Blood Ribbon by Roger Bray @rogerbray22 @rararesources #BookReview #PubDay

TGIF and happy publication day to this intriguing detective novel!

Many thanks to Rachel for inviting me to celebrate publication day and to Roger Bray for this compelling read🙂

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When there’s more than secrets buried, where do you start digging?

When Brooke Adams is found battered, bleeding, and barely conscious, the police are at a loss as to who her attacker is or why she was targeted.

Then, PI Rod Morgan turns up convinced that Brooke’s attack is the latest in a string of unsolved disappearances dating back twenty-five years.

The police, however, aren’t convinced, so Brooke and Rod must investigate the cases themselves.

As secrets from the past start unravelling, will they find Brooke’s attacker before he strikes again, or is that one secret that will stay buried forever?

My Thoughts

4 Superb Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

This was a perfectly paste compulsive Red… an intriguing detective story with a refreshing twist… One of the best things about being a book blogger is you are exposed to so MANY books you wouldn’t otherwise Hear about…. I have had The pleasure to read and review so many wonderful books written by so many talented writers… sometimes makes me wonder why isn’t this book on a bestseller list? Just makes me realize there are SO many books out there that are as good or better than some of those books on those lists and this book is a good example of that!

Brooke is found clinging to life after being brutally assaulted…. PI Rod Morgan believes her attack is linked to a series of missing women spanning over 30 years… The police dismiss this theory so Brooke and Rod take it upon themselves to investigate…

Brooke is a sassy, strong, and determined young lady… things haven’t always been easy for her, but I admired her tenacity in this situation…. what I found so refreshing is the focus was more on Brooke and her investigation rather than that of the detective…. now this could go terribly wrong, but The author did a really good job with Brook’s character… Brooke was very thoughtful and intelligent when it came to investigating, she didn’t do anything stupid that you might expect when a civilian starts detecting…. no Scooby snacks, no mystery machine, no professor in a mask, you get the picture….

Rod took a bit of a backseat to Brooke in this book, but I did like his character as well… The only thing I would have liked a little more of is getting to understand the relationship between Brooke and Rod… and I’m not talking about a romantic relationship… this book was peppered with so much friendship and family giving a definite balance to the story…

A different kind of detective book filled with all the twists and turns you could want…. had no idea who done it!

*** many thanks to the author and Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for my copy of this book ***

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Author photoAbout Roger Bray

–  I have always loved writing; putting words onto a page and bringing characters to life. I can almost feel myself becoming immersed into their lives, living with their fears and triumphs. Thus, my writing process becomes an endless series of questions. What would she or he do, how would they react, is this in keeping with their character? Strange as it sounds, I don’t like leaving characters in cliffhanging situations without giving them an ending, whichever way it develops.
My life to date is what compels me to seek a just outcome, the good will overcome and the bad will be punished. More though, I tend to see my characters as everyday people in extraordinary circumstances, but in which we may all find our selves if the planets align wrongly or for whatever reason you might consider.

Of course, most novels are autobiographical in some way. You must draw on your own experiences of life and from events you have experienced to get the inspiration. My life has been an endless adventure. Serving in the Navy, fighting in wars, serving as a Police officer and the experiences each one of those have brought have all drawn me to this point, but it was a downside to my police service that was the catalyst for my writing.

Medically retired after being seriously injured while protecting a woman in a domestic violence situation I then experienced the other side of life. Depression and rejection. Giving truth to the oft said saying that when one door closes another opens I pulled myself up and enrolled in college gaining bachelor and master degrees, for my own development rather than any professional need. The process of learning, of getting words down onto the page again relit my passion for writing in a way that I hadn’t felt since high school.

So here we are, two books published and another on track.

Where it will take me I have no idea but I am going to enjoy getting there and if my writing can bring some small pleasure into people’s lives along the way, then I consider that I will have succeeded in life.

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The Girl I Used To Be by Mary Torjussen @MaryTorjussen @annecater #BookReview #RandomThingsTours

Happy Thursday everybody!

Super excited to be part of the blog tour and share my review with you today for this exciting thriller! Many thanks to Anne for my invitation!💕

My Thoughts

4 Thrilling Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

This was a quick compelling read… The true brilliance of this book is the fact that gemma the main character could be any of us…. she could be you… she could be me… so throughout this entire book all I could think is….. what would I do in this situation? And there are definitely no easy answers… and truth be told even after finishing this book I still have no idea what I would do!

Gemma has a pretty good life… a loving husband, a beautiful son, a successful business…. however Gemma is a bit stressed out and a little jealous of her husband Joe getting to stay home with their son… so one night while away at a conference she decides to cut a little loose and go out to dinner by herself… she wakes up the next morning with a killer hangover and no memory of the night before… last thing she remembers is having dinner with a male colleague…. this is where you ask yourself, what would I do in this situation? Would you tell your husband? Would he trust that you did not cheat on him? Do you trust that you did not cheat on him? To make a bad situation worse a month later Gamma starts receiving blackmail pictures and correspondence…. The more time gemma spends debating whether or not to confess to her husband what is going on, the larger hole she digs herself and the more lies she tells….

Reading about gemma navigating her self through this complex situation was so engrossing… she was so relatable and likable you really wanted her to figure things out… as the book progresses there are some definite reveals and twist that I did not see coming… so perfectly paced… I seriously finish this in a day, could not put it down! A fabulous thriller from start to satisfying ending…

Strongly recommend to all my psychological thriller loving friends and if you haven’t jumped on the psychological thriller bandwagon yet, what are you waiting for???

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

About the Book

The morning after real estate agent Gemma Brogan has dinner with a prospective client, she’s furious at herself for drinking so much. But there will be more to regret than a nasty hangover.

She starts receiving mementos from that night: A photo of a hallway kiss. A video of her complaining about her husband. And worse…much worse. The problem is she doesn’t remember any of it.

As the blackmailing and menace ramp up, Gemma fears for her already shaky marriage. The paranoia, the feeling that her life is spiraling out of control, will take her back to another night–years ago–that changed everything. And Gemma will realize just how far the shadows from her past can reach…

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Meet the Author

Mary Torjussen has an MA in Creative Writing from Liverpool John Moores University. She worked for several years as a teacher and lives outside of Liverpool, where Gone Without a Trace is set.

Thanks for stopping by! Berit☀️✨

The Cottage on Lily Pond Lane Part Three – Autumn Leaves by Emily Harvale #LilyPondLane @rararesources @emilyharvale #BookReview

Happy Thursday y’all! And happy back to school to my highschooler, cannot believe the summer is over where did it go???

Delighted to share with you today my review for the third book in this engaging serial! Many thanks to Rachel for my invitation and to Emily Harvale for this charming story💜🐸

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Part Three – Autumn leaves

Mia Ward was amazed to inherit her great-aunt Matilda’s thatched cottage in the tiny seaside village of Little Pondale – especially as Mia didn’t know she had a great-aunt Matilda. She was equally astonished to discover she’d only inherit the place if she lives there for a year.

But it didn’t take long for Mia and her friends, Ella and Garrick to settle in. Now Mia’s mum, Lori has joined them, and they’re all enjoying village life. Mia’s keen to overcome her fear of water and with Garrick by her side, she’s confident about the future.

Until a fortune teller’s predictions give everyone cause for concern. Now Mia’s not so sure of anything, except that someone still wants her to leave. That makes her more determined to learn all she can about Matilda – and the codicil.

But as the mists roll in over the sea, are autumn winds making passions cool? And when more than one unexpected visitor gives Mia a shocking surprise, is everything about to change?

My Thoughts

5 Enchanting Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

It was so nice to be back in Lily Pondale at Sunbeam cottage with these fabulous characters! At the end of the last book Mia and friends visited a fortuneteller… what did the fortuneteller see in their future? And do these fortunes come true? This is the third book in this four part serial… I would strongly encourage you to read these books in order, otherwise you will truly be lost…. not to mention you will want to spend every minute possible with these delightful characters!

This was probably my favorite book in this serial so far… I love the addition of Lori, Mia’s mother she is quite the character… this book was also filled with many surprising plot twists all taking the story in the direction I wanted it to go… don’t you love when an author can read your mind? We also got to know a little bit more about mysterious Aunt Matilda and her intriguing past… it is quite amazing how much fabulousness is packed into this little book….

It’s hard for me to properly gush when I don’t want to give anything away… just know this is a delightful story set in a charming village filled with engaging characters… from first page to last you feel as though you are living in this village and friends with these characters…

The fourth book is sitting on my Kindle but I think I’m putting it off because I’m not ready to say goodbye to these characters…

Absolutely recommend this enchanting serial… perfect for reading poolside in the summer or fireside in the autumn!

*** many thanks to the author and Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for my copy of this book ***

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Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now spends her days writing… and chatting on social media. Emily is a Member of the SoA, a PAN member of the RWA and a Pro Member of ALLi. She’s an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. Emily loves writing and her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.

Emily says, “I write about friendship, family and falling in love. I believe in happing endings.” When she isn’t writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid both.

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Mia Ward was amazed to inherit her great-aunt Matilda’s thatched cottage in the tiny seaside village of Little Pondale – especially as Mia didn’t know she had a great-aunt Matilda. She was even more astonished to discover she’d only inherit the place if she lives there for a year. 

But a lot can happen in a very short time, and life in Little Pondale is not going quite as Mia hoped. She may have finally beaten one fear, but now heartbreak threatens to drown her.

And when at last, she starts to unravel the mystery of Matilda’s past, she uncovers an extraordinary plan for her own future. Now just who can Mia trust? 

As the nights draw in and cold winds steal through Sunbeam Cottage, she turns to an unlikely source for comfort and support. But with the fortune teller’s warning still ringing in her ears, is Mia about to make the biggest mistake of her life?

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4.5 BIG Stars🌟 Our House by Louise Candlish @louise_candlish @BerkleyPub #BookReview

Happy hump day y’all!

Thrilled to share with you my review for this brilliant book!😍

My Thoughts

4.5 Stars Filled With Madness 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

Our House by Louise Candlish

🎵Father wears his Sunday best

Mother’s tired she needs a rest

The kids are playing up downstairs

Sister’s sighing in her sleep

Brother’s got a date to keep

He can’t hang around

Our house, in the middle of our street

Our house, in the middle of our

Our house it has a crowd

There’s always something happening

And it’s usually quite loud

Our mum she’s so house-proud

Nothing ever slows her down

And a mess is not allowed

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-Madness-Our House 1982

Fiona was certainly house proud, but whether or not she liked a mess she certainly found herself in the middle of one… imagine returning home to find someone else has moved into your house… The problem? As far as you know your house was never for sale… and why can you not reach your ex-husband on his phone? Where is your stuff, where are your children? Sounds dreadful, doesn’t it?

The unraveling of this story was quite brilliant… told from Fiona‘s perspective through podcast episodes… Fiona was such a likable generous person who absolutely put her children before all else…. and truly this “bird nest “custody arrangement really played nicely into her house being sold right out from under her… BUT I’m absolutely not going to blame the victim here! We also got Brahm’s perspective through a letter/word doc…. now it was really hard for me to elicit any sympathy for him, he really was a reckless selfish individual…. The one good thing I can say about him is I do think he truly loved his wife and children, he just didn’t know how to go about it…. but what a horrible mess he left for Fiona to clean up!

Along with the podcast and word doc we also got the real time story… this was a TS read and some of the sisters found this to be repetitive…. however, I did not… I really liked getting to see events unfold from both Fiona and Brahm’s points of view… and I felt the use of different medias really kept it fresh….

This book was such a crazy ride! Such a rollercoaster… I got all buckled in and then… that huge hill that starts your heart kmbeating faster and fills you with anticipation… and just when you least expect it you’re headed down that huge hill being turned upside down and then you come to a screeching slamming jarring stop!…. that really is this book so many twists, so many turns, and an ending that will leave you reeling!

Strongly recommend this book to all psychological thriller lovers and I hope you enjoy the ride!

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

About the Book

On a bright January morning in the London suburbs, a family moves into the house they’ve just bought in Trinity Avenue.

Nothing strange about that. Except it is your house. And you didn’t sell it.

When Fiona Lawson comes home to find strangers moving into her house, she’s sure there’s been a mistake. She and her estranged husband, Bram, have a modern co-parenting arrangement: bird’s nest custody, where each parent spends a few nights a week with their two sons at the prized family home to maintain stability for their children. But the system built to protect their family ends up putting them in terrible jeopardy. In a domino effect of crimes and misdemeanors, the nest comes tumbling down.

Now Bram has disappeared and so have Fiona’s children. As events spiral well beyond her control, Fiona will discover just how many lies her husband was weaving and how little they truly knew each other. But Bram’s not the only one with things to hide, and some secrets are best kept to oneself, safe as houses.

Have a brilliant day! Berit☀️✨

The Bespokist Society Guide to…London by Jeremy Liebster @TheBespokist @rararesources #ReadAllAboutIt

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“sparse… some glaring omissions” FoodPorn London

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“Wow!!! A genuinely bespoke city guide!!!” Tommy Sponge, Chairman, The Bespokist Society

You have in your hands one of the most curated city guides ever created. As the first travel book produced by the hugely influential Bespokist Society, this handy guide takes you to a London you’ve never seen: a London of challenging Etruscan restaurants, edgy branding parlours, emoji hotels and hidden Icelandic communities; a London where 8-ply toilet paper is a thing.

On the way, meet an eclectic band of inspiring Londoners – from scriveners to socialites via urban wordsmiths and coffee preachers – and see why London is now the global epicentre of Bespokist consciousness, community and culture.

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Author Bio –
The Bespokist Society Guide to London is a work of fiction written by born and bred Londoner, Jeremy Liebster. Somewhat surprisingly, Jeremy is also a city lawyer – formerly at DLA Piper and now a General Counsel within a large private equity group. Jeremy is utterly obsessed with travel books and although he might poke fun at urban fads, hipster fried chicken is his guilty pleasure. He also has an unusual interest in clothes hangers.

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Natasha Gold of the Urban Breastfeeding Trust explains how London has become a breastfeeding mecca. 

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I remember very clearly my mum breastfeeding me when I was a baby. She was a busy, active mum but whenever it was time for my feed she used to dash home, lock all the doors and close the curtains before she could allow me to suckle. 

Twenty five years later and London is a very different place. Desperate mums from all over the world are now flocking to London to enjoy the far more positive approach to breastfeeding. In Northern Ireland breastfeeding is actually illegal so we have a lot of mums flying over from Belfast for overnight feeds. We also have a lot of long term feeders from countries like Sudan, Myanmar and Moldova where breastfeeders are forced to huddle together in alleyways and car parks for fear of public reprimand.

By contrast in London a series of laws introduced by local councils have created a incredible safe space where breastfeeding is actively encouraged. In Hammersmith & Fulham breast pumps are freely available at all bus stops for female, male and transgender mums while in Ealing mums seen using formula face the choice between a short prison sentence or a five day re-education programme. 

At the Urban Breastfeeding Trust we have been doing our own bit to help. We’ve launched our own App (Sucklr) whereby breastfeeding mums can browse profiles and then hook up with other mums to swap their babies with. All our research conclusively concludes that babies’ immune systems receive a 30% boost if they sample a variety of different mums’ milk so we’re encouraging mums to swap via Sucklr at least five times a week. The response has been immense and we’re about to launch Sucklr worldwide. Watch out Northern Ireland here we come!

No Place Like Home by Rebecca Muddiman @Bloodhoundbook @RebeccaMuddiman #BookReview

Hope you’re having a fabulous day!

Excited to be part of the blog blitz and share my review with you today for this twisted book! Many thanks to Sarah for my invitation and to Rebecca Muddiman for this compelling story!💛

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What would you do if you came home to find someone in your house?
This is the predicament Polly Cooke faces when she returns to her new home.The first weeks in the house had been idyllic, but soon Jacob, a local man, is watching her.
What does he want and why is he so obsessed with Polly?

In a situation where nothing is what it seems, you might end up regretting letting some people in.

My Thoughts

4 Twisted Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

“Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore!”

What happens when your dream house turns into your worst nightmare??? Wow this was quite the twisted story! Not even sure how to approach this review, can’t say much otherwise I will spoil this for you…

This book was NOT what I was expecting! It took a turn and it took it pretty early on I did not see coming at all… and you won’t either… therefore this vague review…. The book starts with Polly coming home to her dream house… there is a jump in the narrative between past and present that isn’t always as clear as it could be, and admittedly I did find this confusing at times… we also find out straight away that Polly has a stalker… not saying anything more than that!🤐

A cleverly crafted story that made me feel a little paranoid at times…. these characters were so untrustworthy… I had no idea who to believe and my allegiance was continually shifting…. I do like to get into the mind of crazy so this book definitely did not disappoint when it came to that!

Recommend for fans of a terribly twisty psychological thriller!

*** many thanks to Bloodhound Books for my copy of this book ***

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Rebecca Muddiman was born and raised in the North East and worked in the NHS for many years. She has published four crime novels – Stolen, Gone, Tell Me Lies, and Murder in Slow Motion. Stolen won a Northern Writers Award in 2010 and the Northern Crime Competition in 2012. She is also a screenwriter and was selected for the London Screenwriters Festival Talent Campus in 2016.

Most of her spare time is spent re-watching Game of Thrones, trying to learn Danish, and dealing with two unruly dogs. Sometimes all at the same time.

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Click your heels together three times and say “there’s no place like home ” Berit☀️✨

The Lost Letters by Sarah Mitchell @SarahM_writer @bookouture #BookReview

Happy Tuesday y’all!

Thrilled to share with you my review of this wonderful story! Many thanks to Noelle for my invitation to the blog tour and Sarah Mitchell for her delightful words.😍

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About the Book

A gripping book club novel about forbidden love, friendship and family secrets in a time of war. Perfect for fans of The Letter by Kathryn Hughes, The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Canada, present day 

When Martha’s beloved father dies, he leaves her two things: a mysterious stash of letters to an English woman called ‘Catkins’ and directions to a beach hut in the English seaside town of Wells-Next-The-Sea. Martha is at a painful crossroads in her own life, and seizes this chance for a trip to England – to discover more about her family’s past, and the identity of her father’s secret correspondent.

Norfolk, 1940

Sylvia’s husband Howard has gone off to war, and she is struggling to raise her two children alone. Her only solace is her beach hut in Wells, and her friendship with Connie, a woman she meets on the beach. The two women form a bond that will last a lifetime, and Sylvia tells Connie something that no-one else knows: about a secret lover… and a child.

But the tragedy of war brings heartbreaking choices. And a promise made between the two women will echo down the years, and could change everything for Martha…

My Thoughts

4 Stunning Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

A beautiful story all about secrets and sacrifice… this is my favorite way to read historical fiction a duel timeline of the past and present… add in a mystery to be solved and I am hooked!

This story is told from the perspective of Martha in the present day… Martha’s father recently passed away in the middle of writing his memoir… when Martha is sorting through her father’s stuff she comes across some mysterious letters…. The discovery of these letters prompts Martha to hop on a plane to England to solve the puzzle of her family’s past….. The story is also told from the perspective of Sylvie in the past…. it is the beginning of WWII in England… Sylvie’s husband is off at war and she is left to care for their two young children alone… her saving grace is her friendship with Connie and a beach hut left to her by her aunt….

I really liked Martha’s character she was so down to earth and my heart broke for Sylvie…. how these two ladies and these two stories are connected is a puzzle that is pieced together throughout the book…

There is a huge focus on mothers love in this book… the evacuation of the children during wartime is so heart wrenching…. what in the world would you do in that situation? There just is no good answer!

A beautiful and intriguing story that will keep you turning those pages and wanting to hug your loved ones!

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

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Author Bio:

After graduating from Cambridge University, Sarah Mitchell practiced as a barrister in London for 20 years, working in the field of human rights and European Law. She was tempted to write fiction for a long while and finally signed up for an introductory creative writing course with the Open University. Two years later she took a sabbatical from the bar to do an MA in Creative Writing at the UEA and has never looked back. THE LOST LETTERS is her first novel, inspired by a walk on the beach at Wells-next-the-Sea to calm her nerves before starting the MA, and the decision her grandparents almost made to evacuate her mother to Canada at the start of the Second World War. Sarah now lives back in Norfolk – where she grew up – with her husband and three almost-grown-up children, and combines writing with some legal work.

You can follow Sarah Mitchell on Twitter at @SarahM_writer

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All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover @colleenhoover #AudiobookReview #Romance #AllTheFeels

All Your Perfects

All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover

🌟🌟🌟🌟·5 All Your Perfects Stars

Synopsis

Colleen Hoover delivers a tour de force novel about a troubled marriage and the one old forgotten promise that might be able to save it.

Quinn and Graham’s perfect love is threatened by their imperfect marriage. The memories, mistakes, and secrets that they have built up over the years are now tearing them apart. The one thing that could save them might also be the very thing that pushes their marriage beyond the point of repair.

All Your Perfects is a profound novel about a damaged couple whose potential future hinges on promises made in the past. This is a heartbreaking page-turner that asks: Can a resounding love with a perfect beginning survive a lifetime between two imperfect people?

Review

Well CoHo really loves playing with your emotions in this one!

I was in two minds on whether to rate this a 4 or 5 star so i met in the middle with 4.5

This book is about 2 people, and the struggles of marriage, namely being able to concieve.

I have been very lucky and have been able to have a child, but there was a point in my life that i thought i couldn’t, for 3 years we tried, and luckily i found out that he was a lying piece of crap, so i’m so glad it didn’t happen.

2 years later i met and married my now husband, and a year later, we were pregnant, a complete surprise accident, because i thought after previous attempts that there was something wrong with me.
12 years later, my little boy is my life, there was a miscarriage about 6 years ago, and that was hard as i always wanted a big family, but i have 2 step children who i love as my own, so i am happy, but for a while i really thought that is was never going to happen for me, and that was an awful feeling, so i can see how people become so obsessed.

Quinn is not happy, she cannot imagine her life without her own child.

The story flips between the past and present, and i loved the way that she did this so that it wasn’t heavy all of the time.

In the THEN parts of the book you’ll see how happy they really were how they fell in love and how wonderful life was for them.

In the NOW part of the book you’ll see how Quinn and Graham are struggling, really struggling.

Quinn wants a baby, she wants a baby so badly, but it takes over her life. At the beginning it was fun, having all the sex but then it turned into a chore, sex was just to make a baby, nothing more, and unfortunately for Graham he became part of that chore.

Sex was no longer fun it was a means to an end but that end never came for Quinn so they went down the route of tests, Graham’s results were fine at Quinns not so much.

To say that Quinn became obsessive is a bit of an understatement! And I understand why.

You know all those times that you say to your friends “ooh you’ll be next” and you don’t think about it, or when you say “When are you two going to start popping kids out?”
Quinn gets this all of the time from her friends, and also from her mother, who lends them money for tests and IVF, but that doesn’t work either!

Quinn feels ashamed and broken and alone because Graham doesn’t seem to be as bothered as her, or that’s how she sees it.

I often found myself sympathizing with Graham, but also wanting to give Quinn a hug and tell her how sorry I am, and that it doesn’t make her a bad person, she’s not broken, and she’s loved!

Other times I just wanted to shake Quinn and tell her to stop being so bloody obsessed, and that Graham was waiting there for her, and that he was hurting too, because he could see what this was doing to her.

The only issue I had with a book was last chapter, I don’t know whether Quinn would actually do that, I’m not sure that something as monumental as infertility could then be turned into something they laughed about, maybe it’s just me?

Either way this one is a great one to add to your TBR and Coho certainly knows how to pull at the heartstrings.

🎧🎧 Narrated by Madeleine Maby a new narrator for me who did a stellar job, I knew who was who and will look out for her narrating other books.

Grab that Kleenex. & a big box of chocolates for this one!

Vicci

5 Perfect Stars🌟 The Simple Wild by K A Tucker @kathleenatucker @AtriaBooks #BookReview

Happy Monday book friends!

Thrilled to share with you my review for this book that is SIMPLE PERFECTION! Out tomorrow August 7 and I strongly encourage you to pick this one up!😍😍😍

The Simple Wild by K A Tucker

My Thoughts

5 Simply Perfect Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

K A Tucker is one of my absolute favorite authors, and this is now my absolute favorite book by her! Sorry “Ten Tiny Breaths “you still are fabulous… but this book has edged you out of that top spot! When you pick up a k a Tucker book you know you are going to go on an emotional journey, filled with fabulously complex characters, and a plot filled with twists and secrets that will keep you on your toes…. this book did all that and so much more… truly a beautiful story all about love set in the cold beauty of Alaska…

Calla is 26 and has not seen her dad since she was two years old when her mother and she left rugged Alaska for Toronto…Calla has been hurt by her father’s absence in her life, but fortunate for her she has the world’s greatest stepfather Simon… can I just take a minute to praise Simon’s character… this man was everything a parent should be, I was beyond impressed with him… and can I just say he truly deserved much more than Susan (Calla’s mom) gave him…. after receiving a phone call from a stranger in Alaska urging her to come see her father before it is too late and some wonderful advice from Saint Simon; Calla packs her many bags and heads to Alaska….

Met at the airport by Jonah a.k.a. “the yeti “ Calla’s alaskan journey begins…. for Jonah and Calla it is dislike at first sight… my favorite trope is enemies to lovers and I loved watching the relationship between these two develop… The banter between them was absolutely priceless and some of the things they did to one another were downright wrong… but so hilarious…..

I absolutely loved how Calla embraced small town Alaska… it took her a little while longer to fully embrace her father Wren…. and that is completely understandable after all where has he been for all these years? Not a phone call since she was 12, and he missed her eighth-grade graduation…. but Calla doesn’t know the entire story and as things are revealed to her and she gets to know her father better her heart starts to open up to him….

There is so much love in this book and it is beautiful and it is heartbreaking… The love these people have for the state of Alaska… the Love this community has for one another… The love of family, and not necessarily a biological family but a found family… and romantic love, both wonderful and new, and heartbreaking and lasting….

“The Simple Wild” is simple perfection… I absolutely recommend this book to everybody… it will make you smile, it will make you laugh, it will make you cry tears of joy and heartbreak… and it will make you want to go to Alaska!

*** many thanks to Atria for my copy of this beautiful book ***

About the Book

Calla Fletcher wasn’t even two when her mother took her and fled the Alaskan wild, unable to handle the isolation of the extreme, rural lifestyle, leaving behind Calla’s father, Wren Fletcher, in the process. Calla never looked back, and at twenty-six, a busy life in Toronto is all she knows. But when Calla learns that Wren’s days may be numbered, she knows that it’s time to make the long trip back to the remote frontier town where she was born.

She braves the roaming wildlife, the odd daylight hours, the exorbitant prices, and even the occasional—dear God—outhouse, all for the chance to connect with her father: a man who, despite his many faults, she can’t help but care for. While she struggles to adjust to this rugged environment, Jonah—the unkempt, obnoxious, and proud Alaskan pilot who helps keep her father’s charter plane company operational—can’t imagine calling anywhere else home. And he’s clearly waiting with one hand n the throttle to fly this city girl back to where she belongs, convinced that she’s too pampered to handle the wild.

Jonah is probably right, but Calla is determined to prove him wrong. Soon, she finds herself forming an unexpected bond with the burly pilot. As his undercurrent of disapproval dwindles, it’s replaced by friendship—or perhaps something deeper? But Calla is not in Alaska to stay and Jonah will never leave. It would be foolish of her to kindle a romance, to take the same path her parents tried—and failed at—years ago. It’s a simple truth that turns out to be not so simple after all.

Have a wonderful week! Berit☀️✨

The Thinnest Air by Minka Kent #BookReview

Happy Sunday book lovers today I am sharing with you my review for this book that I absolutely loved up until about 82%; made me think how much of an impact does the ending of a book have on how much you like or dislike a book? I still really like this book I was just disappointed by the ending, but I think sometimes I am more forgiving of a mediocre book with a fantastic ending then a fantastic book with a mediocre ending?🤔

The Thinnest Air

The Thinnest Air by Minka Kent

My Thoughts

4 Fast Paced Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

This was a fast paced page turning psychological thriller that started with a bang and ended with a fizzle… I started this book with lowered expectations… five of my trusted book Besties read this before me, and I knew they were all disappointed…. and I want to thank all of them for lowering my expectations, because I think I enjoyed this book so much more because of that…. Truly for me up until about 82% this book was brilliant…. I thought my girls were being super unfair to this book as I quickly turned those pages to find out what the heck was going on! And then…… The reveal….. it was such a letdown and it happened really early… I spent the last 10% of this book waiting for the other shoe to drop and it is still dangling on my foot!

Meredith has gone missing… disappearing into thin air, leaving behind her purse and her phone…. did she run away or was she snatched? Why would she leave her seemingly happy marriage? And who would take her?

Loved how this story was revealed to us… we got Meredith’s perspective leading up to the kidnapping and Grier’s ( Meredith’s big sister) perspective after the kidnapping… Grier was a devoted big sister and was not going to stop until Meredith was found! Grier was my favorite character in this book strong, sassy, and determined…. we all need a sibling like her in our lives! Made me wonder what my brothers would do if I were to go missing? They would probably throw a party, LOL I always told my mom I wanted a sister… I’m sure she would be out looking for me unlike those brothers of mine! Let’s hope I never go missing! OK back to the book….

This was a well told story with plenty of suspects and secrets… and as things were slowly revealed Grier found out she did not know her little sister as well as she thought… also as things were revealed I became more and more suspicious of certain characters…. where this book fell short for me is in the ending it was just so vanilla… and I prefer Rocky Road!

I do recommend this book because it was really good up until the ending and, I think if you read it with the expectations of a lackluster ending you’ll enjoy it…Minka Kent has a very readable and smooth style about her writing making this a very quick read…

*** many thanks to Thomas & Mercer for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

A woman’s disappearance exposes a life of secrets in a twisting novel of psychological suspense from the author of The Memory Watcher.

Meredith Price is the luckiest woman alive. Her husband, Andrew, is a charming and successful financial broker. She has two lovely stepchildren and is living in affluence in a mountain resort town. After three years of marriage, Meredith’s life has become predictable. Until the day she disappears.

Her car has been discovered in a grocery store parking lot—purse and phone undisturbed on the passenger seat, keys in the ignition, no sign of struggle, and no evidence of foul play. It’s as if she vanished into thin air.

It’s not like Meredith to simply abandon her loved ones. And no one in this town would have reason to harm her. When her desperate sister, Greer, arrives, she must face a disturbing question: What if no one really knows Meredith at all? For Greer, finding her sister isn’t going to be easy…because where she’s looking is going to get very, very dark.

Hope you have a Sunday filled with fabulous books! Berit☀️✨