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The Happiness Project by Pippa James @PippaJamesbooks @bookouture #bookreview #thehappinessproject

Happy Tuesday bibliophiles!

I am so happy to share with you today my review for this fantastic book that is part of a wonderful series about strong positive female friendships! Many thanks to Kim for my invitation to the tour and to Pippa James for her delightful words!🌹

My Thoughts

A fun uplifting story about friendship, motherhood, and life!

This book is a follow-up to Pippa Jame’s “I Will Survive” you could read it as a standalone, but why would you want to? Pippa James has created some very likable relatable and real characters that you will soon think of as friends… Allison, Kate, and Frankie are all very different women, but I could see a piece of myself in each of them… I think this is the true power of this book one or all of the characters will resonate with most women in one way or another… and as a mother of three whose days of navigating school drop off and pick up are long over it was nice to reminisce…

The book starts off with the three ladies making New Year’s resolutions or as they chose to call them a happiness project… to be more healthy, to be more Zen, to be more responsible, to step out of your comfort zone…. all things that are easier said than done especially when you live in the real world and have young children… Allison is trying to be a little more like her recently deceased mother-in-law Maggie, but those are pretty big shoes to fill… Kate is trying to be a little more zen during her third pregnancy, although her friend Natalie is not making this easy… Frankie is just trying to hold on to her job, hold on to her man, and hold her family together…. three women with the benefit of a strong friendship with one another, I am a firm believer that we all need good girlfriends in our lives!

This book was well paced I felt as though I was spending the day with some good friends, while reading this book…

Mud, a wedding, flip-flops, home brewed vegan beer, mud, and more mud, all made for a fantastic book… what Allison gets herself into in this book was a lot of fun to read! And the interactions between Kate and her so called friend Natalie made my blood boil… there is seriously nothing more annoying than somebody who has not had kids yet judging how you parent, it’s annoying enough with the person has kids, but parenting is hard and it’s personal and people need to stay in their own lane! Can you tell this is a bit of an issue for me? That’s not to say I never said my kids will never… before I had kids, and let me tell you that bit me back for sure! Ugh! Funny enough Frankie the most colorful character probably had the tamest storyline, although she had some major character growth and that was fun to watch….

A delightful story all about the good, the bad, and the ugly side of motherhood and womanhood! Recommend!

🎵🎵🎵 Song Running Through My Head

Here’s a little song I wrote
You might want to sing it note for note
Don’t worry, be happy
In every life we have some trouble
But when you worry you make it double
Don’t worry, be happy
Don’t worry, be happy now
don’t worry
(Ooh, ooh ooh ooh oo-ooh ooh oo-ooh) be happy
(Ooh, ooh ooh ooh oo-ooh ooh oo-ooh) don’t worry, be happy
(Ooh, ooh ooh ooh oo-ooh ooh oo-ooh) don’t worry
(Ooh, ooh ooh ooh oo-ooh ooh oo-ooh) be happy
(Ooh, ooh ooh ooh oo-ooh ooh oo-ooh) don’t worry, be happy
Ain’t got no place to lay your head
Somebody came and took your bed
Don’t worry, be happy
The landlord say your rent is late
He may have to litigate
Don’t worry, be happy
Oh, ooh ooh ooh oo-ooh ooh oo-ooh don’t worry, be happy
Here I…

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

About the Book

Alison’s perfect world has fallen apart. Her beloved larger than life mother-in-law, Maggie, has just passed away. Every afternoon they’d talk and laugh over a pot of tea – and Maggie was secretly the glue that held Alison’s family together. Now she’s trying to figure out a future without her…

With a little help from her two best friends, Alison resolves to try and find her happy place and be more Maggie. Vowing to step outside of their comfort zones and make the most of every day, the three women each have their own challenges to overcome in the year ahead – a baby on the way, a romance to save and a much-needed confidence boost.

But as Alison finds herself drinking more wine than she ever has in her life and signing up for an extreme sports charity event, she starts to wonder if this is really the change she needed in her life? Or will she re-discover her happiness closer to home?

About the Author

Growing up in Birmingham, Pippa James was never without at least one book on the go and therefore lived several different lives concurrently. As an adult, she would like to spend much of her time the same way, but she now lives a chaotic life in a small Derbyshire town with her husband and two children. Her writing is frequently interrupted by parenting duties and her day job as a teacher and the only way she can find a quiet space to think, is by taking her laptop to the pub to drink tea and write, which she does at every opportunity.

You can follow Pippa on Twitter @PippaJamesBooks or Facebook.com/PippaJamesAuthor 

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Berit☀️✨

Posted in Contemporary Fiction

The inbetween Days by Eva Woods @HarlequinBooks #bookreview #theinbetweendays

Happy Monday book lovers!

Excited to share with you my review for this uplifting beautifully told story that will tug at both your heart and your head!💕🌹

The Inbetween Days by Eva Woods

My Thoughts

An uplifting life affirming story about the little things in life!

WOW! This book was an unexpected gem of a story! A book about how it is the little things in life that can make the biggest impact… how sometimes your small actions can influence not only your own life but that of others… how little acts of kindness can spiral into big successes… just think about it the next time you give that stranger a smile it might alter the course of their life and for the better… kind words to a stranger might lead to a great invention… telling your BFF that her new haircut is fabulous might lead to her meeting the man of her dreams that night, you just gave her that much more confidence…. just saying it’s those small things that can impact a persons day, of course it could happen adversely as well, but we’re staying positive here! Don’t worry this is not a philosophy book, it is a well-crafted story that will give you a really positive vibe about life and make you want to run out and be thoughtful about your interactions with others….

Eva Woods has written an engaging and beautiful story that sucked me in from page 1… Rosie is hit by a bus and put in a coma… she has no recollection of the accident, the events leading up to the accident, she has no memory at all… we the reader are privy to her inner thoughts as she begins to piece her past together… this part of the book jumps around and can be a little jarring at times, Rosie does not regain her memory in a linear fashion… she also has a bit of a spiritual guide to help her puzzle The pieces of her life back together… this part of the book slightly reminded me of “A Christmas Carol,” could also be that I was reading it at Christmas time…. rosie’s sister Daisy also plays a very important part in this book… not only is she right by Rosie side willing her to come back to her, but she also has her own life issues to deal with… I thought how the sisters stories were woven together was seamless and perfect…

Both Rosie and Daisy were tremendously likable characters, I truly adored both of them! The way the story unfolded made for a compelling and addictive read… Eva Woods has crafted an exquisite thought-provoking story…

A story that will tug atboth your heart and your head, full of beautiful imagery and wonderful characters! Recommend!

🎵🎵🎵 Song Running Through My Head

Yesterday I got so old,
I felt like I could die,
Yesterday I got so old,
It made me want to cry
Go on, go on,
Just walk away
Go on, go on,
Your choice is made
Go on, go on,
And disappear
Go on, go on,
Away from here
And I know I was wrong,
When I said it was true,
That it couldn’t be me,
And be her in between,
Without you,
Without you
Yesterday I got so scared,
I shivered like a child,
Yesterday away from you,
It froze me deep inside,
Come back, come back,
Don’t walk away,
Come back, come back,
Come back today,
Come back, come back,
Why can’t…

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

About the Book

From the author of Something Like Happy comes an uplifting and emotionally compelling novel about a woman in a coma fighting for a second chance at life, love and happiness.

Rosie Cooke is “in between.” In between consciousness and oblivion. Life and death. And though some say that when you’re near death your entire life flashes before your eyes, Rosie can’t remember anything at all—not even how she ended up in a coma. At least not at first.

Then something strange starts to happen. Rosie finds herself revisiting scattered moments from her past: a beach vacation, a play rehearsal, the day her brother was born. But why these memories? And what do they mean?

As each piece of the puzzle comes into focus, Rosie struggles to face the picture of her life that forms. But with every look backward comes a glimpse of what might be: A relationship with her sister. The opportunity to pursue her passion. A second chance at love. And Rosie just might discover that she has much to live for.

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The Day We Met by Roxie Cooper @toodletinkbaby @EburyPublishing @annecater #bookreview #valentineread #RandomThingsTours #thedaywemet

Happy Monday! Hope you had a wonderful relaxing weekend!

Excited to share with you today a story perfectly perfect for Valentine’s Day!🌹🌹🌹 A huge thank you to Anne Cater for my invitation to the tour and to Roxie Cooper for her lovely story!💕💕

The Day We Met by Roxie Cooper

My Thoughts

A romantic story full of emotion and fated love💕

Roxie Cooper has painted a beautiful Story with her words… she turned me the cynic into a true believer in soulmates, well for at least the length of this book… sometimes I wonder why I Love reading romance, I certainly don’t believe in epic love or one true love or soulmates or any of that… but then again I occasionally enjoy a vampire or werewolf book and I certainly don’t believe in them either… this is a book that on paper I really should not have enjoyed, it is about two people who are involved with other people who cannot help but be drawn to one another… my cynical and jaded brain says, BS people can help who they are drawn to, and people aren’t drawn to others unless they’re out looking for it, so I don’t buy this premise for one single minute! And I probably still believe all this, however this book was aBSOLUTELY FABULOUS!

Stephanie and Jamie meet one weekend at an art retreat… Stephanie and Jamie have instant chemistry, the problem? Stephanie is engaged to Matt and Jamie is married to Helen… Stephanie and Jamie recognize there is a strong connection between them unlike no other, but they respect their significant others…. for the next decade they meet up about once a year as friends, but can two people with this strong of a connection stay just friends? Now my logical brain at this point was saying, I certainly wouldn’t want someone to stay with me when they were this fated to be with somebody else? And I think that was my biggest struggle with this Matt and Helen deserve better than what they were getting… but life is messy and nothing is ever black-and-white, this book really had my emotions flying all over the place….

The story is told from the perspective of both Jamie and Stephanie… and not just when they are together we also got a front row seat look at their family life with their significant others who were good people…. Stephanie and Jamie were also extremely likable, seriously I really liked these two characters and I really wanted them to end up together, even though I thought it was wrong… or maybe I didn’t? See what I’m saying very messy and a whole lot of gray! Matt and Helen were very likable as well I wanted nothing but the best for them, I was so torn throughout this entire book… this book was truly playing with my emotions and then… and then… that ending! What? All I’m going to say is have tissue handy!

An exquisite love story that will pull at your heartstrings and leave you reeling and in tears! Recommend!

🎵🎵🎵 Song Running Through My Head

The day we met,
Frozen I held my breath
Right from the start
I knew that I’d found a home for my heart
Beats fast
Colors and promises
How to be brave?
How can I love when I’m afraid to fall
But watching you stand alone?
All of my doubt suddenly goes away somehow
One step closer
I have died everyday waiting for you
Darling don’t be afraid I have loved you
For a thousand years
I’ll love you for a thousand more
Time stands still
Beauty in all she is
I will be brave
I will not let anything take away
What’s standing in front of me
Every breath
Every hour has come to this
One step closer
I have died everyday waiting for you
Darling don’t be afraid I have loved you
For a thousand years
I’ll love you for a thousand more
And all along I believed I would find you…

*** A big thank you too Ebury Publishing for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

Stephanie doesn’t believe in fate, true love or living happily ever after. She’s content enough being engaged to Matt. But then she meets Jamie, who understands her more than anyone else ever has.

Jamie is happily married to his childhood sweetheart Helen and believes in everything Stephanie doesn’t. So why does he have such a strong connection with Stephanie?

When Stephanie and Jamie meet one fateful weekend in 2006 it will change everything…

Ten years. Two people. One epic love story.

have a lovely day full of love and words!🌹💕

berit☀️✨

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Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly @marthahallkelly @randomhouse @suzyapbooktours #bookreview #lostroses

Happy Sunday book lovers!

Super excited to share with you today my review for this stunning historical fiction novel! Many thanks to Suzy for my invitation to the tour! What a delight it was to be given the opportunity to read an early copy of this stunner!🌹🌹🌹

Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly

My Thoughts

A beautiful story about the ugly truth of war. A tale full of courage, determination, strength, compassion, Hope, beauty, and love!

Martha Hall Kelly has written A compelling book that is simultaneously elegant and brutal… this is the kinder gentler cousin of “The Lilac Girls” A book I read and liked, but if I’m being honest I liked this book a bit more… I think for me all the characters in this book were more relatable, and I felt compassion for all of them… really the only common thread between this book and the previous is the character of Caroline Ferriday, a character I liked in the first book but I adored even more in this one… so I wouldn’t necessarily call this a prequel, and both books can definitely be read as standalones… although I’m guessing after you’ve read one you will want to read the other they’re both exquisitely told historical fiction novels full of strong women living through extraordinary circumstances!

“Lost Roses” is the story of three remarkable women Eliza, Sofya, and Varinka… The book is set during WWI and mainly focuses on the atrocities in Russia… both Sofya and Varinka are Russians, although they come from very different backgrounds and social classes… Eliza is an American, she is from a privileged background, she is also the mother of Caroline of “The Lilac Girls”… Eliza and Sofya became friends while at boarding school in Switzerland, Sofya is related to the Romanoffs family…Varinka was not born into privilege as these other ladies were she came to know Sofya when she went to work for the family… three women from three very different backgrounds and yet all their lives are adversely impacted by war…

One of my biggest takeaways from this book was how untouched America really has been by war… yes, many lives were lost and goods were rationed, but I think that is very different from The many more lives lost, the property damage, the horror of living through war on your soil, not to mention bandits taking over your family home… some of the situations that Sofya found her self in were so harrowing… her fortitude and determination were so admirable, I tried to put myself in her situation and I just don’t know if I would have had the strength to do what she did…Varinka really skated the line of right and wrong throughout this book, I felt so much for her because I’m not sure what choices she had… Eliza was strong and compassionate and I admired her loyalty and altruism… such a remarkable story that I feel will resonate with everybody!

This really was historical fiction at its finest, this book made me feel as though I was right there with these ladies during WWI, I felt so much for each and everyone of them and bonus I learned some things along the way! Absolutely recommend!

🎵🎵🎵 Song Running Through My Head

This song always reminded me of how we are all more alike than different, it also reminds me of the Cold War and Russia…

… In Europe and America there’s a growing feeling of hysteria.
Conditioned to respond to all the threats
In the rhetorical speeches of the Soviets.
MIster Krushchev said, “We will bury you.”
I don’t subscribe to this point of view.
It’d be such an ignorant thing to do
If the Russians love their children too.
How can I save my little boy from Oppenheimer’s deadly toy?
There is no monopoly on common sense
On either side of the political fence.
We share the same biology, regardless of ideology.
Believe me when I say to you,
I hope the Russians love their children too
… There is no historical precedent
To put the words in the mouth of the president?
There’s no such thing as a winnable war,
It’s a…

*** many thanks to Random House Valentine for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

The runaway bestseller Lilac Girlsintroduced the real-life heroine Caroline Ferriday. This sweeping new novel, set a generation earlier and also inspired by true events, features Caroline’s mother, Eliza, and follows three equally indomitable women from St. Petersburg to Paris under the shadow of World War I.

It is 1914 and the world has been on the brink of war so many times, many New Yorker’s treat the subject with only passing interest. Eliza Ferriday is thrilled to be traveling to St. Petersburg with Sofya Streshnayva, a cousin of the Romanov’s. The two met years ago one summer in Paris and became close confidantes. Now Eliza embarks on the trip of a lifetime, home with Sofya to see the splendors of Russia. But when Austria declares war on Serbia and Russia’s Imperial dynasty begins to fall, Eliza escapes back to America, while Sofya and her family flee to their country estate. In need of domestic help, they hire the local fortuneteller’s daughter, Varinka, unknowingly bringing intense danger into their household. On the other side of the Atlantic, Eliza is doing her part to help the White Russian families find safety as they escape the revolution. But when Sofya’s letters suddenly stop coming she fears the worst for her best friend.

From the turbulent streets of St. Petersburg to the avenues of Paris and the society of fallen Russian emigre’s who live there, the lives of Eliza, Sofya, and Varinka will intersect in profound ways, taking readers on a breathtaking ride through a momentous time in history. 

Have a lovely day!

berit☀️✨

Posted in Contemporary Fiction, Humor

I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella @KinsellaSophie @randomhouse #bookreview #ioweyouone

Happy Sunday bibliophiles!

Super excited to share with you today my review of this book from one of my absolute favorite authors! I have read and loved every single one of Sophie Kinsella’s they are all so delightful romcom perfection!💕💕

I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella

My Thoughts

A fun escapist read full of whimsy and charm!

This book was quintessential Sophie Kinsella! Full of fun flawed realistic characters, wity dialogue, and loads of humor… I can always count on a Kinsella book to take me away for a few fun hours, make me feel good and induce me into laughter until tears are coming down my face, and this book was no exception… sophie’s books never take themselves too seriously and are full of many laugh out loud moments… warning: don’t pick this up unless you have your sense of humor intact, don’t read while drinking, especially a carbonated drink, and don’t read around other people, unless you’re OK with them looking at you strangely because you’re laughing at what appears to be nothing….

Fixie was a kind caring sweet girl who really needed to find her backbone… I really liked her and I think she would make an amazing friend, but the girl sure did frustrate me! Fixie is a people pleaser she wants to make sure everyone around her is happy… her friends, her family, her coworkers, and of course the men in her life…. One day Fixie was at a local coffee shop when a man asks her to watch his laptop when he steps out to take a phone call… the ceiling starts to cave in, Fixie throws herself on top of the laptop and saves the day… The man who’s named Sebastian and of course is handsome issues her an IOU to repay her for saving his laptop and livelihood… Fixie is pretty sure she will never use it, that is until her lifetime crush Ryan enters the picture like a wounded puppy… what ensues is Fixie being walked all over by Ryan and her siblings, add in the stress of trying to keep the family business afloat while her mom is out of town… thank goodness Fixie has some good friends in her life who eventually help her see the light and get a back bone… as in all SK books there was some major much-needed character growth in the story, and that extended to most of the secondary characters as well….

The romance in the story was sweet but slightly confusing… Sebastian who I really liked was a little all over the place when it came to relationships, it was something that confounded me and I had trouble wrapping my head around… I felt there was real chemistry and respect between Fixie and Seb, so I cannot understand why a certain bimbo (whose name I cannot remember) was around for as long as she was, really kind of threw a wrench into it for me… having said that though I thought this book wrapped up perfectly and that final chapter was book perfection!

A perfect romcom with wonderful characters and plenty of humor! Absolutely recommend!

🎵🎵🎵 Song Running Through My Head

A-E-A-E-I-O-U-U I sometimes cry
A-E-A-E-I-O-U-U I sometimes cry
You tell me that you love me every day
When we’re alone I really feel in love
But when you’re out with friends I see a change
You treat me bad, I feel like second best
I want your love (I want your love)
Give me your love, girl (give me your love)
That’s how I feel, I want it to be real
I want your love (I want your love)
Give me your love, girl (give me your love)
I need your touch and I, I owe you so much
A-E-A-E-I-O-U-U I sometimes cry
(Oh) A-E (I really care) A-E-I (I really care) O-U-U
(I really care, care, care) I sometimes lie
Do you realize some things you say
I know you do, it makes me so confused
I’m sure this ain’t the way that love should be
Let’s get…

*** many thanks to Random House for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Sophie Kinsella, an irresistible story of love and empowerment about a young woman with a complicated family, a handsome man who might be “the one,” and an IOU that changes everything

Fixie Farr has always lived by her father’s motto: “Family first.” But since her dad passed away, leaving his charming housewares store in the hands of his wife and children, Fixie spends all her time picking up the slack from her siblings instead of striking out on her own. The way Fixie sees it, if she doesn’t take care of her father’s legacy, who will? It’s simply not in her nature to say no to people.

So when a handsome stranger in a coffee shop asks her to watch his laptop for a moment, Fixie not only agrees—she ends up saving it from certain disaster. Turns out the computer’s owner is an investment manager. To thank Fixie for her quick thinking, Sebastian scribbles an IOU on a coffee sleeve and attaches his business card. But Fixie laughs it off—she’d never actually claim an IOU from a stranger. Would she?

Then Fixie’s childhood crush, Ryan, comes back into her life and his lack of a profession pushes all of Fixie’s buttons. She wants nothing for herself—but she’d love Seb to give Ryan a job. And Seb agrees, until the tables are turned once more and a new series of IOUs between Seb and Fixie—from small favors to life-changing moments—ensues. Soon Fixie, Ms. Fixit for everyone else, is torn between her family and the life she really wants. Does she have the courage to take a stand? Will she finally grab the life, and love, she really wants? 
Have a wonderful day filled with words and whimsy!

berit☀️✨

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The Secret to Falling in Love by Victoria Cooke @victoriacooke10 @rararesources #bookreview #giveaway #bookbirthday

Happy Saturday book lovers!

We are fast approaching the day of love! Excited to share with you my review for this lovely story filled with a tremendous amount of heart! Big thanks to Rachel for my invitation to the tour and to Victoria Cook for her beautiful story!💕

The Secret to Falling in Love

Lifestyle journalist and thirty-something singleton Melissa hashtags, insta’s and snapchats her supposedly fabulous life on every social media platform there is.

That is until she wakes up on her birthday, another year older and still alone, wondering if for all her internet dates, love really can be found online? The challenge: go technology free for a whole month!

Forced to confront the reality of her life without its perfect filters, Melissa knows she needs to make some changes. But when she bumps into not one, but two gorgeous men, without the use of an app, she believes there could be hope for love offline.

If only there was a way to choose the right guy for her…

My Thoughts

A fun lighthearted love story guaranteed to make you smile!

This was an entertaining story all about unplugging and finding love the old-school way… while this was amusing, it also made me feel old, because this is exactly how it was when I was dating… no online dating sites, no apps, no social media, no cell phones… back in the Day we had to go out and meet people, exchange phone numbers on paper, and then*gasp* wait for a phone call on the landline, I know, crazy right!

Melisa is a 35-year-old independent and single woman… just like a lot of us she can’t go very long without looking at her screen… so when she decides to unplug it is a bit of culture shock… she Hass to pick her head up and start living in the real world… so how different is it to find love off-line, especially because Melisa was not very successful with the modern methods…. soon she finds she has met two handsome men, and is in a bit of a pickle and a bit of a love triangle… so will Melisa successfully stay unplugged for an entire month? Will she find true love the old-fashioned way? You’ll need to read this book to find out!

Such a fun upbeat love story… mellisa was a warm wonderful character that you can’t help but route four… The rest of the characters were charming and quirky as well… really the perfect pick me up read especially suitable for Valentines week!💕

🎵🎵🎵 song running through my head, yes it’s old-school, but so appropriate!😃

… Well, I’ve spent a lifetime lookin’ for you;
singles bars and good time lovers were never true.
Playin’ a fools game hopin’ to win;
and tellin’ those sweet lies and losin’ again.
I was lookin’ for love in all the wrong places,
Lookin’ for love in too many faces,
searchin’ their eyes and lookin’ for traces
of what I’m dreamin’ of.
Hopin’ to find a friend and a lover;
I’ll bless the day I discover
another heart lookin’ for love.
And I was alone then, no love in sight;
and I did ev’rything I could to get me though the night.
Don’t know where it started or where it might end;
I turned to a stranger just like a friend.
I was lookin’ for love in all the wrong places,
Lookin’ for love in too many faces,
searchin’ their eyes and lookin’ for traces
of what…

*** many thanks to HQ Digital for my copy of this book ***

Purchase Link – getBook.at/TheSecrettoFallinginLove

Author Bio – Victoria Cooke grew up in the city of Manchester before crossing the Pennines in pursuit of a career in education. She now lives in Huddersfield with her husband and two young daughters and when she’s not at home writing by the fire with a cup of coffee in hand, she loves working out in the gym and travelling. Victoria was first published at the tender age of eight by her classroom teacher who saw potential in a six-page story about an invisible man. Since then she’s always had a passion for reading and writing, undertaking several writers’ courses before completing her first novel, ‘The Secret to Falling in Love,’ in 2016.

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Posted in Audiobook Review, Mystery, Non Fiction

Evil Has A Name: The Untold Story of the Golden State Killer Investigation by Paul Holes, Jim Clemente & Peter McDonnell #TrueCrime #AudiobookReview #NonFiction @audible_com

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Scary Stars

The Blurb

The Golden State Killer. The East Area Rapist. The Original Night Stalker. The Visalia Ransacker.

The monster who preyed on Californians from 1976 to 1986 was known by many aliases. And while numerous police sketches tried to capture his often-masked visage, the Golden State Killer spent more than 40 years not only faceless, but nameless.

For his victims, for their families and for the investigators tasked with finding him, the senselessness and brutality of the Golden State Killer’s acts were matched only by the powerlessness they felt at failing to uncover his identity. To be sure, the chances of obtaining closure—or any form of justice—after so many years were slim to none, at best.

Then, on April 24, 2018, authorities arrested 72-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo at his home in Citrus Heights, Calif., based on DNA evidence linked to the crimes. After a decades-long hunt, a suspect was behind bars. Could it be that evil finally had a name?

Delivering all-new details about the investigation and a stunning final act to the events of Michelle McNamara’s haunting bestseller, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, this is the true story of how the suspected Golden State Killer was captured, as told, first-hand, by those closest to the case:

Paul Holes—the forensic criminologist and retired Costa County detective who spent 20 years trying to crack the Golden State Killer case, and finally did.

Jim Clemente (Host)—a retired FBI profiler and former New York City prosecutor who has investigated some of the highest profile criminal cases in U.S. history, including the Unabomber.

Please note: This work contains descriptions of violent crime and sexual assault and may not be suitable for all listeners.

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My Thoughts

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Scary Stars

Wow, this one is going to be a hard one to review because it is real, real scary, real horrid, really really sad!

You may already be aware of this story as it hit the headlines last year after the real Golden State Killer was caught, after 40 years!!!

This audio book reads more like a pod cast in that it has interviews with all of the people involved in the investigation.

Paul Holes was the chief investigator, stumbling across the case completely by accident as it was stored away in an old filing cabinet under “Unsolved”

Paul was training and wanted to further himself in the force, so in his spare time he started studying old “Cold” and Unsolved cases, this one caught his eye, and it soon became his project, and his life!

The Golden State Killer was not always know by this name, he has also been known as The Visaila Ransacker, The Original Night Stalker and The East Area Rapist, finally working his way up the Psycho Tree to The Golden State Killer.

This mans known crimes involve at least 120 burglaries, at least 53 rapes, and at least 13 murders, and the most chilling thing about this is that he got away with it for so very long, for over 10 years, this predator broke in to houses, raped and then eventually started killing his victims.

You hear from some of his victims themselves, who amazing call themselves lucky, and also from some of the families of the victims who unfortunately were not so lucky. Some of the descriptions are very graphic, so be warned if  “little ears” are listening with you!

Paul became obsessed with this case, even up to his last day when he retired, he thought he had his “Last Lead” and even sitting with his boxes of belongings and a borrowed car went to check it out, and thank goodness he did!

With the help of another lady that he met by chance (a blogger) Michelle McNamara, they both became firm friends, and immersed themselves in the case, sharing tips and information with each other.

Sadly Michelle died recently, but Paul gives a lovely talk about her and how she helped him.

We now know that The Golden State Killer is 72 year old Joseph James DeAngelo and this would never have been possible without Paul Holes using Genealogical DNA, something he tried as a last resort, much to the sneers and laughs of the others, by tracing the family tree back generations.

Paul Holes and his team caught the killer that was stuffed in a filing cabinet from 1976 – 1986 and the killer that was free to roam the streets for the next 40 years.

20 years of investigations and a man that never gave up.

Evil now has a name, that name is Joseph James DeAngelo.

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If you like True Crime reads then you will love this one, although it was difficult sometimes to listen to the heartbreak of others, it was also a great Audio Book.

Hope you enjoy

Vicci

Posted in Book Bestie Approved

The Matchmaker’s List by Sonya Lalli @BerkleyPub @saskinthecity #bookbestiesmatchmakerslist #bookreview

TGIF all!

Excited for the weekend and excited to share with you my review for this totally adorable romcom that brought a huge smile to my face! This was a group read with a few of my Besties and we found it quite delightful!💕💕

The Matchmaker’s List by Sonya Lalli

My Thoughts

This was an adorable romcom bursting with culture, family, friendship, fun, and love!

This was a charming feel-good story that put a big smile on my face! This book did a really good job of showcasing the expectations and pressure we as parents sometimes put on our children when it comes to love, marriage, and many other things… I think the pressure to be “perfect“ is greater in some cultures than others…. but I think almost all parents regardless of culture want the absolute best for their children, we want them to be happy, and it is always hard to let go…. Sonya Lalli did a tremendous job of handling some serious subject matter with respect and compassion… she took the pressures of belonging and assimilating and added in some heart, hope, and humor!

Raina has just turned 29, she was raised by her Nanny Who is a traditional Indian woman… her Nanny is bound and determined to get Raina married off… I think the fact that she feels as though she “failed“ when it came to Raina’s mother adds even more pressure… Raina wants nothing more than to make her beloved grandmother happy so she acquiesces and agrees to date some of the men on “the list“… The biggest problem? Raina is still hung up on her ex, and when her ex comes back into the picture she is hopeful to rekindle the flame… feeling the pressure and the pull of pleasing herself or pleasing her grandma and others leads Raina to some poor decision making…. decisions that impact many others in her life, decisions that she soon regrets, decisions with ramifications, decisions that she ultimately has to atone for…. so how will Raina extricate herself from this mess? And will she ever find true love?

The characters and culture in this story we’re all so colorful and just popped off those pages! Raina’s stress to please not disappoint was palpable as was her grandmothers love… The complexities of familial entanglements really shown through in this book… I especially found the relationship between Raina’s grandmother and mother quite interesting and complicated… there were quite a few complicated relationships in this book most likely compounded by the struggle between the old and the new… Raina’s dating adventures were quite cringe worthy and humorous! And relatable, I mean who hasn’t been on a bad date? But through all the struggle, the complexities, the pressures, what really shown through in the story was LOVE! There was so much love amongst all these characters and even though sometimes it wasn’t shown in the best way, it was always there!

A wonderfully told story full of whimsy, heart, hope, and love! Absolutely recommend with all my heart!

🎵🎵🎵 song running through my head! This is what raina needed to say to her ex! What a tool he was!

To the left, to the left
To the left, to the left
To the left, to the left
Everything you own in the box to the left
In the closet that’s my stuff, yes
If I bought it please don’t touch
And keep talking that mess, that’s fine
But could you walk and talk at the same time?
And it’s my mine name that is on that tag
So remove your bags let me call you a cab
Standing in the front yard telling me
How I’m such a fool, talking about
How I’ll never ever find a man like you
You got me twisted
You must not know ’bout me
You must not know ’bout me
I could have another you in a minute
Matter fact he’ll be here in a minute, baby
You must not know ’bout me
You must not know ’bout me
I can have another you by tomorrow
So don’t you ever for a second get
To thinking…

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

About the Book

One devoted modern girl + a meddlesome, traditional grandmother = a heartwarming multicultural romantic comedy about finding love where you least expect it 

Raina Anand may have finally given in to family pressure and agreed to let her grandmother play matchmaker, but that doesn’t mean she has to like it–or that she has to play by the rules. Nani always took Raina’s side when she tried to push past the traditional expectations of their tight-knit Indian-immigrant community, but now she’s ambushing Raina with a list of suitable bachelors. Is it too much to ask for a little space? Besides, what Nani doesn’t know won’t hurt her…

As Raina’s life spirals into a parade of Nani-approved bachelors and disastrous blind dates, she must find a way out of this modern-day arranged-marriage trap without shattering her beloved grandmother’s dreams. 

The Besties

Jennifer @ Tarheel Reader

Mackenzie @ PhDiva

*** don’t forget to check out Jennifer and Kenzie’s amazing reviews!

enjoy your Friday! Berit☀️✨

Posted in Blog Tour

Boss Girl by Emma Tallon @EmmaESJ @bookouture #bookreview

Hope you are having a wonderful day full of words and books!

Excited to share with you today my review of this book that is part of a series that I have thoroughly enjoyed, a crime thriller with a bit of a mobster vibe! Many thanks to Noelle for her invitation and to Emma Tallon for her wise and wonderful words!💛

My Thoughts

A gritty edge of your seat story that you will not be able to put down!

Few! That was one tension filled story! This is the third book in this dark and gritty series that takes place in London’s criminal underworld… all the books in the series are so brilliantly crafted, perfectly paced, and best of all full of amazing characters… as I’ve mentioned in my previous reviews this series reminds me so much of General Hospital… simply because Freddy reminds me of Sonny Corinthas (but taller)…. Freddie is one of those lovable bad guys that will worm his way into your heart!

In this book Anna is working hard at her club Anya and planning the opening of a second club… Freddie is busy taking over his little corner of London… don’t even want to say much more than that, the rest of the book is one wild and crazy nonstop heart pounding tale… dark, gritty, edgy, and definitely not for the faint of heart…

The plot of this story was definitely mind blowing, but my favorite part is the characters and their relationships… Anna is such a strong self-sufficient girl who has really come a long way throughout the series… her strong friendship with Tonya is truly the highlight of the series for me, these girls are both rock stars in my eyes and I love love love their bond!Freddie is the best kind of thug… when it comes to Anna and the rest of his family he has a huge heart and will stop at nothing to protect them…

A compelling story that will keep you up long past your bedtime, heart pounding and mind blowing! Recommend!

About the Book

If you love Martina Cole, Kimberley Chambers, Casey Kelleher and Jessie Keane, you’ll love Boss Girl.

You’ll do anything to save your family, even kill for them…

Anna Davis is under pressure. With her West End nightclub packed full every night and the opening of another club just around the corner, she knows she can’t take her eye off the ball.

Her boyfriend Freddie Tyler practically owns London’s West End and he’s got a big deal on – one that could make the Tylers the most powerful family in London. He’s going into business with crime boss Frank Gambino. But visiting Anna at work one night, Gambino tells her he’ll only sign the deal with Freddie on one condition – that she hands over Club Anya to him.

With tension growing between Anna and Freddie, her mind is on other things. She doesn’t notice that someone is watching her every move. She doesn’t realise just how much danger she’s in. 

When one night she doesn’t return home, Freddie is beside himself with worry. And as he races to save Anna, one thing is for sure – he’ll get back the girl he loves. Even if it means taking down the whole of the London underworld to find her…

About the Book

 

Emma Tallon is a British, gritty crime writer, adventurer, Londoner and mother to a young son. Starting her career a few years ago as a ghostwriter, Emma crafted some of the most adventurous, edgy and heart-wrenching stories you can find on the shelves today.

In March 2017 Emma stepped out of the literary shadows and self-published her first book, Life Game. The book was an instant success, the results far exceeding anything she had expected. As news of Life Games popularity spread, she joined forces with W.F.Howes and the audiobook was launched in October 2017.

In December 2017, Emma signed a three book deal with publishers Bookouture. This included Life Game which was changed, re-edited and re-released as Runaway Girl.

Drawing inspiration for her books from a mixture of her own observations and an active imagination, the characters Emma paints are colourful and larger than life. Her story lines are an interesting recipe of deep emotion and violent grit, that keep her readers engrossed.

With two more books in the works for this series already, Emma has many more stories planned out for the future.Available Now

Buy Link: 

Amazon: http://geni.us/B07KG7V5F6Social

Apple Books: https://tinyurl.com/y754kgpe

Kobo: https://tinyurl.com/yaquhngy

Googleplay: https://tinyurl.com/y8f95c37

 

Posted in Audiobook Review, Book Bestie Approved

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☀️✨