#MegaBlitzTour #BookReview Till It Stops Beating (The Maddie Chronicles #4) by Hannah R. Goodman @hannahrgoodman @RRBookTours1

Welcome to my blog stop on the fabulous mega blitz tour by R&R Book Tours for four outstanding YA books with GIVEAWAYS.  Up first is my review on Hannah R. Goodman’s Till It Stops Beating.  There are more excerpts and giveaways for three other books below.  Good luck and I hope you enjoy my review!

Version 3Till It Stops Beating (The Maddie Chronicles #4) by Hannah R. Goodman

Publication Date: July 5th, 2018

Genre: YA Contemporary

Seventeen-year-old Maddie Hickman has always coped with anxiety by immersing herself into the latest self-help book. Then her grandmother is diagnosed with cancer, and she spirals so far downward that she almost risks losing everything she holds dear.

From applying to college to solving the mystery of why she detests jelly doughnuts to writing a novel for her senior project and reconnecting with an old flame (or two), the ever-mounting stress leads to an unexpected road trip where she is forced to listen to her wildly beating heart. It is only in the back of a convertible with pop music blasting, that she discovers what she needs in order to really live.

If your heart has ever hurt from beating widely, whether from anxiety or love, this book is the one to read. Continue reading “#MegaBlitzTour #BookReview Till It Stops Beating (The Maddie Chronicles #4) by Hannah R. Goodman @hannahrgoodman @RRBookTours1”

Book Review: The Mountain by Charles G. Thompson (Kindle edition)

51V-2IQMjhLI am a man who wants to serve others.

Charles “Chuck” Thompson had terminal brain cancer, and he had decisions to make.  He had “climbed many mountains, but this one was going to take spiritual strength to conquer”.  He was determined to keep a positive attitude and keep going by giving everyone a smile, a hug and doing everything he could to make someone’s life better including sharing this book with others.

He tells stories of his time as a Mormon bishop at the Utah State Prison by helping those in need and he talks about his battle with depression and how he developed a routine “to rise, shower, dress, eat breakfast and be grateful to be alive”.

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Book review: The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson (0316159360)

This book is an epistolary novel which means it is written in letters.  The interesting part is that the letters are written by one person only.  You would think this would make it difficult to follow how the other characters are feeling, but Ms. Robinson does an excellent job of letting the reader know.

The main character, Olivia, is a down-and-out film producer who is told her sister, Maddie, has cancer.  The story centers around Olivia’s support for her sister (negotiating with her family or doctors on what is best for Maddie), her non-existent love life (should she or shouldn’t she), and to the difficult task of producing a film that has been done before (stand by her ideas or give in to the status quo).

I really enjoyed this story.  It is about hope and hopelessness.  It’s about strength and weakness.  It’s about love of family and love of oneself.  Even though the subject matter is serious, the prose is witty and stimulating.   A good summer read!