Book Review: The Widow

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The Widow by Fiona Barton

When the police started asking questions, Jean Taylor turned into a different woman. One who enabled her and her husband to carry on, when more bad things began to happen…

But that woman’s husband died last week. And Jean doesn’t have to be her anymore.

There’s a lot Jean hasn’t said over the years about the crime her husband was suspected of committing. She was too busy being the perfect wife, standing by her man while living with the accusing glares and the anonymous harassment.

Now there’s no reason to stay quiet. There are people who want to hear her story. They want to know what it was like living with that man. She can tell them that there were secrets. There always are in a marriage.

The truth—that’s all anyone wants. But the one lesson Jean has learned in the last few years is that she can make people believe anything…

2 STARS

BIG LET DOWN

I was expecting more of a big reveal or twist, but nope. It all played out just like it was leading up to. NOTHING at all like Gone Girl or Girl on the Train…NOPE NOT AT ALL SIMILAR TO THOSE BOOKS. 

It was too predictable and huge let down of an ending. The only reason I gave it 2 stars was for the alternating POVs.

Warning, there is a crime, no details of what happened, but still hard to handle.

Think there could of been better surprises or twists.  

Highlight for spoilers 

 (((((The husband did it. He planned it for a while. The widow knew, but was in denial and was crazy. Perhaps she was crazy from the beginning and he saw that in her and knew he could make her his cover.

The day he died, Jean pushed him because he was looking at a toddler in a stroller. She pushed him and he fell accidentally and got hit by a bus. It really is evident that she saw the taxi coming and pushed him.

Jean became obsessive about not having kids and feels Bella belongs to her and the detective. 

She thought the interview with Kate would make her look like a victim, not an evil wife who knew and lied for her husband.)))))

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Someone Is Watching by Joy Fielding

As a special investigator for a hotshot Miami law firm, Bailey Carpenter is smart, savvy, and fearless. When she’s assigned to spy on a deadbeat dad in the middle of the night, Bailey thinks nothing of the potential dangers, only that she needs to gather evidence. Then she is blindsided—attacked and nearly killed.

Now the firm grip Bailey once had on her life is shaken. Her nightmares merge into her waking hours and she’s unable to venture beyond her front door without panicking. A veritable prisoner in her own home, Bailey is uncertain whom she can trust. But old habits die hard, and soon Bailey finds a new use for her idle binoculars: casually observing from her window neighboring buildings and other people’s lives. This seemingly harmless diversion becomes a guilty pleasure when Bailey fixates on the handsome guy across the street—until she realizes that he is also watching her. Suddenly she must confront the terrifying possibility that he may be the man who shattered her life.

Though crippled by fear, Bailey knows she can’t ignore her suspicions and risk leaving a predator at large. With the police making no headway in solving her case, she’s determined to overcome her terror and reclaim the power she lost by unmasking her attacker and taking him down herself. But it’s a harrowing battle that threatens to wreck Bailey’s credibility, compromise an investigation, and maybe even claim her sanity.

Oh boy, this one is going to be a nerve-wracking read! The attack scene was hard to get through, but know it’s only the beginning.

 I have a prediction who set this all up and if I’m right…it’s sickening.

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Book Review: Prior Bad Acts

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Prior Bad Acts by Tami Hoag

It was a crime so brutal, it changed the lives of even the most hardened homicide cops. The Haas family murders left a scar on the community nothing can erase, but everyone agrees that convicting the killer, Karl Dahl, is a start. Only Judge Carey Moore seems to be standing in the way. Her ruling that Dahl’s prior criminal record is inadmissible raises a public outcry—and puts the judge in grave danger.

When an unknown assailant attacks Judge Moore in a parking garage, two of Minneapolis’s top cops are called upon to solve the crime and keep the judge from further harm. Detective Sam Kovac is as hard-boiled as they come, and his wisecracking partner, Nikki Liska, isn’t far behind. Neither one wants to be on this case, but when Karl Dahl escapes from custody, everything changes, and a seemingly straightforward case cartwheels out of control.

The stakes go even higher when the judge is kidnapped—snatched out of her own bed even as the police sit outside, watching her house. Now Kovac and Liska must navigate through a maze of suspects that includes the stepson of a murder victim, a husband with a secret life, and a rogue cop looking for revenge where the justice system failed.

With no time to spare, the detectives are pulled down a strange dark trail of smoke and mirrors, where no one is who they seem and everyone is guilty of Prior Bad Acts.

5 STARS

Really sick and twisted murders and the aftermath of it all. There were so many crimes to fight, victims to help, and criminals to find. 

I figured it couldn’t of been the criminal they put on trial and I was right. Of my two guesses, I was right! It took me a while, but it was clear to me but everyone in the book.

You just never know the true thoughts and evil inside of a person. 

 (((((It was Bobby Haas, the son/step brother of the victims. He killed his birth mother, then adoptive mother, finally killing his dad’s new wife and foster kids. He also attacked Judge Moore because if Karl Dahl didn’t go to jail they would keep searching for the murder.

Carrie Moore’s husband was a major slime ball, but innocent of attacking or murdering her. He was JUST using her money to direct porn.

Carl Dahl didn’t commit those murders, but it’s clear he’s done unspeakable things in the past as he has no problem murdering more innocent people.

The rouge cop finally loses his mind and kills Dahl, attacks his lawyer, and attempts to attack Carrie Moore. The other cops realize they never knew him and if they did, he might not have felt so alone.)))))

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The Widow by Fiona Barton

When the police started asking questions, Jean Taylor turned into a different woman. One who enabled her and her husband to carry on, when more bad things began to happen…

But that woman’s husband died last week. And Jean doesn’t have to be her anymore.

There’s a lot Jean hasn’t said over the years about the crime her husband was suspected of committing. She was too busy being the perfect wife, standing by her man while living with the accusing glares and the anonymous harassment.

Now there’s no reason to stay quiet. There are people who want to hear her story. They want to know what it was like living with that man. She can tell them that there were secrets. There always are in a marriage.

The truth—that’s all anyone wants. But the one lesson Jean has learned in the last few years is that she can make people believe anything…

This sounds like it will be a wild and crazy ride. I can’t wait. 

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Book Review: The Wedding Dress

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Goodreads Summary: The Wedding Dress (Audible)

A tale of faith, redemption, and timeless love.

Charlotte owns a chic Birmingham bridal boutique. Dressing brides for their big day is her gift . . . and her passion. But with her own wedding day approaching, why can’t she find the perfect dress…or feel certain she should marry Tim?

Then Charlotte discovers a vintage dress in a battered trunk at an estate sale. It looks brand-new-shimmering with pearls and satin, hand-stitched and timeless in its design. But where did it come from? Who wore it? Who welded the lock shut and tucked the dog tags in that little sachet? Who left it in the basement for a ten-year-old girl? And what about the mysterious man in the purple vest who insists the dress had been “redeemed.”

Charlotte’s search for the gown’s history-and its new bride-begins as a distraction from her sputtering love life. But it takes on a life of its own as she comes to know the women who have worn the dress. Emily from 1912. Mary Grace from 1939. Hillary from 1968. Each with her own story of promise, pain, and destiny. And each with something unique to share. For woven within the threads of the beautiful hundred-year-old gown is the truth about Charlotte’s heritage, the power of courage and faith, and the timeless beauty of finding true love.

3 STARS

A beautiful story of love, family, fate and faith…though a bit corny. At times I wanted to slap Emily to flipping wake up. 

I love how it was all connected and the ending truly cemented everyone’s faith. I love how every bride came together and Charlotte will never be alone again. (((Emily finally wakes up and realizes on the day of her wedding Phillip is not for her. After all, he did have her arrested, has a mistress, and his dad is making him marry her to keep his money. 

 She marries Daniel, they live a great life and she fights to stop the correctional work program and proudly wears the wedding dress made by a black woman. 

Charlotte is her great granddaughter. Emily’s grandson Colby was her father, but he made bad decisions.

The dress is magic based on the Catholic faith. IT tells the bride who should wear it next and nerve has to be altered as it perfectly fits each bride. 

Charlotte and Tim married at the end, their faith renewed.)))))

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Goodreads Summary: Prior Bad Acts (Audible)

New York Times bestselling author Tami Hoag returns with a thriller that begins with a shocking crime scene you’ll never forget and follows two relentless detectives on a manhunt that ends in a chilling confrontation with the essence of human evil.

It was a crime so brutal, it changed the lives of even the most hardened homicide cops. The Haas family murders left a scar on the community nothing can erase, but everyone agrees that convicting the killer, Karl Dahl, is a start. Only Judge Carey Moore seems to be standing in the way. Her ruling that Dahl’s prior criminal record is inadmissible raises a public outcry—and puts the judge in grave danger.

When an unknown assailant attacks Judge Moore in a parking garage, two of Minneapolis’s top cops are called upon to solve the crime and keep the judge from further harm. Detective Sam Kovac is as hard-boiled as they come, and his wisecracking partner, Nikki Liska, isn’t far behind. Neither one wants to be on this case, but when Karl Dahl escapes from custody, everything changes, and a seemingly straightforward case cartwheels out of control.

The stakes go even higher when the judge is kidnapped—snatched out of her own bed even as the police sit outside, watching her house. Now Kovac and Liska must navigate through a maze of suspects that includes the stepson of a murder victim, a husband with a secret life, and a rogue cop looking for revenge where the justice system failed.

With no time to spare, the detectives are pulled down a strange dark trail of smoke and mirrors, where no one is who they seem and everyone is guilty of Prior Bad Acts.

Oh boy, they aren’t kidding when they talk about a horrible crime. It really messed up those who arrived on the scene. It’s pretty obvious the guy accused didn’t do it, but then who and why? 

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Book Review: Fool Me Once

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Goodreads Summary: Fool Me Once (Audible)

In the course of eight consecutive #1 New York Times bestsellers, millions of readers have discovered Harlan Coben’s page-turning thrillers, filled with his trademark edge-of-your-seat suspense and gut-wrenching emotion. In Fool Me Once, Coben once again outdoes himself.

Former special ops pilot Maya, home from the war, sees an unthinkable image captured by her nanny cam while she is at work: her two-year-old daughter playing with Maya’s husband, Joe—who had been brutally murdered two weeks earlier. The provocative question at the heart of the mystery: Can you believe everything you see with your own eyes, even when you desperately want to? To find the answer, Maya must finally come to terms with deep secrets and deceit in her own past before she can face the unbelievable truth about her husband—and herself.

 

5 STARS

I thought this was gong in one direction, then bam a twist. 

Though there were little clues I picked up on and had a feeling we were being mislead.

I love Harlen Coben, but I think I went in expecting to be fooled,  so I wasn’t too surprised by the ending. 

HIGHLIGHT FOR SPOILERS ((((It was Maya who killed Joe,  she found out he tortured and killed her sister. Joe wasn’t on the nanny cam, it was a whole scam by his family to get her to confess. But with Maya looking into Claire and Joe’s deaths,  She found out that Joe killed his own brother as well…he was pretty fucked up.   His family is evil and involved in drug company scams. She wanted them to be punished, but knew they would kill her, but it was all caught on a live-feed on the nanny cam. They would never have a hand in raising her child and make his as messed up as they were.  

She gave custody of her daughter to her brother in law, Eddie, and Shane remained in Lily’s life.)))))

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Goodreads Summary: The Wedding Dress (Audible)

Four brides. One Dress.

A tale of faith, redemption, and timeless love.

Charlotte owns a chic Birmingham bridal boutique. Dressing brides for their big day is her gift . . . and her passion. But with her own wedding day approaching, why can’t she find the perfect dress…or feel certain she should marry Tim?

Then Charlotte discovers a vintage dress in a battered trunk at an estate sale. It looks brand-new-shimmering with pearls and satin, hand-stitched and timeless in its design. But where did it come from? Who wore it? Who welded the lock shut and tucked the dog tags in that little sachet? Who left it in the basement for a ten-year-old girl? And what about the mysterious man in the purple vest who insists the dress had been “redeemed.”

Charlotte’s search for the gown’s history-and its new bride-begins as a distraction from her sputtering love life. But it takes on a life of its own as she comes to know the women who have worn the dress. Emily from 1912. Mary Grace from 1939. Hillary from 1968. Each with her own story of promise, pain, and destiny. And each with something unique to share. For woven within the threads of the beautiful hundred-year-old gown is the truth about Charlotte’s heritage, the power of courage and faith, and the timeless beauty of finding true love.

This sounds like a beautiful book, it got great reviews, so I am hopeful I’ll love it. 

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Book Review: The Flood Girls

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Goodreads Summary: The Flood Girls (Audible)

This snappy, sassy redemption story set in small-town Montana is “a wild and crazy debut novel by a talented young writer” (Jackie Collins), filled with an uproarious and unforgettable cast of characters you won’t want to leave behind.

Welcome to Quinn, Montana, population: 956. A town where nearly all of the volunteer firemen are named Jim, where The Dirty Shame—the only bar in town—refuses to serve mixed drinks (too much work), where the locals hate the newcomers (then again, they hate the locals, too), and where the town softball team has never even come close to having a winning season. Until now.

Rachel Flood has snuck back into town after leaving behind a trail of chaos nine years prior. She’s here to make amends, but nobody wants to hear it, especially her mother, Laverna. But with the help of a local boy named Jake and a little soul-searching, she just might make things right.

In the spirit of Empire Falls and A League of Their Own, with the caustic wit of Where’d You Go, Bernadette thrown in for good measure, Richard Fifield’s hilarious and heartwarming debut will have you laughing through tears.

5 STARS

Not the ending I was excepting until it was too late. 

It was an awesome book, amazing characters, at least most of them. So many lessons learned, character growths, friendships created, and families fortified.  

This is a perfect example of using religion to discriminate, isolate, and persecute, instead of welcoming and accepting everyone. It’s sad, but the reality is that in in 2016 there are still backwards, ignorant, hypocrites among us.

Red Mabel and Laverna cracked me up. Rachel finally came full circle and forged new friends and family. 

NO SPOILERS as it’s too emotional. It’s full of laughs and cries. A MUST READ. 

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Goodreads Summary: Fool Me Once(Audible)

In the course of eight consecutive #1 New York Times bestsellers, millions of readers have discovered Harlan Coben’s page-turning thrillers, filled with his trademark edge-of-your-seat suspense and gut-wrenching emotion. In Fool Me Once, Coben once again outdoes himself.

Former special ops pilot Maya, home from the war, sees an unthinkable image captured by her nanny cam while she is at work: her two-year-old daughter playing with Maya’s husband, Joe—who had been brutally murdered two weeks earlier. The provocative question at the heart of the mystery: Can you believe everything you see with your own eyes, even when you desperately want to? To find the answer, Maya must finally come to terms with deep secrets and deceit in her own past before she can face the unbelievable truth about her husband—and herself.

MY FAVORITE AUTHOR, so I know this will be amazing. 

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Book Review: She’s Not There

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Goodreads Summary: She’s Not There (Audible)

A lifetime ago, every year Caroline Shipley looked forward to her wedding anniversary. But then a celebratory trip to Mexico for the occasion with her husband and friends ended in the unsolved kidnapping of her infant daughter, Samantha. Now, fifteen years after that horrific time, divorced and isolated,Caroline is forced to relive the kidnapping by reporters who call every year on the anniversary of Samantha’s disappearance. However, this year when the phone rings, Caroline hears the sweet voice of a girl claiming to be her long-lost daughter. Plunged back into the world of heartbreak, suspicion and questions that led the case to run cold so many years ago, Caroline doesn’t know what or who to believe. But when she starts to figure it out, she finds the answers dangerously close to home.

5 STARS

WOW! What a book. What a story.

I one for one would NEVER, EVER leave my kids alone, no matter what my husband said

Not a spoiler, but no sex trafficking or abuse, which is what I was worried about.

I was torn between hating Caroline for being so mushy and meek and loving her decent into madness. I wanted her to speak out, yell at everyone.
Never in a million years did I think it would all play out like that. I love when a book throws me for a loop.
HIGHLIGHT FOR SPOILERS ((((Lily is Samantha!!!!  DNA proved it. The brother and wife did it! Yup, he turns out to be incredibly spiteful, jealous, and in debt. So they steal his niece to sell to a mob, to sell to a couple who can’t have kids. Can  you imagine??? The horrible grandmother knew and didn’t say anything because she always favored her deadbeat son over her daughter.

The older daughter, Michelle, has a flashback from that night after the Steve says the same line he did when taking Samantha out of the crib. 

What a shitty husband Hunter was for all his cheating even on that night. If he had actually checked on the girls, things might have turned out differently. 

So glad when Caroline finally stands up to everyone and tells off a slimy  reporter and her mother.

She finally has both her girls back, life is just perfect now.)))))

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Goodreads Summary: The Flood Girls (Audible)

This snappy, sassy redemption story set in small-town Montana is “a wild and crazy debut novel by a talented young writer” (Jackie Collins), filled with an uproarious and unforgettable cast of characters you won’t want to leave behind.

Welcome to Quinn, Montana, population: 956. A town where nearly all of the volunteer firemen are named Jim, where The Dirty Shame—the only bar in town—refuses to serve mixed drinks (too much work), where the locals hate the newcomers (then again, they hate the locals, too), and where the town softball team has never even come close to having a winning season. Until now.

Rachel Flood has snuck back into town after leaving behind a trail of chaos nine years prior. She’s here to make amends, but nobody wants to hear it, especially her mother, Laverna. But with the help of a local boy named Jake and a little soul-searching, she just might make things right.

In the spirit of Empire Falls and A League of Their Own, with the caustic wit of Where’d You Go, Bernadette thrown in for good measure, Richard Fifield’s hilarious and heartwarming debut will have you laughing through tears

This is a fun read, I’m already laughing. 

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Book Review: The Ship Of Brides

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Goodreads Summary: The Ship of Brides (Audible)

The year is 1946, and all over the world, young women are crossing the seas in the thousands en route to the men they married in wartime – and an unknown future. In Sydney, Australia, four women join 650 other brides on an extraordinary voyage to England, aboard the HMS Victoria, which also carries not just arms and aircraft but 1,000 naval officers and men. Rules of honor, duty, and separation are strictly enforced, from the aircraft carrier’s captain down to the lowliest young stoker. But the men and the brides will find their lives intertwined in ways the Navy could never have imagined.

5 Stars!!!!!

AMAZING!!!! What an awesome book.

At first I was worried as it was a slow and tedious beginning, then it slowly builds up and all you want to know is how they will survive on that ship.

I was sobbing at the end, I never thought it would ever end like that. Perfection.

You come to know the women, love some of them, hate others, pray all their journey’s are not for waste, hope each one finds happiness, and get sickened that society and it’s views of men and women have NOT CHANGED AT ALL! 

SPOILERS ((((Avice is spoiled and arrogant and it becomes obvious she only cares about her image. She slowly pushed her husband into marriage. As it turns out, a week before she arrives to England, he writes her to say he is married with kids but wants her as a lover. In the end she obviously goes back to Australia, having lost her baby, and without a husband.

Margaret, who I thought was the grandma, AND WAS WRONG,  was so stupid for bringing her dog on the ship. I also understood that she was very pregnant and worried about being a good mom, after her own mom left and didn’t die like she told others. Joe is a great man, his mother loves Margaret, and they have a wonderful life. 

 It’s obvious Jean has had a terrible upbringing and the same will happen to her. There is no way she’ll be welcomed into an English family if she ever made it. I mean what mom lets her 15 year old daughter get married and go on a ship for 8 weeks to a new land? You know her life will not get better. 

Francis is the grandmother! We find out her horrible past and why she is the way she is. What happens to her on that ship is disgusting, but I must say society really hasn’t changed much in all these years. We are led to believe that Nichols never sees her again. But no! He does find her and they live happily every after!)))))

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Goodreads Summary: She’s Not There (Audible)

A lifetime ago, every year Caroline Shipley looked forward to her wedding anniversary. But then a celebratory trip to Mexico for the occasion with her husband and friends ended in the unsolved kidnapping of her infant daughter, Samantha. Now, fifteen years after that horrific time, divorced and isolated,Caroline is forced to relive the kidnapping by reporters who call every year on the anniversary of Samantha’s disappearance. However, this year when the phone rings, Caroline hears the sweet voice of a girl claiming to be her long-lost daughter. Plunged back into the world of heartbreak, suspicion and questions that led the case to run cold so many years ago, Caroline doesn’t know what or who to believe. But when she starts to figure it out, she finds the answers dangerously close to home.

I love a psychological thriller. I checked to make sure there was no sexual violence, I don’t think I could have read this if it was involved. Going to enjoy this crazy ride. After the first few pages I already HATE the ex husband…just saying. 

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Book Review: Our Own Country

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Goodreads Summary: Our Own Country (Audible)

MUST READ A Midwife’s Revolt FIRST

In 1770s Boston, a prosperous merchant’s daughter, Eliza Boylston, lives a charmed life—until war breaches the walls of the family estate and forces her to live in a world in which wealth can no longer protect her.

As the chaos of the Revolutionary War tears her family apart, Eliza finds herself drawn to her uncle’s slave, John Watkins. Their love leads to her exile in Braintree, Massachusetts, home to radicals John and Abigail Adams and Eliza’s midwife sister-in-law, Lizzie Boylston. But even as the uprising takes hold, Eliza can’t help but wonder whether a rebel victory will grant her and John the most basic of American rights.

My Review – 5 stars

LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS BOOK

It will only really make sense to you if you have read The Midwife’s Revolt. We finally understand who Eliza is, how she was raised, her awful past and why she made the choices she did. 
I have a new found respect for Eliza, a new respect. She really did become a good person, when she became “bad” in her mother’s eyes and society’s views.
I knew they would all be reunited, but had not thought it would end like that.

Also a lesson for everyone, we are all Americans. We all have put in energy and effort into our country and should all enjoy the freedom, not just those deemed better than others.

In addition the first Americans, were also from another country…taking it away from those who were natives to the country.

So many lessons in this amazing book. 

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Goodreads Summary: Where They Found Her (Audible)

The year is 1946, and all over the world, young women are crossing the seas in the thousands en route to the men they married in wartime – and an unknown future. In Sydney, Australia, four women join 650 other brides on an extraordinary voyage to England, aboard the HMS Victoria, which also carries not just arms and aircraft but 1,000 naval officers and men. Rules of honour, duty, and separation are strictly enforced, from the aircraft carrier’s captain down to the lowliest young stoker. But the men and the brides will find their lives intertwined in ways the Navy could never have imagined.

LOVE JoJo Moyes and on a historical fiction kick, so this will be fun to read. 

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Book Review: Porch Lights

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Goodreads Summary: Porch Lights (Audible)

IWhen Jimmy McMullen, a fireman with the NYFD, is killed in the line of duty, his wife, Jackie, and ten-year-old son, Charlie, are devastated. Charlie idolized his dad, and now the outgoing, curious boy has become quiet and reserved. Trusting in the healing power of family, Jackie decides to return to her childhood home on Sullivans Island.

Crossing the bridge from the mainland, Jackie and Charlie enter a world full of wonder and magic — lush green and chocolate grasslands and dazzling red, orange, and magenta evening skies; the heady pungency of Lowcountry Pluff mud and fresh seafood on the grill; bare toes snuggled in warm sand and palmetto fronds swaying in gentle ocean winds.

Awaiting them is Annie Britt, the family matriarch who has kept the porch lights on to welcome them home. Thrilled to have her family back again, Annie promises to make their visit perfect — even though relations between mother and daughter have never been what you’d call smooth. Over the years, Jackie and Annie, like all mothers and daughters, have been known to have frequent and notorious differences of opinion. But her estranged and wise husband, Buster, and her flamboyant and funny best friend Deb are sure to keep Annie in line. She’s also got Steven Plofker, the flirtatious and devilishly tasty widowed physician next door, to keep her distracted as well.

My Review – 5 stars

Not at all sugary, but full of love, hope, and family healing.

the ending was unexpected and expected all at the same time. They all learned about themselves and each other as they grew as a family and friends. One unit filled with love and respect.

It’s difficult to move on and live after a traumatic loss, but they found a way. Beautiful story, family is for healing.

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Goodreads Summary: Porch Lights (Audible)

A love affair tests a new nation’s revolutionary ideals.

In 1770s Boston, a prosperous merchant’s daughter, Eliza Boylston, lives a charmed life—until war breaches the walls of the family estate and forces her to live in a world in which wealth can no longer protect her.

As the chaos of the Revolutionary War tears her family apart, Eliza finds herself drawn to her uncle’s slave, John Watkins. Their love leads to her exile in Braintree, Massachusetts, home to radicals John and Abigail Adams and Eliza’s midwife sister-in-law, Lizzie Boylston. But even as the uprising takes hold, Eliza can’t help but wonder whether a rebel victory will grant her and John the most basic of American rights

Follow up book to The Midwife’s Revolt

I loved the Midwife’s Revolt, if you haven’t read it, YOU SHOULD. This book is from Eliza Boylston’s POV and the first few lines are amazing…we are already be given a look into her horrible family, who she was raised to be and how she came to be a dear friend to Lizzie Boylston and Abigail Adams. 

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Book Review: The Olive Branch

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Goodreads Summary: The Olive Branch (Audible)

It’s amazing what you can buy online these days:
Memorabilia
Fashion accessories
A crumbling Italian farmhouse…

After a Prosecco-fuelled girls’ night in gets out of hand, Ruthie Collins awakes to discover that she has bid for her dream Italian home online – and won. Recently out of a relationship, a new start is just what Ruthie needs. Anything is better than sleeping on her mum’s settee.

But arriving in Southern Italy, Ruthie doesn’t know the first thing about running an olive farm. And with new neighbours, the tempestuous Marco Bellanouvo and his fiery family to contend with, all Ruthie wants is to go back home.

Life can change with the click of a mouse. But all good things – friendship, romance, and even the olive harvest – take time to grow. Can Ruthie finally put the past to rest and find her own piece of the Dolce Vita along the way

My Review – 5 stars

Like one of the characters said, it;s better to have a slow burn than a quick blaze. This is exactly, it’s a predictable, but beautiful romance and finding yourself.

Love the setting, characters, and fate leading you in the direction you are meant to be. 

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Goodreads Summary: Porch Lights (Audible)

When Jimmy McMullen, a fireman with the NYFD, is killed in the line of duty, his wife, Jackie, and ten-year-old son, Charlie, are devastated. Charlie idolized his dad, and now the outgoing, curious boy has become quiet and reserved. Trusting in the healing power of family, Jackie decides to return to her childhood home on Sullivans Island.

Crossing the bridge from the mainland, Jackie and Charlie enter a world full of wonder and magic — lush green and chocolate grasslands and dazzling red, orange, and magenta evening skies; the heady pungency of Lowcountry Pluff mud and fresh seafood on the grill; bare toes snuggled in warm sand and palmetto fronds swaying in gentle ocean winds.

Awaiting them is Annie Britt, the family matriarch who has kept the porch lights on to welcome them home. Thrilled to have her family back again, Annie promises to make their visit perfect — even though relations between mother and daughter have never been what you’d call smooth. Over the years, Jackie and Annie, like all mothers and daughters, have been known to have frequent and notorious differences of opinion. But her estranged and wise husband, Buster, and her flamboyant and funny best friend Deb are sure to keep Annie in line. She’s also got Steven Plofker, the flirtatious and devilishly tasty widowed physician next door, to keep her distracted as well.

I know the beginning is going to be tough to read, but nothing beats going home to find peace and family. 

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Dinosaur Superhero Mommy

???Not sure what to read next???

Click HERE for a list of all my book reviews. 

I will no longer host a book review blog hop, trying to make time to blog, work, and be a mom. Therefore I had to cut some things out. Please continue to enjoy all my book reviews. 

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“Mrs.AOK, photo meanderingmondaybadge1014200x200_zps679d2e71.png