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Knowing You by Samantha Tonge @SamTongeWriter @rararesources #bookreview #knowingyou

Happy Thursday bibliophiles

Excited to share with you today my review for this delightful book! Huge thank you to Rachel for my invitation to the tour and to Samantha for your lovely words!🌹

Knowing You

An abrupt change; a new friendship; a dark secret…

 Kind-hearted Violet has never fitted in, but despite being bullied at school is now content. She is dating ambitious Lenny, has her dream job in publishing and runs a book club at the local retirement home.

 

However, when her relationship with Lenny begins to falter, Violet, hurt and alone, seeks the advice of her new flatmate, Bella. She changes her image and with her head held high aims to show that she doesn’t need Lenny in her life to be happy and successful.

 

Her long-term friends Mable and Farah worry about Bella’s influence and slowly Violet starts to distance herself from them. When she was a child, her closest confidant and companion was a boy called Flint. Her mother didn’t approve of their closeness and he suffered a terrible end. She won’t let the same thing happen to Bella, no matter what anyone says…

 

Knowing You is about friendship and knowing who to trust with your deepest secrets; it’s about taking control of your life and not being afraid to stand out. Perfect for fans of Ruth Hogan, Gail Honeyman and Amanda Prowse

My Thoughts

This was a compelling read packed with friendship, emotion, and depth!

This book was women’s fiction older wiser more jaded sister. A Book that starts with a whisper and ends in a scream! this was almost 2 books in one. The first half was light fluffy reading and then BAM things went a little sideways got a little dark a little deep. Sam Tonge Took on some serious topics in this book and she took them head on. She handled them with compassion and heart.

Violet has a pretty good life she works in publishing, has good Friends, and a loving boyfriend Lenny. When Lenny and she break up Violet is a little lost but she still has her lovely friends. When Bella her flatmate enters the picture that’s when things get a little wild in this book. Bella encourages Violet to change her image, but is Violet becoming the woman she was always meant to be? Or a completely different person? Not going to say any more than that this is a book best gone into with minimal knowledge, I had no idea what I was in for but I soon found out I was in for a treat! A treat with a side of oh no she didn’t!

The story jumps back-and-forth between 2001 and present and really gives you a comprehensive look into Violet’s life. Life has not always been easy for Violet and learning about her past really gave you an understanding of her present. I really liked Violet, I found her charming, kind, and sweet. Her friends were sweet and supportive and I really enjoyed the bond between all of them. This really is a book about self discovery and self acceptance something that is easier said than done.

This is a well told engaging story that will take you places you won’t be expecting to go! Recommend!

Purchase Links

Amazon – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07MX87BH1/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1634&creative=6738&linkCode=ur2&tag=canelo-21

Apple – https://geo.itunes.apple.com/gb/book/knowing-you/id1449854707?mt=11&uo=8&at=1000l5Q7

Google – https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=aRiEDwAAQBAJ

Kobo – https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/knowing-you-6

About Samantha Tonge

Samantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK and her passion, second to spending time with her husband and children, is writing. She studied German and French at university and has worked abroad, including a stint at Disneyland Paris. She has travelled widely.

When not writing she passes her days cycling, baking and drinking coffee. Samantha has sold many dozens of short stories to women’s magazines.

In 2013, she landed a publishing deal for romantic comedy fiction with HQDigital at HarperCollins and in 2014, her bestselling debut novel, Doubting Abbey, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction best Ebook award. In 2015 her summer novel, Game of Scones, hit #5 in the UK Kindle chart and won the Love Stories Awards Best Romantic Ebook category.

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/SamTongeWriter

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SamanthaTongeAuthor

Website: http://samanthatonge.co.uk/

Thank you so much for dropping by! Have a wonderful day! Berit

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The liar’s Child by Carla Buckley @CarlaBuckley @randomhouse #bookreview #theliarschild #valentinebooks

Happy Tuesday book lovers!

Excited to share with you today my review for this intense domestic thriller that comes out today!🌷

My Thoughts

a vividly told domestic thriller packed with characters you won’t soon forget!

Carla Buckley is a master storyteller, this is my second book by her and they both have completely captivated me. This is a compelling domestic thriller with characters that just leap off the pages. The story is mesmerizing and taught with tension and emotion. You won’t be able to turn the pages fast enough, and you won’t want it to end.

Sarah reluctantly enters witness protection and finds herself on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. In an apartment building named Paradise that is anything but. She spends her time working as a house cleaner and observing her neighbors. Soon she finds herself crossing paths with the two kids that live next-door to her, 12-year-old Cassie and five-year-old Boone. Sarah recognizes that Paradise is certainly no paradise for these kids. The walls are thin and she hears constant fighting between their parents. She also hears other rumors of the family’s recent tragedy. When a devastating hurricane hits and Sarah realizes the kids are on their own she makes a split second decision that will alter the course of all three of their lives.

The story is told from multiple perspectives allowing you to see the entire picture. The characters are extremely well fleshed out and the kids are perfectly portrayed for the ages they were. Cassie was surly, antagonistic, and had a huge chip on her shoulder. Boone was sweet, adorable, and utterly charming. He definitely pulled at my heartstrings as well as Sarah’s. Sarah was strong, complex, and a little mysterious. The three of them made quite the team, and I truly cherished every minute I got to spend with them. I read another review that said this was an unconventional love story and I’d have to say that is a perfect way to describe this book. Three unlikely people who found the best in one another in the midst of tragedy. And can I just say the ending to this book was simple perfection!

A beautifully told story that is simultaneously heartbreaking and uplifting. A domestic thriller with a splash of mystery. Absolutely recommend!

*** A huge thank you to Random House Valentine for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

In this intense and intimate family portrait that moves at a thriller’s pace, a troubled woman faces a gripping moral dilemma after rescuing two abandoned children from a hurricane. 
On the outskirts of North Carolina’s Outer Banks sits the Paradise, an apartment complex where renters never stay long enough to call the place “home” – and neighbors are seldom neighborly. It’s ideal for Sara Lennox, who moved there to escape a complicated past – and even her name – and rebuild a new life for herself under the radar. But Sara cannot help but notice the family next door, especially 12-year-old Cassie and five-year-old Boon. She hears rumors and whispers of a recent tragedy slowly tearing them apart. 
When a raging storm threatens then slams the coastal community, Sara makes a quick, bold decision: Rescue Cassie and Boon from the storm and their broken home – without telling a soul. But this seemingly noble act is not without consequences. Some lethal. 
Carla Buckley crafts a richly rewarding psychological portrait, combining a heart-wrenching family drama with high-stakes suspense, as the lives of three characters intertwine in an unforgettable story of fury, fate – and redemption. 
“You should read The Liar’s Child by Carla Buckley because it’s a lovely and evocative story, and because it raises all kinds of questions about parents and children, secrets and safety. But be careful: This is a writer who knows how to break your heart.” (Carolyn Parkhurst, New York Times best-selling author of The Dogs of Babel and Lost and Found

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For Better and Worse by Margot Hunt @HuntAuthor @HarlequinBooks #bookreview #pubday #bookbestiesforbetterandworse

Happy Tuesday book lovers!

Thrilled to share with you today my review for this compelling thriller! This was a group read with a couple of my besties Jennifer and Kenzie💕 Holly and Kendall had already read it and were happy to pipe in as well, this was a reed we all wanted to discuss!❄️

For Better and Worse by Margot Hunt

My Thoughts

How to get away with Murder! Or not?

loved it!This was a fast entertaining read that kept me engaged throughout… what would your reaction be if you were out on a first date and the topic of conversation was…. how to get away with murder? Well if I’m being honest I would probably be a little intrigued with the conversation, but never thinking it would ever come to fruition…. I don’t believe Will did either, but Natalie had other plans….

Such an intense story that kept me on the edge of my seat throughout… more than 10 years after the afore mentioned date Will and Natalie are married with a young son Charlie…. both are successful lawyers Natalie is a defense attorney and Will is a real estate lawyer… they have a good life although they both take one another for granted…. Natalie is pretty controlling and Will could grow a pair… although I have to admit as an outsider the argument they had over the whiteboard calendar was quite humorous! So what will this couple do when they find out someone has done the unthinkable to their child? And what will Will do when he finds out that Natalie has taken things into her own hands? Is murder ever justified?

This book definitely gave you a lot to think about… what would you do if you were put in this couple’s situation? What if somebody did the unthinkable to your child? I don’t think I could ever kill anybody, but if I could it would be because somebody hurt one of my kids… didn’t even really like Natalie or Will, but I sure wanted them to get away with this! My one little niggle with this book was the very stupid mistakes Natalie made in both the planning and execution of this crime…. seriously she is a defense attorney and my only knowledge of the law is from TV shows like Law and Order… and I knew better than her when it came to some of these little mistakes, maybe she needs to get out of the courtroom and turn on the TV! however this did add to the tension of the story, the entire time all you could think was, are they going to get away with this or not? And should they?

An enticing story that will keep you glued to those pages! And the ending… both satisfying and surprising! And a apologue that made me gasp, but just confirmed something I already figured out!

Absolutely recommend this is a quick addictive escape of a story!

*** Big thanks to Harlequin for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

On their first date back in law school, Natalie and Will Clarke bonded over drinks, dinner and whether they could get away with murder. Now married, they’ll put the latter to the test when an unchecked danger in their community places their son in jeopardy. Working as a criminal defense attorney, Nat refuses to rely on the broken legal system to keep her family safe. She knows that if you want justice…you have to get it yourself.

Shocked to discover Nat’s taken matters into her own hands, Will has no choice but to dirty his, also. His family is in way too deep to back down now. He’s just not sure he recognizes the woman he married. Nat’s always been fiercely protective, but never this ruthless or calculating. With the police poking holes in their airtight plan, what will be the first to fall apart: their scandalous secret—or their marriage? 

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The Shape of Us by Drew Davies @Drew_Davies @bookouture #bookreview #pubday

Happy Tuesday and happy publication day to this quirky lovely story!

A huge thank you to Kim for my invitation to the tour and to Drew Davies four his wonderful words!🙂

My Thoughts

A unique and quirky look at life, love, and the pursuit of happiness, in London.

this book took four seemingly separate threads and slowly wove them into a beautiful story… The characters were all so well drawn and colorful… all different ages and in different stages in their lives… each character brought something new to the story, however I have to say I liked JoJo The Best… although I found Addams story the most compelling…. Daisy and Chris had the craziest first date EVER!and Dylan‘s story tugged at my heartstrings… four people appearing to be completely unconnected in the beginning, but the Author brought them all together brilliantly & beautifully….

Joe Joe is in her 60s and having an affair with her husband… yes her husband, she is trying to win him back from his mistress… some of my favorite parts of this book involve Jojo and mistress Belinda, they made quite the team…. JoJo’s struggle to take the highroad was at times quite hilarious… Adam lost his job and he ended up living in an office building, something about this story just completely fascinated me… Daisy and Chris are just starting out, I found this story quite sweet… Dylan is a teenager suffering from a chronic illness his life is quite shelter, however he still manages to fall in love with an older woman…. i’m sure you are wondering, how in the world are these stories connected? Well, you’re going to need to read this little gem to find out!

This was a unique story filled with unusual characters with unlikely connections…. a well constructed story, A lively puzzle that you piece together throughout the book…

Absolutely recommend when you want something a little different, a little refreshing, a little unique and a whole lot of wonderful!

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

About the Book

If you read one book this year, make it this hilarious and emotional novel about love, loss and second chances. Fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely FineThe Note and Jojo Moyes will be utterly charmed by this unique love story.

One day in London…

Daisy is rushing to work when a stranger on a bicycle almost knocks her over – and then asks for her number.

Dylan, a teenage boy, lives with an illness which means he can’t leave his bedroom – but which hasn’t stopped him from falling hopelessly in love.

JoJo, a wife in her sixties, is trying desperately to win her beloved husband back from his mistress.

Adam has recently lost his job and lies to his housemate about where he goes every day.

These four total strangers – whose paths cross in the charming city of London – have one thing in common. They are all lonely souls looking for love. But what are the chances of them actually finding it?

An absolutely unputdownable, uplifting and unforgettable book-club read for anyone who has ever made a mistake, been broken-hearted, or waited by their phone for it to ring.

About the Author

Drew Davies was born in London and grew up in New Zealand. He attended the Unitec School of Performing Arts in Auckland and won a Playmarket New Zealand Young Playwright of the Year award in 2000. After a brief stint on a kiwi soap, he has worked in Search for the past 15 years. Drew’s other claim to fame is that Stephen Fry once called him droll. Either that, or he got his name wrong. He now lives in Wanstead, London. The Shape of Us is his first romantic comedy. 
Twitter @drew_davies. 
Instagram @drewdavieswriter.

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The Perfect Family by Shalini Boland @ShaliniBoland @bookouture #bookreview #pubday

Happy Tuesday and happy publication day to this fabulous book!

Excited to share with you today my review for this can’t miss psychological thriller! Huge thanks to Kim for my invitation to the tour and to Shalini Boland for her wonderful words!💕

My Thoughts

Wow! Wow! Wow! This was one fabulously twisted psychological thriller!

Shalini Boland Has a way with taking the ordinary and turning it on its head… this was a well-crafted psychological thriller that completely sucked me in from the very first page! A book about the “perfect“ family finding themselves on one crazy twisted ride!

The book starts out with Gemma frantically searching for her youngest daughter Katie… katie is soon found wandering down the street by her grandmother and Gemma’s mother-in-law, Diane…. I don’t know about you but if anyone found my child wandering down the street much less my mother-in-law I would be mortified…. although there was the one time I found my youngest playing in the gutter across the street from our house, but he is my third kid😉

As anyone who has ever lost sight of their child those are some pretty long minutes in your life, and when you find your child you feel relieved, then a little angry, but the nightmare is over! Not in this case though Gemma’s nightmare has just begun… a vandalized car and a key that won’t quite fit are just the beginning… already doubting her capabilities as a mother Gemma is convinced to hire a tutor/nanny to watch the girls and help Ava with her entrance exams… Sadie comes with some strong recommendations, but Gemma is highly suspicious…. The girls seem too absolutely adore Sadie, but strange things start to happen and Gemma becomes more and more suspicious…. i’m sure you think you know where this story is going, And yet you’d be SO wrong! Can’t say much more about the plot, certainly don’t want to ruin it for you… just know that it is full of twists and turns that will definitely keep you furiously turning those pages!

This is a can’t miss psychological thriller buy one of my favorite authors… if you have read anything by Shalini Boland before this might be her best, and if you haven’t what are you waiting for? Perfect place to start!

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

About the Book

‘Mummy, she’s gone…’

Gemma Ballantine

The front door is open. And 

After what feels like forever, her mother-in-law 

But then her perfect family starts to fall apart.

And she realises it’s only just beginning…

From the top ten bestselling author of The Secret Mother and The Child Next Door, this completely addictive psychological thriller of secrets, lies and betrayal will make you gasp out loud at the heart-stopping final twist. If you loved Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and The Sister this book is for you.

About Shalini Boland

Shalini Boland is a USA Today bestselling author of psychological thrillers ‘THE GIRL FROM THE SEA’ (No 1, US Audible charts), ‘THE BEST FRIEND’ (No 2, US Audible charts), ‘THE MILLIONAIRE’S WIFE’ (No 9, UK Kindle charts), ‘THE SECRET MOTHER’ (No 2, US Kindle charts), THE CHILD NEXT DOOR (No 11, UK Kindle charts).

Shalini lives in Dorset, England with her husband, two children and their cheeky terrier cross. Before kids, she was signed to Universal Music Publishing as a singer/songwriter, but now she spends her days writing psychological thrillers (in between school runs and hanging out endless baskets of laundry).

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She is also the author of two bestselling Young Adult series as well as an atmospheric WWII novel with a time-travel twist.

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The Rainwatcher by Tatiana De Rosnay @tatianaderosnay @StMartinsPress #6bookbestiesrainwatcher #bookreview #pubday

Happy Tuesday booklovers!

Delighted to share with you today my review for this beautiful story about the complexities of family! Another fabulous read with my BOOK BESTIES 💕

The Rain Watcher by Tatiana De Rosney

My Thoughts

A beautifully told, powerful story, about the complexities of family….

“I will start with the tree. Because everything starts and ends with the tree.”

Just as Linden’s story begins and ends with a tree, so does this book… The perfect and very telling first line to this wonderful story…. a story told solely from the POV of Linden…. A charming young man, who has struggled throughout his life to find acceptance of Who he is… not only from others, but from himself! The themes in this book are very universal; acceptance, forgiveness, understanding, Love,secrets, and family…. The Malegarde family could be my family, they could be yours…

This somber story is set against the backdrop of Paris in the midst of a natural disaster… The endless reigns have lead to the river Seine reaching flood levels… this aded so much atmosphere to this book, I felt the wet, I heard the raindrops, I smelled the river…. and all from my living room in the middle of a very dry California, in fact our water levels are dangerously low at the moment…. it really takes a talented author to transport you so completely through her words… I felt as though this was the perfect backdrop for the story, I think it would have been a completely different book had it taken place in a bright sunny Paris….

A book like this is difficult to review because its beauty is in the words… its elegance is in the structure…. its meaning is in the silence…. I can however tell you this is a stunning story, filled with beautiful language, and characters you will feel four…. the Author does not hit you over the head with this story, instead she allows it to slowly seep into you until it is all consuming…. A journey that I believe should not be missed!

Absolutely recommend to those of you who enjoy a quieter beautifully told family drama that will leave you feeling hopeful….

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

About the Book

The first new novel in four years from the beloved superstar author of Sarah’s Key, a heartbreaking and uplifting story of family secrets and devastating disaster, in the tradition of THE NEST.

The Rain Watcher

In this profound and intense novel of love and redemption, De Rosnay demonstrates all of her writer’s skills both as an incredible storyteller but also as a soul seeker. 

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Christmas at The Little Duck Pond Cafe by Rosie Green @Rosie_Green1988 @rararesources #bookreview

Happy Friday book friends!

I have another charming Christmas story to share with you today! A huge thank you to Rachel for my invitation to the tour and to Rosie Green for her lovely words!🛷

Christmas at the Little Duck Pond Cafe

CATLDPC_FRONT RGB150dpiFen has always hated being the centre of attention.
She loves her new job, working behind the scenes at the Little Duck Pond Cafe and baking the scrumptious cakes that have helped its reputation soar. But frankly, she’d rather scrub the public toilet floor with a toothbrush than have to come out and talk to the customers.
She’s always been happy to stay in the background as long as she has a good supply of books to escape into. That’s her kind of romance – the fictional sort where she can read about other people taking a chance on love, but she doesn’t have to risk her own heart.
But that was before Ethan Fox arrived in the village and turned her world upside down. Ethan is a leading light in the local amateur dramatics theatre company and Fen knows he’s way out of her league. 
But when the popular village Christmas pantomime hits a crisis, Fen and Ethan find themselves thrown together. Can Fen overcome her shyness and find the courage to step on stage and save the day?

My Thoughts

A short but sweet love story that is sure to make you smile!

I was so excited to go back to the Little Duck Pond Café and catch up with Fen, Jaz, and Ellie… I truly love the essential part the friendship between these three ladies plays in this series…. every time I finish one of these books I want to visit this café, have some yummy goodies, and a long girl bonding session with these ladies! This book can be read as a standalone, but why would you want to? The more time spent with these characters the better!

This time we get sweet introverted Fen’s story…Fen is the genius behind all the yummy treats at the café, she is also painfully shy and quite the bookworm… she has a major crush on Ethan Fox, and after he invites her to join his actors group she starts swooning uncontrollably…. I got a kick out of the fact that most of Fen’s romantic experience came from Books…. something would happen and then she would reference a book and compare the two situations, it was quite innocent…. although made me think what unrealistic expectations I would have if I were to compare romantic situations in real life to books!😉

I really adore Fen and really wanted her to find her HEA! Although I wasn’t convinced Ethan was the best choice for her, I thought there was a much more suitable choice…. so does Fen follow her heart? Or does her heart have a change of mind?

Along with the girls friendship and a blossoming romance we also had the perfect amount of holiday cheer… Christmas treats, decorating, Christmas shopping, snowmaking machine shopping, and The planning of a Snow Ball❄️ so grab yourself that hot chocolate, cuddle up in a warm blanket, and settle in for an afternoon of escaping with these delightful characters!

Purchase Links

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-Little-Duck-Pond-Cafe-ebook/dp/B07DN5B1NL

Amazon UShttps://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Little-Duck-Pond-Cafe-ebook/dp/B07DN5B1NL

Rosie Green Author PicAuthor Bio

Rosie Green has been scribbling stories ever since she was little. Back then they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’. Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all, unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.

Rosie’s brand new series of novellas is centred on life in a village café. The first two stories in the series are: Spring at The Little Duck Pond Cafe and Summer at The Little Duck Pond Café.


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Posted in Contemporary Fiction, Contemporary Suspense

You Were Always Mine by Nicole Baart @NicoleLynnBaart @AtriaBooks #bookreview #pubday

Happy Tuesday book lovers!

Thrilled to share with you today my review for this evocative book!

You Were Always Mine by Nicole Baart

My Thoughts

This was an evocative and addictive read that will reel you in and won’t let go!

This is a story about compassion, trust, deception, secrets, mystery, motherhood, but most of all it is about the darker side of adoption…Nicole Baart brings so much heart and authenticity to the story… her experience as an adoptive mother really shines through on these pages… my brothers are adopted, so I really had a strong connection to the adoption part of the story…. I found the psychological impact on both adoptive mother and adoptive child fascinating….

Miss Baart has woven together a complex story with many layers… A slow burning tale that will keep you turning the pages… you will need to know the truth just as strongly as Jess!

Jess and Evan are separated after 15 years of marriage… they have a biological son Max 13 and an adoptive son Gabe 5… both want what’s best for the kids in this hard situation…. I really felt as though Jess an Evan would have ultimately got back together, that’s what made Evan’s death even more tragic… so what was jess’s non-outdoorsy husband doing on a hunting trip? Determined to find out the truth Jess starts to play amateur Detective… The more she digs, the more secrets revealed, the more complex it gets…. shocked to find out that Evan had been in contact with Gabe‘s bio mom Jess is convince this has something to do with his murder but what? And why? How fragile are the bonds of motherhood? and is unconditional love ever not enough?

My heart broke for Jess, I felt her grief, her determination, her frustration, and her need to know the truth…. Jess is a likable character that will definitely win you over… there was just something about her that made it tremendously easy to put yourself in her shoes….’ maybe it was the stresses of motherhood? Your heart will also go out to her boys, A teenager struggling to come to terms with his father passing away and a five-year-old who already has emotional issues dealing with grief when he can’t even put a name to it… you will really want Jess to find the truth and give this family some closure needed to MoveOn….

A beautifully told perfectly paced story… seriously how can anyone not relate to needing to know the truth after finding out a loved one has been lying to them? Add in the impact this has on your children… HOOK. LINE. SINKER.

Absolutely recommend to anyone who enjoys a good story filled with well drawn characters, a well constructive mystery, and some heart!

PS: I forgot to mention how fantastic I thought the descriptors at the beginning of each chapter were, added an entire additional layer to the story! Well played!

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

About the Book

The acclaimed author of Little Broken Things returns with another “race-to-the-finish family drama” (People) about a single mother who becomes embroiled in a mystery that threatens to tear apart what’s left of her family.

Jessica Chamberlain, newly separated and living with her two sons in a small Iowa town, can’t believe that a tragedy in another state could have anything to do with her. But when her phone rings one quiet morning, her world is shattered. As she tries to pick up the pieces and make sense of what went wrong, Jess begins to realize that a tragic death is just the beginning. Soon she is caught in a web of lies and half-truths—and she’s horrified to learn that everything leads back to her seven-year-old adopted son, Gabriel.

Years ago, Gabe’s birth mother requested a closed adoption and Jessica was more than happy to comply. But when her house is broken into and she discovers a clue that suggests her estranged husband was in close contact with Gabe’s biological mother, she vows to uncover the truth at any cost. A harrowing story of tenacious love and heartbreaking betrayal, You Were Always Mine is about the wars we wage to keep the ones we love close, perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty and Jodi Picoult. 

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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 Birthday by Carol Wyer @carolewyer @bookouture #BookReview

Hope you’re having a wonderful Friday!

Today I have a fabulous book I get to share with you! Thanks to Kim for my invitation to the blog tour and to Carol Wyer for hooking me on another series!💛🎂

One hot summer’s afternoon, five-year-old Ava Sawyer went to a party. She never came home…

When five-year-old Ava Sawyer goes missing from a birthday party at a local garden centre, the police are bewildered by the lack of leads. That is until two years later, when Ava’s body is found and another little girl, Audrey Briggs, goes missing. Audrey also attended that party …

Leading the investigation is Detective Natalie Ward. A mother of two teenagers, this case chills her to the bone, and is a disturbing reminder of the last job she worked on. One that still keeps her awake at night…

Natalie soon discovers that Ava’s mother has some worrying gaps in her alibi and as she digs deeper, she’s sure Ava’s father is not telling the full story. And what did the owner of the garden centre Elsa see that day? Something that she’s not telling Natalie …

Just as Natalie is facing up to the grim possibility that Ava and Audrey were killed by someone close to home, another little girl from the party doesn’t come home from her ballet lesson. Can Natalie find a way to stop this killer before more innocent lives are taken?

Gripping, fast-paced and nail-bitingly tense, this book will keep you flying through the pages long into the night. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons…

My Thoughts

A birthday party, a yellow dress, a missing child….

Carol Wyer sure can suck you into an investigation…. I truly am the ultimate armchair detective (even though I generally read on my couch or in my bed)… some authors do a better job than others in drawing you into the story, making you feel part of it, and I think miss Wyer does an exceptional job of this… there is just something about her characters that breaks down the Barrier between the reader and the book….

When you drop your child off at a birthday party, you never think you will return and find her to have gone missing… five-year-old Ava went missing from her friend Harriet birthday party at a garden center… two years later her body is found, another girl goes missing, and is found in a replica yellow dress…. is someone killing off the children that attended that fateful birthday party? And if so why? Or is the connection a local dance studio?

This is the first book in the DI Natalie Ward series…. The investigation into these missing children has Natalie navigating her way through both parent and playground politics…. and when a third girl goes missing there is a time crunch to Saul the case before another child is killed… with a town full of suspects this was not an easy task… Natalie and I must have changed our minds at least 10 times, and the ultimate culprit…. did not see that coming!

This book was perfectly paste and kept me engaged throughout… The character development was stellar and left me wanting to know these characters better…. Natalie is a wife and mother to two teenaged boys, and is having a bit of a hard time juggling family life and her career… it will be really interesting to see how this develops throughout the series, can Natalie have it all? Does something need to give? And if so what?

Recommend to those of you who enjoy a good police procedural with some fabulous characters and a fresh investigation style…

*** many thanks to Bookouture for my copy ***

About the Author

Carol Wyer garnered a loyal following as an author of romantic comedies, and won The People’s Book Prize Award for non-fiction (2015). In 2017 she stepped from comedy to the “dark side” and embarked on a series of thrillers, featuring the popular DI Robyn Carter, which earned her recognition as a crime writer.

The Staffordshire-based writer now has more crime novels in the pipeline, although she can still sometimes be found performing her stand-up comedy routine Laugh While You Still Have Teeth.

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