Book Review: The Mistake I Made

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The Mistake I Made is the latest page-turner from one of the England’s most captivating new thriller writers. In her provocative and riveting third novel, Paula Daly focuses her masterful eye for psychological suspense and family drama on an indecent proposal that has fatal repercussions.

Single mother Roz has a reached breaking-point. After the dissolution of her marriage, Roz’s business has gone under, debts are racking up, the rent is late (again), and she’s struggling to provide for her nine-year-old son, who is starting to misbehave in school. Roz is in trouble. Real trouble.

When Roz returns home from work one day and finds an eviction notice, she knows that it’s time for action—she has two weeks to find a solution otherwise they will be kicked out of their home. Increasingly desperate, Roz doesn’t know where to turn. Then the perfect opportunity presents itself. At her sister’s fortieth birthday party, Roz meets Scott Elias—wealthy, powerful, and very married. But the impression Roz leaves on him is indelible. He tracks her down and makes Roz an offer to spend the night with him—for money. He wants no-strings-attached intimacy and can guarantee total discretion. Could it be as simple as it sounds? With that kind of cash, Roz could clear her debts and get her life back on track. But as the situation spirals out of her control, Roz is forced to do things she never thought herself capable of. Can she ever set things right again?

*****5 STARS*****

ALL SORTS OF CRAZY

Everyone let Roz down, everyone and all she did was forgive them and keep adding more stress on herself. 

Her sister was a self-absorbed bitch you needed to be told off. The ex husband needed to be taken to court and made to pay his fair share and his mother needed to be told off as well. 
Poor Roz is so desperate to not lose the little she has left and does whatever she needs to in order to help and protect her son. 
Scott is not who he pretends to be. 
IHighlight here (((Scott lets his psycho out and kills Wayne her manager. Wayne finds out their deal and blackmails Roz to have sex with him. She agrees once again refusing to get help. Scott, has a tracking device on her car, so he knows where she is. 
He kills Wayne and plans to blame her for it if she ever tries to go to the police. He sabotages his own marriage and her relationship with Henry. He rather suffer than her be happy.
Of course everyone believes his lies, even his wife. She drives to Roz’s house and runs over her son, George…who is fine in the end.
In the end it all seems to work out for her and Henry comes back to her, only after learning the truth about Scott..who is finally apprehends and put in his place by the cops.
I was hoping she would eventually tell off her sister and ex-husband…but nope. She just lets it all roll off her back and take in all the goodness and joys.)))

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The Bitter Season by Tami Hoag

A murder from the past. A murder from the present. And a life that was never meant to be… As the dreary, bitter weather of late fall descends on Minneapolis, Detective Nikki Liska is restless. After moving to the cold case squad in order to spend more time with her sons, she misses the rush of pulling an all-nighter, the sense of urgency of hunting a murderer on the loose. Most of all she misses her old partner, Sam Kovac.

Sam is having an even harder time adjusting to Nikki’s absence, saddled with a green new partner younger than pieces of Sam’s wardrobe. Sam is distracted from his troubles by an especially brutal double homicide: a middle-aged husband and wife bludgeoned and hacked to death in their home with a ceremonial Japanese samurai sword. Nikki’s case, the unsolved murder of a family man, community leader, and decorated sex crimes detective for the Minneapolis PD, is less of a distraction: Twenty years later, there is little hope for finding the killer who got away.

On the other end of the spectrum, Minneapolis resident Evi Burke has a life she only dreamed of as a kid in and out of foster homes: a beautiful home, a family, people who love her, a fulfilling job. Little does she know that a danger from her past is stalking her perfect present. A danger powerful enough to pull in both Kovac and Liska and destroy the perfect life she was never meant to have.

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Book Review: The 9th Girl

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No Time For Goodbye by Linwood Barclay

On a frigid New Year’s Eve in Minneapolis a young woman’s brutalized body falls from the trunk of a car into the path of oncoming traffic. Questions as to whether she was alive or dead when she hit the icy pavement result in her macabre nickname, Zombie Doe. Unidentified and unidentifiable, she is the ninth nameless female victim of the year, and homicide detectives Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska are charged with the task of not only finding out who Zombie Doe is, but who in her life hated her enough to destroy her. Was it personal, or could it just have been a crime of opportunity? Their greatest fear is that not only is she their ninth Jane Doe of the year, but that she may be the ninth victim of a vicious transient serial killer they have come to call Doc Holiday.
 
Crisscrossing America’s heartland, Doc Holiday chooses his victims at random, snatching them in one city and leaving them in another, always on a holiday. If Zombie Doe is one of his, he has brought his gruesome game to a new and more terrifying level. But as Kovac and Liska begin to uncover the truth, they will find that the monsters in their ninth girl’s life may have lived closer to home. And even as another young woman disappears, they have to ask the question: which is the greater evil–the devil you know or the devil you don’t?

*****5 STARS*****

HOLY F&CK DIDN’T SEE THIS COMING. 

So sickening and sad…evil comes in all forms. Sometimes they are that crazy guy, sometimes they are the great looking guy that you would never think would do anything mean, or the mom that that has the bad-seed daughter. 
This was a tough read, so I will provide spoilers if you can’t handle to read it. 
Highlight here (((It wasn’t a serial killer that took Penny Gray. It was her own mother, who is a sociopath. She killed her daughter and had her fiance hide her body. It accidentally fell out of the trunk on the way to hide her body. Penny slept with the fiance just to get back at the mom for hating her. 
They tried to kill Britney, the friend of Penny, but Kovack and Liska got to her just in time. The mom beat her pretty bad, and threw her in a trunk to hide her body. Britney survive though.
The real serial killer thought it was funny and as a way to show them it wasn’t him, did disgusting things to the newscaster, Dana Nolan. She got him though. She found inner strength and killed him before he could bring her to her final resting place. She killed him by stabbing in the temple with a screwdriver.
Dana Nolan survived, but will never really be the same.)))

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The Mistake I Made by Paula Daly

Single mother Roz has a reached breaking-point. After the dissolution of her marriage, Roz’s business has gone under, debts are racking up, the rent is late (again), and she’s struggling to provide for her nine-year-old son, who is starting to misbehave in school. Roz is in trouble. Real trouble.

When Roz returns home from work one day and finds an eviction notice, she knows that it’s time for action—she has two weeks to find a solution otherwise they will be kicked out of their home. Increasingly desperate, Roz doesn’t know where to turn. Then the perfect opportunity presents itself. At her sister’s fortieth birthday party, Roz meets Scott Elias—wealthy, powerful, and very married. But the impression Roz leaves on him is indelible. He tracks her down and makes Roz an offer to spend the night with him—for money. He wants no-strings-attached intimacy and can guarantee total discretion. Could it be as simple as it sounds? With that kind of cash, Roz could clear her debts and get her life back on track. But as the situation spirals out of her control, Roz is forced to do things she never thought herself capable of. Can she ever set things right again?

For a sneak peak into how I am enjoying this book, check out my Sneak Peak Post on Saturday.

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Sneak Peak Saturday: The 9th Girl

 

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Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List a glimpse into what I am reading currently

Current book:

The 9th Girl by Tami Hoag (Kovac and Liska #4)

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Goodreads Summary:

On a frigid New Year’s Eve in Minneapolis a young woman’s brutalized body falls from the trunk of a car into the path of oncoming traffic. Questions as to whether she was alive or dead when she hit the icy pavement result in her macabre nickname, Zombie Doe. Unidentified and unidentifiable, she is the ninth nameless female victim of the year, and homicide detectives Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska are charged with the task of not only finding out who Zombie Doe is, but who in her life hated her enough to destroy her. Was it personal, or could it just have been a crime of opportunity? Their greatest fear is that not only is she their ninth Jane Doe of the year, but that she may be the ninth victim of a vicious transient serial killer they have come to call Doc Holiday.

Crisscrossing America’s heartland, Doc Holiday chooses his victims at random, snatching them in one city and leaving them in another, always on a holiday. If Zombie Doe is one of his, he has brought his gruesome game to a new and more terrifying level. But as Kovac and Liska begin to uncover the truth, they will find that the monsters in their ninth girl’s life may have lived closer to home. And even as another young woman disappears, they have to ask the question: which is the greater evil–the devil you know or the devil you don’t?

 

Sneak Peek:

Chapter 7

13:30-13:50

Kovak considered the argument an sighed I’m not against it, the downside would be the glaring spotlight that kind of publicity would bring to the investigation itself. The had a victim with no face and no name, they had their work cut out for them.

Initial Thoughts

I am really enjoying the Kovac and Liska series, even though it’s about messed up and sickening crimes. This book is another tough read. It’s insane what evil people are capable of. There are so many twisting connections and convolutions in this story, I have no clue who the killer might me.

Book Review: No Time for Goodbye

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No Time For Goodbye by Linwood Barclay

Fourteen-year-old Cynthia Bigge woke one morning to discover that her entire family, mother, father, brother had vanished. No note, no trace, no return. Ever. Now, twenty-five years later, she’ll learn the devastating truth

Sometimes better not to know. . .

Cynthia is happily married with a young daughter, a new family. But the story of her old family isn’t over. A strange car in the neighborhood, untraceable phone calls, ominous gifts, someone has returned to her hometown to finish what was started twenty-five years ago. And no one’s innocence is guaranteed, not even her own. By the time Cynthia discovers her killer’s shocking identity, it will again be too late . . . even for goodbye.

5 STARS

The intensity and suspense of the ending alone is awesome.

I knew immediately what was the overall mystery behind the missing family, but all the little pieces and backstory threw me for a loop.

The plans of certain people and the crimes they committed were just awful. How do you even believe it’s okay and just live life as if you did nothing wrong?

NO SPOILERS as this is so twisted and convoluted, you NEED to read it. You may think it drags on in the beginning, but then it just gets bat sh*t crazy and you are freaking out in the end, hoping the ending isn’t as insane as the entire story.

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The 9th Girl by Tami Hoag (Kovac and Liska #4) 

“Kovac had seen more dead bodies than he could count: Men, women, children; victims of shootings, stabbings, strangulations, beatings; fresh corpses and bodies that had been left for days in the trunks of cars in the dead of summer. But he had never seen anything quite like this . . . “

On a frigid New Year’s Eve in Minneapolis a young woman’s brutalized body falls from the trunk of a car into the path of oncoming traffic. Questions as to whether she was alive or dead when she hit the icy pavement result in her macabre nickname, Zombie Doe. Unidentified and unidentifiable, she is the ninth nameless female victim of the year, and homicide detectives Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska are charged with the task of not only finding out who Zombie Doe is, but who in her life hated her enough to destroy her. Was it personal, or could it just have been a crime of opportunity? Their greatest fear is that not only is she their ninth Jane Doe of the year, but that she may be the ninth victim of a vicious transient serial killer they have come to call Doc Holiday.

Crisscrossing America’s heartland, Doc Holiday chooses his victims at random, snatching them in one city and leaving them in another, always on a holiday. If Zombie Doe is one of his, he has brought his gruesome game to a new and more terrifying level. But as Kovac and Liska begin to uncover the truth, they will find that the monsters in their ninth girl’s life may have lived closer to home. And even as another young woman disappears, they have to ask the question: which is the greater evil–the devil you know or the devil you don’t?

For a sneak peak into how I am enjoying this book, check out my Sneak Peak Post on Saturday.

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Book Review: Secrets of a Charmed Life

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Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner 

Current day, Oxford, England. Young American scholar Kendra Van Zant, eager to pursue her vision of a perfect life, interviews Isabel McFarland just when the elderly woman is ready to give up secrets about the war that she has kept for decades…beginning with who she really is. What Kendra receives from Isabel is both a gift and a burden–one that will test her convictions and her heart.

1940s, England. As Hitler wages an unprecedented war against London’s civilian population, one million children are evacuated to foster homes in the rural countryside. But even as fifteen-year-old Emmy Downtree and her much younger sister Julia find refuge in a charming Cotswold cottage, Emmy’s burning ambition to return to the city and apprentice with a fashion designer pits her against Julia’s profound need for her sister’s presence. Acting at cross purposes just as the Luftwaffe rains down its terrible destruction, the sisters are cruelly separated, and their lives are transformed…

5 STARS

BEAUTIFUL STORY!

Not only do I love historical fiction, but this story pulls you in and does not let you. You ache for the truth and as more is revealed, you want to both scream and cry. Do we keep secrets to protect your loved ones or do we tell the painful truth and hope they forgive us?
The book delves into the horrors and traumas of war. Parents sending children away to keep them safe, but never knowing if you will see them again. Never knowing when your home will be destroyed by a bomb. Or what if you survived, but all your loved ones did not?
In all of this, it’s a beautiful story of two sisters who will do everything they can to find each other again, even when others try to destroy their hope.
 
Highlight for spoilers

 ((((So many secrets for what seemed like a good reasons…but in the end those secrets led to heartbreak and lost time. 

All the characters, Emma AKA Isabel, Julia, and their mom all hid the truth and told lies for what they thought was the best, but in the end caused more issues.

Yes, Isabel and Julia do reunite, but the journey and the near misses will make you cry in frustration. When they finally get together, it’s as if you are emotionally invested in their lives.

Emmie changed her name to Isabel in order to pretend she was older to keep looking for Julia. Julia’s grandmother changed her last name, not knowing Julia had a sister, (since Julia did not speak for two years due to the trauma of the bombings). With all those name changes, it made finding each other impossible. How they did finally reconnect will reinforce your believe in faith/magic and bring you to tears of joy.

When Isabel paints Umbrella Girls with the umbrella that Julia always loved and Julia got married in one of Emmie’s dresses…both believed the other was dead and that was the way to honor their sister.))))

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No Time For Goodbye by Linwood Barclay

Fourteen-year-old Cynthia Bigge woke one morning to discover that her entire family, mother, father, brother had vanished. No note, no trace, no return. Ever. Now, twenty-five years later, she’ll learn the devastating truth

Sometimes better not to know. . .

Cynthia is happily married with a young daughter, a new family. But the story of her old family isn’t over. A strange car in the neighborhood, untraceable phone calls, ominous gifts, someone has returned to her hometown to finish what was started twenty-five years ago. And no one’s innocence is guaranteed, not even her own. By the time Cynthia discovers her killer’s shocking identity, it will again be too late . . . even for goodbye.

For a sneak peak into how I am enjoying this book, check out my Sneak Peak Post on Saturday.

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Sneak Peak Saturday: Secrets of a Charmed Life

 

Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List a glimpse into what I am reading currently

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Secrets of a Charmed Life  by Susan Meissner  

Goodreads Summary:

Current day, Oxford, England. Young American scholar Kendra Van Zant, eager to pursue her vision of a perfect life, interviews Isabel McFarland just when the elderly woman is ready to give up secrets about the war that she has kept for decades…beginning with who she really is. What Kendra receives from Isabel is both a gift and a burden–one that will test her convictions and her heart.

1940s, England. As Hitler wages an unprecedented war against London’s civilian population, one million children are evacuated to foster homes in the rural countryside. But even as fifteen-year-old Emmy Downtree and her much younger sister Julia find refuge in a charming Cotswold cottage, Emmy’s burning ambition to return to the city and apprentice with a fashion designer pits her against Julia’s profound need for her sister’s presence. Acting at cross purposes just as the Luftwaffe rains down its terrible destruction, the sisters are cruelly separated, and their lives are transformed…

 

Sneak Peek:

Chapter 14

“Once she was settled with pen and stationery in hand, the difficulty became not finding the privacy to write the letter, but the words to put inside of them. Julia’s had to be worded simply and so that she would not panic, and that proved to be the stiffest challenge.” 

 
 
 

Initial Thought

Immediately  captivating and pulls you in. You need to know who Isabel really is and why she wants to tell her story. Is she really Emmy or Julia? And what happened to them? Or their mother? In the beginning you find out the origin of the polka dotted umbrellas and you MUST know what the “secrets” are.

Found myself crying at certain parts, truly emotional book. Beautiful historical fiction.

Torn between wanting to slap the crap out of Emmy for being selfish and stupid or hug her for being so brave. 

Book Review: The Obsession

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The Obsession by Nora Roberts 

Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father’s crimes and made him infamous.

Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, thousands of miles away from everything she’s ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up—especially the determined Xander Keaton.

Naomi can feel her defenses failing, and knows that the connection her new life offers is something she’s always secretly craved. But as she’s learned time and again, her past is never more than a nightmare away.

4 STARS

What a beginning, then it slows and you are wondering when the craziness will start again. Then it does and you are wondering what will happen next.
To me, it’s pretty obvious who it was. I wanted to scream at Naomi and Mason, they should have known. They really should have figured this out. 
Overall, great plot. The family of a psycho killer suffers just as much as his victims. Amazing journey and ending for Naomi. 
Highlight for spoilers

 ((((The killer, was the guy who ran the yearbook and was with her when Naomi found her mom in the bedroom. The one who wanted to write her story, but she got a cop to make him back off. How could she not remember that jerk or the email of rage he sent her? DUH!!!!

Of course he set up the fake road service call to get Xander out of the way. How could they all be so stupid. Of course he knew it would be a perfect time to get Naomi. Then after telling her why he wants her dead, he then tells her he killed her mother, she didn’t die from suicide.

Naomi threw herself over Tag to keep him from getting shot. Luckily Xander made it back in time and knocked Anson Chaffmans out.

Both Naomi and Tag were shot, but fine.  Anson is locked up and will never get out again.))))

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Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner 

Current day, Oxford, England. Young American scholar Kendra Van Zant, eager to pursue her vision of a perfect life, interviews Isabel McFarland just when the elderly woman is ready to give up secrets about the war that she has kept for decades…beginning with who she really is. What Kendra receives from Isabel is both a gift and a burden–one that will test her convictions and her heart.

1940s, England. As Hitler wages an unprecedented war against London’s civilian population, one million children are evacuated to foster homes in the rural countryside. But even as fifteen-year-old Emmy Downtree and her much younger sister Julia find refuge in a charming Cotswold cottage, Emmy’s burning ambition to return to the city and apprentice with a fashion designer pits her against Julia’s profound need for her sister’s presence. Acting at cross purposes just as the Luftwaffe rains down its terrible destruction, the sisters are cruelly separated, and their lives are transformed…

For a sneak peak into how I am enjoying this book, check out my Sneak Peak Post on Saturday.

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Book Review: A Window Opens

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A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan

Like her fictional forebears Kate Reddy and Bridget Jones, Alice plays many roles (which she never refers to as “wearing many hats” and wishes you wouldn’t, either). She is a mostly-happily married mother of three, an attentive daughter, an ambivalent dog-owner, a part-time editor, a loyal neighbor and a Zen commuter. She is not: a cook, a craftswoman, a decorator, an active PTA member, a natural caretaker or the breadwinner. But when her husband makes a radical career change, Alice is ready to lean in—and she knows exactly how lucky she is to land a job at Scroll, a hip young start-up which promises to be the future of reading, with its chain of chic literary lounges and dedication to beloved classics. The Holy Grail of working mothers―an intellectually satisfying job and a happy personal life―seems suddenly within reach.

Despite the disapproval of her best friend, who owns the local bookstore, Alice is proud of her new “balancing act” (which is more like a three-ring circus) until her dad gets sick, her marriage flounders, her babysitter gets fed up, her kids start to grow up and her work takes an unexpected turn. Readers will cheer as Alice realizes the question is not whether it’s possible to have it all, but what does she―Alice Pearse―really want?

5 STARS

Feel like this is so typical for working moms. We get guilt and criticism because we want or need to work. We are expected to do it all and when we can’t we are terrible moms/wives/friends/co-workers.
Some moms have no choice to work, even if you hate the job. It’s not fair that expectations are harder for moms. It’s a terrible double standard that we live under…”she’s just a mom and doesn’t work hard/she spends more time at work than home”
Other moms do have great support and choices. Therefore they can leave their job and work on their own or start their business.
Think so many working moms can relate to this book.  
Highlight for spoilers 

 ((((Alice is expected to do it all, while her hubby drinks all day and goes on trips with the guys.

He finally comes to his senses after he f*cks up big time.  Alice realizes what’s more important a job that she did not sign up for or taking care of her kids.

I truly lost it when her father got sick again and then passed on. It really struck an emotional nerve that was too close too home. 

In the end she was able to quit and looks like she will have the possibility of not only starting her own business, but working with her best friend. Not everyone is that lucky. This was a bit of an inspiration to me…))))

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The Obsession by Nora Roberts 

Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father’s crimes and made him infamous.

Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, thousands of miles away from everything she’s ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up—especially the determined Xander Keaton.

Naomi can feel her defenses failing, and knows that the connection her new life offers is something she’s always secretly craved. But as she’s learned time and again, her past is never more than a nightmare away.

For a sneak peak into how I am enjoying this book, check out my Sneak Peak Post on Saturday.

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Sneak Peak: A Window Opens

 

Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List a glimpse into what I am reading currently

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A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan

Goodreads Summary:

Like her fictional forebears Kate Reddy and Bridget Jones, Alice plays many roles (which she never refers to as “wearing many hats” and wishes you wouldn’t, either). She is a mostly-happily married mother of three, an attentive daughter, an ambivalent dog-owner, a part-time editor, a loyal neighbor and a Zen commuter. She is not: a cook, a craftswoman, a decorator, an active PTA member, a natural caretaker or the breadwinner. But when her husband makes a radical career change, Alice is ready to lean in—and she knows exactly how lucky she is to land a job at Scroll, a hip young start-up which promises to be the future of reading, with its chain of chic literary lounges and dedication to beloved classics. The Holy Grail of working mothers―an intellectually satisfying job and a happy personal life―seems suddenly within reach.

Despite the disapproval of her best friend, who owns the local bookstore, Alice is proud of her new “balancing act” (which is more like a three-ring circus) until her dad gets sick, her marriage flounders, her babysitter gets fed up, her kids start to grow up and her work takes an unexpected turn. Readers will cheer as Alice realizes the question is not whether it’s possible to have it all, but what does she―Alice Pearse―really want?

 

Sneak Peek:

 

Chapter 3

“We had two months of Sutherland Courtfield paychecks in our future, after that we would rely on savings and my meager paychecks. Of course I couldn’t reveal this to my parents, I’d promised Nicholas, the pressure was on.

Initial Thoughts

As a working mom I can so relate to this book. There is so much guilt and pressure we put on ourselves and then there is guilt and comments from others. Working moms have two jobs and still expected to do it all. It’s tough, now add on a husband who is not really helping and a sick parent. I am really loving Alice’s journey. 

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Spring Themed Book Tag

Spring Themed Book Tag

When winter started last year, I shared a fun little post full of books with some kind of winter theme.  It was so much to put together, and even, more fun to see what everyone else came up with.  I had hoped to get a Spring list put together for when Spring began, but somehow it did not happen.  Well, never fear because I have pulled it together now!

Here is the deal, below you will find six categories that fit spring, and a book for each category that I picked.  Now this does not mean I am recommending the book, just that it the category.  The fun part is, after you check out my list, you get to create your own!  Just copy the categories and add your book.  It’s so easy because you can pick books based on the cover, other’s recommendations, or even books you read years ago (to be honest, I’d love to see someone do the entire list with only board books…).

So here we go!

1. Spring Showers: What would spring be without the life-giving showers that are a sure sign that spring is here?  Share a book that is a quick read and sure to lift your spirits. When in Doubt, Add Butter by Beth Harbison 

Not a lot to do with rain, but definitely a quick read and happy ending. 

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2. Colorful Flowers: After the showers come beautiful flowers of all colors.  Pick a book that has a pretty flower or floral pattern somewhere on the cover.  If You Only Knew by Kristen Higgins      

Definitely  a book with pretty flowers and great read, really enjoyed the overall theme and how plot. 

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3. Shades of Green: Between the grass, the leaves on the trees, and all of the new flowers, there are so many shades of green everywhere in spring.  Can you think of a book that is driven by conflict over money?  True Evil by Greg Iles    

 

Oh boy, talk about conflict over money, power, and greed. This book sure has it, but not for those with a week stomach! Great read though!

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4. Picnics & Strolls in the Park: After months of being stuck inside there is nothing like an escape to the park. Share a book that has an iconic scene in a park – or at least a book that has a scene in a park that was vivid to you.  The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty 

Oh boy is the scene at the park is pretty darn important. There might be a few others, but this one gives this book its “Oh Sh*t” moment.

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5. All Things Fresh & New: Spring is the season for new, share a book that has caught your eye this season and is brand new – even if you haven’t read it yet, or might not ever!  A Window Opens by Elishabeth Egan  

This was published last year, so not that new, but really wanted to read this. As I read mostly crime suspense and thrillers, this book is quite new and fresh for me. All about a working mom who is is burning the candle at both ends…just like me. I’m reading it now, and ready for her to put her selfish husband in his place.

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6. Running Shoes, Flip-flops, Sandals, Rain bootsYou have to admit the selection for footwear goes up significantly in the Spring.  Pick a book that showcases a foot or shoe on the cover.  Heat Wave by Nancy Thayer 

A beautiful and emotional book. So many stories all mixed into one…a great beach read!

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Thanks for the tag Marissa!

A Tag post is no fun unless you tag some others to join in!  So here are my tags:

Now it’s your turn!  Feel free to copy the categories above, and create your own tag post.  Don’t forget to tell those you tag to join in the fun!