Book Review: The Secret Keeper

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Goodreads Summary: The Secret Keeper (Audible)

During a summer party at the family farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson has escaped to her childhood tree house and is happily dreaming of the future. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and watches as her mother speaks to him. Before the afternoon is over, Laurel will witness a shocking crime. A crime that challenges everything she knows about her family and especially her mother, Dorothy—her vivacious, loving, nearly perfect mother.

Now, fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress living in London. The family is gathering at Greenacres farm for Dorothy’s ninetieth birthday. Realizing that this may be her last chance, Laurel searches for answers to the questions that still haunt her from that long-ago day, answers that can only be found in Dorothy’s past.

Dorothy’s story takes the reader from pre–WWII England through the blitz, to the ’60s and beyond. It is the secret history of three strangers from vastly different worlds—Dorothy, Vivien, and Jimmy—who meet by chance in wartime London and whose lives are forever entwined. The Secret Keeper explores longings and dreams and the unexpected consequences they sometimes bring. It is an unforgettable story of lovers and friends, deception and passion that is told—in Morton’s signature style—against a backdrop of events that changed the world

My Review – 3 stars

LONG AND SLOW BOOK… really wanted to fast forward but knew I might miss important info.

I knew it all along, I guessed most of it correctly, a few minor details I was wrong about. If you really pay attention you will know right away the discord between each character’s POVs and what really happened. Think it could have been shorter and still packed the punch at the ending.

Loved the historical details from WWI and how it switched between characters. Can’t really describe anything else without giving it all away.

Highlight for Spoilers (((((I was right old Dorothy was really Vivian. Vivian was abused by her husband and was never really friends with Dolly (Young Dorothy). 

Dolly was a narcissist and if she had lived would have continued to use and manipulate people to get what she wanted. Everything she led us to believe was just what she wanted or felt was owed to her. Even Jimmy, had he not been attacked, would have dumped her.

Vivian is regularly beaten by her husband and when blackmailed by Dolly, her husband beats her once again…worse than than ever before.

Vivan leaves her home and money (because her husband owns nothing) to Jimmy’s dad thinking Jimmy is was killed by her husband. She pretends she died in a blast and takes over the persona of Dorothy.

Jimmy thinks Vivian is dead, only to find out many years later she is happily married with kids. He is both saddened and happy for her. Happy that she is finally being treated the way a man should treat his wife and saddened that he is not her husband.

Laurel pieces it all together and is darn proud of her mom. It’s Vivian’s husband that finds her that fateful morning and greets her as Dorothy out of sarcasm. She kills him knowing if she doesn’t he will kill her and her children. He was poor because all the money and house belonged to Vivian, he wanted revenge.

Can I admit that I am glad Dolly had the fate she had. She was such a user. Makes me wonder if her family was even as awful as she made them out to be.))))

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Goodreads Summary: Dust to Dust (Audible)

Sorry. The single word is written on a mirror. In front of it hangs a Minneapolis Internal Affairs cop. Was it suicide? Or a kinky act turned tragic?

Either way, it wasn’t murder. At least not according to the powers that be. But veteran homicide detective Sam Kovac and his wisecracking, ambitious partner, Nikki Liska, think differently. Together they begin to dig at the too-neat edges of the young cop’s death, uncovering one motive—and one suspect—after another. The cloud of suspicion falls not only on the city’s elite, but over the very heart of the police department. Someone wants the case closed—quickly and forever. But even with their careers and their lives on the line, neither Kovac nor Liska will give up. As they unearth a connection between a two-month-old murder case and one that has been closed for twenty years, they find themselves chasing a killer who will stop at nothing to keep a dark and shattering secret.

Seems like a cliche beginning…apparent suicide but no, wait it’s not. No one believes the cops and they have to find a way to prove it while not getting killed. BUT…I loved the other book so I know I will be surprised.  

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Book Review: The Foreteller

 

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Goodreads Summary: Forteller (Audible)

With her present-day life in upheaval, the last thing archaeologist Zoey Kincaid needs is a 25-year-old letter carrying a message of doom. Forced to dust the cobwebs from her own shadowy past, Zoey uncovers crimes, deception and buried family secrets, but will she put it all together in time to ensure a future?
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Zoey Kincaid, archaeologist, receives a 25-year-old letter from her deceased mother describing a dire set of occurrences on the banks of the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. Unbeknownst to Zoey, her mother belonged to a select group of foretellers – people affected by tainted water who could see beyond normal timelines.

Zoey then learns that a recently arrested criminal may be her real father… with her DNA as the only hope for the man’s conviction.

Things go from bad to worse: Zoey’s fiancé behaves irrationally; the criminal learns of her existence; and, a former stalker, now a powerful corporate titan, resurfaces. The more secrets she unearths, the more the foretelling gains credibility. With suspects in every direction, Zoey must force herself to believe in a mother she barely knew in the past to give her any hope for a future.

My Review – 4 stars

I knew halfway through I had a feeling what was going on and who was the “one” Zoey had to look out for.

Beautiful story and LOVE how it’s all connected and no one is what they seem.

A great read, loved how it all played out and makes you wonder if knowing the future is a good thing or not. 

Highlight for Spoilers (((((Zoey thinks it’s either Jake, Cesar, or Corbin after her. In the end it;s her dad who never really killed himself. He thinks it’s Susan, after all he’s gone a bit mad over time. 
Cesar heard voices, in the end to protect Zoey from Corbin Black. Jake always loved her and was afraid to have a child because of what happened to his younger brother and mom when she was pregnant with a third child.
Her mom was right all along, but it was NOT Zoey’s foretelling. It was Matthew, the dad’s. Zoey was NOT a product of rape, but was really her dad’s child. It was a foretelling to keep him from killing his own child.
No worries, it all works out in the end. Cesar is a hero, Jake and Zoe marry, have a daughter, and build a relationship with his mom and her dad.
The cop, is also a hero, a father figure of sorts.))))

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Goodreads Summary: The Secret Keeper (Audible)

During a summer party at the family farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson has escaped to her childhood tree house and is happily dreaming of the future. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and watches as her mother speaks to him. Before the afternoon is over, Laurel will witness a shocking crime. A crime that challenges everything she knows about her family and especially her mother, Dorothy—her vivacious, loving, nearly perfect mother.

Now, fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress living in London. The family is gathering at Greenacres farm for Dorothy’s ninetieth birthday. Realizing that this may be her last chance, Laurel searches for answers to the questions that still haunt her from that long-ago day, answers that can only be found in Dorothy’s past.

Dorothy’s story takes the reader from pre–WWII England through the blitz, to the ’60s and beyond. It is the secret history of three strangers from vastly different worlds—Dorothy, Vivien, and Jimmy—who meet by chance in wartime London and whose lives are forever entwined. The Secret Keeper explores longings and dreams and the unexpected consequences they sometimes bring. It is an unforgettable story of lovers and friends, deception and passion that is told—in Morton’s signature style—against a backdrop of events that changed the world

Whoa! Right away we read about the crime. How does one recover from seeing that? Can’t wait to see how this all unfolds!

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Book Review: If You Only Knew

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Goodreads Summary: If You Only Knew (Audible)

Wedding-dress designer Jenny Tate understands the happily-ever-after business, yet somehow she’s still involved in her ex-husband’s life. In fact, Owen’s new wife may—inexplicably—be Jenny’s new best friend. Sensing this, well, relationship isn’t helping her move on, Jenny trades the Manhattan skyline for her hometown up the Hudson, where she’ll be able to bask in her sister Rachel’s picture-perfect family life…and hopefully make one of her own.

Her timing couldn’t be more perfect, since Rachel will need her younger sister. Her idyllic marriage has just fallen to pieces in spectacular fashion after she discovers her husband sexting with one of his colleagues. Second chances aren’t in Rachel’s nature, but the desire for an intact family has her rethinking her stance on adultery, much to Jenny’s surprise. Rachel points to their parents’ “perfect” marriage as a shining example, but to protect her sister Jenny may have to tarnish that memory—and their relationship­—and reveal a secret about their family she’s been keeping since childhood.

During this summer of secrets and lies, temptation and revelation, Jenny and Rachel will rely on each other to find the humor in their personal catastrophes, the joy in their triumphs…and the strength to keep hanging on.

My Review – 5 stars

WOW! BRAVO! LOVED LOVED LOVED this book. At first I wasn’t sure, but as I got to know the characters I was puling for certain ones and wishing death on others.
Rachel was so whiny and pathetic, I wanted to slap her.
Adam was a filthy, lying pig who needs to be both junk and throat punched NUMEROUS times.
Jenny was weak but hopeful, she needs a real backbone just not the one she pretends to have.
Owen was not as perfect as Jenny made him out to be…he needs to be junk and throat punched as well.
Their mom was annoying

Those triplets stole my heart.
Jared was a good man…sighs
Leo, obviously suffering from a major loss, I wanted to make it all better for him.
Kimber was awesome!
Insane twist, wonderful growth of charters, some obvious moments that the characters didn’t see and SUPERB ENDING!

Highlight for Spoilers (((((Of course Adam threatens the “perfect life” over Rachel’s head. Its the only way he can keep cheating and he does. Finally at the end, she realizes she can never trust him again. She knows divorce is the best for their family. She finally feels at peace. 
Jenny finally stops pretending to be nice to Owen and his new wife. She learns how to be on her own, for real and makes decisions instead of waiting for a man. Once she can do that, Leo returns to her. He is battling with the loss of his wife who was 7 months pregnant with their son. He is broken and hurt but knows Jenny is his future.
Owen is user and is finally told off!
Adam is finally put in his place. Rachel does not need him, she is ready to get a job, go to a smaller house, and be the awesome mom role model for her kids.
Their mom, is not as annoying as she seems to be, Jenny learns more about her mom.
Kimber finally realizes on the morning of her wedding she needs to be who she is supposed to be. She dyes her hair back to pink, wears a dress that shows off who she is mean to be…tattoos and all, and Jared LOVES her even more! ))))

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Goodreads Summary: Forteller (Audible)

With her present-day life in upheaval, the last thing archaeologist Zoey Kincaid needs is a 25-year-old letter carrying a message of doom. Forced to dust the cobwebs from her own shadowy past, Zoey uncovers crimes, deception and buried family secrets, but will she put it all together in time to ensure a future?
***
Zoey Kincaid, archaeologist, receives a 25-year-old letter from her deceased mother describing a dire set of occurrences on the banks of the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. Unbeknownst to Zoey, her mother belonged to a select group of foretellers – people affected by tainted water who could see beyond normal timelines.

Zoey then learns that a recently arrested criminal may be her real father… with her DNA as the only hope for the man’s conviction.

Things go from bad to worse: Zoey’s fiancé behaves irrationally; the criminal learns of her existence; and, a former stalker, now a powerful corporate titan, resurfaces. The more secrets she unearths, the more the foretelling gains credibility. With suspects in every direction, Zoey must force herself to believe in a mother she barely knew in the past to give her any hope for a future.

I think I will enjoy this crazy ride. 

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Book Review: The Liar

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Goodreads Summary: The Liar (Audible)

Shelby Foxworth lost her husband. Then she lost her illusions …

The man who took her from Tennessee to an exclusive Philadelphia suburb left her in crippling debt. He was an adulterer and a liar, and when Shelby tracks down his safe-deposit box, she finds multiple IDs. The man she loved wasn’t just dead. He never really existed.

Shelby takes her three-year-old daughter and heads south to seek comfort in her hometown, where she meets someone new: Griff Lott, a successful contractor. But her husband had secrets she has yet to discover. Even in this small town, surrounded by loved ones, danger is closer than she knows—and threatens Griff, as well. And an attempted murder is only the beginning …

My Review – 3 stars

After a few chapters I knew immediately what was going to happen. There was a big hint. The entire book was too long. There’s an event that happens that takes up too much time and makes it annoying. The book would have been much better without that distraction.

LOVE LOVE LOVE the love story between Shelby and Griff and how he loves her daughter as well. What a great man he is and what a great family they make.

Highlight for Spoilers (((((Of course Richard is not dead, they never found his body, he had multiple identities, and by faking his death he got rid of Shelby and Callie and all his debt. It was too easy to figure out, I expected more. 
 
The whole Melody hiring Arlo to run Shelby off the road, but instead doing it to Griff was too much. I know Melody was crazy, but all that just added useless chapters to the book.))))

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Goodreads Summary: If You Only Knew (Audible)

Wedding-dress designer Jenny Tate understands the happily-ever-after business, yet somehow she’s still involved in her ex-husband’s life. In fact, Owen’s new wife may—inexplicably—be Jenny’s new best friend. Sensing this, well, relationship isn’t helping her move on, Jenny trades the Manhattan skyline for her hometown up the Hudson, where she’ll be able to bask in her sister Rachel’s picture-perfect family life…and hopefully make one of her own.

Her timing couldn’t be more perfect, since Rachel will need her younger sister. Her idyllic marriage has just fallen to pieces in spectacular fashion after she discovers her husband sexting with one of his colleagues. Second chances aren’t in Rachel’s nature, but the desire for an intact family has her rethinking her stance on adultery, much to Jenny’s surprise. Rachel points to their parents’ “perfect” marriage as a shining example, but to protect her sister Jenny may have to tarnish that memory—and their relationship­—and reveal a secret about their family she’s been keeping since childhood.

During this summer of secrets and lies, temptation and revelation, Jenny and Rachel will rely on each other to find the humor in their personal catastrophes, the joy in their triumphs…and the strength to keep hanging on.

Oh man, what a piece of work this dead hubby is turning out to be. I hope he’s rotting in hell. I hope Shelby figures it all out and keeps her family safe. 

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Book Review: Playing With Fire

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Goodreads Summary: Playing With Fire (Audible)
A beautiful violinist is haunted by a very old piece of music she finds in a strange antique shop in Rome.

The first time Julia Ansdell picks up The Incendio Waltz, she knows it’s a strikingly unusual composition. But while playing the piece, Julia blacks out and awakens to find her young daughter implicated in acts of surprising violence. And when she travels to Venice to find the previous owner of the music, she uncovers a dark secret that involves dangerously powerful people—a family who would stop at nothing to keep Julia from bringing the truth to light.

My Review – 5 stars

Two stories in one. First a mystery that leaves you wondering if the daughter is haunted or the mom is going crazy. The second is a beautifully written historic fiction for a horrific time in history.

I was excepting that ending for Julia and her daughter. It was sadly evident how Lorenzo and Laura’s lives would end. How it all comes together is magical and hopeful. It really does celebrate the heroes in tragedy, celebrates the good in the mist of pure evil.

 

I did not make it to 60 books for 2015, going to try for 55 this year!

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Goodreads Summary: The Liar (Audible)

Shelby Foxworth lost her husband. Then she lost her illusions …

The man who took her from Tennessee to an exclusive Philadelphia suburb left her in crippling debt. He was an adulterer and a liar, and when Shelby tracks down his safe-deposit box, she finds multiple IDs. The man she loved wasn’t just dead. He never really existed.

Shelby takes her three-year-old daughter and heads south to seek comfort in her hometown, where she meets someone new: Griff Lott, a successful contractor. But her husband had secrets she has yet to discover. Even in this small town, surrounded by loved ones, danger is closer than she knows—and threatens Griff, as well. And an attempted murder is only the beginning …

Oh man, what a piece of work this dead hubby is turning out to be. I hope he’s rotting in hell. I hope Shelby figures it all out and keeps her family safe. 

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Goodreads Summary: Murder House (Audible)
No. 7 Ocean Drive is a gorgeous, multi-million-dollar beachfront estate in the Hamptons, where money and privilege know no bounds. But its beautiful gothic exterior hides a horrific past: it was the scene of a series of depraved killings that have never been solved. Neglected, empty, and rumored to be cursed, it’s known as the Murder House, and locals keep their distance.

Detective Jenna Murphy used to consider herself a local, but she hasn’t been back since she was a girl. Trying to escape her troubled past and rehabilitate a career on the rocks, the former New York City cop hardly expects her lush and wealthy surroundings to be a hotbed of grisly depravity. But when a Hollywood power broker and his mistress are found dead in the abandoned Murder House, the gruesome crime scene rivals anything Jenna experienced in Manhattan. And what at first seems like an open and shut case turns out to have as many shocking secrets as the Murder House itself, as Jenna quickly realizes that the mansion’s history is much darker than even the town’s most salacious gossips could have imagined. As more bodies surface, and the secret that Jenna has tried desperately to escape closes in on her, she must risk her own life to expose the truth–before the Murder House claims another victim.

Full of the twists and turns that have made James Patterson the world’s #1 bestselling writer, THE MURDER HOUSE is a chilling, page-turning story of murder, money, and revenge

My Review – 4 stars

I had a few theories about who it was…I was only right with one person.

I got annoyed by Jenna’s constant inner monologue…at one point I fast forwarded and she was still carrying on about what to do in the same place. Really?

Other than that, great mystery and twisted ending…not one I thought could happen.

Aside from her constant monologue, it was a great read and twisted mystery.

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Goodreads Summary: Playing with Fire (Audible)

A beautiful violinist is haunted by a very old piece of music she finds in a strange antique shop in Rome.

The first time Julia Ansdell picks up The Incendio Waltz, she knows it’s a strikingly unusual composition. But while playing the piece, Julia blacks out and awakens to find her young daughter implicated in acts of surprising violence. And when she travels to Venice to find the previous owner of the music, she uncovers a dark secret that involves dangerously powerful people—a family who would stop at nothing to keep Julia from bringing the truth to light.

So this music is making her daughter violent???? Or is it Julia who is violent and blacking out???? This seems really interesting and scary. Plus an added bonus of historical fiction. 

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Goodreads Summary: The Midwife’s Revolt (Audible)

How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living?

Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started.

Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On support group, who share insights, laughter, frustrations, and terrible cookies. They will also lead her to the strong, capable Sam Fielding—the paramedic, whose business is life and death, and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will’s past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different future. . . .

For Lou Clark, life after Will Traynor means learning to fall in love again, with all the risks that brings. But here Jojo Moyes gives us two families, as real as our own, whose joys and sorrows will touch you deeply, and where both changes and surprises await.

After You is quintessential Jojo Moyes—a novel that will make you laugh, cry, and rejoice at being back in the world she creates. Here she does what few novelists can do—revisits beloved characters and takes them to places neither they nor we ever expected.

My Review – 5 stars 

I know this book got mixed reviews, but I LOVED it. If the book had Louisa doing all the things Will wanted her to, it would have been boring and predictable. She had to mess up, lose herself, still have a connection to Will, meet new people, see she is more valuable than just one person’s opinion.

I loved that she lost direction, it’s REAL LIFE…couldn’t think of a better sequel to a woman finding herself with the help of a quadriplegic and then helping him to end his life. You can’t expect rainbows after reading that…especially if you know her character.

Does it all work out in the end? Well you will just have to read and see for yourself. I highly recommend it.

FINGERS CROSSED WE HEAR MORE FROM LOUISA!!!!

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Goodreads Summary: The Murder House (Audible)

No. 7 Ocean Drive is a gorgeous, multi-million-dollar beachfront estate in the Hamptons, where money and privilege know no bounds. But its beautiful gothic exterior hides a horrific past: it was the scene of a series of depraved killings that have never been solved. Neglected, empty, and rumored to be cursed, it’s known as the Murder House, and locals keep their distance.

Detective Jenna Murphy used to consider herself a local, but she hasn’t been back since she was a girl. Trying to escape her troubled past and rehabilitate a career on the rocks, the former New York City cop hardly expects her lush and wealthy surroundings to be a hotbed of grisly depravity. But when a Hollywood power broker and his mistress are found dead in the abandoned Murder House, the gruesome crime scene rivals anything Jenna experienced in Manhattan. And what at first seems like an open and shut case turns out to have as many shocking secrets as the Murder House itself, as Jenna quickly realizes that the mansion’s history is much darker than even the town’s most salacious gossips could have imagined. As more bodies surface, and the secret that Jenna has tried desperately to escape closes in on her, she must risk her own life to expose the truth–before the Murder House claims another victim.

Full of the twists and turns that have made James Patterson the world’s #1 bestselling writer, THE MURDER HOUSE is a chilling, page-turning story of murder, money, and revenge.

Totally confused about who could be murderer…so many theories and so many twists. 

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Goodreads Summary: The Midwife’s Revolt (Audible)

On a dark night in 1775, Lizzie Boylston is awakened by the sound of cannons. From a hill south of Boston, she watches as fires burn in Charlestown, in a battle that she soon discovers has claimed her husband’s life.

Alone in a new town, Lizzie grieves privately but takes comfort in her deepening friendship with Abigail Adams. Soon, word spreads of Lizzie’s extraordinary midwifery and healing skills, and she begins to channel her grief into caring for those who need her. But when two traveling patriots are poisoned, Lizzie finds herself with far more complicated matters on her hands—she suspects a political plot intended to harm Abigail and her family. Determined to uncover the truth, Lizzie becomes entangled in a conspiracy that could not only destroy her livelihood—and her chance at finding love again—but also lead to the downfall of a new nation.

My Review – 5 stars 

LOVED THIS! LOVED THIS! LOVED THIS! Got it on sale through Audible and so glad I decided to buy it. What a amazing read and beautiful historical fiction. I finished it with a new love of the United States. The sacrifices everyone made was humbling and emotional.

We forget that our founding fathers and mothers were humans just like us. We forget that beyond the what the history books tell us they had lives, made sacrifices, loved, lost, and made choices all for their freedom and ours.

God Bless America!

NO SPOILERS this time…too many amazing stories, twists, and turns. I promise you won’t be disappointed if you read it. Must see the if the author has written similar books. 

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Goodreads Summary: The Midwife’s Revolt (Audible)

How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living?

Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started.

Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On support group, who share insights, laughter, frustrations, and terrible cookies. They will also lead her to the strong, capable Sam Fielding—the paramedic, whose business is life and death, and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will’s past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different future. . . .

For Lou Clark, life after Will Traynor means learning to fall in love again, with all the risks that brings. But here Jojo Moyes gives us two families, as real as our own, whose joys and sorrows will touch you deeply, and where both changes and surprises await.

After You is quintessential Jojo Moyes—a novel that will make you laugh, cry, and rejoice at being back in the world she creates. Here she does what few novelists can do—revisits beloved characters and takes them to places neither they nor we ever expected.

After the amaxing first book and hours of crying, I knew I couldn’t wait for what happens next. Fingers crossed it will be as great as the first one. 

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Goodreads Summary: Broken Promise (Audible)

After his wife’s death and the collapse of his newspaper, David Harwood has no choice but to uproot his nine-year-old son and move back into his childhood home in Promise Falls, New York. David believes his life is in free fall, and he can’t find a way to stop his descent.

Then he comes across a family secret of epic proportions. A year after a devastating miscarriage, David’s cousin Marla has continued to struggle. But when David’s mother asks him to check on her, he’s horrified to discover that she’s been secretly raising a child who is not her own—a baby she claims was a gift from an “angel” left on her porch.

When the baby’s real mother is found murdered, David can’t help wanting to piece together what happened—even if it means proving his own cousin’s guilt. But as he uncovers each piece of evidence, David realizes that Marla’s mysterious child is just the tip of the iceberg.

Other strange things are happening. Animals are found ritually slaughtered. An ominous abandoned Ferris wheel seems to stand as a warning that something dark has infected Promise Falls. And someone has decided that the entire town must pay for the sins of its past…in blood.Been wanting to read this for a while! 

This sounds like a captivating and crazy mystery and drama

My Review – 5 stars 

Can we say cliffhanger? What a great way to leave the book. Some people say it left high and dry, but what do you expect with a series. There needs to be unfinished situations to deal with in the next book.

I knew right away what was happening with the baby situation. Love that we are still guessing about the squirrels, college incidents, and murders. This will be an interesting ride. Also loved hearing about characters from his previous books. So many questions about characters and what will happen. Anticipating the next book.

Highlight for spoilers

(((Wow, not sure who killed the Regina now. Did the grandparents take Cole? Will Sam try to get David back, even though he’s innocent? Does David’s mom have early onset dementia? What did his dad do? Was he responsible for the death of his co-worker’s daughter? Will Gil now go back to his lover? Will David really start working for the ex mayor? ))) 

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Goodreads Summary: The Midwife’s Revolt (Audible)

On a dark night in 1775, Lizzie Boylston is awakened by the sound of cannons. From a hill south of Boston, she watches as fires burn in Charlestown, in a battle that she soon discovers has claimed her husband’s life.

Alone in a new town, Lizzie grieves privately but takes comfort in her deepening friendship with Abigail Adams. Soon, word spreads of Lizzie’s extraordinary midwifery and healing skills, and she begins to channel her grief into caring for those who need her. But when two traveling patriots are poisoned, Lizzie finds herself with far more complicated matters on her hands—she suspects a political plot intended to harm Abigail and her family. Determined to uncover the truth, Lizzie becomes entangled in a conspiracy that could not only destroy her livelihood—and her chance at finding love again—but also lead to the downfall of a new nation.

Historical Fiction set at the time we became a nation. What could be better? 

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Goodreads Summary: What Alice Forgot (Audible)

So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over — she’s getting divorced, she has three kids and she’s actually 39 years old. Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade, and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time. She has to figure out why her sister hardly talks to her, and how is it that she’s become one of those super skinny moms with really expensive clothes.

Ultimately, Alice must discover whether forgetting is a blessing or a curse, and whether it’s possible to start over.

Just a warning, there is lots of talk of infertility and miscarriages. I was not expecting this and it hit me hard as I suffered from infertility myself. Just to prepare you if you have been through one or both. 

My Review – 5 stars 

A MUST READ!!!!! Alice wakes up forgetting the reason why she’s getting divorced from Nick, forgot her children, forgot her best friend who helped her through it all. So much as changed in the world and in her life in the last teen years and she can’t remember a thing. Little flashbacks come, but she’s a different person than the one everyone remembers just a few days ago.

I am not sure what I would do, to not remember your own children…I would be devastated. I could feel all her emotions and the turmoil of emotions from her family.
******Just a warning******There is lots of talk of infertility and miscarriages. I was not expecting this and it hit me hard as I suffered from infertility myself. Just to prepare you if you have been through one or both.

(((In the end she gets her memory back, but she finds a happy medium between her carefree 29 year old self and the hardened 39 year old self. She gets back together with Nick, each learning from their mistakes. She goes back to the special bond with her sister, and has an even stronger bond with her kids. 
Her sister Elizabeth, suffers from fertility. I was NOT prepared for that and it was difficult to read about her failed IVFs and numerous miscarriages. Thankfully she gets her happy ending..a daughter and adopts three boys.
The honorary grandmother finds her own love as well…life is not perfect, but it’s these special moments and memories that make it worth living and fighting for.))) 

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Goodreads Summary: Broken Promise (Audible)

After his wife’s death and the collapse of his newspaper, David Harwood has no choice but to uproot his nine-year-old son and move back into his childhood home in Promise Falls, New York. David believes his life is in free fall, and he can’t find a way to stop his descent.

Then he comes across a family secret of epic proportions. A year after a devastating miscarriage, David’s cousin Marla has continued to struggle. But when David’s mother asks him to check on her, he’s horrified to discover that she’s been secretly raising a child who is not her own—a baby she claims was a gift from an “angel” left on her porch.

When the baby’s real mother is found murdered, David can’t help wanting to piece together what happened—even if it means proving his own cousin’s guilt. But as he uncovers each piece of evidence, David realizes that Marla’s mysterious child is just the tip of the iceberg.

Other strange things are happening. Animals are found ritually slaughtered. An ominous abandoned Ferris wheel seems to stand as a warning that something dark has infected Promise Falls. And someone has decided that the entire town must pay for the sins of its past…in blood.Been wanting to read this for a while! 

This sounds like a captivating and crazy mystery and drama

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