Author:  Marilyn Grey                 bloom
Publisher:  Winslet Press
Genre: Contemporary New Adult
Source: Winslet Press


Release Date:  May 19, 2014



The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.
-Helen Keller

Have you ever wondered how many people would still love you if you were no longer beautiful? Have you ever thought of people who wake up and can’t stand the idea of seeing their reflections? Have you ever considered that death may be easier than life?

I never did. Not once. Not until one moment, one mistake, changed my life forever.

I woke up to beeping machines, hovering faces, and pain like you wouldn’t believe. I’m not just talking about my burns either. I’m talking about my heart.

My name is Sarah Jordan and this is my story. I’m tired of pretending to be perfect. Of painting on a smile when I’m struggling. My story isn’t always pretty and easy to read, but it hasn’t been easy to live either. I’m opening up. Letting you in. So maybe, just maybe, together we can peel away the masks and find true beauty. True life. Underneath it all.

Welcome to my heart … bound within the pages of Bloom.

Book 5 in The Unspoken Series. This is a 10 book series, best when read in order.

A beautiful, successful, sweet personality with the world at her fingertips, Sarah Jordan falls in love with James, a charming man who adores her. But he comes with broken pieces and a daughter he adopted when his brother and sister-in-law died in an accident he feels he could’ve prevented. When she finally decides to say yes to his many proposals, they are both burned in a campfire accident. After a year of hospital beds and stark lights, Sarah is released to go home with everything but her former beauty. As she recovers, James struggles with regret and guilt as Sarah fights to overcome the depression that comes with a new life so different from the one she loved so much. Her joy and security are tested while budding relationships cleanse wounds they never knew they had.

Ope’s Opinion:  This book has a heartbeat of it’s own.  You could feel it as you read each page. It is a love story, but not in the traditional sense.  It is about learning to know and love your true self.  

Sarah’s heartbeat started out weak and irregular.  As the story unfolds, it becomes stronger and more regular.  You root for Sarah to heal ( on the inside ) from page one. You will feel Sarah’s pain, you will see her hurt, and you will laugh with her.

Marilyn Grey writes a book that  will inspire you to be a more beautiful person from the inside out.  She writes in such a way that helps you see the world from another perspective.  I recommend this book.  Bloom is a beautiful book!

Rating: Five Chairs – This book is so good it will be passed on and on and on…..


Heart On A Shoestring

Author:  Marilyn Grey
Publisher:  Winslet Press                heart
Pages:  300
Genre:  Contemporary
Source: Winslet Press




“Dreaming of the person you want to be is wasting the person you already are.”
Kurt Cobain

A Novel of Self-Discovery

Rebelling against a life of black and white, Miranda Ryan paints the world in a technicolor fever. She spends her free time on park benches, analyzing people from the outside in and creating whimsical stories about their lives. Unbridled and full of life, her ever-changing heart is a revolving door no man can figure out. And she likes it that way. But when Derek Rhodes enters her life, he stubbornly challenges her every move. As she unsuccessfully avoids this opinionated prankster her colors fade to gray and she is forced into a choice . . . to lose the self she knows or the self she has never been.

Derek Rhodes wears the same shade of brown every day and avoids eye contact with strangers, until Miranda walks into his life and splashes his world with streaks of colors he swore he’d never touch. Drawn to her imaginative personality, he finds himself questioning his own cynical nature and flat-lined ideals, only to fall in love and realize the only woman he’s ever let into his heart has no plans of letting a man into hers. Follow them both as they poke and prod and test each others limits on a journey of discovery.

Ope’s Opinion:  You do not need to read the other books in the series to enjoy this one.   Heart On A Shoestring took me a little longer to get into then the previous books, but it definitely pulled my heart strings as I read it.

Miranda and Derek have a lot to deal with – as I think most of us do.  Watching them help each other discover who they really are and who they are meant to be was an awesome ride.

It is so refreshing to read a love a story without explicit love scenes.  I would encourage a teen and mom to read these stories and have a conversation after each one.  Each story brings new topics up to revaluate your opinion from a different perspective.

Marilyn Grey is an amazing author. I am looking forward to when Bloom comes out.  Keep writing and I’ll keep reading!

Rating:  Four Chairs – I like this book so much I know several friends to share it with.

The Life I Now Live

Author:  Marilyn Grey
Publisher:  Winslet Press
Pages: 182the life
Genre: Contemporary New Adult                                 
Source:  Winslet Press



Goodreads:   Book 3 in the Unspoken Series

After her husbands death, Heidi Chase refuses to take off her rings and swears another man will never steal her heart. She is extremely faithful and while her friends think it’s virtue binding her to the past, it’s really fear.

Patrick Wheldon never intended to give his heart to Heidi. Not until her vows to her previous husband were no longer standing between them. But he did and the relationship between them quickly changes into a battle he’s not sure he has the strength to fight.

Follow Heidi and Patrick as they question the definition of soul-mates and discover the true meaning of love.

Ope’s Opinion: I thought this book was another amazing read by Marilyn Grey.  I am a slow reader and I read this in one day.  I did not want to put this book down.  A couple of times it took my breath away – can’t tell you why – would spoil the book.

Patrick and Heidi’s story is a different love story.  I love how Heidi showed how important it is to be faithful, even when those around you don’t understand why you would be.

I am really looking forward to Heart on a Shoestring.


Rating: Four Chairs – I like this book so much I know several friends to share it with.

Down from the Clouds

Author:  Marilyn Grey                             down from the clouds
Publisher:  Winslet Press
Pages:  149
Genre: New Adult
Source:  Winslet Press

Goodreads:  Gavin Kessler is one of the most sensitive and emotional people you’d ever know, except you’d never know it. Trying to find out how he feels is like pulling a one-hundred pound bucket of water out of a seventy foot well. But when he finally falls in love and meets the woman of his dreams, who is set on getting to know every part of him, for better or worse, his walls crumble as he is forced to stand face-to-face with the past he’s been avoiding.

Continue the stories of your favorite characters from Where Love Finds You in this sequel written from Gavin s perspective.

Ope’s Opinion:  With Marilyn Grey, expect the unexpected in her books.

It was fun to see Gavin’s perspective.  I enjoyed seeing his and Ella’s relationship grow.  I loved Ella’s stand not to live with Gavin even while they were engaged.  I also love the fact that there was no foul language in the book.  This awesome love story is very romantic and mature.

I do want to know what happens to Sarah, Mwenye and the others.

Rating:  Four Chairs – I like this book so much I know several friends to share it with.  de9fc-4chairs

Where Love Finds You

Author:  Marilyn Grey                                            where love finds you
Publisher:  Winslet Press
Pages:  158
Genre:  Contemporary Young Adult
Source:  Winslet Press

Goodreads: Ella and Matthew have many differences, but they share a common goal: to find the one person they are meant to spend their lives with.

Years ago, Ella Rhodes looked across a crowded cafe and saw the man she wanted to spend the rest of her life with. She left her number, but he never called. Wondering if he somehow missed the note on the back of the receipt, she spent her twenties waiting for this man to walk into her life again. After all this time, will Ella finally discover “the one” she’s been waiting for? Or, after being sent on various blind dates, will she give her heart to someone else?

Meanwhile, Matthew Ryan breaks up with his long-time girlfriend. Searching his heart he wonders if there is really a “one” for every person, or if there is simply a good, better, and best. Where does Lydia, the girl who would do anything for him, fit into the story of his life? Confused, Matthew sets out to explore his options and find the love he’s been looking for his entire life. Will he find love before it’s too late or will he lose everything?

Ope’s Opinion:   This is a must read!! 

The beginning didn’t move as fast as I would have liked, but keep reading… It is worth every minute of it.  Watching Matt and Ella grow through their relationships makes you root for them.

These characters are well developed and their friends have interesting personalities you want to know more about.

The ending was absolutely amazing!  I loved that it was not your traditional ending to a book.  The twists were awesome and very unexpected.  I do not want to say more – I don’t want to spoil it for anyone else.

I am starting the second book today!

Rating: Five Chairs – This book is so good it will be passed on and on and on…..