Book Review

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: The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James- 5 Stars

 

This was so creepy! A cold case mystery,  the paranormal, & dual timelines? Sign me up!

In small town Fell, New York, weird things happen at The Sun Down Motel. Doors open and shut, the smell of smoke wafts around, but no one is there. All of these things happened in the 80’s and they’re still happening in the present day when Carly shows up searching for answers about her aunt Viv who worked at the motel back in 1982. Carly’s just lost her mom and wants to know more about her mom’s sister, the aunt she never knew. Carly makes friends with a couple of locals and digs right into the library’s archives, but the real answers lie within the motel…

If you like strong Nancy Drew type heroines check this one out! 

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Book Review: You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen- 4 Stars

 

After Shay Miller witnesses something that shakes her to the core and upends her world day by day,, she thinks it must be fate becoming friends with sisters Cassandra and Jane Moore. Shay is lonely and upset but when the sisters welcome her in and things start happening in her favor, she can’t believe her newfound luck and friendships. Cassandra and Jane are wealthy, beautiful, poised, and intelligent women. They are so kind to Shay and she desperately needs someone who cares about her. But under the surface of the Moore sisters lives is something more sinister and messed up than Shay can imagine!

It is hard to review this without spoilers, but know that like the other books from this author duo, this is a fast paced  mystery that keeps you hooked until your jaw drops at the big revelation!

Thank you to St. Martin’s Press & Netgalley for my advance copy!

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BLOG TOUR! Book Review: My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing- 5 Stars {Repost}

I reviewed this title originally in May of last year when it was solely available in hardback, but now it has a dark new cover in paperback form!

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!

I definitely love this paperback cover more than the hardcover-it just seems so much more eerie! It’s available now, so keep your eyes out! Don’t miss this one!

Thanks to Berkley & Penguin Random House for letting me take part in this blog tour!

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BLOG TOUR! Book Review: The Grace Kelly Dress by Brenda Janowitz- 4 Stars

Princess Grace Kelly’s iconic wedding dress was one of those beauties that had brides clamoring for the exact same look on their special day. This is a story told through three generations of women.

In the late 1950’s, Rose, a seamstress for a highly respected atelier, is tasked with making a wedding gown similar to Grace Kelly’s. Rose is a talented and dedicated seamstress, but when she starts to befriend her client and fall in love with her client’s brother, can she stay focused on her project?

In the 80’s, Joanie is so excited to be wearing her mother’s dress-made with inspiration from Grace Kelly’s, it’s fit for a princess, and Joanie can’t wait for her special day with the special dress. While she does appreciate the gown’s original beauty, she wants to make it her own and adds sleeves much like the dress Princess Diana wore. But when she finds out the truth about her sister, she begins to question if she really knows anything!

In the present day, Rocky is dreading wearing the esteemed wedding dress that has been passed down from generation to generation. She’s a successful entrepreneur who never really saw eye to eye with her mother. She knows this dress isn’t her style, but doesn’t want to hurt her mother.

With each woman, we see glimpses into their family life and romances,  how they are connected to the dress, and what it means to them. This was such a wonderful book. I loved how the story and the dress spanned through time and I enjoyed learning more about the women who were tied to it. A charming story of love, hope, and second chances, this is definitely one to read.

Thank you to Harlequin/Harper Collins & Netgalley for my advance copy and letting me take part in this blog tour. The Grace Kelly Dress is out today!

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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 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: Outscored (Rinkside in the Rockies #3) by Aven Ellis- 5 Stars

Whitney is a seasonal decorator who meets hockey player Gavin while shopping for gnomes at a flea market! The two hit it off immediately. Whitney is so cute and unique. I love her job-getting to decorate homes and businesses for a particular season or holiday sounds so exciting! She’s great at what she does with her routine client base, but doesn’t know how to put herself out their for new business which is getting her some flak at work. Gavin is the team captain, and he’s more than ready to be back on the ice after a traumatic and painful injury. He doesn’t want to let anyone down or seem weak, or like a failure. They encourage each other while struggling with their own anxieties and worries and dealing with past relationship failures.

Their friendship and romance felt so real and sweet. I love all their fun quirks, inside jokes, and the chemistry they shared.  The romance is swoony and heartwarming but like every relationship, it comes with its fair share of drama, conflict, and misunderstanding. This book is also the perfect romantic Halloween read due to a super sweet scene at Gavin’s Halloween party!

I adore Aven’s books, and this is no exception! Especially since the heroine is a redhead named Whitney! 😉 Check this one out if you enjoy reading romance, hockey themed books, or fun, lighthearted novels with a happy ending!

Thank you to the author for my copy of this book!