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The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton @AtriaBooks #6bookbestiesclockmakersdaughter #6bookbestiesapproved #bookreview #pubday

Happy Tuesday book lovers!

Delighted to share with you my review today for this beautifully told story from Kate Morton. Another wonderful discussion with my BOOK BESTIES 💕💕💕

The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton

My Thoughts

A beautifully told story about a house, a love, and a ghost….

This is my third Kate Morton book and just as her previous books were this book was a slow burn… some books are a quick little getaway this book was a journey… The journey of a house and it’s ghost, through many decades and many eyes…. an old-fashioned love story, a contemporary mystery, and so much inbetween… This story really is like a complicated and beautiful weaving… at the beginning there are so many threads none of them seeming to be connected…. but as Kate Morton begins to work the loom and weave the story together, a beautiful picture is formed… just remember when you pick this book up sometimes weaving takes some patients and effort, but the end result is so worth it!

A love story, a ghost story, a murder, a theft, a complex plot…. this book is crammed full of interesting characters with interesting lives and if I’m being completely honest sometimes we did not get to explore those lives as thoroughly as I would have liked…. The two constant characters in this book were unlikely, the house and the ghost… both were extremely engaging and intriguing, and both had a story of their own… and as the characters traveled in and out of this house through time we really saw them through the eyes of the House and the ghost… an extremely well done go story, it will make you a believer, it really was never over the top…. a perfect addition to an October read….

As much as I appreciated this book when I finished… I have to admit it was a little tough to get into in the beginning… there are a lot of characters and it seemed a little jarring and disjointed, but I had to trust… trust that Kate Morton would bring this all together and at about 30% she really did, The picture began to come together…. and at the end of the book it was quite an exquisite picture indeed!

Absolutely recommend to fans of this author and to those of you who have the patience and passion for a complex book that spans many lives and a century and a half …

*** A huge thank you to Atria for my copy ***

About the Book

A rich, spellbinding new novel from the author of The Lake House—the story of a love affair and a mysterious murder that cast their shadow across generations, set in England from the 1860’s until the present day.

My real name, no one remembers.
The truth about that summer, no one else knows.

In the summer of 1862, a group of young artists led by the passionate and talented Edward Radcliffe descends upon Birchwood Manor on the banks of the Upper Thames. Their plan: to spend a secluded summer month in a haze of inspiration and creativity. But by the time their stay is over, one woman has been shot dead while another has disappeared; a priceless heirloom is missing; and Edward Radcliffe’s life is in ruins.

Over one hundred and fifty years later, Elodie Winslow, a young archivist in London, uncovers a leather satchel containing two seemingly unrelated items: a sepia photograph of an arresting-looking woman in Victorian clothing, and an artist’s sketchbook containing the drawing of a twin-gabled house on the bend of a river.

Why does Birchwood Manor feel so familiar to Elodie? And who is the beautiful woman in the photograph? Will she ever give up her secrets?

Told by multiple voices across time, The Clockmaker’s Daughter is a story of murder, mystery, and thievery, of art, love and loss. And flowing through its pages like a river, is the voice of a woman who stands outside time, whose name has been forgotten by history, but who has watched it all unfold: Birdie Bell, the clockmaker’s daughter.

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The Lies We Told by Camilla Way @CamillaLWay @BerkleyPub #6bookbestieslieswetold #6bookbestiesapproved #bookreview

TGIF book friends!

Thrilled to share with you today my review for this twisted juicy psychological thriller! This was a read with my BOOK BESTY’s and as always we had a fabulous discussion! It is always so much fun to try to figure out what is going on?💕💕💕

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The Lies We Told by Camilla Way

My Thoughts

WOWZA! This was psychological thriller PERFECTION!

This book had me riveted from cover to cover… it was one of those books that I flew through and as I got closer to the end I wanted to slow down, because I was not ready to let this book go…. but as much as I wanted this book not to end, I needed to know what all had happened, and what was going to happen next…. because let me tell you what, Camilla Way had me completely stumped!

This book starts out with two seemingly separate storylines, That you know are somehow connected… but how? Clara wakes up to find her boyfriend luke’s phone, but no Luke…. where is he? Did he runaway? Was he kidnapped? Clara knows he was being stalked? But by who? And why? 30 years earlier in 1986, beth a loving stay at home mother is struggling to raise her troubled daughter Hannah… OK troubled might be an understatement Hannah is pretty much a psychopath…. her actions, words, and looks were simply chilling, and her character was portrayed so perfectly and realistically … seriously I had chills running down my back from some of her evil looks!

So how are Clara and Beth’s stories connected? This book had my mind spinning, I had so many theories going on, most of them pretty convoluted… this was a group read with my book Besties and we were all scratching our heads trying to figure this one out… and as Camilla Way began to weave these stories together the fog began to lift and it became crystal clear…. Crystal clear that this was one Hot mess! So many lies leading to so many secrets, and so many secrets leading to so many lies….

This was a fast-paced addictive read that will keep you glued to those pages…. A book that will keep you guessing until the bitter end, if you figure this one out… my hats off to you! Strongly recommend to all psychological thriller lovers, the twists and turns in this one will leave you reeling!

*** A huge thank you to Berkley Pub for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

The highly acclaimed author of Watching Edie returns with a new novel of dark psychological suspense that explores how those closest to us have the most to hide…

When Clara’s boyfriend, Luke, disappears, everyone believes that he’s left her, but Clara thinks she knows the truth. Recent evidence suggests that Luke had a stalker, and Clara worries that he’s been kidnapped. Then Luke’s older sister, Emma, who vanished twenty years ago, suddenly reappears.

Emma wants to help Clara with her search for Luke, but she refuses to talk about what happened–even though it nearly destroyed her family when she vanished. And the deeper Clara digs into Luke’s mysterious disappearance, the more convinced she is that the two incidents are connected. 

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Book Perfection💕The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain @StMartinsPress #6bookbestiesdreamdaughter #6bookbestiesapproved #bookreview #pubday

Happy Tuesday book lovers!

Excited to share with you today my review for one of my favorite reads of the year so far! Also another read with my BOOK BESTIES!!!💕💕

The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain

My Thoughts

A captivating exquisitely told story about the power of a mother’s love💕

WOW! WOW! WOW! This was simply book perfection! It already has a spot on my “Fave“ shelf! As well as a spot in my heart! The thing I am most proud of in my life is being a mom; and the three people I love the most in my life are my three amazing children! And even though they are pretty much all grown up now I would do anything to protect any of them! So of course I could not help but put myself in Carly‘s position in this book, to what Lankes is a mother willing to go for her child? Would you be able to face the unknowable? Believe the unbelievable? Take that leap of faith?

If you have not read this book yet, I am so jealous! You have such an amazing treat ahead of you… it is 1970… Carly has just lost her husband to the Vietnam war, and now she has found out that her unborn baby has an inoperable heart defect…. Hunter her sister’s husband, who seems to know the words to the Beatles songs before they have come out, and is also a physicist tells Carly there might be a way to save her baby…. BUT it will require her to believe the unbelievable and have faith and take a huge leap, quite literally…. you see Hunter is from the future he knows how to time travel and he can send Carly to the year 2001 where it is possible to operate on her babies heart… Time traveling? What? Who is the author again? DON’T panic! Trust me! It SO works! Shoot by the end of this book I was almost believing I could travel back in time myself!

Even though the time traveling aspect of this book was interesting and a little stressful… just imagine how much the world change between 1970 and 2001, microwave ovens, cell phones, Internet, the list goes on and on and on… this really is a book all about love, and hope, and sacrifice…. A beautiful heartwarming story with some time travel peppered in…

This is a genre defying, Decade spanning, story filled with all the components you want in a book… A perfectly pased and compelling storyline, relatable and captivating characters, and all the feels! This book truly surpassed my expectations and I probably could go on and on and on, but I will save you that! Strongly encourage you to add this book to your TBR ASAP! It will bring tears to your eyes, a big smile to your face, but most of all it will leave a warmth in your heart!

*** A huge thank you to St. Martin’s Press for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

From bestselling author Diane Chamberlain comes an irresistible new novel. 

When Caroline Sears receives the news that her unborn baby girl has a heart defect, she is devastated. It is 1970 and there seems to be little that can be done. But her brother-in-law, a physicist, tells her that perhaps there is. Hunter appeared in their lives just a few years before—and his appearance was as mysterious as his past. With no family, no friends, and a background shrouded in secrets, Hunter embraced the Sears family and never looked back. 

Now, Hunter is telling her that something can be done about her baby’s heart. Something that will shatter every preconceived notion that Caroline has. Something that will require a kind of strength and courage that Caroline never knew existed. Something that will mean a mind-bending leap of faith on Caroline’s part.

And all for the love of her unborn child.

A rich, genre-spanning, breathtaking novel about one mother’s quest to save her child, unite her family, and believe in the unbelievable. Diane Chamberlain pushes the boundaries of faith and science to deliver a novel that you will never forget.
 

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The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox @HesterBFox @HarlequinBooks #BookReview #6BookBestieApproved

TGIF book lovers!

Today I am delighted to share with you my review for this magical book! Another fabulous group read with my BOOK BESTIES💕

Reading really is a team sport! So much more enjoyable when you do it with friends, I strongly recommend!

The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox

My Thoughts

Beautiful, atmospheric, and haunting….. this was an exquisitely told debut…Hester Fox has wovin together this Gothic story of heartbreak and hope effortlessly…. as soon as I opened the cover of this book I found myself transported into the lives of the Montrose Family… finding myself in the middle of A scandal and the gloom and magic of Willow Hall….

This was not the story of a witch, but rather the story of Lydia Who just so happens to be a witch…. The witchcraft in this book was very under played and subtle, something I felt worked extremely well… Lydia was such a remarkable and charming character… Believe me I love hocus-pocus and spells as much as the next person, but I think that would have overshadowed the quiet beauty of Lydia… she just was one of those characters that reaches inside you and grabs a little piece of your heart…. you just feel everything she feels, because she is so authentic and worthy…. any book that can evoke feelings in me about a character, is an absolute bonus in my book!

Lydia, along with her parents and two sisters Catherine and Emeline leave Boston in the wake of a scandal…. Willow Hall is where they find refuge… but is the house haunted? There is definitely an eerie air of mystery about the place….

This truly was a story of family and The complexities within…. Catherine, Lydia’s older sister was a extremely colorful character…. she was definitely a worthy villain, the sister nobody wants to have… I was fortunate enough to have an author Q & A with Hester Fox… One of my questions was: who is your favorite character in this book? and her answer was Catherine, and I can see that she would be fun to write!

This truly was a magical book, not in the way of the supernatural, but in the way of storytelling…. there really is a little bit of everything in this book…. a little romance, A little witchcraft, a little taboo, a little haunting, A little tragedy, a little scandal…. A book with a beautiful ending that will leave you heartbroken and yet still hopeful!

Absolutely recommend to fans of Gothic historical fiction, who love character driven stories with a bit of a slow burn…

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

About the Book

Two centuries after the Salem witch trials, there’s still one witch left in Massachusetts. But she doesn’t even know it.

New Oldbury, 1821

In the wake of a scandal, the Montrose family and their three daughters—Catherine, Lydia, and Emeline—flee Boston for their new country home, Willow Hall.

The estate seems sleepy and idyllic. But a subtle menace creeps into the atmosphere, remnants of a dark history that call to Lydia, and to the youngest, Emeline.

All three daughters will be irrevocably changed by what follows, but none more than Lydia, who must draw on a power she never knew she possessed if she wants to protect those she loves. For Willow Hall’s secrets will rise, in the end…

“Hester Fox’s THE WITCH OF WILLOW HALL offers a fascinating location, a great plot with history and twists, and haracters that live and breathe. I love the novel, and will be looking forward to all new works by this talented author!” –Heather Graham, New York Times bestselling author

“Beautifully written, skillfully plotted, and filled with quiet terror, readers will devour this absorbing, Gothic tale of romance and suspense. Perfect for fans of Simone St James and Kate Morton.” — Anna Lee Huber, the national bestselling author of the historical Lady Darby Mysteries

“Beautifully written, with an intriguing plot full of suspense and mystery, The Witch of Willow Hall will cast a spell over every reader.” — Lisa Hall, author of Tell Me No Lies and Between You and Me

“I was entranced by this intriguing and spellbinding novel with its messages of love and loyalty and being true to who you really are. I hope Hester Fox goes on to write many more such novels–I for one will be buying them.” — Kathleen McGurl, author of The Girl from Ballymor

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Lies by T. M. Logan @TMLoganAuthor @StMartinsPress #BookReview #PubDay #BookBestieApproved

Happy Tuesday book friends!

Delighted to share my review for another #BookBestieApproved book. LIES, kept all of us riveted to those pages, we couldn’t wait to see what in the world was behind all those lies!

Lies by T. M. Logan

My Thoughts

Engrossing! Engaging! Frightening!

Lies lies lies yeah (they’re gonna get you)

Lies lies lies yeah (they won’t forget you)

Lies lies lies yeah (they’re gonna get you)

Lies lies lies yeah

Oh you know I know

This song went through my mind every time I picked up this book, so I thought I’d share with you all! And you’re welcome if this song runs through your head the rest of the day…

This book pulled me in right from the start and did not let go until that unpredictable ending! One small inconsequential decision can alter the course of a life irreparably… if you go to Red Lobster instead of Red Robin perhaps you Will meet the man of your dreams… if you had made a left instead of a right perhaps you would not have got in that car accident… or in the case of this book perhaps if Joe hadn’t followed his wife’s car when he saw it, he wouldn’t have ended up in the middle of a murder investigation….

Joe has the perfect life I loving wife, and an adorable little boy, but as an all good psychological thrillers things aren’t always as they seem…. One day on the way home from picking up his son William from school they see his wife’s car turning left ahead of them… prompted by his son who is eager to share his recently acquired award with his mom, Joe chooses to follow his wife…. and his life will never be the same again!

This book kept me on the edge of my seat and had me quickly turn in those pages, I just had to know what in the world was going on! And the ending? Did not see that coming… all my speculating never took me in the direction that this book ultimately went in… but the scariest thing in this book was the part that technology and social media played…. how hard it is to dispute something that has been posted on social media… or your location when a cell tower pinged when a message…. was sent from your phone…. in this book technology and social media both helped and hurt Joe, and I’m not sure what the ultimate pay off was… but it did truly make you think about social media and how much that has altered today society and our perceptions….

Absolutely recommend two fans of good suspenseful edge of your seat psychological thrillers!

*** many thanks to Saint martins press for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

What if you have the perfect life, the perfect wife and the perfect child—then, in one shattering moment, you discover nothing is as it seems? Now you are in the sights of a ruthless killer determined to destroy everything you treasure.

It’s the evening drive home from work on a route Joe Lynch has taken a hundred times with his young son. But today, Joe sees his wife meet another man—an encounter that will rip two families apart. Raising the question: Can we ever really trust those closest to us?

Joe will do whatever it takes to protect his family, but as the deception unravels, so does his life. A life played out without any rules. And a cunning opponent who’s always one step ahead.

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5 BIG Stars🌟 The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald @Christinamac79 @carlywatters @GalleryBooks #BookReview #BookBestieApproved

Happy hump day book lovers!

So excited to share with you my review for this beautiful suspenseful book! This was our second #BookBestie read and what an emotional read it was! Seriously this book should have come with a big box of Kleenex!💔

The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald

My Thoughts

5 BIG Beautiful Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

wOWZA! This book took me on quite the emotional journey! As a mother I couldn’t help but completely empathize with Abi(The mother in this story)… I cried with her… I raged with her… I hoped with her… my mama bear was out throughout this book, I needed answers and I needed them now! Imagining my own daughter in the hospital bed brain-dead and pregnant, quite honestly made me a little sick and stressed… this is a credit to the beautiful and engrossing writing in this book, I was completely immersed and committed…. The fact that this is Christina McDonald’s debut is simply…. impressive!

Abi gets that phone call in the middle of the night that all parents fear… her daughter is in the hospital, she has fallen off a bridge…Abi’s mothers intuition tells her this was not an accident and this is reinforced by the bruises around her daughter’s wrist…. The police don’t appear to be doing much of anything to find out who pushed Olivia off that bridge…. but Abi is determined and will stop at nothing to find out who hurt her little girl…

Told from both Abi and Olivia‘s perspectives… we get the events leading up to this tragedy from Olivia‘s eyes… as well as watching Abi’s heart wrenching journey… not only to accept that she has lost her daughter, but also to figure out how this could have happened…. this was such an impactful way to tell the story because the more I got to know Olivia the more my heart broke right along with Abi’s…. also Christina McDonnell did a fabulous job with getting into the mind of both a 17-year-old and her mother…. I saw a lot of myself in both of these characters…

This was an emotional domestic suspense… as the book progressed I was suspicious of almost everyone at some point… I also found myself questioning both Olivia and Abbi’s actions… I kept thinking if only…. then… but isn’t that what life is all about? every choice we make has an impact on our lives…. had Abby told Olivia who her father was, then maybe? Had Olivia told her mother who she had fallen in love with, then perhaps? So many questions and no good answers and as we all know hindsight is always 20/20…

This is a book that left me with tears in my eyes and hope in my heart! I absolutely recommend for anyone who enjoys A beautiful story about the love between mothers and daughters with a huge dose of suspense thrown in….

*** many thanks to Christina McDonald and Gallery for my copy of this book the book releases in February 2019 ***

About the Book ~Releases February 2019

In the small hours of the morning, Abi Knight is startled awake by the phone call no mother ever wants to get: her teenage daughter Olivia has fallen off a bridge. Not only is Olivia brain dead, she’s pregnant and must remain on life support to keep her baby alive. And then Abi sees the angry bruises circling Olivia’s wrists.

When the police unexpectedly rule Olivia’s fall an accident, Abi decides to find out what really happened that night. Heartbroken and grieving, she unravels the threads of her daughter’s life. Was Olivia’s fall an accident? Or something far more sinister?

Christina McDonald weaves a suspenseful and heartwrenching tale of hidden relationships, devastating lies, and the power of a mother’s love. With flashbacks of Olivia’s own resolve to uncover family secrets, this taut and emotional novel asks: how well do you know your children? And how well do they know you?

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4.5 Compelling Stars🌟 Not Her Daughter by Rea Frey @ReaFrey_Author @StMartinsPress #BookReview #PubDay #BookBestieApproved

Happy Tuesday bibliophiles!

Thrilled to share with you my review for this thought-provoking thriller! Not only was this a fabulous book, but it is also our first #BookBestieApproved read. What does that mean you ask? Well I have been fortunate enough to collaborate with five other amazing book loving women. I am certain most of you are familiar with them, I have included links to their blogs/reviews below, as well as the link to our combined Bookstagram Account, please check it out! We are giving away two copies of this book and we always follow back other Book accounts!

So without further ado….. the first Book to receive our…

Book Bestie Seal of Approval

Not Her Daughter by Rea Frey

My Thoughts

4.5 Compellingly Complicated Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟💫

WOW! You’ve got to love a book that makes you question everything! A book that blurs the line between right and wrong… good and bad… lies and truth… what makes a “good“ mother? Blood? Love? It is the hardest job you’ll ever do and yet no one teaches you how to be a mother… there is no class, no certification, unless you consider those eggs you had to carry around in high school and pretend were a baby… anybody else do this? Being a mother is the most important job you’ll ever do and yet it is all trial and error… and just because you are a woman doesn’t mean you are cut out for motherhood and there really should be no shame in that…. not everybody is cut out to be a dentist either and no one ever seems to shame you about that… but I digress….

This is not your ordinary kidnapping story…Sarah is a strong single business woman who recently had her heartbroken… Amy is an overwhelms unhappy mother of two…. after two chance encounters with Amy and her beautiful five-year-old daughter Emma, Sarah is determined to “save“ Emma from her abusive situation… Sarah herself had a difficult childhood, a neglectful mother who eventually left her, and a father who never got over the mother who left…. so in “saving“ Emma, Sarah was really also saving herself…. but is doing something wrong ever right?

This book was a crazy ride that had me questioning my ethics at every turn…. it made me keep asking myself, “what would I do in this situation?“ told from both Sarah and Amy‘s point of view… you really got a glimpse into both of these women’s lives…. I found this tremendously impactful, not everything about Amy was bad and not everything about Sarah was good…. so who would be the better mother to Emma? And is the better choice the right choice? So many important questions and no easy answers…

This is Rea Frey’s fictional debut, and what a Way too make a splash into the book world! This is the kind of book that sucks you in from the very beginning and won’t let you go even after it is done, I am seriously still contemplating this book and it has been a few days… perfectly paste with extremely well drawn characters, I seriously think I would recognize Sarah and Amy if I saw them walking down the street… Color me impressed! And I cannot wait to see what we have coming next from this extremely talented author!

Absolutely recommend whether you are a thriller lover or not, this was one of the most thought-provoking books I’ve read all year!

*** many thanks to St. Martin’s Press for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

Gripping, emotional, and wire-taut, Not Her Daughter raises the question of what it means to be a mother—and how far someone will go to keep a child safe.

Emma Townsend. Five years old. Gray eyes, brown hair. Missing since June.

Emma is lonely. Living with her cruel mother and clueless father, Emma retreats into her own world of quiet and solitude.

Sarah Walker. Successful entrepreneur. Broken-hearted. Kidnapper.

Sarah has never seen a girl so precious as the gray-eyed child in a crowded airport terminal. When a second-chance encounter with Emma presents itself, Sarah takes her—far away from home. But if it’s to rescue a little girl from her damaging mother, is kidnapping wrong?

Amy Townsend. Unhappy wife. Unfit mother. Unsure whether she wants her daughter back.

Amy’s life is a string of disappointments, but her biggest issue is her inability to connect with her daughter. And now Emma is gone without a trace.

As Sarah and Emma avoid the nationwide hunt, they form an unshakeable bond. But what about Emma’s real mother, back at home?

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