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Her Pretty Face - Robyn Harding

This is the second book that I have read by this author and again, she did not disappoint.

The book is written in the present with two women with teenage sons hanging out and becoming friends. There is also a past part wherein someone has killed a 15 year old girl. The past deals with the courtroom drama and highlights the kidnapping, torture, rape and killing of this 15 year old girl.

I just knew one of these women in present day - Frances or Kate - was the one being referred to in that historical part. It was killing me, however, as to who it was. I went back and forth with my guessing. It was written so that you would do so.

However, when it all does come out of the woodwork, there are some jaw dropping events that I definitely did not see coming.

I found this to be an excellent read and I am really glad that I got the chance to read it!

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

Give Me Your Hand - Megan Abbott
I was really disappointed while reading this book. Megan Abbott has written some excellent books and I have thoroughly enjoyed them.

This one? It took so long to really get into the story, for me. It was all about Kit and Diane in the past for a long, long time it seemed. Honestly, by the time Diane does show back up in Kit's life, I'm not sure I really care. 

However, when the action started, it was going. During all this time, however, there was a murder and years later, bodies are dropping out of the ceiling. Literally.

Not my favorite by this author, but still a decent read once you get about halfway through.

Thanks to Little, Brown & Company and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

 

The Lido - Clare Corbett, Libby Page

I can definitely see where the blurbs would get the idea that this book is like a Frederik Backman book. While I did see that comparison, I also saw that while it was similar, it wasn't quite as good.

However, this was definitely a "feel good" book. I can't believe the whole thing was about people not wanting to close down The Lido (a local pool wherein the widow character has been swimming for 80 years).

All during the book, my mind was telling me "all this ruckus over a pool?". However, I kept reading. There were some excellent characters and the writing was done well. I just went with the flow and I'm glad that I did.

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

Walk a Crooked Line (Jo Larsen Book 2) - Susan McBride
 
 

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Walk a Crooked Line by Susan McBride
Walk a Crooked Line (Jo Larsen, #2) 
by 
Susan McBride (Goodreads Author)
 
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really liked it
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This was my first book by what is a new author to me and it definitely did not disappoint. I will definitely be looking for more of these Jo Larsen books in the future.

This one dealt with a girl, in chapter one, jumping from a water tower. Trying to determine if this girl jumped or was she pushed? And if she was pushed, how was she pushed?

I really liked the characters in this book (not the entitled teenagers, of course) and thought that the writing was done very well. There were numerous suspects in here with a jaw dropping result. About 65% of the way through this book, it took a turn that I definitely did not see coming or was even expecting.

Excellent read for me!

Thanks to Thomas & Mercer and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
A Gathering of Secrets - linda castillo

This was my fifth Kate Burkholder book and as usual, this one did not disappoint. I came onto this Amish country sheriff's scene a little late. Considering I started with book number 6. However, not reading the first 5 have not hindered my enjoyment of these stories in the least. 

I always find it fascinating to hear about Amish life (it's just so different) and the way that Kate handles all the bad things that come through her little part of the world.

I do have to say, however, that I hope Kate and Tomassette (sp?) never get caught living together. I love them as a couple.

An excellent series that I have found to be very interesting and very good reading.

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 Subway Girls - Susie Orman Schnall

I absolutely loved this book!!! 

For once, the blurbs were right. This book did remind me of Fiona Davis' books. And, I thought that before I read the blurb on Goodreads.

This was a story of two strong, different generation, women. One past and one present, both dealing with women's rights issues who come together when the younger one decides to look into the Ms. Subways beauty pageants for a current ad campaign.

I flew through this book. I loved how it went back and forth between the history of one woman and the current events of another.

I am so glad that I got a chance to read this book and find yet, another new author.

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

Small Town Rumors - Carolyn Brown

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It was my first book by this author, but it won't be the last.

Poor Jennie Sue Baker, the girl who was the queen of the town, the girl who made it big and got out of town, the girl who married a loser and is now broke. The first thing anybody does when Jennie comes back to Bloom, Texas is to take her picture getting off the bus with a suitcase and two bounced alimony checks. Of course, the picture isn't flattering and no, it doesn't actually show the bounced checks.

While sometimes this book was a little sugary sweet, I did not enjoy reading it. I certainly kept reading it hoping to see Percy get his comeuppance. Ha!!

Nadine and Lettie were hilarious together with their sisterly arguments.

As I stated, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and am certainly glad to have been able to do so. I'm also glad to find another author to follow.

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

The Favorite Sister - Jessica Knoll

Yowza! I see a lot of people marked this book up as a DNF and I can certainly see why they would have a hard time with this book. A book that deals with women on a reality TV show that is packed with bitching and women trying to out do each other in order to get the most of the limelight and the TV time.

The barbs, insults, bickering and lies are frequent in this story. These women absolutely hate each other! I mean this is so like a train wreck that I could not stop reading (or watching).

However, as the only reality TV show that I have ever watched is Big Brother, it was interesting for me, how the behind the scenes would work. It's the job of one of the crew to keep these women up on where they left off, who they are mad at and what they should be focusing on next. It was just interesting.

There are also some underlying and very true lessons in this book regarding the way that women treat each other.

And. . . the final plot twist? OMG! I definitely did not see that one coming!

I saw that this book has been optioned for a movie and I'm excited and can't wait to see it. I also hope Hollywood doesn't screw it up and that they do include some of the funny phrases that the author uses in the book.

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

Eagle & Crane - Suzanne Rindell
This was my third book by Suzanne Rindell. And, this one did not disappoint at all. Actually, I have loved all three of her books. (I'm still waiting to see "The Typist" on film - it was picked up years ago!!)

This one dealt with barnstorming and airplane rides. These people were crazy enough to climb onto the wings of these airplanes and do all sorts of tricks while up in the sky. Totally crazy!!!

The book also dealt with the Japanese camps that were all over the U.S. during World War II. I had heard of this, but hadn't really heard the full extent as to what was going on with this phenomenon. When one of the characters in this book unfortunately gets involved in this, you learn a lot about it. However, it wasn't the brunt of the book and it touched on it, but not a whole lot.

For me, the book was a fun loving, high flying, excellent read that I just tore through. Excellent characters and an excellent story!

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

 

The Summer List - Amy Mason Doan

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. So much so, that I really didn't want it to be over with when I finished it. I didn't want to leave these characters or this story.

Actually, there are two stories going on in this book. One is historical which you can fit part of it in to the other story, but not exactly sure how it all really comes together. This only added to the reading pleasure for me.

An excellent summer read IMO. 

A story of friendship, summers, small towns, laid back days and secrets. 

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

Before and Again - Barbara Delinsky

4.5 Stars

Wow! It seems everyone in this book comes to Devon, VT to hide and start a new life. At least that's what the major characters of this book are doing.

A woman who looks at her GPS for just a second or two, runs a stop sign and is hit by a large speeding vehicle. This happens right off the bat in chapter one. The woman (MacKenzie - Maggie) lives but her five year old daughter and the other driver do not.

This is just one of the many, many plot twists that are going on between the covers of this book.

MacKenzie (Maggie) comes to Devon to forget and start a new life. Everything is going fine until her best friend's son puts the town in the limelight with a felony charge. All of a sudden, reporters are everywhere.

I found this to be an excellent read, my first by this author, however it won't be my last.

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

Lady Be Good - Amber Brock

I loved this book, my second one by this author, and sped right through it. 

Kitty and Henrietta have been friends forever. They were both born into wealthy families. One a family with roots and wealth and one a newly made wealthy family. Their adventures in this book are fun and frequent.

When Kitty is told that she needs to settle down and told who she will marry, she spends her time finding a way out of this deal. What she comes up with is risky and pretty darn crazy.

An excellent read set at a time (1950) when women were just starting to see this new thing called "independence".

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

All We Ever Wanted - emily giffen
 
 

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All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin
All We Ever Wanted 
by 
Emily Giffin (Goodreads Author)
 
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Debbie Krenzer's review 
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really liked it
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Wow!

I wish I could say that I sped through this book. However, all I can say is that I wanted to speed through this book. I didn't want to put it down.

I was mesmerized with this story. And it was driving me crazy trying to decide who was telling the truth.

I went back and forth on what was the real truth so much in this book, that my mind probably looked like it was following a tennis match.

This was the second book that I've read lately that dealt with teenagers, alcohol at a party and pictures being taken and displayed on social media. I am still not sure what I would do in this case. I am really glad that I didn't have to deal with this issue!

I really enjoyed this book, however, and was certainly glad that I got a chance to read and review.

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

OMG! This book was super creepy. My heart started racing very early in on this book. I had to keep putting the book down for a few minutes just to let my heart beat slow down.

I seriously enjoyed reading this book and sped right through it (well, when I wasn't in the time out pattern mentioned above - Ha!). This is definitely one that you don't want to start at bedtime!

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

Excellent read!!

Bring Me Back: A Novel - B.A. Paris

This was my third book by B.A. Paris. While I am still a fan of hers, this book just didn't do it for me. I could not get into it like I did her other books.

I seriously did not like Finn. For me, he had no personality. And I found it way weird that he went for the sister. 

The ending was very strange and I just was not a fan of this book like I was the other ones. I certainly have not given up on this author and look forward to her next book.

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 Bookshop of Yesterdays - Amy Meyerson

I loved this book. It had just a little bit of everything in it. Family drama, mystery, intrigue, romance, a bookstore (Ha!) and adventure.

A story set in a bookstore that mostly takes place in a bookstore with its odd cast of characters and even odder owners. A bookstore that Miranda Brooks inherits from an uncle she hasn't seen in sixteen years.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book with it's added surprise ending that I definitely did not see coming.

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