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Her Silent Cry by Lisa Regan @lisalregan @bookouture #bookreview #hersilentcry

Happy Friday y’all!

Cannot believe this is the sixth installment in this fantastic series! The Josie Quinn series is definitely one of my favorites! Thank you so much Noelle for my invitation to the tour!🎠

My Thoughts

Josie Quinn is back! Can’t believe this is book six! This is hands-down one of my absolute favorite police procedural series, I just love Lisa Regan’s writing style. This time Josie is on the hunt for a missing child. While at the park with young Harrison Josie has a front row seat when little Lucy disappears into thin air after a ride on the carousel. The kidnapper has left several messages implying that this is personal and Josie is convinced that the parents are keeping secrets. As the body count rises the tension increases, will Josie solve the crime in time?

This book had a little bit of a different feel to it. The rest of the books in the series have a personal connection to either Josie or one of the other members of her team. Both Gretchen and Noah are in the story, but neither of them play a very significant role. So while I was interested in the story I missed the personal touch. I think one of my favorite parts of this series is Josie and how much her character has developed over the course of the series, there was a little of that but not as much as I would’ve liked. Having said that the mystery was very well done. The kidnapper/killer was quite disturbed, diabolical, and cunning. I was completely invested and liked how all the pieces came together. Cannot wait to see what’s next for Josie, Gretchen, Noah, Trinity, and Luke.

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

About the Book

Round and round she goes, blonde pigtails flying, her high-pitched giggle catching on the wind. But as the ride slows to a stop, her seat is suddenly empty. Little Lucy is gone…

When seven-year-old Lucy Ross is snatched from the carousel in Denton city parkDetective Josie Quinn joins the frantic search. She’s the one who finds Lucy’s sparkly butterfly backpack abandoned by the ticket booth, a note with a devastating message stuffed inside: answer your phone, or your sweet little darling will die…

The next day, Lucy’s parents are filled with hope when they pick up a call which they think is from their babysitter – but instead it’s a chilling male voice on the line. Josie races to the babysitter’s small apartment only to find her lifeless body in a tangle of sheets on her bed.

Josie is faced with the most high-stakes case of her career as each new phone call from someone connected to the family ends with the shocking discovery of another body. This twisted killer wants revenge, and he won’t stop until the Ross family are in pieces…

Something is telling Josie that Lucy’s parents aren’t giving her the whole truth, but digging deeper into their lives will force her to confront a life-changing secret of her own. Does Josie have what it takes to crack this case? She has no choice if she’s going to bring Lucy home alive…

About the Author

Lisa Regan is an Amazon bestselling crime novelist.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University.  She is a member of Sisters In Crime, Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter. Find out more at her website: www.lisaregan.com

 

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When You Were Mine by Lisa Swift @LisaSwiftAuthor @herabooks @rararesources #bookreview #whenyouweremine

Happy Thursday all!

Loved this book! This was so much fun I just absolutely fell in love with these characters and did not want the story to end! Thanks Rachel for my invitation to the tour!💘

When You Were Mine

Life is a love song when you find the right notes

 

Maggie and Ibby make up a happy – if unconventional – family. After meeting at university, they now live in the village of Applecroft on the beautiful West Country coast.

 

Okay, so Ibby’s gay and prone to disastrous dates, while couples’ counsellor Maggie spends her days helping people with their relationship problems despite having no sex life of her own. Nevertheless, they’re devoted to bringing up teenage daughter Amelia – the result of a drunken one-night stand when they were students – in a stable and loving family.

 

Until a face from the past – in the form of hard-partying rock star Jordan Nash – disrupts their quiet lives. As Jordan struggles with his personal demons and old secrets are revealed, can Maggie and Ibby stay strong? Or will bringing back the past threaten all that they’ve built in the present?

My Thoughts

What an absolute gem! This was such a delightful story full of family, love, friendship, second chances, and forgiveness. The story starts off jumping between two seemingly separate stories. Maggie and Ibby are best friends and coparents to their teenage daughter Amelia. The two have been roommates since university, but never romanticly involved. Ibby is gay and Amelia is the product of a drunken one night stand. Jordan is a super famous drug using lead singer for one of the UK’s most famous bands. At first it is not clear how these two stories are related, but as the book progresses things begin to fall into place. A non-traditional love story about love in all its many forms. This book also took on many social issues including homophobia and drug use, I think this was done well and not heavy handed.

This book had so many wonderful characters in it. Maggie, Ibby, and Jordan were all well-developed likable characters who I was definitely rooting for. The secondary characters Other Max, Nikki, and Nat were great. Can I just say I loved how they called there other BFF Other max! But for me the shining star of the book was Amelia, the girl had some major spirit and fierce determination, and yet she still was sweet and vulnerable. This was an engaging and sweet story with a few unexpected twists. I really enjoyed spending time with these characters and was sad when it ended. This is my first book from Lisa Swift (with any name) but it certainly will be my last.

*** thanks to Hera Books for my copy of this book ***

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Kobo http://bit.ly/2JHTLO6

Author Bio

Lisa Swift is a romance author from West Yorkshire in the UK. She is represented by Laura Longrigg at MBA Literary Agents. Her first book is due to be published by Hera Books in August 2019.

As Mary Jayne Baker, Lisa also writes romantic comedies for Aria Fiction.

Lisa is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.

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When We Were Sisters by Wendy Clark @bookouture #bookreview #whenweweresisters

Happy Monday all!

Super excited to share my review for this thrilling thriller today! Thank you so much Noelle for my invitation to the tour!🖤

My Thoughts

Wendy Clarke has written a tense complex story that kept me invested throughout. There really was a lot going on in this book. Told entirely from Kelly‘s perspective bouncing between past and present. Kelly is now seemingly living the perfect life a lovely home, a devoted husband, two beautiful twin daughters, and a baby boy. But Kelly’s life is really just one wrong move away from falling apart. Kelly also had a bit of a tragic past. Parents who never truly loved her and a foster sister Freya who has forever haunted her. However as much as I sympathize with Kelly throughout this book the girl frustrated me so much! And I try not to get all judge mental when it comes to parenting, but Kelly could’ve use my expert advice, LOL! OK well maybe not my advice, but there were some major red flags. One of her twin daughters Sophie was scared of her shadow and the other one was a bit of a bully. Then on more then one occasion rather than taking baby out of the stroller and bringing him with her, she left him outside the classroom or the store and went in? I had a baby and a kindergartner at the same time and all I’m saying is I would have taken my baby out of the stroller and brought him in with me, a lot of the drama in this book could’ve been avoided had this been done! As I said the girl frustrated me! And it wasn’t just this….

This is not to say I did not like the book I found it compelling and it definitely kept my interest. Kelly‘s past was devastating and her relationship with Freya was interesting. Kelly‘s relationship with her husband was also interesting, he did some questionable things that I’m still not quite sure what to make of. I liked how the story unraveled. I had many theories, none of them right. All in all this was a well told thriller with characters I wish I liked a little bit more, even the kids got on my nerves a bit.

*** thanks to Bookoutur for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

I turn to where I left my baby in his pushchair and pull up short. With a racing heart, I look around wildly, fear gripping my stomach. I only looked away for a moment. The pushchair and my baby are gone. 

Kelly is taking her twin daughters to their first day of school, ushering them into the classroom, her heart breaking to think they might not need her any more, when she turns around and sees that her newborn baby is gone.

As a desperate search ensues, baby Noah is quickly found – parked in front of a different classroom. But when Kelly reaches forward to comfort him, she finds something tucked beside his blanket. A locket that belonged to her sister Freya. A locket Kelly hasn’t seen since the day Freya died.

And then Kelly’s perfectly-ordered life begins to unravel…

We Were Sisters is a heart-pounding suspense thriller that will grip you until the very last page. Fans of Behind Closed DoorsGone Girl and The Girl on the Train won’t be able to stop reading this incredible book.

 

About the Author

Wendy Clarke started her career writing short fiction and serials for national women’s magazines. After having over three hundred short stories published, she progressed to writing novels. With a degree in psychology, and intrigued with how the human mind can affect behaviour, it was inevitable that she would eventually want to explore her darker side.

What She Saw is her debut psychological thriller, published by Bookouture, with a second coming out in August 2019.

In her previous life, Wendy has published three collections of short stories and has been a short story judge for the Chiltern Writers Group, Nottingham Writers Group and The Society of Women Writers and journalists.

Wendy lives with her husband, cat and step-dog in Sussex and when not writing is usually dancing, singing or watching any programme that involves food

 

 

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You’ve Been Volunteered by Laurie Gelman @LaurieMGelman @HenryHolt #bookreview #youvebeenvolunteered #classmom

Happy Friday y’all!

This was such a fun story all about navigating parent politics, parenting, and just life in general. Many thanks to Rachel for my invitation to this tour!🖍

My Thoughts

Laurie Gelman has spun a whimsical tail full of humor and fun. This is the follow-up to “Class Mom”. I did not read the first book and I don’t feel as though that impacted my enjoyment of the story, however he better bet I’m going to try to squeeze the first book in as soon as I can! Jen Dixon was such a marvelous character. So snarky, so sassy, someone you’d love to be friends with. Her outlook was so real and so refreshing! The emails she sent to the class parents were priceless, especially the one from Las Vegas! What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, that is unless you email the entire class about it!

Jen has not only been roped into being class mom this year, but she is also in charge of the safety patrol (a job nobody wants). Third grade son Max is becoming a little more opinionated, a little more mouthy. Her daughters are now in their 20s, that fun age when they think they are adults, until they aren’t. Her husband Ron is consumed with his business and starting a chain of yoga studios. Her parents are getting older and her mother has just won her fight with cancer. Jen certainly has a lot on her plate, but she handles it all with grace and a sense of humor (OK not all that much grace, but a lot of humor). I thoroughly enjoyed every minute I spend with Jen and her antics and I am keeping my fingers crossed that there is a follow-up to this follow-up!

*** A big thanks to Henry Holt for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

In the eagerly anticipated follow-up to Laurie Gelman’s “irreverent and hilarious” (The New York Post) hit Class Mom, brash, lovable Jen Dixon is back with a new class and her work cut out for her. 
If you’ve ever been a room parent or school volunteer, Jen Dixon is your hero. She says what every class mom is really thinking, whether in her notoriously frank emails or standup-worthy interactions with the micromanaging PTA President and the gamut of difficult parents. Luckily, she has the charm and wit to get away with it – most of the time. Jen is sassier than ever but dealing with a whole new set of challenges in the world of parental politics and at home. 
She’s been roped into room-parenting yet again for her son Max’s third grade class, but as her husband buries himself in work, her older daughters navigate adulthood, and Jen’s own aging parents start to need some parenting themselves, Jen gets pulled in more directions than any one mom, or superhero, can handle. 
Refreshingly down-to-earth and brimming with warmth, Dixon’s next chapter will keep you wondering what’s really going on under the veneer of polite parent interactions and have you laughing along with her the whole way.

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The Beekeepers Cottage by Emma Davies @EmDaviesAuthor @bookouture #bookreview #thebeekeeperscottage

Happy Friday everybody!

I had so much fun with this book! A fantastic story about friendship sprinkled with a little romance and some bees.🐝

My Thoughts

Emma Davies Rights such engaging stories full of so much charm and whimsy. This book is a follow-up to “The House on Hope Corner”, but it could absolutely be read as a standalone. It was so fun to revisit Flora, Ned, Fraser, and Hannah. It was so lovely to see that all the flowers are blooming at Hope Blooms Farm. In this story we get to know there beekeeping neighbor Grace and a newcomer Amos. Such a beautiful story full of friendship and hope with a sprinkling of romance. The bees play a small but mighty part in the story and I have to admit they are an interesting creature that I enjoyed learning about.

Grace has finally decided to leave her philandering famous husband Paul. Paul is not handling it very well and threatens to take away her beloved cottage. Grace will do just about anything to hold onto her home, this leads to some scheming and a questionable deal with Paul. Grace was such a great character I loved her friendship with her neighbors and her interactions with Amos. Amos was a bit of a mystery and I could not help but wonder what he was running from. Emma Davies descriptive writing really brought these characters, the setting, and the story to life. I surely hope there is another story involving this wonderful cast of characters.

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

About the Book

Comforted by the gentle hum of the beehives at the bottom of the garden, Grace drains the last of her tea and walks slowly back towards the little hillside house she adores. Her marriage is over, but is it too late to start her life again?

Beekeeper Grace thought throwing out her cheating husband would be the hardest thing she ever did. But when she opens the door to a property developer one morning, it’s clear that keeping her beautiful home and garden – her only sanctuary throughout her miserable marriage – will be the greatest challenge of all…

Fleeing to her best friend at the farm next door, Grace blurts out all her problems, only to be overheard by Amos, a handsome, free-spirited visitor with a twinkle in his eye. Fascinated by Grace and her bees, Amos offers to stay in the village of Hope Corner, to help turn her home into a guest house in return for lessons on beekeeping.

As Grace shows Amos how to nurture a hive and harvest honeycomb without getting stung, he is charming but secretive. He never stays long in the same place after an incident in his past involving a mysterious woman named Maria. But as their eyes lock over a jar of homemade honey, Grace can’t help feeling that she’d really like him to stay…

Determined to dispel her growing suspicion that Amos is running from something serious, Grace goes in search of the truth about Maria. But when she finds  will she still want Amos to put down roots in Hope Corner, and will they still have a house to return to? 

No matter how far they travel, bees will always find their way home…

About the Author

After a varied career, Emma Davies once worked for a design studio where she was asked to provide a fun and humorous (and not necessarily true) anecdote for their website. She wrote the following: ‘I am a bestselling novelist currently masquerading as a thirty something mother of three.’ Well the job in the design studio didn’t work out but she’s now a forty something mother of three and is happy to report the rest of her dream came true.

After many years as a finance manager she now writes full time and is far happier playing with words than numbers. She lives with her husband, three children, and two guinea pigs in rural Shropshire where she writes in all the gaps in between real life. It’s a county she adores, her love of its beautiful people and landscapes providing endless inspiration for her books, and in fact the only thing that would make Shropshire more idyllic is if it were by the sea. 

 

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Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson @JoshilynJackson @BloomsburyRaven @NetGalley #NeverHaveIever #NetGalley #BookReview

Hello book buddies, have I got a treat for you!!

I’m so happy to bring you a review for this awesome book that will catch you by the seat of your pants, and keep you hooked until the very last page!

Why Did You Pick It Up Vicci?

I love a good thriller, especially ones that contain friends, or a group of friends, this book reminds me of a great TV series called Big Little Lies – some of you may have heard of it LOL

The story is not the same, but I love the friendships in that story too.

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My Thoughts

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Amy Whey is a first time mum, living with her husband and her step daughter, who loving calls her Step-Monster.

She lives in a comfortable home in a quiet suburbia, and is a Diving Instructor, although with a new baby, she hasn’t got to dive as much as she wants for a while.

Her friends are all mums too, and she runs the neighbourhood Book-Club, and this is where our story starts.

Charlotte her best friend picks the books for the girls to read, and they meet in Amy’s basement to discuss (while having a glass of wine and a gossip)

Everything is going swimmingly, until the front door bell goes, Amy answers the door, and there stands the “new girl” glamorous Roux.

Roux is new in the neighbourhood, and has come to introduce herself and join the Book-Club, after breezing in the door (uninvited) Roux then takes over the Book-Club by basically getting everyone drunk as a skunk and playing a silly playground game Never Have I Ever, although drunk + secrets is never a good idea!

Amy is horrified at this and demands Roux leaves the party, but the fun has only just begun!!

A fantastic psychological thriller that will have you shouting WTF on many occasions, I thought my head was going to fall off as it was spun in so many different directions.

Great characters and a fantastic story, you’ll be up all night reading this one!

**Many thanks to Raven Books, Netgalley and the Author for my copy of this book**

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About The Book

It starts as a game at a book group one night. Never Have I Ever… done something I shouldn’t.
But Amy Whey has done something she shouldn’t. And Roux, the glamorous newcomer to Amy’s suburban neighbourhood, knows exactly what that is.
Roux promises she will go away. She will take herself and her son, who is already growing dangerously close to Amy’s teenage stepdaughter, and she will go. If Amy plays by her rules.
But Amy isn’t prepared to lose everything she’s built. She’s going to fight back, and in this escalating game of cat and mouse, there can be only one winner.

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Sunshine Over Bluebell Castle by Sarah Bennett @sarahlou_writes @rararesources #bookreview #sunshineoverbluebellcastle

Happy Thursday all!

Back to school for my highschooler today! And this is the perfect book to scare away those back-to-school blues! A little romance, a little family drama, a lot of fun!🌞

Sunshine over Bluebell Castle

The summer she will never forget…

Time’s running out for Iggy Ludworth to restore the wild gardens of Camland Castle in time for the Summer Fete, so she ropes in hotshot gardener Will Talbot…

But she regrets her decision as soon as he sets foot in the historic grounds – not only is Will arrogant and bossy, he’s totally gorgeous!

And very soon, sparks are flying amongst the bluebells. Yet with summer nearly over, will their summer fling convince Will and Iggy to go the distance?

Perfect for fans of Trisha Ashley, Rachael Lucas and Hilary Boyd.

My Thoughts

Another and chanting story set in a wonderful whimsical castle. This is the second story in the bluebell castle Trilogy with each story focusing on one of the triplets. While it can be read as a standalone I think for optimum enjoyment you would want to read the first book as well. This is Iggy’s story. Iggy has been tasked with restoring the Castle Gardens to former glory and stat! When she can’t seem to get her vision off the ground she approaches celebrity gardener Will. Will and Iggy don’t get off to the best of starts but just like the flowers in the garden their love begins to bloom (How is that for cheesy). There was not only romance blooming in the story there was also some family drama with the arrival of the triplets mother Helena. Helena was a great character, a lot of fun to hate! This was such a delightful story with a bit of a fairytale vibe. Sarah Bennett has such an easy flow to her writing creating such a fun and flirty story. Looking forward to the next book in the trilogy Tristan‘s story!

Book 1: Spring Skies Over Bluebell Castle
Book 2: Sunshine Over Bluebell Castle
Book 3: Starlight Over Bluebell Castle

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Author Bio –

Sarah Bennett has been reading for as long as she can remember. Raised in a family of bookworms, her love affair with books of all genres has culminated in the ultimate Happy Ever After – getting to write her own stories to share with others.

Born and raised in a military family, she is happily married to her own Officer (who is sometimes even A Gentleman). Home is wherever he lays his hat, and life has taught them both that the best family is the one you create from friends as well as relatives.

When not reading or writing, Sarah is a devotee of afternoon naps and sailing the high seas, but only on vessels large enough to accommodate a casino and a choice of restaurants.

Sarah is the author of the Butterfly Cove, Lavender Bay and Bluebell Castle trilogies, published by HQ Digital UK.

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The Los Hope by Krista and Becca Ritchie @kbritchie @wednesdaybooks @stmartinspress #bookreview #thelasthope

Happy hump day all!

Loved this book! The perfect blend of sci-fi and romance, just pure entertainment! Thank you so much to Megan for the invitation to the tour!🛸

My Thoughts

Krista and Becca Ritchie have masterfully blended sci-fi and romance in this book, the second installment of this entertaining duology. All the feels in outer space. This is a duology and the first book “The Raging Ones” should definitely be read first. The focus of this book is on the beloved trio from the first book Franny, Court, and Mykal. Imprisoned on an enemy starship with their “last hope” being a baby. There are also some new characters that added a bit of a splash, but honestly I enjoyed my time spent with the trio.

I don’t generally read sci-fi but this was a lot of fun! There was just the perfect amount of world building to keep it interesting, but I was never confused or overwhelmed with it. The characters were all well-developed, engaging, and likable (well most of them). The story was swiftly and perfectly paste, never a dull moment. The Romance was sweet and satisfying. This book was out of my comfort zone, out of this world, and showed me the stars. I’m really looking forward to what this writing duo has in store for us next.

*** thanks Wednesday Books/St Martin’s press for my copy of this book ***

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A stunning conclusion to the sci-fi romance duology by writing duo Krista & Becca Ritchie, The Last Hope is filled with twists and turns you’ll never see coming.

Sacrifice all you have to survive.

Imprisoned for weeks on an enemy starcraft, Franny, Court, and Mykal have sat with an unfathomable revelation. But as they fight to stay alive, escaping prison means trusting a young mysterious stranger. He knows everything about their lost histories, and when answers aren’t given freely, the bonded trio are forced to join a mission. One that will determine the fate of humanity.

Legend says, a baby—the first of her species—has the power to cloak and teleport planets. Tasked with retrieving the infant, Court fears the baby is just a myth, and if they fail, they’ll never find the truth about their origins.

As Court and Mykal grow closer, their linked bond becomes harder to hide, and dynamics change when Franny begins to fall for someone new. Vulnerable and with no choice, the hunt for the baby sends the trio on a dangerous path to Saltare-1: a water world where their enemies can’t die and survival comes at a high cost.

AUTHOR BIO:

Krista & Becca Ritchie are New York Times Bestselling Authors and identical twins, one a science nerd, the other a comic book geek. With their shared passion for writing, they combined their mental powers as kids and have never stopped telling stories. Graduates from the University of Georgia in Biology and English & Journalism, the twin writing duo now lives in Atlanta. The Raging Ones is their first young adult novel.

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The Nine by Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg @jeanneblasberg @suzyapbooktours #bookreview #thenine

Happy Tuesday everybody!

Delighted to share with you today my review for this book that delves deep into the mother son bond. Are you a helicopter parent?🚁

My Thoughts

Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg has written a compulsive and raw story about The darker side of parenthood. Parenting is the best, most rewarding, toughest, and least appreciated job you will ever have. This book really zooms in on the mother son bond as well as the fallout of helicopter parenting. As a mother of two boys and a girl, I do admit there is a different bond that you share with your boys then you do with your girls. I am not going to say it’s better or worse it’s just kind of different, a boy tugs at your heart strings in a special way. I found Hannah the mother in this book to be a relatable and sympathetic character, even if I did not always agree with her actions. I could also sympathize with Sam, because it would be rough to have a helicopter parent. Having said that though, it is hard to know when to step in and went to step away.

Hannah struggled to become a mother, so when it finally happened she gave her everything to her son. Her ferocious devotion to her boy ultimately destroyed her marriage and lead to her son pulling away. But it was all worth it, because Hannah got Sam into an elite prep school A definite springboard to the Ivy League. The problem is the school is much more sinister and much less safe than Hannah thought. Sam soon finds himself confronting issues of bullying, drugs, and sexual abuse. And Hannah realizes she cannot control everything in her son’s life and protect him forever. A dark somewhat disturbing story that really makes you think about parenting, the teenage years, and social acceptance. Well told taut and tense, a definite must for the TBR!

*** Big thanks to the publisher for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

Hannah Webber fears she will never be a mother, but her prayers are finally answered when she gives birth to a son. In an era of high-stakes parenting, nurturing Sam’s intellect becomes Hannah’s life purpose. She invests body and soul into his development, much to the detriment of her marriage. She convinces herself, however, that Sam’s acceptance at age fourteen to the most prestigious of New England boarding schools overseen by an illustrious headmaster, justifies her choices.

When he arrives at Dunning, Sam is glad to be out from under his mother’s close watch. And he enjoys his newfound freedom―until, late one night, he stumbles upon evidence of sexual misconduct at the school and is unable to shake the discovery.

Both a coming-of-age novel and a portrait of an evolving mother-son relationship, The Nine is the story of young man who chooses to expose a corrupt world operating under its own set of rules―even if it means jeopardizing his mother’s hopes and dreams.

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Stars of Alabama by Sean Dietrich @seanofthesouth1 @thomasnelson @tlcbooktours #bookreview #starsofalabama

Happy Monday all!

Today I’m sharing with you my review for this book that I truly enjoyed. It was just a good old fashion feel good story written by a remarkable storyteller! Thank you so much Lisa for my invitation to this tour!🌟

My Thoughts

Sean Dietrich masterfully wove together this brilliant story. This was a good old-fashioned feel good story sprinkled with heart and hope. Short chapters, three separate storylines, all with a common thread of family. Not the family you were born to, but the family that you choose. This is a definite character driven story without a lot of bells and whistle‘s. There was just something so refreshing about this book for me, so much charm so much goodness. I listened to the audiobook that was narrated by the author and it was almost like being told a bedtime story, and I loved the songs sprinkled throughout, a lot of them brought back memories of my childhood.

Marigold was abandoned by her family when she got pregnant at 15. She was a special girl with a healing touch, but after losing her baby in the forest she found her place in a brothel. Paul and Vern were the best of friends travel in the south with their Bloodhound. Along the way they collected a family. Not only did they find marigold’s baby and name her Ruth, but they also adopted a mother and her two kids. Cooter (Coot) was a child preacher with an incredible memory, just searching for a place to belong, with a box full of cash. All these characters wormed their way into my heart, but I have to admit that the Paul/Vern story resonated with me the most. I loved how these two men bonded with these children and were so helpful to the mother. A beautiful story with a wonderful ending that blended all these separate threads together magnificently. Next time you are in the mood for a genuine story full of clever and lovable characters, this is the book for you!

*** Big thanks to Thomas Nelson for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

From Sean Dietrich—also known as Sean of the South—comes a poignant tale of the stars that shine all around us . . . if only we’re willing to look.

When she becomes pregnant at fifteen, Marigold is rejected by her family and forced to fend for herself. And when she loses her baby in the forest, her whole world turns upside down. She’s even more distraught upon discovering she has an inexplicable power that makes her both beautiful and terrifying—and something of a local legend.

Meanwhile, migrant workers Vern and Paul discover a violet-eyed baby and take it upon themselves to care for her. The men soon pair up with a widow and her two children, and the untraditional family finds their way in fits and starts toward taking care of each other.

As survival brings one family together, a young boy finds himself with nary a friend to his name amid the dust storms still raging across Kansas. Fourteen-year-old Coot, a child preacher with a prodigy’s memory, is on the run with thousands of stolen dollars—and the only thing he’s sure of is that Mobile, Alabama, is his destination.

As the years pass and a world war looms, their stories intertwine in surprising ways. With a voice both humorous and heartfelt, Sean Dietrich weaves together a tale about the dignity of humanity and the value of enduring hope—reminding us that when the dust clears, we can still see the stars.

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