Midwife- given to me by a friend for my TBR pile. Must move it to the top. Going over to read the review of Mercy’s Rain

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  3. I’m presuming SC is South Carolina rather than southern California?! I quite like the look of the second and the fifth – the history of 20s and 30s America interests me greatly, and what an excellent idea for Shady Cross!!! I’ve just read your full review – I’m not much of a one for action type books as I’ve yet to read one (indie OR well known trad pu) in which what might be so thrilling on a screen translates well to the written word, but you’ve just about convinced me with this one!

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  4. All good – The Reluctant Midwife, shades of Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath – but I’m transfixed by Shady Cross.

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  5. Rosie – Thank you for featuring my beach read selection today. You’re the best host ever! 🙂 Thank all of you above for your kind comments and for considering these for your summer reads. 🙂
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal – Impartial, Straighforward Fiction Book Reviews

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  6. I’m with my colleagues, June and Mags, Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath is one of my all time favourites and I can see echoes … Shady Cross, wow what an opening …I’m hooked.

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  7. As all my Florida mysteries are “beach reads,” this blog tour is right up my alley. No place like the beach, the sand between your toes, the cry of the seagulls, the sun on your back and the salt spray in the air. Mmmmmm. Yeah! Great idea, Rosie!

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  8. These all look good but I absolutely love the sound of the Shady Cross one, just my sort of thing – thanks for the recommendation I’m off to check it out 🙂

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  9. Hi Rosie,
    I’m a beach gal, too. In fact, I am at the beach now (Cayucos, CA on the central coast). I love your list but that mystery sounds amazing – that’s next on my “to read” list.

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  10. Thanks for sharing. These are all new authors to me and outside of the genre I usually read. So, all to the good. Of them all, the one I would read would be shady cross – although the premise is a rather familiar one.

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  11. Some great choices, Diane. I particularly like the sound of Shady Cross 😀 And Myrtle Beach sounds like the perfect reading spot 😀

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