The Lighthouse Witches by C.J. Cooke @berkleypub #bookreview #fiction

Overview

Two sisters go missing on a remote Scottish island. Twenty years later, one is found–but she’s still the same age as when she disappeared. The secrets of witches have reached across the centuries in this chilling Gothic thriller from the author of the acclaimed The Nesting.

When single mother Liv is commissioned to paint a mural in a 100-year-old lighthouse on a remote Scottish island, it’s an opportunity to start over with her three daughters–Luna, Sapphire, and Clover. When two of her daughters go missing, she’s frantic. She learns that the cave beneath the lighthouse was once a prison for women accused of witchcraft. The locals warn her about wildlings, supernatural beings who mimic human children, created by witches for revenge. Liv is told wildlings are dangerous and must be killed.

Twenty-two years later, Luna has been searching for her missing sisters and mother. When she receives a call about her youngest sister, Clover, she’s initially ecstatic. Clover is the sister she remembers–except she’s still seven years old, the age she was when she vanished. Luna is worried Clover is a wildling. Luna has few memories of her time on the island, but she’ll have to return to find the truth of what happened to her family. But she doesn’t realize just how much the truth will change her.

Review

Liv has been commissioned to paint a mural inside an old lighthouse in Scotland. While she is there, she discovers the strange history surrounding the island and the lighthouse. The lighthouse was once a prison for witches.

Liv is a character which broke my heart with her struggles. She is trying to raise three daughters with very little money and no family to speak of. So when this opportunity arose…Liv jumped on it. And this job changes all of their lives!

This story is a little weird in places…or rather…not my usual genre. I love to read about witches but there are a few things in this tale that are just “out there”. However, there is a lot of history in the novel. That kept me reading and enjoying. Add in the creepy lighthouse on an island in Scotland and I was hooked!

Need a good story about witches for your creepy October read…THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today!

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Three Sisters by Heather Morris @stmartinspress @macmillanaudio #historicalfiction #5starread

Overview

This program includes exclusive archival audio.

From Heather Morris, the New York Timesbest-selling author of the multimillion-copy best seller The Tattooist of Auschwitz and Cilka’s Journey: a story of family, courage, and resilience, inspired by a true story.

Against all odds, three Slovakian sisters have survived years of imprisonment in the most notorious death camp in Nazi Germany: Auschwitz. Livia, Magda, and Cibi have clung together, nearly died from starvation and overwork, and the brutal whims of the guards in this place of horror. But now, the allies are closing in and the sisters have one last hurdle to face: the death march from Auschwitz, as the Nazis try to erase any evidence of the prisoners held there. Due to a last minute stroke of luck, the three of them are able to escape formation and hide in the woods for days before being rescued.

And this is where the story begins. From there, the three sisters travel to Israel, to their new home, but the battle for freedom takes on new forms. Livia, Magda, and Cibi must face the ghosts of their past – and some secrets that they have kept from each other – to find true peace and happiness.

Inspired by a true story, and with events that overlap with those of Lale, Gita, and Cilka, The Three Sisters will hold a place in listeners’ hearts and minds as they experience what true courage really is.

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin’s Press.

Review

Before their father passed away, he made his three daughters make a promise. Livia, Magda, and Cibi must do everything in their power to stay together. They each take this promise, and they do stay together, for the most part. Then WWII happens and the three are separated. Two are able to stay together in a concentration camp. But the third is saved from their fate because of a Christian doctor. However, after a few years, they all three end up together in Auschwitz. The horrors they have seen and experienced live with them throughout the years to come.

This story is heart wrenching in so many places. How these three survived is an amazing tale. They survived because of kindness of others or just by chance and sheer luck. And their tale does not stop after Auschwitz. They continue to live not far from each other and share in their trials and tribulations.

Heather Morris has done it again. I am amazed at the research which went into this novel. And the narrator, Finty Williams did an excellent job, perfect inflection and voices. She really brought the story to life!

Need a dang good novel that you will think about for days after…THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today.

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Eight Perfect Hours by Lia Louis @atriabooks #romance #fiction #bookreview

Overview

I read Eight Perfect Hours in one sitting, in four perfect hours, because I couldn’t bear to put it down without knowing the ending. Lia Louis has become a must-buy author for me.” —Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author

In this romantic and heartwarming novel, two strangers meet in chance circumstances during a blizzard and spend one perfect evening together, thinking they’ll never see each other again. But fate seems to have different plans. From the acclaimed author of the “swoon-worthy…rom-com” (The Washington PostDear Emmie Blue.

On a snowy evening in March, thirty-something Noelle Butterby is on her way back from an event at her old college when disaster strikes. With a blizzard closing off roads, she finds herself stranded, alone in her car, without food, drink, or a working charger for her phone.

All seems lost until Sam Attwood, a handsome American stranger also trapped in a nearby car, knocks on her window and offers assistance. What follows is eight perfect hours together, until morning arrives and the roads finally clear. The two strangers part, positive they’ll never see each other again but fate, it seems, has a different plan. As the two keep serendipitously bumping into one another, they begin to realize that perhaps there truly is no such thing as coincidence.

With plenty of charming twists and turns and Lia Louis’s “bold, standout voice” (Gillian McAllister, author of The Good Sister), Eight Perfect Hours is a gorgeously crafted novel that will make you believe in the power of fate.

Review

Noelle is stranded on the highway. Her phone is dead and her mother is alone. She is completely stressing! Until a handsome American, Sam, knocks on her window to check on her. This leads to 8 hours together…stuck…these are the best 8 hours of Noelle’s sad life. When Sam and Noelle part the next morning, they know they will never see each other again. But, fate has a way of intervening.

Noelle is a person who tries to be the best for everyone. She is the full time caretaker of her mother and it is completely derailing her life. She is giving up so much to be everything to everyone.

Sam is an adventurer. He is strong and smart. As these two slowly realize they are meant to be together, it brings out their strengths. Especially Noelle!

This looks like a Christmas romance, but it is not. It is winter tale about two random people who keep randomly running into each other! It is adorable and perfect for a cold winter night! I laughed out loud in several places…especially with Noelle’s brother. You need to read this to find out!

Need a sweet romance with fabulous characters…this is it! Grab your copy today!

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I Am Not Who You Think I Am By Eric Rickstad @blackstoneaudio @ericrickstad #audiobook #audiblebook #5starreview #thriller

Overview

Wicked and smart. Everything you want in a great thriller.” 
-Adrian McKinty, New York Times bestselling author of The Chain

One secret.
Eight cryptic words.
Lifetimes of ruin. 

From New York Times and Internationally bestselling author

Wayland Maynard is just eight years old when he sees his father kill himself, finds a note that reads I am not who you think I am, and is left reeling with grief and shock. Who was his father if not the loving man Wayland knew? Terrified, Wayland keeps the note a secret, but his reasons for being afraid are just beginning.

Eight years later, Wayland makes a shocking discovery and becomes certain the note is the key to unlocking a past his mother and others in his town want to keep buried.

With the help of two friends, Wayland searches for the truth. Together they uncover strange messages scribbled in his father’s old books, a sinister history behind the town’s most powerful family, and a bizarre tragedy possibly linked to Wayland’s birth. Each revelation raises more questions and deepens Wayland’s suspicions of everyone around him. Soon, he’ll regret he ever found the note, trusted his friends, or believed in such a thing as the truth.

I Am Not Who You Think I Am is an ingenious, addictive, and shattering tale of grief, obsession, and fate as eight words lead to lifetimes of ruin.

Review

Wayland has just discovered that his dad might not be dead. But! How can this be! His father shot himself in front of Wayland when Wayland was just 8 years old. This sets him on a course of disaster and despair.

Wayland is a character which tore out my heart. There were times I wanted to reach out and hug him. Then there were times I wanted to pinch his head off. His life is a struggle and there are definitely ways in which he makes it worse.

This is a story you will not soon forget. I have read a couple of Eric Rickstad novels. And they have all been 5 star reads. He hit it out of the park with this one. This is unique, captivating and the intensity it over the top! And the narrator, Steven Weber is fantastic. His portrayal of Wayland could not have been better.

Need an intense family mystery…THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today!

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Last Girl Ghosted by Lisa Unger @parkrowbooks @lisaunger #5starread #thriller #fiction #bookreview

Overview

You won’t be able to stop turning the pages!” Shari Lapena, New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door

Secrets, obsession and vengeance converge i
n this riveting thriller about an online dating match turned deadly cat-and-mouse game, from the New York Times bestselling author of Confessions on the 7:45

Think twice before you swipe.

She met him through a dating app. An intriguing picture on a screen, a date at a downtown bar. What she thought might be just a quick hookup quickly became much more. She fell for him—hard. It happens sometimes, a powerful connection with a perfect stranger takes you by surprise. Could it be love?

But then, just as things were getting real, he stood her up. Then he disappeared—profiles deleted, phone disconnected. She was ghosted.

Maybe it was her fault. She shared too much, too fast. But isn’t that always what women think—that they’re the ones to blame? Soon she learns there were others. Girls who thought they were in love. Girls who later went missing. She had been looking for a connection, but now she’s looking for answers. Chasing a digital trail into his dark past—and hers—she finds herself on a dangerous hunt. And she’s not sure whether she’s the predator—or the prey.

Review

Wren has a date tonight. She is not a big dater. But, the guy on the Torch app quoted from one of her favorite authors. Adam is not a jock, like you usually see. He looks normal and just right for her. These two become an item…until Wren is ghosted. Then a private detective shows up. He is sure Adam is responsible for some other missing girls.

Wren is a character with a tragic past. Wren changed her name after the tragedy that took her family. She now has created a famous advice column/podcast called Dear Birdie. She also thinks she has her past well hidden. But, she is not as protected as she thought.

Bailey Kirk, the private detective, knows exactly who she is and he knows her past. He is determined to track down Adam. But, things go wrong! Very, very wrong!

This is the best book by this author…hands down! There are so many layers and twists and turns. I swear…I could not stop reading and when I could not read it for…well life…I was thinking about it.

Need a FANTASTIC thriller! RUN…DON’T WALK to get this one!

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The Heron’s Cry by Ann Cleeves #audiobook #audiblebook #bookreview

Overview

New York Times best-selling author Ann Cleeves returns with The Heron’s Cry, the extraordinary follow-up to The Long Call, soon to be a major TV series, alongside her two hit TV shows Shetland and Vera.

“In Matthew Venn, Ann has created a complex, daring, subtle character.” (Louise Penny)

“A complex mystery full of surprises…this character-driven exploration of people’s darkest flaws is a sterling example of Cleeves’ formidable talents.” (Kirkus Reviews)

North Devon is enjoying a rare hot summer with tourists flocking to its coastline. Detective Matthew Venn is called out to a rural crime scene at the home of a group of artists. What he finds is an elaborately staged murder – Dr. Nigel Yeo has been fatally stabbed with a shard of one of his glassblower daughter’s broken vases.

Dr. Yeo seems an unlikely murder victim. He’s a good man, a public servant, beloved by his daughter. Matthew is unnerved, though, to find that she is a close friend of Jonathan, his husband.

Then another body is found – killed in a similar way. Matthew soon finds himself treading carefully through the lies that fester at the heart of his community and a case that is dangerously close to home.

DI Matthew Venn returns in The Heron’s Cry, in Ann Cleeves’ powerful next novel, proving once again that she is a master of her craft.

A Macmillan Audio production from Minotaur Books

Review

There has been a murder in an artist colony. A prominent physician has been stabbed with a piece his own daughter’s vase. Enter Detective Matthew Venn. He has been sent to unravel all of the misconceptions and delusions.

I had a bit of trouble with this story. And for the life of me, I don’t know exactly why I didn’t enjoy it as much as I should have. The narrator did a great job. The story was just slow. Nothing really grabbed me. I did enjoy the setting! I could just picture some of the landscaping!

Plus, this story is full of lies and deceptions! That did keep me guessing and intrigued. And Matthew is a character I would like to see brought to life on the screen. I am definitely looking up this author’s tv shows.

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September Escapes and Escapades #wrapup #septemberreads #5starreads

Well! I really did not do much in the month of September. I did visit my favorite bookstore! Square Books In Oxford, MS.

I also took up knitting….no kidding!

So….not many escapades…kind of a boring month…nothing wrong with that!

Now on to the…

Escapes

The Night She Disappeared
The Magic of Found Objects
The Inheritance
Her Perfect Life
A Lot Like Love
When Ghosts Come Home
On Location
The Living and the Dead
The Santa Suit
Apples Never Fall

I also finished this one…review will be coming soon!

What did you read and enjoy in September…inquiring minds want to know!

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Audible Reads for September! #wrapup #audiblebooks #audiobooks #audible

Hello y’all!

Well since I have changed my life and I am now part time…I am going through some audio books!! I am driving more so I am listening in my car. I am also at home more…I keep headphones in my ears as I am doing stuff around my house.

So…check out my audiobooks for September….lots of good ones on here!

The Necklace
A Bright Young Thing
Defending Britta Stein
At the End of the World, Turn Left

I also finished this one and the review will be up soon!

I also listened to this one for our book club. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT. It is a delicious book!

What did you listen to and enjoy! Inquiring minds want to know!

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Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty @henryholt #holtinfluencer #fiction #bookreview

Overview

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Liane Moriarty comes a novel that looks at marriage, siblings, and how the people we love the most can hurt us the deepest

The Delaney family love one another dearly—it’s just that sometimes they want to murder each other . . .

If your mother was missing, would you tell the police? Even if the most obvious suspect was your father?

This is the dilemma facing the four grown Delaney siblings.

The Delaneys are fixtures in their community. The parents, Stan and Joy, are the envy of all of their friends. They’re killers on the tennis court, and off it their chemistry is palpable. But after fifty years of marriage, they’ve finally sold their famed tennis academy and are ready to start what should be the golden years of their lives. So why are Stan and Joy so miserable?

The four Delaney children—Amy, Logan, Troy, and Brooke—were tennis stars in their own right, yet as their father will tell you, none of them had what it took to go all the way. But that’s okay, now that they’re all successful grown-ups and there is the wonderful possibility of grandchildren on the horizon.

One night a stranger named Savannah knocks on Stan and Joy’s door, bleeding after a fight with her boyfriend. The Delaneys are more than happy to give her the small kindness she sorely needs. If only that was all she wanted.

Later, when Joy goes missing, and Savannah is nowhere to be found, the police question the one person who remains: Stan. But for someone who claims to be innocent, he, like many spouses, seems to have a lot to hide. Two of the Delaney children think their father is innocent, two are not so sure—but as the two sides square off against each other in perhaps their biggest match ever, all of the Delaneys will start to reexamine their shared family history in a very new light

Review

Joy and Stan have a weird relationship. They have been married for a very long time. They have owned their own tennis coaching business. But, there are so many past transgressions it is hard for each partner to let it go. (I guess that is how you would explain it!). When Joy comes up missing, there are many unusual clues which point straight to Stan!

Lord have mercy! I just don’t know how to explain this novel. It is good. It is more character driven than plot driven. It is too long, but I have no idea what the author could have cut out. And…I could not stop reading it. I fluctuated between 3-5 stars. So, of course, I settled on 4.

I have always been a fan of this author. She is intelligent and it shows. She has, what I call, “smart reads”. You cannot skim anything or you miss something. This novel is no different. I wanted to skim so badly and when I did, I would have to go back and see what I missed.

Every character in this novel is flawed and captivating. Joy and Stan have 4 children and each one has some kind of issue. And don’t even get me started on Savannah.

It sounds like I did not enjoy this novel…oh but I did. I could not stop reading. I just wish it had been a tad bit shorter.

Need a novel with characters you can’t stop reading about…THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today.

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The Santa Suit by Mary Kay Andrews @mkandrews @stmartinspress #christmasfiction #5starread

Overview

From Mary Kay Andrews, the New York Timesbestselling author of Hello, Summer, comes a novella celebrating the magic of Christmas and second chances in The Santa Suit.

When newly-divorced Ivy Perkins buys an old farmhouse sight unseen, she is definitely looking for a change in her life. The Four Roses, as the farmhouse is called, is a labor of love―but Ivy didn’t bargain on just how much labor. The previous family left so much furniture and so much junk, that it’s a full-time job sorting through all of it. 

At the top of a closet, Ivy finds an old Santa suit―beautifully made and decades old. In the pocket of a suit she finds a note written in a childish hand: it’s from a little girl who has one Christmas wish, and that is for her father to return home from the war. This discovery sets Ivy off on a mission. Who wrote the note? Did the man ever come home? What mysteries did the Rose family hold?

Ivy’s quest brings her into the community, at a time when all she wanted to do was be left alone and nurse her wounds. But the magic of Christmas makes miracles happen, and Ivy just might find more than she ever thought possible: a welcoming town, a family reunited, a mystery solved, and a second chance at love.

Review

Ivy is trying to start over after her divorce. She has purchased a rundown farm house. Well, more rundown than she thought. She only looked at pictures of it on the internet. As she is cleaning up, she comes across an old Santa suit. Inside one of the pockets is an letter from a young girl. This starts Ivy on a quest to find out what happened to this girl and if she ever got her wish from Santa.

Ivy is a strong woman…even if she is a bit stubborn. Enter Ezra…yep…Ezra. Ezra is her young, real estate agent. These two do not actually hit it off! It was quite a rocky beginning. But in true Christmas Magic form…well, you get the drift!

If you follow my blog at all, you know I am a HUGE fan of MKA. She has the best characters and some wonderful one liners which make you laugh out loud. This novella hits all those marks.

Need a good, uplifting Christmas story! THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today!

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