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book confessionI love taking part in features and memes.  It brings us book lovers and book bloggers a bit closer together, if only in our shared love of reading great books.    :)

There is a new feature over at Parajunkee.   Introducing: Confessions of a Bookworm.  Here’s the link to this week’s post.   And the information about all of this is located at that link.

This week’s question is:   “If you would read only one book in your whole life, which one would it be?”

Only one?  One?  Out of the hundreds if not thousands of novels I’ve read in my whole, entire life.  One.

I’m going to cheat a little and say aside from the Bible.  There is only one fiction novel that I can answer this week’s question with:

Gone With The WindSet against the dramatic backdrop of the American Civil War, Margaret Mitchell’s epic love story is an unforgettable tale of love and loss, of a nation mortally divided and its people forever changed. At the heart of all this chaos is the story of beautiful, ruthless Scarlett O’Hara and the dashing soldier of fortune, Rhett Butler.

First published in 1936, Pulitzer Prize for Novel in 1937 and Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in 1939.

This one really has it all.  Political unrest.  Family epic.  Unrequited love.  A really sorry excuse for a man in Ashley Wilkes, who while deeply in love with his wife, Melanie, could never get over his fascination with Scarlett O’Hara.  And could never just man up and tell her that there was no future for them, that for him it would always be Melanie that he loved, the one woman who completed him.

Tara.  While not a human character, Tara (the O’Hara plantation) was a vibrant main character throughout the book.  Even now the musical theme for Tara from the movie is running through my mind.

And, Rhett Butler.  A rogue, a rake if there ever was one.  A man who did what he pleased, when he pleased no matter who it bothered or inconvenienced.  A man who would love Scarlett through husband after husband, mad schemes, poor choices and finally have her as a wife, but never a companion.  A man who would shower their daughter Bonnie, with all the love and affection he tried to give to Scarlett, but she was too infatuated with another man to ever see the love that was her’s for the taking.

And sex.  Okay, it was the Civil War and written in 1936 – but really, we all knew what was going to happen when Rhett scooped Scarlett up on that staircase and carried her up to their room – and by Scarlett’s face, sitting up in bed the next morning.  *wink*  Oh, we knew.

I learned a lot from Gone with the Wind.  But mostly how to never truly give up.

The ending lines from the movie will even now break my heart, as a woman finally realizes what she had and what she has lost.  And a man who finally had enough and walked away to his own new life.  Love hurts…and heals.

“I wish I could care what you do or where you go but I can’t… Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” ~Rhett Butler – as he walks away into the fog.

“I’ll think of it tomorrow, at Tara. I can stand it then. Tomorrow, I’ll think of some way to get him back. After all, tomorrow is another day.” ~ Scarlett O’Hara Butler – momentarily down, but with determination to get her man back because “tomorrow is another day”.

Yes, if I must pick just one novel – Gone with the Wind.

Dark InstinctsTitle:  Dark Instincts
Series:  The Phoenix Pack #4
Author:  Suzanne Wright
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Published:  April 7, 2015
Publisher:  Amazon Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Synopsis:

It happens whenever wolf shifter Roni Axton is near Marcus Fuller: a crackle of sexual awareness that’s intoxicating…and deeply annoying. Marcus is a pack enforcer who oozes power, but Roni is lethal in her own right—nothing like the flirty females who flock around him. Even still, his possessive gaze makes one thing clear. Marcus has singled her out for seduction, and he wants to make her sit up and beg.

No matter how aloof and unfazed Roni acts, Marcus can tell she wants him. When a brutal attack by a jackal pack forces them to work together, it’s the perfect opportunity for Marcus to chip away at her defenses—until he falls into his own trap, completely unprepared for the intensity of their connection. Roni is the only one who’s ever seen past his shifter charm and discovered the man hiding beneath it. And for Marcus, claiming Roni once will mean needing her forever.

Read on for my thoughts on Dark Instincts.  No true spoilers, promise.

HiddenTitle:  Hidden
Series:
Author:  Catherine McKenzie
Genre:  Adult Fiction
Published:  April 7, 2015 (originally June 18, 2013)
Publisher:  Lake Union Publishing
My Rating:  3 outta 5
Source:  NetGalley
Synopsis:

While walking home from work one evening, Jeff Manning is struck by a car and killed. Two women fall to pieces at the news: his wife, Claire, and his co-worker Tish. Reeling from her loss, Claire must comfort her grieving son as well as contend with funeral arrangements, well-meaning family members, and the arrival of Jeff’s estranged brother, who was her ex-boyfriend. Tish volunteers to attend the funeral on her company’s behalf, but only she knows the true risk of inserting herself into the wreckage of Jeff’s life.

Told through the three voices of Jeff, Tish, and Claire, Hidden explores the complexity of relationships, the repercussions of our personal choices, and the responsibilities we have to the ones we love.

Read on for my thoughts on Hidden.  No true spoilers, promise.

The Duke's HolidayTitle:  The Duke’s Holiday
Series:  The Regency Romp #1
Author:  Maggie Fenton
Genre:  Regency Romance
Published:  April 7, 2015
Publisher:  Amazon Publishing
My Rating:  3 outta 5
Source:  NetGalley
Synopsis:

The Duke of Montford, cold, precise, and more powerful than the Prince Regent himself, wants things the way he wants them: cross-referenced, indexed, and at his beck and call. And he always gets what he wants.

Until he meets Astrid Honeywell. And a giant pig. And a crooked castle in the middle of Yorkshire.

Astrid Honeywell, staunch bluestocking, has struggled for years to keep her family together by running the estate and family brewery after her father’s death. She is not about to let the tyrannical Duke of Montford steal away all she has worked for because of some antiquated contract between their families. So when the priggish Duke comes to call, she does everything in her power — including setting the family pig on him — to drive him away.

She didn’t expect him to be so … well, infuriatingly attractive. Every time he scowls at her, she has the most improper desire to kiss him — and a whole lot more.

Montford can’t decide whether to strangle Astrid or seduce her. The one thing he knows for a fact is that he must resist his powerful attraction for her at all costs. He has a very proper, very demure fiancée waiting for him back in London, after all. But when Astrid is kidnapped by a disgruntled suitor and whisked off to Gretna Green, Montford will do anything to get her back.

Will these two drive each other to Bedlam … or can they make it to the altar without killing each other?

Read on for my thoughts on The Duke’s Holiday.  No true spoilers, promise.

The Wedding Cake TreeTitle:  The Wedding Cake Tree
Series:
Author:  Melanie Hudson
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  April 7, 2015  (Original December 1, 2012)
Publisher:  Choc Lit
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Synopsis:

Can a mother’s secret past provide the answers for a daughter’s future?

Celebrity photographer Grace Buchanan has always known that, one day, she’d swap her manic day job for the peace and quiet of her beloved childhood cottage, St Christopher’s – she just didn’t expect it to be so soon.

At the reading of her mother’s will, she’s shocked to learn that she hardly knew Rosamund at all, and that inheriting St Christopher’s hangs on one big – and very inconvenient – condition: Grace must drop everything for two weeks and travel the country with a mysterious stranger – war-weary Royal Marine, Alasdair Finn.
Caught in a brief but perfect moment in time, Grace and Alasdair walk in Rosamund’s footsteps and read her letters at each breathtaking new place. As Grace slowly uncovers the truth about her mother’s incredible life story, Alasdair and Grace can’t help but question their own futures. Will Rosamund’s madcap scheme go to plan or will events take an unexpected turn?

An emotional, fun-filled and adventurous journey of a lifetime.

Read on for my thoughts on The Wedding Cake Tree.  No true spoilers, promise.

The Wedding AuditionTitle:  The Wedding Audition
Series:  Runaway Brides #2
Author:  Catherine Mann, Joanne Rock
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  April 7, 2015
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Synopsis:

The tabloids call her the Hit and Run Bride after reality show star Annamae Jessup walked out on Atlanta’s favorite baseball player on cable television. Eager to escape her notoriety, Annamae takes a road trip to find the grandmother she’s never met and winds up discovering a whole lot more than a band of back woods relatives. There’s no escape from reality TV, even in Beulah, Alabama, population 3000.

The last thing Wynn Rafferty needs in his new life is a spoiled television princess who can’t even know his real name. He’s in temporary witness protection as an apple farmer after his undercover work put his life in danger. He needs to lay low until the heat dies down from his last case— even if he sucks at growing apples as badly as he sucks at relationships. But Annamae turns his new town into a media circus, unwittingly threatening the lives of him, her and most of Beulah. Wynn is an expert at keeping the world at arm’s length, but when it comes to Annamae, the only way he can keep her safe is to keep her very, very close.

Read on for my thoughts on The Wedding Audition.  No true spoilers, promise.

Bite At First SightTitle:  Bite at First Sight
Series:  Scandals With Bite #3
Author:  Brooklyn Ann
Genre:  Regency Paranormal
Published:  April 7, 2015
Publisher:  SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Synopsis:

When Rafael Villar, Lord Vampire of London, stumbles upon a woman in the cemetery, he believes he’s found a vampire hunter—not the beautiful, intelligent stranger she proves to be.

Cassandra Burton is enthralled by the scarred, disfigured vampire who took her prisoner. The aspiring physician was robbing graves to pursue her studies—and he might turn out to be her greatest subject yet. So they form a bargain: one kiss for every experiment. As their passion grows and Rafe begins to heal, only one question remains: can Cassandra see the man beyond the monster?

 

Read on for my thoughts on Bite at First Sight.  No true spoilers, promise.

tatWhile I don’t normally send you off to other websites (I’d much rather keep you company here 🙂 ) – I came across this amazing article – thank you Uncle George Takei – that shows some truly awesome  tattoos that are inspired by the books these folks loved enough to have them inked.

Please check them out.  The article link is right here.  –  or simply click on the image.

The Holiday PartyTitle:  The Holiday Party
Series:
Author:  Brian Perry
Genre:  Adult Literature
Published:  April 3, 2015
Publisher:  First Edition Design Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Synopsis:

“All cops go to Heaven. Cop killers, they go to that other place.” So says the narrator of The Holiday Party, a police officer who has seen his best friend killed in the line of duty.

Six years later…September 11, 2001. Struggling with alcoholism and on the brink of suicide, our hero finds himself buried beneath one hundred stories of concrete and steel. Now, in the midst of unspeakable tragedy, he fights to survive, even as he discovers that his greatest challenge is to escape the wreckage of his past and find hope for a better future.

As his situation grows increasingly desperate, a troubled hero learns those timeless lessons his own father never had the opportunity to teach him: love, forgiveness, and honor. But can he learn the final lesson – that though we cannot change our pasts, we can decide what type of person we want to be today.

A touching reminder of the sacrifices police and their families make, this heartwarming and inspirational book is for anyone that has been through a difficult time, or has regrets, or had faith and lost it. In other words, The Holiday Party is a book for all of us, and one that will stay with you long after you put it down.

Read on for my thoughts on The Holiday Party.  No true spoilers, promise.

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