Posted in Crime Thriller, Mystery, Thriller, Thriller and Suspense

The Thinnest Air by Minka Kent #BookReview

Happy Sunday book lovers today I am sharing with you my review for this book that I absolutely loved up until about 82%; made me think how much of an impact does the ending of a book have on how much you like or dislike a book? I still really like this book I was just disappointed by the ending, but I think sometimes I am more forgiving of a mediocre book with a fantastic ending then a fantastic book with a mediocre ending?🤔

The Thinnest Air

The Thinnest Air by Minka Kent

My Thoughts

4 Fast Paced Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

This was a fast paced page turning psychological thriller that started with a bang and ended with a fizzle… I started this book with lowered expectations… five of my trusted book Besties read this before me, and I knew they were all disappointed…. and I want to thank all of them for lowering my expectations, because I think I enjoyed this book so much more because of that…. Truly for me up until about 82% this book was brilliant…. I thought my girls were being super unfair to this book as I quickly turned those pages to find out what the heck was going on! And then…… The reveal….. it was such a letdown and it happened really early… I spent the last 10% of this book waiting for the other shoe to drop and it is still dangling on my foot!

Meredith has gone missing… disappearing into thin air, leaving behind her purse and her phone…. did she run away or was she snatched? Why would she leave her seemingly happy marriage? And who would take her?

Loved how this story was revealed to us… we got Meredith’s perspective leading up to the kidnapping and Grier’s ( Meredith’s big sister) perspective after the kidnapping… Grier was a devoted big sister and was not going to stop until Meredith was found! Grier was my favorite character in this book strong, sassy, and determined…. we all need a sibling like her in our lives! Made me wonder what my brothers would do if I were to go missing? They would probably throw a party, LOL I always told my mom I wanted a sister… I’m sure she would be out looking for me unlike those brothers of mine! Let’s hope I never go missing! OK back to the book….

This was a well told story with plenty of suspects and secrets… and as things were slowly revealed Grier found out she did not know her little sister as well as she thought… also as things were revealed I became more and more suspicious of certain characters…. where this book fell short for me is in the ending it was just so vanilla… and I prefer Rocky Road!

I do recommend this book because it was really good up until the ending and, I think if you read it with the expectations of a lackluster ending you’ll enjoy it…Minka Kent has a very readable and smooth style about her writing making this a very quick read…

*** many thanks to Thomas & Mercer for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

A woman’s disappearance exposes a life of secrets in a twisting novel of psychological suspense from the author of The Memory Watcher.

Meredith Price is the luckiest woman alive. Her husband, Andrew, is a charming and successful financial broker. She has two lovely stepchildren and is living in affluence in a mountain resort town. After three years of marriage, Meredith’s life has become predictable. Until the day she disappears.

Her car has been discovered in a grocery store parking lot—purse and phone undisturbed on the passenger seat, keys in the ignition, no sign of struggle, and no evidence of foul play. It’s as if she vanished into thin air.

It’s not like Meredith to simply abandon her loved ones. And no one in this town would have reason to harm her. When her desperate sister, Greer, arrives, she must face a disturbing question: What if no one really knows Meredith at all? For Greer, finding her sister isn’t going to be easy…because where she’s looking is going to get very, very dark.

Hope you have a Sunday filled with fabulous books! Berit☀️✨

Posted in Contemporary Fiction

The Shortest Way Home by Miriam Parker @miriamparker #BookReview

Hope you are having a lovely weekend! excited to bring you my review for this wonderful book full of fabulous characters and wine!🍷

The Shortest Way Home by Miriam Parker

My Thoughts

4 Stars and a Glass of Wine🍷 🌟🌟🌟🌟

This is a book all about finding the right path in life for you…. and what happens when you figure out your “dreams“ aren’t really your own? Would you be brave enough to veer off the path that everyone expects from you? And would you be able to sacrifice financial security for personal fulfillment? What really makes a person happy… money? Love? A feeling of purpose? This really was a book that made you think and made you want to visit Sonoma and have a glass of wine!

Hannah has just graduated from the MBA program at Berkley… she has everything a girl could want… degree from an elite school✔️ prestigious new job✔️ apartment in Manhattan✔️ equally successful and wealthy boyfriend✔️ so why is Hana so tempted to take this temporary low-paying job at a struggling winery? So is saying goodbye to her “dream life“ and saying hello to Sonoma the right thing to do for Hannah?

Hannah was a likable character and you really respected her for taking the harder path…. you will also love her character because she is a book lover and even better not a pretentious book lover! The setting at this winery in Northern California was absolutely stunning! I loved all the little tidbits we learned in this Book about wine making and marketing… I also really liked all the secondary characters and the sense of community in this book… there is a little romance in the book, but for me it really took a backseat to Hannas self discovery story… I am a huge fan of character development throughout a story and this book was all about Hannah‘s growth, and I loved it for that!

Such a delightful story filled with love, family, friendship, new beginnings, self discovery, and of course wine! Absolutely recommend!

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

About the Book

In her debut novel crackling with humor, heart, and an unforgettable cast of characters, Miriam Parker follows one woman’s journey from Iowa to New York City to California wine country, to figure out what being true to oneself really means.

After years of dreaming of and working toward a life more stable than the one she grew up in, Hannah is finally about to have everything she ever wanted. With a high-paying job, an apartment in Manhattan, and a boyfriend about to propose, all she and Ethan have to do is make it through the last couple of weeks of grad school, and the future they had planned will be theirs to keep.

But when they take a romantic weekend trip to Sonoma, and Hannah is spontaneously offered a marketing job at the first (and seemingly financially unstable) winery they visit and doesn’t immediately refuse, their meticulously planned forever comes crashing down around them. And then Hannah impulsively does the unthinkable–she turns down her job in New York and decides to stay in California.

Abandoning your dream job and life shouldn’t feel this good. But for Hannah, it is an eye-opening experience; and she realizes that maybe, after all her dream-chasing, she hasn’t actually been caring for herself. And this new life certainly seems like a dream come true–living in a picturesque cottage overlooking a vineyard in lush Sonoma; new friends with pasts and hopes the likes of which she’s never encountered before; and William, the handsome son of the winery owners and an aspiring film director who captures Hannah’s heart only to leave the very city she let go.

The mission to rescue the failing winery becomes a mission to rescue Hannah from the image of herself she thought she wanted. The young girl who ached to escape Iowa and leave her past behind for a glamorous life is now given the chance to come to terms with the upbringing that made her who she is.