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A Deadly Divide by Ausma Zehanat Khan @MinotaurBooks @MacmillanAudio #bookreview #audiobook #bookbestiesadeadlydivide

Happy Thursday booklovers!

Excited to share with you my review for this timely and engaging story that I was lucky enough to read with a few of my book Bestyies.💕

My Thoughts

A timely and intriguing crime thriller that really made me think 💭

Ausma Zehanat Khan has taken today’s important issues pushed them to the forefront of this mystery and did not hold any punches… hate is so ugly and so uncomfortable and there were so many parts of this book that were just that, uncomfortable and ugly…. this is the fifth book in this series set in Canada, but the first book I have read from the series, it worked perfectly fine as a standalone…. I found the political issues of Quebec quite interesting, I really had no idea… unfortunately these are the same problems we have in the US, hate appears to know no boundaries… BUT in this book just as in the real world there were more good honest people than haters…

There was a shooting at a Muslim mosque in a small town in Quebec… it appears to be a hate crime, but Esa and Rachel who have been sent to investigate the case think there is more to this than it appears… A group of white supremacist, a group of girls calling themselves the lilies (and I’m still not sure what their purpose was), A priest, and a stalker all make for a compelling read… add in some complicated romantic entanglements in both Rachel and Esa lives, and there is not much more you could ask four… but for me the true brilliance of this book and what set it apart was the honest and real look at today’s political and cultural environment….

The mystery was interesting and I liked following along with the investigation… my only little niggle with this book was I was sometimes a little overwhelmed with the characters, I couldn’t always remember who was who, but this could be a me problem… it also probably would have helped had I read the previous books in the series, and it definitely did not detract from the overall story…. and it certainly didn’t stop me from donning my detective hat!

This was a relevant, perfectly paced, interesting crime thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end! Recommend!

🎧🎧🎧 I really am so excited to get back to my roots and have the privilege and opportunity to listen to so many wonderful audiobooks. This was another book that was truly enhanced by a rich narrator. Peter Ganim gives his wonderful voice to this series, I just checked and he narrates the full series. He did a wonderful job with all the different characters especially when it came to the female voices, I also was impressed with his French. Now if I’m being completely honest I would have no idea if he was pronouncing it correctly but it sure did sound good!

🎵🎵🎵 song running through my head! We didn’t start the fire🔥

Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnnie Ray
South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe DiMaggio
Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Studebaker, television
North Korea, South Korea, Marilyn Monroe
Rosenbergs, H-bomb, Sugar Ray, Panmunjom
Brando, “The King and I” and “The Catcher in the Rye”
Eisenhower, vaccine, England’s got a new queen
Marciano, Liberace, Santayana goodbye
We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
No we didn’t light it
But we tried to fight it
Joseph Stalin, Malenkov, Nasser and Prokofiev
Rockefeller, Campanella, Communist Bloc
Roy Cohn, Juan Peron, Toscanini, Dacron
Dien Bien Phu falls, “Rock Around the Clock”
Einstein, James Dean, Brooklyn’s got a winning team
Davy Crockett,…

*** many thanks to Minotaur and Macmillan Audio for my copies of this book ***

About the Book

From the critically acclaimed author Ausma Zehanat Khan, A Deadly Divide is the devastatingly powerful new thriller featuring beloved series detectives Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty.

In the aftermath of a mass shooting at a mosque in Quebec, the local police apprehend Amadou Duchon—a young Muslim man at the scene helping the wounded—but release Etienne Roy, the local priest who was found with a weapon in his hands.

The shooting looks like a hate crime, but detectives Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty sense there is more to the story. Sent to liaise with a community in the grip of fear, they find themselves in fraught new territory, fueled by the panic and suspicion exploited by a right-wing radio host.

As Rachel and Esa grapple to stop tensions shutting the case down entirely, all the time, someone is pointing Esa in another direction, a shadowy presence who anticipates his every move.

A Deadly Divide is a piercingly observed, gripping thriller that reveals the fractures that try to tear us all apart: from the once-tight partnership between detectives Esa and Rachel, to the truth about a deeply divided nation. 

The Besties

Mackenzie @ PhDiva

Jennifer @ Tarheel Reader

Have a lovely day! Berit☀️✨

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If You’re Not the One by Laura Briggs @PaperDollWrites @bookouture #bookreview

Happy Thursday bibliophiles!

Delighted to share my review with you today for this enchanting story that is part of a wonderful series! I just adore these girls and their friendship! Huge thank you to Noelle for my invitation to the tour and to Laura Briggs for her wonderful storytelling 💕

My Thoughts

A fun fabulous book all about friendship and love!

This is the third book in this delightful series about the Bells… three friends who run a wedding planning business together… Tessa the planner, Natalie the designer, and Ama The caterer… three lovely women, with three unique voices, and three different views on love… this is the third book in the series, however it could be read as a standalone, but I’d venture to guess you won’t want to miss out on any of the time you could spend with these girls….

This time we have Natalie’s story, sort of… what is unique to this series is even though one of the girls might have a little more focus we still get to spend enough time with the other girls and not every story ends with a HEA… this is a romance… after all it is all about weddings, however really the strongest and best part of the series is the friendship between these three…. these are girls you want to be friends with, have lunch with, share your deep dark secrets with… and reading the book is like spending the afternoon with your girlfriends….

In this book we got all the glitz and glam of an island destination wedding… The bride Harper is marrying a millionaire, but is she marrying for the right reasons? Is this a marriage made of love or money? We also got to watch Natalie struggle with the fact that she is falling for two different guys… Natalie doesn’t really believe in romance, so she’s not sure how she’s got herself in this situation… Tessa and Ama have their own love problems mainly family and miscommunication…. so will the Bells soon be planning a wedding for one of their own? Such a fun series, I definitely cannot wait for the next book! I always hate reaching the end because I know it will be some time before I get to spend time with these wonderful characters!

A delightful story that will put a smile on your face and some warmth in your heart! Absolutely recommend!

🎵🎵🎵 song running through my head! Well this series is all about weddings and friendship, but the weddings song seem to be running through my head more!Goin’ to the chapel and we’re gonna get married
Goin’ to the chapel and we’re gonna get married
Gee, I really love you
And we’re gonna get married
Goin’ to the chapel of love
Spring is here, the sky is blue, whoa-oh-oh
Birds all sing as if they knew
Today’s the day we’ll say “I do”
And we’ll never be lonely anymore
Because we’re goin’ to the chapel and we’re gonna get married
Goin’ to the chapel and we’re gonna get married
Gee, I really love you
And we’re gonna get married
Goin’ to the chapel of love
Bells will ring, the sun will shine, whoa-oh-oh
I’ll be his and he’ll be mine
We’ll love until the end of time
And we’ll…

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

About the Book

Description: 

 

A heartwarming, escapist romantic novel for fans of Elin Hilderbrand, Nora Roberts and Nancy Thayer.

Natalie isn’t a romantic. She doesn’t believe in true love, or destiny. She thinks that people are just plain lucky if they happen to find someone. It’s coincidence and nothing more.

As a wedding dress designer though, she knows she has to keep these feelings under wraps. Even if she’s suspicious that Harper, the bride she’s working with, might secretly agree with her. Because if Harper admitted she wasn’t sure about love, it might also mean giving up on a millionaire husband-to-be and the lavish island wedding of her dreams.

But, for Natalie, as her feelings develop for both her on-off boyfriend Chad, and for the boy-next-door Brayden, she starts to fear that her heart might not be as immune to love as she claims…

Could love have been there all along? And as the wedding approaches, who will find a happy-ever-after, who will find their way to themselves, and who will get left behind?

 
Buy Links: 

Amazon: http://geni.us/B07KK16CWBSocial

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About the Author

Author Bio:

Laura Briggs is the author of several lighthearted romance novels and novellas, including the bestselling Amazon UK series A Wedding in Cornwall. She has a fondness for vintage-style dresses (especially ones with polka dots) and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with family, caring for her pets, going to movies and plays, and trying new restaurants.

Author Social Media Links:

Website: https://paperdollwrites.blogspot.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PaperDollWrites

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

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/230209.Laura_Briggs?from_search=true

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have a lovely day! Berit☀️✨

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