Two Nights by Kathy Reichs


Overview

#1 New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs steps beyond her classic Temperance Brennan series in a new standalone thriller featuring a smart, tough, talented heroine whose thirst for justice stems from her own dark past. 

Meet Sunday Night, a woman with physical and psychological scars, and a killer instinct. . . . 

Sunnie has spent years running from her past, burying secrets and building a life in which she needs no one and feels nothing. But a girl has gone missing, lost in the chaos of a bomb explosion, and the family needs Sunnie’s help. 

Is the girl dead? Did someone take her? If she is out there, why doesn’t she want to be found? It’s time for Sunnie to face her own demons because they just might lead her to the truth about what really happened all those years ago. 

Review

 I love Sunnie. Yes her name is really Sunday Night. She is a recluse and lives on Goat Island outside of Charleston. Oh my! Sounds like my dream place. She has had some rough experiences in her life. This has led her to be the recluse she is. I was automatically connected to her. Her  toughness and her intellect are not to be tangled with. 

Sunnie is drawn out of her paradise by an aristocratic, Charlstonian woman looking for lost granddaughter and the murderers of her family. Sunnie has her work cut out for her. Believe me! She can handle it and she does!

This is a winding tale through many cities and has some pretty brawny and tenacious criminals. I enjoyed how this story almost races you to the finish line. It is well written with a few quirky characters and phrases that catch you off guard. 

This did start out as a five star read for me. However, it seamed to drag just a little in the middle. But, that did not last long.  It has been years since I have read Kathy Reichs. And for the life of me, I cannot figure out why I stopped. This book just got me hooked on her again!

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Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale 


Overview

A luminous debut with unexpected twists, Everything We Keep explores the devastation of loss, the euphoria of finding love again, and the pulse-racing repercussions of discovering the truth about the ones we hold dear and the lengths they will go to protect us.

Sous chef Aimee Tierney has the perfect recipe for the perfect life: marry her childhood sweetheart, raise a family, and buy out her parents’ restaurant. But when her fiancé, James Donato, vanishes in a boating accident, her well-baked future is swept out to sea. Instead of walking down the aisle on their wedding day, Aimee is at James’s funeral—a funeral that leaves her more unsettled than at peace.

As Aimee struggles to reconstruct her life, she delves deeper into James’s disappearance. What she uncovers is an ocean of secrets that make her question everything about the life they built together. And just below the surface is a truth that may set Aimee free…or shatter her forever.

Review

Aimee’s future just came to a halt. Instead of getting married she is attending the funeral of her fiancé, on the same day she is supposed to get married. But, as she is leaving the funeral, someone tells her that James is still alive.  Who would do this to her? And why?? 

Aimee was a bit of a struggle for me. I did not have the expected connection with her. She was more of a blah character. She also did not act the way many people would have in her situation. Aimee has been told by a psychic her fiancé is alive. She receives several major hints and clues. But, she waits 17 months to try and search for James. I understand it is a psychic which tells her about James. But she receives several great clues but does not pursue. It is not really clear in the book why she waits so long. 

I know it sounds like I did not like this story. Oh….but I did!! This is only a minor set back in this tale. There are still many great qualities to this book. I was completely caught up in the mystery of James’ disappearance and kudos to the author for several unexpected plot twists and turns. This really kept me reading and enjoying till the very last page! And guess what!! There is another book in this series!! To be continued……

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The Marquess Searches for Love by Katy Walters – BOOK SPOTLIGHT 

The Marquess Searches for Love

By Katy Walters

Genre: Regency Romance

 

Lady Rosamond Whitney agrees to attend the Little Season, the Autumn marriage mart, in support of her widowed friend Lady Harriett Templeton. However, she has no wish to find a husband for herself as her heart lies in developing a stud farm and racing her beloved British Arabians.  

 

About the Author


USA Today Best-Selling author, Katy Walters e.books, and paperbacks are purchased and read in their thousands on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited. Katy lives in the midst of Regency towns on the South Coast of England. Her main interests are historical; contemporary suspense romance, and time travel. She is equally drawn to the paranormal based on mythology and the Dark Ages. 
After studying at various universities Katy was awarded a B.A Hons (psych) B.A.(Soc.) B.A. Eng Lit & Creative Writing and an M.A. She was also awarded a Doctor of Science (Hon) for research into pain control. She pursued a fulfilling career as a research psychologist and psychotherapist and gained a fellowship in hypnotherapy. She now enjoys writing over several genres. At present Katy is working on a novel based on psychology and hypnosis. 

 

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Before Everything by Victoria Redel


Overview

Before Everything is a celebration of friendship and love between a group of women who have known each another since they were girls. They’ve faced everything together, from youthful sprees and scrapes to mid-life turning points. Now, as Anna, the group’s trailblazer and brightest spark, enters hospice, they gather to do what they’ve always done—talk and laugh and help each other make choices and plans, this time in Anna’s rural Massachusetts home. Helen, Anna’s best friend and a celebrated painter, is about to remarry. The others face their own challenges—Caroline with her sister’s mental health crisis; Molly with a teenage daughter’s rebellion; Ming with her law practice—dilemmas with kids and work and love. Before Everything is as funny as it is bittersweet, as the friends revel in the hilarious mistakes they’ve seen each another through, the secrets kept, and adventures shared. But now all sense of time has shifted, and the pattern of their lives together takes on new meaning. The novel offers a brilliant, emotionally charged portrait, deftly conveying the sweep of time over everyday lives, and showing how even in difficult endings, gifts can unfold. Above all it is an ode to friendship, and to how one person shapes the journeys of those around her.

Review

This book was sort of blah for me. I was really surprised it hit me this way. This type of book is usually right in my wheelhouse. It started pretty depressing to begin with. Then the characters were completely disconnected to each other and the reader. I was shocked with the pettiness some of the characters showed.  I mean…one of their best friends is dying and they are wondering why they are not liked by the other women in the group. Come on…what’s important here! I did eventually bail on the book. I gave it a good ole college try. I made it through a quarter of the book before I decided it wasn’t for me. I usually don’t post bad reviews because the author works very hard to put a book out in the world. And this is just MY OPINION. 

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Kiss My Boots by Harper Sloan #XOXperts 


Overview 

In this second of the sultry, Western-set Coming Home series from New York Times bestselling author Harper Sloan, Quinn Davis might finally have a shot at her own happily-ever-after—but will she let love in, or will she tell it to go ahead and kiss her boots?

Quinn Davis prefers to live her life quietly. She’s the stereotypical tomboy with two overprotective big brothers who have always been there to protect her, especially from devilishly handsome cowboys with silver tongues. That is, until Tate Montgomery comes riding into town. Their first meeting, however, is far from something out of a fairy tale and only further convinces Quinn that men aren’t worth her time.

The only place Tate Montgomery ever truly felt at home growing up was during the long, sweltering summer months he spent at his Gram and Paw’s farm in Pine Oak, Texas. Now, Tate has returned to his childhood sanctuary seeking a fresh start—but if he’s being entirely honest, he’s not just back for the wranglers and Stetsons. During those summers, Quinn was a friend-turned-young-love who Tate lost when life threw him a curveball and he cut all ties to his past; but all it takes is one glance at the raven-haired beauty he did his best to forget for him to realize just how much he’s been missing….

Review 

Quinn has been hurt by Tate in the past. Never in a million years did she think she would ever hear from him again. Then comes the phone call….totally rocks her world!

First off…I love the title! And Quinn is not afraid to say it! She is a tough ol’girl and she can remodel a truck like nobody’s business. This is one of the things I love about Harper Sloan. Her female characters are no nonsense  and usually work hard to create their own world before they bring a guy into it. Especially Quinn, she doesn’t need a man.  She is her own person! 

Tate is a fine, sexy, hot….oh heck…I could go on and on! Let me start again. Tate is a fine, sexy doctor. He fell in love with Quinn years ago. But circumstances pulled them apart. I don’t want to spoil anything….but this gets hot and spicy!! 🌶 🔥💋

This is the second in a series. I have read the first one,  The Lost Rider.  It is not necessary to read them in order.  But, neither one is to be missed.  Each have great characters, quirky sayings (I laughed so hard at a few, I nearly fell off the couch!) and steamy, sexy scenes. I  cannot wait for the next in the series…no way am I missing it!!

I received this novel from Simon and Schuster as part of the XOXPERTS.




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Polio and Me by Ken Dalton


Overview 

Polio and Me

By Ken Dalton

Genre: Personal memoir {discovery of polio vaccine} 

The year is 1943. A five year old boy wakes up. He cannot stand or hold an apple in his hand. The boy is rushed to his family doctor, diagnosed with polio, and taken from his mother’s arms to the contagion ward at the county hospital.  

Thus begins his eleven year journey of surgeries, rehabilitation, and therapy so that one day, he can walk, unaided, across a stage and receive his high school diploma.

While the boy struggles through his childhood, and in spite decades of research, polio epidemics continue to paralyze and kill hundreds of thousands of adults and children well into the late 1950’s.  

Polio and Me provides the heartbreaking story of polio’s devastating past, the struggle to overcome present, and promising future. 

Review

There is many things I want to say about this memoir.  I learned so much. I love a book which has me doing research. This book had me on Google through most of it! 

I cannot imagine going through what this author went through. How far we have come with healthcare.  When he is taken away at 5 years of age from his parents…no hospital would dream of doing that now. And the disability access he could not have at school….amazing how things have changed. 

Being a pharmacist, I enjoyed the science part of this book. The developing of the vaccine was of great interest to me. I vaguely remember studying this in school.  It was fascinating to learn all the many obstacles and problems related to finding a vaccine. And how fortunate we are, these scientists went to all this trouble. 

Sometimes the author repeats himself. This repetition can get a little confusing, especially if you are reading on a ereader…you think you accidentally paged turned. But, this is a compelling read with many wonderful aspects.  Kudos to the author for all he went through and overcame! 


 

About the Author

 

Ken Dalton was born in Los Angeles in 1938. In 1943 he contracted polio and spent the next eleven years of his childhood in and out of hospitals.

He is married to his childhood sweetheart and is a father of three, a grandfather of four, and great-grandfather of nine.

After a successful thirty-eight year management career with Pacific Telephone Company, Ken retired to write golf and travel articles for Golf Digest, Golf Illustrated, Fairways and Greens, and Golf.com. During two NBC-TV Celebrity Golf Tournaments at Lake Tahoe, he interviewed Olympic Decathlon Champion, Bruce Jenner when he was Bruce, not Caitlyn, the mischievous Chicago Bears quarterback, Jim McMahon, the iconic Vice-President Dan Quail, and NBC Today show anchor, Matt Lauer.

Ken designed, built, and operated a 2000 case winery named Pommeraie Vineyards where he produced award winning Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.

He has published six mystery novels, The Bloody Birthright, The Big Showstopper, Death is a Cabernet, The Tartan Shroud, Brother Can You Spare A Dime, and The Unsavory Critic.

Ken’s memoir, Polio and Me, marks his initial foray into the world of non-fiction.

Presently, Ken is working on his seventh Pinky and Bear mystery, The Heretic’s Hymnal.

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Love, Alabama by Susan Sands


Overview

Emma Laroux’s a fallen Southern beauty queen whose past is barely whispered about in her small town. But the secrets and lies surrounding her scandal still haunt her, and something about Matthew Pope may hold the answers…if only she could put her finger on it.

Matthew Pope wonders what awful karmic thing he’s done to land him in Podunk, Alabama. But when he sees Emma Laroux again after all this time, he knows he’s still the only one who holds the key to unlocking the truth of her past…

Will a shared moment in time ten years ago threaten the best thing that’s ever happened to them – each other? 

Review

Emma is a retired beauty queen. She runs her own business and keeps to herself as much as possible. Enter Matthew, who rocks her world when she least expects it. 

Both of these characters are flawed and have had some terrible experiences in life. This is, to me, why they hit it off. They each recognize the damage and the strength in each other. As their pasts unfold it brings them closer until….Matthew has a secret!! 

I never understand why characters don’t come clean when given the perfect opportunity.  It would make life so much simpler.  Which, I guess is why the author chooses not to do it. It keeps the story moving. Matthew has ample opportunity to tell Emma (and for the life of me, I can’t figure out why he didn’t want her to know). What would it change if she knew. His secret, in my opinion, is not that big of a deal. But, like I said, my opinion. 

I did enjoy the setting of Alabama. Being a Mississippi girl, I felt right at home with all the small town characters.  The author did a fabulous job with all the quirky southern ways and especially the southern sayings. I caught myself grinning through most of this book because of the southern antics. 

There is a twist at the end but it is rushed and almost like it was added as an afterthought. BUT! I did enjoy this book. It is cute, quirky and fun to read. It hit the right spot! 

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