Posted in Contemporary Fiction

The Smallest Part by Amy Harmon – @aharmon_author #AlmarieGuerra #AudioBookReview

Good morning everyone, it’s the weekend YAY!!

I’m super happy to review this absolutely gorgeous book by Amy Harmon, it is a little bit of everything 😍

The Smallest Part by Amy Harmon

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Beautiful Friendship Stars

Synopsis

“In the end, only three things matter. How much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”
– Unknown

It was a big lie. The biggest lie she’d ever told. It reverberated through her head as she said it, ringing eerily, and the girl behind her eyes—the girl who knew the truth—screamed, and her scream echoed along with the lie.

“Are you in love with Noah, Mercedes?” Cora asked. “I mean . . . I know you love him. You’ve been friends forever. We all have. But are you in love with him?”

If it had been anyone else—anyone—Mercedes would have stuck out her chest, folded her skinny arms, and let her feelings be known. She would have claimed him. But it was Cora. Brave, beautiful, broken Cora, and Cora loved Noah too.

So Mercedes lied.

And with that lie, she lost him. With that lie, she sealed her fate.

She was the best friend, the bridesmaid, the godmother, the glue. She was there for the good times and the bad, the ups and the downs, the biggest moments and the smallest parts. And she was there when it all came crashing down.

This is the tale of the girl who didn’t get the guy.

Review

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Beautiful Friendship Stars

Get ready to buckle yourseves in for this one guys it’s a feeler!

Gahhh it’s beautiful, Beautiful, BEAUTIFUL!!!

If you’ve ever read a book by Amy Harmon you will already know how her books affect you, however, if you haven’t, then you are in for a treat, and I guarantee that you will want to binge read everything she’s ever written.

This story follows three friends from childhood to adulthood, two of these friends got married to each other, the other friend was always in love with one of them, she was the loser!

Mercedes is the best friend anyone can ever have, she’s staunchly protective, brave, kind, beautiful and has a wonderful personality, she’s also in love with her best friend Noah.

Noah wants be a doctor when he grows up and loves spending time with his two best friends Mercedes and Cora.

Cora loves her two best friends, she doesn’t really know who she wants to be, so when Mercedes wants a kitten Cora gets a cat, when Mercedes says that she wants to be a beautician when she grows up, Cora wants to be one too, when Mercedes takes an interest in Noah, Cora decides to step in.
Mercedes being the kind of girl she is steps aside and lets her best friend marry the man of her dreams.

She’s the bridesmaid at the wedding and the godmother of their child and she’s also there when their two worlds come crashing down.

With a small cameo from one of Amy’s previous books which you do not have to have read, this book keeps you enthralled and wanting to be part of The Three Musketeers.

🎧🎧 Narrated by Almarie Guerra, a new narrator for me did an outstanding job all of the characters had their own voices and I believed every word she said.
I will certainly be looking out for other titles that she has narrated.

Pick up this beautiful story as soon as you can you won’t be disappointed!

Vicci

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 Contemporary Fiction

A Mother’s Goodbye by Kate Hewitt @katehewitt1 @bookouture #BookReview #PubDay

Happy Publication Day to this beautiful heartbreaking book! Thrilled for the opportunity to kick off the blog tour! Many thanks to Kim for my invitation and to Kate Hewitt for her beautiful words!💞

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A Mother’s Goodbye by Kate Hewitt

‘My arms ache with the need to reach and hold my precious child, and then to never let go. But I can’t. I know I can’t.’

Heather is devastated. There’s no way she can keep her baby. She can barely pay the bills as it is. But when she meets Grace, a wealthy, single career woman, who wants a baby more than anything, Heather believes she has found the perfect adoptive mother.

As Grace and Heather’s lives become entwined, they are tested to breaking point, though neither can deny the other’s love for the child. But just when they think they are learning how to live with each other, they receive devastating news that turns their fragile world upside down.

Will either mother know what is the right thing to do for the child they both love?

An absolutely gripping, emotional drama with a tear-jerking twist. If you love Jodi Picoult, Kelly Rimmer or Diane Chamberlain, this will warm your heart, make you cry, and stay with you forever.

~My Review~

4.5 Heartbroken Stars 💔🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

Wow! This book pulled at my heartstrings from first page to last… A touching book about mothers love…. two mothers loving the same child…. One gave birth to him… and the other gives life to him…. both wanting the best for him….

Heather’s husband has lost his job, they have three young kids that they cannot afford to buy new shoes for, when Heather finds herself pregnant with baby number four….Grace has a successful professional life, but feels like something is missing from her personal life…. I am sure you can see where this is going, Heather chooses to have Grace adopt her baby…. as a mother I can only imagine how heartwrenching that would be, but so unselfish of Heather to want nothing but the best for her baby…. The adoption is open and Heather and family see the baby Isaac once a month…. when tragedy strikes it brings these two women together in quite a remarkable way….

Told from the points of view of both Heather and Grace…. I thought this was extremely affective, we really got a glimpse into the thoughts and feelings of both mothers…. I really found both these characters real and relatable, with all the real struggles of a mother…. I loved how their relationship strengthened and grew through tragedy and love… The ending to this was sad, sweet, and satisfying…

Absolutely recommend to those who enjoy a book about tough decisions and mothers love💕

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

bio_pic3About the author: 
Kate Hewitt is the author of many titles of women’s fiction and romance. Whatever the genre, she enjoys telling an emotionally compelling story. An American ex-pat, she now lives in South Wales with her husband and five children. You can learn more about her and her books at www.kate-hewitt.com.
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Have a beautiful day filled with lovely words! Berit 💛

Posted in Contemporary Fiction

Every Note Played by Lisa Genova @LisaGenova #AudiobookReview #ALS #UglyCryRead

Every Note Played

Every Note Played by Lisa Genova

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Heartbreaking Stars

Synopsis

An accomplished concert pianist, Richard received standing ovations from audiences all over the world in awe of his rare combination of emotional resonance and flawless technique. Every finger of his hands was a finely calibrated instrument, dancing across the keys and striking each note with exacting precision. That was eight months ago.

Richard now has ALS, and his entire right arm is paralyzed. His fingers are impotent, still, devoid of possibility. The loss of his hand feels like a death, a loss of true love, a divorce—his divorce.

He knows his left arm will go next.

Three years ago, Karina removed their framed wedding picture from the living room wall and hung a mirror there instead. But she still hasn’t moved on. Karina is paralyzed by excuses and fear, stuck in an unfulfilling life as a piano teacher, afraid to pursue the path she abandoned as a young woman, blaming Richard and their failed marriage for all of it.

When Richard becomes increasingly paralyzed and is no longer able to live on his own, Karina becomes his reluctant caretaker. As Richard’s muscles, voice, and breath fade, both he and Karina try to reconcile their past before it’s too late.

Poignant and powerful, Every Note Played is a masterful exploration of redemption and what it means to find peace inside of forgiveness.

Review

Oh my goodness this book certainly hits you right in the feels!

This is all about the story of Richard and Karina, they were married for a while, but it all kind of went pear-shaped and they split a few years ago, they have a daughter between them, Grace, who is currently at University, and doesn’t really have much to do with her father.

Richard is a pianist, a really famous concert pianist, he has played all over the world, and has many fans and admirers, Richard loves this, he loves that fact that people love him, he is quite an arrogant man.

Karina is also a pianist, she prefers Jazz, she gave up her dream as a performer to support Richard in his dream.
The thing is, Richard took advantage of this, while he was away playing with the orchestra, Karina was looking after their new baby, Richard however was looking after his own needs with other women!

Karina couldn’t take it anymore, and rightly left him!

Richard is unfortunately diagnosed with ALS, he tries his best to cope with it on his own for a while, but after a strange twist of fate and a wrong number dialled, Karina ends up being his carer.

This book pulls no punches in relation to this awful disease, it starts from the twitching in the muscles, and takes us through every terrible thing that can happen after diagnosis, like the wheelchair, or the fact that your body locks itself, or that you can’t swallow, or that you have the option of recording your own voice and “banking” it, because after a while you won’t be able to talk / eat / chew anymore.

A big shout out also has to go for the guys who help care for people diagnosed with ALS, they are angels in a time of hell for the person with this awful disease, their time and patience with these people is remarkable.

You may know a little about ALS, like seeing Stephen Hawkins, or you took part in the ice Bucket challenge to raise money for it.

You may have first hand experience of this silent killer, I luckily for one have not, but i sure do send my hugs & prayers to anyone that has.

Not everyone is like Stephen Hawkins, in fact ALS will probably kill within 3 years, it is a devastating disease, and i hope one day that we find a cure, because currently there is NOTHING!

I didn’t realise that Lisa Genova was a neuroscientist, but after reading Still Alice & this book, it kind of makes sense, she knows exactly what she is talking about, and pulls no punches and rightly makes no apologies for it.

It broke my heart, but i am am so glad i read it

Prepare yourself for this one, it’s a tough read.

Find your hankies,

Vicci