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The Lost Sister by Tracy Buchanan @TracyBuchanan @bookouture #BookReview

Happy Saturday book lovers!

Excited to be part of the blog splash for the US release of this twisty family drama!🇺🇸

The Lost Sister by Tracy Buchanan

My Thoughts

4 Salty Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

This was my very first book by Tracy Buchanan, but it will not be my last… I found this book a compelling read filled with colorful characters and beautiful descriptions… I was drawn in by the very first scene in this book… a loving mother (or so it seemed) a drowning boy, a strange man who appears to be walking on water, where in the world was this book headed???

This book was told from two different perspectives and two different timelines… becky in present time and her motherSelma in the early 1990s… Becky was abandoned by her mother when she was eight years old… Selma abandon her husband and daughter to live in a cave with other creative types in order to overcome her writers block…. over 20 years later when Selma is on her deathbed she reaches out to her daughter wanting to reunite… becky is hesitant, but chooses to see her mother and her mother‘s last words to her are” you have a sister.” Becky now needs to decide whether or not she wants to believe this woman who has done nothing but let her down for the past few decades and try to locate her long-lost sister… her journey leads her to meet many people that knew her mother and this allows her to get to know her mother a bit better, but will she find her sister?

I really felt for Becky, I can’t even imagine being abandoned by my mother, and as a mother I cannot imagine abandoning my children… I had a really hard time with Selma I just did not like her, even as I got to know her better and her motivations and reasons… still I could not justify what she did to Becky… I found her to be very selfish and manipulative… although I did find the Cave dwelling terribly interesting, do people really live in caves? It sounds like something I would not want to do!(Note to self google this later)

The last 20% of this book was mindbending so many twists that I had no warning about! It really brought light to a lot of things and answered a lot of questions I had… well played Tracy Buchanan!

Absolutely recommend when you are in the mood for a family drama with some pretty amazing twists…

*** many thanks too Bookouture for my copy of this intriguing book ***

PS: the stars are salty because Selma made me salty, LOL

About the Book

Summer, 1991: A trip to the beach leads to disaster for Becky’s family. It is the day a boy nearly drowns, and the day Becky’s mother decides to abandon her own husband and child for the mysterious man who saved him.

Now: It’s been ten years since they last spoke, but Becky’s mother has just weeks to live. And she has something important to tell her. I had another child.

How far would you go to track down the sister you never knew existed And how can you trust a woman who has lied to you your whole life?

Moving, Gripping, and Emotionally Powerful, this is the perfect read for your summer holiday escape.

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Have a weekend filled with books📚 Berit☀️✨

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The London Murder Mysteries: The Girl in the Gallery by Alice Castle @DDsDiary @rararesources #BookReview #Giveaway

Happy Saturday!

Thrilled to be part of the blog tour and share with you my review today for the second book in this wonderful cozy mystery series. Many thanks to Rachel for my invitation and to Alice Castle for this delightful story💜

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The Girl in the Gallery

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to Dulwich…

It’s a perfect summer’s morning in the plush south London suburb, and thirty-something Beth Haldane has sneaked off to visit one of her favourite places, the world-famous Picture Gallery.

She’s enjoying a few moments’ respite from juggling her job at prestigious private school Wyatt’s and her role as single mum to little boy Ben, when she stumbles across a shocking new exhibit on display. Before she knows it, she’s in the thick of a fresh, and deeply chilling, investigation.

Who is The Girl in the Gallery? Join Beth in adventure #2 of the London Murder Mystery series as she tries to discover the truth about a secret eating away at the very heart of Dulwich.

My Thoughts

4 Clever & Cozy Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

do you ever wonder when you’re reading these mystery series set in a small town what you would really think if you kept running across dead bodies? And what would the rest of the people in the town think? This time Beth Discovers a dead body in a picture Gallery… The body is splayed out and in plain sight pretending to be a museum display….

This was a good old fashion murder mystery… Beth is once again on the case working with Detective York… I really do like Beth and I like her interactions with the detective, her best friend Katie, and her daughter… I also like how this old fashion mystery has a bit of a contemporary vibe with the very current teenage issues… really adds another layer to the story and is handled extremely well…

My amateur detective skills were definitely put to the test in this book… filled with many twists and turns I had no idea who the bad guy in this one was… a small town filled with so many eccentric characters giving you so many suspects, leaving you scratching your head and thinking… who done it?

this is the second book in this cozy mystery series, but it could absolutely be read as a standalone… filled with everything you want in a cozy mystery, wonderful characters, a charming setting, and a twisty mystery… absolutely recommend to fans of this genre!

*** many thanks to the author and Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for my copy of this book ***

Purchase Link  – http://www.MyBook.to/GirlintheGallery

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Meet Alice Castle

Before turning to crime, Alice Castle was a UK newspaper journalist for The Daily Express, The Times and The Daily Telegraph. Her first book, Hot Chocolate, set in Brussels and London, was a European hit and sold out in two weeks.

Death in Dulwich was published in September 2017 and has been a number one best-seller in the UK, US, Canada, France, Spain and Germany. A sequel, The Girl in the Gallery was published in December 2017 to critical acclaim. Calamity in Camberwell, the third book in the London Murder Mystery series, will be published this summer, with Homicide in Herne Hill due to follow in early 2019.  Alice is currently working on the fifth London Murder Mystery adventure. Once again, it will feature Beth Haldane and DI Harry York.

Alice is also a mummy blogger and book reviewer via her website: https://www.alicecastleauthor.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alicecastleauthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DDsDiary?lang=en

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