Divine Moves Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway

Hi everyone! I have a stop on the Divine Moves blog tour. There is a review and a giveaway for you all.

Divine Moves
By: Ellyn Oaksmith

Seventeen years of loving is a hard habit to break… 

Meryl thought things couldn’t get any worse. She’s caught her husband in bed with the neighbor. She just found out she’s broke. Then her outrageous mother, Faye, shows up.
Faye wants to be a grandmother and has money to loan so it’s hard to say no. But what Meryl doesn’t know is that Faye, a former stripper and born again Christian, plans on opening an exotic dance and women's fitness studio in Meryl’s affluent suburban community. 

When Meryl’s book club gets roped into promoting the studio by dancing at a charity tea, they discover that their laced up ‘burb isn’t as proper as they think. As her husband fights to win her back, Meryl grows increasingly attracted to a handsome sheriff, recovering from his own loss. As a crisis looms, Meryl must face her demons from the past. But first she has to get through Christmas.

Funny, sad and sweet, Divine Moves reveals the forces that derail our lives and the sometimes divine intervention that keeps us on track.

My Review
Meryl's world has fallen apart. Her husband cheated with the next door neighbor, they are broke, her mother who she hasn't spoke to in years has shown up at her door and she is getting to know a local cop a little to well. Not knowing what to do she takes the money her mother offers to stay above ground. She is dealing with her kids acting up and trying to decide if she wants to make things work with her husband. She starts dating the sheriff and likes him but doesn't know where it will lead. On top of all that her mom wants to open up a dance studio and not a normal one. It will be a fitness studio and an exotic dance studio. Her book club gets involved helping her with the studio. Just when Meryl thinks nothing can get worse she has to face her demons from her past.

I have to say I wouldn't want to be in Meryl's shoes for anything. She has so much thrown at her that at times she does crack a little bit and I really don't see how she doesn't snap even more. She tries to hold everything in but it is hard for her to do. Ethan her husband I can't stand. He cheated on her and acts like at times it is no big deal. He has a screwed up family and it shows in how he does things. I was tickled with Meryl's reaction to when she found them together. She done what most of us would do. Her mom Faye is nothing short of a wild child. She may be in her sixties but she doesn't let it slow her down a bit. She has straightened her life up and wants to get involved in her daughters lives. She may mess up but she truly does mean well. Sam I couldn't help but love. I know it was bad timing but he is a great guy and I kept rooting for him. He is there when Meryl needs him and he is great with his own family. There is so much drama that goes on in this book you really never know what will happen next. I had to keep reading thinking ok things would get better but I was wrong. You also get plenty of laughs as so much happens and how Meryl reacts to different things. I would recommend this to anyone really as it was a joy to read about Meryl so much that happens to her happens in everyday life. You can see just how strong she can be.

4 out of 5 Stars

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Author Info
I've been hooked on writing since 4th grade when my story of an alley cat was read in class as an example of a good scene setting. I just about fell off the chair in utter joy. I was a total goner when a film I'd written while at the American Film Institute was screened and people laughed. At the right places! 

At Smith College I gave my professor a heart attack when I compared Tess of the D'Urbervilles, the book, to the movie. 

I write every day from 10-2 although while editing, it's much longer. I live in Seattle Washington with my family and my shelter dog who is my workout partner. I love to interact with readers on and http://ellynoaksmith.tumblr

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  1. Thanks for the great review. I'm glad you enjoyed the book. If you haven't already done so, I'd appreciate the review posted on Best wishes and Happy Reading -- Ellyn Oaksmith


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