Regretting You

by Colleen Hoover

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Grief, Family, Frienship, Love, the ups and downs of mother daughter relationships! This book has it all and it is one that you will devour in one setting. You will be sad when your down and probably be in a bit of a reading slump when your down. This book will touch you and stay with you long after you are finished. At least for me all this is true! You just can’t go wrong with any Colleen Hoover book in my opinion. She is such a great writer and one I will always pick up! I am already looking forward to her next book. I hope all of you give Regretting You a read, be ready to fall in love with this book!

 

About the book: Morgan Grant and her sixteen-year-old daughter, Clara, would like nothing more than to be nothing alike.

Morgan is determined to prevent her daughter from making the same mistakes she did. By getting pregnant and married way too young, Morgan put her own dreams on hold. Clara doesn’t want to follow in her mother’s footsteps. Her predictable mother doesn’t have a spontaneous bone in her body.

With warring personalities and conflicting goals, Morgan and Clara find it increasingly difficult to coexist. The only person who can bring peace to the household is Chris—Morgan’s husband, Clara’s father, and the family anchor. But that peace is shattered when Chris is involved in a tragic and questionable accident. The heartbreaking and long-lasting consequences will reach far beyond just Morgan and Clara.

While struggling to rebuild everything that crashed around them, Morgan finds comfort in the last person she expects to, and Clara turns to the one boy she’s been forbidden to see. With each passing day, new secrets, resentment, and misunderstandings make mother and daughter fall further apart. So far apart, it might be impossible for them to ever fall back together.

 

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About the Author: Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of several novels, including the bestselling women’s fiction novel It Ends with Us and the bestselling psychological thriller Verity. She has won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance three years in a row—for Confess (2015), It Ends with Us (2016), and Without Merit (2017). Confess was adapted into a seven-episode online series. In 2015, Hoover and her family founded the Bookworm Box, a bookstore and monthly subscription service that offers signed novels donated by authors. All profits go to various charities each month to help those in need. Hoover lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys.

Thank you so very much Montlake Romance and Netgalley for allowing me to read Regretting You! All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

The Glittering Hour

by Iona Grey

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What a sweeping epic tale! I’m not sure I’ve read a book of this magnitude in years. It was one that I couldn’t put down and didn’t want it to end at the same time. I can’t wait to gift a copy to my mom for Christmas I really think she will fall in love with this book as much as I did. It is a historical tale and I love reading them in winter, I don’t know why but I do. This book is told between two timelines 1925 and 1936. You have family bonds being tested, secrets building and tearing apart, Love and hard choices to make. All the makings for a great book. If you love bittersweet love stories, and/or historical fiction than you might want to take a look at The Glittering Hour!
About the Book:

An unforgettable historical about true love found and lost and the secrets we keep from one another from an award-winning author

Selina Lennox is a Bright Young Thing. Her life is a whirl of parties and drinking, pursued by the press and staying on just the right side of scandal, all while running from the life her parents would choose for her.

Lawrence Weston is a penniless painter who stumbles into Selina’s orbit one night and can never let her go even while knowing someone of her stature could never end up with someone of his. Except Selina falls hard for Lawrence, envisioning a life of true happiness. But when tragedy strikes, Selina finds herself choosing what’s safe over what’s right.

Spanning two decades and a seismic shift in British history as World War II approaches, Iona Grey’s The Glittering Hour is an epic novel of passion, heartache and loss.

About the Author: IONA GREY is the author of the award winning Letters to the Lost. She has a degree in English Literature and Language from Manchester University, an obsession with history and an enduring fascination with the lives of women in the twentieth century. She lives in rural Cheshire with her husband and three daughters.
Thank you Thomas Dunne and St Martins Press for allowing me to read The Glittering Hour. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

The Last Affair

by Margot Hunt

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I could not put this book down. I read it so fast and enjoyed every minute of it. This book was all over the place but in a good way. The author weaved such a story with so many characters and their take on the events as they unfolded. We got many different points of view and got the see the people and how 1 affair unraveled and destroyed so many people. Yet that wasn’t even the shocking moment. While I knew many of the characters were unhinged I never ever guessed that what went down was going to go down! WOW – totally didn’t see it coming.

I loved how the book opens with the murder then we get all the months leading up to the climatic moment. Got to say in this one I can’t think of one main character that was likable or reliable.

If your looking for a great book to gift this holiday season to you or a fellow bookworm. Please think about adding THE LAST AFFAIR to your list. I know I will be reading more by this author in the future.

About the book: Gwen Landon—poster woman for perfect wife, mother, and suburban bliss—is found brutally bludgeoned to death behind her Floridian McMansion. Beautiful and beloved by her community, Gwen makes an unlikely victim. But just a scratch below the surface of her perfectly curated world reveals one far more sinister. When looking back over the six months leading up to her death, the question of, “who would do this?” quickly shifts to, “who wouldn’t?”

Commercially successful food blogger and mother of three, Nora Holliday never imagined she would have the nerve, let alone time, to get involved an affair. Trapped in an unhappy marriage, she does whatever it takes to keep it all together. But when Nora runs into Gwen Landon’s husband at a hotel in Orlando, his easy kindness and warmth proves too tempting to resist. As their affair spirals dangerously out of control, it seems things can’t get more complicated—until Gwen turns up dead.

Prologue Excerpt: Other than the woman’s blood-covered body splayed facedown in the grass, it could have been any typical upscale Floridian backyard.

There was the ubiquitous pool with a water fountain feature, a patio furnished with both a dining set and outdoor sectional couch, and an enormous gas grill capable of cooking hamburgers by the dozen. A large pergola with a tropical vine trained over it covered part of the patio. The dining area was shaded by a black-and-white-striped awning. It was the very picture of suburban domestic bliss. It could have been the set for a commercial advertising anything from laundry detergent to allergy medicine.

Again, except for the dead body.

The area had already been taped off. The first officers on the scene appeared with an ambulance in response to a frantic 911 call placed by the woman’s daughter. The paramedics had assessed the situation, and quickly determined that the woman was dead. The fact that the back of her head had been bashed in with what looked like a paving stone, conveniently dropped next to her prone body, made it immediately clear that it had not been a natural death. The responding officers called the sheriff, who responded by sending in a full investigative team. The medical examiner was now doing a preliminary examination of the body, while police officers combed the area for additional evidence. Two detectives, Mike Monroe and Gavin Reddick—separated by twenty years and sixty pounds—were overseeing the operation, standing at the edge of the patio under the shade of the pergola. It was the third week in April, but this was South Florida and the temperature had already climbed into the low nineties.

“The paving stone came from the stack out in the front yard. They were delivered last week by the company who’s installing the driveway,” Detective Reddick said. He was the younger of the two men and had a wiry frame and angular face.

“Weapon of convenience. Suggests it wasn’t premeditated,” Detective Monroe said. He had a ruddy complexion and a full head of thick dark hair, swept back off his face. A strand never moved out of place, even in a strong wind.

Plus he dropped the weapon, rather than taking it with him. Probably panicked.”

“Could be a she,” Monroe said mildly.

Reddick shrugged. “Blunt force trauma to the back of the head? You know the stats. Overwhelming likelihood that it’s a man, and probably someone the victim was intimately involved with. Husband, maybe a boyfriend.”

“The husband was with the daughter when she called it in.”

“Doesn’t mean he didn’t do it, and then had her place the call.”

“No, it doesn’t.”

The family had been sequestered indoors, both to keep them out of the way, and so that the officers waiting in the house with them could observe anything they did or said. Other than the husband, there was a daughter in her early twenties and a teenage son. The daughter was reportedly distraught, while the husband and son had both been eerily quiet. It was possible they were in shock.

“Do we have an ID on the victim?” Reddick asked.

“It’s her house,” Monroe grunted.

“Yeah, but I like doing things the official way, you know? I’s dotted, t’s crossed, all of that. Building a case, basic detective work.”

Despite the chilling scene in front of them—the woman’s body still sprawled on the grass, the back of her head a pulpy, bloody mess—the corner of Monroe’s mouth quirked up in a half smile. “Sure, kid, tell me all about basic detective work. I’ve only been doing this for, what…thirty-two years now? The husband ID’d her. Victim is Gwen Landon, age forty-nine. Married, mother of two. Husband said she hasn’t had any recent conflict with anyone.”

“Other than the person who caved in the back of her head with a paving stone,” Reddick pointed out.

“Wouldn’t be the first time a husband didn’t know his wife as well as he thought he did.”

“Possible. But there’s another possibility, too.”

“What’s that?”

Reddick turned to look at his partner. His eyes were small and dark, and he had a habit of squinting when he concentrated intently on something.

“The husband is a liar,” Reddick said.

 

 

Author BioMargot Hunt is a critically acclaimed author of psychological suspense. Her work has been praised by Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist and Kirkus Reviews.

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Thank you Netgalley and MIRA books for allowing me to read an advanced copy of THE LAST AFFAIR.

Day Zero

by Kelly DeVos

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It’s been a while since a YA apocalyptic book has grabbed my attention. DAY ZERO is book 1 in a duology and I really hope book 2 comes out in 2020 and I don’t have to wait to long to find out what happens. This book is set in the future where the nation is divided between two very divided political parties. The nation has erupted into chao and Jinx’s dad is being blamed for all the explosions and ensuing chaos. Only one thing for her and her siblings to do – go on the run and try to survive! She is called has been raised for this, she should be ready. She has the skills to survive and she knows what to do. But like any training do we remember everything we need to know at that moment when we need it most. Her siblings have not been raised for this and don’t know what to do. This book was non stop action and adventure. If you are looking for a good book for you or a fellow bookworm think about including DAY ZERO on your gift list.

About the Book: If you’re going through hell…keep going.

Seventeen-year-old coder Jinx Marshall grew up spending weekends drilling with her paranoid dad for a doomsday she’s sure will never come. She’s an expert on self-heating meal rations, Krav Maga and extracting water from a barrel cactus. Now that her parents are divorced, she’s ready to relax. Her big plans include making it to level 99 in her favorite MMORPG and spending the weekend with her new hunky stepbrother, Toby.

But all that disaster training comes in handy when an explosion traps her in a burning building. Stuck leading her headstrong stepsister, MacKenna, and her precocious little brother, Charles, to safety, Jinx gets them out alive only to discover the explosion is part of a pattern of violence erupting all over the country. Even worse, Jinx’s dad stands accused of triggering the chaos.

In a desperate attempt to evade paramilitary forces and vigilantes, Jinx and her siblings find Toby and make a break for Mexico. With seemingly the whole world working against them, they’ve got to get along and search for the truth about the attacks—and about each other. But if they can survive, will there be anything left worth surviving for?

Book Excerpt: Dr. Doomsday’s Guide to Ultimate Survival

Rule One: Always be prepared.

I exhale in relief when MacKenna pulls the car into the Halliwell’s Market parking lot. Because of the Sugar Sales Permit waiting list, old stores like these are the only places that carry Extra Jolt soda. I have to buy it myself, because Mom won’t keep any in the house.

She thinks too much caffeine rots your brain or something. Halliwell’s is a squat brown building that sits across the street from the mall and is next door to the town’s only skyscraper.

The First Federal Building was supposed to be the first piece of a suburban business district designed to rival the hip boroughs of New York. The mayor announced the construction of a movie theater, an apartment complex and an indoor aquarium. But the New Depression hit, and the other buildings never materialized.

The First Federal Building alone soars toward the clouds, an ugly glass rectangle visible from every neighborhood, surrounded by the old town shops that have been there forever. Most of the stores are empty.

We park in front of the market.

Our car nestles in the long shadow of the giant bank building.

Charles gets out and stands on the sidewalk in front of the car.

MacKenna opens her door. She hesitates again. “Listen, I know you might not want to hear this or believe it. But my book report wasn’t about hurting you or getting revenge. I’m trying to get you to see what’s really happening here. That Carver’s election is the start of something bad. We could use you at the rally. You’re one of the few people who understands Dr. Doomsday’s work. You could explain what he did. How he helped Carver cheat to win.”

“I’ve been planning this raid for months,” I say. My stomach churns, sending uncomfortable flutters through my insides. I don’t know what it would mean to talk about my father’s work. What I really want to do is pretend it doesn’t exist. Pretend the world is normal and whole.

I reassure myself with the reminder that there’s no way MacKenna is going to the rally either.

Out of the corner of my eye, I see Charles give us a small wave. Before MacKenna can say anything else, I get out and grab my backpack.

Inside Halliwell’s, I pick up a blue basket from the stack near the door. The small market is busy and full of other people shopping after school or work. The smell of pine cleaner hits me as we pass the checkout stations. They are super serious about germs and always cleaning between customers.

I leave MacKenna and Charles at the Click N’Grow rack near the door to check out the seed packets that my brother collects. Dad got Charles hooked on this computerized gardening that uses an e-tablet and a series of tiny indoor lights to create the ideal indoor planter box. Each week, they release a new set of exclusive seeds. Their genetic modifications are controversial…

 

About the Author: KELLY DEVOS is from Gilbert, Arizona, where she lives with her high school sweetheart husband, amazing teen daughter and superhero dog, Cocoa. She holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from Arizona State University. When not reading or writing, Kelly can typically be found with a mocha in hand, bingeing the latest TV shows and adding to her ever-growing sticker collection. Her debut novel, Fat Girl on a Plane, named one of the “50 Best Summer Reads of All Time” by Reader’s Digest magazine, is available now from HarperCollins.

Kelly’s work has been featured in the New York Times as well as on Salon, Vulture and Bustle.

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Thank you Netgalley and Inkyard Press for allowing me to read DAY ZERO. All reviews are my own thoughts and not influenced by the free book.

Cinderella Liberator

by Rebecca Solnit

illustrated by Arthur Rackham

 

Yes, I know this is a picture book but it is such a fun book to read I had to share it! It was even in the GoodReads Awards for 2019. Sadly I don’t think it made it to the final round but I do know it made it all the way to the semi finals!

I really loved this modern take on an old classic. Everyone knows the story of Cinderella but have you read Ella’s story. This book was fun to read and full of so many great messages. They talk about how beauty is in the eye of the beholder and everyone thinks different things about what is beautiful and what makes them happy. They talk about following your dreams and not conforming to who everyone around you wants you to be, and so much more. This book while it’s a picture book is really for the older reader. I don’t see a young reader or listener getting the messages out of it. They would like the story yes, but that is it. The middle grade, teen and even adult reader will get so much more out of this tale! If your younger reader/listener is looking for they get married and live happily ever after than this is not for them. One thing that the author did that is so different from the original is she had Cinderella aka: Ella’s parents be divorced and off on their own grand adventures. Her mom is a sea captain, sailing the big blue ocean. Her dad is off being a judge somewhere far away and so she is stuck at home taking care of her Evil wicked stepmom and her mean stepsisters.

I have so many quotes and thoughts written down from reading Cinderella Liberator. I’m glad I took the time to read it and it is one of my favorites this year. The illustrations are great to. I love that their is no detail just the silhouettes of what everything is. They color scheme inside is the same as the color scheme outside baby blue and black. I hope you take the time to grab a copy from your local library or bookstore and read this gem.

About the book: In this modern twist on the classic story, Cinderella, who would rather just be Ella, meets her fairy godmother, goes to a ball, and makes friends with a prince. But that is where the familiar story ends. Instead of waiting to be rescued, Cinderella learns that she can save herself and those around her by being true to herself and standing up for what she believes.

 

The Escape Room

by Megan Goldin

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The Escape Room has probably been one of the most buzzed about books this summer on Instagram and such. So many people have it on their TBR’s so I was so happy to be able to read it before it’s publication date. I want to go on an escape room adventure sometime, however not if they are like this! 🙂 This book is such a great escape and I enjoyed reading it. Were the characters like-able? NO! I don’t think I liked any of them. They were some of the most hateful people. However I think that was the author’s intentions, at least I hope it was. Was the book believable? I’m not sure for me no it wasn’t, it was good and predictable and a entertaining book to read. The one thing I really liked that I think is absolutely perfect for this book is we read the ending more or less as the prologue and then we go back to the beginning where it all began. So while we know the ending we get to see how it all unfolds and unravels to get to that point. While some books this would ruin the whole story for The Escape Room it totally works. In the end I enjoyed it, would recommend it and gave it 4 solid stars. I will be seeking out the author’s previous book and will read anything else she publishes. This is in my top 10 of 2019 for sure.

About the book: 

Vincent, Jules, Sylvie, and Sam are ruthlessly ambitious high-flyers working in the lucrative world of Wall Street finance where deception and intimidation thrive. Getting rich is all that matters, and they’ll do anything to reach the top.

When they are ordered to participate in a corporate team-building exercise that requires them to escape from a locked elevator, dark secrets of their team begin to be laid bare.

The biggest mystery to solve in this lethal game: What happened to Sara Hall? Once a young shining star—”now gone but not forgotten”.

This is no longer a game.
They’re fighting for their lives.

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MEGAN GOLDIN worked as a correspondent for Reuters and other media outlets where she covered war, peace, international terrorism and financial meltdowns in the Middle East and Asia. She is now based in Melbourne, Australia where she raises three sons and is a foster mum to Labrador puppies learning to be guide dogs. THE ESCAPE ROOM is her debut novel.

 

Thank you St Martin Press and Netgalley for allowing me to read The Escape Room. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

Gretchen

by Shannon Kirk

Publication date: July 23 2019

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Oh. My. Stars! This is the first book I’ve read by Shannon Kirk and it will not be the last. I’m on hold right now for her first one In The Vines. I couldn’t stop reading this book I was walking around my house cleaning and cooking all one handed because my kindle was glued to my hand. There was so many plot twist and turns, I couldn’t figure it out and I loved that I was surprised through out the whole book. I some what figured out the cat angle but that was it. Gretchen was probably the most creepy person I’ve read about in a thriller fiction. My stars she has more than a screw loose she is beyond words. Lucy and her mom’s dynamic was believable and I liked Lucy. She was a strong girl who had a lot of questions, no friends till she meets Gretchen and she’s not to sure about her but happy they are staying put and laying down some roots. She is getting older and starting to question things and that’s when her whole life takes a huge detour.  This whole book is like that one thread that is hanging off a blanket or shirt and you pull it to tighten but the whole thing just falls in a puddle. In this case it’s totally a good thing!  This book is a creepy, get under your skin unnerving psychological thrill ride that I didn’t want to get off. I was so sad when I finished it but I will read it again in a year or so but it will be one I re-read and buy the physical copy of the book when it comes to have on my shelf. I am going pre-ordered 2 books one for me and  I’m gifting one to my mom to read during her chemo treatments. She is going to love it and it will defiantly make time fly by. Gretchen gets 5 stars from me and is right now number 1 on my best books I’ve read in 2019 (and I’ve read 45 so far this year!) Will it fall from number 1 I really don’t see that happening but I do still need to read In The Vines so we will see. 🙂

About the book: The new tenants have a terrible secret. So do the landlord and his daughter… Ever since Lucy was two, she’s been on the run alongside her mother. She’s never understood the reason for a lifetime of paranoia, aliases, and lies. All she understands are the rules: never lock eyes with strangers, never let down your guard, and always be ready to move on. Finally, after thirteen years and eleven states, their next hideaway seems perfect. An isolated, fortress like place in the New Hampshire woods is the new home they share with its owner, a gentlemanly pianist, and his lonely daughter, Gretchen. She’s Lucy’s age and soon becomes Lucy’s first real friend. But Gretchen and her father have secrets of their own—and an obsession with puzzles that draws Lucy into a terrifying new game of hide-and-seek. Lucy’s dark past is about to come calling. And this time, for her and her mother in the house on the hill, it might be too late to run.

Thank you Netgalley for allowing me to read Gretchen by Shannon Kirk. All thoughts and opinions are mine and not influenced by the free book.