Monday, August 10, 2015

REVIEW: The Inheritance (+$40 Amazon GC Giveaway!)

Title: The Inheritance
Author:Morgan K. Wyatt 
Series: N/A
Pages: 205
Date Published: 2015
Publisher: Sweet Cravings Publishing
Format: Kindle
Genre: Romance
Source: Goddess Fish Blog Tours
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Synopsis:
Melody’s work as a hospice nurse both gives her life purpose and rips her heart out when her patients die. Her latest client left her his lakeside home. After years of living in foster homes, Melody seizes the opportunity for a real home.

Her happy residence comes to an abrupt halt when her benefactor’s missing nephew, Levi, shows up. A bomb shattered his leg and life, which left him in need of a safe place to figure out the rest of his life. The will leaves the house to both of them, but only if they cohabit for a year. Otherwise, the house goes to a third party.

Melody detests Levi for never writing or visiting his dying uncle. Levi considers Melody little more than a gold digger similar to his ex-wife. There’s no way he’ll let her have his inheritance.

~My Thoughts~
As a nurse in an old-folks home, Melody is used to the bittersweet work of assisting patients in their last moments. I enjoyed the brief interaction we saw between her and Roy...the man who left her his lakehouse. You really see the way she cares for him, tries to make him feel human during his last days. You also notice how jaded she seems from countless disappointments in her past, especially from being a foster child most of her life. 

Because Levi and Melody are forced to live together, you can definitely feel the tension and see hackles being raised. I mean, I can barely live with my man, and I CHOSE to subject myself to that. I can't imagine being forced to live with a man whom I didn't know and would possibly be fighting for ownership of a house over... 

Both parties have been wounded and have lots of issues, from Melody's roommate drama and being a size 14 in a world full of men who prefer women of Kate Moss proportions, and Levi's issues with his family and of course his newly detachable limb...so be prepared for lots of self-reflection, and a lot of it is morose and of the "woe is me, I'm so insignificant" variety. This lends itself into the initial bad feelings expressed by both of them, as they deal with each other while sorting out their own insecurities and personal hangups. 

Melody was kind of an emotionally exhausting character. She had her great moments, but man was she an over-thinker! I found myself physically tired just dealing with her mental gymnastics, and Levi's...cynicsm. While this made the two of them extremely realistic as characters (I think I've got my very own Levi in the office here), it also made them difficult, challenging, and someone you simultaneously cheered for and wanted to shake like rag doll because they were being so hard to manage! lol :) This m
The plot flowed nicely and was overall very sweet and fun. Charmer in particular made me so happy! The story is believable and you definitely understand why each character acts the way they do based upon their own tragic backstories. Definitely give it a go if you like sweet, nice romances. 
~Try an Excerpt!~
The unexpected bounty of the house and boat happened when she most needed it. Her luck tended to run to bill payments lost in the mail, which resulted in overdue charges. Even though she inherited the house, she expected the arrival of the soft-spoken lawyer every day, explaining it had all been a mistake, the unspoken reason behind why she never removed the plastic from the furniture. Her left hand worried the stiff covering as she contemplated where she’d go. If possession was nine-tenths of the law, then she wasn’t leaving. The high-handed Levi would find out she wasn’t a pushover.

I have more right than he does. Sure, I’m not blood, but I was there when Roy needed someone.

Running a restless hand through her hair, Melody sighed deeply. It was Sunday. One of the few times, she got an actual weekend off. Her free days disappeared under errands, laundry, and a stint at the animal shelter. The physical activity of bathing and walking the animals made her feel useful. It also undid some of the stress from dealing with mortality on a daily basis. Most patients were similar to Roy and made their departures with dignity. A few considered her the angel of death and treated her with a mixture of horror and contempt, often cringing when she came near.

That’s why a pet would come in handy. A pet would greet her with enthusiasm after a long day. She even had one in mind. A tan mutt about the size of a beagle, but with the long body of a basset, would be the one. He came through the dog drop window for cowardly owners who avoided any interaction with shelter staff when they deserted their pets. Melody nicknamed the dog Charmer because he stole her heart.

~Meet Morgan!~ 
Morgan K Wyatt believes in happy endings. When things don’t end well, she holds to the familiar Indian saying: If things don’t work out, then it’s not the end because everything works out in the end. She considers herself living proof after escaping an abusive marriage; she found and married her soul mate. While not every day is sunshine and roses, she writes about the possibility of flowers and chance meetings between strangers. 

Her reputation as a plant rescuer has people dropping sick and dying plants at her house, and then speeding off in the night. The magic ingredient that brings the plants back to life is love and Miracl-gro. Morgan would love to hear from you. If you have a name for a character, cute dog pics, or gardening info, even better.
Morgan will be awarding a $40 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

42 comments:

  1. Thanks Andra for your thoughtful review. It's hard when people tend to think the worst of each other, but (sigh) they so often do. I'm just glad that Uncle Roy saw the good in both Melody and Levi.

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  2. Did you learn anything from writing this book and what was it?

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    1. I worked a little bit as a home care giver. The clients appreciate the smallest kindness from fresh flowers to a home cooked meal.

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  3. I look forward to reading your book soon!

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    1. Hi Vicki,
      You'll enjoy it. Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. Great excerpt and review~I really enjoyed learning about you and your book! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Hi Betty,
      I appreciate you stopping by. I love the old movies where the hero and heroine start out disliking each other and then have to work together. I guess that is reflected in The Inheritance.

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  5. I remember this in Tuesday Tales...always loved the story, even as frustrating as they could be. :D Can't wait to read the completed work!

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    1. Thanks Sarah. Your comments & some of the rest of the group went into shaping the final product.

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  6. What authors have been the most influential, to you, in your writing career?

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    1. I remember in 8th grade, reading Gone With the Wind. Loved it because Scarlett was no Nancy Drew. I've enjoyed Amanda Quick because she always has humor in her stories. I like Brenda Novak because there is so much heart in her tales.

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    2. Those are great authors. I did not have Nancy Drew either.

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  7. I liked the excerpt, thank you.

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    1. Hi Rita,
      I'm glad you liked the excerpt.

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  8. Great review! I'm looking forward to checking this one out..thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Hi Victoria,
      I see you've penned several books of your own. Tried to follow you on Goodreads, but the site must not be feeling it tonight.

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  9. I love gardening and I love happy endings! :)

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    1. The great things about books is that you can read in the winter. My gardening usually ends by October, although I do have all winter to plan. How about you?

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  10. Totally agree with bio info above. Even when things look bad, they can always be worse, so why not enjoy the good in life as often/much as possible! The glass is almost always half full.... (I often remember when Oprah had her grateful journals, whereby she wrote 5 things every day for which she was grateful. I did that for years and now just verbalize it to myself all day long, frequently coming up with well more than 5 items.)

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    1. The gratitude journals are the secret to happiness. Thanks for reminding me.

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  11. I have enjoyed learning about the book. Thanks for sharing it.

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  12. Hi Patrick,

    Thanks for following the tour.

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  13. Thanks for the giveaway! I like the excerpt and cover. ;)

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  14. Do you ever use characters based on real people in your life?

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  15. I do enjoy read "sweet, nice romances" from time to time. A helpful review thank you.

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  16. You really must have a "green thumb". You are the Plant Whisperer.

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  17. This sounds like a terrific book! I also enjoyed reading your bio and I admire your strength! Thank you for a great post and contest!

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  18. Thanks for the excerpt and the review!

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  19. I enjoyed the excerpt and the background information you provided for us. Thank you!

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  20. I love that the author has a reputation as a plant rescuer. Over the years she would've gotten dozens from me to bring back to life.

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    1. Thanks Andra for sharing author Morgan K Wyatt's book with us.

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  22. When are you going to launch next book and what will it be about?

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  23. Have not read any of your books yet,what does your books have to interest me like romance and mystery.
    Gloriawalshver@yahoo.com

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  24. Where did your idea for the book come from?

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  25. Another potential read... Thank you!

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  26. Where did you come up with the inspiration for Melody?

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  27. I know this is a random question, but what is your favorite movie?

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  28. This sounds like an awesome book. I can't wait to read it. Thanks!

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  29. Wow! Excellent post! I really enjoyed reading the excerpt and your review. This book sounds like such an interesting and intriguing read! So can't wait to read it!

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