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All the Little Lights - Jamie McGuire

Holy crap!! This book started out as a tender love story between two teenagers. That was pretty much all that I was expecting. Well, that was only part of it. A large part of the book (maybe just a little too large) as a matter of fact.

However, there is an underlying danger that is hinted at. A hint that is exposed in bits and parts of the book. It's so slight. I had an idea of what was going on, so I thought. I was so far out in left field and I absolutely loved that I was wrong. So wrong!!! My jaw dropped when I discovered how far off I was on this danger! It was like "Yowza, no frigging way was I expecting that!"

And, there is absolutely no way any reader who reads this review or starts reading the book is going to guess the ending. That's just how well the book is written. I promise you will not see it coming!

I found this book interesting, complex and unputdownable! I am so glad that I discovered this book and got the chance to read it.

Thanks to Montlake Romance and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

Lowcountry Bookshop - Susan M. Boyer

4.5 Stars

I love the Liz Talbot "Lowcountry" cozy mysteries. Liz and Nate are the perfect couple/investigative partners. Her disguises crack me up. I wonder how there is room in her car for her with all the stuff she carries around with her. Ha!! It simply amazes me how she always gets away with them.

In this, the 7th book of the series, it focuses on a bookshop that holds a secret. A secret so big, not even the owners know what it is. This secret plays a very important part in the book. A part that is very interesting in the way things are done. I admire this secret tremendously. (There's a spoiler for you or is it an enticement? Ha!!)

This book starts out with a hit and run accident and the mail carrier is the "usual suspect" as she is found at the scene and just happens to have a dent in the front of her car. Of course, what actually happened in this accident is discovered near the end of the book and no one, ever, could guess it.

An excellent series that I thoroughly enjoy and can't wait for the next one!

Thanks to Henery Press and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

The Death of Mrs. Westaway - Helen Ruth Elizabeth Ware

3.5 Stars

 

Creepy cover and the creepiness continued throughout this book. Then, strange things started happening to Hal.

On a mission to deceive due to her circumstances, Hal discovers a heinous relative that will kill anyone who knows the truth.

I must admit, while I enjoyed this book, I didn't get the physical suspense factor. I rarely had a racing pulse or triple digit heartbeats that I enjoy in most suspense books. Actually, it took a while before I even had some semblance of anything like it. 

In my opinion, had this book been shortened and things left out, I think it would have been a much better read. I know that is a horrible thing to say about the new "queen of suspense" but you got to have that suspense throughout the book to really be the queen, IMO.

Thanks to Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

Beach House Reunion - Mary Alice Monroe
 
 

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Beach House Reunion by Mary Alice Monroe
Beach House Reunion (Beach House #5) 
by 
Mary Alice Monroe (Goodreads Author)
 
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Debbie Krenzer's review 
Jun 05, 2018  ·  edit

 
really liked it
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First off, I want to say that this book in the series was much better for me than number 4, it was too morbid and sad. It's a beach and holiday book. Let's not get tied down with sad things.

And now my review:

We are back on Isle of Palms and the Rutledge family is in turmoil brought about by previous family influences and a more common destroyer of families.

Cara has big changes in her life and lets Palmer in on a very big secret. One that has plagued him for years.

Hurricane Irma hits the coast.

"Big Girl" revisits the island and causes quite the commotion.

Lovie returns in spirit and I liked it!

A much better read, while still some sad things happen, they are not emphasized over and over and over again. I did enjoy this one and seriously look forward to the next installment.

Thanks to Gallery, Threshold Pocket Books and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
Gate 76 - Andrew Diamond

First off, I want to say that apparently this author is not well known. Yet. Well, I think readers are missing a very good book here. Now, on with my review.

Wow! What an adventure this book took me on. I absolutely loved the narration by Freddy about his life. He would make a statement about something in his past and then a few chapters later, he would explain what had happened to him.

The mystery woman shows up very early in the book, as in chapter 1 and then anything about her goes away. This caused some disappointment. However, the author kept me so interested in the other things that were going on that I quickly forgot about it. I realized why the author had hidden her for a while whenever she was brought back into the story. And, why I hadn't heard anything about her.

When she did reappear? Wow!! What a story. It was a surprise for the reader, as well as Freddy.

I could not believe all the layers and layers of the truth and how those crimes were committed. It was very original and an excellent read. I tore through this book wanting to know WTF? 

Andrew Diamond is now officially one of the author's I will be looking for in the future.

Huge shout out to the character, Bethany. This woman has got it all going on and she doesn't take any crap. Loved her!!

Thanks to Stolen Time Press and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

What Lies Below - Barbara Taylor Sissel

Gilly sometimes has dreams. She was in the third grade when she dreamed that her best friend's brother was going to be shot in a hunting accident. She spoke up, told her best friend. It didn't happen. She lost her best friend.

She dreamed later on in life that her husband, Brian, was going to be shot in robbery. He was.

Now trying to move on, she has moved to a new town, lost her architectural business and is now working as a waitress in a small town cafe. One of her customers is a four year old little girl, Zoe, that Gilly adores. She makes her animal pancakes every Wednesday. One day Gilly dreams that Zoe is taken by a woman in a metallic blue sedan. Her legs go dead beneath her the next day when it actually happens.

The disappearance of Zoe brings everyone, good and bad, out of the woodwork when that dream is revealed on TV. 

What follows is a suspenseful plot twisted story that brings Gilly's past front and center.

An excellent read that I just sped through and could not put down. 

Thanks to Lake Union Publishing and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

Alter ego - Brian Freeman

This was my third book by this author and it has been a long time since I read the first and second ones. I am officially making a mental note to myself right now - "Read more Brian Freeman".

There were so many plot twists on in this book. It was absolutely wonderful and I loved it!

I just knew early on in this book "who done it", and, of course, I wasn't even close. However, it turns out that my first pick was definitely a bad guy.

I thought through most of this book that we were going to only find a killer, one killer. I was SO wrong (Yay!!). With two or more bad people (nope, not a spoiler) bobbing up out of the water, the crimes are many and truly heinous.

No one without reading this book is going to get this part as it is solely intended for the author - Facebook Live? Way to go!!! I was clapping my hands and pump fisting simultaneously on that one!

An excellent read that truly kept my mind off the big storm that was happening in real life right outside my window as I was mesmerized in this twisting tale of power and corruption.

Thanks to Quercus Books and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

The Wordsmith - Alan Ayer

How has this book been published for over 3 months and there are less than a hundred ratings on Goodreads? This is one you definitely should not miss. Yes, it is a horror book and there are some graphic details in here. However, the concept and the way that concept was used was very imaginary and unlike anything I've read yet.

I raced through this book. At one point, my Kindle told me I had 4 1/2 hours left to read. The next time I looked, I had a little over an hour. It had not been three hours! 

I was addicted! It was crazy! There was nothing great or outstanding about any of the characters, but the plot . . . It was just so twisted with strong Stephen King or Michael Koryta vibes.

Man, oh man, this is definitely a book I will not be forgetting about. Ever!

Some of the writing near the end was just like bullet points, but I didn't care. I was held spellbound. I wanted to read it faster - I didn't need any fluff or extra words. I wanted, needed, had to know how it ended.

An excellent read that I would recommend to any King or Koryta fans.

Huge thanks to BooksGoSocial and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

Our Kind of Cruelty: A Novel - Araminta Hall

Wow, this guy Mike was definitely cray, cray. The whole book was about him and Verity (V). The author really only showed us things from his point of view. And, his point of view IMO delved way into the fantastical.

The author never tells you what V is thinking until she makes her statement at trial.

I've read reviews where people are blaming either V or Mike and why they they feel that why. Here's mine, for what it's worth.

I think Mike is pretty much delusional in his thoughts and V did not know how to handle him. Every time she told him that she loved someone else, he would dismiss it and carry on as if she had said nothing.

I think everyone is going to see something different in their regard to this question.

An interesting book that will be debated by everyone who reads it. It had me shaking my head many times and saying "unbelievable, how he sees things". I can only say, read it and see what you think.

Thanks to Farrar, Strous & Giroux and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

Do This For Me - Eliza Kennedy

This book starts out with Raney Moore discovering that her "Bug Doctor" husband has been cheating on her. She finds this out through the adulterous' husband calling her and telling her to tell her husband "to quit effing my wife". This occurs while her husband is currently in LA with his TV producer (the adulterous) for a book signing.

Raney, a high priced attorney, quickly goes into damage control. She cancels all of his credit cards, packs up all of his stuff (and sends it to his mother in Vermont), packs up the rest of the house, moves it and her daughters to the family home she grew up in and puts up the house for sale all in the same day.

She further lets him know how she feels by having her IT guy hack into his Twitter account so she can put up some not so nice tweets on his account and donates a large sum of money to three foundations that go against his policies, charging them on his American Express. She further tries to ruin his day and give her more time, by cancelling his plane flight or somehow redirecting him, has his car towed out of long term parking and has his plane met by a group of clowns with a videographer.

Raney is not a happy woman. Ha!!

The rest of the book follows Raney with her madcap ideas and what to do now that she is "free".

I loved this book filled with humor, sorrow, misunderstanding and understanding.

Thanks to Crown Publishing and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for a honest, unbiased review.

How to Walk Away - Katherine Center

This book reminded me a little of "Me Before You" with the paraplegic story. However, the details and story are very different. 

Maggie has everything going for her. The perfect job is said to be hers, she's got a great boyfriend, and a very rosy future. Then on the same day she gets engaged, she is involved in a plane crash. The results are life changing, forever.

I loved going on this journey with Maggie as she tries to figure things out during the 5 1/2 weeks of hospital stay that the insurance will pay for. Her whole life has changed and she's not really in the best of moods or abilities to consider what will happen in the future.

I laughed, I cried, I was thoroughly entertained. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoyed the aforementioned book and to anyone who likes to read a really good story.

As for the fiancee, Yuck, is the only nice word I can think about calling him right now. Ha!!

Thanks to St. Martin's Press and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

The Optimist's Guide to Letting Go - Amy E. Reichert

Zowza!!! (I saw this word in a book I read this week, sorry I can't remember which to give credit to, but I love it!!

I loved this book!!!

It was filled with so many great characters. There were so many times that I just wanted to haul off and slap a couple of them. They grated my nerves so much, especially Lorraine. That was, of course, before I started shedding tears for those very same people. 

The story was amazing, the writing was amazing and I'm still crying over it. Even after I took a break before writing this review. A story that was fraught with emotions and surprises that I never saw coming.

An excellent read that I thought was this author's best one yet! I will always say "yes, please" to Amy Reichert's books.

Thanks to Gallery, Threshold and Pocket Books and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

Best Thing Ever (Ten Beach Road Series) - Wendy Wax

I could have sworn that I read part of the "Ten Beach Road" series before this book. However, when I checked it out, I had not. Apparently, these characters are so well written that I felt comfortable with them right away which just gave me the impression I had spent time with them before.

There is lots going on in this book which focuses on a group of five friends who have lots of problems that they help each other with and through. There are a lot of obstacles along the way which include a Hollywood leading man, a lying, thieving husband and a rehabilitated aging rock star who's making a comeback.

I loved the evenings when they get together to watch the sunset and take turns saying something good about their day. I think that's a great idea and hope to include at least the saying something good part in my future days.

I enjoyed spending time with these characters and wish that I had started with book one in the series. Not because this could not be read as a standalone, but because I would have liked to have been with them during earlier times and issues that were mentioned in this book. It is definitely a series that is going on my TBR list.

Thanks to Berkley Publishing and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

The High Season - Judy Blundell
Debbie Krenzer's review 
May 15, 2018  ·  edit

 
really liked it
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Amazingly, this was my first book by Judy Blundell. I had no idea that she did the Star Wars book series. Although not really my genre. However, this is her first adult novel, so that definitely explains it. 

This book, wow! I have never seen so many snarky, greedy, narcissistic and shady characters all in one book. Some of these people were downright vicious! And the mercilessness and attitude of some of them was downright incorrigible!

However, I really did enjoy reading this book. The main character, Ruthie (seriously?), got on my nerves some but it wasn't to the extent that I wanted to slap her or anything like I did with some of the other characters.

I would like to see a follow up to this book wherein Lucas (??) ends up hanging by his balls. Or maybe just down and out with no money, home, job, family, life, etc. Possibly living on the streets would be good for him. What an entitled A$$ he was! And Mindy and Cartha (Carta??) could hang with him on the streets with all the garbage as well. HA!

While many of the characters were irksome and Ruthie could get on my nerves, I enjoyed rooting for her against all these loathsome snobs.

As for a beach read? You don't need a beach for this read. Just get the hardcover, remove the cover and look at it during your reading. It's beautiful!

I was very disappointed I could not have those salted caramel cookies shipped to me from the Orient Country Grocery. And yes, I checked. HA!!

A really entertaining read that had me absorbed in this town near the Hamptons and all it's inhabitants. 

Thanks to Random House Publishing and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
 
 

 

Paris Ever After - K.S.R. Burns

3.5 Stars

I requested this book because I absolutely loved the cover. And with it being set in Paris, I was definitely in.

The book was decent. I loved Amy's adventures in Paris and her quirky friends. Unfortunately, what I was hoping for and what really happened never seemed to jive at all, for me.

First of all, Amy got on my nerves constantly. She was a nice person, but her talk about William this and William that got on my last nerve. Sure, he was the father of her baby, but hello he was an A$$. At the beginning of the book, she seemed a whole lot stronger and less immature. I'm not sure if this was because the author wanted to convey her mixed feelings or what. That part I can understand. However, towards the middle of the book, Amy just went on and on and on about William. Then, we finally get to meet this man of Amy's. That was when I started skipping pages left and right. He was egotistical, all knowing and rather boring.

This was definitely not what I was expecting. I don't understand why so many times the female lead in a rom com has to be so dingy and flighty. I mean rom com doesn't mean airhead or even rhyme with it. 

I think it all went downhill for me when Amy wanted to leave her idyllic life she had built in Paris and return to America. Yeah, I know he's the father. How could anyone reading the book not know? I didn't count the number of times this was stated in the book, but it was significant. The redundancy was just too crazy for me.

I'm just going to finish by saying it was an okay book for me. It had it's great parts and then there was the redundancy. I'm sorry, the guy may have been the sperm donor but he was not husband, or even father, material.

Thanks to Velvet Morning Press and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

S'more Murders - Maya Corrigan

When I first started reading this book, I was truly bummed that I thought I could see where it was going. Boy, was I wrong and truly glad. After that was settled, I bedded down (literally) and got into the real gist of the book.

The plot twists were interesting and the suspects were numerous which definitely added to my entertainment enjoyment. 

I loved the idea of a "Titantic last meal" on a yacht. That in itself was pretty creepy. The Titantic references were numerous and some were down right hilarious. The host went out of his way to make sure this trip was "a night to remember". There was even an old time "everyone meets in the parlor to find out if the "butler" did it. Ha!!!

I love just about any book where catering is involved and food is talked about in detail. This one definitely fit that bill.

Grandpa really cracked me up throughout the book. His insistence at the beginning that "that boat doesn't leave the dock unless it has enough life vests, life rings and lifeboats" really cracked me up.
I especially enjoyed how the title came up in the book. It made sense and a great title.

A really good read that I thoroughly enjoyed and was glad to have the chance to read.

Huge thanks to the author for providing me a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.