July 26, 2017

The Truth We Bury by Barbara Taylor Sissel

Published Date : July 25, 2017
Publisher : Lake Union Publishing
Genre : Fiction / Women's
Rating : 5 Star

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The Truth We Bury is the story of how an act of violence will bring people together or tear them apart. Lily Isley's life seems to be perfect with a rich husband, living in a ritzy gated part of Dallas and having a decorated Marine son named AJ. With AJ set to marry the love of his life Shea, it takes a murder of one of Shea's bridesmaids for everything to fall apart.

Dru Gallagher is the mother of Shea and doesn't care for AJ much due to him having PTSD. After running from a ex-husband that threatened both her and Shea with a gun and having PTSD, the look that AJ gets in his eyes reminds her of what she was running from and fears for Shea's life. With a killer on the loose and with Shea fighting for AJ, claiming he didn't murder the bridesmaid or do the things that the police are saying he did. It all comes down to a huge family secret and with someone that they never imagined to be in the middle of everything, for everyone to come together in the most unexpected way ever!

This book was a great thriller that kept me up way past my bedtime to only finished it after only 5 hours of sleep because I had to know who did it and how it was gonna all end!! As you start to get into this story, you start to question yourself on is AJ really the killer or is it someone else trying to set him up but how it all ended was kinda shocking but perfect for this story! I really love books like this one that the  Author will draw you into this world on the first page and will keep you thinking about the story long after you finish the book! This book truly deserves to be made into a movie just to see it all play out on the big screen!!

Thank You to Barbara Taylor Sissel for writing a great book that made me go to bed late and early to rise just to see how this book will end!!


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July 25, 2017

Summer At Firefly Lane by Jen Gilroy

Published Date : July 25, 2017
Publisher : Forever Romance
Series : Firefly Lake / Book 2
Genre : Fiction / Women's

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ABOUT THE BOOK!

Sometimes love is better the second time around . . . 

Mia Gibbs spent her marriage putting her husband's needs before her own. And now, after a painful divorce, she's building a new life for herself and her two daughters back home at Firefly Lake. The last thing she needs is a man to complicate things. But former bad boy turned friend Nick McGuire—and the one kiss they've shared-has turned everything upside down . . .

Attorney Nick McGuire wasn't meant to be a family man. His career has always been his focus and after taking time out to help his mother, he's ready to get back to the city . . . until Mia and her daughters arrive at Firefly Lake. Mia is beautiful and intriguing, and it doesn't take long to realize being "just friends" will never be enough. As the summer nights turn colder, Nick will have to choose between the life he's always wanted . . . and the woman he can't live without.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR!


Jen Gilroy grew up under the big sky of western Canada. After many years in England, she now lives in a small town in eastern Ontario where her Irish ancestors settled in the nineteenth century. She's worked in higher education and international marketing but, after spending too much time in airports and away from her family, traded the 9-5 to write contemporary romance to bring readers' hearts home. 

A small-town girl at heart, Jen likes ice cream, diners, vintage style and all things country. Her husband, Tech Guy, is her real-life romance hero, and her daughter, English Rose, teaches her to cherish the blessings in the everyday.

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July 24, 2017

Blood Oath by Melissa Lenhardt

Published Date : May 23, 2017
Publisher : Redhook
Series : Laura Elliston / Book 2
Genre : Fiction / Historical
Rating : 4 Star

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Blood Oath is the 2nd Book in the Laura Elliston Series! We pick up with Laura and Kindle on the run from everyone who wants the bounty on their heads. As they soon realize that running will come with a cost that they might not make it in the end, they still take the chance anyway. With Laura risking her life for a Indian while being held hostage that will ultimately come at a cost later on. As Kindle and Laura take their relationship to the next level of being married, Laura soon discovers what Kindle is really like and we are left with the most unexplained ending to this story that will make you want to read the last book in this series just to discover if Kindle and Laura have what it takes to be together in the end!

After the events of the last book, you don't think they could get any worse but they do and more bloodier as well. You think you know how this story is gonna end up but then, you will get hit with a huge shocker that makes you wonder how is all of this gonna end in the end! I had to go back and reread the part of when the Indian woman was doing the unthinkable to Kindle just to make sure that Laura wasn't dreaming it, yes people it was that shocking!! With that shocking ending to this book, I have no clue to how it's all gonna end but you can bet that it's gonna be good!!

Thank You to Melissa Lenhardt for writing a book that made me stay up way later than I planned just to see how this book ends!!


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July 23, 2017

The Friendship Bracelet by Arlene Stewart

Published Date : July 4, 2017
Publisher : Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Series : The Friendship Bracelet / Book 1
Genre : J Fiction / Social Issues

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ABOUT THE BOOK!

As class klutz and all-around misfit, Olivia Jones thought that starting middle school would be tough enough. What’s worse, her BFF and next-door neighbor, Alex, is moving to Paris. Then Olivia discovers an old friendship bracelet in her mother’s drawer and realizes there might be a way for her to feel connected to Alex, even when they’re an ocean apart. Life without her BFF is hard, but when Olivia’s cousins move into the neighborhood, she discovers there are lots of opportunities for making new friends. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR!

Arlene Hamilton Stewart frequently writes on lifestyle issues. She is the co-author of the bridal boxed set Victoria: From This Day Forward and Victoria: The Heart of Christmas and is the author of I Call Thee Friend: A Keepsake for My Bridal Attendant. She also created The Jewelry Book and The Lanyard Book. She lives with her daughter in Katonah, New York.

July 22, 2017

Sawbones by Melissa Lenhardt

Published Date : March 29, 2016
Publisher : Redhook
Series : Laura Elliston / Book 1
Genre : Fiction / Historical
Rating : 4 Star

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Sawbones is the 1st book in the Laura Elliston Series! Dr Catherine Bennett is practicing medicine in New York City when she is accused of murder. Fleeing NYC with her maid, Catherine is forced to change her name to Laura and discover a new life for herself. While on a wagon train in Texas, Laura is left a sole survivor after a bloody attack by Indians and is soon saved by William Kindle who she ends up saving instead.

After preforming life-saving surgery on Kindle, they are taken back to Fort Richardson where she discovers that running from her problems will soon catch up with her.  As she deals with the men at the fort and being the only doctor around until a new doctor can show up will put her more in the spotlight than she likes to be in. With Laura and Kindle falling for each, they have to deal with unexpected turn of events for the both of them to want to disappear together into the West in the stunning conclusion to this story that sets it up for what is to come!

I enjoyed this book for the most part but at times, I found Catherine aka Laura to be way to whiny during some parts of this book. I do believe that Melissa nailed the Indian attack on the wagon train and the whole kidnapping ordeal and even though it was a little too much for some parts, it totally paints the picture of what really happened in real life during the times. Even with all the whining and bloody parts to this book, I so want to see a TV Series or Movie made from this book just to see it play out on the screen!!

Thank You to Melissa Lenhardt for writing a good first book in this series that kept my attention to the story and I can't wait to see what is next for this couple!!


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July 21, 2017

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Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave



Published Date : July 11, 2017
Publisher : Simon & Schuster
Genre : Fiction / Women's

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Sunshine Mackenzie truly is living the dream. A lifestyle guru for the modern age, Sunshine is beloved by millions of people who tune into her YouTube cooking show, and millions more scour her website for recipes, wisdom, and her enticing suggestions for how to curate a perfect life. She boasts a series of #1 New York Times bestselling cookbooks, a devoted architect husband, and a reputation for sincerity and kindness—Sunshine seems to have it all. But she’s hiding who she really is. And when her secret is revealed, her fall from grace is catastrophic. What Sunshine does in the ashes of destruction will save her in more ways than she can imagine.

In our modern world, where celebrity is a careful construct, Laura Dave’s compelling, enticing novel explores the devastating effect of the secrets we keep in public…and in private. Hello, Sunshine is a fresh, provocative look at a woman teetering between a scrupulously assembled life and the redemptive power of revealing the truth.



A Game Of Ghosts by John Connolly


Published Date : July 4, 2017
Publisher : Atria / Emily Bestler Books
Series : Charlie Parker / Book 15
Genre : Fiction / Thriller / Mystery

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Internationally bestselling author John Connolly returns with another superb fusion of noir and the supernatural (My Bookish Ways) in this latest thriller in his gripping Charlie Parker series. 
It is deep winter and the darkness is unending. A private detective named Jaycob Eklund has vanished and Charlie Parker is assigned to track him down. Parker s employer, Edgar Ross, an agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has his own reasons for wanting Eklund found. Eklund is no ordinary investigator he is obsessively tracking a series of homicides and disappearances, each linked to reports of hauntings. Now Parker is drawn into Eklund s world: a realm in which the monstrous Mother rules a crumbling criminal empire, in which men strike bargains with angels, and in which the innocent and guilty alike are pawns in a game of ghosts..."



Eden by Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg


Published Date : May 2, 2017
Publisher : She Writes Press
Genre : Fiction / Women's

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Becca Meister Fitzpatrick--wife, mother, grandmother, and pillar of the community--is the dutiful steward of her family's iconic summer tradition . . . until she discovers her recently deceased husband squandered their nest egg. As she struggles to accept that this is likely her last season in Long Harbor, Becca is inspired by her granddaughter's boldness in the face of impending single-motherhood, and summons the courage to reveal a secret she was forced to bury long ago: the existence of a daughter she gave up fifty years ago. The question now is how her other daughter, Rachel--with whom Becca has always had a strained relationship--will react. 
Eden is the account of the days leading up to the Fourth of July weekend, as Becca prepares to disclose her secret and her son and brothers conspire to put the estate on the market, interwoven with the century-old history of Becca's family--her parents' beginnings and ascent into affluence, and her mother's own secret struggles in the grand home her father named "Eden."



American Family by Catherine Marshall-Smith



Published Date : June 13, 2017
Publisher : She Writes Press
Genre : Non-Fiction / Civil Rights

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Richard and Michael, both three years sober, have just decided to celebrate their love by moving in together when Richard driven by the desire to do the right thing for his ten-year-old-daughter, Brady, whom he has never met impulsively calls his former father-in-law to connect with her. With that phone call, he jeopardizes the one good thing he has his relationship with Michael and also threatens the world of the fundamentalist Christian grandparents who love Brady and see her as payback from God for the alcohol-related death of her mother. Unable to reach an agreement, the two parties hire lawyers who have agendas far beyond the interests of the families and Brady is initially trusted into Richard and Michael s care. But when the judge learns that the young girl was present when a questionable act took place while in their custody, she returns Brady to her grandparents. Ultimately, it s not until further tragedy strikes that both families are finally motivated to actually act in the best interests of the child.



A Work Of Art by Micayla Lally



Published Date : May 2, 2017
Publisher : She Writes Press
Genre : Fiction / Women's

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Letting go after her abrupt break-up with Samson is harder than Julene thought it would be, especially since her ex has wasted no time in burying himself in the local dating scene. But during an extended visit to her parents overseas, Julene rediscovers her love of art, and a burgeoning career develops. Samson, on the other hand, after trying valiantly--and unsuccessfully--to forget Julene, has settled instead on his own new career. 
When Julene returns home to Australia, a coincidental meeting leads to an emotional reunion--but her love and patience will be tested when she finds out just how busy Samson has been in her absence. Yes, they have both made mistakes they can work through and move past--but when a specter from Samson's past looms, Julene wonders: Can she trust him again?



The Shark Club by Ann Kidd Taylor


Published Date : June 6, 2017
Publisher : Viking
Genre : Fiction / Women's

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A warm and wonderfully vivid novel about taking second chances—in life and in the sea

One summer day on the beach in Florida, two extraordinary things happen to Maeve Donnelly. First, she is kissed by Daniel, the boy of her dreams. Then, she is bitten by a blacktip shark.

Eighteen years later, Maeve has thrown herself into her work as a world-traveling marine biologist discovering more about the minds of misunderstood sharks. But when Maeve returns home to the legendarily charming and eccentric Hotel of the Muses where she was raised by her grandmother, she finds more than just the blood orange sunsets and key lime pies she’s missed waiting for her.

While Maeve has always been fearless in the water, on land she is indecisive. A chance meeting on the beach with a plucky, irresistible little girl who is just as fascinated by the ocean as Maeve was growing up leaves her at a crossroads: Should she rekindle her romance with Daniel, the first love she left behind when she dove into her work? Or indulge in a new romance with her colleague, Nicholas, who turns up in her hometown to investigate an illegal shark-finning operation?

Set against the intoxicating backdrop of palm trees, calypso bands, and perfect ocean views, The Shark Club is a story of the mysterious passions of one woman’s life: her first love and new love; the sea and sharks that inhabit it.



The Captain's Daughter by Meg Mitchell Moore


Published Date : July 18, 2017
Publisher : Doubleday Books
Genre : Fiction / Women's

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Growing up in Little Harbor, Maine, the daughter of a widowed lobsterman, Eliza Barnes could haul a trap and row a skiff with the best of them. But she always knew she'd leave that life behind. Now that she's married, with two kids and a cushy front-row seat to suburban country club gossip in an affluent Massachusetts town, she feels adrift.

When her father injures himself in a boating accident, Eliza pushes the pause button on her own life to come to his aid. But when she arrives in Maine, she discovers her father's situation is more dire than he let on. Eliza's homecoming is further complicated by the reemergence of her first love--and memories of their shared secret. Then Eliza meets Mary Brown, a seventeen-year-old local who is at her own crossroad, and Eliza can't help but wonder what her life would have been like if she'd stayed.

Filled with humor, insight, summer cocktails, and gorgeous sunsets, The Captain's Daughter is a compassionate novel about the life-changing choices we make and the consequences we face in their aftermath.
 

July 20, 2017

Princess, Inc. by Mari Mancusi

Published Date : July 18, 2017
Publisher : Aladdin
Genre : J Fiction

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Twelve-year-old Hailey and her friends form a unique babysitter’s club in order to raise money to see their favorite YouTube star at a local ComicCon in this hilarious M!X novel.

Twelve-year-old Hailey and her BFFs are all big fans of Collin Prince, a YouTube star, and swoon-worthy crush. So when the opportunity to meet him at a local Comic-Con comes up, the girls jump at the chance. The problem? The convention isn’t cheap—and the girls don’t have the money to go. But Hailey isn’t ready to give up just yet. In addition to meeting Collin at the convention, there is a young writer’s competition that she is determined to enter—and win.

The girls dream up Princesses and Pirates, Inc., a babysitting service where the girls will dress up in costume to entertain their charges. Of course, they aren’t as prepared as they thought they would be to deal with bratty kids, scheming older siblings (who are less than thrilled that their own babysitting jobs have dried up), and trying to balance their new “jobs” with school. And more responsibilities means less time for Hailey to work on her contest entry. Will their plan to make it to Comic-Con pay off…or could their business end up as shipwrecked as the pirates they portray?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR!


Mari Mancusi always wanted a dragon as a pet. Unfortunately the fire insurance premiums proved a bit too large and her house a bit too small--so she chose to write about them instead. Today she works as an award-winning young adult author and freelance television producer, for which she has won two Emmys.

When not writing about fanciful creatures of myth and legend, Mari enjoys traveling, cosplay, snowboarding, watching cheesy (and scary) horror movies, and her favorite guilty pleasure—playing videogames. A graduate of Boston University, she lives in Austin, Texas with her husband Jacob, daughter Avalon, and their two dogs.

Mari is pronounced like the name Mary. Mancusi is pronounced man-COO-see.