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  • Great Emotional Read

    This book contains a lot of flavor as it takes place in historic Tarpon springs. Interesting information on sponge diving and the Greek culture are incorporated. I love the Kouzina restaurant and Yiayia’s strong personality. The story kept me riveted from beginning to end with secrets and mysteries that need unraveling as well as developing friendships and family dynamics. I have read this author for many years and find the way she weaves a story is mesmerizing. The characters are well developed and the pacing is spot on. An emotional read that holds your attention. It is a long read but worth every minute and you hate to see it end. I received a complimentary copy from the author. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.

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  • The House Guests blew me away!

    I have really liked everything I've read by Emilie Richards, but The House Guests totally blew me away. Ms. Richards writes a wonderful book of hard times, fighting back, learning to trust and finding family where you least expect it. In this book, she immerses the reader in those traditions and ideals of the Greek people who were transplanted in this country and the struggles between those holding on to the old ways and the younger generations who want change. There are amazingly two different suspense/mystery plots going on in the book. One is with Amber who has suddenly lost almost everything. The other is with Cassie and her daughter, who unwittingly caused Amber and her son to be at their lowest. When Cassie tries to make amends, the only thing she can think of is to invite Amber and her son Will to move in with them. Cassie has struggles of her own, the least of which is not her step-daughter, Savannah. It's definitely a tense household and it becomes even more so as things unravel for both women. Cassie and Amber may find exactly the support they need in each other if only they can give a little in their relationship. I'm really not sure if this book is character or plot driven, because both are so strong. It's a long book, but worth every minute you spend reading it. I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the author and Mira Books. All thoughts are my own.

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  • Another winner by Emilie Richards

    Emilie Richards creates well developed characters like no other author. Fans will be pleased to know that The House Guests, newly released, is true to form! Newly widowed Cassie Costas and her stepdaughter Savannah move to Tarpon Springs, Florida after her husband’s untimely death. An immature act by her stepdaughter leads to ‘the houseguests’ Amber and her son Will joining the Costas household and their lives. But Amber has secrets of her own that she is not ready to share with anyone. The novel is the story of families, those created by blood and those created by circumstance; secrets and the power they hold over your actions, and truths to which each person must come to on their own. Wonderful book!

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  • My Favorite Book This Year

    A story about two mothers. Both raising teenagers. Their lives connect through an act of rebellion. Because of that one act, a mother and son find themselves on the streets with no place to live. This is a story of grace, trusting, good intentions and growing up. It brings two families together who have challenges of their own, but they find a way to help each other in ways they never imagined possible. I felt anger, frustration, fear, love and acceptance while reading this book. It was wonderful. I liked that the mothers were strong, and even though they had fears and frustrations, they found a way to heal and become stronger through all the lessons they learn along the way. I really enjoyed reading this book. I had a hard time putting it down!

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  • Heartfelt & Compelling

    When Savannah Westmore's father dies she and her stepmother, Cassie struggle to cope with his sudden passing. They move to historic Tarpon Springs, Florida, but Savannah dislikes it there and blames her stepmum for her dad's death. Savannah rebels and her resulting behaviour causes immense distress for sixteen-year-old Will and his mum, Amber Blair. Savannah's actions result in Amber and Will losing their home, which Cassie feels compelled to rectify and is the catalyst for Cassie's determination to uncover the secrets behind her husband's death and financial ruin. She sparks a series of events that could put their lives in danger. The House Guests is a thrilling and emotionally compelling read. It has multiple layers and there are many mysteries to be unravelled. Very well-written by Emilie Richards, the characters are complex and richly developed. Savannah, the rebellious, angry and troubled teen was of particular interest and I liked the secrecy surrounding Amber. The supporting characters, especially Cassie's aunt, Roxanne and grandma, Yiayia provide another level of fascinating relationship dynamics. There's a lot going on and I was thoroughly invested right up to the end. A heartfelt, convincing and very worthwhile novel. A special thank you to MIRA Books and the author for a complimentary copy of this novel at my request, received via NetGalley. This review is my unbiased opinion.

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