The Witch House of Persimmon Point

by Suzanne Palmieri

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When Byrd Whalen returns to her family’s ancestral home to uncover secrets threatening to destroy a legacy she holds dear, the dark haunted histories of the Amore women reveal themselves, leading Byrd to question everything she’s ever believed about herself in Palmieri’s fourth novel.

 

First Thoughts:

I have never read a book by Suzanne Palmieri. So I went into this with no back history or sure if it was related to any of the other Witch books she has written. I picked this one up first from my BookSpark Fall Reading Challenge box because I thought: Witches and Mystery a perfect spooktober read.

Characters:

The characters were very well developed and you get a whole history lesson on all the important back characters. This really helped me as a first time reader and I enjoyed getting to know the history of the Amore Women. They are a strong group of women and I really feel in love with their characters.  I will be checking out more of her books to see if I can read more about the fabulous Byrd Whalen.

Plot and Writing:

The author did a fabulous job and not making me feel lost and like I should stop reading. The writing flowed well and made reading though this book a breeze. The plot was a big heavy one with a lot of back story and family history. She did great at weaving that in throughout  the book.  There was so much going on but you can tell she knows and loves her characters.

Final Thoughts:

Well this wasn’t a spooktober book to read for the mystery and witches that I was think it would be about. However I got a sweet family story with so many new characters that I want to read more about. I will be checking out the rest of her books. Overall I really enjoyed this one and so happy I was introduced to a new to me author.

Thank you St Martins Press, BookSpark Fall Reading Challenge and Suzanne Palmieri for allowing me to read The Witch House of Persimmon Point. All thoughts and opinions are mine and not influenced by the free book.

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Behind Closed Doors

by B.A. Paris

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Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He’s a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You’re hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.

But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are inseparable.

Some might call this true love. Others might wonder why Grace never answers the phone. Or why she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. Or why she never seems to take anything with her when she leaves the house, not even a pen. Or why there are such high-security metal shutters on all the downstairs windows.

Some might wonder what’s really going on once the dinner party is over, and the front door has closed.

 

First Thoughts:

My first initial thoughts were this is really good I’m going to like this psychological thriller. Than I got further into the book and decided Yikes, this book is disturbing on so many levels. What is even more disturbing is that there are people this twisted and sick out there.

Characters:

Jack and Grace are the envy couple of their friends. Jack is a high-powered attorney working to save women from their abusive husbands and boyfriends. Grace is the timid wife that is the perfect hostess and very loving sister. Millie is Grace’s sister who is sweet and very intuitive to what people are really like.  Esther is the meddling new friend that Grace really needs since she also things something is not right. There are more characters but these are the ones that really stuck out for me.

Plot and Writing:

The plot to Behind Closed Doors was good don’t get me wrong it was just so dark and twisted that it really got to me through out reading this. I had to read 2 books at the same time. Since at times I really just wanted to read something happy-go-lucky. B.A. Paris is a good writer and definitely writes one dark twisted thriller. I will read another book by B.A. Paris.  Her next one The Breakdown comes out June 20, 2017. While I can say Behind Closed Doors might not be a favorite since it made me uncomfortable reading it. I did  finish it and she does such big plot twist and reveals. It was great to read how the story unfolds and I loved seeing everything from Grace’s eyes.

Final Thoughts:

My final thoughts on Behind Closed Doors is that it’s not for every reader. It will crawl under your skin and get to you at times. It is crazy to think there are people out there this mean, crazy, and twisted but there are. I can say while at times Grace really made me mad for staying I still liked her, Millie and Esther the best. If you read this you might want to have a happy book to grab at times. Overall I could see this being made into a movie.

thank you BookSpark Fall Reading Challenge, B.A. Paris and St Martins Press for allowing me to read this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book. 

 

Karolina’s Twins

by Ronald H Balson

 

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Karolina’s Twins was simply amazing. This book captured me and held me, it was so captivating. I found myself wanting to skip doing stuff because I didn’t want to stop reading.  The present day story with her back story really made this 2 books in one. I loved it so much and will be buying a hardback as soon as it comes out. This book is for every reader that loves WWII stories. I read the author loosely based this on a real story. I can’t even imagine the horrors they and she experienced and would like to thank her and the author for sharing this story. It has touched me and will stay with me always. Karolina’s Twins is my number 1 read of 2016 and top 20 of all time!

She made a promise in desperation Now it’s time to keep it Lena Woodward, elegant and poised, has lived a comfortable life among Chicago Society since she immigrated to the US and began a new life at the end of World War II. But now something has resurfaced that Lena cannot ignore: an unfulfilled promise she made long ago that can no longer stay buried. Driven to renew the quest that still keeps her awake at night, Lena enlists the help of lawyer Catherine Lockhart and private investigator Liam Taggart. Behind Lena’s stoic facade are memories that will no longer be contained. She begins to recount a tale, harkening back to her harrowing past in Nazi-occupied Poland, of the bond she shared with her childhood friend Karolina. Karolina was vivacious and beautiful, athletic and charismatic, and Lena has cherished the memory of their friendship her whole life. But there is something about the story that is unfinished, questions that must be answered about what is true and what is not, and what Lena is willing to risk to uncover the past. Has the real story been hidden these many years? And if so, why? Two girls, coming of age in a dangerous time, bearers of secrets that only they could share. Just when you think there could not be anything new to ferret out from World War II comes Karolina’s Twins, a spellbinding new novel by the bestselling author of Once We Were Brothers and Saving Sophie. In this richly woven tale of love, survival and resilience during some of the darkest hours, the unbreakable bond between girlhood friends will have consequences into the future and beyond.

Thank you so very much St Martin’s Press and Ronald Balson for allowing me to read Karolina’s Twins. This book was simply amazing, and so captivating. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

I’ve Got Sand In All the Wrong Places

by Lisa Scottoline Francesca Serritella

I’m a big fan of Lisa Scottoline but have never read the non fiction books written by her and her daughter. I have to admit I’ve never really read a whole lot non fiction but I would read more if they were all this fun. I’ve Got Sand in all the Wrong Places was a laugh out loud funny book. I enjoyed all the stories some I  couldn’t stop laughing at. The best one for me was Fighting Like… by Francesca Serritella. I have kids and I have pets so this one was that I could relate to. These book was a light hearted easy to read book that makes it perfect for summer reading. This is one of those feel good books that isn’t too heavy and one all can find a story or two or three or more that they love. The stories are short and this book can be read in big reading session or a story or two at bedtime. I would gift this book to my friends and would recommend it to any reader. I will be grabbing the rest of their funny relate able  books from my local library. I’m so happy I found out about this side of Lisa Scottoline and was able to read the book.

summary: Lisa and Francesca are back with another collection of warm and witty stories that will strike a chord with every woman. This six book series is among the best reviewed humor books published today and has been compared to the late greats, Erma Bombeck and Nora Ephron. Delia Ephron said of the fifth book in the series, Have a Nice Guilt Trip, “Lisa and Francesca, mother and daughter, bring you the laughter of their lives once again and better than ever. You will identify with these tales of guilt and fall in love with them and fierce (grand) Mother Mary.” This seventh volume will not disappoint as it hits the humorous and poignant note that fans have come to expect from the beloved mother-daughter duo.

thank you so much St Martin’s Press, Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella for allowing me to read and review I’ve Got Sand in all the Wrong Places. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the free book.

Everybody Rise

by Stephanie Clifford

So I was ready for some chick lit summer reading and thought Everybody Rise sounded like it fit. Evelyn has tried to distance herself from her social climbing parents and forge a path for herself. However she finds herself right back in the social climbing every person for them self society where money talks and she is trying hard to pretend to be old money. Maybe it was just the reading mood I was in since my friend read it when it first came out and loved it. I think it would be a pretty good movie but the characters on the paper just didn’t click for me. It is a cautionary tale and has all the:  be careful who your friends are, keep your enemies close and be careful what you wish for moments. Some parts were pretty funny and while for me I couldn’t click with the characters I wish Evelyn had stayed true to who she really was. Everybody Rise like any book isn’t for every reader while I liked it OK many love this. I hear it is going to become a movie and I would go see it on the big screen I really think that would make it come to life more for me than it did in book format. All and all I’d say this was a decent chick lit summer read.

summary: It’s 2006 in the Manhattan of the young and privileged, and a new generation of heirs and strivers are jockeying for social power and discovering that class, especially on the Upper East Side, still holds sway. At 26, Evelyn Beegan is the product of new money, propelled by her social-climbing mother through an elite prep school, a posh college, and into Manhattan. Evelyn has always managed to stay just on the periphery of this world her mother so desperately wants her to become a part of. But when she takes a job at a new social networking site aimed at her very elite peers, she’s forced to leverage her few connections to work her way to the front of the pack.

thank you BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge, St Martins Press and Stephanie Clifford for allowing me to read and review Everybody Rise. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.