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Goodreads Summary: Saving Grace

Grace and Ted Chapman are widely regarded as the perfect literary power couple. Ted is a successful novelist and Grace, his wife of twenty years, is beautiful, stylish, carefree, and a wonderful homemaker. But what no one sees, what is churning under the surface, is Ted’s rages. His mood swings. And the precarious house of cards that their lifestyle is built upon. When Ted’s longtime assistant and mainstay leaves, the house of cards begins to crumble and Grace, with dark secrets in her past, is most vulnerable. She finds herself in need of help but with no one to turn to…until the perfect new assistant shows up out of the blue.  To the rescue comes Beth, a competent young woman who can handle Ted and has the calm efficiency to weather the storms that threaten to engulf the Chapman household. Soon, though, it’s clear to Grace that Beth might be too good to be true. This new interloper might be the biggest threat of all, one that could cost Grace her marriage, her reputation, and even her sanity.  With everything at stake and no one to confide in, Grace must find a way to save herself before it is too late.

My Review 3 Stars 

WTF? So Ted can have his rants and treat his wife like sh*t, but when she starts acting like anything but prefect he wants her to see a doctor. I know Beth was tricking him, but seriously Ted? You are an arrogant, ignorant, jerk! 

Grace, being perfect doesn’t keep you safe or happy. Letting your husband treat you like crap behind closed doors doesn’t make you perfect. Perhaps if she had a backbone and stood up to her damn husband then she would have time to do her things and time for herself. 

I had to keep fast forwarding the CD, some parts just dragged and I wanted it to end. While I was hoping for a “Happy Ending” I also wanted it over. While some parts were exciting, there were many parts that dragged. 

Has that ever happened to you? You wanted a book over and kept skipping pages just wishing it would end. 

Highlight for spoilers (((((Grace tries to go to Ted but he’s so under Beth’s spell, it’s pathetic. He let Beth steal all their money. Eventually Beth leaves him to go on to the next victim. He begs Grace to take him back and you think she does….but she finally comes to her sense. Did you really think she wanted you back after you not only treated her like crap but put her through hell? WOOOOHOOOO Take that you f&cktard Ted.

Grace goes back to Patrick and they live a happy life.

Really sad that her own daughter didn’t believe her. But Claire was clearly spoiled and thought her parents lived a perfect life. Glad that she finally came to her senses. 

Beth who is now Liz, moves on to her next victim…sickening. I would be blogging, Facebooking, and Tweeting away about Beth. I would want the world to know her face and what she did. Seriously, so one wants revenge or to make her pay? The mom before Grace, had her kids taken away…she’s going to do the same to this new family. I want to cry as she says to the next mom, “I will be changing your life.”))))

 

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Goodreads Summary: Crazy Love You

Falling in love can feel like a dream…or a living nightmare.

Darkness has a way of creeping up when Ian is with Priss. Even when they were kids, playing in the woods of their small Upstate New York town, he could feel it. Still, Priss was his best friend, his salvation from the bullies who called him “loser” and “fatboy”…and from his family’s deadly secrets.

Now that they’ve both escaped to New York City, Ian no longer inhabits the tortured shell of his childhood. He is a talented and successful graphic novelist, and Priss…Priss is still trouble. The booze, the drugs, the sex—Ian is growing tired of late nights together trying to keep the past at bay. Especially now that he’s met sweet, beautiful Megan, whose love makes him want to change for the better. But Priss doesn’t like change. Change makes her angry. And when Priss is angry, terrible things begin to happen…

Lisa Unger never disappoints with her twisted books and endings…this will be good! I can’t figure out if Priss is real, in his mind, or a ghost…so intriguing. 

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Goodreads Summary: Three Wishes

Lyn, Cat, and Gemma Kettle, beautiful thirty-three-year-old triplets, seem to attract attention everywhere they go. Whenever they’re together, laughter, drama, and mayhem seem to follow. But apart, each is very much her own woman, dealing with her own share of ups and downs.
Lyn has organized her life into one big checklist, juggling the many balls of work, marriage, and motherhood with expert precision, but is she as together as her datebook would have her seem? Cat has just learned a startling secret about her marriage–can she bring another life into her very precarious world? And can free-spirited Gemma, who bolts every time a relationship hits the six-month mark, ever hope to find lasting love?
In this wise, witty, hilarious new novel, we follow the Kettle sisters through their thirty-third year, as they struggle to survive their divorced parents’ dating each other, their technologically savvy grandmother, a cheating husband, champagne hangovers, and the fabulous, frustrating life of forever being part of a threesome.
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My Review 5 Stars 

WOW…a bunch of twists and turns…some I expected, others I didn’t. While it’s nice to read a book with a happy ending, it’s great to read books with REAL endings. Not everything is perfect, life doesn’t go the way you expect, sometimes you NEVER get that happy ending. Sometimes what is you get is WAY BETTER than what you every expected. A MUST READ.

LOVE LOVE LOVE the comments from people who witnessed this family in their outings…really gave an extra dimension to this book.  \

Highlight for spoilers (((((While Cat is a selfish b%tch, I felt for her. Going through infertility and suffering the loss of miscarriages changes who you are. Yes, you really do just want to stay in bed and never get up. There were days I prayed I would just sleep forever and never have to get up. It breaks my heart that she created a nursery thinking she would get Gemma’s baby and now that dream is gone. has to see her sisters become moms and never get to experience it. Though she can do it on her own! She has the power. The future is bright for her, she WAS following Dan’s dreams, now she can make her own…she is on her way to an awesome life. 

I hope Dan and the Angela mistakenly use super glue instead of lubrication, they have to go to the ER, it ends up on Youtube, and have irreversible damage!

I am so happy for Gemma, she came out of a secret abusive relationship, and finally found love. She’s not the stupid one as her sisters paint her out to be. So glad she’s with Charlie and they have a family. I hope she gets her four kids that her 14 year old self wanted. 

So happy Lynn is finally realizing what a wonderful life she has. So happy she’s asking for help and living her life on her terms! ))))

 

Goodreads Summary: Die Again

Boston Detective Jane Rizzoli is on the case of a big game hunter found dead in his apartment, alone with the body of a beautiful white snow leopard he had recently been commissioned to procure and stuff for a high-profile museum in the area. Medical examiner Maura Isles connects the case to a number of seemingly unrelated deaths where the victims have all been found hanging upside down, the hallmark of a leopard’s kill. Rizzoli follows the puzzling trail of clues all the way to Botswana, where she uncovers the unsolved mystery of a deadly camping safari four years prior. When she realizes the two cases are connected, Rizzoli must track down the sole survivor of the tragic trip to discover who—or what—is behind these gruesome deaths.

My Reviews 5 STARS

OMG…so glad to have gone back into Rizzoli and Isle’s world….I so missed them. I pray that Tess Gerritsen will write another…I NEED MORE!

I was so wrong on all my theories…and the kicker is that there were two or three clues right in our faces, but like the detectives I missed it too! Love when a book truly has me stumped…such great writing.

A MUST READ!!!

Highlight for spoilers (((I really thought it was Richard, I thought he set up the whole thing to not only get rid of Millie but to fulfill a sick fantasy. Nope, I was WRONG. It was Elliot, well not the real Elliot. It was the big cat guy at the zoo! He met Elliot on the plane to Africa, befriended him, killed him and set up to kill everyone on the hunting trip.

Poor Millie survived the jungle, she thought she was running from Johnny and the whole time he REALLY was trying to save her. He loved her and she broke his heart. She spent all this time in fear of him and now she has to spend her life knowing if they walked off together he might have survived…talk about survivor’s guilt.

I am so glad she got the closure she needed and is now the hero!

I hope Elliot shot Richard, but let him live to have the animals tear him apart…he was a jerk and a moron.))))

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Grace and Ted Chapman are widely regarded as the perfect literary power couple. Ted is a successful novelist and Grace, his wife of twenty years, is beautiful, stylish, carefree, and a wonderful homemaker. But what no one sees, what is churning under the surface, is Ted’s rages. His mood swings. And the precarious house of cards that their lifestyle is built upon. When Ted’s longtime assistant and mainstay leaves, the house of cards begins to crumble and Grace, with dark secrets in her past, is most vulnerable. She finds herself in need of help but with no one to turn to…until the perfect new assistant shows up out of the blue.  To the rescue comes Beth, a competent young woman who can handle Ted and has the calm efficiency to weather the storms that threaten to engulf the Chapman household. Soon, though, it’s clear to Grace that Beth might be too good to be true. This new interloper might be the biggest threat of all, one that could cost Grace her marriage, her reputation, and even her sanity.  With everything at stake and no one to confide in, Grace must find a way to save herself before it is too late.

Oh Boy, talk about a twisted Lifetime movie…I can’t wait. 

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Goodreads Summary: The Pocket Wife

A stylish psychological thriller with the compelling intrigue of The Silent Wife and Turn of Mind and the white-knuckle pacing of Before I Go to Sleep—in which a woman suffering from bipolar disorder cannot remember if she murdered her friend.

Dana Catrell is shocked when her neighbor Celia is brutally murdered. To Dana’s horror, she was the last person to see Celia alive. Suffering from mania, the result of her bipolar disorder, she has troubling holes in her memory, including what happened on the afternoon of Celia’s death.

Her husband’s odd behavior and the probing of Detective Jack Moss create further complications as she searches for answers. The closer she comes to piecing together the shards of her broken memory, the more Dana falls apart. Is there a murderer lurking inside her . . . or is there one out there in the shadows of reality, waiting to strike again?

A story of marriage, murder, and madness, The Pocket Wife explores the world through the foggy lens of a woman on the edge.

My Review 5 Stars 

OMG. What NOT expecting that! Oh boy, I missed some major hints, which were revealed to us later on. WOW! Totally blown away by this book. I was scared of how it would end and I would hate it, but I was wrong. A MUST READ

Highlight for spoilers (((((I honestly thought it was either Peter (Dana’s husband), Dan, (Cecil’s husband) , or Dana. NOPE, I WAS WRONG.

 Peter was in on it…but his lover, the tart in the picture killed Cecil. Why????? Because Peter was f*cking the neighbor Cecil and the tart…he was cheating on his cheaters. Cecil threatened the tart to go to the press. Why???? Because the tart was the assistant district attorney, next in line when her boss retires. Yup, she did it and was trying to pin it on Dana. She left some incriminating things behind for Dana, which thankfully Dana found. Peter knew and was happy to make his wife look mad and go down for it. Hell, he was also happy to then turn around and point his tart out as the killer.

Don’t worry, the tart is outed and going to trial, Peter lost his wife and son, and Dana could be starting a romantic life with the detective who helped find the killer.))))

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Goodreads Summary: Three Wishes

Lyn, Cat, and Gemma Kettle, beautiful thirty-three-year-old triplets, seem to attract attention everywhere they go. Whenever they’re together, laughter, drama, and mayhem seem to follow. But apart, each is very much her own woman, dealing with her own share of ups and downs.
Lyn has organized her life into one big checklist, juggling the many balls of work, marriage, and motherhood with expert precision, but is she as together as her datebook would have her seem? Cat has just learned a startling secret about her marriage–can she bring another life into her very precarious world? And can free-spirited Gemma, who bolts every time a relationship hits the six-month mark, ever hope to find lasting love?
In this wise, witty, hilarious new novel, we follow the Kettle sisters through their thirty-third year, as they struggle to survive their divorced parents’ dating each other, their technologically savvy grandmother, a cheating husband, champagne hangovers, and the fabulous, frustrating life of forever being part of a threesome.
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Which Disney character do you most identify with and why?

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At first I was freaking out. I don’t really relate to any Disney Characters…the villians are evil, the parents are weird or crazy, and the princesses are too sappy or weak. Okay , Merida was one cool chick and totally bad ass! The other ones, I want to scream at hwo they were written.

Then it hit me….I am going to remake the princesses into feminists who create their own happy endings. Of course I had to go with the princesses that I knew as a girl. If I didn’t list your princess, well it’s because I don’t remember the movie or haven’t seen it.

So here goes, this is how I would have liked the movies to be written and animated.

Dont wait for a hero to come and save you..be a hero and save yourself.. :]

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Snow White does NOT eat the poisoned apple…in fact she only eats organic and NON-GMO foods…and the evil witch hired by Monstanto is no match for her. She forces the witch to eat her own chemical apple. The witch sadly develops allergies and the world sees through all of Monsanto’s lies and evil plans.  Snow White decides to change her name to Stella Walker and chooses to NOT marry the prince, but they do live together. She tells him she has a mission, to go off and fight for everyone to have real food. The prince, who we shall name, Jonathan stays home to raise the kids and help the Dwarfs start up and their new house cleaning business, which they name “The Dudes Who Clean”, 

Cinderella has had enough of the abuse and bullying by her step mother and step sisters. She slowly poisons them knowing they will soon go mad. Just as she planned they begin to go insane, and their vile and crude behavior destroys the ball. When the prince comes looking for a match to the shoe, his servants instantly throws her step mothers and sisters in the dungeon for fear they will infect others. The prince sees the glass slipper fits Cinderella and wants to marry her. She turns him down. Seriously why would she marry a man who only cared if she fit a shoe? This man has issues. She inherits her dad’s house and realizes she is great with animals. She becomes a veterinarian and everyone loves and trusts her with their pets. Many years later, Cindy, meets a man with two daughters. They fall in love and get married in a simple ceremony and she becomes a wonderful stepmother and role model.

Rapunzel goes through puberty…realizes this is all bull. She cuts off her hair and sees the witch die. She wonders why she didn’t do that sooner. Sadly she has no idea who she really is, then Flynn happens upon her. He thinks he’s won her over, but she can’t be played anymore. He agrees to find her family if she’ll go on one date with him. Eventually he returns with news of her family and reunites her with them. They do hit if off and Zelly, as she likes to be called, one day trips and gets a terrible scar. As it heals she likes the way it looks. They research this concept, now realizing it’s similar to tattoos. They study and train to become tattoo artists and not only cover themselves in tattoos, but open an ink store. The kingdom is thrilled to have such a hip prince and princess who show that they accept everyone for who they are!

Sleeping beauty is kissed by a stranger…after the kiss he decides he can’t control himself and decides he must have her right now. She wakes up to him trying to take off her clothes. She successfully fights him off much to his shock. He can’t understand why she won’t submit to him, he must have her, she belongs to him now. He tries once more and she breaks his nose and  throws him out the window. She spreads the word that he’s a vile man who likes to rape women. He winds up living a lonely life, since no one wants to date a man like that. Aurora hires soldiers and warriors to teach her how to fight. After a decade of learning she opens her own self defense class and welcomes both men and women to become stronger. She decides that she is happy being single and truly feels fulfilled as she doesn’t need anyone to make her happy. She is already happy. 

Belle is not the skinny girl we see. She is a full-figured, curvaceous woman. When the beast (Adam) realizes to end the curse would not only make him human again, but transform Belle into a supermodel. They both fight over what to do? Does he want her to be skinny? Does she want him to be human? Are they being truthful? The more they argue the love they have for one another comes through, the curse is lifted from the servants and Chip runs over, steals the rose, and breaks it. He decides for them, once they realize the choice has been made they are truly happy with each other and deeply in love. The best part they are truly happy with who THEY are!

How did I do? Do you like my version or think I’m crazy? 

Which princesses would you rewrite? 

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Goodreads Summary: Every Fifteen Minutes 

Dr. Eric Parrish is the Chief of the Psychiatric Unit at Havemeyer General Hospital outside of Philadelphia. Recently separated from his wife, Caitlin, he is doing his best as a single dad to his seven-year-old daughter Hannah. His work seems to be going better than his home life, however. His unit at the hospital has just been named number two in the country and Eric has a devoted staff of doctors and nurses who are as caring as Eric is. But when he takes on a new patient, Eric’s entire world begins to crumble. Seventeen-year-old Max has a terminally ill grandmother and is having trouble handling it. That, plus his OCD and violent thoughts about a girl he likes makes Max a high risk patient. Max can’t turn off the rituals he needs to perform every fifteen minutes that keep him calm. With the pressure mounting, Max just might reach the breaking point. When the girl is found murdered, Max is nowhere to be found. Worried about Max, Eric goes looking for him and puts himself in danger of being seen as a “person of interest”. Next, one of his own staff turns on him in a trumped up charge of sexual harassment. Is this chaos all random? Or is someone systematically trying to destroy Eric’s life?

My Review 3 Stars 

I was a bit disappointed with this book. I was waiting for it to finally end…I hate when that happens.

Halfway through I knew who it was…it just seemed so obvious to me. There were subtle clues and hints, but then towards middle and on the clues became stronger.

I really hated his soon to be ex wife…does it change? You’ll have to read to find out.

The only thing I liked was the fact that you NEVER know who is a sociopath in real life. Who is playing you or is being played. It’s a scary thought…can you really trust anyone?

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(((((At first it appears to be Sam Ward, one of the other psychiatrists who is the sociopath. Then at the very end, it is revealed that is Lori who was in fact the sociopath, she played Sam…who in turn played Kristen and Max and killed Rene.

The whole time Kaitlin is being a b*tch with custody of their daughter Hannah, finally she comes around in the end and shares custody 50/50. She lets him buy the house and knows Hannah will be better off with her dad in her life.

He gets his job back and takes on full control the way he should have before.)))))

 

 

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Goodreads Summary: The Pocket Wife

A stylish psychological thriller with the compelling intrigue of The Silent Wife and Turn of Mind and the white-knuckle pacing of Before I Go to Sleep—in which a woman suffering from bipolar disorder cannot remember if she murdered her friend.

Dana Catrell is shocked when her neighbor Celia is brutally murdered. To Dana’s horror, she was the last person to see Celia alive. Suffering from mania, the result of her bipolar disorder, she has troubling holes in her memory, including what happened on the afternoon of Celia’s death.

Her husband’s odd behavior and the probing of Detective Jack Moss create further complications as she searches for answers. The closer she comes to piecing together the shards of her broken memory, the more Dana falls apart. Is there a murderer lurking inside her . . . or is there one out there in the shadows of reality, waiting to strike again?

A story of marriage, murder, and madness, The Pocket Wife explores the world through the foggy lens of a woman on the edge.

Dana keeps counting down to her next mental breakdown. She is seeing things and now someone is threatening her. Is it real or is she doing it to herself.

I have three theories: 1) Her husband killed the neighbor to hide an affair and wants to make Dana think she did and go crazy. 2) The neighbor’s husband did it and wants to make it look like Dana did so he can get away with murder. 3) She’s already insane and stalking and threatening herself. 

I HOPE that the ending lives up to all this suspense and drama. 

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Goodreads Summary: Big Little Lies

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).

Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.

New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all. 

Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

My Review 5 Stars 

The entire time I read this I was screaming, whooping, yelling gibberish unable to control my emotions. A total on the edge of your seat read! So suspenseful and grips at your emotions. Seriously, I was screaming like a lunatic in my car…people must have thought I was a whack job. 

Spoilers below…highlight to read

((((Who died???? It was Perry and I hope he suffered…I hope he heard everyone saying they saw nothing, I hope he realized he was just the trash they threw out, I hope he realized Celeste won! Love how Renata was the first one to say she didn’t see anything.

OMG, as soon as Celeste said Saxton Banks was Perry’s cousin, I knew it was Perry using his name…I knew it was him who tormented and abused Jane and fathered Ziggy.

Once I realized Perry was an abuser, I knew it had to be one his boys that was the bully.

Poor Ziggy and Jane being harassed and tormented by those evil moms! All the lot of them were horrible. I am so glad the truth finally came out and Renatta had to apologize to Jane and Ziggy.

Sooooo glad Jane and Tim are together, she will finally have the love she always deserved and Ziggy will finally have a dad…someday!

Loved Madeline and all that she overcame and the person she became. Oh that Bonnie…I knew something must have happened…not everything is at is seems…Yay to Abigail finally realizing she needed her mom!

WTF Ed? Really? you couldn’t just keep your mouth closed, I know it was the ex-husband’s wife…but more about a an abuser who got what he deserved.))))

 

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Goodreads Summary: Every Fifteen Minutes

Dr. Eric Parrish is the Chief of the Psychiatric Unit at Havemeyer General Hospital outside of Philadelphia. Recently separated from his wife, Caitlin, he is doing his best as a single dad to his seven-year-old daughter Hannah. His work seems to be going better than his home life, however. His unit at the hospital has just been named number two in the country and Eric has a devoted staff of doctors and nurses who are as caring as Eric is. But when he takes on a new patient, Eric’s entire world begins to crumble. Seventeen-year-old Max has a terminally ill grandmother and is having trouble handling it. That, plus his OCD and violent thoughts about a girl he likes makes Max a high risk patient. Max can’t turn off the rituals he needs to perform every fifteen minutes that keep him calm. With the pressure mounting, Max just might reach the breaking point. When the girl is found murdered, Max is nowhere to be found. Worried about Max, Eric goes looking for him and puts himself in danger of being seen as a “person of interest”. Next, one of his own staff turns on him in a trumped up charge of sexual harassment. Is this chaos all random? Or is someone systematically trying to destroy Eric’s life?

Okay…so is the sociopath the young kid or someone else? I’m so cnonfused already and hope in the end Eric comes out on top. I HATE, HATE, HATE Erjc’s soon to be ex-wife…she is pure evil and needs to be eradicated immediately. Can we have her end up a victim of the sociopath? 

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Goodreads Summary: The Stranger

The Stranger appears out of nowhere, perhaps in a bar, or a parking lot, or at the grocery store. His identity is unknown. His motives are unclear. His information is undeniable. Then he whispers a few words in your ear and disappears, leaving you picking up the pieces of your shattered world.
 
Adam Price has a lot to lose: a comfortable marriage to a beautiful woman, two wonderful sons, and all the trappings of the American Dream: a big house, a good job, a seemingly perfect life.
 
Then he runs into the Stranger. When he learns a devastating secret about his wife, Corinne, he confronts her, and the mirage of perfection disappears as if it never existed at all. Soon Adam finds himself tangled in something far darker than even Corinne’s deception, and realizes that if he doesn’t make exactly the right moves, the conspiracy he’s stumbled into will not only ruin lives—it will end them

My Review: 5 Stars

OMG…I was not expecting that ending, I knew it would be bad, but not THAT bad…why?????? sobs! I was way off on all my theories, this was a deeply twisted and total mind fuck of a story…well done Harlan Coben. How will I sleep tonight???

I’m so distraught and devastated by the ending…

Spoilers…highlight to read

(((What did that group think would happen? Did they think people would be okay after their secrets were out in the open, after their lives were destroyed?

Did Tripp really think he could get away with murder and pin it on Adam? OMG…I am still crying over what happened to Corinne…her boys will never have their mom again…sobs uncontrollably.)))

 

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Goodreads Summary: Big Little Lies

Pirriwee Public’s annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. 

In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times–bestselling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.  And in her pitch-perfect way, she shows us the truth about what really goes on behind closed suburban doors.  

Oh boy, it’s crazy how realistic this is…cliques, gossiping, and bullying between parents is something that happens all the time. 

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Goodreads Summary: A Tap on the Window When Cal Weaver stops at a red light on a rainy night while driving home, he ignores the bedraggled-looking teenage girl trying to hitch a ride – even when she starts tapping on his window. But as soon as he realizes she’s one of his son’s classmates, he knows he can’t really leave her, alone, on the street.

But nothing prepares him for the consequences of trying to help her out. The next morning he’s gone from Good Samaritan to Murder Suspect, and with one girl dead and another missing, he’s suddenly at the center of a deadly puzzle that reaches right to the heart of the town – from its bullying police force to its strangely furtive mayor – and finally to one family’s shocking secret.

My Review: 5 Stars One good deed and this all happens. It’s crazy how one wrong choice can put you in the middle of crap you want nothing to do with. What a crazy web that slowly unraveled as Cal begins to find more clues. Of course the clues lead him to a truth he never expected or can handle. It leads to a ending that is insane. 

Spoilers: Highlight to read…. (((As the story progressed, I had a feeling his son was murdered and I was right!!!! I thought it was one of the cops, but never expected it to be the mayor. The mayor who was hiring him to find his daughter…SICK! I knew the boyfriend who suddenly broke up with Claire, was the one who helped her out of town. The reason he left…wow! How did the chief of police not know this was going on???  Poor Cal loses everyone he loves…it’s not fair…sobs, I was not expecting this, was not expecting that ending…I was shocked to the core.)))

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Goodreads Summary: The Stranger Harlan Coben’s seven consecutive #1 New York Times bestsellers feature unrivaled depths of emotion combined with cutting-edge suspense plots that keep millions of readers turning pages deep into the night. In The Stranger, married parents Adam and Hannah confront the shocking secret on which their marriage is built—leaving Adam wondering whether he ever truly knew Hannah at all.

What a concept. How does the stranger know all this? He is a for hire or just a sick b^stard? So intriguing already. 

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 Okay I need help with my next book. I have one credit from Audible and all the books on my wish list are on sale…so I want to buy ((2)) books. Which two should I get? Let me know in the comments. Thanks!!!!

By Lisa Unger: Darkness, My Old Friend   /      Fragile     /    Die For You   /    Black Out Tiffany L. Warren: The Replacement Wife Nora Roberts: The Liar Lisa Scottoline: Every Fifteen Minutes Susan Crawford: The Pocket Wife Chevy Stevens: Never Knowing David Rosenfelt: Don’t Tell a Soul Liane Moriarty: Three Wishes    /   Big Little Lies Tess Gerritsen: Die Again  

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Goodreads Summary: The Hypnotist’s Love Story

Ellen O’Farrell is a professional hypnotherapist who works out of the eccentric beachfront home she inherited from her grandparents. It’s a nice life, except for her tumultuous relationship history. She’s stoic about it, but at this point, Ellen wouldn’t mind a lasting one. When she meets Patrick, she’s optimistic. He’s attractive, single, employed, and best of all, he seems to like her back. Then comes the dreaded moment: He thinks they should have a talk. It turns out that Patrick’s ex-girlfriend is stalking him, and Ellen is intrigued by the woman’s motives. She wants to meet her, but doesn’t know that she already has. –Publisher description.

My Review 5 stars

So well written that I was empathizing with Saskia and angry with Patrick. I really wanted Ellen and Saskia to be friends…but as the story progressed I knew that could not happen

Spoilers: Highlight to read….

(((Wow, at first I wanted to junk punch and kick Patrick for what he did to Saskia. Then as I understood him and the grief he was suffering I understood. If he had met Ellen first the same thing would have happened.

Poor Saskia all that she went through, all that she lost, all the she’ll never have… I think Patrick’s mother really should have connected with her and kept her relationship with Jack strong. Jack suffered the most because of Patrick’s decision. I’m glad she was able to find a life for herself. She spent too much time alone now she finally has support.

Really liked Ellen’s character, felt that she grew not only as a hypnotist but as a person.
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Goodreads Summary: A Tap on the Window

When Cal Weaver stops at a red light on a rainy night while driving home, he ignores the bedraggled-looking teenage girl trying to hitch a ride – even when she starts tapping on his window. But as soon as he realizes she’s one of his son’s classmates, he knows he can’t really leave her, alone, on the street.

But nothing prepares him for the consequences of trying to help her out. The next morning he’s gone from Good Samaritan to Murder Suspect, and with one girl dead and another missing, he’s suddenly at the center of a deadly puzzle that reaches right to the heart of the town – from its bullying police force to its strangely furtive mayor – and finally to one family’s shocking secret.

Whoa, sometimes a good act can turn on you. This is insane, but I’m going to love it. 

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Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week, 12 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

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Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

Baking In A Tornado
The Bergham’s Life Chronicles 

Spatulas on Parade 
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy 
The Momisodes 
More Than Cheese and Beer 
Southern Belle Charm 
Confessions of a part-time working mom 
The Lieber Family 
Someone Else’s Genius 
Climaxed
Stacy Sews and Schools 

Sparkly Poetic Weirdo 
Searching for Sanity 
Silence of the Mom 

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Spring time and you planted seeds, but instead of flowers ____ is growing in your yard!

It was submitted by: http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com

I know I always say this, but I LOVE this prompt. So instead of flowers, I have a forever replenishing garden of fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Not to worry, a greenhouse will grow overnight, so even in the winter, my garden will grow. What you think I’m delusional? Well, the prompt never said I had to stick to reality.

So back to my special garden. Yup, lettuce, tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, strawberries, blueberries, apples, lemons, bananas, parsley, oregano, chives, leeks, onions, garlic, are all growing in my yard. They replenish on their own and there is always enough for us when we need it! The catch? Well we have to share. We have to share the seeds with other neighbors so they can grow amazing gardens too! We have to share the spoils with those who don’t have gardens or can’t always get fresh food. We trade and fruits, vegetables, and herbs with those who have an abundance of eggs and meat.

What would this do to the supermarkets? What would this do to the food industry? Well more and more stores are carrying organic and/or NON-GMO verified products. It’s been a long time coming, we need to go back to organic, we need to be self-sufficient, we need to take back control of our food. If we all started growing gardens on our lawns, if we all started teaching children what “natural” really means we would be healthier nations. Natural is NOT a label on a fake cheese product or GMO-filled frozen foods. natural means untouched by greedy corporations and scientists with the agenda of making more money.

My ‘garden’ last year was just a few potted plants which was pretty sad, but I rent so I am limited. Don’t worry, this year, I plan on buying this raised bed garden from Improvements Catalog…click on the pic to see all the details. Pretty cool, right?

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I have a homemade compost bin-it was pretty darn easy to make. Hubby helped me drill holes all around and on the bottom of the bin, we use bungees to keep the lid on top. There’s a huge layer of amazing soil on the bottom, that we often roll around to mix with new scraps. I’d show you what’s inside, but it’s pretty nasty, trust me soon it will all be amazing soil for my garden.

What can you put in a compost bin? Here’s a big list of things you REALLY can put in the compost.

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In our kitchen I throw scraps in a jar then put them in our compost every few hours. Of course I need a better container for our kitchen, so I can keep the scraps in there a few days instead of emptying every few hours. Are you looking what’s in there? I have coffee grinds, a tea bag, food container, box, and carrot peels.

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I know, I need to get off my soap box, but it’s annoying when we are the odd ones out because we don’t want the fake food or drinks. It’s annoying when I am made to feel like a bad mom because I don’t want my son eating what everyone else eats. I don’t want pesticides, antibiotics, and chemicals in his food. It’s annoying when real food costs more than the food created in a science lab. It’s annoying when wanting to eat real food is looked on as being weird, quirky, a fad, or annoying.