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5 BIG Stars🌟 The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald @Christinamac79 @carlywatters @GalleryBooks #BookReview #BookBestieApproved

Happy hump day book lovers!

So excited to share with you my review for this beautiful suspenseful book! This was our second #BookBestie read and what an emotional read it was! Seriously this book should have come with a big box of Kleenex!💔

The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald

My Thoughts

5 BIG Beautiful Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

wOWZA! This book took me on quite the emotional journey! As a mother I couldn’t help but completely empathize with Abi(The mother in this story)… I cried with her… I raged with her… I hoped with her… my mama bear was out throughout this book, I needed answers and I needed them now! Imagining my own daughter in the hospital bed brain-dead and pregnant, quite honestly made me a little sick and stressed… this is a credit to the beautiful and engrossing writing in this book, I was completely immersed and committed…. The fact that this is Christina McDonald’s debut is simply…. impressive!

Abi gets that phone call in the middle of the night that all parents fear… her daughter is in the hospital, she has fallen off a bridge…Abi’s mothers intuition tells her this was not an accident and this is reinforced by the bruises around her daughter’s wrist…. The police don’t appear to be doing much of anything to find out who pushed Olivia off that bridge…. but Abi is determined and will stop at nothing to find out who hurt her little girl…

Told from both Abi and Olivia‘s perspectives… we get the events leading up to this tragedy from Olivia‘s eyes… as well as watching Abi’s heart wrenching journey… not only to accept that she has lost her daughter, but also to figure out how this could have happened…. this was such an impactful way to tell the story because the more I got to know Olivia the more my heart broke right along with Abi’s…. also Christina McDonnell did a fabulous job with getting into the mind of both a 17-year-old and her mother…. I saw a lot of myself in both of these characters…

This was an emotional domestic suspense… as the book progressed I was suspicious of almost everyone at some point… I also found myself questioning both Olivia and Abbi’s actions… I kept thinking if only…. then… but isn’t that what life is all about? every choice we make has an impact on our lives…. had Abby told Olivia who her father was, then maybe? Had Olivia told her mother who she had fallen in love with, then perhaps? So many questions and no good answers and as we all know hindsight is always 20/20…

This is a book that left me with tears in my eyes and hope in my heart! I absolutely recommend for anyone who enjoys A beautiful story about the love between mothers and daughters with a huge dose of suspense thrown in….

*** many thanks to Christina McDonald and Gallery for my copy of this book the book releases in February 2019 ***

About the Book ~Releases February 2019

In the small hours of the morning, Abi Knight is startled awake by the phone call no mother ever wants to get: her teenage daughter Olivia has fallen off a bridge. Not only is Olivia brain dead, she’s pregnant and must remain on life support to keep her baby alive. And then Abi sees the angry bruises circling Olivia’s wrists.

When the police unexpectedly rule Olivia’s fall an accident, Abi decides to find out what really happened that night. Heartbroken and grieving, she unravels the threads of her daughter’s life. Was Olivia’s fall an accident? Or something far more sinister?

Christina McDonald weaves a suspenseful and heartwrenching tale of hidden relationships, devastating lies, and the power of a mother’s love. With flashbacks of Olivia’s own resolve to uncover family secrets, this taut and emotional novel asks: how well do you know your children? And how well do they know you?

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Her Final Hour by Carla Kovach @Bookouture @CKovachAuthor #BookReview

Wow! While I was writing this review the earth shook! We had a 4.4 earthquake in Southern California tonight! No damage though!

So I am all shook up and delighted to share with you my review for this wonderful book! Many thanks to Noelle for my invitation to the blog tour and to Carla Kovach for her intriguing story!💛

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Do you really know the family next door?

Melissa Sanderson is the perfect wife and mother. She dotes on her daughter, and lives in her dream home in a quiet cul-de-sac in the suburbs.

But looks can be deceiving. 

Something is amiss in that house – all the neighbours think so. Some say Melissa is having an affair. Others say she’s been drinking too much.

Then one night, sirens wake up the whole neighbourhood.

Melissa Sanderson is dead.

AN ABSOLUTELY UNPUTDOWNABLE THRILLER WITH A BRILLIANT ENDING YOU WON’T SEE COMING – if you like Lisa Gardner, Robert Bryndza or Clare Mackintosh, Her Final Hour will keep you reading well into the night.

My Thoughts

4 Bold Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

This is the second book in the Gina Hart police procedural series… although I think you would be fine to read it as a standalone… these books are more plot driven then character driven…. although admittedly I am hoping to get to know Gina better in future books… I think her character has tremendous potential for some major character growth…. i’m guessing there are some pretty major secrets we are yet to learn!

So what does a sexual assault in 1993 and a murder in 2018 have in common? That is what Gina and her team need to figure out… told from many different points of view we really got a clear picture of this crime…. and bonus, we also got into the minds of the criminal as well, I always love this! Once again my amateur detective skills were put to the test, and once again I was foiled! There are a few twists and turns that caught me off guard, that is for sure!

Recommend to those of you who enjoy a good police procedural or crime thriller…

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

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Carla KovachAuthor Bio:

Carla Kovach was born in Birmingham, UK and now resides in Redditch, Worcestershire. Author of supernatural drama ‘Flame,’ psychological thriller ‘To Let,’ crime thriller ‘Whispers Beneath the Pines,’ and holiday comedy, ‘Meet Me at Marmaris Castle.’ Carla also writes stage and screenplays, some of which have been produced in the Worcestershire area. Her feature film ‘Penny for the Guy’ is being made and is set for release in 2019.

Her latest book, Her Final Hour, has been published by Bookouture. It is the second in the DI Gina Harte crime series. 

Author Social Media Links:

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Website: https://griffbuck.wordpress.com/

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Finding Eva by J.A. Baker @Bloodhoundbook @thewriterjude #BookReview

Told you all busy day and I’m not done yet!

And yet another review I am thrilled to share with you all! Thank you so much to Sarah for the invitation to this blog tour!🖤

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Eva is desperate to find her birth parents after spending her childhood in foster care. She leaves London and heads to Whitby in search of her mother and father, after breaking up with her boyfriend, Gareth.

Gareth is furious with Eva. He loved her deeply and the disclosure she made when she ended the relationship is eating away at him.

Celia, Eva’s friend, is concerned about Eva. She has stopped answering her calls and when Celia goes to London to find her, she realises Eva has moved without telling anyone. Celia makes the decision to follow Eva to Whitby, concerned that Eva is unravelling. Both women have been damaged by their childhoods.

When Gareth also decides to go to Whitby, it is the start of a lethal situation.

Who exactly is Eva and why is Celia so concerned?

Some relationships are toxic. Others are deadly.

My Thoughts

This was a dark, disturbing, and extremely descriptive read

Eva is determined to find her birth parents… growing up in foster care Eva really is a success story…she has a good job in the financial market, a nice apartment, a loving boyfriend… so what really is behind her motivation to find her birth parents? Is it simple curiosity or something more sinister?

Told from three different points of view… Eva… Garrett her boyfriend who she breaks up with to begin this quest… and Celia a lifelong friend who also grew up in foster care… none of these characters were terribly likable, although I’m not sure if that impacted how I felt about the story or not…. although perhaps if I liked Eva a bit better I would have cared more as to what happened to her, I mean I cared, but…. even though I did not care for these characters I felt as though getting all of their perspectives really added a lot to the story….

The first half of the story was very detailed and descriptive… with lots of backstory and it did get a little tiresome at times… but the second half really picked up and there were lots of twists… one I saw coming and another one that surprised me…. i’d probably classify this as more of a suspense than a thriller, but either way I really wanted to find out how this was going to end…

Recommend for those of you who enjoy strong suspense with detailed and descriptive writing….
Author picAuthor Bio:

J. A. Baker is a writer and reader of psychological thrillers. She was born in the North East of England too long ago to mention and has four children and a grandchild.

Her first book, Undercurrent, was published by Bloodhound Books in December 2017. Two more books followed – Her Dark Retreat and The Other Mother, all of which made it into the Amazon Kindle Top 100.

She still resides in the North East with her husband Richard and dog, Theo. She lives in a village in County Durham. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, gardening and meeting up with friends and family.

She is working on her fifth book which will be published in December this year.

Links:

Website – www.jabakerauthor.com

Facebook – www.facebook.com.thewriterjude/

Twitter – www.twitter.com/thewriterjude

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The Things We Leave Unsaid by Megan Mayfair @MayfairMegan @rararesources #BookReview

Busy book day on the blog today!

Another book I am thrilled to share with you today a wonderful debut! Many thanks to Rachel for my invitation to the blog tour and to Megan Mayfair for this delightful story😍

The Things We Leave Unsaid

Is it the things we don’t say that haunt us the most?

Clare is anxious to start a family with adoring husband, Pete. When she takes on the seemingly simple task of obtaining her late mother’s birth certificate, she finds herself in a family history search that will challenge everything she thought she knew about her life. 

Scarred by her parents’ ill-fated marriage, Tessa lives by three rules – dating unavailable men, building her café into a food empire, and avoiding her father. However, when her carefully planned life is thrown into chaos, Tessa is forced to decide which of these rules she’s willing to break. 

As Clare and Tessa’s paths cross and their friendship grows, can they both finally unlock their family secrets in order to realise their futures?

My Thoughts

Two women, Australia, and a coffee shop…..

This was a wonderful compelling, emotional, and thought-provoking Red…. Claire and Tessa are two women that appear as though they have nothing in commin on the outside… but as these two women get to know each other better they learn they have more in common than not… Love both of these ladies and my heart broke right along with them as well as soared….

Claire is struggling to become a mother… along with trying to figure out past secrets…. Tessa is struggling to take care of her mother with dementia…. both women had things going on in their lives that I found tremendously relatable to my own life… been there, done that, have the T-shirt…. they were both also very likable, you really wanted everything to work out for them!

This is a very well-crafted debut! Perfectly paced with a smooth writing style and charming characters… A book that was not only thought provoking but also had a dose of humor and a splash of romance….

Recommend for those of you who enjoy a book that makes you think, laugh, and smile!

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Purchase from Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Things-We-Leave-Unsaid-ebook/dp/B07DHVPZ1V

Megan MayfiarAuthor Bio –

Megan Mayfair is a Melbourne-based writer who draws inspiration from her beautiful hometown and regional Victoria to create contemporary women’s fiction, containing a big dash of romance and a spoonful of family intrigue.

With a background in public relations, copywriting and higher education, Megan is passionate about words and loves to bring them to life on the page. Megan holds a Master of Arts in professional communication and is a member of Romance Writers of Australia and Writers Victoria.

Megan is married with three children, loves a good cup of coffee and believes you can never have too many scarves.

Social Media Links –

www.meganmayfair.com

https://www.facebook.com/meganmayfairauthor/

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