Book Review: You’re Roots are Showing

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Lizzie Buckley has a life many women dream of – a gorgeous husband, a beautiful home and darling (when they’re not fighting) three-year-old twins. But ever since the birth of her children, she’s had a fantasy about locking herself in her bedroom for twenty-four hours with a good book and a box of chocolates.

Unfortunately, her husband James doesn’t understand her feelings. And when Lizzie unburdens herself in a flaming email to her sister Janie, then hits send at the wrong moment and accidentally shoots it off to James instead, her fairytale life gets a big dose of reality. With the word “divorce” ringing in her ears, Lizzie finds herself moving out and embarking on a totally different life – working hard to reinvent herself as a runner, a gardener, and a writer of children’s books.

But despite transforming her body, her neglected career, and her libido (courtesy of the local landscape gardener), Lizzie can’t get over her soon-to-be ex. As Lizzie discovers, sometimes the fairytale ending is just the beginning of the real story.

*****5 STARS*****

LOVE LOVE LOVE this book. Mothers think they need to be perfect, but that is not true. Enough with the guilt and shame. Enough with everyone telling moms that if they don’t love every second of motherhood they are not good moms. It’s okay to need time for ourselves, in fact it makes us better moms. It’s okay to speak your mind and need help. 
Highlight for spoilers (((Lizzie and James get back together. He realizes how much she really does at home and knows he needs to appreciate and respect her. Lizzie learns to spend time for herself and loving herself, which in turn will make her a better mom!!!!)))

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Your Roots are Showing by Elise Chidley

Bucolic Newport Cove, where spontaneous block parties occur on balmy nights and all of the streets are named for flowers, is proud of its distinction of being named one the top twenty safest neighborhoods in the US.

It’s also one of the most secret-filled.

Kellie Scott has just returned to work after a decade of being a stay-at-home mom. She’s adjusting to high heels, scrambling to cook dinner for her family after a day at the office—and soaking in the dangerous attention of a very handsome, very married male colleague. Kellie’s neighbor Susan Barrett begins every day with fresh resolutions: she won’t eat any carbs. She’ll go to bed at a reasonable hour. And she’ll stop stalking her ex-husband and his new girlfriend. Gigi Kennedy seems to have it all together—except her teenage daughter has turned into a hostile stranger and her husband is running for Congress, which means her old skeletons are in danger of being brought into the light.

Then a new family moves to this quiet, tree-lined cul-de-sac. Tessa Campbell seems friendly enough to the other mothers, if a bit reserved. Then the neighbors notice that no one is ever invited to Tessa’s house. And soon, it becomes clear Tessa is hiding the biggest secret of all.

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Sneak Peak Saturday: Your Roots are Showing

 

Welcome to Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List!

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

Current book:

Your Roots are Showing

4030408Lizzie Buckley has a life many women dream of – a gorgeous husband, a beautiful home and darling (when they’re not fighting) three-year-old twins. But ever since the birth of her children, she’s had a fantasy about locking herself in her bedroom for twenty-four hours with a good book and a box of chocolates.

Unfortunately, her husband James doesn’t understand her feelings. And when Lizzie unburdens herself in a flaming email to her sister Janie, then hits send at the wrong moment and accidentally shoots it off to James instead, her fairytale life gets a big dose of reality. With the word “divorce” ringing in her ears, Lizzie finds herself moving out and embarking on a totally different life – working hard to reinvent herself as a runner, a gardener, and a writer of children’s books.

But despite transforming her body, her neglected career, and her libido (courtesy of the local landscape gardener), Lizzie can’t get over her soon-to-be ex. As Lizzie discovers, sometimes the fairytale ending is just the beginning of the real story.

 
 

Sneak Peek:

Chapter 7: page 136

“I brought them back, because the whole thing was a bloody nightmare. They were howling for you  by mid morning, and mum was ready to bite a chunk out of somebody. “

 
 
 

Initial Thoughts

loving this book. No mother is or has to be perfect. When others tell you that, it’s their own insecurities coming through. This book shows what happens when a mom, who tries to be perfect, finally tells the truth. Can those who pass judgement do a better job?
How will it end? I am reading as fast as I can to find out. 
 
 
 
 Thank you to A Daily Rhythm for inspiring Reading List’s Saturday Sneak Peek link up!

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Marissa @ Reading List
Marissa, writes book reviews from a variety of genres and  shares thoughts on motherhood & life on Reading List. She loves to see what others are reading to grow her to-read list.  Marissa also enjoys photography and a new journal to fill.

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Alyssa reads a variety of genres and writes about it at Sunrise Avenue. She is always looking for new bookish friends and recs’! Besides reading, Alyssa loves to bake and anything Doctor Who.

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Karen is a reading teacher who loves to listen to books as she commutes to and from work. She prefers crime thrillers and mysteries but enjoys a good book from any genre. She blogs about her life as a wife and mom at Dino Hero Mommy.

 
 

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• Pick up whatever book you are reading (non-fiction, fiction, children’s… really the sky is the limit)
• Open to any page you have already read
• Share a few “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page – make it interesting without flipping to a ton of different pages. 
 BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away — You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so we can all add your book to our To-Be-Read lists!

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Book Review: Flight Patterns

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Georgia Chambers has spent her life sifting through other people’s pasts while trying to forget her own. But then her work as an expert of fine china—especially of Limoges—requires her to return to the one place she swore she’d never revisit…

It’s been thirteen years since Georgia left her family home on the coast of Florida, and nothing much has changed, except that there are fewer oysters and more tourists. She finds solace seeing her grandfather still toiling away in the apiary where she spent much of her childhood, but encountering her estranged mother and sister leaves her rattled.

Seeing them after all this time makes Georgia realize that something has been missing—and unless she finds a way to heal these rifts, she will forever be living vicariously through other people’s remnants. To embrace her own life—mistakes and all—she will have to find the courage to confront the ghosts of her past and the secrets she was forced to keep…

*****5 STARS*****

What a book! So many secrets and when all the truths are revealed…whoa…was not expecting any of that. Really felt I knew each of the characters and what a connection to their pain and beliefs. Some parts really threw me for a total loop, but could not stop reading. This book really was a wonderful summer read. The best part, understanding the meaning of the title, I really did cry! 

Not giving ANYTHING away, you NEED to read this! 

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Your Roots are Showing by Elise Chidley

Lizzie Buckley has a life many women dream of – a gorgeous husband, a beautiful home and darling (when they’re not fighting) three-year-old twins. But ever since the birth of her children, she’s had a fantasy about locking herself in her bedroom for twenty-four hours with a good book and a box of chocolates.

Unfortunately, her husband James doesn’t understand her feelings. And when Lizzie unburdens herself in a flaming email to her sister Janie, then hits send at the wrong moment and accidentally shoots it off to James instead, her fairytale life gets a big dose of reality. With the word “divorce” ringing in her ears, Lizzie finds herself moving out and embarking on a totally different life – working hard to reinvent herself as a runner, a gardener, and a writer of children’s books.

But despite transforming her body, her neglected career, and her libido (courtesy of the local landscape gardener), Lizzie can’t get over her soon-to-be ex. As Lizzie discovers, sometimes the fairytale ending is just the beginning of the real story.

For a sneak peak into how I am enjoying this book, check out my this post HERE.   

 

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Sneak Peak Saturday: Flight Patterns

 

Welcome to Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List!

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

Current book:

Flight Patterns

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Goodreads Summary:

Georgia Chambers has spent her life sifting through other people’s pasts while trying to forget her own. But then her work as an expert of fine china—especially of Limoges—requires her to return to the one place she swore she’d never revisit…

It’s been thirteen years since Georgia left her family home on the coast of Florida, and nothing much has changed, except that there are fewer oysters and more tourists. She finds solace seeing her grandfather still toiling away in the apiary where she spent much of her childhood, but encountering her estranged mother and sister leaves her rattled.

Seeing them after all this time makes Georgia realize that something has been missing—and unless she finds a way to heal these rifts, she will forever be living vicariously through other people’s remnants. To embrace her own life—mistakes and all—she will have to find the courage to confront the ghosts of her past and the secrets she was forced to keep…

 
 

Sneak Peek:

Chapter 3: page 31

“I was looking for an excuse to get away from my life for a while when my sister suggested I find out more about my Grandmother’s china. I’ve recently suffered a personal loss, and it was this or check myself into a mental hospital.”

 
 
 

Initial Thoughts

 This will be a good summer read, I hope. I am looking forward to the family journey and uncovering of secrets. I think there might be a few laughs between lots of emotion. 

Here are some rules if you decide to join in HERE:

• Pick up whatever book you are reading (non-fiction, fiction, children’s… really the sky is the limit)
• Open to any page you have already read
• Share a few “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page – make it interesting without flipping to a ton of different pages. 
 BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away — You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so we can all add your book to our To-Be-Read lists!

This particular link up will be open for a month, so stop by often to share a new sneak peek, and grow your own TBR list!

Book Review: What Came First

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First comes love, then comes marriage, then . . . things can get a little complicated. Vanessa wants just one thing for her twenty-ninth birthday: an engagement ring from her longtime boyfriend, Eric. But when the ring turns out to be a mix CD and Eric turns out to be a guy who doesn’t want to get married or have children, Vanessa considers a new path to having a family.

When Wendy and her husband, Darren, couldn’t have children the old- fashioned way, a sperm donor seemed like the perfect solution. She never imagined she’d have out-of-control twins who’d drive her to cookie binges and scrapbooking while Darren escaped into the virtual world of computer games.

Single and career-driven, Laura didn’t need a man to have a baby – at least not one that she ever met. Thanks to an anonymous donor, she shares her life with her adored eight-year-old son, Ian. She’ll do anything for Ian – even fill their backyard with a bunch of noisy chickens. But the one thing Ian really wants is something Laura’s never been able to give him: a sibling.

Now, to grant Ian’s wish, Laura starts a search that will not only change her life but Vanessa’s and Wendy’s as well…

*****5 STARS*****

COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN

From the moment I started reading, I could not put it down. I was drawn in by each character and their situation. While it was all predictable, in a way, it was a wonderful story and journey. 

Sometimes we think we want something and other times it’s hard to face the truth, even if it’s hitting us in the face. 
Life goes on and sometimes it changes. 
Highlight for spoilers (((Vanessa knew Eric didn’t want to marry her, but she was too afraid to move on. She was too comfortable with the current situation. If a guy doesn’t want to marry you and have kids with you, nothing you do will change that. 
Laura was trying to think of her son and get him a sibling, but to what end? She was doing all she could, but finally came to her senses when Eric kept letting her down. When he finally realized what he wanted, thankfully it wasn’t too late. They are starting out as friends, but I like to think the relationship will evolve and they will finally give Ian that sibling he wanted. 
Wendy knew her marriage was over, but she couldn’t face the fact. Darren didn’t really want a wife, but loved his kids. The separation is forcing him to realize how good life was and he should live life and not spend it on the computer. Wendy also realized her son is not bad or crazy, just and emotional person, much like herself.)))

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What Came First by Carol Snow

First comes love, then comes marriage, then . . . things can get a little complicated. Vanessa wants just one thing for her twenty-ninth birthday: an engagement ring from her longtime boyfriend, Eric. But when the ring turns out to be a mix CD and Eric turns out to be a guy who doesn’t want to get married or have children, Vanessa considers a new path to having a family.

When Wendy and her husband, Darren, couldn’t have children the old- fashioned way, a sperm donor seemed like the perfect solution. She never imagined she’d have out-of-control twins who’d drive her to cookie binges and scrapbooking while Darren escaped into the virtual world of computer games.

Single and career-driven, Laura didn’t need a man to have a baby – at least not one that she ever met. Thanks to an anonymous donor, she shares her life with her adored eight-year-old son, Ian. She’ll do anything for Ian – even fill their backyard with a bunch of noisy chickens. But the one thing Ian really wants is something Laura’s never been able to give him: a sibling.

Now, to grant Ian’s wish, Laura starts a search that will not only change her life but Vanessa’s and Wendy’s as well…

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

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The Vacationers by Emma Straub

 

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Book Review: The Witch of Belladona Bay

 

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It’s the trouble you aren’t expecting that gets you. And it’s all around you, Bronwyn, it’s all around you like the air.…

Bronwyn “BitsyWyn” Whalen hasn’t set eyes on the red dirt of Magnolia Creek, Alabama, for fourteen years – not since her mama died. But with her brother, Patrick, imprisoned for the murder of her childhood best friend, and her eccentric father, Jackson, at his wits’ end while her eleven-year-old niece, Byrd, runs wild, Bronwyn finds herself once again surrounded by ancient magnolia trees and the troubled family she left behind. She becomes immersed in a whirlwind of mystery and magic as she tries to figure out what really happened that fateful night her friend died. And as her bond with Byrd deepens, Bronwyn must face the demons of her past in order to unravel her family’s uncertain future.
In Suzanne Palmieri’s thrilling new novel, The Witch of Belladonna Bay, readers will learn if love and magic are enough to bring a broken family back together.

*****5 STARS*****

This was the FREE book I got from winning the raffle in the Adult Summer Reading Program at my library. 

From the beginning I knew this was an amazing book. I felt as if I knew the characters all along and felt their pain and joys. The mystery was slowly unraveled and all ended as it should be. Some pains will never go away and others learned from the past. 

No spoilers since there were so many characters and involved stories. It is a must read if you love magic, family, southern charm, and finding your destiny. 

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What Came First by Carol Snow

First comes love, then comes marriage, then . . . things can get a little complicated. Vanessa wants just one thing for her twenty-ninth birthday: an engagement ring from her longtime boyfriend, Eric. But when the ring turns out to be a mix CD and Eric turns out to be a guy who doesn’t want to get married or have children, Vanessa considers a new path to having a family.

When Wendy and her husband, Darren, couldn’t have children the old- fashioned way, a sperm donor seemed like the perfect solution. She never imagined she’d have out-of-control twins who’d drive her to cookie binges and scrapbooking while Darren escaped into the virtual world of computer games.

Single and career-driven, Laura didn’t need a man to have a baby – at least not one that she ever met. Thanks to an anonymous donor, she shares her life with her adored eight-year-old son, Ian. She’ll do anything for Ian – even fill their backyard with a bunch of noisy chickens. But the one thing Ian really wants is something Laura’s never been able to give him: a sibling.

Now, to grant Ian’s wish, Laura starts a search that will not only change her life but Vanessa’s and Wendy’s as well…

For a sneak peak into how I am enjoying this book, check out my post here

 

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The Passenger by Lisa Lutz

I could NOT get into this book at all.

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Sneak Peak Saturday: What Came First

 

Welcome to Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List!

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

Current book:

What Came First

 

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Goodreads Summary:

First comes love, then comes marriage, then . . . things can get a little complicated. Vanessa wants just one thing for her twenty-ninth birthday: an engagement ring from her longtime boyfriend, Eric. But when the ring turns out to be a mix CD and Eric turns out to be a guy who doesn’t want to get married or have children, Vanessa considers a new path to having a family.

When Wendy and her husband, Darren, couldn’t have children the old- fashioned way, a sperm donor seemed like the perfect solution. She never imagined she’d have out-of-control twins who’d drive her to cookie binges and scrapbooking while Darren escaped into the virtual world of computer games.

Single and career-driven, Laura didn’t need a man to have a baby – at least not one that she ever met. Thanks to an anonymous donor, she shares her life with her adored eight-year-old son, Ian. She’ll do anything for Ian – even fill their backyard with a bunch of noisy chickens. But the one thing Ian really wants is something Laura’s never been able to give him: a sibling.

Now, to grant Ian’s wish, Laura starts a search that will not only change her life but Vanessa’s and Wendy’s as well…

 
 

Sneak Peek:

Chapter 11: page 64

“As much as Wendy Winder compalined about her twins (who can’t be as bad as she made them sound), I keep thinking, At least they have each other. Ian just has me and someday I’ll be gone.”

 
 
 

Initial Thoughts

 

Already so enticing and captivating. I already want to know what will happen and how it will all end. I can tell this will be a book will be difficult to put down. 

Here are some rules if you decide to join in HERE:

• Pick up whatever book you are reading (non-fiction, fiction, children’s… really the sky is the limit)
• Open to any page you have already read
• Share a few “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page – make it interesting without flipping to a ton of different pages. 
 BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away — You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so we can all add your book to our To-Be-Read lists!

This particular link up will be open for a month, so stop by often to share a new sneak peek, and grow your own TBR list!

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Welcome to Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List!

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

Current book:

The Witch of Belladonna Bay

 

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Goodreads Summary:

It’s the trouble you aren’t expecting that gets you. And it’s all around you, Bronwyn, it’s all around you like the air.…

Bronwyn “BitsyWyn” Whalen hasn’t set eyes on the red dirt of Magnolia Creek, Alabama, for fourteen years – not since her mama died. But with her brother, Patrick, imprisoned for the murder of her childhood best friend, and her eccentric father, Jackson, at his wits’ end while her eleven-year-old niece, Byrd, runs wild, Bronwyn finds herself once again surrounded by ancient magnolia trees and the troubled family she left behind. She becomes immersed in a whirlwind of mystery and magic as she tries to figure out what really happened that fateful night her friend died. And as her bond with Byrd deepens, Bronwyn must face the demons of her past in order to unravel her family’s uncertain future.

In Suzanne Palmieri’s thrilling new novel, The Witch of Belladonna Bay, readers will learn if love and magic are enough to bring a broken family back together.

Sneak Peek:

Chapter 27: page 75

“Now magic, witchcraft, sight, strange ways, shine-whatever you want to call the skill set of my mother’s people-that’s one thing. But no one, not Mama or Minerva ever said one damn thing about seeing spirits.”

 
 
 

Initial Thoughts

 

I WON this book, along with a whole basket of goodies for participating in the summer reading program. They have one for adults, teens, and kids. It am enjoying it immensely, the characters and plot pull you in and you just know you are in for one crazy, family ride. This book has lots of depth and more to come. 

Here are some rules if you decide to join in:

• Pick up whatever book you are reading (non-fiction, fiction, children’s… really the sky is the limit)
• Open to any page you have already read
• Share a few “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page – make it interesting without flipping to a ton of different pages. 
 BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away — You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so we can all add your book to our To-Be-Read lists!

This particular link up will be open for a month, so stop by often to share a new sneak peek, and grow your own TBR list!

Marissa at Reading List http://forfunreadinglist.blogspot.com
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Book Review: Sea Change

 

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For as long as she can remember, Ava Whalen has struggled with a sense of not belonging, and now, at thirty-four, she still feels stymied by her family. Then she meets child psychologist Matthew Frazier, and thinks her days of loneliness are behind her. After a whirlwind romance, they impulsively elope, and Ava moves to Matthew’s ancestral home on St. Simons Island off the coast of Georgia.

But after the initial excitement, Ava is surprised to discover that true happiness continues to elude her. There is much she doesn’t know about Matthew, including the mysterious circumstances surrounding his first wife’s death. And her new home seems to hold as many mysteries and secrets as her new husband. Feeling adrift, Ava throws herself into uncovering Matthew’s family history and that of the island, not realizing that she has a connection of her own to this place—or that her obsession with the past could very well destroy her future.

*****4 STARS*****

Too many plots in one book.

The overall plot of a mystery between modern Ava and historic Pamela and how it affects her marriage to Matthew is beautiful and perfect. 

The plot of why Ava feels out of place in her family and disconnected to her family takes away from the mystery connecting past and present. It really only added pages to the book and the two had nothing in common. 

Highlight for spoilers (((Ava is really the reincarnated Pamela and Adrienne, Matthew’s first wife) was her sister Georgina. Matthew was the reincarnated Geoffrey…he promised Pamela they would be together forever and he would find her… and he did. Their souls are together again.

Matthew did not kill his wife, she killed herself and her baby…because she had Hutchinson’s Disease and watched her mom suffer and die form the disease. Her baby had it too, so rather than have both of them suffer, she ended their lives.

The extra and not needed plot was that Ava was not her mother’s biological daughter. She was a neighbors kid, one of two girls and a boy. They had an abusive dad and finally he snapped, killed the mom and tried to kill his daughters and son. One daughter died, but Ava was only a toddler. Gloria found her just in time and raised her as her now. The boy, Jimmy survived and was happy his sister was with a good family and he himself got adopted by a local family. Sweet and all, but doesn’t fit in this book.)))  

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The Passenger by Lisa Lutz

From the author of the New York Times bestselling Spellman Files series, Lisa Lutz’s latest blistering thriller is about a woman who creates and sheds new identities as she crisscrosses the country to escape her past: you’ll want to buckle up for the ride!

In case you were wondering, I didn’t do it. I didn’t have anything to do with Frank’s death. I don’t have an alibi, so you’ll have to take my word for it…

Forty-eight hours after leaving her husband’s body at the base of the stairs, Tanya Dubois cashes in her credit cards, dyes her hair brown, demands a new name from a shadowy voice over the phone, and flees town. It’s not the first time.

She meets Blue, a female bartender who recognizes the hunted look in a fugitive’s eyes and offers her a place to stay. With dwindling choices, Tanya-now-Amelia accepts. An uneasy―and dangerous―alliance is born.

It’s almost impossible to live off the grid today, but Amelia-now-Debra and Blue have the courage, the ingenuity, and the desperation, to try. Hopscotching from city to city, Debra especially is chased by a very dark secret…can she outrun her past?

With heart-stopping escapes and devious deceptions, The Passenger is an amazing psychological thriller about defining yourself while you pursue your path to survival. One thing is certain: the ride will leave you breathless.

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

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Book Review: Don’t You Cry

 

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 In downtown Chicago, a young woman named Esther Vaughan disappears from her apartment without a trace. A haunting letter addressed to My Dearest is found among her possessions, leaving her friend and roommate Quinn Collins to wonder where Esther is and whether or not she’s the person Quinn thought she knew.

Meanwhile, in a small Michigan harbor town an hour outside Chicago, a mysterious woman appears in the quiet coffee shop where eighteen-year-old Alex Gallo works as a dishwasher. He is immediately drawn to her charm and beauty, but what starts as an innocent crush quickly spirals into something far more dark and sinister than he ever expected.

As Quinn searches for answers about Esther, and Alex is drawn further under Pearl’s spell, master of suspense Mary Kubica takes readers on a taut and twisted thrill ride that builds to a stunning conclusion and shows that no matter how fast and far we run, the past always catches up with us in the end.

*****5 STARS*****

You knew it was going to be all come crashing together in a crazy way. Then BAM, you immersed in pure crazy and evil. Really threw me for a loop. People are not who you think they are and what you believe may all be based on your own illusions. Not the ending I was expecting. 

Highlight for spoilers (((Alex was let down by a selfish mom, a drunk dad, and town that knew what was happening but did nothing to help him. In the end he sacrifices his life to protect Ingrid, the only mother he has ever known. In death he has found peace that he never knew existed in life. 

The woman Pearl was was the same woman who tried to kill Esther. Genevieve used to be Esther’s sister. Her parents gave her away because they thought she was evil. Genevieve plans a slow and methodical way to get revenge on her mother, Ingrid the old woman who refuses to leave the house and Esther so others will think she killed her former roommate. She is back to kill Esther, locked her in the storage unit, then to kill her mother who gave her away. Esther somehow survived the torture in the storage unit. Esther is thankful for a great friend Quinn, and was going to leave to protect her from Genevieve. She will reunite with her mother. 

At five, Genevieve, hurt other kids and people. Genevieve tried to kill baby Esther. Her mother, Ingrid had no idea what to do, without much help back then, she had no choice to give her away.)))  

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Sea Change by Karen White

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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