July Escapes and Escapades #wrapup #5starreads #julywrapup #escapesandescapades

I had a fantastic July…On the escapades and on the escapes!

First up…my daughter and I went to Hot Springs, Arkansas for a weekend getaway and spa time! What great food and a fun time we had!

If y’all get a chance to visit this quaint town…I highly recommend.

Next up…

I had tons of 5 star reads this month…more than normal. Check it out!

First Born
The Edge of Summer
The Wrong Kind of Woman
The It Girl
A Boundless Place
Impact
The Kingdoms of Savannah
The Bodyguard
After We Were Stolen
The Tuesday Night Survivors Club
The Secret Wife
The Sewing Girl’s Tale
The Last to Vanish
The Librarian Spy
Dragonfly Escaping
These Numbered Days
A Dress the Color of the Moon

I also finished these below!

Now….what did you read and enjoy? Inquiring minds want to know!

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A Dress The Color Of The Moon by Jennifer Irwin @suzyapbooktours #fiction #bookreview

Overview

Prudence Aldrich is a sex addict. Five weeks ago, she checked into the Serenity Hills rehab center to prevent that addiction from ruining every important relationship in her life. Now Prue must face the trail of destruction she left behind, including mending the broken bond with her teenage son, finalizing the divorce from her husband, Nick, and using a newly learned set of skills to ward off her insatiable cravings for male attention-a compulsion that puts her friendship with lifelong pal Lily to the test.

Adding ever further complications to the hurdles in her path is the arrival into town of Alistair Prescott, her in-rehab romantic obsession, and the one person in the world most capable of throwing Prue off her recovery. Meanwhile, Serenity Hills counselor Mike Sullivan is undergoing a crisis of his own-one that will drive him to the rediscovery of a lifelong passion . . . and causing him to cross paths again with Prue, his former patient.

A Dress the Color of the Moon tracks the rocky and sometimes disastrous path to recovery-a recovery that will require Prudence and her friends to face down the demons of their pasts while learning to accept the fearful uncertainty that comes with living life on your own two feet.

Review

Prudence is a sex addict. She has checked into a rehab facility. She hopes this action can help her resolve all her conflicts, especially with her teenage son. This is not how she had hoped her life would turn out!

Prudence is very much a true to life character with all kinds of issues and her life is a big old mess…but I loved her. She definitely has experienced some major trauma in her life. And you will need to read this to see how she fights her demons!

This is book 2 in a series. The first is A Dress The Color Of the Sky. The author did a great job creating a stand alone in this series. I have not read the first one. But I will add it to my list. I fell for Prudence! I want to know more!

Need a book with fantastic characters…THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today!

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Jennifer Irwin’s debut novel, A Dress the Color of the Sky, was published in 2017. A Dress the Color of the Sky has received rave reviews, won seven book awards, and been optioned for a feature film. Jennifer’s short stories have appeared in numerous literary publications including California’s Emerging Writers: An Anthology of Fiction. The stand-alone sequel, A Dress the Color of the Moon, was released in October 2021. Jennifer has three grown sons, resides in Los Angeles, and is represented by Prentis Literary. https://jenniferirwinauthor.com/

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These Numbered Days by Anna E. Collins #fiction #bookreview @suzyapbooktours

Overview

How do you ask forgiveness for the unforgivable?

When Annie Wolff’s ex-husband dies unexpectedly, she breaks her self-imposed exile and returns home to Snohomish, Washington. Annie hasn’t seen her children, Grace and Connor, in eight years, and now, her in-laws are making a bid to adopt them. She only hopes the depression that once sent her running will remain in check.

Annie is quickly drawn back into the lives of her now-teenage kids, under the skeptical supervision of their aunt. While Connor welcomes his estranged mother with open arms, Grace wants nothing to do with her. Annie is determined to be patient, even though her daughter’s behavior raises red flags.

As Annie sets out on this new, treacherous road, she stumbles into the path of Wic Dubray—the handsome but annoyingly honest woodworker who leases her a room. Not used to anyone caring for her, she finds his presence is both an unanticipated gift and a complication.

Annie must navigate old memories, hostile relatives, her wavering mental health, and a growing fondness for Wic. Only then will she have a chance to win back her children and her life and maybe find love.

Review

Annie has never been the best mother. She left her children when they were young. She thought she was doing them a favor. Annie has depression and it is so debilitating and all consuming she had to leave her family behind. But, when she finds out her ex-husband has passed away, Annie must go to her children. Can she win back their trust and be the mom she has always wanted to be?

This story will break your heart on so many levels. Annie struggles to win back the children who don’t really want her back. She knows this is an uphill battle. But, she never gives up. I have to give credit to Wic Dubray and his wise mother, Mina for giving Annie the right shot of honesty she needs to keep going.

Need a story which will make you see how hard mental illness is and the struggles of a loving mother to overcome…THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today!

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ANNA E. COLLINS is a Seattle-area author who writes both lighthearted and emotional stories about the lives and loves of women. Once upon a time she was a teacher with a master’s degree in educational psychology, but nowadays, plotting fiction and raising humans are her main pursuits. When not doing that, she can be found exploring other creative interests like painting, woodworking, and baking, as well as endlessly brushing her mini goldendoodle, Archie, who is a Very Good Boy. Anna’s debut novel, a romcom called Love at First Spite, came out in January 2022. These Numbered Days is her first women’s fiction novel. https://www.aecollinsbooks.com/

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Dragonfly Escaping by Raya Khedker @suzyapbooktours #fiction #bookreview

Overview

A dead grandmother. A molesting stepfather. A gigantic determination to flee abuse. 

Noor is a minor at her wits ends in India of 1980 when the law forces her into the clutches of her dubious parents. Her only escape lies in an arranged marriage. But if her parents’ selection of groom for her turns out an abuser too, what will she do then?

Sergio Santander, a Peruvian diplomat to India, discovers Noor’s desperation when he meets her at a party. Sixteen years her senior, he sees this as the perfect opportunity to propose to the twenty-year-old himself. 

Noor seizes the chance to marry Sergio because he seems the safer option compared to marrying a total stranger. Will her “safe choice” pan out once Noor is all alone in a foreign country on the other side of the planet?

DRAGONFLY ESCAPING is the first of a series of woman’s fiction novels based on a true story. If you like your tales raw, your emotions uncensored, and your locales exotic, this is your book!

Unlock DRAGONFLY ESCAPING to start a nonstop saga of globetrotting interlaced with deceit, passion, and loyalty where love refuses to fit inside a neat box. 

Review

Noor has been living with her grandmother most of her life. But, when her grandmother approves of a beating of Noor by Noor’s fiancé, she moves out and into a convent. Then her grandmother passes away and Noor is guilt ridden and terrified. Because now she has to move in with her mother. Eventually she marries a man to take her away from her home life. It only turns out, this is not the saving grace she expected.

This book is very well written and completely captivating. I had emotions all over the place. There were quite a few times in which I wanted to come through the pages a slap someone on Noor’s behalf. Talk about a tough woman. However, through all her trials, she survives!

This book should have been a 5 star read for me. And it very well could be for most people. And this might not be fair, the only reason I gave this a 4 star is because Noor had so many terrible experiences, I felt like it was just too much. She needed to experience some happiness. Everyone has terrible parts of their lives but everyone also experiences some happiness. Noor really didn’t. She had a few but they were very few and she was stabbed in the back again. And like I said…this might not be fair to the author. This reader just needed a break.

Need an emotional read which will have you gasping for air…THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today.

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Raya Khedker was only three years old when she received her first writing inspiration, watching her father tie a thread to a dragonfly’s tail in the garden of their Calcutta home, then handing her the ensemble to fly like a live kite. Too young to discern the cruelty of this practice, Raya flew those dragonflies, mesmerized by the beauty and iridescence of their gossamer wings shining like precious jewels under the Indian sun, delighted by how those magical dragonflies were always within her control. 

Decades later, those trapped dragonflies would become the heart of Raya’s debut novel, Dragonfly Escaping. Her biggest dream is to inspire women to recognize their untapped power, give it their all, and fulfill any goal they want. 

Armed with a B.A. in Spanish Honors and an M.A. in Teaching, Raya has worked as an interpreter, a translator, teacher, private tutor, jail guard, and a seasonal farm laborer on different continents. At present, when she isn’t writing, she interprets and translates for federal and state courts in Massachusetts and Connecticut. 

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“Compelling, disturbing, inspiring, real—Dragonfly Escaping reads as if you aren’t reading at all and are instead there with Noor, cheering her on, startled at the injustices she’s forced to face, jumping to her defense when she can’t defend herself. By writing us a window into a multicultural cultural arena, author Raya Khedker powerfully showcases the two-three-way influence between people and their circumstances.” Libybet R. G., Proofreader, Red Adept Editing

“Raw, intense, and emotional, Dragonfly Escaping brings to light the pain and suffering of young Noor as she endures a challenging childhood in India, where girls are married off for convenience. But her dream of escaping her parents and homeland might not be all she had hoped, especially when she finds herself in a foreign country with few allies and far more hostile enemies.” Amanda K., Line Editor, Red Adept Editing

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Point Last Seen by Christina Dodd #excerpt #bookspotlight @harlequinbooks

POINT LAST SEEN

Author: Christina Dodd

ISBN: 9781335623973

Publication Date: June 21, 2022

Publisher: HQN Books

Book Summary:

 From New York Times bestselling author Christina Dodd comes a brand new, standalone suspense about a reclusive artist who retrieves a seemingly dead woman from the Pacific Ocean…only to have her come back to life with no memory of what happened to her. With a strong female protagonist, a chilling villain, and twisty secrets that will keep you turning the pages. Perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell, Karin Slaughter and Sandra Brown, POINT LAST SEEN, will have readers keeping the lights on all night.

LIFE LAST SEEN

When you’ve already died, there should be nothing left to fear… When Adam Ramsdell pulls Elle’s half-frozen body from the surf on a lonely California beach, she has no memory of what her full name is and how she got those bruises ringing her throat.

GIRL LAST SEEN

Elle finds refuge in Adam’s home on the edge of Gothic, a remote village located between the steep lonely mountains and the raging Pacific Ocean. As flashes of her memory return, Elle faces a terrible truth—buried in her mind lurks a secret so dark it could get her killed.

POINT LAST SEEN

Everyone in Gothic seems to hide a dark past. Even Adam knows more than he will admit. Until Elle can unravel the truth, she doesn’t know who to trust, when to run and who else might be hurt when the killer who stalks her nightmares appears to finish what he started…

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Christina Dodd writes “edge-of-the-seat suspense” (Iris Johansen) with “brilliantly etched characters, polished writing, and unexpected flashes of sharp humor that are pure Dodd” (ALA Booklist). Her fifty-eight books have been called “scary, sexy, and smartly written” by Booklist and, much to her mother’s delight, Dodd was once a clue in the Los Angeles Times crossword puzzle. Enter Christina’s worlds and join her mailing list at http://www.christinadodd.com.

Excerpt


A Morning in February Gothic, California
The storm off the Pacific had been brutal, a relentless night of cold rain and shrieking wind. Adam Ramsdell had spent the hours working, welding and polishing a tall, heavy, massive piece of sculpture, not hearing the wailing voices that lamented their own passing, not shuddering when he caught sight of his own face in the polished stainless steel. He sweated as he moved swiftly to capture the image he saw in his mind, a clawed monster rising from the deep: beautiful, deadly, dangerous.
And as always, when dawn broke, the storm moved on and he stepped away, he realized he had failed.
Impatient, he shoved the trolley that held the sculpture toward the wall. One of claws swiped his bare chest and proved to him he’d done one thing right: razor-sharp, it opened a long, thin gash in his skin. Blood oozed to the surface. He used his toe to lock the wheels on the trolley, securing the sculpture in case of the occasional California earth tremor.
Then with the swift efficiency of someone who had dealt with minor wounds, his own and others’, he found a clean towel and stanched the flow. Going into the tiny bathroom, he washed the site and used superglue to close the gash. The cut wasn’t deep; it would hold.
He tied on his running shoes and stepped outside into the short, bent, wet grass that covered his acreage. The rosemary hedge that grew at the edge of his front porch released its woody scent. The newly washed sunlight had burned away the fog, and Adam started running uphill toward town, determined to get breakfast, then come home to bed. Now that the sculpture was done and the storm had passed, he needed the bliss of oblivion, the moments of peace sleep could give him.
Yet every year as the Ides of March and the anniversary of his failure approached, nightmares tracked through his sleep and followed him into the light. They were never the same but always a variation on a theme: he had failed, and in two separate incidents, people had died…
The route was all uphill; nevertheless, each step was swift and precise. The sodden grasses bent beneath his running shoes. He never slipped; a man could die from a single slip. He’d always known that, but now, five years later, he knew it in ways he could never forget.
As he ran, he shed the weariness of a long night of cutting, grinding, hammering, polishing. He reached the asphalt and he lengthened his stride, increased his pace.
He ran past the cemetery where a woman knelt to take a chalk etching of a crumbling headstone, past the Gothic Museum run by local historian Freya Goodnight.
The Gothic General Store stood on the outside of the lowest curve of the road. Today the parking lot was empty, the rockers were unoccupied, and the store’s sixteen-year-old clerk lounged in the open door. “How you doing, Mr. Ramsdell?” she called.
He lifted his hand. “Hi, Tamalyn.” She giggled.

Somehow, on the basis of him waving and remembering her name, she had fallen in love with him. He reminded himself that the dearth of male teens in the area left him little competition, but he could feel her watching him as he ran past the tiny hair salon where Daphne was cutting a local rancher’s hair in the outdoor barber chair.
His body urged him to slow to a walk, but he deliberately pushed himself.
Every time he took a turn, he looked up at Widow’s Peak, the rocky ridge that overshadowed the town, and the Tower, the edifice built by the Swedish silent-film star who in the early 1930s had bought land and created the town to her specifications.
At last he saw his destination, the Live Oak, a four-star restaurant in a one-star town. The three-story building stood at the corner of the highest hairpin turn and housed the eatery and three exclusive suites available for rent.
When Adam arrived he was gasping, sweating, holding his side. Since his return from the Amazon basin, he had never completely recovered his stamina.
Irksome.
At the corner of the building, he turned to look out at the view.
The vista was magnificent: spring-green slopes, wave-battered sea stacks, the ocean’s endless surges, and the horizon that stretched to eternity. During the Gothic jeep tour, Freya always told the tourists that from this point, if a person tripped and fell, that person could tumble all the way to the beach. Which was an exaggeration. Mostly.
Adam used the small towel hooked into his waistband to wipe the sweat off his face. Then disquiet began its slow crawl up his spine.
Someone had him under observation.
He glanced up the grassy hill toward the olive grove and stared. A glint, like someone stood in the trees’ shadows watching with binoculars. Watching him.
No. Not him. A peregrine falcon glided through the shredded clouds, and seagulls cawed and circled. Birders came from all over the word to view the richness of the Big Sur aviary life. As he watched, the glint disappeared. Perhaps the birder had spotted a tufted puffin. Adam felt an uncomfortable amount of relief in that: it showed a level of paranoia to imagine someone was watching him, but…
But. He had learned never to ignore his instincts. The hard way, of course.
He stepped into the restaurant doorway, and from across the restaurant he heard the loud snap of the continental waiter’s fingers and saw the properly suited Ludwig point at a small, isolated table in the back corner. Adam’s usual table.
Before Adam took a second step, he made an inventory of all possible entrances and exits, counted the number of occupants and assessed them as possible threats, and evaluated any available weapons. An old habit, it gave him peace of mind.
Three exits: front door, door to kitchen, door to the upper suites.

Mr. Kulshan sat by the windows, as was his wont. He liked the sun, and he lived to people-watch. Why not? He was in his midnineties. What else had he to do?
In the conference room, behind an open door, reserved for a business breakfast, was a long table with places set for twenty people.
A young couple, tourists by the look of them, held hands on the table and smiled into each other’s eyes. Nice. Really nice to know young love still existed.
There, her back against the opposite wall, was an actress. Obviously an actress. She had possibly arrived for breakfast, or to stay in one of the suites. Celebrities visits happened often enough that most of the town was blasé, although the occasional scuffle with the paparazzi did lend interest to the village’s tranquil days.
She wasn’t pretty. Her face was too angular, her mouth too wide, her chin too determined. She was reading through a stack of papers and using a marker to highlight and a ballpoint to make notes… And she wore glasses. Not casual I need a little visual assistance glasses. These were Coke-bottle bottoms set in lime-green frames.
Interesting: Why had an actress not had laser surgery? Not that it mattered. Behind those glasses her brown eyes sparked with life, interest and humor, although he didn’t understand how someone could convey all that while never looking up. She had shampoo-commercial hair—long, dark, wavy, shining—and when she caught it in her hand and shoved it over one shoulder, he felt his breath catch.
A gravelly voice interrupted a moment that had gone on too long and revealed too clearly how Adam’s isolation had affected him. “Hey, you. Boy! Come here.” Mr. Kulshan beckoned. Mr. Kulshan, who had once been tall, sturdy and handsome. Then the jaws of old age had seized him, gnawed him down to a bent-shouldered, skinny old man.
Adam lifted a finger to Ludwig, indicating breakfast would have to wait.
Ludwig glowered. Maybe his name was suggestive, but the man looked like Ludwig van Beethoven: rough, wild, wavy hair, dark brooding eyes under bushy eyebrows, pouty lips, cleft in the chin. He seldom talked and never smiled. Most people were afraid of him.
Adam was not. He walked to Mr. Kulshan’s table and took a seat opposite the old man. “What can I do for you, sir?”
“Don’t call me sir. I told you, call me K.H.”
Adam didn’t call people by their first names. That encouraged friendliness.
“If you can’t do that, call me Kulshan.” With his fork, the old guy stabbed a lump of breaded something and handed it to Adam. “What do you think this is?”
Adam had traveled the world, learned to eat what was offered, so he took the fork, sniffed the lump and nibbled a corner. “I believe it’s fried sweetbread.”
Mr. Kulshan made a gagging noise. “My grandmother made us eat sweetbread.” He bit it off the end of the fork. “This isn’t as awful as hers.” With loathing, he said, “This is Frenchie food.”

“Señor Alfonso is Spanish.”
Mr. Kulshan ignored Adam for all he was worth. “Next thing you know, this Alfonso will be scraping snails off the sidewalk and calling it escargots.”
“Actually…” Adam caught the twinkle in Mr. Kulshan’s eyes and stood. “Fine. Pull my chain. I’m going to have breakfast.”
Mr. Kulshan caught his wrist. “Have you heard what Caltrans is doing about the washout?” He referred to the California Department of Transportation and their attempts to repair the Pacific Coast Highway and open it to traffic.
“No. What?”
“Nothing!” Mr. Kulshan cackled wildly, then nodded at the actress. “The girl. Isn’t she something? Built like a brick shithouse.”
Interested, Adam settled back into the chair. “Who is she?”
“Don’t you ever read People magazine? That’s Clarice Burbage. She’s set to star in the modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s…um…one of Shakespeare’s plays. Who cares? She’ll play a king. Or something. That’s the script she’s reading.”
Clarice looked up as if she’d heard them—which she had, because Mr. Kulshan wore hearing aids that didn’t work well enough to compensate for his hearing loss—and smiled and nodded genially.
Mr. Kulshan grinned at her. “Hi, Clarice. Loved you in Inferno!” “Thank you, K.H.” She projected her voice so he could hear her.
Mr. Kulshan shot Adam a triumphant look that clearly said See? Clarice Burbage calls me by my first name.
The actress-distraction was why the two men were surprised when the door opened and a middle-aged, handsome, casually dressed woman with cropped red hair walked in.
Mr. Kulshan made a sound of disgust. “Her.”
Excerpted from Point Last Seen by Christina Dodd. Copyright © 2022 by Christina Dodd. Published by arrangement with Harlequin Books S.A

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The Librarian Spy by Madeline Martin @harlequinbooks #historicalfiction #bookreview

Book Summary:

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Last Bookshop in London comes a moving new novel inspired by the true history of America’s library spies of World War II.
Ava thought her job as a librarian at the Library of Congress would mean a quiet, routine existence. But an unexpected offer from the US military has brought her to Lisbon with a new mission: posing as a librarian while working undercover as a spy gathering intelligence.
Meanwhile, in occupied France, Elaine has begun an apprenticeship at a printing press run by members of the Resistance. It’s a job usually reserved for men, but in the war, those rules have been forgotten. Yet she knows that the Nazis are searching for the press and its printer in order to silence them.
As the battle in Europe rages, Ava and Elaine find themselves connecting through coded messages and discovering hope in the face of war.

Review

Ava has been commissioned, because of her language skills, to head to Lisbon to help with the war effort. She is such an introvert and this is not what she planned to do with her life. But, because her brother is serving, she decides that whatever she can do to help, she will do. However, this turns into more than she bargained for and she realizes she must become as tough as nails to survive.

Ava is a character after my own heart. She is a true bibliophile and I love how she carries a suitcase full of books with her to Europe. This is definitely something I would do. However, her espionage skills are not where they need to be. This puts her in danger on more than one occasion.

For the life of me, I do not know why this is not a five star read for me. I am usually all about WWII. I may be a bit tired of this time period (NEVER!). The characters seemed a bit flat and even though I loved all the book references, I found myself zoning out during parts of this book. But…like I said…it is probably me. My friend over at Silvers Reviews gave it 5 stars. So…yep…probably me.

Need a good WWII espionage story…THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today

I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.

About the Author

Madeline Martin is a New York Times and international bestselling author of historical fiction novels and historical romance. She lives in sunny Florida with her two daughters, two incredibly spoiled cats and a husband so wonderful he’s been dubbed Mr. Awesome. She is a die-hard history lover who will happily lose herself in research any day. When she’s not writing, researching or ‘moming’, you can find her spending time with her family at Disney or sneaking a couple spoonfuls of Nutella while laughing over cat videos. She also loves travel, attributing her fascination with history to having spent most of her childhood as an Army brat in Germany.

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The Last to Vanish by Megan Miranda @scribnerbooks #thriller #suspense #bookreview

Overview

This eerie thriller…can stand next to Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House and Stephen King’s The Shining.” —Booklist (starred review)

New York Times bestselling author Megan Miranda returns with a gripping and propulsive thriller that opens with the disappearance of a journalist who is investigating a string of vanishings in the resort town of Cutter’s Pass—will its dark secrets finally be revealed?

Ten years ago, Abigail Lovett fell into a job she loves, managing The Passage Inn, a cozy, upscale resort nestled in the North Carolina mountain town of Cutter’s Pass. Cutter’s Pass is best known for its outdoor offerings—rafting and hiking, with access to the Appalachian trail by way of a gorgeous waterfall—and its mysterious history. As the book begins, the string of unsolved disappearances that has haunted the town is once again thrust into the spotlight when journalist Landon West, who was staying at the inn to investigate the story of the vanishing trail, then disappears himself.

Abby has sometimes felt like an outsider within the community, but she’s come to view Cutter’s Pass as her home. When Landon’s brother Trey shows up looking for answers, Abby can’t help but feel the town closing ranks. And she’s still on the outside. When she finds incriminating evidence that may bring them closer to the truth, Abby soon discovers how little she knows about her coworkers, neighbors, and even those closest to her.

Megan Miranda brings her best writing to The Last to Vanish, a riveting thriller filled with taut suspense and shocking twists that will keep you guessing until the very end.

Review

Abby helps manage The Passage Inn located in a small town of Cutter’s Pass. Cutter’s Pass is known for its beautiful hikes and great landscapes and a string of unsolved disappearances. But when Landon West’s brother shows up to find out exactly what happened, things start to unravel and the community closes ranks. No outsider is safe.

I adored Abby. She is just an all around good girl trying to live a quiet life. However, when she starts to really question what is going on around her, her quiet life turns into a frightful situation. She is not as safe as she thought!

You can always count on this author to take you on a wild ride! And this story is full of wild rides! I mean…how many people have to go missing?? Now, I had part of this figured out, but not all of it. I love how an author can throw a kink into a reader’s deductions. And Megan Miranda is always good for several twisted surprises. And the suspense…when you don’t know who to trust, it throws several tension filled moments your way!

Need a fabulous tale full of twists and turns….THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today!

I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.

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The Sewing Girl’s Tale by John Wood Sweet #audiobook #audiblebook #history @macmillanaudio @henryholt

Overview

Renowned historian John Sweet offers a riveting Revolutionary Era drama of the first published rape trial in American history and its long, shattering aftermath, revealing how much has changed over two centuries—and how much has not.

On a moonless night in the summer of 1793, a crime was committed in the back room of a New York brothel—the kind of crime that even victims usually kept secret. Instead, seventeen-year-old seamstress Lanah Sawyer did what virtually no one in US history had done before: she charged a gentleman with rape.

Her accusation sparked a raw courtroom drama and a relentless struggle for vindication that threatened both Lanah’s and her assailant’s lives. The trial exposed a predatory sexual underworld, sparked riots in the streets, and ignited a vigorous debate about class privilege and sexual double standards. The ongoing conflict attracted the nation’s top lawyers, including Alexander Hamilton, and shaped the development of American law. The crime and its consequences became a kind of parable about the power of seduction and the limits of justice. Eventually, Lanah Sawyer did succeed in holding her assailant accountable—but at a terrible cost to herself.

Based on rigorous historical detective work, this audiobook takes us from a chance encounter in the street into the sanctuaries of the city’s elite, the shadows of its brothels, and the despair of its debtors’ prison. The Sewing Girl’s Tale shows that if our laws and our culture were changed by a persistent young woman and the power of words two hundred years ago, they can be changed again.

Review

Lanah has been raped. Due to many different situations, there is a trial. And what a trial it became. It changed many lives and had repercussions for years.

Now, I usually don’t read history. I will read memoirs or biographies. But, this story sounded intriguing. And boy does it fit the bill! It did get a little slow in places but I enjoyed learning about this time period. I do not think much has changed for women. I honestly think they face the same issues Lanah faced back in the revolutionary era. And this is sad. But read this and I believe you will agree.

I learned so much. And when I have a story which has me researching, I am hooked and this one had me wanting to know more. However, there is really nothing more to know. This book includes every available aspect, down to all the players….even the brothel owner. And then there is Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. Such great history and I had no idea.

I actually went to NYC in March and visited many of the places in this book. So, I felt like I was right there. Add in this great narrator, Gabra Zackman, and you have a fabulous historical account of a basically unknown issue.

Need a well researched, true history story…THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today

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The Secret Wife by Emily Shiner @dreamscapeaudio #audiblebook #audiobook #thriller #fiction #bookreview

Overview

Cara is a devoted mother to two little girls. She loves her hectic life, but she looks forward to a relaxing weekend alone while her husband, Michael, takes the kids on a camping trip. But their dream trip turns into a nightmare when their daughters are taken, deep in the forest. 

One is returned safely. But one is still missing. As Cara and Michael frantically search for their little girl, it becomes clear that this is no random abduction—her disappearance is linked to shocking secrets that are only now being revealed. Soon Cara begins to how well she really knows her husband. Is the stress making her paranoid? Or is she finally seeing him as he really is? Time is running out. How far will Cara go to find her daughter?

Review

Cara happily sent off her husband and two little girls to go camping. She plans to spend the weekend reading and relaxing. But, it turns into the worst weekend of her life. Both her girls are kidnapped. After one is returned, it is becomes apparent that this is not random. Cara begins to suspect something about Michael.

Cara is a hectic mom, as most moms are. But, when her kids are kidnapped, she turns into a bear and she is not going to leave a stone unturned. She slowly starts to unravel Michael’s past. She discovers Michael has never been who he says he is.

I enjoyed the intensity and the mystery surrounding Michael. I love how the author created such a wicked story. I liked Michael at first…but then…you will have to read this to find out!

I also enjoyed how the narrators, Natalie Duke and Wayne Mitchell tag teamed this story line. It made the story more real to my ears!

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The Tuesday Night Survivors’ Club by Lynn Cahoon #fiction #mystery #bookreview @tantoraudio

Overview

Survivors become sleuths to find a missing member of their book club in new-age Sedona, New Mexico . . .

Two things got Rarity Jones through her breast cancer treatments: friends and books. Now cancer-free, Rarity is devoting her life to helping others find their way through the maze to healing. She’s opened a bookstore focusing on the power of healing—Eastern medicine, Western medicine, the healing power of food, the power of meditation, and the importance of developing a support community. To that end, she’s also started the Tuesday Night Survivors book club. With its openness to new-age communities, Sedona, Arizona, is the perfect fit for Rarity’s bookstore and the tightly knit group.

But their therapeutic unity is disrupted when one of their members suddenly goes missing. Martha has always kept to herself, never opening up much of her personal life to the group. Now she’s nowhere to be found. With her car abandoned on a trail and her dog left with a friend, Rarity is sure something terrible has happened—but will she be able to uncover Martha’s secrets before it’s too late?

Review

Rarity has suffered from breast cancer. She decides to take a leap of faith and pursue her dream…open a bookstore. She has the great idea of forming a book club to help support cancer sufferers and survivors. However, one of their book club members goes missing and they all join together to solve the mystery.

Rarity is a great character. She is sweet and kind. She has had it rough these past few years and she is determined to help anyone suffering with cancer. I loved this about her. Plus, her determination. She is not going to let Martha’s disappearance go unsolved. She is determined to find out what happened even if it puts her in the line of fire…and yes it does!

I fluctuated between 3 and 4 stars on this one. But I ended up giving it 4 basically because I enjoyed the bookstore and the dog! I thought the book club was a fabulous idea to help people suffering from cancer. But, it is a bit slow in places and the mystery is easy to figure out.

This is narrated by C.S.E. Cooney and she did a great job!

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