Posted in Mystery, Thriller

Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage @zooshka @StMartinsPress #BookReview #PubDay

It is Tuesday book lovers!

Sharing with you today a review for a book I originally rated a little bit lower and six months later and on publication day I have decided to bump it up a star… this book has stuck with me and I let myself be swayed by the opinions of others and that was not fair to this book or to the author!

Baby Teeth

COMING TO SHELVES TODAY 7/17

Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage

4 controversial stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

About the Book

Sweetness can be deceptive. 

Meet Hanna.

She’s the sweet-but-silent angel in the adoring eyes of her Daddy. He’s the only person who understands her, and all Hanna wants is to live happily ever after with him. But Mommy stands in her way, and she’ll try any trick she can think of to get rid of her. Ideally for good.

Meet Suzette.

She loves her daughter, really, but after years of expulsions and strained home schooling, her precarious health and sanity are weakening day by day. As Hanna’s tricks become increasingly sophisticated, and Suzette’s husband remains blind to the failing family dynamics, Suzette starts to fear that there’s something seriously wrong, and that maybe home isn’t the best place for their baby girl after all.

My Thoughts

I believe I’m going to bust out my complement sandwich for this review… as a refresher a complement sandwich is good/bad/good…. so in short the bad is sandwiched in between the good….. I also want to make it very clear that I read this with a group and I was in the true minority on this…. so the opinions in this review are absolutely my own and my review should be read with the understanding that this book is unquestionably not for everybody….

This book is about Hannah a seven-year-old who has some pretty major issues…. one of them being the fact that she wants to get rid of her mother…. for good….Suzette is an exhausted mother at the end of her rope, what has she done to deserve this child? As a mother I would love to believe that I would do all the right things in this situation, but next to Hannah, my children are absolute perfection (just don’t tell them that)….. I felt the author did a good job in the portrayal of the parents the overly stressed out mother and the oblivious father…. and the tension this would put on a relationship when Dad chooses to pretend that daughter is perfectly normal and mom wants to pull her hair out….

Now to the meat of the sandwich, the problems I had with this book…. hannah’s age was probably my biggest problem, I just found it very unbelievable that a child of her age was able to have the thought process and knowledge that she did no matter how gifted she was….. this I believe leads to the real problem if Hannah were 12(The age I believe A character who acted as she did was more apt to be) then she probably would have already been diagnosed and been in some major therapy…. however this also begs the question why was she not in major therapy at seven? Perhaps Alex and Suzette were not parents of the year, but they did take her to see several doctors and I’m not quite sure why more wasn’t done at a younger age? Although if something were done at a younger age we would not have had this book…. so perhaps that is the reason….

This was a quick page turning red that probably would be better classified as horror….. and if this is a genre you stay away from I’d definitely recommend staying away from this book…. this is a book that you can’t say you liked it, but I will say I appreciated it…. it definitely made me think, what would I do if I were this mother? And I believe sometimes it is hard not to judge in this situation, but I am a firm believer that unless you have walked in somebody’s shoes you really have no idea what is going on in their life and that’s kind of how I looked at this book….

So I’m going to take the easy way out and neither recommend this book or not recommend this book…. I’m going to leave it up to you, because this book evoked some pretty seriously strong reactions in people…. so if you choose to read it, read it knowing there is some disturbing content and it is 100% not for everybody….

*** thank you to the publisher and Net Galley for a copy of this book ***

Have a day filled with words!

Berit

Posted in Blog Tour

Happily Never After by Emma Robinson @emmarobinsonuk @bookouture #BookReview #PubDay

Happy Pub Day to this fabulous book!

Happy to be part of the blog blitz for this delightful book filled with the perfect balance of humor and drama! Many thanks to Kim for the invitation and to Emma Robinson for her wonderful story!💜✨

About the Book

She closed her eyes. Think with your head. Your heart can’t be trusted. Life is not a fairytale…

Rory doesn’t believe in love. She’s got far too many real problems to deal with.

She’s just bought a tumbledown house. Her mother is generally behaving like a wicked witch, insisting on calling her Aurora, and generally interfering in her (admittedly pitiful lack of) love life. And her 16-year-old daughter has finally grown out of Disney princesses and discovered dating…

But Rory’s adamant that she doesn’t need saving. In fact, the only thing she’s wishing on a star for is a bit of practical help. However, when she meets a builder whose name is John Prince and who seems to be in the habit of rescuing her (right down to finding her lost shoe one evening) she might have to face a truth as uncomfortable as hobbling home barefoot – that maybe there’s something enchanted in the air.

Her mother, daughter and friends are convinced her prince has come, but Rory just wishes everyone could let it go. Especially when she hears a story that makes her question whether he is really the hero everyone thinks he is…

A hilarious, romantic love story about mothers, daughters and how on earth to find Prince Charming, for fans of Sophie Kinsella, Marian Keyes and Cecelia Ahern.

My Thoughts

4 When You Wish Upon A Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Once Upon a Time… their lived a woman named Rory… Rory lived in a house in need of fixing up with her daughter Belle…Belle is 16 and has just discovered boys….Rory also has a mother who wants nothing but the best for her daughter, but sometimes can be a bit overbearing…. One day Rory is at the local hardware store getting things together to fix up her house when she meets John Prince handsome helpful contractor extraordinaire……

This was a very charming story… filled with some pretty amazing characters along with some pretty compelling drama… and the drama is multi generational grandma, Mom, and daughter all find them cells involved in some kind of sticky situation… I thought this was a lot of fun and I really liked the relationship between Grandma and mom, and grandma and granddaughter… the relationship I struggled with a little was between mom and daughter, Mom needed to step up and be a little more aware… perhaps because her mother was a little overbearing she was trying to not be that way, but a few questions should have been asked… just saying….

There were some funny moments in this book, however I’m not sure about the laugh out loud mentioned in the title… Emma Robinson’s first book was hilarious and this book was just as good it was just more sweet than funny… this book also had a bit more serious subject matter, and it was done really well! I just don’t want you to expect to be laughing every minute, this book is fun but not a over the top funny read…. although Rory goes on a pretty hilarious blind date….

Rory also has some pretty amazing BFFs… all these girls were so genuine and I love the bond between them all… John Prince was as expected too good to be true… but if you are in the middle of house renovations there is no better prince than a prince that knows what he’s doing with a hammer!

Absolutely recommend to fans of a sweet story with a bit of everything friendship, family, romance, house renovations, and drama…

And they all lived happily ever after…..

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

Happily Never After by Emma Robinson
Emma

About the author:

Emma Robinson thinks of herself as one of the ‘Bridget Jones generation’ – who are now grown up and having children – and writes novels for women who feel the same.

She also has a blog, Motherhood for Slackers, which takes a humorous look at parenthood, and includes poems such as ‘Dear Teacher’ about her son starting school which has been shared around the world. Emma is an English teacher and lives in Essex with a patient husband and two children who are an endless source of material.

Website: www.motherhoodforslackers.com
Facebook: facebook.com/motherhoodforslackers
Twitter: @emmarobinsonuk
Instagram: emmarobinsonuk

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Have a happily ever after day! Berit ☀️✨✨

Posted in Historical Fiction

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by #HeatherMorris @RCArmitage #LaleSokolov #TheTattoistOfAuschwitz #HistoricalFiction #AudioBookReview

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 Heart-breakingly beautiful stars

Synopsis

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews who survived Auschwitz and eventually made their home in Australia. In that terrible place, Lale was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival – literally scratching numbers into his fellow victims’ arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust. Lale used the infinitesimal freedom of movement that this position awarded him to exchange jewels and money taken from murdered Jews for food to keep others alive. If he had been caught, he would have been killed; many owed him their survival.

There have been many books about the Holocaust – and there will be many more. What makes this one so memorable is Lale Sokolov’s incredible zest for life. He understood exactly what was in store for him and his fellow prisoners, and he was determined to survive – not just to survive but to leave the camp with his dignity and integrity intact, to live his life to the full. Terrible though this story is, it is also a story of hope and of courage. It is also – almost unbelievably – a love story. Waiting in line to be tattooed, terrified and shaking, was a young girl. For Lale – a dandy, a jack-the-lad, a bit of a chancer – it was love at first sight, and he determined not only to survive himself but to ensure that Gita did, too. His story – their story – will make you weep, but you will also find it uplifting. It shows the very best of humanity in the very worst of circumstances.

Like many survivors, Lale and Gita told few people their story after the war. They eventually made their way to Australia, where they raised a son and had a successful life. But when Gita died, Lale felt he could no longer carry the burden of their past alone. He chose to tell his story.

Review

Before starting this book i knew that it was going to be a tough one, I was not silly enough to think that it was going to be a fluffy romance, but ahh this book!!

I also did not know that it was based on a true story, i know obviously Auschwitz is true, but this is also the true story about Lale Sokolov and his “romance story” with the love of his life Gita.

The horror that one man can endure and feel has been put into this book and is sometimes overwhelming, and that is a good thing, it should never be forgotten what happened in these camps, it should never be forgotten what these people went through.

Lale was taken to Auschwitz in 1942 he was 26 years old.

He offered his services when the Nazi’s came to his town, he was told that one member had to go and help them and the rest of the family would be saved, Lale stepped up to the mark, his older brother had a wife and a child so he thought that it would be best for him to stay and look after her.

At that time he and the rest of the world were unaware of the horrors that he would see and endure, he just thought he was helping his family!

On arrival he was stripped of his name and given the number 32407 which was tattooed onto his arm, along with the thousands of other arrivals.

He was set to work, firstly lugging bricks, and then on the rooftops of the new buildings of the ever extending camp.

One day he got really sick with typhiod, a disease that was swarming through the camps, a man took care of him, his name was Pepan.

Pepan was the man that had Tattooed him on the day that he arrived at the camp, after that Pepan took him under his wing and used him as an apprentice, he taught him the trade and also how to keep his head down and his mouth shut!

One day Pepan disappeared, so Lale was crowned the new “Tetovierer” (Camp Tattooist) – Lale never saw Pepan again.

Because Lale was fluent in 5 or 6 languages he learned to hover around and collect information, and because of his new job he was given preferential treatment, he was given better lodgings and extra helpings at dinner, which Lale saved and gave out to his friends in Block 29 where he was first stationed.

While he was tattooing new prisnners one day he met Gita, he tattooed her arm with the number 34902, he never forgot that number, they tried to meet each other and sometimes managed fleeting glances and stolen kisses, much to the dismay of his German Officer in charge of him, his extra rations soon started to go to her.

He also managed to gain gems and money from dealings with some of the other prisoners, so he started exchanging these for extra food, this was like currency in the camps and Lale soon became the man to go to for anything.

There are, as you would think, a lot of harrowing stories inside this book, but also a lot of love.

My heart was in my mouth a few times, especially with Josef Mengele hovering around and telling him that he will be next!

The Authors Notes, and Following at the end of the book is beautiful and the Afterward from Lale and Gita’s son Gary made me tear up.

🎧🎧 – Narration by Richard Armitage was outstanding, his accents were wonderful and his voice was just perfect for this story.

Save a credit for this one guys, it is well worth it.

Prepare yourself,

Vicci

P.S – I had the opportunity to visit Auschwitz a couple of years ago, and it was truly the most strange place I have ever been, it is still as grim as it is portrayed in books and pictures, and the government and workers there have done well to keep it as it should be, a museum that portrays the horrors that went on there.

They haven’t “Disneyfied” it, and they are very respectful.

You cannot just go and walk around chatting, you have a guide and you go around in small groups, you have earphones on and the guide talks into a microphone so you don’t hear anyone else talking.

Krakow itself is beautiful, and seeped in history and well worth a visit.

We should never forget!

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Learn more about Lale and his story here:- The Tattooist of Auschwitz – and his secret love

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Coming Home to Ottercombe Bay by Bella Osborne @osborne_bella @AvonBooksUK @rararesources #BookReview #PubDay

Happy Thursday my book friends! And happy Publication Day to this delightful book! So thrilled to help celebrate publication day! Many thanks to Rachel for inviting me and to Bella Osborne for her lovely story!🎉🎉🎉

Coming Home to Ottercombe Bay

Coming Home to Ottercombe Bay

Daisy Wickens has returned to Ottercombe Bay, the picturesque Devon town where her mother died when she was a girl. She plans to leave as soon as her great uncle’s funeral is over, but Great Uncle Reg had other ideas. He’s left Daisy a significant inheritance – an old building in a state of disrepair, which could offer exciting possibilities, but to get it she must stay in Ottercombe Bay for twelve whole months.

With the help of a cast of quirky locals, a few gin cocktails and a black pug with plenty of attitude, Daisy might just turn this into something special. But can she ever hope to be happy among the ghosts of her past?

My Thoughts

4 Adorable Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

What a delightful book, filled with quirky characters in a quaint village… why is it I have not inherited A historic building filled with character… with the stipulation I must live in this charming village for a year in order to inherit? I’m up for it! I’ll even pretend I’m your long lost relative… I just want a cottage with a name in a small charming town, preferably by the beach in the UK… and while you’re at it I wouldn’t mind a best friend like Tamsen and a love interest like Max….

Daisy returns to her childhood village of Ottercombe Bay… Daisy has wanderlust so she is not all that thrilled with the prospect of staying in the same place for a year, and inheriting a building she’s not quite sure what she’s going to do with…. Daisy was such a real and relatable character and I would love to hang out with her and her BFF Tamsen… admittedly Tamsen was the best character in this book… any girl that will go swimming in freezing water in a gorilla costume is a girl we all want to hang out with! Right? The girl had spunk, sass, and she was loyal to a fault! So many lovely characters in this book sweet Jason, caring Cora, and annoying yet adorable max…

This really is the perfect beach read! A book that puts a smile on your face, makes you laugh, and gives you that warm fuzzy feeling in your heart! The perfect lighthearted read for that summer vacation… on the beach… poolside… or sitting out on your porch in the sun…. just don’t forget your sunscreen!

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

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Purchase Links

Amazon – http://mybook.to/OttercombeBay

KOBO – https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/coming-home-to-ottercombe-bay

Coming Home - Author PicAuthor Bio –

Bella has been jotting down stories as far back as she can remember but decided that 2013 would be the year that she finished a full length novel. She’s now written four romantic comedies and been shortlisted twice for the RNA Contemporary Romantic Novel of the Year.

Bella’s stories are about friendship, love and coping with what life throws at you.

She lives in The Midlands, UK with her husband, daughter and a cat who thinks she’s dog. When not writing she’s usually eating custard creams and planning holidays.

For more about Bella, visit her website at http://www.bellaosborne.com or follow her on Twitter – @osborne_bella

Social Media Links –

Twitter – @osborne_bella

Facebook – https://en-gb.facebook.com/BellaOsborneAuthor/

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Posted in Flashback Friday, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Flashback Friday Features All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill @cristinterrell #AudiobookReview #FBF

All Our Yesterdays

All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

⭐⭐⭐⭐·5 WTF Stars!!

Synopsis

Em is locked in a bare, cold cell with no comforts. Finn is in the cell next door. The Doctor is keeping them there until they tell him what he wants to know. Trouble is, what he wants to know hasn’t happened yet.

Em and Finn have a shared past, but no future unless they can find a way out. The present is torture – being kept apart, overhearing each other’s anguish as the Doctor relentlessly seeks answers. There’s no way back from here, to what they used to be, the world they used to know. Then Em finds a note in her cell which changes everything. It’s from her future self and contains some simple but very clear instructions. Em must travel back in time to avert a tragedy that’s about to unfold. Worse, she has to pursue and kill the boy she loves to change the future.

Review

This one is going to be really difficult to review as it is a complete mind f**k!

So we 1st meet Em, she is in a cell and has been tortured horribly by “The Doctor”. In the cell next door is a boy called Fin, even though they have not seen each other they have a very strong connection, and she knows that she loves him.

Em manages to escape her cell and with Fin in tow they make there way to “Cassandra” a time machine, and is whisked into the future to escape the Doctors clutches.

We then meet Marina, she is a typical teenage girl, with a crush on James next door.
James is older than her, but they have been best friends for years, James is super clever and has passed all of his exams etc. 3 years before everyone else and has a very important job.

James’ s best friend and the bane of Marina’s life is Fin Abbot……………yes I know what you are thinking.

The story flips back and forth between Em and Marina, slowly piecing a puzzle together, until you realise that Em, Marina and Fin are somewhat of a mystery!

She hates him in one life and loves him in another……how?? And who the hell is “The Doctor”?
Well that would just be a spoiler now wouldn’t it !!

🎧🎧 Great narration by Meredith Mitchell who really played each character brilliantly, and didn’t make it confusing, that would have been really difficult to understand an already confusing book 😱

A very enjoyable 4•5☆ debut read.

Get those heads scratching!

Vicci 

Posted in Mystery, Thriller

4.5 Disturbing Stars🌟 You Were Made for This by Michelle Sacks #BookReview #PubDay @littlebrown

Happy Publication Day! Thrilled to share my review of this darkly disturbing yet wonderful book!🎉💗🎉

You Were Made For This

You Were Made for This by Michelle Sacks

4.5 Darkly Disturbing Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

Synopsis

Doting wife, devoted husband, cherished child. Merry, Sam, and Conor are the perfect family in the perfect place. Merry adores the domestic life: baking, gardening, caring for her infant son. Sam, formerly an academic, is pursuing a new career as a filmmaker. Sometimes they can hardly believe how lucky they are. What perfect new lives they’ve built.

When Merry’s childhood friend Frank visits their Swedish paradise, she immediately becomes part of the family. She bonds with Conor. And with Sam. She befriends the neighbors, and even finds herself embracing the domesticity she’s always seemed to scorn.

All their lives, Frank and Merry have been more like sisters than best friends. And that’s why Frank soon sees the things others might miss. Treacherous things, which are almost impossible to believe when looking at this perfect family. But Frank, of all people, knows that the truth is rarely what you want the world to see.

My Thoughts

4.5 Dark and Disturbing Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

from the blurb… a dark look at marriage, motherhood,And friendship… don’t always agree with the blurb, but this one is spot on! Michelle Sacks did a fabulous job of painting a disturbing picture…. this book will make you look twice at the closest people in your life…

Sam and Mary have moved to Sweden from New York, and appear to be loving a quieter lifestyle… Mary is the picture of domesticity… baking, cooking, gardening, cleaning, and taking care of her adorable infant son Connor… Sam is taking on A new career and seems more than pleased to have Mary at home playing the loving wife…

This book was told from three different points of view… Mary, Sam, and Mary’s longtime friend Frank who comes for a visit… wow! Looking back my first impressions of these characters sure did change by the end… don’t want to say too much, but none of these characters were terribly likeable…. and a lot of their actions were down right despicable….. One minute I’d be feeling sympathy for a character and then they’d do something and all sympathy went out the window…. and the friendship between Mary and Frank? With friends like that who needs enemies? This book left me feeling as though I needed to take a shower (and not a cold shower)…

This book made you realize things are never quite as they seem…. you only know somebody as well as they allow you to know them…. and everybody has some kind of secret…. A very well done dark and disturbing thriller filled with plenty of characters to dislike!*Warning* some of the content in this book might be a little hard for a more sensitive reader….

Absolutely recommend to fans of a strong psychological/domestic thriller with a darker side….

*** Many thanks to Little Brown for a copy of my book ***

Have a day filled with words! Berit 💛

Posted in Young Adult

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli @BeckyAlbertalli #BookReview

Happy Tuesday y’all! The reviews for this book are all over the place, but I absolutely 100% thoroughly enjoyed it! I love both Simon and Leah and loved both of their books!🌈Leah on the Off Beat

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

5 Love Leah Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Synopsis

Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

~My Review~

5 Love Leah Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

I absolutely adored Simon so I was slightly hesitant to read this, because how could it possibly live up to the hype? Well I shouldn’t have worried… I couldn’t tell you if this book is as good as Simon, but I enjoyed it every bit as much…. it was so fun to revisit the gang! I also read this right after I saw the movie “Love Simon” so I was even more ready to spend some more time with these characters….

Leah was such a likable and real character… I really felt for her not ever thinking she quite fitt in, even with her closest of friends…. adding in the fact that she was bisexual and not quite ready to come out with it, I could sense her insecurity…. of course in my mind I was thinking would it really be that hard to come out to your BFF who is gay and open about it? But that is my own ignorance, because this is something I have never dealt with, and I have come to realize it is a very personal decision….

I really loved getting to know Garrett better in this book, the guy is quite the comedian…. although I don’t think he purposely meant for them to have prom dinner at the American Girl store… but I’m sure glad they did, because that was one of the best scenes in this book😂 I also loved every minute we got to spend with Simon and enjoyed seeing his blossoming relationship with Brahm… at the heart of it this was a book about the angst of senior year… where are you going to go to college? Who are you going to go to prom with? Do long distance relationships work? Will we all still be friends in a year?

I really am so excited for this next generation, they are so delightfully accepting…. and books like this really help spread that love, it is time we all realize we are all more similar than we are different! Don’t want to sound preachy, but this book really just left me feeling very hopeful!

Absolutely recommend to anybody who enjoys a book filled with real and well-developed characters!

Peace and Love berit 💛☮️

Posted in Contemporary Fiction

5 Beautiful Stars🌟A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza @fatimafmirza @goodreads @SJPforHogarth #BookReview

Happy Monday all! My review today is for a beautiful book that I had the privilege of reading with a group of my Goodreads fellow reviewers/friends/sisters💕 our group has read and reviewed quite a few wonderful books together. When we were approached by Goodreads with this book, we never knew what an amazing experience it would be…

A Place For Us

A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

5 Beautiful Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

About The Book

The first novel from Sarah Jessica Parker’s new imprint, SJP for Hogarth, A Place for Us is a deeply moving and resonant story of love, identity and belonging

A Place for Us unfolds the lives of an Indian-American Muslim family, gathered together in their Californian hometown to celebrate the eldest daughter, Hadia’s, wedding – a match of love rather than tradition. It is here, on this momentous day, that Amar, the youngest of the siblings, reunites with his family for the first time in three years. Rafiq and Layla must now contend with the choices and betrayals that lead to their son’s estrangement – the reckoning of parents who strove to pass on their cultures and traditions to their children; and of children who in turn struggle to balance authenticity in themselves with loyalty to the home they came from.

In a narrative that spans decades and sees family life through the eyes of each member, A Place For Us charts the crucial moments in the family’s past, from the bonds that bring them together to the differences that pull them apart. And as siblings Hadia, Huda, and Amar attempt to carve out a life for themselves, they must reconcile their present culture with their parent’s faith, to tread a path between the old world and the new, and learn how the smallest decisions can lead to the deepest of betrayals.

A deeply affecting and resonant story, A Place for Us is truly a book for our times: a moving portrait of what it means to be an American family today, a novel of love, identity and belonging that eloquently examines what it means to be both American and Muslim — and announces Fatima Farheen Mirza as a major new literary talent.

My Thoughts

5 Beautiful Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

This was more than just a book it was an experience… I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to read this with a group of my fellow reviewers and friends the “Traveling Sisters”… we have read and love many books together, but this was hands-down the best discussion we have ever had… each of these amazing ladies brought their own life experiences to the discussion and it touched each and every one of us in an unique and special way…. this is a book that will stay close to our hearts and never be forgotten by any of us!

The story of a Muslim Indian American family, that really could be any family…Told non-linearly, The author wove pieces of the present and the past together seamlessly… creating an amazing story…. A story that was above all else about love….

The family in this book faced challenges that many families do, some a little more challenging because of their strict religious beliefs… this book really emphasize the similarities between people rather than the differences… it touched on the power of words both said and not…. The desire to belong and be accepted…. the need for forgiveness both of others and yourself… it was a book filled with struggle, compassion, determination, and love…. The characters in this book evoked strong feelings in me from sorrow, to elation, to frustration, and more….

My words definitely cannot do this book justice…I strongly encourage you to read this book! just make sure you have tissue handy!

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

Book friends are the best friendss! Berit 💛

Posted in Blog Tour, Contemporary Fiction

Gracie’s Secret by Jill Childs @author_jill @bookouture #BookReview #BlogBlitz

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My dearest daughter, I will never forget the day I nearly lost you. The day you learned the secrets that would tear our lives apart…

Time stops for Jen when her beloved daughter, Gracie, is involved in a terrible car crash. Pronounced dead at the scene, it’s a miracle when paramedics manage to then resuscitate the little girl.

The relief Jen feels at Gracie’s recovery is matched only by her fury at the driver of the car – her ex-husband’s new girlfriend Ella. Jen has never trusted Ella, and now her worst fears have been confirmed.

But then Gracie begins to tell strange stories about what she heard in the car that day, and what she saw in those moments near death. It’s clear that there’s something shocking hidden in Ella’s past… but exposing it could tear all their lives apart.

An emotional page-turner that will take your breath away. Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Lisa Wingate and Kerry Fisher.

~My Review~

4.25 Intriguing Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.25

I really have been so fortunate as of late, I have read so many wonderful books! And this book was absolutely no exception to that… I usually go into books blind, I hardly ever read the blurb… so halfway through this I was 🤔 is this a thriller or am I seeing a twist because I read so many thrillers? I’m sure all of my fellow thriller Readers do the same thing, we are always looking for that crazy twist…. not going to tell you if this book twists or not, but I am going to tell you it was an engaging and unique read….

The book starts out with Jen getting the phone call every parent fears, her young three-year-old daughter Gracie is in the hospital… she gets to the hospital to find out her daughter is in a coma and her ex-husband‘s new girlfriend Ella was driving the car at the time of this accident…. needing to place blame Jen places all the blame on Ella… The mama bear in me completely empathize with Jen… and even though I didn’t necessarily fine Jen all that relatable, I did always have her back… Ella on the other hand just rubbed me the wrong way…. even when I found out there was more to her story, I still could not find much compassion for her… The majority of the story is told from Jen‘s point of view…. although we did get some of Ella’a perspective as well, yet that still did not make her more likable…

Gracie was an adorable three-year-old, however I must admit there are times I wished she was five… We’ll just say she was a very mature three-year-old, or it has been so long since I’ve had a three-year-old I don’t remember… when Gracie recovers from her coma she begins to tell her mom about some unusual things such as a light and angels… I really found this part of the book unique and well done… whether you are a believer or not the idea of an angel is comforting… I do want to emphasize however this is not a religious book, there is just some mentions of what happens when you die…. there also is to be quite honest an Erie element to it all as well…

All in all this was a really wonderful debut novel, that I would absolutely recommend for a little change of pace…

*** many thanks too Bookouture for my copy of this wonderful book ***

Gracie’s Secret by Jill Childs
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Jill profileAbout the author: 
Jill has always loved writing – real and imaginary – and spent 30 years travelling the world as a journalist, living overseas and reporting wherever the news took her. She’s now made her home in London with her husband and twin girls who love stories as much as she does. Although she’s covered everything from earthquakes and floods, riots and wars, she’s found some of the most extraordinary stories right here at home – in the secrets and lies she imagines behind closed doors on ordinary streets, just like yours.

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The Cottage on Lily Pond Lane Part 1 New Beginings by Emily Harvale @emilyharvale @rararesources #BookReview #LilyPondLane #BlogTour

Happy Sunday all! Exciting day… my oldest is coming home from University for two weeks before he goes back for summer school! And I am part of the blog Tour for this lovely book💜 many thanks to Rachel for the invitation and to Emily Harvale for her delightful story🐸

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New Beginnings

Mia Ward is amazed to be told she has inherited 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’s even more astonished to discover she’ll only inherit the place if she actually lives there for one year. Mia’s a city girl at heart, not to mention she’s afraid of water, so the fact the cottage backs on to a sandy beach, is not, in her opinion, a bonus.

But Mia’s struggling to pay her rent since being fired for inappropriate behaviour at the office party, and her boyfriend’s also dumped her. When her best friend, Ella and Ella’s brother, Garrick offer to help her move and settle in, Mia decides to see this as a new beginning.

It may also be the start of an exciting adventure because now Mia wants to know just who, exactly, was great-aunt Matilda. And she’s determined to find out. But it soon becomes clear that someone is trying to make sure Mia doesn’t stay in Little Pondale….

~My Review~

5 Captivating Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

I am such a sucker when it comes to a book set in a cottage by the sea in the UK… I mean how lovely would it be to live in a cottage named Sunbeam? A cottage in a village called Lily Pondale that backs up to the beach… A village filled with friendly people, not to mention nothing but gorgeous men… not sure what is stopping me from packing my bags immediately? Oh yes… reality! That is why I read to escape reality and so I Can visit a lovely village such as this…. and this book was every bit as charming as the title/cottage/village implies….

Mia is a little down on her luck, lost her job and her man… but now she has the opportunity to inherit a cottage… Mia is a city girl and not quite sure how she’s going to take to living in the country… but the cottage is free and if she lives there for a year she will inherit it outright…. so along with her BFF Ella and Ella’s twin brother Garrick she heads to Lily Pondale…

So many new discoveries… Learning about her great aunt Matilda that Mia never even knew she had…. A cottage full of hidden nooks and crannies and secrets… and a village filled with gorgeous eligible men, Romance is bound to be in the air soon…. A delightful beginning to this serial filled with new beginnings…

Absolutely recommend as a quick delightful summer read, you could definitely finish this in one afternoon by the pool or on the beach…

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

Lily Pond Lane FOR RACHEL

Purchase link:https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07CQQ1YJ5

Lily Pond Lane SUMMER-NEW_MAY18 - Summer Secrets
The Cottage on Lily Pond Lane
Summer Secrets
Blurb:
Escape to the seaside village of Little Pondale with Part Two of this heart-warming and romantic, four-part serial. 

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.

Now Mia and her friends, Ella and Garrick are embracing village life. Garrick’s also embracing someone in The Frog and Lily, so Mia turns her attention to one or two of her sexy, single neighbours. But great-aunt Matilda remains an enigma and Mia’s still determined to discover who she was.

When Mia’s mum, Lori arrives, she’s eager to see what the summer has to offer. There’s the Kite Festival, the Fête, the Frog Hill Run, but what really appeals to Lori, much to Mia’s horror, is the Midsummer Night’s naked bathing in the pond at Frog’s Hollow.

As sweltering days surrender to sultry nights, love is definitely in the air. And when an incident means Mia has to face her greatest fear, help arrives from a surprising source. But one thing is clear… someone is trying to make sure Mia doesn’t stay in Little Pondale…

~Review and Blog Tour Coming in July🐸💜

Purchase Link –  http://newbook.at/LilyPondSummer

EPSON scanner imageAuthor Bio –

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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