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BLOG TOUR! Book Review: Truths I Never Told You by Kelly Rimmer-4 Stars

 

When the Walsh siblings make the hard decision to move their father into a care facility, the youngest sibling Beth volunteers to clean out the family home. Beth is on maternity leave and figures taking on this challenge will help her get through her days because she finds herself struggling more and more with motherhood. When she discovers the door to the attic is padlocked and they have to essentially break in, she finds paintings and dark, depressing diary entries scattered among candy wrappers and other junk causing her to question everything she knew about her mother and her childhood. 

Told in two different timelines, Beth as a mother in 1996, and her mother Grace, in 1957. Grace is young and in love, ultimately marrying and having several children very close together. Each diary entry sheds light on a struggling wife and mother, drowning in problems and dealing with them all on her own. Maternal health and societal expectations were very different in the 50’s and 60’s but Beth finds herself recognizing some of her own struggles written in her mom’s diary.

While I ultimately enjoyed the story and the family dynamics, this was a very heavy and emotional book to read. It deals with postpartum depression and Alzheimer’s/Dementia. At times, this book was too much to handle and I had to take a break from reading for a couple days. If you enjoy family dramas with a little mystery thrown in, give this one a try. 

Thank you to Netgalley and Harlequin Trade Publishing for my copy. This book is out today!

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Book Review: My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing- 5 Stars

This will be a pretty short review because it will be too easy to give away spoilers if I say too much!

A husband and wife need to spice up their marriage. Instead of counseling, more date nights or intimate time, they turn to murder. Scheming, plotting, messed up murders. Told from the husband’s point of view, My Lovely Wife is disturbing and thrilling. The couple themselves are so dark, one more so than the other, and I was glued to the pages pretty much all day, just waiting to see what would happen next!

There are SO many twists, and that bombshell at the end- woah! I will say I started to figure out what was really going on in this relationship but it didn’t ruin the book for me at all. I read a lot of psychological thrillers and this one was definitely unique and different from the typical thriller!

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Book Review: All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover-3.5 Stars

I don’t like to do spoilery reviews on my site so this will probably be a very short review so I don’t give too much away. I usually love CoHo’s books, I want to say that first off, but this was my least favorite.

All Your Perfects tells the story of Graham and Quinn-their first meeting, the falling in love, the marriage, and the absolute wreck of a life they are both living in the present tense.The chapters alternate between THEN and NOW telling their story. I only liked the last 15% of the book, and the “THEN” chapters. On a very small level I can relate to Quinn in one aspect but overall I found her actions and treatment of Graham detestable. Obviously Graham is not without fault here either but Quinn, Quinn just really did me over.

I did not find myself as emotionally invested in this book as I have with all her other books. Like I said, the last 15% was amazing, it wrecked me with every emotion I have, but it wasn’t enough to redeem the book as a whole. I do hope for a sequel though to finish out the rest of their story!

 

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Book Review: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover-4 Stars

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Out of all the CoHo books I’ve read, this is the one I’ve liked the least. It wasn’t that I didn’t LIKE it, it just didn’t tear up my emotions the way her others have.

Ugly Love is about Tate, a nurse, and Miles, a pilot. Basically, the two start a “relationship” solely revolving around sex. No love. Miles tells Tate not to ask about his past, nor expect a future with him, and she agrees.

It’s obvious there’s becoming more between the two of them. But Tate knows nothing can happen. The story flashes back to about 6 years prior in Miles’s life where something terrible happened to him that has caused him to swear to never give his heart away to anyone. But what happens when “Hearts get infiltrated. Promises get broken. Rules get shattered. Love gets ugly?” 

 

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Book Review: See Me by Nicholas Sparks-4.5 Stars

 

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I haven’t read Nicholas Sparks in a long time but “See Me” has been on my list for awhile and I’m really glad I got around to reading it. “See Me” strays from Sparks’s usual dramatic romance as this is a thriller as well.

Colin-a hunky bad boy with a reputation for fighting, he’s trying to get his teaching degree and turn his life around for good. He’s taken up MMA fighting to keep his anger in check, and studies hard in school. His criminal record was expunged but a certain detective, Detective Margolis, has made it his mission to check in with Colin regularly so that when he messes up the teeniest amount, Margolis can haul him off to jail.

Maria- a beautiful, intelligent, lawyer-a previous case involving domestic violence ending in multiple deaths has left her feeling dejected in her job. She’s stuck at a firm with a partner who sexually harasses her constantly, and her work load is never ending. It seems the only time she can relax is at brunch on Sundays with her loving tight-knit family each week.

One rainy night and a flat tire bring Maria and Colin together, but not really in a good way at first! Thankfully, Maria’s younger sister Serena, a vivacious, social media butterfly, and outgoing party-goer, has classes with Colin and sets the two up.

Colin isn’t Maria’s type, but there’s something about his honesty and passion (and okay, he’s hot too!) that she can’t stay away from. Colin has great friends- Evan, who happens to also be his landlord, and Evan’s fiance, the epitome of a southern belle, Lily. I loved this friendship of these three almost as much as I loved Colin and Maria’s romance. The two fall in love quickly, but obviously, there’s bound to be some kinks along the way.

Unfortunately, one of Maria’s past criminal cases involving a family whose daughter was murdered is creeping back up. People are angry at Maria, blaming her for Cassie’s death. And they want revenge.

I alternated reading the print book and listening to audio (for the first time!) and really enjoyed it. The narrator of the audio was FANTASTIC- I loved how swiftly he could change the tone and voice for each of the characters.

While this had some of the blissful, relatable romance one can expect from a Sparks novel, it had quite a bit of mystery and suspense as well. I could have done with less fright and more romance. I didn’t find myself ugly crying at the love story part like I normally would at his novels, but I thoroughly enjoyed the thriller aspect and I was completely taken by surprise at the reveal, so I would recommend!

 

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The Fault In Our Stars- 5 Stars

This book…. I’m not even sure I can review this book adequately enough. This will probably be one of my shortest reviews. “I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and  then all at once.” Before I started reading, I knew it was a book about kids who have cancer. Depressing, right? Wrong. Well, somewhat wrong. Of course it was sad, but there were moments of joy, laughter, and love. *I’m cheesy, I know* This isn’t a book about kids who have cancer, or who are dying from cancer.. NO. This is a book that shows how deep love can go when you’re truly living.

Anyway, the book revolves around Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters. The thing I loved most about this book is how real it felt. This book is a legit emotional roller coaster. I’ve seen a few reviews that remark on how the dialogue between Hazel and Gus doesn’t seem real for teens. But I think it works well in this novel because these teens have seen and felt so much in their short lives struggling with cancer. They had to stop being children earlier than they should because of their diseases. The love story between Hazel Grace and Augustus was one of the best love stories I’ve read in a while. Some people, once they are terminally diagnosed, try to live life to the fullest, and others decide that since they are dying they may as well get on with it. HG and Gus know they aren’t going to live long but that doesn’t stop them from loving each other. This story doesn’t end like a sappy romance novel, but I still enjoyed it. It isn’t your typical YA novel, either. These kids are dealing with more pressing issues than “who is going to be prom king?” They are dying, they have to think about death clothes and hooking up G-tubes and oxygen tanks and trying to keep their hearts beating and their lungs breathing! Gus wants to leave his mark on the world, be remembered by/for something, but Hazel could only care about being remembered by Gus. This was an emotional novel, but not one that left me feeling completely void of happiness. I recommend you read it, NOW! Okay? Okay. 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11870085-the-fault-in-our-stars