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Castle of Concrete by Katia Raina @tlcbooktours #bookreview #castleofconcrete

happy Monday evening all!

excited to share with you today my review for this delightful story! I love historical fiction because it always teaches me something that I did not already know, and this one taught me a lot! Thanks much to Trish for my invitation to this tour.

My Thoughts

Katia Raina brought the Soviet Union in the 1990s to life with her vivid writing. This book really made me realize how unaware I was of world events when I was 20. I did know that communism and the Soviet Union were crumbling, I did know there was a Gorbachev, but there was also much I did not know. This book did a marvelous job of enlightening me on important historical events by interweaving them into this story about this delightful girl. Sonia has spent most of her life living in Siberia with her grandmother, but now she has returned to Moscow to live with her mother. Not only does she now have to fit into a new school, but she is also torn between her Russian and her Jewish roots. Sonia really had a magnanimous personality, being a teenager is tough in the best of circumstances, I really admired her fortitude. I also felt so deeply for her, the poor girl was falling for a boy who was further tearing her in different directions. And her mother, I like to give her the benefit of the doubt, but I truly don’t think she always had a handle on the big picture. Beautifully told, highly engaging, A lovely story that taught me a thing or two about historical world events.

About Castle of Concrete

• Paperback: 304 pages
• Publisher: Young Europe Books (June 11, 2019)

Set in the final year of Soviet Russia’s collapse, this stunning debut novel tells the story of Sonya, a timid Jewish girl reuniting with her once-dissident mother and falling in love with a mysterious boy who may be an anti-Semite. All the while, Sonya’s mama is falling in love also?with shiny America, a land where differences seem to be celebrated. The place sounds amazing, but so far away. Will Sonya ever find her way there?

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About Katia Raina

When she was a child, Katia Raina played at construction sites and believed in magic mirrors. She emigrated from Russia at the age of almost sixteen. A former journalist and currently a middle school English teacher in Washington, D.C., she has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives with her family just outside of D.C., and still believes in magic.

Find out more about Katia at her website, and connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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The Accidentals by Minrose Gwin @wmmorrowbooks @tlcbooktours #bookreview #theaccidentals

Happy Monday all!

Delighted to share with you today my review for this engaging story. A beautiful story packed with interesting characters. Thanks Trish for my invitation to the tour!🦚

My Thoughts

Minrose Gwin has written a beautiful story packed with Drama, tragedy, family, and hope. Life is complicated and the characters in this story had way more than their fair share of complicated situations. This family drama spans five decades of hurt and healing. The primary focus of the story is on sisters Grace and June, but we do get the point of view of several other characters. The story starts off with the death of Grace and June’s mother after a botched backstreet abortion. Grace carries around a lot of grief and guilt in regards to the death of her mother and this leads to some questionable choices in her own life. June is also struggling and this leads to her own poor decisions. When June betrays her sister in a big way a huge divide develops both physically and emotionally in the girls relationship. What follows is a heartbreaking story of hardship and regret that will eventually bring the sisters back together, and it only takes 50 years.

The book really makes you think about limitations that women had in the 1950s and 1960s. I personally thought that the issues that the women in this book struggled with and how they overcame them or didn’t really was the best part of the story. I’m not certain if I liked either Grace or June, but I really was rooting for them, these girls had a hard life. There were a few places the book fell a little flat for me. There was just way too much going on. I know the author was trying to give us a sense of time and place, but in doing so I think a lot was overlooked (everything having to do with the spacerace I felt that have been left out). The book was also extremely lopsided, most of the book focus on the first 10 years of the sisters lives and then raced through the final 40 years. I think I would’ve preferred it to end after the first 10 years and then conclude with a apologue. I mean I did not mind the book being wrapped up in a nice little bow, but it jumped around aimlessly in order to get there. But as I said this was such a small part of the book that it didn’t really bother me, for the most part I was thoroughly invested in the sisters lives.

*** Big thanks to William Morrow for my copy of this book ***

About The Accidentals

• Paperback: 416 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (August 13, 2019)

Following the death of their mother from a botched backwoods abortion, the McAlister daughters have to cope with the ripple effect of this tragedy as they come of age in 1950s Mississippi and then grow up to face their own impossible choices—an unforgettable, beautiful novel that is threaded throughout with the stories of mothers and daughters in pre-Roe versus Wade America.

Life heads down back alleys, takes sharp left turns. Then, one fine day it jumps the track and crashes.”

In the fall of 1957, Olivia McAlister is living in Opelika, Mississippi, caring for her two girls, June and Grace, and her husband, Holly. She dreams of living a much larger life–seeing the world and returning to her wartime job at a landing boat factory in New Orleans. As she watches over the birds in her yard, Olivia feels like an “accidental”—a migratory bird blown off course.

When Olivia becomes pregnant again, she makes a fateful decision, compelling Grace, June, and Holly to cope in different ways. While their father digs up the backyard to build a bomb shelter, desperate to protect his family, Olivia’s spinster sister tries to take them all under her wing. But the impact of Olivia’s decision reverberates throughout Grace’s and June’s lives. Grace, caught up in an unconventional love affair, becomes one of the “girls who went away” to have a baby in secret. June, guilt-ridden for her part in exposing Grace’s pregnancy, eventually makes an unhappy marriage. Meanwhile Ed Mae Johnson, an African-American care worker in a New Orleans orphanage, is drastically impacted by Grace’s choices.

As the years go by, their lives intersect in ways that reflect the unpredictable nature of bird flight that lands in accidental locations—and the consolations of imperfect return.

Filled with tragedy, humor, joy, and the indomitable strength of women facing the constricted spaces of the 1950s and 60s, The Accidentals is a poignant, timely novel that reminds us of the hope and consolation that can be found in unexpected landings.

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About Minrose Gwin

Minrose Gwin is the author of The Queen of Palmyra, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick and finalist for the John Gardner Fiction Book Award, and the memoir Wishing for Snow, cited by Booklist as “eloquent” and “lyrical”—“a real life story we all need to know.” She has written four scholarly books and coedited The Literature of the American South. She grew up in Tupelo, Mississippi, hearing stories of the Tupelo tornado of 1936. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Find out more about Minrose at her website.

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Her Silent Cry by Lisa Regan @lisalregan @bookouture #bookreview #hersilentcry

Happy Friday y’all!

Cannot believe this is the sixth installment in this fantastic series! The Josie Quinn series is definitely one of my favorites! Thank you so much Noelle for my invitation to the tour!🎠

My Thoughts

Josie Quinn is back! Can’t believe this is book six! This is hands-down one of my absolute favorite police procedural series, I just love Lisa Regan’s writing style. This time Josie is on the hunt for a missing child. While at the park with young Harrison Josie has a front row seat when little Lucy disappears into thin air after a ride on the carousel. The kidnapper has left several messages implying that this is personal and Josie is convinced that the parents are keeping secrets. As the body count rises the tension increases, will Josie solve the crime in time?

This book had a little bit of a different feel to it. The rest of the books in the series have a personal connection to either Josie or one of the other members of her team. Both Gretchen and Noah are in the story, but neither of them play a very significant role. So while I was interested in the story I missed the personal touch. I think one of my favorite parts of this series is Josie and how much her character has developed over the course of the series, there was a little of that but not as much as I would’ve liked. Having said that the mystery was very well done. The kidnapper/killer was quite disturbed, diabolical, and cunning. I was completely invested and liked how all the pieces came together. Cannot wait to see what’s next for Josie, Gretchen, Noah, Trinity, and Luke.

*** many thanks to Bookouture for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

Round and round she goes, blonde pigtails flying, her high-pitched giggle catching on the wind. But as the ride slows to a stop, her seat is suddenly empty. Little Lucy is gone…

When seven-year-old Lucy Ross is snatched from the carousel in Denton city parkDetective Josie Quinn joins the frantic search. She’s the one who finds Lucy’s sparkly butterfly backpack abandoned by the ticket booth, a note with a devastating message stuffed inside: answer your phone, or your sweet little darling will die…

The next day, Lucy’s parents are filled with hope when they pick up a call which they think is from their babysitter – but instead it’s a chilling male voice on the line. Josie races to the babysitter’s small apartment only to find her lifeless body in a tangle of sheets on her bed.

Josie is faced with the most high-stakes case of her career as each new phone call from someone connected to the family ends with the shocking discovery of another body. This twisted killer wants revenge, and he won’t stop until the Ross family are in pieces…

Something is telling Josie that Lucy’s parents aren’t giving her the whole truth, but digging deeper into their lives will force her to confront a life-changing secret of her own. Does Josie have what it takes to crack this case? She has no choice if she’s going to bring Lucy home alive…

About the Author

Lisa Regan is an Amazon bestselling crime novelist.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University.  She is a member of Sisters In Crime, Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter. Find out more at her website: www.lisaregan.com

 

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6443334.Lisa_Regan

 

 

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When You Were Mine by Lisa Swift @LisaSwiftAuthor @herabooks @rararesources #bookreview #whenyouweremine

Happy Thursday all!

Loved this book! This was so much fun I just absolutely fell in love with these characters and did not want the story to end! Thanks Rachel for my invitation to the tour!💘

When You Were Mine

Life is a love song when you find the right notes

 

Maggie and Ibby make up a happy – if unconventional – family. After meeting at university, they now live in the village of Applecroft on the beautiful West Country coast.

 

Okay, so Ibby’s gay and prone to disastrous dates, while couples’ counsellor Maggie spends her days helping people with their relationship problems despite having no sex life of her own. Nevertheless, they’re devoted to bringing up teenage daughter Amelia – the result of a drunken one-night stand when they were students – in a stable and loving family.

 

Until a face from the past – in the form of hard-partying rock star Jordan Nash – disrupts their quiet lives. As Jordan struggles with his personal demons and old secrets are revealed, can Maggie and Ibby stay strong? Or will bringing back the past threaten all that they’ve built in the present?

My Thoughts

What an absolute gem! This was such a delightful story full of family, love, friendship, second chances, and forgiveness. The story starts off jumping between two seemingly separate stories. Maggie and Ibby are best friends and coparents to their teenage daughter Amelia. The two have been roommates since university, but never romanticly involved. Ibby is gay and Amelia is the product of a drunken one night stand. Jordan is a super famous drug using lead singer for one of the UK’s most famous bands. At first it is not clear how these two stories are related, but as the book progresses things begin to fall into place. A non-traditional love story about love in all its many forms. This book also took on many social issues including homophobia and drug use, I think this was done well and not heavy handed.

This book had so many wonderful characters in it. Maggie, Ibby, and Jordan were all well-developed likable characters who I was definitely rooting for. The secondary characters Other Max, Nikki, and Nat were great. Can I just say I loved how they called there other BFF Other max! But for me the shining star of the book was Amelia, the girl had some major spirit and fierce determination, and yet she still was sweet and vulnerable. This was an engaging and sweet story with a few unexpected twists. I really enjoyed spending time with these characters and was sad when it ended. This is my first book from Lisa Swift (with any name) but it certainly will be my last.

*** thanks to Hera Books for my copy of this book ***

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Author Bio

Lisa Swift is a romance author from West Yorkshire in the UK. She is represented by Laura Longrigg at MBA Literary Agents. Her first book is due to be published by Hera Books in August 2019.

As Mary Jayne Baker, Lisa also writes romantic comedies for Aria Fiction.

Lisa is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.

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TH1RT3EN by Steven Cavanagh @flatironbooks @macmillanaudio #bookreview #TH1RT3EN

Happy Wednesday all!

Super excited to share my review with you all for this Fantabulous book! This was an exceptional legal thriller with some extra punch to it!⚖️

My Thoughts

The serial killer is not on trial, he’s on the jury!

WOW! This book reeled me in! Hook! Line! Sinker! Move over Mickey Haller there is a new man in town and his name is Eddie Flynn! I loved everything about this legal thriller. It had a bit of a Michael Connelly/ John Grisham vibe to it, and that is a huge compliment coming from me they’re two of my favorites. This is the third book in this series, but it can absolutely be read as a standalone. I have not read the prior books and I had no problem keeping up with the story and I never felt lost. Although as good as this one was I have every intention on going back and reading those two previous books as well. A fast-paced complex plot full of well drawn characters, yes please!

Eddie Flynn is defending a famous actor accused of killing his wife and his bodyguard. Convinced that his client is innocent he soon finds a link between the murder and a possible serial killer. What makes this even more intriguing is the killer is paying very close attention to the court proceedings. Not merely as a spectator, but as a member of the jury **and the plot thickens**. The narrative bounces back-and-forth between Eddie and serial killer Josh Kane, loved this! Eddie and Josh were both incredibly compelling and I loved reading about how their minds worked. Two brilliant men battling it out until the bitter end. Josh was not only intelligent, manipulative, calculating, and diabolical, but he was also impervious to pain. Kind of a super villain if you will, there was a little suspension of belief involved, but I was all in! The plot was fairly complex, but so well conveyed to the reader. I was never confused and I thoroughly enjoyed watching all the pieces come together. There were several well-placed twists, but for me this was more about the journey than the twists. An exceptional legal thriller that I won’t soon forget! Looking forward to the next book!

🎧🎧🎧 Adam Sims did a remarkable job of bringing a unique voice to both of these incredible male characters. He completely drew me in with his stellar narration of this compelling story!

*** many thanks to Flatiron Books and Macmillan Audio for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

The serial killer isn’t on trial. He’s on the jury. 
It’s the murder trial of the century. And Joshua Kane has killed to get the best seat in the house – and to be sure the wrong man goes down for the crime. Because this time, the killer isn’t on trial. He’s on the jury.  
But there’s someone on his tail. Former conman turned criminal-defense attorney Eddie Flynn doesn’t believe his movie-star client killed two people. He suspects the real killer is closer than they think – but who would guess just how close?   
Praise for Thirteen:
“A brilliant, twisty, ingeniously constructed puzzle of a book. Steve Cavanagh pulls off an enviable premise with panache.” (Ruth Ware)    
“Outstanding – an intriguing premise, a tense, gripping build-up, and a spectacular climax. This guy is the real deal. Trust me.” (Lee Child)
“A dead bang BEAST of a book that expertly combines Cavanagh’s authority on the law with an absolutely great thrill ride. Books this ingenious don’t come along very often.” (Michael Connelly)

*** I did not see this quote from Michael Connelly until just now! As I said this book had a Michael Connelly vibe to it and here he is right in the blurb!

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If You Were Here by Alice Peterson @AlicePeterson1 @simonschusterUK @Netgalley #BookReview #IfYouWereHere #Netgalley

Well Howdy-do book buddies!

All is back to normal here in the UK, we’ve had a few days of sunshine, and now it’s back to rainy days…Boo!

I’m so pleased to bring you a review for this lovely story, but be prepared for feelings, this one had me reaching for the Kleenex.

Why Did You Pick It Up Vicci?

I saw this on Netgalley, and read the synopsis and it really jumped out at me, so I’m so glad that it was approved for me to read.

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My Thoughts

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When I say prepare yourself I am not joking, I was a mess reading this one!

This is a story about a lovely family, we have Granddad Tim, Granny Peggy, Mummy Beth, and Baby Flo.

Flo (Florence) is all grown up now, and she’s had to grow up pretty fast, her mother died when she was relatively young, and she was brought up by her Granny, they have a really close bond, and they love each other fiercely.

Peggy’s husband Tim died when Flo was young so she didn’t really know him that well, she can only remember things like laughing at him when his legs would go all wobbly when he was playing golf.

Beth (Flo’s mother) died in a tragic accident, and so Peggy is really all of the family Flo has, apart from her friends that she has had since school, one of which she lives with.

5 years later and Flo is in love with a wonderful man and is ready to say goodbye and pack her backs to go and live with him in New York, except Peggy hasn’t told Flo everything.

While searching through her things, Peggy discovers that Beth had done the one thing she had asked her not to do, and that was to go and get tested.

You see, Tim had, and died from a genetic condition, and there was a 50/50 chance of Beth inheriting it from him, Peggy didn’t want her to know, she wanted her to just go out and live her life, but Beth obviously found out the result behind her back and never told her.

Peggy has kept this secret from Flo, but because there is also a 50/50 chance of her having it too, Peggy is torn between telling her the truth, or leaving things as they are.

A very touching, poignant story that will pull at your heartstrings and probably play a tune on them too.

It is filled with love, friendships and What If’s.

If a test could decide your future, would you take it?

**Many thanks to Simon and Schuster, Netgalley, and the Author for my copy of this book**

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About The Book

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‘I can toast to my future, but the thundercloud over my head, the threat of a storm, will follow me like a shadow wherever I go. The truth is, I have a potential bomb in my bag, and who knows when or where it will go off’ 
When her daughter Beth dies suddenly, Peggy Andrews is left to pick up the pieces and take care of her granddaughter Flo. But sorting through Beth’s things reveals a secret never told: Beth was sick, with the same genetic condition that claimed her father’s life, and now Peggy must decide whether to keep the secret or risk destroying her granddaughter’s world.
Five years later, Flo is engaged and ready to pack up her life and move to New York with her high-flying fiancé. Peggy never told Flo what she discovered, but with Flo looking towards her future, Peggy realises it’s time to come clean and reveal that her granddaughter’s life might also be at risk.
As Flo struggles to decide her own path, she is faced with the same life-altering questions her mother asked herself years before: If a test could decide your future, would you take it?

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When We Were Sisters by Wendy Clark @bookouture #bookreview #whenweweresisters

Happy Monday all!

Super excited to share my review for this thrilling thriller today! Thank you so much Noelle for my invitation to the tour!🖤

My Thoughts

Wendy Clarke has written a tense complex story that kept me invested throughout. There really was a lot going on in this book. Told entirely from Kelly‘s perspective bouncing between past and present. Kelly is now seemingly living the perfect life a lovely home, a devoted husband, two beautiful twin daughters, and a baby boy. But Kelly’s life is really just one wrong move away from falling apart. Kelly also had a bit of a tragic past. Parents who never truly loved her and a foster sister Freya who has forever haunted her. However as much as I sympathize with Kelly throughout this book the girl frustrated me so much! And I try not to get all judge mental when it comes to parenting, but Kelly could’ve use my expert advice, LOL! OK well maybe not my advice, but there were some major red flags. One of her twin daughters Sophie was scared of her shadow and the other one was a bit of a bully. Then on more then one occasion rather than taking baby out of the stroller and bringing him with her, she left him outside the classroom or the store and went in? I had a baby and a kindergartner at the same time and all I’m saying is I would have taken my baby out of the stroller and brought him in with me, a lot of the drama in this book could’ve been avoided had this been done! As I said the girl frustrated me! And it wasn’t just this….

This is not to say I did not like the book I found it compelling and it definitely kept my interest. Kelly‘s past was devastating and her relationship with Freya was interesting. Kelly‘s relationship with her husband was also interesting, he did some questionable things that I’m still not quite sure what to make of. I liked how the story unraveled. I had many theories, none of them right. All in all this was a well told thriller with characters I wish I liked a little bit more, even the kids got on my nerves a bit.

*** thanks to Bookoutur for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

I turn to where I left my baby in his pushchair and pull up short. With a racing heart, I look around wildly, fear gripping my stomach. I only looked away for a moment. The pushchair and my baby are gone. 

Kelly is taking her twin daughters to their first day of school, ushering them into the classroom, her heart breaking to think they might not need her any more, when she turns around and sees that her newborn baby is gone.

As a desperate search ensues, baby Noah is quickly found – parked in front of a different classroom. But when Kelly reaches forward to comfort him, she finds something tucked beside his blanket. A locket that belonged to her sister Freya. A locket Kelly hasn’t seen since the day Freya died.

And then Kelly’s perfectly-ordered life begins to unravel…

We Were Sisters is a heart-pounding suspense thriller that will grip you until the very last page. Fans of Behind Closed DoorsGone Girl and The Girl on the Train won’t be able to stop reading this incredible book.

 

About the Author

Wendy Clarke started her career writing short fiction and serials for national women’s magazines. After having over three hundred short stories published, she progressed to writing novels. With a degree in psychology, and intrigued with how the human mind can affect behaviour, it was inevitable that she would eventually want to explore her darker side.

What She Saw is her debut psychological thriller, published by Bookouture, with a second coming out in August 2019.

In her previous life, Wendy has published three collections of short stories and has been a short story judge for the Chiltern Writers Group, Nottingham Writers Group and The Society of Women Writers and journalists.

Wendy lives with her husband, cat and step-dog in Sussex and when not writing is usually dancing, singing or watching any programme that involves food

 

 

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One Day She’ll Darken by Fauna Hodel and J.R. Briarmonte @1DayShellDarken @justjanuary @GraymalkinMedia #Audiobook #BookReview #OneDayShellDarken

Hello book friends, I’m back from a wonderful few days in London with my little boy, my legs feel like I’ve walked about a hundred miles, and my bank balance is significantly lower than zero ☹ But I had a wonderful time there, so it was all worth it!

Anyhoo, I’m delighted to bring you a review for this amazing book I picked up when I had a credit-crisis!!

Why Did You Pick It Up Vicci?

Well, I really didn’t know anything about this story, I had a spare credit and couldn’t find a book that jumped out at me to read, so I went back to my old favourite method of choice, Narrator!
Once I saw that this was being narrated by January LaVoy, and it also had *something* to do with the Black Dahlia case I was sold.

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My Thoughts

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This was such an interesting story about a girl named Fauna, the title is a nod to her light skin, because she was born mixed race as her father was black.

1951 – While working in a Casino as a Ladies Room Attendant, a young black woman called Jimmie is approached by a white woman who has had one too many drinks, she strikes up a conversation with her about her life and children.
Jimmie finds this very odd, but the woman is white, so probably a good tipper, so she plays along with her to see if she can get more money out of her.
In the conversation, the woman admits that her daughter is pregnant by a black man, and the child cannot stay with them for obvious reasons, so she is looking for a good “black home” to send her too, Jimmie enjoying the drunk talk tells the woman that she would be happy to take the child off of her hands, for a price of course, as her and her husband have never been able to conceive, gives the woman her address, and swiftly gets a crisp $50 tip, talk about good luck, drunk women!!

Except a few months later, Jimmie gets a new member of her household, a brand new baby girl, called Fauna, Jimmie’s husband isn’t happy about this at all, but goes along with it, considering that there is money involved, it might be a sweet deal, except she doesn’t look black, she doesn’t look black at all, and people notice it too, which makes Jimmie very angry.

We’re not categorized by the color of our skin. And just as Jesus was color-blind, so, too, is love. Our love for each other, for our brothers and sisters, and now for this baby is also color-blind. The only reason we see different color is because of a self-inflicted disease we call racism.”

And a sweet deal it is, they both come to love their daughter very much, as she gets older, they tell Fauna, now named Patty, that her real mother gave her away, but the whole time, they wait for her black to start showing through, except it really doesn’t.

But Patty is brought up a strong independent black girl, and she has plenty to say about people who don’t believe her, in fact she starts to take her birth certificate everywhere with her just to prove it as it clearly says “Father – Negro” on it.

But unfortunately, she is too white to fit in with the black kids, and too much like a black kid to fit in with the whites.

Jimmie, is not quite the loving mother she is portrayed to be in the neighbourhood, she is an alcoholic, and is very abusive toward Patty, and her string of lovers after her and her husband separate, also add to this, so much so that Patty eventually leaves the home and starts to find out a lot of information about her life that was kept from her by her “mother”

Lets just say that everything isn’t as it seemed!!

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Narration by January LaVoy was as always perfect, and this story was so brilliantly told by her.

Also a TV series called I Am The Night on TNT, I haven’t seen it myself, but I am anxiously waiting for it to come to UK TV so that I can.

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About The Book

The inspiration for the TNT TV series I Am the Night.
The Black Dahlia Murder is near-legend in the annals of true crime. But behind the shocking case of a young actress’s gruesome slaying lies the story of another woman.
Was Fauna Hodel the child of incest, and the catalyst for a sensational trial that left her well-to-do family scarred by scandal, even as the accused sexual predator walked free? Taken as an infant from her teenage mother, Fauna was placed in the care of a working-class black woman, who raised the white child as her own.
Together, as a close-knit mother and daughter, they weathered years of poverty and bigotry, alcoholism and sexual abuse, pregnancy and even death—until the time came for Fauna to seek out her real mother, and uncover her lost past.
But as Fauna will learn, some truths don’t want to be told.
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You’ve Been Volunteered by Laurie Gelman @LaurieMGelman @HenryHolt #bookreview #youvebeenvolunteered #classmom

Happy Friday y’all!

This was such a fun story all about navigating parent politics, parenting, and just life in general. Many thanks to Rachel for my invitation to this tour!🖍

My Thoughts

Laurie Gelman has spun a whimsical tail full of humor and fun. This is the follow-up to “Class Mom”. I did not read the first book and I don’t feel as though that impacted my enjoyment of the story, however he better bet I’m going to try to squeeze the first book in as soon as I can! Jen Dixon was such a marvelous character. So snarky, so sassy, someone you’d love to be friends with. Her outlook was so real and so refreshing! The emails she sent to the class parents were priceless, especially the one from Las Vegas! What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, that is unless you email the entire class about it!

Jen has not only been roped into being class mom this year, but she is also in charge of the safety patrol (a job nobody wants). Third grade son Max is becoming a little more opinionated, a little more mouthy. Her daughters are now in their 20s, that fun age when they think they are adults, until they aren’t. Her husband Ron is consumed with his business and starting a chain of yoga studios. Her parents are getting older and her mother has just won her fight with cancer. Jen certainly has a lot on her plate, but she handles it all with grace and a sense of humor (OK not all that much grace, but a lot of humor). I thoroughly enjoyed every minute I spend with Jen and her antics and I am keeping my fingers crossed that there is a follow-up to this follow-up!

*** A big thanks to Henry Holt for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

In the eagerly anticipated follow-up to Laurie Gelman’s “irreverent and hilarious” (The New York Post) hit Class Mom, brash, lovable Jen Dixon is back with a new class and her work cut out for her. 
If you’ve ever been a room parent or school volunteer, Jen Dixon is your hero. She says what every class mom is really thinking, whether in her notoriously frank emails or standup-worthy interactions with the micromanaging PTA President and the gamut of difficult parents. Luckily, she has the charm and wit to get away with it – most of the time. Jen is sassier than ever but dealing with a whole new set of challenges in the world of parental politics and at home. 
She’s been roped into room-parenting yet again for her son Max’s third grade class, but as her husband buries himself in work, her older daughters navigate adulthood, and Jen’s own aging parents start to need some parenting themselves, Jen gets pulled in more directions than any one mom, or superhero, can handle. 
Refreshingly down-to-earth and brimming with warmth, Dixon’s next chapter will keep you wondering what’s really going on under the veneer of polite parent interactions and have you laughing along with her the whole way.

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The Beekeepers Cottage by Emma Davies @EmDaviesAuthor @bookouture #bookreview #thebeekeeperscottage

Happy Friday everybody!

I had so much fun with this book! A fantastic story about friendship sprinkled with a little romance and some bees.🐝

My Thoughts

Emma Davies Rights such engaging stories full of so much charm and whimsy. This book is a follow-up to “The House on Hope Corner”, but it could absolutely be read as a standalone. It was so fun to revisit Flora, Ned, Fraser, and Hannah. It was so lovely to see that all the flowers are blooming at Hope Blooms Farm. In this story we get to know there beekeeping neighbor Grace and a newcomer Amos. Such a beautiful story full of friendship and hope with a sprinkling of romance. The bees play a small but mighty part in the story and I have to admit they are an interesting creature that I enjoyed learning about.

Grace has finally decided to leave her philandering famous husband Paul. Paul is not handling it very well and threatens to take away her beloved cottage. Grace will do just about anything to hold onto her home, this leads to some scheming and a questionable deal with Paul. Grace was such a great character I loved her friendship with her neighbors and her interactions with Amos. Amos was a bit of a mystery and I could not help but wonder what he was running from. Emma Davies descriptive writing really brought these characters, the setting, and the story to life. I surely hope there is another story involving this wonderful cast of characters.

*** many thanks to Bookouture for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

Comforted by the gentle hum of the beehives at the bottom of the garden, Grace drains the last of her tea and walks slowly back towards the little hillside house she adores. Her marriage is over, but is it too late to start her life again?

Beekeeper Grace thought throwing out her cheating husband would be the hardest thing she ever did. But when she opens the door to a property developer one morning, it’s clear that keeping her beautiful home and garden – her only sanctuary throughout her miserable marriage – will be the greatest challenge of all…

Fleeing to her best friend at the farm next door, Grace blurts out all her problems, only to be overheard by Amos, a handsome, free-spirited visitor with a twinkle in his eye. Fascinated by Grace and her bees, Amos offers to stay in the village of Hope Corner, to help turn her home into a guest house in return for lessons on beekeeping.

As Grace shows Amos how to nurture a hive and harvest honeycomb without getting stung, he is charming but secretive. He never stays long in the same place after an incident in his past involving a mysterious woman named Maria. But as their eyes lock over a jar of homemade honey, Grace can’t help feeling that she’d really like him to stay…

Determined to dispel her growing suspicion that Amos is running from something serious, Grace goes in search of the truth about Maria. But when she finds  will she still want Amos to put down roots in Hope Corner, and will they still have a house to return to? 

No matter how far they travel, bees will always find their way home…

About the Author

After a varied career, Emma Davies once worked for a design studio where she was asked to provide a fun and humorous (and not necessarily true) anecdote for their website. She wrote the following: ‘I am a bestselling novelist currently masquerading as a thirty something mother of three.’ Well the job in the design studio didn’t work out but she’s now a forty something mother of three and is happy to report the rest of her dream came true.

After many years as a finance manager she now writes full time and is far happier playing with words than numbers. She lives with her husband, three children, and two guinea pigs in rural Shropshire where she writes in all the gaps in between real life. It’s a county she adores, her love of its beautiful people and landscapes providing endless inspiration for her books, and in fact the only thing that would make Shropshire more idyllic is if it were by the sea. 

 

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Pop over to her website www.emmadaviesauthor.comwhere, amongst other things, you can read about her passion for Pringles and singing loudly in the car. You can also wave to her on twitter @EmDaviesAuthor / https://twitter.com/EmDaviesAuthor or find her on Facebook (a little too often than is good for her): https://www.facebook.com/emmadaviesauthor/


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