Monday, January 9, 2017

The To-Do List by Sharon Struth - Book Review, Excerpt & Giveaway


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Review by Anniek
 
Maggie is a very organized person who loves to make lists. When she catches her husband Ben cheating on her, Maggie's safe and secure life is over. An inheritance from her aunt makes her return to her hometown with her teenage daughter Brooke. Maggie will be opening her own bookstore/coffee shop named Books, Beans and Beyond. This has always been her big dream.
 
Maggie's ex-husband is a lawyer and he makes sure that she signs a special contract before letting her move with their daughter. As the opening date of her store is coming closer it turns out that not everyone is happy with Maggie's move back into town. She is determined to find out who wants her gone and she also wants to know why her father left her and her mother when Maggie was a teenager.
 
Maggie is a nice woman who does everything for her husband and forgets herself in the process. She's finally building a life together with her daughter and her dog, Roxy. She once had a crush on the local detective, Cooper. After one fantastic night together he left her heartbroken. She has never been able to forgive him for this. Maggie has a dark secret which she never told Cooper and she doesn't know that he has secrets as well, which made him do what he did. Will those secrets be what brings Maggie and Cooper together or will it drive them further apart?
 
The to do list is a sweet story about first loves and second chances. Maggie is such a likeable person and she becomes a lot stronger when she accepts her marriage is over. There are some mysteries that need to be solved and this made the story an even more enjoyable read. Maggie and Cooper both have issues they have to work through and I loved reading about their journey, which Sharon Struth describes in a great believable way.
 
Sharon Struth has written a realistic story about two people who fell in love when they were teenagers. She knows how to reach her readers and I enjoyed being drawn into The To-Do list very much. Sharon Struth believes you're never too old to pursue a dream. This is exactly what she lets Maggie do and it's also what everybody probably should try To-Do in life. The To-Do list is an interesting and entertaining read with a clear and important message.

Advice
 
The To-Do list brings you suspense and mystery combined with the perfect setting for readers who love small town romances.

About Sharon Struth
 
 
Bestselling author Sharon Struth believes you’re never too old to pursue a dream. When she’s not writing, she and her husband happily sip their way through the scenic towns of the Connecticut Wine Trail.
 
The Hourglass (Etopia Press), her debut novel, is a finalist in the National Readers' Choice Awards for Best First Book and winner of the Chatelaine Award For Romantic Fiction. Her follow-up release, Share the Moon (Kensington Publishing) is a Barnes & Noble Romance Bestseller. The series also includes Twelve Nights (11/15), Harvest Moon (12/15) and Bella Luna (2016).
 
She writes from Bethel, Connecticut, the friendliest place she’s ever lived along with her husband and dogs. For more information, including where to find her books and published essays, please visit www.sharonstruth.com
 
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Excerpt
 
He peered at her for several uncomfortable seconds. She wished she’d worn a better outfit. Or at least washed her hair instead of just brushing it out and tossing in a plastic headband belonging to her daughter. Her appearance was so far beyond repair at this moment even the dog was having a better hair day. The worst part of this was somehow it mattered how she looked seeing Coop after all these years, even though it shouldn’t.
 
“Since I don’t see registration tags on the dog, I suggest you go to town hall.” He cocked his head, and his mouth curled into a tight smirk. “You’ve changed. The Maggie Harris I used to know never let details slip through the cracks.”
 
She narrowed her eyes. The smirk slipped from his face. He quickly stepped out the door and jogged across the street to a dark sedan.
 
Details never slipped through her cracks! She’d planned to take care of the dog’s license details after the store’s grand opening. Maggie clenched her fists, curbing the need to chase after him and duke it out. Why bother? She’d probably end up crying and showing him how much she had once cared for him. He didn’t deserve to know.
 
Maggie knelt at Roxy’s side. Heart-melting large brown eyes, nearly hidden behind chocolate shaggy bangs, begged for compassion and softened her anger. “No more carousing. Got it?”
 
Roxy wagged her tail. Always so agreeable. Why couldn’t people be more like that?
 
Especially Cooper Stanton. He’d manipulated her, found the cracks in her hard core, and left her shattered. The secret she’d kept from him after they’d gone their separate ways to college had plagued her for a long time. She’d made her peace with it because she never thought their paths would collide. Now what would she do?

Giveaway
 
One very lucky winner will receive a $10 Amazon or B/N gift card.
 

39 comments:

  1. I love books with bookstores in them! I also think I could easily relate to Maggie. Great review!

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  2. Looks like an intriguing book! Thank you for the contest!

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  3. I would like to know what motivated Sharon to get into gear and write her book. I would love to write but can't seem to motivate myself (bloomin' work getting in the way!)

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    1. Thanks for the question. For me when I started writing a book I decided to face it in small pieces. Just the chapter at a time. The thought of the whole book was overwhelming but when I broke into pieces And took it a step at a time if you can't easier to do. Good luck to you!

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  4. Do you start with a character or with a story when you write?

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    1. Thanks for the question! For me usually it's the character and some story about their life begins to unfold. But there are times in a plot just starts to appear to me and I think about the kind of person who might have a hard time being in that kind of story.

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  5. I'm nosey so would like to know how you name your characters please? Thank you. :D

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    1. Thanks for the question. I usually look through name list for the year the character was born. Although sometimes a name just speaks to me and feels right.🙂

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  6. Sharon is a new author to me and I'm looking forward to reading The To Do List.

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  7. When I saw the cover, I thought oh what a lovely vase & that it was a self-help book. Definately a pleasant surprise to find out differently. Love the blurb, definately something I would enjoy reading! Thank you for a wonderful review :)

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  8. Question for Sharon. How did it feel to learn you are National Readers' Choice Awards for Best First Book?

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    1. I was kicking my up my heels!!! It was my first book and a real morale boost to get such an honor! Thanks!!

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  9. This book sounds great. You are a new author to me, looking forward to reading this!

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  10. The to do list sounds like a good read. Thank you

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  11. Sounds like a sweet story. Thanks for the introduction.

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  12. This looks like a great read and one I will enjoy!

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  13. This sounds like a great book to read. I do have a question though, what is your favorite home cooked meal?

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    1. Lol one cooked by someone else 😀 Haha I live to cook but do get tired of it. i love chicken piccata.

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  14. The To Do List sounds like a nice story. I'd love to read it. Thank you for the excerpt and the giveaway!

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  15. On my to-do list: win this giveaway.

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  16. Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

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  17. Thanks to all who stopped by! Thank you to the host for having me 😀

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  18. I would love to read this book and I'll look out for it.

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  19. I really enjoyed the excerpt :) makes me want to read more!

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  20. Thanks for the chance to win.

    mia2009(at)comcast(dot)net

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  21. Where do you get the inspiration for the book stories?
    Do you always know the ending or can it change as you write?

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  22. Is your story's small town based on a specific place?
    Dianna

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  23. Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to read the book. ;)

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  24. I love the line ' ... even the dog was having a better hair day.'! Know the feeling!

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