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Book Review: Santa's Countdown to Christmas, 24 Days of Stories by Kim Thompson, Illustrated by Elodie Duhameau

Santa's Countdown to Christmas by Kim Thompson, Illustrated by Elodie Duhameau was published on October 2, 2017 and is a book format of an advent calendar.  Told from the perspective of Santa Claus, the storyline chronicles what Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, the elves, and the reindeer do in preparation of Christmas on each day of December leading up to Christmas Day. I'd like to thank NetGalley and Crackboom! Books for giving me a copy of Santa's Countdown to Christmas in exchange for my honest review.  I was thrilled to be approved to read this book because I love Christmas and am a kid at heart. This picture book was well written and engaging.  The illustrations were phenomenal as well.  I even enjoyed reading it as an adult.  I wish I had kids of my own so I could buy it for them, but I guess I'll have to settle for buying it for family members and friends who have kids that believe in Santa Claus.  I'd recommend this book for babies through eight years old.  Reading

Book Review: Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens

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Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens. Sara Gallagher's life is going the way she wants. She is engaged to a wonderful man named Evan and has a six year old daughter name Ally. To top things off, Sara's antique furniture restoration business is finally taking off. But, the only thing missing from her life is knowing who her birth parents are. When she sets out to find them, Sara is taken on the ride of her life when she finds out she's the product of her mother being raped by a serial killer.

This is the second book written by Chevy Stevens and surpassed her debut novel of Still Missing in wow factor. How does this author keep churning out these fabulous stories? From page one, I was automatically drawn into the story of Never Knowing, and the story never let up.

I found the main character, Sara Gallagher, to be very relatable, and with all that she's going through in the story, who could blame her for being a hot mess, especially when she doesn't fully feel like she is accepted by her adopted father. Her finance, Evan, is exasperated by Sara, which I think is perfectly portrayed as I think anyone in his situation would act the same way. Based on the glimpses we get on Chevy Steven's daughter from her Facebook Page, I feel like the character of Ally is based on Chevy's daughter. The only character that I absolutely did not like was Melanie because she was very spoiled and self centered.

Chevy Stevens did a phenomenal job at keeping me from knowing exactly where she was going with the storyline. I had my guesses at what would happen, and I was correct with a few of them but not all. Never Knowing was suspenseful, fast paced, and heart pounding. And, most of the loose ends were tied up, which was very satisfying. This author is one that I will read every book she publishes because she doesn't disappoint.

Five out of five stars is what I gave Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens. If you enjoyed this book, I recommend The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth and Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine.

 

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