Book Review

Book Review: Ten Days Gone by Beverly Long-4 Stars

In the town of Baywood, four women have  been killed, each ten days apart. Detectives A.L. McKittridge and Rena Morgan know the killer’s pattern now, it’s just a matter of figuring out who the next victim will be. With only a few days before he strikes again, the detectives have to uncover what links these victims to the killer in order to save the next woman before it’s too late. I liked how the book showed different points of view from A.L., Rena, and one of the potential victims. Besides hunting for a murderer, both A.L. and Rena are dealing with issues in their personal life and have to balance those problems with work and their friendship.

This story was fast paced and full of suspense. This is the first book in the A.L. McKittridge series and I’m looking forward to more! Thank you to Beverly Long, Harlequin Trade Publishing, MIRA books and Netgalley for my advance copy! Look for it on February 18th.

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Book Review: Midnight Mom Devotional: 365 Prayers to Put Your Momma Heart to Rest by Becky Thompson-5 Stars

I follow the Midnight Mom on Facebook so when I saw they were coming out with a devotional book I knew I needed it! This book is a compilation of daily prayers, one for every day of the year. A lot of times that nights prayer fits in with your exact need or someone you are close to, but other times you might be praying for the needs of a momma you don’t even know. That’s what makes this so little book so special. You’re not just praying for moms in general but a mom in a particular season of life, such as a mom of a newborn, or a child going away to college, or perhaps a mom going through a specific situation like dealing with a sick child, or loss of a family member. Each prayer is detailed with specific circumstances to help you pray from your heart even if you find it hard to pray.
I like how the prayers are dated and are short but to the point so you can do them easily every day. I have the ebook, so I can’t write in mine, but there is space to put a name of someone you specifically had in mind while doing that nights prayer. It’s encouraging, inspirational, and a must have for a Christian mom!
Midnight Mom Devotional releases on March 31! Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for my advance copy.
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Book Review: Undercurrents by Nora Roberts-4 Stars

This was my first Nora Roberts book, surprisingly! It’s set near my hometown in Asheville, and it’s a romantic suspense so I had to give it a go! The suspense element got pretty emotional and dark as it deals with many instances of abuse.

To those on the outside, the Bigelows look like the perfect family. The father, Graham, is a well respected doctor, who comes home from his grueling job to his beautiful wife Eliza who caters to his every need. They have two smart and cute young kids, Zane and Britt. But on the inside, Zane and Britt are stuck inside their own personal hell that no one knows about. Graham abuses their mother constantly, until one night he focuses his wrath on to Zane. Shortly after this brutal beating, the truth is exposed.

When Zane is old enough to leave for college,  he doesn’t come back for years. When he finally decides to move back to his hometown and continue practicing law, he meets newcomer Darby who also has a troubled past she’s trying to heal from.

I really enjoyed the setting and many of the characters. The relationships and friendships were wonderful. At times this book was drawn out and didn’t serve to further the story so I was a little annoyed at having to skim some parts but overall this was a great novel.

 

 

 

 

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Book Review: Little Darlings by Melanie Gold-4 Stars

This story was dark, sad, and unsettling. Lauren Tranter has just given birth to twins. The delivery was traumatic, and of course the subsequent nights bring stress with the learning to breastfeed, sleep deprivation, and just learning a new process in general! So when Lauren calls for help saying she’s locked in the maternity ward bathroom with her twins because a woman is trying to take them and replace them with her own “creatures,” everyone chalks it up to postpartum anxiety and exhaustion. No one believes her, but a detective named Joanna Harper, feels for Lauren and wants to help her and not simply call it a case of paranoia.

I loathed Patrick, Lauren’s husband. My heart ached for Lauren. Being a mom, I can relate to Lauren especially from dealing with postpartum anxiety myself. It’s hard to distinguish at times what you’ve conjured in your head vs. what is really going on around you. The author did a great job portraying new parent life in a haunting but realistic way.

This is definitely a story that will stick with me for a long time-as well as have me checking my babies! 😉 Thank you to the author, publisher, and Netgalley for my copy.

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Book Review: The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary-3 Stars

When I saw everyone on bookstagram raving about this I decided to try it. I started it in July and finished it in December if that gives you an idea of how much I liked it or not…

The premise seems weird right off the bat but I’m a sucker for romances so I still plowed on. Tiffy needs a place to live, and Leon needs money, so he leases his flat to her.

Leon works nights as a hospice nurse and Tiffy works during the day, so neither should ever be in the apartment at the same time. They share the same bed, but at different times, and each on their side at night. They eventually start communicating with Post It notes left throughout the house before accidentally meeting in person.

The redeeming quality of this book was Leon’s brother, Richie’s story and ultimately Tiffy’s newfound strength and courage she comes to find in herself again. I was wholly invested in finding out how things work out for Richie, more so than I really cared about the romance between Tiffy and Leon. Besides Richie, there’s a few other side stories going on including one with one of Leon’s patients that I was interested in seeing how it played out.

I guess I’m more a fan of insta-love romances because this one took forever to really peak my interest which was unfortunate given how hyped up I noticed it was.

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Book Review: Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel- 4 Stars

For most of her young life, Rose Gold believed she was chronically ill, allergic to all kinds of food, and even wheelchair bound at times. Her mom took her to countless doctors, had numerous tests done, yet the doctors couldn’t solve Rose Gold’s problems. Until Rose Gold’s testimony in court sent her mom to prison for the crime of poisoning her child to the point of making her seriously sick!

Don’t go into this thinking it’s just another Munchausen by Proxy book because there are so many layers to unravel! Five years after she was sentenced, Patty is finally free, and of course she has no where to go. When you poison your own child your community and all of your friends shun you, apparently… So, Rose Gold agrees to let her mom stay with her and her son. Has she forgiven her mom, ready to put the past behind them, or is she ready to show her she’s not a weak, ill little girl anymore? It’s all about who wants revenge the most and who’s crazy enough to go to any length to get it!

Thank you to Berkley Pub and Netgalley for an ARC. Darling Rose Gold releases on March 17, 2020!

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Book Review: The Dilemma by B.A. Paris-3.5 Stars

What would you do if you had *potentially* life changing, earth shattering news that would ruin someone’s happy moment?

This is exactly what Adam struggles with the entire length of this book. His wife, Livia, has waited years for this moment-her extravagant fortieth birthday party. She’s excited and radiant, so when Adam discovers something that has the potential to ruin her day and upend their lives, what should he do?

Livia, while excited for her special day, is also wrestling with something she knows will shatter their picture perfect family when it comes to light. I was SO irritated with Livia almost the entire book. If she would just SHUT UP for a second and let Adam speak for crying out loud!

By keeping these secrets from each other, are they protecting one another or just being selfish? This book was completely different from the author’s other novels. I was expecting a thriller, but this one was an emotionally charged family drama. It’s about grief, relationships, secrets, and healing. Although I was irritated with Livia the majority of the book, I still enjoyed reading this one. It draws you in, kicks your heart up into your throat until you think you won’t be able to breathe until you find out how each other will solve their separate dilemmas.

Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and Netgalley for an ARC. The Dilemma releases June 30, 2020!

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Book Review: The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell- 4 Stars

When Libby turns 25 and receives a letter saying she’s inherited a mansion, she can’t believe it. When she was just 10 months old, police found her in her cot after discovering three dead bodies in the kitchen. Neighbors claim there were other children and adults that lived in that house too, so why is the baby the only one left? What happened all those years ago in this house at 16 Cheyne Walk?

Each chapter takes readers back in time before Libby was even born, alternating between the events of the present day. One of the main protagonists, Henry, grew up in that house and gives his account of what happened. I can’t tell much more without spoiling anything, but just know this is creepy and disturbing, but I was addicted from the beginning and hated every time I had to stop reading!

Thank you to NetGalley, Atria Books, and Simon & Schuster for an advanced copy of this book.

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Book Review: American Royals by Katharine McGee- 5 Stars

 

Imagine if George Washington hadn’t become president but rather a king? This royal twist on American history was a juicy, drama filled contemporary romance and I LOVED IT.

Beatrice has America on her shoulders as she’s next in line to become their first Queen. Thanks to her grandfather for breaking tradition and declaring the Crown will go to the oldest child no matter their gender, Beatrice has been preparing for this most of her life.  She’s always played the part of a regal, sophisticated lady who always follows the rules and sticks to tradition, but when the future seems so close, will she listen to her heart or the Crown? Her parents are putting the pressure on her to find a suitable husband, even going so far as to making her a list to choose from, but she quickly realizes the one she loves isn’t on that list.

This was a great start to a series- it’s fun, juicy, and royally romantic- I’m definitely looking forward to the sequel in 2020! If you enjoy reading YA or books regarding royals, give this one a go!

Thank you to Netgalley for an advance copy of this book.

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Book Review: The Chain by Adrian McKinty-3 Stars

The Chain was a diabolical thriller involving a chain of kidnappings. One parent must kidnap another child after they discover their own child has been taken. They will not get their child back until the parents of their victim takes a child. This was definitely a unique read with a well thought out plot, but it seemed a little slow moving and unbelievable. The ending was crazy and part two moved a lot faster than part one which was good.

As a mother, this whole premise was horrifying but ultimately I was left feeling a little let down with this one. It just started out slow, and it eventually ended with a big bang that seemed to come out of nowhere and seemed odd and far-fetched.