by Emily Carpenter
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This book did not disappoint. I discovered Emily Carpenter last year when I read her book Every Single Secret. I knew right then that I had to read any book she published. She creates such a fast moving story that instantly hooks you from page one. In Until The Day I Die you are swept up into the Erin a recent widow. She has a lot on her plate – she is grieving the death of her husband, the company they built is skyrocketing, her daughter is getting ready to go off to college and while she doesn’t know it someone very close to her wants her gone. I read this book is a day and a half and was sad when I finished it. This like all her books was so good you don’t want to put it down. My only complaint was the ending did seem more rushed that her other novels, but it didn’t take away from my rating it is still a solid 4 stars for me.
About the book: If there’s a healthy way to grieve, Erin Gaines hasn’t found it. After her husband’s sudden death, the runaway success of the tech company they built with their best friends has become overwhelming. Her nerves are frayed, she’s disengaged, and her frustrated daughter, Shorie, is pulling away from her. Maybe Erin’s friends and family are right. Maybe a few weeks at a spa resort in the Caribbean islands is just what she needs to hit the reset button…
Shorie is not only worried about her mother’s mental state but also for the future of her parents’ company. Especially when she begins to suspect that not all of Erin’s colleagues can be trusted. It seems someone is spinning an intricate web of deception—the foundation for a conspiracy that is putting everything, and everyone she loves, at risk. And she may be the only one who can stop it.
Now, thousands of miles away in a remote, and oftentimes menacing, tropical jungle, Erin is beginning to have similar fears. Things at the resort aren’t exactly how the brochure described, and unless she’s losing her mind, Erin’s pretty sure she wasn’t sent there to recover—she was sent to disappear.
Thank you Lake Union Publishing and Netgalley for allowing me to read this great book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.
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by Barbara Davis
When Never Comes is a book about finding yourself again when you never realized you were lost to begin with. Christy Lynn hasn’t had it easy she is the child of an addict, went into foster care in her teens and ran away right after. She made something of herself in the publishing world and meet her handsome prince a famous author who whisked her off her feet and they got married. However everything comes crashing down when she gets a middle of the night knock on the door and finds out not only is she a widow now but her husband Stephen was having an affair. With photos leaked and the secret out she grabs very little from the house and runs. She runs to the first place that she can and it ends up being the cute little town her and Stephen went to on their honeymoon. While she didn’t plan to stay there she ends up setting down new roots and creating a life she wants but she still has a lot of unanswered questions so she starts poking around and learns more than she bargained for when she meets the “other” woman’s family. Now she has even more questions and begins to realize she might not have even known the man she was supposedly in love with. Could she have been that blind when it came to her husband? When Never Comes is full of a great cast of characters and some shady ones you wish would just crawl back under the rock they came out of. This book is a great beach/pool read this summer. It is a fast read not that heavy and has the happily ever after in the end. Christy Lynn is strong and vulnerable and has a great heart. I really enjoyed her character and all her new friends as well. I’m so glad I went beyond my usual mystery thriller and requested this book.
About the book: As a teenage runaway and child of an addict, Christy-Lynn learned the hard way that no address was permanent, and no promise sacred. For a while, she found a safe haven in her marriage to bestselling crime novelist Stephen Ludlow—until his car skidded into Echo Bay. But Stephen’s wasn’t the only body pulled from the icy waters that night. When details about a mysterious violet-eyed blonde become public, a media circus ensues, and Christy-Lynn runs again.
Desperate for answers, she’s shattered to learn that Stephen and his mistress had a child—a little girl named Iris, who now lives in poverty with her ailing great-grandmother. The thought of Iris abandoned to the foster care system—as Christy-Lynn once was—is unbearable. But she’s spent her whole life running—determined never to be hurt again. Will she finally stand still long enough to open herself up to forgiveness and love?
Thank you Lake Union Publishing and Netgalley for allowing me to read When Never Comes. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.
by Emily Carpenter
This is the first Emily Carpenter book I’ve read. I have The Weight of Lies in my TBR pile and trust me after reading Every Single Secret I’m moving that book up to the top. What caught my eye was the cover. I loved the cover and wondered why all the birdhouses. Well the birdhouses will make sense once you read the book! The setting was creepy and one you just couldn’t put your finger on way it put you on edge. It reminded me of old gothic suspense novels that I’ve read in the past. This book was so good and I never figured it all out. Heck I didn’t even scratch the surface of all the dysfunction going on with Heath, Daphne and so many other characters. Heath thinks going on a 7 day couple retreat to figure out why he has nightmares and night terrors will help. The doctor is said to be the best in the field but is he really? Once in the secluded house with no phones, wifi or way to contact the outside world Daphne starts to get on edge things are not adding up and she things something is very wrong! Then everything starts to unravel things go from bad to beyond bad in a heartbeat. Daphne needs to get out of this couples retreat and fast if she is going to make it out alive. Luca is the cook and has been trying to tell her to run but he is also in danger. The writing goes from the day everything comes to a head and then the days leading up to the final day. I really can’t say much without ruining the book but I can say RUN to your local library or bookstore and grab a copy of Every Single Secret! It’s out no and you will not be disappointed. They only thing that will disappoint you is when you finish the last page and your done with this great book.
About the book: Emotionally guarded Daphne Amos always believed she’d found a kindred spirit in her fiancé, Heath. Both very private people, they’ve kept their pasts hidden from the world, and each other, until Heath’s escalating nightmares begin to put an undeniable strain on their relationship. Determined to give their impending marriage the best chance of succeeding, Heath insists that Daphne join him on a seven-day retreat with Dr. Matthew Cerny, a psychologist celebrated for getting to the root of repressed memories. Daphne reluctantly agrees—even though the past is the last place she wants to go.
The retreat’s isolated and forbidding location increases her unease, as do the doctor’s rules: they must relinquish their keys and phones, they’ll be monitored at all hours by hidden cameras, and they’re never to socialize with the other guests.
One sleepless night, Daphne decides to leave her room…and only then does she realize that the institute is not at all what it seems—and that whatever’s crying out from Heath’s past isn’t meant to be heard. It’s meant to be silenced.
Thank you Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for allowing me to read Every Single Secret. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.
by Kerry Lonsdale
Sous chef Aimee Tierney has the perfect recipe for the perfect life: marry her childhood sweetheart, raise a family, and buy out her parents’ restaurant. But when her fiancé, James Donato, vanishes in a boating accident, her well-baked future is swept out to sea. Instead of walking down the aisle on their wedding day, Aimee is at James’s funeral—a funeral that leaves her more unsettled than at peace.
As Aimee struggles to reconstruct her life, she delves deeper into James’s disappearance. What she uncovers is an ocean of secrets that make her question everything about the life they built together. And just below the surface is a truth that may set Aimee free…or shatter her forever.
Not a full review of this one. Sorry it just wasn’t a favorite of mine from the box. I tried so many times to like it. I did finish it but read another book while reading this one. Over all I found a lot of it to be unrealistic, just can’t imagine that to happen or how she would react to finding out things. On one hand you could say Aimee was in a state of shock and reacted that way because of that. On the other hand you could say come on Aimee the evidence was starting you right in the face. I went into this book really expecting to love it it has a mix bag of stars on GoodReads so I think this is one of those books that is very extreme one way or another. The final thing that threw me on the not to much of a fan was the incest topic.
thank you BookSpark Fall Reading Challenge, Kerry Londale and Lake Union Publsihing for allowing me to read this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.
by Steena Holmes
Oh my gosh have a box of tissues ready this book is a major tear jerker. I was balling like a baby by the end and I loved this book! This book really captured me and held me till the very last page. I loved the couple Claire and Josh I mean what’s not to love about a husband/wife children’s book author and illustrator team. Add the fact that they were just so sweet and going through so much. I mean when you hear the saying they just can’t catch a break this couple couldn’t. It was one heartbreaking moment after another. The heartbreak was broken up with happy moments but man pass the tissues please moments were through out the whole book. Both tears of joy and heartbreak, Steena Holmes out did herself with Saving Abby! While this isn’t a light hearted book most want to read through out their summer reading I really think you must add this one to the list, move it to the top of the list! Claire, Josh, and Abby will capture your heart and I can’t say it enough I loved this book! The writing was great and easy to read and believable. The characters were great, although I will say I was a little mad at Claire’s best friend and doctor but I still liked her. I know this is not based on any true stories or anything but I’ve read stories very similar to this happening to pregnant moms and having to make the decisions that they had to make is just to unimaginable it’s a no win situation. Run out to your local bookstore or library, make a pit stop at the store to grab some tissues and comfort ice cream and read Saving Abby. I hope it touches your heart as much as it touched mine.
summary: All children’s book illustrator Claire Turner ever wanted was to be a mother. After six years of trying to conceive, she and her husband, Josh, have finally accepted that she will never be pregnant with a child of their own.
Yet once they give up hope, the couple gets the miracle they’ve been waiting for. For the first few months of her pregnancy, Claire and Josh are living on cloud nine. But when she begins to experience debilitating headaches, blurred vision, and even fainting spells, the soon-to-be mother goes to the doctor and receives a terrifying diagnosis. Since any treatment could put their unborn baby’s life at risk, the Turners must carefully weigh their limited options. And as her symptoms worsen, Claire will have to make an impossible decision: Save her own life, or save her child’s?
thank you so very much BookSpark Summer Reading Challenge, Lake Union Publishing and Steena Holmes for allowing me to read and review Saving Abby. All thoughts and opinions are mine and not influenced by the free book.