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The Intervention Series

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Series – The Interventions Series

Author – Hilary Dartt

Genre – Adult Romance

 

Overall Rating:
five-stars


I am so sad this series is over.  Summer, Josie, and Delaney has taken up residence in my heart.  I am crazy about these characters.  They feel more like real-life friends. Not the perfect kind, but the kind that is human, full of mistakes, honest, can drive you insane, loving,  introspective, has great advice and is always there for you.

From these novels, I take away some true friends and a few life lessons about life, love, friendship, support, putting others first (and sometimes yourself too), mistakes, standing up for yourself, even kids…

A must read series for the summer-romance lovers out there!


More about the author:

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Hilary Dartt lives and writes in Arizona’s high desert, surrounded by spectacular views of mountains and the bright Arizona sky.  After graduating from Cal State Long Beach with a degree in Creative Writing, she worked as a journalist before launching her freelance writing career 10 years ago.  When she’s not writing, Hilary is running or reading.  She loves sunrises and the Arizona sky.  Hilary and her husband have three children and an assortment of pets, including a flock of chickens.


Let me know if you’ve read this series and what your thoughts were on it?

Love Always,
C

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The Motherhood Intervention

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Book – The Motherhood Intervention

Author – Hilary Dartt

Series – The Interventions series

Publisher – Darttboard Creative Writing, LLC

Genre – Adult Romance

Rating:
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Synopsis:

With her fifth child on the way and her son’s heart surgery just around the corner, Summer Gray is already approaching her breaking point.  Then her estranged mother shows up on her doorstep after fifteen years, claiming to want to rebuild their relationship.  While struggling to forgive her mother )who doesn’t seem to have changed) for years of neglect, Summer daydreams of contracting a semi-serious illness or suffering nearly-life-threatening injuries so she can get a hospital stay-cation.  Her friends Delaney and Josie stage The Motherhood Intervention, hoping to help Summer rediscover the life she loves and forgive her in the progress.


This book follows Summer’s life as she is pregnant with baby number five, stresses about her son’s impending surgery and has a health scare.  Then her estranged mother waltzes back into her life after fifteen years.

She needs to work through a lot of things that she had put off for years, not realizing the impact this had on her life until now.  Juggling the kids, work, her husband, her friends and her mom, Willow, was too much to handle for her.

Summer is portrayed as the perfect mother, mistakes/flaws and all.  She always puts everyone first, while maintaining the house and everyone’s schedules; neglecting herself to the point of endangering her health.

Derek is a supportive husband.  Even with worries of his own, he still makes time to be there for Summer and help her out.  She pushes him away, and they fight regularly, but he doesn’t give up on her once.

Obviously, Delaney (pregnant herself) and Josie starts The Motherhood Intervention in an attempt to help Summer cope with her life and somehow make time for herself, her husband and her friends.

Willow, Summer’s mom, is one of those characters you love to hate.  At first, she’d just get on your nerves and you want to punch her most of the time.  But then she grows and changes slowly, and you start seeing a side to her that wasn’t there before.

The romance in this book was just enough to entertain and enhance the overall feel and pace of the plot.

This book would be perfect for moms, moms to be and anyone who enjoys real-life romance stories, with some life lessons snuck in!

Love Always,
C

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The Marriage Intervention

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Book – The Marriage Intervention

Author – Hilary Dartt

Series – The Interventions series

Publisher – Darttboard Creative Writing, LLC

Genre – Adult Romance

 

Rating:
five-stars

 


Synopsis:

If Josie Garcia’s marriage were on the rocks, at least she could drink it like a vodka cranberry. Things are much worse than that. Lately, she and her husband Paul clash like peanut butter and pickles. To help repair her marriage, Josie’s best friends Delaney and Summer stage The Marriage Intervention, creating a set of rules designed to reignite the flame between Josie and Paul. The trouble is, Josie’s ex-lover (and current boss), Scott, is making things really hot at work. Scott has always been a secret-keeper, and now it’s Josie’s turn. Being a secret-keeper may cost Josie her marriage.


Oh, the feels.  This book follows Josie when her marriage falls apart.  She blames her husband and his work for this, however, she eventually realises that she is to blame too. And then everything falls into place, enabling her to repair her marriage.

This cover is sweet and romantic.  The story was pretty straight forward.  The plot developed well and there were no unnecessary filler parts in this plot.

Here’s the thing; books don’t really have the ability to make me cry.  This is not so much a sad novel, but there is one part where I had to hold back tears (a few escaped).  I loved this book and can relate to her more, because of the direction she takes in working through her problems, accepting blame and correcting her mistakes.  She didn’t give up, even when she was knocked down so far, it was painful to get back up.

An easy, fast-paced, beautiful story about love, life, and how we sometimes get in the way of our own happiness.


Next, I’ll be reading The Motherhood Intervention, the last installment in the series.  I am certain that Delaney, Josie, and Summer will stay with me for a while.  I invested a good two weeks on them and loved ever second of it.

Love Always,
C

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The Dating Intervention

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Book – The Dating Intervention

Author – Hilary Dartt

Series – The Interventions Series

Publisher – Darttboard Creative Writing LLC

Genre – Adult Romance

 

Rating:

five-stars


Synopsis:

Delaney Collins’s intuition is always right on. The trouble is, she never listens to it – especially when it comes to men. So when her fail-proof dating system fails completely, her best friends, Summer and Josie, stage The Dating Intervention, in which they take control of her dating life. Although she struggles to follow the rules they set out for her, her intuition tells her that if she doesn’t, she may end up alone and forever lonely in a sea of men with stained neckties and cumbersome baggage.


If you have been reading my posts regularly, you’d know that I am not the biggest fan of romance novels.  However, this novel was a pleasant surprise.

This novel was romantic, with some humor. The book cover drew me in, and I wanted to know what the book was about.  It was easy and fun to read this novel.  Something was always happening, even in the slower parts of the plot. I think what drew me in about this book, was that Hilary made the female lead, Delaney, real and relatable.  She had flaws, and these flaws didn’t magically go away halfway through the book.  The romance was not perfect and you could find at least one aspect of her in yourself.

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The friendship between Delaney, Josie, and Summer was so heartwarming.  They supported each other, and again – not perfect.  They fought and made up, hated each other every now and then, and also loved each other.

By the last few chapters, I was really rooting for Delaney and her prince to really find each other and I was scared that it wouldn’t happen at one point.  The end results created for this plot was perfectly written.  I had no idea whether the ending would be a happy one or not.

There were some moments where I laughed and somewhere I yelled at Delaney. A book that is written in such a way that the reader interacts with the characters, makes reading more worth it.

Hilary’s writing is real, honest and true.  She creates characters that feel like real people and make us invest time and patience into these characters.  Love it!


Well, what do you think?  Would you want to pick up this book and, if so, why?  Hope to hear from you guys.  Also, what romance novel do you love?

Love Always,
C