Review: Mattie’s Call by Stacy Campbell



When their mother goes missing from her nursing home, three estranged siblings must fulfill the requests left in her will before they can find closure—or receive their inheritance.

Mattie Benson feels trapped in Grand Oak Acres Nursing Home. Abandoned by her adult children and missing her deceased husband, she takes matters into her own hands and leaves the facility. A Mattie’s Call is issued, and soon, the siblings learn things about their mother they never knew—namely, her ability to bring them together through the conditions of her will.
Gabrielle, the eldest daughter, must stop living life on her looks, get a job, and move out of the family home. This feat proves difficult for a forty-nine-year-old woman accustomed to the generosity of wealthy men.
Joshua, the runaway groom, must reconnect with the son he never knew existed. He isn’t against the idea, but facing the only love of his life proves more difficult than he anticipated.
Alice, Mattie’s baby girl, has been trapped in a loveless marriage for years. The stipulation that she complete her college degree scares her more than climbing a mountain, but an unforgivable moment with her husband proves she must move forward with her life.
Stumbling and ultimately rising to the challenge, the siblings get to know one other as their parents’ legacy mends old wounds and paves the way for new beginnings.

“My grandmother used to say after some families became adults, the only thing they had in common were their last names.”

Mattie’s family was definitely broken and disconnected from one another and this did not please Mattie. All of her children’s personality flaws and weaknesses are on full display when Mattie comes up missing. Each of them must indivually deal with their personal issues, but more importantly, they must learn how to be siblings and truly be there for each other. 

What Mattie’s Call boils down to is LOVE. It is a story about learning to love and respect oneself. It is a story about putting aside jealousy and envy so you can learn to love your siblings. And, lastly, it is a story about a mother’s love for her children. Mattie will do whatever it takes to ensure her children actually function as a family unit. 

This is another winner for Stacy Campbell. She has truly become an author that I’ll read without second thought. All of her books deal with serious topics that are not normally discussed and that is what makes them a breath of fresh air. 



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REVIEW: Only Ever You by Rebecca Drake

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Jill Lassiter’s three-year-old daughter disappears from a playground only to return after 40 frantic minutes, but her mother’s relief is short-lived–there’s a tiny puncture mark on Sophia’s arm. When doctors can find no trace of drugs in her system, Jill accepts she’ll never know what happened, but at least her child is safe.

Except Sophia isn’t. Someone is watching the Lassiter home in an affluent Pennsylvania suburb, infiltrating the family’s personal and professional lives. While Jill struggles to balance building her photography business with parenting high-spirited Sophia, and David is distracted by pressure to make partner at his law firm, both of them are holding on in a marriage that’s already been rocked by loss.

Three months after the incident at the park, Sophia disappears again, but this time Jill and David become the focus of police and media scrutiny and suspicion. Facing every parent’s worst nightmare a second time, Jill discovers that someone doesn’t just want Sophia for her own, she wants to
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Based on the synopsis, I thought this book would blow me away but something was a little off. I’m not sure how to explain it and I can’t particularly put my finger on it because even though the storyline was a little predictable it kept my attention yet it still lacked the “wow” factor. The main takeaway from this book in which Drake illustrated in a very fascinating yet disturbing fashion is that even though one thinks they have gotten away with being deceitful eventually everything done in the dark will come to light.

Rating: 3.5

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of Only Ever You in exchange for an honest review.

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REVIEW: When A Man Loves A Woman by Tumika Cain

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The stars seemed to have been aligned for Avery and Alicia. From the outside looking in, Lady Luck passed their way and left a fortune! They had a whirlwind, fairytale romance filled with all the little things that make dreams come true, a wedding of grace and beauty, and perfectly magical careers that produced almost enough money to burn. They were the picture-perfect couple.
Unfortunately, time has a way of revealing fissures in what appears to the naked eye as impenetrable. The results send this fairytale romance spiraling out of control.
Avery, as perfect and so right as he seemed, struggles to free himself from his demons. He clings to this delicate relationship that he desperately needs as if his last breath depends on it. Alicia, on the other hand, struggles to make the necessary corrections that will release her from a prison of unexpected, agonizing turmoil.
A novel of enduring strength, undeniable empowerment, and the compelling ability to overcome incredible odds, Book one in the When a Man Loves a Woman series is a powerhouse that will impact readers long after the last words have been read.

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Wow, what an extremely powerful portrayal of domestic violence and the secrets that lie behind closed doors. Alicia and Avery’s story is one that so many couples face, but are afraid to admit and then seek help and/or treatment. When A Man Loves A Woman perfectly illustrates how the baggage from our childhood can easily turn into a big bag of mess when an adult if we don’t deal with the issue(s) appropriately.

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