Return to Sender by Fern Michaels

Return to SenderReturn to Sender by Fern Michaels

  • ISBN-13: 9780821779583
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 12/24/2012
  • Pages: 384
  • Source: Netgalley


Return To Sender

At seventeen, Rosalind “Lin” Townsend found herself pregnant and alone. Her deeply religious father threw her out of the house, and Nick Pemberton, her baby’s father, refused to marry her. Yet even at the lowest point in her life, Lin vowed to succeed on her own terms, and to give her son, Will, all the love and happiness she’d been denied.

Nineteen years later, Lin has made good on her promises, and Will is about to start his freshman year at NYU. But when Lin visits New York with Will, she crosses paths with the one man she thought she’d never see again—Nick Pemberton, now a millionaire CEO, and the man who sent back all her letters unopened. Seeing him fills Lin with anger, and she resolves to right the wrong he did to Will. If she succeeds, like she has with everything else, the cost of revenge may be the loss of a bright new future. . .

My Thoughts:

This is going to be a pretty quick review because I do not have a lot of positive things to say about this story.  I am sure that it is a good fit for some readers but it just was not for me. I would rather let the reader make their own decision but I will leave you with some general observations.  Return To Sender was a book that while I enjoyed the overall story idea felt very frustrated with all of the characters throughout the entire story.  I just felt that all of the characters were selfish and well just pretty horrible at different points of the story.  The story is pretty disjoined and well there are a lot of parts that just don’t add up right to me.  There are story lines that just appear to be unrelated and make the story a flop for me.  Don’t get me wrong Fern Michaels had good writing skills and that is demonstrate but this story was a flop for me.

My Rating:

2 Penguin


2 Penguin Review

Review: Arousing Love by M.H. Strom

Arousing Love, a Teen NovelArousing Love by M.H. Storm

  • ISBN-13: 9780984827800
  • Publisher: Marstro Press
  • Publication date: 11/15/2011
  • Pages: 236
  • Source: Purchased Ebook


The surprise hit of the summer on iTunes in the USA, topping the charts and becoming one of the highest rated teen novels with a 4.5 star average rating from over 2000 ratings and reviews.
Recommended for ages 14-17.  When Zach, an 18-year-old local boy, meets Joanna camping near his beach it is almost love at first sight, until he finds out she’s only 15. He knows she’s too young for him but he has never felt like this about anybody before. She’s sexy and sweet and flirty and free, and the most beautiful girl Zach has ever known. Joanna is swept away by her feelings for Zach as they grow increasingly passionate with each other. She’s doing things she never thought she’d do, but it’s like God has whispered in her heart Zach is the one for her.The powerful forces of young love, sex, and religion come crashing together in this edgy, coming-of-age story.

My Thoughts:

This is for sure not a story for everyone.  It is full of young love, sexual context, and religion.  While I understand that a lot of teens are faced with this type of situations and how it affects their view on religion this story was just not for me.  I find myself having a really difficult time with writing a fair and unbiased opinion because the views in this book are just so different from my own beliefs and how I think.  I think that some people would really enjoy this story but I could not connect or understand the point of view so it was not for me.

My Rating:

2 Penguins – This was not for me.

Review: Secret Fantasy by Carly Phillips

Secret FantasyOverview:  Secret Fantasy by Carly Phillips

  • Pub. Date: January 2009
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback , 272pp
  • Sales Rank: 104,009


Juliette Stanton is ten minutes away from vowing to love, honor and cherish a scheming mobster-connected liar.

For the rest of her life.

And so with the media watching her every move, the high-profile senator’s daughter flees her own wedding. Dubbed “Chicago’s Runaway Bride,” Juliette needs somewhere to hide out, and heal her broken heart. So she heads to a “fantasy island” and pays big bucks for anonymity and the chance to meet an honest man who’ll love her for who she really is. Total fantasy, right? Day one, she falls for tall, dark-haired, ocean-blue-eyed Doug Houston. He’s everything she’s ever wanted. Except he’s not exactly who he says he is, either….

My Thoughts

Secret Fantasy by Carly Phillips is a typical light romance read.  For me what made it a bit unique was the way that Juliette and Doug, who previously seemly ruined her life by outing her now ex-fiancee’s mob links, meet.  Juliette’s sister sends her to the island where dreams are supposed to come true.  This was about the only really interesting part of this book.  

This book was super short and had very little plot.  If you are looking for a simple sexy read this might be a good choice but we aware that this is reprint and is only 200 pages long.

My Rating

This book was okay.

*This book was purchased and all opinions are my own.