Kindred Spirits – Entered in 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest

4 Stars

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Whitney Dineen

Whitney Dineen’s delightful romantic and comedic tale, Kindred Spirits, has a fun paranormal twist to it. Philippa or Pip is a wealthy woman with a strange ability to speak to the dead. She must give the messages she receives to the intended persons or suffer weird and potentially embarrassing consequences. Richard is also wealthy, and he’s tired of the New York City dating scene. He’s so ready to find the love of his life that he hires a matchmaker. Pip’s spiritual contacts take measures to ensure she and Richard meet -in a very peculiar way. Whether or not the two can overcome Pip’s secrets and whether or not Pip can save her latest spiritual contact from being in trouble keeps readers turning pages.

Kindred Spirits is meant to be a romantic comedy, but it isn’t fall-off-your-chair funny. However, it is humorous with a cute love story. The minor proofreading mistakes don’t detract from the story though they are a tad bit annoying. Whitney Dineen has written a sweet and fun story all while blending in ghosts and spiritual mediumship in an unexpected way. It’s much easier to get a grasp on Pip than it is Richard, as Dineen doesn’t really give any insight into what Richard really does. However, readers can easily grow fond of both characters rather quickly.

Whitney Dineen’s Kindred Spirits: A Romantic Comedy About Love, Life and the Afterlife is a breath of fresh air in the world of romance novels. It’s fun and playful in an eccentric sort of way all while giving readers plenty of time to fall head-over-heels for both Pip and Richard. There are a number of supporting characters, but just the right amount to give the plot more depth and deepen the reader’s experience. For those looking for a wholesome and sweet romance with a dash of humor, Whitney Dineen’s Kindred Spirits should be on their list.

Originally critiqued by a member of the Authors Talk About It team.

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Motherhood Martyrdom and Costco Runs – Entered in 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest

5 Stars

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Whitney Dineen

Motherhood Martyrdom and Costco Runs, written by 40-something mother of two young girls, Whitney Dineen, is a collection of humorous, sometimes hilarious, adventures of motherhood. This in-your-face book lays out the ups and downs, the good, the bad and the crazy times most every mother should be able to relate to on one level or another.

Seemingly more like a compilation of stories one might keep in a journal to reflect back upon years down the road than a comprehensive story from start to finish, Motherhood Martyrdom and Costco Runs is not a guide to help other mothers, but rather an enjoyable read. The tales are short and concise, which means sometimes Dineen could have, perhaps, shared a few more details to more fully flesh out the description of the event. This could give readers a chance to enjoy even deeper belly laughs. Dineen’s high level of energy shines through the pages quite brightly, but that can be tiring after awhile -much like being a mom can be exhausting. Therefore, reading Motherhood Martyrdom and Costco Runs in the bite-sized chunks it’s written in is advisable.

Whitney Dineen has skillfully captured her wild, crazy and sometimes embarrassing experiences within the pages of Motherhood Martyrdom and Costco Runs. Readers will not only find surprises and mom moments they’ll surely identify with within every vignette, but they’ll find surprises on nearly every single page. Those few minutes moms get to just sit back and relax would well be spent devouring Dineen’s stories one at a time – whether hiding out in the bathroom or sitting in the car while rivulets of sweat slide down her back waiting on soccer practice to finish up. Laugh-out-loud and relatable, Motherhood Martyrdom and Costco Runs by Whitney Dineen, would make a great gift for your mom, sister, daughter or wife. Well done!

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