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.

For a sneak peak into how I am enjoying this book, click HERE

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Book Review: The Bitter Season

 

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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.

*****5 STARS*****

WHOA WAS NOT EXPECTING THAT ENDING AND TWIST

As always, Tami Hoag has you guessing what is really going on and freaking out hoping it doesn’t end like you fear it will. The past comes back to haunt. Some people will never escape the pain and horror they had to live through, others hope it goes away only to be forced back into their lives.

Love the plot of how two cases one old and one new all come together. Liska is finally working normal hours, but it doesn’t stop the craziness of her cold case. 

No highlights because it’s all so crazy, twisted, and convoluted. A must read in the last book in the series. I hope she keeps going with Kovac and Liska. 

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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.

For a sneak peak into how I am enjoying this book, click HERE

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Book Review: The Mistake I Made

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

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

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

*****5 STARS*****

ALL SORTS OF CRAZY

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

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

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The Bitter Season by Tami Hoag

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

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

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

For a sneak peak into how I am enjoying this book, click HERE

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Sneak Peak Saturday: Bitter Season

 

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

Current book:

The 9th Girl by Tami Hoag (Kovac and Liska #5)

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Goodreads Summary:

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.

 

Sneak Peek:

Chapter 10

page 95

Nikki blew out a breath and sad down. “He called he widow of my victim and led her to believe I’m not all that dedicated to this case, putting me in the adversarial position with her before I could introduce myself.”

Initial Thoughts

I love the Kovac and Liska series and each books gets sicker and more twisted. It’s obvious there are lots of secrets and lies in both the families: cold case and new case. I can’t wait for this wild and sick ride.

Book Review: The 9th Girl

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No Time For Goodbye by Linwood Barclay

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

*****5 STARS*****

HOLY F&CK DIDN’T SEE THIS COMING. 

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

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The Mistake I Made by Paula Daly

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

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

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

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Sneak Peak Saturday: The 9th Girl

 

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

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Goodreads Summary:

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

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

 

Sneak Peek:

Chapter 7

13:30-13:50

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

Initial Thoughts

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

Sneak Peak Saturday

 

Welcome to Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List!

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

Current book:

No Time For Goodbye by Linwood Barclay

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Goodreads Summary:

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

Sometimes better not to know. . .

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

 

Sneak Peek:

Chapter 27: 1:47-2:05

“Honest to God Cyn, I don’t know what to think anymore, but the moment I saw that letter I knew it had come from my typewriter and I knew I hadn’t written it. That left you, unless someone came in here and wrote it on that typewriter to, I don’t know, make it look like one of us had done it.”

Initial Thoughts

Linwood Barclay really messes you up and makes you never trust anyone again. I can only imagine what twisted reveals and lies we will be in store for with this book. Totally know where this is going and hope it’s not obvious.

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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Book Review: Secrets of a Charmed Life

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Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner 

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

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

5 STARS

BEAUTIFUL STORY!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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No Time For Goodbye by Linwood Barclay

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

Sometimes better not to know. . .

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

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

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Sneak Peak Saturday: Secrets of a Charmed Life

 

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

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Secrets of a Charmed Life  by Susan Meissner  

Goodreads Summary:

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

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

 

Sneak Peek:

Chapter 14

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

 
 
 

Initial Thought

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

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

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

Book Review: The Obsession

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The Obsession by Nora Roberts 

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

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

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

4 STARS

What a beginning, then it slows and you are wondering when the craziness will start again. Then it does and you are wondering what will happen next.
To me, it’s pretty obvious who it was. I wanted to scream at Naomi and Mason, they should have known. They really should have figured this out. 
Overall, great plot. The family of a psycho killer suffers just as much as his victims. Amazing journey and ending for Naomi. 
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 ((((The killer, was the guy who ran the yearbook and was with her when Naomi found her mom in the bedroom. The one who wanted to write her story, but she got a cop to make him back off. How could she not remember that jerk or the email of rage he sent her? DUH!!!!

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

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

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

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Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner 

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

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

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

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