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Sticks and Bones - Carolyn Haines

Sarah Booth Delaney is back and I like it!!!! I absolutely love this series. And, if you have never tried it, Carolyn makes it easy for you to pick up the series at any point.

In this book, there's a new character, Frangelica "Sister" McFee. She is the MOST obnoxious person I think that I have read that has come to Sunflower County. She has just written a book about the mysterious death of her mother, Cleo, and her brother, Son. She's back in town to brag, brag, and brag. And, she's brought a movie crew with her that's going to film her book. This woman is mean to everyone, but mostly Tilley. She goes out of her way to be mean to her.

I have to add this note: who calls their children Sister and Son? A strange family, that's who and that is exactly what Sister and her dad are.

Sarah Booth and Tilley are hired to find out "if" Sister's brother really killed himself and his mother that fateful night as written in Sister's book. This puts them on another course for danger and this one sometimes gets a little hard to see who's on who's side until all of the pieces of jigsaw are out of the box and put together.

Another great Sarah Booth Delaney read that was very humorous, entertaining, full of suspects, danger, and truly enjoyable. Oh, and then there's Jitty, she's upping the number of appearances. She NEEDS an heir! Ha!

Thanks to St. Martin's Press and Net Galley for approving me and allowing me to read and review yet another great read in the Sarah Booth Delaney series.

The Darkest Lies: A gripping psychological thriller with a shocking twist - Barbara Copperthwaite

I really, really liked this book. However, I did have a few issues with it. Melanie, the mother, drove me crazy when she would go to the police on every little hint of something that happened with her daughter. Or, when she would go to the townspeople specifically to accuse them. I understood her frustration. It was a small town. Things don't happen there that someone doesn't know anything about. Also, my stomach kind of turned when I suspected Melanie's new friend had something to do with Beth's disappearance. The thought that she is riding around with him?

All of that put aside, the book is so good that you can overlook this crazy woman who berates most of the town insinuating they know something about her missing daughter.

And the ending, definitely classic and I even did a major fist pump after reading it.

A great read that I just could not put down as there were so many suspects and so many clues, I was so perplexed, I just had to know!

Huge thanks to Bookouture and Net Galley for approving and allowing me to read and review this thriller.

White Fur - Jardine Libaire

A very, very strange love story about a rich boy who is enthralled with a very poor girl and her lifestyle. He's a very sad boy even with all his money. He sees this girl with nothing and how happy she is and he just doesn't understand it. How can she be so happy when she has nothing?

He asks her to be his girlfriend and gives up his money. Maybe together with her, he can find that happiness too.

Then one night, through no choice of his own, his rich friends really mess with his psyche. Will he overcome this?

An interesting love story told in a very unusual way.

Thanks to Crown Publishing and Net Galley for allowing me to read and review this out of the ordinary love story.

The Sweet Smell of Magnolias and Memories - Celeste Fletcher McHale

I absolutely loved this book. A man and a woman find something (love?) during three days spent on a roof after a flood. For Jacey and Colin, that was a year ago and they haven't seen each other since despite their promises to get in touch after everything was normal again.

The story of what happened during that year to each of them was emotional, sad and perplexing for at least one of the couple. The other one left in a coma with amnesia, but they remembered they had the other's number. Which unfortunately got lost in the shuffle.

The story continues on placing this couple together and apart and then over again. There are other plots going on also. Such as what happened to the mother and her three boys that were also on the roof.

A great love story between all of the characters who just happened to be on that roof for three days together during the flood with storms, thunder and lightning. A story that I thoroughly enjoyed and would most certainly recommend.

Thanks to Thomas Nelson-Fiction and Net Galley for approving and allowing me to read and review this book.

Secrets in Summer: A Novel - Nancy Thayer

Such a heartwarming, sad, humorous, entertaining and enjoyable read. I really got into this book and could not put it down.

Darcy lives in her childhood home which she inherited from her grandmother in Nantucket. She is a year round resident and she has done something she's never done before. She has become close to the summer renters. And, it just so happens, one of those renters is the stepdaughter of her ex-husband who is renting the property behind her. Of all the houses in Nantucket, he has to pick that one. Ha! This leads up to pretty interesting reading and is just one of the plots that is being told in this story.

There are several plots and lots of quirky, endearing characters. You will definitely need tissues for this one as the summer ends.

Thanks to Random House and Net Galley for approving and allowing me to read and review this book.

The Perfect Stranger: A Novel - Megan Miranda

I loved "All the Missing Girls" and could not wait to reading this book. It has been sitting on my TBR pile since the beginning of the year. And, like her other book, this one did not fail to disappoint.

This one had me going crazy. I was starting to wonder if there was an Emmy or not. I read the pages, Leah and Emmy had conversations. Were they her dreams or not? This was such a great suspenseful thriller. So many things stacked up against Leah. The author did an excellent job and I absolutely loved the ending.

I am definitely looking forward to Megan Miranda's next offering and will hungrily grab it up and make it mine.

Thanks to Simon & Schuster and Net Galley for approving and allowing me to read and review this thriller!

It's Always the Husband - Michele Campbell

What can I say about this book? I think (I read it several days ago) that the major thing I remember is the ending. The ending was never ending, the author kept coming back and adding just a little more. Just when you think you know what happened on the bridge, the story is added to. Then back to the other plots going on and then back to the bridge, another addition. So now you know. Then back to the other plots, then bridge, then another addition. And, again you know. This happens several times and each time, my jaw dropped. Until the last two or three pages of the book, then my reaction was "OMG".

I loved this book. This story of three girls rooming together in college and then growing up leading their own respective lives. Always in contact until the children and life came around, but they always made time for each other. And, the differences in these girls. They definitely would not have picked each other out to be friends. However, they did go through a lot together during their time in college.

I would definitely recommend this book. The story from the first page to the last kept me very intrigued and mesmerized. And, the ending, "WOW".

Thanks to St. Martin's Press and Net Galley for approving and allowing me to read and review this book. Again, "WOW"!!!

God-Shaped Hole - Tiffanie DeBartolo

Apparently this is a reprint from a book published in 2002. I did not read it then. This is the first book that I have read by this author.

From the reviews that I read, I was supposed to be mesmerized. It was supposed to be the love story to end all love stories. Well, that's not what happened to me.

I thought it was a decent read and a nice love story. I remember thinking that after I read it and was at a loss as to how to review this book. All these raving reviews, and I thought it was okay. To be honest, I finished this book 12 days ago and I remember parts of it, like the Craigslist ad, but that's about it. I've written reviews today for books I've read as far back as 17 days ago and I remembered all of them except this one.

Thanks Sourcebooks and Net Galley for approving and allowing me to read and review this book.

The Best of Adam Sharp - Graeme Simsion

I tried to read Graeme Simsion's first book, The Rosie Project, I just could not get into it. So when this one came out, I thought I would give it a chance. While I did finish the whole book this time, I have to say that this one I did not really care for.

I think the hardest part for me, what was done in regards to the premise. I know in the blurb they say that Adam thinks about Angela all the time and that they do get back in touch. Actually, I did not need the details, especially the details that are written in this book.

Yes this book made me feel an emotion and it was disgust regarding the characters and their exploits in their later life. I also felt sad, very sad for them. I suppose that is, as I usually say, a good thing when a book makes you feel something. I guess I should consider all emotions and not just the good ones. However, this was an okay read after all, I did get through it. I guess Graeme Simsion and me are not quite such a great fit. I did get to see what all the buzz was about.

Thanks to St. Martin's Press and Net Galley for allowing me to read and review this book.

'Round Midnight - Laura  McBride

almost gave up on this book. I was about 1/4 through and was not really engaging in the story. In the author's defense, I think it was mostly my fault. I just think I wasn't in the mood to read (I'd read about a dozen books back to back. I set the book down and did something else for a while.

When I went back to it, I was thinking why was I going to put this down? I started reading and was instantly mesmerized and finished the rest of the book.

This was an awesome read about several women who were all somehow connected. Of course, you don't see it at first, but when you do, it's amazing. I loved how the author took these women showed their best and their worst, their hardships, their secrets and their lives. And, then to take all of that and put them together? This was a phenomenal weave of "stories" that centered all on the El Capitan Casino.

An amazing story that I am so glad I did not put down.

Thanks Touchstone and Net Galley for approving and allowing me to read and review this book.

Based on a True Story - Delphine de Vigan, George Miller

I can tell you that I almost gave up on this book. The author took way to long to get into the meat of this story. She just went on and on about L. I was seriously getting sick of L and was ready to throw the book across the room.

Not exactly sure why I did, but I continued on. Am I glad I did? The ending told me why the author carried on, but I still think she went overboard. She could have shortened it a lot more and I think it would have kept me more interested.

Thanks to Bloomsbury and Net Galley for allowing me to read and review this book.

Murder is the Main Course (A Red Carpet Catering Mystery) (Volume 4) - Shawn Reilly Simmons

I love the Red Carpet Catering series. Not only are they cozy mysteries, you get to see behind the scenes while filming is being done. That just adds to the premise, for me, and creates a unique setting where all types of things are going wrong.

This one begins with a bang, with the head chef of the hotel/restaurant where the crew is staying, being found in the cooler. That's not the unusual part. The usual part is Penelope is in the cooler getting groceries to start breakfast. Then the lights go out and she runs into someone. The unusual part is that the someone is hanging from the ceiling, dead, and it's the head chef.

Thus begins the adventure that takes us to a huge forest right outside the city limits of this rural little town. This forest holds lots of secrets, including the fact that five teenagers have gone missing there in the last several years. Then there is the strange guy at the hardware store who just stares at Penelope and grins. He is also engaging in very audible uncontrolled laughter during the funeral of the chef. Yeah, weird. And, he is only one of the many quirky characters that come to light in this small, small town.

If you haven't read this series, I suggest you give it a try. It is quirky, entertaining, action packed and will fail to disappoint.

Thanks to Henery Press and Net Galley for approving and allowing me to read and review this book.

Sleepless Nights and Kisses for Breakfast: Reflections on Fatherhood - Matteo Bussola

Cute little stories from a father about his three daughters.

I had some smiles, a chuckle or two. I think it's like everyone believes, our own children are the funniest we've ever seen. Everything they do is so cute.

Thanks to Penguin Group and Net Galley for allowing me to read and review this book.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - Gail Honeyman

Eleanor leads a simple life. She has a very simple routine which she follows religiously until she meets Roland and the day they help Sammy.

Oh, how I hated to leave Eleanor when this book was finished. While she was definitely a strange bird at first, until the day she was leaving her nest and beginning to fly. Her life with her simple routines held a huge secret and when you learn it, your jaw will definitely drop.

This was an awesome debut and Eleanor WILL grow on you. You won't want to leave her either.

Huge thanks to Penguin Group, Pamela Dorman Books and Net Galley for allowing me to read and review this wonderful and amazing debut.

G-Man - Stephen Hunter

A very interesting story whereby the author has invented a character that was secretly used by the Justice Department (FBI) who actually was the one that killed all the infamous bank robbers of the day. Bonnie and Clyde, John Dillinger, etc.

The old homestead of this man is being demolished and during that process a tin box is found. Inside the box is a government issue weapon, an FBI badge and another item no one is exactly sure what it is. The grandson of this man has never heard of his grandfather being in the FBI and he wonders what these items are all about. This is the premise of the book.

I thought it was a very interesting take and enjoyed reading the book very much. I would like to thank Penguin Group, Blue Rider Press and Net Galley for allowing me the privilege to read and review this interesting and entertaining story.

The Book of Summer: A Novel - Michelle Gable

Bess Codman returns to her childhood home after four years with one mission. To get her cantankerous mother Caroline (Cissy) out of the home that her great grandmother had built 99 years ago. It was built on a bluff high above the ocean in Nantucket. That bluff has been and is falling slowly away. There is about ten feet left before the house starts to go. Cissy is determined that she is going to save the house. The tennis courts are gone, the pool is gone, the yard is gone, everything is gone including most of the patio. Cissy continues to fight.

Bess recently leaving her husband (what a guy this turned out to be) is dealing with that issue and Cissy. While fighting with him and her, she decides to go ahead and start packing. The first thing she finds is The Book of Summer. This is a book that has been in the house since the beginning and everyone who has ever been at the house has signed it, some several times.

The book goes back and forth from present day and then to quips written in the book and then to the relatives that lived in the house, mostly Bess's grandmother Ruby. It is a great story about family, very emotional, tragic and everything centered around Cliff House. You can see why Cissy is fighting so hard to keep this house.

I just loved this book and when it was over, it was very hard to let go of. Cissy is a feisty character, but one that you grow to love. I got lots of chuckles out of her. There were definitely some emotional moments and some romantic moments. Some moments you won't believe. It's just all in all a family saga that leaves you feeling good in the end.

A very entertaining read and I thank St. Martin's Press and Net Galley for allowing me to read and review this book.