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Forget You Know Me by Jessica Strawser @jessicastrawser @GabraZackman @StMartinsPress @MacmillanAudio #bookbestiesforgetyouknowme #bookreview #audiobook

Happy Monday bibliophiles!

Excited to share with you today my review for this dark domestic drama filled with some pretty compelling characters! This was a group read and we were all captivated by these peoples lives!💜

  • Forget You Know Me

  • A Novel
  • By: Jessica Strawser
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 02-05-19
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio

My Thoughts

A real, raw, and riveting story about the good, the bad, and the ugly side of life and love!

Life… it is messy, it is uncomfortable, it is tough… Jessica Strawser Does an amazing job of making her characters pop off the pages, there is an authenticity to her characterization and storytelling… this is an exquisitely told domestic drama with a sprinkle of suspense… it is NOT A THRILLER …and I think if you start this book with the expectation that this is a wonderful exploration of the darker and uglier side of relationships, rather than a edge of your seat thriller you will have a much better reading experience…. in my humble opinion this is a book that has been mislabeled as a mystery/thriller and that has not done the book any favors…

imagine you are on a video chat with your BFF, When she is upstairs checking on one of her kids someone breaks into her house dressed in all black including a face mask… what would you do? That is how this book starts up, Liza and Molly are on the chat, Molly checks on her kids, Liza sees the intruder…. after the intruder closes the laptop on Liza she calls the police and drives all night from Chicago to Cincinnati to check on her friend…. but when Liza reaches Molly‘s house she basically closes the door in her face, what in the world is going on? This one event leads to the unraveling of many secrets and relationships….

A book that takes an in-depth look at the breakdown of both marriage and friendship… how insecurities and fears can lead to lies and secrets that ultimately lead to hurt and betrayal…. all these characters were very real, flawed, and relatable, however not always likable… I have to admit I found Molly insufferable at times or chronic pain frustrated even made the reader, meanwhile I really liked Liza and enjoyed her entire storyline immensely… this is not to say I did not like Molly and her story, I just found that story much more frustrating, Daniel and she needed some serious marriage counseling…. but even my frustration with these characters added to the authenticity of the story, as I mentioned life is messy…. just so many things I loved about this book, I found it fascinating how Liza dealt with her survivors guilt… I enjoyed the bond between little Rosie and Nori… and the sweet romance between Liza and Henry put a big smile on my face, what a wonderful man he was!

A beautifully told story about the complexities of life and relationships, A real story about real people! Absolutely recommend!

🎧🎧🎧 The audio narration definitely added some texture and depth to this compelling story… Gabra Zackman did an impeccable job of making these characters come to life… she did a wonderful job of giving each character their own unique voice alleviating any confusion as to who was telling the story at any given time…

🎵🎵🎵 song running through my head! They brought up Tom Petty in this book so I thought I’d go with one of his songs…

Hey, hey
Don’t come around here no more
Don’t come around here no more
Whatever you’re looking for
Hey, don’t come around here no more
I’ve given up, stop
I’ve given up, stop
I’ve given up, stop, on waiting any longer
I’ve given up, on this love getting stronger
Don’t come around here no more
Don’t come around here no more
Don’t come around here no more
Don’t come around here no more
I don’t feel you anymore
You darken my door
Whatever you’re looking for
Hey, don’t come around here no more
I’ve given up, stop
I’ve given up, stop
I’ve given up, (stop) you tangle my emotions
I’ve given up, honey please admit it’s over…

*** many thanks to St. Martin’s Press and Macmillan Audio for my copies of this book ***

About the Book

Forget You Know Me is that book you can’t put down, and can’t stop thinking about when you are finished.” —Sally Hepworth, bestselling author of The Family Next Door

When a video call between friends captures a shocking incident no one was supposed to see, the secrets it exposes threaten to change their lives forever.

Molly and Liza have always been enviably close. Even after Molly married Daniel, the couple considered Liza an honorary family member. But after Liza moved away, things grew more strained than anyone wanted to admit—in the friendship and the marriage.

When Daniel goes away on business, Molly and Liza plan to reconnect with a nice long video chat after the kids are in bed. But then Molly leaves the room to check on a crying child.

What Liza sees next will change everything.

Only one thing is certain: Molly needs her. Liza drives all night to be at Molly’s side—but when she arrives, the reception is icy, leaving Liza baffled anhd she saw.

Or is there?

In disbelief that their friendship could really be over, Liza is unaware she’s about to have a near miss of her own.

And Molly, refusing to deal with what’s happened, won’t turn to Daniel, either.

But none of them can go on pretending. Not after this.

Jessica Strawser’s Forget You Know Me is a “twisty, emotionally complex, powder keg of a tale” (bestselling author Emily Carpenter) about the wounds of people who’ve grown apart. Best, friends, separated by miles. Spouses, hardened by neglect. A mother, isolated by pain.

One moment will change things for them all. 

The Besties

Mackenzie @ PhDiva

Jennifer @ Tarheel Reader

💛💜 don’t forget to check out Jennifer and Kenzie’s wonderful reviews!

Have a lovely Monday! Berit☀️✨

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The Talisman: Molly’s Story by Eliza J. Scott @ElizaJScott1 @rararesources #bookreview #giveaway

Happy Monday all!

Hope you had a wonderful weekend! Delighted to share with you my review for this little gem that will definitely warm your heart! A huge thank you to Rachel for my invitation to the tour and two Eliza J. Scott for her wonderful story!💜

THE TALISMAN – MOLLY’S STORY

Molly’s dream of taking over her childhood home at Withrin Hill Farm with husband Pip and their three children has finally come true. And, as they settle into the stunning Georgian farmhouse, with their plans to diversify into glamping nicely taking shape, the family couldn’t be happier.
But tragedy suddenly strikes, and Molly’s world is turned upside down.

Heartbroken and devastated, she struggles to face each day. True to form, her fiercely loyal best friends, Kitty and Violet, rally round offering love and support, but Molly doesn’t think she’ll ever be able to smile again. Until the day a tall, dark stranger with twinkly eyes arrives…

Follow Molly’s story in book 2 of the Life on the Moors Series set in Lytell Stangdale, a picture-perfect village in the heart of the North Yorkshire Moors, where life is anything but quiet.

A heart-warming story of love, friendship and hope.

My Thoughts

This was a lovely story filled with hope and heart!

I really enjoyed Kitty’s story in “The Letter“… so it was really wonderful to get a chance to spend more time with her friend Molly… and bonus we got to drop in on kitty as well… this is a charming small-town romance series, but the books can be read as standalones…

Molly her husband and her children are finally moving into an adorable old farmhouse… their intention is to set up a glamping area… I have read a few books now about Glamping and yet I don’t know anyone that has gone, interesting concept… just as Molly is about to realize her dreams tragedy strikes and her world is turned upside down…. don’t want to go into the details especially because it is not mentioned in the blurb and I do not want to spoil anything for anybody just know that this book is very heartwarming and very heartbreaking and ultimately it is very hopeful….

Molly is distraught but she is surrounded by amazing friends in both Kitty and Violet… this really is my favorite part of these books I love strong friendships between women and the bond between these ladies is unbreakable! Eliza J Scott is not afraid of writing about some tough subject matter and she handles it with a loving and gentle hand…

A engaging story about friendship, love, moving on, and second chances, recommend!

Purchase Links

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07MJ7PPXP

US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MJ7PPXP

Author Bio – Eliza lives in a 17th-century cottage on the edge of a village in the North Yorkshire Moors with her husband, their two daughters and two mischievous black Labradors. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found with her nose in a book/glued to her Kindle or working in her garden. Eliza also enjoys bracing walks in the countryside, rounded off by a visit to a teashop where she can indulge in another two of her favourite things: tea and cake.

Eliza is inspired by her beautiful surroundings and loves to write heart-warming stories with happy endings.

Social Media Links –

Blog: Eliza J Scott – elizajscott.com

Twitter: Eliza J Scott – @ElizaJScott1

Instagram: Eliza J Scott – @elizajscott

Facebook: Eliza J Scott – @elizajscottauthor

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/ElizaJScott

Bookbub: http://www.bookbub.com/authors/eliza-j-scott

Giveaway – Win The Letter – Kitty’s Story, chocolate and a clutch bag (Open Internationally)

The prize is worth over £40 and consists of a paperback copy of the first book in the Life on the Moors Series, The Letter – Kitty’s Story, 3 bars of Love Cocoa chocolate by James and a Caroline Gardner clutch bag.

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