mercoledì 21 ottobre 2015

Review & Giveaway: Fortytude series by Shelly Hickman

Fortytude series
by Shelly Hickman




Anna has never been the beautiful one; she’s always been the nice one. So when the gorgeous man sitting across the table at a wedding reception remembers her from high school—and quite fondly at that—she’s taken off guard. 

Formerly overweight and unpopular, Kiran has never forgotten Anna, the one person who was kind to him when no one else could be bothered, and Anna’s a bit flustered as she slowly comes to grips with his intense attraction for her. 

In what feels like a romantic dream come true, all-grown-up, hunky Kiran invites Anna on a trip to Varanasi. But her troubled, whack-a-do ex-boyfriend starts interfering, creating drama at every turn, which begs the question, “Can nice girls really finish first?”

My Review

It's a humorous novel, to be read in one breath, I'm happy to have already the sequel so I don't have to wait to know more about Kiran and Anna.
Anna is a nice girl but not the most beautiful of her school but is able to conquer the most coveted and most beautiful boy. Also she manages to marry him only to discover that he is gay. Maybe she always knew but did not want to see it, she just wanted to be with him and be a happy family. Both of them are good to separate in a civilized manner and to continue to love each other to make their children stay peaceful. Anna lives now with David but also with him she isn't lucky, he is an alcoholic. But her life is turned upside down when she meets again Kiran, a friend from high school.
I really like the character of Anna, finally a normal woman, not beautiful but nice, with it is very easy to feel close. She's a wonderful mother and was a loving and comprehensive wife. And I really like the chemistry that now has with Kiran. Another beauty of this story is the journey to India, so beautiful and charming!
The book is self-closing, although there is a sequel, so it can be read as a stand alone, I am so fond of these characters so I'm curious to see how their relationship evolves.
It was a great read, exciting and hard to put down.
If you are looking for a cute and funny book then you need to read this one.

I received an advanced reader copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.


The sequel to "Vegas to Varanasi" catches up with Anna and Kiran a couple of years after the event that brought the once “ugly duckling” high school acquaintances together. But will their romance continue to flourish in the face of a whole new set of insecurities brought on by middle age? 

First, there’s Kiran, who has an unexpected health scare. While his doctors assure no permanent damage has been done, there seems to have been some damage to his personality, as the normally respectful and reserved Kiran begins behaving erratically and overtly. Anna wants to hope that this is temporary, sparked by the visit of Kiran’s womanizing, free-spirited cousin, Seth. But is this just the midlife Kiran surfacing? 

Anna has midlife issues of her own. Now forty-eight, she’s navigating the onset of perimenopause and all the delights that come with it, from facial hair to mood swings to body temperature issues. On top of that, her two-year-old granddaughter is starting to show signs of a behavior disorder, bringing with it a whole other level of stress and worry. 

Will Anna and Kiran finally find their happily ever after? Or end up stuck in a midlife mess in this romantic comedy of accepting change, and “the change.”

My Review

It was great to meet again Anna and Kiran, I had loved their story in the first book
Kiran and Anna finally live together and would like to crown their dream of love by getting married. But the night Kiran asks her to marry him ends up having a heart attack. They have organize a wedding and handle the problems of middle-aged people, such as heart problems and menopause.
It 's a story enjoyable, interesting, full of humor and very realistic. The characters are people I would like to know, are warm and lovable and above all very realistic. I also enjoyed reading a story starring adults, I happened to read them rarely.
If you want a fun and interesting story with characters in their fifties is the right book.



When I look up, Kiran is regarding me so intently, I swear he’s mentally calculating the diameter of my pupils. “It was truly exceptional, for someone your age to be so compassionate toward others.”

This is becoming far too intense. My insides feel as if they’re playing musical chairs. “I could really use a drink. You?”

“I’ll get it for you. What would you like?”

“A glass of white wine, please.”

“Any particular kind?”

“Whatever they have is fine.”

I sit down on one of the sofas while he walks to the bar for our drinks.

This is childish. Why am I acting like I’ve never had a man give me attention before? It has to be because I’m letting his looks intimidate me.

Luke never flustered me, but maybe that was because he was my buddy first. Despite his good looks, he was approachable. Kiran, on the other hand... I can honestly say I’ve never met anyone in real life who was so arresting.

I feel flushed and touch my face.

He’s not full of himself, and he genuinely seems to like me. Clearly, he has these idealistic memories of me which are far too much to live up to. I’m not Gandhi, for crying out loud!


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Living in Las Vegas since she was two, Shelly Hickman has witnessed many changes in the city over the years. She graduated from UNLV with a Bachelor of Art in 1990, and in her early twenties worked as a computer illustrator. In the mid-90s, she returned to school to earn her Masters degree in Elementary Education. She now teaches computer literacy and media technology at a middle school in Las Vegas. She loves to write about people, examining their flaws, their humor, spirituality, and personal growth. Shelly lives with her husband, two children, and their dogs, Frankie and Junebug.

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9 commenti:

  1. Thank you so much for hosting!

  2. I enjoyed the review and I agree, it is nice to read about a woman I can relate to! Thank you!

  3. A really great review. I think this story sounds really fascinating.

  4. Thanks for sharing your reviews, this sounds like a great series!

  5. Wow! Excellent post! I really enjoyed reading the excerpt and your reviews! These two books sound like such fun and interesting reads! I have added both books to my TBR list and totally can't wait to read them!

  6. Thank you for the great post. I really enjoyed it.


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