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My Husband’s Lie by Emma Davies **Book Review** @bookouture

Happy Friday book people!

Hope you and your loved ones are doing well. We are doing pretty good here some days are better than others, but I’m always grateful for books!

My Thoughts

Can you ever go home again? This was a dark domestic drama packed with secrets, rumors, and lies. Thea is so excited to return to not only the town where she grew up, but to the house she grew up in. Her husband Drew and she have been inseparable forever in fact he grew up in the same town and lived in the house right next to her. But returning home to this small village was not exactly what Thea was expecting. She keeps getting dirty looks and seeing people whispering about her behind her back. When she finds an old newspaper article tucked away in a hiding place in the house she begins to realize that there are things people are not telling her.

Small town stories usually make me want to move to a small town, but definitely not this one. The people of this town were very judgemental, very unwelcoming, there was a definite uncomfortable vibe. I really felt bad for Thea she was so excited for this move and then these people were just so rude. I love the connection she had with Drew her husband and I really was hoping he was not involved with what was going on. I was so curious as to what could’ve happened to cause this entire town to turn against thea. I have to admit when I found out what it was I was surprised that these people acted like this? But I myself have never lived in a small town. This was a quick read with a satisfying ending.

*** Big thank you to Bookouture for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

About the Book

When I stumbled across the listing for Pevensey House I knew I had found a way for my family to be free and I didn’t hesitate. I should have, I know that now…

 

When Thea sees her old family home is up for sale – a beautiful old rectory in the small town where she and her childhood sweetheart, now husband, Drew, grew up – she knows she has to have it. Her parents moved her away suddenly when she was eleven, but her childhood there was filled with happy memories. Drew seems less sure, but Thea is certain it’s the perfect place to raise their two children.

 

But as the last boxes are unpacked, Thea can’t seem to settle. She thought the move would bring her family closer together, but Drew is growing more distant. And why do old friends cross to the other side of the road when they see her coming?

 

Alone in the house, exploring the creaky corridors she used to cartwheel down as a young girl, Thea smiles as she slides open the loose panel she once used as a hiding place. But it only takes one look at the faded local newspaper clipping hidden inside for the bonds holding her perfect family together to break.

 

It’s not long before news of the scandal spreads further and the whole town turns against her. Thea’s life is in freefall as her head and her heart wrestle between taking the blame, and fighting for her innocence. In a small town where no one ever forgets the past, can Thea find a way to save her family’s future?

 

This heart-wrenching and gripping family drama will have you hooked from the very first page. Perfect for anyone who loves Amanda Prowse, Liane Moriarty and Diane Chamberlain.

 

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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The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley **Book Review** @cpooleywriter @transworldbooks @annecater

Happy Friday y’all!

This book you guys was so so good! The perfect uplifting pick me up that I needed!

My Thoughts

LOVED THIS BOOK!

This was the absolutely perfect, feel good, uplifting story that I needed. Clare Pooley poured her heart and wisdom into this exceptionally delightful story. I know I am gushing, but this is just one of those books you want to shout from the rooftops about, it really was that good. Julian is a lonely 79-year-old who realizes he has made some mistakes in his life. So he decides to confess his truth in a green composition notebook with the words “The Authenticity Project“ on the cover. Monica is the owner of a café. When she finds the notebook she decides to share her truth about her desire to be a wife and mother and how she’s afraid she will never find real love. She is also touched by Julian story and decides she’s going to bring a little joy and purpose into his life. Monica also leaves the notebook in a bar for someone else to find and continue what Julian has started. As the notebook is passed from one character to another and authentic thoughts are shared, these characters lives begin to intertwine.

Such a lovely story packed with so many quirky lovable characters. I loved how even if implausible this notebook brought this diverse cast of characters together. Each additional character added a little something more to the story. Although I have to say my favorites were definitely flamboyant Julian and Type A Monica. The audiobook was narrated by Anna Cordell Who did a wonderful job with all the accents and this large cast of characters. She gave each character a unique voice and I was never confused as to who’s perspective the story was being told from. This book is absolutely going on my favorites shelf, a definite possibility for my best of 2020.

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About the Book

“A warm, charming tale about the rewards of revealing oneself, warts and all.” (People)

The story of a solitary green notebook that brings together six strangers and leads to unexpected friendship, and even love. 

Julian Jessop, an eccentric, lonely artist and septuagenarian believes that most people aren’t really honest with each other. But what if they were? And so he writes – in a plain, green journal – the truth about his own life and leaves it in his local café. It’s run by the incredibly tidy and efficient Monica, who furtively adds her own entry and leaves the book in the wine bar across the street. Before long, the others who find the green notebook add the truths about their own deepest selves – and soon find each other In Real Life at Monica’s Café. 

The Authenticity Project‘s cast of characters – including Hazard, the charming addict who makes a vow to get sober; Alice, the fabulous mommy Instagrammer whose real life is a lot less perfect than it looks online; and their other new friends – is by turns quirky and funny, heartbreakingly sad and painfully true to life. It’s a story about being brave and putting your real self forward – and finding out that it’s not as scary as it seems. In fact, it looks a lot like happiness.

The Authenticity Project is just the tonic for our times that readers are clamoring for – and one they will take to their hearts and read with unabashed pleasure. 


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A Train From Penzance to Paris by Laura Vriggs **Book Review** @rararesources @paperdollwrites

Happy Wednesday, it is Wednesday isn’t it?

This was a fun uplifting story that made me smile! Another fabulous installment in this fun series. 🚂

When Maisie accepts a celebrated author’s invitation to mentor her, she finds herself leaving Cornwall behind on train tracks bound for the glitter city of Paris. Instead of making beds and serving coffee at the Penmarrow hotel in Cornwall, she’s making notes on her manuscript while sitting in a French cafe, meeting famous writers at private dinner parties, and trying to ferret the secrets behind the author’s unfinished future novel. It’s glamorous, it’s breathtaking … but it’s also an ocean channel away from the place that she loves, and, more importantly, the person to whom she just recently confessed her deepest feelings. Separated from Sidney by distance and circumstances, Maisie fears that their connection will be lost despite her words to him – and maybe because of those words, and the ones she didn’t allow him to say in return. 

Meanwhile, there are plenty of things in her new life trying to distract her – the professional editor hired to critique her novel, the eager young literary agent who sees pie-in-the-sky potential for Maisie’s talent, but Maisie finds solace in the eclectic group of amateur writers into whose midst she finds herself by accident. Their critique and advice is fast becoming as important as the editors – maybe even more important than the published author Maisie believed held the keys to refining her skill. 

But it’s missing Sidney that fills Maisie’s thoughts the most, along with her life back in Port Hewer, and she can’t stop wondering whether his feelings are the same as her own. His unspoken answer has become one of the most important pieces of her life, even as she struggles to match the pace of her new life and keep her dreams in sight. And when she unwittingly becomes privy to a seeming literary conspiracy, she must decide what to do in light of its truth – and decide what’s most important in her quest to become a professional writer. 

Join Maisie in a whirlwind tour across two of the world’s greatest cities, filled with questions, dreams, and a chance for fame that she believed far beyond her grasp, as she discovers herself as a writer, and how to embrace an unexpected future on her own terms.

My Thoughts

The perfect escapist read. This is the fifth book in Laura Briggs’ delightful Little Hotel in Cornwall series. This book could possibly be read as a standalone, but you won’t want to miss out on the charm and whimsy of the previous books. The last book ends on a cliffhanger with Maisie finally admitting her feelings to Sidney and then leaving him behind to pursue her dreams. Maisie has finally met her hero the elusive Alistair. Even though Alastair wasn’t exactly who she thought, she is excited to finally work with the author on her book. Maisie finds herself bumping elbows with the literary elites and being exposed to all the glitz and glamour that implies. But even though Maisie is in glamorous Paris her heart is still in Cornwall. Will Maisie regret her decision to pick up everything and head out on this journey? Wil her dreams be realized, will Alastair live up to her expectations?

Maisie is such a wonderful character and I loved spending time with her again. Even though I missed all the lovely quirky characters in Cornwall, it was fun meeting several new colorful characters. I found the story so interesting and loved watching Maisie navigate in this new social world. The story also took many turns I was not anticipating and ended on a borderline cruel cliffhanger.😜 hope the next book is coming out super soon! another fabulous book in this engaging series!

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*** Big thank you to Laura Briggs for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

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One of Us is Lying by Shalini Boland **Book Review** @bookouture

Happy Tuesday everybody!

Hope you are all doing well and staying sane! New day same couch! This was a fun dark and twisted thriller that kept my attention from first page to last (a big bonus these days).🚨

My Thoughts

Dark and twisted full of secrets and deceit. Shalini Boland Has once again crafted a tense tale packed with complex unreliable characters. Tia, Kelly, and Fiona have been friends ever since high school. Even though their lives have taken different directions they are still close. When Tia finds out that there are vicious rumors being spread about her around her daughters playground and receives some compromising pictures she doesn’t know what to think. Does this have something to do with what happened all those years ago? But how can it when the only people that know are her Besties Kelly and Fiona? But she’s not the only one who’s having rumors spread about them. Kelly and Fiona also appear to have someone trying to stir things up in their lives. So who knows their secrets? And what is their agenda?

The story is told from the perspectives of all three women. I sympathize with each of these women for different reasons and found their stories compelling. This book started tightly wound and then kept unraveling and unraveling and unraveling and unraveling. I could not figure out who was behind everything going on and I was very surprised at the outcome. Another addictive page turner from Shalini Boland.

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***Big thank you to Bookouture for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

About the Book

Tia never harmed anyone. So why does someone want to destroy her?

Tia is walking home with her children, along the lakeside of their quiet, safe town, when she realises something is wrong with her five-year-old daughter, Rosie. She seems troubled, not at all her usual happy self.

But when Tia finally coaxes Rosie to open up, she wishes she hadn’t. Because her sweet daughter asks a question Tia never thought she’d hear.

‘Why did you kill someone?’

Tia knows how rumours spread around her small town. She just can’t understand who would have shared such a horrible story. Or why.

It can’t have anything to do with what happened. Only her two best friends really remember that…

Tia thought she could trust Fiona and Kelly with her life. They’ve been through so much together. But when she’s sent photos of herself that could tear her whole world apart, she starts to wonder. Someone is determined to punish her. But who? And will her friends stand by her, or will the past destroy all of their lives?

From the million-copy-bestselling author of The Secret Mother and The Perfect Family, this absolutely addictive psychological thriller is guaranteed to make you gasp. If you loved Gone GirlThe Girl on the Train and Big Little Lies this book is for you.  

About the Author

Shalini lives in Dorset, England with her husband, two children and Jess their cheeky terrier cross. Before kids, she was signed to Universal Music Publishing as a singer songwriter, but now she spends her days writing suspense thrillers (in between school runs and hanging out endless baskets of laundry). 
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Grown-Up Pose by Sonya Lalli **Book Review** @berkleypub

Happy Monday everybody!

Hope everyone is safe and healthy! We are hanging in here, still trying to navigate the “new normal”.🧘🏻‍♀️

My Thoughts

Adulting is definitely overrated! Sonya Lalli has written a clever story full of heart and humor about the complexities of being an adult. Anu is in her 30s a wife, a mother, and a good daughter. But Anu isn’t sure this is what she wants, or that this is who she is. Was she so busy making everybody else happy and living up to cultural expectations that she forgot about herself? Then after she is tempted by another man at a work party, she begins to really question everything. What follows is a fun sometimes serious story about a woman who thought she was all grown up, trying to figure out what she wants to be when she finally really grows up.

This story was so relatable, I think we’ve all questioned our choices at one time or another. However I do have to say Anu was much more impetuous when it came to some decisions than I would be, especially for someone who seem to be so rigid when it came to the rules. There are some major life decisions that she came to rather quickly including separating from her husband and purchasing a yoga studio. Not going to lie the way she came about purchasing this yoga studio was bazaar at best. I did like the inclusion of yoga in the story, but I think it might have been less cluttered if the yoga storyline had not been included. What I really loved about the story and found very realistic was how Anu felt and acted after separating from her husband. I also really love the family dynamics both between her and her parents and her mother-in-law, especially when it came to cultural expectations. I also really liked her friends, but I have to admit I wish they were a little kinder to one another at times. I have some friends I am very sarcastic with, but it is also balanced out with kind words. All in all this was a very good story about figuring out what you really want out of life. Sweet, funny, emotional, with the perfect ending.

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*** Big thank you to Berkley for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

About the Book

A delightfully modern look at what happens for a young woman when tradition, dating, and independence collide, from acclaimed author Sonya Lalli.

Adulting shouldn’t be this hard. Especially in your 30s. Having been pressured by her tight-knit community to get married at a young age to her first serious boyfriend, Anu Desai is now on her own again and feels like she is starting from the beginning. 

But Anu doesn’t have time to start over. Telling her parents that she was separating from her husband was the hardest thing she’s ever done – and she’s still dealing with the fallout. She has her young daughter to support and when she invests all of her savings into running her own yoga studio, the feelings of irresponsibility send Anu reeling. She’ll be forced to look inside herself to learn what she truly wants.


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Tigers, Not Daughters by Samantha Mabry **Book Review** @algonquinbooks @samanthamabry

Happy Friday lovelies!

This was such a magical beautifully written coming-of-age story.

My Thoughts

Lyrical and magical. A compulsively readable tale of grief, growing up, and moving forward. Samantha Mabry’s stunning storytelling brought the Torres sisters to life on the pages of this book. This is the story of four sisters and how they cope after one of them dies. Jessica is strong, angry, and has the weight of the world on her shoulders. Iridian it’s quiet and timid, she’d rather be at home with her books then out in the real world. Rosa is sweet and caring with an unusual bond with the animals. All three sisters miss their oldest sister Anna terribly. Anna fell to her death crawling out her bedroom windows as the girls tried to escape their oppressive home life. When the sisters start to hear voices, see writing on the wall, and sense a presence in the room, they wonder what their sister Anna is trying to tell them. How do you keep living when your world falls apart?

Such a gorgeous story with so much heart and the perfect touch of magic. These girls do not live an easy life. Their mother has died and their father is useless. The story is real and raw and perhaps a little bleak, but there is always that little trace of hope. The audiobook is narrated by Luis Moreno and she brought the perfect unique voice to each of the sisters. The story is told from the perspectives of each of the sisters, and I really liked getting to know each of them. Rosa was definitely my favorite sister from the very beginning, but I have to say Jessica definitely grew on me through out the course of the book. This truly was the perfect blend of coming of age and magical realism.

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***Big thank you to Algonquin and libro.fm FM for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

About the Book

The Torres sisters dream of escape. Escape from their needy and despotic widowed father and from their San Antonio neighborhood, full of old San Antonio families and all the traditions and expectations that go along with them. In the summer after her senior year of high school, Ana, the eldest, falls to her death from her bedroom window. A year later, Jessica, Iridian, and Rosa, are still consumed by grief and haunted by Ana’s memory when strange things start happening around the house: mysterious laughter, mysterious shadows, mysterious writing on the walls. Is Ana really haunting her sisters and trying to send them a message? And what exactly is she trying to say?

 

Tigers, Not Daughters is a phrase from Shakespeare’sKing Lear,” says Mabry, author of three young adult novels now, and a community college writing and Latino literature teacher in Dallas. “In the play, it’s used as an insult, hurled by Albany at Lear’s selfish and disobedient daughters. When I recently heard that phrase spit out with such venom during a production, it struck me—how could I write a story in which this wasn’t an insult, but, in a way, praise? I’ve always been of the mind that some parents frankly deserve to be disobeyed, and I’m sure many young people would agree. And I’ve always been interested in tinkering with various sources of inspiration, such as stories that explore Latinx identity and the various forms of assimilation. I’ve very loosely based the dynamic of the Torres sisters on my mother’s often complicated relationship with her sisters, and on their experience of being a mostly English-speaking Mexican-American family with roots near the US-Mexico border.”

            

Part family drama, part ghost story, and part love story,TIGERS, NOT DAUGHTERS is a stunning follow-up to All the Wind in the World, firmly establishing Mabry as a novelist not-to-be-missed.

 

 

Advance Praise for TIGERS, NOT DAUGHTERS

“Move over, Louisa May Alcott! Samantha Mabry has written her very own magical Little Women for our times. This is no family of tamed girls but a clan of fierce and fighting young women who will draw readers into their spell. A celebration of the bonds of sisterhood and of the ways we heal by reaching beyond our losses, our brokenness and fears to the love that holds and heals.”

–Julia Alvarez, author of How the García Girls Lost Their Accents

 

“A moody and unflinching examination of the gritty, tender and impossible parts of people that make them unforgettably whole. You don’t read Samantha Mabry’s books so much as experience them. Ferocious and gorgeously crafted. I loved it.”

Courtney Summers, New York Times bestselling author of Sadie

 

“A ghostly tale of revenge and the strength of the sisterly bond…The author adeptly portrays the claustrophobia of living in a small town and being under the watch of an overbearing patriarchal figure—in fact, the male gaze is the true enemy in this novel, and it’s only when the young women join forces that they’re able to break free of its oppressive ties. Mabry’s (All the Wind in the World, 2017, etc.) third novel has echoes of The Virgin Suicides. The protagonists are Latinx. The evocative language and deft characterization will haunt—and empower—readers.”

Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

 

“Borrowing elements of magical realism and Latinx folklore, this is a story that is often uncomfortable; in its quest to explore grief, family, and the traumas inflicted by each, it lays its characters utterly and unforgettably bare.”

Booklist (Starred Review)

 

“Mabry speaks gracefully to the transformative power of grief and the often messy (even violent) road to letting go.”

Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

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The Gift of Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May **Book Review** @rararesources @nicolamay1 #tgocb

Happy Thursday everybody! Hope you and your family are doing well. This book was definitely the sweet satisfying seaside escape that I needed!🏖🐾

The Gift of Cockleberry Bay

From the author of the #1 BESTSELLING The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay

All of our favourite characters from Cockleberry Bay are back in this final, heart warming story in the series. Including Hot, Rosa Smith’s adorable dachshund and his new-born puppies.

Now successfully running the Cockleberry Café and wishing to start a family herself, Rosa feels the time is right to let her inherited Corner Shop go. However, her benefactor left one important legal proviso: that the shop cannot be sold, only passed on to somebody who really deserves it.

Rosa is torn. How can she make such a huge decision? And will it be the right one? Once the news gets out and goes public, untrustworthy newcomers appear in the Bay . . . their motives uncertain. With the revelation of more secrets from Rosa’s family heritage, a new journey of unpredictable and life-changing events begins to unfold.

The Gift of Cockleberry Bay concludes this phenomenally successful series in typically brisk and bolshy style and will delight the many thousands of Rosa’s fans

My Thoughts

Sweet and satisfying. Once again Nicola May seamlessly weaves together romance, humor, and Mystery. This is the third and sadly the last installment in this delightful series. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time spent in Cockleberry Bay with these engaging and quirky characters. The highlight of the series for me really has been watching Rosa grow as a character. The road hasnt always been easy and there were quite a few speed bumps along the way, but I was so thrilled with her in this book (after being a little disappointed with her in the previous book). Now that Rosa and Josh are happily married and thinking of starting a family, Rosa is beginning to contemplate who she should give her beloved store to. I love the clever way Rosa decided to figure this out. There was also a mysterious stranger and a mystery involving a crime that Rosa has been accused of. Just as in the previous books in the series this story was full of charm, wit, and humor. My review would not be complete if I did not mention the star of the book, once again Hot🐾 and this time he is accompanied by his adorable puppies. Sad to say goodbye to Cockleberry Bay but excited to see what is next from Nicola May.

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*** Big thank you to the author for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

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Nicola May lives in the UK, five miles from the Queen’s castle in Windsor, with her black-and-white rescue cat, Stan. Her hobbies include watching films that involve a lot of swooning, crabbing in South Devon and devouring cream teas.

Her bestselling The Corner Shop in Cockleberry, the 1st book in the Cockleberry Bay series, went to #1 on Amazon and stayed there for an unprecedented 6 weeks.

She classes her novels as ‘chicklit with a kick,’ writing about love, life and friendships in a real, not fluffy kind of way. She likes burgers, mince pies, clocks, birds, bubble baths and facials – but is not so keen on aubergines.

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After the Accident by Kerry Wilkinson **Book Review** @bookouture

Happy Thursday all!

Hope life is treating you well! This book was the perfect little break from the current craziness and the sombering news.🍹

My Thoughts

Clever, compelling, creative. Kerry Wilkinson has crafted a fresh story with a unique construct. The story was told in an interview style reminiscent of a documentary. I started this book in print and then I thought I go see if there was an audio version. I have to admit for me this worked a lot better on audio. It is narrated by multiple narrators and it was really like listening to a really well-done crime podcast. Kerry Wilkinson narrates A small part of the story, it was nice to hear his voice. I’ve read a few reviews that allude to this being based on a true story? I can’t find any information that would back this up, but it definitely reads as one. Dysfunction, deception, secrets, and lies.

Emma finds herself on a family vacation for the first time in years. She is there with her parents, her brother and his twin daughters, her fathers business partner and his wife, and his son and his wife. Emma has a past that people refer to, but you do not find out about it until later in the book. When Emma‘s father Jeff is found having fallen from a cliff (not dead, but in need of serious medical attention) Emma is the prime suspect. But Emma is adamant about her innocence and wonders if this has anything to do with a similar accident involving her father’s ex business partner resulting in his death many years ago. I really loved how the story was constructed. I was suspicious of every character and did not trust what any of them had to say. Well that is a lie, I did trust the twins Chloe and Amy(sort of). I found Emma to be the most likable of the characters. This could be because she was the primary focus, but I really did not want her to be the guilty party. An entertaining tale with a welcome twist. I don’t generally like to compare books, but this book reminded me of Daisy Jones in structure, but the story was entirely different. Strongly encourage you to do this one on audio, if that’s your thing.

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*** Big thank you to Bookouture for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

About the BookUnder a cloudless Mediterranean sky, two families wheel their suitcases past swaying palm trees towards their hotel to grab a spot by the pool. But behind the smiles, someone is hiding a terrible secret…

 

I never wanted to come on this trip. I thought the accident had torn us apart forever, but then my mother called out of the blue, wanting to make amends. So here we are, two families on a beautiful island, sipping sangria like nothing ever happened.

 

My parents’ oldest friend, Daniel, was invited too – I’ve never trusted him, and now he brings up my past mistake every chance he gets. And why does his son, Victor, keep disappearing off on his own?

 

Even my brother’s here, with his twins. It’s amazing to see my nieces playing happily in the pool. After what happened at home, it still hurts me to be around the girls, but more so that my brother doesn’t trust me alone with them.

 

Despite everything, it’s going surprisingly well – everyone forcing a smile at the dinner table, laughing at the twins’ antics – until the night my father is attacked on the beach, left for dead on the sand.

 

As always, all fingers point to me, but this time I know for certain that I’m innocent. And if I’m not guilty, someone else on this holiday is…

 

A unique and totally gripping psychological thriller that will have fans of T.M. Logan and The Girl on the Train racing through the pages late into the night.

 

Previously titled Seven Days in July.

 

About the Author

Kerry Wilkinson has had No.1 bestsellers in the UK, Canada, South Africa and Singapore, as well as top-five books in Australia. He has also written two top-20 thrillers in the United States.

As well as his million-selling Jessica Daniel series, Kerry has written the Silver Blackthorn trilogy – a fantasy-adventure serial for young adults – a second crime series featuring private investigator Andrew Hunter, plus numerous standalone novels. He has been published around the world in more than a dozen languages.

Originally from the county of Somerset, Kerry has spent far too long living in the north of England, picking up words like ‘barm’ and ‘ginnel’.

When he’s short of ideas, he rides his bike or bakes cakes. When he’s not, he writes it all down.

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The Return by Rachel Harrison **Book Review**

Happy Tuesday book people!

Do you like campy over the top scary movies? Then this one’s for you!😱😰🤭

My Thoughts

Over the top, campy, cheesy, gruesome, crazy, entertaining. This book was like a bad horror movie that you watch over and over and over again because you are just so Hooked. SO once upon a time there were four friends Elise, Mae, Molly, and Julie. The girls met in college and formed an unbreakable bond. When Julie goes missing they are all devastated, where is their Bestie? A year after Julie goes missing her husband Tristan holds a memorial, but Elise is not convinced that Julie is dead. Been two years to the day after Julie goes missing she shows up again on the porch swing wearing the same clothes she went missing in. Julie seems to have come out of this mostly unscathed but she cannot remember where she was. The besties are all so excited and plan a girls weekend at a Hotel in the Catskills. What follows is a very interesting tale. Is the hotel haunted? Is Julie possessed? Has Elise gone crazy?

This book is not going to work for everybody. It is not a thriller this is horror with a campy vibe. Some parts were a little gruesome, some parts were a little unbelievable, and a lot of parts were over the top. You may never look at meat the same way again. A tacky hotel, a group of friends, and things going bump in the night. I may never figure out if I liked this book or not, but I do know it kept me entertained from cover to cover.

This book in emojis 😱 🥩 🦷 🥩 👭 🥩 🐷

*** Big thank you to Berkley for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

About the Book

A group of friends reunite after one of them has returned from a mysterious two-year disappearance in this edgy and haunting debut.

Julie is missing, and no one believes she will ever return – except Elise. Elise knows Julie better than anyone, and feels it in her bones that her best friend is out there and that one day Julie will come back. She’s right. Two years to the day that Julie went missing, she reappears with no memory of where she’s been or what happened to her. 

Along with Molly and Mae, their two close friends from college, the women decide to reunite at a remote inn. But the second Elise sees Julie, she knows something is wrong – she’s emaciated, with sallow skin and odd appetites. And as the weekend unfurls, it becomes impossible to deny that the Julie who vanished two years ago is not the same Julie who came back. But then who – or what – is she?

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Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel **Book Review** @berkleypub

Happy Monday all!

Hope you are all doing well! I have to say my kids and I are well-suited for coexisting in a house together, we all go to our own corners and do our own thing and occasionally our paths will cross. This was a great book, but admittedly I read it before I was in lockdown, I’m wondering if it would have changed my perspective?🌹

My Thoughts

And I find it kinda funny, I find it kinda sad
The dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had
I find it hard to tell you, I find it hard to take
When people run in circles it’s a very very
Mad world, mad world
– Tears For Fears

crazier and crazier! This book was all kinds of twisted and disturbing… and I loved it! This is the story of mother and daughter, Patty and Rose Gold. Two unreliable unlikable narrators behaving questionably.

Rose gold spent the first 18 years of her life as a very sick child in and out of the hospital. Under the impression she had a very rare disease she spent most of her childhood isolated from other people and in the company of her doting mother Patty. Patty appear to be the perfect mother sacrificing everything for her sickly child. When Rose Gold is about 18 she begins to question how sick she really is? This leads to her turning her mother in and Patty ultimately going to jail for child abuse. The story bounces between the perspectives of both Patty and Rose Gold. It also jumps back-and-forth in time, we get a look into Rose Gold’s childhood, as well as her time away from her mother while Patty is in jail, and we also get to learn what happens after Patty is let out of jail.

I’m not certain what I was expecting, but I was not thinking this was going to be so darn demented. Rose Gold Who I really wanted to sympathize with, was such a hot mess. There’ll several times in this book I found myself saying, “oh no she didn’t!“ didn’t like Patty much but I had to agree with her that her daughter was up to something, just didn’t know what it was. This is one of those book that had me furiously turning the pages because I just needed to know what the characters could possibly be up to next. And believe me you will not be disappointed, the ending to this book, all I can say is… what? Bravo Stephanie Wrobel this is quite the twisted debut!

This book in emojis 👩‍👧 👀 🦷 💊 💉 🩸

*** Big thank you to Berkley for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

About the Book

“If you enjoyed The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides, read Darling Rose Gold.” (Washington Post

“Sensationally good – two complex characters power the story like a nuclear reaction….” (Lee Child)  

A most anticipated book of 2020 by Newsweek | Marie Claire | Bustle | Shondaland | PopSugar | Woman’s Day | Good Housekeeping | BookRiot | She Reads 

Mothers never forget. Daughters never forgive.

For the first 18 years of her life, Rose Gold Watts believed she was seriously ill. She was allergic to everything, used a wheelchair and practically lived at the hospital. Neighbors did all they could, holding fundraisers and offering shoulders to cry on, but no matter how many doctors, tests, or surgeries, no one could figure out what was wrong with Rose Gold.

Turns out her mom, Patty Watts, was just a really good liar.

After serving five years in prison, Patty gets out with nowhere to go and begs her daughter to take her in. The entire community is shocked when Rose Gold says yes.

Patty insists all she wants is to reconcile their differences. She says she’s forgiven Rose Gold for turning her in and testifying against her. But Rose Gold knows her mother. Patty Watts always settles a score.

Unfortunately for Patty, Rose Gold is no longer her weak little darling….

And she’s waited such a long time for her mother to come home.

“Dazzling, dark and utterly delicious.” (J P Delaney, New York Times best-selling author of The Girl Before)

“One of the most captivating and disturbing thrillers I’ve read this year. An astonishing debut.” (Samantha Downing, USA Today best-selling author of My Lovely Wife)


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